Six Hairstyles for Long Hair..

I have a love + hate relationship with my hair. Whether it is long, short, layered, straight or curly… the last couple of years I have chopped and changed between hairstyles.
I’ve had long hair that looks great curled or piled/teased into a massive topknot; a concaved bob; side fringes; layers; different hues and Ombre.

I am currently growing my hair out, and am excited to have luscious, long hair again.. When I do, the following styles are ones I hope to use regularly.

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Topknot bun with braid at base

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Fishtail braid

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A curly, fun ponytail with height (also love the sleek, straight version too!)

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Waterfall braid. Will be a first!

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Plait or braid headband… love this with curls and waves like pictured but also with hair in a high or low bun

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A rock chic style up do! Curl and pin!

Which looks do you love? What style is a must try for you?
Kooklah xo

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Sense of Romance…

The romantic style of dressing is one of my favourites.
 It is a style characterised by feminine, flirty, fun and pretty clothes or accessories with details such as lace, draped or flowing fabric, tulle, ruffles, pretty details including florals or a little sparkle.
An example of a long, flowing dress. The bodice is sequined with floral detail
Floral, lace, sparkle and button detail…
Using this style will not only ensure you look feminine and pretty but can also increase your confidence by making you feel attractive and happy.
 Romantic style is very girly, perfect for dates, outside events or parties.
I love this outfit, perfect for a date, girls night or even an outdoor cocktail party.
The ankle boots add abit of edge whilst highlighting the legs and flow of the ruffles in the dress.

                                            Lace is a very simple and beautiful way to add abit of romance to an outfit. It can be through the use of shoes or accessories such as headbands, earrings, bangles or, through using lace as the emphasis of the outfit for example dresses, skirts, shirts…

Lauren Conrad:                     Lauren really suits this feminine and romantic style.  Lauren has used slighty curled hair in a bun, with wispy pieces around her face. Her makeup is very natural with emphasis on flirty eyes..                                             

                                     
This dress has great detail at the top, it is very flattering and looks well put together and relaxed. The slight jewelled/crystal headband adds a lovely detail to the hairstyle that complements but maintains an understated look.
Blake Lively: Blake has really embraced the romantic style with this outfit. Her hair is very whimsical, with braids and plaits that are loose, her hair is partially pinned. It is very much so a hairstyle that will loosen and gradually fall out over time, which will only add to the overall look. The hair accessories which have been used are floral with beading, it is still quite natural as it blends with her hair colour.
I love that this dress is understated, cap sleeves, no plunging neckline with a slight flair below the hips. The lace work is amazing, complemented by floral details. This dress looks amazing and comfortable, a great one to copy for the beach, a date, a picnic or a party. Blake’s accessories in the ay of floral rings and a collection of charm bracelets are fantastic and really increase the romantic, slightly bohemian style.

Carrie Bradshaw- the intricate, mulitlayered dress worn in Paris (look at all that fabulous material, with the lace, ruffles, glitter and sequins) and the long, flowy orange maxi worn in the Middle East, this dress adds a fantastic pop of colour!

Romantic style can be simply achieved in the form of a sheer blouse…

 …or through the use of a beautiful pair of shoes.
                                                      Accessories are usually pretty and intricate with use of florals, beaded, glittery or lace detail

                                                                                                                                                                    
For your makeup focus on soft styles and colours such as nude, bronze, pinks, shimmer, glitter, gloss. A very natural, feminine look- wide eyes, long eyelashes, peachy pink cheeks.
 Hairstyles that compliment or enhance this style are waved styles like the pictures depicted above, loose braids, plaits or buns. Girly, flirty and fun hair. Doesn’t have to be perfectly put together, when I dress in this style or decide to use a romantic hairstyle I tend to focus on creating a girly, dreamy look-if it gradually falls or changes, don’t worry! It really does add to the look…

 
  Styling Tip: if looking ultra feminine is something you are not too comfortable with, you can still embrace the Romantic style- combine flirty, feminine details with another style.

 For example a flowing dress with a blazer or leather jacket, floral or pink heels with a LBD (little black dress), beautifully curled or wavy hair, a ruffled top with jeans or tailored pants or pretty, detailed accessories. This is the beauty of this style, it can be used to completley create an outfit, but also to influence or provide an addition to an outfit. 
I hope you enjoy this post! I had alot of fun creating it,
Happy Styling,
Kooklah, Xx

building inner confidence

I love the saying “Always make an effort as you never know who you will meet”. I think it provides a sense of hope but also motivation … I know on difficult days I always feel better after abit of time focusing on me. Whether it’s my makeup routine, styling my hair or putting together an outfit often I’ll have music on as I do so, I leave feeling happy, confident and positive about myself and the day or night out will involve. This confidence or the smile it brings is what makes other people notice. You’re more likely to make friends, meet a boy or have a positive impact on someone with this feeling – including creating a positive outlook for yourself. While it isn’t solely makeup or clothes that can give you this boost.. I think they definitely help! Below is a list of items that make me feel confident and amazing 99% of the time * a pair of heels or wedges- boost height, highlight legs and make calf muscles stand out * a little black dress (lbd) -I have one that has a frill out the front and back and falls to just above knee length whilst skimming over problem areas. * my black skinny jeans- they are worn in and so comfortable * feminine underwear – frills, lace, or the new sequin /beaded bra I just bought from Kiss My Button Vintage (kissmybuttonvintage.com or facebook.com/kissmybuttonvintage) providing a secret boost! * a fitted yet not skin tight dress – my current face is a hot pink, v neck dress that falls above the knee, fitted around the bust and waist. Love it. * patterned stockings -define your legs and add a cute, sexy, cheeky feel. * perfume – smell good and other people notice. I love Anna Sui’s babydoll, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s lovely, the SJP perfume has actually resulted in people telling me how good I smell, long after I can smell sit-in if that doesn’t make you feel good, what will? * combing my long eyelashes so they really stand out putting a couple flicks of mascara, instant eyeboost, Flirty eyes! * bronzer or blush, contours face, highlights cheekbones ..blush creates a feminine feel for me where bronzer makes me feel sexy and reminds me of summer * eyeliner -defines eyes * white eyeshadow- blend and the result is eyes that stands out, makes your eyes look bigger * free flowing straight, waved or loosely curled hair One of these or a combination is guaranteed to ensure an inner confidence for me personally, what does that for you? K, Xx