Gifting with a Twist

15th December 2017

IMG_7568 2Gifting gifting gifting – it’s what’s on everyone’s mind, including mine.

A fun-ish fact about me is I’m not really into receiving (I have enough stuff) but I LOVE giving, especially when I can do something unexpected to make a gift reaalllly good, which has sort of become a tradition for me.

Last year, my brother said, “I don’t want anything for Christmas, just socks and underwear ….” So, I bought him 365 pairs of socks and underwear, one for each day of 2017! It’s something simple and unexpected like that that can really take a gift from good to great!

Today I’m sharing three awesome gift group ideas all with goodies from Cath Kidston, also talking about WHY they make such great gifts, here we go!Snapseed Snapseed-2 FullSizeRender-3

Push someone outside of the (gift) box!
I love gifts that challenge someone, like giving your most fashionable friend a color she doesn’t normally wear, or your less fashionable sister something that will require her to step up her style game! This first gift set will push your girl outside of her comfort zone and help her try something new in the style department!

If you have a bestie who loves polka dots, give her a gift set of pieces that can be worn together or apart like this one below, it’s a sure-fire way to get her excited about trying something new!

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Turn your gift into an experience!
Go old school and include an “IOU” coupon with your gift! Give her pajamas, fuzzy socks & a mug + an IOU for a cozy movie marathon. Or a cute backpack & scarf combo and the promise to go ice skating in January. If you decide to give a wallet or a purse, print up a cute coupon and slide it inside, you can even give her a clause and say she can’t wear her new goodies until you guys make good on your new plans!

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Make her a print pro
Patterns can be scary. If you have that friend/sister who doesn’t love anything printed, ease her in with one go-to pattern! Cath Kidston makes the cutest Button Spot and floral designs, which are easy starter prints, so create a super matchy-matchy gift set with solid pieces & a few patterned players to really introduce her to how fun (and quirky) patterns can be.Screen Shot 2017-12-12 at 6.42.12 AM

If you’re looking for something vintage, girly, modern, fun, classic, whimsical or anything in between – you can find it all at Cath Kidston! The best part? Given the brand is based in London, it will give your gift a “one of a kind” feel and make it extra special with a modern vintage twist!

Shop the look:


Coat || Sweatshirt || Flats || Jeans
Shop what you see:
Velvet Flats || Glitter Bauble || Glitter Bauble
Velvet Backpack || Twinkle Jumper

Photos taken at Bryant Park Winter Village
Thanks to Cath Kidston for sponsoring this post!

Health History

15th December 2017

IMG_7503IMG_7504 Let’s talk about all my health issues, sounds fun right lol?

I’m a pretty positive person. I like to keep things happy and smiley, because it usually makes things better for everyone around :) But just because my outfits are candy colored, doesn’t mean I’m all sunshine and rainbows, I have my dark days too … but hey thats okay!

Today I wanted to take a kind of serious turn from the holiday spirit a talk a little bit about health (or lack there of sometimes) and how it can affect me during this time of year in partnership with Oscar – so here we go!

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The Laundry List

So lets do this! Here are some of the struggles I face now or have faced in the past and how I deal. I have so many it always feels like Im lying when I list them out this way lol but don’t laugh guys, you know I wouldn’t lie to you … well maybe someday, lik about my age but hey that’s where I draw the line, and we’re not even there yet!

Currently – Here are the things I’m facing today, yesterday and probably tomorrow too!

Mini Migraines – My mom and Paris both are big time migraine sufferers (our poor future children) so I’ve been around them for as long as I can remember. As a child I have memories my mom laying in her bed for what felt like days (it was probably 3 hours, I’m so clingy) with all the lights off just in pain. I’ve also seen Paris be out for days in highschool because of one, and don’t feel like what my doctor has diagnosed as migraines compare to theirs. Mine are usually in one spot and they sting, like I’m being stung by a bee in my brain, sounds like a blast hu? After about a year of doctors & specialists and my paranoia that I probably had a brain tumor (or 3) the docs decided I had migraines. They occur when I’m stressed, when I don’t eat and when I don’t get enough rest, so needless to say they’ve been hot and heavy since October. Eating, sleeping and calming down are the best ways to get rid of them …. oh and working out helps a lot too. I don’t always have the luxury of time to make all (okay any) of those happen. I’ve been prescribed the hardcore meds by doctors, but I’m really sensitive to medication in general  – half a children’s Benadryl will knock me out for 30 hours – but my pup waffles weighing in at 25 pounds takes two on a plane and is awake in an hour LIKE HOW … PS don’t drug your dog without consulting their doctor. Anyways, because of my drug issues, I stick to Excedrin. I’ve found the liquid capsules work loads faster and can really be a life saver. Occasionally I’ll get sensitivity to light and sound and take after my mom & shut everything off, but usually I just fight through, really compare to what my mom and P gets I think I’m super lucky.

CrossEyed – If you have constant head aches and are unable to find relief try your eye doctor, this was a big factor for me when I first started getting headaches. After that year hopping from specialist to specialist I described above, we decided to try the eye doctor. They were able to determine that I’m near sided in one eye, far sided in the other and my eye axis is off, meaning my eyes naturally cross and my brain corrects them to be straight on, so like no wonder my head always aches. This can only be corrected by glasses that I don’t always wear, but when I do I feel a ton better.

The great tailbone tragedy of 2017 – So this year I had a really epic roller-skating accident resulting in a bruised tailbone but maybe more … and lucky you, you can see it all on youtube!!! It happened in August and its still pretty painful, I just think thats tied to my fibro.

Fibro lyfe – As some of you know because I have shared before, I have Fibromyalgia. I’ll talk about it more later because that’s the biggest issue I face on the reg. IMG_4311IMG_4302

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Once upon A Time here are some of my health issues that little baby/teen/last year Courtney had to deal with but aren’t big issues for me anymore.

My Tumor – First lets talk about my high school BFF, you know just your average a lemon sized tumor that had to have removed from my breast at 16, sounds fun right? So yeah when I was 16ish we found a tumor in my breast, it was benign (aka no cancer, yay) so it wasn’t that big of a deal but they decided to remove it. This was the first and only time I’ve had surgery, I remember going to Tucson to do it because they had the best plastic surgeon. Not to get too graphic but they had to cut along the nipple, about half of it in order to getting there and get my little lemon sized babe out. After surgery my mom got me my favorite ranch fries that you can only get in Tucson, and I rested up for a few days watching TV and paying video games.

Be Aggressive – One of my favorite cheer injuries was my first cheer injury that happened in 7th grade.  Awh middle school, the good ole days of head gear and Osiris skater shoes (did anyone else have those or just me). I was bowling with some friends, coincidently it was the day after I got my period for the first time (tmi?) and I was wearing these denim shorts from pac sun with a little tight coming out of the pocket, sassayyyy! Anyways, I’ve always had chubby short little sausage fingers, but I wanted to use the smaller balls with smaller holes (not my brightest idea) because they are lighter I picked up that 8 pounder, stuffed my sausages in side and let her rip… The ball went, and my hand with it, completely hyper exiting three of my fingers inside two weeks before our first (and only) cheer competition. So I had THREE yep three finger casts on my middle three fingers all taped together, but cheered anyways. Picture little brace face me having to clap and hit a high V with those 3 taped fingers, needless to say I was instantly the most popular girl in school because after that week’s assembly, everyone was talking about me! Oh and if you didn’t catch that, yeah I had headgear, its okay to be jealous. To this day, I don’t put my fingers in the holes.

Be Be Aggressive – Sophmore year of high school I was practicing for cheer tryouts in my tile bathroom (for the mirror) while wearing socks. I slipped, hit my ribs on the tile counter and fell on the floor. My brother found me 15 min later and laughed before helping me up, because that’s what brothers are for! I completed try outs anyways with a cute and not necessary ace bandage and bruised ribs. I made JV where I ended up being a flyer (aka the girl in the air)…. which turned out great and I never ever got hurt, JK read on.

