Packing Guide for Chicago and Destination Kohler

Packing Guide for Chicago and Destination Kohler

I can’t believe we are finally going on a vacation this summer! Because of our housing drama, we were forced to cancel all of our trips this summer except for one…of course it is a golf trip, but regardless, I am excited to travel and get out of the Texas heat for a few days.

This weekend we will be going to Chicago for one night and Destination Kohler for a few days so my husband, dad and a couple of their friends can have a Ryder Cup Style golf tournament with one another. Thankfully, my mom and sweet Charlie are coming on the trip too. We plan to do an architecture river cruise and dinner in Chicago and lots of spa time, walking and water activities while we are in Kohler.

Since the vibe of this trip is relaxation and fun dinners, I’m bringing mostly casual clothes with a few fun pieces for our dinners. I am also so excited to read my new book, Golden Girl, written by the “queen of beach reads” Elin Hilderbrand. Of course we will be on the shores of Lake Michigan, but that counts as a beach, right?

Stay tuned next week for my travel guide to Chicago and Destination Kohler!

XO,

Brit

Loving Lavender

Loving Lavender

Hailey Bieber isn’t the only one loving lavender this summer! As one of the season’s hottest colors, it comes as no surprise that we are all loving the pastel tones of purple too. “Millennial purple,” as it has been dubbed by Hola! Is encompassing of the hues from lilac to lavender and has been a staple in my spring and summer wardrobes this year.

One of my favorite purple pieces has been this mini dress from English Factory because of its color and light-weight cotton fabric. The ruffle detailing on it is so beautiful and this dress also just got marked down to under $60! My only complaint about this dress is that it is a bit short. I am 5’8″ and it is shorter than most dresses I am comfortable in. This is a common theme for English Factory dresses…I just wish they would make a “tall” version or add about two inches to their dresses!

In the summertime, I am a sucker for dresses. Living in Texas, the heat can be overwhelming so having a light-weight dress is the most comfortable thing for me to wear. This beautiful wildflower dress is a must-have and is less than $50! I’m also loving this lavender midi dress from Sea. It would be perfect for church, brunch or a romantic date night.

I have worn this flowy maxi dress on repeat all summer! The subtle hints of lavender are beautiful and feminine which make it easy to dress up or down.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect swimsuit, mine has been this lavender Hunza G. one piece. You can pair it with this lovely printed pareo from Julia Armory or keep it monochromatic with this tunic coverup from Amazon.

My favorite swimsuit this season has been this lavender one piece from Hunza G.

Whether you’ve been loving lavender, green, white or blue, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down the purple rabbit hole with me today! What has been your favorite color this summer?

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

J.Crew End of Season Sale Takes an Additional 70 percent Off of Sale Styles

J.Crew End of Season Sale Takes an Additional 70 percent Off of Sale Styles

J.Crew is having a major sale this week! By using the code “BestSale” you can get up to an additional 70 percent off of sale styles that are perfect for summer. I stocked up on swimsuits and easy-breezy styles for the hot summer ahead of us.

I’m sure you all know this by now, but I LOVE J.crew. The clothes fit me perfectly and I think they are really well made. That being said, I never buy items there at full-price because they have sales all of the time. Also, if you’re a student like I am, or a teacher, you always get 15 percent off of your purchase so don’t forget to utilize that!

Although it says “end of season sale” most of the clothes included are dresses, swimming suits and summer clothing so it is the perfect time to buy them.

Here are a few new items I’m loving from the sale this week:

Green Safari Shirt Cover-Up

Cotton Tunic Set for the Beach

Paisley Print Cotton-Linen Robe (would be a great gift if you are staying at a friend’s vacation house this summer!)

Red and Pink Freedom Moses Sandals (not the cutest pattern, but only $16!! Hottest sandal of the summer and retails for $45!)

Pink Shirt Dress

Striped Robe (Lake vibes, but for $100 less!)

Whether you’re looking for work clothes or fun clothes and swimsuits for this summer, you do not want to miss this sale that is running now through July 5th. Happy shopping, friends!

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

Dressing like a Duchess

Dressing like a Duchess

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will share their first interview post-royal life tonight with the legendary Oprah Winfrey. While their story will no doubt be enthralling, what has always drawn me to the royal family is the style of the women of Windsor. From Queen Victoria to Princess Diana and the two Duchesses, I cannot get enough royal fashions.

Personally, I think Kate is a greater style icon, but I can relate more to Meghan’s style. Meghan chooses beautiful pieces to wear, but for whatever reason, the fit is usually off or it may not be the best style for the occasion, whereas Kate nails fit and occasion every time.

What I love about both duchesses is that they blend high street fashions with couture pieces. One day we might see Kate in a Jenny Packham gown and the next morning we might see her playing with her children in a Zara dress. With both women, one thing we know for sure is that whenever they wear affordable fashions, the pieces are sure to be sold out in seconds.

Kate favors brands like Emilia Wickstead, Elie Saab, Zara, Jimmy Choo and Superga while Meghan loves Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Aquazurra, Veja and J.Crew. Kate’s style is definitely more mature and conservative than Meghan’s and I think that is because it has to be. Kate is the future queen of England and Meghan now has the life of a celebrity in Montecito so she can be much more laid back and take risks that Kate can’t.

I am loving Meghan’s style post-royal life. I think we are now seeing the real Meghan and she is a lot more comfortable with herself. Constant scrutiny and the need to wear over-the-top fashions every day must have been exhausting so I totally understand her desire to be back in California. And what better place to relocate than Montecito? Santa Barbara and Montecito have a very special place in my heart as I was married there and have spent a lot of time in the area. I think Meghan is nailing Montecito chic and I am so happy for her.

I see Kate as the style icon because she is someone I aspire to be and has a life I could really only dream of, as such her clothes are not things I would normally wear. Meghan’s style is much more accessible and her life now is much more relatable. Once in a while I will have the same dress as Kate (usually from Zara) but it is a regular occurrence that Meghan is photographed in an outfit that I also have and that is pretty cool.

What did you think of the interview tonight and who is your royal style icon? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

J.Crew Sale Takes an Additional 60 Percent Off of Year-Round Styles

J.Crew Sale Takes an Additional 60 Percent Off of Year-Round Styles

J.crew is offering an additional 60 percent off of year-round styles today with the code EPIC. From winter coats to bikinis, you can now get your favorite styles for pennies on the dollar.

Blue and White Cover-up, White Halter Dress with Rainbow Stitching, Pink Knotted Headband, Pink Turtleneck, Floral Embroidery Sweater, Leopard Hair Tie, Blue Coat, Leopard Cover-up, Blue and White Striped Waffle Pajamas, Camo Jacket, Leopard Coat

What are you loving from the J.Crew sale? Leave me a comment and let me know! Happy Shopping!

XO,

Brit

Holiday Outfit Inspo

Holiday Outfit Inspo

Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or something else, the holidays are upon us! Because different families and types of celebrations call for different styles of clothing, I’m sharing some of my favorite looks for this holiday season from tacky to snazzy and everything in between.

Snazzy: Lavender Bedazzled Sweater, Spanx Leggings, Black Manolos Classic: Bow Blouse, Black Sweater, Plaid Pants, Black Manolos Casual: Grey and Blue Sweater, Skinny Jeans, Tan Boots Festive: Tacky Christmas Sweater, Red and White Striped PJ Pants, Silver Sneakers

For this snazzy holiday look, I went a little bit out of my comfort zone. Of course if you’ve been following me for a bit, you will have seen this sweater a few times, but I think it is ideal for the holidays. I also live in my black Manolo Blahniks–they are an investment, but some of the best money you can spend. I bought this pair six years ago and wear they all the time. Outside of these staples for me, these Spanx leggings y’all… definitely not something I would normally ever buy or wear, but I kept seeing them everywhere so I had to give them a shot. While they are a bit loud for me…literally and metaphorically, they are incredibly flattering and SO comfortable to wear! If you’re feeling like looking a little bold at your holiday celebration, I would definitely recommend these.

Now this look is a little bit more my speed and one of my favorite holiday looks I’ve ever put together! I wore this a few years ago for Christmas in New Orleans with my husband’s family. I wore this to our Christmas Eve luncheon at Arnaud’s and it was the perfect combo for such a traditional setting. Luckily, the pants, shoes and sweater I wore are still in stock, but the Theory Bow Blouse is sadly out of stock. I found a replacement and I think it would still make the look incredible.

Festive: Tacky Christmas Sweater, Red and White Striped PJ Pants, Silver Sneakers

And now for the fun stuff!! I live for tacky Christmas parties and I’m so thankful we are having a family tacky Christmas sweater party this year for Christmas Eve. Inspired by a tacky candy cane, I put this look together last year and could not have been happier with it! For the tacky Christmas party I attended last year, I wore this amazing Christmas tree looking sweater and Rachel Parcell pajama pants. They are no longer available, but I found a similar pair at Target that are so cute! Pair this with a sparkly pair of sneakers and you will be ready for a good time!

How are you celebrating the holidays this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Come Early

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Come Early

Black Friday and Cyber Monday will no doubt be different this year, but one major benefit is that many of the sales have already begun! I love a good sale and regularly buy items during these sales. It is a great chance to buy Christmas gifts, stock up on great pieces for yourself or splurge on an item you’ve had your eye on for a while.

This year as I sit at home scouring these sales online, I’m thankful I don’t have to brave crowds and hoards of people at the mall. I’ve created a list below of my favorite stores that I am shopping at for Black Friday and Cyber Monday along with their deals and codes to help you shop more seamlessly.

Net-A-Porter: 50 percent off, no code needed

Katie Kime: 30 percent off, no code needed

Nordstrom: 50 percent off, no code needed

Shopbop: 20 percent off of handbags and shoes with code SHOP20 (promotional items will change each day)

Rixo: 30 percent off, no code needed

Alo: 70 percent off with code EARLYACCESS20

Intermix: 30 percent off, no code needed

Moda Operandi: 50 percent off, no code needed

Tory Burch: 30 percent off with code THANKS

J.Crew: 50 percent off with code EARLY

H&M: 30 percent off with membership

Saks Fifth Avenue: up to $200 off your purchase, use code BFEARLYSF

Neiman Marcus: $50 off $200 with code THANKFUL

Mango: 50 percent off, no code needed

Mi Golondrina: Markdowns on select items begin on Nov. 29th-December 2nd.

Frank Family Vineyards: Savings on wine to be announced on Friday!

Gap and Gap Kids: 60 percent off with code GAPFRIDAY

Williams Sonoma: 50 percent off on Black Friday Deals, no code needed

Swanson Vineyards: 30 percent off of select wines, no code needed

Eugenia Kim: 25 percent off, no code needed

I will add more sales here as I discover them. Happy shopping!

XO,

Brit

Save v. Splurge: Fall Coats

Save v. Splurge: Fall Coats

Fall weather has officially arrived here in Austin and I am breaking out my coats! I’ve rounded up four of my favorite coat styles at save and splurge prices to keep you warm and fashionable all season.

I absolutely love this green Barbour Jacket from Nordstrom and it is currently on sale!! I recommend this jacket for everyday wear, running errands or when you’re doing something outdoors. If you’re looking for an even better deal, check out this green jacket from Amazon. It is a cult favorite and looks good on any body shape or size.

1. Save: Green Active Jacket 2. Splurge: Green Active Jacket 3. Save: Black Wrap Coat 4. Splurge: Black Wrap Coat 5. Save: Tan Wrap Coat 6. Splurge: Tan Wrap Coat 7. Save: Teddy Coat 8. Splurge: Teddy Coat

Last year I bought my first Rachel Parcell Coat from Nordstrom and I can not say enough good things about it! First of all, the price is amazing…I think I got mine for around $250, but it truly looks like a Max Mara or Sentaler Coat for a fraction of the cost. I wore this coat to formal events and to work last year and I’m really looking forward to wearing it again this year. I haven’t been able to find the Rachel Parcell coats at Nordstrom this year, but I’m hoping they are up soon!

Wearing the Rachel Parcell Black Wrap Coat here on New Year’s Eve.

Tan wrap coats and teddy coats are also essentials for the fall and I have never seen a wrap coat for under $60!! Hurry up and grab one before they sell out! This style from H&M comes in a beige, tan and black.

Are you wearing coats yet?! Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite fall styles below!

XO,

Brit