Working Moms Fueling their Souls

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Sometimes being a business owner and mom wrapped into one can be draining.  We want to be present for our families, run a successful business and make time for ourselves too.  Well, I know I can speak for myself and probably these two rad moms when I say the best part of being an entrepreneur is the connections you can make.  When I say “connections” I’m not referring to it in a professional manner.  I mean the connection you can make with personalities.

Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute’ and I work together occasionally and we both shop at EmLeigh’s & Mama B’ in Marietta, Ohio.  We’ve both enjoyed interacting with shop owner, Emma Conley.  She’s always so upbeat and positive and is a new mom to a sweet little babe just like Abigail and myself.   Abigail and I had been discussing doing a creative project together and felt Emma would be the perfect person to collaborate with.  It was the perfect set-up;  Abigail and I get to use our creative crafts and Emma gets a little pampering and break from the stresses of her retail business. 87A75BEA-8EF8-4C91-BAC8-4D2885CAEF840598EB4E-6AC4-46F7-8AA4-4F9FE732211A

We made it official and asked Emma to be our model for a creative shoot to showcase our work and her product.  I think it’s safe to say we enjoyed our day together and I loved getting to work on a project like this with two peeps I adore.  I showed Abigail what my vision was for the clothing and told her to just use what she wanted and felt would coordinate well with the looks.  I later asked her how she prepares for a session with someone. “When I do make-up I don’t necessarily base it off season or trends.  I try to emphasize their own natural beauty.  When clients like Emma, who wear barely-there make-up sit down I try to play to their energy and eye color and an easy-to-tailor look that can be toned up or down based upon the time of day.”

The make-up turned out just perfect for the looks you’ll see below.  One of my favorite things about Emma’s shop is that I can count on finding something edgy to work with at an affordable price point.  I hope you enjoy these looks I put together and they inspire you.

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You know I can’t resist mixing patterns in any way that I can.  I’m loving the snakeskin print clutch with the floral.  It works well with her shoes and helps tie it all in together. I also adore how you can wear this dress off-the-shoulder if you prefer.

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I paired these shoes with this look because of the red accents and to coordinate with the red in the sweatshirt.

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Well if you didn’t guess it already the “skirt” on the previous image is actually a dress!  Ta-da (lol). I loved this chunky silver necklace because it really makes a statement for both looks.  Emma is always wearing this gold necklace when I see her and I wanted to show that it’s okay to wear silver and gold together especially when you want to pair it with something that you treasure.

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A modern grunge look anyone?  Yes, please!  I will forever be a grunge chick.  I loved adding color and textures with this one.  The corduroy pants were a beautiful shade of green and it works so well with the other neutral tones.  The mini-print adds some interest and helps tie in the beanie.  I finished off the look with these colorful statement earrings to show a way to add some glam to a grunge style.  It also adds some funk to it which I adore.  And how fun is this denim jacket?  I love that you can see the print of the shirt through the backside of the jacket.

All of these looks can be shopped at EmLeigh’s & Mama B’s (aside from the shoes and Emma’s gold necklace).  You can also find her on instagram @emleighsandmamabs.

Make-up artist, Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute’ can be found here and on facebook under PWDR and instagram @pwdrbeaute.

A huge thank you to Emma and Abigail for collaborating on this fun project together!  I have one more look that I worked on with these ladies but saved it for a fun article that will be featured on Clutch MOV soon.  So if you aren’t familiar with this local online magazine make sure and follow them here and @clutchmov on instagram and facebook for anything and everything that’s happening local in the MOV.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Just like the old classic “JUMP! JUMP!” I jumped into a new way of wearing one of my necklaces. I love a top that has a low-rise back and I decided to channel my inner Kris Kross and wear my necklace backward.5E1690F5-177D-43D1-A588-B6A4C99A5ECBThis twist-back sweater was the perfect candidate to try it out own. Now, this isn’t a newfound trend by any means but I personally haven’t tried it myself. I chose this necklace because there’s no clasp and I enjoy how thick it is. When worn backward the frontside replicates a choker-style necklace. I layered it with another necklace too just for fun.
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Maybe this will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to accessorizing 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Some of you know that I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in fashion.  Others might be finding this out for the first time.  Either way, MOST of you are probably thinking, “Courtney, how in the world did that happen? They don’t make sense together!” Let me explain in hopes that you can see the correlation from my POV.

You see, I grew up in a home that went through a divorce.  It’s important for me to say “a home” because it’s not just the parents that go through the divorce, but also the rest of the family.  Divorce affects kids in so many ways.  It’s probably very rare that a kid comes out clean from an event like this.  We hear the word trauma more than we ever have before.  When I first hear the word trauma I think of something extremely severe or even deadly.  However, simply put it means an emotional shock following a stressful event. When you look at it like that, we have all experienced some sort of trauma in our lives.  We are emotional beings and are affected by our life’s circumstances.  It’s literally impossible to go through life and not experience emotional shock.  Think about it.  I bet you can recall at least one scenario that impacted you somehow that is technically a traumatic experience.  I can personally attribute the divorce to where I started discovering my love of fashion and later my interest in psychology.

I was always influenced by my two older sisters when it came to fashion but once I hit junior high, fashion is what kept me grounded.  Now when I say this I mean in a creative sense.  I always loved art and used that to escape. It served as a therapeutic approach to what was going on at home.  Once I entered 7th grade I lost the passion of actually drawing and enjoyed expressing my love of art outwardly through my wardrobe.  Being the shy kid that I was, this was the perfect way to show a more outgoing side.  Fashion made me feel fearless and help find my identity amongst the cliqueness that happens during those formidable years.  It’s always been a consistent passion and a healthy escape from reality in my opinion.  Some resort to drugs and alcohol to escape.  Me? I’ve always turned to clothing as a way to distract myself from any inner turmoil.  Now I use the term “distracted” loosely because I truly believe in the power of therapy and dealing with your struggles, not burying them below the surface.

Come senior year of high school I was given the opportunity to take a college course, Psychology 101. It was probably the one class that always had my attention. It helped me understand the importance of self-reflection and how circumstances can affect the way you think or feel towards things. I had epiphany after epiphany of how the event of divorce affected me personally and how it shaped who I was; why I had different perspectives and why my perception of things were somehow just different than others in my life. It made me assess my upbringing and start to understand the dynamic of each person in my family. It truly felt like I was going through my own kind of therapy. That’s when I knew I was destined to major in psychology. I’ve always had a passion for people and the way their lives have impacted who they are. In fact, empathy has always been my #1 strength in any test or quiz I have EVER taken socially and professionally.

Okay, so you’ve heard where my two passions stemmed from. Both were actually through my first memorable emotional trauma. So to both of my parents, I don’t want you to view this post as a negative reflection, rather how it threw me towards my calling (I’m also really good at turning a perceived negative experience into something positive, can you tell?). So how did these two passions collide? Well, the short answer is that I loved how fashion made me FEEL! I felt confident with it and that is something I lack in life at times. I work on it constantly but in this society it can be a challenge. Now, enter psychology. Remember how I mentioned how I ultimately enjoyed learning the science around behavior and mind? This my friends, is the correlation of the two.

I realize the importance of how life can effect your confidence, aka the psychological effects your life can have on you. This can be anything from a loss in your life, addiction, abuse, eating or learning disorders, etc. The list goes on and on. All of these situations can cause major confidence issues. One thing I’ve learned is how important clothing can impact someone’s confidence. I know it might sound superficial or almost crazy to even throw fashion in with the topic of therapy, but I can tell you I’ve witnessed the impact it has on someone. When you work with me we can walk through any emotional trauma that has damaged your self-image and inadvertently robbed you of seeing yourself in a healthier light. Now, not every session with me has to be psychological, in fact none of them have to be. I just want you to know I am here to help you get to the bottom of what has truly played an instrumental role in your life when it comes your self-perception. Remember, I am not a licensed psychiatrist but I am a person who genuinely cares about your mental health.

Please don’t view this post as a way for me to “sell my services” to you because the purpose of this post is to open up a dialogue to let you know that someone out there DOES care about your well-being. That person is me, Courtney. So, if you ever need a listening ear when it comes to your lack of self-esteem, please message me! We can either talk about it, or I can post a blog about the topic in hopes to help other individuals such as yourself. Just know that EVERYONE has insecurities and even if they don’t show it, they still exist. We are all human and no one is perfect.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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There’s always a must-have trend  that I think is suitable for all ages and  body-types.  This my friends, is one of them.  I love the sporty-chic look.  A nice blazer with a basic tee, distressed denim and a cute pair of shoes.  I specifically love a flat leopard print shoe (surprise, surprise).

This look works so well because:

1.) Every gal needs a blazer in her life.  It’s a great staple piece that is an essential for your closet.

2.) A basic tee can be worn with ANYTHING and is a great layering piece. It can be dressed up with a skirt, worn with yoga pants or under a jacket with some jeans.

3.) Leopard print flats are an easy way to add a print and elevate a look if you’re looking to kick it up a notch.  I even love leopard mixed with plaid!  But honestly, any simple flat or even basic sneaker would re-create this look.

4.) Denim.  Need I say more?  Every gal needs the perfect pair of denim in her wardrobe.  I specifically like this slightly distressed look for this specific style but it looks great with any style denim; straight leg, boot-cut, slim ankle, boyfriend, skinny, etc.  You catch my drift.

Have you been curious about what it is like to work with me virtually?  After a virtual-call with me I can then create a style board with shoppable links to help you through your style journey.  Especially for those of you that don’t like to go shopping!  I also create these for my in-person clients too if needed.  Below are some shoppable links for this look:

Blazer Option 1

Blazer Option 2

Plus Size Blazer

Basic Tee 

Plus Size Basic Tee

Denim Option 1

Denim Option 2

Plus Size Denim 

Leopard Shoes Option 1

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So, let’s work together today!  I have a promotion going on right now where you can receive $50.00 off a closet detox with me.  If you’re interested, all you need to do is check out my social media pages and find the post for the promo information.  Questions?  Leave a comment.

Booking Link —-> https://bit.ly/2JptXar

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Feeling Nostalgic

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I’m so ready to wear fall fashion I could burst!  The rich tones on the trees and the crisp breeze brings out the nostalgia of growing up in Charleston, WV.  The rolling hills and the school buses making the leaves swirl around always made me smile.  There was always the perfect blend of warm and cool in the breeze.

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I was so excited to show you some of my latest finds that I went straight to my bedroom to snap these pics.  This golden rust color is the epitome of fall.  It has the chenille texture that makes you feel so cozy and ready to visit the pumpkin patches.  I styled this sweater multiple ways to show casual and dressy.  The sweater, scarf and vest are all lovely pieces from Dad’s Primitive Workbench.  I always look forward to finding fall pieces in Charlie’s store because he really knows how to find the perfect sweaters. And how cute is that backpack from his shop too?  I also love that these sweaters are the perfect weight for manipulating different ways to style the sweater.  I can do the french tuck or tie it in a knot.  The lavender is such a beautiful on-trend color for fall that reminds me of the sunsets in October.

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Speaking of cozy, this hoodie is all things soft and comfy.  Literally, it’s one of the softest things I’ve ever had on my body and I will pretty much live in this top at home and running errands (I’m wearing it as I type this post).  It’s a delightful mix of casual yet elevated piece because it’s nicer than a sweatshirt because of the fibers in the fabric.  I loved pairing it with warm tones because it is a less predictable way to wear it.  If you want to have a date with friends for coffee with the kids this is also the perfect top to throw on with leggings and sneakers.  It really is a great piece to own.

Special details on buttons are always a fun choice.  Just like these wooden ones on yet another soft, knit fabric.  Again, with the brown tone.  I can’t get enough of it ladies.

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I’m not going to lie to you.  I’m still very surprised of how long the cold-shoulder sleeves have stayed on-trend. The main differences with the cold-shoulder trend this fall is the special sleeve details like the ones you see here.  The teal mixed with the leopard is gorgeous but this color looks perfect with any neutral item.

The gray top has me swooning because of all the layers involved in the sleeves.  The waistline is also located in a flattering spot for most women.  It’s a great piece to add to your closet for a special look.

I’ll end on this note.  All of my tops in this post are from Dad’s Primitive Workbench and he always has buy one get one half off on his boutique items.  If you need sweaters then I encourage you to swing by his shop and load up on some because he ALWAYS has a great selection.  And remember, when you use promo code: RANDOMOSITY740 you can receive an additional 15% off on top of his usual promotion.  Make sure and tag me if you purchase one of his items.  I’d love to see how you style yours!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

I know, I know some of you have dirty minds and thought I meant something else when I titled this post as “How to Fake It.”  Don’t get me wrong I loved the movie, “When Harry Met Sally” and the scene was quite awkwardly hilarious when Sally proves to Harry that women can fake the big “O”.”  But I’m talking about faking something else.  Something that not all of us have and wish we did.  Some of you might actually be REALLY great at it, or are like me and can “fake it” really well.

I’m talking about confidence.  Yep, that’s right you can fake it.  I fake it all the time.  It wasn’t until my adulthood that I figured out the best technique for myself.  Before I share what it is I feel the need to ask you something.  Did you ever grow up wishing you had the confidence of someone else?  We all had those girls in high school that seemed like they had zero insecurities or maybe it was a celebrity, a sister, cousin, best friend, aunt, neighbor….you catch my drift.  There are so many confident women out there.  But maybe you never felt that you would ever be THAT confident.  Well I’m sure I’m not sharing anything profound when it comes to the truth.  EVERYONE has insecurities, even that popular girl back in school.  I think we can all agree that we’ve seen enough after-school specials that revealed that truth to us long ago.  However, HEARING about it doesn’t mean that we still don’t THINK it can’t be true.

We live in the social media age which means we can’t help but compare ourselves to others.  Most of the time you probably don’t even think that you are.  If you’re one of those that never battles with your self-image due to social media, then good for you…honestly.  You should feel really good about that.  But let’s be real.  There are probably way more of us out there that battle with the opposite.  I could go on and on about this but I’m going to try and stay on topic here. The point of bringing up social media is that it can impact us whether we like it or not.  Everyone has a story and here’s mine. I promise to try and keep it short.

I grew up in a broken home and started comparing myself to others in an unhealthy way early on in my life.  I love my friends and they took such good care of me and making me feel like I belonged in their world. Now, I know that’s not the best way of wording it because of how melodramatic it makes me sound and I hope when they read it they aren’t offended. THEY never made me feel like that, it was all ME feeling that way. This was true in my mind.  You see, I didn’t realize I felt that way until later on after high school.  I was always the shy, backward girl that never felt “pretty enough.”  My friends were beautiful and confident.  I didn’t know how to feel that way so I started working on myself and discovered my creative side when it came to fashion.  I used clothing as my way of being outgoing and a way of expressing my personality.  When you’re young you worry and care about some of the dumbest things, am I right?  Either way I found out a way for me to work on myself and that was through fashion.  I actually had a lot of my friends asking for fashion advice or having me do their hair and make-up while helping them get ready for different events.  This helped me realize two major important things.

1.) Everyone likes to feel good about themselves and clearly don’t always feel that way.

2.) They wanted MY help.  ME! The one with the low self-esteem.  It was during moments like these throughout my life from age 16 and up that I knew what I would love to do with my life. I wanted to help gals build their confidence through their wardrobe.

