Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Brianna's Makeup Regimen!

Once again, it's been a long time since my last post... So sorry!
Over the years, I have received so many inquiries about the cosmetic products that I use or how I apply my makeup... so I finally built up the courage to make a video!
This seriously took a lot of courage because I pretty much never (I don't think I have EVER) post anything of myself with absolutely zero makeup. Even in "natural" photos, I always have at least a little concealer and eyebrows lined. SO... if you plan to hate on my makeup-less-ness or the funny faces I make while applying my makeup, you can scat! haha.
I made the video for the purpose of showing you how I apply my makeup (which is not necessarily the "right way"... it's just "my way"). Also, I wanted to talk about the products that I use and prefer.
Hopefully you find this helpful :)
The first video is applying concealer, powder, brows, and eyeshaddow...
The second video is applying eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lips.

Click on the photos below to be directed to the videos!

Enjoy :)

Friday, August 31, 2012

5 Months Later... I'm BACK!

Well, hello there!
I know I have been MIA for 5 months (and 10 days), but I have had every intention of picking my blog back up where I left off when I had a moment to breathe
(and a moment when I felt like writing).
As you may recall, I started graduate school in the spring to obtain my MS in Merchandising from UNT. It's going really well!! I did awesome in my spring classes and I just started my fall semester yesterday. I've elected to only take one class this fall, however, because of football season, the holidays, and a couple other reasons that I'll elaborate on below...
1. I got a new joooooobbb!!!! I am super proud to say that I am in my 2nd week as the Assistant General Manager for Gucci at the Dallas Galleria. So many people have asked me why I left Louis Vuitton, and it's pretty simple; this is a better job, with better pay, more responsibility, doing more of what I love to do, and still working for one of the world's top luxury brands! At Louis Vuitton, I was the Operations Manager, which was a stepping stone to becoming a Store Manager someday. The Operations Manager spends most of their time in the back of house, ensuring that all bills are paid, maintenance issues are attended to, enforcing budget and audit compliance, managing housekeeping, electrical services, ordering all supplies, managing the shipping and receiving process (and the shipping/receiving employee), implementing new procedures to increase organization and efficiency... I could go on and on. It's a very broad role. However, that position was more about managing processes instead of people. In my new role as Assistant General Manager (a position that doesn't exist in the LV management structure in the Dallas market), I am still doing some of the same things that I did as Ops Manager, but I am also managing a large sales staff and a stock employee. This includes the responsibility of developing the team members to reach their individual sales goals, and ensuring that our store achieves monthly, quarterly, and annual sales goals. There really isn't much that I get more pumped up about than motivating a team to reach a goal, having one-on-one talks with each person to discuss how they can grow and improve, setting standards, following up, sharing ideas and best practices, and then watching the sales climb as a result of consistent, powerful, and thoughtful leadership. And the cherry on top? My boss (the GM) is amazing. Her name is Brenda and she is super smart, educated, experienced, tough but thoughtful, and very welcoming of feedback. She truly cares about her team and appreciates everyone for their individual strengths. Best of all, the really appreciates me and believes in my ability to lead the team. She loves my ideas. And I love that! Haha :)
Love these GUCCI sunglasses! I need these!
2. We are MOVING! It seems like we just moved in to our current home... and that's because it's true! We have lived here for only about a year and a half, but now we are required to move because of Eric's fantastic new job as the CFO of the Town of Addison! This was a HUUUUGE promotion for him and I could not be more excited and proud! Because he is a town executive, we are required to live within 15 "air miles" of the town, which is basically about 20-25 miles when driving. Currently, we are about 35 miles from Addison... but with all of the construction happening on Highway 114 and 635, it takes about an HOUR to get there! Moving will be awesome for me also, because the Galleria is about 4 minutes from Eric's office! It's not technically IN Addison, but it's right on the border of North Dallas and Addison. So, wherever we end up living, it will be closer for both of us-- and we're REALLY excited about THAT! We've had several showings on our home (you can view the listing here), but nothing serious yet. I'm getting pretty antsy because I just want to get the ball rolling! We are probably going to build a new home once our current home sells, and we'll live somewhere (like an apartment or condo) temporarily while the building takes place. I don't really like not knowing where we will be living in the future, although I have an idea of the general area... but I am really ready to get the process started! I started looking at builders in various areas, but they had a very limited number of lots left and they ended up selling out. Thus, I decided to stop looking until we are ready to start building so I don't get my hopes up for no reason. Hopefully someone will buy our house soon!
In other news...
  • My brother turned 21 on August 2nd, and he moved into his very own (first) apartment on August 18th. I am so proud of him! He's becoming a real adult and it makes me feel ancient!
This was the 4th or 5th bar we visited on his birthday... He was drinking the Cactus Juice at Iron Cactus in Dallas. The pretty lady to his right is Elizabeth, his girlfriend :)
  • I got a new CARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!! My previous vehicle, Black Betty, was a 2002 Infiniti QX4 with almost 200,000 miles! We kept fixing things that would break because I didn't have a car payment, but Eric was starting to become more irritated as the problems became more frequent. In about a 6 month time frame, we replaced both catalytic converters, got all new tires, fixed some pipes that were leaking and causing the air conditioner to malfunction. Then, as I was driving down the highway in 102 degree heat, my compressor went out, which is vital for the air conditioner to blow cold air. So, there I was, driving down the road dripping in sweat, my hair sticking to my face and my shirt sticking to my back, not understanding why SUPER HOT AIR was coming out of my air vents. I turned the air OFF and I rolled the windows DOWN, but that wasn't a big help. It was still hotter than Hades. I drove as fast as possible to the nearest Christian Brothers Automotive, where they told me the estimated repairs would cost around $1,600. That was the final straw for Eric... so he told me to go test drive some cars. Only about 4 days later, and totally unbeknownst to me, Eric bought me the exact vehicle I wanted-- a brand new, 2012 Mercedes ML350! He picked me up from work in the new car, and I didn't even see him because I was looking for his truck! He honked at me and waved, and I started crying, obviously! I was so excited!

Let's see... what else...
  • I CANNOT WAIT for TCU Football to start in 8 days! We have a brand new stadium and this is our first year in the BIG 12 CONFERENCE!!! LET'S GO FROGS!!
  • Eric and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary on August 28, 2012! Eric had a super late council meeting that night, but he sent flowers to me at work and when he finally got home, we went to Chilis (I LOVE that place-- don't hate)... but we plan to have a nice celebratory dinner in the near future! :)

Well... that's enough for now. Hopefully it won't be another 5 months between posts! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

B.Cannon Look Book

I must say that I am absolutely obsessed with fashion right now! 

Since fashion is cyclical, it occasionally goes through phases that are not always my favorite. During those times, I tend to stick to my basic chic looks... but right now, I'm all about adopting the trends! 

This spring, fashion is all about creating a fabulous look with a POP of COLOR!

Here's my look for today:

TJ Maxx knit top
Zara black leggings
Ann Taylor necklace
Tory Burch wedges

Why it works: 
This blousy knit top looks great with the super fitted black leggings because the proportion is balanced. The color blocking on the top is super cute but not over the top. The salmon color on the top is perfectly paired with the salmon color in the necklace, which adds a little sparkle and excitement to this fun yet casual look. This look is incredibly comfortable, effortless, and completely in fashion. It's perfect for my day of running errands and doing chores-- I love it!! 

Style Challenge:
Take a neutral color palette (such as black, white, and tan-- as shown in this look) and add a pop of a bright and exciting color! You can even try adding a touch of neon to your palette!

Looks I'm Loving:
H&M Top
J CREW Necklace
J CREW Shorts & Top
J CREW striped dress--
the perfect canvas for a pop of color!!
Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress
Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse--
the perfect canvas for a pop of color!
BCBG Maxazria skirt
H&M Blazer
H&M mini-dress
Banana Republic cuff bracelet


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Best Husband in the World!

Yes! It's true! I have the best husband in the world!!! 

For many reasons. Allow me to elaborate... 

1. Eric recently passed his FOURTH and FINAL CPA exam. I don't know if you have any idea how difficult the CPA exams are (there are 4 exams that you have to pass in 18 months), but the national pass rate for the CPA exams is around 10-12%, which is significantly lower than the Bar exam. Needless to say, I'm super proud of my wonderful, smart, and driven husband.
This was me quizzing Eric for his last CPA exam!

2. On Saturday, March 3rd, I went to Ann Taylor on my lunch break because their window displays and sale easel captured my attention yet again! I found an amazingly adorable dress and a stunning necklace to go with it. So, naturally, I tried it on and took a picture in the dressing room. I sent the picture to Eric and said "Look at this outfit from Ann Taylor! They have really awesome stuff right now!" Then I went back to work. Around 5:00pm, about an hour before I was scheduled to leave for the day, Eric came walking through the door of my store with a garment bag and small shopping bag from Ann Taylor! I was shocked to see him, and I knew immediately that he purchased the outfit I photographed when I saw what he was carrying! It was SUCH a sweet surprise and there was absolutely no particular reason for his random act of kindness. He just knew it would make me happy. Plain and simple. 
Ann Taylor really does have some great things right now!

