Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Highlights: Kentucky State Fair

I'm still recovering from a fun weekend at the Kentucky State Fair! The fair happens every year and lasts for a couple weeks. It's always fun to go see the sights, fair competitions, and of course eat ALL the food. 

I'll let the pictures do the talking! 

Kentucky State Fair

It was a hot day with lots of walking so I didn't feel too bad indulging. Of course, I had to try the famous Krispy Kreme Doughnut Burger. I wouldn't recommend it for your health or taste buds. I could only do a bite and even that made me sick. 
Kentucky State Fair: Donut Burger

It was so fun to see a celebration of the state I love so much. 
Kentucky State Fair

Kentucky State Fair

Have a great Monday!

Friday, August 28, 2015

5 on Friday

Another edition of 5 on Friday! I really enjoy these posts each week because I can share tid bits of things that I like or going on in my life whereas my normal posts are curated around a specific topic. I hope you all enjoy them half as much as I like writing them!

As always, I'm linking up with High 5 for FridayMeet@TheBarre, and Carolina Charm.

One. Arbonne Review

Have you all heard of Arbonne? I hadn't until several months ago when a close friend hosted a party at her house. I was unable to attend but she has been raving about the products ever since. Needless to say, I was so excited when Lisa, an independent Arbonne consultant, contacted me and wanted to send me some products to try! Arbonne is based upon the principals of "pure safe and beneficial". What more could you ask for? As I'm getting older I'm starting to care more about what I put on my body and especially my skin. The natural ingredients of Arbonne are what initially attracted me to the product. However, now after trying it I love it for many more reasons. 

Lisa kindly sent me a sample pack of the FC5 product line that is designed to maintain healthy skin with fresh cells from 5 different fruits and vegetables. Based upon my age she picked this set out for me. It included a cleanser, moisturizing night creme, day lotion, and eye creme. The first thing I noticed was how lovely and fresh they smell. There's nothing worse than getting a headache or smelling my products all day long on my face. The other thing that struck me about the products was how light they felt on my skin. I'm not a fan of creamy products and much prefer more gel based ones like these. 

If any of you would like to try out the products, Lisa is offering 20-40% off for Lady Lawyer readers--email her at for more info! 

Two. Labor Day.

Who else is ready for Labor Day? Me, me, me. I will be heading to sunny Hilton Head for the weekend and couldn't be more excited. I've never been so please send all food, bar, and fun recommendations my way

Three. Fall Shoes

Although it is still very hot and humid here in Kentucky it seems that Fall is all around us. I'm loving all the posts of Fall clothes and shoes I've been seeing. I seriously want everything. To keep myself in check I came up with a Fall Wish List last week. These Sole Society pumps were top of my list and I had to pull the trigger on them so I could get the most wear out of them. I'm obsessed with everything in this deep wine color for Fall. What's on your Fall wish list?

Four. Book Suggestion

I just finished the best book last night and have to share it with you all! The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. If you love a good suspense story this is it. It reminded me a lot of Gone Girl. It's one of those books that leaves you with an uneasy feeling. I'm not going to lie after I finished last night before bed I may have kept my lamp on a little more than necessary. I highly recommend it! Keep up with all my reading and follow me on Goodreads

Five. Week Recap and Blogger Love

In case you missed it I kicked off my first week of Work Week Chic with this amazing emerald green dress! Remember to post your work outfits of the day under #MyOfficeChic, follow me on Instagram, and I'll be featuring some looks under the hashtag every week on IG and the blog! 

Ok--enough about myself! One of my favorite parts about blogging is connecting and reading other blog posts. There are so many amazing and intelligent women out there like fellow KY girl Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos (who I got to meet up with IRL a few weeks ago!). Her post this week on "What are we Teaching Our Girls" is so poignant as it relates to The Ashley Madison scandal and the Duggar fiasco. It's a must read.

If you're like me and splurged to get a DSLR camera and took it out of the box and realized you're completely lost---this post from Nina@Wear Flowers in Your Hair is for you! She goes over the bare basics of learning what all those buttons are on your camera with Photography 101: So You Have a DSLR, Now What?

Have a great weekend friends!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Perfect Bite: Strawberry + Mint + Feta Skewers

When I think of the perfect bite I think of one that is carefully curated to combine just the right amount of flavors to make your mouth pop. I'm an appetizer girl. I would almost always rather have small bites and appetizers than an actual meal. This recipe came to me after having a lovely summer salad full of fresh strawberries, feta, and tossed in a balsamic dressing. These skewers combine all those flavors but in a perfect bite. Pop a skewer as a snack, happy hour bite with your favorite white wine, or among girlfriends at a book club meeting. These are so easy to put together in a pinch but everyone will think you're super fancy :)

They're so easy I'm embarrassed to even call it a recipe but for posterity's sake...
Strawberries (de-stemmed) and cut in half
Cubed Feta cheese
Mint sprigs
Balsamic Vinegar

Thread onto your toothpick the strawberry, feta, and mint leaves then drizzle on some balsamic vinegar. Easy peasy

strawberry mint feta appetizer skewers

The flavors are so rich in this little bite so they pack a big punch!

strawberry mint feta appetizer skewers

What's your idea of the perfect bite?

Eat Drink and Be Mary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Work Week Chic: Seeing Green

Welcome to the first edition of Work Week Chic! I love cute party dresses, rompers, and killer shoes as much as the next girl, but lets face it most of us spend the majority of our days at our 9-5. Luckily, we don't have to succumb to the monotony of boring clothes for work. I'm a firm believer that our clothes can be fashionable, fun, and professional. Each week I'll be bringing you another work look that I hope you can adapt into your lifestyle and closet. I feature all my work looks under #myofficechic on Instagram. I'd love for you to join in! 
Fit and Flare Dress-The Lady Lawyer

I'm all about the fit and flare dresses. They are professional, have a feminine flair, and best of all don't fit tight around your tummy (hello--afternoon doughnut)!
Fit and Flare Dress-The Lady Lawyer

This gem colored green may be my new favorite color. I'm envisioning lots of gem tones paired with leopard this Fall. 

Fit and Flare Dress-The Lady Lawyer

I'm getting so much wear out of these Slate Kendra Scott drop earrings I got in my latest Rocksbox--I think I may have to keep them! I think they're worth it, right? 

I'm so excited about this series so please let me know of any suggestions or ideas that you have for it! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see my daily work looks. 

Do you have a go-to dress for work?

Photos courtesy of Andrea Hurley Photography (Locals you must check her out!)

Linking up with Oh Hey Girl and Style Me Weekly

Monday, August 24, 2015

Colors of Courage 5k: I Survived

I'm not really sure why I was so worried about this race. I have participated in several 5ks and even ran cross country in high school. But, lately I have been feeling particularly out of shape and just blah. Using the Couch 25k app did help me a lot even if I only made it through 4 weeks of the 8 week program (highly recommend). BUT I survived and actually did better than I thought! Thank you all for your encouragement last week it was appreciated!

This is a shot of our group before the race. 

All families have been affected in one way or another by cancer. However, it seems mine has been hit especially hard. Within a 3 year period of time my mom's sister and brother both died from pancreatic and colon cancer. My dad was also diagnosed with prostate cancer (luckily is doing very well). The death of my aunt was very hard because my sister and I were extremely close to her. We ran this race in memory of her and pancreatic cancer awareness.  

It was so humbling to see all the people gathered at the race. Some were bald and fighting their own battles, some celebrating their victories, others grieving their losses--but all there advocating for the same cause. I was very proud of my own mom for participating in the race in memory of her sister. At 60 with rheumatoid arthritis and post knee replacement she finished in under an hour and beat lots of people half her age! 

My goal was to just run at a slow and steady pace for as long as I could and then take short walking breaks. I probably stopped around 4-5 times and ended up finishing in 34 minutes. But whoever thought it was a good idea to take photos of me running (and post them on Facebook) was dead wrong. Nobody looks good running! So laugh away but notice I'm in front of this dude :)

I was very pleased with that and think I'm going to keep on with the Couch25k app and try to make running a part of my exercise routine.

To all my runners out there--what's your routine? How do you stay motivated?

Friday, August 21, 2015

5 on Friday

Hooray for the freaking weekend! This week has seemed especially long for me (I say this every week). Here are a few things going on and on my mind!

One. I'm Running (jogging/walking/crawling) a 5k

I mentioned earlier that I was using the Couch to 5k App to train (ha!) for an upcoming 5k. Well, folks it is here. I'm only through week 4 of the 8 week program so it is going to be a struggle. I highly recommend the app though because it is a great way to slowly build yourself up to getting comfortable running. The 5k is called Colors of Courage and I'll be wearing purple to advocate for pancreatic cancer and in memory of my aunt. We have a group of 8 participating so it will be fun if nothing else!

Two. Beauty Swap

Pink Heels Pink Truck
A few months ago I signed up to participate in a Beauty Swap. Basically, we were paired with other bloggers, corresponded back and forth about our beauty preferences, and sent each other a little beauty care package. I swapped with Ashley from Keeping up with Ashley and Cody. It was fun to get to know her and her beauty product style. She was kind enough to send me some great swag. 

I love trying out new products and I'm especially pumped for this BB creme. Has anyone tried these products?

Three. Beauty Hits and Misses

Speaking of new beauty are a few that I've bought lately. I had such high hopes for the Living Proof blowout spray but it has not wowed me at all. Maybe it makes my hair a bit smoother but it's nothing to write home about. Thankfully, I just bought the small bottle.

BUT the other two products are some of my new favorites. I am an aspiring lipstick girl. I so badly want to pull off the perfect rich colorful lip but I always end up looking like a fool. The Ulta girl suggested I try the Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Lip Primer Pencil and I'm so glad I did! 

It's a translucent pencil that will match any color and reduce bleeding. I think it's a perfect product for low maintenance lip wear and if you're a newbie like me. My Ulta girl also pointed me in the direction of Two Faced Better than Sex Mascara and dare I say it may live up to its name :)

Four. Reading Machine

Lately, I have been reading nonstop. I think I'm finally starting to realize that I need a break from screen time after work. Even if I am reading my Kindle some it's a nice distraction from TV or a computer screen. If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I picked up some new books last weekend at Half Priced Books. I love going in there and browsing and it's a nice place to get rid of your old books. Have you all read any of these? (yep, those are schnauzer bookends)

Five. The Affair

Per Alanna's suggestion a few weeks ago I had to start watching The Affair. I purchased the first and only season on Amazon and was hooked from the start. I've been limiting myself to one episode at a time to keep it going. It's so good! However, now that it's over I'm left with so many questions. If you've seen it I'd love to discuss. Please fill me in on your theories!

Have a great weekend friends!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In the Works...Work Week Chic

Hi friends! I'm excited to tell you about something I have brewing. Through this blog I've really been trying to develop my niche. I believe there truly is space for us all here in this blog-o-sphere but with some fine tuning and soul searching you can really stand out.  Am I an SEO expert? No. Can I pump out awesome crafts? Not consistently. BUT...I think I do have a unique perspective and knack for spicing up a work wardrobe. 

If you've been following me on Instagram you know that I've been trying to post daily work outfit inspiration. The 9-5 can leave us all in a rut but that doesn't mean you have to succumb to a life of boring outfits! 

Starting next week I'll be featuring a weekly "Work Week Chic" series where I will be talking all things office fashion. You all know I love a good deal so it will be relatable/affordable ideas. I'm lucky enough to have teamed up with a local photographer, Andrea Hurley Photography, to bring you some great looks (check her out if you're in KY area). 

I'd love to hear what you all would like to see from this series--just comment with any ideas you may have!  Also--do you post your work looks? Use the hashtag #myofficechic and I'll be featuring some of your lovely outfits.

Cheers to the new and exciting! 

Linking with Oh, Hey Girl, What I Wore

Monday, August 17, 2015

Rocksbox Review + Create an Arm Party

Rocksbox review

I know that last week I hated on a certain subscription box service, BUT so far Rocksbox has yet to fail me. Honestly, I've loved every piece I've received over the past 5 boxes and would have kept it all if my bank account would have allowed. To shortly recap---basically, each month you receive 3 high end jewelry pieces on loan. Wear them as long as you like and then send back to get a new box of goodies. See some past box favorites here and here. Want to get your first box free? ($19 value and no strings attached) sign up with code BRITTANYBFF300. 

I can't wait to wear these pretties all month! 

Rocksbox Review: Kendra Scott Alex earrings

I have to admit, Rocksbox has turned me into a Kendra Scott fan and I'm so excited about these earbobs (Alex earring in Slate). They will go with everything.

This SLATE Engraved Triangle necklace is so dainty. I can imagine pairing it with a simple tee or dressing it up. 
Rocksbox review

Rocksbox Gorjana Cuff
How cute is this Gorjana cuff to add to an arm party?!

Speaking of arm parties....

I'm guest posting today over at fellow KY gal Tif@Bright on a Budget and talking all about how to create a fabulous arm party. Join Rocksbox and start building up your arm candy collection so you can start creating an arm party for yourself. Here is a little teaser but hop on over to Tif's blog to learn more! 
how to create an arm party

My Lilly Pulitzer After Party Shopping Cart

I'm not sure why I keep putting myself through Lilly's shenanigans, but once again I found myself getting to work an hour early to set up for the madness. I didn't partake in the Lilly for Target fiasco earlier in the year so I gave myself a pass on the After Party Sale. As you all know, Lilly never goes on sale. So, this sale is the only time (aside from occasionally Ebay) I ever buy from there. 

I actually really liked the new virtual line they had this year. Waiting for a little bit is much better than dealing with site crashes. I logged in at 8 on the dot and had to wait around 30 minutes total.

Here's what I made out with....

Did you shop the sale?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What to Do on Days You Don't Post: Checklist

Generally, I try to consistently post 3-4 days a week. On the days that I don't post I often feel at a loss of what to do to maintain and grow my blog. Rest assured friends---there is PLENTY to do on non-post days that will make a dramatic difference to your blog. Here, I have some ideas on things you can do to grow your blog without even posting new content! 

Don't freak out on me---these are all just suggestions and goals. You don't have to be Wonderblogger and do them all each time. 

I've even included a helpful little printable checklist just for you! Print away!

Grow Your Blog Without Posting New Content

What Can I Do on Days I Don't Post?

Read Read Read! Ideally, you started a blog because you actually like to read other blogs, right? Well, spend this off time catching up on all your favorites! With the busyness of the day and nurturing your own blog we often don't have to time to read some great posts. And while you're at it...

1. Leave 5 (meaningful/engaging) comments on other blog posts
2. Explore and find 4 new blogs to follow! Do you use Bloglovin? Let Helene be your guide. 

Give Your Blog a Tune Up Just like a car your blog can get rusty without proper maintenance and care! Spend some time making sure everything is working as it should or do that update or improvement you've been putting off.

1. Check for broken links! Broken links are not only annoying but can discourage your audience
2. Name your post photos. This little step can seriously increase your SEO rating. Jana has a great Tutorial.
3. Label and categorize your posts. 
4. Brainstorm 2 new post ideas
5.Update your old post intros and add in long tail keywords. What is a long tail keyword? Amanda from Meet@TheBarre tells all here!

Get Social! 

Social Media Checklist

Twitter: Twitter is about so much more than just dropping in links to your posts. Want to really get involved in the blogging community? This is your best resource.
1. Put a spin on your old posts and tweet out links using #archive
2. Share the love and RT 5 posts from other bloggers! 
3. Find 5 new tweeters to follow.
4. Lastly, it never hurts to get ahead of the game on scheduling your tweets for the next few days. 

StumbleUpon: Do you stumble? If not definitely start by signing up. SU is a great way to not only support your fellow bloggers but also get high traffic. When I first experimenting with SU this post from Jaelan@Making Mrs. M was so helpful. 
1. Spend 5 minutes just stumbling. The more you stumble, the more your posts get stumbled. Fact
2. Find 3 of your favorite bloggers to be friends with on SU. I'll be your SU Friend--@Bldeskins11.
3. Stumble 2 posts from other bloggers that strike your fancy.

Pinterest: Pinterest is a huge ally for bloggers. What other platform can you so readily expose your content to 72 million people? I'm devoting an entire month to growing my blog with Pinterest, but just a few tasks can also make a big difference!
1. Organize your boards and create custom photo covers ( I like this tutorial). 
2. Update your descriptions for any of your original pins. Do you know how important pin descriptions are for growth? Here's 6 Tips for Writing Effective Pin Descriptions.
3. Follow 5 new Pinners. Maybe they'll follow you back? Maybe one of their pins will spark a post idea? Or, maybe you'll see a dinner recipe for tonight? There's no loosing with this one.

Instagram: Instagram is becoming my favorite social media platform. The community is huge and you can easily get exposure with a little effort. Does your blog have its own account? I just recently created one for The Lady Lawyer and have seen big results. 
1. Follow 5 new bloggers or companies/brands that peak your interest
2. Like (heart) 10 photos on your feed AND Like 10 photos of users you don't follow
3. Go back to old posts and insert relevant hashtags. Let this post from Sarah@VenusTrappedInMars be your guidebook. 

Feel free to print and share this checklist! 

Traveling With Friends

How to Travel with Friends

A few months ago I wrote this guest post for Christina at Route Bliss. Summer is full of travel and adventure and naturally you want to share these experiences with people you enjoy being around. However, traveling with friends can open up a can or worms if you're not careful...

Traveling with can be beyond fun, super exciting, and adventurous. I mean why wouldn't you like to travel with the people you like the most? In theory, what could go wrong? If you're not careful those could be your famous last words and you could set off traveling with your besties and come home bitter enemies never to speak again. That is probably extreme. But, in actuality it can be very difficult and problematic if you're not careful.

Head over to Route bliss to get the full post!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Why I Broke Up With Stitch Fix

why I broke up with Stitch Fix

Most people are familiar with Stitch Fix the styling service. I have been a customer on and off for the past 2 years getting upwards of 15 boxes. I've blogged several times about my past fixes (here and here). But like any fading relationship there comes a time that enough is enough and you have to call it quits. Last month was it for me. I got a very boring box, didn't keep anything, and couldn't even justify doing a recap post for the blog. I'm not saying I will never try it again but for now as TSwift says, "we are never ever getting back together". 

What made me take the plunge?

The big factor for me was the lack of originality. I was so tired of seeing the same types of pieces from the same brands over and over in every box. I realize that companies like this make their money by including certain brands. That's fine and I get it but could I just not get 3 nearly identical shirt styles (same box mind you)?
  Most people complain about the cost. I don't have a problem with the general cost of the service at $20 box styling fee. I'm even ok with spending a decent amount of money on clothes. But what I do have a problem with is paying upper end prices for relatively no-name brands. I'm a bargain shopper and love a good sale. I can find much nicer quality clothing and brands for much less with minimal effort. 

Along this same line---I like to sell my clothes. After I'm tired of something I generally either put it on Ebay or take it to a consignment shop. I'm not a brand snob at all but these stores only take well known "brand name" clothing--because duh, that's what sells. Most of the items I've gotten through Stitch Fix have been lesser known brands/designers rendering me zero resell luck. 

The last 3 or 4 boxes I received were honestly just underwhelming and not exciting. For me, if I'm paying for a styling service I want some eye catching pieces that I may not pick out for myself otherwise. I gave suggestions in my reviews and even pinned to Pinterest boards only to still get lackluster results. To be fully candid--after my last box and not purchasing anything, Stitch Fix reached out and offered to promote me to a Senior Stylist. But--shouldn't we all be getting superior styling? Not just unsatisfied customers?

I know some people have great success with this program and I'm not here to diminish any of that (I'm jealous, really!). But I've come to the point where it's just not for me. I'm not saying I'll never try it again--but I think it's time for a break. It's not you Stitch Fix, it's me

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Endless Summer Sale Picks

This morning I got a little flutter of adrenaline when I saw the email in my mailbox announcing the Rebecca Minkoff Endless Summer Sale. UP to 70% off styles--can't beat that! Rebecca Minkoff is probably my favorite handbag designer. Her pieces are slightly edgy, well constructed, and truly do not go out of style. I have a strict policy to never buy anything that's not on sale so I always look forward to these sales to snag up an item I've been eyeing! 

Sunnies Pouch $75 $50

Leo Clutch $95 $65

MINI M.A.C. $195 $130

Avery Crossbody $175 $118
I snagged this one up for myself. 

Happy savings! 

Rice Cake Snack Ideas

rice cake snack ideas

The past month or so I've really been trying to buckle down and eat healthier. I'm trying to concentrate on real food and not diet food crap. One of my favorite hacks is the rice cake. Yes, a rice cake on its own basically is as exciting as chewing on a piece of cardboard. But, the beauty of the rice cake is that it's a vehicle...a vehicle for delicious toppings! A rice cake is a great replacement for bread, tortillas, muffins, know all the yummy and naughty stuff. 

Spreading the rich Nutella and berries on a rice cake is currently my go-to breakfast. I'm also envisioning my roasted red pepper hummus smothered all over a rice cake! 

I'd love to hear what other combinations you think sound tasty!

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