Jumpsuit Vibes.

Jumpsuit Vibes.

Manila Grace leather jacket
$510 – ikrix.com

Volcom jumpsuit
$115 – spartoo.co.uk

Flat shoes
$40 – simplybe.co.uk

STELLA McCARTNEY bracelet
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Back to Black

I haven’t done laundry in almost a month now, and while I do have an enormous closet that permits me to be so lazy, this laziness is forcing me to get extremely creative with my work wardrobe. 

  My dress code is pretty simple: clothes from current season in store or solid black and/or white attire. Since I like to wear my new purchases as soon as I buy them, I’m digging deep in the closet to come up with some solid appropriate looks until our new washer/dryer set arrives. 

  
Today I paired a great black midi-skirt with a black cami and black suiting vest. To add a touch of color I wore colorful arm candy and a great antiquated gold & cobalt piece from this months current Rocksbox set (use code brittanybff23 for a free month) . 

  
 I love how our laundry dilema has made me pull out pieces I haven’t worn in ages and really helps me appreciate the classic styles I have a little more! 

Sleek&Chic,

B

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Be Free. How to Dress like a Hippie 101

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My style is honestly bi-polar. I can never commit to one particular way of dressing. Some days I love a pencil skirt and button down, while others I prefer cozy leggings, boots & a tunic. I don’t mind this, it’s certainly fun to dress up in different character ensembles every day, and my closet has all the means to do so. One of my favorite ways to dress is like a hippie, hipster, whatever you want to call people who attend 5 day music festivals in the middle of a grass field. That’s how I like to look on my really casual days off. Here I’ve assembled my “hippie basics” to ensure everyone is able to recreate a perfect festival or hipster ensemble.

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  1. High-Waisted Denim Cut-Offs. These are from American Eagle entitled “The Festival Shortie”, for the specific reason that girls who flock to festivals love these shorts so much. I like that they come up higher on the waist, which is very figure-flattering for a short stumpy mom-bod like myself. They aren’t incredibly short either, which is nice for my not-so-slender thighs. All in all, the shorts elongate my legs, while giving my body proper visual balance, and being easy to throw on in a hurry!
  2. Breezy Peasant Top. I’m 100% sure the peasant top was created by a hippie, and so it must stand that this is THE go-to blouse type to perfectly combine with your cut-offs for a true peacemakers outfit. The neckline is a little on the lower cut end, so it nicely enhances my womanly nature. This blouse also is looser around my mid-section, allowing me to easily conceal my remaining baby belly, while not tenting the area! This top is available at Forever 21
  3. Lots of Beaded Bracelets. The more the better, and the more hand-made they look the better as well! Remember those Friendship Bracelets you made with your cousins in 3rd grade? If you still have them pile them on! You want to give the appearance of being ultra crafty, down to earth, and that you’re EVERYONES BFF! I found some that are almost as awesome as the ones 8 yo Brittany made at Express.
  4. A Bejeweled Headband. No Gypsy spirit is complete without a fabulous headband, worn over the hair, as opposed to under like “The Man” wants you too. I picked mine up at The Limited, and I love all the different ways I can wear it to dress up an up-do or a ponytail, but I specifically love how bohemian it looks like this!

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There you have it! How to dress like a hippie in 4 easy steps! Now go forth, follow rainbows and dance like no one’s watching!

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Not all who wander are lost,

B

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Laid Back & Polished Weekend Wear

It’s not very often you hear people raving about how much they love their jobs, I am that exception. As part of my role at The Limited I’m able to put on fashion presentations for groups of people from various walks of life. Explaining to women how fashion can empower them, help them visually achieve confidence, and get them to understand that confidence shines through each and every part of their life is a great joy of mine. 

  
Today I’m speaking to a variety of women about fall fashion and holiday attire to help them put together polished yet casual looks they can achieve on a daily basis. I can’t wait to get started! 

  
I wouldn’t want to show up talking about polished&casual without looking the part, so I paired my Slim Boyfriend Jeans and Printed Short-Sleeved Ashton blouse from The Limited with a skinny gold rope belt and statement necklace from forever 21, and elevated the look with some Target wedges. 

  
My presentation game is strong. 💪 

Cuffed Denim,

B

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Casual Friday

Laid back & cool to kick off the weekend, skinny jeans help to slim the body while a bold blazer creates a fashion forward polished look. 

  
Blazer, Dotted Top, 917 Dark Wash Skinny Jeans(The Limited), Earrings&Beaded Bracelet (Express), Cuff (Michael Kors), Turquoise Arrow Necklace (House of Harlow) 

  
This look has got me feelin’ fabulous and comfortable, kicking off my weekend in style!

  
#workflow,

B

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Red,White&Turq all over 

  
Mixing different and unexpected color pops is one of my favorite ways to personalize my looks. Today I threw on a breezy red skirt (which I haven’t been able to wear in 3 years!) with a black and white patterned top (LOFT) and some great black peeptoe sling-back flats. 

  
To jazz it up and make the look more modern and casual I popped the black,white,and red with a fabulous Turquoise beaded necklace. This color is such a complimenting contrast to the red of the skirt, and since I kept it chunky it does great breaking up the pattern on the shirt.

  
If I wanted to dress this up even more for an evening look I could easily pair it with a black heel and leather jacket, but I love it just like this as a great way to dress up the day!

  
Happy Fri-Yay! 

B

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Sugar-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies – No Artificial Sweeteners!

James and I have been on a weight loss journey. We don’t like to consider this a “diet” as it’s more of a permanent lifestyle change. Since the end of April, James has lost 25lbs and I’m down 30! We’ve been really working the low-carb lifestyle for a while, and more recently fell in love with juicing and vegan living. We’re more 80% vegan as we still have grilled chicken and cheese with about 3-5 meals a week. We’ve learned that no matter what it is we are putting in our bodies, we want it to be beneficial in some way or another. So, when looking for a way to satisfy my sweet tooth recently, we came up with our own vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe that has NO sugar or artificial sweeteners! James made his own almond milk to go with our vegan cookies, and this snack was a wonderful success!

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Ingredients

1 cup almond meal

1 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup ground coconut

1 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp organic unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

  1. Combine all ingredients in big bowl, stir until well mixed.
  2. Bake for 15 min in oven on 350
  3. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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This was such a simple recipe, and I can’t stress enough how delicious they were! They have the texture of a granola bar, which makes them all the more satisfying and filling. Between the coconut oil, flax seed, and almond meal, you boost your energy levels with tons of good fats, omega-3’s, and antioxidants!

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My stepfather was really skeptical and completely uninterested in trying my “hippie” cookies, but after reluctantly tasting one, he ended up eating 5! Try this out at home, and you can even safely lick the spoon without risking salmonella! Better yet, wash the kiddo’s hands and let them get some sensory play in and mix the dough for you!

almost a vegan…

B

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10 Reasons Why Retail Workers are in a Love/Hate Relationship with their jobs.

The thoughts expressed in this post are purely my opinions alone and in no way reflections of the company I’m employed with.

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If you’ve never worked in any sort of retail environment, it’s difficult to understand the reasoning behind making the bare minimum for all the responsibility involved in customer service, it’s also difficult to understand why such a simple job seems so impossible at times. You’re told from day 1 to think that “the customer is always right”, and you’ll be assisting people your own age or younger in picking out things that ensure they aren’t in the same boat you are. What drives a sales associate to stay with a company? What drives a person to leave such an easy breezy job?

The top 10 things I’ve learned in my 10 years of working retail:

1. Normal people don’t know how to fold clothes. (or ‘edge’ clothing on hangers, or tuck tags out of site, or put said clothing back in the correct spot) When you pick up a folded item to look at it, then make an effort to fold it back, that’s SO SWEET, but I still have to refold it “hamburger-hotdog” style vs. your attempt at folding it in half, so save yourself some time shoppers, just leave it on top of the pile. Also please just hand me the pile of clothing you decided you didn’t want instead of leaving small surprises in the wrong places all over the store.

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2. The customer is always right, unless they’re totally wrong, but even if they are totally wrong, you can’t tell them that. Lemme get this straight- you’ve owned this top for 6 months and now you want to return it with no tags on it (smelling like your perfume)? Me telling you our strict 60 day return policy isn’t good enough, you need to speak to a different manager, and then you’ll need to call Client Relations when she tells you the same thing. GIRL BYE. 

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3. That feeling when you help someone and they are TRULY appreciative of your help. That feeling keeps me coming back daily. There’s nothing like someone who feels confident in who they are and what they’re doing, and being able to say that you helped them accomplish that, it is the MOST rewarding experience. Seeing a client’s eyes light up while she’s looking at herself, and being able to reaffirm how great she looks is awesome. Who cares if I’m making minimum wage, my heart is full!

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4. Your online returns will be the death of me. I understand the convenience of purchasing things online, especially now that I have a child, but did you know you can also return those items via the online packaging provided in your order slip? I’ve worked so hard all day to get some money into the store, and it all just got wiped out cause you had wine last tuesday night, stayed up til 2am and spent $300 on clothes you *thought* you could rock. Seriously when I see someone come in “just looking” with a giant box in their stroller, it reminds me that I need to be on Prozac.

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5. The employee discount is necessary for life. As a fashion junkie, I don’t know HOW I managed to buy clothes before my employee discount. When I recently took some time off and would go shopping, my brain would automatically register the price minus 40%, imagine my surprise getting to the register and having to pay for full price. #thestruggle

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6. We close at 9 and you walk in at 8:57. I’ve been there before, when I really needed something for that specific evening, and was running behind because I got off work late. I’m happy to help someone who needs something last minute, I’ll wardrobe you and make you look amazing for your event! However, when you come in “just to take a quick look” that lasts 30 minutes and then only purchase 1 item I feel like I’m being disrespected. I have a life and an amazing toddler to get home to, and thanks to your piddle-farting around I just missed story time in bed tonight. Thanks.

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7. Your regular customers become friends. This is another one of the amazing perks of retail. You have people who love your brand and level of service SO MUCH that they come to visit at least once a week. You know them by name, know what’s going on in their lives, share baby pics with them, they are friends and anytime they come into the store you know you’re about to have a great time. They listen to you when you tell them something isn’t flattering, as well as when you tell them they HAVE to try something on because you know it will look amazing on them. These are the people we’re here for, and they mean so much to us!

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8. No one reads their coupons. Getting the best deal possible is everyone’s goal, and we want to give you the best deal possible so you feel great about your purchase, but if the coupon clearly states “cannot be used on clearance or sale merchandise” I can’t just magically make it work. Our computer systems are wired to know what they can permit and what isn’t allowed, so no attitude you give me or threat to stop shopping at my store can change the fact that I can’t use your $20 off coupon on a $19.99 sale top! #sorrynotsorry

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9. When someone asks you how much something will be during a 50% off sale. I mean, you are off on a saturday which means you clearly make more money than I do, but I have to do that simple math for you? 

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10. Your co-workers are your second family. This is so serious. They understand all your struggles and celebrate those credit card victories with you. They come to your baby shower, bring chocolate in on the weekends, take over when you have a difficult client, tell you what to buy, tell you what not to buy, give hugs, binge drink with you, the list goes on and on. We are a family unit and we all have each other’s backs, and when you contemplate moving on with your life, you also have to face the fact that you’ll be moving on without them, your family won’t be there at a 9-5 office job, things will be different if you switch stores or career paths. They’ll always be there for you and celebrate your life achievements with you no matter what, but it won’t be the same. At the end of the day it’s the people you work with that you love deep down, and can’t imagine not working with. ❤

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“You fold sweaters for a living”

B

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5 Minutes of Summer Sangria

It’s summer time. The days are longer, hotter, and the kids are home all day long which means more likely than not, you are getting more and more stressed out counting down the days until you can have a moms-only Back to School Bash yourself. While I don’t have a child in school just get, I can totally relate to the stresses motherhood brings to the table on a daily basis. Cash has reached the “terrible twos” phase of toddlerhood, and from time to time I can definitely appreciate a moment or three to myself with a cocktail. While I don’t have all the time in the world these days, I really appreciate my mixed drinks more, when there’s at least a little more effort than “open bottle, then pour” involved. I enjoy the process and it genuinely relaxes me even more to create something beautiful and delicious.

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This Sangria recipe is so simple and delicious it’s unbelievable!

What you’ll need: 

1 Bottle preferred Red Wine (I used Merlot cause it’s my fav)

1 Bottle Chardonnay

1 Bottle Moscato

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How to make

1. Put fresh fruit in bowl, pour your Chardonnay over the fruit and let sit in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes, long enough the fruit starts to freeze so it will become your “ice” cubes.

2. In a pitcher combine your Moscato and red wine, add frozen fruit cubes to the pitcher and stir well.

3. Enjoy outside with some girl friends responsibly!

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I also like to go the extra mile and really jazz up my patio in the summer. It’s so much more motivating to be outdoors and enjoy the sunshine when you have pretty things to look at, which is why I picked up some really adorable outdoor decorations at IKEA on my last trip! They just help set the atmosphere for fun!

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What are you enjoying the most this summer?

Wine&Good Times,

B

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Summer Fun Cupcakes!

Baking is a really big passion of mine. I love being able to create something beautiful and delicious and bring joy to others with treats. While I typically make everything from scratch to add the “extra love” to the treats I bake, sometimes when I know I’ll be spending a little extra quality time on the decorative aspect of my delicacies I for-go a few steps to save time. This summer cupcake was so easy to put together and my co-workers really enjoyed them on a random Tuesday! 

  
What you’ll need: 

1 on-the-go cup of Teddy Graham

1 box vanilla cake mix

1 can vanilla icing

Airheads Extreme Sweet candy strips

Blue food coloring

Rainbow Goldfish crackers

What to do:

1. Mix cake mix with a few drops of blue food coloring, according to directions on box. Bake as directed, allow to cool for 45 minutes.

2. Stir blue food coloring into icing tin until color is consistant throughout. Ice cooled cupcakes.

3. Pick out 1-2 good Teddy Graham’s for each cupcake, then crush the rest into a fine powder. Top half or part of some cupcakes with crumbles for “sand”. 

4. Cut your Airheads strips proportionally to Teddy Graham’s, dab icing between Airhead and cupcake, then also between Teddy and Airhead to keep them in place. 

5. Stick your fishes in the “ocean” parts! And you’re all set to enjoy! 

  
I love making stuff that’s super cute! If I had the extra time I would have also inserted mini drink umbrellas to really make the Bears look vacation-esque! 
Fishes in the Sea,

B

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