Love it or Hate it: The Ballerina Bun

I noticed today that J. Mo was getting a LOT of flack about her ballerina bun. Everyone from stylist to the fug girls have something negative to say. And it’s not just about her. They are attacking the very bun itself! For shame! Do people really hate the ballerina bun? It’s one of my favorite looks ever….have I been shamelessly touting a faux pas? I almost refuse to believe that everyone hates it so much. How about you?
Even on Jennifer, I think the bun is darling. Her makeup may be a tad overdone for the big hair but that’s a very minor critique.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop flying my flag for the big ole bun. Hope that’s ok with you…
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What I Wore: A tutu, among other things

(what I wore: blouse – vintage from potter’s house thrift, skirt – old navy, tutu – dance supply store, tights – hue, boots – aldo, jewelry – vintage and forever21)
Every time I put these thigh-high heeled boots on I feel a little like Hooker McCanIWearthistoWork. However, I believe they can be done in a ‘tasteful & edgy’ way instead of a ‘streetwalker – pretty woman’ way. Hopefully that was accomplished with this outfit. Either way, I didn’t get walked out by HR, so no matter.

What I Wore: Complimentary Colors

(what i wore: blouse – vintage from potter’s house, skirt – banana republic, pumps – michael antonio, jewels – gifts & vintage) HAIR BY JENNI ASHFORD OF ULTRA SALON :)
I love wearing blue & navy or  pink & red (as in this case) together. I think it adds depth to an otherwise simple outfit. Do you feel the same?

What I Wore: Bun + Shift


 (what i wore: shift – asos, heels – bcbg, – cuff/ring/earrings – unknown, ha)

I loved the outfit I wore yesterday. I really felt feminine and ladylike.  This is the kind of look I prefer: a shift, a huge bun, strappy shoes. I was extremely proud of my bun. Would you believe I didn’t know how to tease it this time last year? I have to share that I sent a pic of my hair to Erika Bearman (OscarPRGirl) and she tweeted back “it’s major” totally made my day…

What I Wore: Prim & Proper

(what i wore: dress – forever21, pumps – forever21, rings – forever21, necklace – mom’s, earrings – kate spade)
I didn’t realize until I began this post that everything I’m wearing (save the earrings/necklace) is from Forever. Either way, F21 is a great place to experiment without spending a lot of money. The earrings  were a gift from my dear friend who just started working for Kate Spade. Of course, the high bun is an old standby and I loved pairing a double finger ring with another single ring. Speaking of rings, Ro’s wedding ring came in yesterday. Sh*t is getting real! Can’t wait!

My Outfit + Go-To Hair

Dress: Vintage, Sweater: BCBG, Pumps: Jessica Simpson, Sunglasses: Forever 21, Earrings: White’s Jewelry

Lately I have been totally into the high bun. It has always intimidated me a bit because I don’t like to rat my hair. But once I figured out how to do it, I can’t stop! It’s so easy and it can prolong a hair wash for 2-3 days! It also turns any outfit from humdrum to posh. The best tutorial I’ve found is from Beth Jones (here). Do you like these outfit posts or are they annoying?


Photos by mom, Carolyn Long :)

Top Knot Tutorial

Lately I have been really into topknots, buns, chignons (a la @OscarPRGirl below) and have been looking around for relevant instructions. The easiest way I’ve found is to either use a hair piece or place a clip around your pony tail and wrap the hair around that to make it fatter. I still haven’t grasped the whole teasing concept.

I’ve found two helpful instructions for you (and me). From Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere here and below from NWA’s own Anna of TulipLouise and StyleBy.Me.

I’m hoping to add my own eventually!