Brit’s Picks: Endless Summer

Brit’s Picks: Endless Summer

Labor Day is the definitive sign that summer is coming to a close. Although I don’t particularly subscribe to the belief that you can’t wear white after Labor Day, I do believe it’s a time to start transitioning your wardrobe.

I’m loving these pieces because they are good any time of year (especially in Texas) and can help you transition from Summer to Fall seamlessly.

1. Gucci Dupe Sunnies 2. Pink Bottega Venetta Pouch 3. Free People Sun Hat 4. Pink Hunza G Swimsuit 5. Pink Sweater 6. Have a Nice Day T-shirt 7. Birkin Pool Float 8. Glitter Beach Balls 9. White Crop Frame Jeans 10. Tan Hermes Sandals 11. Leopard Ganni Shorts 12. Golden Goose Sneakers

I hope you have the best Labor Day Weekend and wear your white jeans and dresses as much as you can!

XO,

Brit

Tory Burch Sale Offers Up to 70 Percent Off on Spring and Summer Favorites

Tory Burch Sale Offers Up to 70 Percent Off on Spring and Summer Favorites

Y’all! I am so excited because one of my absolute favorite brands is having a MAJOR sale!! Tory Burch clothes fit me perfectly and they are SO chic. I always love them, but love them even more when they are on sale.

This year I tried the swimwear for the first time, I bought two Tory Burch swimsuits and am completely obsessed with them. They are expensive, but they are well made and fit me like a glove which is all you can ask for.

In Tory Burch clothing, I normally wear a 2 or an XS, I find that it runs true to size. Of all of the Tory Burch clothes I have bought over the years this garden shift dress might be one of my all time favorites! I got it on sale this spring, but it is currently marked down even more!!

I am completely obsessed with the handkerchief prink that Tory came up with this year. To me, it is so feminine and makes me want to have afternoon tea so I can’t get enough of it.

What are your favorites from this sale?! Leave me a comment and let me know. Happy Shopping, loves!

XO,

Brit

Date Night Inspo: Crab Crakes and Sauvignon Blanc

Date Night Inspo: Crab Crakes and Sauvignon Blanc

Happy Friday, Loves! I don’t know about y’all, but lately date night at home seems more fun to me than going out to dinner. I can pick any wine I want and eat whatever I want all in the comfort of my home…with my hubby and pup too! Tonight, I am making the Defined Dish Cajun Crab Cakes and Remoulade for dinner with asparagus and a big glass of my current favorite white wine, Honig Sauvignon Blanc.

Because they are light and filling at the same time, crab cakes are one of my favorite meals for a hot summer night. These delicious crab cakes not only pack a big punch of flavor, but they are also Whole30 and Paleo-compliant, like most of the amazing recipes Alex creates.

Cajun Crab Cakes and Remoulade recipe excerpted from The Defined Dish: Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes © 2019 by Alex Snodgrass. 

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE REMOULADE

¼ cup homemade mayo

1 tablespoon creole or dijon mustard

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1 green onion (White and green parts), finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon capers, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon Louisiana-style hot sauce

1 teaspoon dill relish, no sugar added

½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

FOR THE CRAB CAKES

16 ounces fresh lump crab meat

½ red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

2 green onions (White and green parts), thinly sliced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving

2 tablespoons arrowroot starch

4 celery stalks, ends trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces

1 medium white onion, halved and thinly sliced (2 cups)

3 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Crab Cakes:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the crabmeat, bell pepper, green onions, mayo, cassava flour, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, cayenne pepper and thyme. Use a fork to mix until just combined.
  • Using 1/2 cup measuring cup, scoop out crab mixture and, using your hands, form into patties. Set on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for about 20 minutes so that they firm up.
  • Pour the almond flour on a plate. Very lightly dredge each chilled crab cake in the flour and tap off any excess flour. You don’t want them caked in flour or they’ll taste dry, just lightly dusted. Return the coated crab cakes to the baking sheet.
  • In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When very hot, but not smoking, carefully arrange the crab cakes in the bottom of the skillet, taking care not to crowd the pan. You will most likely have to do this in batches. Sear the patties until golden brown and slightly crispy, about 3-4 minutes on the first side. Using a sturdy spatula, carefully flip, and continue to cook on the other side for 3 more minutes. Transfer the cooked crab cakes to a wire rack to keep them from getting soggy before serving. Repeat with the remaining crab cakes.
  • Serve with hot remoulade and enjoy.

