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July 2016

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Love Well.

24 July 2016
“Ah, kindness. What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world.”
A.A. Malee

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The last few weeks have reminded me just how precious and short life is. It seems like all too often we wake up to another devastating news report.

In times like these, it’s so easy to get caught up in the negativity we read constantly on basically every news outlet. Your heart can only handle so much tragedy.

No one is promised tomorrow, but my prayer is that we would love well with the time we’re given. May we never be so busy that we don’t take the time to notice the need in our (daily) world.

So don’t forget to give your parents an extra (long) hug (virtual hug to you Mom & Dad) next time you see them, remind someone why they mean so much to you and just love on people, because let’s be honest, we could all use a little extra lovin’ right about now.

“…Satisfy us with Your lovingkindness in the morning [now, before we grow older],
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
Psalm 90:14

XO,

Bree

p.s. same Little Black Dress from this post, different vibe. It turns out a denim jacket really can change your life…or maybe just your outfit. 😉

Photo cred: Jordan Surentu

Life Style Wanderlust

Maybe She’s Born With It…

17 July 2016

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So for those of you who have not experienced it firsthand, let me tell you that the Dutch women have a superpower that I have yet to find anywhere else:

Riding a bike while wearing a skirt.

Like, who, in their right mind, can manage to wear a skirt, while riding a bike (and not showing the entire world their underpants), with two children fastened in (one in the front, one in the back, possibly more). Yes, this is a real thing and some women do it everyday.

Case in point:

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I’ve come to the conclusion that Dutch women are just born with it.
It is the only logical explanation.

After 3 years I have finally ‘mastered’ the infamous Dutch ‘hop’ onto my bike. If you’re wondering what that is, it’s a very graceful manner in which the Dutch magically glide onto their saddle with seemingly no effort at all (there is much effort required, rest assured). The first time I got on a bike in Holland, Jeff laughed and informed me that a bike is in fact, NOT a horse and should not be approached in the same way (Texas, Y’ALL).

All that to say, for the first time today, this little number successfully rode around and did not flash anyone. That I know of. So maybe I’ve turned just a little Dutch after all…

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XO,

Bree

Skirt: WE (old) but Zara & H&M have similar in store in metallic colors
Tshirt: Zara
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith
Clutch: Francesca’s
Sunglasses: Quay Australia

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The One With The Little Black Dress

13 July 2016

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Ok, so every girl needs a LBD. Great for all occasions, can easily be dressed up or down (more coming re versatility on my next post) and worn in all seasons.

The thing about finding the perfect is that it may take some dedication.
Everyone has a different shape, and trust me, for every shape there is a different variation of little black dress. Keep looking, it’s out there. Oh and the best thing about black? It’s everyone’s color and is universally slimming.

I found this gem on our last weekend getaway and when I tell you it was love at first sight, believe me. So much so, that when I saw it hanging there in the window I knew I had to have it. Much to my dismay the store was closing up shop… However, nothing was going to get between me and this drop waist LBD so you better believe I marched my happy butt back there at 10:59 am the next day. But then it was between the dress in white or black? Black. When in doubt, always black. Long story short, mission accomplished and one happy Bree.

A few occasions you can wear your LBD to:

-hanging with your best girlfriends
-date night with your man
-an evening wedding
-a less joyous occasion that involves black…
-work (well, depending on what kind of work you do 🙂 )

My top places to find your (affordable) LBD:

Zara (I’m sure you’re not surprised by now).
H&M (They usually have one dress in multiple colors, one color always being black)
Nordstrom (a ton of brands under one roof, what more could you possibly want?)

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XO,

Bree

Photo cred: my awesome photographer friend, Jordan Surentu (check out his instagram river.dreamer).

Bree’s LBD: Deres (Danish brand)
Shoes: Kauf dich glücklich
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Quay Austrailia

Life Style Wanderlust

Copenhangin’

3 July 2016

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So J & I visited Copenhagen last weekend and let me just say – it was all I had hoped and more.
Beforehand, I was told that it is more or less the same as Holland apart from the language, but after visiting, I can honestly say it could not be more far from the truth.

Copenhagen is a fun, adorable, tourist-friendly Scandinavian city that allows you to explore and relax at your leisure. There is enough to see to pack 3 full days if that’s your speed, but there are enough relaxing, fun ways to just ‘hang’ to give you a balance between tourist life and local life.

Some of my favorite things about Copenhagen were:

WAY OF LIFE.
Just soaking up some rays at a restaurant on the harbor with the locals and having absolutely no place to be.

COLOR.
As you can see in the pictures, most of the buildings in this city are brightly colored. A bit like Amsterdam some would say, but the much happier, cleaner version.

PEOPLE.
The locals were friendly, English was spoken widely (and with a very minimal accent I might add), and being a ‘tourist’ never felt like an irritation. In most countries, it is really important to keep a close eye on your belongings, but here? No worries.

STYLE.
Ok, Scandinavian style. Y’all, it’s even better in real life. Like, they all look like they barely tried and somehow managed to look even more chic than a Parisian on her best day. The key? Loose-fitting dresses, solid colors, simple prints, sneakers, and don’t forget the messy hair. Perfection is SO overrated.

QUALITY OF LIFE.
Ok, so let’s talk about how Danish people are the happiest people in the world. There’s a reason. Parents bring their babies everywhere, public transportation runs flawlessly, overall extremely safe and the well-known work/life balance gives the opportunity for the Danes to spend plenty of quality time with friends and family.

All that to say…we will DEFINITELY be back to this wonderful gem.

P.S. Holland and the Dutch are still very dear to my heart… 😉

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XO,

Bree