A Hidden Gem

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Top, earrings and pants from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

Have you ever walked down Front Street in Marietta, Ohio and come across a storefront with the name, Dad’s Primitive Workbench?  I’m personally not into primitive décor so I never really paid a lot of attention to the clothing that was featured in the window.  It wasn’t until a friend of mine told me about the cute styles that were offered inside that I decided to walk in and check it out myself.

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Bottoms and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

There are trendy pieces that are versatile especially for my growing tummy.  Most of the clothing I’ve been drawn to have a bohemian, slouchy feel which works out well for me trying to not have to purchase many maternity clothes this pregnancy. The colors are thoughtful and the assortment flows nicely.  Not only is the clothing bright and cheerful but so is Charlie, the owner of this hidden gem.

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Top and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

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Charlie also seems to really pick up on people’s styles too.  When I walk in the store he knows exactly what I am going to be drawn to and let me tell you something, not many people have that ability because I am pretty unpredictable with some of the things I like sometimes.

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Top and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

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There are a few things that you should know about this special shop, and that is that Charlie always offers buy one get one half off on his clothing and he offers style boxes that he sends out once a month to customers that are interested.  It’s called the, DPW Style Box for $49.95/ month and you get 4 curated pieces inside. Another fun fact is that he offers plus-size styles.

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Did I mention he offers cute accessories like these?  Yea, he does!  I hope you learned something new about a local business and will check out the fashions Dad’s Primitive Workbench has to offer.  And make sure and tell Charlie I said hello or go like and follow his social media pages;

@dads_primitive_workbench on Instagram

Dad’s Primitive Workbench on Facebook) 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Hot Summer Accessory

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With these high temperatures this summer, it’s time to reveal my hottest accessory yet! It comes in all shapes and sizes and is the perfect thing to carry around for at least 9 months out of the year!

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I aquired this accessory about 9 weeks and 3 days ago. You see I’ve had one before but it outgrew me so I decided to get another one. I mean, hello? That first accessory has been the best thing I’ve owned!

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If you haven’t figured it out by now (which I’m sure you have 😂) I am now going to be sporting a baby bump! Though it might be small right now it shall continue to grow ❤️.  We’re beyond thrilled to invite this little bambino into our little family. I am still in shock that we finally made the decision to grow our family and it happened quite quickly.  We have been asked by many for the past 6 years if we were going to have another one. The truth is I thought we were finished. But then something happened. Our little Miss Harper was starting to ask for one and then come to find out her daddy wanted another one too. I was a little more reluctant because I’m 35 now which I know can “put me at risk” and I had all these questions in my head, “what if it changes the dynamic of our family drastically and makes things really hard on us”, “what if Harper feels left out” or “what if we can’t handle the extra responsibility and it puts a strain on our family”, and “I have all these life goals I’m trying to go for, what if they don’t happen?”

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I came to realize that my worries were a mixture of fear and selfishness. First of all, all of these worries WILL happen at some point in our lives because life isn’t perfect. There will be moments in life that are rocky, I know because we’ve already experienced those. Is it hard? Absolutely! But it builds a stronger family foundation. The things we go through in life shape us into the humans we are called to be. I truly believe that. Sometimes we’re given tests where we feel we can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. But we have to put our big girl pants on and rise to the occasion. It helps when you have the right people and personalities to go through the trenches with you. If you don’t you’ll sink and let your fears smother you. I’m beyond lucky to have found that lifelong partner. We don’t give up on each other, just like you can’t give up on things when it gets tough. There are plenty of things out there worth fighting for.

So after all of that, I just want to thank you for reading and I can’t wait to share a new type of fashion. During my first pregnancy I tried my hardest to stay in non-maternity clothing for tops as long as possible. So for the next half of the year or so I’ll still be sharing fashion tips that will make sense for the everyday gal who is NOT expecting, but if you are expecting I’ll help you along this journey because maternity fashion can be the pits!

Your Faithfulness Dreamer,

Courtney

P.S. I absolutely adore this dress from Peyton & Peppy! I bought it a few months ago and couldn’t wait to wear it. Shortly after I found out I was expecting so I made sure to get a pic of me wearing it before I outgrow it 😂

Accessorizing: It Makes a Difference😘

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Happy Hump Day readers! Today I decided to show you how accessories can make a difference with your look. I chose this fun jumpsuit to use as my muse. I visited six different local shops in Marietta, Ohio today to illustrate two things.

1. The obvious. Show you how I changed up my looks.

2. Show you what local resources you have in the MOV. In my opinion, there’s something special about shopping small businesses. If you never really do, this is me urging you to do so…like now. Seriously, go tomorrow!😁

This first look was created by accessories from Twisted Sisters Boutique. The necklace and purse are made from coconut shells! How cool is that?! I love the 70’s vibe it gives it. I feel like I should be on an episode of, Three’s Company (🎶Come on knock on our doooooor🎶)😂.

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Next stop was Emleigh and Mama B’s. I decided to use a layering piece by utilizing this cute floral top. I love the dark contrast and drama it brings. This is definitely a “look at me” look. My fedora helped tie in the rest of the look along with her dark feather earrings and stacked bracelets also found inside her shop.

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Now for Wit & Whimzy. I can always find fun and whimsical accessories here. I wanted to add more color so I chose multi-colored items. The tassel earrings and hot pink pendant necklace were the perfect accent colors to brighten up this look. I loved adding the wristlet for more color and my infamous mixing of patterns❤️

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As I continued on my jaunt down Front Street I stopped in Sugar Maple Boutique and utilized this oversized denim jacket to show a more casual look that you could wear on a cooler summer evening. I added the fuschia bag and fun gray statement earrings with a gold medallion necklace. It’s fun to play with other colors. Gray, green, pink and gold…it’s fun!

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We’re gettkng closer to the end of Front Street which led me to my next stop at Dad’s Primitive Workbench. Here I decided to create a cute beach look. Super casual and laid back. I paired a yellow “sunset chasin’” top to add a different color along with a beaded long necklace that helped bring out some of the blue  in the jumper. Simple and effortless 👌🏻

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My last stop of the day was at Teri Ann’s.  She has this adorable layering piece that was perfect for the summer. The mesh look keeps it breathable AND it’s versatile! There are multiple ways to wear this piece so make sure to stop in and check it out. I saw it also came in turquoise and black! And how fun is this clutch? I’m going to call it the mermaid clutch because it reminds me of a mermaid tail with the different colors it has in it. I also paired the look with this delicate “X and O” necklace that has a small turquoise stone next to it. Simple and chic!

Well, thanks for “walking” along with me to search for some really great accessories for this jumpsuit. Remember, just because it’s a one- piece doesn’t mean you can’t wear something over top of it. Like I always say, have fun and think outside the box!

Now, tell me…which look was your favorite?!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Classic Style

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If you’ve been following me lately you may have noticed a few features of vintage jewelry from Havana’s Heydey. I discovered this vintage shop through Instagram so make sure and check her out @havanasheydey. She’s from the Pittsburgh area and has an inspiring story. The classic hoops I am wearing in this photo are from her shop.

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I love a classic black and white look. Nothing says classic more than that. So here I am wearing this beautiful textural bordered skirt from Talbots with my silly little gal, Harper wearing a fun dress from H&M.  I wore this first look during our weekend trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake with some of our dearest friends. It was really hot so I figured why not pair it with a homemade crop-top. I used one of my tee shirts and shortened it by cutting it to the length I preferred and created a hem to make it a crop. Super simple.

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Today I wore my skirt with a miniature heart printed button-down top. This length of skirt is not typical for me. I usually like my skirts slightly above the knee but I adore the length of this skirt. Very classic and elegant. It just goes to show, don’t disregard something at first sight because you might love it on.

Also, in the first image you can see my gold necklace, which if you couldn’t tell is the map of the world laid flat ❤️ This was a surprise gift from one of my sisters, Beth. She saw a board of mine on Pinterest labeled, “I Want This” and surprised me with the necklace in the mail. What a sweet sister 😘.

So tell me, what style are you looking forward to trying this upcoming summer?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Let’s Chat About that Hat

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I’ve been obsessed with finding a cute spring/summer hat. However, anytime I purchase one I end up not wearing it very often because the fit isn’t quite right. I’m determined to find the right hat and experiment with a variety of shapes and sizes until I find what I’m looking for.

When I’m in a hurry and don’t want to grab some things from a big store, I’ll stop in a place like Dollar General so I can run in and out. Well, I happened to notice a sale section that had the above hat on the rack. I’ve been wanting a sun hat but knew I wouldn’t wear it often because I don’t spend an extended amount of time in the direct sunlight. So here I am faced with the perfect scenario for a hat trial and for only $3.00! Nothing to lose there.

I got home and decided to put a few looks together to share how you can easily style a sun hat.

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Perfect little white dress from Emleigh and Mama B’s with a little dash of color to add some interest.

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A chambray dress from TJ Maxx with my black booties and white denim jacket to tie in the black and white from the hat.

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A silk neck scarf from Talbots and a faux leather pencil skirt to add some more texture and the studded shoes to produce an edgier look.

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Lastly, for my denim wearing gals, my denim with the bows from Talbots and a black and white striped top paired with a turquoise statement necklace.

So there you have it! 4 easy looks with the same sun hat. What accessory are you on the hunt for this season? You never know when you might find the perfect practice accessory 😁.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Ta-Da! Sporty to Chic in Lickety Split

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I’ve recently been incorporating my favorite athletic shoe with a lot more things to create variety in my life. You already know how I love versatility…it’s kind of my favorite word 😏. Adding this faux leather jacket to this white textured dress from the much anticipated  Emleigh and Mama B’s created the perfect sporty look.

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And then when you add this little cutey from Wit & Whimzy, it makes it the perfect errand- running wristlet❤️ The gold studs tie in wonderfully with the gold in my necklace.

