Cincinnati Premium Outlet Finds + Giveaway!

Last weekend, the ladies of Thread Cincinnati and I were invited to hit up the Cincinnati Premium Outlets for a fun-filled (albeit rainy) day of shopping. We did this last year too (see my previous finds here and here) so we couldn’t wait to go back and score some more awesome deals. I bought this entire outfit – plus another pair of earrings and a tank – for under $150. You’re welcome, wallet!

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Spring '17 | Closet Full of Cocktails

**Want to have your own CPO shopping spree? Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $125, $75 or $50 gift card to the Cincinnati Premium Outlets!**

Also, I can’t forget to mention this important note! Now through the end of May, the Cincinnati Premium Outlets is hosting the More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen. In exchange for a donation of just $10, shoppers will receive a discount card offering 25% off one item at each of the 50 participating retailers, including J. Crew, Michael Kors, Under Armour and more! Susan G. Komen representatives will also be on hand throughout the initiative, as well as a mobile cancer screening unit, educational information and more. Stop in today before it’s too late!

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Spring '17 | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Spring '17 | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Spring '17 | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Spring '17 | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Spring '17 | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Spring '17 | Closet Full of Cocktails

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Time for the giveaway! As I mentioned above, Cincinnati Premium Outlets is giving away three different gift cards to three Thread Cincinnati followers: one for $125, one for $75, and one for $50. Simply enter below for your chance to win. Good luck!

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Travel Guide: Nashville

Hello CFOC readers, old and new!

After a longer-than-expected blog hiatus, I’m back and ready to share a travel guide from my recent trip to Nashville. In this post, I’m recapping some of the best sights, sounds and scenes of the Music City… in my opinion, of course 🙂 Let’s get started:

Travel Guide: Nashville | Closet Full of Cocktails

Travel Guide: Nashville | Closet Full of Cocktails

Restaurants

Hattie B’s Hot ChickenIf you don’t go anywhere else in Nashville, make sure you make it to Hattie B’s. Featured on the Food Network, known for its signature Nashville hot chicken, Hattie B’s is definitely worth the *inevitable* wait.

Merchants: As seen on the TV show Nashville, Merchants is a 3-story restaurant in the heart of all the honky-tonk action! The bottom floor is the most casual dining experience. (The higher up you go, the more upscale it gets, with the top floor being a private dining space.) Though I’ve only dined on the first floor, the food (and bar) is spectacular. I would definitely recommend the Duck Fat Tater Tots, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and enjoy the yummy complementary jalapeño popcorn.

Travel Guide: Nashville | Closet Full of Cocktails

The PharmacyHands down, best burger in town. The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. There’s an adorable outdoor patio adorned with string lights, and they even make their own soda pops!

Little DonkeyAfter stumbling upon the up-and-coming foodie scene of Germantown, we decided to give this place a try for dinner. My sparkling margarita (with prosecco) was delicious, and the chicken nachos (smothered in queso blanco) were out of this world. As is with any boutique Mexican spot, the tacos were on the smaller side, but were yummy nonetheless.

Jack’s BBQ: Though Nashville isn’t known as one of the barbeque meccas of the States, it’s filled with some damn good BBQ joints! Many of the locals recommended Edley’s, but we opted for Jack’s instead. With 3 locations, including one on Broadway, this is a definite must-stop.

Bars

The Patterson House: Warning: Be prepared to spend a pretty penny on drinks, knowing it’s totally worth it! This cocktail – the “In-Flight Movie” – was hands down one of the best cocktails I’ve ever consumed. And that’s not even me being dramatic. We also saw Bob Saget chilling in the corner, so that was fun too 😉 #CelebSighting

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: Voted the #1 honky-tonk in the world, Tootsie’s is a mandatory stop on your tour of Nashville. This 4-floor bar has live music everywhere you turn, and the service is impeccable considering it’s always packed. And in case you didn’t know, all of the bands performing at honky-tonks play for tips (the bars don’t pay them) so be sure to bring cash!

Legends Corner: Once you leave Tootsie’s, turn right and stumble your way next door. Though I’ve only been twice, both times the music was incredible… so do your ears a favor and take in the tunes of Legends.

Acme Feed & SeedTalk about a unique place! The expansive building houses multi-level dining, a ginormous rooftop bar, and a radio station. Possibly the best part: a full sushi menu for rooftop-goers.

George Jones Museum: Yes, despite the name, I meant to put this under the “Bars” category. We didn’t check out any of the exhibits (under construction). Instead, we trekked up to the top floor for “The George” rooftop bar, overlooking the Cumberland River. Good drinks, better view!

Other Sights to See

Grand Ole Opry HouseEven if you’re not a huge country music fan – Lord knows I’m not – you’ll be blown away by this place. On my first trip to Nashville, we took a backstage tour, which included walking out on the stage where so many incredible musicians have performed. Definitely worth a visit!

Opry Mills Outlet Mall: Here I scored a $450 Kate Spade dress for $100. Need I say more?

Travel Guide: Nashville | Closet Full of Cocktails

Travel Guide: Nashville | Closet Full of Cocktails

Union Station HotelThough we didn’t stay here, we took a gander inside after falling in love with the exterior. As you can see, the interior did not disappoint either!

Travel Guide: Nashville | Closet Full of Cocktails

Antique Archaeology: This was a special stop for my dad, a.k.a. home of the American Pickers antique finds. And you know what? It was pretty damn cool. The neighborhood it’s in, Marathon Village, is also worth a visit! Right down the street are two distilleries: Corsair and Nelson’s Green Brier.

Until next time, Nashville! What are your favorite spots in the Music City? Share your favorites in the comments below 🙂

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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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! 🙂