Transitioning to Fall…texture, color and layering…

With Fall quickly approaching and the weather temperatures fluctuating it is quite the chore to dress appropriately.  I typically find myself freezing and as I work in an office, jackets and sweaters are a must. 

Jacket and Skirt: Simply Vera by Vera Wang Blouse: Ann Taylor  Shoes: Franco Sarto Bag: Kate Spade Necklace: JCREW Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Jacket and Skirt: Simply Vera by Vera Wang  Blouse: Ann Taylor  Shoes: Franco Sarto  Bag: Kate Spade
Necklace: JCREW  Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Today’s outfit is one of my most versatile.  I’ve worn this combo during the winter with taupe tights and boots as well as during this past Summer by losing the jacket and adding cute wedges.   

I love the layering and dimension of this outfit.  There is a lot going on but with muted colors, you can amp up the patterns and make the look more interesting.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match similar colors and textures! 

The jacket and skirt from this post are both by Simply Very, by Very Wang @Kohls.  It’s a great brand…with lots of beautiful textures and colors.  Check it out here!

Oh!  And one more thing…my family and I are heading to the beach this fine Labor Day weekend for one last Summer hurrah!  There will be more blog posts next week but check me out on Instagram or Twitter @Cortneybreblog also as I’ll be updating those daily! 

 

A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody

 

 

Today’s post takes it rhythmic title from one of my favorite reads, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. I initially became enamored with Fitzgerald upon reading ahead in my Literature book during my Sophomore year in high school. It was tenth grade, the parties were non-existent, the pace was dreadfully slow, the shows boring, the buildings shorter, the moral was looser and the liquor was…well it was 10th grade! What liquor?!

During this time, my young, nerdy and not quite so fashionable self found small town life colorless and sought solace via her only escape…reading. Therefore, when this younger self stumbled upon Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a short story by Fitzgerald, she couldn’t pull herself away.  

More short stories followed…The Ice Palace, The Offshore Pirate, A Diamond as Big as the Ritz. I then read, The Great Gatsby. I will admit…I didn’t love it as much as I did the short stories. The novellas provided glitz and glamour and told of freshly pressed love stories and first loves. The Great Gatsby was a much darker tale and one my 10th grade self couldn’t quite understand. Over the years, I’ve re-read Mr. Fitzgerald’s work as well as poured over tellings of his and Zelda’s tragic but glamorously exciting life. I’ve come to understand The Great Gatsby quite a bit more and my appreciation of it’s tale has deepened. 

When the movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, debuted last year, I was quite skeptical of its ability to live up to the grand story I kept captured in my mind. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the film and quite enjoyed it.

Oh my…this has turned from a fashion post to a “my love of reading” one.   Alas…I’ve digressed from my original intent to write about today’s party dress you see before you.

Really though…I must ask you…how can you wear a party dress without thinking of the grandest of parties during the most glamorous of days…when “too much of anything was bad but too much Champagne was just right”?!

And now a little about the dress I’m wearing.

I found this beauty at JCREW –heavily discounted and needing a friend.  (buy it here)

A little “love at first sight” occurred and the dress was mine.  

The task of dressing it down for work was not an easy one.  I do think this jacket is a nice accompaniment to it though and sets off the dress nicely.  

So, the next time you’re wondering what to wear…why not pull that old bridesmaid or formal dress from it’s dormant hanger and add a little party to your day!

xx…Cortneybre…

Stripes and a POP of Red…

Dress: JCREW Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Chloe+Isobel Sunnies: Franco Sarto Bag: Kate Spade

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: ASOS  Necklace: Chloe+Isobel  Sunnies: Franco Sarto  Bag: Kate Spade, Sweater: LOFT

Happy Friday, peeps!  I must admit today’s post is one of my favorites.  I recently purchased this linen dress from JCREW’s last mega sale and I’m in love with it.  Add a pair of red shoes and it just wears itself! 

 If you need, want, must have the dress…check it out here!  

Have a great weekend!  Xoxo… 

Cortneybre

 

 

 

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ShoeDazzle Part Deux…Holding on to Summer..

Jacket: Cynthia Rowley Blouse: Gap Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Madison @ShoeDazzle.com Necklace: Chloe+Isobel Earrings: Bealles Watch & Bag: Kate Spade NY

Jacket: Cynthia Rowley  Blouse: Gap  Skirt: JCREW  Shoes: Madison @ShoeDazzle.com  Necklace: Chloe+Isobel
Earrings: Bealles  Watch & Bag: Kate Spade NY  Bracelet: JCREW  Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Hope everyone is having a superb Wednesday!  I woke up this morning and realized that Summer is slipping away.  The realistic part of me is actually quite happy about that.  No more sweaty, stifling days getting in and out of a hot car or slathering on sun screen just to go outside for a moment.  The fashion blogger side of me is quite panicked though as I must ensure I wear all of my summer items before Fall arrives!  Yeah..I know #FashionBloggerProblems. 

Still…I’m hanging on to Summer…even if the Fall style issues are out next month and everything will soon become sweaters, boots and not a shred of skin will be showing.  With that being said….today’s post is all about the sunshine!  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve read about my major shoe score from ShoeDazzle a few weeks ago.  I’ve only debuted one of the 8 or 9 (sad that I can’t remember, isn’t it) pairs of shoes I purchased.  Today pair number two comes out to play. 

I’ve always loved a good wedge.  I know I have nothing new to say about the many, many attributes of the wedge.  No…alas all has been said before and much more eloquently than I could pen..er…type.  However, let’s just say they are a girl’s best friend…adding height and lengthening the body while adding evenly distributed support! 

ShoeDazzle featured these sunny yellow, basket weaved wedges a couple of months ago and I’ve had my eye on them for some time.  They’re made by Madison and come in combinations of white/yellow and black/pink. 

I couldn’t make up my mind which I like best…so I bought both.  

Love, love, love these wedges!  Cute and comfy and just different enough to garner attention without being too overstated.  

I paired them with a white on white look…white shirt, white skirt and white jacket.  I also added a pair of dainty yellow earrings to distribute the color and a silver and pearl necklace for some shine. 

Check out these shoes here!  

Now…for the bag.  Yes…it’s Kate Spade.  And yes….it’s so hot it’s cool.  What says Summer more than Palm Springs!? Love it, want it, need it? Get it here!

Laters! xoxo…Cortneybre…

 

A Casual Look…for a day at the movies…

Well this is my belated Monday post…because Mondays will be Mondays and mine have been over-the-top lately!

Jeans/Blouse: JCREW Necklace: Chloe+Isobel Sunnies: Franco Sarto Watch/Bracelet/Bag: Kate Spade Heels: Kathy Van Zeeland

Jeans/Blouse: JCREW  Necklace: Chloe+Isobel  Sunnies: Franco Sarto  Watch/Bracelet/Bag: Kate Spade
Heels: Kathy Van Zeeland

But let’s forget Monday…in fact let’s drift back to Sunday…my daughter and I spent a fabulous day Sunday visiting the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.  During the Summer, the Fox offers showings of iconic films of days gone by. 

We opted for a midday showing of Mary Poppins, which included a “sing-a-long”.  Who knew singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious with an audience of a few hundred people could be so fun! 

Before the show, we explored the beautiful Fox Theater, which was originally built as a Shrine Temple but instead opened as a lavish movie theatre in 1929.

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It is quite a sight to behold with its Moorish design and beautifully rendered Egyptian styling.  My daughter and I had fun exploring the exterior of the theatre and snapping a few shots for the blog along the way!

Something interesting to note is that I’m wearing jeans in this post.  I do believe I’ve only written one other post that consists of jeans…out of about 160 posts! 

These happen to be a fave pair of mine and, along with the shirt, I’m wearing JCREW jeans (listed here) and a JCREW blouse.  (find it here and on sale!).  I dressed it up with a statement necklace (Chloe+Isobel here) and a pair of cheetah kitten heels (old but similar here!   Well…I must away..spit, spot!…Cortneybre…

Pattern on Pattern…

 

Blouse & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunnies: Franco Sarto Bracelet: Bealles

Blouse, Belt  & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto  Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Bracelet: Bealles

Today’s look is pattern on pattern…it just happens to be the same pattern. (That’s quite the mouthful!)

Recently Ann Taylor LOFT had an excellent 60% off sale and I stumbled upon this stylish floral patterned bustier dress and button up blouse.

The price was right and I’d been searching for a patterned look for some time.

Blouse & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunnies: Franco Sarto Bracelet: Bealles

Blouse & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Bracelet: Bealles

 

In order to make the dress work friendly I simply tied the blouse in front and added a belt. The best bit is that these pieces can be worn separately or together! 

Check out the blouse here and the dress here ! Xoxo…Happy Hump Day! Cortneybre…

 

 

I’ve been bedazzled by ShoeDazzle…

Shirt: Forever21, Skirt: Ann Taylor, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Kate Spade, Sunnies: Franco Sarto, Lipstick: MAC Russian Red, Heels: ShoeDazzle, Sophia&Lee

So..it’s Friday and I haven’t posted all week! Ugh. My daughter started back to school this week and it’s just been a whirlwind. But. I did have time to do a bit of shopping and you’ll be seeing some of my new outfits in upcoming posts! 

Galilea Heels @ShoeDazzle.com

Galilea Heels @ShoeDazzle.com

Today’s post is all about the shoes. Part of my recent shopping involved quite the spree on ShoeDazzle! 

If you’re not familiar with Shoedazzle, it is a shoe club that allows you to buy very trendy shoes at a nicely discounted price! A win-win right!?!

There are a few rules. If you become a VIP member, you are charged a flat monthly fee of $39.95, all of which is applied to your future shoe purchases. You can also opt to “skip” a month if you do not want to contribute to your account that month but you have to remember to go onto their website and do so before the 5th of every month or you’re charged. 

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*I forgot for about 6 months and had a few hundred dollars in my shoe bank that I didn’t really budget for originally. Whoops….

You also get 75% off your first item and free shipping if you’re a new customer. Thereafter, you got 10-25% off all full priced styles as well as additional sales. Shipping is always free to VIP members.

There are online stylists that recommend shoes to you based upon your preferences and a few designers that design lines exclusively for ShoeDazzle, such as Gwen Stefani’s brand GX and Rachel Zoe (who is their chief stylist).

I highly recommend the site, especially if you like unique, trendy and affordable styles!

If you’re looking for more conservative and long lasting shoes, this probably isn’t the site for you. Their shoes hold up well but aren’t the highest quality. However, I wear a lot of trendy looks and I like to buy what is trending at the moment so I have A LOT of shoes. I can’t afford to spend $50+ for every pair so Shoe Dazzle is a great place to get the style you want but at a heavily discounted price! 

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Recently, the site ran a $20 sale and I scooped up 6 pairs of excellent heels and wedges! Today’s look showcases one of these buys.

Check out these gold beauties! Don’t you just love them?! Gold, strappy and block heeled…and oh so in the moment. They are surprisingly comfortable too! I thought they dressed up this black and white combo nicely! Check them out here!

Ta ta, my friends! Hope you have a most excellent weekend and I promise there is more to come! In the meantime…give ShoeDazzle a gander…you won’t regret it!

 xx…Cortneybre…