There are a few things every woman needs in her closet rotation from age 16 to 60 – little black dress, classic & comfortable pumps, a neutral blazer, something leopard and a perfect blouse… and today I’m teaming up with Maurices to talk all about that must-have 5th member of the vital closet clique – the perfect blouse!
Styles come & go but a basic blouse is pretty much always in style, especially if you invest in the right shape & color… oh and the best part? You don’t usually have to spend a lot to get this must have piece, BUT if you keep reading you might just be able to add that perfect piece to your closet FOR FREE, I know right? don’t. go. anywhere!Today I’m rocking the only blouse you need for work, weekend and everything in between “the perfect blouse” from Maurices Light weight fabric and a seriously fun color pallet paired with just enough coverage and a classic fit, make this a go-to blouse for any occasion. While most would usually pair it with a pencil skirt and pumps or under a pant suit for a corporate environment, I decided to give this look an unexpected edge with a little (okay, a lot) of leather!I tucked the Perfect Blouse into a little black leather skirt and took things to the next level with over the knee boots! I really fell in love with the frozen lake color of this blouse (basically if Elsa was real, which she totally is, she would wear this blouse in this color to her day job as a marketing manager at a big ice cream cooperation and then rock it for date night with prince charming) so I played it up by pairing it with a contrasting oxblood lip and bag before finishing the look with a oversized vest and a leather jacket incase things got chilly, but the cold never bothered me anyway 😉
Over all, I love how I can take a blouse that could be work wear, but made it wearable for play as well – it totally expands your wardrobe and that can change EVERYTHING! You could also rock this blouse with jeans and sneakers under a cute leather jacket for the weekend or dress it up for a day at the office with trousers and a cardigan – either way you wear it I know you’re look AMAZING!
There’s one thing that I use to complete every single outfit. One tiny little pretty product that can totally make or break a look. The ultimate accessory that every woman should own at least a few shades of that can be a complete style game changers, that says “hello, I’m here and I’m Fabulous!” that can completely rock your wardrobe’s world … what is this magical necessity I’m so beyond obsessed with? Why Lipstick of course! Darling, Lipstick changes everything!!!
Ladies, listen up! The red lip is a classic, a must have a kind of a no-brainer. I for one am all about a ruby red lip, but so is everyone else! Iconic beauties like Mrs. Monroe made it just that – iconic and nowadays there’s a hue for every shade a kind of lady, but today we’re stepping outside of that little red box! Today I’m teaming up with Buxom to break down four must have hues from their Bold Gel Lipstick collection available at Sephora! The collection features thirty satin and matte shades, that I’m actually guilty of owning all of but these lipsticks four favs that I’m sharing today are at the top of my must have list! They’re trendy, but also timeless, and can totally be the star of the show or just enhance your look. So buckle your seatbelt lipstick lovers and consider this your crash course in pretty pouts!
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Who doesn’t love a nude lip? And this Matte Sinful Cinnamon from Buxom is the PERFECT nudey-hue ! It’s just the right amount of sexy without over-doing it. This lip has always been around, but has made a recent comeback (thanks Kylie) and I’m not mad about it. TBH this year was the FIRST time I actually dabbled in stripping down in the lip department, I was always afraid that they wouldn’t be bold enough for me, and most aren’t but Sinful Cinnamon, like all of the shades in the Bold Gel lipstick collection, is crazy pigmented and I’m actually really glad I gave the trend a whirl! Oh and this Sinful Cinnamon is for sure new go-to nudey nude!
Pink lipstick is a pretty lady fav, it can help take a super girly outfit to the next level or just add an unexpected element to a basic jeans & tee look! I fell in love with this bubble gum pinky color called “Defiant Bloom” which is probably the most perfect name for this shade because it’s pretty with a punch! I am usually a matte lipstick girl (ps this collection consists of satin and matte color) not only does it prevent the whole “hair getting stuck to your gloss issue” that I really hate, but I think it looks better, and tends to last all day, just my personal opinion… BUT I also loved Buxom’s Rose Julep gloss so I layered it over Defiant Bloom for a little sheen and maximum impact!
Like I said, you can’t really beat a red lip… well, unless you make it red-orange! If you’re a true believer in the ruby kisser, you HAVE TO give red orange a whirl! A Tomato-esque lip is my go to for Most or Spring, all of summer and even throughout Fall! It’s a more playful and fashion forward version of the classic we all love and totally helps bring the drama! Red-Orange is by far the most worn color in my lipstick wardrobe, and this Wild Fire shade totally checks all of my tomato filled boxes as the perfect hue for your Red-Orange fix.
Literally the second the temperature drops, I turn into a vampire. Okay, not really, but how AWESOME would it be to sparkle in the sunlight? ugh #goals. Although I’m not on that un-dead level yet I do get all vampy in the lip department with plum, or oxblood lipsticks all Fall long. They look great with all of the Fall fashion colors you’ll be dripping in all season long plus they look awesome on all skin tones (seriously, even pale peeps!). Here I’m wearing my new obsession, Voodoo Spice! While most vampy hues either lean towards the red tones with a true oxblood/burgandy color or swing towards the purple play with a berry tone this one straddles the spectrum, so you get both a pretty purply plum with red undertones and I’m OBSESSED!
Overall if you’re not on the lipstick train, you need to hop to it and get your caboose on board! Not only can it transform an outfit and take a look to the next level but it can transform you too! Today I went from Sassy Courtney (Sinful Cinnamon) to girly-girl Courtney (Defiant Bloom) to Playful Courtney (Wild Fire) to Vampire Courtney who is immortal and glitters in the sunlight (Vamp It up) – what a girl can dream right!? GIVE ONE OF THESE SHADES A TRY and let out your inner rockstar, or vampire it might just change everything!
If you told me this time last year that I would be all over the seventies trend I would have laughed in your face… but here I am, looking like Jackie Burkhart and totally LOVING IT!
If you’ve been just the tinniest bit awake this season you know that we’ve took a little trip back in time, to the 1970s, baby?! It’s all about suede skirts, serious flares and flatforms for Fall — can you dig it? Of course you can because it’s groovy,funky and so totally FAR OUT… DUDE!
Because a little seventies can go a long way, the best way to tackle this trend is to try it on in small doses. Pair a seventies skirt (like mine – which is awesome and you need it, nuff said) and keep it simple and chic with over the knee boots or a classic white button down! If flares are your thing, give them a whirl with a classic heel (TRY LEOPARD! I double dog dare you!!) and a white tank under a leather jacket and BOOM insta-chic!
Okay back to OTK boots, I promise you this won’t be the last you see of them this season. I intent to wear THE HECK out of them all season long. They’re easy, ca-ute and go with EVERYTHING. I swear. You need those too, so like HOP ON IT!
I love me some Fall!!!! And the only thing I love more then stocking up on some serious seasonal goodness is SAVING while I do it (uhm, yes!). Today I’ll tell you how to do both!
It’s always fun to splurge! I try to stick to a budget and not spend all of my rent, food and travel money on shoes but sometimes it’s JUST SO HARD! To manage, I try to allow myself one splurge-worthy purchase (anything priced above $800) per season. It usually helps wet my appetite without pushing me overboard. BUT if there is any season where I sway off course it’s Fall, Ya’ll! With the new season (and one of the best fashion seasons of the year if I must say so myself) now is the perfect time to pick out a new bag, switch up your make up routine or find your new sole mate or just stock up on all those awesome layering pieces you’re totally gonna need! Best part? Neiman Marcus is having so many crazy promotions going on right now, basically a new one every week – eek!
OMG GUYS!!! It’s finally here – the most wonderful time of the year …. you know whatI’m talking about — OVER THE KNEE BOOT SEASON, YESSS!!!!
Color Me OBSESSED with Over the Knee boots, they’re just SO CHIC and not to mention totally practical! I basically LIVE in OTK boots all season long, pairing them with dresses & skirts for fall and layering them over tights or jeans for winter ! If you don’t have a pair you have to HAVE TO invest, they’ll change your life, I promise I promise I promise!!! And would I ever lie to you? NO WAY! I like you guys way to much for that 😉
I found this darling wine colored pair of OTK boots online (for under $200!!!! shop them here) while I was late night binge shopping (oops) and had to give them a try, honestly, I thought I would probably end up returning them! I figured there was NO WAY they could be cute, comfortable and fit my donut loving legs for under $200 when most OTK boots worth investing in retail for $800ish, but imagine my surprize and delight when I LALALOVED them more in person than I did online – LIKE WHAT! THIS NEVER HAPPENS!!!!!
I was actually SO SMITTEN, after they arrived at my door that while trying them on I ordered them AGAIN in all three colors they’re offered in – Wine/maroon (pictured), black and grey because like come on, I NEED THEM and for $165 I couldn’t NOT get them!!!!! #sorrybankaccount ! My friend Whit who was with my while I was trying them on was so obsessed she ordered a pair (or two) too and then when I wore them the first night out, my friend Lex was also in awe that she too had to say yes to the boots, because like OMG they’re SO CUTE!
Although the boots are kind of the star of this outfit show, I paired them with a matching lip & my new favorite little bitty baby chloe bag. I love how OTK (over the knee) boots look with a mini skirt, so I stepped into the cutest little navy bow skirt, I love how it is super girly and feminine but in a fashion forward way that’s a little unexpected! So fun, I had to have it! I kept it simple up top with a grey button down crop top with long sleeves from Lulus (that’s I’m probably a little too chubby for at the moment but whatever I’m bulking up for the winter people hahah), I love that it’s so on-trend but also super easy and wearable! Finishing touches were a few gold jewelry pieces and a big ole’ smile… DUH!
GUYS ! Something so crazy happened to my simple white dress on my way to the Cynthia Rowley Fashion Week Presentation – you’re not going to BELIEVE IT!
