Stripes and Floral Prints….

Blouse: Gap Skirt: Ann Taylor Shoes: Mossimo Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Blouse: Gap  Skirt: Ann Taylor  Shoes: Mossimo  Necklaces: Bealles  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Whew! What a week…I’ve been so busy with work and life that I’ve not had time to post.

Due to my hectic schedule this has been a week of wardrobe repeats…but I must say that having this blog makes it so easy to put something together!  I can basically just copy one of my looks from a previous post and no brain power gets wasted on figuring out what to wear.

Blouse: Gap Skirt: Ann Taylor Shoes: Mossimo Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay Watch: Kate Spade

Blouse: Gap  Skirt: Ann Taylor  Shoes: Mossimo  Necklaces: Bealles  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Watch: Kate Spade

Unfortunatley, I’m still wrapping up work related items but I do have just a couple of snapshots for today that I took quickly in between appointments.  This look hasn’t been featured before and it is simple but visually interesting.  I love mixing floral prints with stripes and other patterns.  Add some pearls and you’re ready to roll!

Hope you have a superb weekend, my friends!! Till next week..Cortneybre…

 

Feeling dandy in oxfords….

Blouse: Red Camel Pants/Jacket: Worthington Necklaces: JCREW Earring as a Button Cover: Bealles Shoes: Sam Edelman Sunnies: Steve Madden

Blouse: Red Camel
Pants/Jacket: Worthington
Necklaces: JCREW
Earring as a Button Cover: Bealles
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunnies: Steve Madden

I switched it up a bit today. No skirt, no heels….pants and oxfords instead. You might think I toned it down with today’s wardrobe choices. Oh no..honey…no way!

Today’s outfit is nothing like me…and everything like me. It’s a feminine version of my most masculine self. It’s me…in drag!

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I was surprised to hear lots of feedback about today’s look – most people loved the shoes but seemed to miss my skirts and heels. Funny how your clothing really does define you and people base their opinion of you on your outward appearance. It’s an obvious concept but sometimes I forget just how true that is.

 

Blouse: Red Camel Pants/Jacket: Worthington Necklaces: JCREW Earring as a Button Cover: Bealles Shoes: Sam Edelman Sunnies: Steve Madden

Blouse: Red Camel Pants/Jacket: Worthington Necklaces: JCREW Earring as a Button Cover: Bealles Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunnies: Steve Madden

I feel perfectly dandy in my outfit today. I love the androgyny of the look – although who am I kidding…I’m wearing pink gingham, pearls and silver shoes so there’s still plenty of Cortneybre in this outfit! Oh and notice that top button too…its covered with an earring…I didn’t have a brooch that worked and so I made do with an earring substitute!  Just a little DIY for the day!

A little information on my Sam Edelman oxfords…they seemed to garner the most attention today and I must say they are fabulous! I don’t typically wear oxfords or lace ups but these were very comfortable and easy to wear. The color is a bright and shiny metallic silver and they have the cutest little metal SE initials on the heels. I’ve loved Sam Edelman’s shoes since the 1990’s when I was a middle schooler proudly sporting my Sam and Libby bow accented flats around town. If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of these beauties for yourself, click here!

Have a great weekend everyone! Xoxo…Cortneybre….

 

Wearing What I’ve Never Worn Before….Odille @ Anthropologie

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Odille Shoes: Victoria Spenser Necklace: Chloe+Isabel Watch: Kate Spade Sunglasses: UnionBay

Shirt: Banana Republic  Skirt: Odille  Shoes: Victoria Spenser  Necklace: Chloe+Isabel  Watch: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: UnionBay

I’ve been in major fashion disaster mode this week.

I really, really have a closet FULL (slap full as we say in the South) of clothes and nothing to wear. I’ve either worn it before (and too recently), don’t feel it “represents” my mood at the moment or don’t think it fits the way it should (I gotta work out more-ugh!).

But..I decided to force myself to wear something that I’ve bought and never worn – for one of those reasons I just mentioned. I settled on a beautiful Odille skirt that I bought from Anthropologie a couple of years ago.

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Odille Shoes: Victoria Spenser Necklace: Chloe+Isabel Watch: Kate Spade Sunglasses: UnionBay

Shirt: Banana Republic  Skirt: Odille  Shoes: Victoria Spenser  Necklace: Chloe+Isabel  Watch: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: UnionBay

I’ll confess, shhhh….I’ve never worn this skirt! How is that possible you may ask?

Actually…I’m not quite sure.

I really love the color and the pattern. The fabric and even the detailing on the hem are beautiful! Why haven’t I worn it? Well….after trying it on this morning, I remembered.

Hem on skirt and slip

Hem on skirt and slip

 I’m. Not. Happy. With. The. Fit….its a fashion funeral.   

At the time of purchase, I was caught up in the airy, woodland, magical fashionable fantasy that is Anthropologie. Their clothing is named usually (yes, how wonderful is that!) and this one was called the Splendid Celebration skirt. How could I turn that down?

I wanted to have a splendid celebration and look fabulous in this skirt while doing it! Unfortunately, after the fairy dust had cleared…I realized the skirt was really not for me. Add in a dash of “I’m too lazy to return it” and voila…a beautiful skirt becomes closet clutter. 

Regardless, I resolved to wear the skirt today and it actually fit well enough. I eeked out a couple of suitable pictures and I did get a few compliments also.

Since this worked out so well, I might just give the skirt a second try and bring it out from its hiding spot in my closet for good. Xoxo…Cortneybre…

P.S. If you want to check out some of the new Anthropologie skirts click here! I LOVE the Rhino Swing Skirt!

 

    

A Beautiful Brooch…

Brooch: Hobby Lobby

Brooch: Hobby Lobby

I find that I very often put together my entire outfit based upon one item that I feel I just MUST wear that day.  Today was one of those days.

I bought this lovely brooch at Hobby Lobby, which is an arts and crafts store I frequent more than my wallet allows. I was very pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful piece and thoughts of how to style it have been on my mind for several days. (Buy the brooch here!)

Brooch: Hobby Lobby Blouse: BCBG Romper: Gap Shoes: Kathy Van Zeeland

Brooch: Hobby Lobby  Blouse: BCBG  Romper: Gap  Shoes: Kathy Van Zeeland

It’s a big brooch and I thought I’d wear it as I would a statement necklace – with minimal accompanying jewelry. I chose to pair it with an easy to wear (and some days I need that!) black romper and white cotton blouse. I completed the look with leopard print, kitten heels (the perfect shoe combination) for a bit of pizzazz.

Brooch: Hobby Lobby Blouse: BCBG Romper: Gap Shoes: Kathy Van Zeeland

Brooch: Hobby Lobby  Blouse: BCBG  Romper: Gap  Shoes: Kathy Van Zeeland Bag: Kate Spade  Sunglasses: Fossil

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

Inspired by…the Louis Vuitton 2015 Resort Collection…

Louis Vuitton Resort 2015

While I was casually scrolling through pictures of the Louis Vuitton 2015 Resort Collection, I decided to <attempt> to translate Nicolas Ghesquiere’s designs to my everyday look….and here’s the kicker…using pieces I already own!

The funniest thing is that I found an outfit that worked with the Collection much quicker than I expected! The yellow jacket and flowery print dress posted above immediately caught my eye. Take a look at my version of this outfit below! 

Jacket: Old Navy Dress: JCREW Shoes: MaxStudio Sunglasses: Fossil Bracelet/Necklace: JCREW

Jacket: Old Navy  Dress: JCREW  Shoes: MaxStudio  Sunglasses: Fossil  Bracelet/Necklace: JCREW Watch: Kate Spade

I love this dress – it’s a JCREW dress from seasons past but the style seems to be making another appearance. The jacket is from Old Navy and also a piece that I’ve owned for a couple of years. I added a JCREW statement necklace and a pair of wedges to complete the look.  

Jacket: Old Navy Dress: JCREW Shoes: MaxStudio Sunglasses: Fossil Bracelet/Necklace: JCREW Watch: Kate Spade

Jacket: Old Navy  Dress: JCREW  Shoes: MaxStudio  Sunglasses: Fossil  Bracelet/Necklace: JCREW
Watch: Kate Spade

It’s so good to be back in the blogging world! I took a few days off for a quick holiday and I’ve missed my blogger friends! Until tomorrow….Cortneybre…

#TBT…One of my fave looks!

A little Throwback Thursday post with one of my fave looks! Hope you’re enjoying your day!! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

 

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

I wear pink. You should too.

I wear pink. There. I said it. I wear it, I love it, I embrace that love.

There are so many woman who tell me “You look so great in pink, wish I could wear it but it makes me feel too ___” . The words inserted into that blank are usually little girlish, girly girl-ish, silly or they say they’re too old.

So sad….I had no idea one could actually grow out of wearing a color but it appears that is the misconception.

I don’t know why we allow these rules; rules that limit us and ultimately affect our self-expression.

Pink is just a color and like any color I will admit there are certain assumptions linked to it. However, those assumptions are by very definition of the word just supposings of some random person. Assumptions can be changed if the majority’s viewpoint is shifted ever so slightly. It’s a fluid concept and I choose to not be held to the standards of such concepts. 

I love pink. That’s why I wear it. I think it’s a beautiful color and it makes me happy. As I tell those women who say they can’t wear pink “because”, why not give it a try and wear it if you like it. Chances are many others will like it on you too. Wear what makes you happy and don’t worry about the girly girl stuff! 

Today’s look is a soft but sophisticated look that I think is perfect for Spring or Summer. I love the structure of the jacket paired with the graceful cut of the dress. My necklace is one of my fave’s from my Chloe + Isabel boutique! Shop it here!

Dress: Cynthia Rowley but love this one!

Shoes: New Look at ASOS – buy them here!

Jacket: Kate Spade NY – Love this one!

Bag: Kate Spade NY – Love this one!

Keep being you, my friends…you’re one of a kind!  xoxo…Cortneybre…