BoHo Vibes. OTS Dress

OTS dress red

OTS dress red

As I’ve mentioned before. I am really loving the off-the-shoulder (OTS) trend that’s been big for about a year now. I fully foresee it playing through Summer and Fall fashions for this year, so I keep adding these great OTS pieces to my closet.

I found this red dress that combines three trends into one, and I HAD to have it. BoHo + Fun Sleeves + OTS = Style Win for me.  The vintage floral print on this dress screams bohemian 70s vibes with a great color scheme of red, orange, cream, and dark purple. I love that the sleeves are also elastic around the wrist, this allows me to keep the sleeve at the perfect length for my arm, allowing me to add a really great gold bangle.

OTS dress

In keeping with the boho 70s theme of the dress I finished the look off with big round Prada sunnies and braid detail laser cut ankle boots. In November I signed up for a VIP membership to ShoeDazzle and for $40 a month I get one new pair of shoes of my choice. I love that they have a huge selection of different trendy footwear, at a really reasonable price. For months where I don’t want to purchase anything, I can just skip the month and I don’t get charged which is so nice.

I must confess, while I love shopping for clothing, “pulling the trigger” so to speak on shoes is a little more difficult for me. Having a ShoeDazzle membership really helps me branch out and try new styles that I wouldn’t normally think to pick up for myself. If you’re interested in trying it out, click here to sign up!

Love the feel of this outfit and how it perfectly showcases 3 spring trends in one fell swoop! What’s your favorite spring trend thus far?

 

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My Favorite Tee Shirt Looks

donut shirt

alley and are tees

Is there really anything better than a screen tee? I mean, it does not matter WHAT your age there’s always a tee shirt that expresses how you feel, or shows the world who you are! I for one am a HUGE fan of screen tees. While I like to have a polished fashionable look most of the time, I’m also learning that some fun basic tee shirts are great to mix and match with different things in your closet for a more laid back and fun look.

sprinkles cupcakes tee

One of my favorite places to get tee shirts is Alley & Rae Apparel. These tee shirts are super hilarious and perfect for all those “cool moms” (you know, not like a regular mom) out there just like myself. Witty and smart these tee shirts totally express a fun and slightly wild personality, and I for one ADORE pairing them with basic and comfortable athleisure apparel. You can use code FRIENDS15 to get 15% off your first purchase at alleyandrae.com.

donut shirt

alley and rae

Another way to make your tee shirt pop is by pairing it with a high-waisted skirt. This McConaughey Dazed & Confused tee shirts is one of my favorites (who doesn’t love that movie amiright?!), paired with a cute black cotton skirt and my adidas, it made an adorable outfit for a day out with my dudes.

dazed and confused tee

dazed and confused tee shirt

I also love to layer my tee shirts under cardigans a lot. Adding a pop of color with some outerwear is a great way to polish off any outfit without overdoing it! Like, if you’re headed to Target instead of Wal-Mart, just throw on a cardigan of any color or texture over your tee shirt for instant style!

donut shirt

What is your favorite way to wear a tee shirt? Tell me what your personal favorite tee shirt looks like and where you shopped it in the comments below! <3

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Basics

basic street style

basic street style

While I love fashion forward clothing, I feel as though as I age, my style continues to evolve. 5 years ago I was wearing oversized bows and headbands with basically everything and pattern on pattern outfits were my favorite. While, I still have a good love for some pattern on pattern, currently my personal style is now pulled to more basics.

basics street style

I’ve recently started purging in a HUGE way. Basically my goal is to own as little as possible, so that I’m in love with every single thing I have. In an effort to declutter my life, my style has started to reflect that. Instead of purchasing a ton of inexpensive items that I’ll only wear once or twice, I like buying basics that I can wear over and over again, but still feel different in each outfit.

basic street style

A white v-neck is the most basic of basics, and to be honest I actually own about 3 right now. Target makes great boyfriend style relaxed v-necks, and when I found this awesomely soft cotton white v-neck bodysuit on sale, I picked it up knowing it’d be something I can continue to pair with multiple items in my closet and look fierce.

basic street style

For this outfit I paired my white v-neck bodysuit with a distressed denim cut-off skirt. This skirt is in a great mid-rinse so it looks great with basically every color of the rainbow, making it another great staple to have in a simpler wardrobe.

basic street style

Since the skirt is more of a high-waist, I belted the outfit with an adorably detailed black belt. This belt has an awesome western embossed silver buckle, so I selected silver accessories to round out the outfit. A small pair of crystal studs is the one accessory that will seriously go well with everything you own, so investing a little bit in a good pair that will last is a great idea. In keeping with the simple accessories them, I added a simple silver watch.

silver watch

Finally to really kick off this outfit in style I wore my Adidas Superstars, as they are the perfect leisure shoe. I love wearing these to make any outfit seem just a tad more street style.

shoes

What basics do you adore?

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Floral Florida Spring

floral skirt

floral skirt

There’s nothing that quite says “Spring is Here” like a good floral skirt. Personally I am a sucker for all things floral. Floral skirts, shirts, dresses, handbags, give it all to me. I think floral prints in the right colors are timeless, and you can accessorize them in so many different ways they last throughout all the seasons. While it’s easy to pair a good floral pattern with some pearls and dressy heels, it’s also super fun to dress it down and spice it up a bit with hippie chic accessories and chill basics.

floral skirt

This floral wrap skirt is super lightweight, and in great colors like: navy blue, lavender and sage. In the winter time, this looks adorable with tights, boots and sweaters, but when it starts to warm up I love pairing it in a more laid back way.

floral skirt

By throwing on a super casual tank top, and fitted denim jacket, the look transforms from pretty and preppy, to sassy and edgy. Paired with some kicka$$ fringe heels and a maroon fringe bag, it’s the perfect look for any laid-back spring brunch or night out with friends.

floral skirt

I also really love personalizing my denim jacket with pins. I know you’re thinking accessorize an accessory?! , but yes, it’s super awesome. My friend Avian got me a hilarious Banana Pin for Christmas (inside joke), and it just adds a little extra pizazz to an already awesome article of clothing.

floral skirt

 

While some of these items are currently unavailable (I picked them up on SUPER sale at Nordstrom Rack), I’ve linked my favorite similar options for you to explore if you want to recreate a similar look! <3

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How We Do Winter pt.2

florida winter

florida winter
In Florida we don’t get much in the area of Fall/Winter/Basically any other season except for Summer. Even when it’s cold, it’s just like cold in the morning, by the afternoon its hot again. If you dress for the winter when you wake up and it’s 50 degrees, you’ll be sweating your booty off by noon.

florida winter

When I dress for the day I always have to look at the full day forecast to plan my outfit. When it’s going to be nice in the 70s for the day, I always like mix up my outfit with a little bit summer and a little bit cold weather.

florida winter

Since we don’t get to pull out our sweaters very often down here, I took a gorgeous day opportunity to wear my favorite leopard print sweater. What I like about this sweater is unlike other leopard prints, it has just the right shades of brown and the right size print to look fashionable and chic without being cheesy or screaming “old lady at the casino”.

florida winter

To make sure I was adequately prepared for the warmer parts of the day I paired this oversized sweater with some great black denim cut off shorts. I love the way these shorts fit, they have a slight stretch to them which makes them uber comfortable, and the distressed nature of the denim makes them look wonderfully on-trend.

florida winter

As far as accessories go, I wanted to keep things a little more on the simple side. This amazing emerald face dark sandalwood watch from JORD Woodwatches matched the outfit perfectly. I stacked it with a graphic triangle bracelet, and this awesome Jenny Bird serpent bangle I got in this month’s Rocksbox. (use code BRITTANYCBFF32 to get yourself one FREE month)

florida winter

I finished off the look with my Ray-Ban’s and some tan fringe ankle boots, and headed out. My sister took these amazing pics at this awesome mural in Downtown St. Pete. I love how artistic and expressive the Tampa Bay area is! The colors in this mural are amazing and so vibrant.

What do you wear for both warmer and cooler days?

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OTS for the Weekend

OTS top

OTS top

It’s no secret that I, along with basically everyone else I know, enjoys a good off-the-shoulder style (OTS).  They are reminiscent of the 70s but in modern prints and boho designs that stay true to today’s current style. I love this fresh mix of past meets present, and often I have to stop myself from buying TOO many of these adorable OTS tops!

OTS top

This OTS top is in a gorgeous teal floral print with black and red details. The sheer & breezy nature of it makes it super easy to pair with anything. For this outfit I paired it with my go-to black distressed denim, suede fringe heels, and a red matte lip.

OTS top

Accessory wise I opted to keep things simple, since the top stands out on it’s own, I just accented it with a black crescent necklace, black MK wristlet, and my favorite round sunglasses.

OTS top

Accessories

This outfit was so perfect for lunch in Downtown Saint Petersburg, FL with my sister. It’s just the right amount of dressy mixed with the right amount of casual. I love how confident and hot I felt in this outfit. An OTS top is the perfect way to show a little skin without being self-conscious about it!

OTS top

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Before I Die…I want to Live

before i die wall

before i die wall

Have you ever made a bucket list? Have you ever THOUGHT of making a bucket list? I haven’t, and here’s why. I never like to think about death. I know that sounds pretty freaking obvious, but hear me out for a bit. It’s hard for me to list things I want to do “before I die” because I just want to live while I’m alive. hahaha sounds like a Bon Jovi song I know.

beforeidiewall

Since experiencing postpartum depression with Brando, I feel more aware of my life, and realize that I need to not just have a desire to live in the moment, but prepare for the future and make myself some real goals.

before i die wall

Visiting this wall in Downtown Saint Pete with my sister, who is also battling depression was really meaningful to me today. While the chalk didn’t work, and I hadn’t really prepared an answer that settled with me the right way, it still made me think.

before i die wall

In this wall stands so many different stories, so many different goals (ex: sleep with a 27 year old…Sing like Whitney…Find Myself…), so many different people. Yet we all shared a common experience at that wall, we all stopped and thought, and even if they were meaningless, we all for a brief moment- felt our own mortality. So while I couldn’t just think of ONE thing to put on a wall, I made a list.

before i die wall

Before I Die…

I will visit France.
I will watch my boys fall in love with someone.
I will own a house.
I will read Don Quixote.
I will get the “Rules of Attraction” tattoo I’ve been wanting.
I will get down to my goal weight (at least once just to say I did it and know that experience for myself.)
I will make macaroons.
I will look up.
I will visit my grandfather’s grave.
I will write my book.
I will not stop loving, ever.

While I know there’s so much more than this list that I want out of my life. It’s nice to have some goals to reach for. I feel like all of these things are things I’m capable of achieving, and I look forward to checking all these things on my list one day.
before i die wall

What do you want to do before you die?

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Hello Floral Skirt & The Hello Kitty Cafe

floral skirt outfit

While it may seem unseasonable to most, Spring is basically here in Florida and I could not be more ecstatic. The weather here is nice a breezy daily, and warm-but not too hot. Last weekend the Hello Kitty Cafe stopped by International Plaza and I HAD to wear this new floral skirt I got for the sweet treat adventure.

floral skirt outfit

This skirt is great. (similar)  The elastic waistband allows movement and stretch, so I can continue to wear it comfortably as I start to shed this extra baby weight that’s been hanging around my mid-section. To keep the skirt more casual for a trip to the mall, I paired it with a simple white tank top and a structured mid-rinse denim jacket.

floral skirt

I finished off the look with these adorable lace-up ballet flats, so I could easily shop around the mall when I was finished waiting in line for the Hello Kitty Cafe.

hello kitty cafe

For those unfamiliar with the Hello Kitty Cafe, let me divulge. The Hello Kitty Cafe is a food truck painted in pink and serving up treats every little girl (and grown woman) dreams of. I grabbed a 4 pack of petit fours cakes that were adorably decorated Sanrio style. The cafe also offered: Mini Bow Cookies and Rainbow Macaroons which were hard to pass up, but I stayed good to my one cheat.

My outfit matched the truck perfectly as you can see, and I had such an awesome time. Everyone in line at the truck was in a great mood, ready to experience something cool, original, and super fun. Me and Brando made friends with the three guys behind us in line and all laughed and talked about what we’d be purchasing.

The petit fours tasted just as amazing as they looked, and I know for sure next time the Hello Kitty Cafe comes to town, I’ll totally be matching in pink again, and be grabbing those macaroons too! <3

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Going, Going, Blonde.

from dark brown hair to blonde

Anyone else love to make major hair changes when they go through a huge change? (Raises Hand) I recently made some major changes in my life, like a WHOLE lot, and to celebrate my newfound attitude I totally flipped the script and went from dark brown hair, to ashy blonde.

