Holiday Glam with PWDR Beaute

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Greetings and happy holidays from me to you!  With this time of year some of you may have multiple occasions to get all dolled-up. When I think of holiday attire, I instinctually am drawn to sequins.  The problem with sequins is that not everyone feels comfortable when it comes to accessorizing with something that is already eye-catching.  So here are just a few ways to style one of my sequin dresses.

This first look I paired with my patch faux-fur jacket to add some warm tones to the look. Many of you may think to just wear black with red , which I love but I really adore adding warmth to looks.  I also brought the warm tones down to my shoes in order to disperse the tones evenly.

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The next few looks will now be tied in with black textures. Here, I am wearing my black faux-fur vest and then my black booties.  I love the drama black brings to this look and how cozy it feels when wearing it.  This is a good accessory to keep you warm especially with a one-sleeved dress like this.

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Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know I can never resist pairing a faux-leather jacket with just about ANYTHING.  I also love hats and pairing the two looks together to create a fun look.

IMG_0764Not a hat person?  That’s okay because this look still remains fashionable without a hat.

I have the privilege of knowing some really talented make-up artists because of my friends at the Hot Tomato Studio.  For this post I partnered with Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute who is a fellow Hot Tomato gal herself.  She and I went over what type of look we felt was appropriate and slightly different than what I usually do.  I let her take the reigns on this since she’s the expert.  My typical look is a cat-eye with a red lip so she switched up a few things to make it a little different yet staying true to myself.  I loved the outcome and found it to be perfect for a fancy shmancy party. A little glitter never hurt anyone 😉  Make sure and check out her page on instagram and facebook @PWDRBeaute if you’re looking for a make-up artist.

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A huge thank you to Abigail Gedon for utilizing her make-up craft and also The Betsy Mills Club for allowing me to use their beautiful, historic parlor for this shoot.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Edgy X 2

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You know I love edgier fashion. I especially love sharing how to switch up a few pieces to create a different look.

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The main pieces for this look are a hand-me-down maternity lace dress with my favorite Aerosmith band tee over top of it. I also paired a few pieces of jewelry from Wit & Whimzy.

The only items I switched out were my jacket and shoes to show two different variations of this look. Here I’m wearing my knee high boots and faux leather jacket from Dad’s Primitive Workbench. This jacket is fantastic. I have quite a few different faux leather jackets but this is my new favorite because it fits like a glove and I love the zipper details.

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Now for this second look I’ve switched out to my new bargain find from Talbots. Hard to believe that a coat from Talbots can be worn with an outfit such as this, huh? I adore black and ivory and this tweed fabric gives it a vintage feel. I then paired my knee high socks with my metallic booties.

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I love both looks equally! The best part about both jackets is how versatile they are. You can wear party dresses with both pieces. Going to a New Year’s Eve party and want to look sassy? Toss on the faux leather jacket. Want a more sophisticated, classy look? Throw on the tweed dress coat. Never skimp on the detail of your layering pieces.

What pieces would you wear?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

As Maria would sing, “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”

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One of my favorite movies is Sound of Music so when I have the opportunity to sing “My Favorite Things” I do it!  When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad! I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad!  So what are my favorite things you ask?  Well, let me start by saying what I love most about Christmas.  I love the magic it creates especially since I have my own little family. With that being said one of my family’s favorite spots to shop in downtown Marietta, Ohio is Dad’s Primitive Workbench. It’s even more special during any holiday because there are so many wonderful themed items!  Usually I am posting about fashion but for this time of year I want to share some of the special things that Dad’s Primitive Workbench offers that are my favorite things! 🙂

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GIVE ME ALL THE BUFFALO PLAID!!

I know I said this wouldn’t be a fashion post, but I HAD to include this cute tote bag ($19.95) and matching pouch ($9.95). And can we talk about how adorable these stockings are?!  We got four matching ones to hang by the chimney with care!

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FOLLOW THE SIGNS

I  love wall décor and the personality it can bring to your home.  These two specifically speak to me because I will forever be a dreamer and encourage others to do so.  Then when I saw this cute sign, “2+2=Love” I fell, well in love!  Perfect timing.  With our new addition coming along soon it was the perfect buy. Only $8.00 and you can request custom pieces from this vendor (ask Charlie about it).

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YUMMY GOODNESS

Apple butter ($5.95) has always reminded me of childhood because my Mawmaw used to make it homemade.  Sadly, I never learned how to myself so when I came across this apple butter at Dad’s Primitive my heart instantly warmed because the joy it gave me when I was a kid.  And for those of you that don’t know, my husband is diabetic and when there are options that have “no sugar added” that’s a huge plus!

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CARRYING ON THE TRADITION

For as long as I can remember, my mom and I would bake candy cane cookies from scratch and leave them for Santa along with a tall glass of milk.  We’d place them on our coffee table by the tree.  It was my absolute favorite thing to do and I’m honored to carry on the tradition in my home.  There was nothing more magical than waking up to find that some of the cookies had been eaten and the milk was gone! Then to find a letter from Santa thanking me for the cookies.  It honestly brings a smile to my face just writing about it.  So how perfect are these cuties to implement in this type of tradition?!  These ceramic pieces are adorable and so appropriate for something such as this.  I also love the spatula with the cookie cutter because it’s themed and could be labeled as “magic” if you wanted to ONLY use it to bake Christmas cookies.  On the other side of the spatula it has a table of measurements too!

(Cookie Plate: $9.95 Milk Carton: 9.95 Spatula $7.95)

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And look!  A cute snowman mug ($9.95) for parents to enjoy while watching their kids open presents on Christmas day.  I LOVE hot chocolate so check out Frosty’s pouch that can hold marshmallows or even peppermints if you like those to melt in your drink too! Yum, yum, yum!  Great, now I want some hot chocolate.

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PERFECTLY PINK-ALWAYS LOVELY

It’s probably no secret that I am a fan of Perfectly Pink products because the smells are absolutely intoxicating.  This Moscato scent is perfect for this pregnant mama since I can’t drink wine right now.  At least I can enjoy bathing in it (lol)!  These products can be found across the MOV and beyond including Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

(Polish $15.00 Hand Soap $8.00)

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Now excuse me while I enjoy my view from the couch right now.  Oh, so cozy!  Thank you, Charlie for always offering an eclectic mix of product.  Perfect fit for my eclectic life!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney