Holiday Want List

2020 is almost here and there’s no better way to round out the year than with a wish list. For the FIFTH year in a row, I’m sharing my “want list”. This years list items from a few of my favorite / luxury brands across multiple categories. #treatyoself !!! And Enjoy!

LAGOS anything … jewelry $$$$

This brand is amazing. From bracelets, to necklaces, earrings and now Apple Watch bands, LAGOS screams luxury!

DRUNK ELEPHANT skincare $$

Pick anything from this popular skincare line and you can’t go wrong. Their vitamin C serum has been my go to for sometime.

UGG & Barefoot Dreams for cozy apparel $$$

I lumped these two brands together because when I think about staple pieces for the winter, they are my go to. Ugg for the boots (DUH) and actually both brands have AMAZING throws (as in blankets). Barefoot Dreams also has wonderful loungewear.

Sugar Paper holiday wrapping $

Love their designs and color combinations! There’s really nothing more to say. You can find this brand at Target

Stocking Stuffers … from Nordstrom, of course ūüíĀūüŹĹ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ (mugs are by Anthropologie) $ to $$

And finally, SPANX leggings … who knew??! $$

Meaningful Holidays

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stopToday’s post is really a #repost from one of my favorite Podcasts, The Minimalists. I’ve talked about minimalism before, the theme being, “To Live a Meaningful Life of Less“. Or the intentional use of your resources (time, talent, attention), being deliberate with it. You decide what¬†“less” means, for you. Your less looks different from my less. In this particular episode, Joshua & Ryan (the authors) talk about creating a meaningful holiday season. What does a meaningful holiday season¬†look like for you??! I encourage you think about, then CREATE¬†that!

12/15 update: Minimalism documentary is now available on Netflix!

As I listened, I answered the questions discussed in the podcast (in gray).

  • How do you get into the holiday spirit with all the everyday challenges of life, as well as the constant bombardment of holiday advertising?¬†Getting into the holidays has never been a challenge for me. This is my FAVORITE time of year, mostly because I like the sparkle of the season. I’m that girl that wants to put her tree up super early. When it comes to advertising, I usually ignore it – that’s a skill. Not just during the holidays but in everyday life. Learn to ignore things that are a waste of your time or provide no value to you. Now, typically, if I see something I think I like/want, I always watch reviews on YouTube or read a blog post¬†– it’s free advice! Or you can buy from Nordstrom and feel confident that you can return it if you change your mind.
  • How do you avoid succumbing to the overconsumption of alcohol amid all the pressures of the holiday season?¬†Again, never really an issue; but, find something you can do to avoid putting yourself in this situation. Don’t hang around people who ¬†you tend to drink around or worry around or think bad thoughts around. For the most part, you control your environment. Pick a new one. Looked at in another way, what do you overconsume? Lately my nmesis has been shopping for beauty products. I live it, breathe it, watch videos about it, read more reviews, etc. all day. Unless I find an alternative “thing to do.” I got out of this expensive rut by starting a new series on Netflix, Narcos. It’s sssooo very good and takes my mind off of my current short-term obsession with beauty products and skin care. So, the answer ¬†for me was to find something else to do that’s just as fun!

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  • How do you discuss¬†with your family that you want to replace¬†holiday traditions that no longer add value to your family‚Äôs holiday season?¬†This one is golden because this year my family is¬†doing just that! I/We have been talking about taking a trip during the holidays instead of giving gifts for YEARS (so there was a very LONG warming up period). This year I decided to¬†reduce one of the barriers for my family and also suggested we only buy gifts for kids (no adults). We discussed, they semi-bought in and then I began to build excitement around the alternative. Once your family buys in, then¬†YOU can do the work to¬†CREATE the experience¬†that provides more value.

I encourage you to listen to the episode and answer these questions for yourself as well. Really think about what a #meaningfulholiday looks like for you and what adds value to your life. Own it and go after it.  #HappyHoildays

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What’s in My Bag

I’m on vacation this week (sort of) and will be¬†experimenting with different types of posts. “What’s in my Bag Videos” have become very¬†popular on YouTube (I watch them A LOT) and can be quite entertaining. A simple search for that phrase yields 4,450,000 results!!! The WIMB following is not a game! It kind of has¬†the same feel as the #plannergirl community. You can find all types of handbags and all types of people sharing details about what they hall around with them on a daily basis and I abosolutely love it!

So today I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and talk about what’s in my Gucci Soho Disco Bag! This video isn’t perfect – I recorded¬†once and decided to roll with it. ūüíĀūüŹĹIf you like the video, let me know! Links to purchase all items of significance are listed below.¬†Oh and I forgot to mention that my phone is always in¬†my bag. I just couldn’t show it because I used it to record this video.

The Gucci Soho Disco¬†bag was also featured in¬†Bri’s Favorite Things¬†2016. Enjoy! ūüėä

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Gucci Soho Disco Bag, Ray Ban Aviator Classic,¬†Louis Vuitton Pochette Felicie (includes wallet), Neiman Marcus Sticky Notes,¬†Paper Source Treat Yourself Pouch, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm,¬†ZEISS Pre-moistened Lens Cleaning Wipes,¬†La Fresh Makeup Remover Cleansing Travel Wipes,¬†Mac Lipstick in Violetta, Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Eau de Parfum,¬†Paper Source Scalloped Cord Keeper,¬†Louis Vuitton Key Pouch (aka Clay), Laduree Keychain Ring Eiffel Tower Macaroon Charm, Sessa Vee Pharaoh Black & Gold Rollerball Pen

Bri’s Favorite Things 2016

So, beautiful people… it’s time for Bri’s Favorite Things 2016! Looking over my list, I can truly say that ACCESSORIES definitely¬†stole the year! If you’ve been reading¬†my blog for a while, you already know the deal:

  1. Shopping is easy when you buy the things you love for the people you love
  2. I only¬†recommend things I’ve actually purchased for myself ‚̧ԳŹ‚̧ԳŹ‚̧ԳŹ

There are more than twenty-five items this year!!! ūüė≥¬†All super fabulous, of course. ‚ėļÔłŹ If you’re a guy and need ideas for your gal, this list is for you! If you’re a girl shopping for your mom, sister, neice, cousin, BFF (or for yourself ūüėČ), this list is also for you!

Enjoy!!!

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Louis Vuitton Large Ring Agenda Cover, Michael Kors Jeweled Keaton Slip-On Sneaker,   J. Crew Tippi Sweater, Pandora Shimmering Rose Earrings, Louis Vuitton Pochette Felicie, Philosophy Just Release Me Makeup Remover, The New Jim Crow, Kenneth Cole Nap Pillow, Cole Haan Tali Bow Flat, Gucci Soho Discho Handbag, Chanel No 5 Eau de Toilette Spray, Ralph Lauren Slipper Bootie, EllandEmm Vogue Sweatshirt, Louis Vuitton Key Pouch, Pandora Alluring Brilliant Ring, Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch, Sticky Notes (Fancy, Marble), Banana Republic Moonless Night Long-Sleeve Cozy Top, Neutral T-Shirt, Nike Free RN Running Shoe, Nike Featherlight Baseball Cap, 50 for Your Future, Solange A Seat At The Table

See Also: Bri’s Favorite Things¬†2015,¬†2014,¬†2013

Mixtape for Netflix

It’s July and I already have the¬†perfect low-cost, tech-savvy gift idea for teens, adults and everyone in between! The gift idea comes courtesy of Netflix.

Flixtape is a short playlist of Netflix titles based around a theme, a mood, or message. It‚Äôs like a mixtape, but for Netflix! If you’re a fan of a few shows you think your pal would like, create¬†a Flixtape and share it with your bestie! No shipping is required AND you can gift the SAME Flixtape to multiple people. How cool is that? If you need some inspiration for what to include, use Bri’s Commandments¬†and Google “best netflix series”. Here’s what my search results turned up:

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I can tell you straight away that I’m all over the first two series shown above: Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. In fact, I only spend $20 on Netflix per year. That gets me 2 months of viewing (the subscription costs $9.99 per month). When new seasons of OITB or HOC come out, I simply buy a month, binge watch the episodes¬†and use the remaining time to catch up on anything else that has caught my eye. #dontjudgeme You can also view new Titles on Netflix here.

NOW, BACK TO MY FABULOUS GIFT IDEA. All that is required is a Netflix subscription and a little elbow¬†finger grease to set up the playlist flixtape. If you purchase a $30 subscription your pal will get¬†3 months free. It’s the gift that keeps on¬†giving long after the holidays!¬†You can also EMAIL the subscription the day of!¬†This is absolutely perfect for me because I’m thinking about taking a Christmas vacation this year. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of gifting¬†via email you can also apply the same concept to music with¬†Spotify¬†(my fav) and Apple Music.

#giftcardsgonewild #everybodygetsgiftcardsthisyear #happyegifting

BONUS: For tips on how to find the best Spotify playlists, click here

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