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

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

 

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