Friday, November 7, 2008

Strike It Lucky

By now many of you have guessed—and seen—the reason for my brief jaunt to New York City in September. I was asked by Lucky editors to be their December "Lucky Girl" and I thank them for such a flattering opportunity.

I mentioned before the highlight of this trip was working with the incredible Anna Wolf. She went over and above to make me feel relaxed and comfortable in a setting so out of my norm! Anna's not only an extremely talented photographer, but one of the warmest souls I've ever had the pleasure to meet.

Writing a blog allows me the freedom to profile artists and products I wholeheartedly believe in, so this experience was certainly different in that aspect. I would have loved to handpick the pieces featured on this page and showcase some of my own favorite designers, but I understand magazines have obligations and demographics they must cater to. So because these picks were chosen by Lucky, here are my own must-haves.

My Essentials:
I appreciate really heavy statement jewelry, both in weight and size. I love unique vintage pieces, but am also addicted to Gerard Tully animal rings and Giles & Brother’s brass pieces.


Because my jewelry airs on being quite substantial, I like to balance my look with lighter, more ethereal clothing. Rebecca Taylor and Jill Stuart always have gorgeous pieces that effortlessly transform from day to night, summer to winter.


Flats are easy and comfortable enough to wear all day without looking or feeling worn down. My favorite splurge being Loeffler Randall.



My Current Obsessions:
Natalia Brilli’s leather horse bracelet epitomizes "a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll."


Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Leo belt bag. This needlepoint and leather heirloom-inspired belt is the perfect accessory for hands-free travels.


During the summer I lived in my Lola straw hat and now I’m looking forward to wearing less structured, chunky knits like Mischa Lampert’s cozy collection. Each year, I also buy one of Kate Spade’s Women for Women hats. They are full of personality and the money goes to a great cause!


A few of my shopping mantras when I hit the stores:
• Mixing high and low priced items is a great way to keep shopping fun and accessible. Target and Zara are among my favorite stops for wallet-friendly buys.
• I love items with subtle fabrications and impeccable construction, so I do have to space out my shopping to afford the nicer things I really want.
• I stray from trendy and stick to beautiful and inspiring pieces with longevity because I wear my clothes for years and years.
• I only buy what I absolutely love, that way I never tire of my wardrobe.

75 comments:

Lucy said...

wow congratulations. how flattering. I definitely like your picks better than theirs for you... you really have an incredible eye. I may need to put some of those picks on the top of my christmas list. thanks so always inspiring me.

Lucy said...

whoops... after "thanks so" please insert "much for"

great. thanks.

barchbo said...

So exciting! Congrats! I think the mag made a fabulous choice!

Claire said...

Wow! Now I can say I know someone famous! You look fantastic... as usual! What a cool opportunity to get to showcase your style and talents, even if you had to fudge a little for the purpose! Can't wait to see the whole edition!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I so excited when I got my copy of Lucky yesterday and landed on your page. I even rushed over to my husband and showed him my friend Courtney. What a great couple of pics of you. I want your boots! Where are they from?

Love your pics! I must get that Kate Spade hat. Plus your a woman after my own heart with all that big jewelry. I'm a fan of it as well and I'm always on ebay looking for vintage finds.

Congrats you LUCKY girl.

xoxo

Camila

The Lil Bee said...

Courtney, that is SO fantastic! It's probably a good thing you gave us the heads up, cause I would've simulataneously shreaked and peed my pants if I saw your pretty face as I was flipping through the issue. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

pret-a-party said...

wow! this is wonderful! congratulations, this is so excited. all my blogger friends are getting great press lately! ;-) good for you!!! love your picks over theirs too.

xx

I *Heart* You said...

very cool courtney! what an opportunity! i think lucky is indeed lucky to have someone with fearless fashion sense like you in their magazine! congratulations!!

Sarah Danielle said...

CONGRATS!! How cool you "Lucky" girl you!!

heather said...

Look at you!!! What a great honor! You look amazing. Congrats! :)

Emily said...

omg i TOTALLY read this last night. i knew you looked familiar (and gorgeous to boot). well done, i loved reading it! xo

SimplyGrove said...

Well aren't you gorgeous Courtney!! I read this the other day and did not put it together but now it makes sense that you are the lovely gal with the INCREDIBLE style!! BTW, Rebecca Taylor is my fav!!

jordan said...

SO AWESOME!!!! Congrats. You look fabulous. And I want that clutch from Urban so bad.

You are my fave... said...

Dang, I haven't got mine in the mail yet but now I can't wait. That's so awesome, congrats!

...love Maegan said...

omg...CONGRATS!!! That's just fantastic! Love your picks as well.

Happy Weekend!

Courtney said...

Ahh- I bought the December issue last night, but hadn't yet had a chance to look through it! You better believe that I just tore through it to find you!

Congratulations! How very exciting, and you look fabulous!! Yay!

I like that you've added your selections here- such great choices, of course, and the horse bracelet is so fun (too bad it is sold out!)

Mme. said...

This is VERY cool! I love the photos and your own personal picks (especially the jewelry)!

Sara Christine said...

Lucky Mag? You are the coolest person I know, and I don't even really know you! :)

Also, that horse bracelet is HOT HOT HOT.

*L said...

woah. that completely awesome. congrats lady.

alyson. said...

omg, that's incredibly exciting, Courtney!! I'm so thrilled for you, and what a great photo of you!

Paloma said...

Congratulations, Courtney! This is beyond cool. You have incredbile style and look beautiful!

Paloma said...

Congratulations, Courtney! This is beyond cool. You have incredbile style and look beautiful!

Joyce said...

Congratulations Courtney! I am very happy for you!! Lucky could not have picked a better person to brighten their December issue! Are you giving out autographs?! I hope you celebrate this weekend. Have a golden one my friend!
Thank you for always sharing...

a said...

OH MY! How wonderfully exciting! I haven't received my lucky yet and as fun as would have been to see you on the pages unknowingly i think it's better i learned about it here as i may have had a heart attack had i just stumbled upon you in your celebrity-dom! Congratulations Courtney - very cool! xo (though, as the true sucker for a magazine in my hands that i am i will be waiting to view the splendid details in print, so i am skipping this blog post of yours)

Kwana said...

Congrats on being such a Lucky girl! Well deserved. I love your picks. That horse bracelet is calling my name.

SGM said...

COURTNEY! Holy moly, Lucky is finally getting it togetha! You look gorgeous; I am totally buying this issue.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

congratulations!

Pigtown-Design said...

Congrats! You look marvelous!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - the exposure is wonderful and well deserved. Each and every one of the picks I see here shouts "Courtney" to me - a wonderful array of really special finds. It takes a good eye and confidence to wear strong pieces - I love it. Congratulations!

Two Tall Girls said...

Congratulations! I just ran and grabbed my copy, the piece about you is fantastic. You have such style and confidence. It really shows.

Jessie said...

Oh. My. GOSH!!!

How exciting! I had no idea, and now I have to rush to Barnes & Noble to grab my copy!

You look stunning, and what a fun project to get to be a part of!

dolcechic said...

Congratulations, this is so exciting!!!!!

You look great!

Kaitlyn's Momma said...

Congratulations!!!

Camila told me all about it! I was in the grocery store after work- was looking for it- but they didn't have the December issue out yet! Bummer! I can't wait to actually see it!!

Congrats again you Lucky girl :)

Joanna Goddard said...

congratulations you lucky girl!!! :)

No.35style said...

How exciting!! GREAT article! I'll have to go find that issue. Congratulations! Now, if you can just get your adorable house in a mag!

Meg said...

AHH!!! You are AMAZING..and oh SO Fabulous!!

Loved all of your real pics, especially that Horse Bracelet!!!

Forgot to also tell you, LOVED that grits post, I'm so homesick for grits ;)

Elements of Style said...

YAY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I am running out to get a copy now!!!! You are fabulous!

amber {daisy chain} said...

I did a complete double take when I saw your picture & name! the article was fantastic, you should be so proud! the outfits you chose were really cute, too - very inspiring.

henrydefine said...

i almost dropped the magazine when i saw you in it! congratulations, from a first time commenter, long time reader... i work at barneys coop in the galleria and my boss and i both love your blog!! - jessica

simply seleta said...

Oh my gosh! This is amazing. You look fabulous!!! I bet Corvette was proud too.

Is this the beginning of an Courtney editorial in Lucky? If not, then we are all lucky to be readers on your amazing blog.

xoxo
Seleta

Stephanie said...

WOW!

This is so awesome! I am so excited for you (and glad that you mentioned this on your blog - if I had gotten my Lucky and seen you in ut unprepared, I probably would have fallen off my chair!)

They couldn't have picked a better girl! And you look great!

Yay! I can't wait to get my copy! Congratulations!

Anna said...

Just saw your spread in Lucky! Way to go!

Courtney said...

WOW!!! Thank you all so so much for all the sweet remarks. You've literally made my weekend and brought many smiles to my face. I am so beyond moved by your enthusiasm!

Camila: My boots were bought in a vintage shop here in Houston, but they are old Joan & David boots.

Anonymous said...

Lucky girl! and I know this does not relate to this post exactly, but I was wondering if you knew of anywhere I could get any cool and unique leather journals? Thank you so much!

Tonia Conger said...

It's official. You are the coolest girl I know. I mean, I've known it and I've told you so. But to be cool and important enough that Lucky Mag knows who you are...well, now they are just proving what I've known all along. Courtney is the epitome of cool!!!

Jennifer said...

Congrats! That's all kinds of awesome!

Marcie said...

Oh my gosh! I just got my issue yesterday and admired the pics and outfits before I noticed your beautiful, smiling face! Congrats! How exciting!
- Marcie

MABELLE said...

CONGRATULATIONS COURTNEY!!! I jumped up and down when I saw you in the issue!! You look ADORABLE as always, and I love all the pieces in both the print and blog versions :) How exciting!

Emma @ White and Wander said...

What fabulously exciting news - I am so superficial that my dream would be to be featured in a magazine! You are the first person I know (we know eachother I think...don't we?) for that to happen too, and deserve it xx

jae said...

THAT IS SO FANTASTIC! (yes, all caps since I'm screaming it) I have been showing and telling everyone! You may be a lucky girl, but don't think luck had anything to do with it.....you earned it and they knew you'd be a great choice!

Lauren said...

I just got my copy, you look so cute!!! I love your picks, those animal rings are awesome!

megan said...

How amazing and awesome! We are lucky to receive your expert advice!

bandelle said...

Wow, Courtney! This is fantastic and I cannot wait to run to the store tomorrow to get my copy of Lucky :) Congrats.

Kylie

Creative Tonic said...

You are one cool Houston chick! Congrats!

Apt. #34 said...

darling you look stunning! I can't wait to run out and get my December issue. Congrats again!

Cote de Texas said...

Mazel Tov!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No one deserves this more! Prettier inside than outside, if that is even possible. You're a doll and I'm thrilled to be able to call you a friend.

Joni

Life Lived Abundantly said...

you look gorgeous! and totally deserve this spotlight! you always look so well put together. and i love that you worked your coat into the shoot! =) congrats girlie!

Courtney said...

Anon 9:25: I was in Anthropologie last weekend and stumbled upon these journals. They were the perfect size and I, of course, was loving the metallic imprinted leather cover! Hope this helps.

beachbungalow8 said...

I love seeing 'your' actual picks! And of course, taking copious notes.

MIMILEE said...

Congratulations, Courtney!! I am so happy and proud for you! Love your picks......

You look so fabulous........Lucky you, indeed!


I am off to get my copy!

please sir said...

WOW - big congrats on the feature! Your picks are amazing too - just like your photo!

Stephanie said...

Hooray! Can't wait to see it in December's Lucky!!!! That's one of my favorite magazines. Great job!

paula said...

i got my mag today and went straight to the lucky girl. how fun! i think my hubby thought i was crazy when i showed him an article about someone i only know through the blog world, but i was excited for you.

Pink Wallpaper said...

courtney, that is so exciting! how much fun!! great advice and i love your spin on it!

AT said...

Oooh, you look so cute in your pictures! Congratulations! Must have been hard to keep that under your hat. :)

Megan said...

Congratulations Courtney, well deserved, you're very much an arbiter of taste and individual style!

Two Tall Girls said...

Congrats! on such a great opportunity! A great layout and an adorable picture of you. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:25 here, THANK YOU! those are perfect and I knew you would know where I could find some beautiful journals! thank you, thank you, thank you and congrats again on the page in Lucky

layersofmeaning said...

congratulations!
I haven't received my issue yet but I can't wait!!!

my little apartment said...

you are too cute! glad you shared some of your real faves :)

Little House on Green said...

I read this blog entry last night and went to buy the magazine today at lunch - you are just so cute and I love you "must have's" ~ Congratulations you lucky girl!! :)

Chelsea said...

so cool!!!

Michael Williams said...

Looks great Courtney. Congrats!

Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer said...

Hey there ... finally had time to check out my issue and read your page. Awesome :-D.

Congrats. I wish they had given you a quick shout out on your blog addy though. Work the press baby ;-)

I had one of my MLP pieces used in editorial for their mag a few years ago, but didn't get the credit because the stylist made a mistake. I was still too green back then to make the appropriate calls to ask the magazine to make it right. Lesson learned though.

Uncle Beefy said...

I know, Courtney! Like totally...I am the bestest EVERRRRRRR!!! I am SO down with things and am NEVER one to dilly around on things. That's why I will be the very first to wish you CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! HOLY COW! You are, in fact, lucky! And so am I with my timing. ;)

Sorry so late on the draw. :(

But THAH-RILLLLLLLLLED for you!