Godiva for Breakfast

Oh my!  I’m sitting here eating Godiva chocolate (at 10:36am in the morning too) and I realized that I totally missed posting yesterday!With Christmas quickly approaching, I’ve been busy with last minute shopping and such but still that’s no excuse!  Today’s post features an outfit that I bought almost right off of the rack – which is a rarity for me.  Vera Wang has a line at Kohl’s and although I typically do not buy full outfits “pre-coordinated”, I fell in love with the texture and colors of this jacket and skirt ensemble.

The tricky part was finding a shirt that complimented the other pieces and I was lucky to stumble upon a beautiful shirt at Ann Taylor LOFT which worked perfectly.  I also have on one of my favorite finds, a pair of suede booties by Franco Sarto which are extremely comfortable and versatile.

Unfortunately, these pictures really do not do the outfit justice and I might re-shoot and re-post this outfit another day for better effect.  Well, my chocolate break is done and I have much more to accomplish so I must away.  Have a wonderful day!  Cortneybre…

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl's Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl's Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunglasses: UnionBay Necklace: JCrew

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Sunglasses: UnionBay
Necklace: JCrew

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl's Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl's Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunglasses: UnionBay Necklace: JCrew

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Sunglasses: UnionBay
Necklace: JCrew

Holiday Party Style – The Black Sequined Cardigan…

Holiday parties…oh the weight of those words!  The very phrase, You are invited … makes some women quiver with fright!  And why?  Three words…WHAT TO WEAR???

Well, let’s just clear the air and take a deep breath!  All is not lost!  Let me introduce one wonderful item that can take any outfit, no matter how drab and make it fab!

 The black sequined cardigan.   

Need reasons to LOVE the black sequined cardigan?  Here you go!

It’s not a sweater!

When I think sweater I think casual, I think jeans, I think bringing wood in and building a fire.  I DO NOT think party.  Therefore, unless it’s an “ugly sweater” party, skip the sweater and go for the cardigan.

Buttons!

Cardigans (mostly) have buttons and buttons make things seem more tailored and fitted.  Someone took an extra effort to make all of those little button holes and to sew on those beautiful button baubles.  In turn, you took the extra effort to buy and recognize such tailoring extras and this makes a cardigan more party appropriate.  If the “cardigan” does not have buttons…is it really a cardigan or just a sweater playing dress up?  Methinks it’s a sweater and if so, re-read the first reason.

Sequins!

Oh for the love of glitter and all things sparkly!  Sequins…one cannot get enough!  Do I need to tell you that sequins add depth and glamour?!  They are brightening as they reflect light and can add pizzazz to the drabbest of attire.  Sequins signal the party has begun!  Just do not be surprised if people want to “pet” your sequins…this has happened to me and the safest response is to back away slowly.

Black goes with everything!

You can wear black with just about everything..except maybe brown but even that can be made to work.  (Come on…black and brown to a Holiday party…really?…you can do better).  So, once you have the sequined cardigan, you’ve pretty much gotten the outfit all picked out!  Just grab a skirt or pair of slacks of your choosing and you’re all set!

Abundance!  They’re easy to find!

Just search “black sequined cardigan” and you’ll find many options to choose from and purchase online.  This is much easier than trying on dress after dress at the department store!

So, my friends…I hope you enjoy attending any Holiday parties to which you have been invited.  Go…eat, drink and be merry!  And wear sequins!  Cortneybre…

Cardigan: Worthington Pants: Cynthia Rowley Shoes: Kate Spade NY Sunglasses: UnionBay

Cardigan: Worthington
Pants: Cynthia Rowley
Shoes: Kate Spade NY
Sunglasses: UnionBay

A 1950’s Style – Vintage Holiday Party avec Cortneybre…

Holiday Parties..I love them so…

I just love the Holidays!  It’s such a wonderful time of the year to gather together with friends and family and celebrate the season.  I am also the type of girl who loves Holiday parties…ok..I actually love ALL sorts of parties but especially Holiday themed ones!  I’ve thrown a few themed parties in the past and this year, I decided to throw a 1950’s inspired Christmas Cocktail Party!
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Inspiration

My recent post featuring my friend, Heather Marie, was actually the inspiration for the party.  I had so much fun learning about her pinup “Vintage-lite” style that I thought a 1950’s inspired party would be the perfect theme!

1950’s Christmas Party Prep

I designed an invitation using an authentic 1950’s Santa image I’d found online and used 1950’s inspired fonts to make the invite look period perfect.  I also bought some décor from Party City including cat’s eye glasses, 1950’s style art banners and hanging art.  I draped the hanging art and banner on my white Christmas tree and it was instantly transformed into a sock-hoppin Christmas!

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Add a sprinkling of sparkling ladies

My wonderful friends came decked out in 1950’s inspired dresses and crinolines with hair rolled and pinned.  We added the cat’s eye glasses and the look was complete!  We had a wonderful time decorating cookies and munching on appetizers while Chris Issak and Elvis serenaded us with Holiday sounds!

And to all a good night

Any party with these lovely ladies would be great but adding the 1950’s theme really made it spectacular!  Everyone had a great time searching for the just the right look and I think we were all amazed at how much we enjoyed dressing up for the occasion.

Happy Holidays, friends!  From my home to yours…Cortneybre…

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Bright Colors…a la Color Wheel

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It’s another bright day here and I’m enjoying the milder temps and sunny days! I took a hint from my color wheel and assembled today’s outfit.

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I started with a new Kate Spade skirt I bought off of eBAY. It was a steal and is the most beautiful shade of pink. The blue top really picked up the blue undertones in the pink skirt and I am as bright as a Christmas ornament!

As I’m wearing the outfit at work, I toned down the brightness by adding a tailored denim jacket and added a statement necklace. Voila!

Remember – Every day is a fashion show and the World is your runway…

Cortneybre…

Peppy in Peplum! {A Friday Favorite!}

I just love peplum tops and dresses!  They are instantly slimming and refined.  Today I have on double trouble peplum!  I have a peplum jacket paired with a striped peplum top underneath.  You would think this would be peppy overkill but it really just gave me a little more flounce, which is just fine.

Did you know that the term peplum is derived from the Greek word peplos meaning tunic or shawl?  It is described as a short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress.  Essentially this makes your waist appear smaller and your hips fuller.

The peplum look was popular in the 1940’s and again in the 1980’s.  It is now considered a vintage look although I feel it can look quite modern depending on the fabric and the cut of the skirt.

I find that peplum tops are very versatile.  I can wear them with pencil skirts or full skirts as well as slacks or jeans.  Adding a belt to a peplum top can change the entire look of the outfit!  Also, as I’ve done today, don’t be afraid to layer your peplum top or dress with a peplum jacket!

As a tip, should you find yourself overeating at lunch or dinner during this bountiful Holiday season, the extra ruffle of the peplum skirt can hide a multitude of indiscretions – both past and present!

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Vintage Style – A Featured Friend…Heather Marie

Today’s post features a dear friend of mine.  We’ve been friends long enough to witness our progression through life – good times and bad – through tragedies and celebrations.  One of the threads that binds us together is our love of clothes and fashion.  I admire my friend for her unique vintage look and for her courage to be who she is – undiluted and inspiring.  I love seeing her dolled up in vintage prints and belted dresses.  More than anything, I love seeing her become the person she was meant to be.  And so, my featured fashionista of the day is Heather Marie.

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Lace, Silk & Ruffles…A Beautiful Ensemble

I must share the beautiful, light pink, silk, pleated Banana Republic skirt which I recently found on eBay.  I was so excited when I won it for $19.99!  What a bargain!  I had no idea the skirt would be so beautiful and I literally gasped when I pulled it out of its wrapping.  It’s a wonderful, pale pink with just the right amount of shimmer.

I paired the skirt with a white blouse with ruffled sleeves and a black and nude lace jacket.  The result was a riche and delicate look which was just informal enough for work and could easily transition to an evening dinner look.   “I feel pretty, oh, so pretty…I feel pretty, and witty and bright!”  Cortneybre…

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