Fashion Shoot Weekend Extravaganza!

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This weekend was jam-packed full of fashion fun. I was able to take a quick photo op of some wonderful fashion pieces, work with Hot Tomato on a photo shoot for a talented seamstress, named Loni Jakubowski of Havin’ Sew Much Fun. I got to style Loni with her own creations which was such a treat. Then, I got to do a shoot for Clutch MOV around modern fashion with a vintage twist at The Betsy Mills Club. I can’t wait to see the finished product from both shoots! It’s always such a wonderful time with the Hot Tomato team. Let’s just say I’m lucky and so very blessed to have the husband that I do to watch our little, Harper Simone so I can make time for my passions.

On Saturday, before my little family and I had to finish up moving into our new place, I stopped in Twisted Sisters Boutique.  I have been great friends with the owners for about 3 years now.   I always enjoy laughing with them and it’s not out of the ordinary for me to spend hours in their store gabbing and being silly.  I stopped in to pick up some Do Terra essential oils that they introduced me to. I also knew they had a nice, upscale trunk show going on for Doncaster. I had never heard of this brand but I checked them out online beforehand. I was pleased with some of the pieces I found online and knew I had to touch and feel these pieces for myself. The above picture was one of my favorite pieces. It was stunning! The picture doesn’t do it justice. What a lovely statement piece to own in your closet!

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This second jacket was adorable. Unfortunately, this jacket was not available in my size but I insisted on still trying it on and sharing this garden scene floral print. The luscious colors were fabulous. I also love when a jacket has a waist tie.

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Now this piece I fell in love with! The colors in this print were to die for, the fit was perfect and the fabric against my skin was heavenly.  If you like the pieces that you see, stop in Twisted Sisters Boutique on Front Street in downtown Marietta to learn how you can own Doncaster pieces.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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DIY Denim Workshop

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Last weekend I hosted my first DIY Denim Workshop at the Hot Tomato Studio. We went over different techniques and trimming ideas for our older denim we wanted to transform. I loved seeing everyone’s excitement and designs they came up with. Take a look at the end products:

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Kristen went patriotic with the inside cuffs of her denim.

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Abbie added some pyramids and abstract paint designs with mini hearts ❤

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Jesse is heading to Aruba soon and wanted to add some color and excitement to her denim.  How cute are these pom pom’s?

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And don’t forget about the Aruba patch 😉

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Franci took the time to distress some of her old denim for her daughter.IMG_8132

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And then a pair for herself 🙂

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Linda assisted with her sewing skills and all of her fun accessories to add to the denim; a potato and coasters to create a painted stamped look and more patches!

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I added some ruffles to an old pair of denim shorts.  Now, maybe I will wear them because it helped add length to the shorts! lol.

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All fun ideas and I loved the different creative sides these women let out.  Some just went to town and then others spent time thinking about how they envisioned their denim turning out.  All beautiful ways to celebrate your individuality.  The best part of this was listening to 90’s music and laughing with one another. It’s so therapeutic to hang out with a group of women crafting it up!  Thanks again to all of you that came to the workshop!

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Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Top Shop and Drop It

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I love when spring fashion arrives in stores. All of the bright colors and sense of ahh, warm weather ahead. Green is one of my favorite colors. It brings a sense of cheer to my soul. It reminds me of the lovely smell of fresh cut grass and the leaves on the trees.

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I obtained this vibrant floral top from Target. The funny thing is, here I just shared how much I love the color green, yet don’t own a lot of it in my closet.

What I loved most about this top is the surprising versatility. Here I am wearing it with a favorite pair of denim I recently purchased on a trip to Chicago. I like to tuck the front of my flowy tops into my pants to give it a little more interest.

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What I loved most about this denim and what made it so special is that it was:

1. A simple way of showing skin to feel a little sexy while the details in the cuff were a little more raw. I loved the moto style of them as well.

2. I found them at Top Shop and I had never been inside this store. Needless to say I was very excited because I have always drooled over their clothing online. I don’t purchase a lot of clothing online because I want to try things on so this was a major treat for me.

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The second look I produced with this top was pairing it with one of my favorite leather skirts from Macy’s. When I lived in Columbus I frequented Macy’s sale rack on my lunch breaks and this was one of my finds! I love that this look creates a little more drama.

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably notice that I love any type of leather type look. The psychology behind that, in my mind, is that I am not a demanding or overly serious person by nature. Wearing styles like this is my way of showing that I CAN have a more serious and domineering side when I want to. Yet, another thing I love about fashion. You can portray a certain personality just through the clothes you wear.

