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Thursday, June 26, 2014

In The Spotlight: The Gold Lion


Her long legs will make you envious. Leopard may not or may be her favorite animal print. Want to spend a day with her? If so, plan for a night of Bravo TV and wine. Red solo cup or wine glass? Even if it was a laid-back night at home, she'd pick the wine glass. No matter where she is, she chooses to live life to the fullest. Her name is Courtney Brown. And she happens to be the name behind the amazing style that is modeled on the blog “The Golden Lion.”

“The Gold Lion,” is one of my favorite blogs. And no matter how known the blog is currently, as long as Brown's thinking fabulous, whatever she creates is fabulous to me (positivity is key!). Normally, I am one for informational articles on what I should wear and for which occasion; although, I need to make an exception when every blog post I see makes me want to buy her entire outfit. Hence: her shoppable links are threatening to your bank account. If an item is sold out, don't worry! She has a second best choice in backstock for you.

Her last post was titled “Boys Club,” but don't let her fool you. Brown is an enthusiast. She pushes the envelope with trends– who knew that a leopard bootie could match a sporty sweater. Who labeled a sporty girl as masculine anyways? Truth is, sometimes fashion has a way of looking fabulous when it doesn't technically match. And sometimes it does match, it's just not favored by people that have one perspective of what a style, like sporty, should look like. Personally, I'd rather force someone to do a double take, rather than being able to figure out my personal style with one glimpse. Blogger Courtney Brown is the epitome of this philosophy.

Her resume consists of one of my favorite boutiques. Brown is a manager at Park and Madison boutique. Based in Morgantown, WV, this boutique can't be discredited for its location. Fashion wise, it offers everything and anything that a college town needs. It gives WV residents and visitors VIP access to brands like Bailey 44, Young, Fabulous, and Broke; and MOTHER denim. Park and Madison has only been around for a few years and has already made it onto the pages of publications such as ELLE magazine. When it comes to ratings, I don't care what year it is, especially when the rating entails “the best boutique in West Virginia.” In my opinion, that rating is a beyond huge accomplishment for a business that hasn't been around for more than a decade (especially in the little city of Morgantown, WV).

Working as a manager at Park and Madison, you'd think that see'd get a knack for fashion from all her buying experience. If you think that, you thought right. Brown has made trips with Park and Madison boutique bosses to Las Vegas, New York, etc. With time, I wouldn't be surprised if she started her own boutique. I will tell you now– with full confidence– she is one to watch!

Being a huge fan of fashion, she doesn't just keep up with the latest trends. When I asked Brown if she read the book by the CEO of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso, titled “#GIRLBOSS,” I heard no hesitation in her answer besides a confident yes! Not to dish any gossip on this fabulous blogger, but I remember something specific from working for her a couple years ago that just stuck. This woman loves Nasty Gal. I remember her saying this exact quote, “my mom keeps wondering why I keep getting packages from the business Nasty Gal.” As hilarious as this is, I understand her mom's bizarre thought; although, a successful establishment needs a controversial name. Besides the point– at the time, I didn't even know what Nasty Gal was. Today, Nasty Gal is a fashion empire. She may only be known as a boss at Park and Madison, but Brown is a #GIRLBOSS in more ways than one.






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Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Sweetest Boutique I've Ever Seen





While in a search for clothing boutiques, I came across the sweetest boutique I'd ever seen. If you're ever making a day trip to Pittsburgh, P.A., you need to make sure to take a stroll down to the Strip District. A Sweet Boutique is the perfect place for anyone who has a sweet-tooth. Ironically, I found this boutique after writing my "Sweet-Tooth" blog post (definitely was meant to be!). This boutique has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you prefer your sweets to be gluten-free or vegan-friendly, you name it, they have it!

WARNING: I know diamonds and rhinestones are a hard concept to become accustomed to, but I hope you can learn to love these decorations as much as I already do (sarcasm implied :)).




                                   
                                        



Location: 3511 Butler St. Lawrenceville, PA, 15201

For all my readers with a sweet-tooth: stay tuned for more word-of-mouth on A Sweet Boutique.


I like to share my sweet finds! :)


Monday, June 9, 2014

Sweet-Tooth




 I used to think Vogue was a magazine that only consisted of runway fashion I couldn't– still can't– afford. With time, I've realized that it possess' every ingredient that goes into the fashion concentrate of yummy goodness.

Besides the incredible fashion, Vogue has the best scoop on food, culture, people and places to make you worldly enough to take on any city with attitude. Publications like these, teach you that having knowledge is one of the sexiest things that you can attribute from. Yes, if Vogue was a smoothie, it would be the epic of all... smoothies? Do you like my sweet-tooth metaphor? I thought it's fitting to enjoy your power breakfast to during all the summer mornings underneath your patio umbrella. Speaking of which, lately, has been one of my favorite times to read. I've started an inspiration book– a collection of all my ideas– that looks like a bunch of scribbles and papers with torn edges. To me, this looks like organization. Hey, at least all my messiness is in one place!


 There was one article that I wanted to share. Recently, I have been obsessed with flowers (helping my mom at her garden center does that to you). When I saw an article about the new class of florists, it caught my attention. Then, I saw the sub-liners "beauty in the imperfect" and "wild at heart." Ungroomed and artistic combined with elegant and untouchable: descriptions of the florist and centerpiece. Which is which? You guessed it, ungroomed and artistic matches the florist. Writer Emily Holt adds funny excerpts, such as, the #iwokeuplikethis selfie term, while trying to explain the simultaneous look of a florist.

"There's that same joy in working with layering, proportions, and color palettes," she says. "Then again, I'm a compulsive listmaker, and most of my lists are ideas either for outfits or for flowers." Lisa Przystup, 




End result: You should read the June 2014 Vogue: Flash article and I think I want to be a florist now.