Holiday Humbug – But I Still Got my Party Looks…

Ahh…December 1st is upon us…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  (This was meant to be read as a scream and not as an “oh yay”).  Cortneybre.SheinTop..14.jpg

The Holidays are hectic for most people…I have a lot of birthdays to celebrate and my anniversary (VEGAS..WHOOO-HOOO) to add to my already stressful Christmas stocking of to-do’s and to-by fors.  

And, although I am EXTREMELY excited & thankful beyond measure about being a style influencer for rewardStyle, oh my God…it couldn’t have come at a more stressful time!  

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There’s quite a bit to learn – lots of updating to be done and now…some sort of added importance to my posts?  I think it’s pretty natural for me to feel that way and I’m trying to overcome it and hell – I am overcoming it – look at this post!  

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However, I am sitting on the fence about how much writing effort I should actually put into the blog – vs – just sharing my images and where to shop them.  I’ve been reading other blogs that I really enjoy and I think that I relate to them because I am also a blogger. 

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But for the everyday gal, who most likely has one or all of the following: kids, pets, JOB(s), house (to keep clean & decorate), husband, wife or significant other, parents (possibly aging)..it seems a bit petty to write about…well…blogging woes and clothes, in the grand scheme of things. 

The good news is – although the timing of it is driving me crazy – my readers can easily shop my looks by clicking one link and its makes things MUCH easier!!  

No getting the kids in the car and containing them while you shop, or fighting traffic – just to get TO the store.  Or finding out its sold out or they don’t have your size!  I really do hope this makes life easier for those who want to shop my look…it has for me as I follow other influencers and LOVE what they wear but know that I don’t have that store nearby.  

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Oh!  And I’m working on adding the rewardStyle LIKEtoKNOW.it button to my blog..but hey…didn’t I just tell you I am busy!?!   

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Well..now at least my dear readers can shop easier and if they should choose to continue with my, often, stream-of-consciousness style writing, they’ll learn a little bit more about me and my world. 

Speaking of which – I’ve also been thinking about my targeted audience and how do I define that..who would be in that audience?  I literally just realized, this morning…my targeted audience is well….ME.  Possibly a little less extravagant, as most people wouldn’t walk around with a Victoria’s Secret-esqe V-neck bodysuit in downtown Bakersfield, CA when its 35 degrees outside.  

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Regardless, I’m targeting myself…I work, have a child, husband, home, parents, family, pets and everything else.  So, my world is a whirlwind and shopping and outfit prepping for me is often hectic and done at midnight or 5:00am on a Saturday morning.   

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So…dear audience…I feel ya!  And I hope that you find some inspiration from my outfits and now you can easily shop the looks too!  

Oh and I laugh every time I look at the pic of me smiling…I was freaking freezing…I shiver every time I look at these images!

 

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Casual Party…SHEIN Style…

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and fantastic Black Friday!!  I was busy with family Thanksgiving, a birthday party for a special someone and ..well..shopping, of course!

I’m Christmas and New Year’s Eve shopping now…Cyber Monday is quickly approaching and you better be ready!

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I’m wearing this chic and sexy SHEIN sequin bodysuit!  Shop this ENTIRE look – shoes, earrings, belt and all – at my rewardStyle page! 

Just click HERE to link directly

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on the image to the left of this post in the sidebar to link directly to the site! 

Or shop my look via my Instagram page @cortneybreblog !  Simply screenshot my look, download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and it will automatically read your screenshot and link you to my items!  Or you can follow me by searching for Cortneybre on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app!


So…here are my SHEIN shopping tips!

There are only two tricky little quirks about SHEIN:

  • Fit
  • Shipping Time

FIT:  I’ve been ordering from them for about 5 years now and, at first, the sizing was difficult.  Most items were sized very small and I struggled to not order an X-large in almost everything.  

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Good news is, with SHEIN’s success and popularity, has come better sizing!  I feel all of the items I’ve purchased recently are correctly sized and have confidence in shopping their products using my “typical sizing”.  

Just to be safe – always check the reviews and the Size & Fit section of each item.  This will give you an even greater idea of how the item will fit!


SHIPPING TIME:  Another concern can be shipping time.  GREAT news – shipping time has been greatly reduced to about 5 days!!  I placed the order and 5 days later, the delivery was made to my home!  

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So, check SHEIN out for all of your party needs!  I’ll be posting several of the items I purchased just for that purpose…

…I do love a good party and especially love to dress for one!

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Guess who is a rewardStyle FASHION INFLUENCER…

I was going to type a very long post about my style blogging journey.  And that is coming, I promise (actually, this one turned out pretty long too, lol).  However, I think that post is for another time.  

This post is to share a very, very special announcement.  Actually, one that I didn’t expect to most likely ever publish.  I’ve been accepted as a STYLE INFLUENCER for rewardStyle.  

I say this without any exclamation points because…I’m honestly in shock.  I never expected to be able to actually be on an influencer platform.  I never, ever expected to see my face – tagged as a style influencer – on the same sites as influencers that I admire, follow constantly and from whom I take daily inspiration. 

So…I’m in shock and I might break out in hives….hopefully not as that doesn’t look very pretty in blog posts. 

So…here’s what you need to know! 

  • I’ll be re-posting many of my looks  – especially on Instagram
    • please, please be patient with me!  I’ll be doing this to ensure my recent looks are added to the shopping app – LiketoKnow.it
  • Please, PLEASE download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app on your phone.  This and one other app are the only platforms around that allow you to shop from Instagram and other social sites – including my blog.  
  • Once downloaded, set up your profile and choose the ” match my screenshots” option!
  • Go to my Instagram page – @Cortneybreblog and simply screenshot my posts!  I just published my first “ReGram” so that you can start shopping from that post!  
  • Go back to your LIKEtoKNOW.it app and search Influencers (omgggg…I’m one of those now!) and type in Cortneybre.  You’ll then see my name pop up and be able to follow me!
  • Also, your screenshot of my Insta look should automatically pop up and you can shop from that as well! (it might take a couple of refreshes to get this to happen – the app reads your screenshots for the LiketoKnow.it tag and imports it)

Here’s what you’ll see:



  • You’ll now be able to easily shop the looks I’m wearing directly from this app!
  • Just click on the item you like and it links you directly to the site!  There are several other options too…you can create favorites and collection boards of looks you like from lots of style influencers!  

I can’t express how GRATEFUL and EXCITED I am about this opportunity!!!!!!!!

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You’ll be seeing lots and lots of changes to all of my social media platforms soon.  I will be updating the blog  – some changes have already been made – as well as my Cortneybre Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and possibly Pinterest page.  

Please bear with me during these changes and forgive all of the redundant posts!

Lastly, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone – friends, family, co-workers – who have supported me, uplifted me and let me be…Cortneybre!  

Also, special thanks to my bestest friend, Adrian….she was my constant companion, blogging buddy and an excellent photographer and I miss her dearly- and many more friends – every day.  

Please know that this is my passion and to realize it – even if just a little is a life changer for me.  

Much love to you all and thank you for following along with me on my life & style journey!

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Bright Tights, Big City

Bright light, big city, gone to my baby’s head
Whoa, bright light, an’big city, gone to my baby’s head
I tried to tell the woman, but she don’t believe a word I said (Jimmy Reed, 1961)


My LOOK!

Brooks Brothers Camel Hair Jacket          Ankle length slacks – H&M

 Calvin Klein Sandals                                  A New Day turtleneck – Target

STYLEGAGA Tights – Amazon               Tory Burch Perry Bag – similar here

J.Crew Necklace – similar here


It’s no surprise that I’m a shopper… and I thought I was totally “in the know” on most shopping sites and niches until I recently discovered Amazon Fashion.  Specifically, The Drop, on Amazon.com.  It debuted in June 2019 – I think before I started blogging again so somehow I must have missed it during my hiatus!

I stumbled upon it (despite being on Amazon constantly to order boring things like refrigerator filter refills) when Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific linked a pair of her fantastically colorful tights to Amazon.  Check out her post here on her fave tights!

As you can tell from the pictures…I bought the tights!  It’s actually a 6-pack of different colors – yellow, orange, pink, red, blue and green – all very, very bright.  Buy them here – STYLEGAGA Tights !!  There is also a multi-pack of pastel colors which I’m most likely going to purchase….how can I not!?

I LOVE the look of layering bright colors – and I think this look in particular is very clever.  Color blocking or a two-toned look is a popular trend that is a little edgy but so, so fun!  People are surprised when I wear tights with sandals in the winter, or “off-season”.  In my mind – as I explain to them – the tights convert the sandals into boots, basically?  That might sound strange but it actually functions very similarly.

There are also the other *perks* – I am one of those “cold all of the time, even in summer” people so having an extra layer under jeans/slacks or a skirt helps a lot.  And these are just sheer enough to not be too thick or heavy so they’re perfect for layering.

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Another hot look this season is actually quite a classic.  Different twists on the revered Burberry tartan plaid are very popular and you’ll see this pattern everywhere.  These H&M slacks are a perfect example…I love the broad orange stripe!  Also, the fit is spot on with these…they run true to size and actually fit me perfectly (I usually find the waist gaps on a lot of brands).

Lastly, if you buy anything this season, buy something that will last you for years and never go out of style!  I bought this Brooks Brothers camel hair blazer on eBay a few years ago.  It’s a circa late 80’s or early 90’s blazer – I purposefully bought it because of the over-sized cut and shoulder pads but Brooks Brothers has a beautiful similar blazer on their site now.  It’s certainly an investment piece but it looks good with everything…every year…every time.

Have a great week!  And give something bright a try!  A lot of people think they can’t wear bright colors for some strange reason…but I bet you’ll get lots of compliments and envious looks if you do!  xoxo…

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