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1 Dress >> 3 Ways

30th September 2014

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Today I’m going to blow your mind by giving you three looks made from one awesome essential, plus I’m showing off a side that doesn’t usually make it to the blog… my curves (yikes), ready or not here it comes! ;)

             I’m all about versatility (let’s be honest I wore the same striped cropped top all summer long and this Skirt is taking it’s place this fall #repeatoffender) so I always look for pieces that I can wear the crap out of in unique and different ways. When I see something hanging in my closet, I want to be inspired and challenged by the opportunity to wear it someway new – make me work for it! This Lyssé dress, does just that. It’s simple, chic and utterly timeless – the perfect investment piece for every wardrobe! Plus the flattering shape and fun color make it applicable to almost every season.
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C wonder Leopard Booties (love these)|| J.crew Pave Link Bracelet
Old Navy Fall Fedora || Wet & Wild Lipstick

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Work-place Work-it:
If you have a little too much junk in the trunk (guilty) A body con dress can be a little scando for the 9-5, so turn your dress into a top by wearing it under any midi Skirt, I chose my go-to leather one to add contrast and texture.color me courtney bloggger blogger street style new york city blogger black fashion blogger black blogger black fashion blogger new york city black fashion bloggers nyc black fashion bloggers black fashion blog Untitled 23Lyssé Marais Dress || Asos Black Leather Midi Skirt
Nine West Leopard Pumps || Francescas Clutch c/o (similar)

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Old Navy Heather Sweater (waist) || Coach Checkered Clutch
Nordies Cropped Sweater (more) || Karen Walker Super Duper Sunnies
J.crew Pave Link Bracelet || Wet & Wild Cherry Bomb Lipstick

Are you ready to have your mind blown?
If you wanted to, you could wear this dress all week long (challenge accepted, I might have to try it!) Start the week off by wearing it with a skinny belt & boyfriend cardie, for day two layer it under a cropped sweater with booties, for day three layer it with a leather midi and heels (my third look) and rock it day four with a button up blouse under and a leopard skinny belt at your smallest point! Finish off the week with my leather jacket and hat combo (my first look) for day five, wearing it with a denim jacket and chelsea boots for day six and finishing the week with some sporty styles like my third featured look.

That’s all for this one dress worn three ways, stay tuned I’ll be bringing you another versatile dress style next week! And if you think I missed a major way to rock this dress please leave me a comment and let me know!
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This post was sponsored by Lyssé but all opinions and views are my own… duh :)
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Kitty Cat Keds

29th September 2014

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Jussst Kidding – but seriously the fashion world is under cat-attack and I’m kind of obsessed with it. I have even tagged on to the trend by investing in this super awesome cat phone, despite my life long status as a “dog person” (don’t tell Waffles). These purrrrfect little pussy cats have always had their claws in the fashion world, from charlotte olympia cat flats & pumps (omg gimmie), to feline inspired pointed nails and everywhere in between like leopard prints, tiger stripes and crazy cat eye sunnies. Whether you noticed or not, these nine-lived little monsters have been taking over, one fashion craze at a time.

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Taylor Swift Sneaky Style Cat Keds c/o || Old Navy Textured Top
Old Navy Faux Leather Skirt || Coach Checkered Clutch || Kate Spade Necklace (old)
Ruby Woo Lipstick || Kate Spade Cat iPhone Case

P.S. notice something new? My blog got a little mini make over – hooray! Since I’m a control freak and obsessed with figuring things out on my own (is that what stubborn is?) I did it all on my own, including migrating from wordpress to blogger… self five ;-)! I’m no tech-genius so it took a lot of work and research on my end but I am so glad I did it on my own, it’s like my own little child or something (sorry Waffles, don’t worry you’re still number one). Anyways, since it was my own labor of love it’s still semi under construction, so take notice as things continue to change in the next few weeks and if something still isn’t working right, please bear with me :-)

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After Labor Day

25th September 2014

Today we’re showing labor day who’s boss!

