Back to School

J.Crew wool baseball hat, James Perse white t-shirtH&M coated jeans, Theory cardigan (thrifted), Charming Charlie quartz necklace, Nike sneakers via Nordstrom Rack (similar)Rebecca Minkoff purse, Michael Kors watch (gift)

This had to be my favorite shoot I've done. I went back to my high school and shot at the school's baseball bleachers. I loved the change of scenery, and I felt like the outfit matched the environment. I'm pretty sure these were the same bleachers they had when I went to school there, so they were a little wobbly... :O This outfit represented new and old finds mixed together to form an elevated basic. Let's explain: A white tee and jeans. Basic. Coated jeans and a tee, not so basic. Mix in a luxe cashmere cardigan (old) with the season's new footwear trend: sneakers (new) and a mix of accessories: hat and necklace (new), watch and bag (old). 

Have a great Friday!

xoxo, Courtney

Fab Find(s) of The Week: F21

Hooded Denim Jacket
 I made a small order to Forever21 the other day mostly filled with the essentials: socks and beanies (where did all of mine go?). But thanks to my new favorite Instagram account f21finds, they do my shopping for me. I don't have to scour through pages of clothes until I find one thing I like, I just go to Instagram. I got this jacket today and I am in LOVE with it. It resembles the popular rag & bone style but for less than $35. I can't wait to wear it around for the rest of winter and through spring!

Faux Suede Slides

I am stoked about these slides I scored for less than $13. Right now they are sold out, but keep a look out for them to come back in stock. I love the neutral shade of blush and grey. I'm sure they will only last through spring and summer, but for the price, I can't complain. 

xoxo, Courtney

Fashion New Year's Resolutions

I know I've been MIA lately. Luckily we can all blame that November/December Holiday craziness. It's my favorite time of the year, one full month dedicated to eating, watching movies like Elf and Love Actually, eating red velvet brownies (that recipe is coming soon) and for me, Christmas in Maui. As you can imagine, I've been suffering severe post vacation depression. 

I don't normally create resolutions for myself, but I feel like if I have them here on paper per se, I can try to keep myself responsible to actually do them! 

1. Wear Lipstick - This may seem silly, but I don't vary with my beauty routine hardly ever. A good way to do that is just to change up my lip color. I have a small selection now, but it's a cheaper and fun way to change it up at night, and see what I like. 

2. Wear What I Have - This may seem obvious, but finding new ways to wear what I have, instead of throwing away never worn or rarely worn items will make me feel much better after a few years if I know I got my money's worth. 

3. Buy Quality not Quantity - This is something I've learned only recently. I used to want to have a LOT of clothes and shoes, and now I'm realizing what a waste it is. I don't wear a majority of it, and then I end of selling it for pennies for what I paid for it. Now when I buy, I only look for pieces that will last. Classic styles (not trends!) in quality fabrics that will stay in style for years. 

4. Thrift For Deals - If I ever had the urge to go on a shopping spree or am feeling down (that's when I usually like a shopping-pick-me-up; head to the nearest thrift or buy-sell-trade store. Getting a great deal on designer items is my drug of choice. It's guilt-free too. Don't cut shopping out completely, just be smart about it. I always buy things on markdown or double/triple markdown. One of my favorite finds was a gorgeous silk Rebecca Taylor dress I found for $6!! 

5. Don't Impulse Buy - This can also be translated to: Don't just buy it because it is on sale. I spent so much when I worked at J.Crew on cheap items that really added up. These were items that I got for great deals, yes, but maybe not items that fit perfectly, or were the right colors for me. Even if they seem like cheap, simple purchases, think about them. Because they DO add up.

6. Buy Clothes That Fit - This seems a bit obvious, but for some reason, I always buy clothes that are too big. I hate wearing clothes that are too tight because that looks good on no one... Even my co-workers would say things to me when I showed up for work wearing things in the right size. Imagine that. I always tell women to not pay attention to the number on the clothing, but the way it fits. It's well known that different brands vary by size. I could wear a large in Zara but a small or medium at J.Crew. It pays to try on the same item in multiple sizes to get the best fit. 

What are your fashion resolutions?

xoxo, Courtney


Gap Gingham Shirt, old (similar)Old Navy Skinny JeansConverse Sneakers, Michael Kors Watch, gift, Vintage Louis Vuitton crossbody

All the bits and pieces of this look are definitely wardrobe essentials (I keep adding to that list it seems); a pair of white skinny jeans, white sneakers, a gingham print button up, and a classic cross body bag. This tends to be my work uniform on most days (swap the white denim for blue or black), for its comfort and functionality. I have too many button ups than I care to mention, but every single time I see a cool new plaid print or color palette, 
A trick that I like to use, especially on unisex prints like the hugely popular gingham print, check the men's section for a slightly oversize style if the women's sections is sold out. You're welcome. Sometimes the men's section will have even cooler prints anyway. As long as you don't run into a guy at the bar with the same shirt! 
Don't you love the new bag to my handbag collection? My lovely boyfriend got it for me for my birthday over the summer, and it's been on heavy rotation. 

Have a great Friday!

xoxo, Courtney 

Fall Essentials: Sweater Dress

This time of the year, although my favorite time of the year, can get tricky to look chic during the cold, rainy months. It's also easy to resort to the same old jeans, boots, sweaters and jackets. And while I do love my shelf of sweaters and cozy coats (I have way too many for the mild climate I live in), sometimes I want to reach for something that is still fall appropriate, but different. 
I have seen this pleated sweater dress sported on Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere, and I immediately loved it. I tend to despise traditional sweater dresses. They are never designed right. They only look good on girls that are stick skinny. In that case, I just stay away. 
This dress is a little more than I would like to spend, so therefore it's staying on my wishlist and I'll monitor it and see if I can get a good deal after the holidays, or better yet, find something similar. 

What is one of your favorite fall looks? 

xoxo, Courtney 

Black & Gold

Lush sheer blouse,  7FAM Roxanne Skinny Jean in Distressed, thrifted (similar), Diane von Furstenberg Wedges via Marshalls, sold out (available on eBay)Conversation Pieces tote, BP Mirrored Sunglasses (RayBan version), Foxsie Co and Forever 21 Rings

I found the most amazing find at my Marshalls store a few weeks back. I always browse the clearance shoes first; and sitting on the very top shelf, these metallic gold wedges caught my eye. When I took them down I couldn't believe they were DVF. And for only $29!! They were technically a half size too small, but this was a "make it work" moment. I looked around me in silence (while my insides were bursting with joy) as if I just swiped the Golden Ticket out from everyone's noses. 
I also got a killer deal on my 7FAM jeans, Lush blouse (both from the same Crossroads shopping trip), sunglasses and jewelry. Aside from the tote, every piece was under $30. With all the different ways to get great deals out there, spending retail is just stupid. :)

What has been your ultimate style score? 

xoxo, Courtney

Prep School

Sunday in Brooklyn Top, J.Crew skirt (similar), vintage Ferragamo flats, thrifted (newer)Michael Kors Clutch, Michael Kors watch (old)

This outfit is definitely outside the box for me. It's very girly, which I tend to put more of an edgy spin to most of my looks. The elements of this look I love individually (the top with ripped skinnies, the skirt with a chunky sweater, and the Ferragamos with well...everything) so putting them all together was a departure for me. I also went au natural in terms of makeup. I don't wear a lot of makeup to begin with; what I wear in my blog posts is what I wear everyday. I'm pretty boring when it comes to my beauty routine. But when I don't feel like doing it all but still look presentable to the general public I'll just put on tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip color. I learned this trick from Julia of Gal Meets Glam and I have been using it for a while. 

P.S Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!!! 

xoxo, Courtney