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Should Young Girls Be Idolising Taylor Swift?

Love her or hate her, if there’s one person you want your daughters to look up to right now, it’s Taylor Swift. Sure, she’s got a self-admitted “long list of ex-lovers” but any Instagram follower of hers will see she’s strong, funny, and independent. Sure, that might just be a social media persona, but with an estimated worth of $200 million, she’s got to be doing something right.

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She knows her worth

In the week when she sold 1.3 million copies of her album 1989, Swifty famously decided to pull all her songs and back-catalogue from streaming site Spotify.  “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is,” she wrote in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal.

More recently, she wrote an open letter to Apple Music stating her music would not be available on the platform, because it was not going to pay artists during their three-month trial period. “We don’ t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple did an about-face on the same day, announced it would be paying artists for the three-month trial, and 1989 can be listened to on the platform. A woman who values what she does and stands up for what she believes in? Tick. Having the power to trigger a hundred billion dollar global company to change a policy? That’s a feat anyone would be inspired by.

She has female friends

A quick look at her Instagram feed, and Tay Tay is always hanging out with her friends. A network including Haim, Karlie Kloss, Lorde and Dunham makes her #squad look like plenty of fun. Close female friends are crucial for daughters of any age, and seeing Taylor with her inner circle encourages all girls to spend more time with their girlfriends, support each other, and keep that network strong.

She’s real

Whether it’s granting the Sydney Belvoir Theatre permission to use her song in a performance, making multiple references to hanging out with her cats, or just generally making fun of herself, T-Swizzle just seems like such a nice, approachable person. Someone I could hang out with. Someone I want to hang out with. From all accounts, she writes her own songs, plays her own instruments and is heavily involved in the production process.

Working hard and being nice seem like a pretty simple combo, but it’s amazing how many people still haven’t nailed it yet. We could all do with a little reminder from Swift every now and then to not take life too seriously.

All You Need To Know: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014

We have less than a week to go before the biggest runway event of the year – the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. This landmark event has been running since 1995 and has transcended a mere catwalk show. With performances from the biggest pop acts in the world, and the industry’s biggest supermodel names, there is no doubt why the Victoria’s Secret special is the only fashion show to be broadcast internationally on mainstream tv networks. The show will be aired on Tuesday, December 9 on CBS, and here is everything you need to know in the lead up to the big night.

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1. The Angels

To be granted your Victoria’s Secret “wings” is the modelling equivalent of winning an Oscar. These ladies are at the top of the beauty game, only to be exceeded by retired Angels, such as Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr. The line-up this year includes: Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and Lindsay Ellingson.

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2. Their Instagram Accounts

Follow your favorite model on Instagram for the biggest scoop. Start with the Victoria’s Secret account (@victoriassecret), and try resident photographer Jerome Duran (@jeromeduran) for bonus snaps. To get in on the action, use the official hashtag #VSFashionShow.

Adriana Lima – @adrianalima

Alessandra Ambrosio – @alessandraambrosio

Behati Prinsloo – @behatiprinsloo

Candice Swanepoel – @angelcandices

Doutzen Kroes – @doutzen

Karlie Kloss – @karliekloss

Lily Aldridge – @lilyaldridge

Lindsay Ellingson – @lindsellingson

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3. The Fantasy Bra

Among the big news this year is that there will be TWO Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bras. For the first time, Brazilian duo Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosia will be filling out the bras, which are valued at $2 million each! The most expensive lingerie sets in the world are encrusted with thousands of amethysts, topaz, diamonds, sapphires, garnets and 18k gold… essentially enough bling to enrich a small country.

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4. The other models

According to the casting agents, the recipe for VS models is personality, proportions (well, duh), glowing skin and a killer smile. There are rumored to be 44 models hitting the catwalk in this year’s show. Keep an eye on the fresh faces of 2014 because this year’s newcomers might be the next Gisele. Victoria’s Secret posts a casting video each year, take a look at this year’s competition.

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5. The Music

This year Taylor Swift (who also performed at last year’s show), Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier will be taking the stage (runway?) to provide the strut-worthy soundtrack.

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6. Cara Delevingne And Kendall Jenner Will NOT Be Walking

I repeat, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner will not be walking. For those who passionately follow VS news, this might be a big deal since these have been two of VS’ most famous faces in the past. This year, Delevingne and Jenner passed up the gig in favor of their old pal Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. It’s tough being a model, right?

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Images via Instagram, News.com.au, Fashion Gone Rogue, Daily Mirror UK, Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Regardless of your age, style or even hair texture, low-bun hairstyles are a classic way to refine your look for a formal occasion. There are many ways in which to customise this look and make it uniquely your own – whether that involves leaving some hair loose at the front, using hair accessories or even braiding the hair for a bohemian look. If you’re into low-bun hairstyles but don’t know how to go about it, take a peek at our four trendy styles which you can try out yourself.

With a fringe

If you have a fringe, don’t fret! This style could also work for you, since the shorter layers will frame your face at the front (while the classic low-bun is sitting at the back). The thicker the fringe, the better – but if you want to create a bohemian look, simply part hair into two and create volume at the roots just like Selena.

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Low-knot

We always hear about a top-knot hairstyle, but never a low-knot! Comb hair back and create a tight and clean knot which will sit at the nape of the neck. Be sure to straighten your hair if you want an extra sleek-look which will seem like you just walked off the runway!

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Side bun

This one is for all the curly haired girls out there – you can also wear this look without straightening your locks! Taylor Swift is the perfect example of nailing this look because her natural curls still make the bun look soft and gentle – regardless of the event.

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Bouffant with low bun

You don’t have to be a supermodel to create this signature look which is true to 1960s style. Create some drama at the roots by backcombing a few strands before securing into place with holding spray. Then carefully pin thin strands of hair around your bun – this will create a unique style which was so prominent in Dolce and Gabbana’s SS 13/14 show.

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

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Best Hairstyles For Short Hair

Never have more of our favorite celebs been lobbing their locks and rocking a short do. Women of all ages are proving that short hair can be sophisticated, sexy and versatile! Be inspired by some of the best short hairstyles of the year.

The fringed pixie
Unlike the traditional pixie cut, this year we’re seeing a lot of this style with a fringe. The range of celebs sporting this ‘do proves that you don’t need to have a particular face shape to pull it off. Although, of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Robin Wright’s bone structure!

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Making waves
Chin-length bobs are hot, and also look great on every face shape. Waves are great for adding some volume and framing delicate features, like those of  Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. Customize your bob to suit your features by moving the part (side or middle) and maybe fashioning a fringe.

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The Side Sweep
Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart are perfect examples of how to wear this look for different occasions. While K-Stew goes the “bed-hair” route, J-Law is looking glamorous on the red carpet with styled-waves. Just part your hair on the side, sweep it over, and pin back the rest.

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Celebrity Hairstyles: Taylor Swift’s Curly Loose Bun

Award-winning hairstylist Lizzie Liros shows us how to get a curly loose bun like Taylor Swift, one of our favourite romantic hair up styles for weddings, parties, anything!

1. Start by parting the hair into a side part just off the middle part line, then curl the hair with a Conical Curling Wand.

2. Lightly run your fingers through the hair to separate the curls.

3. Working away from the face sweep the hair back and tie into a low loose ponytail at the lower side nape, on the opposite side to your part. Ensure that the front fringe section is loose around the face and avoid slicking the hair back as this will take away from the textured finish desired.

4. Starting from the outside pieces of the ponytail, working your way inwards, take small sections of the hair and twist / twirl it to the desired shape and place then secure with a bobby pin.

5. Do this with all the hair and then with your fingers, separate the curls of the bun to give it a looser more textured finish.

6. Use Shine Spray for a soft shinny finish.

Tip: Use a clip in hairpiece to create length and volume for this style if your hair is not naturally long enough to create the look. Lizzie recommends the 10 Piece Clip-In Hairpiece Set by Amazing Hair Australia, RRP $269.00.

For more information on Lizzie Liros visit www.lizzieliros.com

What do you think of Taylor Swift’s updo?

