Naked Zebra

I love getting to show off new brands that I find to you all! This one is an LA-based brand but you can buy pieces online at Nordstrom Rack and on the website (HERE). I honestly love the quality of the two pieces I got! They shipped fast and were the exact colors I expected! (I hate when they are off or some of the details look different than online!) I made an unboxing Instagram story on the pieces as soon as I received them, you can see a few of the stories in my highlights!

   

Let’s talk about the individual pieces. First off the color of this kimono is perfect for multiple seasons! It’s a burnt orange with some flower embroidery that does not pop too much, but is the perfect amount of detail! I definitely will be styling this in multiple posts to come! The sleeves have a little bell and it feels like a shirt so it’s comfy. Also, it is currently marked down in price and still available in all sizes so hurry and scoop that up!

These suede shorts are such great material and they have pockets! I don’t know if you’re like me but I love functionality when it comes to clothes! As soon as I saw these two pieces I immediately thought of putting them together! I was worried because of the colors that the outfit would look a little too much like fall, but I like the way it came out!

What do you think?

Honorable mention.. I really wanted these lace-up shorts! I may actually still get them because I know now that the quality is so long lasting and I could see myself wearing them for multiple occasions! Plus I am a sucker for a light pink colored piece. They are super edgy and sweet at the same time! Would you wear them? Use code ‘BRIANA25’ for 25% off your order!

 

Kimono : Tilden Embroidered Kimono // Top : Free People // Shorts : California Suede Shorts 

 

Holiday Looks

Merry Christmas Eve! This is seriously one of my favorite days of the year! It’s such a blessing to listen to Christmas music and spend time with extended family! There is no better feeling than Christmas morning, seeing presents and smiles and eating great food while hearing “Do You Hear What I Hear” on the radio. One thing I really wish I had been able to do this year is an angel tree. I really miss picking a child and shopping for them so they have great gifts. I did not find any this year and to be honest, I was short on money so it would have been hard. One way to give back though is to volunteer. There is always room for giving in whatever way possible, and that is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

I also want to just give a reminder about how much of a celebration Christmas really is. I know everyone goes to church only on the important days, but you really get more out of it the more you go. It’s what you put into it. You can really feel like Christmas year-round when you remember the whole meaning behind it. It’s so powerful to think about someone loving you so much that they died to just so you can know them, no guarantee that you will love them back and may even hate them. But realizing how amazing the stories are because they are real can truly mean so much if you let them.

My go-to this year is a skirt and sweater combo! I love the way they compliment each other and since I can never tell with Texas weather, it is a great go-to! I love the mix of the patterns since the skirt has sequins and the marled texture tones it down a bit. I added these pink shoes for a pop of color and can I just say the blue in this couch brought it all together so nicely!

Sweater : (similar) // Skirt : Revolve (similar) (similar) // Shoes : Forever 21

Making New Friends through Bumble BFF

Being out here in LA can get kind of lonely sometimes. While I have made friends with my roommates, I wish I had my friends back home here with me to hang out with. Even every once in a while to go eat with me or go see a movie. Well, cute the Bumble app. I actually have used the app and I did meet a few girls. Meeting friends is like dating, maybe even harder because you are trying to form a real bond. It can be awkward at first but it’s great because you both are trying to form a genuine connection.

I recently was invited to a Bumble BFF meet up and let me tell you it did not disappoint! (Except for the fact that they only paid for half of the valet parking even though they said they would pay for the whole thing, but I’ll let it slide I guess…) BESIDES THAT.. the brunch tasted amazing, it was a four-course brunch complete with chia pudding and fruit, four types of toast/spread combos from avo toast to a ricotta and berry spread, even one topped with Salmon, then eggs and potatoes and fresh cookies and strawberry shortcake to end it!

So I am used to going to meetups with bloggers, but this one was totally different. I was able to meet ladies who recently moved it LA, who struggle to make friends with co-workers, and just want someone to invite to happy hour! (These were real conversations we had.) We spoke about how its harder to make friends out of college because you don’t have that same factors in common like going to school or meeting in the cafe. It is hard to make friends with coworkers because people usually separate work from fun and one person has to reach out first. I would say be that person! Reach out and talk about more than the weather or a big project. Really ask about their weekend, what music they like, if they have any pets! Find that commonality and grow from it!

