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Spring 2019

School’s Out

School’s out! Finals week just ended here at the University of Montana, so we decided to celebrate it by showcasing some of our early summer fashion. Jazz ( captures our school’s out spirit during this overcast spring photoshoot.

Three trendsetters standing in front of a tan brick wall with the words "keep off" painted on it.


Claire in a white dress leaning on green foliage.

Hey guys! School is almost out so I decided to choose an outfit that correlated to my current emotions toward the semester. Last week while scrolling on my phone I came across an Instagram post titled “What to wear based on your mood” and the tab that caught my eye was “If you’re feeling chaotic, wear white. ♡” Being a double major is usually a walk in the park… until the last 3 weeks of the semester where it becomes a complete and utter dumpster fire full of final papers, portfolios, and citations; So yes, to say the least I have been feeling a tiny bit chaotic. My all white outfit is supposed to “calm or relax” me, and honestly I will take all the help I can get. My white dress is from Reformation, a sustainable and handmade clothing store (I could drone on about sustainable clothing for ages, but you should seriously check them out if you’re at all interested). It’s still a bit too cold to go outside without something on my legs so I wore my wool knee socks that I’ve had since middle school. On my feet I’m wearing a pair of Goodwill boys golf shoes I bought for a Ferris Bueller costume. Eventually I took the cleats off of and now they’re one of my favorite pairs of shoes. I brought along a royal blue bomber jacket, I snagged this at Betty’s Divine Trash. Now that school’s out I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the amazing whether. Good luck on finals!

Claire with a blue jacket on standing in front of the foliage and a yellow wall.

A full view of Claire's outfit.


Tatum leaning agains the yellow wall with green vines hanging down beside her.

Hello Lovelies!

I am so excited to be sharing this shoot with you! Our theme this time was “Schools Out.” Now, when I think of school being out, I think of ice cream, windows down, and my favorite shorts or rompers. When I started thinking about this shoot I knew that the weather was not quite ready for shorts or rompers, so I took a “I want to stay warm still” approach, while still keeping some spring vibes. So here is my “Almost Spring” inspired outfit! 😀

I started with my white tube top. I love this top for being simple, yet cute and the color really helps tie in the spring feeling. I put my super fuzzy grey cardigan over it to help keep me warm. The key thing about this cardigan is that lighter grey tone it was. When I think of spring I think bright, so I think that a light grey is a great transition shade from Winter to Spring. Next is a pair of American Eagle Jeans (since I worked there for so long most of my jeans come from there). These jeans have some super cool detailing that helps add a bit of edge to my outfit. The distressed hem and knee are super trendy right now, but the exposed buttons really add a sense of style for me. For a pop of color I added my mint open toed shoes. It was warm enough to have open toed shoes, and they helped add to my “Almost Spring” look.

I styled my hair in a straight blow-out and made sure to add my classic red lip. I love a red lip for any season! Featured is also my locally made spoon ring, and my silver and blue stone ring I got on a trip to New Orleans.

Tatum standing away from the wall.

A close up of Tatum leaning on the wall.


Sarah standing in front of the wall.

Hey lovelies! Summer is one of my favorite fashion seasons and this summer will be no different! Wearing lingerie as everyday wear is a trend I’ve really loved lately, and I’m so excited I found this lacey slip at Betty’s Divine, Divine Trash for only fifteen bucks. This summer I’ll be a camp counselor again and wearing t-shirts and comfy shorts almost everyday, so this outfit would definitely be something I would wear out on the weekend. I paired this statement slip tucked into some green cargo capris and some nude heels that matched the slip.

For makeup I wore some as my favorites including: Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions and Too Faced Matte Peach Palette for eyeshadow, along with my favorite eyebrow product and mascara, ABH Dipbrow and Milk Makeup Kush Mascara. This mascara has just the tiniest amount of CBD oil in it to hydrate your lashes and help them grow longer and fuller. I recommend getting the mini, as the wand seems much better and it’s half the price.

I’m so glad summer is so close, as I’m super ready to hang out in my hammock all day and listen to the sounds of the waves lightly crashing against the beach on Flathead Lake. I’ll see you in the fall cuties!



A close up of Sarah.

A view of Sarah's outfit from the side.

Photography by Jazzer-Rae |

Fall 2018

Winter Tips for Curly Girls

Hey Curlies! My name’s Sara and I was fortunate enough to be born with curly red hair! And if you were born lucky like me, you know that curly hair is both a blessing and a curse, but mostly the latter in the winter months.

Well don’t you worry! I’m here to help you have more good hair days and curl goals during those dreaded cold and dry winter days.

So here’s 10 Curly Girl Tips to help you out!

1.) Find out your curl pattern!

Finding your curl pattern will help you learn what products you can and can’t put in your hair. Your curl pattern can definitely change overtime and your curls can become more defined overtime with consistent good care to it, but finding out your curl pattern is a great place to start! If you need help finding yours, check out the chart below! For an example, I have mostly 3a curls with some 2c waves thrown in and sometimes on a really good hair day I can get some 3b curls!

visual chart of curl types. From left to right: 1, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c. Curls become curlier and tighter as the numbers progress

2.) Cut out the Sulfates and Silicones!

One of the first ingredients in most shampoos are sulfates. For deep cleansing, sulfates are great! But if used all the time, they can make your hair really damaged. Sulfates strip your hair of all of it’s natural oils and make curls less defined and into a frizzy mess.

Most conditioners contain silicones. They are used to create a fake sheen in your hair that the sulfates in shampoo stripped away. They also leave a residue on your hair that only something as strong as sulfates can get out.

