Real Tea: Mixing Patterns is Cool

Ok you guys: skirts are difficult to wear in the winter… They’re cold, the wind blows them in different directions, and they can be so difficult to pair with other winter wear! But guess what? I’ve got the perfect fix for you!

I am Trends may come and go, but cheetah print is here to stay. I haven’t seen a pink cheetah print skirt in my fashion discoveries quite yet and this one would definitely takes the cake. It’s super flowy and surprisingly warm for the thin material it’s made from. It’s also lined so you don’t have to worry about layering it with anything.

I adore this white pullover! Chunky knits are my winter weakness and I love how cozy this one is. It’s wool and the simple heart pattern is so fun! I love mixing this bigger pattern with the smaller cheetah print. Mixing different patterns is such a simple way to spice up an outfit.

I also enjoy playing with tucking in the sweater or leaving it untucked. You can play with this style depending on your preference.

That’s all for today folks! Thank you always for reading, and you can get this whole outfit from Urban Found! They have stores in Holland, South Haven, and Saugatuck if you’re looking to do some Holiday shopping!

Have an incredible day!

xo, Brynne

It’s Camo Season

We are back in action folks! Personally, I’m a big fan of camo print and I think it looks flattering on everyone. Here comes a winter look book!

This parka is one of my favorite pieces! Not only is it super warm, I love the canvas texture it has on the exterior. It’s got big pockets and a vegan fur rim on the hood.

The gray turtleneck is perfect for layering underneath and it isn’t skin tight so it gives me room to breathe! The additional gold necklace is a great touch of funk.

Next up we’ve got the jeans! I love the ripped jeans because they give the whole outfit more texture. The high waist with the buttons is also a very nice textural touch.

No winter outfit is complete without a pair of mittens! This pair is so fuzzy and soft! I love the mixture of the different neutrals as they can go with any outfit!

Last but not least,

Being Creative is a Judgement Free Zone

Throughout the past 5-10 years of my life, my biggest regret has been caring too much about what people think of me. To be honest with you, I had a huge interest in photography that started in middle school. I edited terrible pictures with my tiny digital camera on picnik and edited neon letters and borders around each of them… yikes.

 

But as I got older, I had a better camera, eye, and knack for photography. It was something I LOVED. The only thing that got in the way was the girls in high school that judged me for it. They would ignore me in places where I was forced to be in the same room with them, whisper about me right in front of them, and make me feel so unwelcome. To this day I’m not sure if all of it had to do with my passion for Instagram and Fashion, but I let their thoughts dictate how much I pursued it… and guess what? I stopped for awhile. For a couple of years I let that get the better of me, and I almost gave up completely.

I stopped caring what those girls thought of me years ago, but the message still haunted me. People are going to judge me. And guess what? They will. What’s going to happen if they judge me? Absolutely nothing. It took me until recently to put my full effort into blogging and fashion. Will people think the outfits I wear are crazy? Will people think I’m trying to shove what I wear/have in other’s faces? I can’t answer that, but what I can say is that I LOVE what I do. I enjoy creating art of all kinds, I love working with others, and if I didn’t do it, I would be miserable.

So cheers to not caring! Cheers to this AMAZING cheetah print skirt and funky teddy coat, and cheers to not giving a crap as I shoot this outfit in the middle of my downtown. Art is meant to be shared.

(The teddy coat, maxi skirt, and jewelry pieces are all from Urban Found. Check out their store website here, and stop by one of their locations in Holland, Saugatuck, and South Haven.

It’s Romper Time!

Hello everyone, happy June! I’m so glad to be back and writing. First thing on the list: rompers.

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Photo by Ben Douma

I  love any kind of romper because they are so easy to wear and a simple, cute outfit idea. The vintage t-shirt ones especially are what have been inspiring me lately. Although my romper is from Urban Outfitters, it’s from last summer’s season. But don’t fret, because I’ve found so many cute rompers for you to look at!

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I’ve pulled rompers from Modcloth, Madewell, and Anthropologie for you to check out. These are my colorful and fun picks for the summer season! I hope one of these ones ends up being your favorite. 🙂

So go out there, grab a romper, and enjoy this beautiful weather!

xo, Brynne

 

3 Devotionals You Need To Read

Hey guys! I’ve been on that devotional book lately, and I wanted to share three from the past year that have had a huge impact on my life. I love devotionals because not only do the authors tell an amazing story of God through the lens of their life, but each of these books has changed my perspective on life and the people around me. So here’s a little bit about each of the books that have impacted me.

  1. Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. 

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This book has really shaped my perspective on self-worth. Terkeurst guides the reader through ways of healing in different kinds of rejections with friends, family, and significant others. She constantly talks about how our image is not made by how others see us, but by the love of Christ. Rejection by other humans does not define our self-worth. The only being in the universe that defines that is Jesus, and He loves us beyond measure. Through reading this book, I’ve been through a lot of healing in the ways I judge myself and I’ve stopped putting pressure on the way I live based on the opinions of others.

2. Everybody Always by Bob Goff. 

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I’ve always been a big fan of Bob’s writing and personality. He writes as if he’s talking to you on the couch, and you can sense his humor and positive spirit like no other. His book has taught me that no matter what the social standards are in this world, every person deserves to be loved. As Christians, we will not be fulfilling the main reason we were put on this earth if we do not love others unconditionally. Everyone is our neighbor, especially the ones who are so incredibly different from us. The hardest people to love are often the ones that need love the most, and our job as Christians is not to be selective with who we give our love to. We are to love everybody, always. Goff writes in a way that doesn’t convict the reader in a negative way, but calls them to action in a positive and exciting spirit.

3. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.

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 Rachel is a businesswoman and blogger who wrote an incredible devotional based on the lies we tell ourselves and talks about how we can overcome them. She reaches topics on comparison, gossip, being a mother, relationships and marriage, and so much more. I’m still in the middle of this book but what I love about Hollis is that she is not afraid to write exactly what she means. She is vulnerable about how she feels and every life situation because she shares them to help her readers grow in their life. I cannot wait to continue reading because her experiences show me that I’m not alone. There are topics I don’t connect to yet as a single college student, but her advice is some that I will definitely store up and treasure when I reach those milestones.

These devotionals have been the pages I take pictures of and put on my Instagram stories because they have had such an impact on my thoughts! If you are in need of some inspiration or have struggled with any of these topics, I highly recommend giving these books a read! I have so many things underlined in my copies and I’ve written in all of the margins! Let me know what you think if you decide to get yourself a copy!

As always, have a lovely day!

xo, Brynne

 

Vintage Christmas

Hey guys, it’s ya girl! I’m just here to spread some Christmas cheer and a little outfit inspo! I can’t believe there’s 4 more days until Christmas! I love this outfit because not only do I feel a little vintage, it has little hints of Christmas. I thrifted my skirt from a vintage store in Montreal and I got my turtleneck from none other than TJ Maxx! Not to worry, I found some similar and super cute options to get this look.

There’s a couple cute turtlenecks I found online that are similar and can go with just about any outfit! The first is from Dynamite and the other is from Zaful. What I love about these is the rib detail and they’re tight fitting, giving them a sleek look. Maroon is such a classic color and a subtle reminder for Christmas.

Some skirts that I found are so cute and they’re from Zaful and Zara. The checkered pattern is so cute and classic, reminding me of the 1940’s.

If you’re going to a fun Christmas party or need something to go out to dinner, this will give you an outfit to go back in time a couple decades. Thanks for reading and as always, and I hope your Christmas is wonderful.

Xo, Brynne

Jumpsuits in the Winter?

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One of my favorite kinds of clothing to wear are jumpsuits, but it’s so sad when they go out of season. Never fear, there are ways to keep your jumpsuits around for the winter season!

Photo by Ben Douma

My favorite jumpsuit is from Spring Sweet, and I love it because it’s classic, yet feels like I am wearing pajama pants! I paired it with one of my basic turtlenecks and put a pair of tights underneath it to keep warm in this chilly weather! I’ve linked two jumpsuits at the bottom of this article that are so cute and almost identical to the one I have.

It’s really easy to find some cute basics to put underneath a jumpsuit, and I found my turtleneck at Aeropostale. My favorite affordable and cute turtlenecks are also linked below.

Although my jumpsuit was originally purchased for the summer, the neutral tones definitely help my outfit mix into the winter season.

As always, thank you so much for reading! I love finding new ways to wear fun pieces, as fashion with a college budget can be difficult!

Xo, Brynne

Jumpsuits:

Forever 21: Polka Dot Palazzo Jumpsuit

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/F21/Dummy_extra30/2000265866

Forever 21:

Smocked Polka Dot Jumpsuit

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/F21/CLEARANCE_ZERO/2000295852

Turtlenecks:

https://www.ae.com/gifts-aerie-real-soft-ribbed-turtleneck-true-black/aerie/s-prod/5495_1183_073?cm=sUS-cUSD&mmCat=cat8010026

https://www.madewell.com/fine-ribbed-turtleneck-top-in-lesley-stripe-K4416.html?dwvar_K4416_color=KA5897&cgid=apparel-teestanks-turtlenecks&position=4&position=4&activeChunk=0#start=1

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

As some of you may know, yesterday was World Mental Health day. As I went through my usual craziness of class, I couldn’t stop thinking about how our society deals with this topic. Mental health can be incredibly difficult to talk about many avoid the topic altogether because it’s deemed shameful if we are struggling. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 1 in 4 people in the world are effected by mental illness. 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias. Not to mention, 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder, and 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.

These should be shocking enough statistics to make changes in the way our world addresses mental illnesses. So why don’t we?

In my search for finding a way to bring up these subjects, I’ve realized we can’t start a fire until someone lights a match. The more people that share what they’ve struggled with, the less our society will view mental health as an untouchable subject. I’ve decided to share my story in hopes of making this change happen.

In elementary school, I never cared what people thought of me. I went through a phase where I thought jeans were the most uncomfortable clothing in the world and only wore khakis for way too long. I mostly hung out with boys because they were the ones who played soccer at recess, and I played air soft and Star Wars Battlefront with my brother. That summed me up in a nutshell.

When I got to middle school, I was bullied by some girls on my soccer team for reasons unknown to me and I walked in on them talking about me. It was one of the first times I realized the world wasn’t always going to be easy and my heart could break. I found myself talking less in group settings, switched to wearing girly clothes and stopped trying so hard in gym class.

By the time I got to high school, I was bullied by some girls that I went to school and dance class with. It made me so anxious that a lot of times my heart would race if I ran into them and I would walk the opposite direction. I stopped talking in big groups and tried to make myself invisible because I felt like who I am was wrong. I would get home from dance and cry or sometimes fake being sick so I wouldn’t have to go.

At the end of my freshman year of college, I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety by my school’s counseling facility. I had gone to counseling at the end of that year to cope with other events going on in my life, but being diagnosed with social anxiety made so much sense. Although I haven’t been bullied in college, I did see the effects from those events in my life now. It’s taken me awhile to not get very nervous when I meet groups of people. I still have thoughts of they probably think I’m weird or they must think I’m so annoying when I talk to someone I don’t know very well. From my freshman year to my senior year, I’ve been able to cope with my social anxiety in a much better way. I’ve stopped apologizing for being who I am because I finally realized that everyone else is trying to figure out how to be themselves as well. And if someone doesn’t accept you for who you are, they’re probably struggling with how to accept themselves. That was a hard area to learn from because it took me a long time to forgive them and remember that they’re human too.

Where I am now is far different from where I once was with social anxiety. I don’t feel as nervous as I once did when I meet new people and I put myself out there a little more in larger social settings. I do have my days as anyone does where I simply don’t want to go out with friends at night or get anxious about what someone could be thinking about me, but we all have those moments of relapse. Overall, I just want to express that sometimes we’ll have our bad days and thats ok. It doesn’t mean that I’m a failure or a mess-up; it just means that I’m human.

For anyone who struggles with mental health, I just want you to know that talking to someone you love and trust is a game changer. I went from feeling so alone to feeling like I had people on my side to get me through difficult situations. Please, please, please tell someone if you are struggling, especially if you are at a point where you don’t think you can take it any longer. I just need to remind you that you are so loved and you never have to face tribulations alone.

I hope someday mental health will be a topic that isn’t quite so scary to talk about. If you felt moved by this, please consider sharing my story on your social media or sharing your own story relating to mental health. Regardless of if you have struggled or if someone you know has, every conversation can make a difference.

Thank you so much for listening, you are so, so loved! Much love, Brynne

Accepting Surprises

If you don’t know me too well, I’ll get this point straight across: I’m a bit of a klutz. But only saying a bit would be lying to all you fine people, so I’ll be honest and say I’m a huge klutz.

Let me paint a picture for you: once upon a time, 10-year-old Brynne was attempting to put dishes into the dishwasher from her after school snack….. and guess what she did? Homegirl ended up falling back on the dishwasher and impaling her rear end with a steak knife! Not only did it go through the jeans, it went through a whole inch! (Ok…. I’ll stop talking in the third person now.) At first I didn’t even register what had happened. I kind of laughed, then screamed, and finally cried, understanding that getting a steak knife in your butt cheek probably hurts a little.

Once my crying alerted my dad of the situation, he took me to the emergency room and called my mom while in the car. And after getting situated in the waiting room, I had to lie on a stretcher and allow doctors to give me 3 stitches on my cheek. Can you say awkward? Here we go, this is when it really gets better. After I got the stitches, the doctors made me go to class every day for at least 2 weeks and sit on a pillow everywhere I went in order to make the stitches heal. How the heck do you explain to fellow 10-year-olds why you’re carrying a pillow around to recess, class, and lunch? I’m pretty sure I made up some lie that I bruised my tailbone. Good one Brynne. The only bright side to this adventure was the beanie baby bunny I was rewarded after the stitches were put in.

One of the funniest parts about this story is that I was so embarrassed to tell it. I don’t think I told anyone that this happened to me until I was a junior in high school. Only when I told my best friend and was able to laugh my butt off about it (hehe butt jokes, I’m immature) was I able to let go of the embarrassment. I think as people we tend to look at unexpected moments like these as the end-all-be-all. When something doesn’t go the way we want it to, we immediately are afraid of how others will view us and we put ourselves in a lower place than that person. But how are we supposed to learn from these surprises if we pretend they didn’t even happen? It’s not easy to do, and I say that from experience as it took me 6 years to admit to accidentally stabbing myself in the butt. All we have to do is simply accept them for what they are. As we become more confident, we focus less on how we appear to others. The best part of accepting surprises is then we get to take ourselves less seriously! Whatever life decides to hit us with (or stab in this manner), we get the chance to think on our feet and go with the flow. That puts us in a healthy headspace to be aware of the little moments and enjoy every second for what it’s worth.

So to everyone out there, surprises are healthy. Sometimes we all need to take a step back, fall on the dishwasher, and get sent to the ER. Just kidding. Don’t do that. But we all need to start taking ourselves a little less seriously because some of the best moments come from accepting the mess and working through it.

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