Friday 30 November 2012

Fashion Friday, giving new love to old favorites.

This week was pretty calm on the outfit front; who knew being a little under the weather dulled the fashionista in me? My leggings got quite the workout this week; my mind was so foggy it was about all I could put together. But, what turned out to be a theme this week was re-mixing old pieces I had long forgotten about, or taking pieces that weren't quite right, and dressing them up in ways I could get more use, and enjoyment out of. So there you go, fogginess can sometimes hinder my inner Rachel Zoe, and then it can cause me to be a bit more creative.

Wednesday 28 November 2012

The invite said, "Dress Bewitchingly"

With December just a few days away (seriously, when did that happen!?), one of my most favorite times of the year is approaching: Holiday Parties. It should come to no surprise to any of you that I love dressing up. Honestly, when I know we have a "function" to go to, I start outfit planning in my head usually a few days before, depending on the amount of heads up we have. Slightly embarrassing to admit, but it is my happy place. Now, here is one of my little weird quirks that I have about dressing up, and it is so teensy, but actually drives me crazy. I hate it when Andy & I don't "go together". I'm not talking matching outfits here (we only do that in the privacy of our own home), but when we clash, it makes my skin itchy. I hate it. So, not that I am controlling or anything - I am -  when it comes to dressing up, but sometimes, he humors me and lets me pick out what he is going to wear too. Thankfully, as stylish as he is, he is a boy and doesn't really care. And you know, "happy wife happy life ;)".

Now, not all Holiday Parties were made the same, and sometimes it is as simple as a relaxed, casual potluck & board games night, and sometimes it is a fancy-pants office party. I have devised three "looks" for you and your special someone, to suit each function. In my opinion, I will always choose to be slightly over-dressed than under, and if worse comes to worse, it is easier to take off your bling than try to cover up the holes in your jeans, amIright? Now, without further adieu.

Monday 26 November 2012

Take the Time.

Life is busy, isn't it? Like, really busy. Some days it seems like my 8 hour workday is really a 14 hour one, and then before I know it, it's 9:30 and I'm in bed (I really enjoy sleep, and trust me, everyone around me enjoys me well-rested). We get so stuck in our routines and schedules and the constant go go go, whether you are juggling work & a family, or if you are a single gal like me trying to fit a workout here and there, plus school, plus work. Before you know it, the important things get pushed to the side. Not work, not cleaning, not chores, the really important things: your relationships.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

It's the Rule of 3.

I love accessorizing. SO much.  Some of my favorite memories are when I would sneak into my mom or my sister's vanities and put on all of their jewels and play princess.. Oh wait, I still do that! You know how you feel kind of naked if you forget, say, your phone at home? I feel that way if I've forgotten to wear my accessories. Naked & Incomplete.

Friday 16 November 2012

Fashion Friday - This Week in Outfits

You know when you have a really good outfit day? Your hair works with you, you feel fabulous, and just like you're simply rocking it out. This whole week felt that way. Probably because it was a shorter work week, so I was just in a good mood to begin with, but hey! I'm not complaining. Here is a little peek at the outfits I wore to work & out this week:

Thursday 15 November 2012

Winter is here, and I am chilly.

There are two things I enjoy about winter: my birthday (because, well obviously, I get to be Princess for a day.) & Christmas festivities. What do I not enjoy about winter? Being cold. I HATE being cold. I go from cheerful to grumpy in .5 seconds when I am cold, or worse, when the bottom of my pants & feet get wet. Now I am one serious Bitter Betty.

So, how do you resist the urge to put on everything warm you own, and bundle up like the abominable snowman, but still stay warm? Layers! Layering is your best friend this season. Because odds are, for the most part, you are only piling on the layers for the transit of getting from A to B, once you're inside somewhere, the need for four puffy parkas is a bit of a non-issue. Thus, layering.  Generally, on any given chilly day I have about 5 layers going on. I have my "base layer": either jeans or leggings, socks and a tank top. Then, you pile on another top, tunic or button up. Next (my fav!) a cardigan, because you are able to remove it without causing all the static electricity in the room to meet up & party on your head (another bonus of this weather, staticky hair. Don't even get me started). Finally I am wearing a nice toasty scarf, usually a pair of leg warmers, mittens,boots & my cutest winter parka.

Thursday 8 November 2012

items you NEED in your closet.

did that get your attention? good. the idea of building an entire wardrobe is pretty daunting. how do I know this? because after I lost 35 lbs over the course of two years (hey thanks metabolism! didn't realize you were such a tease), nothing in my closet fit properly anymore, and even though I'm a big fan of the baggy, looser style, that only works when the clothes were made to look that way, otherwise it looks like you have raided your boyfriend's closet. not hot. so, I had to slowly start building it up again, key word being slowly, as my bank account doesn't really allow for a full out shopping spree, much to my dismay. what I discovered, however, were that my "basics" were not necessarily the basics we are always told we "need to have". for instance, I do love a crisp white button up, on other people. I personally have never worn one, and don't see that changing anytime soon. on the same note, let's revisit the LBD. do not get me wrong, every wardrobe needs one, but why not have the LPD (little perfect dress) instead? you know, the one that makes you feel like a movie star, who said it needs to be black?! a boring person, that's who.

Wednesday 7 November 2012

The Red Jean Diaries

I have known Meg Courtney for a while, through acquaintances and recently (to my serious luck), she has become a very good friend of mine, and her and her husband Scott were one of the main reasons I decided to take this leap (Thanks guys! Man am I ever glad you moved here!!). Now, Meg has a not so secret talent, she is an amazing Wedding & Lifestyle photographer.  She has done photo sessions for quite a few of our friends, and she even did Andy's brother&sister-in-law's wedding in Maui last December. This April, she wanted some help to outfit her brand, and asked me if I would be interested in helping her out. Shopping? I can tell you what to buy?! I'm there. In return, she offered to do a "mini lifestyle" session for Andy & I. Needless to say, I was the real winner of that trade-off, as now I have absolutely stunning photos to hang all around my home. Thankfully for me, Andy is the kind of guy to say to me, "B, I know you already know what I'm wearing, and how you want this to go, so put out what you want me to wear." (smart guy hey?)

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Who Am I?

Now, I'm sure you're thinking "and who exactly are YOU to tell me what my style is lacking, or how I should dress?" I get it, completely! Style is so unique, and it is not based solely on what labels are hanging up in your closet. And I am not here to make little carbon copies of myself walking down the street (no offense, but I like being one of a kind, as I'm sure you do too!). No, in fact, one of my main interests is to show how easy it is to perfect the style that makes you you. And here is my favorite part: I plan on doing this, while maintaining a budget, whatever your personal budget may be. To give you a little intro into the world of B, here are a few snapshots of my day to day style, beautifully crafted with the help of my two friends, instagram and selfie-in-the-mirror shots. Enjoy!



Behind every successful woman, is herself.

Well, welcome to my blog! This has been a personal dream/goal/wish of mine for a while, and it took a few pushes from some very special people to get me here, but here I am! I am beginning my journey as a "personal stylist", though I'm hoping this will be an umbrella of many services, tailoring (pardon the pun) to each individual client. On here, I will rave about my favorite trends at the moment, rant about the others, and show you my personal style & favorite tips along the way. Stay if you like, I promise I don't bite, and if you like what you see, I'm sure your friends will too, so don't keep this a secret ;).

Lots of love,






Congrats Bri! Here is a total thrown together rough version of your blog!! Anything on here can be changed and customized.. so have at 'er!! ;)