Don’t you love finding an old favorite in your closet that you rarely wear? I came across this J.Crew blousy bow top recently, and fell in love all over again. It has a blue and purple hue to it, and I just love the bow detail! Very simple, but chic. I got this Madewell pleated skirt recently, and have already worn it a ton. I try to steer away from black because I have so much of it, but you really can’t go wrong with a black skirt. This is me justifying buying more black things for my wardrobe.
I’ll be at the Cincy Chic Eco-Chic Fashion Show tonight! There will be a fashion show featuring organic hair and makeup products, and eco-friendly clothes designed by the talented students at DAAP. I, along with some other local bloggers, will also be looking for the best “eco-chic” look from the attendees. Get your tickets here!
As of this post being published, it’s supposed to be extremely cold in the Midwest. I am counting down the days until it’s permanently warm, and I can get rid of my Casper coloring.
Madewell Black Pleated Mini Skirt (similar on sale!) | J.Crew Sleeveless Silk Bow Tie Blouse (not similar in any way, but obsessed with the colors) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade ‘All Wrapped Up’ Pearl Earrings
If I had to sum up my weekend in one word, it would be this: food. Lots and lots of food. And good food I might add. The weekend kicked off with dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse downtown to celebrate my brother’s birthday. I don’t eat meat, but never have a problem filling up on sides. Their mashed potatoes are divine! The good food weekend continued the next morning when my dad made a huge breakfast, which included this awesome fruit plate. He really could be a chef. Rounding out the weekend of good eats was Sunday night tacos. My mom and I slaved in the kitchen for hours making salsa, guacamole and tacos. I think I could eat Mexican food every day and never get sick of it. Plus, you don’t feel as guilty afterward since it’s mostly veggies. Win win!
Now that spring is here, I’m injecting some much-needed color into my wardrobe. Today’s theme is obviously pink, and I’m super excited about the new addition to my shoe collection. These Dee Keller pink heels instantly caught my eye on the Piperlime site, and I ordered them immediately. When they finally came in the mail, I was disappointed when the fit wasn’t so great. I put them back in the box, and had planned on mailing them back the next day. Because I have serious attachment issues (and was seriously in love with these shoes), I decided to say goodbye to the shoes by slipping them on my feet one last time. Miraculously, they fit this time. It was crazy, but I was loving whatever magic was making this happen. I tried them on a few more times, and they continued to fit, which meant they were staying in my possession!
I apologize in advance, but these pink puppies are going to be making many appearances on here now that it’s warming up!
Madewell Striped Shell Tank (similar) | Gap Distressed Skinny Jeans | Dee Keller Mallory Heels | Pink Blazer (similar) | Ray-Ban Wayfarers
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I get to a point every winter where I’m cramming in all my favorite winter pieces that I didn’t get to wear much during those freezing cold days. It’s like painfully cold for at least two months, and nobody (at least me) has looking flawless at the top of their priority list. Cue a few days before spring officially starts, and I’m realizing I didn’t wear most of the outfits I had wanted to share on my blog this winter. Exhibit A: this Ann Taylor bow blouse.
I bought this blouse way back in November, with intentions of wearing it often on here. Many outfits have been planned in my head revolving around this top, because I can never say no to bows. I’m finally styling it for my blog, and today’s outfit shows a subtle sign that spring is near: shorts! Mixing edgy with feminine is something I’ve always liked to do, and I love how these pieces complement each other.
On a side note, I did absolutely nothing fun for St. Patrick’s Day. I had an extra stressful day at work, forgot to wear any green and my favorite Kate Spade polkadot tights ripped from my thigh to my ankle. At first I felt like I was missing out by not celebrating, but once I got home from work and plopped myself on the couch, I was very happy with my decision. Sometimes the best way to celebrate a holiday is to not do anything at all.
Ann Taylor Bow Blouse | Gianni Bini Leather Shorts (similar) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Earrings
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I can’t complain that it’s Monday. The weather was amazing over the weekend, and it’s supposed to be in the 70s in Cincinnati today. I’ll take it! Other than working, my weekend was pretty quiet, and I loved it. I had planned on going out for St. Patrick’s Day Saturday night, but ended up going to a relaxing dinner with my parents at Kaze. Sometimes you just can’t muster up the energy to go out like you used to.
I’m also excited it’s Monday because I get to introduce you to an incredibly talented jewelry designer. Founded in 2005, Kirstin Eismin is the artist behind Funky Artsy, a jewelry line that also doubles as wearable art. Her handmade pieces are made of bold colors and unique shapes, making these accessories stand out from the crowd. One of my favorite things about Kirstin’s designs is that you can find pieces for all occasions. Make a statement in an eye-catching multi-colored necklace, or layer a druzy agate bracelet with your other arm candy.
For today’s post, I’m wearing what might be the most comfortable dress I own. This Michael Kors faux wrap dress looks like I put in a lot of effort, but really it feels like I’m wearing pajamas. I love when you find something that just fits like a glove, and makes you feel so comfortable. Not only am I accessorizing with a purple Funky Artsy bracelet today, but I’m also giving one away to you!
All you have to do to enter is follow this Rafflecopter link, and one of these bracelets could be yours! I absolutely love druzy stones, and think they are so understated and elegant. I’ve gotten many compliments on this bracelet, and it looks great alone or with other bracelets!
Michael Kors Wrap Dress (similar) | Funky Artsy Druzy Agate Bracelet c/o | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in ‘L.U.V.’
