DIY Hawaiian Floral Headband!

Hey Everyone!

Today I decided to do a post on how to make this DIY Hawaiian Floral Headband. I’ve been seeing floral headbands like this one everywhere. Forever 21 sells them from about $4 to $6, but for me, if someone compliments something I’m wearing and asks where I got it from, it feels so cool to tell them I made it myself! Plus, I think this one is WAY cuter! Also, when you make it yourself, you can customize however you like! I hope you enjoy this DIY tutorial, and if you make one yourself, send me a picture through the comments section. This is a really easy way to add to your spring wardrobe if you feel you’re lacking in cute accessories. Let’s start the tutorial…01ba4c20dd5bff6f8647fa6f7b2cd80bd5afb8c958

To  begin making this headband you’ll need the following materials: 

  • An assortment of fake flowers (of your choosing)
  • Glue gun 
  • Extra glue sticks for your glue gun
  • Scotch Tape
  • Scissors
  • Cotton cord
  • Ruler

013b62de4daa92c639eceeb89f8732ba0b7ed0977c_00001Once you collect all your materials go through the following steps to create your masterpiece! Tip: Before you start, plug in your glue gun and heat it to your desired temperature so it will be hot when you need it!

  1. Take your cotton cord and your scissors. Wrap the cotton cord around your entire head five times. Cut off the string once you’ve measured it. 
  2. Now, cut the string you just measured into thirds. Make sure they’re relatively equal length.
  3. Gather the three stands of cotton cord and tape the very top of them to a hard surface. Braid the string all the way to the bottom until you can’t braid anymore. 
  4. Remove the tape from the top of the strings. Wrap the braid around your head, and take note of where you should glue the top and the bottom of the strings together so it will fit perfectly around your head. I suggest marking it with a dark-colored marker or pen. You might have to overlap the braid, which is totally fine! If you notice in the picture, I tied a small knot at the top and bottom of braid to make it a little easier for myself when gluing. 
  5. Glue the top and bottom of your braid together so it can fit around your head perfectly when you put it on or take it off.  Set braid aside. 
  6. Cut the stems off your fake flowers. What I found with the flowers I bought was that you could actually pull the flower off its stem! If your flowers don’t do that, try cutting them with shears. They work better for cutting the stems, because there is usually a wire inside the stem.
  7. Next, glue each flower into place in the headband. When you cut the stems off, there is usually a little nub at the bottom. I stuffed that little nub through the loops of my braid, which added a little security to the flower staying in place. Make sure you glue under and on top of the braid to make sure it stays in place. 
  8. Put your new floral headband on! Look at it in the mirror, and try out different positions which you think it looks best on your head. I noticed on my headband that the flowers looked too spread apart, when I wanted them to look closer together. If you feel the same way about your headband, try gluing some of the bottom petals of flowers that are next to each other together, and it might help the flowers move a certain way, and giving a fuller effect. Enjoy strutting through the halls with your new, handmade, Hawaiian floral headband!

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All right everyone, it’s time now that I end my blog post, but I really hope you enjoyed it! If you have any difficulties making it, comment down below with any questions! Don’t forget to send pictures! I wore this headband in Times Square, and it was so much fun! This is such a cool way to spice up your look in Spring. If you wanted, you could even try making this as a bracelet, or hair-tie. Remember to comment, like and follow this blog, and I will be writing very soon!

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be a part of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!! 

