Monthly Archives: April 2017

Color Me Corporate – The Perfect Pencil Skirt

24th April 2017

FullSizeRender 10   Three things I look for in the perfect pencil skirt: comfort, and candy colored ness? …

When I first moved to New York, I dreamed of working in corporate fashion but with degree’s in business and marketing I was afraid the industry wouldn’t accept me, so I started my blog as a resume booster. My last “corporate job” was in product development making handbags at Coach, I left about a year ago to do Color Me Coutney full-time, wee. What’s weird is that I landed my dream job, but then ended up creating my own way … #plottwist!IMG_7265

Even when I worked in the “corporate world” our dress code wasn’t exactly business casual. at Coach we could get away with jeans, sneakers and even leggings (although we probably shouldn’t have opted for the latter). In my role, there was no “typical day”, sometimes I would spend every second behind a computer crunching numbers and calculating costs, when other days I would barely sit and be running between floors, form meeting to meeting or even painting (yes painting) materials. That’s kind of what I loved about it, but I quickly learned that it was no place for a pencil skirt … at least in my role.

Well thats fine for me, but the rest of the corporate world rocks slacks, dresses & knee length skirts to their 9-5. So by popular demand, I’m bringing back Color Me Corporate – a whimsical twist on your working wardrobe with darling pieces at all price points. Today we tackle the pencil skirt, by sharing a bold way to stand out at the office with bold, printed & candy coated options!IMG_0392

Under $50


$48  // $39.99  // $32  // $39.99  // $29.98  // $29.99  // $25
$48.30  // $48.74  // $31  // $16.03  // $31  // $40

Under $100


$63.74  // $69  // $69  // $63.74  // $65  // $98

Under $300


$298  // $109.98  // $128  // $140  // $138  // $300  // $185

My favorites:

$48  // $73  // 63.74  // $69  // $298  // $128  // $226

FullSizeRender 11I hope you ladies liked learning about my life before Color Me Courtney & my take on the perfect pencil skirt! I would love to hear what you guys do for a living, leave me a comment down below!

For more work appropriate outfits and killer style, check out my bestie Olivia & her awesome blog Corporate Catwalk 

Curvy Girl Boyfriend Jeans

20th April 2017

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Boyfriend jeans are one of my favorite styles to wear, but they’re few and far between for curvy girls like me. A little over a year ago, I did a denim shoot for People StyleWatch Magazine where they paired each girl with a “denim issue” and helped us solve it. Mine was the inability to fit my peach into a pair of boyfriend jeans, that aren’t too big on my waist. We tried on (no lie) 92 pairs and one of the editors even said “it’s so funny, when you put on boyfriend jeans they become skinny jeans” lol I don’t think this was intended to be mean but in her defense she wasn’t wrong, that in a nutshell is one of my many boyfriend jean problems.FullSizeRender 6

The 93rd pair fit the bill, it was a high waisted light wash destructed jean from Abercrombie of all places, last seen here. Ever since, I’ve gotten a lot better about being able to find boyfriend jeans that work for my body, so I’m sharing some for you here:

FullSizeRender 5Here’s the key to finding the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans:

1 – get waisted … high waisted! If you’re little in the middle but you got much back, a high waisted pair is perfect for you. These tend to be slimmer around the waist but give you enough room for your tush.

2 – Mommy knows best – You can also shop for mom jeans, they won’t be as “mommy” on you as our bestie with a thigh gap, but they’ll be high waisted and roomy down below, once you pull them on, they might magically turn into the perfect fitting boyfriend pair.

3 – #loyalAF – Find a brand that works for you, and keep coming back. For me, it’s J.crew & madewell – which is pretty surprising because I never would have thought they would be curvy girl friendly. Remember, your loyalty doesn’t mean you can’t shop around, I always like trying out new brands I’ve never worn before because you might find the next big thing.

