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

Fashion Shoot Weekend Extravaganza!

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This weekend was jam-packed full of fashion fun. I was able to take a quick photo op of some wonderful fashion pieces, work with Hot Tomato on a photo shoot for a talented seamstress, named Loni Jakubowski of Havin’ Sew Much Fun. I got to style Loni with her own creations which was such a treat. Then, I got to do a shoot for Clutch MOV around modern fashion with a vintage twist at The Betsy Mills Club. I can’t wait to see the finished product from both shoots! It’s always such a wonderful time with the Hot Tomato team. Let’s just say I’m lucky and so very blessed to have the husband that I do to watch our little, Harper Simone so I can make time for my passions.

On Saturday, before my little family and I had to finish up moving into our new place, I stopped in Twisted Sisters Boutique.  I have been great friends with the owners for about 3 years now.   I always enjoy laughing with them and it’s not out of the ordinary for me to spend hours in their store gabbing and being silly.  I stopped in to pick up some Do Terra essential oils that they introduced me to. I also knew they had a nice, upscale trunk show going on for Doncaster. I had never heard of this brand but I checked them out online beforehand. I was pleased with some of the pieces I found online and knew I had to touch and feel these pieces for myself. The above picture was one of my favorite pieces. It was stunning! The picture doesn’t do it justice. What a lovely statement piece to own in your closet!

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This second jacket was adorable. Unfortunately, this jacket was not available in my size but I insisted on still trying it on and sharing this garden scene floral print. The luscious colors were fabulous. I also love when a jacket has a waist tie.

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Now this piece I fell in love with! The colors in this print were to die for, the fit was perfect and the fabric against my skin was heavenly.  If you like the pieces that you see, stop in Twisted Sisters Boutique on Front Street in downtown Marietta to learn how you can own Doncaster pieces.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

DIY Denim Workshop

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Last weekend I hosted my first DIY Denim Workshop at the Hot Tomato Studio. We went over different techniques and trimming ideas for our older denim we wanted to transform. I loved seeing everyone’s excitement and designs they came up with. Take a look at the end products:

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Kristen went patriotic with the inside cuffs of her denim.

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Abbie added some pyramids and abstract paint designs with mini hearts ❤

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Jesse is heading to Aruba soon and wanted to add some color and excitement to her denim.  How cute are these pom pom’s?

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And don’t forget about the Aruba patch 😉

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Franci took the time to distress some of her old denim for her daughter.IMG_8132

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And then a pair for herself 🙂

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Linda assisted with her sewing skills and all of her fun accessories to add to the denim; a potato and coasters to create a painted stamped look and more patches!

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I added some ruffles to an old pair of denim shorts.  Now, maybe I will wear them because it helped add length to the shorts! lol.

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All fun ideas and I loved the different creative sides these women let out.  Some just went to town and then others spent time thinking about how they envisioned their denim turning out.  All beautiful ways to celebrate your individuality.  The best part of this was listening to 90’s music and laughing with one another. It’s so therapeutic to hang out with a group of women crafting it up!  Thanks again to all of you that came to the workshop!

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Top Shop and Drop It

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I love when spring fashion arrives in stores. All of the bright colors and sense of ahh, warm weather ahead. Green is one of my favorite colors. It brings a sense of cheer to my soul. It reminds me of the lovely smell of fresh cut grass and the leaves on the trees.

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I obtained this vibrant floral top from Target. The funny thing is, here I just shared how much I love the color green, yet don’t own a lot of it in my closet.

What I loved most about this top is the surprising versatility. Here I am wearing it with a favorite pair of denim I recently purchased on a trip to Chicago. I like to tuck the front of my flowy tops into my pants to give it a little more interest.

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What I loved most about this denim and what made it so special is that it was:

1. A simple way of showing skin to feel a little sexy while the details in the cuff were a little more raw. I loved the moto style of them as well.

2. I found them at Top Shop and I had never been inside this store. Needless to say I was very excited because I have always drooled over their clothing online. I don’t purchase a lot of clothing online because I want to try things on so this was a major treat for me.

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The second look I produced with this top was pairing it with one of my favorite leather skirts from Macy’s. When I lived in Columbus I frequented Macy’s sale rack on my lunch breaks and this was one of my finds! I love that this look creates a little more drama.

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably notice that I love any type of leather type look. The psychology behind that, in my mind, is that I am not a demanding or overly serious person by nature. Wearing styles like this is my way of showing that I CAN have a more serious and domineering side when I want to. Yet, another thing I love about fashion. You can portray a certain personality just through the clothes you wear.

What trend or style makes you feel powerful? As always, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Style on the Go

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This coming weekend is going to be an epic weekend getaway!  Why, you ask?  I get to spend it with two of my oldest friends, Christy and Allyson.  My next blog post will go into the history of us and how we became friends. Plus, I’ll have the opportunity to style and take photos of them; a little pampering for the besties.

I know this trip is going to be a little more relaxing and not so much what we would’ve done when we were in our twenties, so I decided to share a look that I would wear while we lollygag in the city. Make sure to check out the next blog post to see what else I wore for the weekend getaway.

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This lightweight jacket and flats from Target are a must in San Francisco for walking around the city.  This look wouldn’t be complete without my arrowhead necklace from Twisted Sisters Boutique in downtown Marietta, Ohio.

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I loved the idea of wearing tan with black and white stripes because it is not always the obvious choice.  It helps bring contrast and interest to the look.  Same with my tan, suede flats.  I could’ve easily gone with the black flats but wanted to mix it up.  What’s your favorite thing to pair with stripes?

 

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

GlamOutfit

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Psst!  Hey you…yea, you! Have you ever seen the movie, Clueless and wish you had Cher’s computer program that helped her pick out her #ootd?  Well, I have a treat for you. I came across this app called GlamOutfit on my iPhone and will continue to talk about how fantabulous (yes, fantastic and fabulous put in one word) it is in my fashion workshops. And well, anyone else that might be interested; the mailman, barista, or someone in line at the grocery store?  Who knows!? I love it because you can upload your entire closet along with accessories and shoes to keep a running inventory of what you own.  You can request people to “style you” which is great for when you feel overwhelmed about what you should wear for a certain occasion. Or maybe you want to see what other people would put together.  You know how easy it is for us to be “so over” our clothes.  Sometimes it just takes an outsider looking at your closet with a fresh set of eyes.

Here’s what using the app looks like:

1.) Upload images of your clothing and it will allow you to categorize it by color and subject (i.e. top, bottom, shoes, etc)

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**PLEASE NOTE** the “style me” icon at the bottom center of the above image.  This is where you can request someone to style you.  The hanger icon is your closet and the shopping bag icon is where you can shop from the app for additional items you may need.

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This is what the page looks like where you can create the filters to categorize your clothing.

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Once you put together a look you can also schedule a time to wear what was created.  This works out perfectly for vacations or if you are a pre-planner in general.

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When you click on the shopping bag icon it takes you to the shopping page which looks like this. It’s also categorized by using a filter button by topic.  This is perfect for those times when you need an item to go with the one piece you thought you could wear a lot, only to find out that it wasn’t the right color. Do you return it or find something else to go with it?  If it is a special enough piece, look for something else to pair it with in your closet.

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You can also add a “selfie” image to your “outfits” section so you remember what you put together and how it looked (the above image).

All-in-all this app has been great.  I actually am one of the stylists for this app so I can go in and style YOU!  This is a free app and is meant to help you organize your wardrobe and feel good about your clothing and look at them a little differently.

The two main ways I use this app are to style people and take it with me when I go shopping.  What better way to know if that beautiful shirt you picked out is going to go with anything else you own? Or is it too similar to what you already have?  To me, this is the smart way of shopping.

I’m sure there are many other ways this app can be used, but for me this is how I use it and it is s very handy tool.  Good luck and I hope you enjoy the GlamOutfit app! Let me know if you try it and how you like it?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0’s Business Casual

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When someone says to dress business casual it can have a few different interpretations. I am going to share my version of business casual and how I like to portray it for work.  Here, I have paired a sleeveless leopard print top with a zipper detail.  I paired it with a nice tailored white blazer (a staple every woman should have in their closet) and then a medium wash denim pant.

I always like to pair things a little more different than my first instinct.  Typically, I would wear a dark denim wash pant for business casual because it gives it a dressier feel, but I thought I would try this medium wash to show that it can be done too.  I also try to make outfits versatile, meaning that I can take my white blazer off and be ready for a night out with friends too.

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Now, I LOVE these cobalt blue wedges and adore how the brown fringe stands out alongside them.  The fringe brings great texture to the look and again, is unexpected with a look like this.  Usually I would wear the fringe bag with more of a bohemian look such as a maxi dress or flowy top which is very predictable.  But I wanted to show that you can get more wear out of pieces like this.  Plus, it was a birthday present from one of my dearest friends, Maggie and I like to wear it as much as I can.

What questions do you have about business casual?  Or maybe you want to share your interpretation.  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney