The Perfect Summer Dress…(Kate Spade of course!)…on Cortneybre…

In need of the perfect dress for summer….look no further! 

Dress: Kate Spade NY Bag: Kate Spade NY Wedges: ShoeDazzle Madison Jewelry: Charming Charlie

Dress: Kate Spade NY     Bag: Kate Spade NY
Wedges: ShoeDazzle Madison     Jewelry: Charming Charlie

I fell in love with this Kate Spade dress a few months ago.  It’s just beautiful with its fit and flare silhouette and bateau neckline. 

PSX_20150707_124855The cut is perfect and it fits true to size and is made of a breathable cotton fabric with just enough silk to give it weight and shine.

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It does come with a bit of a hefty price tag so I decided to wait until it either went on sale or I could find something similar.

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Typically, if I find something I like but cannot splurge, I search for similar items on Google to see if I can get the same look for less.

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This usually yields great results and I’m able to find something similar to what I am seeking at a much more reasonable price.

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Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case with this dress.  It was only available as a Kate Spade and with Kate Spade prices.  I decided to wait until the dress went on sale (fingers nimbly crossed that it would) and checked the Kate Spade site weekly.

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Finally, it did make the sale page and was an additional 25% off also!  What a steal!

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The dress is still on sale actually but unfortunately is only available in size 00.  If you LOVE the dress as much as I but wear a different size than the one offered on the Kate Spade site, you can purchase it at alternate websites also. 

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The prices on these sites aren’t discounted but if you’re willing to splurge, you can buy it using the link I’ve provided at the end of the post.

Hope you’re having a great week!  

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A charming lemon themed necklace and bracelet….from Charming Charlie on Cortneybre!

Hello everyone!  I’ve not blogged in a while as I needed to take a little “me” time to bring myself back together. 

Sometimes you need to just take a break from everything to figure out what really matters! 

Regardless, I’m back and featuring a wonderful and “charming” necklace and bracelet set from Charming Charlie! 

I am constantly on the lookout for bright and whimsical items with just a little bit of cheek! 

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I fell in love with this set with its bright colors and fun designs!  The little sparkly pineapple accents are too fun!

I paired my accessories with a simple look – yellow skirt and white cotton blouse. 

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I also added a punch of color with my green Louenhide bag!  I was very lucky to have snatched up a cute scarf in the frenzy that was LillyGate (Lilly Pulitzer for Target) and thought it added a really cute vibe to the bag. 

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I simply folded the scarf and wrapped it around one of the handles. 

I then tied off each end and voila’  – instant interest!

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Hope you’re having a great Monday!

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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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Kate Spade Spring Colors & a CHOiES Midi Skirt…on Cortneybre…

Everything is blooming here in the Peach State!  I love the warmer weather and the sunny days.  I can also finally begin to access my Spring and Summer closet and start incorporating lighter clothing into my everyday wearables.  

Jacket: Kate Spade NY Skirt: CHOiES Shoes: Madison by Shoe Dazzle Blouse: THE LIMITED Sunnies: Franco Sarto Necklace: Chloe+Isabel Bracelets: Assorted but most by Kate Spade NY

Jacket: Kate Spade NY
Skirt: CHOiES
Shoes: Madison by Shoe Dazzle
Blouse: THE LIMITED
Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Necklace: Chloe+Isabel
Bracelets: Assorted but most by Kate Spade NY

I’ve been shopping online quite a bit lately and trying new shops and websites.  CHOiES is my new obsession; I’m expecting a package of CHOies goodies soon.  I bought this skirt a few weeks ago and just love it!  

I realized I didn’t have a solid black midi skirt and decided to take a chance on this beauty.  CHOiES is similar to Chic Wish but I do think the sizing is a little bigger (and truer).  I ordered a size up in this skirt and it was quite loose so I think I can order true to my regular size on the CHOiES site which is good for my ego if nothing else!

PSX_20150402_132018I’ve featured this jacket before and I’m almost ready to debut the entire floral ensemble in all its beautiful glory.  I loved how I could add this jacket to the outfit and it turned it into something completely different.  I wear a costume of many layers, my friends.  🙂  

These shoes were also a HUGE hit!  I purchased them from Shoe Dazzle and let me just say..they are so comfortable and stylish!  

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Enjoying Spring (finally!)…a Merona top and my Firmoo glasses..on Cortneybre…

Oh the weather outside is WONDERFUL!  Spring has finally sprung and I’m so enjoying life sans tights and coats!

TOP: MERONA-TARGET SKIRT: KATE SPADE NY SHOES: KATE SPADE NY BAG: OLIVIA+JOY SUNNIES: FRANCO SARTO NECKLACE: BANANA REPUBLIC

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SKIRT: KATE SPADE NY
SHOES: KATE SPADE NY
BAG: OLIVIA+JOY
SUNNIES: FRANCO SARTO
NECKLACE: BANANA REPUBLIC

I’m always searching for simple, comfortable tops.  I seem to always be at a deficit; either too many wonderful skirts or pants and no tops or tons of fabulous tops and not a bottom to be found!

I saw this simple but cute and comfy blue and white striped top at Target last week.  I loved the true blue color of the striping and thought the neckline was perfect.

If you know me at all, you know I’m not shy when it comes to wearing REALLY bright colors!  Shine bright is my motto!  

I also want to show off another new fave of mine!  I was graciously offered to try a pair of glasses from Firmoo.  

Firmoo is a global, online optical store.  I was impressed with their selection, quality and value!  

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I especially LOVE the “Nerd Glasses” section of their website.  It’s perfect for me – I love nerd chic!  The glasses were delivered quickly and came in a cute, chic case.  

Firmoo Glasses Jacket: Merona

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Jacket: Merona

With Spring upon us, my seasonal allergies are behaving quite badly at the moment.  (Ignore those bags under my eyes…I’m dying a slow death via pine pollen).  It is SO nice to be able to put on these cute glasses and still be fashionable and functional!

And just look how cute they are as a bag accessory!  Overall, I really liked the glasses and if you’re in the market for a new pair, check out Firmoo here!

 

I hope you have a fantastic Friday, a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!  

 

 

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A Chic Wish Bird Print Skater Dress…on Cortneybre…

I’m so backed up on my blog posts!  I have tons and tons of pictures and no time to post!  This post has been burning in my brain since last week.  I’d waited for weeks for this fantastic dress from Chic Wish and literally tore off the tags and wore it the next day.

Dress: Chic Wish Bag: Kate Spade NY Blouse: LOFT Sunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi

Dress: Chic Wish  Bag and Shoes: Kate Spade NY
Blouse: LOFT  Sunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi

This dress is quite the statement piece and I was happy to dress it down (and warmer) with tights and a sweater blouse.  Can’t wait until warmer weather also to wear it with a more springy ensemble!

As with my other Chic Wish purchases, the fabric is just fantastic!  I love the sheen and weight of the dress.

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Let me just say a teensy bit about these sunnies too!  How fantastic are they!?  I found these beauties at Nordstrom Rack and just can’t put them down.  They are such a statement in themselves!  

I hope you’re having  a great week!  Check me out on Instagram and Twitter also at @Cortneybreblog!

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Frigid Fashion

Staying warm in this frigid winter weather can be difficult.  Especially when one is taking outfit pictures outside in the elements!  Today’s post is short and sweet and I must admit that I was trying really hard not to grimace while taking these shots.

Jacket: Carole Little Turtleneck: Under Armour Skirt: ASOS Bag: Kate Spade NY Boots: Nine West

Jacket: Carole Little  Turtleneck: Under Armour
Skirt: ASOS  Bag: Kate Spade NY
Boots: Nine West

One thing I’ve realized is that scuba material (neoprene) is quite warm, especially if its thick.  Today’s post features one of my favorite ASOS purchases – a bright pink neoprene skirt. Similar here!

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When paired with fleece lined tights, the wind was somewhat bearable as I posed.  I also layered a turtleneck under my tweed jacket.

My biggest secret for keeping warm is layering.

Layering 1WHAT you are layering makes a HUGE difference though.  I’ve been layering my athletic workout wear – think dark fitted tops and leggings – under my everyday outfits – even jeans!  These types of fabrics were designed to hold in heat and provide an extra layer of protection against the cold.  They are also totally unnoticeable!

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Under this fab jacket, I have on a Qualifier Turtleneck by Under Armour.  It looks great and keeps me warmer without the bulk!

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Hope you all have a GREAT weekend!  Yay!  It’s Friday!