Holiday Nails

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is such a special holiday, and of course, right afterward comes black Friday! What’s better than treating yourself (or your girlfriends) to some holiday nails?!

If you live in LA you know all about Olive and June! They are my go-to place for some super cute nails and the aesthetic of the salon is a whole experience on its own. I was able to collab with them on this blog post and wanted to share their NINE new polish colors for the holiday season.

Six of the jewel tones are named for the women who inspired them to be good to ourselves and the three metallics celebrate the ultimate moment in self-care: an O&J mani.

Inside my Holiday Studio box was everything I need to give myself the perfect mani at home. They thought of everything from the nail clippers to the cuticle serum, The Poppy (O&J’s patented painting tool) nail file, and a buffer.

I try to keep my nails in check and pamper myself by getting them done so this was ideal for me! The perfect gift to share for the holidays!

What are you giving out this year?

 

 

For cyber week, Olive and June is offering 25% off site wide from 11/24 – 12/2 which means this Treat Yourself Box can be snagged for only $75!

 

 

What I do in a day

So I have been really into reading routines lately. I like to binge the routines from The Newsette. They have cool morning/nightly routines from CEO’s of your favorite beauty brands, fashion labels, and influencers. I thought I might do one of my own! Every day for me is definitely a bit different, but I am the kind of person that thrives off having a schedule.

Also, please enjoy these pictures of me at the Mejuri store! They are having a huge black Friday sale so go do some online shopping or whatevaaa!

My morning routines are relatively quick since I do not like to put on much makeup.

6:30 : I wake up early on a good day and will grab my lunch and gym clothes and I try to be out the door by 7. I have to make sure I have everything I need for work and I like to wake up slowly.

8:00 : I am finishing up my quick workout, showering and getting breakfast before heading to work. Even on days when I go to the gym I try to get in a quick skincare routine.

9:00 I am sitting at work, I have already done some Instagram engagement, checked my messages and am ready to start the day.

Evenings

5:30 : I am leaving work/ getting home and I usually post to Instagram and do some engagement. I never really have a set time of leaving so this could be anywhere from 5:30-6 pm

6:30 : first thing I do when I walk in the door is change and start dinner. While dinner is being made I like to start on my skincare routine, put on my favorite netflix show at the time, and call one of my parents

7:30 : I like to catch up on my blogging, read a few articles or listen to a podcast, something that will keep my mind going

9:00 : I like to go to bed early because I wake up so early. I am usually in bed on my phone (I know that’s bad) and I always end up falling asleep reading something on buzzfeed or the snapchat articles

Weekends are a totally different story! Those change everytime. I try to at least see one friend, get some shooting done, go to the groceries and stop by church every weekend at least. I also need to make sure I get in a nap or two to recoup from the week.

What does your routine look like?

Body Suit : Princess Polly // Jeans : Zara // Shoes : Public Desire

Teen Vogue Summit

I was so lucky to have been able to attend the Teen Vogue Summit this weekend and let me tell you it was amazing! While there were a few critiques that I heard, I would still give it Five stars and attend next year.

A few of the critiques included adding better signage and getting information out to the mass of people in a more effective manner. However, this was not really much of an issue for me. I also would say that numerous girls commented that they were disappointed that they were not able to attend everything that they wanted due to overlap. While I do agree that this sucks, I know that this is a common tactic for conferences to split up the crowds.

I did not get to attend Day One but I hear it was AMAZING!

As for Day Two, I had a green pass which meant that I was only able to see limited shows. I did not know this or I would have thought about getting a different pass. We were able to have our own workshops which I was still happy about! What I was not excited about was sitting in a room watching the panels on screen when it was overfilled. I wish that they would have let us know that sooner. I would never want to knock Teen Vogue though because I was so lucky to have even attended and I learned SO MUCH and would do it all over again of course!

There were such amazing partnerships and topics at the summit from Feminism, women’s empowerment, transgender acceptance, environmental/sustainability and more. It truly was an amazing experience and their line up included Zara Larsson, Busy Phillips, Demi Lovato, Miranda Cosgrove, Aimee Song, and so much more!

Day Three was self-care day and let me tell you I felt the self-care! Brunch was amazing from healthy Acai bowls (add that peanut butter girl! I learned that at the summit!) to yogurt and breakfast burritos. Before brunch was a quick work out with Katrina from Tone It Up! She was so inspiring and positive I loved it! I also was able to get a facial and my hair done. There were other services as well such as manicures and massages.

Guys, I can go on and on but to sum it up, it was such an amazing experience I cannot wait for next year!

 

Dress : Public Desire

Halloween Post + Outfit Deets

Happy Halloween! I am actually not big into Halloween so I would ordinarily do a blog post for Halloween but I just wasn’t feeling it this year and I did not have time either! So instead I thought I could do a regular blog post and some spooky links from around the web! Read on for some outfit details and Halloween fun!

First with the outfit! I usually get my inspiration and then throw something together but this outfit I was not planning to shoot. I just went with it and this jacket has just always been one of my favorites!

I got the jacket from an Alice + Olivia Sample sale a few months ago and I have been anxiously awaiting fall ever since! It is a great color and such a cool statement piece. I thought I would keep it simple with all white underneath but this top is a bit risque, but I love how it all came together!

Halloween Links:

The scariest story I know… Credit card declined.

Jacket : (similar) // Top : (similar) // Shorts : 12th Tribe

Favorite Links from Around the Web

Every once in awhile I like to share my Friday Faves but I thought I would mix it up a bit and share some interesting links that I found on the internet!

The internet is a HUGE place! I don’t really think we get that (well at least I don’t) since I don’t know anyone that ever goes to the second page when you search something on Google! What are your favorite things to search for or look at on the Internet? I definitely go for funny videos, (follow me at briana.nicole03 on tik tok) recipes, how-tos and news!

Fashion

Lifestyle

Top : Lulu’s // Jeans : Lulu’s (Levis) // Bag : TopShop

When is it okay to copy

Copying someone is the sincerest form of flattery. While I do believe this I actually hate when people copy me. I copy people all the time though! Very hypocritical for sure! But I get my best inspiration from others. I am working on allowing myself to be flattered of course.

When I find something I really like (and it’s mostly clothing inspiration) I always screenshot it or save it to my notes. I am HUGE when it comes to notes and describing things for me to remember.

I actually got inspiration for this outfit from multiple bloggers on my Instagram feed! I loved the look of the shirt because I saw it everywhere! I just had to have it for myself because it answered the three questions from my last blog post. I also really like playing up a long sleeve with shorts and these shoes just went so perfectly I had to add them.

Some of my tips:

  • Tell someone you really like it and even that you want to recreate the idea behind it
  • Make it your own and put a personal twist on it
  • Give them credit for being your inspiration

Thank you again to Lulu’s for gifting me with this amazing top! I have honestly been wearing it non-stop and this belt bag is to DIE for. My shoes were also gifted from ShoeDazzle and I am head over heels for the thigh-high snake print because I cannot resist a good thigh-high!

What’s your favorite type of shoe?

Top : Lulu’s // Shoes : Shoe Dazzle // Bag : Lulu’s

My Blogging Journey

Oh how far I have come. I remember taking some of my very first blog shots. But first let’s back up even further than that. I remember being obsessed with Tumblr and how cool some of the photos were. SO inspiring, and my basically a mood board for what I wanted my life to be like. They were fun and sassy and cute. From there I moved on to find blogs. I remember one of the first blogs that I came upon was Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans. She posted (and still does) pictures mostly of her nails, and single pictures, some without captions, and fashion images. I thought it was the coolest thing! Just whatever came to her mind and the possibilities were endless.

I really started my blog my freshman year of college. My roommate had a DSLR so I asked her to take pictures of me since she loved photography. I had two outfits, a red coat with black leggings, my Tory Burch knee highs and a plaid scarf. The second was a grey quilted skirt with a navy three-quarter sleeve, another scarf and knee highs because it was winter. She took pictures of our friend group that day as well outside of our dorm and that is when I began. I do not remember uploading content or any of that, all I remember is taking pictures and writing about the places we went, like the trail of lights and cute posts about my family.

I started slowly integrating my content into Instagram but I struggled between wanting to blog and wanting to keep it personal. For this reason, I think it took me much longer to grow. I also did not have a specific aesthetic or niche. All of that fell into place after attending blogging conferences. I went to BlogHer ’16 (wow that seems so long ago now that I wrote that) and while I focused on the words, I was mainly just networking and figuring out what these people did, and that they got lots of free stuff!

The one that really turned it all around for me was a two-day blogging workshop I attended in Austin. That taught me all about what I had to do to be successful. While I am still far from successful with my blog, my Instagram is growing and I attribute that need for information from that workshop.

Lastly, my major in college really helped me out as well. Taking social media classes and having an internship and a job specifically in social media were so helpful! I sometimes get embarrassed to say that I started so long ago but I did not grow until recently. It was all a learning process though and mostly me learning about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take my blog. I remember thinking so hard of my blog name (which I am not so keen on now) but that it was a big deal to make it girly, and two things that go together since so many blogs were named things like Pearls and Louboutins or Gems and Lace.

I loved how it all ended up and looking back at all of the pictures I can remember exactly where I was and what time in my life I was at. This has been such a blessing and I hope to keep growing more and more.

Check out my very first site and posts here!

Top : Revolve (similar) // Shoes : Steve Madden // Shorts : Levi’s (similar)