Around the World Trip

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Today, I have some exciting, life-changing and somewhat nerve-racking news to share: my husband and I are embarking on an Around the World Trip!

Later this year, we will be leaving the US of A behind to explore the world! The loosely formed itinerary begins in Europe with plans to make our way through Africa, India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and South America — all with our belongings on our backs.

Thus far, my international travel has been limited to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Bahamas so this is a HUGE adventure for me. I am nervous and excited all at the same time.

For those closest to me, this leap comes as a pretty big surprise. I dream big, but I scare easily. I have always wanted to see, explore, and experience the world, but I also find safety and security in family and home. I don’t mind taking risks, but I prefer to have a safety net.

Over the last few years, Michael and I found ourselves daydreaming about a trip like this when talking about the travels of some our closest family and dear friends. Hearing their colorful stories of long train rides across India, the majesty of wildlife on safari in Africa, leisurely lunches in Parisian cafés and the bustling streets of Vietnam made us long to bring those experiences to life.

Don’t get me wrong. I still want a family, a home, and a fulfilling career. But I also know that I would always regret letting this amazing opportunity pass by.

We are choosing to take a leap. To try. To throw conventional wisdom out the window. To invest in experiences and believe in ourselves. To take the long way home.

In the coming months, I’ll be sharing more details about the planning process for our Around the World trip, including our final itinerary, packing lists, and tips we have picked up along the way.

Once we hit the road, our goal is to document our experiences here and highlight the ‘best of’ moments and destinations as we make our way across the globe.

Athleta Trekkie Pants, Around the World Backpack, White V-Neck Tee, Sunglasses, Bandana, Flip Flops

I’d love to have you follow along on our Around the World trip adventure and if you’ve have any recommendations as to where to go and what to see, please let me know in the comments below!

Summer Coverups That Double As Dresses

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Lazy summer days lounging by the pool or relaxing oceanside can quickly turn into casual dinners. How do you move from beach to café without a pitstop at home?

Enter my favorite new clothing staple: summer coverups that double as dresses. Being able to transition from day to night with ease is what summer style is all about.

Summer Coverups That Double As Dresses

Two perfect options are the Benny Shoulder Tie Shift Dress and Dawn Linen Shift Dress. Both from Tobi, under $75 (an additional 50% off on your first order) and absolutely essential for summer.

Outfit 1: Benny Shoulder Tie Shift Dress (c/o), Mar Y Sol Beach Tote, Jack Rogers Sandals, Sunglasses (similar), Kendra Scott Stud Earrings

Outfit 2: Dawn Linen Shift Dress (c/o), Gold Birkenstocks, Boater Hat (similar), Sunglasses (similar), Kendra Scott Stud Earrings

While you are browsing these must-have looks, make sure to check out some of the other great categories Tobi has available. I especially love their selection of long Dresses, blouses, accessories, gladiator sandals, triangle swimsuits, and tees.

Just a reminder, new customers get 50% off their first order at Tobi!

80-Inspired Outfit with Express

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I’ve taken a little break from blogging because I was battling a viral chest infection that I caught while traveling abroad. I’m finally back to 100% and feeling much more energized to work on the blog.

So I’ve teamed up with Express to share how to incorporate the totally rad 1980’s into your everyday wardrobe with metallic colors, bold shoulders, sweetheart necklines and ripped denim.

Head on over to The Edit on Express.com to see my entire 80’s-inspired outfit or shop my full look below!

I think my absolute favorite elements of this whole look are the Metallic Silver Open Back Loafers – they are a steal at $49.50 compared to the uber-expensive ones on the soles of fashion girls everywhere.

Stay tuned for more travel guides from Italy, Paris, Barcelona, Cape Town, Nepal and India. And in the meantime, check out the pieces I am craving for spring.

Lilly Pulitzer Blythe Dress and Monogrammed Straw Clutch

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What’s more perfect than a Lilly Pulitzer Blythe Dress and Monogrammed Straw Clutch for a bright, colorful look at the beach? Not much in my opinion!

I’ve always been a fan of the bold prints from Lilly, but never owned one of her iconic dresses. So after a rain-soaked afternoon hiding indoors, I purchased my first Lilly dress at Barefoot Princess in WaterColor in a fun, fresh ‘light as a feather’ pattern.

The swing shape of the cotton v-neck dress provides a loose, laid back look perfect for an evening at the WaterColor wine bar with my mom and Michael. And this dress is more affordable than most Lilly dresses – at only $98, you can have the “Lilly look for less”!

Sizing tip: order down a size or two. For reference, I am wearing an XXS and am 5’1″. I normally wear an XS or S in dresses.

Besides my luggage, I only packed two bags with me for vacation – my beach bag and my brand new Monogrammed Straw Clutch from Lindroth Design. To say I am obsessed with this clutch is an understatement.

Painted with bright pink and white stripes and featuring my monogram ‘CCM’, I have carried this bag with me everywhere. It is large enough to hold all of my essentials – my iPhone, small wallet, sunglasses and case, lipstick and lipliner – and looks cute during the day or night.

You can choose from 21 different colors for the stripes and monogram hand-painted on the bag and they only take about 3-5 business days to create. Lindroth Design also offers beach bags and small straw handle bags with the same iconic stripes and monograms. I’ll be adding the Lyford Bag to my wish list!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see more of my vacation fun! It’s been raining non-stop but we’re making the most of it!

Lilly Pulitzer Blythe Dress, Monogrammed Straw Clutch, Jack Rogers Jelly Sandals, Gold Watch, Gold Aviator Sunglasses, White Bangle, Pink Bangle, MAC Lipstick, MAC Lipliner

Cabana Life SPF Coverup Dress

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I am spending the week in WaterColor, Florida, for a beach vacation with my entire family and this Cabana Life SPF Coverup Dress has been a lifesaver since temperatures have been in the high 90’s.

It not only has 50+ UV protection; it is lightweight, breathable and looks super cute for riding to the beach and around the pool on 30A.  

Although, I am admittedly a sun-worshipper, I have learned how important it is to protect myself from the rays – especially in sun-drenched places like the Gulf Coast. So, I am totally a fan of SPF clothing when on vacation and will be packing some for my upcoming trip where I will be traveling to mostly warm climates.

Enter Cabana Life – THE leader in sun-protective beach clothing with 50+ UV protection in each piece. The brand offers everything from swimsuits to coverups to clothing – for women, men and kids. All in cute patterns and styles to keep you and your entire family protected from the sun and stylish at the same time.

One of my favorite pieces from the recent collection is this Cabana Life SPF Coverup Dress. It didn’t wrinkle in my suitcase at all because of the fast-drying, swimsuit material and fits perfectly (form-fitted but not too tight). There are even two pockets in the front of the dress to stash your keys or cell phone while cruising around town.

Do you know what the best part is?! Cabana Life is offering all readers of Everyday Cuvée 30% OFF everything on the site! Simply enter code COURTNEY16 at checkout and let me know what pieces you find!

Cabana Life SPF Dress (c/o), Sunglasses, Jack Rogers Sandals, Turkish Towel, Beach Hat, Bike from Salt Air 30A

Long Meadow RanchEveryday Cuvée

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Michael and I are spending Thanksgiving in Wine Country and couldn’t be happier to be back in one of our favorite spots for the holiday.

Long Meadow Ranch | Everyday Cuvée Travels

Napa Valley holds a special place in our hearts as we visited the area on our engagement trip and stayed at Hotel Yountville. Not only do we love the wine that is unique to the region, we love the food.

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena has been on our list of restaurants to dine at and it did not disappoint. We shared small plates as to try more dishes and loved the Cheddar Biscuits, Artichoke Heart, and Beet Salad.

After lunch we walked the surrounding grounds to restaurant which are beautiful and contain an outdoor café, farmer’s market, general store and even some lawn games. It’s worth sticking around for!

Patterned Cardigan Sweater (under $35), Suede Boots (on sale – additional color here), Prada Sunglasses, Distressed Jeans,Ivory Blouse, Crossbody Bag (on sale)

I’ll be sharing more of our travels soon and of course, all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales coming up! If you haven’t seen my Gift Guide, check it now!

Luxury Garage Sale

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When I started Everyday Cuvée, part of my focus was showing how to mix the best everyday staples with those splurge-worthy items every one craves. That iconic CHANEL bag. Timeless Hermès scarf. Vintage Louis Vuitton luggage.

Finding a trusted source for those hard to find items can be daunting. Enter Chicago’s own Luxury Garage Sale (LGS). LGS specializes in high-end consignment of fashion’s iconic luxury brands, including CHANEL, Hermès, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Céline.

I am thrilled to announce that I have begun working with Luxury Garage Sale (LGS) as part of their Client Relations Team.

As part of my role, I am looking for both individuals and stylists who are looking to consign. Breathe new life into your closet (and your wallet) by parting with those items you no longer wear (see a list of our designers*).

We provide a complete white glove service-we will help you select which items will sell, authenticate and price them for optimal resale value, and handle all the logistics (from pickup to payment). Interested? Email me at courtney@luxurygaragesale.com to get started!

Looking for a special piece? If you’re in Chicago or Dallas, we welcome you to stop in to our retail locations to browse a curated selection, but our full inventory is also shoppable online here and here.

Leather Jacket (similar), Chanel Computer Bag (from Luxury Garage Sale), Pleated Skirt (blue version), Karen Walker Sunglasses, Pavé Ring, Red Nail Polish

Contact me to consign: courtney@luxurygaragesale.com

How I Stay Comfydent Working for Myself

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For the past five years, I have more or less worked for myself – owning a wedding invitation design business, freelance graphic design and writing this blog. I ditched the corporate world and said ‘goodbye’ to a 9-to-5 job.

While I love the freedom that I have to create my own schedule, taking this unconventional career path definitely creates moments where I don’t feel like I measure up amongst my peers. After all, it’s just me out there. No team, no management.

When I’m on deadline, the last thing I want to be thinking about is how uncomfortable my bra is or how badly I want to change my outfit.

My success depends upon my focus and creativity. I’m at my best when I’m cool, comfortable, and feeling confident. Thanks to my new Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra and Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties I can grab my morning coffee, get right to work, and feel both COMFORTABLE and CONFIDENT all day long.

On those days when the doubt creeps in and my confidence is shaken, I am happy to have a brand like Hanes on my side reminding me to #BeComfydent.

From the Cool Comfort® wicking fabric to the Tagless® design, I never lose my cool in my Hanes. The Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra is designed with ComfortFlex Fit®, a smart sizing fabric that takes the complication out of finding the perfect bra and gives the bra a super soft, stretchy feel. The pull-over style provides all day support and comfort and has become an absolute wardrobe essential that can easily be transitioned from day to night.

The Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties are made of soft, breathable cotton that come preshrunk for a lasting fit. The low-rise elastic waist fits gently for all day comfort, and they come in a variety of fun colors/designs.

What would you pay to feel polished, comfortable, and #BeComfydent in your own skin? Thanks to Hanes, you can feel your best without breaking the bank. At just $9.99 each, you may need to pick up the Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra in a few shades. Even better, the Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties come in a pack of 6 for just $13.00. Visit Hanes.com for discounts and special offers.

Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra, Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties

Hanes has made it their mission to give women the comfort they need to confidently navigate their daily lives. Join the movement and use the #BeComfydent hashtag as you post those moments where you rocked your next presentation, successfully juggled the kids all day, or trusted yourself to go out of your comfort zone.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Summer Whites at the Missouri Botanical Garden

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Summer nights in summer whites at the Missouri Botanical Garden is the dreamiest way to spend an evening in my opinion. I may be a little biased considering we had our wedding reception at the Spink Pavilion in the garden, but I love visiting this floral oasis in St. Louis.

Summer Whites at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Sensational Summer Nights is a garden-style happy hour that takes place each Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 5 PM – 8 PM. The event features cocktails, live music, seasonal bites and nitrogen ice cream so you can sip and see the gardens in a relatively uncrowded way which is right up my alley. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for kids and free for Garden Members.

With temps in the 90’s well into the evening, I chose an all-white outfit to stay cool and comfortable while strolling through the rose bushes. I paired my linen top which comes in four colors and is on-super sale with my distressed white jeans and gold birks.

For a pop of color, I wore my new leather tassel necklace in dusty blue from Wild Juniper. Also available in gold, pale pink, army green, coral and lavender – there is a shade for everyone and every occasion including a night in the garden.

Sensational Summer Nights run through Labor Day so you still have two more weeks to attend the event. I highly recommend it for a date night or girls night out!

White Linen Top, White Distressed Jeans, Tassel Necklace, Gold Birkenstocks, Gold Aviators, Gold Watch, White Bracelet

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Striped Off the Shoulder Dress and Boater Hat

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With temperatures hovering in the 90’s over the weekend, this Striped Off the Shoulder Dress and Boater Hat kept me cool and chic for a summer Saturday full of fun.

After a morning walk through the Gold Coast for a latte from BowTruss and a quick dip in the pool, we headed out meet a group of friends for lunch in the blazing heat so I needed something to keep cool for a long afternoon.

This $29.99 striped dress is the newest addition to my off the shoulder dress collection and I’m happy to have it in the crew. It is lightweight and the elastic waist gives the dress some definition. I paired it with a straw boater hat and my gold Birks which I pretty much wear non-stop.

The dress runs a little bit small, so order one size up if you prefer the length of your dresses to be longer. The dress description also states that the stripes are black, but they look navy blue to me!

And since we’re talking clothes,  remember to see my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’ve added some really cool Home items so make sure to check it out!

Striped Off the Shoulder Dress (under $30), Gold Birkenstocks here and here, Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, Boater Hat, Black Stud Earrings