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From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. May your tummies and hearts be full today making memories with those you love.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Dual-wear Holiday Attire

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This holiday season is usually filled with office parties, family gatherings and celebrating the new year.  A lot of times my clients struggle finding a piece they can wear again.  I have some great news!  I teamed up with Dad’s Primitive Workbench for an unexpected treat.  A beautiful pleated jumper!  AND it comes in three different colors.  If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I love jumpers because they’re easy to layer in order to create a new look.

 

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These three looks were all created using the black jumper.

Look 1: I’m ready for Thanksgiving by layering a fun distressed sweater over the jumper.

Look 2: Ready for date night (I’ll throw on my faux leather jacket to keep warm).

Look 3: New Year’s Eve, here I come (I’d recommend switching up the shoes with a nice stiletto pump in a fun accent color).  The toboggan and scarf will help keep me warm so I don’t have to worry about lugging around a big winter coat too.

 

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This next jumper is a fun color that falls within the pastel category.  Don’t be afraid to wear lighter colors this season.  During the winter months it’s easy to get stuck wearing neutrals but don’t forget to bring some color into your life.

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Look 1: I love this kimono sweater layered over this jumper with a fun colorful shoe that blends nicely with the different colors in the layering piece.

Look 2: Throw on a sweater and add in some more color.  Switch up the shoes with a winter suede and stick to the pastel aesthetic.

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This last color is one of my faves!  It’s called clay but it reminds me of rose gold.  This color can be fun to work with because you could add in some teal or bring in some earth tones.  Maybe even try a monochromatic theme with something like a blush tone.

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Look 1: I am swooning over this look.  I love the faux fur scarf because it brings dramatics to the outfit and helps brighten my skin tone.

Look 2: This look is a little funky but can be fun for the right person.  I loved teal with the clay color and decided to tie knots on the side of the pants to provide a different style and funk it up a little.  Next time I would layer the heck out of this top with chunky necklaces to give it more of a winter boho style.

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This next top is a fun take on a winter cold-shoulder.  The velvet texture helps provide warmth and has a generous weight to it.  I love mixing different fabrics together such as this velvet with my faux leather skirt (not from Dad’s Primitive).

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I love adding a hint of color and print into an all black look.  The earrings blend nicely with my shoes and adds just enough color to soften the look.

 

As always, I love teaming up with Dad’s Primitive Workbench because he always has such a variety of pieces to work with and can dress so many different styles within his shop.  I also like to remind people to think of this little boutique because there are some hidden gems in there.

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I love their holiday decor this time of year for Christmas decorations!  I’m a sucker for buffalo  plaid and they have plenty of it!  Also, how awesome is this, on Small Business Saturday the Buttered Maple Syrup candle you see pictured above is actually going to be on promotion for $17.99! That never happens and it smells delish.  Also, HUGE news…his clothing will be Buy Two Get One FREE!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

***SPONSORED POST***
All clothing and accessories aside from shoes, gold, chunky necklace, leopard print belt, and pleated faux leather skirt can be found at Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

 

Hello All! I’ve been a little absent on my blog here lately but all for good reasons; fashion styling adventures!  I’ll share some of those later on this week. For now I want to share a fun connection I made this month.  I had the pleasure of meeting a young, fashion-lover named, Lillie Yurco thanks to the power of social media.  Something that can be viewed as making people less present can actually have positive attributes about it as well. For instance, my experience with meeting Lillie.

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Lillie’s mother, Krissy reached out to me on instagram and asked if I could talk to her daughter about a career in fashion.  I was excited to speak with such a spirited young person about something so near and dear to my heart. I believe that when you’ve been given the opportunity to pursue your dreams and another person is wanting guidance that you should help in any way that you can.  Someone once took me under their wing and taught me the power of networking in the fashion realm so I viewed this as my chance to pay it forward.

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Lillie and I both realize how hard it can be to pursue a fashion career in a small town.  I shared tips and tricks on how to make it work and to not let your geographical location keep you from doing something you yearn to do. After our little discussion through text, we later turned our social media chat into shadowing me on a fashion shoot. I loved having Lillie alongside me during my recent photo shoot for Clutch MOV.  We chatted about attention to detail and the power of connecting with people in the community and networking. I loved learning a little bit more about her as well.

For instance, she has a passion for writing.  I was given the opportunity to read a piece that she wrote in 2018 after visiting New York City for the first time.  I was blown away with how quickly her story drew me in.  I felt like I was there with her experiencing it for the first time as well (fun fact, I’ve never been to NYC)!  I asked Lillie and her mom if it would be okay if I shared it here with all of you today!  I hope you enjoy this piece by Lillie Yurco as much as I did.  Remember that name because she’s going to do some great things with her life.

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The Way the Light Reflects

            As the lights came on, we rose from our seats in the massive, dark theater. I stood completely still, stunned into silence. Leaving “The Lion King,” we left behind the make-believe animals and headed back into the “Concrete Jungle.”

Walking out of the Broadway theater and spilling back onto the streets, I was amazed at how quickly we were transported into another world. I sleepily rubbed my eyes and looked around. In the darkness of the night, the sky shone with lights of every color. It was then that I fully understood why it is considered “the city that never sleeps.” The tired feeling that I had experienced only moments before was gone. My whole being buzzed with excitement. My eyes were wide with curiosity. Although I would be leaving this place in a few short hours, I wanted this feeling to last forever. I felt so small in the sea of skyscrapers, packs of people, and loads of lights, yet so significant in it all. Thinking out loud among the noise of the night, I whispered a single word.

            “Wow.”

            The lights of Times Square were reflected in my eyes as I reflected on this new feeling. One that I had never felt before.

            In seventh grade, I signed up to take a four day trip to New York City with my school. I was beyond excited. This trip had become a tradition at our school, and I had looked forward to it for years; it was something I had always dreamed about. I imagined myself slowly strolling the streets, window shopping in high-end boutiques, and eating fancy meals in cute, little restaurants.

            After first arriving in New York City, we rushed to find someplace to eat breakfast. We were longing for some warm, filling nourishment after a night full of eating whatever snacks we could find on the bus. My small group walked into the first place we saw, as we were already running behind schedule. We stepped into a hole-in-the-wall type of breakfast diner, and I already realized this trip was not going to be the glamorous experience I was expecting. As I ordered an egg and cheese sandwich, I sat down with my best friend, Leslie, who made a disgusted face at her bowl of oatmeal.

            “I feel like I’m eating wet cardboard,” she giggled.

            “This tastes like plastic,” I said chewing up the first bite of egg.

            We tasted each other’s order and ended up swapping our food. I ate the bland, slop-like oatmeal and she ate the rubbery egg sandwich. The meals only got worse. The next three days consisted of buckets of chicken, overpriced green-tinted pasta, pizza sopping with grease, and fish that made me sick. I had hopes that the constant walking would burn some of the calories of the food that I had been consuming.

            Walking along the overwhelming streets, I tried to take it all in. My group leader casually led us into Tiffany & Co, and, as just a small thirteen-year-old girl, I stared at the outrageously priced, breathtaking pieces of jewelry. I watched as the iconic Tiffany blue bags were carried out of the store in the hands of ladies who chatted with their friends leaving behind the echoes of their clicking high heels. Leaving the store in a daze, with my eyes wide trying to take in the beautiful chaos of this, we continued down the overflowing streets. I longingly stared into the windows of designer stores with extravagant displays. Passing Valentino and Gucci, I made a silent promise to myself to come back one day and be able to shop in these designer stores, but for now I would stick to feasting my eyes on the eccentric fabrics and crazy pieces. The messy streets decorated with beautiful shops fueled my dream of wanting to work with fashion as my future career. I was snapped back into reality when I ran directly into a young man who was definitely in a hurry.

            “I am so sorry!” I quickly cried out, as I bumped into this man carrying an important-looking briefcase. I felt horrible for not paying attention.

            The man barely looked up as he increased his speed and walked faster past me. I was expecting a friendly exchange, but, instead, I was just ignored.

            Being careful not to disturb anyone else, I glanced at the people around me. Trying hard to keep up with my group, I took in the sight that I saw. I watched as a group of joggers passed by dressed in dull, gray clothing, their eyes focused on the obstacles ahead. I saw a young couple walking aimlessly, hand in hand, with loving eyes on each other. My eyes were pulled toward a man dressed in an outrageous outfit, covered in feathers and fabrics of every color you could imagine. I continued on as I saw a young lady dressed in a pantsuit, with her chin held high, as she walked into a large corporate building. I recognized that everyone had a story, and I was just playing a small part in it. And, as we influenced each other without even noticing, everyone continued on, not minding the diversity surrounding them. I let out a relieved sigh. There was a perfect balance in the differences among us.

