Wednesday, March 16, 2016

baby shower, backyard plans and so forth.







These photos were taken at a sip & see/ diaper shower I co-hosted a few weeks ago. It was simple & lovely. The menu included chicken salad over your choice of croissant or cracker, french bread with a delicious garlic-butter spread, chips, grapes, thumbprint cookies & white cake with raspberry filling. Minimalistic & understated. Since the birth of Pinterest we (ladies) have killed ourselves trying to keep up. We spend hours crafting elaborate birthday parties, baby showers & bridal showers... while I can appreciate a beautiful tissue paper flower & a perfectly placed garland, it's not always necessary. Anyway it was a lovely evening filled with yummy food & baby cuddles, what more could we need?


Spring came early this year & while I am a little sad we didn't get any snow, I am excited by the prospect of spending more time outside. I moved into my house nearly three years ago (this summer will mark 3 years) & in that time I have successfully avoided anything having to do with my backyard. It has so much potential to be a beautiful oasis (see the house tour from when I moved in here) but the hot tub is broken, the landscaping is overwhelming & the deck is in rough shape. I can't tell you how intimidated I am by the jungle behind my house...I can't even look out my window without stressing out over the daunting workload that awaits me back there!

This is what it looks like now:


I've spent a lot of time thinking about my priorities in the backyard & have decided to remove the hot tub. It's old & not worth fixing. I've hired someone to remove the tub & repair the deck. He's scheduled to start today! I am so excited!

After the deck is repaired & stained, I am going to move the table & chairs to the lower deck (where the hot tub sits now). I plan on getting a fire pit like this one to put in front of the bench & maybe a few potted plants to bring in some color (as well as new bench cushions & an umbrella for my table).

I cannot wait to have this space completed! I'm dreaming of cookouts, cozy nights by the fire & coffee on the patio. Pure bliss.



Sweet potato chicken soup with thyme -my new favorite. So fresh for spring but warm and comforting after a long day at work. (It's chicken noodle soup but instead of noodles, use sweet potatoes -toss in thyme at the end. Delish!)

What else...

I'm on snapchat (late to the party, I know) find me:  @orrbritt

I somehow managed to snag Kyle Jenner's lip kit & I was surprised at how much I liked it! See how it looks here.

A few of my favorite things on the internet:

For Us -this is so wrong.

How theSkimm's first employee got her amazing job. Love Kaylin -I've worked with her as a skimm'bassador and she is awesome!

Did you know you can get a free MAC lipstick? You're welcome.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 accessories.

SoulCycle instructor auditions. I wan't to try this workout so bad! Please come to Oklahoma!

Color Story.  My new favorite iPhone photo editing app that allows you to design and save your own filters.  *btw I used it on the photos in this post -excluding the photo of my backyard. 

I pay my own wages for housework.  -I swear this was written about my life because I couldn't agree more!

"You can’t always fix the shit that’s stressing you out, but you can always scrub down the stove. You can make something better, more beautiful, more correct."

Yes!!

"It’s 2016, and my home has nothing to do with a husband. When I wash dishes in my apartment, I don’t feel frigid or desperate or condemned. Rather, I feel calm, productive, and capable. I feel like I’m putting things right, and carving out a quiet space for my mind to rest while my hands are busy."

Yess!

Okay if you made it to the end of this post you're my best friend.

Have a wonderful day!
-Brittney

Friday, February 26, 2016

Calligraphy Class + Blue Eye Brown Eye




If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my post about taking a (beginner) calligraphy class last weekend. I've always had a fascination with beautiful handwriting. My mother has beautiful penmanship, very elegant -I remember admiring it as a little girl & I hoped that when I grew up I would inherit my mother's skill. Unfortunately, that didn't happen! While my handwriting isn't terrible...I wouldn't describe it as elegant either.

So for more than a year I've had my eye on this calligraphy class. It is held at my favorite stationary store, Chrips and Cheers. If you're ever in OKC you must go in there -it's right across the street from McNellie's Pub! They have the BEST selection of cards and the most beautiful stationary. I could spend hours browsing!

Anyway, the class is taught by expert calligrapher Lauren Essl of Brown Eye Blue Eye (check out her website, so cute!). Lauren travels the country teaching workshops and does custom design and calligraphy work as well.

When I first looked into taking the class, the cost scared me off. I wasn't sure I was ready to invest a lot of money on a "hobby" ...so I didn't sign up.

Rewind to four months ago, it was #shoplocal Saturday (the day after Black Friday) I was shopping for Christmas cards (at Chirps & Cheers) and I mentioned that I was interested in taking the class if it was ever offered again. As luck would have it, they told me they were offering the class in February and I could sign up! (the class sells out pretty fast so I was excited to be the first on the list -they hadn't opened enrollment yet!) 

