Week In Review

9 Oct

As you’re reading this, I’m wrapping up my short week in the Sunshine State. Yes, I’m in Florida (one of my favorite states because it reminds me of summer), but I will have spent my entire week without seeing a beach. I’m in Orlando for a work conference, and unfortunately it’s strictly work this trip. My dad and I work in real estate together, so it’s him, my mom and myself. Hey, maybe I’ll get a few minutes in the sun so I can bring back a tan as my souvenir. Fingers crossed!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect fall bootie. I’ve tried on the Sam Edelman Petty’s, but I thought they didn’t look right on me. I might have to try them again, but I’m very intrigued by this Jack Rogers pair I saw on Nordstrom’s website. Has anyone tried the Bailee ankle bootie?! I’m loving everything about it. The heel height, suede texture and color choices are all right up my alley. These might be the ones!

Jack Rogers Bailee

Fall is here, so I’ve been saving as many fall cocktail recipes as possible. I’ve never heard of apple cider margaritas, but they sound like the perfect mix of summer and fall! Plus, a margarita is always a necessary way to start the weekend after a long week of work. Recipe via A Nerd Cooks

Apple Cider Margaritas

Speaking of fall, House Beautiful is sharing 25 ideas for decorating your pumpkins. I honestly didn’t know there were options beyond carving a face into one, so this left me with some serious inspiration! I’m a sucker for color and sparkle, so I think the ones below are fitting. I think I know how I’ll be spending my weekend…

Colorful Confetti Pumpkins DIY

Have a good weekend, everyone!

A Day at Everything But The House

6 Oct


Back in August, I had the opportunity to spend a fun-filled day at the Everything But The House headquarters here in Cincinnati. This was a dream come true, because I love this company, and it’s been amazing to watch them grow the last few years. It’s always nice seeing a local company do so well, and it’s especially cool to see how much they’ve been expanding across the country. You’ve probably seen me talk about them here on my blog, too.

 I’ve been to the EBTH space for my real estate business, but to get a personal tour for my blog was incredibly unique and informative. It was surreal to see all the items that people had put up for sale and that had been bought by someone who fell in love with it.

The other influencers and myself got truly spoiled on our visit, thanks to our amazing hostess Sarah! Sidenote: follow her blog for inspirational lifestyle posts! Seriously, I wish I had her knack for putting a cute touch on everything.

We got to interact with the owners of the company, and really get a deep insight into the whole process. It’s a well-oiled machine! I loved hearing how the other bloggers had “won” some of their favorite home decor items on EBTH. I say “win” because even though you’re bidding on an item, it really does feel like you won something when you have the highest bid. It can get competitive when the clock is winding down on an item.

Unfortunately, I have yet to be a “winner” on anything I’ve bid on, but I know my luck is going to change. When I was moving out last year, I bid on a ton of stuff, but didn’t want to go too crazy since my place was so small. Now that I’m completely on my own and have a lot more space, I’m ready to jump back in the bidding war and win myself something!

Everything But The House

What we’re sitting on here is actually an old car that was repurposed as a couch!

Everything But The House

Everything But The House

Hearing Jacquie Denny, the owner of EBTH, speak about her experience with the company was one of my favorite parts of the day. She had amazing stories to share about people she’s met and items she’s sold throughout the years. I got teary-eyed when she told us about a Holocaust survivor she met with. It really hits you that there’s so much more to the item you’re bidding on online. There’s a entire story behind everything you see.

Everything But The House

Everything But The House

I love souvenirs, so it’s safe to say I loved these EBTH mason jars!

In addition to getting the EBTH treatment, it was also extremely nice meeting other local bloggers. I’m so used to fashion blogging, that I really didn’t know bloggers outside that realm. I could tell these ladies knew what they were doing when it came to home decor! Check out their blogs below:

Andrea of Oak Ridge Revival

Anissa of House Seven

Jenny of Evolution of Style

Nancy of BRIDEface

Tessa of Nine and Sixteen

Thanks again to Everything But The House for having me!

Bauble Wish List: Rings

30 Sep

I love rings, but really don’t own too many of them. In fact, I probably have like five, and even that is a generous figure. I just can never find one that I like. I prefer to shop rings in person so I can try them on, which is probably why I don’t have too many.

Now that it’s fall, I feel like rings are a major piece of jewelry that deserve some attention. Since you’re starting to layer up, some of your bracelets and necklaces might not be as eye-catching or appropriate. Rings are great because you can still show them off without worrying if they’re getting covered up by bundles of clothes. You can still wear gloves too, for those extra chilly nights.

I’m a gold girl, so of course all the rings I found are gold. I love that these are all statement-making, but not too crazy or over the top. It’s more of a classic statement. Now that I’ve gotten some ring-spiration, I’m going to be keeping my eyes peeled for one to add to my tiny collection!

Gold Cocktail Rings

Kendra Scott Calvin Ring | Delaunay Gumball Ring

Freida Rothman Stackable Rings | Alexis Bittar Ring


Classic & Feminine

28 Sep

Feminine Fall Outfit Ideas

I know I’ve been sad about summer ending, but the one thing making up for it is fall fashion. If we could keep this September weather all season, I’d be a happy girl.

I’m having a lot of fun wearing pieces that are the epitome of fall weather. Case in point: this Banana Republic plaid shirt. I thought it was more of a windowpane print, but the Banana website calls it plaid, so we’ll go with that. This Madewell skirt was a last winter purchase, but it’s proven its worth in my wardrobe year round.

Banana Republic Black and White Plaid Shirt

Black and White Fall Outfit

As much as I love color, my fall wardrobe seems to be dominated by neutrals like black, white and grey. Even the pieces I’ve been buying lately have been void of color, but I kind of like all the different combinations you can create with a color-neutral palette. I’ve found myself buying pieces that are pretty basic, but that I kind wear so many different ways. I already have like five other ideas for how to wear this black and white plaid shirt! It’s pretty nice knowing you’re getting your money’s worth out of a purchase.

Black and White Plaid Shirt with Felt Hat

Cute Fall Outfit Ideas

Some of my other fall staples include these Mary-Jane black heels and this felt hat from Anthropologie. My style is pretty feminine, so I think these accessories help create a cute but fall-appropriate look.

Fall Outfit Ideas

Fall Outfit Ideas Black and White

Banana Republic Plaid Shirt (on sale!) | Madewell A-line Skirt (similar) | Vince Camuto Heels (similar) | Anthropologie Felt Hat (similar) | Boohoo Sunglasses c/o

Week In Review

25 Sep

I’m ending this week on a high note, which is always a nice thing! I showed the sweetest woman one of my listings last night, and not only does she want to buy it (and use me as her realtor), but she also has a house she needs to sell and is going to use me to sell it. I’m only sharing this story because we bonded instantly, and what we bonded over is very blog appropriate.

When we first met, I noticed her incredible statement jewelry. Sometimes you have to test the waters with people you don’t know, but I instantly knew I had to give her props for her amazing statement necklace. That was all it took. That’s when I confessed I had a fashion blog, and can totally appreciate a woman with nice jewelry. She later took me to her house and showed me her insanely organized jewelry collection. I think it put mine to shame. We’re talking rows and rows of color-coordinated, intricate statement necklaces. It was heaven, and also some much-needed inspiration for me to get my baubles organized.

I hope everyone has a fun first weekend of fall!

My work and social schedule is pretty relaxed this weekend, so I’m taking advantage of this rare occasion by finally taking a sewing class! I got a sewing machine last Christmas, and haven’t even touched it since. Learning to sew has always been a lifelong goal of mine, especially since I grew up seeing all my grandma’s sewing materials (including a vintage sewing machine with a foot pedal). I have zero sewing skills, but this class is an introductory one, which is necessary for this novice. I’m going to Sewn Studio in Oakley, which is where I’ve been wanting to take a class since I got my machine!

Sewn Studio Oakley

Since it’s officially fall, I’m going to start sharing some fall drink recipes to get you in the mood. No, nothing pumpkin spiced latte’ish, but just some classic fall flavors. This Brandy Apple Cider cocktail from Holly’s Cheat Day combines so many timeless fall ingredients, it would be perfect to ring in the new season. Cinnamon, sugar, and apple cider always sound like a good combination to me!

Brandy Apple Cider Recipe

I treated myself to some late-night baubles Wednesday night from the J.Crew website. I have been loving their jewelry selection lately, so something compelled me to see what was new on the site at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. Not only did I want all the new baubles, but they were having a random sale on a ton of new stuff! It was so random, and was ending in 15 minutes, so I pulled the trigger and got these earrings. I can’t wait to see them in person!

If you’re in the market for some fun, colorful jewelry you need to see what J.Crew has!

J Crew Statement Earrings

The Best Black Dress

23 Sep

Black Sleeveless Collared Dress

Happy first day of fall, everyone! I say that fighting back tears that summer is in fact over, and I will slowly be going into my cocoon to wait until spring is near. To clarify, I love fall fashion, but not fall weather. Fall weather leads to winter weather, after all. Oh well, I’m going to enjoy this beautiful transitional weather while it lasts!

I think I’ve found my dream black dress, and it’s all thanks to Boohoo. When I picked this dress out online, I instantly thought it was cute, but I really had no idea how much I’d love it until it arrived in the mail. My mom and I were shocked when I tried it on. It fit like a glove and is so comfortable. I’ve never really tried the tie-waist trend, but this version is so subtle, I think it works. I’ve worn this to work a few times already, and it has proven to be the perfect transitional dress. Since bright florals are no longer appropriate, I can still pretend it’s summer with no sleeves, but look fall-appropriate in black.

Black Boohoo Dress

Vintage Heart Brooch

As much as I love this dress on its own, I wanted to add my own personal touch to it. After scouring my jewelry collection, I knew how I’d spice it up. My late grandma’s brooches were a match made in heaven with this look. I wore the black and white one last year, but loved the idea of pairing two of them together. I’m so happy with how it looks that I still haven’t unpinned them from the dress!

I think I wear a piece of my grandma’s jewelry almost every day, so I’m glad I got to wear something so close to my heart (literally and figuratively ;)).

Also, these earrings are a pair I made at the Gild Collective craft party. I’m not joking when I say I wear them almost every day! I love telling people that I made them (even when they don’t ask).

Sleeveless Collared Dress

Black Tie Waist Dress

How To Wear A Brooch

Are you a fan of brooches? I think they are such a fun and different way to accessorize. In fact, I want to add a lot more to my collection. I have a feeling this could become an expensive interest!

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote

Vintage Brooches

Boohoo Tie Waist Dress c/o | Black Ankle Strap Heels (similar) | Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote | Silpada Crystal Cave Cuff | Boohoo Sunglasses c/o | DIY Earrings from Gild Collective | Vintage Brooches

Where To Shop: Trend Boutique

22 Sep

Trend Boutique Cincinnati

I stopped into Trend Boutique recently to check out their latest pieces, and get some fall inspiration. If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you may remember me talking about the boutique and styling my favorite pieces from the store.

Bralettes Trend Boutique Cincinnati

These bralettes were screaming my name. I especially loved this cobalt one!


Cincinnati Shopping

Cincinnati Boutiques

I also did a little Q + A with Stephanie, the owner of Trend, to get the low down on everything you would want to know!

Q. What are some of your favorite pieces you offer at Trend? Anything particularly unique people should know about?
A. I like a lot of our basic pieces right now.  I’m a mom of two boys, 4 years and almost 2 years old.  I spend the majority of my time in our basic pieces paired with leggings or jeans and booties.
Q. Any notable brands you love?
A. For clothing lines, I love Gentle Fawn, Coin 1804, and Basically Me.  These lines are all very different from each other, but they each have unique elements that I love.  For jewelry, Flocktails is my favorite.  The designer is from Cincinnati, and all of the pieces are handmade, lightweight, and she often incorporates leather into each piece.
Q. What sets Trend apart from other stores?
A. Three things.
1. Like many boutiques, you’ll find brands in our store that you won’t see at the larger stores.  As a result, you’ll find more unique items and won’t see the item you purchased at Trend on tons of other people around the city.
2. There’s a misconception that all boutiques are expensive.  We’re not.  Our favorite fall pieces are under $45, and almost everything in our store is under $100.
3. We sell online and ship our orders within 24 hours. Many of our local customers are surprised that we sell online.  We’ve been selling online for over 5 years, we’ve shipped to 42 of the 50 states, and we’ve even shipped to Australia, Canada, and France.
Q. Now that fall fashion is in full force, what are some of your favorite trends you’re seeing?
A. Fringe, plaid, and textured elements like leather, suede, and faux fur.  The great thing about these trends is that you can buy a statement piece like a suede dress, leather skirt, or faux fur vest.  But, if you’re not ready to commit to a statement piece, there are a lot of basic pieces that subtly incorporate these trends.  For example, a basic black shirt with leather elbow patches or a neutral clutch with fringe.
Q. Anything else?
A. Trend is open 7 days a week, and you can shop with us online anytime.  We will open our doors for a private shopping experience outside of our normal hours with an appointment, and we also offer a personal shopping service.  If you need pieces for a special event or need gift ideas, just send me an email (stephanie@trendcincinnati.com), and I’ll send you links to suggested items that you can purchase from our web store or pick up in store.  It’s such an easy and convenient service for our busy customers.

Cincinnati Ohio Shopping

Cincinnati Shopping

Cincy Girl Tee Trend Boutique

These Cincy Girl tees are extremely popular, and come in a variety of colors.

