Summer <3

Hope Kauffman, 114west, Montana, Whitefish, Style Blog
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This has been my summer go to outfit! When it is time to play I want something relaxed, especially if I am going to be near the lake or river. I picked up this Great Northern Brewing Company hat for the summer to throw on with a side braid and not have to worry about having funky lake hair :) . Sometimes in the summer, girls think less clothing is more comfortable and cuter but I really love this baggy shirt with a little longer shorts! I still feel super pretty and even a little sexy without showing my body off to the world.

Someone asked me the other day where I get my shorts (because finding good shorts is so IMPOSSIBLE) and I told them my favorite place is Madewell. Because up here, in the North, summer is but a glimpse we really do not need many pairs of shorts so I chose to invest in a couple pairs that I wear all the time!

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Flannels have become my new "hoody" this summer. They are so incredibly comfortable and are not as heavy as a sweatshirt but still keep you warm when Montana nights turn cold! This one is one of my favorites from the mens section at Target!

This was a very fun, relaxed, shoot at my soon to be house!!! (yay I'm getting hitched)!!! Hope from Hope Kauffman Photography came over and we had a blast taking kind of hick photos and laughing a lot! 

xoxo Court

Shirt- HARLOW  Shorts- MADEWELL Hat- GREAT NORTHERN BREWERY flannel- TARGET

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denim on denim

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114west, Brooke Peterson Photography, Whitefish Montana, Courtney Ferda

One of my favorite clothing mixes is denim on denim. It doesn't matter if it is light with dark or even light with light (stay tuned to see this in my fourth of July outfit) I love mixing them. I think the struggle for most girls is that it can come across super "country", so one way to battle this "country look" is to add blingy jewelry and heels, or some sort of bright color and print. In this post I added one of my favorite necklaces from The Village Shop to dress up this denim on denim combo. Necklaces like this can also be very intimidating because they are so huge, sparkly and, dare I say it, fake! It took me a long time to feel comfortable wearing it in public (because I truly felt everyone was looking and judging me on my fake diamonds) but once I did it was an item I like to call a compliment seeker (something that EVERYONE comments on and compliments). Now I love it and wear it all the time!

I have missed you all and my blogging has been sporadic (planning a wedding and starting a new career can do that to you) but I am excited to get back into it and share some of my favorite looks this summer. Hopefully you will feel inspired to copy one or two of them! 

XOXO Court

Photos by Brooke Peterson Photography


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114west, Brooke Peterson Photography, Whitefish Montana, Courtney Ferda
Courtney Ferda, 114west, Montana Style, Brooke Peterson Photography

SHIRT & JEANS- tj maxx JEWELRY- the village shop SHOES- The Toggery


Forest and Black

Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, Whitefish Montana, 114-west.com

Maxi skirts are one of my favorite clothing items to wear! They work great  for winter or summer and all you have to do is switch up your tops! Many times with this skirt I will wear a chambray shirt with it in the winter  ( and even leggings underneath if it is really cold :) ) but in the summer I like to pair it with a unique tank! This one was from Harlow and I loved the lace detail. It was flattering and hit at just the right spot. I think that many times when girls wear maxi skirts we feel like we have to wear them really high on our hips. What is most important is that you match it with your body type, if you have a natural waist then you wear it right there, if you don't (like me) then you can use a skirt liked this to create a waist! 

Brooke Peterson Photography took these pictures and I loved how they turned out! Montana has greened up so much and summer is coming! Wedding countdown is at 87 days (can you tell I am excited!!!!!!)

xoxo Court

Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, Whitefish Montana, 114-west.com
Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, Whitefish Montana, 114-west.com
Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, Whitefish Montana, 114-west.com
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Posted on May 28, 2014 .

neon summer

Brooke Peterson Photography, 114-west.com, Whitefish Style Blogger, Montana Style Blogger, Harlow

In honor of it being over 55 degrees and sunny for three days in a row, I wanted to share this adorable romper from Harlow in Whitefish. The bright colors and unique fit is what drew me to it in the store and I wanted to show how a properly fitting romper looks. I see many girls wearing them and they look so uncomfortable because it is either too low in the front or showing off their booty. This romper had the most comfortable material and I loved how it fit so loosely and hung correctly. I paired it with my favorite sandals from Target!

Enjoy the sunshine!

xoxo Court 

fun photos by Brooke Peterson Photography

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Brooke Peterson Photography, 114-west.com, Whitefish Style Blogger, Montana Style Blogger, Harlow

Pinteresting

Hi everyone! Here is my newest article for 406 Magazine.

