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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MOV Fashion Hop 2018

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Last Saturday a really cool thing happened.  I hosted my first fashion event here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  I called it MOV Fashion Hop.  The purpose of this event was to share two of my passions with the area; fashion and the options we have locally as far as shopping small businesses.  I love when I have the opportunity to promote fellow entrepreneurs.  This also gave me the chance to demonstrate any styling advice I can provide to clients for a personal wardrobing consultation such as personal shopping, curating one’s own style, coordinating clothing for group photos, or anything else along the wardrobe spectrum.

I mentioned that my passion was fashion, but it means so much more than the vain connotation that can come with it.  I love making people feel confident and that is what fashion does for me.  Many times we get in style ruts or think we can’t wear or “pull-off” certain styles because of our age or the area we live in, “we live in a small town, I would look silly wearing that HERE!”  I’ve heard it all.  I always like to refer to my next statement as “the psychology of fashion.”  We get inside our own heads and create this doubt, or lack of self-worth when we are shopping for clothing.  Just because we live in a small town doesn’t mean we have to stick to wearing a certain style of clothing and put ourselves in a made-up box.

Also, Mama Bears (yes, I’m talking to you)  you work super hard on making sure you’re taking care of your family and that is amazing and kudos to you!  But don’t forget to celebrate yourself and remember to allow yourself to feel beautiful and confident. I can speak from experience, especially with another one on the way.  I care about fashion because of the way it makes me feel.  I HATE not feeling good about myself so I take the extra time in the morning to take care of me; coordinate an outfit, do my make-up and curl or straighten my hair.  Do I wake up earlier? Yes, because it’s worth it to me.  Do I think everyone should feel this way?  No, but if you feel crappy about yourself when you look at other women, then I highly recommend taking the time but only if it’s for YOU.  If you don’t care about fashion, that’s okay but I’m assuming you at least care a little since you’re reading my blog.  I highly doubt it’s my mediocre writing skills that draws you in (LOL).

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The next images that I’m sharing are from MOV Fashion Hop.  This shows you a glimpse of what I can teach you personally, amongst other things.  These are still images of videos that were taken during the event.  If you’re interested in watching you can view them here.

In each of the videos I’m teaching different ways to wear things.  In Peyton & Peppy Boutique I showed how to wear a flutter sleeve and mix different, unexpected tones to create a polished look for a day-to-night look.  When we went into Schafer Leather I went over how to wear ponchos and capes along with not being afraid to wear a hat.  I can’t get over how many people feel silly wearing a hat simply because of where we live.  Be bold and go for it! 🙂

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At Wit & Whimzy I taught how to accessorize and layer jewelry with neutral tones by using clothing from Sabela Chic.  Another lesson was sharing how to mix patterns in a subtle way while I was in Emleigh’s and Mama B’s.

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While in Sugar Maple Boutique I shared my love of leopard print, my favorite neutral pattern.  I also demonstrated how to wear a different style pant along with a vest that had fun colors and how to pair it with a less obvious choice for a pant.  Next up was Teri Ann’s, a staple fashion destination here in Marietta.  I taught how to wear a printed pant and pairing the perfect top and layering piece along with not worrying about getting the perfect match of colors as long as things blend nicely.

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Lastly, we ended our tour at Dad’s Primitive Workbench which is one of my favorite places to find unexpected fashion pieces.  I taught how it’s okay to kick outdated fashion rules to the curb like “not mixing blue and black.”  It’s perfectly acceptable to do so as long as you pair the right things together.

I hope if you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s MOV Fashion Hop that you get to next time.  I plan on doing this every fall season but people have already asked me to do it again in the springtime, so who knows?  Stay tuned and make sure and follow me on my facebook page so you can watch for other Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0 events! Also, if you’re interested in my personal wardrobe consultations, hit me up!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

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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

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