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As I mentioned yesterday, I participated in a month long photo challenge on Instagram last month, hosted by Compliment. It was my first time completing one, and I had an absolute blast!

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It was neat to look at the word of the day and think about how I was going to capture it. Sometimes I took pictures, some days I brought back old pictures (my favorite), and some days I searched the internet/Pinterest for ideas. Below are some of my favorites.

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Oh yeah, I won! Compliment was giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky participant, and it was me! I already ordered AND received my goodies, and I will do a follow up post soon. They are GORG! I can’t wait to show you.

Cheers –



June 7, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Giveaway, Purchases, Social Media. Leave a comment.

Splurge vs. Steal


I decided yesterday that I needed a leopard scarf, so I began the hunt. Get it, hunt, because it is leopard. Anyways. Much to my non-surprise, the one I first fell in love with was $555. Unfortunately, the state isn’t paying their employees that well, so I had to keep hunting. What do you think?

Here is the original one I fell in love with

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Alexander McQueen ‘Leopard Skull’ Chiffon Scarf

And here are two other, more affordable, options that I found.

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BP. Leopard Print Scarf

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Aqua Leopard Scarf, Bloomingdales

Do you have a leopard scarf? If so, where did you find it?


January 30, 2013. Tags: , , , . Fashion. Leave a comment.

Beauty Review

So I have officially jumped on the BB Creme bandwagon. My reasons in VERY particular order. 

1) It removes about 5 minutes of my morning make-up regimen. MORE SLEEP.

2) I vowed to add the SPF for 2013.

3) Everyone’s doing it. 

So naturally, like every other beauty product I want to try, I walked into Sephora and said, which BB Creme should I buy? The woman asked if I had any preferences, and I said SPF, tinted and matte finish. She lead me to this… 


Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm 

I love it. My shade is “Creme Glow”, and I have completely substituted my moisturizer, SPF, concealer, foundation and powder for this. It is not quite as matte as I wanted, so I do recommend a translucent finishing powder for a more polished look. I invested in Make Up For Ever HD Micfofinish powder, and it is AWESOME. 


Do you have any new beauty products you are loving or hated? 


January 28, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Southward Apparel

A few months ago my freshman roommate asked me to “like” her new clothing line on Facebook. At first, I thought she was crazy… Who starts a business straight out of college. She does. But the more I looked into it, the more genius I thought she was.

Her line is simple, and it makes sense.

LA trends with Texas graphics. Relaxed, edgy and comfortable, but rustic and southern. Perfect for Austin.

I purchased my first Southward Apparel piece this morning, and I cannot wait until it gets to my doorstep!

Southward logo

Southward Apparel

Outlaw Off the Shoulder + Lone Star Sweater + Stars and Stripes V-neck + Saddle Up V-neck

I was super bummed that the Lone Star Sweater was sold out, but maybe next winter… Which piece is your fav?


January 18, 2013. Tags: , , . Fashion. Leave a comment.

An Emerald LOVE Affair

At first I wasn’t quite sure about the 2013 Pantone color of the year, but the more I see it, the more I love it. I am not quick to jump on new colors. My wardrobe is pretty much black, white and burnt orange. I pulled out an old Banana Republic mohair vest this morning and decided to give green a try.

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My ABSOLUTE favorite emerald this season is doors. Yup, like the front one. Check out this beauty I found on Pinterest.

green doors

Although, I don’t think my apartment management would be very happy with me painting my door green… So, I think I might try some of these:

Etsy green art

An emerald painting found on Etsy.

green shoes

Green shoes: pumps and flats

Green accessories

Emerald accessories: scarf + ring + handbag

emerald clothing

A dress or blazer for the closet

Are you trying any emerald this year? If so, what?


January 15, 2013. Tags: , , , . Fashion, For the Home. 1 comment.

Throw down.

I have a serious addiction to throws. The more I say “throw”, the weirder it sounds.

Yes, blankets. As in, you can only use one at a time, and I have about ten of them in my small apartment. Oops.

I think it may be that they add the perfect pop of color, but it is probably because I like to nap. Truth.

Expensive throws may look nice, but I like to use my throws, and nobody likes drooling on a $500 blanket…

So, I have found this for you. Mmm Hmmm, you are welcome.

Nordstrom Throw

Nordstrom Space Die throw (Currently on sale)

However, if you are interested in drooling on a $500 blanket, here is a Missoni beauty for you.

Missoni Throw

Happy napping my friends!


January 9, 2013. Tags: , , . For the Home. Leave a comment.

A necklace, a recipe and accountability

I’m kicking off 2013 with a crush on a necklace, a recipe for 8 that I made for myself, and my food diary put on blast. I am also trying to find a way to merge all of these into one post. Let’s see how that goes.

Kate Spade Necklace

Isn’t think Kate Spade necklace to die for? I stumbled upon it at Nordys while shopping for other people. Always. So, I have decided that if I meet my goal weight (keep reading to get to that part) and it is still to be found, I will reward myself. BOOM! PS. It comes in three color options.

Swedish Meat Sauce

I bought ingredients last week to make my favorite meat sauce recipe b/c I thought the mister was coming to town this weekend. But he didn’t. But I made the meat sauce anyways. And it is a recipe for 8 people. And it was just me. Judge if you want.  PS. I don’t put the celery in it.

My fitness pal

Lastly, I downloaded this app about a year ago to track calories and exercise. I know many people who have had great success with food/exercise journaling, and I read great reviews about My Fitness Pal. I used it here and there, but I never stayed devoted. Welp, I’m digging in. A couple of friends and old co-workers have decided that we are going to make our food journals public and keep each other accountable. Seeing as boyfriend signed us up for one of those muddy obstacle run things, I’m thinking this isn’t such a bad idea. Feel free to follow along and heckle my fitness wall! My username is britsauer.

And that my friends/readers/bloggers is what is happening in my life right now. Oh yeah. I am also SUPER busy with real job. Womp Womp!


January 8, 2013. Tags: , , , . About me, Fashion, Recipe. Leave a comment.

The tale of the Christmas boots…

I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of black boots for about three months now. At first I thought I wanted a heeled boot, but after making my new 3/4 mile walk to and from work, I decided flat boots would be GREAT! I was after Thanksgiving shopping with T when I stumbled upon these beauties…. The Tory Burch Calista Riding Boot.

Tory Burch Calista Boot

Love at first sight.

The salesman at Neiman Marcus said “You should get them now, they won’t be here long.”  To which I replied, “I just can’t justify buying myself such nice boots right before Christmas.”  I actually just thought he was in it for the commission MOOLAH. Turns out he was right…

T went to find the boots a couple of weeks later, and they were no more. BUT fear not my fellow readers! See, I have the most amazing boyfriend in the world. He called Saks, Bloomingdales, Shopbop, Neimans, Bergdorf Goodman, and Tory Burch directly, until he got an insider secret. A boutique in New York. He called and they had one pair in my size! What are the odds?! They even shipped them to him for free. Christmas Angels, I tell ya.

This was by far the biggest Christmas surprise, and I am probably the most lucky girl in the world. A man that will hunt down the perfect TB boots, I should put a ring on it. JK! But for real, I will cook him an amazing dinner this weekend. If you are lucky, I will post pics and a recipe…

Unfortunately, I do not have a link for this boot since they are sold out everywhere, BUT the ‘Jenna’ is on super sale at Nordstrom!


January 3, 2013. Tags: , , . Fashion. 1 comment.

Holiday Tour of Texas

I am going to be traveling so much in the next 10 days that last night when I was supposed to pack, I just sat on my bed and stared at my empty suitcases. Needless to say, I ended up watching the football game and going to bed without even getting started. Below is a little glimpse at some of the travel my trusty 4runner, scooter, and I will be doing until 2013, along with some mixing and matching pieces I intend to throw in when I get off work this afternoon.

Travel Texas

My favorite black skinnies + Trusty black smoking slippers + A festive holiday plaid + Ever so comfy denim skinnies + A little sparkle for NYE + A lucky elephant necklace + The perfect riding boots + A sweater for layering + My ‘boyfriend’ chambray shit

What are you packing for your holiday travel?


December 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Fashion, Holidays, Travel. Leave a comment.

Get me out of here!

Austin has been cold for about 3 days, and I am officially ready to go somewhere warmer. Where is your favorite tropical destination? I’m thinking this doesn’t look to bad…

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December 13, 2012. Tags: , , , . Travel. Leave a comment.

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