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Friday Five | Get Well Soon

October 21, 2016

rainbow brunch at Houston’s Pondicheri :: beet pancakes and fresh squeezed OJ all day

At work, we’ve started a wellness challenge to put our best foot forward before we press rewind as we fa-la-la-la-la through the holiday festivities. So, today, the Friday Five is broken down into the five categories we’re competing with each other (and mostly ourselves) on daily:

Step It Up :: Reach 10,000 steps.

Never have I ever had a FitBit, so I’m finding out the hard way how difficult it is to hit the recommended ten thousand steps a day. These 13 tips should help, starting with shopping a little more and parking farther from the store!

Heartbeat High :: Increase your heart rate for 20 minutes.

My personal goal is to go to a workout class three times a week. I’ve found my favorite instructor at my gym, which I’ve found to be a game-changer in motivating me to show up. If you don’t have a gym membership, here’s ways to shake up your exercise routine.

Waterlogged :: Drink a gallon of water.

What I’m finding even harder is to guzzle a gallon of water a day. Read this honest testament about how more water makes for more energy and fewer face blemishes.

0% Alcohol :: Consume zero alcohol. 

What helps increase my water intake is decreasing my alcohol consumption. But, when I need a change of pace, I reach for things like prickly pear Kombucha at Local Foods. Its fuchsia color few me to the fermented drink, so here’s why we should all indulge in the most colorful foods.

How Sweet Homecookin’ :: No eating out allowed. 

No UberEatsing or Favoring fast food for us; we’re prepping all our meals at home, people. Here’s how the girls at Cupcakes + Cashmere make their favorite restaurant meals at home. I can’t wait to try to copy the Sway Thai‘s Tom Kha Gai now that it’s cold outside.

Join us if you’re so inclined, but keep in mind, we push the pause button for Friday and Saturday. We’ll reset Sunday, so treat yourself. It’s the weekend!

-Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

Fashion, Featured

pink blazer two ways

October 19, 2016


Today, I’m beyond excited to collaborate with my most fashionable friend and blogger cohort, Carrie of Where Wear Well. We were at an event for Net-a-Porter earlier this fall and both feel in love this this pink J. Crew blazer, which sparked our idea to style it two ways for y’all today. Hence, our case for why you need this bold pink blazer in your fall wardrobe.

It’s no mystery I’m happiest in denim, a blazer and a fun flat or pump. I collect blazers like it’s my job. Wait, it is my job. Kind of. Anyway, every fall I’m super pumped to break out all of my favorite blazers while typically adding a new one to the collection too. A bold pink J. Crew blazer takes the cake this year and today I’m teaming up with Carrie from Where Wear Well to bring you another fabulous way to style this wardrobe staple. With an 8 month baby bump, black is my color of choice and I just so happen to love how pink and black work together. I love a mix of texture and a lace sleeve detail with a studded sides bag fit the bill. As much as I love the skinny jean/pump combo, heels are pretty challenging right now so I found the perfect flat alternative. It’s pointy, which still helps elongate legs and dressy enough to wear with my fall dresses and skirts yet works for more casual looks too. I splurged on these gems.


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And check out how Carrie C. styles her blazer with a monochromatic blazer + pant combo. I’m obsessed with her matching set, a little dressier than my look, it’s oh so bold and fun! Check out Carrie’s blog post today for 3 ways to wear these pink pants too. And be sure to follow Carrie on Instagram here. Her feed is insanely good.

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L. Avenue outfit details | J. Crew blazer | lace top | handbag | slide shoe with bow detail | sunglasses | earrings |

Where, Wear Well outfit details | J. Crew blazer | J. Crew pants | LV handbag similar YSL version here | pumps

L. Avenue photos by Ailee Petrovic

Where, Wear, Well photos by Mari Rice

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Koolaburra by UGG

October 18, 2016


I typically go pretty basic with my fall boot choices, but recently came across a new line, Koolaburra by UGG, which has some pretty rad styles for fall. The little sister to the ever-classic UGG brand, Koolaburra by UGG had me at fringe. The entire fall collection is so fun and fashion forward. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these classic meets modern boho boots. And at under $100, it’s even more exciting that a new pair of comfy chic fall boots won’t break the bank.

I can’t wait for the first cold front to break out my Koolaburra by UGG boots. And in reality I don’t always wait, impatiently telling myself that well, it’s mid-October and it’s high time for boots regardless of the temps. Exactly why you’ll see me in shorts and a sweater in the fall and then finally transitioning to the tried and true denim-jacket-boot getup when winter rolls around.

Check out the new Koolaburra by UGG collection here.

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outfit details | sweater | denim, similar non-maternity pair here | fringe boots c/o Koolaburra by UGG | suede handbag | hat | choker | sunglasses | bracelet

photos by Ailee Petrovic

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GIVEAWAY | $500 Nordstrom gift card

October 17, 2016

Because I’m so excited about fall + holiday shopping, (yes, I’m getting on the ball early this year!)
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
$500 Nordstrom Gift Card!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 10/31.
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Monday musings + a fall floral dress

October 17, 2016


How was your weekend guys? Ours was action-packed with a soccer game, pumpkin patch visit and we threw a birthday party for Miss Charlotte who turns 3 today! Gosh, my heart bursts with love and affection for this child. She’s such a joyful child, so excited by the little things, so entertaining and a total cuddle bug. I’ve been going through photos and videos from the past 3 years, do y’all take time to do this? I really do and want to be better about looking back through our photo memories that live on my iphone because it truly hits home that time really does fly. With a new baby coming any day I’ve also been thinking about priorities and what’s important in life. I have to admit I get caught up in the day-to-day to-do list and think it’s important for a little daily reminder around where my energy needs to go and in what order. What’s your short list? Here’s mine, and as I type this I’m reminded how much I need to keep coming back to this list. 1. God 2. Bret 3. My kids + family 4. Work 5. Everything and everyone else. Am I missing anything?

Anyway, as you can see below, this bump is major. Luckily, I’m still finding some really great non-maternity outfits that I know I’ll wear post baby. This Yumi Kim dress fits flowy and I’m obsessed with the floral print. I’ll rock it with these booties when the weather cools down…I must sound like a broken record with “I’ll wear it with ______ when it’s cooler.” I mean, it’s mid-October why is is still 90 in Houston?! Trying to be patient. This would also be super cute layered underneath this faux fur vest. Ahhh, hurry up fall!




outfit details | Yumi Kim floral dress | handbag | sandal, similar here, also love this with these booties | sunglasses, similar here | Loren Hope stacking bracelets here and here |

photos by Ailee Petrovic

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Friday Five | Shopbop Sale Favorites

October 14, 2016

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When I really fleshed out my blog and added several pages devoted to all the parts of my “diary,” style was one of them. I called it my ‘Closet‘ and upon clicking, you’d find what I had freshly hung. I’ve taken about a four-year long hiatus from updating this, but in a dream world, I’d get back in my groove. Goals for 2017, I suppose. So, for today’s Friday Five, I’m showing you what I’ve got my eye on from the Shopbop sale.

Miss New Bootie :: I ordered a pair of Joie booties off a flash sale site months ago, but I’m now in decision crisis mode after being tempted by the Rag & Bone pair that rarely go on sale.

For Formal Affairs :: With wedding season in full swing (starting this weekend here in Houston!), I need a pretty place to stow my cell phone, some cash and lip gloss. This DVF clutch goes great with the LBD you’ll wear all winter and the sparkly number you’ll have on by New Years Eve.

High Neck :: Instead of the plunging necklines seen all over red carpets and runways these day, I much prefer making a statement with a high neckline. I finds it flatters the collar bone and shoulders; not to mention, it’s much easier to deal with. This cerulean blue romper would do me right on a Houston winter night.

On Trend :: Since working for an interior designer, I’ve developed an affinity for all the fabrics, so I’m very on board for the velvet trend. These would satisfy my craving for a fun-colored pump and I wish I had snagged these navy slip-ons navy before they sold out of my size.

Blending In :: Hunting season is here! Something I thought I’d never say. My boyfriend has given me buck fever, and I can’t wait to head to South Texas as soon as the temperatures drop. Until then, I’ll be sporting camouflage on my feet with these Rag & Bone sneaks.

Don’t miss out!

Molly Bridget of Bridget’s Own Diary

Fashion, Featured

Shopbop Sale outfit | black and white

October 13, 2016


Ok, I know I’m becoming a broken record y’all, but have you checked out the Shopbop Friends & Family sale? I pretty much completed the fall/post baby/holiday party wardrobe in one fell swoop yesterday. {my sale picks in this post}

Today’s fall staple outfit is currently on sale so you can snag it up for a steal. The Kate Moss for Equipment collection has been my favorite Equipment collection to date. I love so many of the prints, especially this black and white striped button down. Isn’t the neck tie detail fun?! And you can tie it a million different ways for a totally different vibe. I’ve been wearing these red and pink feather statement earrings and have worn them non-stop. They’re on trend and the perfect colorful accessory to jazz up even your most norm core outfits. Actually, I love them most with a white tee, denim and loafers.

So I’ve had a lot of failed outfits while styling this baby bump of mine. What I’ve learned is working is wearing plenty of black, vests and duster jackets and vertical stripes help too. This baby is hanging out a lot lower than the others which means my legs are basically losing a few inches so wearing pumps has been an instant confidence booster. But at 36 weeks the heel days are no longer and I subbed in with these pointy toe flats.
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Outfit Details | stripe blouse, another Kate Moss collection fave here *Shopbop sale eligible | denim, non-maternity version here & Shopbop sale eligible | moto jacket similar here for less here *Shopbop sale eligible | Bag, similar and *Shopbop sale eligible here and here | black suede pump *Shopbop sale eligible | Lizzie Fortunato Earrings |  WatchSunnies *Shopbop sale eligible

photos by Mari Rice

Fashion, Featured

Shopbop sale outfit

October 13, 2016

Hey y’all! How is it Thursday already?! I guess the week has felt faster (and slower) than most because both of my girls have been sick the first half of the week. Luckily just bad colds and a mild stomach bug. Jackpot, right?! Ha. Anyway, it’s virtually impossible to get toddlers to rest when they are sick, so we’ve been crafting like crazy at my house. Glitter, glue and paint galore. I used to dread days where we were house bound, but to be honest it was kind of nice being forced to slow it down and hang out in pjs all day for a few days.

With all of the time at home I’ve had my share of online shopping opportunities and the Shopbop Friends & Family sale is pretty legit. I posted all of my favorite picks in shoes, accessories, bags, current trendy pieces, staple pieces, holiday party outfits and gift ideas. And today’s outfit is partially from the sale too. This Rag & Bone vest is on sale and something you’ll wear on the reg all fall and into winter if you layer it up. I threw on a striped top by Hatch, but also love this similar non-maternity version. Sneakers are king this fall and the Vince slip-ons have been my go-to. I also love these statement sneakers, also on sale. So if you’re on the hunt for a new sneaker, Vince has 16 different slip-ons currently on sale. I’m digging this black pair and this neutral pair with a cool zipper detail.

For more sale picks, click HERE.

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Outfit details | vest | stripe tee | feather scarf | jeans, non-maternity version and on sale here | slip-on sneaker | bag | sunglasses, similar and on sale here |

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Sale Alert | Shopbop Friends & Family

October 12, 2016

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Hey guys! Tons of y’all have sent me messages about intel on the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and I wanted to be the first to inform you that it’s finally here!! So here’s what’s on my list to knock out now before the craziness of fall/holidays is here. In like 2.5 seconds.


These over-the-knee boots are already a great price and then on sale. They remind me of the cult favorite pair by Stuart Weitzman but a fraction of the price. Speaking of Stuart Weitzman, I might have to splurge on these loafers. I’ve been searching high and low for a pair and these are the coolest I’ve come across.

This bootie is in my shopping cart. I love the color and price and it’s just a no brainer in terms of how much you will wear these gems.

Rag&Bone booties are never on sale. I’m loving this pair and these gems which seem to be invincible because they bring them back season after season. And I’m also digging this classic boot by Joie in black.

Sneakers are all the rage and Golden Goose the brand that celebs, bloggers and chicks who are into fashion are gravitating to. They are for sure a splurge so if you’re going all in, get them on sale now. I love this neutral pair and this statement pair.

And thees silver and gold sandals are the perfect metallic shoe.


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This clutch previously blogged here is still a top fave! I love the paisley pattern and red + pink color combo (shown above).

Im totally crushing on this Phillip Lim mini satchel and love that it comes in a variety of colors.

This soon to be mommy of three needs all the extra hands she can possibly get and this black bucket bag caught my eye.

Maroon is popular for fall year over year and I can’t resist a bold colored bag.

I am always of the lookout for fun whimsical clutches, this furry gem is the definition of fun.

Every wardrobe needs an evening clutch for those dressier occasions.

I couldn’t resist this Clare V. bag, it feels vintage to me and so incredibly chic. (shown below)

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I am currently obsessed with Lizzie Fortunato. The Fortunate sisters’ designs are so hip and different. These earrings are in my shopping cart.

This fringe collar necklace is a perfect statement necklace. Period.

Alexis Bittar is always a fave and these crystal encrusted panthers are conversation piece, and if the earrings are quite your jam maybe the matching bracelet is more your style.

For those cooler days ahead this patchwork scarf is a standout piece. I love the bold colors for those dreary winter days.


Velvet–these velvet pumps are perfect for fall and holiday parties too. Can y’all tell I’m ready for holidays this year?! And these velvet mules are $65 and come in 3 colors. Cha Ching!

Chokers–if yore easing into the 90’s choker trend this simple gold choker goes with everything

Brands-MY NEW FAVORITE LABEL I’m in all caps about Cinq a Sept. This label is soo good. I want one of everything. At the top of the list, this top. I think it’s super versatile and can be worn super dressy or dressed down with a blazer and pumps. This dress comes in both black and white, it’s so classic, sexy and sophisticated. Swoon….

Statement sleeve–I love the flared sleeve on this sweater, yet another big fall trend

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Equipment tops are a staple in my wardrobe. I wear this black/white striped button down (shown above) on the reg and this top is also on my wish list.

You’ll see a lot of this color this fall. This Vince cardigan is a casual fall staple.

I pretty much stick to either Smythe or J. Crew for blazers and love this gem by Smythe.

This color block cargo vest is perfect for fall layers.

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Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers

Have you already started brainstorming about what you are giving family and friends for the holidays? Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year, but might as well shop early and on sale.

I love giving beautiful coffee table books for Christmas and a few caught my eye

The World according to Karl because who wouldn’t want to know that?!

This book captures the 100 greatest moments in Vogue history, so of course it caught my attention.

These nesting trays are a perfect stocking stuffer for your mom or sister or girlfriend. I love pretty trays that I can put on my vanity or around the house as accent decor. This gold set is pretty great too.

This thermal mug is perfect for coffee lovers.

I switch out my iPhone cases like it’s my job. This blush iPhone case is my favorite, a great girlfriend gift or stocking stuffer.

Holiday Party Attire | I love these two lace dresses by a new label, Likely. (this for dressier occasions and this dress could work from day to night). Another pretty lace number by Joie is perfect for holidays.

Self Portrait is still all the rage when it comes to dressing for the occasion. This dress is my favorite although my post-baby bod won’t be able to rock it this December. This top would be fabulous with a skinny leather pant.