When it comes to finding the right look, it's best to seek out a professional opinion -- cue Gigi Cardella-Arredondo.
As a stylist for Scottsdale's Salon Tru, makeup artist for a photo shoot turned Valley Ho ad campaign, model, and occasional beauty bloogger, Gigi Cardella, doesn't just follow style; she lives and breathes it.
Rocking a tattoo sleeve that could best be described as couture and a fashion style inspired by 1960s Barbie (if Barbie drove a motorcycle and sported more leopard prints), she walks that stiletto-thin line between simple and chic.
And while her style deserves to be showcased, we also took the opportunity to get her opinion on hair trends around the Valley.
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What are you wearing right now?
Black jeans from Urban Outfitters (I love that they sell shorter jeans for us shorties), black and white polka dot bandeau from Tilly's, long v-neck tank top from Scottsdale Boutique, and wedges from Steve Madden.
I don't see anything wrong with buying less expensive "trendy" items that will drop off at the end of the season and splurging on a pair of jeans that I will wear over and over. I am all about feeling confident in what I am wearing at all times.
Name five items every woman should have in her closet:
1. A pair of heels/wedges that you can wear all day
2. A pair of jeans that can be dressed up or down
3. A classic dress you could wear anywhere -- to a wedding or out on the town with friends
4. Classic jacket
5. Bathing suit you feel confident in (you can swim almost year-round in Phoenix!)
Fashion trend you can't stand? Rompers. They don't really look good on anyone. And tights with opened-toed shoes.
Hair trend you can't stand Crunchy curls, overly striped hair, highlights/lowlights on the same head (see original Kate Plus 8).
Some of your favorite hair trends for summer? Ombre, pastel colors, fringe, and braids ... I am obsessed
Five Hair items that every woman should have:
1. Dry shampoo
2. Ceramic blow dryer with a cold shot button (e.g., Babliss)
3. One inch ceramic flat iron (e.g.,T3)
4. Bobby pins
5. Set of clip-in hair extensions with a backcombing brush (you can do amazing things with a little more hair!)
What should we be doing to our hair? Use conditioner and don't be afraid to detoxify your hair. Build-up occurs over time, especially when you've been swimming all summer. People are afraid to do it because they think it will strip the color, but it won't. Trust me.
Give us a childhood memory of you and hair... I have loved hair since I was old enough to care. I started experimenting on my own hair, my brother's hair, my Barbie's hair, the dogs and cats -- anything that had hair, really. I would put anything on my hair, from Clorox bleach to Kool-Aid; if I thought it would do something, I would try it! I think I have tried every trend at some point!
So what's the craziest thing you've ever done to your hair?
I've shaved just the back of my head and even just the side of my head. When Christina Aguilera had the red and black chunks in her hair, I tried to mimic that and it looked like my scalp was bleeding!
What's your hair advice for Phoenix?
The easier the better for day to day! Choose a style/color that compliments your skin color and facial features. I think when you start trying too hard, that's when you look too done up and get frustrated because it's not working out the way you want it to. Some people are not meant to be blonde or have long hair. Embrace what your hair wants to do.