Gift Guide: For The Champagne Lover

6 Dec

Every year I look forward to scouring the web for my  favorite champagne and jewelry-related gifts. Feel free to get some inspiration from previous years here. There’s a lot more gift ideas out there than your typical champagne flutes.

I always include the Chandon holiday bottle, and this year is no different. The 2016 bottle was actually designed by Rebecca Minkoff! It includes her signature gold stud pattern, and comes in a black or white bottle.

Another fun and totally unique gift idea is this sparkling wine making kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. How insanely genius is this?! This would be perfect for that person in your life who likes something more hands on. This would also be a perfect activity for a couple or a girl’s night in.

These adorable Rosanna trays would make for a gorgeous catch-all for keys, change, etc.

I think at this point we’re all familiar with the Sugarfina champagne gummy bears! I’ve never actually tried these, but every time I see a picture of them I start salivating. Plus, this is such a hassle-free gift and would be very easy to ship.

Of course, I had to include something from Kate Spade in my champagne gift guide. They always nail it with their cheeky champagne pieces. I love this rose gold champagne bottle bangle!

This is a very small sampling of all the champagne-related ideas I came across this year, but I had to narrow it down somewhere. When I started looking looking for gift ideas, I didn’t even realize a few hours had passed because I was having so much fun. It was also great practice in the art of self-control!

Rosanna Champagne Kiss Tray | Sugarfina Champagne BearsRosanna ‘Champagne For Breakfast’ Trinket Tray

Nima Oberoi Lunares Top Hat Champagne Cooler | Brooklyn Brew Shop Bubbly Making Kit | Chandon Holiday Champagne

Rosanna Champagne Flutes | Kate Spade Champagne Bangle

Champagne Gift Ideas

Rosanna Champagne Kiss Tray | Sugarfina Champagne BearsRosanna ‘Champagne For Breakfast’ Trinket Tray

Nima Oberoi Lunares Top Hat Champagne Cooler | Brooklyn Brew Shop Bubbly Making Kit | Chandon Holiday Champagne

Rosanna Champagne Flutes | Kate Spade Champagne Bangle

 

 

Black, White and Houndstooth

30 Nov

Socks With Heels

I’m a sucker for quirky fashion details, which is why I’ve been itching to wear a cute pair of socks with heels. The only problem? I have a drawer full of socks that I’ve collected over the years, but none of them seem to be inspiring me lately. It’s the classic fashion dilemma of having everything, but not the right thing.

Bow Blouse

 I actually first tried the sock with non-gym shoe look back in eighth grade. I had a grade school dance I was going to, and my mom and I went out shopping for an outfit for me to wear. I remember getting a fun pink graphic tee from Abercrombie, a black pleated skirt and a pair of Doc Marten-esque shoes to go with the outfit. My mom suggested I add some fishnet socks that hit just below my knees. I was very hesitant, but she said it would look adorable and very fashion forward, so I went with it (mostly to appease her). When I got all ready for the dance (which was in our grade school cafeteria), my mom had raved about how cute the outfit we put together looked. As someone who had braces, a bad highlight job and zero self-confidence, I was actually feeling pretty good about my “unique” look! Everyone would be in jeans, and I’d be in my fun party look. When one of the mom’s picked me up for the dance, I got in the car and instantly got a lot of stares and questions about what I was wearing. My confidence balloon was instantly deflated, and I couldn’t wait for the night to end. I don’t think anyone meant to be hurtful, but it stung.

Bow Blouse Outfit

Feminine Outfit Ideas

It’s kind of funny. When I was growing up, everyone wanted to look and be the same, and if you ever dressed even slightly different than what was “cool” you would get stared at and called weird. Today, it seems like everyone is the exact opposite and what’s to be as different and unique as possible. I wish that mentality would have been more common during my childhood because I spent way too much time and energy trying to look exactly like everyone else! When you get older, you wish you could give your younger self a pep talk and tell them that everything is going to work out just fine.

Houndstooth Jacket Outfit

How to wear socks with heels

How to wear socks with heels

Fast forward to 2016, and I’m wearing my socks and heels loud and proud! I found this houndstooth pair at a J.Crew in Milwaukee and knew they’d be perfect for my feminine Mary-Jane heels. It’s hard finding the right shoe to wear socks with, but I’d say for me a simple heel is the way to go.

Since I was going for a feminine look, I opted for a bow blouse and houndstooth jacket. I can also tell that we’re getting into the time of year where I start wearing all black and white. Once it gets cold out, my body temperature and fashion choices go into a mourning period. That means mostly black until spring arrives. Hopefully I can break that cycle this year!