Too aggressive – Throughout my high school cheer career, I suffered two possible concussions (there was this really great year where we had no good flyers so I got to make a fool of myself in the air, living the dream guys). In my four years, I got hit in the head with the basketball 5 times, mostly during games because I was having my own personal dance party, and often by the female basketball players who did not like us, especially me. But the injury that’s lasted me the longest was brought on by Miss Britney Fallabella, during cheer camp. Cheer camp is a real thing guys, so are spirit sticks and something called the TOP BANANA that you will do ANYTHING to get while there. Anyways at Cheer camp, Britney was my flyer and set to do a back handspring into my arms before i lifted her in the air. Well we we’re lined up right and her back handspring went a little side ways – she kicked me in the eye and BAM there went my peripheral vision. To this day I don’t have it, and over time I started to loose it in the other eye too – I guess to make it even? It’s on my right side mainly, so when I would drive my brother in high school he would do crazy dance moves or make faces at me, and I had no idea – hilarious. As my hair has gotten bigger and more full of secrets, the blind spot has increased so if you sneak up aside me, don’t be alarmed when I try to attack you – I mean I am a slightly blind black belt so a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. It’s also important to note I HATED cheer camp, they cheered for everything for no reason, I was allergic to everything and it fell on my birthday every year, including this one.

I’ve also been diagnosed with costochondritis (an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the sternum that might mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions), Carpal tunnel (syndrome that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the hand and arm, its caused compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist) and shin splints (pain along the shin bone/tibia common in runners, dancers and military recruits) – but after my fibro diagnosis I’ve always wondered if these were just different phases of fibro coming through

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Fibromyalgia

What is it – According to the Mayo Clinic “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.”

What it is like for me – The best way I can describe fibro is termite shin splits in your arms, legs, ribs, cheek bones, hip bones, back bones, neck bones, eye sockets, fingers, toes and sternum. To me it feels like there are termites eating / dancing and having a party between my bones and muscles. Its the most specific feeling I’ve ever had. When I first started showing signs as a teen (which is really young for this) I would tell my mom my bones hurt my bones hurt, the doctors never believed me usually because I have such a laundry list of issues most think I’m a hypochondriac, but I actually have an extremely high pain tolerance, so my mom knew if I was complaining there was a reason.

When is it the worse – There are a variety of things that make my fibro worse, like: lack of sleep, poor eating habits, unhealthy eating habits, gluten, stress, being unhealthy physically, cold weather, shoes and more. Flats are really bad for me, thats why you’ll rarely see me in a ballet flat, usually heels feel better than even most sneakers for me.

More triggers – My pain is also tied to the weather (the winter is 100 times worse than any other month). I am also Karen from mean girls and can tell a day in advance if its going to rain, no lie. Rain or snow means 3 bad days or more, instantly. I’ll often wear tight compression socks and boots which helps me feel a bit better or makes me loose feeling. Traveling is another biggie, overtime I’m on a plane I’m in so much pain

So what helps – Aside from diet (see below) working out is your best bet. You know how an object in motion stays in motion? well its so true. Walking on a treadmill for 30 min a day makes me feel crappy that day, and the next and the next but by day four I’ll fell better, especially if I keep it up on day 2 & 3 too. Like I said above compression socks especially with copper help, and my heating pad is my buff. I use it every night, and every trip but make sure you get one that turns off automatically. Pain meds of any kind don’t help. I’ve been prescribed muscle relaxers but I can’t take them without being out for about 40 hours, and thats based on 1/4 of a dose. I also don’t like taking drugs in general because they all really mess me up, so I just fight through.

BYE GLUTIN – It got really bad for me when I moved to Cali, so thats when I started making changes. I was living alone then, and the first year in NYC so I was gluten free (I have a medium gluten (the doctors say high-extreme but I don’t believe them). I’m one of those who believes everyone has this allergy, but can develop a tolerance, and my carbaloding lifestyle has done me well. When I eat pasta or something high in gluten, my stomach will swell out and be rock hard. I look 6 months pregnant with Edward Cullen’s vamp child, it’s pretty cute. The best part is I have good oblique muscles, and those still show so I just have this awkward ripped oblique and a giant prego rock belly. Always, when I was living alone I cut out gluten and it changed my life, made me feel tons better – right now I travel so much and live with Paris who has no interest in being gluten free. After last year (my worst year yet where I spent a month in bed, my birthday month woo) I was up for trying to get back on the GF train but I’ve yet to punch my return ticket.

Average Day – My average day is like a 5 on my pain scale, I hurt from fibro every single day in my arms and legs. I can’t really remember a day where my arms and legs didn’t hurt, I know I used to run, play soccer and dance but I can’t now – I can’t “bounce” for more than 5 min without my sternum pain flaring up and that fibro pain is some of the worst, oh and when that happens if I breathe too hard it will pop and crack like if you were popping your back, its like a stinging ray of pain that I can’t describe and have even passed out from.

On My Bad days – You usually won’t really hear from me. If I disappear off the face of the earth and don’t insta story or respond to emails, I’m having a high pain day. Here I’ll feel it in 5 or more places at once, in the past year I started feeling it in my face and back more which is really painful. Overall, you feel hopeless, like you can’t get out a bed and even breathing is excruciating. I know I sound dramatic, but being in an endless cycle of pain is crippling. I usually can’t sleep because I’m in too much pain, and I’ll literally fantasize about cutting off my limbs to stop the pain. I know, it sounds crazy, but I’ll think of all the ways I would remove my arms. Pressure helps so I’ll ask Paris to squeeze / hold my arms for 15 min periods to get a bit of relief, or hold my arms / legs above my head until they go numb (usually takes 30 min) for a bit of relief. I’m not going to lie, it sucks. And last year, I had one of those days weekly, where I couldn’t do a thing, I laid there imagining life without limbs for hours and stayed up night after night in pain. This year the amount of days are about the same, but I just do my best to push through – mostly because I have to.I can’t afford to lie in pain one day a week, I have to get on email or at least the phone with a client. I just do it, because I have to. Waffles and his paralysis has helped a lot, because he depends on me now. So if I don’t get up he can’t go to the bathroom, so I have to get my life together. On multiple “bad day” occasions I’ve crawled to him to help because I literally couldn’t walk, but at least I got up.

Sing, dance, be merry – Honestly when I’m stressed, tired, in pain I’ll sing. Sometimes it feels like the WORST thing you could do, but it usually helps. It’s hard to be sad when you sing, and hey if you’re sad and you want to be sad get in the shower put on something sappy and cry sing – its really therapeutic. I’ll force myself to smile or dance a little, it will help take my mind off the pain and pull me through. You know how in the morning you feel like you can’t wake up, but then you do because you’re going to be late to work and get fired? Its kind of the same thing, you feel like you can’t … but you do so you can, because the only thing you can’t do is stop trying…. oh my super cheesy brother is probably loving this blog post lol.

Order up – So there are meds for Fibro, you’ve probably seen the commercials – I’ve tried most of them but the side effects are too big and meds just don’t work for me. I also just don’t like drugs or alcohol really because I think I have an addictive personality, so I’ve always stayed clear of putting anything drug-related (aside from a few over the counter options) in my body, as a personal choice.

Are you covered? – Health care (or lack there of) plays a roll in all of our lives and things happen that you never planned, so its so important to get covered. I’m thankful for my coverage everyday, but as a self employed business owner when I left Coach I really didn’t want to get covered. It’s pricey and the process is overwhelming to do alone if you’ve only been with an employer or parent’s plan. If you’re looking for new coverage or just trying to understand this scary process, Oscar can help. They’ve created resources that help break down the complex health terminology to make health plans and getting covered easier to understand. Head to howtogetcovered.com for more information and to get started. I also wish I covered Waffles early on, it would have saved me close to 50 grand over the past two years.

So before I go, I wanted to end by saying how important you guys are to my health. Truthfully having a blog helps me fight every day because I have to put my best foot forward for all of you! If I told you I was in pain everyday, that would just bring everyone down. So I put on a good face and push through, I try not to think about it and I do what I can to keep it under control. Really having a positive outlook on it has been the best way I’ve healed and managed it. I don’t want to complain to Paris every night or have him always wake up to hear me crying from pain, so I don’t. I don’t want all the convos with my mom to be about my pain level, so they’re not and I don’t want every blog post to be about fibro. This has taken enough of my time, energy and health, I won’t let it run my life. It’s a part of me, but not who I am.

I think if anyone with a disease can remember that it will do them a lot of good. In any case you’re much more than your diagnosis, so treat yourself like you are.22051202_1486849581392614_7380973440591955142_ogetcoveredin2018

Please know I am not a doctor or a medical professional, I’m just sharing my experience with you. Please consult a medical professional before making any changes or conclusions.7516807696_IMG_3823IMG_7502

Big thanks to Oscar for empowering me to share my stor

Let’s get ugly

14th December 2017

Let’s get ugly?!


This christmas ugly is the new black? or red? or whatever you would normally wear … oh gosh, you get it!

I’m always trying to convince Paris to sweater TWIN with me and today is the lucky day! We’re all dressed up in the cutest ugly sweaters found at Amazon Fashion! I shop almost exclusively at amazon for everything from shoes to party dresses and now UGLY SWEATERS. I love Amazon because of their fast and usually free shipping, plus they have an amazing selection.

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The Girliest of Gifts

13th December 2017

 IMG_7583     I really like to try new things come holiday, but I am also all about sticking to what I know…. and what I know, what I’ve always known is modcloth is a go to place for finding the cutest, girliest gifts with vintage flair and a dash of whimsy!

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SHOP THE LOOK:

Today I’m going to share some darlings finds frommodcloth’s many gift guides and why they can help you check anyone else off your life!

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My best friend Sheree is obsessed with movies! I’m a TV gal, so I don’t really get it lol but I found these cute movie accessories like this directors coat, movie reel clutch and vintage inspired beret to package together with a movie gift card to give her! I might even sweeten the deal and line her clutch with her favorite movie candy, mmmm sour patch.IMG_7588

The Christmas Queen
Everyone has that one friend that goes Christmas Crazy right? For me it would be the darling miss Noelle Downing! She’s born in December and is obsessed with everything red and plaid. I could easily gift her these cautttteee red bow heels that she could wear before or after christmas for years to come. Try pairing them with a darling christmas dress like this blue one or green printed one

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My other bestie Kristin has spent the past few years working as minnie mouse on a Disney Cruise ship. Every year her life changes ad she ports out of new destinations with new people. When she’s living in the city, she’s running from job to audition to meeting and never sitting still so this crossbody messenger bag is perfect for her to take her laptop, dance shoes, extra outfit and a snack for a long day GSD!

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Have a friend who loves to make everything old new again ? Gift her this darling tea cup set from modcloth along with a gift card! Modcloth will be the perfect place for her to discover new and charming things all year long, and the tea set will be a great way to kick off a cozy night in. This is the gift I would like to receive most because I love anything rainbow, and love to entertain.IMG_7592

Who else do you have to check off your list? I’m sure you can find exactly what you need at modcloth!IMG_7595

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Scardy Cat

12th December 2017

IMG_8196    A little leopard can go a long way, but since I’m extra I opt for a lot of leopard!

Coats, boots, even gloves, I go all out! But some people keep things timid and are a little reluctant to take a walk on the wild side. So if you’re living in fear of the feline fashion, here are 5 ways to try leopard and a big kitty cat round up of must have styles from macys!

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1 – Try a fuzzy leopard coat, go wild and pair it with colorful pieces or keep it simple wit jeans and a tee.

2 – Step into leopard shoes (or booties) to wear with anything from a LBD to a monochromatic look, I especially love leopard with green, red or blush pink.

3 – Try color blocking! Doing make leopard be the only statement you make, pair this perfect print with a color blocked look like mine with orange and blue, I also love leopard with green and pink!

4 – Treat it like a neutral – switch out your nude shoes for leopard ones and wear them accordingly.

5 – Mix your matches – Leopard can be a great pattern to play with, pair it with black and white stripes or fun florals for a fresh twist.

IMG_8206One of the leopard Queens in both real life and on the runway is model Chanel Iman! From the catwalk to the sidewalk, she knows how to rock this print – here are few of my favorite leopard looks of hers.
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If you want to meet this queen and her future hubby to be, she’l be at Macy’s tonight in the lids section at the herald square location. Event starts at seven and find more details here.

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Holiday Kicks

12th December 2017

Tis the season, for a DANCE PARTY!

As you guys know, I’m all about cute and fun holiday looks this season! I love being able to stroll up to a holiday party and be the best dressed one there, but I’m also really into be the actual life of the party … and that sometimes means being able to break it down on the dance floor. Doing so can be tough in 6 inch stilettos and if you’re hopping from event to event or running around the city in those things, your feet can get tired! SO here’s the solution, chic sneakers!

Press play to see how switching out your stilettos for sneakers this season might be the best way to make the most out of the holidays!

Shop the kicks:

Shop the looks & the look for less:

LOOK ONE –  VIOLET VELVET
Perfect for:
Your holiday office party at work!

