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twisted crown / ballerina bun tutorial for little girls

this ruby tuesdays is an easter/ holiday / wedding hair tutorial: twisted crown / ballerina bun for little girls.

crown and bun hair tutorial for little girls


this year i wanted to do something special for ruby’s hair for easter. generally  the little missy girl is the focal point of any family outfitting concept i may have. this easter she is taking a back seat to her brothers that got matching easter suits (more to come on those gems this week). since my entire “easter dress budget” was spent on the boys i had little left for my little love.

her easter outfit consists of this h&m lace top $17.99, she already owned and this target pleated skirt $14.99 and her old zara ankle cowboy boots, featured here.

as you know from this hair tutorial, i am lacking in hair doing skills. again i called my dear friend brittney over for support and she came up with this simple, pretty, feminine style.

i love that this will look cuter and cuter as the day goes on. i love the idea of whispy pieces hanging out and the looseness of the twist.

we felt inspired by the popular period pieces (insert downton abbey and game of thrones) we have been watching on tv and are thinking sticking flowers in this look would just be amazing.

okay lets get started…

this is britney’s girl H. she has fine hair about to her shoulders. britney had just taken it out of two tight buns on top of her head so it happens to be wavy here. note, waviness is not needed for this look.

easter hair before


little girl hair tutorial for twisted bun


1. Part hair at desired part. Take a section that is about 1 inch by 3 inches.

2. Split into 2 even sections and then cross the piece closest to her face over back piece. No twisting needed.

3. Grab about a half inch section of hair from the hair line and add it to the current front piece (used to be back peice) and cross over back peice.

4. Continue adding hair to whichever section is closest to hair line and crossing over back piece past the ear.

5. Continue around the back of head, allowing more space from hair line and keeping the hair tight. Across the back of head the twist should sit just below the occipital bone.

6. When you reach the mid point in the back, twist the two sections aroud each other. (noting that you still do not need to twist before twisting.. sounds confusing but basically just keep it very simple)

7. Then secure with a rubber band close to the scalp temporarily.

8. Repeat the process starting on the other side.

twisted ballerina bun tutorial

9. When you get to the mid point in back twist the section as you did on the other side (#6).Then cross with the other side while twisting to keep it tight.

10. Secure with rubber band. (clear is preferable) this is a cute stopping point for a less formal day.

11. use traditional twist technique. Two sections of hair, twist both the same direction, then wrap them around one another in the opposite direction.

12. Then wrap this into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

twisted ballerina bun for girls

twisted bun for girls tutorial

here is ruby. her hair is pretty thick and hangs down to her waist. notice how we finish this differently then the bun. the hair wraps all the way around like a crown.

twisted bun tutorial little girls

The technique for this one is very similar. You still start with two sections the same size, beginning at the part and adding hair in the same manner.

Because Ruby has so much hair and it is so long, she is a great candidate to continue the twist all the way around the head and back across the top to create a halo or crown effect. In order to have the twist look right when you get to the end where you are not adding hair, you must use the technique described in #11 the whole time.

from the beginning, twist both sections to the right and then cross them to the left. Add hair and twist to the right, and cross to the left and repeat all the way around head, through the end of the twist and secure with rubber band.

twisted ballerina crown tutorial


Wrap the end across top of head and hide ends using bobby pins.

If sections across the back seem loose or heavy, you can secure them by lifting them a bit and securing them with bobby pin.

If the tail of your twist isn’t as thick as this one pictured and it looks too thin, you can pull at it, lossening the hair after it has been secured so that the width of it looks even across the top of the head.

twisted crown tutorial for little girls

twisted crown hair tutorial for little girls

girls final buns front


girls ballerina buns

 left dress here / center top here/ j crew necklace (old), similar here / right dress here


in a pinch for a cute hair accessory? run to your local mall, you might be surprised!

forever 21 spring hair accessories

lace hair bows

what to wear in family photos… peaches and cream

for my most often asked question, what should we wear in our family photos here is a little color story i have been thinking of. peaches and cream.  everywhere i look there is peach. pretty, soft, simple and great layered with lots of cream accents.

mom photo shoot outfit

white top / jcrew shorts / topshop cardigan / herringbone throw / necklace / sandals / teepee image via pinterest

dad outfit for photo shoot

men’s timex watch / vintage skateboard / vans / striped shirt / gray pants / modern home

kids photo outfits

stripe shirt / peach toddler sweatshirt / burlap toms / bone colored khakis / youth ringer tee / gray hoodie / coral native shoes / ikat tunic for girls / ball necklace /

here are what i think pairs well with peach

peach color swatch

and just in case you didn’t see enough peaches and cream, here are some more ideas to fit every style:

peach bowtie

pair this gingham bowtie  for boys with a khaki suit or cuffed chinos and rolled up sleeves on their oxford

colorblock cardigan

are you a little bit of a hipster family? pair this colorblock cardigan with a striped tee.

peach tulle skirt

pair this sweet tulle skirt with a white tee, denim jacket, knee highs and the ballet flats below for a classic look.

floral peach flat

floral flats

orange peplum

catch her riding on her beach cruiser in this fun peplum top, denim shorts and slide on sneakers around a beach city for a carefree and relaxed portrait.

peach bow girl

have an art lover? let her express herself with this quirky rendering top on top. high top sneaks on the bottom. this is just enough graphic to be interesting, not distracting.

peach shirtdress

anthropologie not available online

cream and gray sweater monaco




club monaco sweater




peach button up

similar at anthropologie

stripe maxi

taylor joyfolie ankle strap shoes

joy folie flats
coral polka dot leggings

crew cuts leggings.

these would be great under a long slouchy sweater for a casual look or layer a button up with a sweeter and ballet flats. or  try them peeking out of the bottom of a trench coat.

floral sundress

for a field or rustic shoot i would keep this floral sundress simple with soft leather sandals and put everyone else in khaki and shell colored clothing.

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pretty floral cardigan by boden



stella polk skirt


stella mccartney polka dot tulle skirt.

i would pair this with a simple cardigan (or the one above) and metallic flats to let the ombre polka dots be the star of the outfit.

convinced you can’t get the older boys in peach? i know my hus wouldn’t go for it. i would layer mine in creams and grays. BUT if the guys in your life are more daring here are some fun pieces to try.

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quiksilver coral chino




striped mens hoodie

perfect for the beach shots this super casual flannel will help him relax in front of the camera. and it comes in sizes from little boys to mens.

jcrew mens peach




mens peach




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suede studded flats



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alice and olivia pumps




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next pull on coral chinos. a great update from just plain blue denim. these would work great for baby and toddlers.

tween style…valentines day

tween valentine 2

ringer tee / maxi / denim shirt (similar here) / motorcycle boots / metallic gold turban

blessing/christening dresses round up…

baby week headline




welcome to baby week at the blue closet. we will be talking bout babies all week. to start out we have the best blessing and christening dresses from around the web.

i have a good friend who asked me this week where to find good baby blessing dresses so naturally i obsessed over it until i came up with this list…

rachel, this one is for you…

blessing and christening dresses

sleeveless dress with crochet trim / white lace trim dress

you can always trust the french brand bonpoint to have fabulous, sweet finds. i always enjoy looking at how they layer their pieces together.





bonpoint collage

knit dress / velvet dress

my picks collagedress/shoes/tights/turban

i could not get good pictures of these last dresses but i feel they are worth mentioning…

yoox dresses









floral pattern newborn dress


so what do you like? fancy? traditional? casual? patterned? colored? leave me a comment below.

hairstyles for kids 2013

here is part two of hair trends for kids 2013.

you can find our holiday/2013 sleek hair styles here.

this is a more carefree, relaxed look. a nice alternative to the messy bun, this look although loose has interesting knots to elevate the look.

so i went back to my friend britney to help me out.

as i have said, i am hair styling challenged. this hairstyle i have done twice. easy peasy.

britney and i decided a knot that can be done on short or long hair would be best.

this is her darling L. She is two. She has a short, shoulder length bob.

this first picture is not great, and does not do this little doll justice, but you get the idea.

girls bob haircut

okay, so here it is, in the words of britney:

1. First part hair into 4 sections. Starting from top of your head dow to each ear. This makes the two front sections.

2. Split the back of the hair into two parts. This does not need to be precise. Now, I like to put a little product on my hands. Just a little bit to help your hands stick to their hair and give you more control. Nothing wet or stick, just a little tacky.

Here are some ideas of products that work well:  bumble and bumble grooming creme or Paul Mitchell Shaping Creme

Holiday Hair for Kids 1

3 & 4.  Then you want to tie the back two pieces into a knot. Nice and low.

Holiday Hair for Kids 2

5.  Continue  to tie knots until you run out of hair. Do this as tight as you can. It will loosen up on it’s own.
6, 7 & 8. Then finish with a rubber band and tuck end under and secure with a bobby pin.
9. Take one of the side peices and wrap it over the top of the knot and then around and under it and secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat with other side. This will cover up the space ubove the knot. It is easier with longer hair. If you are doing this with shorter hair, and it wont wrap all the way around and under, you can pin it into the knot.
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10. It is ok if it is loose. That is kind of the look. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Just try and hide all your bobby pins. You can pin up more of the front peices if you like.

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11. I like using shorter bobby pins for little ones. I cannot find a link for them but you can get them at Sally’s Beauty Supply. One brand is Strictly Professional. If you prefer the regular size ones these are the best. They stay closed  really well and are great bang for your buck.

Holiday Hair for kids 3

Final Holiday Hair Front

kids hair 2013

now here it is on longer hair. ruby is four. her hair is long and pretty thick for her age.

ruby knot 1

ruby knot 2

ruby knot 3

how to do a low knot on girls

how to do a low knot on girls

girls low knot hair 2013

girls hairstyles 2013

hair for girls short or long hair