Gingham Girl..A Casual Monday Post…

Happy Casual Monday!

I say Casual Monday because it’s a short week for me and I plan on being a bit casual all week. Short week, you may ask? Yes…because I leave for a MUCH needed cruise with my hubby and daughter on Saturday. We’ll be gone ten days and I just can’t wait!

Skirt: Gap (old but love this one from Boden); Shirt: Old Navy (old but love this JCREW shirt also); Heels: Franco Sarto (Old but love these by Vince Camuto); Bag: Kate Spade (Sold out but dying for this Michael Kors!); Sunnies: Franco Sarto.

Honestly, cruise preparation has been the main cause of my not posting as much as usual on the blog. This is because any sort of event involving wearing a bathing suit causes my body to literally turn to mush (I’m fabulously fit the rest of the time..wink, wink).

Due to the mush effect, I’ve spent quite a bit of time working out twice as much as usual, dreaming about cupcakes and other sweets that I cannot have and checking my mush to see if it’s returned to its former firm state. This is quite the time-consuming process.

I do hope to make up for it though with lots of fun posts detailing my cruise adventures! Stay tuned for future cruise inspired posts!

Now…back to my casual Monday outfit.

I paired one of my fave Old Navy, blue gingham, button up shirts with an orange skirt from the Gap. To avoid being too casual, I added my Franco Sarto leather heels, my fave Kate Spade leather bag and a necklace and belt from JCREW.

When picking out a skirt to wear with this shirt, I referred to my color wheel and matched two colors opposite of each other. Wanna learn more about using a color wheel, check out my prior post here!

Hope your week is off to a great start! Xx..Cortneybre…

 

 

 

 


A Pink Suit….

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara  Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren  Blouse: Gap  Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Hello dear readers! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

My post today is one of my fave’s so far! I have been searching for a pink pants suit for months….and I do mean months. You’d think this is something that one could easily find?! But, that evidently isn’t the case.

After multiple internet searches, I must admit Google let me down. I could find nothing that resembled what I was seeking.

I decided to turn to my trusted and beloved friend, eBAY and after a few weeks of watching, waiting and running the same key word search “women’s pink pant suit”, I stumbled upon the wonderful suit I have on today.  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara  Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren  Blouse: Gap  Sunnies: Franco Sarto  Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

The suit is silk, fully lined and by Ralph Lauren. And the BEST part….it was only $19.95!!! What a steal!

I couldn’t wait to debut it today on the blog…and I am aware that it needs hemming and a few other tweeks but I was too excited to delay. I have plans for it too. BIG plans…involving a lace or feather, poofy brooch, which I hope to be making shortly…trust me…it’ll be fabulous. I’d really like to pair it with a lovely pale green shirt or perhaps a pale, light pink one too. Keep an eye out for future posts!  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

I’m so excited that I found what I was looking for and at such a great price!

Tip: if you’re ever looking to recreate a look you like or searching for a specific item, always check your options on eBAY. I find that key word searches will typically result in a variety of choices.  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Keep your key word searches simple, typically “Brand+Color+Clothing Item+Size+Woman” is as specific as you should go. For this search I used, “Pink Pant Suit Woman Size X” (I inserted my size but I’m not sharing!). Always remember to check the eBAY seller’s feedback before purchasing to ensure there are no negative remarks. 

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Laters! Xx…Cortneybre…


The Power of Peplum…

Peplum top: Cynthia Rowley Necklace: Chloe+Isabel Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: ColeHaan Nike Air Watch: Kate Spade Bag: Kate Spade Sunnies: UnionBay

Peplum top: Cynthia Rowley  Necklace: Chloe+Isabel  Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT  Shoes: ColeHaan Nike Air
Watch: Kate Spade  Bag: Kate Spade  Sunnies: UnionBay

I just love peplum tops. I don’t care if they go out of style….I’m still wearing them. If only for the way they define your waist and cover any little extra tummy you may have. If peplum could talk it would say, “it’s ok that you ate that extra cupcake today…you’ve got me to cover you up and you look great”!

Today’s post was actually taken a couple of weeks ago but never posted as I was too busy to blog. Sad…yeah…I know… Thankfully, I was able to work on blogging this week and post it before it became obsolete. I guess this is a Throwback Thursday post without actually being one…but I digress. 

Back to peplums and their perfection. Another wonderful and important peplum trait is that they’re very versatile. I’ve worn this particular top with jeans, skirts and shorts.

It’s a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down. 

Today’s look was inspired by the Chloe + Isabel necklace I’m wearing in the pictures. Get it here !

This necklace is unique and so beautiful.  It reminds me of Art Deco with an Egyptian twist. I like to buy items that are essentially conversation starters.

This necklace definitely fit that description! I had lots of people ask me about it and want to have a closer look.

 A friend of mine posted a saying on her Facebook account recently…it’s from a book called Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell…. 

This is how I feel about my outfits and myself in general. My attire is a direct expression of me. How I feel, what I represent, who I am …at least for that moment…is pushed out of my head and onto my body.

This necklace was one of those ways I could funnel myself into one wearable piece.

Hope everyone’s having a great Thursday…hang in there…Friday is right around the corner!

Xoxo…Cortneybre…


On the dot!

Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: MIA Bag: Kate Spade NY Earrings: Bealles Sunnies: Union Bay Cardigan: Wet Seal

Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT  Shoes: MIA  Bag/Watch: Kate Spade NY  Earrings: Bealles  Sunnies: Union Bay  Cardigan: Wet Seal

Hello dear readers!

Today’s look is decidedly more sunny and bright! I’ve had this yellow dotted Ann Taylor LOFT dress for several months but hadn’t worn it yet because of…uh…some strange reason.

I actually bought the dress to wear on a Disney cruise my family and I went on last October. I thought it was just perfect and that Minnie Mouse would approve! 

The dress is made out of a beautiful, linen-like fabric which is a bit sheer even with its fabric underlay (dig out that slip!). I find it’s very comfortable but runs really large. Tip: I find that all of LOFT’s clothes run really big and that my size 6 is actually a 4 or even a 2 there depending on the item. For the best fit, I’d recommend trying on their items before purchasing if possible!

In order to make the dress work friendly, I paired it with a sparkly, bejeweled cardigan from Wet Seal. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever even been in Wet Seal before. It’s not really my style and seems a tad too “young” for me. That being said, this cardigan was a nice surprise and was a gift from my friend, Sara’s, closet. Thank you Sara! Your gifted clothes just keep giving and giving!

I added my nude MIA heels and a pair of sparkly earrings to finish off the look.

If you’d like to take a look or purchase the dress, I’d highly recommend it…just keep in mind the sizes run large. Click here to access the dress on LOFT’s site – I think it’s sold out now but it could come back in stock online possibly or you might find it in store. 

I plan on experimenting with this dress more in the future. I think I’ll try to pair it with a black and white striped jacket or perhaps a floral jacket or blouse. Who knows what you’ll find in my future posts!

Hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday! Xoxo…Cortneybre..