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

 

Get it Girl!

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I love pairing the unexpected. Take for instance this top. It would be easy for me to pair this with white pants or denim.

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I chose red pants to bring out more color. I added my black leather jacket and black flats to bring some edginess and drama to the look.

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Keep in mind when I mention other ways to “edge things up” it’s just to show you a more unique way of pairing things and seeing things differently. There’s nothing wrong with going with the instinctual item, but don’t forget to challenge yourself and have fun! As my daughter and I say all the time while dancing around and raising the roof, “Oh yea! Get it girl!” 😂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

An Unexpected Trip

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My family and I woke up Saturday morning wondering what we were going to do for the day. What started out as a semi-serious suggestion, became a reality. We decided to make an impromptu trip to Columbus, OH. We lived there for 5 years and still have some amazing friends that we don’t get to see very often. So what should you do on a beautiful, yet still cold day? Take a drive with the fam. I called my friends up and it worked out perfectly for us to get to see all of them. Harper got to see one of her friends too!

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We ended our day at a Easton Town Center which was our home away from home when we lived there. We both worked at that mall during our time there and were genuine mall rats because we’d go there to eat and enjoy a movie on our days off!  However, the store Zara had not been there yet so I was really excited to stop in there. I tried on a few things with no intention to really buy anything this time around. Marc, my husband saw me stop dead in my tracks when I saw this beautiful trench coat. I’ve always wanted one but the ones I love are usually just too expensive for my wallet. I didn’t even try it on because I figured it was not going to fit our budget. It didn’t help that Marc even said, “Ha! Don’t even think about it!” I went to the fitting room and tried on a few things but didn’t have much luck aside from one cute black and white top (cause that’s just so different from the colors I typically buy-insert eye roll lol)!

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It was time for us to meet up with a friend at our favorite pub, Fado. While chatting it up with my friend, Marc said, “Oh, hey! I got you something” and he handed me this jacket nonchalantly! It took me a minute to register that it was the jacket I saw in Zara. I asked why he would do that and he said he knew that I loved it and he hadn’t done something like this for a long time. He’s such a great husband for so many reasons, one for pulling off unexpected surprises when he can.  We got really lucky because it fit perfectly! You know I’m usually a huge bargain shopper so this was definitely a treat!

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One of the details I loved was the buckle on the cuff and the buttons on the shoulder. The fabric is my favorite too because it has a wonderfully soft hand with a slight sheen. I also loved how the collar was nice and structured. What a sexy spring trench coat!

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And can we talk about how awesome it looks with my Lynne and Lucille hair-on-hide earrings from Wit & Whimzy?

What’s your favorite unexpected gift that you’ve ever received? And what a perfect day; Family, friends and fashion! My kind of day 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Professional Wear: How Do You Make It Your Own?

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Today I had the honor of presenting to a classroom of Marietta College students on what is appropriate to wear during an interview.  It inspired me to write about this topic for a few reasons:

1. Show an appropriate interview look.

2. Demonstrate how to transform your interview look into your own style for a later purpose.

The first image shows an appropriate outfit for an interview. Many people think you have to wear a matching suit but that’s not necessarily the case. I kept my accessories minimal and the colors more toned down. I love this Chanel-inspired tweed jacket from Talbots, but this is not my typical style. So I put together a look that is more me so that I have multi-use.

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I love this jumpsuit I acquired last summer from Peyton & Peppy. I love the mix of something classic with something edgy. I also included a warm tone with my shoe to add some interest.

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And you know how I can never get enough of Lynne and Lucille jewelry. These earrings are made of hair-on-hide and I found them at Wit & Whimzy. I love the texture it adds to the tweed jacket without competing with it.

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If you have any questions about what to wear on interviews or how to make business wear more your style, please feel free to hit me up!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

 

Gingham Style

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I love printed fabrics because they can transform a look into many different styles. For  point of reference take a peek at these three different styles I created with a gingham print. Now, depending on who you’re talking to some may feel that gingham is synonymous with a preppy look.

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But on the flip-side another might say that it’s more indie style. If you’re asking me, I don’t discriminate and think it easily goes both ways! Take for instance the above picture. If I switched out the tank for a solid black and wore a more classic shoe it would work well for a business look. Oh, and switch up the necklace with a simple drop style.