   Houndstooth Jacket  Black and White Outfit Ideas

Houndstooth Jacket (similar splurge + affordable) | BCBG Skirt | Banana Republic Shirt | J.Crew Houndstooth Socks (identical J.Crew pair) | Vince Camuto Heels (love this pair) | Clutch (similar) | Kate Spade Sunglasses

Bundled on Lake Michigan

28 Nov

JCrew Cocoon Coat

About a month ago, my mom and I took a road trip to visit my brother in Milwaukee. I mentioned on my Instagram about a month ago that my family had to put Oscar, our beloved family pet of 15 years, to sleep. I haven’t written much about it because it was the most painful and traumatic thing I’ve ever had to experience, and even typing this is making my eyes fill with tears. Oscar was my best friend and companion, and as much as I wanted him to stay around forever, we also knew how much he had been suffering recently due to his strokes and diabetes.

A few days after we had to say goodbye to Oscar, I was in one of my best friend’s weddings. It was a ton of fun, but trying to put a game face on when you’re grieving is something I now know is extremely hard. Long story short, I was pretty drained. My mom and I decided to escape reality for a few days and drive up to visit my brother. She had visited Milwaukee before, but this was my first trip.

Our trip was short but eventful, and I feel like I got to experience a nice sampling of Milwaukee life. Since the trip was kind of a mental escape, I didn’t take many pictures of the places we ventured, which I didn’t even realize until after we left. I can tell you though, that the food was incredible and the sights were impressive.

I know I’m missing a few places, but these are the restaurants we ate at and loved: BelAir CantinaMo’s…A Place for Steaks and Carson’s Ribs.

Jcrew Stadium Cloth Coat

Patent Leather Loafers

Now, onto the outfit choices for the trip. I knew it would be a lot colder up in Milwaukee because it sits on Lake Michigan. I’ve learned from visiting Joe in Cleveland over the years (thank you cold Lake Erie) that the wind chill can be completely mind-numbing, especially for someone who is always cold like I am.  My goal was to pack warm and comfy.

I knew we’d be venturing to the lake on this day, so I dressed accordingly. That meant breaking in my new Cocoon coat from J.Crew, which I was more than happy to break out. I’ve wanted this coat for years now, and decided this was the year I was going to suck it up and buy it. It’s probably the best outerwear decision I’ve ever made. This coat is perfect! The color, the simple design, the length. It’s all so good, especially when you need to bundle up but still want to look put together.

Ever since this trip, I have been living in my J.Crew coat, and get compliments on it wherever I go. I know this is one of J.Crew’s staple coats, and if you’ve ever toyed with buying it, I can vouch that you won’t regret it. Another thing I’ve been living in are these incredible Rebecca Minkoff loafers. They’re black patent leather, and I think I’ve worn them every single day in November. There’s something so effortless and chic about a good pair of loafers.

JCrew Stadium Cloth

J.Crew Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat | Banana Republic Black Skinny Jeans | Uniqlo TurtleneckRebecca Minkoff Edie Loafers  | Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace c/o | Kate Spade Bag (love this option)

Feminine Staples

14 Nov

JCrew Houndstooth Skirt

Feminine Outfit Bow Blouse

Happy Monday, everyone!

I decided to do something social this weekend, which is very unlike me once it starts getting colder (I go into hibernation mode when it’s cold). Miraculously, it’s been so mild here for months, so it’s made me more willing to venture out instead of curl up in bed come Friday night. Not only was the weather enticing, but I was also invited to check out the newly opened Finery Dress Boutique in Over-the-Rhine. Finery is a dress rental boutique that allows you to rent out gorgeous dresses at an affordable price. As someone who attended a ton of weddings this year, I can attest how pricy finding the right dress can be. Renting a dress instead of buying one you may wear once or twice is genius, and their selection was incredible. I look at a lot of clothes, and was impressed at the unique selection Finery offered. Check it out Cincinnati ladies!

Molly, Elise and I decided to grab drinks after visiting Finery, and it was so nice to get together and catch up with my blogging friends.

Pink Houndstooth Skirt

White Bow Blouse

Since I took a bit of a “blogging break” in October, I have a lot of outfits that haven’t made an appearance yet on my blog. This has been one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn this fall, and it’s definitely because of all the feminine pieces paired together. I actually bought this Banana Republic bow blouse way back in July, but had to wait to wear it until it was more seasonally appropriate. The bow is detachable, which is so nice since this is a perfect layering blouse.

Feminine Outfit Ideas

White Bow Blouse

I’ve been a bit brooch obsessed ever since I inherited some of my grandma’s brooches when she passed away a few years ago. I bought some new ones recently, including the sparkly one I’m wearing in today’s post. Brooches are my favorite accessory at the moment. There’s so many ways to utilize them!

