Category Archives for Hairstyles

June 17th, 2018

1960s Mad Men Party

1960s Mad Men Party | Sara du Jour

I happen to not be the only one of my friends who loves a good theme party. And thank goodness for that! On Saturday, my friend Katya threw a 1960s party at her penthouse condo. It was an absolutely fabulous night, full of cocktails, retro music, and dancing into the wee hours. In fact, I didn’t get home until almost 7 in the morning! Her condo is decorated mid-century modern, with 1960s movie posters and retro Coke ads adorning the walls. It felt like stepping into an episode of Mad Men.

The sixties – specifically the early and mid-sixties – is one of my favourite eras for fashion. I spent hours scouring the internet for the perfect retro dress, but didn’t find anything I was happy with. So I ended up putting together this look with items I already had in my closet, and hoped I could pull it off with the help of accurate 1960s hair and makeup. (more…)

17. June 2018 by saradujour
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January 29th, 2018

Hunter Green Jumpsuit + Jasmine Vibes

This past weekend, we got together to celebrate my close girlfriend’s engagement to her wonderful fiancé. Both families and a plethora of friends came together over bubbly and a mouthwatering spread of Indian and Vietnamese food to surround the happy couple with love and well wishes. It was a beautiful event that made me tear up more than once. I care about her so damn much, and couldn’t be happier for her.

Still a little worn out from holiday party dress season, I opted for something a little different. Enter: the jumpsuit.  (more…)

29. January 2018 by saradujour
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October 30th, 2017

Wonder Woman Halloween Costume

Wonder Woman Costume | Sara du Jour

Greetings from Themyscira! So, are you surprised I dressed up as Wonder Woman for Halloween this year? No? Huh.

Read on for all the details on this costume/cosplay, including all the product links, my tips and tricks, and photos of me pretending to fight things. (more…)

30. October 2017 by saradujour
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October 31st, 2016

Snow White Halloween Costume

Snow White Halloween Costume | Sara du Jour
I’m baaaaack! And just in time for Halloween. You didn’t think I’d miss an opportunity to play dress up, did you? I’ve dressed up as many iconic fictional females, from Holly Golightly to Lara Croft to Hermione Granger to Belle. This year, I went for the original Disney princess: Snow White. (more…)

31. October 2016 by saradujour
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December 30th, 2015

Retro Glamour Little Red Dress Outfit

Retro Glamour Little Red Dress Outfit | Sara du Jour

Holiday party season continues, as does my love affair with 1950s fashion. It truly is my favourite decade for feminine style, followed closely by the 1940s. That’s why I combined a 1940s Rita Hayworth-inspired hairstyle with a 1950s Marilyn Monroe-inspired little red dress for this glamourous evening look. (more…)

30. December 2015 by saradujour
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December 26th, 2015

Retro 1950s Christmas Party Outfit

Retro 1950s Christmas Party Outfit | Sara du Jour

*Gasp!* An outfit post! I know, it’s been a minute. But every time I do a poll asking which of my blog post types is your favourite, outfit posts seem to come out on top, so I’m doing my best to oblige. Anyway, I recently hosted a Christmas cocktail party at my apartment for some friends from the office, and since I was going all Stepford-y with the food and drinks I prepared (stay tuned for that post), I figured I’d do the same with my outfit of the evening. (more…)

26. December 2015 by saradujour
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November 1st, 2015

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Halloween Costume

Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly) Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween Costume | Sara du Jour
Halloween is one of the holidays I look forward to most each year. While many people like to embrace all things spooky and dark, I pretty much just love the excuse to dress up as one of my favourite characters. So, maybe that’s not quite the essence of Halloween, but… (more…)

01. November 2015 by saradujour
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December 20th, 2014

A 1920s Gatsby Christmas Party

1920s Gatsby Costume Party | Sara du Jour
The Roaring Twenties. The Prohibition Era. The Jazz Age. This year, our office Christmas party was 1920s-themed. The invitations were delivered, beautifully designed in Art Deco style. The gentlemen and ladies were instructed to pick an alias and “dress to kill” – we were going to a speakeasy. There would be an open bar, catered food, a casino, and dancing. What better way is there to end the year? (more…)

20. December 2014 by saradujour
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October 31st, 2014

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Halloween Costume / Cosplay

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Halloween Costume | Sara du Jour

Last year, at Halloween, I dressed up as Disney’s Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The year before, I went as Hermione Granger. This year, I continued my trend of dressing up as my favourite fictional females, and went as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from the video games and films. (more…)

31. October 2014 by saradujour
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December 20th, 2013

Sephora + Drybar Haul

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There were a few things I needed from Sephora, and a few things I just really wanted. My pencil sharpener had fallen apart, so I needed to replace it; and I was nearly out of skin toner – which, to me, is essential. (more…)

20. December 2013 by saradujour
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December 16th, 2013

OOTD: My 22nd Birthday Party

Birthday OOTD | Sara du Jour

I’m still twenty-one! For… two more days. Since my birthday falls on a Tuesday this year, I threw my 22nd birthday party this past Saturday night. (I’ll blog about the actual party later, this is just the style post.)

I wore a slinky emerald green dress you might recognize from my recent Haul-iday Party Dresses post and simple black heels. (more…)

16. December 2013 by saradujour
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November 24th, 2013

Tutorial: The 1 Minute Princess Bun

It’s easy and requires no tools, pins, heat styling, or hairspray. You’re welcome.

This is the simplest, quickest updo hairstyle in existence.  All you’ll need is your hair, a few fingers, and a thin elastic headband. Yup, you don’t even need a brush. (more…)

24. November 2013 by saradujour
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November 4th, 2013

Halloween 2013 Costume 2: Audrey

DIY Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween Costume

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite classic films. It stars Audrey Hepburn and takes place in New York in the sixties. Plus, it’s so beautiful and romantic. What’s not to like?

For this year’s Halloween costume, I decided to dress up as Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn’s character in the film. It’s one of Audrey’s most iconic roles – and outfits. (more…)

04. November 2013 by saradujour
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November 2nd, 2013

Halloween 2013 Costume 1: Belle

Belle Halloween Costume Blue Dress - Sara du Jour

Look. I know that Halloween is supposed to be about all things spooky. But the thing is: there are so few times we get to dress in costume, so when Halloween rolls around, I use it as an excuse to go all-out as one of my favorite fictional female characters. I guess that’s more cosplay than Halloween. *shrug*

Usually there are two opportunities per Halloween to dress up, so I reuse last year’s costume for one of them, and come up with a brand new costume for the other. Last year I went as Hermione Granger (a repeat from the year previous), and Belle, from Beauty and The Beast.

This year I did Belle (in her blue dress) and one other character. But you’ll find out about her in a few days. ;) (more…)

02. November 2013 by saradujour
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June 25th, 2013

4 Deceptively Easy Updos

Fancy-looking updos can be daunting. And if you’re a hair novice, many of them, while beautiful, are just a little bit too complicated to replicate.

But never fear, Sara is here! (hee hee.) Here are four simple as heck hairstyles that take under five minutes each. All you’ll need are a handful of bobby pins, a clear rubber hair elastic, and maybe some hairspray if you need the style to last. No heat, styling tools, fancy combs or equipment required.

Sara du Jour: 4 Deceptively Easy Updos (more…)

25. June 2013 by saradujour
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