Sizes May Vary

Sizes in clothing stores varies everywhere you go and for this week’s Teen Vogue and Parsons assignment I’m showing you how some of my sizes varies from one of my favorite clothing stores Buckle.

One thing I’m obsessed with buying is bodysuits. I’m loving the bodysuit trend right now and one thing I’ve been noticing is all bodysuits do not fit the same. I love this versatile one piece and finding shirts I can make look like a bodysuit such as finding fitted tops. I would compare shopping for bodysuit to shopping for swimsuits. So if you don’t like swimsuit shopping bodysuits aren’t your thing. I always wanted to be the person that could go into a store and know a medium will fit but unfortunately that isn’t the case. Below I attached me in a variety of bodysuits and tops all in the size large but as you can see some are more flattering than others.

What I found with each piece is they are all stretchy which I like but the fringe bodysuit I noticed during the day when I’m wearing the bodysuit it stretch out more and more. I’m usually a medium but for bodysuits I have to get a large because I have a long torso. All the bodysuits snapped at the bottom but the fringe one was cut shorter underneath so snapping it could be a little difficult. If I could go back in time I would change my mind on getting the fringe bodysuit. The blush bodysuit had the most give because the back was strappy and open.

I hope you enjoyed my experience with bodysuits. I would recommend this versatile piece for anytime of the year. Throw it on with a skirt, jeans, or dress pants. You can do it all!

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


Hey Aspirers! It felt amazing this afternoon in North Carolina and I wanted to dress like how I was feeling. I wanted to show you all what I put together.  

Jacket: Ashley by 26 International

Bodysuit: Buckle

Necklaces: Buckle

Belt: Wal-Mart

Pants: Just Black

Shoes: Soda 

Majority of my items could be found at a Buckle store or online from their website. You can also google the brands online. 

I hope you loved today’s ootd! 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Applying Parsons x Teen Vogue To My Everyday Life

Hi Aspirers as you all already know I’ve been working on my online fashion certificate program with Parsons x Teen Vogue for the past few months and you’ve been watching my video updates on my YouTube channel so here it is another update for you all. I’ve graduated from a four year university with a BS in Consumer Apparel Retail Studies and all my professors told me that all these assignments would help me in my everyday life but at that time I didn’t think so (more so thought this about my core classes not in my major classes). All I wanted to do was graduate and start making money! Since I’ve been working on the assignments I’ve completed with the Parsons x Teen Vogue program I’ve realized I’ve been applying my course work to my everyday life especially Course 3 The Production Cycle. At the beginning of each course and assignment there is a mini video to watch and this one particular video talked about having a business plan. What a business plan can do is help you build a company, start a fashion line, or for me it help me create event I’m planning for next year with another blogger.

To start a business plan you have to have an idea. You can’t do anything without knowing what and why you are doing it. Second is your funding. Are you using your money, taking out a loan, applying for grants, or maybe sponsorships. Currently I’m on the this step for my event. Without funding there is no way your idea will happen. Nothing in life is free. Third, how are people going to know about your idea? You’ll need to market. Now there are endless ways on how we can market ourselves and our businesses. Thinking about the second step funding find ways to market for free first because that will cut down your costs so you’ll see a bigger profit. Maybe trade services to get your advertising costs cut in half. Fourth is management. We have to stay on top of everything especially when the wheel starts turning and it’ll start turning fast once people are seeing your buzz and loving your buzz. If you lose control on what’s going on the plan you once had will turn towards a different direction.

Once you have a set business plan in place you can use that same plan to venture out into different avenues. The other important thing to know is success doesn’t happen over night. Some people might not understand your vision like you want them to, so don’t give up on your idea just figure out a plan that will work.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Shop Local! Violets in Raleigh, NC

Hi Aspirers!

I know most of you all do not live around my area but I wanted to share with you all a local shop I came across recently called Violets. What I loved most about Violets is that they show pride in their community by having vendors in the surrounding area.

A great way to give back to the community is shopping local. I know I’m guilty of this for shopping big franchises that focus on their personal gains verses helping the community. Some reasons people shop franchises more:

  1. Accessible because those franchises are everywhere even online
  2. Popular brand
  3. More affordable

To shop local you have to be willing to go out into the community and find these places. When shopping local there is a greater chance you can’t order some products  when they run out because they work with smaller vendors that send out certain number of stock. At the same time with limit selection could equal:

  1. Better quality because it’s not massed marketed
  2. Less of a chance everyone on the street will be wearing your shirt ( one of a kind pieces)

Just because it isn’t a popular brand doesn’t mean you can’t rock it at work, a party, or the grocery store.

Also, shopping local can mean increase in price because it cost more to make products domestically. To me when I see a tag that is made in my country even my state, I take so much pride in that. People can be so money hungry to get products made internationally because it’s cheap to make and produce but when it get to your state or country they spike up the price way more than it’s worth. When you shop locally and you see a t-shirt costing $45-$50 and we think OMG that’s so expensive but you’ll spend $300 on a purse. That makes no since. A lot of people want a product just for the name and to be seen wearing that brand. I’m not telling you to stop shopping at franchises, I’m asking you to spend your money locally too. We see those local shop owners everyday when you are going out, going to shopping, or running errands. Support them because they are helping to support the community you are living in.

When you are out and about and you see a random store just pop in because you might be surprise of what’s behind that door.

To visit Violets in Raleigh, NC they are located at 8480 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615 in the Lafayette Village. If you live in Cary, NC they are located at 302 Colonades Way, Suite 211, Cary, NC 27518 in Waverly Place. Check out their website here to get more information on their products.

I hoped you enjoyed reading about Violets Boutique and reasons why you should consider shopping locally. Don’t forget to like and share this post.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee


My Parson x Teen Vogue Experience Part 1

Hey Aspirers!

Some of you all have been messaging me asking about the certificate program I’m in with Parsons The New School so I made a video just for you. This is just part 1 of my journey and I’ll keep you updated on what and how I’m doing in the program. 

If you want more videos like this one don’t forget to click the like button.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee