Category Archives: J.Crew

A Smidge of Sparkle

17th November 2013

Holiday season is around the corner (okay, who are we kidding, holiday season is here!) and this swanky season is full of fabulous parties! So today I’m sharing my simple yet sparkly recipe for the perfect holiday look: lbd + red lip + sparkle = party perfection
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i found this lipstick print on a wall in my neighborhood and I had to snap a pic! I’m wondering if it was meant to be cheeky art or just evidence of the most fabulous mugging ever!
a little black dress is the perfect way to play it safe while still looking chic for any event, but adding the statement red lip and a little bit of glitter help elevate this classic look by giving it a sparkling twist! Try pulling your hair back while going light on the accessorizing, it will really let the lips & the shoes shine! If minimal accessorizing isn’t an option for you (I don’t really do minimal, understated is overrated!) stick to the color-scheme by pairing a black belt & bag with metallic jewels. 
Don’t compromise on comfort! Cozy up with a contrasting coat to keep you warm on your way to your sparkling soirée.

// lbd: vintage (loving this one, it gives you the dramatic fit & flare feel!) // belt: h&m (old, similar herehere and here) // pumps: j.crew // lipstick: mac (I also love this one by nars) // bag: kate spade

Before you go, I wanted to share a story about this dress. It’s a vintage party dress straight out of the sixties, it’s fitted, flared and fits like a dream. I found it at my favorite vintage store in San Francisco (I also love this one), it was a wee bit pricey, but also in mint condition and felt like it was made for me … so I just had to take it home! The owner of the store is also the most fascinating man, he even scoured the country and curated all the men’s accessorizes for the recent Great Gatsby remake! If you’re ever in San Francisco you’ll have to shop the vintage boutiques at in Haight Ashbury and be sure to pop by Mystery Mister!

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grapefruit

5th August 2013

I’m a sucker for a bright color combo, so when I was itching to wear my favorite neon yellow shorts, I reached for a bright salmon top and voila a citrus inspired look!

top: t.j maxx (similar) // shorts: jcrew (love these jeweled ones) // belt: j.crew (try this one) // bag: kate spade // shoes: breckelles (last seen here and here) arm party: j.crew // vintage // j.crew // kate spade // wire wrap 

before you go, freshen up with some citrus inspired shopping >>

shop these looks 

skirts: coral // yellow || polish : coral // yellow
bags: coral // yellow || shoes: coral // yellow
feeling fruitastic? pop by my zesty lemon looks featuring c.wonder products!

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a lobster in the city

25th June 2013

sunday morning’s should be spent hunting for vintage books at a street fair in soho, and sunday afternoon’s are for enjoying lobster grilled cheese on a stoop with your frenchie.
vintage books have become my newest obsession, so when I heard one of my favorite city thrift shops was hosting a street book fair in soho, I couldn’t resist! I mean who can say no to coffee table books for $1! 

i was lucky enough to share my day with my favorite blonde bombshell, miss channing pickett (see how we celebrated her birthday here) and a little french man waffles. oh, and did i mention we found a lobster food truck, and said yes to lobster grilled cheese?
skirt: j.crew // tee: joe fresh // wedges: nine west via tj maxx // belt: forever 21 (love these skinny belts) // handbag: kate spade (other colors) // necklace: vintage (similar in pink, similar with daisies) // arm party: j.crew // kate spade // sunnies miu miu
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tomato, tomahto

2nd June 2013

 i’m not too fond of tomatoes to snack on but have no problem looking to this vibrate veggie (it’s technically a fruit, but i can’t quite commit to calling it one) for outfit inspiration!

tomato red is a bold color choice, but pairing it with a contrasting color opposite of red on the color-wheel can give it an extra pop! and finishing with black & white takes the look to another level.


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this summer, skip the shorts and try a full skirt instead! it will keep you cool, but add an element of sophistication to your summer style! if you don’t happen to have one, try converting a skirt!

top: zara basic // dress: kate spade (worn as a skirt) try this one! // handbag: kate spade (similar) // necklaces: vintage // jcrew /// sunnies: karen walker // shoes: kate spade (similar) //  ring: kate spade // arm party: j.crew // kate spade // wire wrap // vintage

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tulle town

19th March 2013

after taking a few weeks off to manage my move to nyc,
i’m finally back to blogging! && today we take a twirl in tulle.


sequins && tulle can make a girl feel like a queen,
but today i took a new take on twirl && gave it a casual twist.

when pairing two statement pieces or even mixing patterns, use black (or a neutral) to break it up and keep the look for going over the top. 
also try mixing your mediums! this look started out girlie, but the menswear inspired vest && casually chic boots give it some unexpected edge. 
shirt: j.crew // skirt: h&m (love this one from ktr, she will be back to selling soon) // belt: kate spade // tuxedo vest: halogen (love this one) // boots: shoegasm (my new favorite) // black tights //  bag: kate spade (outlet find) // ring: kate spade // arm party: sequin // kate spade idioms  // vintage // kate spade charm bracelet // j.crew // sequin

before you go…
now you can view all my past outfits in one location:
thanks again for giving me a break during my move!
&& stay tuned: apartment && nyc pictures still to come.
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spots && sparkle

20th December 2012

i finally have my blog back && i’m celebrating with a few of my favorite things: spots, sparkles && my main man waffles.

by now you all know that i’m a wee bit polka dot obsessed, so i couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pair spots with some sparkle by featuring my newest j.crew purchase!
can you ever have too many polka dots? i really don’t think so! but when daring to dip yourself in so many polka dots, try to stick tame it down by sticking to a basic color pallet (like my black && cremé). to keep it from feeling to muted, i added a red lip && bow belt for a pop of color!
believe it or not waffles doesn’t own a polka dot sweater (gasp) … well not yet! so he paired his black && white french themed collar with his classic b&w sweater (a gift from momma deuce! thanks lady we love you). while i kept the polka dot theme going with my domino ring && chunky pearls.
 top: j.crew (on sale! also comes in white)// skirt: h&m // belt: kate spade // necklace: francescas (diy statement pearls// shoes: kate spade // sunnies: kate spade // bag: kate spade // rings: domino // wire wrap // betsey johnson // arm party: j.crew // sequin // kate spade idioms // forever 21 // kate spade // j.crew

&&waffles is wearing a black && white contrast sweater
As some of your may know, my blog was recently stolen (hence my unplanned absence) but after a fight I was able to gain it back! Many of you reached out to me and were so kind && supportive of my situation, so I wanted to take a chance to express my gratitude! 
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grey or blue

29th November 2012

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!
 
sweater: forever 21 // purse: kate spade (outlet find) // skirt: vintage (try the j.crew no. 2 pencil skirts, so many colors) // tights: modcloth // necklaces: pealrs (make your own) // boots: nicole // rings: kate spade // wire wrap x2 (customizable && great for gifts) // vintage // sunnies: miu miu //earrings: kate spade // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade idioms x9 (old-ish) // kate spade // vintage // j.crew 
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tinkerbella

28th November 2012

for this look, all you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust… oh, and a sprinkle of kate spade whimsy && a dash of j.crew amazing-ness doesn’t hurt either.

i was feeling a little bit magical today! so i channeled my child-side for a tinker bell inspired look!
i tried to do j.crew justice by pairing my sequin shirt from a few holiday seasons ago (luckily they redo similar versions every year) with my crew cuts (embarrassing, i know) layered tulle skirt && pops of sea foam!
&& as always, piled on the accessories that included girlie pearls and bits of bling to bring a slight twinkle. 
shirt: j.crew (last seen here) // purse: kate spade // skirt: j.crew crew cuts // tights: kate spade (they sparkle!) // necklaces: diy (make your own) && francescas // shoes: kate spade (not online yet, but in stores) // belt: j.crew // rings: kate spade // wire wrap x2 (customizable && great for gifts) // vintage // sunnies: miu miu //earrings: kate spade // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade idioms x9 (old-ish) // kate spade // vintage // j.crew 
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Summer Sizzle

25th July 2012

Today’s look is a bold & spicy take on a summer look
I’m in la la love with my zebra peplum top, it pairs perfectly with pencil skirts and ciggy pants, but today I switched it up by pairing it with bright colors & summery pieces.


peplums are so on trend now & can be a great way to fake a tiny waist! pair your peplum with a skinny belt and something hip hugging like a pencil skirt or high waisted shorts. To pump this peplum up for summer, I added a flower pin to keep it fun and flirty.

by the way, did you notice what’s new and hanging on my hip? it’s a teeny tiny vintage moschino… yes moschino bag! A fabulous find that I picked up this weekend and I’m ob-sessed.
top: kate spade (also available in leopard) // shorts: j.crew // belt: vintage // shoes: kate spade // handbag: moschino // earrings: kate spade // arm party: juicy couture // kate spade // j.crew // scrabble ring
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Bee Bright

17th July 2012

Today’s look is another neon one, but this time I paired it with black for a bee inspired bright look.

 Once again, were paying neons with neutrals to keep it from going bad eighties.

The look itself is quite simple, with only two colors and three pieces, but the jewelry and fun clutch helps quick it up a notch.
 
 Sweater: J.crew // Skirt: Basic Black // Shirt: Black Button Up // Shoes: Miz Mooz // Clutch: Kate Spade (old) // Earrings: Kate Spade // Glasses: Tom Ford // Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane // Necklace: Kate Spade // Lipstick: Rouge In Love, Lancome // Arm Candy: Kate Spade Bangles // J.crew Pave Link // Kate Spade Lady Marmalade // Forever 21.
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