I met a lot of new girls and I will be redownloading the app now that I will not have roommates anymore here in LA. I will definitely be reaching out to new girls and I honestly want to try Bumble Bizz now! I haven’t tried it out, but I heard good things at this meet up so I am very excited to try it out.

Have you tried Bumble Bizz or Bumble BFF? What did you think?

And did I mention the event was hosted by Tanya Rad? For those of you that do not know this super funny, genuine lady, Tanya co-hosts a podcast called ‘Scrubbing In’ and also the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show “On Air with Ryan’ so it was really exciting to get to network with her! Go listen to her podcast and tune in if you’re in the LA area! You know I will be!

Top : Rebecca Taylor (similar) // Skirt : Forever 21 // Belt : Lulus // Shoes : Charlotte Russe

Quick Holiday Gift Guide with Sprint + Boost

I was invited to Sprint + Boosts Holiday Budgeting Event promoting some of their products and specials for the holidays! I was able to take a look at some of their newest electronics and I got to hear all about their Black Friday deals before everyone else has! Let me tell you they are good!

A few of my favorites? The Motorola z3 Play! I received a free one and I am excited to check out the camera! Also, they have the coolest speakers and headphones! Definitely a must for the tech lover in your family!

For a few of the deals, Sprint is offering a Lease One Get One (LOGO if you will) on the IPhone XR! They also have a new Spring drive device that plugs into the steering column and has features like trip history, wifi, and aggressive driving alerts! Perfect for a new driver if you ask me!

Sprint

  • Unlimited plans start at $60 per month, and the Unlimited Plus Plan also includes features like TIDAL music streaming and Hulu.
  • Regardless of what plan you choose, you will have access to Sprint’s nationwide network, high-speed data and unlimited international text.

Boost Mobile

  • Boost Mobile offers prepaid plans starting as low as $30 per month so that you can pay as you go
  • All plans provide you with unlimited data, talk and text and 99 percent nationwide coverage
  • For a limited time, new customers can get four lines of unlimited data, talk and text for only $25 per line per month

As the holidays are approaching, you really have to be conscious of your spending! The frugal blogger Aileen Luib of The Baller on a Budget spoke all about saving for the holidays and how she was able to keep her holiday spending to under  $100! I also learned that Cyber Monday deals expand into the airline’s flight as well! I did not know that, and I will definitely be implementing a few of the tips that I learned into this year’s holiday shopping.

For Christmas this year I really want a few beauty products and some new clothing pieces! View them all on my wishlist/beauty wishlist! Those are literally exactly what I am asking for! What are you asking for this year?

Let’s do a quick outfit recap, shall we? As I was driving to meet a few LA influencers I thought to myself… I like this outfit, but this hat really made it pop! It’s obvious I have been really into hats recently, but I think they can really take an outfit to the next level. This Free People bodysuit has been on REPEAT lately as you can probably tell! I have been wearing it in every other post and for good reason! It looks good with everything and is simple and easy to throw on since it’s so comfortable! When you find a piece that you love so much, it’s hard not to want to wear it all of the time! I definitely love Free People and their pieces are always one of a kind! A sneak peek into my Christmas list… some new flare jeans from Free People!

Body Suit : Free People // Jeans : Rag and Bone // Shoes : Target // Hat : Target // Jacket : Haute and Rebellious

 

Coffee Talk : Let’s Talk Trends

Not going to lie. I am a sucker for a good trend! I am usually one of the first to see it coming (I’d like to think) and love when it hits its fullest potential! When it dies out is usually the worst part because that is when more knockoffs and fewer quality items emerge. Then its pretty dead to me, unfortunately, and on to the next one!

Some trends last a while, obviously. And my favorite kinds are the ones that come back around. Espadrilles Summer of 2017 and 2018, am I right? The ones that are the more exclusive are the ones that hit hard but fade out and you probably won’t see again for a while. One example of these I would imagine would be chunky white sneakers. I really wanted a pair of Filas but I just wasn’t convinced I would wear them often. While I could have made 2-3 blog posts with them, I am sure I would not have worn them much other than that. That is where I draw the line at trends.

What you have to keep in mind is the quality. You should only pay for quality and you should splurge when you feel like you will really enjoy the piece, especially after the trend dies.

