HAIRSPIRATION FOR LOLLAPALOOZA

This weeks 'hairspiration' is in honor of the upcoming Lollapalooza festival that is happening this weekend in Grant Park, Chicago. If you're like me, then a good hair day can depict the rest of your day. So here are a just a few looks you could rock while rocking out. Oh, and if you happen to be going, might I recommend the following shows: Kings of Leon, Lorde, Foster the People, Zedd, Iggy Azalea, Lykke Li, and The Temper Trap (just to name a few). 

Which look is your favorite? Share in the comment section below for a future tutorial!

** ALSO, to my Canadian readers: I'm heading to Victoria this weekend. Suggestions of things to see, eat, do would be much appreciated!!

xx

MAKING TRADITIONS


Without even realizing it, we've seem to have made a little tradition of hiking on anniversaries. But hey, who can complain with a view like that! The weather was a perfect low 80s which made for a nice dip in the lake a great end to our hike. That's not to say the water wasn't freezing though. There were still little icebergs and patches of snow around, but totally worth it! I think my heart will forever belong in the mountains!

3 YEARS.


3 years later and you still make me laugh every day. Thanks for being my best friend and always being the first to say sorry. I promise I'll get a few in their first this time around.

I love you to the moon and beyond. Happy 3 years!

HALF-UP TOP KNOT HAIRSPIRATION


I love that top knots are coming back in style! I remember wearing one a few months back and Eric poking fun at me, but whose laughing now ;) I thought I'd share a few fun, slightly different versions of the top knot that are my favorite at the moment. The perfect hairstyle for both short and long hair. Do you like the half-up top knot look?


Now onto the tutorials! 

messy middle part half top knot

When to wear: Perfect for Summer concerts, a day at the beach or grabbing lunch with girlfriends.
TO CREATE: Keep hair messy and separate into a middle part. Gather top of hair, leaving a half inch above ears. Loosely create a bun at the crown of head by wrapping hair around finger and tie with small elastic. 

low half top knot
When to wear: Love this look for those relaxed nights in with your significant other, hot Summer nights, even that casual outdoor wedding.
TO CREATE: Separate hair in a deep side part. Gather hair at the back of your head, just above ear height. Loosely create a messy bun and secure with elastic.


high half top knot
When to wear: That perfect look for grabbing dessert with friends or bringing a fun, fresh look to your everyday Summer dress.
TO CREATE: Smooth out hair, grabbing roughly 2 inches of hair above ear and creating a high half top knot just above the crown of head. Play around with the volume of your bun to give different looks!


half pony pull through top knot
When to wear: For that quick, on the go look running errands.
TO CREATE: Smooth out hair on top of head, gathering hair just above ear height. Bring to back and start creating a half ponytail, pulling only half through.

Find more versions of the half-up top knot here.
xx

LATEST PINTEREST FINDS

A few Pinterest finds that have made my heart happy lately! Hair, words of encouragement, adventure planning, puppy love, outfit ideas. It's all there. What is your latest pinterest obsession find?

Make sure to follow my Pinterest boards found here!

LADYGRAM

Summer keeps flying by!! Eric and I are off on another adventuring headed to Utah for a family and friend event! Mentally preparing myself for that 14 hour drive... whew! Make sure to follow along in our adventures via Instagram @tanyajtaylor
What's been your favorite Summer adventure so far?



HIKES, HIKES AND MORE HIKES

One thing I love about our vacations to Idaho is that they always involve the outdoors in any which way. Hiking, ATVing, Snowmobiling, skiing. It's all there! What made this Fourth of July special is that all of Eric's family from his dad's side was there too, so we took the opportunity to do a little family hike on our first day there. We rode ATV's half way up, riding through streams and over snow patches, and trekked the rest of the way.

*Note: Some of these pretties were taken by my awesome Father-In-Law too!

^ Hiking to those two tiny rock piles on the mountain. ^
^ Foot sledding fun! ^
^ Adding our touch of history to the pile. ^

WRITING PROCESS

My awesome Sister-In-Law shot me an email last week asking if I wanted to be apart of a little series called the "My Writing Process Blog Tour". It's a short little series where we share our writing process for creating our blog posts, etc. It's been so fun getting to see how other people create and put together their posts, so I thought WHY NOT, it looks like fun!


what am I working on? 
+ I'm still editing and putting together little posts from our amazing Fourth of July adventures in Idaho! If it were up to me they would never end! Stay tuned for more hiking adventures!
how does my work differ from others in its genre?
+ Because the Little Lady site is a lifestyle blog, my work is all original because it's ME! I share little glimpses of my life with Eric, as well as hair tutorial and Pinterest gems on the side. Two of my guilty pleasures!
why do i write what i do?
+ I just celebrated my three year blogiversary and I just now feel like I'm getting into the grove of writing with my own voice without being influenced by others. I first created Little Lady as a creative outlet from mundane academia and wedding planning. It has since grown into a space saturated in memories. Full of daily snapshots, inspiration, and simplistic fashion. I view my site as a visual diary of my journey, and as a little reminder to appreciate living in every moment.
how does your writing process work?
+ Of course it would be awesome if I could write out in my planner every week what I want to write on what given day, but sometimes I'm just not that organized. Most of the time I just write whatever comes to mind, and whatever adventures I've been up to that day.

*This awesome little series was started by The Stationary Place. Shoot me an email if you are interested in joining the series!!

STEVENS LAKES TRAIL

I am having so much fun going through and editing all of our pictures from our Fourth of July getaway to Idaho. I got a lot of questions after I posted this picture on Instagram, so I just knew I had to share more with you here! Stevens Lakes is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever seen, I mean look at these pictures! The hike itself is not for the faint of heart, but oh so worth it! If you ever find yourself in Northern Idaho, definitely give this beauty a try!

*Note: Some of these pretties were taken by my awesome Father-In-Law too!



INSTA-OUTFIT


wearING: Top c/o | Shorts (old) Sandals Sunnies c/o
While in Idaho for the Fourth it was almost unbearably hot! I couldn't wait to head off to the local rooftop pool in my new favorite Pineapple tank. But unfortunately the pool was closed, boo! We resorted to riding ATV's instead which gave off that much needed breeze. I guess I can't complain ;)

Psst, you should get this tank too, or shop any of Style Lately's cute store for 15% off by entering the code: LOVESTYLELATELY
And check out our past Fourth holiday spent in Wallace here!

WILD HORSE MONUMENT

I've passed the Wild Horse Monument a hundred times growing up while visiting my grandparents in eastern Washington, always hoping that I'd one day get to stop there and be a little tourist. On our road trip over to Idaho, the sun was setting perfectly and I just knew "this was it"! I begged Eric to pull over, and boy, am I glad he did! Love a little road trip magic!!

SUMMER CONCERT HAIRSPIRATION

Eric and I are out on the road heading for Idaho, but I didn't want to miss my weekly "hairspiration" post! Today it's all about that perfect, effortless Summer concert look! We've been having lots of Summer concerts at the park by our house lately. Matt Nathanson, The Fray, Gaven DeGraw, and Ray LaMontagne. It's fun to ride by on our bikes and get a sneak peak, avoiding all the crowds. Or opening up all our windows and having a private concert at home. With the kick start of Summer concerts, I thought it would be a great idea to share one of my new favorite looks! I'm still in shock that there is no braid involved in this, but HEY, change is good!

What do you think? Would you rock this hairstyle? Let me know if you try this look out by tagging me on Instagram (@tanyajtaylor).

When to wear: Perfect for those Summer concert nights! Or wear this look while riding your bikes around town, grabbing food at all your favorite local food trucks! It gives off a no fuss, effortless vibe!

TO CREATE: 
1. Brush through hair. Separate into three-tiered sections and secure with small elastics.
2. Taking the top section, use fingers to separate in the middle and pull hair through. 
3. Taking the middle section, use fingers to separate in the middle and pull hair through, along with hair from first pony.
4. Repeat to bottom section, pulling all hair through.
5. Create messier look by teasing hair. And you're done!!

xx

LADYGRAM

Happy 1st of July! Summer is already flying by, can you believe it?! Eric and I are headed off to Idaho to celebrate the fourth with friends and family! So thankful for all of this beautiful weather we will be getting to celebrate Independence Day in all its true American glory. Swimming, BBQs and fireworks! Make sure to follow along in my adventures via Instagram @tanyajtaylor
How will you be celebrating the fourth?

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