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3 Easy Braided Hairstyles

Before my vacation in July last year, I decided to do something different with my hair. For several months now, I’ve rocked the shoulder-length bob with bangs and I absolutely loved it. My hair is naturally straight and smooth, so it didn’t take a lot to maintain this look. But now that I want to grow my hair, my bangs are quite an issue since they’re always in the way. They’re long enough to poke me in the eye but not long enough to be tucked behind my ears. And since I wear glasses, it makes it so much harder to get them out of my face. My only solution was braids, and since I love braiding so much, I try different hairstyles to mix it up every day.


Today, I will be talking about 3 simple braided hairstyles that are easy to recreate on any hair length.



Double Dutch braid/inverse braid
This is definitely my go-to hairstyle whenever I braid my hair.  Since I have really thin and smooth hair, I really like to leave my hair half down to give it more definition.  I fluctuate between the Dutch braid and the French braid for this hairstyle.  I find that the Dutch braid or the inverse braid works better for me since it visually increases the volume and thickness of my hair.

Step 1 : Part your hair in the middle
Step 2 : Tuck one side by pinning or tying it with a hair elastic
Step 3 : Start a Dutch/French braid from the front to the crown of your head (Tip: leave enough hair to lay on top of your ear). Repeat on the other side
Step 4 : Tie the ends with a black or clear elastic


Braided Bangs with pigtails
This was an on the spot hairstyle that my best friend, Nailah suggested.  It turned out to be the easiest of all the braided hairstyles I've ever done and so cute.

Step 1 : Part your hair in the middle
Step 2 : Tuck one side by pinning or tying it with a hair elastic
Step 3 : Start a simple, and tight braid on your bangs/front hair
Step 4 : Pin the end of the hair underneath your hair to hide the bobby pin. Repeat on the other side
Step 5 : Tie the bottom of your hair into low pigtails




Double French braid with pigtails
This hairstyle involves similar steps to the first one.  This is my go-to hairstyle for the gym.  I opt to do the French braid since it helps keep the braid tight throughout my whole workout.  It keeps my hair in place which is just what I need.  

Step 1 : Part your hair in the middle
Step 2 : Tuck one side by pinning or tying it with a hair elastic
Step 3 : Start a French braid from the front to the bottom of your head. Repeat on the other side
Step 4 : Tie the ends in low pigtails with a black or clear elastic





Tip : Hold the end of your braid, and tuck on the braid to create a faux volume effect

I hope you enjoyed this hair styling blog post.  It's slightly different from what I usually post about.  But PopOfGrey has always covered all the things I am passionate about, and braiding my hair has been an obsession of mine ever since I learned how to braid from YouTube.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more braided hairstyles on the blog in the future 💕

Beauty : New Items I'm loving

Whilst trying to come up with an everyday makeup routine, I have been testing some new beauty products for the past month. Today on the blog, I will be sharing the ones that have worked really well with my skin type and skin complexion and have made the cut to be added to my collection. These are products that I have absolutely love and will definitely be restocking on.










The Holy Grail of Face Illuminator! First of all, can we admire how beautiful and gorgeous the packaging is : 😍. Everything about this illuminator is amazing, from the packaging to the pigmentation, to the texture, and the application. With a hint of warm undertones, it blends smoothly with my skin complexion. Paired with my NARS blush in Orgasm, this illuminator works perfectly and gives an amazing natural glow.


Morphe Brushes have been my absolute favourite ever since the beginning of my makeup journey. I used to own a beauty blender but I personally prefer brushes, it gives me more control. I own so many of their brushes and I would not have it any other way. Every single one of their brushes are so soft, and smooth, and feel amazing on the skin. They are very lightweight which makes it really easy to blend with the skin





The Sephora Concealer works wonders on my dark circles, it's easily build-able and full coverage, I use it for my everyday makeup. I restocked mine during the Sephora Sale last year, and the price dropped to $7/each, such an amazing deal. If I want a more long lasting result, I combine it with my NARS Concealer in Biscuit. It is definitely a great alternative for everyday use; almost half the price of the NARS one.




The Sephora Matte Lipstick is the perfect matte burgundy shade for my skin complexion. It creates such a bold and edgy look. I usually wear nude lipsticks, but every now and then I like to pop on a bold colour, to break the cycle (I'm so dramatic, I know).  This Sephora Matte Lipstick has been added to my bold lipstick collection along with Colour Pop Matte Lipstick in Tulle and Rooch, Kat Von D in Hawkind





For someone who's not so good at eyeshadow makeup, I've got a pretty
big collection. Let me know if you would want to see it in a
future blog post.

