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Sorry it’s in two parts. The first video is a sort of intro and prep for the look. The second video gets right into the braiding. It’s amazing how truly unflattering the still photo of the video can be. I just laugh when I look to see which one was chosen.
This was a fun hairstyle to attempt. The trick is where you choose to start the braid and the placement of it as you braid toward the back. I would sport this braid around town and hope you will try it too. If you have any questions please let me know.
*I had a request for a specific braid and am hoping to post it tomorrow. I’ll be using a model for the look because my hair’s not long enough just yet.
Another fun quiz from Melina from Only a Flight Away
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? 
Egg nog hot chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? 
He sits under the tree and then wraps them

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? 

Whatever we got lying around

4. Do you hang mistletoe? 
I couldn’t pick it out of a line up

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Never unless someone coming over

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? 

Waffles with strawberries and whip cream on Christmas morning

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? 
We went jet skiing on Christmas Eve in 2008
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? 
Carolers came to the house at 9 pm, duh, when we were all in bed and when we ran out to answer the door we caught both my parents wrapping the presents, while sitting under the tree  

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? 
No, but I’ve opened gifts then re-wrapped them before, if I can’t figure out what they are. The most troubling gift turned out to be a pencil box. It was a box with nothing in it!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
With whatevers in the boxes. I just throw stuff at the tree and whatever sticks, stays.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? 

12. Can you ice skate? 
Yes please, love it! We should go!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?  
I got a laptop one year after opening just a blow dryer and thinking that was it. I was so shocked I started bawling my eyes out. It was the nicest gift I ever received and it was so unexpected and needed after my first year of college. 

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? 
Being with family. There is seriously nothing better than that. Just eating breakfast together would be awesome.


15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? 
Caramel Popcorn. Not out of the tin though, gave me the stomach flu last and only time I’ll ever eat that again.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
My mom buys a gift and wraps it hundreds of times. Then we all sit in a circle and one person puts on gloves and starts opening the present with a knife and fork while the person next to them rolls a dice until they get 7 or eleven then they get the gloves and can start ripping off layers and so on. It’s holla fun racing to roll the dice so the person behind you doesn’t take off too many layers because the person who takes off the last layer keeps the gift.

17. What tops your tree? 

An angel we light on fire Christmas morning. JK, a lit up star.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?

This is a completely loaded question. You can’t say receiving because you look like a schmuck.

19. Candy canes: yuck or yum?
That’s what I give. Cheap and easy like my neighbor

20. Favorite Christmas show?
The Grinch cartoon version. I love when he’s slithering between the presents.

21. Saddest Christmas song?
What? The one about your grandma.

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? 

The one my dad blasts over and over about wanting you for Christmas.

I searched and searched and didn’t have any pictures to go along with this tutorial. I did this tutorial quite a while ago and wanted to edit the video before posting it but it’s too large for our little computer so I’m jut going to put it out there. It’s quite a long video and I jabber on and on quite a bit so don’t mind that. I hope you enjoy it!

Quote of the Day:

We’re sitting at the table and AJ is playing with a clothes pin.
AJ: “How much would you give me to put this on my nipple? . Would you lick the battery?”


Hey just to warn you, my card ran out of memory so the video just cuts out at the end but you just spray it with hairspray and smooth out your loose hairs. Hopefully the video is simple to understand and I know this look is on the easier side but I thought you’d enjoy seeing how I do my ponytail!

Oh my goodness I love this hairstlye. I do it all the time so I hope you like it too!
Let me know if you have questions or comments!

*Hey I’m also guest posting over on My Yellow Sandbox! Abby lives just down the street from me and has an awesome blog with tons of cool hairstyles. So go see it and say hello to Abby while you’re there (: She’s awesome!


My lovely friend Melina at Only A Flight Away tagged me to answer these questions.
#1. What’s a nickname only your family calls you?
#2. What’s a weird habit of yours?
AJ recently told me that when I take a drink of water I always make an “ahhh” sound afterwards
#3. Do you have any weird phobias?
Sometimes I think cars are following me.
When AJ lays on top of the bed when I’m under the covers it sends me into sheer panic mode.
#4. What’s a song you secretly LOVE to blast & belt out when you’re alone?
Recently it’s been Adele’s “Someone Like You” though it’s not really a secret; I sing it to my dog Gucci cuz he loves AJ more than me
#5. What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?
 People riding the left lane going 65, yeah! I roll down my window and yell “slow down!”
#6. What’s one of your nervous habits?
nail biting 
#7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
My left
#8. What was your first stuffed animal & it’s name?
I once had a yellow Carebear cuz it was the cool thing to do; he was a famous tv personality called “Sunshine”
#9. What’s the drink you ALWAYS order at starbucks?
Peppermint hot chocolate with a little spice ;)
#10. What’s the beauty rule you preach.. but never ACTUALLY practice?
Wearing sunscreen, it’s for sissies
#11. Which way do you face in the shower?
Out, away from the water
#12. Do you have any ‘weird’ body ‘skills’?
I can shake my eye balls
#13. What’s your favorite ‘comfort food’/food thats ‘bad’ but you love to eat it anyways?
Caramel Popcorn !!
#14. What’s a phrase or exclamation you always say?
“Know what I mean” I actually start to annoy myself when I say it
#15. Time to sleep- what are you ACTUALLY wearing?
Sweat pants and my leopard print snuggie

I’ve got curling irons on the brain.
I decided to start experimenting with different curling irons because quite frankly I’m a little bored of my straightener. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely could not live without it, sad I know, but I want to broaden my scope and see what I can get out of curling irons. I own a 1″ and 1 1/2″ curling iron and a 3/4″ flat iron. I love them all but I’m wondering if I should try for a 1 1/4″ curling iron because my curls are too tight in a 1″ and too loose with a 1 1/2″. I’m just curious what sort of curl I can get with the in-between.

Here’s a chart I found that gives a relatively good idea of what you can get with each barrel size.

3/8 Barrel Size
Very Short hair styles and very small tight curls
1/2 Barrel Size
Short hair styles and very small tight curls
5/8 Barrel Size
Short to medium hair lengths and small curls
3/4 Barrel Size
Medium hair lengths and medium loose curls
1 Barrel Size
Medium to long hair and large or loose curls
1 1/4 Barrel Size
Medium to long hair and big loose curls. 
Also great for adding volume and lift at the roots
1 1/2 Barrel Size
Medium to long hair and big loose curls. 
Also great for adding volume and lift at the roots
2 Barrel Size
Medium or long hair and extra large loose curls and waves. 
Also great for adding volume and lift at the roots

Here’s a tip for great organizing when it comes to your curling irons. Use hook-and-loop tape to attach 5-in. lengths of 2-in.- diameter PVC pipe to the vanity door to hold the curling irons. Do the same thing with 3-in. pieces of 1-1/2-in.-diameter pipe to hold the cords. Just measure your curling irons to see how long your “holsters” need to be. Let your curling irons cool before you stow them away.

What size curling iron do you use? What’s your favorite brand?
Anyone prefer the “wands?” I’ve never tried one but I’ve heard they’re amazing.