Let’s chat about outerwear, Queens. Here in Pittsburgh, we could be reaching for ours as early as September. In autumn I lean toward light weight, knee length trench coats and leather jackets. In the winter, I pair wool coats with leather gloves and berets. For a casual vibe, layer hoodies under coats. In my opinion, nobody does casual chill better than Alexx Coll.
When I think of knits, I envision Zara models in chunky sweaters (jumpers for you Brits). I adore them pinned with fancy brooches. They are equally chic paired with a simple wool beret and statement sunglasses. This queen’s favorite accomplices for knit wear are pleated skirts, leather pants, and skinny jeans. My favorite places to shop are undoubtedly Zara, H&M, JCrew, and Vici.
Can’t thank teachers enough for all they do. My gratitude for their efforts is impossible to put into words. These trinkets are merely a token of appreciation for their unwavering support and guidance.
I know it sounds crazy, but I love shopping for teachers. Careful thought goes into curating a theme, color or aesthetic for the gift. There are many ways to go about this, I choose to use “meet the teacher” night as a jump off. The goal is to get an idea for the teachers vibe, their hobbies, favorite foods, etc.
For example; a personalized stationery set from AThingCreated paired with a rubber stamp and a pack of gel pens or Sharpie markers would make a lovely gift. On the other hand, flowers arranged in a jam jar with a gift card to Target/Amazon/Nordstrom is a no brainer. Just put your heart into it, Queen. It’s the thought that has always counted most. For more inspo, click the pictures below which showcase shops here in Pittsburgh, as well as Molton Brown, Farmgirl Flowers and Etsy.
Around the holidays, the only thing that could possibly kill my festive vibe, is not having the most fabulous gift for a girlfriend, favorite aunt or teacher. Feel me, Queen? Click the links below to shop my faves.
YOUR KING: This Molton Brown scent gets me every time. My husband and I celebrated 10 years of wedded bliss at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and this scent was everywhere. With each inhale I’m reminded of that BOUJIE AF vacation and I know he will too.
MOM/SISTER: The White Company is a UK based luxury brand, famous for cashmere, candles, bed linens and beyond.
DAD: My favorite place to get quality, hand made leather goods is from the one and only Mr Lentz. His pieces are hand made in Bow, Washington. Did I mention he’s a real life COWBOY?!
HOSTESS: Oil & Vinegar is my go to shop for the entertainer in your life. If your mouth isn’t watering when you leave Angela’s store, check your pulse.
Have you ever put thoughtful effort into your appearance only to be asked, “where are you going?” It’s the journey, NOT the destination! Am I right, Queens?
My point is, who cares where I’m going. I’m putting my best foot (face…& outfit…shoes…hair….lashes & handbag) forward. I’m a big fond fan of getting dolled up! #FancyQueen
My process for putting together the perfect look is simple. Show up & show out! Check out my Pinterest board The Total Look for inspo on creating a vibe through attire, hair, make-up, accessories, etc.
My summer time vibes are REAL, QUEEN! I love to host #PatioParties and fire up the grill. It’s an extension of the kitchen lezzbehonest, of course I love it.
Had friends over for a BBQ on our deck. Kids played while the adults adult’d. Lovely evening! We had surf and turf. Spoiler alert, it was amazing!
In my world, it’s birthday season! Tons of family members and girlfriends are celebrating their trip around the sun. For this self proclaimed shopaholic, hi my name is Brittney, I enjoy every gifting opportunity. #ShoppingIsMyCardio
The Queen’s Top 10
- Tea sampler box from Harney & Sons Tea + their precious tea cup
- Mechanic Coffee, near Oakmont Bakery for all the Pittsburgh readers, is for the coffee obsessed. Get yourself a bag of beans, queen!
- Blair Breitenstein illustrations
- Lafco candles
- Williams-Sonoma can’t be beat for soap sets, dish towels, and limited edition spatulas
- Anthropologie’s curated selection of cookbooks have coffee table flare
- Give Rifle Paper Company a go for wrapping paper and special cards
- Serendipity Zelie has a variety of new and unique gifts at every price point
- For the glamour girls and fashionista’s, Eva Bryn Shoetique has you covered
- Personalized luxe gifts from Mark & Graham
Lastly, ribbon for these beautiful gifts must come from Anastasia Marie’s Etsy shop.
Happy shopping whether it be cyber, window or otherwise!
If you’re not a fan of meat…swipe left. I don’t discriminate against ANY food group but totally respect your right to choose. #DoYouBooBoo
Here’s my marinated flank steak from week 11,986,391 of quarantine.
- Flank steak, cut into chunky strips
- Packet of seasoning, dealers choice (try Mongolian Beef or Korean BBQ)
- Soy sauce, 1/4 Cup
- Scallions, 1/4 Cup chopped
- Curly leaf parsley, 1/4 Cup chopped or ripped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Let’s Cook Queen:
Toss your packet of desired spice, soy sauce and steak strips into a gallon size zip top bag. Seal the bag and shake the shit out of it to ensure that each piece gets coated. Marinate the strips in the fridge for 30 minutes, give or take.
On the stovetop, sear each side of the flank steak on high heat. Side note: I use a 12″ cast iron skillet that is coated with vegetable oil after each cleaning. Sear until you’ve achieved a dark brown caramelized color, then transfer oven safe skillet to a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
Lastly and most importantly, let the steak rest! Lay a long piece of foil over a large dinner plate. The length of the foil is twice as long as the plate. Transfer all the steak to the foiled plate. Wrap the excess foil over the steak and fold the edges to lock in the heat. After 5 restful minutes the steak will have retained its juices and be ready for a garnish of parsley and scallions. Enjoy you, fancy Queen!