men’s hair tips + 2015 trends

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“style is more than anything else, it is an expression of personal choice.”
–Tom Ford

I’m lucky enough to know a diversity of people with such distinct talents and backgrounds. Chaz was someone I knew in grade school and though our paths have taken us to different parts of the world and disparate industries, it’s always nice to know that there is someone you can count on to educate you {or your readers} about something you don’t have much of a background in. And so, a post from a typical mr. c&é, about men’s hair trends and tips.

What key men’s hairstyle trends will we see in 2015? What are you excited most for?
We will more than likely see in 2015 that men’s hair styles will be continued from the past two years. The early 1900s comb over. A few variations of it. I feel like the combover is the new “faux hawk” it looks good and works well on everyone. From kids to attorneys to middle aged professional dads. The new hit is the man bun and the slick back. The slick back became more popular when the movie “Fury” starring Brad Pitt came out. His hair style in that movie, inspired by the mid-1940s around World War II, is what everyone is transferring to from the combover. The man bun has two different variants. All natural grown out to tie into a top knot or a grown out slick back long enough to put in a hair tie. Very blunt disconnected dramatic haircuts are what’s in! I’m most excited to see the older crowd grasping on to their youth by trying these styles out.

 

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Are there any products you recommend or can’t live without?
Now with all the hairstyles being more intricate, men are finding themselves in front of the mirror more. And their significant others are noticing it as well. Men are finding the use of a blow dryer and multiple products at once. I like to call it “cocktailing” products is the best way to acquire the desired style. Considering that men’s grooming is in full effect, American Crew always has some perfect products for all types of finishes. From wet to dry to natural shine finishes. Paul Mitchell went and came out with a full line of men’s products called “Mitch” another great answer for men looking for the perfect product. But do your research and find someone who can recommend what is perfect for your style and hair type. Theirs even a product by American Crew called “boost powder” a genius solution for the guys with fine or thinning hair who want volume. I personally like Paul Mitchell reformer, American crew boost powder, Paul Mitchell sculpting foam and Paul Mitchell hair spray. In 2015, we need to get rid of the cheap gel products. Anything loaded up with alcohol just isn’t going to be good for many reasons. Just to name a few reasons: it dries your hair out leaving it flakey and over styled looking. The guys with thinner hair need to focus on the more dry or matte finish products to help keep their hair as full looking as possible. Gels it any other really liquidy consistency products just aren’t going to give you what you want for a finished product that will look good last all day and not have an over styled appearance

 

Now on to care and maintenance. What is the biggest mistake guys make when it comes to caring for their hair? What habits should all men live by for healthy hair and/or scalp? What are some healthy tips for winter?
Some tips and common mistakes is to keep your hair healthy by washing and preparation. Although sometimes your hair does cooperate better when it’s dirty, you need to be washing it if you are styling it with lots of product. If you have a lot of stuff in your hair and maybe haven’t washed it in a day or so, shampoo it twice in the shower. Shampoo is like soap. When you shampoo your hair, if it doesn’t sud up a lot it’s because your hair is extra dirty. And don’t, don’t, don’t forget to condition. The conditioner is what helps moisturize your scalp and keep your hair soft. When styling your hair you want to keep your hair as dry as possible for the best finish. Everyone’s mistake they make is thinking Its easier to apply product when your hair is wet. Wrong. By drying your hair completely you make it easier to feel when the product is evenly distributed resulting in no build up or patches of product and patches of dry hair.

 

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Many guys around mid-20s start stressing about their receding hairlines, any styling tips for men with receding hairline? What about hair loss prevention tips? Anything to thicken hair?
Men with receding hair lines or thinning hair need to embrace it. Don’t try to hide or cover it up. If your hair is thinning the best way to have it cut is have everything around it super short. I.e. Sides and back nice and tight and the top just long enough to style. It’s most noticeable when you see someone with long hair that’s thinning than a shorter hair style that’s thinning. Again with the dry products and boost powder you will get the best results in a full look. Nioxin is also a great product for replacing your regular shampoo and conditioner. It won’t make hair that stopped growing come back, but it will help keep what you have nice and full for longer. So if you feel you’re on your way to thinning hair, maybe consult with your stylist/barber about Nioxin. It’s even popular for women with fine hair. If you can afford the hair transplant surgery, go for it. The earlier you catch your hair thinning the more miles you can put in. In my opinion, the pills and things you take have too gnarly of side effects to even dabble with. Another good thing right now, is the beard epidemic. Guys with super thinning or balding hair can grow out a big beard and knock their hair on their head down to a stubble and immediately become sexy. So. Embrace it. Don’t try to hide it

What do you think is the best look for mr. c&é?
For 2015, I would have to say the best look for the everyday man is going to be super short in the sides, back almost bald, and at least a solid 4-5 inches minimum on the top. This leaves you being able to slick it back or push it over to the sides. The top being left alone and sides being short gives you the image of a clean cut style because it will be off your ears and not crazy. Your neck and the top will have enough their to have fun with. So go out their and explore. Buy yourself some products. YouTube styles and get a blow dryer.

 

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grilled chicken marinades

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Though the season for grilled chicken is not here for a while, I do often enjoy the grilled chicken atop a skillet. With the seared lines, cooked on a lower temperature to retain moisture. I like to make about a pound of grilled chicken breast at a time and use it for salads, sandwiches, sometimes chopped fine to put on top of a grilled pita. You can do so much in terms of using grilled chicken, or any kind of meat, and so today I thought I would share my favorite flavor combinations. Now, I’m not putting the ingredient amount because you may prefer something more citrusy as opposed to spicy or sweet versus savory compared to me. So here are a few flavor combinations {excluding the salt and pepper seasoning} you may enjoy, and please do share any of your favorite via the comments section below!

zesty chipotle

grapeseed oil, fresh lime juice, lime zest, minced garlic, honey, cumin, chipotle powder

sweet asian

canola oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, crushed red pepper, curry powder, ginger

citrus herb

olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh oregano, sage, black peppercorn

mexican

canola oil, cumin, smoked paprika, spanish paprika, garlic powder, fresh garlic sliced

c&é special :: and pictured

olive oil, garlic, cumin, herbes de provence, spanish paprika, fresh rosemary

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cooking tips

When grilling chicken indoors, start with a hot skillet sprayed generously with oil. Reduce heat to medium and add the chicken. Flip after about 7 minutes and continue searing and grilling. Cooking it on lower temperatures will retain moisture and will not overcook the meat or burn the exterior. If your chicken breast is 1-inch in thickness, be sure to tenderize it so it is about half-an-inch. Grilling chicken, either indoors or outdoors, is about patience.After grilling, immediately run the skillet under really hot water so the excess doesn’t stick.

jacquelyn of lark and linen interior design

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taking a virtual space to reality

After years of curating her own beautiful virtual space, Lark & Linen, and continuously sharing her love for lovely spaces and ideas in other places, Jacquelyn Clark decided that her passion for interior design and gift to create a serene ambiance needed some attention. And so came the inception of Lark & Linen Interior Design just before ringing in 2015. As Jacquelyn’s ever-so-lovely content has always inspired c&é, it just seemed necessary that we had her over to share her experience as a thriving interior designer in the industry.

What was your first job out of college and how did you land it? What other positions have you had in the field of design?
In my last year of University I interned at an amazing Architectural firm downtown Toronto. When I graduated a few short months later, they offered me a full time Junior Interior Designer position. It was a HUGE blessing as this was during a time when the pickins’ in the job market were incredibly slim. I ended up working there for almost 5 years before getting my feet wet at another firm. From there, I was hired on as editor for Style Me Pretty Living. And most recently, I launched my own interior design business! Something I had talked about doing for longer than I can even remember… It’s been quite the journey – filled with incredible highs and terrible lows – but I wouldn’t change a thing.

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{in the office with jacquelyn clark | photos by heidi lau} via chevrons & éclairs

What advice would you give aspiring interior designers? Are there any skills or attributes design firms look for in a candidate? What is the single best tip you have to succeed in the industry?
Oh gosh, these are loaded questions! At the risk of sounding cliche, I would tell an aspiring interior designer to start a blog! The opportunities it presents are unimaginable. Not only that, but over the years it allows you to really hone in on your brand and your style which is imperative in a world where design comes in all shapes and sizes. As far as skills that firms are looking for, a good eye is obviously top of mind. Not only that but you need to be willing to get down and dirty – there are long hours, heavy lifting, and a lot more paper work than you’ve ever dreamed of. But when it’s good, it’s so so good! My biggest tip is to remember that your clients are hiring you for a reason, and they’re often spending a big chunk of change. You need to take charge and ease their mind during the process, all while making them feel heard and validated. I often joke that I’m half designer, half psychologist.

In 2014, you launched Lark and Linen Interior Design, what steps did you have to take to start your own firm? How did you know it was the right moment to start your own business?
I had been taking on small freelance jobs for a few years before launching my own business. Unfortunately, due to my demanding (yet terribly satisfying) role at SMP Living, I had to start turning down larger jobs simply because there weren’t enough hours in the day. As they began coming in faster and more furiously, I started to think that maybe I had a real shot at the whole ladyboss thing. To be honest, I don’t think there’s ever the perfect moment to take that plunge. Making the decision to take that leap came with a whole boatload of anxiety, but it’s easily the best decision I’ve ever made.

After you launched your business, how did you begin finding clients? How did you secure your first clients?
You know, I can honestly, unequivocally, attribute 100% of my businesses success thusfar to my blog. So far, every single client I’ve landed has been a reader at some point in time!

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What obstacles have you faced during your career, and how have you overcome them?
Though I wouldn’t say I’m a perfectionist (who has time for that?), I do place an inordinate amount of pressure on myself to TRY to be perfect. When I launched my own business, that pressure completely bubbled over. In my mind, absolutely everything had to be perfect or I convinced myself I was going to fail. This obviously came with a whole lot of anxiety, some of which I’m still working through. I’ve actually started seeing a therapist in order to get to the root of this whole all or nothing mentality I have going on! And I’m now convinced that everyone in the world needs a therapist. It should be like going to the dentist every 6 months. Just a routine check up to keep your thoughts in line, you know? It’s revolutionary!

You were an editor for the lifestyle and design site, Style Me Pretty and you have your own beautiful blog Lark and Linen, what kind of impact has it had on your career?
Style Me Pretty has always been a place of pure, unadulterated, beautiful things on the daily. It’s always been a happy corner of the world for me and when Abby Larson reached out and asked me help launch Style Me Pretty Living, it was a dream come true. Though my blog had started to pick up traction at that point, I do attribute a huge amount of its success to said role. It allowed me to connect with the best of the best in blog world, and forge relationships that have become invaluable to me ever since. In addition, Abby was the most ambitious, most savvy, most amazing ladyboss I have ever come across and it was her drive and ambition, all the while remaining humble, kind and hilarious, that gave me the urge to try it all out myself.

You have such a refreshing style that c&é absolutely loves. How would you describe your style and has your style and aesthetics evolved overtime?
Thank you so much! If I had to narrow it down, I think that my style is soft and pretty with just a little bit of edge. Though I am unquestionably feminine, or girly if you will, I always love to incorporate modern elements, or a little element of unexpected, into every space I design. I think that I’ve always been attracted to a similar style, but as I age and grow I’ve really honed in on the good, the bad, and the ugly of said style.

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{in the office with jacquelyn clark | photos by heidi lau} via chevrons & éclairs

I recently moved into a gorgeous Georgian flat in London, and have only the basics of a sofa, coffee table, etc. How should I elevate these basics to make it more magazine-like and personal? Do you have any tricks to make a space both impressive and comfortable?
First of all, I’m not at ALL jealous of your gorgeous Georgian flat! As far as I’m concerned, there are three things that every home needs, regardless of budget. Those three things are: an area rug to ground the space, the softest throw you can afford (in the prettiest shade you can find), and coffee table books (they pull double duty as decor and, you know, learning tools!) Turning a house into a home is really as simple as layering in those little details that simply make it you.

How do you stay inspired, ahead of the trends and not burn out? Which trend are you most excited about?
Though I do put in the crazy long hours, I legitimately love EVERYTHING that I’m doing, which means that it simply doesn’t feel like work. That being said, I’ve gotten really good at keeping my laptop closed over the weekend. Everyone needs a break to refresh, refuel, and re-inspire. As far as trends I’m excited about, I love the fact that comfort is reigning queen in the design world these days. Oversized plush sofas are abundant, high thread count bed sheets are all the rage and those are both something I think we can all get on board with. In addition, I keep seeing laquered walls pop up every which way. Though I’m not quite ready to go that far, I do think it adds an air of glam that you just can’t beat.

Best moment of your career so far?
Landing my very first client when I launched my design business. It was literally the day after I announced, and it was just the confidence boost I needed to convince myself that yes, I’m on the right track!

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{all photographs captured by Heidi Lau Photography exclusively for Lark & Linen}

visiting primrose hill + video

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a walk to see the london skyline, visiting little street corners,
perusing french antique and flower shoppes and ending it with a
rose petal hot chocolate

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It wasn’t too long ago that I decided a little peruse through Primrose Hill was absolutely necessary.
Even after living in London for about 6 months, I still hadn’t made my way through the sweet, little village.
Though it was rather chilly on this quintessential winter day, I kept warm with my ever-so warm cashmere scarf and tweed coat.
And so an afternoon accompanied with a vibrant golden sun made for the perfect day. Go on and take a tour with me…

 

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see // top of primrose hill

As you walk from Chalk Farm station to the village, just a mere 10 minutes away,
you’re greeted by a rather steep looking hill. The hill overlooks the entirety of
the city’s skyline and the lush greens. The most breathtaking view I’ve seen in the city.

 

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{primrose hill} via chevrons & éclairs

 

peruse // fitzroy’s

Regent’s Park Road is adorned with many boutiques, shoppes and florists each with
it’s own flavor and the poshest clothes, accessories. By far my favorite shoppe to get lost in is Fitzroy’s.
The perfect oasis for flowers and antiques, each corner cuter than the last
as the floral-perfumed walls house sweet French antiques.

 

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eat // greenberry café

Since it was a rather chilly day, I was optimistic to find a place that had hot chocolate or an herbal cup of tea.
From a distant, I saw a vibrant green canopy that invited me in to seek what the café had.
From a superior brunch to comforting dinner, it was perfect to end the day in Primrose Hill.
Though Greenberry Café easily won my heart with their rose petal hot chocolate.

watch // take a walk through primrose hill with me

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{photo & videography by Natalia Photography exclusively for chevrons & éclairs}

daytime valentine

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a very happy valentine’s day to you…

I’d like to consider myself a fairly easy date. One who prefers conversations and long
walks over pretentious meals that most always is accompanied by awkward silences. One who
doesn’t necessarily want flowers and chocolates and jewelry, but prefer to put those
resources towards going to watch films or visiting an exhibition or planning a lovely
holiday. And so the subtleness of this outfit, just a bit of pale pink that exudes the
typical valentine aura. And so I’m ready to explore, have a cup of coffee
and possibly a sweet pastry too for a simple valentine’s day…

{and PS} sorry for the wrinkly skirt! x

 
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skirt c/o harrods, similar | blouse jack wills, similar | wedges michael kors via shopbop | scarf accessorize | purse coach, similar | earrings kate spade | rings accessorize & catbird | lipstick pervette | nails diorlisse abricot | perfume valentina by valentino

photographed by Natalia Wisniewska exclusively for chevrons & éclairs

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