Seeing Red

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Last week I shared some bargain finds. I promised I’d share two more fun pieces during my shopping trip. So here you go!  For this look I found a red ruffle top at TJ Maxx for $6.00 and these mules for $6.00 at Gabriel Brothers. I’ve receive the most compliments on these shoes when I wear them and they can be worn with so much! The first image I layered with a denim jacket and a pair of gray jeggings from Talbots (my absolute favorite fit of denim).

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This top can also be worn simply by taking the denim jacket away. I love pairing cognac with gray because it’s not as predictable. You know me, I’m always trying to pair the unexpected ha, ha! I also cuffed the jeggings to add some extra styling.

 

Here’s an up-close look at my jewelry. I added a little bit more color with my beaded earrings and you know how I love my necklaces by Lynne and Lucille that I find at Wit & Whimzy.

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Here’s another way I styled these two finds. I switched to my Talbots boyfriend denim and tucked part of the shirt in to showcase more of the ruffle and accessorized with a different necklace.

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And do you recognize these shoes from my last blog post? I love how I look barefoot. Very unique look 🙂 This time I dressed up the red top by pairing it with black dress pants and a mint colored necklace that can both be found at Talbots.

So which style do you like best?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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The Story of Us

Journey

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For those of you that don’t know me very well or maybe even at all, this is a pic of me with my husband, Marc. We met each other in the fall of 2005 through a mutual friend named, AJ. Marc was with his best friend, Mike in the checkout line in Walmart (lol, don’t judge) which is where I was introduced to him. I had an immediate attraction to Marc.  Mike and Marc invited my friend and I to a little get together. AJ and I decided to head that way later.  I had butterflies in my stomach because I’m super shy when it comes to a guy that I could be into.  Plus, I had just started somewhat talking to someone and Marc was going on a date that night. Which once I found that out I was disappointed and left the party to go hang out with the guy I had started talking to. Come to find out, Marc had come back after the movie. The date was more of a friendly date apparently. But I firmly believe that timing is everything and if Marc and I had started seeing each other then, we probably wouldn’t be married today. I had a lot more life lessons to get through before I was ready for “the one.”  Plus, I was convinced someone as attractive as Marc would never be into me anyway.

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I found out that he worked at the same mall as me and he came into where I worked the very next day to say hello and invite me to hang out with all of them again. I had a date that night so I passed even though I REALLY would’ve preferred hanging out with him. From that point on we would always say hello when we’d pass each other going into work and whatnot. I still would go and hang out with a lot of the people in that group so I got to see him from time to time. I even remember attempting to flirt with him at some point and it was super corny and dorky. Basically, he had no idea that’s what I was trying to do.

A year passes and I had been seeing that same guy from earlier but was miserable. Have you ever dated someone for so long and have no idea why?! Yea, that was me. We made no sense together and he was all sorts of wrong for me and I was wrong for him too. Well, my friend AJ and I went into where Marc worked one afternoon and Marc knew the guy I was dating and asked how we were doing.  I replied in a not very convincing way, “we’re okay.” Marc had a disappointed look and said, “damn” as he walked away. AJ was standing next to me and I looked right at him with a confused, yet excited look and said, “ what did that mean?” He said, “I told you he liked you!” I NEVER remember him telling me that but maybe I was too distracted in my horrible relationship that I wasn’t hearing him?! Who knows ha ha! All I know is that interaction helped motivate me to get out of the relationship I was in because it helped me realize that I deserved better. I had never lost interest in Marc but like I said timing was never perfect for us. We ended up starting to chat on AIM (remember that?!). Then we started hanging out and became inseparable.

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We started seeing each other regularly in early December of 2006 and haven’t left each other’s side since then. When we hung out I had never laughed so much in my life and felt more myself than I ever had. It took some getting used to not having a jealous and overbearing boyfriend but I got used to it and it felt wonderful. The one good thing that came from past relationships is that I learned how horrible it is dealing with a jealous mate and I knew I never wanted anyone to deal with that from me. So see, life lessons had to occur because I had jealousy and trust issues from being cheated on in the past as well. The guy before Marc helped me realize how stupid it was to be jealous. He would question anything I ever did. He almost tried to stop me from hanging out with my very best friend, AJ simply because he was a guy. Thank God I didn’t lose sight too much because I didn’t listen to him when it came to what friends I could and couldn’t hang out with.

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Back to the important story. I grew so much while dating Marc. I learned to have confidence in myself and how to express my emotions. I was comfortable with who I was. I came from an upbringing where we never talked about our feelings when we were upset about something and he came from very opposite. Although it was hard for me to learn it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I always avoided confrontation because it intimidated me but he helped teach me that we could solve problems through talking our feelings out. What a weird concept (lol kidding).

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We knew after three months of dating that we wanted to marry one another, but it wasn’t until about a year into our dating that Marc proposed. It was the perfect proposal for us, he asked and I was smitten and giggly and said yes!  Then we slow danced to “our song” and we ate the dinner he made.  We ended up moving in together and got married slightly over a year later in October of 2008. There’s a lot more that happened from then up until now but it’s been the best journey and we continue to learn so much from one another.

After being married for five years we were surprised with a new adventure. I was expecting our little Harper. We knew we wanted children but we didn’t know when. God apparently knew we needed her in our life because he blessed us with her in 2012. And guess what? We continue to learn more and more about one another and Harper makes our life more complete! She’s the perfect mix of the two of us.

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My advice to anyone reading this is to always make sure and laugh with the person you love. When you’re upset with one another, talk it out. Don’t scream and yell…talk. It’s not an easy thing to do all the time but it helps. I truly believe Marc and I have never had a huge fight because we’ve learned to talk to each other and put any anger or frustration aside enough to just talk it out. I don’t know how we manage to do it, but we do. And that is what I think the key to marriage is, simply talking. And just always remember that relationships are just one imperfect person loving another imperfect person.  Oh! And one final word of advice….ALWAYS listen to your best friends when it comes to your dating relationships. They know what’s best for you. And lastly, be with someone that brings the best out of you and believes in you!

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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

Family Date Night Attire

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Today my little family and I  had a date night and went to go see the Lego Batman movie (Batman is my family’s favorite comic book character <3). So what do you wear on a family date night?

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It was quite windy today so I decided to wear a hat to block the wind, a graphic tank layered with a denim shirt and some fun accessories.

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I wore my necklace and earrings from Wit & Whimzy. I am obsessed with these leather fringe earrings from Lynne and Lucille as well as their necklace. I paired this necklace because it didn’t take away from anything.

Since I was wearing a graphic tee I didn’t want to layer a heavy necklace with a dramatic earring; it was the perfect set. I also liked that the earrings tied in the black denim.

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These slip ons are a definite favorite of mine. With the hair-on-hide look in leopard print and the rich colors, this makes and effortless look. AND they are comfortable! I also wore my handy Fossil crossbody bag because it was the perfect neutral.

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Oh, and by the way…you’re never too old to wear a graphic tee if you style it with the right pieces. Let’s face it, when you’re a mom there are times you crave comfy attire and this look works out perfectly.

Try not to let the stress of the world keep you from feeling confident in your clothing. Even on those days you throw dry shampoo in your hair, you can still look your best without anyone knowing you skipped washing your hair 😉 lol.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney