Monthly Archives: December 2013

Year @ a Glance

30th December 2013

That’s a Wrap – 2013 was a crazy eventful whirl-wind of a year!
Waffles and I moved to NYC, said goodbye to my awesome Arizona closet and fell in love with a tiny train style apartment in the west village. 

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I had way too much shake shack, treated myself to broadway, saw She & Him live in Central Park and soaked up some sun at Soho House. I traveled coney island, dumbo and even East Hamptons … where I snuck onto a private beach (shhh, don’t tell!)
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I fell in love with an orange dress from crew cuts (don’t judge me), picnicked in the park and wore white after labor day, gasp!
// OJ //
// White out //
I started mixing metals (what) toned down my arm party (double what) and revived my love for vintage with a few great finds with an amazing coach bag and authentic army jacket. After dreaming of lemon and lobster dresses (on two separate occasions) and spending an entire season searching, I found the perfect printed dress!
I turned 23 and fell in love with vinyl records … and Waffie quit drinking. #sixmonthssober 

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I attended blogger events and was introduced to a revolutionary new company/concept: Stylinity, and met my styling icon: Stacy London!
 My boyfriend, Paris came to NYC, my bestie and I had fort night and we all played board games in bryant parkWe camped out and got to see Katy Perry and Bruce Willis live at SNL and I exposed my true Arizona roots when I had to hunt for a warm fall coat.
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I chopped off all my hair and became a strawberry blonde! I had my first “friends-giving” in the city and sat front row at the Macy’s Parade!
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I warmed up at my favorite west village tea spot: Tea and Sympathy and gave a literal twist to an Ugly sweater party. Plus, we wore parkas in the park for Waffie’s first snow (well, slush) day!
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We celebrated Christmas in the City, added some seasonal sparkle to the apartment and stayed at the Hyatt Union Square. We window shopped the holiday displays on 5th ave and even went green with holiday e-cards!
What would a year be without fashion! Check out my 3 favorite outfits of 2013
Throughout the year I had the honor of working for Kate Spade, Jonathan Alder and Tommy Hilfiger in various roles, plus I styled Katie Holmes, Emmy Rossum and Emma Kenney and launched Paper Doll Styling. There were lots of ups and downs this year but I learned a lot and feel that I found my true identity in both style and life this year. I’m ready and eager to step into next year and cannot wait to see what challenges it will bring… Cheers to 2014!
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Color Me Christmas

23rd December 2013

Seasons greetings!
With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share some of my colorful and diy holiday decor in my NYC apartment.
Holidays can get expensive, so I was determined to have a frugal festive season, and that included the decor. I bought a little tree for only $12 at Duane Reade (Walgreens) stacked it on coffee table books for extra height! I love over-the-top wrapping and big bows, but didn’t want to waste the dough on something that would just get thrown away, so I utilized my hair bows, scarfs, belts and pins in association with some great vintage bow finds to embellish the presents! I also created a advent calendar with candy and suggestions on how to add color to the holiday season, such as “treat yourself to tea” … which I did! After a few lights, and a pinch of glitter, all that was left was to put a bow on it; I added bows to my dinning chairs, candy canisters and even my wall to finalize the festive feel. 
Now that you have seen the merry make-over, check out my apartment 6-6, to see the rest of my NYC apartment without the festive feel.
Waffles and I hope your holidays are merry and bright, I’ll be taking the next few days off for some time festive fun, but will get back to blogging towards the end of the week. Until then, stay fabulous!
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Holiday DIY

20th December 2013

Happy DIY Friday!Today I’m sharing some seasonal crafts to get you in the spirit without breaking the  bank.

I’m so over Ugly Sweater parties! I’ve been at least one every year for the past five years … bor-ring; and worn every ugly sweater under the sun (including one that light up … pretty epic. But in New York Ugly sweaters can get expensive (especially in the west village!), so when I got invited to an ugly sweater party, but didn’t want to spend $30+ on one, I found a literal loophole. With a little glitter glue and a $8 pull over from Old Navy, I was able to create an “ugly” sweater for under $10!

All you need is a pull over and glitter glue! I opted for washable glitter glue so I could remove the “ugly” after the party, but any glitter glue will do. I also turned my sweater inside out for the same reason. If you want to un-ugly your sweater post party, simply soak that sucker in hot water and hand wash it. All of my glitter glue came off with a 30-min soak, and I used a lint roller to removing any clinging sparkle specs. 

My pink ampersand is one of my favorite pieces of wall decor in my apartment (thank big thanks to my amazing friend Katrina who made this for me a few years back, I’m obsessed!). So for the holidays, I paired it with DIY “mix” and “mingle” signs to give it a festive twist!