To Make the Remoulade:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the mayo, mustard, lemon juice, parsley, green onion, garlic, capers, hot sauce, relish. apple cider vinegar, paprika, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

What are you cooking up this weekend?! Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Summer Travel Series: Palm Beach, Florida

Brit’s Summer Travel Series: Palm Beach, Florida

As summer winds down, Americans continue traveling around the country. This week for Brit’s Summer Travel Series, we are heading to one of my favorite places, the island of Palm Beach! Since I couldn’t go this summer, my friend, Hillary is helping me out on the blog this week. She has been quarantining in the ultra-luxe locale since March and has not only shared some of her favorite things to do in the area, but she has also given a lot of updates about what the area is like now during the Coronavirus pandemic.

When I think of Palm Beach, the first things that comes to mind are luxury, pink and palm leaves…a few of my absolute favorite things! But there is so much this little slice of paradise has to offer. Concentrated within 7.8 miles, Palm Beach boasts fabulous shopping, top restaurants and incredible hotels.

You will not be hard-pressed to find an amazing meal in Palm Beach. Some of the best restaurants from New York City are in Palm Beach as well as institutions like the Palm Beach Grill and Benny’s on the Beach. If you’re a seafood lover, there is nothing better than enjoying a cocktail at the Seafood Bar at the Breakers with fish swimming under your glass.

Just as a rule of thumb when traveling or day-to-day life, if there is a Hillstone restaurant in your area, go there. Whether I am in Palm Beach, Montecito or Dallas, I always go to the Honor Bar (and order the Emerald Kale with Rotisserie Chicken Salad, French fries and a glass of white wine), which is one of the many restaurants owned by the Hillstone Group. The food is always amazing, the wine lists are perfection and the service is great.

The activities to do in Palm Beach are endless. A local favorite is bike riding on Lake Trail and hanging out on the beach of course. As most of you know, I am a shopper so Worth Avenue and the Royal Poinciana. The flagship Lilly Pulitzer store is right on Worth Ave. and you can see how the designs for fabrics are made and shop some of the best Lilly styles around! At the Royal Poinciana, you can find things like LoveShackFancy, Alice and Olivia, Hermes, Stoney Clover Lane, Zimmerman and so much more…it is like my dream shopping destination!!

The hotels in Palm Beach are amazing, but pricey. If you are looking to spend a little extra, splurge for the Breakers, the Colony or the Four Seasons. If you’re trying to save a bit, the Chesterfield and the Ben West Palm Beach will be great options for you.

No matter where you stay or play, you will love Palm Beach! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite spots in Palm Beach are!

XO,

Brit

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

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

June Amazon Favorites

June Amazon Favorites

Can you all believe it is already June?! This year has flown by and seemed like it was moving at a snails-pace all at the same time. But either way, I am ready for some fun in the sun and am sharing my favorite things on Amazon with you right now.

1. Annika Dress 2. Crop Top USA Sweatshirt 3. Flower Earrings 4. Wrap Skirt Cover Up 5. Daisy Round Sunglasses 6. High Waisted Scalloped Bikini 7. Jonathan Adler Pillow 8. Lilly Pulitzer Wine Tumbler 9. Parrot Earrings 10. Link Bracelet 11. Color Block Pleated Midi Dress 12. Balloon Monkey Money Bank 13. Wicker Picnic Basket Set for 4 14. Chunky Gold Chain Necklace

I recently got this blue swimsuit because it reminded of a modest version of the coveted Marysia swimsuits with the scalloped-detailing but at a MUCH lower price-point. While I do love the color of this swimsuit and the price ($23!!), I don’t love the fit. To be honest, the bottoms look kind of like a diaper, but I like it with this tie-dye cover-up that I got for $17 and it will be staying on all day! In the end, I do think you get what you pay for when it comes to swimsuits.

I’m sure you’ve seen the daisy sunglasses all over instagram lately and they are worth the hype…they are precious and surprisingly flattering on most face types. I LOVE this USA cropped sweatshirt for summer. It was only $17, but did take a while to get delivered. If you are thinking of wearing it for the Fourth of July, I would order it ASAP! I ordered a Large because I didn’t it want to be too short.

My friend, Erica, is the sweetest and got me this Lilly Pullitzer tumbler last summer and I use it all the time! It keeps my wine or cocktail chilled and it is just too cute! She also got me the parrot earrings for my birthday and I LOVE them!! I will be wearing them this week while we are at the beach with an all white outfit.

I found this precious picnic basket the other day and I realized I needed it. Growing up, my grandma would take me on picnics and she actually got me my own picnic basket, but it is up in Montana so this basket with stay with me at my house and I can go on picnics with my husband or girlfriends all the time!

What are you loving on Amazon lately? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit