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October 2017

Tans & Trips

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Happy Halloween! Hope y’all had a terrific Tuesday! I’m always off of work on Tuesdays and Thursdays so after the kids go to school I can run around town like a maniac getting groceries, doing errands and of course, shop a little 🙂 This morning I had to get some last minute things for a road trip my mom and I are taking this weekend. So for today’s blog post, I’m breaking down some of my travel items. Since we are driving for our trip, this will be a shorter version. December we are headed to Dallas so I’ll do an even bigger post with all my travel essentials, especially since we will be traveling with the kids then!

First thing’s first when it comes to traveling with me, and that’s checking the weather lol. I always want to make sure I have the right clothing and accessories depending on the forecast! This weekend will be cold, so I’m making sure I’m packing lots of sweaters, boots, and warm layers. I always make sure I lay full outfits out (the top, the pants, the shoes, accessories, the whole she-bang!) so I know exactly what I’m going to be wearing each day.  Nothing’s worse than scrambling to find what the heck to wear when you’re on vacation. (Unless you just stay in your pjs lol).

So as you may know, I’m such an organizer and that’s why I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Bag-All items from shopbop.com. These help me know where everything is in my bag and they store everything perfectly. (Pete says they just add more “crap” to my bag 🙄😂). But seriously, they are so adorable, affordable and wonderful for traveling! I’m breakdown them down (although they are kind of self-explanatory as to what to put inside them):

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TRIFOLD JEWELRY CASE: This looks small, but packs a big punch! I usually have 4-5 pairs of earrings, 3 watches can fit in the bottom pockets and the top pockets I have rings, necklaces and a few bracelets.
EARRINGS: Vanessa Mooney
EARRINGS: BaubleBar
EARRINGS: Panacea (on sale finally!)
WATCH: Mvmt

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MY VANITY TRAVEL CASE: You can literally put SO MUCH in here! I can always get all my makeup brushes, hair products, hygiene items and more in it.
WET BRUSH
HAIRSPRAY
MAKEUP BRUSHES: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071KVBSGV/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

OTHERS:
BOOT BAG: Used for, you guessed it, boots. I can fit about 2-3 tall pairs and a few booties too!

CURLING IRON TRAVEL BAG: This has a heat tolerant liner in it so you can wrap up your curling iron or flat iron and stick it in there even if its still hot.

HAIRDRYER ORGANIZING BAG Besides my hair dryer I can usually get any extra hair products like shampoos or hairsprays as well as my straightener in this bag.

These ones are also on my radar:
PENS, LIPSTICKS, ETC. ORGANIZING BAG // WASH ME TRAVEL BAG

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So besides all the above items, I always have my purse on hand obviously and the few things I must have when traveling that I carry in it are my makeup bag, my planner and sunglasses so they are easily accessible in case I need to touch up my makeup, if its really freaking sunny outside, or an event comes up then I lick to write it down in my planner (I do have a phone that i can use that for, but i love me some old school planners!). My makeup bag, makeup brushes and planner are all from Amazon and I have them linked.
SUNGLASSES: Quay Vivienne
MAKEUP BAG:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KM54BH0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
PLANNER:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/154726330X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So this post was rather easy since I wasn’t packing for myself and three other people. I’ll have that enormous blog post up in December 😉 Hope everyone had a safe and spookalicious Halloween! Trick or Treat! Brooke

SHOP MY OUTFIT HERE:
SWEATER: J. Crew at Nordstrom (On sale, wearing size M)
JEANS: Mudd Brand at Kohls (Only $27.99!)
BOOTS
EARRINGS
HAT: Bought off Poshmark // Simliar Here:
Faux Suede Rancher Hat
Brixton Wesley Fedora
LUGGAGE: Calpak Astyll (I have the carry-on in these photos)

Fashion

Olive Green Getup

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You’ve all seen this Nordstrom green top on me several times (I do like to wear things more than once lol). I have this in three different colors and it’s such a great piece to wear dressed up or casual. I wore it to work today and it’s so easy to dress down with jeans! Add a vest to jazz it up, a scarf to make it cozy, a layered necklace for some bling vibes, the possibilities are endless! This green is out of stock, but it comes in all sorts of other colors and it does run true to size. The best part is it’s on sale! I’m obsessed with the “Peppercorn” color (and might just have to buy it!) I’m linking it as well as several other olive green colored blouses similar to the one I’m wearing.

