Keep Extensions From Showing + Mixed Braids Tutorial







Shirt: Gap (on clearance for $9!!!) | Pearl Ring: c/o Wanderlust | Extensions: Luxy Hair (coupon code LUXYABBY for $5.00 off)

This is always a fun hairstyle to do that doesn’t require mad skill but looks super intricate!  I always always get stopped when I’m wearing this hairstyle!  I’ve been getting a lot of emails about hair extensions and more specifically how I keep extensions from showing.  Thanks to all my sweet sweet babies, my hair has thinned more than I’d like to admit.  I’ve figured out how to apply my extensions so that no matter how hard I try, you can’t see the tracks.  Anyway, if you’re interested in any of that + how to get this pretty mixed braided hairstyle go ahead and click play below.  I sure love you guys!

Dealing With Acne



I’ve been talking myself out of posting these pictures for the past couple of weeks…  I never ever ever planned on posting about my horrible skin issues that came on when I was pregnant with the twins.  Now that it’s behind me though, I feel a little obligated to share what helped and how I got through it.  If this post can help even just one person going through the hell that is acne — it’ll be worth it!

I’ve never had amazing skin but it was always manageable until my pregnancy with the twins.  I was like, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME!!!  I was mortified and because I was pregnant there wasn’t much the dermatologist could give me.  I just had to wait it out.  Acne is a mean thing to be afflicted with…  I was embarrassed to leave the house and I felt ugly all the time.  I was so paranoid everyone was staring at my skin and thinking I was gross and it definitely affected how I treated those around me.  If you’re struggling with acne, I know the toll it takes on you and I’m so sorry you’re going through it.  And ps, you’re not gross and you’re not ugly — your skin will never define you.  But it does make enduring some days harder than others!



Let me introduce you to the tool that single handedly improved my acne, the PMD.  The PMD stands for Personal Microderm.  The device basically exfoliates the top layer of dead skin, breaking down that cell barrier so that product can be more effective and penetrate deeper into the skin.  Because it has a vacuum suction, it increases blood flow and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin.  Have you ever had a microdermabrasion done at a spa?  I’ve had a bunch of them and 1) they’re super expensive, anywhere from $100-$200 per treatment and 2) in order for them to work, you have to be consistent and go often.  That circles us back to #1… they’re expensive!  The PMD basically allows you to get the same results as professional, in-office microdermabrasion treatments in the luxury of your own home.

I had used the PMD in the past to lighten a few acne scars I got when I was pregnant with Boston and Savy but I’d never actually used it to treat blemishes.  I pulled the bad boy out and started using it again consistently and in the pictures at the bottom of this post you can see how my acne progressively started healing.

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Mad for Plaid

Well Target has gone mad for plaid!  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed the trend but I sure found a bunch of it while running up and down the beauty section at my local Target.  Plaid is e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e and a great way to get in on this trend is to add pops of it here and there through your accessories.  Which btw, I found the cutest scrunchies, wire wraps, bun holders and elastic band accessories at Target that were all plaidified.  I’m pretty sure that’s a word… it is now, ha!  Today I’m taking you back and sharing four super easy and relevant hairstyles that look amazing with some of the accessories I found at Tar-jeh.

Before we dive into the hairstyles, I wanted to quickly review the new Sarah Potempa Beachwaver.  If you struggle using a regular wand (like my sister… haha) and you’re not happy with the curl you’re getting from your old curling iron, this is an amazing tool that will give you perfect results every time.


There’s a little one-inch clamp, and all you do is clamp your hair (leaving the bottom inch or so out), push the direction button and relax while the rod rotates and the waver creates the perfect curl for you.  So you don’t need to worry about wrapping your hair around a wand, or any weird line from the clamp on your curling iron.  I’ve used it a handful of times and it creates pretty curls and I’m really happy with the settings and the way it functions!  So to prep each one of these hairstyles, I’ve first curled my hair using the Beachwaver and then added some texturizing spray to help the styles hold!

