Today I’m totally excited to introduce someone new to you: my little sister, Caitlin. She is going to be contributing to this blog on a regular basis, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! (And not just because it will give me a little more free time to create.) Caitlin is a whiz at makeup and has tons of knowledge about different brands and products. She’s also amazing at creating different makeup looks, as well as styling outfits. I know she’ll be a fantastic contributor!
Before I let her jump in, let me share a few things about her with you. Caitlin and I are very close (as I am with both my sisters). Although she’s not a “mommy on the loose” yet, I know she’ll make a great one someday. I know this because she is an incredible aunt, especially to my oldest son.
Here they are. I worked for the first two years of my son’s life, and Caitlin was the one who watched him in the afternoon after I went to work (and before my hubby got home). She was also one of my son’s first therapists. After he was diagnosed, she would come over and help him with his speech therapy homework and helped us as an ABA therapist before we found the company that we are currently with. Because of all this, my son and she are extremely close!
All that being said, I can’t wait for you to see all that Caitlin has to share with you! And with that, I’ll let her take it away!
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Hi, I’m Caitlin! Amanda already introduced me a little so now that that’s out of the way, I’m ready to start posting, and I’m really excited to be a part of Mommy on the Loose!
For my first post I wanted to show you three of my favorite ways to wear scarves. As I post more, you’ll see just how much I love scarves. I think they’re a fun and easy way to accessorize an outfit, and tying them in unique ways builds even more on that!
This first style is one of my all-time favorites. It’s the braided scarf, and here’s what it’ll look like:
What I like about this style is that it mimics the shape of an infinity scarf, just with a little twist. And here’s how you do it!
Start out with your scarf hanging around your neck.
Now, tie it in a knot. I like to tie it about where I usually like my necklaces to fall.
Once it’s in a knot, take the part of the scarf that’s in your right hand and flip it over the part in your left hand.
Then you’ll tuck that same part under and through the loop at the top.
The piece you just finished will now be in your left hand, and you will start over with the one that is now in your right hand.
Keep repeating this until you have little or no ends left. This scarf took only about 3 repetitions, but it will vary by the length of your scarf. Now, you may get to a point where you think you’re doing it wrong because it looks something like this:
The first few times I did it, it came out looking like this weird sort-of blob just hanging around my neck. All you have to do to fix this is spread it out with your hands and you’ll start to see the braid.
Then voila, you’re done! Another awesome way to add even more to this style is by using two scarves. You just combine them like so…
…then treat them like one scarf to achieve a fuller look.
Wasn’t that easy? Okay, so maybe it wasn’t. I failed miserably for a long time when I first tried it, but now I’ve got it down to a science and soon you will too!
I really don’t know a name for the next “knot” I’m going to show you, but it is also very simple! It looks a lot harder than it actually is and is an especially easy way to accessorize on your way out the door.
For the purpose of teaching you, I’ll use a solid colored scarf, but I love doing this with bold printed scarves too!
You’ll start with your scarf folded in half and hanging on your neck like this:
To try and explain this a little better, I pointed out the parts of the scarf I’m referring to when I say “first half” and “second half.” So what you’ll do is take one of the strands (on the open side of the fold) and take it under the first half, and then over the second half, like this:
So basically, under and then through the loop. Next, you’ll do the opposite with the other strand. You’ll go over the first half and through the loop to go under the second half.
Then, just adjust it and fluff it to your liking!
See? That one really was easy!
The last one I have to show you is probably the most unique way I’ve ever learned to wear a scarf, and in involves actually turning it into a vest!
This usually works best with bigger scarves, but the one I usually use this technique on is so huge that it would have made taking pictures difficult, so I used this smaller one for the tutorial. You’ll start by folding your scarf “hamburger” style.
I know, I look really happy in this picture. I was having serious difficulties with my camera and couldn’t find one of me smiling in which it didn’t look incredibly forced, so I went with this one instead. Next, you’ll tie two of your open ends together, leaving you with this:
After that, you’ll tie the folded end to the already tied end, to make it look like this:
These are your armholes, and that’s it!
You can also tie it together with the two other ends of the scarf in the front, but I prefer only doing that with smaller scarves.
And there you have it! I hope this helped you feel inspired to start wearing more scarves, especially going into the Fall and Winter months! Happy tying!
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