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!
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Wearing vs styling an outfit with a bump! I feel so much better when I’m wearing something cute (dress well to feel well maybe?)… I’ve been fighting the temptation to wear comfy clothes while pregnant though! So far I have found blazers and cardigans an easy way to dress up my second trimester bump, especially as we enter fall.
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When @beaconhillbooksandcafe lives up to the hype and THEN SOME 🐿️ ✨ I got a little tour of this special bookstore from the owner herself and I couldn’t be more grateful. There is something magical about any bookshop, but when one is this thoughtful it’s hard not to fall in love with reading all over again. @sisterparishdesign textiles, @farrowandball coordinating paint, bestsellers & classics commingled on curated shelves. A little squirrel mascot named Paige, with her own story and her own entrance and her own little Boston-inspired house hidden away in the bottom of a shelf. Every detail is perfect, especially those on the children’s floor, where little ones can enter through a tiny door and press a big red button to activate a model train that circles the space.