When Life Gives You Lemons…a Lemon Print Shirt on Cortneybre…

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There is an old saying…when life gives you lemons…make lemonade.  I’ve recently been handed a lemon…and while I don’t want to go into too much detail until I know more, I will admit it’s gotten me down a bit.

In an effort to comfort myself, I decided to go shopping – my go-to retail therapy approach that usually perks me back up.  While shopping at Belk – one of my fave stores – and perusing their isles I saw this cute and whimsical lemon print shirt by Jones and Company.

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It was a sign from the universe…

lemons1…and it made me feel much, much better.  My spirits lifted just a little.  

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So into my buggy it went and onto my body the next day!  I thought this bright green LouenHide bag was the perfect match!

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I topped the lemon print off with a lace overlay blouse from LOFT and added a cute and flirty skirt from JCREW.

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I hope you’re having a great week!  xx…

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A beautiful CHOiES skirt….on Cortneybre…

I’ve been quite the Chic Wish fan lately but decided to branch out a little and try some new shopping sites.  One of these sites is CHOiES, which is very similar to Chic Wish and just as fab.  My first purchase from CHOiES was a somewhat simple and safe one.  I decided on this beautiful black midi skirt you see below.  

Shirt: Crown & Ivy Skirt: Choices Heels: Kate Spade Bag: Kate Spade Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Shirt: Crown & Ivy
Skirt: Choies
Heels: Kate Spade
Bag: Kate Spade
Sunnies: Franco Sarto

I wasn’t sure if the quality and fit would compare to Chic Wish so I played it safe with this purchase.  Let me just say I was happily surprised and quite pleased with the purchase!  

The dress fit perfectly, the fabric was beautiful and the cut was perfect!  And…I do think CHOiES is a little cheaper than Chic Wish also!  Who doesn’t LOVE that!?  

I’m also trying a few new sites and will let you know how I fare with those also!  I’ve ordered a couple of items from Sheinside so stay tuned for future posts and reviews!  The pieces I’ve ordered are very unique and I can’t wait to style them!

For now, Chic Wish and CHOiES have served me well and I’ve many beautiful pieces to wear!  I also have a cool new Chic Wish dress to feature too…I hope to have it posted soon!  

Hope you’re having a great week!  

 

 

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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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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. 

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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!

A Fashion Mid-Year Crisis…

I think I’m having a fashion mid-year crisis.  Or is it a mid-year fashion crisis.  Or is it even a crisis at all?  

Jacket: Crown & Ivy/Belk Skirt: NY & Co Bag: Kate Spade NY Heels: Kate Spade NY

Jacket: Crown & Ivy/Belk   Skirt: NY & Co   Bag: Kate Spade NY
Heels: Kate Spade NY

I didn’t post last week and it’s due to my inability to ground myself – fashion-wise.  I’m all over the place!  

Pinks and polyester-silk blends one day and understated black dresses with large hoop earrings the next. 

I’ve been wearing a lot of stripes lately too. Does that mean I want to change my own, figuratively speaking? 

Blame it on the weather or the season.  Or the simple fact that I can wear fleece lined black tights every day and be very, very happy (and warm). 

I do think it’s more than just the weather or the need for warmth.  I’ve been feeling the need to reinvent myself and to adopt a new look.  

I do like to dress on trend and find myself caught up in the whirlwind of ever-changing fashion “what’s hot now” fads.  

While I’m not giving that up, I’m thinking about evolving from a world of bows, pinks, polka dots and midi-skirts to one filled with bold colors and sleek lines.   I’m thinking of cutting my hair.   Images of a chic, Vidal Sassoon-esque (circa 1960) bob flash before my eyes.  No more buns or pony tails.  Gone are the days of the good girl.  Hello modern art maven! 

I might take it a step further and lean towards a more gender neutral look.  Tailored black suits with Italian made loafers and just the right bold bag.  Ok…maybe some ruffles. 

Who knows where I’ll land.  I do still love my polka dots, midi-skirts and cardigans.  Perhaps, until I figure out just who I’m becoming, I’ll just take it day by day.  For now…stripes are the answer.  

Have a great week!  xx…

 

 

 

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Belk Style…and Shopping Tips from Cortneybre…

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How to not spend all of one’s money on one’s self while Holiday shopping………

Sweater and Skirt: Grace Elements at BELK  Bag: Kate Spade NY Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Nine West Watch/Bangle: Kate Spade NY

Sweater and Skirt: Grace Elements at BELK
Bag: Kate Spade NY Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Nine West Watch/Bangle: Kate Spade NY

I’m a slow and steady shopper. I need time. Time to take it all in, time to walk about and often re-visit items I’ve spent time inspecting before. I also need space.

You will find none of these are available between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And so, one would think I would abstain from any frivolous shopping this mad, frenzied season….the only problem is…I also need sales.

Sales really get my blood pumping. The thought of buying with an added discount of X% off…tantalizing.

Buy one & get one free?! I must!

But, here is one of the biggest questions of the season…at least for me, “How do you immerse yourself in the shopping experience and not shop for yourself”?

Obviously, I know that it is better to give than to receive and I do derive a wealth of happiness in finding just the perfect gift for a friend or loved one as well as donating to charities and the needy.

However, when my distracted eye catches glimpses of colorful ladies wear…its just too much to bear. And so, here is my survival guide:

Give in – but just a little
Don’t deprive yourself of any and all shopping, especially if there are items you are currently craving and you can find them on sale. You’d be buying them anyway in the future, right? So go ahead…feed that monster…but just a snack!

Avoidance
I’m embarrassed to admit this – but I avoid the women’s clothing, jewelry, makeup and shoe aisles AT ALL COSTS! Why tempt yourself (this is after you’ve given in just a little)? You’re serious now, you got presents to buy and they ain’t for you!

Shop on an empty stomach

If you’re hungry you won’t linger and you won’t try things on! You’ll be too focused on getting in, grabbing the present for your loved one or friend and getting out!

Shop ugly

You know what I mean. This is for those of us who don’t venture out without full makeup and garb. Don’t wash your hair, don’t dare style it and leave the makeup sitting on the vanity. Throw on some sweats and sneakers and get to work shopping for those presents! You won’t dare be caught in the ladies boutique section or (egads!) the makeup aisle! Trust me…it works every time.

Go shopping in the morning and SKIP caffeine

Similar to shopping hungry but taking it to another level. No item is as appealing though a caffeine-free veil. Get that mandatory present shopping done and then head on over to Starbucks. Job well done. Mission accomplished.

I hope these tips will prove useful when shopping this Holiday season. Of course, I did not heed my own advice while shopping at Belk earlier this week and this FABULOUS outfit is the result!  But really….it was on sale and I woulda bought it anyway so I’m just following tip #1!

Against my advice and your better judgment…if you’d like to shop my outfit…the links are below!

Shirt:  JCREW Factory – find it here!

Sweater:  Grace Elements at Belk – find it hereAlso, Belk is offering a 25% off sale now too!!

Skirt:  Grace Elements at Belk – shop it here!

Also love this one and this one!

Pearl Necklace: Old but similar here at Belk!

Shoes:  Nine West (old) but very similar here!

Hope you’re having a great December…happy shopping!

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Working Lace…

In case you haven’t noticed…I wear a lot of what some would call “formal” clothes to work or just out everyday. I find that anything can be paired with denim….so a denim shirt with a fancy skirt or a formal blouse with denim jeans is an easy go to look.

Today’s outfit pairs a light acid washed denim shirt I bought at Belk.  I LOVE the detailing on this shirt!  The denim is soft and the little gemstones do not snag or bother while wearing.  Plus, this shirt is identical to a JCREW Chambray Shirt (which is sold out) not to mention much, much cheaper.

Check it out here at Belk!

Other aspects of this look include a silver lace skirt (Ann Taylor old but LOVE this one by JCREW), a Kate Spade bag (similar here), Chloe+Isobel Statement Necklace (buy it here), heels (BCBG Generation old but love these)!  Other items: sunglasses-Franco Sarto, Watch – Kate Spade, Bracelet – JCREW.


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xoxo…

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