2.14.2018

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I know Valentine's Day gets a bad rep, but I've always loved it especially as a kid and even as an adult! Not sure if it's because my birthday is a few days after it, but either way, I'm a fan : ). I remember as a kid, my dad would always bring my sister and I some chocolate and flowers when he would get home from work every Valentine's Day. He still did it up until a few years ago when he was diagnosed with Dementia... Anyways, I wanted to share this comfy and casual look for Valentine's Day (can you tell I'm a big fan of comfy?!). The red heart sweatshirt I'm wearing can be found here, however it is currently sold out but hopefully will be restocked soon. This is also a great option for a cute heart sweatshirt that is in stock. I got it from www.ilycouture.com and if you sign up for their e-mail list, you get 15% off your first purchase. I'm wearing a size small here but wish I would have sized up to a medium because it is a little snug. 




Also, I'm sure you can't tell but I actually took these pictures at the resort where Chris and I got married ( at Westlake Village Inn). It is such a beautiful property and I highly recommend staying there if you ever find yourself in the area. And if your wondering what I got Chris for our first Valentine's Day as a married couple, I got him this amazing heart shaped photo montage from Minted filled with pictures from our wedding. I haven't received it yet but I will try and post it on my Insta-Stories when I get it : )


Hope you guys have a great Valentine's Day! Thanks for stopping by : )



2.02.2018

Express Cami

Caslon Knit Sweater Coat
Express Cami
Blondo Booties
1822 Denim
Hi friends, happy February! I felt like January dragged on for far too long, so I'm very happy to see February finally come, especially because it is my birthday month : ) Today I wanted to share a simple, yet classy look that can be worn either up or down. It could also be a good Valentine's Day outfit, but I would switch out the jeans for a pair of black pants and some heels. I'm wearing this Express cami that seems to be everywhere at the moment. I'm wearing it in the color maroon and in an XS. This Caslon knit sweater coat (also comes in black) is a great wardrobe addition. I can definitely see myself wearing it with several other outfits. I'm also wearing a pair of jeans from my favorite jean company 1822 Denim (can be found at Nordstrom). For the boots, I'm wearing one of my favorite pairs that I know I have talked about before. They are from the company Blondo and I now want to buy more pairs from this company because they are that good! Click the images below to shop this look : )

1.24.2018

Checkered Blanket Scarf


Today I wanted to share this cozy blanket scarf because I feel that the blanket scarf season is coming to an end soon (at least for us Californian's!). Besides the fact that this scarf is soft and cozy, the plus is that I also have a discount code for you guys! Head to www.ilymix.com and use my code "Bri_20" to get 20% off your order. I decided to pair the scarf with this TopShop sweater (wearing US size 6) and my favorite pair of black pants. I'm not going to lie, I've actually had this pair of pants for years now and the brand is called Just Black Denim. I bought this pair at a local boutique near where I live called Frenzy (I don't even think they have a website). With that said, I don't think you can buy their products online, but I will try and link some similar pairs. I also paired this look with my favorite pair of mules from the Kristin Cavallari X Chinese Laundry Collection. These were a little bit of a splurge for me but I couldn't stop thinking about them so I finally made the purchase and I don't regret it at all. 

That's all for today! As always, let me know if you guys have any questions : )




1.17.2018

One-Year Blog-Anniversary

Hi friends! Can you believe that I've officially been blogging for one year now?! Me either... Feels just like yesterday that I was planning everything out, choosing my logo, and going on my very first photoshoot. So much time and effort goes into blogging, and I just wanted to recap my first year and also give some advice to anyone out there who is thinking of starting their own blog. 

To start us off, I wanted to share some photos from my very first photoshoot that I did with Hanna. If you don't know who Hanna is, she is the one that photographed my wedding and we have done a few different photoshoots together. She is amazing and I highly recommend her for any of your photography needs. You can find her website here and see her Instagram here. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I haven't worked with Hanna in a while, and that has nothing to do with Hanna. It's just that I can't afford to use her all the time and I also have this strong urge to learn photography myself. It means a lot to me to be self sufficient and to not have to rely on a photographer whenever I want a good photo for my blog. I want to be able to shoot an outfit whenever I want and to be able to take good photos where ever I travel. So for now, I've been having my husband help take my photos and I am fully aware that they do not look as good as Hanna's photos, but I am trying my best : ) Photography is a huge learning process for myself and husband and obviously, we are still learning... All of these photos were taken on the same day, and were taken in the beginning of January, 2017 in Ventura, California. 













I know I'm biased, but I just really love these photos and think they are amazing! Once I polish my photography skills and find a camera I want to upgrade to, I really want to go back to these locations and take some new photos : ) I mean, that pink wall is just too good to pass up if you ask me! 

Okay back to blogging.. 

If you are thinking of starting your own blog one day, the first thing I would recommend to do is to think about what you want to name your blog and your Instagram handle. Make sure you research the name to make sure no one else has taken it. Once you decide on a name and URL, I recommend buying your domain name even if you have no idea how you are going to design your blog. I did that before I even knew what my next step was going to be because I wanted to make sure no one else was going to take it. I currently run my blog through Blogger, but I highly recommend going through WordPress. I hear from so many other bloggers that WordPress is the way to go and I do plan on making the WordPress transition eventually. 

Another tip I recommend is to just go for it! Don't wait until you are "ready" because you will never think that you are ready. I also recommend not hiding it. When I first started my blog, I didn't tell anyone! I was so afraid to get judged or made fun of by even my own family and friends. Now, I'm pretty open about it, plus Instagram always recommends my blogging IG as "People You May Know" to my current personal friend list, so every now and then I will have a new friend from High School or work follow my blog or even watch my Insta-Stories but not follow me haha and that's okay... I do have a personal Instagram but I have never posted about my blog on there because I don't want to make people feel obligated to follow me if they are not into fashion or stuff like that. 

The rest of my tips you will probably see every blogger post about: be consistent and post quality over quantity! Also, try to invest in a nice camera. I do hear some bloggers say that they only use their IPhone but I just can't seem to make my iPhone pics look good enough so majority of my pics are taken on a DSLR camera. If you know nothing about photography but want to learn, I highly recommend checking out this post by Jenna Colgrove. It's actually written by her husband, Matt and he gives some great advice on what settings you should set your camera at when you are learning as well as what equipment they use. I've read tons of articles and watched so many YouTube videos on photography but none of them resonated  with me more than that post. 

Well, I think I'm going to end here. If you have any questions on blogging or anything else, feel free to ask me! Thank you so much for reading and following along on my blogging journey! I had goals for 2017, but my 2018 goals are even bigger : ) 

12.30.2017

Holiday Lip Faves


Today I wanted to share some of my current, favorite lip colors that would be perfect for this upcoming New Year's Eve festivities (& even after that). I have to be honest and say that I really don't do much experimenting with new or bold lip colors, but every once in a while it is fun to rock a bright red lip : ) I also don't judge my lip products based on just color, but also on how long they last, and how they feel on my lips. My lips are actually pretty sensitive and peel a lot. I know it's best to exfoliate your lips before you apply any lip product, but I haven't discovered a good lip exfoliated yet. Therefore, if you have a great lip exfoliater that you swear by, please share! 


From Left to Right: Mac "Lady Be Good", Sephora Collection "Pink Tea", NYX "Stockholm", Urban Decay "F-Bomb", and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil "Dolce Vita"

I do like these products for different reasons. A lip pen, rather than a lipstick will always be more functional for me for it's easy application. I also always love a cream lip product over a lipstick just because it is easy to apply for me. Out of the liquid lipsticks that I have, the wand I like the most is by Mac. The Mac product is also extremely long lasting and doesn't make my lips peel. Another product that I love and will be re-purchasing is the Benefit Cosmetics Double the Lip Lipstick & Liner in One in the shade Nude Scandal. I didn't do a shade swatch of this because I have had it for a few months now and use it very frequently. Therefore it is now extremely fragile and I didn't want it to break! But it truly is my favorite and I definitely want to try it in more shades. Another product that I love and did not shade swatch is the Bobbi Brown's Extra Lip Tint. This is more like a chapstick and is colorless, yet it enhances your natural lip color. It is amazing and I highly recommend it! 

That's all for today! As always, let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day : )





12.02.2017

J Crew Factory Vest


Today I wanted to share this vest from J Crew Factory that I love so much. Sure, you might have already seen it before or even own it yourself, but believe me when I say that it is a true closet staple! It's cozy, versatile, and can be worn with so many different kinds of Fall or Winter outfits. Plus, it is currently on sale for under $35 and worth every penny! I heard that it runs a little big, so I decided to go with an x-small and think that it fits me perfectly. I'm not really into mixing different patterns, so I decided to go with neutrals for the rest of this outfit. I paired it with this long sleeve top from Nordstrom (runs large, order one size down) and with my favorite pair of denim from 1822 Denim. I also wore my favorite neutral pair of booties from Blondo



As always, let me know if you guys have questions! Happy weekend!

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11.23.2017

Holiday Gift Guide

Hi, friends! Happy Thanksgiving to you! With the holidays right around the corner (literally), I thought it would be a great idea to come on here and give you guys my guide to gift giving at different price points. This is definitely more geared towards all the wonderful ladies in your life, but if you are interested in a gift guide for men, just let me know : ) 


For the Cozy Lover



Travel Necessities


It's 5' O'clock Somewhere!


For the Beauty Lover


Accessories


Coffee Lovers Unite