White After Labor Day

Oversize Cardigan - c/o Conversation Pieces, sold out (similar), Graphic T-Shirt - Krazy Mary's Boutique, White Denim - DIY Old Navy (on super sale!!), Ankle Boots - LC Lauren Conrad via Kohls, old (similar), Watch - Michael Kors, gift, Rings - Forever 21

How amazing does this sweater look for fall? It's so big and oversize, I know I'm going to wear it all the time whether it be at home lounging around or as a regular in my wardrobe mixed with black skinnies, ripped denim and faux leather leggings. Do you remember these white jeans? Well, they are the same ones above, with just a few slits at the knees. I love the way they turned out. And seeing that the name of this post is "White After Labor Day", what a stupid rule. White is always okay. :)

P.S Use code "415BOND" to get free shipping at Conversation Pieces

xoxo, Courtney

How to Wear a Maxi Dress: Part 4 - Knotted

Maxi Dress - c/o Conversation Pieces, Turquoise Necklace - Forever 21, Sandals - Solesociety, Rings - Nordstrom BP and FoxsieCo

My fourth way to wear a maxi dress is the perfect solution for shorter gals like myself. More often than not, I fall in love with maxi dresses (or skirts for that matter) that are inches too long for me. I don't want to alter it, especially on something I may only keep a year or two. The best way to combat this problem is by knotting it towards the bottom (first picture) or towards the middle (second picture). It also adds a cool bohemian vibe to what could be a one dimensional look. 

Have you tried this? What's your other favorite tricks?

xoxo, Courtney

Pop of Color

Skirt - J.Crew (on sale!), Sweater - J.Crew (on sale!), Denim Jacket - Old Navy, old (similar), Sunglasses - NordstromBP, Woven Clutch - Urban Expressions via Marshalls (exact), Sandals - Renvy via Gilt

There's a very common phrase about "adding a pop of color" to your outfit. Whether it be in your shoes, a bright necklace or a handbag, I have to admit, I like to abide by this so called "rule". I went a little out of my comfort zone and bought a bright green skirt a few months ago. I loved the shade of green, the shape of the skirt, and the pattern. I chose to pair it with a solid sweater and denim jacket and my amazing metallic sandals (if I must say...). Even though it's nearing fall, this skirt will go great with chunky sweaters, coats and ankle booties! And no doubt, in a sea of greys and blacks, this green skirt will surely brighten those gloomy fall days. 

What's your favorite pop of color?

xoxo, Courtney

Chambray Dress

Dress - J.Crew, no longer available (similar), Necklace - J.Crew, no longer available (similar), Sandals - Bucco via Hautelook, Vintage Gucci Clutch - Article Consignment Boutique, Bracelets - Heart Boutique, J.Crew & Forever 21

Remember when I said that tencel is the fabric of all fabrics here? Well when I saw my two favorite things combined, tencel and chambray, I was giddy with joy. This dress is SO comfortable and easy to accessorize with. In the fall I'll be wearing this with an olive anorak or vest and ankle booties. This Vintage Gucci clutch was such an amazing find, it's the perfect size for day and night.

How do you accessorize your denim dress?

How to Wear a Maxi Dress: Part 3 - With a Chunky Sweater

Maxi Dress - c/o Conversation Pieces, Ribbed Sweater - Forever 21, old (similar), Turquoise Necklace - Forever 21, Sandals - Solesociety, Gold Rings - Nordstrom BP and Foxsie Co.

Another great way to wear a maxi, and transition from summer to fall, is to layer it under a chunky sweater. You can start off your day with just the maxi, then as the weather changes, throw on the sweater for a totally different look. With a patterned maxi I would wear a solid sweater (like above), but a plain maxi will let you wear some fun printed sweater or sweatshirt. 

xoxo, Courtney

Fashion Recap: 2014 Emmy Awards Red Carpet – College Fashion

Fashion Recap: 2014 Emmy Awards Red Carpet – College Fashion

I decided not to do my usual Best and Worst looks from Emmy night. Instead I linked to College Fashion's post of the same subject. I definitely agree with their choices. 

There were so many good looks; I loved Julia Roberts' couture beaded Elie Saab, Claire Danes' familiar looking but red Givenchy, and Taylor Schilling's stunning Zuhair Murad.  

But like usual, Lena Dunham just can't get it right. She showed up with a new bleached blonde hairdo, combined with her pincess-y ombre gown and I was covering my eyes... 

The show was a great hit, and all I kept thinking the whole show was, "I need to watch this, this and this show!" Which I don't have time for! 

What were your favorites? 

xoxo, Courtney

Splurge vs Steal: Distressed Boyfriend Shorts

Rag & Bone "The Boyfriend Shorts" - SHOPBOP, American Eagle Distressed Shorts, sold out - Gap (similar)

These distressed Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts have become so ubiquitous on fashion blogger's outfit posts I've written them off as overplayed. Don't get me wrong, I love a good, comfy, over-sized denim boyfriend short to wear all summer long.  What I find ridiculous, is women my age are forking over $200 for a.pair.of.shorts. I'm sorry, I don't play that way. Unless those shorts make my legs look like Emma Watson's, I'll take my $170 savings, and go on a shopping spree. 

Enough about people spending their money foolishly, because frankly, that's their business. These American Eagle shorts have become a true staple this summer. Truthfully, I ordered them last summer, and they were TIGHT. But just like I like them, with every wear, they stretched out to the perfect baggy style, and I've worn them 2-3 times a week this summer. Now that's $35 well spent.

What's the most you've spent on shorts? Was it worth it?

xoxo, Courtney