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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K.I.S.S. Keeping it simple…and stylish!

Hello, all! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! I’m actually not having a great day…it’s been filled with deadlines, emails and much frustration. But, I digress and I don’t want to taint my blog (which is a source of much joy and satisfaction) with the negativity of my work day.

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces/Bracelet: JCREW

Soo…its Wednesday! Um…yay!? I’m not a Wednesday fan really. I usually find myself scrounging to find something mid-week as I’ve lost my Monday/early week momentum and it’s not quite close enough to Friday to be exciting. That being said, I decided to go for a classic look today. I found these great shirts at Banana Republic. They require no ironing (who has time?), do not wrinkle (hence the no ironing) and fit true to size. Click here for details!

 

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

Actually, everything I have on today is from Banana Republic. It’s rare that I wear an outfit entirely from one store but it happens on occasion. Banana Republic is one of my fave go-to shops – it’s got a great selection and the clothing is well made. Plus, I find some GREAT sales!

 

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Wedges: Banana Republic Necklaces: JCREW

Shirt: Banana Republic
Skirt: Banana Republic
Wedges: Banana Republic
Necklaces: JCREW

To spice up the outfit I added pearls and my cheetah print wedges. Hope your Wednesday has fared better than mine….till tomorrow, my friends..Cortneybre…

Lux Tux…

Hello friends!  Just a short snippet today….I’m sporting my version of the work approved tuxedo!

Jacket: Banana Republic Blouse: BCBG Pants: Worthington Shoes: Banana Republic Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Banana Republic     Blouse: BCBG     Pants: Worthington     Shoes: Banana Republic     Necklaces: Bealles
Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dressing up doesn’t always mean donning a gown or bright colors. I must admit I feel very polished and chic when I wear black and white – like I’m in a tux (sans the bow tie, which I actually considered!). Animal print shoes or accents keep it snazzy!

Jacket: Banana Republic Blouse: BCBG Pants: Worthington Shoes: Banana Republic Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Banana Republic   Blouse: BCBG   Pants: Worthington   Shoes: Banana Republic   Necklaces: Bealles
Sunglasses: UnionBay

Nothing like keeping it simple but elegant…especially on a busy Monday!

 

Laters…Cortneybre…

A Rose Pin in Winter….Pre-Valentine’s Day Inspired

A Rose In Winter...

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us!  It really is one of my most favorite holidays and I shall be wearing Valentine’s Day inspired outfits all next week.  I thought I would get an early start on my V-Day inspired attire by adding a little love touch to today’s outfit also.

I went with a simple black jumper (Friday comfort, anyone?) and a white blouse but added lots of ruffles and a beautiful rose pin.  I also decided against black shoes and went with my “shoe of the moment”, the cheetah print Banana Republic wedges.  The cheetah print gave the outfit a little sass to balance the sweetness of the rose.

I can’t wait to show you my Valentine’s Day inspired outfits next week!  Also, I’ll be posting some “what to wear” collages for different Valentine’s Day date scenarios.  Until then…I must bid you adieu!  XO Cortneybre…

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