Fall To-Do’s

Happy force-your-friends-to-go-apple-picking season!

Generally for me, things don’t get accomplished unless I’ve written it down on one of my twenty to do lists. So naturally, I have a running list of “tasks” to check off during my favorite season. I plan on taking full advantage of the cooler temps and seasonal sports. Summer may be for patios, but fall is for every other outdoor activity that I avoided in 90-degree weather. Amiright? I plan on completing all of the to-do’s listed below, but I have to admit I’m not sure if I can get Stacey to dress up for her least favorite holiday. Stay tuned! 😉 

G&J Fall To Do List

xo Bree

Fun fact: Image was my first Instagram photo from my first iPhone back in October of 2012, when I lived in New York. #vintage

Links, Lately

It’s Friday, party people!

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Abbye, Stacey and I are headed to Charleston for a short girls weekend (& to see the Lumineers!). We’re looking forward to weekend of window shopping, eating all the southern food, and exploring one of our favorite cities. Follow along on Snapchat (see right sidebar) to keep up with our shenanigans. 

Here are the links for the week…

Don’t mind me, just drooling over these celebrity wedding photos

How Glossier’s Emily Weiss is using the internet to build a beauty for Generation Instagram. Talk about #GirlBoss goals. 

Emmy predictions are here!

It’s never too soon to start brainstorming for Halloween costumes

This article solidified my dream of one day competing on Jeopardy.  

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

xo Bree

Brownies with a Secret

Remember that one time when I made avocado ice cream?

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Well, I’m back with more hidden veggie antics with a brownie recipe.

These chocolatey muffin-shaped treats are perfectly fudgey and have the vaguest hint* of “something” (read: zucchini) extra. They’re free of flour and even include a banana, so technically you’re getting fruit and veggies – winning. Now you don’t have to feel too guilty when you indulge in a brownie.. or four. 

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*Full disclosure – Stacey immediately recognized the zucchini when I had her taste test. But to my defense, the girl eats zucchini like 4 times a week. My other roomie, Kerry, was a little more impressed and couldn’t initially pinpoint what the secret ingredient was. I’m a tough critic when it comes to brownies and these were a win for me. So I’m calling it 2-1, zucchini brownies are the new thing! Scroll down for the recipe. 

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Chocolate & Zucchini Brownies
Yields 12
for when you need to eat healthy but really need to have chocolate too
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup creamy peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  2. 1 large (very ripe) banana
  3. 1 large egg
  4. ¼ cup brown rice syrup (or honey)
  5. ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 2 tablespoons chia seeds (or ground flax seeds)
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 cup zucchini, shredded and squeezed of excess liquid
  10. ¼ cup mini chocolate chips, plus an extra handful
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Using a cheese grater, shred 1 zucchini and squeeze/drain the excess liquid. Set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients except zucchini and mini chocolate chips in a blender or food processor.
  4. Blend until the batter is smooth.
  5. Fold in zucchini and 1/4 cups of the mini chocolate chips.
  6. Prep a muffin tin with non-stick spray and fill each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Top with the remaining mini chocolate chips.
  8. Bake for at least 30 minutes or until the tops are set.
Gin & Jewels http://www.ginandjewels.com/

xo Bree

 

Beauty Buys

From lips to skincare – I’m sharing four of my favorite beauty buys that I’ve been using as of late…

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Oribe has expanded from hair to beauty and all my fellow Oribe-obessors are rejoicing. While I haven’t gotten my hands on their color products (give me some time and a few more paychecks), I recently ordered their Balmessence Lip Treatment. It was love at first sight because their packaging is perfection. (Working on the manufacturing side of cosmetics gives you a deep appreciation for even the smallest packaging details, y’all.) The formula is a little stiff at first, but it is deeply moisturizing and I feel like my lips immediately absorbed the balm. For someone who’s lips are perma-chapped, I’ve noticed a definite difference with just over 2 weeks of using it.   

