The power of a pin…on Cortneybre…

Sometimes something so small can make or break an outfit. 

 

 A well placed pin can make the difference between flop or flawless!

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I find fashion inspiration in the oddest places.  Hobby Lobby was the perfect place to find this most important finishing flourish!

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 The outfit, pulled perfectly together, with the placement of a pin! (This posh Olivia Miller clutch helped too!)

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Have a great Friday and holiday weekend! 

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Trending Now: Palm Print on Cortneybre…

As summer quickly approaches, bright prints and colors abound! 

Jacket: Joie Blouse: Banana Republic Skirt: JCREW Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction Sunnies: Guess Bag: Lily Pulitzer

Jacket: Joie     Blouse: Banana Republic     Skirt: JCREW     Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Sunnies: Guess     Bag: Lily Pulitzer

One of the hottest prints trending this summer is the

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It hit big last summer and has become a fave of bloggers and fashionistas.

 

I was lucky to stumble upon this lovely Joie palm print blazer late last summer.  It pairs well with bright or neon yellows and could easily work with blue, pink or red. 

 tips for palm prints

  • Offset the print with a complimentary color – try red, yellow, or blue!
  • Don’t wear too much green – or you’ll risk the over the top “safari” look
  • Try the print with stripes – especially navy blue!
  • Don’t wear too many prints – palm print head to toe can be too busy and distracting
  • Go simple sometimes– wear only white with the print  
  • Bring on the metal!  Gold and silver both look great with the print so don’t forget the jewelry!

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As with most prints, the palm print is very flattering and versatile!  Hope you’ll check out this trend and start styling soon! 

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Here are a few hot pieces!

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Women's Flat-Front Stretch-Twill Shorts (3 1/2") - GREEN PALM LEAF

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When Life Gives You Lemons…a Lemon Print Shirt on Cortneybre…

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There is an old saying…when life gives you lemons…make lemonade.  I’ve recently been handed a lemon…and while I don’t want to go into too much detail until I know more, I will admit it’s gotten me down a bit.

In an effort to comfort myself, I decided to go shopping – my go-to retail therapy approach that usually perks me back up.  While shopping at Belk – one of my fave stores – and perusing their isles I saw this cute and whimsical lemon print shirt by Jones and Company.

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It was a sign from the universe…

lemons1…and it made me feel much, much better.  My spirits lifted just a little.  

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So into my buggy it went and onto my body the next day!  I thought this bright green LouenHide bag was the perfect match!

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I topped the lemon print off with a lace overlay blouse from LOFT and added a cute and flirty skirt from JCREW.

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I hope you’re having a great week!  xx…

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Sheer lace…a Kimono jacket trend…

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW Shoes:MIA Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW
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So, I bought this beautiful lace kimono jacket yesterday.  I just fell in love with its sheer beauty and intricate patterns.

This piece was actually bought to wear with a cute pair of scalloped edged shorts during my cruise next week.  While gathering an outfit for today’s post, I just couldn’t resist incorporating the kimono into the look.   

Therefore, what was to be casual day number 2, became dressy day number 1.

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW Shoes:MIA Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Kimono:Monteau Skirt: AMI Top: Banana Republic Belt/Earrings: Kate Spade Neckalaces: JCREW
Shoes:MIA Sunnies: Franco Sarto

I must also share that I bought a long, floral print kimono yesterday as well.

It’s fantastic.

I’d been wondering about all the hype with the kimono-look. I will say that for the short period of time I had it on, I felt ultimately feminine and sexy….and I was wearing it just inside my house so imagine wearing it out!

It is an intimate look…as if I was interrupted during my leisure activities and popped on the closest silky thing that was hanging within reach. It adds a little bit of mystery to one’s reputation… 

Till tomorrow, dear readers…xx..Cortneybre..

Gingham Girl..A Casual Monday Post…

Happy Casual Monday!

I say Casual Monday because it’s a short week for me and I plan on being a bit casual all week. Short week, you may ask? Yes…because I leave for a MUCH needed cruise with my hubby and daughter on Saturday. We’ll be gone ten days and I just can’t wait!

Skirt: Gap (old but love this one from Boden); Shirt: Old Navy (old but love this JCREW shirt also); Heels: Franco Sarto (Old but love these by Vince Camuto); Bag: Kate Spade (Sold out but dying for this Michael Kors!); Sunnies: Franco Sarto.

Honestly, cruise preparation has been the main cause of my not posting as much as usual on the blog. This is because any sort of event involving wearing a bathing suit causes my body to literally turn to mush (I’m fabulously fit the rest of the time..wink, wink).

Due to the mush effect, I’ve spent quite a bit of time working out twice as much as usual, dreaming about cupcakes and other sweets that I cannot have and checking my mush to see if it’s returned to its former firm state. This is quite the time-consuming process.

I do hope to make up for it though with lots of fun posts detailing my cruise adventures! Stay tuned for future cruise inspired posts!

Now…back to my casual Monday outfit.

I paired one of my fave Old Navy, blue gingham, button up shirts with an orange skirt from the Gap. To avoid being too casual, I added my Franco Sarto leather heels, my fave Kate Spade leather bag and a necklace and belt from JCREW.

When picking out a skirt to wear with this shirt, I referred to my color wheel and matched two colors opposite of each other. Wanna learn more about using a color wheel, check out my prior post here!

Hope your week is off to a great start! Xx..Cortneybre…

 

 

 

 

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Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT Shoes: MIA Bag: Kate Spade NY Earrings: Bealles Sunnies: Union Bay Cardigan: Wet Seal

Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT  Shoes: MIA  Bag/Watch: Kate Spade NY  Earrings: Bealles  Sunnies: Union Bay  Cardigan: Wet Seal

Hello dear readers!

Today’s look is decidedly more sunny and bright! I’ve had this yellow dotted Ann Taylor LOFT dress for several months but hadn’t worn it yet because of…uh…some strange reason.

I actually bought the dress to wear on a Disney cruise my family and I went on last October. I thought it was just perfect and that Minnie Mouse would approve! 

The dress is made out of a beautiful, linen-like fabric which is a bit sheer even with its fabric underlay (dig out that slip!). I find it’s very comfortable but runs really large. Tip: I find that all of LOFT’s clothes run really big and that my size 6 is actually a 4 or even a 2 there depending on the item. For the best fit, I’d recommend trying on their items before purchasing if possible!

In order to make the dress work friendly, I paired it with a sparkly, bejeweled cardigan from Wet Seal. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever even been in Wet Seal before. It’s not really my style and seems a tad too “young” for me. That being said, this cardigan was a nice surprise and was a gift from my friend, Sara’s, closet. Thank you Sara! Your gifted clothes just keep giving and giving!

I added my nude MIA heels and a pair of sparkly earrings to finish off the look.

If you’d like to take a look or purchase the dress, I’d highly recommend it…just keep in mind the sizes run large. Click here to access the dress on LOFT’s site – I think it’s sold out now but it could come back in stock online possibly or you might find it in store. 

I plan on experimenting with this dress more in the future. I think I’ll try to pair it with a black and white striped jacket or perhaps a floral jacket or blouse. Who knows what you’ll find in my future posts!

Hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday! Xoxo…Cortneybre..