Game Day Style | College Basketball

Winter is by far my least favorite season, but there is one good thing about it. College basketball. SU basketball to be specific. If you’re from Syracuse, or even central NY, there’s a solid chance you grew up watching Syracuse basketball religiously.

With that comes the game day experience. Whether you’re watching it at home, a bar on the hill or at the Dome watching the game live, you need to make sure you do it while bleeding orange, and that means rocking orange in your outfit. My game day look is always comfy and casual. I think that’s really the only way to go when it comes to sporting events. I will never understand when girls show up in heels. I consider myself “dressed up” if I actually put on jeans.

So what are the steps to take for an ideal game day? Step 1:  Get tickets. Try TickPick for college basketball tickets (they also have concert, MLB and NFL tickets)! Step 2: Plan your pregame! Get your group together ahead of time to enjoy a few cold ones before it’s game time. Step 3: Pick your outfit. Here’s where these ideas might come in handy…
SU Game Day Style

The look above it my ideal outfit. For me, game day means yoga pants, sneakers and something comfy on top. Maybe a hat if my hair is dirty. It’s crucial to bring a bag that’s big enough, but not too big. Crossbody bags are PERFECT!
SU Game Day
This looks great if you feel like “dressing up” just a little. Jeans, cute top, comfy but stylish sneaks and a little blinggggg. Keep it simple with the colors, incorporating just a pop of orange!!
Hope this helps in your game day style choices. I’m no fashionista, but I do know how to do comfy game day outfits right!  OH, and if you take my advice from Step 1 and decide to get game day tickets through TickPick, sign up here and get a $10 credit towards your first ticket purchase of $50 or more!

What are your game day style essentials?

 

Love Always, Brook ❤

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

Ladies, we all know that men are basically inept when it comes to… most things. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I figured you could use some help showing him what to get. I strategically created this guide to be short, sweet and to the point (much less extensive than my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him). It’s also being posted the week of V-Day because well all know that they probably haven’t gotten you anything yet (Saturday plans…). Hopefully, that means if you leave this window open, or maybe print it and leave it laying around… or “accidentally” copy and paste the URL and send it to him… he will have the capacity to look at it and make a good gift decision. But again, we can only hope.
Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

Jewelry

Second to puppies, diamonds are a girls best friend. Okay, so he doesn’t have to get you diamonds…especially if this relationship is new…but jewelry is always nice!

Love all of these and also these customizable ones.

Lingerie

Something sexy and sweet to wear for late night V-day 😉 Always fun to get and a good way to spice things up.

Can’t go wrong with Victoria’s Secret. Or try Adore Me…$25 for your first set. They have super sexy lingerie, bra and panty separate, sleepwear and even swimwear!

Cute Decor

This might be hard for him because of guys general lack of interior design skillz, but if he can pull this off, then good for him. (Guys – find your nearest Home Goods and get to work!)

Candles

You can never have to many. Bonus points if he pairs the candles with rose petals, a home cooked meal and bottle of wine.

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Pretty Accessories

I wouldn’t normally choose something like this, but I really liked this bag. You can’t really go wrong with an MK clutch. A nice present that you’ll actually use.

Check out Michael Kors Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

Lovely Scents

So you can mask the smell of unwashed hair. Or just to smell like a pretty little flower every single day 🙂

Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue is delicious and so is Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet.

Flowers

Call me old school, but I always love getting flowers (except for when the reason is he fucked up). Some girls think flowers are useless and overrated…but maybe she’s just useless and overrated (lol, jk).

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To the ladies with no man (or a no-good man) in their lives on Valentine’s Day…

…go out and treat yo’ self to some of these things (or all of them)! You deserve it. Men are overrated anyways. Happy Valentine’s Day to nobody but you!

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 What are your favorites Valentine’s Day gifts to get?

Love Always, Brook ❤

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

Happy February ❤ We all know what that means. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Most likely, our first thought is, I wonder what he’s going to get me? Next, shit…what do I get him? Look no further. I’ve compiled a list of fool-proof gift ideas that he will definitely love.

