DYNAMIC DUO PART I

 Photo courtesy of  Vogue . 

Photo courtesy of Vogue

 Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

 Photo courtesy of  Stockholm Street Style . 

Photo courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

 Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

 Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

 Photo courtesy of  Vogue . 

Photo courtesy of Vogue

 Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

Photo courtesy of Madalyn Manzeck. 

One of the very first times I met Courtney, I was wearing a workout outfit (leggings, wind breaker jacket, tennis shoes, and all) since I was on my way to a cycling class after our student org meeting. To this day, Courtney and I still laugh about it because I do not think I have gone to a cycling class nor worn a workout outfit with her since. It is rather ironic how our dynamic duo style began three years ago because now we always make sure to have a dress code so we can coordinate looks with the other person. 

The inspiration for this photo shoot and blog post was derived from my friendship with Courtney. We met when we were nineteen years old and Sophomores in the Textile and Apparel Design program. We both were in the same student org and we clicked right away. Our friendship bloomed over Snapchat and quickly turned into weekly Taco Tuesday dates after class. We bonded over everything from fashion to social media to politics to sassy boyfriends to Sex and the City (Courtney is Carrie and I am Charlotte and we both have a touch of Samantha) and most importantly, our love of wine and champagne. We created our own column for Moda Magazine the summer of 2014, we both interned in NYC the summer of 2015, we both recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2016, and we both have tremendously enjoyed living a short car ride away from each other for the past 6 months. To say the least, we have kind of been inseparable. 

One of the things I have really enjoyed about our friendship is how our personal styles have evolved together. Courtney has always encouraged me to try mixing in fun, exciting pieces to my classic wardrobe and I have inspired her to pare down her wardrobe and really help pinpoint her personal style. We both LOVE getting dressed up with each other and always find an excuse to throw on a LBD, head to dinner, and sip on wine while we chat about life. 

I designed the silky slips for this shoot and the black pearl embellished coat I wore but I really wanted Courtney to wear her infamous feather coat to complete the look. Every time Courtney wears this jacket, she leaves a trail of a million little feathers wherever she goes! Yes, it is just as magical as it sounds except when you are cleaning your apartment and find Courtney's feathers MONTHS later hiding in the corners of your room. I think they are fun little reminders of memorable nights so I don't mind the feathers one bit! 

I think it is so important to have close girlfriends and I really wanted to showcase that with this post. It is so fun to have a style partner in crime and even more fun to look back at how our style has evolved over the past three years. Fashion is fun and Courtney and I always try to implement that into our daily dressing. We both are so very excited to be jet setting off to NYC in exactly one week from today and cannot wait to share our adventure with all of you! 

**In honor of BFF fashion, I thought it would be fun to do a little dynamic duo style competition. Leave a comment and photo of you and your best friend showing off your personal styles and I will include one dynamic duo in the post along side Courtney and myself this Wednesday! 

xoxo

Madalyn Joy