Get the Look: Carrie Underwood’s Rockin’ Red Carpet Updo
Of all the hot looks at last week’s Billboard Music Awards, one celeb and her so-glam head-to-toe style completely stole the show and had us talking all week — Carrie Underwood. The country music maven had a serious rock star moment on the red carpet: Her dress wow-ed, her jewels shimmered and that coral lip color… don’t even get us started! But her edgy updo, that’s a style you DON’T have to be an A-lister to pull off! It’s elegant enough to wear to your fanciest summer occasions (wedding guest hair, anyone?), but cool enough to rock with your go-to skinnies and a flowy blouse on more casual days.
Follow our step-by-step tutorial to get the superstar-approved look!
1. Give yourself a heavy side part.
2. Use a heat protector spray to prep the hair and ensure smoothness. I’m using Kenra Platinum Hot Spray ($16).
3. Curl back the top front section of your hair and pin it off to the side with a duck bill clip. This is going to help shape the top portion and give it volume.
4. Finish curling the top of your hair in segments and secure with clips. Then, pull back the sides of your hair and pinch it up to give yourself a slight pomp. Secure with bobby pins.
5. Curl back the remaining hair beneath the portion you just pinned and secure with duckbill clips to help give it shape.
6. Let your pin curls cool for about 15 minutes.
7. Remove the top clips.
8. Back comb the top portion of your hair to give it maximum height. Be sure to back comb in the direction you will be shaping the hair, so AWAY from your side part — in this case toward the left side of your head.
9. Once your hair is combed and in the right direction, smooth out the top gently, but don’t flatten it out.
10. When you are happy with the shape of the top section, secure it on the side with a couple bobby pins and pin the rest of the hair over the pomp you pinned earlier.
11. Remove the remaining bottom clips.
12. Back comb the curls underneath to give them a little more volume.
13. Roll the bottom hair into curls and pin them back toward the nape of your neck.
Done! And looking like quite the American Idol if we do say so! ;)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)