Back to school clothes, cute outfit ideas. Nothing over $30.

We did some "back to school shopping" recently, as school is (unfortunately) quickly approaching again!  It's becoming a yearly tradition for us to take a small break from our usual hair tutorials and share what she picked out for her school clothes in a clothing haul / try on video. Be sure to leave us a comment letting us know which outfit in her collection is your favorite.  And, we would love to know what fashion trends, items, or styles you are loving this year as well!

Our goal was to try and only purchase reasonably priced items (hopefully on sale, or cheap to begin with) but to still find cute, modest, and high quality pieces that will hopefully last throughout the year.  She managed to not go over $30 on anything, even shoes/boots, which I thought was pretty great.

6 Back To School Outfits, Clothing Haul Video: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Where we shopped: (Some links are affiliates.)

Outfit #1
Boho flowered lace trimmed top, Old Navy
Skinny jeans, Old Navy
Tan booties, Old Navy

Outfit #2
Sleeveless Boho Aztec peasant top - TJ Maxx (similar)
High waisted tan pants, Rue21
Jean Jacket - Purchased previously at GAP.  (Similar)
Sandals, Rue21 (similar)

Outfit #3
Dress - Bliss dresses
Denim Jacket - Purchased previously.  (Similar)
Tan Boots, Old Navy

Outfit #4
Boho babydoll top from Sadie Robertson collection, Rue 21
Mint green jegging pants, rue21
Sandals - Walmart (similar)

Outfit #5
Graphic T-shirt, Old Navy
Army green pants, rue21

Outfit #6
Casual grey sweatshirt, Tj Maxx (similar)
Red skinny jeans,  rue21
Memory foam shoes - walmart (similar)

P.S. Since we are normally a hairstyle channel, she is wearing a fishtail braid with a twist in the back!
Hairbrush straightener review. Tested on naturally wavy, curly, frizzy hair.

Today we are reviewing the "Simply Straight" hair brush straightener (as seen on TV.)  We saw a commercial for this product quite awhile ago and have been wanting to try it ever since.  Then a few months ago we noticed that it was available at our local Walmart, so we went ahead and purchased it.

We are testing this heated brush on naturally wavy, slightly curly, color treated, fairly thick, and generally frizzy hair.  I allowed my hair to air dry after washing it and did not add any hair products except for heat protectant before using (to see what this brush could do on its own.)

Hair Brush Straightener Video Review: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

As shown in our video, this product did mostly straighten my hair, but left it frizzy looking and not completely smooth.  Although It was fun, fairly quick, and easy to use, I felt that I needed to touch up my hair with a curling iron or flat iron afterwards to make it look presentable.... which kind of defeats the purpose.

On the box, this product claims to be "safe and gentle" with "salon quality results."  I can agree that this would probably cause less damage than a flat iron, since your hair isn't being completely flattened between two hot plates giving direct heat, but heat is still being applied (up to 450 degrees) so I can guess that damage will still occur while using this brush.  As with any heated tool, I would suggest using heat protectant, and to only use it occasionally. Also, we were not able to achieve salon quality results in my opinion. 

I could see this being useful if you wanted to quickly straighten your hair before finishing with a curling iron or flat iron to smooth things out completely (as shown in the bottom photo below.)

Naturally curly hair, before hair brush straightener.

Results after using hair brush straightener.

Hair brush straightener results, after touching up with curling iron.

There are several brands of these ceramic electric brushes available and I have only tried "simply straight." Some others I have heard of are: DAFNI, Apalus, Jouvelle, Femjolie, Uspicy, Conair, Chi, Vega, FHI, and Avon.  The simply straight brush was priced at around $40.  The other brands I have seen range from $19 to over $200.
Cornucopia braid hair tutorial

Our hairstyle tutorial this week is a variation of the "stingray braid" (which we have previously done a tutorial on) combined with an elegant braided flower.  I was playing around with the stingray braid (which is one of our favorites) and fell in love with how it looked when I tried pulling the feathered strands over and braided them in on the opposite side of the French braid.  After filming the tutorial of this braid, my husband told me that the finished hairstyle looked just like a cornucopia! After pointing this out, I couldn't see anything else, so this is the name that stuck! Many different and unique hairstyles can be made by using this technique shown in our tutorial, below...

Cornucopia Braid Half Up Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Cornucopia braid half-up hairstyle

Gorgeous half up hairstyle, the cornucopia braid

Pretty hairstyle with braided flower, the cornucopia braid

We decided to leave half of her hair down, and added a braided rosette to the bottom/side of the braid for a sweet and feminine touch.  If you wanted to make an updo hairstyle instead of a half-up, you could easily add in all of the hair you are working with and end with the rosette at the nape of the neck.  This cornucopia braid could also be created by using a dutch braid instead of a french braid for a slightly different variation.  This elegant hairstyle would be great for a wedding, prom, church, recital, communion, etc..

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 clear hair elastics
  • Several bobby pins
*This hairstyle should work best on long hair, medium hair, straight hair, wavy hair and possibly curly hair.  You may want to use pomade, gel, wax or other product if your hair is prone to flyaways, frizz, or if you have layers.

