• Ann Krause

Do you ever finished getting dressed, only to fuss around with your hair because you're feeling uninspired- or worse yet; your hair is misbehaving and you just don't know what to do with it? I used to have days like this, even after becoming a hairstylist. Now, I like to make sure that I always have 3 go-to hairstyles that I can quickly choose from, and the fun thing is that you can totally change these with the seasons.

For example; my bun of choice last summer was a low chignon with loose waves around my face, now it's a sleek high bun tightly twisted into a higher shape with some small pieces smoothed down at my temples.

I hope that you find this concept and general ideas inspiring. The ideas are just that; general. For example, when I talk about a bun, your favorite version can be anything. My goal is for you to have a plan that will save you time because you know exactly how to achieve your end goal, you know how long it's going to take, and you can choose quickly between the three. Think of this like having three favorite pieces of clothing that make you feel amazing whenever you wear them!

This season it's all about simple and effortless looks like these...

Style #1. Beautiful Texture

Right now it's all about waves so loose that keep people guessing if it's your natural texture. You might get a couple of days out of this style (when secured on top of your head while sleeping), and when that's over you still have the perfect foundation for looks 2 & 3.

New things to try:

Use dry shampoo right from the beginning to add volume and a defense against oiliness.

Give yourself a looser wave than we have been in the past few years by increasing your iron size by 1/4" and also tugging your hair straight while still hot to prevent it from waving too tightly.

You can even try pressing an "S" wave into your locks with a flat iron.

Style #2. Elevated Pony

This is a great look on day 2. You can work with the texture you have already created and there's no need to redo it.

Here's some ways to make your pony special:

Loosen the hair on top of your head by pinching and pulling pieces upward. This will give instant volume and texture and make your face look more narrow.

Tease the fullest part of the pony to make your hair even thicker.

Use a fancy hair tie or gold cuff, or scarf.

OR- Touch up the edges of your already straight hair with your flat iron.

Brush all of your hair into a smooth low pony and accent it with a gold ponytail cuff

Style #3. Tall Bun

This can always be a great choice on day 3 or even 4 since it disguises hair that might be a bit oily. In fact, your natural oils to a point can help in smoothing your hair to the high pony needed to start this look.

New things to try:

Leave the small baby hairs at your temples and in front of the ears down, and flat iron them with a slight c shape/motion of your wrist.

Twist you pony upward for a tall bun shape (about 4 inches) and then fold it downward and twist the remaining hair around the base.

Leave some loose bits free in the back (see above).

Use decorative pins on the back of your head or nestled into the base of the bun for added sparkle.

Leave some loose pieces around your face.

Happy styling!


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Everyone needs a little extra pampering these days, that's why I am excited to share my current top 3 favorite self care rituals that you can do at home. Each one offers a solution to what I see as some of our current challenges- and each product I am mentioning happens to be available at an affordable price point.

Let's get started!

Self Care Ritual #3- The Facial Roller.

What it is: Facial rollers are most commonly used to enhance blood circulation, which in turn helps products absorb into the skin. They also help reduce puffiness, and promote lymphatic drainage when used to gently massage the delicate skin on your face and neck.

Why it makes the cut: For me, it's mostly about how nice this ritual feels. The stone is always naturally cool which feels especially soothing under the eyes. I once read that facial rollers are a hangover helper, and I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be true! Whenever I have a few drinks and wakeup the next morning feeling less than 100%- I spend a minute with my Rose Quartz roller and I end up feeling more alert and the tension I am holding in my head goes away.

Where you can find it: A lot of places! I bought mine from Kim and Ono. Sephora and Ulta are other great options.

Self Care Ritual #2- Body Brushing

What it is: Using a medium-firm body brush in a circular motion starting from your feet towards your heart, and then from your hands to your heart, you will find that you can dry brush your entire body in just 2-3 minutes. It is best to use your body brush right before you get in the shower and then use your favorite body lotion or oil after showering.

Why it makes the cut: Body brushing is easy to work into your daily routine, and makes your skin look visibly smoother and retain the moisture of your lotion, but that's just at the surface level. Body brushing helps stimulate circulation (I swear I can feel this happening), which in turn helps with vein issues, lymphatic drainage, and keeping you regular. That's a big return on only 2 minutes a day!

Where you can find it: A lot of places! I've purchased mine from Sephora.

Self Care Ritual #1: Aveeno Repairing Cica Oat and Shea Butter Hand Mask

What it is: These hand moisturizing gloves intensely hydrate skin leaving it visibly soft and smooth.

Enriched with shea butter and prebiotic oat in a formula to restore essential moisture to extra-dry skin. You can even use your phone while wearing the gloves- although I'd recommend disconnecting.

Why it's my current top choice: Like most people, my hands have really taken a beating this past year. They look visibly dryer, and to be totally honest- older. Lately, I've been using this mask every Friday night while I watch a 60min television show (instructions say 10min- but I like to keep it on longer).

The visible results and lasting moisture (I still apply a regular lotion about 3x a day like I did before discovering this mask) are definitely worth it!

Where to find it: Target or Amazon


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  • Ann Krause

When the ladies of Lauren Ashley studios and Millennium Moments Studio asked us if we were interested in participating in a boudoir shoot in January, of course my answer was YES!! Coincidentally, this turned out to be the Monday morning right after a weekend long snow storm and newly frigid temperatures, but you wouldn't know it by looking at these HOT photos!

Seeing how amazing and beautiful these turned out, has me considering a shoot like this for myself- just because.

Scroll on to see just a handful of our favorites!

Check out the rest of the talented crew responsible for bringing this project together;

Models (in order of appearance):

Viviana V

Anna Victoria

Chloe Capture

Photography: Lauren Ashley Studios

Photography; Millennium Moments Studio

Hotel: Viceroy Chicago

Stationery: Stationery for Lovers

Lingerie: Shop Alexandra Jo

Lingerie: Adore me

Robes: Flutter dress

Footwear: House of Elliot Boudoir

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