Pop of Plaid

After a whirlwind trip cross-country – check out my Insta – I’m back and ready to blog. 🙂

If you’re like me, when you walk into Anthropologie, you head straight to the sale room. Yes, the new, full-price stuff is cute and worth a *quick* look, but this girl’s wallet ain’t got time for a $250 cotton dress!

On my last trip to Anthro, not only did I find this fabulous top (TBH, this was full price …) but I found two more things in the sale section … #score … one of them being this adorable striped blouse.

Pop of Plaid | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pop of Plaid | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pop of Plaid | Closet Full of Cocktails

But it wasn’t just any cute blouse with ruffles. Like most Anthropologie clothes, it came a fun surprise that makes their manufactured clothes feel unique and one-of-a-kind … even though they’re obviously not.

So what was under the sleeves? PLAID! Now I had to have it.

Pop of Plaid | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pop of Plaid | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pop of Plaid | Closet Full of Cocktails

So back to the register it went with me … and for less than $50!!!

What’s your favorite Anthropologie steal? Share yours with me in the comments below!

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Ruffle Sleeves

Happy Friday! Though I only had a 2.5-day work week (thanks Fourth of July…) I’m so happy it’s the weekend because I’m that much closer to the trip of a lifetime! Next weekend, I’m starting my cross-country journey – from Cincinnati to Chicago to Los Angeles – as my boyfriend Jack is moving to the City of Angels!

I’m. So. Excited.

As a result, I’ll be spending less time blogging and more time social media-ing our adventures … so be sure to follow along on my Insta stories.

Now onto the good stuff: Today’s outfit is one of my new summer favorites!

I never thought I could pull off the heels + shorts look (Mom always said it looked “hooker-ish” … LOL) but I’m so happy I tried it out. Though I’m only 5’4″ it looks like I have #LegzForDayz.

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

I’m obsessed with the pairing of black, white and army green. Plus the added element of surprise on the back of these block heel sandals! #TJMaxxScore

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ruffle Sleeves | Closet Full of Cocktails

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What’s your go-to summer look this season? Share your outfit ideas with me in the comments below! 😀

Romper of the Summer

My fashion philosophy for beating the summer heat hasn’t changed much since last year: rompers or bust.

Like most people, I jumped on the romper and jumpsuit bandwagon, and my wallet is paying for it. In addition to some faves from last summer (here and here) I’ve added a few new ones to this summer’s lineup. First on deck: this easy, breezy pink number!

Pink GAP Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pink GAP Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

The fabric of this romper is so breathable, perfect for the mugginess of the Queen City! And since it’s so basic (not in the PSL-loving way) it’s easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion.

For this look, I simply paired it with some bauble chandelier earrings in the same color scheme, a basic neutral purse and my favorite mule loafers. Easy peasy! And the perfect outfit to picture in front of OTR’s most colorful murals 🙂

Pink GAP Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pink GAP Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

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EVER Skincare

EVER Skincare Review | Closet Full of Cocktails

Over the weekend, I received a surprising question: What’s your makeup routine? I was (happily) caught off guard by this because I had never received compliments on my skincare regimen before … probably because it was non-existent. I was constantly switching up my products and maintenance.

It was only until recently that I nailed down a solid routine after finally finding products I love! One of the newest additions to my collection: EVER Skincare.

EVER Skincare Review | Closet Full of Cocktails

As part of the Stella & Dot family brands, EVER has taken off by a tumultuous combo of social media and word-of-mouth buzz! The skincare line’s focus is on botanically based products that are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors + fragrances, and more.

Not only have I added the critically acclaimed LAVISH Body Butter to my routine – Did you know there was a waitlist of 2,000+ people for this stuff? #CrazyTalk – the best part of my new routine has been the Total Eye Makeover set, which includes the REVIVE Intensive Eye Lift, DAYLIGHT Treatment Corrector and the DAYLIGHT Treatment Concealer.

It’s the definition of a triple-threat, tackling fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles in just 3 easy steps. And unlike other concealers, it’s not cakey or crease-prone. Don’t believe me? Check out some of the before & after pictures to see for yourself … this stuff works miracles, I swear!

EVER Skincare Review | Closet Full of Cocktails

EVER Skincare Review | Closet Full of Cocktails

EVER Skincare Review | Closet Full of Cocktails

EVER Skincare Review | Closet Full of Cocktails

Now that I’m an EVER believer, I can’t wait to try more of their fabulous products, like the award-winning REVEAL Biomimetic Peel Pads, the SMOOTH All Over Beauty Balm, or the PURIFY Deep Clean Detox Mask … Because who doesn’t love a good mask?

You can shop EVER Skincare online or find a local representative near you. And be sure to take the skin quiz to personalize your routine with the best products for you!

Thanks to my EVER representative Kate Delaney for providing me with samples and a LAVISH body butter as compensation for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Floral + Tassels + Stripes

Time for a riddle …

What do you get when you combine floral embroidery, rainbow tassels and pin stripes?

The most adorable, eye-catching blouse you ever did see!

Floral + Tassels + Stripes Anthropologie Blouse | Closet Full of Cocktails

Floral + Tassels + Stripes Anthropologie Blouse | Closet Full of Cocktails

While home in Buffalo for Memorial Day weekend, my mom and I went shopping … naturally. As we slowly passed by Anthropologie, we both did a double-take and started walking in reverse. Why you ask? Because we laid eyes on this gorgeous top at the same time!

Not only is it quite the looker, it’s also super lightweight and airy … perfect for the sticky Cincinnati summer ahead.

When styling this look, I wanted the blouse to be the statement, so I simply paired it with some white skinnies and nude block heels … then topped it off with some royal blue tassel earrings to pull it all together.

Floral + Tassels + Stripes Anthropologie Blouse | Closet Full of Cocktails

Floral + Tassels + Stripes Anthropologie Blouse | Closet Full of Cocktails

Floral + Tassels + Stripes Anthropologie Blouse | Closet Full of Cocktails

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Influencer Night at Teller’s of Hyde Park

Ever since I moved to Cincinnati 6 years ago, Teller’s of Hyde Park has been one of my favorite go-to dinner spots. From dining as an out-of-towner, a college student and now a resident Hyde Parker, I think I’ve tried at least half of the menu items. Though I have my obvious favorites (I’m lookin’ at you Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls) I always like to try something different and let me tell you … it never disappoints!

Influencer Night at Teller's of Hyde Park | Closet Full of Cocktails

Last week, I was honored to attend an exclusive Influencer Night at Teller’s. While there, I got the lowdown on their NEW food and drink menus. They only change up their menu 1-2 times per year, so you’ve gotta go try these new items for yourself!

Teller’s is located in the iconic Hyde Park Square, nestled amongst other local eateries, bars and boutiques. Inspired by its former glory as the Hyde Park Savings and Loan Building, the ambiance, decor and even some of the cocktails are an ode to the good ol’ banking days.

Influencer Night at Teller's of Hyde Park | Closet Full of Cocktails

For example, some of their new summer cocktails include the Pretty Boy Floyd, Sundance Kid, Jesse James and Clyde Barrow – all names of infamous bank robbers. Clever, right? Of these new cocktails, I highly recommend the Bonnie Parker. It’s an Aperol-based cocktail complete with homemade raspberry preserves and frozen raspberries for garnish … it tastes like summer in a glass, perfect for their outdoor patio!

Influencer Night at Teller's of Hyde Park | Closet Full of Cocktails

We were seated in The Vault … yes, you heard that right! They literally turned the old bank vault into an event space for luncheons, parties and more. With new entrees like the Shrimp Étouffée, Hurley’s Hot Chicken and Ribeye Chimichurri, it was hard to choose, but I ended up with the hot chicken … yum-o! And if you don’t order the Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls to start (but why wouldn’t you?) then definitely get the Spanish Mussels, topped with chorizo and a white wine cream sauce. It was like a fiesta en mi boca! 😀

Influencer Night at Teller's of Hyde Park | Closet Full of Cocktails

Moral of the story: If you haven’t been to Teller’s yet, go! Right now. You won’t be disappointed. And if you’re a Teller’s regular like me, still go. There are so many new things to try, it will be like a whole new dining experience. I promise!

Thanks to Teller’s of Hyde Park for wining and dining me and a guest! Though our delicious meal was comped, all opinions are my own and were not influenced by this compensation.