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My So-called Beautiful Life: Booze and Braids (and lots of Cheese and Chocolate)

Some girls get together and go dancing. Others get together, drink prosecco, eat cheese and chocolate and braid hair together. And by “others.” I mean me and two of my fabulous friends … let’s call them K and R. What’s that you say? Braiding hair together isn’t a normal activity for a bunch of grown women to partake in together? I say you don’t know what you’re talking about!

The idea started as a joke after I got the Braids, Buns and Twists book for Christmas. To put it in perspective, by BF’s teenage cousin got the same book for Christmas. I’m obviously very mature. After realizing that our “joke” braid book club was actually a stroke of genius, R, K and I scheduled a braiding blowout for the first Friday night we all had open.

A book about braids or the bible? Hard to tell.

I brought the braid book and a couple of bottles of prosecco, K offered up her apartment and some delicious chocolate lava cakes, and R brought cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. After a few glasses of prosecco, stuffing our faces with all varieties of cheese and devouring fresh-from-the-oven chocolate cake with a side of ice cream, we got cracking on our braids.

More cheese, please
I’ll take my own personal chocolate cake, please and thank you.

The bubbles might have impaired our braid judgement, but I think we all achieved a pretty masterful braided look. K got well on to her way to being a professional french braider, R crafted a braided hairstyle for a wedding she’ll be in this summer and I worked on a double-french-braid-into-a-low-bun look. I liked it so much I even rocked it the next day. I even took a few awkward selfies to prove it. One while slightly buzzed and two after just waking up the next morning. Aren’t I glamorous?

Booze-induced braids
Why so serious?
No better way to start the day than with a bathroom selfi

While I’ll be the first to admit that my braiding skills aren’t totally professional yet, I do plan to put in a lot of face time with my new book over the next few months. Who knows, maybe I’ll even whip up a fancy-pants tutorial for you.

So there you have it, my super mature Friday night. If you don’t think staying in and braiding your hair is fun, I don’t think we could ever be friends. 

Photos: beautyXposé


Channeling my Inner Pocahontas with a Front French Braid

Before I even begin, can I tell you how hard it is to spell Pocahontas? Holy moly! Also, if you don’t know the lyrics to “Colors of the Wind,” you are going to be so confused reading this post. But I digress…

I’ve stumbled upon a new, quick and easy braided hairstyle, and I thought I would share. Now before you get all “quick and easy my bum,” let me tell you that I am a former front-french-braid-failure. So if I say it is quick and easy, you best believe me!

Thanks to watching YouTube videos (click to watch the tutorial I learned from!) on Friday nights, I have now mastered the art of the Pocahontas braid, as I call it. Although, now that I think about it, the braid is much more reminiscent of a nice Dutch milk maid. But alas…

I am ready to run the hidden pine trails of the forest

The braid takes me all of 5 minutes and makes for a day of compliments. A lot of my coworkers (both guys and girls) complimented my front french braid all three times I’ve sported it in the office. Who knew learning one simple braid could make me seem so hip, fashion-forward, savvy … yada, yada, yada?

Let me know, do you all want me to film a tutorial for this look?


High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Braidy Lady

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braidsThere is one solid solution for my bad hair days that will turn whatever disaster going on up there into a chic and polished look.  No, it is not my Yankee hat — although I have been know to sport it on my laziest of days.  A braid is the perfect hairstyle solution, because anyone can do it and there are hundreds of ways to work it.

I am most definitely not the first to notice this hair revelation; celebrities have been working the braid at the grocery store, out to dinner and even on the red carpet. If you can separate your hair into three strands, then you can rock any of these looks.

The LC

Lauren Conrad arriving at the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Party at MyHouse Club in .Los Angeles, California on April 22, Kathy Hutchins / Hutchins Photo.... . Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Lauren Conrad made this quick and easy braid famous on “The Hills” but she uses this braid for any occasion.  A simple semi-French braid across your hairline, this braid works with straight hair, curly hair and wavy hair.  You can even pull your hair into a low ponytail or bun for a more sophisticated look.  With my unpredictable bangs, I use this braid almost daily to keep those unruly strands out of my face.

Random Braids

NEW YORK - JULY 28:  Actress Blake Lively attends the world premiere of 'The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2' presented by Warner Bros. Pictures at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 28, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

This is the ultimate in quick and easy braid looks.  Take your standard hairstyle and add a little twist.  Blake Lively braided small strands of hair along her crown, adding extra texture to her careless waves.  This look is best if you do not overdo it and leave the look relaxed and almost natural looking.

The Chunky Braid

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03:  Singer Fergie arrives at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Believe it or not, braiding all your hair into one chunky braid is not just for the gym anymore; this look can be hot.  And unlike at the gym, the chunkier, the better.  If you have long and full hair, this is a great way to show it off and keep it under control.  I love this look in the summer, because thick hair can get frizzy and can feel like a blanket around your neck.  The chunky braid can hide the frizz and beat the heat.  I love how Fergie leaves some wisps in the front and loops a few strands around the hair tie.

You can copy the celebs’ styles or create your own braided look. I would just try and stay from any looks resembling Princess Leia.  So stop hiding under your baseball hat, and turn to the braid on bad hair days.

Photos (celebrities via PicApp.com): Black braids – Stock Xchng user Hagit; Lauren Conrad – Kathy Hutchins /Hutchins Photo; Blake Lively – Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images; Fergie – Frazer Harrison/Getty Images