Dutch Braid
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Coat; Zara; Dress: JCrew (adorable version from Ann Taylor Loft); Shoes: BCBG Generation; Sunglasses: Prada; Earrings: Banana Republic; Jewelry: SR66

About a year ago, I attempted my first Dutch braid and well, it did not go that well. I ended up spending over an hour pulling and yanking at my hair trying to keep the braid close to my scalp. It never once dawned on me to just Google how to do it but after the success I found with Missy Sue’s blog last week with the Waterfall Fishtail French Braid, I decided to take a on the Dutch braid once again.

Want to know the trick to keeping the braid close to your scalp? Its so easy, it hurts. All you have to do is treat it like a normal French-braid, but when you are pulling under the piece of hair toward your face (as opposed to the middle strand or the piece of hair toward the back of your head), you never add hair to the braid. The only section you ever add hair to is the back strand! See, so easy!

Let me know if you give this braid a try!

-Chelsea

PS: I was featured on the Independent Fashion Blogger Roundup this week! Click, “Continue Reading” to find out the other bloggers featured!

Beautiful Bloggers

This week, IFB bloggers had beauty on the brain! From an amazing Dutch braid to Disney-inspired nail color to luxury products on a budget, you’re covered in the beauty department for any special events you might have coming up this spring. Final reports from the runways are also trickling in, and look for some deep thoughts on fashion blogging as well. Check out all the best of the week below!

Links à la Mode: March 12

  1. A Handful of Stories: S/S 2015 Spring Fabric Trends
  2. Ambinity: How to Buy Luxury Beauty Products on a Budget
  3. Attire Club: Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring
  4. Cat Eyes & Skinny JeansShades of Ursula E.L.F. Disney Villains Nail Polish Review
  5. Fashion Culturalist: Empire Recap, Episodes 7 & 8
  6. Fashion, Trends and More: Morf: An Innovative Design for 24 Shirts in 1
  7. Funky Jungle: Milan Fashion Week: Favorites and Thoughts
  8. Ginger Side of Life: Dutch Braid
  9. Keily’s Fashion Picks: Introducing: House of Borel
  10. KP Fusion: Why I’m OK With Blog Comparison
  11. Les Assorties: Fernando Paz: Through His Lens
  12. Ng From the Outside: Less Is More, More or Less
  13. Purushu Arie: How to Choose the Right Sports Shoes
  14. Storybook Apothecary: The Modern Fairy Tales: Book Review and Style Inspiration
  15. StyleCurated: Thoughts & Technique: Q&A With Thilo Westermann
  16. Style Bizarre: The Grown-Up Guide to Alternative Style
  17. That Paki Blog: The Truck Art Revolution and Rizwan Beyg
  18. The Outfit Repeater: The Unhealthy Trend in Blogging
  19. The Smoking Fox: Where Are All the Fashion Models With Natural Hair?
  20. TLV Birdie: Stark Skincare: Green Beauty and Simple Living
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    • Thank you Grace! Also, I tried to find your blog, but the link was not working, would you mind providing me a link to you blog so I can check it out?

  1. Lovely outfit! The coat and dress are both fabulous. Plus, we are twins with our sunglasses! The dutch braid is very lovely too. I wish I could do more with my hair like this, but it’s pretty thin.

    • Hi Katie! I am sure you could do this braid! It is all about “caking” the braid. Meaning you just pull at the ends of the braid to make it look fuller!

    • Hi Linda! Thank you! I love braiding and have since I was really little. Its always a fun way to pull my hair back because its too heavy for a ponytail at times. I dropped by A Labour of Life today and enjoyed your most recent post. Despite the weather ruining your weekend alone, it did provide some fun photos!

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