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Winter Hair

As my hair has been growing out I have began to notice that in the winter – the season of turtle necks, layers and chunky scarfs – my hair has been so frustrating I want to chop it all off getting in the way. I have become more and more desperate for some chic, easy up-dos that can keep my hair up and away while piling on the layers this winter. After some some virtual digging I have found some fabulous how-tos out there! Below are my top three I will be giving a shot asap!

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How to do above: Braid hair like putting it in pigtails, tie the braids in a knot, and pin back whatever you don’t want flipping out.

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Find more inspiration/how-tos on my Pinterest Hair Inspiration Board!

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Maxi from Summer to Fall

Maxi Dress {Violet Boutique} | Blazer {thrifted} | Mary Janes {Nine West} | Belts {F21} | Bag {Zara} | Snood {H&M} | Sunnies {Karen Walker} | Watch {Michael Kors} | Bracelet {Yurman} | Cuff {F21} similar | Manicure {Essie – Wicked} | Lipstick {Maybelline – Madison Ave}

How I wore the maxi in the summer (see full summer post here):

Maxi dresses are not just meant for the summer, and taking one from summer to fall is a breeze. Instead of sandals and a long, dainty necklace – toss on a blazer, closed-toed shoes (any style) and a chunky scarf!

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Ask Lacey: Scarves

I have been asked multiple times, whether it via email or in person, by readers if I have advice on how to tie a scarf. As a girl from the south I would rarely need to wear a scarf, so I was hesitant to answer the question.

Now that I am in DC, I clearly need to learn this new art so many women around me seem to have down. So let’s learn together, shall we?

I dug around online for a simple breakdown of types of ways to tie a scarf, and this graphic below (found via Cap Hill Style) seems to be the best out there. Also, see a few of the scarves I have my eye on after.


Bittersweet Plaid Wrap {CUSP}


Houndstooth Scarf {Payless}


Refined Silk-Cashmere Wrap  {J Crew}

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Hair How To: Easy Waves

You saw my hair look like this in my outfit post today

As promised, here is my VERY easy way to create waves:

  • After your shower, towel dry your hair.
  • Divide your hair up into 10 sections (This depends on the thickness of your hair. Less for thinner hair or looser waves).
  • Twist each section of hair until it coils into a ball and bobby pin. Repeat until your whole hair is surrounded by coils. Yes. You will look silly and your significant other will laugh at you.
  • Get your beauty sleep and let them do their magic.
  • When you wake up take each coil out (blow dry before taking out if your hair is still a bit damp).
  • Run your fingers through the waves. Do NOT brush/comb.
  • Lightly hair spray.
  • Voila… waves!
Seriously it is that easy! This can work on all lengths of hair. I used to do this when I had much shorter hair, as well. Just remember, the more sections you do the tighter the waves will be. Play with the amount of sections you do, and find what suits you.
Hope this helps! Look out for my how to on the hair style from this and this outfit post next week!

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Lacey’s Treats: Football Finger Foods

I am no foodie… heck the boyfriend won’t even let me in the kitchen. Really. I am that bad. But all of the sudden I had an itch to pull a Cupcakes and Cashmere and give you all some simple snacks to make and munch on while watching football this weekend. Yay NFL and College Football is now back!

Que one of my favorite people in the universe, fellow Florida State Nole  (Go Noles!) and coffee blogger extraordinaire, Megan! Before I pass you off to Megan – I just want to say that if you love your coffee, want some amazing tips and tricks and like simple finger food how-tos – Megan’s Cup of Mo is a MUST for your Google Reader! I normally read it with a Starbucks in hand.

Thanks for helping a girl out, Megan! Take it away…

College football 2011 is finally upon us.  Going to FSU with Lacey, I share her love of all things garnet and gold, the Seminoles and Saturdays in the fall.  Combine that with my love of cooking and entertaining and I’ve got some simple and delicious recipes for you to try out when tailgating or entertaining at home this football season.

The Main Event:

Wonton Pizza Bites– Try these with chicken sausage and you have an easy and light snack
Chicken Nachos– this is a favorite around our house, it gets requested quite frequently, and what is more stadium food than nachos??
1 baked and shredded chicken breast
1 jar salsa
1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 can black beans, drained
Arrange chips on a baking sheet, cover with half of the cheddar cheese, place under a broiler set to high.  After cheese melts, remove from oven.  Mix shredded chicken with half jar of salsa, sprinkle over chips.  Sprinkle black beans over chips, top with remaining cheese.  Place chips back under broiler and let cheese melt.  Remove from oven and enjoy with salsa, guacamole, jalapenos, and any other toppings you desire!
Mexican Corn Dip– We serve this at most family reunions, you literally throw all of the ingredients in one dish and bake.  Done.  Then you won’t want to let anyone else eat it!
1 can Mexican corn, drained
1 can mozarella cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 Parmesan cheese
minced fresh jalapeno to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix all together and bake for 30 minutes.  Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Sweets:
Apple Nachos– easy to make, you won’t be able to resist them. You can go the cheaters route here too, if you live near a Rocky Mountain Candy Company, just go pick up a pre-made apple :)
Fruit Pizza– take a package of sugar cookies, slice into rounds and spread out in the bottom of a pizza pan.  Bake according to package directions.  For sauce: mix together a package of softened cream cheese (I use non fat) with 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Spread on cookie crust.  Top with an assortment of your favorite, in-season fruit.
Thirst Quenchers:
Bud Light Lime (that is a suggestion from the boyfriend that goes out to all of you who will be hosting dudes)…mabye with a shot of tequila and a lime wedge??
Prosecco Pops – All fruit popsicles served with a proseco topping
Sangria (my go to party drink!)
1 bottle dry-ish red wine)
6oz can pineapple juice
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 orange liqueur
12 oz can sprite
Sweetener/Sugar if needed
Assortment of cut up fruit
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher.  Let sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes.  Serve in wine glasses over ice.
Accessorize in a chic outfit of your schools or favorite team’s colors.  Check out Lacey’s Super Bowl 2011 post or her Friday Fun today for some ideas on being stylish while still supporting your team!

Enjoy!

XOXO,
Megan

Thanks, Megan! Love ya girl! What do you think? Want Megan to do this again?

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HowTo: Twisty UpDo

Remember these pics from my post-NYC post yesterday? Continue reading

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How To: Summer UpDos

I have been on the hunt for creative summer updos ever since the weather hit 90 degrees. Below are some fabulous tutorials and inspiration photos for summer updos I am determined to try and you should too! Continue reading

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How To: The Donut Bun

The ‘it’ hair look for the spring/summer is the bun. High, low, to the side, messy, or clean and tight – it is everywhere. As a former dancer, where I lived in a bun, I thought to myself – piece of cake. What I have not thought about was how you all may not think – piece of cake. So, although I am no hair expert, I can definitely tell you folks how to create a “donut bun.” Continue reading

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