Jeweled Top








White Raw Edged Jacket - Tildon (as seen on Happily Grey), Jeweled Top - c/o Conversation Pieces, Track Pants - Level 99 via Article Consignment, Metallic Sandals - Renvy via Gilt, Watch - Michael Kors, gift. Handbag - Rebecca Minkoff c/o Privilege Clothing, also available at ShopBop

If you know me, you know I love my sparkly jewels. My necklace collection is filled with J.Crew statement pieces in a variety of shapes, colors and styles. But there is something a little cooler than that; a classic striped t-shirt (another one of my favorite staples) with a built in necklace. I liked pairing the dressed up top with these lyocel track pants and metallic shoes. I could have easily gone with skinny jeans, but I thought the track pants were a cool contrast. 
I chose to throw on this AMAZING raw edged jacket at the last minute and I'm glad I did. Not only is it super delicate with the distressing, but the color also makes it a magnet for stains. I am always afraid to wear it, which is stupid! It's such a great modern design. 
I pulled out my Rebecca Minkoff bag and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a new black handbag. It has such great details (the tassels, blue polka dot interior, gold hardware) and it's the perfect handbag - if I ever designed one myself. 

What is your favorite embellished clothing item? 

xoxo, Courtney

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The Color block Coat







Colorblock Coat - Nine West (In Navy/Black), Jeans - 7 For All Mankind, thrifted, V-Neck Sweater - J.Crew, Statement Necklace - C/O Conversation Pieces, Ankle Boots - Vince Camuto, (In brown), Sequin Clutch - Gap, thrifted via Article Consignment, Hat - J.Crew Factory

There was one day two weeks ago where it finally felt like fall. So along with the rest of Northern California, I immediately threw on my boots, jeans, sweater and coat. It was amazing. And amazingly short lived. This time of the year is my absolute favorite, I love wearing denim and coats; it's such an easy and fuss-less time of year (I digress, when it's raining, it's very fussy.) I have just now started getting into fall headgear - hats like this wool baseball cap, floppy beanies, and this amazing wool hat by J.Crew I will hopefully get to sport this weekend up in the foothills. 
The color block coat was super trendy last season and at the very end of winter I got a gift card to Macy's. I went back and forth about what to use it for since I actually don't shop there much at all. Since I didn't want to splurge on the color block coats J.Crew had at the time, I got away with spending only $40 out of pocket for this Nine West version. They had a few different color combinations but I thought this neutral one would go well with so many different outfits from denim to dresses to leather. 

What is one of your favorite outerwear pieces?

xoxo, Courtney

Branded







Shorts, Vest, Shirt & Necklace - Forever 21, Bracelets - J.Crew, old, Sandals - Bucco via Hautelook, Handbag - Conversation Pieces

I am not one of those people that owns so much of a certain brand that I'll wear an entire outfit from one brand. I like to shop at a handful of places in order to get a variety of aesthetics in my wardrobe. What's fun about sticking to one brand, and therefore one style? Boring. 

I bought all these Forever 21 pieces at different times, but when it was time to get dressed one morning, it just made sense to pair them together! Just like the trust olive anorak, the vest is no different. It goes with anything and adds a cool-girl element when you know you want to add something to your outfit, but not sure what. 

xoxo, Courtney 

Splurge vs. Steal: Ankle Booties

Rag & Bone 'Newbury' Ankle Boot - Nordstrom, Vince Camuto 'Hadley' Ankle Boot - Amazon

It is probably going to seem like I am on some Rag & Bone bashing spree, but when you have a celebrity favorite designer brand with hipster street style popularity, the general public is going to want to follow suit....on a budget. 
I wish I could understand a $525 price point for half a pair of boots; so unless you're getting a foot massage while wearing them, you're just buying them to say you have them. Am I right? 
I've always loved the expression, "something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it." Luckily for me, I got my Vince Camuto 'Hadley' boots (which are identical) for a mere $25 on eBay. Brand spankin' new. I'll make it even sweeter. Here's another version by Arturo Chiang from Ideel. Exercise your right to pay less. 

xoxo, Courtney

My Vince Camuto's, appearing in a few future 415Bond posts...

Crisp White Blazer








Blazer - H&M, T-Shirt - J.Crew, sold out (similar), Boyfriend Shorts - American Eagle, old (similar), Sandals - Bucco via Hautelook

This was one of my favorite looks, and one of the easiest. I wore these boyfriend shorts to death over summer, with everything with tanks, plaid shirts, light sweaters and my plethora of graphic t's from J.Crew. I knew I needed a white blazer after I saw a ton of celebs sporting them in magazines and how it took a simple outfit to instant chic. I decided to score one at H&M for less than $20; it fits great, and if a major stain disaster does occur, I won't be too devastated. You just won't see me wearing this on a Saturday night out at the bars. I can't wait to wear it with boyfriend denim in the fall.

How would you style a white blazer?

xoxo, Courtney 

Printed Denim





Printed Denim - Zara, old (similar), Chambray Tunic - c/o Conversation Pieces, (similar), Flats - Anna via ideel, Envelope Clutch - Urban Expressions via Marshalls (exact), Bracelets - Article Consignment, J.Crew, & Forever 21. 

Another day, another chambray button down. Or is it? It's no secret I love my chambray shirts, but what drew me to this particular one, was although it was intended to be worn as a dress (which I love), I thought it was a little short, so I have other plans for this one: worn like this, as a tunic with leggings, as an over shirt, or as a beach cover up. 
These printed trousers from Zara caught my eye right away. I liked the watercolor print and the color pattern was neutral enough to match with so many different things. In a sea of black, blue and grey skinny jeans, these are a fun pattern to add to the mix on a gloomy fall day.

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xoxo, Courtney

Designer Consignor









Burberry Trenchcoat - Article Consignmentsimilar, Leather Leggings - Simply Vera Wang via Kohls, old (similar), Ferragamo Flats (vintage) - Article Consignment(exact), Gold Rings - Nordstrom BP and FoxsieCo

To celebrate the first day of fall (my favorite season), I thought I would showcase my favorite purchase from Article Consignment: my splurge, but my beloved Burberry trenchcoat. Consignment is a great way to purchase designer items for a fraction of the price. As soon as I saw this Burberry trench come on the shop, I knew it had to be mine (did I mention it came in brand new, with tags?) Since it was going to set me back more money than I have ever spent on a single clothing item, I knew it had to be something I would have forever. Of course I would! Even though this one isn't the classic khaki trench (it's actually more of a slate grey, waterproof trench), I liked the look, and the features. Sold. 

Same goes with these vintage Ferragmo flats. Black flats are already a classic, and these gold and bow detail ones by Ferragmo now retail for upwards of $400-500. Not mine. After getting the bottoms resoled and leather shined, I walked out the door for well less than $100. And these will never go out of style. 

And just to add a cherry on top, these amazing leather leggings that I wear all fall and winter... only $5 on clearance at Kohls. See, you can find deals everywhere! 

xoxo, Courtney