It’s Holiday Party Time!

I am giving some MAJOR actress vibes with this outfit! (My other side as an artist is coming out.) This might be one of my favorite outfits to style thus far! This is the PERFECT outfit to go to a Holiday party in!

First of all, the statement piece is definitely the fur jacket! It’s vegan fur and the coziest thing in the world! Not only does it look fancy, but it feels like I’m wearing a bathrobe!

Next up we’ve got this awesome knit cream sweater! I love that there’s metallic looking pieces in the fabric which give it a little glam! It’s a great neutral because it’s fun at the same time!

I will forever be a fan of olive colored jeans. Seriously you guys, I love the color because once again, they’re a neutral that can go with almost anything! The high waist with the buttons up the front is such a fun detail!

Last but not least: Statement. Earrings. Urban Found has the best selection of earrings, and I will forever be a fan of them! I love the thread of these and they are the perfect glitzy match to the coat!

All of these clothing items besides the shoes are from Urban Found! They have 3 locations in West Michigan: Holland, South Haven, and Saugatuck. I highly recommend checking them out as they have such great selections and affordable prices for the Holiday Season!

I am so thankful for all of you reading my posts! I hope you have a cheerful Holiday season!!!

Xo, Brynne

3 Tips on Wearing Dresses in the Winter

Hello everyone! Wow it’s been a bit! After a week of scheduling, going to classes, and planning for the future, I’ve finally had some time during my February break to write a little bit! I really like the winter, but the only downside is not being able to show off cute clothes. Everyone is in a coat and unless you’re trying to stay cozy indoors, there’s no great way to rock an outfit when it’s chilly out! I especially miss pulling out my dresses. Lucky for you, I have some pro tips for creating some great dress-fits that don’t mind the cold as much.

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  1. Wear Tights- This may seem like an obvious one, but I see ladies all over my campus that look absolutely miserable going to classes or special events because they’re trying to face the snow and wind in bare legs. For the love of soft skin and lack of hypothermia, tights were created for a reason! You can pull of sheer, black tights with just about any outfit (even rompers/jumpsuits) as well as colorful tights to spice up and outfit. And if your dress calls for bare legs, there’s also skin-toned tights to make your legs seem bare but allow you to stay warm! Do yourself a favor and don’t freeze to death!
  2. Layer With a Sweater- This is my favorite tip. You can add a little flavor to any outfit by adding a cardigan or pullover sweater to a seemingly cold outfit. You’ll keep warm and look super cute! If your dress doesn’t have as much detail, it’s a great way to add texture and a pop of something different. Depending on how cold it is (PLEASE keep in mind the weather), you may not even need a jacket! It’s an artsy and classy way of wearing a sweatshirt over a dress, but you look cuter!
  3. Wear an Undershirt. I know I’ve definitely regretted putting on a tank top when I can feel a breeze going straight through my shirt or sweater. It’s not fun, especially in temperatures below freezing. Wearing a tank top is a small way to stay warm and isn’t noticeable at all. You will thank yourself for wearing a cami or tank when the wind chill is in the negatives and you have to dress up for a presentation!
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I like mixing different patterns with my outfits to make the details pop!

 

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I’m looking forward to ditching some my snow boots for some sandals and sitting out in the sun! I know it’s coming, we just have to believe. 😉 Have a wonderful day, stay warm, and don’t forget to bundle up when you’re ready to look cute!

xo, Brynne

Sweater: Francesca’s

Tights: Francesca’s: original discontinued, but similar here

Dress: Topshop: original, discontinued, but similar here and here

Boots: Clarks, similar here

Life After School for a Performing Arts Student

As I’m entering the final semester of my senior year, there’s a lot of stress tied to this point in my life. This can also be the case for those outside of my career path, but there’s something about finding jobs after school that can be extremely stressful for performers in particular. I’m going to share a little bit of my ups and downs.

The final semester for performers usually means auditions, auditions, and more auditions. Like most performers, I get very nervous when I even think about going to an audition and in the past I’ve panicked a lot when I step into the room. This is obviously something I need to work through since it only inhibits me in the audition room. I’ve been told by many mentors that the more auditions you go to, the more normal it will seem and the less stressed out I’ll be. I really hope that’s what will happen to me. I got to start the audition process with the awesome company I worked with last summer. I’m so thankful to start my auditions there with familiar faces in the room. The scariness of auditions goes away when you know there are people rooting for you. Going to that audition and feeling encouraged is the next step to finding friendly faces at auditions where I won’t know a single person.

I’ve been asked what my plan is over and over again from all sorts of people, and to be honest, I have no clue yet. There’s no possible way for me to know the logistics of my life plan until I attend a million and one auditions. Some of these auditions can be for a summer theatre, while others could take me for an entire season. It’s all in the luck of the draw! I know for a fact that I will be going to Chicago to attend as many auditions as possible and show up to local auditions in the Midwest. And of course, I’ll be sending in many video auditions. I may not have a solid plan, but I’m really looking into traveling from regional theatre to regional theatre, auditioning for cruise lines with long contracts, or basing myself in Chicago for a couple years until I build my resume. My only problem with Chicago is there’s not as much musical theatre, which is my biggest love. And if I went to NYC right away, I would be in a pool of thousands of others my age who are hopeful to make it big right away.

I could think of many different turns my life will take me, but no part of me has a single idea where I’ll be. I may not even end up getting the jobs I anticipated and I have to be ready for that. This industry is super competitive and very tough, which is a reality that hasn’t quite hit me yet while being in school. I’m excited to start auditioning, pretty terrified, and I’m trying to go into the future with zero expectations. It’s so difficult for me to trust that God has it all together even though I can’t see what’s happening yet.

So these are my honest feelings about the future. If anyone who has experience in the musical theatre/theatre/dance industry has any tips, please let me know! I would love to hear them!

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

The Trouble With Gossip

Hi everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve last written, and a lot of that is to do with figuring out how to put my words together. Gossip is something that both gals and guys struggle with. The biggest problem with gossip is that a lot of times, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. As a person who is guilty of this, I can tell you that it’s an ugly habit to notice and difficult to stop unless you know how to recognize it.

When I look back on times that I’ve gossiped, I realize two things: usually it stems from talking about someone in a group, and it almost always is negative. Once one person starts to gossip, it begins a downward spiral of more and more negativity until every person is finding a way to chime in. Eventually, we all end up talking about someone without knowing how it will effect them.

One of the biggest problems with gossip is the way it creates rumors. Every time someone talks about another person, they are passing on second-hand information. It’s like thinking a secondary source is more accurate than a primary source. The more information gets passed around, the more it can get stretched. Suddenly, whatever we are talking about isn’t the truth anymore; it’s far from it. The truth ends up becoming lies and finally, the person being talked about has rumors spread about them that are completely false. It’s our responsibility to stay truthful to the situation at hand, and passing it around to others never makes it better.

Another issue with gossip is that we talk about things with people who are not originally involved. Sometimes it feels good to get something off your chest or express how you’re feeling about your day. We dig ourselves a hole when the things we say are hurtful and/or unhelpful to the person we are talking about. If what we say  has even the smallest chance of being taken negative, it shouldn’t be said. I was listening to an awesome podcast from The Porch (go check it out!) about gossip. One of the main points in that podcast is if you have talked about someone without them being there, you need to talk to them about the issue within 24 hours. This really stuck out to me because not only do you stop the gossip chain, but you talk directly to the person that it’s affecting. If we decided to be direct with the people we are upset with, it would solve a lot of our problems.

Lastly, gossip ruins relationships. When someone is talked about behind their back, most of the time it gets back to them. We all mess up and I have been in situations before where I end up hurting someone I really love and care about because I talked about them outside of their presence. Something we can do to avoid hurting others is not chiming in at all. If someone starts talking about another person, we need to be aware of the situation and not get ourselves involved. Any person that takes part in a gossip conversation involves themselves in the issue and makes the problem bigger. We also avoid spreading the rumors further by not participating. Another tactic even better than not participating is shutting it down. By calling out gossip, we can stop ourselves from hurting each other. Even if we are gossiping and start the conversation ourselves, we can outwardly recognize it and stop our negative actions. It can make a huge difference in the way we converse with our friends and create a positive environment.

The reason I wrote about this is because I’m just as guilty as the next person. When I’ve taken part in gossip or started it, by the end I would feel worse about myself than before I brought it up. I never realized why I felt so guilty or ugly until I noticed it was the Holy Spirit convicting me. Ephesians 4:29 says “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Our words are supposed to bless others and create community, not break it. We are not created to use our words for negativity. It breaks God’s heart that we use our words to put each other down. Proverbs 18:1-8 says “there are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” 

The Bible is very clear on how God wants us to treat one another. It’s really easy to talk about someone, and we will never be perfect at destroying gossip. The best thing we can do is know how much it effects us and how important it is to keep our hearts kind towards one another.

Thanks for tuning in today, may you be inspired to make a difference in someone’s life today!

xo, Brynne