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To be honest whenever I try an up-do, I end up looking more like a hot mess. (please tell me I am not alone on this).

Last week I was invited to attend FORM Hair Education with a few of my favorite Dallas blogger girls.  This event could not have come at a better time since Holiday parties are in full swing and I needed some ideas about how to switch it up from my normal, down and curled look.

FORM Hair Education was created by the extremely talented Whitney Haynes when she found that her passion was teaching others. FORM was created as a “community of hair professionals committed to the growth of [their] craft, creativity, and continuing education.” The best part is they teach their clients to style their hair like a pro in just a short amount of time.  Each of their classes are customized and try to have you leaving the course with the knowledge to repeat the look at home.  I loved how Whitney and the other stylist made a point to come over and give me tips on how to create the look for my texture and length of hair.

FORM Hair Education has four courses; Beautiful Blow Dry (I am going to be taking this one next!), Perfect Ponytail, Glamorous Curls, and Tousled Up-Do Style- this is the class we took last week which was perfect in time for those little LBD’s or low back dresses.

Here are a few things I learned (honestly, I was really nervous I was going to be terrible at this!)

1. We started with slightly curled hair. Especially if you have fine hair like me, you want to give it a little added texture for the hair pins and bobby pins. IE: the curls do not need to be perfect or pretty, so you can do this in under 5 minutes.

2. Create a Base: The most important thing we learned is you only really need a handful of pins to create a tousled look that will stay all night.  The base is created by sectioning your hair into sections. Take the back section and roll it up in your hand and secure with two long pins, then play with the sides to soften the look. The best tip we received is to only use pins to anchor your hair down. Hair pins (the ones that are open v shapes) should be used the rest of the time to create a more tousled, undone look.

3. Have fun: Playing around with the front pieces is key to creating a look that you love, but don’t pin down until you are done playing or else you will have to start from the beginning!

I cannot wait to take another course, especially the “beautiful blow-dry” class! I along with the other Dallas bloggers at the course loved our experience so much that we have teamed up with FORM Hair Education to give away one seat in the class of your choice! FORM Hair Education is currently only available in Dallas, but be sure to check out their website for more information,
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I am definitely feeling festive this week, especially since our Christmas Party is tonight.  I love mixing and mingling and enjoying a few (or a few too many) glasses of bubbly.  Festive dresses are always an important wardrobe staple to have during this time of year.  Deciding what to wear to a work party can be tough. I always find a shift dress with a little something special is the perfect go-to when it comes to these types of events. Buffalo check is always a great way to add a little holiday cheer to any outfit. I wore this Equipment dress to a holiday party last week and it would make the perfect dress for a dressy-casual work event. Here are a few more of my favorite party dresses from Nordstrom.


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Yipppeee. So glad that it is Friday and the start to the weekend. I have been fighting off a cold all week which turned into me missing a ton of events and fun things going on in Dallas. I spent a lot of time sleeping, working from bed, and snuggling with my puppies and now I am finally feeling better just in time for the weekend.

Do you have any holiday parties to attend this weekend? I am still waiting to wear my favorite festive skirt (thanks to my darn cold).  I have a cookie exchange on Sunday and plan to wear something warm and cozy. Any recommendations on what kind of cookies to make? One of my favorite holiday traditions from when I lived at home was when my mom and I used to make cookie baskets for all of her clients. We would spend all weekend baking and delivering the baskets to her favorite people.  It was such a treat, especially because we always made a few extras for us!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! If you are still in need of holiday gift ideas, be sure to take a peek at my Gift Guide- just click the images to shop!

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