Walk into the Dark

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I’m so glad that faux fur vests are still on trend this season.  One reason is because it always keeps me nice and warm!  Secondly, I love the look of course.  This has some influence from my previous post, Alley Faux Leather.  I’m wearing my faux leather ponte pants with my fuschia strappy shoes again.  This time I paired it with my vest and a sheer top (another $2.00 find from Zonta’s Unique Boutique!)  I also didn’t use a lot of accessories because the accent color and vest have enough impact.

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Now I realize this look is extremely daring, especially to wear in a small town but I still love it!  I don’t let the town I live in dictate what I want to wear.  If I want to wear it, I do. This is the same top I had on in the previous picture and I wore a simple black bra underneath.  Another fun look to experiment with if you’re up for the challenge 🙂

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Maybe the previous image was a little too much for your taste and that’s no problem!  Just add another layer with a tank.  I used gray because it was less predictable.  I think this look inspired my little girl, Harper because she just had to pose next to me.  I think it’s safe to say this is a more dressier”mommy-friendly” look.  Harper is my world and I take her with me most of the time during my fashion escapades while her daddy takes my pictures.  They’re absolute troopers and if I didn’t have them to support me, this blog may not have existed.

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Fun with Bow Ties

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This weekend I stopped into the newer shop located in downtown Marietta, Ohio- Wit & Whimzy.  I have the honor of helping contribute with the online lifestyle magazine, Clutch MOV.  It just so happens that I’ve met the owner, Laura Pytlik through this online magazine and I feel it fits perfectly into our charming downtown area.  What’s so special about her shop is that all of the items are hand-crafted.  For instance, take this bow tie collection.  The creator of this bow tie was Athens, Ohio resident, Joel Lensch and he owns Lucky Tie Co.  Make sure and check them both out for yourself!

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I’ve always had a little fascination with bow ties.  I love them on both males and females when done right.  I’m a firm believer that anyone that wants to pull off a trend can do so. But keep in mind, it has to be done just right sometimes. Especially with something like a bow tie.  It also needs to fit your personality and what you’re wearing that day.  BUT, if you pair it with the right thing, it very well might be suitable.  That’s the thing with fashion. Every trend can look great on anyone when executed properly.

Personally, I love seeing a bow tie on a female because there’s something that’s cute and sexy about it.  Think of when you wear your partner’s tee shirt or button-down, it’s kind of like that!  I also like to think that “anything boys can do we can do better!”  Am I right, ladies? I mean I love seeing the tailored tuxedos on women like Janelle Monae or Gwen Stefani (it doesn’t help that I absolutely adore their styles).  There’s something about a woman dressed in this attire that exudes confidence.  I always think back on women like Diane Keaton who are known for rockin’ this look (again, another woman I swoon over).

I’m writing you today to encourage you to keep testing your limits on your personal style. If you like the way something looks on someone else, try it!  The worst thing that can happen is you feel ridiculous OR you surprise yourself and rock the look you’ve always admired.  My biggest piece of advice is to always try something you’d love to “pull off.” But, if it doesn’t feel right it’ll show.  The only thing that can truly be viewed as a one size fits all ordeal is a winter scarf because it serves a purpose and keeps you warm. Bottom-line?  Be yourself, but don’t miss out on something you may end up loving. Also, if you’re trying a new look, ask a friend that has some style, not someone that is in the same boat as you.  Feel free to tag me on some pics on instagram and I’ll be glad to give you some pointers; @randomosity740.

If you want to try a bow tie for yourself and need some lessons on tying the perfect bow tie, don’t ask me!  Ha, ha…I had to YouTube it and ask my husband for some help.  But try this diagram below I found online from http://www.ties.com.

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Layering 101

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I love this leopard print sweater and I like to jazz it up with different layering pieces. This faux leather vest helps me channel my inner rocker chick (lol). I may be 34 but age is just a number baby! Never too old for studs. Please also take note I didn’t go with an obvious black shoe. I chose to go with a suede neutral taupe heel.

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This is obviously an easy look; a sweater and jeans. When I got this sweater I didn’t love how it was crop-like but I loved the print. Don’t get me wrong I love a crop top when done correctly, but this length is a little more difficult to pull off. I decided to use a textured tank underneath to add dimension and length to the look so that I would feel more comfortable.

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This layering technique is a little different in the fact of how I am using two different patterns. I love how the leopard print sleeves act as a peek-a-boo with the oversized sweater. I’m not going to be cold wearing this! This may not be a look for everybody, but maybe it will inspire you to mix patterns or layer sweaters. I view leopard print as a chic, neutral print that can be paired with other prints. I also believe stripes and polka dots operate the same way.

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This shows how layering can be purposeful. I took the leopard sweater off and tied it around my waist. I now have a textured tank top that will help cool me down when I might be entering a different climate. I feel like I am NEVER a comfortable temperature so this look works out wonderfully for me.

If you need some pointers on more layering techniques and playing with textures or different prints, feel free to comment below and we can discuss what will work best for you. 🙂

Details Matter

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I’ve been digging the floppy hats for some time now and love it with this look. Make-up was done by the talented, Staci Morgan of Vienna, WV.

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It’s all about the details with this look. I love the gold accents on the belt and how it blends in with the black and gold beading, yet still stands out in the best subtle way.

This was such a fun shoot because I got to collaborate with Meredith Crislip for the first time.  I got a Facebook message from her to see if I was interested in collaborating with her and a her friend, make-up artist Staci Morgan.  I was ecstatic for this opportunity because things like this don’t just happen every day.  Meredith has the sweetest soul and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and Staci.  It’s always nice to work with someone that “gets you.”  It’s especially wonderful when you realize how much you have in common. 🙂   Thank you again for these beautiful shots and rockin’ make-up!  Check out some more of their work on Facebook; MD Photography and Instagram @mdphotography57 or her blog;  Staci’s work can be found on Facebook;: Staci Morgan-Makeup Artist and you can follow her Instagram; @makeupmommyde or here; .  Lots of avenues to find these beautiful ladies 🙂

This photo shoot was all about concentrating on the details to create an effortless edgy look.  I love the drama that black brings to a look.  I especially enjoy black and gold with the mix of denim.  I hope to see some of you on Instagram sharing your favorite detailed look.