Pumpkin Picking

I've been wearing this faux fur vest nonstop lately

Jeans tucked into long-lasting boots… A Fall classic.

Green sunnies and earrings

This silk blouse is on sale for $78 using code TGIFALL

A little over a year ago, J proposed to me in a pumpkin patch.  This year I've been whinging for him to take me to one, but he's been so busy with work there just hasn't been time.  Until yesterday!! 

I was so excited.  Searching through the fields for the perfect "Cinderella" pumpkin, walking through the corn mazes, munching pumpkin cookies, and browsing through Indian corn, gourds, and mini pumpkins for decorating… It finally felt like Fall to me.

After a dinner date, we came home and I glammed those pumpkins.  Photos of my pumpkin artwork will be on the blog tomorrow.  :)

The Gucci bag I'm carrying is from 2008 or 2009… It's called the "Jockey Bag".  I love carrying this slouchy, roomy style whenever we're out and about doing errands or little activities like this.  Prada has a similar style if you're crushing on a slouchy designer bag right now.  For a more wallet-friendly version, check out this one.

Wishing you lots of fun Fall activities… And a fabulous, versatile faux fur vest to do it all in.


Winter Wonderland Party

A little wonderland setup in our dining room with some pieces from our holiday decor.

Do you remember Khloe Kardashian introducing us to her new favorite drink - Sparkle - in this previous post?  

With the holidays upon us and this glam little drink stocking store shelves, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share my holiday party inspiration.

Snowflake Oreos.  Party Spread.  Elsa Pumpkin.  Snowball Garland.  Snowflake Cookies.  Dipped Pretzel Sticks.  

Think a sparkly, grown-up version of Frozen.  Ice blue accents, shimmering aqua, sparkling white, and faux snow decorate this Winter Wonderland.  Sweet treats and crystal glasses of sparkling liquor help your guests celebrate in style.

Best of all, Hpnotiq is currently hosting a great giveaway on their website.  Simply enter for a chance to win one of their weekly prize packs or their $5,000 Grand Prize.

Are you planning or hosting any holiday parties in the coming months??  Let me know what's inspiring you by using the hashtag #INeedSparkle on social media!!

Bon Weekend… And Happy Celebrating!! 

This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries

Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014


Shopbop Sale Picks

Ladies, grab your wallets now… Because the Shopbop Friends and Family event has started, and the entire site (minus a few brand exclusions I've listed below) is 25% off!!  

This is a perfect time to stock up on your Fall/Winter basics, buy those boots you've been eyeing, the perfect holiday party dress, some staple jeans and leggings, or a new cozy coat.  Just use code FAMILY25 at checkout.  But hurry - the sale ends Thursday October 16th at midnight.

I've included my must-haves from the sale above in an easy-to-shop photo.  Links are listed below the photo as well.  

Happy Shopping!! 

Shopbop Sale Brand Exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.


Bridal Shower Chic

[Dress]  [Earrings]  [Bracelet]  [Clutch]  [Shoes]  [Lipstick]

It's so tricky to find a white or ivory dress that is flattering.  Luckily, this one is both beautiful and figure-flattering.  It's quite bridal, but I think I can wear it to cocktail events in the Spring and Summer.

I paired it with the quintessential "Carrie shoes" and some silver-toned, sparkly jewelry.  I randomly picked up this Creme de la Femme lipstick from the MAC store in the Denver airport on my way to my hometown… It is perfect for weddings and prom; very feminine.

[Castle Invitation]

I didn't snap many photos at my bridal shower; I really wanted to soak in each moment with my family and friends and be present.  It was absolute perfection… I kept reminding myself that this only happens once, so I needed to truly enjoy each minute!!  We had a photographer taking photos for us; I cannot wait to see what she captured and I'll be sure to share with you as soon as I get the photos back.

Happy Monday!!


Meet Sparkle

Remember this video I blogged about a while ago??  We got a glimpse into Khloe Kardashian's closet and heard her talk about her new crush, "Sparkle".

Well, we finally know who this "Sparkle" is… Hpnotiq's new sparkling liqueur that combines the fruity taste and aqua color of the original Hpnotiq with the luxurious sparkling taste of champagne.

Exclusively for the holiday season, Sparkle will be available in stores October - December.

With lots of holiday events coming up, I know we are all thinking of fun, festive drinks to serve… What better way than to pop a few iced cranberries in a chilled champagne flute of Sparkle?!

Comment below or tweet me with #ineedsparkle and tell me about your favorite holiday cocktail… Also, do you have any fun themed parties coming up??

Sparkle Website
Hypnotiq Instagram

This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries

Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014


Palm Beach Planning Trip

First of all, I have to apologize for being a bad nonexistent blogger this past week… And I want to thank you all for being so patient with me!! 

Last week we flew to Palm Beach for our last planning meetings and appointments on-location.  My father and J had to cancel because of work commitments and I asked J's mother to fill in… It was nice to have girl time and I was grateful to have an extra opinion on all our decisions.  I still couldn't help feeling a lot of pressure to make the right decisions for J.  Looking back, resigning from my job position was 100% the right choice; there is no way we would have been able to plan this wedding with me working an inflexible, 8-6 desk job.

I underestimated how emotional this trip would be; I got chills walking into the stunning ballroom where our reception will be held.  I realized this was the last time I would be at The Breakers and seeing the venue before J and I fly down to become husband and wife.  We did a walkthrough of all the rooms and various venues; where cocktail hour would be held, the "green room" for the bridal party, the "green room" for the band, and where the reception would be held.

I cannot wait to walk through this special place, seeing friends and family enjoying themselves.  I cannot wait to relax and celebrate with our friends and family.

I felt like I might cry when I saw the mockup of our florals, tables, and decor.  All the emails, photo inspiration, and meetings had paid off… The Breakers got exactly what I was looking for.  They created such a beautiful, elegant, romantic setup.  It was perfect.

I can't wait to share photos of our wedding day; but for now, I really want to keep the photos private so our guests can get the full effect when they walk into the room.

I don't think I've ever made more decisions in my life than I did the day of the floral/decor mockup.  Branches, flowers, vases, candles, crystal, silverware, plates, glasses, napkins, napkin rings, table linens, chairs, chair pads.  I felt completely drained… But I think it will be worth it when we walk into the ballroom and everything looks incredible.

We did four hours of food, wine, and cake tasting.  Everything was impeccable; service timed down to the seconds, artistically presented, and delicious.  It was our easiest meeting by far.

We met with our band director and discussed our timeline and wedding style.  We are still looking for our father-daughter and mother-son dance songs, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!!

We tested out restaurants for rehearsal dinner options.  We had a conference call and visual meeting with our invitation designer.  We met with the church director and went over our timeline, program, and preferences.

By the time we were at the tux shop choosing the groomsmen's tuxes I got really overwhelmed and emotional.  There are so many decisions in the wedding planning process and it feels strange to be making them myself… I kept thinking, 'What if I make the wrong decision and J hates everything??'  I wanted to sit down and cry.

After a much-needed caffeine stop, Mom treated us to blowouts at the blow dry bar nearby… It was just what we needed to destress and unwind.  We were so thankful for a bit of pampering and I felt so much better.

After all our meetings and appointments, we had a bit of time to relax.  It felt wonderful… We accomplished so much on this trip and I feel so much better about the wedding weekend going smoothly.

I cannot believe our big day is only 4 months away; how did that happen?!

Since I've been home, I've been scrambling to unpack and get everything together for our next events.  I've been trying to balance my blogging and wedding planning with taking care of J and myself; it's something I've been struggling with lately.  I am looking forward to when our life calms down a bit!!

In the meantime, you can keep up with me on Instagram and Twitter @BrittanyPillard.  I plan on starting outfit posts again next week.


Rainy Fall Day

[Ring]  [Scarf]  [Makeup]  [Dress]  [Hat]  [Boots]

I'm obviously obsessed with this gray floppy fedora… As soon as I saw it online, I went to Nordstrom and bought it.  I wear it all the time.  And lately I've been on the hunt for a long sleeved maxi dress to wear with it this Fall.

The weather in Denver has been rainy and I have to admit; I adore gloomy rainy days every now and then.  The clouds and fog make me want to blog in a cozy coffee shop, sip a hot tea while reading a good book under my favorite blanket, or tuck myself away inside with our pile of dogs and a great TV show marathon.

Unfortunately, days spent with nary a task in sight are just dreams right now… But maybe wearing this outfit while I run errands will bring a little rainy day coziness my way; even if it's amidst a trunk full of groceries and juggling boxes at the post office.

Another one of my favorite things to do when I'm feeling overwhelmed or busy is to light my candles when I get home.  There's something so soothing about candlelight… Especially when it's accompanied by warm Fall scents.  

What things do you do to make life a little less chaotic??