We’re home from our trip and it’s so weird being back. This morning I was getting breakfast together and it felt like we’d never left. I love going somewhere new though because routines can feel so stale after a while and a quick trip always helps me feel refreshed. Part way through the drive I turned to AJ and said I was having so much fun. He thinks it’s so strange but I really love road trips. Driving in the car has always been so fun to me.
Black has always held a special place in my heart. It’s so sleek and never goes out of style. Mixing textures and pattern is a great way to keep an all black outfit from feeling flat. I love this lace top because it looks so classy but wears like a casual top. I paired this look with neutral accessories but I think keeping it all black would’ve been so chic too. What do you think? Would you style it with a neutral heel and bag, keep it all black, or add a pop of color? xo, M
If you’ve had your eye on some cute new things for Spring, now’s the time to scoop them up! Today is the Spring Shopbop Sale and a great chance to save up to 25% off on some of the new trends for the upcoming season.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things from the sale; items I’ve already purchased and others I’ve added to my cart! Things are selling out sooooo quickly, so if there’s something you love, hurry and snatch it up before it’s gone!
This past weekend we took a quick trip up to Utah to go snowboarding with my sisters. I have been wanting to go all season long but since we live in Arizona, we hadn’t been able to work it into our schedule. Fortunately, some things came up with family and overnight it seemed AJ had work off and we were packing up the car. It was such a blast to spend time with family and Cohen did so great with his babysitter while we hit the slopes.
Utah was freezing of course, but this fun jacket has been so perfect for the mild weather in Arizona. I love wearing jackets in a cute color because they really add something extra to a casual outfit. Wearing heeled booties has also been my thing this season because they instantly make me feel a little more dressed up. Since a lot of the time I have on a more casual outfit, leggings and a sweatshirt, it’s definitely fun to throw on cute booties every now and then; even if it’s just to get some errands done.
This Dutch Halo Braid is such a great staple hairstyle! The tutorial requests I receive the most are half up hairstyles and everyday hairstyles. I definitely think this works for both and once you master it I have no doubt it’ll become one of your favorites.
There is an older tutorial for this hairstyle but I do it a little differently now. I asked on Instagram whether or not you’d love to see a new tutorial for this version and received a resounding ‘yes!’ I hope this tutorial will help give you a few new tips for creating your own version. If you love this hairstyle be sure to share it with your besties and remember to pin your favorite picture!
Step 2 / Then create a deep part on the left side.
Step 3 / Next pick up a small section of hair on the right side of the part. Divide this into three pieces for the braid.
Step 4 / Begin a dutch braid by crossing the back strand under the middle and then the front strand under the middle.
Step 5 / Now cross the back strand under the middle and bring a new section into the braid.
Step 6 / Then cross the front strand under the middle and bring in a new section of hair.
Step 7 / Continue the braid bringing in hair on both sides until it reaches the corner of the forehead, above the left temple.
Step 8 / At this point, stop adding in hair to the bottom side of the braid and only bring in hair from the top.
Step 9 / Slowly curve the braid around the head. Switch hands when the braid reaches the back of the head to make braiding the hair a little easier.
Step 10 / When the braid reaches the right side, switch hands again and continue bringing in hair from the crown. One trick that makes this part a little easier is to keep the braid as close to the head as possible. This helps minimize any bumps in the braid or along the top of the head. You can always go back over them and carefully push them down if you do.
Step 11 / Once all the hair is brought into the braid, braid the section to the bottom.
Step 12 / Now lay the braid over the head, tucking it behind the beginning. Slide bobby pins into the braid to pin it in place. You can pin it where ever it feels loose. I like to slide mine in horizontally. This helps them stay hidden a little better.
Step 13 / Now pull on the edges of the braid to make it a little wider. This will help hide the spacing between the two braids and any bobby pins.
Step 14 / Spray the style with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways with your fingers.
Over the weekend it was rainy and cold so we spent most of it hanging out inside. We went on a really cool hike over Valentine’s and I was hoping we’d get to go again this weekend but we’ll just have to wait a bit longer. Since it rarely rains here I was super excited for a chance to pull out my favorite hunter boots. Normally I am not a fan of the rain but the Summer’s here are so scorching hot that rain is such a welcomed blessing.
I really love the casual feel of this look and this denim jacket is perfect for throwing on during the evenings when the temps dip a little bit. We’re heading up North this weekend and I’m a little scared for the freezing temps up there, eek! Hope everyone’s having a fabulous week!