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If You Have to Cry, Go Outside

We’re all hookers in one way or another

I just finished reading Kelly Cutrone’s book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. It’s a pretty good book and definitely an easy read. To be honest, this is probably the first book I’ve actually finished reading (that wasn’t assigned reading) in about a year. If you want to know what life is like in the fashion industry it definitely paints a realistic picture. Although I’d have to say, her show Kell on Earth gives a better preview of the ruthless, fast-paced nature of the PR world.

Even if you’re not interested in fashion or PR. This book is very empowering and inspiring for women. It’s all about harnessing your inner power bitch to attain your dreams. I have interned for IMG Fashion over the past few years during fashion week which has allowed me the opportunity to see Kelly Cutrone in her element a.k.a. on the runways in LA and NY: doing run-throughs with the models, etc.

NY Fashion Week Feb 2009 - Interns

Many people are quick to say she is too bitchy or too ruthless; but I find a certain level of comfort in her blunt leadership style. Maybe it’s because her confidence and brutal honestly somewhat remind me of my mother (in a good way). Or maybe it’s due to all those years of playing sports that taught me to play better and work harder when someone was yelling at me or constantly critiquing my choices. But mostly I just like that Kelly cuts the bullshit. It’s people like her who inspire me, not just in terms of work but also in terms of life in general. Nothing is more refreshing than a person who accepts who they are and embraces it.

“We’re constantly getting these messages to mind our own business and look the other way if we want to be well liked, to not tell the truth or speak our mind or say anything too intense. Well, I’m telling you here that this approach not only makes you party to other people’s crimes against themselves but is a prescription for mediocrity and delusion.”

Although my mom vehemently disagrees one thing Kelly strongly recommends is following your dreams. Even if it means not knowing how you will pay next months rent. As I am still young and very naive I strongly believe (and hope) that if you do what you love, the money will come eventually. This story has affirmed that belief. It’s not necessarily going to be easy but you shouldn’t be afraid to pursue your dreams.

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The Glitter Sale

New Year's Eve Outfits

So there is this thing in Seattle that happens every November called The Glitter Sale. The glitter sale is a two-day event held by one of Seattle’s Goodwill stores. Every year they store all of the formal wear that gets donated and then they have a two-day sale. All of the proceeds go to their job training program.

This famous two-day sale features racks, rows and cases of glitzy and glamorous Goodwill bargains, all in one place. Quality merchandise is collected year-round for the big sale, including gowns, men’s formalwear, jewelry, shoes, purses and much more.

I learned about the Glitter Sale during my brief residence in Seattle in the fall of 2006. Now, it has become a tradition for me to visit Seattle every year during the sale. Last year 2009 was my fourth time going. I even brought my neighbors Megan (photographer and managing editor of OBB) and Aaron (sound engineer and shark attack victim!) It is my tradition to buy a sequin dress at the glitter sale every year, to wear on New Year’s Eve of that year.

Some of our fabulous finds:


This blue sequin dress was one of Megan’s finds. It later became her New Year’s Eve dress.


Megan also got a white rabbit fur coat. She said she had one just like it when she was little. Aaron found a brown suede jacket and and an entire three-piece suit!

I found a brown suede jacket featured on the Glitter Sale blog. It has a fur lined collar and sleeves. It is very Penny Lane-esque. I’m not going to lie I kind of feel like a badass in it. A homeless woman even stopped me on the street to tell me how “ill” I looked.

Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket

There is even a great men’s section. One year (2007) Shea got this amazing Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket for something ridiculously cheap like $30.

As previously mentioned, Aaron got an entire suit including a jacket, pants, and a white button down shirt for $60!

This last year Pemco Northwest even wrote about me on their blog!

“Those two weren’t the only Glitter Sale veterans in attendance. Courtney, a California native, has made the Glitter Sale a part of her holiday shopping for four years now. She plans her trips to the Northwest to coincide with the Glitter Sale because there’s no other event that combines shopping and giving in such a fun and stylish way. Courtney was in search of some jewelry and accessories to complement the mink fur coat she found at last year’s sale”.

Pemco Northwest


This is the Mink Fur coat that the Pemco guy speaks about. (I know I’m a vegan who wears fur). It was only $65!! How could I say no? Also, another picture of Shea in his Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket.


I found this dress in 2007. It was a hand-beaded light pink cocktail dress. It even had shoulder pads! I wore it on New Year’s Eve 2007.

This is a hand made, vintage, strapless dress that Megan found. Sure, she doesn’t have an event to wear it to but it fit her like a glove!

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Instant Coco Introduction

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

-coco chanel

3.1 Phillip Lim Sequin Tie Back Tee

But this blog isn’t about Coco Chanel. This blog is about fashion and me, Courtney aka Coco.

It will be a combination of my two loves: instant photography and all things fashion.  (Oh and there will probably be lots of sequins!)