For example

I went to Target recently and saw a cool cheetah print top. Obviously, animal prints are huge right now. So I got my size but wasn’t too convinced. I thought of two outfits I could pair it with, and even though it was only about $12 I still wasn’t sold. I walked around the whole store with it, contemplating my purchase. I finally decided against it because if it were not for the animal print, I would not wear it. TREND ALERT. I ended up buying a $9 faux snakeskin belt from Tobi instead that I totally love! I will wear it even after the trend dies because I love a fun belt, the colors are neutral so I can wear it with almost anything, and I can get lots of use out of it while animal print is a hit.

Moral of the story, think before you buy. Every piece has a price other than the number that is marked on it. Trends come and go and sometimes they are so worth it. Even if you know its a trend but still want to participate, go for a cheaper option. Just make sure that it looks quality and will last you until the trend dies out.

Top : Brandy Melville (similar) // Jeans : Lucky Brand // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Hat : Target

Frisky Britches x Briana Nicole

At the end of every Summer, right before I would go to school, my mom would take me to go get new clothes. I always went to private, Catholic school so I wore uniforms. The one thing I did get to pick out though was my underwear. I would always get to buy new underwear from wherever I wanted before I began school. I guess it was because she thought I outgrew them? But it was great! I thought about it the other day because now I no longer attend school, but I feel underwear is one of those items you still need to be buying to treat yourself (and out of necessity) every once in a while.

Bring in Frisky Britches. If you’re like me and do not always have time to be going to the store to treat yourself to a cute new pair, this subscription service will help! Honestly, I love subscription services because every month it is a gift from you, to you! The best part is it cost only $14! Super cheap for two pairs of some much-needed undergarments!

There are three different packages to choose from : The Kitten that has two cheekies, The Kitty with one thong and one cheeky, and The Kougar with two thongs. I went for The Kitty to try out both products. I am wearing the cheeky in the pictures and I love how it fits! I am wearing a size small and they were so comfortable I wore them all day, even after the shoot!

In all honesty, this is what I wear when I am home 90% of the time anyway, a big shirt and some cute panties! So I might as well feel good about what I am wearing whether I am home or not!

Are you one of those girls that hate the word panties? I actually am the total opposite! I love that word, I think its super feminine and fun, just like the garment itself!

For some super fun inspo and a look at older/newer styles follow @friskybritches on Instagram!

Use code ‘Briana’ for 15% off of your order!

LikeToKnow.It Book Tour

There are so many opportunities that have presented itself since I have been in Los Angeles. Being able to attend one of the stops on the LikeToKnow.it book tour was definitely one of them. Listening to the advice from these bloggers was truly inspirational. I was able to have a real conversation with these genuine ladies who willingly shared their stories and tips to be successful.

Let me tell you, I try to attend as many blogging events as I can. Lots of the information I learn is usually for first-time bloggers. The tips and tricks shared are usually things that I practice myself or have heard at least once. At this event, that was not the case. I really learned so much about being a blogger in this oversaturated field. I was told things I had not known before and a few tricks I did not know. I actually even shared a few of my own as well!

I love events like this because they are networking opportunities. I was able to introduce myself to these amazing influencers and meet with smaller scale influencers as well.

Let’s talk about the book. The whole reason for the tour! The LikeToKnow.it book is full of the stories and interviews of huge influencers who are associated with LikeToKnow.it. Influencers who successfully provide fashion finds, style advice and lifestyle tips to others. This is what I hope to one day be. I did not know I wanted it until recently if I am being completely honest. But attending events like this remind me it is attainable. That the hustle is worth it. This book reminds me to start somewhere. That to be something you start at step one and push and pray until you get there. I am so young for this and there is so much more room to grow and more to learn. But trust me I am definitely doing this now.

It was a joy to sit in at this panel. While I wish I could attend and introduce myself to more of these amazing ladies, I am more than happy to settle for viewing their Instagram story for the tour! I hope to one day even work for LikeToKnow.it! Now that would be a full circle for me!

How To Shop with LikeToKnow.it

I link my best finds and outfit pieces straight to my LikeToKnow.it account! It is so easy to shop the best pieces and know exactly where a blogger get their look with this app! Downloading the app is so easy to do and so worth it!

  1. Download the app
  2. Screenshot a blogger’s (like me!) picture from Instagram that has the LTK.it emblem at the bottom right corner
  3. An email will go straight to your inbox with the pieces that they are wearing that have already been linked just for you!
  4. Click on the picture and it takes you directly to where to buy it online! It’s that simple.

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Photos by Kathy Denning Photography