During the winter months it’s easy to get stuck wearing muted or neutral colors. This month’s partnering with Dad’s Primitive Workbench (DPW) is all about showing ways to bring color into your life during this season.
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This first look is a flounce-sleeve dress that will look gorgeous in the springtime too. For now I layered underneath with a fitted black turtleneck. I wanted to jazz it up some more with black knee highs to tie in the two dark colors and then a printed snakeskin bootie to coordinate with the necklace (necklace, shoes, socks, and turtleneck not found in store).
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I used a thin scarf (not in the store) as a belt to help cinch in the dress. I decided to add black in this look because being fair-skinned the blush color easily washes me out.  When I add black it helps the color stand out more.

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This sweater is just delightful! I love that it’s like a bright navy. I paired it with my black denim and burgundy rain booties. I liked the idea of incorporating two primary-type colors together.

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DPW had my favorite print in earring form so I paired them with my coordinating belt. I wear this belt a lot in my posts to show how easy it is to wear the print with so many different things. These earrings were perfect because they were so lightweight but added so much value to the outfit.

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This army green jumper is to die for. It feels like suede and adds a lush texture to any look. I continued to pair it with my black turtleneck to show an easy way to showcase this special piece. I continued to wear it with the snakeskin booties to add more interest to the look.
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I loved adding this multi-colored striped button-down with this jumper. It really brightens it up and creates a fun, cheerful look!
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You could also tie the shirt in a knot if you wanted to create a different vibe.

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These faux leather earrings were the perfect pairing to bring in more variety (necklace not in DPW).
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Another way you could incorporate two colors and style two pieces differently is by layering with the bright navy sweater from earlier. These two cool colors are an unexpected pair and I love them together.

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I simply tucked the bottom of the sweater through the top of the neckline and pulled it through (just like when I was a kid playing with my clothing in new ways to look like I had on a bra. 😆 I had quite the imagination).

I felt the ivory earring was just the right touch to complete the look without taking away from the colors.

Are you not a Marietta, Ohio local shopper? That’s okay! DPW now offers their product online now🙌🏻 Don’t forget you can use shopping code: RANDOMOSITY740 for 10% off on top of the boutique promo buy one get one 1/2 off in stores.

Now quick! Go add some color into your life during these gloomy months.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

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9DD50313-84F2-4CF4-A0C9-BA20A3FF9710Can you believe there are only 22 days until Christmas!? Crazy talk, right?  Good thing your personal stylist (eh hem, that’s me) is here to help you for all of your holiday styling needs.  Below you’ll find some of my suggestions to help you get through the holiday parties, dinners and family gatherings.  Don’t have time to go shopping?  I can help with that.  Keep reading until the end to find out how. As for now?  I’m sharing 15 days worth of fashion pieces to show how you can add each piece to create a classic, capsule holiday wardrobe (I have a surprise for you at the end too).

Day 1: The Polka Dot Top

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Many people are afraid of a printed top especially if they are busty.  Truth be told as long as the fit is right for your figure you can absolutely do a print.  So why do I suggest a polka dot top?  It can easily turn into a festive look!  Add a red or black velvet pant and you now appear festive!

Day 2: The Black Pant

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A nice slim leg ankle pant is perfect for this time of year.  A lot of my clients stress out about the idea of an ankle pant because of the snow and what type of shoe to wear with them.  Never fear, you can always wear a sheer black tight underneath to help provide an extra layer if you want to wear a pump or even an open-toe shoe.  Boots?  Simply wear a low-cut bootie and you can always cuff the bottom hem of the pant if need be.

Day 3: The Cable Knit Sweater

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A cable-knit sweater is a classic piece that will NEVER go out of style.  It looks great with jeans, skirts, dress pants, etc.  You need one!

Day 4: Denim Shirt

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A denim or chambray button-up is the perfect piece to layer underneath a sweater.  For instance, the cable knit sweater would work perfectly over top of this along with the black dress pants.  This is a staple piece for all year long.

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A satin top brings an upscale vibe to a look.  For example, if you were to wear this cami with the black dress pants and a blinged out statement necklace, you would look stunning and all sorts of fancy! Something about different fabrics can really elevate a look.  Throw on a velvet blazer for an even more divine look.

Day 6: The Pleated Midi-skirt

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Something about a pleated skirt creates such an impact to your look. Wear a sweater or basic tee with this style skirt and you instantly look dressier and classy.

Day 7: Plaid

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Something plaid is a must during this season and what better way to incorporate than with a scarf?  Reds, greens or black buffalo plaid are all great choices for a classic holiday look.

Day 8: Something Velvet

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Remember when I mentioned a velvet blazer earlier?  You don’t have to have an outer layer that is velvet but something with this texture is a necessity.  Whether it be a velvet headband, clutch or top it will help create a fabulous look.

Day 9: The Clutch

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Are you surprised that I am just now showing an animal print piece (lol)?  A clutch will be fairly important this time of year for parties.  Why not add in some print and go with something like this hair-on-hide cheetah print piece? It’s not too dressy to where you can’t carry it on a regular basis and it’s not so casual that you feel like it’s ruined your dressier look.

Day 10: The Jacket

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A dress coat is something  you need to add to your closet if you don’t already have one.  I know, I know it’s cold out and your puffer jacket and parka are calling your name but switch to something else.  This military-inspired coat is a striking piece to help take your style up a notch.

Day 11: The Printed Shoe

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Adding in a printed neutral shoe will take your style places you’ve never even imagined! Pair these with your black pants or pleated skirt with your new cable-knit sweater along with these sexy pumps. Then top it off with your military coat. Now you’ve got quite the look going for ya!

Day 12: The Hat

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Now is the time ladies.  Add a winter fedora into your wardrobe so that you can look dressed to the nines head-to-toe. The more layers, the more stylish you look and it helps keep you warm during these cold months.

Day 13: The Go-to Dress

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Finding a go-to dress like this one is going to be very helpful.  It doesn’t have to be black, maybe it’s winter white or gray.  Make sure you have a dress that is easy for you to dress-up and accessorize different ways so that you can get multi-use this season.

Day 14: The Belt

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Make sure and add a belt to your accessories collection.  This is an easy way to add a tailored look to your outfit. This color provides warmth and is a good neutral for just about any color it’s paired with.  Add it to that look I mentioned earlier; the black pants with the cable-knit sweater and denim shirt.  Perfect for family gatherings.

Day 15: The Statement Piece

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Whether you’re an earring chick or necklace gal make sure and add a statement piece with your jewelry.  It’s going to make any outfit more festive.  Stick to a neutral color or maybe even a cluster of pearls.  Either way, make an impact with your jewelry and you’ll be all set!

Need more help?  Let me help you in the comfort of your own home either in-person or in front of your computer.  I can help update your seasonal wardrobe or any special events coming up.  Simply book here and we can share a 20-minute FREE consultation to see how I can help you. I promised you a surprise and here it is!  I decided for the spirit of the holidays I am going to extend my Cyber Monday promotion of Buy One Styling Hour Get One Styling Hour Free until 12/24/19!  Use PROMO CODE: HAPPYHOLIDAYS on the following products:

Seasonal Update, Closet Detox, Special Event Styling, The Gift of Style (gift cards make a great gift) and Photo Shoot.  So enjoy the holidays peeps and I hope I can make your style journey easier on you.  Book today!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Dual-wear Holiday Attire

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This holiday season is usually filled with office parties, family gatherings and celebrating the new year.  A lot of times my clients struggle finding a piece they can wear again.  I have some great news!  I teamed up with Dad’s Primitive Workbench for an unexpected treat.  A beautiful pleated jumper!  AND it comes in three different colors.  If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I love jumpers because they’re easy to layer in order to create a new look.

 

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These three looks were all created using the black jumper.

Look 1: I’m ready for Thanksgiving by layering a fun distressed sweater over the jumper.

Look 2: Ready for date night (I’ll throw on my faux leather jacket to keep warm).

Look 3: New Year’s Eve, here I come (I’d recommend switching up the shoes with a nice stiletto pump in a fun accent color).  The toboggan and scarf will help keep me warm so I don’t have to worry about lugging around a big winter coat too.

 

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This next jumper is a fun color that falls within the pastel category.  Don’t be afraid to wear lighter colors this season.  During the winter months it’s easy to get stuck wearing neutrals but don’t forget to bring some color into your life.

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Look 1: I love this kimono sweater layered over this jumper with a fun colorful shoe that blends nicely with the different colors in the layering piece.

Look 2: Throw on a sweater and add in some more color.  Switch up the shoes with a winter suede and stick to the pastel aesthetic.

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This last color is one of my faves!  It’s called clay but it reminds me of rose gold.  This color can be fun to work with because you could add in some teal or bring in some earth tones.  Maybe even try a monochromatic theme with something like a blush tone.

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Look 1: I am swooning over this look.  I love the faux fur scarf because it brings dramatics to the outfit and helps brighten my skin tone.

Look 2: This look is a little funky but can be fun for the right person.  I loved teal with the clay color and decided to tie knots on the side of the pants to provide a different style and funk it up a little.  Next time I would layer the heck out of this top with chunky necklaces to give it more of a winter boho style.

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This next top is a fun take on a winter cold-shoulder.  The velvet texture helps provide warmth and has a generous weight to it.  I love mixing different fabrics together such as this velvet with my faux leather skirt (not from Dad’s Primitive).

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I love adding a hint of color and print into an all black look.  The earrings blend nicely with my shoes and adds just enough color to soften the look.

 

As always, I love teaming up with Dad’s Primitive Workbench because he always has such a variety of pieces to work with and can dress so many different styles within his shop.  I also like to remind people to think of this little boutique because there are some hidden gems in there.

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I love their holiday decor this time of year for Christmas decorations!  I’m a sucker for buffalo  plaid and they have plenty of it!  Also, how awesome is this, on Small Business Saturday the Buttered Maple Syrup candle you see pictured above is actually going to be on promotion for $17.99! That never happens and it smells delish.  Also, HUGE news…his clothing will be Buy Two Get One FREE!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Working Moms Fuel 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-BAC8-4D2885CAEF84

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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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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🕶Summertime🕶

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Dress, purse and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

It’s just about summertime folks! Kids are getting out of school this week and summer break starts. You know what that means! Summer wardrobe is in full-swing.  I personally love clothing that is kid-friendly. That means my hiney isn’t hanging out and neither are the sweater cows (as I call them) are out for the world to see.😜

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Dress, earrings and purse from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

I like to wear dresses when it’s hot because it’s a much more breezy feel and sometimes it’s easier to find appropriate lengths than it is shorts.

 

 

This next top is from Dad’s Primitive Workbench and I love it because it can be worn three different ways. Here are two ways that I paired with my own shorts and feel are an appropriate length for playing with the kiddos too. The third way I’ll show you in just a bit 😘

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This next dress is PERFECT for a day date or even out to lunch with the family. It’s an appropriate length and cute with a side of flirty 😁

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Surprise!! I have a little partner-in-crime for this second part😁 Meet Sydney from Dad’s Primitive Workbench. She helps out at the shop and is always full of cheer. She makes you feel good about yourself and is always smiling. She looks super cute in their clothes too 😜 All of her looks, including jewelry and shoes are from Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

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I styled Sydney so you could see a different face wearing some cute fashions. Remember I said the striped top I had on could be worn three different ways? Well here’s the third way and in a different color.

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Next, I had Sydney wear this cute white number with the ties on the sleeve. Super cute and easy to wear! I paired the blush toned fringe earrings to match the fringe on the sandals.

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Lastly, I loved this blue top and denim on Sydney along with the sandals. Loved mixing the blues and adding a warm tone. The tassels in the earrings paired nicely with the top and stuck with the theme. The necklace helped tie in the dark gray in the tassel earring as well.

So for this month Charlie and I have decided to do something new. If you didn’t know already, I actually offer in-home wardrobe consulting. This service can work a few different ways. One of which is me creating a Style Board for you. That means I chat with you about your style goals and create an inspiration board for you when it comes time for you to go shopping.  I’ll share different resources on where you can shop to get the looks as well as explain what to look for and why it works for you.  Below are a few different examples of style boards I have put together that were pertinent to that specific client. For this service I typically charge $20.00 if that’s the only service you need from me.

 

 

So for this month’s partnership with Dad’s Primitive Workbench you can use promo code: RANDOM30 at his shop to get 30% off one boutique item and you can enter to win a free Style Board from yours truly on both my and Dad’s Primitive Workbench’s Instagram and Facebook pages; @randomosity740 and @dads_primitive_workbench 😁This offer expires on 6/22/19 so make sure and stop in soon!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Spring is Here

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My favorite part of spring is knowing that summer is right around the corner. My least favorite thing about it is how the weather can be really unpredictable so your wardrobe needs to be ready. I partnered with Dad’s Primitive Workbench (DPW) to show you a few pieces you need to add to your closet this season.

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I love a good pair of denim and in all honesty I find it hard to find a great fit just anywhere. So let me start by just telling you how great this pair of denim from DPW is! The fit is perfect for me. It has a lovely stretch to it and even in the waist area. As you know I had a baby and a pair of denim like this is PERFECTION! If you’ve been following denim trends this style is on point with the details; distressed and raw edges! The striped top is also a great addition because of the stretch and the ribbed texture. The knot detail is sticking around this season too and I love the vibrant colors.

Here are a few other finds that you’ll hear me write about in a recent Clutch MOV article, so stay tuned. These two dresses are perfect to layer a jacket with during those transitional weather days. Embroidery is lending  beautiful detail to the flow of this black dress. This is fairly short so in the fall I’ll be pairing denim with it. And are you kidding me with this magenta color for the other dress?! It’s a stunning color.

Make sure and stop in Dad’s Primitive Workbench for some fun spring and summer pieces! Use Randomosity740 when you shop in his store to get an additional 10% off on top of his boutique promotion of buy one get one half off! Happy shopping all 🙂

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

 

Professional Wear: How Do You Make It Your Own?

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Today I had the honor of presenting to a classroom of Marietta College students on what is appropriate to wear during an interview.  It inspired me to write about this topic for a few reasons:

1. Show an appropriate interview look.

2. Demonstrate how to transform your interview look into your own style for a later purpose.

The first image shows an appropriate outfit for an interview. Many people think you have to wear a matching suit but that’s not necessarily the case. I kept my accessories minimal and the colors more toned down. I love this Chanel-inspired tweed jacket from Talbots, but this is not my typical style. So I put together a look that is more me so that I have multi-use.

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I love this jumpsuit I acquired last summer from Peyton & Peppy. I love the mix of something classic with something edgy. I also included a warm tone with my shoe to add some interest.

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And you know how I can never get enough of Lynne and Lucille jewelry. These earrings are made of hair-on-hide and I found them at Wit & Whimzy. I love the texture it adds to the tweed jacket without competing with it.

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If you have any questions about what to wear on interviews or how to make business wear more your style, please feel free to hit me up!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney