Wednesday, November 30, 2011

for all you hopeless romantics...

I’ve recently finished a really good book. You know how I love a good book.

It was written by a famous Oklahoman. She is a blogger, you might have heard of her: The Pioneer Woman.

She is what we all aspire to be: stylish, crafty, motherly... basically a domestic goddess.

After a night of writers block, she decided to tell the story of how she met her husband. It was such a success she kept writing and eventually it became a book:


After four years in LA, she temporarily moved back to Oklahoma. She was determined to move to another city (Chicago). She hated the small town life. She desperately needed the fashion, food and night life that big cities have to offer.

She thought she had it all figured out…until she met Marlboro Man. For the first time in her life she was attracted to starched shirts, Levi jeans and cowboy boots. (Who can resist a man with a southern drawl?)

They spent every waking moment together. Most of their time was spent on his ranch. She cooked for him; they sat out on the porch, watched movies, it sounds simple but it was very romantic!

After reading this book I was reminded of one of my best friends, Alyssa.

She is from the city, had plans to move to Dallas, loved fashion and loved the night life, until she met Todd.

Our world as friends came crashing down.

Suddenly my best gal pal was spending every waking moment on his ranch (out in the middle of nowhere). Our plans to move to some fabulous city were at a screeching halt.

I’m not going to lie; I thought she had lost her mind.

How could ANYONE possibly be happy out in the boonies! What about starbucks? What about TARGET??

I kept thinking she would come to her senses but she never did.
Actually she did the opposite. After graduation she moved to a small town near his home.

Soon she was posting fishing pictures on Facebook. She learned how to ride a horse. She went with him to check on the cattle. She was a new woman. Last week she went HUNTING ya’ll!!!

I never understood what attracted her to this lifestyle. Until now.

After reading Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, I’ve had an epiphany!

I am actually JEALOUS of Alyssa! She’s had the right idea all along.

I want to live on a ranch and cuddle up to a cowboy!

You don’t need the shopping and night life when you have your very own Marlboro Man to keep you company.

So now that my eyes have opened, I have been noticing every starched shirt that walks past me...You should see me at Wal-Mart…they are everywhere!

I just know I’m going to meet my wrangler wearing man any day now!

Problem solved!

I've been searching for a better way to store my scarfs.

I've been storing them in a pocket style shoe hanger. At first I thought it was a brilliant idea but I soon found the flaw: Wrinkles.


My scarfs were extremely wrinkled from being crammed in the shoe pockets.

When I saw this idea on pinterest I knew I had to give it a try!


A hanger and shower curtain rings!

Now this is BRILLIANT!

Look how freely they hang!


It doesn't take up any space (which is very important for apartment living!)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Must Have

DIY ornaments!

This was so easy and stinkin cute!

All you need:

Tissue paper
scissors
Clear ornaments
Mod podge
Sponge brush
ribbon *tip* wired ribbon is easier to manipulate

Cut the tissue paper into smaller scraps.

Remove metal loop from the ornament.

Apply the glue to the glass, place the tissue paper onto the ornament, apply another layer of glue on top!


I added a cute bow! (when I say "I" I mean my "mom")

What do you think?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pinterest inspired

I gave my mom's wreath a facelift today!

We were inspired by the wreaths on Pinterest! (the ones with wooden letters)

We decided to give it a try!

We got wooden letter from Hobby Lobby. We used glittery scrapbook paper and Mod Podge to cover it!

I think it turned out pretty cute!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New York, New York

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I’ve had such a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.

Today I am in Tulsa with my Dad. We are having dinner soon and then I will be gearing up for Black Friday! YAY!

I spent yesterday at my Mom’s. We took our Christmas card photo out at the barn. She cooked a fabulous lunch.

We did something new this year. During lunch my mom had us play a little game. We had to go around the table and share what we were thankful for about the person sitting next to us. Then we shared our most embarrassing moment…best and worst dates…a Thanksgiving memory…it was slightly awkward but it kept the conversation alive.

I was inspired by the game and decided to write a post about my most memorable Thanksgiving.

7 years ago, my sophomore year in high school, I went to New York City with my show choir. We were invited to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

It was probably the BEST week of my life. My Mimi (my Dad’s Mother) came as a chaperone. We spent the week going to Broadway shows, shopping and sightseeing.

Our choir got to attend a one-on-one workshop with the Broadway cast from Hairspray! We spent months learning their music. We performed for them; they gave us feedback and taught us the choreography! That night we went to see the show! It was awesome.

The week was a complete whirlwind. The day of the parade was so exciting. We marched (DANCED) all over New York. It was the farthest I think I’ve ever walked.

We saw so many celebrities. Steve Irwin’s (the crocodile hunter) float was right behind us.

Performing in front of Macy’s was so surreal. There are sooo many cameras. They are all around you, in the air, on the ground; you couldn’t hide from them. It was awesome. The energy and excitement was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

That night we had a big dinner and dance.

