July 2017 | Brittany Ann Courtney

A fashion and style blog for the lover of all things sunny and bright.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Instagram Round Up

 Gingham Off Shoulder Top // White Denim // Similar Wedges // Earrings // Lips "Be Silly" by Mac Cosmetics // Similar Cuff
Pat's Shoes (Adidas NMD) similar here

 Similar Top & Dress version here  // White Jeans /// Similar Turquoise Necklace

Wrap Top // Torn Knee Denim // Bandeau Bralette // Wedges // Similar Earrings // Bag purchased through here

 T3 Dryer --> my first T3 dryer and I am obsessed!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I am traveling home today from my girls get away trip to Colorado! I LOVED Boulder and loved spending time with my future mother-in-law & future sister-in-law! I have known them for years now and it's always so much fun when we are able to get together! It's most certainly Colorado's rainy season but we were able to spend some time outdoors! I can't wait to share more of my trip with you this week and next!
Can you believe it's the end of the JULY??? Where has the time gone by? I thought I would do a quick instagram round up, a lot of what I have been wearing is on sale! Be sure to follow me on instagram @BrittanyAnnCourtney to see live moments with instastories and more outfit posts!
Thanks for stopping by! 
xx, Brittany Ann 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Satin Wrap Dress on Sale: Perfect for Datenight

Happy Thursday everyone!
I wore this little wrap dress out to dinner with Pat this past Saturday night and I love it. It's sexy without being overt and I love that it is a midi-length. It makes it feel more eloquent and classy! Wrap dresses are always a favorite go to style for me because it accentuates my curves which I like! This dress also comes in a pretty mauve pink color which I am thinking I will buy too! The dress is $50 and I think it's a fantastic dress for multiple use: dinner date, holiday, for work (wear a jacket overtop), etc. It will be worn on repeat! 
So have y'all heard of Trendlee? Trendlee is an online boutique that sells luxury preowned handbags. They have an incredibly high standard of bags they accept to be resold. My Louis Vuitton clutch looks and smells brand new. I would be amazed if its original owner ever carried it! The "LV" monogram snaps down to reveal a magnetic closure to get in and out of the clutch! It's really pretty in person. I am beyond obsessed with this clutch and it has a little cross body strap to attach to it as well! Trendlee guarantees authenticity on every bag which is incredibly important to me, plus if you are going to shell out the money for a designer bag, you most certainly want to make sure you are getting what you think you are paying for! Their bags do sell quickly so if you love something you need to order it then!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope the rain stops here in Colorado so I can take some photos and be able to share them with all of you! 
xx, Brittany Ann
P.S. How beautiful is this gold door?
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5 Tips for Packing for a Trip

 Blue Choker Tee // Distressed White Jeans // Long Ribbed Cardigan // Camo Tee  // Espadrille Wedges //  3pc Luggage // Packing Cubes // Everything else linked in below widget!

Hi everyone!
I took a super early flight this morning and I am off to somewhere totally new for the week! I have only heard that it is absolutely beautiful and the people are really nice and super cool so stay tuned to where I am headed! Follow me on Instagram @BrittanyAnnCourtney to see videos and updates on what we are doing and where all we are going!
I have been traveling a lot lately (I feel so lucky, nothing beats traveling and experiencing new things!)  so I thought I would share 5 tips on packing for a trip.

1.) Make a List
I can't tell you how many times I would forget something because it was so obvious to bring but in the moment of packing with my mind racing a mile a minute I would forget a needed item.  It is so simple and basic, writing everything down, but it'll make you think twice and when you have the item packed, you'll feel super productive crossing it off the list!

2.) Compartmentalized your items
This packing cube set has been a game changer in preparing me for a trip, but also staying organized during the trip. I swear by them, you need to buy yourself a set now and buy your bestie one too! Great gift item idea for holidays and birthdays, if you ask me! I pack my clothing into these cubes based off of their function. For this trip, we will be spending most of our time outdoor doing something athletic. I have an entire packing cube dedicated to work out gear. Another one is devoted to evening outfits, what I will wear to dinner and what is a bit nicer to wear for different evening events. I have another one for the necessities, bra, underwear & socks. I used another one for swimsuits, cover ups,  sunscreen and pool slides. The cubes make your realized how much of each category you are packing and always helps me slim down the amount. During the trip, it's awesome because if you and whomever you are with decides to last second change what you are doing, you can immediately go to the one cube and pull what you need versus throwing everything around your suitcase. I highly recommend these! You can find these cubes at Homegoods, Marshalls & Target too!

3.) Layout your layers
You may not be headed somewhere chilly, but chances are between the airplane or restaurants, wherever you are going you will need something to keep you warm. I can't tell you how many times I pack similar-colored cardigans or jackets because I last second grabbed one for the plane. You need one cream/black cardigan, one jean jacket and one other cardigan. Not two of the same! I like to layout my layers so I can make sure the two or three added layers are different enough and serve a purpose. Can I wear them more than once? Twice? If so, then one will stay out for the plane and the two other will get packed (in a cube of course).

4.) Pack your carry-on last
This is huge for me. Traveling with a large camera, laptop, cords, batteries, etc. can be a lot. I need to have what I need with me to be organized and accessible. All of the above items get placed in my carry on + a few necessities in case the main luggage gets lost. I always have a pair of pjs, toothbrush, swimsuit, work out outfit, tennis shoes, change of underwear, some snacks and a book in my carry on. I have been reading "Beautiful Bodies" by Kimberly Rae Miller. I have really been enjoying it. It's this book on the struggles of accepting your body and trying to determine how to get the ideal body, while taking you through the hard times and humous times of trying new diets and trying to decipher what is realistic and what steps to take to get your goal body. Kimberly is an actress and write in NYC, so it's written from a really interesting perspective. I think all of us can relate, so I recommend this book! You want to be prepared for the worst and should you arrive somewhere without your main luggage you can enjoy your first part of the trip without too much disappointment. I like to keep anything valuable in my carry on so that it stays with me too! If the airline request that it does go under the plane for space, I keep a small lock on it that I can flip on it to reassure my mind that everything is safe & secured!

5.) Check in to your flight & check your confirmations
It's a total preference but checking into your flight ahead of time makes me feel I have everything under control and that I am up to date with the flight. You can usually pick your seat a head of time and have it on your phone to scan into the kiosk and then onto the plane. I like to do it! My friend Caitlin showed me the "Trip It" app which I also highly recommend! TripIt is an app that organizes all of your travel plans into one place. We used it for Italy and it was the best thing. You can forward all of your confirmations to plans@tripit.com and it stores everything into the app and shows you in a timeline everything you need. You can also add an event yourself if you wish. I did this when we pre-arranged a car service pick up for a few days later. It picks up confirmations from the email you create the account with so you don't have to add much if you keep everything in one or two email accounts!

I hope this post helps you in packing for your upcoming trips! These little five tips have really helped me be prepared and stay organized for all of my travels!
Where are you headed next?
xx, Brittany Ann 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Opens to Public + Our Engagement Photos!

 Happy Friday y'all! Today is the day where the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is opened to the public, anyone without a Nordstrom card is able to purchase all of the goodies! Things will go quickly so I suggest you shop now! If you missed it, I rounded up my favorite items in this post & tried on some items I purchased in this post. In the below, you will find an updated shopping round up with items fully stocked, click on any of the below to shop the sale! If something is out of your size, keep checking as Nordstrom will continue to restock items. The sale goes until August 6th! 

Our Engagement photos are here!
I have been just dying to share these photos with all of you! We had so many to pick from, I am sharing our favorites here! Is Ruby not a little model? She is so sweet and precious, she did such a good job! We took these in Charleston, it was Ruby's & Pat's first time visiting. My best friend Brianna had moved to Charleston for a summer internship and when I visited her, I fell in love with the charm and beauty of this historic city! I knew it would be the perfect place for our engagement photos! Pat really likes his dress pants European style, super skinny in the bottom. He always shops from ASOS since they have this style! My white lace dress is low in stock but my lavender floral dress is fully stocked here! I am making progress on the wedding planning....I will be sharing an update with all of you soon. Hint, we aren't getting married in the U.S.!

Photos and hand written cards are my favorite things to keep in little boxes that I can easily access. They sit on my shelf in my office area and I occasionally pull them out and read every card Pat and I have exchanged since, gosh I don't even know, sixteen? He use to doodle on our Church's bulletin, something making fun of me or whatever, so I have those too! Now for photos, a picture is worth a thousand words right? I love looking at these photos because I see happiness and love. Two things that I owe to Pat. He is patient, he is kind, he is absolutely everything I could ever dream of. Loyalty and trust are the strongest qualities he feels a relationship has to have and I couldn't agree more. I feel so blessed we have a strong foundation built on trust and we see eye to eye on living a Christian life and leading our future family down the same path.
I can't wait to share more wedding information with you soon!

Thanks for stopping by!
xx, Brittany Ann

*Photography by Erin Rose Photography LLC. She was amazing to work with and Ruby loved her!*

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