Hope you enjoy,

xoxo Court

406 Woman Magazine, Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, 114-west.com, Courtney Ferda

When it gets to this time of the year while the weather is as random as late night television and maybe you are tired of every piece of winter clothing you own, that little bit of inspiration for daily outfits is hard to find. I know I have really struggled the past few weeks picking out an outfit for the day and spend way to much time standing in front of my closet hoping that an outfit will jump out at me and I will suddenly be excited about my wardrobe again. Something that I do to battle the clothing blues is check out my “Style Inspiration” Pinterest board and remake an outfit from another blogger or magazine.  It is so much fun to look through the pictures and “pin” pictures of outfits that you love to your board Whether it is because of a specific clothing item in the picture or you just love the style the person is wearing, you can create a board of ideas that fit you and your closet uniquely. I know it is easy for me to spend time on Pinterest pinning beautiful pictures of gowns, bathing suits and wedding dresses but sometimes it’s good to take a minute for just scouting out some everyday outfits!

            I remember the first outfit I ever “pinterest copied” was of a maxi skirt and sweater combo from a blogger I adore from Tennessee (Check her out! blog name: Happily Grey). This was not long before I began my blog 114 west°. I started really enjoying the challenge of taking outfits off of Pinterest and using my own clothes to recreate a look. It has helped me many days when I do not know what to wear and I have used to it to help style photo-shoots and even help my friends. My first ever 406Woman contribution was helping Cara Lard(from Mum’s flowers) and Rachel Spray (from Rachel and Jeremiah Photography) pick their outfits and we did it using Pinterest ideas and then recreating the look we wanted with their own wardrobe. For those of you who do not have a Pinterest, what are you waiting for! Take the plunge, we won’t judge! Start a “Style Inspiration” board and spend a few minutes searching through the “women’s fashion” sections finding ideas and inspiration. If you are not interested in making a board yourself head on over to mine and steal ideas off of there!

            I am using this idea of creating Pinterest style boards to offer style advice and help with senior pictures this upcoming year. I have begun working with Brooke Peterson (from Brooke Peterson Photography) creating a great package for seniors which includes free style consultation from yours truly!  Don’t be intimidated, it just means that I will meet you for coffee and we will take a look at my “senior outfit ideas” Pinterest board and decide on some looks that you want to go for! Then I will either go shopping with you to help create these looks or come over and help you recreate the looks out of your own closet! It is so much fun to help people get ready for beautiful pictures and I am excited to see how this adventure goes! If you are interested in having help styling photos head on over to my blog (www.114-west.com) and check out my options for photo styling! I would love to help you make your senior pictures, engagement pictures or family pictures look even more amazing!

            This outfit is from a picture I found on my “Style Inspiration board,” I loved how this particular stylist had paired a patterned dressy skirt with a plain white top. It was classy yet totally comfortable for day in meetings or even just running errands. I copied her idea of wearing ankle booties which was perfect because the day that Brooke (Brooke Peterson Photography) and I went to shoot these pictures it was raining and puddles were everywhere. I added a jean jacket (my favorite spring addition to my wardrobe, a great jacket to have to throw on over a sundress or even pair it with a flannel and a dark pair of jeans!) and as you can see the outfit didn’t turn out exactly like the one from Pinterest, but it is close, and I didn’t have to put much thought into it. I also did not have to go and buy a bunch of new clothes to make this look, all of these items I already had in my closet and had never thought of pairing them together before!

             I hope you feel inspired to go out and create an awesome “Style Inspiration” Pinterest board and try and copy a few outfits for yourself! I know there are days that we find ourselves standing in front of our closets and wishing we had someone there to style us and learning to recreate an outfit with your own clothes can do just that! Good Luck and let me know how it goes! Stop by www.114-west.com and share your inspiration!

Xoxo

Court

406 Woman Magazine, Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, 114-west.com, Courtney Ferda
406 Woman Magazine, Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, 114-west.com, Courtney Ferda
406 Woman Magazine, Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, 114-west.com, Courtney Ferda
406 Woman Magazine, Brooke Peterson Photography, Montana Style Blog, 114-west.com, Courtney Ferda

I <3 camping

Brooke Peterson Photography, 114west, Style Blogger, Harlow in Whitefish, Montana Style Blog, Courtney Ferda

Somedays all I want is a comfy sweatshirt and a pair of jeans, this outfit fulfills that desire while looking pretty dang cute! I was stoked when I saw that Harlow  had started carrying Wildfox and I knew I wanted to wear this sweatshirt. It would be perfect for a summer night with shorts or like I wore it, with patterned pants. Sweatshirts don't always have to be a pullover or a zip up, don't be afraid to get a cute and comfy shirt like this. These camo pants are a favorite of mine, I found them at TJ Maxx and was so excited when they fit perfectly. Living in Montana I always struggle with how to incorporate camo (because it is actually useful here :) for things other than looking cute) and thought I would always look like a poser (since I don't hunt). But I love these pants and would encourage you to look through your local TJ Maxx and see if you can find a crazy good deal like I did. 

My parents bulldog Abraham decided to make his first blog appearance and Brooke (from Brooke Peterson Photography) did an amazing job capturing some pretty dang cute pictures. I am getting so excited to work with Brooke on our senior photo project coming up! Check out her info.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

xoxo Court

Sweatshirt- Harlow ( Wildfox online) Pants- TJ MAXX (7 for all Mankind) Glasses: TJ MAXX

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