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Five Favorites: The Emmys

Our favorite look of the night was Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. As simple as high buns are, they add so much sophistication to a look. Styled by Brad Goreski, she wore a Christian Siriano white crop top and full orange skirt. Her nails are by Christina Viles, who used Essie nail polish to make her nails pop on the red carpet. You can recreate this amazing look using the Wrap Up.

Homeland's Claire Danes kept it sleek and simple. Her hairstylist Peter Butler styled her hair into a beautiful fishtail braid chignon. Her makeup was done by amazing Matin Maulawizada. She wore a beautiful red Givenchy Haute Couture gown, shoes, clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. See our tutorial on how to create a fishtail braid here.

Adorable mommy-to-be Hayden Panettiere not only showed off her cute baby bump but also a pretty textured updo by hairstylist Clyde Haygood. Makeup artist, Amy Oresman, gave Hayden a very natural look. The Nashville actress wore a shimmery metallic gown by Lorena Sarbu, shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, clutch by Judith Leiber and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones had gorgeous layered waves! She wore an orange and black fitted gown by J. Mendel and Sophia Webster heels. We also love her black manicure. The whole look was edgy and fun! You can get this classic hairstyle by using the Beachwaver Pro.

Kerry Washington of Scandal always walks the red carpet looking perfect and polished from head to toe. She wore a Prada dress and shoes. Her ombre choppy long bob and charcoal eyes looked amazing!


Looks we loved: MTV Video Music Awards

There were so many hairstyles on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last night but a few, really stole the show. We spotted everything from beachwaves, braids to a to mini victory roll. Here are the looks we loved the most!

Beyonce and Taylor Swift both looked gorgeous with beachwaves! Beyonce won a total of four awards last night, including Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love," Best Video with a Social Message for "Pretty Hurts,"  Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts" and the biggest award of the night, The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Taylor showed off a messy beachy bob before performing her new song "Shake it Off."

Ariana Grande had an sleek half-up hairstyle, a look she always rocks. She won the award for Best Pop Song for "Problem" and performed her song "Break Free" and "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. There was also braids! We were obsessed with Kelly Rowland's braided hair crown and Ireland Baldwin's messy side braid. Kelly Rowland was nominated for Best Video With a Social Message "Dirty Laundry."

Gwen Stefani never disappoints when it comes to how she wears her hair on the red carpet. Her mini victory roll hairstyle really stood out from all the other red carpet looks. Nicki Minaj opted for a subdued elegant blowout, while Kesha looked amazing with edgy rainbow highlights.


Pretty Little Beachwaves

Australian-born Glenn Nutley, is an internationally acclaimed hair and make up artist, who recently styled the gorgeous Janel Parrish for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with the BEACHWAVER® PRO! Janel, who plays Mona Vanderwaal on Pretty Little Liars was nominated for best TV Villian. Pretty Little Liars took the award home for best TV show in the drama category.
She looked AMAZING! She was styled by Fashion Stylist Adeel Khan and wore a Contrarian New York two piece ensemble. Her stunning bracelets are by XIV Karats. We especially love her simple white painted nails! The beachwaves really completed her whole red carpet look. (Images from Just Jared)
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Ali Larter: Textured Effortless Style

I am excited for all the new television shows for the fall including TNT's new show Legends starring the amazing Ali Larter. This past week I styled her premiere using my ceramic styling iron to create a very textured and edgy effortless style. Her stunning makeup was by Hung Vanngo. Her cool earrings are by Lorraine Schwartz  and her dress is by Naeem Khan



Ali also visited The Today Show to share about her new show and to share her recipe for blueberry crumble from her new cookbook, "Kitchen Revelry." I styled her hair by giving her a simple blow out and added some volume. Her makeup is by the wonderful Daniel Martin.


Photoshoot: New York Jets Flight Crew

I recently had the pleasure to work on a shoot with the New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders. I always have such a great time when I get to work with the team. They are all so sweet and have amazing hair. The look for the shoot was my favorite, big beautiful beachwaved curls! Check the Jets Flight Crew site to see how their photos turn out and to meet the crew!  


Molly Sims: Beachwaves & Braids

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of styling Molly Sims hair with the Beachwaver. We had a great time and she fell in love with it! So much so, that she is wrote about it on her blog and called it her "Curling Iron Obsession!" It is so great to help teach how to get beautiful beach waves in only a few minutes. The only other thing Molly and I like just as much as pretty Beachwaves, are braids. I was so excited when she asked me to share some easy braid hairstyles. Check out a two strand braid and fishtail braid crown tutorial on her blog!


Past Grammy Glam

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are this Sunday, January 26th. So, naturally all of us girls here at SP, Inc. were reflecting on our favorite past looks. Take a peek! We’re excited to see who stuns on the red carpet this year!


 The 2013 GRAMMY Awards housed a lot of our favorites. Rihanna‘s gorgeous beachwaves, Taylor Swift’s soft and playful braided crown, Solange Knowles‘ au natural curls, and Florence Welch’s sweet low bun with textured pieces. Alicia Keys’ upside down french braid into a bouffant stunned at the 2012 Award show. Last but not least, the late Whitney Houston at the 1986 Grammy Awards where she took home her first Grammy for “Saving All My Love for You.”  Whitney’s hair was just as timeless as she was. Come back on Monday for a re-cap of our 2014 favorites!





Today’s Friday Favorites are women who made a name for their mane, from the 40s to 2013. Our staffs favorites range from the iconic Donna Reed to the up-and-coming model Chloe Nørgaard. We love their locks and we love that The BEACHWAVER™ can be a perfect partner in achieving similar styles… Hello, Veronica Lake anyone?


Sarah – Veronica Lake

Erin – Donna Reed

GinaRose – Marilyn Monroe

Emily – Brigitte Bardot

Katie – Sophia Loren

Marisa – Gisele Bündchen

Carly – Blake Lively

Crystal – Stephanie Bertram

Grace – Chloe Nørgaard




Alicia Keys: SUNDANCE 2013

Sarah had the pleasure of styling the fabulous Alicia Keys at Sundance Film Festival.  Ms. Keys was in Park City, Utah debuting her first film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” as executive producer and composer. The film revolves around two kids from Brooklyn, who fend for themselves over a summer after being put through a variety of obstacles. Scripted by Michael Starrbury and debuting the young and talented Skylan Brooks playing the son of Jennifer Hudson, this movie is sure to move you.