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!

 

My Tips for Dressing for Work!

Sweater: Banana Republic Shirt: Red Camel Skirt: Worthington Pin: Chanel Earrings/Watch : Kate Spade Shoes: Mossimo
Sweater: Banana Republic     Shirt: Red Camel     Skirt: Worthington
Pin: Chanel     Earrings/Watch : Kate Spade     Shoes: Mossimo  Sunglasses: ColeHaan

I work behind a cubicle wall …in an office…in a Hospital.

It’s not glamorous and my day isn’t spent dodging highly fashionable ladies and gents as they dash about.

Nope.  At best, I might see the occasional quirky set of scrubs…and I do mean occasionally.

With that in mind, I do try to bring a sense of style to my otherwise style-starved workplace but I do need to maintain a professional look and presentation as well.

At times, this can be quite the challenge but I like to think I pull it off most of the time.  🙂  Here are some rules I follow to stay stylish at work!

Redefine Your “Neutral” – Neutral colors go with everything but most people think of neutrals as black, white, and tan.  Let’s push those boundaries a bit!

I’ve expanded my neutrals category to include grey, gold and silver as well as animal prints.  Varying shades of cheetah, leopard, zebra – heck any animal print – can be worn as a neutral to really pep up an outfit without going over the top.  You can pair any of these with stripes, colors, and different patterns provided you stick with the same color scheme.

Layering – Offices or other work environments are often cold and sterile.  (Especially hospitals!)  I typically dress in layers, which keeps me comfortable plus adds dimension to my look.  I try to always build my outfit with the basics (shirt and pants or shirt and skirt) and add one more item – a blazer or cardigan, etc.  That extra piece will bring sophistication to your outfit.

A Tailored Look – Try a fitted skirt (just not too short!) – Tailored or form fitting items automatically look more professional.  Just that extra detail makes the piece look more work appropriate.  As business attire is typically bland, add that new neutral to dress it up!  A tailored but unique office look is not only appropriate but unique and fun!

Don’t be shy about wearing a tailored, fitted skirt also.  I try to keep my skirts no shorter than one inch above the knee for work.  I usually wear shorter skirts in winter (the opposite of what you’d expect) as I wear tights during that time which acts as an “almost-legging”.  Bare legs in a too-short skirt might seem unprofessional.

Whimsical or Unique – Be You! – What makes “you”, you?  Do you love pink?  Are you a fan of polka dots, or stripes?  Bring that into your daily work look!  Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you need be boring.  Liven up your look with things you love!  I’ve noticed people love to look at what I’m wearing and notice a surprise detail – maybe that my skirt is actually a dress paired with a sweater or a surprisingly cute earring.  Be yourself and treat yourself as if you were a piece of art!

Take Chances! – Lastly….take a chance now and then…remember…”If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”….Katharine Hepburn

Happy Wednesday!
Cortneybre…

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How to have a Fabulous Friday…just add a pink bow, gem necklace and a little love!

Most people dress down on Fridays.  However, keep in mind…it’s the heralding of the weekend (after you finish that work day of course).   So…instead of dressing down on Fridays why not have a Fabulous Friday dressed up in your finest instead?!

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Here are a few tips for having a Fabulous Friday!

  • Wear something shiny, shimmery…gem-y or glittery! 
  • Wear Pink! (and I don’t wanna hear anything from those ladies who don’t like pink…I know you’re out there…  but I’d rather pretend you’re not..shudder…)
  • Better yet, wear a pink bow!  (a double dose of delight!)
  • Mix your patterns! (take a risk or two or three…Fridays are for pushing the limits.  Plus, no one will remember what you wore on Friday when Monday rolls around anyway, right?!)
  • Love yourself and be a billboard for love!  (I’m wearing my love shirt today and I like to share the love.  Call it a subliminal message that I’m sending to all that see me!)

I hope you enjoy your weekend!!  Cortneybre…

P.S…I must say that I had not imbibed a few cocktails before I took these shots…I look a bit rumpled but it was windy and cold here today!  Don’t let the sunshine fool you!  Cb….

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