Week in Review

22 May

We’ve made it! Friday is here, finally. Even though it was a short week for me since I spent Monday traveling, it really seemed to drag. It’s actually felt like fall the last two days, which hasn’t helped for someone who’s happiness is largely based on high temperatures. I had planned on having a low key Memorial Day weekend, but I made a last minute decision to go up to Cleveland again this weekend. My roommate’s from there, and the Reds play the Indians, so it seemed like a good decision. Also, it’s been a whopping four days since I’ve seen my boyfriend. We’ve sometimes gone months without being able to see each other, so it’s been really nice getting to see him virtually every weekend since mid April!

1. I uploaded a new video late last night. It’s probably super basic, but I’ve been doing a really easy ponytail trick to give me length and volume. I’m pretty boring with my hair, as I’m sure you know if you read my blog, but I’m slowly trying out some new things. This ponytail is great because it stays in place all day, and makes your ponytail look really long!

 

2. I was going to do a post about all the great Memorial Day sales (original, I know), but it’s been a hectic week. Instead, I’ll share Fashionista’s nice roundup of sales to shop. You’re welcome and/or sorry in advance ;)

DVF Amelianna Silk Gingham Dress

3. This red, white and sparkling blueberry punch sounds like the perfect Memorial Day drink! It’s fruity and festive, plus sounds really refreshing. Check out the recipe on That’s So Michelle’s blog!

Red White and Sparkling Blueberry Punch

Have a long, happy weekend!

Striped & Sunny

20 May

Banana Republic Margaux Sunglasses

Brooks Brothers Pink and Blue Striped Sweater

How do I begin to describe my love for the color pink? I could go on all day. I’ve never found a shade of pink I don’t like. It’s fun, feminine, flirty and just makes me happy. That’s why when I saw this striped sweater at Brooks Brothers, I knew immediately it was going home with me.

This is actually my first personal purchase from Brooks Brothers. My boyfriend lives in Brooks Brothers clothes, so I’ve gotten him stuff there before, but never for myself. That changed when he wanted to pop in to the Kenwood location when he was in town recently. I don’t know if other girlfriends feel this way, but I actually love shopping for my boyfriend. He’s really into dressing well, so it’s cute to see how excited he gets when he’s shopping at Brooks Brothers. I swear he has every pattern shirt they’ve ever made, which makes it really hard when it’s time to get him Christmas and birthday presents.

On this particular day, I got a little bored while he was looking at solid-colored button downs (yawn), so I moseyed on over to the women’s section. A lot of things were a little too serious for my liking, but this sweater was calling my name. I knew the pink and navy stripes would be getting a lot of action, whether it would be during the work week or on the weekends. That’s proven to be true, because I’ve worn this at least five times. Hey, at least I’m getting my money’s worth, right?!

 Brooks Brothers Striped Womens Crewneck Sweater

Metallic Oxfords Striped Pink and Blue Sweater

PS- is anyone else relieved the week is already half over? I was feeling really invigorated all of Tuesday, but I’ve been feeling sick ever since I ate dinner last night. The fact that I made over a pound of roasted vegetables and rapidly inhaled them probably triggered it. Whatever it is, I’m ready for a lazy weekend!

Brooks Brothers Supima Cotton Crewneck Colorful Striped Sweater

Brooks Brothers Supima Striped Crewneck Sweater (on sale!) | Gap Tailored White Shorts | Sam Edelman Metallic Oxfords (similar) | Banana Republic Margaux Sunglasses | Ralph Lauren Pink Button Down (similar)

Brooks Brothers Womens Striped Sweater

Bauble Wish List: Iridescent

19 May

I didn’t post anything yesterday, because I was traveling back from my short weekend trip to Cleveland! I got into to Cleveland around 7 Saturday night, and left Monday afternoon to drive home. My boyfriend ran the Cleveland Marathon Sunday, so I was there to show my support. Unfortunately, I missed his finish by one minute while I was trying to find a good view of the finish line. Not only did I miss him finish the race, but I proceeded to stand in my location for a good twenty minutes before I checked the results on my phone and discovered that he was already done. We have terrible timing in this arena. This same scenario happened at the Flying Pig Marathon last year. It was all good in the end, because he got 54th place in the entire marathon!

Does anyone remember the movie Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (also known as one of the greatest Disney Channel movies of all time)? If you didn’t grow up in the 90s/early 200s, then feel free to skip this paragraph. If you religiously watched this made-for-TV movie series like I did (remember the sequels Zenon: The Zequel and the disappointing third installment Zenon: Z3?), then you probably dreamed of having Zenon’s incredible futuristic wardrobe. The girl could color-block like no other, and somehow made Lycra look appealing. Throughout the movie, she wears a holographic disk earring that turns out to be a major part of the storyline. Anyway, whenever I see iridescent jewelry, my mind instantly goes back to one of my favorite childhood movies.

Because it’s 2015, I wanted to share some modern day takes on a futuristic style. I think people sometimes worry that the holographic look can be a little out there, but jewelry is the easiest way to wear it! If you’re shopping this iridescent style, I’d recommend checking out Kendra Scott and Loren Hope. I rounded up my favorites from the two designers, which I think shows a nice variety of ways to wear this style. I’ve been obsessing over Loren Hope’s earrings for way too long now, and think it’s finally time to get a pair. How gorgeous are the Mirabel’s?!

Iridescent Jewelry

Kendra Scott Skylar Earrings | Loren Hope Abba Earrings | Kendra Scott Toby Hand Chain

Loren Hope Mirabel Earrings | Kendra Scott Havana Necklace | Loren Hope Sarra Cuff

Cable Knit Comfort

15 May

Ralph Lauren Cable Knit Sweater

This Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater is something I’ve had for years, and rarely get around to wearing. White sweaters are tricky sometimes, because you tend to wear them during the summer when you have a tan, but it’s usually pretty hot in the summer also (duh). I’ve determined that the ideal time frame for this is right around now. It’s pretty warm, but we’re still having those days that are a little breezy. Yesterday was one of those days, so it was perfect.

Do you ever get really excited to wear something that you recently bought? That is me with literally everything that I purchase, and it also applies to these Soludos espadrilles. They were one of my final Piperlime purchases (still coping with the shutdown), and I’ve been eager to wear them. I thought the espadrilles were the perfect contrast to the chunky sweater, as I always associate espadrilles with summer.

Casual Spring Outfit

I’m off to Cleveland tomorrow to watch my boyfriend run the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Sunday. He’s an amazing runner, so I’m excited to see how he does. I ran cross country in high school, and sadly am just not a good runner anymore. Not that I was particularly good in high school, but it’s an amazing workout! I am trying to get back into it, though.

Have a good weekend!

 Black and White Cable Knit Sweater

Soludos Black Espadrille Flats

Cable Knit Sweater with Denim Shorts

Lauren Ralph Lauren White Cable Knit Sweater | Gap Distressed Denim Shorts (similar) | Soludos Espadrilles | Ray-Ban Wayfarers

One-Piece Wonders

13 May

I don’t think I’ve worn a one-piece since I was on swim team when I was younger. I pretty much lived in my sporty TYR swimsuit, and it was amazing. You could just glide through the water, and you felt like all your necessary body parts were safe and secure from wardrobe malfunctions. Granted, I didn’t have mishaps on the mind as a child, but as an adult it’s on the forefront of your mind (or mine, at least).

As much as I love bikinis, they aren’t always the most practical. I have a fuller chest, so there are times where I feel like a movie star of the adult variety when I just want to wear a cute suit. For years, I’ve struggled with finding a good alternative. Swimsuits were either for girls with no chest or overly large ones. Now don’t get me wrong. I have found some styles that seem to work for my size. Flowy crop top bikinis are a miracle if you’re opting for a two-piece. The real solution I’ve found? The one-piece. It seems obvious, but for years I completely neglected even looking for a one-piece suit. I had sworn them all off as ugly and matronly, but my interest started to gain traction the last few summers.

It seems like there are incredible varieties of one-pieces these days, and it’s actually the only kind of bathing suit I’ve been shopping for this year. Isn’t it crazy how things change? I ordered my first “big girl” one-piece a few months ago from Anthropologie. It’s by the brand Touche, and it was love at first sight. It kind of has a Burberry-esque feel to it, don’t you think?

When it came in the mail, I was amazed at the fit. I felt secure in all the right places, but still feminine and youthful.

Anthropologie One-Piece Swmimsuit

Because my love for one-pieces has been revived, I wanted to share some other adorable options that have caught my eye. Seriously, there are so many styles out there right now! The one-piece is officially back.

One-Piece Swimsuits Women

Mikoh One-Piece via Nasty Gal | Kate Spade Playa Flamingo One-Piece

Ted Baker Striped One-Piece | Zimmerman Garden Gaze Maillot via Anthropologie

Pink + Green

11 May

Hot Pink Sleeveless Top with Sunglasses

I’ve been quite MIA the past week, and for good reason. My job has been taking up lots and lots of my time. Real estate is in it’s busy season right now, and let me tell you, I am busy. It’s a good problem, but I am so hard on myself when I’m too tired to schedule a blog post. Another reason I kind of slacked on the Internet? I turned 25 on Friday!

I had all these plans to document my celebrations, but ended up not following through on it. It’s kind of nice to just unplug sometimes and live in the moment, especially when it’s your birthday. I haven’t had the most fun birthday celebrations the last few years, but this one made up for all of that. On Thursday, I went to Nada with my boyfriend for a pre-birthday dinner. We eat there all the time, so we thought it would be nice to stick to something we love. On Friday, my dad (who is also my co-worker) spent the morning decorating my desk with balloons, streamers and some of my favorite goodies (aka champagne ;)). We had a nice pizza party with all of my co-workers, which was great.

During the nighttime, I reserved an area at Top of the Park, my favorite place in the city! I had all of my friends there, and I couldn’t have asked for better weather, company or views. I wanted to take a picture of my outfit, but totally forgot. I’m sure I’ll share it on here sometime soon, because I’m obsessed with it. It was a great weekend, and although I’m sad that it’s over, I’m happy to have a fresh start to the week.

Lime Green Skirt with Hot Pink Top

I think one of the best parts of spring fashion is all the opportunities to colorblock. Spring fashion is more fun in my opinion, so why not play around with different color combinations? I love the pairing of green and pink, and think it makes for a fun, yet feminine look. These Banana Republic sunglasses were a spur of the moment purchase last week, and I have yet to take them off my head. I think they’re a fun alternative to my traditional black sunglasses that I usually sport.

Long Hair Ponytail

I’ve mentioned before how boring I usually am with my hair. To me, wearing a ponytail is “switching it up”, and I thought it was fitting for the theme of this outfit. My hair is getting so long, and I’m contemplating cutting it but keep going back and forth. What do you think?

Banana Republic Margaux Sunglasses

Margaux Sunglasses Banana Republic

Evereve Pink Top (similar) | Honey Punch Bandage Skirt | Dee Keller Mallory Heels | Banana Republic Margaux Sunglasses

Bold in Bené

4 May

Bené Pink Infinity Scarf

I can’t put into words the excitement I feel when May arrives. First, it’s my birthday month, which obviously makes it rank number one on my list of favorite months. Two, it has the most perfect weather of the year. It was in the high 70s all weekend, which made for perfect spring dressing. The outfit options are endless. Lastly, it’s just plain awesome. Everything is blooming, people are happy and it seems like there’s just so much possibility.

I might be a little early, but I’ve been pretty eager to pull out all of the white in my closet. My skin may be translucent right now, but it’s okay. I thought this all-white outfit would be perfect for showing off this Bené infinity scarf. Pink is a hard color for me to resist, especially this time of year!

White Outfit with Pink Scarf

I’m a big believer in brands with a positive mission, which is why I’m excited to share Bené with you today. Bené is a gorgeous line of scarves, which helps provide an education for girls living in Ghana. Founded in 2013 by Sasha Matthews and Michelle Blue, Bené came about after Michelle studied abroad in Ghana. She was inspired by the girls she met there, and teamed up with Sasha to help give back to these girls who had big spirits, but very little financially. Each purchase of a Bené scarf helps a girl in Ghana with tuition, school supplies and uniforms. Pretty amazing, right?!

Today I’m wearing the Munira infinity scarf, but there are a ton of great patterns and colors to choose from. In addition to classic scarves, they also have caftans, kimonos and skinny scarves available. I love that this is a quick way to add some color to a neutral-heavy outfit.

The girls at Bené were kind enough to offer Baubles to Bubbles readers a code for 15% off your purchase this week. Just use the code “BtoB” at checkout. I think we can all agree that shopping is fun, but shopping for a cause? Even better!

Bené munira infinity scarf

Also, the girls of Thread Cincinnati will be hosting a happy hour at Sundry and Vice Thursday, and it would be awesome to see any Cincinnatians reading this to come out! The happy hour runs from 6:30-9:00, and you can get craft cocktails and goodies from Brown Bear Bakery! More info here.

White Outfit with Pink Scarf

Madewell Sleeveless White Top (similar) | Gap Tailored White Shorts | French Connection Sandals (similar) | Bené Munira Scarf 

And also, because I’m cheesy, May the Fourth be with you!

Video: Kentucky Derby Cocktails

1 May

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s looking like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend for the Kentucky Derby, which is awesome. I don’t have any set plans yet, but I’m hoping it involves a cute dress and a daytime drink.

Now, I’ve already covered Derby fashion here this week (see this post if you missed it), but what good would an oversized hat be if you didn’t have a cocktail in hand? I wanted to stick with drinks that were quick and easy to make, while also sticking to the mint julep theme. First, we have a Sparkling Mint Julep recipe (adapted from The Kitchen Is My Playground), because I can’t resist a glass of prosecco. Next, is a Blueberry Honey Mint Julep recipe (adapted from The Cookie Rookie). My boyfriend actually stopped in Cincinnati on his way home from work in Kentucky right after I made these, and he loved the Blueberry Honey Mint Julep. I figured he would, since the main ingredients are blended blueberries, honey and lemon juice.

I was a little rushed filming this, so sorry if it shows! I also was not thinking at full capacity yesterday, and filmed with my camera on its side, which is why it’s so tiny. My life. This serves as a reminder to not do things in a hurry!

 

Kentucky Derby Style

29 Apr

As many of you may know, the 141st Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday. I feel like the Derby is the ultimate occasion for having an excuse to dress up and have a mint julep (or two) during the day. The buildup to the actual event always seems like the best part of the day. You kind of forget that the purpose is to see horses race in what is nicknamed “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.” Sure, that’s exciting. The most exciting part of this historic day for me? The fashion (obviously). Today I’m styling two different looks from Soho Boutique in Hyde Park to give you a dose of Derby inspiration.

The Kentucky Derby is a day for dressing to the nines, and topping it all off with a statement-making hat. Did you know that wearing a hat to the Derby is said to bring good luck? No matter what the legend says, we can all agree that hats are what everyone’s looking at the day of the Derby. Some women pick a hat first, then find a dress to complement it. For these two outfits that I styled, I picked the hat first for one and the dress first for the other. It came together perfectly!

Kentucky Derby Dress Ideas

This first outfit is the perfect balance of black and white. Whereas my second look is a clear daytime option, this is a great outfit to transition into night. This fitted Nicole Miller dress gives off a more formal vibe, and the lace cutouts add a nice element of surprise. Is there anything more sophisticated than a black and white combination? There’s something about the way they contrast that makes it so timeless and elegant. Speaking of elegant, this hat made me speechless when I saw it. It’s sophisticated and glamorous, and I knew it was the perfect pop against the white dress. As you can tell, the only jewelry I’m wearing is pearl earrings.

If you’re worried about over-accessorizing, ditch the excess. Since your hat and dress will be doing all the talking, stick with understated elegance and keep it simple when it comes to jewelry. That way, you won’t have multiple pieces competing with each other. After all, you want people to see that amazing hat you’re wearing ;)!

Black and White Derby Outfit

Black Derby Hat

Camhats Kentucky Derby Hats

  Nicole Miller Dress via Soho Boutique | Christine A. Moore Millinery Hat via Soho Boutique

Shoshanna Maia Lace Dress

I wanted to go for a colorblocking look with one of my Derby outfits, because this is the perfect event to play with colors. Plus, it’s spring, so adding bright colors is always encouraged. This Shoshanna lace dress fit like a glove, and gives off feminine vibes with the scalloped hemline. I’m a big fan of green and pink together, so this Christine Moore hat was the obvious choice. I love that the flower is front and center. It makes a statement without being too much. If you’re wanting to go the girly and feminine route, lace and cheery colors are the way to go!

 Pink Derby Hat Shoshanna Dress

Colorful Kentucky Derby Outfit

Shoshanna Maia Lace Dress

Shoshanna Green Lace Dress via Soho Boutique | Christine A. Moore Millinery Hat via Soho Boutique

Pink & Checkered

28 Apr

Checkered Dress with Pink Blazer

Pink Blazer with Black and White Checkered Dress

You could say that I like the color pink. I mean, I’m wearing it on my feet, shoulders and lips today. It seems that once I start with one pink piece on my outfit, it just snowballs from there. I go through phases where I seem to be really into a certain color. Pink, obviously, is the color of choice at the moment (and most of the time). I’ll blame it on the weather warming up for my urge to inject cheerful colors into my look.

I’m pleasantly surprised at how versatile this checkered Forever 21 has been over the years. I bought it two years ago, and it’s become a year round staple. Not too shabby for a $20 price tag. I really don’t shop at Forever 21 much anymore, but it’s always nice when you find a well-made piece that sticks with you for the long haul!

Black and White Checkered Dress Forever 21

Pink Blazer with Pink Heels

Pink Blazer with Black and White Dress

Pink Blazer (similar) | Forever 21 Checkered Dress (similar) (adorable romper version) | Dee Keller Mallory Heels (similar) | NYX Extreme Lip Cream in ‘Dolly Girl’ | Kate Spade Crystal and Gold Earrings

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