what I wore: birds of a feather - The Dainty Squid

what I wore: birds of a feather

Thursday, July 26, 2012

the details
dress - c/o Modcloth
belt - thrifted
camera bag - Jo Totes
shoes - Forever 21

Look at this! A rare outfit post with my hair is down!! Lately I've basically been wearing my hair in a ponytail non-stop. I've been trying for around year to grow my hair out (still working on it!) so I could have reeeeal nice braids (typing it makes it sound like a really silly reason to grow your hair....) Putting my hair up in a ponytail is the easiest thing to do since every time I try to curl it it goes flat in less than an hour. My hair is pin straight, I mean when people say they have straight hair - they have nothing on my straight hair. I hate it. I don't even remember the last time I just wore my hair down, and natural, I just don't feel comfortable in straight hair. I would love to have a natural wave, just something small that could be straightened if I wanted or curled if I wanted that but on lazy days I could just let it be. Until there's some technology that will allow me to change my natural hair this method is my new favorite thing!! Elycia was doing it while she was out and bet me that that method would actually make my hair curly, and needless to say she won the bet! This was from my first shot using the headband, I only wore it for an hour or so and put it in completely dry hair. So, needless to say, I was super stoked about my little waves. That is what my dream natural hair looks like, color and all!

Since these photos were taken I've been experimenting almost every day with the headband curl method and everyday it's getting easier and my curls are looking nicer. I'm super pleased. The best part is probably that, unlike the tacky foam curlers I used to use, the headband actually looks really awesome so I can go out while I'm waiting on my hair to be fabulous for the evening.

Hope you're having an awesome day! Mine was off to a bad start (I found one of my favorite planters had been blown down and the flowers that were inside are destroyed from last night's wind) but I'm determined to make it a productive and overall great day.
xoxo

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79 thoughts

  1. You look lovelyy :)
    And your hair looks amazing!

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  2. Those curls look great! I'll have to try that, too! Thanks for posting it and I hope your day gets better!

    www.jessamity.blogspot.com

    Jess

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  3. Gorgeous! Great dress and even greater hair :)

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  4. Eeee! I love love love patterned shirts/dresses, especially when that pattern is BIRDS!!! You look oh-so-amazing. Your hair is just... gah, so pretty. *jealous*

    Also, that bag is in the happiest green color evah.

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  5. Your hair looks so lovely!! I think that hair is definitely one of those "grass is always greener" kind of deals. I've got super thick, naturally wavy hair and people always tell me they wish they had hair like mine. Yeah, I feel like after a week of having it they'd want to trade it for something else. It had a bit of a mind of its own! I'd like to try something to get slightly more controlled waves, and this method you've shown might be a good one to test out :)
    --Erin
    predictionspast.blogspot.ca

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  6. You look so pretty with your hair down! :) I'm going to have to try that technique, my hair won't hold curls either so hopefully this will work!
    Faye x

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  7. You and your hair look soooo beautiful! I am so happy it worked for you! :D

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  8. Your hair is so amazing! love it down. Hope your day gets better.

    Ms. Kate

    http://sometimesimakeart.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oh my goodness, the first thing I thought was "HER HAIR!" It's getting so long and looks SO lovely! I love it! I'm in the process of growing my hair out too, sadly my hair is very layered and it makes it hard for me to do anything with it because the layers are getting awkward. I've wanted to try that headband technique but the top layers are too short right now. Soon I will make a post on my new blog reviewing some product I've been using to make my also very straight hair nice and wavy (and even curly!) So stay tuned for that!

    That dress is so cute, I'm falling in love with neutral colors like that, and I always love birds, LOVE!

    Sorry about your rough start, did the planter break?

    xomando

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    1. Luckily it didn't break, but I'm still super bummed that my plant is destroyed. I was so proud of how big it was!

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  10. You should have it down more often! I love it this way :)

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    1. Well, I would if my hair would stay so nice and wavy! ;)

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    2. I completely understand. Mine is super wavy too and has it's awesome days, and then it's out of control days. I figure if it would just grow o ut long, then it wouldn't look as bad on those out of control days ;)

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  11. Pretty dress!!

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  12. Haha that's so funny - I was looking at the pictures thinking about how wonderful your natural hair texture is :) Whoops! I'm with you on having stick-straight-hair... mine is very fine and it just hangs. Of course, all my curly-haired friends are soo jealous of it haha. I wish my hair had a bit of a wave!

    Fair warning- the longer you grow your hair, the harder it is to keep the curls from dropping out (even wet sets, esp if there's humidity). I ended up cutting mine to my chin last year because I'd rather have curls than length :)

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    1. Oh, I can totally tell! But braids beat curls for me so I'm gonna keep on chugging along til it's real long. (And then I'll cut it all off and enjoy my curls for two hours instead of one! Haha!)

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  13. Your hair looks so pretty! Want to trade hair? I have tight, crazy curls and wish I had straighter hair. But no one ever wants the hair they have anyway. I'm working on growing it out so I hope I love my curls more at a longer length.

    Hope your day gets better!

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  14. love the waves! if you wanted really curly hair with no heat, you could always try Curlformers! I love those things, I would pair those with some products from curlmart.com and you'd be set! Super cute dress :)
    and don't fret about the planter, you'll find an even prettier one!

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  15. your hair looks super cute like that!
    and i'm trying to grow mine out for braiding too. it's not silly!! :)

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  16. Seriously, I was going to comment about how great your hair is down before I read what you wrote! I love it!!

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  17. I share in your straight hair struggles. I almost always have to curl my hair when I style it, even if the style doesn't require curled hair. That's the only way I can get my hair into the style properly! When I'm wearing my hair curled it always falls out within a few hours (if not while I'm still curling the rest of my hair) unless I over dose with the hairspray and that doesn't even always work. I will definitely have to try this hairband method, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Same here! Even for a nice looking ponytail I normally curl it first so it at least has some poof.

      Glad to know I'm not the only one!!

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  18. My straight hair will never hold a curl either. The headband method doesn't work for me because my hair is too short but what always does the trick and stays all day long is pin curling! Go ahead and curl it the old fashioned way and it will be well worth it, also it's a bit of a work out for your arms as it takes a while to pin all of your hair up. Here is the tutorials that i use if you'd like to give it a try one day. http://www.youtube.com/user/PrimpedPreenNPeachy

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  19. Your hair looks really lovely here!

    I'm the opposite- My hair is really curly and I can't do anything with it! Though I've been straightening it for the past week or so and it's worked pretty well so far.

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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  20. Oh I love the dress !!
    And I really like the bag as well! Such a nice pop of color for the summertime! :D

    Lots of love from Belgium!
    Saar

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  21. You look awesome with hair down too. :)
    And what an amazing dress.

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  22. Your hair looks amazing!!!
    I also love the pattern on that dress :)

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  23. Your hair is beautiful. Love the colors and the stoft curls really look nice.

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  24. I think I'll try out that method. Your waves are really cute! What was the blue dye you used? It's a pretty gorgeous color.

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  25. my hair is sooo straight, i get super jealous of people with natural waves, or curls that stay!

    i found that salt spray helps me get a biy of texture in their with little effort. AND it makes your hair super healthy and thicker feeling


    chloe x

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    1. Oh, interesting! I'll have to look into that!!

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  26. The colour of your hair att the moment is amazing, brings out your eyes so much! Must be a hassle to keep that colour so bright, but worth it!

    Someone told me that you are from Ohio? Is that right? I am soon to be an Ohio-an, and I've lived there for 6 out of the past 9 months. My soon to be husband is from there, so I am making the trip across the water permanently for married life!

    Looking forward to reading your blog.

    Xxx
    www.fleurst-rate.blogspot.com

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  27. My first reaction when I saw the picture was 'she really looks nice with her hair down'. You should do it more often, looks great on you!

    x

    Marielle

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  28. Jeeze, I meant: your hair looks so good down!

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  29. What a great summer outfit! I'm loving that dress & your hair looks so nice when it's down :-D

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  30. I'm very surprised to see your hair that way! I think that it makes you look younger, but doesn't mean that you're not pretty... just the oppsosite! Just lovely.

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  31. I'm glad it worked for you. This is the only way my hair will hold a curl all day. Everything else just disappears. :)

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  32. Its a good thing to have best friends right?!

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  33. ooooooh I am SO going to try that hair tute.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Trish

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  34. You look lovely, this dress is gorgeous. My hair isn't quite as straight as your but I really wish it would have more of a natural curl so that on non-washing day instead of just looking messy. I'm checking that tutorial out now xo

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  35. Cute outfit (especially those shoes)! And your hair looks great.. I use the headband curling method often and love it :)

    Oh, My

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  36. you can also get a lot of body / waves by showering at night, putting a little light product in, either doing some tight braids or a high tight bun and going to sleep like that. Then take 'em out in the am and you have insta-curls!

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    1. Doesn't work for me, no matter what my hair gets really greasy overnight so I always have to shower in the morning.

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  37. I want to try that curling technique, thanks for sharing :)

    Saw this today and thought I'd pass it along - I know you love circus stuff...it's photographs taken by Stanley Kubrick back in 1948. I don't think I have to say any more than there is a monkey rollerskating: http://mcnyblog.org/2011/07/19/circus/

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    1. Ahhh! Neat, thanks so much for the link!!

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  38. Great dress! Also,we could just switch -- my hair is very thick and wavy and I've always wanted straight hair. Guess that's the way it goes,right? Anyway,have a great night!

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  39. You always have your hair tied up. I didn't realize it was so long. :) Love the outfit.

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  40. Your hair - so envious right now. I think you could wear a garbage bag and still look amazing! xx

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  41. Oh wow! Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous! And it's getting pretty long. :) Anyhow, your overall look is just fab! <3

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  42. i like this type dress with peter pan color and prints

    3lin

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  43. You look adorable, love! That dress is fabulous. And I really like your hair down; very cute!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  44. Oh, your hair looks gorgeous. I always either wear mine down or in a ponytail... it has nothing to do with the aesthetics, though, and everything to do with my laziness. =) Cool that you got the effect with just a headband!

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  45. Pretty hair and dress, but then again you always look cute! :)

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  46. You are looking particularly precious in this post and I am really loving your hair!

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  47. Just love that sweet print!
    Hair looks great, did you do a how to? I need to go see~

    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

    I am having a fabulous giveaway right here.

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  48. OH your HAIR! you are so beautiful. stunning, really.

    i will totally have to try that with my hair! i feel the same way, my hair is not wavy OR straight - it has random, weird kinks, so i can never really leave it just "natural." so. this. great idea.

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  49. That's why I'm growing my hair out too haha! Purely for braids. Sometimes I wish I had straight hair. The grass is always greener I guess!

    Rachel
    floralprintsandcommonsense.blogspot.com

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  50. My hair has a little wave but never ever holds a curl, it's always driven me mad! On our wedding day I curled my hair with hot rollers just before the ceremony and about an hour later it was basically straight again! I'm gonna try this hair band technique though, I hope it works, I love having a bit of body and wave!
    Your hair looks awesome down though, but I guess it's more comfortable to wear it up in the summer :)

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  51. Amazing hair, very fun.
    That print is an obsession for me.

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  52. Your hair is too cute! I'd say those waves are working for ya.

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  53. I do heat-less curls too. Like you I have pin straight hair and when I use a curling iron it just goes flat in 10 minutes. But when curly hair is calling my name, after a shower I will put my hair up a very messy ponytail and braid or pin curl my bangs and sleep or wear it until dry and ta-da! :o)

    -Katie

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  54. I have exactly the same problem! i do love my hair because its so manageable and i don't mind it straight but! i'd love to be able to curl it without it falling! I have found a juuce product that holds waves really well and smells great i highly recommend it but i can't for the life of me remember what its called :(

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  55. I have the same problem with my hair, except I don't use a curling iron because of the damage! >.<

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  56. It's funny because that's one of the reasons I want to grow my hair out, too! Milk maid braids and french braids!

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  57. You look absolutely adorable!! When my hair was longer I used that trick to get slight waves too; I have the same problem as you - my hair is so straight and won't hold a curl for the life of me... I've debated getting it permed but worry that it won't even take to that! I recently cut my hair really short, chin length short, and have yet to try the headband method on it... I wonder how it would look though.

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  58. I saw a shirt that was the same material as yours the other day, but with long sleeves, and it was dark blue with heaps of white cats all over it. I would have gotten it for you, only it was $70.00.

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  59. I'm jealous. I wish my hair was pin straight. I've got thick, semi-wavy (but not cute wavy, just a crazy mess wavy), I straighten it 99% of the time and dream of having straight hair. I suppose we all want the hair we weren't born with.

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  60. Ohhhhh I love your hair!!
    Mine's a dark brown underneath and purple on top right now but I'm loving your blue/purple combo . . . it's so addictive going all wild and crazy with colour.

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  61. Your hair looks lovely down, you should wear it like more often :) Plus, I love the dress.

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  62. So great! I love seeing your hair down :)

    lodear.wordpress.com

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  63. You look stunning and radiant in this pictures. I can't explain what it is.. I suppose it's a secret. :)

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  64. I love your dress! and my hair is straight too! :/ My curls last MAYBE two hours

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