LOOK TWO – BURGUNDY PLAID
Perfect for:
 Exchanging gifts with your besties

LOOK THREE – GREEN TWEED
Perfect for: That semi-swanky holiday cocktail party

LOOK FOUR – JEANS & A SWEATER
Perfect for:
Light-seeing with your christmas crush

LOOK FIVE – PRETTY IN PINK
Perfect for: NYE!!! Sparkle sparkle

LOOK SIX – HELLO YELLOW
Perfect for:
Holiday dinner date or night out with the fam


Color Me Holiday – Festive Faux Fur

2nd December 2017

   IMG_5312Welcome to Color Me Holiday!
25 days full of festive content, gift guides and fashionable finds to get you through the holidays with cheer! 
First up, let’s talk faux fur for today’s post! I love dressing up for holiday because it gives you an excuse to be extra extra! Sequins, party dresses and of course – faux fur!IMG_5727

Faux fur is having a major moment this year, so to celebrate here’s five ways to wear Faux Fur, Ready Go!

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MAKE IT MONOCHROME
You know I love me a monochromatic look! One key to mastering this trend is to play with textures and hues so that your look doesn’t feel flat, so faux fur is a great choice. IMG_5317
Shop pink dresses:One • $44.97  // Two • $238 // Three • $167.40 
Four • $39  // Five • $23   // Six • $198 

PLAY HOOKY
Take your favorite work wear out for a nightcap by pairing your go-to slacks and office appropriate blouse with a colorful faux fur coat & a bold lip – this is the perfect way to take your look for desk to drinks!
Shop office appropriate pants:
One • $40  // Two • $365  // Three • $590  // Four • $68
Five • $395  // Six • $100 // Seven • $298.80  // Eight • $9.99

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Get your glam on on by pairing faux fur with other luxe textures like a cute little velvet dress in complimentary colors.
Shop velvet dresses: One • $40 // Two • $138  // Three • $149
Four • $63 // Five • $238 // Six • $68
Seven • $428  // Eight • $150  // Nine • $69 // Ten • $54

KEEP IT SLEEK
Pair your faux fur with leather leggings and your favorite top, this will keep you chic and comfy while leaving room for more at your next holiday party! To take things up a notch, add knee high leather boots for an all leather look !
Favorite leather leggings:  
One • $168 //  Two • $38 // Three • $69
Four • $79  // Five • $79  // Six • $98 // Seven • $98


DRESS IT DOWN

Take a walk on the wild side by pairing your favorite faux fur (like this leopard one) with jeans & sneakers for a casual twist! This is a great way to feel festive when your out shopping or doing brunch with friendsIMG_4604
Shop Curvy Girl Friendly Jeans:
One • $53.99  // Two • $53.99  // Three • $149.99
Four • $125  // Five • $125  // Six • $125

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Shopping PSA – Black Friday / Cyber Monday

23rd November 2017

IMG_4176FREEZE! Don’t you dare buy anything this weekend until you read this post – serious savings are in jeopardy people!IMG_5459(shop my favorite jeans for curvy girls at the bottom of this post)

 Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) are here – yay It’s no secret that this is the biggest time for shopping and savings this year, so you’re probably getting in on the action! Before you do, I wanted to share 3 awesome sales going on AND how to get the inside scoop on savings for this weekend and beyond with RetailMeNot!

Let’s talk about promo codes! I’m always the one missing the boat on a big deal, I’ll show up to a party wearing a dress and my friend will comment “omg I bought the same one with the 25% off promo code last weekend” and I’m like, wait what?! Ring a bell?  I mean who can keep all the codes and offers straight? Not this gal – so I rely on sites like RetailMeNot.com to do all the work for me, weee.

If you’ve ever searched “promo code for storenamehere” you may be familiar with RetailMeNot – because it is always one of the first searches that comes. They’re known for being your one stop shop for all of the promo codes, offers and deals in one place that is continually updated to help serve all your shopping needs – I mean what more could a girl need? Maybe a cheese plate, but then color me happy.
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So here’s how you can make it work for you:

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Prep!
If you’re organized and prepping for the holiday deals before they’re even available, you can use RetailMeNot.com to scroll through and forecast. You’ll also get updated / current discount offers on their direct site. RetailMeNot.com has over 500,000 deals and steals available at over 50,000 retailers, which you can customize to your specific location or simply surf the web.

Hey You, Spontaneous Shoppers!
Feeling impulsive? If you walk into a store and are ready to spend, you can look up promo codes on the retail me not app and use those codes with your in the store purchases for on the spot savings – double yay!

