Style Challenge #4 – Try a New Hairstyle

Ugggghhhhh this week’s challenge.  Not my favorite!  But, definitely necessary.  (Closeup of the braid in my hair below.)  Like I said, I opted for a braid with a ponytail, but for me it was not as easy to do as Kate’s video made it seem.  No matter how much hair I put into the braid, no matter how much I pulled the braid out to loosen it and make it bigger, and even though I did a dutch braid to try to make the braid stick out more, this was the best and most prominent I could get it!  Some of you on Instagram suggested texture spray, which I think will probably be the key.  I’ll keep trying, but…ughhhh!!!

Anyway, judging from #PMTstylechallenge on Instagram, YOUR hair all looks REALLY FREAKING CUTE!  And thank you for doing the challenge.  It gave me the motivation I needed to explore a new hairstyle, and for me it opened the door for more things to try.  Even though these are the tiniest, slightest variations of a ponytail, I see them as small and necessary steps for myself to bigger and better….hair.  Hopefully yes, with some texture spray.  😉

On a happier note…I love my new chunky cardigan!  I’ve worn it with regular skinny jeans and boots, a blue collared button up and black jeans, and I plan to wear it in a black and white look with white jeans.  Yesterday I paired it with quilted sneakers and maroon jeans for a casual outfit for a meeting at my house where I sat on the ground accompanying Addie who was lying on the floor.

Shop for the Look:
T-shirt: Everlane (exactsimilar)
Cardigan: Old Navy (exact)
Jeans: Target (similarsimilar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Target (exact)

Links to Shop:
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  • Reply
    Sarah Kerner
    February 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Your cardigan is adorable! I bought a styling wand recently to try to copy the cute waves that I am seeing everywhere these days. It's hard to make it look good, but it's fun to have a little volume in my normally straight hair.

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    Sabrina Nooruddin
    February 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I love braids! Seriously, at least once a week it's my go-to! Your braided pony looks great!

    x. Sabrina // Simply Sabrina

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Oops, yes! You can get it at the bottom of this post: https://www.puttingmetogether.com/p/style-challenge.html

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    Megan
    February 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    The braid is cute! I am terrible at braiding my own hair! I think I could live in a chunky cardigan every day of my life.

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    Jessica S
    February 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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    Jessica S
    February 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Can you share the HTML for your button so I can advertise it on my site? I want to spread the word because your links are awesome! I am so impressed that you tried so hard with your hair!

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    http://www.wearitforless.com

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    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
    February 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I love that braid on you! Very cute!

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    Ann Robie
    February 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    It looks so cute, Audrey! Thank you for this tip! 🙂

    Ann | http://annrobiefashion.com/

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    Jessica S
    February 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Even better! Thanks!

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    fashionforgiants
    February 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I am so bad a doing my hair, it's not even funny and as a result, my attempt at a new hairstyle isn't great, but I appreciated the challenge!

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    Alli
    February 5, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I think your braid is cute! And I LOVE the cardigan! Super excited to see more looks w it, your blog gives me tons of style inspiration!

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    Jenna W
    February 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Ugh, I run into the same problems. I have dark, curly hair, so braids just get lost, even when I straighten my hair. I think you need to have a lot of color variation or light hair to make the braids really visible.

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    Andi Smith
    February 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Yep, I have the same problem with doing anything interesting with my hair. I couldn't really get a good picture of my braid situation, because my hair is so fluffy and dark that you can't see the different texture going on! It all just blends together. But it was fun to try something new.

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    Emily
    February 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    No worries! Your hair is so thick, glossy, and straight that I didn't think that those braided dos would work for you. But your hair is so gorgeous that I don't think it matters at all. No matter how hard I try, I will never get thick, glossy hair.

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    Lauren @ Exploring My Style
    February 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Hey good for you for trying something new! Braided hairstyles are super tricky, especially the dutch braid–it's like going against everything we know about braiding! This was a fun challenge. I've actually been inspired to try a few new hairstyles or even just make little tweaks to ones I know!

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    Amanda
    February 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    The nursing tank is a good idea! Do you have one that you suggest?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 5, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I wear the Undercover Mama ones. And heads up, I'll be coming up with a nursing-friendly capsule wardrobe in the next couple of months!

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    tgchi13
    February 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I love this outfit on you, and frankly I think the braid looks nice…subtle, classy, casual and nice.

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    Lara Gephart
    February 5, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Even though I'm a blonde, I actually have trouble with the braid disappearing when I put it further back on my head. My new trick is to french braid my bangs into my ponytail and then pull on it to make it not so tight. I also use dry shampoo and day old hair otherwise it just doesn't look quite right. But three years of practice and I'm finnnnaaalllyyy getting to the point where it actually looks picture worthy, so I have high hopes you'll get it down in three months. 😉

    On a side note, I love these challenges and have been doing them without posting pictures (I need to get on that, but I forget!). They have really helped me up my style game and have kept me out of the clothing section at Target (for which my husband is so thankful for!). My goal is to not buy any new clothes until Spring rolls around, so can you keep going until then?!

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    Cielo
    February 5, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Many girls here in Manila would envy your naturally straight hair! Saving on salon costs just to have straight, relaxed hair. 😄

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    Diana
    February 6, 2015 at 12:58 am

    This is something I super duper need to work on. Off to be inspired by all those posts on Instagram!

