All of the Clichés

17th October 2017

       IMG_3220IMG_3309IMG_3319What’s plaid & preppy & vintage all in one? Well me in high school, but also today’s outfit!IMG_3284

For this look, I’m combining all of the high school clichés into one look? sure why not. We have a variety jacket for your inner prep, a little bit of flannel for your inner lumberjack? (sure, okay) and biker boots for that rocker chick you always wanted to be. All of these pieces work together because they’re from William Rast  a cool and contemporary brand inspired by music and available at Macy’s.  The collection is full of playful denim, graphic tees, embellishments, plaids & more – plus they have pieces for both men & women.IMG_3315IMG_3270

The It List: Shop some of my favorite pieces from William Rast

When the weather starts to change, I think we’re all drawn to darker hues.  While you’ll never really find me in an all black look, I do sometimes pair darker colors together but keep the outfit interesting with a little pattern play. Since the collection is full of pretty plaids and casual prints, I put two together today for a Tennessee meets Hollywood kind of look.IMG_3309

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DRESS: William Rast Cotton Tiered Plaid Dress • $99.50
JACKET: William Rast Embellished Baseball Jacket • $126.99
SHOES: Madden Girl Eloisee Combat Booties Women’s Shoes • $69

IMG_3348Thanks to Macy’s for sponsoring this post

90’s Baby

10th October 2017

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90’s baby! Although I was born in the 90’s but sadly I was too young for some of the trends the first time around, but nothing is stopping me from trying them now! My favorite one being the tank / shirt combo situation, yes that’s the technical term 😉 so today I’m styling this look from the juniors department (no shame in that) that wont break the bank with 90’s flare!

When this trend to wear a tee under your tank first came on the scene, I called it the ICarly, because my only familiarity with it was when Disney kids or Nick kids would wear it, especially on ICarly. It was a great way of rocking a cute spaghetti strap without showing too much skin making it perfect to get around a highschool dress code or keep that “modest is hottest” style that most young stars did on these channels in the late 2000’s.

Now I love it for the same reasons! I don’t usually like to wear low cut spaghetti strap tops because my girls sit pretty high up and are known to pop out when given the chance. Since my daily activities include but aren’t limited to dancing in the street, twirling around town and the occasional spontaneous broadway performance (guys, I’m extra) I need to feel secure in the styles I select and not fear to dreaded nip slip. SO thats why I love layering a top under the tank, because I can get crazy without anything getting out!7516796976_IMG_3418IMG_2674 2

Although you can layer a tee under any spaghetti strap dress, this one comes as a set all for under $30 (like what). I had to pick up the matching bomber because its SO CUTE and also crazy affordable.

Speaking of things that are too young for the 90’s! Macy’s is hosting a fun event tonight at their store with Liam Payne formerly of One D. So you can pick up this look & snap a pic!! It’s all happening down below in the juniors department at the Harold Square locations starting at 6. Liam will be hosting a meet a great with fans while you shop! Hope to see you there!

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JACKET:
 Bomber Jacket • $33
DRESS: Lace T-Shirt & Printed Slip Dress Set • $27
BOOTS:  My Fav Booties in Matte Leather • $129  || Look for Less booties in Patent • $35
BAG: Yellow Crossbody • $102  || Look for less crossbody • $30 

For reference, I’m wearing a size medium in the dress but I wish I got a small, I’m rocking a medium jacket too and happy with the sizing there. OH and my boots are TTS.
IMG_2676Big thanks to macy’s for partnering on this post!
Photos snapped by Paris on bleeker street in the west village

Day to Night Spots / 24 hours with Aveeno

9th October 2017

FullSizeRender 10As you may know, a day in my life is different from the norm mostly because my 9-5 extends far beyond normal office hours. I’m not complaining – A Color Me Courtney day can be packed with photoshoots, outfit pulls, content creation, clearing my inbox, meetings on meetings, outfit changes, events and runway shows … or if could be opening boxes and editing photos for 9 hours straight. It varies, but thats why I love it because its always changing and always unexpected. So today I’m partnering with Aveeno to share a day to night look + 24 hours of smooth skin!

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I started the night before, showering with Aveeno skin relief body wash and applying Aveeno 24 hour skin relief moisturizing lotion right before bed. Usually I’ll apply lotion at night and again in the morning – but this time I didn’t have to! So far the lotion was doing its job and lasting through the night.

