In search of the PERFECT pants – Love, LOFT…

Hey there!  So, I’m working on this blog post and it’s about 9:33 pm at night.  Most of my posts are done at night and most of my pics are taken early in the morn or on the weekends.  All leading to…yep…you guessed it…like most of you out there…I’m a working gal.  

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So…what does every working professional need…and honestly…this transcends most occupations…the perfect pair…of black pants.  Call ’em slacks, trousers..hell…call these yoga pants!!  

I’ve been very lucky to have lost a little weight…thru hard work and determination (and giving up my fave snacks and basically all forms of cake)…my formally fave “go-to” pants – which were a few years old and faded anyway – are just too big.  (BIG victory actually!)

So that set me on the search for the typically – impossible to find – black pants.  And…after lots of searching – both in stores and online I decided to try a promising pair from LOFT.  CLICK HERE FOR THE PERFECT PANTS!!

LOFT WIDE LEG PULL ON PANTS IN PONTE

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Why I LOVE these pants:

  • Comfort – The fabric is just thick enough, soft, stretchy and forgiving.  
  • Fit – I’ve read the reviews on the LOFT site and although a few people didn’t care for the fit – depending on body style – the majority felt the way I do…perfect!  Not too tight, comfortably hugging all the right spots and with a slightly cropped leg.  
  • ELASTIC waistband – and yeah…that’s a good thing when its done the right way.  These pants fit tight to the waist but not too close.  I can easily wear a belt with these (there are no loops but I just fasten it over the waist) or just wear them without one and both look great!
  • Versatile – I have worn these to work, with a t-shirt and sneakers and with a yoga top….and they all worked…all were comfortable and looked great!

So…there you have it…my official endorsement of THE necessary staple to every lady’s wardrobe!  And a hard one to find!  Try them out and see what you think!  They’re currently on sale too!

Also…I’ve got some really cute shots of my beautiful hair accessories from Zara.  I just love them…and the quality of the gems and the hair clips in general is much higher than what I’ve encountered at other stores.  Check them out at Zara!

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Oh and the top is by Who What Wear from Target…sadly it’s no longer available (I’ve searched everywhere) and that’s too bad because its a classic gingham check which is versatile and its a great transition piece since it’s still in the 80’s in the afternoons here.  The sleeves are adorable too and totally IN right now…

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Annnd…it was part of a set (a similar matching checked midi skirt)…which I think WWW and Target should keep in stock because…hello!  I’m throwing on a pair of tights and I can belt the top and use it as a jacket over a long sleeved shirt and/or just throw on a cute coat or cardigan and I’m Winter ready! 

Ok..gotta hit the hay!  Happy shopping!!  

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Staying warm & staying cool..

Well…last week was a doozy.  No exclamation point needed.  All Californians had, and are possibly still having, a rough time.  I’m so very lucky to not be directly in the path of the wildfires but just enduring the Santa Ana winds has been an experience that is not for the faint of heart.  

Its now…NOVEMBER!  Halloween was overshadowed by the dust cloud that we lived under during the worst of the wind storms, so I concentrated on leaving Halloween to the little ones and re-purposed a flapper outfit from a few years past (cause of course, everyone should have a flapper costume in their closet…just in case).  

Flapper for a day!

Now that the threat of a quick and dusty trip to Oz is hopefully over…I actually flipped my closet today.  I’m still hanging onto some summer items because our weather is pulling the ole “winter in the morning and summer in the evening” game ….this is a game I’m quite familiar with as it is also played in Georgia…sometimes until after Christmas!

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So this look is a win either way!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cardigan from H&M….it’s extremely versatile and the color can go either brown or grey.  It is super warm and comfy too.  I’m wearing a size Large although I usually wear a small.  I wanted a super slouchy look and sized up!

The trick to this look is the body-con dress that hides underneath (check it out HERE).  It’s from Target and I bought it a few months ago and thought – ugh…so Kim K…but it works perfectly with several of my statement jackets.  I have a hard time buying neutrals and shell pieces; I have to remind myself some things need to blend in to tie everything together!

The star of the outfit…my Tory Burch Fleming Convertible Shoulder Bag!   Its my baby right now and is a nice blend of functional AND extremely fashionable.  

I also had the pleasure of pulling out a pair of beautiful JCrew heels I snagged a couple of years ago!  JCrew does footwear very well.  (Similar HERE!)  They’re Italian made and, for the price point and fit, well worth the price tag.  I like shoes that not only look good (of course) but ones that I can actually WEAR….to WORK…ALL DAY.  There are lots of cute, expensive and unwearable shoes out there….and I have no use for them!  

Well, here’s hoping for clear skies and smoke-free days ahead!  I just got in a shipment from Zara and I’ve done some other shopping here and there so…check out my Instagram page Cortneybreblog to keep up with my day to day looks!!  xoxo

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The Headband Obsession – NamJosh

 It all started with the Lele Sadoughi headband. 

You know the one…the ones with the velvet and the hand sewn pearl accents. I know that you know.  Sigh.  

It …it was like I’d finally gained permission to just walk out …in a tiara and that was perfectly ok!  Nothing going on here..just me…looking like a Royal and feeling like I’d finally been picked for Homecoming Queen.  So basically I was a heroine from a Lorde and a Taylor Swift song….all rolled into one.  I was Queen B  and wanted to rule.

Let me live that fantasy.

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Headband: NamJosh; Shirt: Gap; Jacket: Carolina Belle Montreal

But…the price tag was a teensy bit high…and although I’ve seen a diamond in the flesh…I ain’t rollin in them so…I waited.  

But there that headband was…donned by the most glamorous of Instagram influencers…crowning the heads of the beautiful and yet…what was I?  The “damned”?!  Did F. Scott have a premonition about me and my dire headband situation when he penned that novel?!  Sigh….yeah…I was losing my head over it..no doubt about it.  (very punny, I know).  

Headband: NamJosh; Shirt: Gap; Jacket: Carolina Belle Montreal

Still…the price $$ tag!  For a headband!  I just couldn’t swing it and so I did a bit of research and while I didn’t find the pearl covered halo which I sought, I did stumble upon a wonderful and equally fabulous Indian brand called @NamJosh.  NamJosh manufactures all sorts of headwear.  I found them thru their collab with @Anthropologie.  Check it out here!

I ordered six..SIX of their headbands!  The price point was between $38.00 and $45.00…and the craftsmanship is wonderful!  

NamJosh Hanna Heart Embellished Headband

Each headband is a work of art and a beautiful diadem that fit right into my wardrobe.  Actually it added a much needed accent to my wardrobe and one that was completely missing..one I didn’t even know that I needed!  

NamJosh is actually selling thru Nordstrom and other online stores.  Check out the NamJosh headbands at Nordstrom here!

Or go directly to their site!  NamJosh website

They have many beautiful headbands, ponytail holders, head scarves, scrunchies and even cuff bracelets!  

I’ll be showcasing more of these beautiful diadems in my upcoming posts!  Be sure to check out my future pics and Instagram at @cortneybreblog!  

Hanna Heart Embellished Headband – NamJosh

Happy Shopping!!

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Travels with Tory B & Cortneybre -Solvang, CA

This past weekend we visited the beautiful city of Solvang, California in the Santa Ynez Valley! Solvang is Danish for “sunny field” and the city is just that. The day was warm and sunny with a wonderful cool breeze and bright skies. The town itself is sophisticated yet whimsical.

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One of the many charming windmills in Solvang…

It’s a wonderful little city that displays facades and buildings reflecting traditional Danish style. I was enamored with the traditional Scandinavian aesthetic imbued in almost every aspect of the town.

Solvang History

Solvang, CA was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish community far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center. (credit: Wikipedia)

I wanted to be comfortable as I knew we’d be doing quite a bit of walking but also classy enough to hang out at the local winery so I decided to wear this beautiful Tory Burch dress I bought recently. I paired this with a strappy pair of Franco Sarto sandals.

I must have picked the last one in this style but Tory has two other beautiful dresses in this print and on sale! Check the print out here! And here!

Solvang Vibes!

Dress & Bag: Tory Burch. Shoes: Franco Sarto

A closeup of the Tory Burch print!

Per Tory Burch… DETAILS- Printed in a toile of safari scenes and exotic animals, this Shift Dress nods to the season’s theme: adventurous summer getaways taken by Tory’s parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson.

The bag is also Tory Burch and was a splurge but it is a great summer to winter bag!

Tory Burch Miller Bucket Bag

Annnd…of course, it must be really, really popular because its also sold out (sorry!!) but a very similar bag is available here and in solid colors!

I especially love the Port and Malachite versions of his bag!

Tory Burch Miller Leather Chainmail Bucket Bag

Tory Burch Miller Leather Chainmail Bucket Bag

These are part of the Tory Burch Fall Event Sale going on now through 9/29/2019…use code FALL upon checkout!

After lunch in Solvang, CA...

Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!

Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!

Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!

Relaxing after the wine, walking and windmills!

Click below for more pictures of our trip to Solvang! There was so much more to see there and in the surrounding areas…we’re already planning another trip!

Thanks for coming along with me on this trip!

Solvang is such a wonderful city and we had a fantastic time exploring.

I actually even got stopped and asked if I was modeling for Tory Burch, lol! I guess my bag and my “testing the light” poses in one of the hotels made an impression and I was very flattered!

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