Thursday, July 24, 2014

Aldo Haul!

Guys.. stop the presses.  There's an Aldo sale and you know I had to take advantage and pick up a few things.  I picked up six pairs of shoes for under $100 and I could not have been more excited.    

Pair #1: Cruikshank in Cognac

#2: Primolano in Orange

#3: Ulirari in Light Blue

#4: Direven in Bone Suede

#5: Unissa in Black Nubuck

#6: Can't Find These Online!

I hope you've enjoyed the photos!  I know a couple of things for sure.  The first being that I love absolutely every pair.  While this is true, the last pair (that I cannot seem to find online anymore) just doesn't fit me right!  I am so gutted about it (but that's okay).  I'm going to bring them to the nearest Aldo and exchange them for another size because I just DIE for this shoe!  My favorite part is (of course) the orange portion on the inside.  Have you purchased anything in the Aldo sale?  Let me know in the comments or be sure to send me a tweet!  Stay tuned for some styling with these shoes!  -Brit.     

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Week In Pictures

I know for sure I've told you guys about how obsessed I am with Instagram.  I'm sure every single other person in the world is just as obsessed.  I just can't explain the satisfaction that I get when I'm able to share the color and beauty of the things around me.  It may sound a little lame for me to say but I just love the feeling.  I actually would like to challenge you to do the same.  It might get your creative juices flowing, you just never know.  That being said, I just wanted to share with you some photos from my week, so check it out!

#1: Stormy Skies

For the first half of the week, I knew we were expecting stormy weather.  We were warned several times to stay away from low-laying areas, prepare for severe weather, etc.  I never am surprised with the weather we get here because after Sandy, anything is possible.  Even before Sandy, I know that obviously nothing really gets 'crazy' weather wise, but there's always the potential for insane wind.  There was a point in time this week though, that the water outside my window looked so calm, but the sky was almost as dark as night.  I felt like I was sitting here waiting for a tornado and this is what this photo depicts.  This has happened before, but the feeling I had during this moment in time was so strange.  The room felt cold, I felt super alone and quite frankly it's amazing how the weather can make you feel!  Don't you agree?  What has the weather been like where you live?  Hopefully better!

 #2: Evening Regatta

When the sun finally decided to show its face for a little while, the sails in the area were able to put on a little regatta.  This always makes me happy.  For some reason, they always tend to happen around here on Tuesdays.  I don't know much about the sailing culture as I don't belong, but I just love watching it from my windows and porch.  I am lucky enough to be able to have this beautiful scenery so catching these things every once in a while just makes me happy.  I found this to be especially funny/interesting because I saw the sail with a spider and the sail with the lightening bolt, hahaha.  Also, the boat on the bottom right was so awesome.  I wish I had gotten another photo of how cool it looked.  The boat flags were beautiful and I just felt so 'nautical' hahaha.  That sounds ridiculous but I don't care.

#3: Emoji Day, Duh!

I mean, I don't think I have to explain this at all.  It was the only day you could use the July 17 emoji.  You're welcome for this ~*eXtReMeLy*~ important piece of knowledge.  I had to celebrate.

#4: The Fierce Level

You all know that I have an obsession with shoes and as I told you, it hasn't always been that way.  These beauties from Aldo are actually something that I would have NEVER bought.  When I saw them, I thought of trying something different and to be honest, I think they were on a killer sale.  I don't think I could imagine my life without these now.  #NoJoke.  I mean seriously, how gorg are these!?  Let us not forget to mention the fantastic pedicure that I have.  I only say fantastic because of the color, I really didn't like the place I went to for it!  I was a little upset because I've gone there before, but this time I just wasn't happy.  Keep in mind, this isn't the same place I went to for my gel manicure.  The place I went to for my gel manicure I LOVED, Star Nails!  I want to try a pedicure there soon, perhaps this week with my Aunt.  I didn't go there this time because of a timing issue.

Share your photos from this week on Twitter with me!  Let me know what you've been up to.  Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to talking with you all again soon!  -Brit.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jersey Shore Pirate Adventures!

Have you ever wanted to become a pirate yourself?  I bet the answer to that is, "Absolutely, yes!"  I know for me it most definitely is.  I  love being on the water and I myself (as a 24 year old) find pirates to be so interesting, so when I heard about this I definitely wanted to give it a try.  Of course I had to find a reason to go and do it because it's for children (lol).  I have known about this adorable little venture for a couple of years now but didn't even think about how it would be perfect to take my cousin along for the ride!  I thought it would be a perfect little summer activity for him.  When my aunt saw it, she was definitely on board (see what I did there?  Kinda..) and off to sea we went!  Come along on the adventure with us, Ahoy Maties!

The first order of business was getting tattoos.  When I heard this, I was stoked.  I thought this was such an adorable and cute little way to get into the spirit.  We jumped right into this picnic table set up and got tattoos from Finn.  Of course you know my Aunt had to get one.  I got one too, don't judge.  Starfish and anchors for the win.  Thanks Finn!


This 'I'm the Captain now' wheel picture taking spot was super adorable for the kids.  There were a ton of kids chomping at the bits to get a photo.  After dressing up like a pirate (they give you a treasure chest full of pirate garb to chose from), how could you not take a photo!?  Here's Eagle Eye Ean getting his shot at it.  Oh!  I forgot to mention, they give the kids little nick names, fit for a pirate on a ship!  So adorable.  ARGHHHH, Eagle Eye Ean at your pirate service!

After photo taking, tattoo getting and nick name receiving, it was time to hang out and wait for the ship to leave the dock.  Here's my aunt and cousin hamming it up for the camera as we wait.  Momentarily, the ship started coming in from the earlier crew that was out to sea.  

When the ship docked, it was time to get on!  First thing I noticed were these water cannons on the side.  I thought they were such a cute little touch but little did I know that the kids were going to be able to shoot them!  It's little details like this that made the kids more involved in the entire experience.  

Once in a while Finn had to rally the kids and get them back to the bow for some pirate debriefings.  These debriefings included important things like finding secret treasure on a map he had and fishing secret little packages out of the water that may or may not have contained Pirate's Grog!

Once in a while Captain Scurvy made his way up to the bow to deliver a message to the little pirates.

Here's the kids shooting the water cannons, adorable!  They were practicing for when the enemy comes to attack them.  They didn't need much practice though, because the enemy didn't stand a chance.

This part was probably my favorite!  How cute were the kids each getting on a water cannon and trying to douse the enemy?  When it comes to protection, the pirates weren't letting The Sea Gypsy II down!

Finally, X marks the spot on the map became a reality!  The kids spotted the treasure floating around.

My aunt and I of course had to get in on the picture taking action.  After all, we were having a good time too!  Captain Scurvy noticed that Ean was the oldest of the group and he offered Ean a chance to  be Captain for a moment.  He LOVED every second of this, as you can tell!

At the end, the mini pirates took a photo together.  After drinking some Pirates Grog and getting their treasure from the chest they fished out of the water, they were happy!  I'm sure you can sense the enthusiasm.  Swords in the air on three.. 1, 2, 3!

Overall this was an adorable experience for the kids!  As you can probably tell from most of the photos, Ean was the oldest one there.  With that being said, he still had an amazing time and was so thankful for the experience (he was talking about it all day afterwards).  If I had to choose what I thought were his favorite parts, it would be the nick names and being Captain.  He loved that.  I would recommend bringing your child to this at any age (younger than 11-12)!  Most of the kids on the ship we sailed out with were probably eight and under, so if bringing kids any older, maybe bring along a friend.  

Jersey Shore Pirate Adventures offers not only multiple sailing times per day, but birthday parties as well.  The Pirate Cruise is $19 per person for everyone 3 and older, $12 for kids 2 and under.  The crew was exceptional with the kids and so fun to interact with.  Not only this, but they made hilarious jokes for the parents and family members to stay involved and have a good time as well.  This is such an inexpensive, fun activity for the kids!  Check out their website for more information.

Have you been to the Pirate Cruise if you're in the area?  What have your experiences been?  If you haven't seen it already, check out my blog post about our other adventure at the Camden Aquarium!  Send me a tweet or leave me a comment of fun things you're doing where you live this summer.  -Brit.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Backpacks, Candles, Necklaces, Shoes, Oh My!

There have been a couple of things on my wish list lately.  I haven't done a 'Think of it Thursday' in a while so here you go ... on a Tuesday.  With the summer, comes new wants and desires.  I can't lie, whenever something comes out that I want, I usually go and get it.  I should probably practice more restraint but I guess it's also a good thing that I get what I want, when I want it (by myself with no help from anyone else).  A couple of these things are fairly new you'll notice, so let's get started!

#1: Herschel City Backpack Mid-Volume

I've wanted a Herschel bag for a long time now.  I first heard of them (I believe) last year when I was doing an internship at Beauty High.  There was a girl that had a backpack that I thought was so simple and adorable and I think it was from Herschel!  When I learned about the brand, I went online and started researching right away and instantly fell in love with everything on their website.  The bag I have pictured above is just to demonstrate the style that I most desire.  I haven't completely chosen the design yet because I am torn between a couple of them.  This is actually in the running as one of the designs (just to be my plain self, lol) but the other is floral and the other is different colors. 

You might be wondering why I want a backpack?  Well, as I am sure you can recall, I have done posts previously on my Longchamp bag that I use for traveling.  Do NOT get me wrong, I couldn't be more in love with that bag.  What I plan to do though, for commuting in and out of the city, is get something that can just be thrown easily on my back so that both hands are free.  I have found that this method is so much easier.  When you need to get our your train ticket, change the song on your iPod, turn pages in the book you're reading.. whatever!  This is just the best method to being efficient when you're traveling.  Also, the evenly distributed weight well help keep your back in tip top shape!  One more thing: I can't wait to only be using my Longchamp bag for special occasions now, because it is my all time favorite bag that I own, hands down.

#2: Bath and Body Works Candle: Mango Coconut Cooler

As if I don't already have enough candles.  Please know that I probably have double the amount of candles that I actually haul on the blog.  For every four candles I talk about on the blog, there are probably four other ones waiting in my cabinet.  I don't know what to tell you, candles give me ~*liFe*~.  Anyway!  I had seen that Bath and Body Works was putting out the Watermelon Lemonade candle much earlier than all of these other ones in the 'Summer Sips' collection.  This is such and adorable name for a collection!

I have done a ton of mango candles.  Some were from Bath and Body Works and some from elsewhere.  I find that no matter what candle and no matter where it comes from,  mango is just one of those scents that you cannot get wrong.  Coconut on the other hand, that's a different story.  I am intrigued by the candle for the two scents of course and their brilliant combination.  I think I'll give it a shot next time I'm in the store.  I don't like to order candles online for fear that they'll break in transit.  

#3: Turquoise Burlesque Tassel Bib from 
Bauble Bar

I would not be upset if this was my first purchase from Bauble Bar.  I can't lie, this design is divine.  When I order bib necklaces that are similar to this, I like to make sure that they are longer, not so short and choking me.  I have always been a fan of turquoise, but I really have only purchase rings with it in them.  I think it's time for me to take a step up and order this.  What do you think?  Could it be anymore gorgeous.  I also really want to try something from Bauble Bar in general, so this is an opportunity!  

#4: 'Durut' Suede Pointy Toe Pump by 
Manolo Blahnik

Now it's clear that this is a stretch item, but before we talk anymore let's pick our jaws up from off of the floor.  :O  Seriously, is there anything more gorgeous in this world?  I don't think so.  The color selection of this shoe is just gorgeous and perfect for fall.  I could see myself obviously bringing this into winter and being so comfortable.  They are so elegant, mature and head-turning in the best way possible.  While I say they're mature, they also remind me of something that Blair would wear on Gossip Girl.  I mean after all, I wouldn't be upset if I was strolling around the city looking like her.  

Have you been craaaaving anything lately?  I don't know about you but having these four things in my possession would just make me happiest of happy!  Let me know in the comments what you've been loving and send me a tweet if you want to share something with me that I should take a look at.  Thank you so much for reading and I will talk to you all very soon!  -Brit. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ring The Alarm!

Couldn't really wait to post about these rings.  I was in H&M the other day not really looking for anything specific when I saw these hanging from afar.  I have been seeing Lo Bosworth wearing really simple, understated rings in her videos for the past couple of months.  Every time I see them I think about wearing them and finding them in some store for a price that isn't obscene.  

As you can see in the photo, the gas needle is not raised, so you know my car is off!  #safetyfirst.  I was waiting in the car for someone to come out of the store and I decided to have a mini photoshoot.  

I never actually purchased anything in the 'Midi-Style' because for some reason I didn't think it would be comfortable/I wouldn't be able to pull it off.  I decided to throw both of those things out the window amidst my 'Lo Inspo' and my great H&M find.  How cute is my wallet BTW?   

I want to say the package of rings which included about 10 of them all together was about $5.95.

As you can tell here, there are silver, gold and rose gold colored rings in the package.  All three colors come in different sizes for different fits.  Can you see in this photo how much this gel manicure has made my nails grow by the way!? (!!!!)  I am so happy and obsessed as you have already read (haha).  

Thanks for checking out the blog today!  I hope this inspires you to try the Midi-Style in an inexpensive way because I sure did and I love it.  Let me know if you plan to by leaving a comment or sending a tweet!  Thanks, once again, for reading and I will talk to you soon!  -Brit.