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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It’s Cyber Monday!! WOOT WOOT❤️ This is my first year participating as a business owner by offering an awesome promotion.

Since it’s my first year partaking I’ve decided to offer the following promotion:

Buy One Hour Get One Hour FREE!

This offer is good for a closet detox, seasonal update or special event styling. I’m also extending this offer to my virtual clientele. You can get any of the above services for $75.00!

So ladies, if your significant other is looking for some gift-giving ideas, look no further and ask for the gift of style❤️ I’ll help transform your closet or simply make you feel good in your clothing. Whatever your need may be.

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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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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

 

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