The Last Vacations…

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Dress: Milk & Honey Boutique (Similar by ASOS); Sandals: Zigi, sold out (Identical HERE); Bag: Rebeca Minkoff; Turban: Anthropologie; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Toes: OPI You’re Such a Budapest; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Mckinney Link Cuff: Gorjana

Summer is coming to an end, which sadly, means that summer vacations are wrapping up, as well.  Since May, I’ve had a pretty good run….Cabo, Austin (twice), Vegas, Hawaii (via Disney….I mean, did the Mickey picture above give it away?!), and plenty of sexy Dallas “staycations.”

But there is one upcoming vacation that I am looking forward to, and not because it happens to be at a bucket list location, but because it’s a vacation that I get to invite all of you on with me!

This coming Friday, I am heading to the Atlantis Resort in Bahamas for Labor Day weekend to with one of my best gal pals to enjoy HGTV’s first annual “Paradise Music Fesitival” which will feature acts like Jewel and Rascal Flatts, to name a few! Aside from the great music, I cannot wait to experience all fun activities Atlantis has to offer…like all the pools, slides, casinos, spa treatments, shopping, eating, and drinking…will 4 days be enough to fit it all in?!

If you don’t have any Labor Day plans yet, I would LOVE to invite you to bring a gal pal, grab your passport, pack your swimsuit, and join me in Nassau this weekend! Follow THIS LINK to get a $150 resort credit and book your last minute vacation NOW!

For more information on the Atlantis resort, click HERE.

See y’all in paradise!

xo,

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Tuxedo Denim

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Jeans: ℅ Express; Top: Equipment, old (Similar); Booties: Tibi; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Layered Cuff: Gorjana; Bravo Ring: Gorjana; Cigar Rings: Gorjana; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

There is one fashion phrase that drives me crazier than any other because I feel like it’s way too overused:

“You can dress it up, or dress it down.”

Don’t get me wrong, this phrase applies to a lot of the items in my closet and explains the versatility of a piece, it’s just one of those sayings that when used by a sales person, it isn’t going to be the golden comment that rushes me out of the dressing room and up to the cash register.

But when referencing these high rise, faux leather trimmed jeans from Express, there’s one thought that flashes in my mind: “OMG, I can totally dress those up or down! They are day to night perfection!”

While the weather is still warm, I plan on wearing them with white tees, basic tanks, and lightweight, printed, silk tops. But once the temperatures fall, its gonna be all about the blazers and the cozy, oversized sweaters that I will pair these jeans with.  And, of course, I am all about anything leather, so this faux trim is right up my alley, plus it gives the denim a little “ooh-la-la” factor. And let’s not forget the price tag….wait for it….$39.90.

S-O-L-D.

xo,

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*Thank you to Express for partnering with me for this post.

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Talking Shop with George Kotsiopoulos

Dress/Tunic: Cameo; Jeans: ℅ 7FAM; Neckalce: Gorjana: Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Cigar Rings: Gorjana; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to meet fellow tastemakers who have really inspired me.  About 6 months ago, a legendary meeting with my female icon, Sarah Jessica Parker, happened…and boy, oh boy, was I on cloud nine!

But its fun to also meet male style setters, like George Kotsiopoulos…the fellas always seem to have a different perspective on fashion, and considering he’s known for his colorful commentary on E!’s Fashion Police, I knew this interview would be another one for the books!

If you could interview one of your favorite fashion style experts, who would it be?!

xo,

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Happy Birthday, What Courtney Wore!

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Dress: BCBG; Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch, old (Shop denim jackets HERE); Shoes: Zigi, old (Similar HERE); Bag: Phillip Lim; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Turquoise Bracelets: Charming Charlie, Peace Love Jessica, old; Turquoise Ring: Kendra Scott, old (Similar HERE); Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Spike Bracelet: ℅ Stella & Dot; Gold Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

3 years have gone by oh, so, quickly.  This past week, “What Courtney Wore” celebrated its 3rd birthday and, boy, oh boy, has it been a wild 3 years or what?!

Thank you to YOU, the readers, the supporters, the fans, for allowing me to feel comfortable sharing my life (and my outfits, duh!) with you. You make what I do not feel like work…you make it worth it!

Here’s to many more outfits to come!

xo,

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Linen Love/Hate

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Dress: ℅ Rio Ritz; Booties: Gianvito Rossi; Bag: Phillip Lim, old (Shop new colors HERE); Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Earrings: Kendra Scott; Bracelets: Charming Charlie, Peace Love Jessica, old; Ring: Kendra Scott, old (Similar); Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff

When the Dallas, Texas temperatures are kissing 3-digits (I actually just overheard the weatherman say it feels like 108 degrees outside today), the last thing you want to do is put clothes on your body that are going to make you feel even hotter.

Polyester, no.

Silk, sweat stains galore.

Denim, ugh.

Basically, you’ve got 2 choices: cotton or linen. (Well, technically you have 3 choices, but we can’t stay in the pool all day!)

