The power of a pin…on Cortneybre…

Sometimes something so small can make or break an outfit. 

 

 A well placed pin can make the difference between flop or flawless!

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I find fashion inspiration in the oddest places.  Hobby Lobby was the perfect place to find this most important finishing flourish!

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 The outfit, pulled perfectly together, with the placement of a pin! (This posh Olivia Miller clutch helped too!)

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Have a great Friday and holiday weekend! 

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Enjoying Spring (finally!)…a Merona top and my Firmoo glasses..on Cortneybre…

Oh the weather outside is WONDERFUL!  Spring has finally sprung and I’m so enjoying life sans tights and coats!

TOP: MERONA-TARGET SKIRT: KATE SPADE NY SHOES: KATE SPADE NY BAG: OLIVIA+JOY SUNNIES: FRANCO SARTO NECKLACE: BANANA REPUBLIC

TOP: MERONA-TARGET
SKIRT: KATE SPADE NY
SHOES: KATE SPADE NY
BAG: OLIVIA+JOY
SUNNIES: FRANCO SARTO
NECKLACE: BANANA REPUBLIC

I’m always searching for simple, comfortable tops.  I seem to always be at a deficit; either too many wonderful skirts or pants and no tops or tons of fabulous tops and not a bottom to be found!

I saw this simple but cute and comfy blue and white striped top at Target last week.  I loved the true blue color of the striping and thought the neckline was perfect.

If you know me at all, you know I’m not shy when it comes to wearing REALLY bright colors!  Shine bright is my motto!  

I also want to show off another new fave of mine!  I was graciously offered to try a pair of glasses from Firmoo.  

Firmoo is a global, online optical store.  I was impressed with their selection, quality and value!  

Glasses: by FIRMOO =F1017

Glasses: by FIRMOO -F1017

I especially LOVE the “Nerd Glasses” section of their website.  It’s perfect for me – I love nerd chic!  The glasses were delivered quickly and came in a cute, chic case.  

Firmoo Glasses Jacket: Merona

Firmoo Glasses
Jacket: Merona

With Spring upon us, my seasonal allergies are behaving quite badly at the moment.  (Ignore those bags under my eyes…I’m dying a slow death via pine pollen).  It is SO nice to be able to put on these cute glasses and still be fashionable and functional!

And just look how cute they are as a bag accessory!  Overall, I really liked the glasses and if you’re in the market for a new pair, check out Firmoo here!

 

I hope you have a fantastic Friday, a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!  

 

 

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Kate Spade Saturday on SALE…check out my fave piece on Cortneybre…

OMG…what can I say…these past few weeks have been a whirlwind!  I’ve missed you guys, my wonderful readers!  

Now..on to fashion!

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First Kate Spade Saturday is running a tremendous sale!  As in 50% off their sale items sale!

I’ve heard rumors that Kate Spade’s Saturday brand is folding, along with Jack Spade.  How very sad!  

I will admit that I prefer Kate Spade NY to its younger sister, Saturday, however I do think Saturday has a place in the fashion market.  I’ll be sad to see it go.  

That being said, I took advantage of that sale I just mentioned and purchased this tres cute pink skirt!

Jacket: Banana Republic Shirt: Red Camel Skirt: Kate Spade Saturday Heels: Kate Spade NY Bag: Kate Spade NY Sunnies: Franco Sarto Bracelets/Watch: Kate Spade NY

Jacket: Banana Republic     Shirt: Crown and Ivy
Skirt: Kate Spade Saturday      Heels: Kate Spade NY
Bag: Kate Spade NY       Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Bracelets/Watch: Kate Spade NY

Cute right!?  Love the skirt, great fit and color…short and sassy!  

This is a winter to summer piece also.  The skirt easily pairs with tights or without!  

I LOVE wearing a simple ribbon as a necklace.  It serves as the perfect accent without being too flashy!

Check out Kate Spade Saturday’s sale!  I bet you find something you love!  

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Happy 2015! Dressing down my NYE dress on Cortneybre.com!

Happy 2015, Friends and Readers!  I know I faded away a bit at the end of 2014…but between birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and shopping…I was swamped!  

Happy New Year

Things are slowing down just a bit now though and I’m happy to get back to my blogging world and friends!  

I will tell you that in the midst of all the hectic Holiday happiness (and madness), I did ring in the New Year with quite a bang!  

I had a wonderful and fabulous time at a NYE Gala held at Chateau Elan in Atlanta.  The party was done in a Roaring Twenties Theme and was spectacular!  

Of course…that meant I had to wear something in theme and so I picked this glam and glitzy Kate Spade Saturday dress! (Buy it here and its on SALE!)  Alas…the NYE pics didn’t turn out…my usual photographer wasn’t available and after fighting with dim lighting I decided to just enjoy the evening.  However, after the Holidays were over and I was forced to return to the real world, I did style down the dress and make it work/everyday friendly!

Have a party dress that you’d love to wear casually? Here are a few tips I use when styling down a party dress!

Tip #1:   Transition the dress to a skirt!  Add dimension by layering a blouse underneath and a cardigan or sweater on top.  

Dress worn as skirt: Kate Spade Saturday Cardigan: Banana Republic Necklace and Bag:Kate Spade NY Shoes: JCREW Sunnies: Franco Sarto White Blouse: BCBG

Dress worn as skirt: Kate Spade Saturday  Cardigan: Banana Republic
Necklace and Bag:Kate Spade NY  Shoes: JCREW
Sunnies: Franco Sarto  White Blouse: BCBG

Tip #2:  Do the opposite!  Wear a simple but complimentary skirt over the dress and voila!  The dress becomes a fun top instead.  If needed, add a blazer or jacket to tone down the look a little more.  I’ll showcase that look in a future post!

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Tip #3:  Dress down with tights!  Avoid sheer hose…they instantly make an outfit more dressy and dated.  Tights are more casual.  

Tip #4: Wear simple (but cute…always cute) shoes.  Now… I know that I didn’t quite stick to that rule in these pictures…these are actually my party shoes.  But…some days you must wear party shoes.  And that’s ok too.  But if you’re feeling a little too “over done”, dress down on the shoes and that should take the outfit from night..to day!  

Interested in buying this look?!

Dress:  Kate Spade Saturday

Party Shoes: J Crew

Bag: Kate Spade NY

Cardigan:  Banana Republic

Necklace: Kate Spade Ipanema Necklace

White blouse: BCBG (similar at JCREW Factory)

Hope you’ve had an excellent week!!  

xoxo…

Bonjours and Bows….

Bonjour belle!  Comment allez-vous!?

Shirt: JCP Skirt: Banana Republic Bow: Hobby Lobby ribbon Bracelets: Kate Spade Shoes: ASOS Tights: Cynthia Rowley

Shirt: JCP
Skirt: Banana Republic
Bow: Hobby Lobby ribbon
Bracelets: Kate Spade
Shoes: ASOS
Tights: Cynthia Rowley

The weather is getting colder and the colors are slowly fading from my world.  I’m counteracting the downturn in the weather by dressing a little more whimsical and fun.

I found this wonderful shirt that just fits perfectly at JCPenney.  It was a must buy…and I couldn’t wait to feature it on the blog!  

Check it out here!  

What a delightful shirt..it’s an Eiffel Tower print with little French sayings….cute, cute cute!

As for my other fave look of the moment.  I’m a big fan of statement necklaces but one really can’t wear a statement necklace with such a standout shirt.  When you still need a little accent to set the outfit, try a simple piece of ribbon tied as a bow.  

I’ve been wearing this look a lot lately and I think it perfectly balances out and lightens up an outfit.  You can mix it up with different colored ribbons and even tie multiple ribbons/bows for a bigger look.  

Wanna shop this look!  Check out the links below!

Shirt: Eiffel Tower by JCP  Skirt:  Banana Republic  Shoes:  ASOS Heels..LOVE these!

Hope you’re having a great week!  Au Revoir!