Culottes…on Cortneybre…

Well…the crisis continues.  Only now, it has a name.  Culottes.  As in wide legged – above the ankle – possibly high waisted trousers.  I make that distinction because I think the French use the term “culottes” to refer to panties and this isn’t a lingerie post. 

Culottes: New Directions Belk Blouse: Gap Jacket: Old Navy Bag: Kate Spade NY Shoes: BCBG

Culottes: New Directions Belk  Blouse: Gap
Jacket: Old Navy  Bag: Kate Spade NY  Shoes: BCBG

Let me also state there is a bit of culotte snobbery on the internet and many people argue about the categorizing of culottes, palazzo pants and gauchos.  Personally, I think it’s much ado about nothing.  I choose to call these culottes.  Maybe I just want to sound fancy and French.  Whatever the reason, I think if you reference these types of pants by any of those names, people will get the concept.   Now that we’ve cleared that up, back to my obsession.  

As stated in my prior post, I’m having a little bit of a fashion shift – from a classic, girly palette to one that is edgier, bolder and more androgynous.  Just in case this is just a phase, I’m trying to find a happy medium between the two styles.    While searching through my closet and wading thru midi-skirt, after midi-skirt I stumbled upon this pair of culottes.  My world opened up!  I love the cut of culottes.  They’re good girl edgy. The quirky sibling of slacks…pants masquerading as a skirt!

 

You must ensure your proportions are correct – typically light on top and heavier on bottom (think a tank top and culottes forming a triangle type silhouette) or boxier on top and wide on bottom (think two squares on top of each other). 

You must ensure the pants hit you at the right point on your leg or you’ll lose your height and look disproportionate.  Think – just wearing pants that are too short for you and cut poorly. 

I prefer heels with my culottes.  I actually prefer heels with everything but they especially work well with shorter lengths.  Your legs look longer, your ankles smaller and the look is more polished and refined. 

 

I’m now looking for the perfect pair of taffeta (one of my favorite fabrics) culottes in a bright and bold color. 

Similar to these below:  

Fabulous Victoria Beckham was recently spotted in a fetching pair of culottes a couple of days ago.  Notice the proportion of the blouse/scarf to the pants and the heels?  Spot on!

Victoria courtesy of Refinery29

Have an excellent week, my friends!

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A LBD from the LOFT…on Cortneybre…

This might just be the PERFECT little black dress. 

Recently, LOFT ran a 60% off their Sale, Sale.  Most people think I spend oodles of money on clothes.  I’ll admit – I do spend some – and possibly more than most.  However, its hard to beat 60% off of an already reduced price.  I bought several items from this sale and this one is my favorite.  

When I ordered it, I thought “oh great…like you need yet another black dress”.  This dress IS different though.  It really can be dressed up or down very easily and the faux leather really adds a cosmopolitan element.  I can layer it over leggings and flats or wear it with heels and ruffles.  The possibilities are endless.  It has now gone into the “Go-To” area of my closet for days when I want to look great without a lot of effort. 

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I can’t forget to mention, especially with Valentine’s Day approaching, this wonderful “Ohh La La” Bella clutch I’m holding by Kate Spade.  This one is no longer for sale on the Kate Spade site although you can find it  here on eBAY.  I’m currently craving  the Love Birds Wink Clutch by Kate Spade also.  Its so extremely stinkin’ cute, I can hardly stand to not buy it right now!

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Louis V…Kate Spade…and ASOS come out to play!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Ahhh…what a beautiful Wednesday we’re having today! It’s warm, the sun is shining and Spring has finally taken hold.

I decided to wear one of my recent ASOS purchases today. It’s a beautiful bright pink, midi, scuba skirt (what a mouthful!). I bought it a few months ago and I’ve featured it several times on the blog. I’m quite pleased with its versatility as I’ve been able to pair it with lots of different tops and its gotten much use.

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

One piece of advice – if you buy this skirt (and unfortunately I think it’s sold out now but if you do find one like it), be prepared for compliments, LOTS of compliments! I’ve been literally chased down from afar to be asked about this skirt. (check it out here!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Today’s look was more of a classic and simple one. I paired the skirt with a button up blouse with ruffled cuffs (old but I love this one), a skinny black belt and my cap toed, tan and black Kate Spade wedges (buy them here!). Of course, pearls were needed and that helped complete the look! (old but love, love, love this one at my boutique!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

 

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

I also brought out one of my most prized possessions, my Louis Vuitton bag. I don’t wear it often but I was in the mood for a little extra class today!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Stay fashionable my friends! Cortneybre…

Velcro Chic!

Dress: Elle @Kohls Shoes: BCBGeneration @ShoeDazzle Necklace: Kate Spade Clutch: Kate Spade Sunglasses: Colehaan

Dress: Elle @Kohls       Shoes: BCBGeneration @ShoeDazzle       Necklace: Kate Spade
Clutch: Kate Spade       Sunglasses: Colehaan

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was busy, busy, busy! 

I attended a banquet Saturday night and decided to take advantage of this warm weather snap by going sans tights and wearing my Elle, black and white striped dress.  

I donned my new fave BCBGeneration heels, which I bought at ShoeDazzle and managed to snap a few pics as we rushed out of the door. 

I must say I highly recommend this Elle dress from Kohl’s.  It’s just so versatile and comfortable!  

Also, a little shout out to BCBGeneration for making a pair of super chic heels with a Velcro clasp..yes Velcro!  No more fighting with those annoying little, metal clasps!  Xoxo…Cortneybre…

BCBGeneration Dulce Velcro Heels; Kate Spade Bella Pouch; Kohls Elle Dress; Kate Spade Necklace On Sale Here

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Holiday Dresses at Tradesy – A Friday Favorite!

I shop A LOT.  However, most of the items I buy are discounted or have been gently worn.  I purchase a lot of items on eBAY and at consignment stores as well as just catching sales and markdowns.  I try to “buy smart” as often as possible because – let’s face it – this allows me to buy more!  One website I’ve come to love is Tradesy.  Tradesy is essentially an online consignment shop.  They feature gently worn or pre-owned designer women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, purses at heavily discounted rates.

I’ve posted some pics of my favorite holiday looks from Tradesy below.  I particularly love the Ted Baker Epella dress!  It’s so unusual and whimsy and while it’s not a typical Holiday Party look, it’s still a head turner! These dresses are in excellent condition, look like new and the price is heavily discounted.  Check them out at www.tradesy.com.  How could you go wrong!  Happy Friday!  Cortneybre…

Gold and Black Striped Dress - Kate Spade Tory Burch Gold Poly/Rayon Silk Dress

Gold and Black Striped Dress – Kate Spade
Tory Burch Gold Poly/Rayon Silk Dress

Ted Baker Grey Multi Epella Dress BCBG Black Julissa Beaded Silk Dress

Ted Baker Grey Multi Epella Dress
BCBG Black Julissa Beaded Silk Dress