Let me start by apologizing for being a repeat outfit offender…
Some people and bloggers believe you shouldn’t re-wear the same piece or the same outfit twice – well to me that’s just bananas. I have a limited closet space and limited bank account so I can’t possibly be wearing things once before I kick them to the curb – instead I believe in recycling!!
To me a true investment piece is something you can splurge a bit on a wear for a while. I love this peplum top for spring or summer and think you can totally make the most of it by pairing it with different pieces you already have in your wardrobe – score! I also recently invested in these Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals – I have been eyeing them for ages and finally just pulled the trigger. They quickly became my new favorite piece in my wardrobe and I am so happyI took the plunge. They make everything I wear look instantly more expensive, and make me feel amazing, which I totally love – get the look here
You can’t go wrong with denim shorts and a graphic tee – it’s literally the easiest and best go-to outfit to wear all summer long.
If we’re besties on instagram you know that I love bold blooms, gerber daises are actually my fav but I am a fan of peonies too because I mean who isn’t. Yesterday I shared a few tops you kind of sort of absolutely totally need for summer (check out the post here, but then come right back, k? k i’ll wait …. hey, yay, you’ve returned!!! Now back to some very serious shirt business) and graphic tee, especially a peony printed one is right at the top of must have list – get yours here
You know those days when you just don’t want to get dressed? Well instead of wearing your pajamas (no judgement if you do – I’ve been there) try a graphic tee and easy cut offs instead it’s just as comfy but maybe a bit more appropriate 😉
I’m always into weekends, but I am super excited for this one because my best friend Kristin is moving here for the summer on Saturday – yay!!! So I’ll be off doing some serious bestie business all weekend long. Be sure to follow on Snap Chat (xoCourtneyQuinn) and Instagram (@colormecourtney) so you don’t miss any of the action! What will you be living in this weekend?? And what are you getting into? I’m so nosy I want to know tell me everything in the comments below!
Currently I’ve been beyond obsessed with beautiful blouses (here are a few) and been stalk piling my wardrobe… sorry bank account.
As you know, my go to top of choice (even year around) when I am not at the office is a trusty crop top, this is a style that just really works for my body type so I kind of sort of use it to my advantage and wear it with everything but lately I have been cheating on it just the tiniest bit with a few other styles!
CROP TOP FAVS
You just can’t go wrong with a crop top & midi skirt combo (you know… my go-to recipe for a easy outfit that I wear all the time see some examples here & here)
This Crop Top is currently on sale for $88 (that’s 40% off) get the pieces in the above look by clinking the images below
Another easy go-to to wear year all around is a good graphic tee! Goes great with jeans & sneakers, or can even be dressed up with a pencil skirt and heels. Plus it’s perfect for those lazy summer days!
shop this look by clinking the images below
OFF THE SHOULDER
Incase you haven’t noticed Off the Shoulder Tops are having a major moment right now, and are totally a must try trend that I completely recommend. I originally thought this trend might be a challenge for me because of my more muscular build but in fact it has quite the opposite effect! This girly top tends to off set my guns and bring an overall dainty yet relaxed look to any outfit – yay!
get the look in above by clinking the images below
Shop them all!
I hope you enjoyed this top round up! Happy Weekend!!! XO
Lately, I’ve been more confident with my body and comfortable in my own skin than ever before…. plus I’m about ten pounds “heavier” ( I say that in quotes because I don’t consider 130ish pounds heavy and don’t really think anyone should ) than my usual weight … probably due to my giant donut intake but, whatever… totally worth it!
Baring my arms is kind of hard for me, I’ll tell you why in a second and the crazy measures I went to change them – but first I wanted to share how I over come that insecurity. I’ll probably never be 100% confident being bare arms, but I do feel awesome wearing Orange. It’s my color, it always has been and people have been telling it to me for-like-ever. The awesome lady at pop bar and my new BFF told me “Orange is your color, and it looks great with the matching lipstick” when I purchased my fruity-gelato bar covered in chocolate while wearing this look, and then I gave her a jolly high five, and BAM BESTIES. I don’t think it’s cocky or over-confident to know what works for you and use it to your advantage it will do wonders for your confidence! SO if you’re wearing something that makes you feel less-than confident, off set it with a color, a sihouette or even a shoe that you know you can totally rock like it’s nobody business – for me that’s orange!
OKAY, Let’s talk about insecurities.
I used to be cliny with my cardigans… not because it was a fashion statement but because I was so self conscious about my “Shawn Johnson arms” (you know, the ripped gymnast? she’s awesome) that I always had to hide them. If you haven’t noticed, my arms are kind of on the bigger side, at-least for my body, and not in the awesome Michelle Obama way but just in the hmm did she used to be a gymnast like ten years ago way? the answer – no, but my Dad did play pro ball for a bit and although I didn’t inherit his 6’4 height (boo), I did inheright a little bit of his muscle mass… thanks dad.
I’ve always been naturally muscular (I know, weird right) but since society tells us to be skinny and dainty, tank tops were I avoided and my muscles were something I wanted to loose. In college, I spent a year working out every day twice a day and dieting like a crazy trying to destroy my Shawn Johnson (SJ) arms to no avail. In the end, my waist just got smaller, and its already kind of creepy small for my body (not that I’m complaining) and my legs got kind of smaller but my arms were the same… oh and my hamster cheeks? no change there either – but thats another story. The reason? they aren’t fat… just muscle-y kind of like a gymnast – once again, thanks dad, and muscle is way harder to burn than fat.
Anyways the crazy thing is I didn’t know anything about fitness at the time, I just went about things the wrong way, semi-starving myself and pushing myself to a crazy level while looking at pictures of skinny girls (I’m not gonna lie, I had “thinspiration” picture on my fridge and near my treadmill… which was in my living room. haha SERIOUSLY). Looking back I don’t recognize that girl. I remember going to the movies and having a small popcorn with no butter and a few red vines and feeling SO GUILTY I came home and tredmilled it up for 2 hours… hahah literally all I can do is laugh now – that is so beyond insane to act that way and I should have known better, I probably did know better but it totally didn’t matter, I got sucked in and well, obsessed.
Flash forward to today – Do I hit the gym? no not really… but should I? yes totally, not to “loose weight” but just to be healthy and stuff, something I kind of need to work on! I totally admire people who are fitness-obsessed, but whole heartedly, the ones who do the research and do things the right way, not just avoid the fridge because you pasted a photo of Taylor Swift in a Bikini on it… who is like 6 foot tall so I will never, ever look like, gosh Courtney get it together! I do however walk every morning the 20 blocks and three avenues to work and back, and I don’t have a subway pass in NYC because I try to walk whenever possible! Plus I am actually planning on doing some zumba classes and other fun things when my best friends come to town for the summer (have you guys tried/heard of class pass? totally giving that a whirl) and I tried soul cycle a few weeks back and had a blast.
Anyways, my point is that we have to stop pushing ourselves to become an unrealistic version of ourselves and stop hiding our bodies, Taylor Swift body with Courtney’s face doesn’t exist and lets be real she would be kind of crazy creepy is she did lol! If we accept ourselves for who we are, focus on being healthy, happy and having fun I think we will all be in a better place. I know nothing about fitness and I’ll never, ever claim to (but in the donut field, I’m a freaking expert!) But if you want to dramatically change your body I hope you do it for the right reasons and that you find an awesome fitness blog or trainer or someone who knows what they are doing to help you (I wish I could help you here, but yo I suck at this stuff haha) and because I didn’t do things the right way or for the right reasons and all I can do is shake my head when I think about how beyond bananas and reckless I was.
I love you just the way you are (even if I don’t know you yet, I’m like a golden retriever that way, but leave a comment and maybe we can change that 😉 ) and I love me, SJ arms and all. So take off your cardigans, or whatever you’re hiding behind and embrace those not so perfect parts because perfection is crazy lame and you’re not lame at all… you’re freaking awesome!!!
When I was little someone once told me that yellow didn’t look great on my skin tone… and that stuck with me for a long time, well until now.
