Tied with a Bow

26 Mar

J.Crew Sleeveless Bow Top

Pleated Skirt with Bow Tie Blouse

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!

Bow Tie Silk Top J.Crew

Madewell Pleated Black Mini Skirt

Madewell Pleated Black Skirt with J.Crew Top

Purple J.Crew Bow Top

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.

Sleeveless Bow Tie Blouse J.Crew

Sleeveless Silk Bow Top

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

Pink Pumps

23 Mar

Pink Blazer with Skinny Ripped Jeans

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!

 Hot Pink Blazer with Striped Top

How To Wear a Pink Blazer

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!

Pink Dee Keller Heels

Dee Keller Mallory Pink Heels

Pink Heels with Pink Blazer

Striped Madewell Top with Pink Blazer

Madewell Striped Shell Tank (similar) | Gap Distressed Skinny Jeans | Dee Keller Mallory Heels | Pink Blazer (similar) | Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Springtime Bar Cart Accessories

20 Mar

It’s officially the first day of spring! When you go through a long and cold winter, it’s hard to imagine that spring is ever going to arrive, but alas, here we are. One of my favorite things about spring is all the amazing colors that come with it. Everything seems to come to life, and I personally feel a lot more cheerful. Now that I have a bar cart to house all my bar accessories, I obviously have to get seasonal inspiration as I decorate it.

Since my bar cart is white and silver, I think it would look amazing with some bright pops of color on it. I actually went a little wild during some recent trips to Hobby Lobby, and bought a ton of cute straws with my bar cart in mind. That was the moment that kind of sparked my interest in anything and everything colorful. Let me tell you, there are a ton of great things out there to add to your barware collection. I was actually amazed when I was searching for items for this post at how creative bar accessories have gotten.

Happy Friday, and more importantly, HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

Spring Bar Cart Accessories

Society Social Coaster Holder | Anthropologie Cocktail Napkin | Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears

Pier 1 Acrylic Tumblers | Anthropologie Bottle Openers | Ban.do Tipsy Drink Sleeve

Statement Bow

18 Mar

Bow Blouse with Leather Shorts

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.

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse

Black Leather Shorts with Bow Blouse

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.

Black Pussybow Blouse

Bow Blouse Ann Taylor

White Blouse with Black Bow

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse | Gianni Bini Leather Shorts (similar) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Earrings

Wrap Dress + Jewelry GIVEAWAY!

16 Mar

Michael Kors Wrap Dress

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.

funky artsy druzy agate bracelet

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!

How To Wear a Wrap Dress

 Funky Artsy Jewelry

Green Fitted Wrap Dress

Green Dress with Pearl Necklace

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.’

Bubbles: St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

14 Mar

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

Alcoholic Shamrock Shake Recipe

Green Bloody Mary

St. Patrick's Day Drink Recipes

Green Smoothies (for the day after)

St. Patrick's Day Smoothie

Clothe Ohio

12 Mar

Clothe Ohio T-Shirt

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.”

Ohio t-shirt

Cincinnati Fashion Bloggers

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

Clothe Ohio tee c/o | Coated Joe’s Jeans | Report Signature Booties | Urban Outfitters Blazer (similar)| Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Moto Jacket

10 Mar

BB Dakota Brown Leather Jacket

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!

Joe's Jeans Waxed Black Pants

Brown Leather Moto Jacket

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!

Wax Coated Pants with Brown Leather Jacket

BB Dakota Moto Jacket

BB Dakota Vegan Leather Jacket | Joe’s Jeans Skinny Coated Jeans | Ray-Ban Wayfarers | J.Crew Crystal Venus Flytrap Necklace | Report Signature Booties

The Brooch Is Back

6 Mar

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.

Stylish Ways to Wear a Brooch

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?

Colorful Brooches

 Rewind Vintage Affairs | Jil Sander | Trifari

 Stella Jean | Stella Jean | Tiffany

 Kenneth Jay Lane | Jones New York | Kenneth Jay Lane

Statement-Making Hair Accessories

4 Mar

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 ;).

Statement Headbands

Deepa Gurnani | Eugenia Kim

Kate Spade | Deepa Gurnani

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