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5 Braids You Can Wear to All of Your Holiday Parties

While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.

Left: Elie Saab; right: Emilio Pucci. (Photos: Imaxtree)

With holiday season in full swing, having a few go-to hairstyles in your arsenal is pretty essential. Most of us have our favorite bold lipsticks that we keep in our purses to swipe on when we realize we have to run from work (or school) to three different holiday parties, but our hair can be a completely different issue. Luckily, the trends on the fall/winter runways had plenty of different styles to inspire us, from bouffants to braids.

Most of us have been braiding our hair since we were in elementary school, so we immediately took to this trend—and it’s one that has become a runway staple ever since Guido Palau sent girls down Alex Wang’s runway in spring of 2010 with disheveled side braids. This season, we saw the braid take on a few more forms, from the milkmaid to cornrows, and they all work equally well for your holiday activities. Click through to find some inspiration for your packed holiday calendar, and for how to adapt these looks to your off-the-runway life.

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September First Look: Exclusive Lace Twistbands in Fall’s Hottest Colors

Spoiler alert: Some of our members will be receiving exclusive lace-printed Twistbands in their September Birchboxes!

As much as we love summer, fall fashion is so much more fun. Load of layers, cozy sweaters, kicky boots—there are too many options. One trend we’re particularly excited about this season is lace. We love the girly texture so much that we teamed up with Twistband to create a custom collection of lace-printed hair ties. We’ll be sampling these ultra-feminine hair ties to many of our members this month—get excited!

The exclusive set of six hair ties is the perfect way to add the ultra-feminine fabric to your wardrobe. When we created the collection we took color inspiration from the Fall 2012 catwalks—shows like Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, and Lanvin. Click through to see the runway shots we used for our mood boards!

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It’s National Fragrance Day! What Scent Are You Wearing?

If you didn’t get the memo, today is National Fragrance Day! (No, we’re not making this up. If you don’t believe us, you can verify the holiday here.) 

In honor of this sweet-smelling occasion, we thought we’d roundup three of our go-to perfumes for spring. If you don’t have a signature scent for the season yet, read on to find the perfect fit for you.

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Look ’60s Chic With These Key Pieces: Guest Blogger

Sometimes, our greatest inspirations for new looks come from the past. Which is why we love The American Vernacular, a recently launched (it started last November!) online vintage store with fantastic, bygone-era inspired taste. Each piece on the site comes with information about its brand history, written by TAV’s owner and founder, Bryn Lander. This week, Bryn shares her vintage style secrets with us and gives the downlow on how to score those glam, leading lady looks.

Top: Twiggy, Jane Fonda, Mia Farrow, Barbara Streisand
Bottom: Edie Sedgwick, Diana Ross, Jean Shrimpton, Brigitte Bardot

Sixties culture was defined by the baby boomers who were just starting to come of age. Designers like Mary Quant, Courrèges, Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, Emilio Pucci, Bonnie Cashin, Givenchy, and the House of Biba challenged every tradition of fashion design and created the miniskirt, bold Warhol- and Mondrian-inspired prints, and dresses made of materials like plastic and paper. My favorite ’60s films that best showcase the looks of the era are Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), The Birds (1963), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Graduate (1967), and Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

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