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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)

Week In Review

22 Apr

I definitely enjoyed my first full week not being sick. That, and the weather being awesome made me one happy girl. Another reason I’m excited? Some of my favorite shows are starting to air their season premieres. There’s always something exciting when a show you love comes back from hiatus. Now, my favorites aren’t anything deep. We’re talking pretty much everything on Bravo, such as Real Housewives of New York and Million Dollar Listing: New York. Oh, and how can I forget Kimmy Schmidt?!

If you guys haven’t watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, you need to schedule a Netflix binge-watching weekend immediately. Season two just premiered on Netflix, and it’s so good (as expected). It’s witty, colorful and straight up hilarious.

For whatever reason, I’ve become obsessed with looking at swimsuits. I’ve really gotten into one pieces (as evidenced from my suit last year), and now I can’t stop myself from looking at them. I feel like there’s so many more options than you have with a two piece. I came across this Trejoa one piece last night, and I couldn’t stop staring at it. I still have it pulled up on my computer, and will likely be pulling the trigger over the weekend. I’m a little worried about the chest area, but I feel like I just need to try it so I know. I mean, that print is speaking to me!

Trejoa Swimwear

Now that I’m no longer sick, all I want to do is drink on a rooftop. Of course, rooftop drinking also means rooftop-appropriate cocktails. This Blood Orange Sangria recipe from The Whisking Kitchen definitely fits the bill. It’s fairly easy to make, and the blackberry and mint garnishes are perfect for spring.

Blood Orange Sangria

I’ve been dreaming of the beach lately, especially since Joe and I have been planning a beach trip later this year. We’re not sure where we’re headed yet, and I can’t help myself from constantly looking at pictures of pretty beaches. Condé Nast Traveler recently published an article on the best pink sand beaches in the world, and it’s making me want to transport myself to one of them, stat.

You can see the full list here, but the beach pictured below is in Spain. It almost looks fake because it’s so perfect. Anyone want to take a trip with me?!

Pink Sand Beaches

All-Star Game Neighborhood Guide

8 Jul

Cincinnati All-Star Game

I have been waiting for July 2015 for what feels like a lifetime. Why? Because the All Star Game is taking place in Reds country this year! As a sports junkie, I was on cloud nine when I heard this news. I’m a born and raised Cincinnatian, so any national event that takes place in the Queen City gets me excited, especially when baseball is involved.

Because there’s so much more to All-Star week than the actual game, the girls of Thread Cincinnati wanted to share a guide to the great neighborhoods of Cincinnati. We all have expertise in different areas of the city, and thought it would be nice to give some insight into the areas we love!

Today I’m going to be sharing the places I love downtown and at The Banks (the neighborhood of Great American Ball Park where the game’s taking place). I could write a love letter to downtown Cincinnati, as it’s home to most of my favorite places in the city. You’ve probably seen pictures on my Instagram feed or in the background of blog pictures. It’s my happy place, and I think any visitor would instantly fall in love with it. I hope you enjoy these tidbits on my choice downtown spots, and if you need any other tips, shoot me an email!

After you’ve checked out my suggestions, head over to Preeti’s blog to read her guide to Northern Kentucky!

Drink

I’m a girl who loves champagne, and I believe bubbly is best served on a hotel rooftop overlooking the city. Top of the Park at the Residence Inn is my go-to summer drinking spot, and I promise you won’t be disappointed! You’re instantly transported to a chic, relaxed atmosphere that’s a nice little escape from reality. Did I mention the rooftop has two levels?

Top of the Park Cincinnati Rooftop Bar

21c Museum Hotel has two bar options that I love. One is the bar at Metropole, the restaurant located on the first floor. This would be great for those non-All-Star activities when you want something a little fancier. The hotel also has a smaller rooftop bar with picturesque city views.

21c Rooftop Bar

image via Wikipedia

If you want to be in the heart of the All-Star action, Jefferson Social is your spot! Located at The Banks, there’s space inside and out to enjoy a cold drink, and you can even see the stadium from the outside patio. They have an extensive craft beer and cocktail list, and also a Mexican-focused food selection! You can’t go wrong with the tacos.

Jefferson Social

image via Jefferson Social

Dine

Speaking of Mexican, Nada is hands down my happy place when it comes to dining. If you love guacamole and margaritas, please eat here and thank me later. Their menu has something for everyone, including vegetarians like myself. This is also a great place to dine outside and enjoy the weather.

Nada Restaurant Cincinnati

Looking to celebrate your All-Star week trip? Go all out with the best steak dinner in town at Jeff Ruby’s. Now, I don’t actually eat meat, but everyone else in my life does, and it’s the best of the best. I can vouch for the amazing sides that you won’t regret adding to your meal. The glamorous art deco vibe instantly transports you to another world, and I would do anything to have one of the chandeliers in my dream house.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

image via Cincinnati.com

Moerlein Lager House is guaranteed to be alive with the All-Star spirit. It’s steps from the stadium, and features an extensive menu and beer list. They brew their own beer, so you’ll be getting a taste (pun intended) of Cincinnati’s rich brewery history.

Moerlein Lager House

image via Urban Cincy

Shop

If you’re looking for some high-end retail therapy while in town, Saks Fifth Avenue is your place. It’s in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, so you’ll be in the center of the action.

Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati

image via Cincinnati USA

For all you bookworms, I can’t say enough about the Ohio Book Store. My boyfriend (who is an avid reader) and I stumbled upon this store a few years ago, and it still feels like I’m entering Narnia each time I go. There are levels and levels of books waiting to be discovered.

