Wide Leg Pants

Although I was hesitant at first, I have finally given into the wide leg pant trend, but so far ONLY for work pants. I have seen a few bloggers wear some fun colored ones and I was drawn to the style. I found a pair of beautiful emerald green ones at Nordstrom and had to have them. I kind of felt weird at first and then got strangely confident in them, they were so cute and everyone at work loved them! Like my last post Investment Pants, these too were an investment, but they seem like a nice quality and I have already worn them twice. This pair by Leith, comes in four different colors. I really, REALLY wanted the pink as well but my first “investment pants” are pink so I figured I shouldn’t. BUT! The Nordstrom Fall Sale is on and these pants are part of it and under $50 right now so you can bet your bottom dollar I got them and I am so excited to wear them! It is spirit week at work this week so I have to wait until next but that is okay. I am also super obsessed with the black top I wore with the pink pants. It is on sale for $15. I actually bought the gray one last week and liked it so much I went back for the black.

All items linked below! The flower top is sold out but I linked the the black top in the gray because I love them!:

Green Pants | Pink Pants | Black Top | Gray Top | Heels | Belt

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Investment Pants

When I got my job a little over two years ago, I was so excited to have to follow a business casual dress code. Is that weird? I don’t know, I have just always loved the idea of dressing up for the office. I had a good amount of business attire from my previous job (although it wasn’t required), but I was starting at a new job so of course I wanted new items. I slowly started collecting new styles from my usual go-tos Target and Old Navy. Like most styles, they don’t last all that long in my closet. I am constantly changing my likes and dislikes.

One day I was browsing Topshop on the Nordstrom site and found a dark pink pair of high waist trousers. I was immediately obsessed and couldn’t stop thinking about them. I wanted them so badly but they were $69.00 if I remember correctly. I have never spent that much on a pair of pants so I didn’t think that I could now. My want however got the best of me and I convinced myself that I deserved them for starting a new job. I ordered them. When they arrived and I put them on I knew I made the right decision, but I was afraid to tell anyone how much they were. Why? I don’t know, it was my business anyways.

Now I have had these pants for over two years and still probably wear them once a month or every month and a half. They have become a staple in my closet. The color, although not bright, is still a fun pop, and it never fails when I wear them I STILL get compliments all day long.

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I have realized that it is okay to have investment pieces if you are actually going to get use out of them. These pants are still in style and a great material so I know they will last. There really is a quality factor here. The key though is making sure you are investing in something that can be worn more than once (dresses I know are a different story, but why will we invest so much in a dress to be worn most likely once but question our decision to invest in pants that can be worn constantly?). A good pair of work pants, jeans, a blazer, basic work tops or outwear that will be put to good use I think are totally worth the investment.  What are your investment pieces?

Outfit linked here (similar pant options as these are old): Top | Pants option one (comes in 3 colors including a similar pink) | Option two | Option three | Option four | Option five | Heels

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! I love October, the time of year is just the best and brings out all these feeling and sentimental vibes, do you get that? I am so about Halloween and I always want to dress up, yet every year I end up with no plans and no costume. I am just going to blame that on my last million Halloweens have been spent with boyfriends who have no spirit and liked to conceal mine. This year I am finally single and still failed. I want to dress up so badly in a good costume!

One of the two Halloween parties I went to in college (see, lame alert there I only went to two) my bffff and I dressed up as 80’s workout girls and should have gotten the award for most clothes on at a college Halloween party. Yep leggings, leg warmers, and all, AND IT WAS HOT. Temperature hot, we were not looking hot.

The second party, I was technically out of college and I went with my sister “so we could go to a party together for once,” but really my not so secret ulterior motive was to see my ex. Sometimes I am just so sly. That costume was being one third of the three blind mice with two girlfriends. We wore black dresses, mouse ears, and sunglasses. Simple yet somehow we won the costume contest… I don’t know maybe all of the the judges were the blind ones but I will take it. I did better than see my ex with his new girl which happened to be one of my sorority sisters, I won the costume contest in front of everyone by basically not trying. Talking about this now but I am pretty positive that I wrote about this last Halloween. That is what happens when your glory days consist of parties you can count on one hand.

This year at work, my friend (who is also my coworker but above all she is my friend) and I are wearing olive shirts, printing out a dollar bill, and taping it to us because we are SINGLE. Creative or just an excuse to wear jeans, OR a way to tell the practically no hot guys at work that we are available? The office may never know.

