Navy and White

29 Jul

White Skirt with Silky Navy Blouse

Navy and white is a classic summer combination in my book. Work attire has become a lot more frequent than weekend attire as of late, so I’ve been getting a little more dressed up than usual during the work week. I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel more confident the more dressed up I am. It just feels right. Unfortunately when I’m shopping, buying dressy clothes feels a little too right. The dress section of my closet is overflowing with cocktail dresses that I’ve purchased in the past few years (with nowhere to wear them). I’ve been focusing on purchasing more separates and less dresses lately. I mean, you can’t really mix and match a dress quite as easily as a skirt or top.

Are any of you guys familiar with the Maison Jules line? It’s an exclusive-to-Macy’s brand that features feminine, Parisian-inspired pieces. The clothes are all simple but elegant, which is the epitome of Parisian street style. I got this top a few months ago (which is now on major sale!), and I instantly knew it’d become a workwear favorite. I’m a girl who appreciates a good sleeve, be it a bell sleeve or flutter sleeve, or any sleeve for that matter. They’re especially nice in the summer, when it gets extra hot and all your arms want is some room to breathe!

I’m also pretty excited about the background today. There’s a flower park near me that is incredible during the summer. I actually didn’t know it existed until last summer when I randomly drove past it and swore I was dreaming (all I could see was tons of colorful flowers, and I was driving pretty fast). Once you start blogging, you become overly aware of “good backgrounds”. I’ve been waiting months for the flowers to bloom, and they look amazing! I love how flowers can instantly improve a bad day.

Maison Jules Navy Silk Blouse

Maison Jules Flutter Top with White Pleated Skirt

Navy and White Dressy Summer Outfit

White Knee Length Skirt with Silky Navy Top

Top: Maison Jules | Skirt: GUESS (similar) | Shoes: FCUK | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Watch: La Mer | Bracelet: J.Crew

Week In Review

25 Jul

Another week down, another week of me not posting as much as I wanted to. I really hope work slows down a little bit in the fall! It’s alright though, because it’s Thursday night and I’m drinking a glass of pink moscato with raspberries in it. I started doing these Week In Review posts last weekend, and I really like it! Since starting my blog, I’ve stuck to mostly outfit posts, so this feels like a nice change to just write about the random things from the week.

1. I’m moving out in a few weeks, so the majority of my free time has been spent online shopping for bedroom decor. Also, if you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I’ve been pinning a lot of painted furniture. I had dreams of getting an old dresser and painting it a vibrant color, but eventually realized I have zero time for that. Instead, I’m going to paint an old nightstand that we have. Much smaller piece of furniture = much less stress (let’s hope, at least). I think I’m going with something in the blue family, so I’ll be sharing that soon!

White and Blue Painted Dresser

2. Bakersfield date with Natalie. I posted on Monday about grabbing some food and drinks with Natalie last week. After dinner, we went to Washington Park and took some pictures for our blogs. Check out what she wore here!

washingtonpark

3. This grilled tortilla Margherita pizza. I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear when I saw this recipe. I’m always looking for easy dinner recipes that are also filling. I love to make food, but don’t have the time like I used to. The fact that there’s barely any ingredients and the steps are extremely simple makes me think I’ll be making this very often. Also, I’m Italian, and am quite fond of mozzarella. Buying fresh mozzarella in the fancy cheese section of the grocery makes me weirdly happy.

Grilled-Tortilla-Pizza-GI-365-4-1

4. How chic is this Alice + Olivia tweed dress? I know, it’s not tweed season yet, but I’m already excited for fall fashion. I’m going to regret saying that when the weather changes, but this dress is making me see tweed. The shape is so flattering!

Alice Olivia Kipp Sleeveless A Line Dress

Bauble Wish List: Ear Cuffs

24 Jul

I’ll admit: I do not own any ear cuffs…yet! Ear cuffs have been pretty popular lately, and I think I’m finally ready to embark on the trend. I’ve seen people wear them, and they look incredible. My biggest fear is that they would look not-so-incredible on me. I think the key (for me) is to keep the rest of the outfit and accessories simple. My motto when it comes to jewelry has always been to let one piece stand out and make the statement. The ear cuffs I’ve included today are ornate without being too over-the-top. I’ve seen some pretty wild ones, and those just aren’t for me. Also, if you can’t tell sense a theme: GOLD. Gold everything!

Gold Ear Cuff Jewelry

Top: Jules Smith | Sarah Chloe | Ryan Storer

Bottom: Ca&Lou | Sara Weinstock | AUDEN

Bright Blazer + Bakersfield Bites

21 Jul

Gianni Bini White Dress with Yellow Blazer

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting up with fellow Cincinnati blogger Natalie of CincinNatalie. First of all, how cute is her blog name? We had been trying to get together for about a month, and finally were able to meet at Bakersfield, a fun and popular Bakersfield-themed restaurant bar in OTR. Side note: you can get beer served in a boot-shaped bottle. You can’t get more fun than that! I stuck to my traditional beverage of choice: Dos Equis. It’s my favorite beer, and no, not because of the commercials. I’ve been a Dos Equis lover long before the Most Interesting Man in the World came along, although he’s made the drink even more enjoyable than it already was. A few beers in, it’s easy to feel like the Most Interesting Woman in the World ;).

It was great meeting up with Natalie, and just connecting with someone who lives in my city and does the same thing as me. It was also pretty nice walking to Washington Park after to take some pictures. My schedule is really busy, so I don’t get to take pictures at all the places I’d like to. This was a nice little change, and the fountains made the perfect backdrop! I had come from work, which meant my outfit consisted of a figure-hugging white dress and yellow blazer.

Gianni Bini White Dress FCUk Heels

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote White Gianni Bini Dress

Washington Park Cincinnati Ohio

Yellow Blazer White Dress Ray Ban Wayfarers

Dress: Gianni Bini | Blazer: Jones New York (similar) | Shoes: FCUK | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Week In Review

19 Jul

What a crazy week it’s been! I feel like I’m running on fumes, and am so happy I got to sleep in a little this morning. It’s kind of sad, but I think I’ve only gone out a handful of times this summer. By the time the week ends, all I look forward to doing is laying in my bed watching tv while browsing the web on my laptop. Lame, but it’s how I unwind. A lot of times, there are champagne splits involved, but last night I kept my relaxation bubbly free. Since I didn’t have the time to post too much this week, I thought I’d do something a little different and post on a Saturday. Breaking all the rules ;)! I’ve been wanting to start doing a “Week In Review” post to highlight random things from throughout the week and to show what I’ve been loving. I don’t really have a set formula for how I’m going to do this, but I thought it would be a fun post to do.

1. I came across the clothing brand Paint the Town, and I cannot stop thinking about the amazing dresses! Mel Bradshaw started the label at 21. The prints are fun and memorable, and the silhouette’s are incredibly flattering and feminine! What’s not to love? I’m convinced the polka dot dress needs to be in my closet.

Paint the Town Polka Dot Dress

2. Grace’s homemade French-style baguettes. If you haven’t been to Grace’s blog, you need to! It’s the perfect mix of fashion and food, and she’s a master at both! Every time she posts a recipe, I sit at my desk drooling. This particular recipe made me excited because I have to avoid a lot of bread when I go out to eat (and I eat out a lot). Unfortunately, a lot of restaurant bread comes from bakeries, and a lot of bakeries make breads with nuts. I take my nut allergy very seriously, which means I have to skip the bread.  Grace’s recipe is nut free, and I love that her steps are so easy to follow! I cannot wait to make it!

Homemade French Baguette Recipe

3. Sloane Boutique is having their Deep Sale, which is their biggest sale of the year! I love that they have one-of-a-kind pieces that you know you won’t see tons of other people wearing. I splurged on this yellow To Be Adored top a few weeks ago, and it is strategically hanging in my closet where I can gaze at it. It’s all my favorite things together in one top: bell sleeves, ruffles, and yellow!

To Be Adored Yellow Ruffled Top

4. These Blackberry Mojitos look and sound so refreshing! The ingredients are all fresh, and are things you could easily pick up at the store this time of year. I’m imagining myself sitting in my (imaginary) pool, drinking one of these colorful cocktails.

Blackberry Mojito Recipe

Bandage Skirt

17 Jul

Green Honey Punch Bandage Skirt

Today I’m wearing another piece I got at Olive and Bette’s in New York! I kind of freaked out with excitement when I saw it, because it reminded me of the green bandage skirt I’ve been stalking at Anthropologie for over a year. When I looked at the price tag and saw it was a fraction of the price of my dream skirt, it didn’t take me long to make a decision. I know the tight bandage dresses are so 2010, but the bandage skirt? It’s a classic if you ask me! The waist is pretty fitted, but the material is extremely slimming. Win. Then, you move down a little bit, and the skirt flares out. I kind of feel like a Disney princess when I wear this because the skirt is so stiff and structured that it creates the perfect pouf.

Honey Punch Bandage Skirt Ralph Lauren White Blouse

honey punch green bandage skirt

Preppy Summer Work Outfit

White Ralph Lauren Blouse with Green Pleated Skirt

Top: Ralph Lauren | Skirt: Olive and Bette’s | Shoes: Bcbgeneration | Watch: La Mer | Earrings: Kate Spade | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Bubbles and Polkadots

14 Jul

Denim and Polkadot Sleevleess Dress

Urban Outfitters Polkadot Dress

Today I’m sharing another outfit I wore on my recent trip to Captiva Island. We always make sure to hit up our favorite spots while we’re there, which includes a handful of amazing restaurants. The Bubble Room is always at the top of our list. I really don’t know how to describe it, so I’ll use some applicable keywords: Christmas, rainbow colors, bubbles and insane desserts. Unfortunately, I can’t give too much insight into the desserts because of my nut allergy. On the plus side, the Bubble Room is incredible when it comes to accommodating food allergies. They went out of their way to make me feel safe, which is priceless for me!

Since we were going to the Bubble Room, I decided it was only appropriate to sport a wearable version of “bubbles”: polkadots!  This Urban Outfitters dress is so much fun, and I don’t get the chance to wear it that often. The denim, polkadot, ruffled hem combination is a major win, and I got it on major sale last summer. I tried to take some pictures outside the restaurant, but it was pretty dark outside. The amount of colors used to decorate the Bubble Room is incredible, and I wish I could have captured them during the daytime.

I also wanted to give a shoutout to these French Connection shoes. I overpacked this year, and brought a grand total of nine shoes. What did I end up wearing to dinner every single night? These shoes. I’m not mad about it. They’re neutral and comfortable, so what’s not to love?

French Connection Heels with Polkadot Dress

French Connection Kalypso Brown Sandals

Kate Spade Silver Flower Necklace

Ruffled Denim Dress with Polkadots

Urban Outfitters Denim Polkadot Ruffled Dress

Urban Outfitters Denim Ruffle Dress

Dress: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Shoes: FCUK | Necklace: Kate Spade (similar) | Purse: Kate Spade (similar)

J.Crew Staples

8 Jul

Yellow Skirt and J.Crew Chambray Shirt

I think we can all say we have some classic J.Crew staples in our closets. As much as I try to spend my money at other stores, I always find myself coming back to J.Crew for those timeless pieces. What I love is that I always feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. Yeah, I might end up spending a good chunk of my paycheck, but  the amount of times I wear a piece easily surpasses the price. Plus, those J.Crew sales are pretty amazing! It goes without saying that my chambray is my most worn button down shirt. And this skirt? I have to remind myself not to wear it to work multiple times a week.

I also want to note that I’m wearing silver jewelry. For me, this is kind of a big deal. Yes, I’m a jewelry gal, but mostly in the gold department. I’ve always had a weakness for buying gold accessories, despite telling myself to buy more silver. Luckily, my intentions of venturing into the silver world are a lot easier thanks to my mom and grandma. This Tiffany cuff was my grandma’s, and she gave it to me before she passed away last summer. It was my favorite piece of hers, and it fits my abnormally small wrists perfectly! I have my mom to thank for these sassy silver hoops. I’ve been anti-hoop since high school (I don’t know why), and even got rid of all my hoops during a cleaning purge a few years back. Dramatic. My mom got me these Cate & Chloe ones for Christmas, and it’s only taken me half a year later to finally wear them. I have to admit, I’m starting to like them again. Thanks, mom!

Yellow J.Crew Skirt with JCrew Chambray

Lulus Bamboo Brown Ankle Strap Sandals

Bright Skirt with Chambray Shirt

Top: J.Crew | Skirt: J.Crew | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Cuff: Tiffany | Earrings: Cate & Chloe

Pinstripes and Peace Signs

7 Jul

Striped Matching Separates with French Connection Sandals

Matching Separates Crop top and Skirt

So I went a little overboard with the amount of pictures in today’s post. I have a few good reasons to justify it, though. 1. I was on vacation and had to take advantage of the amazing backdrop, and 2. I am OBSESSED with this outfit!

Before I went on my trip to Florida, I was in New York. I stumbled upon the cutest boutique named Olive and Bette’s. The cute pink sign drew me into the store, but the second I was greeted with a glass of Prosecco I knew I had just found heaven on Earth. Their selection of clothing was incredible. There were colors and prints everywhere, which was perfect eye candy. I think I tried on about ten different pieces, but I was most excited about these JOA matching separates. I’ve admired the JOA brand online for quite some time now, and was thrilled when I saw it at Olive and Bette’s. I’ve had matching separates at the top of my fashion wish list for like, two years now. It was time to finally cross it off the wish list and put it in my closet. Plus, this crop top is scalloped and barely shows any skin. My kinda crop top!

I’m so happy I found this amazing store while I was in New York. It kind of feels like fate, because up until I went there, I wasn’t having the best shopping luck. I thought I was going to be struggling with saying “no” when I went into each store, but it was the complete opposite. Everything was either too big, too small, or just plain weird. Olive and Bette’s was a breath of fresh air, and I’m already excited to go back for some bubbles and shopping!

JOA Scalloped Blue Stripe Crop Top

JOA Clothing Blue Striped Crop Top

Matching Separates Summer Outfit with French Connection Sandals

JOA Scalloped Blue Stripe Crop Top and Skirt

JOA Los Angeles Matching Separates Crop Top and Skirt

JOA Los Angeles Clothing Crop Top and Skirt

JOA Clothing Matching Separates Blue Outfit

JOA Blue Pinstripe Scalloped Crop Top and Matching Skirt

Blue Striped Crop Top with Silver Peace Sign Necklace

Top: JOA | Skirt: JOA | Shoes: French Connection | Cuff: Tiffany | Necklace: Unknown (similar)

Bubbles: Fourth of July Cocktails

2 Jul

It’s crazy to think that the Fourth of July is Friday. Where did June go!? I wish I could say that I have lots of fun and exciting plans for the Fourth. As of right now, I do not. I actually can’t remember what I’ve even done to celebrate the patriotic day the last few years (your memory really starts to go after college). What’s nice about the Fourth is that celebrations can range from super fancy to laid back and relaxed. Although I don’t have any plans yet (I’m still catching up from a lazy week at the beach), I really wouldn’t mind having a low-key night enjoying some handcrafted American-themed cocktails. Plus, I found these incredible Martha Stewart glasses that just scream America, and would be the perfect pairing with a refreshing drink!

Pop Rocks Jell-O Shots

 Red White and Blue Pop Rocks Shots

Watermelon Blueberry Cooler

Watermelon Blueberry Fourth of July Cocktail

Alcohol Ice Cubes

Red White and Blue Alcohol Ice Cubes

Frozen Boozy Bomb

Frozen Fourth of July Drink

 

 

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