What Changed?

Life wise A LOT. I went through this serious Post-Pardom Depression where I didn’t want to shop and all I really wanted to do was sleep and eat and drink once the babies were in bed, and it was icky. As a result of the depression, I became completely unhappy in every aspect of my life, stopped blogging (you may have noticed), and blamed my marriage for the most part. James and I separated very briefly, but thankfully he’s a trooper and once I was able to sober up, clear my head from the fog, and see what and WHO really mattered, he was still there by my side.

love of my life

I started and finished real estate school and passed my state licensing exam on the first try! Little known fact about me: I actually had my license very briefly in 2007 when I was 19. But the housing market basically collapsed while I was in real estate school, and no one wanted to buy a house from a 19 year old when the economy was in shambles, so it wasn’t really a successful venture at that point in my life.

tampa real estate school

Having something to get up and get out and get ready for really brings me joy and I can’t wait to start flipping some houses! <3 PS- Holla if you want to move to Orlando yo, I’ll find ya a great deal 😉

To celebrate all these amazing changes, and my new lifestyle going blonde was something I really wanted to do. I was blonde when I started this blog and going back blonde has been something I’ve been considering over the last year. It’s a huge commitment, because to lighten my hair from dark to ash without having breakage it takes about 3 appointments over a 3 week span.

The biggest thing I can recommend is making sure you chose a stylist with a lot of experience with blondes, high quality products, and someone that you trust. When it comes to hair, it’s important to be direct, let the stylist know exactly what you want with plenty of pictures to back your dreams up so you’re all on the same page.

I have a good friend Jen who works at Eyes on You Salon & Spa, I’ve known Jen for more than 10 years, and knew I could trust her with my locks. Over the past 3 weeks, we’ve spent 3-4 hours a week together getting my tresses lightened and it’s been such a blast.

from dark brown hair to blonde

For starters, the salon uses Olaplex, which helps maintain your hairs integrity while it’s lightening. This is SO important for me because I didn’t want to lose any length during the coloring process. It’s just an extra $25 for the treatment, and I can’t recommend it enough! My hair felt so soft and smooth when it was all done!

from dark brown hair to blonde

Jen has one of those easy to chat with personality’s (as do all the other ladies at this salon), so going in for a 3 hr appointment actually flies by. They make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as you do hanging out with friends in your own house. (plus you know, your kids aren’t running around ROAR-ing like Dinosaurs at the salon, so it’s a little more refreshing)

brown hair to blonde hair

Jen also didn’t rush through our appointments. She took extra time to hand paint on most of my lightening treatments because I personally prefer a little root growth. She did the most perfectly blended natural looking ombre blonde hair I’ve seen. I love how my colors look natural and not so “bottle blonde”. The time she took to put in the extra work really paid off and I couldn’t be more appreciative!

from brown hair to blonde hair

If you’d like to refresh your look for spring and are in the Tampa area, give the ladies at Eyes On You a ring, they will make you look and feel amazing! <3 If you book an appointment with Jen and tell her I referred you (Brittany Clark or XoXo,B) she’ll hook you up with $20 off any treatment of $50 or more! Jen can also do a wide variety of treatment options including event make-up&hair, spray tanning, and individual lash extensions.  Just LOOK at the amazing before and after of these lashes (the top is the after)!

individual lash extensions

 

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The Week of Winter

We don’t get much of a winter in Florida. To be honest, I spend half the year complaining it’s too hot, pining, as I scroll my Instagram & Pinterest feeds, for “sweater weather”. And every January/February I get my wish granted with a week and a half of winter weather which reminds me of exactly why I’m a Floridian.

I do have a winter wardrobe. I’ve collected staple items for cooler weather here and there over the years and since I don’t wear them often, they stay in really good condition.

I’ve had this faux fur vest from Target since 2014! It’s held up great over the past 3 years, and I’ll be wearing it for years to come I’m sure. For this outfit, I paired the fur vest with a mid-length sweater dress. This sweater dress is from The Limited circa 2015, and is made from super warm and soft Merino Wool.

To finish off the look I added tan booties (a FAV of mine), and this awesome antiquated gold and cobalt blue geometric statement necklace.

faux fur vest sweater dress

While I won’t get to wear this exact outfit for another year I’m sure, it was so much fun and perfectly warm on a chilly day.

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