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! I am going to go trick-or-treating with my niece and bribe candy off of her. She said I can go as a princess unicorn, I am all about it.

What is the best costume you have ever worn for Halloween?

PS – my sister is a hair and make-up artist and did this fun creepy clown look on me just for a photo. No parties, just washed it off after. But I for damn sure looked badass!

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VIIcode’s T2 Oxygen Eye Cream

I got the opportunity to try VIIcode’s T2 Oxygen Eye Cream and I really like it! I have been using it for the last three weeks and totally see a difference in the skin around my eyes. I’ve never really used an eye cream consistently and I do not know why I’ve never added one to my skin routine sooner. Eyes are so prominent, people look at them all day so why shouldn’t they get specialty products?

Lately I have felt so busy, I am always trying to cram a million things into my day. Not only does this cause me to go to bed late and still have to get up early, but with my mind constantly running I don’t always feel rested when I sleep. This bad combination was leaving me looking extra tired in the mornings, under my eyes were looking dark and puffy. It was the perfect time to try a new eye cream. 

Now the bottle looks small but I want to point out how such a small application goes such a long way. I barely dabbed my finger on the surface and that tiny bit was enough for one eye. I did the same amount for my other eye and gently applied it all underneath my eyes and over my lids. The cream feels smooth and non-greasy. One of the things I like best is that it barely has a scent. I don’t like when creams/lotions have a strong scent. I prefer more of the clean/powdery smells but ones that are not overpowering, especially when it is going on your face and is so close to your nose. 

First off after using this cream, I noticed that my eyes were starting to look brighter in the mornings, I wasn’t looking so sleep deprived. Brighter eyes makes such a difference. Aside from that fact that you look more awake, they also require less make up to cover up any dark circles. It was a welcomed change for me. 

After a few more days (note that you can use this in the mornings and at night) I noticed my eyes were getting less puffy in the morning. This was an amazing change. Dark circles can be covered with make up, bags on the other hand are a little harder to conceal. I have big eyes so I feel like bags or swollen eyes look more noticeable on me (that could just be me being completely crazy but that is how I feel). 

I am happy with the results of this product and look forward to continuing to use it, but what makes it work? VIIcode uses a very effective “T2” stone mortar extraction process to infuse large amounts of essential elements and natural hand picked ingredients that are fresh, as in flown in within 8 hours of harvesting fresh. These include evening primrose which helps boost blood circulation and smooth wrinkles around the eyes, avocado for antioxidants carotenoids (part of the antioxidant defense system), elderberry for antioxidants for glowing younger skin, and chamomilla recutita to reduce dry flaking. Sounds pretty good huh?

If you are in the market for a new eye cream I recommend checking this one out! You can find it here and use code “Brittany” for $5 off your purchase (code expired 11/30/18!

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Shopping in the Desert!

Last Saturday I got the opportunity to head out to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets for a little shopping trip with my bffff and it was so fun! I know a lot of people know these outlets as Cabazon, but I have since learned their real name. I was advised that my parking would be covered by the shopping center but I did not know that I was getting a reserved parking spot! It was my most celebrity-ish moment. My bfffff and I just stared at each other when the parking attendant said “wait right here while I go move your cone.” Hold on, what?! He then directed me to the SECOND SPOT IN THE PLACE. If that isn’t luxury then I don’t know what is! Once we got over the high of having a reserved parking spot, you know it is the little things in life, we got out to shop.

Where do you even start in a shopping mall that has 180 stores? You start at Marc Jacobs duh! Well that is where we started because it’s the first store we saw that we knew. We made our way through the mall, or more the east side, and went into all the stores we know and love like Guess, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Steve Madden. There are such good deals here you won’t believe what I got. I’ve been wanting a Kate Spade bag for forever so of course we went in to look, but I didn’t expect to a actually buy one. They had a sale of 70% off with an extra 20% off on select styles. I ended up finding the style I’ve been dying to have ON THE BEST SALE EVER. It was originally $428-ish and was on sale for $87! WHAT?! I told the sales lady I would be back.

Next we hit Guess and my bffff bought a couple things, and then we went to our all time fave, Steve Madden (insert heart eyes). We both have a serious problem with shoes. Well we both agreed that the problem wasn’t having too many shoes but that we don’t have enough space for them. Of course the actual shoes are not the problem. Over at Steve (yes we are on a first name basis) they were having a BOGO half off sale. My bffff got two pairs of booties, FINALLY! I have been trying to get her to get booties for three years. I only ended up getting one pair of booties because I had a coupon and oh my goodness let me tell you, they are beyond fabulous! I finally gave into the snake skin trend and I am obsessed. Just look at how cute these are!

