A Valentine to myself….

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Are you a person that likes to be noticed? Frances Valentine Swing Coat HERE!!

Not to just be “noticed” but…perhaps actually flagged down while driving and told to roll down your window (you don’t of course) and then to be mouthed at… thru a dusty window…”you’re beautiful…”

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So…just let yourself be that person…and this is it…this is THE WAY to that moment. 

The way to happy and bright.  To chic and swingy.  To sophisticated and whimsy. 

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The Roaring 20’s are almost upon us – again!  ARE YOU PREPARED?!!

…and it would make an excellent gift also…Christmas gift list – done!  

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& notice that I dressed this beautiful piece down…jeans and a white button up.  It’s very versatile…most people don’t think pieces this beautiful are for daily use …but if you’re wearing this during the day…more chances for whispers thru dusty windows…

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Transitioning Summer to Fall…

First things first:

 Isaac Mizrahi Dress for Target XXO Collection

JCrew Blazer

It doesn’t matter which coast you’re on right now…it seems everyone is suffering through the “chilly in the mornin’ and hot enough to make you sweat afternoon” blues. 

 

I find that the “transitional” periods of the year are challenging when it comes to choosing my daily wardrobe.  However, I’m slowly realizing that although it’s challenging, it is actually pretty exciting!  

I tasked myself with taking some of my favorite summer pieces and working them into my transition wardrobe.  This unexpectedly resulted into some of my best looks recently!

This look was born out of trying desperately to wear this Isaac Mizrahi Target XXO dress as long as – weather permitting – possible. I LOVE, LOVE this dress.  The pattern is just so bright and the dress is made of a beautiful silk fabric that looks far more riche than a Target find.  

I’ll be honest…I’ve tagged the heck out of my Isaac Mizrahi Target XXO pieces on Instagram.  I have dreams of being recognized as that Tiffany diamond in the rough, meeting the iconic Isaac and being welcomed into the fashion fold.  Moving to NYC…pushing racks of beautifully designed, tailored pieces, lovingly stitched and artfully cut clothing..carefully covered in plastic across a busy SOHO street…

maybe this will be that post!  

So….as far as this dress…I really examined the colors in the dress and it struck me that the colors were very fall….imagine a kaleidoscope of changing leaves as you take a leisurely  drive through the mountains (especially North Georgia or Tennessee!)  

So with Fall in mind, I grabbed a fantastic two-tone JCrew blazer (because let’s face it, JCrew makes a great blazer) ; grabbed a pair of brown leather Franco Sarto boots and a matching GAP belt…and it just worked! 

I went from Summer party pretty to Fall business forum fellow! 

 

XoXo!!

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The Headband Obsession – NamJosh

 It all started with the Lele Sadoughi headband. 

You know the one…the ones with the velvet and the hand sewn pearl accents. I know that you know.  Sigh.  

It …it was like I’d finally gained permission to just walk out …in a tiara and that was perfectly ok!  Nothing going on here..just me…looking like a Royal and feeling like I’d finally been picked for Homecoming Queen.  So basically I was a heroine from a Lorde and a Taylor Swift song….all rolled into one.  I was Queen B  and wanted to rule.

Let me live that fantasy.

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Headband: NamJosh; Shirt: Gap; Jacket: Carolina Belle Montreal

But…the price tag was a teensy bit high…and although I’ve seen a diamond in the flesh…I ain’t rollin in them so…I waited.  

But there that headband was…donned by the most glamorous of Instagram influencers…crowning the heads of the beautiful and yet…what was I?  The “damned”?!  Did F. Scott have a premonition about me and my dire headband situation when he penned that novel?!  Sigh….yeah…I was losing my head over it..no doubt about it.  (very punny, I know).  

Headband: NamJosh; Shirt: Gap; Jacket: Carolina Belle Montreal

Still…the price $$ tag!  For a headband!  I just couldn’t swing it and so I did a bit of research and while I didn’t find the pearl covered halo which I sought, I did stumble upon a wonderful and equally fabulous Indian brand called @NamJosh.  NamJosh manufactures all sorts of headwear.  I found them thru their collab with @Anthropologie.  Check it out here!

I ordered six..SIX of their headbands!  The price point was between $38.00 and $45.00…and the craftsmanship is wonderful!  

NamJosh Hanna Heart Embellished Headband

Each headband is a work of art and a beautiful diadem that fit right into my wardrobe.  Actually it added a much needed accent to my wardrobe and one that was completely missing..one I didn’t even know that I needed!  

NamJosh is actually selling thru Nordstrom and other online stores.  Check out the NamJosh headbands at Nordstrom here!

Or go directly to their site!  NamJosh website

They have many beautiful headbands, ponytail holders, head scarves, scrunchies and even cuff bracelets!  

I’ll be showcasing more of these beautiful diadems in my upcoming posts!  Be sure to check out my future pics and Instagram at @cortneybreblog!  

Hanna Heart Embellished Headband – NamJosh

Happy Shopping!!

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Travels with Tory B & Cortneybre -Solvang, CA

This past weekend we visited the beautiful city of Solvang, California in the Santa Ynez Valley! Solvang is Danish for “sunny field” and the city is just that. The day was warm and sunny with a wonderful cool breeze and bright skies. The town itself is sophisticated yet whimsical.

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One of the many charming windmills in Solvang…

It’s a wonderful little city that displays facades and buildings reflecting traditional Danish style. I was enamored with the traditional Scandinavian aesthetic imbued in almost every aspect of the town.

Solvang History

Solvang, CA was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish community far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center. (credit: Wikipedia)

I wanted to be comfortable as I knew we’d be doing quite a bit of walking but also classy enough to hang out at the local winery so I decided to wear this beautiful Tory Burch dress I bought recently. I paired this with a strappy pair of Franco Sarto sandals.

I must have picked the last one in this style but Tory has two other beautiful dresses in this print and on sale! Check the print out here! And here!

Solvang Vibes!

Dress & Bag: Tory Burch. Shoes: Franco Sarto

A closeup of the Tory Burch print!

Per Tory Burch… DETAILS- Printed in a toile of safari scenes and exotic animals, this Shift Dress nods to the season’s theme: adventurous summer getaways taken by Tory’s parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson.

The bag is also Tory Burch and was a splurge but it is a great summer to winter bag!

Tory Burch Miller Bucket Bag

Annnd…of course, it must be really, really popular because its also sold out (sorry!!) but a very similar bag is available here and in solid colors!

I especially love the Port and Malachite versions of his bag!

Tory Burch Miller Leather Chainmail Bucket Bag

Tory Burch Miller Leather Chainmail Bucket Bag

These are part of the Tory Burch Fall Event Sale going on now through 9/29/2019…use code FALL upon checkout!

After lunch in Solvang, CA...

Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!

Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!

Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!

Relaxing after the wine, walking and windmills!

Click below for more pictures of our trip to Solvang! There was so much more to see there and in the surrounding areas…we’re already planning another trip!

Thanks for coming along with me on this trip!

Solvang is such a wonderful city and we had a fantastic time exploring.

I actually even got stopped and asked if I was modeling for Tory Burch, lol! I guess my bag and my “testing the light” poses in one of the hotels made an impression and I was very flattered!

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