Hello loves ! Are you ready for my next wall art piece from the sweetheart series? Brace yours – it’s a heART breaker 😉
Today I’m sharing another Valentines Day date night look, but this one is a littler different from the rest and a little bit outside of my style scope – so that’s super fun! Plus I’m sharing another graphic wall you’ll totally flip for!
A flirty, flowy maxi makes for a darling dress for date night! This pretty one has a boho vibe that strays for my usual personal style, but I like it just the same. I made it more “me” by playing to the pink color and pairing it with a bold beret and a little pink bag!
This dress drops into a deep v that’s a little outside my comfort zone, to keep things a little more covered I wore it it over a black lace bralette! I also layered a black tuxedo vest of the top to add a little structure. The final touch was a nude lip, that played off some of the other colors in the dress without taking away from all of the pinky hues!
A maxi dress in the middle of winter? Crazy right? – Wrong! I made this maxi work by wearing it with over the knee boots to help keep my legs warm and cozy under this flowy frock!
Now back to this wall – This heart wall is small, but still one of my favs in the city… Because it’s next to a super cute white door that leads to one of the best cupcake places in the city – little cupcake bake shop in nolita off prince and Mott!
Welcome to the Sweetheart Series – and my first valentines day posts of the year!
Valentines day and being in love is great and all, I’m super luck to be dating a really awesome guy and I can’t really remember a Valentines day without him. Although I love chocolate, mixing pink and red, and all the red roses – I don’t like how this holiday has become so much about having a significant other, because there are tons of way to celebrate without someone.
Open your minds (and your hearts) to the idea of a valentines day not about being in love, but about spreading it! This year all of my posts will be centered around this concept in one way or another, sharing ways to spread love or celebrate without a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife.
Want to make a strangers day? Buy a bouquet of flowers and spend the day giving them out! As a blogger I’m always buying flowers (or balloons) for various shoots, so I like to be able to give them a good home when I’m done with them because we don’t really keep flowers in the house (#allergies). Giving them to a strangers or balloons to a little kid on my way home from shooting can totally brighten someones day, plus make you feel pretty good too! Spreading love doesn’t have to be hard, doing something so small can totally rocks someones world, and yours too!
Obsessed with this dress! We’ve been having unusually warm weather so I paired it with Over The Knee boots and a light jacket – perfect for Date night or stepping out with your girls. I love that the lace has a classic ellegance to it, while the boots and touches of leopard give it an unexpected and kind of edgy, twist.
Hungry? I hope so! Because today we’re taking a bite out of my home region, The Southwest, as I share a sweet teats and eats guide to some places to pop by while you’re in the area!
I was born and raised in Arizona, so I was home for the begging of the year visiting fam and stuffing my face! The West Coast / Southwest is a beautiful place – there’s lots to do and EAT besides just in and out (I went there twice but whatever who’s counting). After coming back to NYC for about a week, I ventured back to the SW to the great state of Utah (see my Utah posts here, here and here but then come right back, okay? I’ll wait…) for ski, Sundance and all of the snow! So Today I’m sharing a bit of the sweet spots I found when I ventured southwest! Without further fondue… I mean adieu (no I don’t), let’s dig in!
ARIZONA! Like I said, I was born and raised in this great state, but I don’t get back that often, so when I do I have to split my time equally between trying new spots & stuffing my face with my old favorites:
Favorite Eats in AZ:
The Sugar Bowl – If you like pink and ice cream, look no further than the Sugar Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale! This peony colored palace is a historic ice cream shop and arcade that’s just as darling as it is drool-worthy! Mac Alpines – Looking for a sweet little soda shop or maybe just want to venture back in time? With about a trillion soda shop flavors and Mac Alpines has you covered The Fractured Prune – Did somebody say donuts? I DID! This is apparently a donut chain (they might even have one near you!) but I only found out about it when one opened up across the street from my moms house #score! They deep fry the donuts right there, in front of you and their made to order – so you get to eat them while they’re still HOT!!! They have a million trillion flavors, but you can also customize your own, so this DIY Donut Spot is now on my MUST TRY list every single time I venture back home! Diego Pops – It might come as a surprise to you, but I do actually eat things aside from dessert … well sometimes. An Instagram follower recommended Diego Pops (thank you) while I was in town so I searched the photos to see what I was getting myself into – not only does it have the cutest decor (cactus wallpaper – YAY!) but the food is actually to die for! It’s these cool trendy tacos, with a twist, plus they make their own sauce to top it with … and one is even PINK! Sprinkles– You don’t have to venture to Arizona for Sprinkles, but if you find yourself in Scottsdale (or maybe after you’ve tried Diego Pops) you should swing by Sprinkles to see the pretty pink cupcake ATM you only thought existed in your dreams (and on my insta feed).
UTAH! I don’t know this state the way I know my own, but my tour guide besties sure did! They both went to college here, so we had the time of our lives eating our way through the state!
Favorite Eats in UT:
Swig N’ Sweets – Think sonic, on steroids and sugar cookies so good they’ll hurt your teeth – I’m pretty sure I just got a cavity thinking about them (UHM YUM). I love a good rootbeer, but I got to customize mine here, adding whatever I wanted in it – cream, flavored syrup, you name it so I was one happy camper! The Chocolate – I visited Utah for the first time about four years ago when my friends were in college at BUY and they took me to “The Chocolate” which was apparently the hot spot – literally! I’ve never waited so long for a pazookie (a pizza cookie) but it was worth the wait! This gooey chocolate deliciousness still haunts me in my dreams! Pizzeria 712 – Did someone say PIZZA!? We did Pizzeria 712 for dinner one night, but it’s totally not your average pizza place! Here you’ll find some seriously good pies, amazing appetizers and some pretty cool and unique beverages too. We literately ate so much here, I thought we were going to die! Waffle Luv– After eating at Pizzeria 712 (does that sound like a 90’s boy band name to anyone but me?) we needed dessert… duh! So we found this Waffle place along the road and the girls had heard girl things so we popped in for Dessert Waffles a la mode! Here you can also DIY your desserts, by topping your waff with whatever you would like! I went with cinnamon and raspberries but Kristin got COOKIE BUTTER on her’s which was like wayyyyy better than mine so (naturally) I made her share! They actually have more locations than just UT, even some in Arizona!
More Utah Fun – If eating isn’t enough, try stopping by the Ice Castles (go at night to see them light up) after Tubing at Soldiers Hollow, Skiing in Park City or drive by East High and sing we’re all in this together!
Alright guys, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory eats, for me it was awesome to relive these great meals and remember these amazing places – it truly was love at first bite! XX
Come rain or shine or sleet or snow, there’s constant that never waivers from my wardrobe: COLOR – and lots of it!
Sometimes I get sad thinking about the people who remove color from their wardrobe, I know all black can be very chic but it can also be very boring – I promise, things are so much better on the bright side! I love mixing color and patter and playing with different hues – it’s like you get to try a wicked cool science experiment every time you get dressed … FUN! I’m always trying different color combos from the go-tos like blue and yellow – to the less expected like pink with red, or even red and green but in a not-so-christmasy way! It’s always a challenge, but it’s always a blast!
Learning to master color can seem tough, but it starts at understanding color theory and what colors work together. At a certain point, you reach a level where you through theory out the window and start to experiment with combos that shouldn’t work, until they do, but for now let’s stick to the basics.
At the core of color play are three pretty pigments – Yellow, Red and Blue. Just like art class, you use these three colors to make everything else, so there’s no better place to start than with the OG three! If you want to begin color blocking or mixing hues, you should kick things off by pairing two (or three like me) of these colors. Navy and Red, yellow and blue or the more adventurous red and yellow combo are pretty much no fair color pairings that will always work. So if you’re a mixing master or just looking to get started but not sure where to begin, give this color combos a whirl!
I decided to go for the triple threat and rock red, yellow and blue all at once, WOO-HUE! This coat (on sale) did most of the work for me but I couldn’t get off that easy. I really wanted to challenge myself by adding an extra two doses of each color to really stack the deck! If you look closely, you’ll see three statement pops of yellow (being the biggest focus here), three cool neutral blue points and three small but mighty pops of red. I wanted my yellow to really shine, so I paired it with these statement scarf, I originally planned on red sneaks, but when the forecast changed so did my shoe choice – instead, I reached for these yellow rain booties (they come in red, blue and more colors too). I based my look in blue, pairing a navy sweater with dark denim – navy is so neutral, it doesn’t really read as hue-mix but does help to compliment this combo! On the red end, I really wanted this color to pop but in a small yet statement way – I did this with my signature red lip and a crazy cute little red mini bag!
Have you ever heard of the Polar Bear Run ? Its this crazy bananas thing that people do on the first of the year where they run into the freezing cold ocean water in their undies or swim suit… but why? For a fresh start, because it’s a challenge or maybe just because it’s a crazy bananas tradition that crazy bananas people do. Well if you ask me, I think it’s because it’s invigorating. Sometimes it can be so fun (and also terrifying, or just plain cold) to do the impossible. In fact, defying the odds and going against all rhyme or reason can be on of the most exciting adventures yet.
I’ve said this before, and I’m going to keep saying it – Perfect if Boring!!! What makes up beautiful is what makes us different! I think thats why I (like everyone else) related to Elsa in Disney’s Frozen (Yes, of course I’m talking about Frozen now – didn’t you see the photos!?) and why this movie was so Epic and relevant! Think about it – Elsa, goes from living in fear of herself, her talents and what makes her special from thinking she has to be alone to be true to herself, to learning that the two aren’t mutually exclusive and that if you can accept yourself, others can too – woo! So what’s stopping the rest of us from following her lead, facing our fears and being ourselves despite the consequences? I’m not sure but whatever it is we have to get rid of it!
Step one to acting like a princess is always wearing your invisible crown, got it? Good shine that thing up and put it on! Okay, now for step two – twirl a little. If you’re in the market for a fairy-princess tulle skirt (and you should be) Bliss Tulle is your one stop twirl shop. I have a few tulleys and I love them ALL – Wearing a Tulle skirt can be a lot of work but these are always light weight, comfortable (and not itchy), twirl-worthy and fit like a dream!
I love when a girl can grow up with a brand – like I have with Disney, (but hey, who says anything about growing up). There are very few shops that I shopped at while I was in high school but can still buy things from – and Windsor is one of them. I bought pretty much every “formal” dress I had at Windsor growing up – Winter Formal, Valentines Dance, Prom, you name it – and just last year I bought a faux leather trench from Windsor that I’ll wear again this Spring. I guess thats why when I needed a formal-y dress for this Winter Wonderland moment, I went back to where it all began, Windsor! I picked up this blue Elsa moment dress, but also a white lace number that I wore as a top tucked into my Tulle skirt – and doubling up, down below (the skirt + the dress underneath) helped keep me from freezing!
Okay back to bravery – How cool would it be to be fearless? I’m not there and probably won’t ever be but that’s quite an aspiration! Jumping head first into the things that scare you, running without reason into the chilling unknown – some may call if crazy or terrifying but right now, all I can think is – sounds cool!
Next time you find yourself Frozen in fear, think like Elsa and remember ”The biggest mistake you can make in your life is to be continually fearing you’ll make one”
I think beauty isn’t skin deep, its about leaving a pretty healthy life and loving the skin you’re in because that’s what makes you beautiful..uh-uall. But that doesn’t mean you cant do a few things to improve your health, beauty or life in different ways – and this year I’m making some big beauty changes, don’t worry, I’ll be sharing them all with you! #duh
*To make this post extra fun, I’ll be sprinkling in a few beauty confessions of my own, my before body and underarms in their current pre-lasered state, as well as some product selects so keep an eye out * *Dying to try these products*
I’m gonna make 2016 my most beautiful year – focusing on beauty inside and out and achieving different beauty goals! Some of my big beauty goals involve investing (both time and money) into my “beauty”, while others are just about being a little less lazy lol. Today I’m sharing some (but not all) of my BBG (big beauty goals) for the year for three reasons – 1 because I like you, and I can’t really keep a secret; 2 – because if I publish them here, it will help me be more accountable and go through with them and; 3 – so that I can share my experiences with you, answer all of your questions and become your personal beauty guinea pig – sound fun? Of course it does! OH and I’ll be talking all about Laser Hair Removal down below + sharing a coupon code… so yeah, LETS DO IT
*Beauty Confession – I’ve always been jealous of Girls with Freckles, I think they’re super cute and pretty!*
THE LIST – Here it is, my list of BBG’s (Big Beauty Goals, remember)
Treat my skin with the respect it deserves – this includes easy things like washing my face every night (which I’m totally guilty of not doing, whoops), seeing the dermatologist at-least once this year (haven’t done that in a while, double oops) and just learning what works best for my skin!
