Outfit // Swink Swag

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A couple of weeks back I had the exciting opportunity to experience my first ever blow out at Swink Blow Dry and Style Bar and let’s just say I may be addicted. The same day I also happened to have an interview at work and the blow out from Lindsey at Swink eliminated the hassle of finding time to get ready while simultaneously attempting to prep for my interview. I simply sat back, reviewed my notes, and got pampered. Talk about stress free and convenient with a side of a confidence boost (a professional blowout gives you some serious swag).

If you are ever in the Seattle area, I highly recommend checking out Swink, Seattle’s first style bar that has been named a “Top 100 Salon in the US” by Elle Magazine and was featured in InStyle’s 2011 Beauty Book. Offering quick, affordable services from blowouts to makeup application to lash extensions to waxing Swink is your one stop beauty salon in Seattle.

A special thank you to Swink owners, Natalie and Jacquie, for inviting me to their salon and to Lindsey at the University Village location for an amazing blow out experience. Although the blow out was courtesy of Swink, all opinions expressed are my own.

Out with a BANG!?

BOOM! POW! SPARKLE! CRACKLE! POP! BANG! Fourth of July without fireworks would be like Christmas without Santa Clause or even worse, chocolate without peanut butter. The bright, loud display at the end of the day brings out the little kid in all of us, cheering for just one more encore, oohing and awing over our favorite ones (mine: weeping willows). But since we all love our patriotic fireworks without any necessary argument, I’m here to raise a different (but equally important) BANG discussion: the ones gracing my forehead for the past year and a half (see the big decision here). The decision to keep or get rid of my bangs is a constant back and forth between Justin and I, usually brought up when my windblown bangs ruin our pictures and I plead to try just one more or when they get so long my vision is hindered and Justin claims he misses seeing my whole face. We will be much obliged if you could please vote for your preference below and help us solve this marital feud once and for all! :) Happy Friday everyone, hope you are all enjoying a long, work-less, patriotic weekend!

BangsorNoSo you tell me: keep the bangs OR get rid of them??

Hair To: Curl with a Flatiron

Packing space for Australia was so crucial even my curling iron didn’t make the cut (pausing for gasping).  Instead I settled for my trusty straightener/flatiron since I have bangs that would not be tamed by a curling iron.  However, about two weeks into our trip my hair became depressed and longed for my deserted hot tool (just a little dramatic).  What was a girl to do?  I’ll tell you what…learn how to curl hair with a flatiron!  That’s right, my once single purpose flatiron has become both a straightener and a curling iron with just a flip of the wrist!  See the end result here!

Check out my sock bun and braided bun tutorials too!

Pinspiration: The Sock Bun

I am constantly looking for any excuse to go just one more day without washing my hair.  My hair styling routine mainly consists of clean, curly, styled hair on day one followed by a spritz of dry shampoo and possibly a low pony for day two and ending with a high ponytail resembling a rat’s nest for day three.  Seeing as my rat’s nest is generally not public approved for risk of huge embarrassment, I am excited to add this sock bun (also referred to as a doughnut bun) to my new repertoire in hopes of looking a little less disheveled come days two and three.

Gather your materials:  a sock, scissors, and a hair tie.  Cut the toe off of the sock.  I found that knee-high socks added too much bulk to my hair so I like using a normal tube sock close in color to my hair.

Beginning at the toe, completely roll your sock down until it resembles a doughnut hole.

Gather hair into a ponytail at your crown and secure with a hair-tie. 

Pull hair through the doughnut hole and position at the end of your ponytail.  Spread hair out away from the hole to cover the sock.  Tuck the ends of your hair into the bottom of the sock and begin rolling the sock towards the base of your ponytail.  The sock will roll with your hair to secure it into place.  I promise this is not even half as difficult as it seems.  The moment you start rolling the sock your hair will follow stride and be in a perfect doughnut/sock bun in no time!

Oh and this sick photography is all thanks to Miss Kate!  Thanks lover!

BIRTHDAY BANGS

Yep.  That’s me in sixth grade.  Don’t sixth graders look so much older these days?  Anyways…Why am I sharing this lovely beauty moment from my not-so-long-ago past?  Well as of two weeks ago, these bangs along with a little modern update have became my new present hairstyle.  Why did I resort back?  Maybe I was being nostalgic?  Nope, that’s not it.  Maybe I finally got gutsy/crazy enough to break free from my beauty comfort zone?  Considering I was shaking in my knees, had knots in my stomach, and was sweating the whole time I’d say wrong again.  Maybe it was a quarter-century life crisis?  BINGO.

{WHAT DID I DO?!}

Please excuse my inability to take a legit picture of myself in the mirror, there will be additional bang pictures from our New York trip.  Although I’m still getting used to the fact of having hair on my forehead all day every day I am actually pretty pleased with the change.  What do you think?  Have you ever tried a new hairstyle? Kate over at thetwentysixthyear (may remember her from this post) took an even bigger risk last year going from blonde to brunette back to blonde.  Not many people can pull off both hair colors flawlessly but she definitely can.  Isn’t she gorgeous? Check out her post about hair trials and errors here.