Gift Guide: L.L. Bean Fisherman’s Sweater

Christmas is less than three weeks away! And if you’re like me, you’re frantically scrambling to find and order gifts online before it’s too late. So take a few moments to assess your list – Is there someone leaving you completely stumped?

Look no further than L.L. Bean‘s Signature Fisherman’s Sweater.

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

With both men’s and women’s styles, the Fisherman’s Sweater is the ultimate staple for any wardrobe. And for that person who’s always cold, you can wave goodbye to overlayering – the densely knit cotton will keep you incredibly warm without a bunch of layers. (Though it looks super cute with a flannel underneath or vest over top.) It can also easily be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

And good news for all you Cincinnatians – L.L. Bean just opened their very first Cincinnati store at Kenwood Towne Centre last month. So go out and grab this sweater for everyone on your list… and don’t forget one for yourself. And while you’re at it, grab some signature Bean Boots, too! #TreatYoSelf2016 🙂

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

Vest: Patagonia || Sweater: L.L. Bean (c/o) || Jeans: American Eagle || Boots: American Eagle || Earrings: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Necklace: Kendra Scott

Thanks to L.L. Bean for sponsoring today’s look! As always, all opinions are my own.

Holiday Glam with JORD Wood Watches + GIVEAWAY!

Welp, it’s officially December. The cold is in the air, and snow is in the forecast. But don’t get me wrong… I love the winter. You know why? For the holiday outfits!

I’m all about the statement jewelry – especially necklaces – but this year I’m incorporating a new statement into my festive looks: my JORD Wooden Watch.

Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

You heard that right. This unique watch is handcrafted from grained zebrawood, accented by a beautiful navy face – it’s sure to get the conversation going at any holiday gathering.

And it doesn’t end there. JORD offers an array of men’s and women’s watches with different woods, face sizes, shapes and colors. And a lot of their designs – like my Frankie Series in Zebrawood & Navy – are unisex! So Jacko took a stab at modeling it, too 🙂

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

With 12 original designs, you’re sure to find a watch for everyone on your list. And to make your gift extra special, you can personalize it with custom engraving on the watch or box!

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Vest: Old Navy || Dress: Old Navy || Boots: American Eagle || Earrings: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Watch: JORD Wood Watches

And though it’s the season of giving, why not treat yourself? By entering the giveaway below, you have the chance to win your own JORD watch! And even if you’re not selected as the winner, you’ll still receive a $25 e-gift code to use towards your watch purchase. Follow the link below to enter! (Giveaway ends 12/16)

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

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Wooden Wristwatch

Thank you to JORD Wood Watches for sponsoring this post and giveaway! As always, all opinions are my own.

Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this Friday marks the Netflix premiere of the Gilmore Girls revival: A Year in the Life.

Though I’m fairly new to the GG fan club, I wanted to do something in honor of this momentous occasion.

So I’m putting my own twist Rory’s 21st signature birthday cocktail… minus the champagne and pineapple juice. It’s still as sweet as can be – just like Miss Gilmore – but this one is not disgusting! Beware: Drinking too many of these may result in a Kirk-level sugar hangover 🙂

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ingredients/Supplies:

  • 1/4 cup water (to prep rim of glass)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, granulated (for rim)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 3 ounces pink lemonade (regular or sparkling)
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Pinch of lime juice (optional)
  • Choice of fruit to garnish (I used strawberries and blackberries)

Directions:

Prep Glass: In 2 small plates or shallow bowls, place sugar in one and water in the other. Using a martini glass, dip the rim of the glass slightly into the water, then immediately into the sugar. Give it a gentle twist until the rim is completely covered in sugar.

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mix Drink: Add ice to a shaker until about halfway full. Pour in vodka and grenadine.

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Place lid on shaker and shake until well blended.

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Remove lid, add pink lemonade and gently stir.

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Serve: Pour into prepared martini glass. Garnish with your choice of fruit and add a dash of fresh lime juice, if desired.

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life: Rory Cocktail Recipe | Closet Full of Cocktails

Finery Boutique

I’m a sucker for exploring new spots in the city, especially in Over-the-Rhine, so when I stumbled across a new storefront on Walnut, I was super excited to check it out.

Enter Finery.

It’s a dress rental boutique, so instead of buying fabulous designer dresses in store, you can rent them for a short period of time.

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Finery Dress Rental Boutique: Over-the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio | Closet Full of Cocktails

Finery Dress Rental Boutique: Over-the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio | Closet Full of Cocktails

Sound familiar? Though I love Rent the Runway, I hate that I can’t try on the dresses in person. Yes, they’ve been starting to create showrooms, but only in bigger cities… which means if I order a dress and hate how it fits, I’m just wasting money. (And nobody’s got time for that!)

Finery offers Cincinnati residents access to contemporary designer dresses – like Saylor, Yumi Kim, Likely and Greylin – for a fraction of the cost! Like this red beauty: retails for $215, rents for only $60. Did someone say holiday party?

Most of the dresses at Finery rent for $60 or less, with rental prices ranging from $25 to $100. The standard dress rental period is four days, but you can rent longer for an additional fee. And while you’re able to rent Finery’s dresses on the spot, it’s recommended to reserve your dress in advance… just in case someone else falls in love with it.

Finery Dress Rental Boutique: Over-the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio | Closet Full of Cocktails

Finery Dress Rental Boutique: Over-the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio | Closet Full of Cocktails

Finery Dress Rental Boutique: Over-the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio | Closet Full of Cocktails

And don’t forget the accessories… because no outfit is complete without a little bling! Finery offers some beautiful baubles, like these:

Finery Dress Rental Boutique: Over-the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio | Closet Full of Cocktails

I’ll definitely be back to scope out holiday party options – and you should, too! And be sure to follow Finery on Instagram for their latest inventory. Happy renting! 🙂

Happy Birthday, CFOC!

Today is not just the first of November, it’s my first ever blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s already been one whole year since I took that leap of faith and created Closet Full of Cocktails.

What started as an outlet of creative necessity has become a personal passion of mine. I’m proud to be a blogger, an entrepreneur, a self-starter. Proud of how far my content has come. And most of all, proud of how much confidence I’ve gained along the way.

But enough of the sappiness, and onto the fun! And what better way to celebrate than to throw it back to my first CFOC post: 3 Flannels, 3 Ways. Without even realizing it, I bought three more flannels this season… because you can never have too many. Subconsciously, I must’ve had the idea to recreate my first post all along 🙂

So with my favorite celebratory accessories in tow, here are 3 more flannels, 3 more ways:

1. THE BOYFRIEND LOOK

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

SHOP THE LOOK:

2. ALL LEATHER EVERYTHING

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

SHOP THE LOOK:

3. FEMININE DETAILS

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

3 More Flannels, 3 More Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

SHOP THE LOOK:

It’s been such a fun year, so thank you for being a part of it! I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store 🙂

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets + Giveaway!

Want to win a $250 gift card to the Simon Premium Outlets near you? Check the details at the bottom of this post for info on how to enter 🙂

Finally – it feels like fall here in Cincy! I’ve happily stored away my summer tanks to make room for my fall sweaters and scarves. And with my seasonal cleanout came a closet assessment: Which of my favorite fall staples are missing?

  1. A chunky knit turtleneck
  2. Open-toed booties, preferably in black
  3. Another vest (I may have an addiction…)

So off to the Cincinnati Premium Outlets I went, along with some of my fellow Thread ladies, in search of these fall pieces!

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets | Closet Full of Cocktails

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets | Closet Full of Cocktails

First stop: Nine West. I always find the best shoes at the CPO location in Monroe, and this trip was no exception. It was a tough decision between these beautiful OTK suede boots or these black open-toed booties, but I opted to stick to the “list” and go with the booties.

My second (and last) stop was J. Crew Factory. It’s never hard for me to find something there, and I usually end up leaving with multiple purchases in tow. Oops!

And luckily enough, I found the other two things on my list: a chunky knit turtleneck and puffer vest. I’ve been lusting over this herringbone vest for the past few years, so it was about time to add it to my closet. And my latest obsession with camel-colored everything drew me to this turtleneck. Top it off with tortoise shell earrings and my look was complete!

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets | Closet Full of Cocktails

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets | Closet Full of Cocktails

In addition to these fabulous finds, I bought:

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets | Closet Full of Cocktails

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets | Closet Full of Cocktails

Falling for Fall at Simon Premium Outlets | Closet Full of Cocktails

Vest: J. Crew Factory || Turtleneck: J. Crew Factory || Jeans: American Eagle || Booties: Nine West || Earrings: J. Crew Factory (N/A online: similar)

Now it’s time to talk giveaway!

One lucky Thread Cincinnati follower will win a $250 gift card to the Simon Premium Outlets near them! To enter:

  1. Follow both @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po on Instagram (We’ll be checking to make sure!)
  2. Post your favorite outlet or bargain find to Instagram using the hashtag #cincysimonspree and tagging @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po
  3. Submit your photo by next Wednesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered

It can be a flat lay (like this) of your favorite piece(s) or a picture of you modeling it!

Special thanks to Simon Premium Outlets for providing me with a $100 gift card to shop for my outfit as well as a $250 gift card to give away to our Thread Cincinnati followers. As always, all opinions are my own.