Positive Thoughts + Friday Fall Fashion Vibes

Time to kick back – – it’s FRIDAYYYY !!! 

️Feeling my usual positive self this gorgeous, chilly Fall morning after a walk around Federal Hill Park with my favorite fur babies and thought I’d share where my thoughts wandered this morning . . .

“The point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on” – Julia Alvarez

Treat others how you wish to be treated, always be kinder than you feel, and do not judge unless you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes, taking everyone at face value & giving everyone an equal chance. 

I don’t believe in ‘reputations,’ I believe in actions – –  the unique efforts each individual places forth towards another being. No categorizations, no ‘guilty by association,’ just simply taking each person for who and what they are. 

I’m exhausted of those living in glass houses and not cleaning their windows. If you are kind to me, I am kind to you. Appreciate each other for their abilities, differences, beauty & uniqueness. 

Support & be happy for others enjoying their success. Life is an echo – what you send out, comes back; what you sow, you reap; what you see in others, exists in you.  Lead by example. Be the YOU you’d want to know. 

How do you pass on kindness to others? Tell me in the comments!

#thoughtsforbeginningyourweekend 

Cheers, all!
xoxox
Brittany

A Little Inspo on Finding Inner Peace During These Turbulent Times . . .

I hope you embrace it all, my beautiful friend: your body, your heart, your mind, your dreams . . .

I hope you learn to stand up for yourself even if your voice shakes. I hope you learn to be proud of your body and your mind even if they have imperfections . . .

Embrace yourself inside and out, imperfections and all.

Let go of the images of who you thought you should be, and start looking at all of the beautiful things that already are.

Because at the end of it all . . . Y O U have to be the first one to embrace yourself and everything that makes you so w o n d e r f u l l y you. 🌎✨⭐️💫💕☺️

Let’s be real when we regroup and say this year has been hard . . . REALLY hard. And, we would be fibbing to ourselves if we said it’s not going to get EVEN harder.

If you’re in the Baltimore City, Maryland area where we’re located, bars, restaurants, and indoor facilities in general are required to *almost* start over from the beginning and are required to reduce their capacity levels and active guests to 25% of their occupancies.

As some of you may, or may not, know . . . myself and my hubby own a local bar & restaurant in the small town of Federal Hill in Baltimore City, MD (yes, – for those of you that know me . . . can you believe I’ve fully evolved to being a CITY girl ?!?!).

It’s been both a challenging and uniting year for the two of us. Through the ups and downs, I think we’ve almost found strength in not only those that are going through similar battles and challenges with us, but also the incredible and supportive community that surround and supports us.

One thing I can never be thankful ENOUGH for . . . are the folks that have continued to tune in, follow, and support me on this crazy journey of ours (and how much I strive to maintain a normal perceived life and posting cadence!).

Know that I appreciate ALL of the love, ALL of the concern, ALL of the support, and am doing my best to continue and maintain a positive life perspective for sharing with you <3.

Fingers crossed that we push through this second round of the challenging road ahead and keep ourselves and our loves ones safe during these turbulent times.

Sending much, MUCH love to all reading –

xoxox
Brittany

P.S. just so you knowwwww…. you can shop this look and get direct links for so SO many others by following me on the @liketoknow.it shopping app @brittanyleighxo! 🛍🎀🎉

If I Had To Pick One Shirt . . .

To live in for the rest of my life, T H I S would be it!

Absolutely love my S U P E R soft DAYDREAMER blue and teal tie dye long sleeve for transitioning into these chilly fall days! Also, these colors and print are right up my alley! BUT – they also have a variety of vibrant color combos and styles for something that’s more your vibe.

Linking them all here on my LIKEtoKNOW.it @brittanyleighxo!

AND – my cozy UGG Slings are on MEGA SALE for just $44 for a limited time! Perfect combination for slipping on with a pair of casual black leggings (my favs also linked) or joggers!

Follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app to get all the direct sale links for this outfit & so many others!

Talk soon!

xoxox
Brittany

I Am Changing

I am changing.

But not in a way you would expect.

I am changing how I view myself.

I am changing how I talk to myself.

I am changing what I allow and who I allow into my life.

But most of all . . . I am no longer changing myself for others.

I am creating a revolution in my own self care.

Can can be beautiful and scary all at the same time. How have you changed in the past 8 months? It’s been a roller coaster for most of us. Are you . . .

getting stronger?
more confident?
more knowledgable?
more self-aware?
more worldly
more respectful of others?
more in touch with your soul?
more selfless?

I’d love to glean a little aspirin insight and gain a little positive hope into what others are or have been going on this crazy evolving path to new normal. Drop a comment here!

P.S. gorgeous sunflower field and portrait brought to you by the ever amazing Rachael Serra Photography.

P.S.S. All of my outfit details can be found and are linked in the SHOP section of my site! Or, but downloading the LiketoKnow.it app and following my page, @brittanyleighxo for shopping finds and updates!

xoxo

Brittany

3 for $54 Yankee Candle Sale!

You heard that right – – it’s Fall candle season!

Beginning now and until October 4th, you can check out this section of Yankee Candle‘s website and select 3 LARGE TUMBLER candles for just $54 with code: 3LGOCT20 (reg $29.50/each).

What’s your favorite scent?

Spiced Pumpkin?

Warm and Cozy?

Crisp Campfire Apples?

My absolute, most-loved scent is the Clean Cotton here. I know . . . BOORRINNGGGG ! BUT – anything that can help make the house smell fresh and clean is clutch in my book!

What will you be stocking up on? Hurry – their best scents go fast!!

xoxo

Brittany

P.S. Puppies approve of them too 😉

Well Hello, Quarantine. What to do, What to do, What to do do do?

Can anyone else believe we’ve made it this far into quarantine?! I’m not sure about you, but I definitely wasn’t of the mindset that we’d be in this situation for the long … long … LONG haul.

Well … as a community, we do what we have to do to keep everyone safe, healthy, and well!

REAL TALK: How’s your boredom going? Looking for different and creative activities you can still do to support from a safe, outdoor, social distance that supports our local neighbors!

Read on …

  1. Virtual Live Stream Music Nights
    While we all miss visiting our local watering hole, attending weddings and the like to see our friends, enjoy live music, and escape from this ‘new reality,’ there are still ways to tune in and support your favorite musicians.

    Check out my personal favorite list of bands to tune into below! Whether you choose to tune in via Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, LiveX and more, nothing quite beats a cool summer evening while jamming out to live tunes:

    Chris Diller Music
    The Pips
    GoGo Gadjet Band
  1. Pop Up Events Supporting the Local Community
    Let’s be real . . . it’s been hard. Not only emotionally, but also finally – for both businesses with storefronts and those without. Because I’ve noticed a number of new folks on here, allow my to introduce myself and my personal situation –

    I’m the wife of a local bar & restaurant owner in the historic Federal Hill section of downtown Baltimore, MD. Every year, we look forward to the days of filling the bar with energetic fans, festive gear, and fun promotions during the NFL season; however, it’s looking unfavorable that we’ll even have that this year.

    But, we also realize we’re not the only ones struggling through these turbulent times – we’re all in this together.
    As a result, meet our #SmallBusinessSunday series!

    Each Sunday, we’ll be partnering with a different, Baltimore-based, small business to host a pop-up event in our location, helping to drive their brand exposure, boost customer engagement and overall promote local, Baltimore partnerships.

    August is already slated to be T-A-S-T-Y !! Check out the awesome upcoming pop-up schedule at Don’t Know Tavern for August below:

    8/9 – Codetta Bake Shop
    8/16 – Bmore Big Softy
    8/22 – Wildberry Farm + Market
    8/29 – The Salad Lady

    9/5 – Lemontopia
    9/27 – Nika’s Cupcake Bar
    10/4 – Freakin Sweet Jars
    10/18 – The Sporty Dog
    10/25 – Blondie’s Doughnuts


    Follow Don’t Know Tavern on Instagram for some EXTRA special things we have in store!
  1. A Local Boutique Favorite
    I’ll be honest – one thing I’ve always wished for is owning my own clothing & accessory boutique. BUT – I’d be amiss if I said I had ANY idea how to run one!

    While there’s a few great shops in my neighborhood, one I never get tired of visiting again and again is Pandora’s Box Boutique. It’s a quaint, female, black-owned Federal Hill boutique on E. Cross St. that ALWAYS has unique finds. Trust me when I say it’s not your typical store that offers the same trinkets and brands as their competitors. Pandora sources their items from all over – – France, Spain, local small business vendors, and more! My favorite purchases range from crop tops fashioned from pure silk sourced in Indonesia, to one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry finds, to hilarious cards for every occasion, to candles made from the Baltimore-famous KSM Candle and Co. in Hampden, MD.

    Click this link to check them out!
  1. Black Business Fridays
    The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore presents Black Business Fridays in Center Plaza right near the Inner Harbor. It’s an awesome celebration of African American culture and enterprise with music, entertainment, and a showcase of black makers, retailers, and restaurants.

    The event is free and open to all, but registration is required to ensure proper social distancing. While you must wear a mask, the first 100 guests get an extra special treat: a FREE cocktail by Cane Collective!

    Check out the FULL list of vendors & entertainment, PLUS secure your ticket here.

Do you have fun Baltimore-based favorite activities you’d like to share? Drop me a comment below –
I’d love to check them out!

Stay tuned,

Talk soon!
Xoxo
Brittany

Let’s Talk … UNDIES!

Alright, so likely a weird topic to break my blog radio silence recently, haha. But let’s be honest ladies … undies are one item that tend to outwear themselves and aren’t always on my “top of radar” item for prioritizing to replace with cute newbies.

Untillll I found… BootayBag!

Ditch those old panties and set yourself up with a fun, new and sexy styles each month. My subscription is only $15 and I receive (2) handpicked pairs of undies just for me! Is it weird to say I really, truly and actually look forward to getting my new surprises each month?!

BootayBag is a passion project by real women FOR real women. I absolutely love that it was built on the premise of fixing the challenge of affordability and convenience associated with the underwear selection and purchasing process.

Maybe it’s just me … but, I’m not really the first in line to pay $20 per pair of cute undies.

AND – THEY. GIVE. BACK. I love that BootayBag gives back to women in need. Let’s take a pause and make a toast for women supporting women! FUN FACT: Underwear is the most requested and least donated clothing item at women’s shelters. BootayBag holds partnerships with The Undies Project, Period Kits, and other local organizations to donate thousands of pairs to women in need on behalf of all of us.

How it Works:

First, you select which membership you want. You can expect to get one, two, or four pairs of undies based on your subscription.

Second, select your size.

And finally, select your style from your preference of Mix it Up (combination), Never Thong or Always Thong. If you choose to receive all four pairs each month you will get both, the Never Thong and Always Thong bag. If you choose to receive the Matching Set you will get the monthly featured bralette, along with one matching pair of undies. The best part is that you can see previews of the each month’s undies on Instagram, Facebook and their website.

I’ve had my subscription for about six months now and I have yet to be disappointed with anything I’ve received. Everything is great quality, super soft, comfortable fabric and comes in the cutest patterns!

Not to mention, there’s the convenient option to skip, change, and add more to your monthly bag in their customer portal whenever you want.

PLUS – On the search for a cute matching or complimentary bralette?! They have those too! Check out the “Shop the Extras” section where you can purchase items, at a discounted price, that are from current or previous monthly subscriptions.

Want to try it out for a month, or just take a peek? Click here to check it out AND get 20% off your first purchase!

I know you will LOVE it!!

Talk soon!
xoxo
Brittany

LIFE HACK: Save Hours With This Amazing Trick For Cleaning Your Shower!

If you’re like me… the biggest thing I hate to do … ever … in the whole wide world … is cleaning the shower!!!

I can’t pinpoint what exactly it is that I can’t stand, but I would say it’s a combination of… the disgusting soap scum, the time, my back hurting from leaning into the awkward angles of the tub, my arms aching from the relentlessly scrubbing, my head throbbing from inhaling bleach fumes from the time it took me to clean the shower … the list goes on!

This obnoxious and annoying chore typically takes me anywhere from 45 minutes, PLUS. How about you?!

Well… if you’re still following and on the same page, I’m here to saveeee. yourrrr. lifeee. with the most incredible life hack that not only eliminates headaches, but also preserves time, effort and allows you to opt for safer and more gentle alternatives that work just as effectively!

What You’ll Need:

  • Dawn Soap
  • Plastic Bucket
  • Broom
  • Hot Water

Visit Your Local Dollar Store. I got all the ingredients I needed for under $5! I visited my local Dollar General and purchased a broom, gallon sized bucket and soap (make sure it’s a degreaser if you don’t actually use Dawn). No need for anything sophisticated or fancy outside of those three items. These items are going to do the work for you!

Run your bath to the hottest water. Fill your gallon sized bucket with hot water from the faucet in prep for step three.

Apply your Dawn to your shower walls and bath tub base. Don’t overload it! A little Dawn goes a long way! I did a few horizontal, parallel lines around the perimeter of the shower..

Dip your broom into the hot water. Then, leverage the wide base of the broom to start scrubbing the walls and base of your tub with the broom bristles. Not only do you cover MUCH more surface area with the broom base, but you avoid back pain and intense scrubbing!

Let sit. It doesn’t take long –  Dawn is a powerful, yet gentle product. I waited about 5 minutes, continuing to gently scrub the surfaces with the broom bristles.

Rinse! Once again, run your shower at the hottest temperature to assist with cleaning and rinsing the walls. This part is the TRUE miracle! Surfaces that used to take me hours to scrub literally melted away in minutes!!!

This whole process took me about 15 minutes to arrive at a fully fresh & clean shower! Literally amazed myself!!!

Give it a try! Let me know how it goes, and if you have other super awesome life hacks similar to this one.

Comment below once you’ve tried it out and let me know what you think!

xoxox
Brittany

Live music streaming, virtual tip jars, home cooked meals to-go, and bar madness – how the restaurant industry in Baltimore is handling the recent crisis and what to do if you want to support local!

It’s been a mere 16 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the recent Coronavirus as a global pandemic. It’s shifted lives, businesses and general daily practices to a new level of ‘normal.’ As much as I like to joke and use more informal lingo on my page, it’s serious business when we consider that vast majority of our U.S. and global population awaits puzzled as news and updates are provided on an ad hoc basis.

Those that know me personally, know my hubby owns and operates a local bar & restaurant in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. It’s been a tough learning experience for us, and equally as tough, if not even more impactful for our fellow hospitality friends. 

I encourage those reading to do what you can to support those striving to maintain an income – whether it be via moral support [ [ check in on those you love! ] ] , or financially if your situation allows.

In this entry, I’m providing a number of fun and creative ways you can support local!

  1. Live Music Streaming

Musicians alike, have been severely impacted by government mandates to suppressed gathering, closed bars and restaurants, postponed weddings, and the like. In response, and frankly not a surprise from these innovative folks, a number have launched live music streaming initiatives to not only engage with their fans, but also provide a positive and uplifting activity for those being responsible and bunkering down in their homes.

TONIGHT, I’m plugging my all-time favorite: Chris Diller. Catch his live stream on Facebook at 9PM sharp by clicking on his profile!

2. Virtual Tip Jars

Shout out to local cocktail enthusiast, bartender and DJ pioneer herself, Abby Hopper, who led the charge in setting up the Baltimore Tip Jar for enabling patrons to continue support of their favorite bartenders! You can access a full listing of Venmo handles for individuals employed by the hospitality industry that have been impacted by the recent economic change. Various campaign initiatives have been circulating – from dedicating (2) tips a day to (2) random bar staff on the list, to a variety of other ideas and cadences.

3. Home Cooked Meals & Drinks To-Go

If there’s anything learned through the transition of working from an office to home atmospheres, it’s that it’s been [ [  T O U G H  ] ] to keep up with the expectation of providing dinner and general meal prep with no breaks in what’s now non-stop home life. In response, a number of restaurants have stepped up to provide more creative means of their offerings to go for continued enjoyment at home:

Blue Agave Baltimore:

Is offering their famous house and spicy guavarita mixes! You can stop by their location at 1032 Light Street and pick up your favorite. The house sour mix is just $10 for a 28 oz size that makes about (7) margaritas. The spicy guavarita ( ( my favorite! ) ) also comes in the 28 oz size, and includes tequila for just $35! UMMM… YUM!! And, you’re welcome for this Friday celebration tidbit!

Don’t Know Tavern:

Let’s be honest – working from home, PLUS grocery shopping, PLUS meal prepping/planning, PLUS cleaning the house, PLUS dog walking, PLUS homeschooling kids that have been suspended for yet another month before returning to school… can be ROUGH. Don’t Know Tavern is offering a different pre-prepared platter daily on special that serves 2-4 for just $20! Just pop it in the oven for 15-20. While demand fluctuates, availability is driven by preorder/demand, so be sure to call to reserve yours in advance!

4. New Swag!

HUGE shout out to Matt Berry, who has helped SO many local businesses advertise NEW t-shirts via the Baltimore Neighbors page. You can find a slew of bars/restaurants to support including:

NOTE: For every t-shirt purchased, Matt is generously donating $10 BACK to that business throughout the shutdown!

5. Bar Madness

First off, let me give the biggest shout out of this entire post to @bmorebetches, who over the past few days, have quite nearly, [ [ shut. down. instagram. ] ] They’ve owned the social media game in the Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton, and other surrounding neighborhood network – some comments reigning in from across the country! All orchestrated by their setting up a March Madness-like bracket of 16 local bars and basing round advancements off of tagged business comments!
Have you been following your favorite bar through the brackets?! If you’re looking for a little fun & local competition, tune into their page to see who ‘takes all/wins all’ in their ‘BAR MADNESS’ competition here. Next up: the final championship round!

P.S. Throw in a vote for Don’t Know Tavern if you can, haha 😉

Anddddddd, that’s a wrap! I’ll be sure to monitor and post new ideas and ways to support in the coming weeks.

Talk soon!
xoxo
Brittany