Hot Summer Accessory

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With these high temperatures this summer, it’s time to reveal my hottest accessory yet! It comes in all shapes and sizes and is the perfect thing to carry around for at least 9 months out of the year!

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I aquired this accessory about 9 weeks and 3 days ago. You see I’ve had one before but it outgrew me so I decided to get another one. I mean, hello? That first accessory has been the best thing I’ve owned!

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If you haven’t figured it out by now (which I’m sure you have 😂) I am now going to be sporting a baby bump! Though it might be small right now it shall continue to grow ❤️.  We’re beyond thrilled to invite this little bambino into our little family. I am still in shock that we finally made the decision to grow our family and it happened quite quickly.  We have been asked by many for the past 6 years if we were going to have another one. The truth is I thought we were finished. But then something happened. Our little Miss Harper was starting to ask for one and then come to find out her daddy wanted another one too. I was a little more reluctant because I’m 35 now which I know can “put me at risk” and I had all these questions in my head, “what if it changes the dynamic of our family drastically and makes things really hard on us”, “what if Harper feels left out” or “what if we can’t handle the extra responsibility and it puts a strain on our family”, and “I have all these life goals I’m trying to go for, what if they don’t happen?”

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I came to realize that my worries were a mixture of fear and selfishness. First of all, all of these worries WILL happen at some point in our lives because life isn’t perfect. There will be moments in life that are rocky, I know because we’ve already experienced those. Is it hard? Absolutely! But it builds a stronger family foundation. The things we go through in life shape us into the humans we are called to be. I truly believe that. Sometimes we’re given tests where we feel we can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. But we have to put our big girl pants on and rise to the occasion. It helps when you have the right people and personalities to go through the trenches with you. If you don’t you’ll sink and let your fears smother you. I’m beyond lucky to have found that lifelong partner. We don’t give up on each other, just like you can’t give up on things when it gets tough. There are plenty of things out there worth fighting for.

So after all of that, I just want to thank you for reading and I can’t wait to share a new type of fashion. During my first pregnancy I tried my hardest to stay in non-maternity clothing for tops as long as possible. So for the next half of the year or so I’ll still be sharing fashion tips that will make sense for the everyday gal who is NOT expecting, but if you are expecting I’ll help you along this journey because maternity fashion can be the pits!

Your Faithfulness Dreamer,

Courtney

P.S. I absolutely adore this dress from Peyton & Peppy! I bought it a few months ago and couldn’t wait to wear it. Shortly after I found out I was expecting so I made sure to get a pic of me wearing it before I outgrow it 😂

Accessorizing: It Makes a Difference😘

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Happy Hump Day readers! Today I decided to show you how accessories can make a difference with your look. I chose this fun jumpsuit to use as my muse. I visited six different local shops in Marietta, Ohio today to illustrate two things.

1. The obvious. Show you how I changed up my looks.

2. Show you what local resources you have in the MOV. In my opinion, there’s something special about shopping small businesses. If you never really do, this is me urging you to do so…like now. Seriously, go tomorrow!😁

This first look was created by accessories from Twisted Sisters Boutique. The necklace and purse are made from coconut shells! How cool is that?! I love the 70’s vibe it gives it. I feel like I should be on an episode of, Three’s Company (🎶Come on knock on our doooooor🎶)😂.

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Next stop was Emleigh and Mama B’s. I decided to use a layering piece by utilizing this cute floral top. I love the dark contrast and drama it brings. This is definitely a “look at me” look. My fedora helped tie in the rest of the look along with her dark feather earrings and stacked bracelets also found inside her shop.

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Now for Wit & Whimzy. I can always find fun and whimsical accessories here. I wanted to add more color so I chose multi-colored items. The tassel earrings and hot pink pendant necklace were the perfect accent colors to brighten up this look. I loved adding the wristlet for more color and my infamous mixing of patterns❤️

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As I continued on my jaunt down Front Street I stopped in Sugar Maple Boutique and utilized this oversized denim jacket to show a more casual look that you could wear on a cooler summer evening. I added the fuschia bag and fun gray statement earrings with a gold medallion necklace. It’s fun to play with other colors. Gray, green, pink and gold…it’s fun!

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We’re gettkng closer to the end of Front Street which led me to my next stop at Dad’s Primitive Workbench. Here I decided to create a cute beach look. Super casual and laid back. I paired a yellow “sunset chasin’” top to add a different color along with a beaded long necklace that helped bring out some of the blue  in the jumper. Simple and effortless 👌🏻

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My last stop of the day was at Teri Ann’s.  She has this adorable layering piece that was perfect for the summer. The mesh look keeps it breathable AND it’s versatile! There are multiple ways to wear this piece so make sure to stop in and check it out. I saw it also came in turquoise and black! And how fun is this clutch? I’m going to call it the mermaid clutch because it reminds me of a mermaid tail with the different colors it has in it. I also paired the look with this delicate “X and O” necklace that has a small turquoise stone next to it. Simple and chic!

Well, thanks for “walking” along with me to search for some really great accessories for this jumpsuit. Remember, just because it’s a one- piece doesn’t mean you can’t wear something over top of it. Like I always say, have fun and think outside the box!

Now, tell me…which look was your favorite?!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Make-up Artist Etiquette

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If you’re like me I am clueless when it comes to knowing what is and is not acceptable questions to ask a professional. Today I am going to cover the makeup profession. If you are looking to hire a make-up artist (MUA) here are a few things I have discovered by asking some of my favorite professionals in this field.

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First things first, when you are searching for a MUA look up some of their work and see if you like their end product or ask around.  Once you’ve found one give them all the information you have about your event:

*How many clients should he/she expect to have on that day.

*Where the venue is and what time they need to be there. It’s very important to plan out the timing. Something you should ask them is the average time it takes to complete one person when working multiples.

*Do they require a contract and if so what all does that entail?

*What their fee is and what all that includes (such as a trial, travel or tip).

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Now that you’ve figured out which MUA you are going with, now it’s time to set-up a date to do your trial. This is something that all MUA’s suggest doing. It makes sense, right? You wouldn’t get married without trying on your dress first because you might not like it. This gives the artist an idea of what you feel comfortable with and like or dislike.

This leads me to another controversial topic. What you shouldn’t expect or say during your consultation.

*Why are you so expensive? That’s insulting to ask anyone in their profession. Always remember you get what you pay for. MUA’s that are good have had lots of experience and training as well as great product that they have invested in for their clients. So keep that question out of your interaction with them.

*Can you use my makeup? This can vary between artists but usually they prefer using their product because they know how it applies. However, if you are sensitive to certain makeup or have allergies that should be discussed ahead of time so arrangements can be made. Or if there is a certain reason you’re wanting to use something of your own explain why.

*Remember that applying makeup to someone is an art and a work in progress so any questioning you have about what they’re doing should be saved for the end. In other words don’t judge the work until it is complete.

Lastly, here are a few things to remember and keep in mind:

1. When you’re searching through Pinterest or any other social media to find inspiration for your look, keep in mind some of these photos are edited and you might not get the same results. Especially if you have a different skin tone or facial structure. Especially eyes…everyone’s eye shapes vary.

2. If you don’t like something they’ve done make sure and communicate that to them, especially during the trial. They can’t read your mind and they want you to love your face so be honest with them.

3. Expect to pay for your trial and make sure to book plenty in advance for both the trial and your event (at least 4-6 weeks is a good time frame to book for your event).

4. Tipping is appreciated. Just like when you get your hair done by a professional and tip them, you should do the same for your MUA.

5. Expect it to take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours for your makeup to be done.

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I hope these tips helped when it comes to knowing what to expect or how to interact with your MUA. A huge thank you to the above MUA’s that allowed me to interview them and ask them questions. I personally learned a lot and have a new appreciation for what they do.

Pictured left to right are the MUA and their instagrams. You can also search their names on Facebook:

Abigail Gedon: @pwdrbeaute

Tonya Winebrenner: @tonyawinemakeup

Jessica Kufel: @jessikufel

I trust these ladies and absolutely adore them. They are super professional and supply a beautiful finished look. Did I mention they’re also Hot Tomatos? If you aren’t familiar with Hot Tomato Studio then you need to message me and ask about what they do 🙂 In the meantime, check out this link.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

Classic Style

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If you’ve been following me lately you may have noticed a few features of vintage jewelry from Havana’s Heydey. I discovered this vintage shop through Instagram so make sure and check her out @havanasheydey. She’s from the Pittsburgh area and has an inspiring story. The classic hoops I am wearing in this photo are from her shop.

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I love a classic black and white look. Nothing says classic more than that. So here I am wearing this beautiful textural bordered skirt from Talbots with my silly little gal, Harper wearing a fun dress from H&M.  I wore this first look during our weekend trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake with some of our dearest friends. It was really hot so I figured why not pair it with a homemade crop-top. I used one of my tee shirts and shortened it by cutting it to the length I preferred and created a hem to make it a crop. Super simple.

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Today I wore my skirt with a miniature heart printed button-down top. This length of skirt is not typical for me. I usually like my skirts slightly above the knee but I adore the length of this skirt. Very classic and elegant. It just goes to show, don’t disregard something at first sight because you might love it on.

Also, in the first image you can see my gold necklace, which if you couldn’t tell is the map of the world laid flat ❤️ This was a surprise gift from one of my sisters, Beth. She saw a board of mine on Pinterest labeled, “I Want This” and surprised me with the necklace in the mail. What a sweet sister 😘.

