Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! May 9th, to be exact, which is only three weeks away. Not to worry though, I’ve got gift suggestions to celebrate all of the mamas in your life from your mom to your grandma, sisters and friends.

If you’re looking for a mommy and me look for a Mother’s Day brunch with the fam, check out this adorable matching dress set from Zimmermann. If I were wearing the mama version of this dress, I’d pair it with Tom Ford sunnies, a chic Lee Radziwill bag from Tory Burch and studded Christian Louboutin Wedges.

Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber makes the perfect Mother’s Day Gift and it comes beautifully gift wrapped!

For the beauty lovers in your life, you can’t go wrong with the CE Ferulic serum from Skinceuticals. It is definitely a splurge and I have yet to meet a woman who hasn’t loved it, which makes it THE perfect gift to get for your baby mama! If they already have that and have dry skin, treat them to the La Mer Moisturizing cream. This moisturizer is so luxurious and will be such a pleasant surprise. If you’re looking for a fabulous perfume, I always recommend the Jo Malone fragrances. My personal favorite is Earl Grey and Cucumber because it is light, refreshing and reminds me of the spa. Fragrances can often be personal so a helpful tip to find the right scent for the mamas in your life is to look at what they already have. Just take a picture of their perfume bottle and buy them a new one…I know it will be much appreciated!

I know my mom loves pajamas so I always get her a new pair for Mother’s Day and this year will be no different. I absolutely love this beautiful floral pajama set from Nordstrom. If your mom is like mine and loves the cozy things in life, I’m sure she would also love a Barefoot Dreams blanket or a pair of the ultra light-weight Eva Birkenstocks that will be perfect for running around in this summer.

To help get the ladies in your life ready for summer, I know I would *LOVE* to get a matching swimsuit and pareo from Agua by Agua Bendita! It is a total splurge, but so beautiful!! I also love the mommy and me Mark and Graham straw beach totes. These make the perfect gift because you can customize the colors and add a monogram which is a thoughtful touch. If you’re traveling this summer, I’d suggest getting the MZ Wallace Large tote or the crossbody bag as a gift because these are truly the best bags to travel with and are so stylish. Speaking of travel, every girl needs a great pair of shoes to run around in and I think Veja’s are the best everyday sneaker, check out this all white pair for the summer.

If you’re looking to give your mama friends a nice gift to celebrate them, I think a rosé themed gift is perfect! You can get them a cute bottle of Cameron Diaz’s Avaline Rosé. If you want to add on to that, throw in a Vinglace bottle chiller and a Rosé All Day Sleeping Mask.

My two favorite ladies– my mama and my grandma on my wedding day!

I hope you all have a beautiful Mother’s Day this year and have a chance give the ladies in your life a big hug!

XO,

Brit

Spring Things

Spring Things

Spring is finally here! Lately it seems like I am loving all things green and I don’t think I’m alone in that. According to the Zoe Report, the color green–which is known to elicit feelings of optimism and rebirth–is a trending color this season.  

Susanna Merrick, founder of Aura Wear, spoke with the Zoe Report about the subconscious meaning of wearing green.

“When someone is attracted to the color green, they’re calling in growth, expansion, determination, focus, ambition, goals,” Merrick said in the Zoe Report article. “I always lovingly refer to green as the ‘Type-A energy’.”

White Blouse, Relaxed Denim, Peacock Maxi Dress, White LoveShackFancy Dress, Tortoise Sunglasses, Floral Bathrobe, Tan Mules, Straw Tote Bag, Sage Green Bike, Knitted Sweater, White Veja Sneakers

If my color choice this season is any indication–I’m ready to get things done and look cute doing it. From my new bike to the dresses I’ll be wearing, it’s all green. Living in Austin, pretty much everyone has a bike and I am so excited because my parents got me this beautiful Reid bike for my birthday this year! It should be getting delivered in the next few weeks and I just can’t wait to bike around town and enjoy this beautiful weather.

My mother-in-law showed me this gorgeous peacock dress in the new issue of Garden and Gun magazine and I think it is an essential for your spring wardrobe. It can be easily dressed up or down, personally, I’d love pairing it with my white Veja’s for a fun lunch with my girlfriends.

Another highlight from my spring crushes is this lovely hand-knitted sweater from Fanm Mon. I discovered this brand from Arielle Charnas, the creator of Something Navy, and am just in love with their clothing. I think this sweater will help you seamlessly transition from winter to spring. I’m also dreaming of the wicker Prada bag for spring…it will be the perfect addition to almost any outfit!

While this LoveShackFancy dress might not be green, it is a staple for this spring and summer. From afternoon tea to a walk on the beach, this dress will be perfect for you.

What are the trends you are loving this season?

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

Shopbop Fall Event takes up to 25 Percent off of Fall Favorites

Shopbop Fall Event takes up to 25 Percent off of Fall Favorites

It’s that time of year again! One of my favorite online retailers, Shopbop, is taking up to 25 percent off of more than 20,000 items!! From shoes to accessories and clothing, this sale is all you need to get your fall and winter wardrobe in top shape. I’ve scoured through the 200 pages of items and am sharing my favorites with you below.

Sister Jane Plaid Green Dress, Equipment Star Blouse, Sage Green Wrap Coat, Emerald Green Velvet Blazer, Emerald and Gold Fish Earrings, Sea Wool Coat, Helmut Lang Mint Green Sweater, White and Grey Veja Sneakers, English Factory Tan and Blue Shirt Dress, Powder Blue Veronica Beard Dress, Tory Burch Printed Thistle Midi Dress, Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans, Naghedi Large St. Barths Tote, Tan Loeffler Randall Belt, Rachel Comey Clogs, Blue Free People Midi Skirt
My favorite everyday “mom” jeans! I wear the Levi 501s probably three times a week and they can be under $75 with the Shopbop Fall Event sale!

Absolutely in love with the Naghedi Large St. Barths tote I got last month! Whether you’re going to the beach or around town, this bag is AMAZING!!
Bell Multi Colored Midi Dress, Gold Chain Necklace, Black Midi Dress, Roller Rabbit Kimono, Stoney Clover Glam Cosmetic Bag, Cami NYC Black Sheer Dress, Sister Jane Black Bow Top, Loeffler Randall Penny Knot Slides, Black Star Mini Dress, Mother Black Step Hem Jeans, English Factory Puff Sleeve Tie Dye T-Shirt, Karen Mabon Snow Leopard Pajamas, Grey Polka Dot Sweater, Classic White Superga Sneakers, English Factory Black and White Faux Sweater, Aquazzura Bow Pumps

Happy shopping, loves!! Whether its splurging for that pair of shoes you’ve been coveting or for a fun new dress, I hope you find some beautiful pieces to add to your closets!

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

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 Father’s Day Gift Picks

Brit’s Father’s Day Gift Picks

Father’s Day is just around the corner, friends! I don’t know about you, but I am a daddy’s girl through and through. Not only do I look like my dad, but he is also my best friend. Although one day of the year is not nearly enough to celebrate my dad, I do like using this holiday to show him some love.

My parents do not really like getting gifts, I honestly think they would prefer to never get gifts and just give to others, but I insist on getting them something. In the past couple of years I have really honed in on how to buy gifts for my mom and dad and people who “don’t like getting gifts.” The trick is to watch what they buy for themselves and then get them that, with a slight elevation. For example, my dad loves golfing and golfers go through a lot of golf balls. So I bought him a set of Pro V1 golf balls and had them customized to say “Lar Bear” on the balls. This little addition does not cost much more than the golf balls would if you bought them in the store, but the sentiment goes a long way.

All of that being said, I’ve come up with a list of gifts that I think my dad and many more will love for Father’s Day this year, but I know for sure that my dad will most enjoy the card I write him. So don’t forget to add a beautiful note to your dad to remind them how much you love them!I hope you enjoy this gift guide and that you have a wonderful Father’s Day!

XO,

Brit

Amazon Favorites for Cinco de Mayo

Amazon Favorites for Cinco de Mayo
  1. Llama Pinatas – 3 pack 2. Fiesta Balloon 3. Mexican Embroidered Babydoll Blouse Top 4. Floral Embroidered Pillow 5. Cactus Margarita Glasses – 4 Pack 6. Cloud Pouch – Bottega Dupe 7. Vintage Oversized Hexagon Sunglasses – Gucci Dupe 8. Red Tassel Earrings 9. Hermès look-alike sandals 10. Bamboo and Silicone Utensil Set 11. Guacamole Serving Dish 12. Veja Sneakers 13. Striped Sweater 14. The Austin Cookbook

In keeping with the Cinco de Mayo spirit, I’m sharing my favorite things on Amazon this week. My absolute favorite item is this pair of Gucci look-alike sunglasses… I wear them every day and get so many compliments. They look exactly like the actual pair of Gucci sunnies, but cost only $14.99!

What are you buying on Amazon this week? Share your favorites below!

XO,

Brit