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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5 Ways To Find Happiness!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you all for the WONDERFUL feedback I got on my last post! It made me feel really happy, and closer with you all. Also, new members have joined The Legally Brunette Blog community which I am also very excited about! This week I’ve been filled with happiness, and when other people are happy, it makes me happy! Now that it is spring time, and the weather is getting warmer, people sometimes have a hard time getting over their winter-blahs, which makes the warmth, beauty and fun of spring not as magical. I decided that I wanted to share some of the ways that I look for happiness in my everyday life! Comment down below some of the ways you find happiness, and share it with people you know who might be feeling down, or someone who is missing a little happiness from their lives. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Surround yourself with people who make you feel GREAT!: Let me just say, I am certainly an extrovert, but that doesn’t mean that I make friends with everyone. Sometimes, you come across people in your life who don’t make you feel like you can be 100% you when you’re around them. Or don’t respect your opinions. Or don’t make you feel good about yourself. If you find those people coming into your life, don’t let it happen! Those are the types of people who only hang around you just to bring you down! Sometimes, I find that people who are happy, or confident in themselves are more easily targeted by others. What I mean by that, is that a lot of people aren’t happy in their own skin and have low self esteem. Not all the time, but those people usually have a very hard time when they see other people enjoying their lives and enjoying who they are. I certainly don’t have perfect skin, or a super toned and muscular body, or A+’s in every one of my classes. That’s  just the truth, and I happen to live with that truth every single day, but another truth that I do live by, is that life is too short to hold grudges. Or be jealous. Or not care. Or pretend to be someone I’m not. I love my life, and how it’s unfolding. Surrounding myself with people who make me feel like a beautiful, confident, intelligent, and kind person is something I enjoy doing on a regular basis. Let’s face it, life’s just too short to have negativity around you.
  2. Have an interior and exterior motive! Self motivation is truly key to success, and making progress. They key to self motivation, is liking you for you! Self motivation is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Just watch! If there is a quality about yourself that you don’t like, (i.e. arrogance, selfishness, greed) self-motivation can change that! If you really want to change the way you act or speak because you know it could hurt someone, a little self motivation goes a LONG way! For example, when you saw Heather announcing to the entire class that she knew she was going to ace her French exam, you also noticed Peter who had family issues going on at home was cramming for the test nearly in tears, while he was sitting next to you. Notice how other people’s actions affect people, and check yourself to see if anything you do affects people in a negative way. Having in an interior motive is really important, but an exterior motive is more commonly found, and might push some of you who don;t have a lot of self motivation to push yourself harder. If you feel you are lacking motivation to finish a project, or the season of basketball your mom signed you up for against your will, a time for finding an exterior motive would be PERFECT! When you receive something, remind yourself that you have a meeting in a week, and your boss will be observing you, and if you don’t use your manners, or control your frustration issues with the ignorant CEO, then you could lose your job! Practice basic things that you learned when you were younger. It might seem silly, but in the long run, it’s really worth it! For example, in this scenario of the ignorant CEO with your boss observing, your exterior motive could be a new phone, or something your saving up for. Money, though it shouldn’t be, is a very common exterior motive, and drives people to put that much more elbow grease into whatever they’re doing. Overall, make sure you’re motivated to do the best you can, and try as hard as you can!
  3. Indulge!: Aah, my favorite word… indulge. Every once and a while treating yourself is the best remedy. We get so wrapped up in the drama of other people’s lives, we forget to give ourselves some TLC! Lots of people get the words “indulge”, and “snobby” mixed up. By giving yourself a spa, or mani-pedi, or tickets to see your favorite singer, or going to a candy store for the day is NOT snobby! When I am doing lots of things at once, trying to please several people all the time, I try and take a step back, and think about if I’m pleasing myself. Indulging is really fun, but you shouldn’t get carried away with it. I suggest once a month, do something small for yourself. I enjoy giving my self an at-home spa! I run a steamy bath with delicious smelling bubbles. I bring out an old foot spa kit including a pumice rock with foot lotion, fake rose petals, some yummy smelling candles, a razor to give my legs a nice clean shave, some body lotion, shampoo and conditioner that also smell REALLY GOOD, and a nice fluffy bath robe for after. I feel so much better, and rejuvenated for the month ahead. As you can tell, I’m not ashamed to hide my obsession of scents:) Whether you get a mini-haul of clothes, go to a new movie with a few of your friends, make your favorite dessert, or go to your favorite vacation spot! Give yourself a break, and enjoy having some alone time with yourself! A good tip for when you give yourself mini-indulgences, leave all electronics behind! Not having to think about whether you got a text from your crush, or people not liking your picture as much as others. Just indulge!
  4. Listen to music!: Listening to music is awesome! I listen to it in the car, the shower, while I’m brushing my teeth, getting dressed, doing my homework, exercising, or even writing my blog posts! Music always inspires me, and there’s always a genre or a song I can find to go in sync with my mood. Not only that, but the artists sing about real things, and they are real people too. They know how to make me feel beautiful, silly, sad, inspired, soulful, chill, or plain out GROOVY! I love dancing, and moving my body along to a rhythm. I am always moving, and music completely affects whatever I’m doing or how I feel about something. Music also helps discuss important topics, end injustice like bullying, body shaming, or inequality. I love music because it’s a way of bringing people together. You don’t have to know anything about the person dancing next to you, but you know they’re there for the same reason you are: to feel a part of something. As much as I enjoy jam out sessions of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, my favorite song is “Your Song” by Elton John. I always tear up when I hear it. What is your favorite song?
  5. Write!: My favorite pastime, which is pretty much why I’m writing this blog, is writing! I just have so many ideas rush to my brain all at once, I express them by scribbling jagged letters onto paper. A lot of people don’t  like to write, and I get it. It’s not always for everyone, but at some point in your life, it helps you turn your thoughts into ideas, and your ideas into words that can be shared with an audience of people. Every person has struggled with something really big in their lives, and by putting it into words, it’s an indescribable, amazing feeling! My last blog post: Some things aren’t meant to be shared, or are they? That was a post I will always remember, because I took something in my own life that was really difficult for me, and put it into words. I had always wanted to do that, but when I finally got the words out and hit “publish,” I couldn’t believe all the amazing feedback I received, and the kind words you had to share. More often that not, when you let a part of yourself go, people won’t act the way you imagine they will. In 2016, people (most people) are mature enough to accept that everyone has a different story to tell, and each story is like a puzzle piece that locks into place with all the other stories people have to share in our society. Writing is a way to reflect, mature, reason, debate, or let out anger or fear. Enjoy writing! You don’t have to be Harper Lee to be able to write. Just put it in your own words, and write it with a purpose!

All right everyone, thank you for reading this post! Now that I’m on April vacation, I wanted to share my happiness with people, and different things that make me happy! Comment down below telling me what you thought of this post, and most importantly, WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!!!! I’ll talk to you all very soon in my next blog post!

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be apart of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!! 

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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Some things aren’t meant to be shared, or are they?

Hi everyone!

This week, I am going to blog about things that people are afraid to talk about. Parents and adults often tell us to keep something on the down low, or not to talk about it at school. Other times, kids, especially teenagers are afraid of being different. They are afraid of reality. The reality is, everyone is different, and no one is perfect. Everyone is flawed, and everyone has sinned, or told a secret, or lied, or cheated, or stole, hurt, gossiped, or out right wronged someone or something. I can guarantee that you, and every person or species reading this blog has done nearly everything in that list. And more. It’s okay to talk about that stuff. It just happens. But something that people are often ashamed about is their personality, their true colors. Because those things are unique to every individual. I used to be very paranoid about that. If I would I would ever really fit in with my friends, or if they would ever treat me the same way after it happened. “It” being one of the biggest sadnesses in my life that I hold extremely close to my heart, and seldom share with anyone. This week my friend whose blog is The Petite Pineapple wrote a blog post this week about facing your fears. It reminded me of when I was so afraid of what anyone thought of me, that I wanted to share it with you. In October of 2009, my father was rushed to the emergency room. I was young and didn’t understand any of what my mom was telling me through tears over a choppy phone connection while she was in the emergency room with my dad. She sounded exhausted, and stressed, like she couldn’t think straight. couldn’t think straight. I was given the day off from school the next morning. I ended up finding a extremely simplified version of what had happened. My dad the previous night had received brain surgery, and was diagnosed with brain cancer. He came home 5 days later with his head half shaved and a massive scar in the shaped of a horse shoe running along his scalp. The next year was filled with doctors appointments, home health aides, lots of babysitters, sleepovers, and playdates.  I could easily say I spent most of that year away from home. I told my mom almost everyday when I woke up that I didn’t want to live at our house anymore. I kept telling myself and others, it was just boring at home, and there was nothing to do. Really my brain was just giving me an excuse to say that all I wanted was normality. I didn’t want to think about my dad or school, or anything else but normality. Home just seemed like a reminder of how sad I would feel when he wasn’t there anymore. I didn’t have many “real” friends. Sure, there were a few who pretended to be my friends because they pitied me. I knew that, but I didn’t care. I just needed to get away from the ultimate stress in my life. In about month 9 of my dad’s illness, he began becoming very weak. He stayed in bed most of the time. He couldn’t get up or sit down without any help. His eating schedule was mixed up, so he ate breakfast at dinner, and lunch at breakfast. He used a walker, then a wheelchair, then he could barely stand. It was mortifying, but so sad for me to watch him go through this. On April 14th, 2011, my father died. Most questions come about the funeral. Honestly, the first 4 months after his death were a big whirlwind of tissues, tears, cards, the scent of flowers, messy house, lasagna, counseling, and isolation. I can barely remember any specific memory, but it was just very sad. About a month after he died, my mom signed me up for a counselor. I absolutely hated it. Anytime a family member or friend, or therapist tried to talk it out, I would just walk away, or quickly change the subject. That year was excruciatingly hard for me, and my confidence. Over the years I went to various support groups, but I just couldn’t deal with all of it. I didn’t want to talk about it. It couldn’t be fixed, he was gone and I would never have that biological father figure at my high school graduation, my prom, my college graduation, my wedding, my first job, my first child. This year, I really came out of my shell. It was no longer something that I was ashamed of, it’s apart of me. Something I had officially accepted. Now I realize, 5 years after his death, I can have control of my life. Everything happens for a reason. I don’t want to be a cardboard cutout of your average American girl, I want to be me! The Legally Brunette. The one and only. I see so many girls today, so desperately trying to fill their closet with Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Hollister, Abercrombie clothes. Those clothes are quality clothing. But they are expensive. If you find yourself so desperately trying to be someone else or like someone else, check yourself. Nobody remembers when you graduate from high school the $60 jeans you wore on December 15th 2015. When you aren’t true to yourself, you and the rest of the world miss out on all the you, you have to offer the world! This year I joined a group at school for kids who have lost a parent or sibling. I was hesitant to join at first, but before I knew it, I was talking in the group, and was sharing my story. The only difference from telling it to the group rather than telling it to my friends who weren’t in the group, was that they could actually understand my pain and sadness. I finally let go of that curtain that I had somehow managed to keep up for such a long time, covering my secret. Thank you so, SO much for reading this post and the rest of my blog! You guys are the truest friends I could have. Leave a comment in the comments section below telling me what you thought of this post, if there are any posts you want me to do in the future, or, if you are feeling brave, something you feel you need to let out. A thing of your past, or something you’re worried about in your future. If someone does indeed share something of their past in the comments section below, please be respectful of what they have to say. Remember, if you know someone who has a part of their past that they usually don’t bring up, it’s best not to ask questions or bring it up, unless they want to talk about. I’ll talk to you guys soon!

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be apart of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!!

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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Spring Hairstyle No. 1: “Sporty Spice”

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Secrets of the Legally Brunette: Hairstyles! (Think of a sports announcer  with a deep voice saying that, it was kinda of the way I thought about it in my head…) In this series I will be sharing with you some of the styling secrets of the LB herself! They are very top secret, honestly, hair like Elle Woods’ can’t look good that easily! Throughout the Spring, I will be sharing with you hairstyles that you can try out. Every time when I watch hair styling videos, they seem to be centered toward more girly-girls, but I want to make sure everyone reading this blog has options for their own personal styles! Today’s hairstyle is called: Double Dutch Duo! Now that spring sports is starting back up again, I remembered that when I was just learning how to skate, it would be really hard to find a hairstyle that would fit under my helmet that would still be comfortable. It can also be hard to find a hairstyle that will stay out of your face! For god sakes! Can’t a girl get through one soccer practice with a cute hairstyle, without mentally singing “Whip My Hair” as her pigtails are whipping her in the face?!?! Let me tell you, I may have accidentally let a few goals slip by while singing that song… Anyway, here are a few pictures I took of my friend when I did this style on her. Below, I will tell you all the materials you will need, and how to achieve this easy spring hairstyle! Enjoy<3

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Alright everyone, let’s begin! (Whoa, I feel so teachery!)

  1. To start this hairstyle out, completely brush out your hair to ensure it is completely tangle free!I recommend a wide tooth comb. A Wet Brush is perfect! If it helps, detangling spray seriously makes it easier to comb through!
  2.  Now that your hair is tangle free, it might be helpful to dampen it a little bit to make the hair easier to braid with less “Ooooh mama!” and “Gaaaahhh!!”
  3. Section the hair off in the center of the head, making each half relatively even and tie one section off. (I stress, relatively! Has anyone ever, made an even part? Ever?)
  4. Start to French braid the side you left down, until you get to the base of the head. (Make sure it’s a French braid, not Dutch! If it’s dutch, it will most likely hurt your head if you wear a helmet or hat!)
  5. Once you reach the base of the head with your French braid, continue braiding 1 or 2 braids down, just to get a grip on the hair. Secure the braid with an elastic, and undo the extra braids you did to get a grip on the hair. When you finish, you can take a smoothing brush to make the ponytail just a tad more sleek!
  6. Then, repeat steps 3-5 on the other side of your head, and voila! You’re done!

This braid is super fast, and super easy! Also, if you want, you can make the extra hair into buns, or you could continue the braids all the way down to be just regular French braids, I just thought this way might be a way to spice up your regular French braid! Leave a comment below telling me some hairstyles you like to wear in the Spring, if you have any recommendations for future hairstyle posts I should add in my spring collection, or just comment to say hi:) Have a great rest of your week and I will be blogging soon! Also!!! Make sure to follow, like and comment on my friend’s blog who graciously let me style her hair for these pictures! I will leave a link below!

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be apart of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!!

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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