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Just like the old classic “JUMP! JUMP!” I jumped into a new way of wearing one of my necklaces. I love a top that has a low-rise back and I decided to channel my inner Kris Kross and wear my necklace backward.5E1690F5-177D-43D1-A588-B6A4C99A5ECBThis twist-back sweater was the perfect candidate to try it out own. Now, this isn’t a newfound trend by any means but I personally haven’t tried it myself. I chose this necklace because there’s no clasp and I enjoy how thick it is. When worn backward the frontside replicates a choker-style necklace. I layered it with another necklace too just for fun.
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Maybe this will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to accessorizing 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Some of you know that I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in fashion.  Others might be finding this out for the first time.  Either way, MOST of you are probably thinking, “Courtney, how in the world did that happen? They don’t make sense together!” Let me explain in hopes that you can see the correlation from my POV.

You see, I grew up in a home that went through a divorce.  It’s important for me to say “a home” because it’s not just the parents that go through the divorce, but also the rest of the family.  Divorce affects kids in so many ways.  It’s probably very rare that a kid comes out clean from an event like this.  We hear the word trauma more than we ever have before.  When I first hear the word trauma I think of something extremely severe or even deadly.  However, simply put it means an emotional shock following a stressful event. When you look at it like that, we have all experienced some sort of trauma in our lives.  We are emotional beings and are affected by our life’s circumstances.  It’s literally impossible to go through life and not experience emotional shock.  Think about it.  I bet you can recall at least one scenario that impacted you somehow that is technically a traumatic experience.  I can personally attribute the divorce to where I started discovering my love of fashion and later my interest in psychology.

I was always influenced by my two older sisters when it came to fashion but once I hit junior high, fashion is what kept me grounded.  Now when I say this I mean in a creative sense.  I always loved art and used that to escape. It served as a therapeutic approach to what was going on at home.  Once I entered 7th grade I lost the passion of actually drawing and enjoyed expressing my love of art outwardly through my wardrobe.  Being the shy kid that I was, this was the perfect way to show a more outgoing side.  Fashion made me feel fearless and help find my identity amongst the cliqueness that happens during those formidable years.  It’s always been a consistent passion and a healthy escape from reality in my opinion.  Some resort to drugs and alcohol to escape.  Me? I’ve always turned to clothing as a way to distract myself from any inner turmoil.  Now I use the term “distracted” loosely because I truly believe in the power of therapy and dealing with your struggles, not burying them below the surface.

Come senior year of high school I was given the opportunity to take a college course, Psychology 101. It was probably the one class that always had my attention. It helped me understand the importance of self-reflection and how circumstances can affect the way you think or feel towards things. I had epiphany after epiphany of how the event of divorce affected me personally and how it shaped who I was; why I had different perspectives and why my perception of things were somehow just different than others in my life. It made me assess my upbringing and start to understand the dynamic of each person in my family. It truly felt like I was going through my own kind of therapy. That’s when I knew I was destined to major in psychology. I’ve always had a passion for people and the way their lives have impacted who they are. In fact, empathy has always been my #1 strength in any test or quiz I have EVER taken socially and professionally.

Okay, so you’ve heard where my two passions stemmed from. Both were actually through my first memorable emotional trauma. So to both of my parents, I don’t want you to view this post as a negative reflection, rather how it threw me towards my calling (I’m also really good at turning a perceived negative experience into something positive, can you tell?). So how did these two passions collide? Well, the short answer is that I loved how fashion made me FEEL! I felt confident with it and that is something I lack in life at times. I work on it constantly but in this society it can be a challenge. Now, enter psychology. Remember how I mentioned how I ultimately enjoyed learning the science around behavior and mind? This my friends, is the correlation of the two.

I realize the importance of how life can effect your confidence, aka the psychological effects your life can have on you. This can be anything from a loss in your life, addiction, abuse, eating or learning disorders, etc. The list goes on and on. All of these situations can cause major confidence issues. One thing I’ve learned is how important clothing can impact someone’s confidence. I know it might sound superficial or almost crazy to even throw fashion in with the topic of therapy, but I can tell you I’ve witnessed the impact it has on someone. When you work with me we can walk through any emotional trauma that has damaged your self-image and inadvertently robbed you of seeing yourself in a healthier light. Now, not every session with me has to be psychological, in fact none of them have to be. I just want you to know I am here to help you get to the bottom of what has truly played an instrumental role in your life when it comes your self-perception. Remember, I am not a licensed psychiatrist but I am a person who genuinely cares about your mental health.

Please don’t view this post as a way for me to “sell my services” to you because the purpose of this post is to open up a dialogue to let you know that someone out there DOES care about your well-being. That person is me, Courtney. So, if you ever need a listening ear when it comes to your lack of self-esteem, please message me! We can either talk about it, or I can post a blog about the topic in hopes to help other individuals such as yourself. Just know that EVERYONE has insecurities and even if they don’t show it, they still exist. We are all human and no one is perfect.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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There’s always a must-have trend  that I think is suitable for all ages and  body-types.  This my friends, is one of them.  I love the sporty-chic look.  A nice blazer with a basic tee, distressed denim and a cute pair of shoes.  I specifically love a flat leopard print shoe (surprise, surprise).

This look works so well because:

1.) Every gal needs a blazer in her life.  It’s a great staple piece that is an essential for your closet.

2.) A basic tee can be worn with ANYTHING and is a great layering piece. It can be dressed up with a skirt, worn with yoga pants or under a jacket with some jeans.

3.) Leopard print flats are an easy way to add a print and elevate a look if you’re looking to kick it up a notch.  I even love leopard mixed with plaid!  But honestly, any simple flat or even basic sneaker would re-create this look.

4.) Denim.  Need I say more?  Every gal needs the perfect pair of denim in her wardrobe.  I specifically like this slightly distressed look for this specific style but it looks great with any style denim; straight leg, boot-cut, slim ankle, boyfriend, skinny, etc.  You catch my drift.

Have you been curious about what it is like to work with me virtually?  After a virtual-call with me I can then create a style board with shoppable links to help you through your style journey.  Especially for those of you that don’t like to go shopping!  I also create these for my in-person clients too if needed.  Below are some shoppable links for this look:

Blazer Option 1

Blazer Option 2

Plus Size Blazer

Basic Tee 

Plus Size Basic Tee

Denim Option 1

Denim Option 2

Plus Size Denim 

Leopard Shoes Option 1

Leopard Shoes Option 2

So, let’s work together today!  I have a promotion going on right now where you can receive $50.00 off a closet detox with me.  If you’re interested, all you need to do is check out my social media pages and find the post for the promo information.  Questions?  Leave a comment.

Booking Link —-> https://bit.ly/2JptXar

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Feeling Nostalgic

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I’m so ready to wear fall fashion I could burst!  The rich tones on the trees and the crisp breeze brings out the nostalgia of growing up in Charleston, WV.  The rolling hills and the school buses making the leaves swirl around always made me smile.  There was always the perfect blend of warm and cool in the breeze.

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I was so excited to show you some of my latest finds that I went straight to my bedroom to snap these pics.  This golden rust color is the epitome of fall.  It has the chenille texture that makes you feel so cozy and ready to visit the pumpkin patches.  I styled this sweater multiple ways to show casual and dressy.  The sweater, scarf and vest are all lovely pieces from Dad’s Primitive Workbench.  I always look forward to finding fall pieces in Charlie’s store because he really knows how to find the perfect sweaters. And how cute is that backpack from his shop too?  I also love that these sweaters are the perfect weight for manipulating different ways to style the sweater.  I can do the french tuck or tie it in a knot.  The lavender is such a beautiful on-trend color for fall that reminds me of the sunsets in October.

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Speaking of cozy, this hoodie is all things soft and comfy.  Literally, it’s one of the softest things I’ve ever had on my body and I will pretty much live in this top at home and running errands (I’m wearing it as I type this post).  It’s a delightful mix of casual yet elevated piece because it’s nicer than a sweatshirt because of the fibers in the fabric.  I loved pairing it with warm tones because it is a less predictable way to wear it.  If you want to have a date with friends for coffee with the kids this is also the perfect top to throw on with leggings and sneakers.  It really is a great piece to own.

Special details on buttons are always a fun choice.  Just like these wooden ones on yet another soft, knit fabric.  Again, with the brown tone.  I can’t get enough of it ladies.

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I’m not going to lie to you.  I’m still very surprised of how long the cold-shoulder sleeves have stayed on-trend. The main differences with the cold-shoulder trend this fall is the special sleeve details like the ones you see here.  The teal mixed with the leopard is gorgeous but this color looks perfect with any neutral item.

The gray top has me swooning because of all the layers involved in the sleeves.  The waistline is also located in a flattering spot for most women.  It’s a great piece to add to your closet for a special look.

I’ll end on this note.  All of my tops in this post are from Dad’s Primitive Workbench and he always has buy one get one half off on his boutique items.  If you need sweaters then I encourage you to swing by his shop and load up on some because he ALWAYS has a great selection.  And remember, when you use promo code: RANDOMOSITY740 you can receive an additional 15% off on top of his usual promotion.  Make sure and tag me if you purchase one of his items.  I’d love to see how you style yours!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney