Getting Ready for a GNO with Rotari

Come get ready with me, y’all! With a handful of girls’ trips on the horizon, I thought I would share some must-haves for getting glammed up. I don’t know about y’all, but getting ready with friends is just as fun as hitting the bars with them. It’s when we get to catch up and share things that we dare not mention in front of our beaus. And while a pop of gloss, some Lil Wayne, and a Four Loko was all I needed in my twenties, my tastes have matured a bit in my thirties.

Since rushing is a top pet peeve when I have a night out planned, I make sure to set some time aside to really perfect my look. I tend to pop a bottle of rosé, relax in a bath, then turn on a favorite podcast and put my face on. Read on to find out all the products I use!


Fall Basics You’ll Wear & Re-Wear



Cardigan: American Eagle (Wearing a M) | Sweater Tank: LOFT (Wearing a size S) | Skirt: H&M | Sandals: Marc Fisher | Bag: I Love Jewelry (Use code cortney15 for 15% off!) | Hat: Francesca’s (Similar HERE) | Earrings: Lisi Lerch c/o

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you guys all had a great weekend. Jeremy and I spent the weekend in the mountains – first in Bristol for the race, then to Tuckasegee for a wedding, to Sylva for photos, and finally Cherokee for dinner and some gambling at Harrah’s. Phew! Suffice it to say I was worn out yesterday. No matter how hot and green it still is up there, being in the mountains gets me so excited for Fall. I’m already making plans, unbeknownst to Jeremy, to return when he has some off time. And it got me looking forward to a fun blogger trip next month – stay tuned for that!

But in the spirit of Autumn, I am excited to share a few pieces that you’ll be able to wear and re-wear all season long starting with this gorgeous cardigan that is guaranteed to sell out. It’s under $50 and I sized up to a medium for a more oversized fit. This $25 skirt has also been a fun addition to my wardrobe. It comes in quite a few different color options, but the cognac was the perfect shade to match my tan accessories. I always size up one size in H&M bottoms and am wearing a size US8 in this.

But the real MVP is this cream sweater tank. If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see that I have styled it in a TON of ways! It is seriously so versatile and hands-down my favorite transitional piece. I am wearing a size small in it for size reference.


Key Transitional Pieces from Talbots

As August continues to steamroll on through, kids have gone back to school, and pumpkin-scented goodies begin making their appearance, I have been on the hunt for the perfect pieces for Fall. Throughout the Spring and Summer I would describe my style as feminine and colorful, but when it comes to Autumn, I gravitate towards more classic and preppy looks. Thank goodness that Talbots has me covered! (Literally) I began shopping at Talbots a year ago after discovering their cheeky sweaters and plaid puffer jackets and I was pleasantly surprised by how well their clothes are made, how good the fit is, and how spot on sizing is. So when I was in the market for key Fall pieces, it was an easy to return!

Two things that no closet should be without is a good pair of white skinny jeans and a chambray button-down. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. If you’ve looked around for white denim, then you know if can be a Goldilocks and the Three Bears scenario – too tight, too see-through, too uncomfortable. Luckily, Talbots took all of these things into account when creating their Denim Jegging. They are made with 2% spandex for a stretchy, comfortable wear and even have tan pocket fabric so you can’t see them through the jeans! Plus at 5’4, the cropped cut is the perfect length for me. They run TTS and my regular size 27 fit like a glove.

It was a no-brainer to complete the look with a denim button-down. The weight and the wash sold me on it and it’s pretty wrinkle-resistant, which is seriously a testament to Talbot’s quality. It’s currently on sale for under $25 and I got my regular size medium. Stay tuned for this combo to make continuous appearances here. I am already picturing a vest, Hunter Boots, and boot socks when it cools down!

Get a coupon to shop these pieces HERE!