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Spring Forward

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West sharing tips to get through daylight savings and a perfect transitional spring outfit

Is anyone else struggling this morning? It’s so silly, because I know we only lose one hour when we spring forward, which I love, but that first Monday morning after Daylight Savings is always a struggle for me!

My main tips to survive the spring forward?

1. Drink lots of water
2. Go to sleep an hour earlier instead of sleeping an hour later
3. Try to avoid that late afternoon caffeine fix, it will help you sleep later I promise
4. Go for a run or walk, take a spin class. Just get moving, it will help
5. Get outside, take advantage of the longer days, you’ll quickly remember why you love the spring forward!

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West sharing tips to get through daylight savings and a perfect transitional spring outfit

I am looking forward to longer days and warmer weather though. We all got a little bit of spring fever a few weeks ago and Mother Nature decided to put us in check real quick and decided to throw a surprise blizzard at us for tomorrow and while I love the snow, I am missing 70 degree days and lunch outside!

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West sharing tips to get through daylight savings and a perfect transitional spring outfit

I haven’t given up though, I’m still wearing my Barbour jacket as much as possible, and only pulling out my pea coat when it’s too cold, I refuse to pull out my puffer again until Iceland. This outfit has been on repeat the past couple of weeks, it’s the perfect transitional outfit for this time of year. Is anyone else loving this pajama top trend?? I love how comfortable it is, but it still looks so put together.

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West sharing tips to get through daylight savings and a perfect transitional spring outfit

Y’all, let’s talk about this bag. Because it is everything. I saw it a few weeks back and bought it immediately, it was a true impulse buy and I regret nothing. I very rarely spend money on bags, I’d much rather I first fell in love with the strap, it is so much fun. But I also love the color, I think it will be the perfect accessory all year round, but especially this spring.

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West sharing tips to get through daylight savings and a perfect transitional spring outfit

purse // jacket // top, similar here, here & here // jeans // ring // shoes

This guitar strap trend was seen quite a few times at NYFW (which I actually didn’t even realize until after I bought the bag) but this one is far less than a lot of other bags that I have found. It is incredibly gorgeous though, and for the price point you really can’t beat it. Plus it’s on sale, which makes it even better!

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West sharing tips to get through daylight savings and a perfect transitional spring outfit

What are your tips for surviving Daylight Savings?

Spring Fever

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West talking about spring fever wearing Banana Republic and LL Bean

Is anyone else absolutely exhausted after staying up late for the Oscars last night?

I cannot get over this weather we’ve been having the last couple weeks, as much as I love winter, I have fully embraced spring. A week or so of 70 degree weather, in the middle of February will do that, I guess. It wasn’t a terribly long or cold winter, but I am definitely experiencing a little bit of spring fever. It has been so nice to be able to walk home from work and meetings, sit on the patio at lunch and dinner and just generally be outside without freezing half to death! I’ve been trying really hard to spend more time out and about and less time on my couch watching Netflix and the weather is making that far easier to do.

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West talking about spring fever wearing Banana Republic and LL Bean

This weekend was insanely busy but a lot of fun. I spent Saturday with friends, first, celebrating a new business, then, another friends hiatus from the working world for a little while. Sunday I went to an awesome blogger brunch at Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington (y’all the pineapple mimosas are life changing), before heading out to shoot some pictures with Monica and Katie, then an exciting and motivating meeting with Serena.

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West talking about spring fever wearing Banana Republic and LL Bean

I’m continuously amazed by the incredible creative community here in DC. I have met great friends, who have continued to inspire me and push me to think outside the box when it comes to this space. They have also continuously supported me throughout my blogging journey.

I finished off this weekend feeling excited, rejuvenated, and refocused, I’ve been doing a lot of things on the business and tech side of things around here to get ready for some big changes this spring. I’m excited to start shifting my attention back to my favorite part of blogging, bringing y’all great content.

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West talking about spring fever wearing Banana Republic and LL Bean

My top is unfortunately sold out, same print here, similar top here // jeans c/o LL Bean // my favorite shoes // bucket bag

I’m taking full advantage of the warm weather before heading to Iceland in a few weeks and have been living in this top. It is so fun, and a little bit different than what I would typically pick out, but I absolutely love the sleeves and the print. It really is perfect for spring and works great for a get together with the girls but can also be dressed up for the office. I have a feeling I will be wearing it on repeat this spring.

Lifestyle blogger Brianna Manzelli of Bree West talking about spring fever wearing Banana Republic and LL Bean

Is anyone else experiencing a bit of spring fever with this warm weather?

Valentine’s Day Outfit for the Office

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

I love wearing color to the office. For me, sometimes wearing color seriously helps my attitude at the office, especially this time of year when everything seems to be 50 shades of grey around D.C. When I saw this suit back in September I knew I had to add it to my closet, and I have been seriously obsessed with it since.

Side note, these pictures are seriously making me miss my blonde hair! I love the change to the dark but seeing these are making me want to go a little bit lighter — Nadine if you’re reading, don’t kill me ha!

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

It’s really pink, and sometimes I feel a little bit like I’m channeling Elle Woods but I love it. It’s also surprisingly versatile and the absolute perfect Valentine’s Day outfit for the office.

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

Unfortunately the exact suit isn’t available anymore (it’s this blazer and pants if you love this exact suit- I love the blush too!), but Banana Republic has an equally perfect, equally pink version available!

I’m not a huge fan of , but I’ll really take any excuse to wear as much pink as possible, especially to the office. I’m planning to do a little Galentine’s Day lunch with a few coworkers and you bet I’ll be wearing this!

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

Blazer // Pants // Tank // Purse // Shoes

In 2017 I’m really focused on having fewer, better things. Only buying pieces that I love and will wear a lot, and this outfit is honestly what inspired it. I would argue that these 4 pieces are the most worn pieces in my closet. Whether I’m wearing the blazer on it’s own for a girls night out, pairing the shoes with a simple black dress, layering the tank under other blazers or wearing the pants on their own with a sweater, this outfit gets a lot of wear and I always feel great in any combination.

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

I’ll be sharing a couple other Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day if you’re going to be hanging with your girlfriends like me this year) outfits in the next few days so keep an eye out!

Do you have a Valentine’s Day outfit planned for the office?

photos by Laura Metzler