The power of a pin…on Cortneybre…

Sometimes something so small can make or break an outfit. 

 

 A well placed pin can make the difference between flop or flawless!

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I find fashion inspiration in the oddest places.  Hobby Lobby was the perfect place to find this most important finishing flourish!

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 The outfit, pulled perfectly together, with the placement of a pin! (This posh Olivia Miller clutch helped too!)

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Have a great Friday and holiday weekend! 

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Trending Now: Palm Print on Cortneybre…

As summer quickly approaches, bright prints and colors abound! 

Jacket: Joie Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction Sunnies: Guess Bag: Lily Pulitzer

Jacket: Joie     Blouse: Banana Republic     Skirt: JCREW     Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Sunnies: Guess     Bag: Lily Pulitzer

One of the hottest prints trending this summer is the

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It hit big last summer and has become a fave of bloggers and fashionistas.

 

I was lucky to stumble upon this lovely Joie palm print blazer late last summer.  It pairs well with bright or neon yellows and could easily work with blue, pink or red. 

 tips for palm prints

  • Offset the print with a complimentary color – try red, yellow, or blue!
  • Don’t wear too much green – or you’ll risk the over the top “safari” look
  • Try the print with stripes – especially navy blue!
  • Don’t wear too many prints – palm print head to toe can be too busy and distracting
  • Go simple sometimes– wear only white with the print  
  • Bring on the metal!  Gold and silver both look great with the print so don’t forget the jewelry!

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As with most prints, the palm print is very flattering and versatile!  Hope you’ll check out this trend and start styling soon! 

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Here are a few hot pieces!

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Women's Flat-Front Stretch-Twill Shorts (3 1/2") - GREEN PALM LEAF

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When Life Gives You Lemons…a Lemon Print Shirt on Cortneybre…

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There is an old saying…when life gives you lemons…make lemonade.  I’ve recently been handed a lemon…and while I don’t want to go into too much detail until I know more, I will admit it’s gotten me down a bit.

In an effort to comfort myself, I decided to go shopping – my go-to retail therapy approach that usually perks me back up.  While shopping at Belk – one of my fave stores – and perusing their isles I saw this cute and whimsical lemon print shirt by Jones and Company.

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It was a sign from the universe…

lemons1…and it made me feel much, much better.  My spirits lifted just a little.  

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So into my buggy it went and onto my body the next day!  I thought this bright green LouenHide bag was the perfect match!

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I topped the lemon print off with a lace overlay blouse from LOFT and added a cute and flirty skirt from JCREW.

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I hope you’re having a great week!  xx…

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Kate Spade Spring Colors & a CHOiES Midi Skirt…on Cortneybre…

Everything is blooming here in the Peach State!  I love the warmer weather and the sunny days.  I can also finally begin to access my Spring and Summer closet and start incorporating lighter clothing into my everyday wearables.  

Jacket: Kate Spade NY Skirt: CHOiES Shoes: Madison by Shoe Dazzle Blouse: THE LIMITED Sunnies: Franco Sarto Necklace: Chloe+Isabel Bracelets: Assorted but most by Kate Spade NY

Jacket: Kate Spade NY
Skirt: CHOiES
Shoes: Madison by Shoe Dazzle
Blouse: THE LIMITED
Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Necklace: Chloe+Isabel
Bracelets: Assorted but most by Kate Spade NY

I’ve been shopping online quite a bit lately and trying new shops and websites.  CHOiES is my new obsession; I’m expecting a package of CHOies goodies soon.  I bought this skirt a few weeks ago and just love it!  

I realized I didn’t have a solid black midi skirt and decided to take a chance on this beauty.  CHOiES is similar to Chic Wish but I do think the sizing is a little bigger (and truer).  I ordered a size up in this skirt and it was quite loose so I think I can order true to my regular size on the CHOiES site which is good for my ego if nothing else!

PSX_20150402_132018I’ve featured this jacket before and I’m almost ready to debut the entire floral ensemble in all its beautiful glory.  I loved how I could add this jacket to the outfit and it turned it into something completely different.  I wear a costume of many layers, my friends.  :)  

These shoes were also a HUGE hit!  I purchased them from Shoe Dazzle and let me just say..they are so comfortable and stylish!  

