April 23rd, 2014

daily outfit: the “these boots are supposed to be hibernating" edition.

i thought i’d seen the last of my favorite leather boots until i woke up to 30 degree temps.

just like that, they’re re-entered my life…along with a dress that may or may not be testing the boarding school skirt limits (it’s below my finger tips!).

hello, wednesday. i’m glad you’re here.

April 22nd, 2014

what’s a good vacation without daily bike rides around some of the most beautifully manicured greens in Florida?

it only took a few hours before we busted out the bikes & circled the country club.  

i’m not sure who has more fun on these half an hour outings, but regardless, i was glad to have the casual option as all of my workout clothes somehow managed to stay in their designated drawer back home in Indiana.

April 22nd, 2014

daily outfit: the “it feels good to have a [little] tan" edition.

this morning’s 6:15 am office arrival was made a little easier thanks to a simple outfit & a slight tan.

there’s something about coming back from vacation and realizing you did, in fact, receive some sun kissing that naturally lightens the mood.

plus, a bright pink cardigan & a gold giraffe necklace naturally make me happy. 

now, where’s my coffee?

April 21st, 2014

between the rain and the sun and the clouds and the unpredictable breaks, we still headed out to dinner at the Turtle Club— a restaurant recommended ten times over by several Naples tourists/regulars alike.

a month ago i called on a whim for a reservation, as Open Table had them booked through May 9th, and lo & behold, we got a table for 8:15… that’d be right after the scheduled sunset (whomp whomp whomp).

however, always attempting to be the most seemingly optimistic crowd that we can be, we headed to the beach early hoping for a glimpse of the sunset before being seated for dinner.

at 7:45 we checked in with the hostess and found out our table was open early (!), right as the sun appeared for the first time all afternoon/evening (!!!).

we took our place at a table on the sand and marveled at the cotton candy colored skies.

between the salty air & the loving stranger friends taking pictures on pictures on pictures, we couldn’t help but soak in the beauty that is Florida (the chilled Chardonnay didn’t hurt either).

it was the perfect way to start off a very memorable evening.

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April 21st, 2014

this weekend was all kinds of wonderful.

& now it’s back to reality…

happy monday, friends!

April 18th, 2014
in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)
Afternoon rain showers.  is there anything better when craving a good book &/or a nap?
Baby bliss. seeing a good friend in a pregnant state is one of the most beautiful moments to witness— the natural happiness, the styling of clothes & the glow…the glow is real & it’s gorgeous.
#DraftDay. i’ve loved Kevin Costner ever since I saw him in Bodyguard (it was my first rated-R movie. i was 8). the scene with the scarf & the knife, oh my! fast forward how ever many years later & insert him into a movie all about football & you’ve got yourself a set of scenes just as sexy as one dealing with scarves. 
New ride. it’s been 3 days & it’s official, i’m in love. a heated steering wheel can make for a pretty smooth transition.
WAFFLE HOUSE. until this morning, i’d never been. my life has been forever changed, for the better.

in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)

  • Afternoon rain showers.  is there anything better when craving a good book &/or a nap?
  • Baby bliss. seeing a good friend in a pregnant state is one of the most beautiful moments to witness— the natural happiness, the styling of clothes & the glow…the glow is real & it’s gorgeous.
  • #DraftDay. i’ve loved Kevin Costner ever since I saw him in Bodyguard (it was my first rated-R movie. i was 8). the scene with the scarf & the knife, oh my! fast forward how ever many years later & insert him into a movie all about football & you’ve got yourself a set of scenes just as sexy as one dealing with scarves. 
  • New ride. it’s been 3 days & it’s official, i’m in love. a heated steering wheel can make for a pretty smooth transition.
  • WAFFLE HOUSE. until this morning, i’d never been. my life has been forever changed, for the better.
April 17th, 2014

it was back in January, after Indianapolis (& the rest of the country) received yet another snow storm, when I asked my parents, “wanna book a trip to somewhere warm & stereotypically sunny?”

they happily obliged, & yesterday, we took off.

this morning, I woke up without the assistance of an alarm, I drank coffee while overlooking a golf course, & I finished a book I started back on February 16th.

today, my plans include not checking work email, not getting sunburned & attempting to eat enough Brach’s mix to experience a mild sugar high.

this is everything my winter-enduring heart needed & I couldn’t be happier that my loving folks are right along my side.

April 16th, 2014

big fan of Courtney Kerr & a big fan of this dress.

(side note: i could use a tan)

click here for to see how this Texas blogger/reality star styled her own.

April 15th, 2014

i was one month away from turning 16 & had been up visiting a friend at Notre Dame when i got home and spotted a Jeep in the driveway. adorned with a big yellow bow the size of Texas, i immediately screamed, jumped out of the car i was in, & ran toward the Grand Cherokee that would become my most reliable relationship for the course of 13+ years.

this 4x4 beauty has taken me on countless trips to the country— 12 hour drives back & forth to undergrad in Nebraska, a trek across the country to California when i decided i should spend a semester out West, a two-year stint in Manhattan (KS), & so many day more miles in between.  

for almost half of my life, this ride has been there through so many physical & emotional storms. we’ve made it through new relationships, heart breaks, music-blaring-end-of-the-night karaoke parties of one, friendships, friday night light adventures, errand runs, the hauling of furniture, moving days, & even the everyday schlepping around of goods.

sure, we haven’t always been on the best of terms (read: we’ve paid for this car at least three times over), but there’s no doubt my 2001 SUV, the one that holds 158,000 miles, has safely transported me from point A to point B more times than i ever gave credit.

today, after much thought & consideration, i’m trading her in.

i’m way more emotional about it than i should be.

when’s the last time you spent 13 years with a selfless object?

i’ve created so many memories with so many great people in this hunk of metal, & while i’ve been looking forward to a new change, i’m not sure i’ll ever be prepared to say my last goodbyes.

my little Jeepy, i know you’ll soon be crushed, but you’ll be in my SUV-lovin’ heart for a long while.

xo,

B

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April 14th, 2014

scenes from Baby B’s shower.

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Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B