Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Letter To My College Self

Sunday, March 26, 2017
**This post is in collaboration with Earnest**

**Background for those who don't know me personally or have not been following from the beginning: I studied at Liberty University for three years where I pursued a theater performance major. While it did not work out for me, I then left school because I had no idea what I wanted to do after that.

Dear College Junior Brooke,

I know you feel like shoveling mac-and-cheese into your mouth with an actual shovel and calling it a day, for forever. I know you're embarrassed, you feel lost, and you mistakenly feel as though your worth has diminished. Your experiences in college may help shape you, but they do NOT define you. Your worth is not measured in your failures or your success.

Now this is the best advice I could give: SCREW IT.
All of it.

Screw the people who look at you as though you are unworthy because your path is different than theirs! That's all it was Brooke, your path is different. Sure they could have more talent than you in certain areas but guess what? That just means you have other talents that you're more skilled in (even if it feels like it's just knowing how to embarrass yourself or finding out who that b in his snap story was in 10 seconds flat.) I'd bet money they can't social media sweep like you can, and that skill comes in handy!

Screw the pity party! (It may occasionally come out when you've drank a little too much Malibu, we can forgive it...) Slacking off on your work because you lost your motivation will get you no where. It will just leave you regretting what you did, and creating more obstacles when you finally know your next move. *insert poop emoji* happens, it's a part of life! Throw off the covers, pick yourself up from the ground, throw out the tissue box, and let's move on. You can hurt, you can feel, and taking time off to figure out what you should do next is the right move too. Just don't be afraid to move or to "make a fool of yourself again", I believe in you and so do SO many others. Get up, work hard and show everyone what you're made of.

Screw the plan! So you were wrong, you aren't going to study theater and leave with a degree. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there will be plenty of other plans that fall apart too. Remember when you swore to yourself that you'd NEVER see Spring Awakening with a boy because you'd explode with embarrassment? HAHAH talk about that one to 2016 Brooke. Here's the cool thing though: there will be many big life events and people introduced  to your life who never would have been if this 'plan A' had succeeded. It's exciting because you get to have a new plan. Remember how you grew up wanting to be a teacher for years? See, plans change because life happens there will be many twists and turns along the way... enjoy the ride.

I know you had a full ride to LU and feel like you squandered that, but there are companies like Earnest who help you build your new dreams with services like personal loans AND student refinancing. Spoiler alert: you're currently applying for college again and have a plan. Life works out, don't worry about it ;)

Screw the fears and doubts! Life is too short to be tied down by your insecurities. I know the inside voices, the ones that tell you that you will never be good enough no matter what you do. That's not reasoning, that's doubt and the devil whispering in your ear. One of my favorite lyrics come from a musical called [title of show], that I think sums it up:

The last vampire is the mother of all vampires and that is the vampire of despair. It will wake you up at 4am to say things like:
  • Who do you think you're kidding?
  • You look like a fool.
  • No matter how hard you try, you'll never be good enough.
Why is it if some dude came up to me on the subway platform and said these things, I would think he was a mentally ill asshole. But if the vampire inside my head says it, it's the voice of reason.

Life is about fear. That moment when your stomach feels as though three giant catfish are flopping around in there, all because his name popped up on your phone and you like him. When you're sitting in your best friend's car begging her to turn around and go home. You aren't actually prepared to see a guy for real not just through the phone screen thanks to Snapchat, which is much more preferable at the moment: as you have a panic attack but it's too late because he's approaching the car now.

You know how in The Game of Life you make certain choices to go down the more risky paths, just like that our decisions lead down different paths. Typically, every choice we make gives us those butterflies. It's okay to feel, it's okay to sit down with hundreds of questions bouncing around in your head because you're sitting analyzing every moment of a night that means nothing, what's not okay is letting those feelings define you.

When you first started this blog, you didn't want anyone to know about it except three friends. Now strangers read and get a glimpse of your life and like it. We all have things that scare us, but doesn't that just mean we're passionate?

Girl, don't give up. That doesn't mean you can't have new dreams but it means you can't let circumstances keep you from achieving those new dreams. You are in for a world of great surprises, crazy stories, and the greatest people in your life a girl could ask for.

-- love your still paranoid and anxious but slightly wiser self, we got this xoxo

PS everybody was right- you are not that guys type- try guard or frat instead 

Monday, February 6, 2017


Monday, February 6, 2017

Can you believe it's almost February!? I remember last year's Valentines Day a little too well, I was sitting in a parking lot inside my car bawling my eyes out. I went to pick up my sister during a snow storm and the car hydroplaned and I naturally freaked out. With a long line of cars trailing behind me, I called my parents sobbing unsure of the next action, I ended up being able to turn around and safely get myself to a Family Dollar parking lot where I sat waiting for my Dad to rescue me lol. The best part was I remember being full of butterflies and ready to burst from excitement because my crush sent me a heart emoji- on Valentine's Day hahahaha. Yep, aiming high guys. It doesn't take much to please me...

With February comes chocolate, flowers, lingerie, cute dates, and an unlimited supply of Vodka...? Ha don't worry this post isn't for the single or the relationship girl- this is for every girl who wants to feel a little sexy regardless of your relationship status or plans February 14th.

I know there are days I love wearing sports bras and comfy underwear (like have you tried Victoria Secret's Body by Victoria underwear because I swear they're the best thing I have ever put on my body). Other days I work my outfit around how I can get away with wearing something extra lacy in an everyday setting. You don't have to wear a g-string to feel sexy or wear a bralette and feel less than perfect.

Last year I collaborated with Adore Me on the campaign #everydaylingerie which presented the idea that every person deserves to feel sexy every day. For me it's always a mental thing and to remind myself that someone's heart, the way they treat others, and their personality is what truly makes them beautiful and standout. The cute lingerie underneath is just a secret booster, we need to remind us of our worth during the tough moments. That we are sexy, smart, confident, and will look hella good dancing around the kitchen in our undies ladies!

Cute underwear changes everything: 

- So you just accidentally backed into a mailbox and your driving is already a joke... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

- Okay, so if you're being honest with yourself you did just cry in Target because you're single as you passed the Valentine's section... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

-You just spit out Captain on a guys leg by accident because you choked... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

-The girl you stalked for months found your blog post about it and loved it on your blog's Facebook page... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

-You actually got to stressed out about possibly loosing a snap streak you're breaking out on your chin LOL... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

- You embarrassingly sat in a wawa parking lot for the lighting to respond to a guys snapchat because the lighting was bomb.... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

- You just took a screenshot of an old crush's story by accident... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

- You are so clumsy you just walked into a random guy in the grocery store... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

- You accidentally sent a guy the egg plant and the chili pepper emojis... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

- Your favorite pair of leggings got a small hole in them and you just made it larger by running your foot through it by accident... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

-This guy will only correspond through fb messenger with you and it's been months AND YOU'VE HUNG OUT IN PERSON... Who cares, you have cute underwear (!!!)

So the next time you stalk a guy for months via FB and accidentally tell him, send a snap to the wrong person, or hit a mailbox with your car remember that you are never alone. We've all been there, have cute underwear, and will make it through these dark times.

Here is a round up of some of my favorites (from lazy day lounge wear to the newly crowned sexiest thing in your closet): 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hey yall!! Remember how two days ago I talked about goals and new directions for LookBrooke- well now I need your help achieving it!

I have a lot of ideas rolling around (like finally getting that youtube channel up and running) and I want to know what you want to see and what content keeps you coming back here.

So please take time from your busy schedules to help fuel my dream by filling out this quick survey (It takes about three minutes and very straight forward)

So pretty pretty please with a cherry on top, fill out this survey and make me the happiest girl in Southern VA *insert monkey covering it's eyes*


I owe you, xoxo

(Also while it has the date on the photo you can fill out the survey at any time)

Fresh Layers

Isn't it still so weird how it's already January? I can't get over it. Along with a new year, the resolutions come flooding in. I'm typically not one to make them- I feel like it's the natural you start off strong and life gets in the way and you forget but this year I'm trying to focus on positive thinking and goals that are beneficial.

We all have dreams and mindsets we need to be embracing and I thought I'd share some of mine (taking a page out of one of my favorite bloggers books Little Blonde Book)

- I want to be as devoted to my blog as possible. I have a lot of plans but tend to get overwhelmed with life and all my ideas that the good ones slip through the cracks. I want to get back to networking, uploading relevant contact, and not loosing my voice in the process.

-Embracing winter style, I have never been a fan of winter since I was little- mostly because I am not a fan of baggy clothes, layers, and hiding your cute outfit with a giant coat. This year I want to make the effort to try to find my own style in winter and focus on the positives. I'm not a pants person or a sweater person- but here's to finding what I can work with and like!!

-With that being said, I tend to be too hard on myself and tend to dislike my body in the winter. I recently realized I suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, and I'm trying to make 2017 the year I embrace my body with loving arms. Working out and eating well always leaves me feeling better on the inside but I step in front of the mirror and obsess over every little thing lately- no more... easier said than done, but I am not going out without a fight.

-BUDGETING. Oh my, I am so bad at this and I'm currently thankful that life has taken a turn where I really am going to learn how in the world to budget. I'll be honest- sometimes it comes down to simply not letting myself inside the mall because I'll find any excuse to run into PacSun and justify buying that crop top (in the dead of winter- someone help me) and no Brooke you don't need that $5 candle from Target (???).

-This year I really want to start spending more time with the Lord. I'm great at the conversation side of the relationship and I can honestly say we have an open dialogue. But I'm lacking on the getting to learn more and grow in the bible, If you have any good bible study recommendations- send them my way! Late in 2016, I started getting better with this goal- truly taking the time to focus on bible studies (this one was one of my favorites this year!) then (shamefully) life got in the way and I finished the study and Proverbs31 slid under my radar once again.

-Truly focus on my future, for a while I sat in a rut ashamed because I had no clue where to pick up my broken pieces and find out the next step. After years of soul searching and talking with God I know what I'm meant to do and now it's time to truly focus on executing that plan.

-I want to get back into writing, I always said I wanted to write a humorous book on all my adventures of just how much I embarrass myself when it comes to opposite sex. It's time to really hash it out and let the tales flow.

What are some of your goals, leave it in the comments below!! I'm sure I'll be updating you over the year how they're going *insert monkey emoji*

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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Favorites Recap

Friday, December 30, 2016

I still remember how my 2016 started, no, not with the champagne popping and some romantic new years eve kiss- cut to me and my friends on the lawn outside the club we're trying to get into and that's how 2016 started. That in itself started the tone that would be 2016, jokes aside this year was a good one. I grew a lot over this year in the way I view this blog, in the way I view myself, and in the way I think and in my relationship with the Lord.

I decided I would round up in threes all of my favorite things of 2016 in different categorizes:

-Personal Top Three Blog Posts:

-Top Three Makeup Products I Tried Out:

-Favorite Days in 2016:
September 6, 2016: I hugged my Grandma for the last time that day
July 18, 2016: I learned first hand just what God's mercy meant for my life
September 23, 2016: I finally visited my best friend at her college town for the first time

-Top Blog Posts:

-Top Skincare Products:

-Top Places I Looked For Clothing:
TJ Maxx

-Favorite Memories of 2016:
Literally every single day this summer: I wouldn't have survived, found joy, or been able to pick up the pieces of myself without the amazing support of my friends. I've never felt more love, mentor-ship, or a truly safe zone quite like I did this summer with them. Thank you for being my rocks when I couldn't be that for myself and for helping me realize I knew exactly who Brooke was all along regardless. I also can't forget, every single talk with my Grandma. Thank you for wise council (that I sometimes shamelessly didn't want to take). for your endless prayer, and unconditional love that occasionally came in the form of tough love. 
When I got my first email asking for blogging advice, it was a surreal moment that someone wanted my own thoughts and advice. I'm constantly encouraged and amazed by the blogging community and how we always welcome each other with such warm, open hearts!
When Megan. Cristen, and I went to Cracker Barrell and I still had lint in my hair and the biggest rats nest of a bun in my hair-- I looked like someones hangover nightmare but it's fine. I love this because it's a moment you can think to yourself wow I have the best friends in the world who would still love me despite my flaws and loud mouth. Thanks for the ongoing no judgment zone, the peptalks, and the three word sentence that will follow me til I die (I'm looking at you Cristen).

I honestly can't wait to see what is in store for 2017, I can only imagine the stories and ways I will prove I am forever a mess. A huge thanks for everybody who has supported me so far! I am constantly astounded by the page views, shares, and comments left on social media. I have some great stuff planned for the coming year and I can't wait to let you all in one by one!! Cheers to 2017, may this be the best year yet...


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