Friday, June 29, 2012

High Five For Friday!

Today we are linking up with Lauren for High Five For Friday!

Here are my top five things from the week:

One.


Has anyone watched the newest Sherlock Holmes movie? A friend and I rented it last night, it was really good. I definitely recommend it!


Two.



Last weekend I created a new drink. (I’m sure I’m not the first to do this) I was in the mood for a Wine-A-Rita but the boutique I buy them at was closed for the night. I went down to the grocery store and picked up a can of strawberry daiquiri mix but instead of adding rum I used wine. It was sooo good!

Three.


 My best friend sent me this photo a few days ago with the caption “this reminds me of us!” I died laughing. This is a really great description of what our friendship is like! I love her!

Four.

I'm going to BlogHer '12


 I found out that Martha Stewart and Katie Couric are speaking at the BlogHer12 conference in NYC! I’m beyond excited! Almost a month away!

Five.


I plan on seeing this movie tomorrow…I'm counting down the hours ladies!!

 
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Awkward and Awesome

Awkward

-Okay, did any of you Secret Life fans happen to catch Monday’s episode? I don’t understand why they felt the need to do a musical number? They aren’t Glee! I thought the song was never going to end and the “Ricky on a stick” was strange….

-The old lady (I’m guessing she's in her late 80’s) who walks on my jogging trail. She has two large dogs. I see her put both of the dogs on a leash and then she just lets them go. That right, she lets go of the leash and they run WILD, dragging the leash around their legs. Why use a leash if you aren’t going to hold onto it? The other day she couldn’t get them into the car so you know what she did? She sat in her car and honked the horn! I swear the dogs were laughing at her.

Awesome

-Remember last week when I told you about my hunt for the perfect shoes to wear to a wedding? Well you all can sleep easy tonight, the search is over! I found a beautiful pair of shoes AND a matching clutch (on sale) for less than what I was planning to spend.

-I really want to have a "favorite things" party!!! My New York roomie had one last week and I think it is such a cute idea! Click here for the party details.

-It’s hot outside. Like really hot. Like it’s too hot to jog (okay I’ll lose the valley girl accent). So my friend Susan (who happens to be my Weight Watchers accountability partner) and I decided to watch Mad Men and bake cookies instead. Can we all agree that cookies trump jogging in 100 degree temperature? I thought so.

Smile, tomorrow is Friday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

To all of my "online" friends...

There are days when I’d rather read about your life than write about my own…Whether it be on Facebook, twitter or my blogger feed, sometimes I get a little carried away with my stalking tendencies.

Today is one of those days.

Some of you are friends from high school or college.

Some of you are family.

A lot of you are people I’ve never met before.

So with that being said, you all are very interesting…



1. To the man who wants to know if he should shave his face or just clean it up?

Shave it all off.

2. To the girl who had a dream about Johnny Depp last night:

You lucky B!

3. To the Mom whose child had an accident in their crib during nap time:

Please, we didn’t need a picture of that.

4. To the student who hates summer school because they’d rather be at the lake:

Welcome to the real world.

5. To the person who injured their toe (and may or may not have lost the nail):

Please take down the photos!

6. To the fashion blogger who always has a new outfit to show off...
...and never wears anything more than once:

Can I have a seed from your money tree? Or could I at least borrow those shoes you wore 3 months ago and haven’t been pictured in since?

7. To the food blogger that cooks with an ungodly amount of butter while maintaining your slim figure:

What brand of butter are you using?

8. To the gifted story tellers who can bring me to tears with one sentence:

God bless you.

9. To the same story tellers that have the ability to make me fall out of my chair with laughter:

Don't Stop.

10. I stole this from @brookeclay:

"If you feel the need to tweet a screen shot of the 7-day weather forecast, please don't. said everyone... everywhere."

I agree.

(but I'm also guilty)

 *Note* if you follow an Oklahoman (on any social media outlet) you are guaranteed to hear about the weather at some point in time.

It’s what we do best.

and now I feel like the girl in the Toyota commercial
(the one who wants her parents to join facebook)
click here if you’re confused.


