08 February 2020

2019 Flashbacks

Happy Saturday!

Since I've been back, I reflected a lot on my life's journey. Now I'd like to reflect on my favorite outfits during that journey. 

Look #1: Valentine's Day 2019


For Valentine's Day, I had class. I decided to go for a comfortable red sweater. My family called me on the way home and asked me to join them for karaoke which ended up being a great night! I randomly found these shoes in my trunk and swapped them out for my uggs that I wore to class. Some outfits really just randomly happen! :)

What I Wore: 
Top Target | Bottoms JCPenney | Shoes Lola Shoetique

Look #2: Family Time 


It's no secret that one of my favorite things to do is enjoy time with my family. Fun Fact- I actually became a caregiver to my grandmother 2018-present. I try to have an outing for us when we can to give us a break from all the doctors appointments she has (including dialysis) and school work for me. Family is a mutual happy place for us both. As I always say, if you can look good for your friends, you can look good for your family too! :)


I love a good mixed print outfit! Here a chose polka dot print with leopard print and I absolutely LOVED it :)

What I Wore: 
Top Inc Macy's (stolen from my mom) lol | Bottom FashionNova  | Shoes Tory Burch

Look #3: Dinner on a Cruise 


I was so fortunate to be able to spend quality time celebrating one of my best friends on her journey to marriage. What better way to celebrate than to take a cruise?? So it was only right that a packed fun cute outfits :)

What I Wore: 
Top Boutique in the mall | Joggers Boohoo | Shoes Lola Shoetique

Look #4: My Birthday Look 


If you know anything about me, then you know how obsessed with birthdays! I will not leave out for much, but if there's a birthday to be celebrated, especially mine, I'm always down! For this look, I stumbled across it. I actually bought a matching set from boohoo.com and didn't receive the top :( So I tried on this top and feel completely in love! "Everything happens for a reason" was such a true statement for this outfit. If the top came, I probably would've worn it a different way!

What I Wore: 
Top Pretty Little Thing | Bottom Boohoo | Shoes Lola Shoetique

Look #5: Dinner with my Mom


I'm my mother's number one fan! I admire everything about her, especially her upcoming clothing brand (Infinity Faith). I love everything her brand represents. It's a reminder that with faith, you can go places! I know it's cheesy and cliche to wear her hoodies/t-shirts when I hang out with her, but I do lol! I had so much fun with this look! I added shorts ($4 on sale!!!!), fishnets & vans for the perfect fall night look. Fun Fact- you get the best bargain for shorts at the end of summer!

What I Wore: 
Hoodie Infinity Faith (coming soon) | Shorts Macy's | Shoes Vans | Tights Party City

Look #6: Random Girl's Night 


Love a random girl's night! I obviously was lazy once again with my fall look inspiration. I borrowed the hoodie/fishnets look from a previous look. Turned out super cute and comfy :)

What I Wore: 
Dress Amazon | Tights Party City | Shoes DSW

Look #7: Celebrating my Sister's Birthday 


One of my favorite looks EVER!!!


I did a thing. This year for me was all about letting go. This outfit definitely showed that! Who cares what others think, wear it if it makes you feel great. Soooooo yup I ordered a swimsuit coverup and wore it as an outfit. The way I felt wearing it is indescribable and a night I will always remember! It was definitely a turning point in my confidence.


What I Wore: 
Blazer Target | Bottoms Amazon | Shoes Lola Shoetique

Look #8: Celebrating Scorpio Season 


Honestly, I just wanted to wear this dress so bad! Orange is one of my favorite colors to wear. It was perfect to throw on for a birthday dinner for my favorite girl :)

What I Wore: 
Dress JLUX Label | Shoes Lola Shoetique

That's all folks! 

Xoxo, 

Courtney <3

04 February 2020

Breaking Point

Hi Loves,

My first post of 2020! Happy New Year!

I know I'm super late, but my absence was necessary in order for me to grow. Normally people (including myself) are screaming, "New year, same me!" But this year, it was different then that. I'm actually different and I'm loving it!

I went on a deep journey to truly healing that required me to isolate from everything and everyone. Although I shed many, MANY tears, some of joy and some for sadness, I grew and developed a better person. 

I knew I was feeling better when I wanted to go out for the NYE celebration! I even DIY'd my outfit.

I used: Boa, scissors, an old dress, and a glue gun.

Before:




After:



What I Wore: 
Dress Bebe | Boa Michaels | Shoes Lola Shoetique


Below are a some of the lessons I learned on my journey to discovering my best self: 
  • Can't do anything without putting God first! 
My biggest accomplishment over the last year was getting a better relationship with God. Man 2014 was the hardest year I've ever had in life (so I thought!) Then 2018-2019 came and really took things to a whole different level! I did what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it. Sometimes you have to reevaluate the way you do things. I was doing things without God. 

The moment I bought myself a journal, I promised to pray before I did anything! It helped me soooooo much. 

You can't even find your keys without God. lol For example, I misplaced my mother's keys and angrily searched for them for over an hour. As soon as I prayed and said "Amen," I immediately found they keys! 
  • You can't help others if you can't help yourself! 
This is a biggy for me. Lord knows I struggled a very long time with this, but I'm working on it! This year I worked hard with putting myself first. I felt like I was able to do more for others by taking care of me. You have to be selfish to be selfless. If I reach my goals, then I'm able to give back and help other people later in the world.
  1. Know your worth. 
  2. BOUNDARIES! BOUNDARIES! BOUNDARIES! Learned to say no or yes when necessary. 
  • Being a victim is the WORST THING EVER! 
Having a victim mentality is something that can really hold you back! I had this mindset for so long and it was incredibly hard to get over it. I always blamed other people for EVERYTHING. After digging deep I learned about accountability. I started living by this: "When you point your finger at others, there's more pointing back at you!"

If you are accountable for actions, then you are able to come up with solutions. Without accountability, you are only able to focus on the problem. You will forever be stuck! You'll always be one to focus on the problem, rather than the solution.

  • Your breaking point is the first point of finding the real you! 
I learned about the importance of reaching your breaking point. The things that were meant to break me, actually lead me to my strength. At some point we all must stop feeling sorry for ourselves and really start loving ourselves. I seriously stayed in the house for days, I cried, started going out for drinks again, welcomed people that had already served their purpose in my life to come back, the list goes on. I started to feel stuck and that this repeated cycle would NEVER end. I eventually hit rock bottom. I couldn't get out of the bed some days, lost all motivation, etc After a few months went by, I realized rock bottom wasn't so bad because it was only up from there! For me, rock bottom was actually my biggest blessing. It's the beginning of me falling in love with myself and my life all over again!

So now I can proudly say, "New Year, New Me!"

What are some of the lessons you learned over the last year??

Xoxo,

Courtney :)






12 February 2019

Bold Trends

Hi Loves!

Happy New Year! I started reminiscing about all the things I loved about the fashion in 2018. Normally, the bolder the trends get each year, they are added as accessories. However, last year, fashion didn't just come as an accessory, it came abundantly! Like you had to go bold or go home and let's just say I LOVED every minute of it! 


Trend #1 Snakeskin

It's no secret that animal print is loved by many, especially me! My animal print of choice is usually leopard print. When I saw the snakeskin making a comeback, I was overjoyed! If you're not so risky, pick up a scarf, a bag or shoes. However, if you're feeling bold like me, have fun with a snakeskin skirt, shirt or pants. Below I chose to buy pants because they were fun and fierce!


What I Wore: 
Top Target | Bottoms Babesandfelines.com


Trend #2: Bold colors

The rainbow trend came on pretty huge and it's obvious that it was here to stay! I've always been a huge fan of color blocking any way so I just mixed it with one of the new trends, logos! If you can find an item in a Crayola crayon box color, wear it! Bright colors was another one of my favs! I mean, who doesn't love to stand out in a crowd?? **Let's not all raise our hands at once**


What I Wore: 
Top Balmain | Bottom Target | Shoes Zara 

Trend #3: Mixing prints

One of my must have items is a striped shirt. Spring screams floral vibes to me so it was only right to pair this top with this floral number!

I know what you may be thinking....I can't do that! Oh, but you can! There's an art to it. If you pick like colors with the clothing and then keep everything else neutral, you'll be a pro in no time!


What I Wore: 
Top H&M | Bottom Target | Shoes Steve Madden


Trend #4: Logos

This was one of my favorites! Wearing a logo t-shirt. You do not have to go broke buying a label. Anybody can buy a label, but you cannot buy style! I've seen more people with faux label t-shirts have way better style than the ones that have the actual label. Although I didn't buy many labels this year, I remixed the crap out of of the ones I had already! (as you can see from my previous outfit above). My favorite obviously happens to be Balmain (I may or may not have like every color in this t-shirt! lol). This time I went with a cheaper route. I wore my sister's logo shirt for her hair brand, "Carmyn Milani."



What I Wore: 
Top Carmyn Milani | Bottoms H&M | Coat Asos | Shoes Aldo

What's your favorite trend from last year that you are holding on to this year as well??

Xoxo,

Courtney







27 December 2018

‘Tis’ the Season to Slay

Happy Holidays!

Hope you’re having a great week so far! This time of year is such a lovely time. It's a reminder  to look at the good in things. I had a rough time this year, but this time of year lifts my spirits despite the loss I've had. Here’s my top favorite things about this time of year:

1. No classes! ! This is my number one reason to slay right now! I don’t have to wake up and keep the stress of staying on top of my work. You may not have school anymore, but maybe you have children or young family members that you get to spend a little extra time with, if so, slay with them with fun holiday pics. So ladies, take this break to slay (even if it's your favorite holiday PJs)!

2. Spending time with family and friends. I had sooooooo much fun spending time with my friends and family that I don't get to see as often as I like. I'm a firm believer in soaking up quality time with the people you love while you still can.

3. People are much nicer. I went to NY last week and have never met so many friendly people there! This time of year, people have no choice but to be nicer

4. The beautiful views! I love the lights and decorations that is all over! Fun Fact about me: Sometimes I take the long way home just so that I can see the beautiful lights.

5. The treats! Who doesn’t like a good excuse to eat cookies or drink eggnog?




What I Wore: 
Top: Zara | Bottoms: Target | Shoes: Lola Shoetique

Xoxo, 

Courtney :)


21 December 2018

Fearless

Hi loves,

Welcome back! It’s been a minute! Sometimes hiatuses are much needed to get a fresh start.

Things I've learned while I was away:
  1. Put GOD first and you'll never finish LAST! 
  2. The things you speak have a HUGE impact on your life! Speak positive, speak life!
  3. Go after the very things that people tell you NOT to do. "That's not smart!", "I wouldn't do that if I were you!", "I wouldn't wear that if I were you!"
  4. We spend our lives asking people what they want to be. I always wanted to be a successful, but now I'm learning it's more important to be happy! Do what makes you happy! 
  5. ANYTHING is possible as long as you put your mind to it! 
  6. Sometimes people value finances as blessings! The biggest blessings that I've received this year were things that money couldn't buy! 
  7. If you fear it, do it! I faced my fears this year and it has been the most confident/rewarding feelings I've EVER felt in LIFE! 
  8. I always keep it real! People love you as long as your doing/telling them the things they need to hear. I used to hold back because I didn't want to "hurt" feelings, etc. You'll lose friends, family, etc 
  9. Living your life pleasing others and their dreams and aspirations for you will make you MISERABLE. This pushed me to start over this year and I'm ok with that! Doing the things that ultimately make me happy is giving me the best feeling EVER! 
  10. Tapping into the REAL you, will make many people UNCOMFORTABLE. you'll lose friends, but thats OKAY! 
Wearing this outfit reminded me to walk boldly in these lessons!

What I Wore: 
Top Forever21 | Bottom Bebe | Shoes LolaShoetique 

Orange represents joy, sunshine, strength, creativity, happiness and determination.


Green represents life, freshness, renewal, nature, growth and harmony.


Xoxo, 

Courtney :)

19 February 2018

Things Money Can't Buy

Hi Loves!

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend.

Lately I've been trying this thing; evaluating my life and making necessary changes. This meant my the way I thought changed, my goals changed and the company I kept changed as well. I tried to stay as positive as possible since I used to always focus on the negative things in my life. Being negative takes a toll on you eventually! Change was definitely a hard thing for me to do, but soooooo necessary. The things I used to value no longer served any purpose in my life.

One of my number one priorities these days is creating memories that will last a lifetime. My grandmother is one of the 3/9 siblings that are still living. I value spending time with them so much that it's become basically a full-time job for me while going to school. I cherish these moments so much as they grow older, that I make sure that we have some sort of family outing at least once a month. Our favorite thing to do together is attend church or go to brunch.

This Sunday we made reservations to one of our favorite places. Our reservations are usually for 8:30am and we don't leave until 2:30pm! We don't usually eat the entire time, but we enjoy the memories that we are making with multiple generations. No amount of money is worth these memories that we create with the people we don't want to forget.

I figured if I can look good when I go out with my friends, I can make sure that I arrive fashionable with my family as well. Sunday I chose a cute sweater and leopard print heels, simplicity for me!




“The best things in life are free; the second best are expensive.” - Coco Chanel 




What I Wore: 
Top Zara | Pants It's Fashion | Bag Target | Shoes Jessica Simpson (Macy's)

What are your favorite things that money can't buy?? 

Xoxo, 

Courtney