Monthly Archives: June 2012

Casually Colorblocked

15th June 2012

Today is a bit casual…
Although its June, it is still quite chilly in San Francisco! So some evenings I want to be comfortable yet chic…

I’m weird, I really like red and green together! I know some people think it’s too christmassy but you just have to be careful with how you wear it! 
 Shift Top: Thrifted. Basic Black Leggings. Boots: Lifetime Ridding Boots, Nicole. Bag: Green Clutch, Vintage. Heart Ring: Forever 21. Necklaces: Vintage gold chains (similar) & Kate Spade Double Exposure. Bracelet: Pave Link Bracelet: J.crew Pave Link Bracelet & Juicy Couture Buckle Bangle. Earrings: Black Gum Drops, Kate Spade.

Sophisticated Sparkle

13th June 2012

Glitter, glitz and glam can be any girl’s best friend, but it’s all about how you wear it!
It’s no secret that I am a bit of the top, I eat sleep and breathe bold colors and in your face outfits. But not everyone enjoys being as obnoxious with their outfits as I do, so here’s a way to a sparkly style in a sophisticated way.

As you know by now, I am all about the layering. To take a sweater or shirt from basic to bold, I pair it with a button up blouse. And to make a statement I layered on the necklaces!
Do any of these pieces look familiar? It’s because I wear them all the time! This outfit contains a few key investment pieces that could be worn a million ways: white skirt (a la zara), a black bow belt (kate spade) and a white button up. If you are color crazy like me, a bright bag and bold pumps may also make your investment list!
Over all, I like this outfit because it’s classy enough to make a good impression but still classic Courtney with bold pops of color and a little bit of glitz. I guess the moral of this outfit is you don’t have to sacrifice your personal style to “look the part”, you just have to intertwine the two.

Shirt: basic button-up, J.crew. Top: Sparkle Top, J.Crew (similar). Skirt: Tulip, Zara (similar). Belt: Gathered Bow Belt, Kate Spade. Shoes: Medugorje Pumps, John Fluevog. Purse: New Bond Street Florence Handbag, Kate Spade. Jewels: Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Ring, Kate Spade Gum Drop Studs, All Eyes On You Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace, Statement Pearl Necklace.


12th June 2012

I spent most of today in transit, so this post is for you world travelers out there…

Whether you’re planning to spend the month in Milan or just heading home for the weekend to surprise mom, it always feels better when you’re traveling in style! And a cute luggage piece can bring joy to your otherwise stressful travel day.

I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous pink la vida luggage set (shown above) from my good friend Katrina last Christmas. While La Vida is one of my favorite vintage inspired luggage brands, nicole lee also has a lot of great pieces!
all of the pieces are reasonably priced and available at overstock
My lust for luggage doesn’t end there, I often wear my La Vida carry on case from Katrina as a purse

Also, I up cycled my grandmothers old train case last summer.
I hope my wanderlust and travel obsessed inspired you to travel in style.

Bright Lights Big City

11th June 2012

Today, we’re working with the basics! In a post filled with investment worthy basic pieces from kate spade as well as some of my other favorite designers! Lets get started!
As you all know, I’m a bit of a katespade-aholic (who are we kidding, I’m totally obsessed). But since kate can be a wee bit pricey sometimes, it may be wise to invest in a few basic yet bold pieces that you can get a lot of use out of for years to come…

Did you know…
That each month kate spade comes out with a list of the top investment pieces, which are basics, with a twist!? Ask an associate at your nearest kate spade (or just ask me!) and they can fill you in with each top investment pieces for each collection to help guide your shopping experience! 
Now, let’s make the most of these basics. 
As I’ve mentioned before, I received my bow ring a year and a half ago as a gift, and I have worn it almost everyday since! My hand feel so naked without it!
A bright handbag, colorful studs and idiom bangles are also great spade investments that you can get continuous use out of.
For apparel, try a basic black and white skirt with a touch of whimsy! This versatile city scape skirt from fall 2012 can be worn for work or play for years to come. Finish the look with a basic bow belt!
more basics (mine aren’t from kate, but yours could be) include bold comfy pumps to brighten up any outfit, a bright statement necklace and a basic white blouse, to layer or wear on its own! mine has a bow… of course!
top: bow blouse, trina turk. bag: new bond street florence in shocking pink, kate spade. skirt: city lights, kate spade. belt: gathered bow belt, kate spade. necklace: all eyes on you, kenneth jay lane. earrings: gumdrop studs, kate spade. shoes: medugorje, john Fluevog. bracelets: idom bangles, kate spade

Style Spotlight: Park Guell

9th June 2012

Pretty Little Liar’s Star, Lucy Hale, steps into the the spotlight wearing Kate Spade New York!The always lovely lucy was spotted in a open ceremony dress and brightening up her look with kate spade for the ABC family television upfront. She dressed these earrings up, but they can easily go casual or even edgy depending on the color you choose and way you wear them!

