Feels Like Fall

22 Sep

Brown Leather Skirt with Brown Heels

I’ve been seeing so many signs of fall lately. The leaves are starting to turn colors, the air is more crisp and it’s getting dark extremely early! I’m not a fan of the early darkness, but it’s inevitable. I took these pictures last week when the sun was starting to set, and I can tell it’s going to be an interesting challenge to get pictures in. You’d think I’d be a seasoned pro at this since it’s technically my third fall taking outfit pictures. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and I still find myself scrambling to get a picture as the sun sets.

In honor of the seasons changing, I wore this fall-inspired outfit to work (minus the heels) last week. This Tara Lea Smith necklace ended up being perfect for my brown leather skirt. Tara and I both agreed that this necklace is the perfect transition piece into fall, and I don’t think the colors could be any more perfect together. I’ve also been pretty eager to put on this skirt for awhile now. I love how warm and rich brown leather looks. Plus, this is faux leather, so it’s extremely soft and easy to move in!

I didn’t post too much last week because I was in Canton, Ohio for my work’s awards banquet. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a realtor at Cutler Real Estate here in Cincinnati. November marks my one year anniversary in real estate, and I’m excited to spend many more years in the business. I actually won the Rookie of the Year Award for making the most sales out of newly licensed agents. I never win anything, so I was extremely excited to be recognized!

Brown Leather Skirt Outfit

Feminine Fall Outfit with Leather

Colorful Tara Lea Smith Necklace

Fall Outfit with Leather Skirt

MM Couture Brown Leather Skirt with White Blouse

Tara Lea Smith Colorful Vintage Necklace

Top: American Eagle (similar) | Skirt: MM Couture (love this one) | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Necklace: Tara Lea Smith | Nails: OPI ‘Onyx’

Hats Off

17 Sep

Sickness has hit me like a ton of bricks this week, and I’ve been laying low when I’m not working. By laying low I mean laying in my bed with a heating pad on my stomach and a breathe right strip on my nose, wishing I could hire someone to feed me soup at all times. You know you’re out of college when you want to use a funnel for soup instead of beer. I’m supposed to be heading to my real estate awards banquet in Canton Thursday morning, so I’m praying I’ll be better by then. During the few days I’ve been sick, I noticed that it feels like winter. Maybe it’s part of the illness, but I’ve been getting pretty chilly when I’ve stepped outside this week. It’s just an unfriendly reminder that this is what we’re going to be dealing with the next six months. As much as I don’t like the cold, I do love the things that keep me warm in the cold.

I wasn’t a hat girl until last year. I just didn’t think they looked good on me, and I never thought twice about them. It was actually Anthropologie that changed my heart about hats, and I’ve been hooked ever since! You can imagine my happiness when I checked out their selection for fall, and wanted every single one. Seriously, Anthropologie knows hats. The tangerine one will be in my closet! I used to accessorize with just jewelry and scarves in the cold, but hats can completely spice up a cold, simple outfit. Plus, for a baby like me, they keep me nice and warm.

Anthropologie Fall Winter Hats

Top: Tartan Cap | Tangerine and Red

Bottom: Peach Rancher | Beige Rancher

Sleek & Chic

15 Sep

Sleeveless Black Top with White Collar

As much as I love color, I’ve always gravitated toward an all-black ensemble. My closet would easily be a sea of black if I didn’t make a conscious effort to incorporate bright, bold pieces into it. During the summertime, I’m all about the color, but as the temperatures cool down I’m always reaching for my black staples. If you’ve followed me from the beginning, you’ll know I have a soft spot for this faux leather pleated skirt. I think I even wore it in one of my first outfit posts! This ASOS collared top is a newer addition to the black section of my closet, but it’s getting plenty of attention as well. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten any compliments on it when I’ve worn it out, but I love it. In fact, I even got harassed by a drunk man over the weekend because it seemed to bother him so much.

