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Seersucker Safari

13th June 2014

Today we’re going on a little style safari by pairing two different prints together, with a twist! I’m wearing Safari prints & seersucker – two contrasting patterns, but keeping it monochromatic in summer blues!

Pants: Rachel Roy Seersucker Boyfriend Jeans (old) shop these darling pants
Shoes: Zara Court Heel Pump Bow Tie Heel in powder Blue
Hat: Vintage Straw Summer Bowler (try it with the panama hat!)
Shop my favorite seersucker safari styles:
If you haven’t tried pattern mixing yet, shame on you! This fun trend came no the scene maybe five years ago, but has hung around becoming almost a basic! It’s especially fun for spring & summer where you can give a striped skirt a flirty twist by wearing it with a floral blouse! If you’re scared to try pattern mixing, ease yourself in with something simple – like I did in today’s look! Keep in monochromatic by sticking to a color pallet (try black and white) and use small, simple patterns (like seersucker) … after you dabble in this toned-down version of the trend I know you will want to give the more advanced versions a try!
What do you think about pattern mixing? Are you already a printed pro or is it something you are dying to try?!
photos by claire eliza
She’s off in Parie for the summer, photographing weddings and being fancy- I miss you, come back to the USA – Until she decides to grace our great nation with her presence, follow her instagram to find yourself in a constant state of jealousy! I think my summer Parisian vacay is vastly over due … Claire, next time you’re packing me with you, I promise I will fit in your carry-on!
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29th April 2014

Today I’m seeing Red… and wearing red, and standing in front of red, basically there’s just a whole lot of redness going on in this very bright post! Plus I’m sharing some amazing iPhone app action, so don’t toss tomatoes at me just yet :] … 

Skort: Zara Skort (love this one)
Top: Red Francesca’s Blouse (Similar)
Shoes: Converse (love this pair!)
Jacket: Nordies Leather Jacket (old)
Necklace: Zara Pearl Choker (similar here)
Ring: Vintage Lipstick Ring
 I fell in love the last years Zara skort, so when I saw this year’s new version I had to pick it up in not one but two colors, including this tomato red! And when I searched my closet for something to pair with it, I found this Francesca’s blouse… A perfect mash, they must separated at birth!

Where was I going in this red on red ensemble you may ask? Sunday brunch at Macando with The Claire Eliza and some of her perfect Parisian friends. Speaking of Claire, I feel like you guys basically know my talented friend and photo queen Claire Eliza because I brag about her so much! She takes a lot of my blog photos and travels the world photographing fabulous french weddings & fashion shows. If that wasn’t enough she also created the most amazing iPhone app, LandCam. The proof is in the pictures, all these photos were taken by Claire via iPhone 5 using LandCam!
The last one is just for fun, Claire edited it using an awesome Japanese App to create Courtney, the tomato-technicolor goldfish!
Photos by Claire Eliza via Landcam
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19th March 2014

 I’m playing stripe queen for a day! I said yes to graphic B&W and mixed color blocking with jail-bird stripes for a neutral mix with a twist! I’ve been feeling a little out of it lately, just overwhelmed and not myself. It’s not so fun, but outfits can be the perfect pick-me-up … and a little pattern play always does the trick!

// H&M Black White Color Block Full Skirt (similar) //
// Zara Black White Stripe Crop Top (similar here) // Zara Coat //
// Karen Walker Sunnies (similar under $60) // H&M Gold Rings //
// Black Coach Willis Handbag // Taylor Morgan Gold Link Bracelet //
// Kate Spade Booties (similar here) // Saks Belt from My Sisters Closet //

It’s MARCH… so it’s supposed to be Spring! But most days it’s still too cold to wear skirts without tights … and after months of doubling up to keep warm I’m SO OVER stepping into them. For this look, I opted for knee high socks instead! They kept me warmish without forcing me to pull on another pair of tights – where are you Spring!?
We also teamed up for NYFW, See all of the NYFW X Claire Eliza posts
XO Courtney Quinn

Pretty in Pink

17th March 2014

Although I love tulle and twirl-worthy skirts, super-girly colors aren’t usually my thing. But with pastels having such a big moment this spring and again this fall I decided to dabble with this darling MinkPink dress and matching beret. 

// Forever21 Black White Stripe Trench Coat (similar for $150) //
// Similar Stripe Coat under $130 // Similar Navy Stripe Trench under $60 // 
// MinkPink Fit Flare Pink Dress (also here) // Black Coach Willis Bag //
// H&M Big Black Bow Belt (similar) // Black Coach Nala Pumps // 
// Karen Walker Sunnies (similar under $60) // H&M Rings //
// C.wonder Gold Tassel Bracelet // Vintage Pink Beret // 

Since beanies can be a bore, I resorted to berets to keep warm this Winter…
and they allow me to continue pretending I’m in Paris, so that’s always a plus! I also found myself often wearing two pairs of tights, especially when I wanted to wear a lighter coat like like striped one. Fingers crossed that I won’t have to wear tights again until next fall. And a big black bow belt is something every bow-obsessed girl should have in her closet. It’s a easy way to add a flirty feel to any dress or skirt… I’ve even worn it over coats – it made me feel like a puffer princess!

