Valentine’s Day…or just us Galentine’s!

As I’ve been under the weather, my sweet and beautiful daughter agreed to be my model for a period of time! 

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I’m SO excited and this dress…honestly…it fits her so much better than me…she just lit up when she put it on and I believe this is now her Valentine’s Day outfit (her boyfriend better be prepared)!

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A little bit of outfit info…you’ll be able to shop this look via www.liketoknow.it/Cortneybre

Or…Shop my look by clicking on the LiketoKnow.it image to the left of this post!

& Check me out @Cortneybreblog on Instagram too!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted…mostly due to the crazy holidays and my “illness” that I couldn’t seem to shake…ugh!  I’m still holding onto it a bit & the weather here hasn’t been very “California Girls”…rather it’s been gloomy and horribly foggy.  This leads to dim, poorly lit pictures and possible pneumonia if I go out for street chic shots anytime soon.

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However, I will not let this fog stop me!  It’s a sunny day tomorrow (ok, partly sunny day) and I’m going to try for something, anything…OUTSIDE (preferably not so damp and cold)…

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My next posts are going to be Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day inspired and also wedding guest attire inspo!  Darby and I have a wonderful wedding to attend this Spring and a bridal shower too so… my planning = great ideas for you!  

Can’t wait to share our new looks…especially since I have this new beautiful model as part of my crew!!

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Shopping Online vs In Store…oh & this dresss…..


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Check me out @Cortneybreblog on Instagram also!

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Or HERE to shop instantly!

Dress Review |  Runs true to size and it’s a somewhat stretchy material so you can even size down!  Very comfortable and actually very easy to wear considering it’s sleeveless.  Beautiful color and it supports you in all the right places!  The material is a bit heavy but I actually liked this because …it’s cold outside!


Lord…there are so many things on my shoulders right now….I opted to wear an off the shoulder dress just to lighten things up a bit!

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Seriously though….the HOLIDAYS.  So hectic, wonderful, stressful, dazzling and I’m almost ready for them to be over…only to wish desperately for them as soon as they are!

The sales going on right now are LIT though!  I buy gifts for the ones I love and then a few for me too….

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Sooo…this dress will be debuted at my company Holiday Party.  I tried it on in store but had to order a smaller size online.  Also, I prefer to shop online…

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…if you see something in the store, be sure to check it out online – I actually stop & check right at that moment!  This dress was on sale in store but I was able to take an additional 20% off online with free shipping!  (and the one in the store had deodorant stains on the sides of it…ewww…so I’ll take a new one via mail any day!)

Much love to you all during this busy Holiday Season!  Stay safe and try to enjoy the little moments that often matter the most!

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Perfect Plaid…a Holiday Classic

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Currently on SALE with a “Buy one, Get one Free” deal so you can get the top and matching pants!  & remember…there’s still time to shop online and get your items in about 4 days from store to door!  Just in time for your upcoming Holiday festivities!


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I’m in the process of actually planning my corporate party.  That’s my excuse for needing so many holiday looks!  Since December 1st, I’ve been asked at least three times if I was heading to a party …so I guess my party vibe is working!  

One of my favorite fabrics is plaid. Not just during the Holidays but all year round.

Maybe its a Southern thing…Madras Plaid is a staple of the summer Southern wardrobe. 

In general, plaid can actually be used as a neutral or as a statement pattern too so it’s very versatile.  Black and white Buffalo Plaid is also HUGE right now and rightfully so..its a clean look.   

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My favorite pattern for the Holidays is a tartan plaid…I find it VERY hard to pass up!  It reminds me of Christmas trees and money….meaning that it’s a Holiday look that I consider refined and chic…and therefore expensive!

THIS TOP…oh my god…I seriously went crazy for it.   And it does look expensive although it’s not.  The fabric is beautiful and it’s well made and fits great!

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It’s a faux bustier, which reminds me of two bustier tops I had back in the late 90’s (yeah, I know….AGE..ugh).  I had a black one and a red one and I wore them basically every day during that Holiday season in 1996…my teenage heart feeling as if it would burst with romantic Christmas charm. 

So, I was instantly drawn to this top.  Plus, it’s plaid so…perfection.  And it has a beautiful wrap-around bow that you can tie two ways.  I close to tie the bow in front for this look so I could add a brooch but you can also tie it in back.  

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It’s so chic and there are pants that match the top for a total – head to toe- look.  I have SO much plaid that I just bought the top but I’m very tempted to go back and snag the pants as well!  They’re buy one get one half off now so…a great deal!  And don’t forget, it’s not too late to shop online for upcoming Holiday parties!  I’m finding that shipping is about 4 days from store to door!  

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Cyber Monday…it’s finally upon us…

This is me…desperately trying to find a cedar tree to hang my cool ornament on – it was a planned theme…and “in my mind”, it was going to look fabulous.  

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In actuality, it looked like this…

….see my face.  See how happy I look.  Yeah..it was flipping C.O.L.D and this theme…wasn’t working out.  (notice the skirt still looks good though….)..oh and I forgot my gold belt…so just imagine how awesome this would have looked with a gold belt!  

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So, I switched venues and this turned out much better! 

The lighting was much different so the colors look a little off…the skirt is actually better represented in the shot above…

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And check out this cute oxford button up!  I had it embroidered with my “brand” although I should have ordered a smaller size and I might do that since it’s under $15!!  Why not grab another?!

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You know…Cyber Monday couldn’t come at a worst time…Monday, really?!  The first Monday of December…yikes!  And I hear many retailers are extending it to next Friday so it’s now Cyber “Week”.  You know the good stuff is gonna be gone by then though so we’re back to hitting the Monday sales!

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Mondays are my busiest days.  Like most people, it’s “Mun-day” and filled with emails, meetings and looming deadlines. 

But..I also have access to the internet and a privacy screen on my computer…or I could just shut my office door?…hmmmm….not that I’m condoning shopping while working…of course not…but I do believe about $9 billion dollars will be spent today & I’m sure everyone didn’t take the day off so…

…I’m not going to feel too bad if I snag a few deals!  

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Speaking of deals…don’t forget to use the Rakuten Ebates site…you get extra cash back on most of your online purchases.  Some sites are up to 20% cash back!  I’ve gotten over $1000 dollars in cash back since I became a member a few years ago so I can attest to its deals!

Ok..enough reading about me!  Get out there and SHOP!!  I’m heading to the JCrew site right now….

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