Courtney Loves Dallas Premiere Party

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With my best friend & “Courtney Loves Dallas” co-star, Tori Gonzales (visit her jewelry line, ALL THE WIRE, here!)

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With girlfriends (and familiar “Courtney Loves Dallas” castmates, Katie James, Tori Gonzales, & Annie Napier

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With publicist, Bri Crum, and my assistant (you’ll see her soon on “Courtney Loves Dallas!”), Shannon Russo

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Thanking all my close friends and family for their unconditional support after the premiere

NGL_5Courtneylovesdallas_34673712_494798 Toasting to an incredible season of “Courtney Loves Dallas” with my 3 friends, Katie James, Thais Moses, & Tori Gonzales

 (Photos courtesy of Jerry McClure)

Leather Bustier: Zara (Similar from Shopbop); Leather Pants: Topshop x Nordstrom; Heels: Christian Louboutin; Scarf: Zara, old; Earrings: Bauble Bar, old; Rose Gold Pave Chainlink Cuff: Bauble Bar; Crystal Pave Chainlink Cuff: Bauble Bar; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire

This past Thursday was a whirlwind. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Here’s a little background before we dive deep into the specifics:  I had been in New York City doing press for “Courtney Loves Dallas,” and woke up to news that there was a major ice storm coming through Dallas.  My flight was scheduled to land in Dallas from NYC at 705pm, and I was already stressing that if it got delayed I would miss my premiere party.

  • 1030am: American Airlines flight from NYC to Dallas is cancelled.
  • 1031am: Start crying.
  • 1032am: Frantically begin packing and decide to head to La Guardia Airport and find at least some airlines that is flying back to DFW Airport.
  • 1145am: American Airlines puts me on another flight.
  • 1146am: Purchase Spirit Airlines ticket on a whim, in hopes that at least one of my flights will make it back to Dallas.
  • 1205pm: Spirit Airlines flight delayed for the first time.
  • 1230pm: Spirit Airlines flight delayed for the second time. Begin to cry again.
  • 130pm: Spirit Airlines flight delayed for the third time. Order my first drink at the airport bar.
  • 131pm: Realize iPhone has 7% and begin to panic in search for a charger.
  • 145pm: Second American Airlines flight is cancelled.
  • 145pm: Tweet that I am stuck in La Guardia Airport and will be watching “Courtney Loves Dallas” from airport terminal.
  • 146pm: Fight a loud, mouthy woman from Jersey for an outlet in airport bar.
  • 205pm: Spirit Airlines announces they are boarding Dallas flight.
  • 220pm: Spirit Airlines flight finally boards.
  • 230pm: Let Mom know that I have made a flight back to Dallas.
  • 231pm: Forget to tweet that I made a flight back to Dallas.
  • 238pm: Phone dies.
  • 545pm: Land in Dallas.  Realize phone is still dead.
  • 546pm: Charge phone with UBS cord on my laptop (UMMMM, why I didn’t do this during the flight, I have no idea.)
  • 547pm: Call Tori, my best friend, and apologize for not telling her (of all people!) that I made a flight back to Dallas.
  • 555pm: Step outside in Dallas and bitch about how its so much colder in Dallas than in New York.
  • 600pm: Get in car and head to apartment.
  • 605pm-645pm: Slide down the freeway during the beginning stages of the ice storm.
  • 645-700pm: Console Mom via phone because the ice storm is keeping her in Fort Worth and she is upset that she can’t make it to premiere.  I assure her that doesn’t make her a bad mom.  Safety first.
  • 701-720pm: Attempt to fix my hair, then just add more dry shampoo so I don’t have to curl it.  Put on makeup over my airport face. Chug a glass of red wine. Tease hair again.
  • 725pm: Leave for premiere.
  • 815pm: Arrive at premiere.
  • 816pm-Present Day: Smile & enjoy the ride.

I can’t say it enough.  Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of tweets, emails, Facebook posts, and love you have sent me over the past 4 days.  You are why “Courtney Loves Dallas” will be a success….and I sure as hell can’t do it without you.

xo,

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Courtney Loves Dallas: Episode 1 Outfit Details

Story telling is my THING.  I love to share a good story…that is followed by an OMG moment…that is followed by a scenario that changed your life.  Well, little do y’all know, you have changed my life.

In August of 2011, “Most Eligible Dallas” premiered on Bravo.  About 3 weeks later, this blog was born.  This blog happened because of YOU.  This blog happened because y’all would ask where I got my clothes, where I shopped, what lipstick I was wearing, etc.

So, in all honesty, YOU are the reason that “Courtney Loves Dallas” happened.  You allowed me to begin my career as a blogger.  You allowed me quit my job in retail and go out on a limb.  So, in a weird, twisted, way, you are my investors.  You are my customers who keep my business afloat.

So….Thank you.

Thank you for reminding me why I love getting dressed every damn morning.  Thank you for encouraging me when I feel like the only people that read my blog are my mom and my best friends.  And thank you for telling me when an outfit doesn’t work….Hey, we all have off days, right?!

And for those of you that are new readers of What Courtney Wore, my only goal here is to post what I love.  I share with y’all what inspires me and what get me excited.  And if you don’t like it, then read another blog….because this blog is a love letter to the people who don’t give a damn, and who are willing to mix leopard and camo together for the first time (even though I think y’all hated it), and who get dressed for themselves every morning…because really, at the end of the day, you are the only one who has to like your own reflection in the mirror….and as long as your outfit makes you smile, well, then, hell….a smile is way prettier than a frown, right?!

Oh, and after much anticipation…here are a couple screenshots and outfit details from this week’s episode of “Courtney Loves Dallas.”  These will be coming your way every Friday after the show…but since the website has been down since 9:01pm on Thursday, the wait was a little longer ;)

PS. 2 of my best friends, and cast members of “Courtney Loves Dallas” have websites, too! Be sure you follow Thais’ clothing boutique, Rio Ritz, and Tori’s jewelry store, All the Wire!

PPS.  And to see my recap of this week’s episode, along with never before seen footage of “Courtney Loves Dallas,” visit the show’s homepage HERE!

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Dress: Vintage find (Similar by French Connection); Heels: ShoeMint, old; Chain Link Necklace: Bauble Bar; Crystal Necklace: Bauble Bar, old (Similar); Bangles: Kendra Scott; Earrings: Gorjana; Lips: Nars Dragon Girl

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Necklace: Maya Brenner

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Top: Wildfox, old (Here is cream long sleeve version from Shopbop and navy long sleeve version from ASOS.); Bangles: Charming Charlie; Watch: Michael Kors; Lips: Nars Dragon Girl; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

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Dress: H&M, old; Tights: SPANX; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Earrings: Gorjana; Twitter Handle Necklace: Bauble Bar

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Photo taken by Molly Miller of A Piece of Toast

For outfit details, visit this past blog post HERE.

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Photo taken by Molly Miller of A Piece of Toast

For outfit details, visit this past blog post HERE.

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Photo taken by Molly Miller of A Piece of Toast

For outfit details, visit this past blog post HERE.

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Photo taken by Molly Miller of A Piece of Toast

For outfit details, visit this past blog post HERE.

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Top: J.Crew, old: Leather Shorts: H&M, old (Shop leather shorts HERE); Belt: J.Crew; Yellow Ring (not pictured): Kendra Scott, old (Shop all Kendra Scott rings HERE); Watch: Michael Kors; Nails: OPI Big Apple Red

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Photo taken by Molly Miller of A Piece of Toast

For outfit details, visit this past blog post HERE.

xo,

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Are You A Fan?!

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Top: Arden B (& currently 40% off!); Frida Fan Necklace: Bauble Bar; Crystal Necklace: Bauble Bar; Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Earrings: Gorjana; Lips: Stila Fiore

Fan: a person who has strong interest in  a sport, form, or person.

