11.22.2016

Semantics


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"The cold has arrived!!! And so has some posts!!! Sorry for the wait."


As the Fall 2016 semester finally comes to an end so has my blogging hiatus. (Cue the dramatics) This semester has kicked me in the face and spat on my ego. Work has drained and depleted my energy. Blogging had to take a back seat for a moment (and that deeply saddens me) but, I have a goal to graduate by December 2017 (I gotta do what I gotta do), and I got bills.

This outfit reminded me of snow in Autumn (in New York this is a normal occurrence) with its leaves' golden brown hues, blankets of white-ish snow, and hot tea/toasted almond cookies. Fuzzy and warmth from my favorite blanket while watching the snow fall out of the bright Saturday morning sky. Okay, enough with the semantics.

This outfit is chic, elegant, and sophisticatedly sexy. It's powerfully sweet and commands attention.



~~~~~~In the Picture~~~~~~
Earrings
Sweater Dress
Coat
Bag
Boots (Sold Out)


~~~~~~Similar Buys~~~~~~
Earrings
Macy's
Kohl's
Zales

Sweater Dress
Forever 21
Torrid

Coat
Macy's
New York & Company
JCPenny

Bag
Shoe Dazzle
Call It Spring
Aldo

Boots
Charlotte Russe
Belk
Lulus
Just Fab
Just Fab



7.29.2016

Ape Sh*t

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"What happens when I go ape sh*t... I eat bananas. I might even wear 'em."

I recently just moved and right now I'm not even half unpacked. So far my bedroom area is put together, my office area is a bit of a disaster. It's hard trying to configure a room to be a tranquil bedroom/office/studio/craft room. I'm not sure how it will turn out, but I am determined to make it happen. I can't wait for my room's turnout! As an artist, I know that the creation that drives me bananas is the one I know I will end up loving. No worries here!


Until Next Time,
Courtney

7.11.2016

Memory Lane Monday: Hair Edition

"My hair and my personality have a few things in common, one is that they both spiral out of control."

Sorry for the crappy old school pictures. I constantly talk about the "journey" I took in finding myself, style-wise and life-wise. I thought it would be sort of cool for you guys to actually see that journey. This time, I will be talking about my hair experiments (the styles I loved and the "what the heck is that" styles). So here we goooooo!


Would you believe that as a little girl I looked like this? 
2 Years Old


I rocked a pixie.
 14 Years Old


At one point I rocked the Salt-N-Pepa three different hair length style (shaved in the back with the left side longer than the right side). I also dyed my hair a purplish-red.
15 Years Old


I grew it out.
17 Years Old


Then cut it again
17 Years Old


At seventeen I had three different hairstyles, this time, I decided to shave my head. At this point, I was one of those scissor crazy, emo/punk/goth kids. It was also a Feminist moment proving that I can still be a beautiful female without hair.
17 Years Old


I had tried to go natural at eighteen but decided to get a perm after only six months.
18 Years Old


18 Years Old


Also over the years I had a collection of wigs.



^^I really hate this one^^




As I get older, I feel that I experimented enough and I want something grown up and sophisticated (I mean its bad enough that I look younger than my actual age). There are a few things I wish I would have done when I was teen and they are:

1. I wish I would have kept going with my natural hair journey at 18. It was a waste going back to perms since years later I ended up going natural again.

2. Some of the wigs I wore, I wish I had left them at the store.

3. I wish I wore fewer accessories. Some of those earrings do not look right with those necklaces.

I hope these aren't too cringe worthy.

Until Next Time,
Courtney

7.08.2016

Blood Petal

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"I wish I had a pair of Red Bottom Shoes." 

 So, to be clear I refuse to disrupt my schedule. This week I have been wearing mostly head scarves and sweats; jeans and converses. It was summer semester finals week and I have been at my laptop withering away doing essay after essay. I am also in the middle of moving so I've been doing nothing but packing. The few times I got a chance for hot city air (it's disgustingly humid here in NYC right now) is when I went to work or class. There won't be an OOTD (outfit of the day) this Friday. But, hey! Enjoy this whimsically elegant outfit I put together. 

 Until Next Time, 
Courtney

7.04.2016

Keeping Black Clothes (Mostly) Lint Free

Most of my closet is filled with black clothes and the problem I always face is the lint! I thought that many others might face this problem, so why not make a post on it. The advice that I’m giving is not from a professional, but from my own personal experiences. Take as much of the advice as you wish. There is no need to take in everything from this post, use what you'll need!

Always wash black clothes with other black clothes. 
This is essential! Mixing colors with your black clothes can cause the other colors to transfer lint onto your black clothes. Resulting in having what I call "sprinkles" (as in dessert topping).

Separate your black clothes by fabric. 
Knits with the knits. Cottons with the cottons. Jeans with the jeans. Some fabrics can transfer lint to other fabrics. It’s tedious to separate black clothes from each other, but knits are a pain in the booty cakes. Knits easily transfers lint to other fabrics and black lint is just as noticeable as white lint on a black shirt.

Don't wash your clothes inside out. 
Washing your black clothes inside out can result in trapping lint in the creases of the folds. For example, have you ever washed clothes and noticed that big globs of lint are in the creases of where your clothes were laying flat. Well, imagine having that on the outside of your clothes.

If you have your own washing machine and/or dryer frequently clean out the lint.
 The less lint in the machine(s), the less lint on your clothes. This piece of advice also prevents fires in dryers. (Your welcome.) With Laundromats, it’s a little difficult because it’s the public's machine. I use Laundromats so I skip this step, but those with private machines this piece of advice is for you.

After your clothes are dry, hang/fold your black clothes inside out. 
Again very tedious, but I rather have lint on the inside of my black clothes than the outside. When your clothes are hanging in the closet or folded in your drawer it is possible that lint, hair, or dust can transfer onto your black clothes.

Be careful where you lay/sit/or whatever else. 
You know those jackets/coats with the fur or faux fur on the inside. BAD. IDEA. The fur or faux fur can be unintentionally transferred onto your black clothes. Sitting on fabric-cushioned seats also can transfer lint.

Not saying to sell your pet on eBay, but… 
When I lived with family they had a pet cat and I had more than enough fur on me. It was annoying. Just watch out for those furry friends make sure they don’t jump in your lap when wearing black. It’s a task and a half trying to get the fur off.

Wait to put on clothes right before you go outside. 
Saving the “get dress” part last helps keep lint and fur from our furry friends at bay. (Not completely).


Lint rollers will become your best friend. 
When all else fails use a lint roller, lint machine, or an ol' fashion lint brush. A small on the go brush works well while you are outside!

No matter what you do there is going to be lint somewhere. 
Don’t worry if you get a few lint here and there. Nobody’s perfect and nothing is 100%. You can’t get every particle off.

I hope this was a big help. It works for me and I hope it works to your benefit. Remember this is not a step-by-step guide. Feel free to use whatever you deem as useful. These are just opinions that has helped me and not everything is for everyone.


Until Next Time, 
Courtney

7.01.2016

Starring...



My baby is two years old. Happy Birthday Love, 
 XOXO mommy.

First lets establish this: No, I don't have children. Secondly: Two years ago I started this blog and well, this is my baby. I worked hard on it and I have the right to call it "my baby". With all the revamping I've done, I couldn't be any more pleased with its outcome. Especially since I managed this by myself with two jobs and being a full-time student (I will touch upon that a little bit more in another post).

 Wearing all black has been my staple since I was 11 and at the time of this post I am 22, so yeah it’s been a long time. I noticed I've taken a liking to prints/print mixing and colors. Which is why I felt like Courtney Alexandria needed a revamp (hence the pop of red now found throughout the blog). 

This outfit was actually from a year ago, but I never gotten around to posting it. I love this T-shirt Dress, it's comfortable and casual cool. In my opinion it’s a little too short for me, so I decided to wear a pair of biker shorts underneath. I mostly wear this dress while running errands its light and the breeze always hits right! I threw on my favorite pair of converses that have been through a crap load of battles and my favorite backpack that has seen better days (like seriously, I keep having to crazy glue the flap to the closure). I grabbed my star necklace and bracelet that I made (sorry about the lack of close ups on my accessories, I'll make sure to start doing that).

T-shirt Dress 
Forever 21 ~ sold out
Similar |

Biker Shorts
| Walmart |

Sneakers 
Famous Footwear |

Bag
Aldo ~ sold out
| Similar |
| Similar |

Earrings
Forever 21 ~ sold out
| Similar |

Necklace
Made by Me

Bracelet
Made by Me


Until Next Time,
Courtney





6.26.2016

Update

"July 1's fast approach, new content is on its way!"

I am so excited to start Courtney Alexandria with a new bang on its anniversary. Here is the schedule I am hoping to keep:

Monday: Mixed Media Monday 
Hair, Nails, Beauty, Skin, etc

WednesdayWardrobe Wishlist Wednesday
Outfit Collages 

Friday: Fashion Friday
Outfits of the Day (OOTDs)

The schedule is subjected to change and of course I'll let you know before hand. See you soon!

Until Next Time,
Courtney

5.27.2016

New Content Coming Soon

"Why say 'sky's the limit' when there is a universe beyond it that goes for an infinite number of miles?"

Please bare with me, I'm doing a lot of revamping with my brand so Courtney Alexandria will be a little bit on a hiatus with new content. I promise it will be worth the wait as I will be posting OOTDs (outfits of the day), outfit collages, makeup, skin care, hair care, and more. Being that I am a one-person team it will most likely take some time. I started this revamping May 1 and I expect these new changes to take effect starting July 1. Two months of hard work! I'll keep you guys posted.

Until Next Time,
Courtney