Half way to 50..what?!

Hi everyone! The past month has been insanely busy & to be honest, I have not even been focusing on my blog. My brother got married at the beginning of April, welcome to the family Madison! Their wedding was absolutely amazing! It was gorgeous!!! & my mom has spent a week in Charlotte while they were on their honeymoon!

April is the birthday month for a lot of my family and friends. We literally celebrate all month long!! Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 25. Holy cow, I can not believe I am that old. I remember turning 18 and thinking I was an “adult”. When I reflect back I cannot believe everything that has happened so far in my life. Or what has even happened within the last five years. It’s honestly amazing how fast time goes by. Sometimes I feel like I am behind. Most of my friends are married, pregnant, and have great jobs. And I’m still figuring out what exactly I want to do with life. When I was younger I remember thinking, by 24 I want to be married & have kids. What the hell was I thinking? There is no way I am ready for any of that! I am so content with life right now. I love living in an area with endless opportunities, I have met amazing people, & I have an amazing boyfriend. I am so excited to see what my future holds, but for now, i plan on enjoying life day by day! Cheers to 25 🍾🥂

Shein Review

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I have a love/hate relationships with Sunday’s 😕 I love getting everything ready to start off the week but also hate that the weekend is over. My favorite part of Sunday is Sunday brunch & drinking mimosas! We either do Sunday brunch at Terrace Cafe in Ballantyne, or Alex cooks for us at home! If you go to Terrace be on the lookout for Panther players, it’s a hot spot for them. We saw Luke this morning!

Who has ever ordered from Shein? I found out about shein about a year ago when my friend & I were looking at a bloggers Instagram. Shein is almost to good to be true. Shein is an online retailer that has super cute pieces, for super cheap. They take high end items, make a similar item like that item, and sell it for way less. Shein posts new items everyday. The items they post are very trendy, and are similar to items you will see at Nordstrom or similar to designer items.

The sizing on the items varies a lot. I am usually a medium or 8. And I have pieces from there that are 6-10 and small-xl. When ordering an item, make sure to read the reviews!!! Reading reviews will help you visualize what it actually looks like on, and how the sizing works. I always read reviews, because not everyone looks like the models 😉

The only downfall is the shipping & returning. The warehouse for Shein is in China, so the shipping takes at least a week- two weeks. But the good news is, they now offer free returns! So if an item doesn’t work, you can easily return it.

When ordering, realize you get what you pay for. The items are really cheap, so they only last a few times. I have a few tops that i constantly wear, but i also have a few dresses that look bad after wearing them twice. I usually only order tops and dresses. When reading the reviews on shorts & pants, I have realized they run really really small.

I hope this is helpful for anyone wanting to order from shein! Let me know what you guys decide to order!! Below I have posted a few items I have got from shein!

Xo

Court

Life of Courtney

Happy Thursday! This weather in Charlotte is soooo nasty! All I have wanted to do this week is nap and watch Netflix, but I have done everything but that.

My brother is getting married in April, and we are so excited! So earlier this week I spent Monday and Tuesday finding the perfect dresses for my aunt, cousins, and grandma. Its so fun watching and helping others find the perfect outfit for events! Today I spent 4 hours at a doctors office and didn’t even have the right paperwork to be seen (I am not very happy about this), but life goes on! Props to anyone that can work in the medical field, because I could NEVER do it. Also since its March 1st, I’ve decided its a good month to start focusing on my fitness goals.

When I lived in WV, fitness and health was my main focus. I was basically obsessed with it. I would work out twice a day and would freak out if I missed a workout. Because of this, I didn’t really have a life. I had a great body, but no life. However, when I moved to Charlotte I realized there was more to life than the gym. I was focused on work, meeting new people, and having fun. All of this resulted in weight gain. I was still working out, just not as much and not watching my food and drink intake. Then I met Alex. We love to have a good time and drink, and this has resulted in more weight gain. Over the past couple weeks I have really noticed, so I thought I need to try the “new month, new goals” saying. I plan on eating healthier, doing orange theory 4-5 times a week, and the stair climber everyday for 31 days. These are some pretty big goals, but I have faith I can do it. I would LOVE if anyone would do the stair climber with me for 31 days. The good thing about working out with others, is that it motivates you more to get your session done. If you would like to do this with me, lets use the hashtag #stairstosummerbod and tag me in it please! I did it for 30 minutes today, and watched Netflix and the time went by pretty quick!

I really hope everyone will join me this month in this! We won’t regret it come summer, I promise!!

I am also focusing more on blogs & outfit posts this month. Since I am currently not working at Belk Corporate, I am working on other things. Cant wait to share with you guys soon!

Have a great weekend!

xo

Court

Valentine’s Day date night outfits ❤️

Happy Monday! I am so glad it’s February! It felt like January was the longest month ever!! I have been so busy, but now I’m able to focus on my blog/instagram more! So make sure you stay up to date on blogs & outfit posts!

February means Valentine’s Day! This is mine & Alex’s first Valentine’s Day together & I am super excited!! I am having a hard time coming up with gifts though 😬 any ideas? Please share! Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for couples to get dressed up and have a date night! Everywhere was booked for dinner, but thankfully we got into one of our favorite restaurants! Below I have added a few dresses for the perfect outfit. I can’t decide if I want to wear red or pink! (I would post my options, but he reads my blog soo I don’t want to spoil the surprise!) I will be sure to post a picture & let you guys know what I picked! I have added dresses that are pink & red, because when I think of Valentine’s Day those are the colors that come to mind!! These dresses are from H&M, Dillard’s, Express, and Nordstrom!

I hope everyone has an amazing week! I have a closet consultation tomorrow that I am sooo excited about!! I will be sure to take before & after pics!

Xo

Court

Nordstrom

Express

H&M

Dillard’s

Closet Cleanout/Organization

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is ready for a new week! Sundays is my favorite day because it is perfect for relaxing and getting things ready for the upcoming week! Sorry for taking a few weeks off, my life has been so crazy the past few weeks! I have been so busy and have spent a week back in WV.

When I got home on Thursday I looked at my closet and realized how big of a mess it was🤦🏼‍♀️. I have been traveling a lot over the holidays and the first few weeks of the new year, so my closet is an absolute mess. I had stuff everywhere and had a hard time finding the clothes I needed. So today I decided to organize. I did a “mini” closet redo, because I didn’t have tons of time. I always do a huge closet redo at the end of winter and at the end of summer. Since I have so many clothes (oops!) I have to separate them by seasons and put them in two different closets. Today I worked on my main closet with my winter clothes. During this mini redo, I straightened all the hangers, put clothes back with their “categories” and made sure everything looked neat. I have 2 rows of clothes in my closet, so everything black on the bottom row has to be turned inside out. Sadie likes to hangout in my closet & hide underneath my clothes 😫 (I ALWAYS find her here when she is pouting or not getting enough attention). If I do not turn these clothes inside out, they will be covered with dog hair!

Organizing tips-

Avoid the dresser!! If you can, try and hang most of your clothes up. I have never been a fan of putting clothes in a dresser, because I forget they are in there! I use my dresser for pajamas, under garments, socks, and scarves!

Clean often! I feel like I am always cleaning out my closets. It is always good to get rid of the items you are not wearing. When I am cleaning out, I always ask myself the same question do I love this? If not, toss it! If you don’t like it then, chances are you will never wear it.

Give away/ Donate/Sell  I always try and sell the clothes after I clean out, that way I can go buy more and not feel guilty. The clothes that do not sale, I will give away to families in need or charities. There is always someone needing clothes and shoes.

Closet Tips-

  1. Keep all of bottoms together. For example, all jeans, leggings, and skirts are hanging near each other. That way you have all of my options and don’t have to look for them.
  2. Keep dresses organized by sleeve length. It is easier to keep them organized that way. It also looks more organized when they are hanging sleeveless, short sleeve, three quarter, and long sleeve.
  3. Workout clothes! All workout clothes are together. I have tons and tons of workout clothes and sometimes they end up all over the place. I have the tops and jackets on a rack and then the pants and leggings together. My workout clothes are always in the closet, and won’t move when I do my huge clean out.
  4. Keep blouses and sweaters separated. I have my blouses on the top shelf and sweaters below, so it is easy to find a sweater if I need one to cover up my blouse.
  5. Casual tops. I keep all my casual tanks, t shirts, and long sleeves together and organized by sleeve length. These are in the center of my closet, so it is easy to find if I need to pair it with an outfit.
  6. Shoes and more shoes. Keep them organized!!! I am the worlds worst at forgetting a pair of shoes and then finding them a month later and realizing how cute they are! My shoes are very organized, so i can see all of my options. Even though I am usually in my house shoes or loafers, it is nice to have options. I also switch my shoes out with my outfits for different seasons!

This is just a few tips for a “mini” closet clean out! If you ever have any questions or need help, please let me know! I also offer closet clean out services, so I would be more than happy to come help & get rid of the clothes for you!!!

Before- After-

Have a great week!

Xo

Court

Nordstrom end of year sale!

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. I spent the holidays at home in West Virginia with my family. It was such a great time! Even though I love living and working in Charlotte, West Virginia will always be my home.

As soon as I got home today, I checked my email and realized Nordstrom was having their end of the year sale! Nordstrom always has the best sales! Below I have listed my top 10 items of the sale!

1. Something Navy Tie Sleeve Top- I love this top! Treasure and Bond is a new brand features at Nordstrom for women. I love the fit of this top & how it gathers in the middle! It is flattering on almost every body type! Make sure to follow @somethingnavy on Instagram! She is behind this brand!

2. Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boots- This pair of boots is a must have! They come in black and brown. Thigh high boots are so easy to dress up or wear casual. I love wearing mine with leggings and a big sweater. These boots are only $78.00!

3. Halogen Tie-sleeve Shift Dress- I am so in love! I love how the sleeves are sheer! The dress is so simple but the tie on the sleeve adds so much detail. This dress comes in a few different colors. It is also under $50!

4. Free People Jills Sequin Dress- This is the perfect NYE dress! It comes in blue and red combo colors! I love the red color! This dress is velvet with a sequin design on the front and back! It would be perfect with heels or booties!

5. Sam Edelman Calexa Sock Booties- OH MY GOSH!!! I love Love love these boots! They come in a few colors, but the pink is my favorite! These are the perfect statement piece! They’re only $84! I have to have these boots!

6. Dee Elly Knotted Wide-leg Jumpsuit- this jumpsuit is so cute! I love the tie in the front! This is a perfect transformation piece for when the weather starts warming up! It would look great paired with a jean jacket or leather jacket. It would also look great with mules or sneakers!

7. BlankNyc Embroidered Studded Moto Jacket- I have had my eye on this jacket for the longest time! I love all the detail and different colors within the jacket. And it’s under $100!

8. Topshop Premium Leather & Calf Hair Crossbody- This bag is great for winter! I love the detail within the bag. I have been obsessed with crossbody bags lately. I think the pink within the bag gives it the perfect pop of color!

9. BP Sequin Embellished Leggings- How cute are these?! I love wearing leggings in the winter! These will be cute paired with any solid color sweater. They’re under $30!

10. Ted Baker Dorline Mules- I am such a sucker for mules! I wear mine pretty much every single day! I love the print on these! They come in 2 different colors. They are such soft colors & will look great with anything. I can’t wait to wear them with dark denim now, and white denim in the summer!

These are my top 10 picks for the Nordstrom Sale! They have tons of items on sale and also have home goods on sale! The sale is going on through January 2nd and they also offer free shipping or in-store pickup!

I cannot believe 2017 is almost over!! It has been such an AMAZING year for me. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store!!! I also have a HUGE announcement that I cannot wait to share with everyone!!!!! Have a great week!

Xo

Court

Talk about me Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday! So this week I wanted to do a Q & A about myself! I love reading other people’s Q & A so I thought you guys might enjoy this!
1. What do you spend most of your money on? Well this is easy, and probably something every single one of you can guess. Shopping. I love to shop, and admit I have a major shopping problem. But the two main things I spend most of my money on are dresses and shoes. I am a firm believer that shoes make or break an outfit, so you must always have great shoes.
2. How did you and Alex meet? Well it’s a long story..buttt. I saw him online, on another guys bumble account & as soon as I saw his picture I screamed out oh my gosh who is that cute guy?! Sure enough it was a girl I worked with boyfriends brother. She ended up introducing us at a pregame before a concert & we’ve been together ever since!
3. Where do you online shop the most? Well, with living in Charlotte I don’t online shop as much as I use to. There are tons of boutiques and shopping here for me! But when I do online shop, I shop at Nordstrom, lululemon, and Neiman Marcus. I also use online shopping to look at stuff, and then end up going to the store to buy it!
4. Why did you decide to move to Charlotte? I graduated in may 2016 and moved home to WV. After living there for the summer, & being very bored, I decided I wanted to go back to school. I enrolled in Concord, and the day before classes I decided I couldn’t live in WV any longer. So I moved to Charlotte within the next month. It was a very brave, and scary move but I had nothing to lose. I moved here for better opportunity & I thank god every day that I did. It was the best decision of my life. I also really enjoy working with fashion, and that’s something i couldn’t do in WV.
5. When did you get Sadie? & why a bulldog? I got Sadie when I was in 11th grade. I was currently living with my dad at the time & our neighbor had a bulldog. From the second I saw her bulldog I fell in love!!! English bulldogs have a ton of health problems so my dad looked around & found a Victorian bulldog breeder in Hickory, N.C. Sadie is just like an English bulldog, she is just taller & doesn’t have as many health problems. I have had her since she was 8 weeks & she is now 8 years old!
6. What is your favorite pair of shoes & favorite handbag you own? Hmm this is a hard one. My absolute favorite pair of shoes I own are my ugg houseshoes. But those are acceptable to wear in public! Haha. My favorite shoes I own are probably my black Gucci mules. I wear them all the time & they are so easy to dress up or dress down an outfit. My favorite handbag I own is my micro Celine bag. I think I love it so much because of the story behind it. I will have to do another blog post on my handbags & the trips my mom & I have went on to get them!
7. Do you ever regret getting a degree in fashion? Yes and no. I sometimes regret it because some days at work I sit and think why is my job so boring or why am I doing this. But then other days I absolutely love it. I love it because if it wasn’t for my fashion degree, I wouldn’t be in the place I am today. & without my degree, I wouldn’t be able to make my dreams come true!
8. What is the best fashion advice you can give someone? Hmm. Wear what you want!! I think “trends” are sometimes overrated. Why wear what everyone else is wearing? If you have an outfit that you want to wear, but aren’t sure it’s “in style”, who cares! Fashion is always changing. Create your own style!!
9. What is your dream job? My dream job is to own my own boutique.
10. Where do you currently work? Right now I am currently working at Belk corporate. I work with the website as a web content administrator. Basically, I work through all the samples in women clothing & get them ready to go onto the website. It’s very repetitive, but I enjoy looking at the clothing before it goes online!
That’s just a little about me, my life & my princess! I hope you guys are having a great week! We got the rest of our holiday pictures back & im loving them!! Also I want to start doing liketoknowit so you guys can see where I get my outfits! With that, you will be able to shop my outfits!
Xo
Court