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

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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

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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

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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.

The Direction + GIVEAWAY!

I recently spent the weekend in Atlanta for a work-related trip. While there, I wore this *amazingly comfortable* Ohio shirt from The Direction, a new apparel and novelty shop at Kenwood Towne Centre.

Ohio Tee from Shop the Direction | Closet Full of Cocktails

So many people on the streets of ATL yelled “O-H” as I walked by. Of course, I responded with “I-O!” just as a good Ohio transplant would 🙂

There was an endless amount of beautiful spots in Atlanta, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a photo shoot. Here’s one of my favorite looks I styled with my uber soft and comfortable tee!

Ohio Tee from Shop the Direction | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Tee from Shop the Direction | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Tee from Shop the Direction | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Tee from Shop the Direction | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Tee from Shop the Direction | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ohio Tee from Shop the Direction | Closet Full of Cocktails

Top: The Direction c/o || Flannel: Old Navy (on sale now!) || Jeans: GAP || Boots: Express (similar) || Purse: Kate Spade || Watch: Michael Kors

The Direction is known for their super soft city and state pride apparel, but also sell novelty items in store, like coasters, mugs, jewelry and more. Needless to say, I’ll be back to pick up some gifts for my O-H-I-O friends soon.

You can check out their newest brick-and-mortar location at Kenwood by Nordstrom, shop online at shopthedirection.com or check out their Instagram for more of their fabulous tees.

Thanks Joelle (Le Cartier) for the beautiful photos. And special thanks to The Direction for the free t-shirt! As always, all opinions are my own.

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Mockneck: Day to Night

You know when you spot something in the store and immediately know you’re going home with it in *almost* every color? That’s how I felt when I laid my eyes on this mockneck tank (the turtleneck’s little sister, if you will). Not only is it one of the comfiest basics I’ve ever owned, it’s super versatile and slimming… what’s not to love?

Though I showed some restraint and only got it in two colors, I’ll definitely be back for more mocktanks before the season’s over!

To show how versatile this basic piece really is, here’s one way to style it from day to night, featuring my other current obsession: olive green.

DAY

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: GAP || Vest: Old Navy (similar) || Jeans: GAP || Sandals: Target || Necklace: Kendra Scott

It’s 5 o’clock… time to change!

Simply swap the vest for a bomber jacket and the sandals for some open-toed mules, and you’re ready for a night out 🙂

NIGHT

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: Day to Night | Closet Full of Cocktails

Mockneck: GAP || Jacket: Francesca’s (similar, also in pink!) || Jeans: GAP || Mules: Old Navy (similar, on sale!) || Necklace: Kendra Scott

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Style + Sustainability Gala

Do you love fashion? Connecting with local boutiques and designers? Supporting a sustainable lifestyle? If you answered yes to all these questions, you should check out the Style + Sustainability Gala.

Style + Sustainability Gala | Closet Full of Cocktails

Next Saturday, Modern Makers and Urban Blooms are teaming up to bring Cincinnati’s most sustainable and collaborative fashion experience. Some of the designers include: Anastasiya Yatsuk of TextileHaus, Jackie Bertolette of RJ LUNA, Allie & Ashley Shartle of Twin Echo and many more.

I can’t wait to explore and network with local vendors, indulge in the city’s best food trucks and take in the main event down the moss catwalk. That’s right, a living runway!

Tickets are still available, but going quickly. So if you want to be part of this spectacular and unique event, join me & the ladies of Thread Cincinnati and get yours today.

PS – You can RSVP on Facebook here!

Classic Combo: B&W

No matter what the season, nothing is more classic than a black + white combo! Though the “white after Labor Day” cliche is looming, that’s never stopped me from wearing white all year long!

So whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, black + white is always “in” in my book 🙂

Classic Combo: B&W | Closet Full of Cocktails

Classic Combo: B&W | Closet Full of Cocktails

Classic Combo: B&W | Closet Full of Cocktails

Top: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Shoes: Target || Necklace: Gabe’s (similar)

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