One of my favorite trends of the year is surprisingly not twirl-worthy or tulle related, it doesn’t require sky high heels and often looks best with second day hair… any guesses? Okay, I’ll tell you… it’s Sporty Chic!
In case you couldn’t tell, I am kind of a girly girl. I rarely wear pants (skirts are way more fun) and have a serious lipstick obsession so was kind of skeptical about giving up my girly ways to try the sporty trend when it first came on scene last Spring. That lasted for about 3 whole seconds, and then I became determined to tackle the trend with my own colorful, girly spin with ruby red and a little bow action.
After trying and testing the sporty trend all spring long, I began to really like this trendy alter ego that began to emerge … let’s call Sporty Courty . Luckily, this trend is here to stay for a bit and is getting a serious fall make over with the introduction of varsity jackets with knee high boots and oversized coats worn with stylish sneakers. To make this trend Courtney friendly for fall, I paired it with ripped boyfriend jeans and a cool graphic tee. I bundled up in a varsity bomber and hid my bad hairday with a red felt cap. To complete the look I kept the pop’s of red going with a ruby woo red lip and matching bow pumps for a little feminine touch!
When Fall finally arrives, so many are quick to bundle up in Black… but not me 😉 Today I’m staying true to my name and cozing up in the cutest oversized Fall coat that just happens to come in one of my favorite colors – ruby red.
I’ve been searching for the perfect red coat for a few years with no success, but I have been pretty picky. It had to be crazy warm, come in Ruby Woo Red (to match my favorite lip color of course) and have really awesome pockets… Oh yeahhhh, if you didn’t know this yet, I have a thing for pockets! Most importantly, I needed a shape that was kind of oversized, and downtown-cool. I knew having a big bright coat would be enough of a statement and didn’t wanna over-do-it with something too fussy, I wanted to keep it simple yet chic!
This Yoana Baraschi coat fit the bill! Not only did it check all of my boxes, but it added a new down-town vibe to my wardrobe. It’s no secret that I am more of a tulle and polka dots kind of girl, but I sometimes like to switch things up by channeling a cooler alter ego (since we all know I’m the furthest thing from cool in real life). This oversized redcoat lets me do just that by pairing it with a little bit of leather or distressed boyfriend jeans!
I really love the new dimension this coat brings to my wardrobe, and as a little added bonus it’s so crazy versatile. It’s only been mine for a week and I’ve already rocked it twice in two totally different ways… I see a serious coat friendship in our future. For the first look, I added some edge to this old graphic sweater and really played up the black & red combo. A leather skirt, leopard belt and black chelsea booties with a little bit of a heel were the finishing touch to walking the line between flirty & edgy.
I sometimes like to switch things up for halloween and do something fun – I was planning on being Dionne for Halloween until Izzy Azalea went Clueless crazy and made Dionne/Cher the new hip costume of the year, rude – But you can never go wrong with the classics! So today I’m sharing two darling disney DIY costumes. Since Halloween is just around the corner, all of these products are available via asos who offers express two day shipping so if you order the products by end of day Tuesday you can get them in time for halloween on Friday!
Miss Minnie Mouse I’ve always been a big fan of little miss minnie, I mean come on, bows, red lipstick and polka dots? what’s not to love! I found this darling dress via asos and thought it would make the most amazing Minnie Mouse costume! If you have two halloween parties to go to this weekend, you could double up on this dress and easily wear it with black tights or knee highs, antennas and wings to be a lady bug (shop the $10 set here)!
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My skin my not be white as snow 😉 but I still loved dressing up as snow white, mostly because all I had to buy was a red hair bow (the rest came from my current closet). Plus, this outfit comes with snacks and I am always on board with edible accessories !!
P.S. a few of you have been recently asking me about blog photos, My boyfriend takes most of mine but my friend Claire (who is also an awesome professional fashion and wedding photographer) does blogger photos in NYC so check her out!
One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner, so to get you in the spirit I’ll be bringing you some easy, last minute, DIY halloween costumes!
For those of you who have been following along since last year, you’ll know I shared a ton of DIY halloween costume ideas including Sandy from Grease, Black Swan, Holly Golightly and Poison Ivy to name a few. Since these images have been floating around on the wonderful world of pinterest, people have began to request for me to redo some of last year’s costumes with items that are currently available, so today I’m doing just that – anything for you guys 😉
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S Let’s start with one of my favorites, a Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY halloween costume! Breakfast at Tiffany’s always makes me think of the best friend during my stint in San Francisco, miss Emily who introduced me to all things Audrey. We would spend hours watching Audrey Hepburn movies and eating junk #classy. Em’s tall, slender and stylish … she would make the perfect Holly Golightly for Halloween. But even if you aren’t Holly G to a T, this could still be the costume for you, I might have to give the pajama look a whirl for a party of two this year!