Hair Flip – I’m so bored with my hair, this year you’ll see me switch things up!
Play with Products to find out what works best for me – I’m super guilty for trying a product for a week or so and tossing it, obviously that doesn’t do anyone any good. This year I promise to do more product research, try top products and stick with them for a while until I can actually say yay or nay about their success rate.
*Beauty Confession – I have a big brow crush on Lilly Collins #browgoals*
Perfect a Foundation Routine – I’ll be honest, most days I’m a tinted moisturizer kind of gal, but every so often I want to have that flawless foundation look, no under eye circles, no zits no nothing – just airbrushed and beyonce-y, can you blame me? This year I will find and perfect a foundation routine!
Invest in a few BBG’s, ones I’ve wanted for a while – these include Laser Hair removal (more on that below), some Dental Work (more on that later) and a few products (below)
Branch out with my Beauty – Like I mentioned, I like to keep things simple with beauty, usually a red lip and not much more! This year I want to break the cycle and try a few things I usually avoid – did someone say smokey eye?
*Beauty Confession – I bite my nails, maybe this year I’ll try to stop … again*
Work It Out – Find fun and healthy ways to eat right and stay in shape… my current shape! Because I’m not at all upset with my body and I accept myself the way I am, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t get her work out on with super fun Justin Bieber dance parties and what not, right?
Kiss and Tell – Cue the confetti, I’m planning on bringing lots of these BBG’s to Youtube and document the success and failure of them. Make sure you’ve subscribed!
P.S. you guys know I have a youtube channel right? I’m still figuring things out on it but subscribe please & I’ll love you forever!
Let’s Talk about Laser Hair Removal – It’s no secret that most girls like to have hair free underarms and legs (guilty) but that shaving is not so fun. Honestly, I hate to shave lol I avoid it as much as possible and in the winter? Forget it – I’m wearing pants or leggings everyday so there is no way I’m shaving my legs … don’t judge you know you do it too … or maybe you should lol!
*Some of my go-to beauty favs*
I know I’m kind of late to the party, but I’ve wanted Laser Hair removal for as long as I can remember. My bestie’s mom got it when it was just starting to get popular and I was obsessed with the idea… I even asked for it for Christmas when I was in High school lol. Now that I’m kind of an adult, I thought I should invest in something I’ve wanted for-like-ever. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with splurging on something that might make your life easier. Yeah Laser Hair removal is an investment, in both time and money – overall i’ll be doing about 6 sessions per area (I’m tackling my underarms and legs) and you have to spread out your sessions every six weeks. So this time next year, I’ll be kind of hairless!
Getting Lasered sounds super scary right? So I did a crazy amount of research before choosing Deify Laser + Beauty Loungeas my location for this hair-raising adventure! I’ll be documenting my Laser Hair Removal throughout the year and answering all of your questions about the process! Today I just wanted to introduce to Deify, and my new journey and share why I choose Deify. Deify is a gorgeous salon in Chelsea +(one other location in East Greenbush NY, 10 minutes away from Albany), full of an experienced staff with the leading technology. The owner, Melissa has seen over 100,000 laser procedures, so I kind of like those odds and is one of the highest rated Spa’s in the City. Most importantly, after meeting with a few spa’s I felt most comfortable with Melissa – who made me feel right at home, answered all my questions, even the stupid ones without making me feel like an idiot and was super down to earth. So if I’m going to trust anyone with this procedure, it’s Deify!
*Must try brushes*
In future posts I’ll share more about my experiences with lots of detail, and answer all of your Laser Questions! I’ll also give you lots of opportunities to try Deify at a discount – so stay tuned! Until then, send me your questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line Let’s Get Lasered or leave a comment with your question below! I’m really excited to share this experience with you!
There’s a cute little place somewhere in snowy Utah that has a little bit of history – some ancient and some not so much! Introducing, Solider’s hollow!
Once upon a time, Solider’s Hollow was small Native American encampment and later, in the 1850’s, a stopover for a group of Army surveyors. Actually some pretty tragic stuff happened there, but sometimes history isn’t so pretty – I won’t get too into it but more recently (2002) Soldier Hollow was a place for healthy competition and celebration as it was grounds for the Winter Olympics! After the Olympics, they remained open as a place for cross country skiing, tubbing and a serious view!
While I was in Utah we ventured up (down? over? sorry I don’t know Utah geography – at all lol) to Solider’s Hollow for more outdoor winter activities and frozen fun (I’ll share them here, soon). These photos we’re taken on the balcony of the lodge, looking out on the cross country ski resort. While I was in Utah, I was forever memorized by how beautiful every inch of the snow covered state was – so much so, that people post their Utah photos on instagram with the hashtag beaUTAHful lol. I thought that was too corny, even for me, so I stuck with #utahisrad lol but click the hashtage (either one to see how pretty it is for yourself!
How cute is this sweater situation? I don’t wear Madewell that often, it’s a little too cool and trendy hipster for me and my style lol but thought it was super unique that I had to have it! It looks like it’s two pieces, but it’s actually one! It’s a great way to get the layered look with only one piece – which is great for a getaway with limited suitcase space (I refuse to check a bag!) because you only have to pack the sweater! I’m obviously not stick skinny lol so I sometimes have a hard time layering with chunky knits without looking chunky myself – this sweater helps me be cool and layered, without the weight gain that doubling up on the sweaters can do #score
I paired it with Lululemon leggings and my go to over the knee boots! Honestly, I never understood the lulu hype, I was one of those people who was like “it’s just leggings” (don’t hate me) and never really understood why people paid $100 for leggings… I kins of think that leggings, tights, socks and underwear (and tampons) should be free lol so I hate spending money on them and buy the cheapest ones I can find – like I troll the $3 bin at forever 21 or search amazon for $5 tights and target for $2 tights … because, cheap! Also, I don’t work out that much or wear leggings on the reg, so I didn’t really ever feel the need to invest in a pair like that!
Anyways, my friend Whitney works at Lulu and it’s pretty much all she ever wears, so she swears by the stuff! She finally got me into a pair of leggings and I’m kind of obsessed – they fit like a glove, their high waisted and (the best part) dog hair brushes right off of them, so they are a must for Life with Waffles. I wore them all day and was warm enough even though it was like 20 degrees in Utah, and wore them under my Snow pants when we wen’t tubing about an hour after these were taken! Will I ever spend $100 on another pair of leggings, ehh idk, maybe not, but I do really really love these fullux high times and think investing in at-least one pair is totally worth it!
P.S. Thanks to my friend Kristin for the mad photo skillZz and Whitney for just being Whitney lol #myfriendsareawesome
P.P.S. I’m selling a pair of Stuart Weitzman heeled Over The Knee boots!!!!! Read below! This Pair, the Stuart Weitzman Highland heeled boot in black leather! They retail for $875 + tax (like $90), my pair has been worn for one full day, I shot with them in the morning, took a cab to the office, and then took a cab home – so they were only outside for a bit.
There’s nothing wrong with them I just am cleaning lout my closet and I don’t wear them enough (like I said, I only wore them once)
They’re size 7.5 (I am a 7.5 almost always) they fit true to size and come with the box and dust bag! I’m asking $650 for them and offering free shipping to anywhere in the USA + will give you 5 outfit ideas and ways to wear them with your purchase just for fun let me know if you’re interested, send me an email at courtney@colormecourtney
I had such a blast in Utah, I literally rolled around in the snow like all day. because I’m from the west coat I turn into a seven year old whenever snow is involved – “OMG SNOW”!!
But your snow day fun can be cut real short if you’re freezing (trust me I know) – although jeans and suede boots might be crazy cute for a snow day, snow pants, over fleece lined leggings with snow boots and two pairs of socks was a little more conducive to chilin‘ in this environment!
I basically lived in these snow pants in Utah! Perfect for tubing or making snow angles, you know all of those normal adult activities! Like I mentioned, I stayed warm by layering fleece lined leggings under my snow pants – you can get them on amazon for like next to nothing and the literally save me from freezing to death during the winter! I also took lots of cashmere sweaters on my trip, along with snow boats, beanies and a coat or two (or three or four) to keep me warm and toastie throughout our winter activities!
Although I love living in New York and have recently become pretty clingy with the East Coast, I still love returning to the side of the country where I grew up (the for a little vacay! This week I’m in Utah for all of the s’s: skiing, Sundance, sledding, snow & sleep overs with my besties!
Have you met my Girl Group? We have Whitney – an ultra-glam makeup artist, cheer coach and Zumba instructor who’s very clingy with Lulu Lemon & all things athleisure; Kristin – a marketing maven in the making and performer extraordinaire who’s worked for notable names like J.crew and Disney… and not to mention she’s Color Me Courtney’s biggest fan & part-time employee (she’ll be helping me out with Fashion Week this year); and Sheree – a movie obsessed, Actress who knows anything and everything about the silver screen… and TV’s Teen Wolf. Anyways, when the three of us get together – it’s pretty Epic (with a capital E).
After high school and winning Miss Teen Arizona (NBD) Whitney moved to Utah for College – since then she’s lived in Portugal for two years, NYC for a Summer and now back to our home state of Arizona. Kristin was born in Cali (Calabasas actually, she’s basically a Kardasian, she even has the K!) but moved to AZ at age ten, when we met at our Dance Studio (I met Whit there two, around age seven), she spent three years traveling the world with Disney (and will leave again after Fashion Week) and spent last Summer in NYC too (it was the first time the four of us lived in the same place since 2008!) but now resides in Utah. Ree (Sheree) was born and raised in Arizona and we met in high school when we cheered together – after college in AZ she moved to New York a year after me for an acting conservatory program, but (sadly) moves back to West Coast after her stint in Utah … tear.
Anyways, Ree is in Utah working Sundance because #acting and Kristin is spending her last week here before she comes to NYC and then off globe trotting with Disney. I had to come to Utah for Sundance coverage and a few other projects and stories and Whit was overdue for a Utah rendezvous and had the week off of work, so it was super serendipitous that four of us would be together for the first time since last summer in this great state, Yay!!!!
Although there is definitely more work than play going on this trip, I’m also here working on a few fun snow stories and loving every second of this winter wonderland. Don’t get me wrong, it’s kind of crazy cold, but since we haven’t had any substantial snow days in NYC this season (although we might be getting some this weekend, yay) I’m soaking up all of the snow and slush Utah has to offer, and as a bonus enjoying the time with my Besties!
They’re so awesome – they turn into my CMC dream team when I’m here without Paris: helping with shoot ideas, taking my pictures, and trying to container our laugher for just long enough to get a photo or two. Although exploring a new state is always fun, honestly my best memories from our trip so far have been the hours spent in the car, jamming to One Direction, making fun of and ganging up on each other and not acting our age. Being with your besties on vacation is truly the BEST and one sure fire way to make you feel, #ForeverYoung!
Something Magical happened this weekend in New York City, we had a super special visitor named Jonas!
As you probably know, this weekend half of the country was hit with inches and inches of fresh powder! It snowed all day Saturday, and was the biggest blizzard I have ever seen. Some records indicate we got around 28 inches of snow! All I know is that when I went outside the next day, the fire hydrant by my apartment was covered in snow!
Being from Arizona, and not used to snow, Paris and I couldn’t resist stepping out into the storm to play a little and snap some pics on Saturday… not once but twice! The best part? It actually wasn’t that cold, just wet and blizzard-y! Either way, we had a blast!
The Red Coat I wore was particular warm, I literally only wore a long sleeve shirt (not even a sweater) underneath and I was totally fine! I did double up on socks though to keep me warm inside my rain boots, that I subbed for snow boots!