Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day style with ModCloth and Benefit Cosmetics

Two years ago I had the honor of doing hair for a collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics and ModCloth. The campaigns were published around Valentine's Day 2012 so as we approach this romantic time of year once again it seems a great time to share these pictures, which are truly some of my favorites to date in my portfolio. Finger waves and bouffants, so much love for these styles!

The pictures from this shoot were used on the ModCloth site for their Girl Meets Glam Stylebook

And the pictures were also used on the Benefit Cosmetics site and blog

If you are familiar with some of my favorite hairstyles you know the mini bouffant I did on Ashley's hair is always a winner! After the shoot Ashley and I quickly teemed up again to do a video tutorial on her site Fancy Fine for a similar look, The 1960's Mini Bouffant.
 The 1960's Mini Bouffant
The 1960's Mini Bouffant

ModCloth and Benefit Cosmetics collaboration credits-
Photographer Kristin Cofer
Styled by Annie Morrison
Hair by Shana Astrachan of Fox & Doll
Makeup artist (I can't track down her name, please contact me if anyone knows)
Models: Ashley Ording and Juliana Pfeffer

I hope to get to publishing more posts soon about other shoots I have done with these two models, along with my many hair and makeup projects for ModCloth. Ashley and I have worked together a bunch of times since on some very stylish creative collaborations, and Juliana and I got to do a fun nautical themed shoot again with ModCloth last year. More to come soon on these past projects!

Friday, February 6, 2015

My Obsession with High Waisted Retro Panties


I love high waisted retro style panties. They are the perfect combo of comfortable and cute! Here are a few brands I covet and think would make a great gifts, wink wink hint hint. I see no shame in purchasing yourself a special Valentine's Day gift, so go for it!

I could picture wearing these perfectly classic panties from Egretta Garzetta everyday. 


Twin Syndrome makes super comfortable and cute underwear. Yes these panties are VERY high waisted, but if you live in a cold climate I promise you will thank me because they cover that area at the top of your pants where the cold air gets in! Plus check out her perfectly retro High-Rise Bathing Suit Bottoms.


I own these happy floral cuties from Knickerocker, one of my favorite pairs of underwear ever! 


Italian cashmere! The pieces from Econica are handmade in Canada and are so perfect for chilly winter. I'm going to make sure these get on my holiday wish list for next year.


The pieces and sets from What Katie Did are so perfectly retro, plus you can get yourself a perfectly fit Bullet Bra to match! On a side note, I do own a version of this bra and I absolutely adore it. 

This pretty pink stretch velvet set from Danielle Wood would be a perfect Valentine's Day gift. P.S. I did the makeup and hair in this beautiful image of Shelbie Dimond taken by Joshua Cobos, and I have been coveting these pieces ever since.

And if you are a super lingerie lover looking for more recommendations check out The Lingerie Addict. You can even search her blog by 'high waisted' to see past posts about pieces you are sure to fall in love with.
xo

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello 2015!


Hello! 2014 was a great (and often challenging) year and I look forward to so much more creativeness and excitement in the coming year.

As I look forward to the new year I reflect on many things that happened in the past year:

• great collaborations with other like minded businesses (big thanks to the great photographers and models I have worked with)
• lots of travels (LA twice, back to NY for the first time in years, Sacramento river boat birthday, Calistoga ladies birthday trip, San Diego for tiki time and Santa Cruz for poolside relaxing)
• Hedwig on Broadway!!!
• cutting my hair shorter than its been in years and loving it
• a new studio space for my jewelry workshop and beauty lounge, come visit me at 3150 18th Street, San Francisco
• setting up a interim online shop for all things Fox & Doll (https://squareup.com/market/shana-astrachan)
• many workshops taught and taken (i wish to see ladies all over San Francisco rockin' Cat Eyes and Red Lips)
• shooting two video workshops with Creativebug - watch here
• my sweet and supportive guy moving back to San Francisco
• my mother beating cancer! and in turn getting to spend lots of precious time together while staying in San Francisco for her treatments
• turning 40 years old!


click picture for slideshow of many lovely moments in 2104
A slideshow of many lovely moments in 2104
Once again I hope you will continue to join me in following along to see what the new year brings. There are so many exciting things ahead! And I am really going to try to share more here on the blog. A big cheers to the new year ahead and to a successful, healthy and loving year for all! xo Shana

Photo credits: Top photo by Kathe Hashimoto, model Katrina Sperry, makeup and hair by Fox & Doll, skyline provided by San Francisco. Lower image by Ace Muroga taken of me at The Orbit Room on my 40th birthday.