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Teach Me: Simple Sock Bun

2015-12-30-02.39.30-2.jpg.jpegHappy New Year’s Eve, guys!  As an old person trapped in a young person’s body, I don’t usually go all-out for NYE.  Tonight’s plans are limited to video games and a little champagne with my best friend, then it’s back home to sleep in with Mox.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to get a little fancy!  I have yet to pick out which dress I want to wear, but I do know I’ll be styling up my hair in this bun.  I’ve been working on the technique for a few weeks, and now it’s finally ready for you!  Here’s how to get the look–all you need are two hair ties, a handful of pins, and an old sock that matches your hair color.

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  1. Put your hair in a high ponytail.
  2. Cut off the toe of your sock and roll it up into a donut.  Slip this sock-donut right over the ponytail.
  3. Spread out your hair evenly.  Try to look as silly as possible.
  4. Using your other hair tie, fit it over the sock-donut.
  5. Take little pieces of the hair that’s sticking out and twist it.
  6. Wrap the twist around the bun and pin it in.

There you have it!  You can add bows and bandannas and whatever else you like, or just keep it simple.

What are your plans for NYE?  And more importantly, what will you be wearing?

 

 

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Teach Me: Easy Braided Bun

Since the spring, I’ve been trying out all kinds of braided buns, and there are two versions I really like.  The first is a very elegant and full version done by Rebecca of The Clothes Horse, which you can find here.  The second, the one I’ve done today, is a bit more understated and messy, and I love how it’s a little asymmetrical.

It only takes a few minutes to do, and all you need are two small elastics and a handful of bobby pins.  Since I’m still a little new to hairstyling, I also used two mirrors to check my work.

  1.  Divide you hair into two sections–one on top and one on the bottom.  Braid the top section together.  Try to do this all behind your head to get a nice, full braid.

2.  Braid the bottom section of your hair.  This time, I’d suggest starting to braid it behind your head and then pulling it in front to finish it.  This gives it a curve that makes it easier for the next part.

3.  Take the bottom section and twist it into a small bun.  Secure with a couple of bobby pins.

4.  Take the bigger braid on top and wrap it around the small bun you’ve just made.  Tuck in the ends and add a few more pins.

And that’s it!  Once you get the method down, it’s easy to customize–you can make the top braid loose and flowing or tight and chic.  I just bought this bow and wanted so badly to wear it for a blog post, so here it is!

Speaking of this bow, I recently found out one of my old college friends opened up an Etsy shop.  She’s selling all kinds of cute, handmade bows, and I had to have one!  I love the soft floral print and that it’s big enough to make a statement.  If you’d like to check out her shop, you can find it here.

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Teach Me: Macrame Braid

Since we’re really in the dog days of summer, I’m forever vetting looks that keep my hair out of my face.  My favorite way to contain all that blonde hair has been an abundance of braids, so this tutorial is no exception!  A variation on a regular braid, the macrame style has a little more of a twist but is just as easy to do.

1. Brush out your hair, and depending on how wavy or curly it is, you might also want to straighten it.  The smoother your hair, the easier the style will be.

2.  Braid a 1″ section of your hair as you normally would, but make sure you make it looser rather than tighter.

3.  When you get to about 1″ left of hair, grasp the two outside strands in one hand and the middle strand in the other.  Pull the outside strands up to get a little wave going on in the braid!

And that’s it!  At this point, you can do whatever you want with it.  Personally, I think it looks really cool if you leave it as is, without pinning it or securing with a hair tie.  It has a sort of beachy vibe, which is a concept I’m only vaguely familiar with (a crying shame because I’m not far from Lake Michigan).

Also: bonus Moxie picture.  I literally cannot sit on the floor without her attacking me with kisses.