Designer Arm Candy

 

pic from google images. not my arm (sadly!)

There are some things you look at that make your heart sing! ūüéľūüé§ (I borrowed this phrase from a prominent YouTuber, Minks4All). Today’s topic is bracelets, also known arm candy when strategically stacked/positioned to create what some consider to be a work of art! In this post I am including my FAVORITE designer bracelets from: ¬†Lagos, Cartier, Hermes, Gucci, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Van Cleef. These items ARE¬†on my #wishlist – some things never come off because they are #SUPERexpensive ūü§Ď A girl can dream can’t she?!

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LAGOS – Absolutely LOVE the subtle, yet classy way they mix metals, particularly black (caviar) ūüĖ§ with silver, gold or pearl. All are stunning!

 

Next up is the infamous CARTIER love bracelet, obviously in gold (DUH!) WITH diamonds! No additional commentary needed here.¬†ūüė©

 

HERMES H bracelet. Many colors available, take your pick! I prefer narrow (0.5 inch) in some combination of black, silver, white or gold. Their signature orange is also a go.

 

 

 

GUCCI Loved pendant bracelet with pearls. Great for a night out on the town!

 

 

 

 


TIFFANY HARDWEAR Link Bracelet in gold, medium.

LOUIS VUITTON Idylle Blossom Bracelet, Yellow Gold with Diamonds.

 

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Vintage Alhambra bracelet. This is a new brand for me; but, I LOVE this bracelet and it looks SO good on!

 

 

 

 

You don’t have to be rich to get these looks. Find something similar in your price range and rock with it!

#girlboss

It’s a term I absolutely love! According to a popular¬†Netflix movie, a #girlboss is strong, smart, resilient, opinionated, confident and feisty! Do you agree? If not, no worries! Everyone has a different definition. While the point is to define what being a #girlboss means FOR YOU, the more important thing is to BE THAT. In your personal life, work life or however else you define your life.

BE. THE. BOSS. OF. YOUR. OWN. LIFE.

Not someone else’s. Live your best life. Stay in your lane and mind your own business. ūüôčūüŹĹ If you need to find (or re-find) inspiration you can listen to a #girlboss playlist (Spotify), read a #girlboss book, check out #girlboss quotes on Pinterest, set up a #girlboss lockscreen on your phone or take a #girlboss¬†trip. #whateverworks

LIVE. THE. LIFE. YOU. WANT. MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.

You can be 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 or 100+! Just know that while you are doing all those things, so are others and it’s okay! For me, being a #girlboss¬†means protecting my space and my peace. I guard that very closely because most times I just CANNOT!!!! ūüöę

FIND. YOUR. PASSION. AND. DO. THAT.

FACT: I like writing and paper. And guess what? So do A LOT of other people. As normal, we take the things we love whole new #levels! See also: Planner Situation, my current favorite pen¬†(there’s nothing wrong with a little bling!) or Shop PaperSource. Another one of my personal #girlboss criteria is to have order in my life – in written form of course – (and to look the part ūüėČ)! The essential item I use to do this is an agenda. Mine is currently being repaired and I feel SO VERY stifled. ūüė©

You may have noticed I underlined a few words above: FIND, BE, DO, LIVE. They are all verbs because at the heart of being a #girlboss is to take ACTION.

GO. GET. IT. ūüĖ§

Small Things (tech, fashion, beauty, accessories and more!)

I am not a fan of large things: from pieces of meat (i.e. steak) to handbags to jewelry, large (desktop) computers, bottles of lotion, you name it. Yes,¬†I know that in most some cases you get a better “value” by¬†purchasing things in the larger size or in bulk as we like to call it – I just tend to not do that. Particularly when it comes to beauty, my Small Things approach allows me to “cycle trough” products¬†faster¬†and try new things more frequently (fun!) without becoming a hoarder! When you purchase the big/value size you¬†are locked in for what feels like forever!!!! ūüė© The smaller version also¬†makes for easier travel – you don’t have to spend time figuring out “what fits” in this bag or what fits in that bag, you can just take everything! One¬†other factor that has recently become a bigger influence in my purchasing¬†decision is¬†packaging. For example, beauty products with no pump, spray or that doesn’t come in a tube? Count me out!

This post features a few of my favorite Small Things¬†in tech, fashion, beauty, accessories and more! Some items I¬†own and a few¬†are on my¬†*wish list. Most are also great ideas for Mother’s Day. ūüĆł Enjoy!

 

Compact mirror – Yes, darling! A super cute item to splurge on. Keep it in your purse or give it as a gift!

 

 

 

 

 

Key pouch – This is¬†my wallet… really! Why carry around 10 or 20 cards everyday?? On a typical day I only need 3¬†cards (ID, credit card, insurance card) and they all fit comfortably in this pouch with room to spare. Hook this to my keys and I’m out the door! Need¬†to add cash?¬†Also no problem. (I do own one¬†regular-size wallet¬†but I rarely¬†use it!) #downsize

 

 

 

 

 

Hand cream and hand sanitizer in the smallest sizes available. OK, this one is really a twofer; but, they go hand in hand (get it? ha!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TSA Approved Quart Size Bag. Great for short weekend trips home or take it with you to the beach!

 

 

 

 

 

Bluetooth Speaker РCompact,  cute and the sound is good enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday¬†Handbag: LOVE! Do I have larger handbags? Yes (a couple)! BUT if I’m not traveling or going to work this beauty will likely be¬†at my side.

 

 

 

 

*Jewelry¬†case. How much jewelry do¬†you own? (I’ll wait…….) How many pieces do you consider to be staples, meaning pieces you wear regularly…. ūü§Ē For me, it’s¬†2-3 rings, a couple of bracelets, 2 pairs of earring studs (pearl, *diamond) and 1-2 necklaces, that’s it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laptop – Small, portable, gorgeous! Get rid of your dinosaur and DOWNSIZE!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Moisturizing cream (night time only) РThis is 1 of 2 of my pot-type exceptions for packaging; but, I do always buy the 0.5 ounce size for maximum freshness. This is one of very few exceptions for me when it comes to packaging, thanks to these mini disposable spatulas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch box. The perfect size, easy to clean and also includes a fork, knife and spoon. Plus it looks cooler than the typical¬†tupperware ūüė¨

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

City Guides by Louis

Did you know Louis Vuitton is a writer? For a while now, the luxury brand has put out super expensive city guides that cover places like Milan, Paris, Shanghai – a total of 25 cities from around the world. It’s the kind of gift travelers would love to have in their collection but also the kind that most of us can’t (or don’t want) to afford.

Well, Louis Vuitton is making its city guides accessible to all via a mobile app (iOS only). 24 city guides are available for download @ $9.99 each. You can download Paris for FREE until December 31st if you want just give it a spin and see what it’s like. Check out the video below for a brief intro. Individual city videos are also available as a playlist (~3 minutes each in the designer’s YouTube channel). Enjoy!