Sunday, March 22, 2015

Simple Floral Spring Decor

I've become re-obsessed with Plain T from Eataly and I haven't been able to get enough lately.  Whenever I can get a chance to stop in there and pick one up, I always do.  I couldn't help but think about what I can do with the bottles because to me they are just so pretty.  I know the tea is bottled in the Hamptons so this summer I'm hoping to maybe go see where they bottle it.  

So I came up with this adorable little craft idea in the meantime until I can do something even better.  It's really simple to do and very inexpensive because all you need to do is purchase the flowers that you want for the bottle turned vase.  I got these springy flowers because they just made me so happy and made me think of warmer weather (which thank god we are seeing more of these days).

First you're going to make sure you clean out the bottles really well.  Once you've done that, you're going to also want to make sure you add enough water and the plant food in BEFORE you place the flowers in.  I made this mistake so I wanted to make sure I shared it with you.

These are the flowers that I chose.  They are so simple and beautiful and just scream spring to me.

I also ended up using all but one of the dozen flowers that I got for ONE tea bottle, so if you want to make sure you have enough for one bottle, get two dozen flowers.  I think they came out so simply adorable.  This is perfect decor for spring without being too Eastery or overboard. 

What do you think?  How do you decorate for spring?  Send me some tweets and let me know! -Brit.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

#DearMe, Champagne and Best Friend Time!

What a great couple of days it has been.  I honestly have to report again in this blog post that I have been so happy in the past couple of weeks and 2015 has been such an amazing year so far.  

I know that recently, YouTube has launched a campaign called the #DearMe campaign, where ladies have been talking about things that have made them who they are, and what they would have said to themselves when they were younger.  I would just want to tell myself that dreams do come true.  Little B, you are going to get what you deserve if you work hard for it.

ANYWAY!  Enough with the sappy stuff!  Here are a couple of things that have inspire me this weekend and some other things that I have done.

Let's start it off with this absolutely stunning photo of New York City.  I went to Brooklyn on Friday and was able to snap this photo of the Manhattan skyline just before it got dark.  I was so happy about it and while I was in the backseat of the car driving, I snapped this among many other shitty shots.  When you look at something this beautiful, it really makes you appreciate everything you have and everything that you work so hard for.


This is another impressive shot coming over a bridge in my town.  I love this photo because it almost looks like it was taken in Hawaii or something and that what is really ice here, looks like crispy clear water.

I got my first NatureBox and I was so excited for it!  My friend sent me an invite code and I got a completely free first box with 5 full size snacks and 1 bonus snack.  I must say, I got a few weird snacks that I wasn't really that impressed at, but hey - what can you do?  I learned my lesson and went online to order the ones that will come in next months box.  If I don't like them I'll cancel the service.  That's what I have to say about that.  I'm not intensely impressed.

I went to 709 this weekend with Ally.  We started the day with a glass of wine and a hummus platter at Harpoon Willy's.  We were going to sit there and eat before we got nails done but the place was so busy and someone was having a private party and it was so loud in there.  We decided to go to 709.

We knew we wanted champagne so we decided to just get a bottle (lol) and hangout for a while.  We got two appetizers there that I didn't even get a chance to take a photo of because we both ate it all so fast (also lol).  We got teriyaki chicken meatballs and soft pretzels with mustard dipping sauce. 

Ally got an order of filet mignon sliders with bleu cheese and I got a grilled chicken and brie sandwich.  We both had sides of french fries and were so full by the time we drank all of that champagne.  Ugh, lol.

We both got our nails done after lunch and it was the best thing ever.  I  desperately needed to get mine redone because they literally started to HURT they were so long.  I decided to take a break from length and color and went with a short and natural nude color.  Ally got a pink with glitter on the tip.  

Ultimately, I had a great weekend.  A fun Saturday with my best friend and nice relaxing Sunday preparing for the week.  ALSO!  I just have to say I am so excited about daylight savings time.  I love when it like, never gets dark out lol.  It just means summer is that much closer.  

How did your weekend go?  Leave a comment or send a me a tweet!  Thanks for reading.  -Brit.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Drinks on Drinks on Drinks

I have to admit, it has been a fantastic week.  I don't know, for some reason it was just really enjoyable.  These pictures aren't in order but what part of life is all the time, right?

I went to Brick House Tavern and had a great drink and shared a few appetizers with my friend.  The drink is one I've had before called a 'St. Bubbles' with the above-mentioned ingredients.  We had 'bleu and white chips' with bleu cheese on them that were super delicious and then some chicken fingers and fries with assorted sauces.  It was just a perfect little meal after some shopping. 

I also finally had my clothes delivered from H&M that I ordered last week.  I am so excited to wear everything.  Half of what I ordered is for spring and the other half is for whats left of winter.  This weather lately is seriously no joke. I hate winter soooo much so I can't wait for warmer temps.

I found this amazing photo of my dad and grandpa (his dad) as well as our old Golden Retriever Rouix (pronounced Roo). The love I have for these people is literally unreal, my family is the best.  I miss my granpda so much and this dog was the best.

Saturday morning I had an eye doctors appointment and before hand I picked up this amazing juice from a place by me called Local Urban Kitchen called 'The Morning Cleanser.'  It is the best pressed juice I have ever had with green apple, lemon, cilantro and ginger.  I plopped it into the snow for a photo opp and wham, bam, thank you maam.

I spent a lot of my Sunday morning looking like I do in the picture on the left.  I was snuggled up nice and warm in my electric blanket and it felt so nice just to chill.  Every once in a while it just feels good.  I took a trip to Target for a few things and found this hilarious sign, something about it just made me stop and take a picture, haha.

I had to stick this super sly photo of the Kahlua milkshake I had into the blog post.  I mean honestly I could have just posted this on its own and it would have been okay.  Kahlua is one of my favorites.

What kind of things have you done this weekend?  Let me know in the comments or send me a tweet.  Thanks for reading.  -Brit.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pizza, Blonde, Nook, Weird

It has been a whirlwind past couple of weeks.  I'm so upset that I haven't had the time to write anything but I am so happy it's really hard to be THAT mad.  I can't believe that we are halfway through February already, it's incredible how fast time flies.  Before we know it, we'll be in summer.  I CANNOT wait.  Follow along with me on my journey of the past few weeks.

I tried to be a little more diligent taking some cute pics of my outfits/shoes.  This is the best I could really do.  Stalker pics on the train.  I got this adorable dress from Target, the boots are from Charlotte Russe.

I spent some time with the BFF.  She invited me to her family's after-Christmas Christmas party.  They normally do something like this every year.  I was so happy to be included, we had a great time.  We ate A TON of amazing food, drank lots of wine and champagne and just generally had a great time.  I actually dyed my hair platinum blonde (on my way to the silver that I want), I'm not sure if you can see it here.  Another picture is to follow!  Shoutout to Ally for being an amazing best friend and for such a great birthday celebration weekend and present.

I had to classically have some tea in my #muglife mug with some cookies while watching The Celebrity Apprentice.  Leeza Gibbons liked my photo *humble brag.*

Here's a pic of my hair where you can really see some of the changes.  It's not at all where I want it to be yet but it's on its way.  I cannot wait to get to the silver.  I have also been thinking about cutting it this weekend.  I hate that I've been thinking about that though because for the past year I have been saying that I never want to cut my hair again lol.  I always go through phases like this.    

I've been reading up a storm lately.  I've recently finished up Lone Survivor, Dark Places, Big Little Lies and No Apology.  I'm starting A Spool of Blue Thread and I think I'll write another blog post dedicated to books soon and give little reviews.  I love reading, it's really incredible.  My Nook is the most amazing thing, it's the second one I've had as I got the very first one that ever came out.  I've been a fan since then.  The only thing I don't like is that I can't find another charger anywhere!  I want to have another one to take with me wherever I go, but I cannot find it anywhere.  Send me suggestions of where to find one?  I'll have to look online.

In other news, I had this amazing Nutella donut from Dough the other day and it was beyond fantastic.  I mean who doesn't love a powdered sugar donut with Nutella on the inside?  If you don't, you definitely have a huge problem and I AM judging you. 

I wore a black and white chevron dress the other day which is normally just a summer dress.  It's a very light dress so I had to layer with a cardigan and some tights.  I chose to wear my black booties from Aldo that I am obsessed with and have had for 2-3 years now?

This was probably the one day of the week that I ate the best last week.  This cold pressed juice was fantastic, I wish I remembered what was in it.  The chopped salad was okay but kind of boring.  I guess thats the sacrifice you make when you choose healthy things sometimes lol.  Coconut cream yogurt can really never steer you wrong and this Trek Mix is my all time favorite.  There's something about the mango.  Mangoes are life.

