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

 

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

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

The Tale of the Cable Knit Sweater

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I love a good cable knit sweater. But how many different ways can you style it? Here’s a few images to inspire you to think outside the whole jeans and sweater bubble.  The top images are the no-brainer way to wear it. But my gray, heavily distressed denim helps make it look less preppy and edges it up a tick. I also loved pairing cognac colored shoes to add some warmth to the look.

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The next image I just added a black blazer to jazz it up. You could even pair a nice heel with this and switch to black pants for a more professional look.

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Here I switched out my shoes to leopard flats and wore a lightweight khaki jacket. A more fun and casual look. I even switched up my hair-do for a more relaxed look.

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Now I’ve styled it with a flannel, boyfriend style button-up top to add a different type of layer. I stuck with the leopard flats to show how you can mix patterns in a more subtle way. I also wore my glasses to give it a different vibe.

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Lastly, I tied the flannel shirt around my waist and tossed my hair up in a messy pony tail for an easy, effortless look. I wore the same jewelry in every look to show that it works for all styles. The necklace is from Wit & Whimzy and it’s made by Chastina. A new favorite! As always feel free to send any questions my way for styling tips or share pics with me on how you styled your cable knit sweater. You can always tag @randomosity740 on Instagram too 🙂

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

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

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

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