No White after Labor Day? No Way! I never put restrictions on colors per season and white is not exception. Plus if we really couldn’t wear white after labor day, and if every day after labor day is in fact after labor day, we would technically never, ever get the chance to wear white … if we’re getting really technical here ;)
With Pastels having a major moment for Fall (did you catch yesterdays post?) and blush being the new black (check my latest splurge), all bets are off when it comes to color rules this season. It seams everyone has thrown the “seasonal book of chic” out the pent house window and (finally) started ro dressing outside the lines while breaking all the rules… and I couldn’t be happier. I have never been much of a follower when it came to fashion, so white after labor day has always been a rule worth breaking – but if I had any doubts about doing so this year, seeing this lust worthy leather piece changed everything. I knew there was no way I wouldn’t be rocking a white leather midi this fall.
If I’m going to break the rules, I’m going to do so guns-a-blazing! So of course I had to double up on a wintery white look with a few pops of color. I’m loving this magenta color (remember this clutch from NYFW) especially when paired with jade green against bright white. A simple canvas like a monochromatic look is the perfect time to play with accessories and even over do it a bit … leopard + statement ring + more leopard + magenta? It works (or at least I think so) so why not!
I’m usual all about tucking everything into my midi skirts to show off my smallest point, my waist –  it’s the easiest way to drop five pounds without putting down the mint chocolate chip ice cream… or the donuts (if you follow along on instagram you know I am a bit obsessed)! But for Fall I am trying something new. I have been adding to my sweater collection with chunky knits and cable sweaters, which wouldn’t normally pair well when ticked into a tight skirt. To solve this problem while respecting the integrity of the sweater and continuing to look lighter without dieting (seriously, not gonna happen) I left my sweater untucked and belted over the top to keep the shape! It helped create a more seasonal look (well, except for the white) while breaking up some of the monochromatic-ness.
XXI Sweater || Francesca’s Clutch (similar) || Wet & Wild Lipstick ||
Before you go, indulge a bit with Little White Wants:

I also wanted to take a second to congratulate bff’s @kbdisk and @whitecoatwardrobe for winning the bag and besties give away! Thanks to all who participated, I had a blast giving these beauts away and cannot wait to do it again soon!
XO
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Blue Moon

24th September 2014


I’m really pumped that pastels are in for Fall, it means being able to invest in pieces now that you can wear for two seasons and being able to dust off your favorite Spring pieces from last season to wear today! Sooo heck to the Yeah
The rule for wearing fall pastels is simple, just add black. Adding black to a baby blue sweater or pastel pink dress is super simple and chic, it allows you to test out this trend without trying too hard. But since rules are meant to be broken, I’m pairing my powder blue hue with Maroon and singing the 50’s classic “Blue Moon” all while doing it and writing this post. Get it: Blue + Maroon = Blue Moon. Kinda? Okay maybe not…
Guy’s you’re gonna be real proud of me, I actually edited today’s look! I think Coco Chanel said that before you walk out the door you should look in the mirror and take one thing off. Ha, I love (well worship) Coco and all but usually do the opposite by adding another three rings or another layer of lipstick, CC is frowning down at me from somewhere, all while dripping in pearls. Anyways, I had planned to wear this hat in maroon with this look, but edited it out at the last minute – I know, who am I.  Anyways, I will never really be one to edit, but sometimes a bold color bombo, statement necklace and a ear to ear grin is enough for one outfit ;)
Old Navy Baby Blue Sweater (so comfy!) || Old Navy Maroon Skater Skirt
Armed & Readi Tassel Necklace || Powder Blue Bow Pumps (similar on sale)
Rings: Bauble Bar || Armed & Readi || Coach Pearl Ring (similar) || Madewell
Arm Party: J.crew Pave Link Bracelet || Gold Link Bracelet (similar)Blue + Maroon (or oxblood) has to be one of my favorite color combos for Fall, I will be wearing it with my seasonal signature oxblood lip all Fall long! Care to join me? Shop the look below!
Shop Blue

Shop Maroon

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Faking it (for Fall)

22nd September 2014

Welcome to the in-between – that awkward moment between the seasons where you have absolutely no idea what to wear. Don’t worry, I’m here to help!
No matter what season is lurking around the corner, there is always this awkward inbetween phase that keeps us on the edge of our seats (remember this post? I feel your pain). In other news, it’s also kind of torturous for your wardrobe – boo, hiss. I’m currently craving pumpkin spice latte’s (well pumpkin steamers, I’m one of those cool kids who can’t stand the taste of coffee – I know what you’re thinking and yes, I am 12 years old. But hey, pixie sticks are just as strong as caffeine… I swear!) and keep reaching for my new knits who recently joined the closet party, but the big apple has decided to give us a mini heat humidity wave… Awesome Sauce, thanks for that NYC, leaving us with one very important questions – If our long summer day’s are already dead and gone, but the warm weather is still lingering, what the heck am I supposed to wear?
Striped tee’s, leather shorts, black booties and a fall hat… That’s what. If it’s not Fall, let’s fake it all while breaking in your newest bootie splurge (these Sam Edelman’s are actually crazy affordable, so they have to count as an necessity, right?). Wearing all black and white helped with the seasonal pretending, and pulling on my new felt fedora for the first time didn’t hurt either. Plus what’s more fall than leather (Well, pleather) even if they have to currently reside in the shorts form to prevent constant sweating. If you really want to show Summer who’s boss, add a dark lip (I like cherry bomb from Wet & Wild … plus its like a dollar, seriously!) and a little black nail polish to show it you mean business. Take that mother nature!

Old Navy Striped shirt c/o || Crepe Black Vest (a closet must have)

Leather Shorts (I’m actually selling this actual pair, size m – more info here)
Armed & Readi Bracelet || Tiffany & Co Rings
Before you go I wanted to gush (a little) & say Thank you!Last week I hit 10 thousand followers on instagram – what, BANANAS?! So we celebrated with a confetti party in my apartment…  My gosh, thank you so much for following along! I know I post far too many donut grams & Waffles (my dog, not the food) selfies, but we (Waffles included) really appreciate your choice to add a little color to your daily feed and hope we can continue to be insta besties!! See the celebration & join the party here.
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Well Kept Giveaway

22nd September 2014

Well hello again and happy Monday (errr kind of). Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, mine was a 3 day one (woot) because my office was moving floors so I did a little too much shopping and donut eating, you know the usual. Anyways, I wanted to kick off your week with a fun give away where you can enter to win a years supply of goodies as well as a $200 gift card, heck to the yeah!
I’m teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers (pictured above) to give away a $200 American Express gift card and a year supply of well-kept! There will be one winner selected on September 30th (contest ends the 29th at midnight). Entering is easy, do it via the rafflecopter below!

Good look beauts!
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Fashionably Late

18th September 2014

 Today I’ll teach you how to dress up your basic graphic tee to make it office ready, party perfect or date-night-worthy (I know, I’m totally rocking your world right now). You’ll be amazed at how 3 easy steps will transform your favorite tee from weekend casual to semi-dressy; so hold on to your tee’s ladies, cause here we gooo!
My graphic tee obsession has hit an all time high (remember this post, and this one with waffie!) and with awesome brands like ILY Couture out there with the cutest (and softness) graphic tees that fit just right, I see no shame in investing in a tee or two. G-Tee’s are perfect for weekends or casual wear, but what about the 9-5, a night out with girlfriends or even after dinner drinks with a special someone? Well Today I come bearing good news, I’m sharing 3 easy tips and tricks to dress up any simple graphic tee for a slightly swanky occasion … don’t worry, you can thank me later ;)!
Step 1: Tuck it in!
Start with a super snuggly graphic tee (I’m such a sucker for soft tee’s, they are always worth the slightly higher price tag… always) that is somewhat form fitted, and tuck it into a midi skirt! I choose to pair mine with a black leather midi for an added layer of luxe, but really any midi will work! If your tee is a little on the slouchier side, give it a front tuck and let the rest hang out, for more of a downtown vibe.
Step 2: Pump it up!
Add a little height (and glam) to your tee by stepping into a printed pump. The few extra inches will pair perfectly with the midi length, even if you’re fun sized like me! Plus a little bit of leopard adds a hint of pattern play while continuing to dress up the look without going over the top. If you like to push the envelope, take things one step further by adding an additional pop with a bright colored bag, because who doesn’t love a little bit of color! I’m super into this magenta/radiant orchid color with teal & black for Fall, dang you Pantone, I guess it really is the color of the year.
Step 3: Bling,Bling!
 The third and final step for dressing up your graphic tee, is also the sparkliest (cue the celebratory jazz hands)! Add a little razzle dazzle to the look with a statement necklace, find one that sits right at the neckline of the tee without covering any of the graphic magic that is going on. Although you want to bring on the bling, try to keep things simple with neutral colors and gems!

And that’s it! consider your world (and your wardrobe) rocked ;)
Fashionably Late Tee c/o ILY Couture Tee || Asos Leather Skirt
Armed & Readi Jewels c/o || Almay Lipgloss
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Bags & Besties Giveaway!

17th September 2014

What’s better than a free designer handbag?
Two free bags, one for you and one for a friend, duh… And today I’m giving away just! I’ve teamed up with sweet Krista to give away two of the cutest Coach borough bags, one for your and one for a friend!
I met Krista at the Races when I trekked up to Saratgoa with America’s Best Racing (read all about it here) for a fun day of betting and mimosas… Let’s be honest, mostly mimosas. But Krista, who’s partially from Kentucky actually ended up making a little bit of money at the races, meanwhile my money card got stuck in the machine…. Anyways, I became instantly obsessed with her and her darling blog, Covering the Bases! She shares awesome shopping tricks, has impeccable style and even give you a weekly dose of menswear with the help of her awesome boyfriend/photographer! We then our paths crossed multiple times during NYFW and she hosted a little blogger get together at her killer Chelsea apartment before the reward style party. One of the best parts about blogging has to be the people you meet along the way, and am was so glad to add Krista to that list. And since I was already following (okay stalking) her on Social Media, I felt like I had already known her and shopped her suggestions making meeting her that much better.
Together, we’re ecstatic to be giving away two darling little Coach borough bags, for a winner and her bestie! The Coach Mini Borough is the perfect little it bag for all seasons, especially Fall! It has three zipper compartments and a convertible/removable Crossbody strap! Since I currently work in product development, I know a well crafted handbag when I see one… and trust me, this is it ;) We’re giving away a neutral metallic one (on me) that looks great with any color as well as a color blocked white & brown beaut with a navy handle and strap (on Krista)!

The bags are identical in functionality, but differ in color and therefore style, you and your winning bestie can help allocate who gets which color based on personality and preference! Personally, I like the flashy metallic bag because my style is often over the top (are you surprised? no, probably not at all) but I am also kind of crazy about the neutral simplicity and playful nature of the tan/white color blocked bag. My metallic borough paired perfectly with pointed toe leopard pumps & simple black tee. Side note: If you ever need an easy outfit for almost any occasion, pair a crepe black tee with leopard pumps and a statement necklace! Wear it to the office with cigarette pants, out to dinner with the girls with cool track pants, on a date with tight black or leather skinnies or tone things down for a casual weekend with ripped jeans!

See Krista’s outfit details & follow along here

TO ENTER:
Entering this give away is simple, just follow us both on instagram and tag the bestie you would like to share your winnings by commenting on the image then enter below! Plus if you are looking to double or even triple your chances, there are also additional ways to earn extra entries:
Before you go, I would love to learn something fun about you & your bff, just leave me a comment below!  Good luck, Pretties! XO
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Weekend Vibes

15th September 2014

Oh how I love the weekend.
Whether my day is jammed packed with fun events (like the previous weekend was due to NYFW) or wide open, except for the occasional blog photoshoot (Sorry Paris), I always cherish my Saturday & Sundays.

This weekend was really chill. As I mentioned I was coming off New York Fashion Week, and although I ditched more events then I attended (oops) juggling my 9-5 and NYFW events was a lot to handle (I know, tough life right? #bloggerprobs). I was in a constant fog last week, barley sleeping, not knowing what day it was and feeling so out of it. I even re-wore the same outfit to work two days in a row, haha double oops!
Needless to say, I really needed the little breather this weekend to recover. I kicked off the day by spending a half hour on my hair trying (and failing) to master milkmaid braid – the style is not short hair friendly but you’ll see my best attempt in these pics – blogging from my bed (there’s a really big post coming your way Friday, here’s a hint to hold you over), and talking my monster of a todo list. Then I stepped out for brunch with Paris & my Best Friend, Sheree! Fun fact she’s a super awesome actress in the making and my bestie since High School all the way in AZ, I totally love having her in the city. We couldn’t be more opposite, but we do have a few important things in common, our fat girl tendencies, love for tween novels (divergent, hunger games, maze runner … you name it we read it), our sense of humor and our Teen Wolf obsession. After brunch, this photoshoot and getting caught in the rain, we went back to my place to catch up on our favorite awful TV show (teen wolf, duh!).
Caught in the rain mid photoshoot without an umbrella, don’t worry, I shared with Ree… That’s what besties are for (more here)
Later Ree went to work & I went back to blogging, and errr online shopping. After feasting on sour patch kids, binge watching PLL (I hope you aren’t judging me on my TV choices…. you know you love awful teen Television too!) I stayed up later than I would have liked finishing up Friday’s big post, it was a true labor of love so I hope you enjoy! Sunday was a lot of the same, glued to my computer, but I did manage to sneak out to do some damage to my bank account for fall shopping with miss Daisy (she’s back to blogging now, so swing by) check out this killer find!!!
I am loving the denim on denim trend (Paris disagrees, sorry agin P) so I took the look a step further by going on blue with distressed denim, a tied chambray and a baby blue baseball sweater. Side note about this sweater, I got it in every color and will be wearing it all season long. It’s also a little nod to a fun collab I’m working on with Baseball Babe, Krista of Covering Bases – be sure to tune in Wednesday for that! Because I didn’t want to be all blue, I added a dose of leopard with these new pointed toe pumps, I love that they have a thicker heel making them perfect for walking around in NYC!
Old Navy Blue Baseball Sweater c/o || Wet Seal Distressed Denim (old, shop below)
Nine West Shoes || Old Navy Chambray Shirt (tied) || Shoe Dazzle X Cuff
Karen Walker Sunnies || Asos Bag || Vintage Rings || Armed and Readi Rings

Well that’s a wrap for this weekend, sometimes it’s best to just rewind (especially when bad TV and good friends are involved), what did you get into this weekend? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below XO
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NYFW Twirl

11th September 2014

So today I am sharing a third (and last) outfit for NYFW. Don’t get me wrong, there were many more outfits (I averaged three a day… don’t judge me) but this will be the last one I am sharing (but you can always tune in to instagram for more daily looks/inspo).
So I wore this twirl-worthy number on Sunday to Vivienne Tam and various other NYFW events. I actually ordered a super awesome mermaid graphic dress for the event, but it didn’t make it in top so I quickly rented this guy from Rent the Runway!
I had never rented a dress before, so I was worried about the result – would it get here on time, would I like it, would I love it so much that I had to keep it, would I destroy it? In the end nothing dramatic happened, the dress fit like a glove and was totally twirl-worthy. Perfect for NYFW and perfect for Vivenne Tam. Plus it only cost me $30 bucks to rent, allowing me to skip the $600 price tag… don’t mind if I do!
Dress: rented Camilla & Marc (shop more from this designer below)
Shoes:resale Louboutins || Jewels: Armed & Readi || Clutch: vintage Moschino

Have you ever rented from Rent the Runway or elsewhere? Would love to hear more about your experiences!!! Taking a fashion week blogging break was fun, but we will be back to blog biz as usual from here on out!