“Casual” Backyard Graduation Party Look

I have probably said it before but I love wearing fake casual looks. I guess it is not necessarily fake, I mean I love dressing casual looks up. This way technically you are still casual, but you are also still undercover over dressed. Yesterday was my youngest sister’s graduation and grad. party. To the graduation I didn’t know what to wear so I went safe with my “blogger dress” (you know the perfect dress all the bloggers have, posted here on insta) and wedges. The graduation party was at our parents house in the backyard. I had been trying to figure out all week what to wear. I know our backyard parties are not a dressy thing, but I wanted to look cute and I knew I wanted to wear high waisted shorts (that were not denim) and a crop that only showed like not that much of my stomach. After almost three different options, I found the perfect shorts at Target and the perfect simple cropped tee at Nordstrom. Together these two made a pretty simple and casual outfit but I wanted to dress it up a little. I paired the look with my favorite tan wedges which I think make everything look better, and added a pair of summery gold statement earrings. The crop top was a pretty long one but I bought it with the intention to tie up the front, so I made sure to get a size up. I just love the tied look right now. The shorts also have a matching belt that is supposed to tie in the front but that was too much with my little knot so I tied a bow in the back instead. It all came together really well and I got a lot of compliments, especially on the shorts!

Shop the look here: Top | Shorts | Earrings | Wedges and be sure to follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app where you can shop your screenshots!

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 This is how I plan almost every outfit, I use Pic Stitch! 

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Life Update!

Hey there! Long time no talk, it has literally been a little over a month since I have blogged. Slack attack I know! Life got crazy so I decided to just blog after it all settled down, I already had too much stress! So this is just a quick update on life. My last post Last HB Hoorah talked about my move from Huntington Beach. For the last month and a half I was living with my older sister, brother-in-law, and 3 1/2 year old niece. My niece and I were bedmates since she has a queen size bed (not purposefully, there was just an extra bed with our whole family). I slept with her and all of my clothes were in three boxes and hanging in the spare closet. I tried to keep my stuff as condensed as possible so I literally lived out of boxes for a month and a half.  The bed situation sounds pretty nice, a queen size bed with a 3 1/2 year old, I should have all of the room that I want. WRONG! That girl owns that bed! I had no idea how much children move in the middle of the night, she put her feet on my face, turned completely horizontal, had her head against the back of my knees (that was a weird one), and must have been dreaming she was a whale because she emerged up and out of the covers and onto my face, all of this while sound asleep. I didn’t sleep straight through the night most nights, BUT I was so thankful that I was able to stay there with them, despite my sleep deprivation, I already miss them.

Finally the time had come last week to go to Georgia to see my boyfriend’s Army graduation at Ft. Banning. I was so excited to see him since it had been 3 1/2 months since I saw him last. The graduation was fun, it was cool being in another state even if it was just for a couple days. The thing that amazed us the most was all of the trees! My boyfriend, his mom, sister, nephew, and I, all flew home last Friday and I finally had him back. Then last Sunday we signed the lease on our new apartment and moved in immediately after AND he went back to work this past Tuesday (we don’t mess around here!). So finally almost all of our boxes are unpacked. Unpacking is almost as bad as packing, especially when you move into an apartment that has HALF of the storage space you used to have. I might have to get rid of some more clothes! ;( But thats not official yet haha.

Now that we are settled I am getting back into writing so please expect some more blogs! Thanks for sticking around!

All Grown Up

My dearest Tabitha,

How did this day finally come? It was seriously yesterday that I was waking up every day to take you to zero period cheer at 6:30 AM in high school, uh I am such a good sister. Then remember that one time we thought it was a great idea for you to apply to a college six hours away, and then had another idea that you should actually go because you got accepted? Aren’t we hilarious?! Well you went and it was so great for you, yet so awful at the same time because I missed you so much. BUT YOU CAME BACK! I was so excited that you were transferring to my college, even though by the time you got there I was graduating, but the fact was that we were reunited, and it did feel good! I had you back and we were now not just sisters by blood but also sorority sisters. You joining was obviously awesome, but you transferring to my chapter and them taking you in with open arms showed me what a great organization and sisterhood we are apart of.

You have come such a long way from high school, to Sacramento, to La Verne, to now receiving your diploma. The woman you have become never ceases to amaze me. I love your innocent bluntness, your sassy wit, and your bravery to do things on your own and to speak your mind. I am envious of you in the best possible way. I know through school you have followed close in my footsteps and I LOVE the fact that we did basically all of the same things. One of the most honorable things I have done in my life is be a role model for you. At this point in life though things are changing, you have grown into a person that I look up to. You will always be my little sister, but you are not little anymore. You are your own person and although you may not always feel like it, you give off a beautiful confidence. I admire everything about you, your beauty, your ability to make everyone laugh so hard, you intelligence, and your writing. It is one of my goals to be able to write as well as you.

I grow more proud of you everyday. Things seem to not go your way more often for you than for most other people, and aside from continuing on, you find humor in the bad and use it for your own inspiration. You may get down but you never stay there long. The thought of doing better and exceeding your own expectations fuels you. Once all of the pieces of your life settle, you will have one hell of a picture to show and the best, most tragic and self deprecating story of how you got there. I will always be your biggest fan, your greatest admirer, and your loudest cheerleader. We have a bond that is unlike any other I have seen between sisters. I am so thankful and blessed to have you in my life. I know this expression is well overused but I would honestly be lost without you. I would laugh far less, and probably speak far less. I really think that you are my twin and I am just older… by three and a half years.

Moving on from this point in your life you will do great things. You will be packing up everything you have learned in your life and applying it to real life endeavors. You will see the real world, you will struggle, and you will cry, but always remember that I am always right next to you no matter where you are. You are a part of my soul and I will never leave you. I love you so much and again am so proud of you. Hang this diploma proudly on your wall and go fill the world with your words. You will be known. Your greatness is not to be contained and kept, but to be spread wide so that others may experience the joy that I feel by knowing you everyday. Go amaze, for you are amazing.

I love you so.

Brittany