Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ride on // Learning to Ride Vol 2

30th June 2016

IMG_7914And the ride continues…

If you read this post, you know I shared a big secret about my ability to ride (or lack there of) and my new Journey to take on this next big adventure! IMG_7930IMG_7915

For our second day of riding (that all took place in the same weekend) we venture to Bushwick in Brooklyn. There are a lot of fun colored walls there and a lot less people, cars, obstacles for be to run into.IMG_7928IMG_7925

From the West Village, we took two bikes on the Subway to get off near Jefferson street. We started early, so there weren’t too many people around which was great! I took my second (of three) bikes for a whirl, the one is similar to the first one, being a step through bike and pretty easy to handle, where my third option that you’ll see soon is a little tougher.IMG_7922

Feeling optimistic, I decided to wear a white dress (ha) and sneakers – I knew better to try and bring heels again after my first approach. I love the scallop details on this little white dress from Modcloth, although by the end of the day there wasn’t much white left to it!IMG_7923

This C1 is one of the best to learn on, it’s light weight (even easy enough for me to carry down the subway) and a great city cruiser! It’s currently on sale, for June and comes in a few fun colors too!IMG_7927

We spent the morning riding around bushwick, back and forth on big streets practicing turning, taking off and stopping (which was the hardest thing for me, lol). Eventually we built up the courage to try a longer ride and pedaled our way from Bushwick to Williamsburg – andddd I only fell twice, woo!

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Scallop Dress – Modcloth
Keds – Modcloth
Pretzel Purse – Similar at Modcloth
Bike – PUBLIC C1 Dutch Bike
Helmet – PUBLIC Helmet by Nutcase

Central Park Day Date

28th June 2016

courtney_paris0184As some of you know, I’m the luckiest girl in the world because I get to date a super awesome guy named Paris. So today I thought I would share a few facts about our relationship as well as a fun photoshoot we did we our favorite couple photographers, the Hons Photo – so here we go! courtney_paris0397courtney_paris0379

1. We met in High School – It was Freshman Year!courtney_paris0525courtney_paris0692

2. It was an accident – It’s a long story, but I was looking for someone with an afro per a football mom’s instructions, so I asked a friend to introduce me to the biggest afro I saw, which was Paris’s. In the end, he wasn’t the guy I was originally looking for, but was the right guy all the same.courtney_paris0459courtney_paris0222

3. He had an afro! If you didn’t catch that in number 2, when I met Paris he had a giant afro that he kept throughout freshman year!courtney_paris0288courtney_paris0664

4. We did long distance – We went to college in different states and we’re long distance throughoutcourtney_paris0357courtney_paris0399

5. He takes all my photos – Now, I’m lucky enough to be able to work with him through Color Me Courtney! It can be difficult but it’s always lots of fun and I wouldn’t have it any other way!courtney_paris0323courtney_paris0252

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More of us on Instagram at #courtneyandparis
Photos by The Hons Photo



27th June 2016

Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes:’s ready to sweat?! Today I’m sharing some cute summer workout gear and my favorite infused water recipes to help you detox or inspire you to hit the gym this summer!Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes: Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes: don’t know about you, but all summer long all I want to eat is fruit! Something about summer in the city makes me crave freshness and nothing else – so when it comes to food options I often forgo my usual choice (A burger and fries, duh) for something clean and fresh – I know, so not me! I summer up with salad, chipotle (lol, thats fresh right?) and all of the fruit (well except strawberries, because I’m allergic).Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes:

This year, I’ve been all about fruit infused water. I’ve always been an avid water drinker and tend to prefer it to soda, juice or anything else. To switch things up, I like to I recently discovered bobble Infused bottles, (now available at Nordstrom) that allow you to infuse your own favorite fruit or veggies for a custom flavor water combo. You just drop the fruit right into the bottle, and add water – the built in modular cap system and carbon filter does the rest!Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes: Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes:

This cage filter actually has dual functionality – it filters your water clean and infuses the fruit before you drink, so you’ll be sipping on the perfect drink! The carbon filter is removable and replaceable, but don’t fret, the infuser will work with or without the filter. So you could always use already filtered water, with fruit if you’re short on a filter – you’ll also want to remove it before you wash the bottle!Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes: Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes:

Creating your own fruit infused water is crazy easy – pick your favorite flavors that might pair well together, slice them up (the more you add the more flavorful) and toss them into your bottle. Then just add water and drink! To get you inspired, I created three fun combos for you to try: Watermelon-Lemon-Mint; Orange-Blueberry and Cherry Pineapple! Press play and see them all in action!

Details to everything in the video, here

Infused water has so many benefits, but for me, it helps me feel clean and healthy while giving me a slight alternative to water. Depending on what you infuse the water with, you can generate diverse results such as clearer skin, improved digestion or an increased metabolism!Kate Spade X Beyond Yoga Active Wear

So if you’re using fruit infused water for a spa day, after your work out or in-between meals, hopefully this post will keep you inspired to stay fit and fresh this summer! Oh and if that won’t do it, some seriously cute work out gear always helps inspire me to be active – like the darling Kate Spade for Beyond Yoga collection that I’m wearing, more about that in the cliff notes!Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes: Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes:

Color Me Cliffnotes

I’m all about anything high waisted, it’s gives a cute retro vibe and hides my biggest problem area (the pooch).I love that the Kate Spade X Beyond Yoga leggings cut right at my smallest point and (most importantly) they stay up! Plus the cut out bow details on the ankles are just so cute! These are a light weight breathable cotton, but they also have spandex styles in different colors and lengths. Be sure to check out the whole collection, its so cute!

I live in sports bras, when I’m cleaning the house, working out, walking Waffles or just wearing something loose – they are super comfy, but so many of them hit me weird on my back to give me a headache! This cute bow braw with thick straps helps me feel supported without causing a head ache! Plus it has build, removable padding for extra support and comfort. I’m wearing it with padding and size Medium in both pants and the top.

Work Out Style! pants: sports bra: bottle: nikes:

Bobble bottles are now available at Nordstrom! You can shop them there, plus they come in so many fun colors!

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bobble Infuse Filtered Water Bottle • $14.99
kate spade new york & Beyond Yoga High Waist Bow Leggings • $110
kate spade new york & Beyond Yoga ‘Peek A Boo’ Sports Bra • $84
Shop the whole Kate Spade X Beyond Yoga Collection here
Nike Women’s Roshe One Print Casual Sneakers from Finish Line • Nike • $69.98

Bubble Gum Blues!

23rd June 2016

FullSizeRender 17When I travel, comfort is key – so a shirt dress and sneakers was in serious rotation all throughout Europe. I actually wore this exact outfit with a different dress the day before #sorrynotsorry  FullSizeRender 13
I fell in serious love with the color of this dress when I saw it online, I was equally pleased to see that the real life version lived up to my expectations.

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Although this baby blue could be enough of an outfit show stopper on its own, I thought why not spice it up with pops of red. The red on my shoes, this bright red bag and my signature red lip! To be honest, this is one of my favorite looks from my trip and one of my favorite dresses, like ever.

Cute dress break – shop blue wrap dresses for every budget!

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Color Me Cliffnotes

You can’t go wrong with a DVF wrap dress, I love the eyelets on this one! I’m wearing a size 4, because her wrap dresses run quite small.

You know I love these sneakers, see them styled agin here and here plus look out for the look for less option I found for you below!

I’m wearing this bag … again! I have it in every color and can’t stop wearing it! It’s the perfect size for a vacay!

