Real Simple + The Small Things Blog

I was sitting in my car in a parking lot when I had the call.

With Real Simple. 

To talk about collaborating on some simply holiday hairstyle tutorials made especially for

It was one of the most exciting phone calls of my life. I love, love, Real Simple. It’s the only magazine that arrives in my mailbox and causes all other activities to stop so I can look through it.

So when they asked if I was interested, I sort of laughed silently to myself.


Yes. More like “coolest opportunity of a lifetime”.

I’ve created 3 holiday hair tutorials so you are completely set for any event this season. You have your choice of half up, all up with a braid, and loosely up with a twist. What I love about these styles is that you can start with nearly any texture (straight, curly, wavy) and get a pretty similar effect. So, if you have an event on a friday night after work, you don’t need to start over with your hair. Simply build from whatever style you were wearing that day. 

Bobby pins will be your friend. And hairspray. But strategic placement of hidden clear elastics and separating the hair into workable sections will help you succeed with any of these styles.

Each style has a photo step by step AND a video. (find links to videos at the bottom of this post) Click here to see the styles! 

Let me know what you think! Which one is your favorite? 


  1. says

    Congratulations! That’s so cool! Real Simple is my favorite magazine too! My favorite is the side updo with a twist. :) I just donated my hair to locks of love, so I will have to let my hair grow out a bit before I can try it! Congrats again.

  2. says

    Congratulations! That is an awesome opportunity.

    I wish I had long hair so I could do some of your styles, but I tried growing it out and it was a miserable experience. I’m much happier with my chin-length bob, but I have hair envy every time I read one of your blog posts, haha.

  3. says

    Congratulations!! What an absolutely exciting opportunity and so fitting for your talent. Your hair tutorials always show how to simply create something beautiful, a match made in magazine heaven! Happy for you!

  4. says

    Upon discovering your blog about 8 months ago I added it to my list of sites that google opens whenever I start Chrome – I’ve been dropping in for a daily dose of inspiration every since. Has been so fun to follow along. Congrats on this amazing opportunity!

  5. says

    That’s such an awesome opportunity! Congratulations and a job well done on some seriously WONDERFUL hair tutorials. I worked with Real Simple last year and their team was such a delight. I’ve never had so much fun in my life.

  6. says

    That’s awesome! Real Simple is one of the best magazines out there! Congratulations to you! I just found your blog through Pinterest a couple weeks ago and I’ve been using your hairstyles ever since.

  7. says

    Congratulations!! For me too, Real Simple is the only magazine I get in the mail, and yes, my husband knows to leave me be when I get that treat! :o) Your blog is awesome and your hair tutorials are awesome and now it’s awesome meets awesome, Real Simple and your blog! Praises!

  8. says

    Kate! Congrats! That is so awesome! I personally like the half up twist and the side updo with a twist. I have a couple parties to go to this holiday season and you just made it easier for me to figure out how I’m going to do my hair! Thanks!

  9. says

    I don’t even know you, but just wanted to say Congratulations! To be featured in magazine–wow, that says a lot! You deserve it. I always look forward to opening your emails to see what you have to share. You are talented and beautiful inside and out. Merry Christmas!

  10. says

    Congratulations Kate! I have been reading your blog for over a year now. I really do look forward to reading it everyday. Congrats on an amazing honor, and a very well deserved one at that :-)

  11. says

    Hi Kate! I just wanted to congratulate you on the Real Simple gig! I adore the magazine and can’t be happier for you. What a huge deal! All of the styles are lovely and I’ll definitely be trying them out this holiday. Congrats again!

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