Hair Do: The Braided Bun

Perfect for mornings when your mane is looking (and acting) less than desirable, take a stab at the beauty world’s current must do: the braided bun. Easy enough to create on your own, this messy-chic style showcases the coveted “trying, but not trying too hard” appeal. Lacking the need to look perfect, and with an end-of-the-day bonus – hello, sexy tousled waves – Emily Schuman, creator of  the fabulous blog, Cupcakes & Cashmere, demonstrates the ins-and-outs of this polished-meets-relaxed look, here.

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Step 1 – Part hair in the middle and start French braiding just the front section.

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Step 2 – Continue braiding until just passed ear and secure with a small hair elastic.

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Step 3 – Repeat on the other side.

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 Step 4 – Gather all hair and begin twisting.

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Step 5 – Make a bun and secure with an elastic.

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Step 6 – Use bobby pins to tuck away any loose hairs.

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End result!

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Four Things

Weekends are all about kicking back and taking a much needed breather. Whether you relax by running around town, meeting up with friends or simply curling up on the couch with a good book, hot drink and a comforting meal, we hope you enjoy every minute of it.

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Breakfast in bed never tasted so good thanks to Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple-Glazed Roasted Apples.

There may not be a more fall-perfect maternity sweater – we love the cut, the color, the whole thing.

Put away that flat iron; a messy-chic low bun is just what the weekend calls for.

We’re reading the inspiring book, Words That Matter, because if Oprah tells you it’s a must-read, it is.

Easy Hairstyles for Expecting Moms

One word every expectant (or new) mom wants to hear is, easy! And when it comes to hair, this is as true as ever. Take a look at these sophisticated yet simple-to-do hairstyles that will have you out the door in no time.

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The easiest style of all, the ponytail is always a go-to! Tie up your tresses with a simple band that matches your hair color. Leave it at that, or add some volume by curling the strands of your pony for a night out or special event.

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Buns are back and here to stay! To achieve this gorg style, put your hair into a low ponytail and secure with a band. Starting from the nape of your neck, twist your pony down to the ends; keeping the twist intact, wrap it around the hairband in a circular motion until you have formed your bun. Secure the bun with bobby pins to keep it steady.

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One of the simplest ways to add some instant style a braid or two! Leaving your hair down, braid a one-inch section of your hair on either side of your part; pull each braid back so they meet in the center of the back of your head. Finally, secure the ends with bobby pins for a look that’s boho-beautiful.

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When in doubt, try some texture! Many hair care brands carry texturizing sprays that help to create those beachy waves that celebrities wear so well. To glow like Kate, while your hair is damp, apply a liberal amount of spray from root to tip, and then flip your hair over. Using your fingers and a diffuser hairdryer attachment, gently blow-dry your hair. When dry, flip your hair right side up and instant waves will be upon you!

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