Monday, March 2, 2015

Restless

When they made the announcement that work would be closing "effective immediately" on Friday, you would have thought I'd won the lottery, I was over the moon! 

Doesn't the yellow house look pretty in the snow?

A two-day work week was an extra special treat! Especially considering the fact that I was in recovery mode after an epic girls weekend -not to mention, the new season of House of Cards was released that very day!!! ::happy dance:: 

So I gathered up the essentials: a bottle of my favorite red wine, extra coffee & creamer, the latest issue of Glamour magazine & my favorite snack (veggie straws, ranch flavor). 

I was ready.

I snuggled up on the cocoon that was my couch and suddenly, I felt this odd sensation: Boredom. 

I don't know why, but I wasn't in the mood to watch Netflix. I wanted to DO something! 

Am I the only one with this struggle? When I have time to relax, I'm bored. When I'm busy and have too much on my plate, I'm exhausted and want to relax.   

Not to mention, last week was my first week on fitbit! Of course the week I decide to start tracking my steps, I get snowed in!

Needless to say, this weekend wasn't as I'd hoped it would be. I think I'm finally ready to say goodbye to winter. 

Anyone else ready for summer street festivals?


Weekends at the lake? 



Ice tea on the back patio?



Fresh flowers?


Sigh, just a few more months...



Oh! & I am proud to report that after living here for two winters, I finally know how to work the fire place! 


It's a little tricky (I vaguely remember the inspector having issues with it on this day). What's a girl to do with a fresh pedicure and cold toes? YouTube for the win!

Have a wonderful week my friends!

Xoxo
-Britt 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Here's what I've been up to:

Long time no see! How are you?

 I've been super busy (you know, having the time of my life and enjoying every second of my dream job)...anyway, I finally have some down time (hello snow day!) & I thought I'd dust off the ol' laptop and fill you in on what I've been up to these first few months of 2015.

I rang in the New Year with my best fran. It was perfect.


Hosted a co-ed "Serial" dinner party, it was amazing! We ate baked potatoes & debated over Adnan Syed's innocence for hours. 

Watching on Netflix:
The Paradise
Gilmore Girls 
Friends 


Finally stopped procrastinating over my next doll house project, painting the guest room. Here's a sneak peek:


I became a platinum member at Ulta -doesn't sound like much but after being a member there since 2008, I felt like it's worth celebrating.

Pulled the trigger on a few Pinterest trends:
1. Kendra Scott Earrings
2. Gold Michael Kors watch (paired with every gold bracelet I own). 


3. Naked 2 Palette 
4. Contouring, love this kit 



Celebrated Valentine's Day by wearing the most adorable skirt known to wo-man kind. 


Spending more time with my baby sister...who against my protest, is actually growing up. Glass half full? The older we get, the more the age gap between us seems to shrink. 



As I write this, I'm slowly recovering from an amazing girls weekend in Dallas. We watched 50 shades (I loved it and I don't care who knows), ate at my favorite restaurant: Mi Cocina & danced the night away. Perfection. 




Who runs the world? Girls. I'm inspired by so many leading ladies right now. Here's who I've been following: 

Sheryl Sandberg 
COO of Facebook, author of Lean In

Shonda Rhimes
Producer of my current tv obsessions: Scandal, Grey's & how to get away with murder  #TGIT -she owns Thursday night tv & my admiration for creating three shows that feature powerful female leads. 

Rachel W. Miller 
My girl crush & Buzz Feed writer. She is someone to watch out for...I just wish we could be friends IRL. 

The Skimm
^okay so this isn't an actual woman but I feel as though I'd be doing you an injustice by leaving it off the list. It's founded by two ladies, both under 30. So what's "The Skimm" you ask? It's a newsletter for the busy (I like to refer to us as "modern") woman.  It's my complete source for the latest headlines: everything from Oscar buzz to ISIS & healthcare. It's witty & informative. Also? It gives me something smart to say on my next date, dinner party or business meeting. Sign up here. You're welcome. 

I think that about covers it on my end, but I'd love to hear about you! What have you been up to? Reading anything I might enjoy? I'm always looking for a new Netflix series to binge...have any suggestions?

Monday, February 2, 2015

My J-O-B

A couple of things are happening in my life right now that are pretty awesome and I've had to keep it a secret from you...which hasn't been easy because I'm soooooo excited!

It's been a little more than a year in the making, so it's hard to believe that the day is finally here that I can share this wonderful opportunity with everyone!

I'm officially a professional blogger, blogging for the Chickasaw Cultural Center!




It's so strange seeing the word "author" under my photo. 

In college, if you had told me that I'd be a professional writer, I would have thought you were crazy!

I can't tell you how excited I am for this new journey. It really is a dream come true!

Click here if you'd like to follow along, I've already written several posts!

Okay now to the second "thing" ....

Along with writing a blog for the CCC, I am also the voice behind their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages! Meep!

Words can't express my excitement!

I hope you'll come over and say hello!

-Brittney

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fall in love with me.

A week or so ago I came across an essay in the New York Times about how to fall in love…with anyone. That’s right, anyone.

Of course, that got my attention.

The idea is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. The study suggests that personal disclosure is the key to intimacy. In a relationship, personal disclosure evolves over time -this study accelerates personal disclosure by having two strangers ask each other 36 questions. The questions start off pretty basic but become increasingly intimate. After answering the questions, the pair stares into each other’s eyes for FOUR minutes.

(I don’t know if I could be a grownup about that…I really don’t think I’d be able to stare into someone’s eyes (for the purpose of falling in love) & keep a straight face)  

Anyway, it sounds a bit ridiculous. I've been on so many first dates, with every type of man imaginable –the jerk, the clinger, the flake, the cheapskate…I just have a hard time believing that this could work.

But here’s the thing: IT HAS.

So maybe I’ll show up at my next first date with the list of 36 questions and put this theory to a test!

Until then, I thought it’d be fun to answer a few of them on this here blog.

Would you like to be famous? In what way? 
No, I think I’d hate being in the public eye. I love wearing sweats too much.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why? 
Not usually, only if I’m intimidated by the person I’m calling.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? 
A slow start to the day, coffee under a warm blanket. Lunch or brunch on a patio somewhere. Afternoons on the lake. Dinner at an urban restaurant. Time spent with the people I love.


When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? 
I’m always singing. When I’m in the car, in the shower, while I clean…it’s almost second nature. I probably sing in front of people without even realizing it, but the last time I sang in front of someone on purpose was a few months ago.

What do you value most in a friendship?
Loyalty & acceptance, my best friends are those whom I can be goofy in front of. Also, I can eat as many slices of pizza as my heart desires, without hesitation, because I know they get me.


What is your most treasured memory? 
Singing (of course it involves singing) Christmas carols with my family on Christmas Eve. My late grandmother would play the piano and everyone would gather around. I remember feeling so much love around that piano. I would give anything to be able to do that one more time.  

What roles do love and affection play in your life? 
My family is very affectionate. We tell each other “I love you” without hesitation. My mom still hugs and kisses on us. Our Dad is the same way; he makes sure we know how precious we are to him. Just yesterday my grandfather was quoting Proverbs 17:6 about grandchildren being crowns to the aged. He told me I was his crown. I don’t think I could be in a relationship without affection …so I’d say love and affection are at the top of the list.


Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “  
I wish I had someone with whom I could share my life with. Yes, it’s cliché. But it’s true. Sometimes I worry that I’ll always be alone, simply because I am so content when I’m alone. I love my life. I have an amazing family and my friends are pretty awesome too.  I can buy myself pretty things and travel wherever I please. (Actually, I can’t even commit to having a dog because I don’t want to be tied down…so having a boyfriend is a hard concept to grasp). And dating sucks. I hate it. Sometimes I think I avoid it on purpose…but maybe, just maybe, when I meet the right person, it will all be worth it. So this year I’m determined to step out of my comfort zone.


Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why? 
I would grab this quilt, I plan on sharing its story on another blog post. and I know this is breaking the rules but I’d also save my grandmother’s painting. It’s located on the wall inside the front door so it is totally feasible that I’d be able to get it & the blanket!


To see the full list of questions, click here.

And I promise, the next first date I have, I will totally pull these questions out and see if it works…if any boys are reading this and are brave enough to put it to the test, look me up @orrbrittney


Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Have your selfie a very merry Christmas!






We weren't able to get together to take pictures for our annual Christmas card, so we used a group selfie taken at our 4th of July weekend.  I think this might be my favorite card to date! We had such a wonderful time that weekend. You can really see the joy on our faces. 

I hope you're having a magical Christmas! Blessings to you!

See you in 2015! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

A week from now, at this exact moment, it will be Christmas morning. I'll still be wearing my pajamas, "A Christmas Story" will be playing in the background and everything will be right in the world.

The presents will already be opened, as we exchange gifts with my mom on Christmas Eve. 

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. 

Next week is going to be pretty busy with lots of travel and people to see. So before the craziness begins, I thought I'd pop in to share my favorite Christmas tradition. 



My favorite thing about Christmas is our handmade stockings.

My great aunt started this tradition when she made my mother and her siblings stockings. 

My mom’s stocking is a vintage (sequin) Santa, circa 1960's!


Isn't it darling?

I took this picture of my Uncle with his over Thanksgiving:


He's such a ham!

Anyway, when my mom found out she was pregnant with me, she began working on my stocking and eventually made one for each of my siblings. 




When my Step Dad joined the family, she made him a stocking too!


Everyone in my family beams with pride over their stocking, arguing that theirs is the best!

...but we all know mine it the cutest! ;-) 

I hope to carry on this tradition with my children! (However, I will need to enroll in a sewing class first). 

They are so special, something I'll treasure forever.


Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

-Brittney


Monday, December 8, 2014

A Holiday Home Tour!

My mom's house is a magical place around the holidays. Her tree is trimmed with family ornaments, some of them hand made by yours truly. Every decoration has sentimental value. I don't know about you, but there's nothing like coming home for Christmas...it's the best. 

So today my mom has graciously allowed us to take a peek at her beautiful home! I took all of these photos at night, so excuse the artificial lighting. :-) 



We've been collecting nutcrackers for as long as I can remember. Pictured below is our 2014 nutcracker:


The stockings are all handmade, be watching for their story on the blog soon!





This is Santa Mouse, he used to live at my grandparents house. This is a holiday tradition that dates back to my mother's childhood. My grandfather would read this story to my mom and her siblings...every year he is hidden in the tree!


Everyone in my family agree's that the ornament pictured below is the best on the tree! It's my little sister's kindergarten picture! We laugh over it every year. 


Of course, I had to include Brittney's first Christmas...





These candle houses are from Lithuania, each one is hand made. My step dad spent a few years over seas for work and brought them back to my mom. 


Aren't they beautiful?




Let's go outside!


The outside lights are always so beautiful. In high school, my mom would let me skip a day of school to help her put up the lights. It was always something we did together.


Last week, we all went for a "Christmas lights walk" around the neighborhood. (We just went for a walk after dark so we could see all the lights). We decided that my mom's house has the best lights...


...and I'm not bias at all. 

I hope you've enjoyed the tour! I'd love to hear about some of your favorite decorations and family traditions! -Isn't that what makes the holiday season so magical?

Merry Christmas!

P.S. you can check out my 2013 holiday home tour here