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Workout for Wimps!

Hell has frozen over. 
I am going on a "diet" and sticking to an exercise plan. 
Emily is going to be my accountability partner. We are doing this together. 

I found a "beginners" work out plan
I am using this starter plan because I haven't honestly had a workout routine in almost two years. I used to work out 3-4 times a week and about two years ago I stopped working out and have really "let myself go"
I decided that I HAVE to stick to this plan, if I don't I am only letting myself down and letting my body get pudgier! Luckily after some pretty ridiculous conversations I got Emily on the bandwagon! We may live almost 2 hours apart but we are doing this thing together. We also decided to add 10-20 minutes on the elliptical everyday if possible!

 We ALSO decided to cut out fast food, no not Chick-Fil-A, that's a major food group, not fast food.
This is tragic for us, seriously tragic.

I feel like my problem areas are my tummy and my thighs, now I realize this workout isn't that strenuous and is probably going to be quite easy. BUT anything right now will help, I currently can't fit comfortably into any jeans I wore last fall. Not cool, I can't afford new jeans! 

So maybe when I do my workout later today I will snap a "before" picture and post it on Instagram. If I feel gusty. ha, pun intended! 

Who wants to do this with us? We're staring TODAY! 


Top 5 Tuesday: Most Worn Items!

Just Peachy

SO happy Top 5 Tuesday is back with Rachel!
This week: most worn items in your closet!

This was a tough topic for me, so I decided to rummage through my OOTD's from this past year to make the decision on my top 5 items!

#1- My white blouse from Francesca's Collections! Goes. With. EVERYTHING.
But I just recently think it got some competition when I bought a purple one.

#2- My Madewell wide-leg jeans. LOVE how they can be dressy or casual!

 #3- Any of my chambray tops. They are serious staple pieces right now in my closet!
1- H&M, 2- Old Navy, 3 & Necklace- Vestique

 #4- Leopard print flats. Obsessed, especially with some neon!!

#5- Black jeans. I don't know what it is about black jeans that I love so much but I have more than a few pairs! I would rather wear black jeans over regular jeans any day!

What are your top 5 most worn items? Be sure to link-up with Rachel!


Weekend Vacay

Hey Y'all! 
I hope everyone had a relaxing and amazing weekend, I know I did! Last week was crazy busy and just crazy in general. Earlier in the week one of Jeremy's friends invited us to Asheville for the weekend to stay at his parents condo. I decided to bring along Emily and I am oh so glad I did! 

You could not have asked for a more perfect weekend, perfect weather, perfect company, perfect food. OMG the food in Asheville! 

We didn't get up there till late on Friday but we headed out and enjoyed the evening anyways! We did a little bar hopping and learned the art of free expression dance!

 ...and we rode some hogs

Saturday was an early morning followed  by a delicious breakfast, after a failed attempt at a mid morning nap we decided to start the day!

Saturday evening we put ourselves together (see above as to why this was so difficult) we headed to Solace Restaurant! My parents just do happened to be in town for a huge wine and food festival so they so generously took us all out!

Crappy picture but it's me, mom & Emily!

We headed to a jazz club after dinner and learned some more hippie dancing moves! We decided that calling it a night around 11pm was a wise decision, this picture should tell you why...

Sunday involved sleeping in and a delicious brunch that I swear, hands down was the best french toast EVER!! During brunch we were informed that there was a civil rights protest about to happen, what were they protesting might you ask? The right to be topless in public. Yes, topless. 
So this little protest involved women, with no shirts or bras. totally topless. Apparently it is totally legal to be completely topless Asheville. 

All smiles, too bad behind the photographer (Emily) there were topless women, everywhere.

We took a long walk around Asheville and then sadly headed back home :( 
Asheville is such a beautiful and wonderful city, if you ever have the chance to go I suggest you head to the "Paris of the south" as they call it!

I had such an amazing weekend and I am so thankful for my wonderful friends!

What did y'all do this weekend?


Mascara Tutorial

Just in case y'all don't know how to apply mascara I found a little video for you...

You will thank me later for the laughter that will ensue.
ps. don't know why it won't center, screw you YouTube.


Choosing Your Thoughts

Monday, oh Monday, I do not like you. I do not want to work 12 hours today, I do not want to at all. But I can't start this day negative, just can't. So I'll create my own positivity! I will smile and I will make this day the best day possible! Choose your own thoughts, make your own happiness! 

What will you do today?

                                            Source: via Bre on Pinterest


Fashion Friday: Bauble necklaces & wide-leg trousers

I contemplated buying this necklace for months. I feel like everyone has it and its nothing too special. Then I tried it on in person, in love. Im in love. And have I mentioned before how much I am in love with these pants?? So basically I am obsessed with this entire outfit...

Shirt- Francescas Collections
Pants- Madewell 
Belt- Old Navy
Shoes- Michel Kors

Are y'all loving bauble necklaces as much as I am right now? I literally have run out of room to hang them all. I guess that means i'll stop buying them?? haha, nooo!


OOTD's past

Here are some of my recent OOTD, as always I post them on Instagram! Follow me- @basicallybreblog

Shorts- Zara
Shoes- Target (similar)

Dress- H&M
Necklace- The Jewel Box
Shoes- Target (similar)

Necklace- The Jewel Box
Belt- Target
Shorts- J. Crew Chinos 
Shoes- Old Navy 

Shirt- Zara
Skirt- Francesca's Collections 
Shoes- Nine West
Necklace- Express

Shirt- Zara
Shoes- Vince Camuto

Shorts- Zara
Shoes- Jack Rogers 

And since I always get asked about my phone case... you can get it HERE! She has so many options of cases and most are only $25! 

How has yall's week been so far? I wanna know! 


Back to School!

It's that time again...
Now that I would consider myself an expert, professional, super duper senior college kid, I feel like I have this whole first day thing down!
(It's ok, I have finally decided on a major and I have stuck to it! ps. the average college student changes their major five times!)

Back To School

Back To School by brenicole88 featuring canvas handbags

I always wear comfy and loose fitting clothes on the first day. A cotton shirt or maybe a light jacket just in case a hall is bitter cold, which they usually are!

I don't take much with me on the first day, I always print out the syllabus for each class and thats about it. I take one notebook to jot down some notes or important info, in cute colors of course!

And duh, my Erin Condren planner is always with me!

What are yall's first day must haves? Or what were your first day must haves?


Falling for Fashion: Boots

I am SO ready for fall, if you can't tell. 
This would be my second post about fall and all things wonderful that come along with that season! 
Today I am lusting over boots. My love for boots in the fall/winter is insane. They are all I wear. Short, tall, over the knee, every different color. 
I. Love. Boots.
 I also would love to buy nice boots but honestly, every season I tear those suckers up. So I usually buy one nice pair and then a few cheap ones! 
Works for me, also spending $500 on a pair of shoes would make me vomit. 

These are my personal picks for this fall:
Steve Madden -- um hello, check out that discount!

A little different but I think that these LC Lauren Conrad boots could be adorable and comfy with the right outfit! 

These Target Kasey booties would be my cheap-o pair for the season! So cute and perfect for nights out or the last few summer nights with some sun dresses! 

These Dv by Dolce Vita Lujan boots would be my splurge pair! Oh heavens I am  drilling over these babies! I think they could easily be dressed up or down and over time they will have that distressed look. Oh I die. 

What boots are y'all into this fall? Is anyone else a boot fanatic like I?


I'm Backkkk!

FINALLY! I have my Mac back and I feel kind of like my life is back, that's pathetic, I love my computer. 
So where do I start? I think I'll let the pictures do the talking!
Sorry if you follow me on Instagram and have seen these already, follow me anyways- basicallybreblog

 Well last week I didn't blog because I took an impromptu trip to Raleigh to see my two besties, Hales & Amanda!
We had so much fun just laughing, eating, drinking wine and watching Bridesmaids, of course. 
The "Amanda lean" 

We obviously participated in Chick-Fil-A appreciation day, for breakfast & lunch.

 And then my heart exploded with joy. I got to see my baby bff, Sophie! She is so grown up now and has so much personality! 

Basically I had the best two days ever and now I've been working my buns off almost every day, oh and school started back! woooooo, not. 

This weekend is Jeremy's birthday so we plan on relaxation and possibly a few birthday celebration drinks, wish him happy birthday on Twitter if you want- @JeremyCButts

Love y'all, promise I'll be back in action come Monday! 


Excuse my absences

Dear faithful readers,
I will not be blogging this week and I apologize for my lack of blogging last week! The good ol MacBook took a turn for the worst and is being nursed back to health at the Apple store as we speak. I am currently typing from my phone and it's just a pain in the ass so that won't be happening anymore. If anyone would like to guest blog this week feel free to send me a post, I think I could manage that!
In the meantime bare with me as I am itching to blog about some great stuff for y'all! Have a great week lovies!
Oh and ps. In response to my last post about my job- I was offered a permanent position and I am officially working my last two night shifts the next two nights, amen!!!!