Monthly Archives: November 2013

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30th November 2013

A few weeks back we went to a twenties-themed birthday party at the fat black pussy cat, a lounge/dance bar in the west village!

Top: Asos // Bow: Asos // Dress version here // Shoes: Aeropostale (similar here & here) // Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) // Belt: Kate Spade // Lips: Mac (Ruby Woo) // Clutch: Kate Spade (old, but shop similar novelty clutches here!) //
I paired fringe with oxford heels and a menswear inspired look
I’m obsessed with my Piano Clutch, it’s an oldie and sadly sold out … but keep on your dancing shoes because KSNY released a similar one this fall
… and now it is on sale!
Did you take advantage of the holiday sales this weekend? If not, there’s still time! Most sales continue until monday! Shop my wishlist or read bout the best deals here


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TurkeyDay // BlackFriday

28th November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone … Eat up!!
I’m spending my first Turkey Day in NYC! This morning I battled tourists
at the parade with and walked through central park.


Via Instagram, follow along!

Tonight I’ll dine with friends in Brooklyn and then pop by another friend’s place for a gluten free dessert sesh & christmas movie fest! I like thanksgiving, but I love black friday! So to get you in the spirit, I’m sharing some great black friday finds to get you in the shopping spirit!
 Modcloth is doing 50% off new arrivals from now until the 1st!

C.wonder is doing 30% off when you purchase 3 or more things or 30% off all clothing, use code GIFTS30
Bauble Bar is offering 15% off two items with code FRIDAY15, 20% off three items with code FRIDAY25 and 25% off four or more items with code FRIDAY35
Jcrew is doing 30% off almost everything
Ted Baker is doing 30% off everything again,
I bought a great dress when they did this last year!

Shop Ted

Old Navy is doing 50% off everything in stores, that starts thanksgiving day at 7pm plus a million dollar giveaway.
Pretty much everyone is having some kind of black friday deal, so there is so many ways to get some great looks for less! Here are a few more of my favorites finds.
More Deals!
One of my favorites, DVF is offering 30% their fall collection
Anthro is doing 50% off all sale items
Express is doing 50% off everything until black friday at noon
Another fav, Trinka Turk offers 60% off selected items
Henri Bendel is doing 25% off purchases over 100 and a $20 splurge card, use code TURKEY25
Ted Baker is doing 30% off storewide 
Necessary clothing is doing 10% off site wide
FAB.com offers 30% off site wide and a $30 credit for orders over $200
Ruche (vintage inspired clothing & accessories, very modcloth-esuqe)
is doing 20% off their already low prices site wide
and Aussie designer Dinosaur Designs (I’m obsessed) offers 20% off

Shop my black friday wishlist here

Black & Blue

21st November 2013

Happy Wednesday!
If you’re singing the humpday blues, try pairing it with black, the refreshing combo might help get you through!
 
skort: zara (similar) // oxford shirt: penguin // sweater: old navy (similar) // bow: asos (taken off a top, but shop this one!) // bag: moschino // sunnies: karen walker (also here) // brooch: vintage, in my hair // jewels: j.crew x2 // boots: bacio 61 << so comfy (similar here) 
Fall or not, I am still making use of one of my favorite summer finds: My Black Zara Skort (See how I dressed it up with sequins and sparkle for Saturday Night Live!). Stepping into this skort always brings a smile to my face and sometimes that’s just what you need on a gloomy Wednesday to get you out of bed! While wednesday days can be a bore, I love wednesday nights because I get to watch my favorite Tuesday shows (I don’t have cable, so I watch shows a day later on Hulu Plus via Apple TV) New Girl and The Mindy Project. We are also getting into Brooklyn Nine Nine, Andy Sanberg and 
Chelsea Peretti … I laugh the entire 21 minutes. What are you watching on Wednesdays? 

P.S. If you’re missing summer already or
just facing the hump day blues, check out these summer
skorts looks, they might help you fight the nostalgia  
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Night at the Museum

19th November 2013

I’ve been in New York for nearly a year now (can you believe it?) but i’ve been a busy bee since landing here last winter and have yet to do all of the “tourist-y” things i’ve been yearning for. So this weekend we tackled he Museum of Natural History and today I’m sharing the highlights! Oh, and don’t be startled by the lack of color in this post … there’s nothing wrong with me,  I just wanted to switch up the photography for this one to give it a classic twist. 



It doesn’t get much better than an afternoon spent at the museum with some of your favorite people! The exhibits were amazing and there was just so much to learn (sorry, my geek is showing). My favorite exhibit had to be the dinosaurs, they are just spectacular to see! But I also really enjoyed the ocean life area …  speaking of which can you believe the size of that whale!? 
Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger (snagged it at the sample sale!) // Skirt: Modcloth // Boots: Bacio 61 (Also here) // bag: Coach // Belt: Saks (via my sisters closet) // Jewels: C.Wonder (sample sale finds) // Kate Spade //  J.crew 

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A Smidge of Sparkle

17th November 2013

Holiday season is around the corner (okay, who are we kidding, holiday season is here!) and this swanky season is full of fabulous parties! So today I’m sharing my simple yet sparkly recipe for the perfect holiday look: lbd + red lip + sparkle = party perfection
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i found this lipstick print on a wall in my neighborhood and I had to snap a pic! I’m wondering if it was meant to be cheeky art or just evidence of the most fabulous mugging ever!
a little black dress is the perfect way to play it safe while still looking chic for any event, but adding the statement red lip and a little bit of glitter help elevate this classic look by giving it a sparkling twist! Try pulling your hair back while going light on the accessorizing, it will really let the lips & the shoes shine! If minimal accessorizing isn’t an option for you (I don’t really do minimal, understated is overrated!) stick to the color-scheme by pairing a black belt & bag with metallic jewels. 
Don’t compromise on comfort! Cozy up with a contrasting coat to keep you warm on your way to your sparkling soirée.

// lbd: vintage (loving this one, it gives you the dramatic fit & flare feel!) // belt: h&m (old, similar herehere and here) // pumps: j.crew // lipstick: mac (I also love this one by nars) // bag: kate spade

Before you go, I wanted to share a story about this dress. It’s a vintage party dress straight out of the sixties, it’s fitted, flared and fits like a dream. I found it at my favorite vintage store in San Francisco (I also love this one), it was a wee bit pricey, but also in mint condition and felt like it was made for me … so I just had to take it home! The owner of the store is also the most fascinating man, he even scoured the country and curated all the men’s accessorizes for the recent Great Gatsby remake! If you’re ever in San Francisco you’ll have to shop the vintage boutiques at in Haight Ashbury and be sure to pop by Mystery Mister!

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Coat Check w/ Modcloth

15th November 2013

It’s no secret that i’m a big, giant, colossal, crazy-in-love fan when it comes to the bubbly brand Modcloth (need proof? and have an hour to kill? take a peek at all my featured posts)! To say I’m addicted, would be an vast understatement! They are the perfect blend of classic and quirk, whimsy and wonder, trendy with a twist and I am just beyond obsessed. So when I was received an invitation to participate in their current blogger contest, I jumped for joy … and today I’m sharing my entry!
Introducing the Call of the Style Coat by modcloth
This coat is as cute as a button, althought it doesn’t have any, but it does feature rich toggles, the perfect sized pockets and darling trim that pops! Toss it over flannel for an afternoon picking pinecones or pair it with a LRD (little red dress) for sunday brunch with the girls… the coat is so versatile it can work for any gal or any occasion. 
love it already? shop it here

Modcloth assigned me this amazingly adorable piece from their site, and asked me to create a look featuring that item. But being the over-acheieving mod-enthusit I am … I created three over-the-top outfits to go under this Call of the Style coat :]

The Voracious Reader

This girl may always have her nose in a good book, but is still well read when it comes to style! She cares about comfort but does so with a quirky flair by layering a printed plaid shirt under a graphic tee before slipping into colored skinnies, a low oxford heel and finishing the look with fun gloves and earth tone accessories!
top // tee // skinnies // gloves // shoes // purse // watch // belt // coat
Daydream Believer
This stylish jet-setter is always on the go … and always to the most fabulous places (even if they are around the corner) She’ll spontaneously skip town for the weekend, play hooky to spend the afternoon at her favorite museum and hike with her pug on sunday mornings, even though she usually ends up carrying the little guy (he get’s tired). When this weekend explorer finds herself stuck in the same zip code, she doesn’t fret by simply escapes with perpetual day dreams of carefree days in colorful Capri and Autumn or evenings on the east coast.

sweater // scarf // skinnies // boots // wallet // bag //
The Chic Geek
Guys make passes at girls who wear glasses! Under this girl’s darling coat you’ll find an adorkable sense of style. She pairs high socks, lace up shoes and animal prints (no, not the always trendy leopard print, but actual animal prints) in the chicest way! She mixes her matches and pairs patterns like a pro, but also plays with proportion without scarfing her silhouette by slimming her waist with a big brown belt. Her finishing piece? a fox scarf to prove nerds are hot and well, because why not?
sweater // skirt // belt // scarf // shoes // bag // wallet // rings // socks // coat
take a peak at the polyvore set

Oh and this isn’t my first mod-related contest entry, check on out my winning look for the wwzwd X modcloth blogger contest here
Well, that’s all for today! I would love to hear which look is your favorite of the three. Until next time, stay fabulous!
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PS if you can’t get enough modcloth
check me out at the modcloth pop-up shop event!

Fall Ball

13th November 2013

So it’s not baseball season anymore, but luckily it doesn’t have to be to step out in a stylish baseball team with fall flair! 
Top: H&M // Skirt: Modcloth // Jacket: Nordies // Boots: Bacio 61 // Hat: Oakley (Similar here or here) // Belt: Saks // Sunnies: Karen Walkers (black) // Bag: Coach  
So I have a confession – I’m crazy obsessed with baseball tee’s and lettermen-inspired varsity jackets! Baseball tee’s work year around, but this maroon & black pairing is perfect for fall: tuck it into a skirt, add a collar by layering it over a shirt (and add a statement necklace if you’re feeling fancy!) or pair it with boyfriend jeans && a lady-like pump for a girlie twist! And don’t even get me started on the jackets! Varsity jackets, baseball jackets, lettermen’s jackets, or whatever else you want to call them put an instant smile on my face (followed by my high school fight song playing in my ear and fighting the urge to perform the corresponding cheer). Despite my crazy love for them, I have yet to purchase one … and not for lack of trying! I have been on the look out for one for the past 3 years, but haven’t found the one…. but I’m still hopeful! Someday I’ll find the perfect bomber to cure my varsity blues

P.S. this is the outfit I wore to the Stylinity launch party .. see the full post here!

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Fawn

11th November 2013

A few years ago I wouldn’t be caught dead in brown and a few months ago I couldn’t live without a wrist full of bangles … but so much has changed since then and my style has evolved along with it. So when I needed a new coat to handle the NY chill (especially since I walk everywhere), I choose a fawn pallet which is coincidentally the same scheme as the four-leg French Man in my life: my frenchie, Sir Waffles!
peplum: h&m // turtleneck: j.crew // basic leggings // Bag: Coach // Sunnies: Karen Walkers (black) // Jewels: Threads // Boots: Bacio 61 // Socks: Zara // Pup: sorry, not for sale :]
I’m an Arizona native, so besides for the few trips to Wyoming over the years to visit family, I’ve never needed a really good coat … until I moved to NY. When I first stepped foot in the big apple early last year, I picked up a puffier coat for rainy/snowy days but I’ve found myself dreading pulling that giant monster of a coat on in the morning and in need of something classic, chic and most of all warm! So after a week of online shopping and a day store hopping in Flat iron and Soho, I think I found the perfect coat.

Shine On

10th November 2013

I have a rule to dress by:
when you’re ever feeling dull, wear something that sparkles!
I was in no way down when I added sequins to my signature layering, but if I was, a little glitter would have helped to lift my spirits!
Shirt: Banana Republic (40% off right now) // Tee: J.crew (+25% off) (tank version here) // Jeggings: The Limited // Boots: Bacio 61 // Bag: Zara (similar, 50% off!) // Sunnies: Karen Walkers (black) // Jewels: Threads
Have you ever heard of a “Canadian Tuxedo”? apparently it’s when you pair a denim jacket with matching jeans (weird… I know). Anyways, I gave the Canadian Tuxedo a Color Me Courtney make over by adding a bold lip, bright bag and a little bit of sparkle! I also stuck to simple jewels and my statement sunnies to complete the look. 
Oh and speaking of sparkle, I was recently choosen to host the first ever My Threads Party by The Shine Project! My friends showed up in sparkle for sips, snaps and a little bit of shopping; and today I’m sharing the highlights!

shop threads by The Shine Project here
When I lived in Arizona, I hosted tons of dinner parties, but when I moved to my little New York apartment (see it here) both my hosting capacity and party throwing budget drastically dropped :[ I am truly a hopeless hostess at heart and desperately miss throwing a good party! The parties were also such a big part of my blog, so hopefully this Threads Party is first step in getting back to hostessing! So stay tuned to see the return of the hopeless hostess … Big Apple style. 
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Stylinity

8th November 2013

Blogger events are always a blast, but celebrating the launch of an innovative social sharing site with some of the most amazing people and a styling icon (here’s a hint: ever heard of the TV show What Not To Wear) can make for a night to remember! Last week Paris and I had the honor of attending a Stylinity event to test out the Stylinity Stage and participate in what I believe to be the future of shopping in our social media driven society!
As some of you may know, I’m a marketer by trade and a bit of a branding fanatic! So when I heard about Stylinity who brings combines turns costumers into brand champions, combines branding with fashion and shopping, and brings all of these aspects into a social setting to provide users with “The Ultimate Selfie Experience” I absolutely had to test it out! Here’s how it works.
Say goodbye to those bland dressing room pictures that flood your friends cellphones every time you’re in need of a second opinion. The style stage provides fashionistas with the perfect lighting and lens to create a high-quality share-worthy picture for you to show off you newest splurge!
Stylinity has two stages: the smaller and “New York” friendly style stage (above) and the larger 360 style stage (below). I got to test out both of these innovative shopping spots at the event and they each have their perks! Do to size and customer preferences, you’re most likely to see these sleek little guys (above) at a featured store. 
 One of the many highlights of the night included meeting Stylist, Fashion Consultant, Magazine Editor, Author and star of TLC’s What Not To Wear, the one and only: Stacy London!

If you have watched her show you know that Stacy is bold, bubbly and over-the-top in the best way possible, and she was nothing less than that in person as well! Stacy has a contagious energy about her and a fiery spirit that I couldn’t get enough of! Her big personality and amazing attitude aside, she is crazy talented and just inspiring to watch in action! She was able to analyze and grasp a women’s personal style and fashion challenges in a few seconds and turned out amazing outfits in record time. Basically everything you see on TV is real, if anything she is even more amazing in person and even more impressive on the spot! As an aspiring stylist myself, who hopes to one day have a career that even remotely resembles hers, meeting Stacy was a dream come true!
PS don’t you love her as a blonde?!
#BeyondObsessed

My stylinity looks styled by Stacy London
and featuring product from The Limited
Paris & I taking center stage with Stylinity‘s 360 model
Over all, we probably had way too much fun at the event but I think that is just a testament to the type of company Stylinity is: an innovative idea fueled by fantastic people. I hope I was able to introduce you to and/or inform you of this amazing new organization, make sure you pop by Stylinity to read more about this movement and register so you can start sharing! And if you’re in the NYC area, make sure you stop by the first stylinity stage at The Limited.
FYI: At this time, I am in no way affiliated with Stylinity,
Stacy London or The Limited. All personal statements in the post
are my original opinion and do not represent the views
any of the listed organizations or parties :] — Thanks!