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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Stephanie Daniel, the hair/makeup artist who did my Oscar-night look, was wearing kickass boots that evening. I had to take a picture.

I didn’t get a good picture of the rest of her, which is unfortunate because she’s very beautiful.

I’ve worked with Stephanie many times. One thing I enjoy about her, in addition to her beauty and delightful personality, is her willingness to inflict a tiny bit of pain while attaching a faux-ny tail. I’ve had many different stylists do a faux-ny tail for me and you can take my word for it: the very best special-occasion faux-ny tails make you feel like your hair is being pulled out by the roots and that bobby pins have penetrated your brain. But don’t worry. That feeling only lasts for 30 minutes or until your whole head goes numb, whichever comes first. I kid! Sort of. Anyway, after that kind of styling, you won’t be tempted to pat your faux-ny tail all night to make sure it’s still on. You definitely won’t dance it off. Hair security can make the difference between a good night and a great night. Trust. But please note that this styling recommendation is just for special occasion faux-ny tails — something you might do two or three times a year. No pain, no gain does not apply to everyday hairdos, unless you want to wind up with permanent hair loss from traction alopecia, which means your hairline will look like Stevie Wonder’s.

Stevie Wonder
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Stephanie had left her old agency since I last saw her in 2007, so I wasn’t sure I’d find her again, but the interwebs came through for me. Oddly, at the same time I was searching for her, she was finding my blog by searching for “vintage band jackets.”

Before Stephanie left that night, I made sure I got her contact information so I don’t risk losing her again. If you need hair and makeup done in L.A. — whether it’s for a special occasion, an editorial shoot, a commercial, or anything else — I highly recommend Stephanie (she won’t hurt you unless you want her to, honest). If you’re really nice to her, maybe she’ll tell you the story about the client who gave her trick gum that tasted like fish. I nearly laughed my faux eyelashes off when she told me that one. But I didn’t, because she stuck ‘em on good!

UPDATED TO ADD: See Princess Poochie wearing the same boots here. She also described them as kickass! Personally, I prefer a heel so I find this version tempting:

Available at Saks
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31 Responses to “Making Up in L.A.”

  1. Princess Poochie says:

    She has the same Ann D’s I have… and yes, they do kick serious ASS!



  2. WendyB says:

    I thought they were Ann D but I didn’t ask that night because I had a few other things on my mind, like my hair!

  3. Alicia/InstantVintage says:

    Those boots definitely kick ass.

  4. Mira says:

    those shoes are orgasmic.

    ever since i saw em on jaknjil ive been craaaaaving em.

  5. Raven says:

    I love those Ann D’s! Even though the triple laces must be a bitch.

  6. -h says:

    those are awesome.

  7. Imogen Lamport says:

    No undressing in a hurry with those boots!

  8. Shannon (A beautiful Dream) says:

    (she won’t hurt you unless you want her to, honest) – bahahahahaha!

    Those shoes are gorgeous, but how long do they take to get on and off??

  9. janettaylor says:

    I love those Ann D. boots! I want… :D

    xoxo: Janet

  10. Sharon Rose says:

    Hi there-oh, the boots are just awesome!!

  11. Susie Bubble says:

    Used to scour eBay for those Ann D boots….

  12. Fashion_Loving_Stylist says:

    OMG – those boots are super hot!!

  13. pretty face says:

    Ouch, reading that post itself was a painful enough experience!

  14. Couture Carrie says:

    Those boots rock! But not as much as SW!


  15. K.Line says:

    Sometimes pain is good. We have to accept it.

    And very kick ass – almost scary – reminds me of Blade Runner boots.

  16. La Couturier says:

    I just saw your dress & makeup for the party in the last post – you look unbelievably amazing!! The color is so gorgeous, the back of the dress breathless!

    La C.

  17. Princess Poochie says:

    To answer how the boots get on/off – there is a zipper on the inside of your leg, so they are actually really easy. And very comfortable!


  18. enc says:

    Now I want to go to a special event just so I can get Stephanie to come over. Whereupon I will have her do may hair and slap, then I will slap her silly and abscond with her boots!

  19. jayne says:

    those boots are intense, but awesome

  20. Marian says:

    Adore those Ann Demeulemeester boots! Stephanie has great taste!
    muah x

  21. Swell Vintage - Frankie says:

    Those boots are truly epic! x

  22. miss cavendish says:

    Do indeed like those triple-lace Ann Ds. I have a single-lace pair I got in Iceland, which I rarely wear b/c they’re too hot and I am known to swoon when overheated!

  23. The Clothes Horse says:

    Her boots are awesome. I personally also only like to work with people who physically abuse me as well.

  24. captivateme says:

    wowza, those are fierce! Hope you’re having a great Sunday :-)

  25. Prunella Jones says:

    Those are some super hero boots. Me likey.

  26. Flashes of Style says:

    wow okay, these boots are amazing!

  27. lisa says:

    Awesome boots.

    P.S. If I ever trade in real ponytails for faux-ny tails, I’ll know what to look for in a good one thanks to you!

  28. molly says:

    what kickass boots! she sounds like a cool cucumber

  29. Renaissance Woman says:

    I love those boots! Tough and hot!!!

  30. m e l i g r o s a says:

    those are fabulous! iwant them now!!

  31. Little Lj says:

    I love the Stevie reference… brilliant