Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Taylor Swift Hairstyle - "Love Story" Updo

Taylor Swift curly updo hairstyle from the music video "Love Story"

Taylor Swift UpdoThe Princess is a big fan of Taylor Swift's music. We happened to see her Love Story video and of course fell in love with her hairstyle in the video! We've been wanting to try it for awhile and finally got around to it this weekend.

At first I tried to place the headband underneath her hair that is swept up and twisted on the sides. (The same way Taylor Swift's hair is in the video.) Well, the headband kind of got lost under all of those curls and was barely visible. :)
Updo with headband hairstyleSo, we ended up moving the headband on top of the hair and more towards the front of her head where it could be seen.

I'm loving this vintage princessy look! Of course, it doesn't look exactly like Taylor Swifts hair, but pretty darn cute either way.
wedding updoI could see this working for a wedding hairstyle for the bride or flower girl. Or maybe a hairstyle for prom or other dance.
taylor swift hairstyle love story
To complete this style, you will need:

Naturally curly hair...... or some curlers or curling iron.
An elastic
Several Bobby pins
A headband, ribbon or other accessory for some added sparkle. (In case you are wondering, we purchased our headband at regular old Walmart. I believe it was made by Goody.)

And here is the video tutorial:
Our princess was so thrilled to have matching hair with her favorite singer Taylor Swift! She said this is her favorite hairstyle so far. ;)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How To Make A Messy Bun

A Quick And Easy Messy Bun Hairstyle

Quite honestly, making a messy bun has always been hard for me! I know it sounds dumb because the whole point is that a messy bun is supposed to be effortless. Well, for some reason I've always had a problem making them and have had a hard time finding a technique that will work for me without a lot of struggle.

You may remember we posted a messy bun for long hair quite awhile ago. I'm thinking messy buns are much harder to make with long hair. Ever since the princess got her hair cut, these buns have been much more cooperative for me. :) After some experimenting (and some failures) I think we've finally found a method that seems to work almost every time for us.

Yes, this video is probably not needed for most of you (who I'm sure have been messy bun pros for a long time.) But, if anyone out there struggles with making a messy bun like me... maybe this will help?
messy bunOh, and we found these cute new accessories called Bendini Clips recently. (LOVE them.) They are made by Scunci and come in designs made for little girls as well as teens and adults. These clips can be found online at Hair Flair Boutique (look for "Bendini" on the left sidebar.) I'm not sure if these are available in stores yet or not... I haven't had time to look, but you may be able to find them in stores where Scunci accessories are sold.
messy bun with clipThe messy bun video tutorial:
(This method works best with medium length hair.)

I had big plans for a cute new Easter Hairstyle that I was going to post this week, but I'm not sure I'm going to have time for it. If I don't get around to it, feel free to browse through a few hairdos we have done in the past for Easter Sunday by clicking here: Easter Hairstyles

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Never Ending French Braid Bun

French Braiding, Circular Style

I'm not exactly sure of the "official" name of this braid, or if it even has one. I've seen it done before, but I've never seen the name. So, if you know... please tell us in the comments. :)

We're calling it the Never Ending French Braid Bun because it's hard to tell where the braid starts and where it ends! This could also be called a French Braid crown or a Halo Braid. Well, whatever you want to call it... it's a fun and unique french braid hairstyle that probably isn't done very often!

You could do this hairstyle in several different variations. We actually did a hairstyle using this same concept awhile back in a half ponytail. You can see that one here: Rays of Sunshine Hairstyle.

Here is the hair style using one single braid/bun:
french braided crownOr, you could double the braids up and make french braid pigtail buns!
circular french braidsIn pigtails, this actually reminds me of a Princess Leia Hairstyle. ;)
princess leia hairHere's the video tutorial:

Of course if you wanted to, you could add some flowers or ribbons to this hairdo. I think it would be an adorable Hairstyle For Easter Sunday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Our Blanket Project Results

Some of you may remember about a month ago when we posted about a service project we were working on. I just wanted to let you know how it turned out and tell you all THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for helping us! Between all of you visiting our site while we had the ad running... and a generous donation from Princess Time Toys (who by the way was so sweet to offer.) We were able to double our goal of 10 blankets and purchase enough material to make 20!!
Since we were able to purchase so much fabric, we ended up going with a less time consuming knotting pattern and recruited the Princess's Grandma, Grandpa and even a few Uncles to help us complete some of these blankets! I'm not sure any of us will be up for cutting fabric or tying knots ever again. :) No really, we had a great time working on these and hope in some small way these blankets will help to brighten someone's day.

Thank you again for helping us with this project. It means a lot! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Knotted Half Ponytail Hairstyle

Here's another quick and easy hairstyle that can be made using a Flexi Clip.

Half Ponytail Hair Knot

fancy half ponytail hairstyleThis style literally takes 1 minute to complete! Great for moms, teens, tweens and kids on busy school mornings. I would recommend this hairstyle for long hair or medium length hair.

I think the "hair jewelry" or "flexi clip" gives this hairdo such a pretty, fancy and elegant look. But, if you don't have a flexi clip, you could use a barrette or other accessory to secure the knot. You could even use a regular rubber band if you wanted to.

Here's a quick video tutorial showing how to make the hair knot:

Just a fun, quick and easy way to spice up a regular old half pony.

Oh, and of course... Happy April Fools Day!! Don't worry, I'm not going to try and pull any tricks on you this year. But, if you are in the mood for a silly April Fool's joke, you can check out our post from last year here: April Fools