Monday, February 13, 2017

Love and War: A Non-Traditionalist's Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day. Roses. Jumbo heart-shaped balloons. Oversized teddy bears. Hallmark cards filled with someone's deepest sentiments and red glitter... 

I hate to be a Scrooge, but I can totally do without all the theatrics this year. Don't get me wrong, I love love! I am a true romantic. I believe the fairytale is real. But I the older I get, the more non-traditional I get and the more I enjoy creating my own way of doing things. The idea of wearing red from head to toe (especially since red doesn't work well with my very yellow skin tone), and trying to find something festive that doesn't look cheap, and waiting for an additional hour to get that french mani/pedi with one red nail with a heart design simply makes me cringe. It was totally cute when I was a teenager, but as I got older, and looked around the crowded restaurants at other couples dressed almost exactly like us... It lost its novelty. This year, I want to keep things simple. And since VDay falls on a Tuesday this year, I am more than happy to just enjoy some Quality Time, Hi-Five style (Don't get the reference? Google it!).




Because I plan on going to the movies, pigging out on snacks, and bringing the kiddo along, I kept my non-traditional valentine's date night look utilitarian. Army fatigue can hide little kiddo spills without the stains being obvious. Overalls will hide my inevitable food baby (cuz I'm eating til my heart's content). And wearing the heels adds intrigue and keeps me from falling into full on soccer-mom mode. 



I hope you have a phenomenal Valentine's Day, no matter how you choose to celebrate!

THE DETAILS:
Distressed Fatigue Overalls // Ribbed Turtleneck // H&M Longline Coat - no longer available (similar) // Pom Pom Pumps //


Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,

        B.


Photography by Stephanie Omens (@bloggerscaptured)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gossip Girl


This weekend, I watched my beloved Atlanta Falcons #RiseUp and dominate 3 quarters in the Super Bowl 51... and then they hit their plateau. Although I am disappointed in the outcome of the game, I am still so proud of my home team making it all the way to the Super Bowl and giving the league's current record holding quarterback (Brady has 5 rings now) a run for his money!

After faithfully wearing Falcons Red and Black for a week, I was happy to change into something more me. So I channeled my inner Blair Waldorf and came up with this look. I spent the day in downtown Decatur with my favorite girls: my mom and my daughter. 

Although this was not a practical outfit to be in to walk around a city with a toddler, I still thoroughly enjoyed how it came together, and better yet, how it made me feel. It's amazing how getting dressed can change your entire demeanor!






THE DETAILS:


Coat: (old) Forever21 (similar here) // Blazer: (old) Banana Republic (similar here) // Bell sleeve blouse: H&M (similar here) // Skirt: (old) (similar here) // Pumps: purchased at a shop in Italy (similar here and wishlisting these)


Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,


        B.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fancy Favorite: Chokers

Accessories are probably my favorite part of getting a look together. You can easily elevate any look from boring to intriguing by simply adding a hat or a statement necklace. Accessories add character, and depth which help personalize any ensemble you decide to wear. People tell me that I can pull off any look... But I remember the 90's being such a struggle for me, accessories-wise. I hated slap bracelets. My full lips really didn't need to be oversaturated with strawberry roll-on lipgloss. Butterfly clips got caught on double dutch ropes during recess. Chokers didn't fit over my water head. And the chokers thing really bothered me since I physically couldn't wear them since those short neck, big head Earle genes (lol) were passed down to me... therefore wearing chokers was a trend I knew I'd have to opt out of. So imagine how heartbroken I was when chokers came back in style.

But, wait! The style of chokers today are not the chokers of yore. The style have been elevated. They aren't necessarily made out of stretchy plastic. They come with lobster claw or adjustable closures (thank the heavens above!!!). Also, they come in so many different styles, you don't have to worry about wearing the exact same style as everyone in your 3rd period British Lit class. With this new discovery, I was beyond excited to partner with Choke Me, Inc. to get my hands on some exciting new pieces, which are all a la Kim K West. Check out some of my favorite looks with them below.

Wearing "Seduction" on date night


Wearing "Seduction" to Girls' Night Out

Wearing "Kriss Kross" in tan

Wearing "Kriss Kross" in black

Wearing "Lovelace" for a blog post

Wearing "Lovelace" to the beach in Puerto Rico

Wearing "Bling" to my birthday dinner
GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!!


Choke Me, Inc. has impeccable customer service (Brittany is a doll) and they constantly update their inventory. I love Choke Me, Inc. so much that I want you guys to get a piece of the action! Like my last IG post (featuring Choke Me, Inc.) and comment "done" below to get entered to win "Disco" which is perfect for being EXTRA on a chill day or making a bold statement during a night out. A winner will be chosen January 23, 2017.
GOOD LUCK!
xoxo,
  B.




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holi-Date Night


I teamed up with Adore me to bring you an easy date night look. Adore Me is subscriotion-style lingerie retailer. You're able to get cute, affordable, yet luxe lingerie from a curated showroom once a month. I love lingerie. So much so that I purchase something fun and new every pay period for a job well done! :) Plus, not wearing the proper undergarments can totally kill your outfit. It is literally the foundation of any look. And for date night... it's vitally important *wink, wink*
Check out their Pinterest page for inspo for your next lingerie purchase.

It's been a long standing tradition for me to go to the movies on Christmas Day. I don't know how or why the tradition started but I make it a point to see the last playing movie on Christmas Day every year. I started doing this in high school and still enjoy doing it to this day. It used to just be something else to do. Now it's a bit of a reward/stress reliever after my little one goes to bed and all the buzzing and whirring and squealing and laughing has quieted down. Christmas takes a lot outta you!


I usually change out of my festive wear, and put on something a bit more casual. This year, there was no time for that, but that didn't ruin anything. "Sing" was the movie of choice this year. I ate way too much popcorn and danced to some of my favorite songs and laughed until my stomach hurt. It was magical. I felt like a kid again.

photography by Pamela Patterson

THE DETAILS:

Off-white turtleneck: H&M // Black duster: (old) Missguided (similar) // Buffalo plaid skirt: Old Navy // Fringe booties: Traffic (similar) // Lipstick: MAC "Russian Red"
Fancy Baby Style- dress: Cat & Jack at Target // Shoes: Cat & Jack at Target - now on sale! // Jacket: Catherine Malandrino


Christmas break is my favorite holiday season. I stay up late with the kids, allow the sunlight flooding my room to serve as my alarm clock, have too much coquito and cheesecake, and binge watch every cheesy Christmas movie on Netflix.  I hope you all had an amazing holiday and got to spend some quality time with your family.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,
      B. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I Woke Up Like This


As a mom, I've learned to value my time on a whole other level! I make everything multi-purpose. I've learned that white vinegar cleans literally everything from mirrors and bath tubs, to carpet stains and laundry. I've mastered the art of using bronzer as eye shadow and eye shadows as matte lip color. So it is only right that I find new ways to make my wardrobe multi-purpose as well.

I was approached by the owner of Saxy's to show you guys how to make sleepwear into streetwear. Challenge accepted! I was drawn to the Victoria set because, duh... Black and white. I wasn't sure how I'd style it but the set looked so comfy, and cute enough to wear when I'm pretending to be the "Lady of the Manor".


I wore the set to bed for 2 days just to gauge the comfort level. The fabric is soft and stretchy. The lace isn't stiff or itchy and provides a sweet detail on the shoulders and a bit of sexy along the bottom trim of the shorts. This set made me want to step my nighttime routine up a bit too. If I was gonna go to sleep in something this cute, I had to make everything match. I got new fluffy white slippers, started wearing my black and white eye mask to bed, and I brought out my favorite B mug again. Funny how clothes can change your life.


I struggled wearing this as a day outfit simply because it's been COLD AND RAINY in Atlanta! I appreciate the rain ending the drought... But shooting in white shorts in the rain? Nah, B. When I finally got a sunny day, I went for it! I pulled a "borrowed from the boy" shirt over the entire set, put on a choker, a dark lippie, over the knee boots, and a dash of faux fur and I was ready for my day date at the movies in 10 minutes or less! I don't think it gets much better than that!


Multi-purpose sleepwear is my new wave. I love lounging around, and I'm always running behind schedule due to my not wanting to stop lounging. This was perfect for me to get up early to decorate the tree, then get ready at the last minute and still look chic. I'm totally a fan!


Saxy's is currently running a promo for FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75!

THE DETAILS:

"Victoria" PJ Shorts Set: Saxy's // OTK boots: (sold out) New York and Co (similar) // Faux fur stole: (old) Forever 21 (similar) // Choker: Choke Me Inc (more details to follow!!)


Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,
          B.