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




Friday, November 18, 2016

Why Me and Tequila Aren't Friends

Friday, November 18, 2016

This is for every girl who has ever accidentally sent a thumbs up while re-reading through old facebook messages, who sent a voice memo to a guy while talking about him, or who has ever jumped to conclusions because you saw a photo on facebook. Girl, I have been there countless times... I am practically the mayor of Creep Town.


On today’s edition of How Can Brooke Possibly Make a Fool of Herself More, we have the case of the facebook stalk and the two+ cups of jungle juice. Let me set the scene for you: frat party where I oh so don’t belong, four shots and a bahama momma deep (lol my love for Malibu runs strong yall), and nobody warned me or my bestie about the jungle juice.



It all started out fine, I even had warned my friend not to leave me alone with this guy. You see it took months but I was over him like 100% you could magically place him and a girl making out in front of my path and I wouldn’t even flinch.Well low and behold Brooke and her jungle juiced up self found herself alone with said guy and decided it was time to make like usher and lay out my confessions. This is where it gets real embarrassing real quick. I proceed to admit to hard core facebook stalking this specific girl in his life. I then proceed to accuse him (with no actual grounds to even have a problem with it) of sleeping with said girl. Oh don’t you worry: I didn’t just end it there no I then proceeded to give a detailed account of said things I stalked.
Drunk me described in perfect detail the photo that started the obsession, “no you clearly were in a photo with her where you were shirtless with a towel around your neck. I saw it!” IN PERFECT DETAIL, I’m not proud of this but I could probably describe her eyeshadow and the color of her shirt… v embarrassing. This is truly going to be me admitted how crazy and good I am at facebook creeping but did I mention that he was not tagged in the photo... nope. I found this photo all on my own resources and just admitted it, nothing says "hey it's been a while!" quite like hey I've stalked you and your fb friends religiously for months.


Don’t worry it spirals still- this boy proceeds to go and get this girl to prove they in fact did not do the nasty. A little background I did more than hard core creep that one photo. That's right girl, I stalked her entire social media life... twitter (I knew it), facebook (I saw every photo), and instagram (well that's how I knew he took her to formal...) I didn't admit to everything but let's be real here if you admit to creeping just a little you've already admitted to creeping a lot. I admit thanks to all the jungle juice my memory is a little hazy, but the next thing I know there she is in front of me telling me that nothing ever happened. Great I have now admitted to two people that I hard core stalk like I belong to the FBI and one of them had no clue I exist. What an introduction... I am sure I turned as red as the new Starbucks cups, covered my face, and apologized profusely because honestly what do you do when you're faced with that sort of situation??



So friends I write this tale so that you know to stalk wisely and things are often not as they seem. Clearly, sometimes creeping leads you down a deep dark hole where you were sure you had the whole entire story but you were wrong. It's like when I messaged a guy who was flirting with me if he had a girlfriend because those photos seemed like the perfect evidence... basically we can't even trust our own eyes anymore,

Happy Stalking xoxo



Friday, November 4, 2016

Pumpkin Patch

Friday, November 4, 2016






^LOL, I couldn't resist posting this one even though what is my face *insert monkey emoji*^


^All these fabulous photos were shot by one of my oldest best friends Cristen, you can find her over at lookbook (!!!)^
^LOL, this is me doing the whole blogging thing correct right? ;)^

Is it seriously already almost November!? How is this even possible, I feel like yesterday I was sitting on the beach and now I can't walk in Target without seeing Christmas decor and wrapping paper (which I'm basically geeking out over tbh).

I decided to start a Youtube channel (!!!) which I am actually going to film my first video (a beauty haul) today so be sure to click the link and subscribe for all the LookBrooke goodness. . I finally went to a pumpkin patch (as evidenced by this post lol) me and Cristen decided to paint ours instead of carve them (a little too much wine and carving tools seemed like a hazard lol). So I still have yet to carve a pumpkin, maybe next year :P

I am falling in love with these pac sun jeans, I've been on the look out for the perfect white jeans and finally found this pair when they have a BOGO sale. I know you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day but let's be real here, if you aren't breaking a few rules you aren't living ;)

 They've been on repeat since the day I took them home. Lately, I've been loving the cold shoulder look too (like this top) I think it adds a little femininity to any outfit and helps when the weather can't decide if it's actually fall or spring.

Friday, September 30, 2016

|REAL TALK|

Friday, September 30, 2016

Most of my life I've been in a rush to get to the next stage. Rather it was out of fear or embarrassment, excitement for what's ahead, or just plain discontentment in my current season of life... day dreaming is a concept I know well. Arguably too well. I've been told my head is too into the clouds and that I basically am like a real life Disney princess...

I'm impatient, anyone who knows me well knows that's a fact. You know that scene in Bridewars when Liv runs into her boyfriend's office screaming and demanding why he can't ask her to marry him already. That's my life, on the inside I'm ready to have a panic attack at a moments notice.

I can see it now: I show up innocently holding a pumpkin. I smash it into the grown while screaming like an actual mad woman, ASK ME OUT BEFORE I TURN INTO A PUMPKIN. *dramatically falls to the ground and sighs heavily*

That's me in a nutshell.

Great now I sound crazy, you're ready to click that red x in a hurried panic, and I just word vomited all over my little corner of the internet. Before you think I actually go around screaming and smashing pumpkins, I totally don't.. :) I'm just a tad bit dramatic...

I half blame Disney movies (I'm a giant Disney princess fan) and I have a theory that I like to call the Ariel principle. She had three days to make Prince Eric fall for her (AND IT WORKED??) so basically I give myself three days for anything until I'm discouraged.

Okay that's a bit of an exaggeration because I know things take time and you work hard for what you want. 

My head also is in the clouds a good 99% of the time, so I know what holding out hope for the impossible means. In the little areas of life though, I'm the most impatient. The waiting for a response when you sent it .3 seconds ago, slow drivers (this is my downfall and where I need to pray to the Lord for the strength and forgiveness), impatience because food doesn't make itself (Can I get an amen!?), etc.

Here is what I realized lately though, none of this matters Brooke- get out of your own head (!!!) Life is so much more than those defining moments, getting what we want, or feeling like we will never amount to those things we wanted to do or be. Life is about taking the time to enjoy the ride, to lean on God when you feel like you might break down and start acting like a two year old in the middle of a beach... life is about embracing the wait. 

I admit for a couple of days I was wrinkling my nose like a four year old being forced to eat broccoli because all my life I put off learning patience. I mean this is embarrassing to admit, but I would strategically word my prayers so I would never ask for patience (yes, I can be that stubborn) I heard the horror stories you wait in agony for days, weeks, sometimes years. I thought I was going to be kicking and scratching my entire way through this lesson, and I know it's only the beginning- but I feel oddly comforted. I wake up eager to figure out what I'll learn for the day and I can't wait to open my journal and talk to God.

Yesterday I was overwhelmed and burnt out and was journal-ing a prayer out to God when I felt him speak to me (and it was incredible, it was the first time in a long time I felt like I was slowly figuring out life) and he whispered to me "You wait Brooke, that's all you do,"

So here is where I am now, waiting and trying to learn all I can. I'm not one to give up hope easily, so I am embracing the hope to learn and the hope to become patient. Let's see what happens...

I will leave this post with this quote from a Proverbs 31 devotional "Embrace The Wait"
God steps in to be our portion for that day. He is in the wait and we'll sense that if only we will look for Him rather then always looking ahead to the next stage of life.

May we embrace the wait and be strong together
xoxo 
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