Braided Side Bun


The braided side-bun is an easy hair-do that can be glammed up with a fancy hair clip, and still looks good at the end of the day when it’s all falling out.

Braiding around the back of the head might take a couple of goes to get the hang of, but the best tip I have is: when you’re swapping over from braiding with from lthe right side to braiding from the left (or vice versa) just try to remember if the last move you did was top to middle or bottom to middle (I hope that makes sense!).

P.S. I just bought a pack of those swirly bobby pins from Priceline, and they are rocking my world. I have super slippery hair, and normally I’d need a good handful of regular bobby pins to keep this up-do in place. I can do it with one carefully placed “spin pin”, and it won’t budge all day.braided side bun tutorial

Grey Gardens

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Dress: Kayemkay

Cardigan: Uniqlo

Tights: Walmart

Boots: Miz Mooz

This winter I seem to be wearing a lot of loose-fitting layers, and focussing more on comfort and volume in my outfits than my usual 50’s style frocks and fitted silhouettes .

My trend towards a more contemporary style is probably down to the fact that it’s been a good year for tights (BigW has had a great range of knit tights with interesting patterns and textures) and I think I’ve finally cracked the ankle-boot+wide-calf equation (the secret is having a bit of volume around the mouth of the boot).

I’ve got a few long cardigans in my wardrobe now, but I couldn’t resist adding this snuggly grey number when I saw it in Uniqlo recently. It looks great layered over the light floral dress from Kayemkay. Add fleece-lined tights and ankle boots and you’ve got a warm outfit that’s as stylish as it is comfortable.

I spent most of Saturday curled up in my sunroom with Suki on my lap, reading and mainlining cups of tea. Because the dress doesn’t crush at all (and somehow manages to also be cat-fur repellant) when the time came to leave for dinner all I had to do was relocate my lap warmer, dust myself off, and walk out the door. Then come back IN the door, get my umbrella, and leave again.


I wore it with my Made By Emily Green necklace, which added just the right amount of soft colour. I’m loving this season’s pastel palettes, but I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I just can’t wear them as successfully as I’d like to.

This braided side bun hairstyle is getting a lot of mileage at the moment as my hair’s starting to get a bit too long for most of my other favourite up-dos. Definitely time for a trim (or a whole new style?).


Stay tuned for my next hair tutorial! It looks way more complicated than it is.