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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

Summer 2017

Stars and Stripes

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited to rock our red, white and blue! Here are three casual outfits perfect for spending this Independence Day in style.

Megan

The Fourth of July is honestly one of my favorite holidays, mostly because of the magic that I feel is inherent in fireworks and sparklers. Some of my favorite memories are of going to Flathead Lake for their fireworks display, cuddling up in a blanket and watching the glittering explosions rain down on me from my boat. That, to me, is quintessentially summer and I love nothing more than the feeling of excitement and glee that accompanies those moments.

I brought some of that whimsy into this look with my star choker, which I bought recently from American Eagle. Honestly, I didn’t even buy it with this shoot in mind so the fact that this opportunity came up basically was fate. Fourth of July magic at work, people.

For my outfit, I tried to emulate the good ol’ American flag with my red and white striped long-sleeve which I got from the sale section of Forever 21. Let me tell you, that gigantic and messy sale section actually can have some amazing finds. Speaking of amazing finds, I paired my flag-top with these vintage shorts from Betty’s Divine! They are honestly my favorite find ever and I wear them everyday. Plus, they aren’t just made-to-look vintage, they are actually-came-from-the-past vintage! Amazing! And of course, I had to finish the look of with a favorite of mine and of America’s: my original Chucks from Nordstrom Rack.

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Aline

July 4th really snuck up on me this year. I swear just a second ago it was May, I had just gotten done with finals and those flowers that April showers famously bring around were popping up everywhere. Then I blinked; and the wildflowers on the mountains had shriveled up due to the hot Montana sun and I suddenly had to go to my closet and find my best and brightest red, white and blue.

The 4th of July is definitely iconic. It’s a time where everything feels like it could be out of a summertime Coca Cola commercial and people escape the bustling city and find sanctuary at their lake houses and cabins. I don’t have a lake house. I don’t have a cabin. But I do have some clothes fit for a Coca Cola commercial so basically, I’m killing it.

For my outfit for this independence day I tried to create a classic and quirky look. My red and blue button-down from Urban Outfitters is perfect for the July heat since made from crazy light weight fabric and my light wash American Eagle shorts are comfortable and a light enough shade of blue to almost qualify as the “white” in the American color scheme.

I chose to thrown some Converse on my feet since they are classic and a shoe I never regret wearing. And lastly I accessorized with a star studded blue choker from Zara and a navy scrunchy from H&M to jazz up the look and give some extra American flag flair. And there you have it, an outfit perfectly patriotic and fit for any 4th of July affair! Happy Birthday, America. I like living in you.

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Michelle

Whether you’re spending this Fourth of July barbecuing with your family, hanging out at home or enjoying some time on the water, it’s always fun to dress for the occasion. The Fourth of July has quickly become one of my favorite holidays. Family time, delicious food and sweet summer sunshine all accompanied by pops of red, white and blue, make my heart happy to put it quite simply.

For my outfit this year I’m wearing this adorable blue and white striped button up from the Who What Wear collection at Target. I’ve been looking for a piece like this for ages, and couldn’t believe it when I placed this gem in my red plastic shopping cart a few weeks back. I paired it with some light wash distressed denim shorts from Forever 21 and my white Converse sneakers, for that cool and casual Americana vibe.

As for the red in my red, white and blue, I tied a red bandana from Madewell in my hair, and applied both red lipstick and nail polish for extra pops of color. Happy Fourth, everyone! Have fun, be safe, and wear something you feel amazing in.

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography