Monthly Archives: July 2017

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27th July 2017

Shop the looks from my latests stop motion video below!
More videos are always waiting for you at #colormevideo

A case of the stripes

25th July 2017

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Today we’re talking all about stripes, sharing my favorite summer pieces in this pattern & gushing about a go-to color combo of mine. OH and if that isn’t enough, I’m also styling my favorite denim culottes for ya! so let’s do this!FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 8

Of all the patterns out there, stripes might be the easiest to wear! Even those who don’t do pattern, usually dabble in something stripe. Black and white is the usual default here, but if you’re looking to set out of your comfort zone try a blue and white stripe for something simple yet bold. 

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Here are some of my favorite blue & white stripe styles:

When styling stripes, a pop of color is usually key. I like to brighten things up with a bold lip or a statement shoe – in this case, I double dipped into the color poor to pair this blue and white stripe top with red shoes & a red lip.

Blue and white doesn’t have to stop with a stripe. It’s one of those go-to color combos that looks good on everyone, all year around, but it especially shines in summer. Try dabbling with different hues, like a baby blue with tomato red, or dark red with cobalt for something a little bit unexpected, without being too out there. FullSizeRender 10FullSizeRender 2

Behind the Blog:
These shots were taken during a day in SoHo. Although we live in the village / meatpacking area we spend most weekends eating, shopping and shooting in SoHo. It’s not really an area where we would lie to live, but we enjoy walking there almost every Saturday and it is full of shooting locations! During this shot, we ran into Andre 3000, he looked and me, looked and Paris and then gave us a thumbs up and Paris almost lost it. Paris cares about maybe 2 celebrities, Andre is one of them, so it was really cool that he got to meet him – I guess that’s just part of the magic of New York City! // shots at Sarabeth’s SohoFullSizeRender 5

I’m Wearing:
Bershka Stripe Tie Waist Top • $35 || Block Sandals • $39.99
Wicker Small Satchel • $345  || Hat • $34.65  (Similar • $29 )
Basket Bag • $345  ||  Jean Culottes • $128  (Similar Style • $228 )
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Leaf

24th July 2017

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Dress $9 || Earrings $38 (or similar here for $10) || shoes $44

You are what you drink

20th July 2017

Press play to see a fun video we made with drink chobani!
featuring drink chobani:
mango || strawberry/banana || apple veggie || peach || berry
shop drink chobani


Dresses: White || Yellow || Pink || Green || Orange || Purple

Pink on Pink

19th July 2017

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I hope you liked yesterdays look at some of our time at coney island, today I’m sharing another look with a vintage twist, literally!IMG_2661IMG_2657IMG_2654

I’m a creature of habit, so I’m drawn to matchy matchy pieces, often by accident. I found myself with pink stripes shorts and a pink stripe button up shirt, and thought why not pair them together!

Everyone thought it was a romper, which was kind of fun, but I love that I can also wear these shorts with a white off the shoulder top or fun yellow swim suit!

Before I share the details on this look, I wanted to talk a little bit about short shorts. Shorts are something I stopped wearing in college – when my body changed a bit, I got curvier heavier and more like my normal size that you see today. Growing up I was a competitive dancer and super active, so I was kind of always skinny by default. When I stopped, by body changed and I was ashamed of my bigger legs, thighs and tush!

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In the last 4 years, I’ve gotten over it. I’ve learned to love my body as is, because it’s the only one I have. I don’t like to preach about body confidence, because it becomes a little bit well, preachy. I just want to help inspire others to be able to rock their bod as is without judgement. 

My best time for getting over an insecurity, is to pair it with something you’re proud of. So while I was insecure about my legs, I did like my small waist and love for color – so instead of wearing normal jean shorts, I opted for striped high waisted ones that are fun and a little bit more me, while highlighting my smallest point! These photos we’re taken after a full day of eating at coney island, so the small waist thing isn’t really working for me here ha, but I felt confident enough to rock the look all day without shame – and thats all I can hope for you guys. I promise ife is so much better when you can learn to love your body. And if I can do it, you can too!

         
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I’m Wearing
Stripe top // stripe shorts // hat
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Brighton Beach

18th July 2017

FullSizeRender 9I’m all about bright colors, especially at the beach! Today I wanted to share some snaps from coney island and my top six candy colored must haves for the brightest of beach days! FullSizeRender 10FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender 6     A stripe towel – a beach towel is a necessity, so it might as well be cute! Every year I invest in a new candy colored towel like this one, so even when I’m wearing a basic black suit, I still feel fun! // shop fun towels: one // two // three // four

FullSizeRender 2A fun cup – keep hydrated in a fun novelty cup! I love these pineapple and watermelon ones for a day at the beach! Shop my watermelon cup // shop the pineappleFullSizeRender 11

A boater hat – I love this hat, I’ve worn it all summer long now for two seasons! The best part is the draw string inside, it helps keep it in place on even the windiest of days! I’ve taken it to Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Bermuda, Germany, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Russia and more, on three cruises and countless trips! // shop my boater hatFullSizeRender 4

Pink sunnies – cotton candy sunglasses are a summer must for me! I now have nearly every color, but these pink ones are still my fav! // shop pink sunnies

FullSizeRender 7Bright suit – what’s a beach day without a darling swimsuit? when it comes to swim shopping I love fun colored one pieces & think the brighter the better! This lace up one is especially flattering, and can double as a body suit tucked into a denim skirt or jeans.
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A bold tote –  I am not really a tote girl, but you kind of need one for a day at the beach! When I go bag shopping, I look for something fun that goes with everything and this pom pom tote is the perfect purchase! // shop the pom toteFullSizeRender 8

Shop everything bright for the beach by clicking on the images below!

NORDSTROM SALE

13th July 2017

Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 6.29.28 PMWell, here we go again! It’s the nordstrom sale!

As you guys may know, I’m not super into the typical sale roundups because I feel like they get super redundant – especially if you follow a few bloggers… but I also didn’t want you guys to miss out! So today I thought i would just share a few of the best pieces from the sale, while keeping it colorful. I combed through the nordies sale to select the best & brightest pieces for you to shop!

Early access started now (you need a nordstrom card to shop) and the sale is open to all starting the 20th!

Happy shopping!

Love Your Curves

11th July 2017

FullSizeRender 7Curvy girls rock! But that doesn’t mean we don’t need a little help to keep our clothes in check. FullSizeRender 3

Today we’re talking undergarments as I’m reviewing Maidenform’s Firm foundations thigh slimmer, and why its a curvy girls bff.FullSizeRender 5

I’m usually a fit and flare gal – dresses like that are forgiving, flowy and pooch-friendly so they are in heavy rotation for me. But sometimes a girl wants to give a little va va voom with a body con dress, and could use a little help to feel great all day.FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 9

That is where shapewear comes in. I think some people see or use shapewear to change the shape of their bodies, but not me. I love my body as is, but for an all day affair it starts out looking one way, and changes by the end of it. After a big lunch, a dessert (or too) or even too much water I get super bloated, poochy and puffy – yay! But wearing shapewear keeps me feeling good & looking good all day long, no matter how much I eat!FullSizeRender 6

The thigh slimmer controls my tummy, defines my waist, slims my thighs, prevents chaffing and keeps everything in check – plus it makes my butt look great!FullSizeRender 8

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Ready for the best part? I’m teaming up with Maidenform to give three of you the chance to win some serious shape wear!

To enter:
Head to instagram and leave a comment on this photo. The winners will be contacted via direct message.

Disclaimer: By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Hanesbrands, Inc. and Maidenform are the prize sponsors only.

Pom Pom Pro

6th July 2017

FullSizeRender 11I’m all about a pom, especially for summer.  FullSizeRender 14

We saw this trend pop up a few years ago, and I think its here to stay. Today I’ll share my pom pom predictions, and when/where it’s appropriate to wear.

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From shoes to sweaters pom poms are everywhere and I’m pretty happy about it. The trend first came on the scene as a strictly summer style used to adorn mostly totes, before moving on to sandals, summer dresses, earrings and handbags (as a keychain of course). 

If you just want to dip your toe in this trend, try it in earring form – but if you want to go full on pom party get a dress with all the trimmings. For this look, I went professional with pom-twist by pairing my polka-pom sweater with pink pants.

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I totally would have taken this look for a twirl at the office when I was working in corporate fashion. Our office was pretty lax, but I think even if you were at somewhere with a bit more of a dress code, you could make it work by …

1 – Switching the open toed sandals for a pointed toe pump. You could choose to keep the POC or opt for something more neutral like navy or nude.

2 – Layer a short sleeve button up shirt under the sweater.

3 – Swap your pink pants.

4 – Add a blazer or a cardigan.

5 – Ditch your pants all together and opt for a pencil skirt and pumps!

Using a combo of any of the above will help you take this look from party to professional, but still keep it fun.

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Top – Pom Sweater • $124.99 (Also here)
Similar Sweater in Navy • $295
Pants – Old from Zara, Similar here • $49Here • $60  & Here • $40
Bag – Similar Bag • $328 
Shoes – Yellow Sandal • $60–160 Also here $60
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Stress Test

5th July 2017

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Okay so, it’s no secret that EVERYONE gets stressed out – I mean if you say you’ve never been overwhelmed, lets face it, you’re a liar. I consider myself a pretty positive and rational person, and hopefully I portray that part of me to the work … but that doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days … of course I do!

I don’t think happiness, positivity or even lack of stress is solely driven by luck or circumstance, but more state of mind. People will always ask me why I’m always so happy, and I usually respond with “I’m not, no one is … but I don’t have much to be upset about”. And its true. I have my hardships like everyone else, but the biggest things on my plate are 1) running a business, 2) suffering from chronic illness and 3) taking care of my french bulldog, Waffles & managing his paralysis and health issues. So no, those things aren’t ideal, but when compared to some of the issues others face, I’m pretty lucky and have no reason not to be happy. As a result, even on my most stressful days, I try to push through and handle things with grace, dignity, acceptance, respect and a sense of humor … ehhh eventually, but sometimes I take some not so nice pit stops along the way.

Okay sorry, I strayed a bit there – but incase you haven’t gathered this post is about stress, and more so how to deal with it in a somewhat healthy way. I do want to share that I am not a doctor, and have only sought professional help once as a child (we were in a plane crash one upon a time, it’s not as dramatic as it sounds I swear) so all of this is what we’ll call the CMC Method – Completely Madeup (by) Courtney, or the Color Me Courtney method, whichever floats your boat. None of this has been verified by anyone of any medical standard, it is just what works for me, and hopefully it will help you too!IMG_1278IMG_1283

So here we go – 5 ways I deal with stress

A Good Ole’ Shower Cry – I’m not a big cryer, unless I’m watching Harry Potter or a Disney Movie you won’t see a tear from me, not in Titanic, not in ET and not in the Fault in Our Stars (although Paris totally did). I would just rather yell at a screen than cry at it, and it’s always been the case. If I’m hurt or stressed or heartbroken, I usually pull an Abby Lee Miller (sorry dance moms reference) and save the tears for my pillow … but actually, my shower.

Nothing relaxes me more than a good shower cry. When I’ve had big fights with my boyfriend, or my favorite TV show ends, or when nothing is going my way, the only thing that can make me feel better is a shower cry. There’s something safe about crying in the shower, it’s loud and you’re protected, plus its like already raining so you can really let it all out and make a sloppy mess of yourself and its NBD. Sometimes I shower cry when I’m not even sad, just because I want to be able to capture that “I’m invincible” feeling you get after you’ve let it all out in the shower only to come out new. So when I’m overwhelmed, I you want to try the cry, the music section is key – put on a power ballad by your favorite Diva so you can ugly cry followed by a slow song where you get yourself together a bit and weep (Nora Jones is always a good go to) and finish strong with something uplifting (can’t go wrong with Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield) and boom, you’ll feel wipe those tears away to leave squeaky clean, shiny & new.

Write a mean Email – At the moment, I’m not signed by a blog agency which has it’s pros & cons. One pros is I’m in control of my own destiny, but a con is I am always the one deal with the client and I really have to advocate for myself. As a business, it’s really easy for big brands to try and take advantage of smaller brands (like moi) and thats just the way it goes. I’ll explain issues I have with brands to my non blogger friends and they are amazed at how I’m often treated, but hay it’s okay, every job has it’s ups and downs. ANYWAYS there are many times where a brand is trying to screw me over, and I want to let them have it. Bottom line, brands can be bullies; and if a person was treating me or saying to me the things being said by the brand/client/other party IRL, I would have put them in their place. BUT this bully has a board of directors and stake holders and bosses on bosses on bosses they need to please, which doesn’t always justify the behavior but might rationalize it. So although I might be responding from a very emotional and perhaps even justified state, me going off on this branded bully would more often than not, hurt more than it hurt them … because for me, it’s personal.

Enter the mean email. After sending a few too many hot headed responses, and learning from my mistakes I started the mean email. The mean email is a response to an already very very mean email, and is usually quite provoked from the bullies end. Instead of mouthing off at my bully, I write down everything I ever wanted to say to them in an email, and never send it. Hours or even days later, once I’ve cooled off I write the real email, keep it professional, keep it brief and clearly state what you want, and why you’re unhappy in hopes of coming to some sort of revolution. So instead of being stressed or angry about a situation, I get mean well fake mean … and that helps me deal.

Dance it out – I can’t take total credit for this one, because although I’ve been doing it since I was 3, I didn’t realize why until Grey’s Anatomy. Think to yourself What Would Meredith Grey (oh & Cristina Yang) Do when they couldn’t crack a case, pass their boards or lost a boyfriend? Two words: DANCE PARTY. It’s really really really hard to be sad when you dance, at least the way I do it – jumping up and down failing around, booty popping like there is no tomorrow. If you can shake your hips and be sad, you’re special and you probably should find a way to monetize that talent… but most of us, give a little cha cha slide and you’re smiling because its fun! So when I’m stressed, I literally shake it off, dance it off, twerk it off and everywhere in-between. Physically removing the threat even in a metaphorical way can really help me gain closure and prepare for whatever else is waiting for me.

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If those 3 don’t work for you, here are two others to try.

Take the Stairs – After I’ve had a bad day, I reaaallllly just want to go home, lay in bed and watch bad TV but that usually doesn’t make feel any better. To release some of that stress I spend the days taking the stairs, up and down at my apartment or even to a meeting, getting that little bit go exercise helps me calm down – and in the end it feels a lot better than wallowing.

Donate Clothing (or anything really) – Cleaning out your closet can be crazy therapeutic, especially when you feel like you’re helping someone. After something doesn’t go my way, I like to dig into my wardrobe and shed some unnecessary stuff. Then I walk it down and donate it, or sell it somewhere like Crossroads. This can also work for makeup, where you can donate the unused unopened cosmetics to women shelters.

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Cut out dress || Red shoes (also here, similar here)

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