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2015 – A Year of Color!

31st December 2015

IMG_2366This year has been Color Me Crazy! Literally! SO much has happened in the brightest ways possible! so lets take a second to reflect! 1111

Most years are full of highs and lows and I definitely had a few good shower cry this year, but honestly the positives totally out weight the negatives. Looking back on a year I usually have regrets or problems I care to forget but I was really luck and 2015 was really good to me. I got to collab with some crazy cool brands (Marc Jacobs, Aerie, Dunkin Donuts, Disney, Martha Stewart and FAB to name a few), I designed a shoe for Keds (like what), ventured into the world of stop motion video (see them here) with the help of Frederique Stone, went to Disney Land with my best friends, I moved into a new apartment, my best friends spent the Summer in NYC, I launched a Youtube channel, Hosted events, saw way too many broadway shows (and by too many I mean not enough), Waffles turned Three #old, I went to Boston three times – twice for one and once for play, We reached 100K followers on Instagram (OMG YAY! thanks so much for following along) and got to meet some of you awesome people along the way! :)

It’s hard to pick a top moment but I think creating the stop motion videos and youtube videos have been not only the most challenging part but also the most fun and I hope you really liked seeing them!

Incase you missed it, here are my Favorite Posts of the year! A total Must read!!!

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Bits of Beacon Hill  – Exploring Boston with my favorite people
Ribbet-collageFifty Shades of Play – A Lipstick Round up of my favorite colorsIMG_7191
Pretty Little Pajama Pizza Party – Throw the perfect pizza partyIMG_4726-1IMG_9137.2
Living Room Tour & Bedroom Tour – See where I live!! + see more on Youtube!

1111Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 1.41.11 PMSaturated Sundays – A day in Dumbo with KristaIMG_8575
Wild Card – Learn how I handle Haters and stand up to Body ShamingIMG_29061
Closet Basics – Everything you need in your closet + a fun video on Youtube!1111111111111Ribbet-collage
The Perfect Pop! – How to rock a nude lip and add some color to your winter!

And here are a few favorite outfits :) Click the links below to shop the looks or read the post – the links will open in a new page so you can keep reading here before you head over!!

1Dance Till Dawn || Do the Twist Ribbet collaged
Black Tie Blue Jean || All Dressed Up  A
Final Days of Fall ||The Great PumpkinRibbet collagedd
Patchwork Party || Wine Not 1Ribbet collage
Pick Me Pick Me || Fall-ingA
I’m Not Like Other Girls || Fall is Better Together with Olivia
BSoda Pop || Color Me Color BlockedC
Lolly Like || Blue CrushD
Say YES to Sprinkles || PopELemons Lemons || Watermelon WorldF
Rainbow Dress || Birthday PrepG
That 70s Trend || Smoky SixtiesH
Little White Shift Dress || All American GirlI
Less is More || Summer PicnicJ
Keep Off the Rocks || Pencil Skirt Power K
Round & Round || Ice Cream MachineL
Loud and Proud || Orange Super PowerM
Serious Slit || Roses are RedN
Citrus || Float OnO
Faux Floral || Look on the Bright SidePP
Paris is Always a Good Idea || Snow DayzeQ
Winter Pastels || Pink & Red

I Hope you liked following along this year and hope you enjoyed every second of this crazy colorful ride. Most importantly, I hope I inspired you to look on the bright side and live life in living color – it’s way more fun that way I swear! Waffles, Paris and I promise to bring you more positivity packed posts full of Saturated hues and crazy pattern plan on into 2016! I’ll continue to learn and grow on youtube, play on instagram and keep in touch with you all on twitter, Facebook and snap chat (xocourtneyquinn)! Make sure you’re following along to see my next year full of color!

Oh and from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! None of this would be possible (or half as much fun) without you! You mean more than you’ll ever know!IMG_2046

The Little Sequin Dress, Remixed

31st December 2015

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Happy almost NYE! If you’re a girl, chances are you have a glittery, sequin dress in your closet from New Years Eve last year, or the year before! And if you don’t, you definitely have a sister or a friend who does! Well with NYE right around the corner, and the demand for glittery dresses at an all time high, I thought it might be fun to share a really easy way to teach an old dress some new tricks!aaa-2180

Here I’m wearing a sparkly dress – full disclosure, its new but I have an identical one in my back up closet in Arizona in navy and one in black from a few years before as well. But I was able to breathe new life into it in a current way with a few easy adjustments!aaa-2182

1 – Change the shape! Adding a little black blazer or tuxedo vest adds dimension to a shift dress by creating a new shape up top and making a more flattering fit.aaa-2161
2 – Alter the hemline! I paired this LSD (little sequin dress) with over the knee boots instead of black tights and stilettos like I have before. Not only does it bring a different shoe, but also it tricks the eye into thinking its a different length all together!aaa-2178
3 – Add something unexpected! Ironically my “unexpected” element has become pretty expected for me lol but you get the point! I added a red lip and a leopard clutch to mix things up and add a new touch to this LSD!aaa-2183

SO if you’re stressing about what to wear tomorrow night, or dreading spending money on something new and sparkly – DON’T. Just remix what’s in your closet and work with what you got!aaa-2177

If you’re still wanting something new, these sequin pretties have free one day shipping with Amazon Prime!

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I’m Wearing: Dress || Boots || Vest || Clutch || Lips 

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Party Pants for NYE – 2 ways to wear

29th December 2015

IMG_5263It’s no secret that I’m not much of a pants wearer – I mean come on, why would I step into jeans when I can twirl my way through life in full skirts and dresses? #duh. But when the temps drop (even in warmer areas like Arizona where I’m currently residing for the holidays) sometimes it’s best to step into pants for NYE. Oh and if you do choose to wear pants for NYE you’ll totally stand out in the best way possible!  IMG_5174

So today I’m sharing two NYE looks featuring pants – one dressy and one casual for whatever you’re getting into on NYE.IMG_5136

Dressy, Dressy – It’s super fun to get dressed up for NYE but instead of pulling on a party dress, i opted for sequin pants and sassy stilettos for an unexpected dressy look!IMG_5143

The TRUTH about sequin pants.
Okay guys, if you follow lots of bloggers/instagrammers like me you’ve seen SO MANY sequin pants/leggings for NYE – the other thing I see is lots of skinny legs (no judgement, I think it’s awesome if you have skinny legs – but I don’t lol). So instead of telling you how awesome sequin pants are (and they are) I thought i would tell you the TRUTH about wearing sequin pants, because it’s not all sparkles and rainbows – it’s hard work!IMG_5180

If you have sequin pants but no thigh gap in sight (guilty and proud) then wearing these sequined pretties might not be such a picnic – your thighs WILL stick together and get caught on each the sequins… it’s gonna happen. You’ll be walking along and all of a sudden BAM you’re stuck, you almost trip and you have to awkwardly unhook yourself before anyone notices. LOL lucky for me I don’t mind and I think its kind of funny but I thought you should know what you’re getting into! The good thing is, they aren’t itchy, they are fully lined and actually comfortable! Plus they have an elastic waist band perfect for the girl who wants to have it all and eat it all two … #me.IMG_5159

Keep it Casual – I’m much more of a home body, I take cookies, video games and dance parties in my apartment over a night out on the town any day #sorryImlame … now you know!IMG_5234

For this look I kept things casual yet festive by pairing an oversized sequin cardigan with high waisted jeans some glittery keds!IMG_5212IMG_5247

This outfit is perfect for a NYE like I usually have, getting dinner or ordering in with friends, playing board games and eating your weight in dessert while watching the ball drop on the TV! I know its not as sparkly as a usual New Years Eve, but I always have more fun staying in with my favorite people instead of stepping out with a bunch of strangers, it’s just a personal preference :)IMG_5233

IMG_5197Dressy Look 1: Pants || Top || Clutch || Heels

IMG_5210Casual Look 2:  Jeans || Cardigan || Bag || Sneaks 

What are you doing NYE? Oh and what are you wearing?
TELL ME EVERYTHING!!!!!! 

Forever Striped!

28th December 2015

IMG_4664-2Todays posts is black & white and BRIGHT all over + theres a fun announcement & giveaway at the end so stay tuned!!!IMG_4649-2

Wearing: Top || Skirt || Shoes || Bag || Black Pom || White PomIMG_4714-2

It’s no secret that I love Black & White Stripes – I just feel like you can’t go wrong with a stripe on stripe look in this classic color way! While B&W can be totally chic, I like to make mine fun and playful by pairing them with statement shoes, a bright lip and a little bit of leopard (check the belt). Oh and if all else fails, just find a crazy colored wall to help brighten up your look 😉 I know that always works for me.IMG_4557-2

Lots of people shy away from print on print, but you really don’t have to – there’s something effortlessly cool about doubling up on a favorite pattern and the easiest way to try is by diving head first into black and white stripes. Picking up a crop top & matching skirt in the same color/pattern combo gives you unlimited options to wear them – you can double up (like I did) and either dress it up or dress it down try it with black tights and heels or a bright coat! But if you’re looking to rewear these pieces separately, try the top with skinny jeans or the skirt with a snuggly sweater! Really, there are so many ways you can rock a crazy cute set like this!IMG_4675-2IMG_4656-2

More stripey steals: 

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Introducing F21 RED!
Everyone loves Forever 21, I mean COME ON you can snatch up some of the cutest clothes for a crazy amazing price. In the past year or so, I’ve noticed a vast improvement on their quality, but their prices have remained the same which is pretty awesome! Want to know something else awesome? F21 has opened a new F21 RED store in Brooklyn that you have to check out! A F21 RED store offers (believe it or not) even deeper discounts and greater quantities of the trendy staples we’re used to seeing at XXI. To sweeten the deal I’m giving away one $50 gift card to be used at a Forever 21 or F21 RED store!!! Enter to Win on Instagram!IMG_4573-2

Wearing: Black & White Set from Forever 21: Top & Matching Skirt 

Thanks to F21 for partnering on this post! As always, all opinions are my own :)IMG_4665-2

Black Tie / Blue Jean

28th December 2015

IMG_3684Black Tie, Blue Jean – To be honest this was a dress code I hadn’t yet heard of and was somewhat reluctant to try, but in the end, sure glad I gave it a whirl!IMG_3695IMG_7068

So today we’re talking all about “Black Tie, Blue Jean” – a seriously cool “dress-up” theme for your next swanky soirée, and why it’s a total must try.IMG_3698IMG_7111

Paris (my boyfriend) has the coolest job ever: he works at Team Epiphany a not-your-average creative marketing/branding agency in NYC known for, and host to some of the city’s best parties. Seriously… everyone who’s anyone is invited, and I’m just lucky enough to be his plus one ;). TE always knows how to party in style, so it’s no surprise that they were the masterminds behind this epic dress code.IMG_3696 IMG_3703

Paris and I attended the TE holiday party in our finest black tie meets blue jean attire – I don’t usually wear jeans, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to dress in theme so I made it work with a waisted skinny jean – that happen to be on sale for $34! I found this lace blouse with a built in velvet bow tie and paired it with a old satin black blazer of mine to meet the “black tie” requirements. Finishing touches were a bold lip with matching velvet pumps, my go-to leopard clutch and a quirky glasses bangle.IMG_3712 IMG_3714

Paris always dresses to impress, he remixed the classics by pairing blue jeans, a white dress shirt and dress shoes with a lavender blazer, grey skinny tie and striped scarf. We unintentionally coordinated, but not in an over-the-top, prom-date sort of way, so it worked out perfectly!IMG_7060 IMG_7084

The party was held at a classic car museum space, which made a perfect back drop for our outfits. It was also really fun to see how everyone interpreted this trend – some wore tux jackets with blue jeans and sneakers, others rocked distressed denim with bold blazers and a few even wore chambray shirts with dress pants, which I thought was a really clever twist on the dress code!IMG_7077

I think that TE is definitely on to something with this fun theme – it’s a dress code that everyone can get into (even those friends who refuse to dress up, everyone has those #boo) and would be SO PERFECT for a fun birthday dinner, night out with a group, bachelor(ette) party or for NYE! If you’re hosting something sparkly in the near future, I hope you give this dress code a try!IMG_3734 IMG_7113

Top || Jeans || Pumps || Clutch || Blazer (under $150 here)

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Thanks Frederique for the awesome photos, follow her on instagram, she’s pretty amazing!IMG_7086

BOXING DAY

26th December 2015

Happy Boxing Day!
I hope you read that with a British accent (if not, re-read it, please and thank you) oh and that you all had a very merry Christmas, but now since it’s the day after … it’s time to shop! 😉 There are SO MANY amazing sales right now, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

BODEN – 60% off Sale Items! 


TORY BURCH – Extra 30% off Sale with MERRY 


ANTHROPOLOGIE – Extra 25% off all sale use TAGTIME 

KATE SPADE – 25% off all sale with code TRILL

HENRI BENDELL – 40% off Sale

More Sales!20151214-IMG_3098My Skirt & My shoes are on Major Sale (both under $100)

IMG_1777This crazy cute blue bag (+ more colors) is on sale – Shop Here

20151220-IMG_3766My Little Red Backpack is on Sale – I wore it all through Disneyland – Shop Here

20151214-IMG_3171My Shoes on are Sale under $100 + more colors – Shop Here

Even More Sales!!!!
TOBI 50% Off Sitewide now through 12/27 with BYE2015
JCREW – 40% off Winter Styles use SHOP NOW & Extra 50% off Final Sale
NASTY GAL – $15, $25, $35, and $50 shops (pick up something sparkly for NYE)
JCREW FACTORY – 30% off New Arrivals + 40% off All Clearance
NORDSRTOM half yearly sale!!!! Up to 50% till January 3rd!

Travel Style

24th December 2015

20151220-IMG_3749There’s nothing quite like going home from the holidays!20151220-IMG_3751

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Today’s post is all about holiday travel style – because airport style is super important, am I right? For me traveling is all about being conformable first, practical second and cute third. I look at those airport pics that bloggers post sometimes and think – they HAVE to be checking a bag because no one can run through the airport in sneaker wedges or a midi skirt – I don’t care how early you show up!     20151220-IMG_3766

Looking Airport-Chic is totally fine and dandy if you have serious room in your suitcase –  but I have to share a secret with you, I’m TERRIFIED of checking a bag, so I never, ever do it! I just know ALL my stuff will get lost and that’s not worth it. So I pack crazy smart, and small and never, EVER check a bag! SO that means I have to wear my biggest pieces – I.E. my coat and OTK boots.20151220-IMG_3769

When I’m traveling to somewhere warmer (like Arizona which is home for me) I wear something like this – a sweater dress and Over The Knee boots. Since I land mid day AZ time I’ll be going straight from the airport to exploring my home state, so I want to be able to shed my jacket and fit right in! This sweater dress is comfortable enough to fly in and cute enough to wear all day.20151220-IMG_3761

To keep things “me” I brought my bright suitcase that I accessorized with double poms! I choose red for my suit case color because 90% of the time I’m wearing a red lip, so it never really clashes! I travel with my a little backpack and my laptop (which is technically three items not two) but I always walk on the plane with my laptop and magazines in my hand and they never give me any issues.20151220-IMG_3771

I hope you’re going somewhere fun this season but honestly, over the years I’ve learned that home is really where the heart is – when my family comes to New York for Christmas as they have the past few years we may stay in a hotel (my apartment can’t handle all that family) but we have a seriously fun time – it really doesn’t matter where we are as long as we’re together.20151220-IMG_3798

Backpack || Laptop Case || Suitcase || Pom || Boots || Coat || Dress

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Ringing in the Season

20th December 2015

 

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Today we’re having a jewel party to ring in the holiday season and all it’s glory! With festivities in full swing, there are so many things to celebrate, decorate and exaggerate – including your ring game. What’s your style? Crazy colorful? Edgy and Cool? Layered for days? All of the above? No matter what your go-to look is, you can translate that onto your ring style and let your fingers do the talking. To prove it to you, today I’ll share three different party looks layered in fine jewels by Fortunoff Jewelry!

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It’s no secret I’m a sucker for bright. When it comes to color, I want all of them… and a little more! I like my rings like I like my sprinkles, in excess and seriously saturated! Fortunoff has one of the most amazing selections of colored jewels I’ve seen, try investing in a few favorite colors to wear with your solid silver or gold rings or taking a page out of my book and mixing your matches while experimenting with color! For my neutral gals that like to play things safe in the color department, bring rings is the perfect way to get your feet, eh hands wet without committing to a bright dress or bold lip! 

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You can’t beat the classics, well unless you mix them with the modern. Bringing new light into timeless rings by layering them together, pairing silver with gold and doubling up on statement styles is a sure way to make an impact this season. I love that all of these jewels (and everything at Fortunoff) are strong enough to be worn on their own, but awesome when paired seamlessly with other styles! 
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Mixing metals is a total game changer – why pick one shiny pretty when I could wear them all? I found SO MANY magically metallic rings A la Fortunoff, that spoke to me. I’ve never been much of an edgy gall, but I love that the mix of metals gives off a cooler vibe! The mixing didn’t stop at metals, I added in some sparkly pieces, classic rings and fashion forward styles to create a more is more holiday look! 

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 Ring Deets:
Silver Wrap || Diamond Knot || Scalloped Diamond Band || Diamond Braided
Criss Cross || Overlapping Strand || Black and White Diamond || Multi Gold || Pave Pink
Pave Yellow || Pave Blue || Pave Sapphire Eternity || Sapphire || Ruby || Emerald
Rope Design || Flat Band || Gemstone Rings || Gold Rings

Fortunoff Jewels is a darling jewelry boutique shop located on Long Island and available online – pop by their store or shop their site to frost yourself (or someone special) this season 😉
Thanks for Fortunoff for Partnering on this Post!

 

All Dressed Up – The Perfect Party Look

19th December 2015

20151212-IMG_2297Christmas is literally around the corner (eek) and the next two weeks are all about celebrating in style.20151212-IMG_2259 20151212-IMG_2302 20151212-IMG_2340

The glittery dress has been done before, it’s cute but come on – you want to sparkle this season in a whole new way by pushing the boundaries of holiday dressing right? Right!20151212-IMG_236620151212-IMG_2308

A long sleeve lace dress is a fun way to take a conservative dress out for a spin this season! I paired my with my favorite leopard clutch and velvet heels to make it a little traditional and add some elements of fun!20151212-IMG_232420151212-IMG_2337

My favorite part about this dress is the collared neck and bow detail – its so cute, classic and just darling! This dress will totally make you the talk of the town at any party!

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Everyone brings bubbly to the party, so switch things up by bringing the drink and the bucket to keep it in! Showing up with a cute ice bucket will put a serious smile on your hosts face! I picked up this crazy cute Kate Spade one at Macys before stepping out to dance the night away!20151212-IMG_235020151212-IMG_2358

Dress || Shoes (so comfy) || Bucket || Clutch

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Do The Twist – The Perfect Party Look

17th December 2015

20151212-IMG_2492I’m here to party – and by party I mean DANCE (and eat)     20151212-IMG_2510 20151212-IMG_2522

It’s no secret that fit and flare dresses are kind of crazy cute! They’re super flattering, fun and a sure fire way to make a statement. But if you’re anything like me, you go to parties to eat and dance (not necessarily in that order) so sometimes a tight fitting dress isn’t the best fit.20151212-IMG_2499s

 

Instead, try twirling the night a ware in a loose fitting black swing dress! If you’re shaped like me it’s not the most flattering thing you can wear, but if you off set this drapey dress with a light weight clutch and high heels you’ll look longer and taller, making it more flattering!20151212-IMG_250420151212-IMG_2495

Make sure you wear your hair down too (I know, weird right) and a little lipstick! Wearing it down will help even out your proportions and the red lip will draw the attention to your face! I also love the bell sleeve detail and ruffle feel for a little flirty twist!

An Unconventional Hostess Gift – A record! 

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Do a little time traveling with your gifting by bringing some vintage vinyl or a classic album! Urban outfitters has an awesome selection of Vinyl records like Elf and Charlie Brown Christmas plus current alums from Top Artists – I also picked up the Carly Rae Album  – cause she’s my girl20151212-IMG_2501!

Dress || Shoes (glitter + bows? Yes! Also in black)|| Clutch || Record