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What's In My Shopping Cart Vol. 4

Long time no blog post! I've been going through somewhat of a creative rut because I don't have any outfits to take pictures of right now. I have a couple fun ideas for photoshoots-- for example, I want to do a photoshoot at the pumpkin patch soon, but I don't have anything to wear, so I thought today I would share some of the items in my shopping cart in order to give y'all some fall fashion inspiration!

Eats Lately Vol. 2

Happy Friday!! Today I'm sharing another Eats Lately post, where I share a bunch of pictures of all the amazing food I've had recently. Grab a cup of coffee and sit tight, because this post is a long one!! Between multiple birthday celebrations this month (including my own!), and several day trips into Dallas, I've had so much delicious food in the past month!

On Labor Day, we went to Fort Worth and got ice cream at the best ice cream place ever: Melt Ice Creams! They have the most amazing flavors + waffle cones (I recommend cookie crack). They also just opened a new location in Sundance Square - I need to head there ASAP!

Currently Vol. 25

Happy Friday! Not going to lie, this week has been kind of a rough one. We had Monday off for a teacher work day, which was nice, but it feels like all my teachers have been piling on work to compensate for the short week. I don't have any big projects or anything, but every little thing is just piling up. However, we've made it to Friday and I know it's going to be a great weekend! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Fall is upon us and I'm so happy about it
Wearing... my go-to outfit lately has been an oversized graphic t-shirt, ripped boyfriend jeans, and sneakers!

Fall Sweaters Under $50

As hard as it is for me to think about (still 90 degrees here in Texas), sweater weather is upon us (unless you live in the south haha). Today I am sharing a roundup of my favorite sweaters under $50! I am so excited for all things fall fashion... hopefully I can wear my sweaters soon, because nothing is better than wearing a cozy sweater, baking some cookies, and curling up by the fire.

Just kidding. I don't get to do that. This is Texas.

Which one is your favorite? I love the cheetah one and the gingham one!!

Life Lately Vol. 56

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing another Life Lately post; grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

It's crazy that we've been in school for a month now! It's definitely been a long, stressful month, but all things considered, it's been a pretty good one! This picture was taken on the first day of school (check out my first day of school vlog here).

In honor of making it through the first week of school, Eleanor & I went to go get brunch at Breadwinners! They have the best cake ever (highly recommend the mocha crunch cake).

On Labor Day, we went to the cutest coffee shop in Fort Worth - Dwell Coffee + Biscuits! They sell tons of warm, flaky biscuits - I got a biscuit with strawberry jam and a caramel latte. We did some shopping, and then stopped at Melt Ice Creams (the best ice cream EVER!). I got their cookie crack ice cream in a waffle cone!

Friday night lights are back!!! I'm definitely not a huge football fan but I went to our first home game and it was a lot of fun. I definitely want to try to go to the majority of our home games this year.

my face when the candle almost caught my hair on fire
A couple pics from my 17th birthday party!! I had a bunch of my friends come over to my house for fajitas and cake. It was so good to get to see everyone (a lot of my friends go to a different high school than me, so I don't get to see them that often).

similar t-shirt // jeans // espadrilles
And now a pic from my actual birthday! My birthday was on Monday, September 9, and it was such a good day. Check out my birthday vlog here!

Last weekend, my grandparents drove up from Houston to celebrate my grandma's birthday! We went shopping, went to dinner, and ate lots of cake! It was such a great weekend!

And now that brings me here... it's currently Friday morning as I finish this up and I'm excited about the weekend ahead of me! I have Monday off so it's going to be a great long weekend!

My Favorite Clothing Items of Summer 2019

Still stuck in summer mode for today's post! I thought it would be fun to share a roundup of my most-worn clothing items of the summer. Most of these items are on major sale right now, but you can still wear a lot of them throughout the fall (especially if you live somewhere warm, like me). Enjoy!
This! Top! I bought it on a whim when I was looking for something to wear to the sunflower fields, and I ended up falling in love with it. It's on sale for $7, and it comes in three colors: white, peach, and green! I love it because you tie it in the back, so it's completely adjustable. I've worn it with white shorts, denim shorts, and flowy pants... basically anything and everything!

12 Things Vol. 16

Happy Friday! This post was supposed to go up last week but I was so busy that I honestly just forgot, but I'm back today with another 12 things post! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

1. Football season is upon us! I'm definitely not a huge fan (or a fan at all) but I went to the first home game of the season last weekend and it was actually pretty fun (even though I left during the third quarter lol).

The BEST Birthday Freebies To Take Advantage Of In 2019

My mom is probably rolling her eyes as she reads this post, because this is probably the most characteristically "Brooke" post I could ever write. If you know me, you know that few things make me happier than getting coupons/discounts. I love scouring the Internet for coupons and deals, so of course I was going to take advantage of every single birthday gift I could!

Back in August, I began researching the best places to get birthday freebies (because most places require you to sign up a month in advance) and today I'm putting together a list of the best deals that came my way over the past couple weeks! My birthday was yesterday, and I spent the entire weekend celebrating! It has been such a fun past few days and I can't wait to recap them in a Life Lately post!

ULTA // Free makeup product for ULTAmate rewards members; varies by month (I got a NARS lipstick) + 2x points during your birthday month

Snuffer's // Free milkshake for rewards members

Sephora // Free gift for beauty insiders; varies by month (I got a Drunk Elephant skincare set)

Trend Alert: Tie Dye

I want to start doing more blog posts where I share current trends + my favorite clothing items that encompass each trend. I thought I would kick this series off by featuring something I've been seeing everywhere: tie dye! From sweatshirts to dresses to everything in between, tie die is everywhere and I am loving it!

Which item is your favorite? I love those dresses and smiley tees!!

Eats Lately Vol. 1

I always joke about how I should just turn my Life Lately posts into a food series because usually, 99% of the posts revolve around food. And honestly... I don't even put all the pictures of food into my Life Lately posts. I usually just pick a couple favorites so y'all don't get bored of food.

But... a couple weeks ago I had the great idea to make a new series where I literally just show a bunch of pictures of food. If you know me, you know I love food, so I thought this would be a great way to show you guys all of the restaurants I love + things I cook!

Ever since Ashley introduced me to Buon Giorno, I've been hooked. It is the cutest little coffee shop (and they have the best almond croissants!) I've gotten their iced coffee every time I've gone since it's been so hot outside, but in this picture I went with my mom and she got their latte, which looked amazing.

Summer 2019 Book Roundup: A Review of Every Book I Read

One of my favorite things about summer is that there's no school, so you have plenty of time to do activities that you don't have time to do in the school year. I love to read, but I rarely have time in the school year. I read quite a few books this summer, so today I'm sharing a review of each book I read!

By Invitation Only // This book focuses on a young couple that is getting married, and each chapter alternates between the husband's mother and the wife's mother. Each mother has a very different life: one is a wealthy socialite, and the other has lived on a simple farm for her whole life. The mothers disagree on practically everything, but as the book progresses they begin to come together. I just made this book sound really cheesy and cliche, but I swear it's actually really good.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Currently Vol. 24

1 week of school is officially down! It's been a pretty stressful adjustment going from summer to taking 7 AP classes but I feel like it's going to be a great year! I have a lot of great people in my classes and it's been a pretty good week.

from the first day of school!!

Reading... Girl, Stop Apologizing & The Summer That Made Us. I'm going to do a blog post next week on all the books I read this summer, so stay tuned!

Summer 2019 Snapshots

As I sit here and write this on the Saturday night before I start school, it's crazy to me that summer is already over. These past three months have been such a blur and I am so sad that summer is coming to an end. However, as they say... don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite pictures + memories from what I might consider to be the best summer yet.

started summer off with a trip to shake shack aka my fave place

Life Lately Vol. 55

School starts on Monday and that is absolutely crazy to me. I've been trying my hardest to soak in these last few days of summer before I'm piled with homework and the weather starts to cool down. It still feels unreal to me that summer has already come and gone, but it makes sense that it went by so fast when I look back at everything I did. They say time flies when you're having fun, and I feel like that was definitely the theme of this summer.

In my last life lately post, I was about to hop on a plane to Florida! It is crazy to me that this trip was over a month ago. My dad, sister, and I spent a few days in Orlando - we went to Magic Kingdom & Epcot - then a couple days in Clearwater. See my post all about it here!

What's In My Shopping Cart Vol. 3

Welcome to another edition of What's In My Shopping Cart! Back To School season is upon us, which means lots of shopping! I've been seeing tons of cute items recently, so today I'm sharing some of my favorites with y'all!

12 Things Vol. 15

baking: the best way to spend your Friday
Happy Friday! It's been a while since I've written one of these posts, but today I'm sharing twelve random things that have been on my mind recently - enjoy!

1. It's crazy to me that we only have one week of summer left. I seriously don't know where the past two months have gone!

A Trip To Galveston // What I Ate, Did, & Saw

bikini top // bottoms // sunglasses
If you follow me on Instagram, you might've seen that I spent last week soaking up the sunshine in Galveston, Texas! My family and I took a trip down to the beach last week and it was so much fun! This was our second year in a row that we visited the island, and it was really nice because we already had a feel for the town and we knew what we wanted to do. We basically copied the itinerary from last time (click here to see what we did last year!) and it was such a fun trip!

Florida Snapshots // A Trip To Disney World + Clearwater

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I spent all of last week having fun in the sunshine state! My dad, sister, and I went to Disney World for a couple days, then drove to Clearwater to spend some time at the beach!

I'm super Type A and typically I'm that person who makes a Google Doc with a detailed itinerary of where to go, what to eat, etc, but this time... I just kind of went with the flow, and it was kind of nice. It's probably the first vacation I've been on since I was twelve where I didn't have a laid-out plan of what we were doing, and it made for such a fun, spontaneous trip. This post is going to reflect that in a way - typically my travel posts are super organized into categories or a day-by-day recap, but in this post I'm just going to share some of my highlights from the trip! Enjoy!

Currently Vol. 23

Happy Friday!! It's been a while since I've published one of these posts - my posting schedule has been all kinds of crazy lately, but hopefully I can get on a normal schedule in these last few weeks of summer. Today I'm sharing some things I'm currently loving - grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Wearing... these earrings I'm wearing above! They are from James Avery and I am so obsessed with them. I've always loved the look of hoops but I have sensitive ears so I've never been able to wear them. These, however, are really lightweight and they don't hurt my ears at all! I love how versatile they are - I've been wearing them constantly.

An All White Outfit In Celebration, Florida

I spent all of last week in Florida, and it was so much fun! Today I'm sharing my favorite outfit that I wore on the trip! I wore this outfit while exploring the quaint Disney-owned town of Celebration. It is the cutest town ever, complete with a beautiful lake and colorful buildings.

Top (under $15 and comes in three colors) // Shorts (sold out in white, similar here) // Choker // Sunglasses // Sandals

15 Trader Joe's Products You Need To Try

I don't even know how to begin this blog post. It's one that I've been wanting to write for a while now, and I feel it's long overdue, but I have so much to cover and I want to do this post justice, so it's been so hard for me to write. However, today I am finally here to share all of my favorite Trader Joe's products with the world!

It's no secret that I love Trader Joe's. One of my favorite things to do after school or on weekends is to go grocery shopping at TJ's. I'm not kidding. I can't put into words how much I love TJ's, and over the years, I've stumbled across some amazing items there that I think the world should know about. I think Danielle Carolan said it best: Trader Joe's is one of those places where they have really cool products but you need to have recommendations on what to get. I consider myself to be somewhat of a Trader Joe's connoisseur, so today I've rounded up all of my favorite products and I am so excited to share them with you guys!

Had to kick off this post with my all time favorite product at TJ's! I used to be one of those people that would pass up vanilla cake because, let's be honest, it's not that exciting. Why have vanilla when you can have chocolate?! And then... I tried Trader Joe's vanilla cake mix. It's so simple, but so perfect and flavorful: the cake is moist, yet light and fluffy, and has the richest vanilla bean flavor. There is no doubt in my mind that I could eat an entire cake made with this mix.

Life Lately Vol. 54

Happy Friday! I leave on Sunday for Disney, and I am so excited. It's been a crazy week of preparing + crossing things off the to-do list, and I am looking forward to a nice long week of park-hopping and relaxing on the beach.

My dad, sister, and I spent last weekend in Horseshoe Bay. We stayed at a friend's lake house on Lake LBJ, and it was so much fun! We spent the whole weekend jetskiing, paddleboarding, tubing, and relaxing!

12 Things Vol. 14

Happy Sunday! Today I'm back with another 12 things post - grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

1. It feels good to be back blogging! I took a couple weeks off because I honestly didn't have any outfits to photograph/ideas of posts to write, but I'm back now and I have so many exciting posts planned!

4th Of July Clothing Picks 2019

Spontaneous post today! I haven't written a blog post in what seems like forever, but today I thought I would pop in and share some patriotic clothes that would be perfect for the 4th of July! I shot a bunch of content this weekend, so expect a really exciting post on Wednesday!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays (I say that about every holiday, though). From parades, to the food, to the fireworks, it's such a fun-filled day and I love celebrating it with my family. We do the same things year after year, and it is always one of the best days of the summer. Of course, you can't celebrate the 4th without being dressed head to toe in patriotic colors, so today I'm giving you tons of inspiration as to what to wear next Thursday!

Life Lately Vol. 53

It's finally summer!! My last day of school was this past Wednesday, and as much as I enjoyed sophomore year, I am so glad to be done with it. This past month has been a crazy busy one - we've had no homework in school and since my friends have their licenses, we've been hanging out nonstop!

top // similar skirt
For Mother's Day, we went to Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth. We did a little shopping, then ate dinner at La Zona, a Spanish pizza place with the cutest atmosphere.

Cute Pool Floats You Need For Summer

I think by this point, we've established that I love pool floats. It's just not summer if you don't have at least three giant inflatable pieces of food in your pool! Now that summer is officially here, I thought today I would round up some of my favorite pool floats I've seen this year - enjoy!

My dad says we don't need any more pool floats (because he's the one who has to inflate them, haha) but I reeeeaaally want this hot dog and cactus! I think that Target clearly wins this year when it comes to having a great selection - they have so many cute + funny options.

Which one is your favorite?

12 Things Vol. 13

my mood during this looooong last week of school
Happy Friday! We are so close to summer that I can practically taste it, and let me tell you... I am more than ready. AP season flew by so quickly, and now it's smooth sailing until the last day of school!

Five Summer Fashion Trends I'm Loving

Smocked Tops // If you saw my What's In My Shopping Cart post last week, I'm sure you saw this coming! I have been loving smocked tops lately; they are so cute and effortless, and they can be styled so many different ways: with a skirt, jeans, flowy pants... the possibilities are endless.

What's In My Shopping Cart Vol. 2

I've decided to make these What's In My Shopping Cart posts a recurring series here on Blissfully Brooke... because let's be honest, I do a lot of online shopping! Summer is rapidly approaching, and with summer comes lots of cute new trends!

Life Lately Vol. 52

Happy Friday! Today I'm back with another edition of Life Lately, where I share what's been happening in my life during the past few weeks. It has been a while since I've written one of these, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

shop my shirt here
Easter was so much fun! My mom got a crepe maker for her birthday, so for brunch we made crepes filled with caramel, nutella, and fresh strawberries. They were to die for! We then went to our local botanical gardens and walked around (the weather was so nice) and came home and made the best coconut cake ever! It was such a fun day!

Red + Lace | The Perfect Banquet Dress

If you've been keeping up with my Currently and 12 Things posts, you might be familiar with my long journey of finding a dress for my soccer banquet. I've been looking for a dress since March, and it took me a month and a half to finally find the perfect dress!

Easter Dress 2019 Roundup

When I think Easter dresses, I think girly pastels, floral patterns, and lace. Dresses that are elegant and classy, yet flowy and not super formal. To me, Easter dresses embody all things spring, hence why I love shopping for them! Today I have rounded up a bunch of the prettiest Easter dresses I can find - enjoy!

My family keeps it pretty casual on Easter, so I think I'm going to wear this floral tee and the pants I featured here (talk about a throwback)! For shoes, I just discovered these simple sandals and I think I might have to purchase them.

12 Things Vol. 12

Happy Friday! This week actually went by pretty quickly... but don't get me wrong, I am so happy for the weekend. My homework load has been pretty light because the school year is beginning to wind down, but my plate has been filled with so many other activities like soccer and refereeing. Since it's nice out now, my friends and I also go walk to get food after school sometimes - this week we got froyo!

1. Lattes have become my new obsession recently. I always get a caramel latte with almond milk, and I've been drinking them everywhere I go lately... it's a problem.

2. I have yet to order a banquet dress but I found this one and I'm leaning towards getting it!

3. I am not at all the type of girl to spend money on things like nails, spray tans, etc... but lately I've had the biggest desire to go get my nails done and I don't know why. I'm compensating by using this gel topcoat when I paint my nails - it makes them look so smooth and shiny.

4. I thought this article about influencers doing fake sponsored posts was really interesting and worth the read.

5. A new shake place opened near me and I am dying to go!!

6. Speaking of dying to do things, I am so so close to getting my driver's license and I cannot wait.

7. I added a bunch of items to my Poshmark recently - check them out here!

8. I made these lemon blueberry cheesecake bars the other day and they were so good.

9. I filmed and edited a YouTube video earlier this week but it got blocked because of copyrighted music! Now I have to find all new music and re-upload it (and finding music is the hardest part lol).

10. I love any excuse for a celebration, so I'm super excited for Easter! I keep researching recipes but I have no idea what to make. I think my mom and I are doing a coconut bundt cake for dessert, though!

11. It got to 80 degrees here yesterday and that makes me oh so happy because I am beyond ready for summer! We still have quite a ways to go but I'm counting down the days :)

12. I updated my blog post on Rachel Green's outfits with new clothing items that are in stock! It's one of my most popular posts, and you should definitely check it out.

Have a good weekend!!

Trend Alert: Seeing Snakeskin

Snakeskin has been everywhere recently. I'm sure you've seen it all over Instagram, in magazines, at boutiques... everywhere. At first I was not a fan of it, but it's grown on me tremendously! Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite snakeskin-printed items that I've seen around the internet lately - happy shopping!

I currently have this bikini and this bikini in my shopping cart. I obviously don't need both, but I can't decide which one! I also really want these pants!

Which of these items is your favorite? Are you a fan of snakeskin?

Life Lately Vol. 50

This week has been the longest week of my life. I don't know why, but it's dragged on and on... I'm so thankful it's coming to an end. My job as a referee has started back up, I have AP World History review sessions every day after school, teachers are stockpiling quizzes on me, and I'm having to schedule my classes for next year - and all of this has left me feeling exhausted.

All in all, it's been a great past few weeks, though. Between Spring Break travel, new restaurants, and lots of soccer, I really don't have that much to complain about!

top // scrunchie
All the trees and flowers in my neighborhood are blooming, which makes me so happy because it means it's the beginning of spring! The weather here has been so nice and I love just sitting outside with some lemonade and soaking in the sunshine. Also, I shot this picture in collaboration with American Eagle... so that's pretty cool :)