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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"z" is for zig-zags + giveaway winner!

i figured i will make sure everyone who wants one gets a chance to enter.. 
so tonight i will announce a winner on this post! so be sure to check back.

and the winner of a complete blog makeover is:

True Random Number Generator  
5Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Super cute Etsy shop! My fave is the wooden 'love' board :)

thanks for entering audra, email me and we can figure out what you want!

i still am having trouble figuring out this random.org thing.
i don't know why it says out of 100, because it was out of 36.

and finally....the last letter of the abc's of hair series!!!

no tutorial today, but a variation on the zig zag part.
remember the tight twists with butterfly clips at the end? 
those were popular about the same time as the zig zag part.
no one really does those anymore... 
(unless it's a little girl. they can pull ANYTHING off!!)
so i decided, why not mix two styles that aren't super trendy, and see what i come up with.
behold...my 'twist' on the zig-zag part:

i parted my hair with a comb, and twisted the same direction as the part.
as you can see, the twists are very loose and thick

i pulled the rest back in a little bun just because i don't like the length of my hair..ugh.
but i think it turned out pretty cute!

i only included top view pics.. i didn't feel like taking a million pictures of my no-makeup face today trying to find one i wouldn't die of embarrassment by!

i hope you all enjoyed the abc's of hair! 
it was so fun, i am excited to do some more stuff like this.
i will be starting a schedule soon for some fun posts.
so keep checking to see what will be here!

{love} lauryn

Monday, August 29, 2011

my first craft fair!

if you are looking for abc's of hair's letter x, scroll down :)
august has been a very busy month.
partly because i have been preparing and making items for my first craft fair!
on saturday i set up a tent and set up my stuff. so so fun.
sadly it wasn't super successful.
what can i say. i live in idaho. there were not many customers.
but it was still a fun adventure for me to set up some of my work!
for those of you who don't know, i sell a lot of my work at my shop called lulu's little loft.
today i will be adding a BUNCH of new stuff, so check it out!

thank you for all of you who helped me in this endeavor.
1. my mommy.
holy cow. she did a lot. came from utah, brought the canopy, tables, easels, tablecloths, lanterns, chairs, etc. she stayed with me the whole day. not to mention her car broke down on the way here. she is the most selfless person i know. i love you momma.
2. my hubby.
he was such a great support. check out the picture of us below! he kept telling me he was proud of me :) he also stayed the entire day. he's a sweetheart. i love him.
3. ed.
my mom's boyfriend from high school...how fun. he helped a ton with pricing, carrying items in & out. PLUS he went and picked up my mom when her car broke down and put all the supplies in his car. PLUS PLUS! he was my first customer of the day :) thanks a bunch ed.
4. my groupies.
those who couldn't be there but supported me anyhow.
sissy & pops to name a few
and those who came to say hey.
aunt nae, uncle ryan, tradder, & sam.

thanks for helping me out!

wanna see some PICTURES!

see how cute he is! that's my man.

i love this one. we wanted to keep it for ourselves!

these are BARROX shirts. my hubby owns a shirt company and makes some amazing designs. he did it in high school, but recently reopened the company. so inventory is limited! if you want one, check out his site and buy some stylin' shirts asap!! or you can check out the barrox facebook page to vote on designs you'd like to see on a shirt.

happy monday!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"u" is for updates & "v" is for volume

good morning everyone!
thanks for being patient with me for not posting yesterday.
because of that, letters u & v will be sharing.

letter "u" is for UPDATES!
let's talk about the top 5 latest trends in hair for fall 2011:

1. cotton candy colors
an AMAZING tutorial for how to do this can be found here:

2. top knots
these are so easy... and super chic.
i am loving that they are hitting the runway this season!

3. ombre dying
you have likely seen this style all over the place lately.
i love it. it adds so much texture to the hair! 
i have got to do this next time.

4. big chignons
either on the side, or behind, chignons with LOTS of volume.
try adding some extension hair in your chignon to pump up the volume!

5. fabric in hair

"v" is for volume
here are some tips for adding volume to your hair.
first: an awesome product:
this really really helps add volume to the hair.
i love it.
big sexy root pump
and now a teasing tip:
1. lift top of hair and spray @ roots: aerosol usually works best for this.
2. blow dry the roots to secure the hairspray
3. tease with a brush or teasing comb
4. lay down
(at this point you have HUGE hair!)
5. lightly brush over the top layer to tame the poof...
and you have volume!

august is almost over, so the abc's of hair is close to it's end!
please make sure to enter the giveaway for the blog design!
it will end on the 31st of august!

check out the last winner's custom blog design here.

have a lovely day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"s" is for sleek look & "t" is for twists

letter s is short today, so it's sharing with letter t!

i just wanted to share my FAVORITE line of styling products.
i have very coarse, thick & curly hair... 
yes it sounds terrible. and it is without the right products it is.
getting my hair to look straight, silky, and smooth has always been quite the task.
until i found MATRIX SLEEK LOOK.
trust me, i'm not getting paid to say this. i just LOVE this stuff!
i have been using this line since jr. high/high school and haven't liked anything as well as i like this line.
my hair works like a charm. it ends up being REALLY soft and flowy. i love it.
it is still a process to blow dry & straighten my hair, 
but the blow dry creme, and heat protectant spray rock to keep my hair healthy.
it smells great too!
if your hair is like mine and you need a little pick me up, look for the orange bottles!

now on to letter t:

let's get right to business shall we, 

#1 making a twist stay

#2 fancy twist (i don't know what else to call it!)

#3 remember the notebook twist?
The Notebook movie stills - ice cream scenes

here is the tutorial!

now, ironically..
i have a hair appointment to go to!
wish me luck..
moving from utah i had to leave the best hair lady ever.
this will be my 2nd time in idaho with someone new!

Monday, August 22, 2011

"r" is for RETRO hair

i have always been so fascinated with fashion and hair through the ages.
the word <<retro>> means of or designating the style of an earlier time.
so today, we are going to take a look at hair styles through the ages.
"r" is for retro

the twenties have always been my favorite era.
so timeless and classic. 
i love the style of the flapper girls from their pearls, feathers, and fringes 
to their decadent makeup and HAIR (of course!)
in the 20's and 30's pin curls and finger curls were widely used to form the hair.

check out this detailed video tutorial for finger wave how-to


beauty is a thing of the past has all 
<<<<< these book page images for setting pin curls.
check out the pin curls how to  on their site.

remember the notebook post?
i love this 1940's style from the film. 
spiral curl the bangs
lightly curl under the ends
add a simple cloth hat 
with a killer rose accessory

the era of the pin up girls
these hairstyles consisted of rolls, poofs, chignons, and lots of volume
love this pin up girl pic.

the era of twiggy.
big eyes, nude lips, & hair flips.
perfect volume, love the flipped out ends. WOW!
aside from the great hair, don't these ladies have fab sweater patterns!
big hair, lot's of fluff, and of course. FARRAH!
i love the face framed flip.
i do this a lot after i straighten my hair to add a little flair.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

r-z giveaway: win a complete blog makeover

hey everyone.
weddings are finally over for a minute!
it was a beautiful weekend.
congrats to
erika&jordan, cody&kirsten, and aubrey&landon.

since the blog header seemed to be popular last time,
the last giveaway during the abc's of hair series will be-

a complete blog makeover including:
-a custom blog header
-a custom blog button
-a custom designed background

there are six ways you can enter to win the next giveaway.
all of these MUST be done by the time letter "z" is posted or you will not be entered.
because it is a graphic,
u.s. residents and non-residents may enter!

1. become a follower of my blog and make a comment saying you did so.
2. like love notes on facebook and make a comment saying you did.
3. feature my blog on one of your posts and direct me to the link.
4. show a friend the love notes page and leave a comment saying you did.
5. follow me on pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.
6. look at my etsy shop and let me know what you think in a comment!

*please make each a separate comment, and comment on THIS post. 
i will not enter anyone who has not commented on this post.
if you have already done any of these, comment me and let me know!
you will not be entered in the giveaway unless your comments are under THIS post.

have a lovely saturday!

Friday, August 19, 2011

"q" is for quotes + BALONEY calligraphy tute

my initial plan for a lot of the letters has changed..
i keep running into something a little better or more worth my time and your time. 
i did the same thing with the letter "q" but not because you all would like quotes better than quick hair do's...but because i found some good hair quotes and i figured quick hair do's are swamping the internet anyhow (and i figured out how to sneak a calligraphy lesson in the abc's of hair..HA!)
so you will just have to sit tight with me for this one. q is just one of those dumb letters! some letters are just awkward. what do we do with them! this sign cracks me up about the whole thing:

anyhow, here are some quotes about hair. read 'em. some are pretty good. a couple are pretty funny. BUT!! don't go away yet. i promise something good is going to happen. 
forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -kahlil gibran
inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. -sam ewing
i will never straighten my hair to impress a guy ever again. -taylor swift.
i’d luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair. -bette davis
life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like. -unknown

now check out my creativity... i have taken a twist on the abc's of hair series to include a BS calligraphy lesson....i took a hair quote and wrote it in calligraphy (well, my easy version of calligraphy):

now i am going to show you how i did it.... with another hair quote!

the tools: a fine point sharpie and a calligraphy marker
(or any marker with a flat tip)
start by writing your words as you would normally with the fine tip sharpie.
if you feel more comfortable, use a pencil first.
you can use any type of lettering you want. it doesn't need to be cursive. 
switch to your flat tip marker. draw a smooth line down on the long
lines of the letters. if the letter curves, match your flat tip line with the curve,
or add some shorter straight lines. 
it should look something like this.
the big thing to remember in calligraphy is line size variation.
you want to have thicker lines and thin lines in each letter.
no letter should have the same line thickness on the letter.
see how it is a little jagged? 
we are going to take our fine point sharpie again
and go through to smooth out the lines by connecting
the thick and thin lines seamlessly.
and that's it!
hope you liked it!
i would love to know what you all think about this.
share me some comments!
and show me what you do with this little lesson!

the last giveaway for the abc's of hair series will be announced later today,
or sometime tomorrow.
thanks for being patient!
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