DIY Halloween Costumes

24th October 2014


Boo, Ahh!
One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner, so to get you in the spirit I’ll be bringing you some easy, last minute, DIY halloween costumes!

For those of you who have been following along since last year, you’ll know I shared a ton of DIY halloween costume ideas including Sandy from Grease, Black Swan, Holly Golightly and Poison Ivy to name a few. Since these images have been floating around on the wonderful world of pinterest, people have began to request for me to redo some of last year’s costumes with items that are currently available, so today I’m doing just that – anything for you guys ;)

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HOLLY GOLIGHTLY – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Let’s start with one of my favorites, a Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY halloween costume! Breakfast at Tiffany’s always makes me think of the best friend during my stint in San Francisco, miss Emily who introduced me to all things Audrey. We would spend hours watching Audrey Hepburn movies and eating junk #classy. Em’s tall, slender and stylish … she would make the perfect Holly Golightly for Halloween. But even if you aren’t Holly G to a T, this could still be the costume for you, I might have to give the pajama look a whirl for a party of two this year!



So For this look I gave you two options, the classic LBD look we all associate with the timeless film (pearls and all) as well as the pajamas “sleepy” Holly Golightly wearing the most stylish of PJs. Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

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I can’t say I have ever dressed up as Dorothy, but ever since adding Waffles to the mix I have been quite tempted. Somehow Waffles in a basket doesn’t seem like the brightest idea, but it would probably make for a funny story!

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SANDY FROM GREASE

Grease will always have a special place in my heart, so why not spend Halloween night singing “you’re the one that I want”? You could step into a pony tale and a smile, but I prefer pairing leather with lipstick to strut your stuff as the “bad-girl” Sandy from the final scene.

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This costume was really popular when the movie first came out, but I think it can still take a minor effort to make a major impact! I love the idea of being able to wear (or buy) a new tulle skirt Halloween purposes, but being able to wear it all year long!

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One of my other all time favorite costume ideas is Poison Ivy – the vixen villain from batman. If you’re a smoking hot red head and haven’t tried this look out yet, shame on you.  Just kidding, well kind of ;) I was Poison Ivy once a few years back in highschool, I combined one old velvet dance costume with the red fishnets from another and pinned leaves all over. There may have also been a clip in hair streak or two in the mix, but hey it was 2007ish so don’t judge me :)

If you didn’t see your dream costume in the mix, don’t fret I have more costumes coming your way in Sunday’s post! And feel free to request any costume ideas and I will do my best to spook something up for you!

Don’t Forget – Order the pieces featured in today’s post before Sunday to receive them in time for Halloween, or choose expedited shipping!

Tulle about Town

23rd October 2014

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Blush Crush Blush for FallTulle Pink Pink BlushI wanted to have a major pastel moment, so I rounded out my blush crush with a matching tulle midi ! If you have yet to invest in a twirl worthy tulle skirt what the heck are you waiting for ;) But seriously, it is by far one of my favorite pieces in my closet, second only to the powder blue Zara pumps I paired it with. I didn’t plan too, but added some sunnies along the way when I stopped into Cynthia Rowley in the West Village before strutting my stuff down to Soho (that’s what’s in the bag). They were an unexpected splurge but hey, they matched my outfits so I kind of had to swipe my card … whooopps, sorry bank account!
Tulle Skirt and cropped Sweater

Cropped Baby Pink Sweater via Piperlime || Tulle Midi Skirt 
blue pastel pumps || Little White Asos Bag On Sale|| Cynthia Rowley Sunnies

Tulle Pink Blush PinkBefore you go I have to share a secret… I found these crazy cute tulle skirts in so many colors for $34 each… and I may have gone a little bit crazy! How cute would they be with the matching cropped sweater like mine to match? Basically you can recreate this look in every color for $100 or less a look – so get shopping!!! You can thank me later ;)


Photography on this one was a Joint effort, some by my shopping partner for the day and some by my momma who was in town for the weekend!

Fall Style Guide: 10 Pieces to make 100 Outfits

20th October 2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.42.08 PMif you haven’t noticed by the change in weather (or my lip color) Fall Is Here! So to get you wardrobe ready for one of Fashion’s favorite season’s, today I’m back at sharing my 10 pieces 100 ways - where I show you how to completely rebuild your wardrobe and create 100 different outfits by investing in ten new pieces & pairing them with your wardrobe basics.100 outfits create 100 outfits from 10 pieces 10 pieces 100 outfits what to wear for fall fall style guide fall shopping guide what to buy fro fall fall fashion fall fashion guide how to dress for fall what to wear for fall fall fashion guide how to wear 10 ways to wear ten ways to wear color me courtney color me courtney

The Investments
After studying previewing the hottest looks for the season at New York Fashion Week last Spring, studying up on the hottest Fall Fashion trends for 2014, doing a little (okay a lot) of shopping and doing some street style spotting (and stalking) I have comprised a list of ten trendy investment pieces for Fall 2014 that you absolutely need this season.

The Basics
For basics, I turned to some of the pieces that every woman should have in their closet and also combined some of the investment pieces I suggested in last seasons version of the 10 pieces 100 ways post for Spring. These versatile pieces will become strong wardrobe staples. For fall, you might also want to consider adding winter boots, a trench coat, leather jacket, black tights, peacoat or scarf to any of these looks to make them a bit warmer.

So here’s how this post is going to work, I’ll show you ten ways to wear each investment piece then show you 5 or so versions of that investment piece at all different price ranges for you to purchase to get the look! In the end you’ll walk away with 100 new outfits and tons of style information – awesome right? So without further ado, let’s do this thing!

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You know how you can’t go wrong with a graphic tee? Well the same can be said for a graphic sweater or sweatshirt! Dress it up, dress it down and wear it everywhere!

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We all know a full midi skirt is a must have (I wear one almost everyday) but if you’re looking for a skirt with a little less drama but just as much stylish impact, a pleated midi skirt is a perfect pick plus it will look amazing with almost every Fall trend!

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Pastels are usually a Spring thing, but this year they are one of the biggest trends for Fall! The best part? The fall-worthy pieces you invest in today will carry you through to Spring 2015 and for many more springs to come. I love a pastel midi to wear with knee high boots, dark tights, chunky turtle necks and pretty much anything else.

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Vests had a major moment this Fall! Although I am kind of obsessed with some of the sleeveless pea coat styles (like this one) and the fantasy fur vests (like this) going on this season, I choose to stick to the classics with a leather moto-esque vest. This is true investment piece that you’ll be able to wear for seasons to come and with almost everything!

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I feel like a crucial part to every wardrobe is a killer heel and every season gives you a new chance to splurge on at least one awesome pair. They can really become the defining point of a simple look when paired with distressed denim or a midi skirt to show off those stems!

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There is nothing cozier then a big giant chunky turtle neck! Plus is pairs perfectly with a contrasting mini skirt or easy with boyfriend jeans. Basically you can’t go wrong with a turtle neck sweater!

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Bombers are seriously the best – no lie! An awesome varsity jacket can keep you warm while making you look crazy cool. Plus whenever I wear one, I feel like the bad-girl-class-cutting-head-cheerleader alter ego. She’s totally not me but it is so fun to pretend right (see my anti-courtney alter ego here)


See how I rock a bomber here and here

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Since Fall Pastels are all the range this season, why not invest in a super cozy pastel sweater. I chose a V-neck to switch things up, but whatever sweater you choose will be perfect for this Fall and for Spring too!

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I’m kind of obsessed with all the varsity trends that have been floating around this season and the 90’s inspired plaid midi has to be at the top of my list. I’m not sure if all the hottest designers got together last year and had a clueless marathon before designing their 2014 collections or if I’m just totally buggin’ but am truly thankful for the 90’s style comeback.

