Pattern on Pattern…

 

Blouse & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunnies: Franco Sarto Bracelet: Bealles

Blouse, Belt  & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto  Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Bracelet: Bealles

Today’s look is pattern on pattern…it just happens to be the same pattern. (That’s quite the mouthful!)

Recently Ann Taylor LOFT had an excellent 60% off sale and I stumbled upon this stylish floral patterned bustier dress and button up blouse.

The price was right and I’d been searching for a patterned look for some time.

Blouse & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunnies: Franco Sarto Bracelet: Bealles

Blouse & Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Bracelet: Bealles

 

In order to make the dress work friendly I simply tied the blouse in front and added a belt. The best bit is that these pieces can be worn separately or together! 

Check out the blouse here and the dress here ! Xoxo…Happy Hump Day! Cortneybre…

 

 

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Great Expectations….

I love a good pun….a play on words…a double entendre. Take that concept, add my fave brand and make it into a clutch and you have the Kate Spade Book Clutch. It’s a book..it’s a clutch…its witty, and pretty and fine!

I know I’m gushing but this clutch might just be the most perfect piece in my closet at the moment…and maybe forever. A clutch disguised as a novel, down to the Kate Spade Publishing logo on the spine. My, oh my, oh my….perfection.

I chose the Great Expectations version of this clutch as I greatly enjoyed the book and the colors blended perfectly into my wardrobe. Also, the one little quote on the back is so romantic…”I loved her simply because I found her irresistible”. Sigh…simple and beautiful. 

How I’d love to have an entire library of these! From Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby to Romeo and Juliet, Kate Spade has many wonderful titles to choose from, each with their own wonderful art work.

It’s clever statement piece that garners attention wherever you go!…xoxo…Cortneybre…

Dress: Kate Spade – sold out but I LOVE this one!        

Shoes: Mossimo –Old but love these!    

Necklace: JCREW – similar here!    

Pin Accent on Necklace: Antique but love this one too!

Clutch: Kate Spade – shop here

Sunnies: Franco Sarto – Love this website for sunglasses!    

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Lilly Pulitzer Dress + Kate Spade Straw Bag = Leaving for my cruise!!

Bon voyage, my friends!

Well you know it’s cruise and beach time when I bring out the Lilly Pulitzer!  This will be my last post before the cruise and it’s a casual one. Sooo casual in fact that I’ve actually been stopped several times at work today and specifically asked why I’m so casual! 

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Shoes: Dexter Bag: Kate Spade Sunnies: Franco Sarto Earrings: Bealles Watch: Kate Spade

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer  Shoes: Dexter  Bag: Kate Spade  Sunnies: Franco Sarto  Earrings: Bealles  Watch: Kate Spade

Sheesh!..as if I’m wearing jeans or something! Guess it’s the flip flop sandals…this is what happens when you live in heels. 🙂 

I’ll keep this post short and sweet as I’m working on last minute, pre-departure packing and such.

 

The dress is a Lilly Pulitzer (similar here), sandals by Dexter (similar here) and bag by Kate Spade (similar here and here )!

Can’t wait to post cruise and vacation pictures upon my return! Until then…xx…Cortneybre…

 

Sheer lace…a Kimono jacket trend…

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW Shoes:MIA Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW
Shoes:MIA Sunnies: Franco Sarto

So, I bought this beautiful lace kimono jacket yesterday.  I just fell in love with its sheer beauty and intricate patterns.

This piece was actually bought to wear with a cute pair of scalloped edged shorts during my cruise next week.  While gathering an outfit for today’s post, I just couldn’t resist incorporating the kimono into the look.   

Therefore, what was to be casual day number 2, became dressy day number 1.

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW Shoes:MIA Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW
Shoes:MIA Sunnies: Franco Sarto

I must also share that I bought a long, floral print kimono yesterday as well.

It’s fantastic.

I’d been wondering about all the hype with the kimono-look. I will say that for the short period of time I had it on, I felt ultimately feminine and sexy….and I was wearing it just inside my house so imagine wearing it out!

It is an intimate look…as if I was interrupted during my leisure activities and popped on the closest silky thing that was hanging within reach. It adds a little bit of mystery to one’s reputation… 

Till tomorrow, dear readers…xx..Cortneybre..

Gingham Girl..A Casual Monday Post…

Happy Casual Monday!

I say Casual Monday because it’s a short week for me and I plan on being a bit casual all week. Short week, you may ask? Yes…because I leave for a MUCH needed cruise with my hubby and daughter on Saturday. We’ll be gone ten days and I just can’t wait!

Skirt: Gap (old but love this one from Boden); Shirt: Old Navy (old but love this JCREW shirt also); Heels: Franco Sarto (Old but love these by Vince Camuto); Bag: Kate Spade (Sold out but dying for this Michael Kors!); Sunnies: Franco Sarto.

Honestly, cruise preparation has been the main cause of my not posting as much as usual on the blog. This is because any sort of event involving wearing a bathing suit causes my body to literally turn to mush (I’m fabulously fit the rest of the time..wink, wink).

Due to the mush effect, I’ve spent quite a bit of time working out twice as much as usual, dreaming about cupcakes and other sweets that I cannot have and checking my mush to see if it’s returned to its former firm state. This is quite the time-consuming process.

I do hope to make up for it though with lots of fun posts detailing my cruise adventures! Stay tuned for future cruise inspired posts!

Now…back to my casual Monday outfit.

I paired one of my fave Old Navy, blue gingham, button up shirts with an orange skirt from the Gap. To avoid being too casual, I added my Franco Sarto leather heels, my fave Kate Spade leather bag and a necklace and belt from JCREW.

When picking out a skirt to wear with this shirt, I referred to my color wheel and matched two colors opposite of each other. Wanna learn more about using a color wheel, check out my prior post here!

Hope your week is off to a great start! Xx..Cortneybre…

 

 

 

 

A Pink Suit….

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara  Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren  Blouse: Gap  Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Hello dear readers! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

My post today is one of my fave’s so far! I have been searching for a pink pants suit for months….and I do mean months. You’d think this is something that one could easily find?! But, that evidently isn’t the case.

After multiple internet searches, I must admit Google let me down. I could find nothing that resembled what I was seeking.

I decided to turn to my trusted and beloved friend, eBAY and after a few weeks of watching, waiting and running the same key word search “women’s pink pant suit”, I stumbled upon the wonderful suit I have on today.  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara  Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren  Blouse: Gap  Sunnies: Franco Sarto  Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

The suit is silk, fully lined and by Ralph Lauren. And the BEST part….it was only $19.95!!! What a steal!

I couldn’t wait to debut it today on the blog…and I am aware that it needs hemming and a few other tweeks but I was too excited to delay. I have plans for it too. BIG plans…involving a lace or feather, poofy brooch, which I hope to be making shortly…trust me…it’ll be fabulous. I’d really like to pair it with a lovely pale green shirt or perhaps a pale, light pink one too. Keep an eye out for future posts!  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

I’m so excited that I found what I was looking for and at such a great price!

Tip: if you’re ever looking to recreate a look you like or searching for a specific item, always check your options on eBAY. I find that key word searches will typically result in a variety of choices.  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Keep your key word searches simple, typically “Brand+Color+Clothing Item+Size+Woman” is as specific as you should go. For this search I used, “Pink Pant Suit Woman Size X” (I inserted my size but I’m not sharing!). Always remember to check the eBAY seller’s feedback before purchasing to ensure there are no negative remarks. 

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Laters! Xx…Cortneybre…

The Power of Peplum…

Peplum top: Cynthia Rowley Necklace: Chloe+Isabel Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: ColeHaan Nike Air Watch: Kate Spade Bag: Kate Spade Sunnies: UnionBay

Peplum top: Cynthia Rowley  Necklace: Chloe+Isabel  Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT  Shoes: ColeHaan Nike Air
Watch: Kate Spade  Bag: Kate Spade  Sunnies: UnionBay

I just love peplum tops. I don’t care if they go out of style….I’m still wearing them. If only for the way they define your waist and cover any little extra tummy you may have. If peplum could talk it would say, “it’s ok that you ate that extra cupcake today…you’ve got me to cover you up and you look great”!

Today’s post was actually taken a couple of weeks ago but never posted as I was too busy to blog. Sad…yeah…I know… Thankfully, I was able to work on blogging this week and post it before it became obsolete. I guess this is a Throwback Thursday post without actually being one…but I digress. 

Back to peplums and their perfection. Another wonderful and important peplum trait is that they’re very versatile. I’ve worn this particular top with jeans, skirts and shorts.

It’s a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down. 

Today’s look was inspired by the Chloe + Isabel necklace I’m wearing in the pictures. Get it here !

This necklace is unique and so beautiful.  It reminds me of Art Deco with an Egyptian twist. I like to buy items that are essentially conversation starters.

This necklace definitely fit that description! I had lots of people ask me about it and want to have a closer look.

 A friend of mine posted a saying on her Facebook account recently…it’s from a book called Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell…. 

This is how I feel about my outfits and myself in general. My attire is a direct expression of me. How I feel, what I represent, who I am …at least for that moment…is pushed out of my head and onto my body.

This necklace was one of those ways I could funnel myself into one wearable piece.

Hope everyone’s having a great Thursday…hang in there…Friday is right around the corner!

Xoxo…Cortneybre…