SO I was wearing a super cute lwd (YUP, after labor day, because rules = BOR-RING!!!) when all of a sudden I stumbled upon a super epic paint ball fight between two rival paint ball gangs in the west village! I was simultaneously ATTACKED by the pastel paint ballers and their rival counterparts, the paint the town red-ders (yeah I know, that name is kind of a stretch, they should totally get their act together…). I had no choice but to join in the fun and in the process got COVERED in paint ball paint, totally ruining my dress … or so I thought…
Truth is, I loved the end result and ended up rocking my pain-ball-dress to Cynthia Rowley and could’t be happier about it – okay, real truth is that I bought this pretty amazing paint ball dress as is and there is no such thing as rival paintball gangs that terrorize the streets of new york city, but I think you knew that. Anyways, it’s sometimes super fun to make up a crazy story that goes with outfits because WHY NOT
Other dress will try to take it’s place, but the LBD will always be the QUEEN of all little dresses – the rest are just wannabes 😉
HOW CUTE is this little lace black dress (LLBD) it’s just the right amount of sweet & sour, edgy and effortless and sexy & sassy… and I’m obsessed! Not only is it so comfortable and easy to wear, but it also works pretty much year around, score!
The best part about black lace? the versatility! I wore this darling, dainty piece for NYFW with bright shoes & a color pop bag, then again a week later to the office with flats and a cardigan! When summer was still lingering I rocked it sleepless or with a denim jacket, and now that fall is here I can’t wait to layer it under my favorite leather jacket with black booties – yay!
There’s nothing I love more than making my outfits match the Fall feel by color coordinating to the seasonal ambiance, and a burgundy suede combo totally does the trick!
Does this outfit make me look like Eva Mendes? Hah a girl can dream right (Hey Ryan!!!!) – well despite our current lack of twinning, this look was designed by her! It’s part of her collection for New York & Co. The collection is full of bright colors mixed with classic wine hues for an unexpected pairing, it’s really fun and totally wearable!
I always, always like to look on the bright side, because why not? – and this tendency totally reflects in my outfits!
This skirt if a total work of art!!! But honestly, I never met a crazy colorful skirt I didn’t like, and by like I mean TOTALLY NEED IN MY CLOSET RIGHT NOW! And this patterned little pretty is no exception, I mean COME ON it’s SOOO CUTE and I kind of sort of love it!
A pencil skirt is usually reserved for date night or the office depending on how you wear it, and that’s it but I gave it a fun and flirty vibe with a dash of casual whimsy to make it perfect for Sunday brunch or a day at the museum! A denim jacket is perfect for dressing something down and also super practical when we’re in this in-between weather situation – I tie one around my waist most days just incase!
All of these bright colors of the skirt played with pop accessories and basics up top work together to create a really fun, just totally wearable look for pretty much anything, and the bonus? You can’t help but smile when you wear it, see it or watch it hanging in your closet it – I even flashed some teeth when I picked it up my floor to hang it up with the growing pile of clothes I’ve been avoiding… it’s just that awesome!!
So new york is SO TOTALLY AWESOME but there are some definite perks of living in the city and also some serious challenges – one of them being furniture shopping!
When I started putting my apartment together it was kind of crazy difficult, all of my favorite Arizona stores were no where to be found, all of the stuff I found online wasn’t available in NYC stores and if for some odd reason I could find it at a store, getting it home was a whole other obstacle! Oh and if it came in like 15 thousand pieces? uh FORGET IT! Also I really wanted affordable furniture but also crazy cute, because let’s be honest I’ll probably end up tossing it out on the street in a few years when I move on to wherever I go next, whether it be another neighborhood or a different city, state, country, you name it!Anyways, if you live in New York or a similar city I am sure you can relate, I never thought I would miss Ikea so much (we have one, just getting there is a whole other story, and they’ll probably send you home without a piece so you’ll have to haul everything back two or three times – it’s really fun)… until my favorite AZ furniture store came to NYC and totally ROCKED MY WORLD! So without further adieu I’m so pumped to announce that WORLD MARKET HAS COME TO NYC.
If you don’t know what World Market is, serious shame on you – JK (well kind of). It’s the most amazing hodge lodge of every furniture thing you could ever need, from couches to chairs to dinning tables and more, plus they have amazingly adorable accessories and lots of charming pieces that make a place instantly feel like home – basically it’s amazing! So when they opened a crazy cool concept store in NYC where you can not only see and sample the furniture but also order things directly to your door I was totally stoked!
Cute furniture break, shop a few of my favorite pieces from World Market by clicking on the images below….
I picked up my desk from World Market after eyeing it for like 47 weeks, it’s totally my BFF and not just because I spend most nights chained to it creating killer content for you guys! BUT because it’s dual parts cute & functional and fits just right in my space! I love that the new Chelsea concept store in NYC would have let me see and try the desk in real life before committing to purchase – it’s a total game changer!
PS you can shop My Desk Area by clicking the photos below:
This partnership was created in partnership with my friends at World Market all opinions are all my own! Thanks for supporting brands that support this brand!!