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My Bangin’ Decision

I hope you appreciate the terrible pun in my title…yeah. It’s late. These long days of studying on lunch breaks, sleeping only a handful of hours each night, and running like a crazy person (not kidding when I say crazy…I should have my own reality TV show because the amount of crazy things I say out loud is priceless) all over the place trying to make school and work jive cause me to make absolutely awful puns by mid to late week. But hey, it adds to my charm!

Annnnywaaaays, seeing as this post is not supposed to be about how tired I get by mid-week or how terrible my puns are, it’s time to reveal the verdict on the bangs decision from last week! Drumroll please! It’s full, straight bangs again!

While I was super excited about my decision while I was getting my hair cut, I think this may be the last style I go for with the straight bangs. I think I’m kinda ready for a change…of course I decided this two days after my haircut so it will be a while before you see any huge changes to my hair (because I know you were totally on the edge of your seat in anticipation and all). But, unless I somehow re-fall in love with straight bangs again-which very well might happen like it did this week (I blame Zooey Deschanel and how well she pulls off her bangs), I’m thinking the next haircut will probably go with team side bangs from my original bangs post last week.

Sweater, Tank & Shoes: Target, Pants: Express

Thank you so much for all your help deciding what I should do with me hair guys (even if I didn’t listen at all). It’s awesome getting outside input on these big, hairy situations…there I go again with the bad puns. And on that note, I think it’s time for me to peace out and attempt to hang on til Friday night. Happy almost weekend guys!

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A Hair How To: Flat Iron Waves

When I learned how to do this technique last June my mind was blown; I’d heard rumors of girls using their one inch flat irons to curl their hair but I couldn’t understand how it worked. To be honest, I’m still not sure I get what happens on a physics level but I do know that I can take my hair from this:

To this:

In under 10 minutes and it lasts all day. Yes folks, this is 100% possible even if your hair can’t hold a curl from a curling iron/curlers/all those other fancy ways people on pinterest try to curl their hair without heat (because mine usually is completely flat in under 20 minutes, regardless of how much hairspray I use). I swear this is the miracle curling method and I’m here to tell you, you can do this and rock awesome waves!

The Tools:

-Chi Flat Iron (this baby gets as hot as 410 degrees)
-Aussie Heat Protecting Spray
-Nexxus Mouse
-Nexxus Hairspray
-Claw Clip
-Flat Brush

The Prep Work:

I used  the heat protector and mousse to dry my hair. I usually finger dry my hair and then use my round brush to curl the ends but since I knew I was going to curl my hair today, I just made sure the moisture was out and let it sit for a little bit before attacking it with more heat devices. I’m pretty sure my hair appreciates the break and it helps the curl hold better if your hair is cool when you start using your flat iron.

Step 1- Section Off Hair:

Because of how thick my hair is, I like to do three big sections that span all the way around my head. I use my claw clip to keep the sections I’m not going to work with out of my way and brush out the section I’m planning to curl. And, yes, I do realize just how sexy this half up half down swept over on shoulder look is. Ohhh yeaaaah. Especially with the white wife beater.

Step 2- Curling A Chunk of Hair:

You want to pick up a chunk of hair (I usually do between 1 and 3 inch chunks- the bigger the chunk the looser the curl…which also translates to use bigger chunks if you’re seeking out cool beachy waves over Shirley Temple-esque curls) and clamp the flat iron straight up and down onto the section.

Then you want to rotate it 180 degrees (or a half turn) and slowly pull your hair through the iron. You don’t need to keep rotating the iron as you pull the hair through but you can if you would like to make your curls tighter.

Now you have a curl!

Step 3- Repeat Step 2 on All the Chunks and Sections of Hair:

Yeah, it’s really that simple. You can do all your curls in the same direction then brush it out for big glam waves but I usually vary the direction I do my curls because it makes them look more natural. You can do a lot of styles and variations with this technique which rocks because this is SO easy to learn how to do!

Step 4- Brush it Out:

After some resent research I found out the best way to break curls down into waves is by gently using a flat paddle brush rather than using your fingers (which ends up giving the opposite look. So to minimize the Texas look my hair can have after being curled (no hate to our Texan friends), I like to gently brush my hair out.

Step 5- Hairspray the Crap Out of It and Admire Your Work:

With a hairstyle so simple and quick, it’s hard not to.

Step 6: Make Some Silly Faces:

Because why not?!

If you have any questions about how I do this, please ask in the comments section, I’d love to help anyone who felt as adept at curling their has as I used to! Happy Sunday everyone!

Stripes: Of Bangs and Hair

A day has come that I never ever, ever, ever thought would come: I have mastered the art of styling bangs.

Oh yes, I finally consistently pump out bangs that look like this in the morning. 9 year old me, with the goofy bangs going all directions, is so freaking proud. This was a long time coming, The first month or so of bangage was filled with weird gaps and flyaways. Luckily, after a bunch of experimentation, I’ve mastered the blow drying to hairspray quotient.

There are the bangs at the end of my work day. Seeeeeeee?! I think I’ve finally conquered the cowlicks.

Jacket:Charlotte Russe//Sweater:Old Navy//Tank:Banana Republic//Bracelet:H&M

I also thought you all might be proud of my accessorizing! I picked up this rose bracelet this last weekend at H&M and I think it’s my new favorite thing ever. I seriously want to wear this every single day ever but, alas, I’ve got to try rocking some other accessories too. I can’t be a one trick pony, now can I?

Stripes: Surprises and Sunshine

Alright guys, remember how big of a deal it was when I got my side-swept bangs? Well, I’ve gone and changed things up again…I went for the full on, Zooey Deschanel-esque, whole enchilada straight across bangs. AND I LOVE THEM. Seriously.

This is my favorite hair change I think I’ve ever made (which isn’t super surprising because, as a true child of the 90’s, I rocked similar bangs up until 2000 to the point that I would cut them myself-at age 4-when my mom tried to convince me I should grow them out because I have epic cowlicks along my hairline which left me looking like a crazy Alfalfa for most of that decade). Needless to say, like both of my more recent hairstyle changes, I was shaking in the barber’s chair as I watched my locks fall.

Luckily, my stylist taught me how to blow dry the cowlicks out for the most part (I still get a small gap where one lick lies, and one chunk of hair refuses to sit totally flat no matter how much I try to flatten it…I swear my hair has a mind of it’s own) and I no longer look like a slightly ugly duckling. In fact, I think this cut actually makes me look older than any other haircut I’ve ever had just in time for job interviews and trying to convince people I really am a responsible 20-something.

Shirt:Target//Shorts:A&E

As far as life goes, I’ve been slowly assimilating to my suburban surroundings and soaking up the sunshine that followed me back from the East Coast (yes, I single handedly brought the sun to the Pacific Northwest…maybe I should put that on my resume, who wouldn’t want to hire the person who controls the weather?!). My life has become a series of days spent reading, watching tv (I know I know, I didn’t used to watch much tv at all but there’s a lot less to do out here and I have about 2 friends in a 20 minute drive radius so I’m working really hard to find ways to fill my unemployed time), and hanging out with this pretty lady.

I think she has become my absolute favorite model (sorry Sequins) because she’s free to take pictures whenever I want and she never talks back…but she’s awful at taking direction. You can’t have it all, I suppose.

What’s everyone else up to this summer? How do you entertain yourself in the ‘burbs? (Does anyone even call them “the ‘burbs” or is that me?)

Sequins: I LoveHate My Hair


My hair and I have a very love-hate relationship. A very love-hate relationship, and not in the way you might think. My hair is pretty chill–as you’ve seen, it’ll go pretty curly if I don’t touch it, but it’s really easy to straighten. It’s thick enough that I can always french braid it (even at this length), and it’s healthy enough to withstand the multiple hair dyes I tend to layer on top of it. I’m pretty laid back in what I’m willing to do with it, and while I might branch out with my stylings every now and then, for the most part I stick a bobby pin in my hair and ignore it, and it ignores me right back. It works out alright.


So what’s the root of my intense hair relationship? Honestly, I get bored. A lot. My hair is pretty much always more boring than I’d prefer, and my lack of inhibitions with my hair means I’ll do almost anything to it. Which means I go to the salon (sometimes–sometime I just hack away at it myself, which terrifies everyone around me) and tell the stylist that I’m bored, I don’t care how short they go, just make it interesting.  And then I love my hair for the next month or so.

Right now, I’m bored with my hair. Stripes, among other people, has shared her opinion that my current hairstyle is the most flattering for my face. I’m inclined to agree. Monsieur loves me hair right now–he’s a sucker for the curls it gets going, and is the ultimate fan of how crazy it gets in the morning. The two brides-to-be in my life whom I’m serving as Maid of Honour both love me hair and are hoping I don’t do anything drastic to it before their weddings in late summer/early fall.


I’m inclined to agree with all the peeps in my life rooting for my current do–I also know myself, though, and I know that I’m already bored with it. I’m ready for bright pink or a mohawk or for it to at least be long enough to rock french braided pigtails to work. Pretty much anything aside from what I have going on right now. I will admit, though, I do love short hair. I’m at the long end of what I consider for short hair (really, it’s in the medium category), and I’m itching to go shorter.

Reasons why I want to cut my hair by two-four inches:

  • I can stick my head under a kitchen sink spout when it’s super hot outside without my hair touching the sink itself
  • I don’t have to do anything to it. I don’t even have to comb it.
  • Savings in hair product
  • Bad hair days are far and few between, and can usually be solved by running my hands under hot water and then through my hair.
  • It’s easy to sleep on & doesn’t get caught in anything
  • I feel like myself with short hair.

Reasons to convince me to continue to grow it out (at least until the weddings):

  • French braided pigtails
  • Hats look better with longer hair
  • Short hair will always add weight to your face (it’s an unpleasant, but unavoidable truth. I just try to not worry about it, but honestly, sometimes I’m more vain than I’d like to admit).
  • ……??
  • I feel prettier with long hair.

Well that list was definitely balanced towards short. I’m working on keeping my hair one length for a while, but that’s honestly way harder than actively growing it out. I do enjoy feeling like myself, though, even if it’s at the expense of feeling pretty (which is a totally weird contrast that I’m sure my future therapist will have a ton of fun sorting out).

Sweater & Belt: Thrifted, Shirt: Target, Skirt: my sister, Necklace: Lisa Leonard & Fireworks, Tights: bella, Shoes: Clarks