What do you think of top knots? I turn to top knots when my hair is DIRTay. They’re easy, quick and supposed to look a little wacky. Here is a couple steps to get this look:
First, you’ll need a couple of tools to pull this off. If your hair is dirty OR clean, I like to add some texture to mine. Use any brand of dry shampoo- this is a kind from Klorane that I had in a Birchbox but Psssst! is good, too and you can find it at the drugstore. You’ll also need some bobby pin to secure it in place.
Alrighty, your Top Knotch steps (get it? ha):
Start out by applying your dry shampoo. Lift up sections around the sides of your face and the crown of your head and spray horizontally. I like to give it a nice shake with my fingers to get it all going.
Next, time to tease! What? Aren’t we just putting it up high? Yes, but unlike the models stuck to your head look, I like a little lift. Backcomb the sides and crown where you put dry shampoo with your teaser comb. Flip that head over and pull up into a super high pony tail. You’ll probably have to finger or brush the back up so it doesn’t look like a rat’s nest.
Next, I have some kitty phone pictures for your literal knot. Usually, people will twist the hair, twirl into a bun and secure but today, we’re tying it in a knot! I like to have mine a little edgier than a ballet bun.
2- divide your pony in two.
3- tie into a knot- don’t worry, it will fall right out later. I tied mine 3 times since my hair is long. Take the ends and tuck them around the base when finished and bobby pin.
By now, it looks a little cray, right? With your bobby pins on go, start sticking them in. I like to pull mine apart a little bit and pin in place. Top knots are not supposed to look neat.
I finish mine with a few pieces of hair pulled out around my face and a fun barrette. Today is a kitty day.
Now go throw on a red lip and a big fuzzy scarf to complete the look. Share with me your top knot creations at #BreezyTopKnot.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
This weekend, Mom and I went on a fun girl date to Melting Pot. Today’s post is really going to make you hungry!
I love the Melting Pot and I was so excited we got to go. Going out to dinner is one of my favorite things to do and fondue just spreads out the time of dinner and good conversation. We got the full dinner and so we started out with the cheese fondue.
This starter was enough for a full meal- we had 3 kinds of bread, vegetables and green apples to dip in our garlic cheese.
Next we had delicious salads with the house dressing – Peppercorn Ranch.. so good!
By this point, we’re both looking at each other waiting to see what the next course will be. Our waiter brings out an iron pot with swirling herbs in broth. It was time for the main course. For our entree, we ordered filet, herb-crusted chicken and shrimp. This is what the set-up looks like:
We each got 4 pieces of steak, 4 shrimp and 5 pieces of chicken. It came with a bowl full of vegetables including mushrooms, broccoli and potatoes. All you have to do is poke your meat with the fondue fork and cook it in the broth for about 2-3 minutes. It’s so yummy but my favorite part were the sauces they served!
Yep, you counted 6 different sauces. My favorite was the Green Goddess- sour cream, cream cheese, onion and chives. It was awesome with the steak.
Now, we’re absolutely full but we have to pull through because the best part os about to come… the chocolate fondue.
We scroll through the chocolate menu and quickly decide on the turtle chocolate- milk chocolate with caramel and candied pecans. This happened…
and then this was placed in front of us…
You have no idea how much a treat these little morsels were to be dipped in this:
It was such a fun night and food coma worthy for sure. Have an anniversary or celebration or just want fondue… try Melting Pot next time!
So, I am currently sitting in a Moe’s about 30 minutes from my house. I’m munching on some chips and queso and just taking a break in between classes. I have to go back in 30 minutes but just thought I could fit in a blog post while I’m here. One thing that has suddenly hit me to write a post is an incredible wave of independence sitting on my own at the Moe’s.
Okay, I’m not talking about Beyonce earth-shattering, Sasha Fierce Independence but just a strong sense of self at my present point in life. I am doing well at work and getting a little more creative credibility, working through my 3 classes this semester at HGTC and doing a lot of cool projects behind the scenes for Breezy Cheetah Pop (which I can’t wait to show you in the coming months!). I’m busy but everything is working out great. Right now, I am an independent, single and confident just looking for my next exciting thing to try.
Even though I’m still working toward a future goal, I’ve felt successful along the way and hope to continue in that path. With that being said, I would really have liked to know some of these things graduating college. Learning these tips were just part of being in my twenties and I still have much more to learn. If I was 22 again, I would tell myself to:
1. Learn how to talk to an adult as a peer. Being from the south, we are brought up to say Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir and I support that if you’re in college and younger. When you start your first job, now is your time to show yourself as a equal. The conversations are different with adults at this point. You aren’t telling them about how school is going or what you did with your family over summer vacation, you are telling them how to run a social media campaign because they don’t have any clue what that is or care to. You are an equal and it’s more than okay to act like it.
2. Do something you wouldn’t normally do. Yeah, your mind probably goes to sky diving or something really major however, I do a lot of small things through out my day that makes me feel just a little better. Some days, it might be seeing a watercolor set on sale at Michael’s and giving it a whirl. Other days, it might be asking that cute boy that seems like he just has a cool life out for drinks. All in all, these little risks give me joy and the worst thing that could happen is people say no (or just want to be friends after 3 dates..). Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Just go for it- you’ve got nothing to lose.
3. Don’t ‘need’ a bathroom partner. You know that moment when a girl gets up from a table and says “I have to go to the bathroom” while directly staring at the rest of the table begging them with their eyes to come with. No. If you have to go to the bathroom, you can do it yourself. If you have to go to the bathroom together to dish about the latest Mindy Project or something… then that’s a different story.
4. Be the girl a boy works to date. I see and saw it so many times- girls revolve their life around guys. Ok, granted I will move my schedule around to fit in a date with you but I’m talking about the girls that move cities to follow their guy after only 2 months in a relationship. Have enough common sense to value yourself and see things clearly. Girls are no longer sweet little housewives… we have big jobs and big dreams. Guys will eventually want to date an accomplished girl and not one they have to take care of. My advice- go out there and get the life you want to lead… then the boys will court you, want to marry you and follow you to the end because girl, you got it together and you have a lot to offer!
5. Make as many excuses to throw a party as you can. Your best friend got an A on her test… time to go out for drinks! Oh, your cat turned one… bake a cat cake and invite the girls to share it. Surprises and parties with our buddies make us happy. Better yet, plan the parties. You’re happy at the party and knowing that you made someone else’s day is a little better, too. Who’s up for champagne Thursdays??
6. Make a point to meet people. Easy, right? NOT. Meeting good girl friends (or even guy friends) in your 20′s is hard. Girls find their group of friends and you have to claw your way to meet them or find your own path if you start out in a new city. If you know of a girlfriend that has a cool job and want to know more, ask her to lunch. She’s got a group of friends, too that could be friends with your group. Now, I’m not saying to relive high school and try to be the popular girl.. I’m just saying, times are different now. Those cute girls want to be in your friend network, too.
I am human though and have my doubts, of course. I’ve even doubting this orange lip stick I’m wearing right now but I think it’s more on the fabulous side. I have plenty of things I need to work on. Being 27, I still have a few more years to go before I know everything (ahem, 30) haha. My goals now are showing more of myself to people and being vulnerable. This blog is so friendly but posts like this that I open up more are what I need to work on. I like writing about things that matter… my opinion though is only my opinion. So you can take it or leave it.
I love sharing these few tips with you guys. Maybe you get something out of it and it hopefully empowers you to be your true self. In the influential words of Gwen Stefani… Get it girl, Get it Get it girl!
…that I am absolutely loving on the internet right now…
1) Learning that you can send almost anything through the mail…
2) This Dating Social Experiment
They are friends and they date for 40 days to see if they can make it more. Here is the full website of all their days documented.
3) This gum collage..
4) That NYMag.com has a Street Style tab. Street Style is so much better than editorial when it comes to how to put outfits together.
5) and this Pin of the cast of Princess Bride 25 Years later.. one of my favorite movies growing up.
Happy Hump Day!
I’ve been researching some hair lately and found some great stuff. Along with cool do’s, I loved the color schemes in these photos. Would be good for future design projects…
Great upcoming spring trend colors.
Makes me think if the Fourth of July- Super Platinum hair.. could you do it?
I absolutely love the unfinished Olsen hair look. Being from the south, it’s a fine line between making my hair completely styled without a hair out of place and beach-y, wavy cool.. I tend to lean more toward waves in the summer since it’s easier.
What is your favorite hair trend of the moment?