I’m glad we had this talk.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Four guys Named Al


It’s no secret that I love a good show. I’m constantly surrounded by nerdy/show-tuney type stuff.

My childhood room at my Dad's house was Broadway inspired. I had several Broadway posters on the walls. I had “New York” themed knickknacks on display and the word “DREAM” (which I bedazzled with rhinestones) hung above my bed.

Whenever I go home and see those posters I wonder what my coworkers would think if I hung them in my office…

Sometimes I get a little jealous of those people who grew up and accomplished my dream of being a performer. Truth be told, I’m no Idina Menzel. In high school I was the third chorus girl from the right (on the back row). I’d like to think that I have a pretty singing voice but who knows what I sound like? (Although, I’m sure my neighbor could tell you! haha).


See that guy on the far right? That's Corey, he's pretty awesome.

Anyway, I was absolutely delighted to see one of my friends perform in "Four Guys Named Al” at my alma mater last weekend. The show was written by a faculty member at Southeastern and it was hilarious! The talent was incredible and the four-part harmony gave me chills.

I was so proud of everyone involved. It was truly the best show I have seen at Southeastern!

If you are in the area (southern Oklahoma-ish) and love a good show, I highly encourage you to check out the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival.

Friday, June 22, 2012

High Five For Friday!

Well clearly this week flew by, I didn’t even think about my normal High Five post until last night. As I sit here, I can barely remember anything beyond yesterday.

I feel like my everyday consists of two categories: “work” and “not at work.” I don’t like blogging about work so that leaves a 5 hour span for my blogging material. So looking back, my week hasn’t been very blog-worthy!

But I'll give it a try...here are my top five:

One. Monday, the mobile Thunder store made it to my part of the state. I waited in line for 45 minutes and bought an overpriced NBA Finals shirt. (Which I have mixed feelings about wearing)



Side note, did anyone see KD’s tearful embrace with his momma? I have to admit, tears were flowing. That was such a precious moment.

Two. Other than obsessing over the Thunder, this week I’ve been on a mission to find the perfect pair of shoes to go with a LBD I’m wearing to a wedding. I came across this AMAZING leopard pair.


Source

They are absolutely perfect, very sexy and bright for summer; exactly what I’ve been looking for…then I noticed the price tag: $959.99. A little part of me died. Naturally, I’ve been obsessing over them ever since.

After saying a tearful goodbye to the leopard beauties, I came across these gorgeous yellow heels by Zara.


Source

Not exactly what I had in mind but very cute. I’m still on the fence…I plan on doing some shopping this weekend and if I don’t find anything I might splurge on these.

Three. Of course, my friends Susan and I are on a mission to get through Mad Men. We started season three this week. So far it’s been a little boring.

Four. I bought a couple of items from Birchbox using money I earned with my points and a 9 month anniversary discount. I got a bottle of my Purity face cleanser FOR FREE. If you haven’t jumped aboard the Birchbox train, you are really missing out.




Five. I love getting pictures of my sweet baby. My Mom has been sending me photos of Kosmo to lift my spirits during the Finals.



Linking up with Lauren for #H54F!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June Birchbox

My Birchbox is probably the best thing I’ve done for myself all year. I know that’s a pretty bold statement but I really mean it!

Sometimes life is boring, repeating the same routine every day can be extremely mundane. I think we can all agree that we deserve a treat every now and then.

And what better treat than something that makes you pretty?

If I’m having a bad day and I come home to a pretty pink box, my mood totally changes! I love opening my mailbox and seeing this beauty sitting inside waiting patiently for my arrival.


I don’t know if it’s the pink packaging or the actual contents of the box, but my inner girly girl always swoons!

This month wasn’t any different; I was very pleased with my goodies.

So what did I get?





BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Cynthia Rowley Bundle
The first thing to catch my eyes was the adorable Band-Aids! Too cute!

theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac
I love the Stainiac lip/cheek stain! It looks really natural.

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
The Jouer moisturizing tent is perfect for summer.

BORGHESE Botanico Eye Compresses
I haven’t tried these yet but I bet I like them. I’m saving them for my Sorority sister’s wedding.

Scalisi Skincare Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Lately I’ve been obsessed with my skin. I am soo excited that this product made it to my doorstep!
I’ve only been using it for a few days, so far so good.

John Varvatos Star U.S.A. 1.7 oz
I saw the words “for men” on the packaging and totally ignored it. (It’s cologne).

Feeling left out? Don’t worry! You can have one too! Click here!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I did it! I really did it!!

When I began jogging I could barely run 2 minutes at a time, I had terrible side cramps and couldn’t catch my breath. I am dead serious when I say that I have NEVER pushed myself physically (unless you count learning how to do the splits or a back handspring).

I am amazed at the changes in my stamina and endurance. I feel great, I’m sleeping better, and I think I look a little leaner. It has been such a wonderful experience.

However, the day leading up to the race was a little tense. This sounds silly after the fact, but I had a lot of anxiety about the 5K. My stomach was in knots, I couldn’t sleep the night before; I woke up before my alarm that morning.

The course was extremely difficult for a novice runner like me. There were several hills. By the end of the run my calves were shot. I did get a teeny tiny side cramp but it went away.

Looking back, nothing compares to how I felt after I crossed the finish line. I was so excited to see everyone cheering me one, I was relieved to be finished, and I was proud of myself for staying dedicated and accomplishing this goal.

For some of you, this might seem insignificant. I realize that 3.1 miles is no marathon. But for me, it was a big accomplishment. I know that I am capable of anything I put my mind to. I’ve always been aggressive at accomplishing my goals, however, this is the first time I have had to sweat and suffer through the pain.

I’m excited to continue training and running. Maybe one day I will be able to increase my distance! I look forward to my next 5K this August in NEW YORK CITY!!!

Here are a few pictures I took at the run:


Me, Mom, Mikayla waiting to start.
Do I look nervous!?
Side note: Wow! my head is HUGE! Look at it compared to my Mom
I blame it on the camera angle..

Me and Brooke before the run

Me and Mikaya
I'm very nervous at this point

Mikayla coming across the finish line
(Brooke took this)
(There's no way I finished before her)

My Momma crossing the finish line!

(Not pictured: me crossing the finish line.)
 
Why you ask?
 
The pictures were mortifying.
 
One word:
 
spandex.
 
I'll know better next time
 
Can you see the cloudy skies? God was with us! (I wouldn't have been able to do those hills under the hot summer sun).
 
My final time? 33:27
 
Let's see if I can do better in NYC!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day Weekend and a note to my daddy.

Father’s Day weekend was absolutely wonderful. It started out with the completion of my first 5K (which we will discuss in another post). Following the 5K I headed to my old stomping grounds, Tulsa.

I spent most of Saturday looking for some shoes to wear to a wedding. I was unsuccessful. If anyone knows of a stellar pair of heels that would go great with a LBD please let me know! I’m looking for something with a pop of color… (Not red, I’m thinking bright!)

Saturday evening we took it easy, I was exhausted from the run.

Sunday morning was spent watching the food network while sipping on a cup of coffee.

We lounged around the pool for most of the day.



Ate a delicious pralines and cream ice cream cake.



My brother and sister snuck in a nap before the Thunder game.



We decided to do a little bet.



Of course, my Dad won. He is the luckiest person I know! He’s won several vacations (including a trip to San Antonio and a week on a house boat), he’s won tickets to multiple concerts (including Christina Aguilera), and he even NAMED the Tulsa Talons (arena football team) by winning a contest! No Joke…my Dad came up the name "Tulsa Talons."

Back to our Father’s Day wager…each person put in $2, my dad ended up winning $12.

I baked the Pioneer Woman’s blackberry cobbler for a halftime dessert.



It was scrumptious.

There were no leftovers.

Sadly, the Thunder lost but we had a great time watching the game together.

Also, I found this picture of me and my Dad..I think it's pretty cute.



Dad,
You’ve always been so important in my life. I’m so lucky to have a father like you. You were so involved in my childhood, which is rare for a single Dad. You always put us first and went out of your way to shower us with love. I miss our morning breakfast before school. I miss our late nights watching Frasier. I miss our shopping trips to Grapevine. I’m very grateful for everything you’ve done for us. You are so wonderful and I couldn’t imagine life without you. I love you so so much. Happy Father’s Day!
Brittney

Friday, June 15, 2012

High Five for Friday

I may or may not be asleep as I type today’s post. This morning I woke to dark skies, achy muscles, and a chilly bedroom. Needless to say, it was a struggle to get out of bed.

(but what’s new?)

Today I’m linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for #H54F. Friday, a day I cherish every week. The anticipation of having two days off will be enough to get me through this sleepy morning.

My top five:

1. On my Dallas trip I bought two scarfs. I wore both of them this week. There’s nothing like a new accessory to liven up an old outfit!




2. Thanks to Rachel, I was introduced to an artist on Etsy. I love the way her work seems timeless. I love how she portrays modern women with vintage glam. It’s how I aspire to look. I really want to buy several prints and create a gallery wall.



3. Bath and Body Works is having their semiannual sale! I got several wallflowers for my office and this candle for my bedroom.



4. Yesterday we had a Thunder potluck at work. It was a lot of fun…Although, due to recent events, we’ve decided that the potluck was actually bad luck and have agreed to forgo future pre-game celebrations.


Fear the Beard!

5. It's finally here, tomorrow is my first 5K!  Last night I jogged a little over two miles…without stopping. I’ve never been athletic and I’ve never pushed myself physically. I realize that jogging 3.1 miles might be a little out of reach for me but I’ve never pushed myself this hard and I am very proud. It’s a small victory!

I hope you have a wonderful day today and an even better weekend.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Awkward and Awesome

Awkward


-That moment when someone hurts themselves and you can’t stop laughing. I got sooo giggly when one of my friends (Susan) stepped on a scorpion. She hopped around on one foot (crying but kind of laughing at the same time) screaming “it hurts! It hurts!” It was quite the scene. Of course, I’m not mature enough to watch her fit with a straight face.

-My not-so-secret-but-really-embarrassing love for abc Family. I’ve banned myself from watching "Bunheads." Although, a teen show about dancing is right up my alley (I would probably love it). Unfortunately, I’ve met my quota of abc Family programming. I’m already a devoted follower of “Secret Life,” “PLL,” “Jane by Design,” and “The Lying Game.”

I have to mention the Thunder. A couple of things strike me as “awkward.”

-First, to the people who are lucky enough to attend the finals but decide against wearing the t-shirt: I don’t get it? Why are you too cool for the shirt? By now it is safe to assume that you will receive a free t-shirt at each playoff game...plan your outfit accordingly and be a team sport.

-Second, to the girl in the orange skinnies (sitting courtside) at last Tuesday’s game: while I applaud your bravery, I am a little concerned about what those looked like in real life. I mean neon orange? Covering my butt and thighs? I don’t think so.

Awesome

-Last Sunday I bought Twilight Breaking Dawn (part 1). I had forgotten how much I love the series. After watching it, I immediately got on Google and discovered that part 2 opens November 16th. Also, I watched the teaser trailer (Located here) and have been excited ever since.

-Susan and I finally finished Mad Men season two! Is there hope for Don Draper after all? The letter he wrote to Betty was precious (too bad she ruined it by hooking up with a complete stranger). I’m hoping that Don becomes the attentive and adoring husband that we all fall in love with. (Yes, I realize I’m 3 seasons behind…please don’t ruin it for me!)

-Kate and Lauren’s 30X30 challenge: 30 outfits, using 30 articles of clothing/accessories. I’m thinking about participating. It’s a great way to utilize the clothing you ALREADY own, while being creative. My only problem: It’s really hard to take pictures of myself and I refuse to do the mirror shots. If I can find someone willing to do weekly pics, I will join the challenge!

-The endless hours me and my best (Autumn) spend talking about 50 shades...she's probably the only person (on earth) that I'm comfortable enough to discuss it with. Also, she is probably the only person I will consider seeing the movie with.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm on the bandwagon!

I’m not going to pretend like I’m a huge sports fan.

This time last year I would have laughed had you asked me to watch the NBA finals. Occasionally, I will watch the Texas Rangers and I like college football but I’ve never been interested in basketball.

I went to my first Thunder game earlier this year. I had a blast but I was by no means a devoted fan. A couple of weeks following, I went to the game…and sat courtside. Did I mention they played the Lakers that night? It was epic. Let’s just say I had a new found respect for basketball and of course, the Thunder. Slowly but surely I’ve become more and more interested.

I’ve watched the last two playoff games…by myself…with no man or friend to pressure me into it. This is a pretty big deal for a girl like me.

I guess you could say I’m somewhat of a “bandwagon” fan. Although, I roll my eyes at people that get territorial about fans. I think we should embrace everyone who is willing to root for our team. No matter how educated they are with the sport. If you are someone who rants on Twitter or Facebook complaining about bandwagon fans, I really hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.

See, I’m a fan of our state. I am a fan of our community coming together to root for something good. I’m a fan of the publicity Oklahoma has received. I’m a fan of the good sportsmanship our team has displayed. So if that makes me a bandwagon fan… I guess I will wear that title proudly!

The games have been so exciting. I've never been more proud to be an Oklahoman.

Pardon my scarf obsession.

I even wore blue to work today!

I've got a feeling (woohoo) that tonights gonna be a good night!

ThunderUp!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Music


It’s been on my mind lately.

(Probably because I am in the process of compiling the perfect playlist for the 5K this weekend).

However there are times when I catch myself driving in complete silence, just lost in thought. I love those days. It seems like I can really focus and think about the “bigger picture” when I’m alone in a car with nothing but my mind to keep me company.

But lately, I’ve been on a music kick. It’s been so instrumental in my jogging. I don’t think I could jog in silence. I listen to the same group of songs on repeat. Some of them are fast pace (like my Selena Gomez), some of them are sassy (like the Pistol Annies), and some of them are slow and relaxing (like Miranda’s “House That Built Me”).

Have you ever thought about how much we are influenced by music? For some of us, music defines who we are, our personal style. If you’re like me, you like a wide variety of music (pop, country, R&B, show tunes).

I can remember being a little girl, probably middle school, and I would blast my parents stereo (when they weren’t home) and sing at the top of my lungs…not much has changed since then. I still love to sing my heart out. Although, in an effort to spare my neighbors, I save the concerts for the car.

So today, I’m sitting in my office, when I hear the melody to a song from Seussical (the musical). I didn’t realize that it was playing until I caught myself singing the chorus. As it turns out, our intern and I have something in common.

It was a small moment that made me smile. I’m not the only one who enjoys listening to cheesy show tunes.

Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really love and appreciate music. One song can change my entire attitude and outlook on life.

So as we move forward with our busy week, I encourage you to take a few minutes, close your eyes, and listen to your favorite song.

It might make the difference between a good day and a bad day.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fifty years

Yes, I'm still alive.

Last week was extremely busy at work (lately every week has been extremely busy). I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but...after a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is come home and get on the computer. Normally, I find blogging to be a wonderful release but lately I've been consumed with other things.

Like this lady for instance.



Yes, I had lunch (at the Annie Oakley Society) with Reba last week. Did you know that her sister can sing? Even more, she's just as talented! I wonder what its like being Reba's sister? I'm sure it has it's ups and downs.

Also, my grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend! Can you believe it! Fifty years! With the same person? Every day? My Mimi was only 17 when they married! Oh my, how times have changed.



We had a HUGE party at the lake. All their friends and family came out to celebrate.




It was so much fun! All of the cousins together running around...everyone seemed so happy. I wish we saw more of each other. They are all so precious.


The food was deslish! Especially the dessert, my aunt Cheryl did a great job with their cake.



Of course, we couldn't leave without taking a family portrait.

My grandparents and their boys.
From left: Uncle David, Mimi, Pappy, (my) Dad, and Uncle Vinson

Our family!
A lot has happened in the last fifty years...
The grandkids!
They seemed so happy
 I'm so proud to be an Orr. They have created such a beautiful family and have been wonderful grandparents to me and my cousins. I'm so blessed to have them.

