2013 Hottest Bridal Hair Trends// wedding hair trends

Buns and Braids….. they are sweeping the country! Every year we see a new trend setting the stage for bridal do’s, and this year is no exception! I am seeing it all, messy buns, high buns, to the side buns, cinnamon buns will give you J Lo buns…….ok,  lets get back on track! Traditional braids, Herringbone braids, Reverse braids, side sweeping braids that go into buns, braids that wanna be buns. You get the picture.  Brides sitting in my chair are asking for all of the above, and we aim to please!  So, incorporating braids this year into any style?  That’s what we ” do” ….pun intended!!

Since braids are a huge  trend this year with no sign of slowing down,  the challenge is to hang on and enjoy the ride. Boho bride to classic bride, the waterfall braid is just right for you. Looking exceptionally beautiful on any personality.

Buns have made such a come back and it SCREAMS classy and sophisticated. You can wear it messy and to the side to create a soft, sweet romantic look or you can wear it smooth and on top of your head to create a look that is simply timeless.

Incorporating a classic bun with a braid will give you CHIC & SLEEK… Its simply Gorgeous… Check out video below to watch my segment on First Coast Living to give you more insight into the hottest Bridal trends this year.


I had so much fun on the set with these ladies. Thanks to Scarlett Lillian Knuth, Adair Currie & Jill Thomas for being my fabulous models.

Cant wait to give all of you ladies more hair tips and tricks!!!

XOXO, Mandi

2013 Brides Choice Award// wedding wire

Hello to you all,

I hope this year is bringing you as much JOY as it is already bringing me…. and its only January!! I couldn’t do any of the things I am honored to do without the help of so many great people and organizations that support me. I am excited to announce to you that I have received Wedding Wire’s 2013 Bride’s Choice Award. With that said, it is YOU, my fabulous and amazing brides who have awarded me this distinct honor by submitting such great reviews. It is with great humility and gratitude that I share this with you today and want to say a heart felt Thank you for the reviews that you have sent in on my half. I realize that you had many options when making your plans for that most special day and I appreciate the opportunity to be a small part of what will ultimately be marked as one of the most memorable days of your life. I have such a great support system of not only fabulous brides, but family and friends, who have lifted me higher than I ever thought possible. I can’t imagine what the rest of this year has in store as we move through each life changing experience that awaits each of us. Stay tuned for the rest of the story as we move through the seasons together one happy bride at a time!!


XOXO, Mandi

Bridal Window Contest Winners Announced// Contest

Earlier in the month Once Upon a Stylist was given the opportunity to have its very own store front window! So I decided to make it the most glamorous window there ever was, to showcase some of my work! In doing this I knew I wanted to create a contest to allow any girl be my featured bride. Above are the pictures of all the Beautiful contestants. They have been vying for your votes for the late few weeks and it is finally time to announce the winners…. STAY TUNED TO THE BLOG TO SEE THE WINDOW GRAND UNVEILING!!!

Coming in as the runners up who will get their photo at the

 top of the window are…….. Kayla and Ashley!!!!

Congrats Girls!

And now for the Winner of the Bridal Store Front Wondow Contest with the most votes is…. LEEANN SOX!!!!

CONGRATS GIRL! You definitely rocked the vote!!!


Holiday Hair on First Coast Living// hair styles

This past week I was lucky enough to score a segment on the morning show called First Coast Living: On this show I got to show the viewers some of my tips and tricks that I use to style my clients hair that they can do themselves at home! Take a look…


I brought along a few of my clients aka  My Main Models… Trisha Miller, LeeAnn Sox and Megan Holtsinger. We had a blast being on set! Pretending we were new casters, weather ladies, and camera controllers… I even played with the “green screen” =) Here are a few pictures that captured those exciting moments.

CONTEST!!!// bridal window

So excited to announce that Once Upon a Stylist will have its very own store front window at my hometown salon. San Marco Strands Hair Salon and I joined up to create a contest!!! We are looking for the most beautiful bride!!!!

Do you have what it takes??? Then send in your favorite picture to mandi@onceuponastylist.com

You do not actually have to be a bride as hair, make up and a dress will be provided for the photoshoot!!! The top winner will be the featured bride in the window and the runners up will have headshot type photos in the top of the window!

Picture submissions end at midnight (est) on December 12th!!!

The contest starts on December 13th. Here’s how you win:

The top Three girls will go into an additional contest to determine the winner!

I am sooooo excited to see all the photos! And cant wait to do the actual photoshoot!!!


XOXO, Mandi