Sounds gross, right?!

So next time you go shopping for new hair products, look at the ingredients on the back! If you see something ending in “sulfate” or “-cone,” put it back and get something with more natural ingredients for your hair!

If you’re totally lost in trying to find natural products, try Shea Moisture! I use their coconut and hibiscus line. You can find them in really any place that sells hair products or online 

Shea Moisture curl and shine coconut and hibiscus shampoo and conditioner set

3.) NO Heat!

Everyone knows that using heat tools is bad for your hair, but this is especially true for curly girls. So even though it’s cold during the winter months, try not to put super hot water, any heat styling tool, or a hot blow dryer on your hair. If your hair is still wet and you need to go outside without it freezing, try diffusing your hair with warm or cool air.

Here’s me back in 2014 when I used to heat style my hair almost everyday to re-curl my curls because of how self-conscious I was. My curls somehow survived, but I ended up having to cut off over 8 inches last year because of how damaged my hair was from all that heat.

Sara in 2014 with heat styled curled hair

4.) Co-wash as much as possible  

What’s co-washing? In basic terms, it means to just wash your hair with water and a silicone free conditioner. By not shampooing it, it helps keep the natural oils in your hair, therefore making your curls more defined. It may feel gross the first few times you don’t use shampoo, but trust me, your hair will get used to it pretty quick and love you for it!


5.) Squish to condish

“Squish to condish” is a way of rinsing your conditioner out and at the same time enhancing your curls

Here’s the basics of it:

  1. Add enough conditioner in your hair to make it slippery and a “seaweed” texture
  2. Comb through your hair with your fingers to get all of the knots out
  3. Place your hair in a bun or under a shower cap while you finish up your shower to give the conditioner time to soak in
  4. When your ready, put your hair under the water for just a few seconds, allowing it to get soaking wet
  5. Flip your head over and out of the stream of water, and squish your hair few times, getting the conditioner out
  6. Repeat the rinse and squish a few times until you get the desired amount of conditioner out
  7. You want to leave a bit of the conditioner in your hair

If you’re confused and want a visual tutorial on how to “squish to condish,” just look up “squish to condish curly hair” on YouTube and you’ll find lots of great demos

Here’s one I recommend watching!

6.) Don’t dry your hair with a plain ol’ towel

Regular bath towels create loads of frizz, and of course curly girls don’t want that!

Instead, try a t-shirt or a microfiber towel to scrunch your hair dry

7.) Find out what your hair likes!

Curly hair in the winter is a constant struggle to get a perfect balance of protein and moisture in order to obtain those perfect curls. My hair loves protein, but definitely craves moisture in the winter months. I use hair masques, deep conditioning, and oil treatments to help trap the moisture in.

Some curls also hate glycerin like mine, so experiment with different ingredients until you find something that’ll make your hair the bomb!

This masque is especially good for those with damaged or dry hair like me!

Shea Moisture raw shea butter deep treatment masque

8.) Finger-Coil the heck out of your curls!

Finger-coiling is a way of styling your hair after applying product and detangling your hair in order to get the most defined curls.

I recently learned the magic ways of finger-coiling, and look at those curls go!

Sara showing the back of her head to show how good her curls look after finger coiling


9.) Find a routine and stick with it!

Your curls are your baby and just like kids, they can sometimes be resistant to change. So if find something that works and makes your curls look popping, stick with it!

I co-wash every 2-3 days, shampoo every 2-4 washes, and deep condition or do an oil treatment about every two weeks.

Here’s my routine on deep conditioning days:

  1. Wet hair
  2. Apply hair masque (enough so it feels like seaweed!) to soaking wet hair and comb through all knots with fingers or wide tooth comb
  3. Plop in shower cap or microfiber hair turban for 1-2 hours (Usually about two episodes of a TV show)
  4. Rinse out masque and shampoo with sulfate free shampoo
  5. Squish to condish
  6. Keep head upside down and apply hair mousse with praying hands to soaking wet hair
  7. Apply a pea-size amount of hair gel with praying hands to soaking wet hair
  8. Flip right-side-up and divide hair into three sections (crown, and divide remaining hair in a middle part)
  9. Apply a pea-sized amount of gel to each section
  10. Distribute product with Denman brush
  11. Finger-coil
  12. Scrunch partly dry with t-shirt
  13. Plop in microfiber hair turban for about 20 minutes
  14. Scrunch dry again with t-shirt of micro-fiber towel
  15. Air dry and fluff hair when completely dry
  16. Partly blow dry with warm air if needed

Here’s my products:

From left to right: Aussie Instant Freeze gel, DevaCurl One Condition Original, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus shampoo and conditioner, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus hair mousse, 7 row Denman Brush with three rows taken out, wide toothed shower comb, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

Saras hair products back row left to right, described above

10.) Love your curls for what they are!!

Sometimes even with all the hard work curly girls put in, curls don’t want to cooperate. And that’s okay! That’s part of the fun of having curly hair! So even on the rough days, be your own curly inspo  😘

Here’s some that I’ll leave you with:

For more inspo, join the “Curly Girl (Method) Support Group International” on Facebook! There’s over 100,000 members!

side view of brown hair curly inspored hair curly insposelfie of Saras curls. Snapchat caption "Loving todays curls, heart emoji, smiley" with "Flawless" filterblack hair curly inspo



Catch ya later, curlies!!


— Sara ❤💖

Profile of Sara


Photo credits:




Shea Moisture