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Sole Mate

3rd March 2014

MBFW has come and gone, but one of my favorite memories still lives close by, in my closet! A few weeks ago I decided I hated all my clothes, and started giving things away or selling them on eBay, and shoes were no exception. I’m just over all my heels, and since I like to add 3 inches to my daily wardrobe, a lack of heels in my life just isn’t an option. So a few days before Fashion Week, I headed down to Zara to purchase my newest shoe obsession, these baby blue tie pumps!


I usually don’t like a pointed toe pump, because they’re almost always uncomfortable and sometimes look witchy. But I instantly fell in love with shoes Zara beauts, so much so I wore them to every NYFW week I attended. The snow didn’t stop me from strutting my stuff (and usually freezing to death) in the most darling pumps around.
one with Control Sector // two at Vivienne Tam // three // four
Aside from my 30 block walk in the morning, I wear heels everyday so I had to add something new to the collection (or lack there of) and I’m so glad I went with these powder blue pumps. This baby blue hue had a big moment at MBFW, and I even picked up a comparable nail polish color this week. Overall, I’m saying Yes to powder blue in more ways than one.
Shop my shoes here // they also come in black

Images by Claire Eliza
XO Courtney
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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
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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
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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
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MBFW // Control Sector

11th February 2014

I’ve never wanted to be a man more than I do today.
Okay, that’s a little bit of a lie … I had a hardcore Tom-Boy phase as a child where I only responded to the name Jet and closely resembled Lil’ Bow Wow – but those are dark days that I have since blocked out.

You can usually find me in twirl worthy skirts and blindingly bright lipstick, but MBFW designers of Control Sector have me contemplating changing my ways … and perhaps even my gender? Okay, I’m being riduclous, but so is this line … riduclous in the most amazing way.
After launching in June 2013, this fashion threesome (Two brothers Luke & Adam plus their design partner Maxwell) have created a unique lifestyle brand with an aggressive mix of influences. Bold prints meet oversized length in a functional yet unconventional collection that is still wearable! How do they do it? They’re awesome, that’s how. Their goal – make every piece a closet staple (well that puts my goal to never leave the house without lipstick to shame, thanks for that Control Sector) and if those aren’t words to live by, I don’t know what is!
Control Sector is shaking things up this year at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by showcasing their re-invention of traditional menswear. This is not your boyfriend’s boring sweater (which I have come quite fond of wearing lately, maybe my suppressed Jet is trying to escape. Say it isn’t so!) – their lifestyle brand is the re-invented and non-tradiational line my inner Jet has been searching for. Their show will take place Thursday at Lincoln Center and collection will appear in stores across North America this spring. Make sure to follow along via twitter & Instagram to share in my VIP access to this exciting brand. 
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MBFW // Altaf Maaneshia

11th February 2014

photos via Regard Mag unless otherwise indicated
Oh how I love a fashion first, especially during NYFW
The talented Altaf Maaneshia is making history this week when he becomes the first Pakistani Designer to ever show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. He will be closing out MBFW this Thursday the 13th at 5pm in an epic show.

Maaneshia is one to watch. He merges high-end couture with contemporary fashion for out-of-the-box sense of style… so of course I’m obsessed. Think the late, great Alexander McQueen meets Dolce & Gabbana in a dual-functional way.. His collection features geometric angles sprinkled with silver accessories, plus a wide range of fabrics such as leather, wool and tweed (oh my).

Modern day media has given the fashion industry a bad wrap to the untrained eye. Forget what the crazies of Project Runway and The Devil Wear Prada may have taught you – “By all means move at a glacial place, you know that thrills me” kind-hearted people really do exist in this industry. and Altaf Maaneshia is the proof. He’s one of 11 designers presenting their collections ins support of the AIDS healthcare foundation!

Hey … Did I mention that he’s the first ever Pakistani Designer to show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week? Of course I did, but I have to say it again – it’s just that dang cool. 

Altaf Maaneshia will be making his sparkling NYFW debut Thursday at Lincoln Center. I’ll be in attendance (cheers to that) and even hanging out back stage, so follow along on instagram & twitter for first hand access to this AMAZING designer.
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MBFW // Vivienne Tam

10th February 2014

I had a blast last night with Vivienne Tam & WeChat  – an awesome new app that provided front row and VIP access to everyone, read all about it here. My VIP Access granted me pre&post backstage access and made me feel like a celeb! Now I’ve stepped back down to earth and am sharing the highlights!

Throughout the show, fans & fashion-goes alike posted about their reactions, LIVE. It was an experience unlike any other, and I’m sure it made it extra special for those streaming at home. I loved being apart of this unique fashion feedback, and can’t wait to see how WeChat continues to create memorable moments for future fashion weeks and other events. 
Jumpsuit: Vintage // Shoes: Zara // Belt: Saks 5th via My Sisters Closet
Bracelet: C.wonder // Coat: Zara // Bag: Kate Spade // Rings: H&M 
Make sure to download the WeChat app to keep the convo going
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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 PHOTOS BY CLAIRE ELIZA



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 hello@claireeliza.com
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