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

Prada, and Miu Miu, and Gucci! Oh, My!

25 Apr

Hopefully today’s post title was enough to grab your attention. You may remember when I talked about Everything But The House a few months back. They’re an online estate sale website, and not only have buyers all over the country, but all over the world. As you know, I work in real estate, and can vouch that EBTH’s system is a well-oiled machine that’s appealing to both the person selling their items, and the person bidding on them. If any of you are thinking about cleaning house and getting rid of some old items, feel free to contact me or request a consultation. EBTH has expanded to markets all over the country!

Now for an explanation of the intriguing title you just clicked on. EBTH is in the midst of a large Nashville estate sale, and the items up for sale are pretty amazing. Yes, we’re talking Prada, Miu Miu and Gucci! Those are just a few of the brands, but you can check out the sale in its entirety here. That blue Prada clutch pictured below would look mighty fine in my arms ;). There are always great designer sales popping up on EBTH’s website, so I highly recommend creating an account to stay up to date on the latest items available. Because what’s better than a Prada bag? A Prada bag at a discount!

Everything But the House sale

Blue Prada Clutch | Celine Paris Leather Handbag

Prada Pebbled Handbag | Prada Card Holder

*This post was sponsored by Everything But The House, but all opinions are my own*

Week in Review

24 Apr

Happy Fri-YAY! I’m usually not a fan of cheesy puns, but thought it was necessary today to show excitement that the week’s over. I have zero plans for the weekend, which is awesome. My plan is to get caught up on some odds and ends the next couple of days, but you know how that always goes. The second I turn on my TV Friday night, I pretty much am done doing anything productive. If there’s a Sex and the City marathon on, then it’s 100% game over on accomplishing my to-do list. I’ve seen every episode at least twenty times, but they always suck me in.

Another reason I plan on laying low this weekend? Because the season change is doing a number on my sinuses. I’ve been getting really bad nosebleeds all week, and it’s not pretty. I was actually driving the other day, and it started profusely bleeding. Of course, I had only one tiny napkin in my car at the time. I’ve since stocked up in preparation of my next nosebleed. Unfortunately, my trench coat was in the line of fire, but I think it’ll be saved. On a related note: hydrogen peroxide is a lifesaver.

1. Meyer Lemon Citrus Sangria

I love moscato and I love lemons, so why not unite them into a refreshing sangria? This sounds like the perfect pairing of sweet and tangy!

Lemon Citrus Sangria Recipe

2. The DANNIJO Lionel necklace

I’ve been an admirer of DANNIJO for a few years now, and it was their signature bib necklace that first caught my eye. I love the gold hardware mixed with the blue beads. There’s something really chic about that combination, and I love a good statement necklace.

Dannijo Lionel Bib Necklace

3. It’s slowly getting warmer, and that means it’s time to switch up your makeup routine. Huffington Post published an article with some easy tips for using beauty products in warm weather. A major thing they stress is ditching your powder products for the summer and sticking to cream-based makeup.

Summer Beauty Products

All In The Details

21 Apr

Deepa Gurnani Belt with White Dress

Happy Tuesday! I had a relaxing weekend with my boyfriend that consisted of lots of food. It’s great dating someone who shares your love of eating. I also use him as my guinea pig for trying out foods that I can’t eat because of my nut allergy. Despite being allergic to nuts and not eating meat, I still consider myself a foodie.

We did a lot this weekend, but one of the highlights was checking out the new addition at Top of the Park Friday. If you’re looking for a top notch rooftop bar experience in Cincinnati, look no further than the Residence Inn. We were frequent visitors of Top of the Park last year, but they’ve taken it to a whole new level this year (literally). The rooftop bar is so successful that they added a second level this year. You take a staircase from the original rooftop area up to the second level (which is complete with a bar, massive fireplace feature and the most incredible views of Cincinnati and beyond).

I recommend getting there early to put your name on the waitlist. My boyfriend and I went around 5:30 and waited around 45 minutes. I didn’t mind the wait though, because the weather was amazing and I was craving a drink after a long day of showing houses. If you’re looking for me this summer, you’ll likely find me at the Top of the Park!

Accessorizing a White Dress

Deepa Gurnani Beaded Belt

White Dress with Deepa Gurnani Belt

This Deepa Gurnani belt from Anthropologie has already been getting lots of use in the short time that I’ve owned it. It’s a lot more versatile than I ever realized it could be. Take this white pencil dress, for example. It’s great on its own, but with this beaded statement belt, it has a totally different vibe. The detailing on this belt is gorgeous, and it’s a perfect companion with my Tara Lea Smith choker. This outfit is all about the details, and the white dress is the canvas for that.

French Connection Brown Leather Sandals

Tara Lea Smith Choker Necklace

White Spring Dress with Brown Accessories

Anthropologie Delicate Tracery Belt

Gianni Bini White Pencil Dress (similar) | Deepa Gurnani belt via Anthropologie | French Connection Sandals (similar) | Tara Lea Smith Choker Necklace | Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in ‘L.U.V.’

Week In Review

17 Apr

This felt like the fastest moving week of 2015 so far. I think jam packed weeks tend to go by the quickest, at least for me. My feet are kicked up on my bed as I type this, and it feels great. Being in real estate, I’m on my feet most of the day, which makes for some painful shoe indents by the day’s end. Does anybody else have this problem? I’m a flats girl at work, so I live in my Tory Burch Reva’s. I love them, but they kill my feet after wearing them all day. I guess even flats don’t guarantee a pain-free experience.

My boyfriend is in town this weekend, so I’ll be doing stuff with him the next few days. He worked in Cincinnati this week, which is rare, but great for me. We don’t have any plans, but I’m hoping the weather will be nice so we can spend most of our time outside. Have a good weekend!

1. Gin and Citrus Cocktail.

I came across this cocktail recipe by Green Evi, and it looked and sounded so refreshing. Something about having fruit in a drink just sounds healthier and full of flavor.

Gin Citrus Cocktail Recipe

2. I probably spent a good twenty minutes gazing at these Loren Hope Mirabel earrings. These put the statement in statement earrings, and they are definitely a show stopper! These would be perfect with a simple dress or spaghetti strap top. Clearly I’m already envisioning myself wearing them ;).

Loren Hope Mirabel Earrings

3. Fashionista published a nice little writeup on how to shop the quickly approaching (aka Sunday) launch date of Lilly Pulitzer for Target. As I’m sure you know, people tend to go crazy for Target designer collaborations, and I really think this is going to be the craziest yet. I mean, it’s Lilly Pulitzer we’re talking about here. There has been praise and negativity surrounding this collab. For a humorous read on some Lilly for Target meltdowns, click here. You’re welcome.

I personally think this is a great partnership, and I expect to not buy anything from the collection because it’ll probably be sold out by the time I get to my local Target. I’m mostly eyeing the home goods pieces, so maybe my chances are a little better than the women searching for clothes. If I don’t score any cute things for my bar cart, maybe I’ll luck out with some coverups. How cute is this one below?!

Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection

Spring Colorblocking

16 Apr

Yellow and White Peplum Top with Tailored Shorts

You know spring is here when you start seeing flowers everywhere you go. It just smells so fresh outside, and the colors put me in the best mood. I’ve actually been taking way too many pictures of flowers whenever I see them because I’m so happy that spring is here. Maybe I’m building up a collection of pictures to look at when it’s cold and there are no flowers in sight. Whatever it is, they make me happy and are very easy on the eyes.

Gap Yellow Peplum Top

Gap Tailored Shorts Gap Peplum Top

Do you ever notice yourself buying a lot of one color? In the past, my color of weakness was black, but I feel like I’ve trained myself pretty well to say no when I find myself eyeing black clothing. My latest color of choice has been yellow, and lots of it. I really think it started last year around this time, after we had finally overcome the brutal winter. I knew I had to add this Gap yellow peplum top to the collection the second I saw it. The material has a nice structure to it, so the peplum really stands out.

Since spring is all about cheerful colors, I love colorblocking my outfits when appropriate. Since you can’t get more bright than pink and yellow, I decided to add pops of pink throughout my look. Obviously, I can never say no to an opportunity to wear my Dee Keller pink heels. Pink heels? Enough said.

Yellow Printed Gap Peplum

Colorblocked Spring Outfit

Dee Keller Pink Mallory Heels

Gap Printed Peplum Top | Gap Tailored Shorts | Dee Keller Mallory Heels | Kate Spade Pink Earrings (similar)

Tied With A Bow

14 Apr

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Words cannot describe how long I’ve been waiting to wear this Alexandra Grecco dress. I only bought it two years ago! I was browsing her site one night, and came across this gorgeous dress available for pre-order. With some encouragement from my mom, I pulled the trigger and anxiously checked the mail every day until it arrived. It was like Christmas morning when it arrived, but I wore it for the first time last weekend. Yes, I kept a beautiful, bow-tied dress sit in a dark closet for two years. It was worth the wait when I finally got to wear it to my friend’s wedding over the weekend.

The Luna dress ended up being the perfect outfit for a dressy wedding weekend. Because this dress is such a stunner on its own, I didn’t want to overwhelm it with other accessories. First, I got a much-needed spray tan. When it’s the middle of April and you live in Ohio, it’s the only way to get a quick dose of color. I did encounter one problem when trying my dress back on after a long hiatus. There was a little bit of extra material that I needed to get rid of. Unfortunately, the seamstress I use was completely booked, so I had to get crafty.

I was going to be really ambitious and make my own beaded ribbon belt to match my dress. Once that goal seemed completely out of reach, I got lucky and found the perfect belt at Anthropologie. Seriously, I can’t believe I found a color that perfectly matched my beige dress, and on such short notice. It was fate.

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

The Luna dress ended up being the perfect outfit for a dressy wedding weekend. Because this dress is such a stunner on its own, I didn’t want to overwhelm it with other accessories. First, I got a much-needed spray tan. When it’s the middle of April and you live in Ohio, it’s the only way to get a quick dose of color. I did encounter one problem when trying my dress back on after a long hiatus. There was a little bit of extra material that I needed to get rid of. Unfortunately, the seamstress I use was completely booked, so I had to get crafty.

I was going to be really ambitious and make my own beaded ribbon belt to match my dress. Once that goal seemed completely out of reach, I got lucky and found the perfect Deepa Gurnani belt at Anthropologie. Seriously, I can’t believe I found a color that perfectly matched my beige dress, and on such short notice. It was fate.

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Gianni Bini Sparkly Heels

These Gianni Bini sparkly heels have really come in handy, which I never thought would happen. I thought these would be those pair of shoes you wear one time a year, but they went perfectly with my dress. It’s kind of crazy how easily everything came together. I tend to think about my outfits really far in advance, so it was nice that all my pieces worked with each other to complement my dress.

I injected some color into my look through my nails and lips. I know it’s a little wild, but I’ve been really into fuchsia lately. This Kat Von D lipstick in the shade ‘L.U.V.’ has been getting a lot of wear lately. Plus, it stays on all day!

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress

Alexandra Grecco Luna Bow Dress | Gianni Bini Flame Cutout Sandals | Deepa Gurnani Delicate Tracery Belt from Anthropologie | Kate Spade Earrings (similar) | J.Crew Pave Links Bracelet | Kat Von D Lipstick in ‘L.U.V.’

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