#1 – The Prepster.  This preppy hairstyle, with soft curls and a plaid headband, is a classic look that you can get in minutes.  To dress the part of this iconic style, make sure to wear your nicest polo, collar popped of course, and tie a sweater around your neck for added flair.


#2 The Punk.  Inspired by 90’s grunge, this inverted braid and pony are the perfect combo for dirty unwashed hair.  It’s low maintenance and looks amazing with a trendy plaid scrunchie.  To finish the look, go ahead and tie your favorite flannel around your waist and make sure to wear your big socks!


#3  A Scrunchie Comeback.  Now what about butterfly clips?!  Inspired by 80’s pop culture, I’ve tied my hair up into a high half pony with a plaid scrunchie.  Finish off the look with a bold eyeshadow, crop top and your old chucks.


#4 All American.  Inspired by classic American style, this is the perfect braided side bun adorned with a plaid wire wrap.  Finish off the look with your favorite rolled jeans and a boyfriend button up.


So tell me, are you convinced you need a scunchie yet?  I’m so happy plaid is all over the place and I hope you guys keep your eyes open for new and fun ways to incorporate plaid into your wardrobe this fall!

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Bohemian Knotted Hairstyle with Extensions






Well I am just a tad bit obsessed with this hairstyle.  It doesn’t take long to create, works well with dirty hair and the whole messy undone look is just really doin’ it for me.  I hope you guys enjoy the tutorial!  I’m using my hair extensions – without them the tails just wouldn’t have been long enough to continue the knots.  I’ve been using my Luxies lately, you can use the code LUXYABBY for $5.00 off and I believe mine are the ash blonde.  I’ve really loved them and they compare nicely to the Laced Hair Extensions.  If you’re on a budget and don’t need a ton of wefts, but just looking for something that will make your braids thicker or to add more volume, the 120 gram is a great option!!  Also, if you’re having issues with the knots falling out, it’s most likely because your hair is too clean.  This really is a hairstyle that you want to have dirty hair for!!


Happy viewing – who knew it would be so easy right?!

A Love Affair








Diaper Bag: c/o Petunia Pickle Bottom Weekender | Stroller: City Select | Top: c/o Poppy and Dot |

Since the weather has cooled we’ve been taking evening walks to this cute little park near our home.  Brian and Boston like to play catch and Savy is all over the swings.  When you have four little kids, two of which are babies, it’s hard to find a cute and functional diaper bag that will hold everything you need.  If you follow me on snap chat (twistmepretty2) you’ve seen this bag, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Weekender, in action and can trust that when I tell you there’s a pocket for everything… I mean it!  I think that’s what really separates this bag from other diapers bags is that it’s just so easy to organize.  There’s nothing worse than having to stop and drop everything so you can shuffle through your bag to find the binki!  When I’m headed out with all of the kids, we end up needing so much stuff!!!  Extra clothes, wipes, diapers, creams, snacks, toys, bottles, formula, burp cloths, sippy cups, nursing cover, keys, wallet… I mean the list goes on and on and so the more pockets a diaper bag has the better!  The weekender is very versatile too because you can snap the sides closed and make it a little more compact, or you can open the snaps up which obviously makes the bag more roomy.  I love that this bag can also function as a weekend bag too, no one said it needed to have baby stuff in it!

I’ve had so many amazing diaper bags, let me know if you’d be interested in a video review of all of the ones I have and their features!  When picking out a bag I think you’ve really got to decide what you need it for.  Do you really only use a diaper bag when you’re headed to the zoo?  Or are you the type of mom that likes to be prepared when you’re headed to the grocery store.  … which with four small kids is almost worse than the zoo haha!  Before the twins were born I had nearly phased out of a diaper bag, my kids just didn’t need much.  But now with twice the baby stuff and still needing a little bit of space for the big kids and my own personal things like my wallet, keys and sunglasses, I’ve just found that it’s much easier to have a really and organized large bag than to squeeze into a smaller one.  What’s your favorite diaper bag?  What are somethings you look for in a diaper bag?  If you have twins or a bunch of little ones who still need a lot of things when you go out, I 100% recommend this weekender bag.  You won’t regret it!