This spring I am loving the effortless glam look for black tie events. For this look, Lauren Wohlin of Gossamer salon (info at the bottom) prepped my hair by creating textured curls, which were featured here (keep an eye out for the tutorial in a future blog post.) She calls these waves the “Selena” wave after Selena Gomez who often rocks these kind of curls. From there she pieced my hair together in a low textured bun, which is a great go-to style. It is so elegant and classy, but not too constricting or overly styled. The hair trends these days are all about texture, whether your hair is up or down, which lends for a more unique look. It’s so interesting to see dimension in the color and in the styling. Having a textured bun like this is the perfect juxtapose for such a formal event. Styling the bun lower at the nap of the neck instantly dresses up the look compared to a higher bun or top knot look.

I especially love this updo with these gorgeous stand out earrings, which I wore for my wedding. I didn’t want to overpower the look with a necklace or clash with the asymmetrical neckline. There’s nothing more distracting than a necklace competing with a neckline or someone wearing too much jewelry, and that’s coming from the girl who loves to layer and stack her jewelry! Be sure to take into account your dress’ neckline when determining your jewelry and hairstyle. Adding a bolero or shawl is something that not only keeps you warm after the sun goes down, but also adds dimension and texture to your look. This shawl is from my wedding as well and I love the faux fur feel and look. Lastly, with this dress, I made sure to pair a delicate bracelet to play on the elegance of the overall look. This bracelet is also from my wedding and was my “something blue.” More detail on these accessories here.

Lastly, the makeup ties the whole look together, which was done by Leiah Scheibel at The Sparkle Bar (info below.) For fancy events, I tend to favorite a smokey eye, a cat eye or a bold lip or some combination of all three. For this look, I didn’t want the makeup to overpower the gown and accessories, so Leiah focused on the skin by giving me a radiant glow. She also played up my eyes with a smokey eye and perfectly pointed eye liner, but she didn’t go over the top, and she kept the colors very warm and neutral. The lip is the perfect nude because it creates the impeccable pout and gives off an appearance like I almost don’t have anything on besides a clear gloss. 

For events like galas and weddings where a floor length gown is required, you don’t always have to go over the top with hair and makeup if that’s not something that you’re comfortable with. Although sometimes it’s really fun to do! I loved this look because I felt naturally beautiful. Both Lauren and Leiah did an amazing job of accentuating the areas of the look where I felt the most comfortable. 

Do you have any black tie events this spring? Comment below and let me know where you’regoing!

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RSVP BY 3/14/17 – Join me at an exclusive invite-only event on Thursday, March 16th. Pearce Family Foundation will be in attendance to talk about their upcoming charity fashion show, Runway of Hope, which you will have the chance to win a ticket to their fashion show with a $10 donation. In addition, a Kendra Scott necklace and a Kendra Scott bracelet will be raffled off with a $10 donation each. This event will be the perfect inspiration for your upcoming spring soirees. Please email for more information. 

Other Details…

Kate Nelle Photography | Website | Instagram

Make-up by Leiah at The Sparkle Bar | New customers, get $20 off your service by clicking here! | @thesparklebar @leiahscheibel

Hair: Gossamer Salon | Use my name or The Foxy Kat blog as a referral and receive 20% off all services during your first visit! | @gossamersalon @l.a.dub

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  1. You look absolutely stunning!! Love the entire look but your hair and makeup look spectacular. Can’t wait for the Sparkle Bar event.


  2. I said it before and I will say it again, you are a brunette Cinderella! Seriously, you look like a Disney princess. So beautiful!

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