Kicking Off Summer with Femme Luxe

I’m so happy that there’s warmer weather on the horizon. Even though I’m not physically going out, I’m still on the hunt for fun spring/summer pieces. Femme Luxe, a UK based women’s clothing store, reached out to see if I wanted to try some of their pieces. I was hesitant at first because I’m very picky with my style and clothes, but I was excited to try a new brand and share my thoughts with you! Thank you Femme Luxe for partnering with me on this post. The pieces included in the post were gifted to me by Femme Luxe.

Not going to lie, I am not one who tends to show a lot of skin with my clothing choices. I keep my style pretty classic with trendy and practical pieces. I stepped out of my comfort zone with their Black Tie Front Organza Mesh Sleeve Crop Top. This black crop top gives the right amount of coverage without feeling too overexposed. With a tie front design and an organza style mesh sleeve, it pairs perfect with a light pair of high-waisted jeans. It was giving me major 80’s vibes, which is why I think I liked it so much.

The white top I received unfortunately did not fit… which brings me to my thoughts on their sizing. I ordered everything a size up because I had no idea how their UK sizes compared to US sizes. Even with the size chart, I was still very confused, so I ordered everything bigger, hoping it’d fit or I could take it in. The White Ribbed Off The Shoulder Crop Top did not fit at all. I couldn’t get it over my head or on my arms. I would say sizing isn’t very consistent, so I’d recommend going up a size to be safe. I wish the white top worked because it would have been perfect to pair with a comfy pair of sweatpants.

My favorite item by far is their White ‘Beverly Hills 1990’ Oversized T-Shirt. During this time, I love the biker short look, and this oversized t-shirt is the perfect item to pair with it. The fabric is so soft, and I ordered the largest size, so it could hang longer. It’s the perfect shirt to wear working from home or if I am just lounging around the house.

Overall, Femme Luxe’s prices are pretty reasonable and shipping is relatively fast. Since the items were coming from Europe, I was expecting the package to take a few weeks to arrive, but it came in less than a week and a half. The clothes arrived in a cute pink sleeve and everything was packaged nicely.

If you’re on the hunt for some new summer pieces, give Femme Luxe a try! Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!

XOXO Courtney

New Year, New Workout Wardrobe

A lot of people make resolutions when they enter a New Year, however, I like to create general goals. One of my goals is to continue to exercise and stay healthy in 2020. It helps having cute and sleek workout wear to keep you motivated and hitting the gym. Thanks to Yvette Sports, my New Year workout wardrobe is covered.

My workout staples are black leggings, a great sports bra and a comfortable shirt or hoodie. These Yvette Sports Shift Light leggings are so light-weight, soft and guarantee coverage. I don’t have to worry about bending over and having my bottoms ride down or them being see-through. Their sports bras also provide incredible support and control. They offer a number of low, medium and high support sports bras in many different sleek styles. My favorite is the black Anywhere Criss Cross Light Support sports bra. It is padded and has a strappy criss-cross back.

My favorite piece at the moment is this blush Shift Light Ocean Print hoodie. It’s comfortable and has the cutest beach graphic on the back. I’m not one to normally buy nice hoodies, but this is such a staple in my workout wardrobe and everyday attire. I find myself wearing this hoodie with leggings to run errands or go to a movie.

If you’re looking to give your workout attire a boost in the New Year, use my coupon code Courtney10 at checkout for a 10% discount! Thank you to Yvette Sports for gifting me these items.

For more on Yvette Sports, check out my previous blog.

Hope everyone continues to have a great start to the New Year!

Workout Wear with Yvette Sports

I started working out consistently around 4 years ago, and it has changed my life significantly. Not only has it made me feel healthier, it has also given me more energy and has been such a stress reliever. Through my years of working out, I’ve found that finding workout wear that fits into my routine is tricky. Workout clothes are either too expensive, not comfortable, do not fit properly or are poor quality. That’s why I am teaming up with Yvette Sports to share comfortable and practical workout wear. All products featured in this post was gifted to me by Yvette Sports.

The two pieces I am in love with are their Shift Light – Women’s Light Support Leggings and their Sculpt Women’s High Support Sports Bra. The leggings are high-waisted and made of advanced lycra fabric, which has strong elasticity with stretch-ability of up to 600% and are not see through (SO IMPORTANT!) The leggings are also breathable, making it comfortable when working out and sweating. The sports bra has Cool-max Technology, a stylish red ribbon at the back and anti-skid shoulder straps, which are perfect if you lift weights. It also contains smooth elastic bands that resist chafing.

The sports bra is perfect for girls looking for some extra support. While it is slightly padded, the bra itself isn’t stiff. I would recommend going up a size, if you tend to be larger in the band area. I don’t wear sports bras by themselves when I go to the gym. I always have some sort of t-shirt or tank over them. This bra doesn’t feel uncomfortable under layers and moves with you. The leggings is what I was most excited about because it is rare you find great workout leggings. These have the softest fabric, making it perfect for the gym and also hanging around. They do ride down slightly, so just be mindful when picking a size. This is a pair that I will need to get in black!

Now for the best part! Yvette has given me a coupon code to share with my followers! Use code kaner10 for a discount on your next purchase. Their workout apparel makes a perfect gift for a loved one this holiday season or a gift for you! They are also holding several Black Friday deals, so be sure to check out their site for additional discounts.

Workout wear doesn’t have to be uncomfortable! I finally feel like I have found pieces that fit and work with my workout routine.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Outfit Guide

This weekend is the official kick-off to summer! That means pulling out the sandals and attending plenty of cookouts. Unsure what to wear? Below are two outfit options for your Memorial Day weekend plans.

From left to right-

Outfit One:

Outfit Two:

I’m obsessed with the easy-breezy nature of both outfits and how simple each color palette is. When breaking out your summer whites and denim, it is all about adding pops of color or texture. Each outfit mixes both of those elements and makes it easy to layer, as well.

And if the weather is not cooperating (you never know in New England), switch out the white shorts for some white or light blue denim and add a cardigan or light jacket over the dress. Each outfit is versatile depending on the weather or your mood.

Hope everyone has a very happy long weekend!

-XOXO Courtney

I Tried Blue Light Glasses And This Is What Happened

Staring at a computer screen from 8am-5pm has been painful for my eyes and body. Recently, I have noticed that at the end of each work day I have excruciating headaches, dry and burning eyes, and am overall extremely tired. I was told to check out blue light glasses to reduce the pain and protect my eyes from the computer screen. I decided to try them and this is what happened.

For those of you wondering what I am even talking about, blue light glasses are clear lens glasses that block HEV blue light emitted by digital screens. If you have experienced dry and tired eyes after looking at a computer or even your phone for long periods of time, then you may have experienced the effects of blue light.

There are so many brands that sell blue light glasses. Some even offer the ability to add on blue light lenses to a prescription pair. For me, however, I was just looking for a pair that could ultimately eliminate my eye strain and headaches, while still looking cute (obviously the most important part!)

I purchased a pair from Quay Australia, and after doing some research, found that these were the best price and had amazing reviews. I also wanted a pair that had a stylish flair and could be worn with anything. When I initially got the glasses in the mail, I was a little uncertain by my choice. I am not used to wearing glasses everyday and was unsure how I felt about the frames and the fit. I decided to give them a try, and the next day, I wore them while online shopping and was obsessed! Not going to lie, it takes some time getting used to them and feeling comfortable.

I kept a mini diary throughout the week to share my experience day by day:

Monday, March 18, 2019

My first full day was definitely an adjustment! They felt funny and were very noticeable to me. I did still feel the tiniest headache at the end of the day, but overall it wasn’t anything painful. I also found myself fiddling with them, trying to find the most comfortable spot on my face.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

By the third day, I did not have a headache. My eyes still felt dry at work, but I also think that is dependent on how dry the air is in the office and allergies. One lesson I did learn on day three was that I need to apply more powder to my face, or the glasses will remove all of my makeup!

Friday, March 22, 2019

On Friday, I worked from home and started to notice such a difference when I would take my glasses off. The lenses have a bit of a yellow tint to contrast the blue light. I didn’t realize how noticeable it was until I started removing them frequently throughout the day. My eyes were not dry, and I did not have any headaches!

By the second week of wearing the glasses, I felt great! Not only did I really love the look of them, but I was so pleased with how they eliminated all of my symptoms. By the time I would make my commute home, I was no longer suffering through uncomfortable headaches and eye pain. Of note, my glasses did start to become uncomfortable sitting behind my ears (almost like the pain I’d get when wearing those hard headbands as a kid. LOL let me know if you can relate!) I’m thinking a slight adjustment to the fit will make that all better!

Overall, I definitely recommend blue light glasses. I will never use a computer at work or home without them. I don’t think people need to pay over hundreds of dollars for a pair. The ones I purchased were reasonable and very sturdy. I recommend doing some research and even checking on Amazon for a deal.

If you are curious if you may be exposing your eyes to blue light and its effects, definitely check out PreventBlindness.org. They were one of the first websites I checked out when I was researching the harmful effects and wanted to learn more on how I could protect my eyes.

Remember, you only have one set of eyes! If wearing a pair of glasses could protect the harmful effects of using digital devices, then it is worth it!

-XOXO Courtney

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

It can be hard to figure out what to get those men in your life for the holidays. Whether they are casual or into the finer things, below you will find the top items of the season that I think he will love!

  1. Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Watch Box (Similar linked!)
  2. The Tie Bar 3-Pack Red Tie Gift Set (Similar linked!)
  3. Jord Meridian Watch (Click here to enter my Giveaway!! And check out my blog all about it here!)
  4. Zachary Prell Lemke Corduroy Plaid Shirt
  5. Cole Haan Original Grand Stitchlite Wingtip Oxford
  6. The North Face Bridgeton Chukka Boot
  7. Old Navy Patterned Flannel Pajama Set
  8. Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
  9. Jack Black The Grand Tour Set
  10. Nordstrom Men’s Shop Holiday Staghead Socks (Similar linked!)
  11. Bose Soundlink Around-Ear Headphones II

Happy shopping!

-XO Courtney

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

‘Tis the season! It is finally December, which means the holidays are practically here! I love this time of year, and one of my favorite things is putting together gift guides filled with goodies for the special people in your life! Below is a gift guide for her. Whether it’s your momma, sister, daughter, girlfriend etc there is something for everyone!

  1. Ugg Classic Short II Boot in Garnet
  2. Kendra Scott Miku Drop Earrings
  3. Nordstrom Frosted Cuff Slippers
  4. Jord Cassia Watch (Click here to enter my Giveaway!! And check out my blog all about it here!)
  5. PJ Salvage Print Flannel Pajamas
  6. Chanel No. 5 L’eau Limited Edition
  7. YSL Envelope Large Bag In Grain De Poudre Embossed Leather
  8. Treasure and Bond Cable Knit Beanie with Faux Fur Pom
  9. Free People Softly Structured Tunic
  10. Skin Gym Rose Quartz Workout Kit
  11. MAC Shiny Pretty Things Nude Mini Lipstick Kit
  12. Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings

Happy holiday shopping!

-XO Courtney

Prepping My Winter Style with Jord + Giveaway!


Prepping My Winter Style with Jord + Giveaway!

Let’s face it, winter is on its way and approaching fast. I’ve been saying goodbye to my lighter fall pieces and embracing the layers. For me, my everyday winter style is simple. I gravitate towards cozy, vibrant sweaters and an easy pair of jeans or leggings. With that, I also want my accessories to be simple in style and functionality. That’s why I am choosing to pair my winter wardrobe with a Jord watch. All products featured in this post was gifted to me by Jord Watches.

Jord is more than just a watch, it’s a unique timepiece. Pronounced ‘Yode,’ the watches are a sophisticated mix of natural, and largely re-claimed materials, combined with quality movements and components. Each watch is crafted with the finest wood, ranging from sandalwood to bamboo and embodies a minimalistic and classic look. I’ve partnered with Jord to show you exactly how to style these sophisticated pieces for winter.

I’m a busy girl and do not have time to fidget with larger, more ornate pieces, so I gravitate towards accessories that are simple, but have unique craftsmanship. My Jord watch matches perfectly with my other favorite accessories and is easy to wear. Tucked under a chunky sweater or bundled up with my favorite winter coat, my Jord watch fits right in with my everyday winter wardrobe.

I am wearing the Cassia style in Zebra & Ivory. Made from gorgeous zebrawood, the full Roman numeral concave dial is beautifully reflected in the domed sapphire glass. The thin band fits comfortably around my wrist, and I am obsessed with the large face. Its clean, yet stands out. Not to mention my Cassia watch came in a gorgeous Cedar humidor watch box with a cleaning cloth and a 6 month supply of Jord Preserve: a custom-formulated wood treatment gel with applicator pen.

With the holidays right around the corner this is the perfect gift for a loved one or that special someone. With a variety of styles for men and women, there is a watch for everyone. There is even an option to customize! Most watch backplates can be engraved, as well as their Cedar humidor presentation boxes. The watches can be easily sized for the recipient, come with a one year warranty and free worldwide standard shipping.

Just in time for the holidays, I get to offer my followers an exclusive giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift code toward the purchase of any watch in the collection! All other entrants will also be emailed a consolation 10% off gift code. All you have to do is click the link here and fill out the form!

How would you style your #JordWatch?

Wooden Wrist Watch

My Fall Weekend in NYC

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and what a better way to spend it than in New York City. Below is a recap of last weekend and outfit details!

The main reason I was in NYC was for the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. My mom and I had an appointment to make our very own Bite Beauty lipstick. It was such a cool experience, and I recommend it to any makeup lover or anyone looking for a custom lip color. I of course chose a nude shade, but got to try and leave with a neon purple one!

It wouldn’t be a trip to NYC if I didn’t eat… a lot! I ate so good this trip, but nothing was better than visiting Laduree for the first time. The brunch was amazing and the macarons were so magical. I need to go back asap! I am still dreaming of the rose croissant I enjoyed.

My family and I spent our time mainly in the Soho area, which is definitely the spot to be. We used to always visit Times Square, but after a while, I just couldn’t stand the crazy crowds. The streets were mainly residential with plenty of shopping and cafes.


Now to the favorite part… my outfit!

I have such an obsession with these hats! I call them train conductor hats, but they are more formally known as baker boy hats. The one I am wearing is from Nordstrom Rack and was such a steal for only $12.95! I paired it will a plain cotton long sleeve, high-waisted Topshop boyfriend jeans, white Adidas, a tan cardigan over the shoulder, and my Rebecca Minkoff crossbody. Outfit links are below!

Hat: Nordstrom Rack (Similar)   Shirt: Nordstrom Rack (Similar)   Jeans: Topshop

Shoes: Adidas            Sweater: Nordstrom           Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

I cannot wait to plan my next weekend getaway and share it with you!

-XOXO Courtney

My Must Have Pieces for Fall

Bring on the pumpkin spice please! Now that it is the end of September, it finally feels like fall! Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons. From cozy sweaters to chic booties, below are a few of my must haves for the season!

  1. Madewell Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater
  2. Madewell Starry Night Chenille Scarf
  3. Gorjana Laguna Adjustable Lariat Necklace
  4. Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne
  5. Brixton Fiddler Cap
  6. Marc Fisher Yale Chelsea Boot
  7. Topshop Sallie Tortoiseshell Handle Tote
  8. Topshop Black Ripped Jamie Jeans

For fall, I always tend to lean towards copper and pumpkin colored sweaters. They pair well with the crisp weather and are extremely flattering on all skin tones. Another major staple in my closet for fall is black denim. I prefer if they are ripped because it adds an edgier feel, but the pair goes with nearly anything.

For accessories, I am absolutely obsessed with hats. The fiddler hat pairs perfect with every outfit for every occasion. But it wouldn’t be the season without comfy scarves and fun booties. I am in love with this star one from Madewell, which adds the perfect pop of color and pattern. I am also obsessed with these Marc Fisher booties. The pointed toe with a metal embellishment is a modern take on a classic style. This mustard color Topshop bag also caught my eye! It’s so chic, but has a unique twist with the turtle handle and side strap. Large totes are a must for the season to carry all of your necessities, and this one does the trick perfectly. Finish off any fall look with a long lariat necklace and a spritz of your favorite warm fragrance, and you are fall ready!

I hope these pieces inspire you to break out your fall wardrobe and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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