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Volume on Demand: John Frieda's Dream Duo

In public facing forums, I generally like to proclaim my love for the Frenchmen of hair - think Oribe and Serge Normant. And while I do have many favorites in each line, there's also room for an Brit in my heart - namely, John Frieda, whose new Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment and Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam deliver volume and perfect waves as promised, and like whoa.

The magic starts in the shower, post-shampoo, with 3-4 pumps of the 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment. This unique treatment penetrates each fiber and amplifies strands for lift that lasts through multiple washes - 3-4 - so essentially a week for those of us who shampoo every other day. The Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam is a perfect follow up for lazy types like me - I never heat style (I flat iron only my bangs, and never blow dry) so thereby never see the intended results from so many styling products, but this lightweight foam, infused with Moringa Oil, leaves hair frizz and crunch-free with easy, better defined waves. 

Both products are available in drugstores nationwide or online at Ulta, for about $9.99 each.

Your Valentine's Day Manicure: Paintbox Retro Grade

I love Valentine's Day, despite the fact that I'll this year again have something that more closely resembles, er, 'Galentine's' Day. Regardless of your date status, a cheery manicure is an essential and the new, limited edition Retro Grade from snazzy soho manicure studio Paintbox fits the bill.

The Retro Grade is sweet and strawberry-inspired, with a bit of a modern twist. Available in red or pink with perfectly-placed white polka dots, it can also be recreated in other colors (I'm thinking navy would be pretty spectacular) for a look that feels a little less throwback and a bit more mod. 

The Retro Grade manicure is available in gel only, and is a limited edition, booking now through February 14. For more deets or to book an appointment, paint-box.com.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Caroline de Maigret at FIAF

UGH, the FRENCH. What is it about them? I just returned from Paris a couple of weeks ago (I hadn't been in years) and I can attest that French women have something magnificently special about them - a certain confidence, a certain ease, a certain willingness to eat dessert (really!) that's just so, so sexy. It never feels like they're trying too hard. Maddening, I tell you. Maddening.

In an effort to better channel the appeal of a Parisian, on Friday, February 13th, you'll find me at FIAF - the French Institute Alliance Française - to absorb all of the wisdom that Caroline de Maigret - style icon, music producer, muse and author of the bestselling How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits - is willing to offer up. Maigret is impossibly chic, of course, and How to be Parisian Wherever You Are is a fun and irreverent read.

The talk, part of FIAF's ongoing Creative Leaders series, will be followed by a book signing; more information and tickets are available here!

When in London: Guy Bourdin, Image Maker

When in London and Paris for work last week, I snuck in a little time for culture and high on my list was the Guy Bourdin exhibit at Somerset House.

For the uninitiated, you're likely...not. You've seen Bourdin's work or felt his influence countless times. Best known for his years of collaboration with the now defunct Charles Jourdan, Bourdin's work was sexually charged and laced with surrealism. He was also a pioneer of fashion film, and often shot Super-8 films at the same time as his on-location photo shoots, documenting the process behind capturing the perfect image.

If you'll be in London, visit the Guy Bourdin: Image Maker exhibit at Somerset House, now through March 15. Advance tickets (not necessary, in my experience) are available here!

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