Cream Colored Beanie

Geometric Print Dress

Jewelry Trend Boutique

Ohio Felt Coffee Sleeves

Sequin Shorts

I wore these sparkly shorts for a photoshoot once, and they are the best! Usually sequins and comfort don’t go together, but these were sparkly comfortable heaven.

Trend Boutique Oakley

My first stop when I shop at Trend is always the accessories table. There’s always new pieces to discover.

Have any of you shopped at Trend before? If you’re in the Cincinnati area, stop by!

Marchesa Spring 2016 Runway

17 Sep

I could talk all day long about how much I love Marchesa. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are a fashion match made in heaven if you ask me. The pieces they create leave me speechless most of the time, because they are works of art that can’t be put into words.

I always tell my mom that when I get married (not anytime soon), I will find a way to wear a Marchesa wedding gown. Every piece is the perfect mix of feminine glamour, and I truly believe that if I put on a Marchesa-designed outfit, you wouldn’t be able to get me out!

By this point, everyone knows New York Fashion Week  has been taking place. I probably don’t need to say that I got googly-eyed watching the Marchesa Spring 2016 runway show yesterday. It was what tulle and floral dreams are made of. Below are my favorite looks from the show (although I would have been happy including every piece in this blog post :)).

Marchesa Runway Spring 2016

Pink perfection! I love how this looks with the model’s dark hair and bright pink lip. Subtly sexy looks are my favorite.

Marchesa Runway Spring 2016

Black and white will always be one of my favorite pairings, and when you add feathers I’m sold. The corset in the middle was unexpected, but I love that the bow adds a feminine touch.

Marchesa Runway Spring 2016

Tulle time! The Marchesa team works wonders with tulle, and this is proof. I would have never paired these colors together, but seeing them mix together is genius.

Marchesa Runway Spring 2016

I wish I had loads of money and a fancy event to go to, because this would be on my body. The bottom half gives me a boho vibe, but the top is classic glamour.

Marchesa Runway Spring 2016

More tulle goodness. I love this tiered construction, and the subtle ombre effect. Also, I need to know this lip color!!

Marchesa Runway Spring 2016

I love detailed tops, and this shoulder is giving off ethereal vibes. It’s dainty, but still statement-making. Just added to my dream shopping cart.

Pink & Orange

16 Sep

  Pink and Orange Outfit Ideas

Color-blocking was my go-to this summer, and I’m planning on taking the style well into fall. I love color and summer, so it seemed like an obvious pairing to wear as much of it as possible during the hot months. I have a few key pieces in bold, solid colors that happen to mix and match perfectly, which is key. Try to stick to a theme when color-blocking. Don’t mix a pastel top with a vibrant, neon skirt. Pair pastels with pastels, and bold colors with other bold colors. It just works better.

Dee Keller Pink Heels

Pink and Orange Color Blocked Outfit

Colorblocked orange and pink outfit

Kate Spade Flower Necklace

It’s definitely harder to achieve the color-blocked look come fall and winter, but I’m sure I’ll find a way. This is me saying this as it hit 80 degrees today. I’m always optimistic about dressing cute in the cold, but when it comes time to do so, you’ll find me in UGGs and stretchy pants from J.Crew. For now, I’m reminiscing on colors and wearing my summer ones until the last possible moment of summer.

Orange Skirt with Pink Top

Pink and Orange Color Blocked Outfit

Pink Top with Kate Spade Necklace

Pink Top (similar) | Ann Taylor Skirt (similar) | Dee Keller Mallory Heels (similar) | Kate Spade Flower Necklace (similar from Kate Spade) | Tiffany Bone Cuff

Shoe Report: Oxfords and Loafers

14 Sep

Menswear-inspired fashion has long been a favorite of mine, and you’ve probably seen some of that influence on my blog. Perhaps one of my favorite ways to incorporate that borrowed-from-the-boys look is in my shoes. I’ve been wearing these metallic oxfords for years on my blog (evidenced here), and the love hasn’t faded.

Metallic Oxfords Striped Sweater

Now that every brand is putting their best fall fashion foot forward, I’ve been seeing a ton of shoes that are testing the stability of my bank account. It’s loafer and oxford heaven out there, and I want it all. I was particularly impressed with the selection I saw at Nordstrom. So many colors and textures. I would totally find a way to argue that each pair is extremely different, thus justifying why I need to buy them.

As someone who only wears heels when necessary, these shoes are right up my comfortable alley. They’re effortlessly chic, and they’re appropriate for so many occasions. Is anyone else on an oxford and loafer kick like I am?

Nordstrom oxfords loafers

AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni Oxfords | Louise et Cie Oxfords

Louise et Cie Tassel Loafers | Nine West Loafers


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