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OOTD: Simple and Chic

May is starting up to be a whirlwind of a month. Work has been crazy busy and my calendar has majorly filled up through mid-June. Though, it’s no surprise since this month involves Austin Fashion week from May 13th – 21st (more on that next week), my birthday, holidays and weddings, and planning for my first […]

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My Fave Coachella Looks

It’s that time of year again. Weekend one of Coachella just ended and I am just in awe at the fashion that reigned over Instagram.

Most of my fave looks involved either lots of sheer material, dazzling bralettes, patterns of sparkling stars, or just overall flattering styles that just make your jaw drop. And lots of black. What can I say? It’s a classic color to wear.

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Source: @jamienkidd

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Source: @daitrang

 

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Source: @pammiek_

Like, honestly, how can you not be in love with all of the fashion at Coachella? All my favorite trends are on display – and so flawlessly put together! I’m honestly so excited about the amount of sheer pieces that I saw. They’re so chic and daring all at once.

Weekend two is just a few days away and I can’t wait to see what other looks there will be. What have been some of your favorite looks, dear readers? Feel free to share and comment below!

Love,

Brittany

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Straighten Your Crown

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Sometimes bad things happen that you weren’t expecting. And maybe, even if you had an idea it was going to occur, you still felt blindsided when it actually happened.

Maybe in the aftermath, as you are staring wide-eyed at the knife you’ve pulled out of you, blood drip drop dripping from the blade, you start to realize that the small sliver of hope you’d been holding onto wasn’t strong enough without the other person holding onto it.

Maybe you hadn’t even been holding on that tightly anymore.

Maybe hope had slipped away a long time ago and you forgot you were wielding a blade of your own.

But now it’s time to set that blade down. Sew your wounds shut. Hold your head up and adjust your crown. Push through the pain because you have greater things to face.

You were meant to rule the world. So don’t you dare give up until you are on your throne. Build that empire. Adventure awaits.

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Trend Alert: Off the Shoulder

I am a huge fan of the off the shoulder trend – but I’m definitely still growing my confidence in wearing them.

That’s why you can see me sporting this lightweight cardigan with my super earthy outfit (most definitely Saphire Approved!).

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While it does a good job at hiding my back and shoulders, it still doesn’t take away from the overall effect of the outfit.

However, it’s a bit too big on me and tends to slightly fall off. Which I was fine with, because it let me get away with wearing the off the shoulder just enough to where I could it could grow on me.

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Let’s talk about the top itself! It’s actually a bodysuit that I got from Altar’d State (see link here). Super cute and I just love the ruffle – it’s definitely my style. Green is one of my favorite colors. Fortunately, it goes really well with my hair color, which is a good plus in this case.

The skirt is just absolutely FAB. It’s a patchwork of suede and leather, all in gorgeous earth tones.

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As I said, this outfit is definitely Saphire approved – this earth Guardian is in love with every piece of it (though, I definitely wouldn’t wear it to battle).

That being said, I’m definitely going to work on getting more into this off the shoulder trend and starting to pop the colors a bit more as we get into spring. It is definitely a great way to enjoy some nice, cool weather and look super chic when going out!

What are your thoughts on this fun trend, dear readers? Do you have a favorite outfit that you wear? Please share and comment below!

 

By the way, I went on an absolutely fantastic trip this past Friday to the San Antonio Zoo where I got to FEED A GIRAFFE. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m “mildly” obsessed with these beautiful creatures. Unfortunately, I can’t share the video on my post, but you can take a look at it here. It was the highlight of the entire week.

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Signs That You Need to Slow Down

While we can all aspire to be superwoman (or superman), there comes a time when we need to stop what we’re doing and take a breather. It’s not good for our bodies or our minds to be running a marathon all of the time.

So before it gets to the point where you’re having crazy philosophical dreams that are telling you to calm it down, learn to recognize the signs that you may be overdoing it.

  1. You are tired all of the time. It’s normal to feel a bit tired after a long day at work or after a rough night’s sleep. But when tiredness and exhaustion start to seep into your bones on a daily schedule, it might be time to give your body a chance to rest up.
  2. Your anxiety levels are through the roof. Sure, we tend to get butterflies when we have a big presentation coming up or we got assigned a big report at the last moment. However, it is very bad when your levels of stress cause worry to take over your thoughts and affect your work quality. Sometimes stress can be positive, but in this case it’s only going to bring you down. Learn to say no and take off some of the workload that is causing you to chew your fingernails down to the quick.
  3. Sleep is like something out of a movie. Not real. And it’s starting to look like a galaxy far, far away is something you could get to sooner than you can fall asleep. Your mind is always racing and you can’t calm down enough to enter dreamland. When I hit this point, chamomile tea always helps to calm me down. Maybe try some meditation or calm stretches before hitting the sack.
  4. Your memory is starting to be finicky. Did you turn off the curling iron before leaving to go to work? Wasn’t that report supposed to be due tomorrow and not today at 9:00 AM? Since you are always on the go, it’s no surprise that a hundred things are racing through your mind. However, when it’s hard to remember even things that you marked down, it’s probably time to take a step back.
  5. You get easily aggravated. Are you snapping at your boyfriend all the time? Did you accidentally yell at mom over the phone? When your stress levels are high, so are your emotions. It’s easy to get angry over something small and to break down at any mistake that might occur. Take a deep breathe and try not to take it out on people who may not have done anything wrong (unless maybe they did).
  6. Going out seems more like a chore than fun. Maybe you don’t like to go out – personally, ever since I started living on my own I feel that I have become a bit of a hermit. But it might be a bad sign if going out is something you usually do (and not just to the club, but maybe to dinner with a friend or out to the movies) and you’ve started saying no to every invitation you receive.

I will be the first one to say that overworking yourself is not good – been there, done that and nothing good came out of it. Your health is most important, so remember that it is so so important to take care of yourself. What you do today paves the way for who you will be in the future – and maybe your work is taking you to that great place in your life. But if you don’t rest up and give yourself a break, you may not quite make it to your dreams in the condition that you need to be in.

How do you give yourself a rest, dear readers? Any helpful tips on maintaining healthy stress levels and your sanity? Feel free to share and comment below.

Until next time,

Brittany

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I Have a Problem

And it’s called shopping.

I swear, these semi-annuals are going to be the death of me. Well, at least the death of my bank account.

While I can’t say that my wallet hasn’t left the mall unscathed, I can say my battle wounds are worth showing off. I’ve grabbed some super cutes clothes for spectacular deals – and I mean spectacular.

Some of my favorites so far have been:

  • Altar’d State: 70% off of sale prices. I will say that this is where I work part-time, which is probably why half of my closet is Altar’d State, but the semi-annual sale is my favorite time of the year. Nothing beats 70% off of cute clothes already on sale!
  • White House | Black Market: Currently 50% off of sale. I’ve grabbed some of the cutest things this past week from there – one being the super cute blouse with exaggerated sleeves (see post here on Inbetween Thoughts) and another being the below silver skirt. It ended up being just $35 after all the discounts were applied!
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  • Dillards: Extra 30% of sales for members – though, I think they might be opening it up to the public eventually (I’m not sure how that usually goes. My mom has a card, so she lets me know when it’s members only. Thanks, Mom!). Grabbed the CUTEST pair of Giani Bini Mary Jane heels. Just in time – my current pair are falling apart and I needed a good replacement. I’ll be sure to show these off in future posts, or at least on my Instagram.
  • BCBG: There’s no additional percentage off right now, but there are still some great deals.
  • Teavana: Because what’s better than getting holiday-only tea for 30%? You can bet I stocked up enough White Chocolate Peppermint to last me until next winter.

Honestly, those are all the ones I’ve shopped at recently, but there are so many stores finishing up with their sales (and a few that have ended). My wallet can’t take much more damage, but I love getting to see a good deal.

What about you, dear reader? Have you found any spectacular sales that you’re willing to share with us? Please comment below! We’d love to hear!

 

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“On Behalf of the Moon…”

“…I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you!”

Let the triumphing commence with this gorgeous new palette that I just discovered (courtesies of Popsugar Beauty).

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As you can see from their picture, this fun new makeup comes in a true blue Sailor Moon Prism Compact – and I am just dying to get my hands on it! The compact isn’t available until March, but what other way is there to take on the world than in magical girl makeup?

The answer is none.

This compact is being sold by Creer Beaute and they also have other fun pieces in a Sailor Moon theme – eye makeup, powers, blushes, etc.

I’m a little upset I didn’t know about this line (Miracle Romance) any sooner. Maybe I’ll be seeing this compact sometime soon in my future.

What are your thoughts, dear readers? Interested to try out this palette or maybe just have it for your collection?

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2017 Beauty Wishlist

So perhaps I’ve been MIA lately. There’s a reason. One is work (two of them). The other is that I’m working on a joint blog with my friends Meagan and Alyssa. Please take the chance to head over and check out our blog, Inbetween Thoughts! And while you’re there, read my newest post – 2017 Beauty Wishlist.

With the new year comes a new round of trends and looks – which means, a brand new horde of beauty products to make us sparkle and glow. Bring on the heart eyes. 1. Smashbox Eyeshadow Palettes My first stop on this checklist is the new makeup palettes that were just released at the end […]

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Glam Looks for the New Years Party Season — Inbetween Thoughts

We’ve just passed Christmas (unfortunately) and it’s time to dust off the dirt of 2016 in order to prepare for the New Year. I’m sure we can all agree this year was a little too crazy, but we can all dream of a better tomorrow, right? Before finalizing our resolutions for 2017, it’s time to […]

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North Pole Interview 2016

I stare up with wide eyes, horrified at the sight in front of me. I shouldn’t be surprised at what is happening. I’ve seen so many crazy things at the North Pole, but I never would have thought this would be something that could happen. And I have to wonder, will this finally be the end of the North Pole?

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(Preparations for Christmas ended a bit earlier this year than usual, so the North Pole is bustling around to celebrate in the free time that they have. I’m walking with Jack Frost from the main house over to the North Pole Square. Colorful lights are strung from house to house, sparkling even more brightly than the stars in the sky. We can hear Christmas songs blasting out from up ahead and a few of the reindeer dancing through the air above the Square.)

Me: I’m so excited, Jack! This is my first time getting to celebrate Christmas with everyone.

Jack: * sips on a hot cup of Mrs. Claus’s hot cocoa * That’s right, you don’t usually get to stay around after Christmas to celebrate with us.

Me: * nods * And the past several years have been extremely… adventurous. There was no time to celebrate.

Jack: Well, you’ll get to see how everyone parties it up in the North Pole. The parties are crazy.

Me: * snorts * Oh, I’m sure Santa and Mrs. Claus just throw the most wild parties. I’m sure the reindeer sneak some of the hot cocoa and go berserk.

Jack: * grimaces * Don’t remind me.

Me: * shakes my head * I’m wondering if I should be a bit concerned.

(We finally make it to the Square. Santa and his wife are dancing with some of the elves around a giant tree. Reindeer are flying in the air, moving to the beat of “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and a few of the ninja elves are riding on their backs. George the yeti walks up to us with Comet in tow.)

George: * growls *

Comet: He says Merry Christmas!

Me: Merry Christmas, George. Are y’all enjoying the party so far?

Comet: We are! Don’t tell anyone, but Rudolph and I just downed two cups of hot cocoa. * eye twitches * I feel on top of the world.

Jack: Maybe you shouldn’t have any more hot cocoa. Especially with your flight in a few hours.

George: * growls *

Comet: * glares at George * Don’t agree with him. I’ll be fine.

Me: Comet, I think we’re going to have to –

(I freeze as the ground starts to shake underneath me. Jack and I exchange a look.)

Comet: Maybe you’re right. I’m going crazy. It felt like the earth itself moved underneath my hooves. * lifts a hoof off of the ground and stares at it *

Jack: I don’t think you’re crazy, Comet. I felt that too.

Me: Does the North Pole even get earthquakes? Is that possible?

(The earth shakes again. A single ornament falls from the heights of the Christmas tree, shattering as it crashes into the ground. Someone has turned off the holiday music as everyone stops what they are doing to stare at the broken ornament.)

Santa: That is unusual.

Mrs. Claus: I would say that is an understatement, dear.

(I walk toward Santa and Mrs. Claus, Jack following along behind me. I can sense the tension in him as the air grows a little more frigid. Another series of movement rumbles through the ground and this time I can hear loud noises coming from the other side of the Santa’s Village.)

Me: Santa, is there any construction going on that I don’t know about? A new workshop or anything like that?

Santa: * shakes his head * Nothing of the sort, Brittany. Tim, get the ninja squad on this right away.

Tim (who has appeared out of nowhere): * nods * I’m on it, Santa.

Me: * turns to Jack * Let’s follow them.

Jack: * raises an eyebrow * Weren’t you just lamenting the fact that you haven’t had time to celebrate Christmas when you visit?

Me: I wouldn’t call that lamenting, Jack. If there’s one thing you should know about me by now, it’s my deep love for adventures.

Jack: That I am definitely aware of. * holds out a hand to me * Let’s go. You ready?

Me: * smiles * Ready as ever.

(I grab ahold of Jack’s hand and he transports us to the other side of the village. My eyes go wide as soon as they come upon the source of the ground shaking and noise making. Jack freezes beside me as his hand tights around my own.)

Jack: How the heck is that possible?

Me: Christmas magic?

(We stumble in place as the ground shakes below us. I stare up, my jaw dropping as I watch a giant gingerbread man make his way through the buildings on the edge of the village. He towers over everything and I suspect his height is at least forty feet. Several of the ninja elves are attacking it, but their shurikens just bury themselves into the gingerbread.)

Me: We need to stop it. It’s going to destroy the village.

Jack: Stay here, Brittany, I’m going to see what I can do to help. Don’t move.

Me: * nods * Be careful.

Jack: * teleports away *

Mysterious Voice: Finally.

Me: * whips around * Who’s there?

(The shadow elf and reindeer that tried to destroy the North Pole a few years ago jump down from a nearby roof, smirks on their faces. I take a step back, horror filling me as I realize why this is happening.)

Me: You.

Murray: Us. We told you we’d be back. It just took us a little longer than planned to come up with a good idea for the North Pole’s destruction. I hope you’re ready to tell the world that nobody will be getting presents ever again.

Lance: How entertaining will it be to watch this stupid little village fall to pieces by a symbol of the holidays? These gingerbread men will destroy the buildings one by one.

Me: Men? There’s only one. * points *

Lance: * laughs * Not for long. Give it a few minutes and the town will be surrounded. Nobody will be able to stop us.

Me: That’s what you think. We’ll find a way out of this. We always do.

Murray: You should learn that hope is worthless. Even your precious, little Jack won’t be able to stop the gingerbread men. He can’t help you this time around, darling.

Lance: Don’t you think it’s time for a little visit to ole Saint Nick? Time to say goodbye to the old man.

(A barrage of snow suddenly falls down on top of the two and I let out a shout of surprise. Anger fills their faces as they try to get out of their prison and fail in doing so.)

Jack: * sitting on the edge of a nearby roof * If I don’t get to call Santa an old man without him complaining, you sure as heck don’t get to call him that.
Me: Jack!

Jack: Thought I’d come check on you to make sure you actually stayed where you were supposed to. Didn’t think I’d find you here with these old friends of ours.

Me: It was a surprise to me, too. Jack, they said there are more of the gingerbread men coming to the village. They should be here at any moment.

Jack: * jumps down from the roof and walks over to where Murray and Lance are buried, only their heads sticking out from the white snow * How do we stop them?

Murray: * spits * You don’t.

Lance: * laughs * They’re indestructible.

Me: Jack, can’t you just freeze them? The gingerbread would get stiff – they wouldn’t be able to move.

Jack: What do you think I tried first? It didn’t work. The cold doesn’t seem to affect them.

(Tim, Rudolph, and a few of the ninja elves walk toward us from one of the outer streets. There is a grim look on all of their faces.)

Rudolph: These two again.

Lance: Fancy meeting you here, Red Nose.

Rudolph: * ignores Lance * I’m guessing they’re behind this.

Jack: Good guess.

Me: And they’ve apparently made them impervious to cold.

Tim: It also doesn’t help that the ninjas weapons are basically useless against them.

Lance: Like I said. Indestructible. The North Pole is doomed.

Me: That’s what you thought last time and it didn’t quite turn out how you planned.

Murray: No thanks to you.

(There is a loud noise in the distance and we turn to the left to see three more gingerbread men walking toward us just from outside the village. While their steps are slow, each one causes an eruption of snow into the air.)

Jack: I think it’s time to stop with the idle chit chat. Tell us how to stop them. Now.

Me: * falls to the ground and the ground shakes again * We don’t have time to play games with them. We need to focus on the gingerbread men. Sitting here having Murray and Lance talking in circles isn’t going to solve anything.

Tim: You’re right. Squad Three, let’s go.

(Tim and the ninjas disappear into the darkness, leaving Jack and I alone with Rudolph. There is more destruction in the distance and I flinch.)

Me: Jack, I’m going to go with Rudolph. Rudolph, are you okay with us doing some reconnaissance?

Rudolph: Sounds like a plan to me. We should probably get going.

Jack: Don’t let her do anything crazy. I’ll be keeping an eye on the two of you.

Me: Just make sure the other one is on the gingerbread men. Rudolph, let’s head out. * climbs on top of Rudolph *

Rudolph: * flies toward the first gingerbread men that appeared in the village * What’s our plan?

Me: I haven’t really thought past the part we’re currently at. Let’s fly around him and see if there’s anything worth noting.

Rudolph: I think their size is worth noting.

Me: I would say that’s already been noted, Rudolph. Goodness, can you imagine trying to climb that thing?

Rudolph: No.

Me: You’re no fun. Hey, looks like George went and grabbed some of the yetis. They’re working with the ninjas on the legs.

Rudolph: Too bad nobody is working on the arms. * dodges as the gingerbread man tries to hit us out of the air * See anything special?

Me: * goes to shake my head and then pauses * Wait. There’s something sticking out of the neck that is sparkling. We need to get closer.

Rudolph: * nods * Hold on tight.

(Rudolph takes us toward the neck, where a strange sphere is imbedded in the side of the gingerbread man. It glows a deep green and I feel a plan start to form in my head.)

Me: Rudolph, I am sure Jack would veto what I’m about to say, but he’s not here right now. You need to put me down on the should of the gingerbread man.

Rudolph: * shakes head * Not happening. I don’t want to die of frostbite when Jack finds out.

Me: He’ll be fine. Just set me down and we’ll be good. Seriously, this is the North Pole and Christmas that we’re talking about. We need to save it.

Rudolph: * sighs * Fine, but I’m getting you out of there in three minutes. Take it or leave it.

Me: I can work with that.

Rudolph: * flies close to the neck, dodging another arm, and drops me off on the shoulder *

Me: * steps closer to the strange sphere * Let’s see what you do.

(I grasp the sphere in my hands and start to pull it out of the gingerbread. It doesn’t budge. I plant a foot on the neck of the gingerbread man and brace myself, pulling against the sphere with all my might. Slowly, I am able to get it out and the green light disappears. A smile alights my face as the gingerbread man comes to a complete pause.)

Me: It worked! Rudolph, find Jack and let him know that we need to get rid of these spheres.

Rudolph: Will do. Climb on.

Me: * shakes my head * Don’t worry about me. You need to get to Jack. Just come back for me in a bit.

Rudolph: * leaves hesitantly *

(A few moments after Rudolph leaves, the gingerbread man begins to move. I cling to the side of it as my face pales. I’m not sure why my plan didn’t work when it had seemed to stop the gingerbread man in his tracks.

Murray: Looks like you found out you were wrong.

Me: What?! How did you get out of your prison?

Lance: You think we aren’t used to the snow? Jack Frost can’t hold us down. Especially when his focus is on other things.

Me: His focus may be on other things, but we’re pretty close to figuring out how to stop you.

Murray: Remember what I said about hope earlier?

Me: * standing up straight * I have even more hope now. You wouldn’t have come out here if I wasn’t close to figuring this out. This little sphere is more important than it looks. * waves the sphere in the air *

Lance: * flies towards me and tries to knock me off of the gingerbread man *

Me: * ducks and avoids Lance * You’re scared, aren’t you? That your plan is going to fail?

Murray: We’re not scared. The North Pole is going to be destroyed.

Me: So you say! But I can tell you it’s not going to happen. * holds sphere out * What happens if this breaks?

Murray: * smirks * Absolutely nothing.

Me: * frowns * What?

Lance: Why don’t you try it and see if we’re lying?

Jack: * suddenly transports beside me * They’re not lying. I’ve already tried it. What did I tell you about not doing anything crazy?

Me: This is definitely not crazy, Jack. What’s crazy is that breaking this stupid sphere doesn’t stop the giant gingerbread men rampaging on Santa’s village.

Murray: The North Pole is just the beginning.

Jack: * holds up another sphere, but this one is glowing bright white * No, it ends here. I realized right away what these are.

Me: * glances at the sphere curiously * What are they, Jack?

Jack: They’re infused with magic. Once they attach to the gingerbread man, it slowly leaks the magic into the creature and brings it to life. The magic can’t get out, so getting rid of the sphere doesn’t do anything.

Me: And that’s helpful, how?

Jack: Because it can be infused with a different magic. And that magic can take over the poison already inside the gingerbread men. * places sphere into the neck of the gingerbread man *

Murray and Lance: * shout in frustration * No!

Gingerbread Man: * freezes and begins to crumble underneath our feet *

Me: Jaaaaaack.

Jack: Hold on! * grabs ahold of my wrist and transports us to a different gingerbread man *

(Jack takes the sphere out of my hand, pouring his own magic into it. A moment later he hands it back to me and I shove it into the gingerbread. Once again, the creature begins to crumble underneath us. We do this until all of the gingerbread men have been destroyed. However, along with the gingerbread men lay the destroyed homes along the outskirts of Santa’s Village.)

Me: We were too late…

Jack: We may not have saved all of it, but we put a stop to the destruction before everything could be destroyed.

Me: The toy vault?! Do you think they got to it?

Jack: * shakes head * No, they started on the wrong side of the village for that. I think we should be on track to continue Christmas. But let’s go find Santa and see if anything else needs to be done. * transports us *

Santa: Jack! Brittany! You’ve made it back. Thank you for your help.
Me: It’s the least we could do. But will everything be okay? Is Christmas still on?

Santa: * nods * Yes, we’ll be able to continue as planned. Mrs. Claus will work on getting the village back to its normal state. With a bit of Christmas magic, all will be fine.

Me: * sighs in relief * I’m so glad to hear that.

Jack: * nods * Murray and Lance didn’t win this time.

Me: What happened to them? Did they get away?

Tim: * nods * Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capture them. But we’ll be prepared.

Me: Hopefully we don’t have to deal with them for a long time.

Jack: I would agree with that sentiment.

Santa: Let’s stop thinking about the bad of what could be and start thinking about the near future! It’s time to get some presents to good children. Rudolph, everyone, let’s get set up!

Jack: Have fun, Santa. Merry Christmas!

Santa: Merry Christmas!

Jack: Brittany, are you ready to head home?

Me: * nods * I think I am definitely ready after tonight’s adventure.

(Jack transports me back to my parent’s home after that, where Pepper awaits me anxiously outside. We say our goodbyes and then Jack is gone. I’ve headed inside now, a cup of hot chocolate in my hand and Christmas music playing in the background. While we didn’t get to finish celebrations at the North Pole, I am more than excited to celebrate at home with my family. Everyone, have a Merry Christmas and maybe don’t leave any gingerbread men out for Santa this year.)

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