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…