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A LBD and A French Braid

Finally home…I love traveling, I really do.  And this past week, I was in my favorite place in the world: Nashville, Tennessee.  But, it’s always good to get home and back into a routine.  I’m a creature of habit and glad to be back in the saddle.

A couple of weeks ago, I wore this look, and ended up really loving it, although it evolved almost by accident from a simple black dress. I was speaking for work again, so like the look I showed you last Tuesday, I started with something basic so I could add some Rahab’s Rope accessories.  All of the jewelry I’m wearing, plus the headband, are from my work (which, if you don’t know, is a nonprofit that works with women and children in India who are at risk or have been victims of human trafficking; you can order some pretty things here.)

I really love this for two reasons:

1) My red lipstick actually looks good.  Almost every time I wear red lipstick, I think I look like a clown or a 5 year old who got into her mom’s makeup bag.  But this time, it miraculously worked.

2) My hair.  I could not get this headband to work for me and not make me look like a complete flower child.  But, necessity (and pinterest) are the mother of invention, so in part inspired by some old pins I’d seen, in part just plain experimentation, I ended up with this awesome braided look.  If you can tell from these pictures (don’t mind the note on my mirror; it’s just a love note one of my besties left me recently, and I like it, so it stays), I wrapped the front of my hair around the headband twice on each side (like I do when I’m curling it), and then I French braided it from there, and voila.  It’s probably my new bad hair day go-to.


1 - black dress, headbandHave you ever invented a new hair style?  Share your secrets in the comments; I’m always looking for new tips!


  1. This hair is. awesome. I love it! I will be stealing this style. My hair was pinned halfway up yesterday and it kept annoying me so I braided the long part. I had so many compliments! So funny! I thought I looked like Dr. Quinn, but hey, she’s gorgeous, so I’ll take it. 😉 Now to just get an awesome gypsy headband…. 🙂

    • Sarah_Beth

      May 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Dr. Quinn is gorgeous…still! Amazing. But, yes, I think you could definitely rock this style, Naomi. Send me pictures! 🙂

  2. So cute!!!! I want to wear a headband but I think I would tug at it all day long…

    We’re heading to Nashville in 2 weeks – cant wait 🙂

    • Sarah_Beth

      May 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      They do start to annoy me after a while, Rebecca Jo, but I try to suffer through! 😉 Have fun in Nashville – it’s the happiest place on earth. lol.

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