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Luxe on the Low

9th November 2017

IMG_1660We find ourselves in that fun/weird in-between where its still fall, but holiday prep is still in full swing! It’s probably one of the best times for fashion because you have the ability to mix your fall essentials without having to be too bundled yet (although we have a few cold days coming in NYC so I won’t speak too soon).    IMG_1714IMG_1738

Anyways one way to take advantage of the in between is to mix fall’s go to type, with holidays’ must have texture, and do it all in the season’s go to hue! So today I’m styling this velvet blush bomber from Macy’s and showing you how I dress it down with some of my favorite fall pieces

I’m all about velvet right now,, so naturally I was drawn to this velvet tee & velvet bomber – the bomber was surprisingly affordable despite its “luxe look” so I paired it with other glam-esque pieces to complete the look. Because of the weather, I opted to pair sneakers with tights, a kind of odd combo but I like the end result!

Macy’s is always a go to shopping spot for me, and the flagship in New York is super fun and festive this time of year. If you’re interested in getting some shopping done and maybe meeting a celebrity too, join me at Macy’s tonight for some serious fun!

Austin Mahone will be there with Fossil all to support the ASPCA (a big passion project for macy’s) It’s all going down Friday Novemver 10th at 5PM. There will be a Q&A Along with a meet and greet for select fans. Hope to see you there, you can find me on the dancing piano lol!IMG_1681

SHOP VELEVT & LUX PIECES FROM MACY’S

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About Last Night

7th November 2017

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Excited to kick of the holiday styling season with Nine West and their crazy fun holiday theme.IMG_0645IMG_0644

This year, their holiday campaign is centered around the idea of “about last night” where anything can happen when you’re in the right outfit #obvi. To celebrate that, I took their must have thayer pump (which comes in about 7 different styles / colors) and gave each sku a “personality” for different ways you might wear it, so here we go!IMG_0659
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Prints on Parade

Heading someone conservative this season like a church party or dinner with the inlaws? Take your favorite party dress and layering over a turtle neck for an unexpected turn. To keep things fun a vibrant try playing with your prints by pairing this fun patterned pump with a dark and moody floral dress, saturated stripes or out of the box polka dots!IMG_0657 IMG_0658

A Little Bit of Leopard

Don’t underestimate a black pump, it’s not as basic as you would think. A must have black pump is a staple in every wardrobe, but this one is a little different the satin finish and fringe details give it an unexpected edge, I played off this and paired it with a leopard suit you could wear out with the girls, to a work party or pretty much anywhere you’re trying to make a statement.

 

Cranberry Sauce

A go to holiday hue is always that perfect cranberry red, so why not make the most of it with a monochromatic look. Since monochrome is totally trending right now, pair burgundy pants with a matching colored top and accessories. For bonus points, pair a matching belt and lip! This look is casual enough for a friends-giving dinner, ice skating & hot chocolate date or your annual secret santa exchange with the girls!

Golden Girl

If you tune into my weekly IG live s (monday nights whatsup!!) you know my go to combo this season is a sweater & midi skirt, you can dress it up with a metallic moment or down with a casual sweater & sneakers. For this look, I took a glam approach by pairing an oversized golden sweater with a matching gold pleated skirt and the thayer pump. I love a monochromic moment like the cranberry sauce look above, but here’s a little bit of a dressier way to rock it.

Purple Please

Takes these pretty purple pumps for a while and pair them with an equally fun feather purple coat. I layered it over a velvet teal dress for an extra layer of dimension – doubling up on fun textures like feathers & velvet makes this look perfect for a night out with the girls or a holiday cocktail party that you really want to make a statement at.IMG_0643IMG_0652

Thanks for reading! You can shop my go-to pump at NineWest.com

Thanks to Nine West for sponsoring this post

Nightime Routine

6th November 2017

FullSizeRender 2Today’s post is all about going to bed better & waking up refreshed. It was created in partnership with Better Homes & Gardens & Quaker® Overnight Oats

So here we go:
My nighttime routine with Quaker® Overnight Oats FullSizeRender 3  Having a great day usually starts with having a great breakfast and a great night before, two things that I’ve been guilty of not prioritizing in the past. Recently inspired by the Better Homes & Gardens 30-Night Challenge, I worked really hard these past few weeks to create more healthy habits and it has really done wonders for my quality of life and work in general!

I still have a long way to go, but I wanted to take a chance to show my nighttime routine to you so you can see some of the steps I’ve taken the night before (and sometimes the morning of) to have a more successful day.

