In the heat with a blue jean girl

“Those crazy nights, I do remember in my youth. I do recall, those were the best times, most of all, in the heat with a blue jean girl…”Stone in Love : Journey 

I think it is safe to say that the “blue jean girl” Journey is referring to is me. Okay, maybe not considering they are a way old band and I am certainly not as vintage as them. But I am definitely a blue jean girl and have some pretty memorable moments wearing denim. I was rocking dark wash True Religion skinny jeans (back when they were cool) when I first got kissed.  I remember LOVING those jeans, the guy not so much… Anyways, below are some of my recent outfits, all including denim of course. Take a look!

Xx B 

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On Wednesday I had to go into school for a meeting with my advisor & this is what I wore. My absolute favorite white blouse which has a twist in the front and long hem in the back. I love when classic pieces are changed up a bit, with an added special something to the design. This top is by Urban Outfitters and I bought it recently so if you love it, go buy it! My jeans are 7 for all Mankind. Since this outfit is pretty basic, I wore eye catching gold gladiator sandals by Sam Edelman. I bought these sandals last month at Nordstrom Rack for 50 percent off the normal retail price, what a steal! As for accessories, I stuck to my beachy basics which include a crochet bag, Rayban Aviators and breedazzled bracelets.

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On Thursday I went to the Jersey Shore for the night with my mom and sister. I wore my “More Issues Than Vogue” Muscle tank (which was longer until I cut it). It was a gift from my bestie from Nordstrom, she clearly knows me too well. I paired it with cutoff shorts by One Teaspoon, a coin statement necklace from Urban Outfitters and breedazzled bracelets.

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Saturday night I headed to Blu Alehouse, a super fun bar, with my besties for an end of summer bitches night out. I got to wear my new dress by Billabong which has the most adorable denim collared top. I paired it with lace up open toe sandals from Urban Outfitters, breedazzled bracelets & a braided headband which is super easy to do! Instructions below.

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A better look at the print on the dress.

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 To make a braided headband out of your hair you will need 2 tiny clear elastic bands and a few bobby pins that match your hair color. Put your hair in a pony tail excluding 2 portions of hair, one on each side of your head close to your ear. braid those pieces and tie them each with an elastic band. Take one of the braids and place it over your head where you would normally wear a headband and pin. Take the other piece and do the same. Take out your pony tail and you are ready to rock. It takes about 3 minutes and is a super cute style that adds bohemian glam to your look.

Weekend Outfits: to the bar I go

I feel as though every person on this planet besides myself has an August birthday. I love celebrating birthdays, even when they aren’t my own, because birthdays mean booze drinking and I am always down for that. I celebrated the birth of two humans this weekend which means it was filled with too many Gin & Tonics and nights out at Sushi Lounge & Hoboken. Here is what I wore…

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I am a pretty simple dresser in terms of clothing, accessories are more my shit. Why accessories are better? They always fit and they can transform an outfit quickly, easily and in a budget friendly manner. Denim Vest: Guess (stolen from my sisters closet, thanks Gab). Top: LF (also stolen from my sisters closet). Shorts: OneTeaspoon (those are actually mine & are my fave pair of shorts EVER). Shoes: Coach (stolen from my mom’s closet).

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I like to wear tons of rings because hey, a man hasn’t put a ring on it yet so I have to leave that shit up to myself. As for my bracelets, the white one is called a Lokai bracelet and promotes balance. I definitely recommend purchasing one if you are a spirit junkie like myself. The other two are my own designs, Breedazzled.

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My other hand was adorned with my favorite new rings. I just purchased the moon and star ring from Urban Outfitters for 16.00. I now wear it every day! The statement ring on my middle finger was only 3.00 at a costume jewelry store in NYC, such a steal!

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For my second night out, a bar crawl in Hoboken, I wore an old pair of 7 for all mankind jeans with a top I just purchased by Free People. Usually Free People is expensive but Bloomingdales currently has their sale items marked an additional 40-50 percent off so hurry there if you want this top! My shoes are by Chinese Laundry from Nordstrom and I wear them way too often.

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A side view of the shirt, the high-low hem is super popular at the moment. I love the low hem in the back because it covers my ass just in case my panties are showing when I sit at the bar, so thats always a plus!

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Absolutely LOVE this statement necklace I wore from Forever 21. This was another stolen item from my mom’s closet, shhhh. The other two necklaces are the Hamsa and Evil Eye and are my every day shit. A bitch needs protection!

XX B

Spicy Cucumber Avocado Rolls : the perfect summer party snack

Being that I generally eat clean, excluding those few days a month I have extremely horrible PMS of course, I find it annoying when I go to a family party or some kind of event and there is nothing healthy to snack on. There goes my “healthy lifestyle” as I shove my face into the Tortilla bowl. By the end of the party, between the unhealthy snacking and a few trips to the dessert table (I am a serious chocoholic and will cut the bitch who takes the last chocolate chip cookie, even if that bitch is my mother) I end up feeling like crap and wish I never fell off the bandwagon. Which is why I looked up “healthy snacks” on pinterest in hopes to inspire a “healthy snack revolution” considering I am Breezus in my own head. Anyways, I came across the recipe for Avocado Rolls which not only looked super yummy but also so pretty, which is important if you are a detail oriented whore like myself and need everything to look nice. Click here to view the recipe I found on Pinterest. I made my own version of the avocado spread because I wanted mine to be spicy. I like everything from my food to my men to be extra hot, I can’t help it I have good taste… To make my version you will need the following ingredients:

  1. 2 Cucumbers
  2. 2 Avocados
  3. 2 Jalapeno Peppers
  4. 1 Lemon
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper
  7. A handful of fresh basil
  8. Toothpicks

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Step 1: Mash the Avocado in a mortar and pestle to a smooth consistency. If you don’t have one of those, you can obvs just do it in a bowl. I like to think I am a young Martha Stewart so I use fancy cooking tools.

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Step 2: Squeeze a little bit of lemon into your avocado spread and mix.

Step 3: Chop up your peppers and basil.

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Step 4: Slice your cucumber into long thin slices. I used a fancy pants slicer to do this but you can also do this with a regular slicer. Like I said, Martha in the making…

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Step 5: Spread the avocado dip onto the cucumber slices. Then sprinkle on your Jalapeno peppers, and a little salt & pepper for enhanced taste.

Step 6: Roll up the cucumber slices and place a toothpick through it so it holds.

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Step 7: Sprinkle a little fresh basil on top.

Step 8: Plate and serve. This pretty green snack looks amazingly earthy next to some flowers, it’s all about the presentation people!

Enjoy! Xx b

22 is the new 17: Birthday fashions & life lessons

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On July the 9th of 2014, I officially became an old a$$ bitch. Ok, 22 is not technically “old” but it’s the first birthday in my entire life where the act of becoming a new, older age did not excite me. Last year it felt exquisite to turn 21 and finally be able to become legally intoxicated, something I had been doing illegally for a few years or so… WOOPS. And prior to my 21st, I have always wanted to be older. Like when I was 16 with a summer birthday anxiously awaiting my 17th birthday so I could finally become a licensed driver. Or even when I was 12 and I just wanted to be a “teenager.” Now I have had my license for what seems like forever (even though you wouldn’t know it by my driving) and have been out of my teens for years. THAT SHIT CRAY. Anyways, this birthday made me feel as though I would love to go back to being 17. But then I thought about my 17 year old self and the person that I am today and I realized that that is the last thing I would ever want. Myself today versus at 17 is stronger, smarter, healthier, more focused (usually) , more responsible (also usually) and way more secure. Today I have an amazing group of friends and I am a better friend to my friends. I have removed the idea of settling in every aspect of my life with the desire and courage to go after what I want and turn my dreams into my BREE-ALITY. Sure I’m still single as fuck like I was back at 17 but my self improvement and self discovery that I have done since being 17 has been way more beneficial than a relationship would have been. Over the past few years I have taken the time to fall in love with life and fall in love with myself, and I don’t mean that in a Kimye narcissistic-as-fuck kind of way. At 17 I didn’t appreciate things as much as I do now and my priorities were different. Now I am much more positive and less focused on stupid shit that doesn’t really matter, and I love myself for that. With that mindset, I have learned to let go of the negativity that surrounded me and in return such positive things and people have replaced that space and I am so thankful for that.  So after I did all of this self reflecting I obviously went strait to the bottle to start celebrating my “breeday” with my favorite bitches and ended the night not at 1 oak as planned but drunk in love with grilled cheese and french fries at the diner, which makes me seem like the biggest hypocrite in the world after expressing about how good of a person I have become. I’m still a degenerate at heart but I have also learned to embrace my flaws… Before I get to fashion I want to end this post with thanking everyone in my life who makes me feel special. And to anyone with a negative nancy attitude towards life or aging or anything really, take some time to yourself and get to know yourself. Learn what makes you happy and surround yourself with people that genuinely want the best for you. Appreciate the positive that surrounds you because that is what will attract even more positivity into your life. And finally, stop sweating the small stuff because life, like my height, is so short that every minute should be celebrated. If I wasn’t such a health nut I would most definitely wake up every morning and drink a glass of champagne in honor of life. Would that make me an alcoholic ? IDK but cheers to 22. My life is only getting better and I am excited to age because at this rate, with aging will come amazingness (but hopefully not wrinkles ugh) …

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Here’s a look at my 22nd “breeday”

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I am obviously obsessed with Rachel Zoe and so it was only necessary to have my birthday hair did at her blow dry salon, Dream Dry.

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I used a photo of my girl LC as the makeup inspiration for my birthday face.

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The results! I had my makeup did at Sephora in the Meatpacking District on 13th st and 9th ave. I was super happy with the outcome, I felt so glam!

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Me and my bitches looking fab as fuck! From the left;  Alicia, myself and Marissa outside of my apartment in the West Village hours before my birthday. I had to celebrate aging in style, here is what I rocked: Dress: bohemian BONES from revolve. Shoes: Chinese Laundry. Bag: Tylie Malibu.

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After a fabulous girls night out, I spent my birthday with my mom and sister in Soho. My birthday suit included a top and shorts from Free People and an arm full of Breedazzled bracelets + lots n lots of gold bangles.

Another little something to remember as you get older…. XX b

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I’m Even Hot Naked: hot summer playlist

Holy hell it was hot this past week in NYC. Thank Yeezus the fan I ordered from Amazon (my favorite online destination) came in today!  During the super hot times in my apartment this week nothing could cool me off, so since the heat was keeping me up I decided to make a hot summer playlist composed of 18 fire hip hop tracks I’m LOVING. Take a listen!

Intoxicating Barbie Cake: The Perfect 21st Birthday Gift

Last summer my friend Alicia celebrated the most important day of her life, her 21st Birthday. No more fake ID’s or stress of getting into those beautiful places called “bars” because Alicia was now 21 and ready to party, legally. Being that she is one of my oldest and most fabulous friends, I wanted to make her something special for her day. But I also wanted to get her really, really drunk. hmmm. I went on Pinterest and found a “Drunk Barbie Cake” but I didn’t want to give Alicia cake because cake would not make her drunk. I searched Pinterest some more and found a “Beer Cake” which looked really cool. I combined the two ideas and added my own spin to make this “Intoxicating Barbie Cake.”  Alicia absolutely loved it and I was happy that I was able to give her something that she not only adored but was able to put to very good use. Below the picture are the steps to making this cake and don’t worry, it is super easy! Xxx B

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What you need: 

  • Barbie
  • 3 foam circles: 1 large, 1 medium and 1 small
  • Alcohol: I used Twisted Tea for the bottom layer and stackable wine for the top however you can do canned drinks for both layers, just make sure the drink you choose is something the receiver of the cake likes!
  • Wrapping Paper or Fabric: for covering the foam rings
  • Round Plate: base
  • Elastic
  • Dressmaker Pins
  • Hot Glue
  • Tiny Clear Elastic Band
  • Extra Special Additions: mini alcohol bottles, cake pops, chocolate chip cookie, “Happy Birthday Candles”, plastic shot glasses

How to make it: Like Drake, you will start from the bottom when making this cake.

1. Cover the foam rings with either wrapping paper or fabric. I used gold, sparkly wrapping paper. Add a few drops of hot glue onto the foam, wrap and then use a few push pins to secure the wrapping.

2. Your plate is going to be your base. I bought a sturdy plate for about a dollar at Michaels. Add a few drops of hot glue to the plate and then adhere the largest foam ring onto the plate. The size of the plate and the largest ring should match.

3. Place your beer on the foam ring making a circle of drinks that will be slightly smaller than the circle it is placed on yet slightly larger than the circle that will go on top of it. Add elastic (I used gold sequin elastic) around the cans to make them extra secure.

4. Place the medium circle on top of the cans and then repeat. Top off with the small circle.

5. Now that your cake is built and secure with elastic around the drinks, secure it more by taking a few pieces elastic and pinning one end to the top of the cake and one to the bottom.

6. To add some more fun to the cake, I glued shot glasses and wine corks onto the foam by the edges of the drinks which also helped keep the drinks in place.

7. Since this is a “cake” I inserted “Happy Birthday” Candles into the foam and also a few birthday  cake pops from Starbucks.

8. Now that you built the cake, time to add Barbie to the top. First I placed a large chocolate chip cookie on top because, why not.

9. Adding Barbie. First she needs to look like a train wreck AKA what you want your friend to look like by the end of the night. Mess up her hair and take some eyeliner and smear it on her face. Then dig through your old Barbie collection and find the sluttiest outfit possible that screams “Hooker Barbie.” If your Barbie doesn’t look like she can be bought (and I don’t mean at Toys “R” Us) than she isn’t dressed slutty enough.

10. Place Paris, I mean Barbie on top of the cake and secure with elastic & pins. Since Barbie can’t reach the alcohol under her, you better put a mini bottle of alcohol in her hand, secure with a tiny, clear elastic.

All done! Come on Barbie, lets go party…..

Super Simple Chickpea Salad: for the skinny chick

Shopping List:

  • 1 can of Chickpeas
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 cucumber
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar
  • Seasoning / salt + pepper (your choice)

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Step 1: Drain the can of chickpeas in the sink and let sit.

Step 2: Chop up your veggies.

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Step 3: Add all of your veggies to the chickpeas and toss around

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Step 4: Either store in a container (this recipe will make a few servings) or serve.

Step 5: Dressing, and no I don’t mean clothes. I like a little olive oil & brown rice vinegar on any salad because it is light & yummy. I then sprinkle some flavoring onto the salad using a seasoning mix or salt & pepper.

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Step 6: ENJOY!

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Now go make it! XXx B