Peplum Vest

24 Oct

J.Crew Pixie Pants with Peplum Vest

It’s finally Friday, and all I’m envisioning myself doing is putting on my biggest/comfiest/uglies sweatshirt and laying on the couch. If all goes well, that’s my plan for tonight. This week was a long, but productive one. Wednesday night I met up with some other Cincinnati fashion bloggers to chat over drinks. It was nice getting together with everyone and talk shop! Once we got our fill from wine, we walked over to Keystone for a round of mac and cheese. I also got a champagne cocktail, because when in Rome…

Today’s outfit is a major sign of the seasons changing. I bought this Tulle peplum vest from Trend Boutique a few months ago, but have only worn it one time before this. I had been searching for a nice vest, and fell in love with the peplum detail of this one. It just dresses it up a bit, and gives off a feminine vibe.

I’m currently watching Project Runway while typing this post, and I am stressing out! I’m praying that Kini or Sean win, but it’s not looking good at the moment. There’s something so chic and sophisticated about their designs, and I would wear any of them in a heartbeat! It seems like the judges are loving Amanda’s collection, so it really is a toss-up at this point. Hopefully by the time this is published, I’ll be a happy girl and Sean or Kini will have won!

Black Vest with Gold Buttons

Melie Bianco Striped Clutch

Tulle Black Peplum Vest

Yellow Sweater with Black Vest

Vest: Tulle via Trend Boutique | Pants: J.Crew | Sweater: LOFT (similar) | Shoes: Report | Clutch: Melie Bianco

Black and White

22 Oct

White Pleated Blouse with Bell Sleeves

Well my Monday morning pep talk proved to be a bust. I went to bed Sunday night ready to dominate the work week, but didn’t end up falling asleep until about 3:30 in the morning. Fail. I laid in bed for hours with my lingering back pains. I swear I have the body problems of someone three times my age. I’m pretty much a zombie as I type this, but hopefully the rest of the week will be more energized! Icy Hot pads have become my best friend these past few months. I swear those things are magical the way they numb the pain and help me sleep. I’d wear them all day, every day if that menthol smell wasn’t so strong!

This is an outfit I wore in Cleveland over the weekend. This was my dressy outfit for our dinner date, but it also ended up being extremely comfortable and warm. Warmth is key for me when I go up north in Ohio. It’s only a few degrees colder than Cincinnati, but I swear the lake effect hits me hard. You’ve probably noticed I’ve been wearing these shoes a ton. Honestly, I’m not much of a heels girl, but these Vince Camuto’s are insanely comfy! The Mary Jane style sold me on them, but the comfort is what keeps me coming back. Speaking of wearing something a little too much, it’s that time of year where I start living in my J.Crew Pixie pants. If you don’t own a pair, please go to J.Crew or online and order them ASAP! I wear mine to work and on the weekends. They’re the perfect everyday pant, especially in the cold months when you don’t want to wear skirts or dresses *nods head*.

I also found this Zara blouse bunched up in a ball in my closet recently. I think the last time I wore it was in March, and I had totally forgotten about it. Gotta love closet cleanouts!

Pink Lily Boutique Statement Earrings

Stylish Black and White Outfit

Long Sleeve White Silky Blouse

Medium Length Brown Wavy Hair

Vince Camuto Black and Gold Heels

Pink Lily Boutique Green Stud Earrings

   White Zara Pleated Blouse Zara White Blouse with Green Statement Earrings

Top: Zara (old) | Pants: J.Crew | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Purse: Vintage | Earrings: Gemsugar.com c/o | Lips: Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in L.U.V.

Double Denim

20 Oct

Tara Lea Smith Custom Jewelry Cincinnati

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually kind of excited it’s Monday. This isn’t a typical thing for me, as I dread the start of a new week (I wish every day was Friday). This week though, I’m feeling energized and refreshed after an easygoing weekend in Cleveland. My boyfriend’s birthday is today, so I made the 4 hour trek up I-71 to visit him for the weekend. We did a lot of eating (the usual), a little bit of bar-hopping and played more games of Mario Kart than I’d like to admit. For the birthday dinner Friday, we ate at L’Albatros, a cute little French restaurant on the Case Western campus. Dinner was amazing, but I was most excited for brunch the next day. Every time I visit Cleveland, I insist that we go to Town Hall for brunch. If you’re ever in Cleveland, you need to experience it! I usually treat myself to a mimosa (or two), but we wanted to have a productive day, and champagne tends to make me sleepy.

I also got to experience the Brooks Brothers store downtown, which is one of the most beautiful stores I’ve ever been in. It was two levels, had oversized columns, and was the epitome of old-school glamour. Yes, I get excited about the little things. Anyway, it was a nice little getaway that has me feeling ready to take on the week ahead.

Colorful Statement Necklace Denim Outfit

Distressed Jeans with J.Crew Chambray Shirt

How amazing does this Tara Lea Smith necklace look with my denim on denim outfit? You might remember me wearing it with this outfit, but I loved the idea of transitioning it into fall with something more casual. Double denim is such an easy outfit to wear. I love that you can just add some jewelry and heels and easily transform it into a chic, effortless look.

How To Wear A Chambray Shirt with Jeans

How To Wear Denim on Denim

Shirt: J.Crew | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Necklace: Tara Lea Smith | Watch: La Mer

Coveting Coats

16 Oct

Sorry for the lack of posts this week! I’ve been having crippling headaches, and honestly my energy level has been pretty low because of it. A few nights ago when my headache started, I made a pound of pasta to get me through the week. Going into it, I knew a week was a stretch, because lets’ face it, I’m Italian and I live for pasta. I don’t eat meat, so pasta is my meat. I had three bowls the first night and two the second night. It hasn’t cured my headache, but comfort food does help.

It’s not even that cold yet, but I’m already not faring well with the season change. As much as I don’t like the temperatures dropping, I do like the warm fashion that comes along with it! I bought the chicest coat at my Trend event last weekend, and it’s made me get into a coat craze. I’ve become hyper-aware of any and every coat on the market right now (my real estate lingo is seeping into my personal life), and I want all of them. I’ve always relied on black and neutrals during the winter, but a coat is the perfect way to add an easy pop of color. I think I’ve finally found the solution to my no-color rut in the cold months. Below are some of my favorite coats on my radar. Let me know if there’s any cute coats on your radar I need to know about!

Colorful Winter Coats

Top: RACHEL Rachel Roy | Ted Baker

Bottom: Ted Baker | Escada

Polished in Plaid

14 Oct

Gentlefawn Plaid Maroon Shirt

Leather Pants with Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

I think the official sign that it’s fall is that all the leaves are starting to fall. It looks so pretty right now, and I wish it could just stay this way and skip the part where all the colors go away for winter. This is the perfect weather to start wearing your favorite fall outfits without having to worry about too much layering (yet). For me, this meant wearing this new plaid boyfriend shirt from Trend Boutique. I actually bought it over a month ago, but it’s been so warm that I’ve had to patiently wait to wear it. It’s been worth the wait, though.

Most of my clothes have a structured fit, so the boyfriend style top is not something I’m used to wearing. I wanted to do something out of my fashion norm, and it also helped that it was extremely comfortable and easy to move in! I’m always trying to dress things up, so adding this top with my faux leather pants seemed like a no-brainer. Of course, I had to add baubles, so I went with a fancy J.Crew statement necklace. Yes, those are the Vince Camuto heels I’ve worn in almost every post the past month. I can’t help myself.

Maroon Plaid Boyfriend Fit Blouse with Leather Pants

Plaid Silky Shirt with J.Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace

Silky Plaid Shirt with Black Leather Pants

Top: Gentlefawn via Trend Boutique | Pants: H&M (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Necklace: J.Crew

On Saturday night, I hosted a private shopping event at Trend Boutique here in Cincinnati. I’m a girl who likes to shop and drink champagne, so when you put the two of them together I will be there in a heartbeat! The lovely ladies at Trend sure know how to throw an event. They had champagne, appetizers, and of course all the cute clothes you expect in a boutique. I bought the cutest baby blue coat that I cannot wait to wear on the blog soon! It was a fun experience getting to shop and socialize after store hours. I love getting the chance to switch up my routine, and I think a night of shopping with friends is a great way to do that. A private shopping party can be the perfect solution to so many girlfriend get-togethers: bachelorette party, birthday party, anniversary, or just needing an excuse to have a relaxing night with your friends!

The girls at Trend are always open to host a private shopping party for you and your friends, and would love to hear from you! If you’re interested, or want more information, email: courtney@trendcincinnati.com or stephanie@trendcincinnati.com!

Trend Boutique Cincinnati

Trend Boutique Cincinnati

The Perfect Fall Dress

10 Oct

Checkered Maroon Silk Dress

Is anyone else relieved it’s Friday? This week really seemed to drag for some reason, and I think it was this dreary weather. True story: I’ve actually been sitting in my car throughout the work day this week to warm up. I turn the heat all the way up and listen to the radio. Basically, it’s heaven, and I’m a huge baby when it’s even a tiny bit chilly. This winter is going to be an interesting one!

We had a few mild days this week, so I took advantage and wore this maroon Cremieux dress. It’s become glued to my body the last few weeks because it’s so comfortable. I love pieces that look really put together and dressy, but you feel like you’re fooling everyone because it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. If only every piece of clothing could pull off double duty like this! I’m excited it’s the weekend because my Saturday night is going to revolve around shopping. I’m having a private shopping party at Trend Boutique, and am excited to do some shopping with my friends! I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures to share in a post next week.

Cremieux Maroon Fall Drop Waist Dress

Drop Waist Maroon Dress Fall Fashion

Maroon Drop Waist Long Sleeve Dress

Medium Length Curled Brown Hair

Dress: Cremieux (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Earrings: Kate Spade | Watch: La Mer

Bauble Wish List: Pearls

8 Oct

I think we can all agree that pearls make everything fancier. I can put on pearl earrings or a pearl necklace, and I instantly feel more sophisticated and ready to take on the world. In the past year, we’ve seen a modern take on the classic pearl. It all started with the Chanel Spring 2014 runway show, where Karl Lagerfeld introduced the oversized double pearl choker necklace. Since then, pearls have seemed to make a resurgence back into the forefront of fashion, and I couldn’t be happier! I love that this refreshing new take on a classic piece of jewelry makes pearls seem more wearable for day or night. These new styles are also not as serious and make an outfit a lot more fun. Are you finding new ways to reinvent your pearls?

Modern Day Pearl Jewelry Trend

Kenneth Jay Lane Cascading Pearl Necklace | Tom Binns Black and White Crystal Necklace with Pearls | Christian Dior Earrings | Maria Stern Pearl Ring | BaubleBar Gilded Pearl Necklace

Prim & Proper

6 Oct

Black Blazer with Brown Leather Skirt

Brown Leather Skirt Feminine Outfit

This past weekend was spent completely cutting myself off from technology. The only time I really used my phone for anything was to check OpenTable to make sure Nada had availability late Saturday night. My friends and I wanted to soak up our alcohol with some chips and guac, and it was the best decision I made all weekend. Mexican food is always a good idea, in my opinion. Another perk of late-night dining is when your boyfriend meant to order a mojito, but instead asked for a mimosa, which he immediately gave to me (because it’s never too early to start brunching).

It felt great to unplug from the Internet over the weekend. It’s something I hadn’t done in awhile, but I’m feeling majorly recharged now that a new week has started. I think we can officially say it’s fall now. My boyfriend and I got cocktails at a rooftop bar last week, and just one night later it was freezing. You would have thought I was braving a snowstorm by the outfits I wore over the weekend. One night included a large white fuzzy vest and a scarf. I am not prepared for the next six months!

Vince Camuto Callea Black Heels

Fall Outfit with Brown Leather Skirt

Fall Fashion Brown Leather

Silver Gold Black Chain BCBG Necklace

Shirt: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Blazer: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Skirt: MM Couture (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Earrings: Kate Spade

DIY Painted Nightstand

2 Oct

I finally did something I’ve been contemplating doing for over a year now…I made my first YouTube video! This is seriously something I’ve went back and forth on so many times. When I started my blog almost two years ago, I also discovered how much I love watching YouTube videos. I thought it was an entertaining way to take a look into other people’s lives and interests. One of the main things that has held me back for so long is my fear of editing. I studied journalism in college, and had to take an editing class, which was easily one of the hardest classes I took. It intimidated me so much that I didn’t even attempt to learn it (we all have those classes). I recently told myself to get over my fears and just go for it. Luckily, I’ve been working on this over the past week, and I feel like I’ve taught myself so much already! I’m clearly far from a master editor, but it feels good to finally do something that seemed so scary.

This nightstand belonged to my grandma, and it was something I didn’t want to get rid of. I’m not the craftiest girl, but I attempted to repurpose it, and I think the results turned out beautifully! I know I had mentioned on here a few times that I was stressed over which color to paint it. I’m happy with my choice to go pink. It’s seriously so glossy, and I cannot stop staring at it! I feel like a proud mom, and my child is a hot pink piece of wood. This was a surprisingly easy DIY, and if any of you are contemplating rehabbing old furniture, I’d highly recommend it!

I haven’t gotten any good pictures of it, but below is a snap from my iPhone.

 

How To Paint Furniture

Statement Shorts

30 Sep

Hot Pink Dressy Top Chevron Shorts

Pink Top with RayBan Wayfarers

I don’t know about other places, but we seem to be having an Indian summer here in Cincinnati. I’m not complaining, though. It’s pretty nice getting to wear my summer stuff that never saw the light of day this year. My social life was pretty minimal this summer because of work, so my cute summery clothes stayed put in my closet. Luckily, my social activities have also picked up as of late (although I am just as busy). I think everyone’s in good spirits because of the nice weather.

My parents and I took advantage of a free Sunday, and went to brunch at Incline Public House over the weekend. As amazing as brunch is, it’s also the devil a few hours after the meal. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty much incapacitated the rest of the day after brunching. Eating, drinking mimosas, and sitting outside enjoying the sun is perfect, but I also pay the price the rest of the day. Post-brunch is when I spend some quality time with my bed and the remote.

Since I knew we’d be sitting outside, I opted for lightweight clothes. These chevron shorts finally made an appearance, and I wanted to add some color with this hot pink top. Overall, it was a great weekend for enjoying this Indian summer, and I’m ready to take on whatever weather Mother Nature brings on next.

Pink Top with Chevron Shorts

Chevron Shorts with Pink Top

Pink Sleeveless Top with Chevron shorts

Pink Top with Striped Shorts Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Silky Hot Pink Top with Silver Peace Sign Necklace

Top: Old (similar) | Shorts: Bar III (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration | Necklace: Unknown (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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