At this point I think it's safe to say, EVERYONE knows about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The sale has taken over everyones inbox and Instagram feed. I won't go into the details of the sale or why you should shop it because, lets not kick a dead horse, but if you're interested in my purchases I linked them below! I also linked items that I purchased in the past that are currently part of the sale (Neulash and the Kristin Cavaliri slide on Mules). 
I'm off to start my weekend a little early, so  
Cheers to good sales and long weekends! 

#NSALE Purchases

Friday, July 14, 2017



At this point I think it's safe to say, EVERYONE knows about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The sale has taken over everyones inbox and Instagram feed. I won't go into the details of the sale or why you should shop it because, lets not kick a dead horse, but if you're interested in my purchases I linked them below! I also linked items that I purchased in the past that are currently part of the sale (Neulash and the Kristin Cavaliri slide on Mules). 
I'm off to start my weekend a little early, so  
Cheers to good sales and long weekends! 


One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight |
Nine | Ten (in white)| Eleven | Twelve

First and foremost, I'VE MISSED YOU! I haven't had much downtime lately, but this morning I had nothing on my to do list (for once) and decided to share what's on my wish lists! 

I make lists all the time. I have numerous lists saved on my phone. Everything from wines to try, makeup I'm interested in, places I'd like to travel, etc. What I like most about making lists is they help me differitiate between impulse buys and items that I truly want. I will sit on my phone for hours  perusing stores online. Do you know how many cute items a girl can add to her wish list after browsing the net for HOURS? Today I went back through those lists and narrowed down items that I truly want. 


1. We're going on our annual family beach trip in a couple weeks and I'm a sucker for organization. This drawstring cosmetic travel bag popped up while I was browsing Pinterest and I was instantly intrigued. I like the idea of not having to use gallon size ziplock bags to store my shampoo, conditioner, lotion ect. 

2. I never thought I'd say this, but lately I've enjoyed going to the gym. I'm on the hunt for accessories that make trips to the gym easier, lighter and more organized. I absolutely have to listen to music when I work out, but I find that my apple headphones are tangly and restricting... #annoying.  If you have any products that you love for the gym, please leave those suggestions in the comments! 

3. As you all know, I've gone a little lighter for summer. However, my hair and skin are naturally super dry, so lighter for me means even drier. Everyone raves about this hair oil and it gets really good reviews. I think it's about time I pull the trigger and order it. My hair will thank me later. 

4. This product has been on my list forever! I've been told it's an exact dupe for the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, which retails for $48. You can find the Pixi Glow Mist at target for $15 bucks. 

5. Y'ALL. I was in Sephora a couple weeks ago getting a sample of a BECCA foundation (product #7!) and the sales associate was so attentive! She zipped around the store showing me different products that would be great for my dry skin and making me samples. She applied the Perricone MD Firming Foam Mask on my hand and I was blown away! It's was one of those products I couldn't stop thinking or talking about. The mask was lightweight with a slight cooling sensation, when she removed it my skin felt hydrated, soft, and glowy! *Clicks add to cart*

11. Mother Denim has become my tried and true favorite brand of denim. I own FOUR pair from this brand and I swear by them. They are pretty pricy, but I believe you should always invest in denim and shoes. A good pair of jeans are not only flattering, but will last you forever. I love the raw edges and faded look of these. They are trendy, yet have that worn in with character appeal. 

12. I've seen quite a few bloggers and friends wearing the cutest utility-style rompers, and since have been on the hunt for one for myself. I love the versatility and simplicity of utility rompers, not to mention I bet they're so comfortable! This one caught my eye and has been on my wish list ever since!

What's on your wish lists!? 
Big Hugs, 
-C




What's on my Wish Lists

Monday, July 10, 2017


One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight |
Nine | Ten (in white)| Eleven | Twelve

First and foremost, I'VE MISSED YOU! I haven't had much downtime lately, but this morning I had nothing on my to do list (for once) and decided to share what's on my wish lists! 

I make lists all the time. I have numerous lists saved on my phone. Everything from wines to try, makeup I'm interested in, places I'd like to travel, etc. What I like most about making lists is they help me differitiate between impulse buys and items that I truly want. I will sit on my phone for hours  perusing stores online. Do you know how many cute items a girl can add to her wish list after browsing the net for HOURS? Today I went back through those lists and narrowed down items that I truly want. 


1. We're going on our annual family beach trip in a couple weeks and I'm a sucker for organization. This drawstring cosmetic travel bag popped up while I was browsing Pinterest and I was instantly intrigued. I like the idea of not having to use gallon size ziplock bags to store my shampoo, conditioner, lotion ect. 

2. I never thought I'd say this, but lately I've enjoyed going to the gym. I'm on the hunt for accessories that make trips to the gym easier, lighter and more organized. I absolutely have to listen to music when I work out, but I find that my apple headphones are tangly and restricting... #annoying.  If you have any products that you love for the gym, please leave those suggestions in the comments! 

3. As you all know, I've gone a little lighter for summer. However, my hair and skin are naturally super dry, so lighter for me means even drier. Everyone raves about this hair oil and it gets really good reviews. I think it's about time I pull the trigger and order it. My hair will thank me later. 

4. This product has been on my list forever! I've been told it's an exact dupe for the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, which retails for $48. You can find the Pixi Glow Mist at target for $15 bucks. 

5. Y'ALL. I was in Sephora a couple weeks ago getting a sample of a BECCA foundation (product #7!) and the sales associate was so attentive! She zipped around the store showing me different products that would be great for my dry skin and making me samples. She applied the Perricone MD Firming Foam Mask on my hand and I was blown away! It's was one of those products I couldn't stop thinking or talking about. The mask was lightweight with a slight cooling sensation, when she removed it my skin felt hydrated, soft, and glowy! *Clicks add to cart*

11. Mother Denim has become my tried and true favorite brand of denim. I own FOUR pair from this brand and I swear by them. They are pretty pricy, but I believe you should always invest in denim and shoes. A good pair of jeans are not only flattering, but will last you forever. I love the raw edges and faded look of these. They are trendy, yet have that worn in with character appeal. 

12. I've seen quite a few bloggers and friends wearing the cutest utility-style rompers, and since have been on the hunt for one for myself. I love the versatility and simplicity of utility rompers, not to mention I bet they're so comfortable! This one caught my eye and has been on my wish list ever since!

What's on your wish lists!? 
Big Hugs, 
-C





We decided to get out of town and head west for my Birthday. This trip was one of the best trips we've ever taken and one of the best birthdays I've ever had. In true Bravenec style, we did not plan ahead, however we managed to see just about everything West Texas had to offer. 

MARFA
Where We Stayed 
We stayed in at El Cosmico in a Airstream trailer, it was incredible. The trailer had a kitchen, bedroom with a full size bed, indoor bathroom and an attached outdoor shower. Plenty of space to lounge and store your belongings. Although, I would suggest you bring an iron or steamer and a hairdryer. Additionally, it was really hot during the day, but cooled off quiet a bit at night. If you're wondering, I packed layers and a light jacket! The hotel has a main lobby where you can buy beer and a few snacks, however if you want to save some money I would suggest going to the local grocery store for drinks and such. The campsite was quiet and peaceful our entire trip and there were white tailed bunnies that roam around the campsite, it's beyond adorable. 

I would highly recommend visiting the the Marfa Lights observatory, the pool at the Hotel St. George and driving out to see the Prada Exhibit. 
I loved every bit of our stay in Marfa. 

Where We Ate 
Marfa Burrito, best breakfast burrito hands down. 
Jetts Grill at the Hotel Paisano 
Food Shark, get the Marfalafel! 
For my birthday we had drinks and dinner at La Ventura located inside Hotel St. George. The NY Strip is massive. Trust me, you don't need an appetizer! The drinks were fun and the staff was wonderful. 