Man Panties

Ladies, don’t lie… you love buying new panties. Your man might not speak up about it, but there’s a solid chance that he’d be amped on some new underthings, just like you. Plus, he probably hasn’t bought himself new underwear within the last year, which means he actually needs them. Help a brotha out and get him some quality undergarments that will ensure that his panties will not be in a bunch!

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I’ve heard great things about Tommy John. They’re known for having lightweight, and breathable mens underwear that doesn’t ride up or fall down! Oh, and apparently they have anti-odor properties so his stink-ass will stay fresh for extended hours.

There Valentine’s Day sets (with adorable ❤ heart ❤ socks that you can totally steal for yourself) are currently marked down, for right around $30! Or, if you want to try out their new Air line you can use the promo code bb93720230cfaee6251c907eb7ae for 20% your purchase of full priced items!

Booze

As pictured above, Maker’s Mark goes great with man panties. Your man will definitely appreciate a bottle of his go-to liquor, or even a 6pack sampler of craft beer!

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

I might be a little whiskey-centric, but I’d also recommend checking out this BuzzFeed article, 21 Amazing Gifts for all Whiskey Lovers, for some more ideas.

Fresh Kicks

Maybe I’ve included this because I’m bias and I want fresh kicks for Valentine’s Day. Forget the roses, give me roshe’s (I’m a 9, plz&thnx).

Valentine's Day Shoes for Him

Oakley Shades

Sunglasses: the male equivalent to sparkly jewelry. Again, I might be totally biased with this suggestion because I am addicted to sunglasses (true life), and I work for Oakley, but I genuinely think this is a great gift! Guys ❤ Oakley, it’s a high quality product, and you can help your man get his T-Pain swag on…

There are a million and one different styles and color combinations, even custom options for some, so I’ve chosen some of the best sellers ranging from lifestyle to sport performance:

Meat

You can’t really go wrong (unless he’s vegan, then don’t give him meat). Men LOVE meat – so a nice home cooked meal with some steaks would probably be ideal for him.

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Since the only thing to do when deciding on a meal to cook is to look to Pinterest for inspiration, I’ve taken the liberty to do that for you.

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Top Left ❤ Grilled Caprese Filet Mignon
Top Right ❤ Italian Stuffed Flank Steak
Bottom Left ❤ Rosemary & Blue Cheese Steak
Bottom Right ❤ Pepper Crusted Cowboy Ribeye

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Post-meat dessert. I don’t think words are really needed for this one. Just check this one stop bacon shop, or see recipe here.

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Massage

And by massage, I mean couples massage. Gift for him, gift for you. Everybody wins! This gift is the best kind of indulgence. Sometimes you just need a day of pampering to refresh. Massages can be pricey, so check Groupon for deals in your area.

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Another option is a home spa day. You’ll have to put in some elbow grease, but you’ll get more bang for your buck – plus it’s a lot more personal. I was searching some things to include in your home spa day, and my new found skincare BFF OZ Naturals posted about it – check out their suggestions here!

I hope this list has helped you to find the perfect valentine’s day gift, or has at least sparked some items. Guys are hard to shop for, so don’t worry about it. Chances are he will like whatever you get, and if he doesn’t…well you can always break up 😉

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Love Always, Brook ❤

NYE Outfits | NYE Dresses | Last Minute Shopping | Basic Brook

Last Minute NYE Outfits under $75

If you’re anything like me you haven’t figured out what you’re wearing for New Years Eve. Yeah…I know, it’s like two days away. So that mean’s it’s time to hit the mall and find a last minute steal.