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This look is my favorite because it’s edgier. I cuffed my pants so that I could wear the open-toed booties and wore my leather jacket and fedora to bring some drama.

I’d also like to note that sometimes wearing a printed pant can be intimidating for us ladies. We tend to think it accentuates areas we prefer not to. However, there’s a print out there for everyone. I like the black and white gingham because the black helps balance out the white, meaning it doesn’t necessarily broaden the hips and thighs. It also depends on the fit of the pant on you. I tend to go for a slim leg with a high-waist because it sits on the smaller part of my waistline. These pants are from Talbots and they’re called the Chatham and you can get them for 25% off right now!

Have fun discovering a printed pant that you love!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Seeing Red

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Last week I shared some bargain finds. I promised I’d share two more fun pieces during my shopping trip. So here you go!  For this look I found a red ruffle top at TJ Maxx for $6.00 and these mules for $6.00 at Gabriel Brothers. I’ve receive the most compliments on these shoes when I wear them and they can be worn with so much! The first image I layered with a denim jacket and a pair of gray jeggings from Talbots (my absolute favorite fit of denim).

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This top can also be worn simply by taking the denim jacket away. I love pairing cognac with gray because it’s not as predictable. You know me, I’m always trying to pair the unexpected ha, ha! I also cuffed the jeggings to add some extra styling.

 

Here’s an up-close look at my jewelry. I added a little bit more color with my beaded earrings and you know how I love my necklaces by Lynne and Lucille that I find at Wit & Whimzy.

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Here’s another way I styled these two finds. I switched to my Talbots boyfriend denim and tucked part of the shirt in to showcase more of the ruffle and accessorized with a different necklace.

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And do you recognize these shoes from my last blog post? I love how I look barefoot. Very unique look 🙂 This time I dressed up the red top by pairing it with black dress pants and a mint colored necklace that can both be found at Talbots.

So which style do you like best?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

In Love with Lace

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February has begun and love is in the air! And I don’t mean the romantic love. One of my many favorite things in the fashion world is the delicateness of lace. There’s something so feminine and fierce about it. For the first look I used a bralette underneath to give this top an edgier aesthetic.

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Another thing I love is a great bargain! These lovely shoes were a steal for $4.99 from Gabriel Brothers! I love the clear strap over the toes while the soles and heels of the shoes are a dramatic black. It brings a unique illusion of being barefoot while adding height! I’ll take it 😉

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Lastly, I fell in love with how this top flowed with my fringe skirt. I used a camisole to wear under the top this time since I was showing more skin on my lower half. Did I mention how  this top was another amazing find? TJ Maxx had this beauty on sale for $12.99!

Bargain shopping can be overwhelming at times and I don’t always love looking in discount stores but sometimes it truly pays off. Case and point? I now have two new valuable pieces for my wardrobe for under $20!

Next on the blog, I will feature two other bargain finds that are more casual. Stay tuned.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

The Tale of the Cable Knit Sweater

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I love a good cable knit sweater. But how many different ways can you style it? Here’s a few images to inspire you to think outside the whole jeans and sweater bubble.  The top images are the no-brainer way to wear it. But my gray, heavily distressed denim helps make it look less preppy and edges it up a tick. I also loved pairing cognac colored shoes to add some warmth to the look.

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The next image I just added a black blazer to jazz it up. You could even pair a nice heel with this and switch to black pants for a more professional look.

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Here I switched out my shoes to leopard flats and wore a lightweight khaki jacket. A more fun and casual look. I even switched up my hair-do for a more relaxed look.

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Now I’ve styled it with a flannel, boyfriend style button-up top to add a different type of layer. I stuck with the leopard flats to show how you can mix patterns in a more subtle way. I also wore my glasses to give it a different vibe.

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Lastly, I tied the flannel shirt around my waist and tossed my hair up in a messy pony tail for an easy, effortless look. I wore the same jewelry in every look to show that it works for all styles. The necklace is from Wit & Whimzy and it’s made by Chastina. A new favorite! As always feel free to send any questions my way for styling tips or share pics with me on how you styled your cable knit sweater. You can always tag @randomosity740 on Instagram too 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney