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THE A L C H E M I S T

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“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

– THE A L C H E M I S T

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This story is simple but special.

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When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was constantly enamored by this particular structure. Nestled discreetly between shops on Sunset Blvd. stood El Chavo; a lively concoction of Moroccan design meets Havana flair. Earlier this month, the Mexican restaurant with the mean margarita happy hour decided to officially close its doors for good.

I heard rumors of this looming fate last year but somehow found it hard to believe. It seemed far too beautiful too be left behind. I told myself one day I would shoot there before it was too late. I knew it would happen when the moment was right. At the time, I knew I didn’t have the tools necessary.

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I’ll be honest; my desire for this goal was strong, yet my effort was minimal. That’s the crazy thing about manifestation, we’re told we have to want it, yet if we exert too much force it evades us. Things begin to happen when we demonstrate the strength and faith to release whatever it is we want. I’ve found there’s a special kind of magic in trust.

Two years came and went. This past September, I finally made good on the promise I made to myself. Like a well mixed cocktail, all the ingredients came together seamlessly; location, wardrobe, photographer and a little bit of ‘magic.’ The result of getting out of my own way was the imagery within this post.

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At first, I felt as I do with any successful shoot: accomplished. When I paused, I realized it was deeper than success. It was that my vision came to light through my unwavering faith. What makes life most exciting is the possibility of having a dream actualized. Of creating the unseen in the mind and watching it appear.

As El Chavo phases out, and the old becomes the new, I’ll be curious to see how the spot is modernized. I truly hope whoever decides to take over this special space chooses to preserve some of its iconic and stylistic appeal. Regardless, I will continue to slide my cat eye shades down the bridge of my nose to sneak a peak whenever I cruise by.

She’s watching you, kid.

M

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|| FEATURED L O C A T I O N ||

El Chavo Restaurant

|| FEATURED P R O D U C T S ||

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Zara, Suede Platfroms

J.Crew, Chandelier Earrings

Wildfox, La Femmes Sunnies

|| P H O T O G R A P H Y ||

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| PAUL MITCHELL | SCARF TUTORIAL

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”

M A R Y LOU COOK

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LOOK I | The Sophisticated Neck Tie |

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Step I: Prep

Begin this look with Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off The Press. This thermal protector doubles as a hairspray, leaving you with a nice flexible hold. Pull hair into a low pony or your desired style.

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Step II: Half Fold

Create a vertical half fold by taking the two opposite corners and matching them up to form a triangle.

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Step III: Roll and Fold

Begin to roll in a downward motion toward the tip of the scarf. After each fold, smooth out the surface before continuing. Repeat until you reach the end of the scarf and you’re left with a thin band. (May help to lay the scarf on a flat surface).

Step IV: Tie and Knot

Place the scarf at the back of your neck. (Be sure to conceal the extra material by facing this side toward your neck). Bring the ends around to the front and tie into a knot. Repeat Step IV to create a double knot that will secure the look.

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Final Look: Polished and Poised

Pro Tip: Use The Neck Tie to add a hint of sophistication to any outfit. Maximize the impact by keeping hair minimal or tied back to show off the neckline.

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LOOK II | The Front Twist |

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Step I: Prep

Begin by applying Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam to wet hair. Dry hair with a diffuser, raking your fingers through and scrunching as it dries or simply let it air dry. This will help create smooth waves with touchable texture, perfect for a voluminous topknot.

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Step II: Half Fold 

Create a vertical half fold by taking the two opposite corners and matching them up to form a triangle.

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Step III: Roll and Fold

Begin to roll in a downward direction toward the tip of the scarf. After each fold, smooth out the surface before continuing. Repeat until you reach the end of the scarf and you’re left with a thin band.

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Step IV: Tie and Knot

Place the scarf at the nape of your neck. (Be sure to conceal the extra material by facing that side toward your hair). Bring the ends around to the front and tie into a knot at the crown of your head. Repeat Step IV to create a tight double knot.

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Step V: Tuck 

Take one of the remaining tails and begin to tuck it beneath the existing band. Repeat on the other side until you are left with a seamless band. (You may want to use bobby pins to hold everything in place).

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Final Look: Sporty Casual 

Pro Tip: Use The Front Twist as a stylish alternative to a headband. This look helps keep fly-away wisps at bay and your hair out of your face. Perfect for when you’re on the go, playing a sport or on your summer boating expedition! Looks great with hair pulled up in a messy bun or worn down with some wavy texture.

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  LOOK III | The Bow |

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Step I: Prep

Slick back hair into a high pony using a coarse bristled brush. Secure with elastic then twirl the ponytail into a firm coil. Wrap the coil around the base of the ponytail in a clockwise direction to create a ballerina bun. Secure with bobby pins. Finish the look with Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray to create a luminous shine that doubles as a conditioner.

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Step II: Half Fold

Create a horizontal half fold by taking the top two corners and folding them toward one another to create a rectangle.

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Step III: Roll and Fold

Begin to roll in a downward direction toward the tip of the scarf. After each fold, smooth out the surface before continuing. Repeat until you reach the end of the scarf and you’re left with a thin band.

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Step IV: Tie and Knot

Place the middle of the scarf at the back of the bun and bring the ends to the front. Tie in a secure knot at the front. Repeat Step IV to create a double knot to shorten the ends. (This will help prep you for the final step).

Step V: Primp and Perfect

Finish off the look by pulling the remaining ends into place and adjust them until they form a bow. You may choose to make this as full or as minimal as desired.

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Final Look: Quirky and Cute

Pro Tip: You may want to use a lightweight hairspray on both the scarf and hair to keep everything in place: (Try Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off the Press). This look doesn’t require heat styling, making it a perfect alternative for those who want a polished look without the damage. Feeling bold? Nix the fancy jewelry and rock this look out at your next cocktail event or big night out!

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| OTMFC |

 MORGAN R Y A N       EVAN W O O D S     GIUSEPPE R I N A L D I        ASHLEY C O F F E Y

A big thank you to all those involved in helping me coordinate, organize and produce this shoot. It was amazing to have each and every one of you on board. Thanks for being a part of my journey!

As my first studio produced tutorial, I would like to say a huge thank you to Paul Mitchell and Quixote Studios for making this dream a reality.

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