My 2017 Reflection and Recap

Overall, 2017 was a great year for me. School flew by, and I am now only months from graduating and becoming a “real” adult. I was able to travel some and spend the best quality time with my family. Most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and was humbled by the opportunities that I had to grow as a blogger and person.

Over the past year, my blog grew tremendously. I was able to work with brands that I never imagined, and finally felt that my hard work had been paying off. I started my blog in the fall of 2013. Five years later, I am still working toward my goals and improving my content and social media. I have been extremely humbled by the opportunities that I have been given from my blog and definitely do not take them for granted. Everyday, I work even harder to hopefully one day achieve my dream and goal of running a successful fashion and beauty blog.

While most of the year felt successful, it also posed some challenges for me personally. For years, I have always said that I would keep toxic people out of my life and only surround myself with positivity. Towards the end of this year, that motto got a little lost, and I felt myself personally let down by people who I thought I could trust. But throughout that struggle, I was proud of my maturity and realized that it takes those people and some petty drama to realign who you are and refocus your energy back to what matters. I was challenged with many situations, but through it all, I focused on what I felt was not only best for me, but also the people and situations around me. While I felt absorbed in the pointless drama, I always remembered the bigger things happening in the world and how grateful I am to have many others around me supporting me and loving me. As hard as it was, I had to push away those toxic people, as well as what they thought about me, which was the hardest part. I care how people perceive me because I want people to feel that I am treating them with the respect and love that I would want. When drama arises, you start to question what others think about you and even how you treat people. But I realized that I cannot overthink it. People can ultimately think whatever they want. At the end of the day, only you know you. Continue to love and treat people how you would like to be treated. Continue to respect others and yourself. I will never doubt myself again because I know who I am and so does the others that love me. And I want to personally thank my family, boyfriend, and close friends for continuously supporting me throughout my journey and loving me for who I am.

Being an adult is hard. The change that comes is scary, and I am definitely feeling that at the moment. With months to graduation, I am really beginning to see that the next five years can’t be planned. I have an idea of where I would like to be, but in the end, everything happens for a reason, and I know that if I continue to work hard, I will achieve everything that I am striving for. I will continue to manifest positivity, so that positivity will come to me.  I will continue to do things that make me happy and work through the hard times. I am ready for the challenges to come and cannot wait to go on this journey with you.

As you get older, time flies by. I am nervous for what is to come, but so excited for what the future holds.

I hope you all continue on this journey with me. Happy new year!

-XOXO Courtney

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Buys

The #NSale is back and better than ever! It’s the time of year where lovers of fashion and all things Nordstrom can get a peek into fall’s must haves and purchase it at some of the best prices around. Brands like Tory Burch, Sam Edelman, Touche, Astr, BP and more are on sale for great amazing prices.

The sale opened to the public Friday July 22nd, and I ran to my closest Nordstrom at 10 am to get everything that I was eyeing and more. I purchased quite a few fall staples that I will definitely be sporting on the cooler days of fall and winter. All products are listed with links to the website. The only thing not on sale I purchased was the Articles of Society denim. But for $64, I thought these were a steal considering other denim in the store were over $100 on sale. I’m also picky with jeans, so when I tried these on and fell in love, I knew I needed to grab them!

Halogen ‘Owen Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat

BP Ribbed Moto Leggings

Articles of Society ‘Sarah’ Skinny Jeans (Loma Vista)

BP Gray Sweater (Similar)

The sale ends August 8th. Prices will go back up to their normal retail range and will stay until they go on sale. Don’t wait until then! Go online today or in store and check out the pieces a part of the #NSale!

I have also been informed that some pieces that have sold out in the sale have been restocked, so definitely stay tuned and keep checking in.

-XOXO Courtney

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Skincare: Take The Day Off Routine

Skincare can be hard to come by. There are so many different products on the market to choose from that it can be difficult to decide whether to go the drug store or the higher end route. One thing is for sure, removing your makeup properly and taking care of your skin is SO SO SO IMPORTANT! I cannot stress that enough.

So many girls and guys neglect to remove their makeup at the end of the day because they are too tired or it will take too long. But sleeping with your makeup on is just plain disgusting. Your skin will be screaming to let it breath because it is trapped under all that dirt, pollution and makeup from the entire day.

My makeup removal routine is super simple, and so can yours. Usually I’ll hop in the shower and do the cleansing there, that way I can shave and wash my hair simultaneously. I use a few select products (some drugstore and some high end) to break down the makeup, remove, cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Those are the steps you should also be taking to ensure your skin is able to breath and is clean at the end of the day.

Even if you do not wear makeup, the amount of dirt present on the skin and pores, is much greater than one may think. Take the time to cleanse and remove any left over makeup from the day. You only have one skin. Take care of it.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes

Neutrogena Grapefruit Scrub

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner

Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream

-XOXO Courtney

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Taking The Cool To The Waterfront

Taking The Cool To The Waterfront

Fall is officially in the air! And when I mean officially, I mean it is getting chilly! But I am loving it! Below are just a few pictures of today’s OOTD by the waterfront!

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A simple fluffy cardigan from Primark, Tee from Forever 21, Leggings from Nordstrom, and some White Chuck Taylor’s make for a comfy and cute Friday afternoon outfit!


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Apples, Apples, and More Apples!

Apples, Apples, and More Apples!

It’s officially fall! You know what that means… Cool weather, crisp leaves, warm sweaters and apple picking! It’s probably one of my favorite activities to do in the early fall season. It’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold; it is just right! So, what does one wear to this festive event? I have the perfect outfit just for you!

I decided to wear a cotton, jersey dress and a long cardigan. When it got too warm, I could simply tie the sweater around my waist, and I still had a really cute, versatile, and on trend look. I wore a long key necklace to accessorize and some flat sandals. Nothing too fancy!

I adore this trend and style for fall. The wrap around sweater adds a practical and cool feel to a simple dress. You can change it up and even add a flannel. This creates a whole new look for another day!

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My dress is from Francesca’s (Similar), Sweater is from Nordstrom (Similar), Necklace is from a small boutique, and Shoes are Aldo.

Most of the items may be out of stock, but I listed similar pieces that would work too!

Hope you all are enjoying fall so far! XOXO

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Primark Mania!

Primark Mania!

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It has been so long since I have done one of these blog posts! Gosh, I miss the traditional blogs I used to do! I promise, I will be doing them more often! I actually did not even think I would be posting a blog today. My original plan was to take a picture of my #OOTD for Instagram and advertise my latest YouTube videos. But after seeing the photos my bf took of me on his IPhone, I knew these had to be for more than just Insta. It is actually perfect timing too because the first Primark store in the U.S. opened up near me, and I couldn’t be more excited. So why not talk about the mania it is causing?!

Back on topic, I went yesterday (the second day of it being open) hesitant to what I would find. I did not know the store very well, just that the prices are nearly too good to be true. IT WAS MAGICAL! There are four floors that include women’s and men’s clothing, a kids section, shoes, accessories, home, lingerie, pajamas and plenty more that I probably didn’t see. I was quite overwhelmed to say the least. But after giving a pep talk, and pushing my way through the crowds, I was pleased by what I found. The styles are very up to date with trends we are seeing for this fall: simple, chunky sweaters, blanket scarves, chambray, suede, and ripped denim. They offer a variety of colors and sizes and the prices are to die for. I purchased two items: a checkered chambray blouse and this long blush sweater. I am so in love with this sweater! It is the comfiest thing I own and so versatile! Talk about being a beautiful color too!

For this cool, crisp saturday, I paired it with some ripped denim, a sleeveless, white blouse, some flat sandals and my favorite reversible bag. It made for an easy and cozy pairing!

For a girl who is a newbie to Primark, I am pleasantly surprised and very happy with the new style department store.

Until next time!

XOXO Navy and Lace

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Get Ready With Me: Weekend Errands

Get Ready With Me: Weekend Errands

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GRWM: Day Shopping | Courtney Kaner

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