I Can Hang With The Guys

On Sunday I spent the morning at the new blow dry bar in town, Blo. While I loved all the pampering I received, I walked out of there needing to balance out all that estrogen. It's what happens when you grow up surrounded by boys.
 
I don't know about you, but nothing makes me feel more like a bada** than throwing on my signature aviators and converse. I paired them with this flowy camo top and black skinnies for the perfect "I can hang with the guys" look.
Hair: Blo Charlotte. Shirt: Express. Pants: Delias. Shoes: Converse. Glasses: Ray-Ban. Watch: Michael Kors. Necklace: Dogeared.

Blo - Charlotte

A few months ago I found out that blo was going to be opening in Charlotte. I was so excited because I've been wanting to visit a blow dry bar, and couldn't wait to have one nearby. They're finally open and I decided to visit today. They have a great online system that let's you book appointments online, and they'll send you a text message reminder the day of so you won't forget.
Everything about blo screams "girl". The pink, white, and silver d├ęcor reminds me of the Barbie mansions I had when I was little, it's perfect. They offered me a glass of champagne while I waited, and had the cutest candy bar set up, win and win.
I scrolled through the hair menu which features all the different blow dry options available, and decided on "pillow talk", sultry, tousled, bed head.
Their $35 signature "blo out" includes a good shampoo, conditioning, and the styling of your choice.
Ladies, the next time you have an event to attend, or just need a little girl time, head to blo. I felt pampered and relaxed when I left, exactly what I needed.
The end result? You can see it here below. Bre and I had a blog date to take some outfit pictures right after, so it was the perfect excuse to get my hair done.
Have you ever been to a blow dry bar? What do you think?

Crock-pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Few things are as comforting to me as a big bowl of chicken noodle soup, and few things are as easy to cook as crock-pot recipes. I finally had a night at home yesterday after about two weeks on the road, and I knew that this chicken noodle soup recipe was exactly what I needed.

Ingredients:
  • 2-3 pieces of chicken on the bone
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups chicken broth (I used low sodium)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste, depending on saltiness of broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups egg noodles
*Tip: my favorite store, Trader Joes, sells pre-packages celery, carrots, and onions already chopped up. I highly recommend using something like this to save you some time.
 
Instructions:
Place all ingredients except noodles in the Crock-Pot. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Remove chicken and bay leaf from pot; take meat from bones, dice, and return to broth, and add the noodles. Cook another hour or until noodles are done (about 1/2 hour on high).
 
The next time you wake up to a chilly day, throw these ingredients in the crock-pot and you'll have a delicious bowl of comfort food by dinnertime.

My Favorite Blogs & A New Facebook Page

I'm looking for some new blogs to follow. I've been reading the same ones since I first discovered the blog world, and while I still love them, I figured it's time to add a few more to my Bloglovin feed. This is where I could use y'alls help. I would love it if each of you would leave me a comment with the following...
 
1. The first blog you started reading, the one that got you interested in blogging.
2. The blog you aspire to be like one day (in terms of content, creativity, photographs, design etc.).
3. Your blog crush.
My answers to those questions would be...
1. Kelle Hampton from Enjoying The Small Things.
2. Jenni from Story of My Life.
3. Julia from Gal Meets Glam.
 
If you don't already follow these ladies, and are looking for some new blogs to read, I'd highly suggest these three!
 
In other news, I started a Facebook page for Just Bri. I've been hesitant about doing it but finally took the plunge. So, if you enjoy following blogs through Facebook, I'd love it if you gave me a "like"!
 

Leopard Print & Tortoise Shell

I love neutral colors, beige, black, white, they're the perfect tones to make an outfit look polished and chic. Every now and then though, you need to mix it up and play with prints. Two of my favorites are leopard print and tortoise shell. These prints still keep with the neutral tones I love so much, but add a touch of girly and glam, which I'm all about!
 
Below are some items I'm lusting over. You could add each of these pieces to a neutral colored outfit to give it a little pop. In my opinion these are two prints that will never go out of style.
Necklace (Southern Charm Apparel), Flats (Target), iPhone Case (Tickled Seahorse), Purse (Michael Kors), Scarf (Amazon), Tennis Shoes (Nike)

Pumpkin Pickin'

Fall to me isn't complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch, and a good ole fashion pumpkin carving contest, so when my parents were in town last weekend I knew that was something we had to do.
Before we could head to the pumpkin patch I had a huge list of "to do's" for my dad. Things like hanging pictures, moving furniture, changing light bulbs, you know, all that "guy" stuff. It took a lot longer than expected but when we were done we headed to Carrigan Farms in Mooresville.
Unfortunately, we spent all day doing things around the house and by the time we got to Carrigan it was too late to do the hay ride (which was what my mom was most excited about), whoops, sorry mama!
Anyway, we picked out some pumpkins and spent some time talking to the farmer, who just thought it was the craziest thing that some folks from Texas were at his farm. We dragged the heavy a** pumpkins all the way home and by the end of the day everyone was too tired to carve them. What the heck?!
So now I have two super huge, un-carved, pumpkins sitting in my kitchen. What's a girl to do! If you're in the mood to carve a pumpkin before Halloween, come on over!

iPhone 4 Wallpaper Freebies

It's rainy here in Charlotte today, so I figured we could all use something to make our Monday a little brighter. Below are two iPhone wallpaper freebies for y'all.
 
One to remind you to "Enjoy the little things...". I notice I'm a lot less stressed when I do this because it helps me remember what's important in life.

Another to remind you to "Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable". A great reminder that nothing is impossible, and life just might surprise you when you least expect it.
I'm still stuck in the dark ages with my iPhone 4, so if you're like me then these backgrounds will fit your phone perfectly.

Instructions: open this post from your phone, hold down the image and hit "open" **IF YOU DON'T DO THIS STEP THE IMAGE WON'T BE THE RIGHT SIZE AND IT WILL LOOK BLURRY** once it's open hold down the image again and save to your phone, apply as a wallpaper. Happy Monday friends, enjoy!

My Head is Spinning

If someone were to ask, I would tell them I've fallen in love twice in my life. With Tyler, who I've mentioned a lot on this blog, and with Andy, who I haven't shared too much about. My relationship with Andy started when I was 15 years old. He was my high school sweetheart, and more importantly, my best friend. We dated on and off for about six years, but regardless of our relationship status at the time, we always kept a super close friendship. 

A little over three years ago Andy was supposed to be my date to my older brothers wedding, but at the last minute he was a no-show. That night, we went from talking at least once a day, to not speaking at all. When I say not speaking, I mean we haven't been in contact in any way, shape, or form in over three years. In an instant I lost the boy I loved, my best friend, and my biggest support system.

The way the scenario played out was ugly, but as crazy as it sounds, I wasn't ever really mad at him. I was hurt at the way he handled the situation, but I never hated him or blamed him. He was at a point in his life where he wanted to settle down, and I was a young 21 year old with the world at my fingertips and a long list of experiences I wanted to cross off. I always thought Andy would be a part of my life forever, I just wasn't ready to commit to forever at the same time he was. I spent the past three years coming to terms with the fact that this person would never be a part of my life again.

Fast-forward to this weekend.

Saturday night I got a notification on my phone, it was a Facebook friend request from Andy. I was floored. I accepted, assuming curiosity had gotten the best of him and he wanted to see what I had been up to these past years. He sent me a message and we've spent the past two days reconnecting.

To tell y'all that my head is spinning would be an understatement. I've been a walking ball of emotions with my head so deep in a fog that all I managed to do today was lay on the couch and eat half a package of Oreos. I'm so happy to have my friend back in my life, but I'm a little overwhelmed and confused and happy and sad all at the same time.

Obviously I don't need to over-think things, because as of right now there isn't anything to over-think. I'm just enjoying reconnecting with this person who was a huge part of my life. The one thing I have learned though is that you should never tell God "never" because he has an amazing sense of humor...

Mix It Up

A few fall seasons ago I came across this amazing blue blazer from J. Crew and I knew I just had to have it. The ironic thing was that I didn't even wear blazers that often, I just knew it was a piece I needed in my closet.
 
The blazer cost me a pretty penny, especially on my recent-college-graduate budget, but I knew it was a staple I'd be able to wear for a long time. I've found that it's the perfect piece to mix and match with less expensive items to create a polished look.
 
I paired it here with an inexpensive flannel shirt, my favorite fall boots, and a statement necklace to add a feminine touch. The perfect business casual look for a fall day.
If you're petite like me, you need these boots. I've tried a lot of different riding boots but none worked for me because they were too tall. These seem to be a perfect length.
 

Blazer: J. Crew (similar here) Shirt: Old Navy (similar here) Jeans: Old Navy Boots: Merona for Target Necklace: Chloe + Isabel

The Windy City

I've had a fascination with Chicago ever since I can remember. I don't know when it started, but The Windy City has always seemed magical to me. Every time I have the opportunity to visit, I jump on the chance, and that's exactly what I did when my mom suggested we have a "girls weekend" and celebrate her birthday there. My dad had to go for a business trip so she and I tagged along. It was the perfect weekend in my favorite city, celebrating the best mama in the world!
We spent the first day eating A LOT, kicking off our weekend with mimosas on the Chicago river and ending the night with delicious deep dish pizza from Lou Malnatis! It was a day filled with catching up on all the girl gossip I missed since I last saw my mom. The next day we strolled along Michigan Avenue, did a little bit of shopping, and met my dad when he got in town.
We had dinner with his team from work (and did a little more birthday celebrating) and ended the night with drinks at The Signature Lounge, the 95th floor of The Hancock Tower, which had an amazing view of the entire city.
I spent the last day doing all things "touristy", because what trip to Chicago is complete without a Chicago Dog and some Garrett Popcorn?
Last but not least we made a visit to The Bean and Millennium Park. I can't believe that I'd never been to Millennium Park in all my trips to Chicago. The weather was sunny and crisp, and there were a ton of people out. I fell in love with the city all over again.
I loved being able to visit Chicago, but I think if I lived there it would lose some of it's magic. It was a great weekend and I can't wait until I get to go back!
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