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For the working woman that likes to have fun

Alright guys, I say it all the time but I really love Art.i.fact! It’s like every time I go in, everything in the store is just for me 😂 but I don’t think I’m the only one that feels that way. I never see anyone leave empty handed 🙈 

And, best part about it is that I find as many work pieces as I do fun! While I enjoy classy, timeless work attire - I can’t help myself when it comes to funky, unique pieces that pretty adequately fit my taste and personality. So, this month I’m sharing a little bit of both. Starting with this fab Max Mara suit that is like ALL THE HEART EYES!!! And it’s warm y’all.. I’m always cold so this is a really big selling factor for me 😅 I typically wear a size 2, this suit is a size 6 and fit like a glove. The cashmere sweater was for sale also but I couldn’t let it go so it now lives in my closet. Oops! But it’s just a testament to how great Jennifer and Michael are at selecting the perfect pieces for their store. The jacket is $96 and the tweed trousers are $69. This cool necklace is also for sale - message me for deets! 

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Next, these red pants are what winter dreams are made of. So warm and so stylish! I have to admit, I’m a sucker for high-waisted anything and these pants would be on repeat in my closet... but instead, they should be on repeat in yours! If you’re looking for the perfect work pants that are gonna keep you from freezing in the winter but aren’t bulky and unflattering, these my friend, are your pants. Again, size 6 and they’re $69. Snag ‘em before they’re gone!! Also, can’t go without mentioning this fabulous scarf. The perfect fall/winter colors and just a really great print. It really could be styled so many ways which makes it pretty much a steal at $46 - just sayin 🤷🏻‍♀️

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And lastly, quite possibly my favorite two-piece set  of all time. Seriously. I’m still dying over how gorg it is. Are you miss fashionable and a little daring in your non-work looks? Ehemmm, this. This set is for you. The colors, the fabric, the cut. Nothing but love for this retro, chic combo. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll send you the info you need. But remember, all of these pieces are a one and done. You gotta moooove woman! 

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There ya have it! My picks from Art.i.fact for the month of November 🙂 super excited to share that I’m also partnering with Art.i.fact on a styling workshop - more soon - and, be on the lookout for deets on some try on sessions we’re going to be doing in the near future! 

xo - Courtney  

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Fall Flavor

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Well you guys, I can’t quite put into words how wonderful Boston was. I’m about to say something that might be pretty unpopular.... buuuut I think I love it more than NYC. I know, I know - just a tad bit but still. I wanna go back. Like next weekend if possible. I FROZE my butt off (record setting temps on Saturday 😳) but it was worth every minute. I’m not gonna lie, I had to wear sunglasses in these pics because my eyes looked haaaaaggard from the bone chilling weather 😂 honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen myself look that way. But I have proof. I’m just not gonna share 🙈  (so if you’re tryna look cute in Boston, don’t go this time of year lol). 

I’m going to be putting together a travel post on the spots I visited and the place I stayed. Some seriously good recommendations and things I think you just can’t miss! You may or may not know that I haven’t always been miss independent and I’m proud to say that over the last two years, I’ve grown tremendously. My adventure all on my own was liberating and provided reassurance that I’m most definitely on the path God has paved for me. If you’ve never traveled alone but have the opportunity to do so, I would highly recommend it. There’s something so empowering about the experience and living out the plans you’ve made. 

So, this little number is a perfect look for Thanksgiving! A lightweight but warmish sweater with some fine little gold button details around the wrists. And, it’s under $25! This is a good investment because it’s great for layering and can be styled different ways all fall/winter. I’ve also been known to be a sucker for pleats. This maroon skirt grabbed my attention and I gravitated toward it immediately. I knew before I even tried it on that it was going home with me 😂 it’s under $40 at H&M right now but I can’t, for the life of me, find it online to link 😑 I’ll keep checking and let you know if it becomes available online. So, I linked a couple others around the same price point. Also, I’m a leopard lady, no doubt. I’ve had these booties for a couple years and am just pretty happy that leopard never goes out of style 😅 you need some leopard booties in your life because they’re just the best pop of fun and color. Enjoy, friends! More soon on the trip itself. And, as always, I wanna see pics if you recreate this look! Great thing is that these pieces will look fab on just about anyone 🙂 

xo - Courtney 

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All in for Art.i.fact

You guys. It’s been a really long time since I last wrote a blog post - eeeekkk, I’m so sorry! My life has been a whirlwind and I’m finally starting to get my bearings again. From my biggest event of the year at work, to a medical procedure, to a dog attack.. man, oh man. It’s been a crazy couple months! But, I’m happier than ever with where I’m at and what I’m doing and that’s what’s important - right?!  

I’ve been wanting to share more about my collaboration with Art.i.fact Santa Fe because I’m so, soooo excited to be working with such fabulous people (Jennifer and Michael, you rock!) and just as amazing of a store! Really, y’all. I can’t walk out of the store without wanting a million pieces. Like I went in today and I’m going back this week for some Italian leather thigh high boots and a Moschino winter headband that I can’t live without 🙈 quite honestly, really great timeless pieces that are in mint condition! 

These are a couple looks from my trip to New York Fashion Week. I felt SO fierce in this Givenchy two-piece set. Paired it with a fun Victorian collared Etro button up and bam 💥 And, the best part is that it can be yours! Not to mention it’s so reasonably priced for a head-turning luxe look. 

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This next look consists of a FAB Jean Paul Gaultier skirt and Helmut Lang blazer. I’m tellin ya, these pieces are eye-catching and so classy. This blazer is great for transitioning from fall to winter and would look just as amazing with some jeans. As for the skirt, if you’re anywhere between a size 2-8 this will fit. The details and fabric are 😍 (aaaall the heart eyes). Once again, you won’t find pieces this good anywhere else (trust me, I’ve looked). I should also mention that this lace detail top is from Art.i.fact but I couldn’t part ways with it so it’s permanently in my closet. Buttttt it’s such a good example of the timeless pieces Art.i.fact has available. 

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Lastly, I paired this Emporio Armani blazer with a fun leather skirt I snagged in Ireland and a mustard sweater from Zara. Also, polka dot socks from Cheeky and these white heels are from Zara too but I’ve been linking a similar pair for half the price via LIKEtoKNOW.it. I love mixing high end items with more affordable pieces, but Art.i.fact kinda makes it all affordable 🤷🏻‍♀️ I know, I’m in trouble 😳 great pieces (especially at great prices) get me all the time. This blazer is form fitting and perfect fit for someone that’s typically a size 0-2. Someone is going to looooove wearing this (so hurry to make sure it’s you!) - I know I did 🙂

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So, there ya have it! Three looks made possible by Art.i.fact ☺️ I’ll be posting a round-up of three looks every month so make sure to check back. We also have a couple other fun things up our sleeves and I can’t wait to share!  

p.s. for the pieces you just can't live without, call 505-982-5000 - Art.i.fact ships nationwide!

xoxo - Courtney 

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Best Band of Blogger Babes

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Sometimes I think we forget to stop and be grateful for the little things (or at least I know I do). In reflecting on my trip to New York, I'm realizing how incredible it is to be a part of a network of fellow bloggers through a platform like Style Collective. I had the chance to meet Annie Spano at the Style Collective event and am so inspired by her vision to empower women and provide resources that help women succeed in the blogging industry.

In a society where so much hate and judgement exists, it's a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by women who want to see each other succeed - we don't have to have scarcity mentality! There's enough room for all of us to blossom and pursue our passions. Just because your blogging equivalent (we all have those, right? In some form or fashion) is seeing steady growth in blogging and you're not growing as quickly doesn't mean she's using up all the success that's left. You, too, can be successful because you are uniquely YOU. You have something nobody else has to offer - your own thoughts, advice and style (and nobody can take that away from you!) 

Style Collective celebrates our individuality. It embraces each member for what they bring to the industry. It's a network of women building each other up, when so frequently we experience situations where women are tearing each other down. And, when it came to NYFW, so many helpful tools were shared to help newbies succeed and have the best possible first experience! (Trust, mine was so great that I'm already planning my trip in February! 😬) 

A whole guide was available, detailing what to expect, when to reach out to PR contacts, where to stay, what to pack - hey! I can't complain. As a NYFW rookie, I wouldn't have even known where to begin without these resources! 

The Style Collective event on September 8th was a great time! As a member, I got to experience the VIP suite and enjoy all the fun activities taking place inside. If you know me, getting dolled up is like 🙌🏼 (And even better when I'm not the one having to do it!) sipped some Day Owl Rosé, got treated to delicious chocolate by Patchi and the cutest cookies by chocolati bar aaaaand lashes and lips by beGlammed 💁🏻 

I've met some incredible friends through Style Collective and have the platform to thank for helping make my first experience at NYFW far better than I could have hoped! If you've been considering applying, I would strongly recommend (I'm not getting paid to say this lol). I honestly don't use the every day resources as much as I should but the tips and connections provided for NYFW were, in and of itself, worth every penny I pay to be a member. And, who doesn't want to be a part of a group with all the same interests that has the sole purpose of providing support that nobody else (other than other bloggers experiencing the exact same circumstances) understands. Blogging can be tough, especially if you work full time, because the market is heavily saturated and it's hard to stay on top of your game when it can't be your main focus. Style Collective is dedicated to helping make your dreams come true and giving you the tips and tricks to do what you love, even if you can only do it part of your time 💗

xo - Courtney  

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1 top, 2 looks

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In case I haven't shared enough, I am SO READY for fall. I think the brutally hot summers in southern New Mexico forever scarred me (although the mild winters will be missed). It's like you walk outside at 7:30 am and you're already sweating 🙈 So, I've gotta admit that I'm thoroughly enjoying the more mild temps in Santa Fe!  

Even though fall is rapidly approaching, if you're dreading putting away your summer clothes - don't worry! You don't have to. At least not all of them. Layering allows for seasonal versatility. In short, it keeps your sleeveless neutrals in rotation all year long. Without a trench, this top is very airy and summery - exactly what I was going for! But add a trench or thick duster and you're looking like a pumpkin spice latte. Jk but watch out fall! You're coming in hot 🔥 or at least armed (for colder weather) and stylish 😉 

I felt like a (modern) fairytale princess in this top. Don't mind me as I twirl through the streets of Dublin! Feminine and unique are always high on my (clothing) priority list. 

Would you believe me if I told you this fabulous top is under $30? Yep! It is. (Don't ponder this too long or you might miss your chance to snag this steal of a deal!) I've linked all you need to recreate 2 looks with 1 top 💁🏻 

This top will transition smoothly from summer to fall and you didn't even have to put any effort or creativity into making it happen. Enjoy, friends!  

(I'm trying to get better about more consistent blog posts but I've gotta admit, I'm staying up until 1:00-3:00 am trying to balance work, blog and NYFW 😴 Don't laugh if I make the headlines for falling asleep during a runway show 😳) 

xo - Courtney  

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Rain or Shine in Sabrina West

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Ever found a swimsuit that you hope always fits you and never falls apart? That's how I feel about my new Sabrina West swimsuit! Seriously, not only is it comfortable, it is so dang cute and super unique. Where do people come up with these things?! Send that creativity over my way 😏 

I honestly don't think I've laid by the pool once all summer and we ditched the typical beach vacay for rainy days in Ireland (I'm dying to go back in case you care to know). But while I'm not poolside in this beauty (I'm sure I will be at some point), I love adventuring to hot springs in New Mexico and I have to do it in style 🙂  

I wore this Sabrina West swimsuit to Ten Thousand Waves -  a Japanese inspired mountain hot spring resort. It's ten minutes from downtown Santa Fe, and only minutes from the National Forest. And, as the title of this blog post suggests, it rained and I enjoyed every minute. Let me just tell ya, there's nothing quite like sitting rooftop, relaxing in a hot spring pool, and gentle rain falling all around. Talk about serenity! 

Summer coming to an end isn't gonna stop this girl from wearing her new favorite swim gear 💁🏻 In fact, I can't wait for it to snow so I can experience the hot springs on anotha level  🙌🏼 So, if you're gonna be doing some adventuring, you need to add this little number to your closet (especially because it's part of the Sabrina West summer sale aaaaand my followers get 15% off with code: CL004) for sizing reference, I'm 5'8 and 120 lbs and am wearing an xsmall. Btw - I almost forgot to mention that the bottom ruffles are detachable! So cool, right?! 

And if this just isn't your exact style, there's several other cute ones to pick from. Like this OTS beauty (gimme all the tulle!) that I think I need as well 🙈 Happy shopping friends!  

xo - Courtney 

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Red Stripe Rewind

It seems like just yesterday I was exploring beautiful Ireland with my mom, granny, and aunt, and then again, it feels like a lifetime ago. I could never eloquently put into words just how beautiful it was... though I will try (after NYFW because quite honestly I'm barely keeping my head above water). What I didn't want to miss is the opportunity to tell you that this striped beauty is now available in the US! I feel kinda cool that I got it somewhere before it was available here, not gonna lie 🙈 

This top is going to be on repeat all fall! The stripes are fun (and red is in, just so ya know 😉). I've been doing lots of research on this fall's biggest trends and I'm loving both red and silver and have a couple orders coming in to add more to my wardrobe... stay tuned!  

I love the bow detail and I actually think this top would pretty much look great on any body type! Paired with a high waisted denim skirt or jeans 👌🏼 *killin it* (I wish I was savvy enough to add in some voice comments because I'm not quite sure anyone would fully 'get it' aka my funny - to me - inclusion of humorous voices). 

But, in all seriousness, this top is so fashionably fun and for under $30 you're gonna love me - just sayin 😏 Also, have I told you about Parker Smith jeans? They're seriously some of my new favorites! So. Dang. Comfortable. Especially when you have a food baby 😳 Okay, okay - they're just a lil stretchy and give you some extra room to work with (not encouraging you to forego your diet or anything ha!). 

Lastly, I got these metallic espadrilles in Ireland and I can't link them via LIKEtoKNOW.it BUT I've linked some super similar ones that will do the job. Hope this helps as you start to prepare for fall! It's getting cooler here by the day and I'm not complaining 😎

 'Til next time ✌🏼

xo - Courtney  

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Ways to wear...

A gingham dress! If you're like me, you get tired of pieces in your closet quickly and you want them to look new every time you wear them... so, gotta switch it up! This *looks* like a gingham skirt, but really I just threw on this super cute Zara sweater that's now on sale for less than $10 😱 Yep, that's right! A steal of a deal (hurry because there are only a few sizes left).   

This outfit was great for a semi cool evening in Ireland. We were headed to dinner and, after doing some research, I was well aware of what NOT to wear (so you're not a super obvious tourist lol). I'll talk more about that later but basically no glittery, neon, crop tops or teeny tiny skirts. This look was cute and trendy, as Ireland is known to be. 

I'm getting anxious for fall weather because we're already experiencing some brisk air in the mornings in Santa Fe and I love it! This sweater is a perfect transitional piece. I also love it paired with some high waisted denim (because I'm not into baring my belly 🙈) and these Sam Edelman rain boots are proving to be a great investment! Not only were they perfect for the unexpected Ireland showers, but they're playing the same role here in NM. 

I've linked the dress ($14), rain boots (under $35) and my favorite crossbody (now under $40) via LIKEtoKNOW.it 

Snag these deals before they're gone 😘 

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3 Ways to Style a Romper

Ever get tired of the same old pieces in your closet? Me too. It's so easy to just grab a romper like this and think "oh what should I wear with this?" That's right. The same shoes I wear with it every time.. *sigh* 

So, I thought - if you're like me - you might need a little inspiration to switch it up! Army green is such a great color simply because it pairs well with pretty much everything. Leopard, black, white and brown accessories. Win in my book 👍🏼 

Why invest in clothes that you can't style multiple ways? Us girls loooove new clothes (right??) what's better than pieces that feel new every time you wear them 💁🏻  

So, above you will see the first way I styled this Moon River romper from Cheeky Las Cruces. A perfect look for some vacation exploring. I'm a sucker for hats and this Madewell tote never skips a trip. Also, I have had these cork wedges for a long time and they go with pretty much everrryyyything. They're not in stock anymore but I've linked some other similar, equally as cute, cork wedges.

The next way I styled this is a little more chic and professional(ish). Paired with a white blazer, chunky gold necklace and leopard heels - I'd wear this to a trendy date night spot or even brunch with the girls at a classy little venue. (White blazers are a closet staple - I have this one and a boyfriend blazer - I'm able to style both so many ways!)

The last way I styled this romper... you got it ;) with a chunky turquoise necklace because I do, in fact, live in New Mexico - and, how can you live in New Mexico and not love turquoise pieces? Funny thing is that I didn't get this necklace in New Mexico - I got it in Hawaii for my high school graduation (so that means I've had it for nearly a decade <-- WHAT?!) But, BaubleBar has a pretty cute one that I just love - I've had my eyes on it for awhile now! Linked for your convenience. This look would be fun for a summer festival - like the Folk Art Festival that just took place in Santa Fe! Or even the farmer's market with some different shoes.

Well, there ya have it! Three ways I styled this army green romper. And, I hope I sparked a little inspiration :) Happy shopping, y'all! 

xoxo - Courtney

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Supposed to be in Santa Fe

Wow! It's been so long since I last wrote a blog post. My life has certainly been a whirlwind the last month and I'm happy to say I've made the move, unpacked, and am getting settled in Santa Fe! I'm a spiritual person and I have to admit that moving here was no coincidence. In fact, I've always known God has been present in my life but have never felt Him move in my life the way He has in 2017. Can I just share with you all the signs that led me to where I am and gave me certainty that I'm where I'm supposed to be?

It started in February of this year. A great friend of mine randomly, matter-of-factly told me I wasn't going to live in Las Cruces anymore (a place I've lived for the last 8 years) - she didn't know why or what that meant, she just had a feeling that my life was going to change and I would no longer call Las Cruces home. Come April, we were together again and she stopped in her tracks to say "Courtney, you're not going to live in Las Cruces anymore and it's sooner than you think" WHAT?! At this point I was starting to get a little freaked out... where was I going? Why was I going? I didn't have a reason to leave!

Two weeks later, I had dinner in Dallas with a childhood friend. Again, randomly in conversation, she asked me if I had ever thought about living in Santa Fe and went on to say that she felt like I would "really fit in." Okayyyy - well I've always liked Santa Fe but I'm not sure it was on my radar (it's always been on my mom's! She adores Santa Fe and travels to Santa Fe at least once a month) and then, I was sitting at a table and God started moving all my chess pieces for me. I was out of control (and if you know control freak me -- this was scary! And overwhelming!). But, I had faith that He would lead me in the right direction.

And, after a series of events He used to pave a path for me, I knew it was meant for me to accept a position I was offered in Santa Fe. Have I mentioned that I work in philanthropy and service to others is what motivates me, fuels my spirit and feeds my soul? I'm passionate about what I do (during the daytime, but blogging too :D ) because of the lives I'm able to impact through my work. It was a great move for me professionally and an inspiring opportunity I just couldn't pass up. 

Every morning my uncle sends out a bible verse in my family group message and one stuck out to me and kept replaying in my mind. 

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

I believe that I'm in Santa Fe for the future and hope God has promised me.

That's not all though. After accepting my position in Santa Fe, I decided to wait to make an announcement on social media until I had informed certain people in my life. In the meantime, I got an email from Elaine Turner's social media manager. Are you familiar with this Texas-based brand? They have suuuuper cute jewelry, clothes, shoes, etc.! She started off the message by saying she hoped all was well in sunny New Mexico and continued on to tell me that the founder of the company, Elaine Turner, often travels to New Mexico and was so inspired by its stunning landscape and setting that she created a collection dedicated to it. She said the line launched the following day and asked if I would be interested in featuring their..... Santa Fe collection. 

HOLY SMOKES YALL!!! What in the world?! God wasn't just throwing small pebbles in my path, He was throwing large stones just in case I wasn't paying attention. Boy was I paying attention. How could I not?

Okay, last thing, my good friend that had the inclination that I'd be moving gave me a really special going away gift. Have you heard of "Jesus Calling"? It's a beautiful 365-day devotional. I had finally started to feel somewhat settled this afternoon after my family left town and knew I would spend some time this evening writing this long-anticipated post. Before, though, I told myself that I needed to spend a little quiet time and start my devotional. I read the introduction, and on the very next page.... Jeremiah 29:11

He most definitely has plans for me. What those plans are, I have no clue. And for once, I'm okay with it. Because I know the plans He has for me are for good and not for disaster...

So, back to the Santa Fe collection by Elaine Turner. Check out these pieces!! Stunning.. absolutely, STUNNING! They add a little class and sophistication to a casual outfit like this. They're perfect pieces to pair with outfits all year long - whether you live in Santa Fe or not ;)

View the whole collection by clicking here.

These pieces were a match made in heaven for me and they're going to be on repeat in my jewelry rotation. Snag yours before they're gone! I'm wearing the Sami Bracelet and the Sal Earrings. Also, check out their website - their Semi-Annual Sale is going on NOW! 

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