Big hair

Is my hair big enough?

In this volume of the ride or die series, we’re talking HAIR. Fussing with my hair is one of my guiltless pleasures. The phrase guilty pleasure is an oxymoron and I’m not here for it. I don’t do my hair all the time, but when I do, I go big. Here are my must have products to ensure my tresses are on point.

Why do I love the afore mentioned so much? They work, period! My hair type is course and curly. I have thin strands but millions of them. The products above work for my hair type. Anytime I blow dry my hair I use the volumizing spray on the roots only and the thickening spray on the bulk of my hair. Using a mega (2.5″) round brush allows me to get the volume I’m craving. Once the hair is blown out and full, tease the roots and spray. If you’re feeling an Aqua Net moment, then set that hair with Redken’s Control Addict. If you need more movement, go for Aveda’s air control. To give clean hair some texture, some oomph, some pizzazz, hit it with dry shampoo. BOOM!

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fresh flowers and baked goods

Teacher Appreciation Vol. 2

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.

wrapped gifts

Holiday Gift Guide

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? If your shopping list looks anything like mine, you more than likely have several special people to curate thoughtful gifts for. Click the links below to shop my favorite boutiques for the very special people in my life.

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.

ANOTHER QUEEN: Jewelry from Miranda Frye or Uncommon James can’t be beat. You’ll be sure to find a piece as fierce as your friend.

MOM/SISTER: The White Company is a UK based luxury brand, famous for cashmere, candles, bed linens and beyond.

TEACHER: You can not beat a personalized gift. I adore stationery sets and fancy note cards from AThingCreated and Swoon Paper Co.

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.

Girly Gift Shops

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

Lastly, ribbon for these beautiful gifts must come from Anastasia Marie’s Etsy shop.

Happy shopping whether it be cyber, window or otherwise!

Ride or Die Vol 2: Make-Up

Wake up! Time to put on your make-up! I’m a big fond fan of girly stuff, shocker. Growing up in a family dominated by females gave me exposure to the glam life from an early age. My sisters and I adored playing with my mom’s Clinique eye shadow palettes, coral lipsticks, and bright pink blushes. We each had a stash of ‘play make-up’ to fill up a Caboodle. And why shouldn’t we, our favorite past time was getting dolled up and strutting our stuff down a pretend cat walk while our Nana (the MC on the mic) would describe our elaborate costumes, hair and make-up.

Pat McGrath Labs mascara, Too Faced liquid lipstick, YSL foundation, Milani blush, Becca highlighter, MAC brow pomade, Charlotte Tilbury contour wand, Shiseido lash curler

Golden Goddess Glow

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of school bells ringing. To celebrate, my gf is having a pool party. Because she’s EXTRA, we’ll have a bartender on site! I mean honestly, what’s a party without a mixologist? #SteelCityMixology

Here’s 3 tricks to pulling off that Gorgeous Golden Goddess Glow.

#1 Mix liquid bronzer with lotion or body oil and apply generously to arms and legs. If you have your act together, pencil in an application of self-tanning body oil the day before your event. I use Josie Maran‘s or these tan towels.

#2 Use highlighter on your shins, collarbone, and shoulders. I also like this one by Benefit Cosmetics and of course my ultimate fave, Becca’s Champagne Pop.

#3 Go for the gold jewelry…all of it. As a matter of fact, if your husband doesn’t say “The ladies in Goodfellas called and want their jewelry back!”, then you don’t have on ENOUGH.

My favorite summertime accessories have been oversize sunnies, a statement ring, gold hoops, a single bangle pushed up my forearm, and my gold chunky link Apple watch band.

Fancy Pants

If you’ve ever worked out with me, then you know I’m a big fond fan of bold tights. I adore bright colors, graphic patterns and stripes. They are a staple and investment piece in my wardrobe. Some of my favorite brands include but are not limited to; K-Deer, Bombshell Sportswear, and Alo Yoga.

When purchasing tights, I need the following things: high rise, full/ankle length, won’t show sweat, squat proof, bold colors and stand out prints. That’s it! But seriously, I work out every day and need tights that are made to last. In my opinion, the brands above have nailed it. They make quality athletic apparel that easily transitions to the street. WIN WIN

Flower Power

Planting herbs gives me great joy. I’m in love with basil, rosemary and mint. If these three herbs are not in plenty on my deck, then Houston we have a problem. We also have four planters that I fuss with daily. In two I planted creeping jenny, purple calibrachoa and a calamagrostis acutiflora for height. In the others I placed a boxwood in the center with alternating creeping jenny and blue star creepers round the exterior. My minimalist approach to ‘gardening’ keeps me sane and gives me just enough landscaping to tend to. That said, my husband is our groundskeeper. He is officially obsessed with mowing our yard, watering the beds, weeding the beds, seeding the yard, and trimming all the trees, flowering plants and shrubbery. He’s my #LawnBoy and man does he get after it! It’s his pride in our lawn and attention to detail that gets our lot a double take. #GreenThumb