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A Side Swept Hair Style with Hairpins

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Sometimes a certain style is my focus because my customers simply won’t have it any other way. Last week more than anything else we sold multiple sets of larger style hairpins. So I dug through my archive of photos and pulled out some photos from a shoot we did last summer in which we pulled long hair up into a side sweep and adorned with hairpins. The Plumeria flower below is actually attached to a very small comb but it’s essentially the same concept as a hairpin. I love the ear tuck here!


Below is the Anjou Bobby Pin a large star like shape made of large Swarovski pears. I love this design and wear the ring all the time!


Let me know if there is a particular hair style you are interested in seeing. We’ll be doing a photo shoot in a few weeks and would love to hear from you!

The Little White Feather Dress

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009


I love the whimsy of feathers and have been very happy to see them popping up everywhere this season. I was so pleasantly taken when I saw this version of the little white dress from J.Crew. The Gwen dress is a perfect combination of some of my favorite things:  a tailored cut of tweed and layers of chiffon, organza and tulle beaded with glass beads, sequins, and of course feathers. I would add a single Sabrina Bobby Pin from our Naugi collection to compliment the hair. This combination- the whimsical feathers, the tailored dress but not too serious length, the slight glitz of the jewels is perfect as maybe a second dress for late in the reception-LOVE it!


The Look: Wear Long Hair Down Adorned with a Sparkling Headband

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I’ve had two brides so far this week who are wearing their hair down and finishing their look with a sparkly headband. One of my brides had a question about how tiaras and headbands are worn with down hair and what the look is like.

There are as many variations to wearing the hair down as there are for wearing it up. Some want a “look”, glam, romantic, or sleek and modern while others want to do what works best for their hair type. Very long locks like the two featured here are so much fun for me to experiment with!

Here Brandi’s thick dark hair was styled straight and sleek. In her case there wasn’t too much else we could do because of her volume of hair and our time frame. I love her look and the gorgeous contrast dark hair provides for the sparkling Barcelona Headband. Subtly sparkling with hundreds of tiny Swarovski crystals this vintage inspired piece is beautiful worn like a headband. It really was a perfect way to tame Brandi’s hair and keep it off her face. To wear this piece like a tiara in front of up hair we would add a small comb on each side of the headband.


Audrey’s hair was another example of a girl with an amazing amount of hair! Wow, we were really a bit stumped at first about how to create the look we wanted. Kelly Cynkar of the Montgomery Hair Boutique really did a great job rolling Audre’s hair into loose romantic curls. I really loved the honey tones in her hair and thought curls would be perfect for her! The Lillian Grace Headband an absolutely perfect fit for this look- it’s flowing design of Swarovski crystal pear leaves, daisies, and pearls is asymmetrically placed making it a beautiful choice for soft and romantic hair.


This shoot took place last summer at the studio of the fabulous photographer Neysa Ruhl. If you live in the Cincinnati area and are getting married you should check her out, but give yourself plenty of time, her calendar looks like she’s already booked for 2009! Neysa Ruhl has a blog where she regularly shows her current projects. Go on over and see her talent- you’ll be glad you did! Make up was done by Leisa Glevicky of iMakeup Artistry.

I’ll be posting more hair styles and talking about how to adorn them, in fact I think there may be a port two to the long hair look!

Tell Me: How are you planning on wearing your hair for your wedding day?

A Beautiful Look- The Loose Rolled Ponytail

Friday, March 6th, 2009


I have this beautiful photo that I’ve wanted to show for a while now. The natural, romantic look was created by the Brides local team using our headpieces. Yes, I said headpieces, plural, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED the concept and their use of the pieces. I love it for a few other reasons also: First of all look at this glamorous and dramatic rolled ponytail. Wow she must have really long locks! I love how the hair drapes a little over the ear adding to the loose slightly casual feel. Wouldn’t this look be beautiful for a beach ceremony!?


The piece you can really see is the above pictured North Star Hair Ornament. It’s a very pretty sparkly piece chunk full of Swarovski crystal. The placement in the photo is beautiful even without the addition of the other piece. I have this piece made in all pearl but haven’t gotten around to adding it to the collection. It’s beautiful too- I try to get that added soon to show.


The piece that you can just see peeking over the side of the models head is the Honeysuckle Rose Headpiece. It reminds me of a garden- a lovely romantic garden– another place this look would be well suited for! The Honeysuckle Rose is one that can be worn in front as shown here or in the back above, say a loose rolled ponytail, or a big chignon. It’s really one of my favorites, the detail of which are somewhat painstaking to make.

The idea of combining two or more pieces to create a look is not often explored, but I think if done carefully it can be beautiful!

Tell me: Do you have any plans for unusual placement or combinations of headpieces?

Bling your Gown with a Gorgeous Naugi Brooch

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Last week I showed a few Vera Wang gowns featuring fabulously placed brooches. I have brooches pinned everywhere from hand bags to coat lapels. One of my very favorite suggestions for brides is incorporating a brooch somewhere on your wedding day; on your gown, hand bag, after party dress, or you can even pin a brooch in your hair. The reason I love this idea is that you can keep the brooch as a keepsake and reminder of your wedding to wear on special occasions and anniversaries for years to come. I rarely make a headpiece that I don’t think would be a good brooch also. We have a gorgeous line of heirloom quality brooches. Here are just a few ways to place them:


I’m starting with what is possibly my favorite of the photos- above is the Lillian Grace Brooch pinned on the lightly beaded neckline of a dress. Take a look at those pear crystal petals by Swarovski! I wouldn’t always suggest a pairing a brooch with beading but I love this. It’s delicate and feminine and the silver toned beading reference the silver of the brooch.


I made the Garden Party Brooch several years ago for my sister-in-law. For her I made it with light topaz crystal which we pinned on a champagne colored silk band which finished the strapless neck line of her beautiful dress. This brooch design became an instant favorite and one I love to suggest placing of the waist of a gown, shown here, as well. It dresses up last seasons knee length strapless beach dress from J.Crew very nicely.


Here the Lillian Grace Brooch is pinned on the waist. I love the graceful swoop of the leafy design. It’s as perfect pinned in this direction on the waist as it was one the above pictured neck line. LOVE!


Lastly is the center placed Lola Brooch on this deep v-neck dress again by J.Crew (yep, it’s a favorite)! I love how the circular brooch emulates the embroidered circles on the dress. Sadly, the only time I wore this dress I hadn’t yet designed Lola. This is actually a post for another day, but combining 2 Lolas on the hip of a gown is gorgeous and a very popular way to order and wear this design!

Tell me: Are you planning on wearing a brooch on your wedding day?

Jessica Coleman - Owner of Naugi Tiaras

Hi! I‘m Jessica, the owner and designer for Naugi Tiaras. Our blog is all about our products, what we love, weddings and design. Naugi has been in business since early 1999, creating unique handmade jewelry and accessories for brides around the world.

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