well. the not-being-goofy-slash-self-conscious needs more practice. but i am working on it.
semi-related: these flat hair pins are a recent supermarket find. i recommend them if you have really heavy hair like mine and regular bobby pins won't cut it. they hold a lot of hair well without being obvious. i wear them for the braided 'do in the photos--one on each side to secure the thickest part of each braid (near the ears)--and they don't show at all.
[photos by olivia]