What trend or style makes you feel powerful? As always, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Style on the Go

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This coming weekend is going to be an epic weekend getaway!  Why, you ask?  I get to spend it with two of my oldest friends, Christy and Allyson.  My next blog post will go into the history of us and how we became friends. Plus, I’ll have the opportunity to style and take photos of them; a little pampering for the besties.

I know this trip is going to be a little more relaxing and not so much what we would’ve done when we were in our twenties, so I decided to share a look that I would wear while we lollygag in the city. Make sure to check out the next blog post to see what else I wore for the weekend getaway.

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This lightweight jacket and flats from Target are a must in San Francisco for walking around the city.  This look wouldn’t be complete without my arrowhead necklace from Twisted Sisters Boutique in downtown Marietta, Ohio.

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I loved the idea of wearing tan with black and white stripes because it is not always the obvious choice.  It helps bring contrast and interest to the look.  Same with my tan, suede flats.  I could’ve easily gone with the black flats but wanted to mix it up.  What’s your favorite thing to pair with stripes?

 

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0’s Business Casual

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When someone says to dress business casual it can have a few different interpretations. I am going to share my version of business casual and how I like to portray it for work.  Here, I have paired a sleeveless leopard print top with a zipper detail.  I paired it with a nice tailored white blazer (a staple every woman should have in their closet) and then a medium wash denim pant.

I always like to pair things a little more different than my first instinct.  Typically, I would wear a dark denim wash pant for business casual because it gives it a dressier feel, but I thought I would try this medium wash to show that it can be done too.  I also try to make outfits versatile, meaning that I can take my white blazer off and be ready for a night out with friends too.

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Now, I LOVE these cobalt blue wedges and adore how the brown fringe stands out alongside them.  The fringe brings great texture to the look and again, is unexpected with a look like this.  Usually I would wear the fringe bag with more of a bohemian look such as a maxi dress or flowy top which is very predictable.  But I wanted to show that you can get more wear out of pieces like this.  Plus, it was a birthday present from one of my dearest friends, Maggie and I like to wear it as much as I can.

What questions do you have about business casual?  Or maybe you want to share your interpretation.  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Favorite Spring Trends

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Spring and fall fashion are my favorite seasons of fashion because you get to layer clothing and experiment with new trends.  Check out some of my favorite trends for spring and summer below.

 

The denim ruffle dress is a hot trend this coming season and it is the perfect layering item.  To give the dress a different look you could pair it with this tribal, tassel scarf.  This is a great piece in the springtime because it gives you that extra layer of warmth when needed.

The ruffle trend carries over in this beautiful maxi dress that incorporates the cold-shoulder look.  Exposing the shoulders can be such a subtle, sexy look for the springtime.  I also love it paired with something like this choker because it’s unexpected yet brings a different element to the look.  You could also throw on a black leather jacket and combat boots to give it an edgy appeal during those iffy spring days.

This adorably sweet shirt-style shift dress is perfect for spring.  You can pair it with a brown belt and blouse it over and wear it with skinny jeans or simply keep it as is and wear a long pendant or statement necklace.  And of course pair it with some rad sunglasses.

Overall the trends to watch for this coming season and summer are the ruffles and floral prints.  As I always say, make sure and mix it up, experiment with your style and start with some of the above items to build your spring wardrobe!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

A Nautical Twist

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The past three days have been unseasonably warm.  It inspired me to do a spring fashion post.  Most of you probably know what I mean when I say, “nautical,” but if you don’t it’s a type of fashion that is inspired by being on the water.  For instance, since I live by a river this is a nautical look you might see me wear on a boat (without the heels of course).

img_7349 I love different hues of a deep blue.  This color is key when it comes to styling a nautical themed look.  Stripes, polka dots and of course anchors all work wonderfully to pull a nautical look together. Different shades of red work really well too.

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This striped scarf is a silk, light-weight piece to add more pattern to the look.  **Warning**  This does not provide warmth, trust me! (lol)  I loved the way it was blowing in the wind to show the bold stripes and beautiful hue.

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I’m not afraid to add patterns on top of patterns, so I paired these beautiful earrings from Permanent Baggage, which I found at Wit & Whimzy.  You’ve probably seen me wear the necklaces below that are also from Wit & Whimzy. I love representing the “740” stamped necklace for so many obvious reasons. I lived in Columbus, Ohio for 5 years so I was excited to learn that we had access to Red Giraffe Designs here locally!

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Here you can see my oh so famous leopard accent 🙂  I also love any reason to sport my lynne&lucille bullet necklace from my husband.  I may love fashion but I know how to hang with the boys too when it comes to shooting 😉  Feel free to share your favorite nautical look with me 🙂

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If you haven’t noticed already, I decided to include the new fringe denim trend into this look for fun.  I had two pair of white denim and I decided to cut them at the bottom myself to see how I liked them.  Well, I LOVE them!  I’m not surprised I do since I love any type of fringe or tassel detail.  Get brave and try a new style yourself.  Rip up some old denim and get crazy! ❤

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Family Date Night Attire

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Today my little family and I  had a date night and went to go see the Lego Batman movie (Batman is my family’s favorite comic book character <3). So what do you wear on a family date night?

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It was quite windy today so I decided to wear a hat to block the wind, a graphic tank layered with a denim shirt and some fun accessories.

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I wore my necklace and earrings from Wit & Whimzy. I am obsessed with these leather fringe earrings from Lynne and Lucille as well as their necklace. I paired this necklace because it didn’t take away from anything.

Since I was wearing a graphic tee I didn’t want to layer a heavy necklace with a dramatic earring; it was the perfect set. I also liked that the earrings tied in the black denim.

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These slip ons are a definite favorite of mine. With the hair-on-hide look in leopard print and the rich colors, this makes and effortless look. AND they are comfortable! I also wore my handy Fossil crossbody bag because it was the perfect neutral.

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Oh, and by the way…you’re never too old to wear a graphic tee if you style it with the right pieces. Let’s face it, when you’re a mom there are times you crave comfy attire and this look works out perfectly.

Try not to let the stress of the world keep you from feeling confident in your clothing. Even on those days you throw dry shampoo in your hair, you can still look your best without anyone knowing you skipped washing your hair 😉 lol.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Your Journey to Self-discovery through Fashion

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Yesterday I hosted my first Fashion Workshop at the Hot Tomato Studio. I had such a wonderful time listening to the fashion obstacles people were encountering. There were people from different backgrounds, ages, sizes and styles. But the common theme amongst all of them was a lack of confidence. Most of them felt like they couldn’t take risks or felt like they were in limbo with their style and not sure what to do; you know, feeling too old for Forever 21 but too young for “granny” clothing.

I continue to talk about the psychology of fashion with my students and how we get in our own way when it comes to transitioning into different phases of life; graduating college, starting a new job or lifestyle and then of course either getting older, gaining weight or having children. Life is busy and crazy but it can be so much fun as long as you don’t take it too seriously and want to have a more positive spin on it. When fashion doesn’t come so easy to people it can become this exhausting task and fill your mind with dread or negativity. The thought of getting ready for the day or a special occasion might even make you cringe. When you attend a workshop with me, my goal is to empower you to be brave and take those risks. Tear down those barriers that keep us in this box of how we think we should be dressing. Don’t limit yourself.

After the workshop I was so proud to hear and even see pictures of some of my students that went shopping immediately after the workshop. And get this…they tried things on outside of their comfort zone! Hey girl, hey (High-five)! Now we’re planning a shopping trip with the attendees from this workshop! How fun is that?

I’m here to tell all of you that YOU CAN DO IT! Have patience with yourself and enjoy this process of self-discovery. How do you want to be portrayed in the world through your style? I personally want to show my eclectic view on life by mixing crazy patterns and making it work.

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As always, please feel free to contact me with any fashion obstacles you encounter!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Tropical Winter

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I think we can all agree that the weather has been quite crazy this season in the Mid-Ohio Valley. In the 20’s one day and the 60’s the next. It has inspired me to show you how to wear a summer garment in the winter.

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I love these tropical shorts and the reason these shorts work for the winter is because they are made of a polyester blend fabric; suitable for all seasons. I mixed this velvet bodysuit (which I swore I would never buy one because I wore bodysuits in elementary school. But, the good thing about them? They never untuck! This is why I decided to buy one. Plus it can be a challenge to find appropriate form-fitting shirts).

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I then decided to pair these fuschia, suede, strappy heels to complete this look. I wore fleece-lined tights to keep my legs warm as well. Don’t be afraid to wear open toed shoes in the winter with tights. These are a good example because they are suede.

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I love this look because I tend to wear dark colors in the winter and playing with bold prints  and bright colors can be fun! This was new for me so why don’t you challenge yourself and give it a try 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney