Pretty Little Pastels

15th August 2017

FullSizeRenderAs summer starts to end (boo) and we look ahed to fall (woo) I have one color pallet on my mind … pastels? Yep, pastels! Move over spring, pastels for fall especially blush pink have become a seasonal staple. After first blooming on the style scene a few years ago (I want to say four? maybe more) this trend has stood the test of time. So while I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, I’m starting to think ahead to baby blue booties and blush blouses that will be filling my closet come fall. Until then, here are a few of my favorite pastel pretties I’m surrounding myself with right now.

SHOP THE LOOK

& Here are some more pastel pretties you can start to mix into your wardrobe now & keep wearing through Fall!

Color Me Soho … Oh and Nolita too

14th August 2017

IMG_5902One question I get asked constantly on Instagram, in my inbox and even in person is “how do you find such colorful backgrounds”. So today I’ll answer that, and lead you down a colorful path of your own, weee!IMG_5900IMG_5903Since Color Me Courtney is my fulltime job, I invest a lot of time and effort into things like my Instagram feed. @Colormecourtney is a candy coated dream feed full of statement hues, bold patterns and sharing New York City through my rainbow colored glasses – but it doesn’t come easy. To maintain it, I spend between 4 and 8 hours each week location scouting and wandering the streets in search of saturated spots!

Yay for Delightways!
Hunting for color can be fun, but also super frustrating especially when you have a limited time in the city. To save you hours of scouting, I’ve teamed up with  Sanpellegrino® Sparkling Fruit Beverages and their fun Delightways app to bring you some bright spots in NYC that you’ll just love! Just download the Delightways app (available on iTunes and Android phones), find my New York City path, Color Me NYC, and get ready to take a walk on the bright side!

Sometimes, it’s not about the destination, but the journey you take to get there, and that couldn’t be more true with Delightways. Instead of simply telling you where to go and how to get there the fastest way possible, Delightways is about enjoying the journey as it guides you on a path dotted with unexpected and inspiring stops for you to enjoy – to rediscover the joy of wandering. From colored walls, to pink restaurants my path has it all so you can really wander, explore and discover some of the wonderful color hidden within the city.IMG_5905IMG_5906

My path will take you through Soho and Nolita to some of my favorite places to eat, shop and play in the city. Each place is full of wit, whimsy and a whole lot of color. Some are places you’ve probably seen before on my feed, and others are brand new! One featured spot is this fun floral wall featured in some of my favorite Instagram and Boomerang posts. I love that the graphic details are playful, yet fun and that the colors are so bold you don’t need a filter to get a perfect photo for your feed!

Oh and if you’re not in New York or are traveling somewhere new, Delightways might be in a city near you. It’s now available in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Seattle, Boston and Atlanta.IMG_5904

I’m Wearing

SHOES: Strap Sandal • $60  || High Heels • $60
BAG: Rainbow Leather Cross Body Bag • $198  || PANTS: Culottes • $220
TOP:  Ruffle Top • $29.40  || Similar:  One-Shoulder Top • $52.50

This post & path was created in partnership with Sanpellegrino® Sparkling Fruit Beverages – thank you for supporting brands that support this blog!

Interested in joining me to check out some of my favorite colorful spots around SoHo? Follow my Instagram and Instagram Stories this week to learn more!IMG_5901

Don’t Leaf Me

9th August 2017

FullSizeRender-4I’m all about palm printed everything! Dress, shoes, and even boyfriends are all better when they’re sprinkled with this banana leaf pattern!FullSizeRender-3FullSizeRender-1

Today I’ll style my favorite (and least expensive) leaf dress two ways & sharing all of my favorite palm printed pieces for you at every price range! Plus theres a fun video at the bottom of this post – I hope you like it! FullSizeRender-8

Pop quiz – how do you make your boyfriend match with you? Buy him a cute palm printed shirt (for an awesome price) and bribe him with a Kitkat! That’s how I got Paris to twin with me in these matchy matchy palm prints! My dress was $9, but it sold out within n hour of me posting it on instagram! Now it’s restocked at $30 (still a steal) & available with fast free shipping! His is under $25! I love the look of yellow & green together, so I paired it with a splurge style yellow handbag and yellow beaded drop earrings!

FullSizeRender-2Aside from a sunday brunch date, I also wore this dress to meet the other man in my life Jonathan Adler. Incase you didn’t know, JA is an amazing decor designer with a stellar house in Shelter Island. I went there with Clinique to celebrate their new collaborative line & (tbh) to check out his house! Since Orange is an important color for the Jonathan Adler brand, I switched my accent color to this citrus hue by adding orange bobble earrings, a coral lip, orange sunnies & my favorite basket bag. I kept my brown belt, wedges and hat from the first look. FullSizeRender 2FullSizeRender-6      SHOP MY LOOK:
Dress • $30 (also here) ||Hat • $27.99
Similar Belt • $14.97  || Sandals • $160; Look for less • $60
Yellow: Bag • $545 || Earrings • $38
Orange: Basket Bag • $345 || Sunglasses • $250 || Earrings • $19
SHOP HIS LOOK: Shirt $25

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Click on the below images to shop my favorite palm printed pieces, they’ll open in a new tab.

PRESS PLAY: To see our palm party come to life

SHOP THE VIDEO: In order of appearance
White dress & Palm Shoes || Palm Skirt & White Top
Palm shirt & White Skirt || Off the shoulder Palm Dress || Banana Print Palm Dress
White Dress with Palm Tree Print || Green Leaf Lace Dress || Palm Dress
Wedges || Boater Hat || Belt

A Class in Colorblocking

8th August 2017

IMG_5672I’m not great at much but, I’d like to consider myself a pro when it comes to color blocking. I mean, I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but after years of playing with hues I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for pairing colors together without looking like a crazy lady – and today I’m sharing them with you!  IMG_5668IMG_5669IMG_5670

Look for similar materials –
This one isn’t a deal breaker, but if you want your color mash up look more like an “outfit” and less like a hodge lodge of color (which for the record is totally okay too). To be honest most of my color block creations aren’t made from the same material, because it’s tougher – but the ones that do always look more intentional

FullSizeRender-1IMG_5671Find one piece to pull it all together –
When you’re pairing a lot of solid colors, it’s sometimes nice to pull everything together with one piece. In this look, I used my color block earrings that include both a ombre color effect that make the color combo make more sense!IMG_5673

Three Is the magic number –
You can always color block with just two colors, but I think its best to use three in a specific way! I use a “3 2 1” rule where I wear 3 of one color, 2 or another and 1 of the third. Here I’m wearing 3 “red” pieces: red shoes, red lip & a red purse; 2 “pink” pieces pink top & pink earrings (we’re classifying these as pink because they’re mostly pink with a bit of red) and 1 melon piece with the skirt! If you’re going to use 2 colors, try a 2:1 or 3:2 ratioFullSizeRender-2

I’m Wearing
Top $20 – I also own this in green!
Skirt $30 – I also own this in pink, I’m wearing a size 6
The skirt also is available in plus sizes & petite sizes, plus here’s a similar midi
Similar Bag $41 or here for $220
Shoes $40 – my favorites
Similar Earrings: Beaded $29; Fuzzy $19; Orange $10

Aside from the above, there are so many more tips for color blocking with ease and creating bold, bright outfits! If you have any questions about color blocking, leave them below and I’ll answer them for you!FullSizeRender

Off The Shoulder Swim

2nd August 2017

IMG_4823I’m all about an off the shoulder swimsuit … even when it’s worn out of the water!FullSizeRenderWearing: Yellow Off The Shoulder Swim Suit • $58  || Stripe Skirt • $495
 Look for less skirts:  $12 $78  || Basket Bag • $345  (Look for less basket bag • $42 )
Red Heels • $39.99  || White Sunglasses • $14 
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Today I’m sharing two times I styled a swimsuit as a bodysuit, and why I love off the shoulder stuff for swim so much! Plus I’ll round up some of my favorites in all price points – lets do this! 

It can be hard to feel comfortable in your own skin when you start to swim. No matter how much you love your body or how confident you are in it, stripping down to a swimsuit is always a little bit awkward. That is why it is soooo important to find a suit that’s flattering, fun and that you just love, because it will really help the process. That’s how I feel about off the shoulder suits, they really help me feel like my best swim self! I’m not sure if its the off the shoulder styling or the flirty details of this suit, but something makes me feel really special when I wear it!

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Blue Sunglasses • $250  || Yellow Off The Shoulder Swim Suit • $58 
Yellow Earrings • $88  (Look for Less Earrings • $8 )

SHOP OFF THE SHOULDER SUITS:


This weekend I was in Miami with ShopStyle so I brought one of the two off the shoulder suits I have with me! One night, I ran out of tops to wear so instead I wore my off the shoulder suit as a bodysuit. This wasn’t the first time I gave this trick a whirl, I did the same in Copenhagen when the airline lost of my checked bag and all I had was an off the shoulder swim suit and pink pants. It’s kind of fun to think of your swim suits as an extension of your wardrobe, and use it to extend your vacation closet when you need it!

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Taken in Copenhagen, Wearing:
Rainbow Bag • $197.50  || Similar white sneakers • $139
Similar blue suit • $40  || Pink Pants • $45 

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Color Me Cases!

28th July 2017

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I’m SO excited to share COLOR ME CASES –  two super fun phone cases I’ve designed for you guys! They are both inspired by popsicles and summer sweets. When I designed them, I thought if I just dipped a phone case in sprinkles or layers of candy coated frosting, what would they look like? … and then Color Me Cases were born!

Say Yes To Sprinkles – is available for Iphone 6 and Iphone 7 in the standard size
& Walking On Rainbows – is available for Iphone 6 plus & Iphone 7 plus
We created a very limited run so if you want a case, get it now before its gone!

You can shop both cases at fifth and ninth! Click here!
& shop everything else below

A case of the stripes

25th July 2017

 FullSizeRender 3        I never met a stripe I didn’t like!FullSizeRender 9

Today we’re talking all about stripes, sharing my favorite summer pieces in this pattern & gushing about a go-to color combo of mine. OH and if that isn’t enough, I’m also styling my favorite denim culottes for ya! so let’s do this!FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 8

Of all the patterns out there, stripes might be the easiest to wear! Even those who don’t do pattern, usually dabble in something stripe. Black and white is the usual default here, but if you’re looking to set out of your comfort zone try a blue and white stripe for something simple yet bold. 

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Here are some of my favorite blue & white stripe styles:

When styling stripes, a pop of color is usually key. I like to brighten things up with a bold lip or a statement shoe – in this case, I double dipped into the color poor to pair this blue and white stripe top with red shoes & a red lip.

Blue and white doesn’t have to stop with a stripe. It’s one of those go-to color combos that looks good on everyone, all year around, but it especially shines in summer. Try dabbling with different hues, like a baby blue with tomato red, or dark red with cobalt for something a little bit unexpected, without being too out there. FullSizeRender 10FullSizeRender 2

Behind the Blog:
These shots were taken during a day in SoHo. Although we live in the village / meatpacking area we spend most weekends eating, shopping and shooting in SoHo. It’s not really an area where we would lie to live, but we enjoy walking there almost every Saturday and it is full of shooting locations! During this shot, we ran into Andre 3000, he looked and me, looked and Paris and then gave us a thumbs up and Paris almost lost it. Paris cares about maybe 2 celebrities, Andre is one of them, so it was really cool that he got to meet him – I guess that’s just part of the magic of New York City! // shots at Sarabeth’s SohoFullSizeRender 5

I’m Wearing:
Bershka Stripe Tie Waist Top • $35 || Block Sandals • $39.99
Wicker Small Satchel • $345  || Hat • $34.65  (Similar • $29 )
Basket Bag • $345  ||  Jean Culottes • $128  (Similar Style • $228 )
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You are what you drink

20th July 2017

Press play to see a fun video we made with drink chobani!
featuring drink chobani:
mango || strawberry/banana || apple veggie || peach || berry
shop drink chobani


Dresses: White || Yellow || Pink || Green || Orange || Purple

Pink on Pink

19th July 2017

IMG_2662Hey cuties!

I hope you liked yesterdays look at some of our time at coney island, today I’m sharing another look with a vintage twist, literally!IMG_2661IMG_2657IMG_2654

I’m a creature of habit, so I’m drawn to matchy matchy pieces, often by accident. I found myself with pink stripes shorts and a pink stripe button up shirt, and thought why not pair them together!

Everyone thought it was a romper, which was kind of fun, but I love that I can also wear these shorts with a white off the shoulder top or fun yellow swim suit!

Before I share the details on this look, I wanted to talk a little bit about short shorts. Shorts are something I stopped wearing in college – when my body changed a bit, I got curvier heavier and more like my normal size that you see today. Growing up I was a competitive dancer and super active, so I was kind of always skinny by default. When I stopped, by body changed and I was ashamed of my bigger legs, thighs and tush!

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In the last 4 years, I’ve gotten over it. I’ve learned to love my body as is, because it’s the only one I have. I don’t like to preach about body confidence, because it becomes a little bit well, preachy. I just want to help inspire others to be able to rock their bod as is without judgement. 

My best time for getting over an insecurity, is to pair it with something you’re proud of. So while I was insecure about my legs, I did like my small waist and love for color – so instead of wearing normal jean shorts, I opted for striped high waisted ones that are fun and a little bit more me, while highlighting my smallest point! These photos we’re taken after a full day of eating at coney island, so the small waist thing isn’t really working for me here ha, but I felt confident enough to rock the look all day without shame – and thats all I can hope for you guys. I promise ife is so much better when you can learn to love your body. And if I can do it, you can too!

         
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I’m Wearing
Stripe top // stripe shorts // hat
shop similar pink rompers to get the look belowIMG_2659

Brighton Beach

18th July 2017

FullSizeRender 9I’m all about bright colors, especially at the beach! Today I wanted to share some snaps from coney island and my top six candy colored must haves for the brightest of beach days! FullSizeRender 10FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender 6     A stripe towel – a beach towel is a necessity, so it might as well be cute! Every year I invest in a new candy colored towel like this one, so even when I’m wearing a basic black suit, I still feel fun! // shop fun towels: one // two // three // four

FullSizeRender 2A fun cup – keep hydrated in a fun novelty cup! I love these pineapple and watermelon ones for a day at the beach! Shop my watermelon cup // shop the pineappleFullSizeRender 11

A boater hat – I love this hat, I’ve worn it all summer long now for two seasons! The best part is the draw string inside, it helps keep it in place on even the windiest of days! I’ve taken it to Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Bermuda, Germany, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Russia and more, on three cruises and countless trips! // shop my boater hatFullSizeRender 4

Pink sunnies – cotton candy sunglasses are a summer must for me! I now have nearly every color, but these pink ones are still my fav! // shop pink sunnies

FullSizeRender 7Bright suit – what’s a beach day without a darling swimsuit? when it comes to swim shopping I love fun colored one pieces & think the brighter the better! This lace up one is especially flattering, and can double as a body suit tucked into a denim skirt or jeans.
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A bold tote –  I am not really a tote girl, but you kind of need one for a day at the beach! When I go bag shopping, I look for something fun that goes with everything and this pom pom tote is the perfect purchase! // shop the pom toteFullSizeRender 8

Shop everything bright for the beach by clicking on the images below!