Iconic Fashion:|| Insider Info

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If you haven’t heard of the Sparkly Ladies Night party that takes place in Marietta, Ohio the first Saturday of every December,  I’m about to share some exciting information.  You’ve heard that expression, “all dressed up and no place to go” right?  Well, here’s a fantastic opportunity to not only get all glammed up, but also enjoy an awesome night out with the ladies!  I’ve teamed up with Andi Roberts of Hot Tomato Pin-up Academy to supply a hint with this year’s theme.  Last year we took you back to the prohibition days where the dames kicked back in a smokey speakeasy.

So what’s this year’s theme you ask?  Here’s a hint from yours truly. Check out the black and white photo above.  Where do you think you would find me?

Fashion is my expertise and if I had it my way we’d be heading to The Big Apple to shop for an iconic wrap-dress by the one and only Diane von Furstenberg (just like the one I found here in the Hot Tomato wardrobe).   Did you know she invented this design?   The frock is flattering, versatile, and easy to wear, pack, and style. All I can say is that I would wear something like this to Sparkly Ladies Night for this year’s theme and add some much needed bling! Just like runway fashion, don’t be afraid to go over the top because it’d welcome at this place during it’s time.

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So where would you find me?  Send your guess to the following email:

sparklyladiesnight@gmail.com

If you guess correctly, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a set of tickets.  Good luck to all of you and hope to see you there!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Key Statement Pieces

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When it comes to creating a stylish look, one must realize the most important component in doing so is through the finishing touches. This is my favorite part of fashion; accessorizing! Yes, I love mixing and matching clothing to create other looks but one of the easiest ways to transform a look is how you accessorize it. Take for instance this look. I went with a wider leg white pant from Talbots, a wide-armed black sleeveless top layered with a stripe tank to give a surprising peek-a-boo detail and my black loafers. I wanted to dress up this simple look to show how a casual look can look oh so chic when you step outside the box with your jewelry.

I teamed up with the lovely, Cathy Richardson of Sabika jewelry to demonstrate different ways to accessorize. I absolutely adored all of these beautiful jewels and how versatile they are. The images above show different layering techniques that I enjoyed pairing together. The far left picture shows an elaborate mixture and you’ll see I remove a layer in each image to show how many different looks you can create with statement pieces. That’s what’s so amazing about this jewelry collection, you can be your own designer or stylist when it comes to how you want to pair the pieces together.

Sabika is new to the Mid-Ohio Valley and is handmade, exclusively designed jewelry, limited edition crafted from Swarovski crystals made by women in their homes. Visit here to find out more about the history of Sabika and more about Cathy.

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When I was searching through the Sabika collection and what I wanted to pair with this dress, I was immediately drawn to this layered piece. The amber colored crystal, along with the perfectly coordinated colors and multi-layered style was stunning paired with this rich colored maxi dress. I have worn this dress to weddings as well as casually.  This specific look would be quite adorable for the upcoming fall season with a leather jacket to edge it up even more! <3. The tones are absolutely breathtaking.

Here’s a few up-close shots of some of my other favorite pieces. There’s truly something for everyone with the Sabika jewelry line. A big thank you to Cathy for letting me showcase her beautiful jewels! If you’re interested in seeing more make sure and contact Cathy Richardson at: CathyRichardsonSabika@gmail.com or find her on Facebook.

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I think my daughter, Harper approves. She’s making a comeback in my fashion shoots. Which layering piece was your favorite?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Dreamy Denim

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve been collaborating with Peyton & Peppy Boutique lately and I just have to say I have been really impressed with the clothing I have been sharing with you.  When I dropped by to take a gander after one of their live facebook shows, I saw this jumper from across the room. This piece is part of their upcoming fall collection and I HAD to try it on.

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What’s unique about this garment is that it has more of a drop waist. This is not a common fit for most jumpers so some may feel when they try it on that it’s not the correct fit on their body.  But rest assured, this is the way it’s supposed to fit.  I adore the wide leg on this as well; another bit of uniqueness 😉  I paired my Chinese Laundry wedges from Peyton & Peppy too but there are a variety of shoes you would pair with this.  And check out the back of that jumpsuit ❤ Groowwwlll!

I also like to show pieces such as this that you might love but think you can’t wear many different ways.  Here are my two pieces of advice for that:

1.) Sometimes us ladies need a really spectacular piece in our closet for a special occasion (anniversary dinner, a night out with the ladies or your birthday party)!

