Bubbles: Fourth of July Cocktails

1 Jul

Happy July! It’s been a little quiet here on my blog, and probably will be the next few days since I’m out of town. I feel like once vacation is over, the summer starts winding down quickly. I know that sounds very Debbie Downer of me, but when you love a season so much, it feels like it flies way too fast!

I think we can all agree that the Fourth of July is all around awesome. You get to show off your patriotism, put on your most festive red, white and blue outfit and imbibe for the day. Oh, and the food and fireworks obviously get some brownie points, too. Overall, it’s just a great day for celebrating the U-S-of-A and enjoying summer (aka the best time of year).

I’ll be traveling back to Cincinnati on Saturday, but I’m hoping to be back in time to catch a few fireworks at night. Since I’m on vacation, it already kind of feels like the Fourth, since everyone here is having a good time and enjoying the weather. I even painted my 3-year-old cousin’s nails white and red yesterday to get in the spirit. Below are a few drinks

Red, White and Blue Shooters

4th of July Shots

Spiked Snow Cones

Fourth Of July Snow Cone

Patriotic Cocktail

Fourth of July Cocktail Recipe

Week in Review

26 Jun

What a whirlwind of a week it’s been. There’s a reason behind my sporadic posting lately. Let me just say that moving out might be one of the most stressful things in life. My lease ends this weekend, but I’ll be in Florida when that happens. That means I had to be out before I left for Florida. Let’s just say we were moving stuff out at midnight this week, and basically any other time I could sneak away from work to move some stuff myself. The one semi-positive thing is that it’s been a great little pre-vacation workout. Going up and down steps for hours straight does wonders for the legs.

Between moving out and being in the peak of busy season for real estate, this vacation could not come at a better time. Actually, it’s kind of a stressful time because I’m leaving a lot of work behind, but I know the second I lay eyes on the beach I’ll be in heaven. I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!

There’s something I love about this Erickson Beamon charm necklace. Maybe it’s the fact that you don’t usually see charms on a necklace. Remember how statement necklaces were all the rage in the last few years? I feel like this is the graduated version of that. It’s definitely statement-making, but not in your face. I love that it’s all gold, and the different charms add a bit of glamorous character.

Erickson Beamon Necklace

Anything with lime in it this time of year immediately has my vote. It’s refreshing and adds a nice little kick to your drink. It also makes me want a side of chips and guac with my cocktail. This Blackberry and Lime Gin Fizz recipe is fruity and light, making it the ideal summer cocktail.

Blackberry Lime Gin Cocktail Recipe

I’ve been an avid lover of M.A.C. concealer since high school. In fact, it’s the only concealer I’ve ever used. I was in a rush yesterday, and stopped at Ulta to get some makeup. Since they don’t sell M.A.C., I decided to try something new.  I ended up getting the It Cosmetics CC + Eye Color Correcting Cream. I used a tiny bit last night, and think it’ll be good. I’m really bad with change, so there’s a good chance I’ll end up going back to M.A.C. I’ll let you know what I think of the It Cosmetics one after I use it more. If anyone has any good recommendations, feel free to let me know!

It Cosmetics CC Eye Cream

Summer Leather

22 Jun

Leather Shorts with White Halter Top

Leather Shorts with White Top

My weekend was an extremely low-key one, which was just what the doctor ordered. I think all the rain last week took the energy out of me, because when I got home from work Friday, I was wiped. I think I spent more of my weekend horizontal than vertical, but it was great. Holiday weekends are always great because I don’t have to work as much. In real estate, it’s rare to ever have an entire weekend without any work obligations, but I was happy with my free schedule!

I’ll be the first to admit that I obsessively track packages online. Once I hit that order button, you better believe I’m refreshing my email/tracking number multiple times a day. I know they give you an estimated ship date right off the bat, but that doesn’t stop my curiosity (or is this just impatience?) from getting the best of me.

My most recent online order? This top and pair of shoes from ASOS. It seems that the more you want something, the longer it takes to get in your hands. I just had to have these metallic heels immediately so I could prance around my house and gaze at them in every mirror possible (does anyone else do this, or just me?). I get so excited when I make a purchase. I also was anxious for this top because I’m never at a shortage of versatile tops. We won’t go into details of the hour I spent deciding between the black and white version. I opted for white once I realized it would look great with a summer tan, and just as good with leather pants in the fall.

ASOS White Halter Top

ASOS White Halter with Leather Shorts

Beach Waves Brunette

Asos Metallic Green Heels

White Crepe Halter Top ASOS

Black Leather Shorts (similar) | ASOS White Top | ASOS Hermione Heels | Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in L.U.V. | Elsa Peretti Bone Cuff via Tiffany

Week in Review

19 Jun

As I’m typing this, I’ve just gotten home from a 13 hour workday, and I am wiped. Sleeping sounds amazing for my weekend agenda, but on the other hand, it’s my last weekend at the house where I live with my friends. Talk about conflicted. I’m thinking a long post-work nap tonight, and then I’ll be good to go for the weekend.

Do you have any fun weekend plans?

1. Lulu Frost is having a sample sale, and I could easily spend all my money on it. Her jewelry is so different than anything else out there, and you can tell immediately. I love these sparkly flower earrings that are part of the sale. The brass and sparkly stone combination give off perfect old school glam vibes.

Lulu Frost Flower Deco Drop Earrings

2. Rainier Cherry and Orange Campari Cocktails. When I first saw this drink from the Cooking and Beer site, the fashion blogger in me came out. I instantly thought “color-blocking”, as if this drink just totally pulled off a killer pink and orange outfit. While it’s not wearable, this seems like it would taste just as good as it looks. Can you ever go wrong with orange and cherry together?! Add vodka, and I think that answer will always be no ;).

Cherry and Orange Cocktail

3. Um, this house is what interior design dreams are made of! I love the idea of adding color in unexpected ways (which is what I did with my bedroom), so this is right up my aesthetic alley. The yellow couch and pink printed chair especially caught my eye.

Colorful Home Decor

image via House Beautiful 

Video: Bedroom Tour!

18 Jun

Hello! This video is way overdue, but I wanted to share a tour of bedroom. It’s kind of weird, because I’m actually moving out in a week. Our lease is ending, so I have to pack up everything, but I wanted to film this to give some bedroom inspiration, but also to serve as a reminder to myself for how I had it decorated! I’m going to use everything in this bedroom for where I end up next, but I’ll probably do even more decorating at my next place.

I loved decorating my room, but after awhile I decided to slow my roll. It’s expensive, and I like clothes too much. The theme of my room is primarily white, gold and black. I absolutely love how the three colors look together, and wanted to add bright pops of color throughout. I think I accomplished that, and it made it really enjoyable spending time in there. I like bright, airy spaces, so one of the first things I did upon moving in was paint my room white to cover up the unfortunately dark gray the previous tenants chose.

I’m going to add some pictures I took, but didn’t have my memory card with me when I wrote this post. I’ll publish those sometime soon, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy!

Mellow Yellow

16 Jun

Preppy Summer Outfit Ideas

Womens Fedora Hat

I didn’t post anything yesterday because my boyfriend was in town all weekend, and I wanted to get as much time in with him as possible. I’m getting spoiled with him working nearby so much lately, that we’ve gotten to see each other almost every weekend since mid April. This was after a cycle of him never working anywhere near Cincinnati for, like, the first two years of his career. Hopefully this current pattern continues.

 Gap Tailored Shorts with Yellow Top

White Shorts with Yellow Tank

We did a ton over the weekend, so I won’t bore you with the details. I do want to mention that the highlight was definitely walking right by Emilio Estevez on Vine Street in Over-The-Rhine. Yes, the Emilio Estevez of The Breakfast Club and The Mighty Ducks fame. You don’t see too many celebrities in Cincinnati (although I did walk right by Vanessa Minnillo last summer on the very same sidewalk), so you tend to get a little excited when you spot one in the flesh. We both smiled like little schoolgirls when he walked by, but played it cool, because you never want to be “those people”.

Womens Straw Fedora

This outfit was from a few weekends ago during a Saturday spent downtown. For me, this is the ultimate summer outfit. It’s comfortable, colorful and can easily transition from day to night. I wanted to mix dressy and casual, so I spiced it up with these French Connection heels, and kept it cool with a straw fedora. I feel like this gives off a little bit of a preppy vibe too, which is never a bad thing in my book!

I kind of forgot I had this fedora until recently. I bought it at a boutique in Captiva last summer, and it will definitely be getting some action on my trip to Siesta Key in a few weeks!

Womens Fedora with White Tailored Shorts

Yellow and White Summer Outfit

Yellow Top with White Shorts

Yellow Top White Shorts

Gap White Tailored Shorts | Yellow Sleeveless Top (similar) | Straw Fedora Hat (similar) | French Connection Sandals (similar) | Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bone Cuff

Week In Review

12 Jun

Aren’t weekends just so much better in the summer? The options are endless, and I know I like to spend as much time outside as possible. My boyfriend is in town (so thankful he worked in Kentucky this week and has to pass through Cincinnati on his way back), so I feel like it’s going to be a busy but fun one. When he’s in town, I try to do as many fun things as possible because he likes to get out as much as I do and explore.

I had planned on posting some more outfits this week, but it just got away from me. At least they’re all lined up for next week! I did post this orange dress on Monday, which I’m kind of obsessed with. Dressing for summer makes me so happy. Have a good weekend!

1. If you’re looking for something to do in Cincinnati this weekend, check out I Love Lucy at the Aronoff. I saw it earlier this week, and I liked how interactive it was with the audience. Also, the guy who played Ricky Ricardo was very easy on the eyes ;).

photo credit

I Love Lucy Cincinnati Aronoff

2. These Moon & Lola pineapple studs from Charm & Chain are adorable. What says summertime more than gold pineapples? I’m envisioning these with a white cotton dress and some espadrilles.

Pineapple Gold Earrings

3. I was instantly sold on the bright color of this Grapefruit Salty Dog recipe from The Cookie Rookie. I’m not big grapefruit person, but I love how this sounds sweet and savory because of the salted rim. Now this is what I call a photogenic drink!

Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe

4. In case you missed it, I posted a new video yesterday. Yes, we’re pretty far into June, but it’s about everything I used and loved in May. Let’s just say I haven’t had much free time to get it up.

Video: May Favorites

11 Jun

Today’s post is a short one, but I wanted to share a new video I just posted on my YouTube channel. I know we’re 11 days into June now, but I filmed this video a few weeks ago and have not had any time to upload it. This is a random mix of things I couldn’t get enough of in May. If any of you are marshmallow lovers, I suggest you see which brand I’m voting as best marshmallows I’ve ever had! Of course, there’s also some beauty and fashion, too. Happy Thursday!

Orange You Glad

8 Jun

BaubleBar Necklace with J.Crew Necklace

Flowy Orange Cocktail Dress

I recently had a revelation that I barely have any orange in my closet. Actually, before I got this dress, I only had one orange top. It’s kinda crazy, because I love the color orange. I think in the past I’ve veered from the color during fall and winter for fear of looking Halloween-y. I have this weird thing that anytime black and orange are worn together it automatically means I’m channeling October 31st.

Gold Jewelry Orange Dress

While I’m still a little weary of orange that time of year, I am all about it for summer. It’s bold, bright and cheery. This boohoo dress (which is currently on sale) is great because it’s loose and simple, making it easy to recreate many different looks. For today’s outfit, I wanted a glamorous summer style. Have you ever tried layering your necklaces? It’s a great way to glam it up and take advantage of your jewelry collection, without having to buy a statement piece.

Layered Gold Necklaces

J.Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace

Some advice if you do layer your necklaces: make sure your metals match. Today, I’m wearing these crystal necklaces with gold hardware. It’s a perfect match because the gold hardware on both necklaces look exactly alike. I try to avoid mixing silvers and golds, because I like a more streamlined look.

Orange Cocktail Dress

Orange Dress with Layered Necklaces

Orange Summer Dress

Boohoo Orange Dress c/o | French Connection Sandals (similar) | J.Crew Necklace | BaubleBar Necklace | Libby Ring c/o

Week in Review

5 Jun

I swear I thought it was Friday like three different days this week. It was pretty cold and dreary the first half of the week, but I kept thinking the weekend was starting early the last couple of days. I think because it finally warmed up and actually felt like summer, so it made me antsy to get the weekend going.

It’s Bunbury this weekend, and I had been dying to go for months. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to go, and I’m not at the stage where I feel comfortable attending social events alone (does anyone ever get to this point?), so I won’t be attending. It pains me to say that, because I’ve desperately wanted to see Walk the Moon live for years. They are from Cincinnati, after all! I’m not going to lie, it really sucks not living in the same city as the person you’re dating. My boyfriend was so excited when I told him the Bunbury lineup, but realized he had already booked a flight home to St. Louis this weekend. Cue the sadness.

I’m trying to find the silver lining, though, and I think I’ve found it in the form of a swimming pool. I realized since I don’t have any plans this weekend, that opens me up for lounging by the pool and working on my tan (it’s dire) before I go on vacation this summer.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

1. I’m going to give a little promotion here, because it’s something that I’ve watched transform since the very beginning. If you’re in Cincinnati (or the neighboring states), I highly recommend checking out the brand new Warsaw Federal Incline Theater. It opened this week with The Producers, and I got to see the opening show. I’ve never seen The Producers, so I was dying laughing the entire time. I do a lot of business in the Incline District, so it’s nice to see a new landmark attract people from all over.

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater

2. Since Piperlime shut down at the end of April, I’ve been looking for something to fill the void. I loved browsing and shopping on the site, and loved that I felt like I was discovering an amazing piece each time I visited. I’ve always loved ASOS, but recently realized how much time I’ve been spending on the site lately. Although I’ll always have a soft spot for Piperlime, ASOS has helped to ease the pain. This dress, for example, is me in a nutshell. The colors and embellishments are so fun for summer, especially a vacation!

ASOS Embellished Dress

3. I think we can all agree that easy drinks are the best drinks, which is why this lemon drop shot caught my eye. I love that these look really complex since they’re in lemon slices, but take minimal time. Why not impress your friends this weekend?

 Lemon Drop Shots

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