Things I Love: Topknot Edition!

Much to the chagrin of my hubby, one of the things I hate most in this life is the amount of effort it takes to wash, blow dry, and flat iron my hair. I have extremely thick hair that does its own thing — I actually never know what I’m going to wake up with. When I heard, several years ago, that washing one’s hair every day is not only unnecessary but actually bad for you, I praised the Hair Gods and now hold to that wisdom like it is the Holy Word. My husband washes what little hair he has (by choice, he does have a phenomenal head of hair when grown out a bit) every single day without fail. To that, I say, no way! I stretch it out and go as long as I can between washes, all the while praising the Hair Gods for the invention of dry shampoo. I can’t even imagine what I did before dry shampoo! (Oh yeah — I washed, blow dried, and flat ironed my hair every day!). Not only is it unnecessary, all of that heat styling is so so bad for the hair. My hair has never been healthier since I stopped washing it daily, and finding a few good styling techniques (as well as taking biotin vitamins to keep hair strong and healthy) makes it fun and easy on my “off” days (yes, I actually consider the days I don’t have to wash my hair as my days off!).

Hands down, my favorite second-day hairstyle is the ubiquitous topknot. There are so many ways to do it, but the easiest is simply piling all that hair on the tippy top of your pretty head, tying it with a hair tie, and heading out the door. I usually start with dry shampoo to give the hair a bit of “grip” (and get rid of any second-day greasiness, sorry, I know) and brush it out after a minute or two so hair is smooth. I pile it all up and twist the hair into a bun. Since I am currently growing out my bangs (a process I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy), I have to clip them up fourth-grade style.

The great thing is, you can change the style up as much as you want. You can make a sleek, tight ballerina bun, a la Jennifer Lopez below:

or you can leave a few wispy pieces on the sides/in the back for a “just had a romp in the hay” kind of look (and we won’t tell if you don’t!) like the gorge Julianne Hough:

For those of us with braiding skills to pay the bills, you can even try this braided topknot (Julianne is officially my new Hair Queen):

No matter how you style it, the topknot is an easy way to keep your hair looking great between washes. It’s perfect for days when the snooze button seems like a better option than whipping out the hot tools, and no one has to know your secret.

Things I Love: Topknot Edition!

Things I love: Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows

Can we talk for one quick second about eyebrows? I feel they are truly underappreciated. First of all, they have the very important job of protecting our eyes from sweat and other weird stuff that could fall down our foreheads (hey, I’m not judging) and they just get completely abused. I used to have my brows tweezed and waxed too thin every other WEEK (!!), and for why? Thick brows are AMAZING. My brows are unruly and have a mind of their own and I looove them for it. They frame my face in a lovely way. Plus, think about how weird we’d look without eyebrows? (My something new for the day is that there is a tumblr called Celebs With No Eyebrows and now I’m mesmerized.)

Kim Browdashian

In my old age, I have learned to treat my brows with the love they deserve, and a good brow gel is key for a strong brow game. (I use Maybelline Brow Drama in Soft Brown). The brows I admire most in the world are those of Ms. Cara Delevingne. Aside from being completely gorgeous and seeming like a total nutter, Cara has THE BEST eyebrows. I read in an interview that she said she doesn’t do anything to them at all, they’re just naturally that amazing. I couldn’t be more jealous.

The beautiful thing about a blog is that I can write about anything that crosses my mind, and what better way to introduce the world to my musings than to write about my #womancrusheveryday Cara Delevingne. I won’t even begin to pronounce or spell that last name, but I can’t wait for her acting debut in Paper Towns (and of course Suicide Squad next year!) so here are some pics of her beautiful bushy brows.

Things I love: Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows

why not.. take a crazy chance?

Hello, I’m Arielle. Yeah.. like the mermaid. Except with an extra LE because I’m fancy like that 🙂

I feel like a major dork starting this blog. But I love to write, and truthfully, feel more dorky that I am only NOW starting a blog when so many people I admire created these beautiful bloggy works of art years ago and I’m late to the party. My mom was in labor with me for, like, 20 hours so that should tell you what you need to know about me. Apparently I’m never in much of a rush for things.

I have no idea what I’m going to write about, but I’m having my Lizzie McGuire moment, so humor me. Well, this is going to be awkward. But here goes nothing.

why not.. take a crazy chance?