[Decoration]-Decorative Hair Comb Hairstyle How To

hairstyle

hairstyle

Decorative hair combs can be crafted out of a vast number of materials ranging from natural materials such as wood and stone to ivory and real tortoiseshell. As concern for the animals was raised, some materials were outlawed.
When tortoiseshell became prohibited a faux tortoise shell was developed from cellulose and plastic. Ivory is also forbidden to be used in combs or other types of hair adornments.
The best quality combs are hand crafted and polished by hand.
Depending on your hair type, texture, length and desired hairstyle, these European style combs can be worn as a decorative accessory for a classic French twist or a more modern twist with a fanned out top tail or similar. These combs are also functional and can be used to hold hair in place.
Depending on how much hair you have, the combs may or may not work best as an adornment or an anchor. You can wear one or more of these combs with straight, wavy, curly or even kinky hair.
Usually you will need enough hair to be secured by the combs, but if your hair is fine or slippery you can use the bobby pin secret to anchor the combs into your hair .

euro comb

euro comb

The France Luxe European combs are hand crafted in France out of traditional cellulose which is a faux tortoise shell material.
The combs are much higher quality than plastic or other similar materials which are more at risk for fast wear and tear or broken teeth. Since the European combs are hand polished there is less risk of sharp teeth or rough spots on the combs which can snag delicate hair.

Hand Cut Versus Poured Into Molds

One key difference between the hand crafted, hand polished cellulose and the more inexpensive plastic comb versions is the pattern used to create the combs.The France Luxe combs are hand cut by craftsmen from families with generations of experience in cutting hair accessories from the large slabs of cellulose. Similar plastic combs start life as hot liquid plastic which are poured into identical molds.

Shape And Color Differences

Another difference is the shape and color. Hand crafted combs are cut to take advantage of the luxurious color of the cellulose and to highlight the beautiful curve of the design. Plastic combs rarely are multi-hued and are usually lacking in multi-dimensional shapes.
The European combs from France Luxe are truly a work of hair accessory art. With proper care the beautiful combs can last for a very long time.

Hairstyle How To

This comb falls into the side comb family of hair accessories. You can wear this comb stand-a-lone or as part of a set of two combs. There are no rules, right or wrong when using these combs in your hair. Use this comb for a fine hair French Twist or for a side partial twist.

How to Create A Comb Embellished Hair Twist

1.Direct all of the hair back into a low based ponytail. Hold the pony tail base with your prominent hand with palm facing towards nape of the neck
with fingers forming a V shape around the base.

Hair Twist

Hair Twist

2. Close fingers together making sure to keep hand in V position. Do not close into a circle as you would with a traditional ponytail.
3. Use free hand to reach over the head and grab the tail and begin twisting the entire ponytail in a clockwise direction.
4. Continue to loosely twist the tail until you have reached to the very end of the hair.
5. Loop the twisted tail completely around the base of the tail one time. You should have a section of loose tail which you can fan out.
6. Secure the newly looped twist along the edges.
7. Use fingers to fan our tail in a triangular shape at the back of the crown.

french twist

french twist

8. Glide one or more side combs into the sides of the newly formed twist to accent. Or use combs as an anchor to hold hair in place. If you prefer
you can place the comb at the top right below the hair fan.
For an alternative look, once the twist is pinned, use your fingers to gently loosen the shape of the twist. You can play with adding a larger hair fan at the top or you can pin the twist completely down and forego the hair fan. By skipping the hair fan you will be creating a traditional French twist hairstyle. Use your imagination to decorate your finished hairstyle.

The Bobby Pin Comb Anchor Secret

The comb’s thick teeth provide a strong grip for alternative styling. If you hair is slippery, fine or thin and the comb doesn’t anchor as tightly as you might like you can try the crossed bobby pin trick.
Position two bobby pins in one or two X formations in your hair where you wish to wear the beautiful comb or combs.
Gently slide the comb so that is is over the bobby pins and they will help to anchor the comb in your hair.
For some hairstyles the combs will serve to hold the hair in place. Whether you wear a traditional French Twist, a pineapple style twists or just wish to hold one side of your hair back with a comb, the France Luxe comb will do the trick beautifully.

Source: http://www.hairboutique.com/blogs_p/index.php/2011/08/24/decorative-hair-comb-hairstyle

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[Decoration]-Creative Ways to Decorate Bedroom Light Switch Covers

Light Switch Cover

Light Switch Cover

Light switch covers are typically made of plastic, metal or wood. Some are made of cast resin, but they are not usually very unique. It is possible to decorate plain plastic or wooden outlet coverings using creative and colorful options. Do not spend money on ready made decorative electrical plates. Instead, try these creative ways to decorate light switch covers, and use the photos as visual guides. They can be designed to coordinate with any color, subject or style.

Decorate Light Switch Covers with Quilted Paper Cutouts

A variety of paper cutouts can be used to decorate bedroom light switch covers. To create a quilted appearance, cut out one to two-inch squares using decorative edged scissors. Use the first photo as a guide; slightly overlap the pieces until the entire light switch plate is covered. Decoupage works beautifully to hold the pieces in place, and it gives the paper a layer of protection.

Use Scrapbook Stickers for Dimensional Decorations

Stickers that are designed for decorating scrapbooks are good for more than just memory making. They can be used to easily decorate bedroom light switch covers. Search for scrapbook stickers that coordinate with the bedroom theme, and arrange them to create an eye catching design or theme.

Create Beautiful Grouted Plates

Use broken bits of tile and grout to cover ordinary plates. Other small items can be added for texture. For convenience, buy a small container of ready made grout for crafting. Broken tiles or those that can be easily broken with a rubber mallet are available in craft stores. Follow product directions for best results, and use a soft damp sponge to remove the excess grout and clean up the tiles.

Add Glow-in-the-Dark Embellishments

Glow-in-the-dark embellishments are ideal for bedroom light switch covers, especially in children’s rooms. For something really simple but decorative and unique, stick on stars, moons and planets that will glow for several minutes after the lights go out. Ordinary decorations such as stickers or painted designs can be made to glow in the dark with a coat of special acrylic glaze. It is available online and in stores that sell acrylic craft paint. Just about any decoration can be designed to look great during the day and glow in the dark at night.

Source: voices.yahoo.com

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The New Bill’s in Midtown

Overheard: The Lion, the Crown, and the Billy Goat—The New Bill’s  in Midtown

Research at steakhouses in Hong Kong and Doha, hunting for antiques in Paris and Sicily—exhaustive background work has been logged in the name of Bill’s Food & Drink, a reimagining of the midtown institution that opens this Monday. Under the direction of business partners John DeLucie, Sean Largotta, and Mark Amadei and interior designer Meg Sharpe —the same team behind hotspots the Crown, the Windsor,  and the Lion—the town house that was home to the original Bill’s Gay Nineties for more than 80 years has reclaimed its Old New York ethos.

An original mural, hidden behind drywall since the forties, has been rediscovered, and the miniature jockey statue that vigilantly has stood guard on East Fifty-fourth Street for nearly a century have been maintained. The menu, supervised by Gotham Bar and Grill chef Jason Hall, is a study in Manhattan steak specialties: The 40-ounce, 35-day prime porterhouse served with béarnaise and pommes soufflé promises to be a carnivorous adventure.

There are plenty of new elements at Bill’s, as well. A glass-roofed atrium is a forthcoming addition to a downstairs bar, upstairs dining area, and sumptuous private room. Works by contemporary artists Michael Coombs, William Bennie, and Maxwell Snow can be found interspersed with nostalgic photographs and lithograph prints. And a taxidermic billy goat reclaimed from one owner’s Pennsylvania country house has become the restaurant’s de facto mascot, his likeness appearing on everything from the menu to the water carafes.

“We as a group enjoy curating more than creating,” Largotta says of his partners at Crown Group Hospitality. “The Lion is our rollicking West Village place. The Crown is our subdued uptown place,” DeLucie adds. Both geographically and in spirit, “Bill’s is sort of right smack in the middle.”

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The main dining room of the reimagined Bill’s Food & Drink maintains the overall template of the original restaurant, with thoughtful embellishments. The preexisting exposed timber beams were bolstered by more wood, for instance, and a smattering of vintage wall decorations were collected from “literally all over the world,” says interior decorator Meg Sharpe.

Photo: Adam Kane Macchia 

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A collection of silver-dollar coins on the floor of the restaurant’s foyer is one of several original elements that Bill’s new partners left unchanged in the restoration.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 

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This early-twentieth-century mural, not seen since the 1940s and almost perfectly intact, was discovered underneath six layers of wallpaper, paint, and drywall.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 

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Diners choose their knives from a selection brought to the table by the waiter. Sharpe said she was inspired to use antique safety-deposit boxes as knife-display cases after seeing the elaborate presentation of cutlery at a Hong Kong steakhouse. And the craftsman responsible for building the velvet inserts? Partner John DeLucie’s brother.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 

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Taxidermy adorns the walls of the masculine space. This particular goat, fittingly named Billy, has become the de facto mascot; his image can be found everywhere from the water carafes to the menus.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 

(Source: http://www.vogue.com/culture/article/overheard-the-lion-the-crown-and-the-billy-goat-the-new-bills-in-midtown/#1)

Intruduction:

Bill’s Food & Drink, the latest stylish restaurant and bar venture of Crown Group Hospitality has opened in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Situated at 57 East 54th Street, Bill’s offers a modern take on the traditional New York steakhouse in a clubby, art-filled setting.

The multiple floored restaurant that comprises a stunning nineteenth-century townhouse takes inspiration from its former tenant and is indicative of what the space used to be: one of the most infamous speakeasies during the Prohibition Era. Knowing that the building had such a rooted history, Crown Group Hospitality Partners Sean Largotta, John DeLucie and Mark Amadei wanted to expose as much of the original details as possible to celebrate its storied past.

According to Sean Largotta, “Original beams and the former Bill’s Gay Nineties piano can be found in the bar downstairs while original moldings appear in the main dining room. Murals on the first floor can be dated back to the 1940s and round silver dollars are still imbedded in the
bar’s tiled floor.” Designer Meg Sharpe, known for embodying classic details with a playful edge, transformed the five-story 1890’s brownstone into a chic and fashion-forward restaurant with a masculine feel. With a large fireplace, taxidermy and framed oil pieces sprinkled throughout the space, the restaurant takes the form of an old fashioned club in a new, lively home. A private event and dining space makes up the third floor with deep blue walls and a bathroom covered in crocodile wallpaper.

The menu at Bill’s features dry-aged meats, seafood, homemade pasta, and an array of salads and sides all of which are overseen by Executive Chef Jason Hall. Chef Hall was most recently the Executive Chef at Crown and the former Chef de Cuisine at New York’s iconic Gotham Bar & Grill. Hall—who has a passion for American classics— continues to creatively push the boundaries of contemporary American cuisine at Bill’s.

Some of Chef Hall’s reinventions of classic dishes include the Manhattan Shellfish Chowder with Jumbo Prawns, Oyster Crackers and Saffron; Atlantic Fish Fry with Preserved Lemon, Parsley and Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise and Bill’s Bolognese with Tagliatelli and Cabrito. Bill’s also offers fine steaks dry-aged for 28 days that can be paired with a number of sides including Yukon Potato Puree with Cheddar and Chives, Pommes Souffle with Parsley and Black Pepper and the Cremini Mushrooms with Escargot Butter.

Ben Scorah, Crown Group Hospitality’s Head Mixologist brings classic, Prohibition style cocktails to the menu. Ben has received critical acclaim for his modern take on classic cocktails, extensive knowledge and artful delivery having been named “Most Inspired Bartender” by GQ in 2009. Using original, early 20th century dated recipes that are referenced on the menu; Scorah has revived Bill’s cocktails using organic, fresh ingredients that appeal to the present day drinker. Specialties include Bill’s Royal Rickey — Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Cedia Acai Berry, Chartreuse and fresh Ginger Lemonade; Hanky Panky – Dorothy Parker Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Fernet Branca and the Gingerbread Sazerac – Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Aged Cognac, Gingerbread Spice, Peychaud’s Bitters and Absinthe Wash.

Bill’s Food & Drink offers a warm, convivial atmosphere, impeccable service and an unrivaled culinary experience.