For my first two Koo-Koo for Kate Spade posts I am going to introduce you to my past and present Kate Spade experiences as well my hopeful future ones.
First, lets start with what I currently do have...
Some of my favorites include my new nude and black pumps, purple and red bag (a gift from the fabulous Whitney Nelson), my two dresses the green one purchased for my Graduation party and the black one that I just bought! I also love my new red glasses, my new black and white bag and my bow ring/earring set!
Working at Kate Spade is a gift, and a curse. Yes, I do get paid to spend my day twirling in a palace of purchasing paradise, and pairing people with their perfect purse or shoe sole mate... however, I do often fall head over heels with the in store product. This leaves me no choice but to spend my days off dreaming of what budget won't allow me to take home... Since I was getting a little lonely dreaming alone, I decided to introduce you all to my current Kate Spade wish list, starting with apparel....
I am absolutely banannas about this pink coat! I am also torn between the leopard print Dorothy dress and city lights skirt! Once of them is coming home with me before the end of this month... but which one?! Now, on to accessories!
I am gaga for the piano recital clutch and equally crazy for the connie bow loafers! Oh, and that minnie black and white bag is calling my name!
Stay tunned for more Koo-Koo Kate Spade posts coming your way!
Welcome Back Fashionistas
As some of you may know, I was recently granted the opportunity to live out my dreams by working for the gorgeous clothing, accessory and handbag line Kate Spade! To celebrate I am launching a new segment: Koo-Koo for Kate Spade, a series of posts dedicated to my all time favorite brand and now favorite employer! In order to get you guys as excited as I am, here is a collage featuring some amazing Kate Spade products and the most fabulous fuchsia cuckoo clock I have ever seen!
My final Accessorizing the Apartment post is dedicated to my bedroom feature the boldest, brightest and bravest color combination I have ever lived in: Red and Turquoise!
To replicate this color combination I am wearing a red and white striped Zara dress, white chunky Vince Camuto heels, a turquoise Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, read earrings and red bow-tie as a hair piece.
The Room Reveal:
As mentioned in my first Apartment post: Living Thrifty, most of my household items were repurposed like this painted dresser! I also accessorized my bedroom with framed Kate Spade and Tiffany's shopping bags, a red painted Bambi head, painted gold trumpet, red vases and white plumes!
I also painted my bed post turquoise and my lamp and frame red!
I bought a white on white bedspread from target and added red ribbon in a Greek Fret pattern! I then took an old white pillow and added red buttons in the tuffs and bought two red pillows from Ikea for $4 dollars each and added white ribbon bows!
Well, thats it for Accessorizing the Apartment and my Apartment inspired Apparel! I hope you guys enjoyed this swift tour of my new home! Now come visit :]
Now that you have watched the furniture transformations in Living Thrifty, you are ready to see some of the rooms in my apartment! In this post, you'll meet my retro kitchen, two closets and rosy bathroom! But thats not all, I had to include a little fashion! So I created outfits to match room decor!
When you walk into my house you will see a few things, first my entryway with a little desk and shrine to my friends as well as a Kate Spade inspired ampersand (A hand-made gift from Katrina! Thanks!) welcoming me home.
As you travel down the hallway, there is an area for bathroom and shoe storage where I keep my train cases and some of my favorite shoes hidden in the drop down cabinets.
The Kutest little Kitchen
My kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in the house, mostly because of the vintage vibe and fabulous checkered floors! But before I show you the room that inspired this first look, I want you to see my outfit portrayal.
To embody the checkered floor I am wearing a houndstooth skirt with chunky sixties heels, red Kate Spade glasses and a yellow tank.
Crazy for Closets!
Lucky me I have not one but two fabulous walk-in closets!
My bathroom is equally awesome because the tile is pink! Its adorable and reminds my of my grandmothers bathroom.
This vintage bathroom in combination with my newly upcycled train case inspired this look! I am wearing a black tutu skirt with a polkadot blouse, pink exercise belt that belonged to my mom in the eighties and holding my fabulous train case that once belonged to my extra fabulous grandmother!
It may be small, but this bathroom is adorable and beyond charming!
As some of you may have fathered from reading, I am just as excited and dedicated to home decor, as I am with fashion! I think that dressing your home is just as important as dressing yourself in the morning and it should reflect your personal style! To prove it to you non-believers out there, these next few posts are dedicated to my new home in a segment I'm calling Accessorizing the Apartment!
In my first post of the segment, Living Thrifty, I'm going to demonstrate how I thrift shop for not just my clothes but also my home decor! With a few simple alteration, I made quick and cheap furniture pieces look fabulous and funky.
For one of my first transformations I painted my mom's old canopy bed set bright turquoise, gold and white! It took a few coats but in the end it looked great!
The room's color palette is red, white turquoise and gold so I accessorized with other transformed pieces including a painted red Bambi head, red painted picture frame and lamp.
Livening up the Living Room
As some of you may know, since I bragged about it on Facebook (oops!) I bought an amazing grey couch at half off Goodwill day for $65 dollars! That piece became the inspiration for this vintage glam room! I found two great end tables from Goodwill in San Francisco for $25 dollars each and painted them white with purple tops!
Next, I found a great wood coffee table also from Goodwill in Arizona for $15 dollars that I painted white and purple to match!
Finally I painted the wood on my couch white as well, added black trim and glammy pillows!
Actually, almost all the pieces in this room are from goodwill. The couch, end tables and coffee table as mentioned above, the white and black chairs I purchased for $6 dollars each at goodwill then painted and recovered, the black mirror and black chest were discount/thrift pieces and the black TV stand (not shown in this image) was another goodwill goodie!
This post marks the end of Fall Frenzy but I wanted to save the best for last and go out with a bang!
September is one of my favorite months (behind December) because I believe it represents the start of something new! School begins, new clothing collections are launched and above all, fall TV commences. If you didn't already know, now the cat's out of the bag: I am Courtney Fowler and I am Addicted to Television. Honestly though, I love to read, shop, write, shop, eat but above all I love to watch my shows. As a result this post is dedicated to my favorite part about fall: the return of some of my television favorites as well as the introduction to new and promising series.
This post os dedicated to converting your spring and summer wardrobe to things wearable for fall!
So if you are like me, this Spring you went color crazy, bought a bright little dress (or 2... or 3) and wore them all Summer long! Maybe you paired it with your favorite flat sandals or matching platform wedges or even a great big summer hat! But as the air gets colder that bright yellow little thing gets pushed to the back of the closet... well not anymore! Fall Update
One color combination that I am loving right now is yellow and teal! I think yellow often takes a back seat in the fall, but when paired with teal (or even maroon) it looks fresh, fashionable and perfect for fall! So wrap up in a baggy teal wrap-up cardigan and step into black tights or socks with boots and all of a sudden you have the perfect fall ensemble!
High Waisted Shorts
I wore high waisted shorts all Spring and Summer long, usually with slouchy crop tops and flats! I think high waisted shorts (and skirts) are the most flattering trend and hope they never, ever go out of style! Fall Update
Now that I need to cover up my legs, I still wanted to be able to implement them into my fall wardrobe. For fall, treat your shorts like a skirt and pair them with tights and flats or oxfords. Add a boyfriend blazer and a blouse for a unexpected twist on the fashionable suit!
Wedges are a constant summer do! Every year, it seems as if they grow taller! I know I invested in a pair of wedges almost every spring and now you can cary these shows over to fall Fall Update
A trend I really love is socks with heels (see my obsessed post) and its the perfect way to make a fall statement with a summer sandal! Pair your wedges with socks and slouchy clothes like a belted t-shirt dress and comfy cardigan! The trend is enough of a statement, so keep the colors basic and clean.
I never really wear Maxi dresses because I'm a midget and they shrink me down, but a lot of people look great in a Maxi! Fall Update
Translate this trend into a casual fall fashion statement by pairing it with a denim jacket. Accessorize with a lengthy necklace and bright ring to add color, a skinny belt to add shape and either oxfords or T-strap sandals.
With Fall comes sweater and jean season! But sadly, sweaters sometimes make us look fatter then we really are (boo). Luckily, there is a simple way to cinch these pieces and create a slimming silhouette! So for this post I am addressing the issue of fixing a fall favorite by discussing four easy and belted ways to slimming the sweater!
1) Magic Belt
One of my favorite belts is a thick leather wrap around belt from the Limited! I call it the magic belt because it does such an amazing job of sliming!
2) Contrasting Statement Belt
By choosing a monotone yet contrasting look like wearing a light sweater with a darker colored belt, the darker piece makes the garment appear slimmer. A thick statement belt like this will also slim a sweater!
3) Skinny Belt
Even the tiniest belt, placed at the right part can really slim a sweater. Try and pair a darker colored belt with an oversized brighter sweater to really emphasize the contrast in an attempt to look even slimmer.
4) Double Belted
Take the skinny belt one step further by doubling up on them! Also, try buttoning up a cardigan and wearing it closed. The plummeting neckline in combination with the cinching belts and fitted cardigan help make an over all slimming look.