This is where my week went from FAB to BAD : (

The food was terrible! Nothing like my Mimi’s! For dessert they had gallons of ice cream. You know how picky I am about ice cream ya’ll! It wasn’t very good…

While all my peers were on the dance floor rocking out to the Black Eyed Pea’s (they had just made it big) my Mimi and I were sitting at our table…ALONE…crying : (

We were so homesick! We missed our family! Our southern food! SWEET TEA (they don’t have it in New York)!

So every year we laugh about that Thanksgiving.

It taught me that even if I am fulfilling my dream, traveling to the greatest city in America, performing on national television… nothing, NOTHING, compares to being with your family during the holidays.

This Thanksgiving, treasure the time you spend with your family!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh yeah! And happy Black Friday!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Must Have

I had this BRILLIANT Monday Must Have topic all planned out. But then something happened. It was a near disaster. I will explain shortly.

So today I am going to give you two must have tips!

The original:

To all my fellow Black Friday Fanatics, I have the best little tool to share with you!


That’s right! It is an app for your phone that lists all the best deals!

It is very user friendly. You can search for the best deal by category:


Or by store:


Today it actually sent me an alert that Amazon posted their ad!

How awesome is that!?

Before I tell you about the second must have, let me give you the background story:

Yesterday I went to my favorite store (Pier One) to do a little Christmas shopping. I have a $50 gift card (from a prior purchase I had to return) and thought I might like to get myself an early present!

When I went to check out the card balance read ZERO! (Insert heart attack here).

Here’s what happened: the person that issued me the card gave me the wrong one! Gasp! I can’t figure out how he mixed up the cards but there must have been two on the counter or something?

Luckly, I had my original receipt for the gift card. They were able to look up the card number listed on the receipt and find the balance(Insert Hallelujah chorus here).

If I had thrown away my receipt, I would have lost $50!

So what is the second must have?

When you are purchasing gift cards this holiday season, make sure you keep the receipt with the card!

Wouldn’t you hate to give a gift card to someone and it show as being empty?

How embarrassing would that be?

Spread the word people! Keep those receipts!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

No Place Like Home

This weekend I went to visit my Mom and family.

We were supposed to take our Christmas card photo (outdoors). The weather was terrible. Windy+Cloudy+Cold = bad, bad, pictures!

This is how we spent our Sunday afternoon:

Ron fixed my DIY disaster.


The girls (and Kosmo) had a weenie roast!



No matter how old I get, I always love going home.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Southeastern Proud!

About a month ago a former professor approached me about speaking to his principles of PR class. I was asked to speak about the transition from college to career.

Can you believe it? ME talking about MY CAREER?? wow. It’s weird to put myself in the “career woman” category.

Anyway, it wasn’t just any professor. Dr. McCraw pushed me outside my comfort zone, gave me hours upon hours of reading assignments and writing assignments. His teaching style is so intimidating. I remember thinking that I would never be able to live up to his expectations.

He taught me so much about the field of Public Relations. I owe so much of what I have accomplished and my confidence as a PR professional to him.

So imagine the since of pride I felt going back to my Alma Mater (this week) to speak to his class. It was so surreal.

I remember taking the principles of PR class. I remember being so scared. It is amazing how far I have come since those days.

It was such a huge honor for me.

I am so thankful for the time I spent at Southeastern and the people I met along the way.

It was great going back! I really miss that place!


P.S. Sigmas: I loved our lunch! Our sisterhood really does last forever! SLAM!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Defeated

Remember my 12 before 2012 post?

In an effort to get some of those accomplished I decided to spend the entire day working on my DIY project list.

Sunday was beautiful.

The first on my list was an old window I got at the salvage yard. I wanted to paint the glass panes with chalkboard paint so it would look like this:


My day of doing DIY didn’t turn out so well. Before I began I had a massive struggle with the tarp and the wind.

The battle involved:

1. chasing it around the parking lot.

2. chasing it around the parking barefoot (I attempted to hold it down with my shoes. Apparently flip flops are light weight?)

3. getting tangled in the tarp and braking my antique window.

4. saying several cusswords as I threw the tarp away.

5. realizing my neighbors witnessed the entire struggle/tantrum through their open window.

After all that fuss look how this pitiful project turned out:



Spray painting in the wind was similar to fighting the tarp!

I was really angry at the time so I didn’t bother taking a picture of myself.

I looked like this:


I wish this was the only disaster from my weekend of DIY.

Check out this jewelry box I painted:


I guess mustard yellow doesn’t look good in large quantities?

And this mirror! It used to be silver, I spray painted it black.



I can mark off # 10. BACK AWAY from the DIY project obsession.

I am DONE doing projects!

I'm a DIY failure!

If anyone is interested in earning a little extra cash let me know! I have a UGLY jewelry box that needs to be painted!

Monday Must Have

Inspired by my November Birchbox, todays Monday Must Have is the L’Oreal Telescopic Lash Mascara!


I love the brush. It's like a tiny comb.


It seems to be a lot more effective than the big bushy brushes. It gets between every single lash, making them look so much longer!

I've tried several different mascaras (designer brands included) and nothing compares to my L'Oreal!

What do you think?




The BEST part: It's not expensive/designer makeup! It can be found at any Walmart/Target/drugstore!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November BirchBox


My BirchBox arrived earlier last week. I have been waiting to post about it because I wanted to try everything out!

This month’s box was a little disappointing. Although there were a couple of items that I loved, there were a few that I could do without!

My favorite item was the Kerastase beautifying hair oil. It left my hair sleek and shiny!


The Befine food skin care night cream was awesome! I woke up with a light moisturized glow on my face!


I am very picky about mascara. This month’s box included a sample of Anastasia lash lifting mascara. I thought it was pretty good but I wouldn’t trade it for my L’Oreal Telescopic Lash! -I’m thinking tomorrows must have topic!?


This Supersmile complete oral care toothpaste: YUCK! I hate to give a bad review on a BirchBox item; especially one I was most excited about trying. It is green apple flavored toothpaste. It tasted like a jolly rancher for probably 10 seconds and then tasted like chalk. I used it this morning and ran to WalMart. By the time I was walking down the baking isle my mouth tasted like morning breath. It was as if I never brushed my teeth!


The last item in my box was Alex & Isabelle Classic Hair Tie. It was a little blue elastic ribbon. It reminded me of the ribbon Cinderella used to tie her hair back (in the first scene) when she was singing with the birds. I have a TON of hair. I laughed when I attempted to pull it all back in this little elastic band. It was a joke. I don’t think it could have held my bangs, let alone my entire mane!


Even with the disappointments, I still loved getting a surprise on my doorstep!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Santa Baby

Dear Santa,

As you know, I have taken an interest in blogging. It‘s become a great way for me to keep in touch with all the people I love.

With that being said…I sometimes tend to neglect my blog. I tell myself that it is because I am so busy but the truth is…I don’t have a good workspace! My back gets tired sitting on the couch all slumped over.

This is why I’m writing you today. I have decided to turn my guest bedroom into a home office and I need help finding a desk.

I know you are probably thinking: “Brittney, what about that cute makeup vanity you have! Could that work as a desk?” Santa, that vanity has a wooden ledge that is great for preventing my lipstick from rolling off, but totally stinks when I’m trying to type!

Below is a picture of what I have in mind:


I like this one because it has a hutch attached that I can use for additional storage. Also, it is a good size for the teeny tiny little room it’s going in. I am keeping the daybed so it is important that the desk is small.

The elves at Target might be able to help you build one like this for me.

Also, the cute little filing cabinet (pictured above) would be great for all my bills and records! The plastic folder system I am using now is falling apart!

You may recall my request a few days ago for a new camera…I have been told my sister asked you for a new camera as well so I guess you can scratch that off my list. I have “connections” that might be able to get me a good deal on a used one!

I have been a very good girl this year!

I look forward to your visit,
Brittney

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Washington D.C.

This time last week I had just finished my first full day in Washington D.C.!

It was my very first business trip! Eeek! Exciting!

I had a fabulous time!

Here are a few pictures:

*Note: All of these photos were taken on an iPhone, so bare with me!

**Another Note (TO SANTA) I think I might need a camera for Christmas...My readers don't like looking at fuzzy pictures!


Back of White House!


Front of the White House...Cute security guard wouldn't let me in! Even after I winked at him!


China Town. very cool!


Forver21, look how big it is!!


Yes. It was FOUR levels!!


Sprinkels Cupcakes! (The picture is taken from the inside of the store) Very cute! The owner is a judge on the Food Network Show Cupcake Wars!


Georgetown Cupcakes! Apparently this place is famous! I think they have a show on the Food Network!

By the way, Georgetown was AMAZING! I could spend an entire week there! Awesome shops and food!! It is a MUST if you are ever in D.C.


Filomena's! THE. BEST. FOOD. EVER. no joke...this lady (pictured above) is making homemade pasta! It was a little fancy (I was under-dressed in my OU sweat shirt). I could tell the "who's who" of D.C. dined there!


It was so beautiful with all of the leaves changing. This was my view from where we were working. Gorgeous!


I tried to get a picture of me and the Capitol. You can barely see it in the background!


The Cheese Shop. enough said.


Yummy! They gave us samples!


My friends! We had such a great time together!


Waiting on our deep dish pizza! It was fabulous!

So that was my trip (minus the work stuff!)

It was pretty much a food bender! Don't tell Weight Watchers...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Must Have


If your legs are anything like mine they are very VERY high maintenance. I have to shave every day.

With that brings all kinds of skin issues. Shave rash and dry skin have always been a daily battle...

Until I found this little bottle of heaven!

Skintimate moisturizing cream shave. Found almost every where: Walmart, target, drug stores, etc.

This leaves my legs silky smooth and baby soft (I promise no one paid me to say that!!)

Since using this product, my shave rash and dry skin have completely disappeared!

My legs are so happy now!!

I hope some of you give it a try!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wizards Gala part 3- everything else

This candy trolley was so cute!


 


In her library we did Diagon Alley!


Owlery



Flourish and Blotts books

 

Olivanders Wand Shop!

I think that concludes our picture tour series!

I had a blast at this party, I only wish you could have been there to see it in person!