Overall Impression

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Jacket: Zara (Similar); Overalls: ASOS; Striped Tank: Feel the Piece; Shoes: Zara (Cute navy shoes are hard to find, but I LOVE THESE by Tory Burch!); Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Spike Ring Set: ℅ Henri Bendel; Sunglasses: ℅ Elie Tahari; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

First impressions can either make you or break you, and rarely does one recover from a poor snap judgment that’s made during a first impression.

Take these overalls for example…

Farmer? Railroad conductor? Basically anything the opposite of chic.

Last fall, I saw that overalls were appearing everywhere I looked.  I suffered a small lapse of FOMO (fear of missing out) and figured I might as well give the trend for a test run, so I bought a pair for myself from Nasty Gal….and it was both a moment of bravery and courage…until they came in the mail and were so wrong on my particular body type. #OverallFail

And then again as Spring began approaching, I continues to keep seeing overalls everywhere I looked.  I bit the bullet again and made a purchase.  But this time, I wasn’t doing it because I felt a need to have them….I was buying them because I wanted to prove to myself that I could “Courtney-fy” them and give them my own little original spin PLUS my ooh-la-la factor. So what did I do?

  1. Throw on a boyfriend blazer: check.
  2. Throw on the Courtney Bib from Bauble Bar: check.
  3. Heels, duh.
  4. And voila….#CourtneyLovesOveralls

But what did this lesson teach me? When it comes to making first impressions, yes, you might only get once chance….but that once chance only matters if it’s original.

xo,

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Walk on the Bright Side

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Dress: Line & Dot; Sandals: Zigi; Clutch: Danielle Nicole; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (and on SALE!); Uptown Ring to Wrist Bracelet: Courtney Kerr x Gorjana, LAUNCHES MAY 12!; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

When asked to describe myself, there are a handful of adjectives that quickly come to mind…

Quirky, yes.

Over the Top, yes.

Confident, yes.

Cool….definitely not.

Cool would be how I would describe the effortless gals in Austin, TX (which I why I could never live there). Cool is the description of the people who throw outfits on and manage to ward off any suspicions that they laid out their clothes the nights before in a planning moment.  Cool is something I will never be.  I am an over thinker, a planner, a preparation needer, and in some capacities, pretty dorky when it comes to my silly idiosyncricies.

When Gorjana and I met for one of our design meetings about our upcoming collaboration, we tossed around the idea of these cool rings that attach to bracelets and have chains draping across the wrist.  I immediately shut her down and said…”No, no, no….I am totally not cool enough to pull that off….despite how much I love the look of them.” Gorjana asked me, “Well, what elements could it have for you to wear it?” And the list went something like this:

  • Needs to have function ability…meaning, there is no way in hell that I can fasten a bracelet with one hand while strings of metal are draped across my wrist.  I can barely fasten a necklace with 2 hands.  Needs to be easy to take on an off  (Practical Courtney talking.)
  • Needs to be dainty and understated…it can’t come off as if you are trying to hard to be cool (even though you are totally trying to be cool)
  • Needs to be a piece that girls like me, who are ‘fairly’ normal, would throw on with any outfit…from daytime to nighttime and everything in between.

And when this sample (pictured above) came in the mail of the final product….I knew Gorjana understood every word I had said.

Thank you Gorjana, for finally making me feel “cool” when I slip this piece on.

Ps. Don’t forget to sign up for exclusive info about the upcoming Courtney x Gorjana launch happening May 12! Click here to get on the list!

xo,

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Dreaming In Blue: Floral Edition

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Moto Jacket: c/o 7FAM; The Ankle Skinny Jean: c/o 7FAM; Tank: Vince; Heels: Christian Louboutin, old (Similar); Bag: Milk & Honey; Necklace: c/o Stella & Dot; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Spike Cuff: c/o Stella & Dot; Sunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi; Nails: You’re Such a Budapest

WELCOME BACK!

I say that because if you tried to get onto “What Courtney Wore” yesterday, then you probably noticed that it wouldn’t load all day! After a lot of diagnosis, we realized that it wasn’t a problem with my site, but instead a problem with my host server, Bluehost! All in all, I was cursed with severe anxiety all day yesterday as I repeatedly hit the refresh button over and over and over…and I finally just had to surrender that there was nothing I could do about it….Don’t you hate moments like that when your hands are tied behind your back?! Such a helpless feeling! Glad to see this morning that we are back up and running!

Quick reminder for you Dallas gals, don’t forget to join me tonight at the 7 For All Mankind store at Northpark Center and we celebrate their new “Dreaming in Blue Collection!” See you there!

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xo,

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Dreaming in Blue

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Back Vent Detail Shirt: c/o 7FAM; The Slim Illusion Mid Rise Skinny Jean: c/o 7FAM; Belt: J.Crew; Shoes: Christian Louboutin, old (Similar); Clutch: Zara, old (Similar); Earrings: Gorjana; Spike Cuff: c/o Henri Bendel; Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

Happy Monday!

I am excited to announce that I have partnered with 7 For All Mankind to celebrate their “Dreaming in Blue” campaign! Their new collection has been inspired by the colors of the ocean and the sand, and this Thursday, April 17, you are invited to come out and shop all the new pieces at their Dallas location at Northpark Center! I will be on hand styling some of my favorite looks, PLUS you will have the chance to win a MAJOR sweepstakes that could get you a 7 For All Mankind gift card! But don’t worry if you aren’t able to attend the event because you can still enter the sweepstakes to win a $1500 Dreaming in Blue wardrobe HERE!

Can’t wait to see you all on Thursday!

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xo,

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My Partner in Crime

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Dress: Chelsea Flowers; Tori Ring Sets (Available in Regular & Midi): Gorjana x Courtney Kerr, COMING SOON!; Shoes: Forever 21, old (Similar); Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Earrings: Gorjana; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest

We all have one:

That “go-to-bestie” that you can call on for anything….

For laughs. For fun. For a hug. For unconditional love. For support. For talking you off a ledge. For spontaneity.  For anything, really.

My bestie has been there for me on more occasions than I can recall.  She never fails, she always supports, and despite how much of a consuming handful I can be, she still always approaches me with love.

So it came down to naming all the pieces of my new Gorjana capsule collection, there was no one who deserved a shout out more…

So, Tori…these ring sets are for you.  Hope you love them as much as I love you!

PS. Don’t forget to sign up for exclusive news and early access to shop the collection HERE!

xo,

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Go With the Flow

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Jacket: Nordstrom x Topshop, old (Similar); Tank: Vince, old; Skirt: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren; Shoes: Zara, old; Bag: Phillip Lim; Fancy Horn Collection Necklaces: Gorjana x Courtney Kerr (COMING SOON!); Tiered Necklace: Gorjana; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Double Down Metal Ring: c/o Henri Bendel; Cut Out Cuff: c/o Henri Bendel; Earrings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest; Lips: MAC Creme Cup

It seems like life lately has been a battle against myself. I schedule too many plans, and then I feel tired.  I say yes to too many projects, and then I wonder how I will have time to get it all done.

At a time that most people would consider the “prime of their life” I am feeling overwhelmed….I am wanting to fill my plate full of great opportunities and new experiences because I don’t want to have FOMO (fear of missing out, duh)….but yet I am probably short changing myself when it comes to my much needed PIT, or “personal improvement time.”

In a world where being busy is sometimes synonymous with being happy, how do y’all manage to keep your head screwed on straight when you feel deep in the trenches?

Should I just go with the flow, or start saying no?

Share your positive thoughts with me today…I am in much need of them!

xo,

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Spring Trends with Macy’s

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Welcoming the crowd to Macy’s in Dallas!

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Snapping pics with fans during the meet and greet after the fashion show!

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Autographing an iphone case for a fan…first time for everything!

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Sharing smiles and kisses with Mama Kerr in the photo booth!

Dress: INC (And currently 50% OFF!); Shoes: Zara (Love these caged booties by Nine West, too); Necklace: Gorjana, COMING SOON!; Ring: Kendra Scott, old; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Earrings: Rory Ashton; Bracelets: Charming Charlie, old; Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest

I love to talk.

Like, a lot.

Give me a microphone and a group of people and I will tell stories all day long.

But give me a microphone and a group of people PLUS loads of spring looks from Macy’s? Well, in that case I probably won’t be able to shut up.

The past 2 weeks I have had the pleasure to be in Philadelphia, as well as my hometown Dallas, alongside retail partner Macy’s, to share my favorite spring trends…some of my favorites being Black & White, Print Mixing, and All White.  (And since its springtime, florals, duh.)

If you haven’t had the chance to come to either of the events, don’t worry…there are a few more cities coming over the next couple of weeks…the next being Washington DC!! On this coming Thursday, April 10 at 530pm, I will be at the Macy’s Metro Center as we kick off the Cherry Blossom Festival! Come enjoy a fashion show emceed by yours truly, cupcakes by Hello Cupcake, music, goodies bags, a meet & greet following the show, and much more! Looking forward to meeting you all!

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xo,

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Jail Bait

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Top: Zara (Similar t-shirt style from Nasty Gal); Skirt: c/o Milk & Honey; Shoes: Zara, old (Love these, too!); Earrings: c/o Bauble Bar x Nordstrom (Have you shopped their collaboration yet?!); Bag: c/o Stella & Dot; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Sunnies: Ray-Ban; Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

You know what phrase I HATE more than anything?

“What are you up to this weekend?!”

Sometimes, when someone I don’t know that well asks me this question, I think to myself, “Ummmm, why should I tell you?!” Do y’all ever feel that way? Like, if I look at them and say,” Well, actually, I am planning on ordering chinese food, drinking a bottle of wine by myself, petting my dog, catching up on this week’s television via Amazon TV, tweezing by brows, bleaching my teeth, doing dirty laundry that’s been piling up, wearing my oldest, nappiest pajamas, and not putting an ounce of makeup on or brushing my hair,”…..will they judge me?!

Yes.  Yes, they most likely will. (Even though there is a 90% chance they are doing the EXACT SAME THING.)

So I’ve coined a new phrase…so I feel better about myself when asked this question:

I reply, “Oh, yeah know, just staying super busy….it keeps me out of trouble!”

So, basically, I am just trying to avoid jail….hence, the inmate inspired look this Friday ;)

TGIF!

xo,

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Oh, You Fancy, Huh?!

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Dress: Nasty Gal; Heels: c/o Nine West; Earrings, Necklaces, & Cuff: Gorjana x Courtney Capsule Collection (COMING SOON!)

For over 2 years, I have been huge fans of the Gorjana brand….the dainty necklaces, the perfect gold rings, and my everyday stud earrings….the list goes on and on. (And if you are a faithful follower of my blog, then this comes to no surprise to you!) But several months ago, Gorjana, the company’s namesake & founder, and I spent a fun filled, 4 hour, beachside lunch in Laguna sipping wine and watching the waves crash into the shore (you might remember this Instagram snapshot?!)….and I can confidently say that this day took my obsession with the brand to a whole new level.  Not only was I a still a faithful fan of the brand, but I actually enjoyed the woman who inspired it all….and now, months later, would consider her a friend.

So its only natural that 2 jewelry loving, energetic, moxie-filled gals would want to milk the friendship for all its worth….and lucky for y’all, that friendship has resulted in a 21 piece collection from the 2 of us….consider it a token of our appreciation?!

The collection will launch the 2nd week of May with pieces ranging from $38-$158 and will showcase some of my all time Gorjana favorites (ummmm hello, Chloe studs, duh!) mixed with pieces that remind me of Texas (like the horn collection pictured above) plus some every day basics that Gorjana and I both put our special touches to.

But naturally I couldn’t keep this a secret until May…so every Thursday for the next 3 weeks, I will be giving y’all a special sneak peek into some of my favorite pieces from the collection….starting today with the “Fancy Horn” collection….and yes, you guessed it: It’s named appropriately after my one & only pitbull, Fancy….the fanciest gal of them all.

Ps. Gorjana & I want to make sure you all stay in the know between now and the launch date, so CLICK HERE to get on the exclusive “Courtney Loves Gorjana” mailing lists for the insider scoop, and possibly the chance to shop the collection in advance!

xo,

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Bright Mexico Sun

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Dress: Nasty Gal; Shoes: DVF; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Bracelets: Charming Charlie, old; Ring: Kendra Scott, old; Friendship Bracelet: All the Wire; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, old (Similar)

That Mexico sun is BRIGHT.

And after about 24 hours of wearing 50SPF (and reapplying it on the hour, every hour!) I was toasted.  I forgot how the sun drains you and why Mexico has coined the “siesta,” because after a half day in the hot sun, I was ready for a nap!

Thank goodness I packed plenty of cover-ups that actually covered me up, like this gauze white one from Nasty Gal.  I was planning to spend 4 days in a bikini….but my overpacking (and thankfully, my aloe gel!) came to the rescue!

xo,

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