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The other weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Warren Tricomi’s Flatiron salon for a much needed haircut (it had been since last April since I had it cut- yikes!)

My full highlight was done by the lovely Francesca and Nick cut in all the beautiful layers while keeping the length (a requirement I had asked of him). The Flatiron salon is so conveniently located, tucked above lower Fifth Avenue and the experience was low key and intimate. The aesthetic is so sleek and simple and on the particular day I went (over Labor Day weekend) the salon was quiet and made the cut + color have a zen like quality.

And here’s my hair in an updo I threw together when it was 90+ degrees and with loads of humidity. I love how the highlights look piled high as well.

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If you’re looking for a new stylist, I highly recommend Francesca & Nick – they couldn’t have been more friendly and I have gotten several compliments on my hair since seeing them so really…win/win. Thank you to Warren Tricomi for the great experience!

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7 Ways to Look Fresh After a Night of Too Much Fun

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We’ve all been there. You stay out later than expected and next thing you know your alarm is going off for work, a brunch or some other pre-planned obligation and you wake up not feeing 100% on point. But you’re in luck, as today I’m sharing 7 ways to look fresh after a night of too much fun. File under: Necessary Information.

1. Shower but don’t wash your hair. Take a quick body shower and, once out, wet the front pieces of your hair and re-blow-dry them. Add some dry shampoo and some texturizing spray.

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2. Deep clean your face. Clear up those pores to leave you feeling fresh and more awake. I recommend using a foaming face wash paired with a Clarisonic for a deep clean that will remove last night’s makeup and prep your skin for a new day.

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3. Eye cream. I swear by this trick to instantly de-puff eyes that haven’t gotten enough beauty rest the night before. The Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash is my miracle worker. Dab it on after washing your face and it’ll wake up those peepers almost immediately.

4. Use a highlighter. Add some contouring to your face with an illuminizing highlighter. I swear by this one and brush it on over my blush.

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5. Lash love. Mascara, mascara, mascara… is necessary after a night of too much fun. I recommend using one that both lengthens and volumizes to achieve the most awake-looking eyes as possible. Pass on the eyeliner as that can make you look more tired.

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6. Pink pout. Pink is the perfect neutral lip to don after a long night of fun. It’ll create an illusion of a face that looks awake.

7. Hydrate. As soon as you wake up drink two full glasses of water. You’ll instantly feel better and your skin will thank you by looking healthier and less like you may have stayed up way past your bedtime!

This post is brought to you as a part of my collaboration with Seven Daughters wine as part of their Savvy Seven. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that help WIT & Whimsy’s doors stay open!

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a salon visit to lauren + vanessa

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The other month I was invited down to New York’s Financial District to get a blow out at Lauren + Vanessa and man did I leave impressed. Lauren Hack and Vanessa Ungaro’s salon is an uber chic loft that feels like you’re at a friend’s apartment rather than a hair factory. Chic and sleek decorations abound amidst the styling chairs and Lauren and Vanessa definitely know their stuff. I have to say I think it was the best blowout I’ve ever had. It stayed for days and I think the photo speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

So enjoyable to chat with, one thing was supremely clear: Lauren and Vanessa know their stuff. They carefully curate the products they carry and don’t rush you till you get the final product you want. Better yet? They have specialty services (think balayage and corrective color), mobile airbrush tanning and makeup applications.

If you’re in New York (or even visiting and in need!) I highly recommend you head downtown to Lauren + Vanessa. I, personally, will be back very soon.

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