This sandwich is from Cafe Prague and I have to say that I was relatively unimpressed with it.  It was good because it was plain, but I guess at the same time that was what I didn't love about it.  I thought the bread would be good too and it was just 'day old' tasting.  Maybe I'm too picky.

I finally decided to change my nails.  I don't know why I'm saying finally because I've only had the ones on the left for a week but I hated them.  I chose a color on the color wheel that was completely different, I think the person doing my nails used the wrong color.  They were mood changing so when they were getting done I thought the color might change ultimately but they never did.  I was so happy and excited to go back and get them changed to almond shaped and a purple/red.  I was going to go with just a regular red but the woman doing them said the picture I showed her for inspiration displayed more of a purple so I obliged.  I appreciated her input and it's actually good because I wanted something different than red for this Valentines Day!

Went shopping with Ally and we sat and talked about some details for her wedding.  She had gone to see a venue the day before and we sat and just DIED over the menu.  Classically, I had an eye doctor appointment on that day that I had made a month in advance and she hadn't told me she was going so I didn't go.  Let's just say I cannot believe it, the venue/menu is incredible.

We sipped on some wine and shared a few appetizers at the Cheesecake Factory, it was all delicious.

I got these adorable Pixi Pants from Old Navy and these shoes are Aldo.  On this day it was incredibly cold and snowing so it was a supremely dumb shoe choice but I don't care.  I just wanted to look cute and I really just want summer to come.  

This day was so weird, I was in such a weird mood.  I posted this photo on my Instagram with the caption 'Woke up in a weird mood, wore a weird outfit.'  That's exactly how I felt.  Actually, both the pants and shoe are from Old Navy.  I'm beyond obsessed with Old Navy.

We had this incredible pizza for lunch this day.  I don't remember the name of the place but my boss was in the mood for thin crust pizza so he ordered a Margherita and  Mushroom White Truffle Oil, they were incredible.  I normally don't eat mushrooms but this year I have been trying to do new things and so far so good.  I've had shrimp, weird filet mignon things and now mushroom white truffle oil pizza.  So crazy, lol.  I know, I'm weird and picky.

I don't know why I am so obsessed with this picture.  I have been reading everything lately on my Nook so I guess I just wanted to pose for a selfie with it?  It's my Valentine, it is Bae.

Finally, I am just obsessed with this picture.  I took it going over a bridge at a green light (thank you captain obvious) and I know it was dangerous but epic with the fog.  I'll try to be more careful.

I hope you've enjoyed coming along with me for the past couple of weeks.  I'll be back soon, that's for sure.  Tweet me and let me know where your favorite place to take pictures is.  -Brit.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Current Candle Crave: SPRING.

I know it's still only January but basically as soon as my birthday passes when January rolls around, I always just wish that we could skip to May.  Because that cannot happen, I decide to make it seem like it does by surrounding myself with colorful, spring/beachy smelling candles.  Recently I popped into Target for some things and I decided to take a visit to the candle aisle and I picked up a few.

I have definitely written about this candle on my blog before because this is the second one that I have purchased.  I was so happy to see this one on super sale when I walked down the aisle.  This is probably one of the candles that actually smells most true to coconut.  When I first saw it I was drawn in by the design of the packaging, it's gorgeous and my favorite color!  Check out your local Target and see if you can still pick one up.  I'm hoping they'll still be on shelves and that they weren't putting them on sale because they're discontinued.  

I really don't think I have to say much about this scent.  I think these are new this year at Target as I haven't seen them before.  I know they come out with their own scents and change the packaging but I definitely haven't seen this one before and it measures up to the 'Coconut Grove' scent that they had I think about two years ago.  I cannot wait to burn these when I'm done with my current 'Lavender Lemon'

Sorry to be annoying about comparing things to Bath and Body Works candles but this one reminds me of 'Spring' from last season and I just LOVE everything about it!  It makes me so excited for the warmer weather.  On the label you can see that I guess it's supposed to be reminiscent of elements in a green smoothie?  I don't know about that.  I just love this and if you love a fresh, herb-y scent you will probably enjoy it as well.

Which candles have you been burning lately?  I cannot wait to burn these and just tell myself that it actually IS spring even though it isn't yet.  Send me a tweet and let me know what you're loving.  Thank you for reading as always.  -Brit.