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!  

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!

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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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Cortneybre…Relaunch 2019!

Welcome back to Cortneybre!  Or rather, I’m happy to welcome myself, Cortneybre, back to the blogging world!

I started Cortneybre in late 2013 on a whim…actually I was told by my therapist that I needed a creative outlet as I was a “peacock doing a squirrel’s job”.

So, to ensure I was doing more “peacock-like” work, even if I was stuck in that squirrel job for most of my day, I started my style blog.   The blog was launched and was an absolute fantastic way for me to let my inner peacock preen.

My last post was in July 2015 and was actually one of my favorite posts…an illustrator had sent me a beautiful rendering of a recent post of mine.  Although my blog was doing very well and I really, really enjoyed the connections and interactions with others in the fashion world. I’ll admit, I was overwhelmed with the attention – both from the exposure the blog generated and the attention required to keep the blog itself moving forward.

I decided to suspend the blog on a high note, with that last beautiful post, and take a break.  The break turned into a hiatus of a few years and ushered in lots of personal and professional changes for me.

One of the biggest changes is my relocation from Georgia to California!  

Now that I’m in Cali, I have more free time and more places to explore.  This also seemed like the right time and place to reinvent and relaunch the Cortneybre blog!

From “What I Wore Today” posts, to my exploration of different and interesting California locales, I hope to continue to expand the content of Cortneybre!

Please join me as I continue my style journey and know that I appreciate the privilege of sharing my ideas, adventures and outfits with you!

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