Things I am a “fan” of:

  1. Faith
  2. Tex-Mex
  3. Chardonnay
  4. My mother
  5. Sharp shouldered tops and/or dresses, blazers, or jackets
  6. Leopard print
  7. This Bauble Bar “Buried Bauble” pink necklace I am wearing
  8. Christmas

Things you should be a “fan” of:

  1. “Courtney Loves Dallas” on Bravo TV Thursdays, and….
  2. This Bauble Bar “Buried Bauble” pink necklace I am wearing

To find out the details of “Courtney Loves Dallas,” which premiers tonight on Bravo at 10/9pm CST, click here.

But to find out the details about this pink “fan” necklace that you can’t live without, follow this clue…If you are a BRAVO fan, you are going to love this necklace! CLICK HERE TO FIND IT ON THEIR SITE!

And don’t forget to set your DVR’s for tonight!

xo,

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Travel Light

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Jacket: W118 by Walker Baker; Tee: Thank you, Net-a-Porter!; Jeans: Rag & Bone; Heels: Christian Louboutin; Tote: McQ by Alexander McQueen (no longer available, but this one is the same plaid, just different shape!); Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

Today I have packed up the carry-on suitcase and I am heading to New York City to begin 2 wild days of press for “Courtney Loves Dallas!” It is absolutely head-spinning to think that this time has finally come. Filming this show was such a whirlwind of emotions, which you will see play out, and I am overwhelmed with excitement to finally get to share it with all of you!

Make sure you’ve got your DVR’s set for “Courtney Loves Dallas” on Bravo this Thursday,  December 5th at 10/9pm CST!

xo,

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Just Another Manic (Cyber) Monday!

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This Cyber Monday, I will be stocking up on all my favorite winter items that won’t go on sale till Spring, like leather gloves, scarves, coats, and boots! 

Tips for surviving Cyber Monday 2013 according to, well, me:

  1. Memorize your credit card number for maximum time efficiency during checkout.
  2. Save items onto your wishlist and (if possible) in your cart starting the day before.
  3. And if all else fails and you can’t make a decision, just buy the damn shoes…you’ll kick yourself after the fact if you don’t!

I shared my list of Black Friday deals, and some of the retailers offers stayed the same, but several have upped the percentage of savings or have marked items down for today only! Happy shopping!

(Click on the site’s name to shop the sale!)

ALDO: 15% off the entire site with the code CYBERDEAL13A

Ann Taylor: 50% off entire purchase with code SHOP40

ASOS: 30% off entire purchase with code GIMMEMORE

Bauble Bar: 20% off the entire site with code CYBER20 (Offer valid through Tuesday!)

C.Wonder: Take 40% off everything when you purchase 4 items or more (full price or sale) & free ground shipping with code GIFTS40

The Dreslyn: Save up to 60% off site wide with the code CYBER10

DVF: Save up to 30% off wear now styles from the Fall 2013 collection + save an additional 10% off Monday only with the code EXTRA10

Equipment: Take an extra 20% off sale items

French Connection: 30% off entire purchase plus free ground shipping on orders over $150 with code W13COUPON

Gigi New York: 10% off when you spend $150, 15% off when you spend $250, 30% off when you spend $500.  Plus receive free ground shipping and a free zip pouch with a $100+ purchase

Gorjana: 40% off the entire site (Valid through Friday, December 6!)

Heels.com: 30% off entire site with code CM30

Henri Bendel: 25% off handbags & wallets; 30% off jewelry, home fragrance, & gifts; 40% off cosmetic, travel, & tech accessories, plus receive a $20 Splurge Card with any purchase with code CYBER13

J.Crew: 30% off your entire purchase

Kendra Scott: 30%off entire site plus free shipping with code BFCM2013

LOFT: 50% off everything with code CYBER50

Mod Cloth: 20% off entire site

Nine West: Buy one pair of shoes at full price, get one for 50% off

Nordstrom: Shop brand new 40% off markdowns

Otte NY: 20% off entire site

Rebecca Taylor: 25% off entire site with code RTMONDAY25

Revolve Clothing: Addtional 20% off final sale items with code CYBER2013

Shopbop: 15% off $250 purchase, 20% off $500 purchase, 25% off $1000 purchase with code BIGEVENT13

Sole Society: 33% off everything

xo,

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Mad (in Plaid!) for Black Friday Deals!

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Coat: Zara; Beanie: YUMS, old (Similar); Shirt: 7 For All Mankind; Jeans: c/o The Dreslyn (AND ON SALE!); Heels: Zara, old (Similar); Clutch: Zara, old (Similar); Necklace: Bauble Bar; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Nails: OPI Inked; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

Please STOP what you are doing right now.

TURN YOUR CAR AROUND.

Go back home, put your pj’s back on, and eat some leftovers….because there is no need to fight the crowds this Black Friday when you can shop the EXACT SAME SALES from your computer!

Malls give me severe anxiety…therefore, if I can avoid them, I will! And this Black Friday, I wanted to share with y’all the sites I will be browsing/shopping/splurging on, so that you can take advantage of the exact same fabulous deals :)

Oh, and by the way, you’re welcome.

(Click on the site’s name to shop the sale!)

Ann Taylor: 40% off entire purchase with code SAVE40

ASOS: 20% off entire purchase with code GIMME20

Bauble Bar: 15% off 2 items with code FRIDAY15, 25% off 3 items with code FRIDAY25, 35% off 3 items with code FRIDAY35

C.Wonder: 30% off 3 items or more (full price or sale) & free ground shipping with code GIFTS30

Club Monaco: Additional 30% off sale items with code THANKS30

The Dreslyn: 15% off everything site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY

DVF: Save up to 30% off wear now styles from the Fall 2013 collection

French Connection: 30% off entire purchase plus free ground shipping on orders over $150 with code W13COUPON

Gigi New York: Free phone wallet with the purchase of a full size handbag

Gorjana: 35% off exclusive styles + free shipping with the code STUFFED

Henri Bendel: 25% off your order over $100 plus receive a $20 Splurge Card with every purchase with the code TURKEY25

J.Crew: 30% off your entire purchase with the code HOLIDAY

Kendra Scott: 30%off entire site plus free shipping with code BFCM2013

LOFT: 40% off everything with code ENJOY

Mod Cloth: Shop hundreds of new items at 50% off

Nasty Gal: Take 40% off everything black

Net-a-Porter: Enjoy 50% off select items

Nordstrom: Save 33% off select brands

Otte NY: Additional 4-% off sale items with code BLACKFRIDAY plus 20% off entire site

The OUTNET: Extra 30% off Weekend Shop In

ShoeMint: 50% off full price items

Shopbop: 15% off $250 purchase, 20% off $500 purchase, 25% off $1000 purchase with code BIGEVENT13

Urban Outfitters: Additional 50% off sale merchandise

Hope you enjoy all these great Black Friday sales without having to fight the mall traffic!

xo,

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3 Piece Perfection

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Sweater Dress: Rachel Comey c/o The Dreslyn; Hat: Forever 21, old; Boots: c/o Milk & Honey; Watch: Michael Kors; Infinity Knot Bracelet: Gorjana; Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar; Long Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Chevron Midi Ring: All the Wire; Love Ring: Bauble Bar; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Nails: Big Apple Red

Ready or not, here the cold weather comes….

…..And I DO NOT DO COLD WEATHER VERY WELL.

Yes, I get to wear leather every damn day.  Yes, I have the option of wearing fur. Yes, I can rock a beanie or a wool fedora.  And yes, I can justify not shaving my legs a couple of extra days because, well quite frankly, no one sees them.

So, there are a couple of pros….But ultimately, when the temperatures drop, all I want to do is keep on some cashmere sweatpants, bundle up with my puppy, watch old movies, and eat some homemade chili or sip on hot cider.

Therefore, when you absolutely must get dressed an head out into the cold, its nice to have some go-to pieces in the closet arsenal that will A) keep you warm, and B) still look incredibly chic.

