[Coat, vintage | Romper, Top Shop via Nordstrom Rack | Necklace, Francesca’s | Shoes, BCBG]
I’ve always had a fascination with all things vintage. I’m a kid at heart with an old, fashion-obsessed soul. In high school, while most girls wore the quintessential glittery, Cinderella-type ball gowns, I always gravitated to more classic looks. The silky, figure-hugging gowns were more my speed. And I can honestly say I’d wear them all again six years later.
This yellow coat is a very special frock with an interesting story. It came from Henry Harris, which according to my grandma was a high-end women’s clothing store located in the Netherland Plaza Hotel. “It was where all of Cincinnati’s high-class women shopped. They had beautiful things,” she said. She thinks this coat hit store shelves in the 60s. The quality and detail is impeccable and extremely hard to come by today, unless you’re willing to shell out the cash for high-end designer pieces.
I can’t tell you what happened to this coat after it departed Henry Harris wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon, but I can tell you it somehow ended up in my high school’s theater department. I was a freshman in college, and returned to my high school to watch friends in the school play. There it was on stage. Bright yellow and glowing. Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to it, and had to have it. I just couldn’t stop thinking about that yellow coat. My friends knew about my obsession and snatched it for me. A few years later, I was reunited with the yellow coat. It now lives safely tucked away in my closet, patiently waiting for the opportunity to be shown off.
Photography by Jackie Butler
[Sweater, Old Navy | Skirt, Target | Shoes, GUESS | Earrings, Curate Boutique | Lipstick, Givenchy Magnolia Organza]
I spent the four best years of my life in Norwood. And although people like to give it a hard time, the neighborhood will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where my mom grew up. My grandpa used to frequent Norwood’s very own historical landmark, Dana Gardens – a bar that’s still (somehow) standing today. It’s where I made the best of friends, and shared many memories, drunken nights, basketball games, a special first date and more than my fair share of all-nighters. Let me stop here before I take a long stroll down memory lane…
Yesterday, my friend Annie and I went on a walk from my apartment in Norwood to Oakley Square. The weather was absolutely perfect. We stopped at a few parks along the way, and laughed as people drove by and stared at us like we were crazy. This whole posing by yourself thing…it doesn’t get any less awkward.
The warmer weather really lifted my mood after a long work day, and I can’t wait to spend more days outside. A little fresh air and sunshine are the perfect remedies to spending most of my days indoors. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think spring is finally here. And I’m pretty excited about it.
Photography by Annie Butler
I’ve never really liked having my picture taken, especially when asked to pose by myself. Like, what do I do? Put my hand on my hip? Put both hands on my hips? Cross my arms? It’s an incredibly awkward experience. As much as I tried to channel my inner Blair, my attempt was an absolute fail. I couldn’t help but laugh hysterically the entire time. So much so that my face actually hurt.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, coming from the girl who sends double-chin selfies to her friends and boyfriend on a semi-regular basis. Being serious isn’t in my nature.
Luckily, my friend Annie shares the same belief that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously (we used to work together and held regular dance parties in the office lobby). She took these pictures after we ate at the Green Dog Cafe. Annie lives in Cincinnati’s historic Columbia Tusculum neighborhood, and is a Green Dog Cafe regular. I had never been there before, and was so happy I did. The food was delicious. I’d like to throw a special shout out to the Green Dog Fries. I’m still dreaming about the mysterious yellow dipping sauce days later.
These murals were right across the street from the Cafe, and we had to check them out. It’s no secret that I love a good building mural. I’m always amazed by the sheer talent of the artists who created them. Building murals are all over Cincinnati, and they’re one of my favorite pieces of the city.
My first outfit post and first Green Dog Cafe experience are in the books. Cheers to firsts that definitely won’t be lasts.
Jacket [thrifted, similar], Shirt [Nordstrom Rack, similar], Skirt [thrifted, similar], Tights [Banana Republic, similar], Ankle Boots [Target, similar], Sunglasses [Rayban], Lipstick [Givenchy, Magnolia Organza + Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue, Soothing Sorbet]
Yesterday, we experienced the warmest weather we’ve had in what felt like years, and I couldn’t resist breaking out the heeled sandals. I’m impatient, I’ll admit it. Maybe I jumped the gun, considering today we’re supposed to get snow. Some things I’ll never understand.
Although it feels as though winter will never end, I’m feeling optimistic that spring is just around the corner. I’m beyond excited for bare toes, lighter days and outdoor happy hours (Neon’s, anyone?). And of course, the clothes. Here are some of my absolute favorite trends for the upcoming season: [Topshop, Kohl’s, PrettyGuide, FrontRowShop] [River Island, Stila, Make Me Chic, ASOS] [Gap, Ruche, Wallis, Topshop][Topshop, Topshop, Topshop, Topshop] [Forever 21, bkr, Converse, J.Crew]
Living in Cincinnati has its perks, but winter is definitely not one of them. I go to work every morning looking like the Michelin Tire Man. Most days are gray, chillingly-cold and gloomy. The warmer months seem like a distant, foggy memory. It’s as if winter is here to stay. Permanently. See ya never, spring.
Sweaters, coats, scarves, gloves, hats…I loved you four months ago, but I’ve moved on. You make me feel trapped. I miss the freedom I used to feel in my spring and summer clothes. Shopping in a heavy coat and what feels like 10 lbs of layers…it’s a chore. The effort it takes to try something on? You can forget about it. And the static cling. Over it.
The brief stint of warm (I use this term loosely) weather we had Saturday left me yearning for sunny days ahead. I’m currently sitting in my favorite local coffee shop, sporting my over-sized, puffy coat, and daydreaming of the springy garments I wish I were wearing. Emerald green is a favorite of mine, as are most jewel tones. And nothing beats fun, bright accessories. Let the countdown to spring begin.
Top [River Island], Skirt [T by Alexander Wang], Shoes [Forever 21], Denim Jacket [Gap], Nail Polish [Essie, Fashion Playground], Earrings [Baublebar], Bracelet [Baublebar], Cross-body Bag [Coach]