Casual Style with Arvo

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Watch: c/o Arvo Wear | Graphic Tee: c/o Olive Lane Shop | Chambray Shirt: H&M, sold out similar here | Leapord kicks: here similar here | Canvas bag (gap, sold out) similar here and here | Necklace: JCrew Factory (old) | Sunglasses: c/o Tmbrs | Bracelets: Shine Project
 

 

The past few weeks I’ve been nothing but top knots and jeans – the end of summer always has me exhausted.  As much as I’ve loved all our fun family vacations, and I really have loved them, I’m ready to get back into a routine.  I miss the gym.  I miss having fresh produce in our fridge.  I miss having clean laundry and wearing clothes from my closet instead of a suit case!  I’ve been so grateful for cute graphic tees and pretty accessories this season, they’ve literally saved my life.  I don’t know about you but when I look like a slob, I act like a slob.  Having something to help me feel more put together is huge for me.  I’ve recently found this new watch company called Arvo.  They have the classiest looking watches.  They’re very minimal in design but that’s what I love so much about them.  They can be dressed up or down and they literally go with everything.  It’s made my life a lot easier this summer when packing!

I’ve teamed up with Arvo today to give two Twist Me Pretty readers a brand new watch.  It’s super easy to enter, none of this “follow 13,000 facebook accounts” business.  All you need to do is follow TMP on Pinterest (which you should be doing already… tsk tsk haha jk!!) and follow Arvo on Instagram.  Which you’ll love btw, there’s tons of outfit inspiration over on their beautiful feed.

Log in with Facebook and enter the giveaway through the rafflecopter below.  And have a super fabulous weekend for me okay?  I’m moving today… yulk!  Send happy vibes my way will ya?!

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a fat halo braid

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Today’s hairstyle is an oldie but goodie!  Even though there are many halo braid tutorials out there, I keep getting asked over and over to film one.  Hopefully this helps some of you master this gorgeous braid.  And tell me, do you like the step by step photos?  I finally figured out a way to capture the footage from the tutorial.  It takes a little extra time to throw together but I feel like it might be super helpful for some of you?  Let me know below in the comments and I’ll decide from there whether or not it’s worth the extra effort!

Step by step Instructions::

1| You’re going to start out with a dutch braid — outer sections go under the middle
2| Keep it close to your hair line and angle it towards your neck
3| When you’ve braided it as far back as you can with the same hold, go ahead and switch up your hands.  Remember where you are in your braid and move your hand furthest from the braid to the other side so you can start braiding up
4 | This might take a second to get use to — if you get lost, say the steps out loud and just go super slow.  You are now braiding up instead of back
5 | When you run out of hair, just do a three strand braid all the way to the ends.  Secure with clear elastic
6-7 | Pin anywhere that feels a little loose before pancaking
8| Pancake the braid and then tuck the ends under the braid.  Spray with hairspray so it’s secure

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What do you guys think of this braid?  I love it when it’s a little messy and it makes for the perfect “I need to wash my hair but don’t have time” style!  If you love it, go pin and share it!

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Get In My Closet

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These days I’m craving the casual outfits, the ones I can wear running errands or hanging out at the park with my kids.  I’ve wanted a pair of chucks for years now but for some reason have never pulled the trigger.  I love how they go with everything — jersey skirts, jeans, dresses, you name it and the chucks have got ya covered!  It’s time.  Buy the chucks already!!  Hope you enjoyed reading and we’ll see you tomorrow!

 

Rosemary & Peppermint Lip Scrub

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I love how clean and fresh this scrub makes my lips feel.  I seriously want to eat the whole bottle sometimes too haha!  The smell reminds me of Junior Mints…  and if you’ve ever read my book, you know those are my favorite.  I have no self control when it comes to Junior Mints.  Before I apply lipstick or after I wash my face I just scrub my lips with a tiny bit of this stuff and I’m good to go.  Dead skin is sloughed off and my lips feel hydrated and clean.  YUM!

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1) Mix 1/4 c sugar and 1/4 c coconut oil in a bowl
2) Chop 1-2tsp of fresh rosemary and then bake it in the oven at 400 for a few minutes until it dries up a bit
3) Combine the ingredients.  You’ll need mix it all together with your hands so make sure they’re washed
4) Add a few drops of peppermint.  I did 5 or 6 but this is all preference

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I have another favorite that I use all the time too, I’ll post that next week.  I’ve read all over the place that you’re supposed to store scrubs like this in your fridge and only up to a few weeks.  I’ve had mine out on my bathroom vanity next to my makeup for a couple months now and it doesn’t smell rancid or anything.  I guess if you didn’t dry the rosemary that could maybe go bad?  But there aren’t perishable ingredients in here so… I don’t know.  Do what you feel most comfortable with I guess!  But seriously, if you put it in the fridge it gets all hard and impossible to use, and then there’s the problem of having to walk to your kitchen when you want to scrub your lips… it’ll never happen.  At least not in my world!!

Have you tried any yummy scrubs lately I should know about?  Do tell!

Layers Clothing is Back!

YOU GUYS!!!  Layers clothing is BACK!  Do any of you remember their classic tees?  I was pretty much obsessed with them in high school and college.  I owned one in every style and color and I wore them with everything.  Then one day, I went to buy a few more (because let’s be honest, you can just never have enough white tee’s) and they were GONE.  Vanished into thin air.  A piece of me died that day.  Turns out there was a warehouse fire in 09 and they lost everything.  A few years later and they’re back and on their feet.  The glorious classic layering tee’s PLUS MORE are back.  LAYERS IS BACK!!  I’m like, giddy about this right now.  They did a soft launch this season with swim wear and are about to launch some new fall styles — so be. excited!

Anyway, just wanted to share my super happy news.  And because I love you all so much, I’ve teamed up with Layers to offer you 20% off your entire purchase until Aug 31.  Sha-bam.  Use code TWISTMEPRETTY at checkout.

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Before I go any further, I have to tell you more about these classic tee’s from Layers Clothing.   You know when you find the perfect bra and it’s like the heavens open and the angels sing?  It’s something you wear everyday but something you don’t want to notice and it’s obviously got to be soft and comfortable.  Most importantly though, it’s gotta get the job done.  That’s how I feel about Layers Classic Tee’s.  They are perfect for layering.  They’re crazy soft, breathable, cover all the right places and so light you don’t notice you’re wearing them.  I’ve worn mine under chiffon blouses that are a little thin and somewhat see through, I’ve worn them under baggier tee’s that show everything when you raise your arm, I’ve worn them under button ups and I’ve also just worn them alone. I’m telling you, these are like finding the perfect bra!

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Mint patterned top c/o Layers Clothing
Classic white tee c/o Layers Clothing
Skinny Jeans from AE
Nude Sandals c/o White Plum (sold out) similar here and here
Striped Bag c/o Massi
Necklace c/o Tiny Dazzles

Thanks for reading!  And if you want real time updates on my crazy self, check me out on instagram @twistmepretty.

xoxo

This post was sponsored by Layers Clothing but all opinions are my own