Sarah’s Request: Kate Beckinsale’s “Emma”

Hi everybody!

Today’s post is from a request from Sarah.

I wonder if you can figure out a way to do this style. I can only find one image of it, so it may be hard! I am filming a regency movie and am also the director, hair dresser, etc. So, I need some regency hair styles!! Can you help?? Thanks so much!

Here is the image.

Sarah was even so good as to reply to herself with a possible solution.  🙂

As I was thinking this over on my request. Do you think it would be possible to do this style like this:

Curl your hair, either in rollers or rags (for a curlier affect), or do pin curls. Then, do an upside down flip through, and maybe pin hair up slightly (so the hair falls down from a higher height on head.)

As I see it, there are about 3 different ways to do this style depending on how long your hair is.  All these start with pre-curled hair, so if you have naturally curly hair, you have it made in the shade!

Option 1. What Sarah came up with would work on shorter hair.  You could also do a regular flip through and then bobby pin the curls up. I’m pretty sure that is what is what the hairdresser for the movie did.

Option 2. Start with curly hair and make a faux-short ponytail.  I did that a while back for a different tutorial.  Here’s how it turned out.

Option 3. Start with curly hair again.  Make a bun and pin it so that the ends stick out the top and pin the curls over the bun. That would kind of look like the beginning of my Romola Garai Emma style.

I hope that helps!

I know it has been forever since I posted.  I’ll spare you the obligatory sob story, but real life has been very busy in both good and not-so-good ways.  Hopefully, things should get back to normal in a few weeks.


Emma: Romola Garai Version

Jeremiah 31:3

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love;
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

In today’s tutorial, I am wearing a locket that my grandmother gave to me a few years before she passed away. The front is engraved with the words “I love you” and a rose, delicately colored. I wish I could get a picture of it to turn out! This verse is on the inside.

And now, drum roll, please!

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Merry Christmas, ladies! I hope you all are having a blessed December.

Have any of you tried the tutorials from Emma week yet? If so, I’d love to see how they turned out! If you want to be featured in a “Reader Results” post or just want to send pictures, please leave a comment.

I’m really excited about some new tutorials coming up. There’s some Narnian styles I want to do, how to make hair flowers, and a vintage style or two. With Christmas and real life, I’m not sure when, but never fear!  As MacArthur said, I shall return.

For my US readers, Cranford will be on PBS next week. I’ve never seen it before; it is good? The costumes look pretty!

As we celebrate Christmas, remember the reason Christ came. A little family in a stable in Bethlehem was only the beginning of the most beautiful example of God’s love. We were made to have fellowship with God, but that fellowship is broken by sin. The Bible says that we have all fallen short of God’s standard, which is perfection. Everybody, including me, has told a lie, been jealous, or been disrespectful of a parent. But God didn’t leave us without hope of forgiveness! He sent His Son Jesus into the world so that, by Jesus’ death, we could be forgiven of our sins. Jesus was perfect so He did not have to die for His own sin. Instead, He took your punishment and mine so that we could be forgiven and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. All you have to do is accept His free offer of forgiveness by trusting in Jesus alone (not doing good things or religious activity) to make you right with God.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  — Romans 6:23

“In this was manifested [shown] the love of God toward us: that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [atonement or forgiveness] for our sins.”  — 1 John 4:9-10

If you have any questions, please contact me.  I’d love to talk with you!

Again, Merry Christmas!

Emma: Archery Style

Emma: The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage!
Mr. Knightly: I do not comprehend it because it is madness!

Today is the last tutorial for Emma Week. I would say that when most people think of “Emma,” this is the scene that comes to mind. With such a beautiful setting and witty dialog, the archery scene is the definition of a tempest in a teacup.

Emma’s iconic style is pretty easy. You only need to know how to do a basic bun and a shell bun.

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Emma: Triple Twist Bun

Harriet: Oh, I do not know Miss Fairfax!
Emma: There is not much to be said for her. When pressed, I say she is elegant.
*Parasol pop*

A comparatively minor style, this bun of Emma’s is one of my favorite styles from the movie. I will definitely being wearing this style for Christmas events this year. While it looks complicated, it really isn’t difficult.

You will need to know how to do either a folded twist or rope braid for this style. Don’t know which one to pick? You can read this comparison.

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Emma: Knot Bun with Curls

I hope all you ladies are having a wonderful week!

Today’s tutorial is for the most common style for Emma through out the movie. You can see it in a gazillion scenes, including the ball, the Coles’ party, the picnic, and the “I love John! I hate John!” scene.

I don’t have naturally curly hair. When I set my curls, I used the smallest rollers I have, and this is the tightest curl my hair will do. Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair is straighter than mine so I have a suspicion that her teeny curls are a hair piece. If you have any curling ideas, please leave a comment.

For today’s style, you only need to know how to do a basic bun.

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Emma: Frank Engaged

Towards the end of the movie, *don’t read the following if you haven’t seen the movie* Mrs. Weston tells Emma that Frank is engaged to Jane Fairfax. Later that day, Emma’s heart is broken broken by some “tragic” news about her dear Mr. Knightly.

You will need to know how to rope braid for this style. The Pirates of the Caribbean tutorial would be helpful, too.

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