What I Wore Wednesday – Black And Gray

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 in Clothes, For Moms, Hair Help, What I Wore Wednesday | 2 comments

The week of Thanksgiving was filled with lots of great food, family, and traditions.  We had two straight days of all of those things with both sides of the family and I enjoyed every second of it.  I also found myself dressed in comfortable and yes, stretchy, fabrics to accommodate the extra healthy portions of comfort food that I ate last week!  The color pallet of black and gray made a lot of appearances last week, probably in hopes of disguising the two day long binge that occurred.  Lets just say, that it worked out just fine, because I was perfectly happy, comfortable, and did not go hungry for one second last week.

Get the low down on why I am including What I Wore Wednesday posts here, but the main reason is to motivate myself to put in a little extra effort each and every day.  What I wore Wednesday is a way for Mom’s to share outfits and get inspired to get dressed even if they aren’t heading off to work each day.  The Pleated Poppy has an amazing series where she shares what she wears each week to keep herself accountable for getting out of her pajamas everyday and I’m joining in the fun!

Thursday:  Thanksgiving get together with family

Super comfy for a day visiting with family.  Stretchy pants and a comfy warm sweater were just right for the occasion.

Sweater:  Target $18.00

Leggings: Walmart Clearance $4.00

Boots:  Thrififted $10.00

Purple t-shirt:  Walmart Clearance $4.00

Total Outfit Cost:  $36.00

Friday:  Thanksgiving festivities day two!

Simple sock bun curls, a cozy sweater, flats and jeans.  Easy

Lace Backed Sweater: K-mart Clearance $12.00

  Gray skinny Jeans:  Gray Skinny Jeans: K-mart Clearance $6.00

Sparkly black flats:  Maurices Clearance $13.00

Tank Top:  Shopko $8.00

Total Outfit cost:  $39.00

Hair:  overnight sock bun curls made for a get up and go hairstyle that took me just a couple minutes.

 

I spent the Monday after thanksgiving recuperating and cleaning up the aftermath in my favorite gray and black flannel shirt pictured below.

Checkered Flannel:  Old Navy $12.80 (with 20% off coupon)

As I mentioned last week – I wanted to share a quick hair tutorial with you!  My sweet, and talented friend was over visiting and showed me a great new trick to try on my hair to keep curls lasting, natural, and beautiful all day long!  For this style we used a 1 1/2 inch curling iron.  If you would like tighter curls use a smaller iron!

  • Start with freshly washed hair.
  • Add a mouse or curling product to damp hair for hold.  I also always use a root booster to lift my hair at the root for added volume with my longer hair.  My favorite is Catwalk’s Root Booster.
  • Dry hair upside down and round brush bangs out if you have them until hair is completely dry.
  • Now take about a 2 inch row of hair around the neckline and leave it down – pin the rest of your hair up in a clip.
  • Using your curling iron – curl small sections at a time. Hold the iron horizontally and roll hair onto the iron.   Wait a moment and do not drop the curled hair straight down from the curling iron.  Gather it and pull it off of the curling iron still rolled (as if it were still wrapped around the iron) by releasing a small amount of tension from the iron without loosing the curl.  Take 2 bobby pins and secure the roll directly on top of where the hair comes from your head (similar to if you were using hot rollers).  Put one pin into the side from the left and one crossing over that from the right horizontally.   The pins will hold the curl in place to cool.
  • Continue this process across the entire section of hair that is down.  Once done release another 2 inch section and repeat until your entire head of hair is curled.
  • Let the hair set and cool completely.
  • Release the curls starting from the bottom and working your way up.
  • Use a tiny amount of a smoothing serum or shine spray worked into your hands and run your fingers through the curls LIGHTLY!  If you get crazy here you will create frizz, and too much product will weigh down the curls!  Separate and even twist the curls for definition.
  • Now add some light weight hairspray for hold without too much weight or hardness.  You want the curls to look and feel natural.

Because you allowed the curls to set and cool in place your curls should last really well for you!  Of course different hair types will get different results and humidity and weather is always an issue, but this is a great technique to achieve really beautiful and natural looking curls that will go the distance.

All hair types react differently to products of different kinds – so use what you know works for your own hair type.  If you are curious these are the three products that I prefer for my fine, naturally wavy hair:  Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Catwalk Root Boost, andRusk W8less Hairspray.

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. You DO look super comfy in the pants and cute sweater! And I LOVE the way your hair turned out. Gorgeous! Saw you over at The Pleated Poppy! Fun to “see” you. =)

  2. Your hair is gorgeous and I love your comfy-cute outfits! Stopping by from the Pleated Poppy ~ Happy Wednesday!

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