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.

Faux leather Jacket and Dress from Dad’s Primitive

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.

Kimono and Jeans from Dad’s Primitive

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.

Skirt and jacket from Dad’s Primitive

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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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

 

The Tale of the Cable Knit Sweater

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I love a good cable knit sweater. But how many different ways can you style it? Here’s a few images to inspire you to think outside the whole jeans and sweater bubble.  The top images are the no-brainer way to wear it. But my gray, heavily distressed denim helps make it look less preppy and edges it up a tick. I also loved pairing cognac colored shoes to add some warmth to the look.

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The next image I just added a black blazer to jazz it up. You could even pair a nice heel with this and switch to black pants for a more professional look.

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Here I switched out my shoes to leopard flats and wore a lightweight khaki jacket. A more fun and casual look. I even switched up my hair-do for a more relaxed look.

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Now I’ve styled it with a flannel, boyfriend style button-up top to add a different type of layer. I stuck with the leopard flats to show how you can mix patterns in a more subtle way. I also wore my glasses to give it a different vibe.

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Lastly, I tied the flannel shirt around my waist and tossed my hair up in a messy pony tail for an easy, effortless look. I wore the same jewelry in every look to show that it works for all styles. The necklace is from Wit & Whimzy and it’s made by Chastina. A new favorite! As always feel free to send any questions my way for styling tips or share pics with me on how you styled your cable knit sweater. You can always tag @randomosity740 on Instagram too 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Casual to New Year’s Eve Ready

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I love the feeling I get when I find a great buy at TJ Maxx that I know will serve multiple purposes. For instance, take this flounce-sleeve textured top that I recently found. I love the versatility this top provides. Here I am wearing it in a casual way with denim I found while visiting a consignment shop in San Francisco last spring. Major score because they were a pair from Rag & Bone. They’re a dark gray wash and I thought they would work perfectly with the look I was going for; comfy, yet cute. My Pumas are pretty much the only sneakers I own so when I go for comfort these are the first things I grab. I cuffed my denim to give it more style and tossed my hair up in a ponytail.

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I’m wearing one of my favorite pair of earrings that you’ve probably seen A LOT in my blog posts. These are by Lynne and Lucille and I found them at Wit & Whimzy.

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Now, here is my dressed-up version wearing the same top. As you’ve probably learned, I love mixing faux leather and textures together. It’s hard to tell in the pics but this top has raised dots all over it (you’ll see a better shot below). I went with nude, ruffle pumps because well, why not? It brings something interesting to a monotone look. Then I finished it off with some sparkly jewelry and a beaded silk wristlet and added some curls to my hair.

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Here’s a pic to show more of the sleeve detail.

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This is what I would choose for a dressier look when it comes to my makeup. I’m actually wearing Cora-lina Lipsense on my lips and Onyx Shadowsene as my under eyeliner and shadow blended with some burgundy shadow too. I liked pairing the dramatic eye with something not too nude and with more color in it. I’m pretty much obsessed with Lipsense product because of my cousin, Traci so if you’re interested in learning more check out her Facebook page here.

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Here’s my look at a glance and a better detailed shot of the dots on the shirt. Have fun searching for clothing that serves multiple purposes 🙂

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

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

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

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