On my way to dinner Friday, I walked past a guy standing outside at a bar who kept calling my mom and I “sister” as we walked by. A little confusing, but we ignored him and kept walking. After dinner, the man apparently had not left the bar, and then screamed “the nun is back” as we walked by. I then realized he was talking about me and this black top I had on. Apparently he needed to keep talking so then started yelling “hello Sister” multiple times. I guess I was dressed a little too conservative for him, which is fine because the only person I’m trying to impress is myself! Didn’t intend on getting deep there, but I can’t stand when people make unnecessary comments on people’s outfits.

Earlier in the night, I attended Cincy Chic’s Champagne & Shoes event at PNC downtown. Myself and some local fashion bloggers judged the “Chicest Shoes Of All” contest, which awarded the attendee with the best shoes a large prize pack. It was really fun seeing so many different types of shoes, and how they were styled. I noticed a theme with most of my favorite shoes: strappy black shoes with a glamorous twist. I can’t stop thinking about them! The shoe judging was followed by a fun fashion show with clothes from the Pink Tulip Club. Oh, and one of the best parts of the night? The Ménage à Trois Prosecco samples that were being handed out. It was some of the best Prosecco I’ve had!

Feminine Black Outfit with Leather Skirt

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Mary Jane Pumps with Pleated Leather Skirt

Pleated Leather Skirt with Collared Asos Top

Vince Camuto Mary Jane Black Heels

Top: ASOS (similar) | Skirt: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bracelets: Kate Spade, J.Crew | Earrings: Kate Spade

Week In Review

13 Sep

1. Starting off with a recipe, because my mouth started watering when I saw this recipe for mini raspberry lemon cheesecakes! I’m not much of a cheesecake girl, but I am a girl who loves anything raspberry or lemon flavored. And I think we can all agree that mini desserts are way more fun than regular sized food (plus, you don’t feel as guilty). I also loved that this recipe was nut-free, which is hard to come by with a lot of desserts. I definitely want to make these at some point (and sooner rather than later ;)).

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecakes

2. As you know, New York Fashion Week just came to a close, and I fell in love with almost every collection I saw. Some of my favorites were Diane von Furstenburg, Monique Lhuillier and L.A.M.B.. I really want everything from DVF’s spring show. The dresses were so gorgeous, and let’s just saw there was plenty of gingham to go around (which makes me very happy). Kendall Jenner wore one of my favorite looks from the show.

Diane von Furstenburg Kendall Jenner Dress

3. Speaking of cute dresses, how amazing does Kat look in this white feminine frock? She paired it with red Mary-Jane pumps, which made the perfect statement! I wish the weather wasn’t so cool already because this made me want to pull out my white dresses and pretend it’s still summer!

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4. I think we can all agree that alcoholic drinks are better in slushy form. This raspberry red wine slushy with chocolate whipped cream looks super tasty, and I love that there’s chocolate on top. It’s almost like a dessert!

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Bell Sleeves & Ruffles

10 Sep

Feminine Yellow Ruffle Top

Ruffled To Be Adored Yellow Top with Bell Sleeves

How INSANE is this To Be Adored top?! I was shopping at Sloane Boutique a few months ago, and to say I was speechless pretty much sums up the moment I laid eyes on it. If you’re not familiar with Sloane, it’s a boutique in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati that carries unique designers and pieces you don’t see everyone else wearing (which I love). Fellow Cincinnatian Sarah Jessica Parker has even shopped there! I think my mom could see it in my eyes when I spotted this top. Two of the things I talk about most when it comes to clothes are 1. bell sleeves and 2. ruffles. Up until I found this top, I didn’t know the two could coexist together in one top. It was like discovering a real-life unicorn (only way better). I’ve worn it this summer with white bottoms, but can easily transition it into the next few months with some traditional denim. Believe me, I want to wear this as much as I can before it’s the dead of winter and I’m at my palest.

I also wanted to share that I’m going to be modeling for Trend, another amazing Cincinnati boutique, on Fox 19 tomorrow morning! They’re going to be sharing some of their new arrivals for fall, and I will be wearing a formal look that I’m really excited about. I stopped in to Trend last week, and concluded that fall shopping is the best shopping. I’ll be sharing what I got on here shortly.

I don’t think I mentioned this yet, but a couple weeks ago I was also on Fox 19 with Mitchell’s Salon & Spa. My cousin Kimberly is an aesthetician there, and asked me to be her model to show fall makeup trends. I usually don’t do a dark eye, but she made me look so good that I’m wanting to experiment with it!

Sloane Boutique Top with JCrew Chino Shorts

Sloane Boutique Yellow Ruffled Top

TBA To Be Adored Ruffled Bell Sleeve Top

To Be Adored Liah Yellow Top

To Be Adored Yellow Ruffled Top

White Shorts with Yellow Ruffle Top

Top: To Be Adored via Sloane Boutique | Shorts: J.Crew | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Floral Jacket

9 Sep

Lilly Pulitzer Nelle Jacket

I’m a little ashamed that it took me this long to wear this Lilly Pulitzer jacket. What says “summer” more than a mix of green, pink and yellow combined in a floral print? As much as it’s my fault, it also never got cool enough for me to wear this the last few months. I bought it while on vacation on Captiva Island in June. Shopping in Florida is always fun, because everything is colorful and summery. Also, I managed to get this on sale, which makes everything more exciting!

Has anyone else noticed how it’s getting dark so much earlier lately? I know that that’s a sign of summer ending, but it seems like it’s setting extra fast this year. Of course, having a blog makes you notice it even more because we rely on daylight for pictures. I’m already getting nervous for the stress of photographing my outfits before the sun is setting at like 6 p.m.! Oh well, I’m going to soak up these last few weeks while I can.

Gap Distressed Skinny Jeans

Gap Jeans with Lilly Pulitzer Jacket

Lilly Pulitzer Colorful Floral Jacket

Lilly Pulitzer Floral Jacket

Lilly Pulitzer Flower Jacket

Jacket: Lilly Pulitzer | Jeans: Gap | Cami: WHBM | Shoes: FCUK | Bracelet: J.Crew

Blazin’

5 Sep

J.Crew Schoolboy Linen Blazer with Denim Shorts

J.Crew Linen Schoolboy Blazer Gap Denim Shorts

It’s 11 p.m. on Thursday night, and I’ve hit the point of being deliriously tired. When I’m deliriously tired, my creative juices are on empty, which means I have a hard time thinking of blog post titles. I came to the conclusion that “Blazin'” would be appropriate for the following reasons: 1. I’m wearing a blazer, 2. That blazer is red (I associate heat with the color red), and 3. It was blazing hot (90 degrees) when I took these pictures. You know when you say a word so many times that it starts to not sound like a word? That’s how I’m feeling now about the word blazing now that I’ve typed it so many times in a few short sentences. *Sigh of relief* it is in fact a word. Thank you, Merriam Webster.

These pictures were taken during a lunch date with my mom yesterday at Incline Public House. My family frequents IPH at least once a week, and we’re proud of it. My dad is one of the people who helped develop the Incline District in Cincinnati, so he and I are in the neighborhood all the time for real estate business (and post-work cocktail business). I had no idea how insanely hot it was going to be, but had to wear this J.Crew Schoolboy blazer for pictures. The entire summer has gone by, and I haven’t worn this linen blazer one time. Of course, I started feeling nostalgic on the hottest day of the year and decided to wear it. Life of a fashion blogger. I also rediscovered this vintage brooch that belonged to my grandma. I’ve never worn it until now, but it’s making me want to start wearing brooches more often! I never realized how fun they are to accessorize with.