I used to be really self conscious of how I looked in yellow, and somewhere along the line, I kind of got over it. This color is the opposite of self conscious – it’s bright, bold and totally draws attention – awesome 😉
Lately I’ve been wearing a whole lot of this bright hue and exploring other colors to couple it with. I tried blue & yellow earlier this week, but am also obsessed with it when paired with my favorite color – Kelly Green! It also happens to be a color fav of one of my all-time style icons – say it with me now, Blair Waldorf.
One thing that Blair did better than anyone is experiment with color – she could create a killer combo like it was nobody’s business and pair colors together that you never would have ever thought to wear in one look. I think we could all dare to be Blair, because she’s kind of awesome. I know its lame, but whenever I feel a little self conscious about stuff like that, I like to ask myself what she would do in the same situation and try to embody her… that always works for me!
What’s better than an good sale? Oh I know – a surprise one! Now if only all the damage I was about to do to my wallet was going to come with a complimentary cake, now that would be per-fection. Kate Spade is having one of their killer surprise sales, so I had to share my current favs that can help take you from Spring to Summa without breaking the banks, woo! I mean seriously, who can say no to Kate Spade under $100?Oh and to make this more of a shopping-party, I created a super sparkly playlist for your to jam to via spotify – so plug in (click here) and let’s hop to it!
STRIPE IT TO ME
I know, you get it, I have a serious stripe problem… but I simply cannot stop until all of you open your closet in the morning to see a sea full of stripes starring back at you. SO if you’re looking to add some more stripes to your wardrobe which you totally always should be look no further. You can’t go wrong with navy & white or black & white stripes, they both look amazing with bright colors for summer (like yellow) or pair well with other fun prints like floral or even lemon!
PRINTS CHARMING Have I made a pattern mixer out of you yet? If not maybe these crazy cute prints that look crazy cute together will! Every gal needs a floral cross body or a Italia insipired travel tote… and hey, some need both 😉 hands up if you’re with me. Try pairing a patterned purse with (yes, sorry here we go again) stripes or polka dots (HA see I can step outside of my box) for a fresh Spring/Summer vibe.
MAKE LEMONADE I’m kind of sort of obsessed with fruit inspired fashion, it’s my total fav! Last year I picked up a few pieces from the lemon collection but totally missed out on a lemon printed bag – well fear not, there are so many lemony fresh favs available at a crazy steal and as a mega plus, fruit fashion is still super on trend – score! Try lemon prints with all white, ripped denim, yellow (duh), navy (double duh) or my go-to stripes!
SHOP EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAW Sale Ends Friday at Midnight Pacific Time UPDATE – sale has ended, shop more Kate Spade here
Oh don’t forget to check out this playlist, sure to make your Wednesday a little more bearable – click here
If you got it flaunt it, right? Well no, not so much…
You usually can’t go wrong with leather pumps (here are some favs) and the perfect pencil skirt…. But who are we kidding, south of my waist, there’s a booty bump that I spend most of my time hiding from the rest of the world. Don’t get me wrong, I totally know that some girls are all about that bass and there’s nothing wrong with that, but tight dresses that showed my curves were never really my thing – I always concentrated on showcasing other assets, like my kind-of-creepilly-small waist, hence the over use of the crop top & midi skirt combo. Anyways, whilst (pause, who uses that word any way? what year is this? 1892? sure why not) … whilst chatting with my boyfriend/photographer, Paris about it he kind of called me out – in the nicest way possible and suggested that by always “hiding” my curvy bits I was kind of giving girls the wrong idea…
So this totally blew my mind because I never thought I was doing such a thing. I totally realize that having a blog is not something I do just for fun, and parties and free clothes and whatever. Yes, that’s part of the package deal but it wasn’t when I started out; back when only my Mom and Grandma read my blog (lol thanks guys) and I took really bad self timer photos (LOLs the struggle). Anyways, I started Color Me Courtney so I could start sharing my side of style with everyone else and above all inspiring others to dress outside the lines and have as much fun as fashion as I do… but I didn’t realize that because my idea of fun fashion was mostly full skirts and print on print, and that I could be giving people the wrong idea about body image.
Last week I sounded off about negative comments made about my body type, and I was totally blown away by your love and support – seriously, bullies are lame and you guys rock so hard. But that can’t be the end of it, I can’t stand up and say “hi haters” only to return to my full-skirt, booty-concelling ways… so I won’t (well I will, duh, but not all the time ) I’m not only learning new ways to embrace what my momma gave me (thanks mom) but also (hopefully) encouraging you to do the same. So Hey, hows this for ground breaking, that thing you hate most about yourself- you’re short legs, your crooked nose, your big butt, what if they are only the things you hate most about yourself because you let them… I have a few, I mean we all do, but don’t give them that power! If I can embrace mine maybe you can too, and hey, maybe it can become you’re new signature thing… I mean it worked for Barbra freaking Streisand, so what’s stopping the rest of us?
I showed the world my budunka-dunk without revealing too much with this pencil-skirt look from a body loving brand. Instead of toning it down with a dark color, I made it the life of the party in bright yellow. I balanced this out my showcasing my smallest point with a tied top at the waist! I honestly think if you look crazy confident (even if you aren’t quite there yet) that’s half the battle! Dressing the part, will bring all eyes on you in a positive way and draw them away from any no-so-favorite parts of your body! Honestly, flaws don’t have to hurt you. Take control of them, make them your own, make a statement, and make them work 😉
There’s been some not so nice comments floating around out there about my body…
So today I’m fighting back with this dress and sharing a few really important messages about embracing your body type and overcoming all that negativity!
Okay, this post is very uncensored (well, aren’t I always? but you know what i mean). No, you won’t find any curse words or anything like that in here (I don’t use much of those, I’m not quite cool enough) but you will find some really raw and unedited opinions (and un-retouched photos, yikes), so brace yourself!
Remember how I told you I was determined to showcase a different side of my style this year with outfits that might surprize you and not in the normal “omg she’s wearing 47 colors and 32 prints” sort of way? Well today is another one of those days were I step so far outside of my comfort zone, make good on that promise and channel my inner Kardashian in this body-con figure-flaunting look, where’s that dang eye-covering monkey emoji… I really need that little guy right about now.
So back to those not so nice comments... Maybe I’m over reacting (yeah, probably) they’re nothing too bad, just things like “that’s really unflattering” or “uhhh she doesn’t have the right body type for this look” and they never come from anyone I know… It’s not like I even care… lol okay I try not to, but of course I care a little, but either way I can’t just ignore them, that’s so not the Courtney Way, but I can help you conquer something similar if you ever find yourself in a comparable situation.
Having a blog is this weird thing – you share your style with strangers and put yourself out there everyday. 99% of the time the feedback is amazing or constructive and is what helps you power through those long nights or time when you really don’t want to smile for a photo (I’m drafting this post at 2:16 AM and pulling my second all nighter of the week [yep.. It’s only Tuesday] … so I’m using all the fuel I can get right now, SO THANKS!).
As a result, the negative ones shouldn’t ever bother you, you shouldn’t take it personally or even dwell on them… but that it’s not always that easy. Another weird thing that happens is you become this “not real person” to people out there, so they say things objectively without thinking about how they would affect people – I’m even guilty of it, I make assumptions about celebrities I know nothing about like “omg Kristin Stewart is so annoying….” which I totally believe with every fiber of my being even thought I couldn’t tell you one real thing about her, besides she makes idiotic decisions like choosing sparkling vampires over super cute werwolves that will love you forever no matter what, or wait, is that just Bella? Either way, these comments that we all make aren’t really targeted at you, or me or Kstew on a personal level, but we (well at least I) totally took them that way – hence why I hear the “she’s too short for that outfit” comment as “Oh My God Becky that Courtney Girl is is a hawt mess, we should totally go TP her house or toss a slushy in her face” in my head… makes sense, right? wrong but it’s the truth, oh and If you didn’t gather, I watch a lot of TV.
