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Fashion At Fourteen (And Twelve…And Eleven): {Fashion Friday}

In honor of our gradually cooling temperatures, I wanted to offer a fresh feature for relevant, trendy, age-appropriate fashion options for adolescents!  

Here are some outfits that my girls put together themselves 🙂
The key to keeping it funky is in the details: layered accessories, plaids paired with florals and dynamic color punches.
(…actually, this is true at any age 🙂

Emilie has a very retro/indie hipster vibe, so the sheer floral combines with the leather moccasins seamlessly!
The freedom to express personality in fashion is key to keeping teenagers aligned with the expectations of parents.

Larken is a no-nonsense kind of girl, so built-in textures and simple color schemes make more sense for her.
The lace skirt and heart-y tights communicate, “yes, I’m a girl” while the rugged boots simultaneously say, “but I’ll still beat you to the swings!”

Ms. Alayna Kate is the most organized, professional 11-year-old you’ll ever meet, so her style tends to be more matchy-matchy than her kitschy sisters.
She likes to coordinate in a more controlled and predictable way, so her colors are consistent and her accessories are kept minimal.

This is my fashion inspiration for you (and your daughters) this week!  

  Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness!

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The Classy Mohawk

Style: The Classy Mohawk
Skill To Learn: Crossed Bobbies + Diffusion + Hairspray
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel/Mousse, Hairspray, Diffuser, a Bunch of Bobbies (optional clear elastics)

My newest funky style is a curly faux-hauk of sorts.  It’s really pretty easy if you have a couple extra minutes in the morning.   Read the rest of this entry

Day 30: The Twisted Braid {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Thirty: The Twisted Braid
Skill To Learn: Twisted Sister + French Braiding
Difficulty: Moderate to Complex
Time Commitment: 25 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, a Bunch of Bobbies

For Day Thirty of 30 Days, 30 Ways, I want to teach you the Twisted Braid!  We are going to combine the concept of  Twisted Princess with the skills of French Braiding and Knotties).  This updo is fancy and fabulous and fitting for a prom or wedding, in my opinion!  But you can learn the skills to do it at home (probably on someone else) and then just transfer the skill to styling on yourself! Read the rest of this entry

Day 29: French Knotties {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Nine: French Knotties
Skill To Learn: Knotties Coiled In Horizontal Slices
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, a Bunch of Bobbies

 For Day Twenty-Nine of 30 Days, 30 Ways, we’re going to apply the horizontal slicing you learned in French Braiding with the fancy coils you learned in Knotties, which I am dubbing French Knotties.   I am not going to break this hairstyle down into incremental pictures, because you have already learned everything you need to know in other hairstyles!  Read the rest of this entry

Day 28: Funky Knotties {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Eight : Funky Knotties
Skill To Learn: Full Head of Coiled Knots
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, A Bunch of Bobbies

For Day Twenty-Eight of 30 Days, 30 Ways, I’m going to offer you a funky version of the knotties we learned on Day Fifteen.   This look won’t be for everyone or everyday, I know, but I wanted to throw it in the mix anyway, because sometimes there are days or events where the funky knotties are just the thing!  Read the rest of this entry

Day 27: Another Combination Updo {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Seven: Another Combination Updo
Skill To Learn: Planned Partings + Twisted Ends + Messy Bun
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: 15 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Fat Elastic

 

For Day Twenty-Seven of 30 Days, 30 Ways, I’m going to teach you how to plan a more advanced combination updo, because it is all about the planning!  We are going to combine the Center Parting with the skills learned in Twisted Princess and pull it all together with a bun (you can do the Flippy Bun, Twisted BunMessy Bun, Braided Bun or Knotties).   Read the rest of this entry

Day 26: Partial Knotties {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Six: Partial Knotties
Skill To Learn: Coiled Knots Anchored With Hidden Crossed Bobbies
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Fat Elastic, A Bunch of Bobbies

 For Day Twenty-Six of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s use the skills you learned on Day Fifteen: Knotties and make it a partial upstyle.  This is a lovely way to wear your hair that will easily transition from the workplace to your evening plans! Read the rest of this entry

Day 25: The Pinwheel Bun {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Five: The Pinwheel Bun
Skill To Learn: Twist, Wrap and Anchor
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Time Commitment: 15 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Fat Elastic, 6-8 Bobbies

For Day Twenty-Five of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s learn the Pinwheel Bun!  This bun is a combination of the classic Twisted Bun and Knotties.  You want to begin with wet, gelled hair, pulled into a ponytail in the high, low or side position.  Take a chunk of the ponytail and twist it to the end, then Read the rest of this entry

Day 24: The Combination Updo {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Four: The Combination Updo
Skill To Learn: Braided Bangs + Twisted Ends + Curly Bun
Difficulty: Moderate to Complex
Time Commitment: 25 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Fat Elastic, a Bunch of Bobbies

For Day Twenty-Four of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s attempt a Combination Updo!  We are going to combine Braided Bangs with the skills learned in Twisted Princess and pull it all together with a bun (you can do the Flippy Bun, Twisted BunMessy Bun, Braided Bun or Knotties).  The thing I am most excited about today is teaching all of my fellow, short-haired friends one of my secrets for pulling off so many of the upstyles taught here!   But we’ll get to that in a second… Read the rest of this entry

Day 23: The Braided Bun {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Three: The Braided Bun
Skill To Learn: Just Combining Skills You’ve Already Learned
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Time Commitment: 15 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Fat Elastic, 1 Clear Elastic, 3 Bobbies

For Day Twenty-Three of 30 Days, 30 Ways, we’re going to do the super-girly Braided Bun!  This is as easy as one-tw0-three and can be styled very clean or wispy and whimsical.   If you style wet with gel, you will achieve the polished look as seen on Alayna below.  But if you fashion a looser braid on dry hair and allow strands to fall out as you wrap the bun, you will accomplish a subtler look.  The style will also change depending on where you position your bun.  (Go here for more on that…)  So here we go: Read the rest of this entry