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?!
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:
Broken in tee
Hug every curve, yet move with every curve denim, and
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?
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.
“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!
Shopping can bring out all my impracticalities and weaknesses.
There is A LOT I don’t need. There is A LOT that is unnecessary.
But sometimes, there are dresses that just talk dirty to you, wink at you, and then flirt with you as they whisper, “Buy me, buy me.” And next thing you know you are swiping your debit card for, yet, another dress that you have justified not living without. This dress will complete you. This dress will find a happy home in your closet. You absolutely cannot live without this dress.
Weekends are full of rituals: Brunch with the boyfriend, play date with the puppy, dry cleaners, mani/pedi with a girlfriend, Whole Foods, etc….y’all know the drill because you probably have a ritual or 2 of your own.
But one of my favorite times of the weekend is a time I like to refer to as PIT: Personal Improvement Time. I have talked about my love of PIT before, but for those of you that don’t remember, it is my time to do all of that weird/strange/private/beauty maintenance related stuff that WE ALL DO but don’t really talk about. My PIT is full of things like teeth bleaching, at home waxing kits (not recommended for obvious reasons!), face masks, closet cleaning, and of course, long, hot showers!
The Clarisonic PLUS has the ability to hold 2 different brush heads: one for the face and a much larger one for the body….so not only can I make sure that my face gets the extra exfoliating it needs, but I can brighten up the skin on my body as well (and considering its bikini season, anything we can do to help the body is good!)
Because, in true Courtney fashion, if you think something is nice, just buy it twice
Have you invested in a Clarisonic product yet? Has it totally changed your life?! And, what are some of your weekend rituals that you do during PIT?!
*This post is part of a partnership with Clarisonic for Nordstrom. All opinions of the Clarisonic are my own, as I have been obsessed with it for quite some time now
Over the past couple of weeks, I have partnered with Nine West and shared some of my favorite summertime activities I love to do in my fair city of Dallas! We have been to the dog park…we have been to the ice cream truck…but we can’t forget the most fabulous activity of all…GIRLS BRUNCH!
I mean, what’s a weekend in summer without an uber girly brunch? My girls and I love to spend our Saturday mornings catching up on all the latest gossip, indulging in a glass or 2 of rose, and then shopping the day away! When getting dressed for brunch, I love to keep my Saturday morning look pretty casual but still ladylike, so my favorite way to dress up cutoff shorts is by mixing them with a little black bow heel, like the Nine West Janeil pointy toe pumps, and a crisp blazer! It’s a look that can take me from the cool mornings into the warm afternoons, all while feeling chic and comfy!
Do you and your gal pals have a weekly brunch date?!
PS. Don’t forget to check out the Nine West Tumblr for some fabulous shoe inspiration!
*This post is in partnership with Nine West to promote their Summer Style Series.