3 Step Hairstyle: Single Knot Twist

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With the holidays in full swing, I’m on the hunt for simple hairstyles that are as easy as they are festive. After years of wearing my hair pinned up for ballet, nothing whispers simple elegance to me like a classic bun. I’ve been wearing this easy twist on the classic style for everything from running errands to fancier date nights but I really love it paired with a beautiful dress and my favorite set of earrings for the holidays. The best part though, is that it’s three steps and takes three minutes. Thank goodness for that.

**I’ve been wearing it low with my hair parted naturally on the side but you could totally wear it as a side bun or part your hair straight down the middle.

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Start with unwashed hair (clean hair slips right out of the bun) or add Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Seaweed All Day Body Leave-In Foam to damp hair before drying.

001.  Part hair naturally, separating hair into two strands.

002.  Tie two strands in a single knot at the base of your neck.

003.  Twist each strand, one at a time, around the knot and secure with bobby pins. Finish with a few spritzes of Suave Professionals® Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray to hold the style in place and go enjoy your evening!

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P.S. Last few hours to enter this giveaway - I'll pick a winner later this afternoon!

Glossy Box Review + Giveaway

So I've been using the same basic make-up routine for about six years. I switched it up a tad this spring when I switched from the bareMinerals powder foundation to their liquid and when I learned a bit about contouring and highlighting, but over all, I haven't been that adventurous. It's not that I don't love me some new beauty products, it's just that standing in the middle of Sephora is a little intimidating. There are so many brands, so many options. So, when asked if I wanted to try out GlossyBox, it was a no brainer.

Have you heard about their subscription box service? No? Each month they send you five beauty products in a specially curated box (that is darling btw - it's just like opening a present). The brands and products are always vetted and tested so you know you're getting the best (plus it's fun that some of them are emerging brands that you may not have heard of otherwise, but are still top notch).

It totally takes out my anxiety of 'too many options' out of trying new beauty products and the box comes with a little flyer that explains each product and gives you the price point of each item (along with application/usage tips!). I love that the value of the products is much higher than you're paying for the box, so that even if I don't really love one or two of the items, I'm still getting a good deal.

In my November box, it's like they knew exactly what I needed. Here's what was included and a few of my thoughts:

Herbal Bath: Balancing in Lavender by Kniepp
This bottle of goodness smells incredible and I'm not sure if it was the camphor, lavendar, and eucalyptus leaf oils that enhanced my overall mood (as promised) or the increased number of baths I took. But, either way, I'm a huge fan. It's something I'd get again to treat myself or gift to a friend (especially one who is pregnant).

Instant Healthy Hair Treatment by 12 Benefits
I finally got my hair cut in November and it has been feeling silky and healthy ever since, so I wish I had this product in September and October when I was really feeling the results of too much curling and summer sun. I do really like the smell and that it claims to prevent split ends (the downfall of my hair). I'm hoping it helps with the whole post partum hair thing).

Universal Blush by So Susan Cosmetics
I love the color (and checked out the reviews on to find out that the color really did seem to work for everyone that received it) and how long the blush lasts. You can tell it's a great quality blush by how strong the pigment is (a little bit goes a long way).

Nail Laquer in Light Pink by OPI
Okay, so I'll admit I was a bit surprised when I opened this fall box to find a light pink nail polish. The description explains it's a "rosy play on the classic neutral for fall" but I would have preferred a deep burgundy or a more brown neutral. That said, OPI makes a wonderful nail polish and I was surprised I could really tell the difference. The color is long lasting and doesn't chip...and I think I'll get quite a bit of use out of it come spring (if I ever paint my nails with a new baby...).

Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer by Juice Beauty
This is easily my favorite product in the box and my skin agrees. It's certified organic (which I care more about while I'm pregnant) and after this campaign, I'm sold on the benefits of starting a bit of anti aging as soon as possible. The lotion is moisturizing without being too heavy and beats out all the other moisturizers I've tried in the past few years.
And, because I love you (really, I do), I'll be mailing out one GlossyBox to a lucky winner. The giveaway will only run through Friday so I have time to get it in the mail for before Christmas. You might also get a family Christmas card with the box (if I get those printed in time...). You can enter via the rafflecopter widget below -- good luck! 

If you're interested, you can check out pricing for the boxes here (you can get billed each month, or pay in full for 3, 6, or 12 months and get a discount). If my little sisters were more into make-up, it would be something I'd consider for Christmas presents for sure and I love that the gift would last more than just Christmas morning.

P.S. This post is in partnership with Shop At Home + GlossyBox (and if you purchase your GlossyBox and you have a Shop At Home account, which is free, you get $3 off your purchase).

P.P.S. I shared another maternity style/life update this morning in case you missed it!

images via potterybarn + glossybox

The Last Weeks of Maternity Style

Happy Monday! 
Just a few life updates for today: 

  • I am feeling beyond pregnant at this point and I appreciate the comments from strangers that I will not make it to my due date (so when this baby shows up two weeks late I'm not sure what I'll do!). 
  • We had gorgeous fifty degree (albeit cloudy) weather this weekend and are hoping it means that this year wont be anything like last winter. Ben was outside raking leaves in a tee shirt (guys, we have a yard in which to rake leaves!) and it was possible to run errands in light jackets without freezing to death. I keep telling Ben I love winter...but I'm starting to think maybe I don't. 
  • We got our very first Christmas tree (pictures coming once we put lights and ornaments on it, promise -- we used all of our lights on our outdoor tree so that we weren't one of the only houses without any Christmas lights up). It makes the front of the house smell amazing and Ben informed we we aren't taking it down till mid January. You won't hear me complaining. 
  • All of the rooms in the house are functional (other than the nursery) and we got all of our appliances (other than a garbage disposal) sorted out/purchased/planned. It'll be nice not to be running back to the apartment to do laundry and not wash every single dish by hand (reminds me of our first year of marriage and that year with no dishwasher...glad it's only temporary this time). 
  • At one point last week I went to the grocery store and only purchased things from the produce section (well, and orange juice). I felt like a health nut. 
  • Then there was Sunday, where we might have had leftover pizza for lunch and ramen for dinner.
  • I've given up on decorating everything before the baby gets here. As long as everything has a place and we get a few things hung on the walls, I'll be happy. We'll save stripping the floral wallpaper in the guest bath and painting the red fireplace (hey, at least it's christmassy) for some future date. 
  • I've realized one thing people have strong opinions on is birth. Whether they've given birth or they haven't. 

^the cutest new phone case showed up last week from my friend Heidi and I'm in love (from this line)

^people that knew me last year are astounded at how "huge" I am ..whereas most people here in Findlay keep telling me there is no way I am 35 weeks pregnant because I'm so "tiny" -- I've just decided bodies are amazing things and at this point what it's doing is far more important than how it looks (now just to remember that every other month of my life)

^I love the detail on this sweater and the knit is so incredibly comfy. It's actually a nursing sweater (both sides have those little gold zippers) so the plan is to live in it till Spring (good thing it goes perfectly with my new favorite boots too).

sweater, c/o (nursing friendly + on sale)
denim, c/o
booties, c/o
bag: thrifted
hat, c/o
iphone case, c/o


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