Coveting Coats

16 Oct

Sorry for the lack of posts this week! I’ve been having crippling headaches, and honestly my energy level has been pretty low because of it. A few nights ago when my headache started, I made a pound of pasta to get me through the week. Going into it, I knew a week was a stretch, because lets’ face it, I’m Italian and I live for pasta. I don’t eat meat, so pasta is my meat. I had three bowls the first night and two the second night. It hasn’t cured my headache, but comfort food does help.

It’s not even that cold yet, but I’m already not faring well with the season change. As much as I don’t like the temperatures dropping, I do like the warm fashion that comes along with it! I bought the chicest coat at my Trend event last weekend, and it’s made me get into a coat craze. I’ve become hyper-aware of any and every coat on the market right now (my real estate lingo is seeping into my personal life), and I want all of them. I’ve always relied on black and neutrals during the winter, but a coat is the perfect way to add an easy pop of color. I think I’ve finally found the solution to my no-color rut in the cold months. Below are some of my favorite coats on my radar. Let me know if there’s any cute coats on your radar I need to know about!

Colorful Winter Coats

Top: RACHEL Rachel Roy | Ted Baker

Bottom: Ted Baker | Escada

Polished in Plaid

14 Oct

Gentlefawn Plaid Maroon Shirt

Leather Pants with Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

I think the official sign that it’s fall is that all the leaves are starting to fall. It looks so pretty right now, and I wish it could just stay this way and skip the part where all the colors go away for winter. This is the perfect weather to start wearing your favorite fall outfits without having to worry about too much layering (yet). For me, this meant wearing this new plaid boyfriend shirt from Trend Boutique. I actually bought it over a month ago, but it’s been so warm that I’ve had to patiently wait to wear it. It’s been worth the wait, though.

Most of my clothes have a structured fit, so the boyfriend style top is not something I’m used to wearing. I wanted to do something out of my fashion norm, and it also helped that it was extremely comfortable and easy to move in! I’m always trying to dress things up, so adding this top with my faux leather pants seemed like a no-brainer. Of course, I had to add baubles, so I went with a fancy J.Crew statement necklace. Yes, those are the Vince Camuto heels I’ve worn in almost every post the past month. I can’t help myself.

Maroon Plaid Boyfriend Fit Blouse with Leather Pants

Plaid Silky Shirt with J.Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace

Silky Plaid Shirt with Black Leather Pants

Top: Gentlefawn via Trend Boutique | Pants: H&M (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Necklace: J.Crew

On Saturday night, I hosted a private shopping event at Trend Boutique here in Cincinnati. I’m a girl who likes to shop and drink champagne, so when you put the two of them together I will be there in a heartbeat! The lovely ladies at Trend sure know how to throw an event. They had champagne, appetizers, and of course all the cute clothes you expect in a boutique. I bought the cutest baby blue coat that I cannot wait to wear on the blog soon! It was a fun experience getting to shop and socialize after store hours. I love getting the chance to switch up my routine, and I think a night of shopping with friends is a great way to do that. A private shopping party can be the perfect solution to so many girlfriend get-togethers: bachelorette party, birthday party, anniversary, or just needing an excuse to have a relaxing night with your friends!

The girls at Trend are always open to host a private shopping party for you and your friends, and would love to hear from you! If you’re interested, or want more information, email: courtney@trendcincinnati.com or stephanie@trendcincinnati.com!

Trend Boutique Cincinnati

Trend Boutique Cincinnati

The Perfect Fall Dress

10 Oct

Checkered Maroon Silk Dress

Is anyone else relieved it’s Friday? This week really seemed to drag for some reason, and I think it was this dreary weather. True story: I’ve actually been sitting in my car throughout the work day this week to warm up. I turn the heat all the way up and listen to the radio. Basically, it’s heaven, and I’m a huge baby when it’s even a tiny bit chilly. This winter is going to be an interesting one!

We had a few mild days this week, so I took advantage and wore this maroon Cremieux dress. It’s become glued to my body the last few weeks because it’s so comfortable. I love pieces that look really put together and dressy, but you feel like you’re fooling everyone because it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. If only every piece of clothing could pull off double duty like this! I’m excited it’s the weekend because my Saturday night is going to revolve around shopping. I’m having a private shopping party at Trend Boutique, and am excited to do some shopping with my friends! I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures to share in a post next week.

Cremieux Maroon Fall Drop Waist Dress

Drop Waist Maroon Dress Fall Fashion

Maroon Drop Waist Long Sleeve Dress

Medium Length Curled Brown Hair

Dress: Cremieux (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Earrings: Kate Spade | Watch: La Mer

Bauble Wish List: Pearls

8 Oct

I think we can all agree that pearls make everything fancier. I can put on pearl earrings or a pearl necklace, and I instantly feel more sophisticated and ready to take on the world. In the past year, we’ve seen a modern take on the classic pearl. It all started with the Chanel Spring 2014 runway show, where Karl Lagerfeld introduced the oversized double pearl choker necklace. Since then, pearls have seemed to make a resurgence back into the forefront of fashion, and I couldn’t be happier! I love that this refreshing new take on a classic piece of jewelry makes pearls seem more wearable for day or night. These new styles are also not as serious and make an outfit a lot more fun. Are you finding new ways to reinvent your pearls?

Modern Day Pearl Jewelry Trend

Kenneth Jay Lane Cascading Pearl Necklace | Tom Binns Black and White Crystal Necklace with Pearls | Christian Dior Earrings | Maria Stern Pearl Ring | BaubleBar Gilded Pearl Necklace

Prim & Proper

6 Oct

Black Blazer with Brown Leather Skirt

Brown Leather Skirt Feminine Outfit

This past weekend was spent completely cutting myself off from technology. The only time I really used my phone for anything was to check OpenTable to make sure Nada had availability late Saturday night. My friends and I wanted to soak up our alcohol with some chips and guac, and it was the best decision I made all weekend. Mexican food is always a good idea, in my opinion. Another perk of late-night dining is when your boyfriend meant to order a mojito, but instead asked for a mimosa, which he immediately gave to me (because it’s never too early to start brunching).

It felt great to unplug from the Internet over the weekend. It’s something I hadn’t done in awhile, but I’m feeling majorly recharged now that a new week has started. I think we can officially say it’s fall now. My boyfriend and I got cocktails at a rooftop bar last week, and just one night later it was freezing. You would have thought I was braving a snowstorm by the outfits I wore over the weekend. One night included a large white fuzzy vest and a scarf. I am not prepared for the next six months!

Vince Camuto Callea Black Heels

Fall Outfit with Brown Leather Skirt

Fall Fashion Brown Leather

Silver Gold Black Chain BCBG Necklace

Shirt: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Blazer: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Skirt: MM Couture (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Earrings: Kate Spade

DIY Painted Nightstand

2 Oct

I finally did something I’ve been contemplating doing for over a year now…I made my first YouTube video! This is seriously something I’ve went back and forth on so many times. When I started my blog almost two years ago, I also discovered how much I love watching YouTube videos. I thought it was an entertaining way to take a look into other people’s lives and interests. One of the main things that has held me back for so long is my fear of editing. I studied journalism in college, and had to take an editing class, which was easily one of the hardest classes I took. It intimidated me so much that I didn’t even attempt to learn it (we all have those classes). I recently told myself to get over my fears and just go for it. Luckily, I’ve been working on this over the past week, and I feel like I’ve taught myself so much already! I’m clearly far from a master editor, but it feels good to finally do something that seemed so scary.

This nightstand belonged to my grandma, and it was something I didn’t want to get rid of. I’m not the craftiest girl, but I attempted to repurpose it, and I think the results turned out beautifully! I know I had mentioned on here a few times that I was stressed over which color to paint it. I’m happy with my choice to go pink. It’s seriously so glossy, and I cannot stop staring at it! I feel like a proud mom, and my child is a hot pink piece of wood. This was a surprisingly easy DIY, and if any of you are contemplating rehabbing old furniture, I’d highly recommend it!

I haven’t gotten any good pictures of it, but below is a snap from my iPhone.

 

How To Paint Furniture

Statement Shorts

30 Sep

Hot Pink Dressy Top Chevron Shorts

Pink Top with RayBan Wayfarers

I don’t know about other places, but we seem to be having an Indian summer here in Cincinnati. I’m not complaining, though. It’s pretty nice getting to wear my summer stuff that never saw the light of day this year. My social life was pretty minimal this summer because of work, so my cute summery clothes stayed put in my closet. Luckily, my social activities have also picked up as of late (although I am just as busy). I think everyone’s in good spirits because of the nice weather.

My parents and I took advantage of a free Sunday, and went to brunch at Incline Public House over the weekend. As amazing as brunch is, it’s also the devil a few hours after the meal. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty much incapacitated the rest of the day after brunching. Eating, drinking mimosas, and sitting outside enjoying the sun is perfect, but I also pay the price the rest of the day. Post-brunch is when I spend some quality time with my bed and the remote.

Since I knew we’d be sitting outside, I opted for lightweight clothes. These chevron shorts finally made an appearance, and I wanted to add some color with this hot pink top. Overall, it was a great weekend for enjoying this Indian summer, and I’m ready to take on whatever weather Mother Nature brings on next.

Pink Top with Chevron Shorts

Chevron Shorts with Pink Top

Pink Sleeveless Top with Chevron shorts

Pink Top with Striped Shorts Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Silky Hot Pink Top with Silver Peace Sign Necklace

Top: Old (similar) | Shorts: Bar III (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration | Necklace: Unknown (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Simple Staples

26 Sep

White Blouse with Denim Shorts

Black and Gold Striped Monogram Clutch

These pictures are the result of those moments when the sun is setting, and you’re racing to get some shots in before it sets. I’ve really been cutting it close lately! Luckily the sun held out for a few extra minutes for me, and I was able to get some subtle shots of the Cincinnati skyline in the background. Summer has come back with a vengeance, so I’m taking full advantage. That means wearing my Gap denim shorts as much as possible, and finding any excuse to pair it with my strappy heels.

I don’t have any weekend plans, but my fingers are crossed that I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my bedroom at my new place. I was supposed to be moved in a month ago, but I came face-to-face with the world’s largest cockroach, and things haven’t been the same since. One late night, I had set up my brand new mattress, complete with brand new pillows, sheets and bedspread. Since it was a “school night” (I still refer to weeknights as school nights), I was too lazy to discard my empty popcorn bag. I set it on the ground, and settled into my new bed. Within minutes of me enjoying the fluffiness of my amazing new pillows, I heard a clawing noise and turned on the lights (this noise will forever haunt me). Sure enough, there was a massive critter in the bag of popcorn. I trapped him under a paint can, and immediately drove home at 1 a.m. Yes, I am a baby, but I’m slowly trying to get the courage back to sleep there. This reaffirms how grateful I am to live in the same city as my family, and how terrified I am of anything that has the ability to make the most traumatizing noise ever.

Chic Denim Outfit with Black Heels

Cincinnati Fashion Blogger

Gap Denim Shorts Classic White Shirt

Ankle Strap Heels with Cuffed Denim Shorts

Ralph Lauren White Collared Shirt

How To Dress Up Denim Shorts

Shirt: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Shorts: Gap | Shoes: Lulu’s (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Purse: Melie Bianco | Earrings: Kate Spade | Belt: Forever 21 (similar)

Color Blocked

23 Sep

How To Color-Block an Outfit

I wore this exact color combination a few weeks ago, and I think it’s become two of my favorite colors to mix and match! They really balance each other out perfectly, with the lime green being bold and fun, and the navy making a classic statement. This skirt belongs to my mom, and officially qualifies as vintage. I love when I can fit into her clothes, and that she held onto this gem from Saks.

As I’m typing this, it’s officially fall. Instead of wishing it wasn’t here yet, I’m focusing on what’s to come. I haven’t done much fall shopping yet, but I’m dying to get out there and spend my nonexistent cash flow. With moving out taking up the bulk up my paychecks as of late, I’ve kind of been ignoring fall fashion trends. I’ll probably be living in my faux leather attire, which has been a safe bet the past few seasons. It’s comfortable and looks like you’re making an effort- what’s better than that?! What fall fashions are you most looking forward to?

Vintage Lime Green Pencil Skirt

 Lime Green Pencil Skirt Navy Blouse

BCBGeneration Nude Platform Pumps

Ralph Lauren Navy Blouse

Ralph Lauren Short Sleeve Navy Blouse

Top: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Skirt: Vintage (similar) | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar)

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’

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