Triple Braid Half-Up Hairstyle Tutorial

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Braid mania continues and I am loving it. This cute half-up hairstyle combines three different types of braids – a rope braid, a standard 3-strand braid, and a fishtail braid. Create all three braids on both sides at your front hairline and then tie them all back to complete the look. Incorporating three different braiding techniques makes this easy style look more special. I hid my hair band with one of my DIY fabric hair bows but you can use any hair accessory you like or even a pretty piece of ribbon.

The full step-by-step tutorial for the triple braid half-up is after the jump. Continue reading

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Diagonal Dots Nail Art Tutorial

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Polka dotted nails are crazy cute, y’all. And super fun to do. Once you know the technique the design possibilities are endless. Dots can be random or placed in just about any pattern. For this tutorial, I opted for 3 dotted diagonal lines in bright colors over a matte black base.

If you do a lot of nail art, you may want to invest in a dotting tool like these from Born Pretty. But no fancy tool is required. Dots can be made with a bobby pin, mechanical pencil tip, or with sewing pins stuck into the eraser end of pencil, as I’ve done here.

The step-by-step tutorial to create this fun dotted nail art design is after the jump. Continue reading

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Back-to-School: Side Fishtail Braid Tutorial and More


School is back in session for a lot of kids but here in Chicago, public school starts the day after labor day. While it’s definitely a challenge working with my son home, I guess I’m old fashioned because I like that school is starting in September.


I’m loving the back-to-school haircut I gave my son this morning. It’s long on top to show off his curls and disconnected from the shorter sides.

3-easy-girls-hairstyles_edited-1If you have girls, school is the perfect excuse to try some new styles. I demonstrate 3 super simple looks that anyone can create over on Babble. I promise they are easy to quick and easy to create… perfect for squirmy little ones.

In this post, I’ve included a quick how-to for a messy side fishtail braid if you are ready to try something a tiny bit more difficult. This style is really pretty for little ones but would look great on older girls or even their moms!
The step-by-step side fishtail braid tutorial is after the jump. Continue reading

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