Brit’s Picks

Brit’s Picks

Happy Friday, loves!! Today is not just any Friday, it is also my mom’s 60th birthday! I’m not sure if it’s the birthday celebrations or the beautiful summer weather, but I am just loving all things pink this week.

I have been living in this pink Free People Maxi Dress this summer. It is super light-weight and can be worn as a cover-up or as a dress to go out in. I have read some reviews that say it is sheer and I will say that it is, but because of all of the material you don’t really notice it. When I wore it out for drinks with my friend Steph, I wore nude shape wear underneath to provide extra coverage. If you’re looking for a cute swimsuit to throw under this dress for the beach, look no further than this dreamy cotton candy-colored one-piece swimsuit from LoveShackFancy!

This dress is so cute and effortless when paired with slides and my personal favorites are these pink Chanel slides and these woven pearl slides from Zara.

If you’re looking for a fun new t-shirt for the summer, I am loving this Rolling Stones tee from H&M and this adorable “Pass the Vino” crop tee from Nasty Gal and they are both under $20! Jeans and a tee is my normal go-to on the weekends whether I’m grocery shopping or going out for a casual dinner and these two tees will be wonderful additions to my collection.

For my beauty picks this week I have been using the Laneige lip balm in Berry and love it because it is moisturizing and gives my lips a wonderful color. A few months ago, my friend Erica gave me the Pep Rally spray from Dry Bar and it is amazing!! I use it when my hair is wet before I blow dry it and it works well and smells amazing! If you’re looking for an extra level of sterilization, I found this really cool UV sanitizing wand from Dillards and it is under $40. Whether you want to sanitize your purse when you get home or your shoes, this is a great option.

What do you think about all of the pink and what are your favorite things this week? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Summer Travel Series: Fredericksburg, Texas

Brit’s Summer Travel Series: Fredericksburg, Texas

Howdy, friends! This week we are traveling to the idyllic Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Fredericksburg is an ideal destination for Texans, as it is nestled in between Austin and San Antonio and a quick drive from Dallas and Houston as well.

My husband and I stumbled upon this dreamy town because we were supposed to go to Napa at the end of the month, but had to cancel due to increased coronavirus fears and restrictions and we thought this would be a safe substitute. Originally established as a German settlement in the 1800s, Fredericksburg has now become a chic destination for wine lovers.

We didn’t know much about Fredericksburg before going, but we were pleasantly surprised with what we found. The town has maintained its German heritage and small town charm, while offering modern amenities from around the world.

Although we were drawn to the town because of the vineyards, I think the shopping I found once we were there was the highlight of the trip for me. We found two shops in particular–Farmhaus and Vaudeville–that literally got me excited to shop. I love shopping, don’t get me wrong, but I’m very picky with what I buy. I hate buying things just to buy something and get so annoyed with tacky tourist shops. These stores, blew me away. It was as if I was shopping in L.A. or somewhere in Europe. The level of curation in these stores as well as the accessible price points were absolutely incredible.

Unfortunately, when we were in town, we ate at one of the “traditional” German restaurants and were not impressed with the food. When we go back to Fredericksburg, we really want to check out the V Supper Club–part of the Vaudeville Umbrella. With reservations, the club is open on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights offering chef’s tastings and specialized menus. If you can’t make it to the supper club, you can always go to the Vaudeville Bistro. We wish we would have gone there for lunch, but instead grabbed a glass of sparkling rosé when we found it. The bistro has an amazing wine list and a really fun vibe.

We chose to visit Signor Vineyards when we were in Fredericksburg and I’m so happy we did. It is set on a classic Hill Country estate and offers delicious wines and an incredible experience. They did tell us its a bit different than usual to visit right now because of coronavirus…they are not offering traditional tastings, but you can buy bottles of wine and have them on the property. We bought two bottles–the rosé and the Sangiovese (a light red.) One thing I thought was really interesting is that all of the wines from Signor are made in Oregon and then sold at the vineyard in Fredericksburg. I was pleasantly surprised when I found this out because I’m a little bit of a wine snob and was kind of dreading drinking Texas wine, but what we found is that most of the wine served and sold in the area is from Oregon, California and Europe.

Many of the guests at Signor brought their own food and wine glasses and had a picnic, which looked so fun, but the vineyard also has a little grocery store where you can get food and water as well as beautiful gifts.

For this quick weekend trip I know we barely scratched the surface on what the town has to offer, but I know we will be back to discover more! I’m not going to say Fredericksburg is on the same level as Napa, but I will say it is a fun destination for a weekend getaway in Texas.

