I don't know about you guys, but I'm often pressed for time and can't do more with my hair than run a brush through it. Actually, some mornings I'm lucky to find the time to do that! Those are the days hats are made for. But lately, as the weather's warmed up, I've begun to braid my hair to the side. Oddly enough, a polished ponytail can be much more of an endeavor, while a messy braid looks so much prettier than a messy ponytail as it requires so much less precision. Recently, I've begun fudging a fishtail braid, and so I finally decided to teach myself how to do the real thing.
I cannot tell you guys how easy "the real thing" is. I was so surprised! It's life-changing. The video below does an amazing job at explaining how to make this complex-looking hairstyle easier than you would a ponytail or a messy bun. If you have coarse, thick hair like mine, you know what I mean! There's always bumps to pin flat and stray hairs to smooth with pomade-- i.e. extra steps that I don't always have the time for. Whereas, this fishtail braid above looks even better with some flyaways, although I cut some layers on my last salon visit and the finished product (by that I mean my own braid) doesn't look quite as thick. That's okay! I can always clip-in hair pretty easily if I want to make my braid look thicker, and a thinner braid is worth it to not sweat through every t-shirt because I'm wearing a sweater on my head. (That's how much hair I have. Unshorn sheep amount of hair). Here's a great piece at Bustle with tips for extensions. Best of all, now I can finally do something cute with my daughter's thick masses of hair, too!
Check out the video below, and let me know if your mind is as blown as mine was. Doesn't it do an amazing job at explaining exactly how to make this mysterious braid in two easy steps? I can't wait to tackle similar tips on how to create a bun. What are your go-to warm weather styles?
Here are my picks! Click on the pictures to shop these 12 perfect dreamy dresses to wile away the summer from some of my favorite sites: Sézane, Rouje, Nordstrom, the Reformation, Christy Dawn, and Dôen. A great rule of thumb for buying the perfect frock : ask yourself whether you think you'll wear the dress at least 30 times. I think the perfect summer dress is one that can be worn to work or a wedding, dinner or brunch, because it's a dress that makes you feel beautiful and helps you basically float through your day whatever the circumstances. What do you think? What makes a dress "perfect" in your opinion?
Which of my picks is your favorite? Which do you think you would wear 30 times this summer? Luckily, there are still plenty of hot summer days left for us to do so!
P.S. I have some pretty, worn-once dresses available in my shopping section here, and I've also pinned affordable, secondhand options of all these dreamy summer frocks below!
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