ALPINE
We visited Big Bend Brewery. We shared a few beers and enjoyed a beer tasting. I really enjoyed the Tejas Clara lager! You can check out the brewery here:  http://www.bigbendbrewing.com
Next stop, Plaine Ice Cream + Coffee. Get the nitro brewed coffee, sounds extreme but it was amazing. I've actually craved it ever since! 
There's not many restaurant options in Alpine, but El Patio had delicious enchiladas and speedy service! 

BALMORHEA STATE PARK
Be prepared, the water was cold, but refreshing and there was an abundance of pupfish. The pupfish are harmless and kind of cute! The park has a concession stand and a place to change into your swimsuit! 

BIG BEND
If you're wanting to camp in the Chisos Basin, you'll need to reserve your campsite at least 6 months in advance. The high demand for this campsite is understandable as the the basin is beautiful. 
We decided to hike the Lost Mind Trail. It took us 4 hours to hike the entire trail, about two hours up and two hours down. I would suggest starting early in the morning; wear LOTS of sunblock, a hat, hiking boots and drink lots of water. 

Bravenec surprised me with a three hour horseback ride at Big Bend Stables. I rode a horse named Luna, She was the sweetest horse. Bravenec rode Sleepy-Joe, the most laid-back horse to ever exist. I loved every second of our three hour ride and I will never forget this experience. The view from the trail was so pretty and we got to experience a completely different side of the park. 

TERLINGUA & LAJITAS
There's not much to do in Terlingua, but you have to have a beer on the porch at the Starlight Theater. We stayed at Lajutas golf resort http://www.lajitasgolfresort.com. The resort itself was really pretty and the golf course looked immaculate. If we had stayed a second night I know Bravenec would have played a round. 


OUTFIT DETAILS
 | Free People Halo Pullover https://goo.gl/croVMf | | Moon River Linen Tank https://goo.gl/8fxeG2  | 
| Caslon Linen Shirt Dress (Blue Hydrangea stripe)  https://goo.gl/3Z3AYf |  Caslon Hat https://goo.gl/6clhkx | 
| Gingham Off- ShoulderTop https://goo.gl/3UoZ2p |  My favorite pair of black denim https://goo.gl/q3ptlN 
| Johnny Was Willow Flare Blouse https://goo.gl/lJnUdC | One-Piece Swimsuit https://goo.gl/gKEPpX | 
| Black T-Shirt Dress https://goo.gl/tzjYYJ | FP Hudson tank: https://goo.gl/lxgpkm | 
| Aerie Chill Hi-Neck Sports Bra https://goo.gl/NPliHQ | Sunglasses https://goo.gl/BUuynC | 
| LEVIS 701 Cut-off shorts https://goo.gl/dYQ1Tc | 

West Texas

Monday, June 5, 2017


We decided to get out of town and head west for my Birthday. This trip was one of the best trips we've ever taken and one of the best birthdays I've ever had. In true Bravenec style, we did not plan ahead, however we managed to see just about everything West Texas had to offer. 

MARFA
Where We Stayed 
We stayed in at El Cosmico in a Airstream trailer, it was incredible. The trailer had a kitchen, bedroom with a full size bed, indoor bathroom and an attached outdoor shower. Plenty of space to lounge and store your belongings. Although, I would suggest you bring an iron or steamer and a hairdryer. Additionally, it was really hot during the day, but cooled off quiet a bit at night. If you're wondering, I packed layers and a light jacket! The hotel has a main lobby where you can buy beer and a few snacks, however if you want to save some money I would suggest going to the local grocery store for drinks and such. The campsite was quiet and peaceful our entire trip and there were white tailed bunnies that roam around the campsite, it's beyond adorable. 

I would highly recommend visiting the the Marfa Lights observatory, the pool at the Hotel St. George and driving out to see the Prada Exhibit. 
I loved every bit of our stay in Marfa. 

Where We Ate 
Marfa Burrito, best breakfast burrito hands down. 
Jetts Grill at the Hotel Paisano 
Food Shark, get the Marfalafel! 
For my birthday we had drinks and dinner at La Ventura located inside Hotel St. George. The NY Strip is massive. Trust me, you don't need an appetizer! The drinks were fun and the staff was wonderful. 

ALPINE
We visited Big Bend Brewery. We shared a few beers and enjoyed a beer tasting. I really enjoyed the Tejas Clara lager! You can check out the brewery here:  http://www.bigbendbrewing.com
Next stop, Plaine Ice Cream + Coffee. Get the nitro brewed coffee, sounds extreme but it was amazing. I've actually craved it ever since! 
There's not many restaurant options in Alpine, but El Patio had delicious enchiladas and speedy service! 

BALMORHEA STATE PARK
Be prepared, the water was cold, but refreshing and there was an abundance of pupfish. The pupfish are harmless and kind of cute! The park has a concession stand and a place to change into your swimsuit! 

BIG BEND
If you're wanting to camp in the Chisos Basin, you'll need to reserve your campsite at least 6 months in advance. The high demand for this campsite is understandable as the the basin is beautiful. 
We decided to hike the Lost Mind Trail. It took us 4 hours to hike the entire trail, about two hours up and two hours down. I would suggest starting early in the morning; wear LOTS of sunblock, a hat, hiking boots and drink lots of water. 

Bravenec surprised me with a three hour horseback ride at Big Bend Stables. I rode a horse named Luna, She was the sweetest horse. Bravenec rode Sleepy-Joe, the most laid-back horse to ever exist. I loved every second of our three hour ride and I will never forget this experience. The view from the trail was so pretty and we got to experience a completely different side of the park. 

TERLINGUA & LAJITAS
There's not much to do in Terlingua, but you have to have a beer on the porch at the Starlight Theater. We stayed at Lajutas golf resort http://www.lajitasgolfresort.com. The resort itself was really pretty and the golf course looked immaculate. If we had stayed a second night I know Bravenec would have played a round. 


OUTFIT DETAILS
 | Free People Halo Pullover https://goo.gl/croVMf | | Moon River Linen Tank https://goo.gl/8fxeG2  | 
| Caslon Linen Shirt Dress (Blue Hydrangea stripe)  https://goo.gl/3Z3AYf |  Caslon Hat https://goo.gl/6clhkx | 
| Gingham Off- ShoulderTop https://goo.gl/3UoZ2p |  My favorite pair of black denim https://goo.gl/q3ptlN 
| Johnny Was Willow Flare Blouse https://goo.gl/lJnUdC | One-Piece Swimsuit https://goo.gl/gKEPpX | 
| Black T-Shirt Dress https://goo.gl/tzjYYJ | FP Hudson tank: https://goo.gl/lxgpkm | 
| Aerie Chill Hi-Neck Sports Bra https://goo.gl/NPliHQ | Sunglasses https://goo.gl/BUuynC | 
| LEVIS 701 Cut-off shorts https://goo.gl/dYQ1Tc | 


Happy Monday Friends! 
I hope you are all well and ready to take on this week. 
I'm excited to bring my very first video tutorial to the blog today! I was such a nervous mess recording this, but a hair tutorial for my everyday waves is the number one request I get on snapchat! I hope that this video is helpful for all my girls trying to achieve a lived-in wave hairstyle. I love how effortless, yet versatile this hair style is. I leave it down day one, day two it's usually up in a half-up-half-down top knot and day three I usually incorporate some type of side braid!  

As always, please leave any comments or questions down below! 
Big Hugs, 
-C

Everyday Lived-In Waves Tutorial

Monday, January 9, 2017


Happy Monday Friends! 
I hope you are all well and ready to take on this week. 
I'm excited to bring my very first video tutorial to the blog today! I was such a nervous mess recording this, but a hair tutorial for my everyday waves is the number one request I get on snapchat! I hope that this video is helpful for all my girls trying to achieve a lived-in wave hairstyle. I love how effortless, yet versatile this hair style is. I leave it down day one, day two it's usually up in a half-up-half-down top knot and day three I usually incorporate some type of side braid!  

As always, please leave any comments or questions down below! 
Big Hugs, 
-C

Poppy Sequined Top | Denim: 50% off! Similar denim + more sizes here | 
Slide on Mules: TTS | 
I accomplished so many goals in 2016. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with my Bachelors in Public Relations, I welcomed a new niece and saw my name in television credits. 

I have learned that sometimes I just have to have faith and trust in a greater power than myself. Faith has lead me to better friendships, higher goals and more love than I could imagine. 

Most importantly, I continue to try to be the best wife and friend to Bravenec, because he is the greatest person I know. 

Undoubtedly, 2016 has been amazing. However, I'm looking forward to the new year and the opportunities it holds. 

I have a lot of goals and aspirations for this little blog in the new year and I can't wait to share all of my ideas with all of you. 

Cheers to 2017! 
Happy New Year and, as always, 
big hugs! 
-C

Happy New Year

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Poppy Sequined Top | Denim: 50% off! Similar denim + more sizes here | 
Slide on Mules: TTS | 
I accomplished so many goals in 2016. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with my Bachelors in Public Relations, I welcomed a new niece and saw my name in television credits. 

I have learned that sometimes I just have to have faith and trust in a greater power than myself. Faith has lead me to better friendships, higher goals and more love than I could imagine. 

Most importantly, I continue to try to be the best wife and friend to Bravenec, because he is the greatest person I know. 

Undoubtedly, 2016 has been amazing. However, I'm looking forward to the new year and the opportunities it holds. 

I have a lot of goals and aspirations for this little blog in the new year and I can't wait to share all of my ideas with all of you. 

Cheers to 2017! 
Happy New Year and, as always, 
big hugs! 
-C
| My exact sleeveless tunic: here I'm wearing a size small | Obsessed with this option ($55) |  | This tunic has a cute Split back detail ($59) |
 |  J.Crew option & comes in 3 colors ($39) |  | My loafers + 4 colors options ($25) | 
| my exact Clare V. handbag | Leopard clutch + crossbody option ($40) | 

I am so excited to share this gem of a tunic with y'all! It makes transitioning your wardrobe for fall and winter so easy. First, it's long enough to wear with leggings or jeans. Second, it can be easily layered for colder months and looks great under a cardigan or jacket. Lastly, I found so many color options for this tunic and price point options too! 

Did you notice that I styled two different shoe options for this post? 
I know that I personally love to wear these mules with everything, but some of you may not. I wanted to style a more comfortable, casual shoe for my girls who aren't into heels. Not to mention, I have been wearing these loafers non-stop. I'm not kidding, non-stop. Loafers are going to be a big trend this season and I couldn't be more excited about it! I love the way they make any outfit feel a little more cozy while still looking put together. If you follow me on Snapchat (carolanna_b), you know I'm loafer obsessed. I have a couple pairs from Steve Madden that I love, you can find them here
Use code SMFREE50 for free shipping on orders over $50!
I think that's all I have for today, but I hope your week is off to a great start!
Big Hugs
-CB

Fall Staple: Sleeveless Tunic

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

| My exact sleeveless tunic: here I'm wearing a size small | Obsessed with this option ($55) |  | This tunic has a cute Split back detail ($59) |
 |  J.Crew option & comes in 3 colors ($39) |  | My loafers + 4 colors options ($25) | 
| my exact Clare V. handbag | Leopard clutch + crossbody option ($40) | 

I am so excited to share this gem of a tunic with y'all! It makes transitioning your wardrobe for fall and winter so easy. First, it's long enough to wear with leggings or jeans. Second, it can be easily layered for colder months and looks great under a cardigan or jacket. Lastly, I found so many color options for this tunic and price point options too! 

Did you notice that I styled two different shoe options for this post? 
I know that I personally love to wear these mules with everything, but some of you may not. I wanted to style a more comfortable, casual shoe for my girls who aren't into heels. Not to mention, I have been wearing these loafers non-stop. I'm not kidding, non-stop. Loafers are going to be a big trend this season and I couldn't be more excited about it! I love the way they make any outfit feel a little more cozy while still looking put together. If you follow me on Snapchat (carolanna_b), you know I'm loafer obsessed. I have a couple pairs from Steve Madden that I love, you can find them here
Use code SMFREE50 for free shipping on orders over $50!
I think that's all I have for today, but I hope your week is off to a great start!
Big Hugs
-CB
sweater I'm wearing a size M | similar pull-over sweater here | leopard print cardigan | denim | similar saddle bag crossbody | my mule booties | I also just ordered these in canela brown suede |
 | nail polish | | I'm wearing this lip plump in "nude in town"| 
If you haven't noticed from my last couple of blog posts, I'm well into transitioning my closet for fall. I've been sorting through all of my last season cardigans, jackets and sweaters and adding new pieces as I go. One of my biggest tips when getting ready for a new season is to sort through all the items you have from last year. I will sit down and go through it all and decide what I love and what I can loose. Sorting through my closet also helps me decide between the trendy pieces I want and what I actually need. 
Another thing I do when sorting through my closet is add notes on my phone. For example, the other day I was getting ready and I noticed all of my solid black tank tops are getting really thin and starting to look tattered. I don't know about y'all, but when I'm shopping the last thing I consider purchasing is basic essentials. However, If I look at my notes and have a reminder- I'm usually pretty good about purchasing the essential items I really need. 

The last tid-bid of advice I have to offer is in regards to color scheme. In my opinion, fall has one of the most flattering color schemes to work with. You can easily transition your entire wardrobe by adding a couple of fall-colored items to your closet. For example, throw in a camel-colored or cream cardigan, cognac booties, and a good pair of dark denim and you're good to go. Don't think to much into it, because really the season will be gone before you know it. 
Some of my favorite fall colors are deep olive tones, berry tones, creams, and camel. 
(also, leopard print anything...because my name is Carolanna and I have a problem)

Well, I'm off to Pinterest my life away & hopefully figure out how to decorate my teeny-tiny front porch for fall. #pumpkineverything #helpmepinterest #smallhouseproblems

Here's to another season!
-CB 



Transitioning Your Closet for Fall

Monday, September 19, 2016

sweater I'm wearing a size M | similar pull-over sweater here | leopard print cardigan | denim | similar saddle bag crossbody | my mule booties | I also just ordered these in canela brown suede |
 | nail polish | | I'm wearing this lip plump in "nude in town"| 
If you haven't noticed from my last couple of blog posts, I'm well into transitioning my closet for fall. I've been sorting through all of my last season cardigans, jackets and sweaters and adding new pieces as I go. One of my biggest tips when getting ready for a new season is to sort through all the items you have from last year. I will sit down and go through it all and decide what I love and what I can loose. Sorting through my closet also helps me decide between the trendy pieces I want and what I actually need. 
Another thing I do when sorting through my closet is add notes on my phone. For example, the other day I was getting ready and I noticed all of my solid black tank tops are getting really thin and starting to look tattered. I don't know about y'all, but when I'm shopping the last thing I consider purchasing is basic essentials. However, If I look at my notes and have a reminder- I'm usually pretty good about purchasing the essential items I really need. 

The last tid-bid of advice I have to offer is in regards to color scheme. In my opinion, fall has one of the most flattering color schemes to work with. You can easily transition your entire wardrobe by adding a couple of fall-colored items to your closet. For example, throw in a camel-colored or cream cardigan, cognac booties, and a good pair of dark denim and you're good to go. Don't think to much into it, because really the season will be gone before you know it. 
Some of my favorite fall colors are deep olive tones, berry tones, creams, and camel. 
(also, leopard print anything...because my name is Carolanna and I have a problem)

Well, I'm off to Pinterest my life away & hopefully figure out how to decorate my teeny-tiny front porch for fall. #pumpkineverything #helpmepinterest #smallhouseproblems

Here's to another season!
-CB 



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