Valentine’s Day Inspiration

27 Jan

Nothing screams “I want January to end” quite like a Valentine’s Day inspiration collage. Who doesn’t love all the pinks and reds mixed together. Even if you don’t have a special someone in your life, it’s the perfect holiday to indulge. I didn’t have a boyfriend until college, but I was never one of those anti-Valentine’s people before that. Why not use it as an excuse to dress up and eat a ton of sweets or drink a lot of champagne? That’s my motto.

Pink and red are some of my favorite colors, and I think they look extremely feminine when worn together. When mixing the two, I like to keep one color dominant and add the accent color through accessories and beauty products. This year, my boyfriend will be in town for Valentine’s Day, which I’m really excited about! It’s so nice that it falls on a weekend this year. We usually go to a nice dinner and then just hang out. This year will be a little more wild because we’re supposed to go to a beer festival after our dinner. I haven’t figured out what I’m wearing yet, but I’m leaning toward something pink with a red lip. Now I just need to do some shopping! ;)

Valentine's Day Fashion Beauty

Bando Hair Clip | ASOS Pink Dress | Kate Spade Key Bracelet

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb | Kate Spade Wink Clutch | NARS Lip Pencil in Bright Pink

Black & White

26 Jan

Black and White Winter Outfit

How weird is it that we’re at the end of January? I actually am in shock. But at least we’re inching closer to longer days and warmer weather! I had a pretty low-key weekend, which was great. Last week was one of those weeks where I actually felt like an adult. Sure, people say you become an adult when you turn 21, but there are still times where I feel like a kid. Punching in a stressful (but succesfful) week at work will quickly make you realize that you are in fact a full-fledged member of the “real world”.

Black and White Tweed Mini Skirt

The forecast for today is calling for snow (if I remember correctly), but if you live in Cincinnati, you know how that goes. If you don’t live in Cincinnati, here is a summary: weathermen predict a few inches of snow, people flock to Kroger for end of the world supplies, schools get delayed or cancelled, and then it hardly snows or doesn’t snow at all. We’re kind of babies when it comes to snow here. When I visit my boyfriend in Cleveland during the winter (which I try to avoid at all costs), there is usually snow on the ground, and lots of it. They brave through it with no complaints, and almost as if it’s not even there. Props to you, people of Cleveland, and everyone in “lake effect” cities for that matter.

Black and White Collared Top Womens Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Black and White Collared Top

Today’s post is really bittersweet. I’ve been so excited to wear this Piperlime Collection skirt on here, and it couldn’t have come at a more coincidental time. If you didn’t hear the news over the weekend, Gap is shutting down the Piperlime brand. Not to be dramatic, but it was an emotional moment for me. I’ve been a devoted Piperlime shopper for years, and cannot believe I’m losing my beloved website. No joke, when I’m bored at work or just need a little distraction, I spend time browsing Piperlime. Their collection of designers and fashion was just the best. Those days when they added a ton of new arrivals were my absolute favorite. What I love about Piperlime is that shopping on the site felt like you were exploring a one-of-a-kind boutique, but on the Internet. Not a lot of websites do that for me. Some of my all-time favorite pieces in my closet are from Piperlime: this bow dress, this fuzzy vest, this colorful summer dress. It’s a sad moment, but I’ll always cherish my prized Piperlime possessions.

Black Shirt with White Collar

Kate Spade Bow Pearl Earrings

Contrast Collar Shirt with Mini Skirt

Tweed Mini Skirt with Collared Shirt

ASOS Collared Top (similar) | J.Crew Black Shirt | Piperlime Skirt | Report Signature Booties | Ray-Ban Wayfarers | Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Earrings | Hue Opaque Tights | Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Tote

Blue Wool Dress

23 Jan

Winter Wool Dress

This week flew by, and I’m pretty happy about it. Now that I’m getting settled into 2015, I’m realizing that I have a very busy year ahead of me. I’m excited for everything, just stressed trying to plan it all out. I keep telling myself it will work out (as I’m writing this post at 11:40 p.m :)), but I’m prepared for some stressful moments sprinkled in there. That’s what champagne splits are for, right?

Ann Taylor Wool Blue Dress

How warm does it look in these pictures? It actually was warm when I took these earlier in the week! Now that we’re back to winter, it feels like a dream, but it was an amazing couple of days of 50 degree weather. What better way to celebrate than take off the layers and bare some arms! Note: I was trying to think of a clever title with the phrase “right to bare arms” in it, but figured amendment quotes probably aren’t as funny as I think they are. When you’re approaching midnight, political jokes help pass the time.

Baublebar Statement Necklace

I got this Ann Taylor wool drop waist dress for Christmas, but with my winter fashion laziness, I’m just now getting around to wearing it (it’s on sale now!). I’m really bad about buying daytime dresses and winter dresses in general. Fancy dresses are my weakness, so when I need one for the daytime, I’m usually out of luck, especially this time of year. This wool option is perfect for work functions or really any event for that matter. I wore it to my friends bridal shower last weekend, and it was perfect for the occasion. Another plus is that it looks cute with tights, so you don’t have to sacrifice warmth to look cute.

Ann Taylor Boiled Wool Drop  Waist Dress

As you can see, I’m wearing my Vince Camuto Callea’s, aka my go-to shoes. I wear them in almost every post because I love them, and really think they go with almost everything I own. I’m a simple girl when it comes to shoes, and tend to wear things into the ground. I’ve tried to take care of these because they’ve really become a staple in my closet, and I don’t know what I’d do if I had to part with them. Luckily, they’re so well-made that it’s made for pretty easy maintenance.

You may or may not know that Vince Camuto passed away Wednesday at the age of 78. When I heard the news Wednesday night, I was shocked and sad. He was a pioneer in the shoe industry. If you don’t know much about his background, here’s a good summary of his successful career. He was actually one of the founders of Nine West in the 70s! The man knew shoes, and I will continue to be a happy customer and huge supporter of the Vince Camuto brand. Rest in peace, Vince.

Blue Wool Dress

Ann Taylor Drop Waist Dress

Ann Taylor Wool Dress | Kate Spade Polka Dot Tights | Vince Camuto Heels | BaubleBar Statement Necklace (similar)

Everything But The House + A Giveaway!

21 Jan

Happy Hump Day, everyone! I’m excited about today’s post for a number of reasons: 1. it involves some of my favorite designers (think Chanel, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton), 2. I can browse and bid on items from said designers without getting out of bed, and 3. this amazing company that combines the previous two points is based out of my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Everything But The House

Everything But The House is an online auction website that helps people get connected with estate sales across the country. EBTH started in Cincinnati, but has expanded to Columbus, Nashville, Lexington, Louisville and Indianapolis. This year they’ll be entering Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, the Gulf Coast of Florida, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Pretty impressive, right?!

I actually created an account last summer when I was moving out to live with my friends. Since I wanted to leave my bedroom intact at my parents house, I had to buy all new furniture. To make this task a little less daunting (and expensive), I wanted to search for some previously used pieces that I could make my own. It was really fun getting to put bids in on items I fell in love with, and just discovering new pieces every day. What’s cool is that there is a sale going on for virtually every item you can think of. It’s nice that you can do all your searching in one place, and not have to take a chance on a flea market that can be hit or miss. Let’s be honest, sometimes we just don’t want to get out of bed while we hunt for a one-of-a-kind vintage bag. Whether you’re looking to sell or bid, EBTH makes the whole process really stress free and easy. Everything on the site is neatly categorized, which makes looking for items to bid on really simple. I’ve been spending most of my time in the jewelry section recently (because where else would I be?) ;).

And now for the really fun part of today’s post…a GIVEAWAY! You can enter to win a $50 gift certificate to EBTH, and bid on your own favorite items!

The entry rules are simple: visit the EBTH website, and comment on this post with an item you discovered and love! Yes, it’s as simple as that. You can also get additional entries by following EBTH on social media:  Facebook Instagram Pinterest.

Below are some items I found while browsing the recent sales, and I have to admit, I’m kind of freaking out over the vintage Chanel. It’s a beauty.

Vintage Chanel Purse

How good would this white vintage Gucci belt look with an all-black outfit. Talk about a statement piece!

Vintage Gucci Belt

I’m a sucker for a simple handbag, and this black Ferragamo fits the bill perfectly. Plus, I love gold hardware!

Ferragamo Vintage Bag

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for reading!

Milly + Floral Inspiration

19 Jan

Happy Monday!

There is no outfit post today. I actually have an entire set of pictures that I had planned for today, but I made the executive decision to not post them. Don’t you hate when such a cute outfit is wasted on bad pictures? See, I had completely gotten ready (freshly washed hair included), and felt like I was looking pretty good when they were taken. But once I was outside in the elements, it went downhill from there. The cold and wind tend to turn my hair into hay, and once that happens, you can pretty much call it a day for me! I malfunction when my hair isn’t working with me (I hope I’m not the only one). When I sat down on my “productive” Sunday to look at these pictures, I did a whole lot of cringing, and then eventually just said “no, not today”.

It’s kind of ironic. As I was trying to calm down from my winter/bad picture blues, I decided to distract myself by browsing the Piperlime website. It’s kind of my thing I do to destress. As I was browsing, I noticed myself getting googly-eyed at all the bold-colored offerings. Not only was it all colorful, but it ended up being all Milly. Oh, how I love anything and everything Milly. The prints. The colors. The silhouettes. Everything from her spring collection is just perfect. This is just what I needed to keep me going, and pushing forward to spring!

