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Mom Style Monday: 3 Summer Hair Styles

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Mom Style Monday: 3 Summer Hair Styles

In the summer, my hair styles differ quite drastically from my winter 'dos. In the winter, my hair is dry, full of static, and I usually shove it into a ponytail or keep it over my ears to stay warm. In the summer, there are so many more options and places to go that motive me to actually style my hair. Here's the thing with moms, though- many of us have chopped our lovely long locks in exchange for an easier-to-manage style. If the length of my hair is going to necessitate a 45 minute session with my blow drier, I would rather pull a Charlize Theron a la Mad Max buzz than waste my precious morning minutes in a stuffy bathroom. There are ways to fake length, whether it be permanent extensions, clip ins or flat iron styling. I loved my long hair for all of the versatility it provided- braids, complicated top knots, long beachy waves, prom girl curls (ok...maybe I don't miss those). Here are a few of my favorite looks for Summer 2015, inspired by both the runways and my personal preferences.

Long Beachy Waves

The perfect beachy wave is such an enigma- you want it to look tousled and undone, but to get it to that point, you have to put a heck of a lot of product in and have some serious skills with styling tools. Since my hair isn't long enough to really get that wind-swept look, I used clip in extensions from Irresistible Me. Since they are real hair, you can style them, wash them, even color or cut them like you would real hair. If you go the extension route, I highly recommend spending the extra money to get ones of this caliber. The set I used comes in 10 pieces in varying widths, so you can make your hair as thick as you wish. They have 12 different colors, come in lengths from 14-24 inches, and varying thickness. For this style, I clipped 3 pieces in and used a bubble curling wand, specifically the Bed Head TIGI Rock N' Roller. The trick to beachy waves is leaving out the very end of your hair- leave it straight for a relaxed look.

Braided Topknot

First of all, the topknot is the best hairstyle for second day hair, hands down. Some of my favorite style icons such as Nicole Ritchie and Rashida Jones have raised the bar with a braided topknot. Unfortunately, my hair hits just below my collarbone, so I can't get the volume they do (FYI- a wimpy topknot just looks like something growing out of your head). I grabbed my extensions again and this time clipped them in upside down to go with the flow. To make a topknot, flip your head upside down and secure a HIGH ponytail just above the crown of your head. Celeb stylist Kylee Heath recommends pulling hair up in sections, lightly teasing some and braiding the others, wrapping all around the base of the ponytail. The goal of this isn't sleek perfection- more of controlled chaos.

Crown Braid

I am still on the fence with this one- it is very appropriate for festival season, but I am not sure if I can pull it off for the carpool. Let's give it a shot! I am not about to get into the crazy french braided crown- that is too much effort. To cheat, make regular braids and pull them across. Again, I used the Irresistible Me extensions to give myself more hair to work with. I used four clip-ins and pulled my hair into two low ponytails secured tightly right behind my ears. If you don't have any texture to your hair (like me) try to build some on top with a curling wand or dry shampoo. I then pulled the braids across the front of my head and secured just above my hairline behind my ears with bobby pins. Done!

What are your thoughts? Do these look like styles you might try, or are they better suited for the glossy pages?

Disclosure: I was provided with Irresistible Me product for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

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Creative Hair Care for Back to School

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Creative Hair Care for Back to School

Thanks to SoCozy for sponsoring today's post.  

For moms everywhere, back to school means back to rushing around like a crazy person trying to get everyone where they need to be before a tardy bell rings or a classroom door closes.  It's intense.  There can be yelling, sometimes there are tears.  Sometimes they come from the adults.

By far the biggest battle in the mornings and at night revolves around hair.  Long hair, short hair, dry hair, wet hair, tangled hair.  When I go near my five year old with a brush she covers her head and shrieks, "I have a sensitive scalp!".  It's THAT big of a deal.

But this year things are running smoother.  The girls are using SoCozy Cinch 3-in-1 and Super Hydrating Conditioner at night and the Cinch Detangler Spray in the morning before brushing.

SoCozy children's hair products

This leaves their long, easily tangled hair a breeze to manage.  Plus it smells so good and is made from natural ingredients like rosemary, aloe and arnica flower which are great for the hair and scalp.

To make our morning rush even easier, the girls are selecting hair styles from Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair.  They get a visual to make their selection which saves more time than I can tell you and I get step by step instructions on how to do the style.

hairstyles for girls

As they grow, so does their individual sense of style.  I want to make sure they leave the house feeling confident and ready to take on the world, or at least 2nd grade/Pre-K.  SoCozy wants kids to know that just being themselves is cool.  We completely agree.  Here are some of the styles the girls have been rocking back to school.

Fishtail

fishtail hairstyle

Ponytail Twist

ponytail twist hairstyle

And Instagram sensation, the French Braid Headband

headband braid tutorial

If you know how to French Braid, the French Braid Headband is a cinch.  You start with a side part and braid across the top of the head.  Secure the end with a rubber band and tuck the braid behind the ear.  To learn how to French Braid and for more detailed directions, check out Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair.

How do you keep things running smoothly on school days?

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The Little Style File is proud to be a SoCozy brand ambassador.  All opinions are honest and our own.

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Best No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

If carving a pumpkin is not your idea of a good time your in luck, I have two great no carve pumpkin decorating ideas that require very little supplies and time. The first is a monogrammed knit design. This technique is easy, mess free and very easy to personalize. If you don’t want a monogrammed design you can trace in shapes or stripes, use different  yarn colors -  the possibilities are endless!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Yarn
  • A marker or pen to outline your initial (or a stencil if needed)

Steps:

  • Make sure you clean and dry your pumpkin before starting
  • Outline your design
  • Lightly tap your nails into the pumpkin
  • Tie a knot on the first nail and start zip-zagging to fill in the monogram (add more nails in between to fill in any gaps)
  • When finished tie another knot around the last nail.

The second is a stripe and chevron design. It's colorful and will brighten up your entryway.

Here is what you’ll need:

Steps:

  • Make vertical stripes no need to measure the pumpkin has natural ridges you can follow.
  • With an alternating washi tape color cut  strips to form a V.  Use the pumpkin’s natural ridge as a baseline for the center.
  • When your done wrap a craft pipe cleaner around the stem.

 

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Tea Cups & Tutus Birthday Party + Tutorial

My latest party theme was a Teacups & Tutus birthday party. I absolutely LOVE throwing little girl birthday parties, especially when pink and tulle are involved. My daughter is obsessed with having pretend tea parties and dressing up in her tutu all of the time. shabby chic birthday party

This theme for her 4th birthday was so fitting. I had been collecting tea sets from all over, mostly found them at Good Will and occasionally Savers. Anytime I have a party coming up I will spend weeks dropping by there just to find great inexpensive props. I would highly recommend doing this the next time you have a party. I found the food table for $5 and an old sewing machine table for $9. I painted both pieces and incorporated them into the party.

tea and tutus birthday party

I love shabby chic so I went with the typical floral pattern. Michaels has a dollar section and I found a whole shabby chic section where I found, clothes pins with the pattern and hung the girls tutus. They also had little glasses which I put yogurt parfaits in, tags, and pencils.

shabby chic girls party

Some of my favorite elements of the party were the tutus each girl got when they arrived at the party, the tea area I set up for the girls to play tea, I loved all of my printables that Lauren Haddox Designs made to fit perfectly with the whole theme of the party and lastly the adorable tulle poms I made to decorate throughout the party.

tutu birthday party

I’m excited to share my tutorial with you on how you can make them for your next party. They are super easy and cheap to make. Enjoy the pictures of Teacups & Tutus!

easy diy pom tutorial

Tulle Pom Tutorial:

SUPPLIES: -Tulle ( 6″ wide) -Scissors -Book (any size depends on how big you want your pom to be) -Fishing line to hang pom

easy diy tulle pom tutorial

Directions: 1.Take your spool of tulle (I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby, they have a huge variety of colors) Each spool makes 2 large tulle poms. Un wrap a long piece of tulle. 2. Take the book and tulle and wrap the book 25 times. 3.. Slide tulle off of the book and tie the center with an extra piece of tulle 4. Cut each side of the tulle 5. Begin to fluff and pull apart the tulle. I continue to cut to make it an even all the way around) 6. Take fishing line and cut a piece (cut however much you need to hang the pom) 7.Attach the fishing line through the tulle and hang where needed

What projects do you like to do yourself for your parties?

 

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11 Summer Favorites

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11 Summer Favorites

Ahhh, summer, one of my favorite times of year.  I’ve put together a list of fun summer crafts, foods and fashions to share with you and your family.  Share with us in the comments section anything you love for summer too!

1)      Beaded Phone Number Bracelet – summer is a time to go to amusement parks, water parks, and other fun family outings where many times there are big crowds.  A great idea to help keep your little one safe is to make a beaded bracelet with your phone number on it – this way you make sure your child has your phone number in case he or she were to get separated from you.

2)      Kindergarten T-Shirt – is your little one going to kindergarten this year?  It’s a bitter sweet moment for us parents.  I found this really cute idea to put the year your child would graduate from high school on an adult size t-shirt.  Then every year take a picture of her or him wearing it.  Eventually they’ll grow right into it!

 

3)      Summer Fan – I thought this was such a cute craft for little ones to make (and to use during the hotter days of summer!)  It’s made with construction paper and so simple and cute!  To learn in detail how to make it go to MrPrintables.com.

4)      Lemonade Stand – I am a huge fan of fresh lemonade and an even better fan of a summer time lemonade stand.  I always have to stop when I see kids selling lemonade because I used to do the same thing when I was little.  Set up a table with some signs, or some old crates and sell sell sell!  Here are some ideas for cute lemonade stands!

5)      Little Fishies – I love the idea of creating a tableau with my daughter’s food.  She’s a pretty good eater but she enjoys it much more when I get creative.  I think this one is adorable and it makes healthy eating fun!  Visit the website Raisinglemons.com for more ideas!

6)      Fruity Popsicles – if these don’t scream fun summertime snack I don’t know what does!  I love these!  Put in juice (a clear one so you can see the fruit), your favorite fruits and voila, you have a healthy, refreshing treat!

7)      Saltwater Sandals – these seem to be all the rage for a good reason!  They are super cute and reasonably priced.  Wear them with anything – dresses, shorts, skinny jeans – with all the fun colors, they make any outfit look great!

8)      Saltwater Sandals for Kids – Wanna look super adorable?  Buy matching sandals for your little one.  They come in styles for both boys and girls and in all the same colors.  My daughter and I have matching yellow ones!  This adorable picture is courtesy of Lovetaza.com.

9)      Summer Swing Dress – I love the embroidery on the front of this dress and all the details in the fabric (when you zoom in on it you can see them.)  This would look great with a new pair of red or yellow saltwater sandals for a lovely summer evening!

10)   Summer Girl’s Dresses – these dresses are by Pink Chicken, one of my favorite kids clothing brands.  All the fabrics and styles are so stylish, and they make a few cute dresses for mom too!  Always check out their sales – they’ve always got some great deals!

11)   Summer Looks For Boys – gotta cool little guy who needs some cool guy fashion?  Appaman has some of the coolest clothes out there for little boys.  I love their girls’ clothes too!  Make sure to visit their website to see everything they have!

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