Like my lotion, my outfits often have to work double time so they can last all day. I started by dressing up this look with booties, a vest and a big bag so I could head off to my morning meetings. I love that this look is black and white, which is kind of weird for me, but still super fun and true to my sense of style. The mixing of prints and pop of color help keep it Courtney even while having barley any color at all.

After a day full of meetings, errands, pulls and just running around – I’ll switch into a more casual version of this look for a night at the movies. For this look, I met Paris for Pasta and then headed to see a new movie I had to review for an upcoming post – so it was work, but also play. Since I love to dress in theme, I switched my big bag out for my cute popcorn one – it’s pretty small, about the size of the Aveeno 24 hour skin relief moisturizing lotion bottle, but its big enough to carry what you need for a night out. Oh and since my lotion was still going strong, I didn’t even have to reapply before heading out for our movie date.

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After the movie, I came home and checked my skin before I hopped in the shower. To my surprise, it had lasted for about 22 hours before I hopped in the shower, ahed with relief body wash and did the whole thing again for another crazy day.

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SHIRT: Silk Blouse • $355  || Look For Less Blouse • $14  || Look for Less Top • $40
BOOTS: White Leather Booties • $129.99  || Look for Less (L4L) Booties • $31.19 
PANTS: Spot Culotte • $128  || L4L Pants • $14  || L4L Flare • $28  || L4L Pants • $52.30 
VEST: similar White Belted Duster • $20 (sorry mines really old)
BAG: similar Penny Large Saffiano Leather Tote • $248 || Look for Less Tote • $40

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BAG: Popcorn Crossbody Bag • $29.97 
BELT: Pearl Belt  • $1,200 ||  Slightly Less Gucci Belt • $450  || Look For Less belt • $52
SHOES: Leather Oxfords • $180  || Oxfords • $79  || Oxford Slingback • $70 

SKINCARE:
Aveeno 24 hour skin relief moisturizing lotion is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex with oat oil and natural shea butter, this lotion for sensitive skin is clinically shown to relieve and soothe extra-dry skin and moisturize for a full 24 hours
Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief 24 Hour Moisturizing Lotion • $11.49
Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash Fragrance Free • $5.99

Big thanks to Aveeno for sponsoring this post.

Cozy Candy

29th September 2017

 IMG_1368Oh Hello Fall!

It’s finally here! One of the most fashionable times of the year … Fall! It’s no secret, that its every fashionistas favorite time to shop & play dress up … and although I might be a little biased about Spring and Summer, I’m still happy Fall is here!IMG_1170 IMG_1239 IMG_1300 IMG_1330 IMG_1358 IMG_1405

The hardest things for me about this season is the lack of color. Everyone is quick to layer their browns and black and I’m like BORRRIIINNNGGG! So if you’re a color queen like me, and struggling with how to inject color into this time, stick with me all season because I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks for coloring your fall!

The first step is to invest in cozy colors! I’m talking about buying bold knits and bright sweaters! SO today I’m rounding up some of my fall favorites for you to shop in every color at every price point, wee!

Okay, want to see these looks in action? Hop to my instagram to them all in a fun stop motion video hereIMG_1441

OH and special thanks to Paris for partnering on this post, for the first time he helped me select some of the curated selection of sweaters for you guys to shop because you know its always great to have a man’s perspective.

Roller Babes

22nd September 2017

ConeyIsland_1122ConeyIsland_787So long sweet summer, but before we roll on into fall I wanted to share a super fun summer shoot we did with some of my favorite blogger babes.ConeyIsland_1016ConeyIsland_524ConeyIsland_96ConeyIsland_824

Summer to me is all about making memories and trying new things, something I got into late in the season was roller skating. Our first attempt at this activity was a total fail (see how here) but our second one was more a success. Since I couldn’t convince Paris to step foot in another pair of skates, I rallied a girl gang and took to Coney Island. RachNoelleLex and I strutted our stuff along the boardwalk, dripping in ban.do and Lexicon Of Style scarves.ConeyIsland_63363F5E17B-75A8-491A-85D1-EA80032FE5F5ConeyIsland_456ConeyIsland_700

We channeled our inner 90’s diva’s and put together a fun video from our roller-sesh, so I’ll let that and the videos do most of the talking. So lace up your skates and come roll out of summer in style!ConeyIsland_248ConeyIsland_322

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Video by ABediting

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Wearing Lexicon Scarves & Ban.do Tees

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Let’s Wow

21st September 2017

  FullSizeRender 21 OMG! The coolest collection of the season has arrived, and you can pick it up where you pick up your groceries????FullSizeRender 18

That’s right grocery brand Lidl has teamed up with fashion goddess Heidi Klum to make the ultimate capsule collection – Esmara by Heidi Klum! Who knew a grocery store could be so chic?! I was lucky enough to team up with Lidl during fashion week to celebrate the launch and style one piece from their collection all week long… more on that later, but for now the collection is finally available so I can’t wait to share it with you!FullSizeRender 19

One of my favorite pieces from the collection is this super cool motto jacket! Its the perfect suede piece for fall and comes in black and chocolate brown. It’s priced at $50 which is a total steal but currently 10% off for Color Me Courtney followers, wee!!!

The collection is full of electric blues, leopard prints and sequins – oh my! Plus there are a lot of great closet staples like the black cami and sneakers I’m wearing, along with blazers, bombers, jeans, blouses and more. One of my favorite parts about this collaboration is the affordability, Lidl has worked hard to bring you quality pieces at killer prices with most finds ranging from $15 to $50! IMG_9106

So who knew, a grocery store would dominate fashion week … and my closet?! If you’re as smitten as I am, you can shop the collection at Lidl stores world wide, but be quick! This collection won’t last long!IMG_8363

Thanks to Lidl for sponsoring this post

Summer to Fall: Red + Pink

20th September 2017

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I’m always on the hunt for the newest and coolest color combo, especially when we find ourselves in this weird in-between season thing where you don’t know what to wear.

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I love summer and I love fall, but that awkward transition isn’t always my favorite – one day I’m in boots and the next a sun dress? like make up your mind New York. One way to get through it, is to play with your wardrobe and make the most of a cool color combo.

For about a year now, red and pink has been my goto combo, but this love affair hit full swing this summer when it became a staple in my rainbow rotation. Now that things are starting to cool down, I wanted to show you how to transition this color pallet to fall, with the help of one of my favorite transitional shoes.

A slide on mule has been on everyone’s mind (and wish list) all season long. I paired mine with shorts and off the shoulder everything this summer, but for those first few fall months I wanted to keep them in my closet – so here’s how I take them form summer to fall with a pink & red pop!

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For summer, the slides can be worn on replay. They look cute with cutlets, summer dress, high waisted shorts and everything else. I wore mine with short shorts to the coney island boardwalk so I could easily slip them off when I wanted to run in the sand.

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For fall, this shoe doesn’t have to go away. Pair it with a wide leg pant with a fun detail, like mine! These hot pink pretties show off the shoe while walking that line between summer and fall. For the rest of the look, I tucked in a off the shoulder sweater and layered on some statement sunnies.

Both of these looks featured the Dolce Vita Rilee slide in leather that comes in a few fun color and material patterns as well. I love that the brand encourages young girls everywhere to be themselves and walk this way, by testing out new trends, colors and ways to wear thing! I stuck with white leather because its timeless, classic and surprisingly transitional. I picked mine up from Zappos because they have fast and free shipping, plus they’re great on returns. Since my feet run wide, I had to size up half of size in these slides, but returned at Zappos was super simple!

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Thanks to Dolce Vita & Zappos for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

 

The One Color I Wont Wear …

19th September 2017

IMG_2222       It’s no secret I love color, but there are some colors even I steer clear of. Today I’m talking all about the one color I don’t like to wear, and how I’m overcoming my fear of it this season in partnership with Macy’s & Michael Kors!

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I hate purple. I’m not sure why, it’s just never been my favorite color to wear. But this Fall, grape colored hues are having a major moment, so I thought this would be the perfect time to dip my toe into the purple pool and see what I’m missing out on.

So how does one begin to wear a color they tend to avoid? Well its tough. I don’t own much purple at all, so I started by purchasing purple pumps & a purple purse that I can easily weave into my already colorful outfits.

The next issue arises with pairing purple with other colors without looking crazy. The best way to combat this, is to use a color wheel. If you think about primary color (Red, blue, yellow) and secondary colors (orange, green and purple). Not to get too into color science on you, but a color always looks great when paired with one of the other primary/secondary colors – for instance, purple (a secondary color) looks great with green or orange, so I’ve paired my purple pumps & pure with an orange dress (see that here). A secondary color, also looks great with one of the colors used to make it (red and blue make purple, so I picked red) and the outstanding primary color not in the mix (in this case yellow) & I used this formula to create todays look.

Here are some colors that look great with purple:


Tonight I’m stepping out to preview the new Michael Kors collection at Macy’s (there having a fun event & panel with Who What Wear tonight at the Herald Square Location, its open to the public so come) and rumor has it, it’s all about purple! Hope to see you there

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Color Me Kicks

13th September 2017

FullSizeRender 47FullSizeRender 51FullSizeRender 45When it comes to dressing up sneakers and rocking this sporty trend, I think more is more! So today let’s talk about 3 ways to nail sneakers for fall, all while keeping things fun and colorful of course.

I’m so happy that sneakers are in style. I actually think this trend has overstayed its welcome in our world, but obviously fashionistas aren’t ready to give it up and I couldn’t agree more. Heels are fun, but nothing beats the comfortability and flexibility you get from spending the day in sneakers, like these pink pretties I picked up a Finish Line. We’re also having a major throw-back moment in fashion, so I was so excited to get my hands on these Reebok Classic Leather shoes for me to style the Color Me Courtney way.FullSizeRender 55FullSizeRender 50FullSizeRender 54

So now that we know what we’re working with south of my ankles, here’s three ways to win at the sneaker trend, and really take this must have style to the Finish Line 😉

1 – GO BOLD – when you’re wearing sneakers, you’re already making a statement but one way to take your look from casual to fashion forward is you have to go bold. Try an intense color combo like I did or pair your sneaks with more statement pieces.

2 – KEEP IT FEMININE – Since strutting in sneakers is more of a masculine move, you gotta keep things feminine with girly details or pieces. I paired mine with  pretty pleated skirt to give me movement and a flirty feel.

3 – HAVE A MATCHY MOMENT – You know how sometimes putting sneakers on with an outfit can make you look like a city commuter with your pumps in your purse? Well we’re trying to avoid that with this last tip. If you really tie your sneakers into your look and make the pairing look intentional. I paired my sneakers with my top, so you know this was an intentional outfitFullSizeRender 48FullSizeRender 52FullSizeRender 46FullSizeRender 56

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So I used all three of my tips together while styling this look … because I’m extra. I also made my sneakers pop by pairing them with this fun pink and yellow combo! I picked up my sneakers at Finish Line, because they had a great selection of classic sneakers like my new Reeboks, athletic shoes for running and fashion sneakers for fall!FullSizeRender 49


Reebok Women’s Classic Leather Shoes • $39.98–79.99
Pleated Long Skirt • $126
Short Sleeve Sweatshirt • $75
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Thanks to Finish Line and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own

Mastering the Open

13th September 2017

IMG_9239I came for the tennis, but I stayed for the Waffle Fries!!!

GUYS! I had the best time at US Open with Chase! I grew up playing tennis, but had never been to The Open so when they extended the invitation I was pretty pumped to attend, and eat my way through this event.

Chase really knows how to let you master the open, with the ultimate user experience. With everything from the Chase lounge – a really cool space where you can unwind and watch without the heat of being outdoors … plus they have pretzels :) to cool interactions like the Automated Tennis Machine (get it?) where you can win a prize, weee! One of the coolest things that Chase offered US open participants was the portable chargers you could pick up and use for free all day long, plus they had streaming capabilities where you could watch matches on your phone without using data!!!! #ChaseGetsMe

While I was there we took over the Chase Instagram story, used the custom Chase snapchat filter that we paired with cool chase snapchat spectacles, ate everything and just had a blast.

If you’re attending the open be sure to stop by and see what all Chase has to offer, they’ve been one of the biggest and best partners of the US open for over 20 years and will continue to do so in the future!

Before you go, be sure to click here for more info on Chase’s partnership with the Open and to see a really cool interview with my girl (a very pregnant) Serena WillamsIMG_7994

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Thanks again to Chase for partnering on this post and hosting me at the US Open!