Kiss Me at Midnight

Happy New Years Eve all you fabulous people! I hope you all have something fun to planned for tonight, but more importantly, I hope you have a killer outfit you plan on wearing!

Now, glitter and sequins comes out en masse tonight. And don’t get me wrong, I love it. But sometimes girls can go a little too much towards tacky and trashy instead of classy and sassy. Don’t be that girl.

If glitter isn’t your thing, don’t feel pressured. A little black dress done correctly makes the world go around. Maybe pair that with a red lip, ooooh girl, you got it.

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Milly Vintage Black dress / Christian Louboutin Black Pumps / Tory Burch Mini Envelope / Vintage Chanel Earrings /Bobbi Brown Red Lipstick

And you all know my obsession with the color red. I love everything about it. And these Kate Spade multi-glitter heels add the perfect punch to the outfit. Pair it with classic pearl and a fun necklace that speaks to the night’s festivities and voila. Red bombshell babe.

RED WITH ENVY
Red with Envy

Preen Long Skirt Dress / Kate Spade Sparkly Pumps / Yves Saint Laurent Clutch / Kate Sade Necklace / Kate Spade Pearl Bow Earrings

Finally, the “oh-so-New-Years” sequined dress. This one, from Kate Spade (of course, my favorite), is beautiful. When you walk into the party, expect to be the center of attention. With all the silver accessories and those amazeballs shoes, you’re going to be the disco ball in the center of the skating rink that everyone stares at in amazement (okay, weird comparsion but just go with me…glitter equals great).

MORE GLITTER, PLEASE

More Glitter, Please

Kate Spade Emma Dress / Christian Louboutin Python Pumps / Silver Clutch / David Yurman Pearl and Silver Bracelets / Tiffany & Co. Earrings 

Whatever you’re wearing, make sure you love it because it’s going to be the first outfit you wear in 2014. And it should symbolize all the wonderful things to come in this crazy new year! Have a wonderful night and be safe, please! Hope everyone gets their kiss at midnight! Xx.

Brinkley

Spicy Molasses Cookies with Cinnamon Chips

These spicy cookies (yes, that’s right) are the most unique cookies I have ever had but their lingering heat and the cinnamon chips make them one of my most favorite cookies. It’s basically a twist on the classic ginger snap. When my grandparents come visit us from Virginia over Christmas break, I always make these because my grandpa, Babop, loves them even more than me! The recipe may have a million and one ingredients but it all makes one delicious and scrumptious cookie.

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) package cinnamon baking chips (see Note)
  • 3/4  to 1 cup turbinado sugar for rolling

In your mixer, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Next, beat in molasses, egg, vanilla, and freshly grated ginger. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, cayenne, salt, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom and white pepper. Gradually add to the butter mixture and mix well. Mix in the cinnamon chips and put the batter in the refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.

After anxiously waiting for the dough to set, preheat oven to 350 degrees and roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll in turbinado sugar. I use a small ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies. Bake 8 to 11 minutes, or until just set. Cool 2 minutes on pans before removing to wire racks to cool completely. You’ll love them!

Note: Cinnamon baking chips are a seasonal item, found in the baking aisle at major area supermarkets. So make sure to stock up during the holidays!

As I said before, these cookies are divine. Enjoy! Xx.

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Goodbye Emerald, Hello Radiant Orchid

Well, another year is almost over and you all know what that means…Pantone comes out with their new “Color of the Year.”

2013 was the year of emerald. Symbolizing new life and prosperity, this green hue is luscious, striking, and sophisticated. As seen below, emerald was seen in everything from a pair of pumps and silk skirts to long coats (as Princess Kate so elegantly wears) to chiffon shirts.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageThe Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 is radiant orchid. Symbolizing joy, love, and health, orchid perfectly captures the colors that we’ll be popping into our wardrobes come springtime.

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As we say goodbye to emerald and hello to orchid, I can’t wait to see how orchid will work its way into my wardrobe. I am not normally drawn towards purple, but I’m positive I will begin to like it more and more when I see it on everyone and in my favorite stores.

Hope everyone had the merriest of merry Christmas! On to New Years! Xx.

Brinkley

[All photos courtesy of Tory Burch and Pinterest]

Tree Trimmings

My family’s Christmas tree has got sass. Not only are all of our ornaments beautiful and unique, but most of them have a story behind it. We have more ornaments on our tree than the average tree because my mom and I are obsessed with them. Davis and I normally get two to three new ornaments each year and when we travel, that’s always a gift we look for.
ImageSpeaking of traveling, I got this ornament my junior year of high school when I went to London for the first time. This little guy is from Windsor Castle.

ImageNow I could lie and say that I got this in London, but in reality I got it from a christmas market that I go to every year in Austin. But, it screams London and who doesn’t love Big Ben? Oh gosh, my anglophile-ness is showing.

ImageThis little angel was a Christmas gift from the Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. On the back, my name is painted on there with a little note of congratulations from the Dallas Pi Phi Alumni. And as you can see, my angel even has red hair and bangs!

ImageThis miniature Mickey Mouse hat was bought when my whole family went to Disney World a couple years ago! We have various Disney ornaments around the tree reminding us of our awesome trip, but this simple hat is absolutely one of my favorites.

ImageThis is the ornament my mom got me this year! She also got me a pair of pink and cheetah glass sunglasses and a pair of blue and hot pink high heels to match the purse. They’re all next to each other on the tree. My mom shares with me my love of fashion.

IMG_8373I don’t think this one needs much explanation…if you look at our whole tree, you’ll see lots of burnt orange. Hook ’em Horns!

Our tree is stunning. While these are just a couple of my favorites, if I put all of my favorite ornaments up here, y’all would be reading for days. And speaking of trees…I was a tree last night at Julia’s Annual Christmas Party. Here’s proof:

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Hanging out with my best friend Megan always makes for a good time!

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And here is Mrs. Julia herself! So happy you’re back from New York for the holidays!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Xx.

Ballerina for a Day

Call it what you may, but ballerina skirts, tutu’s, and tulle skirts are no longer just for ballerinas. Ever since I saw this skirt last year at Anthropologie, I l fell in love with the idea of bringing the ballerina look to the streets. Then, just the other day, I passed by Urban Outfitters and tutu mania was going on in one of their window displays. My mom thinks my love of the tutu’s are somewhat ridiculous. I don’t care. You can easily dress it up or down, fancy or simple, day or night. And who doesn’t want to be a ballerina for a day?

When I find the perfect tulle skirt one of these days, here are three outfits that I will recreate using some of the same and other similar pieces from my own closet. But for now, we all can look at these ensembles and imagine ourselves dancing through the streets as if you were Clara from The Nutcracker. Center stage of course, with the spotlight on moi.

Blush Ballerina

Blush Ballerina

Parisian Ballerina

Parisian Ballerina

Snow Princess Ballerina

Swan Lake Ballerina

If you’re wondering where any of these pieces are from, feel free to leave a comment and I will provide you with the necessary information! Xx.

Christmas Bows

Christmas parties are meant for tacky sweaters, sequin and glittery everything, crazy headbands, and lots of red and green.

My dear friend Julia has an annual Christmas party each year and we all come decked in our best holiday attire. Her party might be tomorrow evening but I came across some photos from last year that are fun!

Instead of the typical tacky Christmas sweater, I decided to do something a little different. I made a bow vest with approximately 100 Christmas bows glued to a Christmas bag fashioned and cut into a vest-like shape. Too complete the outfit, I taped 3 bows to a headband and voilà, a perfect and fun (…and quite unique) Christmas outfit.

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Merry Christmas! Xx.

Brinkley

[All photo credits go to the lovely Carly Kaplan]

RED

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI don’t know what it is, but recently, I have been drawn to anything and everything red. Maybe it’s the Christmas and winter season when everyone dons the elegant and regal color more than any other time of the year or maybe just because it’s one of my favorite colors. I find myself loving the color now more than ever. Be it a full red midi skirt, a red hat, or tartan anything, I’m sold. Xx.

Brinkley

[All pictures from Atlantic-Pacific, Classy Girls Wear Pearls, Bows and Sequins, Pinterest.com, or The Sartorialist]

[Freshman] Dancin’ Around the Christmas Tree

So, finally finals are over with and I’m back in good ‘ol Dallas with my family. I came back Thursday night…just in time for my brother’s freshman Christmas dance the next night. He looked mighty dapper and handsome. And cute. But I’m not supposed to say that because Davis doesn’t want to be ‘cute’ but by gosh, I couldn’t care less. He looked cute, snazzy, and preppy (extra in love with his bowtie!) and I loved every bit of it.

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Isn’t he the CUTEST? Xx.

Selfies

Oxford Dictionaries officially named their word of the year a couple weeks ago…what is it?

SELFIE.

This makes me incredibly happy. I think it’s so funny.

According to Oxford Dictionary, the definition is:

(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

I think this definition is perfect, what better a word than ‘selfie’?

Selfies are so much better than just a bland and boring text. Send someone a selfie and you’ll put a smile on your friend’s face, guaranteed.

Don’t completely understand? Here are a couple of selfies I’ve sent my friends in the last week…

ImageThe “I’m working out, I’m so fit” Selfie

ImageThe “Hey look, One Direction is on GMA” Selfie

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The “Off to formal Pi Phi chapter meeting” Selfie

ImageThe “One more class until the end of Fall semester classes” Selfie

ImageThe “Happy” Selfie

ImageThe “I’m going to the UT Baylor football game and it’s 25 degrees outside #yolo” Selfie

ImageThe “The Horns lost to Baylor, yuck” Selfie

ImageThe “Nighty night darlings, xoxo” Seflie

ImageThe “Hey, look at my cute outfit” Selfie

ImageThe “Finals are coming, I’m stuDYING” Selfie

Hope you got a laugh out of these, I sure did. Selfies oh selfies. xx.

O [Burnt Orange] Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

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Apt. 410 is decorated for Christmas! We have a burnt orange Christmas tree! How amazing is that? Honestly though, have you ever seen something so wonderful?

Big thanks to Daddy and Davis for buying the tree for me in the first place! Kendall, Sarah, and I enjoy it immensely. We love coming back to our apartment these days with all of our christmas decorations everywhere after a long day of studying for finals! It’s so #christmasfab.

When decorating the tree, we stuck to simple decorations considering the tree is the main showstopper. I chose a burlap ribbon with a hint of gold in it to wrap around the tree. I then got burnt orange, pearly-white, and clear ornaments to hang on it. On the clear ornaments, we got a gold paint pen and wrote “Hook ’em Horns” and “Texas Fight” and other Texas-y phrases on them! I also had some burnt orange grosgrain ribbon with white longhorns on it to tie in small bows all over the tree! And at the top, instead of a star, we have a gold crown with burnt orange sequins and glitter–when I saw it at the store, I knew it was meant for me. In the end, it turned out lovely!

Returning home for Christmas Break and having my house completely decorated for Christmas is one of my all time favorites “Welcome Home!” gifts. But now I don’t have to wait anymore…our own little place is decorated with it’s own Christmas cheer!

Happy Decembrrrrr everyone (it’s actually getting cold here in Texas…finally!) and Merry Christmas!

Brinks