Perfect Plaid…a Holiday Classic

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Currently on SALE with a “Buy one, Get one Free” deal so you can get the top and matching pants!  & remember…there’s still time to shop online and get your items in about 4 days from store to door!  Just in time for your upcoming Holiday festivities!


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I’m in the process of actually planning my corporate party.  That’s my excuse for needing so many holiday looks!  Since December 1st, I’ve been asked at least three times if I was heading to a party …so I guess my party vibe is working!  

One of my favorite fabrics is plaid. Not just during the Holidays but all year round.

Maybe its a Southern thing…Madras Plaid is a staple of the summer Southern wardrobe. 

In general, plaid can actually be used as a neutral or as a statement pattern too so it’s very versatile.  Black and white Buffalo Plaid is also HUGE right now and rightfully so..its a clean look.   

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My favorite pattern for the Holidays is a tartan plaid…I find it VERY hard to pass up!  It reminds me of Christmas trees and money….meaning that it’s a Holiday look that I consider refined and chic…and therefore expensive!

THIS TOP…oh my god…I seriously went crazy for it.   And it does look expensive although it’s not.  The fabric is beautiful and it’s well made and fits great!

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It’s a faux bustier, which reminds me of two bustier tops I had back in the late 90’s (yeah, I know….AGE..ugh).  I had a black one and a red one and I wore them basically every day during that Holiday season in 1996…my teenage heart feeling as if it would burst with romantic Christmas charm. 

So, I was instantly drawn to this top.  Plus, it’s plaid so…perfection.  And it has a beautiful wrap-around bow that you can tie two ways.  I close to tie the bow in front for this look so I could add a brooch but you can also tie it in back.  

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It’s so chic and there are pants that match the top for a total – head to toe- look.  I have SO much plaid that I just bought the top but I’m very tempted to go back and snag the pants as well!  They’re buy one get one half off now so…a great deal!  And don’t forget, it’s not too late to shop online for upcoming Holiday parties!  I’m finding that shipping is about 4 days from store to door!  

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Cyber Monday…it’s finally upon us…

This is me…desperately trying to find a cedar tree to hang my cool ornament on – it was a planned theme…and “in my mind”, it was going to look fabulous.  

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In actuality, it looked like this…

….see my face.  See how happy I look.  Yeah..it was flipping C.O.L.D and this theme…wasn’t working out.  (notice the skirt still looks good though….)..oh and I forgot my gold belt…so just imagine how awesome this would have looked with a gold belt!  

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So, I switched venues and this turned out much better! 

The lighting was much different so the colors look a little off…the skirt is actually better represented in the shot above…

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And check out this cute oxford button up!  I had it embroidered with my “brand” although I should have ordered a smaller size and I might do that since it’s under $15!!  Why not grab another?!

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You know…Cyber Monday couldn’t come at a worst time…Monday, really?!  The first Monday of December…yikes!  And I hear many retailers are extending it to next Friday so it’s now Cyber “Week”.  You know the good stuff is gonna be gone by then though so we’re back to hitting the Monday sales!

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Mondays are my busiest days.  Like most people, it’s “Mun-day” and filled with emails, meetings and looming deadlines. 

But..I also have access to the internet and a privacy screen on my computer…or I could just shut my office door?…hmmmm….not that I’m condoning shopping while working…of course not…but I do believe about $9 billion dollars will be spent today & I’m sure everyone didn’t take the day off so…

…I’m not going to feel too bad if I snag a few deals!  

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Speaking of deals…don’t forget to use the Rakuten Ebates site…you get extra cash back on most of your online purchases.  Some sites are up to 20% cash back!  I’ve gotten over $1000 dollars in cash back since I became a member a few years ago so I can attest to its deals!

Ok..enough reading about me!  Get out there and SHOP!!  I’m heading to the JCrew site right now….

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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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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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