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10 Under $10 - No 5

10 Under $10 / No. 5

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10 Under $10 - No 5

makeup brushes / smoothing cream / nail polish / scarf / lash serum / brush egg / earrings / lip balm / hair color / jeans

A WORD OF CAUTION: jump on these great deals while you can, items sell out quickly, especially the ones that are majorly ON SALE!! All items were $10 or less at the time of posting, prices may change at any time!

10 Under $10

It’s been a long time since my last post so I wanted to kick things off again with another 10 Under $10 post! These deals were so fun to find and I have my eye on several of these products! Jump on the nail polish because it’s an awesome deal! And score a pair of the J Brand jeans FAST – these WILL NOT LAST!

Find all my 10 Under $10 finds here!

Alt Summit 2015

Alt Summit 2015 www.britonalo.comphoto by Brooke Dennis Scarf by K Crochets

I had the chance to attend Alt Summit 2015 last week and wanted to give you a recap!

Alt has a reputation for being one of the best conferences for bloggers and businesses. It is a luxury conference and it draws in great speakers, teachers, and sponsors.

The Fashion
Alt Summit 2015 www.britonalo.comphoto by Brooke Dennis

You know how sometimes you wish you could dress like a toddler? No rules, mixing patterns and textures? Loud, fancy, over-the-top, you name it? Anything goes at Alt. Some major trends I saw:

Sparkles, Stripes, Leather, Polka Dots, Unique Glasses, Colorful Hair

The nice thing about Alt is that you can dress however you feel comfortable. There are fashion bloggers that will have every outfit styled perfectly, hairstylists that will have gorgeous braids and curls, people who think outside the box of fashion, people who are low-key, and people who only shop thrift and vintage.

The Parties
Alt Summit 2015 www.britonalo.comphoto by Brooke Dennis

We had sponsored dinners on Wednesday night across Salt Lake. I attended a dinner with Airbnb at an old Victorian home. Airbnb flew in their chef from HQ and we spent the evening getting to know each other better over some great dishes.

Dinner with @Airbnb tonight!! #altsummit

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On Thursday we had a Downtown Abbey inspired evening. The idea was to infuse your look with 1920′s motifs but to not dress in costume.

Friday was a night full of mini parties. We took over part of the third floor and each room had a different theme. From Pop Alt to Tokyo Dreams, there was never a dull moment!

Mini. Party. Time. #buzzwithhive #altsummit

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The Learning
Alt Summit 2015 www.britonalo.comphoto by Justin Hackworth

Alt has a great assortment of keynote speakers, panels, classes, roundtable discussions, design camps, and hallway experts to learn from. I missed the opening keynote this year thanks to a wicked combo of little sleep, jet lag, and anti-nausea meds from the flight. I really enjoyed the classes I attended. There were classes and workshops on podcasts, instagram, pinterest, tribes, monetizing, legal questions, photo styling, and plugins, to name a few!

The Downs
Alt Summit 2015 www.britonalo.comphoto by Justin Hackworth

Alt can be intimidating and intense, especially for introverts. I think a lot of bloggers are introverts- that’s why we blog! It’s easier on us to reach out to people without actually being in their presence. Large groups and lots of interaction is draining for introverts so Alt can be exhausting for us. I try to sneak off to a quiet corner or the bathroom when I’m feeling like I can’t meet one more new person!

Another thing that exhausts me is the information overload. The schedule is PACKED full of amazing speakers and classes and I take full advantage of it. One thing that helps me is to take great notes and just let my brain relax, knowing I got it all down in my notebook to look at later.

The last thing that is tough about Alt is that it can be hard on your confidence. At Alt you are selling your personal brand to a very visual market. We are all bloggers and business owners in the age of Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. We know the power of good design and Alt is a chance to sell our sites wrapped up in the pretty package of good hair, makeup, outfits, and personality. That said, sometimes you get there and feel like you don’t quite measure up. There are people there who are crazy successful. They hustle really hard and have such a clear vision of where they want their business to go. There are people wearing couture outfits and expensive makeup.

I don’t want to sell Alt as a shallow place for shallow people who only care about looks. What I’m saying is that it is a conference full of people who design and create beautiful things and your personal design/style is part of the whole package you are bringing to the table. And sometimes you feel small and lost in the middle of a lot of greatness.

The Ups
Alt Summit 2015 www.britonalo.comphoto by Justin Hackworth

My favorite thing I heard at Alt was from Corinne Stokoe of Mint Arrow. She mentioned that she struggled at a previous Alt because it seemed like everyone around her was moving forward and knew where they were going and she felt a little stuck. She said, “Don’t let Alt give you an identity crisis!” I felt the identity crisis at my first Alt and I was feeling it at this one. I was pretty sure it was just me, that everyone around me was blessed with that clear vision and endless energy to move forward. Hearing her say that she had felt the same way gave me the boost I needed.

There are some amazing people who attend Alt. As I follow them on their social channels and see what they are up to I am so inspired and impressed! They do great things and are so supportive of others. There is a tribe mentality that is really strong among the attendees and I love witnessing it and being sucked up into it.

Be sure to also read my Alt Survival Guide over on Rad Mom Cool Kid!

Check out OneDrive for more photos from Alt or search #AltSummit on Instagram!

10 Under $10 / No. 2

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10 Under $10 - No. 2

leopard dress / hat / salt spray / shoulder bag / cardigan / gingham top / infinity scarf / striped tunic / jeggings / leopard top

10 Under $10

Another great round of smokin’ deals! Don’t miss out – my last post of deals had several things sell out pretty quickly and prices have increased on a few others. You can see those deals here.

A word of caution: jump on these great deals while you can, items are sure to sell out quickly because they are majorly ON SALE!! All items were $10 or less at the time of posting, prices may change at any time!

Deep Side Part + Skinny Side Braid Tutorial

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Deep Side Part + Skinny Side Braid Tutorial

Deep Side Part + Skinny Side Braid Tutorial

Deep Side Part + Skinny Side Braid Tutorial

1. Part wet hair deep on one side. I use the outside of my eyebrow as a guide and go straight up from there. WARNING: if you go too far over it’s going to look like a bad old man comb over. If you have to ask if it’s too deep it probably is…

2. Spritz your damp hair with a heat protection product. I use this one.

3. Blow dry your part to set it- My hair tends to rebel and want to creep back to my usual part but it stays put much longer if I blow it dry. Here’s a great salon-style blow out tutorial you can do yourself.

4. On the short side of the part, take a thin section of hair from the part to your ear, divide the section in in three then braid. Keep your fingers close to your head as you move to the center of the back of your head. Secure the braid with a small clear elastic like these,
then with two bobby pins. I use these.

You could also do a French braid, Dutch braid, or corn rows.

5. On the long side, get volume by back combing with a brush like this.
icon Several of my friends rave about this volumizing powder.
iconI haven’t tried it…yet!

6. Finish with a little hair spray
icon and you are good to go.

I love this hairstyle because it is REALLY easy yet looks pretty rad.

Triple Braid Bun Tutorial

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triple braid bun tutorial

This triple braid bun tutorial is super easy! if you can manage a simple three strand braid, you can master this hairstyle. I love having really long hair but it isn’t practical when I’m out and about with my kids and family having an adventure. It gets trapped under my purse strap, slammed in the car door, and pulled when I pass Hollis off to Luke. A pony doesn’t help but styles like this triple braid bun or this one keep my hair out of the way and protected.

Triple Braid Bun Tutorial

1. Spray hair with dry shampoo like this, or any product that adds texture.

2. Divide hair into three even sections.

3. Braid one section. Don’t braid too tight, leave it a little loose and messy. Secure with clear elastics like these.

4. Repeat on the other two sections. You should have 3 braids.

5. Braid the three braids together. Again, not too tight.

6. Wrap the braid into a bun, pinning with bobby pins like these as you go.

7. Finish with hairspray. This
iconis what I use.

Linked at Be.You.Tiful.

5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Hair Products

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5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Hair Products

1. I use Coconut Oil right out of the shower. Experiment with how much you prefer and remember: a little goes a long way! I put a teeny tiny amount, not quite pea-sized, into my palm, rub it all over my hands and fingers, then press the oil in the very ends of my hair.

2. I use this Heat Protectant if I’m going to blow-dry, curl, or flat iron my hair. Here’s a great tutorial for a DIY Blow Out.

3. This is my go-to Hairspray. It’s inexpensive, holds up well, and can be found almost everywhere.

4. I use this Conditioning Treatment in the shower every other week.

5. This is my favorite Dry Shampoo, hands down! I’ve tried fancier brands and brands that are similarly priced and I ALWAYS go back to this! Because of dry shampoo I can go several days between washing my hair- this is HUGE for two reasons. One, I have a toddler and I don’t always have the luxury of taking a long shower. Unless she is in there with me I’m stressing about what she might be getting into! Two, I have some crazy long hair. Washing and drying over and over causes damage that can make long hair start to look rough and thin. The less I wash, the longer I can keep my long locks looking great. I also use dry shampoo to get my braids, like this one, to hold all day!

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One Sided Dutch Braid + Milkmaid Braid Tutorial

I am totally obsessed with braids for fall. Here’s a One Sided Dutch Braid + Milkmaid Braid Tutorial of a style I did recently if you want to try!

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One Sided Dutch Braid + Milkmaid Braid Tutorial

1. Spray your hair with dry shampoo. This will keep your braid from slipping. I have super fine, slippery hair and braids are a joke unless I start with this step. I’ve tried countless brands- find my favorite here.

2. Part you hair- you can do a center part or a side.

3. One sided dutch braid (great tutorial here). Start dutch braiding your hair but only pick up new sections from the side against your face. Keep your braid tight and close to your scalp. Stop picking up new sections of hair when you reach the center of the back of head. Now finish the braid by doing a traditional 3-strand braid. Secure with a clear elastic band. I use these.

4. Repeat Step 3 on the other side.

5. Take the first finished braid and wrap it around your head, using hair pins like these
to secure the braid as you go. (I have the best luck using the pins I linked to- my hair is very fine and other brands slip out.) Tuck and pin the end of the braid inside the french braid. You can remove the small elastic if it shows and just use hair pins. I prefer to leave the elastic in for extra support.

6. Repeat Step 5 on the other side.

7. Finish with hairspray- I usually use this.

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