Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Brief Stay in Pittsburgh | Life Lately

Hi loves!

I just wanted to give a little update on the few days I spent in Pittsburgh working at Duquesne University.  It is such a lively, young, and eclectic city. Everywhere I turned there was a new shop, restaurant, or place to hang out.

While I was in Pittsburgh I ate at some really great places:

Steel Cactus
Milkshake Factory
Pamela's Diner
(The Croissant French Toast..OMIGOD)

 I definitely would recommend visiting this city if you haven't already!

Wonderful chocolates at The Milkshake Factory

View of Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington

I love making new friends (note the milkshakes in hand)

Adorable homemade candles in the marketplace

The beer candles ACTUALLY smelled like beer
Still figuring out how I feel about that

I even had time to explore Millennium Dance Complex -one of my favorite dance studios!

Duquesne is a beautiful campus within the busy city

Look at the color of the trees!

Are any of you from Pittsburgh? What do you love most about it!?  What other cities do you think I need to visit? Let me know in the comments.

With love,

Traci J

Monday, November 3, 2014

Autumn 2014| The World Through My Headphones

Hello loves,

I feel like I haven't shared anything with you for a while and I just needed to have some Bows for Justine - reader time.

The separation anxiety is killing me.

Throughout my traveling - there is always one thing that is constant. I am always creating new playlists listening to new music, discovering old music, and listening to it at every chance I get.  So, I was brainstorming quick, easy, and personal ways to connect with you through BFJ and came up with a new series... WOOHOO!


The World Through My Headphones.
Click here to follow on Spotify

Through these posts I'll share what I'm listening to and include a Spotify playlist so you can listen along with me! Eeeee! I hope you are as excited as I am.

Afire Love...Ed Sheeran
Nina...Ed Sheeran
Often...The Weeknd
Coffee...Sylvan Esso
Runaways...Betty Who
Fun...Troye Sivan
Love Lost - Acoustic...The Temper Trap
If I Go...Ella Eyre
Fire N Gold...Bea Miller
See Her On The Weekend...Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Maps For The Getaway...Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Nicotine...Panic! At The Disco
Collar Full...Panic! At The Disco
Give Me A Little More Time...Drake Bell

In the fall I tend to lean towards mellow-toned tracks like Coffee, Love Lost, and Bridges.  Something about music like that makes me want to curl up on the couch with coffee and a blanket. But then there's songs like Collar Full, Nicotine, and If I Go which don't fit in that realm at all. Deal with it, okay?  My playlists are always pretty eclectic in terms of genre, artists, and everything possible really.  I have a hard time staying consistent - even when I'm trying.  

Kind of like this blog. At this point you're probably thinking... "this is supposed to be a beauty blog, right?"


I hope you enjoy my autumn playlist.  What are you listening to this fall? Do you have random musical taste like I do? What songs am I missing on this playlist?! Let me know in the comments!

Don't forget to follow on Spotify - click here!

With love,

Traci J

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Love Weddings! Drinks All Around | October Style Challenge

Hello loves,

First things first. I - LOVE - WEDDINGS.

I admit it. I am a hopeless romantic. I get caught up in the flowers, the vows, the venue... Shoot, I even get caught up in the color scheme. Weddings. They're down right magical.  

And... I'm in luck.  My beautiful best friend, Melissa, is getting married next summer - and asked me to be her Maid of Honor.  Not only to I get to attend the wedding of two of my most favorite people on the planet - but I get to help her plan her big day.  Since the boyfriend no longer exists - this may be the closest I get to planning a wedding in quite some time. #foreveralone

Snap out of it, Traci. Let's get to the point.

Yes. So, the people at Weddington Way approached me with a challenge to style a bridesmaid look centering around one of their dresses. My reply was "HECK YES I WILL." Okay, that wasn't really what the email said - but you get the gist.

The challenge was as follows: If you were the Maid of Honor and the bride asked you to help her style the look for her big day, what would you suggest?  -Side note how convenient that I AM the Maid of Honor?!

I took one look at this dress and my mind immediately went to Breakfast at Tiffany's - and then to Blair Waldorf (this is the way my brain works).  The style of the dress is super classic. I paired it with the black pumps - pearl collar - and trendy coral lipstick.  Mint and coral will forever be my favorite color combination. I cannot get enough. 

I threw in the cute tank just for grins...hoping my bride will let me wear this while we are getting ready ;) 

Take a few moments to peruse their site and gawk at all the BEAUTIFUL dresses.  How would you help style your friends' wedding? 

I challenge you to create your own style board and link to your post below!

Don't forget to check out all of their bridesmaid dresses here!

With love,

Traci J