For me, weekends are all about spending time with your favorite people, exploring new places and honestly – just eating… everything!
Living in new york is so cool because there are so many different neighborhoods with a different vibe, so you can switch things on in a snap! Spending the day uptown or down in battery park (where these photos were taken) can give you a totally different look at your own city and almost feel like a fun day trip!
Lately, I’ve been doing that wearing sneakers and denim cut off plus some kind of striped top. And since the weather has been slightly shifting, I recently wore a long sleeve blue striped tee paired with my go to denim shorts & trust white converse for the easiest weekend look … like, ever!
Finishing touch for this effortless weekend vibe was a baseball hat I stole from my boyfriend (sorry Paris) and a red lip to make me feel like a girl! Baseball hats aren’t usually my thing, up I made it more fun & whimsical by pairing with messy pig tales – I probably look like a child but WHO CARES 😉 . Also I’m obsessed with this big giant tote – It literally fits EVERYTHING in it and is perfect for traveling.
I’m kind of sort of obsessed with my astrological sign! I was born July 26th, making me a Leo, baby, 😉 and I couldn’t be prouder…. ironically, in true Leo fashion! Leo’s are known for being bold, bright and sometimes even bossy (whoops); they always make an entrance and like to be the center of attention (double whoops) and often times have big, larger than life personalities. If you had a mean girl in highschool, she was probably a leo (yikes) but it’s also pretty likely that your student council president or head cheerleader was also in that leo category too (guilty!) – so some leo’s use their power for good too, I promise!
Today I’m rocking a totally cute Leo tote bag designed by the Saturn Sisters as part of their new collaboration with LOFT! The Saturn Sisters have written all your favorite horoscopes as seen in Cosmo, Teen Vogue and more awesome fashion bible sources – so of course I was so totally PYSCED about this collab.
I’m not really into horoscopes or astrololgy in general… just really into being a Leo (so leo of me) lol. But I do try to be a bright light in people’s lives and lift people up through positivity and super fun outfits that make you smile – like this cute and casual look from LOFT does just that. It walks the line between corporate and casual, with a denim skirt dressy enough to wear to work with a white blazer and pups or cute enough to rock on a weekend with stripes and a denim jacket. I think denim on denim always makes a bold statement in a classic way, just like being a Leo and is totally on trend right now. I also had to stick with my signature stripes, because their timeless, fun and a little bit playful – just like a Leo should be 😉
Between work, blogging and life in NYC I don’t always have all the time to do those fun, recreational activities I used to. One of the biggest things I’ve missed out on is reading! I used to be a big book worm, reading every night before bed and always with my nose in a book – but sadly when free time goes out the window, so does some of those favorite things you no longer find the time for.
Over the weekend, we took a much needed stay-cation uptown and spent most of our days in Central Park! I took advantage of the time to catch up on a little light reading and crack open Everybody Rise – a new novel I’ve been eyeing every since I was invited to attend an event for it a while back with the author, Stephanie Clifford. It’s about an “outsider” Evelyn and her desperate and comical climb up the social ladder. Basically, a grown up gossip girl with a relatable twist and hilarious undertones… so yeah, I’m into it! I’ve just started but it’s so far it’s turning out to be the perfect end of summer read full of smiles and wit – you’ll like it, I swear!
Dressing like the social outsider I can sometimes be, I wore my current obsession – overalls for our second day of park fun! It was kind of cool over the weekend (78ish and slightly cloudy) so an over all & button down crop top combo was the perfect pair! To dress things up a bit I carried my leopard clutch, which is somewhat out of place (kind of like Evelyn) but also somehow works. I kept things comfy with white sneakers and a Boater hat … again.
Everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarten, treat others the way you want to be treated, always share, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all and most importantly – when it comes to getting dressed, look cute & feeling comfortable go hand in hand… Oh and that all boys (except waffles) have cooties so keep your distance!
Sometimes I wish I could dress like my 8 year old self, but like in a better, older, more “mature” (well kind of) way … you know? Like If I could take all the awesome style I had before I hit double digits (haha) and make it cool, modern and still crazy comfortable that would probably be THE BEST THING EVER. I’m talking about wearing something that I could spend the day on the playground in or wear to brunch with my girlfriends (and by girlfriends I mean my Frenchie, Waffles) … come on, is that too much to ask?
Nope, it’s so totally not! And today I have the solution to all your kindergarten nap dreams – Mox shoes! It’s no secret I kind of sort of still act like a kid (did you see the bubble I blew in central park this weekend?) and I live a pretty active lifestyle, I mean I spend most of the day having my own dance party wherever I go and often documenting it on camera, so when it comes to my everyday outfits comfort, functionality and of course, style are key. So when Mox reached out and introduced me to these darling ballerina flats with twist, basically the “big girl” Jellies my twenty something year old self had been dreaming about, I slipping into a crazy cute navy pair and skipped off into the central park sunset.