For only $78, these earrings are a steal for a red carpet style! If you like what you see shop the whole park guell collection a la kate spade! 
My personal favorite is the park guell bib necklace in either black or yellow! here’s three ways to wear it!

Splash from the Past: Pool Party

7th June 2012

For our third and final splash from the past post, we are turning poolside looks into party worthy outfits!
The girl on the go doesn’t slow down during the summer. Instead her days are packed with non stop summer festivities! Her afternoon may start with a day at the beach or lounging by the pool, but it usually ends with a spectacular summer party. So she has to be able to update her look instantly.

Add a denim skirt and jacket to a colorful two piece for a flirty yet casual vibe! The pops of color throughout the accessories make the look fun and party-worthy! 
 Keep the retro look going all day long by adding a high-waisted polka dot skirt and fun accessories to a striped two piece! 
Turn a patterned one piece into a cute halter top by tucking it into a striped skirt (I’m obsessed with the Katie Skirt… I own it in three colors! It’s an amazing investment)! I used a summery color pallet by pairing my yellow with pops of shocking pink!
Trade in your basic cover-up for a button up blouse! Tying it at the waist over high-waisted shorts or a flirty skirt can bring an unexpected edge to a previously conservative look!
I hope you enjoyed all of the Splash from the Past retro inspired swimwear posts!


Splash from the Past: Accessories

7th June 2012

welcome back for another splash from the past post!
yesterday we did some shopping for retro swimwear looks and today is all about accessories! 
Some people think that you don’t need to accessorize a swim suit, wrong! Every swimsuit provides an opportunity to finish the look with complimentary accessories!

if your suit is classic or basic, your cover up look should…
Since your suit is simple and chic, bring some light into your look with a dramatic color pallet and shocking shilhoette. A maxi skirt is comfortable enough for the beach and when paired with wedges, will help make your legs look longer!
if your suit is a colorful two piece, your cover up should… 
Keep the neon-esuqe color pallet going with citrus inspired colors and accessories. When pairing colors, try contrasting hues: the peachy pink pairs perfectly with this citrus lime colored suit, and hombre is on trend for spring!
if your suit and style is girlie and fun, your cover up should be…
You suit should compliment your cover-up look and your personal style. Also, try and make your cover-up outfit something you would wear on an average day despite a trip to the pool. By pairing a one piece with casual pieces and tucking it into a big belt and flirty skirt, this look transforms from swimwear to street style, making it appropriate for almost anything. 
If these cover-up looks weren’t for you, here are a few more options for finishing the look! Sunnies and wedges are a summer must, but try some unexpected yet bold summer accessories such as a a big hat or a silk scarf to tie around your head, neck or your favorite bag.
Special thanks to Jordan for submitting a request that inspired this post! Check out the rest of the reader requests or submit one of your own via twitterfacebook or email

Tune in again tomorrow for pool to party looks where I will featuring some of my favorite swimwear looks! Until then, check out the other splash from the past looks!

Splash from the Past: Swim Shop

5th June 2012

Summer’s here and that means swimsuit season is upon us!So this week is all about retro swimwear looks, as inspired by a reader request from the fabulous Jordan!
Today is all about finding you the perfect retro bathing suit! So come on in, the waters fine!

One piece bathing suits are often overlooked, but can the most flattering pieces for many body types. 
Swim suits are all about illusions. Have a small bust? try a deep v or a padded bust. Wanting to slim your tummy? try one with rouging. My pick, the classic black (or red) one piece can flatter almost anyone: the bust line is supportive enough for large cup sizes but the detailing can enhance smaller ones, while the rouging helps control the tummy and the shorts hit just right to draw just enough attention to the tush.
If a classic one piece seems boring to you, try one in a fun print to give your look some edge!

 My pick, the pretty little polka dot number slims the hips and has a supportive bust line while keeping the tummy flat. If you are smaller in the bust area try a underwire top to give the illusion of fullness. A designer swim suit like the kate spade one (now on sale, yay) are well constructed and usually extremely flattering for all body types. Or if your tummy is your trouble area draw the eyes up with fun detailing like the tuxedo bow tie, while the rouging and black and white contrasting keep your center slim. 
high waisted two-piece swim suits are also very retro-esque and on trend for summer 2012
for retro two-pieces, it’s all about flaunting what you got. If you are bottom heavy with a normal size bust (like me) try a skirted bottom and a halter top like the itsy bitsy tiny weenie yellow polka dot bikini. If you are boyish or straight up and down try a supportive top to give you some curves and a high waisted skirted bottom to create an hourglass illusion like the red and white candy striped suit. If you are top heavy or short a supportive underwire top can be used to hold the girls in or create the illusion of a fuller cupsize, pair it with a pin striped bottom to make your legs look longer. If you are curvy up top and down below, this red and blue bowed swimsuit will keep the girls in check while being supported. Also the bow on the front distracts from a bigger behind. 
I hope you were able to find your perfect retro inspired swimsuit (or suit shape) through this post! tune in tomorrow to learn ways to wear these suits including cover-up outfits and poolside accessories. And be sure to check out all of the splash from the past posts.
Special thanks to Jordan for submitting a request! Check out the rest of the reader requests or submit one of your own via twitter, facebook or email


All Wrapped Up

4th June 2012

Time for another marketing monday, yay!
today, lets look at two of my favorites: my favorite up and coming brit and my favorite ring!
 so last week my favorite america’s next top model contestant, british born sophie, took home the win! you know what that means: a spread in italian vogue, a modeling contract, the face of the fragrance dream come true and a cover girl contract and commercial… check it out!

did you happen to notice sophie’s stunning ring? if not, take another look…

look familiar? it’s the kate spade all wrapped up kate spade bow ring! you may remember it from some (okay, all) of my other blog posts. I received this bow ring and the matching earrings for christmas two years ago, and have been wearing it ever since. 
Along with my bow ring, I also wear some other glitz jewelry almost every day including my j.crew pave link bracelet, kate spade idiom bangles and kate spade small lady marmalade bracelet. They are neutral so they look great with everything, and it’s sometimes nice to add a little sparkle!

Now back to sophie…
so why do we love her? well she’s british, bubbly and simply british! she exudes confidence and fun with her fun girlie vibe. and if that wasn’t enough… her hair is pink!
oh yeah, did I mention her british bestie? its no other than the flawless emma watson! they go way back… the pair became roomies in 2009 and sophie supported em with the launch of her ethical clothing line, people tree, back in 2010.
take another look at the bff pictures … did you notice the ring again? sophie’s a kate spade-aholic! not only did she wear this ring all throughout her america’s next top model season and in her cover girl commercial, it still remains permanently attached to her hand even when posing with the bestie. you too can get her look with beautiful bow rings:
If you choose to invest in one of these amazing bow rings, I am sure you wont regret it. Mine has become such a staple in my wardrobe, and I couldn’t imagine dressing without it! 


Style Spotlight: Carried Away

1st June 2012

It’s time for another style spotlight!

I’ve been watching sex and the city from the begining latley so I am becoming slightly more obsessed, with carrie and her ever changing style. In this look, she is channeling a trend from last year that is still hot for spring/summer 2012: pattern mixing! Lets take a look at how its done.

Rookies… listen up!
If you are new to pattern mixing, the easiest way to get the look without looking over the top is to stick to black and white and maybe one other color (like red or pink shown above). You can even mix different mediums of the same print, like spots on spots in spots (top row, center). Also pick easy to pair prints, like stripes and polkadots – a perfect match. 
Challenge yourself!
mastered the spots and stripes combo? great! now let’s explore more advanced pattern mixing. Before you even get started, pick a theme. Do you want your look to be casual & fun? or are you craving to channel pastels? your theme can be a color pallet (pastels), a style (nautical) or anything else, just make sure you have one! Then look for complimentary colors: you may stick to the primaries (casual&fun: red, yellow and blue) or pick one starting piece (the skirt in printed pastels) and pull colors from within that piece (baby blue and pastel pink). Whatever you choose, keep it simple… use simple silhouette and accessories (such as a big solid belt) to tone the look down and separate your printed pieces!
Now, lets get carried away…
In our style spotlight: Carrie is wearing stripes on stripes in both horizontal and vertical patterns! You can easily recreate this with pieces you probably already have in your closet, or can pick up at an H&M or Forever21 for cheap. Just pick a color scheme, grab two striped or color blocked pieces, dress it up with a statement necklace, belt it and tone it down with solid shoes. The “Bold” look most closely resembles Carrie’s, only she would probably be wearing red manolo’s instead.
Happy Pattern Mixing!
I would love to see what fabulous outfits you come up with!