  1. The Sweater Dress: I scooped up this one from The Dreslyn and in the 3 weeks I have had it, its already on heavy rotation.  A dress like this is perfect paired with leggings, tossed over some skinny jeans, or even how I styled it, back to a tall boot and a bare leg. Dresses this comfy are also perfect for piddling around the house….think: fireplace and red wine ;)
  2. The Over-the-Knee Boot: Some might say that a boot like this will make you look like a hooker….and granted, if they had a 4-inch heel, I might suggest they are channeling a bit of Julia Roberts circa Pretty Woman, but a flat riding boot is chic, chic, chic.  Undoubtedly, I will probably wear mine so much that they will be re-soled before the season is up.
  3. A Go-To Winter Hat: Winter hair can be a beating….top off your mane with a wool fedora or a beanie.  I love both (see here and here), and if an additional day can slide by without a hair washing, well, I’m a happy girl.

What are your secrets for keeping chic as the temperature drops?

xo,

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Never Forget Your First

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Cape: c/o Milk & Honey; Turtleneck: Spendid; Leather Pants: c/o Topshop x Nordstrom; Boots: ShoeMint, old; Clutch: c/o Ted Baker, no longer available (Here it is in black and a bigger version in the red); Top Crystal Necklace: Bauble Bar; Bottom Crystal Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Thank you, Isaac Mizrahi!; Midi Chevron Ring: All the Wire; Love Ring: Bauble Bar; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Nails: Big Apple Red

This weekend is full of firsts:

  • First time to wear a cape
  • First time to fly Virgin America (I hear its a total party!)
  • First time in San Francisco

And even as a 31 year old woman, I must say, there is something magical about experiencing a new adventure for the first time….a “first,” whether it is the first time to visit a new city or to wear a new trend, always makes me feel giddy and like a child inside.

Do something today for the first time…because no matter how big or small, or silly or serious it may be, you never forget your first.

What’s one of your “firsts” that sticks out in your mind?

xo,

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I Just Can’t

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Jacket: c/o Topshop x Nordstrom; Skirt: c/o Topshop x Nordstrom; Tank: Vince; Heels: Valentino; Watch: c/o Nine West; Sunglasses: Burberry, old; Cross Necklace: Boticca; Chevron Midi Ring: All the Wire; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Lips: Nars Dragon Girl

Over the last couple of weeks, specifically, the word “can’t” has ruled my vocabulary:

You can’t make people like you.

You can’t make everyone laugh.

You can’t always dress to everyone’s liking.

You can’t give love uncondtionally and always expect to get the same in return.

You can’t assume that people will do what they say they will do.

And you can’t be entirely vulnerable without realizing you will receive backlash for your honesty.

But what you can do is control how you react to all those things….and you can continue to love those who hate you.

Spread the love this weekend.  Find one thing you can’t do and turn it into a can. React with kindness. Rejoice with humility. And celebrate one another.

And if all else fails, remember it’s Friday….and pour a cocktail.

xo,

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Everyday is Halloween

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Top: Club Monaco; Skirt: c/o Ted Baker; Heels: Christian Louboutin; Bag: DVF; Earrings: Bauble Bar, old; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Sunglasses: Chanel, old; Lips: Stila Fiore

Halloween is tomorrow…and as an adult, dressing up in costumes has never really been my thing…although my if you were to look back at my childhood, you would see a different story.

One year, I dressed as Rainbow Brite (complete with with orange hair and all)….and when I look at those pictures now, I can only assume that this rainbow costume is what began my love for the my gays.

And then there was the Statue of Liberty in middle school, Marilyn Monroe in college, and most recently in my adult years, a “Deal or No Deal Girl,” followed by the over-so-original Playboy bunny.

But now as a woman who loves playing dress up for a living, its almost as if everyday is Halloween?!  Everyday I get to march into my closet, stare at the costumes, and chose what I will be today….one day its chic, one day its rock and roll, one day its classic, and one day its grunge.

So to those of you adorning your sexy nurse outfits, your naughty pirate, or your devilish, sexy angel….just remember this: While you were enjoying this one day out of the year you can dress like a hooker and get away with it, I was shopping for costumes that will hang in my closet much, much longer.

xo,

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