Monday Musings | New Stella & Dot Obsessions

   

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Happy Monday! After a full, fun weekend it was reaaallllyyy hard for me to get back in the groove of things today. Tomorrow on the blog, I'll finally be sharing some photos of our latest home project with the Home Depot. I'm also shooting some fresh new looks for the blog, so be on the lookout for those coming your way soon! Today I'm talking accessories and sharing some of my new favorite Stella & Dot pieces. If you don't shop Stella & Dot, I am (obviously) a huge fan! I have always been so impressed with the quality of their jewelry and their new fall pieces are ON POINT. So if you're in the market for upping your accessory collection, keep reading...

I'm a fan of anything tortoise shell, so this pendant is a must-have for me. Plus, it will be so perfect for fall. This tortoise cuff is also on my list.

I love anything dainty enough to wear every single day. This double pearl pendant fits the bill and is perfect for everything from a tee shirt, to layering with other necklaces.

Gold statement fringe pendant. Need I say more?

I don't even need to tell you that I love me some statement earrings. In fact you're probably sick of me telling you about my love for them. But alas, I love these

I'm thinking gunmetal / mixed metals are going to be really in this fall, so I'm definitely adding these fringe mixed metal tassel earrings to my collection. 

I am obsessed with these gold & turquoise earrings from the Serena + Lilly collaboration

Colorful chandelier earrings that can also be worn as studs AND under $50.

Feather studs. Yep!

If you're looking for a great gift, I love this engravable bangle. I engraved my wedding date on mine, and it would be perfect for an anniversary, wedding, baby arrival, etc.

Did you know Stella & Dot has bags? I have a couple of theirs and have gotten so much use out of them. My new favorite is this burgundy suede bag. Yuminess!

The PERFECT neutral cross-body bag

Leopard wallet

Currently Loving

   

Happy Hump Day! Halfway through the week so let's celebrate. I'm sharing some things that I'm currently loving right now! 

The PERFECT leather jacket from the Nordstrom sale. I'm talking really perfect.

Panama Hat. Perfect for bad hair days - which there are a lot of in this miserable humidity!

You all know I have a love affair with statement earrings, especially tassels. How about tassel earrings for as low as $9.99? When you're addicted to these things like I am and want approximately 20 different colors, you can't afford to spend a lot of money. I was super impressed with the quality and the shipping speed of this etsy shop! SO many colors and styles.

These booties from the Nordstrom sale that can be worn as slide-ons or booties

Better Than Sex mascara. SO GOOD.

This cute chambray dress from J.Crew.

These cutie pom pom pillows

This doggy tea towel

These fringe block heels!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Day 2 | Shoes & Accessories

  

Happy Friday and happy Day 2 of Early Access! Today I'm sharing my favorite shoes and accessories with you. Don't forget, you can click on the NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE tab at the top right of my website at any time to shop all my favorites, and it's constantly being updated. When I gear up on shoes at the Nordstrom Sale, I am looking for fall staples. My favorite pair of booties is part of this year's sale (they are waterproof, flattering and SO comfortable). 

Plus I found a few others that I absolutely love - like these than can be worn as slide-ons or regular booties. Booties are definitely a fall wardrobe staple! My bootie (as well as mules & heels) faves are linked below...

How about boots?!  There are some awesome boot finds in the sale this year, including some over-the-knee, Hunter rain boots and cozy uggs (STRICTLY to be worn around the house ;)) THESE black boots are some of my all-time favorites. So comfortable, flattering and I wore them all winter long.

Shop all my boot faves...

Let's not forget about bags. I love getting a new fall bag each year. My favorite fall color continues to be that deep red wine / merlot color, and lucky for me (and you) there's plenty of it to go around at this year's sale (like this beauty). Shop my favorite bag picks...

Last but not least, ACCESSORIES! SO many great jewelry finds including Kendra Scott at major markdowns. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Day 1 | Clothing

   

Happy Thursday and happy early access to the NSale for all you cardholders!
(what I'm wearing above is not Nordstrom, but linked jumper | hat | earrings | necklace | bracelet)
I tried on tons of things (and bought most of them) and I'm here to share some of my absolute favorites with you. Today I'm going to cover clothing, and I'll cover shoes, accessories & beauty in the coming days. Let's get started! Here are a few highlights from my try-on session yesterday.
**PS - I have added a tab at the top of my website "NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE" (top right) which will be constantly updated with new additions and favorites, so you can always shop by clicking there!


Burgundy jeans - this is a must-have color for fall and I love the raw hem on these 7FAMs.
Striped top with peplum

How cute is this high-neck, cold shoulder blouse? It is a silky material - perfect for a night out / occasion and so flattering!

Okay - if you are in the market for a dress for multiple occasions - cocktail, shower, date night, event, etc. then look no further! This is SO flattering, cute and I love the color.

THESE JEANS. They feel like butter, are flattering, and high-waisted (see picture). Need I say more? 

This lace-trim top. LOVE.

I love this open-front fur vest. I am obsessed with vests for fall and winter and this will be the perfect addition to my collection! 

This dress can easily be dressed up or down with boots / booties or heels. I love the detailing on the shoulder and you can never go wrong with navy! 

In the market for a fun coat? This Kate Spade one is adorable. 

Of course we have to get something you don't have to wait until fall to wear! This polka dot jumper is adorable. So comfortable, flattering and perfect for summer. For size reference, I am wearing a 6.

WORKOUT GEAR. I love Zella and always stock up during the sale. These gray yoga leggings have stripes and are perfect for my barre classes (I cannot for the life of me find these online but they are in stores)! I also love this white tee that has mesh trim.

These moto leggings with mesh inserts are a no-brainer

How 'bout an ombre wind breaker to throw over your workout frocks in the fall?! (excuse my rude face... these pictures take lots of concentration ;))

Shop even more of my favorites below, and stay tuned for an accessories post tomorrow! 

It's Almost Here! Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

   

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Happy Wednesday! Not only is it Hump Day which means we're halfway through the week, but TOMORROW is a very special day - it marks the start of Early Access for the Nordstrom ANNIVERSARY SALE! If you do not know the wonderfulness that is the Anniversary Sale, then you are really missing out. Today I'm sharing all the details - why I love it, my strategy for shopping it, and what I'm looking for this year. Tomorrow, I'll start sharing all of my sale favorites and you WON'T want to miss out! 

THE DETAILS

when 
EARLY ACCESS (Nordstrom cardholders) :: July 13-20
SALE OPEN TO ALL :: July 21-August 6
*You can still apply for a card to gain early access. If you don't have a card and don't want a card, don't worry. They keep plenty of stock on hand for regular access, so not everything will be sold out by the time you get to shop! 

what's on sale?
SO. MANY. THINGS. But mainly, it's the best time to stock up on fall items. From designer denim, to coats, to booties and more, you will leave this sale wanting fall to come NOW, and your wardrobe will be fully equipped for the next season! There are also a ton of beauty buys, great gifting items to stock up on and keep on hand, and lots of designer deals. 

what i'm shopping for
Here are some examples of what I'm looking for this year, and what I bought last year...
designer denim at a fraction of the regular price
a great pair of fall boots / booties,
vests & outerwear
candle packs for gift giving
workout wear (Zella & ALO are my favorites) 
clarisonic
a great fall bag

shopping tricks? 
Go as early as you can, or pick obscure hours! AKA, if you're able, go right when they open at 10AM. Don't go at lunchtime because it will be a mad house. Don't go right after work. The best deals go QUICK so the early bird gets the worm!

**If you want to book time with me to shop the sale, I have a FEW spots left. Email me to reserve your spot and let's shop it together! I'll help you decide what you need, what looks best, what deals are worth it, etc. 
 

See you back here tomorrow to start SHOPPING! 

Navy + Nautical

   

TGIF! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. We are back from the beach and I'm feeling rested and ready to tackle some fun projects during the remainder of the summer! If you're local in Atlanta, don't forget to join me TONIGHT at Kendra Scott Avalon for a fun shopping party! Pop in anytime between 5-7 for sips, sweets and 15% off - including the launch of Kendra Scott HOME items! I'd love to see new & old faces there to kick off the weekend! 

Tomorrow we start a fun kitchen project with The Home Depot, so I'll be sharing progress on Insta-stories and a full reveal on the blog next week. Stay tuned! Today, I'm sharing all things navy + nautical. I always love navy, but find myself wearing a lot of it in the summer months especially. It seems like black is too dark and harsh for the summer, and navy is the perfect in-between color. It also goes hand-in-hand with everything nautical, which never goes out of style. 

I recently invested in a navy purse, which I had never had before since I wear so much black most of the year. If you're looking for a great bag that's not too light and not too dark, navy is your best bet! I've linked all my favorite navy bags below.

Now let's talk nautical. It is such a classic look and I love to incorporate pops of nautical / prep into my wardrobe. Although my overall style is not preppy, I think hints of stripes, anchors, gingham etc. are so much fun! I've linked all my favorite navy & nautical items below, too. 

AND - today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the 4th of July Sale! I am raising my prices at the end of the summer, so this is one of the last sales that will apply to current pricing. 15% off with code REDWHITEBLUE. 
*Services purchased are redeemable for one year from purchase date. 

Have a great weekend!

xx, Courtney

Gingham + The Perfect Pop of Color

  

Happy Hump Day! I am counting down the days until we leave for the beach for a long weekend vaca. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite wardrobe staples -- gingham + colored jeans. I always suggest that my clients have a colored jean in their closet, aside from denim, white & black. For summer, gray and green (some of my go-to's for fall) seem to dark and heavy. So when I stumbled across these poppy red skinnies, I fell in love! They go with so much and are the perfect bright pop - a great alternative to your basic white or denim.

A trend I totally jumped on board with? Gingham (you probably already know this by now if you follow me here or on Instagram). It's totally on-trend this season, but gingham is such a classic pattern that I feel like it will never go out of style. I was shopping with a client and found this off-the-shoulder gingham top with flirty bell sleeves. After she tried it on, I had to snag it too! #twinning. I have worn it with just about everything under the sun; bright colored shorts (front tucked in) like these, white jeans, denim shorts and flip flops for a casual look, and heels & a skirt for a nighttime look. You get the jist... it goes with everything. 

Shop the full look, plus some other gingham favorites and colored-jean alternatives, below...

What's in my Bag | Summer Travel Must-Haves, What I'm Reading + More

  

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Happy Monday! With another holiday weekend approaching us, I thought I'd share some summer must-haves that I'm packing for most every trip. We head to the beach on Friday so I'm sharing what's in my bag; from summer wardrobe staples, to accessories that go with everything, to summer skincare & what's on my reading list. 

SUMMER STAPLES
Ruffled, scalloped, striped bathing suits! Because you obviously need a cute suit for the beach. I've linked several favorites below.

Distressed denim shorts. 

SUNDRESSES. I LIVE in dresses in the summer because they're easy, breathable and cute and all the things. Here are my current favorites, most of which I'm packing as we speak.

A great, stylish, comfortable flip flop. My favorites are definitely splurge-worthy, but worth it in my opinion because I've tried on SO MANY FLIP FLOPS that are uncomfortable, don't last long, and feel too casual to wear with a sundress. But, I've linked some more affordable options below, too.  

FAVORITE ACCESSORIES
I am all about a statement earring. I have found myself packing just a few statement earrings and one long gold necklace that goes with everything when I travel. The earrings take up way less space than a big chunky necklace, and I can always throw the necklace on in addition to the earrings, or wear it alone for a more casual, understated look. THIS is my favorite gold necklace right now because you can wear it 5 different ways. 

SUMMER SKINCARE
I recently started using TULA skincare and have fallen in love. I started out with this mini set to try, and then moved to the full size stuff. I am especially obsessed with this Pro-Glycolic 10% PH Resurfacing Gel

One beauty item I CANNOT live without (year-round, but especially in the summer!)? NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I use this as a tinted moisturizer daily under makeup, and as my sunscreen at the beach. It gives you a little coverage, dewy glow, and doesn't look greasy or shiny like sunscreen. If you haven't tried this stuff, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. (I use the color 'Groenland')

Clinique Chubby Sticks. The perfect amount of moisture, perfect for throwing in your beach bag or purse! My current favorite color is "Chunky Cherry"

WHAT I'M READING
I am a murder mystery girl through and through. I have always wanted to be a detective or crime scene investigator (ha)... give me a good murder story Gone Girl / Girl on the Train style, and I'll finish it in one day. I also love the Emily Griffin type beach reads! Here are some books that I've already read, and am planning to read on my summer trips.

A GREAT BEACH BAG
A cute straw tote that can serve as both a carry-on travel bag AND a beach bag is a necessity. I've linked all my faves for ya! 

Bright + Bold, Peplum + Bows

     

Happy Thursday! I am about SICK of this rain so I figured I'd try to brighten things up with this fun top I am LOVING for summer. I had been eyeing this for awhile, so when my M-I-L gave it to me for my birthday I was so excited! I love everything about it; the bold colors, peplum waist, bows on the sleeves, and the sweetheart neckline. It is perfect with white jeans, denim shorts, etc. and is super flattering! Plus, it's now marked down!

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I love it with this bright turquoise Kendra Scott necklace, but you could also do it with something more understated and simple like gold or cream. 

These kick-flare crops are becoming some of my favorite summer pants! 

You may have seen my blog post about my favorite summer wedge, which I'm wearing again here. They are THE.BEST.

Shop the full look, plus some other fun bold summer tops, below.

My Favorite Summer Wedge

   

Happy Monday, y'all! Today I am sharing one of my absolute favorite purchases this summer. If you haven't heard of Nisolo or bought their shoes, I can tell you with confidence that you are missing out! They make some of the most comfortable shoes ever in classic, timeless styles. When I saw they launched the Sarita wooden wedge, I knew I had to have them! The platform makes them SO comfortable and easy to walk in, and the leather straps are so soft. I got the "beige" color which is perfect for the summer months. 

I also LOVE their classic Serena sandals and Isla slides that are perfect for everyday casual wear.

I've worn them with everything from dresses, to jeans, to skirts, crop flares & more. Are you sold yet?
Shop all my outfit details and favorite Nisolo styles below.