During the winter months it’s easy to get stuck wearing muted or neutral colors. This month’s partnering with Dad’s Primitive Workbench (DPW) is all about showing ways to bring color into your life during this season.
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This first look is a flounce-sleeve dress that will look gorgeous in the springtime too. For now I layered underneath with a fitted black turtleneck. I wanted to jazz it up some more with black knee highs to tie in the two dark colors and then a printed snakeskin bootie to coordinate with the necklace (necklace, shoes, socks, and turtleneck not found in store).
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I used a thin scarf (not in the store) as a belt to help cinch in the dress. I decided to add black in this look because being fair-skinned the blush color easily washes me out.  When I add black it helps the color stand out more.

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This sweater is just delightful! I love that it’s like a bright navy. I paired it with my black denim and burgundy rain booties. I liked the idea of incorporating two primary-type colors together.

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DPW had my favorite print in earring form so I paired them with my coordinating belt. I wear this belt a lot in my posts to show how easy it is to wear the print with so many different things. These earrings were perfect because they were so lightweight but added so much value to the outfit.

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This army green jumper is to die for. It feels like suede and adds a lush texture to any look. I continued to pair it with my black turtleneck to show an easy way to showcase this special piece. I continued to wear it with the snakeskin booties to add more interest to the look.
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I loved adding this multi-colored striped button-down with this jumper. It really brightens it up and creates a fun, cheerful look!
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You could also tie the shirt in a knot if you wanted to create a different vibe.

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These faux leather earrings were the perfect pairing to bring in more variety (necklace not in DPW).
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Another way you could incorporate two colors and style two pieces differently is by layering with the bright navy sweater from earlier. These two cool colors are an unexpected pair and I love them together.

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I simply tucked the bottom of the sweater through the top of the neckline and pulled it through (just like when I was a kid playing with my clothing in new ways to look like I had on a bra. 😆 I had quite the imagination).

I felt the ivory earring was just the right touch to complete the look without taking away from the colors.

Are you not a Marietta, Ohio local shopper? That’s okay! DPW now offers their product online now🙌🏻 Don’t forget you can use shopping code: RANDOMOSITY740 for 10% off on top of the boutique promo buy one get one 1/2 off in stores.

Now quick! Go add some color into your life during these gloomy months.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

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Happy New Year!! It’s funny how I keep saying, “winter is right around the corner” yet I find myself wondering if it truly is close-by 😆. In all reality we know how the weather can quickly change from 60 degrees to 30 degrees in less than 24 hours.

My daughter loves playing outside and I hate being cold. I’ve given myself a goal to be outdoors more with her this winter. That means I need to gear up on keeping my booty warm! I’ve comprised a list of what I think is going to help me out in the accessory department. And mommies, I’ve made it easy for you to add these necessities by simply clicking the pic for a direct- link.

EARMUFFS

Anytime I try to wear the classic earmuffs with the adjustable band they never stay on my ears well. I’ve also tried the infinity headband style but honestly, I don’t like the way they look on me. I plan on trying these suckers out and they offer them in different colors.

SNOW GLOVES

I hate bulky snow gloves because it kills my snowball making game. 😂 I also love taking videos outside of my family sleigh-riding so these gloves will make it possible since they work on touch-screen phones!

FLEECE-LINED TIGHTS

I found this style recently and can’t wait to order them. Look at that fleece! I own a pair of tights similar to these but these look like game changers! They come in so many different colors too. I love being able to still wear dresses and skirts in the winter and these will make it more bearable to continue wearing them. Plus these are great to layer underneath snow gear!

FAUX-FUR SCARF

Some of you may not like the faux-fur look. However, these are some of the coziest and warmest accessories you can wear around your neck. The pull-through style keeps it intact and easier to tuck into your jacket.

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Basically, you can’t have enough fleece in the winter when it comes to keeping warm. I prefer knee-high socks because they work well with boots. These have great neutrals that will work well with everything.

So, here’s to being prepared for those frigid days that will soon be upon us. Remember, if you still need to load up on some of these products, click on the image to shop my affiliate link👍🏻

Your Faithful (always cold) Dreamer,

Courtney

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9DD50313-84F2-4CF4-A0C9-BA20A3FF9710Can you believe there are only 22 days until Christmas!? Crazy talk, right?  Good thing your personal stylist (eh hem, that’s me) is here to help you for all of your holiday styling needs.  Below you’ll find some of my suggestions to help you get through the holiday parties, dinners and family gatherings.  Don’t have time to go shopping?  I can help with that.  Keep reading until the end to find out how. As for now?  I’m sharing 15 days worth of fashion pieces to show how you can add each piece to create a classic, capsule holiday wardrobe (I have a surprise for you at the end too).