No matter what I think of the comments they are out there …
they happened, they exist so I figured I had 3 options (the same three options you have when anyone says anything awful about you like ever, FYI these also totally apply to a break up!) OPTION 1 – The Drake Cry in the shower, binge watch gossip girl and eat your weight in cookie dough and forget about it. P.S. Drake, why are you so emotional? P.P.S did I just Kstew Drake? whoops! (inspired by Chris Deliah) OPTION 2 – The Mr. Wonderful tell yourself they know nothing, ignore them and never think of it again… at the risk of sounding dramatic, They’re dead to you. (If you got that shark tank reference, you’re my spirit animal) OPTION 3 – The Transformer change yourself, become something better and make what they said insignificant, but be careful that you don’t just surprise what you’re feeling, becoming a robot in disguise. None of the Above >> WILD CARD Or if none of the above apply, do what I did and play your wild card. Prove them wrong in the brightest and boldest way you can – in my case, a neon body con dress did quite nicely. On a side note, this is totally how Blair Waldorf would handle this, or maybe with a headband, a smile and a hint of sabotage but whatever, basically the same thing.
Let’s set the record straight, I have no real issues with my body. I could care less about a thigh gap and have no desire to weigh 100 pounds or be 5’9 (I’m 5’1). Sure there are parts that aren’t my favorite or that I might swap if given the change (Hey Kerry Washington, can I borrow those cheak bones?), like my gymnast-esuqe arms that didn’t come with a gold metal #lame, but for the most part I’m content. And honestly, if I had that much of a problem with my bod, I would work hard to change it… but I would much rather work hard to eat my weight (which last time I check was 130, not 99lbs) in pizza cookie (its a real thing); but I was a little offended when there were comments made about my outfits being a “inappropriate for that body type”, or “unflattering for her figure”.
I’m not gonna lie, after reading a few negative comments I became obsessed for a good 15 min, I got a little defensive, and wanted to respond, but then I decided to absorb it and play my wild card, actually show that I am confident in my own skin and help anyone else overcome a similar situation.
Okay, now I’m gonna get a little fired up – I kind of sort of refuse to believe you have to be stick thin to try certain trends and I will never ever agree that certain looks were just made for models… like ever. That’s kind of the whole point of blogging right? real people, making real trends work for real, non airbrushed bodies so they can share their success (and failures) with other really people… If you wanted to see Karlee Kloss wear something and look AMAZE in it, you could open any dang magazine, but my hope is that if you want to see how someone awkward, average and not-so-cool wear it, you would turn to someone like me 😉
So here it is, my body: back fat and all. No thigh gap, no rock hard abs and no lack of junk in the trunk (monkey emoji, we need it right here!) It isn’t always the most flattering in every trend I try and sometalthough this post started as way to show as much of my body as I could in the most tasteful way possible to really stick it to those comments that obviously rubbed me the wrong way (lol) it turned into so much more than that. Next time you find yourself in a similar situation, feeling down from something someone said or heart broken from a recent break up,I think it’s okay to dwell a bit (pull a Drake and cry in the shower if you want) but then Blair-on-up and play your wild card. Remember you are seriously awesome… why? because I said so 😉 and anyone who doesn’t see that deserves to be proven wrong by wearing a killer neon dress (that probably could have used a pair of spanx haha oops), doing what they said couldn’t be done or making such a big splash that they won’t have any choice but to nottice. However you do it and whatever you conquer, don’t do it for them, don’t do it for me, just do it for you, because like I said you’re awesome and nothing else really matter 😉
Thanks to Liv of Corporate Catwalk and my supportive Girl Group of besties, I shared these photos with them before posting and she gave me that extra confidence boost I needed to actually say and share all I needed to share <3 Oh and my awesome Boyfriend Paris for being my awesome, supportive, amazing boyfriend, Paris.
Hey NYC I’m so excited tell you all about my recent obsession eyelash extensions today and to give away a few gift cards to my readers today so you can get your own externs at JJ Eyelashes in New York!
Alright, so I’ve been keeping a secret! Have you noticed something lengthy going on near my lashes? if so, it’s because these beauties are externs and I can’t wait to tell you alllllll about them, so today I’m sharing “everything you need to know about eyelash extensions” and answering some of the questions you had about them!
For as long as I can remember I have been color me crazy for long lashes. I’ve tried it all, falsies, crazy amounts of mascara and even growth serums like Latise. Don’t get me wrong, they all worked in their own way but I never got the results I wanted … until I learned about JJ eyelashes and their amazing lash extensions.
About two months ago, I went to JJ to get my first set of lashes – a ruby set in the shortest length and I instantly fell in love! The process was super easy, I just arrived for my appointment, laid down and popped my headphones in. They have to tape your eyes a bit to attach the lashes (don’t freak out it’s totally painless) and the whole process takes about an hour, maybe less but it goes by in a flash. After you open up to have perfect lashes, literally perfect, you won’t have to wear mascara and probably even eyeliner for the next three to four weeks.
How long do they last? I’ve tried JJ lashes twice now, and been crazy impressed both times. Each time my set lasted at least four week – once again that’s four weeks without mascara and I never had any irritation issues or anything like that.
What are they exactly? Eyelash extensions are basically synthetic lash replicas attached with a gentle yet strong glue, so you can’t really rub your eyes or pile on the mascara because it can cause them to fall out earlier than expected. The technician will customize them to your face as need be and work to create your perfect set!
What am I wearing? I am wearing either a ruby or a diamond set (diamond is a bit thicker, I got these my second time) in 7mm round lashes. They also offer more of a cat eye shape, and you could go thicker or thinner than me with longer lashes if you preferred. I have tiny little baby eyes, so I kept it kind of short to keep them looking natural.
Does it Hurt? Not all all! It is kind of weird to be taped up for a bit as they apply the lashes but you adjust quickly and the whole process doesn’t take long at all, and plus it’s all worth it!
Would you recommend it to a friend? Uhm YES! Literally eyelash extensions totally changed my life and my routine, I honestly think I will keep using them for the foreseeable future, I’m so obsessed and addicted and cannot rave about them enough.
Want Some? If you’re in NYC and you want to try some lashes risk free, you can at JJ eyelashes in Herald Square! I’ve teamed up with JJ to give away a few $50 gift cards to lucky readers!!!! To enter, all you have to do is follow me on twitter (@colormecourtney) and enter via the raffle copter! I’ll contact all of the winners to give them their gift cards! Plus everyone (even if you win a gift card) can get 15% off your first and second visit at JJ eyelashes, just use the code COLORMEJJ and mention me when you go to the herald square location!!!!
When in doubt, let it go…. And when humidity strikes, pretend your Elsa and braid your frizzy hair into a princess crown braid.
If you’re following me on instagram (or snap chat: xocourtneyquinn) you’ll notice that I am kind of obsessed with braids lately and that’s for two reasons – 1) because they look super cool but are actually really easy once you get the hang of it and 2) because summer is coming and that means my hair is going to turn into a straight up fro real quick.
This will be my third summer in New York, but I still don’t think I’m ready for what’s coming – humidity and crazy heat. I may be from Arizona where 115 degree days are the norm, but that AZ dry heat has nothing on a New York Summer… humidity is just not fun, like at all. My first summer in NYC I wore my hair curly most of the year (fun fact my hair is naturally crazy curly, but I straighten it) and last year I had a blow out treatment to help me fight the humidity. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do this year to fight the fro, but I know it will involve lots of braids!
I woke up this weekend wanting to be else, but since I currently rock (and love) a lob, I turned to luxy hair extensions to really “let it go” – if you haven’t watched frozen you’re kind of dead to me… jk, well no, not really – and used them to create this faux braid. The hair on the crown of my head is real, but the long braid hanging over my shoulder is all extensions. Confession – I hate how I look with long hair. I’ve had sewn in extensions before and I feel like I look so crazy with long hair when its worn down, I just totally drown in it! I just feel like short girls always look better with short hair, hence why I lob it up, but I do totally love the look of a long braid so I use clip in hair to get the look without having to give up my short do!
I completed the perfect “it’s almost summer look” with a white may dress, studded sandals and my go-to leopard clutch! Plus I had a little arm party by wearing a stack from the shine project – who employs inner city youth to give them a chance to go to college so cool! Plus I went to high school with the founder, which is also kind of fun! I used my stack to tell a story for where I’ve been and where I’m going – I was born and raised in Arizona where I earned my undergraduate degrees in business, tourism and marketing, I moved to San Francisco, California shortly after where I started my career in fashion with Kate Spade and earned my MBA at the age of 21 and I now live in New York city where I work in the corporate fashion world by day developing hand bags for Coach and blog by night here at Color Me Courtney! You too can create a story with your stack via the shine project or shop pre-made stacks!