Monthly Archives: August 2015

Lemons, Lemons

30th August 2015

IMG_4139When life gives you lemons, make them into a dress – obviously.IMG_4127IMG_1741                 I actually don’t like normal lemonade, or even lemons in general – but I do love me some lemon print, especially in a darling retro-esque dress.IMG_1673IMG_1725IMG_1747IMG_1722IMG_1687

A little bit of lemons can go a long way, so like this dress is sprinkled with lemons, I like my lemon bites with just a bit of zest – like the lemon, blueberry and ricotta pancakes from The Spotted Pig in the West Village that basically taste like a blueberry/poppy seed muffin with a little zest and topped with ricotta – uhm, YUM!IMG_1690IMG_1739IMG_1714

Oddly enough (or maybe awesomely enough)this is not the first or only lemon dress in my closet – I own a lemon pencil dress and lemon shorts from C.wonder (rest in peace), lemon keds and two printed lemon skirts from Maison Jules, haha whoops! But Hey, lemon prints (and fruit prints in general) are so awesome so I kind of, have to own forty seven lemon printed pieces – it’s not my fault, it’s kind of mandatory. 


I shot these pretty pictures on a crazy sticky day, so humid (as proven by my hair) and just hot – basically a New York summer in a nutshell. Brittani – a awesome & loyal follower, mom to her darling daughter Pepper, and now friend  <3 who runs this amazing wedding and fashion photography company with her equally awesome husband the Hons Photo, was in town so we decided to shoot together! We wandered around the west village for maybe 20 min max and shot in some darling locations… so they basically serve as a highlight reel of some of the best places in the My Neighborhood, The West Village – the bench outside Cafe Cluny, a blogger favorite brunch spot; the magazine shop next to Paris’s favorite breakfast spot La Bonbonniere and in Hamilton’s soda and luncheonette – the cutest little soda shop (see more here).IMG_4065IMG_4148

Lemon Dress || Lips || Mason Jar Mug (also here) || Paper Straws || Nude Heels


Photos by The Hons Photo
They’re located in Orlando but they’re relocating to NYC soon – check them out here & brittani’s blog here!IMG_1731

So Long Sweet Summer

29th August 2015

IMG_2858 Beach don’t kill my vibes.IMG_3540IMG_2942

I can’t believe summer is almost over!! I’ve been soaking up the last few days of Summer in crop tops & swim suits and spending every second at the Beach! I usually hit up Coney Island because it’s the easiest location for me, and always has a killer cotton candy sunset.IMG_2875IMG_3419

I stumbled upon Kortni and her crazy cute swim wear line a few weeks back and new I needed to add her cute collection to my life – bright colors, fun patterns and BOWS – color me obsessed. Today’ I’m wearing two looks for her collection that I mixed and matched for some serious summer fun. I love pairing stripes with floral for something fun and unexpected and matching together two sweet colors (yellow and pink) for maximum impact!IMG_3459IMG_2950

I’m wearing two suits by Kortni Jeane – Shop Kortni Jeane here
also Wearing: Cat Eye Sunnies || Water Melon Bag || Bright Beach Towel



Weekend Daze

28th August 2015

IMG_9501For me, weekends are all about spending time with your favorite people, exploring new places and honestly – just eating… everything!IMG_9484IMG_9825IMG_9522

     Living in new york is so cool because there are so many different neighborhoods with a different vibe, so you can switch things on in a snap! Spending the day uptown or down in battery park (where these photos were taken) can give you a totally different look at your own city and almost feel like a fun day trip!IMG_9509IMG_9894

Lately, I’ve been doing that wearing sneakers and denim cut off plus some kind of striped top. And since the weather has been slightly shifting, I recently wore a long sleeve blue striped tee paired with my go to denim shorts & trust white converse for the easiest weekend look … like, ever!IMG_9929IMG_9867

Finishing touch for this effortless weekend vibe was a baseball hat I stole from my boyfriend (sorry Paris) and a red lip to make me feel like a girl! Baseball hats aren’t usually my thing, up I made it more fun & whimsical by pairing with messy pig tales – I probably look like a child but WHO CARES 😉 . Also I’m obsessed with this big giant tote – It literally fits EVERYTHING in it and is perfect for traveling.IMG_9528IMG_9832

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Shop the Look: Vineyard Vines Tote || Vineyard Vines Heather Stripe Top || Bangles
Denim Cut Offs (also love these) || White Converse || Hat (NYC) ||Ruby Woo Lips

Leo & Proud

27th August 2015

IMG_3641Fun Fact – I love being a Leo!!!IMG_3693

    I’m kind of sort of obsessed with my astrological sign! I was born July 26th, making me a Leo, baby, 😉 and I couldn’t be prouder…. ironically, in true Leo fashion! Leo’s are known for being bold, bright and sometimes even bossy (whoops); they always make an entrance and like to be the center of attention (double whoops) and often times have big, larger than life personalities. If you had a mean girl in highschool, she was probably a leo (yikes) but it’s also pretty likely that your student council president or head cheerleader was also in that leo category too (guilty!) – so some leo’s use their power for good too, I promise!IMG_3742IMG_3728

Today I’m rocking a totally cute Leo tote bag designed by the Saturn Sisters as part of their new collaboration with LOFT! The Saturn Sisters have written all your favorite horoscopes as seen in Cosmo, Teen Vogue and more awesome fashion bible sources – so of course I was so totally PYSCED about this collab.IMG_3745

I’m not really into horoscopes or astrololgy in general… just really into being a Leo (so leo of me) lol. But I do try to be a bright light in people’s lives and lift people up through positivity and super fun outfits that make you smile – like this cute and casual look from LOFT does just that. It walks the line between corporate and casual, with a denim skirt dressy enough to wear to work with a white blazer and pups or cute enough to rock on a weekend with stripes and a denim jacket. I think denim on denim always makes a bold statement in a classic way, just like being a Leo and is totally on trend right now. I also had to stick with my signature stripes, because their timeless, fun and a little bit playful – just like a Leo should be 😉IMG_3701

Horoscope Tote || Denim Pencil Skirt || Denim Jacket (obsessed with this one for fall)
Striped Tee – Under $30! (also love this one) || Black Sandals
Everything I’m wearing is under $100 – Score!!!IMG_3659

Hey Girl What’s your sign? 😉 Are you as OBSESSED with it as I am? If so – let me know! I can’t wait to hear from you! OH AND HEY, you can pick up a tote bag like mine at LOFT so soon, click here to see your horoscope and find out more!IMG_3798

This post with in partnership with LOFT & Reward Style. All opinions are my own! Thanks for supporting brands that support this blog

Park Vibes

26th August 2015

IMG_2129 Between work, blogging and life in NYC I don’t always have all the time to do those fun, recreational activities I used to. One of the biggest things I’ve missed out on is reading! I used to be a big book worm, reading every night before bed and always with my nose in a book – but sadly when free time goes out the window, so does some of those favorite things you no longer find the time for.IMG_2085IMG_2052

Over the weekend, we took a much needed stay-cation uptown and spent most of our days in Central Park! I took advantage of the time to catch up on a little light reading and crack open Everybody Rise – a new novel I’ve been eyeing every since I was invited to attend an event for it a while back with the author, Stephanie Clifford. It’s about an “outsider” Evelyn and her desperate and comical climb up the social ladder. Basically, a grown up gossip girl with a relatable twist and hilarious undertones… so yeah, I’m into it! I’ve just started but it’s so far it’s turning out to be the perfect end of summer read full of smiles and wit – you’ll like it, I swear!


Dressing like the social outsider I can sometimes be, I wore my current obsession – overalls for our second day of park fun! It was kind of cool over the weekend (78ish and slightly cloudy) so an over all & button down crop top combo was the perfect pair! To dress things up a bit I carried my leopard clutch, which is somewhat out of place (kind of like Evelyn) but also somehow works. I kept things comfy with white sneakers and a Boater hat … again.IMG_2082

Overalls (only $34!) || Button Down Crop top || White Sneakers || Leopard Clutch
Boater Hat || Everybody Rise – A Novel by Stephanie Clifford

So what are you reading right now? I kind of sort of need to know everything about you like allll of the time

Set Sail

25th August 2015

IMG_1483 Everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarten, treat others the way you want to be treated, always share, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all and most importantly – when it comes to getting dressed, look cute & feeling comfortable go hand in hand… Oh and that all boys (except waffles) have cooties so keep your distance!IMG_1437

Sometimes I wish I could dress like my 8 year old self, but like in a better, older, more “mature” (well kind of) way … you know? Like If I could take all the awesome style I had before I hit double digits (haha) and make it cool, modern and still crazy comfortable that would probably be THE BEST THING EVER. I’m talking about wearing something that I could spend the day on the playground in or wear to brunch with my girlfriends (and by girlfriends I mean my Frenchie, Waffles) … come on, is that too much to ask?IMG_1449IMG_1460

Nope, it’s so totally not! And today I have the solution to all your kindergarten nap dreams – Mox shoes! It’s no secret I kind of sort of still act like a kid (did you see the bubble I blew in central park this weekend?) and I live a pretty active lifestyle, I mean I spend most of the day having my own dance party wherever I go and often documenting it on camera, so when it comes to my everyday outfits comfort, functionality and of course, style are key. So when Mox reached out and introduced me to these darling ballerina flats with twist, basically the “big girl” Jellies my twenty something year old self had been dreaming about, I slipping into a crazy cute navy pair and skipped off into the central park sunset. IMG_1578IMG_1426

My blue boating style consisted of a baby blue gingham crop top that tied at the waist paired with my current favorite denim skirt (perfect for summer and fall) and a boater hat – I’ll be honest, this part was pretty much just for fashion, and not really functional, but hey it looks cute, right? so who cares 😉 The final touch were these crazy cute blueberry mox shoes to add that youthful touch with a current twist – plus they’re rubber, so perfect to wear near water, grass or wherever else your park adventures make take you… including on a bridge, where your weirdo French Bulldog finds the perfect frenchie perch position and decides to turn into a Waffle Taco…. see below and try not to LOL!IMG_1543IMG_1472

Mox shoes in Blueberry – use COLOR10 for 10% off your orders & free shipping
Boater Hat || Denim Skirt (MY FAV & Under $50) || Chambray Crop Top || Mini Tote
Waffles Leash & Collar are from Yark || Lipstick is Wet n Wild Last Lip in “Rose Bud”
PS – Aside from the bag, everything is under $50 – yay!

Courtney Lately!

21st August 2015

HI!!!! Sometimes I forget that I don’t share the details to all my outfits (so rude of me) so to make up for it, I rounding up some recent favs for you RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW… you can thank me later 😉

You can shop pretty much everything you see directly from this post, all you have to do is click the images you see as you go! Okay, LETS DO THIS!

IMG_4462A little red lip and summer hat action never hurt ANYONE! this is my all time favorite shade “ruby woo” the perfect matte and lasts all day! I also love me some “lady danger” so I linked to them both below!

IMG_3338Little red dress with a little spin action! Was red-dy to rock a fun dinner with the Dunkin Donuts team in this spicy little thang! 

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I always say YES to sprinkles, in my home decor and dessert decisions so this Ice cream vase was a no brainer! 

IMG_4409I like these shoes almost as much as I like waffles… JK look at that face, but they ARE pretty stinking cute & comfortable. Lately I’ve been yes to espadrille flatforms, and Waffles kisses everyday! 

IMG_3553ALL OF THE COLORS…. and patterns and blooms and smiles and things. Packed everything but the kitchen sink into this look as I skipped off to watch my bestie star in a show!


Standing out is cool and all but sometimes its fun to blend in… Loving the tile print of this darling off he shoulder top paired perfectly with a full blue skirt! Fun fact, the skirt is the same as the orange one in the image above it… but I loved it so much I bought it in two colors!

IMG_6957You’re never fully dressed without a smile… or WAFFLES! Giving a casual look a super fun twist with classic white and black and white stripes … and oh yeah, waffles

IMG_6963When in doubt, dress like a sunset! This dress is seriously the softest thing EVER. I’m currently wearing it around my house… and I’ll probably wear it to bed, and maybe even to work tomorrow because its just SOOO snuggly and because I’m lazy like that! 

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 9.50.19 PMDon’t mind my ears, they came to party! These tassel earrings are a MUST have for every date look, party outfit and average Wednesday wear.

IMG_7074Cotton Candy Skies & Retro Swimwear for the WIN! Obsessed with this floral swimsuit, it brings the coverage & the wow factor that we’re all looking for!

Okay so now I gotta know, what’s your fav??!Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 10.21.24 PM
PS don’t forget to follow me instagram @colormecourtney for more crazy colors and everyday outfit inspo!


17th August 2015

IMG_6138 The best way to dress up a little black bow dress, is by pairing it with a red lip… and matching red balloons of course :)IMG_6119

Oh hey bloggers (or other crazy people who like to shoot with balloons) this one is for you! Today I’m sharing a few tips for shooting with these pretty popables!

I’m not an expert at much, but I do know how to shoot with balloons! I’m not saying I’m the best at it, actually far from it, but I have had some really unsuccessful balloon shoots where I get bopped in the head, pop my balloons or just trip and fall in the ribbons haha so I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned from my few too many balloon shoots in hopes of improving your next one.IMG_6132

1 – check the weather, if its too hot, rain-y or too windy, today is not the day to tackle the balloon shoot… believe me, I’ve tried it in all three situations and you’ll end up with soggy ribbon, heat-stroke balloons that pop and wilt or a balloon straight to the face!IMG_6103
2 – stick to solids, polka dot balloons are fun and SO tempting but it always looks a little bit better when you shoot with a solid colored balloon, also it is best if you get five or six (five is usually the magic number, but I get six incase I pop one) of the same colored balloons, who knew there would be such a science to balloon shooting right?IMG_6419
3 – consider the lens, we usually shoot with a fixed 50mm sense, but with balloons you might want to switch to something wider so you can ensure you capture all of those balloon pretties, if not, you’ll need to revise your pose to awkwardly holding the balloons lower than you feel comfortable doing – it will still look good but will just feel awkward!IMG_6096
4 – Have fun! Trying to be “pretty” when balloon shooting is just awkward. Stop trying to act like an adult and let out your inner child, some of the best balloon photos I’ve ever taken are when I’m just having a ball!IMG_6042
5 – Pay it Forward – when you’re done with the balloon, find the cutest kids around and start giving them away! It will seriously light up their day to get a spontaneous balloon gift and make you feel pretty awesome too!IMG_6237IMG_6433IMG_6140I wore this little black dress for my birthday weekend! It looks like just a normal black dress online, but I gave it a Color Me Courtney twist by tying the tie waist detail into a little black bow! The rest was built from closet basics: nude sandals, a leopard clutch and a bright red lip! Since the dress is currently on sale for only $28 its a crazy steal, plus you can wear it to work with a blazer, on the weekend with flats or dressing it up like I did with a few simple pieces!

What about you, Have you ever shot with balloons? I always have more fun doing it than I probably should…IMG_6196

Black Tie Dress (comes as a flat tie, but I just tied it into a bow) Also in White
Nude Sandals  (also in leopard)|| Leopard Clutch || Red Lipstick

Summer Date Night

16th August 2015

IMG_7106Although Summer is technically coming to an end, it is still very, very hot in NYC! If you’re feeling the heat wherever you live, than this pots is especially for you! Today I’m sharing two cute summer date night outfit and date night ideas for those warmer nights!

 Sunset StrollIMG_7065
The easiest way to get dressed up for a fun summer date night without sweating like a crazy lady is to wear a summer dress. I’m kind of obsessed with this bright, patterned dress with bow tie sleeves. It’s soooo cute and has the right amount of color to make a statement for any summer date! Not to mention, it’s on sale … oh and IT HAS POCKETS which is a total game changer for me with any dress. I wore this dress, with flatish sandals a few weekends back, when Paris and I went out for ice cream and a sunset stroll on Pier 45 Hudson River ParkIMG_7134IMG_7072IMG_7111

Patterned Dress (on sale for $60) || Low Block Sandals (similar) || White Bag (my fav) also here

Summer SlitIMG_7291
For a sassier date night look, try a off the shoulder crop top with a slitted maxi skirt! I love the drama of an off the shoulder silhouette, but to really crank it up a notch I paired it with a flirty maxi skirt with a serious slit. The maxi skirt gives you maximum coverage, but the slit dresses it down and brings a little sassier side to the look. I wore this for a dressier dinner one night with this summer with Paris. Our favorite restaurant when we want something “dressy” (and the dressiest we get is about $35-40 a meal, because we’re kind of cheap) is 44 and X in Hell’s Kitchen – great food, good ambiance and the people are always SO NICE !IMG_7295IMG_7315IMG_7366

Floral Maxi Skirt || Lace Crop Top || Coral Clutch || Nude Sandals

Tell me, whats your ideal summer date? Although I like swanky dinners, I always prefer casual dates like the first one, and you can’t beat a summer sunset – I love those cotton candy skies!IMG_7158IMG_7306

Rainbow Dress

13th August 2015

IMG_4352zzzommmg becky, is that girl wearing sprinkles?IMG_4355

It’s colorful, it’s crazy, it makes me want fruity pebbles ? – it’s a totally amazing technicolor rainbow dream dress (that is actually a swim suit coverup but shh its awesome) and you kind of sort of NEED IT. #letstwinIMG_4545IMG_4451

Three big giant cheers for this dress, I mean COME ON how fun is this? What’s better than eating sprinkles everyday? not much but dressing like it totally comes kind of sort of not even close.. but whatever you get the point and this dress is the closest second around. Color me OBSESSED with this sugar coated rainbow spectacular!IMG_4563

Hey did you guys know I kind of like color? just a tiny little bit. Well this dress is basically me, in dress form. Bright, Bold and totally twirl worthy! I KNEW I had to have it for my birthday and just for random, otherwise boring Wednesdays – because where else would I wear such a pretty little number? I firmly believe you don’t need a celebration to wear something this awesome, you can get away with sprinkled inspired style just because you’re sparkly… and besides if you walk in to ANYWHERE wearing this dress no one will have anything negative to say because ITS A RAINBOW SPRINKLES DRESS and it doesn’t get much better than that.IMG_4473IMG_4514

So like I said, i wore this dress for dinner at the sugar factory. But have since dressed it down with flat espadrille sandals and a denim jacket (See the proof via instagram). Honestly I think it works both ways. For the dressy version, I kept it simple with Stuart Wietzman shoes, I love that they kind of dress it up and give it a splash of sophistication, plus they instantly make you legs look awesome and help you make everything you own look much more expensive, so sign me up! Honestly, I can’t gush enough about these heels – if you plan to invest in any pair of shoes, invest in these babies!!!! The final touch (aside from an ear to ear smile, duh) were these fun tassel earrings that I can’t stop wearing… like ever! They’re only $32 !!! Plus they instantly dress up EVERYTHING or take crazy colorful outfits (like this one) over the top, which you know I love 😉IMG_4424

Rainbow Dress (also comes in black) || Strappy Heels (my fav, also here)
Tassel Earrings || Salmon Tassel Clutch

Hope your week has been super sparkly, if not read this maybe it will cheer you up a bit or help get you through, or just make you laugh at how ridiculous I am… either way, mission accomplished :) >> click hurrIMG_4384