I was standing at a crosswalk waiting for the light to change the other day. My dress was completely sticking to me. My hair was frizzing more and more by the second. And when I closed my eyes, I could have thought I was in an oven. Not Union Square.
This heat wave thing is not fun. It’s seriously hotter here than it is in Florida and it’s a different kind of hot too. Plus, the air conditioning isn’t as a great and we don’t just get in our A/C-on-full-blast cars to get around.
High ponytails and super tight (hair sprayed) buns are great for the summer. But I’ve been kind of getting sick of those… especially when I have to go somewhere after work. There’s no way that I’m going to wear my hair down all day.
My solution. Braids. Pretty much every single day.
I learned how to braid on my American Girl Dolls when I was in elementary school and then perfected the braid when I danced and everything. It’s turned into one of those skills that come in handy at the most random times.
Here are five braid tutorials on Youtube that are great and perfect for summer. If you’re not a braid expert, you may have to get a friend (or a mom!) to help.
Lauren Conrad (have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE her?) has a website called The Beauty Department and it’s a super great resource.
The Beauty Department | The Classic French Braid
This tutorial is really just a simple introduction, but super great for learning the basic braid. (The classic French braid is what I typically turn to on a daily basis.)
Yes, I love Dance Moms. This braid is seriously quite easy… once you get the hang of it. And there’s so much you can do with it. Bring it into a bun, pull it into a pony tail, pin it back with your hair down… etc.
LetsMakeItUp1 | Spencer’s Braids from Pretty Little Liars
This is the tutorial I watched to figure out how to do my hair like Spencer’s. #TrueStory. If you know how to do a dutch braid, Spencer’s braid isn’t that hard at all!
LuxyHair | Everyday Fishtail Braid
Fishtails take a little bit of practice, but I think they’re SO cute. I typically braid mine super tight and then have to pull apart and separate the sections a little bit to really get a full looking fishtail.
Cute Girls Hairstyles | The Crown Braid
This is hard. So you definitely need a friend for this one!!! OR you can go to Dream Dry and get your hair braided there. A bunch of girls at the office have been getting their hair braided in the morning and then keeping it for a few days!
My Valentine + Valentine Baby ❣️ After a very stressful start to the year, Rory’s birth felt like a bright light of hope and positivity. I’m so, so grateful for a healthy (and speedy!) delivery with Mike by my side.
(If you’re local, I switched to @madisonaveobgyn and this experience was night and day compared to my first pregnancy/delivery. I am *eternally* grateful for incredible care both during pregnancy and especially during delivery. It makes a huge difference.)
@get_nanit’s Pro Camera was one of the very first things I registered for with my first child and I just got a second one ahead of the birth of my second baby. It remains THE most used item from my registry– even two and half years later. It has given my husband and I the most peace of mind throughout every stage of our son’s development! With two way audio, split Screen, sleep reports, and personalized sleep tips we all sleep better.
We very, very sadly said goodbye to Hamilton today 💔 Our hearts are broken. Dogs don’t get cuter than Hammy. He crossed his legs, slept under the covers and with a pillow like a human, and was an unbelievable athlete (despite not really liking to go on walks). We love you Hambone 🦴
Getting SO close to my due date!! Walking through everything I’m packing in my hospital bag as a second time mom 🤍 🏥 👶🏼 Leave a comment with “hospital bag” and I’ll send you my packing list and links to everything 💙
A picture perfect snow day ❄️ 🛷 ☃️ Snowman pancakes, hot cocoa, grilled cheese, and sledding with friends! Do I think I jinxed the entire town by telling daycare on Friday that “I don’t think it’ll snow!” and then leaving Jack’s snow boots there until tomorrow? Maybe. Students of Madison, you’re welcome. Parents of Madison, I am sorry