Cotton is a breathable no brainer…but linen, oh linen, we’ve got a little bit of a love/hate thing going on.  Love: Comfy, cool, airy, chic. Hate: wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles…did I mention wrinkles?!

But this summer I have come to embrace the wrinkles and embrace linen despite its major flaw.  After 32 years of this battle I finally realized that I can’t make linen be something its not…linen has always and will always wrinkle…and while I have been trying to fight it all this time, what I should’ve been doing is celebrating the fact that it’s one more thing I don’t have to iron myself.  The wrinkles give it character…wrinkles are it’s “thing.”

And sometimes, when it comes to clothes, or even to people, the flaws in the product are what separates it from the rest and gives a dose of originality, right?!

xo,

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Mexican Flair

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Romper: ℅ Rio Ritz; Sandals: Zigi, sold out (Identical, cheaper option HERE); Clutch: ASOS; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Cigar Ring Set: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Spike Bracelet: ℅ Stella & Dot; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Nails: OPI Russian Navy

If you are anything like me, then when you are preparing to go on vacation, you decide that suddenly nothing in your closet is good enough and you MUST purchase some new “vacation clothes.”

I scooped up this totally impractical fringe bag for a trip to Mexico, but threw it into my suitcase during a recent trip to Austin…but then when I carried it to brunch one afternoon and stumbled upon this painted Virgin Mary wall, it became a happy, practical accident and a perfect spot to snap some pics! Don’t you love when that happens?!

TGIF and enjoy the first day of August!

xo,

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50 Shades of Grey-ish

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Jeans: ℅ Express; Tee: Express; Jacket: Express; Belt: Fossil, old; Shoes: Valentino; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Earrings: Gorjana; Chevron Necklace: Gorjana; Lariat Necklace: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Spike Bracelet: ℅ Stella & Dot; Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Horn Ring: Henri Bendel, old; Downtown Cuff: Gorjana; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

Over the past couple of weeks, I have found myself on more planes than I would like to admit, and traveling in a chic manner has become the name of the game.  But how does one do it and still manage to be comfortable? THAT, my friends, is the million dollar question, right?!

When it comes to being comfortable, three things always come to my mind:

  1. Broken in tee
  2. Hug every curve, yet move with every curve denim, and
  3. Climate control outerwear

Oddly enough, these three simple concepts all have two things in common: They are shades of black and/or grey, and they are all easily accessible go-to items from Express.  Dressing in black and being a part of the fashion industry these days seems so cliche (I know, right?!)…but it’s nice to be able to reach for these inexpensive items from Express (as well as stock up on them!) without breaking the bank!

And if there is one thing about dressing in black I love, it’s that it shouts,” LEAVE ME ALONE! Don’t mess with me and I won’t mess with you!” (Because there is nothing worse than a chatty plane neighbor, now is there?!)

So, I’d love to know, what is your favorite travel attire?

xo,

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Shift Change

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Dress: Piperlime; Hat: J.Crew; Shoes: Converse; Bag: Henri Bendel, old; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Cuff: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Chevron Necklace: Gorjana; Long Turquoise Necklace: Bauble Bar; Chevron Ring: Gorjana; Cigar Ring Set: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

Last weekend, me and my bestie, Tori, packed our bags and took a last minute road trip to Austin.  The best part of this trip was that it was totally spontaneous, but one side effect of being spontaneous is that you sometimes forget to pack the essentials.

I had fully intended on wearing this silk dress out one night with the perfect nude heel….but amidst the frantic packing session, the nude heels were no where to be found in my suitcase once we landed in Austin.

My improv skills took over and I decided to take this silk shift dress from night to day and threw it on with my old faithful Converse tennis shoes instead.  And surprisingly, it totally worked!

xo,

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Another Monday, Another Onesie

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Jumpsuit: ℅ Milk & Honey; Shoes: Nine West; Bag: ℅ Brahmin; Mika Pendant: Gorjana; Mika Lariat: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Hermes Cuff; Watch: Michele; McKinney Link Bracelet; Cone Cuff: C.Wonder; Crystal Ring: Bauble Bar; Sunglasses: ℅ Elie Tahari; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest; Toes: OPI Cajun Shrimp

Mondays are difficult, but your outfit doesn’t have to be.

Throw on a jumpsuit with some red lips, and call it a day….Bada-bing, bada-boom.

And now that your outfit is done, you can continue counting down the hours till happy hour!

xo,

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Gimme Some Sparkle

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Dress: ASOS; Shoes: ℅ ShoeDazzle; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Toes: OPI Cajun Shrimp; Lips: MAC So Chaud

“Every day life begins to sparkle when we realize our friends are the glitter.”

On that note, I am headed to Austin this weekend on a last minute, totally unplanned, 100% spontaneous trip with my BFF, Tori….and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time.  Sometimes, a little girl time is just what the soul needs!

Have a great weekend!

xo,

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