 

Now for the magic! Look how elevated this look is once you switch up the shoes and take off the black jacket. I showed two ways to create a more chic look. Add a white denim jacket or simply go without a layering piece. Either way this white cotton dress number is yet another effortless way to be comfortable, yet super chic.  And check out those pockets! When you add white on white mixed with gold it creates an elegant, fresh look.

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Don’t forget how impactful a bold earring can be when completing your look. These beauties are also from Emleigh and Mama B’s. Don’t forget to watch for the opening day in early May.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Details, detail, details…

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Today’s look was all about the little details.  Gingham is always a popular print during the spring months and the ruffle sleeve adds a fun twist to a casual fabric.

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Then BAM I turn around and there’s a cute bow in the back! I love the element of surprise 😆

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Now let’s chat about the scalloped edge on these cherry tomato crops. Some may shy away from buying a pair of pants with a special feature because it’s viewed as “trendy.” However, hem details are becoming a major must-have that I believe will stick around for a while. It brings interest to a classic pant. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a special piece that adds some uniqueness to your look❤️

Remember, don’t ever be afraid to express yourself through your clothing. If you’re feeling fun, show it through your style.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

The Beautiful Kelsey❤️

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Sometimes we buy these awesome fashion finds because we love them in the store, but then we find ourselves perplexed on what to pair it with.

If you read my blog post about my dress design, you might remember me mentioning, Kelsey Preston. She was the photographer behind the photos and I had so much fun getting to know her. I also spent some time in her closet sharing some tips and tricks. So cheers to a series of posts about Kelsey 😁

The look I’m discussing today was around what layering piece to put under this beautiful embroidered top that she had in her closet. She wasn’t sure what color to layer it with. I chose black because it helped accentuate the beautiful color and details in the top.  If we went with nude or something lighter it actually took away from the top.

Some might shy away from layering a heavy necklace with such a detailed top but I noticed that Kelsey had the perfect necklace hanging with her accessories. It added some fun but didn’t take away from the top. Perfectly complimentary😁

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As you can see there was snow on the ground during this shoot and it was absolutely boot weather at the time. So we paired a cognac colored boot to add warmth and a mid-wash denim. A few months later since this phot was taken and it’s supposed to snow again this weekend 🤦🏼‍♀️. Either way this look can work when spring finally arrives simply by switching out the shoes to a heel or flat.

Stay tuned for some more looks I helped Kelsey put together.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Get it Girl!

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I love pairing the unexpected. Take for instance this top. It would be easy for me to pair this with white pants or denim.

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I chose red pants to bring out more color. I added my black leather jacket and black flats to bring some edginess and drama to the look.

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Keep in mind when I mention other ways to “edge things up” it’s just to show you a more unique way of pairing things and seeing things differently. There’s nothing wrong with going with the instinctual item, but don’t forget to challenge yourself and have fun! As my daughter and I say all the time while dancing around and raising the roof, “Oh yea! Get it girl!” 😂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

An Unexpected Trip

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My family and I woke up Saturday morning wondering what we were going to do for the day. What started out as a semi-serious suggestion, became a reality. We decided to make an impromptu trip to Columbus, OH. We lived there for 5 years and still have some amazing friends that we don’t get to see very often. So what should you do on a beautiful, yet still cold day? Take a drive with the fam. I called my friends up and it worked out perfectly for us to get to see all of them. Harper got to see one of her friends too!

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We ended our day at a Easton Town Center which was our home away from home when we lived there. We both worked at that mall during our time there and were genuine mall rats because we’d go there to eat and enjoy a movie on our days off!  However, the store Zara had not been there yet so I was really excited to stop in there. I tried on a few things with no intention to really buy anything this time around. Marc, my husband saw me stop dead in my tracks when I saw this beautiful trench coat. I’ve always wanted one but the ones I love are usually just too expensive for my wallet. I didn’t even try it on because I figured it was not going to fit our budget. It didn’t help that Marc even said, “Ha! Don’t even think about it!” I went to the fitting room and tried on a few things but didn’t have much luck aside from one cute black and white top (cause that’s just so different from the colors I typically buy-insert eye roll lol)!

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It was time for us to meet up with a friend at our favorite pub, Fado. While chatting it up with my friend, Marc said, “Oh, hey! I got you something” and he handed me this jacket nonchalantly! It took me a minute to register that it was the jacket I saw in Zara. I asked why he would do that and he said he knew that I loved it and he hadn’t done something like this for a long time. He’s such a great husband for so many reasons, one for pulling off unexpected surprises when he can.  We got really lucky because it fit perfectly! You know I’m usually a huge bargain shopper so this was definitely a treat!

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One of the details I loved was the buckle on the cuff and the buttons on the shoulder. The fabric is my favorite too because it has a wonderfully soft hand with a slight sheen. I also loved how the collar was nice and structured. What a sexy spring trench coat!

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And can we talk about how awesome it looks with my Lynne and Lucille hair-on-hide earrings from Wit & Whimzy?

What’s your favorite unexpected gift that you’ve ever received? And what a perfect day; Family, friends and fashion! My kind of day 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney