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Fall 2017

How I Style My Short Hair

By Aline Dufflocq Williams

Hair is the one part of our physical appearances, besides wardrobe, that we can change at any point, in any way we like. It has become a key part in defining a “look” and allows us to express ourselves and our identity in a variety of colors, lengths and textures. For me, I didn’t truly feel like myself until I cut my hair and returned to my natural hair color. It is still, by far, one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I’ve also been thrilled to see the short hair trend sweeping the world. When I was thinking about cutting my hair, I looked up so many videos and posts about styling short hair. And now post-haircut have decided to throw my voice into the throng.

Aline's finished hair

STEP ONE: PREP-WORK

Any good hairstyle requires the right texture. And personally I have found the use of Not-Your-Mothers Sea Salt Spray really useful. It gives my hair the right kind of grit and gets it ready for styling. When it’s still wet I spritz in heavy doses of the spray all throughout my hair. Then I blow dry it until it’s no longer damp, even the roots at the nape of my neck. My hair ends of feeling workable yet soft. Then I spray it thoroughly with It’s a 10, which works as a heat protectant for the curling I go on to do.  

the products Aline uses

Aline spraying the sea salt spray in her hair

STEP TWO: CURLING

I have a lot of hair even with the short haircut, so in order to curl it I have to pull half of it up in a hair-tie. From there I use my Conair curling wand and wrap around 1 inch thick strands of hair, alternatination directions, away from my face and towards my face. When I release the now curled strip of hair from the curling wand I hold it in the palm of my hand near my scalp until the curl has cooled slightly and then I release it. After the bottom layer is done I take out the hair-tie and repeat the same process the top layer.

Aline with her wand. Reads: "Its a 1 inch - 1/2 inch Conair curling wand"

Aline's curled hair

STEP THREE: STYLING

Once all my hair has been curled I spray it all with my Suave Max Hold Hairspray. Once the hairspray has set I turn my head upside down and tease it until the curls have softened. I then take my “bangs” and brush them back into a half-up, half-down style and secure the pieces of hair with a hair-tie., and then I am done.

Aline spraying her hair

Aline fluffing her hair

Aline's finished hair

For more a more detailed look at how I do my hair check out my YouTube video below! Thanks for reading and style on.

Photography by Aline Dufflocq Williams

Fall 2017

A Crazy Adventure: Living Out of a Carry-On for a Month and Traveling 6 Different Countries

Last Spring, I decided to make a major leap into the unknown and spend one semester studying abroad in the United Kingdom. My study abroad placement took me to the city of Bradford, England. While the city itself was far from picturesque, I was able to form some of the most life-changing friendships.

This year for Christmas break, I made a crazy, elaborate scheme to visit almost all of my friends from my semester abroad. Though they were scattered all over Europe I was up for the challenge. Plus I would be able to see incredible new places along my journey. One month, 6 countries, and 13 friends to visit. But how was I going to live out of just a little carry-on-sized suitcase for a month?! Packing was a definite challenge, but here is what I did:

Thea's luggage by the baggage claim belt

I didn’t want to bring too much luggage or luggage that was too big. I was going to be traveling by plane, train, and bus. I would be changing my location every 3-5 days, so I needed to be very mobile and able to pack quickly and carry all of my stuff easily. I opted for my large Jansport backpack and a duffle-like bag. I also brought along a large tote bag to fill with things I might purchase or acquire along my journey.

Four pairs of pants, three sleeves from 3 shirts

I didn’t want too many clothes – just the essentials and a little extra just incase. I initially decided on four pairs of pants, but at the last minute (after the picture was taken) opted for three pairs. I wanted all of my clothes to be able to be worn together in an outfit and look decently put together, so I chose basic but very comfortable items.

All of Thea's packed clothes

I would be traveling around during January, so I wanted to be sure I would stay warm enough. One of my best packing decisions were long john pants and wool socks. These really came in handy when I was exploring Prague in 30°F weather. I knew I would want layers, but that I would also want T-shirts for my time in the warmer countries. I packed 3 pairs of jeans, 3 button-up blouses/sweaters, 1 wool peacoat, 5 shirts, 1 blanket scarf and 2 beanies, 1 pair of pajamas, long johns, 1 sweatshirt and 1 light jacket.

Non clothing items Thea packed

I wanted to keep the extra, non-clothing items I brought to a minimum as well. At the last minute, I decided to leave my camera at home and just use my phone for pictures. I think this was a pretty good decision, but if I had been going on a shorter trip or changing locations less, I would’ve liked to have had my camera. I really tried to go for minimum toiletry and makeup items. This has also been a struggle for me – my bathroom bag usually ends up being monstrous. I am super proud of how much I was able to consolidate. I brought along the flip-flops, little padlocks, and quick-drying travel towel for the time I would be spending in hostels. Bring locks and shower shoes if you’re going to be in a hostel! My universal plug adapter came in VERY handy as did my portable battery pack. Lastly, I think one of the most essential things to bring while traveling is a journal. Being able to reflect and think about the experiences you’re having is such a valuable thing.

Here are some bonus photos from my trip!

Sunset

Sunset in the south of Spain

Cathedral

Cathedral in Madrid, Spain

Temple

Poseidon’s Temple in Greece

Church

A church in Vienna, Austria

River

The Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic

Palace

A palace in Bayreuth, Germany

Christmas Market

Christmas markets in Cologne, Germany