Must-Have Transitional Pieces

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Dress: Nordstrom (Similar Ruffled Version HERE) | Tote: I Love Jewelry (use code CORTNEY15 for 15% off) | Wedges: Nordstrom ($34 dupe HERE) | Necklace & Earrings: Kendra Scott | Bangles: Etsy


Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you had a great weekend, avoided pinches, and drank a ton of green beer. Jeremy and I spent the day brewery hopping in Greenville followed by pizza at one of our favorite spots. Thank goodness for the carb loading because I was honestly shocked I was able to get up and get to work without much struggle this morning! Which is great because I have a ton to do this week, including finishing up my taxes (which are such a pleasure when you run your own business).

But before I finish up, I wanted to share a few things with you. First of all, if you loved these super popular wedges last year but didn’t love the price tag then Target has come to the rescue. They duped the wedges in four colors for only $34! I already owned the Nordstrom pair in cognac, so I snagged the blush suede version for Spring.

Onto this adorable monogrammed tote… I am thrilled that so many of y’all love it as much as I do! I have been using it as a work bag and just slip a Neverfull organizer I found on Amazon into it which works like a dream! Well, I have had my eye on another bag from Shop I Love Jewelry – a Gucci leather backpack dupe – that’s been sold out forever. Good news, loves! It’s back in stock! You can use code cortney15 to get 15% off anything you purchased from SILJ 🙂 This is another favorite that I currently have in my cart.

Last thing – this dress is starting to sell out and I didn’t want you guys to miss it because it is such a staple piece I can see myself wearing year-round. For sizing reference, I am size 5’4 and long-waisted and the length of the medium is great on me. I also stumbled upon this ruffled version that is available in all sizes and as sweet as can be!

Full Face of High End Cosmetics vs Drugstore Dupes

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If you guys watch my Instagram Stories, then you know that I have been furiously hunting for a full face of drugstore makeup that rivals my high end. Well y’all, I’m excited to say that it’s MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And I have to be honest… I have had so much fun testing out all of these products and I have been blown away in the process by discovering how far the drugstore has come. So I have rounded up every holy grail, use-it-every-day product below and all you have to do is click on the graphic to shop them.

To be clear, if a drugstore product is listed below it means that I firmly believe that it performs equal to – if not better than – its high end counterpart. I even added hearts next to products that blew me away!

Before you get to shopping, a couple things to note – if you are going to try one thing from this post, make it Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Foundation. It is only $5 and life-changing! I HAVE to try its stick version too because I think it’ll be perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. Also when it comes to concealer, I feel like I have tried a ton looking for a good dupe to Shape Tape and I can’t believe that NYX did it. But do not get Can’t Stop Won’t Stop confused with their HD concealer because CSWS is MUCH more full coverage and hydrating. And finally, if you decide to try the amazing $2.99 liquid eyeliner by Essence, make sure to get the waterproof version. It will make achieving winged liner a breeze.

If you’re wondering why there are no eyeshadow palettes listed, it’s because all of my recent drugstore purchases have outperformed the high end palettes I own. Between BH Cosmetics, Colourpop, and Morphe, there is absolutely no reason any longer to splurge on eyeshadow. My favorite palettes are the BH Cosmetics Zodiac and Zodiac Love Signs, Morphe’s Jaclyn Hill Palette, Colourpop’s Fame Palette, and the BH Cosmetics Hangin’ in Hawaii Palette.

HIGH END VS DRUGSTORE MAKEUP

GRIPPING PRIMER: Guerlain L’Or Primer ($74) vs NYX Honey Dew Me Up ($10)
PORE FILLING PRIMER: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer ($52) vs Elf Poreless Putty Primer ($8)
FOUNDATION: Too Faced Born This Way Undetectable Foundation ($39) vs Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation ($4.99)
MAKEUP SPONGE: Beauty Blender ($20) vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99)
CONCEALER: Tarte Shape Tape ($27) vs NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Concealer ($8.50)
SETTING POWDER: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder ($39) vs Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder ($7.99)
BRONZER: Marc Jacobs O’Mega Bronzer ($49) vs Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($14.99)
CONTOUR: Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder ($30) vs Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder ($10)
BLUSH PALETTE: Nars Exposed Cheek Palette ($59) vs Morphe 8W Warm Master Blush Palette ($22)
HIGHLIGHTER: Ofra Rodeo Drive Highlighter ($29) vs Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian ($8)
BROW PENCIL: Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21) vs Winky Lux Uni-Brow Pencil ($14)
LIQUID GLITTER EYESHADOW: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow ($24) vs Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights ($15)
LIQUID EYELINER: Benefit Roller Liner ($22) vs Essence Eyeliner Pen Waterproof ($2.99)
MASCARA: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($24) vs Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara ($7.99)
LIQUID LIPSTICK: Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit in Posie K ($29) vs Morphe Liquid Lipstick in Virgin ($10)
NUDE LIPSTICK: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim KW ($26) vs Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Baddest Beige ($7.99)
SETTING SPRAY: Mac Fix+ ($27) vs Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist ($15)

Full Face of High End Total: $591

Full Face of Drugstore Total: $162.50

How I Organize my Cloffice

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If you know me, you know that I’m certainly not the authority to speak on organization, but we’re all feeling extra confident after a few episodes of Marie Kondo so here goes…

Let’s begin with a little backstory – I moved in to Jeremy’s bachelor pad after we got married a couple years ago. He had a bonus room upstairs that he wasn’t utilizing and relinquished it to me; which was a fabulous choice for both of us because I am able to conveniently hide all of my crap in a very low-trafficked area of the home and he’s able to retain the closet space he needs in the bedroom. But while the square footage of the room was substantial, the vaulted ceilings presented unique design and storage challenges.

I have shared my cloffice in the past (check it out HERE) and while I was happy with how the space turned out, I found myself working in other rooms of our house the more and more disorganized the space became. So, I recently reworked a handful of areas and added a few critical storage solutions and I can’t believe how much more use I am getting out of it. Come along with me as I share some easy, game-changing storage and organizational tips that will satisfy the spark of OCD in us all 😉

CLOTHING ORGANIZATION

Clothing Rack: At Home (Similar HERE) | Hangers: Amazon | 3-Tier Cart: Amazon (Pink Version HERE)

The KonMari Method says start with clothes so let’s do it! As a full time fashion blogger, I have clothes arriving quite often that I work to share with y’all in an expedited manner. Since this bonus room unfortunately doesn’t feature a closet, it was a necessity to purchase a clothing rack in which I could hang up outfits that I needed to shoot. I scored this particular clothing rack for under $40 at At Home, but since you can only shop in store I shared a similar option above.

The addition was great and much needed, but this little corner of my room always looked so cluttered until I invested in matching hangers. I found these acrylic and gold hangers on Amazon. A little extra, yes, but my clothes deserve it! (LOL) This is seriously the most simple little change that makes a BIG difference.

ACCESSORIES/BOOKS STORAGE

Storage Cubes: Wal-Mart | Acrylic Jewelry Box: Glambox | Acrylic Necklace Stand: Amazon | Over-The-Door Hanger: Target | Shoe Rack: Target | Wicker Baskets: Amazon | Sunglasses Stand: Amazon

Next was tackling accessories… which just so happen to be my weakness (as evident by the photos). I began by purchasing these storage cubes to act as a television stand as well as additional storage. I make sure to keep books on display that spark joy, baskets for various smaller bags, scarves, etc., and a sunglass stand that allows me to see exactly what I have. For larger purses and hats, I added this over the door hook organizer to capitalize on the small amount of vertical space the room features.

Speaking of, I can’t say enough good things about my Glambox Jewelry Box. It is certainly an investment, but it is one that’s worthwhile. The tough thing about little baubles is that if you can’t see them, you won’t wear them. Glambox solves this problem and then some! Having a dedicated place for necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings brings about an incomparable satisfaction. Worth every penny.

Finally was my ever-growing shoe collection. It had driven me nuts going from room to room to put together an outfit, so I utilized a hidden corner of the room for heels, sneakers, and booties, and put an over the door organizer for my sandals and clutches. For OTK boots, I keep them in a neat line underneath my ottoman.

VANITY AREA/COSMETICS

Console Table: Amazon | Lighted Mirror: Impressions | Acrylic Bench: Amazon | Cosmetics Organizer: Amazon | Light Up Sign: Forever 21

Most game-changing of the entire cloffice re-work was creating a dedicated vanity space so that my cosmetics weren’t spilling over into my work station. If y’all have been following along for any length of time, then you know that I am equally (if not more) passionate about beauty as I am about fashion. I love trying new products and am on constant hunt for the best of the best. As such, my collection has grown generously.

For over a year, I had been using my desk as my vanity, but it just wasn’t making much sense anymore. So I removed the bottom shelf off of the console table I had in the corner that served more as a decorative feature than as utility. I added an acrylic bench and voila! Instant vanity. I can’t say enough about the peace of mind having all of my makeup in one dedicated space provides. But this space isn’t quite complete yet! Since this is technically a console table and not a desk, I am planning on investing in this amazing slay station so I can continue to grow my collection and eventually begin filming some YouTube videos!

DESK/WORK AREA

Desk: Overstock | Lamp: Hobby Lobby | Ceramic Pineapple: Wal-Mart | Calendar: Snapfish

Piggy-backing off of the last topic was reclaiming my desk as a dedicated work space. When a room lacks storage, a large desk becomes a catch-all of books, bags, makeup, drinks, etc. Think of it like the token corner chair in everyone’s room that no one sits in but you throw everything onto. So once I had removed all of the makeup out of the drawers and off its surface, I was able to have a big, clear working space and have all of my papers and office supplies at my finger tips again.

To keep my business organized I not only use a planner, but also my free blogging planner printables (which you can find HERE). I always keep the Revenue Spreadsheet front and center! As a blogger working with brands, it is difficult to keep track of compensation dates because each company/agency has a different payment cycle. On top of that, companies each pay different ways (direct deposit, Paypal, check). I fill all of this info in to my revenue spreadsheet and clip a copy of the contract into the back of the planner. When payment is resolved, I highlight through the campaign.

Another fun touch to my desk space is the addition of this personalized desk calendar. I chat more about it HERE and have a discount code too, but I love having pictures of my loved ones and memorable travel in order to keep me motivated.

Thank you so much for touring my updated cloffice space! If you have any storage solutions that you swear by, be sure to share them in the comments below.