All you need is a little paint or glitter glue and two canvases, frames or a mix of the two. You might also want to add gold stickers (see mingle) finish your art with a layer of modge-podge to give it that special shine. This project will cost about $10 per piece.

To add a layer of whimsy to your holiday outfit, try using a ornament as a quirky statement earring!
 Simply string a stud through the wire of a small ornament and ta-da, you’ll be trim-tastic and ready to go! Oh, and this was the final touch for my Ugly Sweater outfit! I only wore one ornament to compliment my asymmetrical bob, but a set of two works just as well!

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Dear Santa

19th December 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when I over-trim my tree, deck the hall until their dripping in dazzle and just go Coo Coo for Christmas, but this year has been a little bit different! Since I’ve been working like a maniac, with only one day off all month long, I’ve fallen a bit behind on my seasonal celebrations. Plus, my family flyes in on friday (from AZ) to spend christmas in the city, so we are skipping the big gifts this year to splurge on shows and such for some fowler-family bonding! Despite my recent lack of shopping (I’ve been all work and no play lately, boo) I’m still completely content with having a less “materialist” christmas this season and investing in memories instead of mementoes. All these frugal factors have resulted in a slightly less Christmas-crazed Courtney and therefore a wish list full of functional (yet fabulous) gifting goodies that I’m sharing today!

Oh, and yes I’m wearing ornaments as earrings, tune in tomorrow for more on that plus a day full of holiday DIY’s!

In my stocking:
I’ve been a good girl all year … who are we kidding,
that’s a lie; for starters, I’ve broken every fashion rule in the book, mixed
my matches and turned skirts into dresses if only for a day. Nevertheless, I’m still hoping Santa will stuff my stocking with something swanky!

 always dreamed big!) 
Under the Tree:
I guess you know you’re officially an “adult”,
when you stop the pleading for a pony and move skin care to the top of your Xmas list. I mean what’s next a vacuum cleaner? Actually I could really use a new one, put me down for one of those too … but let’s make it high-gloss red, I wouldn’t want to grow up too fast. Anyways, here’s a peek at my grown-up-ish Christmas list, centered around a clear complexion and vinyl vices to fuel my record addiction.  
Side Note:
Every mess of a twenty-something needs a retro record player,
it’s the perfect addition to any apartment. Bad day? Pull on your favorite party dress and twirl to She & Him volumes 1 and 3. before falling to the floor and listening to Back to Black (how amazing is Amy Winehouse?), it will surly cure any awfulness the day may have thrown your way.
And if not, there’s always prozac.

// Vintage Cashmere Sweater, Thrifted // Skirt: H&M (similar here and here, plus obsessed with this leather one that’s 50% off!) // Shoes: Jcrew // Belt: H&M (similar) // Earrings: DIY (tune in tomorrow) // Jewels: Jcrew // Bowtie: Vintage Silk because I’m ridiculous and splurge on stuff for my pup!

What are you wishing for this year? Sit on my metaphorical blog lap (leave me a comment) and tell me all about it!
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Parks & Puffers

17th December 2013

Last Saturday, NYC turned into a winter wonderland when we were showered with what I like to call “movie snow” (because it was pretty and perfect) all day long. So to celebrate, I spent Sunday playing in the aftermath at Washington Square Park with my french fella: Waffles
Sweater: Forever 21 (similar here or here) // Puffer: Old Navy (love this one) // Skort: Zara (similar) // Bag: Coach (similar) // Rainboots: Burberry (Half off here // similar for $15) // Scarf: Old Navy // Gloves: Target (similar) // Sunnies: Karen Walker (also here) // Jewels: Jcrew // Vintage
Washington Square Park is one of my favorite spots in the city. We picnic there in the summer and enjoy long walks in the Fall, so It only made sense that we had a chilly adventure on this cold day in December. I wanted to wear something comfy for our park playdate, but was so over wearing a coat and determined to go without, despite the 30 degree weather (must be my Arizona roots coming through). I adorned myself in arctic activewear, and paired a slouchy sweater and puffer vest with lots of layers (I’m wearing an additional two sweaters underneath the spots) and fur lined leggings. And since snow boots are bulky and often ugly, I turn to rainboots on snow/slush days. Waffles also pulled on a pooch worthy puffer to keep out the chill.

