Warning: this post begins with sport talk. But never fear; it quickly turns back to beauty...
As many of you will be aware (Victorians especially) it's the AFL Grand Final this weekend - today to be precise! For many, this will involve a get together of some description, with BBQs, beers and multiple people cramming around the TV to watch the game.
Now, I'd classify myself as an AFL fan - I mean, I can identify the names of a few players, not just the ones from my own team (Geelong Cats, if you're asking), have a general understanding of the rules, and own a membership to my chosen club. This makes me something of an AFL expert at bb, but in the real world? Not so much. So today, as we prepare to host a Grand Final gathering, apart from trying to figure out how to best cater for 'the event' (the easy route of steaks and salad) I'm deliberating over what to wear...
I'm aware that to some, this could seem slightly crazy. But seeing as you are no doubt a loyal bb lover and reader, I'm guessing we barrack for the same team (primping, that is!) so hopefully, my weird need to plan my hair and makeup looks well in advance will make some kind of sense to you. Hopefully. If not, stop reading now.
Still with me? Great! So, I always think that when faced with a verrry casual 'event', it is best to tone down your beauty look. Grand Final day is not the time for busting out that glitter eyeshadow you just snapped up. Or your brightest, boldest lipstick. Or even that crazy braided hair style you saw on Pinterest - even though all of these things sound totally amazing. But really, it is best to keep it fuss free. So, in the name of keeping it simple, my choice is the top knot.
This hair style looks cute on any gal with hair long enough to pile on top of her head. Easy to do, super cute, keeps your hair off your face, works in hair that would probably need washing if worn loose, and effortlessly chic - what's not to love? Big and doughnutty is my fave style; here are my top tips for acing it.
Tools needed include Twistbands, bobby pins, hair spray and a little dose of 'mussin' up'.
1. Tie your hair into a pony tail, right at the top of your head. If you have trouble getting it to look tight (ie. you get a big bump under your pony, where the hair doesn't sit close to your head), lie on your bed and tip your hair over the edge to tie it up. Using a twistband hair tie will be gentler on your strands and scalp. No midday hair headaches here!
2. Backcomb your pony a little. This will give your top knot some grunt. Feel free to spray your backcombed pony here too.
3. Wrap it around the hair tie, close to the head. Don't worry if it isn't feeling tight. This is where the bobby pins come in...
4. Get pinning! Slide your bobby pins in where your bun meets your head. Push them right into your bun, so that they are hidden.
5. Mist with hair spray. Then rub your hands over your head to make the hair seem less polished. A little bit of texture makes it look more lived in. And you are good to go!
Here is one I prepared earlier...
What is your casual cute go-to look, for when you want to make an effort without looking too OTT for the occasion? Do you love a top knot too? Personally, I've never met one I didn't like!
Have a great Saturday, and remember.... GO SWANS!* - Lauren
*Disclaimer - author was born in Sydney, and will be rocking fair amounts red and white today. Possibly in the form of a woolen scarf. And matching mani.