Ohio Book Store Cincinnati

Need a last minute outfit or pair of shoes? Macy’s near Fountain Square is your best bet. The store is spread out over multiple levels, so you should be able to find everything you need. Did you know Macy’s is headquartered here in Cincinnati? You learn something every day ;).

Macy's Fountain Square

image via Downtown Cincinnati

Attractions

Smale Riverfront Park has been one of my most frequented places since it opened. There’s so much to do and see that you could make a whole day of it. Located along the banks of the Ohio River, there’s greenery, tons of flowers, fountains galore and a giant foot piano!

Smale Riverfront Park

Fountain Square is the epitome of Cincinnati life. It’s in the center of downtown Cincinnati, and is a constant gathering place for all walks of life. I love standing just close enough to the fountain to get a nice little mist in the summer. There’s also a massive TV screen that airs Reds games and other events. Basically, it’s a great place to hang out and people watch!

Fountain Square Cincinnati Ohio

image via Wikipedia

The Serpentine Wall is an area along the riverbank that literally looks like a serpent. There are rows and rows of curved concrete that snake along the river, making it the perfect spot to take in the scenic views.

 Serpentine Wall Cincinnati

image via Indy Scan

A Quick Hello

6 Jul

Just wanted to say a quick hello, since it’s been a little quiet on my blog! I got back from Siesta Key late (11:30 pm) Saturday night, and discovered we had no internet connection. It got fixed Sunday evening, but I decided to take advantage of the extended “vacation” from technology. I spent my entire Sunday catching up on all the Bravo shows I missed while I was gone. Sidenote: does anyone watch Odd Mom Out?! My mom and I love it, and I think it’s a perfect addition to the Bravo lineup.

I wanted to share a few pictures from my trip (which absolutely flew by) today. I actually thought I would have taken a lot more, but my entire family was on the trip so I was trying to be fully in the moment the entire time. You try to get as much bonding in as possible when you have family that lives out of town. I did take some outfit pictures in Florida, so those will be up later this week.

Venice Florida Restaurant

I finally got to wear this outfit from Coup D’etat Vintage! I got it months ago, and thought Florida was the perfect place to rock the floral pattern. We went to the Crow’s Nest in Venice this night, and got a few pictures as a massive storm was rolling in. It looked like a tornado was on its way because the sky was an unfortunate shade of yellow. Not the best weather when you want to show off a colorful outfit!

Big Olaf Ice Cream Siesta Key

On our second night, we went to Big Olaf after dinner. Because my nut allergy is awesome and prevents me from ever eating dessert, I got to watch everyone else enjoy their ice cream. Judging by the looks and smell of it, it was good. Sigh.

Old Salty Dog Siesta Key

Because I had to get an artsy shot in, I thought these lights at the Old Salty Dog were so cute. It made me want a cute outdoor space to decorate!

Old Salty Dog Siesta Key

Palm Tree Sunset

Living in the Midwest, it’s always so exciting to see palm trees when you hit Florida. I’m actually sad that I’m back in Ohio with normal trees and not palm trees. Palm trees are so much prettier!

Siesta Key Beach

The above picture was taken with my iPhone, but how perfect does this look? I love the Gulf of Mexico, and the beaches of Siesta Key are gorgeous.

St. Petersburg Dining

I honestly don’t remember the name of this restaurant, but it was in the St. Petersburg area. My boyfriend’s dad was actually in town visiting friends, and we didn’t find out until halfway through our trip. It was a weird coincidence, so we made the hour drive to St. Petersburg and had lunch at the above Italian restaurant. It was adorable, and the food was amazing. I’m Italian, and this place felt extremely authentic. The yellow facade was also a plus!

What To Wear When Traveling

7 Aug

Summer is a time for traveling to your favorite destinations for some much needed rest and relaxation. As if packing isn’t stressful enough, you also have to tackle the much-dreaded task of figuring out what to wear on the way to your destination. Whether you’re driving or flying to your vacation spot, you want to wear something comfortable, while still maintaining your style. Not only will you feel good when you arrive, but you’ll also look great!

Layering is key when traveling. You never know when you might get too hot or too cold, so you want layers you can add or remove to keep comfortable. A bright cardigan will add warmth and a pop of color. Keep it simple by pairing a basic white t-shirt underneath. Keep accessories simple when travelling. When going through airport security, the last thing you want is to be held up taking off piles of jewelry.

J.Crew Collection Cashmere Striped Cardigan, Kate Spade Azalea Cardigan, Kate Spade Sofia Cardigan

Kate Spade | J.Crew | Kate Spade

A pair of boyfriend jeans will ensure that your look is comfortable and chic. Boyfriend jeans provide a loose, worn fit, allowing you room to comfortably move around. If distressed jeans aren’t for you, there are also options in the boyfriend style that are not overly distressed.


Boyfriend Jeans

7 For All Mankind | J.Crew | Current/Elliot

Flat shoes are always the way to go when you’re on the move! A pair of ballet flats will provide comfort, and are an easy way to dress up your casual look. If you’re looking for more of a summery shoe, opt for a pair of flat espadrilles. For the ultimate travel shoe, Tiek’s are the way to go. These versatile flats were made for traveling, and are designed to roll up and fit in your purse. Tiek’s come in a multitude of colors and patterns, with someone for every traveling fashionista. Talk about a genius idea!

Shoes for Travelling

 Tory Burch | J.Crew | Tieks

Bringing the right purse is important, especially when travelling by airplane. In the unfortunate case that your luggage gets misplaced, it’s good to carry on as many items as possible. A large, structured tote will allow plenty of space for the essentials. Most totes are also large enough to fit an iPad and even a few swimsuits.

Travel Totes

Kate Spade | Michael Kors | Longchamp