Fall Jewels + A GIVEAWAY

17 Oct

Grey Fitted Turtleneck

Long time no blog! I feel like 2016 has been one big hiatus for me, but my schedule got crazy again the past few weeks. When my calendar started filling up at the beginning of the year, I already knew October was going to be my busiest month. Well, here we are mid-month, and it’s just as insane as I predicted. Last week was spent in sunny Orlando for a real estate conference. It was about 90% work and 10% fun, but if you’ve ever been to a conference you know it’s 0% downtime to get stuff done. We tacked on an extra day after the conference for lounging, which was much-needed and incredible. Next up on my whirlwind October agenda? The Cutler Real Estate awards banquet in Canton later this week, a weekend trip to Cleveland for Joe’s birthday and then one of my best friend’s weddings that I’m in the following weekend. Just typing all that made the panic set in. Sure, most of it is fun stuff, but all that traveling can wear a girl out!

Tara Lea Smith Jewelry

Uniqlo Turtleneck

I’m starting the week with some fresh fall baubles. I recently met up with my friend Tara Lea Smith to see the gorgeous pieces she’s been creating the past year. If you want me to paint a pretty (and sparkly) picture, when I got home I immediately laid all of the necklaces across my bed to start doing some outfit brainstorming. Yes, I have so many new pieces that they took up my entire bed. I’m excited to share them with you over the next few months!

First up is this colorful purple, pink and yellow statement maker. It’s actually been pretty warm here, which is totally cool with me. I decided to keep it warm on top and breezy on the bottom, pairing a fitted grey turtleneck with a pleated leather skirt. I also recently rediscovered these mules that I got back in spring and had totally forgotten about. Score!

Etsy Statement Jewelry

 Grey Turtleneck Outfit

To enter the giveaway:

-Follow @baublestobubbles on Instagram

-Follow @taraleasmith on Instagram

-Comment on my Instagram picture of this necklace saying you entered

*I will be checking to make sure both Instagram accounts are followed!

**Must be 18 years or older and a US resident to enter**

Giveaway ends Friday at noon!

Tara Lea Smith

Grey Turtleneck Leather Skirt

Uniqlo Grey Turtleneck | Urban Outfitters Pleated Leather Skirt (similar) | Calvin Klein Mules | Tara Lea Smith Necklace

Rainbow Stripes

29 Sep

alice and olivia dresses

It took me about 30 seconds to add this Alice + Olivia dress to my cart on Shopbop. Browsing the new arrivals at Shopbop has become a new (and dangerous) hobby of mine, but I like to think it paid off this time.

I look at a lot of clothes, and after awhile everything starts to look alike. To me, this colorful striped dress broke the mold, and I’m all for splurging on items that don’t look like anything I’ve seen before. Another justification when I go the splurge route is versatility. If I can think of multiple ways I can wear something, the odds of me buying it go way up. With this Alice + Olivia dress I thought of four different outfits instantly, which is nice because my fall and winter dress selection is kind of lacking.

alice and olivia clyde dress

alice and olivia dresses

alice and olivia shift dress

I didn’t get any good close-up shots of these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, but they were a recent “just because” gift from Joe and I love them! I haven’t gotten any new jewelry in awhile, and these are a nice new addition. For as much jewelry as I own, I really don’t have anything too colorful. These are fun, and the perfect complement to this statement-making dress.


alice and olivia dress

alice and olivia dresses

Has anyone else been struggling during this first full week of fall? Not only has my energy level gone way down for some reason, but I’m already cold at all times. The temperature has only dropped like 10-15 degrees, but the heat in my car has been on full blast every day. Even more sad is the fact that my space heater has also been blasted on high when I’ve been at the office. I’m in for a long six months!

alice and olivia dresses

alice and olivia

Alice + Olivia Clyde Shift Dress (also available here and here) | Lulu’s Ankle Strap Heels | Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings (love these) | Kate Spade Zodiac Bangle

Style & Sustainability Gala

26 Sep

Happy Monday, everyone! If you love fashion and live in the Cincinnati area, then you’ll want to keep reading today’s post.

Style and Sustainability Gala

This Saturday, Modern Makers and Urban Blooms are teaming up to host the Style + Sustainability Gala. Taking place in a 100,000 square foot industrial space, the event will feature a moss catwalk, 25 designers, local vendors and food trucks. There’s also going to be “living walls” created by Urban Blooms, which I am extremely excited to see. I’ve admired their work for awhile, and love the idea of having a wall garden.

I’m going to be there along with some of the other Thread Cincinnati members. We’d love to meet you! For more information on the event, check out the Facebook page. To get tickets, click here.

Now time to figure out what I’m wearing…

Week In Review

23 Sep

Welcome to the first Friday of the fall season! It still feels like summer, which I’m totally fine with. My mom and I celebrated the last official night of summer Wednesday by venturing to Top of the Park for a rooftop drink. It was beautiful out, and it made me realize I’m still going back and forth with this season change.

Do you have any weekend plans? I don’t have anything on the agenda for Friday and Saturday yet, but Sunday I have my annual family bocce tournament. It’s an Italian tradition in our family, and despite my mediocre bocce talent, I still look forward to it every year. I just hope that my team makes it past the first round this year. I don’t think I’ve ever achieved that milestone.

I’ve been pretty good about not buying jewelry for awhile now (other than some vintage brooches recently), but the more I look online the more I’m tempted to splurge. I always love everything by Lulu Frost, and I try to stay strong by avoiding the site altogether to avoid temptation. After a moment of weakness this week, I decided to check out what’s new and of course I now cannot stop thinking everything that I want. There were a ton of gorgeous statement pieces, but something about this Cosmic necklace spoke to me. I love the choker length, and the metals are still subtle but statement making. The mix of gold and silver is perfection!

Lulu Frost Cosmic Necklace

I don’t think there’s a cocktail more perfect for this weird in-between season thing than this one. It’s a Cider Beer Sangria, and it looks and sounds genius. You have the touches of fall with the apple flavors, but also are still paying homage to summer with the sangria addition. I like it.

Cider Beer Sangria

For the longest time, I was never a big Pinterest user. I don’t really know why, because there’s so much inspiration in one place. For whatever reason though lately, I’ve found myself spending all my downtime browsing through Pinterest on my phone. I’ve had a pretty hectic summer and on top of that was sick a lot the past few months. Pinterest became like a calming mechanism for me and served as an escape from my day-t0-day stressors. It’s funny because Pinterest can be notorious for being stress-inducing due to all the “perfection” you come across. Luckily, it’s been a fun way to pass the time, and I’ve been trying to make a point of pinning more things (mostly food related). You can follow my Pinterest here!

pinterest food

Stepping Into Fall

21 Sep

Brown Corduroy Skirt

Today is the day I’m officially making the switch over to fall fashion. It makes me sad to hang up my summer clothes and saw farewell to the warm weather, but I have to admit I’m excited to take my fall clothes for a spin. If we could keep September weather for the rest of fall then it would be the best of both worlds.

I’ve already been stocking up on some new fall pieces, and one of them is this incredible J.Crew corduroy mini skirt. I have a good amount of corduroy pants, but this is my first skirt in the fabric. Joe (my boyfriend) is obsessed with corduroy, and I think of him every time I see it. I love the length of this skirt because it’s appropriate for work, but short enough that it’s also cute for non-work occasions.

JCrew Corduory Skirt

corduroy skirt jcrew

I feel like once a new season starts, it takes awhile to find your style groove. I kept looking at myself in the mirror in this outfit and feeling like something didn’t look right. I felt weirdly uncomfortable, but I think I’m just trying to get adjusted to these heavier clothes.

One of the things I feel like I’m always lacking is shoes. I have a ton of them, but never the “right pair”. I think we’ve all been there. I practically live in my Mary-Jane heels this time of year, but wanted to switch it up (and also I’m really worried I’m going to wear out the soles of my favorite shoes). Block heels are my absolute favorite thing at the moment, because they elongate you while still making you feel stable. I always feel like a baby deer when I’m trying to navigate in high heels, so I hope this block heel trend stays around for awhile.

Rebecca Minkoff Brooke

I saw these Rebecca Minkoff heels and it was like my dream shoe had come to life. They have the Mary-Jane strap and it’s a low block heel. Score. This is my first time wearing them, but so far they’ve proven to be incredibly comfortable!

Fall Outfit Ideas

Casual Fall Outfit Ideas

Rebecca Minkoff Brooke Heels

Jcrew Corduroy Skirt

Fall Outfits

Madewell Striped Top

J.Crew Corduroy Skirt | Banana Republic Denim Jacket | Madewell Striped Top (similar) | Rebecca Minkoff Brooke Heels | Kendra Scott Cindy Earrings

Donned In Denim

19 Sep

Denim Dress

To this day, one of the most satisfying situations in life is when I find something in my closet that I had totally forgotten about. I always feel like I hit the fashion jackpot when I score something freshly rediscovered that hasn’t seen the light of day in a few years.

My latest find? This denim mini dress that I bought my freshman year of college! Yes, this bad boy was purchased in from Forever 21 in 2008, and worn probably a total of two times. Since I was on a college student’s budget back then, most of my shopping took place at Forever 21. I remember a massive Forever 21 opening at a brand new shopping center during my freshman year at UD. This place was magical. It was two levels and felt like the size of a department store. Dayton, Ohio isn’t exactly a shopping mecca, so having a good Forever 21 nearby came in handy.

Denim Dress Outfit Ideas

denim dress

I shot this look a few weeks back when my mom and I went to lunch at Sotto. You can read that post here. It was pretty toasty out that day, and it was that point in the summer where you feel like you’ve already worn everything too many times. I dug deep in my closet, and saw this dress peeking out. It was the perfect daytime dress, and I spiced it up a little by adding this Tara Lea Smith necklace (doesn’t it look like an expensive Lulu Frost piece?!) and some heels. I’ve also been living in these lucite sunglasses from Banana Republic for the past three months. I had been looking for a pair that worked with my face for years with no luck, and finally settled on this pair that I love.

On another note, I’m finally starting to feel better after having strep throat all last week. It was rough, but I’m crossing my fingers I’ll somehow bypass the same illness once fall and winter hit. I’m relieved I won’t be bedridden anymore, but am a little nervous about all the work I have to catch up on. Time to get to those emails…

Denim Dress

Forever 21 Denim Dress

Lulu Frost Inspired Jewelry

Tara Lea Smith

Forever 21 Denim Dress (love this, this & this) | Banana Republic Eryn Sandals | Tara Lea Smith Necklace | Kate Spade Purse | Banana Republic Sunglasses

Week In Review

16 Sep

After battling strep throat this week, let’s just say I’m happy this week is coming to an end. I’m still not feeling back to normal, but at least I won’t be missing as much work as I have been during the week. During my downtime this week, a lot of Hey Arnold episodes have been consumed. My brother recently informed me (wish he had done so sooner) that he has a Hulu subscription, and even more importantly, the entire Hey Arnold series is on it! We share a love of old school Nickelodeon, so this made my sick week slightly more tolerable.

Since being sick and alcohol don’t quite go hand-in-hand, I’ve been looking at drinks that are booze-free to pass the time. How incredibly cute is this Circus Animal Cookie Milkshake from Glitter and Bubbles?! Yes, the rainbow sprinkles sold me instantly on this one. Remember, calories don’t count on the weekend😉

Rainbow Sprinkle Milkshake

I’ve been drooling over all the new jewelry collections coming out for fall. There’s so many rich colors mixed with elegant metals, and I pretty much want everything. As usual, the pieces in Loren Hope’s latest collection are stunners. These sapphire drop earrings are at the top of my list. These would be perfect if you’re attending a fall wedding or dressy event!

Loren Hope Earrings

As you know, New York Fashion Week has come to a close. I didn’t get to keep up with as many runway shows as I would have liked, but managed to catch up on some of my favorite designer’s shows. I’ve been saying it on my blog for years, but Marchesa continues to be one of my all-time favorites. I’m always blown away by what they can do with tulle and embellishments. There’s nothing like it, and it exudes feminine glamour. This dress was one of my favorites from their runway show. You can check out the entire collection here.

Marchesa Spring 2017

Have a great weekend!

Black & White Sophistication

15 Sep

Jcrew Ruffle Top

Are you like me and putting an insane amount of pressure on yourself at all times? It’s pretty obvious that I have totally slowed down on my blog the past few months, and I cannot tell you how guilty I feel about it. I’ve been blogging for almost four years, and this is by far the worst I’ve ever been about posting. Even though I’ve had good reason to not post as much (health reasons, being insanely busy with real estate), I’ve still been putting a crazy amount of guilt on myself. For example, I’ve been battling a nasty case of strep throat and the flu this week. It’s been rough, and although I have been completely worn out I still feel like I can’t 100% relax because my mind is thinking about all of the things I should be doing (catching up on email, working on my blog). I’ve been working on accepting when I just need to take a step back and slow down, but I’m not 100% there yet.  I think too that summer makes everything a little bit harder. We’re all trying to live it up in the nice weather, and by Labor Day you’re just drained. As much as I love the nice weather, I think I’m ready for a slow down. Blogging was always relaxing and therapeutic for me, and I want to get back to that place!

bcbg fit and flare skirt

fit and flare skirt bcbg

On a fashion-related note, this outfit epitomizes my feminine style. I’ve always had a soft spot for bows, but I went on a bit of a bow bender this summer, buying way too many tops tied with a bow. This J.Crew ruffled top caught my eye online, and it took me all of three minutes to add it to my cart. A girl knows a good bow when she sees it. I actually took these pictures in July (more proof of me falling behind this summer), and wanted to post it before it’s totally out of season.

I’ve seen a few other bloggers sporting it as well, and I can attest that it was a good purchase. The material is ponte, which I love because of its thickness. It’s been a work staple for me lately.

Black and White Ruffle Top with Bow

Black and White Striped Heels

Another piece I’ve been looking to add to my closet is a black fit and flare skirt. I have one already, but sometimes it feels too heavy and bulky. I remember trying on the BCBGMaxazria Ingrid skirt a few years back, and loving how it felt. It’s pretty fitted around the waist, but the flare is just too perfect. I saw the black version pop up on Shopbop recently, and knew this was the one.

