Off the shoulder

In an attempt to get my hair off my shoulders on an overwhelmingly hot day, I tried my hand at a french braid crown. Braiding is not a talent of mine, nor is accomplishing any hairstyle beyond that of a pony tail or bun and even then the results are sometimes questionable.

Four tries and 20 minutes of hanging my head sideways in front of the mirror later I had something resembling a french braid across my head. A bit lumpy, far from pinterest-worthy, but I was more than ready to deem it a success and head out the door without any hair hiding my bare shoulders in my new off the shoulder tee I was debuting.

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The Rundown
Off the Shoulder Tee Express
Floral Boxer Shorts c/o Cabi
Gladiator Sandals Dive & Co. similar
Fringe Bucket Bag Margot via TJMaxx similar
Earrings Wendy Mink similar
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
Gold Wrap Ring gift from Meg similar
Sunglasses Vogue via Sunglass Hut

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  1. You did a much better job than I could do, it looks great! Love those shorts too!

  2. Your hair looks gorgeous! No one notices the lumps but you, trust me - I know this because I've attempted the same hair style myself, with far less success (because somehow, despite the fact that I have so much hair, braids at the front of my head always turn out tiny,) and still somehow gotten compliments. Plus, summer is just too hot to wear your hair down. I made the mistake of leaving home without a hair elastic yesterday and hated every minute of it. And I didn't even have an off the shoulder top to show off!

  3. You look so nice
    Love the sandals

  4. That's basically the perfect hairstyle for that awesome top - and it came out pretty darn good (I am TERRIBLE at stuff like that, so I respect your skills).

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  5. I could have looked at the tutorial for 3 days in a row and hung my head for an hour... I would have never been able to accomplish it ! Great job Lydia!
    and what a great backdrop for your look.

  6. Wonderful look!! Love it!

    ♘ ♘

  7. I love this off the shoulder on you, it's gorgeous! And that french braid is amazing, I can never do anything with my hair; I"m straight up terrible with it.

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  8. Your braid looks great! and I love your off the shoulder top!


  9. Love this off the shoulder look on you and those shoes are too cute. . .

  10. Your hair looks cute! Love your shorts, too :)

  11. Wow! I can picture you in that top wearing a lace pencil skirt or a voluminous midi skirt. I love the simplicity and elegance of the top.

  12. Your hair looks great!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  13. Love this combo! Such a cute top. And I'm seriously impressed with your braid. It looks great to me!

    Fizz and Frosting

  14. you look gorgeous with your hair up and i love the OTS top!

    cute & little

  15. You did a wonderful job with your hair! Love the look on you!

  16. I wish my hair was long enough for a braid like this... I haven't been styling it at all except for a few pins to keep it from being extra puffy. Stay cool!

  17. Your braid looks awesome! I always end up putting my hair up in summer, best way to beat the heat!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  18. Florals + off-the-shoulder is a definite win. And I think you nailed the braid- so pretty!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  19. I love the braid! One of my goals this month is to try more things with my hair--I pretty much wear it the same couple of ways all the time. I need to try some braiding, but I get frustrated every time I try!

  20. I suck at braiding and hair skills in general - major props because yours looks lovely! Cute bag, too!

    District of Chic

  21. Off the shoulder is your look lady!

  22. I love the off the shoulder style on you, pretty!