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31 Days of Hairstyles: Day 31 – Chic Hair Bun

As this hairstyle series comes to a close at Day 31, we wanted to share this last style — a chic hair bun — with you. It’s such a beautiful, piece-y, curly updo that looks exceptionally elegant for a wedding. Take a look…

Chic Hair Bun

chic hair bun hairstyle

spotted at style me pretty, photo by the nolan’s

This was an awesome series and we look forward to another one! Want to see them all? Click here for the full 31 days of wedding hairstyles series.

xo
-E.

31 Wedding Hairstyles: Day 15 – Bride Top Knot / Bun

Good morning, loves! It’s Day 15 in our wedding hairstyles series and today’s pick is a bride top knot! I love, love, love this style. I wear a top knot way too often (remember the this?), but it’s an effortless style that can be dressed up or down. I love how totally elegant it looks on this beautiful bride. If you’re wearing a top knot, I recommend going with a pair of really stunning earrings. Take a look…

Bride Top Knot

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photo: brookelyn photography

There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned!

see the full hairstyle series (so far) here

xo
-E.

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31 Wedding Hairstyle Ideas: Day 7 – Bun with Side Bangs

Hi, loves! Happy Monday! It’s Day 7 in our special wedding hairstyle series! For today’s inspiration, we have selected a beautiful bun with side bangs, as worn by this beautiful bride-to-be…

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Bun with Side Bangs

In this classically elegant style, the bride wears a bun pulled back (and worn low) with side bangs left as soft wisps to the side. This hairstyle works best on medium to long-length hair and can be accentuated with a veil for the ceremony.

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photo: sugarlove weddings | via style me pretty

Want to See More?

Follow this hairstyle series!

xo
-E.

Easy Wedding DIYs to Try (+ Cheap, Too!)

Hi, lovelies! Today we’re sharing some easy wedding DIYs that we’ve spied on Pinterest and they happen to be pretty cheap, too! We’ve rounded up everything from decor to favors to a wedding emergency kit — even our wedding hairstyle of the week! Read on to be inspired PLUS our newest wedding giveaways is revealed at the end of this post! Enjoy!

Easy Wedding DIYs to Try (+ Cheap, Too!)

1. DIY Paint Chip Wedding Garland

First, take a peek at this DIY paint chip wedding garland. I swear, I’ve seen paint chips used in so many projects. I wouldn’t be surprised if hardware stores started charging for them. I love this particular use of paint chips to make a banner… what do you think?

DIY Paint Chip Garland - Easy Wedding DIYs

via diy weddings mag

2. DIY Braided Bun / Chignon

Ah, the hairstyle of the week! I love braids and chignons, so naturally this one is a homerun. Love, love, love.

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3. DIY Paper Luminaries

Light up the night with DIY paper luminaries! They’re perfect for this time of year and can be customized for any season (+ color palette).

Easy Wedding DIYs - diy paper luminaries

via something turquoise

4. DIY Pinecone Firestarter Favors

My aunt used to give away homemade firestarters as Christmas gifts to the adults every year and my parents loved them! Nothing else says wintertime quite like a cozy fire.

Easy Wedding DIYs - diy pinecone firestarter favors

via evermine

5. DIY Mason Jar Photo Frame / Candle Holder

This is a great way to display vintage wedding photographs of your parents (from their wedding day) or display photos for your table numbers. Just place a photo in a mason jar and place one of these behind it for a cozy flickering effect.

Easy Wedding DIYs - mason jar photo jar

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6. DIY Mason Jar Wedding Emergency Kit

Great gift idea for the bride-to-be: everything she needs “just in case” on her wedding day! I like how it’s placed in a glass mason jar so it’s easy to find what she needs when she needs it.

Easy Wedding DIYs - diy mason jar wedding emergency kit

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6. Printable Whimsical Wedding Invitation

While you don’t have to DIY this invitation, you can print it yourself! It’s personalized for you by Splash of Silver.

Printable Wedding Invitation (by Splash of Silver)

And… it’s up for grabs to one lucky winner!

Wedding Invitation Giveaway

Between 11/18-11/24/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a printable wedding invitation suite (as shown above) by Splash of Silver. This can be used for your wedding or shower. Personalization + custom colors included. Printing not included (you print at home or via a favorite print shop). Winner will receive digital file. Winner randomly selected on 11/25 and announced on this blog post. Winner will also be contacted via email. Winner may redeem this prize for up to one year; however, winner must respond to winning email within 72 hours to ‘claim’ prize. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Prize value: $20. No cash value. No purchase necessary. Use entry form below to enter. Good luck!

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xo,
-E.

DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle

Hi, loves! We’ve received numerous requests from our dear readers that you want to see more hairstyle diys for your wedding. You asked… we listened! Now we’ll be bringing you plenty of awe-inspiring hair-spiration every week at EB! (P.S. Are you following our Pinterest boards yet? Be sure to follow our hair board!) Today we’re sharing the DIY braided bun. This style is great for medium-to-long tresses and can be worn with or without a veil. I spotted a few Real Wedding examples of a bride rocking the braided bun hairstyle in the images below (with photos by Leslee Mitchell. What do you think of this hairstyle?

DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle (photo: leslee mitchell)
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DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle

I know how to get the perfect top knot using a sock (or one of these), but wrapping a braid around the bun adds a new level of dimension and texture. And, wouldn’t you know it… the time when I find this braided bun hairstyle is the week AFTER I decide to cut four inches off of my hair (and add bangs. Yes. Bangs. I guess I’m bolder when I’m pregnant!) According to the DIY image below, my hair is still long enough to try, so I’ll try this one soon. If your hair is long enough — and you’re willing! — please do me a favor and try this style. Send me the photos! We’d love to share them in this post.

DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle

To give you some inspiration, I found two DIYs to help with your style. The first is very similar to the bride’s style, shown above, but with bangs.

1. DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle – High

DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle (via the beauty department)

Get the full DIY tutorial here.

2. DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle – Low

Prefer to wear this style lower? Try this alternative:

DIY Braided Bun Hairstyle (via the freckled fox)

Get the full DIY tutorial here.

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

What do you think of this DIY braided bun? Will you be trying it?

How to Wear a Hair Comb

One of my favorite wedding day hair accessories is the hair comb. A hair comb is a subtle, simple, and elegant way to dress up your ‘do, whether worn up or down. If you’re wondering how to wear a hair comb, which hairstyle works best with hair combs, or how to keep it secure, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll uncover hair comb secrets, show you eight hair comb hairstyles to inspire your look, and we’ll share some vintage-inspired hair combs. And, once you know how to wear one, you’ll want to try it out… right? We’re also giving away a FREE hair comb to one lucky reader by the always-inspiring Marolsha. Let’s get started…

How to Wear a Hair Comb (hair accessory by Tessa Kim, photo by Candice Benjamin)

hair accessory by tessa kim, photo by candice benjamin

A hair comb typically has metal prongs to secure into one’s hairstyle. A hair comb can be used to attach to a larger hair accessory (as seen above) or as a stand-alone hair accessory. Hair combs are often vintage-inspired and feature elements such as rhinestones, pearls, crystals, feathers, or floral embellishments.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - pink hair comb by Marolsha

by marolsha

How to Wear a Hair Comb

Updo’s or thick hair

If you have a strong base such as an updo, bun, chignon, french twist, or thick hair to begin with, the prongs of your hair comb should ‘lock’ into place easily.

Hair down hairstyles

Prefer loose curls? Wearing your hair down? Have fine or thin hair? Wearing a braid? You can still wear a hair comb: just add a few accessories to keep it in place. Gather a section of your hair in one of these elastics and push the hair comb prongs into the ‘ponytail’ above the elastic. Or, use bobby pins or snap clips to keep the comb in place. (Make sure any clips or pins are the color of your hair and well-hidden.) If using bobby pins, place them in an ‘X’ shape for extra security. And, make sure your hair comb isn’t too heavy. Always consult your hairstylist to see if he or she can accommodate your hairstyle with your selected hair comb. Always do a run-through first to make sure you love the hairstyle before the big day.

Hair Comb Hairstyles

To inspire your perfect hair comb infused look, consider one of these gorgeous hairstyles.

How to Wear a Haircomb - Hair Comb Hairstyles

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1 | by gertie baxter
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tessa kim; photos by candice benjamin
3 | via anne barge from the knot
4 | hair comb by jennifer behr via pinterest
7 | by sibo designs
8 | comb by erica koesler via the knot

Vintage-Inspired Hair Combs

How to Wear a Hair Comb - vintage-inspired hair combs by Marolsha

by marolsha

Win a Hair Comb

Now that you have an idea of how to wear a hair comb (+ hair comb hairstyles), enter for a chance to win one! You could win the gorgeous antiqued rose hair comb (shown in the image below) by Marolsha. Enter between 7.24 and 7.30.13 (11:59pm EST) for your chance to win. Use entry form below.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - antiqued rose hair comb by Marolsha

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Happy Planning!


-E.

Now it’s your turn: what type of hair accessory will you wear?

How to Get the Perfect Top Knot

Finally… that messy bun has an official name: the top knot! I (Emma here!) have been swearing by this no-fuss hairstyle for years (albeit, mine a bit messier) and now I know: a) what to call it, and b) how to get the perfect top knot. This hairstyle has been popping up everywhere lately – even weddings – and we thought it was high time to share it with you on the blog. If you’re having a bad hair day, the top knot will become your favorite hair cheat-sheet style. Need more volume? A top knot essentially pumps up the volume of a traditional messy bun. Or, if you simply want a new hairstyle to try this weekend, try the top knot. Today, we’re showing you how to get the perfect top knot with some of our favorite hair inspiration images + DIY tutorials. We love this hairstyle because it is super easy, stylish, and cures a bad hair day in a cinch. Read on to find out more + find out how to style yours with… a sock? Don’t miss it!

