Reader Style Crush: Meet Monica

June 4, 2017

I met Monica almost exactly a year ago, when my baby was 6 days old. She did my hair. She made a new mama who just gave birth feel pretty. I immediately put her number on speed dial and the rest is pretty much history. Since that day, Monica has come to my house, endured the chaos of my 4 boys with a smile, and has not only become my favorite hair stylist of all time, but also my friend. I sit at my kitchen counter, she asks me what I want to do with my hair and the conversation always ends with, “I trust you. Just do whatever you want!” And then she works her magic right there and then in my little kitchen. The concept is truly ingenious.

floral wrap maxi dress

Every time Monica comes to my front door I immediately comment on her outfits. I think the last time she came over she was wearing a strapless dress under chunky cardigan and cowboy boots. It was only a matter of time before I convinced her that she needed to do a Reader Style crush. I am truly honored to introduce her to you today, officially!

Floral maxi dress

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m Monica Bada, new to the Philly area from Tennessee and I work as a Regional Stylist for Concihairge (see bottom of post for a giveaway!), a traveling hair salon that brings salon quality hair to the comfort of your home or office. My territory includes some Philadelphia suburbs as well as Concihairge’s recently launched territory of Center City. Follow on Facebook and Instagram: @monicabadaconcihairge

Tell me about the looks you wore: Where would you wear it? Why do you love it? I would wear both of these looks to work (minus the heels) and while we’re out and about in the city. I think they are both fun, transitional outfits that can be dressed up or down. I feel like that’s the quality that defines my wardrobe more than anything else.

How would you describe your style in 5 words or less? Eclectic. I choose pieces I like from all different genres of styles and just make it work!

How many days a week do you put on real clothes and/or what is your work style? I would say 6 out of 7 days I wear real clothes because of work and weekend outings. On Sunday you can usually find me in my work out clothes, hair pulled back in a bandana, strolling through the Italian Market.

floral maxi dress

What hair product do you swear by? Ooh this is a tough one! I believe everyone should have dry shampoo in their collection of hair products. This is my favorite spray version, and this is my favorite powder version. It’s such a fabulous styling product for so many reasons! Pro tip*: spray dry shampoo in your hair before bed to start the oil absorbing process overnight. Spot treat in the morning prior to styling.

What’s your favorite pair of jeans? Madewell high-rise skinny

Most worn item in your closet? Right now, my easy throw on summer dresses. Pair with some cute sandals and you’re ready to take on the grocery store, brunch with friends or a city stroll.

Now that you’ve moved to Center City Philly, what’s your go-to coffee spot? Any favorite restaurants? My go to coffee shop is Gleaners Cafe. It’s so charming and in the heart of the Italian Market. A few  favorite restaurants are Vintage Wine Bar for a happy hour spot, Alma de Cuba for date night and Hawthorne’s Beer Cafe for a casual dinner and drinks with friends.

Look One: Floral Maxi 
Shoes (old, these are similar) | Layer Choker Necklace
Purse: found at a vintage shop in Memphis, TN
Look 2: Denim
Denim | Top (from El Quetzal in Suburban Square, Ardmore)
Shoes (old, these are similar) | Belt
Purse (found at a vintage shop in Memphis, TN, similar here)

Get the Look:

Philly Readers!! Concihairge just launched downtown. To celebrate the launch they are hosting a giveaway. Book your appointments now with Monica to get 10% off any service….color boost, balayage, summer highlights, beachy waves….Use code PHILLY10 to book your appointment by 6/20/17 and be entered to win a basket of Kevin Murphy haircare products! $250 value*

Winner to be announced on 6/21 via Facebook/Instagram – follow us @concihairge and tag a friend!
*Some exclusions apply. Valid for new clients residing in Concihairge’s Philadelphia service area.  Kevin Murphy haircare products to be delivered to winner upon completion of their scheduled appointment.

  • Megan
    June 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I love Concihairge! Corissa is doing my hair tonight. 🙂

    And Monica’s vintage bag with the floral dress… ::swoon::

  • Elena
    June 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I really like this “effortless” pixie hairstyle 🙂

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