The power of a pin…on Cortneybre…

Sometimes something so small can make or break an outfit. 

 

 A well placed pin can make the difference between flop or flawless!

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I find fashion inspiration in the oddest places.  Hobby Lobby was the perfect place to find this most important finishing flourish!

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 The outfit, pulled perfectly together, with the placement of a pin! (This posh Olivia Miller clutch helped too!)

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Have a great Friday and holiday weekend! 

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Trending Now: Palm Print on Cortneybre…

As summer quickly approaches, bright prints and colors abound! 

Jacket: Joie Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction Sunnies: Guess Bag: Lily Pulitzer

Jacket: Joie     Blouse: Banana Republic     Skirt: JCREW     Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Sunnies: Guess     Bag: Lily Pulitzer

One of the hottest prints trending this summer is the

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It hit big last summer and has become a fave of bloggers and fashionistas.

 

I was lucky to stumble upon this lovely Joie palm print blazer late last summer.  It pairs well with bright or neon yellows and could easily work with blue, pink or red. 

 tips for palm prints

  • Offset the print with a complimentary color – try red, yellow, or blue!
  • Don’t wear too much green – or you’ll risk the over the top “safari” look
  • Try the print with stripes – especially navy blue!
  • Don’t wear too many prints – palm print head to toe can be too busy and distracting
  • Go simple sometimes– wear only white with the print  
  • Bring on the metal!  Gold and silver both look great with the print so don’t forget the jewelry!

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As with most prints, the palm print is very flattering and versatile!  Hope you’ll check out this trend and start styling soon! 

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Here are a few hot pieces!

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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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Springing Forward in a Floral Print…on Cortneybre…

 A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to go to a fun event hosted by my pals at I Am Purty!  I previously wrote a post on the event and had a blast attending!  I came away with a few cute baubles and enjoyed soaking up the sun!

Jacket: Kate Spade NY Blouse: GAP Jeans: JCREW Bag: Kate Spade NY Heels: BCBGeneration

Jacket: Kate Spade NY          Blouse: GAP
Jeans: JCREW          Bag: Kate Spade NY    Heels: BCBGeneration

 Let me just talk a little about this blazer…it’s one of my BEST Kate Spade finds.  Its actually part of a two piece set and I have a pair of ankle length pants that match in the same fabric.   I fell in love with the suit when it debuted on Kate Spade’s site and watched it for months and months, hoping to see it on sale.  Eventually, it was heavily discounted and I bought it immedialty.  I can’t wait to debut the entire outfit once Spring has Sprung a little more!  

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For this event, I decided to go casual and dressed the blazer down with JCREW jeans and my Valentino-esque heels by BCBGeneration.

Aren’t they chic!  And so affordable!  

Here are some pics from the event!  Check out I Am Purty’s site here also!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  xx…

 

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A LBD from the LOFT…on Cortneybre…

This might just be the PERFECT little black dress. 

Recently, LOFT ran a 60% off their Sale, Sale.  Most people think I spend oodles of money on clothes.  I’ll admit – I do spend some – and possibly more than most.  However, its hard to beat 60% off of an already reduced price.  I bought several items from this sale and this one is my favorite.  

When I ordered it, I thought “oh great…like you need yet another black dress”.  This dress IS different though.  It really can be dressed up or down very easily and the faux leather really adds a cosmopolitan element.  I can layer it over leggings and flats or wear it with heels and ruffles.  The possibilities are endless.  It has now gone into the “Go-To” area of my closet for days when I want to look great without a lot of effort. 

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I can’t forget to mention, especially with Valentine’s Day approaching, this wonderful “Ohh La La” Bella clutch I’m holding by Kate Spade.  This one is no longer for sale on the Kate Spade site although you can find it  here on eBAY.  I’m currently craving  the Love Birds Wink Clutch by Kate Spade also.  Its so extremely stinkin’ cute, I can hardly stand to not buy it right now!

I hope you guys have an excellent weekend! 

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Happy 2015! Dressing down my NYE dress on Cortneybre.com!

Happy 2015, Friends and Readers!  I know I faded away a bit at the end of 2014…but between birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and shopping…I was swamped!  

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Things are slowing down just a bit now though and I’m happy to get back to my blogging world and friends!  

I will tell you that in the midst of all the hectic Holiday happiness (and madness), I did ring in the New Year with quite a bang!  

I had a wonderful and fabulous time at a NYE Gala held at Chateau Elan in Atlanta.  The party was done in a Roaring Twenties Theme and was spectacular!  

Of course…that meant I had to wear something in theme and so I picked this glam and glitzy Kate Spade Saturday dress! (Buy it here and its on SALE!)  Alas…the NYE pics didn’t turn out…my usual photographer wasn’t available and after fighting with dim lighting I decided to just enjoy the evening.  However, after the Holidays were over and I was forced to return to the real world, I did style down the dress and make it work/everyday friendly!

Have a party dress that you’d love to wear casually? Here are a few tips I use when styling down a party dress!

Tip #1:   Transition the dress to a skirt!  Add dimension by layering a blouse underneath and a cardigan or sweater on top.  

Dress worn as skirt: Kate Spade Saturday Cardigan: Banana Republic Necklace and Bag:Kate Spade NY Shoes: JCREW Sunnies: Franco Sarto White Blouse: BCBG

Dress worn as skirt: Kate Spade Saturday  Cardigan: Banana Republic
Necklace and Bag:Kate Spade NY  Shoes: JCREW
Sunnies: Franco Sarto  White Blouse: BCBG

Tip #2:  Do the opposite!  Wear a simple but complimentary skirt over the dress and voila!  The dress becomes a fun top instead.  If needed, add a blazer or jacket to tone down the look a little more.  I’ll showcase that look in a future post!

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Tip #3:  Dress down with tights!  Avoid sheer hose…they instantly make an outfit more dressy and dated.  Tights are more casual.  

Tip #4: Wear simple (but cute…always cute) shoes.  Now… I know that I didn’t quite stick to that rule in these pictures…these are actually my party shoes.  But…some days you must wear party shoes.  And that’s ok too.  But if you’re feeling a little too “over done”, dress down on the shoes and that should take the outfit from night..to day!  

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Dress:  Kate Spade Saturday

Party Shoes: J Crew

Bag: Kate Spade NY

Cardigan:  Banana Republic

Necklace: Kate Spade Ipanema Necklace

White blouse: BCBG (similar at JCREW Factory)

Hope you’ve had an excellent week!!  

xoxo…

Happy to be Chilly!

Coat: Kate Spade NY Bag: Kate Spade NY Jeans: Arizona Heels: JCREW Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Coat: Kate Spade NY   Bag: Kate Spade NY   Jeans: Arizona   Heels: JCREW
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I spent the day in Atlanta yesterday…also known as “Hot-Lanta”…only ..it wasn’t so hot.

It’s a little bit chilly a little bit earlier this year and that was all the reason I needed to pull out my newest Kate Spade purchase; this beautiful coat!

I picked it up at the Kate Spade Outlet a few weeks ago.  It was priced at $698 but was discounted 40% off and an additional percentage off of that…so the discount justified the purchase.

Also…if you’re looking for the perfect pair of jeans, look no further than Arizona sold at JCPenney!  The ones I’m wearing are the Super Skinny cut and fit better than any other brand I’ve ever bought, hands down.

They’re soft and just stretchy enough.  The length is fantastic…I bought the petite version and they hit at just the right spot on my 5’6 frame!  These were sold in Jr’s and you gotta give them a try.  You’ll love them!  They also have this cut in an array of colors and on sale for $19.99!  Check them out here!

I also have to brag on the absolute greatness of JCREW’s block heeled pumps.  I bought this wonderful pair off of eBAY for a steal but a very similar pair can be bought here!

Oh and as for the cute artwork behind me…I couldn’t help but use this as my post background.  I love the advice…”protect your magic”!

Hope you’re having a great start to your week!