Friday Favorites in Five

December 19, 2014

It's Friday - the last Friday before Christmas! Ah!

This week has been pretty busy and I've been trying to go over my to-do list to make sure I have everything done. Which pretty much never happens, but that's okay. Tonight my husband and I are going to a Christmas concert, and I'm pretty excited about it. :) 

If you're like me, you don't plan your 'Christmas Outfit' until the morning of...but you're probably not like me so you would actually have something in mind and planned way before the last possible minute. This Friday Favorites is really more for me (or you too, if you're like me) and I am doing a round-up of the favorite holiday outfits from some of my favorite bloggers. Maybe this will help give a little inspiration!

1. Of course, the plaid scarf is a must. It's the perfect Christmas accessory! (via The Sweetest Thing)

2. Dressing up for the holidays is always festive. I love this bright red skirt! (via Pink Peonies)

3. This looks so cute and comfortable. (via Southern Curls and Pearls)

4. Again with the plaid, but I love the olive green poncho and tan accents. (via Just Dandy)

5. Sequins and tulle = major holiday sparkle! (via Sequins and Things)

So do you have your outfit planned for the upcoming festivities, or do you wait? I never know what I'll feel like wearing that day. I have to feel good about it. That usually means about 5 different outfits that I go through before just saying "just move on, this is fine!" 

Happy Friday!!

December Julep Maven Box

December 17, 2014

Wow, you guys, this is the last Julep Maven Box of the year. Honestly, last month flew by! I know I know, I say that every month...

This month's box was filled with holiday sparkle! I loved it!

The Orbital Eyeshadow in Airglow is SUCH a pretty color. It's a nude shimmer, with soft glitter. It's not chunky, but definitely shows up. Perfect for a special occasion or just if you need a little sparkle in your day. I wore it around the house last weekend. Why  not?

The two nail colors in the box have Christmas written all over them. Ilga, the deep red is beautiful! I have collected a few red shades over the years, but this one is just right. Deep red, but festive. Sienna, the gold shade, is fun and sparkles without being glittery. I like that it is a little more versatile than typical glitter.

All of the Maven boxes are good, but this was was especially fun to get me in the mood for the season! 

Did you get your Julep box this month? If so, let me know what you thought!

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Faux Bun Tutorial

December 15, 2014

The only annoying part about having shorter hair is not being able to put it up in fancy styles or up-do's! With holiday season upon us, I was determined to find a style that worked for my shorter after playing around (a lot) and trying some different things, I landed on this faux bun that seems to work pretty well! It's not a super polished bun, but I'm okay with that.

To start, use a texturizing spray and tease lightly at the crown for more lift. I like this texture spray by Kenra for added hold.

1. Leaving small pieces out at the sides, pull half of your  hair back. 
2. Pull through a small elastic a couple times until tight - don't pull all the way through the last time. Leave the ends in the elastic so it makes a small loop.
3. Do the same thing on the bottom half of your hair - pull through the elastic and make a second loop. Don't worry if it looks really strange here. We'll fix it!
4. Start separating each loop and form a bun shape by combining the loops together. Secure with pins and tuck in any loose pieces of hair until you're happy with the shape.
5. Take the sides that were left out in step #1 and twist.
6. Pull both twisted pieces back and cross over each other. This will hide the elastics and pins - it will also cover the fact that there are two separate loops of hair!
7. Bringing the twisted pieces under the bun, secure with pins.

Finish with a good hairspray to set the style, and your'e done!

It's definitely more of a messy bun on me because of my layers, but you can make it whatever you want it to be! I love that the twist on each side makes it a little more fancy.