Christmas 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? 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.

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!

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

I Ain’t No Basic Bish

Some days I’m just simply inspired to get dolled up. Nevermind that I’m merely taking my kiddos to school or running a few errands, that’s neither here nor there. I WANT to look my best! Long gone are the days when we ladies wore pearls to the grocery store and wouldn’t dream of stepping out of the house without full glam make-up.

I’m not one for half ass, as I’m a full ass kind of girl. In this look my jump off piece is a Rebellious Fashion bodysuit. #Spicy #NotSoBasic #FullOn #IsMyHairBigEnough #YAAASSSSSQueen

Teacher Appreciation

Can’t thank them enough for all they do! Here are some gifting ideas for the dedicated teachers in your life. Our Pre-K class of twenty-couple went together on these gifts for our wonderful teacher and her aide. Since shopping is my (additional) cardio, I happily volunteered for the job. In my town, I turn to the following gems when looking for the perfect gift; The Enchanted Olive, Eva Bryn Shoetique, Serendipity Zelie, HOUSE 15143, and Gather. #FABULOUS

Light & Bright

I LOVE natural light. I also LOVE girly chandeliers. And I’m a big fond fan of making small tweaks that render big impact. The first thing I do in the morning is open up all the curtains to let the sunshine pour in. Sunshine and blue skies turn up the volume on my mood meter. Seasonal depression is real ya’ll. #FindYourLight

The hubs and I recently updated our master bathroom and laundry room. We didn’t go HAM, but the items we updated packed a punch. Light and bright was our theme for these renovations. We painted our bathroom cabinets white and updated the mirrors and lighting. The light fixtures are from Shades of Light and the vanity mirrors are Pottery Barn. In the laundry room, we added two white shelves above the sink and hung a chandelier. BOOM! On to the next project.