My blue boating style consisted of a baby blue gingham crop top that tied at the waist paired with my current favorite denim skirt (perfect for summer and fall) and a boater hat – I’ll be honest, this part was pretty much just for fashion, and not really functional, but hey it looks cute, right? so who cares 😉 The final touch were these crazy cute blueberry mox shoes to add that youthful touch with a current twist – plus they’re rubber, so perfect to wear near water, grass or wherever else your park adventures make take you… including on a bridge, where your weirdo French Bulldog finds the perfect frenchie perch position and decides to turn into a Waffle Taco…. see below and try not to LOL!
HI!!!! Sometimes I forget that I don’t share the details to all my outfits (so rude of me) so to make up for it, I rounding up some recent favs for you RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW… you can thank me later 😉
You can shop pretty much everything you see directly from this post, all you have to do is click the images you see as you go! Okay, LETS DO THIS!
A little red lip and summer hat action never hurt ANYONE! this is my all time favorite shade “ruby woo” the perfect matte and lasts all day! I also love me some “lady danger” so I linked to them both below!
Little red dress with a little spin action! Was red-dy to rock a fun dinner with the Dunkin Donuts team in this spicy little thang!
I always say YES to sprinkles, in my home decor and dessert decisions so this Ice cream vase was a no brainer!
I like these shoes almost as much as I like waffles… JK look at that face, but they ARE pretty stinking cute & comfortable. Lately I’ve been yes to espadrille flatforms, and Waffles kisses everyday!
ALL OF THE COLORS…. and patterns and blooms and smiles and things. Packed everything but the kitchen sink into this look as I skipped off to watch my bestie star in a show!
Standing out is cool and all but sometimes its fun to blend in… Loving the tile print of this darling off he shoulder top paired perfectly with a full blue skirt! Fun fact, the skirt is the same as the orange one in the image above it… but I loved it so much I bought it in two colors!
You’re never fully dressed without a smile… or WAFFLES! Giving a casual look a super fun twist with classic white and black and white stripes … and oh yeah, waffles
When in doubt, dress like a sunset! This dress is seriously the softest thing EVER. I’m currently wearing it around my house… and I’ll probably wear it to bed, and maybe even to work tomorrow because its just SOOO snuggly and because I’m lazy like that!
Don’t mind my ears, they came to party! These tassel earrings are a MUST have for every date look, party outfit and average Wednesday wear.
Cotton Candy Skies & Retro Swimwear for the WIN! Obsessed with this floral swimsuit, it brings the coverage & the wow factor that we’re all looking for!
Okay so now I gotta know, what’s your fav??!
PS don’t forget to follow me instagram @colormecourtney for more crazy colors and everyday outfit inspo!
The best way to dress up a little black bow dress, is by pairing it with a red lip… and matching red balloons of course
Oh hey bloggers (or other crazy people who like to shoot with balloons) this one is for you! Today I’m sharing a few tips for shooting with these pretty popables!
I’m not an expert at much, but I do know how to shoot with balloons! I’m not saying I’m the best at it, actually far from it, but I have had some really unsuccessful balloon shoots where I get bopped in the head, pop my balloons or just trip and fall in the ribbons haha so I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned from my few too many balloon shoots in hopes of improving your next one.
1 – check the weather, if its too hot, rain-y or too windy, today is not the day to tackle the balloon shoot… believe me, I’ve tried it in all three situations and you’ll end up with soggy ribbon, heat-stroke balloons that pop and wilt or a balloon straight to the face!
2 – stick to solids, polka dot balloons are fun and SO tempting but it always looks a little bit better when you shoot with a solid colored balloon, also it is best if you get five or six (five is usually the magic number, but I get six incase I pop one) of the same colored balloons, who knew there would be such a science to balloon shooting right?
3 – consider the lens, we usually shoot with a fixed 50mm sense, but with balloons you might want to switch to something wider so you can ensure you capture all of those balloon pretties, if not, you’ll need to revise your pose to awkwardly holding the balloons lower than you feel comfortable doing – it will still look good but will just feel awkward!
4 – Have fun! Trying to be “pretty” when balloon shooting is just awkward. Stop trying to act like an adult and let out your inner child, some of the best balloon photos I’ve ever taken are when I’m just having a ball!
5 – Pay it Forward – when you’re done with the balloon, find the cutest kids around and start giving them away! It will seriously light up their day to get a spontaneous balloon gift and make you feel pretty awesome too!I wore this little black dress for my birthday weekend! It looks like just a normal black dress online, but I gave it a Color Me Courtney twist by tying the tie waist detail into a little black bow! The rest was built from closet basics: nude sandals, a leopard clutch and a bright red lip! Since the dress is currently on sale for only $28 its a crazy steal, plus you can wear it to work with a blazer, on the weekend with flats or dressing it up like I did with a few simple pieces!
What about you, Have you ever shot with balloons? I always have more fun doing it than I probably should…
Although Summer is technically coming to an end, it is still very, very hot in NYC! If you’re feeling the heat wherever you live, than this pots is especially for you! Today I’m sharing two cute summer date night outfit and date night ideas for those warmer nights!
The easiest way to get dressed up for a fun summer date night without sweating like a crazy lady is to wear a summer dress. I’m kind of obsessed with this bright, patterned dress with bow tie sleeves. It’s soooo cute and has the right amount of color to make a statement for any summer date! Not to mention, it’s on sale … oh and IT HAS POCKETS which is a total game changer for me with any dress. I wore this dress, with flatish sandals a few weekends back, when Paris and I went out for ice cream and a sunset stroll on Pier 45 Hudson River Park!
For a sassier date night look, try a off the shoulder crop top with a slitted maxi skirt! I love the drama of an off the shoulder silhouette, but to really crank it up a notch I paired it with a flirty maxi skirt with a serious slit. The maxi skirt gives you maximum coverage, but the slit dresses it down and brings a little sassier side to the look. I wore this for a dressier dinner one night with this summer with Paris. Our favorite restaurant when we want something “dressy” (and the dressiest we get is about $35-40 a meal, because we’re kind of cheap) is 44 and X in Hell’s Kitchen – great food, good ambiance and the people are always SO NICE !
It’s colorful, it’s crazy, it makes me want fruity pebbles ? – it’s a totally amazing technicolor rainbow dream dress (that is actually a swim suit coverup but shh its awesome) and you kind of sort of NEED IT. #letstwin
Three big giant cheers for this dress, I mean COME ON how fun is this? What’s better than eating sprinkles everyday? not much but dressing like it totally comes kind of sort of not even close.. but whatever you get the point and this dress is the closest second around. Color me OBSESSED with this sugar coated rainbow spectacular!
Hey did you guys know I kind of like color? just a tiny little bit. Well this dress is basically me, in dress form. Bright, Bold and totally twirl worthy! I KNEW I had to have it for my birthday and just for random, otherwise boring Wednesdays – because where else would I wear such a pretty little number? I firmly believe you don’t need a celebration to wear something this awesome, you can get away with sprinkled inspired style just because you’re sparkly… and besides if you walk in to ANYWHERE wearing this dress no one will have anything negative to say because ITS A RAINBOW SPRINKLES DRESS and it doesn’t get much better than that.
So like I said, i wore this dress for dinner at the sugar factory. But have since dressed it down with flat espadrille sandals and a denim jacket (See the proof via instagram). Honestly I think it works both ways. For the dressy version, I kept it simple with Stuart Wietzman shoes, I love that they kind of dress it up and give it a splash of sophistication, plus they instantly make you legs look awesome and help you make everything you own look much more expensive, so sign me up! Honestly, I can’t gush enough about these heels – if you plan to invest in any pair of shoes, invest in these babies!!!! The final touch (aside from an ear to ear smile, duh) were these fun tassel earrings that I can’t stop wearing… like ever! They’re only $32 !!! Plus they instantly dress up EVERYTHING or take crazy colorful outfits (like this one) over the top, which you know I love 😉
Hope your week has been super sparkly, if not read this maybe it will cheer you up a bit or help get you through, or just make you laugh at how ridiculous I am… either way, mission accomplished >> click hurr
Take a peak into my watermelon world, and what a wonderful world it is.
If a fruit is shaped like a smile, I’m instantly in to it. Make that fruit pink, green with black polka dots and insanely delicious, and I’m now obsessed… and you should be too.
What’s not to love about watermelons? They are basically the Summer Mascot, bright, beautiful, refreshing and oh so delicious. Weather the year is 1965 or 2015, Watermelons never go out of style! Use them to freshen up a salad, or wear them to make a statement – either way, you can’t go wrong.
I hope you liked today’s watermelon lookbook – I think it’s a little different from what I normally do, but will be the first of many as I start to take Color Me Courtney to the next level! Don’t worry, everything you have come to know and love will stay, you’ll just start to see sprinkles of fun, and very color-me-courtney editorial pieces like this one along with so much more! Stay tuned, I can’t wait to share!
I couldn’t be more excited (obviously) because today I’m sharing THE PERFECT little white dress that you need in your closet, like now.
Don’t worry, you’re totally not seeing double… I’m just taking this dress from day to night with a few easy styling changes – yay! I’m all about the versatility, I love investing in a piece you can wear countless ways and firmly believe that every season (or atleast every other) you should invest in something that you can take from work to weekend, or day to night. This summer – my investment was this little white off the shoulder perfect frilly amazing dress.
I’m so obsessed with this perfect LWD – I love that it has a Lacey, girly feel without being too “frilly” PLUS it works as off the shoulder or on and is so fun and twirl worthy. Most importantly it’s light weight and breathable which I totally love, and kind of need for hot sticky summer (#sweaty).
I’ve actually worn this dress more times than I would like to admit. When I come home from being out (and sweating) all day, Its the first thing I reach for. I think its actually a swimsuit coverup but I don’t care – It’s just dang comfortable I’ll wear it anywhere. Today I took it from day (with sandals and a pineapple tote) to night (with sassy sandals, a leopard clutch and a color pop). I’ve also worn it with the shoulder up to work with flats or over a suit (probably as it’s intended) to the beach.