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Booties linked here!

After Steve we made our way through the rest of the east side and off to the west side. The west side is a little smaller but here we looked in Express, Forever 21, and Vans. Actually Forever 21 may have been right at the end of the east side… I cannot remember. Finally after 2.5 hours we had made it through the entire mall. Since we had seen everything we went back for my purse. I almost had a heart attack when we went in because I didn’t see my purse anymore! Finally I found two more and got in the extremely long line to buy it. Success! I had my shoes and my purse, I was a happy camper. We ended the day with celebratory churros (tbh they sucked. Maybe it was just a bad stand but I couldn’t even finish it because it was so hard and they hurt my braces. So disappointing).

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It was a really fun day, I really hope I get the chance to work with the Desert Hills Premium Outlets again, it is just such a nice mall! I am excited to go back when they have Christmas decorations up.

PS- this post was supposed to be a lot better and funnier but half of it deleted when I finished it last week. I didn’t want to waste half a good post sooo here you go, sorry. Check out our video of the day here.

Shop the look: Dress (comes in like 10 colors!) | Booties | Purse

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Pumpkin Patch Round Two

Sunday my sister, niece and I went to a huge pumpkin patch over in Yucaipa/Redlands. I took Dakota to this pumpkin patch last year and it was crazy then, but we were not prepared for the craziness this year. We got there later than we intended, 2pm, and just getting off on the exit was backed up. Parking was a joke, Nicole pulled into the first lot (a construction site not affiliated with the patch) and it was $20! Nicole didn’t want to drive farther so she just parked there. Once we got to the entrance of the pumpkin patch we were shocked yet again. The line to get into this place was insane! It was literally like getting into Disneyland. The line went through the entire parking lot and out of it FOR A PUMPKIN PATCH. Luckily it mostly moved fast. Once we were in we went to buy drinks because it was so hot and again WAITED IN LINE, like 45 minutes to buy bottled water. After water we finally got tickets and got Dakota on some rides and then the three of us went into the petting zoo. It was a day with a lot of waiting BUT it was still fun. Not going to lie though, I don’t know if I would want to go again next year if it is getting that crowded, I don’t know if it is worth it. Hopefully next month though we get to go to the apple orchard in Oak Glen because that is were I really wanted to go.

Now on to what is really important, my outfit for the pumpkin patch, DUH! I am just kidding, this outfit was nothing special but I do want to point out how amazing this v-neck is. I stalked and stalked this striped tee during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale until I found my size and I am so happy I prevailed in that mission. This has become my favorite casual top this season. It is super soft and light and goes with just about everything on the weekends. Whenever I do not know what to wear I just throw this on and either easy tuck it or tie a knot in the front or on the side and it is perfect. For the patch I paired it with my Adidas (also from the Nordstrom sale) and it was a comfy casual/athleisure outfit. I’m telling you, if you are looking for the perfect tee then check out this one, I will link below and it comes in 7 colors and is under $20!

Shop the look: Top | Jeans | Shoes | Sunnies

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New Flannel!

My oh my it is so easy to fall off the wagon. I got behind in blog planning and then wasn’t feeling well and then next thing I knew I was behind! I refuse to fall back into bad habits of being inconsistent. Ever since I got my calendar dedicated for blog content planning my world has changed! I try to plan for two weeks at a time. I think I will do a separate post on planning later. Anyways, I am back!

Now that is it FINALLY starting to feel like fall, despite it getting warmer again this week, I am finally breaking out the flannels! Even though I do not need anymore, every year I manage to buy at least one new flannel, I can’t help it! When I cleaned out my closet this past spring I ended up getting rid of like 5 flannels and still had 3 left over. Serious issues.

I usually get my flannels from Target, but so far this year I bought a new one from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale from BP. It is so soft! I love that it is thin, it makes it much easier to wear and layer in SoCal. I went for this one because I really wanted a black and white pattern. I always end up with colors which is fine, but I think this combo is much more versatile, plus I love being able to pair with olive and mustard sweaters or pants, or really any color sweater like the pink I added below.

Flannels are great in the fall and winter because they are so easy to look put together. You can wear it by itself, with a sweater/blazer/cardigan/leather jacket over it, or even as an add on and tie it around your waist. What is your favorite way to style a flannel?

Show the look here! Flannel | Similar Flannel | Cardigan | Jeans | Heels | Belt

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