Dreaming of a White Christmas

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88113165-475B-4877-9584-E5AD1070DDBBWell the countdown has begun. My little girl, Harper made a chain link countdown to Christmas Eve so all we talk about is Christmas. We woke up this morning with literally the slightest dust of snow on the ground.  Needless to say her eyes lit up with excitement and I don’t blame her. Something about the first glimpse of snowfall makes everything seem so magical around the holiday season.

When it comes to winter fashion I adore plaid and anything in the burgundy realm of color (in case you haven’t figured that out about me yet 😁). I also think it’s acceptable to wear winter white. There always seems to be so much controversy about wearing white. Let me clarify a few things beforehand. Winter white is more along the lines of an ivory and not a crisp white like you see in the spring and summer. I also want to add that fabric is an important factor as well. You wouldn’t want to wear linen in the fall or winter so keep all that in mind when wearing winter white.

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The above picture is how I paired my winter white denim from Talbots. If you really want to be daring you could do an all winter white look too which is very elegant.

Also, don’t be afraid to wear a maxi skirt in the wintertime too. This color can be festive and flowy. I showed two different ways to dress it up or down. I’m actually wearing my velour bodysuit. I love velour in the winter. It’s such a luscious fabric!

I’m a sucker for accessories and love these pieces. The earrings are made of bullets by Lynne and Lucille, the bracelet is from Red Giraffe Designs and the necklace is from Rocks with Sass. The earrings and bracelet can be found locally at Wit n’ Whimzy.

What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Holiday Fashion and Tradition

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Well it’s that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching and I’ve had some inquiries lately on how to layer to keep warm while still looking festive and not too casual. The above look is perfect for just that! I paired a flounce sleeve striped top along with my black, faux fur vest (both from Talbots). I decided to wear a festive green pant with a tone on tone burgundy and rose statement necklace. This pairing helps brighten and bring holiday cheer to the look. I couldn’t resist wearing my favorite over-the-knee boots because they’re lined and so warm!

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For an extra layer I tossed on my go-to blanket scarf. See, you can mix these two patterns without it being too over the top. It works because stripes is a neutral pattern.

Lets talk traditions for a moment. What are you in charge of when it comes to Thanksgiving and what is your favorite Christmas or other holiday tradition?  I am always in charge of the mashed potatoes and stirring the gravy (pretty easy job, huh)?.  My favorite Christmas tradition that I am now sharing with my daughter, Harper is making candy cane cookies from scratch just like my mom used to do with me. Love you, Mom!!

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Here’s a glimpse into our little home’s Christmas decor. It’s a work in progress and most of it was designed by my 5 year old daughter :). I love my pallet wood art that my Dad made to create  a warm and cozy setting…still looking for a great spot to hang some of them.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with either your family or framily! Hope to hear from you!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Fall Essentials-Part Deux

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Today is game day and me and the little are sporting our OSU gear to support the man in our life’s favorite team. It’s also a great time to sport one of my go-tofall essentials, a houndstooth wrap.

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Every woman should own a wrap because they are very versatile and it’s almost like you’re carrying a blanket around with you! Who doesn’t want to be all snuggled up while looking fashionable? It’s also a very effortless look. It can turn a tee shirt and jeans into a more accessorized look.

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Here’s a more elevated, fashion-forward look. This time I paired the wrap with my side-tie wildberry top and denim all from Talbots along with my velvet over-the-knee boots. On warmer fall days you could wear a cute flat or heel to give it a different look.

So, what color wrap are you going to get this fall?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Fall Essentials-Part 1

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Fall weather has officially arrived! My favorite season of the year. I love layering and mixing things up. I will be blogging about a few fall essentials for my next couple of blog posts so stay tuned.

My first recommended fall fashion piece? A quilted vest like the one I am wearing from Talbots. This is a great alternative to wearing a jacket when you’re not really wanting to wear one or carry it around. This one is waterproof and also very warm.  I chose to pair it with my gray flounce sleeve Talbots sweater and button-fly denim. I love small details which is why I cuff the denim and appreciate the flounce sleeve.

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Next I created a richer, more edgy look with the vest. I stuck with the details for my sleeves on my other sweater from Talbots in this beautiful pine color and wore my leopard print over-the-knee boots. These boots are always conversation starters when I wear them and they really help create a different vibe for the vest. Clearly I give them two thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻.

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So if you really like to layer make sure and get one of these wonderful, longer vests to keep you all snuggly wuggly!  And don’t forget how casual you can make this vest too. For instance, if you’re a skier this would create a fantastic snow bunny look with fitted ski pants for those warmer ski days.

So tell me, what’s YOUR favorite fall piece to wear?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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