Plaid Nail Art Tutorial

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Oh autumn! It’s a lovely time of year. Though I prefer the heat of summer, I have to admit I’m enjoying the sweater weather. The one thing my wardrobe is missing this season is a soft plaid flannel shirt. I have to put that on my thrifting wish list.

Inspired by the trend, I decided to create a plaid nail look to dress up my Friday date night attire. I used a few different nail enhancements including water slide decals, striping tape, and nail studs to achieve a super fun mani with lots of variety. As always, make this your own! You can just used one of the fun add-ons for a more uniform look or try them all using whatever colors you like. I used black, white, and gold for a slightly fancy look.

Learn how to create fall plaid nail art after the jump. Continue reading

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Tutorial: Rope Braided Updo for Short Hair

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The bob, the lob, the chop… short haircuts are hot! As cute and easy wearing these cuts are, a lot of women fear that they won’t have styling options if they loose length. While there is certainly less to work with, there are still ways to create a variety of ‘dos including pinned back fringe, half up styles, and updos. And don’t forget that adding accessories like embellished barrettes, bobby pins, and headbands is also a simple way to change up your look.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you an easy way to twist short hair into a cute, versatile updo. I used a rope braid technique for this style but you can easily switch it up with a French braid, Dutch (reverse French) braid, or fishtail braid. The key is to incorporate hair as you work, allowing you to braid shorter lengths and layers.

My sweet friend, Macki, generously donated some precious vacation time to serve as my short hair model. Thanks, gorgeous!

Learn how to create a rope braided updo for short hair after the jump. Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Hair Tutorial

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The actresses on the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, are styled with some pretty spectacular braided ‘dos. The hair, along with the distinct attire, make these characters perfect for Halloween. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create two different looks from the show. The first, seen on Sansa is quite simple and easy to execute. The second, inspired by Khaleesi, is a bit more intricate but not difficult once you break down the steps.

My beautiful friend, Jen, was kind enough to model for me for these looks. I don’t have enough hair to pull them off on myself so I am super grateful! She came over with her adorable infant son and was a great sport letting me braid away while her baby spit up on her.

The tutorials for both hairstyles spurred by Game of Thrones is after the jump. Continue reading

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