Fab Find of The Week: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish in 330 Redgy c/o Influenster

If I could, in a perfect world, I would get a manicure every 2 weeks. But I don't have the money, and I like to think I could make a manicure last longer than 2 weeks. It took me forever to get on the "gel manicure" bandwagon. I really loved the results. A super fast drying time, no chips for weeks, but the terrible state of your nails after you take off the foil doused in acetone? SO not worth it. So I stopped. 

There have been several at-home gel manicure systems since then, but this no-light system by Sally Hansen takes the cake. It's so simple. Two coats of the color of your choice (that's the hardest part, there's so many good ones!) and then one coat of the top coat. Did I mention the top coat dries in like a minute? It's great. No more planning your day around painting your nails. 

xoxo, Courtney

I Found It: Wedding Guest Dress

Forever 21 Dress

I went to a wedding back in June and I got so many compliments both at the wedding, and on social media when I posted the pictures above. I actually purchased the dress from, wait for it, Forever 21 a while back and this was the first time I got a chance to wear it. The dress came in a hi-low style that I knew in 6 months would be out of style (and frankly, I didn't like to begin with) but I loved the print, so I had my alterations guy chop it off. It turned out great! The dress is now on sale, so make sure to grab it quick here!

xoxo, Courtney

How to Wear a Maxi Dress: Part 2 - With a Statement Necklace

Maxi Dress - c/o Conversation Pieces, Denim Vest - J.Crew, in Indigo Wash, sold out (similar), Sandals - Solesociety, Turquoise Necklace - Forever 21 (on sale!!), Gold Rings - FoxsieCo and Nordstrom BP

My second way to amp up a maxi dress is with a standout statement necklace. I love this particular one because it's a unique piece, stands out against every color, and turquoise is having a real moment right now. I wore this necklace every day in Cabo, and it's one of my favorite pieces I own. Of course, to avoid being too matchy matchy with the hues, you can definitely chose another style or color necklace. I just wouldn't chose anything too glam for this dress. 

Happy accessorizing! 

Conversation Pieces is offering FREE SHIPPING through August 17 as apart of their Back To School Sale! Make sure to check them out here!

xoxo, Courtney 

Birthday Dress

Floral Dress - J.Crew, sold out (similar), Sandals - Bucco via Hautelook, Envelope Clutch - Urban Expressions via Marshalls (exact), Necklace - Lulu Frost for J.Crew, old (shop Lulu Frost for J.Crew here), Rings - bought in Mexico, Nail & Rhinestone Bracelets - Forever 21, Cartier Inspired Bracelet - Heart Boutique

Tomorrow is my 26th birthday, which is daunting to write, but considering the past year, it's been quite....good. The biggest battle was Alex graduating from grad school, something everyone was looking forward to. Our newest battle is finding out what next? Where do we want to go from here? What do we want to do? Where do we want to live? It's so scary to think about moving away from out of our comfort zone, but so exciting to start our new life. 

So tomorrow I plan on toasting to my older age (eeek :/ ) wearing this amazing floral dress and new Louis Vuitton crossbody (thanks Alex!) At least I will be starting off this new chapter on a high note. ;) 

xoxo, Courtney

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