Have you been to Fredericksburg before?! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite things are in town!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Picks: My Guide to the NSALE

Brit’s Picks: My Guide to the NSALE

I am so excited the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has officially begun!! It is one of my favorite sales of the year because instead of marking down items that aren’t selling well, the anniversary sale offers up to 40 percent off of new items and some of the top items and brands sold at Nordstrom that do not regularly go on sale.

This is a great time to stock up on beauty products, holiday gifts and essentials. I am also excited this year to shop for Fall clothes because I finally live in a city where it gets a little chilly!! I’ve divided all of my picks into six different categories for easy browsing and I hope you love them as much as I do!!

Although this Anniversary Sale is a bit smaller than in other years, I do think there are some great items. I hope you love all my picks as much as I do and Happy Shopping, my friends!!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Picks

Brit’s Picks

Happy Friday, beautiful friends!! I am so excited for this weekend and for the fact that I finally have this bag!! I have been dreaming of buying a woven Bottega Veneta bag since last summer, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend more than $3,000!! on one. Luckily, I found a similar style on Amazon for 1 percent of the price of the real thing!! That’s right, this stunner is only $34! It comes in a bunch of colors, but I like this off-white color for summer.

This bag pairs perfectly with my new Banjanan dress that I’m wearing out for dinner tonight with my hubs! I am obsessed with this emerging brand. Caroline Weller, the founder and designer, worked on the design teams of Calvin Klein and J. Crew before moving to India and creating the bright, bold and beautiful, Banjanan. I’m wearing the Iris dress tonight and it is dreamy to say the least!

I think we all know by now that it is important to vote (major election year!!) so why not remind others in a cute way with this adorable Tory Burch T-shirt? I love it and plan to wear it even beyond the presidential election in November. I’m sure you’ve all seen this amazing lavender dress, by now, but if you haven’t, make sure you get one! It is the ultimate summer dress and SO feminine, I just love it!

I am also living for sets this year and I am so in love with the leopard print set by Ganni!! It is precious together or separately. I would definitely wear a white t-shirt with the shorts or black skinny jeans with the top. I would also love to pair it with these Chanel slides! Speaking of sets…who else loves a classic pajama set?! I sure do! I love this floral set by Ann Taylor and I love the price even more…it’s under $30!! Would be great for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

If you’re like me and looking to sanitize and cleanse everything right now, check out this phone cleaner I found at Dilllard’s and diffuser from Amazon!

What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know! I hope you all have the best weekend!

XO,

Brit

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview

It’s that time of year again…just a month late! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost here!! Growing up in Salt Lake, Nordstrom was the main store we would shop at and I have such fun memories of getting fall clothes and fun things from this same when I was a little girl.

Today, I’m sharing a sneak peek of my favorite items from the sale this year. The sale opens to the public on August 19th and you can shop earlier based on the status of your Nordstrom card level.

Each year for the sale there are a few things I stock up on. First and foremost, the Kiehl’s body lotion. This is my ABSOLUTE favorite lotion and I use it every day. It is regularly priced at $78 a bottle which can be a little expensive, but on the sale, it is marked down to $49. I usually buy three or four bottles and they last me an entire year until the next sale. I love this lotion because it is not filled when heavy scents or perfumes and has a beautiful texture. I hate watery lotions and overly-heavy creams and this Kiehl’s lotion has the perfect consistency of moisture. I also look forward to stocking up on my favorite bra during the sale…I wear the Calvin Klein t-shirt bra in nude every day and during the sale they are marked down to $26 during this sale. The Anniversary Sale is also a great time to buy yourself some new slippers! I love wearing slippers around the house and Ugg always puts out a great pair during this sale. This year I’m loving this great orange pair and for under $60, they a great deal! I know Christmas is a long time away, but maybe grab a few extra pairs for your mom and sisters, I think slippers are fabulous gifts to give!

I am so excited to see my favorite hoops on the sale this year!! I wear these all the time and people think they are real! They are normally $60, but during the sale they are marked down to $34.90. Make sure you get yourself the gold and silver because I promise you, you’ll be wearing these non-stop. If you’re in the market for an anniversary gift or maybe a push present, the Bon Levy diamond eternity band is an amazing choice!! It is beautiful and $1400 off during the sale! I’m also VERY into these crystal Dior sunglasses, how chic are they?!

These hoop earrings are my FAVORITE!! You can wear them anywhere and everywhere!

I’m loving the clothes on this year’s sale as well. I bought the blue and white version of this ATM dress a few years ago and I wear it all the time. It’s machine washable and so easy to wear to the pool, on the plane, to lunch, to the grocery store…literally to whatever. Make sure you don’t let this one pass you up!

Wearing the blue and white version of the ATM dress that is part of the Anniversary Sale this year.

I also LOVE these pink Alo Leggings and Free People Tank Top…they would be so cute for yoga or a walk. I always size down for Alo because it runs big compared to Lululemon. And we can’t pass up on these adorable Roberta Roller Rabbit Pajamas… I would recommend getting an extra set for your sister or bestie too…they are sure to be loved by all!

What are your favorites from the sale?! Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I continue to share my favorites!!

XO,

Brit

Moda Operandi Summer Sale Takes 75 Percent Off of Designer Favorites

Moda Operandi Summer Sale Takes 75 Percent Off of Designer Favorites

Moda Operandi, the premier online retailer bringing trunk shows into the 21st century is having one of their biggest sales of the year! Some of the most-loved styles from this year are now 75 percent off.

This is one of my favorite sales from the whole year because Moda has some of the best and most unique designer pieces online. In my opinion, their selections are heads above their competition. The only problem for me is that sometimes their prices are too…so whenever they have a sale, I am all over it!

Dresses

1. Red and Blue Pom pom Hat 2. Loewe Sweatshirt 3. Classic Missoni Head Wrap 4. Pink Striped Missoni Head Wrap 5. Loewe Blue and White Poplin Shirt 6. Black D&G One Piece 7. White Brandon Maxwell Bodysuit 8. Prada T-Shirt Mini Dress 9. Blue Bow Embellished Sweater 10. Pink One Piece 11. LoveShackFancy Colorful Sweater 12. Pink and Red Veja Tennis Shoes 13. Pink Brandon Maxwell Bodysuit 14. Roxanne Assoulin Bracelets 15. Tan Canvas Espadrilles 16. Green Alexis Midi Skirt

1. Red Silk Saloni Midi Dress 2. Pink Puff-sleeve Gown 3. Blue Silk Ulla Johnson Dress 4. Orange and Pink Striped One Shoulder Saloni Gown 5. Silver Brandon Maxwell Crop Top 6. Silver Brandon Maxwell Skirt 7. Roxanne Assoulin Purple Earrings 8. Green Silk Brandon Maxwell Gown 9. Blue Tulle Vera Wang Gown 10. Blush and Black Silk Floral Cocktail Dress 11. Green Silk Saloni Midi Dress 12. Crystal Embellished Black Mules 13. Silver Tabitha Simmons Heels

Happy shopping, loves!! Leave me a comment and let me know what you end up getting!!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Summer Travel Series: Carmel-by-the-sea, California

Brit’s Summer Travel Series: Carmel-by-the-sea, California

Coronavirus fears continue to keep American travelers stateside this summer rather than traveling abroad. Luckily, within the United States there are plenty of destinations that will make you think you’re in another country and you don’t have to use a passport to get there. One of my personal favorites is Carmel, California.

Known for its dramatic rocky coastline and world-class golf, vacationing in Carmel can make you feel like you have been transported to a village in the Irish or English countryside rather than the central California coast. From fairytale cottages to French bakeries, this town oozes charm and offers the perfect vacation for people of all ages and interests.

My dad and husband are big golfers so anytime I am in Carmel, I’m usually tagging along on one of their golf trips. I love tagging along because on the days I do choose to golf, I get to take in some of the most amazing views in the entire world and many of the courses in the area are walking only, so I get a great workout in as well.

Golfing at Cypress Point Club with my husband.

My husband’s favorite golf course in the area and the one that he dreams about on a regular basis is the Cypress Point Club. This golf course is private and very old school which is really cool to see. Carts are not allowed and you are accompanied by a caddy when you play. Most of the caddies at the club have been there for more than 30 years and they know every turn of the course like the back of their hands so it is really fun to play with them. Aside from the outstanding golf, the views on this course are INSANE. The iconic cypress trees that the course is known for line the greens and you can hear the Pacific Ocean breaking on the rocks just feet from you. You might even meet a seal or two when you play.

One of the many stunning views at Cypress Point.

Other outstanding golf courses in the area are of course, Pebble Beach, Pasatiempo, Spanish Bay and Spyglass. My husband is an engineer so he is really drawn to the design of these courses and has told me so much about them. One of his icons, Alister Mackenzie, designed Cypress Point and Pasatiempo. These courses are as beautiful as they are challenging, but they make for a wonderful experience. One of my favorite things to do is meet my husband at the Tap Room at Pebble Beach for lunch after he’s done playing golf for the day. There’s something just so fabulous about having a glass of wine and a juicy cheeseburger in the classic mahogany bar.

If you’re planning to stay in Carmel, I like to start my days walking along the beach and then popping up to Ocean Avenue for a bite to eat and some shopping. Keep in mind that it is never really warm in this part of California so even though it is a beautiful, sandy beach, you likely won’t be swimming. I usually bring lots of layers when I’m in Carmel because the mornings and evenings are cool and the afternoons are warm. I also love seeing the “Fairy Tale Cottages.” Hugh Comstock designed a series of Fairy Tale cottages in town that are so idealic, they make you think you are at Disneyland. They have walking tours available and this is something you don’t want to miss!

One of the enchanting Fairy Tale Cottages in Carmel.

If you’re interested in getting out of Carmel for the day, taking the stunning 17-mile drive to Monterey, should be a top priority. This windy road will take you to one of the world’s most fabulous aquariums. The aquarium is located on Cannery Row…I don’t know about you, but I had to read the book Cannery Row in middle school and all I can say is that A LOT has changed on Cannery Row since that book was written, but it is really fun to explore and great for kids.

The dining options in Carmel are fabulous and will make you feel like you are definitely not in the U.S. My family and I love La Bicyclette and no trip to Carmel is complete without stopping there. This French bistro has wonderful food, service and a wine selection in an incredible environment. Lafayette Bakery is also a must stop for my francophiles out there.

For an elevated dining experience, you can’t go wrong with a chef’s tasting and wine pairing at Aubergine. Roux, L’Escargot and Il Tegamino are also incredible.

If you’re looking for more classic food, the Tap Room at Pebble Beach and Brophy’s Tavern are my go-to’s.

L’Auberge Carmel, Post Ranch Inn, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Mission Ranch Inn, Bernardus Lodge, Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel is not a big town so there are not a ton of places to stay. I highly recommend booking a house to stay in if you are in a group, but if you prefer hotels there are some wonderful little gems in the area. I did include the Post Ranch Inn on my list because it is so amazing. It is about an hour away, but it is one of the best hotels in the world and I dream of staying there one day.

For my hotel selections IN the area, I love L’Auberge Carmel. You can’t beat the location and it is a romantic, charming and luxurious spot. The Lodge at Pebble Beach and the Inn at Spanish Bay are obvious choices for the golfers out there. Bernardus Lodge and the Hyatt Carmel Highlands are luxurious and modern, but not in town. The Mission Ranch in is a great option for those not trying to break the bank on a hotel.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip to Carmel-by-the-sea with me! Leave me a comment and let me know where you’re traveling or dreaming of traveling to this summer!

XO,

Brit

J.Crew Summer Sale is On!

J.Crew Summer Sale is On!

The J.Crew Summer sale has officially begun! The embattled retailer is offering up to 50 percent off of full-price items and an extra 60 percent off of sale items when you use the code GREAT.

Some of my all time favorite items (including my swimsuit pictured above) are included in this sale and they have been marked down to such incredible prices, but don’t wait, these pieces will go fast!!

1. Swingy Coverup 2. Green and White Ruffle Top 3. Blue and White Bottoms 4. Green Gingham Top 5. Gumdrop Necklace 6. Green Ruffled Maxi Dress 7. Linen Shorts 8. Tortoise Sunglasses 9. Gumdrop Bracelet 10. White Juliette Blazer 11.Tiered Floral Maxi Dress 12. White Flower Earrings
1. Pink Sweater with Lace Ruffle Neck 2. Pink and Blue Silk Pants 3. Lilac Sequin Sweater 4. French Blue and Orange Tweed Sweater 5. Pink Button-up Cap Sleeve Dress 6. Red, White and Blue Striped T-Shirt Dress 7. Blue Midi T-Shirt Dress 8. Gold Bow Earrings 9. Tortoise Flower Earrings

I hope you enjoy my selections and that you’re able to find some goodies on this sale! Happy shopping, loves!!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Picks

Brit’s Picks

Y’all…..this dress is giving me ALL of the Juliet vibes and I plan to live in it for the rest of this summer!! Did anyone else dream of being Claire Danes opposite *LEO* in the 90s version of Romeo + Juliet?! Because I did and this dress is getting me closer to that dream. I have a feeling this will sell out quickly so make sure you scoop it up while you can!

Considering we don’t have many places to go, the options for amazing dresses this summer have been impressive and shockingly well-priced. I am crushing on this white English Factory dress with rainbow trim and love that it is under $100. I also think the mint green gingham style midi dress from Tuckernuck is a classic closet staple, but it is a bit pricier. If you’re looking for the perfect top to wear with white skinny jeans, the blue and white striped blouse from English Factory is it. Paired with the tan Staud leather slides, you will no doubt be the chicest girl in the room if you make it out to any social gatherings soon!

I don’t know if you’re in the market for a new hand or body soap, but let me tell you about the Raw Sugar Living soaps. I discovered them a couple of weeks ago at Target and am now completely obsessed. At first I just tried the Watermelon + Mint hand soap because the bottle looked really cool and it was priced well ($4.99 compared to the $12.95 hand soap I buy at Williams-Sonoma) and I am so glad I gave it a shot! The Raw Sugar soaps are not tested on animals and they are sulfate and paraben free. The Watermelon + Mint flavor literally smells like a jolly rancher when I was my hands, it’s amazing! Since I liked the hand soap so much, I decided to buy the body wash too and I love it! As I’ve gotten older, I have developed an allergy to sulfates and it has been challenging to find a sulfate-free body wash that actually cleans your body well and is not $30 or $40. At $6.99, the Raw Sugar body wash is fresh, chemical-free and cleans well with a beautiful summery scent.

I hope everyone has an incredible weekend and that you love my picks this week!

XO,

Brit

Gyms Reopen as COVID Continues

Gyms Reopen as COVID Continues

Gyms around the country have begun to reopen as coronavirus cases continue to rise. My gym, Equinox Austin reopened on June 1st and although I was skeptical about going back at first, I have to say that I feel incredibly safe when I am there.

Before the pandemic, I would work out four to five times a week and not having the option to go to the gym during lockdown was challenging for me. The classes at Equinox are taught by some of the most talented and inspiring people who not only motivate you to take your workout to another level, but they also make you leave feeling better mentally and physically.

The entrance of Equinox Austin.

I have been a member at Equinox since 2015 and I have always been impressed with their level of cleanliness and small class sizes, but now in the time of COVID, they have taken their standards to another level. In May, ahead of the gym’s post-lockdown re-opening, I had to read and sign what seemed like dozens of pages of new guidelines. Before each visit I make now, I have to read and sign a shortened health declaration before I am allowed inside.

Explanation of the Equinox Health Declaration.

The new rules at Equinox require members to make appointments to visit the gym–whether you’re going for a group fitness class, a personal training session or just to use an elliptical, you must schedule your visit in advance. Once in the gym, members and staff are required to wear face masks until they are working out. A member of the Equinox staff also checks everyone’s temperature at the door…anyone with over a 100 degree temperature will not be allowed in the gym.

All guests entering the gym are stopped at the door to get their temperature checked. Anyone with over 100 degrees will not be admitted.

Since going back to the gym, I have only attended group fitness classes and I have loved how much Equinox is respecting spacing, safety and cleanliness. In rooms that can fit up to 40, classes have been limited to under 15 people. All of the spots in the classes are spaced at least six feet apart and cleaned equipment is set out for each guest. Equinox has also shortened class times to allow more time in between classes for a deep cleaning of the studios. During class, instructors do not walk around the class, they stay at the front of the room to maintain social distancing standards.

Since June, I have not seen crowds of people and the equipment looks very clean in the main parts of the gym. There are also sanitizing stations in several locations around Equinox. To maintain cleanliness standards, Equinox is not providing their iconic chilled eucalyptus towels, which I kind of live for, but they do offer clean towels in plastic bags upon arrival.

One of the many sanitizing stations at Equinox.

One other heartbreaking change at the gym is that the steam room has been closed since the reopening. I used to use the steam room two or three times a week before coronavirus because of the many benefits steam can offer for skin and health, but it was also just so relaxing. Social distancing is a top priority in the bathroom as well. Sinks, bathroom stalls and showers are being rotated to maximize spacing and to make sure they aren’t being over-used.

The bathroom sinks at Equinox Austin.

Have you gone back to the gym yet? I hope these insights help with your decision making on whether to go back into the gym or not. If you have any questions I have not answered in this post, please leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit