Monthly Archives: July 2013

coney island adventure

31st July 2013

my bestie came to town for my birthday week, so we did all the fun nyc touristy things i never find time to do! first on this list… coney island!

so today, i’m sharing our pics … take a peek!

dress: forever 21 (old) // bag: kate spade // shoes: kate spade //
headband: forever 21(love these) // sunnies: miu miu 

oh, and did I mention that it was national hotdog day?! could you think of a more perfect time to visit this colorful place?

Over all coney island was a blast, and it brought me back to a photo shoot I styled while living in Arizona!

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go yankees

30th July 2013

it’s tuesday so i’m teaming up with stylish gameday to bring you 3 sassy, spirited looks for all you new york yankee fans!
this first look is cool && casual, but still spirited with pinstripe shorts && a graphic tee! I also love the pop of red with the keds! >> get the look

summer games can be scorchers! so cool off with a simple, short romper but give a nod to your favorite team with a logo cap! >> get the look
go spirited with stripes but keep the look simple with boyfriend jeans and a graphic baseball tee! you’re sure to look fabulous while you root root root for your home team! >> get the look 
want more? pop by stylish gameday for 3 more yankees looks!

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29th July 2013

Summers in nyc are hot hot hot, and some mornings you just dread getting dressed… but there is one outfit solution: a cute romper!

I never really shop at forever 21 anymore, not because I don’t like it, but just because going in there gives me anxiety! However, I wanted a cheap romper to help me through the summer, and found one this one at XXI! I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and construction for the price I paid!

romper: forever 21 // shoes: // necklace: breckelles // belt: kate spade (on sale) // necklace: tomorrow’s unknown handbag: kate spade // sunglasses: karen walker
be sure to pop by tomorrows unknown for more amazingly affordable necklaces and other amazing accessories! it’s my new go-to shop!

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and the winner is…

27th July 2013

Yesterday I turned another year older and probably none the wiser, so I celebrated with a birthday giveaway (see the full post here) and today, I’m announcing the winner!!!

one lucky lady will receive her choice of either gold bow or coral gumdrop earrings from kate spade!

anyways, now back to the winner…
i want to extend a big congrats to Andrea of The Glam Pad on her big win! Please email me at with your shipping address to claim your prize! To everyone else, thanks for entreating && be sure to pop by The Glam Pad to see more from Andrea!

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Blast from Birthday Past

24th July 2013

Incase you haven’t noticed, it’s my birthday week so we’re celebrating all week long on the blog!

 today we’re taking a look back at one of my favorite birthday celebrations of all time… my mad hatter tea party brought to you as part of my party planning segment: hopeless hostess!

we were in no short supply of sweet treats the party, i whipped up a pound (or pick one up from the store), frosted some cupcake (or substitute mini brownies) and surprised guests with mini fruit pizzas (Sugar cookies, frosting & fruit). Finger sandwiches are a tea party must! Try crustless cucumber & fancy cheese spread (or mix whipping creme with italian dressing), their fun & filling! 
Sweeten the deal with candy that doubles as decor! Try dropping fresh fruit in the water for refreshing citrus drinks that tastes as good as it looks.
What’s a party without games? The hopeless hostess plays bingo with buttons, charades and the plate game for her most peculiar tea party.
My party was a blast, but the finishing touches were my fabulous & fashionable friends who always dress the party-part! They showed up in theme with character costumes or over-the-top, yet absolutely necessary, tea attire.
Oh, and since this was my 21st birthday, candles and cupcakes were a must! not just for the birthday girl and hostess herself, but also for all of the guest’s celebrating their un-birthdays. Make a wish… 
I hope you enjoyed looking back at one of my favorite birthday celebrations!
Want to keep the party going? We’re celebrating all week long on CMC including a birthday earring giveaway! Enter here, and goodluck to all! Stay tuned, the celebration continues tomorrow!

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birthday give away!

22nd July 2013

it’s my birthday week, so we’re celebrating all week long on color me courtney, yay!

i love to plan parties and give gifts… to other people! but when the tables are turned, it’s hard for me to sit back and receive (i think it’s a weird controlling thing!) so i’m kicking off this week by celebrating all of by giving away one of my go-to earring styles!
the lucky winner will get to pick their gift from two kate spade options: a new pair of coral gumdrop studs or a fresh pair of gold “all wrapped up” bow studs!


and guess what, i have a special connection to both of them!
the gold bow studs we’re my first pair of kate spade earrings, actually my first kate spade jewelry piece in general! they were a gift from my good friend Katrina, and resulted in my boyfriend, paris getting me the all wrapped up bow ring that i have worn almost daily for almost four years. I wear my gold bow studs just as much and am even wearing them in my drivers license photograph!
“all wrapped up” ring that matches earrings in gingham girl // full post
the flo coral gumdrops are also very special to me,
they were the first pair of gumdrops i invested in, while starting my career with kate spade out of san francisco! I also wore them to a very special tea with two of my favorite ladies! Oh and did i mention they are no longer making this color in this shape?
“coral gumdrops” as featured in tea attire // pop by the full post
(click “join this site” on the right hand side), then comment saying
you’ve done so! if you already follow, thank you!!! and please
leave me a comment and you’ll earn one free entry :] !
increase your chances by being entered into the drawing
up to five times! after you follow, you can be entered an additional three times by linking cmc on facebook, tweeting about the giveaway (mention @colormecourtney) and following via bloglovin or instagram (@courtney_fowler) ! leave me a comment telling me what you did so I can enter you accordingly, and include your twitter name!

if you already follow via insta && bloglovin‘ or have already liked cmc on facebook, then i love you already! please just include that you have in the comment and i’ll enter you accordingly! oh and no cheating… i check :] !
i’ll announce the winner on saturday the 27th… a day after i’m another year older and probably none the wiser! then winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing me at! 

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make a wish

20th July 2013

next week is my birthday week (yay?) i’m not super excited because i’m turning 23, and it’s kind of a lame-ish birthday but i am excited to celebrate all week long on color me courtney, starting with sharing my bday wish list…
i’m dying for a pair of tortoise karen walkers (i have the black but keep wishing they were tortoise for summer!) a new camera (mine’s an oldie, i’m looking at the cannon rebel eos! any thoughts,opinions or reviews on this guy? please share!) and a record-player/turn-table for my living room!

i’ve also been lusting for a few other things lately…
1. modcloth 2. gorjana 3. nordstrom << i love this little nyc necklace, and would wear it daily! 4. bardot << i’ve been dying for a lucite clutch! you can also find amazingly affordable ones on ebay, i need to just pull the trigger and get one! 5. charles albert 6. michael kors 7. modcloth << you know you’re an adult when you ask for home decor for your bday! my apartment will thank me… 8. nest dallas << 9. stella && dot << been admiring this one for a while, i think it would add some edge to my arm party! 10. harvey Nicolas << my love for coffee books continues (see more here) 11. c.wonder << elephants always remind me of my grandmother, this ring would be an awesome way to always carry some of her with me! 12 coach. << i really want a celine, but that will have to wait a while! 13. c.wonder << need these because they’re gold, amazing and from my new favorite home decor store (cwonder)! oh, and because broke two glasses this week… oopsies!
so the big day is friday the 26th, yikes! but until i strike another year older, we’ll be celebrating all week long with a giveaway, look at past birthday celebrations and some of my favorite things… so stay tuned!

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Style File – Coney Island

20th July 2013

A while back, I had the pleasure of styling my beautiful bestie Dené (a gorgeous model who takes the most stunning pictures) in a coney island inspired photoshoot by Liquid Shutter. The shoot was inspired by one of my favorite music videos Cool by Gwen Stefani in combination with a fabulous Coney Island Engagement photo shoot that is beyond adorable! (Check it out at Ruffled). Anyways, check out Dené and her partner Alex

The first look shown above is flirty and effortless. A yellow bikini top toped with a cap sleeve H&M shoulder wrap all paired with a flowy white skirt, simple black peep toe Louboutins and a wrap leather belt from the Limited to add contrast and edge. I dressed Alex in a long sleeve yellow shirt with white cotton pants to play off of Dené’s ‘the fabulous girl next door look.

I love this second look, Dené looks like some kind of Summer Cremesicle Dream Girl! She’s wearing my favorite  orange Forever21 summer dress (perfect for this shoot because the style gives a vintage feel but the length and color keeps it current and fresh) paired with brown lace up Vince Camuto wedge booties that to me scream “I’m that fashionable, functional, fabulous girl you wish was one of the boys”. I offset the brightness of Dene’s dress by putting Alex in a simple blue striped tee and cotton white pants, giving him a clean, crisp sort of vibe.

Although it is somewhat hidden in the picture, this next look was a jean romper from Forever with a fabulously big red bow belt from H&M while Alex wore a simple white cotton button down and jeans.
The final look was Alex in a simple white tee and cuffed Jeans for that retro feel, who fed Dene some cotton candy. Meanwhile Dené strutted in peep toe Louboutins flowy satin Forever21 shorts, synched with a wide teal woven belt from Nordstrom and a vintage polkadot tie half top. This is the kind of outfit made for a girl with legs, because most people would drown in these shorts, but on Dené they are a glossy, polished touch to a Summer Bombshell sort of ensemble.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have legs that go on for days like Dene, I’m jealous!

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texas rangers

16th July 2013

it’s time for another tuesday team-up with my favorite sporty blog stylish gameday! today we tackle blog author alexis’s favorite baseball team: the texas rangers!

keep it simple >> all you need is a graphic tee, denim shorts and a little red lipstick to look fabulous while you root root root for your home team // get the look

play ball >> no graphic tee? no problem! wear a striped dress and the team colors. once you get to the field… buy a hat at the field to show your spirit! // get the look
summer-time spirit >> cheer on your team in a simple and summery look! white shorts & sunnies help you beat the heat, and a big blue tote allows you to smuggle in candy and treats for all your friends, shhh! // get the look 
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want more? see three more texas rangers looks at stylish gameday! && tune in next week when we tackle my baseball team! 
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four eyes

15th July 2013

today we’re saying yes stripes and chambray, plus i discuss my everyday accessory: fashion forward frames.
glasses used to be only for geeks, but now with so many cute frames out there… they’ve basically become a fashion accessory. 

frames can get expensive, so i buy readers and have my eye doctor pop out the magnification lenses and put in my prescription.
my favorite frames are the kate spade rebecca readers in tortoise… their the perfect size and shape and look good on pretty much anyone, plus their only $68!

shirt: banana republic // skirt: sandee royalty (last seen here) // handbag: kate spade (similar styles) // shoes: vince camuto (love these) // necklace: statement pearls // frames: kate spade // arm party: kate spade // j.crew // nyc charm bracelet // rings: tiffany’s // wire wrap
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