Casual Chic Pieces Under $50 - The Story of An Affordable Boutique

I love shopping small boutiques because you can find trendy apparel sold in smaller quantities, therefore making it more unique than the mass produced pieces at large corporate stores. What’s more is that the quality of these pieces are usually better too! Take for example this Harper Sweatshirt, sold by Trendy Moo. I fell in love with this piece from the start because of the sporty-chic, minimalist design. And when it arrived in the mail, I was even more impressed by the high quality of the material, especially considering it was priced at only $36. Although the Harper Sweatshirt I’m wearing is sold out, Trendy Moo has a bunch of other casual-chic tops to die for like the Berkley Top, the Reese Top, or the Abbie Top. As the title of this blog posts suggests, everything sold by this boutique is indeed under $50! Talk about affordable right? Aside from their cute apparel, Trendy Moo also offers a large selection of accessories, so if you’re searching for some stocking stuffer ideas I highly recommend checking out their collection of earrings and necklaces! Stay tuned for more gift ideas coming to BTFL soon.

Outfit Details:

Sweatshirt // Jeans // Kicks

 

Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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Louie Louie - Philadelphia Bistro Review

If you’re a Philly foodie and looking for a new spot, boy do I have some news for you! Bill and I recently enjoyed an incredible meal at Louie Louie located in University City, Philadelphia. Louie Louie just opened up this past summer. Everyday on my way home from school, I’d walk by and see the large dinner crowd. A wave of envy would wash over me every time! Fortunately, Bill and I finally made some time to dine in at Louie Louie for brunch. And as you can judge by the length of this post, I have a lot to say about our experience!

The Staff and Ambience

From the greeter to the server, the staff was incredibly welcoming and amicable. Our server was great about making sure we were well equipped with water and checking in with us about our food. I’m also a huge fan of the chic decor. Between the palm trees, bright colors, prints, and vintage mirrors, it had a very Miami vibe to it. From the moment we arrive, Louie Louie was packed with families, friend groups, and couples enjoying themselves at this casual yet upscale spot.

The Drinks

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We started off with an order of signature cocktails. Bill sipped on the Dual Fashioned (made with White Dog Café Single Barrel Jefferson's Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Caramelized Sugar, Angostura), while I enjoyed the Margaux Your Own Way (made with The Real McCoy 3 Year White Rum, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lime, Honey, Q Brand Grapefruit Soda). If you have a sweet tooth, you’d really like either of these drinks. The Dual Fashioned definitely had more of a kick to it, while the Margaux Your Own Way was more of a refreshing and citrus-y option.

The Appetizers

Next up were the apps! We split the Avocado Toast and the Monkey Bread. Both were delicious in their own special ways; one savory and the other sweet. The toast was covered with avocado, ricotta, and some spices including chimichurri and dukkah. If I had to choose one adjective to describe this dish I’d go with creamy! I’m pretty sure we have the avocado and the ricotta to thank for that. Although this dish was savory it also had a hit of sweetness to it. Meanwhile the bread was smothered in cinnamon sugar and butter. The inside of the bread was soft and gooey, while the outer crust was perfectly crisp. Pulling it apart was almost as fun as eating it. Almost.

The Entrees

I’m big on breakfast food, so clearly I ordered off of the brunch menu. Meanwhile, Bill definitely prefers lunch over breakfast so clearly he went with something from the lunch menu. My dish, the Seafood Benedict was quite decadent. The english muffin was topped with poached eggs, lobster, shrimp, crab, and lastly lobster tarragon cream. It also came with a side of home fries, which usually is not my favorite side but these were really tasty. The whole thing was melt-in-your-mouth good! The eggs were perfectly cooked so that with one twist of the knife, golden yolk came spilling out. While I was quite satisfied with my choice, I have to admit that I had a special liking for Bill’s dish, the French Dip. Between the demi baguette stuffed with roast beef, gruyere, and black truffle mayo, and the sides of shallot broth and the truffle pomme frites, I was sold! Anyone who’s friends with me knows how much I love sauces, so the fact that this delicious sandwich came with a side bowl of dipping broth was like heaven for me. I also went to town on those truffle pomme frites. I’m a sucker for thinly sliced fries, especially ones that featured a hint of truffle oil flavor.

The Desserts

My favorite part of any meal is dessert. Yes, I’m a dental student with a huge sweet tooth. Bill and I love a good Crème Brûlée so when we saw that on the menu we had to have it. We also enjoyed ourselves some of the Apple Pie in a Jar as well. The crème brûlée was one of the best we’ve ever had. The sugar top was perfectly burnt while the vanilla bean custard was a spoon full of heaven. It’s pretty hard to follow up after the crème brûlé, but the Apple Pie in a Jar was a very close second. Warm Apples, buttery pie crust, vanilla ice cream, and a delightful berry caramel sauce, all in a jar? Sign me up!

Suffice it to say, Bill and I will be heading back to Louie Louie very soon. Not only is it a great brunch spot, but their dinner and happy hour menus look just as incredible. Be sure to check out my Instagram Story Highlight recapping our entire meal in real time!

Photographer and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

Ear Bar Party with Maison Miru

“WINTER IS COMING!” That’s right, the season of sweaters, scarves, and many many layers is nearly here. With high necklines and long sleeves hiding our necklaces and bracelets, that leaves our ears as our only canvas for accessorizing during the winter. With three piercings on each ear, I have a great space to style together different pieces. Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that Maison Miru, a brand that creates luxurious and timeless jewelry, has their very own Ear Bar. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “ear bar,” it’s a space that offers a vast collection of earrings that have the potential of pairing well together. And the Maison Miru Ear Bar does just that! I always struggled with finding jewels that were delicate enough to sit right next to each other, which is why I rarely wore earrings in every single hole at the same time. And so I was jumping with joy when I discovered that Maison Miru offers 100+ minimalist styles that lend themselves to being paired with one another. Above I’m sharing some photos with you of the many ways I was able to style the 6 different Maison Miru earrings that I own including the 1) Mini Eternity Hoop Earrings, 2) Tiny Secret Studs, 3) Shooting Star Hoop Earrings, 4) Little Bar Studs, 5) Evil Eye Studs, and last but certainly not least their 6) Tiny Crystal Studs. I had a blast mixing and matching these different pieces and I’m thankful that I can now take advantage of all 6 of my piercings. Every morning is an “Ear Bar Party” for me now!

Aside from the earrings being insanely affordable, they’re also made with quality and care. All the earrings I featured today are made of 14K gold plated brass. This material can lasts a very long time as long as you care for them correctly, which mostly entails keeping them dry. What’s great is that Maison Miru also offers most of their styles in rhodium plated sterling silver as well, which you can wear 24/7 without worry that they’ll tarnish. Check out their exciting promotion in which you can get their signature Tiny Crystal Studs for the low price of shipping! This is a great way to check out the brand for yourself before diving in and ordering the whole lot, which I’m certain you’ll want to do!

Photographer:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

The Most Comfortable Plaid Pants Ever

Plaid has always been a Fall/Winter staple. But this season, plaid pants in particular are extremely popular among fashion brands and bloggers alike. Can you blame them? Plaid pants are playful, eye-catching, and flattering! Take these Rolled Up Hem Plaid Pants for example. These bad boys scored compliments left and right when I wore them last weekend. The best part about these pants though is that they’re insanely comfortable. I wore them while I enjoyed a massive brunch at Louie Louie (check out my Insta Highlight of my experience) and then to walk around Philadelphia and lastly, while I was being a couch potato later that night. They’re so comfortable I spent the whole day in them with no complaints. I’m wearing a size small here for size reference. And I think it’ll make you happy to hear that these pants are only $17! So jump on them before they sell out. Linking up some other plaid pieces below for your enjoyment. Oh and also, this Ce La Vie Hoodie I’m wearing (size S) is only $11. You’re welcome!

Outfit Details:

Pants // Top // Sneakers // Earrings // Bag // Sunglasses

Shop The Plaid Trend:

Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

Taking On The Leopard Print Trend - Yay or Nay?

Leopard print shoes have been a hot trend this fall season. Actually, animal print apparel in general is popping up everywhere! I decided to try out this trend with the help of my friends over at Restricted Shoes and their super cute loafers, the Myria in Camel. While styling these shoes, I learned that leopard print goes best with with the basics - white, black, grey, and denim. Because the leopard print is already making quite the statement, it’s best to keep the rest of the outfit simple. Therefore, I paired these beauties with my favorite jeans and a white button down. Due to the print’s color scheme, it also helps to pair the outfit with some black and gold accessories, like this Kate Spade bag for example! Lastly, to contrast the warm tones of the print, I’m sporting this light grey J.Crew Factory coat (which by the way is on sale right now!). All in all, I’m a fan of the leopard print trend that’s been going on but I prefer to keep it as simple as possible. I’m linking up a lots of other animal print pieces for you to shop below in case you’re interested. But, if you’re like me and just want to dip your toes in (figuratively and literally), I highly suggest purchasing the Myria in Camel to start off with. The Myria features just the right amount of leopard print so that it makes a statement without being in your face about it. Additionally, these flats are both comfortable and affordable. Be sure to use code BESTTRENDSFORLIFE25 at check out so you can receive 25% off your order!

Outfit Details:

Flats // Coat // Jeans // Blouse // Purse

Shop The Animal Print Trend:

Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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