Oh yeah, this is what I wore!

J Crew necklace and maxi
Back to work tomorrow!

Have a lovely Monday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

One year blogiversary!


I can’t believe this blog has survived an entire year!

I remember exactly where I was a year ago today…I had just moved into my new apartment (I don’t think I had anything on the walls yet). It took me several days to decide what to write about. I was preparing for my first day of work (which was June 6th, tomorrow) and I couldn’t have been more excited about my future.

I decided to blog because I wanted to stay connected with my friends and family. However, I never dreamed that I would make so many new friends through blogging…Allison, Melissa, Rachel, Rachael, Rita I’m so thankful to have come across you in the blogisphere and even more thankful that I have had the pleasure of meeting you! You women inspire me in so many areas of my life: fashion, fitness, health, my writing, you have all been so wonderful.

I wasn’t sure what to write about today. I considered doing a giveaway or maybe some kind of re-design…but I decided that wouldn’t reflect the true spirit of my blog. I’m not a fashionista, I’m not a health guru, I’m not a designer, I don’t have an Etsy shop and I’m not trying to gain any profit…I’m just here to tell my story.

So, in honor of an entire year of storytelling, I thought we would take a little walk down memory lane.

To where it all began, my first post.

To the post with the highest pageviews.

To my most embarrassing moments. 1  2  3 (yes, there are several!)

To good days.

To bad days.

And to my family. Dad, Mom, Brandon, and Mikayla.

I want to thank all of you for sticking around, for your love and support, for overlooking my writing flaws and errors, and for your words of encouragement. All of your comments, emails, “likes,” tweets, texts, phone calls, mean the world to me and have greatly contributed to this milestone!

I've enjoyed this more than I could have imagined possible.

Thank you so so much,
Brittney

Monday, June 4, 2012

Dallas

Girls weekend was marvelous.

Sometimes the best cure for a stressful week is hopping in the car and escaping reality with your best gals.

I did my best to take pictures. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my fancy camera. I decided, for it's own safety, that it should stay at home.

The pictures I took on my phone are horrendous. Please bare with me. If you've been watching instagram you've already seen most of them, however, I've included captions.

Let the recap begin!



We arrived at Mi Cocina around 8:30 Friday evening. If you live near one, I highly recommend the brisket tacos. Yum! Also, the Mambo Taxis are delish (but watch out because they are stout).

Following our scrumptious dinner, we spent several hours in the hot tub dancing/singing to some classic hits (from our  high school days) including Destiny Child's "Say My Name."

Saturday we went to Bread Winners for brunch.


Following brunch, we went a couple of stores. I bought two scarfs. I have a serious problem. My scarf collection is out of control. I need help.

We spent the rest of the day poolside.



Yes, I realize this photo is supposed to represent "poolside" and it was taken indoors. However, I assure you those cups and the flamingo were very instrumental in our sunbathing activities.


There's something about reading a magazine by the pool...it's probably one of my favorite pass times.




We watched the Thunder beat the Spurs at a cute indoor/outdoor sports bar in uptown called the Knodding Donkey.

After dinner, we decided to go out on the town. First, we went to Primebar for a little dancing. (sadly I didn't take any photos....)

Following Primebar we went to Ghostbar. This place is by far the coolest club I've ever been to! It is located on the roof of The W Dallas Victory Hotel. The usual cover is $20...the bouncer let us in for free. (Oh yeah, this is the same hotel that Khloe and Lamar lived in while he played for the Mavericks).

With the flash...

Without the flash...
Everything inside is blue and white. Very chic.


The view from Ghostbar is unreal. It was incredible!

Sunday we went to go see Snow White and the Huntsman. Loved this movie y'all! Charlize Theron was magnificent! Her costumes were to die for! Kristin Stewart was okay...I could go either way with her. However, she was not the "fairest of them all" if you ask me....

I hope you had a great weekend as well (I'm still recovering from mine)!

Here's to a good week!