Another feminine piece that has quickly become a closet staple is this J.Crew pink and purple houndstooth skirt. I absolutely love the colors and the pattern. It’s a fun take on a classic print. Usually once it starts getting cold I begin to wear more simple black pieces. I have a feeling though that these feminine pieces are going to be on constant rotation this season!

banana republic bow blouse

Banana Republic Bow Blouse | J.Crew Houndstooth Skirt | BCBGeneration Pumps (similar) | Vintage Brooch (similar)

Video: Kendra Scott Color Bar + A GIVEAWAY

9 Nov

Jewelry has long been an obsession of mine, and it’s pretty easy to see the second you see my massive jewelry collection.

I have every kind of piece you can imagine, ranging from dainty to statement making. Pieces that I’ve splurged on, pieces that were handed down to me from my mom and grandma. For me, jewelry has always been really personal. It’s a reflection of my varying taste and each different piece holds a special memory.

 I’ve always been a huge fan of Kendra Scott, and have grown to love the brand even more since they opened their Liberty Center store last year. I think most of the baubles I’ve added to my collection in the last year have been from Kendra Scott. Everything is just so good!

One of the staples of the Kendra Scott brand is the Color Bar. The Color Bar is a genius concept that allows you to customize your own piece of Kendra Scott jewelry via a touch screen and have it created in front of you to take home that day. Or, you can customize your baubles online from the comforts of your home. Amazing, right?!

It may or may not surprise you that I had an extremely difficult time narrowing down my design. Like I said, everything is too good! I ultimately decided on the Rayne necklace in rose gold metal with a rose quartz stone. I’m in love with it. I don’t have many rose gold pieces, and I loved the rich tone it gave off when paired with the rose quartz.

I teamed up with the Kendra Scott Liberty Center location to offer one lucky winner in the Cincinnati/Dayton area a chance to create something of their own from the Color Bar!

Click here to enter

Guidelines:

-‘Like’ Baubles to Bubbles on Facebook

-‘Like’ Kendra Scott Cincinnati on Facebook

-Additional entry if you follow @kendrascott on Instagram

Enter through this Rafflecopter link

Fine Print:

-Winner to receive $100 certificate toward the Color Bar

-Winner must reside in the Cincinnati/Dayton region (within driving distance of the Kendra Scott Liberty Center location)

-Giveaway ends 11/17 at midnight

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Thank you to the super talented Mackenzie Frank for filming!

POPSUGAR Must Have October Unboxing

7 Nov

popsugar must have box

October’s POPSUGAR Must Have Box did not disappoint! I have said this every month I get a new box, but this one truly was one of my favorites. Keep reading to see what’s inside…

Rise and Shine Coffee Mug

First up is this simplistic Rise & Shine mug from Morning Culture. I love the sleek design, and this would make for the perfect Instagram appearance!

Popsugar Must Have

I always get excited when my Must Have box has a food or beverage item that’s nut free. This month included dark drinking chocolate from My Cup of Cocoa. The illustrated packaging was enough to suck me in, but I was pumped when I looked at the ingredients and realized I could use this! I don’t know if I’ve ever had hot chocolate with a dark chocolate base, but I’m pretty excited to give it a try. I’m kind of a hot chocolate fanatic since coffee doesn’t sit well with me, and this will be especially true now that we’re getting into the colder months of the year.

This shower oil/bubble bath combo from Lalicious comes in the scent “Brown Sugar Vanilla” and exudes the comforting smells of fall. I haven’t taken a bubble bath in forever, but this luxurious scent is making me think I need one ASAP.

lisa-sugar-popsugar

This memoir by Lisa Sugar is my favorite item in this month’s box. I’ve gotten so bad about reading books over the years, but I still love reading autobiographies of different people who have “made it” in their respective industries. I’ve always admired POPSUGAR, so I’m excited to give this a read.

make-up-eraser

The most intriguing product of October’s box is this mini Makeup Eraser. I’ve heard of this before, but never actually tried it. I strictly stick to makeup wipes to remove my makeup at the end of the day because it’s so incredibly quick and easy. I really didn’t think it could get easier, but this might give my wipes a run for their money. All you have to do is wet it with warm water and it’ll remove all the products you’ve been wearing. I’m also amazed that the Makeup Eraser is good for 1,000 washes. One thousand, people!

I was so happy to see a Revlon eye pencil in my package, too. I’ve used Revlon eyeliner in the past, and loved the easy application and friendly price tag. I got the shade “Blackest Black”, which is perfect because dark liner is my go-to for a standout eye makeup look.

  popsugar-must-have-box

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*Thanks to POPSUGAR for providing me with a Must Have Box to review. As always, all opinions are my own*

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-clyde-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