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Dress – Diane von Furstenberg Kaley Two Wrap Dress • $398  // Sale Here • $278.60
Kiss Sneakers – Kiss Me Sneakers • $525  // Also here (on sale) but only a few sizes • $315.38  //
Similar Look for Less Version • $59
Bag – Furla – Metropolis Mini Top-Handle • $298 // Look for Less • $15.90
Hat – Hinge Straw Boater Hat • $28
Sunnies – Fendi Ivory Cat-Eye Sunglasses • $350FullSizeRender 16

Just Like Riding a Bike // Learning to Ride – VOL 1

22nd June 2016

IMG_7487Guys I love you, but I have to confess, I’ve been keeping a BIG secret from you… and now that’s all about to change. IMG_7488 IMG_7491    As a kid I had many talents, I could dance I could (not) sing, I could play soccer and I could pretend to be Belle (and not answer to Courtney) for weeks on end, to name a few. I loved animals, and art, and (what I thought was) fashion; and was totally convinced that when I few up I would become a Spice Girl, or an Astronaut or a Princess … I couldn’t quite decide. I was pretty freakin’ cool, and I could do almost everything …. except ride a bike.IMG_7490

I know what you’re thinking, and this wasn’t some epic trial and failure situation that left me with a broken leg and forever fearing the beast with two wheels… Nothing somer traumatic happened that prevented me from putting my pedal to the medal, I just never learned. I guess I had other priorities, you know, like trying to figure out if I should be the Yellow or the Pink power ranger and what color bands to get on my braces (a very important decision that requires all of your attention) so I couldn’t be bothered.IMG_7496

Fast forward to now: I live in New York city, without a car and I walk almost everywhere. When I’m not walking I’m in an Uber, in a cab or on the subway – but sometimes when its too long to walk but too short for a car, you want options! Enter the bike! Paris (who learned to ride like a normal kid and LOVE to bike) brought up the idea of us getting bikes and starting to ride around the city this summer. When I reminded him I don’t know how to ride, we decided it was finally time to change that.IMG_7492

So only about twenty years later, we started this journey of me, learning to ride and will be documenting it here for you! Since a ride isn’t complete with some seriously cool gear, we got the best of the best bikes from Public Bikes (seriously, I did a lot of research on this and they are the BEST place to purchase from). IMG_7493

Alright bike (and helmet) check, what else does a girl need to ride in style? Why, a super cute dress and outfit from Modcloth of course! I found this darling scallop dress at Modcloth and thought, YES this is the dress I learn to ride in! The optimist in me wore heels (LOL – literally laughing about this now) but the realist in me (eh, Paris) brought keds in his backpack and we ventured deep into the West Village to ride…. or try.IMG_7495

All I can tell you for now about our first ride is that I fell (a lot) and that I’m covered in bruises – but more information will come soon, I promise. Oh and it will be totally worth the wait! :) Excited for you to take this ride with me!


Scalloped Dress – Modcloth
White Keds via Modcloth
Bike – Public M7 Mixtie from Public Bikes in Creme
Helmet – PUBLIC Helmet by Nutcase
Sunglasses via Modcloth

Going Tribal

20th June 2016

FullSizeRender 10Happy FIRST official summer! FullSizeRender 6A few weeks ago, I tried culottes for the first time – I have been avoiding them like the plague ever since they started trending but on a whim decided to give them a whirl (full story here).

FullSizeRender 9Trying and liking them opened up a whole new world for me, since I was already walking on the wild side, I took things to another level by testing out this fun tribal jumpsuit!FullSizeRender 4

Palm prints and tribal patterns are so totally cool for the summer, so I stocked up at Old Navy on a few printed pretties. Although I was hesitant to take it home, this jumpsuit has quickly become my favorite!

Any piece with pockets is a real winner in my book, and if it feels like pajamas, even better! With a comfy and light weight jumpsuit like this one, I can wear it all day long while looking both chic and extremely comfortable, despite the summer heat!FullSizeRender

Color Me Cliffnotes

If I couldn’t rave more about this jumpsuit, it’s the comfiest thing I own and I know I’ll end up sleeping in it before the Summer is over! I also love that it has a waist tie like this one from a few posts back, so I can make it more fitted or more relax depending on my mood. Old Navy runs a bit big, so size down! I’m wearing an XS.

These heels are crazy comfortable, I can wear them all day even when I’m running around the city! I used them as a fun color pop for this look, but they also come in neutral colors. I’m a true 7.5, but sized up on these to an 8 and they fit perfectly.

I found this little green crossbody bag at a thrift store five years ago, the strap has since broken but I use it as a clutch or to brighten up a look! Giving you a few shoppable options below.

This hat is super light weight! You don’t even feel like you’re wearing one, but it helps to protect you from the sun all while looking cute, haaayyy.FullSizeRender 5


Wide-Brim Straw Panama Hat  • Old Navy • $12
Printed Wide-Leg Jumpsuit  • Old Navy • $37  // Plus Size Here • $45
Sueded Double-Strap Clogs • Old Navy • $34 // (+ More Colors)
Similar Clutches: Nancy Gonzalez • $1,750  // A.F.Vandevorst • $142.51  // Valextra • $325FullSizeRender 8

Big Red Door, Little Black Dress

18th June 2016

Who’s reddy to take a trip with me to colorful Gibraltar?! If you’re waving your arm in the arm like that crazy pink shirt cute emoji we all know and love, then today is your lucky day!

While trotting through Europe with Princess Cruises, I packed a bunch of shirt dresses because they’re easy to wear, light to pack and the perfect look for twirling through Gibraltar.

Shopping Break – Say YES to the Shirt Dress

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect red door, eating your feelings at the local hot spots or packing your day FULL of sight seeing a perfect LBD, not-so-basic white sneakers, a boater hat, bold sunnies and a cute little crossbody can take you where you want to go! I wore this look twice on my trip, once with this LBD and again with baby blue eyelet one that I’ll share it here on Color Me Courtney, so soon!

Color Me Cliffnotes
Let’s cut to the cliff notes, where I share everything you need to know about this look. Consider it your Color Me Cheatsheet to this #ootd!

This shirt dress was a serious steal! It’s designer (DVF) but I got it resale! Linking a few similar items at every price point for you under SHOP THIS LOOK. FYI I wear a size 2 or 4 in DVF, where I’m a size 0 in other designers like Kate Spade so size up!

Big Bold Sunnies are perfect for travel, especially if you want a no-make-up-just-lipstick day! I got this pair in red and they go so great with a statement red kisser and these darling sneakers. Mine are Kate Spade but I found a designer dupe for only $12 that I wish I had seen ahead of time!

If these shoes could talk … When you’re traveling, you’re totally allowed to live in sneakers, especially when you dress them up with a cute shirt dress! These lipstick ones were one of my big summer splurges but I don’t regret it one bit, they fit TTS but take a bit of breaking in on the back end.

As you guys know, I love this little red crossbody! It’s perfect for carrying all of my must have goodies on the go! Giving you a seriously save look for option below!

Humidity Hair? no problem! This $28 dollar bad hair day cure was my mane chick all trip long! With unexpected weather and humidity putting the odds so not in my favor, me and this affordable cutie became instant BFFs – but I don’t have to tell you that, if you follow me on instagram you know we were conjoined at the hip – errr head.


Similar Black Shirt Dress Options: Diane von Furstenberg Long Sleeve Wrap Dress • $368 Cynthia Steffe • $178  // Look for Less • $45  // Look For Less 3/4 Sleeve Shirtdress • $29.99
Look for Less Trench Shirtdress • $44.99  // Alexander Wang (Worth the Splurge) • $375

Kiss Sneakers – Kiss Me Sneakers • $525  // Also here (on sale) but only a few sizes • $315.38  //
Similar Look for Less • $59
Bag – Furla – Metropolis Mini Top-Handle • $298 // Look for Less • $15.90
Hat – Hinge Straw Boater Hat • $28
Sunnies – kate spade Red Cat Eye Sunglasses • $100.75  // BP Look for Less • $12

Have you ever traveled in a shirt dress? If so you, tell me all about it and if not, you HAVE to give it a try!

Concrete Jungle

16th June 2016

FullSizeRender 6Summer is upon us and as the weather gets warm, I like to step into tribal prints, bold graphic and fun florals for an exotic twist.IMG_6736FullSizeRender 2

When your wardrobe is bold, it helps push yourself outside of your boundaries, taking you out of your element and on to new places. While most New Yorkers flee the city for summer seeking beaches or nature, Paris and I keep exploring this concrete Jungle all summer long with our “adventure jar”.FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 5

At the beginning of the summer, we made a list of all of the things we want to experience in the summer, including everything from restaurants to weekend get aways. We rip up those ideas and pop them in a mason jar – so whenever we’re feeling stumped for something fun, we turn to the magical mason and see where our exploring will take us next – will it be a day in brooklyn heights, ice cream for breakfast or giant bubbles in central park?! There is so much to do and see right here in our city, we just have to push ourselves to get out there and explore!IMG_6728FullSizeRender 3IMG_6734

Since we’re taking on bold new adventures in this concrete jungle, naturally I dress the part in this Old Navy Palm Print that I’ll be wearing until September. A easy romper or jumpsuit is the best outfit for a summer in the city – its light weight and breathable to keep you cool when the weather is not, but also fashion forward and noticeable in a chic “look at me” way. Although came was designed to help you blend in, this colorful twist on a classic palm from Old Navy is a sure fire way to make you stand out from the crowd in the best way possible.IMG_6729FullSizeRender

Since summer days are long and the opportunities are endless, the jumpsuit can take me from day to night with the quick addition of a light denim jacket over the shoulders and a dressier shoe. You can also dress things up with a bold bag, tassel earring or a brighter lip to really make this look roar!!!


Shoes – Wide-Strap Espadrilles • Old Navy • $34 // also in Black • $34  (TTS)
Jumpsuit – Printed Cami Jumpsuit • Old Navy • $34 // also in Plus Size • $30 (Love the dress version here Here • $23, I bought both in size XS)
Bag: Double-Zip Crossbody • Old Navy • $16

Thanks to Old Navy for Partnering on this post!

I left my heart (and my stomach) in Portofino

15th June 2016

FullSizeRender 9 Of all the places I have traveled as of late (with the exception of Japan) I think Portofino was my favorite.FullSizeRender 5FullSizeRender 6

This little picturesque part of Tuscany I traveled to with Princess Cruises totally stole my heart. It’s a colorful wonderland, filled with gelato, thick accents, cobblestone streets, tiny little shops and gelato … did I mention that already?!FullSizeRender 8FullSizeRender 10

Although I know Quasimodo was in France, I thought I would channel Esmerelda vibes for this Italia look! So here I am, belly full of gelato and this off the shoulder top for the third or forth time on my trip with through the Mediterranean with Princess cruises, this time with a colorful midi skirt and some flat sandals.FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 7

Color Me Cliff Notes

This skirt is the cutest! I love the candy stripes and that it has pockets, score! Its pretty light weight and extremely comfortable, great for twirling your way through Portofino. I’m wearing a size 0, my waist is pretty small but I should have gone up to a 2, or maybe just ate a little less gelato.

I don’t think I can rave about this top anymore … just trust me when I say you need it in your wardrobe! Plus, see me style it again in Portofino here

As you know, these haircalf flats are the comfiest and super chic, I love that they’re a basic but with a bold twist in color and texture. Oh and did you notice the black and white stripe soles? obsessed! PS – They fit TTS.

Every girl needs a good cat eye sunny! These make me feel like I’m a old movie star! Worth the splurge, but giving you a look for less version below, obvi :)

I lived in this hat in Europe because my hair was so not hashtag hair goal in the humidity! I actually destroyed this hat when we got rained out on our last day and left it behind :( but I loved it so much (and it’s only $28) so I already ordered a new one!

This bag won’t fit my phone, mostly just my tiny wallet and a compact but it’s cute and on sale and not to mention CUTE so I bought it, oops! Comes in red too!

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This skirt is selling out quickly so here are a few places to buy it:
alice + olivia Nikola Full Skirt  • $440  // Also here • $440  // On sale here  • $294  // also Here • $264

kate spade Go Fly a Kite Mini Luggage • $218.99  // (or here for $196)
Fendi Ivory Cat-Eye Sunglasses • $350  // (look for less Vivian • $28 )
Women’s Hinge Straw Boater Hat – Brown • $28  // (splurge version • $375)
Off-The-Shoulder Flutter-Sleeve Crop Top • $66.99  // (plus size here • $99 )
Ingrid Sandal • $108 (comes in more colors)

P.S. if you ever make it to Italy, have some gelato for me!  (Incase you didn’t gather, I love gelato)

Thanks to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this trip // book your own adventure here


13th June 2016

OMG GUYS! I’m so excited about todays post because I’m sharing a super awesome FRUIT SKIRT from Mindy Mae’s Market and three ways to wear it!

I love a good novelty item – a statement bag, printed shoes or a graphic tee can be a total outfit game changer! SO when I saw this super fun FRUIT SKIRT (and no, I will not stop shouting, “FRUIT SKIRT”, these are celebratory words that should be screamed, not said) I had to have it, and style it three ways for you – press play, and take a peek!

Classic with a Twist – Black & White stripes go with everything right? Right! And FRUIT SKIRTS are no exception! I rocked this skirt with the world’s best black & white striped skirt
Retro Chic – Pairing your punchy skirt with a red lip, red shoes and a fun retro top will give your look a fun and flirty fifties twist!
Pattern Play – I love to mix my matches, so when I saw this FRUIT SKIRT, I thought it would be really fun to pair with polka dots, no Dalmatian spots!!

I knew that some of you would see this FRUIT SKIRT and be as excited as was about it, but that others would see it and be totally overwhelmed about how to style such a thing. Purchasing a statement piece like this fruity friend can be a challenge in that way, because you might find yourself feeling like you can only wear it once or twice for fear of looking like a repeat offender. Well, don’t fret!  Here’s even More ways to rock this skirt:
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With a baseball tee (shop here) // With a bralette (shop here) // With a denim jacket (shop here) With a classic white tee (shop here) // With a graphic tee (shop here)
With something striped (shop here) // With Gingham (shop here)x
With a scalloped hem top (shop here) // With a Boyfriend Blazer (shop here)

Okay, now on to the – Color Me Cliff notes! Where I share sizing info and exclusive details about this look! If you don’t read anything else on here (tear) read this!!

Incase you haven’t gathered, I LOVE THIS FRUIT SKIRT! It’s crazy comfortable, has an awesomely thick waist band and fits like a dream, I’m wearing a Medium but honestly could have gotten away with a small, and it probably would have been a little more fitter/flattering. So if you’re shaped like me, I suggest the size small! Also the length is great! it’s a true midi if you’re fun sized (remember I’m 5’1″) or a pencil length skirt if you’re a little taller (5’4″ and up!)

The Red Polka Dot top I’m wearing is made of the softest fabric, it’s so comfortable & ties really well – I’m wearing a size small!

This Dalmatian Printed Tunic is to die for! It’s actually long enough to be a dress on me, but I tucked it into the skirt for some fun pattern play, yay! I can’t wait to rock this all summer long with wedges or sandals, in the Fall with tights and for Winter with over the knee boots!

If I can’t convince you that you NEED this fruit skirt (and you really, really do) at least believe me that you also need this striped tee. TBH I got this striped tee for this post specifically, and thought “hey another striped tee” – uhm, wrong! This tee is a total game changer, It’s made from the softest cotton candy unicorn material that totally rocks my world, and its long and stretchy enough to be worn with almost anything. The material is light weight, but not too thin so you can tuck it into EVERYTHING, knot it or wear it loose! Mine has been on a world tour since it’s arrival in my closet, making appearances with everything from dressy midi skirts, jeans & sneakers, lounge wear and more. Honestly, get this shirt, it will change your world (okay, maybe not, but it will totally change your wardrobe!).


Fruit Salad Skirt from Mindy Mae’s Market
The perfect black & white striped tee // The softest red polka dot shirt
The cutest Dalmatian print tunic (worn as a top)

So would you wear a Fruit Skirt!? Of course you would, you’re awesome! Tell me how you would rock this look!