Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Going Gingham

31st March 2014

It’s Spring – or so they say, nyc is still pretty chilly –
So now is the perfect time to start testing out some of the seasons new trends!
One that was all over the runway for the third year in a row is gingham. Gingham is great – this perfect picnic print puts everyone in a good mood!
Designers like Derek Lam, Balmain, Carven, Delpozo and Oscar De La Renta showcased gingham prints with a cool twist in their SS14 collections, but this fashion-forward trend is super wearable and can easily translate into everyday outfits! To prove it to you, I’m sharing twelve ways to wear it this season.

Shop the looks:


My printed obsession is nothing new, I’ve had a life long love affair with gingham! All my checkered dreams came true when I picked up this orange dress last Spring! I can’t wait  for warmer weather so I can wear it again! Full post here: spoiler alert, Waffles makes an appearance!
XO Courtney
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Saved by the Bell

28th March 2014

 I’m channeling my high school alter-ego today with bomber I borrowed from the boys and a look that screams back to school cool!

// Control Sector Bomber c/o // Leopard Zara Pants  //
// Basic Black H&M Tank // Black Converse Sneakers //
// Black Moschino Bag // Gold H&M Rings // Taylor Morgan Gold Bracelet  //
// C.wonder Bracelet // Karen Walker Sunnies (love these TB ones) //
I’m totally obsessed with this control sector bomber. It’s a men’s style but crazy comfortable and so warm. Since it’s a bit oversized, I immediately felt like the cool girl in highschool who showed up late to home room wearing her boyfriends varsity and ditched biology to make out with him under the bleechers – Okay maybe I’m I put a little too much thought into this looks inspiration – She’s totally not me … at all, but it’s sometimes fun to pick a character to inspire an outfit! High school Anti-Courtney is captain of the cheer team, drinks her diet coke through a straw during detention, drives a vespa but doesn’t wear a helmet and only shops vintage. She’s nominated for homecoming queen, but too cool to care and always wears dark lipstick and a cheerleader pony and wears leopard pants with ease. 
Please tell me I’m not the only crazy who creates outfit alter egos …
Photos by my favorite, Claire Eliza.
XO Courtney
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What to wear for spring 10 pieces >> 100 outfits !!!!

24th March 2014

Oh Hello Spring!
In the spirit of rebirth – today’s post is a crash course in a closet makeover!

A few Spring investment pieces can really reinvigorate your whole wardrobe and make you feel brand spankin’ new for Spring! So today I’m helping you build your spring wardrobe!

Back by popular demand, here is the spring edition of 10 pieces >> 100 outfits – where I show you how to get 100 outfits by investing in 10 new pieces for spring and working with the basics you probably already have in your closet!

THE INVESTMENTS:

Fun flats, novelty prints and florals are all the rage this Spring so your investments should include a Novelty print blouse, Patterned Sneakers and a Floral dress. This spring is about playing with proportion, so Midi Skirts and Crop Tops are a closet must have! Ripped Jeans are back and boyfriends are the new skinnies so tackle two trends at once with distressed boyfriend jeans. Pastels are huge for Spring so invest in a Pastel leather jacket to fight off the occasional spring chill and a complimentary pastel pump. These pieces will wear well together so pick colors that can play off each other without being too matchy-matchy. I suggest two shades of powder blue, but lilac and orchid or baby pink and dusty pink will also work! Round out your wardrobe with two patterned basics like a polka dot (or graphic) blouse, and a trench with a twist!

THE BASICS:

I’m a firm believer in basics! Every gal should have a few statement necklaces, denim shirt, jean jacket, crisp white button up, black tank, brown belt and wear-every-day-wedges in her wardrobe. Plus you probably have a simple graphic tee, full skirt, white jeans and metallic gladiators since these were such big trends in the past! Last summer was all about the Zara skort, which has quickly become a closet staple and closet must-have!

Shop the Basics:

I first created this post for fall when I created 100 outfits out of the 10 investment pieces I bought for the new season // see the full post here // After getting an overwhelming amount of requests to do it again, I knew I had to recreate it for spring! So without further a due, here’s you ten ways to wear each investment piece!

This year, spring florals are a little more graphic and bold. So a classy, floral, tube dress is a spring must!
Shop Floral Dresses:

Crop Tops are here to stay! Pair them with high waisted skirts to keep it conservative or if you’re tummy conscious, or show off your awesome bod with low rise boyfriends!
Shop Striped Crop Tops:
We’ve seen Midi skirts before, but usually in a dressy or designer way. This spring Midis are for everyone to be worn in day-wear ways and snagged at affordable prices!
Shop Midi Skirt:

 
We’ve seen ripped jeans before, but this year it’s all about the distressed denim in the boyfriend silhouette! Plus they pair perfectly with lady like silhouettes and layered outfits!

Polka dots are always on trend are so versatile! So refresh your spring wardrobe with a dotty top.
Shop Polka Dot Button Ups:

Pastels are EVERYWHERE for spring, but investing in a pastelly moto is a cool way to tackle this girly trend. Choosing to pick up a powder blue leather jacket or one with grey tones will allow you to carry it over into fall!

Shop Pastel Motos:
Sky high heels can be a blast but fun flats are cool lace-ups are the way of Spring. And with Keds participating in cool collabs with Kate Spade and Taylor Swift, this is the perfect time to switch your stilettos for sneaks!

 

Say yes to stripes in a big way with a stripey trench coat! It’s a fun twist on a basic that you’ll continue to use into fall and for years to come!
Shop the Stripe Trench:
I’m all about fun novelty prints this Spring, they help add a little sense of humor to your world and wardrobe! 
Shop Novelty Printed Blouses:

Baby Blue is Spring’s go-to hue! Pump up your shoe game with a pastel heel, my color suggestion? Powder blue of course! But really any pastel pump will do, just make sure it compliments your new moto! 

Shop Powdered Pumps:

And Viola! Investing in a few shiny new things for spring can really help you remake your whole wardrobe and get you ready for a fabulous spring!

Shop the Investments:
This post is here to stay! I’ll continue to create a 10 pieces >> 100 outfits for different seasons. This post was definitely a labor or love … so if you found this post helpful please let me know or pass it on – sharing is the greatest form of flattery! I would love to hear any feedback so I can use it to create an even better post when I do this again!

XO Courtney

XO Courtney

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Taylor Morgan Obsessed

21st March 2014

I really love my …
Taylor Morgan Bracelets!
Today I’m sharing one of the best gifts turned closet staple, I ever received!
Have you heard? My NYC friends are crazy talented.
The amazing Claire Eliza is an international wedding and fashion photographer and my hilarious bestie Sheree is an SNL star in the making, to name a few. But today we’re talking The Taylor Morgan – My life long friend, part-time blogger, full-time fashionista, FIT grad, amazing wife, DIY queen and Tommy Hilfiger designer. OH and if that wasn’t enough, she makes jewelry too! So when Taylor generously showered me with Taylor Morgan jewels on Christmas morning, I was over the moon and have been wearing, no living in her amazing bracelets ever since!



Taylor started making jewelry when she wanted to buy a simple, classic, chain bracelet and but couldn’t find anything desirable for under $100. I don’t mind splurging when necessary, but $100 is a little steep for a chain bracelet! Taylor felt the same, so she started making her own – I told you, she’s awesome! After she shared her creation, the requests came pouring in and thus the Taylor Morgan jewelry line was born. The best part? her gorgeous jewels are comparable in quality to what you would find and J.crew or Bauble Bar, but for under $50!
Shop Taylor Morgan:
plus necklaces and darling bracelets available here
XO Courtney
photocred: photos 1, 2, and 5 by claire eliza
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Stripey

19th March 2014

 I’m playing stripe queen for a day! I said yes to graphic B&W and mixed color blocking with jail-bird stripes for a neutral mix with a twist! I’ve been feeling a little out of it lately, just overwhelmed and not myself. It’s not so fun, but outfits can be the perfect pick-me-up … and a little pattern play always does the trick!


// H&M Black White Color Block Full Skirt (similar) //
// Zara Black White Stripe Crop Top (similar here) // Zara Coat //
// Karen Walker Sunnies (similar under $60) // H&M Gold Rings //
// Black Coach Willis Handbag // Taylor Morgan Gold Link Bracelet //
// Kate Spade Booties (similar here) // Saks Belt from My Sisters Closet //

It’s MARCH… so it’s supposed to be Spring! But most days it’s still too cold to wear skirts without tights … and after months of doubling up to keep warm I’m SO OVER stepping into them. For this look, I opted for knee high socks instead! They kept me warmish without forcing me to pull on another pair of tights – where are you Spring!?
We also teamed up for NYFW, See all of the NYFW X Claire Eliza posts
XO Courtney Quinn
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Pretty in Pink

17th March 2014

Although I love tulle and twirl-worthy skirts, super-girly colors aren’t usually my thing. But with pastels having such a big moment this spring and again this fall I decided to dabble with this darling MinkPink dress and matching beret. 

// Forever21 Black White Stripe Trench Coat (similar for $150) //
// Similar Stripe Coat under $130 // Similar Navy Stripe Trench under $60 // 
// MinkPink Fit Flare Pink Dress (also here) // Black Coach Willis Bag //
// H&M Big Black Bow Belt (similar) // Black Coach Nala Pumps // 
// Karen Walker Sunnies (similar under $60) // H&M Rings //
// C.wonder Gold Tassel Bracelet // Vintage Pink Beret // 

Since beanies can be a bore, I resorted to berets to keep warm this Winter…
and they allow me to continue pretending I’m in Paris, so that’s always a plus! I also found myself often wearing two pairs of tights, especially when I wanted to wear a lighter coat like like striped one. Fingers crossed that I won’t have to wear tights again until next fall. And a big black bow belt is something every bow-obsessed girl should have in her closet. It’s a easy way to add a flirty feel to any dress or skirt… I’ve even worn it over coats – it made me feel like a puffer princess!
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Back to Basics

15th March 2014

I pride myself on dressing outside the lines with my out-of-the-box style, but sometimes you have to strip things down to the basics and keep it simple. 


// Black button Christian Louboutin pumps // Karen Walker Sunnies //
// Jennifer Rex handmade leo zodiac necklace // Tiffany’s Ring //
As I mentioned before, I completely reinvented in my wardrobe last week by investing in a few key basics at Joe Fresh! Now, I’m obsessed. Their quality is amazing and their prices are so low. Plus my local store (the lower 5th ave location) is made up of the sweetest staff. I had a blast shopping with them and will be back time and time again.

xo Courtney Quinn
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Paris Afternoon

13th March 2014

I’ve been a little Paris obsessed lately, I blame the combination of Paris fashion week and the first sights of spring. With bright prints, fresh flowers and baguettes on the brain (I’m not sure why I think baguettes are a spring thing?), I can’t help by pair stripes with a printed scarf for another Parisian-esuqe wannabe ensemble.

Did you know I’m a leo? The loudest and boldest of zodiac signs? I’m sure you had absolutely no idea! :] … well I’m proud to be a leo, and have been telling the world with my Jennifer Rex Leo sign necklace (I also have her initial C necklace for my Carrie Bradshaw moments). The only thing better than one leo necklace is two, so I doubled up with a handmade Moon Metal ‘leo’  necklace as well!

// Joe Fresh Stripe Top (also here) // Vintage Paris Scarf (love this one) //
// Old Navy Distressed Patchwork Jeans (similar here) // Coach Bag // Zara Coat //
// Black button Christian Louboutin pumps // Karen Walker Sunnies //
// Jennifer Rex handmade leo zodiac necklace // Tiffany’s Ring //
Since NYFW, I did a serious closet clean, getting rid of about half of my closet! Crazy, right!? Anyways, I’ve been extremely clothing deprived until last weekend when I was able to finally hit the stores. I had a whole list of things I wanted and was planning on spending all of Saturday afternoon shopping…but luckily I stumbled into Joe Fresh first and found EVERYTHING on my list for under budget, including this stripe shirt! I basically rebuilt my wardrobe for $220. Then I popped over to Old Navy a picked up a pair of pixie pants (Amy Pohler made me do it!) and these Jeans. They’re actually supposed to be “boyfriend jeans”, but they fit me like skinny jeans…. I should probably be offended by this realization but I can’t be angry in patchwork denim!
Hoping you don’t judge me for yet another Parisian wannabe post! Check out last weeks here
P.S. so sorry for not posting earlier (I try to post Monday/Wednesday/Friday), my internet was down last night – boo time warner cable! I angrily pressed refresh for about an hour before giving up. I don’t even have cable, just internet and apple TV so I just listened to Bruno Mars and had a dance party with Waffles until I fell into ‘Gorilla’-induced coma. What would we do without internet? Apparently party with our pooches in pink satin pajamas!
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West Village Weekend

10th March 2014

Monday’s can always be a little bit sour when you have to return to the 9 to 5 (well, mine’s more of a 9-7) grind. But it’s even harder to get up and get going when you’re coming off a wonderful weekend with warmer weather – wow, that was a lot of dubs!

C.Wonder booties (similar here or splurge on these) // Kate Spade necklace (old)
Tommy Hilfiger Sweater // C.wonder Rings // Wet&Wild Lipstick – under 3 dollars!
Vintage statement ring – it reminded me of Harry Potter :]
My weekend was full of running errands in my neighborhood, meeting friends for dinner and relaxing with Waffles, all while smiling at the sun and watching the snow finally start to melt…. I see you spring!
 XO Courtney Quinn
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Parisian Wannabe

6th March 2014

With Paris fashion week in full swing, I am doing what any wannabe would… keeping my eyes on instagram, holding on to Vogue for dear life (oh hey, Rih Rih) and pretending to be Parisian of course.

I’ve lived in New York, San Francisco and even briefly Australia (on exchange), so am in now way “travel deprived” but am still in desperate need of a Parisian get away. I’ve been to Paris, once … in middle school! That same year I had a “punk” Courtney phase complete with a strong commitment to black tee’s, too much eyeliner and flipped out pink tips, so obviously my taste level was at an all time low… I mostly remember complaining about too many stairs and not enough restrooms at the Eiffel Tower (middle schoolers are the worst) and gorging myself on snails. But on a positive note, I bought my first beret and discovered my life long love for escargot … and butter.
Black Fit&Flare Madewell dress // Vintage red beret (similar) // Black Coach Willis handbag (with silver hardware) // Striped Forever 21 turtleneck (similar) // Black button Christian Louboutin pumps // Saks 5th Avenue belt via My Sisters Closet // H&M Rings // C.wonder Rings // Vintage silk scarf // Mac Ruby Woo Red Lipstick
Let’s be honest, bloggers (myself included) can get a little annoying when it comes to fashion week(s). And although I love having my intafeed flooded with french pics, it can sometimes get a bit obnoxious (and yes, I do realize my annoyance is probably 90 percent jealousy… don’t judge me). But there is nothing pesky about the fabulous Chriselle Lim or her parisian posts, I’ve been living vicariously through her all week long!
So I think a colorful trip to Pari√© is far overdue. And since my Boyfriend’s name is Paris and macaroons are my favorite dessert (they’re gluten free!) I feel like we should be able to go free of charge, wouldn’t you agree?! Until Paris gets the message I’ll continue to sport bright berets and semi-obnoxious french-esuqe hats that would make any true Parisian embarrassed to be seen with me. 
XO Courtney