J.Crew Blazer and Denim Shorts Outfit

Black Ankle Strap Heels with Denim Shorts

Gap Denim Boyfriend Shorts with Blazer

How To Wear Denim Shorts with a Blazer

How to Wear a Brooch

Red J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer

Stylish Ways to Wear a Brooch

Blazer: J.Crew | Shorts: Gap | Shirt: J.Crew | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott c/o POPSUGAR | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Bauble Wish List: Assad Mounser

3 Sep

I discovered jewelry designer Assad Mounser via Instagram, and have been hooked ever since. Her feed is a magical compilation of travels and bright-colored baubles that any jewelry lover would appreciate. She has experience in the fashion industry, and used this experience to start her own luxury jewelry label in 2009. According to her website, Mounser’s design inspiration comes from the “1970’s glam rock genre”. Everyone from Rihanna to Karolina Kurkova has rocked her jewels, and I plan on adding myself to that list. I tend to veer toward the more feminine side, but Mounser’s pieces are the perfect combination of glamour and rock.

I’m a sucker for colorful baubles, especially one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t see everyone else wearing. I love that you can instantly tell an Assad Mounser piece just by looking at the effortless mix of chains and colored beading. It actually makes me want to go out of my comfort zone and wear something a little more daring and edgy! I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that I have a hard time passing up a good statement piece, so now the hard part is deciding which one is my favorite.

Assad Mounser Luxury Statement Jewelry

Top: Necklace | Necklace

Bottom: Earrings | Bracelet

Flirty and Feminine

1 Sep

White Pleated Skirt with Blue JOA Crop Top

Happy Labor Day! I’m planning on spending the day off in search of some cute sheets for my new room. Pretty wild stuff. I’m thinking of going for a bright solid color, so fingers crossed that something of the sort exists. I’m going to Macy’s, which also means I’ll most definitely be tempted to peruse all the other sales going on at my favorite stores. My rule is no more summer clothes. I try to enforce that every summer because I don’t end up wearing half of my summery outfits. Unfortunately, my shopping self-control isn’t the strongest, but I have been pretty good about it this year.

I’m completely in denial that summer is winding down. Now that I’m out of school and have a full-time job, I realize I don’t spend too much time outside anymore (so depressing). I kind of took this amazing weather for granted, especially since I’m 100% a spring and summer girl (I’m always cold). It really is true that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone, and it’s hitting me hard that summer is pretty much gone!

JOA Clothing Blue Sleeveless Crop Top

White and Blue Feminine Summer Outfit

White Knee Length Skirt with BCBGeneration Nude Wedges

Feminine Summer Outfit with Scalloped Crop Top

Top: JOA (love this similar one!) | Skirt: GUESS (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration | Cuff: Tiffany  | Earrings: Cate & Chloe

A Colorful Statement

28 Aug

Bright Colored Designer Statement Necklace

Bright Colorful Designer Statement Jewelry

Today I’m sharing another insanely gorgeous statement necklace from Tara Lea Smith! I’m kind of at a loss for words here because this is my dream necklace, and I swear Tara somehow telepathically knows what I love. Where do I begin? The colors, the details, the way it all perfectly goes together. It’s hard to convey in pictures, but my favorite thing about this is that your eye finds a new trinket each time you look at the necklace. There’s actually a bee brooch on the left side, and I didn’t even notice it for a few days! I love that I feel like I’m discovering something each time I see (obsessively gaze at) it. After reading this paragraph over again, it sounds like I have an unhealthy obsession with jewelry. And if you thought the same, then you’d be right.

My apologies for the abundance of pictures. I’m kind of obsessed with the amount of color in them, and had a hard time narrowing it down! Also, I just consumed an entire box of Horizon Mac and Cheese by myself, which apparently makes you extremely tired at 11:30 on a Wednesday night.

White Summer Dress with Bright Statement Necklace

Colorful Summer Designer Statement Necklace

Gianni Bini White Dress with Colorful Statement Necklace

Large Multicolored Designer Statement Necklace

Tara Lea Smith Bright Multi Color Statement Necklace

Vintage Custom Designer Statement Necklace

Dress: Gianni Bini | Shoes: French Connection | Necklace: Tara Lea Smith | Lips: L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red

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