The Twisted Ponytail

The twisted ponytail
Hi guys! Irrelephant here taking over while Jacquelyn is off in Thailand! Today we’re chatting all about hair. We often get asked to share hair tutorials that can take you from work to dinner and beyond, so we thought we’d oblige. This twisted ponytail tutorial is a style that’s easy, cute AND elegant. Best of all, it can be done in any length of hair!

Hair how-to
|STEP 1|
Tease your crown! Spray Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish from mid shaft all the way to the to ends.

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|STEP 2|
Grab your headwrap (ours is from Flower Crown Society) and wrap it around your head, like you’d wear a crown. Tie it into a knot and tuck the little ears under the wrap. Alteratively, you could make a bow or leave the ears out – depending on the look you’re after!

The twisted ponytail tutorial
|STEP 3|
Pull your hair all to one side, gently twist it and pin it as shown. Make sure to pin right under the wrap.

The twisted ponytail
|STEP 4|
Grab a 1 inch section of hair from around your face, cross it over the previous pinned section and pin it in place.

Hair DIY
|STEP 5| 
Make sure your bobby pins are secure (try crossing 2 bobby’s together to form an “x” for bonus points). Then, spray and gently pull a few pieces out for a more undone look. 

The twisted ponytail

That’s it! It should be noted that the key here is texture! If you have any further questions, send us an email or comment below. Special thanks to Allison and her beautiful headwraps


Photography, hair tutorial & styling: Irrelephant Blog

CATEGORIES | DIY, Fashion & Beauty

How To: The Braided Crown

How to do the braided crown
Though I like to think that I can hold my own in the hair department, I must admit that I pale in comparison to my darling friend Lexi. So when I was brainstorming this braid bar mini series to share with you guys, it only made sense to ask her to come on board to help me out. This girl right here? She’s a braid genius through and through. And this time she’s unearthing the secrets to the braided crown. And with a little practice, I pinky promise you can do it too! With photos from the always amazing  Heidi Lau, grab every single step below! 

ps – big hugs to the Glitter Guide for featuring this tutorial for us earlier this week

instructions| STEP 1 |
Give yourself a deep part and tease the crown of your head to add some volume at your roots.

Hair how-to 

| STEP 2 | 
On the full side of your part, grab a 2″ section of hair and split it into three equal pieces. 

 How to do the braided crown

| STEP 3 | 
Begin by moving the front piece underneath the middle piece.

 Hair how-to

| STEP 4 | 
Next, move the back piece under the new middle piece.  

 How to do the braided crown

| STEP 5 | 
Add a 1/2″ section of hair to your new front piece, and place your new front piece underneath the middle piece. Continue to do so until you’ve reached your ear.  

 Hair how-to

| STEP 6 | 
As the braid begins to form, start back-pinning your braid with bobby pins. This should give it some volume! Try to tuck the pins inside the braid so they aren’t visible. 

 How to do the braided crown

| STEP 7 | 
One you’ve braided to your ear, continue to braid as normal (you no longer want to do a dutch french braid at this point) and tie off with a clear elastic. 

 Step by step guide to a braided crown

| STEP 8 |
Repeat on other side.

 Hair how-to

| STEP 9 |
Wrap both braids around the back of your head, tuck the ends of each braid underneath each other, and pin as needed.

How to do the braided crown

| STEP 10 |
Don’t be afraid to gently pull apart your braid to give it some texture and added volume. Spray with a flexible hold hair spray and go about your day!

lineBraids by: Lexington & Co. | Photography: Heidi Lau

CATEGORIES | Braid Bar, Fashion & Beauty

January Picks: Cheap Thrills

Though I try to stay on budget year after year, I always tend to go overboard when it comes to gifts for my friends and family at Christmas. I literally just paid off my visa bill and I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t hurt to pull that trigger… So with that top of mind, this month’s round up of goodies I’m currently coveting has been selected specifically for tight budgets. Here are a handful of perfectly pretty things, and not a one of them will break the bank! 

