How To: Carrie Bradshaw Bun

Growing up as a dancer, I learned to perfect a sleek ballerina bun at an early age. I love that I never had to do anything special to make it work and it was an easy way to wear my hair off my face. However, as an adult I want to wear something that’s a little more chic and a little less “bunhead”. This tutorial is for a “Carrie Bradshaw bun” which is a more voluminous style that disguises even the worst of bad hair days.

Step 1: Pull hair into a high ponytail at the crown and secure with an elastic band.

Step 2: With a large paddle brush, smooth away any fly-aways.

Step 3: Starting from the bottom of your ponytail, start teasing hair with a comb to create some volume. Do this by holding the end of your ponytail and back-teasing from the tip to root.

Step 4: Don’t freak out when your hair looks like this!

Step 6: With your paddle brush, gently smooth out the top layer of hair in your ponytail, leaving the volume underneath in tact.

Step 7: Start wrapping hair in a bun shape, smoothing with your hand as you go.

Step 8: Secure bun with bobby pins around the base.

Step 9: Smooth away any more fly aways with paddle brush.

End result.

DIY Shabby Chic Lamp

{Before}

This petite desk lamp was a hand-me-down from a friend at work. I decided I wanted to use it in my new, updated bedroom decor and turned it into a fun DIY project. Another great bonus was a pair of plain white lamp shades that were a thrifted 2 for $5 find at a local consignment store. Since they were such a great deal, I bought two types of ribbon to add a little feminine detail to each shade and now have the freedom to switch them up whenever I’d like. Add a fresh coat of white paint to the base and this little shabby chic lamp has become the perfect accessory to brighten up the room.

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How to Heal a Sunburn


Last week I stupidly went to the pool without an ounce of sunscreen on my body in hopes of getting a little “base color” for about  30 minutes. Before I knew it, an hour and a half had passed and I was dozing on a pool raft under the harshest Texas sun. Folks, I promise I’m normally not this foolish, but I guess everyone has to get burned at least once in the summer to get their heads on straight about wearing sunscreen.

The burn started showing up later that night, and when I peeled off my top and jeans, I was horrified to realize how bad it was. Knowing that I did not want to walk around for the next several days looking like a lobster, I turned to the internet to find an at-home remedy to cure my sunburn as soon as possible. I followed these instructions and was absolutely amazed at the results. After one night of application, I woke up the next morning to find that my sunburn was all but gone. Here’s how I did it.

1. Steep 4-5 bags of black tea (I used Earl Grey and regular Lipton) in 2 cups of warm water until liquid is almost black.

2. Remove clothes and stand in your bathtub or shower to avoid staining or dying any fabric.

3. Once the tea is ready, use one of the bags as a sponge and dab gently all over the burned area, essentially giving yourself a sponge bath.

4. DO NOT RINSE! Let the tea dry completely and soak into your skin. I did 2-3 applications and left it on over night. Not only did the tea relieve the pain of the burn, it removed the redness and prevented peeling altogether.  I showered the next morning and then applied one more application which I left on for the remainder of the day. A quick rinse that evening and I was ready for a night out with my friends.