Okay, so I went a little off-track there but it goes with what I’m trying to teach you.  When I say you can “fake being confident” I’m convinced you can because I’ve done it my whole teenage to adult life.  When I feel good in my clothing, I feel confident. There’s plenty more areas I don’t feel that way but this is one area that helped me grow in my self-discovery of the whole concept of feeling good about myself.  I truly believe that when women feel good in their clothing, it increases their perception of themselves.  Our bodies are forever changing.  EVERYTHING seems to affect it;  stress, age, having babies, losing loved ones, etc.  The list goes on for miles.

I’m not here to say that dressing in clothing that you love on yourself is going to fix everything but I promise you that it won’t hurt to give it a try.  I learned that in order to feel good in your clothing it has to be a reflection of you and your personality.  Sure, you can go shopping with a friend and they can tell you, “Yea! That outfit looks so good on you” but you have to believe it yourself.  You see, I’ve also gone shopping with friends and showed them an outfit and them think it “looked good” too, but a lot of times I disagree because it doesn’t feel like ME.  If something doesn’t feel right on you then you’re not going to feel good in it period.  That’s a fact!

Still not convinced that how you feel in your clothing can help with your self-image?  Let’s think about a time where it’s important to hold your head up high and make a good impression.  It could be for an interview, networking events, meeting the in-laws, or anything along those lines.  I promise if you’re wearing an outfit that looks good on you it will make a difference on how you present yourself.  Once you start learning ways to feel good in your clothing, it will make something you used to dread turn into something you might actually find fun.

I could’ve made this article much longer on my own personal journey through how fashion changed my outlook on myself, but I’m much more interested in your story.  I’d love to be able to help you find yourself through fashion and feel like the best version of yourself.  Let’s chat!  Click on this link and we can start a dialogue on how I can help you with a free style consult.  Can’t wait to hear from you 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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So remember when I introduced you to a new small business yesterday and said they had kid clothing? Well now I’m going to show you two of Harper’s favorite pieces from The Little Blue Boutique. This little lady loves leopard print just as much as I do so I styled us to coordinate 😁. Here I’m wearing my black skirt from the boutique and paired it with a crop top to show you:

1.) You can wear a crop top if done properly when over the age of 30. It’s all on how comfortable you are with it as well as not showing too much skin😘

2.) How easy it is to replicate a two-piece set. I have always loved the matching skirt and crop top trend and this one was easy to do.

The different between Harper and I with clothing is that she is fairly picky with how her clothing fits. She loved soft, comfortable clothing and that’s precisely what this top was. The sleeves have a cute ruffle detail at the cuff and we love how the pocket coordinates. This is a perfect back-to-school top for her because she can wear it for most of the entire school year! It will wear well from fall to spring.

This next piece of Harper’s is her favorite although her facial expression doesn’t show it😂. I made her retake the photos because we ended up not having good lighting in the first set of photos. Harper loves this dress because she is very into dresses still and again it is an incredibly soft fabric with great stretch.

There! That’s a happier face😂 She was cracking me up during this shoot with her little personality and poses. I saved a good one for the very end that she insisted on us doing.

Harper loved showing off this dress because she loves the ruffles and it has a really pretty burgundy trim around the ruffles. We loved it paired with her suede booties for back-to-school.

As promised this was her pose that she felt we really needed to do together🤘 I guess the leopard print brought out her inner rocker chick. Can’t say I don’t blame her 😁 Now remember, you can shop The Little Blue Boutique online or in Marysville, Ohio (just outside Columbus) and get 15% off using promo code: RANDOMOSITY15 ❤️

Happy Shopping ya’ll!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

*This was a sponsored post.

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So as many of you know, I love when I can shop small businesses and when I discover a new one I HAVE to share it with you. My friend, Maggie owns a cute vintage store called Plumm Home in Marysville, Ohio (just outside of Columbus). Well, Maggie introduced me to a neighboring boutique called, The Little Blue Boutique. The owner’s name is Lisa and she offers clothing that is “easy to wear, yet stylish.” Well two of the pieces I now own from this little shop are pictured above. I adore a midi-skirt and love the brown buttons. I couldn’t be happier. The stretchy waistband is just what a mama bear needs!

I love wearing an earth tone with this black skirt because it really brings out the brown buttons. I also paired black and white with it so that my accessories would pop and make a bolder statement. A skirt like this is a must-have in your closet, especially if you have kids because it’s an appropriate length to play in too!

Now you saw this beautiful camouflage top in my first image paired with the black skirt from The Little Blue Boutique. How about pairing it with white denim? I love the contrast it brings to the top. The flounce sleeve is adorable and it really brings a new flare to a typical camouflage top. The racer stripe on the denim really gives it a sportier look too.

And can we talk about how fun this look is? I actually layered the camouflage top over a white dress and tied it on the side to cinch the waist. Believe it or not I actually don’t own a solid white skirt. I thought it would be super cute paired with my favorite white necklace. I brought in a strappy shoe that has all the basic neutrals because it works so well with the colors in camouflage. If you dissect this look it works very well together because of the distribution of color.

If you’re loving this camouflage top and black skirt make sure and either pop into The Little Blue Boutique if you’re near the Columbus area or purchase something online click  here. She also offers little girl clothing too (post coming soon). One important thing to remember is that if you enter promo code: RANDOMOSITY15 you’ll get 15% off your purchase.

Happy Shopping!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

*This was a sponsored post with The Little Blue Boutique.

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Think of it as another area of self-care.  Most of you probably visit the salon to get your hair and nails done. Well I can tell you now that spending a few hours with me will build your confidence in shopping and dressing yourself AND most likely you’ll spend less on my services. I realize that not everyone is wanting to necessarily be “trendy” and I don’t try to get you to dress like me or buy a plethora of new clothes.  I actually love showing you different ways to wear what you already own!  Book a FREE style consultation here and let’s start chatting about your style needs.

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Dress from Dad’s Primitive

August is always a very exciting month for me when it comes to fashion. We still have a few warmer months left before fall but we can start buying pieces that are relevant now and can transition into fall easily. I partnered with Dad’s Primitive Workbench to illustrate how simple it can be.

Faux leather Jacket and Dress from Dad’s Primitive

Take for instance this cute midi-dress. I paired a strappy fuschia heel that is complimentary to the olive green. I then layered it with a faux leather jacket to help it easily transform into fall and give an edgier look. Throw on some cute booties or a pointy toe flat and your set for the cooler days.

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Next up is this fun vertical striped wrap dress. The bell sleeve gives it an extra detail to flaunt and is lightweight to wear in the evenings now and great to wear during the day in the fall.

Kimono and Jeans from Dad’s Primitive

Then POOF! This kimono is actually the wrap dress in the previous picture. I had to pair it with my band tee because it was the perfect match. Want to wear it now to an outdoor concert? Throw on some shorts and you’ve got festival wear!

For this next look I’m going to break it down to show how simple styling can be.

Step 1: Pair midi-skirt with a basic tee.

Step 2: Add a fun heel to jazz it up a bit.

Step 3: Add a fun accessory like this headband.

Step 4: Layer it with a faux leather jacket to really elevate this look.

Skirt and jacket from Dad’s Primitive

Here’s the finished look. The leopard print headband brings in mixing patterns easily and pairs nicely with the gold and black. Accessorizing doesn’t always mean having to use jewelry.

Want to go casual? I wore my favorite black and white sweatshirt with a pair of coordinating sneakers. Want to add an additional accessory? Try adding a hat to mix it up!

Remember, if you shop the boutique at Dad’s Primitive Workbench it’s always buy one get one 1/2 off. If you use my code:RANDOMOSITY740 you’ll get an additional 10% off!

Happy shopping! Also, if you haven’t seen any of my recent posts, I’m offering free style consultations and a chance to win a closet detox with me for the month of August. I’m available both virtually or in-person! Book here now to start the free consultation.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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