07.21.14

MY TRIP TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

i got back from my trip last week and have been gathering the photos to share because i TRULY loved the south of france and highly recommend you go there! i went with 6 other friends and 4 little kiddos. we used raileurope to take the train from paris to avignon (takes about 3 hours) and then rented a car and drove an hour to gordes. i had never been to the south of france, so it was a wonderful new experience.

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07.21.14

9 FAVORITE PINS RIGHT NOW

I’m in a pool mood mode right now so it seems these pics are a perfect fit. I love the mix of pool blue and yellow combined with natural greens and a touch of vibrant hues. Hope we all find some time for pool lounging soon! -stephanie

urbanoutfitters-550

from urban outfitters

Charliebrophy-550

via charlie brophy

cacti-550

via the sill

kolonaki-550

kolonaki via missmoss

bouffantsandbrokenhearts-550

by the bouffants and broken hearts

apartment34-cocktails-550

via apartment 34

ice_cream_tote-550

ice cream tote from baba souk

bakers-royale-550

from bakers royale

tropicalia106br

tropicalia chairs by patricia urquiola

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07.18.14

HAPPY DAY IN PARIS

while in paris out with some friends, i met katie, a photographer from australia who lives in paris. we really hit it off and she was kind enough to take me around to see a few spots i’d never seen a couple of days later…

we met and had mint tea and pastries at the café de la mosquée de paris, which is a beautiful north african cafe. mosaic tiles, birds fluttering around in the trees…a cute little spot for sure.

we walked through the jardin des plantes to see the roses and then ended up on the most colorful street i’ve seen in paris. each house with it’s own unique pastel color & doorstep decor. it was a happy day.

wishing you a happy weekend! i have my social media workshop tomorrow and then a backyard BBQ with friends. i’ve been on a sort-of-detox since my trip (no alcohol, gluten, sugar or dairy) which is pretty difficult but i’m feeling a lot better. jetlag, dehydration, and two weeks of indulgence can really catch up with ya. maybe i’ll splurge and have a margarita at the BBQ, we’ll see. have a good one! -bri

PS! be one of the 250 people to get this free summer lovin tote that i designed for lucky magazine & maybelline! details here.

photos by: katie mitchell photography

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07.17.14

NO HEAT HAIR STYLE

i like to keep my hair routine preeeety simple. normally, i just wash my hair and let it dry. and if i’m being honest, i only brush it about once a month. while this method does create quite a few almost dreads in the back, i just don’t like the look of my hair when i brush it out (too frizzy, not enough little waves.) however, sometimes the tangles become too much to handle, or i have an event that i need my hair to look a little less wild & free. so when i DO brush it, i needed some ideas on how to achieve a natural air-dry look. nicole stopped by the studio to show me a few tips and tricks for achieving easy summer waves, without the heat. check out her tips and tricks below…

how to achieve the look from nicole:

•  we started with pantene pro v rehab cream, smooth serum, and shaping hairspray.  bri used the rehab cream the night before and it helped give it a nice moisturized palette for the day.

• after towel drying Bri’s hair really well, i mixed the smooth serum and a little more of the rehab cream in my hands. i took about one to two inch section twisting every other one in a different direction applying a little of the mixture to help further moisturize and control frizz.

• for bri, i didn’t need to pin all of the twists because it holds pretty well, but if your hair is fine and straight, or if you want a more defined wave, you can pin them into little buns all over your head, as pictured above. after all the twists were done I sprayed her hair with shaping hairspray to set the hair in the shape of the twist.

• once her hair dried completely, I gently loosened the twists, fluffed the roots with a bit more hairspray for volume, and scrunched the ends to put the final touches on the air dried beach-y waves.

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07.17.14

DRESS YOUR TECH / 56

we have all SORTS of awesome patterned desktops for you from jessica stevens today. take your pick from these 8 designs, oh just download them all and decide later!

hard to pick just one, huh?

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