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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Speechless Photoshoot!

This past Saturday I got the opportunity to be a part of a photoshoot for Speechless dresses thanks to the SoCal Blogger Babes (SCBB – I just recently joined their amazing blogger community and I am so thankful to be able to do fun things like this all the while building relationships with inspiring like-minded women). The shoot was in DTLA and was Sex and the City themed so you can bet I wanted to be part of it as soon as I read that. Only 8 girls got to go and we had to stay in a hotel courtesy of Speechless on Friday night because they wanted to start the shoot at 7am. I looked up the hotel and got super excited, it was the Freehand in LA, the hotel with the Broken Shaker rooftop bar on top. The photos looked so cool! I was curious when the email said there were four girls to a room and that each of us would have our own beds… what kind of rooms were these? On the photos I looked up I saw they have shared rooms with bunk beds, it felt like we were going to camp!

I was pretty proud of myself for even going to the shoot. I have said in one of my previous posts that I do not like doing things alone. I wasn’t technically alone in this adventure but I had never previously met the girls I would be stating with. I also hate driving to LA let alone driving down there alone, but I successfully made it down there without getting lost or making any wrong turns. The only thing I did was pass the hotel and had to circle all the way back around because it was a one way street. Go me!

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We all got up at 5am to get ready for the photoshoot which wasn’t all that easy with 8 girls in one room, but somehow we were successful. I was getting nervous for the shoot. Sure I take blog photos a lot but they are super quick and I never know how to pose and I had NO IDEA what to do! I didn’t want to look lame in front of the other girls who clearly seemed to know what they were doing. It helped that the photographer was super nice and instead of having an order or who would go, she kind of just pulled people who’s dresses looked good in the area we were at. This helped me because I wasn’t freaking out counting down the girls until I was up. Instead she shot one girl and then looked at me and said what I was standing next to was good and that I was next. I actually think I semi pulled off like I knew what I was doing and it was a lot of fun. We were all walking the streets of DTLA in fancy dresses, a herd of formal wear.

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We walked pretty far and then headed back to the hotel to change into our second dresses. The second half of the shoot was going to be on the rooftop. This one was a little harder for me because I didn’t know what to do with my hands (per usual). My first dress was long in the back so I got to have fun with it and wave it around and hold it. My second dress was really short so that was not an option. I hope they came out okay!

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Actually I’m really nervous to see if all of my photos came out okay. I guess we will see when we get them. Until then I have the one below we took on my phone. I am super excited to show you the green dress though, stay tuned! I am wondering if I can wear it to my work party.

Hope everyone had a fun weekend! Dress is linked here!

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PSLs and SN!

I have two things of good news!

1 – I got my first PSL of the season. I personally refuse to get one until October starts. I also got it iced because Southern California. I do not even have to explain that. I have a confession though, I do like PSLs like any other basic BUT I am not in love with them. They are good but I usually cannot finish them. White chocolate mochas are more my jam AND YOU CAN BET I am all about peppermint white mochas during the holidays.

2 – MY SOMETHING NAVY STUFF CAME IN! For all of you who have been living under a rock, Arielle Charnas and her blog Something Navy launched her own clothing line at Nordstrom full of elevated basic goodness and practically broke the internet within minutes of her launch. I got everything I wanted except for one, the yellow sweater that was all over her insta. I got the pink though so it is okay.

The top I have on below I was ready to buy ever since I saw her style it on insta. Such a perfect fall piece and can be worn at work or casually. I will do a whole haul on my stories most likely tomorrow to show my other pieces. She already started doing sneak peeks of her November collection and I am already obsessed. How many sweaters can one girl really have? Because I am about to stock up and it is not even cold enough to wear them. My jeans below are also Something Navy and they are so cute. They are mid-rise and have a slit hem at the bottom. Sometimes simple details are the best ones. I will link both items below but it may not be there when you click it, just being honest! This stuff sold fast! There are however quite a few sizes left in the jeans. (Sizing note: this top is a small and I probably could have gone XS if I wanted. The jeans are a 4. I am generally a 2-4 but the 2’s were pretty tight. The blue jeans I will show you later though are bigger and I got a 2).

Shop the look: Top (other color here) | Jeans | Heels | Purse (similar)

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Old Navy Dress Roundup

I have been obsessed with Old Navy’s summer dresses this year. They have been so perfect and their prints have been on point. You probably know how much I like the resort wear look so all of these palm and tropical flower prints have been my jam. I ended up with three this summer (yes I know not that many but I had to limit myself!) and I want to wear them all the time. Luckily I got them all on sale too!

First one I got was this black floral print dress with a tie neck. It’s perfect with either sandals or wedges and is nice and cool for when it’s hot. It comes in a couple other colors as well but a lot of sizes are almost sold out! Linked here!

Second was this basic swing dress that is SO comfortable! There aren’t too many colors left but I want to buy another. It is so cute with some fun earrings and wedges, or even sandals or tennies! Linked here!

Lastly is this fun little salsa dress. The off the shoulder detail and the bottom ruffle are just SO FUN! I need an actual event to wear this too, I just love it so much. I feel like I’m instantly on vacation when I put it on! A couple sizes are gone in this color, but black is fully stocked. Linked here!

I can’t believe it’s August! Let’s enjoy the end of summer and welcome FALL SOON!

PS- follow me on the the LIKEtoKNOW.it app so you can get all the links to my looks!

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

Shop the look: Hat | Dress

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Lunch Date Look!

I have multiple outfits that I love for going on dates, but I really love dressing for lunch dates. One of my current favorite looks for a lunch date includes this red off the shoulder top I bought from Nectar Clothing (current alternative linked) in the Claremont Village. It is perfect for lunch because you can dress it up or down. Here I paired it with white shorts from Old Navy, and my indigo rd. wedges from Macy’s. Another option could be brown sandals in case you don’t want to look too overdressed. This top could also be paired with blue jean shorts, regular pants, boyfriend jeans, or even white jeans. If you are doing normal blue jeans, you can also try pairing the top with white sandals. I have worn this top with boyfriend jeans, and my wedges out to a dinner date with a friend and it was so perfect for the occasion! Even though this specific top is from last year, this simple look can be easily recreated with most off the shoulder tops, especially since they are still very popular this year. Aside from it being a great date outfit, it is a great spring and summer outfit in general whether on a date, out with the girls, or at a family gathering!

Xo- C

 

Year End Party

Sorry it has taken me so long to write this post, everything has been so busy with the upcoming holidays! I am sure you can all agree. I cannot believe Christmas is in a week from today! Are you ready? I almost am… I think. I wrapped three gifts last night and felt very accomplished. I still have a few things I need to get though.

Anyways, last Friday the 8th was my work year end party. My boyfriend was away at training so I brought my best friend and we had a blast. The “dress” I wore I had had my eye on for like ever. It was on my wishlist at Nordstrom and I kept stalking it. Finally it went on sale for 40% off so I HAD to buy it. My reasoning for buying it was for my work year end party, yeah I think I bought this in like September, only four months early LOL! I put dress in quotes because it is actually a romper. I kept calling it a “romper dress” not knowing the correct term until my bffff and I settled on “dromper”. Come to find out thanks to Socialite via Instagram, it is called a “walk through romper”. If you are lost, basically it is a romper with a long back almost like a train. I guess technically it is like a mullet! I know that all sounds so silly but wait until you see it!…

See! I felt so beautiful and sexy in it! I don’t want to sound conceited but you know those outfits that just give you all sorts of confidence? Well this was one of those. There was one flaw though… it is very low cut which again yes is sexy however, in order for it to not fly open and show off your girls you have to tape it to your chest with dress tape. That’s fine, I put it on and got all taped up. I also brought the tape with me in my purse because after my first experience with dress tape it starts to come off when you get sweaty and I knew we would be dancing. Before the party my bfff an I met up with my manger and his wife for dinner and right before we left dinner I went to the ladies room to re-tape a little before heading to the party. Once in a stall I realized I was completely taped to my chest, and wearing a romper. THERE WAS NO GETTING OUT OF IT, which meant no bathroom for me! Um I was slightly panicked as I feel I may have the smallest bladder in the world. I felt slightly dumb for not thinking of that before making this wardrobe choice.

I ended up getting through it though and we had a lot of fun. We rolled in at about 9:45pm, got some drinks, took photos in the photo booth, danced. THEN at 11pm a surprise guest appeared… SNOOP DOGG! Last year Nelly performed but we were thinking no one would be there this year since we were having “celebrity DJs” which I had no idea who they were. Snoop was fun and we danced to his show for an hour. Once he finished we decided to leave but not before we got a picture with the former Angel player Hank Conger! All in all, a great and eventful night, I just love being able to dress up.

Outfit details!

My “dress”/”dromper”/”walk through romper” was from Socialite at Nordstrom (unfortunately it is sold out since I bought it a while ago but they do have this new one I am obsessed with: linked here!)

My necklace is from Something Navy’s line at Nordstrom with Treasure & Bond linked here (they just got a restock last Friday so you better hurry)!

My heels are from Target and they are pretty comfy! Find them here!

Cher’s dress is from French Connection at Nordstrom linked here!

Cher’s heels are also from Target and linked here!