4 Year Blogaversary!

I can’t believe the blog is 4! Sometimes is seems like only yesterday… haha but really, time is going by so fast. For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, you know the.B.Law started off as Tragic Girls with my old roomie/best friend/sorority sister/style panelist Heather and I living together and tracking our tragic stories. A year and a half later I changed the name to the.B.Law to start the change in direction of the blog. Although I loved tragic girls, and yes we are both still tragic… very much so, but my passion is style. I blame it on working in retail for almost 8 years, but it is really something I want to do with my life, and I want to write and actually use my college degree. So why not combine them and write about style? I know the style blogger community is highly saturated, but I believe everyone has something unique to bring to the table. No two people are alike just like no two people’s sense of styles are alike. For example I have a lot of style ideas in common with both Heather and one of my other best friends, Cher (style panelist), but Heather and Cher both have completely different styles than each other. I love getting inspiration from all of my friends, models, movies and TV shows, strangers, and other style bloggers, and turning it into something of my own. Style to me is the best way to express myself. It is literally all up in your face and you can really read someone by what they are wearing. You can tell if I am feeling confident, lazy, bold, safe, and so much more. I have also said this before but I LOVE they way a good outfit makes you feel. When you are super excited about a look and you know you look good in it, it is like an adrenaline rush. You end up with a completely different sense of confidence that can last all day.

I really feel like this is a good year for the.B.Law. Last year had some good growth and I learned a lot and I got to try quite a few more collaborations, but this year I know it is going to get even better and bigger. Just in time for my 4 year blogaversary, I hit one of my blog goals… I got accepted to rewardStyle!! I would talk about it all the time that I just want to be cool and be on LIKEtoKNOW.it. I gave it a try and applied and got denied, as expected. I grew some more and tried again, and again denied. You can bet I wasn’t giving up though! I applied last Thursday just for the heck of it because I was impatient to wait any longer and Friday I got an email THAT I WAS ACCEPTED! I was so excited I danced around my office at work and told my three coworkers AND THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT IS! I literally went downstairs just to tell one of the receptionists about it because I knew she knew LIKEtoKNOW.it and would be excited with me LOL (You always got my back!). Anyways, AHHHHH! I am literally so excited, I feel so legit now! Next goal, get to “swipe up” on my stories, I will get there!

There will be so much more style coming to the blog and I am so excited. There will be another change though. My focus for the last year and a half has been office style and how to keep your personal style at work. Although that will still be very present as I work in an office, that will not be my main focus. I have felt myself evolving more and more away from that and I want to see where that takes me. A couple years ago I did this online blogger class and she really stressed to start off with a specific niche before being so broad. It was 100% true. I got way more traction and followers by being a sort of “expert” in my niche, and then eventually you will grow out of it. I think my growing has begun. Now I will need to create a new graphic for my blog so look for that change too!

Lastly, this is more me related than blog related, but I applied to be a contributing writer for LOCALE Magazine and I got accepted! I am super excited and nervous but this will be great experience and may even open some new doors. The start of 2018 completely turned my world upside-down (I promise I am finally ready to talk about it, hopefully next week), and finally I feel like things are starting to settle and get good again. The news of rewardStyle and LOCALE made me feel like I have something to look forward to again. I am excited to see what the rest of the year will hold for the.B.Law, I feel like things can only keep getting better! Thanks for sticking around! Comment if you have any questions, suggestions, or want to share anything! Also… follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app! (new line in every post haha, SO EXCITED!)

Fun fact: this is my 300th post! (not planned, just a coincidence =] )

xoxo – Britt

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Friday 5 – Places to be Basic in Downtown Palm Springs

Taking photos in cute places is just what we do. Do you ever go to a hip and trendy place and NOT think to take a picture? Of course not. It is part of our society today. Capture the moment and post it on Instagram so all of your followers can see how cool you are. Apparently now that means you are “basic”. It is funny to think how the word basic has more of a negative connotation now than a positive, or that it can mean anything other than what it actually means. But you know what? If I am being honest, I like being basic. I like taking pictures where ever I go. I like going to places JUST to take pictures, and who cares?! Want to know who cares? ME! I know, I’m a walking hypocrite. I have been working on it though. When you just suck it up and have your friend take the “basic” photo of you like you don’t care what other people think because you are a confident woman, you realize everyone else around you is trying to be just that and is waiting for the right moment to not feel lame enough to take their photo in that exact same spot. Start giving others around you the confidence to just take the picture already! 

Well now that we have that out of the way, I want to embrace being basic. My girlfriends and I started using the term “elevated basic”, which is what is used to describe the new line coming out exclusively at Nordstrom from style icon/blogger powerhouse Something Navy by Arielle Charnas. So I am starting something new. I want to start going places and finding five spots to be basic and take good photos in, sort of a Basic Girls Guide. So I grabbed my babes and we headed to downtown Palm Springs, my obvious new favorite place. Even though I have been downtown plenty of times, each time I find new spots to go. There is just so much down there it is hard to choose! We narrowed it down though. This is the.B.Law’s first Friday 5: places to be basic in downtown Palm Springs:

 1- Farm, the cutest restaurant I have ever been to this far in my life. It is tucked away so you could pass right by and not even notice it. Before one of my girlfriends suggested it, I had walked by it numerous times. During the week and Sunday it is only open 9am-2pm, Friday 9am-2pm and 6-9:30pm, and Saturday 8am-2pm and 6-9:30pm, so you have to plan, you can’t just show up whenever you want. Side note: they only take reservations for dinner. When we were shown to our table I was in awe. Majority of the restaurant is a patio, but not just a plain patio, oh no. They have trees, vine covered trellises, and umbrellas. The tables are set with mismatched colored and shaped glasses, the napkins are different prints, all sorts of shaped and sized bottles as vases with simple flowers, even the bathroom was cute! I was in love. It was like we had just left the downtown strip and got to sit and relax in a secret place. The ambiance was very laid back, it was quite and cool in the shade. Through all of this Instagram heaven haze don’t forget there is food here too! My girlfriends and I have been to Farm twice now and got the same appetizer both times that we spied on our neighbor’s table the moment we first sat down. Baked brie with brown sugar and hazelnuts, toast points, fig jam, and apples, need I say more? I wish I could eat that every day for forever. Farm is definitely the place for good food and good photos. Add it to your list. (Farm – 6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

 

 2- Ice Cream & Shop(pe) is connected to the ever so popular hotel Arrive. I found this place on Instagram and decided I wanted to go there just for a picture with their neon sign, “#Palm Springs is Better”. It turns out the rest of the shop is cute too and they have really good ice cream, which is good news considering it is an ice cream shop… The three of us ended up getting the same, LAVENDER ICE CREAM! It tasted amazing! I was kind of expecting it to taste like a lavender latte, you know, kind of perfume-y, but it didn’t. It was sweet and creamy and the prettiest color. I love that the shop doubles as a little gift shop with super cute and trendy things, like flamingo pool floats and tumblers.                           (Ice Cream & Shop(pe) – 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr Ste A, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

 3- Ernest Coffee, because you can’t start Sunday (or any day) without a cup of coffee. To be honest I wanted to go to this specific coffee shop just for their book wall. I love book stores so of course I want a photo in front of what looks like a million vintage books. Getting a coffee and getting properly posed on the booth side is a must. Ernest doesn’t just have a cool booth with a book wall though, they also have a super cute patio with palm leaf print cushions! I’m just saying, if we are talking Instagram opportunities, then get yourself a mimosa because yes they serve those too, head to the patio and sit candidly on the palm print soaking up the glory of a Palm Springs morning. Darn I wish I would have thought of that one while I was there!                                                                                                           (Ernest Coffee – 1101 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

 4- The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, a cacti haven! I am sure you have seen this on Instagram already, but we went to the botanical garden basically for the cactarium. Along the path to the cacterium enclosure is pretty cool too though. They have cacti and succulents from all over (with some good photo ops obviously), and at the end was the cactarium in its own sort of greenhouse with rare cacti. Let me tell you, I want a greenhouse just to have the perfect lighting inside. Don’t worry, we actually looked at the cacti too. (Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium – 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264)

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 5- The Palm Springs Art Museum, to look at art and stuff. We had been wanting to go here for a long time and the weekend we went happened to be the start of the Andy Warhol exhibit so that was really exciting. His art is so fun and colorful, and I feel like it just really fits today’s scene and Palm Springs especially. Regardless of the exhibit, doesn’t taking a photo at an art museum just feel so New York?                                                                        (Palm Springs Art Museum – 300 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

I cannot sum up downtown Palm Springs in just five spots. I could probably do four or five of these posts because there are seriously so many places down there, I already have two more for the next time. If you have any Palm Springs suggestions, please let me know! I am always up for a new place. Stay tuned for the next Friday 5!

 

 

Pineapple Dole Whip!

This last weekend I went to stay with Heather out in Palm Desert (per usual) and it was hot (per usual!). Summer has definitely started out in the desert. Both Saturday and Sunday were 104° yet it felt like 120°. On Sunday we went to the last Vintage Market of the season over in Palm Springs, and we slacked and didn’t get there until 10:30am when it was already around 95°. We browsed the flea market faster than we ever have because we felt like dying. When we were done we headed to downtown just to get pineapple Dole Whip from Lappert’s Ice Cream. We had been talking about getting this all weekend. Have you ever had the Dole Whip from Disneyland? It is the place by the Tiki Room that has the longest line? IT IS THE SAME STUFF! I probably could have eaten an entire pint by myself, but we were good and got smalls. It was the perfect thing to cool us down.

Aside from the Dole Whip, I was super excited to wear this outfit! These are now my fourth pair of high waist denim shorts from Topshop, the “Mom” shorts I have mentioned before (all of which I have bought on sale). I just couldn’t help it with the cute little embroidered flowers! I love that the embroidery isn’t too loud on these. When I originally planned this outfit I wasn’t sure what top I wanted to wear and I was in a rush so I just grabbed this sleeveless button-up from Target. It ended up working quite nicely, besides I love mixing stripes and floral prints. I first tried to easy-tuck the front but that just looked weird, so I tied it instead. It ended up perfect! Find the shorts by Topshop from Nordstrom here, a couple similar tanks from Target are linked here and here, and the sunglasses are BP from Nordstrom linked here! Enjoy and happy Tuesday!

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The Flower Fields

Two Sundays ago, my sister, niece and I went on a little adventure down to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad! I kept seeing photos on Instagram of this place so of course I wanted to go, basic as charged. I didn’t realize when I looked it up though that it was an actual place. That seems silly that I thought it was just a flower field people found, but oh no, it is a real place with vendors and admission to get in (it is $16 for adults but you get $1 off with AAA WOOO! $8 for kiddos). We drove the hour+ to go down there, yes just to take cute photos with flowers and I totally think it was worth it. These fields are huge! They go on for so long. Another silly aspect, yet again I was surprised with how many people were there with the same intentions as us. I need to get over the fact that half of my ideas are not really just mine. Instagram is full of influencers and it works, I get influenced all the time!

Taking photos in the middle of the flowers was a bit of a challenge because there is caution tape warning you against crossing. The warning was no joke as a fierce old man drove up to the girl next to us who dared to cross the green line and yelled at her and asked if she could read what it said. Tip to take a photo along the edge: squat low enough so your whole picture frame is flowers, doubles as leg day. Down the center rows, little paths jut into the fields, with green caution tape of course, so you can get a photo actually in the fields. Those posed a bit of a challenge as well. There are like 100 people behind you also waiting to take a photo so you feel pressure, and waiting for your position (either corner or center on the bench) needs to be planned according to the sun. We planned poorly because we got a bunch of shadow on our faces but it was okay.

All in all it was a fun little girls’ day and I recommend it if you have nothing to do or want super cute photos. Another tip: wear sunscreen even if it is overcast… I got burned. Third tip: buy the kettle corn. Go be basic and check out the fields! It closes this month!

OH! Also how cute is my dress? I know, adorable. It is from Target and so is my hat! Linked here: Dress / hat

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Will Hike for Donuts

Hola amigas!

(Feeling SO inspired by my recent Google searches of Tulum, can you tell?). Have you ever wanted to really eat something yummy but felt like you needed to validate it? Well, you don’t! But we’ve all been there and I happened to be there Sunday. I was really craving a donut, but not just any donut, an artisanal donut from Grizzby’s in Claremont.
Steps to validating a sweet treat:
1. Invite a friend
2. Do something active to cancel it out
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So, I grabbed my friend Samantha and we headed for the Claremont Loop. This is a gorgeous hike and I definitely recommend bringing a friend or your dog and giving it a try! Now, this is an athleisure blog, so let’s keep it real… we only did half of the hike. Can you tell we were excited for our donuts? Either way, it was perfect for a Sunday afternoon and the clear skies made for a gorgeous view!
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Now let’s talk about those donuts, I ordered a Vanilla Crumb and Samantha ordered a Rosé Lemonade. They were so worth the calories that we obviously had already cancelled out! No regrets here!
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Next post I will be trying out some different brands, I’m thinking Show Me Your Mumu or AloYoga, decisions decisions!
Outfit details below!
Go treat yourself to a donut 🍩,
Kristen

Girls’ Weekend in Palm Springs

On Saturday two of my best friends and I met up in Palm Springs to have a little girls’ weekend! Heather, my old roomie, lives in Palm Desert so we stayed at her place, but we met in downtown Palm Springs first for lunch. We didn’t know where to go so Amanda suggested Farm. She said she has tried to go but it was always too busy. We got in and oh my goodness I couldn’t get over how cute it was! It’s a french restaurant and their patio and decor is amazing. I am not sure what the patio style is called but let’s say its a gazebo top (so the sun shines through the wood slats) there was a ton of bougainvillea vines giving us shade, the tables didn’t match, all three of us had a different color, size, and style glass, the cloth napkins were all different patterned cloths, it was just perfect and peaceful. I wanted to take pictures of everything but I also didn’t want to be a werido. The bathroom was even cute so I took my first bathroom selfie that no I will not post on Insta because I think that is weird, no offense.

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We sat and ate and it was amazing. Our appetizer was the best thing of my entire life… BAKED BRIE. It came with brie cheese with brown sugar and hazel nuts, baked to a gooey perfect, toast points, thin apple slices (so perfect they looked fake), and a fig spread. It was so delicious. For food Heather and I both got a crepe that came with apples baked in butter and cinnamon. Of course we also got cocktails, mine as called “Mama Needs a Drink” and was a different take on a mojito. All in all, this restaurant gets an A in my book for both food and cuteness!

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After lunch we walked up the main street in downtown and went in the few clothing stores we like where everything is like $17.99. Well Heavenly Couture raised the prices, now it is $19.99, but still cute! Then we checked out all of the new shops. They are really working on upping Palm Springs’ game. This new section of shopping is so nice! I was surprised they did the buildings and store fronts so modern though, I thought they would design them more “Palm Springs Vintage”. We went into Kiehl’s that had just opened and bought a couple things and got face mask samples! We were excited because we were going to use them that night. Fast forward a bit, the mask was freaking amazing and is linked here: Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask, it is made with Amazonian white clay, TRY IT.

After Kiehl’s we checked out Mac because the cashier said it was their opening day. I bought a lipglass, called Explicit, because I have been wanting to get back into shiny gloss and I got a free lip stick for buying something on their first day! Funny that the lipstick they were giving away matched my lipglass perfectly.

Finally we went back to Heather’s, settled in, and made reservations for sushi. When we got to dinner we made it just in time for happy hour. It was good, I got my usual “sushi” as in everything was cooked. THEN Heather surprised me because she told the waiter when she went to the restroom that it was my birthday :), well it is on this coming Wednesday but still. I got green tea ice cream and it was amazing. You girls are the best.

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After dinner, we went home, immediately got into pjs, and put the face masks on. It felt so good but got so dry! It was so funny to wrinkle our faces before we washed it off, we looked quite attractive. Our skin felt so good after though. I want to actually buy the bottle of this stuff.

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PJs, check. Masks, check. It was movie time. We watched Dirty Dancing because I had never seen it before… I know, I am a terrible person! I am obsessed with it though. It took everything in my to not put it on when I got home last night. I just want to watch it again and again!! Finally after the movie it was bed time. We were exhausted and had plans to get up early to go to the vintage flea market in downtown in the morning.

We got up on time but moved slow. We left an hour later than we wanted but it was okay. Heather made us breakfast, (thanks mom!) and we left at 9:30am. We walked through the whole flea market and saw a lot of cute things. Amanda and I both bought vintage phones for decorations (mine is pink!), Amanda bought a fur jacket, and heather bought a vintage toaster… which she texted me late last night all upset that it doesn’t work! I reminded her that it was still vintage haha. We finally left after we walked through twice because it got so hot. It felt like summer and we all now have tan lines from our tops. I am glad it is only February… Amanda left to go home from there and Heather and her boyfriend’s friends met us there to go back to their house. I just have to side note here because these two girls are the sweetest. I had met one at Heather’s birthday and the other I had just met and I feel like I could hang out all the time with them.

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We got back, the boys made snacks, we played corn hole, ate carne asada tacos, watched the Super Bowl, cheered for our favorite team JT (LOL), then I left after half time. I didn’t want to hit all of the traffic and drunks on the drive home, plus I had to stop by my mom’s on the way, she lives in Palm Springs. It was such a great weekend. I really needed it considering everything that is going on right now (you will hear about it eventually). I love girls’ days/nights and I am pretty sure I will be having a lot more, and I am so thankful for my girlfriends. I love you girls! I hope everyone had a great weekend too!

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Succulents!

I wanted to post about this because I was so proud of it. I couldn’t think of what to get my parents for Christmas that just passed like at all. I thought of lame things but they didn’t really need them. Finally I asked my dad what they needed for their Arizona house and he said decorations. Well, I tend to get my best ideas while sitting in traffic since I am in traffic twice a day forever. This is no joke, last time I was stuck in traffic for two hours just to meet my girls for dinner on a Wednesday, I replanned my entire wedding. I am not even close to being engaged, but my wedding will be beautiful you can bet.

Anyways, I had seen something on Pinterest to hold succulents and other plants. It was shelves built into wood pallets. I wasn’t entirely sure how to build that but I got this idea as I kept thinking to hook wooden crates together. I planned it all out. I needed six crates, wood stain, a paint brush, a bunch of succulents, and a way to hook them together. The most tools I had was a pink hammer and measuring tape from the dollar section at Target, so I ordered a pink drill from Home Depot! I mean why would I get a different color for my tool collection? I bought the crates at JoAnn’s Fabric already on sale AND I had a 20% off coupon so that was a plus there. Then I got the stain (a top coat and stain in one) and a paint brush at Home Depot. I also bought wood screws and a little pack of hooks. I spent so long staring at screws before I found them. I didn’t know what size or what kind! Finally a pack said wood screws and I thought that was good enough, I bought two sizes and one didn’t work.

I started staining on my patio and it took me FIVE ENDLESS HOURS. If I didn’t catch it, the stain would drip down one side and leave marks and it was a frustrating mess. The next day I put it together and had to play around to make sure all of the exposed sides weren’t the one with the drip marks. OH, side story: when I was planning out the shape I had this perfect vision. Then when I tried it, it didn’t work because the width wasn’t half the size of the length. I had to FaceTime my little sister and her boyfriend and play Tetris to figure out a new shape. What we came up with was even better than I had first planned!

So I screwed it all together and put the two hooks in and stood it up! Next was the fun part, adding the succulents. Thinking of my dad, he loves adding lights in their yard. We joke that he is afraid of the dark. I went back to Home Depot and found these adhesive, battery operated, LED lights that you push to turn on. I put those in three of the crates and then twinkly lights in the other three. Once it was all together I was in love and I wanted it for myself!

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My favorite is the glass diamond shaped thing with the twinkle lights, I found it at Hobby Lobby! I was planning on doing two hanging plants but I couldn’t find a second one that fit. My parents absolutely loved it, I was so happy! Now my sister wants me to make her one too! Sometimes, I am pretty crafty ;).