            While this voyage was not the picture-perfect trip I was expecting, those days spent in New York instilled a passion in me. This trip gave me the desire to stop trying to discover the perfect life, but instead search for beauty in the chaos. Letting go of all expectations, I realized then that everything will work out for the better, And with that changed perspective, the sparkle of the lights in Times Square still reflects in my eyes.

I hope you enjoyed Lillie’s piece as much as I did.  I personally think it would make a great illustrated book one day.  I shared all of this with you to remind you to take the time to connect with people in different ways, especially the young ones.  They are our future! Think back on those times you wish you had been able to meet someone that shared the same passion as yourself and was living their dream. I know I will forever remember my time with Lillie and Krissy Yurco.

Krissy, if you’re reading this thank you for sharing your sweet daughter with me for the day and taking the time to reach out to me on social media. Lillie is lucky to have a mother like you. I hope one day someone will do the same for my daughter.  Wishing you all the best Miss Lillie Yurco! Don’t hold back when it comes to your dreams.

You Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

 

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Working Moms Fuel their Souls

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Sometimes being a business owner and mom wrapped into one can be draining.  We want to be present for our families, run a successful business and make time for ourselves too.  Well, I know I can speak for myself and probably these two rad moms when I say the best part of being an entrepreneur is the connections you can make.  When I say “connections” I’m not referring to it in a professional manner.  I mean the connection you can make with personalities.

Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute’ and I work together occasionally and we both shop at EmLeigh’s & Mama B’ in Marietta, Ohio.  We’ve both enjoyed interacting with shop owner, Emma Conley.  She’s always so upbeat and positive and is a new mom to a sweet little babe just like Abigail and myself.   Abigail and I had been discussing doing a creative project together and felt Emma would be the perfect person to collaborate with.  It was the perfect set-up;  Abigail and I get to use our creative crafts and Emma gets a little pampering and break from the stresses of her retail business. 87A75BEA-8EF8-4C91-BAC8-4D2885CAEF84

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We made it official and asked Emma to be our model for a creative shoot to showcase our work and her product.  I think it’s safe to say we enjoyed our day together and I loved getting to work on a project like this with two peeps I adore.  I showed Abigail what my vision was for the clothing and told her to just use what she wanted and felt would coordinate well with the looks.  I later asked her how she prepares for a session with someone. “When I do make-up I don’t necessarily base it off season or trends.  I try to emphasize their own natural beauty.  When clients like Emma, who wear barely-there make-up sit down I try to play to their energy and eye color and an easy-to-tailor look that can be toned up or down based upon the time of day.”

The make-up turned out just perfect for the looks you’ll see below.  One of my favorite things about Emma’s shop is that I can count on finding something edgy to work with at an affordable price point.  I hope you enjoy these looks I put together and they inspire you.

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You know I can’t resist mixing patterns in any way that I can.  I’m loving the snakeskin print clutch with the floral.  It works well with her shoes and helps tie it all in together. I also adore how you can wear this dress off-the-shoulder if you prefer.

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I paired these shoes with this look because of the red accents and to coordinate with the red in the sweatshirt.

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Well if you didn’t guess it already the “skirt” on the previous image is actually a dress!  Ta-da (lol). I loved this chunky silver necklace because it really makes a statement for both looks.  Emma is always wearing this gold necklace when I see her and I wanted to show that it’s okay to wear silver and gold together especially when you want to pair it with something that you treasure.

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A modern grunge look anyone?  Yes, please!  I will forever be a grunge chick.  I loved adding color and textures with this one.  The corduroy pants were a beautiful shade of green and it works so well with the other neutral tones.  The mini-print adds some interest and helps tie in the beanie.  I finished off the look with these colorful statement earrings to show a way to add some glam to a grunge style.  It also adds some funk to it which I adore.  And how fun is this denim jacket?  I love that you can see the print of the shirt through the backside of the jacket.

All of these looks can be shopped at EmLeigh’s & Mama B’s (aside from the shoes and Emma’s gold necklace).  You can also find her on instagram @emleighsandmamabs.

Make-up artist, Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute’ can be found here and on facebook under PWDR and instagram @pwdrbeaute.

A huge thank you to Emma and Abigail for collaborating on this fun project together!  I have one more look that I worked on with these ladies but saved it for a fun article that will be featured on Clutch MOV soon.  So if you aren’t familiar with this local online magazine make sure and follow them here and @clutchmov on instagram and facebook for anything and everything that’s happening local in the MOV.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney