Kate Spade Fashion …at Lowes??

You’ll find beauty in the most unlikely places.

Jacket: Kate Spade Shirt: JCREW Skirt: Worthington Shoes: JCREW Bag: Kate Spade Scarf Accent: CollectionEighteen Necklace: JCREW Earrings: Bealles

Jacket: Kate Spade   Shirt: JCREW   Skirt: Worthington   Shoes: JCREW   Bag: Kate Spade   Scarf Accent: CollectionEighteen
Necklace: JCREW   Earrings: Bealles

I had to run a few errands today and planned on shooting today’s outfit outside in the bright, Spring sunshine. I then walked outside and into a rainy, gloomy and dismal day.

There went the photo shoot plans…not to mention my hair!

While running errands with my friend, I found myself at Lowes, where America “Never Stops Improving”.

Not sure if everyone has access to a Lowes but it’s a very large, “big box” home improvement store.

Think lots of lumber, plumbing tools, saws, wrenches and general stuff that falls into those categories.   My only reason for being at Lowes was to buy a last minute birthday present for my hubby – Happy Birthday today Hubby!

As I walked thru the aisles of Lowes, I tried to find some beauty in the items that they stock. I thought that if I could only find some nice spot, some oasis of delight, I’d whip out my camera and shoot a few pictures right in the store!

After searching a bit I stumbled into the lighting area and found a wonderful display of chandeliers, tinkling and sparkling in soft lighting. It was perfect! Or as perfect as its gonna get when you’re pulling off a “OOTD” shoot in a home improvement store!

So here’s my pics – hope you enjoy!

P.S. I’m really in love with this outfit. I just bought the Kate Spade jacket off of eBAY – at a GREAT price, which I will not divulge as you’ll just be jealous. 🙂 It’s in pristine condition and I just love the color and cut. Have a great weekend!! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

The Illusion of Dressing…

Dress: Banana Republic Shirt: Champion Boots: Nine West Sunglasses: UnionBay Watch: Kate Spade

Dress: Banana Republic  Shirt: Champion  Boots: Nine West  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Watch: Kate Spade

Fashion is an illusion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You can be anyone you want to be with the right ensemble. 

Yeah, yeah…we get that, right?

But how about actually creating an illusion with your clothing? Not just dressing in black because it’s slimming or wearing a belt to accentuate the waist….let’s take it one step further. How about a little fashion magic?

Abracadabra ….meet the optical Illusion dress!

Keira Knightley Image: Huff Post

Keira Knightley
Image: Huff Post

I was first turned onto this by an article I read about Keira Knightley. Evidentially K2 appeared at the Paris Fashion Week, Chanel Catwalk Show in a monochromatic dress which gave her the appearance of a bobble waisted doll.

While everyone knows that Keira is very slim, she seemed downright Photoshopped in this dress. Of course, this worked the press into a tizzy until it was realized that the dress was actually an illusion due to the juxtaposition of the oversized white top against the snug, waist hugging, black center portion of the dress and its white skirt bottom.

She’s such a slim girl, the illusion was really not necessary but at first glance, it did certainly confuse the onlookers.  For those of us who aren’t quite as slim, a little illusion can go a long way to making us appear slimmer and taller.

From Stella McCartney’s “Miracle Dress”, which Kate Winslet popularized a few years ago to Keira’s slimming Chanel illusion, it proves that fashion is magic.

Since Spring refuses to stay in my sunny but chilly South, I was able to wear my warm, woolen version of the Miracle Dress. Check out my pics below! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

I’m Afraid of Normcore. You Should Be Too.

Image: Elitedaily.com

Image: Elitedaily.com

Normcore, Normcore, NORMCORE (said in an exasperated voice). This trend keeps popping up on my fashion radar despite the fact that I try to avoid it as much as possible.

At first I did just avoid it but then I thought I should at least research the trend a bit to ensure I wasn’t missing out on some pivotal moment in the fashion fabric of time. So..I found THE article which seemed to spawn or at least identify the trend.  Click here to read it.

The article was published February 24th, 2014 in New York Magazine and I must say it’s very informative (very depressing but very informative). It gives the entire explanation of this anti-fashion trend that is…fashion?

Image: Elitedaily.com

Image: Elitedaily.com

In just a few words, I will summarize it though – think “sameness” is cool, a look of “nothing” is now and being “ordinary” is in. Oh…and this all seems to be taking place circa 1992.

Give me some examples of normcore, you demand?!

Well…how about…Steve Jobs! And I’m not referring to his brilliance or motivational presentation skills. I’m referring to his mom jeans and black turtlenecks.

Or how about Jerry Seinfeld? High-waisted jeans with sneakers anyone? Yes, these are examples of this trend, and we are to embrace the normalcy of it!?

Jerry Seinfeld - Normcore Coolness Image Courtesy of: Ghetty Images via ElleCanada.com

Jerry Seinfeld – Normcore Coolness
Image Courtesy of: Ghetty Images via ElleCanada.com

To me, this is the threatening of individuality. It may sound vain – and perhaps that is the point – but my clothing and outer appearance have been my form of self-expression since I was 2 years old.

What’s so great about being normal? What is normal? Who determines it?

Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Jobs?

What if my normal is polka-dotted blouses and pink skirts? Who wants to fit in?

Oh and I lived thru the 1990’s, watched waaay too much My So Called Life and was a teen during that time (yeah, I know I’m revealing a lot here). Let’s just say I didn’t keep any of my “cool” 1990’s fashion in case it comes back in style.

I’ll get off my soapbox now. These types of trends and ideas scare me a bit though.  Just as I was a terrified student fearing the day I would be forced to wear a uniform, I am now a little afraid of this push towards normalcy.

However, I comfort myself with the knowledge that beauty, individuality and uniqueness – have and always will exist and dominate the fashion world.

If you’re interested, here is a great article about normcore.  Check out this Vanity Fair article here.

Now let me go find something to wear tomorrow…Cortneybre…

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Lux Tux…

Hello friends!  Just a short snippet today….I’m sporting my version of the work approved tuxedo!

Jacket: Banana Republic Blouse: BCBG Pants: Worthington Shoes: Banana Republic Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Banana Republic     Blouse: BCBG     Pants: Worthington     Shoes: Banana Republic     Necklaces: Bealles
Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dressing up doesn’t always mean donning a gown or bright colors. I must admit I feel very polished and chic when I wear black and white – like I’m in a tux (sans the bow tie, which I actually considered!). Animal print shoes or accents keep it snazzy!

Jacket: Banana Republic Blouse: BCBG Pants: Worthington Shoes: Banana Republic Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Banana Republic   Blouse: BCBG   Pants: Worthington   Shoes: Banana Republic   Necklaces: Bealles
Sunglasses: UnionBay

Nothing like keeping it simple but elegant…especially on a busy Monday!

 

Laters…Cortneybre…

Hello Spring! …In a Kate Spade skirt!

First, let me just say to everyone “Happy Spring”! 

Cardigan:  Ann Taylor Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: Kate Spade Shoes: Mossimo Sunglasses:  UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade

Cardigan: Ann Taylor  Blouse: Banana Republic  Skirt: Kate Spade  Shoes: Mossimo
Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade

What a week!  I’ve been so busy at work that I’ve neglected my posts for the last couple of days.  But….on to new posts and better days…here goes…

In honor of the inception of this glorious season, I wore one of my favorite pieces – my bright yellow, silk, Skirt the Rules Kate Spade skirt.  It was quite the find on eBAY and love at first sight!

I’ve typically paired the yellow skirt with either a black and white polka dotted top or a black and white striped top.

However…one can quickly turn into a bumble bee (or a Yellow Jacket if you live in Georgia!) when wearing these color combinations, so I decided to try something different.

I purchased this lovely red and white striped blouse from my friend’s Closet Sale and was happy to pair it with an old fave.

I popped on a dark blue cardigan and my square heeled, gold buckle heels to finish the look.

One big change that you may notice is my hair.  It’s VERY different from before!

Cardigan:  Ann Taylor Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: Kate Spade Shoes: Mossimo Sunglasses:  UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade

Cardigan: Ann Taylor     Blouse: Banana Republic     Skirt: Kate Spade     Shoes: Mossimo    Sunglasses: UnionBay
Jewelry: Bealles   Watch: Kate Spade

I’m a natural redhead, or a ginger as some say, and my hair has never highlighted prettily.  It tends to be brassy and the blonde doesn’t quite sit right with my complexion.

I’d been eyeing the ombre look for some time and was very hesitant.   But…I decided to try something new and go for it!

Sooo…drum roll please, introducing my ombre hair!  What do you think?!  Xoxo and Happy Friday!  Cortneybre

Have You Heard?! Stumbling Down the Rabbit Hole with Sophia Webster

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I first stumbled upon Sophia Webster while perusing the Saks Fifth Avenue website…. 

With one click, I tumbled down the rabbit hole and in love with Sophia Webster’s fantastically, whimsical shoes and accessories. 

And you would too..actually…prepare yourself because you’re about to fall…just take a look below. 

You’re late, you’re late…for a very important date….

Lilico Sophia Webster

Lilico
Sophia Webster

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There.  Done.  But there’s more..

Remmie Sophia Webster

Remmie
Sophia Webster

Available here

 And more…

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 And don’t forget the accessories!

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And there’s more still available at Ms. Webster’s whimsical website!     https://www.sophiawebster.co.uk/

right-catNow that you’ve been tantalized, let me tell you a little about Sophia Webster! 

The UK Brand debuted in 2013 and was created by its namesake, Sophia Webster – her first collection came out during Spring/Summer 2013 London Fashion Week. 

She previously worked as a design assistant for luxury shoe designer, Nicholas Kirkwood before launching her own line. 

She’s the winner of multiple awards and honors including the 2013 Conde Nast Footwear New Emerging Designer of the Year Award and the New Gen Award – 3 times running. 

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Aside from all of that…let me just say the shoes speak for themselves (sometimes literally)!   From the whimsical designs to the stripes, polka dots, tassels and embroidery – each pair is a work of art.    Don’t you agree?! 

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Also – just a little “Have You Heard” news also – SW has partnered with JCREW (in an explosion of awesomeness) on a shoe line!  The shoes will be a hybrid of the two brands, fun and feminine but meant to compliment JCREW clothing. 

I can’t wait to get my twinkle toes into a pair! 

Xoxo…Cortneybre…

**All images were taken from https://www.sophiawebster.co.uk/.

© Cortneybre and http://Cortneybre.com, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Cortneybre and http://cortneybre.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.