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
TOP: MERONA-TARGET
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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Glasses: by FIRMOO -F1017

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
Firmoo Glasses
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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http://www.chicwish.com/childlike-bird-print-skater-dress.html

 

 

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!

 

A Fashion Mid-Year Crisis…

I think I’m having a fashion mid-year crisis.  Or is it a mid-year fashion crisis.  Or is it even a crisis at all?  

Jacket: Crown & Ivy/Belk Skirt: NY & Co Bag: Kate Spade NY Heels: Kate Spade NY
Jacket: Crown & Ivy/Belk   Skirt: NY & Co   Bag: Kate Spade NY
Heels: Kate Spade NY

I didn’t post last week and it’s due to my inability to ground myself – fashion-wise.  I’m all over the place!  

Pinks and polyester-silk blends one day and understated black dresses with large hoop earrings the next. 

I’ve been wearing a lot of stripes lately too. Does that mean I want to change my own, figuratively speaking? 

Blame it on the weather or the season.  Or the simple fact that I can wear fleece lined black tights every day and be very, very happy (and warm). 

I do think it’s more than just the weather or the need for warmth.  I’ve been feeling the need to reinvent myself and to adopt a new look.  

I do like to dress on trend and find myself caught up in the whirlwind of ever-changing fashion “what’s hot now” fads.  

While I’m not giving that up, I’m thinking about evolving from a world of bows, pinks, polka dots and midi-skirts to one filled with bold colors and sleek lines.   I’m thinking of cutting my hair.   Images of a chic, Vidal Sassoon-esque (circa 1960) bob flash before my eyes.  No more buns or pony tails.  Gone are the days of the good girl.  Hello modern art maven! 

I might take it a step further and lean towards a more gender neutral look.  Tailored black suits with Italian made loafers and just the right bold bag.  Ok…maybe some ruffles. 

Who knows where I’ll land.  I do still love my polka dots, midi-skirts and cardigans.  Perhaps, until I figure out just who I’m becoming, I’ll just take it day by day.  For now…stripes are the answer.  

Have a great week!  xx…

 

 

 

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