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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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oj

26th August 2013

i love starting my day with a big glass of oj, it’s so refreshing so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear something fresh & fruity all day long!

you’ll never guess where I got this dress … it’s crewcuts as in baby j.crew! don’t judge me, i’m small-ish and my fashion has a child like sense of whimsy so i love to shop crewcuts!
jacket: h&m (only $30!) // dress w/ belt: crewcuts (love this lemon one on sale at cwonder) // shoes: nine west (also wearing these from target lately, only $30) // bag: kate spade // sunnies: karen walker (similar for $17) // arm party: idiom bangles // jcrew (cheaper version here) // vintage 
orange crush …
and i’ve been wearing fruit fashions all summer long! i’m sad that it’s coming to an end, but enjoyed it while it lasted. take a peek!
// zest //
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frizz

10th July 2013

these scorching summer days call for simple white, short shorts && a frizzy pony
the humidity has been awful, so i’m now just embracing my natural frizz and trying to make it work! i sleep with my hair in bun(s): one for loose waves, two for tighter locks and four for the curls; and scrunch the rest in the morning!

i’m also loosing some of my signature layers and switching to a simpler summer style, it’s just too hot for anything else!
top: necessary clothing (my new fav) // shorts: j.crew (love these sale ones) // bag: kate spade (loving this lucite clutch) // necklace: marc by marc jacobs (similar) // shoes: breckelles // sunnies: miu miu // bra: urban outfitters // arm party: vintage // j.crew // kate spade // rings: wire wrap // wire wrap (obsessing over this & necklace) // kate spade
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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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blair flair w// uptown tulips

11th December 2012

today’s post is a special treat: i’m teaming up with the fabulous bree of uptown tulips for a crazy amazing collaboration! together we’re delivering three seasonal style spotlight post style stalking some of our favorite fashionistas to create hot holiday looks, starting with Queen B!

i love this blair outfit, it just screams timeless glamour: her elegant accessories are classic princess pieces while the bold color choice keep the look young && fresh.
For my take, I attempted to channel blair’s regal whimsy while keeping it courtney.
 
nothing screams holiday like pink sparkles, except maybe a big giant bow! and luckily, this look has both! i used a bit of layering to bring the sparkle to this bow-tastic dress.

 I finished with sea foam shoes && girlie pearls! the shoe’s pop of pastel is very blair, plus it gives me a double dose of bows!

top: j.crew (try this one) // dress: vintage // necklace: francescas // shoes: kate spade // ring: kate spade // earrings: kate spade // fishnets: zara // arm party: sequin // j.crew (outlet) // kate spade // sequin // kate spade idioms // kate spade // j.crew // michael kors
As a guest blogger for Courtney today (eek!), I’ll start by introducing myself! I am Bree and am the founder and blogger behing Uptown Tulips. After obsessing over Courtney’s Style Spotlight feature, I was inspired to work with her on a few look inspired by our favorite icons. The first one, representing possibly my style icon and the envy of New York, Blair Waldorf, ladies and gents. As the “it girl” of the Upper East Side, Blair knows a thing or two about Christmas balls and fancy parties. I found this little number in a vintage store a few years ago. The cut defies everything that is traditional, straying from Blair’s classic side. Besides from the festive shade of green, this dress also A little glitter goes a long way. A lot of glitter goes way farther! The peacoat is a recent purchase and as soon as I got it, I knew it would end up in this post! After all, outerwear is Blair’s favorite accessory.
14 days until Christmas! Happy Holidays!
xoxo Bree
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well that’s all for today’s holiday collab! make sure to tune in next week for another tuesday holiday team up featuring zooey deschanel && make sure to follow the fabulous bree at uptown tulips to stay keep up with her fantastic style. until next time…
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tulle for two

10th December 2012

today’s post features twirl worthy tulle for two as waffles joins me in a sparkle statement look.

I pair a tiny bit of tulle with sparkly steps && basic black for girlie glam! 
fun fact: my belt is my mom’s from the eighties!!! she wore it over leotards while jazzercizing! (seriously! i couldn’t make this stuff up! but let’s hope she accessorized with leg warmers && a side pony). i love raiding her old closet for past treasures! that’s probably why i’m a secret hoarder (well not so secret anymore), because i’m afraid my future child may want to wear whatever i get rid of!
This season, try layering a statement necklace over your turtle neck! It can be an easy way to slim you down while adding some unexpected sparkle! I also like to layer my arm parties over long sleeve shirts!
 Oh && before you go, don’t forget the bow…
 turtle neck: j.crew // skirt: h&m // belt: vintags (thanks mom) necklace: j.crew // shoes: kate spade // sunnies: miu miu // earrings: kate spade // bag: kate spade // arm party: j.crew // sequin // kate spade idioms // forever 21 // kate spade // j.crew // necklace: francescas (diy statement pearls) // key chain: j.crew

&&waffles velvet holiday bow-tie is from petsmart. 
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stand out

7th December 2012

today we’re saying hello to holiday with a dash of green, a little bit of leopard and stand out sparkle.

one easy way to stand out is to be bold in black, but also dare to adorn a statement necklace for that extra pop of color.
you don’t have to say goodbye your short sleeve shirts just because the temperature has dropped, simply slip a long sleeve shirt with the same color as your tee underneath, to keep you warm while looking wonderful. 

 

 top: j.crew // shirt: h&m // denim: kate spade // necklace: j.crew // shoes: kate spade // rings: kate spade // wire wrap  // betsey johnson // sunnies: miu miu // earrings: kate spade // bag: moschino // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade idioms // kate spade // j.crew // michael kors
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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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