P.S. I thought I had seen something similar to the top half of this hairstyle on Instagram, so I looked.... and looked! And sure enough, I finally found the braid I had remembered, the "flip over ladder braid" on an awesome account called "Abellas Braids."  Although we both created the braid in a different way, the end result looks very similar, so be sure to check hers out for a different method if you love this one!
Teardrop mermaid braid hair tutorial

This week we wanted to show a simple and fairly easy braided hairstyle that would be perfect for summer.... or for a school day.   This style is a combination of a mermaid braid, a French lace braid, and a ponytail.  We love how thia mermaid braid starts in the center, then opens up into a "teardrop shape."  As mentioned in our tutorial (below) you can finish this hairstyle in a number of ways.  If you wanted to add a braid at the bottom (instead of a ponytail) you could add a fishtail, rope braid, 3-strand, 4-strand, etc.  I think a bun or updo would also be a cute way to finish this style. 

Teardrop Mermaid Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Teardrop mermaid braid hairstyle, video tutorial

Cute hairstyle, the teardrop mermaid braid tutorial

Depending on the texture of hair you are working with, you may want to braid the hair damp like we did to help avoid flyaways and to keep the hair smooth. Of course, some hair textures will work best when braided dry, so do whatever works for you.  If you would like, you can also use hair products such as pomade, gel, or wax as you are braiding.

This style should work with straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, long hair, and medium length hair.
Hey guys! Since the Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner, we wanted to share a "4th of July hairstyles idea round-up" with you.  Some of these hairstyles are from way back in our archives and some are as recent as last July. Please enjoy a few of our favorite star braids and star hairstyles, red white and blue themed hairstyles, and even a "glowing hairstyle" for a late night fireworks show! 

Click the links above each photo to be taken to the video tutorials, which include instructions for creating each hairstyle. 

Star Hairstyle Tutorial (Or Braided star pigtails.)
Braided Star Video Tutorial, Cute 4th Of July Hairstyle

Ribbon Swirl Bun
Ribbon swirl bun video tutorial

Braided Star Bun
Star Bun Hairstyle Tutorial

Aztec Carousel Braid Using Red, White, and Blue
Red, White, and Blue, Waterfall Twist Carousel Braid (Aztec Braid)

Colorful Fishtail Braid

Patriotic Ribbon Bun

Glow Stick Star Hairstyle

Angel wings fishtail braid, half up hairstyle tutorial

This week we are showing a variation of one of the styles included in our "7 easy hairstyles, part 2 video" we posted a few weeks ago.

Usually we make this "angel wings" style using regular (3 strand) braids or rope braids. But we decided to try it using fishtail braids and loved the end result, so of course we wanted to share it with you!

This would be a lovely braided half up hairstyle for school, church, the beach, weddings, recitals, dances, etc.  I think it has a very pretty bohemian princess look to it.  Depending on your preference, you can leave your fishtails smooth and tight, or you can stretch them out for a more relaxed, soft, and messy look like we did.

Angel Wings Fishtail Braid Tie Back Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Gorgeous braided hairstyle, the angel wings fishtail braid tie back

Braided hairstyle tutorial, angel wings fishtail braid tie back

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 7 small/medium hair elastics
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)
 FYI, the braiding for this style does take some time to complete (especially if you have long hair.) I would plan on around 10-15 minutes.  If you have done fishtail braids before, you probably know what I mean.  ;)  As mentioned in our video tutorial, if you are in a hurry, I would recommend using a different (faster) type of braid to create a similar look.
Pull through woven bun hairstyle tutorial.

In this week's hairstyle tutorial we are showing yet another variation of the "multi strand pull through braid ponytail" which we posted a few weeks ago. While working with this braid, we noticed the pretty "sideways fishtail" design that was created when each layer of the ponytail was opened up and turned inside out and thought this woven pattern would be beautiful incorporated into the center of a bun.

This updo has an elegant look to it and would be pretty for a Prom, wedding, Homecoming, recital, communion, church, dance, figure skating, etc.

Video tutorial showing how to create this glamorous pull-through woven bun updo:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Pretty bun hairstyle, the pull through woven updo.

Glamorous bun made using a pull through braid technique.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size hair tie or elastic for the top of the ponytail. 
  • 2 clear elastics to help hold in layers while you are rolling up the bun (optional.)
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Pomade, gel, finishing hairspray, etc. (optional.)
We chose to finish this style using a "rolled bun" technique and pinned it into place using bobby pins. If you are working with hair that is on the thinner side, or shorter hair, you may want to use a bun maker instead for more volume.

I remembered seeing something kind of similar on a fellow hair vlogger "sweetheart hair designs" instagram account a few months ago and went digging for their photo after I filmed this tutorial to look at their bun again.  Our hairstyles turned out quite different from each other but the concept is very similar, so if you like this style... you should go check out their woven bun as well!

P.S. Yes, this is the third week in a row we have used this braid! I thought it was just so beautiful, so I wanted to do a few things with it.  I promise we will be posting something different next week.  ;)
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