A Weekend In Toronto

25 Aug

This summer has felt like a whirlwind of travel, whether it be weekend road trips or around the Midwest or a weeklong trip to Florida. My latest destination? A quick weekend trip to Toronto with Joe!

We were supposed to go last fall, but had to cancel the trip last minute for our friends’ engagement party. We’ve both been antsy to get north of the border, so we had a lot to squeeze in in a very short amount of time. We drove in Thursday night from Cleveland, which is about four and a half hours. The worst part of the drive was at the Canadian border while we waited in the longest line of cars to show our passports and get through. We were both surprised how packed it was at 10:30 on a Thursday night with people crossing over into Canada. Once we finally got to our hotel, we both crashed and got a good night of sleep in prep for the busy weekend ahead.

Our first stop Friday day was at St. Lawrence Market, which holds the title of ‘Number 1 Food Market in the World’! I’ve been to a few markets, and this one was easily the biggest of them all. Not only was the main level massive, but there was a lower level equal in size with just as many vendors! I was totally blown away. I had to eat with my eyes since there were nutty things all around us.

Weekend in Toronto

St Lawrence Market toronto

St Lawrence Market

St Lawrence Market Toronto

Next up, we walked to the Distillery District, which you could easily spend an entire day at. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was totally blown away once we were there. The area is comprised of Victorian industrial buildings, and I truly felt like I was stepping into history when we were there. I can’t explain the feeling, but it’s something you need to experience for yourself to understand! There was just something special about it. Essentially, the area is made up of all kinds of shops and restaurants, but with a creative twist. The Distillery District was formed with the intention of being a space for creative types of all backgrounds. There were cute coffee shops, interesting boutiques and stunning art galleries. I feel like we only got to see a fraction of it, but that small fraction was breathtaking.

What to do in Toronto

Shopping Distillery District Toronto

Distillery District Toronto

Toronto Coffee Shops

The Saucy Milliner Toronto

I tried to take pictures, but they don’t even come close to translating the beauty of the area. One of the coolest shops we went in was The Saucy Milliner. I was instantly transported into old world Europe when we set foot in the store (at least what I imagine Europe was like back in the day). Joe immediately went to the wall of driver caps and was in hat heaven. The shop owner was in the middle of constructing a hat while we were there, and it was fascinating to see her work. You really don’t see shops like that anymore, and it made me appreciate the craft of hat making. I was eyeing some gorgeous fascinators, but tried not to get too invested because I unfortunately know I have zero life events in the near future that call for a fancy headpiece. *sigh*

Distillery District Coffee

The Distillery District Toronto

Shopping Distillery District Toronto

Historic Distillery District Toronto

Shopping Distillery District Toronto

Distillery District Shops

We ventured into a ton of other establishments where I had to practice my best self-control with money, which was hard. My favorite fashion store we discovered in the area was Got Style. The store was open and massive, and had that vibe where you feel like there’s so much to discover. I was practically salivating at all the clothes. I stayed strong and only bought one thing, which is now the most feminine and gorgeous piece in my closet. Seriously, I can’t wait to wear it on here soon because it involves lace and statement sleeves!

Arvo Coffee Toronto

Arvo Coffee

Art Gallery Toronto

Distillery District in Toronto

Distillery District Restaurant

Arvo was another cool spot in the Distillery District. I believe it had just opened when we stopped by. True story: I took about 60 pictures of the decor and exposed brick walls in here. It was gorgeous.

For dinner, we went to Marinella’s, a family-run Italian restaurant in Toronto’s Little Italy. I wish we could have seen more of the neighborhood because it was in a less touristy area, but we were on a tight schedule. Our meal was to die for, and I would love to go back whenever I get back to Toronto.

Fashion Blogger Toronto

After dinner we raced to the Toronto Blue Jays game. The Blue Jays are having an amazing year, and there wasn’t an empty seat in the stadium. Joe and I both love baseball, so it was pretty cool getting to experience a sold out nighttime game in another country. Plus, we had an amazing view of the CN Tower from our seats. It was so hot at night that I was not dressed appropriately, and had to buy an oversized Blue Jays shirt. I seriously think we picked the hottest weekend ever to visit.

