Walk into the Dark

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I’m so glad that faux fur vests are still on trend this season.  One reason is because it always keeps me nice and warm!  Secondly, I love the look of course.  This has some influence from my previous post, Alley Faux Leather.  I’m wearing my faux leather ponte pants with my fuschia strappy shoes again.  This time I paired it with my vest and a sheer top (another $2.00 find from Zonta’s Unique Boutique!)  I also didn’t use a lot of accessories because the accent color and vest have enough impact.

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Now I realize this look is extremely daring, especially to wear in a small town but I still love it!  I don’t let the town I live in dictate what I want to wear.  If I want to wear it, I do. This is the same top I had on in the previous picture and I wore a simple black bra underneath.  Another fun look to experiment with if you’re up for the challenge 🙂

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Maybe the previous image was a little too much for your taste and that’s no problem!  Just add another layer with a tank.  I used gray because it was less predictable.  I think this look inspired my little girl, Harper because she just had to pose next to me.  I think it’s safe to say this is a more dressier”mommy-friendly” look.  Harper is my world and I take her with me most of the time during my fashion escapades while her daddy takes my pictures.  They’re absolute troopers and if I didn’t have them to support me, this blog may not have existed.

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Alley Faux Leather

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I love all of the secret alleys throughout downtown Marietta, Ohio.  This one I love because it’s really close to the newly renovated, Peoples Bank Theater.  I like to imagine all of the different people that used to walk this same path to watch different performances and shows at the once named, Colony Theater.  I also like to think about what they used to wear to these said events.

I am a bit obsessed with leather-looking fashion.  This dress is one of my favorites because it’s just the perfect amount!  I chose a strappy suede stiletto which was the perfect accent color to match my accessories.  I don’t always like to match my accessories exactly, but with this I loved the affect it had. I also broke it up with adding gold pieces too.

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This might be one of my favorite looks that I’ve ever put together.  I switched up the shoes and added knee high socks and ankle booties.  I also threw on a flowy black wrap to keep me nice and cozy. Leather-looking clothing can be intimidating for some people and that’s okay.  Like I always say, don’t be afraid to try it if it’s something you are drawn to.  Maybe try it in small doses, such as a top that has leather piping around the neckline, or maybe it’s just the sleeves of a shirt. You can do it!

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I couldn’t resist adding this photo because I just love the graffiti and what the message is, “This is Me.”  It made me think that maybe this act of vandalism was someone trying to share with the world that they won’t change for anyone.  Maybe there wasn’t much thought put into at all.  Either way it made me think, YES!!! Always be yourself no matter what!

There are so many layers to yourself that you still haven’t discovered.  Embrace each layer, no matter how difficult some of the things we discover about our self we may not like.  Just know that you’re growing into the person you’ve been called to be.

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Fashion in the Park

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Here I am in Muskingum Park in Marietta, Ohio; one of my favorite spots.  I love it so much I got married here in 2008.  There’s such a great energy here where I feel safe and free!  Which brings me to honoring our Vets this past Friday.  I’m wearing patriotic colors and paying tribute to last week’s post by wearing a scarf as a bow tie.

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I always like to show how to wear one look at least two different ways.  Here I switched out the heels for booties and tied my “bow tie” scarf around my waist to serve a a belt. Did I mention I found the shirt at Zonta’s Unique Boutique for $2.00, the scarf was $0.50 and the coat you see in the first image was $5.00!  I also got a hand bag, necklace, another scarf and one more top and only spent a grand total of $10.50!  Unique Boutique is an event that is meant to help fund organizations that assist women and children. What a great way to shop for a cause!

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Check out the details on the neckline of this blouse<3!

 

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

Fun with Bow Ties

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This weekend I stopped into the newer shop located in downtown Marietta, Ohio- Wit & Whimzy.  I have the honor of helping contribute with the online lifestyle magazine, Clutch MOV.  It just so happens that I’ve met the owner, Laura Pytlik through this online magazine and I feel it fits perfectly into our charming downtown area.  What’s so special about her shop is that all of the items are hand-crafted.  For instance, take this bow tie collection.  The creator of this bow tie was Athens, Ohio resident, Joel Lensch and he owns Lucky Tie Co.  Make sure and check them both out for yourself!

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I’ve always had a little fascination with bow ties.  I love them on both males and females when done right.  I’m a firm believer that anyone that wants to pull off a trend can do so. But keep in mind, it has to be done just right sometimes. Especially with something like a bow tie.  It also needs to fit your personality and what you’re wearing that day.  BUT, if you pair it with the right thing, it very well might be suitable.  That’s the thing with fashion. Every trend can look great on anyone when executed properly.

Personally, I love seeing a bow tie on a female because there’s something that’s cute and sexy about it.  Think of when you wear your partner’s tee shirt or button-down, it’s kind of like that!  I also like to think that “anything boys can do we can do better!”  Am I right, ladies? I mean I love seeing the tailored tuxedos on women like Janelle Monae or Gwen Stefani (it doesn’t help that I absolutely adore their styles).  There’s something about a woman dressed in this attire that exudes confidence.  I always think back on women like Diane Keaton who are known for rockin’ this look (again, another woman I swoon over).

I’m writing you today to encourage you to keep testing your limits on your personal style. If you like the way something looks on someone else, try it!  The worst thing that can happen is you feel ridiculous OR you surprise yourself and rock the look you’ve always admired.  My biggest piece of advice is to always try something you’d love to “pull off.” But, if it doesn’t feel right it’ll show.  The only thing that can truly be viewed as a one size fits all ordeal is a winter scarf because it serves a purpose and keeps you warm. Bottom-line?  Be yourself, but don’t miss out on something you may end up loving. Also, if you’re trying a new look, ask a friend that has some style, not someone that is in the same boat as you.  Feel free to tag me on some pics on instagram and I’ll be glad to give you some pointers; @randomosity740.

If you want to try a bow tie for yourself and need some lessons on tying the perfect bow tie, don’t ask me!  Ha, ha…I had to YouTube it and ask my husband for some help.  But try this diagram below I found online from http://www.ties.com.

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney