Bam!? Or is it Bamm, Bamm?!

Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Shoes: Steve Madden Watch: Kate Spade Sunnies: Union Bay

Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
Shoes: Steve Madden
Watch: Kate Spade
Sunnies: Union Bay

Hello readers! Sorry I had to take a little break from the blogging world to tie up some work and personal items. I hope you missed me, for I missed you!

Today’s look is quite a…uh…looker. (Forgive me…I’m shaking off the dust that’s been clogging my blogging brain).

A friend of mine I mentioned in an earlier post, Sara, gifted me with some wonderful pieces from her closet that no longer held her interest. After sifting through her gift bag, I chose a few pieces to make my own – one of which is this lovely tiger print dress.

It’s a Phillip Lim for Target and I must say…it’s certainly attention getting. It was part of the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Collection which debuted mid-2013.

Hence the title of my post….the question is: Is it “Bam!” as in…”in-your-face fabulous”! or is it too “Bamm, Bamm”? As in Barney Rubble’s son from the Flintstone’s.

Let’s hope it’s the former and not the latter! Judging by the feedback I’ve received today I think it is (hopefully)! I must say I’m quite impressed with the fit and feel of the dress. It’s comfortable and fits true to size. I think it’s a flattering cut too which I was worried about since its quite form fitting. Overall, I’m pleased with it! 

I kept the jewelry very simple; just a pair of simple stud earrings. And I paired the dress with brown, coppery Steve Madden heels. I didn’t want to add anything to the dress as I felt even the slightest addition could throw the look over the top. …and into Bamm Bamm territory.

I wish this were something you could purchase now or that I could even find a comparable dress for you in case you’re interested in the look. The best I can do is point you in the direction of eBAY and wish you luck (click here). Actually, if you enter into your eBAY search filters, Phillip Lim for Target, you’ll come up with quite a selection. I’m thinking of purchasing the A-line skirt made out of this same fabric from the 3.1 collection if I can find my size on eBAY. Maybe you’ll see it in future posts! 

I’ll just pretend I’m Pebbles when I wear it – she did always have the cutest little dinosaur bone accented top knot! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

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#TBT…One of my fave looks!

A little Throwback Thursday post with one of my fave looks! Hope you’re enjoying your day!! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

 

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl's Shoes: ASOS Necklace: Charming Charlies Pin on Necklace: Chanel Sunglasses: Colehaan Bracelets: Tahari Watch: Kate Spade NY

Dress: Elle @ Kohl’s
Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Pin on Necklace: Chanel
Sunglasses: Colehaan
Bracelets: Tahari
Watch: Kate Spade NY

Bag Fabulous!

Skirt: JCREW Blouse: Gap Shoes: Rampage Watch/Bracelet: Kate Spade Bag: Kate Spade Earrings: Bealles

Skirt: JCREW  Blouse: Gap
Shoes: Rampage  Watch/Bracelet: Kate Spade
Bag: Kate Spade  Earrings: Bealles

Today’s post is all about the bag! I recently went on a mini shopping spree at a local Kate Spade outlet. It was my Mother’s Day present from my honey hubby and I indulged myself by purchasing three bags.

 Before I went shopping, I decided I needed a strategy because… honestly…if left to my own devices in a Kate Spade store, I could either buy way too much and blow my budget or buy absolutely nothing at all. Buying nothing at all isn’t due to not finding a plethora of items I want, desire and covet.

No..no…it is due to being so totally overwhelmed and essentially star struck (yes, I know it’s sad that I’m star struck by a store full of purses) that I become indecisive and essentially purchasing paralyzed. This happens to me all the time at Barnes and Noble. I must go in with a plan or I wander aimlessly down aisle after aisle until I’m so exhausted I leave empty handed. I’m sure there is some sort of “syndrome” for this…but I’ve yet to label myself with some “-ism” and prefer to attack with a plan instead!

Back to my plan….my plan was to buy two to three bags that were unlike what I already own. I’m working on building a collection and I’ve covered several looks and needs with the bags I have purchased previously. Soooo…I was looking for different colors, different shapes and possible different sizes although I prefer a larger bag typically. I will say, I feel I was quite successful in the execution of such a plan, yes…quite successful. See that pop of color dangling from my hands! 

Notice the details…notice the colors….notice the absolute awesomeness of the chain and…not to be missed…the detail on the clasp! It is a bag unlike any other of my collection! Be still my beating heart but isn’t it a lovely piece of leather?!

I did buy two other fab.u.lous bags….one of which has been featured in this week’s earlier posts. I love them too and they also move me forward in completing my collection. Hope you guys have a great Mother’s Day weekend! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

 

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Skirting the Rules…

Hello friends…how’s your Hump Day treating ya? Mine is about the same…but I must say that the weather is fine and I’m enjoying being out and about.

Today’s look is sort of nautical (blue stripes) but in Technicolor (yellow, orange and coral). I wanted to be casual but not bland and I think the bright colors really popped against my blue and white striped top.

I was SO excited to wear my Terrace Blooms statement necklace from Chloe+Isabel today also!  It is a beautiful statement necklace and fits perfectly with any Spring or Summer look!  Shop here at my boutique!

I also wore my fave pair of flats (although I actually own just a few pairs of flats since heels are my preference).

Hope you’re having a great week so far! Cortneybre…

 

Not Quite 50…Shades of Gray

I’m wearing a gray ensemble today….it’s not a reflection of my mood I must add…rather it is what came together as I pulled together my outfit this hurried morn. While I’m not wearing 50 shades of gray (no…nothing that exciting happening…), I am wearing 5 shades of gray ranging from pewter to metallic and a few shades in between. 

I think the not so “matchy-matchy” shades actually add texture and definition and the outfit most likely would have looked very uniform had the colors matched exactly. So..yay!….it worked and I was able to add a splash of color with my bright pink Kate Spade belt.

Speaking of Kate Spade (do you know how many conversations I’ve begun this way…), in case you didn’t see my Saturday quick pic post, I was fortunate enough to travel the 3 hours round trip to a Kate Spade outlet store! In honor of me, as Mother’s Day is approaching, my wonderful hubby gifted me with a little shopping spree at this wonderful store and I was much obliged to take advantage of his gift as soon as possible! 

After I looked at everything at least 5 times and picked up/put down several bags, I decided upon this lovely bag you see in the pictures before you. I think it is just wonderful! Structured and neutral but feminine and just a teensy bit “Celine-eque” in shape. Plus it was outlet priced and on sale for 40% off! 

I must confess I bought two other bags and a cute bracelet also but more about them in a future post! Hope you’re having a great day! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

Buy it here!

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel! Check me out at https://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/cortneybre!

Search Multi-Strand Signature Torsade Necklace

Watch & Belt: Kate Spade – Find the belt here! (Love the other colors in this belt also!)

Bag: Kate Spade – Similar here but sold out! Check Kate Spade outlets near you!

Skirt: Worthington – Old but similar here!

Shoes: Victoria Spencer – Old but but love these!

Shirt: Banana Republic – Similar here!

Cardigan: Worthington  – Similar here!

 

Jumpsuit Joys!

Jumpsuit: Loft Shirt: Bisou, Bisou Shoes: ASOS Sunglasses: UnionBay Earrings: Chloe+Isabel

Jumpsuit: Loft  Shirt: Bisou, Bisou  Shoes: ASOS  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Earrings: Chloe+Isab el Belt: Express

It’s very unlike me to dress casually several days in a row. I typically over dress – but in a good­ way – or so I like to think! Maybe it’s the weather here…which has been terrible and stormy.

I really do fear ruining my clothes in the rain or mud so perhaps my casual dressing is a subconscious protective mechanism for my nicer clothing. Regardless, today…I’m casual yet again and I have to say I’m sorta digging it!

 

Jumpsuit: Loft Shirt: Bisou, Bisou Shoes: ASOS Sunglasses: UnionBay Earrings: Chloe+Isabel

Jumpsuit: Loft Shirt: Bisou, Bisou Shoes: ASOS Sunglasses: UnionBay Earrings: Chloe+Isabel

I bought this black, racer back jumpsuit from Ann Taylor LOFT last October (buy it here). I’ve worn it a few times and it’s always comfy and elegant yet sporty.

It is definitely an item that can be dressed up or down..and I mean waaay up or waaay down. I could literally put pearls, a nice blouse or halter and flashy heels with this jumpsuit and be ready for a nice cocktail party or I could put on a white t-shirt and Converse and be comfy chic. It’s nice to find something that’s so versatile!

To add some contrast I wore my Bisou, Bisou black and white striped shirt from JC Penney (get it here!). Now…I will admit…today’s outfit is a bit “mime-ish”…and I did think about that before leaving home this morn. I actually liked that look and I’ve had fun wearing it today (although I did jokingly mime being trapped in a box a couple of times to some of my friends and I know the outfit helped!).

The red shoes really pumped up the outfit and add some elegance also (sold out but I love these too). I popped on my pave hoop earrings from Chloe + Isabel (check them out at my boutique here or here!) and I felt this added enough shine to my casual Wednesday outfit. Hope you’re having a happy Hump Day! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

 

 

Louis V…Kate Spade…and ASOS come out to play!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Ahhh…what a beautiful Wednesday we’re having today! It’s warm, the sun is shining and Spring has finally taken hold.

I decided to wear one of my recent ASOS purchases today. It’s a beautiful bright pink, midi, scuba skirt (what a mouthful!). I bought it a few months ago and I’ve featured it several times on the blog. I’m quite pleased with its versatility as I’ve been able to pair it with lots of different tops and its gotten much use.

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

One piece of advice – if you buy this skirt (and unfortunately I think it’s sold out now but if you do find one like it), be prepared for compliments, LOTS of compliments! I’ve been literally chased down from afar to be asked about this skirt. (check it out here!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Today’s look was more of a classic and simple one. I paired the skirt with a button up blouse with ruffled cuffs (old but I love this one), a skinny black belt and my cap toed, tan and black Kate Spade wedges (buy them here!). Of course, pearls were needed and that helped complete the look! (old but love, love, love this one at my boutique!)

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

 

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

I also brought out one of my most prized possessions, my Louis Vuitton bag. I don’t wear it often but I was in the mood for a little extra class today!

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt - ASOS Blouse: BCBG Heels: Kate Spade NY Purse: Louis Vuitton Sunglasses: UnionBay Jewelry: Bealles

Skirt – ASOS  Blouse: BCBG  Heels: Kate Spade NY  Purse: Louis Vuitton  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Jewelry: Bealles

Stay fashionable my friends! Cortneybre…