Working Moms Fueling 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-BAC8-4D2885CAEF840598EB4E-6AC4-46F7-8AA4-4F9FE732211A

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

 

 

 

Holiday Fashion and Tradition

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Well it’s that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching and I’ve had some inquiries lately on how to layer to keep warm while still looking festive and not too casual. The above look is perfect for just that! I paired a flounce sleeve striped top along with my black, faux fur vest (both from Talbots). I decided to wear a festive green pant with a tone on tone burgundy and rose statement necklace. This pairing helps brighten and bring holiday cheer to the look. I couldn’t resist wearing my favorite over-the-knee boots because they’re lined and so warm!

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For an extra layer I tossed on my go-to blanket scarf. See, you can mix these two patterns without it being too over the top. It works because stripes is a neutral pattern.

Lets talk traditions for a moment. What are you in charge of when it comes to Thanksgiving and what is your favorite Christmas or other holiday tradition?  I am always in charge of the mashed potatoes and stirring the gravy (pretty easy job, huh)?.  My favorite Christmas tradition that I am now sharing with my daughter, Harper is making candy cane cookies from scratch just like my mom used to do with me. Love you, Mom!!

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Here’s a glimpse into our little home’s Christmas decor. It’s a work in progress and most of it was designed by my 5 year old daughter :). I love my pallet wood art that my Dad made to create  a warm and cozy setting…still looking for a great spot to hang some of them.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with either your family or framily! Hope to hear from you!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Fall Essentials-Part Deux

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Today is game day and me and the little are sporting our OSU gear to support the man in our life’s favorite team. It’s also a great time to sport one of my go-tofall essentials, a houndstooth wrap.

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Every woman should own a wrap because they are very versatile and it’s almost like you’re carrying a blanket around with you! Who doesn’t want to be all snuggled up while looking fashionable? It’s also a very effortless look. It can turn a tee shirt and jeans into a more accessorized look.

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Here’s a more elevated, fashion-forward look. This time I paired the wrap with my side-tie wildberry top and denim all from Talbots along with my velvet over-the-knee boots. On warmer fall days you could wear a cute flat or heel to give it a different look.

So, what color wrap are you going to get this fall?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Fall Essentials-Part 1

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Fall weather has officially arrived! My favorite season of the year. I love layering and mixing things up. I will be blogging about a few fall essentials for my next couple of blog posts so stay tuned.

My first recommended fall fashion piece? A quilted vest like the one I am wearing from Talbots. This is a great alternative to wearing a jacket when you’re not really wanting to wear one or carry it around. This one is waterproof and also very warm.  I chose to pair it with my gray flounce sleeve Talbots sweater and button-fly denim. I love small details which is why I cuff the denim and appreciate the flounce sleeve.

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Next I created a richer, more edgy look with the vest. I stuck with the details for my sleeves on my other sweater from Talbots in this beautiful pine color and wore my leopard print over-the-knee boots. These boots are always conversation starters when I wear them and they really help create a different vibe for the vest. Clearly I give them two thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻.

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So if you really like to layer make sure and get one of these wonderful, longer vests to keep you all snuggly wuggly!  And don’t forget how casual you can make this vest too. For instance, if you’re a skier this would create a fantastic snow bunny look with fitted ski pants for those warmer ski days.

So tell me, what’s YOUR favorite fall piece to wear?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney