Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fierce Female

She's not afraid to go big with her sunnies, hoops, and decisions. She's not afraid of color on her body or in her house. She's not afraid to make a statement in her wardrobe or when sticking up for someone.

My vision of a fierce female has changed a little over the years though. In addition to all these things, she loves hard, will drop anything to help someone she cares about, gives generously, speaks out on the topics she's passionate about, and has a killer smile. She recognizes that peaks come with valleys and that looking out for one another is a path to happiness and fulfillment. She is the fierce female.

hoops | sunniescoat | boots | bag

Friday, January 11, 2019


Quite a random combination this time in my favorites, but that's the most genuine kind of favorites there could be! Each of these gems are currently winning a spot in my heart.

Our Passerelle chairs have always been some of my favs but recently I've spent a lot of time in the lounge reading next to the fire and I really enjoy the wide seat so I can curl up.
These hair ties are like magic. I'm probably late to the party when it comes to these but if you haven't tried them, go, run fast.
 My Return to Tiffany bracelet and ball earrings have been on basically nonstop. They are pretty much classics and go with everything, which is why I made them my go-to the past month or so.
The K-Cafe was a Christmas gift that I'm obsessed with. Starbucks who? No excuses to go out for coffee when this puppy is in my kitchen.
Young Living Cool Azul has been in my diffuser constantly since I stopped using the Christmas Spirit scent. I also use it after a workout because it has a nice cooling sensation.
Lastly, my go-to brow product has been the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil. It has a super fine tip that makes it easy to fill in sparse areas without being too bold.

chair | hair tie | bracelet | studs (similar) | coffee maker | cool azurl oilbrow pencil

*affiliate links used in this post, but as always, rest assured that I only share my favorites.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Gallery Wall: Hollywood Glam

About this series:

Gallery wall can be a scary combination of words. There's stress around selecting the right pieces: coordinating the themes, colors, sizes. There's stress around framing: all the same frame or a variety and to mat or not to mat. And of course, the worst part, putting those nails in the wall to actually hang. If your layout isn't pre-planned you could end up with holes you didn't want. Have I thoroughly stressed you out? 

Finding great art online is a fun hobby for me; I could browse instagram accounts and shops for hours looking at all styles, mediums, and collections. While some designers have very specific taste in art, I think every piece of art could be used somewhere, it just needs the right setting. What I love about gallery walls is how it gives the home owner a chance to show their personality and style. This series, which I'll share throughout the year, will hone in on a decor style and find images that would look great in a room together. My hope is to inspire you to seek new sources and curate a style that uniquely reflects your personality. Have a style you want me to focus on next? Be sure to drop it in the comments below. Also, check out my insta-stories where I'll occasionally use a poll to curate my next post.

This Hollywood Glam vibe features a stunning, tufted sofa in a lovely dusty blue shade with thin gold legs. Not quite mid-century, not quite a chesterfield, this sofa is the perfect choice for a Hollywood Glam room. The gold legs encouraged a warmth in the art work and a art deco flare. For this room, go for brass and black frames - simple in profile to let the artwork shine. bring in shades of white to keep it light, and shades of blue to compliment the sofa. This large marble piece sets the tones and anchors the collection. Balance the other pieces by considering the main color in the image and dispersing them around the center piece.

sofamarble | capiz art crystals | palladium theater | crawling lights | katrina portrait

Friday, January 4, 2019

Starting New

Recap of 2018 Resolutions

Drink More Water | I'm really proud to say I've worked hard on this. 2018 started out with just a generic goal of upping my water intake and I did pretty well at the beginning of the year, but then, as typical, fell off somewhere around March or April. Then during my kidney donation testing, it was determined I really needed to focus on drinking 67 ounces of fluid a day with a concentration on water. Considering I'm making a huge decision to donate an organ, I also need to be serious about keeping the rest of myself healthy. Now, I use the app My Water Balance to track my intake of all fluid. My notifications are set to remind me each hour to take a drink, because frankly, I still need the reminder. It's not quite yet a habit.

Tackle Debt | Another proud moment came when I was able to pay off two credits I had. You will see a repeat of this resolution for this year, and I will be setting some monthly goals to do even better than last year.

Paint the Ceilings | This seemingly random resolution was much more specific than the other two, but again, I'm happy that I did paint the ceiling in our dining room and the main hallway. Guys, I'm telling you this made such a huge difference in our home. Our dining room no longer feels like a cave which is pretty spectacular. We still have other ceilings to paint (all the bedrooms) but we are planning to repaint the walls in those rooms as well, so we will make a point to do the ceilings during those projects.

 2019 Resolutions

Time Off | This year I hope to be much more intentional with my time off work. My day job is a rewarding and fulfilling part of my life that I'm grateful for, and I have a tendency to not use up my PTO until the last second, before they expire. This year, I'm going to make sure to set aside my time and plan out how to use it. Those days off don't have to be full of spectacular plans or goals, but spacing them out and giving myself breathing room throughout the year would be a great mental vacation.

Expand my Comfort Zone | Last year when traveling to Ecuador, I put myself in a position of unfamiliar territory. In a new country, spending my time talking to complete and random strangers, I found that I was a little more bold. One of the things I loved about Pelilo and the other Ecuadorian towns was how receptive the people were of others. This openness was comforting and not one bit intimidating. While intimidation isn't something I thought I feared before the trip, I realized afterward that I often times feel intimidated.

Tackle Debt | I told you this resolution would be repeated this year. While I consider 2018 to be successful, I've set stricter budgets for 2019 and have specifically put some things on my no list to help myself save money here and there.

What is this no list I speak of? Wanting to be more intentional with my goals during my planning, I came across Lara Casey's 2019 Goal Setting Series, which includes a deep evaluation of your life, your dreams, and what your goals have done for you in the past. The entire process was really therapeutic for me and allowed me to dive into the daily decisions that are making up my life and determine if each one is good or bad for me in the grand scheme of my life. I'm not going to share the entire process with you, but I do encourage you to head to Lara's website and check it out yourself, and I'm going to share my yes and no list for 2019 with you. Please help hold me accountable!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


May this year be the best year yet! Cheers to choosing love and kindness in 2019.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Don that Tree Skirt

HOLLY JOLLY Holidays, gang! Don your tree skirt and get ready to hang. For my dear friends, I've prepared your weekend party look. There's no need to thank me, just pull out your checkbook. Seriously though, all joking aside, how fab would it be?! To show up to a disco wearing all this greenery!

Cheers to enjoying your holiday festivities. I'm signing off til I've recovered from the activities. In just a few weeks you find me right here, ready to celebrate the coming of the new year!

xo, courtney

sunnies | sweater | earrings | pouch | nails | shoes

Friday, December 14, 2018

but the Fire is So Delightful

The sound of Holiday tunes while padding around the house in stocking feet, the fireplace burning, the lights twinkling - it's all so festive. But it's the music that really sets the tone. To be honest, I'm a huge proponent of quiet; in the car for example, I prefer no noise. No radio, no audiobook, no podcast. My drive to work is pretty short, and there's just something about that time as a transition period between work and personal that helps me mentally shift. At this time of year, once I'm home, I switch on the bluetooth speaker and navigate to my I Smell Snow playlist. (If you know the reference of the title, we can be friends forever.)

The past couple of years I've added a variety of tunes to this playlist, different eras and styles, but all festive. Classics like Frank Sinatra and Burl Ives, throwbacks like Mariah Carey and NSYNC, and modern music like Sia and Pentatonix - there's a little bit of everything. I've embeded the playlist below with 100 songs, but if you want the full list, here's the link to the playlist on Spotify.

What's your favorite holiday song? I'm a fan of "Mary, Did You Know" and "Let it Snow".