My Signature Hairstyles

I'll admit it, I'm not usually very creative with my hair. My hair is pretty thin (although I have a lot of it), and I keep it cut so it hits right at my collarbone, with layers throughout to give it a little more volume. Generally when I style my hair I don't really have a lot of time to spare, so I tend to go for quick, stylish, and easy hairstyles. Here are my three favorites.


What you need:

This is by far my most-worn hairstyle. To start, I run my flat iron through my hair, slightly bending the last third of my hair under so that the ends swoop in towards my face. I find that this style works best with a side part - I usually keep mine on the right side of my head, but you can place your part on whichever side suits your face best. To create the half-up twist, I brush out a small section of hair from the front of the left side of my part. Then, I twist the hair outwards one and a half times, leaving the front slightly looser to create volume. To secure the twist, I bobby pin the base with one pin facing up and the other crossing over the first, facing downwards.


What you need: 

I usually start with one-day-old hair here, but I can make this style work with freshly washed hair if I use a little dry shampoo to add
some texture. I brush my hair into a slightly deeper side part than usual, then gather it loosely at the back of my neck (almost as if I'm putting it in a low ponytail). Once I have the placement right, I twist my hair until it begins to turn around itself, forming a circle. I use two to three spiral pins to secure the bun in place. Usually at this point I have several pieces of hair sticking out. If you like a messier look, you can leave it at that. Most of the time, I go in with some regular bobby pins and pin down the loose strands. If you opt to do this, it's always a good idea to bring a few extra bobby pins with you in case any stray hairs pop out.


What you need:

Before I start curling, I section off my hair at the temples and pin the top layer up with a clip. Then I begin taking small sections of hair in the bottom section and curling them away from my face. To make sure all my curls go in the right direction, I keep the clip of my iron facing the front when I clamp down on each piece.  I hold each piece for 5-6 seconds before releasing. When I've finished the bottom section, I clip it together in a pony tail before letting down the top section and repeating the process. After everything is curled, I lightly comb through my hair with my fingers. Then I finish off with a spritz of the Kenra Volume Spray, which holds the curls in place all day.


Fall Fashion Wishlist

Well, it's finally September, which means only one thing -- fall is on the way. I've been excited for the upcoming season for weeks (I'm definitely guilty of bringing out the pumpkins and sweaters in the middle of August); the months of September through December are by far my favorite out of the year. I love the holidays, chilly weather, and crisp air. With all of those things come my favorite fashions - scarves, sweaters, flannel shirts, riding boots, and comfy jeans; just to name a few. Here are the pieces that I'm dreaming of to update my wardrobe for the upcoming  season.

1. Nine West Cierra Flats// 2. Hunter Rainboots // 3. JCrew Vest // 4. Madewell Tote (similar here) //  5. Etsy Monogrammed Necklace // 6. H&M Poncho


How to Unwind (for the Busy Girl)

Between school, friends, and work, life gets busy - and sometimes it's hard to find a moment to relax and make time for yourself. Here's my five tips on how to unwind when you're on a tight schedule.

1.) If you can, take a time out. The best way to really relax is to take a break from everything you have going on and take some time to do something you enjoy. Be it reading a book, taking a hot bath, or doing an at-home manicure - if you want to get away from the stress of the day, it's always more effective to focus entirely on unwinding and block everything else out. When I get some time to myself, I like to catch up on magazines. Find something that's therapeutic to you! So often, we do so much for others and forget about ourselves. Don't be afraid to make time in your schedule for you.

2.) If you can't take a break, multi-task. If you can't possibly carve any more time out of your day, try multi-tasking while working on something else. One great option is to apply a face mask or deep conditioner and let it soak in while you work at your desk. You can still finish up pressing tasks while being a little self-indulgent, and when you're done, take a nice shower and be left with beautiful skin and hair. Similarly, treat yourself to a lunch at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop while you work on a project. You've done something for yourself, without sacrificing time in your schedule!

3.) Remove stressors from your life. Now, not everything that stresses you can just disappear (sadly). But it can be surprising how many little things can be contributing to your stress without you even knowing. A few months ago, I realized that there were just too many things in my room. Even though everything was neatly organized, I knew I needed to declutter. Over the course of a few weeks I spent just twenty minutes or so each night organizing one area of my room at a time, and in the end I felt much happier with less. I would suggest taking a closer look at your surroundings and identifying small things that are increasing your stress, then creating a plan to slowly eliminate them.

4.) Plan ahead. Make time in your long-term calendar for a me-day. Often we schedule appointments, meetings, events, etc. weeks or even months in advance -- why can't we do the same for time we spend on ourselves? Set a date for a spa trip, a fresh haircut, or just reserve some downtime in the midst of an over-scheduled week. And be consistent; make a your rest periods reoccurring to avoid getting caught in the midst of an over-scheduled week with no time for yourself.

5.) Make a point to do things that make you happy. Just like little things can add to your stress, they can also take away from it. Think about easy things that you can do for yourself that will make you happy in the middle of a stressful day. Maybe you have a delicious recipe you found on pinterest that you want to try -- why not make it and slip it into your lunchbox the night before a big test? Even if the rest of your day is stressful, getting to eat that treat during lunch will be something you can look forward to. Doing this will help give you little happy moments throughout the day, and enough of these moments will add up to help decrease your stress overall.

Those are my tips for how to spend some time on yourself when you're on a tight schedule. I hope you all are doing well, and don't forget to take a moment to unwind!