And these boots I have on are another pair I snatched up from Gabe’s (I told you I bought wayyyy too many pairs from there lol). Like I said in yesterday’s post, Gabe’s is totally hit or miss but it was a hit in the shoe department for me the other day! Again with Gabe’s you can’t buy online, so I’ve got other great black boots below at great price points.

Is anyone doing anything fun this weekend? We will be doing all things fall & Halloween! Farms, carving pumpkins, drinking cider (some of it spiked) and Pete and I have an adult Halloween party Saturday. We haven’t dressed up for one in a long time! Can’t wait to show you guys what we are going as! 😉

I hope ya’ll have had such a fab Friday! Xoxo, Brooke

TOP Nordstrom // PANTS TJ Maxx // HAT Charming Charlie

Similar Olive Tops Here:
Mossimo Women’s Off the Shoulder Woven
V-Neck Woven Blouse with Crochet Trim
BB Dakota Boothe Lace Up Top
Ro & De Ruffle Tier Sleeve Blouse
Pleione Bell Sleeve Pebble Crepe Blouse
Women’s Bp. Off The Shoulder Halter Top
Alyx 3/4 Sleeve Round Neck Woven Blouse
Collared Pocket Button-Up Shirt
Women’s Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

BOOTS: Gabe’s // Similar Styles Here:
A New Day Women’s Sidney Over the Knee Boots
(20% off with code BOOTS20)
Chinese Laundry Radiance
Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots
Top Moda Willow Knee High Boot
FOREVER 21 Faux Suede Tall Boots

EARRINGS: The Styled Collection Positano Drops http://rwrd.io/ynqreza // Similar Style:
Ashiana Tassel Fan Earrings

BRACELETS: Oriana Lamarca https://www.orianalamarca.com // Similar Styles:
Design Lab Lord & Taylor Beaded Bracelet Set
MIXIT Mixit Womens Beaded Bracelet

WATCH MVMT Rose Gold // Dupe: Timex Watch

 

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Cream Sweaters & Coffee Shops

 

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Welcome to Friday Eve! Today after dropping the kids off at school my husband and I decided to have a nice little morning coffee date to celebrate our 9 year anniversary! When you’re married to a fireman, you try to soak up as much time together as you can. We went to an adorable little coffee shop in the cutest little town about half an hour from our house and met the sweetest barista there! It’s so nice to go to locally owned places. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Starbucks, but I am so in love with mom and pop shops and family owned places, so this coffee shop was right up my alley, not to mention the coffee was sooo good! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend hitting this place up.

Now that I’ve talked about coffee, lets switch over to my outfit. I ordered this Charming Charlie sweater at the end of summer and today was perfect weather to throw it on. It’s on sale and there’s only XL left, but it does run small so the size is just right to get that oversized/off the shoulder look. I always buy my sweaters bigger for that reason. I’m linking other cream color sweaters as well that I’m loving right now. And speaking of love, the jeans I have on I just got from Kohl’s and they are my absolute fav! I’m linking those below as well, along with the other raw hem pair that I wore in my last post.

And last but not least, these boots are from Gabe’s. We recently got a Gabe’s in our town and I haven’t been to one since my college days (back then it was called Gabriel Brothers). It’s definitely hit or miss when you go there and some of their stuff isn’t the best quality, but these boots spoke to me when I spotted them (literally, they said, “just throw me in your cart Brooke you know we are coming home with you). I will say they have come a long way since the last time I stepped foot in one, but I probably will only pop in their occasionally to check out their stuff. Gabe’s doesn’t have items online so you phyiscally have to go to the store, but I’m linking boots that are similar below.

