So as many of you know, I love when I can shop small businesses and when I discover a new one I HAVE to share it with you. My friend, Maggie owns a cute vintage store called Plumm Home in Marysville, Ohio (just outside of Columbus). Well, Maggie introduced me to a neighboring boutique called, The Little Blue Boutique. The owner’s name is Lisa and she offers clothing that is “easy to wear, yet stylish.” Well two of the pieces I now own from this little shop are pictured above. I adore a midi-skirt and love the brown buttons. I couldn’t be happier. The stretchy waistband is just what a mama bear needs!

I love wearing an earth tone with this black skirt because it really brings out the brown buttons. I also paired black and white with it so that my accessories would pop and make a bolder statement. A skirt like this is a must-have in your closet, especially if you have kids because it’s an appropriate length to play in too!

Now you saw this beautiful camouflage top in my first image paired with the black skirt from The Little Blue Boutique. How about pairing it with white denim? I love the contrast it brings to the top. The flounce sleeve is adorable and it really brings a new flare to a typical camouflage top. The racer stripe on the denim really gives it a sportier look too.

And can we talk about how fun this look is? I actually layered the camouflage top over a white dress and tied it on the side to cinch the waist. Believe it or not I actually don’t own a solid white skirt. I thought it would be super cute paired with my favorite white necklace. I brought in a strappy shoe that has all the basic neutrals because it works so well with the colors in camouflage. If you dissect this look it works very well together because of the distribution of color.

If you’re loving this camouflage top and black skirt make sure and either pop into The Little Blue Boutique if you’re near the Columbus area or purchase something online click  here. She also offers little girl clothing too (post coming soon). One important thing to remember is that if you enter promo code: RANDOMOSITY15 you’ll get 15% off your purchase.

Happy Shopping!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

*This was a sponsored post with The Little Blue Boutique.

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Dress from Dad’s Primitive

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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Gingham Style

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I love printed fabrics because they can transform a look into many different styles. For  point of reference take a peek at these three different styles I created with a gingham print. Now, depending on who you’re talking to some may feel that gingham is synonymous with a preppy look.

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But on the flip-side another might say that it’s more indie style. If you’re asking me, I don’t discriminate and think it easily goes both ways! Take for instance the above picture. If I switched out the tank for a solid black and wore a more classic shoe it would work well for a business look. Oh, and switch up the necklace with a simple drop style.

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This look is my favorite because it’s edgier. I cuffed my pants so that I could wear the open-toed booties and wore my leather jacket and fedora to bring some drama.

I’d also like to note that sometimes wearing a printed pant can be intimidating for us ladies. We tend to think it accentuates areas we prefer not to. However, there’s a print out there for everyone. I like the black and white gingham because the black helps balance out the white, meaning it doesn’t necessarily broaden the hips and thighs. It also depends on the fit of the pant on you. I tend to go for a slim leg with a high-waist because it sits on the smaller part of my waistline. These pants are from Talbots and they’re called the Chatham and you can get them for 25% off right now!

Have fun discovering a printed pant that you love!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

PWDR Beaute: A Tropical Getaway

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This past Saturday I had the luxury of being able to feature a recent client of mine, Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute.  For those of you that are not familiar with her work, you should be!  She has started a YouTube channel where she shares “motd” and make-up reviews.  She’s also one of the make-up artists for Hot Tomato Portrait Studio. That means I get to work alongside her during some of the shoots that I style.  You can also find her on facebook and instagram @pwdrbeaute.

So what does a styling session look like with me?  Abigail is going on a vacation to Mexico for a beach wedding and wanted to make sure she packed stylish, yet practical clothing as well as an appropriate dress to wear on a beach for the wedding.

I started out by going to her house so I could see what clothing she already had and then suggested what pieces she should invest in.  The only pieces I saw her missing were if she wanted to have an extra casual dress.  I recommended doing a light off-the-shoulder dress.  I then recommended another pair of sandals.

As you see in the above image of Abigail, she is wearing a mustard colored flowy maxi skirt with a printed crop top.  I loved pairing these two things together because of the brightness of the skirt and then tying in some brighter neutrals.  I also looked through her jewelry and found the perfect statement necklace that tied in the mustard skirt and provided more color to this look.  Some people are leary to mix in a busy necklace with a printed top, but this works perfectly!  This might not work with just any look, so you’ll have to reign in on what is too busy to you.  But because of how the colors stand out against this print, it works great.

We also went with a simple, yet colorful bracelet to help bring accent colors down closer to the skirt.  The look was then finished off with a pair of cognac colored sandals.

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For another look, I paired this black crop top with her button-up striped skirt along with cognac colored sandals. A lot of people still follow these “fashion rules” that don’t exist anymore; mixing black and brown being one of them.  I LOVE the warmth the cognac brings to this outfit.

I also completed the look with a tortoise shell statement necklace to tie in the black and cognac.  Plus, think of all the handbags you see where they mix black and brown together and it looks simply fantastic!  We then stuck with a simple, yet slightly detailed bracelet.

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This look was one that I didn’t put together entirely; just gave tips with what shoes to wear.  As I mentioned above I recommended her finding a light-weight off-the-shoulder dress and she picked out the PERFECT one!  Check out how beautiful that color is on her?!  She accessorized with a simple drop necklace and we added in the handbag to finish off this simple, yet chic outfit!

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Lastly, this is the dress we chose to have her wear for the beach wedding.  Since it is going to be on the sand, we knew she had to have a practical show so we went with a metallic gold gladiator sandal.  Clearly, purple is Abigail’s color!  Look how fabulous she looks in it.  And her make-up compliments with it so nicely.

This dress still had the tags on it because she ordered it online and didn’t realize how high the slit was.  I must say I am all about being daring, especially on vacation with a beach setting but this slit was absolutely too high.  I am a “fixer” by nature so I couldn’t let it go because I hated for her to not wear it because of the slit.  I stitched it up just enough so she felt comfortable and it worked out great!  She’s wearing the same drop necklace as the previous look.  Which brings me to another point; don’t be afraid to recycle jewelry when on vacation, it saves room and tangled messes!

If you’re needing help with any styling tips, or packing for a getaway I would love to assist.  We can go shopping together or I can use what clothing you already have!  Heck, we can mix the two together.  Message me for any questions.  Don’t forget to check out her social media and you can visit Hot Tomato’s site for a session and we can assist with your dream shoot!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

Tone on Tone Fashion

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A lot of questions I get from women revolve around what colors to wear.  Well, this is an interesting question and to me, there is no simple answer.  Everything is more on a case-by-case scenario.

I truly believe you can wear any color you want as long as you find the right shade of that color for your skin tone.  It’s also dependent on what accessories you pair with it. With that being said, I wanted to do a post on something that is a popular trend right now, and that is wearing different shades of one color.

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In this image I paired two different shades from the same family; burgundy and oxblood. This is one of my favorite family of colors to wear so I decided to try two different shades together.

What does this have to do with knowing what colors you should wear? Well, everyone has one color they feel good in, right?  Try pairing your favorite color with another shade from the same family.  It’ll probably get you out of your comfort zone and help you discover another shade that you didn’t know you’d like on yourself.

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I also paired a blush toned earring with this look because it is the pastel version of the same color family. Now I’ve played with three different shades from one color family!  Look at us getting all experimental now!  😉

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Apparently, my little Harper Simone is going to make a debut every week 🙂  Love her little personality ❤  As always, feel free to share a look you put together using multiple shades from one color family with me. Harper and I would love to see it!

 

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney