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Triple Knot Bun

October 1, 2015

Got 10 minutes and ‘Day 3’ hair? Then this tutorial is for you.



What you’ll need:

+ dirty hair

+ oribe dry texturizing spray (travel size)

+ small hair ties

+ bobby pins

+ hairspray (optional)


When to wear it:

+ work

+ date night

+ wedding guest

+ target

+ literally at any point in life



Start with dirty hair. For added texture, lightly spray middle and ends with a dry texturizing spray.150812_DS_2174

Loosely secure hair into three low buns



One in the middle, and two on either side. Don’t worry about perfectly sectioning the hair for these buns. The messier, the better.



You’ll end up looking like a weird alien. Don’t fret. This is where you’re supposed to be. Things will come together… hopefully…150812_DS_2218


Without unflopping each bun into a ponytail, loosely twist the buns in a circle – creating a donut shape. Then secure your donut shape with bobby pins.150812_DS_2220


As you’re securing the donut buns, overlap parts of the first bun into the second. WHAT!? Yes. Do it.150812_DS_2239


Overlapping small pieces of hair from bun to bun will create a messier look instead of having three completely separate buns on the back of your head. Alien. If your buns are too perfect, pull small pieces from them and use those to overlap into other buns.

Important note re overlapping: Middle bun can mingle and overlap with outside buns and outside buns can do the same with the middle bun. THE OUTSIDE BUNS SHOULD NOT OVERLAP WITH EACHOTHER. Are ya nuts?150812_DS_2241


Continue twisting and donuting and overlapping and securing. 150812_DS_2246


Tuck in any of those little strays with the 83rd bobby pin in the pack.150812_DS_2257


Make sure you get that little straggler ruuuuul good.


DONE. Happened faster than you realized, huh? Wasn’t so awful, was it? Now, gently, pull a few wispys here and there and loosen up the hair on the crown of your head, if need be. Every part of this look is supposed to be flowy and easy.150812_DS_2271

I’ve only ever worn this look to work. It’s chic and super simple when you’re in a hurry in the morning. Once you get the hang of it, it actually only takes 10 minutes. Yes, for real. Try it out this weekend and let me know how it works out for you!

all images Laura Metzler

Formal Hair How-To

August 19, 2015

Today, I’m going to teach you how to trick people into thinking you’re really ridiculously good looking and that you moonlighted as a hairstylist in a previous life. First seen here, this updo will cost you close to nothing and take about 10 minutes.

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What you’ll need:

First thing’s first. Don’t be overwhelmed. You can do this. It might not take you 10 minutes the first time you try, but it’ll get done. This is basically just a side bun with twists shoved into it. Glamourous, right? 

This style becomes easier, the messier your hair is: because of the curl and because of the dry shampoo build up. But, omg, that’s so gross. No one’s going to be running their finger’s through your hair when it’s up. Let’s all just calm down.

Start with Day 2/3ish hair. Throw some loose curls into the mix if it’s not already a little wavy/bedheady. Secure a low-side ponytail, leaving out a few chunky pieces around your face.

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Pull a little from your roots, so the ponytail isn’t shellacked to your head…

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It’ll end up looking something like this:

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Loosely twist the hanging hair on the far side of the pony and secure near the base of the ponytail…

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Then do the same with the other side. Make sure it’s secure but that the hair is loose. Like. Not smashed against your head. Think ethereal and flowy and dainty and beautiful. K, great. Note: Leave about an inch of hair hanging in your face (do not pin this back). We’ll get to this later.

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Keep loosely twisting and pinning those twists around the base of the pony…

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Tuck the pony part of the ponytail into itself aka make one of those buns you wore everyday in 6th grade. Note: When you start this process, you CAN choose to make this bun then, within the hair tie. I chose not to since I wanted this to look at loose as possible. If you bun at the beginning, make sure you pull and fluff and tease the bun. The fluffier the better.

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Tuck the pony. Leave a few little wisps out. Secure with pins…

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It’ll look like this. You’ll feel defeated. Like you’re a complete failure. There are at least 72 bobby pins in your hair right now and you can see all of them. You’ll want to rip them out. But don’t. You’re almost there…

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Take the remaining waves that have been annoyingly hanging in your face, loosely twist them, and pin them back across the bun mess you’ve just made. This piece will completely hide those bobby pins you were just freaking out about.

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Pull a few baby pieces out for that disheveled look. Add an unnecessary amount of bobby pins to make sure it’s secure or spray with hairspray. I tend to stay away from locking in with hairspray these days bc I want it to fall throughout the night but if this isn’t your jam, spray that bad boy. The end. You’re a hair wizard.

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Congratulations. You just won life.

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Laura Metzler Photography

How To Stay Fresh Faced Throughout the Day

March 25, 2015

It might be common sense to some, but keeping my skin hydrated is something that escapes me from 9-5. Products aren’t readily available, I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off, or I just… don’t care. Insert one of those monkey emoticons here. To be completely honest, until about a year ago, skincare was something I hadn’t ever really given any thought to. And then I looked in the mirror one day when I was getting my hair done – you know – in those gigantic mirrors that forgive ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I saw dry, drooping, wrinkly skin. Hello, panic attack. So from that moment on I vowed to hydrate my skin at every effing moment of the day including, but not limited to, those 8/9/10ish hours you’re at work every day.

Stop whining. It’s not that hard. And it won’t cost you much. You know what? Scratch that. It doesn’t matter how much it costs. It’s the well-being of your skin. It doesn’t matter how much it costs. Pick up the cutest cosmetics pouch you can find, (I’m obsessed with these) fill it with these essentials, toss it in your work bag – or even better, keep it in one of your desk drawers – and call it a day.

Not only are these products that I actually use on the daily, they’re products that I swear by i.e., won’t shut up about. Do your skin a favor and invest in it now. Say it with me, “PREVENTATIVE SKINCARE”. And I swear to God, if you’re not applying SPF daily (whether it’s in your moisturizer or you apply separately) I’ll hunt you down.



Evian Facial Water Spray

I always thought women who used water spray were high maintenance. Like, why don’t you just splash your face with water? Uh, because then your makeup will come off and you spent far too long applying it to mess it all up now. You know what I learned from hating on these women? That haters gonna hate and I was missing out on a super refreshing mid day beauty hack.


M61 Hydraboost Eye Cream

I’ve been using this miracle worker as my eye cream for a few months now but only recently added it to my work day refresh repertoire after hearing Bluemercury owner Marla Beck uses it as a mid-day pick me up on top of her makeup. Obviously, I tried it and fell hard and fast for the technique. Skip that 4th cup of coffee and instead apply it as you would regular eye cream over your makeup for a dewy look.


Marula Oil Lip Stick

Where to start with this lip stick. It’s marketed as a hydration balm and unlike typical marketing scams that lie their faces right off this stuff is actually a super kick ass hydration stick. I have one on my nightstand and one in my purse. Wear it alone or under lip color for extra moisture. You can also use it to heal dry patches on your face – just remember to apply it before you apply your makeup.


Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion

My love of Vaseline knows no bounds and this intensive hand cream is no different. It’s fragrance free and super light. This is another one of those products I have multiples of lying around my house. Sah good.

bbBlotting Papers

I was never a fan of blotting papers until I found these from Bobbi Brown. These are a lifesaver around 3pm when I’ve been running around and I’m sweating like a lumberjack. It takes away that shine without taking off your makeup. That being said, in the interest of completely honesty, I don’t have a super oily complexion so I’m not sure how well these will work if you have that skin type.


And last but certainly not least: H20. You should be drinking 8 ounces of water per day. That’s a half gallon, ladies. I like to drink at least double that and I get it done by filling up a monster water jug a few times a day. Of course it’s Notre Dame football themed. Why are you even asking? Healthy skin starts from the inside out but because I know some of you can’t put down those diet cokes, these hydrating products will have to do.


Tired of wasting that precious morning time on a face full of makeup? Get ready in 5 minutes by following my 5 Minute Face tutorial!

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