Unique Wood Watches For Spring Fashion

Style is a way to say who you are…a statement of self expression. When styling my looks, I always like to include a unique piece that really represents me and my distinctive perspective on fashion. I’m drawn to pieces that are progressively timeless, meaning they are elegant but also modern. This is especially true about one of my favorite accessories, my wood watch from JORD watches. It’s unique but versatile and can be worn as a daily casual accessory or with formal attire. I love how it’s a mix between traditional  classic timepieces and modern designs. I wear mine daily and receive so many compliments.

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I’ve never been one to fit the mold and neither does JORD watches. They are as authentic as they are beautiful and I had the most difficult time choosing which watch I wanted. After several days of debating (and trying to convince hubby I needed two), I decided on the Frankie series and I can’t say I have any regrets. I love the elegance of the champagne face with the rich honey colors of the zebrawood. It’s not overpowering but still a statement piece. You can pair it with neutrals or bolds…either way you’ll earn major points in the styling category!

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JORD watches are such a great gift for anyone special in your life. I love to give thoughtful and personalized gifts and JORD watches are a perfect option because many of their models are engrave-able. You can engrave the person’s initials or a meaningful quote…anything that is special or significant to your loved one. They will be sure to think of you every time they look at it.

You can shop my exact Frankie series watch by clicking the link below:

https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie/zebrawood-and-champagne#speakingaboutstyle

To shop the other beautiful and unique women’s watches by JORD click below:

https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/women#speakingaboutstyle

Don’t forget about the men in your life! These watches would make a great anniversary or birthday gift. Click below to shop men’s watches:

https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/men#speakingaboutstyle

See what I’m talking about?? It’s so hard to choose! Well, thanks to the kind folks at JORD, you have a chance to win $100 towards one of their gorgeous wood watches. For a chance to win, click the link below. The giveaway closes on 5/13 at 11:59 PM and anyone who enters will also receive a 10% of code. Good luck!

https://www.woodwatches.com/g/speakingaboutstyle

Loyally,
Kortney
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Meet You In Oahu

Sun, sand, multiple tropical drinks in hand….I have a serious vacay hangover. Adulting is hard enough but when you leave paradise for a dark windowless dungeon of a classroom…now that’s just pure torture! Anyways….this was our first trip to Hawaii and it definitely did not disappoint. Oahu is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Think crystal blue waters, white sand, lush greenery, purple and red magical sunsets….yep, I’ve got you packing your bags, right?! Well before you go..make sure to bookmark this post because I’m dishing all the details on where to stay, where to dine, what to pack, and of course a little island fashion thrown in.

Where to Stay:

When you visit Oahu you will most likely fly into the biggest hub in Honolulu. Now most tourists will opt for staying near Waikiki, a beach front neighborhood of Honolulu on the south side of the island. It’s the most famous and while extremely beautiful…also extremely crowded. If you like sharing the beach with hundreds of other tourists and locals then this may be the spot for you but if you’re like me and are in do not disturb mode….then this is probably not your cup of tea. We opted for the more secluded and relaxing beaches of Ko Olina.

Ko Olina is about a 30-40 minutes drive from the Honolulu airport depending on traffic. You can take a shuttle or of course Uber but I recommend getting a rental car so you have one at your dispense if you want to explore the island. We stayed at the Marriot Ko Olina Beach Club Resort …a secluded hideaway with a private beach on a lagoon. The views from this resort are nothing short of amazing! The white sandy beach sits on a lagoon of crystal blue water that is perfect for lounging or snorkeling. It has three outdoor pools, a spa, several restaurants, pool-side bars…everything you need to vacation like a pro! The villa we stayed in had all the amenities, a full kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths, balconies with mountain views…if you’re looking for a no fuss, no worries, home away from home…. this place is it! Not to mention..everything is beautifully landscaped and picturesque…you’re not going to want to leave the resort!

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Where to Dine:

Sushi Ninja – casual, laid-back affordable delicious sushi

Longhi’s- great happy hour for tropical drinks and appetizers

The Monkey Pod- Hawaiian cuisine with a large outdoor patio (order the ahi tuna tacos…thank me later)

Roy’s- a little pricey but soo soo good! Hawaiian cuisine focusing on local sea food and sushi

What to Pack:

Trade in your skinny jeans and stilettos for sandals and sun dresses! The locals are all about easy, low-key beach attire. Tank tops, shorts, and flip flops are encouraged. I know this may sound hard to believe, but I actually over-packed….shocking, huh? Here’s really the only things you need:

  • bathing suits- I took 6….probably only needed 3
  • cover ups- a lot of restaurants and bars are right off the beach and all you need is a light cover up
  • flip-flops- the sand is hot and third degree foot burns are a thing…
  • water shoes- we had a toe injury…luckily we didn’t have to amputate…but could have been avoided if water shoes were worn….(men, they never listen)
  • snorkel kit- you can just pick up a cheap one at Wal-Mart but the tropical fish right off the lagoon are breath taking
  • sun block- skin cancer sucks
  • tennis shoes- there is some great hiking around the island and we walked the beach every morning for the gorgeous views
  • maxi/sun dresses- the locals were a lot of flowy, breezy dresses that work for day or night
  • beach hats and sun glasses- the sun can be intense and you’ll want to protect your face
  • floats- so you can sit your ass in the water and not move
  • shorts/tank tops- everywhere is super casual…cute tanks and shorts is all you need to fit in
  • a light sweater or denim jacket- it can get a little chilly at night, especially when there is a breeze

Island Fashion:

I truly love everything about the no fuss, easy going surfer vibes fashion that you see everyone wearing in Hawaii. All things tropical are encouraged and since palm print is a major trend right now…I took full advantage of my surroundings! Check out this palm print shift dress I bought from Vici. Easy…light weight…and completely on trend!

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This dress is sold out on the Vici website but I’ve linked some similar below. Click any image to shop.

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Tie front tops and tropical print crops are a must have this season and there’s no place better than Hawaii to try out this trend. I styled this next look for under $30. Both pieces are from Forever 21 and are as versatile as they are affordable. Pair them together or switch out the chambray shorts for your favorite maxi skirt.

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Click the images below to shop.


       

Now you’re on your way to being a total island babe! I hope you get the opportunity to visit this beautiful island…it’s truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and I’m already planning my next trip to Hawaii to try out a different one.

Live. Love. Aloha.

Loyally,

Kortney

Be a Fruit Loop in a World of Cherrios

Today’s post is all about being bold. Not just in the fashion world…but in anything you set out to accomplish. Now I know the thought of being bold is much easier than it actually is. I’m not much of a risk taker by nature…I’m quite analytical and meticulously calculate my moves…but I am a believer that you only have one life to live and if you set back and take the safe route, you’ll be missing out on opportunities you never knew were possible. This thinking is what got me started writing this blog…I have know idea if it will ever make me a dime or if I’ll ever be successful at it…but if I don’t attempt it then I’ll never know. So whatever it is you dream about doing in life my advice is this: Do what it is you’re afraid to do. Be bold, be brave, be fearless, be passionate…..and do it all in really remarkable fashion!

Since we’ve decided we are all bold risk tasking girl bosses…we need to look the part! I styled these looks with the boldest blues in mind and since I am off on vacay in 3 days (happy dance), they are perfect for your next tropical destination.

Up first…the ruffle romper! Now I love my neutrals like any other girl…black, tan, cream…but how vivacious is this blue? No sitting back spectating on the side lines here! You’ll be front row and center is this little number! The ruffle hem gives it a feminine touch but I don’t think anyone would argue that you’re a bold babe in this one!

Styling tip: pair it with a belt in a similar color family. I opted for this multi- colored sequin belt that accentuates the bold blue with cooler blues, greens, and yellows. I kept it monochromatic with the earrings and went neutral with the shoes not to over power the romper.

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Batting next is this bold vacay stunner….

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This one gives me all the tropical vibes…and talk about bold…these blues and yellows are popping! I found this palm and floral top at TJ Maxx for $15 and immediately envisioned it with a long flowy skirt to give it that bohemian island vibe. Now a pairing this bold is usually out of my comfort zone but I decided to go for it! Again, you only live once….and no regrets here! I paired it with gold strappy heels because I love gold accents for bold blues and yellows and my favorite bamboo bag  to keep it cohesive but don’t be afraid to choose bright accessories… be a fruit loop in a world full of cheerios!!!

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Hope this post brought you the courage to break out of your classic black and tan shell and live life in color! Life was made to live in color and I’m pretty sure no one has ever damaged their eye sight by looking on the bright side!

As always…thanks so much for stopping by!!

Loyally,

Kortney

5 Spring Must Haves

Spring has finally sprung! If you live in the Phoenix area than what that really means is the start of 80 degree days and AC bills that start eating into your clothes budget…seriously, $400 electric bills are a thing out here! It also means the start of Spring vacay! My family and I are traveling to Hawaii in 2 weeks and I’ve already started packing….can ya tell I’m a little excited?!? Not just about spending a week in paradise…but also about the amazing Spring fashion trends going on right now! There are so many different trends that I love this season…which is making  it hard deciding what makes the cut in my suitcase for Spring break! Hubby usually limits to me to one carry-on…a carry-on, mu-ah?! I’m not kidding…last Spring vacay I squeezed my life into one single carry-on for 10 days in Italy…and of course I had a different outfit for each day/night. I’ve learned some amazing packing tips that I plan on sharing in another post later this week…ya know…just in case your hubby or boyfriend hates waiting in the baggage claim line as much as mine.

Since packing space is limited…I’ve rounded up 5 must haves that NEED room in your suitcase this season….And they’re all budget friendly of course…that way you have bail money…I mean I hear it comes in handy if you’re traveling to Cancun…all hearsay of course…and if you see a video from Spring Break ’09… I don’t know what their talking about..that girl looks nothing like me…

Stripes

A zebra takes it’s stripes wherever it goes and this season…so should you! Stripes are everywhere…pants, crops, minis, suits…you name it! I love this trend because it’s so easy to wear and anyone can rock it! Check out this pastel striped top from Target:

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This button-up baby is making appearances all over Insta and fashion blogs..and for good reason too! It’s effortlessly chic and can be paired with pretty much anything from denim to your flowy maxi…or in my case…floral palazzo crops. I styled this whole look from Target and both pieces were under $30 each! I love playing with patterns and in my opinion…this was the perfect match! Click the images below to shop.

If you’re more of a one and done kinda girl…this striped shirt dress is a slam dunk…sorry, it’s March madness and this Kentucky girl’s got basketball on the brain! Bust seriously, this dress has all the right details…the sash front is another trend that I love and the ruffled sleeves…I mean it’s like the Kentucky basketball of shirt dresses…and for those of you who doesn’t know what that means…it’s good..really really good.

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Sets

Matchy matchy…two-piece sets are a must have this season! This may just be my favorite trend of the moment…if you’re not too sure go for a solid color pairing. Yellow is huge this season so you really can’t go wrong with a matching yellow set. I’ve linked some of my favorites below. Click any image to shop.

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Best Buds Floral Pants

Tie-fronts

Tie-front tops are easy, feminine, and perfect for warmer weather. There’s been a major tie-front tops with high-waisted jeans movement that has me re-living my Kelly Taylor 90210 obsession!

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One-pieces

Mom suits have gotten a make over! One-pieces are no longer just for women over 50 and they are anything but boring! I remember the days when I swore I wouldn’t be caught dead in a one-piece…now I’m adding them to cart like they’re candy!! Extra points if you find the perfect high- waisted one…

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Bamboo/Straw

Everyone knows that accessories tie together the outfit..and this season the accessory you need is the bamboo or straw bag. I’ve been carrying this bamboo clutch on repeat the past week and I have to tell you..everywhere I go, I get stopped and asked where I got this bag! It goes with everything and is the cherry on top to your Spring look. If you’re looking for something with a strap..the straw crossbody bag may be more your speed…either way, you’ll score major style points!

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Hope this post brought you some major Spring break fashion inspiration! If you’ve been to Oahu, I would love some suggestions! What’s on your must see list? Wherever you’re heading for Spring vacay..I wish you a safe and relaxing trip. I know you’ll be killing it in the fashion department!

And as always…thanks so much for stopping by!

Loyally,

Kortney

Sprinter

Sprinter… It’s a mix between Spring and Winter…AKA the no man’s land for dressing. The weather can’t make up its mind…and neither can you on what to wear?! Time to dig out your Spring blouses and dresses but keep your sweaters and light jackets close by. If you’re like me then you pack away your Spring wardrobe in several large suitcases during the Winter because your closet simply isn’t big enough to fit everything….even if you technically have 3 closets…well 2 3/4…had to give hubby some space.

March is a month of transitions. The weather is finally starting to get warmer during the day but the mornings and nights are still chilly. You’re starting to mix some of your favorite Spring pieces in but still need a light jacket. Dreams of Spring break and vacay are starting to invade your thoughts but you’ve still got a few more weeks of work before you can take off. Dressing for transitional weather can be tricky and you definitely have to be up on your layering game. That’s why when I saw the perfect transitional dress from Cleo Madison, I just couldn’t resist. It’s pink, floral, and feminine…the Spring trifecta…but it’s also long sleeved and a mid-length that is perfect for March and April mild temperatures. Not to mention, it is seriously one of the softest dresses in my closet. You can dress it up for a Spring wedding with a pair of nude heels and tassel earrings or throw  on a denim jacket on top and your fav sneakers for strolling the farmer’s market. Whatever you chose…you’re on your way to being a season straddling guru! Click the images below to shop.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Cleo Madison, they are an adorable modest and stylish clothing company that is anything but boring! Plus, they are wallet friendly and even offer free U.S. shipping. Below you will find some of my favorite pieces that are available to order on their website. Click any image to shop.

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3 more weeks and I’ll be sipping Mai Tai’s on the beach in Hawaii! Stay tuned for some fabulous Spring Break looks coming your way! And as always….thanks so much for stopping by!

Loyally,

Kortney

Smiling Is My Favorite

I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite! Hubby said I’m allowed to quote Elf for the next 4 days…we even shook on it. But seriously, who doesn’t love Elf? A grown man running around in restrictive tights…reminds me of an old Richard Simmons video…makes me want to grab my hand weights and jazzercise to Pat Benatar songs. I’ve always been a little disappointed that I missed the 80’s wave but at least my generation had 90210 and Britney Spears at her prime! Anyways…today’s blog post is all about how to get a brighter and whiter smile without a trip to your dentist.

Does anyone else hate going to the dentist as much as I do? I have never had a cavity but I had braces as a kid which has left me with PTSD of being dragged to the dentist to have them tighten my braces until my head about exploded….and don’t even get me started on those evil tiny little rubber bands that would make my mouth so sore than I would drool out even a milkshake. Luckily, I only had to wear them for about a year and half but I’m still scarred. Since trips to the dentist still haunt my dreams..I’m always looking for at home ways to brighten my teeth. I’ve tried those awful white strips with that gel that never stays on your teeth and tastes terrible…I’ve tried the whitening trays that look like a football player’s mouth guard that stretches out your mouth and cheeks and gives you a lisp when you talk…you name it, I’ve tried it. Then I found Bianco Smile charcoal whitening powder.

Not sure about putting a substance usually used to grill your favorite burgers on your teeth? I hear ya…I was a little skeptical myself at first, but since it is a 100% natural product…I thought, why not? I’m a religious coffee and red wine drinker so it can’t be any worse than what I already put my teeth through. So, I gave it a try and let me tell you…when you’re brushing it on…your teeth will look black. Like, you know that scene from Home Alone 2 when Kevin puts kerosene in the toilet and Harry willingly sticks his head in after discovering he is one fire from the blowtorch booby-trap?

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Yep, you’re going to look like that…but once you wash it off (after 2 minutes), you’re going to look like this:

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Look at those pearls…totally worth sticking a black carbon/ash in your mouth! It really has no taste and leaves your teeth up to 14 shades whiter! Check it out..

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Now, would you believe I drink coffee and wine on repeat?? If you know me well…then you probably have no trouble believing it but at least you can’t tell by my smile. The price of this charcoal whitening tin is usually $29.99 but the kind folks at Bianco Smiles has agreed to give my followers a 20% discount with code: KORTNEY20. Now for less than $25, you can have the white smile you want. One of my goals for 2018 is to smile more often, laugh harder, and love deeper…now I’ve got what I need for a brighter smile I can feel confident about…and plus, I don’t have to give up my coffee or wine…thank goodness…the barista at Starbucks and I are on a first name basis. You can shop the whitening charcoal here.

Only 4 more days until Christmas and I finally have all my shopping done! Feeling like a boss…now to wrap everything, learn how to cook a turkey, clean my entire house, and make 147 gingerbread cookies…I’ve got this, right?! Hope you guys have a great Christmas week and as always…thanks so much for stopping by!

Loyally,

Kortney

Nothing Like Waiting Until The Last Minute…

So if you’re like me…you’re spending the next several days running around like a seven year old on their second chocolate milk trying to get all your last minute Christmas shopping done…seriously, that stuff is like kid crack. We even did an experiment at school where we took away chocolate milk from all 2nd grade classes for a week and we didn’t have one behavior issue, meltdown, or runaway…it was amazing! I don’t know what happened during the 2009-2010 year, but kids born during that time are well….a little “free spirited” to put it lightly. Seriously, our 6th graders are even afraid of them…but anyways…don’t get your tinsel in a tangle…Christmas miracles have a way of occurring! Or just in case Santa’s extra busy this year…you can follow my last minute gift guide and be completely covered! Next best thing to a miracle, right?! Click any of the images below to shop.

For Her:

Silicone Wine Glass Cup Unbreakable Foldable Shatterproof Party Cups for Travel Picnic Camping BBQ Color:Pink  

Save $20 on the All-new Echo (2nd Gen) Burberry Beauty Festive Beauty Box (Limited Edition)

MAC Snow Ball Cool Mini Lipstick Kit ($35 Value)      Nordstrom Butter Slipper Socks (3 for $19)

kate spade new york mini small square stud earrings         MOROCCANOIL® Treatment

philosophy grace for the holidays set (Nordstrom Exclusive) ($38 Value)      Clinique Party Pops Set ($21.50 Value)

1 Charcoal Cleansing Cream at reddressboutique.com   1 ban.do Available For Weekends Getaway Duffle Bag at reddressboutique.com

3 Kismet Sandbag Candle at reddressboutique.com  Make The Bold Move Multi Purse at reddressboutique.com

4 Bowl Me Over Black Multi Stripe Handbag at reddressboutique.com        100

  

  

Alpha Pendant Necklace    Amethyst Cocktail Ring

      TYLER Glamorous Wash, Diva

Liberty for Anthropologie Mug   Best Year Yet 2018 Planner

Salon Monogram Flute  Tea For Me Set

For Him:

Agate Bottle Opener   Caldley Moscow Mule Mug

Beau Brummell Gentlemen's Shaving Brush  Blind Barber Watermint Gin Daily Face Moisturizer

Versace Man Eau Fraîche Set ($129 Value)  Main Image - The North Face Etip Salty Dog Knit Tech Gloves

Main Image - MVMT Leather Strap Watch, 40mm   Main Image - Patagonia 'Fisherman' Beanie

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   French Coffee & TeaMaker Complete Bundle | 34 Oz | Best Coffee Pot with Stainless Steel & Double German Glass

Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More – Black   Product Details

  

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Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker  Callaway

Wildgame Innovations Terra IR Trail Camera – 10MP   The North Face Men's Gordon Lyons Quarter Zip Fleece Pullover

Nike Men's Kobe Mamba Instinct Basketball Shoes         Image of Hawke & Co. Ilan Lace-Up Shoe

Image of 14th & Union Patterned Plush Robe  Image of Nautica Double Breasted Wool Blend Peacoat

Image of adidas Brand Stripe Zip Hoodie  Image of Happy Socks Assorted Printed Crew Socks Gift Box - Pack of 4 Pairs

 

Christmas is only 1 week away and my to do list is about a mile long! How are you guys dealing with holiday overwhelm? I’m making sure I take the time to go to the gym or at least exercise for 30 minutes at home everyday to help keep my stress level down….below is my personal routine:

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Hey, no judging….hope ya’ll have an amazing Christmas week and remember…it’s truly not what’s under the tree that matters, but who is around it! As always…thanks so much for stopping by…

Loyally,

Kortney