Monogramming Makes it Work!

Today’s outfit is a colorful skirt and button up shirt ensemble. From afar, one would possibly think that I’ve gone mad or either dressed in the dark as the outfit is a contrast of color.

The one itsy, bitsy detail that ties the entire outfit together is the monogram! It perfectly matches the pink skirt I’m wearing and really pops against the blue/green/purple of the shirt.

Shirt – JCREW (buy here!) – don’t forget to monogram it at JCREW also! You can select your style and placement.

Necklaces: My boutique at Chloe and Isabel -click here!

Skirt: White House Black Market – buy it here!

Shoes: Kate Spade New York – buy it here!   

Stay fashionable my friends! xoxo….Cortneybre…

Louis V…Kate Spade…and ASOS come out to play!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Ahhh…what a beautiful Wednesday we’re having today! It’s warm, the sun is shining and Spring has finally taken hold.

I decided to wear one of my recent ASOS purchases today. It’s a beautiful bright pink, midi, scuba skirt (what a mouthful!). I bought it a few months ago and I’ve featured it several times on the blog. I’m quite pleased with its versatility as I’ve been able to pair it with lots of different tops and its gotten much use.

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

One piece of advice – if you buy this skirt (and unfortunately I think it’s sold out now but if you do find one like it), be prepared for compliments, LOTS of compliments! I’ve been literally chased down from afar to be asked about this skirt. (check it out here!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Today’s look was more of a classic and simple one. I paired the skirt with a button up blouse with ruffled cuffs (old but I love this one), a skinny black belt and my cap toed, tan and black Kate Spade wedges (buy them here!). Of course, pearls were needed and that helped complete the look! (old but love, love, love this one at my boutique!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

 

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

I also brought out one of my most prized possessions, my Louis Vuitton bag. I don’t wear it often but I was in the mood for a little extra class today!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Stay fashionable my friends! Cortneybre…

Safari Inspired…

Today’s post is safari inspired.  I’ll admit that I just can’t wear khaki without wearing brown leather and cheetah print.  That proved to be the case today as well.

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

I recently bought this beautiful statement necklace at Bealles (similar here from my boutique!).  It was a cheapie – only $9.99 - but as much as I loved it I couldn’t find anything that really worked with it.  Major fashion fail!

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

When something like this happens, I take the item, in this case my cheapie necklace, and literally hold it up against item after item in my closet until something works.  I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this JCREW shirt dress (Old but I like this one) which I bought last year but hadn’t been featured on the blog yet.

I really like this dress, it’s comfortable and fits well and is of a neutral tone. My biggest issue was that it seemed too casual for work and any efforts to dress it up didn’t quite work.

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Until….I added this necklace. This necklace was perfect. It nestled nicely inside the dress so it wasn’t too flashy and dressed up the outfit just enough to make it “workable for work”!

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

In keeping with the safari theme, I wore my cheetah print Banana Republic wedges (identical here) and a brown leather belt.

Into the wild I go! Cortneybre…

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When it has to be a casual Monday….

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

Hope everyone had a great Easter! Mine was busy, busy, busy!

Since I dressed up yesterday, I decided to go casual today. I’ve been patiently waiting to wear a new pair of heels I bought a couple of weeks ago and decided today was the day.

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

The heels are by MIA and I purchased them for a song at Macy’s. (click here for more details)

I’d been looking for a pair of nude heels and I liked that these had a modest heel and zippered back. They are also a very light shade of nude which I think goes better with black and other colors.

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

I added my fave black skater skirt from Banana Republic (similar here).  It’s my fave because it has pockets and hides a multitude of sins….including too many chocolate bunnies!

The shirt is a simple but soft denim shirt that I purchased from JC Penney. I love that it has polka dots because…why not wear polka dots if possible?! (similar here)

 

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

My earrings are from Bealles and added the pop of color to my outfit that it needed. I just could not tolerate wearing a statement necklace today – too much for a Monday. The earrings added a bit of chic to the outfit and helped finish it off a bit. (similar here  and check out my boutique here!

Hope everyone had a great Monday! Till later….Cortneybre…

An Easter Dress goes to work…

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang Dress: Cynthia Rowley Clutch: Kate Spade Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Bangle: Kate Spade Sunglasses: 9 West

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang  Dress: Cynthia Rowley  Clutch: Kate Spade  Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous 
Necklace: Bealles    Watch: Kate Spade  Bangle: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: 9 West

 

Hello my friends!

Although it is raining cats and dogs, I decided to wear my Easter dress to work today. I just LOVE the dress and found it dressed down nicely with a structured jacket!

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang Dress: Cynthia Rowley Clutch: Kate Spade Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Bangle: Kate Spade Sunglasses: 9 West

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang  Dress: Cynthia Rowley  Clutch: Kate Spade  Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous
Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Bangle: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: 9 West

I added my “cheap necklace” from last Friday’s post, ASOS heels, my fave Kate Spade clutch and a top knot hairstyle. Wish it wasn’t so dark and rainy in my pics and I will definitely be bringing this outfit back to the blog at a future date with better photos.

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang Dress: Cynthia Rowley Clutch: Kate Spade Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Bangle: Kate Spade Sunglasses: 9 West

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang  Dress: Cynthia Rowley  Clutch: Kate Spade  Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous
Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Bangle: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: 9 West

By the way…these heels are from ASOS but are by the brand New Look.  Inside the shoe it says in pretty gold script “Your feet look gorgeous!”.  How perfect is that!?!

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang Dress: Cynthia Rowley Clutch: Kate Spade Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Bangle: Kate Spade Sunglasses: 9 West

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang  Dress: Cynthia Rowley  Clutch: Kate Spade  Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous
Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Bangle: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: 9 West

Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang Dress: Cynthia Rowley Clutch: Kate Spade Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Bangle: Kate Spade Sunglasses: 9 West

Jacket: Simply Vera Wang  Dress: Cynthia Rowley  Clutch: Kate Spade
Shoes: ASOS-Your Feet Look Gorgeous  Necklace: Bealles
Watch: Kate Spade  Bangle: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: 9 West

Simple…in black, white and yellow…

Sweater: Mossimo Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: Worthington Shoes: Calvin Klein Purse: Kate Spade

Sweater: Mossimo  Blouse: Banana Republic  Skirt: Worthington  Shoes: Calvin Klein  Purse: Kate Spade

I’m back.

Why is it that the one thing you love to do – just for you – is the first thing to get pushed aside when things get hectic and busy?  Sigh.

Needless to say, I’ve been away from the blogging world for the last few days and I’ve missed it so. Thank goodness, my life has calmed down just enough to allow me to rejoin my virtual reality and post a few pics of my outfit of the day.

Today’s style inspiration actually came from People Style Watch magazine…the March 2014 edition.

Sweater: Mossimo Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: Worthington Shoes: Calvin Klein Purse: Kate Spade

Sweater: Mossimo  Blouse: Banana Republic  Skirt: Worthington  Shoes: Calvin Klein Purse: Kate Spade

As my world has been so crazy lately, and the weather is once again refusing to behave, I was stumped about today’s attire. It’s just too cold for Spring-wear and honestly, my mood was not one for wearing pink, or any bright, happy color.

Sweater: Mossimo Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: Worthington Shoes: Calvin Klein Purse: Kate Spade

Sweater: Mossimo  Blouse: Banana Republic  Skirt: Worthington  Shoes: Calvin Klein  Purse: Kate Spade

After flipping through numerous pages and numerous, “no’s”, I stumbled upon a simple trend that I really liked.

  • White skirt
  • Black sweater
  • Cool, eye catching heels
  • Bright yellow bag  (I just happened to have this lovely Kate Spade bag tucked away!)

It’s so nice when your outfit perfectly expresses your mood. I think this look is edgy but sophisticated and the yellow bag adds a little fun to the outfit!

Sweater: Mossimo Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: Worthington Shoes: Calvin Klein Purse: Kate Spade

Sweater: Mossimo  Blouse: Banana Republic  Skirt: Worthington  Shoes: Calvin Klein  Purse: Kate Spade

Can’t wait to catch up with my fellow style and beauty blogger friends! Happy Thursday! Cortneybre…

Cheap Necklace Friday!

Yep…today is officially Cheap Necklace Friday! Or so I like to think anyways.

Necklace: Nara @Bealles Jacket: Valerie Bertinelli Pants: Cynthia Rowley Heels: Isaac Mizrahi Sunglasses: UnionBay

Necklace: Nara @Bealles  Jacket: Valerie Bertinelli  Pants: Cynthia Rowley  Heels: Isaac Mizrahi  Sunglasses: UnionBay

I found this adorable necklace at my local Bealles Outlet.   For those of you not familiar with Bealles, it is a discount clothing store that carries clothing, shoes, jewelry, bags and home goods.

Necklace: Nara @Bealles Jacket: Valerie Bertinelli Pants: Cynthia Rowley Heels: Isaac Mizrahi Sunglasses: UnionBay

Necklace: Nara @Bealles  Jacket: Valerie Bertinelli  Pants: Cynthia Rowley  Heels: Isaac Mizrahi  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Their prices are great and their jewelry is cute, fashionable and cheap! I always find great deals on cute pieces there.

Necklace: Nara @Bealles Jacket: Valerie Bertinelli Pants: Cynthia Rowley Heels: Isaac Mizrahi Sunglasses: UnionBay

Necklace: Nara @Bealles  Jacket: Valerie Bertinelli  Pants: Cynthia Rowley  Heels: Isaac Mizrahi  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Today’s post was inspired by and features a necklace I bought there earlier in the week. It doesn’t have the weight of a JCREW piece but for $10.00, I thought it was very well made and super cute!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! You can also shop online at http://www.beallsflorida.com. Cortneybre…