Just like salt needs pepper (or peppa), Lucy needs Ethel and every Blair needs a Serena… I’m needy too – mine’s just less scandalous, has better taste in men (like not dating her step brothers & stuff…yuck) has way prettier hair (brunettes do it better … even though I’m totally obsessed with blonde hair but that’s not the point) and is named Whitney… oh and she’s pretty freaking awesome too.
Today’s blog post is more bestie-ness, everyone has that special person who gets them through everything (and I’m actually lucky enough to have a few #winning) but miss Whit has been my bestie since we were like eight? I don’t know, for a long time so let’s just say birth.This week was kind of rough for me, I don’t know juggling work and events and blogging and oh yeah, actually having a real life can be kind of overwhelming sometime and watching my inbox pile up with email that I can’t get to because I have to sleep more than four hours that night doesn’t help, but do you know what does? Having a happy place – or person. Whit is totally my person, but she lives in Utah (sad face) so little things like face timing with her, talking to Waffles and pretending its her(I don’t do that… yes I do), watching/crying to or sending her silly snap chats (add me xocourtneyquinn) totally get me through the droughts.Aside from bestie time, another thing that totally cheers me up and keeps me going is you guys, I am so honored to have the best blog followers that leave the most amazing comments (really you guys rock so hard) and your comments can cheer me up even when I’m kind of cranky and haven’t slept in like every.thanks!Time out – I totally want to apologize, because this post has turned out to be really rambley… oops. But I am looking for new ways to get to know more of you (hence why I have started to ask you so many questions on instagram and try to respond to ever personal snap chat you guys send) so I also wanted to share a few fun fact today, because it’s friday and that’s what friday’s are for yo (?) anyways, in return for me spilling my guts and sharing some awesome/embarrassing facts, I hope you’ll share a little about yourself in the comments below so we can work towards being blogger besties… it’s happening whether you like it or not I’m naturally really muscular and I used to be really self-conciousabout it cause I felt like I had a man body, but I just kind of got over it – I think a lot of it came from growing up, being donut obsessed and just experience. I worked out like crazy for a while and my body changed but my attitude didn’t so what was the point? Now I just enjoy my macho bod and eat just about everything… oops (did someone say nachos?)I also have a bubble but that doesn’t usually make its way to the blog, even when I was crazy skinny It’s always been there – following me around like some kind of creepy shadow that prevents me from wearing 90% of the jeans I want, awesome, thanks!My Caboose is the main reason I dont wear pants much – usually just skirts & dresses. But if I do, they have to be high waisted otherwise they never quite fit rightWe blew these floaties up our selves, we thought it would take 20 min but it look like an hour and we were so out of breath – but it was hilarious, i wish we saved the snap chats hahWhit and I grew up dancing about 30 hours a week starting at age 8 until high school. She was always way better than me and is an amazing ballerina, I’m just kind of a spaz but always made really interesting facial expressions haha so I’ll take that as a win. Some of the girls we used to dance with or against have gone on to have a major careers, one danced with Lady Gaga and is now her personal trainer, countless people made it on So You Think You Can Dance and one won and another made it on Glee as a dancer, who was so popular with fans she became a written role – the blonde cheerio, Brittany!Okay, I promise I’m not as creepy and obsessed with my bestie as I sound right now (okay, yes I am) I’ve just been kind of home sick/friend sick/fam sick lately and I think it is kind of starting to get to me. I am one lucky girl through cause another one of my bestie’s Sheree is a super awesome aspiring actress who lives right in NYC (score) and we’re spending the weekend together #soromantic, plus Whit along with the rest of my crazy amazing girl group are coming to the city next month so we can party on! We’re now starting to make sure we plan one girl trip every year so we can all get together because besties are the best and my life would be real lame and less hilarious without them.
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If this made you think of your person, please call them and tell them how crazy awesome they are, share this post on their Facebook wall (who does that anymore), send them a really ugly snap chat, plan a girls weekend or better yet just show up at their house with a cake (or two) whatever you do this weekend I hope a bestie bonding sesh is in the cards
They say big things come in small packages, but sometimes big things come in big packages … like a mini room make over perfectly packaged in a beautiful big boxes. As some of you know, i moved into a brand new apartment about a month ago, and ever since I’ve been slowly yet surly redecorating the place. I’m basically starting from scratch, new bed, new couch, new everything – but trying to find the perfect pieces that work together to create a space can be really tough, time consuming and expensive – so when I found out about Remodo – a cool site that sells a “bedroom in a box” that are both crazy cute and reasonably price, I couldn’t wait to try it out… oh and Waffles was pretty pumped too (Speaking of Waffles, fun fact – he loves to photobomb! So It was really hard to get any photos for this post without him… eventually I just stopped trying. Are you happy now Waffles? You win!)My blog (and life) motto is to “Dress Outside the Lines” so decorating my room with a boxed room set from Remodo, who’s motto is to “live outside the lines” was a no brainer. Despite my affinity for color, I selected a black & white refine Queen Set, which makes the perfect base for any room decor to add colors or prints to, or is cute enough to stand on it’s own.Psssst my Queen boxed room is also available in a twin size (perfect for that dorm-life, tiny bed struggle)Confession, I do 90% of my blogging from my bed, while watching dance moms or something equally as awful #Ilovetrashytv, so my bedroom is basically my office – yeah, I know, that’s totally a stretch but it does give me incentive to make it ca-uuutte! My remodo boxed room set helped me achieve my desired look & comfort level, and came with all the bed necessities (the softest white sheet set, pillow covers & duvet cover, two seriously darling pillows and a throw blanket, that Waffles called dibs on) plus my box included some of my new favorite room accessories (a chevron picture frame, agate coasters that I’m OBSESSED with, striped lucite tray and some seriously spacious storage bins…. that now belong to Waffles).Notice the “mine” paw in action, that’s how he claims his territory
One of the best parts about blogging is when I come across fun opportunities to share everything I have a learned along the way, and this weekend was full of them.Yesterday I was crazy honored to speak at Fashion PR Con to some young PR pros who will soon be taking the world by storm – so look out! In doing so I learned two things: 1) I have no filter and 2) I look really ugly when I speak haha – but it’s okay, I still had a blast sharing my blogger tips & tricks, industry secrets and a few stories I probably shouldn’t have with these crazy amazing PR peeps!It was kind cold, but I still braved peep toes & bare legs because after all it s now officially Spring! I needed the perfect top to pair with my all time favorite skirt, so I’m actually rocking a peplum I wore last week on the blog, tucked into my skirt as a normal tank – it’s one way to get multiple uses out of an easy investment piece!
It’s amazing how easily you can create a look with basic pieces in black & white. Today I’m playing with B&W for a fun, flirty and transitional look because spring IS coming and I can’t wait.
I’ve been kind of on a white jean kick lately (shop some of my favs from shopbop here), I just think they are the perfect way to refresh your wardrobe and get you ready for the new season. They pair perfectly with a sassy black top, floral blouse or cute striped sweater before things warm up for realzz.
I’ve also been really into scuba materials right now and Cynthia Rowley has the best selection. Not only does it look super cool, but if you have an adorable French Bulldog shaped shedding monster that lives in your apartment and go through a lint roller a day – the dog hair brushes right off, score!So if you need help creating a perfect pre-spring look here’s your formula: white jeans + Cool black top + New sunnies and then you’re good to go! Oh and if you are a color-a-holic, finishing with a red lip doesn’t hurt either White Jeans || Black Peplum Top c/o Cynthia Rowley || Sunglassess (also loving these)
Bangles: BaubleBar Slim Cuff || Cone Cuff || Sparkle Cone Cuff || Orb Cuff BaubleBar Slim Cuff || BaubleBar Pearl Ring || Black Sandals || Mini Black Bag
With Spring just around the corner I wanted to take a second to share some serious spring trends that you can start stalking up on right about now!
Crop Tops & Pattern MixingOne trend that I refuse to let die is pattern mixing, pairing print is a fun and fresh way to breathe new life into your old patterned favorites or to mix up some of your new ones. When mixing prints, try to use contrasting prints in complimentary colors and when in doubt, pair with stripes – stripes with floral, stripes with chevron, stripes with spots or stripes with tribal prints is a great place to start. I’m also really into the crop top circle skirt combo, it is dual parts fashion forward and flirty! Shop the top here
Petals & Pastels You don’t have to keep up with trends to know that two things will be in style when the season change – florals and pastels. Pretty pastels are always a good go-to for Spring and floral prints aren’t too far behind, but it’s sometimes fun to switch things up & pair the two together by slipping into a pastel floral dress & some crazy cute pastel accessories to match. Shop the dress.
Fringe & Neutrals
Fringe & Neutrals are also having a major moment this Spring. Although bright colors can make a crazy good impression, stark white or neutral on neutral looks can have the same serious impact. Plus Fringe gives an easy, cool vibe with a touch of boho flair. Pair a fringe top with cool wedges or boyfriend jeans for an effortless vibe. Shop the top here
Remember when I told you about Nanette Lepore’s awesomely affordable collection for JCP, L’amore by Nanette Lepore? Well fun fact, the featured crop top, floral dress and fringe top are all styles for the crazy cool collab.
Happy Saint Patricks Day you luck ducks!In the spirit of going green I’m wearing an all white, weekend look with the tiniest pop of green! Funny story about these sneaks – A coworker and I had been eyeing them for a while and talking about them at work. I literally had them in my cart while shopping on my lunch break but then decided to pass. When I came home, My boyfriend had bought me a pair … not even sure how he knew I wanted them or how he knew what color but he did… he’s the best.Since spring is coming (I promise) I think it’s okay to wear white jeans, especially crazy cool ripped ones on the weekend. I love my ripped knee jeans from asos because they are high waisted enough to fit me just right and have a little stretch. I would just recommend ordering a few sizes and a few lengths so you can get a pair with the perfect knee placement and with free returns & free shipping, you can’t loose!
I am SO BAD at keeping secrets, I love total and have a really big mouth so it’s really, really, really hard for me to keep that thing shut. So I’m finally excited to share a shoot from a month or two ago, shot on my favorite street for Look Magazine – Basically the gossipy equivalent of Life&Style magazine but in the UK.shop the look:
This bright striped sweater was one of my favorites from the winter – but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye for Spring. This crazy colored sweater is the perfect transitional piece – and really any awesome winter sweater can help you step into Spring! Pair it with a new spring skirt or a bold midi & some heels for a fun twist on your closet favs.Since being blindingly bright isn’t enough for me (incase you haven’t caught on, I’m kind of obnoxious) I decided to also dabble in pattern mixing by pairing the Dr-Suess-Esque sweater with a little bit of leopard.
Big thanks to Look Magazine for sharing this look in the UK!
I’ve never been much of the “modest type” – not sure why but I don’t really have a problem totally embarrassing myself and sharing probably a little too much sometimes, whoopsies. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get self conscious, come on we all do! So if stripping down to your skivvies (not sure if that means swimsuit or undies, let’s hope for swimsuit) gives you the heebie jeebies just know you’re totally not alone and stay tuned cause I’m going to help you slim down for Spring Break without hitting the gym – say whaaaYesterday, I shared the tiny little baby steps I take to getting my bod beach ready, but what if you didn’t have to skip sprinkles this spring to look supa fly in nearly nothing ? What if you could achieve that killer (looking) bod & confidence without breaking a sweat? Now that’s the kind of diet I can commit to … No diet at all. To help you get there, here are two surprisingly slimming suits that will help you drop a few pounds without moving a muscle – boomSuit || Lipstick || Shades
I like to think I play the role as your style god mother sometimes and your glittery guinea pig at others , giving you little sprinkles of style advise and helping you learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to make then yourself. So today I’m taking in a third role (multi-tasker in the house) and becoming your personal trainer too… Only without all the yelling and grunting and making you work stuff, I’m just here to tell you how fabulous you’ll look…. and you do look totes fab!You should always find your smallest point and make it do the talking, especially with swimwear! For me it’s my waist so I found this killer one piece that hides my problem areas (lower tummy) and draws the attention to my waist. Plus the removable ruffle (yes, removable) in the contrasting color even pulls in more attention to my tiniest part and the dark color blocking on the side panels in combination with floral print creates the illusion of a smaller figure, see totally fooled you, right? Shop it herefloat || suit || shades
If you want to swim in the deep end and show off your mid-drift without broadcasting last nights dinner (and dessert) try a high waisted two piece in a bold color! Color always helps distract from your problem bit and the high-waisted nature will keep you hidden and pull that tummy flat! Plus the tap is also super flattering and makes a busty bow – always a bonus. Shop the suit here
Okay so one of the saddest parts about being an adult has to be the lack of spring break in your life (boo), but if I was a super awesome college kid (or a teacher) I would be totally pumped for a week full of warm weather and no school… but instead I’m in my New York apartment watching Catfish, with no donut floatie in sight (well except for on my gram). So today, I’m playing pretend and showing you how to get spring break ready to strut your stuff in this darling VS pink bralette … the only thing I expect in return is an invite to wherever you are jet setting off too, I promise, I travel light
Let’s get physical.. Eh that sounds like too much work, how about just beach bod ready. My secret’s out, I’m so not into the gym (about a year ago I gave up my membership to spend my Equinox budget on shoes, oops #prioirties) but I am into crop tops so when the weather warms up, I ditch the donuts (and by ditch I mean scale down to 2 week instead of the usual 4ishhh) and switch soda for water. Plus I sit on my exercise ball during Dance Moms and Scandal and Pretty Little Liars and The Voice (okay, okay, I have the worst taste in TV…don’t judge) instead of lounging on the couch per usual and do abs during the commercials, while Waffles stares and laughs at me. I’ll be honest, it’s not much, but I’m not trying to be a super model here so it does the job. The plus? This bralette when paired with a tank makes the cutest work out clothes, which for some serves as a little extra inspiration to push it to the limit.
When I was young(er) and cool(er) I was also crazy smart about packing for spring break. Pick a few super cute items like this darling bralette, a statement skirt & some heels and wear them multiple ways.This year, try to pick one piece to be the star of the show come spring bring and plan around it! A lace bralette is a good choice because it’s comes in crazy cute colors, is slim in your suitcase, is made of super soft eyelash lace and, drum roll please, its padded so NBN – No bra Necessary… woo (get your minds out of the gutter, not in a gross girl-gone-wild kind of way, but more in a I-don’t-have-to go-to-school-for-five-days-so-I-don’t-want-to-wear-a-bra-but-also-need-to-look-awesome, sort of way). Plus love the bralette just bare with anything high waisted (skirt, shorts, jeans .. anything) or under a tank or denim jacket for a little more coverage! I also like it with a high-waisted midi & heels for the perfect spring break party look Either way you rock it you’ll be the perfect mixture of sugar and spice for Spring Break!
What are you doing (and wearing) for spring break… and can I come with?
Thanks to Victorias Secret Pink & Chictopia for partnering on this post.
Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA this week, I’ve been juggling work, having friends in town and trying to spend a little bit more time with my boyfriend (and Waffles). Sometimes having a second blog job can interfere with your 9-5 or you real life, and although I totally love love love blogging, I love the rest of my life too so it’s sometimes nice to unplug.Speaking of living a double life, I sometimes feel like a crazy super hero (without the awesome cape, boo) and I know I’m not the only one. In addition to my 9-5 job (that is usually more like 9-8), I then come home and spend an addition 3-5 hours blogging, researching for posts, editing photos, answering emails, gramming and formulating collaborative opportunities for the blog, you know… the struggle.Anyways, I have a lot of awesome “Spring” blog posts coming your way next week and I am crazy excited to share, but before we say goodbye to winter. I wanted to share a look at this awesome event I hosted for some of my favorite Five to Niners, including a great group of bloggers, industry professionals and bloggers. The event was held at Botequim – a darling little boutique Brazilian fusion spot at the Hyatt Union Square created by champion NY chef’s that serves the most decadent eats! In addition to amazing food, killer cocktails and the best company of NYFW, our guests went home with goodies from my favorite makeup brand – bare essentials, the cutest pocket planners from Graphic Image NY (parent company of GiGi new york and their amazing bags) and my new biggest obsession, sole serum a “treat your feet” product to make sky high heels wearable and pain-free!
Oh and me, I shed my NYFW layers and stripped down into a polka dot & leopard combo (one of my fav combos) and a little bit Loren Hope of for the event!
Big giant monster thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the 5-9 struggle and all of the bloggers who do both! If you’re one of us, you’re not alone and someone (me) totally appreciates what you do & work for on an everyday basis! I hope you introduce yourself below so we can be besties!!! XO