Pick up & go

That is exactly what me & my bestie did this past weekend. We constantly talk about our desire to travel to these extreme far away lands that we cannot afford at this point in our lives. So we just don’t go anywhere and that gets old.

She was planning to come visit me before she starts her 24/7 90 on call shift (aka house arrest for work) and instead we found some super affordable round trip flights to Toronto on kiwi.com ! We found a last minute Air Bnb and to say we were pleased is an understatement. That place is beautiful, breathtaking, fun, clean, eclectic. It has so many sights to see, streets to roam and people to meet. Perfect mini vacation!

Just because you can’t currently take your dream vacation or travel to the most exotic destination doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere. Just go somewhere and see something new. It was eye opening and refreshing in all of the best ways.

Here are a few of my favorite photos!  We explored the Royal Ontario Museum, went to the last Toronto Blue Jays baseball game and hit to town to some of the nightlife hot spots including the famous Harry Potter inspired bar The Lockhart!

Where has been your favorite mini get away? 

i did a thing

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Even since high school friends have turned to me for advice on makeup, clothing and just kind of style in general. Not much as changed even today! Part of the reason I started Crescent and Key is to share my love of the things I find beautiful. I have also gone the extra mile and started a YouTube channel! I plan on posting a weekly video either doing a tutorial, review or haul!

I know very little about filming and editing video but the only way to learn is by doing it.

I would love if you would take a few minutes to check out my channel and let me know what you think! Subscribe, Like and Comment too if you feel so inclined. Any little bit of attention helps. If you do; leave a comment letting me know you found my channel through my blog!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCQbYONc4HnimIYZnHuNzBw

 

Thanks,

 

Courtney

Music City 

This place has blessed me with experiences I would have never dreamed of. I love the freedom of expression through fashion here. I love the energy music brings to this town & I love the people I’ve surrounded myself with. Last night I had to opportunity to hang out back stage for the St. Jude Guitar B-Q and watch one of my friends fiancés kill it on stage in Nashville. If you haven’t listened to Michael Ray you should. He is extremely talented, humble and way on the eyes. He is also surrounded by a band that is making waves in country music. Nights like last night make me extra thankful for my experiences here 

Opry Night in Nashville 

This past weekend I was able to check an activity off of my Nashville bucket list! My mom & I attended the Grand Ole Opry and experienced an iconic night of country music. I got to put a few of my Nordstrom Sale pieces to use. I love the in between of summer and fall because jackets are accessories and not necessities and you can pair an off the shoulder top with rocker booties. So glad I got to play tourist in my own town ❤

NORDSTROM SALE!

 

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month; you know Nordstrom has been having their biggest yearly sale. I hopped right into the madness as soon as it was open to the public and wanted to share a few of my favorite items I got!

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait for it to cool down a little so I can wear that jacket! Easily my go to jacket for fall.

 

Let me know what you snagged from the sale!!!

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#nomakeupmonth Novel below⬇️⬇️⬇️
Don’t get me wrong. I love brows that are & eyeliner so winged that Southwest is jealous. I love a highlight that I can nearly see my reflection in. But for the past month I haven’t worn a stitch of makeup.
At first it wasn’t even on purpose. My skin just needed a break. Between sunscreen build up and sweaty summer skin I was just getting an icky break out. So I let me skin breathe for a week or so & wondered
could I go an entire month without makeup & how would it make me feel?
Do I look like shrek without makeup? Absolutely not; most days.
Do I look like a Victoria’s Secret model? lol no.
But, I seem base so much of my self esteem on if I look pretty & in my gut I know that’s so silly. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look nice. I love clothes and makeup and think it’s all so fun but what you look like has absolutely nothing to do with your worth as a person. I don’t know how I lost sight of that.
Honestly, most days were a breeze. I’m pretty low maintenance as is. But there were times I was so self conscience & that sucked. But why? Why can’t I feel just as cool & funny & confident without my eyelashes being coated in black goop?

Here’s what I learned during my month without makeup.

Going to work without makeup- No biggy…Other than when I saw the cute new guy that works on my floor and I felt like I looked like a Walmart sack. 🙄
Running errands- Whatever. Ronald at Walgreens told me I was the prettiest girl he’d seen all day.
Gym- Don’t care. I smell worse than I look.
Pool- Nah I’m trying to collect freckles anyway. Luckily, they’re extra trendy right now.
At home- My cat loves me either way.

So, for the most part I didn’t feel much different until it came to being social…
I did NOT want to go out. I avoided it as much as possible. Potentially interacting with the same strangers I might run into at the grocery store but in a bar- no thank you- hard pass. Logical.
I don’t wear that much makeup on any given day but I felt so exposed & awkward. Kind of like when you accidentally tuck the back of your dress into your underwear. Just so uncomfortable. Why am I embarrassed of my face? It is just like the rest of the skin on my body & I don’t make a fuss over what it looks like 24/7.
But here’s the thing- No one cared. No one seemed less interested in me. People even complimented me on something other than my perfectly winged eyeliner. I was the only one that felt weird. I’m the one that put my worth into how I looked. Other people based their opinion of me on how I treated them. On how their experience or interaction was with me as a person.
So many times my anxiety or insecurity was put to rest because I realized I was the only one concerned with how I looked.
This is long & rambley & so cheesy but it felt cool to genuinely feel like it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Also, my skin feels a million times better & so do I. I won’t lie though; I am looking forward to breaking out my contour kit & beating my face to the gods again. Makeup is fun. But now I won’t put as much stock on my looks as much as my heart. & that makes me feel good. People still liked me even if I felt like I looked like a hairless dog.
Well, that’s all. Idk, just wanted to share my little experiment. You’re all so cool & I love you a lot. As silly as it sounds, I hope you all can find a way to feel confident even if you feel insecure at the same time.

In a society consumed with looking perfect sometimes it is nice to have #unfiltered moments.
-Courtney

 

summer reads

 

I honestly could not tell you the last book I read cover-to-cover by choice. I 100% sparknoted my way through college, I made a 3.43 overall so texts books aren’t super necessary. Jk, you might really need them at some point.

I never would have thought I would have any desire to read anything other than click bait articles on Facebook but I needed something to pass the time when I forget my headphones on the plane or to keep my attention off how miserably hot I am while laying out at the poo,l so I started buying book and I can finally say I have found my genre of “literature”…. funny celebrity biographies. Before (or after) you roll your eyes, hear me out… I like a good laugh and a little inspiration without feeling like I am reading a self-help book and these check both boxes. I like the relatable awkwardness that everyone experiences throughout life, even our favorite celebs, but also the stories of absolute rejection and determination for success kind of make me feel like I’m not a complete failure, yet.

I also love the little bit of empowerment that I get from them that is completely ok, if not entirely encouraged, to be smart, successful & funny!

I want to share with you a few of my favorites so far. Maybe they are silly but sometimes a chuckle at someone else’s expense is just what you need.

I believe all of them are available new or used on Amazon!

What will you be reading by the pool this summer?

Are there any odd genres of books that you gravitate towards?

-Courtney

 

omg, who are you & why are you here?

17626364_10210503679921503_2717665222669628354_nI think we can ask each other those questions with equally entertaining answers. I would love to hear your answer, but since I asked first I will give you mine. My name is Courtney, I live in the boomin’ city of Nashville, TN and have 0 musical abilities. For the loooongest time past 2 years or so I have teetered with the idea of starting a blog but because of my lack of commitment issues i.e. groupons never used, shirts with the tags still on them… you get the idea… I just couldn’t muster up the courage, because it does take courage to share any part of your life with strangers, and have been a little lost in where the heck to start. But never the less I’m here and ready to parrrrrtay.

I want to share all of the things I love with anyone who will listen, honestly. I love trying new beauty items, clothing brands and home décor ideas. If you like any of those things then pretty please stick around and lets find new stuff together! I have friends text me for outfit ideas or ask what make up I’m using so they have boosted my ego & encouraged me to share with anyone else who wants to know the deets on what I think is worth its weight in gold.

I will always pick the prettiest version of whatever options are in front of me even if it’s  a spatula, there are some really pretty spatulas out there y’all… I think it makes for a happier life, if not at the very least a little bit prettier moment. If you’re in for a pretty little blog that has no real direction then welcome! If you have any helpful advice or anything you would love to see send it my way!

I hope you have the best time here and a wonderful day,

Courtney

PS leave a comment where you’re from so we can be internet frands!