Fishtail Bun

Barefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot BlondeBarefoot Blonde PANTS: 7 For All Mankind // BLAZER: Zara (old) similar, here and here // TEE: Gap // NECKLACE: Nordstrom // HEELS: Jeffrey Campbell // LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Sweet Experience’ // SUNGLASSES: Ray Ban // HEADBAND: Nordstrom // CLUTCH: Clare Vivier

Photos by Jaci Marie Photography

This bun is a random hair style I experimented with a couple years ago and I had planned to make an updated tutorial but then got really sick and am just now getting over it so I never did film one but just know one is coming! In the mean time, there is this tutorial I made a couple years ago but honestly all of my old tutorials make me cringe!! Haha I remember filming them in my townhouse filled with 8 girls in college and trying to be quiet so the girls in the room next to me couldn’t hear which results in just awkwardness on film. However, it is done the same only instead of wires, I upgraded to a headband :) which I highly recommend because wires get tangled in your hair way too easy!! I really hadn’t done this bun since then and forgot how much I love this style and how easy it is! My husband also kept telling me that night that it is his favorite so that doesn’t hurt either :)

David and I are headed to Chicago today (its also my birthday, yay!) to host a brunch sponsored by Mia Bossi and Fashionaholic and I am super excited to meet all you girls coming to it! (PS yes, my doctor said I am A-OK to travel!) And it is my first time to Chicago so I am really excited to explore the city and eat some deep dish pizza! Any recommendations on things to do/see/eat – send them my way!!

AND one more thing! I have the winner for the Fashionphile giveaway!! The winner is Rebeca!! I will be emailing you so watch out for an email :) and thanks to everyone who entered, wish everyone could win! xx

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92 Responses to “Fishtail Bun”

  1. Sabina B. May 9, 2014 at 6:43 am Permalink

    Pretty as always! Love the blazer and the clutch!


  2. Martina Manolcheva May 9, 2014 at 6:55 am Permalink

    You look beautiful, and so stylish. The blazer is absolutely lovely <3


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm Permalink

      Thank you Martina!! xoxo

  3. Mira May 9, 2014 at 7:19 am Permalink

    Beautiful look and I love your bun! Happy Birthday!! Wish you all the best :D

    xx Mira


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm Permalink

      Thank you so much!!! xoxo

  4. Adela May 9, 2014 at 7:26 am Permalink

    Love the bun. Happy birthday! Have a lovely time in Chicago.
    Adela x


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much Adela! xx

  5. SweetMona May 9, 2014 at 7:42 am Permalink

    nice look, lovely hair!
    new look on my blog, with skirt made by me :)

  6. Kasia B May 9, 2014 at 9:49 am Permalink

    That outfit is gorgeous and you look beautiful!

    Kasia’s Beauty Diary

  7. Julia May 9, 2014 at 9:52 am Permalink

    Happy Birthday! I am so jealous of your creativity when it comes to your hair. Gorgeous! xo

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm Permalink

      You are so sweet thanks girl!! xoxo

  8. Christina Storm May 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm Permalink

    Love this look! Black, blush, and leopard are such a beautiful combo!
    Have a great weekend! :)

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm Permalink

      Aw thanks so much girl!! xoxo

  9. Riley Hanni May 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm Permalink

    I will be in Chicago today too! We have never been there so I am excited to read your comments to figure out what we should do. You look amazing!

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much!!! So fun that you were in Chicago too, hope you guys had so much fun!! xoxo

  10. supal {chevrons & éclairs} May 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm Permalink

    Oh love this idea! So my hair has gotten extra long as of late and will be going through your tutorials/a pinning spree later today. Will try this one as it is probably perfect for a sunday brunch! x


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm Permalink

      Thanks!! So fun that youre hair has grown out and youre experimenting with it!! :)

  11. Bridget May 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm Permalink

    the brunch is being held a block from my apt! you are going to love Chicago!! I am so sad I have to miss the brunch because I have an exam :( but hopefully I will see you around the neighborhood!!

    and thank you for listing your lipsticks!! it has helped me so much in building my collection!

    xx B

    • Bridget May 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm Permalink

      Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

      • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm Permalink

        Thank you so much!!! xoxo

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm Permalink

      Oh goodness you live in a beautiful neighborhood!! Absolutely loved that area its so amazing! And glad you are building your lipstick collection haha hope I havent turned you into an addict like I am!

  12. keena horton May 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm Permalink

    so pretty! as always :) and happy birthday! have fun in Chicago!

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm Permalink

      Thank you so much cute girl!! xoxo

  13. arielle May 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm Permalink

    this hairstyle is so charming. and so is that blazer! have fun in chicago.

    love, arielle

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much girl!! xo

  14. Courtney May 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday! Love that bun! The coral blazer pairs beautifully with the leopard print clutch!


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm Permalink

      Thank you so much!! xoxo

  15. Adrienne May 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm Permalink

    Great outfit!
    I love your hair pulled back like that! Super pretty!
    -Adrienne. xo

    Citizen of the World
    Citizen of the World

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much Adrienne!

  16. Lauryn May 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday! You’ll love Chicago! MUST try RPM Italian, it’s Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s restaurant and it is amazing!!! You won’t regret it!

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much!!! And ahhh I totally saw them in the city and was dyyying to go to their restaurant but we just didnt have time I was so bummed! Next time though! :)

  17. Morgan May 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday! Can’t wait for that bun tutorial! Have a great time in Chicago☺

  18. Kade May 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm Permalink

    You’re gorgeous! I remember that tutorial which I tried once and just failed. I envy your hair skills!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! xo

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much!!! And don’t worry I even failed trying to recreate it again haha had to do it twice!! Thanks for the bday wishes too, so sweet of you!

  19. Holly May 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm Permalink

    Gorgeous hair and Happy Birthday!
    My husband is from Chicago and he says Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza is hands down the best! It wont hurt to try a few others either :)

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much girl!! We totally went to Lou Malnati’s and it is beyond amazing!! xoxo

  20. rebekah May 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm Permalink

    Geno’s East…best deep dish pizza hands down…favorite place in the world to go to in Chicago!

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm Permalink

      K we totally wanted to go here but got lost walking there and ended up going to Giordanos that night instead!! But I hear Geno’s is fab! Next time :)

  21. Emily May 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday! Be sure to eat some gyros/italian beef sandwiches while you guys are in Chicago and take a ride on the L. There is also a place called Russian Tea Time off Michigan Ave that has afternoon tea…it is on the expensive side but worth it! Basically all I do when I go there is eat lol. Enjoy your trip :)

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm Permalink

      Aw thanks so much for the bday wishes and recommendations!! So nice of you! So sad we didn’t get more time there because I totally added the Russian Tea Time to my list!! Next time for sure! xoxo

  22. Adri May 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday! Love this amazing fishtail bun! I don’t think anyone makes 8 months preggo look as stylish as you!
    xo Adri

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm Permalink

      Aw you are too nice!! thanks so much!!

  23. Rebecca May 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm Permalink

    How will we know which Rebecca won ? :-)

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm Permalink

      I sent out an email to the winner! So if you got an email you will know :) xo

  24. Lauren Jasper May 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm Permalink

    You HAVE to get Garrett’s Popcorn! That’s our first stop when we go to Chicago and dream about it until we return :) LOVE the outfit! Happy Birthday!

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much for the bday wishes and recommendations!! So sweet of you!!!

  25. Jessica May 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm Permalink

    You should go to Frontera Grill on Clark Street! It’s the best Mexican restaurant in Chicago!

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm Permalink

      Darn I so wish we had more time there and could have tried this! We love Mexican food! but thanks so much for the recommendation!! :)

  26. Vanessa Davids May 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm Permalink

    I live in Chicago and there are so many great places to eat here. I say skip RPM Italian, it’s highly overrated. The Pump Room is one of my favorite places to dine and drink. It’s in the Public Hotel, which is also my favorite hotel :-) My husband and I “staycation” there when we just want a change of scenery. Eataly is fairly new (haven’t been yet), but I’ve been to the one in NYC several times, so I’m sure it’s worth a visit. I hear ours is bigger than NYC’s :-) Welcome, and enjoy your time in Chicago!

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much for the recommendations!!! So fun that you live there, it is such a beautiful city!! xoxo

  27. Vanessa Davids May 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm Permalink

    Oh, and GT Fish & Oyster is fantastic…unless you can’t eat that stuff while preggers.

  28. Maria May 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm Permalink

    Love the hair and that blazer is just a beautiful color ………..Hope you have a great Mother’s Day….. :)

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm Permalink

      Thank you Maria!! I hope you had a great Mother’s Day as well! xoxo

  29. Theresa May 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm Permalink

    Hi! I just love your blazer & clutch! Both are super cute!! I’ve lived in Chicago for years and love it. Here are some places/thing to do that you might like!

    1. RPM Italian (like another commenter said!) The food is great and it’s a fun scene. Plus Giuliana & Bill are there sometimes!
    2. Lou Malnati’s & Gino’s East are both great for pizza but my personal fav is Uno’s
    3. Portillo’s for italian beef sandwiches
    4. The Girl and the Goat restaurant (Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard is the chef)
    5. Eatly (usually pretty crowded but very fun to walk around)
    6. Shopping along Michigan Avenue & Rush street
    7. Walks along the lake front (especially if it’s a nice day!!)
    8. the Shedd aquarium
    9. Lincoln Park Zoo (free to walk around!)

    Hope you have a great trip & birthday!! :)

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm Permalink

      Yay thanks so much for all these fab recommendations!! I wish we had more time there but we went to Lou Malnati’s and it was BEYOND! Thanks so much again!! xx

  30. Michelle Torres May 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday Beautiful!!! You look stunning with your hair like this and I love you outfit too!! Girl, I am sorry I have not commented lately, life has been too busy, but a good busy ha ha… I surely have kept up with every post, but just did not take the time to say anything, but made sure today you know that I am hoping you do have a special birthday and that your trip to Chicago is a blast! XO

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm Permalink

      Aw Michelle how cute are you?! Thanks so much for the bday wishes and do not even worry about not commenting!! I obviously LOVE hearing from you but know life gets busy so no worries :) You are so sweet to comment and you always brighten my day thanks girlie!

  31. Haley Valerie May 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm Permalink

    Your hair is perfect!


  32. Krystal May 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm Permalink

    Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish for sure
    Kuma’s Corner has the BEST burgers but I’ve heard DMK and Bad Apple are great as well
    Smoque BBQ

    I live in the suburbs in an awesome town Libertyville where we have a little downtown with great shops, salons, restaurants, etc. but those are my favorite places to visit in the city

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much for the recommendations!!! I wish we had more time to do them all but we totally went to Lou Malnati’s and holy crap I about died! So so good!! xoxo

  33. Orne May 9, 2014 at 11:49 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have an amazing day! And enjoy Chicago, I would like to go there someday… I love this hairstyle and maybe tomorrow I ‘ll try one of your tutorials! Xxx

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm Permalink

      Thank you so much for the bday wishes!! And yes definitely try a tutorial sometime :)

  34. Christina Wern May 10, 2014 at 3:42 am Permalink

    Remember that time when I tried to tell everyone you already a tutorial for this hairstyle and everyone didn’t believe me! :p Looks great!!
    Anyways… Happy Birthday! Hope you had a fantastic day! Twenty four should be an amazing age, right? ;) (I’m only two months behind than you!). I also hope you have a great time in Chicago. Let me know how it is. My husband wants to visit so badly, but I really want to go to the beach, so … (oh and my husband is a few years older than me too. Nine, actually! Idk why that was so important to tell you and I doubt you care, but I was reading some of the comments on another one of your posts the other day about it). Happy birthday again!


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm Permalink

      Haha! Yes you were totally right I do!! And thanks soo much for the bday wishes! :) Chicago was AMAZING! Totally exceeded my expectations and is such a must see! But I would probably still pick the beach haha maybe just because I havent been in so long and am dying for sand and ocean! Thanks again for your sweet comment! xo

  35. Kelly F May 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday!! I just flew out to Chicago yesterday too! I’m from there and visiting family :) The Buckingham fountain got turned back on today. Also, go up in the Hancock building and have a drink. It’s a great view of the city up there!! Have fun!!

    Xo Kelly

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm Permalink

      Thank you so much!!! So fun that you were in Chicago too! Thanks for all the fab recommendations!! :) hope you had so much fun!

  36. sepatuholig May 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm Permalink

    Great outfit! love your style momma…

  37. Jules May 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm Permalink

    Love the hair doll! Could you maybe do a post about your favorite places to shop maternity clothes?


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm Permalink

      Thanks girl!! And yes that is a fab idea!! I will definitely do that!! :)

  38. Anouch May 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm Permalink

    Love your hair and this look !




  39. Mel May 12, 2014 at 2:47 am Permalink

    Wow! This is beautiful Amber. I remember watching your old tutorial on this and absolutely LOVED it!

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm Permalink

      Thanks girlie!! Glad you liked the tutorial despite my awkwardness haha :)

  40. kelsey May 12, 2014 at 3:38 am Permalink

    looking lovely!
    Ladies in Navy

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm Permalink

      Thank you Kelsey!! xoxo

  41. WEAR EAT LOVE May 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm Permalink

    Amazing bun! Kisses from Croatia!


    • amber May 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm Permalink

      Thank you!!! LOVE Croatia! Jealous you are there :)

  42. Dalas May 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm Permalink

    I love your shoes, having trouble finding the exact style on the nordstrom website. Could anyone help?
    Thanks! Love your blog, Amber.

    • amber May 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm Permalink

      They are unfortunately last season so I am not sure they are available anymore :( sorry about that!! Thanks for reading!! xoxo

  43. SR May 13, 2014 at 6:23 am Permalink

    I love everything about this outfit, head to toe!!

    Suz @ Rico Boxxcar

  44. Danaea May 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm Permalink

    FYI! Ulta has headbands that are already done in a fishtail or a normal braid. So if someone doesn’t have or want to buy extensions, you can get the headband for I think $10 and wrap that around your bun also ;-)

  45. Monica October 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm Permalink


    I just found this style on Pintrest and absolutely love it! I watched the old tutorial but I’m wondering if there’s a way to do it without extensions? My hair is almost to my waist so adding extensions may just make it look ridiculous…thanks!



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