Toronto blue jays game

Toronto Blue Jays Game

CN Tower Toronto

I was pretty wiped during the daytime Saturday, and was a little relieved when it stormed. We packed in so much Friday and these legs were aching. Later in the day, we ventured over to Yorkville, a high end area of town with some incredible (dangerous) shopping. There’s all the high end options like Burberry and Chanel and then other well known brands like Brooks Brothers and Anthropologie. Our goal was to visit the Royal Ontario Museum (also in Yorkville) and then do some shopping. Well, since it was a rainy Saturday it seemed like the entire city of Toronto also wanted to visit the museum. The line to get tickets wrapped around the outside of the museum, and it was chaos. Joe and I decided to tap out and just hit the shops.

Club Monaco Toronto

Since Joe isn’t the biggest fan of shopping, I had to choose wisely when picking the few stores we’d go to. I had my sights set on Club Monaco (which started in Toronto), and it ended up being the only store we visited (because I spent so much time in there). I always look at Club Monaco’s website, but seeing this store in person was a totally different experience. Granted, this particular store was located in an insanely gorgeous historic building, but I could have easily maxed out my credit card in there. I was so caught up in the vibe of the store and the clothes that I didn’t get any good pictures, but it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever shopped in my life. There were rooms with hardwood floors and bright white walls, and then there’d be hallways with mosaic tile floors and stunning archways. It felt like a grand old church. All this hype, and all I have is this lousy picture.

On Saturday night, the last night of our trip, we had reservations at Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse. Now I’ve been to a lot of steakhouses in my 26 years, and this one was at the top of the list in terms of service, presentation and most importantly, taste. What’s really ironic about my love for steakhouses is that I don’t even eat meat. That’s right. I’m all about the family style sides when I go to a steakhouse. With my nut allergy, I’m always extremely cautious about which restaurants I feel safe eating out. It’s a bummer because I used to love going out to eat and trying new places before I buckled down and started taking my allergies seriously. People always look at me funny when I say I love steakhouses, but honestly they’re always one of the main restaurants I feel safe eating at. Fine dining establishments tend to be more accommodating and serious about allergies, and to me that is always worth the money. Plus, if you know me you know mashed potatoes are my absolute favorite food and we all know those are always on the menu at a steakhouse.

Jacobs and Co Steakhouse

The decor at Jacobs was modern and minimalistic. Joe and I made reservations to eat at the lower level piano bar since the main dining room was booked. I’m so grateful they had a few openings because I procrastinated and made reservations a week before the trip. Joe ordered a Caesar salad (which was prepared table side), asparagus and a steak (I could not tell you what kind because I know absolutely nothing about steak). Having already scoured the menu before our visit, I knew I was getting an order of mashed potatoes and creamed corn. People are always taken aback when I tell them that I will not in fact be sharing my sides with the table🙂. Everything was incredible, and you’ll just have to take my word on that because I wasn’t wearing my blogger hat that night and forgot to take pictures. Between the piano player and relaxing atmosphere, photography was the last thing on my mind. I cannot recommend Jacobs & Co. enough, and will definitely be making a trip back next time I’m in Toronto!

Although it was a short trip, Toronto 100% lived up to my expectations. Joe and I both loved exploring around the city, and have already been talking about getting back there in the future!

Scalloped Bikini

18 Aug

Mott Bikini Marysia

Marysia Swim

I had been wanting a Marysia swimsuit for what felt like years leading into this summer. I cannot tell you how many times I’d stalk them online, fantasizing about which suit I’d get if I ever made a purchase. Every color and style is so chic and timeless, so really any option would be good in my book. The scalloped detail is probably my favorite aspect of the brand’s iconic suits.

This summer (after spending countless hours swimsuit shopping online), I decided it was time to treat myself to a Marysia swimsuit. At first, I had a hard time justifying the price, but I knew these suits had to be good., My next struggle was figuring out which color to go with. I had it narrowed down to the mustard color and this red one. I ultimately went with the red, mainly because I’ve always wanted a solid red swimsuit (and it’s been hard to find one that isn’t super skimpy).

