Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Peacock Feathers + Fringe Advice: Simplicity

My lovely sister bought me this dress. I'm surprised it has taken me so long to show up here on the blog since I've worn it a few times already. The Bay Area is having its summer time right now, so that means sleeveless items, dresses as much as possible, and hair up.

 strapless peacock feather dress: gift, Forever 21
black lace tank with ruffle: Target
polka dot fabric sandals: UO
black chevron earrings: F21

When you're dealing with a super warm day, simplicity is ideal. I love a good pair of earrings when I pull my hair back, but that was it for today's outfit. And the Fringe Advice of the day is:

Sometimes it's just better to put your hair up.

Most hair dressers wouldn't tell you to wear your hair in a ponytail every day. We cut, color and style your hair to look its best when worn down. But the ability to style your hair in multiple ways is a great bonus of longer hair, so why not put it up? Whether it's a day where your fringe is driving you crazy, or the wind/heat/humidity/rain is making your hair impossible, or you just need a change, a simple up do is pretty key. Hone your styling skills [or ask your stylist the next time you're in their chair] and this should only take you two minutes. Here's what I did:
  1. Start with dry hair, brush out any tangles
  2. Bend over at the waist to help encourage all the underneath hair to reach into a high ponytail, hold with hands, then stand up
  3. Use a fine-tooth comb [not a brush] to smooth every bit of hair moving from the hairline up to the ponytail, working in a circle around the head from one side to the other
  4. Once everything is super smooth, secure with an elastic
  5. Twist the pony on itself, then wrap around the base of the ponytail
  6. Secure the bun with a few bobby pins
  7. If needed run the comb over the pulled back parts of the hair to smooth out bubbles
Between steps 4 and 5 you can also tease your ponytail for extra fullness before pinning it down. This will give you a bigger topknot, but can look a little more fuzzy and less sleek. You can spray the whole look with a light bit of hair spray if needed, but don't OD on it! Crispy hair we are not looking for.

Don't forget, if you've got a Fringe Advice question, comment here and I'd love to feature it in an upcoming post!


  1. Random request... How to choose a good brush? Love the fringe advice (and your outfits!)

  2. Funny you should say that Gill, I'm working on a post just about that! :)


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