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So my night starts with a little outfit and meal prep. I take to my now rainbow colored closet and decide what I’m going to wear the next day, this usually depends on what I have going on – some days I work out and work from my office most of the day so I’ll just hang out in lounge wear or a comfy dress and other days I have meetings on meetings squished between meetings.

After my outfit is prepped and ready to go, I get my oats a-soaking by opening up Quaker® Overnight Oats and filling the cup with milk. This product makes it super easy to cold-steep your oats overnight and wake up ready to eat, all you have to do is pour milk to the line drawn in the cup and stick that sucker in the fridge over night.

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Most mornings are a good time for me to post on instagram – usually before 8am does really well for me because most people wake up and look at the phones first thing. So before I go to bed, I like to plan out what I’m going to post in the morning including editing the photo and the caption before saving it to my drafts, this gives me more time to spend eating breakfast or relaxing in the AM and leaves me with less stress before I sleep.

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So after I’m all prepped for the night, I wash my face & moisturize to help me wake up #flawless. Sometimes I’ll do a mask or treatment but I like to keep it simple. I also drink a giant glass of water about an hour before I go to bed – this helps me stay hydrated, does wonders for my skin but most importantly serves as a mini alarm clock because I have to wake up in the morning because my bladder is full lol!

Turn it off

One of the pro tips I got from the Better Homes & Gardens slideshow, this is my biggest issue with falling asleep at night so happy to know it’s not just me! I spend almost all day looking at my computer or phone, so my brain is just wired and not ready to go to sleep. I used to try and fall asleep watching TV because you guys know I LOVE tv especially at night, but that would keep me up for hours – especially if I was watching something spooky, which I kind of love. Now I have to be really diligent about turning everything off an hour before I go to sleep and not bringing my computer into the bedroom. I even do things like set my alarms on my both my phone and iPad outside of the bedroom, and set up my podcast before hand so that I don’t need to use my devices in the bedroom. Finally I’ll turn them on night mode so they’re on do not disturb and the screen is less bright.

For the record this is my goto routine for weekdays but sometimes on the weekends, I’ll treat myself to TV before bed – but I’ve found I perform a lot better the next day when I keep things powered down.

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Now I’ll usually start a podcast, and sync up my wireless headphones. I live with my boyfriend, Paris but we have different sleep schedules – while he needs 8-10 hours, that leaves me groggy and causes me to oversleep. For me, that 5-7 range is better, so I like to use my wireless headphones to listen to podcasts or even watch TV when he’s already asleep and I’m still prepping for bed.  I only wash my hair once every three days, so I have to wrap it in a bandana or curlers when I sleep to help cut down on my morning prep process. I’ll turn my wireless headphones on super loud and wear them around my neck at first so I can wrap my hair, then I’ll turn them down and put them on my ears.

Socks on

I’ve learned I sleep so much better when the house is colder and I’m wearing socks. I think this is a tip I picked up on the internet but have really become obsessed with. Now when I don’t sleep with socks, I sleep less soundly and wake up groggy – the socks help me get a cozy, uninterrupted night sleep.

Light Mask

While I’m still listening to my podcast (I’m really into my favorite murder right now because I like kind of scary funny things) I set my iPad across the room, plug my phone in next to me and get into bed. Finally, I start my light mask! Nighttime is the best time to do a little pampering, just like my friends do at Better Homes & Garden. A few months ago I got to try out a light therapy mask which uses light to kill acne bacteria. Although it does help my skin, I’ve also found that it relaxes me and puts me to sleep faster than anything else I’ve tried, so its become a big part of my nightly routine. I close my eyes and turn on the mask, laying there in darkness plus the light from the mask with my eyes closed usually tires me out quick. The mask runs for ten min, but when its done I pop it on my bedside table and am usually asleep in 5 min or less.

A few months ago it would take me hours to fall asleep, and I would often stay up all night stressing about my todo list for the next day or upcoming projects. This process has really helped me go to bed better and wake up feeling great. Aside from having a structured routine, eating breakfast every morning has made some serious changes to my energy level and productivity. I don’t really like breakfast because I don’t eat eggs so most things are off the table, plus I’m always too lazy to make anything in the morning and often don’t have much time – including Quaker® Overnight Oats has taken away all of my “no breakfast” excuses and made it so easy for me to have a yummy breakfast every morning leading me to eat less during the day and be more productive in all aspects of my life. You can learn more about the yummy Quaker® Overnight Oats and flavors here!

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I hope you guys liked learning about my nighttime routine and it helped you learn some new things to try! You can really hold yourself accountable by joining in the Better Homes and Gardens® 30-Night Challenge. Let me know if you have any tips about getting to bed better or waking up feeling awesome in the comments below!

Spice Up Your Life

30th October 2017

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In honor of halloween (my favorite holiday) I teamed up with some of my favorite blogger friends to dress up as the one and only SPICE GIRLS! Press play to spice up your life!

Special thanks to my friends @krystal_bick (Posh) @lexiconofstyle (Ginger) & Courtney (sporty) / Kelly ( of @mimosasmanhattan for making my spice dream a reality & playing along!

IMG_4559IMG_4560IMG_4561Ps if you liked this post, check out my other #colormecrew post here. I’m trying to do more of these so stay tuned!IMG_4563

Villains

25th October 2017

Happy almost halloween!
Every year I do fun DIY halloween costumes made from costumes you can create mostly from your closet, or from pieces you’ll wear again in real life! Last year I did princess, & today I’m doing Villains!

Cruella De Ville From 101 Dalmations
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Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
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Ursula from The Little Mermaid
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Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
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Evil Queen from Snow White
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Captain Hook from Peter Pan
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Dark Florals: 1 Dress / 5 Way

24th October 2017

I like for my clothes to work overtime, I’m talking each piece I own should be worn like 5 different ways (or more). So today I’m putting my wardrobe where my mouth is and showing you 5 different ways to rock one floral dress. Take a look:

Shop The Look:
Mansur Gavriel Leather Circle Bag • $1,095
Spell and the Gypsy Collective Sayulita Frill Mini Dress • $184
Rag & Bone Alley Striped Web Leather Oxfords • $180
Women’s Topshop Blaze Faux Leather Biker Vest • $95
Wide leather belt with pearl Double G • $1,200
Marc Fisher LTD Wanya Stacked Heel Leather Boots • $229
European Culture Sumptuous White Vest • $302.40
THE CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL COMPANY Handbags • $102
Steve Madden Editor Block-Heel Booties • $129
Women’s Common Projects Original Achilles Sneaker • $411
Refined Crepe Trench Coat • $229–259
Mansur Gavriel Mini Moon Suede Clutch • $295
Gold Sequin Pumps • $221
ENGLISH FACTORY Metallic Satin Pleated Skirt • $100
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Carrie T-Strap Leather Pumps • $355
LAVEER Boyfriend Blazer • $495

5 Ways to rock a floral dress:
With Leather: Leather works with almost anything, including this dress. I tied it up at the top to off set the edginess of the boots & leather vest combo.
With white: Adding a little bit of mod with my favorite sixties booties & a white trench
With a pleated skirt: Tuck your dress into a pleated midi skirt, I choose to dress mine up with a clutch and sparkle pumps
With a tench skirt: Tuck the sleeves of your trench inside, and belt it to create a layered skirt over your dress.
With a blazer: Dress it up for the office with a blazer & heels, or take it for a night out with an oversized blazer for a downtown feel.

With Dark and moody florals are perfect for fall. From flowy dresses to blouses, this print can be the perfect way to add color to your fall style without overly committing. To get you started, here are some of my floral favorites who aren’t afraid to walk on the dark side, plus they’re all under $100
Shop Dark Floral Dresses:
boohoo Tall Ella Dark Floral Tea Dress • $36
Floral Smocked-Waist Midi Dress for Women • $42
ASOS Bardot Long Sleeve Skater Dress In Dark Base Floral Print • $18
Glamorous Tall Wrapover Belted Tea Dress In Dark Floral Print • $62
boohoo Tall Kylie Dark Floral Shirt Dress • $28
Nobody’s Child Tea Dress With Button Front In Dark Floral • $40
boohoo Tall Aenea Dark Floral Wrap Dress • $14
ASOS Wrap Front Tea Dress with Frill in Dark Floral • $45
Club L plus Dark Base Floral Print Summer Dress with Special Sleeves • $40

Let’s talk changes

21st October 2017

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One of my favorite things about New York is a trip to the Bodega. Bodegas carry everything I need, from flowers for a shoot to a quick drink. I frequent my Bodega’s quite often, sometimes as much as 3 times a week and they always makes me feel so classic NYC. Bodegas carry an assortment of items, making them the perfect spot to shop if you want to discover new items to bring variety to your everyday purchases.FullSizeRender-2

Because I’m all about embracing change and new things, thinking about this inspired me to share my hair journey, as well as my go-to look for running errands in the West Village, all inspired by Herbal Essences’ newest bio:renew collections. My look is a floral dress, a big tote to carry everything on my list and yellow booties, because why not!FullSizeRender-7

I like to take a chance with my style and my hair, so I love brands like Herbal Essences that empower others to do the same. As you may have noticed, about this time last year I made a big change to my hair – I started to wear it curly with my natural texture instead of straightening it as I had done for so many years before. It was really tough to switch, I had to learn and try new products and get a new hair routine, but the biggest impact it had was on my self-esteem. It really messed with me, I looked so different in the mirror with curly hair and felt like it affected the way I had to dress, act and do everything else. I had about a month where this change really shook me. Since I only wore my hair curly when I was young, I felt like I looked like a child which upset me … and then I was even more upset that I was letting my hair have this effect on me.FullSizeRender-5FullSizeRender-6FullSizeRender

Now about a year later, I love my curly hair and I’m thankful for the journey this change put me on. In the end, I guess the moral of the story is that change is good, but you won’t be able to always see that right away. I think a lot of people like to think that if you make a big change to your hair it will change everything, and it can! Changing my hair has changed the way I see things and girls represented in the media, it’s changed my morning and nighttime routine, my relationship with my boyfriend, my relationship with myself, my style and even my blog business. Changes can be scary, but most of them are good. Even if you spend a month or so hating the change or never come around to it, you’ll always learn something from it. And hey, if you make a change you’re unhappy with, especially in your hair – remember it’s just hair and it grows back.FullSizeRender-4

SHOP THE LOOK:

DRESS: Exact Match • $550
LOOK FOR LESS DRESSES:  $91  || $20 || $58  || $42 ||$35  ||$68 
BOOTS:  Exact Match • $240 || Look For Less Boot • $70 
TOTE: Similar Tote • $268  || HAT:  Similar Hat • $52 
HERBAL ESSENCES BIO RENEW: 
Coffee & Fruit || Golden Moringa Oil || Cucumber & Green Tea

Thinking of making a change? Check out this cool video from Herbal Essences all about embracing change:FullSizeRender-1

 

All of the Clichés

17th October 2017

       IMG_3220IMG_3309IMG_3319What’s plaid & preppy & vintage all in one? Well me in high school, but also today’s outfit!IMG_3284

For this look, I’m combining all of the high school clichés into one look? sure why not. We have a variety jacket for your inner prep, a little bit of flannel for your inner lumberjack? (sure, okay) and biker boots for that rocker chick you always wanted to be. All of these pieces work together because they’re from William Rast  a cool and contemporary brand inspired by music and available at Macy’s.  The collection is full of playful denim, graphic tees, embellishments, plaids & more – plus they have pieces for both men & women.IMG_3315IMG_3270

The It List: Shop some of my favorite pieces from William Rast

When the weather starts to change, I think we’re all drawn to darker hues.  While you’ll never really find me in an all black look, I do sometimes pair darker colors together but keep the outfit interesting with a little pattern play. Since the collection is full of pretty plaids and casual prints, I put two together today for a Tennessee meets Hollywood kind of look.IMG_3309

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DRESS: William Rast Cotton Tiered Plaid Dress • $99.50
JACKET: William Rast Embellished Baseball Jacket • $126.99
SHOES: Madden Girl Eloisee Combat Booties Women’s Shoes • $69

IMG_3348Thanks to Macy’s for sponsoring this post

90’s Baby

10th October 2017

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90’s baby! Although I was born in the 90’s but sadly I was too young for some of the trends the first time around, but nothing is stopping me from trying them now! My favorite one being the tank / shirt combo situation, yes that’s the technical term 😉 so today I’m styling this look from the juniors department (no shame in that) that wont break the bank with 90’s flare!

When this trend to wear a tee under your tank first came on the scene, I called it the ICarly, because my only familiarity with it was when Disney kids or Nick kids would wear it, especially on ICarly. It was a great way of rocking a cute spaghetti strap without showing too much skin making it perfect to get around a highschool dress code or keep that “modest is hottest” style that most young stars did on these channels in the late 2000’s.

Now I love it for the same reasons! I don’t usually like to wear low cut spaghetti strap tops because my girls sit pretty high up and are known to pop out when given the chance. Since my daily activities include but aren’t limited to dancing in the street, twirling around town and the occasional spontaneous broadway performance (guys, I’m extra) I need to feel secure in the styles I select and not fear to dreaded nip slip. SO thats why I love layering a top under the tank, because I can get crazy without anything getting out!7516796976_IMG_3418IMG_2674 2

Although you can layer a tee under any spaghetti strap dress, this one comes as a set all for under $30 (like what). I had to pick up the matching bomber because its SO CUTE and also crazy affordable.

Speaking of things that are too young for the 90’s! Macy’s is hosting a fun event tonight at their store with Liam Payne formerly of One D. So you can pick up this look & snap a pic!! It’s all happening down below in the juniors department at the Harold Square locations starting at 6. Liam will be hosting a meet a great with fans while you shop! Hope to see you there!

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JACKET:
 Bomber Jacket • $33
DRESS: Lace T-Shirt & Printed Slip Dress Set • $27
BOOTS:  My Fav Booties in Matte Leather • $129  || Look for Less booties in Patent • $35
BAG: Yellow Crossbody • $102  || Look for less crossbody • $30 

For reference, I’m wearing a size medium in the dress but I wish I got a small, I’m rocking a medium jacket too and happy with the sizing there. OH and my boots are TTS.
IMG_2676Big thanks to macy’s for partnering on this post!
Photos snapped by Paris on bleeker street in the west village

Day to Night Spots / 24 hours with Aveeno

9th October 2017

FullSizeRender 10As you may know, a day in my life is different from the norm mostly because my 9-5 extends far beyond normal office hours. I’m not complaining – A Color Me Courtney day can be packed with photoshoots, outfit pulls, content creation, clearing my inbox, meetings on meetings, outfit changes, events and runway shows … or if could be opening boxes and editing photos for 9 hours straight. It varies, but thats why I love it because its always changing and always unexpected. So today I’m partnering with Aveeno to share a day to night look + 24 hours of smooth skin!

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I started the night before, showering with Aveeno skin relief body wash and applying Aveeno 24 hour skin relief moisturizing lotion right before bed. Usually I’ll apply lotion at night and again in the morning – but this time I didn’t have to! So far the lotion was doing its job and lasting through the night.

Like my lotion, my outfits often have to work double time so they can last all day. I started by dressing up this look with booties, a vest and a big bag so I could head off to my morning meetings. I love that this look is black and white, which is kind of weird for me, but still super fun and true to my sense of style. The mixing of prints and pop of color help keep it Courtney even while having barley any color at all.

After a day full of meetings, errands, pulls and just running around – I’ll switch into a more casual version of this look for a night at the movies. For this look, I met Paris for Pasta and then headed to see a new movie I had to review for an upcoming post – so it was work, but also play. Since I love to dress in theme, I switched my big bag out for my cute popcorn one – it’s pretty small, about the size of the Aveeno 24 hour skin relief moisturizing lotion bottle, but its big enough to carry what you need for a night out. Oh and since my lotion was still going strong, I didn’t even have to reapply before heading out for our movie date.

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After the movie, I came home and checked my skin before I hopped in the shower. To my surprise, it had lasted for about 22 hours before I hopped in the shower, ahed with relief body wash and did the whole thing again for another crazy day.

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SHIRT: Silk Blouse • $355  || Look For Less Blouse • $14  || Look for Less Top • $40
BOOTS: White Leather Booties • $129.99  || Look for Less (L4L) Booties • $31.19 
PANTS: Spot Culotte • $128  || L4L Pants • $14  || L4L Flare • $28  || L4L Pants • $52.30 
VEST: similar White Belted Duster • $20 (sorry mines really old)
BAG: similar Penny Large Saffiano Leather Tote • $248 || Look for Less Tote • $40

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BAG: Popcorn Crossbody Bag • $29.97 
BELT: Pearl Belt  • $1,200 ||  Slightly Less Gucci Belt • $450  || Look For Less belt • $52
SHOES: Leather Oxfords • $180  || Oxfords • $79  || Oxford Slingback • $70 

SKINCARE:
Aveeno 24 hour skin relief moisturizing lotion is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex with oat oil and natural shea butter, this lotion for sensitive skin is clinically shown to relieve and soothe extra-dry skin and moisturize for a full 24 hours
Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief 24 Hour Moisturizing Lotion • $11.49
Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash Fragrance Free • $5.99

Big thanks to Aveeno for sponsoring this post.