Category Archives: Trend Tracker

Wednesday Trends-day: Arm Party

18th July 2012

Wednesday is now Trends-day were we discuss all that is new and now!
& you are invited to celebrate today’s trends-day: arm parties.

Arm Party, Arm Candy, whatever you call this beautiful body bling, it is a show-stopping and easy to implement trend that you should take notice of!
You’re Invited to deck your arms with bling & bangles! No matter what your style, everyone can & should layer on the arm candy for a yummy look.
Here’s my personal party tool kit, the bangles & bracelets I use to bling it up.
one // two // three // four
Want to join the party? well you can! Here are two easy and affordable ways to get the look!
With arm parties three is the magic number, start with three bracelets and then add on as your candy collection grows. Try investing in a set of two brinke bracelets, then add a fabulous taylor morgan bracelet.
party on! 

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Trendy Kate

9th May 2012

today lets take a look at what’s trending at kate spade new york!
Today, I am breaking down some trends and showing you the easiest way to get the look all while featuring new arrivals at ksny (yay)! plus we will take a look inside my closet at my newest ks wardrobe additions.

first lets look at three spring and summer trends that are here to stay! They will even carry over to fall 2012.
Hot Colors:
as I mentioned in my previous post (lets get tomato soup delivered) tomato red is a hot right now, africa violet is also a unique and fun color for summer. Wear these colors together, or choose one for a head to toe monochromatic look or to use as the perfect color pop! 
Get the Look at KSNY: eyelet Selita dress (eyelets are another spring trend) $578, Arielle tee $178, Linen Viola Dress $358
Leopard print is always on trend, but the way you wear it changes. This years its all about pairing it with bright colors (like tomato red), wearing structured leopard pieces (like peplum tops) or giving it a flirty-girlie vibe (by piling on the pearls, or wearing a girlie dress). geometric and floral prints are also in, the blouse shown above kills both of these trends with one top.
Get the Look at KSNY: leopard Randie peplum top $268, abstract arielle tee $198
Color Blocked:
Colorblocking, thick and thin is a huge trend this year! Pick up the perfect blocked piece or do it yourself by pairing a solid top with another solid colored skirt. You can block with neutrals, colors or even neon!
Get the Look at KSNY: Striped kerrigan dress $498, color block tank $178, tricolor zahara dress $498
More great new products at Kate Spade include pretty pillows:
and of course, handbags
These bags are brilliantly basic. The bright colors and classic shapes can make the perfect basic bag for any fabulous fashionista. featured collections: A La Vita, Primrose Hill and Gold Coast
WWCD: What Would Courtney Do.
With all these amazing options, how could you expect a girl to just pick one? You can’t… and I didn’t! heres a peak at my new product purchase and the trends they apply to!
I don’t own any zebra (ghasp) so I made up for lost purchases with a perfect peplum randie top (animal & peplum, two trends in one) & a linen jillian bow dress. I also picked up this classy color blocked Celine dress as a fun trendy take on neutrals. Perfect cigarette pants are hard to find (especially with my body type) so when I found these perfect lipstick mandy pants in tomato red (also african violet and black) I had to pick them up!
What Would You Do?
I showed you mine, time to show me (or tell me) yours! Do you like my picks? if not, what products would you pick up? Or what trends are you dying to try?
Let me know, Cheers!

be buzzworthy

22nd March 2012

Lets discuss a creepy crawling trend that took flight last spring but is still buzzworthy for spring 2012, that I will be incorporating into this next look.

Top: Honeycomb One Piece, Modcloth. Skirt: purchased at a small boutique in New York. Belt: Gathered Bow Belt in Black Patent, Kate Spade (no longer available). Cardigan: Black Cropped Cardie, H&M. Shoes: Medugorje pumps in turquoise, John Fluevog. Clutch: Recital Farrah Piano Clutch, Kate Spade (nla). Tights: Sheer Polka Dots, Kate Spade (similar). Earrings: Gum Drops in Black, kate spade. Idom Bangles, kate spade. Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow Ring: Kate Spade.
Did you know…
That my top is actually a swim suit!?
 I buy a ton of swim suits, not because I swim (since I don’t swim… or go to the beach, sand… ew!) but because they make great tops! So this Spring, use what you have: If you have a cute tankini or one piece, pair it with a flirty skirt or high waisted shorts to reveal just a bit of skin and make the most of your wardrobe.
&& Did you also know…
I’ve done this before!? In a previous “obsessed” post featuring bralettes from about a year ago where I wore a swim suit top from asos.
A Do or a Don’t?
How do you feel about swim suits doubling as shirts? Is it a do or a don’t? and why or why not!?

Nude Sneakers

22nd February 2012

Check out this reader request from the always fabulous Jackie!
I too love the idea of tan converse Jackie, and we aren’t the only ones…

Get The Look:
Here are a few ways, places and styles so you can get the look!
From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:
I hope this helps Jackie :) Enjoy your new shoes!

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Watch it

29th January 2012

Tick Tock its time to Shop!
This post was inspired by a request from one of my favorite people: the always fabulous Katrina (co author of one of my favorite blogs Hey Little Birdie)
Although watches make a perfect purposeful accessory that all women love, I have yet to feature them on Color Me Courtney. So I am beyond thrilled that Katrina suggested such a useful and popular topic. Consider this post as your person shopping guide to fabulous fashion watches, all the featured watches will be under $500.