Marysia Mott Bikini

Honestly, this suit was worth every penny. The quality is top notch, and the fabric makes it the most comfortable suit I’ve ever worn. It’s also extremely flattering. Sometimes I feel like swimsuits can cut me off at weird places, but this suit sat so nicely and held me in comfortably. There’s no underwire support, but it’s really not necessary with this halter cut. I have to be pretty picky about swimwear when it comes to this, and I had zero issues.

Marysia Scalloped Bikini

Marysia Swim

I took these pictures on my vacation to Captiva Island, Florida last month. Now I’m wishing I was back at the beach.

Anthropologie Straw Hat

Marysia Swimsuit

Marysia Swimwear

Red Scalloped Bikini

Marysia Mott Top | Marysia Spring Bottom | Anthropologie Hat

POPSUGAR Must-Have Unboxing

17 Aug

Emoji Napkins

POPSUGAR Must-Have boxes are always the most exciting packages I get in the mail each month. Each month I think I have a new all-time favorite box, and that was no exception this month. When I say that there were so many goodies this month, I mean it!

My favorite item this month has to be these emoji cocktail napkins from House of Pom. I love that these are cloth, meaning they’re reusable, and are the perfect cheeky drink accessory. I’m always on the hunt for fun bar accessories, and I can tell you these are the most unique and fun pieces I’ve laid eyes on. Plus, I think they chose the best emojis to embroider on the napkins.

Emoji Cocktail Napkins

This inflatable swan drink holder came in a close second in terms of favorites. Is it bad that I immediately thought of having champagne in the pool when I saw this? I’ve been dying to get a novelty pool float for a few years now, but kept holding off since I don’t have a pool of my own. This miniature swan is the perfect compromise.

I was also extremely excited about the food option in this month’s Must Have box. With my nut allergy, I usually have to pass on the edibles, but that wasn’t the case this time. Joe Chips not only has incredible packaging, but it is free of gluten, nuts, trans fat and all that artificial stuff you find in so many snacks. My eyes lit up when I saw that on the back of the bag. I wish more brands would hold themselves to this standard!

Popsugar Must Have Box July

This cute pineapple pin from Pintrill made the bauble lover in me excited. I’m a huge fan of adding pins and brooches to my outfits, and I don’t have anything quirky like this in my collection. This one would be perfect to mix and match with other pieces.

I love the print of this black and white skinny scarf. I’ve been thinking all summer how I got rid of all my old bandanas and scarves, so this was a nice treat to get me back in the neck scarf game.

With a thick and long head of hair, it tends to take center stage in my beauty routine. I’m always worried what’s going to happen to it when I’m swimming or laying out in the summer. This protectant formula from Sachajuan has a UV filter that protects your hair and color from the harmful rays. You can also use it as a styling cream, which is nice because my hair gets a mind of its own in the heat.

The last product is a beauty one, and I’m so excited to test it out. I’ve become a bit highlighter-crazed in the last year, and now cannot leave the house without it. This brow highlighter from European Wax Center is right up my alley. I’ve used cream and powder highlighters, but never a stick version. I love that this is compact and skinny, allowing you to work it into the inner corners of your eyes and along the brow bone. I have a feeling I’m going to love this!

Popsugar Must Have Box

Like I said, it was an incredible Must Have box this month! Thank you to POPSUGAR for sending me a box to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Midi Dress

3 Aug

Pleated Wrap Dress

Navy Wrap Dress

Long time no blog! I know I keep saying “I’m busy”, but it’s truly the case right now. You know I’m a total advocate for summer and warm weather, but I think I might be ready for a change. Yes, I’ll instantly regret it once the summer actually does end, but life has just been way too busy lately and I’m drained.

Now that it’s August, we’re all trying to do our best to beat the heat. Luckily my outfit choices have helped keep me as cool as possible (although is it even possible to be cool right now?) during these 90 degree days.