To see past month’s picks click here!

lineGold Ring: Asos | Oversized Plaid Scarf: Asos | Heart Dish: Waiting on Martha | Gold Pebble Dish: Waiting on Martha | Mr & Mrs Mug: Waiting on Martha | 2015 Calendar: Waiting on Martha | Heart Mug: West Elm | Chevron Vase: One Kings Lane | Dior Lip Gloss: Sephora | Paris Tea: Barney’s | Gold Planters: Waiting on Martha | Jersey PJ Legging: Old Navy | Bobbi Brown Lip Balm: Nordstrom | Double Triangle Pendant: Bauble Bar | Striped Peplum Top: J. Crew | Hot Chocolate Kit: Barneys | Hand Painted Tea Towel: Barney’s

CATEGORIES | Currently Coveting, Fashion & Beauty

How To: The Glam Side Braid

How to: the glam side braid

So I’m really bad at keeping secrets, and I’ve already let the cat out of the bag a few times about this collaboration, but I’m REALLY excited to introduce to you part one in what will be a four part braid series! I’ve teamed up with my beautiful friend and braid guru, miss Lexi of Lexington & Co., and the always fabulous Heidi Lau, photographer extraordinaire, to bring to you a collection of picture perfect, relatively simple, hair tutorials. First up: the glam side braid. Perfect for Christmas, New Years or heck, a random Monday morning when you’re feeling fancy. It’s elegant, it’s lovely, and with a little know-how, it’s totally and completely do-able! Simply grab the steps after the jump below. 

instructions| STEP 1 |
Give yourself a deep side part and then curl your entire head using a 1 1/2″ barrel curler. Spray using a flexible hold hair spray!

Beautiful hair how-to!

| STEP 2 | 
Create a dutch french braid along the side of your head, parallel to your part, stopping when your part ends. Here’s a simple dutch french braid tutorial if you need some help! It may be easier to practice on a friend at first but I promise it’s do-able. When complete, pin your braid to your head. 

Dutch french braid

| STEP 3 | 
On the opposite side of your head, grab an inch or two of hair, and back-comb it at the roots to give yourself some volume! 

Glam hair how-to!

| STEP 4 | 
Grab all of your hair and slowly twist it to the opposite side of the braid. 

How-to: glamorous hair

| STEP 5 | 
Using bobby pins, secure the twist in place! 

A simple side-do (grab the steps!)

| STEP 6 | 
Tousle as required. Every good hair do needs a good tousle, am I right?

Beautiful glam hair (that anyone can do!

| STEP 7 | 
Spray and go!

Note: Best enjoyed with a glass of fancy wine, and a hot night on the town. 

The glamorous side braid!

Braids by: Lexington & Co. | Photography: Heidi Lau

CATEGORIES | Braid Bar, Fashion & Beauty

12 Fall Fashion Essentials

12 fall fashion essentials! Classic, timeless, and totally cozy

I’m somewhat of an anomaly when it comes to fashion. I love it (in fact I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it), but on a day to day basis I prefer to splurge on a new throw pillow than the latest and greatest for my closet. That is, of course, until fall hits. There’s something about the change in seasons that always makes me want to start anew. This year I’m forgoing all things jewel toned in exchange for a soft blush and deep charcoal palette. Reaching for classic, yet comfortable, pieces that can be layered is the name of the game. And here are 12 fall fashion essentials that are sure to last for years to come!


1 | COZY SWEATS | Old Navy is stepping it up in a big way lately – their sweats are super soft and cozy; the perfect solution to a lazy fall afternoon. 

2 | DAINTY ACCESSORIES | Though I’m not impartial to a chunky statement necklace, when it comes to my day to day attire I always opt for a pair of simple earrings and maybe a gold bangle or two! 

3 | CASHMERE SCARF | My scarf collection is borderline embarrassing (read: I have two massive boxes FULL of them). And though I have a number that I adore through and through, there’s nothing that compares to cashmere.  

4 | A SIMPLE TOTE | It’s the perfect accessory to take you from the market to the movies and beyond! This one comes in a variety of shades, but I’m not so secretly obsessed with this blush one.

5 | BOOTIES | Though I’ll never betray the classic riding boot, I am admittedly in love with the bootie trend. As a tried and true flats girl, I love that this soft camel pair has the tiniest heel, which makes them feel instantly fancier, yet remain comfortable enough to wear all day long. 

6 | CAMP SOCKS | Coming from someone who’s perpetually cold, if it were socially acceptable, I’d wear camp socks all day every day for the rest of time. Until that moment, I’ll happily don them in the quiet of my home each and every fall (and feel extra cozy while doing so!)

7 | OVERSIZED SWEATERS | Forever and ever amen.

8 | EPIC JEANS | As a girl with some serious junk in her trunk, the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans is an ongoing task. Though these J. Crew ones aren’t IT, they’re about as close as I’ve ever gotten so far!

9 | A CLASSIC COAT, WITH A LITTLE EDGE | I’ve come to the realization that a beautiful coat is an essential. Up until recently, a fall jacket has always been a bit of an afterthought, merely utilitarian. But if it’s something that’s going to be worn daily (or close to it!), why shouldn’t it make your heart sing?

10 | NUDE NAILS | Nude nails with the slightest hint of pink. Feminine yet classy, and perfectly timeless. 

11 | BERRY LIPS | Though I’m not totally on board yet with every 90’s trend that seems to be resurfacing, a deep berry lip is one that I can agree upon!

12 | SWEATSHIRTS | Coming from someone who would happily live in yoga pants if she could, I can’t help but notice that comfort is a huge factor when it comes to fashion these days. Sweatshirts are no longer reserved for the cottage. Instead, slightly more fitted (yet equally cozy) versions are popping up left right and centre and I’m totally and completely on board.

PS: Fall Fashion 2013 | Fall Fashion 2012

Image Source: Lingered Upon | Blush Jacket: Club Monaco | Cozy Sweater: Anthropologie | Boots: Piperlime | Cozy Sweats: Old Navy | Leather Tote: The Gap | Sweathshirt: The Gap | Berry Lipstick: | Camp Socks: J.Crew | Cashmere Scarf: J.Crew | Gold Bangle: Kate Spade | Earrings: Gorjana | Jeans: J.Crew | Nail Polish: Essie

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CATEGORIES | 12 Tips, Fashion & Beauty, Round Up

Travel/Wear from In Honor of Design

Jen Huang, St Bart's Destination Wedding

Anna here from In Honor of Design, excited to be taking over for Jacquelyn today! Since I’m kind of jealous she’s on her way to the sandy side of Mexico, I thought I would dive into some daydreaming. Here are a few travel and wear pairings that resemble each other! Any places you are dreaming of traveling to?? I’ve added that Hotel Hafa Suyalita on my bucket lust JUST to set sights on that adorable heart path!

Travel and Wear

Copy & Graphics: In Honor of DesignTravel & Wear No. 1 | Travel & Wear No. 2

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Travel

What to Pack for Mexico


The countdown is on until our big family trip to Mexico and I couldn’t be more thrilled! On the agenda for the week: the beach, the beach, and maybe the beach? As far as my travel essentials go, I’m planning on wielding a small selection of easy breezy basics that can take me from the ocean to dinner in a snap. A handful of maxi dresses, a dainty necklace, some comfy harem pants, the cutest bikini in all the land and I am good to go!

1. Cover Up With Fringe: Harrods | 2. Sandals: Moda Operanda | 3. Straw Hat: Cotswold Outdoors | 4. Sunscreen: Beauty Bridge | 5. Sunglasses: Net A Porter | 6. Bikini: Zimmerman | 7. Wedge: Dolce Vita | 8. Beach Bag: Figleaves | 9. Tuxedo Pant: Old Navy | 10. Camera: Nikon | 11. Maxi Dress: Piperlime | 12. Gold Necklace: ShopBop | 13. Towel: Hay Needle | 14. Passport Holder: Zappos

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Round Up

Shades of Pink

If you haven’t figured it out by now, pink is kind of my love language. I’m not talking baby-girl pink here, I’m referring to the sophisticated version you’d find gracing the pages of This is Glamorous and Bijou and Boheme. Shades of coral and blush; petal pink and the like. You know, the grown up kind! And in light of this pink-infused holiday, I’ve rounded up a few of my very favourite items – if for no other reason than it’s a serious dose of pretty. Happy, happy Valentine’s day my dears!shades-of-pink


Flats: Tieks | Pants: J CrewLipstick: Tom Ford | Heels: Shop Bop | Lace Top: She Inside | Boots: Shop Bop | Blazer: She Inside | Wrapping paper: Waiting on Martha | Basket: Far and Wide Collective | Earrings: Far and Wide Collective | Napkins: Far and Wide Collective | Bathing suit: Anthropologie | Pillow: Anthropologie | Lingerie: Anthropologie | Pink Salt: Weddbook | Hand Lotion: Williams Sonoma

ps- past Valentine’s day posts: DIY’s | Party | Cute Ideas

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CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Holidays, Round Up

Winter Whites

winter-whitesAfter Christmas, a trip to South Africa, and two family weddings on the horizon, I’ve been forced to put myself on a spending hiatus in order to replenish my poor, sad little wallet. And though on an average day I’m not a huge shopper (I prefer the experience route over the material thing*), ever since making this decision, I find myself inadvertently perusing all. of. the. sites. All. of. the. time. I swear, my subconscious is such a brat sometimes. So instead of splurging on a handful of really lovely wintery-white pieces, I thought I’d share my findings and oogle from afar instead!

*Unless we’re talking about interior design. All bets go out the window when my home plays a factor. 


Scarf: Nordstrom | Bangles: Moda Operandi | Watch: Kate Spade | Striped Tee: The Outnet | Sweater: Farfetch | Wool Jacket: Mango | Wool Hat: Barney’s | Purse: Neiman Marcus | Nail Polish: Essie | Socks: Barney’s | Earrings: Net-a-Porter | Ring: Steven Alan | Wrap Bracelet: Alexander McQueen 

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Round Up

Color Crush with Fabulous K


Hello!  Kelly of Fabulous K here.  I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Jacquelyn while she’s away on her South African adventure. Today I want to share one of my favorite color crush combos: blush + gold. I went through a phase where I was kind of over shades of pink, but am now back on the bandwagon thanks to the pretty blush hue that’s popping up everywhere.  I especially love it paired with glittery, metallic golds – it’s modern and girly without being too over the top. Are you a fan of this perfect pairing? Which item is your favorite?


CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty

Fall Essentials

For the first time in my entire life, I’m having difficulty coming around to the idea of fall. Normally I’m all about the crisp, cozy season, I’d even go so far as to say that it’s my favourite of them all. But this year? Those nostalgic feelings that typically surround the next few months seem to have gone missing. I thought that maybe if I compiled a round up of fall-like essentials it’d improve my excitement level. And though I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to my sundresses, I have to admit that it helped (a little). Apparently cozy throws, soft blush capes and stacks of books will do that to a girl.



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CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Round Up

Summer Essentials: The Fashion Files


Alright you guys. It’s been well documented around here in the past that fashion is not exactly my forte. I will never be the one to set trends or be the first to pick out the latest and greatest. That being said, there’s no denying that I adore a great top and a beautiful bag like the rest of em’. And now that we’re into the thick of summer, I thought it’d be fun to round-up a few of my summer must-haves. For me? It’s all about comfort. Pieces that you can throw on in a pinch, will keep you cool under the hot sun, and make you feel instantly chic with little to no effort at all.

line1. Turkish Towel from Casa | 2. Bikini from J. Crew (on sale!) | 3. Fold up Flats from Tieks (so comfy) | 4. Sandal from Zappos | 5. Chevron Dress from Mod Cloth | 6. Sunglasses from Asos | 7. Beachy Hair Spray from Walgreens | 8. Marc Jacobs Purse from Shopbop | 9. Water Bottle from BKR | 10. Tank from Asos | 11. Heel from Shopbop | 12. Shorts from The Gap | 13. Skirt from Old Navy

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Round Up

Guest Post: Wanted from A Piece of Toast


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Hey guys! Molly & Sally here from A Piece of Toast. We are SO excited for that Jacquelyn (and a little jealous) that she and her love get to travel to romanic Amafli, Italy.  Based on her post last week it sounds like their trip is a bit of an open book right now… So we thought we’d help her pack!  Must haves for any trip abroad during the summer season: outfits for day trips exploring, a swim suit and cover up for time on the coastal beach, and breezy attire for evenings out.  With out realizing it, the items we collected all had a very pretty and sweet vibe – just like Jacquelyn!  Enjoy your time on the coast, J + J – we can’t wait to see your photos when you return and we hope we made packing a bit easier (:

lineYep, Molly & Sally definitely hit the nail right on the head with this one. My shopping list has just grown exponentially! Thanks again ladies <3

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Round Up

fall fashion

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Just a few things I wish would magically find their way into my closet this season.

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty, Round Up

these are a few of my favourite things.

Today is my first day at my brand new job! I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it coincides with the first day of school, but I’m feeling like a child all over again. I’ve had my outfit chosen for a week now, I’ve brainstormed hairdo’s and the nerves and butterflies are in full force. I find myself hoping that my new desk is in the perfect location and that I sit next to someone cool (although, designers are cool, right? I think I’ll be okay here). I was too nervous/distracted to put together a post this morning, so please accept my apologies and know that my scenes from my weekend will be up tomorrow.

In the meantime, head over to the lovely Sofia’s Journal where I’m holding down the fort while she’s off on a much deserved vacation. Over there you can checkout a few of my very favourite beauty products.

And if you have a few good luck vibes to spare, feel free to send em’ my way. Much appreciated!

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty

hair do’s: the knotted side pony.

found here 

I don’t know about you, but I find that my hair tends to freak out a little bit in the summer. It gets frizzy, it gets sun bleached and it just doesn’t know what to do with itself. I’m always looking for ways to tame my tresses (apart from my go-to loose waves when I just know the humidity will attack any attempt at straight hair) and this one will definitely be a top contender come the warmer months.

CATEGORIES | Fashion & Beauty