I liked this.

I admit that I have a major crush on Charlize Theron.  She’s an Oscar winner with through-the-roof talent, a worthy face of Dior fragrances with knockout red carpet appearances, and possessing of a glowing, Old Hollywood kind of beauty that exudes class, grace and … well … Grace.  I also must mention that Charlize has the kind of sophisticated, impeccable off-duty style that makes me respect her for knowing how to dress without a Rachel Zoe breathing down her neck.

What I also love about Charlize is her consistently beautiful presentation of hair and makeup.  I know it can’t hurt to be a Dior representative when it comes to this stuff, but I have to applaud Ms. Theron’s hairstylist Enzo Angileri for this gorgeous braided creation for the star’s appearance at the 2012 Critic’s Choice Awards.

Enzo allegedly took inspiration from the Latin flamenco feel of Charlize’s Azzedine Alaia dress for this hairstyle.  Paired with light makeup and a simply designed black frock, I love that the hair is able to steal the show.  Now, I’m really not sure if this is all her hair or if there’s some kind of extension stuck in there, but it looks elegant and understated nevertheless (which frequently is not the case with extensions).  This is the kind of style that’s perfect to use for bridal inspiration or as a bridesmaid, or equally perfect for any of your upcoming fancy-schmancy Christmas parties (weee!).  I found a great how-to article (if you dare) and have placed it here for your convenience.  And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to keep practicing a basic French braid on myself because I still … can’t … do it.  xo, MR

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