As soon as Sephora started carrying the Morphe palettes, I immediately placed my order. I've always had my eye on their palettes but never got around to buying them due to the massive shipping fee from the US. But now, not only does Sephora carry Morphe products, but there's also a huge Morphe store in Square One Mall, Mississauga. The 35O2 Pallette has 35 warm tones, all perfect for my skin tone. It has a very creamy and pigmented formula. They each blend effortlessly to the skin and you can easily create so many different makeup looks . My favourite shades so far are : Heat, Chestnut, Brave, and Brunette.



Until next time my fellow makeup lovers ♡












My Go-to Winter Outfit

 Hi guys, today I'm going to talk about my go-to winter outfit combination. Since I live in Canada, and it gets unbelievably cold, what I really mean when I say winter outfit is everything you can see below not including all the layers of clothing underneath and the huge winter jacket I usually throw on top of this look. To keep my ears warm, I wore my white knit beanie. I think the pompom makes the whole outfit look so cute. Usually, if it's really really cold, I would also wrap myself in my blanket scarf for extra warmth.

Now let's talk about why this outfit is my go-to! I start work at 7am every day, and I go to University right after, so this outfit works perfectly in both scenarios : not too fancy and not too casual. It's easy to put together, so I get to sleep in a little bit in the morning. It keeps me warm, and the fluffiness from the sweater makes this outfit so comfortable and cozy.

Even though, I already own a similar fluffy sweater from Calvin Klein, I still bought this one from H&M, because of how amazing it feels. It was also a more affordable version and I just had to add it to my collection of sweaters.

I don't usually wear any jewelry with my daily outfits, maybe one of my watches but that's about it. I chose to go with my OTK Boots for this look, since the day we shot these pictures, wasn't as cold as it has been the last few days. 

With my crazy University schedule this semester, and this uncontrollable cold weather, it'll be really hard to create content on the blog. But I've got some ideas to work around it. Stay tuned, and stay warm everyone!









Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year everyone. It's my first blog post of 2019, can you believe it? I feel like 2018 flew by, but I'm excited to see what 2019 has in store for me. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday week.

Since last year's resolutions post did so well, I thought I would give it a try again for 2019. Even though, I did not quite follow through as much as I wanted to last year, I still think that putting my resolutions in writing anywhere is always worth it. I chose to write them on my blog, since I'm literally on it every single day.  

Looking back at last year's New Year's Resolutions blog post, I realize how much I let myself down. 

1. For the first 2 months, I really stuck with maintaining a bullet journal, which is a source keeping tabs of my daily activities. Unfortunately I decided to stop. It was too time consuming to invest in every day.
2.  I wasn't as consistent with going to the gym, as I was in 2017, after I came back from my vacation in July 2018. 
3. I'm proud of myself a little bit for dyeing the ends of my hair a reddish colour at the beginning of the year. One of my many resolutions going into 2018.
4.  I am proud to say my Instagram account, as well as my blog, saw consistent growth from an audience perspective for most of 2018.  Unfortunately with the new algorithm implemented later in the year (2018), both of my platforms saw a dip in terms of activity. 
5.  My Skin Care Routine is not perfected yet, but has definitely improved over past year. With the addition of The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice exfoliator face mask, the unevenness in my skin has improved.  
6. Another resolution of mine was to stop overthinking, but honestly I don't think that I can do that. It's in my DNA and I can't really help it. Once something goes wrong, my mind blocks off all good things and keeps producing thoughts of negative possibilities. 

Over the year, I also got the opportunity to work with some amazing brands such as The Body Shop, Febreze, iDealOfSweden, and MyMakeupBrushSet.
I also bought my very own camera and tripod, which I'm totally ecstatic to learn more about.

Anyway, enough about 2018, let's move on to 2019 New Year's Resolutions!
These are mine but hey if it works for you as well, go ahead and snatch them :)

1. Work out more, if not at the gym, at home. Drink more water, less fizzy drinks and cut it down to 1 coffee/day.  Eat healthier.

2. Be more involved with my followers with Instagram Stories. 

3. Use my camera and tripod to take my own photos. Be more proactive and creative. Find what works the best and use it.

4. In an attempt to remain fresh and new with my future content, I will continue to develop my style in clothing, apply new colours to my outfit and make up posts, and discuss new patterns, and textures. I have a great passion for a vast array of different styles and fashions and concepts that exist, and I will look to convey all my opinions to my reading and viewing audience.

5. Create and follow an editorial calendar. Follow schedule to be more consistent with blog posts. (aiming for at least 1 blog post/week). Upgrade blog with new features.

6. Start my YouTube Channel, and create 1 minute video content for Instagram.

7. Travel and explore as much as possible.

8. Spend more time with my family, and friends. Make new memories and capture them with my camera.





Snake Skin : The New Trend Everyone Is Wearing

With the recent animal print for Fall trend such as : leopard, tiger, zebra and the latest snakeskin, I thought I'd finally give one of them a try. I haven't really been into patterns before; I was more of a stripes/plain clothing kinda gal. But that changed this year with the addition of floral patterns and now the snake skin print. What I love about the trend is how versatile it is. There is a vast array of colours in different types of prints.

My Instagram feed is filled with fashion girls who I follow for inspiration, and every time I'm on the app, I see at least one girl wearing some kind of snake skin clothing/accessory. From a blouse to over the knee boots, snake skin patterns are taking over.

I will link down below some other amazing and affordable snake print clothing and accessory I found online and also my outfit details. I think it's just unbelievable to what extent this trend has taken over everything.


Snake Skin : The New Trend Everyone Is Wearing
Fluffy White Sweater - H&MBomber -Forever 21, Skirt - H&MOTK Boots - ALDO

I was on the hunt for something that would not catch too much attention. I chose something I would be comfortable to wear, simple yet still cute. I absolutely love how this look turned out; a simple snake skin print mini skirt, a fluffy white sweater, see-through tights, over the knee boots, and an olive green bomber.

While on the hunt for this skirt, I found some really cool and amazing things : 
SnakeSkin-Patterned Clothing
Denim Jacket (Boohoo),
Body Suit (TopShop),
Faux Leather Ruffle Wrap Mini Skirt (Boohoo), 
Wool Coat (Boohoo),
Midi Dress (Boohoo),
Bodycon Cami Dress (ZAFUL).

SnakeSkin-Patterned Accessories
Bracelets (H&M),
Hoop Drop Earrings (ROMWE),
Leather Loafers (H&M),
Shoulder Bag (H&M),
Ankle Boots (ALDO),
Bikini Set (ZAFUL).





Toronto Christmas Market 2018

The magic of the Christmas season at the Toronto Christmas Market is beyond amazing, and I got to experience it this year. I am definitely making it a tradition to go every year. Hosted for the 9th time at the Distillery History District, the festival includes local vendors, amazing food and drinks, Christmas carolers, and stunning light displays. You can also enjoy family-friendly activities such as Santa and the elves, children's storytelling, a ferris wheel, a carousel, and at the center of it all, a gigantic Christmas tree.

The festival is free on weekdays until Friday at 5pm except Monday (closed) and a $6 entry fee on weekends starting at 5pm on Fridays. The Toronto Christmas Market is running till Dec 23rd this year. Go rediscover the magic of Christmas and enjoy an amazing atmosphere with your friends, family or your loved one.

However you celebrate the holiday season, I hope you truly enjoy and savor it. And may it bring you love, happiness and everything that you've ever wished for.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!






















1 Item 5 Ways : Black Turtle Neck

Something I've always scouted for, was a nice thin basic black turtle neck; mostly to use as a layer in the winter time. I found this one from ZARA at the beginning of Fall, and I'm obsessed. I have probably worn it more than 30 times already. l have styled it in different ways, and I just love how the outfit turns out all the time. 

I've been on the fence about getting the burgundy and/or the white one, because I'm trying to be a responsible adult and not spend too much on unnecessary things. I hope you like how I styled it and let me know if you guys think I should go back to the store and get the other colours?

LOOK 1 : Styled with a dress and OTK boots

LOOK 2 : Styled with a suede mini skirt and ankle boots

Look 3 : With Overalls and OTK Boots

Look 4 : With a Sleeveless Top and Mini Denim Skirt and high boots

Look 5 : With Red Pants and OTK boots (styled as ankle boots)
Let me know which one is your favourite and if you like this kind of blog post? I'm thinking of turning this into it's own category on the blog