3. He let me purchase this necklace!!!
Louis Vuitton Damier Perle Necklace! LOVE!!!

4. After a really rough day this past week, Eric made it his mission to turn my day around by cooking a delicious dinner and having a cocktail ready for me when I got home! He grilled steaks and bacon wrapped asparagus, and had a Makers and Diet waiting for me. Additionally, he had been keeping an eye on when the new Footloose movie would be available for rent (because I'd been DYING to see it), so he knew that it was available that day! He rented it for us on AT&T U-Verse, and we enjoyed a movie night in our media room. (By the way, it was a SUPER good movie and Eric even enjoyed it. There are so many funny parts and the dancing is awesome! Entertaining for anyone!) 
Delicious Steaks on the Grill!

5. While I took a 4 hour long timed-test today for grad school, Eric made sure I had everything I needed. He kept checking on me, asking how it was going, offered a cup of coffee, asked if he could get me anything, etc. It was just super sweet. On a particular question, I was struggling and he offered to look for the answer in my text while I continued on to another question. My pride made me refrain from accepting his assistance, but it was a thoughtful gesture. He is always so ready and willing to help me with anything, and I am always his number one priority.
My text books!
The test I took today was for the Educational Research class.

How did I get this lucky? I'm really not sure. I guess it's because we were meant for each other and we held out for each other instead of settling for relationships that may have been convenient at the time. I also know for a fact that God had HUGE role in guiding my life towards Eric. Thank you, Jesus!! 

Q: What's the key to a happy life?
A: Marry the right person! 
Eric and I on our wedding day-- August 28, 2010!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What we've been up to lately...

To fill everyone in on what's been going on with the Cannon's lately, here's a little run-down: 

My dad turned 50 on January 30th, but we celebrated his birthday with him this past weekend when he came in town and stayed with us for the weekend. I wanted to surprise him with something really awesome for his gift since turning 50 is a pretty big deal, so we ended up getting him a Sony Tablet (he saw one at the Sony Store a few months ago and went on and on about it)! My Grandma Dottie (my dad's mom) contributed to the cost of the Tablet, which made this gift possible-- thank you, Grandma! My dad was totally shocked when he opened his gift, which made me really happy! After opening presents, we went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. It was SO yummy, as always! 


I have been studying like crazy for my grad classes-- and it's paying off! I've received a 100% on every single assignment! I had my first exam about a week and a half ago, but the grades aren't final yet-- so I'll be anxious to find out how I did!! :) 


I was a guest speaker at the TCU Merchandising Matters Symposium! I had a great time because I always love visiting the TCU campus, and I also got to see several former classmates. The Merchandising Matters Symposium is basically a series of round table discussions organized by the Design, Merchandising and Textiles department at TCU for Junior and Senior level students to meet and ask questions to industry professionals. I remember going to this symposium when I was in school, and it was kind of amazing to be there again, but on the other side of the table!! I've already received several emails from students that I spoke with at the Symposium, thanking me for my advice and for taking the time to speak with them about my career and Louis Vuitton as a company. 
...Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)
{I didn't take any pictures of my look for the symposium, which is so sad because it was a SUPER fab look... oh well, maybe I'll wear it again sometime!} 


Eric and I went to the season opener TCU Baseball game against Ole Miss! Although the Frogs lost, it was super fun to see our friends! After the game, we went to dinner with everyone-- Jim, Sean, Bobby, Chelsea, and Wade! But have no fear, the Frogs beat Ole Miss during the next game that next Sunday ;) 


Today is GO PURPLE Tuesday! I'm wearing my purple and white oxford Polo-- GO FROGS!!!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Eric and I had a lovely Valentine's day. It was super low key, but we enjoyed it. I was off work for the day (thanks, boss!) so I spent my morning visiting with my mom at her work. I took her flowers, a card, and some chocolate covered strawberries! She was so excited by my surprise visit and it was nice to catch up with her in person. She looked so cute, as always!

After visiting with my mom, I stopped by Chic-fil-A to get lunch for Eric and I, and then I took it to him at work. He is super swamped right now at work, so he didn't even have time to take a lunch break! I sat in his office with him and ate while he worked and kind of ate-- haha. Then I did a few errands and things before Eric got home that evening.

When I heard Eric's truck pulling into our driveway, I raced to get Louis (our little Maltese) in his bumblebee costume. Why was I putting Louis in his bee costume, you might ask? Well because it was part of my card delivery presentation, of course! (haha!) I got a card for Eric that was "from the dogs", which had a bulldog on the front dressed in a bumblebee costume. When you open the card, it says "Will you BEE my Valentine?" So naturally, I taped the card to the wings of Louis' bee costume so he could run to the front door to greet his dad and give the valentine's day card himself! (Genius, I know.) The card delivery presentation for the card I gave to Eric from myself was much less entertaining-- I just handed it to him. But it was a sweet card, so I know he liked it :)

After the card exchange, we went to the AMC Cinema Suites to watch The Vow and have dinner. It was an absolutely fantastic movie, by the way!

So... in the spirit of Valentine's Day and all things lovey-dovey, I feel compelled to share just how lucky I am to be in the relationship that I'm in. And for those of you out there who are not in relationships, or who are questioning whether your relationship is right for you, maybe this can help guide you. I'm certainly not saying that our relationship is perfect, but it's perfect for us.

  • I'm lucky to have a husband that ALWAYS puts my wants and needs before his own.
  • I'm lucky to be in a relationship that is BALANCED. Neither one of us "wears the pants". Sure, there are certain issues where one of us can "pull rank", but we have a mutual respect for eachother.
  • I'm lucky to be in a relationship where I can be myself and my husband absolutely loves me for that, and vice versa. We don't have to sugar coat our opinions, try not to hurt eachother's feelings, or hide how we really feel about something.
  • I'm lucky to be in a relationship where we really do "get" eachother. If I randomly start crying (which is rare-- but it has happened) Eric knows exactly what to do to make me smile. Likewise, if Eric is in a mood (he doesn't cry --ever-- for the record) I always make him talk about it (even if he doesn't want to) because it always makes him feel better.
  • I'm lucky to be in a relationship where we have the same priorities and goals. One of us isn't the "hard worker"-- we both work our butts off. Additionally, we have the same views on when we want to raise a family, where we want to be in life by a certain age, how we want to live our life, the kind of people we want to be, etc. etc. etc...
  • I'm lucky that my husband really is my best friend. I've heard so many people in relationships (even un-married couples) that say they just need a "break" or time with the guys/girls. While we both certainly have our own friends, we really do love to be together. Neither of us have ever said that we need our "space" or time away with our friends. Not that spending time with friends is unhealthy or bad-- we just genuinely would rather spend time with eachother! Even when I travel to amazing places for work, I miss him constantly. 
  • I'm lucky to be in a relationship where we are each proud to be each other's spouse. We don't "poke fun" at one another. If we were ever in a situation where someone was giving one of us a hard time, we are always ready to defend our other half-- even if it's not really necessary. There are some relationships where the wife is always joking about her husband being lazy or not thoughtful... or the husband jokes about how the wife has the key to his ball and chain... or whatever. But I'm glad that in my relationship, we don't like to put each other down-- even if it is "just a joke". 
  • I'm lucky to be in a relationship where fighting is not an issue. This doesn't mean we don't fight-- because we definitely do. Eric and I are both super passionate, hot-headed people who are both aggressive and confrontational... so this usually leads to a "fight" about something totally not important. However, the difference between our relationship and all others that I've observed is that our "fights" don't last longer than 10 minutes. Literally. We just can't stay mad at each other. We don't like how it feels, and one of us always feels bad (either for getting mad or for making the other mad). It usually ends with Eric making me laugh, and one of us apologizing for losing our cool. 
  • I'm lucky to be in a relationship where acts of kindness are random, and not reserved just for holidays. Maybe this is why Valentine's day is not a big deal to me. If there is something I really want, Eric will get it for me-- no occasion needed. Likewise, if there is something Eric wants, I always encourage him to get it regardless of whether or not there is an occasion for the purchase (I don't go buy things for him randomly because he is the keeper of the finances! haha). It's fun to live a life where exciting things can happen at any time, and not just when it's a holiday.
Well, I'm sure I could go on forever... but that's all I've got for now. If you're not in a relationship, I recommend using those bullets as a guide for what you should look for. If you are in a relationship, hopefully this already applies to you.
I hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day filled with LOVE! But more than anything, I hope you find (or are already in) a relationship where every day feels like Valentine's Day! :)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Words Per Minute

HI Everyone! So while I was just taking a break from writing my horribly long exam review, I was thinking to myself how I am kind of impressed with how fast I have been typing my notes as I read my text book-- and with relatively few errors! It made me want to find a Words Per Minute test online to see what my actual WPM count is and how accurate I am. Well it only took about 2 seconds to find this easy WPM test!

A "good" score is around 45 words per minute, although professional typists usually type around 100 WPM!

Here's my score after my first attempt... maybe after all of this review typing, my WPM will improve even more! :) Haha.

Words Per Minute Test
Words Per Minute Test

Your Typing Speed is 50 Words Per Minute.
You typed 1 incorrect words.
Your gross typing speed is 51 words per minute.
Your accuracy is 98%.

B.Cannon Look Book

Yesterday I spent most of the day working on my review for my first exam in grad school. So far my review is 6 pages long, and I'm not even through all of the power-point presentations OR the 7 chapters of text. I have to finish my review today because it's my last day off before my test. I have a feeling it's going to be a looooooooong day!

Other than studying, I went to The Container Store and Hobby Lobby to pick up a few things for the store. Then, when Eric got home, we went to Sushi Zen and rented Drive from Red Box. We didn't know much about this movie, but it seemed like it would be a good action flick that would be worth the $1.12 charge. Well, this movie was DIFFERENT, to say the least. It was soooooo sllloooowwwww for most of the movie, then when things finally did get exciting it was overly graphic and pretty gross. I like all of the Kill Bill movies, and those are really graphic, but this movie had me looking away and nearly gagging. As a whole, it was OK. I'm not mad that we spent $1.12 on it... but I might be upset if we paid $5.00 to rent it through AT&T U-Verse. Haha.

With all that being said, here was my look yesterday... 

Vintage {my late great-grandma's} Ballantyne of Peebles mustard yellow cardigan
Anthropologie paisley a-line top
Zara chocolate brown leggings
Gianni Bini tan slouchy boots
Ann Taylor LOFT burgundy necklace
David Yurman cuff bracelets
Louis Vuitton bow bracelet in Rouge Fauviste

Here's a close up picture. 
This cardigan is super special.

Here's the old-timey label in the sweater. So cool.

Why it Works: 
This look is perfect for a day like yesterday-- studying, running errands, going to a casual dinner, etc. It's extremely comfortable and easy. The color palette is what I love most about this look. Mustard yellow, burgundy, brown, navy... all of these colors are super rich and bold-- they look amazing together. As with the last look I wrote about, this look plays with proportion nicely. The loose fitting top and cardigan balance well with the slim fitting skinnies. This cardigan is truly unique, and every time I wear it I get tons of compliments. It's so fun to incorporate something vintage that was passed down from a family member. To make it even better, this sweater really is on trend. The color, shape, and Peter-Pan style collar are all being reflected in several designer collections right now. As a whole, this look is fun and playful while still maintaining an on-trend appearance.

Style Challenge: 
If you have something vintage in your wardrobe, do some surfing around on the websites of designer collections to see if your item is similar to something currently being shown. For instance, here is a picture I found on Google of an item from the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 Ready To Wear collection...
It's similar to the color of my cardigan, and it features a similar neckline and collar shape. It's fun to wear sentimental or vintage pieces while still making them look current and fresh!


Monday, February 6, 2012

B.Cannon Look Book

I can't believe January is OVER and it's almost Eric's birthday and Valentine's day! 

This year is going to fly by... 
I can already tell. 

To give you an update on Grad School, things are going very well! I'm getting the hang of online classes and so far I've had to write 3 papers, participate in a couple online discussions, and take a couple quizzes. Best news yet-- I have a 100% in one class and a 97% in the other class. WOO!! I have my first exam this week, so I'll spend most of the day today creating my review for the test. Wish me luck!!

In other news, my dad turned 50 on January 30th, 
and Eric turns 28 on February 9th! 
to both of you wonderful men!

Last night, Eric and I went to the city manager's house to watch the Superbowl. I loved the halftime show-- Madonna throwback songs will win me over anytime any place. Haha! She's so fabulous. And what's more impressive-- she's old enough to be a mother to any player on that football field, but she still looks absolutely fabulous. Her thigh-high boots were making me drool. Although I was not happy about the Giant's victory, it was a fun evening anyway.

Here's one of my looks from a couple weeks ago. It was actually what I wore to my follow up appointment for my LASIK surgery. That explains why I'm wearing glasses in my picture-- I wasn't allowed to wear eye makeup yet! 
 BCBG Maxazria black, long sleeve shirt
Ann Taylor black cowl neck, sleeveless tunic
Ann Taylor LOFT gray skinny jeans
Louis Vuitton lurex shawl monogram in Amarante 
Nine West over-the-knee black leather boots
David Yurman jewelry
Anthropologie glasses

Why it Works: 
I love this look!! It's super chic but still casual enough for running errands, lunching, etc. The key here, as I've mentioned before, is the proportion. The long tunic with the tall boots gives excellent balance to this look. The monochromatic color palette also helps to make the look feel sophisticated. The pop of color with the deep purple scarf is perfect because it's not too much color, but just enough to give the look a little extra something. The silver lurex threading in the scarf compliments the gray skinny jeans nicely, adding a hint of glam!

Style Challenge:
Try using a single pop of color on a monochromatic palette for a super sophisticated yet very fashionable look! Also, remember to layer and use proper proportion! :)


Monday, January 23, 2012

B.Cannon Look Book

Can you believe January is almost over?! 

That's CRAZY.

Well, amidst my errand running, studying, friend visiting, lunching, and working... I have still managed to create new looks for your viewing pleasure. Not really-- haha-- I do it for my own pleasure. I just absolutely love styling myself {or others} ...But I hope you do enjoy my looks and maybe learn a little something, too ;) 

This was an errand running day, which concluded with a dinner date with my hubby at Bricks Pizza and Wine Bar! {LOVE that place.}

LOFT black and white tweed jacket
BCBGeneration woven blouse with blue/black/white abstract print
LOFT skinny jeans
Nine West over-the-knee black leather boots {Love 'em-- can't get enough!}
Banana Republic black, silk scarf
David Yurman cuff bracelets
Louis Vuitton bow bracelet
Earrings-- not clearly visible-- are chandelier style with dark blue crystals

Why it Works:
Color. Composition. Proportion. That's the magic formula here.
The palette is cool and collected with cobalt blue, black and white. The combination of textures, patterns, and prints gives this look a ton of depth, excitement, and contrast. It's not very visible in this poor quality photo, but the scarf actually has a black-on-black woven design that consists of several giant polka-dots. Especially in person, the different textures are really interesting. Additionally, the flow-y, delicate, chiffon-like top contrasted against the bulky tweed jacket is unexpectedly chic. Finally, the proportion is correct with high volume on top and sleek lines on the bottom-- which are made even more sleek with the tall, black, high heel boots. The earrings, although not fully visible at all times, offer just the right amount of sparkle that is eye catching when they are seen in the right light. In total, this look has a great balance of romantic and bold elements that combine to create a look that is super stylish.

Style Challenge: 
Try combining romantic and bold style elements to create your own chic look! {If you don't have a tweed jacket or blazer, it might be time to invest in one-- Be sure to choose something neutral that can be paired with countless looks!} Fashion is all about combining things that are unexpected, so don't hesitate to pair a romantic lace blouse with a bold blazer, a sweet chiffon top with distressed denim, or lovely pearls with weathered leather! Your options are limitless! Get to your closet right now and start exploring the possibilities :)


Sunday, January 22, 2012

B.Cannon Look Book

Sorry it's been so long since my last Look Book post! It sounds lame, and I promise not to continue using this as an excuse, but I just started my graduate program so I spent a good amount of time on my days off this past week trying to familiarize myself with everything. I'm taking 2 classes through The University of North Texas and they're both online-- my first time ever taking online classes! It's definitely different, but I think I'm going to do well. {Thank goodness I'm already very used to being on my computer a lot!}

So, without further adieu, here's one of my looks from the past couple weeks! 

Banana Republic jacquard a-line jacket in brown and gold
BCBG Maxazria gray cowl neck sweater
True Religion boot leg denim pants
Tory Burch brown wedges
Louis Vuitton gray belt with gold "LV" buckle

Why it Works: 
I won't lie, every time I wear boot leg jeans I feel dated. Skinny pants are so in style right now that I almost never wear anything else. However, this look is fun and trendy enough to compensate for the boot leg jeans. With that being said, if you're going to wear a boot leg denim pant, be mindful of what you pair with them so your look feels current and fashion forward. This look is sophisticated and casual at the same time, and I must say that I am in love with this jacket. I've had it for years, but the super timeless A-Line silhouette (reminiscent of Jackie O) makes it a staple that can be appropriately incorporated into any look regardless of the current trends. Plus, the combination of colors (brown and gold) along with the heavy, jacquard woven fabric gives it a super luxurious feel. Additionally, this color palette in general (all neutrals-- brown, gray, and gold tones) adds to the sophistication of this look. The gold hardware on the belt and the shoes is a fun and trendy addition that play off the metallic gold of the jacket, elevating the look and making it more polished or "finished". In this look, the belt is used in place of any other major accessory, such as a statement necklace or earrings. It's important to accessorize, but it's also important not to over accessorize :)

Style Challenge:
Try breaking out an item in your wardrobe that you've had for years and make it look current by pairing it with the right items that are on-trend. Also, challenge yourself to find an alternate way to accessorize than your normal routine. If you always find yourself throwing on a necklace, try wearing a scarf or a belt instead. If you're lacking accessories all together, challenge yourself to add a major accessory with every look! And remember to layer, layer, layer! 

Happy styling!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Much Anticipated Post About My LASIK Surgery!

Let me start by saying no, I didn't wear contacts or glasses before my surgery. I own glasses because sometimes it was hard for me to read the overhead projectors in class during high school and college-- but I literally never wore them except for those few occasions. However, in the past year I have really noticed a decline in my vision. It was becoming such a problem that I could only read street signs as I was passing them, and anything illuminated {such as stop lights, blinking construction signs, or neon-lit signs} appeared to be a blurry halo of light that was almost impossible to read or see clearly.

Thus, when electing my benefits for 2012, I told Eric that I wanted to add vision to my plan because I would definitely need glasses and contacts. This is when Eric suggested that I look into getting LASIK. I hadn't even thought about it because my vision wasn't that bad. {I mean, sure... if I took the vision test at the DPS to renew my license, I would probably fail... but that's neither here nor there, haha.}

So I decided to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tylock, because that's who Eric used when he had LASIK about 3 years ago, and he had an excellent experience.
{And because Dr. Tylock is the official LASIK surgeon of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Dallas Stars... and if professional athletes who rely on their vision to make millions of dollars can trust Gary to take a laser to their eyes, then I can trust Gary, too.} 
These "Best Doctors in Dallas"
magazine covers and plaques are all over the place in the office...
dating from around 2002 to present.

My consultation was back in October, and it was short and sweet. They were basically making sure I was a candidate for LASIK, seeing how bad my vision was, and how much correction was needed, etc. They told me I was a candidate, that my correction would be minimal, and that my vision was borderline legal to drive... Oops. They gave me all the info and pricing that day, and I went ahead and booked my surgery date. There were several other doctors that conducted my consultation-- Gary only does the actual surgeries.

The entire cost of my surgery was $2940-- $150 that I paid on the day of my consultation to secure my surgery date, then the rest was paid on my surgery date. $2500 was paid using my flexible spending card, and the remaining $290 was put on our credit card. {For those of you who haven't used flexible spending, it's an election you can make using your company benefits. The amount of money that you elect is sent to you on a credit card that can be used for a variety of medical purposes. You can use the credit card right away, and the money is taken out of your paycheck little by little for a year. But the best part is that flexible spending is pre-tax! Saving the tax might seem minor, but it's actually a lot of money!}

I arrived at Dr. Gary Tylock's LASIK clinic on Thursday, January 12 at 9:15am {which was 45 minutes late due to the horrific traffic on Highway 114 because of the construction... even though we left an hour before our arrival time for a 30 minute trip without traffic... but I'm not bitter or anything}.

After checking in, Eric and I sat in the lobby/waiting room for about 10 minutes, then they called me back to watch a short video about the whole process and gave me a Valium pill {hallelujah}. After the video, I was taken into a very serene room with recliners where they gave me a series of eye drops, a blue hair cover, and blue shoe covers. {I was looking super hot, as you can imagine.} I relaxed in the recliner for about 20 minutes, and then they took me into the operating room. I was told to lay in the first of 3 recliners {there were people in the other two recliners-- it was almost like an assembly line type of situation} and I was given more eye drops. Gary came over to me while I was in that recliner and said, "Hi Brianna, I'm Gary Tylock. I'll be working on you next. It's nice to meet you." {which I thought was a super nice touch that made the process feel very personal and friendly}. After about 10 minutes {maybe less} I was moved into the operating chair.

Immediately after laying down in the operation chair, Gary said "Hi" to me again, and a nurse introduced herself and said she would be talking me through everything that was going on. They put something on one eye that held it open super wide, and then I could feel pressure on my eye. {It didn't hurt at all-- it literally felt the same as it does if you shut your eye and press on it with your finger.} I could see 5 dots-- a green dot in the middle and 4 yellow/orange dots in the shape of a box. {I've actually drawn an incredibly armature photo for you-- you're welcome.}

This first photo {below} is what I was looking at... I think the green dot is the laser, but I'm not completely sure. So they told me to keep my eye on the green dot. They told me it's going to move around, but just keep looking at it as best as I can.

So then the green dot does this {see image below}--- it's shooting all over the place and looking kind of like a tiny firework. At this point I'm thinking to myself, "holy crap, green dot--hold still! You're all over the place!!"

That process lasted a total of probably 4 minutes-- maybe less-- and then they switched to the other eye. Same exact thing with the other eye. And that's it.

Yes, I'm serious. The actual surgery took less than 10 minutes.

Then I got up from the operating chair and walked to a little stool across the room with Gary so he could check out my eyes. It was one of those eye scope things where you put your chin and your forehead on the rests and they look at your eye. So Gary checked both of my eyes for about a minute each, and then said, "Looks perfect. Thank you, Brianna, it was a pleasure working with you." I shook his hand and then the nurse walked me out of the operating room.

I was directed back to the serene room with the recliners that I was in just before entering the operating room, and I was told to lay there with my eyes closed for a while. I was so relaxed, so I don't know how long I was there but it was probably about 10 minutes. Then they called my name and it was time for me to go. They walked me to the front where Eric was waiting for me. They gave me a black bag with "Tylock" on the front which contained my goggles, 2 sleeping pills, eye drops for lubrication, and post-op instructions. I put on my hideous hysterical looking goggles and I was ready to go. I could see the whole time, although my vision was kind of fuzzy. We left around 10:45am. That's a total of an hour and a half from entrance to exit.
Wham-Bam-Thank You Ma'am!

I got home, took my first sleeping pill, and I was passed out for almost the whole day. When I woke up, my vision was almost completely clear and I started on my drops {I had 2 prescription drops that I picked up a couple days before surgery and then the natural tear drops for hydration that they gave in my Tylock goodie bag}. I took my second sleeping pill before bed and I was out again until my alarm went off the next day. I could see perfectly.

See... I told you the goggles were hysterical.

I had to go back the very next day for my post op check up. I arrived {on time this time} at 8:30am, and I drove myself. I was absolutely amazed at how well I could see everything... I'm surprised I didn't wreck because of how frequently I was looking around and admiring small things-- like being able to clearly see the individual little bulbs in the green dot of a stop light. Amazing! When I arrived at the office, there was little waiting. They called my name, and I went back to an office where they looked at my eyes and then had me read several eye charts. I could read the very bottom line clearly! That means I have 20/15 vision! I was there for about a half hour, and then was free to go! I have another follow up appointment in about a week. And that's it!

I feel great! Other than sleeping in my goggles, which you have to do for the 3 days following surgery, and not wearing any makeup, I think this process has been wonderful! There was not and still has not been any pain whatsoever. I set timers on my phone for my eye drops so I don't forget any of them, but that's literally the most difficult part. I would absolutely recommend LASIK with Gary Tylock to anyone. It was SO easy, relatively inexpensive when considering the value of not having to ever wear glasses or contacts, and completely painless. And I'm not a tough person-- I freak out about getting shots-- so when I say it was painless, I mean it.


Feel free to ask any questions, although I'm pretty sure this covered everything ;)
Thank you all for your comments and well wishes!! You're the best!!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Welcoming 2012!

Well, I sort of jumped the gun with my 2012 Bucket List Post... But we came up with those goals for the year before the year even arrived, so I guess it's {technically} chronologically correct :)

This year, Eric and I toasted to 2011 and rang in 2012 at the Trophy Club Country Club! We were extended an invitation by the Trophy Club City Manager and his wife , which we graciously accepted.
{Eric is the city's Finance Director-- the City Manager is his boss}

The City Manager and his wife are so much fun and completely down to earth-- we always enjoy spending time with them! We got all dressed up in cocktail attire for the "Casino Night" themed evening. There was an entire room of various foods, from caviar to prime rib, which was equally tasty and beautiful! 

We were given $2,000 each in play money when we arrived, which I blew through pretty quickly at the roulette table! I am seriously a horrible gambler-- every time I guessed something, the ball landed on the opposite. Literally. I'd guess black and it was red. I'd guess even and it was odd. I'd guess low numbers and it would be high numbers. Etc. I even tried using reverse psychology on myself and putting my money on the opposite of whatever I thought to bet on first, but that didn't work either.
Thus, my gambling lesson for the evening was:
The next time I go to Vegas, I need to sit on the sidelines!!

Around 11:50pm, nearly every person in the building piled onto the dance floor!! There was a live band that played some super fun dance music from all decades. {I'm proud to say that I knew every single song!!} Everyone received a glass of champagne for a toast, and when the clock struck 12 all you could hear were noise makers and the sound of clanking glasses! Haha! 

We danced for another hour, and then headed home. The Country Club was providing drivers to take all Trophy Club residents home upon request, so that was super nice! 

It was a wonderful evening full of love, laughter, good friends, and lots of cheer! :)