Author Archives: Courtney Quinn

The Best Sports Bra … Like Ever

3rd May 2017

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Seriously they’re no fun, they squish and pinch and push and hurt! 99% of sports bra’s give me an instant head ache minutes after putting them on (most head bands do this too), the few that don’t, don’t work. This is such a problem for me, I usually find myself wearing a light weight real bra with a tight/spandex tank to the gym – I know, crazy right? LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-156LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-88

It’s safe to say I’ve never been happy with my sports bra situation … until now!LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-81LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-94

Enter the Lululemon Enlite bra! A revolutionary new bra that doesn’t squish, pinch, pull, push or hurt … yay! The Enlite bra encapsulates your girls instead of squishing them down, but also keeps you totally comfortable and in control throughout your work out!LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-62LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-80LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-34

The Luluemon experts spent years (over 2 of them) developing this unique and necessary bra that totally changes the work out game. It comes in real bra sizes to find you a perfect fit and also unhooks in the back – this is great because after a sweaty work out you don’t have to pull it over your face and head, which for me is always the worst part – yuck! LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-61LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-18

Last week I put the bra to the test with Luluemon at a fun cardio dance class at their Hub location.LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-54

The Hub at the flatiron store is a cool basement space that almost gives you like a gym meets dance club feel. It has exposed brick, tons of space and a really cool light up dance floor to take your work out to the next level!LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-113LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-107These photos are from that night and the first time I rocked that bra at a movement based work out, instead of just a little treadmill or weight lighting action. The Enlite didn’t disappoint! I actually didn’t think about my girls once,  which I think is the best sign because I felt comfortable, confident and in control enough to break it down on the dance floor … there adjectives that I don’t think I could also apply to the way I looked on the dance floor lol. LuluLemonJayGunningEnlite-64

You can find your perfect fit online or in stores at Lululemon.com & put your own new bra BFF to the work out test!

CINCO DE WAFFLES – Waffles 5th Birthday

2nd May 2017

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My cute pup Waffles turned 5 on April 22nd, so naturally we had to have a party! Since he was turning 5 and we’re so close to Cinco De Mayo, we decided to do a fun CINCO DE WAFFLES theme. Waffles best friend Batman (dogson of my bestie Olivia) came over and we had a FIESTA!!!

So what are you waiting for, join the party!


PRESS PLAY

This was a last minute party decision, so here’s how you can plan a Cinco De Mayo (or a Cinco De DOGNAMEHERE party for your pet) in 24 hours or less.FullSizeRender 3

The first stop is Party City! You can shop online or in stores, but this is where you’ll get everything you need for your Cinco De _____ Fiesta!FullSizeRender

I invested in Piñatas (lots of Piñatas), table cloths, decor, props, costumes & eating supplies. Since this is a dog party, the main focus was the pups & photo ops – so I always created a DIY backdrop using the table cloths & decor.

I pined two table cloths up with pushpins, to create a photo back drop for the booth! Since puppies were involved, I added a third table cloth and extended it onto the floor. To cover up the top, I expanded these bold tissue paper decals (assemble required here) and added them with push pins over the rough edge. 

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The best part about shopping at Party City is that its a one stop shop for all of your Cinco De Mayo needs, I was able to get nearly everything in one trip making really easy!

For food, we kept it simple. Ordered a bunch of tacos from tacombi and picked up chips and guac! Super easy and better than any food I could make!FullSizeRender 5

SHOP THE LOOK:

Off Shoulder Ruffle Crop Top • $45  //  High Low Prom Skirt • $23  // Suede Sandal • $120

& shop decor at Party City

BBTS – Blogging Behind the Scenes; Instagram Edition

27th April 2017

IMG_7127Every since I shared how I grew on instagram in this post: Blogging Outside The Lines, you guys have been asking for more behind the scenes blogging posts about tips, tricks and my process!

So today’s post is a little bit different, instead of fashion, I’m super excited to today to talk to you about photography, styling, and branding. Additionally I’m going to take you through the BTS of my photoshoots and what goes into every photo we create and share on instagram (not blog posts, we’ll chat about that later in another post).IMG_7067

For your reference, these photos are unedited (I usually boost the color for my feed & blog) and some are even zoomed out so you can really see what we were working with on this shoot.

As you guys know, my job is to create original content that centers around color, vibrance and positivity. Color to me isn’t just in the pantone and primary sense, it also a way of life, an energy and an element of fun that I infuse into everything I do – hopefully today you’ll be able to take a little of that away along with some fun tips and tricks.

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Click, Flash 
Okay so for photos, we shoot almost every day at all times of the day here in New York and beyond – we do everything from iPhone photography and simple snap/insta story uploads, to high quality videos, digital DSLR photos, stop motion vides made from a serious of raw photos, and everything else in-between. Between me and my boyfriend Paris (@parisims) we create about 95% percent of the content you see. Sometimes, I’ll do a professional photo or video shoot with a camera or crew for a specific product, for example I just did one with maybe line and seventeen magazine thats been running on social all this week (#colormeseventeen) and over the holidays we shot a really fun video with Nordrstom Rack. On rare occasions when Paris isn’t with me, my mom, brother, friends or even my Uber driver will take my photo. No lie, in my early blogging days when I was living in NYC and had no friends, I had a homeless guy take my photo in exchange for McDonalds lol – but thats a story for another day!

The best part about photography right now is that cameras are so advance and user friendly, that actually pressing click and capturing the picture might be the easiest part. We shoot most of our photos on a Cannon 80D with Sigma 18-35 mm Lens, or lately, we’ve been using the google pixel phone because it has an amazing camera in some cases the photos turn out better! Because these cameras are super easy to use, I spend the most of my time with the curation process such as choosing the location, picking the theme, finding the outfit and more!

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The Feed  @colormecourtney

If you look at my instagram feed @colormecourtney (shameless plug) you’ll see its very bright, very colorful and also curated. I don’t post two pink background photos back to back but you see lots of pink in the feed, I actually try and make them land in fun patterns because I’m OCD like that. I have a lot of other rules I try to follow, like not posting the same outfit on top, or right next to each other in the feed, not featuring paris or waffles my french bulldog back to back, not doubling up on flatlays, the same location, same brand or even the same face to make sure the feed brings variety at all times. I also don’t like “white” photos because I want things to always be bright and colorful. All of this is easier said than done and takes more work than you would think. I sometimes wish I had a non curated “post anything” kind of feed, it would be a lot easier on my end – but instead I work really hard to bring a unique experience to my feed and save my “post anything” non curated pics for other platforms like stories or twitter – which you can also follow me on @colormecourtney another shameless plug 😉 

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The Process

SO here’s the process I go through before I create each photo, and the questions I ask myself before publishing

“What’s the Point”
As in why am I creating this post, the answer could be to promote xyz product, to share my #ootd, to ask my readers a question or all of the above. The photos we’re using here are for a sponsored collaboration with Papyrus, where I was hired by a third party to help promote the launch of their Taylor Swift collection, you can see the ad published here.

“What’s the story”
I like to make up a story behind every post, some are really straight forward and clear and others are elaborate things I’ve created in my head that probably don’t ever translate but just are used for inspiration. So for each post I try and figure out a fun & creative way to portray that point, whatever it maybe. Sometimes it’s pairing things with a preexisting idea I already had, and now have the platform to portray it. For the example we’re sharing, I had been dying to do a monochromatic post with balloons, and this gave me a great opportunity to do so!

“But what will I wear”
(ten points if you read that in the Grinch voice)

On to outfit – this is one of the most important parts for me because iIm first and foremost a life and style brand! For the example post we’re reviewing here, I knew wanted a pink dress to match the product. So I went to my closet (which is organized by color bc I have a problem) and looked at my pink dresses! Luckily I had this one that I wanted to shoot and share anyways, so I decided to use it! Plus, it matched the card more perfectly then I could have imagined! Sometimes I don’t have the perfect piece in my closet, so I’ll go shop searching for what I want. // shop this look at the bottom of the post. 

“Location, Location, Location”

After the outfit is nailed down, I’ll start to focus on background, specifically – what will compliment the look & tell the story? Do I want to do something monochromatic or contrasting? Do I want it to be graphic or “New Yorky?” Do I want it to be self explanatory or evoke intrigue – all important questions. For the pink example, I essentially wanted to recreate the card, so I wanted it AS PINK AS POSSIBLE! But I also wanted it to say “hey, i’m happy & I like to party” instead of being super posed in front of a totally pink solid wall. By opting for a pink restaurant, I think the walk-in down the street on my way to my besties birthday party thing totally comes though here, plus it feels like a sweeter, sex & the city moment so I’m totally on board with that!

“What Else…”

This next one is optional, but I more is more I usually say yes! Here I’ll ask, Do I want a prop? Usually, I opt to prop because I think its more fun and exciting, all parts of the color me brand! If you want strictly outfit photos, the photos on my blog usually do that – but since on instagram, I have to tell a whole story with one shot (and I usually have ALOT to say) I want to make sure each photo has something extra – like a BIG GIANT balloon (or three) to make the card come to life.

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After I have the photo idea, location, outfit and all of these important details nailed down, I have to take a step back and make sure what i’m going to create fits my brand.

So many bloggers ask me questions like..

  • how do you take on sponsored collaborations and stay authentic?
  • how do you build a consistent blog and brand?
  • how do you evoke a clear message to your followers?

The answer to all of the above questions, lies in the next step. I have 5 key “things” or courtney-isms if you will that make me, me. Everything I publish on Color Me Courtney has to check 4 of those 5 boxes, otherwise its not worth sharing. My 5 things are – color, confidence, fun, dress outside the lines & unapologetic.

Color – This doesn’t have to be literal. It could refer to a colorful personality, place or feeling.

Confidence – I want everything I post to evoke confidence & positivity in one way or another. The post itself could be about body positivity or overcoming an insecurity, or maybe just has that overall vibe. It doesn’t mean I’m a 100% confident all the time, but when I’m not, I talk about it and help inspire others to become a little bit more confident. 

FUN – sometimes i post about sad stuff, like when my dog got paralyzed, but i always end on a positive glass half full kind of note because this is a place for positivity even in darkness.

Dress Outside The Lines – This is my blog tagline, and at the center of almost everything I do. I like the content I publish to be unique, different and a bit outside the box.

Unapologetic – I’m me, to a tee, I keep it real because thats all I know how to do and i don’t apologize for it … because you shouldn’t have to for being yourself.  I want to make sure that comes through in every post!

After I know what we’re going to create is on message, we move on to the actual shoot. During the photoshoot, I share my ideas with Paris but I also like to hear from him, sometimes he’ll have a new idea we try on the spot which is always fun! Some of our best ides come from being flexible and thinking on our feet, so although we like to be very prepared, we like to be open minded as well.IMG_7215

Say Cheese!

On set, I dance, sing, and have fun – people stare, laugh and sometimes take photos but I play along. Hopefully my photos look like I’m having a good time because 90% of the time I am! Even when its cold or raining or miserable, I try to smile through it! When we’re shooting Paris and I will fight, play fight, or crack jokes the whole time – we try to stay in a good mood because when we aren’t it shows lol.

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In this photo, we were trying a bunch of things to get as much pink in the background. I sat, I stood, I went to the other side of the building all to get the balloons, my look and the pink background all into play, while still showing off the card (since that’s what the pst was for). In the end, we got the money shot where Paris balanced on a the concrete ledge of a light pole to get the perfect angle, THANKS PAIR!IMG_7084IMG_7274

Once we’ve captured the photo, I review it once again as we narrow down to make sure the pics align with 4 out of 5 of my courtneyisms. We review these on our phones or on the camera, once we snap something I don’t like to reshoot under any circumstances and try my best to avoid a do-over. 

It’s not always a science like this, or this order sometimes I plan my look based on the location – like the flaming photo where I dressed (you guessed it) like a flaming … although its important to note that Paris was wearing flamingo shirt as well and he did not plan it! Sometimes a situation just aires, like the this trolley photo, here a trolley pulled up and we ran over, we had like 60 seconds to snap the a pic before the Opportunity ended. This photo is not perfect, I have a serious pooch and upon further examination I missed a button on my jeans hahahaha but HEY I like it. Curated does not mean fake, it just means thought out, well organized and professional; and since my blog is my business, and these photos are things that brands pay for – I hope people appreciate how much work goes into the content we create and how seriously we take it … all while having a lot of fun along the way. IMG_7194

Edit and Organize!

So now the photo is taken, boom! Next I edit it in snapseed and or color story, then I upload to planoly and move things around until I know where I want it to be in my feed. I try to plan this 24 hours in advance but that doesn’t always work out. Sometimes I’ll take a post a photo on the spot – but I’m never flying blind I always know what I’m looking for  — “like I need a blue backdrop”, “I need a Courtney & Paris lifestyle shot” or I want a shoefie with my #colormemani in it!

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Caption This

Then I craft a caption! This often comes to me mid edit or sometimes even mid shoot and I have to stop and jot things down real quick. Other times I’ll think of something in the early phases and write it down in my phone – you guys should see my notes section it’s bananas! After It’s written, I’ll add emojis to make it more me and get ready to publish!

Publish

Before I actually publish, I’ll link my photo with Liketoknow.it or through ShopStyle at colormecourtney.com/shop so my look becomes shoppable. If I’m going to use hashtags, I’ll prepare them in a note as well. If I’m going to use hashtags, I want to publish them in the first comment right after I publish the photo – so I’ll add the photo, tag, geo tag (this is very important and can really improve your engagement), go back and copy the hashtag, share the photo and then paste the tags into the first comment, woooo that sounds like a lot, but it’s not that bad I promise!

After the photo is live I try and respond to all of the comments, this takes a bunch of time but is  a great way to connect with my followers, so for me its worth it! Plus is boots your engagement for a post and helps it get seen by more eyes – so if you find yourself struggling to get seen, give it a try!

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SHOP THE LOOK


Shoes • $160–228  (Look for less • $43 )
Dress • $229  (Look for less here •  Here •  or here )
Bag • $366.81  (Look for less  • $98 )

Little Red Dress 2 Ways

27th April 2017

FullSizeRender-6Little black dresses are so practical, but also pretty boring, and little white dresses are soooooooo last year – so today we’re talking about red hot dresses sure to knock anyone’s socks right off, and styling my current fav two ways!      

I found this dress online during a shop bop sale and immediately added it to cart because its CA-UTE! But .. when I got it on it gave me no shape and did nothing for this body-ody-ody. UGH! SO I turned to my go to trick, a big black belt!

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Shop little red dresses at every price point


GOEN.J Ruffle Sleeve Dress • $340
City Streets Short Sleeve Shift Dress • $16
Black Halo Penelope Mini Dress • $207
Women’s Karen Kane Asymmetrical Shift Dress • $139
Fame and Partners Sasha Dress • $249
Women’s Adelyn Rae Fit & Flare Midi Dress • $128
Caroline Constas Lena Dress • $695
Black Halo Brooklyn Dress • $345
Black Halo Sanibel 2 Piece Mini Dress • $325
Diane von Furstenberg Tailored shift dress • $419
boohoo Kyra Frill Detail Midi Bodycon Midi Dress • $35
Petite Women’s Halogen Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress • $69
Women’s Leith Racerback Shift Dress • $49
Women’s Leith Stretch Knit Midi Dress • $69
Susana Monaco Off Shoulder Dress • $206–216
Women’s Lulus Cutout Back Tea Length High/low Dress • $82
Missguided Scuba Bow Detail Bodycon Dress • $38

A statement belt can save 70% of shapeless dresses, sometimes it won’t wok but for the most part you can get away with unflattering silhouettes with a bit of a nip & a tuck. This isn’t the first time a bold belt has come to my rescue, I shared how it saved me in the denim department last week on the blog (click here to read the post). 

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Shop statement belts for every budget


Wide leather belt with pearl Double G • $1,100
W. Kleinberg Leather Belt • $150
Linea Pelle Vintage Crosshatch Hip Belt • $87–124
Lovers + Friends x REVOLVE Chloe Belt • $98
Dolce & Gabbana Polka-Dot Belt • $445
Wide leather belt with Double G • $990
Pebbled Leather Belt • $49.50
Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Small Reversible Saffiano Leather Belt • $365
Gucci – Leather Belt – Beige • $420
Origami O Ring Belt • $178
Women’s Hinge Scallop Laser Cut Leather Belt • $49
Leather belt with pearl Double G • $650
B-Low The Belt Bri Bri Belt • $148
Women’s Another Line Skinny Western Belt • $48

This dress was an investment, so I had to make sure I could get my moneys worth! Using the same belt, I was able to take it from day to night by switching up the accessories. I went from platform sneakers & a pop of color, to a interesting color combo and a girly vibe with one quick switch!

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Shop The look (& look for less options under $100)


GOEN.J Ruffle Sleeve Dress • $340
Wide leather belt with pearl Double G • $1,100
Sam Edelman – Hazel Women’s Shoes • $85–120
Kate Spade New York Hayes Street Small Isobel Leather Satchel – Black • $328
MM6 Maison Margiela Women’s Women’s Platform Sneakers • $395
boohoo Rhia Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress • $35
Mansur Gavriel – Circle Leather Tote – Red • $1,095
Women’s Tahari Ruffle A-Line Dress • $76.80
Mansur Gavriel Calf Mini Mini Sun Bag • $545
Women’s Marc Fisher Ltd Emmy Platform Sneaker • $97.46
Opening Ceremony William Ruffle Sleeve Dress • $190
Rachel Ruffle Shift Dress • $9.99
Christian Louboutin So Kate 120 pink suede pump • $675
Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Dress • $22
Dune Aiyana suede courts • $79
Wide leather belt with Double G • $990
ASOS Pearl Double Buckle Waist And Hip Belt • $22
Mansur Gavriel Red Leather Circle Bag • $1,095
MANSUR GAVRIEL Mini Sun leather tote • $1,095
Gucci pearl logo belt • $650
Mansur Gavriel Leather Crossbody Bag w/ Tags • $575
Sam Edelman Mini Chiara Faux Leather Satchel – Blue • $88.80
Mansur Gavriel Orange Mini Mini Sun Tote • $545
Matt & Nat Obe Circle Crossbody • $130
Mansur Gavriel Handbags Vegetable-Tanned Leather Circle Bag, Rosa • $1,095

P.S. if you wanna see someone who is always killing it in the shit dress the department (without a belt) check out Carrie C of Wear Where Well

Rainbow Roundup – Colored Sunglasses

25th April 2017

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I’m not a big sunglass wearer, mostly because I like to show my face in photos. (Once upon a time I was all about shooting on sunnies, I touch on that story here in Blogging Outside The Lines) It’s definitely harder to shoot without sunglasses, I have to take about 3X as many photos and 75% of them are unusable (hence why I sometimes share the bloopers on @colormecourtney instagram stories) but I think it helps set me apart from other bloggers so I do it.Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 6.34.24 PM

Anyways, sunglasses are sometimes necessary, even if don’t want to shoot in them, you might want to wear them to complete a look or, you know, like protect you from the sun. When I’m shopping for sunnies, I like to pick colorful, bold pairs that can be a finishing touch on a rainbow sherbet look. I’ve been all about pink right now, so a pink pair of sunnies has been on serious rotation in my wardrobe. The other day, I found myself shopping for a yellow pair to add to my collection and realized that I know own pink, red, green and blue – so essentially I’m building a rainbow like I have done with shoes, bags and so many other styles.

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So if you’re into buying a pair of colored glasses or building a rainbow empire like me, I’m rounding up glasses in every color at every budget for you, ready go!

There are LOTS of product linked here in this post, you can click on any of the product pictures and the shopping link will open for you in a new tab, same with the actual links. If you find something you like, give it a click and keep reading, when you’re done you can look back at your tabs before deciding which products need a place in your closet. 

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Reddy for me to rock your world – Shop these red hot smokin’ frames.

One• $59  //  Two • $225 / Three • $195  // Four • $150
Five • $176  // Six • $79 // Seven • $250

Walking on Sunshine –  It takes a certain kind of girl to rock a bold yellow (or orange frame) if you’re that girl, these sunnies are for you.

