Monthly Archives: January 2014

New & Improved

8th January 2014

Happy 2014!
A new year calls for a new & improved blog!
I’m convinced this is the year of Color Me Courtney so I’m rolling out
big changes, new segments, exciting collaborations and outrageous outfits to make sure CMC is the best blog it can be! So today, I’m breaking down all the exciting new things happening on the blog

Monday // Wednesday // Friday

This year, I pledge to blog at least 3 days a week (let’s face it, probably more) on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. So be sure to check back MWF to see the new post!

DIY Friday
In the past I’ve shared some of my favorite DIY creation on various fridays, but for 2013 I pledge to post at least one DIY tutorial a month. 

from AZ to NYC
The biggest change I’m making to is the integration of my Arizona roots with my current life in NYC. Since I currently reside in the big apple, I will be bringing you featured posts of my favorite city places & moments throughout the year. To touch on my favorite AZ hotspots, I’ve enlisted the help of  one of my favorite and not to mention most talented Zonies, Katrina!

I’ve known Katrina pretty much my whole life
(our moms have been friends forever) and she is one of the
most fabulous, friendly, down-to-earth and creative people I know.
So when I decided to team up with someone special from AZ, Katrina was my first and only choice. I hope you love hearing from her as much as I do, and to give you a taste of what’s to come here is Miss Katrina herself…
Above, Katrina & her adorable Son, Levi

From Katrina:
First off I am so excited to contribute to Color Me Courtney.
I adore Courtney and her aesthetic, ambition and fire for life.
She really is amazing, but you guys already know all this!

My name is Katrina.
I am a wife, a mother, a reader, and a hedonist.
I never finish anything, but I am in a constant state of striving for improvement.
I am deeply dedicated to black and white as evident by my color-devoid home and wardrobe. I love decorating and dressing up. My uniform involves flats, pearls and red lipstick if I am feeling cheeky. My goal in life is to absorb those transcendental moments that ascend the dailiness of life and make your core brim
with gratitude for this experience.

I am a sixth generation Arizonan currently raising up a seventh via
my three adorable kiddos. I, like most Arizonans, have a love/hate relationship
with our state, those emotions generally coincide with our two seasons winter/summer, respectively. Regardless of the current season, I love seeking out the treasures that Arizona has to offer. I love the vast trove of thrifting, the art walks, the food truck courts, cute boutiques, the quirky events, but mostly the people that make all of those happen. I can’t wait to share these events with Color Me Courtney readers.
. . .
Starting later this month, Katrina will be taking over
on the last tuesday of every month to bring you an awesome arizona post. Until then pop by her pinterest, it’s one of the most amazing ones to follow!

Visit Katrina Gibbs’s profile on Pinterest.

I’ve also created a new “about this blog page”
to provide a detailed look at what this blog is all about and what you can expect to get out of it :] if you haven’t yet, please pop by this page to read all about it … and cheers to 2014!

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Weekend Twirl

6th January 2014

It’s no secret I love twirl-worthy tulle (don’t believe me, check out the highlights here), and since this season calls for tartans & flannel, I paired plaid with my favorite skirt for tulle with a twist.

Shirt: Old Navy (obsessed with this one) // Snood: Michael Kors (Old, Similar: onetwo [cashmere on sale, yes please!], and three) //  Sweater: : Forever 21 // Pumps: Coach // Bag: Vintage via the Melrose District in AZ (Love this one) // Sunnies: Karen Walker (also here) // Skirt: H&M (old, love this one) // Headband: Vintage, similar // Ring: Betsey Johnson (old, similar here) // Jewels: J.crew, Kate Spade 
Confession: I’m addicted to teen TV; The Vampire Diaries, Awkward, Teen Wolf …  I don’t care how awful & cheesy it may be, you name it I watch it! So although I love December I hate saying goodbye to my embarrassing bunch of shows during the holiday hiatus. To fill the void, I end up re-watching some of my cancelled favorites all month long, and December 2013 was all about GG … resulting in a re-ignited obsession with Blair Waldorf & her signature headbands!
P.S. I love that the west village is still
dripping in holiday decor (notice the tree behind me?).
I don’t wish we kept it up all year long – then it wouldn’t be special,
but I like to keep a little bit of cheer until mid January!
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Trés Chic

1st January 2014

Being and raised zonie (arizonan), this “cold weather” business is all new to me. So when my cute, yet cheap cotton gloves weren’t cutting it, I upgraded to cozy cashmere via C.wonder!
gloves:  C. Wonder  // Snood: Michael Kors (Old, Similar: one, two (cashmere on sale, yes please!), three) //  Turtleneck: Forever 21 // Pumps: Kate Spade // Bag: Francescas (love this one on sale!) // Sunnies: Karen Walker (also here) // Skirt: Kate Spade (old) // Jewels: J.crewC. Wonder
I first fell in love with these cashmere gloves right before black friday, when I started hunting for the stylish steals. With great restraint, I was able to pass up on purchasing so I could ask for them for christmas … and santa (mom) pulled through when my stocking was stuffed with these glorious gloves. Santa spoiled me this year and also sprung for my tasstle bracelet, also from C. Wonder
Apparently, everyone on the nice list had the same christmas wish, because both C.wonderful new gifts are now sadly sold out! But don’t fret, C. Wonder has more trendy tech-touch gloves (shop here) and is offering 40% off full priced jewels for the new year (shop here).
Old Navy also has has smart phone friendly monogram gloves for only $10, plus save an extra 14% off everything (today only) with the code NEWYEAR, shop here
Holy Chic!
And if that wans’t enough, I’m giving you more literal ways to insert some instant-chic your outfits. Shop away….  
Since Paris was out of town for the holiday, my not-so-little brother was visiting the city, he was kind enough to snap my pics. So big thanks to you Trent for putting up with me, xo!
oh and happy new year!
This year, I’ll resolve to do far more than bombard you with shopping options (as I did today), more on what I have in store for 2014 later this week. 
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