Holiday Hair Series:Christmas

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I can’t believe it is already Christmas Eve! It is always crazy to me how fast time flies.  I wonder if I’ll ever get used to it ūüôā Even though it came quickly, I’m just as excited as ever!  Such a magical time and I can’t wait to spend it with family.

The week of Thanksgiving, I posted part 1 of my Holiday Hair Series with my good friend, and incredibly talented photographer, Jennifer Munoz. This is part 2, and I can’t wait to show you.  I love coming up with fun new braids! This one looks complicated, but it is actually super simple. I would definitely wear it to a holiday party, or dress it down with a hoodie and a cup of cocoa.  It goes with everything!

To begin, section the top half of your hair off and clip it up.jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-78

Next, separate the bottom half into two parts and fishtail each.  After you tie them off, slightly pull on the braids to loosen them.  To fishtail, you split the hair into two, take a small piece from one side and add it to the other.  Then, switch and take a small piece from the side you just added to, and move it to the first side.  Repeat until you near the end of your hair.

Pull the fishtails forward so they are out of your way.  Let down the top half.  I chose to French braid the top, but if it is feeling awkward to French braid behind you, you can just braid the whole piece at once.  To braid, split the top into three pieces and alternate moving the outside strands over the middle strand.  After you move the outside strand to the middle, it becomes the middle strand for the other side to cross over. If you move the strands under instead, your braid will be more raised(Dutch braid)jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-104When you have all your hair tied off, braid the three braids together.  Move the outer strand over the middle strand, and alternate. Remove the three elastics, and attach all the ends together with one elastic.  I like to wrap a small piece of hair around it to cover it. jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-114Gently pull and loosen the braid to give it some volume and help the braids work together.

Then you are set! Get creative with it.  It can be as tight and clean or as messy as you want!

 

Huge thank you to Jennifer Munoz for the photography. I adore her! Check her out HERE and here:

Instagram- @jennifer.munoz
Website- http://www.jennifermunoz.co
Phone for Wedding or Lifestyle Photography- (208)557-1566
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/jennifermunozphotography

Thank you also to  Blooms Flower Studio for letting us shoot in your gorgeous space!

Stay tuned for part 3 coming next week.  Have a wonderful Christmas!

Holiday Shopping with Penny+Boss

_W6A2511Confession time…I’m super old.  Well, not in real life, just compared to my husband.  We grew up together and even attended the same high school, just not at the same time…Yeah, he was in 8th grade when I graduated  haha! Anyway, he has lots of really great friends that I didn’t know growing up (and some that I did know, considering I babysat them) that now I get to be friends with too! I hear all kinds of stories about them, and pretend I was there too.  So, he has this friend from high school named Suzy.  She’s like insane talented, creative, beautiful, etc so obviously I decided to piggy back on their friendship. Thankfully, she and her friend Sydney started a blog named Penny and Boss.  I love it, and I’m sure you will too! Maybe we will get lucky and some of their coolness will rub off on us ūüôā

Suzy was in town and we decided to do a little holiday shopping together, and I’ll share some of the darling things we found with you!  Our friend Chantel is an amazing photographer, and we were lucky enough to have her with us! Check out her beautiful photos on instagram @chantelcheriephoto she really is so talented! Contact her at chantelmoorhouse@gmail if you want some awesome photos done

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First, my favorite holiday gift idea for you are these earrings and bracelet! The earrings are so neat, they are 3D and catch the light so beautifully.  Both the earrings and the bracelet are from Roma Designer Jewelry and made from sterling silver.  They are overlaid with rhodium (a precious metal closely related to platinum) to resist scratches, abrasion, and corrosion. They would be a perfect gift for any/all your favorite people…or maybe just for yourself!  Use the code “FRIENDLY25” to get 25% off your purchase through the Roma Designer Jewelry site.  I’m in love! _W6A2581_W6A2803

Suzy, Chantel, and I had way too much fun shopping at Anthropologie and Paperie and Pen.  I could buy everything in those stores (and as a result, have the most darling house in the world) but I had my sweet husband there to pull in the reigns.  He is so patient haha _W6A2714_W6A2722I absolutely loved this cute mistletoe…and of course, this handsome man!

My top picks from Anthropologie are here, here, here, here…aaaand here! Are you kidding me with those aprons?! Also, love this shot of the bracelet from earlier!

Paperie and Pen had some of the most darling gifts, like this.  Of course, they also had the cutest paper (we may have gotten in trouble for this one…oops)

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_W6A2667Long story short, we had way too much fun…but then again, there’s no such thing! Happy shopping ūüôā

Effortless No Heat Curls

Its no secret, heat is damaging to your hair.  I am constantly trying to find ways to reduce the amount of heat my hair is exposed to.  From air drying, to braids, to my arsenal of products used to reduce/prevent damage, it is no small feat to maintain the integrity of my hair.  Especially when it is long, and colored!

You can image my excitement when I discovered Savvy Curls!¬† A headband that curls your hair…without heat…while you sleep? AMAZING, sign me up!

“These headbands are exclusively made with¬†thermal insulating materials & curl forming materials to work with your head’s natural heat zone & produce beautiful, bouncy curls.

There are two options, a single band, and a convertible band.¬† Not to mention, lots of fun patterns!¬† I used the convertible band, and I loved that I could snap off the top and use it as a single band as well.¬† Before you wrap, it’s important to have your hair slightly damp, and brush a mousse through it to help the curls set and stay for the whole day. Wrap right after applying the mousse, before it dries. This is my hair before, it looks so sad I know, but it is just air dried.¬† I allow my hair to air dry as much as possible!

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To use the convertible band, section off the top of your hair, and clip it out of the way. Move the top band in front of that section.  Begin wrapping the bottom half of your hair from your face back.  Do one side, then the other, meeting in the middle near the nape of your neck.  Wrap the ends in together, and secure with a bobby pin or two.

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Next, let down the top section and wrap in the same pattern as the bottom. I chose to sleep in the band.

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When you wake up, unwrap the band, shake it up a bit, and you are ready to go!  My husband is so grateful.  Thanks to Savvy Curls, I can now make it to church on time haha.  After sleeping in the band, I woke up to these voluminous curls!!!

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To use the single band, you will wrap all your hair around at the same time, instead of sectioning it into two.

It is also an option to just leave the band in for a couple hours.  That is what I did here, with the single band, and the results were a looser curl. Still very pretty!

IMG_8348¬† I pulled them back into a simple pony, and loved the result! Thank you for reading ūüôā Savvy Curls has offered a discount code for $2 off a band of your own! Just use the code “savvyc1” Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Holiday Hair Series: Thanksgiving

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I am so excited to be working with my incredibly talented photographer friend Jennifer Munoz to bring you a three part holiday hair series!¬† We took these photos in Blooms Flower Studio, and I don’t think we could have found a more lovely spot.¬† Working with Jennifer is a dream.¬† She has such an elegant style, and I love her work!

There will be a step by step guide for each look in our series, making it simple to recreate these styles for any holiday event.  The first up is a Thanksgiving inspired style.  It is simple, works on any hair type or length, and can be casual or dressy!

To begin, take a small section of hair from the right side.

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Softly twist it as you pull it across the back of your head to the other side.

Using a bobby pin, secure the first twist in place.

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Now, take a small section from the opposite side and twist it across.  Pull it over to cover the bobby pin from the first twist.

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Secure with a bobby pin on the opposite side.

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Take a third piece of hair from the original side, and twist again.  Remember to use the strand to cover the previous bobby pin.

Bobby pin on the opposite side.

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I stopped at this point, but feel free to continue the pattern as far as you would like!

 

Let me know if you try this out! I would love to hear what you think! Stay tuned for part 2 of the holiday series!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you to Jennifer Munoz for the phography. Check her out HERE and here:

Instagram- @jennifer.munoz
Website- http://www.jennifermunoz.co
Phone for Wedding or Lifestyle Photography- (208)557-1566
Facebook- http://www.facecbook.com/jennifermunozphotography

 

 

Perfect Plaid

 

I love wearing dresses! However, most of the time I can’t wait to get back into my sweats as soon as possible. ¬†Finding a dress and shoe combo that I want to wear all day long is gold! This plaid shirt dress and boots from Piper Street Shop are¬†just that. ¬†I’m totally loving the details on these boots. ¬†Also, I can comfortably wear them running errands, helping in my daughter’s classroom, carrying my babe all over, you name it! Pretty sweet.

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You will be seeing much more from Piper Street on here in the future, which is fun for all! If you haven’t already shamelessly stalked their cute stuff, you should get on that. ¬†You won’t be sorry. ¬†They come out with new releases all the time too, so get ready for Christmas all year long!

Sorry I have been a little MIA! So many fun things going on, I’m figuring out how to do it all and not have my children starve or my house be condemned haha.¬† If you have any tips or great books on how to balance life, I’d love to know them! It’s really a bummer that I have to learn everything in life from experience.¬† If I could just glean all the amazing knowledge from others, I would save myself a lot of time haha! Maybe I’ll learn how to do that some day ha but until then…another white board to-do list it is! ūüôā

Photos by Cole Maxfield Photography

 

 

 

Loose Waves Tutorial

OK! This video has been a long time coming. ¬†Even before I wanted to blog, I thought about making it! I used to spend hours teaching all my clients and friends how to curl with a flat iron. ¬†This is by far my favorite way to curl for a number of reasons. ¬†First, my curls just last way longer. ¬†Ever since I became best friends with dry shampoo, I have been able to only wash my hair a couple times a week (the thought of it used to gross me out, but now I’m proud haha) think of all the time and damage I save my poor hair! Get this, I never redo my curls! ¬†With a flat iron they last me four days easy. ¬†When I curl my hair with a curling iron, I’m lucky to get two days. ¬†Disclaimer: I do sleep with my hair above my head, draped over my pillow if that makes sense. ¬†So, it doesn’t¬†get smashed while I sleep, which probably helps!

Second, I can curl faster! ¬†I’m just going to be honest and tell you it will take a LOT of practice and probably be pretty frustrating to learn. ¬†It will click one day, though, and all of the sudden you will be a curling machine! I can usually do my whole head in less than ten minutes. ¬†That’s a win for me! Takes me 30-45 with a curling iron.

Third, I only have to bring one thing on trips with me! Ha ok, that’s mostly me being lazy. It is nice, though!

Fourth, it is customizable. ¬†If you want tighter curls, twist the iron more. ¬†If you want them looser, twist less. ¬†You can curl toward your face, away from your face, in your face, on top of your face‚Ķ.you get the idea ūüôā ¬†I used my iron for clients that just wanted loose waves, as well as my brides that wanted tight curls to last all day!

Fifth, I just like it.

I also really like the two products I use in the video! I honestly don’t think I could live without Smooth and Seal. ¬†I’m not even sure how it is so great, but it is! ¬†It’s basically a light spray that transforms your hair from dull to shiny, soft, and beautiful. It doesn’t have any hold to it, so it won’t help your curls stay in, but it will help your hair stay frizz free. ¬†It also won’t protect your hair against heat damage (I have some other magical products that will, though, so I’ll get to work on a post about that) ¬†Its awesome, I use it everyday no matter what I’m doing! ¬† The second product is my favorite hairspray. ¬†Its by Pravana and I love it because it doesn’t build up on my hair, but has great hold!

So! If you want to watch the tutorial, you can find it HERE

Let me know if you have any questions or if there is something you would like to see from me in the future!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Jump Creek and a Half Up Fishtail Halo

A few weeks ago our good friends took us to this neat spot, Jump Creek.  It has a beautiful waterfall nestled into some equally beautiful trees. It was a fun little hike, and Viv loved playing in the water!

I love these outdoor adventures with my little family!

I filmed a tutorial for this half up fishtail halo hairstyle I’m wearing. ¬†To watch it, click here!

Photos by BreAna Thomas Photography

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Savanah

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Mommy and Me: Babies and Bloomers

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A few months ago I met this awesome girl, Sandy, when we were both modeling for Happy Baby Wrap. ¬†She was so sweet and of course, darling! We both happened to have baby girls named Vivian and they are only about a month apart! ¬†She is an amazing blogger, check her out here! ¬†She totally inspires me. ¬†I don’t know how she balances so many talents and motherhood with such style and grace! ¬†She is wonderful. ¬†We decided to team up with our cute babes and bring you a joint mommy and me post! ¬†I died when I saw these bloomers we got from Tiny Tot Threads. ¬†They are so fun. ¬†They also have lots of¬†adorable¬†dresses I have been eyeing!

Photos by LC Photography. She was wonderful to work with!

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Both Vivians were pretty happy and interactive until we added these Loulou Lollipop teething necklaces. ¬†Then my Viv was obsessed, and I couldn’t get her to focus on anything else haha. ¬†At one point she was actually double fisting, stuffing them into her mouth. ¬†Ha it was intense. ¬†To say she loved them would be an understatement!

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I love when Sandy and I have conversations about our girls because we each say, “my Viv” whenever we refer to them. ¬†Makes me laugh!

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These bows from Little Cans are so neat because they come with three colors of clip on bows and two sizes for the headband. I love how customizable they are!

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My top is from The Rambler Boutique, Jeans from Gap

Vivian’s bloomers from Tiny Tot Threads, Moccs from Sophie Kate Moccasins, Headband from Little Cans, Top from Gap

Loose Waves

Loose waves are my go-to hairstyle because they make a great base for other styles, and they are so easy to wear. ¬†Even in bad weather or if¬†it is windy outside! Just looks like you meant for them to be all crazy. ¬†With the right techniques, also, my curls will last for days! ¬†I am still on the hunt for a thermal curling spray that isn’t crunchy or sticky, yet actually holds curls, but I have yet to find one I like. ¬†I’ll keep you posted if I do! For now, I use Smooth and Seal by Sexy Hair to prep my hair before curling. ¬†That product has my heart. ¬†I’m obsessed. ¬†Next, I start from the bottom of my hair and section off about a third of it. ¬†Clip the top hair out of the way so you have clean sections. Once you have curled the bottom section, let down another one and clip the rest out of the way. ¬†The cleaner you can make your sections, the better. ¬†Then you won’t miss any hair and have straight pieces all over. ¬†More than any product or technique I have used, curling my hair with a flat iron is hands down my favorite method. ¬†It gives me control over how curly or loose I want it, as well as holding my curl longest. ¬†Just a warning, if you haven’t curled with a flat iron before, it’s going to take practice! Keep trying, you will get better and faster. ¬†I can now curl my hair in 1/3 of the time it used to take me¬†with a curling iron. I’m working on a video for flat iron curls so you can see how I do mine.¬†I’m still learning about¬†video editing and all that jazz, so it takes me a while to make one, but I’ll get it up as soon as I can. ¬†In the meantime, play around with it, and check out these products if you want! Once I have my hair curled how I want, I hairspray and use Flip it Over spray wax to create separation. ¬†Don’t use very much! It will ruin everything. ¬†Just a little here and there at the very end. ¬†Good luck!

Also, I love the details on this top from The Rambler Boutique, check them out!

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