DIY: HALF-UP CROWN BRAIDS

Who doesn’t love a good braided hairstyle?  I know braids can sometimes look difficult, but I’m here to tell you otherwise!  I’ve created a fun half-up, half-down braided hairstyle for any occasion. Whether it be date night, afternoon lunch with the girls, or maybe you’re having a bad hair day and need an up-do to mask it.  Just follow the steps below to get an effortless crown of braids.

Step 1: Section a portion of your hair near the front of your head to make a fishtail braid.

Step 2: Separate this large portion in half, so you now have 2 pieces.

Step 3: Start your fishtail braid by taking a little piece from one side of the portion of hair, and bringing that little piece to the opposite side.

Step 4: Now take a small piece of hair from the side of hair you just added to and bring that piece to the opposite side (so you are just repeating step 3, but with the other side).

Step 5: Continue repeating steps 3 & 4 to reveal your fishtail braid!  Once you finish the fishtail, use a hair tie to hold it together.

Step 6: To give your fishtail braid more interest, pull apart the braid (just a little bit) like below.

Step 7: Ta-da! Your fishtail is done.

Step 8: Next to your fishtail braid, grab a smaller section of hair and just do a regular braid.  When you finish the regular braid, pull it apart like you did for the fishtail.

Step 9: Pull the top portion of your hair back into a pomp (not including the braids).

Step 10: Pull your fishtail braid over top of the bobby pins used to secure your pomp.

Step 11: Tuck the end of the fishtail braid under the pomp on the other side of your head and secure it with bobby pin.

Step 12: Do that same thing with your regular braid, but place this braid a little bit below the fishtail.

Now you’re all ready to go!

DIY: COLOR-BLOCKED NEGATIVE SPACE NAIL ART

It’s time to store those winter colors and get some pretty spring polishes on your fingertips! Today, I’ll be sharing a fun color-blocked negative space design that’s the perfect way to get you in the mood for the upcoming season. The polishes I used are Wet Seal’s Nude, Lavender Ice, and Lilac Grey. Let’s get started!

1. Apply a base coat to protect your natural nails, and help the polish adhere better.

2. Place two pieces of striping tape onto the nail to create a side ‘V’ shape.

3. Apply each polish to one of the sections created by the striping tape. Carefully remove the tape right after, before the polish dries.

4. Apply a top coat to help protect your manicure, and you’re done!

DIY: NYE NAILS

‘Tis the season for glittery nails, and what better way to celebrate the new year than with a perfectly manicured hand (aside from a midnight kiss of course)?  We have put together an easy New Years Eve nail look that is so simple I was able to paint my dominant hand and have it still turn out good!  Follow the steps below for a fun sparkly nail look.

Step 1: Pick a solid polish and a glittery polish for good contrast (we used WS Gel Effect Polish in Bordeaux and Champagne).

Step 2: Take your solid color and paint 2 coats on your nails for a seamless look.

Step 3: Once your nails have fully dried, get some tape and form a triangular shape that you will be filling in with the glitter polish in the next step.

Step 4: Fill in the triangular shape with our glittery Champagne nail polish.

Step 5: Once the triangle is filled in with the glittery polish, take the tape off and WA-LAH, beautiful nails that can take you from holiday to New Years Eve party.

DIY: MINI PUMPKIN SUCCULENT HOLDERS

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooling down (kind of), and there are pumpkins as far as the eye can see.   I know your first thought is to take those pumpkins and carve a face into them, but we think you should try a different approach this year.  Show some love to all the mini pumpkins out there.  The possibilities are endless for decorating these little guys.  We chose to create mini pumpkin succulent holders that you can use as holiday decorations, centerpieces, or just to keep around the house since they are so cute.

Materials:

  • 3 mini pumpkins
  • 3 succulents
  • spoon
  • knife

Step 1: Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkins large enough to fit your succulents.  After cutting the opening, take the top portion of the pumpkin off and scoop the insides of the pumpkin out.

Step 2: Put each succulent, and the dirt attached to the succulent, into each emptied out pumpkin.  You can add more dirt to secure the succulent if needed.

Step 3: Water each succulent and admire your work!  Wasn’t that easy?

Written & Photographed By: Kristine Montgomery