The Go to Watch:
In the past few years, Michael Kors watches have become the classic fashion watch. They are cute, simple and chic, but at this point you will find it on the wrist of all your friends as well. In order to stand out, I suggest upgrading to a unique style as featured below.
(Starting on the far left and scaling down)
Switch It, Change It:
One way to break out of the Michael Kors brand funk is to switch to an equally fabulous but refreshingly different look with a Marc Jacobs watch.
Switch To Square:
If you really want your wrist glitz to stand out from the rest, switch to a sassy square shape. This shape is a little more sophisticated and while still remaining fashionable.
Charmed, I’m Sure:
For an unconventional watch look that still does the time-telling job, try a charm bracelet! This option is one of my favorites because I find charm bracelets to be classic, chic and something every woman should own.
Bow Baby:
By now, you all know that I have a slight obsession with bows, so of course I had to explore the option of a bow watch! I was pleasantly surprised with what I found: elegant options with a flirty flair that add a girly touch to a somewhat masculine accessory.

Look for less:
Although a watch is a worth while investment, you might want a affordable option in addition to or instead of a high quality option. These watch steals will allow you to try out a trend (like colored bands) for cheap!
Asos $28, Style&Co $30, Asos $45, Target $20, DebenHams $25, Bakers $35, Asos $44, Bakers $48, Forever 21 $25, Asos $32.
Tick Tock, Its Time to Choose:
Take a peak at my favorite watch options, perhaps looking at my favorites will help you select yours!

Betsey Johnson Mesh Bow $83, Piaget Altiplano, Moschino Cheap&Chic $170, Bestey Johnson, Macy’s $95, BCBG Pilsse Bow $160, Betsey Johnson, Macy’s $125. 

shiny and bright

23rd January 2012

For our final Real Life Runway post, lets examine two wearable and affordable spring trends
Pretty In Pink
The Spring runway was covered in suits in all different sizes and pretty pink hues including hot pink shorts, light cropped blazers, tailored trousers and bright boyfriend blazers name a few.
Spring 2012
The inspiration?

Get this trend for cheap with amazingly affordable pink blazers!
Once you pick up a pink blazer, mix it up!
Pair your blazer with a colored pant for a fun yet sophisticated suit, try it with a pair of bright bermuda shorts (another hot item for spring) for a playfully unexpected look or go comfy chic by throwing on a striped maxi underneath! 
Metallic Madness
Another spring trend brightening up the runway was metallic materials and shinny accessories!
Diesel Spring 2012
Look Shiny for Less in these under $50 finds for the frugal fashionista
I hope you enjoyed the 12 days of 2012 and found some fun, frugal and fashionable ways to look fabulous this spring!

Peplum Party

20th January 2012

For our 8th day of the 12 days of 2012, lets celebrate another new spring trend!
Peplum shirts, skirts and dresses were all over the spring runway.
Spring 2012: Jason Wu, Thakoon and Rodarte 
Some of the prettiest spring peplums came from one of my designer favorites: Jason Wu
 Jason Wu Spring 2012
One of my absolutely favorite fashionistas Emma Watson was also seen walking the red carpet in a fabulous Jason Wu peplum look.
Emma Watson in Jason Wu
My Personal Peplum Party:
Dress: Forever 21. Tights: Target. Shoes: Gross Grain Glitter Heel Karolina, Kate Spade. Earrings: Kate Spade. Ring: DIY Domino. Belt: Gathered Bow, Kate Spade.
DIY Peplum:
Even before peplums were in style they were a silhouette I tried to wear often because they can be very flattering while looking high fashion. But back then they were so hard to find I often created my own and you can too!
Dare: try playing with pattern when creating your own peplum!
Dress: Forever 21. Skirt: H&M. Belt: Anne Klien. Shoes: Charlottes Russe. Bracelet: New York Charm, French Market. Ring: Forever 21 and Kate Spade. Earrings: Coach. 

Play with Pastels

19th January 2012

One of the spring trends for this year, that bloomed all over the runway was a color pallet: pastels

Louis Vutton Spring 2012
Ralph Lauren Spring 2012
Get inspired by these pretty pallets!
Pastel pieces are starting to pop up in some of your favorite stores (Kate Spade fans check back in march) But I was able to put together a look with a few solid pieces I already possessed.

Sweater: J.Crew. Skirt: Vintage. Belt: J.Crew. Shoes: Oxford Booties, Vince Camuto. Bangle: Henri Bendel. Purse: La Vida Small Carryon Suitcase. Earrings&Ring: Kate Spade. 

2012, the Year of Pattern

18th January 2012

2012 is the year of pattern in more ways then one!
As 2011 was the year of color at Kate Spade, now 2012 is the year of pattern, starting with january as a month filled with stripes.
Other patterns such as polkadots and fun florals will be featured throughout the year.

2012 is also the year of pattern because of two hot spring trends: Bird Prints and Abstract Art inspired patterns.
What fun patterns will you be testing out this year?