4 – Nip & Tuck – alter your clothes, not your body!!! alterations are key to achieving the perfect fit on all fronts, especially jeans! I find myself altering almost every pair I get or using a belt as a quick fix (like in this photo). Since most outfits of mine include a front tuck, this helps show off the belt anyways all while defining my waist and showing off my shape.

5 – Stretchy Pants, Please – When in doubt, a flexible, stretchy fabric will save you. It will help you struggle into your jeans and keep you comfortable, no matter how many donuts you eat (for the record, during this shoot I was on my second)

In this post, I’m wearing my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans at the moment. I’ll be honest, they’re not stretchy or super comfortable, but HEY they look cute. I don’t weight myself, but if I had to guess I’m about 5-7 pounds heavier than my normal weight right now (guys, don’t judge me, Im in a chocolate chip cookie phase lol) and I’m carrying it all in my thighs – so this pair is a little tight around that area. If you follow me on insta stories and saw paris tying my shoes a few weekends ago, you now know why, it’s because my jeans were too tight to do it myself ha! I included some photos of me sitting and moving my legs a bit so you can see how they only stretch a tad, and squeeze on my thighs. These photos were the first time I’ve worn these jeans, and they’ve broken in a bit since then. FullSizeRender 2

Despite some of the squeeze issues, I still love this pair. It’s actually the only light wash denim pair that I wear, and I can’t get enough.FullSizeRender 7

Shop the look (click the images or links below)


Shop the look from the links below
For anything is priced over $100, I linked a look for less option for you!

Boyfriend Jeans ON SALE • $89.99  (Also here • $135; or here • $89.99)
Yellow Pumps • $350  (Look for less option here • $77.96 )
Striped Sweater ON SALE • $142.20  (Also here • $237 ) (Look for less Sweater here • $72 )
(My Mini Mini Sun bag available is not available online in yellow)
Mini Purse in Orange • $545  // Blush • $495 // Large Version in Yellow • $1,521
(Look for less purse • $328; Look for way less • $88.80 )

As you guys know, I started a new thing where I’ll be sharing a relevant blog post & promoting another blogger at the end of each of my posts because #girlssupportgirls! For today, I thought I would toss it to fellow curvy gal Sarah of Sassy Red Lipstick! See how she rocks curvy denim and coincidentally the same sweater, here!

Unicorn Bachelorette

14th April 2017

FullSizeRender 4Unicorns and rainbows and sprinkles – oh my!FullSizeRender 5               

Few weeks ago, I threw my bestie a candy coated bachelorette weekend before she says I do. Her big day is actually tomorrow (yay) so I’m writing to you from forty thousand feet somewhere between San Diego and New York City, weee.

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Before I go into full blown bridesmaid mode – I wanted to share how we celebrated her last single girl weekend in style … unicorn style.

Let’s start by setting the mood – hop to my spotifty, follow me & start listening to our unicorn bach playlist! You won’t regret it!

Surprisingly, I can’t take credit for the unicorn theme – just all of the rainbow tactic things to follow, my bestie set her sights on that one all on her own.

Sheree is one of two brides, so the weekend started with a joint fiesta bridal shower thrown by one of the other brides maids. After the party, was the after party – Ree said bye to her bride and we all head to the house to get things started   IMG_2802

Our weekend

I worked with the bride & a few other bridesmaid to plan a chill, yet fun weekend. We’re all #veryverybusy so we thought it would be fun to relax and spend time together. We rented a house in my home state of Arizona, where we would set up camp for the weekend. The bride to be, Sheree, is all about movies so that was another highlight of the weekend – group binge watching which included the necessary movies (Fifty Shades, Magic Mike XXL and The Hang Over – DUH) and a few fun series like Big Little Lies.While we watched, we had a few activities to participate in >> Polaroid photos in a home made photo booth, DIY denim jackets with fun pins & patches from some of my favorite shops and a rainbow piñata because WHY NOT.

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Eats

My favorite meal was the first morning one – rainbow bagels with funfetti cream cheese all the way from the bagel store in NYC! You may have seen these cuties on instagram, but even if you’re not in the big apple they ship nation wide – say what!

I hired my younger brother to be our designate driver and personal chauffeur for the weekend, and he was such a big help. He brought us a healthy lunch and drove us out to fancy dinner before we went out.

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Going Out

We only went “out out” one night but I was really happy with it. I’m not a big club gal (could you have guessed ha) and neither is Sheree – so we ended up going to the local casino and dancing in their club. It was free and so fun, plus the crowd was great. We didn’t want to dance with guys or get hit on, just to get down on the floor with our girl group – and we did. 

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Decor

My favorite part of planning this weekend, was the decor! I did all my shopping at party city and it was super easy to find everything I needed for a great price. I just searched “rainbow”, “unicorn”, and “lisa frank” online and found more than I could have ever dreamed of. From unicorn balloons, to candy colored sprinkles they had it all! 

When the girls got there, we had cute bando gift bags with onesies, aerie pajamas & more! This was a great way to get everyone excited about the weekend and what was to come.

For photos, we created an easy photo booth with streamers and cloud balloons. Honestly, all I did is tape them in clusters and put them up on the wall – SO EASY and a great backdrop for Polaroids and insta photos!

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The best part of the weekend for me (aside from reconnecting with my friends) was living in my unicorn onesie. These are technically my little pony onesies, but they got the job done. I picked one of these for each girl up at party city and never ever wanted to take them off

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The horn on top of a majestic weekend had to be the worlds cutest carrot cake … I think I’ll call her spark! She looks like a spark right?!

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Get all of your decor needs at party city!
Rainbow Goods || Unicorn Pretties|| Lisa Frank Fun

Go Pin & Patch crazy at these cute shops!

ShopBop Sale

12th April 2017

BVvsPQ Another day, another sale!

image14It’s the shopbop sale! Does any one else feel like these come up more & more? just me? I’m not complaining but it just causes me to over spend on every sale on stuff I probably wouldn’t buy otherwise – yikes.

This time, I’m trying really hard not to do that and sharing a round up in a different way…. A rainbow round up! You’re most likely to only buy one or two rainbow pieces, so hopefully this unique round up will be different from the other ones you see on the web and help keep you from over spending! 

 Shop the Rainbow:rainbow


Shop the links:

alice + olivia Rainbow Leather Cross Body Bag • $395
Mara Hoffman High Waisted Tie Front Pants • $295
alice + olivia Colby Mules • $330
alice + olivia Rainbow Stacey Face Card Case • $80
Morgan Lane Ruthie PJ Top • $328
Mystique Pom Pom Tote • $187
Holst + Lee Sunrise Triple Ball Earrings • $105
SunnyLife Luxe Rainbow Float • $60
Charlotte Stone Olivia Sandals • $275
SUNDRESS Lou Lou Dress • $142
Morgan Lane Chantal PJ Pants • $238
Marc Jacobs Rainbow Sweater Dress • $375
alice + olivia Rainbow Stacey Face Pouch • $195
ban.do Rainbow iPhone 7 Case • $32
Mara Hoffman Gathered Mini Dress • $325
alice + olivia Ester Rainbow Pullover • $248
Venessa Arizaga Catch The Rainbow Necklace • $315
Marc Jacobs Printed Rainbow iPhone7 Case • $45
Mara Hoffman Crochet Tank Jumpsuit • $325
Edie Parker Rainbow iPhone 6 Plus / 6s Plus / 7 Plus Case • $50
Georgia Perry Rainbow Pin • $15
Mara Hoffman Sheath Midi Dress • $350

Also, instead of putting together another round up of my favorite sale selects, I’m rounding up some of my favorite round ups about the sale (should I say round up one more time? round up).  

Here you go!
Kathleen’s FUN round up at Carrie Bradshaw Lied
A super comprehensive round up by Liz at Sequins & Stripes
A round up to make you crave summer(or a Popsicle) at Mckenna Bleu

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Okay cuties, Happy Shopping!  Xo