It’s currently 8:30 in the morning, and I’m horizontal in my bed watching Ladies of London while I put together this post. It’s raining outside, but I don’t think that’s going to stop me from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day later tonight. Hey, at least it’s not snow, right? I’ve always loved this holiday, not solely because of the green beer, but mostly because it signals warmer weather is coming. I feel like St. Patrick’s Day is a friendly reminder that spring and Easter are right around the corner!
I’m not exactly sure what my plans are yet, but I have a few ideas in mind for what I’m going to wear. I always say I need to add more green to my closet, but by the time St. Patrick’s Day rolls around each year, I haven’t bought anything green. Luckily, I have a pair of mint green pants that are my go-to in last minute situations.
For this St. Patrick’s Day drink post, I included an adult shamrock shake recipe, a green bloody Mary and of course, a green smoothie to help you recover the next day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Spiked Shamrock Shake
Green Bloody Mary
Green Smoothies (for the day after)
Today I’ve teamed up with some fellow Cincinnati bloggers to bring you Clothe Ohio. Their mission is simple, yet inspiring:
“Clothe Ohio is a company that gives when you get. Combined with our love for producing comfy, artsy, yet fashionable Ohio apparel, donating clothing was an undeniable solution to fulfilling our passion to give back. With each order placed, we will give a new t-shirt or sweatshirt to an Ohioan in need. Teaming up with different non-profits and charitable organizations throughout the state, we are able to give directly to the people who need it most.”
I like that they make up the perfect trifecta: stylish, affordable and charitable. Their offerings range from tees to sweatshirts to hoodies, for both men and women. To showcase their wide selection, some Cincinnati fashion bloggers teamed up to share how different ways to style their tees. I’ve always loved seeing different interpretations of things, and I think our varying styles show that the styling possibilities are endless when it comes to a classic tee. Because I tend to wear a lot of black in the winter, I went for a sleek look, wearing my wax-coated Joe’s Jeans and an Urban Outfitters blazer.
Now onto the fun part. We’re giving away one free sweatshirt from Clothe Ohio! In order to win a sweatshirt of your choice, simply follow this Rafflecopter link. The contest ends 3/19 and is open to US residents only. Good luck!
Clothe Ohio tee c/o | Coated Joe’s Jeans | Report Signature Booties | Urban Outfitters Blazer (similar)| Ray-Ban Wayfarers
Happy Tuesday! It feels like it’s been a good month since I last had an outfit post on here. Trust me, it’s been killing me, but now that the snow is (mostly) gone I’m planning on coming back in full force. I’m so happy spring is right around the corner, but also a little bummed I didn’t get around to wearing a lot of winter outfits I had planned on sharing. So many outfits, so little time. I guess I’ll just have to save them for next winer at this point. Plus, I’ve already spent way too much time looking at spring clothes online, so I’m pretty much in the spring fashion mindset.
Speaking of spring fashion, I recently did some damage at Piperlime. I ordered two pairs of shoes, and I tracked them hourly until they arrived on my doorstop yesterday morning. Unfortunately, only one pair worked, and I am completely bummed about the pair that didn’t work. They are this gorgeous pair of Dee Keller pink heels. How perfect are they?! As much as I love them and wish they worked, they just didn’t, and I don’t want to be walking around in pain just for some cute pink heels. I will, however, be sharing the pair that did work very soon!
I’m pretty excited about the jacket and pants I’m wearing today. This BB Dakota vegan leather moto jacket is beyond comfortable, and looks so effortless. Vegan leather is the best! These wax-coated Joe’s Jeans pants were a recent purchase, but they’re quickly becoming a favorite. I’ve had the same faux leather pants for over two years, and I love the waxed option as an alternative. Also, there’s way more room to breathe!
BB Dakota Vegan Leather Jacket | Joe’s Jeans Skinny Coated Jeans | Ray-Ban Wayfarers | J.Crew Crystal Venus Flytrap Necklace | Report Signature Booties
Oh, the brooch. An accessory I love, but have very little of in my collection. Luckily Milan Fashion Week has been the perfect reminder that I need to get out there and actively continue my search for more brooches. MFW has been inundated with brooches, and I personally love all the attention they’re getting. How much time does it take to pin something sparkly and eye-catching to your clothes? Seconds. Talk about an easy and effortless way to accessorize!
I wore a brooch on here last summer, and loved the subtle statement it made. It’s so much fun mixing and matching the colors of your outfit to a brooch. Honestly, I think a contrasting color is the best way to go to make a bold statement. This one belonged to my grandma, so it holds an extra special place in my jewelry and accessories collection.
Now that I’m in full on brooch-hunting mode, I gathered some inspiration to figure out what I like. Obviously, I’m a girl who loves color, as evidenced below.
Are you a fan of brooches?
Rewind Vintage Affairs | Jil Sander | Trifari
Stella Jean | Stella Jean | Tiffany
Kenneth Jay Lane | Jones New York | Kenneth Jay Lane
I’m not someone who does much with their hair. It’s either straight or curled, and that’s it. I’m more of a girl who spends lots of time focusing on her outfit and accessories. Lately though, I’ve been getting a little restless when it comes to my hair routine. Headbands used to be my go-to, and I’m trying to incorporate more into my look again. I think one of my biggest problems is that I don’t feel super talented when it comes to executing new hairstyles. This (sadly) is a true story, but I spent a recent Friday night sitting on my bed watching videos on how to do a fishtail braid. Many frustrating hours later, I had still not mastered (or even understood) this skill.
For now, I think I’ll stick to spicing up my hair with some statement-making accessories. Headbands that sparkle are a girl’s best friend, especially when you have zero time to do your hair in the morning. Let’s just say I’ve been spending some serious time on the Deepa Gurnani website ;).
Deepa Gurnani | Eugenia Kim
Kate Spade | Deepa Gurnani