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36 Hours in Paris

18 February 2018

Just living our best life.

Banana & Nutella crepes are a MUST

Pictured here with our sommelier, Olivier

At our favorite French cafe for breakfast

Brooke pictured here contemplating if she should buy the shoes

My sister came to visit recently and we decided to make the most of our 4 1/2 days together by taking our 2nd trip together to the magical city that is Paris. 🙂

If you have not been, I cannot urge you enough to add it to your wishlist.
There’s something about Paris that makes it so incredible. Just walking around soaking up the sights makes Paris worth a trip.

Paris has it all: Art, history, shopping, outdoor activities, unique food & wine. Something that interests everyone.

We took the train from Rotterdam to Paris, which is by far the easiest way to travel from Holland to Paris. It takes about 2 1/2 hours and if you book far enough in advance (3 months to be exact) you can get round trip train tickets for just 50 euros! There is also a train connection from London and Brussels if you are coming from one of those locations.

As we had been to Paris together once before, we had seen most of the ‘must sees’ like the Lourve, Orsay, Galeries Lafayette, Bike tour, Seine River, Notre Dame, etc.

Our itinerary this time around:

-Enjoy breakfast at our favorite French cafe in St. Germain
-Visit Frenchie To Go (highly recommend for a yummy, quick bite!)
-Wine tasting at O’Chateau in Le Marais (must do- our sommelier Olivier was fantastic!)
-Visit the Eiffel Tower (truly never gets old)
-Eat a banana/nutella crepe at our favorite crepe place across the Seine River facing the Eiffel Tower
-Bryant women means…lots of SHOPPING!
-Sit on a terrace (even when heaters are a MUST) like a true Parisian
-Visit the Sezane store (we wanted to buy EVERYTHING in that store)
-Look Parisian (obviously ;)….)

Best areas to stay in Paris: 
Le Marais (great area for shopping)
Saint Germain (great area for restaurant/shopping and central)

What You’ll Need:
Warm clothes (if you’re traveling in the winter)
A Selfie stick or better yet, a selfie tripod (used for every one of our pics)
Good walking shoes (picture yourself walking around in heels? think again)
A small bag that can easily be worn in front
French beret for that perfect picture

Things to avoid:
Tourist traps (as always)
Gare du Nord and surrounding areas late at night (not the best place to be)
Restaurants catered to Americans (usually not the best places to eat or grab a coffee)

If you need any help planning I’d love to be your guide 🙂

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Brighten Up

21 January 2018

I’ve been told a time or two that January is the grayist month of the entire year- with a whopping 1.3 hours of sunlight per day. The Dutch don’t lie, it really is that dark (not to mention all that rain). 🙂

…so how does one cope until the sun decides to show her face again?

Buy brightly colored knitwear (OBVIOUSLY).

When I moved to the Netherlands I noticed that the Dutch seemed to converse about the weather often. Once I learned the language myself I realized that it was their go-to point of conversation. Rainy weather? conversation. Sunny weather? conversation. Boring weather? You better believe they’ve got something to say about that, too. Hits above 75 degrees? SCORCHING.

My friend sent me this link (which had me rolling), very accurate.
You might have to live in the Lowlands to appreciate, but none the less, here you go:

I used to make fun of how often the Dutch talk about that weather (who am I kidding, still do!) and now I realize the weather conversation is nearly impossible to avoid… well, if you can’t beat ’em…

Shop Bree’s Look:

Cardigan: Anthropologie
Jeans: Zara
Boots: & Other Stories
Beanie: Target
Necklace: Kendra Scott

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New Year’s Resolutions

9 January 2018

Welcome to 2018, y’all.

I love the way a new year feels, full of possibility and new opportunity. You feel me?

Regardless if last year ended with you feeling down, unfulfilled or maybe even wanting more, there is a NEW YEAR that welcomes change, hope and fresh inspiration.

Some of my New Year’s Resolutions this year (in no particular order from relatively insignificant to significant):
-spend more time with the people I love
-find more time to give back
-get more organized
-spend less; buy better

I started a little early with one of my resolutions by (waiting and) buying this blazer. I had been on the hunt for some time and after a long search, finally found the right one on sale in my size and my Parisian dreams came true.
Style destiny.  🙂

I hope this year brings you all you’ve been hoping for, that your hard work pays off and that you find that perfect blazer hanging in your size (on sale – just waiting for you).

Blazer: Mango
Jeans: Zara
Tee: The Sting
Booties: & Other Stories
Necklace: Kendra Scott gifted by JZ

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Need A Little Camel

19 November 2017

So I’ve been wanting a little camel in my life…as in, I needed to trade in the darker colors for a lighter options. You feel me? 🙂
Black is my go-to color (just ask my sister, I ALWAYS lean towards the darker colors…). I think it’s a European thing? Let’s go with that.
I found this camel coat at a local store in Shanghai. That may sound kind of cool but trust me when I tell you there was absolutely nothing fancy about the store (picture this: a ton of Chinese people yelling across the room whilst you’re literally in the middle of it all getting fitted for your proper size). It’s all about the shopping experience in Asia. 😉

The color camel can scare off a lot of people because they feel it may be too close to the color of their skin – but that’s what I love about it so much. It’s close enough to the color of your skin that it’s such a neutral piece that really goes with everything.
Plus, you can wear this color in the spring and not feel like you’re still bundled up in winter layers.

It has been ‘sweater weather’ here in the Netherlands for some time now, but as of the last few weeks it has quickly developed into ‘coat weather’. 🙂
Since moving abroad I’ve had to step up my coat game. In Texas you can get by with just a leather jacket and a North Face jacket for the occasional sleet storm. Not here friends, not here. Coats are a must and scarves are very much welcomed. Speaking of, time to find an animal printed scarf to match this coat…

You can find great camel colored coats at:
Nordstrom (Topshop)

Bree’s Look:
Coat: Local shop in Shanghai
Denim: Zara
Booties: & Other Stories
Bag: H&M
Earrings: Bauble Bar

Hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

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Thanksgiving Prep

12 November 2017

Hey y’all, what’s new on your side of the world?

I’ve been traveling a bit the last 6 weeks (as seen on IG) so I’ve been a little out of pocket lately. I’m back in Holland now until Christmas and must say, I’m enjoying the fall weather (quickly turning into winter), and it’s getting me SO excited for the holidays.

This time of the year can bring a lot of outfit stress for all the family get togethers and holiday parties: starting with THANKSGIVING
(which is sneaking up on us next week, can you believe it??)

So, I thought I would make life a little bit easier and give you guys some outfit ideas.

The thing about Thanksgiving (at least with my family), is that it is not an overly dressy occasion but you do want to feel like you tried hard enough to get those family pics (just being honest here). 🙂

One of the staple pieces I was on the hunt for this season was a fall-friendly kimono. After some searching, I found this kimono online and have been wearing it ever since.

A kimono is a great investment piece because it is flattering with jeans or a skirt/dress and can also be worn with leggings if you’re wanting to wear something extra stretchy whilst eating all that sweet potato casserole & turkey. It can be dressed up or down and is suitable for 20-somethings to 60-somethings.

What you’ll need to complete this look:
-Your fave pair of denim
-Solid comfy tee
-Loafers (or mules if that’s more you)
-Printed kimono in fall hues

I did some research for those of you reading Stateside and found some great kimonos at the following places:
-Nordstrom Rack

Shop Bree’s Look:

Kimono: Mango
Tee: The Sting
Fave Mom Jeans: H&M
Loafers: Kenneth Cole Reaction via Nordstrom Rack
Sunglasses: Quay Australia “Stray Cat”

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Born To Be Wild

8 October 2017

I just love the beginning of a new season – great excuse to shop 🙂
Let’s be honest, who really needs an excuse?

I found this top in London and I hardly needed to try it on to know I just had to have it.

I’m drawn to any and everything animal print as of late. It works so well with denim, leather, color and it’s great if you’re brave enough to mix prints. Plus, it’s a fun way to spruce up your wardrobe without spending a lot. What are you looking for this season?

If you’re not sure if a print is for you, a great way to try it out is by buying an accessory (like a scarf or bag) in an animal print to get a feel for it. Accessories really can MAKE an outfit.

Top: Reserved
Jeans: Zara
Booties: & Other Stories

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The One With The Shacket

17 September 2017

Fall has arrived in Holland and it’s making me bring out all my favorite layers.
My Mom found this little gem of a shacket at a boutique in Oregon and passed it down to me (because let’s be honest, the window of opportunity to wear a light weight jacket is slim-to-none in Texas). So, thanks Mom 🙂

In case you’re wondering what a shacket is, let me help you out:
A heavier button down shirt that can also be worn as a light jacket (great for layering).

I love layering this time of the year, when the temperature is just right for bare ankles but crisp enough to wear long sleeves.

If you’re in a style rut and don’t know what to wear this time of the year, think about investing in a layering piece that can be worn with the basics you already have hanging in your closet.
Grab your go-to jeans, favorite tee and booties and your new layering piece for a fresh, casual fall look.

Great, affordable shacket options for all ages can be found at:


Shop Bree’s Look:
Shacket: similar can be found at Zara or H&M
Tee: H&M
Jeans: Zara
Booties: & Other Stories
Neckerchief: Madewell
Bag: H&M

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Back To School In Style

15 August 2017

I’ve been seeing all these posts on social media about everyone’s kids going back to school (side note: some of which are kids of people MY age which makes me feel basically ancient) this week and it made me ready for my ‘Back To School’ wardrobe.

Is that still a thing? If you’re an adult and have been out of school for a solid 5 years?
If it’s not a thing, let’s make it one (if for no one else but yourself).

I love the change of seasons (although I’m desperately holding on to the last month of summer in Holland) and a reason to refresh your style.

How you can refresh your style seasonally:

Start taking notice of the big trends coming up for the next season and do your research. If you’re on a budget, it’s important to invest in pieces you can wear for months (or even years) to come. So what if you’re not into High Fashion? Taking notice of upcoming trends could be as simple as watching The Today Show and seeing what the hosts are wearing on a daily basis. Trend watching for you could be walking into Anthropologie’s store to get a feel for the new collection.

Make a Pinboard on Pinterest. My sister and I make a collaborative board every season. This helps us narrow down what we really ‘need’ and gives us an extra opportunity to communicate half way across the world.

Not sure if ruffles are for you? Take the time to visit a few stores and see if they’re ‘your thing’. There’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to jump on board with a trend that just doesn’t feel like you. Personal style should be comfortable and most importantly, an extension of you.

Once you’ve gotten inspired, put together your look and feel confident – it’s time to buy! There’s no better feeling than walking out of a store with new pieces that you absolutely love and that give you an extra spring in your step. Shopping shouldn’t be stressful, it should be FUN!!

Time to get your Back To School shopping started!

Shop Bree’s Look:

Top: H&M (now on sale)
Skirt: H&M (also on sale!)
Sneakers: Adidas
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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Bree (a very happy Shopper)

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Transition Must Have

30 July 2017

What is it about old band tees that always catch my eye?
Well…I guess that goes for basically anything black. 🙂

I love this look because it gives off a carefree vibe with a touch of feminism.
This outfit says, ‘I didn’t wake up like this but it only took me 20 min to get ready’.

Leather skirts that are long enough to wear with bare legs can be hard to find.
The key? Go for a leather material that doesn’t hug your every curve in an uncomfortable way and one that complements your figure.

I used to limit leather (rather, pleather) to cooler weather but now that I live in a place with a mild summer climate, leather can be worn year round. Leather jacket? Must have transition piece. Leather skirt? Perfect with bare legs and a tee or with tights and a blouse in a few months.

My rule of thumb for shopping:
One thing I try to keep in mind when shopping this time of the year is how long I will be able to wear the pieces I’m buying. As we are moving into cooler months, it’s good to buy pieces that you can not only wear now but also later on. Well, unless it’s a really, really good deal…then do what your heart tells you. 🙂

Shop Bree’s Look:

Band Tee: Zara (but can be found at a lot of major retailers. Hint: size up for a boxier fit)
Leather Skirt: H&M
Loafers: Steve Madden via Nordstrom Rack
Bucket Tote: Nordstrom
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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Sweet Summertime

18 July 2017

I’ve been a little ‘out of pocket’ via the blog lately.
Not because I haven’t wanted to take the time to catch up with you guys but mostly because we’ve just been enjoying one of my (and probably yours, too) favorite times of the year: SUMMER.

Now that I live in Holland I can truly appreciate the beautiful thing that is Summer:
-it’s light until well after 10 pm
-if the sun shines the temperature quickly rises to a degree of absolute perfection (aka rarely above 80 degrees)
-we get ice cream almost every night after dinner (full disclosure). 🙂

Since my last post we went to Hawaii, which was a TOTAL dream by the way (currently editing my video, to follow later this weekend…). I cannot say enough good things about the magical islands. Well, anyway, more on that later.

How is your summer going?

Do you find it hard to get inspired when it comes to your wardrobe when it’s so warm outside? Feel like you’ve worn it all before?
This look is paired with my fave MOM jeans and flatforms. I added a ruffle blouse to freshen the look up and threw on my Bauble Bar inspired earrings for something fun. I have had all of these pieces for a while, but never thought about combining them, which gave me a ‘new’ feeling. 🙂

Shop Bree’s Look:

Blouse: Mango
Jeans: H&M
Flatforms: Zara
Earrings: similar to Bauble Bar
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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