Milly Spring Summer Collection

MILLY Pop Art Dress | MILLY Floral Circle Skirt | MILLY Tweed Shift Dress

Comfy Casual

16 Jan

Yellow Scarf with Turtleneck

Today’s outfit isn’t exactly exciting, but it sure is comfortable! A turtleneck is a cold girl like myself’s best friend right now, and I’ve been practically living in this one from Gap. I usually dress it up with a bold necklace for work, which takes minimal effort (score). On this day, I borrowed my mom’s yellow Fossil scarf to add a little splash of color. I’ll be honest, color has been minimal in my wardrobe lately, and I’m trying to change that.

I’m pretty pumped it’s the weekend, as it’s been a hectic week at work. People tend to think that real estate is really slow this time of year, but I’ve actually been swamped since the new year. I’m not complaining though, because being busy is a good problem to have. I tend to feel anxious when I don’t have a lot going on, so it’s nice to be busy and productive.

How is everyone sticking to their resolutions so far? I’ve been heading to the gym pretty consistently, so I’m feeling good. Granted, my motivation for going is to sit in the sauna pre and post workout ;). Hey, whatever gets you there, right?

Gap Skinny Jeans with Gap Turtleneck

Yellow Scarf Black Turtleneck

Yellow Scarf with Sequins

Casual Winter Outfit

Gap Turtleneck | Gap Distressed Skinny Jeans (similar) | Fossil Scarf (similar) |BCBGeneration Pumps (similar)

Statement Choker

14 Jan

Leather Pants with Blazer

Happy hump day! I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I posted any sort of outfit on here. It’s something I’m not happy about, but the bitter cold has prevailed. It seems like we’ve been having a lot of those winter days where it’s extremely cold and overcast. For me, those are the worst days to get through. You’re already dealing with the cold and then you have to look at the sky and remember just how depressing this time of year is. Luckily, the weatherman is predicting sun for this week, and I’m taking advantage! The sun was starting to set when I took these pictures, but it was so nice to see something bright and cheery.

Tara Lea Smith Choker Necklace

The jewelry I’m wearing today is long overdue for an appearance on the blog. Let’s talk about this choker first. The name Tara Lea Smith should sound pretty familiar, as I’ve worn a lot of her jewelry before. Simply put, she is a jewelry genius. I fell in love with this choker the first time she showed it to me. I love that it has an edgy vibe, but still has glamorous details. If you’re going to combine the two, this is how you do it!

Leather Pants with White Shirt

Casual Shirt and Black Blazer

Designer Choker Necklace

Another piece I’ve been wearing a lot is this Arthur & Livingston Mermaid Cuff. There’s a lot of reasons I love this bracelet. For starters, it’s great for layering. I usually wear it stacked with other bracelets, which ends up looking effortless and extra flashy (in a good way). Another thing that sold me on this cuff was that it’s adjustable. Yes, I know the ability to adjust isn’t at the top of everyone’s priority list, but it’s pretty high on mine. When you have abnormally small wrists like I do, you tend to have problems in the bracelet department. Things just don’t stay on my wrists well, and I have to work a little harder when finding a suitable wrist accessory. I was so happy when I tried this cuff on and I could bend it as secure as possible. It was a very comforting feeling to know your jewelry isn’t going anywhere but your wrist!

Arthur and Livingston Mermaid Cuff

Black Blazer with Leather Pants

Tara Lea Smith Choker Necklace | Arthur & Livingston Mermaid Cuff c/o | Urban Outfitters Blazer (similar) | The Fifth White Tee via Curate Boutique | Libby Boutique Ring c/o | H&M Faux Leather Pants (similar) | Report Booties | Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

2015 Golden Globes Best Dressed

12 Jan

Another weekend has come and gone, and all I can think of is how we’re slowly getting closer to spring. Seriously, my mind is already on cute warm weather dresses and being slightly less pale than I currently am. I’ve already blocked out last winter, so I can’t remember if it had already snowed a bunch by this time last year. Yes, I know we’re only twelve days in, but I’m hoping we can dodge the snow bullet this year. I’ve already been contemplating spontaneously getting in my car and driving to Florida in the case that any snowstorms arise.

Did you guys watch the Golden Globes last night? I have to say, I thought it was all around great! The red carpet was insane (as usual), and the show itself was well done and hilarious (also as usual). Apparently it’s Tina and Amy’s last year hosting the show, which is super sad. They make an amazing duo, and I have to admit I have a girl crush on Amy Poehler (who doesn’t love Leslie Knope?). My mom and I were talking during the show, and decided that Kristen Wiig would be a great host next year. Who wouldn’t love that?!

