give thanks

Sometimes it truly is the little things in life that remind me how much I have to be grateful for in the grand scheme of things. I figure there is no better time than now to share a few bits and pieces of my life that I’ve been especially thankful for as of late.

A friend reaching out to tell me that she thought my post was great and sounded just like me

Good music like this song by Barcelona

An unexpected email with the positive words of encouragement from a special gal in Chicago

The opportunity to ask all of my burning questions to a few people who inspire me to chase something new

The promise of a fresh start (in more ways than one)

Long weekends with no set plans after the holiday with family and friends

Pete and his willingness to do anything for me (including pulling my socks off my tired feet before crawling into bed at night)

The supportive gals at Tulip who picked me to help celebrate their 1,000 likes milestone on Facebook

I know that some people say it’s cliche to express thanks at this time of year, but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is for? We live in such a busy world and if someone (like me) needs a little reminder, so be it. The important part is that I’m focused on it now and I can work on expressing thanks all year round.

What are you thankful for? Whether it be big or small, I would love to hear it!

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Below are a few of the best Black Friday Deals I’ll be hitting up!

Get 50% off one full-priced item at Banana Republic with code BRFIFTY and 40% off the rest of your cart with code BRFORTY. So many great sweaters I’ve had my eye on.

Save 20% at Lulu & Georgia when you spend $250 with code PUMPKINPIE20

Design Darling – use code MANYTHANKS for 20% off through Monday! This lamp? Swoon.

50% off at Gap with code BLKFRIDAY. That includes every. little. thing. Including this reversible sports bra!

ASOS is getting me with their scarves this year. You can score this faux fur infinity scarf at 30% off using code TGIBF and if you see something else you love, the code will work for it too!

Save up to 50% off just about everything over at Old Navy. I’ve got my eye on this quilted vest that rings in at just $14.  #nobrainer

Happy shopping!

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I’ve always thought of Thanksgiving as the official start to the holiday season and I am more than ready to kick things off tomorrow! I’m not sure what’s gotten into me this year, but my holiday spirit is through the roof – we even bought a tree (no poking fun at its small stature).

I met up with my sister Jordan, Sarah of One Sparrow Creative and Shanley this week over at Skyline Downtown Salon to work on a few holiday hairstyle how-to’s so that you’ll be armed with everything you need to know in order to create a few glam looks all on your own. Who doesn’t want to wow everyone at this year’s company Christmas party or your best friend’s holiday soiree? I sure do.

Follow along with Jordan as she shows you step-by-step how to create the braided holiday hairstyle below!

Holiday Updo

Begin by curling the hair in vertical sections prepped with Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray.  Be sure to start the curl from the mid-strand or closer to the root to achieve a soft, loose texture.

Holiday Updo How To

Lightly spray the curls with Oribe Impermeable and allow the hair to cool completely.

Holiday Updo How To

Using your fingers or a Mason Pearson hairbrush, gently brush through the curls to separate.

chic holiday hairstyle

Loosely sweep hair off the face, starting on the lighter side of your part, securing with bobby pins behind the ear.

Holiday Updo How To

Gather hair at the nape on the side that is partially pinned into place.

Festive holiday hair how to

Begin twisting upward, securing with bobby pins until you’ve worked across the hairline to the base of the opposite side.

holiday hairstyle

Holiday Updo How To

Using your fingers, gently lift at the root and apply short spritzes of Oribe Dry Texurizing Spray.

holiday hairstyle

Leaving out the section in front of the ear, wrap the ends of the hair upward, pinning in a loose bun.

Holiday Hair

Section the remaining hair in two, braiding the portion closest to the back of the head while leaving loose the hair that frames the face.  Secure the braid with a small hair tie.

Holiday Updo How To

Gently open the braid by pulling at the edges, then cross the braid to the opposite side of the head, tucking the ends and pinning beneath the bun.

festive holiday updo

Finish the look by sweeping the remaining hair above the braid and pinning, pulling loose a few pieces to frame the face and spraying lightly with Oribe Superfine Hairspray.

holiday updo how to - put a bow on it!

holiday updo how to

There you have it! I’m a huge fan of the braided detail and the tousled nature of this ‘do will give a look of whimsy to your holiday style. I’m thinking of recreating this elegant look for myself, but I’ve got some practicing to do. If you decide to give it a go, be sure to tag me on Instagram so that I can see it! And don’t forget, you can always pin images and save them for later by hovering over the top left hand corner of the photo.

Love the look, but lack the time to master the skills needed to create it at home? Book an appointment at Skyline this holiday season! 816-221-2001

If you’re local, stop by Skyline for the Oribe products used to create this look, or shop them online below:

Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray // Oribe Impermeable // Mason Pearson hairbrush // “Pocket” Mason Pearson hairbrush // Oribe Dry Texurizing Spray // Oribe Superfine Hairspray

Save the Date: the Skyline Downtown Salon Holiday Open House is Thursday, December 4th from 6-8pm and you’re invited! There will be sips, snacks and a trunk show featuring some of Kansas City’s best local shops, including: Lily Dawson Designs, Handmade by Sara Cramer, Wild Wash Soap and more.

I’m putting together a few more easy holiday hairstyle looks for next week and I can’t wait to share them with you! Think velvety bows and chic ponytails, but until then, I’m off to enjoy one of my favorite holidays with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Lauren Conrad new haircut

 

#TGIF is by far my favorite hashtag. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m back with a little weekly round up before I send you off to enjoy the weekend that lies ahead!

– I have no shame telling you all that I believe Pitch Perfect is one of the greatest movies ever created. It just makes ya feel good. I rarely watch movies for a second time around, let alone a third, fourth, fifth…you get the picture. When I saw the Pitch Perfect 2 trailer yesterday, I let out a little squeal.

– I’ve been patiently waiting for J. Crew to restock their crepe drop-waist dress after seeing it on The College Prepster and last night, I was innocently browsing J. Crew Factory and there she was…just waiting for me.

– Lauren Conrad’s new ‘do debut (and most recent feature on Who What Wear) makes me want to chop off the little bit of growth I’ve had since since my last big cut in April, don a pair of glittery oxfords and really wow everyone this holiday season.

– I’m honored that Tulip Boutique chose me as one of their inspiring gals in celebration of 1,000 likes! Pop over to the Tulip Facebook page for the full feature.

Holiday VelvetCrate - gift ideas

– Looking for a unique gift idea this holiday season? The gals over at VelvetCrate take the guess work out of putting one together and curate perfect packages. A VelvetCrate is filled with chic, fun and luxurious gifts for her. Each VelvetCrate is delivered in modern packaging with a custom card that can be personalized with your message. Shipping is free and you can select your desired ship date. The special Holiday VelvetCrate collection is $50 and includes a festive Thymes Gingerbread Candle, yummy FunkyChunky Sea Salt Caramel popcorn and luxurious Lollia Wish soap.

Laura Mercier sent me over a tube of their hydrating foundation primer and it’s become a new regular in my beauty routine. I found that my old primer was so drying, especially in the winter months. This primer does its job and more with it’s hydrating benefits.

– In case you missed it around these parts: Be sure to enter the giveaway for a personalized necklace, get debriefed on my latest list, sign up for the private Bar Method class and check out my holiday wish list and gift guide under $50 so you can get a jump start on holiday shopping this weekend!

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