How to have a Fabulous Friday…just add a pink bow, gem necklace and a little love!

Most people dress down on Fridays.  However, keep in mind…it’s the heralding of the weekend (after you finish that work day of course).   So…instead of dressing down on Fridays why not have a Fabulous Friday dressed up in your finest instead?!

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Here are a few tips for having a Fabulous Friday!

  • Wear something shiny, shimmery…gem-y or glittery! 
  • Wear Pink! (and I don’t wanna hear anything from those ladies who don’t like pink…I know you’re out there…  but I’d rather pretend you’re not..shudder…)
  • Better yet, wear a pink bow!  (a double dose of delight!)
  • Mix your patterns! (take a risk or two or three…Fridays are for pushing the limits.  Plus, no one will remember what you wore on Friday when Monday rolls around anyway, right?!)
  • Love yourself and be a billboard for love!  (I’m wearing my love shirt today and I like to share the love.  Call it a subliminal message that I’m sending to all that see me!)

I hope you enjoy your weekend!!  Cortneybre…

P.S…I must say that I had not imbibed a few cocktails before I took these shots…I look a bit rumpled but it was windy and cold here today!  Don’t let the sunshine fool you!  Cb….

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Days in Pink Satin

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Happy Monday – if there is such a thing.  I’m sitting here, eating “a handful of nuts”, which is my daily allotment as I’m trying a 2 week toxic cleanse thing.   Think lots of lemon/cucumber water and NO food.  It’s so bad; I’m eating the nuts one at a time just to savor each and every one.

But this is a fashion blog, right?!  So enough about food and on to today’s post which is an eBay special.

Never underestimate the power of eBay.  I was in search of a satin skirt or dress and after all attempts at finding one in store failed I decided to try eBay.  I did a simple search for satin dresses and this wonderful, bright fuchsia dress popped up!  I think I paid $40 or so for it and couldn’t believe how beautiful the fabric and color was.

I’ve worn it to a few events and decided to wear it to work today paired with a black polka-dotted cardigan to dress it down.  I also separated the belt from the dress and tied it around the cardigan for a more polished look.

There’s something about wearing satin, perhaps its the rustle of the fabric…it just makes me feel special.  And that is much needed on a Monday!  Cortneybre…

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Inspired by a Beautiful Beau…Kate Spade New York 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag

It’s finally warming up here and I’m able to get out a little more to shoot some pictures!    Today’s post is inspired by a bag for which I would almost donate some non-essential organ to have.  It’s the Kate Spade New York 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag.

Kate Spade New York 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag

Kate Spade New York 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag

I love the structure of the bag and I absolutely adore the colors.  Red and pink have long been a favorite combination of mine.

I struggled with finding a necklace for the outfit today as I had a pair of large earrings that I didn’t want to overshadow with a statement necklace.  I found a gold chain and a cute pin that I never wear and put them together to create a simple but cute necklace.  Oh and notice I’m rocking my sock bun…without the help of paper clips too!  Xoxo Cortneybre…

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Godiva for Breakfast

Oh my!  I’m sitting here eating Godiva chocolate (at 10:36am in the morning too) and I realized that I totally missed posting yesterday!With Christmas quickly approaching, I’ve been busy with last minute shopping and such but still that’s no excuse!  Today’s post features an outfit that I bought almost right off of the rack – which is a rarity for me.  Vera Wang has a line at Kohl’s and although I typically do not buy full outfits “pre-coordinated”, I fell in love with the texture and colors of this jacket and skirt ensemble.

The tricky part was finding a shirt that complimented the other pieces and I was lucky to stumble upon a beautiful shirt at Ann Taylor LOFT which worked perfectly.  I also have on one of my favorite finds, a pair of suede booties by Franco Sarto which are extremely comfortable and versatile.

Unfortunately, these pictures really do not do the outfit justice and I might re-shoot and re-post this outfit another day for better effect.  Well, my chocolate break is done and I have much more to accomplish so I must away.  Have a wonderful day!  Cortneybre…

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl's Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl's Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunglasses: UnionBay Necklace: JCrew

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Sunglasses: UnionBay
Necklace: JCrew

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl's Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl's Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: Franco Sarto Sunglasses: UnionBay Necklace: JCrew

Jacket: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Skirt: Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Sunglasses: UnionBay
Necklace: JCrew

Bright Colors…a la Color Wheel

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It’s another bright day here and I’m enjoying the milder temps and sunny days! I took a hint from my color wheel and assembled today’s outfit.

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I started with a new Kate Spade skirt I bought off of eBAY. It was a steal and is the most beautiful shade of pink. The blue top really picked up the blue undertones in the pink skirt and I am as bright as a Christmas ornament!

As I’m wearing the outfit at work, I toned down the brightness by adding a tailored denim jacket and added a statement necklace. Voila!

Remember – Every day is a fashion show and the World is your runway…

Cortneybre…

Peppy in Peplum! {A Friday Favorite!}

I just love peplum tops and dresses!  They are instantly slimming and refined.  Today I have on double trouble peplum!  I have a peplum jacket paired with a striped peplum top underneath.  You would think this would be peppy overkill but it really just gave me a little more flounce, which is just fine.

Did you know that the term peplum is derived from the Greek word peplos meaning tunic or shawl?  It is described as a short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress.  Essentially this makes your waist appear smaller and your hips fuller.

The peplum look was popular in the 1940’s and again in the 1980’s.  It is now considered a vintage look although I feel it can look quite modern depending on the fabric and the cut of the skirt.

I find that peplum tops are very versatile.  I can wear them with pencil skirts or full skirts as well as slacks or jeans.  Adding a belt to a peplum top can change the entire look of the outfit!  Also, as I’ve done today, don’t be afraid to layer your peplum top or dress with a peplum jacket!

As a tip, should you find yourself overeating at lunch or dinner during this bountiful Holiday season, the extra ruffle of the peplum skirt can hide a multitude of indiscretions – both past and present!

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Lace, Silk & Ruffles…A Beautiful Ensemble

I must share the beautiful, light pink, silk, pleated Banana Republic skirt which I recently found on eBay.  I was so excited when I won it for $19.99!  What a bargain!  I had no idea the skirt would be so beautiful and I literally gasped when I pulled it out of its wrapping.  It’s a wonderful, pale pink with just the right amount of shimmer.

I paired the skirt with a white blouse with ruffled sleeves and a black and nude lace jacket.  The result was a riche and delicate look which was just informal enough for work and could easily transition to an evening dinner look.   “I feel pretty, oh, so pretty…I feel pretty, and witty and bright!”  Cortneybre…

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