Banana Republic Wrap Dress

Today I’m sporting a Banana Republic wrap dress, which also happens to be my first experience with a midi dress. Yes, I’m probably the last person I know to get something midi length. Truthfully, I never thought this style would look good on me, but this was the perfect time to try it out and see for myself. Turns out, midi dresses are pretty dang comfortable and so easy to move in. I still struggle with maneuvering in a maxi dress, so this still gives me length without being constricting. Love it!

I’ve also been wanting more wrap dresses in my closet. In the summer, my work routine can be described as chaotic. I live for easy, breezy dresses that look chic and put together with minimal effort. There’s something about a wrap dress that evokes something so chic. This particular dress has a pleated detail on the side that’s subtle but adds a nice twist. Welcome to my summer work wardrobe, midi dress!

Pleated Mini Dress

Navy Midi Dress

Banana Republic Wrap Dress

Banana Republic Wrap Dress

Banana Republic Pleated Wrap Dress c/o | Banana Republic Sandals c/o | Kate Spade Sunglasses | Kate Spade Flower Necklace (similar)

This post is sponsored by Banana Republic. All opinions expressed are my own.

Topgolf Cincinnati + GIVEAWAY

26 Jul

So many giveaways going on here right now!

Topgolf Cincinnati

Today’s post is all about Topgolf, the latest entertainment destination in Cincinnati. It’s a place for golfers and non-golfers alike, and has tons of other options that appeal to anyone and everyone. There’s a ton of incredible dining options (such as donut holes you can inject with chocolate) and open air bar that offers live music on Fridays. The best part is Topgolf is open year round, even in winter. Everything is heated, so you can stay nice and warm while hitting your golf balls!

Topgolf Cincinnati

Topgolf Cincinnati

Topgolf Cincinnati

Topgolf Cincinnati

Topgolf Cincinnati

To celebrate the Topgolf opening, Thread Cincinnati is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner! To enter, click this link. We will be announcing the winner on our Facebook page Friday. Good luck!

Photo-Ready Smile + A GIVEAWAY!

22 Jul

colgate optic white

Happy Friday, friends! I’m wrapping up a nice vacation on Captiva Island, and not ready to get back to reality. Luckily I’ll have a nice little tan as a souvenir when I get back home. As much as I don’t want my vacation to end, I have a ton of fun events to look forward to the rest of the summer that are keeping me motivated.

From weddings to bachelorette parties and every event in between, I have a lot of exciting things coming up quickly. Of course, I want to look my best, from my outfit, makeup and most importantly, my smile! While it’s nice to have that summer glow, it’s even more important that you have a smile that pops this time of year. That’s why I’ve been giving extra attention to my dental hygiene routine.

Colgate Optic White Kit

When Colgate and Meijer reached out to me to try a Colgate Optic White kit, I was thrilled because I already use (and love) Colgate products. I’ve been using Colgate Optic White toothpaste for years with amazing results, and I love that it takes my teeth from dull to bright. Plus, it has a nice minty taste that actually makes brushing your teeth enjoyable.

Having a bright smile in the summer is a must, but I also stick to another tried and true method to make my look really stand out: lipstick. I’m all about vivid lip colors this time of year to create a bold, fun beauty look. I like to stick to reds and pinks to make my teeth look extra white. I’ve never met a pink or red shade I didn’t love.

Colgate Whitening Pen

Now for the fun part: a giveaway! I’m giving one lucky reader their own Colgate Optic White kit, which includes a whitening toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash and whitening pen with tootbrush all from the Optic White range! If you’ve never used these products before, I think you’ll be extremely impressed with the results.

To enter, click this Rafflecopter link . Giveaway ends 7/29 at midnight. Good luck!

Feminine Separates

14 Jul

Feminine Bow Top

Zara Striped Top

Tweed isn’t exactly the most summery material, but I just could not resist these striped matching separates when I saw them on the Zara website. I feel like it was fate, because I hadn’t shopped there in like two years.

There were just too many good details on these separates that I knew I’d regret if I didn’t jump on them. Obviously, the bow was the first aspect to suck me in. An oversized bow will always suck me in. The fringe along the hem added a fun detail that further proved to me I needed it.

Feminine Bow Top

Matching Set Outfits

I bought this on a whim, not exactly sure where I’d wear it, but deep down knowing I’d find a place. Sure enough, an opportunity presented itself about a week later. I was invited to the Dressing Downton exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art, and thought this was the perfect outfit for the event. It’s ladylike, polished and classic, just like the costumes on the show.

The exhibit was incredible, and it’s no surprise that my favorite pieces all had elaborate beadwork and sparkle. If you’re in Cincinnati, I highly recommend it!

Matching Separates Outfit

Matching Separates Zara

Zara Jacquard Bow Top

Tweed Top Zara

Tweed Matching Separates

Matching Separates Outfit

Tweed Striped Shorts Zara

Zara Tweed Frayed Shorts | Zara Jacquard Bow Top | Lulu’s Heels (similar) | Kate Spade Sunglasses | Kate Spade Pearl Bow Earrings

Candy Colored Stripes

6 Jul

Colorful Striped Shirt JCrew

I’m back after a brief blog hiatus! Do you ever have those moments where life just gets a little too overwhelming and you need to take a step back and have a breather? That’s where I’ve been the past few weeks, and after an extremely relaxing trip to Cleveland over the holiday weekend I’m ready to dive back into the real world.

Joe and I did a ton of fun things over the weekend, and we really explored Cleveland which we haven’t done in awhile. I joke that I don’t visit him in the winter because I just can’t handle the lake effect, but that actually was the case this year. I somehow managed to avoid journeying up there the entire winter, which was made easier by the fact that he was prepping for his CFA those months. I wasn’t complaining, especially since his work schedule had him in the southern parts of Ohio a good amount of the time. Now that summer is here, I was antsy to get up there and enjoy the nice weather. It’s crazy how different the temperatures are in Cincinnati and Cleveland. It’s a good ten degrees cooler up there, and I even struggled with it this time of year. I’m pathetic.

Madewell Cropped Skinny Jeans

JCrew Striped Shirt

JCrew Striped Popover Shirt

The focus of today’s blog post is this colorful striped J.Crew shirt. If there were a shirt that summed up my attitude in the summer this would be it. Fun, colorful and comfortable. My eyes were instantly drawn to it when I was shopping at J.Crew a few weeks ago. It comes in a tunic version as well, but there was something about this shirt that I loved. As much as I loved it, I was a little worried because it looked pretty big and boxy. Luckily, they had a really small size that I tried on and it ended up working. For reference, I typically wear a size Small, but went with a XXS to make it a little less boxy. It still has a good amount of that casual, flowy structure, too.

This top is totally me this time of year. I gravitate toward the most colorful pieces in the summer, even if they aren’t the most practical. Not to say this isn’t practical, but it’s definitely something I’m not wearing to work every day. With that being said, this will be the first thing in my suitcase when I pack for my upcoming Florida trip. The multi-colored candy stripes give off retro beach vibes, but also weirdly remind me of that Fruit Stripe gum with the zebra on the packaging.

Colorful Striped Shirt JCrew

I also feel the need to mention my love-hate relationship with these skinny cropped Madewell jeans. I love the length and the wash, but this zipper causes me some serious issues. I wanted to mention it in case anyone thinks I’m an idiot who doesn’t know how to zip her pants up all the way. For some reason, the zipper just slides down throughout the day. Not blatantly or all the way, but just the perfect subtle amount that I don’t even notice it until it’s too late. Case in point, these lovely pictures!

Colorful Striped Shirt JCrew

Colorful Striped Shirt JCrew

Candy Striped Shirt JCrew

Colorful Striped JCrew Shirt

J.Crew Candy Striped Popover Shirt

Madewell Cropped Skinny Jeans (similar)

Banana Republic Margaux Sunglasses

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote

Banana Republic Eryn Sandals

Week In Review

25 Jun

Another summer work week in the books! Can we pause time or slow it down a little? My brain is fried from the week, so I’m not 100% sure what my weekend plans are but I do know I have a bridal shower and an open house. A little work and a little play, except in real estate a little work usually pans out to be hours of unexpected work😉. It’s all good, though. It’s not too bad being busy this time of year because the weather’s so nice. It’s much easier running around town all day when the sun is shining.

Glitter Guide shared a guide to the best in Fourth of July fashion, and I thought it was too good not to share. Sure, sporting your red, white and blue is patriotic, but there’s also something so chic about this color combination. I’m loving this flirty and feminine striped dress from ASOS they shared.

Fourth of July Fashion

Speaking of ASOS, did you know their site’s been down the past few days? It felt like the online fashion world was quickly coming to an end. I remember being up super late Thursday night, and deciding to take a quick browse on the site like I usually do. That’s when I first saw the site had been down, but I assumed they were doing some middle of the night maintenance. I was bummed, but didn’t fret too much. The next day when it was still down? Worry set in. Was one of my favorite online retailers going off the grid?  I then saw that tons of other people were also freaking out, which frankly made me feel a little bit better about my own hysteria. Luckily, the site is now back up and running (hallelujah), but you have to read this hilarious Buzzfeed article that shares everyone’s sentiments about ASOS being down for *so long*.

Apparently it was National Pink Day the other day, and I’m bummed I missed out on it. A day celebrating one of my favorite colors? Sign me up. I thought this pretty rose, lemon and strawberry infused water recipe from Wallflower Kitchen would be perfect to celebrate the day of pink. It’s non-alcoholic, but could probably change that if you wanted to😉. I’m a sucker for anything pink, especially when it can be drank.

Pink Drink Recipe

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Shoes That Shine

23 Jun

Aldo Cicci Heels

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m hard on shoes. I wear them into the ground, and my mom will tell you that I take terrible care of them. Up until a few years ago, I was pretty practical when it came to my shoe preferences. I’d have one go-to shoe for each “category” in life, and it got the job done. A black heel, some Tory Burch flats (those things are workhorses), a bootie and some summer wedges and sandals. They were all cute shoes, but obviously I never gave myself a lot of options, making it almost impossible to not be hard on them.

Cream Leather Jacket

BaubleBar Necklace

Once I started my blog and got into the real estate business, I realized it was time to start branching out and expanding my shoe collection. Of course, I was more than happy to partake in this closet expansion. I still have my go-to practical shoes for day to day activities, but I’ve also added some more fun options to my repertoire. That’s where these gold block heel sandals from ASOS come into play. They’re Aldo, but I saw them on ASOS’ site and had to have them. I actually have an almost identical ASOS brand pair that are metallic green. There’s something about a block heel that just sucks me in instantly. They are so much better than a traditional stiletto, and I frankly feel like my odds of face-planting drop significantly when I opt for a block heel.

While these definitely aren’t everyday shoes (can you imagine me showing houses in these things?), they’ve been a lot more versatile than I ever imagined. They’re great for a sleek look like this, or to add some glam to a dressy, feminine look (I wore them to a wedding recently with a bright yellow dress).

I thought these shoes went perfectly with this casual but sleek summertime look. This cream colored faux leather jacket from Free People is the most comfortable and well-fitting thing I’ve worn in awhile. It’s structured, but still lets me move around and not feel restricted. I paired it with the most perfect black skinny jeans from Banana Republic. Seriously, if you’re in the market for ankle length black pants, you need these in your life!

Aldo Gold Cicci Heels

BaubleBar Statement Necklace

Can you believe June is almost over? It just hit me this week when I heard someone mention the date, and it freaked me out. I always dream of summer, and now that it’s here I feel like it’s already slipping away. It’s kind of a double edged sword, because I’m so busy with work that I don’t have much free time lately. On the flip side, if I had a ton of free time on my schedule, I would feel like I wasn’t doing enough. Does anyone else have these internal battles with themselves on a daily basis? It’s exhausting! It could be much worse, and I’m grateful that these are the “issues” I have to stress about. As long as I make it to the pool more than one time this summer, I’ll be a happy girl. Is it obvious what my favorite season is?

Casual Summer Outfit Ideas

Black Skinny Jeans

Gold Block Heel Sandals | Free People Faux Leather Jacket

Banana Republic Skinny Jeans | BaubleBar Necklace (similar) | Boohoo Sunglasses c/o (similar)

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