Trying not to tear up when I say that this is probably my last fall look of the season (okay, I lied #tear) because now that Thanksgiving is around the corner we are in full holiday swing, so you’ll start to see lots of holiday content coming to Color Me Courtney (out of respect for thanksgiving, I like to wait until after the holiday passes to get my Christmas on… sorry!!) but before we dive head first into all the Christmas Crazy, lets give Fall one last hoorah!
One of my favorite parts about Fall are Over The Knee boots! They look great with any mini skirt or skinny jean and work in both heel & flat styles. Last weekend I wore my flat ones all through disneyland on my feet for 15ish hours a day for two days straight! Of course my feet hurt (even my friends wearing tennies were hurting) because anyone would after 15 hours – but I think the fact that I could get through the day in my lowlands said a lot about these magic boots!
In addition to OTK boots, I am also all about a good blanket scarf, especially when it’s more scarf than blanket! I wore this extremely oversized one to the park for an early morning puppy paydate with Olivia and her French Batman! It was the perfect look for a fun fall morning and kept me warm enough without resorting to a Coat!
The best part about OTK boots and blanket scarfs is that they are great for Fall but also perfect for Winter too! You can wear these cuties all through the holiday season and into Winter next year (yikes can you believe its almost 2016, OMG) so you’ll get lots of use out of them!
The biggest shopping day of the year is here!!! And I don’t know about you but I’m totally overwhelmed … but don’t worry guys, if you’re feeling the pressure you can to the right place! Confession, I’m a total bargain pro and I can tell you where all the serious steals are at AND sharing the must have finds! MOST IMPORTANTLY I’m sharing my tips and tricks for a successful black friday!
It’s really easy to get overwhelmed and therefore over buy – but with my method you don’t have to do that! So today I’m sharing my secret for knowing What to buy on Black Friday — I like to limit myself to five genres within two categories: For me and No for Me.
1 For Me – Something Basic
2 For Me – Something Leather
3 For Me – Something Fun
4 Not for Me – A gift for a girlfriend
5 Not for Me – A gift for the boyfriend
Once you have that in mind, THEN and only then you can hit the stores (or sites) and start searching. If you go in there blind you will over buy!!!! You need a clear game plan and a clear vision for WHAT you want to walk out with to keep you from going Black-Friday-Bananas!
The Sale I’m MOST Excited about is at BodenUSA.com – After being introduced to Boden earlier this year it quickly became one of my favorite retailers! It’s basically jcrew basics with a Color Me Courtney Twist and just SO ME I love everything! They’re offering 30% off for Black Friday so I think its the PERFECT time to try out this retailer and stock up on sweaters (or anything else)!
Alright – so let’s get into my shopping favs! Everything has a caption that tell you why I love it, or how much off it will be for black friday soooo happy shopping!!!
Incase you haven’t noticed I’m ALL about over the knee bots – I wear them with mini skirts and sweaters, I wear them with leggings and oversized shirts or with jeans and a tee shirt! But most of all, I wear them with long sleeve dresses all Fall and Winter long! So today I’m sharing THREE ways that you can wear my favorite combo of the season – long sleeve dresses and over the knee boots plus sharing three of my favorite OTK boots!
If you DON’T have a pair of Over The Knee Boots, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Hop to it!!! Every girl needs at least one pair in their wardrobe for Fall and Winter – it’s non negociable! Seriously, you need some!!I love them because you can wear them in any fallesque weather – if you’re on the west coast and the weather is warmer, you can pull on your OTK boots with a lighter dress (like the ones I’m wearing today) or a mini skirt and tee to make it feel like fall despite the lack of chill in the air! I wore mine all weekend long in disneyland with a teeshirt and skirt combo and was perfectly fine despite the 75 degree weather!
I have about seven pairs of Over the knee bots but five pairs that are in constant rotation: My Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots in grey & black and my Ivanka Trump Over the Knee boots in Black, Grey and Burgundy! My Ivanka Trump boots have a heel but are the most comfortable heeled boots I have ever worn! I even returned a few more expensive heeled pair after finding these because they are SO comfortable (for heels) plus they’re priced under $200!! They help me dress up any long sleeve dress or mini skirt and make my legs look longer (score).
I also love my flat lowlands, like I said I wore these all over disneyland for two days straight! Because they’re flats, they’re super comfortable but you can still dress up pretty much anything with these darling boots – I was planning on only getting the black pair but ended up investing in both colors because I knew I would wear them all the time … and I do ! They’re on my feet about 5 days of the week every week without fail #dontjudgeme
Not sure what it is about the Holidays but I LOVE to get comfy cozy in Pajamas this time of the year. It doesn’t matter if I’m somewhere cold like my current apartment in New York City or back home in Arizona, where I was born and raised, even if the weather is not-so-frightful I want to be wearing pajamas!
There’s something so sweet and comforting about going home from the holidays or just enjoying your winter break – in high school I would have serial sleepovers with my besties that included movie binging or sneaking out for a little TP session (shhh don’t tell). In College I would come home from school to reunite with those same friends and stay up late swapping stories and catching up … “Tell me EVERYTHING!” And now I go home and snuggle up between Mom, Grandma and our Family dog to watch some really bad TV (My mom LOVES the Kardashians lol), or spend the nights destroying my little brother at monopoly … (You’re going DOWN Trent). My point? No matter the activity – Pajamas are my outfit of choice! So today I wanted to share four super cute pajama looks that work for high school Courtney, College girl Court or now – post-grad Color Me Courtney with a big kid job and the heart of a child. Either way, I’m all about ultra-comfort when it comes to Holiday Pajamas all while looking crazy cute – and these pretty little PJS do just the trick.
Naughty or Nice your Pajamas have to reflect your personality! If you’re playful and fun – try mixing patterns with blue flannel and snow flake pants! What about a little bit wild? Then you can pull off a plaid on plaid flannel look with a twist – the ultimate fur vest to be worn at home or out on the town! Are you sporty & cool, rock holiday joggers and a graphic pull over for something on trend with a holiday touch! Or you can always just play it safe in the cutest way possible by pairing a go to flannel pajama pant with cozy socks and a graphic top! Either way, the key to look cute in holiday PJ’s is to get creative! Mixing your matches, breaking up sets and adding unexpected elements can help you really elevate your Pajama game and (bonus) give you DOUBLE the Pajama Wear by letting you turn two pajama sets into three or four different sleepwear styles!
The holidays just got sweater – Aerie (who happens to be the QUEEN of crazy cozy PJs in my personal opinion) has gone BOGO for the holidays by offering buy one get one styles on Pajama styles for Black Friday! It’s the perfect time to stock up on sleepwear, pick up gifts for your besties or totally rebuild your Pajama wardrobe! However you choose to indulge – I know you’ll look darling and (most importantly) be so comfortable in the CUTEST holiday PJS – Yay!
You know those mornings where you wish you could go to work wearing Pajamas? Yeah me too!!! They come far too frequently in the winter for me, when it’s cold I want to be COZY and wear my pajamas – end of story.
Well believe it or not, today’s look came from one of those “I’m not putting on pants” mornings – because most days, I’m not totally feeling them. When that happens I reach for this same dang leather skirt (its my total fav) and a comfy sweater coat – and I kind of feel like I’m still in Pajamas! BUT because I can’t look like a bum at work, I added jewelry, over the knee boots and a little bit of Chanel…
Not only did this semi-glam outfit start out as PJs (lol) it’s also only half as glam as it looks. This beautiful Chanel is all mine … for a week! Because I rented it with this new renting service called Village Luxe – that connects women in NYC to share their closets with weekly rentals – score! I don’t currently have the funds for Chanel (or the closet space for more purses) so this was the perfect way to feel a little bit fabulous without spending a lot of money! I’ve rented a few other channel’s from them since and love ever single one! PLUS I want to start renting my stuff out through them too! Although I don’t own any Chanel, I do have some fun and whimsical pieces that I can part with for the week!
As promised, I’m starting to bring you LOTS more fun beauty content here to ColorMeCourtney – YAY!! Today is all about how Pooja and Living Proof helped transform my hair last week from dead to drab while breathing new life into my locks!
I spend a lot of time (& money) on my clothes, but to be honest I don’t invest much in my appearance otherwise (#yikes) lol. Recently, I’ve tried cutting back on hair care, both appointments and even sometimes on product and it’s totally showed! SO when I was asked to try Living Proof, a hair care line that I’ve hear AMAZING things about and been dying to give a whirl – I tickled pink. I didn’t think anything could top that excitement – until I entered the Salon.
Welcome to the COOLEST SALON EVER – Blackstones NYC located in the East Village! The Hat Shop turned Salon pays tributes to its roots with epic décor – I’m talking dreamy vanity mirrors with a vintage vibe and a dash of quirkiness. It was by far the most whimsical hair experience I had ever had.
An experience … I have actually never thought about that before but getting your hair done should be an experience – and at Blackstones they totally deliver. Waiting on you like a taxidermy queen (the place is covered in taxidermy and interesting art) and Pooja (my stylist) was AMAZING! She gave my hair the TLC it totally deserved and helped educate me on the reasons why my damage is occurring (double yikes) and how to prevent it (yay Pooja). Not to mention, she was the cutest, spunkiest thing I’ve ever seen – it’s always nice when you have a stylist who A) listens to you B) does a good job and C) is just enjoyable to be around – and that’s Pooja!
Honestly, it doesn’t matter how beautiful a Salon is, if the service isn’t good and if my hair doesn’t turn out looking awesome, right? Yes the experience matters – but so does your hair! Pooja introduced me to Living Proof, a hair care line I have been DYING to try ever since I saw a blogger review their frizz fighting product over the summer. So a little about my hair, it’s naturally curly (I straighten it), it hates humidity and just New York in general (Very frizzy). So I have a lot of problems with it – it’s dry, damaged and just not my best friend right now.
After my treatment using the Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment (let it sit for 10 min) and washing up with Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Living Proof Restore Conditioner I was kind of BLOWN AWAY by the instant change I saw in my hair. It was softer, lighter and easier to style! After Pooja trimmed the dead ends, and styled me with Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream and Living Proof’s Style Lab Straight heat activated protectant I couldn’t believe how different it looked! SO much so I’ve been wearing it straight (opposed to wavy) ever since – I think you can see the difference!
Pooja sent me home with a bunch of Living Proof product – my favorite being the “restore” collection since that’s what my damage hair needed. Since switching to Living Proof product which do not have silicone in it (yuck, did you know most hair products do??) I’ve noticed a visible difference – not only does it look healthier but (the best part) is it is SO MUCH easier to style, which for me is the biggest bonus! Living Proof also shares some awesome tips for healthier hair and using their products on their blog!
Living Proof Favorite Products to Try
(What are you waiting for, give it a whirl!)
Although Autumn in New York is pretty epic, It can’t quite compare to the charm of New England in the Fall.
As a born and bread Arizonan, I never saw the leaves change the way they do on the east coast – so a few weekends back we took full advantage of the most colorful time of the year by trekking up to Boston and Salem to really experience this enchanted season.
I was so crazy smitten that I had to take one (or like 100) too many photos and today I’m sharing some of my favorite bits from Beacon Hill – a glorious neighborhood sprinkled with the cutest of brownstone-esque mansions in Boston.
Fun Fact – Waffles loves leaves and guess what, so do I! As we walked along and wandered through I started to collect some of my favorites, all in different shapes, sizes and colors so I would have something to take back with me to NYC. I also ended up pulling countless leaves out of waffles mouth – not sure why he LOVES to eat them, silly little pup!OUTFIT DETAILS: Dress || Cardigan || Hat || Belt || Booties || Bag
My outfit ended up being perfect for exploring the city – crazy comfy booties paired with over the knee socks let me walk all day, a sleeveless sweater dress layered under a brown thick belt and a chunky cardigan were perfect for every changing weather and a little white beret to fight off any wind! I was so comfortable while wandering Beacon Hill that I really got to enjoy every inch!
Although I loved SO MUCH of Boston, Beacon Hills was my absolute favorite! I cannot wait to come visit again!
Today, I’m sharing two pretty little Fall makeup & hair looks that work for Autumn on into Winter with two cool beauty brands – Trésemme Haircare and Essence Cosmetics. As you guys know, I’m not a big beauty person – I don’t do much to my hair and rarely wear makeup aside from lipstick, but I wanted to share two “Courtney friendly” beauty looks for the girl who doesn’t want to cake it on (#guilty).
First up – Sixties style!
This first look is a little bit sixties with a holiday-esque twist! Bold brows can really make a difference, some days I’ll wear nothing but brows and lipstick – because that’s kind of all I need, but today I added to that by pairing bold brows from my brow palette with statement lashes, and a rosey lip!
Since the holidays are right around the corner, I thought it might be fun to dress myself up as a present! When my hair is flat and dirty, I like to start with dry shampoo and keratin shine balm to give it a little refresh! I use a black ribbon as a headband to give it that sixties vibe with a holiday twist and help cover some of the dirty hair happenings going on near my part and scalp. Then I flip out my ends with a flat iron, but not before I protect my ends with a heat protectant!
Next – Fun Bun & Nude Eyes!
I’m not much of an eye-make up gal, eye shadow is not my friend! SO when I do anything on my lid, it’s nearly nude! I used this Nude Palette, to create a subtle nude smokey eye situation and my new go-to brow kit to make an extra bold eye. I also added some bronzer for a a little bit of a glow and used lip liner and a purple-nude lipstick to match my dress!
Top Knot + Blanket scarf are my goto looks for Fall and all the way through Winter! When things get cold, I get lazy (lol) so two day, three day and four day hair becomes the norm – oops! If you’re fighting off dirty locks, try a little dry shampoo before pulling your hair into an on top of your hair pony to start off your knot. Then I wrap my pony right around and tuck it into a ballerina bun before pulling out the pieces and pinning a few into place! After it’s all set, I make everything stick with a brushable hold hairspray.
Well thats it! I hope you enjoyed my to easy breezy beauty looks! Both of these creations took ten minutes or less to create because that’s how I roll 😉 plus all the products that were used are priced at $15 or less each (most of them much less than that) making this not only a really quick but also a very affordable look to try! SO if you want to give them a whirl, I’m linking to everything below: Shop The Goods!
Believe it or not the holiday season is pretty much upon us! SO now its he perfect time to start getting your gifting on and right now Neiman Marcus has a few treats too good not to share. So today I’m teaming up with Shop At Home to tell you all about it!
Today I’m talking all about closet basics and sharing some of the must have pieces that every woman needs in their wardrobe! These basics work all year around add SO MUCH value to your wardrobe!
Mixing and matching your basics can give you unlimited outfit options and crazy clothing potential. Investing in a few key basics (like I outlined below) can stay with you season after season, year after year!
Lets See the Basics in Action!
OH and because I love Basics SO MUCH and think they are so important for your wardrobe, I also made a video talking you through a few of my favorite basic pieces outlined today. I’ve shared it on my youtube channel! I hope you check it out and subscribe
Click the links & photos below for all of the featured items in this post!