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

Monday, November 30, 2015

Brandon Goes Black Friday Shopping

Last week was Thanksgiving (in case you forgot) and I spent it in Tulsa with my Dad's family. We watched the Macy's parade -which holds a special place in my heart because when I was 16 or 17 I had the opportunity to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with my show choir. It was an amazing experience. It's no secret that I love am obsessed with NYC so being there during the holidays was truly magical. However, being away from my family on Thanksgiving was the pits. I vowed never to miss a holiday again...and I haven't. :-) Anyway, we watched the parade and ate all of the traditional Thanksgiving entrees. 


Earlier in the week I hosted my mother's family at the doll house. We also had the traditional meal which included my mother's homemade rolls. If I'm ever on death row, my last meal will include my mom's rolls...and probably a side dish of kung pow chicken with fried okra. I'm weird.

Every year my mom, sister and I brave the crowds and take part in the madness that is Black Friday. We are the people who wait outside Target in a line that wraps around the building to buy a $5 dvd of "Elf." Because, why not?

We laugh and carry on like a bunch of crazy ladies and I love it. We shop and shop and shop, usually taking a "half time" to fuel up in the food court before round two. Then we wake up the next day and do it again...this time hitting up the stores that weren't open the night before. Yes, we're insane but we have fun.

However, this year my mom was out of town and my sister had plans as well. So it was just me...I'm not going to lie I had a mini pitty party. I was worried that going alone might be a little sad...seeing other mother/daughter duo's having fun would only make me miss mine. I hesitantly asked my little brother to join in and to my surprise, he agreed! 


Brandon to the rescue! He was such a trooper! We had so much fun! Exclamation mark *!!* again because I am still so happy! We laughed and carried on just like a bunch of crazy people...he totally rocked Black Friday like a pro and I will be forever grateful! We waited in the Target line for a $5 dvd, we went to Ulta for their famous $10 doorbusters, we went to the mall (and ate in the food court). It was perfect. How lucky am I to have a brother that would forgo an evening of football to go shopping with his crazy sister because it would make her happy? Gosh, I'm getting teary just thinking about it. 

He is going to make the perfect husband one day. 

Oh and next year, he want's to do it again! and even agreed to wear a matching t shirt! He's the best I tell you!

On another note, we couldn't believe how polite everyone was...people would say "excuse me" after bumping into us. No one ran, no one shoved. It was nothing like the BF stereotypes I've witnessed before. So way to go polite strangers! You make the world a better place!

Anyway, the rest of the weekend was spent in OKC. I participated in #shoplocal on Saturday...visiting the adorable Holiday Pop-Up Shops


I walked through the most darling Christmas tree lot next door and thought about my childhood.


My grandfather (I call him Poppa) used to have a Christmas tree farm. People would come to the farm, pick out a tree and cut it down. I believe they made wreaths as well. He had a little red building that my grandmother painted to look like a red play house. My cousins and I would play in the house and give customers candy canes. 

One day I'd like to try a fresh tree. I love the way they smell. Also, there's something nostalgic about them...but for now I'll admire from afar and dream of red play houses and candy canes. 

Other than shopping & eating, I stayed warm by the fireplace and watched Christmas movies on Netflix. Pretty awesome holiday if I do say so myself. 



Tis the season!

-Brittney

Monday, November 9, 2015

Harry Potter Dinner Party 2015

When my friend Susan and I hosted our first Harry Potter party back in 2011, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into!

Susan is the party queen (see her son's amazing birthday parties here & here) and for years she has been hosting Halloween themed parties. The year we met, 2011, she chose "Harry Potter" as the theme for her annual event. Being newly friends (my first year living in Ada) and a devout HP fan, I offered to help her out. The party was a smashing success. All of our guests had a marvelous time -so much so that they begged us to do it again! 

Alas, a tradition was born.

Every year we add a new feature to our party and it continues to grow!

This year we added a Dementor...


the proclamation wall...


Which made the perfect background for my Dolores Umbridge costume!


and we added the Great Hall! (not pictured: floating candles...none of my photos turned out!)



The dinner was delicious and the company was wonderful!


So thankful to have friends that don't mind being a little goofy -yes we're total nerds but I wouldn't have it any other way!

(5 house points to the person that can name all of our costumes!)
















My costume was thrown together the week before. I came across this Buzzfeed article and was sold on the very first idea! The jacket is from a thrift shop & I paired it with this dress. I found the hat at a local antique store. Not too bad if I do say so myself! 


Any other Harry Potter fans out there? I'd love to hear ideas for costumes and decorations! We're already making plans for next year -don't judge! :-)

Have a good week!

-Brittney


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is this thing on?

Hello internet!

It's been exactly one month (to the date) since we last spoke...life has been so busy!

Here's what I've been up to:

-I traveled to Austin, TX for a bachelorette party. On our way we stopped in Waco to checkout the Magnolia Market. 


We missed the Silo grand opening by a few weeks -however, it's probably for the best because I don't know that I would have been able to control my spending! Everything was so cute and perfect for the doll house! I brought back this wooden cookbook holder, it 's great for my iPad (when looking up those Pinterest/Pioneer Woman recipes!)

A few weeks later I attended the ionOklahoma 30 under 30 banquet. It was such an honor to be recognized and truly a wonderful evening. 


My favorite part of the entire experience has been getting to know the other 30 under 30 recipients. They are all exceptional individuals who've accomplished so many wonderful things in such a short time...but what impressed me the most was how welcoming and friendly everyone was to one another. Standing in a room filled with successful men and women can be a little intimidating but that wasn't the case with this group! They were delightful!

A few days later I donned the same green dress to a vineyard wedding! 

I know there is an unspoken rule about repeating an outfit in the same week...but I loved this dress! It was perfect for both occasions so I threw the rules out the window and never looked back!


Last weekend I attended a Halloween party & I went as Morticia Addams. 



I don't think I've dressed up for Halloween since college. It was so much fun planning my costume! I probably watched a dozen Morticia Addams makeup tutorials on YouTube and even broke out the Addams Family Movie for inspiration!

The other costumes were pretty clever -I especially loved the DIY McDonalds french fry costume!




In my spare time I've been binge watching The Mindy Project. Oh my gosh, she is so funny!

Also, my other shows have made their way back into my life. Shonda Rhimes is to me what Beyonce is to the rest of the world. Thank you Shonda for Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating and my longtime friend, Meredith Grey.

I'm not ready to talk about The Walking Dead yet, however, I would like to address two of my (former) Facebook friends who thought it was socially acceptable to leak the major spoiler in this week's episode! Please read the following in Stephanie Tanner's voice: How Rude! #Unfriend

October is my favorite time of year. At the risk of sounding "basic" (did I use that new catch phrase correctly? please advise) ... I love the changing leaves, festive parties and pumpkin spice everything. I can't help myself!

Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet this month:

You all know how much I love theSkimm! One of the founders was recently married in Chicago and it was gorgeous! 
-Style Me Pretty

-The New York Times

-Business Insider

-AD Week

31 Alternative Harry Potter Costume Ideas I'm co-hosting a HP party next week. I found my costume in this article & it's going to be perfect!!
-Buzzfeed

The week ahead:
Halloween book club, trick-or-treaters and a cozy (scary) movie night with friends! Can't wait! 

Happy Halloween!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Week in Review

This has been such a good week. I've been surrounded by friends and family almost every day, which is a rare treat!

Peak.

A gender reveal BBQ -the invitations read: "Bun in the oven, burgers on the grill!" Isn't that clever?


I have such an amazing group of friends here in Ada. Our friendship reminds me of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda...except there are thirteen of us instead of four!

Pit: 

It's kind of hard to think of a pit, but if I have to choose...I'd say the pit of my week is all of the yard work that awaits me this weekend. It's out of control...sometimes I fantasize about clearing out my entire backyard and filling it with rocks! I hate yardwork.

