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*

*READER SURVEY: CLICK HERE*

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...


xoxo


Monday, December 5, 2016

Gift Guide For The Traveler

Monday, December 5, 2016
|1. Journal (currently sold out, this one is just as cute!) |2.The Magnolia Story (I personally love this book!) |3. Stainless Steel Water Bottle |4 .Polaroid Camera |5. Cities Coaster Set |6. Passport Holder |7. Weekender Bag |8. Makeup Bag |9. Eye Mask |10. Lifeproof Phone Case |11. Wall Calendar |

I can't believe it's already time to whip out the candy canes and have Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You blasting 247. I have some fun gift guides planned to share with you and this first one is dedicated to one of my besties who can't seem to stay in one place for too long.

I chose a variety of traveling staples (such as a polaroid camera, a good read, and an eye mask for the perfect rest) to things that satisfy the wanderlust in each of us (like the coaster set or cute wall calendar-- both from Rifle Paper Co). That way rather they're an active traveler or a traveler by heart- you can satisfy their needs.

Last week I traveled to North Carolina and saw She Loves Me in the theaters (one night only event where they showed the live taping of the broadway revival... think You've Got Mail's plot except they work in the same parfumerie and write actual letters-- swoon)- I was hardcore geeking and crying the second the overture came rushing through the speakers. Completely magical, it makes me want to find a boy who will write me letters while we fall in love without ever meeting lol.

Happy Shopping xoxo

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November, I Liked You

Tuesday, November 29, 2016







|Tights (from Target)|Shoes: Old (Similar)|

When the weather started getting colder and it was finally time to whip out your favorite coat.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I found myself happy dancing in my best friend's kitchen over Sunday plans.. November, that's when I liked you.

When my favorite movie came on TLC.. November, that's when I liked you.

When mornings are filled with coffee and donuts with sprinkles.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I found the Steve Madden boots hidden in my closet that I swore I had lost.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I could binge watch more episode of Gilmore Girls.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I found that next book I just can't put down.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I spontaneously start having dance parties with the littles I nanny.. November, that's when I liked you.

When the cold weather hit my face and for a split second it was a movie moment.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I ended up drinking mimosas one morning on a whim with my best friend.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I got to reunite with family and go to a state I haven't been to since I was in middle school.. November, that's when I liked you.

When you finished up your devotional and actually feel like a part of you is missing (SOO GOOD).. November, that's when I liked you.

When I get an hour to stop by my best friend's house before work and just talk.. November, that's when I liked you.

When The Lizzie McGuire Movie comes to Netflix and you obviously have no choice but to watch it with your favorite wine.. November, that's when I liked you.

When the holiday beverages came back to Starbucks (Peppermint mocha lovers rejoice!!).. November, that's when I liked you.

When me and my best friend geek out for an hour over life.. November, that's when I liked you.

When the little boy I nanny asks to hear Hamilton as we drive home from the park.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I found the perfect fall nail polish.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I laugh so hard I cry.. November, that's when I liked you.

When the group chat gif use is on point to the point you're laughing hysterically in public places.. November, that's when I liked you.

When I became overwhelmingly thankful for my life.. November, that's when I liked you.

xoxo




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