MBFW // Closing Show

21st February 2014

Was fashion week really only seven days ago? It feels like a lifetime but left me feeling so inspired! I even ended up cleaning out my closet and getting rid of HALF of my clothes – more on that later. Last Thursday, I attended the closing show for Mercedes Benz fashion Week, FTL Moda + Art Loves Fashion featuring some of my new favs, Control Sector Altaf Maaneshia with my favorite photographer Claire Eliza.
The First (and sweetest) Pakistani designer to show at MBFW
Tailored street-style (menswear) with a twist – every piece makes a statement! Plus the Control Sector designers are so cool and the models aren’t too bad to look at, I always say yes to man candy!
Images by Claire Eliza // Full Control Sector story here

Call me selfish, but I love buying my boyfriend things that I can steal – Where do you think the “boyfriend” Jean trend started, some girl wised up… and stole them from her man! – So when I’m looking for man-gifts I think of him first, but wouldn’t completely hate the idea of potentially stealing his new goodies!
For today’s look, I borrowed from the boys and channeled my masculine side in a Control Sector sweatshirt & hat. They would make a great gift for any guy, and a great “boyfriend” piece for you to steal! I’ve been manning up lots lately, and wearing my guy’s (Paris) sweaters all season (here and again here), but I always add my own girlie touch! This was no exception, I dressed it up in true Courtney fashion with lady-like powder blue pumps (last seen here) & a bold vampire lip!  

Hat & Sweatshirt – c/o Control Sector
Bag: Coach // Pants: Current/Elliot (also here) // Shoes: Zara // Rings: H&M
Rings: H&M // Lips: Wet&Wild // Sunnies: Karen Walker (similar here)
More of my MBFW Moments:
or see more from Claire Eliza Photography

Little Boy Blue

19th February 2014

I’ve been borrowing from the boys more than I would care to admit lately. This act of rebellion is a bit out of character for me, seeing as I’ve been twirling since age two – well despite my tragic tom-boy phase, read all about my youthful lapse of judgement here. So for today’s inspiration, I paired boyish charm with menswear silhouette and the essence of Queen B (Blaire Waldorf) for a classic look that straddles gender lines.
Booties: C.wonder (similar here or splurge on these) // Skort: Zara (similar under $25) // Top&Bow: Asos (similar top here or just the bow here) Bag: Coach (with silver hardware here) // Coat: Zara // Sunnies: Karen Walker (similar here) // Lips: Ruby Woo by Mac // Rings: H&M
I don’t know what I did before the Zara skort. I thought this obsession would die when summer ended, but I have just found myself wearing it more and more… and more. It’s the middle of February, yet I still wore my white one over black tights this weekend…. what’s wrong with me? The only reasonable explanation is love, I am head-over-heels for the sassy skort – in black, white or blue. But since I was sick of feeling sporty, (my boyfriend does a cheer & makes fun of me when I wear it) I married my skirt-obsession with tailored pieces and a tuxedo vest to dress it up! What do you think, menswear-chic? Images by Claire Eliza
We also teamed up for NYFW, See all of the NYFW X Claire Eliza posts

Loving the location? These photos were taken next door to my “sitcom hangout”, Tea & Sympathy! Read all about it here.

XO Courtney

NYFW // Michael Kors

17th February 2014

I’m still recovering from my first fashion week experience.
Luckily, I had most of the week off – I don’t know how bloggers do it with full time jobs #FWcoma. So today I’m sharing my outfits & the highlights from Michael Kors Fall 2014! Plus I’ll clue you in on my secret for keeping warm(er) in a midi skirt … when it’s 18 degrees out, burr!

Skirt: Choices only $25 (love how this one brings the drama & this pink version for spring) // Faux-Fur Snood: Michael Kors (Old, Similar: onetwo (cashmere on sale, yes please!), three) // Top: Zara // Coat: Zara (see it here) // Bag: Kate Spade (love this lucite one) // Shoes: Zara // Lips: Ruby Woo by Mac // Rings: Vintage (my moms from the 80’s) // H&M
Oh, and look who we ran into outside the show (drum roll please) Karlie! She was so amazingly stunning I couldn’t even take it. I still cannot believe someone can be that beautiful in real life. Good thing Claire Eliza was there to capture the moment, I was too busy scrapping my jaw off the floor…
If my Karlie endued girl-crush wasn’t enough,
we were then graced with the presence of this gorgeous creature: half model half greek god. Once again, Claire & her camera too the rescue – by now I had melted into a useless puddle of stripes & sparkle on the floor, only identifiable by my red lipstick… But can you blame me? look at him! 
More models, and the mogul of the moment himself: Michael Kors
(Man, that’s a lot of M’s!)
 Over all, the collection was very No-Cal-Chic, in a crisp, cool way.
Here are my two favorites from this fur-for-all presentation:
Runway Recap // see the show for yourself!

Wan’t even more Michael? I’m also loving Blonde Episodes’ coverage and review of the show, Kori always tells it like it is // See her full post here
oh, and as far as keeping warm while baring your ankles in a midi skirt?
I cheat & keep my sweat pants on underneath. I know, I know – so unfabulous of me -but can you blame a girl? It was 18 degrees!!!! #sorrynotsorry
Photos courtesy of Claire Eliza
check out her other NYFW street style pics here

Runway photos via VOGUE
XO Courtney

Be Mine

13th February 2014

Love is in the air! And although I’ve been spending this week with my first love, fashion (sorry Paris), I haven’t forgotten about friday!
Dress: Zara (Obsessed with this one) // Clutch: moschino (similar here, here or here + 25% off) // Booties: C.wonder // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Turtleneck: Forever 21 // Coat: Zara // Bracelet: C.wonder (similar here or here +25% off) // Lips: Ruby Woo by Mac // Rings: H&M // Vintage: lipstick ring (love this broach here)
I love pink & red all year but it’s especially fitting for valentines day! What are you doing to celebrate this weekend? anything fun? I’ve never been very V-Day obsessed – I always preferred a slasher movie  to a romantic dinner – but it doesn’t hurt to dress the part! Plus, I sent out fun valentines this year to all my friends back home, tune in tomorrow when I share it on the blog!
XO Courtney

From A to Zara

12th February 2014

While walking home from work last Friday, I popped by Zara to pick up blue suede shoes, but and found myself staring at leopard these pants. I wasn’t sure if I liked them or hated them, so of course I had to buy them…. (because that makes sense). So without even trying them on (I know, I was feeling super daring) I said YES to leopard ciggys and this oversized “chic” shirt!
Oh hey, have you heard about this crazy thing called Fashion Week? of course you have, but you may not know that I’ve teamed up with the amazing Claire Eliza over the weekend and today I’m sharing her amazing images. More to come from us later this week… so stay tuned, cause we’re awesome (well, Claire is, I’m just a wannabe).

Wearing more Zara than most would at once, and refusing to apologize for it:
From Zara: Coat (last seen here) // Tee // Pants // Shoes
Sunnies: Karen Walker // Bracelet: C.wonder // Lips: Wet&Wild
Necklaces: Jennifer Rex – Clover (also love this one) // Zodiac 
Bag: c/o Francescas (love this one, last seen here)
Shop for your own leopard moment:
At the time of purchase, I didn’t realize my tee was as massive as it really is, oops! but I managed to channel my inner Tim Gunn into a make it work moment by tying the top up a bit and adding a tailored coat… which surprise, surprise, also happens to be from Zara. The crazy thing is I only own a few pieces of Zara clothing, and apparently most of them seem to be in this post, birds of a feather? Oh well… Zara, I hope you enjoy your free add campaign starring the shortest girl in the room. #thinkingskinnythoughts
Images by Claire Eliza
(she’s awesome … i’m beyond obsessed with her #girlcrush)
XO Courtney

NYFW x Claire Eliza

9th February 2014

Not to brag, My NYC group of gals is pretty cool. I have my life-long friend and former dance teammate turned blogger/Tommy Hilfiger designer Taylor, my High School Bestie and Stand-Up Comedian in the making Sheree and My Paris-obsessed Jetsetter slash Lawyer-to-be Sarah to name a few. Rounding out the group is an amazingly talented international photographer and the most amazing cook, Claire Eliza.
Fashion week has taken over NYC. I’m headed front row to Vivienne Tam tonight with WeChat, and Cynthia Rowley with Taylor next week, but spent yesterday morning at Lincoln Center with Claire as she captured some amazing street style pics, and today I’m sharing the highlights.

all photo by claire eliza 
Claire’s taken some of my favorite pics, more of those later this week.
Coat: Asos (similar here // just a little leopard here) // Dress: Vintage, last seen here // Shoes: Zara, also in black // Fur: Michael Kors //  Bag: Coach // Sunnies: Karen Walker (also here) //  Snood: Michael Kors (Old, Similar: herehere and here) // Rings: H&M // Lips: Wet & Wild 

P.S. here’s THE Claire Eliza
she also has the most amazing instagram…ever
Pop by her Tumblr here
and her website here
contact here at
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