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    Amanda
    February 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks! I just ordered a black one to try out. And I look forward to the capsule wardrobe! It's amazing how much my wardrobe revolves around easy access for nursing now. Also- have you heard of Boob Design? I've been dying to try some of their stuff, but I can't bite the bullet because of the price.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I haven't heard of Boob Design. And if you are nursing, of course your wardrobe would revolve around that! You've gotta do it multiple times a day, so it makes sense.

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    ajwearsclothes
    February 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    This cardigan is perfect!

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    Sarah C
    February 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Kate makes everything look so easy! I've tried her messy bun tutorial so many times, failing each time! I'm waiting for her texture spray tutorial, my hair is so straight and sleek that no matter what I do, it just fail to my natural part and I get nothing. Plus my hair is black like yours and nothing shows up…it just looks like a black blob on my head, lol.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Haha! I COMPLETELY feel you. My hair is so straight and sleek that it doesn't get much volume or stay looking "messy" in the good way. It just looks…messy for real.

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    Vicky Gill
    February 7, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I enjoy seeing what others are doing. I tried but I just couldn't get into it. I'm so lazy with my hair. It's a messy bun, pony tail, or down (straight…which is the only way my hair grows). I'm growing my hair out and it's down to my shoulders but my layers (that are still growing out) are driving me insane. I ALWAYS have this one section of my hair that does not want to do what I want it to do. My hair is fine but I have lots of it. I love my hair…long. Short is way too much work for me. It feels so limited. I'll be glad when summer gets here and I will be through this "growing out" mess…sorry to ramble. Audrey, I like the braid. Look at you taking chances and all that…YOU GO GIRL!

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    Vicky Gill
    February 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I'm with you!

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    Vicky Gill
    February 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Love, love, and more love. I am pulling out my plaid shirt and am going to wear it this week.

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    Maria G
    February 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I love all of these looks! I have a couple plaid tops and always wear them the same couple of ways, but this gives me so many more ideas!

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    Karla M. Davis
    February 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I totally agree with you about jewelry-accessories really help complete a look and take it in a particular direction. Curling your hair does help soften a look too I find. This is a great outfit. I also like to wear a stretchy bracelet of strand pearls. I find pearls always add a feminine feel also.

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    Karla M. Davis
    February 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Amanda, I never used nursing pads more than about 6 weeks, I never made a ton of milk for my little one although she is still enjoying it at 17 months. 😉 I wanted to suggest the Gilligan & O'Malley Nursing bras from Target. Specifically the seamless style that does not have underwire although looks like it could have one ( all of mine are without an underwire). While they aren't padded, they aren't super thin like some of the other ones they carry. I think they would be perfect for you. I have them in a few colors and they are the perfect T-shirt bra or anytime you have a thin/tighter shirt that you don't want to show the details, I find they work well and they're $16.99-19.99 which is reasonable depending on sales. I even got one for $3 on the clearance rack!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks so much, Vicky! I think the important part is that you tried. And who knows? Maybe other people would have thought whatever you tried looked good. I didn't love my braid either, but you and some others say it looks pretty alright, so that's helpful for me to be less of a critic towards myself! 🙂

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    Amanda
    February 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion! I'll have to try them out.

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    Anna
    February 8, 2015 at 3:24 am

    I have the same problem with not being able to make my accent braids stand out. What has really helped me is pulling my braids apart. I thought it wouldn't work at first and that I would never be able to make my braids look big and voluminous, but this technique works miracles! This video explains how to pull a braid apart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEBiB4admyc Also, the youtuber who put up this video (Kayley Melissa) has a bunch of other hair tutorials where you can see the art of pulling a braid apart in action! Hope this helps 🙂

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    Brynn
    February 8, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Yessss, that cardigan is genius!! I want it! It looks so cozy and would work nicely for casual and work outfits 🙂 I give you credit for trying something new with your hair – I think it's really cute on you! I wasn't able to get my act in gear to link up this week, but if I had, I would have styled my hair wavy instead of fighting my natural texture! I am so excited for my hair to grow out longer so I can braid and curl and play with it even more!!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    February 9, 2015 at 12:39 am

    That was super super super helpful! Thank you!

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    Eryn @ MindOfMom.com
    February 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    You did great with the hair! And I love that sweater! They still have it in stock at my closest store. Hmmmm, how long is my lunch break! hahaha

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    Andréa Christine
    February 11, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Definitely pinned this for later. Since moving to Canada, I've realized that plaid is a fashion staple. LOL.

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    Bev
    February 16, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I'm so glad you refer to these as "button ups!" I know I'm showing my age, but for years and years, "button-downs" were shirts with buttoned down collars.

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    allie
    March 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    On #5, I'd expect the rolled up sleeve cuffs to be the plaid shirt, but they look like a light solid color. Are you layering two long sleeve shirts? I LOVE this look!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks, Allie! The cuff is from the blazer. The inside is lined with white and subtle stripes (which you can't see in the pic). The shirt and sweater sleeves are inside the blazer a little above the cuff so they aren't showing.

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    Chen Glnovia
    June 25, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I love your style .and smile http://www.robesdemariee2013.com/

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