Monday’s can always be a little bit sour when you have to return to the 9 to 5 (well, mine’s more of a 9-7) grind. But it’s even harder to get up and get going when you’re coming off a wonderful weekend with warmer weather – wow, that was a lot of dubs!
Vintage statement ring – it reminded me of Harry Potter :]
My weekend was full of running errands in my neighborhood, meeting friends for dinner and relaxing with Waffles, all while smiling at the sun and watching the snow finally start to melt…. I see you spring!
I’m loving my new tee from Lola & Lex. I’m not usually a big t-shirt wearer, because I prefer poofy dresses & twirl-worthy skirts but I feel in love with this one! It’s simple enough to pair with other loud pieces, yet stylized enough to stand on it’s own … plus it’s amazingly soft! Try giving your tee a girly twist by layering it over a collared shirt or tucking it into your fullest skirt!
i’m normally dripping in color, but today i paired pattern to dress up a day of grey!
i’ve been itching to step out in shorts but the lack-of-spring nyc weather has forbidden me to do so. to say warm (or just hide your legs) pair a cozy pair of plaid shorts with tights, you’ll look slimmer while staying toasty
dots on dots & plaid on plaid: to keep this outfit from looking boring on account of the lack of color, i paired patterns in the same color scheme to keep things interesting!
sweater: forever 21 // top: kate spade (try white for spring) // shorts: vintage // shoes: shoegasm // handbag: kate spade (outlet find) // arm party: idioms // sequin // forever 21 // rings: kate spade // wire wrap // sunnies: miu miu
casual courtney must have been listening to the song “grey or blue” by jaymay while getting ready this morning && it served as the subconscious inspiration for today’s outfit.
“your eyes are either grey or blue, i’m never close enough to say”
dress down an otherwise dressy pencil skirt by pairing it with riding boots && a boyfriend sweater. finish with tights, to keep from looking skimpy && a statement necklace to draw the attention up to your face while evening out your proportions!
Today we are putting your wardrobe to work by creating 3 different looks at out 1 core outfit!
with school, work, internships and presentations I have been a busy busy bee lately! On monday (when I wore this look) I started my day working at kate spade, then rushed to school for a presentation and ended with my night classes. I didn’t have time to change between these events, so I had to transform the outfit I wearing! Today, I will teach you how to do the same so you can take your look from work to weekend and back again.
Before we get started, take a look at the key pieces I used in all three looks…
Top: Cropped Top, Forever. Skirt: Handmade (similar). Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade (in stores). Glasses: Tom Ford*. Belt: All Wrapped Up Bow Belt in Black, kate spade (no longer available) (similar). Earrings: Gumdrop studs in aqua, kate spade.
now that we know what we’re working with, lets see the three “Courtney’s” I became throughout the day, starting with look one.
Look 1: Cute Courtney
First up was the flirty girlie look I started my day in: my Kate Spade work attire.
since I work at Kate Spade, are work attire is fun and bubbly with a little bit of whimsy. Spades also encourage statement jewelry and colorful touches. This wouldn’t be appropriate for a normal corporate job, but you could wear this for a shopping day, lunch with the girls or a day date!
(please disregard the gauze and bandages! I am not yet skilled at becoming culinary courtney and had a run in with my kitchen that left me burned! eek)
After work, I ran straight to my MBA program, where I had to do a presentation. For any school presentations I always dress “business casual” because when you look your best, you present your best!
everyone should invest in what I call a casual/corporate jacket that can easily go work or weekend. Putting it on easily dressed up this look! Mine reminds me of Jackie O! I also turned my high back cropped top around for a higher neck line.
Bracelets: Vintage Sparkle Bracelet, Vintage Gold Chain bracelet (similar, on sale), Vintage Pearl Bracelets (similar). Necklace: All Eyes On You, kenneth jay lane (I loved it so much I bought it in black too). Shoes: White Mary Janes, Jessica Simpson. Jacket: “Jackie O”Jacket, Vintage.
Look 3: Casual Courtney
After my 2pm presentation, I spent the rest of the day in classes, so I wanted to be a little more casual and comfortable, especially for my walk home!
I think the key to being casual and comfortable but still cute is to dress up your casual pieces like a denim jacket with unexpected accessories, like a bold broach and statement necklaces! Also I like to pair my super cute tennies with skirts and bold prints instead of basic denim.
Bangles: kate spade idiom bangles, diy decoupage bangles. Bracelets: Vintage Sparkle Bracelet, Vintage Gold Chain bracelet (similar, on sale) Vintage Pearl Bracelets (similar). Necklace: Double Exposure Necklace, Kate Spade (now on sale). Broach: Music Note, Vintage. Denim Jacket: Jean Jacket, H&M. Necklace: Gold Chains, Max & Chloe. Shoes: Tretorn Tennies, Kate Spade (NLA in black, similar in peach and blue.