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What I’m loving / St Tropez Tanning Mousse


I don’t know about you but for me having a tan makes me feel about a million times better (and like 10 lbs skinner!) This summer has already been so nuts that I haven’t had a lot of time to just go relax on the beach and work on my tan so I’ve enlisted the help a sunless self tanner. I’ve heard excellent things about all St Tropez products so I decided to give it a try. I was nervous to try it being a self tanner virgin and all but it was SO easy guys, really!

bravwel-dwell-5I love the tanning mousse so much and having the tanning mitt was really helpful. There’s nothing worse than self tanner hands, yuck. Start with a little bit of mousse on the mitt, you can always add more as you go.

bravwel-dwell-30Make sure you blend in circular motions. You can go over one spot more than once if you need to later since you’ll be able to see where you’re blending. The aloe in the mousse makes it really moisturizing and your skin ends up looking so natural and golden. bravwel-dwell-27

Make sure you wait until your skin is touch dry before getting dressed. I recommend putting on something really light and nothing too constricting after applying. And remember, you can’t get wet for 4-6 hours. They suggest applying before bed and sleeping overnight in it, just be sure to have sheets on that you don’t care that much about. bravwel-dwell-28

I woke up this morning with the prettiest golden glow and know that over the next couple of days it’s going to just get richer. I highly suggest this mousse guys, give it a try and let me know what you think of it! bravwel-dwell-25


Self Tanner – St Tropez Tanning Mousse

One Piece – Asos (sadly just now out of stock) Similar here, here and here

Robe – BHLDN


The Sofa Struggle

Photo By Lucas Allen

Lately Megan & I have been discussing redecorating our small apartment, but we get discouraged easily. Mostly because we don’t want to spend money and we can’t decide on the same furniture. Most recently we have been trying to figure out which sofa we want. Either a more expensive one that will last longer, or a cheaper one that will give instant gratification but won’t stand the test of time. The struggle is real.

Tell us which one you like….

29290657_012_bOption #1 – The Velvet Willoughby Sofa by Anthropologie ($1,998.00)img57oOption #2 – The Antwerp Sofa by West Elm ($1,299.00)Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.52.12 AMOption  #3 – The Stocksund sofa by Ikea ($599.00)



Nine Minute Pasta

bravwel-9minpasta-2The other day Megan and I were starving, like usual, and we decided to throw some things together for a quick pasta lunch. We found this great recipe on Pinterest of course, where all great things come from.  For a quick simple pasta follow the recipe below –

Ingredients –

  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions –

Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among four bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and Parmesan.


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Kitchen Floors / Before and After

So, we all know that rental kitchens are gross. It’s usually old, nasty linoleum that was probably on clearance when they needed it so they just grabbed whatever was the cheapest, it has paint speckled all over it from one too many crappy cabinet paint jobs and has chips in it from who knows what. Our apartment is adorable, mostly. Great original hardwood floors, rounded ceilings, a darling faux fireplace, but the kitchen…..ohhh the kitchen. It needed some work. After over a year of living in this space and being grossed out by the kitchen floors on the daily we needed a change but obviously didn’t want to put new floors into a rental (we aren’t that crazy). So I found out about peel and stick vinyl tile and felt like I won the rental lottery! #1. It’s super cheap. #2. It’s kind of dummy proof. #3. You can peel it up and throw it away when you leave if your landlord makes a fuss about it! We picked a weekend, my mom came down (because she’s the best at home improvement anything) and within a couple of hours we had new floors! I can’t even tell you how much cleaner and well, better it feels.

The grossness before:

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And, AFTER! Voila! No, the cabinets still don’t close but hey, who’s going to be looking at those when those floors are lookin so nice!?bravwel-kitchenfloors-8 bravwel-kitchenfloors-9 bravwel-kitchenfloors-12If you too want to spruce up your rental kitchen, here’s what you’ll need:

-Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile : We chose this one at Lowes

-A couple of metal measuring sticks. The edges and corners are tough but just measure correctly and cut and you’ll get it.

-Some exacto knives. Don’t skimp on these, you need them to be tough to cut through. We also used scissors at times and they worked pretty well!

-Lots of muscle.

fyi: they say to start in the middle of the floor and work your way to the edges because we all know these floors weren’t made perfectly and you’d rather have weird cut edges than some odd shapes in the middle.

Rug is vintage from the Long Beach Flea Market and we were pretty dang excited about it.


John Boultbee

meganwelker-brav-5I have been trying to dress a little better these days but it’s not easy living in Los Angeles. I mean we only have 3 days of cold weather so that doesn’t leave leave a lot of options. That doesn’t mean I can’t dress up in a more relaxed SoCal style. meganwelker-brav-6 meganwelker-brav-7   meganwelker-brav-14 meganwelker-brav-15 meganwelker-brav-16meganwelker-brav-10 meganwelker-brav-18Shirt – J. Crew

Glasses – Tom Ford

Belt – Club Monaco

Jeans – Williamsburg Garment

Wallet –  John Boultbee

Boots- Timberland


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