Day 1: The Polka Dot Top

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Many people are afraid of a printed top especially if they are busty.  Truth be told as long as the fit is right for your figure you can absolutely do a print.  So why do I suggest a polka dot top?  It can easily turn into a festive look!  Add a red or black velvet pant and you now appear festive!

Day 2: The Black Pant

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A nice slim leg ankle pant is perfect for this time of year.  A lot of my clients stress out about the idea of an ankle pant because of the snow and what type of shoe to wear with them.  Never fear, you can always wear a sheer black tight underneath to help provide an extra layer if you want to wear a pump or even an open-toe shoe.  Boots?  Simply wear a low-cut bootie and you can always cuff the bottom hem of the pant if need be.

Day 3: The Cable Knit Sweater

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A cable-knit sweater is a classic piece that will NEVER go out of style.  It looks great with jeans, skirts, dress pants, etc.  You need one!

Day 4: Denim Shirt

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A denim or chambray button-up is the perfect piece to layer underneath a sweater.  For instance, the cable knit sweater would work perfectly over top of this along with the black dress pants.  This is a staple piece for all year long.

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A satin top brings an upscale vibe to a look.  For example, if you were to wear this cami with the black dress pants and a blinged out statement necklace, you would look stunning and all sorts of fancy! Something about different fabrics can really elevate a look.  Throw on a velvet blazer for an even more divine look.

Day 6: The Pleated Midi-skirt

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Something about a pleated skirt creates such an impact to your look. Wear a sweater or basic tee with this style skirt and you instantly look dressier and classy.

Day 7: Plaid

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Something plaid is a must during this season and what better way to incorporate than with a scarf?  Reds, greens or black buffalo plaid are all great choices for a classic holiday look.

Day 8: Something Velvet

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Remember when I mentioned a velvet blazer earlier?  You don’t have to have an outer layer that is velvet but something with this texture is a necessity.  Whether it be a velvet headband, clutch or top it will help create a fabulous look.

Day 9: The Clutch

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Are you surprised that I am just now showing an animal print piece (lol)?  A clutch will be fairly important this time of year for parties.  Why not add in some print and go with something like this hair-on-hide cheetah print piece? It’s not too dressy to where you can’t carry it on a regular basis and it’s not so casual that you feel like it’s ruined your dressier look.

Day 10: The Jacket

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A dress coat is something  you need to add to your closet if you don’t already have one.  I know, I know it’s cold out and your puffer jacket and parka are calling your name but switch to something else.  This military-inspired coat is a striking piece to help take your style up a notch.

Day 11: The Printed Shoe

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Adding in a printed neutral shoe will take your style places you’ve never even imagined! Pair these with your black pants or pleated skirt with your new cable-knit sweater along with these sexy pumps. Then top it off with your military coat. Now you’ve got quite the look going for ya!

Day 12: The Hat

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Now is the time ladies.  Add a winter fedora into your wardrobe so that you can look dressed to the nines head-to-toe. The more layers, the more stylish you look and it helps keep you warm during these cold months.

Day 13: The Go-to Dress

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Finding a go-to dress like this one is going to be very helpful.  It doesn’t have to be black, maybe it’s winter white or gray.  Make sure you have a dress that is easy for you to dress-up and accessorize different ways so that you can get multi-use this season.

Day 14: The Belt

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Make sure and add a belt to your accessories collection.  This is an easy way to add a tailored look to your outfit. This color provides warmth and is a good neutral for just about any color it’s paired with.  Add it to that look I mentioned earlier; the black pants with the cable-knit sweater and denim shirt.  Perfect for family gatherings.

Day 15: The Statement Piece

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Whether you’re an earring chick or necklace gal make sure and add a statement piece with your jewelry.  It’s going to make any outfit more festive.  Stick to a neutral color or maybe even a cluster of pearls.  Either way, make an impact with your jewelry and you’ll be all set!

Need more help?  Let me help you in the comfort of your own home either in-person or in front of your computer.  I can help update your seasonal wardrobe or any special events coming up.  Simply book here and we can share a 20-minute FREE consultation to see how I can help you. I promised you a surprise and here it is!  I decided for the spirit of the holidays I am going to extend my Cyber Monday promotion of Buy One Styling Hour Get One Styling Hour Free until 12/24/19!  Use PROMO CODE: HAPPYHOLIDAYS on the following products:

Seasonal Update, Closet Detox, Special Event Styling, The Gift of Style (gift cards make a great gift) and Photo Shoot.  So enjoy the holidays peeps and I hope I can make your style journey easier on you.  Book today!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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This offer is good for a closet detox, seasonal update or special event styling. I’m also extending this offer to my virtual clientele. You can get any of the above services for $75.00!

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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

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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

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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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