Fashion

Shoe Trends for Spring 2018

Hey Aspirers! If you follow me on all my social media the one thing you should know about me by now is my love shoes because I post a lot on my Instagram story (@_cocorenee) and Snapchat (@bajancoco). Recently I came across Purcado a shoe search engine where you can search, compare, and SAVE! Let me tell you I love balling on a budget. Why pay more when you don’t need to!

With all the new fashion trends you’ll need to know what shoes to wear and where to buy them. You can’t have an amazing outfit without rocking something amazing on your feet too! As you will see these shoe trends have been around for awhile but recently they’ll caught the eye of a much larger demographic. Everyone wants to add these to their wardrobe. Here are some of the shoes trends you’ll see for the Spring and where you find them without breaking the bank.

1. Dad Shoes isn’t just for your dad and F8FB4D5D-B8C7-4B67-94C1-F18F3C5F95FEgrandad anymore. So no more “what are those” jokes to your dad when you two are wearing the same shoes now. These go to shoes for dads made it into the closet for almost everyone this spring. One brand that have become really popular again are New Balances and they aren’t being worn to just go running anymore they are now considered fashionable. Wearing theses are a great way to dress down a outfit or you can them to “look” like you’re athletic.

(Image: New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Arishi Running Sneak, Macy’s starting price $29.98)

ABDE8C9A-6B06-42DA-A31B-D8229CAE4EAA2. Western Boots have been around longer than anyone can remember. When we think of western style our first thought is country but not anymore! Western boots have been popping up in high fashion magazines, runways, and now in a lot of our fast fashion retailers. You’re not just seeing these shoes worn with daisy dukes and bell bottoms anymore. Designers have been using the western boot style for inspiration to make the western boot look not so western; so when you wear them you won’t feel like you’re about to step into the Wild West when your walking down the street.

(Images: Top – American Rag Dolly Cowboy Ankle Bootie, Macy’s starting at $34.73. Bottom – SOLE Eliza Boots, Soletrader $47.41.)

C9CB8388-719D-4E5F-B7A0-E85519EBCC7C3. Block Heels are EVERYWHERE! Take your basic sandal and elevate it with a
little square heel. The heel you can stand in for hours. This style isn’t only cute but it benefits those that need a little arch support. It’s great for those that can’t wear the higher heels but still want a little lift. Wear block heels with your dresses, skirts, shorts, and jeans. Switch that flat with this super trendy shoe.

(Image: City Classified Block Black Heeled Sandals, Tillys $22.99)

The shoes I’ve shown are just a few from Purcado website you have to go Purcado to check out more options. These are my favorite shoe trends for the Spring but which shoe trend are you loving that I didn’t mention? Out of these 3 trends which ones are your favorite? Which one are you wanting to step out of your comfort zone and buy? Let me know below. If you haven’t followed my blog yet don’t forget to hit the follow button.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

So, What’s Purcado?

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If you paid full price for shoes, you paid too much. If you shop around and shop often, you’re sure to find the same shoes at a lower price. But you don’t have the time to hop from store to store—and they get that. Purcado takes the stress out of shoe shopping by saving you time and giving you peace of mind that you scored the absolute best deal!

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Spotlight: Inspiring Beauty – 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Hi Aspirers! This past weekend I had a chance to attend Inspire Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair at the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina and I was very pleased with the everything in the exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect with the fashion fair but I knew I had to attend. I went to school for fashion and it showcased a black magazine!

Before I talk about what I loved about the fashion fair let me first tell you what it is. From 1958-2009 the Ebony Fashion Fair was a traveling fashion show that came from Ebony magazine. This fashion fair was a charity fashion show gave a spotlight to African Americans showing off their beauty, style, grace, and empowerment. Through the fashion fair there were a variety of works from different designers around the world that was showcased in both the magazine and the fashion fair throughout the years such as Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and more. Through out this post there are some pictures I’ve took at the fashion fair and also I vlog which you can find below.

Other than the exhibit I was pleased on who came to the fashion fair. I loved seeing different ethic groups that took the time to come out and view the exhibit. This fashion fair was seen by many and appreciated by everyone that laid their eyes on the clothing, read the history, and creating conversations on what was going on. I felt like the people that took the time to come out either understand the importance or they wanted to learn how black people and our culture created a platform in fashion.

Seeing the fashion fair opened our minds that there has been more out in the fashion industry than we are a custom to. It gave blacks a light that we are more than the stereotype. BFCA3F32-0F87-44FC-8834-D2527A680646It gave everyone that came out to the fair a chance to come together and learn that we can come together to appreciate one another without problems. Ebony Magazine created a platform where we were able to purchase information at the newsstand. Ebony Fashion Fair was created and the information traveled to you and the people could physically see how we all worked together.

I hope you enjoyed reading my opinion on the Ebony Fashion Fair. If this exhibit comes to a city near you please attend! I’m glad I didn’t missed out on this experience. Don’t forget to like, comment watch the vlog down below.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

I Wake, I Pray, I Slay ALL DAY

Today I was literally slaying in my outfit Aspirers! I turned a basic outfit to a wow outfit by adding a pop of color. It’s spring time here in North Carolina and with my neon blazer you could tell I was ready! 

Check me out!! 


Are you loving my outfit? If so don’t forget to like and share. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Golden Globe Red Carpet 2017 

Here’s a fashion recap of the celebrities at this year’s Golden Globe Awards and they looked AMAZING! They are all dressed like winners. Here are some of my favorite gowns of the night. 

Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Emily Ratajkowski


These ladies showed the public that anyone can rock the color yellow. No matter your skin tone don’t be afraid to wear this vibrant color. 


Oh my goodness ladies you’re blinding all of us! They decided to bring the metallic and sparkle with them from New Year’s Eve 2016 into 2017. You can’t say you didn’t see them walking down the red carpet because they are looking to be seen. 


It’s still the middle of winter but these ladies are ready for spring with their floral gowns. These colorful outfits are making me wish it was 80 degrees outside here in North Carolina instead of 20 degrees. 


Lastly I wanted to share with you all my favorite gowns of the night. Trace, Olivia, and Christine you go ladies! These gowns were made for you all. 

What did you think about the fashion on the Golden Globe’s red carpet? Who were your favorites? Who didn’t make your list? Comment down below. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Why not pay less and get more! 

Hi Aspirers a sad thing happen to me recently and I have to share this with you all. My favorite black heels started falling apart! I had that one pair for years. Being a shoeaholic I had to get a new pair ASAP! Every girl needs that one pair you can wear with anything and everything. Since I shop on a budget I was on the hunt for a new pair for a great price. I love fashion but I’m not into the labels. If it’s cute, it’s cute no matter who designed it. 


I found these lovelies at Payless! Originally the shoes were $39.99 but Payless had sale. Went from $39.99 to $29.99 then I had a $10 coupon that was sent to me by my mom which changed the price to $19.99 then I had a $3.00 coupon so after tax I only spent $18.00. Yeah I said it $18.00! Not bad at all. Next time you need a new pair check out Payless or any of your local stores. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Grammy’s 2016: Best, Worst, Confused, and Galaxy

Hey Aspirers!

Last night was the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The Grammy’s are where all the stars come together under one roof to see who out performed who. Some viewers watching wanted to see the live performances, others to see who won, but for me I wanted to see the fashion on the red carpet. This post is mainly my option. You can love it, hate it, or remain neutral but either way leave a comment on your thoughts of my post or the show itself.

First up black. The color black kept popping up and these six celebs stood out to me with their “little black dress”. Who do you think wore it better? (Hoover over picture to get the names of the celebs.)

My favorites are Adele and Jasmine. I love the high waist silhouette on their figures. They look very classy. Adele had just enough sparkle and Jasmine had just enough lace. Can I please have these dresses? Email me ladies for my address lol.

The worst in my option are Elle and Tove Lo. Don’t get me wrong I love, love lace but Tove Lo outfit looks like she forgot her shirt and placed lace over her bra. Then decided to add skirt underneath to throw in a layer effect but it’s not working. Elle I would of loved your dress if those feathers/fur wasn’t dangling. It looks like someone just ripped your skirt to place a split there and added some feathers to cover the mistake.

The confuse looks goes to Megan and Demi because I don’t know if they are going to an interview with that blazer style top and that 80s style construction. Black is suppose to be flattering but Megan that dress is making your upper half look larger with those shoulder pads. Demi the blazer/dress combo is cutting your hips funny. Ladies you two have great figures so don’t hide it next time.

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Next we have Taylor Swift and Ciara. You two are on my confused dress list. From the side Taylor I love the pop of color, and Ciara I like the drape look but from the front view Taylor and from the side view Ciara your outfits looks like you two are going to the beach afterward. I know the Grammy’s were in LA but not at the beach. Taylor’s skirt looks like a high waist bikini bottom with a bottom’s cover up. Ciara your beach cover up is missing one side. To add ladies you were probably trying to show off those killer legs of yours. Trust me I understand I love my legs as well but the Grammy’s might not be the best place to show off your underwear.

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The galaxy award goes to Florence Welch and Lady Gaga. I did say in the beginning the Grammy’s are where stars come together and they wanted to make sure they were apart of the constellation. Maybe there’s another Hunger Games coming out called “Hunger Games the Games Aren’t Over” and they are auditioning to replace Effie’s role. Hopefully we’ll find out soon. Anyway these two aren’t afraid to be different as you can tell by these outfits but I don’t think they will be on the top of most people’s best dress list.

Hope you all enjoyed my opinion on this years Grammy fashion. Don’t forget to comment your thoughts or tell me who you think were the best, worst, confused, and galaxy dress celebs. Share if you like. To anyone reading this post there are no harsh feelings towards any of these celebs because I love them all.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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#lookbookMonday: Men Holiday Outfit Idea

Ladies can’t have all the fun at holiday parties. Guys check out the outfit I put together for you. 

If you’re interested in more ideas for outfits or want to buy some of these pieces click on the links below the picture. If you can see yourself or someone you know wearing this outfit don’t forget to like this post. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee  

 

Holiday Party Ideas

What happens in December besides cold weather, Black Friday, long retail hours, last minute gift ideas, wondering what your New Years resolution will be, and spending time with your love ones? Holiday parties DUH! Here are two outfits that will make people turn heads when you walk through the door. 

After you checked out these looks leave a comment below on which look is your favorite or like the post if you can’t decide. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

 Look #1

 
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Look #2

 
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