Style - January 9, 2017

New Year, New House + Recently on Instagram

The first week of 2017 has come and gone and – ready or not – week 2 is upon us! Have you had time to reflect on your 2016 and assess how things have changed and/or what you’ve accomplished slash didn’t accomplish? I’ve still got a little more reflecting to do myself, but I did jot down a few of the lessons I learned in 2016.

In addition to reflecting on the year that’s just ended, we’ve also got a brand new year to get excited about – 2017 here we come! I don’t know about you, but I’ve got BIG sights for the year ahead and there’s nothing more exciting than a fresh start – a blank slate. Speaking of, here are some (hopefully) helpful and inspiring tips on how to have your best year yet and how to set effective goals that you might have missed from last week’s blog posts.

brighton the day new house ootd, burgundy sneakers, black leggings and grey sweater

If you follow on insta (or snapchat or read my post about my BEST purchases of 2016), then yeppp it’s official friends, I’m a homeowner! Woohoo! It felt strange before I moved in, but now that all my stuff is in this place, it feels EVEN more strange! But at the same time, I LOVE it! I just cannot wait to get all my new furniture in and get everything all decorated and organized. Right now, I”m using two 2 ft. little stools as bar stools and don’t have a mattress on my new bed – just to give you an idea of how out-of-order things currently are! I’m thinking that within the next 6 weeks we should be starting to look more like home. Stay tuned, friends!

But speaking of the new house, what kinds of posts would y’all like to see? I know you want to see the reveal, but that might take a bit of time since I’m getting a few of my staple furniture items custom made. I mentioned doing a kitchen organization post in my snapchat last night and I was surprised to see that several of y’all were actually interested in seeing that!

brighton keller new house ootd, burgundy sneakers, black leggings and grey sweater

What else would y’all like to see? Anything on buying a new house or that process? I learned so much throughout the entire process of deciding to buy and then actually buying a house including (but oh-so-not limited to) the following: borrowing money/mortgages, being a landlord (wait what?! yes, I have room mates), property taxes (omg), closing costs on a house (gahhh), saving money, and so much more throughout the process. I am by NO MEANS an expert on any of this (not even close!), but I’ve at least been through it myself now!

I will say the hardest part for me personally was figuring out “when” it made sense to invest in a house and start building equity versus continuing to rent. In other words, figuring out when I could actually afford a house and all the unexpected costs, responsibilities and potential liabilities that come with it. I feel like that’s definitely a personal decision and depends on a lot of different circumstances, but I think things like budgeting and smart ways to save are things we could all benefit from right? Either way, comment below with what you’d like to learn more about and maybe (if we have enough people interested), I can find a way to share that information on BTD in the future!

buying a washer and dryer at home depot

I posted about it last night on instagram, but YOU GUYS – I bought a washer and dryer. Maybe that’s not a big deal to you but I felt like SUCH an adult walking into Home Depot knowing I was going to get myself a big girl appliance. Like, what?! It was quite the moment for me and I’m looking forward to more to come (ha!). I’ll do my best to share them with y’all too!

Outfit Details: Topshop Ruffle Shoulder Sweater (wearing size 2, fitted fit) // Citizens of Humanity Rocket Jeans (sized down, seriously my new obsession right now // Marc Fisher LTD Sneaker (30% OFF, fit is TTS) // BaubleBar Circus Circle Stud Earrings (have these in silver and gold, SUCH great earrings!)

comfy saturday outfit, oversized grey sweater distressed black jeans, adidas black gazelle sneakers, laid back pony tail

Sweater (wearing size 2) // Denim // Sneakers // Prada bag (REALLY old)

brighton the day ootd royal blue grocery, pink sweater, jeans, and booties

Leith Cowl Neck Top (wearing size XS) // BaubleBar Crispin Drop Earrings (super light weight + come in several colors) // FRAME ‘Le Skinny de Jeanne’ Jeans // Sole Society Alexi Bootie (exact booties are Vince Camuto but they’re sold out so I linked similar)

brighton the day from above black adidas, jeans, tunic sweater

Adidas ‘Gazelle’ Sneakers (recent go-to!) // BP. Knit High Low Tunic (wearing size XXS) // FRAME ‘Le Skinny de Jeanne’ Jeans

brighton keller eating at Saint Ann's in Dallas with casual grey outfit

Lunch at St. Anne’s with Lisel before an afternoon full of meetings. I’ve been wearing this grey sweater on repeat lately and actually posted it again on Saturday w/ my Gazelle sneakers!

Topshop Pointelle Sweater (wearing size 2, fits a little oversized – same sweater I wore in photo above w/ black jeans!) // BDG Girlfriend Jeans (I sized down in these – they actually fit really well) // Giuseppe Zanotti Low Zip Sneakers

brighton the day ootd jeans, burgundy top, louis neverfull

Lush Surplice Tee ($39, BEST shirt ever! I just ordered it in black because it’s so great for night AND day!) // AG Super Skinny Ankle Jean

floral print bomber jacket with leather skirt and otk suede boots

NYE feels like forever ago. Or maybe that’s just me?! But this past week seemed so jam-packed that it felt sort of like 2 weeks! Anyway, this is what I wore for NYE and I (personally) absolutely LOVED this outfit – every single detail of it. The jacket is reversible and I think the floral embroidery is AMAZE (love the colors!). But the tank is maybe the BEST part and the detail that YOU can’t miss. It’s under $50 and the perfect silk tank to layer under blazers or for going out – it also comes in black.

BlankNYC Floral Jacquard Jacket // 4SI3NNA Strappy Tank (GREAT FIND, wearing size XS) // Topshop Faux Leather Pencil Skirt // Baublebar Crystal Choker // Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots

oversized comfy sweater, black jeans, black ankle booties, gucci statement belt, winter ootd

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dawson Mid Bootie // Hinge Strap Back Sweater (wearing size XS, fits oversized and longer) // MOTHER The looker Frayed Skinny Jeans // Gucci Leather Belt (wearing size 80) // Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58 mm Sunglasses


Velvet pleated skirt  (wearing size 0) // black turtleneck // blush leather moto jacket (wearing size XS) // Gucci Loafers

ootd burgundy suede moto jacket, black jeans, statement belt, black turtleneck

burgundy suede moto jacket // mock neck turtleneck // high-waisted denim // silver belt // Ray-Ban Original Aviators 58 mm

gucci belt outfit with open back sweater and black jeans

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dawson Mid Bootie // Hinge Strap Back Sweater // MOTHER The looker Frayed Skinny Jeans // Gucci Leather Belt // Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58 mm Sunglasses

green bomber jacket and graphic tee with black jeans

Topshop Leopard Lined Bomber Jacket (wearing size XS – LOVE this jacket y’all!)// Sincerely Jules T-shirt (33% OFF) // MOTHER The Ankle Step Fray Jeans // Prada Pointy Pumps // Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58 mm Sunglasses

dressing up your sweatshirt with black leather jacket and pumps

Topshop Leather Moto Jacket // ‘This Wine Is Making Me Awesome’ Sweatshirt // Black Distressed Skinny Jeans // Dee Keller Blush Pumps (similar HERE) // Ray-Ban Black Aviators

athleisure look with bomber jacket and moto leggings

I wrote a post all about the new (and everywhere) athleisure trend last week. Check it out and weigh in with your thoughts on the look if you haven’t already!

Topshop Leopard Lined Bomber Jacket // BP. Crewneck Sweater // Adidas ‘Superstar’ Sneakers // Alo Moto Leggings // Ray-Ban Black Aviators

black pleated top with leather skirt and crystal choker

Topshop Pleated Bodysuit // Topshop Faux Leather Pencil Skirt // Baublebar Crystal Choker (LOVE)

sincerely jules lips and lashes tee, leith pink bomber jacket, black jeans, casual everyday outfit

Leith Satin Bomber Jacket // Sincerely Jules T-shirt (wearing size Small) // Frame Distressed Skinny Jeans // Adidas ‘Gazelle’ Sneakers  // Ray-Ban Black Aviators 

cozy teddy shearling coat, distressed black denim, black jeans and green sweater, vince warren sneakers, aviators, grey suede slip ons

Shop the latest Teddy coats in last week’s round up post!

Cotton Emporium Mock Neck Tunic // Ivanka Trump Faux Fur Jacket // MOTHER The Ankle Step Fray Jeans //Vince Warren Slip-On Sneaker // Gucci Leather Belt

sincerely jules t shirt flat lay picture, adidas, aviators, headphones, black jeans

Sincerely Jules T-shirt // Frame Distressed Skinny Jeans // Ray-Ban Black Aviators  // Adidas ‘Superstar’ Sneakers // Daniel Wellington Watch

brighton the day ootd black swing dress, lv bag, grey booties

Lush Leah Shift Dress (ON SALE for $30, fits a little bit short, wearing size XS) // Karen Walker Sunglasses // BP. Trolley Bootie

brighton the day ootd black pants and top, pink coat, pumps

BB Dakota Drape Front Trench Coat // Valentino Rockstud Tote // Dior Glasses // Citizens of Humanity Rocket Jeans // BP. Double V Camisole // Manolo Blahnik Pump

brighton the day ootd black embroidered jeans, white top and pink jacket

Topshop Jamie Embroidered Jeans // Topshop Rouleau Swing Camisole // BB Dakota Faux Suede Jacket // Manolo Blahnik Pump // Valentino Rockstud Tote // Dior Glasses

brighton the day ootd white turtleneck sweater and jeans, hp village

Ivanka Trump Cowl Neck Sweater // BLANKNYC Fool Me Twice Skinny Jeans

brighton the day ootd, black ripped jeans, black adidas, pink bomber jacket, white tee

Leith Satin Bomber Jacket // Sincerely Jules T-shirt // Frame Distressed Skinny Jeans // Adidas ‘Gazelle’ Sneakers  // Ray-Ban Black Aviators