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Enjoying Spring (finally!)…a Merona top and my Firmoo glasses..on Cortneybre…

Oh the weather outside is WONDERFUL!  Spring has finally sprung and I’m so enjoying life sans tights and coats!

TOP: MERONA-TARGET SKIRT: KATE SPADE NY SHOES: KATE SPADE NY BAG: OLIVIA+JOY SUNNIES: FRANCO SARTO NECKLACE: BANANA REPUBLIC

TOP: MERONA-TARGET
SKIRT: KATE SPADE NY
SHOES: KATE SPADE NY
BAG: OLIVIA+JOY
SUNNIES: FRANCO SARTO
NECKLACE: BANANA REPUBLIC

I’m always searching for simple, comfortable tops.  I seem to always be at a deficit; either too many wonderful skirts or pants and no tops or tons of fabulous tops and not a bottom to be found!

I saw this simple but cute and comfy blue and white striped top at Target last week.  I loved the true blue color of the striping and thought the neckline was perfect.

If you know me at all, you know I’m not shy when it comes to wearing REALLY bright colors!  Shine bright is my motto!  

I also want to show off another new fave of mine!  I was graciously offered to try a pair of glasses from Firmoo.  

Firmoo is a global, online optical store.  I was impressed with their selection, quality and value!  

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I especially LOVE the “Nerd Glasses” section of their website.  It’s perfect for me – I love nerd chic!  The glasses were delivered quickly and came in a cute, chic case.  

Firmoo Glasses Jacket: Merona

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Jacket: Merona

With Spring upon us, my seasonal allergies are behaving quite badly at the moment.  (Ignore those bags under my eyes…I’m dying a slow death via pine pollen).  It is SO nice to be able to put on these cute glasses and still be fashionable and functional!

And just look how cute they are as a bag accessory!  Overall, I really liked the glasses and if you’re in the market for a new pair, check out Firmoo here!

 

I hope you have a fantastic Friday, a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!  

 

 

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A Chic Wish Bird Print Skater Dress…on Cortneybre…

I’m so backed up on my blog posts!  I have tons and tons of pictures and no time to post!  This post has been burning in my brain since last week.  I’d waited for weeks for this fantastic dress from Chic Wish and literally tore off the tags and wore it the next day.

Dress: Chic Wish Bag: Kate Spade NY Blouse: LOFT Sunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi

Dress: Chic Wish  Bag and Shoes: Kate Spade NY
Blouse: LOFT  Sunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi

This dress is quite the statement piece and I was happy to dress it down (and warmer) with tights and a sweater blouse.  Can’t wait until warmer weather also to wear it with a more springy ensemble!

As with my other Chic Wish purchases, the fabric is just fantastic!  I love the sheen and weight of the dress.

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Let me just say a teensy bit about these sunnies too!  How fantastic are they!?  I found these beauties at Nordstrom Rack and just can’t put them down.  They are such a statement in themselves!  

I hope you’re having  a great week!  Check me out on Instagram and Twitter also at @Cortneybreblog!

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A beautiful CHOiES skirt….on Cortneybre…

I’ve been quite the Chic Wish fan lately but decided to branch out a little and try some new shopping sites.  One of these sites is CHOiES, which is very similar to Chic Wish and just as fab.  My first purchase from CHOiES was a somewhat simple and safe one.  I decided on this beautiful black midi skirt you see below.  

Shirt: Crown & Ivy Skirt: Choices Heels: Kate Spade Bag: Kate Spade Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Shirt: Crown & Ivy
Skirt: Choies
Heels: Kate Spade
Bag: Kate Spade
Sunnies: Franco Sarto

I wasn’t sure if the quality and fit would compare to Chic Wish so I played it safe with this purchase.  Let me just say I was happily surprised and quite pleased with the purchase!  

The dress fit perfectly, the fabric was beautiful and the cut was perfect!  And…I do think CHOiES is a little cheaper than Chic Wish also!  Who doesn’t LOVE that!?  

I’m also trying a few new sites and will let you know how I fare with those also!  I’ve ordered a couple of items from Sheinside so stay tuned for future posts and reviews!  The pieces I’ve ordered are very unique and I can’t wait to style them!

For now, Chic Wish and CHOiES have served me well and I’ve many beautiful pieces to wear!  I also have a cool new Chic Wish dress to feature too…I hope to have it posted soon!  

Hope you’re having a great week!  

 

 

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