Of course, after telling my mom she decided to sign up as well!

We had the most wonderful time! Lauren is such a good teacher -very patient and well spoken. We spent most of the class learning the basics (how to hold your pen, how to dip your pen, ink flow and pressure, lower case letters and connecting letters). Also, we went home with lot's of swag -including a calligraphy pen, nibs, tracing paper, ink, washi tape, etc.

I highly recommend the beginner class to anyone with a real interest in calligraphy. However, I must warn you -this is one of those skills that comes with practice. Remember learning to write as a little kid? Think about how much your handwriting has improved since then! Calligraphy is the same concept -right now I'm a little kid learning to write...it's awkward holding the pen, there are smudges and accidents...but soon it will come naturally! (so don't assume that after you take the class you will be ready to address hundreds of wedding envelopes or open an etsy shop! ha!)

Has anyone else ventured out into the art of calligraphy? I'd love to hear feedback about helpful tips & tricks!

Before we go, here are a few of my favorite things on the internet from the past few weeks:

-This Instagram post is so funny and so true!

-Adele pranked the Jamba Juice employees...love her!

-To the men I love, about men who scare me. #preach

-JetBlue came up with a brilliant marketing idea...loved watching this

-Another awesome Instagram account

-This pink bedroom is adorable, something I would have LOVED as a child!

One more thing -  I wrote this post a while ago but forgot to share it on Facebook! Oops!

Happy Friday Friends!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chickasaw Country Take Over!

Hello Internet!

I am just popping in to share a quick announcement! 



I am soo excited to be "taking over" the Chickasaw Country social media accounts tomorrow (for the day)! I'm going on a quick day-trip to some of the best places in Chickasaw Country and will be documenting my experiences over on their twitter account! If you want to follow along, "like" Chickasaw Country on Facebook & find em' on twitter @Chickasaw! Or look for me on the #BestofCC hashtag! 

There will be food. Shopping. Outdoorsy stuff...I can't wait! Yippee!

TGIF! (almost!) 
-Brittney


Friday, February 5, 2016

Fleeting Moments

In line to check-in at the doctor's office when a mother and daughter enter the waiting room. The little girl was full of energy, twirling her skirt & skipping around the room. Her mother looked on with tired eyes, letting her daughter run free. Moments later I felt a little tug on my coat, I glanced down to see the little girl's arms reaching up to me as she softly spoke "momma! momma!" wanting to be held but too distracted to notice that she was reaching for a stranger. Before I could respond the child's mother scooped her up and muttered "that's not your momma!" as she placed a gentle kiss on her cheek.  A fleeting, innocent moment that made me smile.

-I wrote this a few weeks ago but never shared it. I don't keep a diary (or journal), however, occasionally I'll write a blog post or letter for "my eyes only." On bad days, the best remedy (for me) is to write it down. Whether it be a letter airing my grievances or a stern note to the offender...it helps to get it out. Of course, I always hit delete. The same is true for happy moments. I love re-living them on paper. Lately, I've been wrestling with the idea of closing my blog. I don't have much time for it anymore and I'm not sure anyone (but my mom -hi mom!) is reading it...however, I can't bring myself to do it. It's a time capsule of the last five years -the story of my twenties. One day I'll look back and re-read these fleeting moments and smile.

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Right now my life is centered around the fit challenge & I've got one week left! I'm 10 pounds down and feeling better than ever!

Before we go, here are a few of my favorite things on the internet:

Can Young House Love Escape the Internet? -I used to read their blog religiously and watched in horror as is came crumbling down. I am so glad to hear they're doing well!
-NY Mag

57 small things to do for yourself this year. These are lovely.
-Food52

These beautiful paper flowers. Swoon
-thelovelyave

Habit Shift: Cloth Napkins. My late grandmother always used cloth napkins. She even had napkin rings with our names on them so we could reuse them. I haven't thought about Grammy's cloth napkins in years but reading this took me back to her. I miss her so.
-Reading My Tea Leaves

I Don't Owe Anyone My Body.  Every woman needs to read this.
-Buzzfeed

A Sweet Woman In Vancouver Held This Man’s Hand To Calm Him Down On The Train. Beautiful.
-Buzzfeed

Happy Friday!
-Brittney

Friday, January 15, 2016

Two Weeks In

Ahhh Friday. At last, we meet again...and a three-day weekend, no less! I wan't to live in a world where every weekend is a three-day weekend, is that too much to ask?

I'm two weeks into my fitness challenge and I think it's finally catching up with me. Getting up at 5:15 a.m. every day to go to the gym (which is kicking my butt!) has become increasingly difficult.



I am so sick of the meal plan, I crave red meat and cheese like you wouldn't believe. If you can't tell, I'm a little cranky. ...but I'm seeing results...results on the scale and small changes in my body. So that's what I'm holding onto. Five weeks to go, I can do it!


There's a little restaurant in town serving the meal plan and it has been such a lifesaver! I love getting to meet friends for lunch without cheating on the diet -not to mention those days when you just don't feel like cooking! Thank you Mojos!



Here's my favorite things on the internet this week: 

Shopping at 7-eleven got me through losing my father. 
-Buzzfeed

-You can now stream Broadway shows online like netflix. Yay!!!
-Brit + Company 

-Actor's response to autistic boy interrupting play. Loved every word.
-Reshareworthy

-This Lip Sync Battle , Who cares about Channing Tatum! His wife totally killed it!
-YouTube via. Lip Sync Battle

How to touch up your makeup at work. 
-Makeup.com

20 makeup mistakes you might be making (secrets from a makeup artist)
-The Everygirl

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello 2016!


To be honest, I'm a little relieved to see the holidays come to an end. As much as I love Christmas, it's always nice to get my house (and life) back in order.

This Christmas was filled with lots of travel, Edmond - Tulsa - back to Edmond - Dallas - pit stop in Ada - back Edmond - it was an absolute whirlwind but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Some of my favorite memories include a magical night filled with old-fashioned Christmas carolers, mulled wine & beautiful lights that danced to holiday tunes, Christmas eve services at Life.Church, watching my family open the gifts I meticulously wrapped, multiple trips to BJ's for lunch & a tall Grand Cru, spontaneous tequila shots on Christmas Day, listening to Serial with my brother, dirty Santa with the Orr's, after Christmas shopping in Dallas, two trips to the movies to see "Sisters" & "Joy" -both so good! & a cozy New Years Eve. It was perfect.

I have so much to be Thankful for  & am so grateful for the opportunities that came to me in 2015. It was a wonderful year!

I have no idea what's in store for 2016 but I'm excited for the fresh start! Instead of a resolution, I chose a verb to help me prioritize and focus my goals throughout the year. My verb for 2016 is "grow" -specifically to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Eleanor Roosevelt once said: "Do one thing everyday that scares you." If you know me IRL you know that I'm not a big risk taker. I am cautious by nature and this year I hope to break out of that shell.

First up? A 6-week fitness challenge that includes a rigorous workout & diet regimen. In February I'm taking a calligraphy class...something I've always wanted to do and never made time for.  And my crazy-overgrown-back yard that I've been ignoring for the past two years? I'm comin' for ya!

So here's to new adventures in 2016! Bring it on!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December in Review








Over lunch a friend and I discussed the magic of Christmas & I mentioned that I love coming home to the glow of my Christmas tree. It's warm and inviting -setting the perfect mood after a long day in the office. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes we forget to stop and enjoy it! So this year I made it a priority to slow down and savor the season, do something nice for those less fortunate and remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

 Earlier this month, my mom and I went to the most darling Christmas tree farm. We each purchased a fresh wreath  (I love having fresh pine in my house -it smells divine and offers a bit of nostalgia) & watched them wrap the trees and hoist them up onto the cars. It was such a fun day, we both agreed to make it an annual event.

Mikayla and I went on a "sister date" which included a fabulous five course meal and a screening of It's a Wonderful Life. We laughed until we cried, then we *I* actually did cry at the end of the movie! 

I finished my Christmas shopping, hosted two parties (one of which was an earring exchange, so fun!) and baked a million cake balls...as well as a few other sweet treats for my coworkers.  

I truly love this time of year -I think I've watched Elf half a dozen times...and oh. my. gosh. I've got to stop eating candy canes! I'm addicted I tell you!

On a completely unrelated note, my geraniums are still in full bloom! Can you believe it!? Somehow I've managed to keep them alive since June ...which is pretty awesome considering I stopped watering them back in October! :-) 

Before we go, here are a few of my favorite things on the internet this month:

-Yes and Yes

-Tomy Prez

theSkimm story  -love theSkimm, loved this article! #GirlBoss
-Cosmopolitan 

-Sugar & Cloth

-Buzzfeed

Boho Chic Oklahoma Vineyard Wedding I was so excited to see my friend's wedding featured in Wedding Wire! Recognize that big white chalkboard? I was more than happy to loan it to her on her special day and beamed with pride when I saw these photos (taken by my super talented friend Savanna!) Also, I hand lettered the other chalkboards for the wedding. I loved the simplicity of the venue and decor. The bride has impeccable taste and it really shows in these photographs! (oh! be sure to read the photo camptions -their story is adorable!)
-Wedding Wire

Have a Merry Merry Christmas!

Love,
Brittney