5 Celebrity Hairstyles You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less

Who has time to style their hair every  morning? Luckily, these five celebrity hairstyles are easy to do, look amazing and only take a few minutes to put together.

Sienna Miller’s half updo
If you can’t decide between wearing your hair loose or in a hair up style, the answer is: a half undo, a sophisticated style that looks beautiful yet only takes a minute or two to style. Medium to long hair lengths look the best in this style. To achieve the half updo, flip your hair upside down and spray the roots with hairspray for some lift. Then, take a few sections of hair around the crown, and braid or twist them into a loose bun to secure. The final result is a feminine style that will show off your best features. jenniferlawrencehair

Jennifer Lawrence’s pixie hairstyle
When Jennifer chopped off her mane last year because it was in the “icky awkward stage”, she went from girl-next-door to style icon. The feminine pixie cut looks amazing on Lawrence and shows off her spectacular blue eyes and luminous skin. A lot of women might be scared of getting the big chop, but rest assured that a pixie cut is surprisingly flattering and only takes seconds to style. To get this look, simply run a little hair texturising lotion through your hair after you shower and smooth it down with a blow dryer so the ends are set.

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Rose Byrne’s easy side ponytail
A side ponytail is one of the easiest hairstyles to do, yet it’s perfect for any occasion. This hairstyle looks particularly great on girls with straight or curly hair. To achieve this look, run some curl smoothing cream through your tresses to enhance the curl pattern and reduce any frizz. If you have straight hair, use a large curling barrel to add some volume (don’t forget to use a heat protectant spray). Finally, brush your hair to the side and secure with a hair tie. The side ponytail looks great a little messy, so tease the ponytail for added volume.

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Kate Bosworth’s high topknot
Show off killer cheekbones with a sophisticated top knot. This is one of the most popular celebrity hairstyles, and is great for elegant occasions because it highlights and lengthens your neck so that all eyes turn on you. The topknot works best on girls with straight hair because it’s easier to gather into a high ponytail. The first step is to gather your hair as high as possible. Then, use a hair donut to add body and secure. Finish with a light mist of hairspray to tame any flyways.

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Taylor Swift curls
Who doesn’t love big, bouncy curls? However, curling hair can be gruelling and it takes an eternity. Plus, the heat from your curling iron can be damaging and result in breakage. Luckily there’s an easy way to curl the hair with less time and damage, and you’ll only need a headband. Headband curls only take five minutes to do, and it can be done in your sleep – literally. To achieve sexy curls, place a headband around your hair. Then, simply twirl the hair into the band and go to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, release the headband and the curls will fall loose. Avoid brushing the curls because they will lose the curl pattern and become waves.

Which celebrity hairstyle would you like to recreate at home?

Best Grammys Red Carpet Dresses

It was a sea of glitter at the Grammys 2014, with everyone from Taylor Swift to Amy Kendrick wearing gorgeous shades of gold and platinum. But can we just stop and talk about how Beyonce stole the show in her dress? Here are our best Grammys red carpet dresses.

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Even before Beyonce got on stage for that performance of Drunk in Love with hubbie Jay Z, she stunned everyone in her white Michael Costello gown complete with sexy lace and plunging back.

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Amy Kendrick presented an award with Pharrell wearing an Azzaro dress that was just-the-right-side of evealing.

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British songstress Rita Ora bucked the long red carpet dresses trend and chose a knee-length green-gold Lanvin dress.

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Taylor Swift shone in a sparkly Gucci dress that was one of our favourite celebrity style looks of the night.

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Australian supermodel Nicole Trufino went for a 70’s vibe with her sexy sparkling platinum gown with bell sleeves and pleated skirt to support her boyfriend, Texan musician Gary Clark Jr.

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Ciara showed off her baby bump in a figure-hugging custom-made Pucci gow.

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John Legend’s wife Christine Teigen glowed in head-to-toe gold, from her sexy gold dress to her golden hair and bronzed skin.

Who is wearing your favourite Grammys red carpet dress?