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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

Prim & Proper

6 Oct

Black Blazer with Brown Leather Skirt

Brown Leather Skirt Feminine Outfit

This past weekend was spent completely cutting myself off from technology. The only time I really used my phone for anything was to check OpenTable to make sure Nada had availability late Saturday night. My friends and I wanted to soak up our alcohol with some chips and guac, and it was the best decision I made all weekend. Mexican food is always a good idea, in my opinion. Another perk of late-night dining is when your boyfriend meant to order a mojito, but instead asked for a mimosa, which he immediately gave to me (because it’s never too early to start brunching).

It felt great to unplug from the Internet over the weekend. It’s something I hadn’t done in awhile, but I’m feeling majorly recharged now that a new week has started. I think we can officially say it’s fall now. My boyfriend and I got cocktails at a rooftop bar last week, and just one night later it was freezing. You would have thought I was braving a snowstorm by the outfits I wore over the weekend. One night included a large white fuzzy vest and a scarf. I am not prepared for the next six months!

Vince Camuto Callea Black Heels

Fall Outfit with Brown Leather Skirt

Fall Fashion Brown Leather

Silver Gold Black Chain BCBG Necklace

Shirt: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Blazer: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Skirt: MM Couture (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Earrings: Kate Spade

Top It Off

6 Jan

Chic Black Outfit

When in doubt, top it off with a hat! Without going off on a long rant, my hair is insane this time of year. The second I put on a coat/scarf or walk outside, I’m done for. The static is permanent. I’m going to need some Static Guard and dryer sheets to carry around in my purse at this point. These pictures were taken a few days after Christmas, before another round of snow arrived. I spent the new year here in Cincinnati, but drove my boyfriend back to Cleveland on New Year’s Day.

I think I was a little exhausted and hungover during my quick pack for Cleveland. My bag consisted of two pairs of pants, a few sweaters, and a pair of Tory Burch flats. Cleveland is straight up painful in the winter thanks to Lake Erie. We arrived to 10 degree weather and what looked like a foot of snow. For some reason, I forgot how cold it would be. I basically lived in the pair of booties I wore on the drive up. Flats would have instantly given me frostbite, so a pair of heeled booties had to do all the work. To anyone who lives in Cleveland: I respect you. I felt like I was on vacation when I arrived back in Cincinnati to 40 degree weather. 

Anthropologie West Bow Rancher

 

Distressed Jeans Black Sweater

 

On a sports-related rant, the Bengals got humiliated yesterday. I was enjoying some Dos Equis when I realized early in the game it wasn’t going to end well. By the fourth quarter, I had curled up in my bed and fallen asleep. I unfortunately woke up right when the Chargers scored the final touchdown, sealing the deal. I go into a few day long depression every time the Reds and Bengals lose in the playoffs (which is every year). This game was no different, and now I’m just counting down the days until Reds Opening Day (85).

Anthropologie West Bow Rancher Hat

Report Booties Gap Distressed Jeans

Edgy Weekend Look

 

Sweater: Gap | Jeans: Gap | Hat: Anthropologie | Shoes: Report via Piperlime | Necklace: BCBG (similar) | Bracelet: Francesca’s (old) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Wool Hat with Turtleneck

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Structured Mint

26 Jun

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bar III clothing, I suggest you get acquainted with it immediately! Bar III is a brand exclusive to Macy’s, and first hit the retailer’s shelves in March of 2011. Their collection has something to satisfy everyone’s fashion palette, with pieces that range from edgy to feminine. The brand offers all the latest trends, but does it in a way that the pieces will still be stylish years from now. That’s what immediately drew me to this structured mint dress. Peplum has been having a major moment for the past year and a half, and I love the simple peplum detail on this dress. The peplum accent doesn’t overwhelm the dress, so I could easily wear this even after the peplum trend is long gone!

Bar iii dress sleeveless peplum sheath

Bar III peplum sleeveless high neck dress

Bar iii dress, sleeveless high-neck peplum sheath

The best part is the reasonable price point. You could pick up a few items in one shopping trip without breaking the bank! I have quite a few Bar III pieces, and the quality is amazing for the affordable price you’re paying.

Bar III dress, sleeveless high-neck peplum sheath

BCBGeneration Nude Heels

Side story: In the summer of 2009 while I was home from college, I worked at Macy’s as a fitting room attendant. Being the naive 19-year-old that I was, I thought this would be a glamorous job of being surrounded by clothes all day. While I was surrounded by clothes all day, it was far from glamorous! Since I was a newbie, I worked ten hour shifts Thursday-Sunday. Instead of going out on the weekends that summer, I was calling my mom at 10 p.m. on my drive home asking her to prepare a hot bath with epsom salts. I officially felt like an old lady. Not only did my feet hurt, but I grew to hate clothes and shopping. I convinced myself my shopping days were over after being surrounded by mounds and mounds of clothes day after day. Luckily (or unluckily for my bank account) after months of steering clear of the mall, I was able to overcome my hard feelings and reintroduce myself to my love for fashion.

Bar III Mint Peplum Dress

Bar III Mint Peplum High-Neck Dress

Dress: Bar III (color on website is much lighter than actual color) | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) | Earrings: Vintage | Bracelets: Sequin | Nails: Essie ‘Meet Me At Sunset’

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Eye-Popping Pants

25 Jun

I am so happy to finally be back after a weeklong vacation in Georgia! This little blog has become such a part of my daily routine, that I seriously missed it while I was away. As I mentioned before I left for my trip, I’m kind of a lake newbie (my family lives for the beach), so I was pretty lost/disappointed when I had zero cell service down there. I constantly need to be in the loop, and I do this by checking my cell phone religiously! I mean, I did study journalism, so I’ve pretty much had a lifelong need to be informed, whether that be the news or the latest  posts from my blogging buddies!

I took these pictures before my trip, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some outfit pictures before my tan fades. Although I’m Italian, I can never seem to keep my tan for more than a few days. #Depressing.

J.Crew Cafe Capri Pants, Anne Michelle Enzo 01 Ankle Strap Heels

J.Crew Neon Green Cafe Capri Pants

When looking at my closet recently, I noticed that I’ve started to acquire a collection of J.Crew Cafe Capris. I have a pair in white, pink, and the neon green I’m wearing in today’s post! This little collection I’ve started is completely accidental, but it made me realize that I gravitate toward classic, comfortable pieces. If the pants fit, get them in multiple colors!

J.Crew Cafe Capri Pants, BCBG Necklace

J.Crew Green Cafe Capri Pants, White House Black Market Cami, BCBG Chain Necklace

Top: White House Black Market (similar) | Pants: J.Crew (other solid colors on sale!) | Shoes: Lulu’s | Necklace: BCBG (similar) | Bracelet: J.Crew

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Bauble Wish List: Neon

10 Jun

For obvious reasons, neon colors always remind me of summer. These bright shades of pink, yellow, and green signal in the season of warm, sunny days. A neon bauble can add a major statement to a simple summer look. Don’t think your outfit needs to be toned down and simple to rock these pieces, though. Neon jewelry can also be used to complement a bright-colored skirt or top. When wearing neon, I think it’s best to limit yourself to two neon-colored items.  You don’t want to end up looking like an assortment pack of highlighters!

Neon Jewelry

Top Row: J.Crew Necklace | Tom Binns Earrings | BCBG Ring

Middle Row: Michael Kors Bangle | Vince Camuto Watch | J.Crew Necklace

Bottom Row: ASOS Earrings | Max & Chloe Bracelet | Marc by Marc Jacobs Bracelet

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Pop of Neon

2 May

I’ve always thought of pencil skirts as a piece of clothing that takes itself way too seriously. To me, they were boring, restrictive, and simply not cute. I filed them away in my “I’m never going to wear this in my life” category, and focused on buying the clothes that I was interested in. That fantasy came to a screeching halt when I graduated college and realized that I was now in the real world. In the real world, people have jobs and have to wear business attire (e.g. pencil skirts). Much to my delight, J.Crew has an amazing assortment of pencil skirts. This was quite the revelation for someone who had convinced herself that pencil skirts only came in black.

J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt Purple, Gianni Bini White Neon Blouse

After entering pencil skirt heaven (J.Crew), I now realize that the styling possibilities are endless. These colorful, textural skirts can be worn to the office and beyond. I love the way the neon and purple complemented each other, creating a fun yet work-appropriate outfit!

J.Crew No. 2 Purple Pencil Skirt, Gianni Bini White Neon Green Blouse

Gianni Bini White Neon Green Blouse

Gianni Bini White Neon Green Blouse, J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt Purple

Gianni Bini White Blouse with Neon Stripe

Top: Gianni Bini (loving this short-sleeve version!) | Skirt: J.Crew (factory version on major sale) | Shoes: BCBG (similar) | Necklace: Forever 21 (similar) | Ring: J.Crew (similar)

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Gingham Style

5 Apr

Thanks for the inspiration for today’s post title, Psy. Gingham has always been one of my favorite patterns. Its classic, checkered pattern is one that looks great on men and women alike. Before I had any gingham of my own, I was very tempted to borrow from my boyfriend’s collection of J.Crew checkered shirts. Although I fully believe that gingham is a unisex pattern, I highly doubt my boyfriend is going to want to borrow this one! This pattern is preppy and polished, making your look effortlessly sophisticated. My favorite part about gingham is that it can be stylish on its own, or just as easily jazzed up with some jewelry. I think it goes without saying that I usually choose the latter.

Forever 21 Mint Jeans, J.Crew Neon Pink Gingham Shirt

Forever 21 Mint Pants, J.Crew Pink Gingham Shirt

* I took these pretty early in the morning, which hopefully explains my heavy eyelids. Night owl problems, I guess.

J.Crew Neon Pink Gingham Shirt

J.Crew Neon Pink Gingham Shirt, Forever 21 Mint Pants, J.Crew Glitter belt, Flower Necklace

Forever 21 Mint Pants, BCBG nude heels

Forever 21 Mint Pants, J.Crew glitter belt

Forever 21 Mint Pants, J.Crew Pink Gingham Shirt

J.Crew Pink Gingham Shirt

J.Crew Pink Gingham Shirt, J.Crew Glitter Belt

J.Crew Pink Gingham Shirt, Forever 21 Mint Pants

Top: J.Crew | Pants: Forever 21 | Belt: J.Crew (obsessed with this one) | Bracelet: J.Crew | Necklace: Unknown (similar) | Shoes: BCBG (similar on sale!)

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Casino Sneak Peak

5 Mar

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the sneak peak of the Horseshoe Casino that opened last night in Cincinnati. My dad was out of town, so my mom and I went down to be part of the action. We got there 30 minutes before the doors opened, and there was already a line outside. It took us an hour to get inside and start gambling. They were only letting people use one elevator because the lobby was so clogged with people! Once we finally got to the lobby to check in, there were hundreds of people shoved together waiting in line. Being stuck in a windowless space with tons of people for a half hour caused some major anxiety. I distracted myself by looking through my iPhone the whole time.

Zara Top, H&M leather pants

Green Zara Top, BCBG necklace

Green Zara Top

Once on the gaming floor, it was amazing. I’m not a big fan of card games (because I don’t understand them), so I immediately headed for the slots! Long story short, I didn’t win any money that day. Like most people, I’ll be doing really well and then get cocky and say “just one more spin”, and quickly one spin turns to many spins, and my money is gone before I know it. Luckily, my bad mood was gone the second I went to Bobby Flay’s restaurant in the casino called Bobby’s Burger Palace. I don’t eat meat, but they had an amazing grilled cheese sandwich which was accompanied by a side of fries. My only disappointment was that Bobby Flay himself wasn’t there to serve me my food. My mom and I love Bobby Flay! Anytime he’s on the Food Network I have to watch. I love his personality, and his great cooking skills pretty much make him the perfect man 🙂

Green Zara Blouse Top, BCBG necklace

H&M leather pants, Zara green top

I’m excited to go back to the casino now that it’s open to the public, although I may wait awhile since it’ll probably be insanely crowded the next month! Maybe you can relate, but every time I’m at the slot machines I’m secretly thinking of hitting the jackpot so I can go on a major shopping spree.

H&M leather pants

Casino Sneak Peak 7

Green Zara Blouse Top

Top: Zara (similar) | Pants: H&M (similar) | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Necklace: BCBG (similar) | Bracelets: J.Crew, Unknown (similar) | Ring: Unknown (similar)

Mustard & Leather

22 Feb

H&M leather pants, LOFT sweater

Anthropologie bubble necklace

If you haven’t noticed, I’m still on my leather bender. I just love all the options that come along with my faux leather H&M pants! For today’s look I paired the pants with this mustard yellow Loft sweater I got last year. If I had to pick a favorite sweater, this would be it, hands down. I was first attracted to the color, but after buying it, realized how versatile it is. As a self-proclaimed jewelry addict, I like to wear a lot of jewelry. Maybe it’s because I don’t do well with change, but I usually end up wearing the same jewelry with the same outfits over and over again. With this sweater though, I’ve noticed I can wear just about any piece of jewelry that I own. The color may seem limiting at first glance, but I’ve accessorized with gold, silver, black, and colorful jewelry. This sweater is like a chameleon that I can’t get enough of.

Anthropologie bubble necklace

Mustard & Leather 4

I really like the way my Anthropologie necklace popped against the yellow. I wasn’t sure how it would look, but I think the orange and blue beads really stand out! Do you have a sweater that seems to transition perfectly with any outfit?

Ann Taylor Loft mustard yellow sweater

H&M leather pants

Mustard & Leather 7

Sweater: Loft (similar on sale!) | Pants: H&M (similar) | Necklace: Anthropologie (similar) | Bracelet: J.Crew | Shoes: BCBG (similar)