Friday, December 19, 2014

How To Be The Best Maid of Honor EVER! #blogmas, 19, 2014!

Hi everyone!  Meet my best friend Ally:

We met when we were in college about 5 years ago now and we have been inseparable since then!  We live almost two hours away from each other but that doesn't stop us from talking multiple times every single day.  We literally are obsessed with each other.  We always joke that WE are in the relationship rather than her and her fiance, ugh.. too much!  I am SO happy for her because she is getting married!  As her sister is married, she is going to be the Matron of Honor and I am going to be the Maid of Honor and I could not be more excited to start planning.

To get the celebrations started (because obviously I just couldn't wait until the New Year) I put together this adorable little 'Bridal Bag.'  I adopted the idea from something that I saw on Pinterest.  Someone made a basket with some of these things, but some of the others were all my idea!  I also decided to go with a bag because I saw this most beautiful one in Target!

Inside of the bag were a couple of things.  I included Kit Kats (her favorite candy) with a little note that said 'For The Cravings,' tissues 'For The Tears (happy ones), a mask 'For Some Relaxation,' Sally Hansen 'To Keep The Nails Strong' and a diamond dazzle stick 'To Keep The Ring On Point.'  The card was super adorable and glittery which you will see in the next couple of photos.

 I also had to include the token Bridal magazines (Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings).  I was grappling over which ones to get but ultimately decided on these because they were the prettiest tbh, lol!  I know Brides is super classic and thats what I hope to be reading when I get married and how can you go wrong with Martha Stewart!?

After some reading of the magazines, we used it as a placemat for under the nails while we painted them.  I can't even explain the laziness, but that is the rationing behind us using the magazine for placemat.  Ally wanted me to paint her nails but we both didn't feel like leaving bed.  -__________-

How adorable is this bag, seriously! I saw it in Target when I was there before I even thought about making this little Bridal bag for her. When I finally came up with the complete idea, I knew I had to hop back to Target and put everything in the bag. As you can also see, I grabbed an adorable gold Sharpie to write all of my cute little messages on each tag/label. PS- How adorable is Ally?  I think it's safe to say that she absolutely loved it and I'm sure she's so excited for my surprises to come.

I had such a fun time making this for my best friend and her engagement.  I am so excited to be on this journey with her as her MOH and I can guarantee that you will see lots more surprises that I give her chronicled right here on the blog.  What have you done as MOH in the past for your bride?  Tweet me your experiences or leave a comment below.  Thank you for reading.  -Brit.   

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gorgeous Train Stations & Coldest Day Evvv! #blogmas 18, 2014!

Today was probably one of the coldest days we've had in a while!  It can be assumed as winter is on its way but ugh, I don't know how I feel about it.  I always (every year) say that if January trough March was just deleted from the year I wouldn't be mad.  That being said, I threw on my earmuffs and set out for the day.  Oh, and naturally I guess I had to make myself into Santa too? :)

I hope on the train and headed into New York, this is what I was eventually looking at when the sun finally came out.  This is somewhere in North Jersey, not exactly sure what town.  I want to say somewhere around Hazlet?  I could be wrong.  Freezing cold outside, but really nice looking.  By the time I reach Hazlet the sun is FINALLY starting to come out being that its the crack of dawn when I leave from my station.  

I switched to the the Path in Newark and took that into 9th street which is probably one of my favorite Path stations and the below two photos will most likely explain to you why.  First of all, look at these lines!  Theres just something to be said about the lines and how geometrical everything can look when you stop to look at it for two seconds.  Literally people should just slow down sometimes, it can do the body good.  The 9th street Path station usually seems to be the road less travelled and that might be why I was able to snap this pic (ironically though I was still walking a little).  Once again Brittany, take your own advice sometimes.  Freakin A! 

Please hold for the amazingness that IS the 9th street Path station below... :O

Also, lets take a moment to look at Christmas decorations in the East Village.  I just cannot with all the beauty.  Not only does this look great, but it's just the extra boost of happiness you might need one day.  I certainly needed it today, thats for sure!

Quick little blogmas for you today.  I hope you enjoyed!  I will see ya around for the next one.  Who still has more shopping to do for Christmas?  Tweet me your process!  Thanks for reading.  -Brit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TUT, NYC & Dinner. #blogmas Days 9-17, 2014!

Ugh, I know.  I deserve all of the scolding that there is in the world.  I have been SO BAD with blogmas and honestly, I cannot believe it.  I have been so busy and stressed lately that I just have been neglecting so many things, not just the blog.  It really doesn't make me happy but let us carry on.

I feel like this is a photo that you can see everywhere all over social media: photo of girl in subway door's reflection.  I don't know, it was in the moment.  I know I've talked about these e-mails from TUT before but I just cannot get enough!  Its just the little bit of love and encouragement you sometimes need in the morning.  Sometimes it's actually pretty scary how accurate it is with where you are in your life.

I just feel like its my ~*dUtY*~ to show you the Christmas magic of Macys so theres that.  You can clearly tell that I was on the go as the photo is a bit blurry but thats okay.

This photo from the next day depicts the train at 545am.  I just had this feeling that the train was acting like a 'salty bitch' so early in the morning with that BRIGHT LIGHT.  oooofah.  You know I had to also share my selfie on the train with my brand new earmuffs.  Oh my gawl I cannot even tell you how obsessed I am with these, they make me the happiest ever and keep me super warm.  I feel like earmuffs get me into the Christmas spirit, especially when no one around me really is.  

As I was walking to a building today, I spotted this dog.  DANG.  I guess its a poodle?  Interesting, but in person it was bigger than it looks in this picture.  I also had to share my interactions with Benefit on Twitter.  They have always been pretty good with social media and the way they answer their customers.  I think thats whats most important when you're working in social, interacting and forming a relationship with your followers and consumers.  This makes for a long-lasting experience and the potential for more interaction and engagement. 

On the left is just this ~*aDoRaBLe*~ photo that I found recently.  I know its basically the wrong season/holiday but I just had to post it.  How adorable are my dad and brother!?  So lame that I was wearing a cat costume but I don't think that I have warn another costume since this (questionable).  On the right, my latest obsessions all in one photo.  I cannot get enough of this hand jewelry.  This is the second time that I have bought one and I can seemingly only find ones that I like at Forever 21.  I mean I'm not complaining because they are fairly inexpensive, but it would be cool if I could find ones that I actually like at other places!  Also not to mention my amazing Mr.Kate BeautyMarks that I FINALLY received in the mail.  I had been playing around with other Flash Tattoos in the past but I always wanted Mr.Kate BeautyMarks so I finally ordered some and I couldn't be happier. (Full post to come on these soon as I have so many things to say.)


I went out for dinner and to Marshalls the other day and I saw this comforter.  I was soooo close to picking it up but I just couldn't commit.  I desperately need a comforter or something because I don't have one right now but I just cannot find one that I love.  I have been looking for some that are bohemian/Moroccan-themed because thats the look I want for my room but I have only been seeing duvet covers and I don't want to have to buy a duvet just to use the duvet cover.  On the right is another token selfie.  For some reason, I just loved this one.  What do you think?  Do you know anywhere I can look for some cute bohemian/Moroccan-themed comforters?

I cannot get enough of the above two photos.  I asked them to pose for a photo and Bill (who was sitting next to me) was trying to get in there at the last minute.  These two were the results and I cannot get enough.  I love these people, sometimes family is just the best thing in life.  Actually, they always are.  

The other day I went to Olive Garden for dinner!  I was so excited because I hadn't been there in the longest time.  When I was younger I used to be OBSESSED with it and go every birthday.  I'm still obsessed but I can't remember the last time I went to OG on my bday, sad.  I tweeted them this picture when I was there the other day and they of course answered me.  They are an example of another company that is really great with their social.

So this is whats been going on for the past couple of days.  So sorry I haven't been posting everyday, I just have been beyond stressed.  I always love how it feels to release emotions and talk about the fun in my life when there doesn't seem to be too much of it; thats why I never forget to do so.  As I leave you now to go attend to some laundry, I hope you have a great night!  How are you celebrating Christmas this year?  Any awesome recipes to share with me?  Let me know in a tweet/comment.  Thank you so much for reading as always.  Talk to you soon.  -Brit.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Crafting, NYC and Snow! #blogmas Days 4-8, 2014!

Hey everyone!  So lets face it, life gets in the way sometimes.  I'm pissed because to be completely honest, I didn't want to miss a day of uploading in December, but things just happen.  I'm so excited to show you what I have been up to for the past couple of days so lets get started!

So not too long ago I ran to the store to grab a couple of crafting materials to make a variation of the DIY quote on canvas craft I saw on Lauren Elizabeths YT channel.  It was back in August when she uploaded the video and I've had this project on my mind since then.  I don't know why I waited this long.  I mean one of the queens of DIY (Brooke Mahan) is involved in this so how could I hate it?  Needless to say I couldn't find absolutely everything I needed (the things listed here) in the store so I have to wait to pick things up but hopefully next time I'll be able to get everything I do need.  I might actually pick up the materials when I'm in the city because they always have like everything I need in the Michaels on Avenue of the Americas.

You know I had to include a quick snapshot of my commuting shoes.  I always do this because it is physically impossible to walk like 10 blocks in heels.  If I was living in the city and just hopping on and off the subway I would be 100% game to do that, but now I'm on the train for hours commuting and walking longer distances, so sneakers are my jam for the commuting process.

I hopped off the 14th street subway station (sans cute little girl dancing) and had some time before my meeting so I headed to Coffee Bean.  I always get a Caramel Latte when I'm here because they literally make the best ones.  My all time favorite coffee drink that isn't just black coffee is a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks but this would be my second choice.  Well done Coffee Bean!

Before my second meeting I decided to pop into Forever 21 because I had about a 1/2 hour and I was already where I needed to be.  I wanted to meet a friend for lunch but there just wasn't enough time so I figured I'd shop (naturally).  I saw this adorable sign hanging up in the corner of the store.  I always wonder why they don't put the cute stuff like this front and center.  I just love it.  

When the day was over I was ready to head home.  The photo on the right is me in stealth mode chilling in Penn Station waiting for my lines platform to be announced.  I was inside but had the sunglasses on.  Typical diva moment.  

Over the weekend we got healthy and unhealthy.  It was a pretty relaxing weekend and I had a ton of laundry to do.  I have been re-watching Desperate Housewives on Netflix again and I FINALLY finished it this weekend, haha.  #Goals.  How adorable is this clementine on the left with the Cuties Rule sticker!  Ugh, my heart melts.  I then classically had to have a BEC on a jalapeno bagel from Barons.  The bomb, don't judge me.

Then finally.. today!  IT SNOWED.  This is the first time it actually stuck to the grass this year.  This is the only type of snow I like, the picturesque type.  I hate it otherwise, lol.  I actually had a conversation the other day with my friend though about how I'm starting to like the cold weather more now.  This is an extremely rare statement for me to make though because normally I am WARM weather only.  I didn't hate seeing the snow fall from the sky today though.  I just hate when it ruins commuting plans so you just have to be careful!

How has your blogmas been going?  Are you ready for Christmas?  Have you gotten all of your gifts?  I cannot believe how fast the month of December is already flying.  Send me a tweet or leave a comment below and let me know the answer to my qUeStiOnzZzZ* -Brit.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Another Festive Manicure! #blogmas Day 3, 2014

So chances are if you follow me on snapchat you may or may not have seen me snap my newest manicure!  I'm trying to get things going 'festively speaking' in my life because the people I see on a daily basis are SO not into Christmas it seems.  Don't you hate that?  When everyone you spend time with on a daily basis is like, 'bahumbug' every second of the day.  I even made super delicious soup tonight for dinner and have been getting really creative when it comes to food around here and no one seems to be liking it.  Whatever.. it makes me hella happy and that's what matters!

As I said, the above photo was from snapchat so this is much more true to the color that the polish actually appears on your nails.  That perfect wine red color that you long for during Christmas<3.

I hope you love this cute little manicure.  I didn't take full advantage of the 'metallic' in the Sally Hansen polish (linked is the gray color) because I just wanted the color.  The magnetism is really cool when you do it, but it just didn't set the tone right for this manicure, the color is good enough.  I'm still getting used to the formulation on these Revlon Gel Polishes.  They do stay on longer than most formulations but definitely not as long as a real gel manicure.  I miss my gel manicures.  Sigh.  It's almost as if the consistency is 'goopy' a little bit, but like I said I think it's just me getting used to it.  Revlon is most definitely my favorite drugstore polish HANDS DOWN though, I just LOVE it.

Tell me if you have the same opinion on these polishes of if I'm just plain crazy.  I'd love to know!  Send me a tweet or leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading BLOGMAS!  I hope you're loving it so far.  Can't wait to show you what comes next!  -Brit.