Long overdue…

Skirt: Chic Wish Blazer: Banana Republic

Skirt: Chic Wish  Brooch: Hobby Lobby
Blazer: Banana Republic  Shoes:  Nine West

Well..as the title states..this post is long overdue.

I love blogging, I love following other bloggers and I love my followers.  Unfortunately, all of this blogging love doesn’t pay the bills or help my daughter learn Oh Captain, My Captain any quicker.

Between work, the Holidays, family and Thoreau, I’ve been pulled away from my sweet little niche I’ve carved out in this wide and wonderful internet world.

For those of you whom I usually follow, please know I’ve missed you all and I promise I’ll be back soon ..marveling at your talents and commenting on your fabulous posts.  For those of you who follow me and wonder what quirky and crazy outfit I’ll come up with next, please be patient and know that I’ll be back working it soon…this crazy life of mine has to calm down!

That all leads to today’s post. This outfit just get’s me and I love it!

As in my last post, this skirt takes me away on a little journey and this time it’s to London…the skyline winking out at you as I walk by.  

I can’t tell you how much I love this skirt.  The fabric is fantastic and it hangs just right.  It’s also affordable  – on sale now for $48.90!!  There are also other deals as part of Chic Wish’s Shop and Save event.

  Check it out here!

Shop my outfit!

Skirt – Chic Wish

Blazer – Banana Republic

Heels – Nine West Booties

Brooch: Hobby Lobby (and yes..it’s only $5.99!)  

Blouse – Belk – (and also on sale..20% off!)

Bag – Kate Spade (of course!)…this is the Iconoclast bag and its sold out but here is one I really like also!

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Have a wonderful week!!  xoxo…

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Cortneybre…My First Blogging Anniversary!

Thsnk you

It’s my 1st Year Blogging Anniversary and I couldn’t be more excited!  

Thank you so much for your support and feedback.

You have inspired and uplifted me more than you will ever know!

Take a look at my “looks” from the past year!  Xoxo…Cortneybre…

Neon in Winter…

Sweater: Arizona@JC Penney Shirt: Worthington Skirt: JCREW Hose: Merona Boots: Nine West Sunnies: Franco Sarto Jewelry: JCREW

Sweater: Arizona@JC Penney   Shirt: Worthington  Skirt: JCREW  Hose: Merona  Boots: Nine West
Sunnies: Franco Sarto  Jewelry: JCREW

So…it’s not quite winter..but I just couldn’t help but go with this title…I was thinking of The Lion in Winter but then thought neon in winter and well…a few stream of consciousness thoughts later..voila!  My title.

I found this spectacular sweater at such a simple spot, JC Penney.  There were several that I really liked but I went with this one and it’s beautiful and bright colors.  Who says fall or winter should be drab?!  Check out the Arizona Sweater at JC Penney!

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The rest of my outfit was from last season but here are similar items you can buy now!

Ankle BootsDotted Denim ShirtNeon Skirt

Hope you’re having a great week!  xx….

A Crowd Pleaser…in Kate Spade Saturday

Dress: Kate Spade Saturday Bag: Kate Spade New York Heels: Mossimo Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Dress: Kate Spade Saturday  Bag: Kate Spade New York  Heels: Mossimo  Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Fall has descended upon my little town like a wet, soggy blanket of gloom.  It’s hard to be upbeat with day after day of cloudy, rainy skies and dreary winds.  Plus, it makes taking a good outfit post almost impossible.

It was on one of these gloomy days last week that I shot this look.  I’m in LOVE with the dress btw…although it was a love/hate relationship at first.  It’s Kate Spade Saturday and I found it heavily discounted at Marshall’s.  (I’ve basically bought all of their KS Saturday wear that I could squeeze into).

So.  This dress…oh this dress!  I will be honest that I put it on…took it off…put it on again….found my Spanx…took it off.  Thought about it for a couple of hours.  Put on my tights …put it back on….and finally decided, “what the hell”, I’m wearing it tomorrow.

Why the hesitation, you may ask?  Well…it’s short…and shorter than I’d typically wear to work which, for me, is where I am most of the time.  So…if it won’t “work” for work, then it won’t work at all.  Aside from the fact that it’s short…it’s also very fitted and getting past the shortness of the skirt was further complicated by the fitted look of the dress.

Obviously…after all of my indecisiveness, I chose to wear the dress anyway. The result:  happily, the dress was a success and I’m happy I kept it!  (I won’t be indulging in any sweets anytime soon if I wish to continue wearing it but that’s a battle best fought later).

Back to my gloomy, no good, very bad day.  (This all ties together I promise).

Picture me…standing on a busy corner, my photographer snapping away and me trying to look posh, long and lean while internally praying it doesn’t rain and/or we don’t get accosted by homeless people.  As I’m switching up my pose, I hear whoops and hollers in the distance and as the noise gets closer…guess who it is??

That’s right.  A bus load (and I mean…every seat is filled) of convicts.  (I’m sure that was your first guess…).  

I’d like to think they weren’t violent criminals…perhaps just day traders caught for embezzling or something but I’m sure a mixture of the general prison population was contained in this little capsule of delight.

So..they cat called and yelled although I didn’t hear anything profane or inappropriate.  After one of them started to yell “werk it, girl” (remember…that’s the same thing the drag queen told me the other night..coincidence..perhaps)..I just lost it.  

Hence the picture below.  

When they finally pulled away from the red light, I waved and they all cheered and thankfully drove on their merry way…back to jail, I’m sure.  

So…I guess this dress was a hit?  With the incarcerated crowd at least! 

******Outfit Details******

Dress: Kate Spade Saturday – go to Marshall’s and buy it before it’s too late!  

Bag: Kate Spade NY…while you’re at Marshall’s looking for the dress search for this bag also!  I found it at half its original price!  Love this one too!

Heels: Mossimo for Target but similar here by Tory Burch!

Earrings:  Tahari but love these at Tory Burch also!

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Hope you’re having a great week!  xx…

 

Fall Style…From The Limited

Yesterday was the first day of Fall and I couldn’t be happier!  

I must admit that I prefer tights to bare legs and long sleeves to tank tops.  Blame it on my constant state of cold..even in the warmest settings or just that I love how slimming tights can be under a fitted dress.

Today’s look was long awaited…I recently ordered several Fall-like pieces from The Limited and was extremely happy when I finally received the order and everything fit properly.  One of my fave pieces is the dress I’m wearing in today’s post.  Buy it here and its 30% off!

Tip – if you’re looking for another Fall staple, check out this faux leather fit and flare dress.  I almost bought it…and now regret that I didn’t.  That means I might be making another purchase soon!

I digress…today’s look is comprised of this cute v-neck skater dress from the Limited, my fave Nine West leather boots (similar here), and a beautiful pashmina scarf I received last year as a present (similar here and on sale!).

Hope you enjoy the post!  Start pulling out those scarves and tights..it’s officially Fall!

 

Shirts I would buy if it were payday….

Happy Friday!  As the title of this post implies, I’m broke as a joke and therefore window shopping.  Or would that be “screen/monitor shopping”…regardless…I’m a’looking but I ain’t buying.

I am, however, filling my ASOS online shopping cart with items I would buy if I could possibly do so and still make my car payment this month.

Wanna see what I would get if I could get it!?

Okay…here goes…

This, my friends, is THE Fashion Blogger Sweat Shirt.  It is perfect in proportion and frankly..looks pretty comfy.  I totally think I could rock this with a brightly colored skirt….totally.

Obviously this shirt is a MUST.  In fact, I’d really expect ASOS to send this to me for free…it’s the least they could do considering my ASOS loyalty.

Image from ASOS

Image from ASOS

Next…the Pom Pom Shirt.  It’s a shirt.  It has pom poms.  Buy. it. now.  I guarantee everyone will compliment it but no one will replicate it.

Image from ASOS

Image from ASOS

The Mohair Plaid Sweater …I love the colors and plaid is SO in right now.  Beautiful, right?  If you were to buy the shirt and the skirt…it would be perfectly understandable.

Image from ASOS

Image from ASOS

Want work wear that is actually interesting?  Try this Lace Sleeved Shirt.  Very feminine but totally functional.  The look of layers without the bulk.  Beautiful.

Image from ASOS

Image from ASOS

This shirt is aptly named: Criminal Damage Sweatshirt.  I want it.  Really want it.  All I can think is Versace.  Versace for me.  If its criminal to want this shirt, I don’t wanna be right.   

Image from ASOS

Image from ASOS

And finally the Piece de Resistance..the Burn Out Florals Blouse.

Why do I love this so much you may ask?  Ever see the movie, Curse of the Golden Flower?  (If not..get to Google-ing and check the images…the yellow embroidered chrysanthemum flowers are reason enough to see the movie).

This shirt is the pink embodiment of that movie.  Its wearable art and it is beautiful.  I’d love to wear this over a fitted white button up and greet everyone with a nin hao!

Image from ASOS

Image from ASOS

Get out your credit cards my friends and get to shopping!  All of these lovely pieces are an additional 25% off at us.ASOS.com!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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Boden + Gingham….Brilliant

Skirt: Boden Sweater: JCREW Shoes: Ralph Lauren Bag: Kate Spade NY Necklaces: JCREW Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Skirt: Boden  Sweater: JCREW  Shoes: Ralph Lauren  Bag: Kate Spade NY
                                                                               Necklaces: JCREW  Sunnies: Franco Sarto                                                                                                 PS. …I’m terribly sorry that my skirt is SO wrinkled in this picture..I took these after lunch and it couldn’t be helped!

As I’ve been turning my wardrobe and shifting from summer to fall, I’ve discovered the beauty of “shopping” in my closet. During the turning, which sounds downright vampiric, I noticed several articles of clothing with tags dangling from their pretty collars and sleeves.

As I inspected these items I realized most of the pieces were bought on clearance or at heavily discounted rates and were for more formal occasions.

A cute black silk dress with a shiny geometric pattern…for that occasion when I needed just the right LBD…

A beautiful blue dotted dress with a swoop neck collar…for that after work party that called for casual elegance…

A fabulous blue gingham skirt that just needed a little special attention….

And so I decided to shop in my closet! Each of these items was bought because I truly loved some aspect of the design, texture or color and I found that I still loved these things…I just had nowhere to wear them!

Therefore, I made a resolution to repurpose each of these items, finding new ways to dress them down for everyday work wear. Here are some tips I learned from my endeavors:

For Dresses/Skirts
Add a sweater or cardigan
– Its Fall in the South and so sweaters and cardigans are great at dressing down an otherwise too formal skirt or dress.
– Remember – you can always pull a sweater or cardigan over a dress to essentially convert it to skirt. If the dress still looks too formal underneath a cardigan, try layering a camisole under the cardigan but over the dress to conceal the top half of the pattern or button the cardigan fully.

Wear tights instead of sheer hose
– Sheer hose will make your look too formal.
– Tights will instantly convert an otherwise formal skirt or dress to a less formal look.

• Wear boots
– Stick with low heeled boots or wedges – higher heeled styles will confuse the look as a higher heel is typically worn during a more formal occasion.
– Be leery of boots with lots of hardware – it depends on the hardware but the boot needs to make sense with the overall look you’re trying to achieve.

• Tone down the bling
– Jewelry is a must but keep the jewelry simple or to one or two pieces. Opt for simple pieces that are bigger vs ornate smaller pieces.

For Shirts/Blouses
• Wear a simple but chic pant
– Either nice slacks or jeans – skip the “hiney” embellishments!
– No silk or shiny materials – the focus should be on the blouse – by adding a shiny or silk pant you’re shifting from casual to formal

Be careful with skirts
– Keep skirts simple and chic – go for solid colors or simple prints
– Keep the length of the skirt in mind; long skirts tend to look more formal unless the material is very casual

• Skip the necklace (possibly)
– If the blouse is very formal – either in material or if it has added embellishments – skip the necklace and keep the earrings casual
– Large or ornate necklaces can detract from the beauty of the blouse

• Add a jacket
– A casual jacket, even a jean jacket can take a formal shirt and turn it into an eye catching but day wear approved look
– Ensure the fit of the jacket compliments the shirt – The jacket needs to accentuate the blouse, not swallow or hide it.

I hope these tips are helpful! Next time you’re staring aimlessly at your wardrobe, take a look at those items with the tags still dangling and enjoy shopping in your closet!

xx..Cortneybre…