Switch It Up!
On the hunt for the perfect gift? or maybe even overwhelmed all the holiday promotions ? Start hunting at RetailMeNot.com or on the app, and after moving things around based on your parameters, you might just discover a new site with a great deal or a awesome store near by with serious savings.

Ready Set SHOP!
So to get you in the mood, here are my 3 favorite finds & promo codes that Retail Me Not alerted me too:

THE DEAL: GAP – 50% off everything in the store / online
PROMO CODE (found on RetailMeNot)
WHAT I’M GETTING: I’m using this chance to stalk up on some seriously cute holiday stripes, see my favorites below.

IMG_0507THE DEAL: J.CREW – 40% off everything in the store / online
PROMO CODE (found on RetailMeNot)
WHAT I’M GETTING: I’m all about bold bright coats & curvy girl friendly jeans, see some of my favorite tried and true styles below, and you might even see a few familiar pieces.

IMG_4171THE DEAL: ANTHROPOLOGIE – 30% off everything in the store / online
PROMO CODE (found on RetailMeNot)
WHAT I’M GETTING: Let’s talk party essentials! From pretty little party dresses to the most darling heels, boots, skirts, scarves, bags & more, shop everything you need to get your shop on this season.7516791856_IMG_5249

 Don’t forget to swing by RetailMeNot for your one stop steal finder, or download the app to unlock these deals on the go! Either way, wishing you a happy and health holiday weekend, filled with joy, turkey & some serious savings! Happy Shopping!!
Thanks to RetailMeNot for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own :)

Hey Mickey

17th November 2017

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SHOP THE LOOK:
Mickey Stripe Bag  || Mickey Stripe Jumper

You KNOW I love me some Disney! Disney Land, Mickey Mouse pretzels and the joy you feel with the Disney spirit. There is just so much to love! Well, Disney just got a bit more magical –Cath Kidston teamed up with them to create the cutest collection featuring Mickey and his pals – which launches TODAY! It includes unique Cath Kidston prints and some of your classic favorites with a fun twist! Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 12.51.48 PMIMG_2789IMG_2659IMG_2762

See Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, Donald and Daisy like you never have before! With a dash of feminine details (like Cath Kidston’s Spitalfields Rose prints and polka dots) and a splash of nautical (like cute stripes & pops of blue and red). If you’re a Disney lover like me, or you know one in your life – you’re familiar with the instant joy this brand can give someone.

I’ve seen a lot of Disney collections, but this has been by far one of my favorites! I can’t wait to wear these cute sweaters all season long and on my next big Disney trip!IMG_2637IMG_2734IMG_2791

Some of my most precious gifts over the years have been from limited edition collections like this one. They become pieces that every Disney lover NEEDS in their life and will treasure forever. If you have a frequent park visitor in your life, or someone who can rock a graphic sweater, Cath Kidston has the perfect gifts this season … oh, and pick something for yourself too because you don’t want to miss out on the collection!

Check out the full line for yourself at Cath Kidston …  & remember “to laugh at yourself is to love yourself!” — Mickey Mouse.

SHOP THE LOOK:
Mickey Stripe Leather Lozenge Bag
Mickey Stripe Jumper (sweater)
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SHOP THE COLLECTION

Thanks to Cath Kidston for partnering with me on this post & thank you for supporting brands that support this blog.IMG_2681

Holiday LBD

16th November 2017

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – everyone needs a little black dress. But LBD doesn’t need to be BBD (basic black dress) or RRE (Really Really expensive) you can get the look for the less at the Outnet.IMG_0164IMG_0162IMG_0169

Shop Little Black Dresses under $200:

The outnet is your one stop shop for serious style with a not so serious price tag. Its the outlet version of net a porter so you know they have great stuff!IMG_0165IMG_0173

Shop Little Bright Dresses under $200:

When deciding to wear this little black dress to a holiday party the Outnet threw last week, I knew I had to find a way to make it more me! As someone who hardly ever wear black, I had to pop it up with not one, but three (or four) pops of color. From my signature red lip to the pom on my shoes, you can see one of my favorite colors shining through this look. One thing I used to wear almost every day in my exclusively vintage days is a crinoline underskirt – I love how it makes my skirt larger than life & adds the perfect pop of color.

Shop the look:


& check out more great look for less styles at the outnet