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Long time, no blog guys! I’ve been sitting here catching up with both this blog and my personal blog (The Inside Life of Nora Brooks) before I fall back into another crazy week. Today I wanted to blog about some hairspiration for not only the end of winter but the coming spring! Although the snow outside of my window tells me otherwise, I’ve been playing with my hair recently and came across so many cool hairstyles that I’ve been trying out.

Braided ponytails are really easy for that lazy hair day, because it takes just a few minutes but looks like you spent so much more time on it. You can throw in a French or fishtail braid, or even braid the actual ponytail segment of your hair. This style looks great on anyone, and I use this especially on late school mornings. A trick to making a ponytail look even more professional is to take a piece of your hair, wrap it around the hair tie, and secure it in place.

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Just about anybody can twist or braid a section of their hair. Twist do’s and half-up half-down do’s can also be easy to do as well, and by adding in a twist or waterfall braid, you’re adding an elegant and simple touch. If you have leftover curls from the night before and don’t have time to restyle or take a shower, these styles look great. Brushed out hair, no matter how messy (as long as we don’t get bed-head crazy) looks cute with a twist or bow.

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If you’re going out or attending a more formal event, or just want to have fun with your hair, these are definitely more time-consuming styles that have amazing detail. This braided updo is so sophisticated and detailed, but it definitely takes some practice. The last braid is absolutely adorable and so intricate, and almost looks like latticework or lace. If you are skilled at braiding, or have a friend who is, then definitely give these a try!

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Let me know which styles are your favorites, and let me know if you guys give any of these a try! I’d love to do more hair-related posts in the future if you guys liked this one.





It has been such a long time since I have blogged, and I apologize! Lately things have been a swirl of stress, school, and tennis. However, today is a snow day, so that gave me some time to blog about something I have been excited about for a long time! Introducing a new string of posts: OOTDs- short for Outfit of the Days.

I photographed three of my outfits, and today I’m going to show them to you guys! This is to show you guys my style, give you inspiration, and so on! Without further ado, let’s get started!

Disclaimer: This was during winter break, and my school does have a uniform, so I could not wear these outfits to school! Also, I did not take a picture of my head (cropped out), just the outfit, due to keeping my privacy on the internet. I also apologize for any unclear/blurry pictures, I’ll get better in the future! And due to my cropping things out, I look a LOT shorter than I actually am. Just saying 🙂



I was just out of the house running a few errands, going to the mall, and so on, so I settled for a more comfy/casual look. I just have on my black leggings, white three-button Uggs, and complete with a maroon sweater from American Eagle. I tied the whole look in with my key necklace from Forever 21.



The snow had cleared by now, and I went out with my friends to the mall and movie theater. I decided to wear my dark red pants from AE for a pop of color, a light blue blouse, and my low-top white Converse. This outfit is a bit more edgy slash casual, but I added an owl necklace to keep things classic and cute.



I went out to dinner with my family, so I opted for a more fancy outfit. I’m wearing my silver striped Abercombie sweater, an ombrè scarf from Charming Charlie (refer to my Black Friday haul for a full pic!), and cute metallic flats with studs and bows. I decided to wear some black leggings again for comfort and a bit of casual, and it added a nice contrast with the silver. For accessories, I just had on my red charm bracelet, also from CC.

So that was my first OOTD! Tell me what you think in the comments 🙂