CJLA Girls Stories: Courtney Smith
- by Lauren Burchill
Hey CJLA Girls! We are so excited to share a special CJLA Girls interview with you today. We were able to chat with Courtney Smith and learn more about her life, her family and why she loves her CJLA capsule! We love Courtney's style and it's always so fun seeing the way she uses her capsule pieces. Check out our full interview with her below!
CJLA: Tell us about yourself!
COURTNEY: Hi girls! My name is Courtney Smith and I think I'm 31 years old now! I live in Michigan with my husband, Maxwell, and my two daughters, Scout and Dylan. I was born in Minnesota and I'm definitely "Minnesota Nice" like you may hear about. I love outdoor adventures and a great workout or run that rejuvenates and detoxes from the inside out. I am an aspiring minimalist, but as a mum of two daughters, it makes it a little challenging. Let's just say i'm doing my best! I love reading, fashion and cooking healthy meals for my family as well. I am a stay-at-home mum but I also have a photography and videography business called Kenneth Kevin Studios (named after my grandpop and dad.) My husband Max and I work together doing weddings and we love it so much. My husband is also a worship pastor at a church in Ann Arbor, Michigan! We love Jesus and worshiping Him with our lives, giving Him all the glory in everything that we put our hands to.
CJLA: How did you find CJLA?
COURTNEY: I found CJLA through my friend @thewrightfolio. One day I asked my friends on Instagram if they knew how to build a capsule wardrobe and she shared Carly Jean Los Angeles with me. Thanks girl!
CJLA: CJLA is more than clothes, it's a community! Why do you love being a member of the CJLA community?
COURTNEY: I love being part of the CJLA community because it's so inclusive and the mission is so good. I love that the women who shop care where there clothes are made all while not compromising fashion and their values!
CJLA: What are your three all-time favorite CJLA capsule pieces?
COURTNEY: My three favorite pieces are the Scout (I might be biased since it's my daughter's name), the Big Sur Jacket (it gets pretty cold here in Michigan), and my Lennon Kimono in dark salmon.
CJLA: Why does the capsule concept work for you and your lifestyle?
COURTNEY: The capsule concept of CJLA fits my lifestyle so well as an active mum who still wants to feel put together and comfortable. As a minimalist I am able to find the few pieces I need to achieve that so easily! The pieces are such good quality as well so I know I can save money and have confidence that my clothes will last a long time.
CJLA: How has having a capsule wardrobe helped to simplify your life?
COURTNEY: Having a capsule wardrobe simplifies my life in many ways. It helped me to get ready more quickly since I don't have a ton of time as I'm chasing around my toddler and trying to make sure my newborn gets fed and changed when she needs to. It also puts my life into perspective. What I mean by that is this-- fashion and following trends has always been a fun part of my life but when they get in the way of what really matters in my life like spending time with my family and supporting people who are in need, then my life is not balanced. Simplifying my life helps me figure out what is important to me. It shows me what I value.
CJLA: What is your favorite CJLA piece to style?
COURTNEY: My favorite CJLA piece to style would have to be the Lindsey Jeans! Man, I love those jeans. My husband likes them on me too so it's safe to say I have all the confidence in the world when I wear them.
CJLA: If you had to describe CJLA to a friend using only three words what would they be?
COURTNEY: Purposeful, beautiful and inclusive! If I could have a fourth word it would be generous!