The full skirt & crop top combo has to be one of my favorite, pair that with some print mixing and a little red lip action and you have a classic Color Me Courtney look, just like the one I’m sharing with you today!So its no secret that I’m kinda of sorta of really ready for Spring (did you see yesterday’s post?) and my trip last weekend to my home state of Arizona only confirmed what I had been thinking all along – why isn’t it warm yet. Anyways, during my trip I got to meet the lovely Caitlin of A little Dash of Darling, my favorite AZ based blog – I loved stopping by her Guess Event with Marie Claire, and wore this printed/striped combo for the evening!The event took place at Scottsdale Fashion Square, so I had to swing by some of my Mall favorites including Z Gallerie (I’ve been obsessing over this couch) and the mall’s new DVF… where I found and bonded with this darling pink Sofa that I kind of need in my apartment – please Paris (boyfriend), pleeaassee. Since I was there with my Bestie, Whitney my lounge sesh quickly turned into a little photo shoot ended with the Sales Person saying “Can you like not put your like shoes on the sofa….” haha oops, sorry.
Speaking of separates, here are some more rock the crop top & midi combo with Spring Flare! And if you can’t wait till it warms up, try these skirts with a black tight and heeled bootie and front tuck your favorite solid sweater…. before bundling up with a Coat, or two.
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Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share a few Springy looks that I wore/shot while I was enjoying the 75 degree weather in Arizona last week (see some of the highlights on instagram), despite the currently frostbite situation happening outside my front door (I literally got a brain freeze walking to work yesterday morning, like getting punished for eating a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream… without getting to enjoy the actual ice cream #ripoff … how is it that cold).
So… is it Spring yet???With Spring right around the corner but still seriously out of sight I have resorted to wearing pretty pastels in wintery ways to get me through! I was totally into the whole winter wonderland thing for a while (being from Arizona, I have learned to appreciate seasons) but that ended abruptly the day fashion week came to a close. Now it is just too dang cold and I am pretty much sick of all my coats, so I don’t care what that ground hog’s shadow did or didn’t tell him, Spring needs to hurry on up and come visit me in NYC.Speaking of visits, these photos were taken by one of my three best friends. Fun fact – I have a super awesome girl group full of the worlds most amazing best friends, one lives in NYC with me but two are back in Utah (boo). Anyways, the darling Kristin came to visit when we shot these looks! I was so happy to see her (but kind of mad she didn’t bring warmer weather) so I had to dress in cotton candy dream colors that totally reflect her personality – effervescent, bubbly, bright and whimsical. Love you ro!
Speaking of spring (if we keep talking about it maybe it will come) piperlime is currently having a crazy sale and offering an additional 30% off all sale or 50% off final sale … heck yeah! I hand picked some of my favorite transitional items that totally work as a layered piece now but can also be reinvented again come Spring… Happy Shopping!
So one day during fashion week I skipped lunch to hop off to shows… so naturally, I decided to wear my fries on my sleeve… well sweater, because that’s almost as good as eating them – almost….
Not sure if it’s awesome or awkward that I wore a fast-food-inspired sweater to fashion week, where most models (And some bloggers) obviously forgo fries in support of their thin figures – and no, that was not a stab I totally support girls with enough will power to say no to fries, but I will never be one of those gals so when you ask if I would like fries with that, I will always say yes… or in this case point to my sweater.This “bear bomber” that I’m wearing over my outfit helped keep me kind of warm, but in general I was freezing. If you’re residing in NYC, this look probably shouldn’t be recreated until March, but if you choose to bare the cold, wear leggings rolled up under your midi skirt like I did… just try not to twirl 😉
Peace out #NYFW! Yesterday was the final day of Fashion Week in New York and I ended it with one of the most exciting shows – Nanette Lepore’s Posh Rebel Collection. I really enjoying shows like hers because they are always equal parts inspiring and relatable, clothes that get me excited for the upcoming seasons and pieces that I can actually wear (and afford, well kinda) plus it’s always great to see a show that doesn’t take place at Lincoln Center!According to Nanette, “A posh rebel is a woman who’s pushing her way out there in the world and making things happen” … well, she sounds awesome and the collection totaled oozed posted-rebel-ness (yeah I’m making up words now), the girls who would rock these looks are brave, bold and not afraid to take what they want in life – I know a few crazy amazing women like that who basically need this collection in their lives.Image via instagramvia instagram Nanette Lepore’s cool “Posh Rebel” collection didn’t disappoint (well does it ever?) with seventies vibes reinvented in newer, chicer ways with a free-spiriited vibe and unexpected color (like this awesome pumpkin-esque orange look that I am kind of crazy over). She kept it carefree with pops of print and flowy frocks paired with tailored jackets, plus there were a few mini’s to die for and some unexpected embellishments for that extra something special! Image via instagramVia instagram
I’ll let you in on a secret, but as long as you run and tell everyone you know, kay? Nanette Lepore also has an awesome and more affordable line available at
JCP – say whattt?. The collection emphasizes color and movement, two signature styles of Nanette Lepore – plus its crazy affordable. This darling flowy pink cami that I am wore to the show, is actually L’amore by Nanette Leepore for JCP. it was a little early to bust out this spring statement piece, whoops, but i can’t wait to wear it again and again when things warm up for Spring with jeans, to work with a blazer or on the weekends with these awesome black cargo pants!
As fashion week is coming to an end (boo) I start to see some of my favorite trends emerging from the runway and just get crazy excited for Fall. One major runway trend (that I was actually afraid would be leaving us this year) was varsity chic. Today I’m talking all about this trend, while recapping what I wore to Tommy Hilfiger. Plus I’ll share why there is no shame in standing room only and talk about what I learned at the Art Institute show.One of my favorite shows during fashion week was Tommy Hilfiger show on Monday. Not only do they win the award for the coolest venue and earn serious points for going full out in theme, but I am just head over heels, eh cleats for the varsity-chic-vibes the show was broadcasting. Models adorned fashion-focused jerseys and over-the-top varsity stripes as they stormed the football field to Hey Ya and Bootlicious. To top it all off, the traditional final walk was replaced with an epic final strut, Color Me Obsessed (seriously, what are you waiting for? Check out the video here… or else) Hey guys, Standing Room Only is the new black, I promise! I get a lot of comments and emails about blogger who say they aren’t “cool enough” or “big enough” to get invited to shows – and I totally disagree. Guys, I’ll let you in on a secret, I have never been one of the cool kids – don’t let the red lipstick fool you, I am totally more “geek chic” than I am “home coming queen” and although Color Me Courtney continues to grow beyond my wildest dreams, I’ll never consider myself “cool enough” to get invited, just bold enough to ask… and sometimes beg. I send emails, I follow up and I borderline stalk my way into some shows – like Tommy Hilfiger – I’ve been trying to get an invite for two seasons now without success (#unpopular) but this year I finally made the cut… for standing room only! But there is no shame in standing room only, and Hey, sometimes it works out in your favor! My standing room only seat for Pamela Rowland was used to fill an open assigned seat right behind Mr. Jay Manuel, Mrs. J Alexander and Nigel freaking Barker – but of course I have no proof because my phone decided to die right as we all snuggled up for a #celfie… and you know how that goes, if it’s not on social media, it just didn’t happen… sad life.I really didn’t think any other show would get me as excited as the Tommy Hilfiger presentation (seriously, Lex and I almost cried #emotional) but the Art Institute show I attend last night with Refinery 29 got me inspired in an entirely different way. The show opened with a disabled model who was once paralyzed due to a rare immune disease and now slowly recovering walked the entire runway with her walker, it was amazing to see such strength from struggle combined with effortless fashion – it was truly heart wrenching and captivating, bravo.The Art Institute selects a few prestigious students from different branches across the country (and even Canada) to showcase their work at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – can you imagine? Showing at fashion week while you’re in college? BANANAS. During the show I tweeted out my astonishment that these students are conquering fashion week, while all I was able to conquer in college was in and out burger (and fries… and a milk shake… or two) on a daily basis… whatever, still no shame. See more images via their twitter here and instagram hereOh andddd don’t tell the fashion Gods but I totally ended up rewearing this coat again to the AI show (say it with my this time – no shame) despite the inherent NYFW rules about rewearing…. what-ever (insert Amber voice and hand-configured-w-sign here) rules are for lame-o’s and breaking them is crazaay fun.
Okay, so now who’s ready for Fall? I kind of need EVERYTHING from the TH collection – okay, maybe two of everything… one for you one for me? yeah and maybe I’ll share… okay not likely, but maybe… yeah, no, never gonna happen 😉 XO Big thanks to Tommy Hilfiger for the show invite, and thanks to Refinery 29 and The Art Institute for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own… Duh
When fashion week falls on valentines day, I see no other option but to get dressed up in full-out-theme. So I did just that for my second look for NYFW day 3 – red lip, red, coat, red sunnies… and an overused pink sweater 😉I hope everyone had a crazy wonderful valentines day – and by crazy wonderful, I mean full. of. CHOCOLATE!! I spent mine at NYFW while my boyfriend worked until 2 am, poor guy. My day started with Lacoste and Noon by Noor (see what I wore here), after the shows I went home to check on Waffles and stuff my face, where I spilled on myself warranting this outfit change. I wanted to keep up my valentines day theme, so I paired a little pink with a lot of red as I stepped out into the storm for Mara Hoffman.After the show, we were supposed to stop by the all star game but Paris’s schedule didn’t really allow it – but that’s okay I was totally fine with spending the evening catching on on PLL in my polka dot robe. Being the sweetheart that he is, he still brought me home gifts (donuts and chocolate – my kinda gifts) at 2AM after his 14 hour day. Hope your valentines day was super sweet and that you spent it with someone special!!!
It’s that time of the year again, New York Fashion Week: where fashionista’s everywhere flock to the big apple and dress their best to be spotted front row previewing New York’s most celebrated designers… and I take the subway to lincoln center, fight for standing room space with strangers and pose for street style photos with lipstick on my teeth, #livingthedreamOkay, that may have come off a bit passive aggressive, and I totally didn’t mean it that way! I love fashion week, but its not always as glamorous as people think… at least not if you are a a total spaz like me! I don’t talk about it much but in addition to blogging, I work full time for Coach in product development helping to produce handbags! As a result, fashion week is always a reaaal struggle because I have to juggle work & shows and sometimes miss some awesome events because I have to attend to my 9-5, boo. Anyways, I dabbled in a few events and shows thursday/friday night but for me, the real fashion week fun (and fails) started Saturday.I started my day with Lacoste and Noon by Noor at Lincoln Center, where I spent more time in line than I did in the show but still really enjoyed it! I was especially blown away by the amazing use of metallics at Noon by Noor. Anyways, then I was off to the TRESemmé hair salon to all curled up (which was great, because I was rocking a mean bedhead that morning, whoops). I love, what they did to my lob, it looked so much shorter because of the crazy Carrie Brashaw curls.After shooting with TRESemmé I went home, ordered fried chicken, took Waffles out and spilled on my pretty matching look – whoops! Well, that was only half of NYFW day three, I’ll post my second look and share my unfabulous moments tomorrow on the blog, so stay tuned!
V.day is for lovers… and those obsessed with wearing red! Since it’s my go-to-hue I take full advantage of the opportunity to wear obnoxious amounts of it (are you surprised?) and pair it with other lovely valentines-inspired pieces.I’m completely smitten with this heart breaker sweater, it’s the perfect weight, length, and print! I love that it takes a different twist on the classic black & white polka dots, by switching spots for hearts but still gives the bold graphic appeal of an all over print! Plus as an added bonus it is total versatile – wear it with a midi like me (that I totally should have steamed first, whoops) for a Valentines day date, with a black pencil skirt to the office or with ripped jeans and converse for weekend-chic! No matter how you rock this crush-worthy sweater, you’ll totally steal the show, and potentially a few hearts <3Since understated is totally overrated, I turned this sweater up a notch by pairing it with a color blocked midi skirt & bold, statement pearls. Glam lashes, the cutest little mini quilted bag and a big bold lip were the finishing touches to help push the look over-the-top – but don’t worry, I did edit a bit by keeping it classic with black louboutins 😉
With Valentines day right around the corner I totally love all the well, love in the air! I also love the excessive amounts of red & pink being worn and that most people have developed half of my normal appetite for sweets #getonmylevel. My point is, there are so many things to love about this time of the year, and today I’m giving you a few more by sharing some of my current favs and recent obsessions!
Love is in the air, and apparently also in my closet, so today is all about that wonderful, red, greeting-card-created-holiday that we all love – Valentines Day!Despite my earlier sarcasm, I really do love Valentines Day – and not just because I’ve had a super cute boy in my life since the dawn of time, – fun fact, Paris and I were long distance for about 5 years of our relationship, so we didn’t spend Valentines Day together, instead we sent care packages and had phone dates, honestly, it was still really special, and I got to do it in my PJs so that’s always a win. Aside from giving gifts to my guy, my besties and even myself #sorrynotsorry (check out my latest gift guide here and enter the giveaway – today’s the last day) I love getting all dolled up in love inspired outfits all week long!You know when you see a super dreamy guy from across the room and you get instant butterflies, or how about when your heart skips a beat and your face starts to flush the moment you lock eyes with that handsome stranger on the Subway? Yeah, me neither cause my life is not a movie and I usually am too focused on navigating the snow + heeled booties to stop and scan the hunks – but I did recently have a totally cinematic love-at-first-sight moment resulting in an instant crush with this clutch (don’t tell my boyfriend).Although this darling bag is the perfect gift or goodie for valentines day, I’m also totally going to wear it year around. I love how the red works with my signature color and the gold plays off my accessory metal of choice! Plus it’s darling but in an almost-edgy way so you can either 1) play up the kitschy cute elements of it, 2) keep it casual and wear it with basics (like I did here) or 3) dress it up with high fashion statement pieces for an over-the-top look – do it, I dare you! Plus if red’s not your jam it comes in black making it even more likely to have a life after valentines day!
What are you doing for Valentines day? Is it a night-on-the-town red-dress kind of sitch with some stud? Or night-on-the-couch no-bra kind of moment with your girls? Either way, I know you’ll look awesome (even if this awesome look includes the worlds largest top knot and a pint of mint chocolate chip to accessorize with, either way I totally support you 😉 )