Emphasis on steal. Because, again, if you’re anything like me and you live in yoga pants, you won’t be wearing this new purchase every weekend. Paying mind to price is key. You want to make sure it’s the style you’re looking for, fits well, and is high quality enough that you won’t split it busting a move – but at the same time, cost effective. Your last minute NYE outfit might also turn into last minute NYE jewelry, shoes, clutch, fur coat….So try not to get too crazy $$$

Here are a few of my last minute picks for last minute New Years Eve outfits:

Sequin

Make your outfit scream NYE. This look is ideal for when you want to portray the look of the actual NYE ball dropping.

Forever21 || H&M || GUESS || Nasty Gal

LBD

Classic. Simple. Jazz it up with some bling, and sky high heels. Or not.

Forever21 || H&M || Gap || Banana Republic

Jumpsuits & Rompers

Dressy, but also comfortable. Shorts if you’re feeling a little racy, or ppt for the full pant if you don’t feel like shaving your legs.

GUESS || H&M || Forever21 || missuided

What are you wearing this New Years Eve?

Because like I said, I still don’t have an outfit! 😡

Love Always, Brook ❤

 

Holiday Style Guide | Ugly Christmas Sweaters | Holiday Essentials

Holiday Party Style Guide: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

The holiday season means lots of reasons for festive, holiday outfits. I recently posted about holiday party style, with a guide to reference when it comes to dressing for fancier shin-digs. This “edition”, if you will, will dig into the more casual Christmas party.

This guide is for holiday parties where you could be doing any or all of the following:

  • Watching movies
  • Baking cookies
  • Drinking eggnog
  • Drinking anything
  • Drinking heavily
  • Secret Santa Exchange
  • Reminiscing
  • Your weird friend pretends to be Santa
  • You want to be comfy
  • There will be drunken debauchery
  • Sledding
  • Elf’s are invited
  • Dogs are dressed up as reindeer
  • Mistletoe kisses
  • Caroling

**Remember, the activities on the list to dictate whether or not you should wear an ugly sweater, however, if any or all of the above are applicable to you it is highly recommended  that you do wear an ugly sweater.**

Here are 5 that I would highly recommend…

Not-So-Ugly Christmas Sweaters

“All I Want For Christmas is Tom Brady”

Move over, Giselle…JK. Get it here.

“Happy Christmas Ya Filthy Muggle”

If you’re into Harry Potter. If you’re not, you can leave my blog.
PS. If you’re looking to buy my a nice X-mas gift, click here!

“Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal”

If you don’t like Harry Potter I guess you can stay.
Opt for this more traditional option.

Precious Little Kissing Deer

These are adorable!

Whimsical Santa’s Sleigh Scene

Artsy, yet classic. Wear your nice jeans with this.

For my last option, do it yourself! If you’re feeling creative, or what the ugliest sweater, that nobody else has, try this DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit!! This is unisex and comes with pom poms, felt reindeer and snowflakes, google eyes, wrapped presents, gold bead necklace, pipe cleaner, fringe and stencils. You can get it in a variety of sizes, in both cayenne red and emerald green!

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Happy Holidays Y’all! May your sweaters be ugly ❤

 

Love Always, Brook ❤

Holiday Party Style Guide

One of the reasons why I love the holidays so much is the parties! Whether it’s an ugly sweater party or a ritzy cocktail party (although most of the parties I attend are the ugly sweater type). However, growing up means at least knowing what to wear IF you’re invited to the ritzier, or more professional type of holiday party…maybe for your job, or your significant other’s. The Black Tux came out with this super helpful guide for choosing your holiday party outfit (and your man’s)!

 

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I will definitely be referring to this for my Christmas party outfit choices… considering the most cohesive outfit I can come up with involves yoga pants and Nikes. And I can’t  say my man’s choices are much better :p And if the event requires a fancy get up, you should try The Black Tux’s suit rental service. All you have to do is send the measurements, and they’ll send you the tux that you choose the week before your event! Once you’re done you ship it back… fo’ free. Plus, their prices start at $95…steal.

Stay tuned for Holiday Party Style Guide Pt. 2 for looks!

What are your favorite holiday party outfits?


Love Always, Brook