5 Fast & Easy Hairstyle For When You’re Running Late

Anyone that knows me well knows that I am late a lot. I seriously try all the time to make it my new goal to be on time but after a couple weeks I’m still somehow always late! Cody is a lot better about being on time so hopefully sooner or later his timeliness rubs off on me! When your rushing out the door, trying to chase your kids from those mornings when you decided to hit the snooze a few too many times or those date nights when you only have a few minutes to freshen up after work, fast hair styles are essential. The messy bun and half-knot are some of my everyday favorites, but it’s always fun to have a few more styles on back up to switch up your hair game. I always like the messy looks the most, so I tried my hand at a few of new messy styles that are the perfect solution for that second-day hair when you only have a few minutes to get out the door.

5 fast and easy hairstyles

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5 quick hairstyles

First step is getting rid of the those greasy roots! I used Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist to tame my 3 day unwashed hair.

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Knotted Pony:

Section your hair into two pieces and use each section to tie a knot with your hair. Knot as many times as you want depending on length and secure with a clear elastic or large bobby pin. It’s easy for ends to slip out so I used the Nexxus Volumizing Hair Whip to run through the ends so they piece together more and help stay in.

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knotted bun

Low Knot:

This look is basically taking the knot pony one step farther and  pining up the remaining hair from the pony with a bobby pin under the knot bun.

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Messy Bun:

My tried and true hairstyle you probably see me in the most on my blog besides when I wear my hair down. Believe it or knot, a good messy bun takes practice! You can find my tutorial for perfecting my messy bun here (hint – a thick hair tie and a lot of texture is key!)

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messy pony

Low Messy Pony:

Just like top knots, no two messy ponys are the same. I love the piecey, easy look of a low pony. I back comb the middle for volume.

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low messy bun

low messy bun

Low loose knot:

Start with a low ponytail and fold the bottom half of the strand underneath and secure it with an elastic. For a messy, piecey effect, loosen a few strands with a fine tooth comb. Keep a strand toward the front of your face separate, and wrap it loosely around your elastic and secure with a bobby pin. Since this hair style is a loose messy look, I like to secure with Nexxus Comb Thru Finishing Mist to help secure the loose pieces from coming undone.

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Low Braid:

There’s nothing prettier than a thick braid! Use a volumizing product and hair spray and pull at the strands after you secure it so it has that loose “lived in” look to create more volume.

What are some of your favorite quick and easy hairstyles?

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5 messy hairstyles for when you are running late

XX, Christine

*This post was sponsored by Nexxus New York Hair Salon. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

8 Fall Favorites Under $100

fallfavoritesDETAILS: 1. STRIPED TIE-NECK TOP (UNDER $20) | 2. EMBELLISHED SUNGLASSES (OVER $100 BUT SOOOO GOOD!) I’M OBSESSED) | 3. DENIM SKIRT (UNDER $25) | 4. BURGUNDY BOMBER (UNDER $40) |  5. LIPSTICK (SHADE: BRUISED PLUM) | 6.  FELT HAT (UNDER $40) | 7. BLACK SUEDE JACKET (UNDER $60) | 8. BELL SLEEVE TOP (UNDER $20) | 9. SUEDE SANDALS (UNDER $100)

Happy Monday! I am getting so excited about fall fashion – I’m already pulling out layers to get the most out of all the best fall trends this season. 😉 For me this time of year is the perfect chance to start mixing in some of your summer pieces with longer sleeves and light jackets for that transitional wardrobe. I love the look of this pretty denim skirt (under $25) with a long-sleeved blouse (love this trumpet sleeve detail! – also under $20).

A cropped sleeve jacket is also a must for fall before it cools off too much and you can make it work later in the season with a cozy sweater or button down layered underneath and the sleeves cuffed. This one is under $60 and so pretty! It also comes in a camel color.

This sandal is another great shoe for the season. The suede detail gives it more of a fall vibe and they just added so many pretty shades of this pair here all under $100. Top it off with a felt wide brim hat (this one under $40) and you are set for fall!

See more great fall picks under $100 below!

XX, Christine

5 Dinner Recipes Perfect for Weekdays

Happy Sunday guys! I hope everyone has had an awesome weekend. If you follow me on insta stories you already know I had a little mishap yesterday involving a gallon of milk exploding in my car… just keeping the weekends exciting you know? Haha, The struggle is real when it comes to mom life & work life and part of that is trying to cook from home more. I don’t have a ton of meals in my cooking repertoire (although I can make a mean steak!) so to make things a little easier I dug up some super yummy and quick recipes on Pinterest to try and to share with you guys too!

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CHICKEN PARMESAN BAKED ZITI

| Makes: 6-8 Servings|

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces DeLallo penne ziti (or any pasta shape)
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 2 small chicken breasts)
  • 1 (25 ounce) jar DeLallo Pomodoro Fresco Tomato-Basil Sauce (pasta sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used 2% low fat)
  • 1/3 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of well-salted boiling according to package instructions. Drain. Return pasta to the stockpot and add chicken and tomato sauce. Gently toss to combine until the pasta is evenly coated.
  • Pour half of the pasta into a greased 11×7-inch or 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, half of the Parmesan cheese and half of the basil. Layer the remaining half of the pasta evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. Remove and sprinkle immediately with the remaining Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve warm.

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MEATBALL SLIDERS

| Makes: 15 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 15 Slider buns
  • 15 Meatballs, cooked
  • 2 c Ragu® Traditional Sauce
  • 2 c Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place the bottom half of the slider buns in a casserole dish.
  • Spoon a little sauce on each bun then place a meatball on each one, and add just a little more sauce over the meatballs.
  • Cover the meatballs in mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the top buns over the meatballs and brush them with a little oil.
  • Combine the Parmesan cheese and the Italian seasoning then sprinkle it over the buns.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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TORTELLINI IN PARMESAN CREAM SAUCE

| Makes: 4-6 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cheese tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 ounces baby spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  • Boil the tortellini according the package directions.
  • While the tortellini is cooking, prepare the sauce. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until it has absorbed the melted butter, becomes a paste and begins to smell nutty. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream (at first the mixture will be thick and chunky, but it will smooth and thin out), then add the salt and Parmesan cheese. Allow to simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, then transfer the cooked and drained tortellini to the skillet, gently stirring to coat the tortellini with the sauce. Serve immediately.

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CHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

| Makes: 6 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz jar or can Enchilada sauce
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 6 corn tortillas, 6 inch each
  • 2 chicken breasts

See instructions here.

 

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CHEESY RAVIOLI BAKE

| Makes: 8 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 20 ounce package refrigerated cheese-filled ravioli
  • 1 – 26 oz. jar pasta sauce (your favorite)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Cook ravioli as directed on package. Drain and set aside.
  • In medium/large pot, mix pasta sauce and basil and cook on medium heat until heated through (about 4-6 minutes). Add cooked ravioli and mix well
  • Pour into 9×13 pan. Top with cheese and bake for 12 minutes.

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Let me know if you guys get a chance to make any of these!

XX,

Christine