Dutch Hair Don't Care

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As a new mom I have come to realize that there is one thing that everyone tells you ahead of time..."Your time is not your own!" And boy is it true. Leisurely getting ready is a luxury that I no longer have. Now that I think about it, I don't think the word leisurely describes anything I do these days, nor do I think it will anytime soon! So the thing I have become obsessed with is a quick way to still get ready and look and feel like myself. Everyone is different, but the truth is for me I don't feel as confident when I am not somewhat put together. I'm okay with a cute top-knot but not a "top-mop" because the reality is I still have a husband I'd like to impress, even after 8 years of marriage. Also there's still that whole my-body-does-NOT-look-the-same thing going on post baby, so having on some blush and having my hair done is the little mirage I defer to when I still can't fit into my jeans. I need at least one area looking half way decent even if the other parts of me are on the struggle bus. The best advice I've received and will give to new moms is to come up with a few things that make you look and feel great about yourself. Maybe that's a nightly bubble bath, maybe its having your nails done, maybe its going on a jog or getting your eyebrows waxed. You do you mama! Whatever gives you that extra boost of confidence. I know for me I can still feel somewhat confident even if I have a little spit up on my shoulder or legs that aren't shaved if my hair is done the way I like it. 

So what I am loving right now is dutch braids! All day every day. 1.) It keeps my hair out of my face 2.) Covers up the fact that my hair may or may not be dirty 3.) Is an easy way to keep heat (curling iron, straightener, blow dryer) off my hair another day to give it a breather And 4.) With a little practice it really does not take long.

I am by no means a hair or braiding expert but here are some tips and tricks for how I accomplish a dutch braid:  

  • Youtube - I spent lots of late night feedings watching braiding youtube videos and it helped me to get the hang of it. I'm a big fan of Abby from Twist Me Pretty and she has tons of great videos! 
  • A Dutch braid is a normal three-strand-braid except the key is that with each piece you add more hair to your braid by picking up small strands every time you cross pieces under the center strand. This makes the braid look like its sticking out or sitting on top of your head. 
  • Once the braid is complete I like to tug on each piece of the braid to make it look more full and thick (tight skinny braids remind me of little girls, but fuller braids seem more mature to me).
  • Another way to achieve a fuller looking braid or longer braid is to use clip-in hair extensions which I occasionally do. I use these from Luxury For Princess. 
  • Crown braids seem difficult but really the difference is that on one side you braid up your head instead of down. Then you tuck it under on the other side and secure with bobby pins. 
  • Braiding for me works better on second day hair vs fresh clean hair.
  • Texture also makes it easier to braid so I use either Big Sexy Hair texturizing powder or Batiste Dry Shampoo to accomplish this. 

Okay so that's my two cents on the why and hows of my Dutch braid obsession. It has given me the extra boost I need here lately to get through a grocery store run to Trader Joe's, nap time, or even date night! What are the little extras you like to do to feel great?





Real Men Wear Hats

Ever since I was a kid I have had a strange obsession with hats. From the age of 4th grade on into middle school, I ALWAY had hat on my Christmas or Birthday list. I don't mean ball caps or baseball hats, I mean real hats. The kind your grandpa and your great grandpa used to wear; hats with a brim made out of felt. I loved hats as a kid and I couldn't wait for the chance to go hiking, hunting, or camping where I could dawn a hat and test them out in the great wide open. Even during my summer job at 15 lifeguarding, I would wear a big straw cowboy hat to the pool everyday. There was something about putting on a real hat that made me feel like a man and ready for an adventure.  

Now if I am being honest, I know where the obsession started. I have always loved Indiana Jones. I had every Indy movie and my favorite TV show (although now long forgotten) was a show called "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones". He was the man! He hunted for treasure, fought bad guys, got the ladies, knew a ton about history....and to top it off looked super cool doing it all! I even bought myself a big bull whip one year at the Fort Worth Rodeo and used to cary it around my backyard pretending to search for treasure. No one wore a hat better than this guy!

And there was just something about the fashion in the 20's & 30's when wearing a hat was just what you did. You didn't leave the house with out one. Every man owned a good hat and it was a part of their daily attire. 

All that being said, I believe owning a good custom hat is a right of passage for a man. Just like every man should own at least one good suit, I think every man should have at least one nice hat. There is just something about a nice real beaver felt hat that is custom fitted just for you that takes you back to another place and time.


The mark of a good hat is they type of felt it is made from. There are hats made from cotton, but the very best hats are those made from felt or fur, and the very best of those are the ones made from 100% beaver felt. Beaver felts are super durable, it is practically waterproof and can stand up against any type of weather. To top it off a good beaver felt hat will last you 20-50 years. 

I have brought wearing a hat into my daily routine and it has been a big part of what I wear on stage. When I strap on my guitar and have a good hat on my head, I feel unstoppable.

One of my first hats was a vintage Peterson Brothers hat w/ a short brim. It's a pretty soft rabbit felt. I found this hat an antique store in upstate New York, but it was actually made in Fort Worth.

So with out further ado, here are some of my favorite hats in my collection :: 


My first real custom hat I purchased in Santa Fe from Santa Fe Hat Works. It was the first time I ever had my head measured and custom fit it just for me. I wore it through our our Kicking Up Dust Tour. It was a natural beaver felt w/ a wide flat panama style brim and teardrop top.

This is a vintage brown Stetson hat that belonged to my Grandpa. It is a softer felt, and is an open road style shape. 

One of my favorite hats is from Chieffalo Vintage Hats in Fort Worth. Roger Chieffalo takes vintage 1950's and 1960's cowboy hats, cleans them up, cuts them down to a 3" inch brim and restyles them w/ new silk and shapes. They are what he calls a "cowboy fedora". His hats are top notch and have a rich history!

This is another hat I purchased from Santa Fe Hat Works. I wore this hat all through out SXSW 2015 when it was pouring down rain the entire weekend. The rain softened up the hat some, but gave it some great character.