Because there is absolutely no point in blowing out your locks during rain shower season (as my hair in this video can attest), it’s best to have a fallback updo that’s both stylish and easy to do when in an early morning rush. The ultimate way to fight frizz beyond a buzz cut or toxic Brazilian potions basically comes down to braiding. We’ve already learned how to French braid and fishtail braid (twice), so in order to take it to the next level, today I’ll teach you how to emulate farmhands and famous twins with the “milk maid braid.” (**Extra credit points for incorporating a fishtail into this style).
Now that we’ve basically kicked that whole wedge sneaker trend, celebrities, who have always been big fans of comfortable footwear, are gravitating towards a shoe that seems to be a hybrid between the classic flat and a comfortable sneaker. The slip on is essentially what it would look like if a ballet flat had one too many martinis and woke up next to a tennis shoe… nine months later. A style of shoe made most popular by skateboarders sporting Vans all over Southern California in the 1970’s, the casual shoe has been reinvented by designer brands like Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Prada. While the feel is definitely a bit more downtown, I get the feeling even uptown girls will be heading to Barney’s to shop the look.
Every girl needs a bag within which she can lug around all kinds of things that a man would never fathom being necessary on a day to day basis. We stow little items that may very well come in handy when handling an unaccounted for crisis. You call them frivolous, we say functional. It is the Girl Scout motto afterall, “Always be prepared.”
And with this 90’s resurgence it’s no wonder we are revisiting the backpack bonanza from last year. This time, however, it seems just about every designer that’s ever played in the handbag arena has thrown his/her pack in the ring. From Mr. Wang to MK and Ashley, there are backpacks crafted from studded leather to luxe leopard. Take your pack—er, pick. But will you be partaking in this trend? Or is it something we should leave back in social studies class?
On the upside: they do look pretty cute and who doesn’t want yet another chance to channel Cher Horowitz? It’s also great to just fling that baby on your shoulders and continue making overly dramatic hand gestures in conversation without that pesky handbag getting in the way. However, have you ever tried retrieving something from your stylish sack while it’s still in place on your back? Awkward. Trust me, you won’t be going for your iPhone nearly as often(which, could be another one to add to the upside). And along with looking like the teenage freak that you once were while trying to fetch a stick of Big Red from your satchel, backpacks pose as open invitations to pickpocketers, especially in a city like New York.
With temperatures upwards of ninety, It’s been nearly impossible to keep hair frizz free, let alone poker straight. The mere thought of standing in a tiny bathroom with a blowdryer fighting against my natural curl pattern is enough to have me contemplating pulling a Demi a la GI Jane. Seeing as I do not have the bone structure to pull off a buzz cut, I have to deal with my tempestuous tresses in another fashion. I’d like to go ahead and thank the Olsens for making crazy, messy, hair en vogue. I’d then like to give myself a little pat on the back for keeping the messy hair momentum going. Summer is the perfect time to let your hair go wild, much like your weekends. Should you not be freshly emerging from the sea like a golden goddess, there are luckily a few tools that will give you the look of sea salted, windblown mermaid hair.
There really was no question what this week’s video would be after only two days of voting. The fishtail braid was the overwhelming favorite from the start. Luckily, I have a lot of experience in the department of fishtail braiding. The first time I did a fishtail “how to”, the fine folks at Neihule Salon in Los Angeles were kind enough to walk us through. I had never attempted to fishtail at that point in time and to be quite honest, I had lots of knots before getting the hang of it. The fishtail, like many things in life, takes plenty of practice before perfecting.
So, while you may not get the hang of it right away, I promise with a little bit of persistence, you’ll have it down pat. Once you do, you’ll be amazed how simple it was all along. I even find myself just idly fishtail braiding when bored.