So For this look I gave you two options, the classic LBD look we all associate with the timeless film (pearls and all) as well as the pajamas “sleepy” Holly Golightly wearing the most stylish of PJs. Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
DOROTHY (WIZARD OF OZ)
I can’t say I have ever dressed up as Dorothy, but ever since adding Waffles to the mix I have been quite tempted. Somehow Waffles in a basket doesn’t seem like the brightest idea, but it would probably make for a funny story!
SANDY FROM GREASE
Grease will always have a special place in my heart, so why not spend Halloween night singing “you’re the one that I want”? You could step into a pony tale and a smile, but I prefer pairing leather with lipstick to strut your stuff as the “bad-girl” Sandy from the final scene.
BLACK SWAN This costume was really popular when the movie first came out, but I think it can still take a minor effort to make a major impact! I love the idea of being able to wear (or buy) a new tulle skirt Halloween purposes, but being able to wear it all year long!
POISON IVY One of my other all time favorite costume ideas is Poison Ivy – the vixen villain from batman. If you’re a smoking hot red head and haven’t tried this look out yet, shame on you. Just kidding, well kind of 😉 I was Poison Ivy once a few years back in highschool, I combined one old velvet dance costume with the red fishnets from another and pinned leaves all over. There may have also been a clip in hair streak or two in the mix, but hey it was 2007ish so don’t judge me :)
If you didn’t see your dream costume in the mix, don’t fret I have more costumes coming your way in Sunday’s post! And feel free to request any costume ideas and I will do my best to spook something up for you!
Don’t Forget – Order the pieces featured in today’s post before Sunday to receive them in time for Halloween, or choose expedited shipping!
This might be the first, but certainly won’t be the last time I say the following fact this season: Blush is the new BlackI’m totally obsessed with pastels for Fall – powder blue hues, little bits a lilac, and even mint greens mixed with darker olives but my favorite color of the bunch has to be blush.One of my first (and favorite) purchases of the season was this cropped blush sweater. Obsessed isn’t a strong enough word – It’s the perfect amount of slouch & structure plus it’s crazy comfortable. The crop is just right, so I wear it with high waisted skirts or can tuck it into a high waisted trouser; I have even layered a long graphic tank or a white button up blouse underneath for a 90’s vibe. Most importantly it’s well made and extremely versatile. After owning this blush beaut for only a week, I had to go back for more cauuttte colors #dontjudgeme
I wanted to have a major pastel moment, so I rounded out my blush crush with a matching tulle midi ! If you have yet to invest in a twirl worthy tulle skirt what the heck are you waiting for 😉 But seriously, it is by far one of my favorite pieces in my closet, second only to the powder blue Zara pumps I paired it with. I didn’t plan too, but added some sunnies along the way when I stopped into Cynthia Rowley in the West Village before strutting my stuff down to Soho (that’s what’s in the bag). They were an unexpected splurge but hey, they matched my outfits so I kind of had to swipe my card … whooopps, sorry bank account!
Before you go I have to share a secret… I found these crazy cute tulle skirts in so many colors for $34 each… and I may have gone a little bit crazy! How cute would they be with the matching cropped sweater like mine to match? Basically you can recreate this look in every color for $100 or less a look – so get shopping!!! You can thank me later 😉
Photography on this one was a Joint effort, some by my shopping partner for the day and some by my momma who was in town for the weekend!
So here’s how this post is going to work, I’ll show you ten ways to wear each investment piece then show you 5 or so versions of that investment piece at all different price ranges for you to purchase to get the look! In the end you’ll walk away with 100 new outfits and tons of style information – awesome right? So without further ado, let’s do this thing!
The Graphic Sweatshirt You know how you can’t go wrong with a graphic tee? Well the same can be said for a graphic sweater or sweatshirt! Dress it up, dress it down and wear it everywhere!
A Pleated Skirt We all know a full midi skirt is a must have (I wear one almost everyday) but if you’re looking for a skirt with a little less drama but just as much stylish impact, a pleated midi skirt is a perfect pick plus it will look amazing with almost every Fall trend!
The Pastel Mini Pastels are usually a Spring thing, but this year they are one of the biggest trends for Fall! The best part? The fall-worthy pieces you invest in today will carry you through to Spring 2015 and for many more springs to come. I love a pastel midi to wear with knee high boots, dark tights, chunky turtle necks and pretty much anything else.
The Leather Vest Vests had a major moment this Fall! Although I am kind of obsessed with some of the sleeveless pea coat styles (like this one) and the fantasy fur vests (like this) going on this season, I choose to stick to the classics with a leather moto-esque vest. This is true investment piece that you’ll be able to wear for seasons to come and with almost everything!
A Statement Shoe I feel like a crucial part to every wardrobe is a killer heel and every season gives you a new chance to splurge on at least one awesome pair. They can really become the defining point of a simple look when paired with distressed denim or a midi skirt to show off those stems!
The Chunky Turtleneck There is nothing cozier then a big giant chunky turtle neck! Plus is pairs perfectly with a contrasting mini skirt or easy with boyfriend jeans. Basically you can’t go wrong with a turtle neck sweater!
The Black & White Bomber Bombers are seriously the best – no lie! An awesome varsity jacket can keep you warm while making you look crazy cool. Plus whenever I wear one, I feel like the bad-girl-class-cutting-head-cheerleader alter ego. She’s totally not me but it is so fun to pretend right (see my anti-courtney alter ego here)
The Pastel Sweater Since Fall Pastels are all the range this season, why not invest in a super cozy pastel sweater. I chose a V-neck to switch things up, but whatever sweater you choose will be perfect for this Fall and for Spring too!
The Plaid Mini I’m kind of obsessed with all the varsity trends that have been floating around this season and the 90’s inspired plaid midi has to be at the top of my list. I’m not sure if all the hottest designers got together last year and had a clueless marathon before designing their 2014 collections or if I’m just totally buggin’ but am truly thankful for the 90’s style comeback.
A Cropped Sweater Crop tops were everywhere this year, first Spring and then again come Summer, so why not give the trend a cozy twist for Fall? Well you belly bearing wishes have been answered with the crazy cool cropped sweater trend.
And now, just to overwhelm you (and prove I’m not lying and that there is actually no exact repeats 😉 ) here’s all 100 outfits!
And that’s a wrap! I hope this helped you in creating your Fall Fashion Wardrobe! If you loved this post please leave me an awesome comment below and feel free to share this post I’ll be back at it again come Spring 2015!
These past two weeks of crisp, cool weather have spoiled me rotten and sealed this season’s fate – Fall is finally, officially, 100 percent here and my wardrobe couldn’t be happier about it.
Fall is the perfect time to bust out the basics, but wear them in new fresh ways. I am all about Fall Casual-Chic where I pair neutral colors with classic silhouettes and one unexpected pop. I gave my black leather midi a cozy fall twist by tucking this chunky sweater in before pulling this soft leather jacket over the top and pumping up the look with a touch of leopard.
Here’s a trick – if you’re tucking in a sweater or anything heavy into a slimming skirt, try the front tuck, where you dart about five or so inches of the front of your sweater into your skirt (or jeans). It will give your sweater a new shape without loosing the slouch!
In addition to dusting off my favorite fall basics, I always end up stocking up on new basics at this time of the year. I recently added this brown leather jacket and leather midi skirt and replaced my leopard heels with a new, pointed pair! These are basics I know I will wear for fall seasons to come and can even carry forward throughout winter and spring… so I don’t fell as bad breaking the bank a little to do so (just don’t tell my boyfriend 😉 ).
Wednesday Night I attended a mini runway at Saks 5th Avenue featuring Polo by Ralph Lauren’s new Winter/Holiday collection (can you believe we are there already? what happened to Fall?) hosted by Elle Mag! I brought my favorite wedding photographer Claire Eliza as my date (p.s. she now does blog photos too) oh and my boyfriend/paparazzi came too 😉 to snap my picture… jk Paris you know I love you!
I don’t consider myself particularly preppy, or edgy, or cool… I guess my style doesn’t really fit into a category because it’s constantly changing. But I do try and dip my toes heels into different trends. This stripey coat was a little outside my normal wardrobe window (it’s navy, and now the only navy thing I own… navy is one of those colors I used to despise, just like brown, but I am learning to love it ).
Anyways, I thought a preppy, stripey coat would fit right in at the Polo show, but I was actually pleasantly surprised that it was some-what of a lone wolf at the presentation. Basically, the polo you know has evolved into something new, modern, effortless and chic. It was fun to see first hand how this brand has transformed under it’s new creative director. Since I work for Coach, a company that is on the same transformative path, I really appreciate the new direction Polo Ralph Lauren is taking – pops of neon and funky hats sprinkled the runway paired with 90’s floral,nonchalant plaid maxi’s, the ultimate LBD’s and of course, the classic Polo RL structured coats we know and love.
This military inspired coat (jacket version here) was definitely one of my favorite piece of the night, I was crazy about the contrasting color pop in the collar mixed with the historic shape and military-esque details – It actually reminded me of the Originals on the CW in the best way, please tell me I’m not the only one who watches trashy teen television…. please!
The Trendy Sparrow is so sweet she gifted me one more of these darling prints, but I was so inspired by all of your love for Blair and this week of give aways, I’ve decided to pay it forward by gifting mine to one other winner chosen randomly from all three entries, congrats Melissa Kimber you’re our lucky 3rd surprise winner Oh and don’t worry, I will definitely be heading over to Trendy Sparrow to buy myself a Blair Print to replace it 😉
If you didn’t win, you can still pick up your own print here and be sure to take another peek at my 3 blair waldorf inspired outfits here! Winners – you have 48 hours to email me at courtney@colormecourtney with your full name and shipping address and I will send those prints your way
“Spotted: C stealing B’s style and trying to pass it off as her own. Oh C, don’t you know there is only one Queen B and she doesn’t like Downtown girls going through her laundry bin. Hold on to your headband’s Upper East Siders, looks like we might have ourselves a cat fight.”
For today’s third and final Blair Waldorf inspired look of the week, I drew inspiration from B but decided to update her style just a teeny bit. Gossip Girl ended two years ago, so sadly Blair missed so many Waldorf-worthy trends like crop tops and midi skirts!If B was still roaming the Upper East Side (or our television) today, she would most certainly be twirling away in the most dramatic of midi’s. While some rock a midi with sporty slides, exposed mid-drifts or even a graphic tee, I presume Miss Waldorf would wear it with a floral blouse and bow pumps… duhhh B always brings the drama, so a bright red midi is just one small piece of an over-the-top outfit. Although B probably would indulge in the crop top trend, she would make it her own by investing in a subtly sheer floral blouse to tuck into her mind-blowing midi. Since pattern, trends and twirl-worthy red aren’t enough for Queen B, I think Blair would finish the look with another pop of color and a little bit of bow action with powder blue pumps.
Blair Waldorf Giveaway For my third BW giveaway (enter one and two before they end Thursday) I’m giving away one more darling Blair print from The Trendy Sparrow. To enter to win Color Me Courtney and The Trendy Sparrow. on pinterest (be sure to click follow all) and be sure to leave a comment below sharing your Pinterest name and saying you’ve entered!
and enter to win yesterday’s give away here // and monday’s here
“They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but that doesn’t mean one should imitate the
Queen. Carful C, queen B doesn’t take well to copy-cats” – XOXO, Gossip Girl
Welcome back to another Blair-Waldorf inspired fashion post, where I am taking twirling tips from none other than the Queen of the Upper East Side herself. My Saturday started with a pre-museum brunch before heading uptown to strut my way through the Metropolitan Museum of Art with my mom, boyfriend and friend/photographer Claire. Although I live in New York, I rarely take time to enjoy some of the typical and almost “touristy” things the big apple has to offer.
I decided to take not only a style, but also a lifestyle tip for Miss Waldorf, by spending the day on the Upper Eastside exploring this beautiful museum (and killer rooftop view where these photos were taken – a must see if you are ever in NYC). Since B helped inspire my day, it was only logical that I stole her style for the day too… but I’m not sure if I would really consider it stealing since it is so close to my own 😉 I dusted off my favorite ted baker skirt and tucked it into a white Peter Pan collar blouse (p.s. if you don’t have one of these, you seriously need one – stat!).
We are used to Blair’s bows and have even seen her rock a tie or two, so I had to give her school-girl-style a chic update with a big Pussy Cat bow around my neck! I already owned an over-sized bow neck tie (are you surprised?) but I wanted a silky/satin one to match the material of my skirt. I took this giant black ribbon from my tiny NYC craft closet (which is sadly just a bedazzled box… boo) and used double stick tape to “hem” the edges before tying it around my neck and slipping it under the collar. If you choose to DIY or buy (for just $15) a bow like this can really amp up a basic white blouse and Blair-ify your wardrobe.
I’m a firm believer in pattern mixing, if you do it right (and in moderation) you can really make it work with any outfit. When in doubt, just add leopard. It’s more of a neutral than a pattern anyway, and pairs perfectly with almost every other print! I even wore it with Zebra once to really switch things up. Blair Waldorf Giveaway
So today I’m giving away another darling Blair Waldorf print from The Trendy Sparrow! Enter to win by liking Color Me Courtney and The Trendy Sparrow on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me you have! Plus swing by this post to see how else you can enter to win! Contest ends Thursday at Midnight and I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s post, plus I will be giving away one more print tomorrow so stay tuned!