This Is the Newest Braiding Trend Taking Over the Red Carpet
We’re currently undergoing a bit of a braiding revolution. While the three-part braid is always a solid option, you can now also try out a fishtail, a French braid, an inverted French braid… we could go on. If you’ve already gone ahead and mastered all those, we now have one more for you to try: spiral braids.
Similar to the boho-inspired crown braid (or halo braid), the style typically starts toward the top of the head and curves around toward the nape of the neck. But unlike the popular style, the spiral braid makes some unexpected twists and turns. Additionally, it’s set a little further back, leaving the front looking loose and laid back.
Both Emma Stone and Amber Heard have recently rocked this look on the red carpet. When they took on the style, the two ladies opted not for a traditional braid but rather a super messy fishtail. Basically, if Khaleesi slept in her braids for two or three nights, it would probably end up looking a little something like this (which by no means makes it a bad thing).
Now onto that question we’re guessing you’re going to ask next, “How do I do it?!” Fret not, you braiding beauts; we have a few tips for you. While we haven’t found a single tutorial that teaches this exact look, you can definitely copy the style if you take a couple pointers from one and a few from the other.
First we suggest mastering a fishtail crown braid. Fishtails can be tricky, and when you’re also trying to wrap it around your head, things get even more complicated. Once you’ve mastered that, move on to a zig zag braid, which will help you figure out how to not only go around the head, but also back and forth (or up and down). Then combine those two to and voila! You have a spiral braid. Before you hit the red carpet (or the grocery store) make sure to tousle your fingers through the braid to add that much-needed touch of messiness.
Are you already rocking a spiral braid? Snap a pic and share it with us in the comments below.
(Photos via Frederick M. Brown/Tim P. Whitby/Getty)
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)