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I am Stuck on (Cynthia Rowley) Band-Aids

When I was younger, I was OBSESSED with band-aids! I didn’t like to wear much, but apparently I LOVED putting band-aids all over myself, even when I didn’t need them. To be totally honest, I still love them and sometimes look for an excuse to wear them. I mean why wouldn’t you want to sport a hot pink Hello Kitty Band-Aid?

Naturally, I was uber excited to see these brilliant Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids. By now, I’m pretty sure you know how I feel about glitter/sequins!

So freaking awesome. I want. Plus, a dollar from the sale of each box goes to Design Ignites Change, which is an organization that partners with students in design and architecture projects, which address social issues in their local communities.

They are limited edition, MUST BUY NOW!

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Bird By Juicy Couture

Normally I am not a fan of Juicy Couture. Too much pink! But today while shopping in San Francisco with my friend we discovered this buried treasure. The Juicy Couture Bird Collection. Uhhh-mazing! The collection was very different from their normal collection. First of all, no pink (phew). Lots of neutrals and blacks. The collection was very sleek, sophisticated, well tailored and even a little edgy.

White vest with sequin lapels!

Bird by Juicy Couture is a different take on the juicy girl: more like a well-traveled sister with an impeccably tailored wardrobe and closet you can’t help but raid.

Bead & Feather embellished shirt

The collection is very limited. They only carry it in a limited number of Juicy Stores and a few department stores. The prices are a little bit more than their normal prices, but I definitely think some of these pieces would be worth investing in.
Cropped Suede Leggings

Click here to see the entire collection!

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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!)