Quick And Simple Braided Bun Hair Tutorial

Weather you're in college and rushing class, traveling and catching an early flight, or a mother and just trying to get out of the house - quick hairstyles are a necessity for any busy woman. As a new mom, quick and easy hairstyles are my thing. When I'm in a rush but I still want to look professional and relatively put together (haha because since having a baby I'm not sure that I ever feel "put together") this is one of my go to hair-styles. 

The only thing about this hair tutorial that you might not find simple is the french braid. I know how to french braid from my high-school cheer days and I wear them in my hair a number of different ways, but if you don't know how I believe you can still accomplish a similar look. Just put your hair in a ponytail, braid a section of the pony and put it in a bun - see it's simple. 

For those of you who can french braid, here is my braided bun hair tutorial.

*Don't mind all the frizzy hair on the front of my head - after having Giulian I lost quite a bit of hair around my forehead and it's starting to grow back (and looks a bit crazy haha). 

Step 1: French braid front half of hair.  Continue the braid down until the end of your hair (see pictures).


Step 2:  Grab the rest of your hair and put it in a ponytail. 


Step 3: Wrap the hair into a bun. If you want a bigger bun with more volume, tease the hair prior to wrapping it into a bun (I did not this time). Make sure the braid is on the outside of the bun so you can see it. 


Step 4: Secure the bun with bobby-pins. 


Step 5: Cut off the elastic hair tie (if visible). Be careful not to cut your hair of course (I used cuticle cutters). 


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#KillThemWithKindness You're Ugly Video & Response

I was working on this weeks blog post, it was going to be a Nuevo Vallarta post. It can wait. When I saw this video and immediately knew I HAD to do this weeks post on the video. I follow Danielle Mansutti on Youtube, she is a beauty and fashion Youtuber. I love her makeup tutorials. 

I don't want to steal the video's thunder, so I'm not going to say too much about it, but it is a powerful video on cyber bullying. The reality of it is everyone experiences it to some degree, even if you are stunning (which she is), weak people behind their computer or phone will say nasty things to tare you down in attempt to make them feel better about themselves. 

Watch the video: 

I LOVE her message here so much and I am so grateful she had the strength to make this video. Lets all do our part to make that number a zero. Lets give genuine compliments, praise one another, build people up. Also, lets share this video and help create awareness and hopefully open up people's minds. Hopefully after someone sees this video they will think twice before leaving hurtful comments or bullying in any way. Readers, thank you so much for connecting with me through blogging. And just know YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and God doesn't make junk! 



Protect Your Skin In The Mile High City

A few weeks ago I had the honor of writing an article for Denver Style Magazine on their blog. Now I get to share it with you all, my amazing readers! I hope you enjoy. Here is the  link to the original post on Denver Style Magazine's website. Just so you know, this post is in no way sponsored by the products I discuss below. I simply think these are amazing products that tie in perfectly with the topic.

With so many new people moving and traveling to Denver I find this topic becoming more and more important. Many people coming here are coming from places like Texas, Florida, New York, etc., places that are low altitude or even sea level. Most people probably don’t even think about the increased risk of skin cancer at higher altitude and the importance of protecting against that. I am no expert on this topic, I am simply a Colorado native that understands that sun protection is extremely important in Colorado. We are such an active community, going on hikes, bike rides, skiing, snowboarding, and more… and with living an active lifestyle that usually means more sun exposure. According to the Environmental Protection Agency the annual rate of new melanoma diagnoses in Colorado was 15% higher than the national average from 2002-2006 and was the 13th highest in the U.S. There are so many factors that can play into this, and altitude in the MILE HIGH city is definitely one of them.

There are so many ways you can be pro active about protecting your skin, and today there are so many amazing natural products you can use every day to help. I stopped in at Aillea beauty in downtown Denver to discover some natural products we all can use to protect our skin. The products at Aillea are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, endocrine disruptors or other toxic chemicals, so you know what you are using is safe for your body and skin.

There are so many products and brands to choose from at Aillea. They had products with SPF in them from lipstick and makeup to skin care creams and serums. They had a wide variety and the prices seemed reasonable for the high quality products. My favorite item they showed me was the lipstick ($26) from Ilia! They let me sample it and it was so smooth and hydrating on my lips, and it had great color and pigment. Most of my lipsticks I own do not have SPF in them. That really made me open my eyes to realizing that I have room to improve when it comes to protecting my skin from the sun. This brand also had a translucent powder ($34) that the woman working there said will also help with sun protection. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in a translucent powder so I was extremely impressed!

They also had a few other brands that offered a wide selection of SPF products. Pictured below are a few, Josh Rosebrook, Lily Lolo and Sun Tegrity. I think I will purchase the Lily Lolo mineral foundation ($22). I love that it has SPF 15. I have trouble finding a powder foundation with SPF, I mainly find cream foundations with it.

One tip I will give when it comes to sun protection is to wear sunscreen and SPF products often. I personally apply foundation, or a SPF BB cream when I leave the house and know I will be outside or even when I am driving for a long time. Also, when I am driving I like to put sunscreen on the top of my hands because during the day the sun will hit your hands as they are on the steering wheel. Your hands are one of the first places that will age fast and gain sun spots. Applying sunscreen on your hands before driving is a simple discipline that over time will save your hands from aging and will protect them from sun damage.

Like I said, I am not an expert… I am not a doctor… However, I hope this post helped  to inform you that when in Colorado, or any higher altitude location, it is important to be aware and pro active with your skin protection.