One • $85  // Two • $270  // Three • $359  // Four • $175  // Five • $39
Six • $395  // Seven • $395  // Eight • $60  // Nine • $119  // Ten • $225
Eleven • $175  Twelve • $365  // Thirteen • $325  // Fourteen • $120  // Fifteen • $585

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Seeing Green? – If not, you will be with these bold sunnies, sure you turn you green with accessory envy.
One • $630  // Two• $69  // Three • $155  // Four • $45
Five • $190  // Six• $59  // Seven • $149  // Eight• $150
Nine • $225  // Ten • $176  // Eleven • $270

Got the Blues (or purples) –  If you’re a “cool girl” these tones will be perfect for your cotton candy colored collection


One • $80–128  // Two • $177  // Three • $190  // Four • $175  // Five • $24
Six • $60  // Seven • $175  // Eight • $420  // Nine • $177  // Ten • $140–165
Eleven • $60  // Twelve • $75  // Thirteen • $585  // Fourteen • $560  // Fifteen • $175

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Think Pink
  Want to see the world through rose colored? these pretty pink sunnies are for you!

One • $270  // Two  • $320  // Three • $375
Four • $155 // Five • $280  // Six • $55  // Seven • $585

See something you love but don’t like the price?
Don’t fret – HEY BUDGET BABES I GOTCHU!Untitled 9
Here are some seriously saturated sunnies all under $100, say whaaa
Click on the photo of the sunnies you like to shop, they’ll open in a new tab

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:

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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

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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!
Wildflower || Bored Inc || Valley Cruise || Ban.do

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

Hi Spring!

31st March 2017

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I’m obsessed with floral sundresses for Spring, they’re easy effortless and totally fun to wear! As you know, I’m a big fan of Old Navy and their effortless style for a killer price point, so I had a blast stocking up on Spring Styles to twirl in all season long.IMG_0851FullSizeRender 9

Earlier this week, I got to hang out with Old Navy at a fun spring event to celebrate the launch of their newest dresses. It was a great way to “Say Hi” to the season and showcase all the ways you can wear the perfect spring dress. Girls were dancing, doing crafts, making flower crowns and even skateboarding in their spring dresses … and somehow I summoned the courage to join them.FullSizeRender 5FullSizeRender 3

I feel the most confident when I’m comfortable, and the perfect dress from Old Navy always does the trick. I’ll wear mine belted with a utility jacket and heels, or sneakers and a denim jacket for something more casual (like skateboarding).FullSizeRender 10

Shop My Favorite Dresses:IMG_0963

Fit & Flare Cami Midi Dress for Women • Old Navy • $36.94
Fit & Flare Cami Dress for Women • Old Navy • $22
Off-Shoulder Chambray Tencel® Dress for women • Old Navy • $44.94
Printed Ruffle-Hem Shirt Dress for Women • Old Navy • $39.94
Fit & Flare V-Neck Maxi Dress for Women • Old Navy • $28
Chambray Tie-Belt Midi Dress for Women • Old Navy • $36.94
Striped Tie-Belt Midi Dress for Women • Old Navy • $36.94
Poplin Swing Dress for Women • Old Navy • $24FullSizeRender 6

If you want to get crazy cute for the season, Old Navy is offering up to 50% off dresses until April 9th (yay!). And to sweeten the deal, we’re teaming up to give away a styling session with me to get you into the spring of things! I’ll help you choose the best dress for your body & give you creative and fun ways to rock it! Enter here

Fit & Flare Cami Midi Dress for Women • Old Navy • $36.94
1″ Belt for Women • Old Navy • $7
Twill Utility Shirt Jacket for Women • Old Navy • $18
Embroidered-Graphic Denim Jacket for Women • Old Navy • $39.94
Poplin Swing Dress for Women • Old Navy • $24
Triple-Strap Block-Heel Sandals for Women • Old Navy • $32
Distressed Denim Jacket for Women • Old Navy • $39.94
Fit & Flare Cami Dress for Women • Old Navy • $22
Lightweight Printed Neckerchief for Women • Old Navy • $7

Big thanks to Old Navy and POPSUGAR for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own