Sunday, January 29, 2012

Watch it

Tick Tock its time to Shop!
This post was inspired by a request from one of my favorite people: the always fabulous Katrina (co author of one of my favorite blogs Hey Little Birdie)
Although watches make a perfect purposeful accessory that all women love, I have yet to feature them on Color Me Courtney. So I am beyond thrilled that Katrina suggested such a useful and popular topic. Consider this post as your person shopping guide to fabulous fashion watches, all the featured watches will be under $500.

The Go to Watch:
In the past few years, Michael Kors watches have become the classic fashion watch. They are cute, simple and chic, but at this point you will find it on the wrist of all your friends as well. In order to stand out, I suggest upgrading to a unique style as featured below.
(Starting on the far left and scaling down)

Switch It, Change It:
One way to break out of the Michael Kors brand funk is to switch to an equally fabulous but refreshingly different look with a Marc Jacobs watch.

Switch To Square:
If you really want your wrist glitz to stand out from the rest, switch to a sassy square shape. This shape is a little more sophisticated and while still remaining fashionable.

Charmed, I'm Sure:
For an unconventional watch look that still does the time-telling job, try a charm bracelet! This option is one of my favorites because I find charm bracelets to be classic, chic and something every woman should own.

Bow Baby:
By now, you all know that I have a slight obsession with bows, so of course I had to explore the option of a bow watch! I was pleasantly surprised with what I found: elegant options with a flirty flair that add a girly touch to a somewhat masculine accessory.

Look for less:
Although a watch is a worth while investment, you might want a affordable option in addition to or instead of a high quality option. These watch steals will allow you to try out a trend (like colored bands) for cheap!
Asos $28, Style&Co $30, Asos $45, Target $20, DebenHams $25, Bakers $35, Asos $44, Bakers $48, Forever 21 $25, Asos $32.

Tick Tock, Its Time to Choose:
Take a peak at my favorite watch options, perhaps looking at my favorites will help you select yours!
Betsey Johnson Mesh Bow $83, Piaget Altiplano, Moschino Cheap&Chic $170, Bestey Johnson, Macy's $95, BCBG Pilsse Bow $160, Betsey Johnson, Macy's $125. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

shiny and bright

For our final Real Life Runway post, lets examine two wearable and affordable spring trends

Pretty In Pink
The Spring runway was covered in suits in all different sizes and pretty pink hues including hot pink shorts, light cropped blazers, tailored trousers and bright boyfriend blazers name a few.
Spring 2012

The inspiration?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Peplum Party

For our 8th day of the 12 days of 2012, lets celebrate another new spring trend!
Peplum shirts, skirts and dresses were all over the spring runway.
Spring 2012: Jason Wu, Thakoon and Rodarte 

Some of the prettiest spring peplums came from one of my designer favorites: Jason Wu
 Jason Wu Spring 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Play with Pastels

One of the spring trends for this year, that bloomed all over the runway was a color pallet: pastels

Louis Vutton Spring 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012, the Year of Pattern

2012 is the year of pattern in more ways then one!
As 2011 was the year of color at Kate Spade, now 2012 is the year of pattern, starting with january as a month filled with stripes.
Other patterns such as polkadots and fun florals will be featured throughout the year.

Monday, January 16, 2012

fashion recap: golden globes

Stars always shine their brightest on a red carpet, lets take a look at some of the amazing and outrageous outfits from the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

Ladies In Yellow
I'm obsessed with Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier, one of the best dressed of the night!
 I'm also loving Extra Host Maria Menounos in a sequin yellow stunner (unknown).

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Year, New Wardrobe

A new year is a new reason to go shopping! But before you hit the stores, take a glance at your guide to a fashionable 2012.
After re-reviewing some of the top designer's spring collections and reading up on the new year necessities as recommended by different fashion gurus, websites and brands I composited my favorites into list of 12 necessities for 2012.

"Glitter, shine, neon and brights are the key elements to a women's must-have fashion essentials in 2012"
--Bloomingdale's Fashion Accessories Director Brook Jaffe

Thursday, January 12, 2012

12 days of 2012


A 12 part segment dedicated to bringing you the top trends for spring 2012!

Here's something small to start your year off right...
The "This is the year to..." Gold bangle from Kate Spade is the perfect way get inspired for 2012. I love wearing mine everyday with my other colorful bangles, looking down at it or hearing it clang against the others is a daily reminder to stick to my resolutions. 

fashion recap: PCA2012

Lets discuss the best and the worst from this weeks people choice awards (2012)
Best Dressed
14-year-old break out star, Chloe Moretz looked sophisticated yet age appropriate in Proenza Schouler!
Zachary Levi was the best dressed Man of the night in a Vivienne Westwood plaid suit.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

College Couture

Suffering from the back to school blues?
Cheer up with College Couture!
College Couture
 A trilogy segment dedicated university fashionistas everywhere featuring style three tutorials specifically for students!

College Necessities
But Before we dive into College Couture, lets take a look at what you'll need to ace your style courses this year. In order to comply with a collegiant budget, all featured items are $35 or less from forever 21, click the image for product information.
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Every college gal needs something sparkly to layer with for a night out and a body con mini skirt is a frugal and fabulous basic that you can get a lot of use out couture 2

Pair a colorful blazer with a solid pencil skirt now for interviews, and post grad for the office! You can also mix and match these pieces for more casual looks such as a blazer with jeans or a pencil skirt under a cropped sweater.

college couture 3

Slouchy sweaters and patterned cardigans can greatly enhance a student wardrobe. They are easy to throw on for a quick casual yet chic look.

college couture 4
A body con dress is another necessary basic that can easily transfer from day to night. What I call a "pull on dress" is also great for college student style, it can easily be dressed up or dressed down and serves as an easy all in one outfit to "pull on" at a moments notice.