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May Flowers

10 May 2017

I am back after a few weeks of silence. Life has been busy. My mom came to visit, I went to Texas, and somewhere in the middle of all of that we are trying to finalize some stuff for our house. Exciting times 🙂

In case you’ve ever wondered…

One of the best things about living in Holland?
All the beautiful flowers this time of the year.

Sure, we get a lot of rain and it rarely reaches a temperature above 70F, but on those sunny days when the fields of flowers come alive make all those dreary, gray days (kinda) worth it. 🙂

If you ever have the chance to visit Holland in the Spring, jump at the chance.

My mom and I had a blast during her visit to the Land of The Dutch. The only thing on our to-do list (other than just hang) was to see the tulips. We rented bikes and rode for miles and miles through the tulip fields.
It was very relaxing and enjoyable (ok, aside from the wind working against us on the way back).

I was feeling pretty good about our cycling skills until we were passed by a few very large group of 70-year-olds on more than one occasion. The Dutch elderly community really knows how to enjoy their ‘golden years’. 🙂

Do ya’ll get out and enjoy the great outdoors as much as you can?

Shop Bree’s Look:
Jacket: Pimkie (which we may or may not have driven to Belgium for) 🙂
Tee: Forever 21
Jeans: Zara
Sneakers: Adidas Stan Smith
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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That Time My Husband Called Me Ugly

9 April 2017

So, in a turn of events during dinner last night my dear husband may or may not have called me ‘ugly’.

I’d like to clarify that it was not his intention to do so and we have laughed about it many times since. 😉

Backstory: We bought a house (YAY!!) and have been looking at all of the floor plan options, kitchen ideas, layout, design ideas, etc. We were having a discussion about something house-related which is when I told him to ‘not be ugly’ as I could tell he was growing more irritated by the second.

His response? “No, you’re ugly.”
(immediately followed by us both bursting out in laughter as he knew what just came out of his mouth meant something very different than what he ACTUALLY meant to say.) 

Being married to a ‘foreigner’ never fails to bring a lot of laughs (both me laughing at him and him laughing at me, case in point: the way I get on a bike – like a horse, obviously…just like every American I know). Never a dull moment. 🙂

In other news, I am loving these silk (like) printed pants. They are cropped and wide, which is a shape that is very much in right now. What I love about the length of these pants is that they can be worn with flats or platform sandals later on this summer.

Also, I’ll be wearing shades until my allergies calm down. Like honestly, this is a very accurate description of how I feel today:

Shop Bree’s Look:
Printed Cropped Pants: Zara (runs big)
Short Sleeve Top: The Sting
Loafers: Steve Madden via Nordstrom Rack
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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Stripe Everything

2 April 2017

Lately I’ve been loving everything striped.
What is it about this time of the year that brings out the (albeit small) amount of nautical vibe in me?

Stripes are fresh, can be worn casually or with class, and are appropriate for every age.
They are easy to pair with and add a touch of fun to just about any outfit.

Stripes also remind me of the non-chalant French style that continues to inspires most bloggers and fashionistas around the world (myself included).
I was in Paris last week and leather jackets, messy-hair-just-right, minimal makeup (like ‘i didn’t try that hard this morning’), stripes & scuffed up Stan Smiths were all the rage.

Dirty Stan Smiths from last year? No problem.
Slept through your alarm and don’t have time to wash your hair? Dry Shampoo (the messier the better).

So let’s all embrace our flaws because trying to be perfect is SO overrated (and exhausting).

Bree’s (continued) Spring Wardrobe Essentials:
Striped item
White sneakers
Army jacket

p.s. what do you guys think about my ‘old people’ shoes? Maybe I’ll trade them in for my worn-in Stan Smiths next time. 😉

Shop Bree’s Look:
Dress: Pieces
Jacket: Forever 21
Sneakers: Via Vai
Watch: Olivia Burton
Backpack: Sole Society (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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Pale On Fleek

26 March 2017

I am loving all of the Spring flowers and trees blooming.
It brings a feeling a newness and just downright happiness.

Also, JZ and I finally found the house that we have been waiting for (or maybe it’s the house that has been waiting for US). 🙂

It will take a while for it to be built (like over a year), so in the meantime, I am pinning like it’s my job (check out: Casa di Zwijnenburg for a little taste) and dreaming of this adorable Dutch abode that will be ours in 2018.

I can’t tell you how many times I have searched ‘tiny walk in closet’ on Pinterest. 😉

In other news, I am loving this rugged, oversized sweater.
I have a boho soul and this oversized sweater was definitely speaking my language.
So much so, I seriously considered buying it in the other 2 colors it comes in (green and blush). Overkill much?

This sweater is perfect for a sunny, Spring day that isn’t quite warm enough for a tshirt. Paired with a bandana and my wannabe Isabel Marant booties for a Parisian inspired look.

Side out: I’ll be looking for the nearest spray tan ASAP.

Shop Bree’s Look:

Sweater: Zara (runs big)
Jeans: Zara
Booties: &Other Stories
Bandana: Madewell
Bag: Nordstrom

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All Things Spring Please

19 March 2017

Alright peeps, after a short break I am back and SO ready for Spring!
We were teased with sunshine and no rain last week here in the Land of Tulips & Cheese, which got me ready for some warmer temps! Plus I’ve been seeing all you Texans in shorts and sandals which is giving me serious weather envy. 🙂
Until we hit 70, I’ll be bringing my Spring A-game in bright colored knitwear and lace.

So if you’re wondering what key items you really ‘need’ this Spring season, it would be ruffles, anything velvet and Mom jeans.
I know what you’re thinking, velvet outside of winter? Yes, my friend, yes.
I love the color of these booties and the way it breaks up the casual vibe.

Mom jeans were a bit harder to find. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t try on at least 30 pairs of jeans before I decided on these. There are largely oversized versions of Mom jeans and slightly more straight-leg Mom jean options. I went for the safer option this time around so I can get the most wear out of them.
What do y’all think?

Happy Spring shopping!

Shop Bree’s Look:
Oversized Cardigan: Pull & Bear
Cropped Lace Blouse: H&M (runs small- size up. Only 29.99 – such a steal!)
Mom Jeans: H&M
Velvet Booties: Zara

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Twenty Six

12 February 2017

This past week I celebrated my 26th birthday and to say I was spoiled would be a big understatement. A huge THANK YOU to all of the people in my life that made my day extra special. 

I have been looking for cute printed dresses since last summer when I got inspired by Scandinavian street style. The moment I saw this dress I knew I had to have it—semi-fitted in all the right places, black with a print that can be worn year ’round, and just the right amount of playful sophistication. In other words: everything you could possibly want in a dress. 🙂 

This week, after spotting my first wrinkle (can you believe it??), I began to think of all the perks that come with getting older. I have started to settle into my style as I’ve grown more comfortable in my own skin and have learned what works for me and what doesn’t.

I want to be Bree, not anyone else.

With age, I also notice that I’m becoming more intentional with my purchases. Rather than just looking for a great deal or following every trend that passes by, I now can recognize what lines up with my style and be strategic about purchases (like this dress!) that will compliment what is already in my closet.

I am also learning to identify the “missing pieces” in my life. If I realize I’m not wearing certain things, I try to identify something that is missing to enjoy them more. Maybe it’s a pair of jeans in just the right shade or a boot that is casual with a low heel.
Most times, there is one thing that might make several other pieces come to life in my wardrobe. Those are the missing pieces I want to identify and invest in. This theory also applies in bigger parts of my life.

This year, when thinking about the downtime in my weekends or weeknights, I noticed that my go-to activities were shopping or catching up on some Netflix shows. Don’t get me wrong—still love those two things! But I resolved to get more out of my free time, to make it count for other purposes, like learning a new skill or trying a new recipe or going somewhere new.
So far, living out this resolution has looked like baking a blueberry lemon cake, taking up a bootcamp workout, reading books I always say I’m going to get around to, and booking a trip to Hawaii (in just over 3 months but who’s counting??)…

So in this year of 26, I’m going to lean in to that mindset. I’m vowing to enjoy the present, “be Bree”, shop smarter, and make a priority those things that feed my soul and not just fill the time. Thanks for coming along on the journey. 

Shop Bree’s Look:
Dress: Pieces (Bestseller) – on SALE NOW
Booties: & Other Stories
Leather Jacket: Zara
Scarf: Old Navy

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Go-To Color

29 January 2017

Am I the only one that has a ‘go to’ color?
I love any shade of a green, but specifically a green with a hint of brown.
No matter how pale I am (at the moment VERY ) this color works. Although I think we can all agree, everything looks better on after a week at the beach. 🙂

As there are no beaches in my immediate future, my pale self will be reaching for earthy tones and facial bronzer.

What color is your ‘go-to’?

If you’re not sure, ask your Mom, sister, or best friend (and as a last resort your husband because he will most likely, or should, tell you every color looks good on you). 🙂

Side note: I found this sweater at Nordstrom Rack and didn’t even have time to try it on before buying. Literally ran into Nordstrom Rack with my sister and Mom at 8:50 p.m. with 10 whole minutes to score something good. I’d say we were pretty successful at speed shopping ’cause we all took home some goodies and I’ve been wearing this sweater and booties on repeat since Christmas.

If Supermarket Sweep is still a thing, somebody sign us up.

Sweater: ASTRA (Nordstrom Rack)
Denim: Zara
Booties: Sam Edelman (Nordstrom Rack)
Backpack: Sole Society
Arrowhead necklace: Free People

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Spring Teaser

15 January 2017

So while we were in Texas over the holidays, the weather was absolutely perfect.
I’m talking blue skies, sunshine, short-sleeves-welcome kinda weather. Unseasonably warm, even for the Lone Star State.
I guess I had temporarily forgotten what it felt like to walk outside and not need a jacket.

Now we are back to the true winter (seriously I think it is snowing as I type), and there is a good chance we will be wearing our sweaters well into April. *brrrr*
But that Spring time teaser sure was sweet while it lasted.

In the mean time, I will enjoy the snow covered houses, hot tea & comfort food.

One of the trends I love every spring is a military jacket. By far a staple piece you should have in your closet. It pairs well with dresses, denim, and can be worn with cut-offs when the weather allows. So for you Texans, I would invest in a military-inspired quickly, because the chances of you getting to wear it in the near future are very high. 🙂

photo cred: Brooke Bryant Loftis – thanks sis 🙂

Shop Bree’s Look:

Jacket: Forever 21 (fits boxy, true to size)
Jeans: Zara
T-Shirt: Costes
Sneakers: Nike
Watch: Olivia Burton
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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Happy 2017

4 January 2017

Happy 2017, friends!! 

I’ve got a good feeling about this year, how about you?
The start of a new year brings a lot of hope, goals and well-intended eating habits (especially after our 10 day eating tour of Texas). 😉

What are some of your New Years Resolutions this year?

This year, I’m going to:
Worry less, trust God more
Savor life to the fullest
Become the healthiest version of myself 
Enjoy my free time more
And on a less serious note: buy items for my wardrobe that will last longer and become a closet staple vs. a trend piece

Photo cred: my sister, Brooke XO

Shop Bree’s Look:
Flannel Shirt: Forever 21 (available in variety of colors, size up as it runs small)
Distressed Black Denim: Zara
Suede Booties: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack
Backpack: Sole Society via Nordstrom (thanks Santa ;)!)
Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Olivia Burton via Asos

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Glam It Up

18 December 2016

The holidays are  just around the corner, y’all!!
We are in full-Christmas preparation here at the Zwijnenburg Casa.
Christmas music is basically on 24/7 and that Netflix crackling fireplace keeps our humble abode quite cozy (or gezellig for any of you Dutchies reading 🙂 ).

Have you thought about what you’ll be wearing during the holidays? Around our house Christmas Eve tends to be the night we dress up followed by a comfy, more casual Christmas.

So this year I am thinking about my options ahead of time as we will be on a plane to Texas come Thursday morning.

*cue Hallelujah chorus*

So, without further ado, I give you: Glam It Up

Metallics are always an easy way to dress up basic black without having to buy an entire outfit (not that I don’t enjoy buying an entirely new outfit 😉 ).

This year all you’ll need to spice up your look is:
-A pleated metallic skirt (my obsession with pleated skirts continues)
-Basic black top with trumpet sleeves  (if you’re in charge of Christmas Eve dinner I would like to mention trumpet sleeves are not very practical for cooking purposes)
-Black tights 
-Black booties
-Metallic statement necklace
-Your go-to leather jacket (mine may or may not be from Santa and I may or may not officially be able to wear it yet 😉 Man, Santa has such good taste).

You can find my look at:
Skirt: H&M (runs big, size down – also in gold and black)
Top: Zara
Leather Jacket: Zara, I mean Santa
Booties: Dolce Vita
Necklace: Old, Forever 21

Enjoy your Christmas preparations, friends!

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