How to Wear a Maxi Dress: Part 1 - With Denim

I thought I would post a series called "How to Wear a Maxi Dress". So over the next few weeks, there will be a new post on how to take a great maxi, and step it up a notch. Maxi dresses (and skirts for that matter) are one of those trends that are fun, but you really have to wear it correctly in order to pull it off. Am I right?

First step, get your blank canvas which is a maxi dress. I picked a fun printed one from Conversation Pieces, but for beginners, having a solid print one is fine too (I love my solid black ones)!

Second, layer with denim! I am wearing my handy J.Crew denim vest, but when I say denim, I mean denim vest, denim jacket or even a chambray shirt! The best thing about this combination is it always matches no matter what pattern or color the maxi is, and how effortlessly cool it looks. 

Maxi Dress - c/o Conversation Pieces, Denim Vest - J.Crew, in Indigo Wash, sold out (similar), Rings - Foxsie and Forever 21

xoxo, Courtney 

Sweater Weather










Sweater - c/o Conversation Pieces, White Jeans - Old Navy, Sandals - SoleSociety, Necklace - Jeweliq, sold out (similar), Handbag - Michael Kors

Whenever the temperature drops to that sweet spot, I immediately jump to the chance to wear my sweaters again. I hate the heat and live for the fall and winter here. However, since the spring and summer here is pretty brutal, I still want to have the option of a long sleeve at night, when it can actually cool down quite a bit. I liked this sweater because it's super light weight, and the sheer detail and slit on the side are a fun touch. I love these white skinnies, Old Navy really nailed it with the RockStar denim. I decided to go minimal with accessories and do a pure black and white ensemble, which you really can't go wrong with! 

xoxo, Courtney

Easy Breezy





 Jeans - Gap, T-Shirt - J.Crew, Scarf - J.Crew, Sandals - Jessica Simpson, Handbag - Zara, old (similar), Bracelets - Conversation Pieces, old (similar)

On a day off when my schedule consists of running around town doing errands, this is most likely my outfit of choice. Throwing on a t-shirt and jeans is great, but anyone can do that. Throwing on this bright J.Crew scarf definitely does the trick. I've never gotten more compliments on an accessory before. It also kinda hides the fact that you aren't really trying everywhere else. ;) Stack on the easiest and cutest bracelets and a trendy pair of lace up wedges. The bag was a impulse buy during Zara's sale before I went to Cabo last year and it's served well as a trusty travel bag and purse. Easy as pie.

What's your go-to easy look?

xoxo, Courtney

Nautical Vibes






Stripe Top - c/o Conversation Pieces, Pleated Shorts - J.Crew (on sale!), Denim Jacket - Old Navy, old (similar), Espadrilles - UrbanOG, other colors (similar), Panama Hat - Target (similar), Envelope Clutch- Urban Expressions via Marshalls (exact), Gold Necklace - Foxsie Co.

I received my striped tunic shirt around the same time as these navy pleated crepe shorts. I must have been feeling nautical, or definitely beachy!  This getup represents a mix of what I've been wearing a lot of lately: my designer inspired espadrilles, comfy shorts, some kind of denim (a vest, jean jacket or a chambray shirt!), and a statement necklace. 

What I love about the striped top is how its longer so you can wear it with leather leggings in the fall or half tucked like I did with shorts in the summer! These shorts are now $18 at J.Crew! I wear my black and navy ones all the time! They are so fun to dress up! 

xoxo, Courtney

Snapshots from Cabo




Tunic - c/o Conversation Pieces (sold out), Panama Hat - Target (similar), Aviators - Nordstrom





Floral Dress - c/o Conversation Pieces (on sale!), Turquoise Necklace - Forever 21, Envelope Clutch - Urban Expressions via Marshalls (exact), Flip Flops - Old Navy, Aviators - see above




Coral Sweater - J.Crew, White Shorts - BLANKnyc, Wedges - Jessica Simpson, Lace Dress - Free People, Turquoise Necklace - see above, Envelope Clutch - see above 


Looking back at these pictures takes me back to a week of pure relaxation, indulgence, and paradise. It was such an amazing trip. Just what we needed. Now I am looking forward to our next adventure.... where will we go next?

I packed so many outfits for Cabo, but only wore a fraction (typical). What I loved is that the weather was so perfect in the evening, after spending a full day at the pool, dressing up was so nice. The floral crush swing dress was my favorite piece to wear when we went into old town San Jose del Cabo. The vibrant colors were so fun, and it flowed so nicely in the wind. 

I wore my ethnic print tunic regularly as a beach cover-up (first group of pictures), and wore my turquoise cluster necklace every day! I am ordering another one to have just in case something happens to this one...you gotta be prepared!

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Boho Chic







Floral Dress - Zara (old, similar) Anorak Jacket - H&M (old, similar) Wedges - MRKT via DSW (old) Handbag - J.Crew (or buy mine here!) Fedora - Forever 21 (old, similar)

I actually shot this look quite a bit ago, and I can tell because I was white as a ghost, and I was wearing a jacket! It's a cool 104 degrees today, and I only wish I was in a cooler climate (hello San Francisco!) But, for days like today, take off the jacket and the look works perfect. The open back is a fun detail and it has a slight hi-low hem. I got this during Zara's last major sale for only $20! These wedges from MRKT are super comfortable and light weight, and the color goes with everything. There's so many styling options with this dress (denim jacket/vest, slouchy sweater, panama hat, beanie, ankle boots) the list goes on....

xoxo, Courtney

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Sigh. It's back to the daily grind over here. We got back last night from Mexico and I was wishing this morning I would wake up and still be in our gorgeous room at the Hilton Los Cabos. Sadly, that was not the case. 

However, to sweeten the transition into normal life, my favorite online boutique is having a great sale that ends tomorrow!!! (Trust me, if we had better internet access, I would have let you in on this sooner!!) Take 20% off all totes, handbags, scarves and hats! 

This hat, this bag, and this tote are some of my favorites!! 

xoxo, Courtney