Colorado

I managed to swing a few free days and went home to Colorado with my brother for the 4th of July weekend.  What followed was minimum sleep, lots of sunshine, a crazy amount of kids running around, great family time, my sister nearly taking me out in her sleep, baseball tournaments, three billion mosquito bites, and not a single sunburn.  … among other things.

In short, it was perfect.

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My sister had her best friend over for the weekend, so we camped out in the camper and had a girls night.  I did their hair and makeup, and then they did mine.  We all ended up looking fabulous, and by the end of the night, H. had become my new little sister.

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I think we were all equal parts amused and slightly worried that my younger brother doesn’t know how to use an axe… yet uses one.

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My grandparents right here started dating the day my older brother was born.  Quite an anniversary, eh?  I’m also named for my grandma and if you ever hear me talking about a grandmother who reads my books, this is that grandma.

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Sometimes I try something new.  As in, I rode a four wheeler and then drove it, followed by riding a dirt bike with my uncle.  As someone who grew up riding bikes, I was completely fine with everything… except the goggles.  Those will take some getting used to.

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Our town has a little carnival/festival on the 4th and I tagged along with the girls.  I became the designated clothes/towels/tickets/prizes holder and was given strict instructions to “take like, five hundred photos of us.”  The above photo was taken after my sister dunked her bff at the dunk tank.  Speaking from experience, that water is cold.

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Hands down my favorite picture of my sister from the trip.  My last night, after all the friends and girlfriends had gone home, we climbed into her bed and fell asleep curled up together, like we used to do when she was three.  She’s growing up faster than I can keep up with, but she’ll always be my baby sister.

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The two boys would be my younger brothers.  I remember when they were learning how to walk and now they’re learning how to date… I am well entertained.

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Warning: I have a thing for fireworks.  Like, a serious thing.

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My mom and I did almost get taken out by a firework, but we ducked in time.

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My sister wanted to learn yoga, so I taught her some yoga.

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Went to the shooting range!

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My sister hit dead center her first shot.  Future boyfriends beware. ;)


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The eldest of my three younger siblings had a baseball tournament over the weekend.  I’ll admit I never understood much about baseball- or cared about the sport- until I started watching my siblings play.  And boy are they good!  I got to see my brother hit a home run before I left, and then the day I left, he was playing another game and hit another home run.

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A step-brother, my older brother, and my younger brother have all been catchers.

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At this angle and with the light, it looks like our eyes are the same color.  Alas, hers are blue and mine are green and while we may not look much alike, personality wise, we’re copies.

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We tried to take a sweet photo- just us girls- and then my brother decided to photobomb us.  Turkey.

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Eight million shots later, we managed a family photo in which we are ALL SMILING. :)

Planning to make it back for Thanksgiving.  I can’t wait.

Hope you all had a lovely 4th and are enjoying your summer!

-Britt

Sunday Read: Americana Decor

Blame it on the 4th of July being right around the corner [my favorite holiday second only to Christmas], but I’m on a serious Americana kick right now.  Not that I don’t love the look year-round, but this is the time of year where all the home style magazines showcase DIY party decorations, desserts to wow the backyard bbq crowd, and my favorite- Americana home decor.

Country Living is kind of like my crack at the moment, so I thought I’d share a few of their featured homes with you.  You’ll probably want to redecorate after checking out these beautiful homes.  I mean, I know I want to.

I think I’ll go redecorate now.

Til next time.
-Britt

Kendra’s Night Out Fashion Challenge

I was asked to participate in Kendra Thornton’s Fashion Challenge.  Of course I said yes, because a) it involved fashion and b) it involved someone giving me a prompt and saying, “Create a look using your personal and creative style.”  How can you say no?  [I mean I know how, but why would you?]

Now, just a brief run-down on who Kendra is: She’s a travel guru, TV personality, and also does PR work.  She’s also a mom and is the kind of beautiful that’s unfair.  You know what I’m talking about- the kind of beautiful where you’re just standing there thinking, “How do you manage to do all you do and still look so good?”  But enough gushing.  Here’s the gist about Kendra’s Fashion Challenge, as told by Kendra herself.

Kendra’s Fashion Challenge

“As a mom, I have been out of the fashion game for awhile. Changing diapers, carting children to music lessons, and hitting the local Chuck E. Cheese does not provide me with much opportunity to flex my fashion muscles. That is why I am excited and a little intimidated about my upcoming trip new New York City and evening of fine dining at the Standard High Line Hotel. I want to feel comfortable and confident, and I want you to help me find just the right ensemble for this night of fun with friends. That is why I am introducing Kendra’s fashion challenge. Create a style board with your suggestions for what I should wear on this evening of wine and fine dining.

As you know, in New York you see people wearing absolutely everything. I want a look that will compliment an evening at New York’s premier boutique hotels, the Standard High Line. We will be dining at the Standard Grill, and I am hoping I can find an outfit that will be classically elegant enough for this New York bistro but still comfortable enough to relax with my friends late into the evening. 

The winning outfit will strike just the right note of glamour and fun, just like New York city itself. I got a ton of help from other travelers and now I am looking for help coming up with the perfect New York look. Help me strike just the right note for an evening at the luxurious Standard High Line Hotel, and wherever else the evening takes me!”

Now, I think New York and I immediately think of sleek black dresses because I’ve seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s one too many times, but that’s hardly a fault of mine.  It is summertime, though, and I decided the occasion called for something a little more daring than a trusty LBD.  Also, never one to ignore a venue when planning an outfit, I checked out photos of the Standard High Line Hotel, taking into account their futuristic/retro looking rooms and their gravity defying exterior.  I mean… wow, guys.  Who comes up with designs like these?  But those designs inspired a creation of my own.


Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 8.34.04 PMZoë Jordan Holkham top/J Brand jeans/Diane Von Furstenberg blazer/Valentino Rockstud slingbacks/Eddie Borgo ring/Julia Failey earrings/Tarte Lipsurgance in Tipsy

Gold was the first color that came to mind.  Maybe it’s my love of glitter, or maybe it’s because I enjoy watching The Great Gatsby on infinite loop because the fashion, Leo, the music, Leo, and did I mention Leo?  Taste in men and shiny stuff aside, I am a fairly practical human being, hence I paired the shimmery gold tank with a pair of black cigarette pants, because my history with hotels has taught me that air conditioning is the most touch-and-go thing on the face of the earth.  The last thing you want to be is too cold, and just for extra warmth, I chose to pair the outfit with a menswear looking blazer.

In terms of accessorizing, I wanted to keep things simple because the gold top is so loud and eye-catching… but I couldn’t resist in the shoes department.  I’m a shoe freak and these Valentino pumps have been everywhere lately.  And lets face it: they’re hot.  Strappy and studded, but in a nude shade that’s oh-so lady like, these shoes are what dreams are made of.  [insert wistful sigh here as I stare at the shoes for longer than is healthy]

Okay, back on topic.  My brother’s girlfriend is a fan of rose gold and she has this rose gold ring she wears all the time.  I think it’s beautiful, but I wanted something a little edgier than her band, so I opted for a single, rose gold cage/hinge ring.  Just one, statement piece of jewelry and I opted for that piece to be on the hands, because if you’re spending your evening wining and dining, people are going to notice your hands.  Why not give them something unique and fun to look at while they’re at it?

Going back to my love of Gatsby and the 1920′s, I opted for a pair of art deco inspired pearl earrings, just to add a little more bling [I can't resist] while still keeping it sophisticated and cool.  Since the outfit does a good job of staying in one, fairly neutral palette, I wanted to add a pop of color with the lips.  I swear by Tarte and their makeup, especially their lip products.  My favorite lip stain/gloss is actually by them and I have never received more compliments for any other lip product I’ve used.  It also lasts forever and gives a tingly feeling as you apply it, so there’s that too.  Considering the theme of the night, I couldn’t help but choose a Tarte lipgloss that was appropriately named “Tipsy.”

There you have it ladies! [and gents, if there are any reading this]  I present to you my outfit for Kendra’s Night Out.  Hopefully the night goes well, hopefully there’s not an earthquake and the hotel stays standing, and hopefully everyone is more optimistic than me upon seeing architecture that makes you go, “How is that thing still standing?”

Have fun, Kendra, and thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your Fashion Challenge!

Cheers,
Britt

Graham

I spent three weeks house sitting for a friend, which meant three weeks of making pizza, challah bread, and taking care of a newborn kitten.  If you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr, you’ll have met Graham by now, but I thought I’d share some other photos of the adorable fluff ball who has absconded with my heart.  That jerk.

Enjoy.
-B.

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A Tiny Moment

We had homemade pasta and sauce for dinner with garden fresh basil.

For dessert, we somehow ended up laughing in the garden, picking strawberries off the vine and eating them.

Then we got to talking about funerals and I planned my grandparents’ funeral, or rather memorial, as they’re going to be cremated and buried in Arlington.

I made a list of all the places they’d lived, where they’d met, were married, were born- they still remembered a few addresses- so when they pass away, instead of shipping their ashes across the country [because it’s apparently illegal to ship them via the post or take them on a plane], I’m going to make that trip, hitting all those places, and any relatives of mine are more than welcome to come along on the trip.

But yeah.  This is my family.

Sunday Read: Home Decor

Hey!

It’s been awhile since my last weekend read and you might have noticed this post is called a “Sunday Read.”  Why?  Well, I work on Fridays and Saturdays and never feel properly motivated to put together a weekend reading list- mostly because I don’t have the time to round up my favorite articles and what I like on Monday morning is not always what I like on Saturday night.  So I’m changing my “Weekend Read” posts in “Sunday Read” posts, because Sundays and usually quiet and lazy and I have time to pick my favorite articles and then deliver them to you in a timely fashion.   You might not see them in time for your morning cup of coffee [or tea], but you will be able to read them in your post-bruch bliss. [because Sundays are made for brunch and everyone needs reading material as they lounge and digest]  So yeah!  Expect to see Sunday Reads from now on.  Now onto today’s collection of reading material! :)

I’m on a pretty big home decor kick at the moment.  Mostly because I decided it was high time I redecorated my room since it’s basically been the same for the past six years.  Of course, this means I’ve been combing through design blogs looking for inspiration [and who has the best paint].  Take a look at some things I’ve found, and who knows, maybe you’ll decide a little redecorating is in your future. :)

[and yes, I promise to share before and after photos of all my redecorating adventures]

Now get to decorating!

-B.

Grateful

It’s been awhile.

I never realize just how much time has passed until I hop on here to make a post.  Scanning through the pictures I’ve taken makes me realize how much I’ve done since my last post, which means I realize how much you guys have missed!

In my defense [here come the excuses], I’ve been busy.  Working, house sitting, and putting together my next book.  I also haven’t been doing too much I deemed photograph worthy, or at least not blog worthy.  But there were some neat things that happened in the past month, so here I am to share them with you.  Enjoy. :)

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Went to the tulip fields!  My neck of the world is pretty well-known for our annual tulip festival.

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This hat came in to the shop.  I couldn’t resist.

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My “niece” came to town for spring break.  She came in to the shop for a shift one morning.  She’s almost as tall as me and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

 

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We celebrated our sixth month anniversary at the shop!  Some people said we wouldn’t last six months- we proved them wrong!  Some people said we wouldn’t last a year- oh yes we will! {I’m horribly competitive and stubborn to a fault}

Also, this is my work name tag.  Yes, that is a bee wearing a crown.

 

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Was bored. Made cake.
Was hungry. Made pasta.

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Was house sitting for a friend.  Her cat basically ignores me unless she wants cuddles.

 


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I do own vases, but for some reason, any flowers I get end up in lagers or beer bottles.  I think this carnation [given to me by a co-worker] works pretty well with this particular bottle, though.

I’m going to be house sitting for another friend for a few weeks, and she just so happens to have some cats, a dog, and a newborn baby kitten!  So yeah, you guys will be hearing from me more often. [I've already named the kitten Graham.  His term of endearment is Graham Cracker.] :)

Happy Friday [night]!

-B.

Weekend Read: Savannah


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[the above photo is actually Nye Beach in Oregon, not Georgia]


For someone who has never been to Savannah, I sure do have a love for the place.  And no, that’s not just because my dream college is in Savannah. [okay, that might be part of the reason]  I’ve just heard a lot of good things about Savannah and people I’ve met who have been/lived there say the same thing, “You’d love it/You’d be perfect for Savannah.”  For someone who doesn’t know where in the world she’d like to end up, that glowing recommendation definitely goes a long way.  But enough chatter on that.

Jamie and Kevin, of Ann Street Studio [aka, my favorite blog at the moment], were recently in Savannah.  They photographed the town, Greyfield Inn, Cumberland Island… but the part that got my attention was the fact they went on tour at SCAD [dream college] and photographed the joint.  Now, I’ve heard SCAD is cool and academically, they’re the school I want to be at.  But actually seeing what this place looks like?  Um… can you say art school fairytale on crack?  Check it out.

Happy weekend guys!  I’m going to go plan a vacation to Savannah now, okay?  Okay.

xoxo.
B.

Things I’ve Learned This Past Week: Fashion Edition


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Jeans and a Henley are great for days when you’re so bored, you rearrange the entire shop.

There’s no need to fear stripes so long as you find the stripes that work for you.


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You can actually go the whole day wearing a white shirt and not get a speck of dirt on it.  Also, you can dress up a basic outfit so long as you have the right accessories.  It’s all in the details.


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If you want to go for the partial tuck look, tuck it and leave it.  Any artful rearranging is going to look like you’re trying and isn’t the whole point to make it look like you wake up just looking that cool?

Leather jackets go well with “camel” colored shirts. [I prefer the term "cognac" personally]

Midi-rings work great with kickboxing bruises.

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H&M Striped Henley
H&M High-Low Shirt
H&M Basics Shirt in “Camel”
Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans
Thrifted Leather Jacket
Green Worthington Coat
Mossimo Heels

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Happy Easter Weekend.
-Britt

Weekend Read


Britt and Tim - March 22 2014[my dad came and visited me at work]

Long time, no reading list.  How’ve you been?

Here’s a little list I’ve pulled together for you on this fine weekend.  I mean, Saturday is DEAR Day [drop everything and read].  Might as well act accordingly, right?  Right. :)

Have a happy weekend everyone!

Cheers.
Britt