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…

K.I.S.S. Keeping it simple…and stylish!

Hello, all! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! I’m actually not having a great day…it’s been filled with deadlines, emails and much frustration. But, I digress and I don’t want to taint my blog (which is a source of much joy and satisfaction) with the negativity of my work day.

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces/Bracelet: JCREW

Soo…its Wednesday! Um…yay!? I’m not a Wednesday fan really. I usually find myself scrounging to find something mid-week as I’ve lost my Monday/early week momentum and it’s not quite close enough to Friday to be exciting. That being said, I decided to go for a classic look today. I found these great shirts at Banana Republic. They require no ironing (who has time?), do not wrinkle (hence the no ironing) and fit true to size. Click here for details!

 

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

Actually, everything I have on today is from Banana Republic. It’s rare that I wear an outfit entirely from one store but it happens on occasion. Banana Republic is one of my fave go-to shops – it’s got a great selection and the clothing is well made. Plus, I find some GREAT sales!

 

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

To spice up the outfit I added pearls and my cheetah print wedges. Hope your Wednesday has fared better than mine….till tomorrow, my friends..Cortneybre…

Recycling Style…A 1980′s Dress is so now!

I’m big on vintage, thrift and basically cheap (but awesome) clothing. I must admit that I’m fickle and have too many clothes and only one body with which to wear them.

Dress: Mijoi Shoes:  Fornarina Necklace: Bealles Earrings: Kate Spade Sunglasses: Union Bay

Dress: Mijoi  Shoes: Fornarina  Necklace: Bealles  Earrings: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: Union Bay

This means I have a choice – buy fewer but more expensive clothes or buy what I like and want when I can find it used and cheaper (thus amassing a wardrobe of clothes spanning multiple closets and rooms – fun right!). I subscribe to the latter.

Dress: Mijoi Shoes:  Fornarina Necklace: Bealles Earrings: Kate Spade Sunglasses: Union Bay

Dress: Mijoi  Shoes: Fornarina  Necklace: Bealles  Earrings: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: Union Bay

This was my reasoning with the lovely dress I have on today. I stumbled upon this dress on eBAY and decided to take a chance on it.

Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was so perfectly “now” when it was from the early 1980’s. The midi length, pleated skirt, airy fabric and pretty pink hue are very trendy now.

Dress: Mijoi Shoes:  Fornarina Necklace: Bealles Earrings: Kate Spade Sunglasses: Union Bay

Dress: Mijoi  Shoes: Fornarina  Necklace: Bealles  Earrings: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: Union Bay

I’ve received several compliments on the dress today and several people were surprised to hear its vintage (although saying something from the 1980’s is vintage seems SO wrong to me!). :)

Dress: Mijoi Shoes:  Fornarina Necklace: Bealles Earrings: Kate Spade Sunglasses: Union Bay

Dress: Mijoi  Shoes: Fornarina  Necklace: Bealles  Earrings: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: Union Bay

I will say that I try to stay current with my look, even when wearing vintage clothing as I think you can easily slip into “period” dressing and while that’s not a bad thing…it’s not what I’m aiming for in my every day look.

Dress: Mijoi Shoes:  Fornarina Necklace: Bealles Earrings: Kate Spade Sunglasses: Union Bay

Dress: Mijoi  Shoes: Fornarina  Necklace: Bealles  Earrings: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: Union Bay

For today’s dress I paired it with a multi-strand pearl necklace in bright, spring colors and blue and white Fornarina heels. I liked the contrast of the colors against the pink and I thought it modernized the dress even more. What do you think? Is vintage shopping a “yay or nay” for you? xoxo..Cortneybre…

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A Spring Set for Warm Days…

A Spring Set for Warm Days...

Spring Mixing – Plaid and Stripes!

Happy Friday! Hope everyone is having a great day! Just a quick share of my Outfit of the Day!

Jacket: Sandro Blouse: RedCamel Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi Belt: Kate Spade Watch: Kate Spade Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Sandro  Blouse: RedCamel  Skirt: JCREW  Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi  Belt: Kate Spade  Watch: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: UnionBay  Other jewelry: Bealles

Keeping with the Spring theme, I’ve been happily dusting off some of my spring favorites which have recently emerged from a long stay in my closet. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say it’s been a LONG winter and I never thought I’d be so happy to put my tights away (but I’m ecstatic to do so!).

Jacket: Sandro Blouse: RedCamel Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi Belt: Kate Spade Watch: Kate Spade Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Sandro  Blouse: RedCamel  Skirt: JCREW  Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi  Belt: Kate Spade  Watch: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: UnionBay

I normally don’t struggle with outfit prep but this one gave me some trouble.  I was determined to make this striped jacket and plaid blouse work and I think it does.  Don’t be afraid to mix patterns or diagonals as the right combination can add depth and dimension to your outfit!  The belt was the piece that literally and figuratively pulled the jacket and blouse together.  It served as the focal point for the outfit.

I also really wanted to wear slacks to balance out the boxy jacket but alas…the pants just would not work and the proportions were off. Thank goodness this JCREW skirt saved the outfit! I honestly went through 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – yes, FIVE outfit changes before I got this one right. I think my persistence (or is it stubbornness) paid off though and I was able to pull it together!

Jacket: Sandro Blouse: RedCamel Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi Belt: Kate Spade Watch: Kate Spade Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Sandro  Blouse: RedCamel  Skirt: JCREW  Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi  Belt: Kate Spade  Watch: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: UnionBay

 

Jacket: Sandro Blouse: RedCamel Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi Belt: Kate Spade Watch: Kate Spade Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Sandro  Blouse: RedCamel  Skirt: JCREW  Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi  Belt: Kate Spade
Watch: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi

Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi

 

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

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Wearing an Orange Poppy Print…today on Cortneybre!

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley  Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT  Heels: Cole Haan  Necklace: JCrew

I needed a pick-me-up today and decided to “go bright”!

I knew I had this beautiful poppy print orange skirt (find similar here) but didn’t realize I had a peplum blouse (find similar here) that matched it so perfectly.

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT
Heels: Cole Haan
Necklace: JCrew

While holding the skirt up to various blouses and tops hanging in my closet I realized I had the perfect match hanging in front of me when I spotted this top!

I actually even own a pair of sandals that also match perfectly, but I fought the urge to match everything head to toe (a weakness of mine).  Instead I wore a pair of Cole Haan Pumps with awesome NIKE AIR technology.  They are the most comfortable heels I own!

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT
Heels: Cole Haan
Necklace: JCrew

I was also happy to wear my statement necklace by JCREW (find similar here). It’s an interesting piece but hard to coordinate at times so I was delighted it worked with this bright ensemble! Hope everyone is having a great week! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT
Heels: Cole Haan
Necklace: JCrew

 

 

 

 

 

A Peter Pilotto dress…on Cortneybre!

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade  Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay

It’s finally warm enough to pull out my Peter Pilotto for Target dress that I purchased a few months ago. I’ve been dying to wear it but it’s a very light dress and I wanted to ensure it was the proper time to wear it and not pull it out too early.

It’s a great dress, the fit is nice and the cut is fabulous. The dress is longer in back than in front and has a wonderful airy feel.

This is gonna sound crazy but its like having butterflies follow you around and dance at your heels when you walk. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Try the dress and see for yourself!

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade
Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay

I wanted to see what others thought so I checked the reviews on Target.com and they vary.

My Review:

  • I find that the dress fits true to size – but if you’re petite or tall it loses proportion and will be ill-fitting.
  • Many people didn’t like the belt but it fit me perfectly and I actually thought it coordinated well with the print – although I’m not generally a fan of white belts or shoes.
  • Overall, I really like the dress and I’m happy with my designer purchase (at not so designer prices)!

Also, the Peter Pilotto collection is now on sale at Target! Click here to shop for this dress!

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade  Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay

I also brought out my fave Kate Spade Spring Bag today.  It’s a beautiful blue and structured bag and one of the most coveted of my collection!  Till later my friends!  Cortneybre…

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade  Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay