Well, here they are! In all their glory! My ALMOST wedding shoes. I've been dreaming of these pretty little things since the day I first saw them and I'm still giddy about the fact that I once owned them. They're perfect (except for the pain and the price)! Goodbye Valentinos and Helloooooo Jeffrey Cambpbell. Just a few months until you'll be able to see the finished ensemble! (Wink wink - I'm actually getting married)
Last Friday, Brandon got an e-mail from a Brooklyn gallery saying that the space would be open on Sunday and that Brandon should stop by and meet the owner. I immediately bought two train tickets into the city for the weekend and begged my friend to let us couch-surf with her(even though I had been there less than a week before). It all worked out, and we made it into the city late on Saturday night. It was so exciting to be visiting for a somewhat business related note, even if it wasn't my business adventure. B was able to meet with the gallery owner, "art talk", and at the very least put a face to his e-mails. Networking is key in this day and age. It's all about who you know.
Since we had all of Sunday to wander around, we were able to hit up the Brooklyn Flea (because I wanted to show it off to Brandon as if I were a pro), grab pizza in SOHO, visit a few different galleries, window shop our way downtown, and meet my friend Channa for a drink at The Ace Hotel before catching the train back to Providence. It was great to spend the day in its entirety with Brandon too. He's always his happiest in the city!
NYC is totally inspiring but also absolutely intimidating. I'm always on the verge of being like, "Fuck it. Let's move there." until my wallet starts crying and a crazy person spits on my shoe or something. If I were to make it rich, I'd move to the cutest spot in Chelsea and forget all my problems. Until then, my eyes are set on moving back to Providence and positioning myself somewhere in the middle of Boston and NYC. xoCourtney
Happy snow day! (Ahhh!) I'm so excited to share this collaboration with Letters from Rita! Stephanie uses her Etsy shop to share her calligraphy skills, and even offers custom prints for her clients. This print is extra special to me because of the quote - "The best is yet to come". How accurate for this upcoming year? There are so many adventures that lie ahead, and I can't wait to start visiting them.
I was so impressed by the print I received that I'm commissioning a few smaller works for my wedding. (Y'know, adorable cupcake flavor labels, a gift sign...etc.)
If you'd like to grab a custom piece from Letters from Rita, be sure to enter the code "BLOG15" in her Etsy shop for $5 off your first custom print. What a sweet deal, right? Be sure to share your custom print on Instagram with LFR by tagging @lettersfromrita and using the hashtag #mycustomLFR. I love having an inspirational little reminder in my room on a bad day.
Cheers to collaborations, custom prints, and coupon codes! Use your snow day to online shop, and get your creative brains turning with your favorite saying. xox Courtney
There's nothing like a little girl time. I spent this past weekend frolicking around Brooklyn and Manhattan with three of my best friends. I was having so much fun that I forgot to photograph it all! We went to a house party, sang karaoke, shopped, drank bottles of wine, indulged in cake, and had endless late-night conversations. It was the perfect mix of events.
I have to share a few favorite spots from our weekend adventure! We ate a clam pizza at Lombardi's in Manhattan, split giant slices of cake at Little Cupcake Bakeshop nearby, and zipped over to the pricy (but delicious) Oficina Latina for margaritas. Uhm - YUM! The last of our food-cation was at Dough - my absolute favoooorite donut place.
My friend Emily (apt shown above) has lived in Brooklyn for a bit now, so she had a few hidden gems to share. One of them was a fantastically trashy karaoke bar in Korea-Town called Gagopa. It's a BYOB spot where you rent your own private karaoke room and belt your song choices to your heart's content. This is totally out of character for my friends and I, but OMG - it was so much fun! We all sounded better than the originals, though that may be the wine talking.
Today I'm feeling a little full, exhausted, and sore from all the walking but I am so happy we were able to squeeze so much into our short time in the city! We even made it over to the Brooklyn Flea Market. Can you believe it was my first time there? I grabbed a set of 5 lucite drawer pulls for a vintage cabinet I have for only $40! It took all of my self control to not buy everything else. I highly recommend visiting that on your next trip to NYC.
One of the things I re-learn every time I'm in the city is how overwhelming it is! I fall for the pretty lights, never-ending events, and delicious food each time I visit....but by the time my bus comes, I'm so ready to go home and sleep. Le-yawnnnnnnnn.
My style is kind of like a high-school art teacher found a super hip vintage store and decided to try and "make things work" that probably shouldn't. Ever. I described it more in depth in my very first "style file" post here. What I'm trying to say is, I'm either a fashion genius ahead of my time or the most unfashionable person you may ever know. I haven't quite decided yet.
I should also note something else: I hate award shows. I don't watch a lot of TV or movies, so I rarely know who these people are. With that being said, I'm probably the first person online the day following said shows to see every last outfit on the red carpet. The Golden Globes were no different.
So, what is this post you may ask? It's a fashion review for an award show I didn't watch by a person who may or may not understand fashion. You're welcome!
Number one look of the night in my opinion! Emma Stone killed it in this Lanvin jumpsuit. It's chic, edgy, formal, and fun. A+, Ms. Stone.
Kristen Wiig received a lot of mixed reviews on this vintage dress, but I'm in love with it! The off the shoulder look and blousey top would've been a little too boho if it wasn't fitted at the waist. I love the fabric, the draped train, and the fact that she looks like she is on her way to the VIP section of coachella and lost her flower crown on the way (all good things in my book). She can do no wrong.
Tina Fey brought the beautiful Ellie Kemper as her guest, and I'm pretty sure she stole the show in her Naeem Khan gown. Although Ellie said it weighed five hundred pounds, she looked effortlessly stunning in this ensemble. I'm obsessed with the high neck, beaded detail, sleeves, and open back. It's like, my absolute dream dress on my absolute dream body. Seriously - give me those skinny arms for my wedding.
Let's just start by stating the obvious - Chrissy Teigen's dress is amazing, but her arm candy is swoon-worthy too. Her Zuhair Murad sleeved gown may have outshone Mr. John Legend, but he was a close runner up. I'm still ogling the detail on this beautiful dress. With its perfectly sexy cutouts, its immaculate fit, and beautiful color, it was a "must share".
This Valentino dress is the epitome of all things "Courtney". The color, the pattern, the feathers... come on! Claire Danes stole my heart in this gown. The detail is absolutely worth zooming in to see. This look is a total show stopper if you ask me!
I haven't followed trends nearly as much as I did while studying fashion in school, but that doesn't mean I don't still have an opinion on current fashion. There were plenty of honorable mentions at the golden globes including Kelly Osbourne's fitted cape dress, Sienna Miller's Miu Miu gown, and Lana Del Ray's green mermaid shift. (Totally kidding about LDR. That dress was awful.)
What were some of your favorite looks of the night? What was your least favorite?
You may or may not know this about me, but I'm a real life carbaholic. It's a serious addiction. Pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, more pasta....YUM! The only thing I love more than carbs are carbs with cheese on top.
These fries are the perfect side dish to accompany something much lighter. (Do I hear a salad calling my name?) Pair them with grilled chicken, BBQ tofu, or a yummy sandwich for a mouth-watering meal. Or if you're anything like my friends and I, make a big-ole-bowl of fries and eat them as your meal. Whoops!
Ingredients: (serves 4 to 6)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Step 2: Wash and cut potatoes into wedges. I cut mine in half lengthwise, then each half into 3-4 wedges.
Step 3: Put potatoes in ice cold water for about 30 min. Pat dry.
Step 4: Add your 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, and 1/4 tsp black pepper to potatoes. Mix in large mixing bowl. Next, add your 1/4 cup of olive oil and mix again until your potatoes are completely covered!
Step 5: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and line potatoes up so they cook evenly.
Step 6: Bake at 450 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until brown and crispy.
Step 7: While they're baking, measure out your parmesan cheese and chop up your 2 tbsp fresh parsley.
Step 8: Toss potatoes in large mixing bowl with cheese and parsley.
Step 9: Serve with ketchup or dipping sauce. ENJOY!
My mouth is watering just looking at these photos. I'm so into these fries. Thanks to Natasha's Kitchen for sharing the original recipe!
I have a confession - I'm the absolute worst when it comes to keeping my New Year's resolutions. I've failed countless times before - losing a certain amount of weight, breaking the habit of biting my nails, saving a set amount of money. Yep. But this year is different! I have goals, game-plans, and rewards!
To recap, my resolutions are:
1) Grow in my career. This includes my job at Twelve Chairs, my blog, and working to launch jeune amour events!
2) Find a hobby to keep (or get) me in shape. I hate diets and hardcore workouts. I fail at them repeatedly! I want to learn to enjoy running, or yoga...or tennis! Anything active, really.
3) Strive to be creative. I want to challenge myself to take on more crafts, designs, and artistic activities.
So - how will this year be any different from the others? STRATEGY!
First, I wanted to keep my resolutions vague enough that it left enough room for error. For example, I didn't say "I want to lose 50 lbs and drop 3 pant sizes", I just said I resolved to be more active and enjoy it! Sure, it'll still lead to a lot of "I don't want to do this. Why am I not a size 2 yet?", but at least I'm not setting myself up for disaster. Baby steps!
Second, I set up resolutions that I'm looking forward to! I love pushing myself to be a little more creative, or a little more active, or a little more professional! It's so easy to fall into a routine and a pattern, but there's always room for improvement. Choose areas in your life where you're looking to grow! Whether it's spending more time with your family or more time at the office - be sure this year is about doing the right thing for you.
Lastly, I set rewards for myself! If I grow in my career I'll let myself work with a graphic designer to define my brand. It's something I've been dreaming of doing, but there's no point if I don't keep with my writing and crafting.
If I find an activity or workout I enjoy, I'll forever have something to keep me moving. Eventually (slowly, but surely) that means I'll lose a few inches. That means shopping for new clothes is in the future! Each time I go to workout, I'll add a dollar to a jar and spend it all when my pants feel a little loose. I refuse to be too hard on myself!
If I push my creativity and design skills, the opportunities are endless. My events will be much more adventurous, crafty, and intriguing. I'll allot enough time to make sure I'm giving my brain enough time to work and play! I refuse to stop myself from making mistakes, because sometimes they're the best teaching tools.
Haven't set your resolution(s) yet? It's not too late! Hopefully these pointers will help you reach your goal. If you need an accountability partner, I'm your girl! Cheers! xoCourtney
I'm so excited to share a collaboration with my fiance, MRBA! jeune amour shop now features a collection of his unframed original artworks. They're part of his latest body of work and available to view through the shop and Brandon's site too! Any questions?
Though the holidays may have passed, I'm still pondering creative DIY gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and host-gifts! I had this idea to make hand-stamped keychains after beginning with hand-stamped initial necklaces (like these). Since the gold plates for the keychains were much larger than those for the necklaces, they looked a little boring with just a short phrase on them.
I experimented with adding some metal leaf in gold, silver, and rose gold to the plate before stamping and loved it! It adds a little extra glam to a simple little gift.
Step by Step:
These make for such a cute add-on gift! They would pair well with a gifted cute vintage bag (a go-to gift choice of mine), stamped with the city of your host, or attached to a gift bag for a name tag. They're so customizable and easy to make. The best part? The supplies you buy will be able to be used in lots of projects to come! Courtney
P.S. Thanks to my hand model, Sarah!