Jumpsuit Joys!

Jumpsuit: Loft Shirt: Bisou, Bisou Shoes: ASOS Sunglasses: UnionBay Earrings: Chloe+Isabel

Jumpsuit: Loft  Shirt: Bisou, Bisou  Shoes: ASOS  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Earrings: Chloe+Isab el Belt: Express

It’s very unlike me to dress casually several days in a row. I typically over dress – but in a good­ way – or so I like to think! Maybe it’s the weather here…which has been terrible and stormy.

I really do fear ruining my clothes in the rain or mud so perhaps my casual dressing is a subconscious protective mechanism for my nicer clothing. Regardless, today…I’m casual yet again and I have to say I’m sorta digging it!

 

Jumpsuit: Loft Shirt: Bisou, Bisou Shoes: ASOS Sunglasses: UnionBay Earrings: Chloe+Isabel

Jumpsuit: Loft Shirt: Bisou, Bisou Shoes: ASOS Sunglasses: UnionBay Earrings: Chloe+Isabel

I bought this black, racer back jumpsuit from Ann Taylor LOFT last October (buy it here). I’ve worn it a few times and it’s always comfy and elegant yet sporty.

It is definitely an item that can be dressed up or down..and I mean waaay up or waaay down. I could literally put pearls, a nice blouse or halter and flashy heels with this jumpsuit and be ready for a nice cocktail party or I could put on a white t-shirt and Converse and be comfy chic. It’s nice to find something that’s so versatile!

To add some contrast I wore my Bisou, Bisou black and white striped shirt from JC Penney (get it here!). Now…I will admit…today’s outfit is a bit “mime-ish”…and I did think about that before leaving home this morn. I actually liked that look and I’ve had fun wearing it today (although I did jokingly mime being trapped in a box a couple of times to some of my friends and I know the outfit helped!).

The red shoes really pumped up the outfit and add some elegance also (sold out but I love these too). I popped on my pave hoop earrings from Chloe + Isabel (check them out at my boutique here or here!) and I felt this added enough shine to my casual Wednesday outfit. Hope you’re having a happy Hump Day! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

 

 

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Flashy Casual…on Cortneybre…

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

What’s up, dolls?!  It’s Tuesday, rainy and boring here..but that didn’t stop me from bringing some casual chic to my blog today.

First, let me say I am LOVING these pants I picked up at Target a few months ago! They’re flashy without being over the top and tres comfy.

 

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

I love the fit; its modern and loose but still flattering. I paired the pants with a white button up blouse – simple, clean and easy – a great start to my week!

Check out the pants here !

I did toughen the look up a bit by adding these Steve Madden, Madden Girl sandals. I’ve had these for a year or so but I also love these too!

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

I also added a few pieces from my Chloe + Isabel collection which can be found here!

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

Shirt: JCREW Pants: Mossimo Shoes: Madden Girl Watch: Kate Spade Jewelry: Chloe+Isabel Sunglasses: UnionBay

I’m wearing the feather pendant necklace. Sold here.

The sculpted feather leather wrap bracelet. Sold here.

The organic link and chain necklace sold here.

And one of my faves…the bead and chain multi-wrap bracelet sold here!

Hope you are having a great Tuesday!!  xoxo…Cortneybre… 

 

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

I’m so excited to be nominated for my first blogger award!

Many thanks to Wilmke at W In Wonderland for nominating me. It means so much! Check out her beautiful blog at http://winwonderland.wordpress.com/!

The Rules…

Part of receiving the award is to keep paying the love forward with the following rules:

  1.  A BIG “thank you” to one that nominated you, and link to his or her blog (again, thanks Wilmke at W In Wonderland!)

     2.  Share 7 facts about yourself with your followers.

My Facts…

Hmmmm….let’s see…here we go!

  • I’ve always been a fashion lover! The only two times (yes, 2…I was a really well behaved kid!) I got in *real* trouble when I was a small child was when I literally fell in the floor with a temper tantrum over 1) a pair of pink cowboy boots and 2) a pair of red patent leather shoes.
  • I’m a natural redhead but have sported purple highlights. If I worked in a business setting that allowed less conservative hair-colors, I’d definitely have lavender or light pink highlights now.
  • I’m obsessed with Kate Spade and my dream job would be to work for the company as a merchandiser or designer.
  • I’m originally from Georgia but moved around the country quite a bit after college before returning home to the Peach state.
  • I love heels and wear them every day. I can run in heels if the situation arises. I think sneakers (or tennis shoes as we say in the South) are for working out ONLY. <I’m not digging the designer tennis shoe trend!>
  • Cortney is my first name and Bre my middle name. I’ve never used my middle name until I started this blog. Now people refer to me as Cortneybre and I like to think of it as my blogger superhero name.
  • Hairstyling is not my forte. Most of my posts feature me with my ponytail. I prefer my hair long but wear it up most of the time. I’m amazed at the talented bloggers and their hairstyling techniques!

Recognition of Others…Sharing the love…

Nominate 15 other bloggers

I nominate the fifteen bloggers listed below! Honestly, there are so many talented bloggers that I greatly admire that it was hard to limit my list to 15. These are just a few of my faves!

The Fashion Huntress

Sweet Candy Dreamer                     

The Silberez Life 

Little Book of Fashion 

What We Wear    

LifeStyle Finesse

 Wilfully Elegant                                              

My Real Pretend Blog                     

 Fat Free Fashion                                     

Style. The Universe. Everything.

True Colors Within.                  

Blush and Blonde                                                                                        

A Style Diary                                                 

Fashion Sky Fall                                  

Baubles to Bubbles 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!  xoxo…Cortneybre…

Monogramming Makes it Work!

Today’s outfit is a colorful skirt and button up shirt ensemble. From afar, one would possibly think that I’ve gone mad or either dressed in the dark as the outfit is a contrast of color.

The one itsy, bitsy detail that ties the entire outfit together is the monogram! It perfectly matches the pink skirt I’m wearing and really pops against the blue/green/purple of the shirt.

Shirt – JCREW (buy here!) – don’t forget to monogram it at JCREW also! You can select your style and placement.

Necklaces: My boutique at Chloe and Isabel -click here!

Skirt: White House Black Market – buy it here!

Shoes: Kate Spade New York – buy it here!   

Stay fashionable my friends! xoxo….Cortneybre…

Louis V…Kate Spade…and ASOS come out to play!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Ahhh…what a beautiful Wednesday we’re having today! It’s warm, the sun is shining and Spring has finally taken hold.

I decided to wear one of my recent ASOS purchases today. It’s a beautiful bright pink, midi, scuba skirt (what a mouthful!). I bought it a few months ago and I’ve featured it several times on the blog. I’m quite pleased with its versatility as I’ve been able to pair it with lots of different tops and its gotten much use.

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

One piece of advice – if you buy this skirt (and unfortunately I think it’s sold out now but if you do find one like it), be prepared for compliments, LOTS of compliments! I’ve been literally chased down from afar to be asked about this skirt. (check it out here!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Today’s look was more of a classic and simple one. I paired the skirt with a button up blouse with ruffled cuffs (old but I love this one), a skinny black belt and my cap toed, tan and black Kate Spade wedges (buy them here!). Of course, pearls were needed and that helped complete the look! (old but love, love, love this one at my boutique!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

 

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

I also brought out one of my most prized possessions, my Louis Vuitton bag. I don’t wear it often but I was in the mood for a little extra class today!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Stay fashionable my friends! Cortneybre…

Safari Inspired…

Today’s post is safari inspired.  I’ll admit that I just can’t wear khaki without wearing brown leather and cheetah print.  That proved to be the case today as well.

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

I recently bought this beautiful statement necklace at Bealles (similar here from my boutique!).  It was a cheapie – only $9.99 – but as much as I loved it I couldn’t find anything that really worked with it.  Major fashion fail!

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

When something like this happens, I take the item, in this case my cheapie necklace, and literally hold it up against item after item in my closet until something works.  I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this JCREW shirt dress (Old but I like this one) which I bought last year but hadn’t been featured on the blog yet.

I really like this dress, it’s comfortable and fits well and is of a neutral tone. My biggest issue was that it seemed too casual for work and any efforts to dress it up didn’t quite work.

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Until….I added this necklace. This necklace was perfect. It nestled nicely inside the dress so it wasn’t too flashy and dressed up the outfit just enough to make it “workable for work”!

Dress: JCREW Shoes: Banana Republic Necklace: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade Belt: Gap Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: JCREW  Shoes: Banana Republic  Necklace: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade  Belt: Gap  Sunglasses: UnionBay

In keeping with the safari theme, I wore my cheetah print Banana Republic wedges (identical here) and a brown leather belt.

Into the wild I go! Cortneybre…

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When it has to be a casual Monday….

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

Hope everyone had a great Easter! Mine was busy, busy, busy!

Since I dressed up yesterday, I decided to go casual today. I’ve been patiently waiting to wear a new pair of heels I bought a couple of weeks ago and decided today was the day.

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

The heels are by MIA and I purchased them for a song at Macy’s. (click here for more details)

I’d been looking for a pair of nude heels and I liked that these had a modest heel and zippered back. They are also a very light shade of nude which I think goes better with black and other colors.

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

I added my fave black skater skirt from Banana Republic (similar here).  It’s my fave because it has pockets and hides a multitude of sins….including too many chocolate bunnies!

The shirt is a simple but soft denim shirt that I purchased from JC Penney. I love that it has polka dots because…why not wear polka dots if possible?! (similar here)

 

Shirt: Worthington - JC Penney Skirt: Banana Republic Shoes: MIA Earrings: Bealles

Shirt: Worthington – JC Penney
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: MIA
Earrings: Bealles

My earrings are from Bealles and added the pop of color to my outfit that it needed. I just could not tolerate wearing a statement necklace today – too much for a Monday. The earrings added a bit of chic to the outfit and helped finish it off a bit. (similar here  and check out my boutique here!

Hope everyone had a great Monday! Till later….Cortneybre…