So tell me, what style are you looking forward to trying this upcoming summer?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Monat-Not Just an Artist👩‍🎤

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Greetings from your faithful dreamer. I’m here to share with you my personal review of the Monat haircare system. Please note: I am not selling this product, just sharing my experience. I first heard about this brand last year from a friend and was intrigued by it but never got around to ordering any. I mean who doesn’t want thicker, fuller and bouncier hair?🤔

I follow this one gal named, Chelsea Kinzinger on instagram (@chelseakinzinger) that re-introduced me to this product. She asked me for a personal testimony if she were to give me some product to try out. I agreed since it was a product I was curious about and now, here’s my story. If you like what I have to say you should hit her up on insta! Please know that I am not a haircare expert and I know everyone’s experience will not be the same as mine. You should always use a new product carefully because everyone’s body chemistry is different.

The image above is the shampoo and conditioner that I have been using. I have very fine hair and it gets easily tangled on a daily basis. With that being said I am careful when using these two products because it seems that after I use the shampoo (which tingles on the scalp a little, which I am assuming is what helps stimulate the scalp for new growth)  that it gets very tangled. When I use the conditioner  it helps, but I am careful when combing it through with my fingers because my hair can be fragile during that process.

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Once I have completed the shampoo and conditioner I get to use this miracle worker😁 I love the blow out cream. It smoothes out my hair and helps make it easier to comb through and protects my hair from all the heat I apply to it.

Next I apply the split-end mender to my hair and then spray the root lifter to my roots. Both of these are great additions because they help with my trouble areas as well. I color my hair and am always needing more volume since it’s so fine. I’m also terrible when it comes to keeping up with hair trims too 😬🤦🏼‍♀️ so the split-end mender is a necessity.

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Now my absolute favorite product that I can’t live without. I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos and this one is by far my favorite. The scent is light and I don’t have to use a lot of it. This product helps me go at least two days without having to wash my hair. When I am not using this hair care system I’m lucky to get away with skipping one hair wash. I had a favorite dry shampoo that I used previously but it always felt like I went through the can much faster than this one. I’ve had this can for about 7 weeks and I use it often.

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Now these last two products I need to use more often before I give a fair review on them. But when I have used them I apply them before I go to bed to give it what I call and “overnight therapy.” I apply it when I know I will be washing my hair the next morning. So for now, stay tuned because I am going to start using this more consistently.

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Here are three images of my hair after I blow-dry it. This was over a 6 week period and I took a picture every other week. I actually wish I would’ve had my hair trimmed before this process because I was in need of one before I started this journey. My images may not show the benefits I’ve had using this product yet but I can tell you my hair feels SOOO good and much healthier. The biggest thing I notice is how soft and smoothe my hair feels. The other thing I love is how my hair looks and feels when I curl or straighten it now. It feels thicker and fuller.

So far I’m really enjoying this system and would recommend a lot of the products to friends. I would recommend chatting with a Monat consultant with any questions you might have. Before I started this process I had heard very mixed reviews about the product but I spoke with others about any questions or concerns I had. Just remember, like I stated earlier everyone’s body chemistry is different when it comes to using new products. Ask the experts when it comes to questions about anything product-related.

Below is Chelsea’s contact information and website so you can peruse what other products are available.

chelseakinzinger@gmail.com

chelseakinzinger.mymonat.com

Hope my review helps!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Let’s Chat About that Hat

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I’ve been obsessed with finding a cute spring/summer hat. However, anytime I purchase one I end up not wearing it very often because the fit isn’t quite right. I’m determined to find the right hat and experiment with a variety of shapes and sizes until I find what I’m looking for.

When I’m in a hurry and don’t want to grab some things from a big store, I’ll stop in a place like Dollar General so I can run in and out. Well, I happened to notice a sale section that had the above hat on the rack. I’ve been wanting a sun hat but knew I wouldn’t wear it often because I don’t spend an extended amount of time in the direct sunlight. So here I am faced with the perfect scenario for a hat trial and for only $3.00! Nothing to lose there.

I got home and decided to put a few looks together to share how you can easily style a sun hat.

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Perfect little white dress from Emleigh and Mama B’s with a little dash of color to add some interest.

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A chambray dress from TJ Maxx with my black booties and white denim jacket to tie in the black and white from the hat.

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A silk neck scarf from Talbots and a faux leather pencil skirt to add some more texture and the studded shoes to produce an edgier look.

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Lastly, for my denim wearing gals, my denim with the bows from Talbots and a black and white striped top paired with a turquoise statement necklace.

So there you have it! 4 easy looks with the same sun hat. What accessory are you on the hunt for this season? You never know when you might find the perfect practice accessory 😁.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Ta-Da! Sporty to Chic in Lickety Split

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I’ve recently been incorporating my favorite athletic shoe with a lot more things to create variety in my life. You already know how I love versatility…it’s kind of my favorite word 😏. Adding this faux leather jacket to this white textured dress from the much anticipated  Emleigh and Mama B’s created the perfect sporty look.

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And then when you add this little cutey from Wit & Whimzy, it makes it the perfect errand- running wristlet❤️ The gold studs tie in wonderfully with the gold in my necklace.

 

Now for the magic! Look how elevated this look is once you switch up the shoes and take off the black jacket. I showed two ways to create a more chic look. Add a white denim jacket or simply go without a layering piece. Either way this white cotton dress number is yet another effortless way to be comfortable, yet super chic.  And check out those pockets! When you add white on white mixed with gold it creates an elegant, fresh look.

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Don’t forget how impactful a bold earring can be when completing your look. These beauties are also from Emleigh and Mama B’s. Don’t forget to watch for the opening day in early May.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Details, detail, details…

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Today’s look was all about the little details.  Gingham is always a popular print during the spring months and the ruffle sleeve adds a fun twist to a casual fabric.

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Then BAM I turn around and there’s a cute bow in the back! I love the element of surprise 😆

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Now let’s chat about the scalloped edge on these cherry tomato crops. Some may shy away from buying a pair of pants with a special feature because it’s viewed as “trendy.” However, hem details are becoming a major must-have that I believe will stick around for a while. It brings interest to a classic pant. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a special piece that adds some uniqueness to your look❤️

Remember, don’t ever be afraid to express yourself through your clothing. If you’re feeling fun, show it through your style.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

The Beautiful Kelsey❤️

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Sometimes we buy these awesome fashion finds because we love them in the store, but then we find ourselves perplexed on what to pair it with.

If you read my blog post about my dress design, you might remember me mentioning, Kelsey Preston. She was the photographer behind the photos and I had so much fun getting to know her. I also spent some time in her closet sharing some tips and tricks. So cheers to a series of posts about Kelsey 😁

The look I’m discussing today was around what layering piece to put under this beautiful embroidered top that she had in her closet. She wasn’t sure what color to layer it with. I chose black because it helped accentuate the beautiful color and details in the top.  If we went with nude or something lighter it actually took away from the top.

Some might shy away from layering a heavy necklace with such a detailed top but I noticed that Kelsey had the perfect necklace hanging with her accessories. It added some fun but didn’t take away from the top. Perfectly complimentary😁

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As you can see there was snow on the ground during this shoot and it was absolutely boot weather at the time. So we paired a cognac colored boot to add warmth and a mid-wash denim. A few months later since this phot was taken and it’s supposed to snow again this weekend 🤦🏼‍♀️. Either way this look can work when spring finally arrives simply by switching out the shoes to a heel or flat.

Stay tuned for some more looks I helped Kelsey put together.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

A Work in Progress

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3189D4CA-0DBC-4C43-87CC-FCCC6900D887I want to share three truths about myself with you today:

(1.) I’m horrible at making decisions for myself. I’m constantly weighing the “what-I f’s” which hold me back from making quick decisions. I’m a deep-thinker which can be good, but a lot of times it can cause unnecessary fear.

(2.) Confidence is a daily struggle. I genuinely have to work on it. I’m hyper aware of my insecurities and have to call myself out on a regular basis to fight through it and say “I’m enough” to myself. Sounds silly, right? This is why clothes are so important to me because I realize how they impact my confidence. My whole mission for Randomosity 740 is to help my followers feel good about themselves by inspiring them to think outside the box for themselves.

(3.) I often feel like I’m not a good wife or mother. I work full-time and have extra-curricular activities such as my blog. I wish there was more time in the day so I don’t feel like I’m neglecting my family. That’s why you’ll see my daughter with me in some of my pictures for my blog. When she’s not at school I’ll have her join me during shoots so she can watch me go through the process of chasing my dreams for my blog. I just pray I’m not teaching her something else by accident such as vanity. I want her to always be true to herself and not compare herself to others. As for my husband, he’s an amazing supporter of what I’m doing but there are times he has to remind me to be present when it’s family time because I’ll work on a blogpost thinking I can do it quickly. With working a retail schedule I try to schedule my days off when both of them are off school and work too. So I don’t really have other times to post and write without interfering with my time with them. I’ve been getting better but I have a long way to go.

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I’m constantly working on myself and it will forever be a work in progress. The only thing I can do is give it my best and not be too hard on myself. So if I can share anything else with you it’s to be nice to yourself and remember that no one is perfect. Don’t be too critical of others including yourself. I’ve been reading articles about our “highlight reels” on social media and the impact it can have on our emotions. Always remember you’re only seeing  pictures that people want you to see. Everyone is battling through something in life. Some just don’t air out their laundry on social media.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney