JSBtravels:Chicago

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A few weeks ago I took a mini-vacay and traveled to Chicago! It has always been one of my go-to wishlist destinations — so I’m glad I got to take some time off and go with my parents for a couple of days! 🙂

We explored all around the city — visiting the Bean, Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, the Navy Pier, various restuarants and taking a ride on an Architecture Boat tour!

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The Bean

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Wildberries in Chicago is now one of my new favorite breakfast places — so good! 🙂 

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Beautiful views along the Chicago River

IMG_0584.JPGIMG_0613.JPGCan’t wait for my next adventure! 🙂

Stay curious,

xo – Britt

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111 Livin’

Its been two weeks since I moved into to my new apartment complex and I’m so happy! Between starting full-time, moving, and trying to find hobbies outside of the office — it has been a whirlwind of craziness!

As I’m settling in, I can’t help but rave about the atmosphere and the area! There is so much to do and it makes the commute to work a breeze — I couldn’t be more thankful! It helps me feel more grown up finally being out of the college area. Excited to explore and meet more of my new neighbors!

Here’s a peek inside of my fabulous new hide-away for when 5 o’clock rolls around haha.

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As for other happenings – just trying to adjust and get used to my new normal! I’m going to give a few new hobbies a try: kickboxing and wire-wrapping jewelry!

I’m also planning on ramping up my writing and maybe finish a story or two (instead of reading a million haha)!

I’ll be updating you next with my latest adventure and my first travel post – my recent trip to Chicago! It was a lot of fun and I’m so glad I got to experience it! More on that next week!

Stay curious,

Xo – Britt

Off to the Office: Zara edition.

“Work, work, work, work, work” as Rhianna sings in that one song of the same name … has become my life as a new college grad!

Hopefully starting full-time work in a couple of weeks (waiting to hear back), I’ve had to start stocking up on some new business attire for my wardrobe! There go my combat boots in exchange for flats & heels, my jeans for business pants, and tee’s for blouses. I’ve had a few pieces from my time during my internship, however, I only went in a couple of days a week. Now, that it will be everyday, I’m going to need a lot more options haha.

I’ve had some great success at TJMAXX, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack/HauteLook and most recently Zara!

One thing I’ve noticed is that you have to go in without any expectations when looking for work clothes, since that’s when I usually find the best pieces! 🙂 It’s always good to have some sort of idea in terms of style and looks, but it can be a bit tricky to find the exact piece of clothing / item you have in your mind.

This is especially true in regards to my recent trip to Zara. My parents were in town visiting and we went to explore Disney Springs. It was my Mom’s idea to go inside and look around — so I was surprised to walk out with bags in hand!

This red-orange jacket is what first caught my eye — I just had to do a double take! It’s so bright, vibrant, and fun! Definitely a great piece to mix and match with and will for sure turn a few heads. 😉

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With such a vibrant color as this, I think it’s best to let it stand on its own and wear it with very subtle amounts of other colors.

Accessory colors: emerald-green, pink, lilac, fuchsia, orange, and gold.

Blouse and pants colors: grey, nude/light brown, white, black, dark/light blue.

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The other item I purchased (which I plan to wear with this jacket) are these grey business pants. They’re great because of how versatile they are — I mean, grey goes with everything! They fit very well and are really comfortable!

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I suggest every working girl must have at least one pair of grey business pants as well as black for your office wardrobe!

For some great inspiration, check out my ‘Off to the Office!’ Pinterest board which shows all the ways you can make business attire fun!
Stay curious,

xo – Britt

5 Monthly Favorites: May Edition.

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This post showcases my 5 favorite things in fashion, beauty, health, food, and sweet treats for the month of May.

1.  Out Of This World!IMG_9634.JPGThis month’s fashion favorite is my new pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer’s. Part of the Cosmo collection — they’re pretty out of this world! I have been needing a new pair of Ray-ban’s ever since I unfortunately lost my other pair a while back. When I saw these on sale on HauteLook — I knew I had to try them! At first, I was a bit hesitant if they would go with a lot, considering they’re an iridescent mix of purple and blue — which is a far cry from my last pair of plain black. However, I was pleasantly surprised and fell in love with them! I’ve gotten a ton of compliments and feel like I’m looking out into a whole new universe. 😉

2.  Chubby LipsSAM_0237.JPGThis month’s beauty favorite is Clinique’s ‘Chubby Stick’ Moisturizing Lip Color Balm.  I’ll be the first to say I’ve never been a huge fan of make-up — especially anything that takes more than 10 minutes to do (a.k.a. contouring) or leaves me feeling disheveled (such as lip-gloss). Lets face it, I’ve just started wearing mascara everyday and putting more than just concealer on my face. However, I recently came across Clinique’s Chubby Stick’s and they are AMAZING! They’re moisturizing, stay on for quite a while, and come in all kinds of great shades! I definitely suggest checking them out next time you’re at the mall.

3.  Do You Even Lift?

This past semester I finally started to get serious about my fitness goals. I haven’t been in the best place (confidence or self-esteem wise) and it definitely had a lot to do with how I felt about my weight. Now having officially graduated from college — still crazy to think about — I’m now at the gym everyday (if not every other day)! I’ve been eating healthier, cutting out a lot that I used to eat: not as much bread, no fast food, less chocolate — although still can’t get away from it completely — haha. I’m nowhere near my goal but am proud that I’ve started heading in the right direction! I’m feeling a lot better about myself and am hoping in the next few months I can say I’m a lot closer to where I want to be! I’ve been doing weights for 30 minutes and then 30 minutes of cardio to end my session!

4.  Hey, Skinny!  

This month’s food favorite is more of a snack, but it is definitely one of my new favorite things! Hi, I’m Skinny is a grain based snack packed with whole grains & has less than 140 calories per serving! Say what!? The two I’ve tried are Superfood Mean & Green — which has kale, spinach, and peas — and Sweet Potato! They’re both great and easy for work, school, and just any time you’re feeling a little hungry and want something to munch on (without having to feel guilty!) So far the Sweet Potato are my favorite, but can’t wait to try them all!

5.  Chillin’ in the Arctic  SAM_0212.JPGThis month’s sweet treat favorite is Arctic Zero’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice cream.  As I’ve been starting my new health craze, I knew I had to find a dessert that could satisfy my sweet tooth without sacrificing all of my hard work. Well, look no further! This company (as well as the other similar & popular Halo Top) have brought us an eat-the-entire-pint-without-feeling-guilty mentality! With each flavor having different calories per serving, most are between 35 – 75 calories for 1/2 a cup and 150 – 300 calories for the whole pint! If you think about it, that’s basically 13 pieces of kitkat bites (which are my weakness!) at around 302 calories. Talk about a no brainer the next time I’m reaching for a sweet treat! 🙂

Stay curious,

xo – Britt

Coffee, Statements, and Current Reads.

Hey shoppers!

Today I had the day off from work which was a nice reprieve from my usual weekly schedule. It was one of those days where I had finished all of my errands earlier in the week, so all that was left to do was to explore!

To be honest, I’m still not used to having all of this free time and I’m starting to feel a bit out of sorts. I like being able to choose what to do with my free time, however, I’m still trying to figure out what to get involved in. There are so many things I’d like to do that it’s just taking the time to sit down and plan things out. I’m sure as you can tell, I’m slowly starting to get back into blogging and being more consistent (and on social media as well!) Other activities I’m looking to get involved in are kick-boxing, possibly picking back up guitar, yoga, traveling, becoming a work-out-aholic 😉 , jewelry-making, journaling/writing, and more! I’m also looking forward to taking the time to explore more of Orlando! For even though I’ve lived here for 4 years, I haven’t had much time to see all there is to offer — which is a little of what I did today!

FBRR9011.jpgRocking my new shorts from J. Crew Factory, a simple grey tee, and one of my first statement necklaces I acquired during my freshman year at college — I bounded out the door, ready to visit a few local spots that I’d recently heard of!IMG_9657.jpg  My first stop (and where I spent most of my day, actually) was Foxtail Coffee Co. in Winter Park. Being an Instagram photo favorite, I’ve seen many of my friends (and fellow Orlando fashion + lifestyle bloggers) visit this quaint, local coffee shop. So, I figured — why not see what all the hype is about?

It’s funny how I have always been so opposed to coffee, however, now it seems I’ve acquired more of a taste for it! Let’s be real here though … for now, I will only ever order iced-coffee. Why? Because by the time I drink it (as to not burn my tongue like I usually do every time) it’s already cold, so why not order it that way? haha.

What I enjoyed about Foxtail was that had a really great atmosphere! It was very hip and chic. There were a ton of different light fixtures everywhere, comfy leather seats, and a bunch of small wooden tables to sit and do work on. It was fun to people watch and just sit back and relax for a while!

Another aspect I enjoyed was that they had super nice and really helpful staff! The gentleman who helped me answered all my questions about their drink selections and even gave me some sample’s of some of the coffee’s I was interested in ordering! I thought was pretty neat! GJVH8472.jpg On my way home I decided to stop at Barnes and Noble to see if there were any new books that caught my eye. Unsurprisingly, another big thing I will be doing in my free time will be a lot of reading! I found these two books, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (a classic — which was only $5) and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (a futuristic novel which is going to be turned into a movie coming out next year)! I also have another book on the way, Lord of the Shadows by Cassandra Clare, which is a continuation of the series that I read last year! So I will be very busy for the time being in the reading department, that’s for sure! 😉 haha.

For the rest of the day, I got ready for my work-day ahead and had a late night gym session! I would call this day a success in my book and am looking forward to visiting more local spots soon! 🙂

Stay curious,

xo – Britt

Late Night Confessions: Modern dating ruining romance?

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Tinder. Bumble. Clover. Hinge.

All of these names have one synonymous thing in common and it rhymes with fading hopes …

Wait, what? Okay maybe not rhymes, per se, but sure does mirror my sentiments in regards to this topic.

Yup, that’s right — they’re all dating apps.

I’ve always said I was born in the wrong generation. I feel more in tune with older music, inspired by older style, and relate to older movies. I feel the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s were the best of times for a lot of things — and I wasn’t even alive to experience them! However, with the great introduction and further advancement of technology, things drastically changed. I will say most things changed for the better but for others … not so much.

I feel this type of advancement which spurred the creation of dating apps, has altered the definition of what new and upcoming generations consider to be romance. In all honesty, I’m a little on the fence with it all.

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