Product Review: St. Ives Moisturizer

St Ives
So I usually don’t bother reviewing products because I usually go through them so fast or change because I can’t make up my mind if I like them. But this one has definitely been a winner, so I figured I’d share! St. Ives Facial Moisturizer, Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin, 10 Fl Oz” has made my face so soft and clear…I don’t even wear foundation anymore. And for me that’s a big deal, I’ve always had really sensitive skin and struggled with acne most of my life. But honestly since beginning a more regular regimen with this, my face feels great and my complexion is clear. And at only $5 a jar, it doesn’t break the bank either! Try it and let me know your thoughts.

xo. Brie

Journal Confessions

20140624-110744-40064719.jpg Confession: I’m terrible at journaling. I always start with the best intentions…and then get bored. Diaries were never my thing. To be honest, this blog is the most consistent thing I’ve ever done that could almost be compared to keeping a life journal.

So why a post on journaling? Because it’s something I’d like to get better at. Improve on. I mean, what could be better than looking back years from now at the exciting times in life, through your own memories and words?

So, will you come with me? Begin a journaling journey? Stay accountable with me? Cool. I’m assuming you said yes.

Happy journaling!

xo. Brie

I’m Engaged!

Early on the morning of April 5th, my boyfriend took me to the top of Tank Hill in San Francisco, where he asked me a question that set a new direction on our lives. And I said yes!
I’ve always thought it was silly how girls claim they can’t remember what their boyfriends say when they propose – but now I understand. What I do remember is, I agree to spend my life with my best friend, and now fiance.
Yep, it’s stunning. I spent most of the day staring at my left hand every time it caught the light and sparkled.

So, there are some big things ahead! We’ve decided to live in San Francisco, so not only will I be planning a wedding, but also a cross country move from Florida back to Cali where I was born. Join me for the journey! (And leave any advice in the comments!)

xo. Brie

World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome day, and I think it should be a celebration. A celebration of life, joy and happiness. I had a friend growing up who had down syndrome; his name was Timmy and he was the sweetest kid in our class. Timmy always had a smile and a hug for everyone. Recently my pastor and his wife had a baby, a sweet little girl named Jane who is also a down syndrome baby. This little girl is so happy and sweet, a true joy to her parents and everyone she meets. It’s staggering to realize that by today’s standards, these sweet people truly beat the odds to just be born. Studies show that about 92% of pregnancies in the United Kingdom and Europe with a diagnosis of Down syndrome are terminated. These lives just get snuffed out before they can begin. So I say today is a celebration. A day to recognize that life is worth living and protecting because it’s beautiful. And everyone should get the chance to experience it.

Cheers to life.

xo. Brie

As fondness grows…

Well, life has been busy. Busier than usual I should say. But it’s time to get back to the blog! I decided to let myself off the hook and just post some thought pieces. I know, you all come around for my incredibly artistic creations and culinary masterpieces (sarcasm, obvs), but now you’re getting words. And stories. And girl talk, we can all girl talk here, right? And since all good girl talk centers on and revolves around boys, (also, it’s Valentine’s Day), here’s my boy story.
First off, what comes to mind when you hear the words “long distance”? For me it was always the word “relationship” followed by a string of words like “impractical” “overly-optimistic” and even “impossible”. Why? Well, that’s the question I had to work out when I inadvertently, and almost accidentally, found myself in one.

Jim and I first met a year and a half ago when my roommate and I went over to hang out with his roommates and watch Dexter (you know the hit show about a serial killer I named my cat after? That Dexter). Apparently when Dexter killed someone, I giggled, and that was when Jim fell head over heels. Ok that’s a lie, he thought I was twisted but funny, which, I mean, I am. Fast forward two weeks, he comes over to cook me dinner (I couldn’t say no, I LOVE dinner) and in-between bites of spaghetti, tells me he’s headed to Australia for a year. In 14 days.

My words were something like, “uh, wow. So, why are you here?” (I know, I’m the sweetest) and he didn’t really have a good answer, he just knew he needed to ask me out. And we connected. For the next 14 days we spent nearly every spare moment together – watching Audrey Hepburn movies (my idea), watching ALL of Louis CK’s stand-up (his idea), going to the beach, dinner, breakfast, everything. And then he left. There were of course the “let’s keep in touches” and “if we don’t meet other people…” And then he jumped in a U-Haul and drove north to drop his stuff at home in NC before flying literally halfway around the world.

bun 2And well, we stayed in touch. If I’m being honest, it wasn’t really even that hard. Sure there was a 14 hour time difference and we could only talk over facebook message at first, since texting internationally isn’t only next to impossible, but incredibly pricey. But I think we got to know each other in a deeper way, talking about life, our days, hopes, dreams, and aspirations. It brings you together.

Anyway, that’s quite enough for now, before I bore you with any more sappy details.

Happy Friday, babes!

xo. Brie.