Fall Essentials: A Red Plaid Top

"Ex Boyfriend" Shirt in Albion Plaid - Madewell
One of the most essential fall items is a plaid shirt. I own about half a dozen in a variety of colors and patterns, but without a doubt, the ones that get the most rotation are a blue /green one and a red/blue one. However, I had to give up my red one last season because I outgrew it (not physically, thankfully) but I held on to it for so long because I love the colors so much. What I love most about red plaid is it pops against any outfit pairings. I love the Madewell shirt above because of the small details. With all the plaid shirts available, you want to stand out. This shirt stands out. I love the little pop of gingham print in the lining and when you roll the cuffs. It's like two plaids for one. I can tell you this, this would be one thing I would keep from my Ex-Boyfriend.... ;)

Where is your perfect plaid from? Send me links! I'm in the market for a new one! :) 

xoxo, Courtney

Fab Find of The Week: Oversize Plaid Scarf

Oversized Plaid Scarf - Target
So here's the thing. I don't buy accessories like scarves often. I have a handful of them already, and unlike clothing or shoes, the trends for them don't really change much. Just having a good mixture of neutral colors, some brights, and fun patterned scarves in your arsenal and you are good to go for a long time. If you've been on Pinterest lately, or follow any fashion blogger, you are probably very familiar with the oversized plaid scarf. Most originated from ASOS or Zara, but sold out quickly and left girls wanting the popular scarf....like now. Enter Target.
I was already over my budget at Target (5 for $20 underwear, sure. $24 workout pants? Of course) but when I was on my way to check out, this scarf caught my eye. I loved how bright it was, and I snagged the last one. And for $16.99, it's a steal for a trendy item for the season. 

Target strikes again. 

xoxo, Courtney 

Wearing the Target plaid scarf this weekend in Apple Hill

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