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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Guess who is a rewardStyle FASHION INFLUENCER…

I was going to type a very long post about my style blogging journey.  And that is coming, I promise (actually, this one turned out pretty long too, lol).  However, I think that post is for another time.  

This post is to share a very, very special announcement.  Actually, one that I didn’t expect to most likely ever publish.  I’ve been accepted as a STYLE INFLUENCER for rewardStyle.  

I say this without any exclamation points because…I’m honestly in shock.  I never expected to be able to actually be on an influencer platform.  I never, ever expected to see my face – tagged as a style influencer – on the same sites as influencers that I admire, follow constantly and from whom I take daily inspiration. 

So…I’m in shock and I might break out in hives….hopefully not as that doesn’t look very pretty in blog posts. 

So…here’s what you need to know! 

  • I’ll be re-posting many of my looks  – especially on Instagram
    • please, please be patient with me!  I’ll be doing this to ensure my recent looks are added to the shopping app – LiketoKnow.it
  • Please, PLEASE download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app on your phone.  This and one other app are the only platforms around that allow you to shop from Instagram and other social sites – including my blog.  
  • Once downloaded, set up your profile and choose the ” match my screenshots” option!
  • Go to my Instagram page – @Cortneybreblog and simply screenshot my posts!  I just published my first “ReGram” so that you can start shopping from that post!  
  • Go back to your LIKEtoKNOW.it app and search Influencers (omgggg…I’m one of those now!) and type in Cortneybre.  You’ll then see my name pop up and be able to follow me!
  • Also, your screenshot of my Insta look should automatically pop up and you can shop from that as well! (it might take a couple of refreshes to get this to happen – the app reads your screenshots for the LiketoKnow.it tag and imports it)

Here’s what you’ll see:



  • You’ll now be able to easily shop the looks I’m wearing directly from this app!
  • Just click on the item you like and it links you directly to the site!  There are several other options too…you can create favorites and collection boards of looks you like from lots of style influencers!  

I can’t express how GRATEFUL and EXCITED I am about this opportunity!!!!!!!!

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You’ll be seeing lots and lots of changes to all of my social media platforms soon.  I will be updating the blog  – some changes have already been made – as well as my Cortneybre Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and possibly Pinterest page.  

Please bear with me during these changes and forgive all of the redundant posts!

Lastly, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone – friends, family, co-workers – who have supported me, uplifted me and let me be…Cortneybre!  

Also, special thanks to my bestest friend, Adrian….she was my constant companion, blogging buddy and an excellent photographer and I miss her dearly- and many more friends – every day.  

Please know that this is my passion and to realize it – even if just a little is a life changer for me.  

Much love to you all and thank you for following along with me on my life & style journey!

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Bright Tights, Big City

Bright light, big city, gone to my baby’s head
Whoa, bright light, an’big city, gone to my baby’s head
I tried to tell the woman, but she don’t believe a word I said (Jimmy Reed, 1961)


My LOOK!

Brooks Brothers Camel Hair Jacket          Ankle length slacks – H&M

 Calvin Klein Sandals                                  A New Day turtleneck – Target

STYLEGAGA Tights – Amazon               Tory Burch Perry Bag – similar here

J.Crew Necklace – similar here


It’s no surprise that I’m a shopper… and I thought I was totally “in the know” on most shopping sites and niches until I recently discovered Amazon Fashion.  Specifically, The Drop, on Amazon.com.  It debuted in June 2019 – I think before I started blogging again so somehow I must have missed it during my hiatus!

I stumbled upon it (despite being on Amazon constantly to order boring things like refrigerator filter refills) when Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific linked a pair of her fantastically colorful tights to Amazon.  Check out her post here on her fave tights!

As you can tell from the pictures…I bought the tights!  It’s actually a 6-pack of different colors – yellow, orange, pink, red, blue and green – all very, very bright.  Buy them here – STYLEGAGA Tights !!  There is also a multi-pack of pastel colors which I’m most likely going to purchase….how can I not!?

I LOVE the look of layering bright colors – and I think this look in particular is very clever.  Color blocking or a two-toned look is a popular trend that is a little edgy but so, so fun!  People are surprised when I wear tights with sandals in the winter, or “off-season”.  In my mind – as I explain to them – the tights convert the sandals into boots, basically?  That might sound strange but it actually functions very similarly.

There are also the other *perks* – I am one of those “cold all of the time, even in summer” people so having an extra layer under jeans/slacks or a skirt helps a lot.  And these are just sheer enough to not be too thick or heavy so they’re perfect for layering.

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Another hot look this season is actually quite a classic.  Different twists on the revered Burberry tartan plaid are very popular and you’ll see this pattern everywhere.  These H&M slacks are a perfect example…I love the broad orange stripe!  Also, the fit is spot on with these…they run true to size and actually fit me perfectly (I usually find the waist gaps on a lot of brands).

Lastly, if you buy anything this season, buy something that will last you for years and never go out of style!  I bought this Brooks Brothers camel hair blazer on eBay a few years ago.  It’s a circa late 80’s or early 90’s blazer – I purposefully bought it because of the over-sized cut and shoulder pads but Brooks Brothers has a beautiful similar blazer on their site now.  It’s certainly an investment piece but it looks good with everything…every year…every time.

Have a great week!  And give something bright a try!  A lot of people think they can’t wear bright colors for some strange reason…but I bet you’ll get lots of compliments and envious looks if you do!  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!  

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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!  

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Happy Shopping!!

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