October 29, 2014

The Way We Were

If any of you have ever carried a watermelon - this post is for you!


I met Courtney way back in the 2nd grade. Dont ask me what year that was - I have no idea. All I know is that this was the era of spandex as pants, neon as the new black, and bangs sprayed into an unmovable wave cresting over our foreheads. We went to the same church, and we both prayed to the fashion gods of hammer pants and jordache jeans. It was friendship at first sight. 

Throughout the years Courtney was a constant fashionable presence in my life. In junior high she was the first girl I ever knew to sport penny loafers (complete with real pennies tucked inside), While I wore my hair boyishly short and permed (not a typo), Courtney is credited with being the first among our friends to effortlessly twist her hair up with a “hair claw”. She knew what Old Navy was, before Boise had ever heard of it. We swam alongside each other in our ginormously oversized Banana Republic t-shirts while navigating the awkwardness of being a 90s teen.



In high school our fashion adventures were topped only by our mutual love for Leonardo Dicaprio. We scoured magazines for fashion ads and taped them from floor to ceiling in my bedroom. Long before Mean Girls made their burn book, we had our own secret notebook that was passed between our closest friends in between class periods. Senior year I lived in a cheerleading uniform while Courtney traded her various sports jerseys for a Rotary Jacket. She left to a study abroad in Japan while I fantasized about winning an Oscar and moved to LA 6 months shy of graduation. 

In LA, Courtney came for a visit and we risked our lives to venture down into the crack district to find the fashion vans that sold clothes wholesale in a covert alleyway. I remember buying black capri pants - with leopard fur cuffs on the bottom complete with matching tank top. Courtney was right by my side congratulating me on such an awesome find.



Four years later we met up in Paris and shopped for a week straight fueling up on baguettes and as many Nutella crepes as we could stomach. We were living out our dreams in our white sneakers and backpacks. I discovered how much I loved Zara on this trip, and to this day still wear a skirt I bought there to church 3 out of 4 Sundays a month. There is nobody on earth that I would have wanted to experience France with besides Courtney. She “got me” in a way that meant I had zero explaining to do. Id say: Im changing my name to Kennedy. And she would say: Yes, that fits you just right. 



Fast forward to present day and what you have here are two moms, with a fashion past that stretches farther than spanx - who have never really outgrown those childhood dreams of reaching their pinnacle of style. It was no surprise to me in 2007 when Courtney called me up and shared her brilliant plan to start her own business. Cents Of Style . It was about as shocking as the demise of gaucho pants. Which is to say, everyone saw it coming. And I for one am grateful to have so many accessories at my disposal - handpicked by a trusted friend. 

So without further ado - I present myself to the world of fashion blogs: Consumer whore, fashion addict, and former “baby in a corner.” Ive repented of my ways and put aside my Sally Jesse Raphael glasses, my bowl cut of 1996, and most importantly my old nose… in favor of true religion jeans, statement necklaces, and any shirt I can find that doesn’t make me look 6 months pregnant.

Join me, wont you?


September 15, 2014

Accept Our Challenge- #BeTheGood

Today is the day! We are launching our "Be The Good" Campaign with Jane.com. We are taking our firmly held belief that each individual person can make a difference in the world and putting it into action. We are challenging each other and you to #BeTheGood you want to see in the world this week. Help a neighbor. Mentor a child. Go do some good and we will too.

Here is how you can help:

1- Buy a shirt- We created this Be The Good shirt as  a visual reminder of our goal and purpose in this campaign. You can buy the shirt this week on Jane.com and 100% of the profits will go to Girls, Inc, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold. 

2- Do some good- We want this movement to make as big of an impact as possible. We need your help. Go out and make a difference big or small this week and then show us what you did. Post a photo of you doing good and #BeTheGood, #CentsofStyle, and #JaneCares and we will be highlighting the participants on social media, Cents of Style's homepage and Jane.com/bethegood.

3-Challenge your friends- Help us spread this message of doing and being good by challenging your friends to participate. Challenge them to get involved and make a difference in the world. 

August 27, 2014





In early 2014, we as a Cents of Style team, decided to start a custom t-shirt line. Our hope was to create t-shirts for women and children that we would personally wear and put our kids in. We wanted them to be fun and fashionable, but I, personally, wanted one to reflect my passion for social issues and kindness. One of my favorite quotes is by Mahatma Gandhi and says, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” With those things in mind, I came up with the idea of “Be The Good.”


I love this idea that we each can make a difference in this world, even if it is small. We can impact the world just by the way we choose to live our everyday lives. We can increase the goodness and happiness around us by the small things we do each day, helping our children, smiling at a stranger, or choosing to be the type of person that benefits the world for good.


If you value honesty, kindness and service, be a person who exudes those qualities. Show the world your goodness by the way you act each day. Be the good. Do good. See a better world. #bethegood


-Courtney Brown

President & Founder, Cents of Style, LLC



August 15, 2014

New Website & $500 Paypal Cash Giveaway!

We just launched our brand-new-year-in-the-making website! We are so excited we are giving away $250 in Paypal cash to one lucky winner and to their bestie! Here's how to enter:

1-Follow @centsofstyle on Instagram
2- Follow @whippycake on Instagram
3-Follow @southernsavers on Instagram
4- Follow @shesaved on Instagram
5-Tag your besties (as many as you want) in Cents of Style's Instagram post for additional entries.

Winner must be following all 4 sponsors to be entered and will be chosen at random and giveaway ends 8/18/14 at Midnight, MST.
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, affiliated or authorized by Instagram.
May 01, 2014

Lifestyle Photography | Cents of Style

We have so many beautiful photos from our lifestyle photo shoots that we use once or twice for a product promotion, and then they seem to be forgotten about, stashed away in a computer file. So, we thought we would share a few aesthetically pleasing ones with you. Our in house photographer Elizabeth Madsen does a beautiful job. Enjoy. :)

August 26, 2013

Guest Editor- Monica Knight Giveaway

Enter below for a chance to win $100.00 of "FabuLESS" picks from Monica Knight.

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We love the Fab girls and have enjoyed having Monica as our August Guest Editor. 

August 08, 2013

August's Guest Editor- Monica Knight

We are thrilled to have Monica of Fabulessly Frugal as our Cents of Style Guest Editor for August, 2013. Monica blogs on a daily basis about being two things we adore, fabulous and frugal. She fits right into our belief in fashion and affordability. 

Monica invited us into her home a few weeks ago to take photos of her in some of her favorite Cents of Style accessories. Along the way, we got to see her gorgeous new kitchen and her two sweet boys. Monica's style is classic and clean. We asked Monica to answer a few personal style questions for us. Here is what she had to say about her own "Cents of Style."

Q- What are three words that best describe your style?

A- Chic, On-the-Go, Classy

Q- Who is your celebrity fashion crush?

A- Carrie Underwood

Q- What is your go to item of clothing, shoe, and accessory?

A- It is hard to pick just one! I love earrings and scarves.

Q- What is your favorite current Cents of Style item?

A- XinXin, Zu, and Olivia



Make sure to check out Monica's picks HERE and receive 10% off and FREE SHIPPING with the code: FABULESS.


July 26, 2013

Guest Editor- CaraLoren Giveaway!

 Enter below for your chance to winner $100.00 in CaraLoren's Cents of Style picks!

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We have sure enjoyed having this blonde beauty as our Guest Editor this month. Her style inspires us.

July 11, 2013

July's Guest Editor- Cara Van Brocklin

 Here are 5 reasons we here at Cents of Style love Ms. CaraLoren:

1- Her ability to add the unexpected accessory to an everyday outfit. Doesn't she look ah-mazing in our Chic Retro Glasses?

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2- Her son Hanes. Not only does she blog about her amazing outfits, but about Hanes' too. We heart him.

3- The hair. Enough said.

4- Her funk. We love that she can pull off a classic pleated skirt with a graphic tee or a neon yellow peplum and polka dot pants.

5- The girl can rock a hat. Whether it be a trucker or panama, Cara stuns in this accessory.

We are honored that Cara is Cents of Style's July Guest Editor. We adore her. Make sure to check out her picks here and get 10% off and FREE SHIPPING with the coupon code: CARALOREN.

June 06, 2013

June's Editor- Brennan Lau


We decided to do something a little different for the month of June in our Guest Editor position. We thought we would introduce you to one of Cents of Style's owners and founders, Brennan Lau. We hope you enjoy learning more about Brennan's Cents of Style and check out her picks here.

What are three words that best describe your style?

Neutral-popped is that a word? Well it is in my book and I'm going with it. I wear a lot of neutral colors and pop the outfit with colored accessories. And when I say neutral its not just black, white, grays and browns....I include olive, navy, eggplant, maroon they are considered pseudo-neutrals.

Relaxed/chill- Haha I had to throw in the word chill...it made me sound cooler...or maybe not... Anyways, I consider myself a pretty easy going, laid back person and I think my style follows suit. I love a great pair of jeans, a funky t-shirt and some combat boots.... add a stud and a leather bracelet and I am good to go. 

Current/Chic- I would like to think that I am pretty up to date with my style. I am open to trying new trends. Dressing is kind of like a hobby for me I have a lot of fun with it. Courtney and I live by the philosophy, It is just one day.....try something and if you don't like it, you never have to wear or do it again...However, you never know how many compliments you will get. What girl does not love a good compliment! 

Who is your celebrity style crush?

BLAKE SHELTON....TIM LOPEZ....(Ready for Love anyone! ) ooops.....that says celebrity STYLE crush not celebrity crush....:)
I'll go with Whitney Port...use to be on the Hills. Remember her? I have always appreciated her style and her fashion sense. It doesn't hurt that she seems to be super nice....that helps in my book. You can be super stylish and wear great clothes but if you're mean...it turns me off and all of a sudden you are wearing a garbage sack in my eyes. Random, I know.

What is your go to item of clothing, shoe, and accessory?

Easy! Slouchy sweater, combat boot for Fall, Winter and into Spring and a hot sandal for summer. I am loving the black and silver ADAM sandal from Cents of Style right now, and the go to accessory right now are definitely statement necklaces....how hot is this!

What is your favorite current Cents of Style item? 

Hard! So many things I love right now.

Beeper Sneaker- I am in love with these! But you know what is lame....they don't come in my size dang it! (I'm a 5.5)
Skull Necklace- I dig this. Enough said.
Rosy Boot- Yep... these too. Need them. 

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