Fab Find of the Week: H&M Double-Breasted Jacket

H&M Double-Breasted Coat
I had to go return some things at H&M the other week, and when I was there, they were having a sale on all outerwear. I took that time to purchase the perfect coat with a little something extra, like the extended collar. I love how chic it looks and it's the perfect length on my 5'3" frame. The material is a very soft and warm fabric, not itchy at all, which is a major plus. It's been freezing this week so I've been wearing this jacket every day! The website is sold out of every size and color (of course) or else I would literally buy it in every color if I could! It was $30 when I got in on promotion (score!) but definitely check out your nearest store or online for any updated inventory!

xoxo, Courtney

Christmas Wish List

It's common around this time of the year for bloggers to post their Christmas wish lists. So like last year, I will oblige, even though like every year, I never need anything! Well, except for maybe the second one. 

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC
 I have always been a fan of Rebecca Minkoff's bags, and luckily after I won one of her bags back in May (featured on this blog post) I have only wanted to expand my collection, especially with this popular Mini MAC cross body bag. I do, however, think a certain someone is going to get this for me :)

Ninja Professional Blender
Last year I asked for a Blender/Food Processor combo, and I got one but it appears I got the black sheep of the bunch. It has been giving Alex and I problems for months and currently it is leaking from the bottom of the blender, so it sits unused. I even had to send it to their headquarters to be worked on, without much luck. I'm thinking we just need to upgrade to a better system. Other than the uber-expensive Vitamix, I have heard amazing things about the Ninja system, and the price point is very reasonable. I miss making my fruit and protein smoothies, and want to experiment making homemade marinades and sauces. Any recommendations on any models?

Sam Edelman "Felicia" Flat
I may have found the best ballet flat, the "Felicia" by Sam Edelman. I have a pair in nude, and I just need them in black. I have a pair of Zara patent leather flats now but they have stretched out and aren't that comfortable anymore. I am on my feet all day at work and need a flat that's comfortable and stylish. They are a bit pricey at $90 a pop, so I'm hoping they will last a while (it's the insoles I'm worried about!)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The biggest gift I will be getting for Christmas is spending a week with my family in paradise! I am counting down the days until we leave, but give me some credit, after working two retail jobs through the holidays, this will be the best end to the holiday season. My most treasured memories growing up are the ones taking family vacations, and this may be one of the last. 

What is on your wish list this year?

 

Fab Find of The Week: The Perfect Riding Boot

Enzo Angiolini "Saevon" Boot / Nordstrom
The search for the perfect riding boot is over! I spent months searching online as well as in stores and I finally found the perfect pair (on sale!) at Nordstrom. I knew I wanted a cognac boot with buckles or a zipper detail on the back. I tried on probably 20 boots with the inevitable "this boot had the color I want, but didn't have the right detail I was looking for". I also learned that I sometimes needed a wide calf boot; I guess it's time to work out those calves. 

These Enzo Angiolini boots went on sale the day I went into the store, and at $129, I think they are worth the price compared to some other higher end boots (think Frye at $300+). I found that these boots ran about a half size big, but at the same time they also were a bit narrow. Luckily, Nordstrom will stretch out your shoes for you for free, so I left the boots with them for 2 days and now they fit like a glove. If I had some extra cash I would definitely get these in black too. They have the exact details I was looking for. Don't you love when that happens?

Where did you find your perfect riding boots? Or are you still on the hunt?

Fall Favorites Featuring J.Crew

Since starting at J.Crew last week, my fall wishlist just keeps growing as a walk around the sales floor and see all the gorgeous pieces they have to offer. Below are a list of J.Crew items I either own that I plan on wearing throughout the fall and winter season, or J.Crew versions of items I plan on wearing all season long! 


 Naturally, I had to include a chambray shirt on the list, because it truly is one of the most versatile shirts a woman can have in their wardrobe. Finding the right color, fit, and material is crucial but you can't go wrong with the soft and roomy denim shirts from J.Crew. The Jeweled Shoulder Sweater I picked up on my first day at work because I fell in love with the cashmere blend against my skin (no more cheap sweaters for me!) and the pop of edge and polish with the embellishments.
Toothpick Jean in Dolphin Grey

Leather-front Pixie Pant
The two pairs of bottoms I will be reaching for this season will be a pair of grey skinnies (I am obsessed over these Toothpick cords from J.Crew. I am sure I will take the plunge and get them soon) and leather leggings. I bought a clearance pair of leather leggings months ago but have only worn them once. I like how these Pixie pants are a bit thicker, so they don't show every nook and cranny, if you know what I mean. 
Crystal Chevron Link Necklace
Downtown Field Jacket
 J.Crew has become famous for their bright, sparkly and unique statement necklaces. I picked up one (not pictured) on my first day (it was my first one!) and it was like this "AHHHHHH" moment. It totally amps up any outfit. If they are ever on sale, it's worth it to pick one up! Everyone knows I love my military jackets. Last season I wore mine almost every day, and this season I plan on doing the same. 
Mirror Metallic Oxfords

Printed Calf Hair Belt
Metallic Oxfords have to be my favorite trend of the new season. I can't wait to incorporate my silver oxfords into my J.Crew wardrobe, inside and outside of work! Animal print will always be in style, but I like to wear it only minimally. Therefore, a leopard print belt or flats are my cup of tea. Unless you count that 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target sweater I got....but who's keeping track?

xoxo, Courtney
 

2013 Emmy's: Best and Worst

I didn't start watching the Emmy's until about 2 years ago, when I realized they were the Oscar's for television. I love rooting for my favorite shows and actors, and I feel like even more than the movies, we are more invested in them since we watch them season after season. But of course, it is the start to award season fashion. And that's what I'm here to report. 

The Best:
Laura Dern

Kaley Cuoco

Malin Akerman
I couldn't help it, seeing the spring runway shows made me fall in love with light flowy fabrics, bright colors and neutral palettes. This is probably why I gravitated towards these 3 gowns as my best looks. I especially love Laura Dern in Naeem Khan, but think it would have looked stellar on someone liked Julianne Hough or Allison Williams. It was a case of right dress-wrong actress syndrome.

Honorable Mentions:
Kerry Washington

Julianne Hough

Allison Williams
These dresses were nice, but didn't quite hit the mark. I love Marchesa, but I still don't know if I like the ethereal, fairy-tale like gown on Kerry Washington. Julianne's dress could have been a real stunner, except the drop shoulder made her bust look smooshed and the bottom half of her dress needs some thicker lining (but still sheer) for it to be spot on. As for Allison, I love the trendy cobalt blue, but it's just a plain, simple and rather boring silhouette. 

Worst:

Lena Dunham
Connie Britton
Jessica Lange
Ah, Lena. We meet again. Apparently next to getting naked on screen, being on the worst dressed list is also becoming her thing. I realize fashion isn't her forte, but will someone please stop putting her in oversize dresses? Connie Britton is clearly a stunning woman. Putting her in teal velvet may not be the best way to enhance her beauty. Just saying. As for Jessica, the graphic print on her arms and upper torso makes it look like a cat got to her gown. Not a fan.

What were your favorites? Misses? 

xoxo, Courtney

415 Bond Turns 1!


I realized a few weeks ago that I started my blog one year ago yesterday. What started as a platform with no agenda, I have been able to chronicle topics that I find interesting but mainly (and to a fault) in the fashion realm. It has been a fun and productive escape and even more to see where the blog has grown since the very first posts. 
 
I hope to continue to grow the blog and post more fun and interesting content. I have a feeling next year will be a whirlwind, but I hope to chronicle it all here. :)
 
xoxo, Courtney

New York Fashion Week Recap

Yesterday was the last day of Fashion Week, and while I am sad it is over, it will be nice to have my social media accounts return to normal! There were, what seems hundreds of shows, and I did my best to stay on top of my favorite designers. Below is a tiny sampling of my favorite looks from the S/S 2014 runway looks! 
Christian Siriano



J.Crew

Jenny Packham


Kate Spade

Lela Rose


Mara Hoffman


Michael Kors



Monique Lhuillier


Naeem Kahn



Oscar de la Renta


Rachel Zoe

Victoria Beckham


Which shows were you most excited about? Any trends you think we will see next year, or any from this one that will fade out?

xoxo, Courtney

All photos from style.com

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing satisfies a craving like a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie. With a cold glass of milk. I was relaxing the other weekend and randomly thought, "man, I'd really love to make some cookies. I wonder if we have all the ingredients?" And so it started. We sure did have the ingredients, and I found the most amazing recipe. I could have eaten the whole bowl of dough. I'm living on the edge. 


Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. 
3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. 
4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

* Eat cookies within 2-3 days for maximum freshness