Now onto the important stuff…the FASHION. I personally feel that great outfits majorly trumped bad outfits on the carpet this year. As I’m writing this, I can’t even recall anything that was truly unfortunate. I’d say that’s a good red carpet! I could probably talk about 30+ outfits that I oohed and aahed over last night. Nobody has time for that though, so I wanted to narrow down some of my faves.

Leslie Mann in Kaufman Franco. Umm, to say I love yellow is an understatement. This fitted strapless dress on Leslie Mann was absolutely gorgeous, and shows off her tiny figure. I love red and yellow together, and her red Elizabeth Arden pout are the perfect complement to this yellow statement!

Leslie Mann 2015 Golden Globes

Anna Kendrick in Monique Lhuillier. This dress on Anna was ethereal and feminine, which is a match made in heaven! I loved that she pulled back her hair and chose a middle part, because it allowed all the focus to remain on the dress, which was smart. I mean, the details of this need to be admired, and how tiny is she?! I also loved that she added a simple but classic earring.

Anna Kendrick Golden Globes

Naomi Watts in Gucci. My mom and I loved this yellow dress on Naomi! Can you see that I love yellow? The silhouette flattered her so well, and I loved the embellished belt. It was flashy, but not too much to overpower the yellow. It was smart to keep the dress simple, because that necklace! I could go on and on about that necklace. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure what to think, but then I saw a close-up shot, and was in love. I found out it’s actually not the first time she wore this sparkly Bulgari snake, which in my opinion makes Naomi even cooler.

Naomi Watts Golden Globes 2015

Amy Adams in Versace. I loved this shade on Amy, and thought it complemented her red hair perfectly. The draping around the waist really accentuated her tiny figure, and I thought this looked so feminine. This dress makes me wish one shoulder outfits. Let’s bring that trend back!

Amy Adams 2015 Golden Globes

Emma Stone in Lanvin. Is there anyone cooler than Emma Stone? I’d argue no, and I think that’s evident in her fashion choices. I’m a huge supporter of the jumpsuit, and love that Emma rocked one on the red carpet. I wasn’t sure about the train at first, but if anyone could pull it off, it’s her! The top of this jumpsuit would also make a gorgeous dress, but I loved how it looked with the solid black pant. Seeing her hair like this makes me want to chop mine off ;).

Emma Stone 2015 Golden Globes

Video: Beauty Products I Swear By!

9 Jan

Happy Friday, everyone! I think it’s safe to say winter has officially arrived, and I could not be more unhappy about it. As I type this, I have my space heater on high blasting on my legs and feet. My mind is constantly thinking of a beach, hot shower or sauna whenever I step outside. Luckily, it’s the weekend, which means I don’t have to go outside if I don’t want to (which is the plan).

Hopefully these subzero temperatures won’t linger too long, and I’ll be able to take pictures again soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share my first video of 2015, which is a beauty-related one! I’m at a point in my beauty routine where I love all the makeup I’m using. I think I’ve finally found the perfect solution for each step of my routine, and wanted to share with you the products that I swear by. This video ended up being super long (22+ minutes), but I chopped it down majorly to be under 10 minutes. Clearly, I could talk about this stuff all day! I had to take out a few things because I just kept rambling and rambling, but I’m sure I’ll share the products that didn’t make the cut at some point. As you’ll see, I use a wide range of products. Some of my favorite makeup comes from Too Faced, NARS, L’Oreal, Urban Decay and more. Some things I found I loved on the first try, and in some cases, I had to go through a lot of different brands to ultimately find what I loved. I hope you enjoy, and have a good weekend!

Bar Cart Accessories

7 Jan

So, I mentioned a few days ago that I got a bar cart for Christmas. I was pumped, to say the least, as a bar cart has been at the top of my wish list. I’ve just always thought they were insanely adorable, and I was itching to get one. The decorating possibilities are endless, and I’m excited that the one I got has so much space! I’m still figuring out where to put it/how I want to decorate it, but I have some ideas in mind. When I finally finished putting it together over the weekend, I immediately put a DIY glitter-coated champagne bottle on the top shelf. Just a little excited to store my alcohol and other fun bar accessories ;).

While we’re on the subject of bar carts, I’ve been doing a lot of searching for worthy accessories for my latest addition. I already have some really fun black and gold coasters (seen on my Instagram), but I feel like I’m just getting started. I obviously wanted a bar cart to store alcohol/bar essentials, but I also found it was the perfect solution to combine my love for a nice glass of champagne with my preference for all things glitzy and glamorous. Below is some inspiration I’ve found during my search!

Bar Cart Accessories

Presidio Silver Plated Cocktail Shaker | One Kings Lane Striped Ice Bucket

Ben’s Garden Coasters | Metrokane Electric Cocktail Mixer

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