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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trust the timing of your life


I’ve had an abundance of ideas flowing through my head lately, but I can’t seem to quiet my mind enough to see them come to fruition. It’s quite the predicament.

I’ve been looking at this list, trying to rework what I don’t like and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to make some changes. A few of the items you see listed on here aren’t a good representation of what I’m actually working towards. I would be lying if I pretended like they were still part of my goals and I would feel much better if I made the tweaks now so that I can refocus – especially heading into the New Year.

Keep reading to see what made the cut and what little bits of inspo have been added!

1. Make a shorter list. Ironic that this is number one. I’d like to focus less on numbers and more on what it is that I’m trying to accomplish.

2. Give this little blog the redesign she deserves. I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty with you all, but also don’t want you to think I’m having an identity crisis either. I just want to give you a heads up that more changes are going to be happening on the blog. I’m genuinely excited about the month ahead and I feel confident in the direction it is headed. Don’t worry, you can just kick back and relax and I’ll be sure to let you know all about it when it’s time for the big reveal.

3. Migrate the blog to WordPress. So much to learn, so little time.

4. Launch a new blog column
5. Get a few head shots taken 

6. Buy a house with my partner in crime, Pete. Here I am being honest again. We just aren’t ready. I thought we were. We saved our pennies (okay, more than that), talked with a realtor and got our “ducks in a row.” But we just aren’t ready. I believe a part of me was just going through the motions. Buying a house is what grown adults are supposed to do, right? It’s been a long process, but I’ve had to teach myself that just because someone else is doing it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for Pete and I’s situation. We are happy where we are and knowing that we have the option to come and go as we please is really freeing at this point in our lives. I’m not saying we’re going anywhere, but for us, this is right.
7. Learn calligraphy
8. Build a wardrobe without breaking the piggy bank. I found a winter coat and now it’s being sold for a fraction of the price, naturally. Get it while it’s hot!
9. Run three half marathons and PR in a 5k. Broadway Bridge Half Marathon, check.
10. Take a road trip. bachelorette weekend at Table Rock Lake and a trip to Chicago, check.
11. Purge our apartment of all the items we no longer use/need and donate the good stuff. Getting there! Another mini purge is taking place this weekend.
12. (Continue to) read more. I’ve read #GIRLBOSS and Lean In. You can read my thoughts on #GIRLBOSS here. I need to make time to finish Dream Year by Ben Arment before the next #BookClubBlogger meet up!

13. Take a yoga class. I had my very first yoga experience.

14. Start or join a book club. 
15. Lose 5 more pounds and build some noticeable muscle mass

16. Attend a running club. I’ve met up with the Athelta Kansas City run club group twice now and it ended up being a lot of fun! I was worried about keeping up with the group, but they keep a nice pace and really push me to run hard. Word on the street says that they run year round, but I’m just not sure I have it in me. See you in the Spring, ladies!

17. Venture outside of my comfort zone and start taking more risks (both big and small) 

18. Run/walk/jog/elliptical my way through 1,000 miles Miles logged: 106. I’m vetoing this from the list as well. Again, less focus on numbers and more focus on working out in a way that makes me happy. Sometimes that’s a Bar Method class, other times it’s an ass kicking at Health House KC and when it’s not three degrees outside, sometimes that means a nice long run in the neighborhood. 

19. Cook dinner at home every week night for a month. I’m aiming to do this in January. It will be a nice way to kick off the New Year and undo all of the holiday feasting and indulgent dinners out with family and friends. 

20. Visit the Louisburg Cider Mill Read about my trip to Louisburg Cider Mill.

21. Go an entire month without pop (soda or coke for all you non-mid-westerners) I survived 30 Days caffeine and pop free

22. Start an address book. I won’t bore you with this, but I created a pocket sized book filled with everyone’s addresses and I feel so much better knowing they aren’t just on my phone.

23. Write a letter to myself to be opened on my 28th birthday
24. Trust the timing of MY life and stop getting sucked into the comparison trap. This will probably never be crossed off my list and I’m okay with that.
25. Leave a 100% tip for someone who provided excellent service
26. Throw a festive holiday soiree
27. Mail out holiday cards to family and friends
28. Go hiking
29. Track down the perfect bar cart. I had my sights set on one that looks just like this (scroll down on the page), but it sold before I could pull the trigger. If you see one…let me know!
30. Plan a trip down to Texas to visit family
What do you think of the changes? Do you ever feel like you have to hit pause and reevaluate so that you stay on track in the grand scheme of things?
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