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photos + post design Kristin Ess It seems pretty easy, but it’s not. Not everyone has long hair that reaches all the way around the head to make a perfect crown of braids. Start with straight, wavy or curly hair. A veil of hairspray isn’t necessary but will help keep things in place if your hair tends to slip. Tags: braid, braid crown, braids, crown, crown of braids, crowns, DIY, do it yourself, hair, hair crown, hair tips, how to, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, spring, style, summer, summer hair, the beauty department,, tutorial Related posts: Related:  Beauty

10 Braided Styles I’ve been growing my hair out for about three years. That’s three summers of saying, “is it long enough yet?” Long enough, of course, to actually do something adorable and exciting with it. It’s the reason a girl sets her sights on mermaid-length locks… that effortless-looking updo, those perfectly undone braids. The Tie-Back. The Downward Milkmaid. The Over-The-Shoulder. The Inverted Braid. The Fishtail. The Tuck. The Fringe-Braid. The Free-Style. The Full Crown. The Traditional Milkmaid. Braids are a fantastic accessory for spring because they’re not just pretty, they’re functional, too. Are you a gal who loves braids? [lead image via, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source]

Hair DIY - Bow Bun Tutorial It's February 29th, Leap Day, which means the rules don't apply, so we are going rogue today with a hair tutorial, a first here for Mama Duck. I made up this bow one day in a frantic effort to make my hair "event ready" before a Broadway show opening, and it's since become my "go to" hair when I have events. You will need a hair elastic, hairspray and a heaping mess of bobby pins. So without further ado, here's a step-by-step photo guide for your own bow bun. Update: I've got a second round of photos of the bow bun. Enjoy, and Happy Leap Day! If you give this a try, either send me a picture or if you're on instagram, use tag #ducksinarowhair and post your bow!

PIN IT UP, GIRL Our email box is literally flooded with requests for updos so here’s a fun one to get us all going! This is always a favorite for attending an event. This updo looks gorgeous on any hair color but particularly amazing with hilighted hair because it gives the hair lots of depth and dimension. For lack of a better word, I love the way it becomes “swirly”. Best thing is; it’s easy to do, gorgeous and keeps your hair out of your way for the night. Tools you’ll need: curling iron (to prep the hair with waves), sectioning clips, teasing comb or brush, clear elastic rubber band, bobby pins, light to medium holding hairspray (to mist over at the end). Tags: bride, bridesmaid, date, hair, hair style, hair tutorial, how to, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, lauren conrad, prom, sister, special occasion hair, the beauty department,, tutorial, twisted, updo, wedding, wedding hairstyles Related posts:

Car Container Hope all the Aussie Dad’s have a great Fathers Day tomorrow! It can be difficult to think of quick gift ideas for men. This afternoon I have made my Dad a bin bag for his car using some Newsprint fabric. It has the following features: small and compactcan be tied on the back of the headrestit stays open at the top so it is easy to throw rubbish inits its sized so that you can recycle plastic produce bags as bin linersit uses a recycled round margarine container to form its shapecan be easily laundered Best of all, it can be made in well under an hour if you need a last minute gift idea!! Materials: one round margarine container with the bottom cut out – mine had a circumference of 14 inchesplastic bagrubber bandexternal fabric – 14.5 inches x 15.5 incheslining fabric: 14.5 inches x 5 inchesfabric ties – 2 inches x 28 inches Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.With right sides together, sandwich the ties between the lining and the external fabric and stitch around the top opening.

NEW FAVORITE photos + post by Kristin Ess By now you know we love pink hair. We do it often around here. But… most people can’t get away with having pink hair at work or school. Well, there’s a new favorite in town. Special thanks to my pink-haired friend Britt Bardo for introducing me to this! Tags: blush, color, conditioner, conditioning color, davines, davines red conditioner, hair, hair color, kristin ess, light pink, pale, pale pink, pale pink hair, pink conditioner, pink hair, red conditioner, rose, rose hair, rose hair color, temporary, temporary pink hair Related posts:

THE HEART BRAID photos/design/post by Kristin Ess Since it’s wedding season, we thought it would be a good idea to do a post on flower girl hair. Wee ones need beauty too! It’s a very “sweet” look and will keep a flower girl’s hair out of her face all day. This braid may be a little “young” for some, but it will probably come in handy at some point! To be totally honest, I’ve worn it and you can’t tell it’s a heart until you’re standing above it. Part your hair into two sections by splitting it down the middle.Starting at the crown of your head, make the curve from the top of the heart. Good luck little ladies! Tags: beauty, braid, cute, flower girl, girl, girls, hair, hair style, hair tutorial, hairstyle, heart, heart braid, how to, kristin ess, pretty, the beauty department, the heart braid,, tutorial, wedding, wedding hair idea, wedding hair ideas, weddings Related posts:

DIY Friendship Bracelet - Honestly WTF For several months now, we’ve been receiving emails requesting a friendship bracelet DIY. Well, friends, ask and you shall receive! Today, we’ll give you a step by step tutorial on the classic chevron pattern. If you used to whip up friendship bracelets like a champ in grade school and have since forgotten how, consider this a refresher course. And if you can make these with your eyes closed and arms tied . . . umm, can we still be friends? You’ll need:embroidery threada safety pin or tapea pair of scissors Start by cutting several strands of embroidery thread at about 24 inches each. Start on the left side with the outermost color (shown here in red) and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the right to tighten. Now pick up the outermost color on the right side (show here in red) and make a backward knot, creating a reverse 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening.

Handmade ‘tying the knot’ save the dates made from brown card and twine | The Natural Wedding Company The joys of having a photographer husband-to-be! If you’re the lovely Lisa, one of my blog readers, it means you can make pretty wedding details and get great pictures of them – which in turn means lovely photos to share with you all. Lisa was inspired by my own rustic ‘save the dates’ and got in touch to share hers – I think they are so beautiful and they incorporate a really neat extra that Lisa found on this blog whilst searching for inspiration – a twine knot. So Lisa combined two ideas – the brown folded card ‘save the date’ that we made, which didn’t need an envelope and was tied like a tiny parcel with raffia, and a sweet idea that when you open the card the knot in the piece of twine tightens, so you literally ‘tie the knot’. I never realised that when I dreamt up and made our ‘save the dates’ that they would be so loved by other couples. I’m so delighted to hear about other brides-to-be being inspired by our handmade ‘save the dates’ and to see their final creations.

PRIM + PROPER photos: post designed by kristin ess Today we’re introducing you to one of the easiest hair tutorials ever– the braided bun! It can be done on almost any texture or length of hair, using regular or fishtail braids! Luckily, we have our very own gorgeous/genius photographer, Angela Kohler, (in front of the lens for once) to show us how this is done… Before you start, know that this hair style is just 5 simple braids, made into a bun shape. It makes things a little less complicated when you think of it like that. TOOLS: curling iron, 5 clear elastics, bobby pins, sectioning clips and hairspray is optional! Start by curling your hair. Xx Kristin Tags: angela kohler, braided, braiding, braids, braidy, bun, bun braid, fun, hair, hair do, hair style, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, lauren conrad, new year, new years, new years eve, NYE, style, the beauty department,, tutorial, up do, up style, updo Related posts:

Awesome Blossoms - Paper Flowers I love flowers. Not so much receiving them, as my hubby has learned after 16 years of marriage ("You spent HOW MUCH on something that's gonna die in a few days?"), but making them? Maybe it brings back fond memories of elementary school, when my sisters and I used to glue sunflowers onto barrettes and clip them in our hair. Or perhaps they're so scrunchy and imperfect that it's impossible to mess them up. Yeah. Especially when you can use things you've already got around the house (pages from dog chewed books) and just play around, ending up with something that's kinda cool for having no skill. Tutorial (if you can call it that)here. That being said, I certainly have no problem cheating. You can roll 'em, or go full out Edward Scissorhands. (I know....another Johnny Depp reference) Make them outta crepe paper, source or tissue paper, or add a some tulle. Not in a hurry? or bling up a simple poinsettia. I've never bought wax paper before , but I'm adding it to my grocery list. I am SO doing this.