Archives for December 2016

12/16/16

Holiday Wishlist

Happy Friday Friends!!

 

Y’all.. We are 9 days away from Christmas!! HOLY COW!!

 

The holidays are all about the kids. I love watching the excitement on their faces as they see their pile of gifts and open each one, with a smile that grows bigger and bigger. But lets be honest.. I’d be totally lying and in denial if I didn’t say that OF COURSE I have my own Holiday Wish List. I’m completely fine with not getting anything on it, but I always make sure to have one on hand JUST in case we hit Powerball right before Christmas… at least my husband will have some idea where to start.

So here it goes .. My Holiday Wish List 🙂

 

Holiday wishlist

Velvet Handbag / Faux Fur Mask / Leopard Pillow / Pajama Dress / Rose Gold Nike’s / Sony Camera / JCrew Vest / Leopard Cuff /  Curling Iron / Year Of Yes Book / Porch Mat / Tula Starter Set

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What’s on your Holiday Wishlist?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
12/15/16

Buffalo Print Poncho + Leather

buffalo plaid cape

buffalo plaid cape

Plaid fringe poncho

plaid fringe cape

Plaid fringe poncho

plaid fringe poncho

It started to cool down yesterday after a surprisingly warm weekend so I layered my newest winter pieces, including this plaid poncho. Not only a plaid poncho, but a buffalo plaid that will compliment every color in your wardrobe. Not only is it the perfect plaid, but it also has fringe to spice it up! This buffalo plaid poncho would also be great for the holidays. I have to admit that I wore this paneled leather top three times last week – with skinny jeans hoping that no one would notice. I paired it with my favorite white skinny jeans and black boots for a more casual look.

To get you guys up to speed, the last two months have probably been my busiest in a long time. I’m surprised I’ve even managed to keep up with my posting schedule! Our entire office is being remodeled and we will all be working from home until end of March. I had to organize the entire move, vendors, contractors, furniture, utilities, you name it!!! No biggie!! This weekend is my son’s 5th birthday (at our house, pray for me) and then of course Christmas!! So I hope my schedule will start to wind down and I can actually enjoy the holiday season.

I found similar ponchos and blanket scarves below that would be perfect for that chilly day.

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Can you believe Christmas is in 10 days? Are you ready for all the madness?

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany
12/12/16

6 things I’ve Learned So Far… Birthday Edition

Happy Monday!!!

Since it’s my b-day (WHOOP WHOOP), I figured I’d compile a little list of some of the most important things I’ve learned thus far. There are so many things about my 20s that were incredible, and I learned so so so much. Cheers to this past year being one I’ll never forget! Toasting to 31 and making it another year to remember 🙂

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So here’s what I got:

1.) THERE WILL ALWAYS BE HATERS, EMBRACE IT & KEEP IT MOVIN

Honestly, this is number one for a reason. We’ve all been criticized at one time or another. You gotta do what you gotta do, & either way someone, somewhere will have something to say. Bloggers are always putting themselves out there so is always constant criticism. You gotta shake it off and always do what you love to do!

2.) BUDGET

Ughhhh this is one of those things they need to teach in college. My tip…download a budgeting app on your phone or use the envelope system. Also, it’s okay to have a credit card. You may just have to learn the hard way like I did that it’s not free money to go shopping all the time :/

3.) DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE

We’ve all been there. You are in a hurry getting Starbucks so you mouth off to the barista. The line at Target is a mile long so you complain to the manager and have “that moment.” You go off at the post office worker because your box is not the correct one… You know asshole moments! Being a bitch is nasty. Patience has become my very best friend, especially after having kids. Smile, be gracious, be kind, & be humble.

4.) YOU NEVER KNOW…

 Don’t judge until you’ve walked in someone’s shoes. People assume they know everything about me because a lot of my life is documented through social media. I have had some folks say some pretty mean things without knowing anything about me. There will always be haters and I knew that coming into the blogging world. But don’t judge a book by its cover because you never know. Life online looks flawless, #blessed, & glamourous. Always be kind to everyone no matter the circumstance… Appreciate the small things 🙂

5.) YOU CANNOT CHANGE PEOPLE.

This is PROBABLY THE HARDEST THING EVER FOR ME. For years I would try to control the outcome of family drama, friendships, work, etc. This year I’ve realized that ‘it is, what it is’. Me trying to control the situation & change people into something they’re not is counterproductive & pointless. You can get what you can get, or you don’t. Life isn’t fair or unfair, unless you cultivate that— focus on moving forward & don’t worry about what other people are doing…remember as Bethenny Frankel said “stay in your own lane!”

6.)  TRY SOMETHING NEW,  ALWAYS

I feel that mixing it up on your blog keeps things interesting and as a blogger and blog reader myself, I know I prefer reading blogs that cover an array of different topics. If you feel like your fashion or beauty blog is becoming a bit dull, why not introduce a new topic? People love newness and generally enjoy seeing people dipping their toes into unusual and interesting subjects. I’ve said this a million times before but you can blog about anything and everything. Whatever your interests are, you can make a blog out of it. Don’t be afraid to try something out for a while and if you feel like it hasn’t taken off, it’s okay to pull back from it – at least you gave it a go!

Obviously this is a list of things that I need to work on daily because I’m not perfect by any means & need daily reminders. Really, it just kind of helps to write these reminders down! I’m not preaching, just sharing…again, do what works for you!

Off to celebrate!! Now, lets pop the CHAMPS!!!! 🙂

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany
12/09/16

Last Minute Christmas Gifts Under $100

Happy Friday Friends!!! 🙂

If you woke up this morning in a state of panic realizing that Christmas Eve is just two weeks away… you are not alone! I think it has FINALLY set in that the holidays are here and we are amidst the chaos! Good news is, there still is time!

The other good news is that stores tend to have special sales and longer hours throughout December, as people rush to find last-minute gifts. But beware – the busiest shopping day of the season isn’t Black Friday, contrary to popular belief. Super Saturday, the last Saturday before Christmas, has actually taken its place. So if you’re planning to go to the stores on December 20, be prepared for huge crowds and long lines anywhere you go. If you are not one to get out and fight the crowds, I am sharing some last minute gift ideas that you can buy online and pickup in store. They are all under $100!!! I still have most of my family left to buy for and they are all the hardest… Thank you Jesus for expedited shipping! 🙂

Holiday Gift Guide

1. Amazon Echo – Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. It connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth. I will probably be getting this for my husband who uses a tiny speaker to play music.

2. Nike Juvenate – I have been eyeing these shoes for awhile and they are at the top of my wishlist. Ive heard lots of great things about them. Super comfy and versatile!

3. Christmas Cookie Shampoo – This shampoo smells soooooo good. It was so amazing my husband stole it from me. I am stocking up on this item.

4. Charger Docking Station – I have been searching for an iPhone charger that allows me to charge my phone in its case for awhile. I have been through at least a half dozen other chargers that will not work with my iPhone 6 Plus if I have it in any type of case…until now! 🙂

5. Swell Water Bottle – Love the coloring & design of this bottle. You usually can’t find this one in the stores, but I ordered mine online. It keeps everything hot or cold just like it says it will. It fits perfect in my purse so I always have water with me!

6. Monogram Bracelet – Love this fun bangle that literally goes with everything. Would make such a great gift for that monogram freak in your life!

7. North Face Beanie – This North Face beanie is a warm, cozy and ridiculously cute choice for the cold weather! There is an extra layer of material to help keep your head warm. The pom pom is adorable.

8. Monogram Sweatshirt – Another personalized gift that just shows how special that person is to you. I love all of their products and they are such great quality!

9. Marble Phone Case – Im so obsessed with this case and it would be the perfect gift for anyone. There is also the option of personalizing it.

10. Book of Cocktails – A collection of delicious recipes from bartenders from everywhere—especially New York City—includes recipes for classics like the Martini, the Old-Fashioned, the Manhattan, the French 75 and the Negroni, as well as favorites from the new generation of elixirs borne of the craft distilling boom.

11. Philosophy Skincare Set – 8 piece skin care kit to help replenish skin and restore its health. Holiday sale, $165 value for the set.

12. Kate Spade Planner – A stylish 17-month agenda is a to-do lister’s dream come true, complete with monthly and weekly spreads, a contacts section, note pages and laminated dividers. Keeping tabs has never looked so good.

13. Lashtash To Go – From a mascara that amplifies lashes to a mascara that delivers a fanned out, high volume look, the Lashstash to Go is perfect for stand-out eye looks. It features five, black deluxe mascaras and a voucher to come back and redeem a full-size version of your favorite.

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This year, skip the frustration of battling it out with other shoppers and shop online for everyone on your list. You’ll end up with great gifts your friends and family will love – without the headache!

Have a great weekend!!! 

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
12/07/16

Holiday Party Looks – SEQUINS!!

I can always find a reason to dress up, especially around the holiday season. It is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a sparkly lil number or that gorgeous little black dress you have had your eye on. Is it just me or are sequins having a major moment right now? In putting this post together, I’ve been on the hunt to find anything and everything related to sequins on the internet. I have also been all over Dallas looking for the most perfect gold sequin jacket to wear to our office holiday party! And the strange thing is, despite their popularity (and obvious demand!), they’re almost impossible to nail down! Maybe I was just looking at the wrong time, but they seem to be sold out almost everywhere. #strugglebus

I have a fun and festive outfit in mind for the party and I will be sharing these details soon. I wanted to share a holiday outfit that is more casual. I love pairing soft, oversized sweaters with skirts and leggings. My skirt is from last season but I have linked similar ones. The skirt is also super comfortable which at first glance you might not think so, but the lining is not only soft. Pairing skirts with OTK boots help elongate shorter legs like mine 🙂

Sequin skirt

Sweater Sequin Skirt

Casual Sequin Outfit

Skirt (old) similar / similarBoots  – (similar) | Sweater (similar) | Clutch Karen Walker | Necklace

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I have also rounded up all of my favorite sparkling pieces below and linked everything!!

Sequin Jackets

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Dresses

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Skirts

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Pants

 

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What do you think, would you wear sequin pants to a holiday party?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany