Ultimate Summer Style..The Best Is Yet To Come (And Some Fabulous Swag For You!)

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I started off my official summer in Miami..steamy, hot and always fabulous! Not only is Miami all of these things, but it’s also my second home and and where I got my start. A piece of my heart is always here, no matter where I am in the world.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll be talking all things Summertime Fabulous-with lots of Miami twists-as I partake in all the amazing things South Florida has to offer. The best, the baddest, the slightly crazy and always with my VIP inside access. Gearing up for my Hot List, Glamourous Golf, Chic Summer Entertaining, Best of Spas and so much more! And Mama’s got some major giveaways!

Summer is my favorite season and I can’t wait to enjoy every single day of it.

XO

Courtney

PS: If you dig my shades, they’re available on www.coastal.com More on that soon, too!

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Luck ‘O The Irish + Free Mani’s At The Hyatt Union Square New York!

 

Free Nail Art AT The Hyatt Union Square New York!

Free Nail Art At The Hyatt Union Square NY!

With one of the largest Irish-American communities in the country, St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal here in New York. If you’re  here in NYC, you have a little Irish luck this year. The Hyatt Union Square New York is offering to pretty up our nails gratis! So, before your don your “I’m Not Irish But Kiss Me Anyway” shirt and head out for a night of green beer you might want to check this out.

It’s true! This St. Patrick’s Day, Hyatt Union Square New York will be offering complimentary St. Patrick’s Day-themed nail art manicures from high-end nail atelier, Vanity Projects, between 3:00pm-6:00pm on March 15, 16, and 17.

Here’s the deets:

Guests of the hotel and neighbors passing by (that would be us!) are invited to stop in and receive a glammed-up manicure themed to St. Patrick’s Day, including shamrocks, pots of gold, leprechauns, and more. Embrace the spirit of the holiday, and feel the luck of the Irish all the way down to your fingertips is a fabulous little idea, isn’t it?

Fabulous Surroundings + Free Nail Art? We are so there!

Fabulous setting + Free Nail Art? We’re SO there!

If you have to wait a few minutes, you can always grab a cocktail or some light bites in SingL, the hotel’s swanky street-side lounge. If green beer isn’t your thing, the have a wide selection of single malt liquors and single vineyard wines to quench your thirst.

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Enjoy! XO, Courtney

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Red Velvet Twinkie, Anyone??

Red Velvet Twinkie

Red Velvet Twinkie!

Thinking about cooking for your Valentine? You need to check this out! I’m talking about Red Velvet Twinkies! Awww yeah!

But, here’s how I see it. With so many of us still holed up inside with these frigid temps, I thought it might be good time to take this recipe on a test run. I had to share this ridiculously awesome recipe for my baking enthusiast friends. I live vicariously through you, for the record.

This Valentine’s Day, Chef Roger Waysok of South Water Kitchen will be preparing a special Red Velvet Twinkie for guests on their Five-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner Pre-Fixe Menu. For those not in Chicago, I’ve included the recipe below, which is easy enough for at-home chefs to replicate!

Here you go!

Red Velvet Twinkie:

·         6 large eggs, at room temperature

·         1 1/4 cup sugar

·         1 Tbl cocoa powder

·         1 Tbl red food coloring (chef normally uses beets but this is an easier version for the at-home chef)

·         1/2 teaspoon baking powder

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

·         1 1/2 cup cake flour

Cream Cheese Filling:

·         5oz cream cheese

·         1 1/2  cups confectioners sugar

·         1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

Beat egg yolks then add, sugar food coloring, vanilla. In separate bowl combine cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder.  Add flour mixture to egg mixture mixing just until combined. In separate bowl whip egg whites until stiff peaks. In batches combine whites with cake mixture folding gently to preserve the egg white fluffiness.  Put batter into desired pans sprayed with nonstick baking spray. Bake at 350 degrees until cake is fluffy and set. Combine filling ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth and spreadable. Once the cakes are cooled fill with cream cheese filling using a pastry bag and inserting into cake to fill.

XO,

Courtney

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Work Out At Home, Look Fab And Save BIG At Target! ($200 GIVEAWAY!)

If you vowed this year to tightening your purse strings and your waistline, you might wonder where to start. The thought is enticing..who doesn’t want to look good and pay less-even while exercising? Maybe you don’t want to spend a fortune on a gym or private Pilates class-and you don’t have to. Since I love showing people how they can do fabulous and amazing things right in their home-I have a few tips for you to help keep you on track and keep your wallet in check! The bottom line is to just get moving. And when you look good, you feel good.

Get Moving At Home..It’s free!

Exercise videos have come a LONG way! I have Billy Blanks Boot Camp videos and they’re great! You can take them with you on trips, too.

YouTube has great exercise videos. Also, if you secretly want to learn how to twerk, Dougie or Salsa, you can do it in the privacy of your own home!

Jumping rope, Pilates and yoga can all be done at home very comfortably. Want to run? Get outside! My favorite place to run is outdoors and definitely not on a treadmill. My treadmills for hanging up tomorrow’s outfit.

Dance, dance, dance! Just turn on the radio and start a routine. Freestyle, baby. Awww yeah!

Whether you get your groove on  indoors or out, you still want to look good. Target has been offering amazing discounts on its exclusive active apparel line, C9 by Champion during the entire month of January and the savings just got a whole lot better.

Here are my favorite pieces..

C9 by Champion Women's High Impact Sports Bra – Vivid Pink – $21.99

C9 by Champion Women’s High Impact Sports Bra – Vivid Pink – $21.99

C9 by Champion Women’s French Terry Jacket  – Slate Blue – $34.99

C9 by Champion Women’s French Terry Jacket – Slate Blue – $34.99

C9 by Champion Women's Premium Cold Weather Run Tight – Indigo Screen – $39.99

C9 by Champion Women’s Premium Cold Weather Run Tight – Indigo Screen – $39.99

Here’s how:

On January 19 Target is having a ONE DAY ONLY SALE!

Get 40% off C9 by Champion Apparel, Shoes and Accessories in store and online on (not valid on sporting goods)

Save in store using the Cartwheel, Target’s digital savings program (I’ll explain below)

40% offer will post to Cartwheel on 1/19 or you can save online at Target.com using the promo code GETFIT

So how does Cartwheel work and how can I win the gift card?

Sign up for Cartwheel via desktop at cartwheel.com or by downloading the Cartwheel app in iTunes using a mobile device. You’re given 10 spots to fill from hundreds of Cartwheel offers that are available and easy to search. And as you use Cartwheel more, you earn additional spots for more offers. Easy enough?

Offers are redeemed at checkout in any U.S. Target store, by scanning the barcode from your smartphone – (or the barcode can be printed)

Change your Cartwheel list any time you like, and redeem offers multiple times.

$200 Target Gift Card for ONE lucky fan!

And last, but certainly NOT least..Target is giving one lucky Courtney Cachet fan a $200 TARGET GIFT CARD ON BEHALF OF C9 just for sharing this post. So, tell all your friends about this ahmazinggg one day offer and you could be a lucky winner!

We will select ONE random winner on Monday and your gift card will arrive in approximately 7-10 business days.

Good luck and remember..GIVING IS THE GREATEST GIFT!

XO

Courtney

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Is bath taking making a comeback?

101216676.jpg.rendition.largestWell, it should be..This week we’ll be exploring some of the hottest trends in baths and bringing them to you! I love the marble, don’t you? Stay tuned!

XO

Courtney

 

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6 Home Phrases That Need To Go In 2014

We all have things we’d like to leave in 2013. For me, it’s a handful of  ridiculous terms related to the home we need to bid adieu. Don’t let the barn door hit you in the..

Smart Home

If you can turn on the heat, turn off the oven, spy on your nanny, unlock the door, record Downton Abbey, draw the shades and turn on your fake fireplace from the office you live in a Smart Home. If not, you must be poor or stupid or old. 

Perhaps we should just call it by it’s more appropriate term, home automation. Turning on your lights by flipping a switch doesn’t make you a moron, I promise.

Global Inspired

Not to be confused with equally annoying term, “Bohemian”. Often described as “international” and “exotic” incorporating elements from India, Africa and Bali. Oh, ok. But, here’s the thing. The Moroccan pouf you buy in Home Goods is not global just because it’s made in Hong Kong. And just when you thought all was safe, West Elm ikat rugs are also not global chic. Sorries!

Shabby Chic

Nothing says “I’m stuck in 1995” more than “shabby chic”. Seriously, people. This was the genius brainchild of British designer, Rachel Ashwell around the same time people were listening to Pearl Jam. I hate to kill the romance, but It’s time to toss the chenille bedspread and floral teacups out to your imaginary rose garden. When it’s a trademarked brand sold in Target, it’s no longer a thing. A better look is just straight up vintage which is notably less shabby and more chic. Note to the single ladies, stay away from this one. Trust me.

At Home Spa

Most frequently suggested by people who recommend us to “unplug with a bubble bath and a good book”. As someone who covets beauty and spa treatments I’ll admit it, I’ve tried to make this work. But lighting Yankee Candles and giving yourself a yogurt/honey mask in the same room you poop in is not an At Home Spa. Neither is painting your toes while sitting on your bed watching The Food Network. Adrienne Maloof has an at home spa, the rest of us venture outside.

Quick Fix!

Perhaps a more appropriate term would be “Half Assed”, because that’s what it is. When it comes to or homes there is rarely a quick fix that won’t come back to haunt you later. In this age of now, now now some things still require a little bit of care and patience. Your home is one of them.

Budget Kitchen Remodel

In 2013 the average kitchen remodel cost almost $30000. ‘Nuff said. It’s time for us to get realistic. Additionally, as a licensed general contractor my experience has been that most people go 20% over their initial budget. It’s always an expensive project and that’s just the way it is. When you do it right, it only hurts once. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ULTRA Chic DIY Black + Gold Halloween Treat Bags!

Chic Halloween

Chic Halloween

Black and orange for Halloween is so last year. Ok, maybe not but I love to change it up.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the color combo..Unless I’m wearing black skinnies and trotting home with an Hermes shopping bag! I don’t like black cats, spiders, skeletons or witches. Gross. Personally, I never really got it. But, I indulge because I love a party!

For Halloween, why not throw some chic into the mix and go for a more grown up and fab combo of black + gold? If Chevron Glitter Pumpkins with studs, feathers and velvet stripes is too too out of your crafty wheel house, this, but you still want to do something ahmaze-balls, this is it.  Besides, who has the time for that?

After spotting this image on Pinterest via aubblylife.com I did a little digging..It’s super inexpensive and the dumbest person you know could do this, seriously. Yeah, as dumb as her!

Here’s what you need and where to buy.

Party City

Black Paper Gift Bags $11.89/dozen

Black Crinkle Paper Shreds $2.99 a bag

Gold Metallic shreds $2.99 a bag

Hobby Lobby for the gold leaf pen:

Gold Leafing Pen $8.99

You’re done. Git it, girl.

xo

Courtney

 

 

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You Can Have A Fab Dorm Room For $1200 Without Leaving Your Home!

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I spend a lot of time making over homes on camera. It’s all very fast and furious and edited down to a five minute whirlwind of “drab to fab” miracles. I realize, more often than not, viewers are totally missing the meat and potatoes on how to really do it themselves.  Additionally, I know most of you are not designers. That said, you mightn’t be able to look at something for a nano-second and know exactly where to buy it, in what size and how much it’ll cost you. But, I do. And I can help.

As we near the fall season (um, how’d that happen?), many of us are thinking about a new space. Whether your college days are long gone or not, September always has the underlying vibe of the “new school year”, getting back to business, and a time for  fresh starts. So whether you’re looking to have the most fabulous dorm room or just a bangin’ new room anywhere for that matter, I put all the accessories together for you for about $1200. Not bad, right?  Well, to make it even easier I bought everything online from one website-Overstock.com. Memba them? Yeah well, they’re kind of fabulous now.

They have thousands and thousands of options from almost as many vendors suitable for every budget. But I wanted to show you exactly how to do it, down to the shopping list.  All you need to do is start with white bedding. I couldn’t have made it any easier. So, here you go!

 SHOPPING LIST

Hand-hooked Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool RugHand-hooked Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool Rug 

The pattern is chic but still kind of rustic feeling since it’s hand hooked and wool..and it can stand up to lots of wear and tear! $311

Pink Gradient Square Oversized Gallery Wrapped Canvas

This “artist unknown” Gallery-wrapped canvas is large, so it’ll cover a lot of awkward wall space. But, it’s modern and has a more grown up vibe than a lot of canvases out there in the same price range. Love the ombre vibe, too!

$127

Altra Parsons White Laptop/ Writing Desk

I actually have this same exact desk in my own home! Why? It’s the perfect size (39” W x 20” D) for when you don’t need a ginormous executive desk, it’s clean, modern and hello, $69! #nobrainer $69

Powder Coated Steel Arm Chairs (Set Of 2)

These 100-percent steel arm chairs will be with you for a long time! They’re sold in sets of two and have a scratch-resistant powder coat finish. The perfect combo of vintage and modern. When you get tired of them, they could easily be painted. High gloss red, anyone?? $99

Maya 6-arm Ceramic Chandelier

I’m a sucker for vintage items, but sometimes I want exactly what I’m looking for! This 6-arm chandelier is hand-painted ceramic and you won’t have to troll through a smelly thrift shop to score it. The delicate look adds a slightly feminine and classic touch that will play off the other modern pieces in the space perfectly. That’s a great deal at under eighty bucks. $78

WallPops Flirt Stripe Decal Pack

 These chic pink stripe decals will give you a pop of design that is really hard to do on your own! This set includes four adhesive stripes that are easily removable-perfect for anyone in a starter pad! $52

Safavieh Treasures Dermot Silver/Glass Top Accent Table

Everyone should have some faux bamboo in their home. It adds instant old school glamour. This accent table is sophisticated and cool with classic Chinoiserie faux bamboo in silver-leafed forged iron. $178

Moroccan Triple Gourd 1-light Navy Table Lamps (Set of 2)

Graphic and stylish, these triple gourd lamps with a Moroccan pattern work well with everything else in the room. $209

 Jiti Pillow Rebel Window Yellow Pillow

Add this as your primary accent pillow on simple white bedding and you’re done. $59

You’re done and you’re fabulous.

 XO, Courtney

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Why You Need To Visit The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Now!

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I make no secret I am huge fan of The Ritz-Carlton brand. Once you get used to their level of hospitality, it’s very hard to go elsewhere. Now, there’s even more reason to visit them this summer. For starters, can you say family friendly pool parties, specialty priced spa treatments, hotel credits? The Grove is also one of my favorite areas in town and to be honest, all the other hotels in that area are not for you. Trust me, those online photos are    as doctored up as the Real Housewives of Miami!

And after 11 years, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami remains one of only two boutique Ritz-Carlton hotels, offering a bird’s eye view of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. With the summer winding down, you can plan a last minute getaway or enjoy fab  events featuring $50 daily hotel credit, $99 spa treatments and more.

Here are a few of the deals going on right now!

Yumm!

Family Package, Kids Dine on Us: Overnight accommodations, breakfast for two daily, complimentary kids’ meal with purchase of adult entrée. Available through September 30, 2013. Rates starting from $279 USD per night. Because nothing is more annoying than your kid eating two bites of the $25 chicken fingers. Ha!

 Discover with You: Overnight accommodations, daily $50 hotel credit, daily American breakfast for two, and admission to Vizcaya House and Gardens for two. Available through December 31, 2013. Rates starting from $369 USD per night. Very romantic..my husband proposed to me there, I might add. Aww!

 Miami Spa Month: Relax and rejuvenate at The Boutique Spa, Coconut Grove. With personalized service and uber-chill environment, you will leave the world’s worries behind during local’s favorite time of year, Miami Spa Month. Choose from a choice of 80-minute treatments including the Ayurvedic Detoxifying Wrap, Ayurvedic Firming Wrap, Citrus Mimosa Body Treatment, Local Love Massage (sounds sexy!) and Intense Hydrating Facial, each experience for only $99. After 80-minutes of complete bliss and pampering, bask in the Miami sun with complimentary access to the elevated pool terrace and fitness center. Planning a getaway? Enjoy overnight accommodations and daily $100 spa credit with the hotel’s SpaCation package. Rates starting from $249 USD per night. Available through September 30, 2013. Total score. Anything Ayurvedic and I’m so in!

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 Miami Spice: Lazuli Lounge welcomes guests to indulge with an internationally inspired, three course menu created by the hotel’s executive chef, Ramesh Kaduru. From Spiced-Cured Seared Pork Belly to Boule Seafood Cioppino, the three-course Miami Spice menu offers a variety of vegetarian selections, as well as dishes from the land and sea. Lunch: $19 plus tax and gratuity. Dinner: $33 plus tax and gratuity. Available Monday through Friday from August 1st through September 30th. You can’t even get a Cuban sandwichito in Little havana for that these days! Rezzies strongly recommended Call (305) 644-4675.

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

Garden Cooking Class: Located on the courtyard terrace, Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru’s garden of bright greens and herbs are abundant and invites guests of all ages to a very cool, outdoor cooking experience. Fresh ingredients are handpicked from the garden and used to create a three course menu, with the assistance of the chefs-whew! Afterwards, you eat the three course creation. Interactive, baby. August 10th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $85 per person. All ages welcome. I so think you should get a sitter, though..

 Splish-Splash Pool Party: Soak up the weekend with a fun-filled, themed family pool party on the hotel’s elevated pool deck featuring pool games, activities and afternoon barbeque. Just so you know,Miami Mommies are hot, toned and tanned. Skip breakfast that day. Just saying.. Sundays: August 4th and September 1st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Mad Hatter Tea:  Inspired by the tales of Alice in Wonderland (ooh, trippy?), guests are invited to experience a whimsical afternoon tea experience in Lazuli Lounge. Nosh on a selection of tea sandwiches and pastries as the perfect complement. All ages welcome and big hats are encouraged. $35 per person. Totally cute to do with your daughter. I’m going! Sunday, August 11th. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required by calling (305) 644-4675.

I love Miami. And this place is one of my faves.

XO

Courtney

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The Limited Turns 50 And I’ve Got A $50 Giveaway!

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The Limited is turning 50! In celebration of its Golden Anniversary, the brand is launching a multi-faceted campaign focused on helping women succeed!!

 The iconic fashion powerhouse will kick-off its celebrations with a special initiative to support Dress for Success, a nonprofit that offers professional apparel, support and career development tools to women who are entering or re-entering the work force.
 
To raise funds for this amazing organization, The Limited is inviting women to share their success stories/life lessons (both personal and professional) online at The Limited is turning 50! In celebration of its Golden Anniversary, the brand is launching a multi-faceted campaign focused on helping women succeed.
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The iconic fashion powerhouse will kick-off its celebrations with a special initiative to support Dress for Success, a nonprofit that offers professional apparel, support and career development tools to women who are entering or re-entering the work force.
To raise funds for this amazing organization, The Limited is inviting women to share their success stories/life lessons (both personal and professional) online at www.thelimited.com/50th. The company will donate $1 to Dress for Success for every submission, up to $50,000. Additionally, The Limited is donating to Dress for Success 30% of the proceeds from a limited edition clutch and a commemorative bracelet that will debut this fall.
As part of the 50th Anniversary festivities, The Limited will also launch a social media campaign this August that will allow consumers to select the ultimate celebration dress design they would like to see in stores as well as where the culminating birthday celebration will take place.

 The company will donate $1 to Dress for Success for every submission, up to $50,000. Additionally, The Limited is donating to Dress for Success 30% of the proceeds from a limited edition clutch and a commemorative bracelet that will debut this fall. That’s pretty significant! The Limited will also launch a social media campaign this August that will allow consumers to select the ultimate celebration dress design they would like to see in stores as well as where the culminating birthday celebration will take place!

If you share the link to this page, you will automatically be entered to win A $50 GIFT CARD FROM THE LIMITED! We will pick a random winner on Monday! GOOD LUCK!Limited 50th Annv Logo (gold)
Dressing for success is important. Giving back, even more.
Have a fantastic weekend!
XO
Courtney
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GTL..Not THAT GTL..Get The Look! Selena Gomez Rocks Camo And I Don’t Hate It!

The camo look is a tough look to pull off. You wither look, tacky, butch or like a tacky butch. And most of you know, I am no fan of beige in the home or in fashion but, this is decidedly NOT that look.

Whether you’re 20 or 40, you can pull this off..and it’s all totally affordable. Shopping List Below. No boot camp necessary, just a little ‘tude.

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Paul Frank Sunglasses

AMI Clubwear Pumps

ShopSosie Jeans

ShopLately.com Cuff

Hearts.com Bag

Bella Dahl Shirt

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