Today’s post is a quick round up of all of the Valentine’s Day themed hairstyles and braids I have done this year. I have really enjoyed getting creative these past few weeks, and trying different ways to incorporate hearts into my braids. I often forget how much fun heart hairstyles can be during the other part of the year, and they don’t need to just be kept for February! I’m defiantly going to continue them through the rest of the year 😊
3 years ago today, I made the decision to start an Instagram, to share pictures of my hairstyles. I originally came up with the idea because I enjoyed creating different hairstyles but had know where to post and share them. My account at first was called @nailsandhair_byme, (I wasn’t very original and couldn’t come up with anything else) because I also liked doing nails. As time went on I started to enjoying doing hair more then doing my nails, and with dance I couldn’t have them painted most of the time. That’s how I came up with @hairstylesbyabby (again I know, not very originally lol). I wasn’t the best at hair, and it was just something I liked to do in my free time. I only really knew how to fishtail, french/dutch braid, and three strand braid. As my account grew so did my passion for hair, I practiced more, watched youtube videos and found other hair accounts and learned from them.
I never really knew that by sharing my pictures on Instagram, it would turn into something that is now a pretty big part of my life and that has really given so many cool opportunities! I don’t know if most people know, but it really does take up a lot of my time maintaining my account. I am a perfectionist so I really try my best to make my hairstyles and pictures the best they can be!
So yes, this is super sappy and long, but I am proud to say that at 17, I know exactly what I want to do with my life and the career path I wish to take, all because of an Instagram account I started 3 years ago!
When I see the followers icon on my account and it reads 97K, sometimes I can’t even believe it, and I feel so lucky that I am able to share my passion with that many people! It took me one whole year to get 1000 followers, and this time last year I had 41K followers, I do know that the amount of followers you have doesn’t matter, but I hope I am able to encourage people not to give up because they don’t get a lot of likes or followers at first, it does take time, but it really is all worth it! So I would like to thank everyone that has followed me, the followers that have been there from the beginning and the new ones 🙂 I am so excited to see where this account will take me in the years to come.
Below I have some of the companies I have gotten to know and had the chance to work with ( There is also many wonderful Instagram boutiques/shoppes, as well )
I have also gotten the chance to meet many wonderful people, that have really inspired me! I had the opportunity to meet five of them in person, which was such a cool experiance.
I took some fun pictures to celebrate my 3 year “anniversary”, hope you like them! (Tomorrow I will post outfit details with some more pictures from this shoot)
Thanks so much for reading this super long post, and helping me celebrate!
Today’s blog post is a collab with Julia from Little Chic Freak! I recently found her Instagram and blog and was blown away by her talent and knew she would be a great person to do my first collab with 🙂 When we were coming up with ideas we wanted to incorporate some of our favourite things along with some trends we have been seeing around!
We both decided to incorporate plaid in our owns way. I decided to pair a blanket scarf with a cute striped dress and some little brown booties.
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Dress: American Eagle (no longer available)
Boots: Forever 21 (no longer available)
This will be my last post for my Fall Fashion Series sadly, but if I get enough interest maybe I will do more, because I have had so much fun writing and putting together these posts 🙂
As the days are getting colder which I am not a fan, I just can’t wait for the fall colours to come, of course the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and pumpkin candles (but I would be very happy if my “fall” cold would go away 😦 ) This outfit is so comfortable and the perfect mix between dressy and causal. Where I live I probably won’t be able to wear this outfit for much longer but you can add a cute pair of tights so you could wear it the whole fall season!
“T-Shirt” dresses are probably one of my new favourite clothing items, its like wearing a big comfy shirt but being able to get away with it in public and not get judged 😉
Dress: Forever 21
Flats: Forever 21
Can you tell I Like forever 21 🙂
For my hair I just went with simple quick messy bun, one of my go to hair styles for when Im in a rush or for second day hair. But I have to say for being “simple” messy buns usually take me a long time and many tries.
Scarf: Forever 21
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For my third outfit in my Fall Fashion series I went with a causal traditional fall outfit, it wouldn’t be fall without plaid so I had to include a plaid flannel 🙂
So first I want to say I did this braid in the car with no mirror so don’t judge its messiness
Side braids and four strands are my favourite hairstyles, so when you mix them together its the perfect combo 😉
Being a highland dancer who wears plaid way to much, when I saw this shirt I feel in love with it! I also paired it with a plaid flannel, because its the perfect match 😉 I also added a gold arrow shape necklace, which I like to wear when I have a V neck shirt.
Shirt: Sweet Ts Design
If you use the code “GABBY15” at checkout you can get 15% off your purchase!!
Necklace: Forever 21
Plaid Flannel: Borrowed from a friend 😉
So I am not a fan of jeans so that fact that I’m wearing them is very rare and you probably won’t see it too often, but I do think they go well with this outfit 🙂
Jeans: Urban Planet
Shoes: American Eagle
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Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for my last Fall Fashion outfit 🙂