Video: Winter Hair & Beauty Must Haves!

27 Feb

Every Friday, like clockwork, Rebecca Black’s “Friday” races through my mind. I actually enjoy this song, so singing it over and over again in my head makes me happy for the weekend to start. Now that we’ve concluded that anything to do with Friday makes me happy, there are a few things that don’t make me happy. These things are my hair and skin in the winter. At this point in February, I’m at the peak of skin dryness and crazy hair problems.

I wanted to share some of the products I like to use to help me get through the winter. Most of this stuff is used year round, but I’ve found they are especially helpful right now. Let me know if there are any products you use in the wintertime, because I’m always looking for suggestions! Have a good weekend!

Bauble Wish List: Color

25 Feb

How is it already Wednesday?! This week is flying by, but no complaints over here. Between being busy with work and what seems like a foot of snow frozen to the ground, I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties, but hopefully that’ll change when the snow melts a little.

I mentioned last week that I was traveling to Nashville over the weekend for a bachelorette party. It was actually my first trip to Nashville, and I have to say that I’m very impressed! I didn’t realize how big of a city Nashville was, and just how many amazing restaurants there are. There were cute places to eat and drink on every corner. There did happen to be an ice storm the second we arrived Friday, and the entire city was one big sheet Friday night. Everyone had their fair share of falls. Luckily my icy fall occurred in Cincinnati while packing up the car, so mine included minimal embarrassment (and nobody witnessing it). If you’re going to wipe out in public, that’s the way to go.

Since it seems like we’re going to be buried under this snow blanket for awhile, I’ve been trying to keep my spirits up with some colorful baubles. My poor wardrobe has been pathetic lately, and I’ve been in some major need of inspiration. This week I’m challenging myself to start wearing cute winter clothes again, and to put away the J.Crew pixie pants. This colorful collection is just what the doctor ordered!

Colorful Designer Jewelry

Top: Doloris Petunia | Dannijo

Bottom: Bounkit | Lulu Frost

Black Heart

20 Feb

Heart Print Graphic Tee

Nothing says casual Friday like a comfy graphic tee and some silky track pants. This is the last of the three outfits I styled for my Valentine’s Day story with WCPO.com, and it’s pretty obvious that this look from Soho Boutique in Hyde Park was the most comfy. It helps that the weather happened to be amazing on this day, and these Nanette Lepore pants feel like pajama bottoms. All pants should be made with the comfort standard in mind.

If you’re in Cincinnati, or anywhere across the country for that matter, Soho has an amazing brick-and-mortar and online shop. Alice + Olivia, Milly, Elizabeth & James and Nanette Lepore are just a few of the designers they carry. It’s fashion heaven. In addition to cute cocktail dresses, they also carry a great selection of casual options. I love when a store has a nice range to shop from. Right now, I’m trying to stop buying winter clothes, and focus strictly on spring fashion. It’s my way of avoiding this depressingly cold weather.

I’m off to Nashville for the weekend to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette party. The forecast is looking cold and snowy, but I’m hoping some alcohol will solve that dilemma. I picked up a bottle of Barefoot Refresh for the festivities, and I’m excited to see what it tastes like. Of course, I had to opt for the “Perfectly Pink” flavor because I have to have my sweetness. Have any of you tried Barefoot Refresh? I’ll let you know what I think of it!

Have a good weekend!

Graphic Tee with Beanie

Valentine's Day Casual Outfit

Embellished Beanie

Shirt: Nation Grey Heart Tee via Soho Boutique

Pants: Nanette Lepore Track Pant via Soho Boutique

Beanie: Ann Taylor Embellished Knit Beanie

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Faux Fur Favorites

18 Feb

You may remember this post in which I wore what is probably the most badass thing in my closet. Yes, a faux fur coat has long been on my wish list, and I was thrilled when I opened one up on Christmas morning. Right now, it’s one of those pieces that I’ve only worn a handful of times. In reality, I could wear it every single day, but I don’t know how people in the real estate business, or Cincinnati in general, would react. It’s definitely a statement coat, but a warm one at that.

Since I can’t wear this furry find in my day-to-day life, I’ve been looking around at some faux fur pieces on a smaller scale. Honestly, the options are endless, which isn’t good for my wallet. I narrowed it down to some of my favorites, and it really has me on a faux fur kick. I figured this post was fitting, because rumor has it the wind chill is going to go down to -26 degrees today. Stay warm!

Faux Fur Winter Accessories

ASOS Multi Color Faux Fur Scarf | Ted Baker Faux Fur Earmuffs

Charter Club Faux Fur Leather Gloves | Via Spiga Faux Leather and Faux Fur Trench Coat

Shorts That Sparkle

17 Feb

Sparkly Shorts with Blazer Cape

Happy Fat Tuesday! I’m not even mad about the start of a new week because the weekend was a great one. My boyfriend came in town for the weekend, and he’s here throughout the week for work. This is a rarity, so I’m pretty happy about it. Plus, we got a snow day yesterday, and I have to say that adult snow days are just as enjoyable as when I was little. After spending most of the day horizontal on the couch, we ventured out into the snow storm with my roommate and her boyfriend. We were all going a little stir crazy, so we decided to take a hike and find an open bar. We walked about a mile each way, but ended up finding a bar that was open during the storm. Maybe it was the cold walk, but the mimosa I had was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Since it’s a little snowy here in Cincinnati, I thought I’d share some pictures from a sunnier day. This outfit was part of a shoot I did for WCPO.com last week. This entire outfit is from Trend Boutique, and is perfect for a night out on the town. The outfit started with these adorable beaded and sequined shorts. What’s nice is that they’re really dressy, but they also have a drawstring, giving it a way more casual feel. You can move around freely and still look like you put some effort in!

Since this outfit was for a girls’ night out, I was holding a bottle of champagne. Really though, a bottle of champagne can go with any occasion if you ask me!

Gold Sequin Drawstring Shorts

Dressy Gold Sequin Shorts

Gold Sequin Shorts

Shorts: Trend Boutique

Top: Trend Boutique

Cape: Trend Boutique

Valentine’s Day Sparkle

13 Feb

Valentine's Day Date Night Dress

I could throw a party in celebration of this week ending. For starters, my boyfriend will be in town later today. I think he’ll be happy to see that there’s no snow on the ground here. Also, the work week is over and I really could use a glass bottle of champagne to celebrate this milestone.

Dressy Valentine's Day Outfit

I wanted to share with you an outfit I styled with Valentine’s Day in mind. This eye-catching beaded and sequined dress is from Curate Boutique, and fits like a glove. I did a story with WCPO, a Cincinnati media station, and my mission was to show that you don’t have to wear red or pink for Valentine’s Day. I actually love the idea of opting for an unexpected color and standing out from the crowd. The detailing on this dress is truly remarkable, and it’s the perfect option for a fancy date night.

To see the other outfits I styled, check out the full story here!

Dressy Valentine's Day Dress

Valentine's Day Heart Balloons

Also, how insanely cute are these heart-shaped balloons? So cliche, but so incredibly cute! I had bought these balloons the night before shooting this outfit, and was a little sad when I saw them the next day. One looked pretty sad with all the air it had lost. There are a few pictures that didn’t make the cut, but lets just say the wind pretty much flattened my deflated balloon.

Valentine's Day Cocktail Dress

Dress: Curate Boutique

Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar)

Throwback Thursday with Boohoo

12 Feb

Red Boohoo Dress with Black Tights

As I’m typing this, I’m snuggled up in my bed, wearing my heaviest sweatshirt and sitting on the warmest of electric heating pads. Yes, it’s still winter, and my plan to permanently escape to Florida hasn’t made any headway. Luckily I have this cheery red Boohoo dress to add some spice to my life. Isn’t it amazing how color can instantly lift your mood?

Today I’ve teamed up with Boohoo to share my #TBT (Throwback Thursday) style icon. Boohoo.com is a UK-based fashion website that offers a huge selection of affordable fashion. When I say huge, I’m not exaggerating. They have over 1,000 dresses alone! Ranging from dressy to casual, you can find just about anything you want, which is amazing!

 When I started thinking about my style icons, Jackie Kennedy instantly came to mind. Her style was timeless, and it continues to inspire women today. I love that she took the simple route, and used her accessories to really make her outfit shine. Be it her hats, oversized earrings or iconic pearl necklaces, Jackie Kennedy’s is the ultimate style icon.When I put an outfit together, I try to not go overboard with mixing and matching or over-accessorizing. Sometimes a simple statement makes the biggest statement of all, and Jackie is proof of that.

Red Dress with Black Tights

I styled this pleated red dress from Boohoo with Jackie Kennedy in mind. I really like the structure of it, and the fact that it has pockets. I’m a sucker for pockets. Simple pieces are always appealing to me because you have a lot of different styling options. Because it’s the middle of winter, I added opaque tights. Then, in true Jackie style, I put on some of my favorite jewelry to pull the whole outfit together.

Simple Red Dress

Not only is this dress Jackie-esque, but it’s also perfect for Valentine’s Day! It’s supposed to be extremely cold on Saturday, but depending on my mood, this dress is looking like a viable option. We shall see. Happy Thursday!

Boohoo Persie Pleat Detail Dress

Classic Red Dress with Gold Jewelry

Dress: Boohoo Persie Pleat Detail Dress c/o

Tights: HUE Opaque

Shoes: Vince Camuto Callea

Necklace: Baulebar (similar)

Earrings: Kate Spade (similar)

Bracelet: J.Crew

Bubbles: Valentine’s Day Cocktails

9 Feb

It’s officially Valentine’s Week! I’d like to think I’m not just into Valentine’s Day because I have a boyfriend, but because it’s just such a cheerful, indulgent holiday. Honestly, even if I didn’t have a boyfriend, I would be perfectly content dressing up in a fancy outfit and drinking a festive drink to celebrate. My boyfriend will be in town from Cleveland this weekend, and we have a dinner planned at Zula. He’s a big fan of mussels, and they are famous for their mussel selection. I still don’t know what I’m wearing, but I’m sure it’ll come together last minute!

It’s pretty customary that I share drink ideas for big holidays, so in typical “Bubbles” fashion, I pulled some enticing drink ideas to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit. If you don’t feel like making cocktails, you can always take the easy route and opt for some pink champagne ;).

Adult Raspberry Italian Cream Soda

Valentine's Day Cocktail Ideas

Cherry Julep

Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes

Valentine’s Lip Jello Shots

Valentine's Day Jello Shots

Bold in Blue

6 Feb

Ray-Ban Sunglasses Women

I haven’t been this happy about a Friday in awhile. When it’s winter, don’t you just want to jump in your bed when the week ends and watch endless hours of TV? I know I do. My fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to do that tonight, because the rest of my weekend is pretty busy. Not complaining though, because being busy is a great problem to have.

Cobalt Crewneck Sweater with Skinny Jeans

Today’s outfit is all about pairing together some of my favorite basics. I don’t think there’s anything more chic than a bunch of basics finished off with a nice pump. It makes an outfit look effortless and sophisticated. These earrings from GemSugar are the perfect piece of statement jewelry for this simple outfit. I actually completely forgot I had this cobalt sweater from J.Crew. It has to be at least eight years old, but it’s held up really well! I found it in a drawer I never look in, and was excited to bring it back to life.

How To Layer a Blouse and Sweater

Haven’t my most recent outfit pictures been oh so deceptive? They look so warm, and it’s the middle of winter. A few people have mentioned that it’s a little odd, but I was lucky enough to snap a few outfits during the warm spell from a few weeks ago. So yes, it actually was warm (and sunny). You really appreciate nice weather when you think it’s gone forever.

Sweater Layered with Collared Shirt

Layered Crewneck Sweater with White Blouse

J.Crew Cobalt Crewneck Sweater (similar) | Gap Distressed Skinny Jeans | Ralph Lauren White Collared Blouse | BCBGeneration Nude Pumps (similar) | Ray-Ban Wayfarers | GemSugar Statement Earrings c/o

Ruffled Leather

4 Feb

Ann Taylor Faux Leather Tiered Skirt Dress

 Ann Taylor Leather Ruffled Dress

I never knew ruffles and leathers could go together, until I got this Ann Taylor dress. I mean, I love ruffles, and I love leather, so of course they should be paired together! Ann Taylor has been knocking it out of the park lately when it comes to selection. It could be because I have a dressier style, but I’ve always preferred Ann Taylor to the LOFT brand. Sure, LOFT is great, but I could go buckwild in Ann Taylor if I wanted/had the means to. This dress is pretty versatile, too. It’s great for work with a blazer and tights, and perfect for cocktail events in the evening.

Black and White Ann Taylor Dress

Black and White Cocktail Dress

If you’re concerned that I’m wearing a sleeveless dress with bare legs in the dead of winter, fear not. I shot this outfit a few weeks ago when we had a few freak warm days. Those were the days.

By the way, there’s still time to enter the Rebecca Minkoff giveaway! Who wouldn’t want a free designer bag?

Kate Spade Pink Earrings

Tiered Leather Dress

Ann Taylor Faux Leather Tiered Dress (now on major sale!) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade Earrings (similar Kate Spade version)

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