The N Sale Leopard Pump + Meet Intern Nicole

TGIF! Today we're bringing you double the fun with a sale item and an exciting introduction!

First, thing's first :: A leopard pump {or wedge for those of you who can't do pumps} is a must in every woman's closet. Not only is leopard considered a neutral and goes with just about everything, it is a sassy + classy addition to any otherwise neutral or classic outfit. I go on and on about my love for leopard in the fall and winter, but leopard pumps are perfect for summer, too; with that LBD, in the office, or out on the town. 

I've found that a fabulous leopard pump is a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every year {remember that Halogen pump that sold out so quickly last year?!} and this year is no different. When I saw these Sam Edelman pumps I knew I had to have them, and who could resist at under $100 on sale?! I love the "half" pump that doesn't cover your whole foot on one side. Pointed-toe shoes are already more slimming than a round toe, and the half pump adds even more of a slimming effect. Lastly,  Okay y'all, I could go on and on for days about anything leopard. Here they are, in all their glory :: 

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SHOP // Sam Edelman 'Onyx' Half d'Orsay Pointy Toe Pump

And now for the exciting introduction. I am happy to introduce you to the LifeStyled intern, Nicole! I am thrilled to have her on board and for all that's to come! Here's a little bit about Nicole...

Hello from Atlanta!

I'm Nicole, Courtney's intern. I'm a rising junior at the University of Georgia working toward a major in marketing, with an emphasis in digital marketing, and a minor in fashion merchandising. I'm all about college football, Pure Barre, website design, Diet Coke and Starbucks (usually combined during finals week), and laughing out loud at re-runs of Friends.

I truly believe that when you look good, you feel good. And that's what I love about LifeStyled! I'm thrilled about the opportunity to help Courtney and contribute to the LifeStyled brand. Blogging, and shopping, and girl talk? I could get used to this!

Kendra Scott Favorites

It's here! TONIGHT is our Girl's Night Out at Kendra Scott - Avalon and I hope to see you there! In light of this fun event, I'm sharing all of my favorite Kendra Scott accessories with you; and you can snag them tonight at 15% off! Don't forget, when you RSVP or stop by the event, you'll be entered to win a FREE Wardrobe Consult or two hours of Personal Shopping {your choice, each valued at $300} with LifeStyled. I love meeting new faces so if you're in the area, pop in between 6-7:30 and say hello!  {**NOTE the change in end time}

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And now for my faves {can you tell I'm a Kendra Scott-aholic? I think her jewelry is so well-made and always has the perfect shades of metals. The price is on point for the quality you get, and the KS staff is always so helpful}  :: 

This white Mother of Pearl Rayne has been my GO-TO this summer. I love the brightness it brings to any outfit, and not to mention it goes with EVERYTHING. If you're someone who has trouble accessorizing, this is the necklace for you. It's a no-brainer because you can wear it with everything in your closet!

My magenta Kendra Scott accessories will NEVER fail me. I love this pop of bright color with an all neutral outfit, or even added to a cooler color palette. You can never go wrong! 

Surprisingly, I'm wearing this Rose Gold Rayne a lot, too. I wasn't sure how often I'd find myself putting it on with it being rose gold, but it's almost as frequently as my mother of pearl. The rose gold is so soft and pretty and is a subtle addition to bolder prints and patterns.

EVERYONE should have a pop of turquoise in their accessory collection. It compliments everything from neutrals, to navy, to fuchsia, coral and more. The Turquoise 'Harlie' is the perfect size and can be worn long or shorter. 

I stack my favorite neutral bracelet with everything. Need I say more?

If you can't make it tonight, you can shop them all here :: 


pattern on pattern

Happy Tuesday! Fall is coming, so make sure you address your wardrobe in time! Book your consult today by emailing courtney@lifestyledatlanta.com; whether you need a wardrobe overhaul, or an hour of outfit inspiration. Today we're talking pattern mixing :: it's not only allowed, but encouraged in your wardrobe! You just have to know how to do it right. There are a few rules when it comes to pattern on pattern ::

  1. Make sure one of your patterns is more subtle than the other. Two ultra-bold patterns will make your look a little loud and messy
  2. Stripes and leopard ALWAYS  work. If you're uneasy about mixing your patterns and don't quite know what looks good, you can never go wrong with a simple black + white stripe with a leopard or cheetah print
  3. Be careful with florals. Florals can be great with other patterns, but be careful. A bigger floral pattern will compliment another pattern better than a tiny floral with lots of colors.

Okay, we all know I have a slight MAJOR obsession with leopard. But I'm not ashamed! Leopard is a neutral as far as I'm concerned, and it is the perfect pattern mixer because of that. Here's some inspiration for you ::

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So don't be afraid to try some pattern mixing, especially this fall! It's the perfect time to maximize your wardrobe and use your pieces in new and versatile ways. Pattern mixing allows you to do just that!

Get my favorite leopard clutch HERE

 

the ultra-cheapy lbd

Happy Friday! Today we're talking about the LBD because, well, it's Friday. If you've got fun weekend plans with your girls or your man, the LBD might be in your future. And the best news for all you bargain shoppers and deal hunters? This one won't break the bank. It comes in at UNDER $20 {$17.80 to be exact}. "But Courtney," you might say, "if it's under $20, there is no way it is made well." To which I would answer, "You're probably right." Let's be honest, we all know the quality of Forever 21 doesn't rival Neiman's or Nordy's, but we also know that sometimes we need to grab that cheap little number for a certain occasion, and this fits the bill.

You can dress it up or down, layer with a cardigan, blazer or vest into the fall and add tights and boots in the winter. It's a year-round dress with a flattering cut at the shoulders and high neckline, and although it's a shift dress, it's fitted enough that you won't feel the need to belt it.-228 -250

Forever 21 Funnel Neck Swing Dress, $17.80

One of my favorite go-to statement pendants, the Stella & Dot Phoenix pairs perfectly with this neckline. It also transitions seamlessly from summer, to fall, to winter to spring.

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Top it off with a leopard clutch and your favorite heels or booties, and you're ready to go!

Clare Vivier Leopard Foldover Clutch

 I'll be transitioning this LBD into the fall, so stay tuned for more versatile ways to wear it from season to season!

Wishing you a fun + stylish weekend ahead, whatever your plans may be!

nordstrom anni sale :: my favorite picks

It's that time of year again... the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale {Early Access} is here! For those of you who know about this sale, you know why there is a line forming outside of the doors at 10am on the first day. And for those of you who don't know about it, that should pretty much sum it up. During the Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom marks down TONS of fall {and more} clothing, shoes, and accessories before the fall season starts; great deals and huge savings! I shopped this sale with three clients yesterday and came up with a list of my favorite items. So today you're in luck; I'm sharing it with you!

Keep in mind, you must have a Nordstrom Card {credit or debit} to begin shopping the sale early access now, both online & in stores. It does not open to the public until July 18 {yes, they actually have all of the merchandise into a secret tent that you may not enter without a card}, so you still have a week! You also earn double points when you shop this sale early access. But hurry - things go fast. If you find something you like in stores or online, buy it...YESTERDAY!

Keep in mind: these items are all things that I have seen in person and tried on myself, or had clients try on. So without further ado, here are my Nordstrom Anni Sale faves ::

Paige Skyline Ankle Skinny

Sam Edelman Wraparound Strap Bootie

Halogen Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump

J. Brand Skinny Jeans in Dark Plum

Calf Hair + Leather Pencil Skirt

Tory Burch Eloise Flat Thong Sandal

Zella Live-In Leggings

Kendra Scott Elle Earrings

Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket

Rebecca Minkoff 'Amorous' Quilted Satchel

Rebecca Minkoff 'M.A.B' Tote

Rag & Bone Olive Green Jacket

So run on over to Nordstrom or access the sale online; you will be glad you did. And remember, the sale opens to the public on July 18th. Happy shopping + happy weekend!

made in america :: part one

tassel necklacesHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a Happy Fourth of July and a relaxing weekend. Our beach trip is officially over, and I am still refusing to accept that it's back to the real world. Anyone else? So in honor of the great U.S.A., we're kicking off a series highlighting some of my favorite brands and products that are made right here in America...

Today for part one, I'm highlighting a fun little company based here in Atlanta that makes beaded tassel jewelry :: Just Peachy. Rachel with Just Peachy Blog is a fellow fashionista and her lovely tassel necklaces were a welcomed addition into my casual wardrobe! These are so easy and fun to throw on with anything from a tee, to a basic dress by adding some bright colors & some tribal flair.

calypso-18This  beaded necklace with hints of coral and lavender paired perfectly with a basic navy + white striped tee.calypso-20

How about this citrine green paired with fuchsia accents? Two of my favorite bright colors combined into one. Perfect for pairing with chambray and much more.calypso-57 {paired here with chambray LOFT romper}I am also loving Rachel's other tassel necklaces {like this peach tassel below}, some of which are available in her ETSY shop. {custom orders welcomed}Screen shot 2014-07-07 at 9.09.15 AM

LIFEstyled loves supporting local businesses and products! If you have any suggestions or own a business yourself, we'd love to hear from you!

Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of our 'Made in America' series, where I'm sharing my new favorite beach coverup and many more fab items from a fun Chicago company!