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It’s no secret that Anastasia Beverly Hills knows all there is to know about strong brows. I recently picked up their Brow Definer (the cooler sister of the Brow Wiz) and instantly felt like a professional brow groomer. The pencil formula is buildable and forgiving. The triangular tip is seriously genius.  I always like my brows look different every day. Sometimes I can pencil the perfect shape, other times my arch may be on point but my inner brow looks like a caterpillar’s head. So while I know that your brows don’t have to match exactly (they’re sisters, not twins!) I would like to work on my consistency so the ABH Brow Definer has become my new best friend.

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Confession – I fell in love with a lip color from a Snapchat filter. Ugh, I cannot believe I’m saying that. Next confession, I actually went into Nordstrom and had someone help me find the closest match to said Snapchat filter lip color. And because Nordstrom is staffed with the most helpful angels on the planet, Analise didn’t judge me for whipping out my cell phone and asking her to help me match a screenshot. Naturally, MAC had the shade – Fast Play Amplified. MAC’s lipsticks are the best. Between the creamy coverage and strong staying power, I’ve been sporting this color almost everyday. It’s the perfect shade to transition into fall (before I start donning the dark winey hues).    

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I’ve bragged on Little Barn Apothecary before and now that they have a brick & mortar, it’s easier than ever to try their line. I picked up the Sea Vegetable & Green Clay Recovery Mask from their shop at Westside Provisions recently… I’m hooked. I always try to start my week with a good mask to detox my skin from the weekend’s damage and this earthy green powder works wonders. Nothing beats a post-mask glow and when it lasts for days you know you’re working with the good stuff.

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Check out Beauty Buys volumes 1 | 2 | 4 | 5

xo Bree

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It was a shorter week than usual, but Friday is still a welcome sight. 

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| talk about plate wall goals, cc: Tupelo Honey Cafe

This weekend’s agenda – spin, dinner, barre, cocktails, dinner, cocktails, brunch, cocktails, laundry, cocktails…. you get the gist. But first, let’s recap the week with some of my favorite stories.

A Shake Shack cookbook is what we all need in our kitchen, you guys. 

Enjoy this short Bachelorette satire to make you lol. 

The ladies of cupcakes & cashmere talk about the women they look up to – hey, Ina! 

God bless, Channing Tatum and all of his entrepreneurial endeavors

Can we all promise to resist posting these cliche Instagrams this fall? I don’t think we can… 

Have a beautiful weekend, friends. See you back here on Monday! 

xo Bree

 

Cherry Mint Smash

It’s hump day happy hour, y’all!

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With a slightly shorter week ahead and the dog days unofficialy behind us, I think it’s only appropriate to say goodbye to summer with a cocktail. I whipped up this beverage on whim when I was craving something a bit tart and fresh.  The cherries are the perfect balance of sweet and sour, mint makes everything better and the coconut sugar is sort of like sugar’s healthier cousin. This cocktail is basically a pressed juice and should be consumed guilt free. 

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xo Bree

Links, Lately

I’m starting off the long weekend with an extra casual Friday.

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| Went to Target for body wash and deodorant and picked up this gem too! |

I think we all have an extra pep in our step with the holiday weekend adhead of us. My plans include venturing outside the perimeter for dinner with girlfriends and shootin’ the hooch …errr floating the Chattahoochee River. Hope you all enjoy some R&R these next few days! In the meantime, here are the links for the week…

The talented kiddos from Stranger Things appeared on Jimmy Fallon this week, further solidyfing that I want to be Eleven when I grow up. Milly’s rap!? You guys, she’s incredible!

Speaking of binge-worthy shows…The Night Of (spoilers ahead) – I need more episodes, HBO! Who the hell killed Andrea, y’all?

The New York Times share 15 ways to become a better person.

Tips on how to conceal large pores. Definitely bookmarking this.

Here are some really good #TBTs from Hollywood’s finest. 

Hope you have a safe and fantastatic extra long weekend, friends!

xo Bree

Book Stacks

I’ve been known to judge a book by its cover.  But when it’s a coffee table book, I don’t feel as bad.

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From colorful bindings and bold photography to catchy titles and interesting font choices – I choose books to display based on many things. Almost always though they feature a topic that I’m passionate about – so dogs, décor, and drinks. 😉 Here are a few that are currently on my wish list…

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Find more of my 5-pick round ups here: Lipstick // Nail Polish // Candles // Pillows 

xo Bree

Bachelorettes Do Charleston: Part II

Charleston is always a good idea and a prime destination for bachelorette trips. 

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Warning: this post may induce deja vu & wanderlust…   

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Even though it seems like I just posted about Caroline’s bachelorette trip in Charleston, I was so excited to be back in my favorite southern city to celebrate Meredyth’s last few weeks as a single woman. Our itinerary was totally different and I loved exploring new spots and trying a few different restaurants.  At this rate, I’ll have a City Guide to Charleston before Atlanta!

Here are a few snap shots from the weekend…

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| How cute was our Snapchat filter?! |

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Where We Stayed

VRBO – Suite Z

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Where We Played

Stars

Republic Garden & Lounge

Trio

Sullivan’s Island

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Where We Ate

Husk

O-Ku

Poogan’s Porch

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| See you in September, girls! | 

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Special thanks to the MOH’s Allie and Michelle for planning such a fun weekend and spoiling us with so many pineapple treats! And a huge thank you to Meredyth’s Mom and Grammy for stocking our apartment with all the snacks and alcohol – ya’ll were the best time!

For more bachelorette fun, check out last year’s trip to Miami here and here, and Charleston here!

xo Bree

 

Avocado Ice Cream

For my friends who always order extra guac…

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…this recipe is for you. 

If you’re like “ew, WTF, avocado ice cream!? No thanks, I prefer my desserts sweet and chocolatey.” – then stop reading and go here. 😉

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For those of you who are still with me – this recipe is a 4-ingredient, vegan delight. It’s extremely simple to make and doesn’t even involve an ice cream churn. With that being said, it freezes very hard so I find it best served after being chilled for about 4 hours. Anything longer and you may have to let it thaw a bit before digging in. I topped mine with semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut flakes but roasted pistachios or dried cherries would also be delicious. 

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Avocado Ice Cream
Serves 6
a guilt-free, frozen treat for those of us who always order extra guac
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 avocados
  2. 1 can of coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  3. 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  4. 1/3 cup of brown rice syrup
  5. optional toppings: chocolate chips, coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
  2. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and spoon out the avocado flesh.
  3. Blend the avocado and lime juice together in a food processor until its smooth and creamy.
  4. Open the coconut milk can upside down, so that the hard cream is on the top.
  5. Spoon out the coconut cream (until you reach the coconut water).
  6. Whip the coconut cream in a bowl with a hand mixer until it's soft and whipped.
  7. Fold in the avocado cream and brown rice syrup. Mix until fully incorporated.
  8. Spoon the ice cream into a freezer-safe container.
  9. Place the container in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Gin & Jewels http://www.ginandjewels.com/
 Bon appetite! 

xo Bree

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It’s Friday, party people!

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| beautiful blooms for my workversary |

It’s been a fantastic week – from binge watching the Olympics to celebrating Caroline’s birthday at Tupelo Honey – I’m going into the weekend with a full heart! Hope everyone has a great one. Here are few of my favorite stories from the week…

This married guy made over his friend’s Tinder profile. L O L

Bookmarked – a guide on how to fold everything.

I am hooked on HBO’s newest miniseries The Night Of – does anyone else watch? Would love to hear your theory on who killed Andrea!

This is what Michael Phelps has been listening to in those obnoxious head phones.

7 things makeup artists would never do.

Peace and blessings, friends.

xo Bree

Garden Party

I suck at making flower crowns.

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But I’m really good at attending bridal showers. 😉

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I have the honor of being a bridesmaid to one of my oldest and dearest friends, Meredyth. I say honor because I get to attend the most perfectly planned wedding in September and every festivity in between. I feel so lucky to be a part of Meredyth and Adam’s engagement. It’s such a great thing to witness two people that are wonderful individuals come together and tie the knot!

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Meredyth is a true perfectionist whose creative vision I deeply admire (& envy). From her wedding website to the save the dates – her nuptials are branded to perfection.  Her shower was no different.  Hosted by her mother and grandmother, not a detail was left out when they planned the most picturesque floral-clad party. The brunch took place at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens in Leesburg, Viriginia. We kicked off the festivities with a flower crown making session in the green house and then moved to the Emmet House for an outdoor brunch. The party concluded with cake, presents and few fun bridal shower games. If Meredyth’s shower was any preview of the wedding, it’s going to be absolutely perfect.

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Invitation | Venue | Flowers | Cake

Being the detailed bride that she is, Meredyth had one of her photographer friends (who just so happened to be in town) come shoot the party. BEST. DECISION. EVER. Tori (of Victoria Heer Photography) captured every last detail and was so fun to be around. Not only did she take beautiful candid shots but she is also an expert flower crown crafter and helped us devise the prettiest crowns to wear through lunch. So even though I had absolutely no part in the planning, decorating, or cooking – I just had to share photos from the shower because they are too gorgeous not to.

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All images via Victoria Heer Photography | To view the full gallery click here.

Tori Heer is a documentary-style photographer who is based bi-coastly and travels often. She shoots engagements, weddings, families and every moment in between.  If you are in need of a photog, I highly recommend her. 

Keep up with Tori on Instagram and on her blog.

xo Bree

Find more posts about my adventures as a bridesmaid (professional bachelorette partier) here.

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Love you, Mere! Only 45 more days to go…#TheBestDavisEver

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Weekend, where have you been?

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| a print from one of my most talented friends, Allison – see more @allisont_ker | 

Even though it’s August and stores have started displaying Halloween decor (looking at you Michaels…), I’m still in summertime mode. I have a short list of last minute summer to-do’s to check off and I plan on making the most out of these next few weekends. Hope your weekend is equally productive as it is fun!

Here are a few of my favorite reads from the week…

Who asked for more emojis

These are the best happy hour spots in Atlanta drink away the work day. 

Y’all, Olympic Village is housing some very attractive people

I finished Stranger Things 2 weeks ago but I’m still obsessed. 

Olympic carpool karaoke FTW. 

Have a great weekend!

xo Bree

 

Caipirinha de Pepper

The Olympics begin Friday and I’m Team Who-Wants-To-Drink-With-Me-While-Watching-Men’s-Swimming … er …I mean Team USA.

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Rio is playing host to the Olympics this year, which has everyone giving a side eye. Brazil is like your friend who volunteered to host Thanksgiving but has never cooked, only has 1 1/2 place settings and doesn’t have a dining room table big enough to fit everyone. With the Games kicking off in less than 48 hours, I’m imagining the mayor of Rio hiding under a bed somewhere drinking all the Cachaça. Let’s join him, shall we?

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| Cachaça (pronounced ka-sha-sa) a Brazilian distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice | 

While the athletes are probably chugging almond milk and bottled water, those of us who are state side can celebrate from afar with a little Brazilian-themed cóctel.  I muddled up my own take on a Caipirinha and it’s definitely medal-worthy.  

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Happy 2016 Olympics, y’all –  here’s to hoping America brings home the gold (& not Zika)!

xo Bree

 

Adult Spring Break

Monday (& August) totally snuck up on me. Time needs to s l o w down.

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Getting back into the work week after long, super fun weekend is always a struggle. After such a great girls weekend in Panama City the Monday blues hit hard. So while I’m procrastinating facing reality, I thought I would share a few photos from our girls weekend… 

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We jokingly referred to our trip as an Adult Spring Break, in reality there was so much more adulting than spring breaking. We cooked in more than we ate out, most of us woke up early for coffee and to check work emails and our coolers were stocked with craft beers and turkey wraps. If it were 2008, we would have been eating at Pineapple Willy’s, sleeping in until noon and drinking all the Natural Light. Needless to say, hangovers hit harder in 2016 than they did 8 years ago. 😉 

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Where We Stayed

Edgewater

Where We Played

Club La Vela*

Tootsies 

Where We Ate

Firefly 

Runaway Island

*(only 2/9 of us actually made it out on Friday)

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xo Bree

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Special thank you to Abbye’s family for letting us over take their condo for the weekend!

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