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  1. Tie the Perfect Bow

    October 12, 2012 by Jo

    I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve tied a bow and then had a friend retie it. Honestly (*nods head). I’m not even upset by it, just slightly befuddled. Until now (*valiantly thrusts arm into the air)!

    Thank you Modcloth for showing me how to be a better woman (*hint of sarcasm there – did you catch the whiff?)! Favorite part of the video: the awkward shuffle-away at 0:45 sec. Second favorite part: learning to tie a bow.


  2. Dreams of Summer

    June 28, 2012 by Jo

    This is what I want my summer to look like!

  3. Hair Bow

    March 30, 2012 by Jo

    I’ve been wearing mine!!! Have you?

    View from the top:

    Yes, it’s kinda messy, but I had been dancing all night in it!!!

    Want to learn how to do this? Check it out here or here!!!



  4. Dance Shoes: Aris Allen

    March 30, 2012 by Jo

    I recently ordered some new shoes from Aris Allen and I freaking love them. I just got the brown high heels and they are super comfortable. How many pairs do you own? Click on the images to go check the shoes out on the website!





    Baltimore Based Swing Dance Footwear Company Releases New Line of Women’s Dance Shoes for Spring 2012 Season

    Baltimore, MD – (March 7, 2012) Due to overwhelming demand, local swing dance company Aris Allen has added more than 14 new styles of women’s shoes to its varied line of internationally recognized footwear.

    “Our loyal customers have been champing at the bit as we worked to release an even wider variety of vintage-inspired shoes for today’s swing dance enthusiast” states Gay Santelmann, product developer and CEO.

    The new assortment of shoes includes styles such as the 1940s 3-Buckle Dance Shoe, as well as a low heeled late-1950’s Shoe with Ankle Strap. Aris Allen has also developed some of its customer favorites in several new color combinations that fit in well with this season’s upcoming trends.

    Response from swing dancers all over North America, as well as international customers in several countries including France, Germany, Australia, Italy, and the UK has been more than favorable.

    Alongside the array of new shoes, Aris Allen has made room for gently worn footwear at its retail location in Curtis Bay, MD – many of which have been showcased by celebrities and featured on tv series such as Dancing with the Stars. Many styles from past seasons can be found for up to 70% off, along with an assortment of swing dance apparel.

    In its efforts to encourage young Baltimore-area dancers interested in swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Charleston, Aris Allen is also offering free pairs of shoes to customers touting a student ID when visiting the store.

    About Aris Allen:
    Founded in 2004, Aris Allen features the best in shoes, clothes and accessories for dancers who practice Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Balboa, Charleston, Boogie Woogie, Collegiate and Varsity Shag, Blues, West Coast, 6-count, 4-count (you name it), any and all forms of swing dancing! Visit Aris Allen’s retail site at for more information.


  5. Februhairy 2012 Review

    March 10, 2012 by Jo

    What a month of hair!! Thank you to all of the people the checked in daily and for the sweet note you sent me.

    Here’s a recap of all the things you saw during this past month!


    Day 1 – Sock Bun 
    Day 2 – Front Swirl (a favorite!!)
    Day 3 – Marilyn Curls 
    Day 4 - Faux Pin Up Bangs
    Day 5 – French Twist
    Day 6 – Edgy French Braid 
    Day 7 – Victory Bun 


    Day 8 – Rihanna Inspired 
    Day 9 - Alternative Braid 
    Day 10 - Pin Curl Updo
    Day 11 - Mermaid Tail Braid
    Day 12 – Quick Twist 
    Day 13 – 1940s Pin Up
    Day 14 – Fun Bun


    Day 15 – Pin Up Bandana - accessory
    Day 16 - Victory Rolls (this is a favorite!)
    Day 17 - Sponge Rollers  
    Day 18 – Vintage Vixon
    Day 19 – Twist and Pin
    Day 20 - Color Bug hair color
    Day 21 – Elegant Fauxhawk


    Day 22 – Scarf Wrap Tutorial - accessory
    Day 23 – Fishtail Braid
    Day 24 – Roll it Up!
    Day 25 – 1940s Reverse Roll Hairstyle 
    Day 26 – Not Your Average Ponytail 
    Day 27 – Mohawk Monday!
    Day 28 – Milkmaid Braids

    Day 29 – Five Strand Braid

  6. Day 29 – Five Strand Braid

    February 29, 2012 by Jo

    The other week I was in Las Vegas with some friends and Alicia Vance was kind enough to do my hair. Check it out!

    Freaking amazing, right?!

    Check out more of her stuff on or email her at to set up an appointment to look fantastic!!

  7. Day 28 – Milk Maid Braids

    February 28, 2012 by Jo

    Haha, I’ve seen these all over the place, but honestly, I’ve never been interested in wearing my hair this way. Until now. :D

    I don’t know how often I’ll wear my hair like this, but it’s fun, easy and quick to do.

    One more day of hair to go!!! Which are your favorite days of Februhairy?

  8. Day 27 – Mohawk Monday!!

    February 27, 2012 by Jo

    I declare that it is Mohawk Monday!! I am rocking one today. How about you?

    I love them and think everyone should wear one at least once. Here are my favorite mohawk/fauxhawk tutorials:

    Elegant (from Day 21), which is great for medium/long hair.

    Great for shorter hair:

    Great if you have 30 minutes and a friend:

    Yes, this looks rather time consuming, but it’s so pretty! I’m guessing if you have thinner hair, you could instead just make little buns/pin curls up the back and then curl the top to get a similar effect. What do you think?

    The original inspiration:

    Which one is your favorite?

  9. Day 26 – Knot Your Average Pony

    February 26, 2012 by Jo

    Yes I am sampling heavily from The Beauty Department, but they have so much great stuff!! Just check out this spiffy way of spicy up your pony tail.

    photo: angela+ithyle/ post designed by kristin ess

    Some days you just don’t wanna. For those days, we made you this! Seems like we’ve been seeing pictures of this lovely look everywhere. It’s definitely an easy, gorgeous spring/summer ‘do. Here’s how to get this very uncomplicated knotted ponytail:


    -light holding styling mousse
    -small clear elastic
    -large bobbypin


    1) Apply a light holding styling mousse all over from roots to ends for texture and seperation. Hair can be damp or dry. (If it’s dry, be sure it’s a light holding mousse or you could end up with a strong holding mess.)

    2) Separate the hair over your shoulder into two pieces. The piece from the back should come forward and down (see photo).

    3,4) Using your girl scout skills, tie hair into a simple knot.

    5.) Secure the two ends together using a clear elastic. Once it’s in there, slide it up underneath the knot to conceal it.

    6) I like to throw a bobby pin in there for extra security.

    7) Back comb the ponytail a little for texture and then comb through it with your fingers to settle it.

    Tip: Once the steps are complete, tug on it and mess it up a bit. This look is better when it’s a little disheveled!


  10. Day 25 – 1940′s Reverse Rolls Hairstyle

    February 25, 2012 by Jo

    If you have short hair, then this is the 1940′s Reverse Rolls Hairstyle tutorial for you!

    See the following tutorials for styles utilizing this type of roll:

    My first Victory Roll tutorial:

    Pearl Frush Inspired Victory Roll Pin Up Style:

    Up-do with Victory Rolls:

    Layrite Products available here or at the Hawleywoods website:

    The Ray Collins Hot Club-Bechstein Stomp