It’s funny, usually I am all about color from spring through summer, but I’ve been going a lot more neutral lately. I don’t know why the sudden change of heart, but I like the potential of mixing and matching my black and white pieces. Knowing me, this could all change in a week. We’ll see what the season change brings!

J.Crew Ruffled Top | BCBGMaxazria Ingrid Skirt | Vince Camuto Striped Heels | Kate Spade Sunglasses

feminine outfit ideas

jcrew ruffle neck top

bcbg ingrid skirt

jcrew bow top

J.Crew Ruffled Top | BCBGMaxazria Ingrid Skirt | Vince Camuto Striped Heels | Kate Spade Sunglasses

A Lunch Date at Sotto

6 Sep

Sotto Restaurant Cincinnati

Sotto Cincinnati

If there’s ever a chance to eat pasta, you better believe I’m going to take advantage of it. This is especially true if Sotto is the destination. It’s been one of my favorite Cincinnati restaurants since it opened a few years ago, and I know I’m not alone in my favoritism. There’s something magical about walking down those steps into the dark underground space where the restaurant is located. The romantic atmosphere paired with the always amazing menu is what keeps me coming back time after time.

As if my favorite restaurant wasn’t already perfect, they recently started offering lunch, which could be slightly dangerous for this Italian girl’s appetite! I immediately thought of the other person who would be just as thrilled about a Sotto lunch as me: my mom. We had a lunch date a few weeks ago, and I’m still dreaming of our meal.

Sotto Restaurant

Sotto Restaurant Cincinnati

Sotto Cincinnati

We both ordered the cavatelli alla vodka without hesitation. The vodka sauce has always been our favorite, and I wish you could see the smile that appeared on my face when I heard this was a lunch option. It was pure bliss. My mom also ordered the panzanella, which included arugula, tomatoes, burrata and homemade croutons. She raved about it, and I can attest that every last bite of that salad was accounted for. Of course, prosecco also made an appearance at the lunch table (it was a Thursday, which is basically the weekend ;)). The perfect ending to the meal was when two freshly made ricotta donuts were delivered. If you talk to anyone who has ever dined at Sotto, you’re guaranteed to hear about the famous ricotta donut holes!

Sotto Donuts

I know this post sounds like one big love letter to Sotto, and it is. I love this restaurant, and would recommend it to anyone visiting Cincinnati. There’s truly nothing like it, and it’s my go-to for a family meal or a romantic spot with Joe. I’d also recommend Sotto if you suffer from food allergies like I do. They have always gone above and beyond to accomadate me and make me feel safe, which is priceless.

Sotto Restaurant Cincinnati

Thank you to Sotto for inviting me to lunch!

Bell Sleeves & Stripes

30 Aug

Striped Bell Sleeve Top

One of my major fashion weaknesses has always been bell sleeves. There’s something so flirty and feminine about them, and I’m all about the feminine touches. My biggest problem is I have to remind myself not to buy all the bell sleeves because I could easily fill my closet up with them.

I know I’m super late to the game on this one, but I discovered Reformation in the past few months, and have been totally hooked on everything they make. I love that everything has a simplistic feel to it, and that you can put your own personalized touch on it. I’ve gotten more and more into buying basic pieces that I can mix and match each time I wear it. This Bristol top from Reformation came in a cream color, black and this red and white striped version. I really wanted all three, but thought this striped one was the most different from anything I have.

Bell Sleeve Top

Bell Sleeve Top

I was a little worried about getting something so form fitting, but this has been surprisingly comfortable! It’s ribbed and has a nice stretch to it, so it’s pretty comfortable. I don’t have any Labor Day plans yet this weekend, but if something comes up I’m for sure pulling this out for the occasion.

reformation clothing

reformation clothing

I also wanted to mention a fun event happening tonight if you live in the Cincinnati area! Thread Cincinnati is teaming up with SIA Spa to host a night of pampering and champagne.  There’s going to be tons of great spa specials taking place, including:

– $15 make up
– $15 manicures
– $25 mini pedicures
– Complimentary VISIA skin consultations
– Complimentary blowout with any $100+ service OR $25 blowout (if not spending $100+)
– $15 eyebrow threading
– Complimentary chair massages
– Complimentary aroma touch hand treatments

There will also be champagne and fruit trays, spa tours, treatment demos, gift certificate specials, and product & service giveaways!

To reserve your appointment ahead of time, contact SIA Spa at 513-985-0777. Click here for a link to the event

madewell skinny jeans

Reformation Bristol Top

labor day outfit ideas

Red and white striped top

Reformation Bristol Top | Madewell Skinny Jeans | Lulu’s Ankle Strap Sandals (similar) | Kendra Scott Cindy Earrings