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photo (+ styling) credit: jessica may photography, hair + makeup by glamoureyes makeup artistry international via style me pretty

How to Do a Perfect Top Knot

The bride in these images is simply stunning! Her hairstylist – hair + makeup by GlamourEyes Makeup Artistry International – did a beautiful job with her top knot.

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photo (+ styling) credit: jessica may photography, hair + makeup by glamoureyes makeup artistry international via style me pretty

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via refinery29

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from top: (1) via, (2) via, (3) the lovely keri russell via style.com

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photo credit: elizabeth toll via martha stewart weddings

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photo credit: jonas peterson via once wed

how to get the perfect top knot

photo credit: jonas peterson via once wed

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How to Get a Glamorous, Perfect Top Knot

Here are a few tutorials we love…

“The Fun Bun”

Check out this ‘fun bun’ tutorial from the lovely ladies of The Beauty Department. We’re just showing a snippet – read the full scoop here.

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photos: Angela Kohler + thebeautydepartment.com; designed by kristin ess

The Sock DIY Top Knot

The secret to a perfect DIY top knot bun? A sock! It’s true. (I’ve tried it; in fact, I’m even wearing it myself as I write this post. It works! Plus, it makes use of those lost socks from the dryer.) Simply take a sock and snip the end. Roll the sock to create a “doughnut”- like elastic, almost like an old-school scrunchie. Put your hair in a high ponytail and place the “doughnut” elastic at the end of the ponytail and pull your hair over the sides until you reach the base. You’ll now have a perfect bun! Just pin any stray hairs and use hairspray, if you wish. If you need a video tutorial, watch this fun video we spotted by Mr. Kate at Hello Giggles below. The tutorial begins around 0:32.

So… what is your opinion of the top knot?

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Happy Planning Hairstyling!


-E.

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How to Create a Hair Bun for Your Wedding

Happy Friday! Today, we’re talking about wedding buns… and, no, not the fitness kind (though we’ll be covering that in a fitness post coming up soon). Today, we’re talking about how to create a hair bun for your wedding. We recently talked about how to get more volume in your hair, how to perfect a braided hairstyle and how to do a side chignon, and today we’re honing in on the hair bun which was once only synonymous with a messy, unkempt hair style. Today, though, hair buns are in… and, they’re more popular than you may think. Read on to see how you can incorporate a hair bun into your wedding – and beyond – with terrific inspiration from around the web.

Up first, Love Maegan shows us how to combine a braid (love!) and a bun in one fabulous hairstyle. Now that my hair is finally long enough, I’ll have to give this one a try over the weekend.

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Next, Running on Happiness shows you how to make a top knot look easy, peasy. And, might I add, her hair is quite fabulous.

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This next image shows us how to pull off the elegant hair bun for your wedding with a glamorous twist…

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This next image was spotted at the beautiful blog A Beautiful Mess which shows us how to style a messy bun, whether you wear it low or to this side. This is a must-see tutorial!

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Laura Johnson of Three Pink Dots shows you how to put a sock on it by sharing her easy-to-DIY sock bun… a must-have tutorial for every girl. I plan to create my own over the weekend! Take a peek…

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source / photography by: sarah baker photography

Case in point: I’m trying this immediately. Brilliant idea, Laura!

Up next is a bun that has been perfected by Lituianian model, Beegee. This shoot was part of a post spotted here from the lovely Vanessa Jackman. Her post about MiH Jeans featured this amazing bun… and we love its simplistic, elegant style.

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This top knot by the lovely Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo demonstrates how you can add a small flower to accentuate your top knot (or bun) with brilliance.

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Oh, Keiko Lynn, we’re not sure how you do it but your hair tutorials are simply the best. Here is one of our favorites featuring a messy bun you’ll want to replicate. Immediately.

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For all of your pre-wedding meetups – like booking the florist, taking those ballroom dance lessons and the dress rehearsal – we love this simple, subtle and casual look with an elegant bun spotted via Gal Meets Glam. And, might we add, what a cute outfit to boot!

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Up next, The Beauty Department shows us how to create ‘The Fun Bun’ in this tutorial spotted here. Get the full how-to scoop as explained by Kristin here.

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If you think your fine hair can’t stand up to a full look of a bun, think again! Liz from Say Yes to Hoboken shows how to fake a bigger bun in this excellent DIY hair tutorial.

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The Paper Mama shows us how to create a hair bun from day to night with this tutorial, complete with how-to video! (You’ve gotta love that.)


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A messy hair bun like this one spotted at Sea of Shoes features a perfect black ribbon tie… and, can I just add that her hair color is incredible? Love!

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And, last but not least, Kate of The Small Things Blog shows us how to make a messy ponytail look super cute in this easy-to-do tutorial.

We hope you enjoyed this round-up! There’s more inspiration coming up soon.

Happy Planning!


-E.