Sugar Bowl 2022 Outfit Inspo!

Sugar Bowl 2022 Outfit Inspo!

The Sugar Bowl is almost here and God willing, it will actually happen! I am so excited because my team, Ole Miss, will be playing Baylor in New Orleans this year for the Sugar Bowl and we have so many friends who will be in town to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the Sugar Bowl! It has been a few years since I’ve been to the Sugar Bowl, but it looks like we will have the most beautiful weather so I’m sharing my favorite looks whether you’re an Ole Miss Rebel or a Baylor Bear.

2015 Sugar Bowl Crew!

The last time we went to the Sugar Bowl the weather was freezing, but this year it is going to be in the 80s so I’m wearing this adorable Hunter Bell dress (I actually wore it for Christmas too!) with tennis shoes, a clear bag for the stadium and *maybe* a denim jacket to stay warm in the air conditioning.

Wearing my new Hunter Bell Dress on Christmas Day

Are you going to the Sugar Bowl this year?! Let me know who you’re cheering for and your favorite thing to do in NOLA!

Hotty Toddy,

BRIT

New Years Eve Outfits 2022

New Years Eve Outfits 2022

2022 is upon us! I absolutely love the excitement New Years Eve brings and I always look forward to planning a fun and festive outfit to celebrate in. After a chill at-home NYE last year, Will and I will be ringing in the new year in his hometown of New Orleans so I’m going all in with sequins, feathers and stars!

This year we will be going out for dinner with friends to celebrate so I will be wearing this Black Bodysuit, Black and Silver Sequin Midi Skirt, a Star Tiara and pairing it with my Disco Bag and Crystal Embellished Heels (which are $100 and identical to the Amina Muadi’s).

I hope you love all of these festive ensembles and I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

XO,

Brit

Gifts for Him and Her

Gifts for Him and Her

The holiday season is here! I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that it is nearly December, but it is and that means it is time to start your holiday shopping. I have started my gift guides for the season and am so excited to share them with y’all! Today, I am sharing my guides for him and her.

Let’s start with the ladies! I developed this guide at several different price points and I think these gifts are most applicable for your friends, sisters, sister-in-laws, moms, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, girlfriends, fiancés and wives.

I have been wanting experiences more than material things this year, but I still love great presentation. I think the *perfect* gift would be the Tuscany Marvel Book with a trip to Italy as a surprise inside of the book! I also love bundling cook books with kitchen tools. If you have a friend who loves to cook, you can’t go wrong with the New Defined Dish Cookbook, Meat Masher, a set of Spatulas and a chic Apron. If your friends already pre-ordered Alex’s new book, try out Big Macs and Burgundy. I would wrap all of this together and add this Have Yourself A Merry Margarita Ornament to the gift wrapping!

If you’re looking for some designer splurges, I always recommend the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (if you don’t have one, I use this every day!), I’m also eyeing these Chloe Geometric Sunglasses, Golden Goose Cowboy Boots and a Bottega Veneta Card Holder. If your girl is trendy, get her this Mint Green Nylon Prada Bag with Pouch. And if you have designer taste without the budget, get this Mini Kelly Dupe…It is less than $200 and looks *identical* to the real Hermes Mini Kelly.

Let’s all take a minute and admit that it is really hard to buy gifts for the men in our lives. With that said, I have learned a few tips about giving gifts to men over the years. For my dad, I know that a handwritten note is the absolute best gift I can give him, but outside of that, I’ve started paying attention to what my dad buys for himself. Mostly golf stuff and Peter Milar anything. So whether it is your dad, husband, brother or grandfather, look at what they buy themselves and maybe get them something they already have in another color or pattern. 

When I was telling my dad about the gift guides, he told me that when you’re thinking of a gift to get the men in your life, you should follow their hobby. So basically, if they’re a golfer or a car fanatic, look at that and then do some research on a great gift in that area. Also, pay attention to what they say they want. My husband and dad both want very few things in this world so whenever I hear them say, “oh wow! I want that!” I immediately make a note in my phone and save it for their birthday or Christmas. 

I hope these gift guides help in your holiday shopping journey and remember to buy things sooner than later as shipping has been taking FOREVER this fall!

XO,

BRIT

Christmas Guide: Amazon Gems Under $100

Christmas Guide: Amazon Gems Under $100

Can y’all believe we are shopping for Christmas and holiday gifts already?! I certainly can’t, but here we are. Last Christmas, Amazon saved me in terms of gift giving. Will has such a big family and buying gifts for everyone can be a challenge.

Amazon is great because they have something for everyone and at every price point. On top of that, they *normally* have the fastest, free delivery, which makes this busy holiday season so much easier. Here are a few of my favorite gifts under $100 from Amazon.

What are your favorite Amazon gifts to give?! Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Halloween Costumes that Aren’t Really Costumes

Halloween Costumes that Aren’t Really Costumes

Halloween is almost here! Although I love the holiday spirit and live for a good theme, I’m not all that crazy about over-the-top Halloween costumes. Maybe it’s the extreme promiscuity or the gore, but my favorite costumes are usually the ones that mimic a real life character.

For my last year of college, I went to one of our halloween parties as Ja’mie King. For those of you who don’t know, Ja’mie is one of the three characters Chris Lilley plays in the one season wonder, Summer Heights High. In addition to my *perfect* Ja’mie accent, I borrowed my roommate’s little sister’s school uniform to emulate Ja’mie’s jumper and threw on knee high socks and a blazer and it was literally the best costume I’ve ever done. My roomie went as Barbie and that was pretty iconic too.

Cinderella: Tiara, Black Choker, Blue Nap Dress, Glass Slippers
Frosted Animal Crackers: Pink or White Dress with Glued-on Pom Poms, Mouse Ears, Superga Sneakers
Audrey Hepburn: Eye Mask and Tuxedo Shirt Set, Black Heels
Peacock: Peacock Headpiece, Peacock Ombre Dress, Glass Slippers
Dorothy: Bows, Blue and White Sleeper Dress, Red Slip on Mules, Basket Bag

If you’re like me and *really* leaned into the nap/sleeper dress trend, why not make a costume out of it too? Pair this beautiful blue one with Amina Muadi dupe glass slippers for an effortless and comfortable Cinderella look. If perhaps you have a blue and white checkered dress, add a basket bag, bows and red slippers (maybe a puppy too) for a modest and chic Dorothy. On the sleepy chic train is also this iconic Audrey Hepburn look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Amazon even sells a sleeping mask, earring and tuxedo shirt set from the movie…I’d pair it with these Manolo dupes for and easy and elegant Audrey look.

I also loved this creative crew I did Halloween with nearly a decade ago! I’m Mary Katherine Gallagher (Superstar) of course and then we’ve got Medusa, Bob Ross!! and the Morton’s Salt Girl. All of our costumes were from home and could be recreated so easily.

I can’t tell y’all what Will is being yet because it is SO good and pulled straight from real life. I think those are really the best costumes when you can take on someone’s voice and personality for the night and just have a ton of fun with it. What are you planning to be this year?!

XO,

Brit

Fourth of July Styles for Every Kind of Celebration

Fourth of July Styles for Every Kind of Celebration

The Fourth of July is just one week away. To prepare for patriotic celebrations of all kinds, I’m sharing my favorite red, white and blue styles today. From the pool and the beach to a bbq or dinner with friends, I’ve got you covered.

Sparkling Stars Headband, Mer-Made in the USA Tee, Navy Blue Maxi Dress, Red Picnic Mini Dress, Blue and White Linen Sleeper Dress, Red Crop Top, Red Midi Skirt, Blue and White Midi Dress, White Linen Maxi Dress with Rose Embroidery, Straw Loewe Bag, Baby Blue Freedom Moses Sandals, White High-rise Denim, Red and White Embroidered Blouse, Red, White and Blue Golden Goose, White Swim Tunic, Red Swimsuit, Blue Bow Mules, White cut-out Midi Dress

I personally love wearing a beautiful dress for the fourth because not only are they incredibly cute, they are also great for a hot day. If you’re hitting the pool or the beach, order this red swimsuit and white tunic cover-up ASAP! They are currently on a major sale at J.Crew and with luck, you can have it by the fourth.

However you choose to celebrate this year, I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

XO,

Brit

Charlie’s First Birthday

Charlie’s First Birthday

This past weekend, my baby boy, Saint Charles “Charlie” McAshan, turned one! As many of you know, this little boy has brought so much joy to our lives and we were so excited to celebrate him. Although I did a terrible job of taking photos, I wanted to share the planning process and outcome of the party with all of you!

To celebrate this little boy properly, we decided to throw him a party! After a little discussing, we decided to make the theme of Charlie’s party frogs because of his obsession with his little frog toy. Nearly every day, Charlie will start crying at the base of the stairs and it’s because he wants his little frog from upstairs. It is literally the cutest thing so we went all in on the frog theme.

We wanted the party to be laid back so we ordered Torchy’s tacos for guests to snack on, served popcorn in these cute boxes and I made a fun dessert called “Frogs in the Pond” it is kind of like Worms in Dirt. We had a bunch of kids at the party and it was a hit with them, also the parents were ok with them eating it.

Frogs in the Pond

In addition to the food and snacks we served, I also ordered a custom cake from Hayley’s Cakes and Cookies for guests to enjoy. When I say we were blown away by how amazing it was, that is an understatement. I gave the Hayley’s Cakes team a very brief description of what we wanted and they created the coolest and most amazing cake for our boy!

Can you even? We were so in love with the cake Hayley’s Cakes created for Charlie’s birthday!

To be honest, of course we were excited to celebrate our sweet Charles, but it was also our first chance to celebrate with friends at our new house since we moved in last spring. In total, we had about 40 guests at our house throughout the day and it was an absolute blast. We are so thankful for my dad–who flew in from Montana and helped set up most of the party, and for our amazing friends and neighbors who came by to celebrate with us!

Hope you all loved seeing our baby’s first birthday party!

XO,

Brit

St. Patrick’s Day Style

St. Patrick’s Day Style

St. Patrick’s Day is one week away! You might not know this about me, but I am mostly Irish and was almost born on St. Patrick’s Day so to say I love the holiday is a bit of an understatement.

I have Irish blood from both sides of my family and my mom’s parents were pretty well known for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Obviously celebrations this year won’t be too over the top, but as we begin to emerge from COVID-19 quarantine, it is nice to have a happy holiday to look forward to. When I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I usually like to wear a cute green top with white jeans and add some silly accessories to complete my look. Whether you celebrate next Wednesday or over the upcoming weekend, I’m sharing my favorite styles that will make you look like you are Irish too.

St. Patrick’s Day 2012☘️ in Orlando with my dad!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year and what are you planning to wear? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Birthday Dreams

Brit’s Birthday Dreams

Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited because it is officially just one week until my birthday! I know I’m probably too old to feel this way, but I love my birthday and get so excited for it every year. When I was little, I would actually start planning my next birthday immediately after my birthday party that year…it was a little over the top, but that’s who I am!

To kick off my birthday celebrations this year, I’ve created a birthday dreams wish list and decided to giveaway one of my favorite items on the list to one of my lucky followers…a Hill House bath robe! I love this robe because it is super luxurious and has a really fun neon trim around the edges. I have been wearing mine non-stop and can’t wait to give one away!

Blue Floral Dress, Alphabet Soup Bracelet, Chloé Sunglasses, Robe with Neon Trim, Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber Perfume, Hermes Oran Sandals, Floral Pareo, Floral Bikini Top, Floral Bikini Bottom, Rose Prick Candle, Sleeper Feather Pajamas, Facial Steamer 

How gorgeous is this robe?! One lucky winner will get one of their own!

What are your favorite birthday traditions? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Mardi Gras at Home

Mardi Gras at Home

Mardi Gras celebrations around the country have been cancelled or scaled back this year because of coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate safely at home. Since I’m married to a New Orleans boy, we will keep the good times rolling by bringing Mardi Gras and quintessential New Orleans treats to our home. From King Cake to beads and balconies, we will have it all here.

In lieu of Mardi Gras floats this year in New Orleans, many people are decorating their homes instead. My in-laws have been sending us the coolest pictures from the homes in Uptown and it has been great to see the spirit of the city living on even though one of their main events has been cancelled.

For our celebration at home, I’m focusing mostly on the food. I’ll be making red beans and rice and I ordered a King Cake for dessert. One of my husband’s favorite meals is red beans and rice and since he was born and raised in New Orleans, I had to do a ton of research to get the recipe right. The consistency was tricky to achieve, but after a few tries, I finally got it and I am so proud. To add a fun little twist, I served our red beans and rice in miniature bread bowls.

Red Beans and Rice served in mini bread bowls.

Brit’s Red Beans and Rice

Ingredients:

2 ham hocks 

10 cups water

2 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. Crystal Hot Sauce

1 tsp. Worcestershire

1 lb. red beans (soaked overnight and drained)

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onions

2 cloves minced garlic

3 tbsp. olive oil

¼ lb. hot sausage, sliced

¼ smoked sausage, sliced

3 bay leaves

1 tbsp. salt

1 tbsp. pepper

To Make:

  • Place ham hocks, water, garlic, salt, Crystal hot sauce, Worcestershire and beans in a large Dutch oven and cook uncovered on low heat. 
  • In a separate pan, sauté celery, onion and garlic in olive oil.
  • In another pan, cook sausage.
  • Add sautéed vegetables and cooked sausage to the red bean mixture.
  • Add bay leaves, salt and pepper to the mixture. Cook over a medium-low flame for four hours. 
  • Remove ham hocks and bay leaves.
  • Serve over white rice.

Haydel’s Traditional King Cake from New Orleans.

I don’t think it’s possible to have a Mardi Gras party without a King Cake. Our absolute favorite is from Haydel’s Bakery, but if you’re not in New Orleans and ran out of time to get a cake shipped, Whole Foods actually makes a pretty good King Cake.

While I didn’t bring the house float trend to Austin, I did build a balloon arch inside! This arch was so easy to assemble and I think it turned out really well. Call me crazy, but I’m still throwing beads off of my stairs and pretending I’m on Bourbon.

How will you be celebrating Mardi Gras this year? However you do, I hope you are all safe, happy and healthy and as they say in New Orleans, Laissez les bon temps rouler!

XO,

Brit