A Pink Suit….

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara  Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren  Blouse: Gap  Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Hello dear readers! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

My post today is one of my fave’s so far! I have been searching for a pink pants suit for months….and I do mean months. You’d think this is something that one could easily find?! But, that evidently isn’t the case.

After multiple internet searches, I must admit Google let me down. I could find nothing that resembled what I was seeking.

I decided to turn to my trusted and beloved friend, eBAY and after a few weeks of watching, waiting and running the same key word search “women’s pink pant suit”, I stumbled upon the wonderful suit I have on today.  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara  Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren  Blouse: Gap  Sunnies: Franco Sarto  Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

The suit is silk, fully lined and by Ralph Lauren. And the BEST part….it was only $19.95!!! What a steal!

I couldn’t wait to debut it today on the blog…and I am aware that it needs hemming and a few other tweeks but I was too excited to delay. I have plans for it too. BIG plans…involving a lace or feather, poofy brooch, which I hope to be making shortly…trust me…it’ll be fabulous. I’d really like to pair it with a lovely pale green shirt or perhaps a pale, light pink one too. Keep an eye out for future posts!  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

I’m so excited that I found what I was looking for and at such a great price!

Tip: if you’re ever looking to recreate a look you like or searching for a specific item, always check your options on eBAY. I find that key word searches will typically result in a variety of choices.  

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Keep your key word searches simple, typically “Brand+Color+Clothing Item+Size+Woman” is as specific as you should go. For this search I used, “Pink Pant Suit Woman Size X” (I inserted my size but I’m not sharing!). Always remember to check the eBAY seller’s feedback before purchasing to ensure there are no negative remarks. 

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Necklace: Cara Jacket/pants: Ralph Lauren Blouse: Gap Sunnies: Franco Sarto Heels: Rampage
Watch/Clutch: Kate Spade NY

Laters! Xx…Cortneybre…

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Stripes and Floral Prints….

Blouse: Gap Skirt: Ann Taylor Shoes: Mossimo Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Blouse: Gap  Skirt: Ann Taylor  Shoes: Mossimo  Necklaces: Bealles  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Whew! What a week…I’ve been so busy with work and life that I’ve not had time to post.

Due to my hectic schedule this has been a week of wardrobe repeats…but I must say that having this blog makes it so easy to put something together!  I can basically just copy one of my looks from a previous post and no brain power gets wasted on figuring out what to wear.

Blouse: Gap Skirt: Ann Taylor Shoes: Mossimo Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay Watch: Kate Spade

Blouse: Gap  Skirt: Ann Taylor  Shoes: Mossimo  Necklaces: Bealles  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Watch: Kate Spade

Unfortunatley, I’m still wrapping up work related items but I do have just a couple of snapshots for today that I took quickly in between appointments.  This look hasn’t been featured before and it is simple but visually interesting.  I love mixing floral prints with stripes and other patterns.  Add some pearls and you’re ready to roll!

Hope you have a superb weekend, my friends!! Till next week..Cortneybre…

 

Wearing an Orange Poppy Print…today on Cortneybre!

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley  Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT  Heels: Cole Haan  Necklace: JCrew

I needed a pick-me-up today and decided to “go bright”!

I knew I had this beautiful poppy print orange skirt (find similar here) but didn’t realize I had a peplum blouse (find similar here) that matched it so perfectly.

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT
Heels: Cole Haan
Necklace: JCrew

While holding the skirt up to various blouses and tops hanging in my closet I realized I had the perfect match hanging in front of me when I spotted this top!

I actually even own a pair of sandals that also match perfectly, but I fought the urge to match everything head to toe (a weakness of mine).  Instead I wore a pair of Cole Haan Pumps with awesome NIKE AIR technology.  They are the most comfortable heels I own!

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT
Heels: Cole Haan
Necklace: JCrew

I was also happy to wear my statement necklace by JCREW (find similar here). It’s an interesting piece but hard to coordinate at times so I was delighted it worked with this bright ensemble! Hope everyone is having a great week! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

Top: Cynthia Rowley Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Heels:  Cole Haan Necklace: JCrew

Top: Cynthia Rowley
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT
Heels: Cole Haan
Necklace: JCrew

 

 

 

 

 

A Peter Pilotto dress…on Cortneybre!

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade  Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay

It’s finally warm enough to pull out my Peter Pilotto for Target dress that I purchased a few months ago. I’ve been dying to wear it but it’s a very light dress and I wanted to ensure it was the proper time to wear it and not pull it out too early.

It’s a great dress, the fit is nice and the cut is fabulous. The dress is longer in back than in front and has a wonderful airy feel.

This is gonna sound crazy but its like having butterflies follow you around and dance at your heels when you walk. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Try the dress and see for yourself!

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade
Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay

I wanted to see what others thought so I checked the reviews on Target.com and they vary.

My Review:

  • I find that the dress fits true to size – but if you’re petite or tall it loses proportion and will be ill-fitting.
  • Many people didn’t like the belt but it fit me perfectly and I actually thought it coordinated well with the print – although I’m not generally a fan of white belts or shoes.
  • Overall, I really like the dress and I’m happy with my designer purchase (at not so designer prices)!

Also, the Peter Pilotto collection is now on sale at Target! Click here to shop for this dress!

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade  Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay

I also brought out my fave Kate Spade Spring Bag today.  It’s a beautiful blue and structured bag and one of the most coveted of my collection!  Till later my friends!  Cortneybre…

Dress:  Peter Pilotto for Target Shoes: BCBG Bag: Kate Spade Scarf: CollectionEighteen Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target  Shoes: BCBG  Bag: Kate Spade  Scarf: CollectionEighteen  Sunglasses: UnionBay

Kate Spade Fashion …at Lowes??

You’ll find beauty in the most unlikely places.

Jacket: Kate Spade Shirt: JCREW Skirt: Worthington Shoes: JCREW Bag: Kate Spade Scarf Accent: CollectionEighteen Necklace: JCREW Earrings: Bealles

Jacket: Kate Spade   Shirt: JCREW   Skirt: Worthington   Shoes: JCREW   Bag: Kate Spade   Scarf Accent: CollectionEighteen
Necklace: JCREW   Earrings: Bealles

I had to run a few errands today and planned on shooting today’s outfit outside in the bright, Spring sunshine. I then walked outside and into a rainy, gloomy and dismal day.

There went the photo shoot plans…not to mention my hair!

While running errands with my friend, I found myself at Lowes, where America “Never Stops Improving”.

Not sure if everyone has access to a Lowes but it’s a very large, “big box” home improvement store.

Think lots of lumber, plumbing tools, saws, wrenches and general stuff that falls into those categories.   My only reason for being at Lowes was to buy a last minute birthday present for my hubby – Happy Birthday today Hubby!

As I walked thru the aisles of Lowes, I tried to find some beauty in the items that they stock. I thought that if I could only find some nice spot, some oasis of delight, I’d whip out my camera and shoot a few pictures right in the store!

After searching a bit I stumbled into the lighting area and found a wonderful display of chandeliers, tinkling and sparkling in soft lighting. It was perfect! Or as perfect as its gonna get when you’re pulling off a “OOTD” shoot in a home improvement store!

So here’s my pics – hope you enjoy!

P.S. I’m really in love with this outfit. I just bought the Kate Spade jacket off of eBAY – at a GREAT price, which I will not divulge as you’ll just be jealous. 🙂 It’s in pristine condition and I just love the color and cut. Have a great weekend!! Xoxo…Cortneybre…

The Illusion of Dressing…

Dress: Banana Republic Shirt: Champion Boots: Nine West Sunglasses: UnionBay Watch: Kate Spade

Dress: Banana Republic  Shirt: Champion  Boots: Nine West  Sunglasses: UnionBay  Watch: Kate Spade

Fashion is an illusion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You can be anyone you want to be with the right ensemble. 

Yeah, yeah…we get that, right?

But how about actually creating an illusion with your clothing? Not just dressing in black because it’s slimming or wearing a belt to accentuate the waist….let’s take it one step further. How about a little fashion magic?

Abracadabra ….meet the optical Illusion dress!

Keira Knightley Image: Huff Post

Keira Knightley
Image: Huff Post

I was first turned onto this by an article I read about Keira Knightley. Evidentially K2 appeared at the Paris Fashion Week, Chanel Catwalk Show in a monochromatic dress which gave her the appearance of a bobble waisted doll.

While everyone knows that Keira is very slim, she seemed downright Photoshopped in this dress. Of course, this worked the press into a tizzy until it was realized that the dress was actually an illusion due to the juxtaposition of the oversized white top against the snug, waist hugging, black center portion of the dress and its white skirt bottom.

She’s such a slim girl, the illusion was really not necessary but at first glance, it did certainly confuse the onlookers.  For those of us who aren’t quite as slim, a little illusion can go a long way to making us appear slimmer and taller.

From Stella McCartney’s “Miracle Dress”, which Kate Winslet popularized a few years ago to Keira’s slimming Chanel illusion, it proves that fashion is magic.

Since Spring refuses to stay in my sunny but chilly South, I was able to wear my warm, woolen version of the Miracle Dress. Check out my pics below! Xoxo..Cortneybre…

Lux Tux…

Hello friends!  Just a short snippet today….I’m sporting my version of the work approved tuxedo!

Jacket: Banana Republic Blouse: BCBG Pants: Worthington Shoes: Banana Republic Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Banana Republic     Blouse: BCBG     Pants: Worthington     Shoes: Banana Republic     Necklaces: Bealles
Sunglasses: UnionBay

Dressing up doesn’t always mean donning a gown or bright colors. I must admit I feel very polished and chic when I wear black and white – like I’m in a tux (sans the bow tie, which I actually considered!). Animal print shoes or accents keep it snazzy!

Jacket: Banana Republic Blouse: BCBG Pants: Worthington Shoes: Banana Republic Necklaces: Bealles Sunglasses: UnionBay

Jacket: Banana Republic   Blouse: BCBG   Pants: Worthington   Shoes: Banana Republic   Necklaces: Bealles
Sunglasses: UnionBay

Nothing like keeping it simple but elegant…especially on a busy Monday!

 

Laters…Cortneybre…