Bubbles: Thanksgiving Cocktails

26 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving-Eve, AKA the biggest drinking night of the year! I’m so mad at myself I haven’t had time to post lately, but I’ve been helping my parents get the house ready for all the Christmas parties they’re hosting this season. We started early this year, since holiday party season seems to sneak up on us every year. I’m hoping the early decorating will give me some more time to work on blog stuff in the coming month.

There’s also been some bizarre weather lately, which has made picture taking pretty hard. I actually had an outfit post planned for sometime this week, but once I loaded the pictures on my computer, I decided otherwise. Let’s just say freezing temperatures = me making pretty unfortunate facial expressions.

Hopefully this weird weather turns around soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share some festive Thanksgiving-inspired drinks to get you in the holiday spirit. I feel like it’s essential to incorporate pumpkin and apple into your cocktails this time of year. I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving. I know I’ve been dreaming of mashed potatoes for months now ;)! Cheers!

Apple & Bourbon Punch

Apple Bourbon Martini Cocktail

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Sparkling Apple Sangria

Sparkling Apple Sangria

Apple Cider Float (non-alcoholic)

Non Alcoholic Apple Cider Float

Sparkling in the Snow

20 Nov

Cream Embellished Knit Winter Hat

This week started off with the seasons first snowstorm. Usually, when I hear it’s going to snow a lot, I shrug it off, because people like to hype up a big weather event. This was the real deal, though, and I have to admit I kind of liked it! My thoughts are if it’s going to be this cold, there might as well be snow on the ground. For me, it’s a nice distraction, and takes my mind off the fact that my nose is constantly running and I can’t feel my fingertips an hour after being outside.

The real reason I had no complaints about the snow Monday was that it gave me the perfect excuse to wear my new sparkly Ann Taylor hat! There were some great sales last weekend, and I took full advantage. I snatched up this hat, and was waiting for Mother Nature to do her job and make me wear it. She acted quickly, which tells me she can appreciate some good winter fashion. I’ve always wanted a cute winter hat, and this knit beanie was the perfect combination of glam and sparkle.

I mentioned how much I’ve been wearing this coat, and I’m obviously sticking to my word. I actually had an epiphany over the weekend when I went out with my friends. As we were all walking to the bar, I noticed all of us had coats on (guys included), and got weirdly happy about it. This might sound really bizarre. Coats in November? Isn’t that normal? I think it’s normal, but everyone my age has always ditched the coat on the weekends up until now. I think people have a higher tolerance to the cold than me, but I always hated being the only girl with a coat out, so I too would ditch the coat *peer pressure at its finest*. This was a thing all through college, and even the last two years since college. However, every single one of us wore a coat out last weekend. Weird as it may sound, it made me extremely happy that everyone is getting to the age where they want to bundle up. On the flipside, it also made me feel really old that I get that much happiness out of wearing a coat.

 Baby Blue Long Winter Coat

Cream Knit Beanie Winter Hat

Cute Outdoor Winter Outfit with Sparkly Ann Taylor Hat

Ann Taylor Embellished Knit Hat

Embellished Winter Hat with Turtleneck

Stylish Womens Winter Weather Outfit

Coat: Tulle via Trend Boutique | Hat: Ann Taylor (color is Irish Cream) | Pants: J.Crew | Turtleneck: Express (similar) | Shoes: Report

Coveting Capes

19 Nov

If I had to pick one piece of clothing to purchase this season, it would be a cape. I’ve never owned one, but have had my eye on them for years. It seems like there are a ton of gorgeous options this season, which has me feeling extremely left out that I don’t have one! Yeah, they don’t seem like the most practical piece of fashion, but you don’t always need practical. These are a few of the ones I love the most. I love how clean and simple they are. I’m obviously trying to build up an outerwear collection this year. After the last winter we had, and the supposed harsh one we’re going to have this year, I’m trying to be fashionably prepared!

Capes for Women

Top: Ralph Lauren | Nasty Gal

Bottom: Ted Baker | C.Wonder

The Coziest Coat

17 Nov

Blue Winter Coat with Polkadot Tights

This weekend was one of those ones where I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. I decided to make a quick pitstop to Banana Republic early Saturday evening, which I thought would be a quick in and out trip. While I was trying on clothes in the fitting room, the loud music and lights shut off. Everything flickered on and off for a minute, until everything eventually went black. I panicked. Being in a pitch black dressing room mid sweater change is not exactly comforting. A store employee came back and asked that everyone “come to the front of the store.” I assumed that something bad was happening, so I was in full on freakout mode. Luckily it was only a power outage (that knocked out the entire outdoor shopping center). We still managed to purchase things, thanks to the old school method of writing down our credit card info. While lingering in the store, we heard yelling outside. All ten of us in the store (including the employees) ran to the door to find a woman screaming and flailing her arms in the air. Let’s just say there were hundreds of cars snaked around the parking lot, and nobody was going anywhere soon.

Seeing this crazed woman convinced me the zombie apocalypse was taking place, and I was going to be part of it. Camping out at Banana Republic had never sounded more appealing. I ventured out to my car, and into the madness, to sit in my parking spot for 45 minutes. Let’s just say people weren’t exactly willing to let other cars out in front of them. After an hour of claustrophobia/anxiety, I had inched my way out of there and back into the world. This *dramatic* experience tells me I need to start recording some episodes of Doomsday Preppers.

Kate Spade Polkadot Tights

Belted Winter Coat

Tulle Blue Winter Coat

This coat has become my favorite companion in this cold weather. I got it at Trend Boutique, and seriously, it does not leave my body (even when I get inside). I’m not a fan of coats with tons of buttons or other contraptions. I want a coat that’s easy to put on and take off, and this is it. I’ve been adding a glittery belt to give it more structure and dress it up a bit. Sadly, my coat collection is very tiny. My sophomore year of college, I had a small slip-up when I was moving out of my dorm. A week after the school year ended, I realized I never cleaned out my coat closet when packing up my stuff. I frantically called the university, but the coats were long gone. There were vests, dressy coats, expensive ski jackets, and more. Up until now, I hadn’t replenished my coat collection. Now that I have this baby blue one, it’s kind of become perfect for every occasion. Since it’s currently snowing as I type this, I already know what I’ll be wearing this week ;).

Baby Blue Fuzzy Winter Coat

Coat: Tulle via Trend Boutique | Tights: Kate Spade | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Belt: J.Crew (similar)

Faux Fur & Leather

13 Nov

Leather Mini Skirt with Faux Fur Jacket

These pictures were taken on what was probably the last nice day here in Cincinnati. I think these pale legs are going to be covered for the next five months, which is probably for the best. Right now it feels like the middle of winter, and it makes me want to hibernate in my bed. It’s 10:30 on Wednesday night as I type this, and I’m currently in my warmest clothes, with an electric heating pad on my lap, watching Sixteen Candles. I’m pathetic, but warm.

Earlier last night consisted of another Cincinnati fashion blogger get-together at W.G. Kitchen & Bar (formerly The Wine Guy). I indulged in a wine flight with four different sweet wines. They were all really good, which made a good night even better ;)!

You may remember me talking about the Gap Clearance Center in Kentucky. Well, that’s where I got the leather skirt I’m wearing today. Pretty good find, right? I was happy with myself, at least! The color is what sold me on it. I loved the burgundy/maroon/red/oxblood shade (there are a million terms for this color). I wore it out a few weekends ago with a fitted black sweater, but wanted to pair it with something a little more sophisticated today. I’ve been all about the classic white blouse lately, and adding this sweater with silver buttons and faux fur collar really glams it up! I may not be able to wear this outfit now that it’s so cold, but at least I’ll have these pictures to remind me of warmer times.

Black Faux Fur Collar Sweater

Burgundy Leather Skirt

How To Wear Leather and Faux Fur

Leather Skirt with Faux Fur Jacket

Maroon Leather Mini Skirt

Sweater with Faux Fur Collar

Skirt: Piperlime Outlet (similar version on major sale) | Jacket: Macy’s (love this one) | Blouse: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Bold in Blue

11 Nov

Dressy Winter Outfit with Pop of Color

Do you ever have those days when you’re trying to take an outfit picture, and everything seems to go wrong? This was one of those days for me. I’m pretty sure I was in a wind tunnel the whole time, and it was so windy that my hair eventually felt like hay. Yes, hay. Am I painting a pretty enough picture yet? Then I get home to upload my computers, only to realize half of them have terrible shadows. It just wasn’t my day! Luckily, a picture doesn’t always tell the full story, which in my case is a good thing.

Nonetheless, I still enjoy today’s outfit, and it’s probably going to be recycled real soon. I like to be comfortable at work since I’m always on the go. I’ve talked in the past about pencil skirts not being my best friend. Yes, I do own pencil skirts, but I try to avoid them at all costs. I’m not a big cold weather girl, but there are a few perks when it comes to the fashion. Since I don’t like the confinement of a pencil skirt, I tend to go for a length slightly shorter than a pencil length. This can be a little questionable for a work environment, so the ability (and need) to add tights this time of year is a lifesaver! That way, I can have the movement of a shorter hem, but still look office-appropriate at the same time. Win win! This Tiffany blue skirt was a Gap purchase last year, and is incredibly comfortable. It’s come in handy for those times I need to remind myself to add a pop of color to my monochromatic outfits. I’m also wearing the polkadot stockings again. At least I gave fair warning that they’d be popping up a lot on here ;).

Baby Blue Skirt with Black Sweater

Tiffany Blue Skirt

Black Fitted V-Neck Sweater

Black Sweater with Tiffany Blue Skirt

Polkadot Stockings with Blue Skirt

Sweater: I.N.C. (similar) | Skirt: Gap | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Stockings: Kate Spade | Watch: La Mer | Necklace: BaubleBar

Black, White & Denim

10 Nov

Black Blazer with Denim Jeans

Denim Jeans Dressed Up with Blazer

How is it November 10? I don’t know where 2014 has gone, but I’m freaked out that it’s almost the end! I’m noticing that my hibernation-like tendencies on the weekend are already beginning. I went out Saturday night, and literally had my arms wrapped around a heat lamp at the bar. Yes, I was that girl. UGGs may be on the agenda for future weekend outfits, and I can’t say that I’m embarrassed about it.

I’ve noticed that I’ve been gravitating toward structured, menswear-inspired outfits this fall. I think it’s the amount of blazers and button-down shirts that I own that makes me want to wear outfits that look borrowed-from-the-boys. Not only are the layers of a blouse and blazer nice and warm, but it’s also a combination I use when I look like I want to put in lots of effort. Seriously, don’t you see someone wearing a nice shirt and blazer, and think “they look really put together?” I know I do, and that’s exactly why this is in my arsenal for those days when I’m struggling to put in any extra effort. To spice it up a little, I’ll add a piece of statement jewelry to look like I really had hours to get ready ;). This was a weekend outfit, so I went the more casual route with some distressed Gap jeans. For work, you’ll find me swapping the denim for a simple black pant!

What’s your effortless outfit hack this time of year?

Outfit with Jeans and Black Blazer

Ripped Jeans with Blazer and Blouse

Ripped Jeans with Dressy Blazer

Ruffled White Blouse

Blazer: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Blouse: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Earrings: GemSugar c/o

I ❤︎ Fall Tag

7 Nov

Today I’m doing something a little different. and participating in an “I Love Fall Tag”! I was tagged by Maggie from Blush and Blooms, who’s also a fellow Ohioan! It’s definitely fall here in Cincinnati, and I’m even questioning if it feels more like winter. Answering these questions made me realize I’m not super fun during fall, but oh well. I see it as the pregame to Christmas. Thanks for the tag, Maggie!

1. Favorite Fall Lip Product?

This actually reminds me that I haven’t bought any good lip colors for fall! I wore a nice deep red lip color last fall, but it ran out. I love wearing a darker lip for fall and winter, and think it helps hide how pale I am at the moment.

2. Favorite Fall Nail Polish?

I have two nail polish colors that I’ve been wearing a lot lately: OPI’s Malaga Wine & OPI’s Onyx. The first is a deep red and the second is a gorgeous black. One of my favorite things about fall is being able to wear dark nail polish!

3. Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?

Due to my nut allergy, I stopped drinking Starbucks a few months ago. Yes, it was hard at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. That means no fancy drinks for me, which is fine. My mom has actually been making homemade whipped cream, so when there’s any left over, I’ll use a ton of it for my coffee.

4. Favorite Fall Candle?

I haven’t bought any pumpkin-scented candles yet, but I’m a traditionalist who loves her Yankee Candle Macintosh. You might say it’s a year-round scent, but I think the apple aroma smells extra nice this time of year! I also have an unhealthy obsession with the Thymes Frasier Fir candle. Oh. My. Gosh. this candle is seriously the best! I know this is a fall-themed post, but in my mind it’s never too early to start burning a nice Christmas scent ;).

5. Favorite Fall Accessory?

Since I’m always cold, I need an accessory that will keep me warm! I love my Michael Kors black and white fingerless gloves (worn here). I’m probably in the minority of wearing gloves right now, but it’s so cold to me! I’m not sure if this counts as an accessory, but I’ve also been wearing this gorgeous powder blue coat from Trend Boutique a ton lately. It seems like we went from summer to winter, and bypassed fall, so I’ve been prepared with my warm wardrobe.

6. Haunted House or Haunted Hayride?

Not to be too much of a Debbie Downer, but neither! I’m just not a big fan of being terrified, to be honest. The last time I went to anything haunted was in 8th grade, and it was a haunted corn maze. I went with a friend’s family, and screamed the entire time, even sprinkling a few choice cuss words in there as well. I couldn’t help myself, I was terrified! I don’t like experiencing scary things, and I don’t like watching them either.

7. Favorite Halloween Movie?

Growing up, I always watched The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ll still watch parts of it from time to time when it’s on ABC Family. Sadly, there are parts of that movie that creep me out. Yes, it’s animated, but it doesn’t take much to freak me out. As a backup option, I can never pass up a Charlie Brown Halloween special. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown anyone?

8. Favorite Candy to Eat on Halloween?

I’m obsessed with Starbursts, but only the red and yellow ones! I have an apothecary jar in my bedroom full of Starbursts, but only the orange and pink ones. I’ve eaten all the others.

9. What Is Your Favorite Thing About Fall?

I think my favorite thing about fall is all the pumpkin-flavored options out there! I always make homemade pumpkin cookies each year, and we actually make our own puree. It’s become a tradition, and gives me a good excuse to eat a lot of cookies.

Sunny Dress, Gloomy Day

5 Nov

Yellow Long Sleeve Dress with Kate Spade Polka Dot Tights

I swear the second I attempt to take pictures, the sun goes into hiding and the wind comes out in full force. Seriously, I have hundreds of outtake pictures where the wind is not working with me. I could devote tons of posts just to the wind, but I’ll save that for a rainy day. It was actually a gorgeous day up until I took these, but at least I was able to bring the sun with me. Yellow is a color I love to wear, even in my palest times. Sure, yellow is obviously great in the summer when you’re rocking a nice tan. I however, think it’s perfectly acceptable to wear yellow in the fall and winter with some black accessories. These Kate Spade tights seemed like the perfect match for a colorful dress. I mean, they’re polkadot, have a cute bold seam down the back, and they go with everything!

As the weather continues to get colder, I’ve been slowly building up an arsenal of color to add some brightness to those gray days.

ASOS Yellow Dress with Polka Dot Tights ASOS Yellow Long Sleeve Dress Kate Spade Black Polka Dot Stockings How to Style a Yellow Dress Layered Black Beaded Necklace Yellow Long Sleeve Dress with Black Polka Dot Tights

Dress: ASOS | Tights: Kate Spade | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Jewelry: Borrowed from my Mom

Simple Stripes

4 Nov

Ann Taylor Striped Shirt with Collar

Happy November! There are things I’m loving and hating about the time change. Things I love: the extra sleep, feeling a little more energized when I wake up in the morning. Things I don’t love: the fact that it’s dark so early and it’s impossible to take pictures! I think people with blogs might be the only ones who aren’t fans of falling back, and I’m one of them. You’d think since this is my third go around, I’d have some secret trick mastered. No. I’m still the procrastinating, frazzled person I was back in 2012. If anything, I’m more crazed now, which means it’s dark by the time my day is winding down. Oh well, I’ll find a way to navigate the blogging struggles.

I wanted to share some Halloween pictures, but that would have required me to take pictures, which I sadly failed to do. I had my costume all planned out, and the dress I ordered from ASOS still hasn’t come! Yes, it’s well past Halloween, and the dress has yet to arrive. Not too happy with ASOS right now. I got a heads up email from them two days before Halloween, so I ordered a last minute dress from Zappos. It came Friday afternoon, and let’s just say it’s not what I expected (I’m trying to be positive here). Luckily I get to make my own work schedule, because I had to pull a costume out of nowhere at 1 pm the day of Halloween. I ended up being a gum ball machine, which was seriously so cute! I can’t believe it came to life within hours, and ended up being one of my favorite costumes ever! Unfortunately, it was such a hectic day, that I didn’t really take pictures. I do have a few mirror shots (complete with bad lighting), so I’ll try to get those on here soon.

Now onto today’s outfit. I am a SUCKER for any top with a collar. I think it mixes menswear-inspired and femininity so well. Plus, it looks like you put in more effort than you actually have (at least that’s the case for me). One of my favorite things about collared shirts though, is how they can be worn virtually every season of the year.

Ann Taylor Short Sleeve Collared Shirt

Striped T-Shirt with White Collar

J.Crew Pixie Pants Striped Ann Taylor Shirt

Shirt: Ann Taylor (love this one) | Pants: J.Crew | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Watch: La Mer | Earrings: Kate Spade


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