Post-Partum Panache: Hello Holiday’s Picks for New Moms!

We’ve been there—having a new baby is one of the most lifechanging and amazing experiences in a woman’s life, and we know that the pitter patter of little feet brings not only lifestyle changes, but body changes. The ever-evolving fabulous figure of a new mom can put a real dent in your fashion choices, and we know how frustrating that can be. Finding yourself dreading the daily dress-up routine? Try our favorite picks from Hello-Holiday.com for new moms. Each carefully selected piece is easy to unbutton, easy to wear, and easy to wash so you can focus on what’s easy to love. Click on the icons of each product underneath the main photo to find them on our site.

Hello Holiday's Picks for New Moms

Meet Kaylah, blogger at The Dainty Squid!

Kaylah is one of our favorite bloggers at The Dainty Squid, and we keep coming back for her cute outfits, bold mixing of pattern and color, cute nail tutorials, and beautiful photos from her wooded home in Ohio. We asked her five quick questions in 140 characters or less—read on and get to know Kaylah, and check out her blog, The Dainty Squid!

Hello Holiday: Who are you and what are you all about?
Dainty Squid: I’m Kaylah, the lady behind The Dainty Squid. I’m a thrifting-obsessed girl with candy-colored hair from Ohio.

HH: What’s the best treasure you found in your most recent goodie-gathering expedition?
DS: I just found the cutest little desk that fits perfectly in an empty corner of my living room. Only $15, I’m pretty excited!

HH: Besides your online vintage shop, what new endeavors are you currently cooking up?
DS: I’m currently working on making The Dainty Squid a more inspiring space, it’s a never ending project (that I really, really enjoy!)

HH: From your blog you seem like a big nature-lover. How does your love of the outdoors inform your personal style?
DS: My personal style is all about being comfortable and being able navigate the areas I’ll be exploring while still looking cute.

HH: If you couldn’t be a blogger, what other job would you love to take a crack at?
DS: I would really love to work behind the scenes at the natural history museum - doing research, preparing exhibits and all that fun stuff.

YOU CAN CATCH ME AT THE HOT SPOT: Hello Holiday Co-founder Sarah’s outfit of the day features our very versatile Hot Spot Tunic, $84.99, and Late Night Platforms from Seychelles, $129.99. She wore this sheer tunic layered over a black tank top and shorts, with opaque legwear. 

Cop this look and receive 30% off your purchase (and free shipping!) with code PolkaDotDeal!


A large part of our mission at Hello Holiday is to search the world over for independent designers creating beautiful, unique pieces and shine a giant spotlight on them in our shop. Through our process, we discovered La Lisette, an Amsterdam-based accessories designer who handmakes all of her leather pieces. When asked to describe the La Lisette customer and her line, the designer stated,

She loves to add a little twist and a bit of humor to an outfit. Modern art, traveling and impression from the streets are the main sources of inspiration for the La Lisette designs. 

We are so proud to carry handbags, wallets and card cases from La Lisette’s line at Hello Holiday, and set up a little Q&A to share a little more with our shoppers about this whimsical designer. 

1. What is your background and what made you turn to leather accessory design? What got you on this path? 

After being a product developer for years I quit my job and traveled the world to discover what I wanted to do. I was making things for a few years myself and everybody told me to do something with it.

So I did!

2. Describe your workspace for La Lisette. What do you love about where you work?

It’s a big spare room in our house which I use as my studio. I am about to move out to a bigger working space/shop. So that’s exciting!

3. As an entrepreneur, what do you do that has most helped you sustain your business? What can you recommend to other designers trying to gain traction with their businesses? 

Be patient! Especially in the beginning. It just takes a while before people find you.

4. What’s your favorite bag in your collection? What do you carry every day?

My favorite bag is the Hearts Leather Bag, I carry the black one a lot!

5. Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Search for new materials/haberdashery, Designing new ideas, sell on some nice markets and Administration. 

6. What handmade possession do you most cherish?

My couch! It’s big, fluffy and reaaaally comfortable :)

7. What’s the best thing that’s come out of founding La Lisette for you, personally?

That I really do what i like to. And the freedom makes me very happy!

8. What’s the best thing that happened to you today?

My Vinyasa yoga lesson!

Check out all lovely La Lisette designs available at Hello-Holiday.com here and be sure to click on the photos to see all available colors!

xo, Meg + Rah

mermaid waves galore! a hair-styling tutorial from rah + rebecca

Our hair and makeup stylist at Hello Holiday, Rebecca Forsyth of Bungalow//8 Salon here in Omaha, taught me how to style my hair this way a few years ago when I requested that she show me how to style my hair in fingerwaves. The process behind this style couldn’t really be farther from fingerwaves if it tried, but we like to think of it as a modern update for a woman with less time (and patience!). Once I mastered this style, it became my daily go-to, and when done correctly and allowed to set, it will last several days, with curls only loosening slightly. Sometimes, it even looks better on the second day.

So without further ado, follow these directions to style your hair into perfect Mermaid Waves.

1. After applying the proper heat protection and breakage products [we like Chroma Thermique or Ciment Thermique by Kerastase when blow-drying and Fibre Architecte by Kerastase before curling] isolate a horizontal row of hair at the nape of your neck about an inch thick.

2. Using a curling rod [we like a 3/4th inch Marcel iron with the clamp taken off] wrap hair and hold horizontally, starting at the middle of the strand and winding the top up by turning the iron in your hand and the bottom around the iron with your dominant hand.

3. Heat strand until it’s unpleasant to touch on the iron. Photo #3 demonstrates just how a curl that is heating up should be wound. For a more modern look, do feel free to leave more of the ends out. On my hair we prefer to curl the whole strand to produce a more polished vintage inspired look.

4. Complete your first row. Curls should be going the same direction. For curlier hair, take smaller sections and for looser hair, take larger sections. Do not brush through curls as they come off the iron. Hair curls where it cools.

5. Work in horizontal sections up the entire back of your head, keeping the iron at a horizontal position the whole time.

6. Begin on the sides, again working horizontally and keeping everything going in the same direction.

7. At this point your hair may look curlier than you’d like, but this is where it all comes together. Using a large wide tooth comb or bone comb, [our favorite] comb through all your curls to sort of melt them together and create waves. This is when those fingerwave-like ridges begin to emerge.

8. Once your waves are all unfurled and positioned just so, use a spray to hold it all together. We used Does it All by Bumble and bumble for the pliability and texture it offers.

Go forth and be wavy!

xo, Rah + Rebecca

Here’s an all new tutorial from Hello Holiday Co-Founder Sarah and hair stylist Rebecca Forsyth. With “The Big Tease”, you’ll learn how to transform flat hair into a luxurious, vintage-inspired confection. Enjoy! 
Directions: 
1. Starting just behind your bangs, if you have them, or where you’d like your hair to start going back if you don’t, pick up a section of hair about half an inch thick and as wide as you can handle, usually 3-4 inches. Comb it straight and hold it firmly 90 degrees from where it grows, or directed forward, getting a lot of tension in your grip.
2. With the strand held taut, take your comb [we like a three row comb or a carbon comb, anything that is very sturdy and unmovable] and push down the shorter strands in the interior of your section repeatedly. This doesn’t have to be super fast and rough, just forceful. 
3. Pick up a similar-sized section behind your first and repeat step 2. It’s brilliant if the sections are able to be somewhat blended together. 
4. Once you’ve worked all the way beyond your crown, this usually takes 4-5 sections, elevate sections on the sides of the rows you’ve created and backcomb those as well. You want to have plenty of backcombing all throughout the top of the head to create a full, round shape rather than a strange, unnatural ‘Snooki’ or Bump-It look. 
5. Once you’re finished putting in all your teasing or backcombing, your hair should look INSANE. If it scares you and you can’t understand how it will ever recover, you are on the right track. Pick up your Mason Pearson [or similar] boar and nylon mixture brush and delicately smooth the surface of all the backcombing into the shape you desire. You’re never actually digging into the rattiness, just floating the nylon bristles over the top delicately to create a smooth surface. In the photo, you see that Sarah uses just the tip of the brush for more control over the shape. 
6. After the surface is smoothed, use the tail of your comb or a metal lift [pictured at top, they can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for less than $1] to manipulate the shape of your big tease without ruining anything. Lift the middle or adjust a side that’s not quite right if need be! This is also a great tool throughout the day to re-fluff if your big tease is sinking.
7. Admire your handiwork and finish with a medium hold hairspray. We love Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble for it’s brushability, heat protection, and fabulous scent. 
xo, Sarah and Rebecca High-res

Here’s an all new tutorial from Hello Holiday Co-Founder Sarah and hair stylist Rebecca Forsyth. With “The Big Tease”, you’ll learn how to transform flat hair into a luxurious, vintage-inspired confection. Enjoy! 

Directions: 

1. Starting just behind your bangs, if you have them, or where you’d like your hair to start going back if you don’t, pick up a section of hair about half an inch thick and as wide as you can handle, usually 3-4 inches. Comb it straight and hold it firmly 90 degrees from where it grows, or directed forward, getting a lot of tension in your grip.

2. With the strand held taut, take your comb [we like a three row comb or a carbon comb, anything that is very sturdy and unmovable] and push down the shorter strands in the interior of your section repeatedly. This doesn’t have to be super fast and rough, just forceful. 

3. Pick up a similar-sized section behind your first and repeat step 2. It’s brilliant if the sections are able to be somewhat blended together. 

4. Once you’ve worked all the way beyond your crown, this usually takes 4-5 sections, elevate sections on the sides of the rows you’ve created and backcomb those as well. You want to have plenty of backcombing all throughout the top of the head to create a full, round shape rather than a strange, unnatural ‘Snooki’ or Bump-It look. 

5. Once you’re finished putting in all your teasing or backcombing, your hair should look INSANE. If it scares you and you can’t understand how it will ever recover, you are on the right track. Pick up your Mason Pearson [or similar] boar and nylon mixture brush and delicately smooth the surface of all the backcombing into the shape you desire. You’re never actually digging into the rattiness, just floating the nylon bristles over the top delicately to create a smooth surface. In the photo, you see that Sarah uses just the tip of the brush for more control over the shape. 

6. After the surface is smoothed, use the tail of your comb or a metal lift [pictured at top, they can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for less than $1] to manipulate the shape of your big tease without ruining anything. Lift the middle or adjust a side that’s not quite right if need be! This is also a great tool throughout the day to re-fluff if your big tease is sinking.

7. Admire your handiwork and finish with a medium hold hairspray. We love Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble for it’s brushability, heat protection, and fabulous scent. 

xo, Sarah and Rebecca