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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Chanel – Black & White & Just So Right …Inspired by Chanel

Who wouldn’t be inspired by Chanel?  It’s a name synonymous with classic style, effortless beauty and sophistication.

Image: 1stDibs.com

Image: 1stDibs.com

Today’s post is inspired by an image I saw on 1stDibs.com.  I typically do not buy white shoes but this pair of Chanel heels caught my eye and how I wish I could purchase them!  To me these shoes whisper of undiscovered alleyways in Paris and lingering kisses in the night air before tip toeing away into a chic hotel.  Inspiring indeed!  Au Revior!  Cortneybre…

Blouse: Worthington Skirt: DH Styles Shoes: Chanel Jacket: Monteau Jewelry: Bealles

Blouse: Worthington
Skirt: DH Styles
Shoes: Chanel
Jacket: Monteau
Jewelry: Bealles

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

The Battle of the Kate Spade Belt…

Several months ago I bought the perfect belt.  In fact, for me, it was the Holy Grail of belts.  The heavens parted, birds sang and a soft golden glow emanated from its clasp.  And I found it on sale…ahhhAHHHahhhh…

Enter a bright pink, leather bow belt by Kate Spade.  (See, told you it was intimidating).

After I brought my purchase home, I soon realized the sad truth – no outfit was good enough for this belt.  After several failed attempts, where I removed the belt in exasperation as I headed out the door to start my day, I started to feel as if I would never wear this fabulous find.

I tried the belt with everything but to no avail.  Defeated, I hung my head as I hung the belt up in my closet.  Week after week, I stared longingly at the belt, hanging in my closet with its promises of Kate Spade happiness galloping just out of my grasp.

I finally realized the sad and ridiculous truth – this belt had gotten the best of me.  It had psyched me out, intimidated me, said in its snotty little voice “You can’t wear ME with that” and I wasn’t gonna take it anymore!

So last night I resigned myself to stand up like the fasionista that I am and find something suitable for this…this…accessory!

And so I did find a nice neutral black skirt and blouse to pair with it.  I think the outfit works.  I’ve even gotten several compliments on my ensemble today.

One of the hardest fashion battles I’ve faced has come to an end and victory looks divine.

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A Cuff full of Stuff – Wearing Multiple Bracelets & Bangles – A Trend

Believe it or not, I am skeptical of many fashion trends.  Socks with heels, peep-toed shoes with tights, and mix –n-match prints concern me.  However, I am digging a trend I like to call, a “Cuff Full Of Stuff”!

To pull off the “CFOS”, one need only to pile on multiple bangles and bracelets paired with an oversize watch.  The more dangles and baubles, the better!  You can mix and match tones if you like, pairing silver with gold or bronze or staying monochromatic.  I also like to work in pearls whenever possible.  Throw in a friendship bracelet or statement bangle to add some pizzazz.

My only rule would be to limit your bangles and bracelets to the top one fourth of your arm if measuring from wrist to elbow.  You can always get carried away, even with the best of intentions.    I’ve posted some pictures of this trend in action.  I’ve worn “CFOS” with multiple styles and looks and I think it works every time!  Cortneybre…001 collage (1)

Holiday Dresses at Tradesy – A Friday Favorite!

I shop A LOT.  However, most of the items I buy are discounted or have been gently worn.  I purchase a lot of items on eBAY and at consignment stores as well as just catching sales and markdowns.  I try to “buy smart” as often as possible because – let’s face it – this allows me to buy more!  One website I’ve come to love is Tradesy.  Tradesy is essentially an online consignment shop.  They feature gently worn or pre-owned designer women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, purses at heavily discounted rates.

I’ve posted some pics of my favorite holiday looks from Tradesy below.  I particularly love the Ted Baker Epella dress!  It’s so unusual and whimsy and while it’s not a typical Holiday Party look, it’s still a head turner! These dresses are in excellent condition, look like new and the price is heavily discounted.  Check them out at www.tradesy.com.  How could you go wrong!  Happy Friday!  Cortneybre…

Gold and Black Striped Dress - Kate Spade Tory Burch Gold Poly/Rayon Silk Dress

Gold and Black Striped Dress – Kate Spade
Tory Burch Gold Poly/Rayon Silk Dress

Ted Baker Grey Multi Epella Dress BCBG Black Julissa Beaded Silk Dress

Ted Baker Grey Multi Epella Dress
BCBG Black Julissa Beaded Silk Dress

A follow up…Kate Spade Saturday Envelope Clutch…

Lo and Behold!  After my post yesterday regarding my search for Clutch purses, what should I receive today but a notification from Kate Spade Saturday advertising their Envelope Clutches!  I’ve posted a sampling of these below.  Kate Spade’s clutches are truly envelope style and have a more structured design than those made by Falconwright.  Both are stylish and versatile and I really can’t decide which I like best!

http://www.saturday.com

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