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CMC @ Club Monaco

16th December 2013

My local Club Monaco (5th Avenue) got a monster makeover! So I had to pop by their celebratory blogger event with Cupcakes and Cashmere last week to see this beautiful boutique for myself!
The store is the ultimate flag ship, complete with a Strand Bookstore, flower shop and coffee shop. 
The event was crowded, classy and a wee bit crazy. So I put my bulky Cannon Rebel away, and turned to my Iphone and the amazing app: LandCam!
The Golden One // Jewels & Gems // Cheers!
Bring Me Flowers // Mannequins // Bloom Bright
Love for Landcam:
My amazing and talented friends created this fantastic all-in-one app
a few months back, and I have been obsessing over it ever since! Make sure to download yours today, you’ll see the difference in your pictures and posts.
Shop Strand // Gifting Galore // A Voracious Reader
 Sweets & Soles // Layering Love // So Chic
I had such a blast at the event. This beautiful store will definitely become my new club monaco of choice from here on out. Plus It will become the monthly location of my Book of the Month Club, a new segment coming to CMC for 2013, stay tuned!
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Tartan Twirl

11th December 2013

I am a firm believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion: I wear white far after labor day and mix my matches on a daily basis. But there is one pattern that is just perfect for winter (or fall): Plaid.

Dress: Tommy Hilfiger (Sample Sale Find, love this one) // Coat: Zara (my 2012 coat, see my 2013 one here) // Fur: Michael Kors, a cold weather must-have (similar) // Turtleneck: Forever 21 // Sunnies: Karen Walker (also here) // Boots: Bacio 61 (Also here) // Bag: Coach (similar) // Jewels: J.crew X2
Pattern-up! Shop twirl-worthy tartans:
I never though I would add a plaid party dress to my clothing collection, but when I saw this twirl-worthy tartan for almost nothing at the Tommy Hilfiger Sample Sale last month, I had no choice but to take it home. A sleeveless fit and flare is my go-to dancing dress, but when it’s cold outside, uncovered arms can be too much to bare! I solve this closet conundrum, with a basic turtleneck: layer one under your favorite frock this season, pair with booties and tights to dress down the dress, or add a statement necklace and stilettos for a glitzy-party twist.  

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Girly, Pearly Pullover

6th December 2013

I’m excited to announce the return of DIY Friday with a girly, pearly twist on a classic pullover as feature in last weeks post: Times Square Tulle
This is an quick, easy and affordable diy (do it yourself), and can even be a “no-sew” project by substituting a needle & thread for safety pins and rhinestone glue. Use an old sweatshirt or pick one up for cheap (mine’s from forever 21), and order the pearls or gems online or at your nearest craft store. Also, you can skip a step by buying a black bow via etsy!
Start by creating a black bow out of your fabric square (or using your premade bow) and sewing or pinning it to your sweatshirt (pinning it gives you the option to remove the bow, but make sure to use three pins so it lays flat). After you scatter the pearls to create a pattern, string your embellishments and sew (or glue them) them to your sweatshirt, and presto … a pearly pullover!
See how I paired mine with tulle for a Carrie Moment in Times Square Tulle!

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Three Hundred

5th December 2013

Cue the Confetti, It’s my 300th post!
So I’m celebrating with a few of my favorites

// OJ // 

// Sunflower // 

// White Out // // Minted //

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and a few favorites from last year
 // Blair Flair // 
// Sparkle Spade //

 // Summer Sizzle //
A big thanks to everyone who has followed along thus far, and Cheers to the next 300 posts!

Snip Snip

4th December 2013

So did something sort of implosive; I surprised myself when I wondered into a hair salon last week and let the stylist get scissor happy with mid-length locks and change my color for the first time in years!
I never really change my hair, not because I love my current (well, previous) look, but just because I don’t know what else to do with it. Although I am continually expierementing with fashion, I tend to keep my hair as a solid constant … black or dark brown, messy bed-head waves and shoulder length with a side part and swoop bang.

I decided to draw inspiration for my new do from Ciara in the Body Party music video. 
I’m obsessed with Ciara, mostly because she is everything that I’m not: tall, athletic, a fantastic singer (I’m crazy tone def) and somewhat of a tom-boy, with a crazy bod that oozes sex appeal. But I’m not and never will be a “hottie”, I pride myself on being quirky yet adorkable, so I was nervous that it would turn out too flirty for my geeky personality. I was also terrified of adding color to my hair because I was afraid to see how it would affect my clothing choices! And I purposely didn’t give myself time  to think about the change, because I would have probably backed out!
My hair has a lot of reddish undertones, so it came out more auburn then I would have liked (I wanted to be as blonde as Ciara … maybe next time!) but after a few days of mirror double-takes I think I have finally adjusted to my new do! 

What do you think of my new look, is it a do or a don’t?!
I would love to hear from you, Mwah!

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