A Valentine to myself….

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Are you a person that likes to be noticed? Frances Valentine Swing Coat HERE!!

Not to just be “noticed” but…perhaps actually flagged down while driving and told to roll down your window (you don’t of course) and then to be mouthed at… thru a dusty window…”you’re beautiful…”

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So…just let yourself be that person…and this is it…this is THE WAY to that moment. 

The way to happy and bright.  To chic and swingy.  To sophisticated and whimsy. 

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The Roaring 20’s are almost upon us – again!  ARE YOU PREPARED?!!

…and it would make an excellent gift also…Christmas gift list – done!  

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& notice that I dressed this beautiful piece down…jeans and a white button up.  It’s very versatile…most people don’t think pieces this beautiful are for daily use …but if you’re wearing this during the day…more chances for whispers thru dusty windows…

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In search of the PERFECT pants – Love, LOFT…

Hey there!  So, I’m working on this blog post and it’s about 9:33 pm at night.  Most of my posts are done at night and most of my pics are taken early in the morn or on the weekends.  All leading to…yep…you guessed it…like most of you out there…I’m a working gal.  

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So…what does every working professional need…and honestly…this transcends most occupations…the perfect pair…of black pants.  Call ’em slacks, trousers..hell…call these yoga pants!!  

I’ve been very lucky to have lost a little weight…thru hard work and determination (and giving up my fave snacks and basically all forms of cake)…my formally fave “go-to” pants – which were a few years old and faded anyway – are just too big.  (BIG victory actually!)

So that set me on the search for the typically – impossible to find – black pants.  And…after lots of searching – both in stores and online I decided to try a promising pair from LOFT.  CLICK HERE FOR THE PERFECT PANTS!!

LOFT WIDE LEG PULL ON PANTS IN PONTE

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Why I LOVE these pants:

  • Comfort – The fabric is just thick enough, soft, stretchy and forgiving.  
  • Fit – I’ve read the reviews on the LOFT site and although a few people didn’t care for the fit – depending on body style – the majority felt the way I do…perfect!  Not too tight, comfortably hugging all the right spots and with a slightly cropped leg.  
  • ELASTIC waistband – and yeah…that’s a good thing when its done the right way.  These pants fit tight to the waist but not too close.  I can easily wear a belt with these (there are no loops but I just fasten it over the waist) or just wear them without one and both look great!
  • Versatile – I have worn these to work, with a t-shirt and sneakers and with a yoga top….and they all worked…all were comfortable and looked great!

So…there you have it…my official endorsement of THE necessary staple to every lady’s wardrobe!  And a hard one to find!  Try them out and see what you think!  They’re currently on sale too!

Also…I’ve got some really cute shots of my beautiful hair accessories from Zara.  I just love them…and the quality of the gems and the hair clips in general is much higher than what I’ve encountered at other stores.  Check them out at Zara!

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Oh and the top is by Who What Wear from Target…sadly it’s no longer available (I’ve searched everywhere) and that’s too bad because its a classic gingham check which is versatile and its a great transition piece since it’s still in the 80’s in the afternoons here.  The sleeves are adorable too and totally IN right now…

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Annnd…it was part of a set (a similar matching checked midi skirt)…which I think WWW and Target should keep in stock because…hello!  I’m throwing on a pair of tights and I can belt the top and use it as a jacket over a long sleeved shirt and/or just throw on a cute coat or cardigan and I’m Winter ready! 

Ok..gotta hit the hay!  Happy shopping!!  

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Staying warm & staying cool..

Well…last week was a doozy.  No exclamation point needed.  All Californians had, and are possibly still having, a rough time.  I’m so very lucky to not be directly in the path of the wildfires but just enduring the Santa Ana winds has been an experience that is not for the faint of heart.  

Its now…NOVEMBER!  Halloween was overshadowed by the dust cloud that we lived under during the worst of the wind storms, so I concentrated on leaving Halloween to the little ones and re-purposed a flapper outfit from a few years past (cause of course, everyone should have a flapper costume in their closet…just in case).  

Flapper for a day!

Now that the threat of a quick and dusty trip to Oz is hopefully over…I actually flipped my closet today.  I’m still hanging onto some summer items because our weather is pulling the ole “winter in the morning and summer in the evening” game ….this is a game I’m quite familiar with as it is also played in Georgia…sometimes until after Christmas!

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So this look is a win either way!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cardigan from H&M….it’s extremely versatile and the color can go either brown or grey.  It is super warm and comfy too.  I’m wearing a size Large although I usually wear a small.  I wanted a super slouchy look and sized up!

The trick to this look is the body-con dress that hides underneath (check it out HERE).  It’s from Target and I bought it a few months ago and thought – ugh…so Kim K…but it works perfectly with several of my statement jackets.  I have a hard time buying neutrals and shell pieces; I have to remind myself some things need to blend in to tie everything together!

The star of the outfit…my Tory Burch Fleming Convertible Shoulder Bag!   Its my baby right now and is a nice blend of functional AND extremely fashionable.  

I also had the pleasure of pulling out a pair of beautiful JCrew heels I snagged a couple of years ago!  JCrew does footwear very well.  (Similar HERE!)  They’re Italian made and, for the price point and fit, well worth the price tag.  I like shoes that not only look good (of course) but ones that I can actually WEAR….to WORK…ALL DAY.  There are lots of cute, expensive and unwearable shoes out there….and I have no use for them!  

Well, here’s hoping for clear skies and smoke-free days ahead!  I just got in a shipment from Zara and I’ve done some other shopping here and there so…check out my Instagram page Cortneybreblog to keep up with my day to day looks!!  xoxo

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Transitioning Summer to Fall…

First things first:

 Isaac Mizrahi Dress for Target XXO Collection

JCrew Blazer

It doesn’t matter which coast you’re on right now…it seems everyone is suffering through the “chilly in the mornin’ and hot enough to make you sweat afternoon” blues. 

 

I find that the “transitional” periods of the year are challenging when it comes to choosing my daily wardrobe.  However, I’m slowly realizing that although it’s challenging, it is actually pretty exciting!  

I tasked myself with taking some of my favorite summer pieces and working them into my transition wardrobe.  This unexpectedly resulted into some of my best looks recently!

This look was born out of trying desperately to wear this Isaac Mizrahi Target XXO dress as long as – weather permitting – possible. I LOVE, LOVE this dress.  The pattern is just so bright and the dress is made of a beautiful silk fabric that looks far more riche than a Target find.  

I’ll be honest…I’ve tagged the heck out of my Isaac Mizrahi Target XXO pieces on Instagram.  I have dreams of being recognized as that Tiffany diamond in the rough, meeting the iconic Isaac and being welcomed into the fashion fold.  Moving to NYC…pushing racks of beautifully designed, tailored pieces, lovingly stitched and artfully cut clothing..carefully covered in plastic across a busy SOHO street…

maybe this will be that post!  

So….as far as this dress…I really examined the colors in the dress and it struck me that the colors were very fall….imagine a kaleidoscope of changing leaves as you take a leisurely  drive through the mountains (especially North Georgia or Tennessee!)  

So with Fall in mind, I grabbed a fantastic two-tone JCrew blazer (because let’s face it, JCrew makes a great blazer) ; grabbed a pair of brown leather Franco Sarto boots and a matching GAP belt…and it just worked! 

I went from Summer party pretty to Fall business forum fellow! 

 

XoXo!!

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