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    Going (Emerald) Green


    [Dress, Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes, Forever 21 (similar) |

    I’m a girl who enjoys the simple things in life, like a good cup of coffee, fresh flowers, a custard-filled donut (or four) and collecting (i.e. hoarding) clothing in all shades of black, white and gray.

    And while we’re on the subject, I’ll confess that color used to freak me out. But, after too many stains on my white shirts and too much money spent on Tide To Go pens, I decided it was time to make a change.

    DSC_0206Then, this dress. This fabulous, inexpensive, fall-friendly, emerald green dress. The dress that really changed the game for me. I wore it to a wedding last weekend with this clutch I borrowed from my mom (on sale!) and felt like a million bucks, without having to spend a million bucks….or even $50. And if I can feel pulled-together with minimal effort and funds, then I’m definitely winning at life (at least in my mind).DSC_0203DSC_0196See the dress in action below:
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    P.S. – if you guys have tips for how to make yoga pants + sweatshirts look like appropriate wedding date attire, you know where to find me.

    Photography by Aline Tabet.


    The Long-Sleeve Dress


    [Dress, Francesca’s c/o | Boots, DV via Nordstrom | Bag, Michael Kors (borrowed) | Sunnies, Curate Boutique]

    It’s just plain weird outside, don’t you agree? I’m going to call it “fummer.” It feels like it should be fall, but the sweltering temps are telling me otherwise. The weather is like me in all its indecisive glory. But, you know what? I’m always up for a challenge. So, weird weather, bring it on.

    I paired this long-sleeve dress with ankle boots and a cross-body bag for a fuss free, somewhat sweat-free, fall-friendly look.  I’ll be honest, I’m still slightly in mourning that the long days of summer are nearly over. But, I’m starting to warm up to the idea of leaf piles, chunky sweaters, the smell of campfires and of course, boots. I just might be changing my tune.

    What’s your favorite part about the upcoming season?


    I hope you all have a great day! Thank you so much for reading.

    Photography by Aline Tabet.

    Cincinnati, Fashion

    Work That Skirt

    Processed with VSCOcamI’m a big skirt person. Seriously, the biggest. The amount of skirts hanging in my closet is comical, and that doesn’t include the ones stashed in my dresser drawers (there may or may not be a skirt intervention in my future).

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    [Skirt, Anthropolgie | Shirt, Old Navy | Shoes, GUESS]

    I spotted this beauty at Anthropologie several months ago and fell in love. But, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. The $200 price tag was a little out of my comfort zone. Fast forward to a few weeks later, and I was promoted at work. Then this skirt went on sale. It was like a sign from the skirt gods. I was sold. And it was mine.

    The skirt, with its bright flowers and poofy silhouette, definitely speaks for itself. It’s a major ham, honestly. It just loves to be the center of attention. When I saw fellow Cincy blogger Katie’s midi skirt + tied button-up combo, I realized it was just what this skirt needed.

    And while this little number might steal the show on any given day, whether in the office or out and about, nothing beats the way Cincinnati glows in the early evenings. And I got to take it all in from one of the nation’s only pedestrian bridges. I’m one lucky girl.

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    Instaration: Black + White

    I love a good photograph, don’t you? From DIY projects and barista art, to mouth-watering chocolate chip cookies and shiny, leather handbags, it’s safe to say that Instagram has it all. And yes, I’m one of those people who has to physically pull her thumb away from her iPhone screen. If not, all hope is lost.

    For this post, I wanted to focus on all things black and white. Both are shades I tend to gravitate towards, and together, they’re timeless. Here are some of the grams I’ve found that are worthy of a double tap:

    photo 1[Love the beaded detailing on this top.] photo 3

    [One of these days I will own a claw foot tub.]photo 4

    [I haven’t actually tried Brown Bear Bakery’s Salty Chocolate Chip Cookie yet, and I really don’t know how I’ve gone on living.]photo 5[Pretty obsessed with this awesome rug. Definitely a statement piece.]photo 6[I have a love for leather and all things gingham.]photo 7[No maybes.]photo 8[Stripes for days.]photo 10[If only I could make throwing things on a floor look as cool.]photo 11[No words.]photo 12

    [I kinda just want to put this on and twirl around a room, you know?]photo 13

    [I love this simple, elegant gallery wall.]


    Hope you guys liked the images I found this week!

    Be sure to follow me on Instagram and accompany me on daily adventures. I promise to try and capture filtered images of my home décor, my dachshund doing cute things and whatever random plates of food I’m eating at the moment. And if I’m feeling extra ambitious, I might even try taking photos of objects neatly displayed on my wood floor. Because that seems to be what all the cool grammers are doing.


    Transitions: Shorts + Sweater Edition

    DSC_0769[Sweater, Love Culture | Shorts, DIY | Bag, Forever21 | Sandals, Hinge via Nordstrom Rack]

    Where did the summer go? It’s crazy to think the months of outdoor happy hours, lake trips and long days are slowly fading, and September is just a week away. I can honestly say I haven’t touched a bathing suit since the pools opened, not that this should come as a surprise. My skin speaks for itself. But, despite my pale state, I’m not going to say no to shorts. Especially in this 90 degree heat wave.

    I hunted for a pair of high-waisted black denim shorts for what felt like an eternity, but didn’t have any luck. I know I sound like my mother when I say this, but the ones I tried on at my favorite stores were so short. After I exhausted my options, I resorted to my local Goodwill. I grabbed some scissors and got to work on a lovely pair of Boston Proper “mom jeans.” And just like that, I got what I was looking for – a pair of shorts that don’t require any censorship.

    I styled my DIY shorts with a light knit sweater and stacked sandals. The look is still appropriate for summer, and can easily transition into the cooler fall months ahead. I’d just toss out the sandals for some leather booties and bam, I’m good to go.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. But I also have this undeniable infatuation with sweaters. I can’t wait for fall for the sole reason that I’ll actually be able to wear them without sweating buckets. Let the countdown begin.


    What are some of your favorite ways to transition your summer pieces to fall? 


    Birthday (Jump)suit


    [Jumpsuit, Boutique in NYC | Shoes, Forever21 | Bag, Forever21 | Earrings, Tara Lea Smith via Curate Boutique | Rings, Charming Charlie ]

    I bought this jump suit on a whim last summer in New York City. I thought it was sophisticated, cool and so very “New York.” I studied it in the check out line and pictured myself wearing it to some cocktail party or fancy happy hour.

    And because I have yet to attend a cocktail party or fancy happy hour, my lonely jumpsuit hung untouched on a broken hanger in my closet for a year.

    And then, finally, after time in the dark, it had its moment. I turned 24. And as a 24-year-old, I wanted to wear something special. Something like a fierce black jumpsuit. I paired it with my highest heels, go-to bag and sparkly earrings for a night on the town.

    Jumpsuit, I’m so sorry I ever doubted you. You’re pretty fabulous.
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