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Crop tops were everywhere this year, first Spring and then again come Summer, so why not give the trend a cozy twist for Fall? Well you belly bearing wishes have been answered with the crazy cool cropped sweater trend.

And now, just to overwhelm you (and prove I’m not lying and that there is actually no exact repeats ;) ) here’s all 100 outfits! 100 outfits create 100 outfits from 10 pieces 10 pieces 100 outfits what to wear for fall fall style guide fall shopping guide what to buy fro fall fall fashion fall fashion guide how to dress for fall what to wear for fall fall fashion guide how to wear 10 ways to wear ten ways to wear color me courtney color me courtney

And that’s a wrap! I hope this helped you in creating your Fall Fashion Wardrobe! If you loved this post please leave me an awesome comment below and feel free to share this post :) I’ll be back at it again come Spring 2015!

Black & Brown

13th October 2014

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In addition to dusting off my favorite fall basics, I always end up stocking up on new basics at this time of the year. I recently added this brown leather jacket and leather midi skirt and replaced my leopard heels with a new, pointed pair! These are basics I know I will wear for fall seasons to come and can even carry forward throughout winter and spring… so I don’t fell as bad breaking the bank a little to do so (just don’t tell my boyfriend ;) ).

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Old Navy Waffle Knit Sweater (similar) || Nine West Leopard Haircalf Pumps
Black Coach Willis Purse || Wet & Wild Cherry Bomb Lipstick
and find more perfect pieces for Fall via INC international concepts, only at Macy’s

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and check out more awesome fall looks from a few other blogger beauts here 

Little Red Stripe Coat

10th October 2014

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Every girl needs a little red stripey coat, and red bow shoes to match ;)

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Wednesday Night I attended a mini runway at Saks 5th Avenue featuring Polo by Ralph Lauren’s new Winter/Holiday collection (can you believe we are there already? what happened to Fall?) hosted by Elle Mag! I brought my favorite wedding photographer Claire Eliza as my date (p.s. she now does blog photos too) oh and my boyfriend/paparazzi came too ;) to snap my picture… jk Paris you know I love you!

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I don’t consider myself particularly preppy, or edgy, or cool… I guess my style doesn’t really fit into a category because it’s constantly changing. But I do try and dip my toes heels into different trends. This stripey coat was a little outside my normal wardrobe window (it’s navy, and now the only navy thing I own… navy is one of those colors I used to despise, just like brown, but I am learning to love it :) ).

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Anyways, I thought a preppy, stripey coat would fit right in at the Polo show, but I was actually pleasantly surprised that it was some-what of a lone wolf at the presentation. Basically, the polo you know has evolved into something new, modern, effortless and chic. It was fun to see first hand how this brand has transformed under it’s new creative director. Since I work for Coach, a company that is on the same transformative path, I really appreciate the new direction Polo Ralph Lauren is taking – pops of neon and funky hats sprinkled the runway paired with 90’s floral, nonchalant plaid maxi’s, the ultimate LBD’s and of course, the classic Polo RL structured coats we know and love.

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This military inspired coat (jacket version here) was definitely one of my favorite piece of the night, I was crazy about the contrasting color pop in the collar mixed with the historic shape and military-esque details – It actually reminded me of the Originals on the CW in the best way, please tell me I’m not the only one who watches trashy teen television…. please!

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p.s congrats to the winners of our three part Blair inspired giveaway with the Trendy Sparrow! The winners are…
Have a lot of Mimosas – Courtney via pinterest @courtdan1992
Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness - Maggie Stokes
What would Blair Do - Stephanie via @tragicwardrobe

The Trendy Sparrow is so sweet she gifted me one more of these darling prints, but I was so inspired by all of your love for Blair and this week of give aways, I’ve decided to pay it forward by gifting mine to one other winner chosen randomly from all three entries, congrats Melissa Kimber you’re our lucky 3rd surprise winner :) Oh and don’t worry, I will definitely be heading over to Trendy Sparrow to buy myself a Blair Print to replace it ;)

If you didn’t win, you can still pick up your own print here and be sure to take another peek at my 3 blair waldorf inspired outfits here! Winners – you have 48 hours to email me at courtney@colormecourtney with your full name and shipping address and I will send those prints your way :)

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Banana Republic Coat (on sale plus 40% off this weekend)
White Button Up || Joe Fresh Jeans || Red Bow Heels (similar)
Leopard Belt (similar) || Ruby Woo Lips

Until next time, XOXO ;)

What Would Blair Wear

8th October 2014

IMG_8635 (1)“Spotted: C stealing B’s style and trying to pass it off as her own. Oh C, don’t you know there is only one Queen B and she doesn’t like Downtown girls going through her laundry bin. Hold on to your headband’s Upper East Siders, looks like we might have ourselves a cat fight.”
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B always brings the drama, so a bright red midi is just one small piece of an over-the-top outfit. Although B probably would indulge in the crop top trend, she would make it her own by investing in a subtly sheer floral blouse to tuck into her mind-blowing midi. Since pattern, trends and twirl-worthy red aren’t enough for Queen B, I think Blair would finish the look with another pop of color and a little bit of bow action with powder blue pumps.

Blair Waldorf Giveaway
For my third BW giveaway (enter one and two before they end Thursday) I’m giving away one more darling Blair print from The Trendy Sparrow. To enter to win Color Me Courtney and The Trendy Sparrow. on pinterest (be sure to click follow all) and be sure to leave a comment below sharing your Pinterest name and saying you’ve entered!

IMG_8679and enter to win yesterday’s give away here // and monday’s here
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Asos Red Midi Skirt || Asos Floral Crop Top
Zara Blue Bow Pump (similar) || Blue Coach Clutch (similar)
Ruby Woo Lipstick red lipstick … and an upper east side attitude ;)     Color Me Courtney Blair Waldorf Style Dress like Blair Waldorf Blair Waldorf costume dress like gossip girl how to dress like gossip girl how to dress like blair blair style balir waldorf style blair waldorf fashion sense blair waldorf inspired style blair waldorf fashion blog blair waldorf blog blair blog blair waldorf

 

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Blair Waldorf at the Met

7th October 2014

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“They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but that doesn’t mean one should imitate the
Queen. Carful C, queen B doesn’t take well to copy-cats” – XOXO, Gossip Girl
Welcome back to another Blair-Waldorf inspired fashion post, where I am taking twirling tips from none other than the Queen of the Upper East Side herself. My Saturday started with a pre-museum brunch before heading uptown to strut my way through the Metropolitan Museum of Art with my mom, boyfriend and friend/photographer Claire. Although I live in New York, I rarely take time to enjoy some of the typical and almost “touristy” things the big apple has to offer. IMG_8525
I decided to take not only a style, but also a lifestyle tip for Miss Waldorf, by spending the day on the Upper Eastside exploring this beautiful museum (and killer rooftop view where these photos were taken – a must see if you are ever in NYC). Since B helped inspire my day, it was only logical that I stole her style for the day too… but I’m not sure if I would really consider it stealing since it is so close to my own ;) I dusted off my favorite ted baker skirt and tucked it into a white Peter Pan collar blouse (p.s. if you don’t have one of these, you seriously need one – stat!).

IMG_8544We are used to Blair’s bows and have even seen her rock a tie or two, so I had to give her school-girl-style a chic update with a big Pussy Cat bow around my neck! I already owned an over-sized bow neck tie (are you surprised?) but I wanted a silky/satin one to match the material of my skirt. I took this giant black ribbon from my tiny NYC craft closet (which is sadly just a bedazzled box… boo) and used double stick tape to “hem” the edges before tying it around my neck and slipping it under the collar. If you choose to DIY or buy (for just $15) a bow like this can really amp up a basic white blouse and Blair-ify your wardrobe.

I’m a firm believer in pattern mixing, if you do it right (and in moderation) you can really make it work with any outfit. When in doubt, just add leopard. It’s more of a neutral than a pattern anyway, and pairs perfectly with almost every other print! I even wore it with Zebra once to really switch things up.
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So today I’m giving away another darling Blair Waldorf print from The Trendy Sparrow! Enter to win by liking Color Me Courtney and The Trendy Sparrow on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me you have! Plus swing by this post to see how else you can enter to win! Contest ends Thursday at Midnight and I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s post, plus I will be giving away one more print tomorrow so stay tuned! IMG_8551

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Ted Baker Skirt (check out this Milly one I recently bought)

Asos Peter Pan Blouse (similar) || DIY black bow (buy one here) || Leopard Pumps
Francesca’s Clutch c/o  (similar) || Karen Walker Sunnies || Ruby WooIMG_8524

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Dare to be Blair

6th October 2014

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There are so many worlds to live (and dress by) that I have incorporated into my personal style bible over the years, but above all there was one 5 letter acronym that has taken a driving force in my fashion inspo:
WWBWW – What Would Blair Waldorf Wear
P.S. keep reading for a fun give away at th end of this post

color me courtney blair waldorf fashion blair waldorf fashion style blair waldorf inspired blair waldorf fashion dress like blair waldorf how to dress like blair waldorf what would blair waldorf wear blair waldorf inspiredFall 2007 was a year/season that changed my life forever (and no, I’m not being dramatic at all). I started applying for colleges, planning our high school homecoming, obsessing over getting a perfect score on the SAT’s and dreaming of New York… but most importantly, I was introduced to the scandalous lives of manhattan’s elite and my TV bestie and life long style inspiration, Blair Waldorf.color me courtney blair waldorf fashion blair waldorf fashion style blair waldorf inspired blair waldorf fashion dress like blair waldorf how to dress like blair waldorf what would blair waldorf wear blair waldorf inspiredBlair is a big fan of Miss Audrey Hepburn and even had an Holly Go-lightley trench coat moment chasing Chuck in the rain (P.S. if B&C aren’t the ultimate power couple, who is?!). Since she is also no stranger to stripes, bows or preppy-knee highs, I combined all three of these blair-approved pieces with my signature red lip to create this classic, BW look with a CMC twist :)blair waldorf bow headband blair waldorf fashion blair waldorf outfits gossip girl outfits blair waldorf stripes blair waldorf fashion style blair waldorf stripe outfit blair waldorf trench blair waldorf inspired fashion blair waldorf wear what would blair waldorf wearIt’s been a while, but this week I’m bringing Blair (and her headbands) back to the blog by featuring three Blair-esque looks to get you inspired by the Queen B! Plus I’ll be teaming up with The Trendy Sparrow to give away three awesome Blair Inspired prints with a new way to win each day.blair waldorf bow headband blair waldorf fashion blair waldorf outfits gossip girl outfits blair waldorf stripes blair waldorf fashion style blair waldorf stripe outfit blair waldorf trench blair waldorf inspired fashion blair waldorf wear what would blair waldorf wear

Blair Waldorf Giveaway
To enter to win the one below, follow @colormecourtney and @thetrendysparrow on instagram and leave a comment on this post saying you have done so + your insta name! Contest ends Thursday at Midnight and the winner will be announced in Friday’s post!IMG_8613“Well well well, you thought you had seen the last of me… hand’t you? But where there is style to be stolen with a side of juicy gossip, I am never too far away. How else would you keep up with the scandalous lives of manhattan’s elite? You know you love me… and that you really missed me. XOXO, Gossip Girl”blair waldorf bow headband blair waldorf fashion blair waldorf outfits gossip girl outfits blair waldorf stripes blair waldorf fashion style blair waldorf stripe outfit blair waldorf trench blair waldorf inspired fashion blair waldorf wear what would blair waldorf wear


Sorry, all of today’s post details are old or vintage, but I linked to similar options for you to get the look!
Vintage Bow headband || BCBG Striped Sweater Dress
H&M Trench Coat || Kate Spade booties || Black Knee High socks
Vintage black bag (love this one) || Ruby Woo Lipstick || Kate Spade Bow Ring

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Camo + Leopard

2nd October 2014

new york fashion blog nyc fashion blogger ny fashion blog new york fashion blog stye blog black fashion blog black fashion blogger style new york old navy style camo skirt camo for fall camo Untitled 26Today I’m pattern mixing with two prints that are unexpectedly neutral, camo & leopard! And talking about a few recent steps I have been taking to challenge myself and my closet – self five!new york fashion blog nyc fashion blogger ny fashion blog new york fashion blog stye blog black fashion blog black fashion blogger style new york old navy style camo skirt camo for fall camo Untitled 20new york fashion blog nyc fashion blogger ny fashion blog new york fashion blog stye blog black fashion blog black fashion blogger style new york old navy style camo skirt camo for fall camo Untitled 28I’ve never been a big fan of camo print, well unless it’s a camo pants & flip flops situation - “I saw Cady Heron wearing camo pants and flip flips, so I bought camo pants & flip flops” But while on a mass ordering spree from Old Navy (guys, I have an online shopping addiction, I need help … p.s. everything at old navy is 30% off till 10/9, heck yeah) I added this camo skirt to cart to give it a whirl. It’s a mini pencil skirt – so not my shape. As you have probably noticed I go for the fit & flare variety in the midi length, and have a “the more the merrier” attitude towards stripes and leather and pleats (oh my). But sometimes you have to add something unexpected to your wardrobe, and switch things up a bit … you know #DressOutsideTheLInes!new york fashion blog nyc fashion blogger ny fashion blog new york fashion blog stye blog black fashion blog black fashion blogger style new york old navy style camo skirt camo for fall camo Untitled 19Anyways, if camo wasn’t enough of a streeettch for me, the same week I added my first and only brown piece to my wardrobe … a whiskey leather jacket from Coach! I snagged this sucker for a crazy deal, if I told you you wouldn’t even believe me (yay employee perks) but was still a little scared about mixing it into your wardrobe. Since I don’t own anything brown, or navy it is really hard to start, because if you add one navy piece or your first brown item but everything else you own is striped and bright and candy colored, what do you wear it with? … a camo skirt, that’s what.new york fashion blog nyc fashion blogger ny fashion blog new york fashion blog stye blog black fashion blog black fashion blogger style new york old navy style camo skirt camo for fall camo Untitled 30new york fashion blog nyc fashion blogger ny fashion blog new york fashion blog stye blog black fashion blog black fashion blogger style new york old navy style camo skirt camo for fall camo Untitled 25Let’s make it 3 for 3, I stepped outside of my comfort skirt with a camo mini (what, what … that’s strike 1), then took a walk on the wild side by wearing this brown leather jacket (strike 2) and finally totally went against my normal tucked-in style by wearing a sweater over my skirt. Don’t call the officials yet, I haven’t been completely abducted by aliens with alternative style preferences… I still keep it Courtney with a pop of leopard (always), my signature colored lip (cherry bomb for fall) and by defining my waist aka my smallest point with a skinny mini belt – see I haven’t completely changed.new york fashion blog nyc fashion blogger ny fashion blog new york fashion blog stye blog black fashion blog black fashion blogger style new york old navy style camo skirt camo for fall camoI hope you liked this different side of my style (and don’t disown me for it !!!) I am always trying to switch things up and challenge my fashion sense and closet potential… hope it inspires you to do it too :)
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Old Navy Camo Skirt || Nine West Leopard Pumps
Coach Brown Leather Jacket ||Old Navy Waffle Knit Sweater
Kate Spade Cat iPhone Case|| Coach Wristlet (love this one)
Rings: Bauble Bar || Armed & Readi || Coach Pearl Ring (similar) || Madewell
Arm Party: J.crew Pave Link Bracelet || Gold Link Bracelet

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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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