Peak:

My mom stayed over at my house night last night. We had dinner with my siblings and toured my brother's new house. We stayed up late talking about everything under the sun. Those are the best nights.

Peak:

Fall is ALMOST here -that means it's time to dust off those cozy sweaters and shop the fall trends! My favorite boutique has put out their fall selection and it is adorable! They asked me to model a few outfits and I was in heaven!


Follow @Serendipity_ada on Instagram to see the other looks. My favorite hasn't been posted yet but it involves a tulle skirt! Swoon!

Here are my favorite things on the internet this week:

She answered his ad for a roommate, moved in and never left. This story needs to be made into a movie!
-The New York Times

Greetings from pengy! This made my heart tingle, the internet can be such an awesome place!
-Buzzfeed

One Day More! Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals, also I'm  little obsessed with flash mobs...combine the two? Magic! (If you're a teacher, you need to watch it!)
-YouTube

Of course, I got sucked into the YouTube rabbit hole and spent an embarrassing amount of time watching "One Day More" flash mob videos (there are so many!)...this one was my favorite. It's a wedding flash mob where they surprised the bride. Please tell my future husband to make this happen. K thanks.

The perfect half up bun. So I'm really liking the half up bun trend but I've been a little intimidated to give it a try...this fashion blogger is rocking it! I'm making it a goal to wear one sometime this weekend!
-Pink Pistachio 

The week ahead:

-A street festival (Ada Fest), a sushi date and digging out my fall decor...it doesn't get better than that!

Have a good weekend!

-Brittney

Monday, August 24, 2015

Rocksbox Review

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For my birthday my little brother gifted me a RocksBox jewelry subscription. I'd heard about RocksBox before but wasn't really sure how it worked or what to expect.

Here's what you need to know: It's like renting designer jewelry! 

The first thing you do is complete a short survey about your style- Do you wear mostly yellow gold or silver? Do you wear statement pieces or are you drawn to delicate pieces? What's your ring size (do you wear rings?) -etc.

After completing my survey, I browsed their stock of jewelry. I was surprised to see that they have all of my favorite designers! Kendra Scott, Loren Hope, Gorjana -to name a few! If I saw an item I liked, I added it to my wishlist -then the RocksBox designers will include at least one item from my "wishlist" in my box! #love

So last week I received my first box and it did not disappoint! 



The box included three pieces that I can wear as long as I like. If there's something in my box that I want to buy, I can purchase it at a discounted rate (not to mention you get a $10 credit for each box -on top of the already discounted jewelry..that's a pretty good deal! Especially on designers that NEVER go on sale *ahem, Loren Hope I'm looking at you!) 



If I don't like any of the jewelry in my box, I can send it back and they will send me a new box! RocksBox does not limit the number of box renewals each month...which means you could sample as much jewelry as your heart desires! 


Included in my first box: 

1. Gorjana Mave Lariat Necklace
(one of my "wishlist" items)
Retail: $78
RocksBox discount: $62


2. Perry Street Kara Earrings
Retail: $33
RocksBox discount: $26


3. Sophie Harper X Ring in Gold
Retail: $30
RocksBox discount: $24


I loved each and every piece! I wore the necklace 3 times (It looked so perfect with this black maxi I wore to a BBQ last weekend) 

The ring is one of those everyday staples, and I really loved it! However, I already own a ring very similar so I decided to send it back.

The earrings are darling and a fun way to jazz up any outfit!

I decided not to purchase anything from this box. I am saving my $10 credit for something special! I can't wait to see what's in my next box! I sent this one back today so I should have something new soon!

Have any of you tried RocksBox? What do you think? I have so many events coming up in the next few months -a wedding, a bachelorette weekend, holiday parties -this is going to save me so much money on styling my looks!

If you're interested in signing up (and want to try the first month free!!!) click here!

**RocksBox does not know who I am. As I mentioned earlier, this was a gift from my brother. I just thought it was cool and wanted to share it with you!