Okay, I’ve talked enough today 😉 Enjoy your evening lovies! Xo, Brooke

OUTFIT:

SWEATER // Similar Here:
H&M Knit Sweater
H&M Knit Wool-blend Sweater
H&M V-neck Sweater
H&M Rib-knit Sweater
H&M Cable-knit Sweater
H&M Fine-knit Sweater
H&M Knit Sweater
H&M Fluffy Sweater
Express Sweater
Astr Lace-Up Sweater
Bp. V-Neck Sweater
Halogen Lace-Up Sweater

EARRINGS // HAT // JEANS // Also have these:
Heavy Stitch Skinny Jeans
Distressed Fray Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans

BOOTS: Gabe’s // Similar Here:
A New Day Marie Suede Tall Boots
Nature Breeze Vickie Stretch Tall Boot
Taupe Luna Boot
Kellini slouchy tall boot

BAG: Louis Vuitton Turenne MM // Similar Here:
Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 30
Louis Vuitton Monogram Alma PM

* The above are affiliate links

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Ruffles & Restaurants

 

 

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This photo of me is literally after we got home from a restaurant with our kids, hence why I look semi frazzled 😂 I scored this baby soft sweater from Target the other night. It’s probably the softness sweater I’ve ever owned! I’ve been on a huge ruffle kick lately. They are so popular! This sweater is only in store (I can’t find it online), but I’m linking tons of other similar styles below along with these raw hem jeans that I got at Kohl’s. They are the BOMB! Stretchy, comfy and perfectly distressed!

So, taking small children to a restaurant is like trying to herd pigs with grease on your hands. I’ve created the 6 steps of taking children ages 5 and under to a restaurant:

1) Leave the house with high hopes and dreams of a nice, calm dinner with conversations of how each of your days went.

2) Enter restaurant and realize this was a poor decision after one of your children has asked to go to the bathroom for the 4th time and the other is trying to take food off a stranger’s plate.

3) Take 25 minutes as your children decide what they want to eat. Common phrases used: “I want this”, “No I changed my mind”, “I want dessert first”, “Do they have poop sandwiches here?” (followed by children’s extremely loud laughs).

4) Order and pray no one you know is at the same dinner location. Try to converse with your kids but succumb to whining, talking about farts, yelling how they’re starving and putting each other in a headlock. Give in and throw iPhones at your children so they are distracted.

5) Food comes. Shove yours down your throat while your kids take bites the size of ants and say they aren’t hungry.

6) Scramble out of the joint while the waiter looks at you in disgust and vow to stay home and make Kraft Mac & Cheese the next time you feel the itch to go out for a family dinner.

And there you have it! Enjoy your night sweethearts, I’ll be pouring myself a big ass glass of wine 🍷 Xo, Brooke

Shop My Look:
EARRINGS|| BOOTS|| JEANS
TOP: Mossimo for Target
Similar styles:
Top || Top || Top || Top || Top || Top || Top

Others I’m drooling over:
FOREVER 21 Distressed Ruffle-Sleeve Sweater
FOREVER 21 Ruffle-Sleeve Terry Pullover
FOREVER 21 Ruffled Trumpet Sleeve Sweater
H&M Knit Sweater with Ruffle
Women’s J.crew Ruffle Sleeve Sweater
Women’s Storee Ruffle One-Shoulder Sweater
Women’s Halogen Ruffle Ponte Sweater

* The above are affiliate links

Fashion

Forest Greens

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I’m quickly typing this as we are taking our kids to Boo at the Zoo tonight! Today’s ootd was full of lots of green (my fav color!) so naturally I had to take a pic in the forest so I felt one with the Earth. I can’t believe what warm weather we’ve been having, all our backyard trees are still full of green leaves!

If you watched my Instagram stories last night you saw I took a nice little trip to Target (alone 🙌🏼) and I got THESE gorgeous cognac boots! They are higher than I usually get because I’m so dang tall (5’8”) but when you fall in love with a boot, it needs to become a part of your shoe family 😉

I’m also so into the newsboy/Baker boy hats! I got the green one I’m wearing also at Target for just $12.99! I was hesitant (just like the beret hats) but I’m loving them! What do you think of this hat trend, Love it or Leave it?

Well just got to the zoo so off we go to get tons of sugar and walk around for 2 hours! Xoxoxo, Brooke

HAT
Love these styles: Hat || Hat || Hat || Hat
LEGGINGS
TOP: Boutique brand
Similar Here:
Top || Top || Top || Top || Top || Top
BOOTS: Marshall’s
Similar Here: Boots

Fashion