Valentine’s Day Ready

9 Feb

Viniq Vodka Review

I swear I’m not one of those people who’s overly obsessed with Valentine’s Day, but this year I’m just really into all things pink and red. When you’re at this point in the winter, all you want to do is look at pretty colors and think about when spring will be here. Also, I bought pink and red carnations recently, and have been slightly obsessed with how good they look together. That means I’ve taken way too many pictures with them to give me motivation on these freezing cold days.

Pink and Red Carnations Valentine's Day

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend this year, I feel like there are a lot of fun routes you can go to celebrate with your friends or significant other. I know the common denominator in mine and Joe’s relationship is food, and we plan on implementing that aspect into our Valentine’s Day festivities. This is where it’s important to remind you that since the holiday falls on a Sunday, you can stretch out your celebrations over the entire weekend. Back to the food.

Since Joe gets in town Thursday night, we’ll have a lot of opportunities to wine and dine over the weekend. We bond over our love of food, and we love everything from fancy shmancy to eating take out in our biggest pair of sweatpants. I’m planning on covering the entire spectrum while he’s in town. We’ll probably do a big Kroger shop when he gets here, and cook some of our favorite meals. We have dinner plans Saturday night, and I’m sure there will be a lot of brunching sprinkled in there, too. Long story short, it’ll be nice to bond over what we love most, and Valentine’s weekend is the perfect excuse to do so!

Viniq Ruby Vodka

Of course, no good meal is complete without a little alcohol to go along with it. That’s why when Viniq sent me a bottle of Viniq Ruby, I thought it would be perfect for this upcoming weekend. Guys, this liqueur actually shimmers! I spent a good half hour swirling the bottle around and watching the shimmer float around the bottle. Viniq Ruby is a blend of vodka, moscato and natural fruit flavors to make one enticing and shimmery drink. What’s nice is you can drink this by itself, or add it to a cocktail mixer. The options are endless, but I can guarantee it’ll be a hit.

Viniq Vodka

Pictured above: Kendra Scott Elton Bracelet | J.Crew Fringe Top (on sale!) | L’Oreal Pairs Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in ‘Matte-r of Fact’

Draped In Green

8 Feb

how to style a blanket scarf

My blanket scarf obsession has been in full force this season, and it’s all thanks to this green gem from High Street. I can’t get enough of it. Since it’s so big and substantial, I’ve been wanting to try out different ways of styling it. I draped it like a poncho and belted it with a glitter belt from J.Crew. Sometimes you can look like you’re drowning in all your layers this time of year, so belting the outermost layer can really cinch everything together.

Over The Knee Boots with Blanket Scarf

Another thing I can’t get enough of? These Steve Madden over-the-knee ‘Gorgeous’ boots. I haven’t been this in love with a shoe in a long time, and will actually be sad to put these away when spring arrives. I’ve been toying around with the idea of wearing them to work, but I feel like you really need the perfect outfit to make them look office appropriate. I’ll keep you posted with my progress on that.

We had another gorgeous and unseasonably warm weekend. Unfortunately, I worked most of it and didn’t get to enjoy the weather. I’m hearing there are some snow/rain showers in the mix for this week, so I’m really regretting not soaking up some much-needed sun when I could. On the upside, my boyfriend is finally coming to town Thursday, and that is the number one motivation getting me through the week. Have a good Monday!

How To Wear a Blanket Scarf

 Kate Spade Holden Street Lanie

Green Blanket Scarf (similar) | Madewell Skinny Jeans | Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous’ Over-The-Knee Boots | Gap Turtleneck (similar) | Kate Spade Holden Street Lanie Satchel

Photography: Tiernae Salley

Week In Review

5 Feb

We’ve officially made it through the first week of February! Winter seems to be back in full force, and I’m having a tough time readjusting after that brief warm period. I was using some wishful thinking and thought spring had made an early arrival. Until that time comes, I think I’ll continue to hibernate indoors with a blanket permanently attached to my side.

Since February is the month of love, I thought this feature from Condé Nast Traveler about The Chanler at Cliff Walk, the most romantic hotel in the U.S., would be fitting to share. After looking at the pictures, I want to move into this gorgeous mansion turned hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. Until that dream can become a reality, maybe I’ll just have to book a weekend getaway there.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk

My friend and fellow Thread member Tamia started her brand new podcast this week, and it’s awesome! Titled “Creative City”, Tamia interviews creatives around the Cincinnati area, and gives you a glimpse into how they got where they are today. I love listening to podcasts, especially ones about people who are making things happen for themselves. You should add this to your playlist!

Tamia The Style Sample

With Valentine’s Day being next weekend, I’ve been obsessing over all things pink and red. Viniq recently sent me a bottle of Viniq Ruby, and it’s probably the coolest bottle of liqueur I’ve ever seen. It’s actually a shimmery mix of vodka, moscato red berry and tropical orange citrus juices. I actually get mesmerized looking at the bottle because I feel like I’m staring at a lava lamp. This is a great drink to make for any of your Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day celebrations, and I’ve shared a festive recipe below.

Viniq Liqueur

Ruby Romance

Ingredients:

1 oz. Viniq® Ruby Shimmery Liqueur

Fill with Strawberry Moscato

Method:

Chill all ingredients 2 hours prior to serving

Garnish Ingredients:

White Chocolate Chips

Strawberries

Simple Syrup

Pink sugar crystals and edible pink hearts

Edible glitter dust

Garnish Method:

Mix sparkly pink sugar crystals & edible pink hearts together in a bowl

Dip rim of glass in simple syrup on a plate & then dip glass lightly in sugar heart mix

Begin to Build cocktail in 8 oz. Flute Glass

Melt white chocolate chips, dip clean strawberry half way in chocolate

Place strawberries upside down on an egg carton tray and sprinkle with diamond shimmer edible glitter dust

The Perfect Pairing: Valentine’s Day

4 Feb

Valentine's Day Cocktail

It’s almost the weekend, guys! Not only am I pumped that we’re one day away from Friday, but I get to see my boyfriend today after a monthlong hiatus. Our schedule’s have both been crazy since the new year, but he’s passing through Cincinnati today after spending the week working in Kentucky. Unfortunately, he can only stay for a quick lunch because he has to get back to Cleveland. It’s not too bad though, because he’ll be rolling through town next weekend and staying the entire time. We also got lucky that Valentine’s Day is next weekend, so it’s the perfect excuse to plan a night out and spend some time together.

In keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day, today’s post is all about the day of love. As you may remember, I started a new series at the end of December called “The Perfect Pairing”. Basically, I take a cocktail (usually champagne based) and pair it with the baubles of my choice. I pick recipes and pieces of jewelry that I think complement each other to create a perfect match.

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I put together a quick and easy cocktail that’s perfect for a date night or a Galentine’s Day celebration. It’s a Pink Champagne Raspberry Float. Doesn’t the name just sound tasty? I made something similar to these for my family on Christmas morning, but I really love this recipe because it involves only three ingredients. Yes, all you need is pink champagne (I used Barefoot Bubbly’s Pink Moscato Champagne), raspberry sorbet and fresh raspberries. Does it get any easier?!

If you want something a little less sweet, you can substitute the pink champagne for something more dry. To make this drink, all you have to do is put a few small scoops of sorbet in a champagne glass, pour the champagne over top of it and then garnish with fresh raspberries. I wasn’t kidding when I said it was simple! I love raspberries, so any excuse to mix them with my champagne is a win in my book.

pink champagne raspberry float

Fresh Raspberries

The jewelry I’m pairing this champagne float with is these pink Kate Spade earrings. I thought these would be appropriate because I got them as a gift from my boyfriend a few years ago. He has great taste when it comes to jewelry, and I wear these earrings all the time. They really stand out against my brown hair. Plus, they’re pink and nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like some pink statement earrings.

Champagne Float Recipe

Cheers!

Preppy & Polished

2 Feb

Vineyard Vines Gingham Popover

Today’s post is dedicated to my love for a brand I’ve always admired, but only recently started wearing: Vineyard Vines. We’ve always had a few local boutiques here in Cincinnati that sold Vineyard Vines apparel, but I really didn’t know just how great/big their selection was until they opened a store at Kenwood Towne Centre late last year. I think I’ve already stopped in there around five times in the short time it’s been open. Not only is the store fun and inviting (and big!), but there’s so much to discover clothing wise. I was amazed at everything I was piling up to bring with me into the fitting room. I even bought my boyfriend’s Christmas present there. He loved it, by the way!

Not only was I majorly impressed with the selection at Vineyard Vines (blazers, cocktail dresses, classic sweaters, etc.), but everything I tried on fit like a glove. I’m a huge fan of the classic button down shirt, and you’d know it if you looked at my closet. The only problem with that is I struggle with my shirts gaping on a daily basis. When you have a bigger chest like I do, tops can sometimes become the enemy and give the illusion that your buttons are about to burst at any second. Double sided tape has been a friend of mine for as long as I can remember, but sometimes I wish I could just throw on a shirt and not have to worry about that.

Gingham vineyard vines shirt velvet dress

Well, all my fashion prayers were answered when I tried on this gingham popover shirt at the Vineyard Vines store. I was amazed when I put this on and had zero gaping or pulling! I even did a movement test and waved my hands in the air (like I just didn’t care) and still had no issues. I imagine my excitement was on par with how the girls in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants felt when they tried on those magical jeans for the first time.

I also picked up a few other things on my trips to Vineyard Vines, and I’m sure I’ll be wearing those around these parts very shortly. I’ve been stocking up on a ton of classic pieces lately, and I now have a new destination to add to my shopping rotation. It’s dangerous and exciting all at once.

preppy winter outfit gingham

Vineyard Vines gingham popover shirt

For today’s outfit, I layered my miracle shirt with this vintage black velvet dress. We had an unseasonably (but amazing) warm weekend, so I took advantage and bared the legs! Layering your dresses in the winter is an easy and stylish way to switch up your look and take advantage of pieces already in your closet. This look definitely falls in the preppy and polished category, and for some reason I kept getting British vibes when I was looking at these pictures. Maybe it’s because the weather was a little bit overcast and it felt like it was going to rain all day. Whatever the case, I’m liking it!

How To Layer A Dress and Blouse

how to layer a dress for winter

Vineyard Vines Gingham Popover | Vintage Velvet Dress (similar on sale!) | Vince Camuto Mary-Jane’s (similar) | Kate Spade Holden Street Lanie Satchel

A Valentine’s Day Giveaway

1 Feb

Happy first day of February! That felt really weird to type out, but if it means we’re one day closer to spring then I’ll take it. I’m hoping this week flies by, because I finally get to see my boyfriend for the first time in over a month. Our schedules have both been pretty crazy since the new year, so it’ll be nice to not have to communicate via phone.

Today’s blog post is an exciting one, because you have a chance to win some incredible prizes. If I could enter I totally would, because I want everything we’re giving away.

It’s been one year since we started Thread Cincinnati, and we are so grateful for all the support we’ve been given since we started this new adventure. In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, we want to spoil one of our readers with a gift any girl would love. Just follow this Rafflecopter link, and you’ll be entered to win the highly coveted Clare Vivier leopard clutch, a gorgeous Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace, and a L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lip Color! We wanted to use this as an opportunity to thank you for the continued support of Thread, and to say how excited we are for 2016.

Good luck!

clare vivier leopard clutch giveaway

Sweater Weather Chic

28 Jan

How To Wear Over The Knee Boots

Guys, I really wish I would have filmed this monstrosity of a photoshoot. If anything, it would make your day a little brighter. Let’s just say I got a little windblown, and not in a sexy supermodel sort of way, but in an “I didn’t know the wind could give you frostbite and whiplash at the same time” kind of way. I actually winced in pain when I saw some of these in their full-sized beauty on my computer, but I also got a good laugh. FYI, when you’re out of the cold and in a warm place it’s much easier to laugh at your blog outtakes. Since I believe in not taking yourself too seriously, I included a few gems at the end of today’s post. You’re welcome :).

Waffle Knit Turtleneck

Now, onto the outfit deets. This Banana Republic turtleneck has come in major handy this winter. I don’t own a ton of really thick sweaters, so I usually throw this on for those extra cold days. I love that it’s long and stretchy, which in my world also means forgiving. I warned you in Tuesday’s blog post, but these boots will not be coming off my legs anytime soon. It’s love, and I’m finding ways to pair them with everything I own. I like that you can sport a comfy casual look, but snaz it up with these over-the-knee boots (which also happen to be pretty comfortable).

I’m happy we’re one step closer to the weekend. This week has been really successful work wise, which makes the days go by pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean I still don’t look forward to putting on my sweatpants after work Friday and not changing out of them sometime Saturday. We’re almost there!

Over The Knee Boots Steve Madden

Banana Republic Waffle Knit Turtleneck (similar) | Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans | Steve Madden Over-The-Knee Gorgeous Boots | Kate Spade New York Holden Street Lanie Satchel | Stella & Dot Maylee Ring

fashion blogger outtake

Aren’t I a beauty? ;)

fashion blogger outtake

The Ultimate Over-The-Knee Boots

26 Jan

Steve Madden Over The Knee Boots

Tweed Mini Skirt

When it comes to winter shoes, my options are pretty sad. I think since I don’t necessarily like this time of year, I don’t go out of my way to buy pieces for the season. I’d much rather spend my hard earned dough on some cute summer clothes. My opinion on winter shoes was forever changed when I started seeing over-the-knee boots all over the place.

Sure, the Stuart Weitzman Highland boots would be a dream, but I’m not willing to shell out $800 on shoes for my least favorite season. Also, I’m hard on my shoes, and you can see it over time. I think I would be devastated seeing the wear and tear on something that expensive.

Black Over The Knee Boots

If you’ve been wanting to add some over-the-knee boots to your shoe collection, you ladies are going to freak over this pair I’m wearing today! They are identical to the Stuart Weitzman’s I mentioned above, but for a fraction of the price. Yes, these my friends are the Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous’ boots, and they clock in at an amazing $150. After owning them for five days and wearing them on three different occasions, I can confidently say that these are worth every penny.

There’s something about them that makes you walk extra tall and feel subtly sexy. I fluctuate between a 7.5 and 8, but ordered a size 7. After doing extensive research (I blame it on the journalism degree), people said they ran a little big, and I think this size is perfect for me. They also tie in the back, so you can adjust the tightness (which is great for when you’re going bare legged and don’t have anything to hold the material up).

Tweed Mini Skirt

I had kind of forgotten about this tweed mini skirt from Piperlime (R.I.P.), but found that it went perfectly with the boots. Honestly, I’ll probably make a convincing argument that everything goes with the boots now. For being a mini skirt, this one is pretty comfy. Even though it’s almost been a year, I still really miss Piperlime and their amazing selection. Is anyone else as sentimental as me when it comes to their favorite places to shop?

Over The Knee Boots

Black Over The Knee Boots

Is anyone else digging the OTK boot trend? I think they’re the perfect way to stay chic and warm!

Tweed Skirt with Over The Knee Boots

Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous’ Over-The-Knee Boots | Piperlime Tweed Mini Skirt (similar) | Gap Turtleneck (similar) | Silver Clutch (similar)

Week In Review

22 Jan

 Another cold week for the books. I’m glad we made it to Friday, and am hoping this bout of snow we’re supposed to get will distract me from the bitter temperatures. I’ve been pretty good this week about staying on a good workout regimen, but I can slowly feel the winter laziness creeping in. It also doesn’t help that when I was at the gym Wednesday night, I noticed that the sauna wasn’t working. I’m a rare breed in that I like to warm up before I even start my workout because of my constant freezing state. I power-walked to the sauna with a pep in my step, only to see that the knob for the timber was cracked in half. I walked into the sauna and it was completely mild, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. It took me a minute to regain my thoughts because I was so bummed. Who, and most importantly how does one break a knob like that? I texted my mom (a fellow sauna loyalist) to let off some steam and worked up a sweat the old fashioned way.

I was pretty bad about posting this week, and my lack of ability to take pictures in this weather didn’t help. I did however post a new video last night! Sure, January’s pretty much over, but I wanted to share my 2015 favorites. There’s some beauty, jewelry and fashion picks in there, and it got a little chatty. I had to cut out like 10 minutes worth of me blabbering. You would think my camera was a friend I haven’t seen in years.

If you’re confined to the indoors because of this nasty weather, why not make a drink to warm you up? This spiked vanilla cinnamon hot chocolate recipe packs a flavorful punch, and you can spike it with Bailey’s for an extra kick to get the weekend going.

image and recipe via Celebrating Sweets.

spiked hot chocolate recipe

I read an interesting article on Huffpost Style arguing the pros of wearing lip liner. I’ll admit, I’ve never once worn lip liner in my life. I’ve contemplated it multiple times over the years, but feel like such a novice when it comes to using it. These 12 tidbits have me thinking I need to give it a shot! Do you wear lip liner? Is it easier to apply than it looks?!

Have a good weekend, and stay warm!

Cold Weather Essentials

19 Jan

If you live in the Midwest, then you know it is cold right now. There’s really no further explanation needed, it’s just plain miserable out there. Me and single digit temperatures do not mix, and I’ve spent my days looking up beaches on Google Images.

Since jetting off to the Gulf Coast for the next three months isn’t in the cards for me right now, I’m going to have to grin and bear it for the time being. Since I like to add a little personality to my winter wardrobe, I sought out some cold weather staples with a little pizzaz.

Stylish Winter Accessories

Sorel Joan of Arctic Boot in ‘Nori’Somedays Lovin Pink Faux Fur CoatUgg Grand Meadow Beanie

SmartWool Polkadot SocksKate Spade Bon Bon Bow GlovesTed Baker Faux Fur Snood

J.Crew Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie

I can’t believe I still don’t own a pair of Sorel boots. They look so warm, and they’re actually stylish for a winter weather boot. I love that this pair is a gorgeous shade of green and has a faux fur trim.

I have a black faux fur coat, and it’s as chic as it is warm. I thought I had plenty of faux fur in my life until I saw this pink option! Imagine it with some skinny black jeans. Done.

Pom pom beanies are all the rage right now, and they add a nice playful touch to the standard hat. I’m thinking I need to add one to my collection. Is anyone else in love with snoods like I am? I have a few different faux fur neck warmers, and they add an instant glam factor to your look. It’s hard to look dressy when it’s this cold, and these are the perfect way to make it happen.

This last one is a game changer. Have you tried SmartWool socks before? I honestly didn’t know anything about them until my boyfriend Joe introduced them to me. He has quite the collection, and he can attest that I always borrow them when I visit. These will protect your toes from even the coldest of temperatures!

What pieces do you wear to stay warm and stylish?

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