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.

Cozy Candy

29th September 2017

 IMG_1368Oh Hello Fall!

It’s finally here! One of the most fashionable times of the year … Fall! It’s no secret, that its every fashionistas favorite time to shop & play dress up … and although I might be a little biased about Spring and Summer, I’m still happy Fall is here!IMG_1170 IMG_1239 IMG_1300 IMG_1330 IMG_1358 IMG_1405

The hardest things for me about this season is the lack of color. Everyone is quick to layer their browns and black and I’m like BORRRIIINNNGGG! So if you’re a color queen like me, and struggling with how to inject color into this time, stick with me all season because I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks for coloring your fall!

The first step is to invest in cozy colors! I’m talking about buying bold knits and bright sweaters! SO today I’m rounding up some of my fall favorites for you to shop in every color at every price point, wee!

Okay, want to see these looks in action? Hop to my instagram to them all in a fun stop motion video hereIMG_1441

OH and special thanks to Paris for partnering on this post, for the first time he helped me select some of the curated selection of sweaters for you guys to shop because you know its always great to have a man’s perspective.

Roller Babes

22nd September 2017

ConeyIsland_1122ConeyIsland_787So long sweet summer, but before we roll on into fall I wanted to share a super fun summer shoot we did with some of my favorite blogger babes.ConeyIsland_1016ConeyIsland_524ConeyIsland_96ConeyIsland_824

Summer to me is all about making memories and trying new things, something I got into late in the season was roller skating. Our first attempt at this activity was a total fail (see how here) but our second one was more a success. Since I couldn’t convince Paris to step foot in another pair of skates, I rallied a girl gang and took to Coney Island. RachNoelleLex and I strutted our stuff along the boardwalk, dripping in ban.do and Lexicon Of Style scarves.ConeyIsland_63363F5E17B-75A8-491A-85D1-EA80032FE5F5ConeyIsland_456ConeyIsland_700

We channeled our inner 90’s diva’s and put together a fun video from our roller-sesh, so I’ll let that and the videos do most of the talking. So lace up your skates and come roll out of summer in style!ConeyIsland_248ConeyIsland_322

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Video by ABediting

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Wearing Lexicon Scarves & Ban.do Tees

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Let’s Wow

21st September 2017

  FullSizeRender 21 OMG! The coolest collection of the season has arrived, and you can pick it up where you pick up your groceries????FullSizeRender 18

That’s right grocery brand Lidl has teamed up with fashion goddess Heidi Klum to make the ultimate capsule collection – Esmara by Heidi Klum! Who knew a grocery store could be so chic?! I was lucky enough to team up with Lidl during fashion week to celebrate the launch and style one piece from their collection all week long… more on that later, but for now the collection is finally available so I can’t wait to share it with you!FullSizeRender 19

One of my favorite pieces from the collection is this super cool motto jacket! Its the perfect suede piece for fall and comes in black and chocolate brown. It’s priced at $50 which is a total steal but currently 10% off for Color Me Courtney followers, wee!!!

The collection is full of electric blues, leopard prints and sequins – oh my! Plus there are a lot of great closet staples like the black cami and sneakers I’m wearing, along with blazers, bombers, jeans, blouses and more. One of my favorite parts about this collaboration is the affordability, Lidl has worked hard to bring you quality pieces at killer prices with most finds ranging from $15 to $50! IMG_9106

So who knew, a grocery store would dominate fashion week … and my closet?! If you’re as smitten as I am, you can shop the collection at Lidl stores world wide, but be quick! This collection won’t last long!IMG_8363

Thanks to Lidl for sponsoring this post

Summer to Fall: Red + Pink

20th September 2017

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I’m always on the hunt for the newest and coolest color combo, especially when we find ourselves in this weird in-between season thing where you don’t know what to wear.

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I love summer and I love fall, but that awkward transition isn’t always my favorite – one day I’m in boots and the next a sun dress? like make up your mind New York. One way to get through it, is to play with your wardrobe and make the most of a cool color combo.

For about a year now, red and pink has been my goto combo, but this love affair hit full swing this summer when it became a staple in my rainbow rotation. Now that things are starting to cool down, I wanted to show you how to transition this color pallet to fall, with the help of one of my favorite transitional shoes.

A slide on mule has been on everyone’s mind (and wish list) all season long. I paired mine with shorts and off the shoulder everything this summer, but for those first few fall months I wanted to keep them in my closet – so here’s how I take them form summer to fall with a pink & red pop!

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For summer, the slides can be worn on replay. They look cute with cutlets, summer dress, high waisted shorts and everything else. I wore mine with short shorts to the coney island boardwalk so I could easily slip them off when I wanted to run in the sand.

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For fall, this shoe doesn’t have to go away. Pair it with a wide leg pant with a fun detail, like mine! These hot pink pretties show off the shoe while walking that line between summer and fall. For the rest of the look, I tucked in a off the shoulder sweater and layered on some statement sunnies.

Both of these looks featured the Dolce Vita Rilee slide in leather that comes in a few fun color and material patterns as well. I love that the brand encourages young girls everywhere to be themselves and walk this way, by testing out new trends, colors and ways to wear thing! I stuck with white leather because its timeless, classic and surprisingly transitional. I picked mine up from Zappos because they have fast and free shipping, plus they’re great on returns. Since my feet run wide, I had to size up half of size in these slides, but returned at Zappos was super simple!

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Thanks to Dolce Vita & Zappos for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.