If you’re following me on instagram (or snap chat: xocourtneyquinn) you’ll notice that I am kind of obsessed with braids lately and that’s for two reasons – 1) because they look super cool but are actually really easy once you get the hang of it and 2) because summer is coming and that means my hair is going to turn into a straight up fro real quick.
This will be my third summer in New York, but I still don’t think I’m ready for what’s coming – humidity and crazy heat. I may be from Arizona where 115 degree days are the norm, but that AZ dry heat has nothing on a New York Summer… humidity is just not fun, like at all. My first summer in NYC I wore my hair curly most of the year (fun fact my hair is naturally crazy curly, but I straighten it) and last year I had a blow out treatment to help me fight the humidity. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do this year to fight the fro, but I know it will involve lots of braids!
I woke up this weekend wanting to be else, but since I currently rock (and love) a lob, I turned to luxy hair extensions to really “let it go” – if you haven’t watched frozen you’re kind of dead to me… jk, well no, not really – and used them to create this faux braid. The hair on the crown of my head is real, but the long braid hanging over my shoulder is all extensions. Confession – I hate how I look with long hair. I’ve had sewn in extensions before and I feel like I look so crazy with long hair when its worn down, I just totally drown in it! I just feel like short girls always look better with short hair, hence why I lob it up, but I do totally love the look of a long braid so I use clip in hair to get the look without having to give up my short do!
I completed the perfect “it’s almost summer look” with a white may dress, studded sandals and my go-to leopard clutch! Plus I had a little arm party by wearing a stack from the shine project – who employs inner city youth to give them a chance to go to college so cool! Plus I went to high school with the founder, which is also kind of fun! I used my stack to tell a story for where I’ve been and where I’m going – I was born and raised in Arizona where I earned my undergraduate degrees in business, tourism and marketing, I moved to San Francisco, California shortly after where I started my career in fashion with Kate Spade and earned my MBA at the age of 21 and I now live in New York city where I work in the corporate fashion world by day developing hand bags for Coach and blog by night here at Color Me Courtney! You too can create a story with your stack via the shine project or shop pre-made stacks!
DRESS: White Midi Dress (also love this one)
SHOES: Studded Brown Sandals (also love these) (and here)
BELT: Thick brown belt (another option here)
ARM PARTY: c/o the shine project: My Thread Gold (customizable) || Jet Setter || Cali Bangle
HAIR: Ombre Chestnut clip in hair extensions c/o Luxy Hair
CLUTCH: Clare V Leopard Haircalf Foldover Clutch (also here)