happiness’

today, i ate dumplings for the first time. 1.25 of pure deliciousness.

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tasty dumpling / chinatown

can we take a minute to appreciate these shadows? all the heart eyes. yes please.

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lowes / 6th ave

if you’re ever in the city, wanting to do non-touristy things (10/10 would rec), the union square farmers market is the loveliest! honey bee farmers with jars of delicious syrup, gorgeously wrapped bouquets, the freshest tomatoes, juiciest strawberries and a whole lotta local love. (open m, w, f)

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farmers market / union square park

waitress was one of the most wonderful musicals i’ve seen. all the of the gut-wrenching tears and belly-aching laughs.

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waitress, the musical / 47th street, b/t 7th and 8th ave

this van gogh quote, stirring up my heart-strings:

happy labor day. here’s to all the little happiness’ that collect around our lives like stardust does to the night sky.

xoxo,

brittanycharis

 

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bolt coffee co. / cafe daze no. 4

 

a little backstory & how we found them | travel sites and pinterest have never been more frequented by my sister and i. in our intense and extensive searching of the internet, we stumbled across gorgeous shots of a tiny little shoppe in downtown providence. it was unanimously decided that we had to check it out. the following morning we headed into the city to do some shopping and stopped to enjoy the cafe beforehand. totally worth it.

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b o l t c o f f e e c o / providence, ri

the location | nestled in the first floor of the dean hotel in providence, bolt coffee provides an ecclectic, closely knit layout that’s located just off the beaten track. it is only a short walk from providence’s mall but the community it tailors has a range that is far greater than just shoppers. businessmen, students, tourists, and ] locals all frequent the shop since its location lands right in the middle of downtown providence. street parking was easy to find BUT all the available spots required charge (the meters accepted credit/debit cards as well as coins, which was definitely an added bonus!)

the atmosphere | very mod. most of the decorations were black and white with exception to the large purple/pink neon letters that read ‘fine’. overall it was very mellow and laid back, the barista was friendly and the service was efficient. the persona of the cafe made for a very enjoyable and vibey experience. in other words, it was totally rad.

the prices | if there’s anything that has become a constant in these cafe explorations its this: the smaller the cafe, the pricier the brew. bolt coffee definitely lives up to it. their iced coffee selection was limited to a cold brew which priced at $5 for 24oz. of coffee. espresso drinks ranged similarly from $4-6, depending on the size. and though it is to be expected of these companies, the pricey product does make their brand seem a little more unattainable.

VSCO Cam-6.jpgthe coffee | it leaned towards mediocre. the barista who served us that day was incredibly helpful and gave us all the info in regards to the beans they use. after learning where they came from and how they were processed, i was expecting a stronger brew. what i got was definitely exotic coffee: it had a smooth texture and was easy to drink, but you could taste the separation of bean and water. i drank it and the caffeine level was rocking but i’m not sure i would get the cold brew again since that definition is not something i particularly enjoy! i definitely want to go again and try a latte – i’ve heard that they’re the thing bolt offers that is out of this world!

final thoughts | the atmosphere was totally killer and i’ll definitely go back to try some of their other menu items. though the product wasn’t as good as i perhaps was expecting i DID enjoy my visit to this cafe and i would gladly go back! on a ten point scale, i would probably give it a 6.5 (but again, that is entirely based on the iced coffee i tried!) i’m hoping to visit again soon and i’ll update this when i do.

until next time, coffee drinkers!

xoxo,

brittany charis

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to keep caught up with all our latest excursions!

thursday on the square

hello, dear friend! boy, it has been a while [ much too long, indeed ] between finals, performances, and junior year wrapping up, it’s been hard to find time to do much else but check things off of my to-do list. since this little corner of the internet is my happy place, i never want it to be a chore…which means i didn’t add it to the list + it’s been hurting… but, i’m back! and since it’s now officially summer [ squeal! ] i should have ample time to produce posts more often than naught.

in prepping for the relaunch of b+s i’ve realized that this lovely place is easily placed on the back burner in my life, and so i’ve made it a summer goal to produce more, often. so cheers, friends. to happy hippie summer days, the relaunch of b+s, and the upkeep of xoxo, brittanycharis. i love each of you dearly + am excited for all this summer has for us!

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a few days ago, my older brother, younger sister, and i all headed out to grab an iced brew + ended up staying in downtown providence for a while to read. i didn’t want a high maintenance outfit, so i ended up opting for a hoodie + denim over my comfy tank. to make it look even m o r e socially acceptable, i donned a comfy pair of boat shoes. it was a simple outfit, comfortable; when the sun got to be too hot, i had layers to shed!

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Tank: Target / Hoodie: Target / Pant: American Eagle / Shoe: Payless / Glasses: Forever 21

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I adored the book, THE ROYAL WE, suggested by the college prepster. It was an easy to read novel filled with sappy romance a n d delicious plot twists. set in oxford, england. for all the lovers of chick-lit / also, how annoying is it that my cuffs are uneven? it hurts my heart.

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happy memorial day, gorgeous!

hope you spend it lazing by the water with a cool glass of lemonade.

xoxo,

brittanycharis

the rejected ones : 3 weeks of photos

In case you were wondering, I’m [thoroughly] addicted to is instagram. And though it’s not a h u g e problem, I post quite frequently. At least once a day that square frame pops up on the feed with a caption that attempts to be whimsical and with a subject that wants to be lovely. I can’t help it. I love gramming. Despite how often I do post, there are so many insta’s that go in the reject pile because their subject is a little…shall I say…too mundane?  But that’s not to say I’m not proud of the shots – I so am. I’ve been heading up to Boston quite frequently as of late, I’ve gone on many excursions with dear friends, and as the weather warms up here, my pictures have taken a joyful turn. I thought I’d share with you some of the rejects, that I really do adore.

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take lots of pictures this week. document the things that catch your eye + suit your fancy. life is what you make of it. make it beautiful.

xoxo,

brittanycharis

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gift guide for your girl

Well, it’s that time of the year again!

Pink + red colours are splashed across every billboard, store window, and website. I for one, am taking on the 14th single, but many are anticipating romantic getaways, planning elegant dinners, and/or night’s in. It’s so easy to make gift-giving for your girl way bigger than it really is. Though, we are high-maintenance, the simplest gifts sometimes are the best. So, stop sweating, boys! 10 gift ideas for your loveliest this valentines day.

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These heathered grey sweats will keep her warm and on-trend for the last months of cold up ahead.

A chic, bright accessory that’ll keep her cute and cosy.

Treat her to a perfect all-season scent.

A little bit of green never hurt anyone! These are all the rage.

Dainty necklaces – my favorite kind of jewelry, simple + gold [ like this one ]

Chocolate is a girls best friend, always. [ and you can use it right on the spot! ]

Bottanical notebooks for thoughts of whimsy, lists, or notes. [ or all three! ]

This one speaks for itself – a precious reminder to wake up to in the morning.

On the expensive side, leatherwear [ especially Rebecca Minkoff ] will tickle any lady pink.

And shoes! No girl can have too many shoes. Especially this classy pair.

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Happy shopping!

xoxo,

brittanycharis

Spilled coffee

I hate spilled coffee.

Wait, let me restate that. I hate spilling coffee on my outfit after waking up at 6:51 sans alarm with a sore throat and having to get out of my cotton comfort and into the June 1st morning, in which I had to do some kind of jig around the people in my kitchen to get my breakfast.

Yeah. That seems about right. It’s been a bumpy morning. Usually Sunday mornings go smoothly, with a heart that is joyful because church tends to do that to me. This morning was unusual, however. With the exception of the beautiful weather outside the windows, I was having some serious trouble figuring out how I would ever get through the morning without getting visibly frustrated at someone.

Mornings like this are when my weakness is on full display. My skirt has been stained by iced coffee, my hair is knotty and snarly and unwilling to cooperate, my kitchen is too crowded to just toast a bagel and cook an egg, my shower has little-to-no shampoo/conditioner and I only realize this AFTER I get in.

Hey, at least my outfit is cute?

No. That was not the redeeming part of my morning. The redeeming part of my morning is remember the Redeemer who willingly gave up his perfect life, that I might live.

He died for my unhappy attitude this morning, for every single morning – the good and the bad. Because chances are, no day goes free of grouch, anger, and visible frustration. His power was made perfect through my weakness.

His power was made perfect through the spilled coffee, 6:51am, a lack of shampoo/conditioner, an abundantly full kitchen, and most importantly my unhappy heart.

Thanks for spilled coffee, Jesus. It reminds me just how much I need you. 

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Top: j crew // Skirt: Homemade // Flat: DexFlex by Payless // Earring: Forever21 // Bracelet: Alex and Ani // Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe

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Noonday pink.

Noonday pink.

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Hope you all are having a blessed Sunday!

xoxo,

brittanycharis

long time no blog // weekending randomness

Hey, chicas!

How are you all on this fine April day? It’s been a crazy busy last 3ish weeks since I blogged last. My apologies for leaving you guys for that amount of time, but April has definitely been the busiest month so far this year. Between school and various activities that seemingly take up free time, I have had next to no time or creative inklings in the last month or so. But, I’ll fill you in on the happenings. 

♥I’ve been dancing my toes off. Every chance I get, my toes are moving, my head spinning and whirling, and my heart happy. 

♥I have an upcoming production of Just in Time; a Guys and Dolls adaption. My head has been totally invested in 1939 fashion, and I can’t say I’m upset about it. 

♥A New York trip is coming up! For my birthday, my mom is taking me down for 48 hours in the city that never sleeps. We’ll be seeing Wicked on Broadway, visiting all the classic stores, and eating in all the little outdoor cafe’s we can find. I’m quite excited – I’ll be bringing a camera so I’ll probably do a photo diary..if y’all would like to see that. 🙂

♥Party planning, party planning, and more party planning. I’ve been getting ready for an upcoming 1/2 birthday party (more like, I wanted a party in the summer.) So, I’ve been pinterest-ing out the wazoo and my friend and I pretty much have all the details pinned down. Invitations go out in the next two weeks, and then we’ll see where it goes from there! 🙂

♥I’m officially on spring break! I think that’s pretty self-explanatory, but, yeah. 🙂

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I spent a ton of time browsing this blog this afternoon. I can’t help it. I think I’m becoming a full fledged prepster. 

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Gorg.

Extérieur de la maison.

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Accessorize me pretty! 

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Vanilla Cinnamon Iced Coffee

Vanilla cinnamon iced coffee recipe – I’ve been really wanting to try this! 

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Happy Friday!

Drink coffee, dance, and stay stylish this weekend!

xoxo,

brittanycharis