Reliable Recital Hair 

It’s that time of year again: blogging rampage time since my juries and finals are over and I don’t know what to do with my free time! 

It’s also junior and senior recital season, as well as banquet and graduation season. 
That said, every girl needs a fallback hairstyle that is elegant, timeless, and EASY. 

Here’s my go-to updo. 


  1. Good bobby pins that match your hair color 
  2. One sturdy hair tie 
  3. (Optional) fancy clip 
  4. Curling iron
  5. Hairspray 
  6. Heat protection spray


  1. Curl all of your hair. To be safe, always spray it down with a heat protection spray. For best results, start curling at the root and then work to the ends; this improves the hold of the curl. 
  2. Once the curls cool, separate them using your fingers and shake them out for extra volume. 
  3. Choose the side opposite the part and put the hair on the underneath of that side into a ponytail, leaving the sides and top of your hair down. 
  4. Twist the ponytail into a loose bun and pin it. 
  5. Take a small chunk of the loose hair and twist it loosely; wrap this around the bun and pin it. Don’t worry if the ends are loose as you can secure them later and, as they are curled, they will look intentional anyway. 
  6. Continue to take chunks of hair and either wrap them around the bun or wrap them around your fingers and then pin them to create curls surrounding the bun. This adds poofiness! 
  7. When you reach the sides, loosely twist them into the bun as you did the other pieces. However, you can leave shorter pieces down around your face to frame it. 
  8. The result should look something like this. 
  9. Add a pin as needed to secure your bangs; usually I use a sparkly barrette. 
  10. Optional: touch up the curls around your face and hairspray the whole creation. 
  11. Also optional: add a fancy hat and pretend you are a wealthy widow with a dark secret. 

Hope this helps any of you looking for some hair inspiration! 🙂 

Almost thereeeeeeeeeee

Current mood: Homework and bagpipe music. (It helps me focus.)

Finals are almost upon us. Juries are just around the corner. And my motivation is 40% coffee, 30% chocolate, 10% memes, and 10% hugs. The other 10% got lost, along with most of my enthusiasm.


I am finding ways to deal with the awful combination of the sophomore slump, final blahs, and summer dreaming.

  1. Celtic music, especially jigs and reels. Seriously, it’s like Disneyland in your headphones. Just listen to it and you’ll feel immediately so much better!
  2. Strength training. My go-to exercise is running, but sometimes lifting and throwing heavy objects relieves more tension…even if “heavy” for me is like 10 pounds.
  3. Mix up your practice/study routine. I’ve found that taking a little break to listen to my repertoire or reread a chapter of my book while stretching or dancing around helps me refocus.
  4. Hugs. I am not a touchy person, but you really can’t beat a good hug from a close friend.
  5. Call Mom. Just do it. Moms always have the answers and, if they don’t, they can at least tell you to cut it out and get back to work.
  6. Read a book for fun. As I wrote before, I have rediscovered my love of children’s books and it is keeping me sane.
  7. Blog. Noticed my recent increase in posts? It’s because of a nifty thing I like to call “procrastination.” But writing helps me feel like I accomplished something.


That’s it for now.