2.) Be brave.  Step out of your comfort zone and experiment with your wardrobe.  Maybe you’re uncomfortable showing a little skin.  Peep the look below to show how I layered a casual white tee and wore during a day date with my husband and a backyard party at a friend’s house later that afternoon.  Had I owned a pair of white converse sneakers, I would’ve paired it with this look as well.  How fun and sporty!  And, a VERY different look and vibe to the outfit.

I wore my my open-toed sling backs for this specific look since I was going on a date 🙂  I’m sure you’ll see this jumper again so I can show you how to wear it in the cooler months.

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I hope this inspired you to dig into your closet and play with your wardrobe a little bit more.  Give yourself a chance and please stop telling yourself, “I can’t pull that off!”  Be confident in your clothing and you CAN pull ANYTHING off 🙂

Also, if you love my lip color in my first look you should chat with my cousin, Traci on facebook or instagram.  She introduced me to lipsense and I am obsessed!  This color is called Samon.

Did you enjoy this article?  If so, please feel free to share on your social media so that I might be able to inspire someone else.  Thanks for stopping by!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Shop Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0. <3

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I’m so stoked for the launch of my tee shirt line! For a limited time only you can pre-order these designs I created. It’s been a dream of mine to start a clothing line, so here’s to baby steps!  If you or someone you know would be interested in these designs you can get them in either a tee shirt or tank style AND they come in plus sizes. These are unisex sizes in case there are some fellas that are interested in some of the designs (my husband loves the r. tee shirt).

I’m obsessed with how soft these tees are ❤ Did I mention I’m offering FREE SHIPPING!? You have until August 10th to place your pre-order. Click here to shop and place your order today!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Versatility is Key

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If you’re familiar with the retail world at all you know that once the markdowns appear in stores you’ll start seeing the upcoming season’s merchandise start trickling in the stores. I think we can all agree that it upsets us when we are in the summer months and start seeing sweaters.

Here is what I say about that. Now is the time to be smart when shopping the sale section. Think, versatility.  Take for instance the above look. Here, you see an ivory, flowy dress with a lovely kimono with a cord detail (found at the adorable Peyton & Peppy Boutique in Vienna, West Virginia). This is easy to wear in the summer. It offers the perfect bohemian feel. I put on a fedora to add a little extra flare to it.

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What I love about this kimono is the colors in it. This offers versatility for you to continue wearing it in the fall with no problem; no pastels so it doesn’t make you feel like it’s only a spring or summer piece. I also love the lace detail on this tunic dress.

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Here’s proof that you could wear the first look in the fall too! I paired this look with a pair of gray jeggings from Talbots and cuffed them to give it a little more styling detail. I also wore my open-toe sling back shoes for both looks.

To really push your style limits think about adding a pair of black fleece-lined tights under this dress and pair it with a denim jacket to give it a whole other look for the winter. If you’re REALLY feeling fierce add another layer by putting a pullover sweater over it; now you’ve got a dress option and what looks like a skirt option too!

I would also like to add that combat boots would’ve been really cute with either of these looks as well, but I felt like that was a major trend that a lot of people might think of wearing on their own. And, if you didn’t think about that there’s another option for you! 😉

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Lady in Red

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Not too long ago a good friend of mine gave me a sweet “just because” card with a gift card in it to H&M.  Talk about a nice little surprise!!  I wanted to share one of the tops I had been eyeballing on the website and got to purchase this weekend.  I liked this top because I thought it was a unique take on a mesh top.  It also came in black which is what I typically would go for because I am a sucker for black clothing.  I decided to be different and just go for it.  This shade of red is a lot of fun because it is nice and bright and has an orange undertone which I feel is a more flattering shade of red with my skin-tone.  It also matched a pair of shoes that I already had!  Typically, I don’t go for matchy-matchy but I liked it for this specific look because I paired it with the black bralette to help break up the red along with my new dark jeggings from Talbots (my new denim obsession-seriously, go try a pair on because you won’t regret it).  I would wear this look for a night out with the ladies or a date night with your significant other.

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I also liked the challenge this top gave me to style it differently.  Here, I decided to pair it with a black tank for a more casual look and my go-to leopard-print slip-ons.  I also threw on the lace kimono and black fedora to show different layering techniques.  I would wear this look multiple places such as a downtown art fair or a day of shopping (a great look that can mask a bad hair day and provide a trendy look without much effort.

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Lastly, this shows the look without the hat in case you aren’t a hat person.  Simply by taking off the hat it transforms this look.  What color would you like to wear more?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Classic vs. Trendy

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Recently, I’ve taken a new job where I need to create a more classic look than I typically vere towards.  Now, I love and appreciate all styles but I tend to be drawn to more edgy looks. With this new job I am shopping more purposeful. I need more versatile looks that will be appropriate for work while sticking to my true style. This first image shows how I am wearing a pant from Talbots called the Chatham pant. I adore the color red and loved that they were also on clearance! Win, win. I also LOVE this handbag that my mother bought me while I was visiting her in Florida a few years back ❤

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Can we talk about the amazing herringbone detail on this blazer?! I knew I had to have it! It’s also from Talbots and perfect for the summertime because of the 3/4 length sleeve (found in stores). I also love the button detail. I paired it with an existing striped tank I had in my closet because I wanted to show how you can mix texture with a print.

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Like I mentioned above I am always drawn to a more edgy look and even though I am in my thirties I’m not afraid to wear a graphic tank to celebrate being “female” (bodysuit is from Charlotte Russe). I never take myself too seriously when it comes to sticking to fashion labels of what is “age-appropriate.” I say if you like it, then wear it (within reason of course; for instance you probably won’t see me in a crop top at age fifty or above). I wore my glasses because I felt it was fitting for the look I was going for.

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Now, this last image I threw on my printed blazer because I adore the print and I like the look that it brings to this outfit.

I hope this post helped show how you can create two total different styles with just one vibrant colored pant!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Styling a Family Photo

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Today was a perfect day in downtown Marietta, Ohio. My little fam and I spent time eating lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Galley. Afterwards we took a stroll downtown and visited some of the local shops.  But I’m writing to share a tip when it comes to pairing outfits together for a family photo. Now, unfortunately my husband was on the other side of the camera but I can show how I paired my daughter’s outfit with mine.

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A lot of people tend to go super matchy because they aren’t quite sure what else to wear. If you’ve been following me on this journey you know that I love mixing patterns so what better time to do so than in a photograph! I chose a striped maxi dress from Target for my look which is always a great neutral pattern. I had Harper wear a more solid color similar to the color in my maxi dress and we both have a ruffle. Her print is very miniature and playful for a little one which makes this work perfectly (her dress is from Target as well).

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I have to take a moment and show a close-up of the Mother’s Day present my husband got me this year which is a buffalo tooth necklace by Lynne and Lucille from Wit & Whimzy (one of my favorite jewelry designers).

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Harper chose her own shoes today. This was a proud mama bear moment because I suggested her polka dot sneakers because I thought she’d want to wear her fluorescent light-up sketchers lol. Girlfriend surprised me and said “what about the ones with the bows?!” Done and done. She’s got an eye already :).

Next time you go to coordinate outfits for a family photo or a couples photoshoot think outside the box so you can be yourself but incorporate a cohesive look with your photo partner. Need help? Message me 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

PWDR Beaute: A Tropical Getaway

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This past Saturday I had the luxury of being able to feature a recent client of mine, Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute.  For those of you that are not familiar with her work, you should be!  She has started a YouTube channel where she shares “motd” and make-up reviews.  She’s also one of the make-up artists for Hot Tomato Portrait Studio. That means I get to work alongside her during some of the shoots that I style.  You can also find her on facebook and instagram @pwdrbeaute.

So what does a styling session look like with me?  Abigail is going on a vacation to Mexico for a beach wedding and wanted to make sure she packed stylish, yet practical clothing as well as an appropriate dress to wear on a beach for the wedding.

I started out by going to her house so I could see what clothing she already had and then suggested what pieces she should invest in.  The only pieces I saw her missing were if she wanted to have an extra casual dress.  I recommended doing a light off-the-shoulder dress.  I then recommended another pair of sandals.

As you see in the above image of Abigail, she is wearing a mustard colored flowy maxi skirt with a printed crop top.  I loved pairing these two things together because of the brightness of the skirt and then tying in some brighter neutrals.  I also looked through her jewelry and found the perfect statement necklace that tied in the mustard skirt and provided more color to this look.  Some people are leary to mix in a busy necklace with a printed top, but this works perfectly!  This might not work with just any look, so you’ll have to reign in on what is too busy to you.  But because of how the colors stand out against this print, it works great.

We also went with a simple, yet colorful bracelet to help bring accent colors down closer to the skirt.  The look was then finished off with a pair of cognac colored sandals.

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For another look, I paired this black crop top with her button-up striped skirt along with cognac colored sandals. A lot of people still follow these “fashion rules” that don’t exist anymore; mixing black and brown being one of them.  I LOVE the warmth the cognac brings to this outfit.

I also completed the look with a tortoise shell statement necklace to tie in the black and cognac.  Plus, think of all the handbags you see where they mix black and brown together and it looks simply fantastic!  We then stuck with a simple, yet slightly detailed bracelet.

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This look was one that I didn’t put together entirely; just gave tips with what shoes to wear.  As I mentioned above I recommended her finding a light-weight off-the-shoulder dress and she picked out the PERFECT one!  Check out how beautiful that color is on her?!  She accessorized with a simple drop necklace and we added in the handbag to finish off this simple, yet chic outfit!

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Lastly, this is the dress we chose to have her wear for the beach wedding.  Since it is going to be on the sand, we knew she had to have a practical show so we went with a metallic gold gladiator sandal.  Clearly, purple is Abigail’s color!  Look how fabulous she looks in it.  And her make-up compliments with it so nicely.

This dress still had the tags on it because she ordered it online and didn’t realize how high the slit was.  I must say I am all about being daring, especially on vacation with a beach setting but this slit was absolutely too high.  I am a “fixer” by nature so I couldn’t let it go because I hated for her to not wear it because of the slit.  I stitched it up just enough so she felt comfortable and it worked out great!  She’s wearing the same drop necklace as the previous look.  Which brings me to another point; don’t be afraid to recycle jewelry when on vacation, it saves room and tangled messes!

If you’re needing help with any styling tips, or packing for a getaway I would love to assist.  We can go shopping together or I can use what clothing you already have!  Heck, we can mix the two together.  Message me for any questions.  Don’t forget to check out her social media and you can visit Hot Tomato’s site for a session and we can assist with your dream shoot!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Pin-Stripes? Don’t Mind If I Do!

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When I think of springtime the fashion color palette in my mind always floats towards pastels.  Now, with my fair-skin and blonde hair, I tend to get a little squeamish because I can easily look washed-out in a lot of pastels.  BUT, with that being said I am not afraid to push myself to make it work for me.  You can do so by adding brighter accessories.

I recently did an article for Clutch MOV on the collaboration of modern and vintage styles.  I loved this article because it really married the two styles together and made vintage relevant with modern fashion.  The dress you see in this post was featured in this article and I must say, I AM IN LOVE!  The light fabric and off-the-shoulder look made it so easy to wear this dress and so comfortable.

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I loved pairing a bold red shoe with the dress; nothing wrong with going a little patriotic now and again 😉  I also like to mix and match my accessories.  I loved utilizing a cognac colored handbag.  This neutral color honestly works so well with ANY and EVERY color!  I love it with black, yellow, red, brown, green, etc.  I haven’t seen it with a color that I don’t like.

When it came to accessorizing this dress, I kept it simple.  I selected a bold shoe which was enough of a statement for me when it came to introducing a color.  How cute are those tassels?!

These pieces are found locally at some of my dearest friends’s shop, Twisted Sisters Boutique in downtown Marietta, Ohio. If you are located in the Mid-Ohio Valley make sure and stop by and say, “GIVE ME THESE PIECES” lol!

If you like the look that you see here, I have teamed up with an online retailer to offer you some limited-time savings! You can find this dress by visiting this link and receive a special  discount of 50% off when you use promo code; RANDOMOSITY740.  You can also shop some of my Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0 approved accessories. For a limited time you can receive 15% off your order on the entire website.  Images and links are below:

NEWBARK Elegant Double Layer Necklace With Friendship Circle Pendants

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50% off for limited time!  Shop here 🙂

I teamed up with some fabulous peeps including the photographer and make-up artist listed below.  Make sure and scope out some of their work!

Photographer (for dress look): Andi Roberts of Hot Tomato Studio

Make-up Artist: Tonya Winebrenner

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney