Sunday, September 28, 2014

Flowers & Braids









Dress: SheInside | Purse: Kate Spade (similar) | Booties: Steve Madden (similar
Sunglasses: Gucci | Necklaces: Glimmer Lane | Lipstick: Mac (sin)



Okay, so I've been on vacation with my little family for the past week and what a wonderful week it has been. We LOVE visiting Balboa Island it's pretty much our home away from home. I wanted to squeeze in a few outfits throughout the week and was loving this one. Yes, it is very different from things I typically wear but it's still something I like and a feel reflects my style. That's the beauty about style you can play with it, you can change it up, and as long as you feel comfortable with what you are wearing that's all that matters!

I snagged this dress from SheInside and the moment I saw it I knew it would be perfect & original. As you guys know I love the "boho style" what screams boho more than this dress! On top of it being adorable it is so comfortable and versatile. For summer I can put acute pair of flats on and call it a day. Then during fall I can through a cute cardigan and a pair of booties! I also loving wearing tons of necklaces at the same time and this dress allowed me to do just that. Last but not least I wore a "crown braid". I simply braided the pieces of either side of my head and wrapped the over each other. I would be more than happy to do a tutorial if some of you want one. I hope you enjoy this look & feel comfortable branching out of your comfort zone! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Feelings











Sweater: Bohme | Leggings: Leith  | Purse: Chanel 
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar) | Earrings: Bliss | Lipstick: MAC (rebel)





So I might be loving my vacation in California but that doesn't mean that I have let Fall slip my mind. I love California weather with all my heart but we all know there is something about all four seasons of the year that make me the happiest. One of my most favorite things about Fall besides Pumpkin Spice at Starbuck, would be the scent in the air! I can literally smell the cinnamon in every store. I also love all the decorations that people put out! Taking a walk around the neighborhood and seeing darling pumpkins, fall wreaths, and miniature scarecrows on the porch makes me feel the warmth that fall brings (which is totally ironic because it gets colder but I know you guys understand exactly what I mean). 

As much as I enjoy all that - I REALLY enjoy the change in clothes. It's funny, by the end of winter I am beyond ready to live in a bathing suit all summer. But by the end of summer I open arms to baggy sweaters and a good pair of leggings (Zella's of course). So, to reel in the fall spirit I felt this outfit was perfect for the transition. The sweater is from Bohme (in a medium)  and my liquid leggings I grabbed at Nordstrom last year but they still sell the same ones from Leith, they are a staple! I love this sweater! I feel that it is a great classic boho chic style & is so comfortable! I also love pairing things with liquid leggings. If you guys do not have a solid pair of liquid leggings I highly suggest investing. They are wonderful to jazz up any outfit and are very flattering for all shapes & sizes. Although, I do feel that they are best paired with a pair of heels to fully do them justice. I love this outfit & can't wait for more sweaters & leggings to come! What are some of your favorite fall outfits?


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pink On My Radar







Dress: Wayf | Purse: Kate Spade | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Necklace: Bliss by Brooke Fitts



I know that fall is here but I honestly couldn't resist this pink dress! As I talked about earlier often times I shy away from color but I am missing out! I grabbed this dress from Nordstrom awhile back and just now getting to it. I need to work on that. My husband does not understand why I have things hanging in my closet for weeks before I wear them. Boys, they don't always get it. I am simply waiting for the right opportunity, the right mood, and of course the right accessories to make the combo just perfect. Even though I got this dress a couple weeks ago there are actually ones in Savvy right now that I like better and a selling for a better price. Yes, my friends that would be a win win!

I have also paired this dress with one of my all time favorite Kate Spade purse. But on top of this lavish color my favorite  thing about this outfit would be my necklace from Bliss by Brooke Fitts! I am obsessed with this necklace & pretty much wear it with anything that has a little higher of a neckline. (WARNING: long tangent here) I have a very very long torso. So long that when my husband & I sit next to each other I look so much taller than him, although I'm not at all. With this I try to always wear something that has something with a lower neckline i.e. a v-neck or lower scoop neck. I do this because it proportions out my body a lot more. Now, there are times that I enjoy wearing things with higher neckline but when I do I almost always try to wear a longer necklace to elongate & proportion out again. It's all about dressing for your body type which I'm excited to discuss in an upcoming post! 


Friday, September 19, 2014

White is my Comfort Zone







Jeans: Hudson (FAV jeans!) | Top: SheInside | Shoes: Steve Madden (sold out - similar/on sale) | Purse: Chanel | Sunglasses: Marc Jabocs


White.. White is ALWAYS my chosen color. Ever since I was a little girl I've felt most comfortable and confident in a white top. I distinctly remember my mom saying to me when I was younger, "Britt, can you please wear another color? White just gets so dirty." That didn't phase me, white was forever victorious! 

To this day I will always lean towards a white top. There is something so chic, so simple, yet so classy about a white top. I snatched this top from SheInside. I'm not even going to lie, I do love the style yet I should I got a bigger size. It is a small and I should have got a medium or a large. It looks great when I don't move a muscle but the minute I try to function throughout the day I'm pretty much doing nothing but tugging and pulling at it to stay in place, hate that! I grabbed this in a floral print which I adore and am excited to share with you guys later! It also comes in a couple other colors I have posted at the above. What's your GO TO color of choice? I promise everyone has one! 

On another note - I have literally been ADDICTED to tying things around my waist! I don't know how to stop and I feel like i'm in the 80's again! I mean I don't hate it but WHY must I do this? I think it's cute and a fun accessory but I keep trying to tell myself, not with every outfit! I still haven't taken my own advice! Do you guys have any silly things you do or wear too much? I need to be assured that I'm not the only one! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Wet Brush

Ladies & gentleman , I am so excited to share one of my ALL time favorite beauty weapons  that I have in my arsenal of beauty tools. It is know as the "Holy Grail" in my house, aka - THE WET BRUSH. Now, if you do not have one yet don't panic, okay panic a little because you've been torturing yourself AND your poor hair all this time, but all is well they sell them many, many places. They have them at Target, Ulta, and other beauty stores. They run about $9.00 and it will be THE best $9.00 you've ever spent on your hair! 

Let me give you a little more insight as to why I'm so infatuated with this simple brush. Believe it or not, I have very, VERY curly hair! And yes, you guessed it I hate it! Of course I get the cliche response, "Oh my gosh, you're so lucky" and I think to myself (silently of course) "Yeah, I'm the winner! I have a nasty poodle on my head every morning that I need to tame, so lucky". Don't get my wrong I do love my hair and more than that I am EXTREMELY grateful to even have hair but that doesn't change the fact that I have a real life animal on the top of my head. As well as being curly it is very thick, long, and coarse. I use to dread just the thought of washing my hair and then having to brush through it after the shower. That is until I found THE WET BRUSH!

 My sister said to me one day "Umm, do you have a Wet Brush" she is known for getting sold on the silliest things. So like I usually do I laughed her off and proceeded to tell her I wasn't buying into another one of her gadgets! The next day I noticed she had accidentally left hers at my house from the night before. And you bet your bottom dollar I was going to use that thing! So, there I was soaking wet from the shower dreading the brushing of my wet poodle hair and all the sudden my hand kept sliding, and sliding, and sliding. I couldn't believe my eyes, my hair, or my mind! I DIDN'T FEEL ONE KNOT!!! I barley, BARLEY felt the brushing sliding down my head! Once I was finished which literally took a fraction of the time it normally does to brush out my hair, I instantly called my sister and apologized for doubting her! Of course she demanded her brush back but I didn't care I was out to buy all the Wet Brushes I could find (I'm currently sitting on 4). Now, on top of being wonderful for "Wet" hair it is just as fabulous on dry hair! I often times curl my hair and hairspray the life out of it so it's not always the friendliest to comb through the next morning. Although, with the Wet Brush I don't bat an eyelash. I also wear extensions sometimes which is a beast to comb through seeing that they often get tangled. But with The Wet Brush I don't have one problem getting them unmated. I will go over more of my hair routines and extensions in another post. 

So I am hear to tell you that The Wet Brush is a must for everyone, even if you do not suffer from Poodleitist (having a Poodle on top of your head). Every single one of my family members uses it and my friends! We obviously don't have the same hair! It works just as wonderful on those of you who have thinner hair becomes of how gentle it is! I truly don't know how a brush could be so amazing & life changing but just trust me it is! So run out there girls! Go grab you, your sister, your mother, your best friend, heck your neighbor a Wet Brush! I promise they will be forever indebted to your gift ;) 

I have attached a link of where you could find them online if you can't find them in your store. They also come in tons of different colors and even have a mini! How cute! Perfect for your purse! Best of luck brushing! 

Note: I was NOT paid or sponsored to do this post. I simply wanted to share with you guys one of my favorite beauty items that helped me with my hair and I hope will help you! 

Be The Good

I was challenged by my good friend Jackie from Little J Style to #BeTheGood. I've been challenged to do "good" for someone else whether it be large or small. The trick is you only have 1 day to get the challenged completed, how fitting for us procrastinators ;)

So, with a day ahead of me I thought & thought of what I could do to help or give to someone else. Of course I way over thought it & was making everything too complicated. Which lead me to this thought - "Why do we over do it when we are 'challenged' to do something? Why do we have to make it so complicated & over the top?" - Am I the only one who does this? I feel like it has to be perfect, that it has to be so impactful and leave a lasting impression. WHY?! There is so much pressure to make everything 'picture perfect' that we lose sight of the small & simple things that are just important. I love small & simple things. I love when my sweet family, friends, and even strangers do the small & simple things for me so why couldn't I just do the same in return. I truly feel that there is no measure to a "kind deed" so whether it's over the top or not a deed is simply a deed

So, after the woman in me over analyzed this challenge I was able to pull my wondering, over zealous brain down to earth and said, "Hum, well I am making tacos tonight & with tacos always comes Cilantro Lime Dressing so why not double the batch and give it to a friend!" Genius! So, this is exactly what I did. I have attached the receipe I use for this dressing (yes, it's just like the Cafe Rio one - which I might add Cafe Rio is much better than Costa Vida). 

All in all, I am grateful I was able to share a part of our family dinner with a dear friend of mine who was surprised and so excited. As much as she appreciated my little surprise I think that I appreciated what this challenge taught me more. I learned (or re-learned because it's something I know but have to remind myself every once in awhile) to not over do it, to help when you can, and to give a little extra everyday. I was talking to a friend a couple weeks ago about all the opportunities we miss out on serving others because we think to ourselves, "Is this enough?". Think about all the times you missed out on giving to someone because you listened to the evil little voice inside of your head telling you, "No, do more. No, that's not nice enough. No, they will think you're weird". That little voice gets so much air time in our head that we end up not doing anything at all. What a shame. So, as Nike says, Just Do It. Do not over think it or doubt yourself. Like I said a deed is a deed and will always be appreciated. Thanks for this challenge Jackie! I now challenge Lacy from Laced Hair and Brooke Fitts from Bliss by Brooke Fitts, good luck lovers! 

CILANTRO LIME DRESSING RECIPE:

1 packet of buttermilk ranch dressing
1 Cup mayonnaise 
1 Cup buttermilk (the smallest carton is perfect)
1 bunch of cilantro
2 tomatillos, husked
1 Jalapeño (take the rib and seeds out)
Garlic powder (just a few shakes)
Juice from 1 lime

DIRECTIONS:
In a blender blend  the buttermilk, mayo, garlic powder, and dressing mix, until nice and smooth. Dice up tomatillos, jalapeño, lime juice, and  cilantro, and add to the mixture. Blend all the ingredients until you reach the consistency you want. Chill in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes to thicken. 

NOTE: This is my favorite recipe for this dressing because I feel like it is a great mixture of all the flavors. I have tried many throughout the years and this one is the winner. You can add more jalapeño if you want or less buttermilk to get a thicker consistency. It's easy to customize! I use the expiration date of the buttermilk to determine how long it will last. It also freezes really well! Enjoy! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Comfy + Chic







Skirt: LOFT | Shirt: Brandy Melville | Purse: Kate Spade | Flats: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: H&M

When it comes to maxi dresses I always feel like I'm wearing a big blanket. Is that weird? Yes, I know it is but that's seriously all that comes to mind when I have one all. It's not a bad thing I just know I will be comfortable! I snagged this maxi at Loft over the summer! I love the color and the fact that it can be dressed up or down. As you guys know that's my favorite kind of piece, for me versatility is key! I am also loving baseball shirts right now! I grabbed this one from Brandy Melville! I stacked a couple a jewels and went on my way. I love wearing outfits like this because I feel so comfortable but yet stylish! Win win! 
 

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