Bluemercury + GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday mornings are similar to Monday’s: nobody likes them. But this past week, I was a big fan of Tuesday morning. Why? Because I got an exclusive look into the new Bluemercury shop-in-shop at the Macy’s in Kenwood Towne Centre. And let me tell you, it was amaaaaazing!

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury is a luxury cosmetics and beauty company, created by husband-wife duo Marla and Barry Beck. The couple started Bluemercury in 1999 out of Washington, D.C. and have been rapidly expanding ever since! Currently, Bluemercury has 70+ store locations in over 20 states, most of which are in the Northeast.

As the newest face of Macy’s Cosmetics Department, Bluemercury offers high-end makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrance brands as well as luxury spa services. A handful of local bloggers and I were invited to check out Ohio’s first shop-in-shop and see everything Bluemercury has to offer. We had a blast!

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

First, from the Bluemercury M-61 skincare line, we were given “glow-and-go” facial treatments, which made my skin feel glorious… emphasis on the glow! Our makeup artist Tara used the M-61 Power Glow Peel, understandably one of BM’s best-selling products. After that, we got some makeup retouching with products from BM’s own cosmetics line, Lune+Aster. Though I didn’t have anywhere to go after my makeover, everyone loves being pampered, right? So I didn’t mind 🙂

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Bluemercury Shop-in-Shop at Kenwood Towne Centre | Closet Full of Cocktails

Now it’s time for you to be pampered — it’s giveaway time! You can enter to win a $75 gift card to use at any Bluemercury location. All you have to do is use the Gleam below. There are 5 ways to enter: the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Contest ends next Sunday, June 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Closet Full of Cocktails + Bluemercury Giveaway!

Thanks to Macy’s and Bluemercury for providing me with a $75 gift card to give away to my readers as well as an extremely generous swag bag of full-size samples. As always, all opinions are my own. And specials thanks to Jordan from A State of Ruin for the beautiful photography!

Gluten-Free Guide: Cincinnati

If you’re allergic to certain foods, it can be difficult to find something on the menu when going out to eat. My poor boyfriend has almost every allergy under the sun (or so it seems): all types of nuts, some uncooked fruits, dairy and even avocados! I, on the other hand, used to be able to eat whatever I wanted, until I figured out that I might be allergic to gluten. Gone are the days of pizzas, sandwiches, most soups and even some salads. And dessert, no more.

Now, we’re “that” couple, with so many allergies, it’s nearly impossible to find something to eat. So what’s a girl supposed to do when faced with a challenge? Just like any lover of school would — research!

Thankfully, I’ve found some amazing places in Cincinnati that cater to my unfortunate new dietary needs. So whether you’re allergic to gluten or simply trying to cut it from your diet, you should check out these Queen City restaurants.

NOTE: The places listed below are restaurants that I’ve actually tried myself. It is, by no means, a complete list of GF spots in Cincinnati.

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen – Oakley (Coming soon: Mariemont & Downtown)

Gluten-free and raw foods unite at this amazing new spot in Oakley Square! I can literally order anything on the menu, which is a GF person’s dream come true. I’ve only been once, with my fellow GF friend Maria, and we were both in love with our selections. I ordered the Burrito Bowl (brown rice, black beans, guacamole, salsa, romaine, cabbage, peppers, tortilla chips and cashew cheese) and she ordered the “Tuna” Salad Sandwich (walnut “tuna” salad, mixed greens, cucumber, apple and tomato on GF bread). Rooted is also a juicery (hence the name), and though I haven’t tried them yet, their juices look and sound absolutely delish. Definitely worth a visit!

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen Burrito Bowl | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen | Closet Full of Cocktails
Image via Rooted Juicery + Kitchen

Dewey’s Pizza – Multiple locations

Dewey’s has always been one of my favorite spots for delicious specialty pizza, so when they introduced a gluten-free crust, I was ecstatic! One of the best things about Dewey’s is that you can split pizzas half-and-half with all their flavors, even if they have different sauces. Pictured below (on the right) is one of my personal favorites, Ryan’s Inferno (buffalo chicken pizza) paired with the seasonal Yukon Cornelius (baked potato pizza). Unlike other GF crusts, this one is not gummy or too crunchy. As Goldilocks would say, it’s juuuuust right.

Dewey's Pizza Gluten-Free Ryan's Inferno and Yukon Cornelius | Closet Full of Cocktails

Sleepy Bee Cafe – Oakley, Blue Ash

It’s no question that I have a weakness for brunch, so when I stumbled upon The Sleepy Bee, it was love at first bite. I’ve found that it is one of the most allergy-conscious places in town. By striving to make all of their food locally-sourced, non-GMO and pesticide-free, you know you’re getting fresh, delicious ingredients with everything you order. My personal favorite: The Broakley Sandwich (egg, sprouts, bacon, avocado, white cheddar, onion and tomato), which I order on Udi’s GF Bread. On the side, “hive fives” with housemade ketchup. Yum!

The Sleepy Bee Cafe Broakley Breakfast Sandwich | Closet Full of Cocktails

Tellers – Hyde Park

Right in the heart of Hyde Park Square in the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building, Tellers is truly one-of-a-kind. While not the most GF-friendly place in town, they recently added GF bread as an option for all their sandwiches. Naturally, I ordered my go-to, the Romano Burger (steak burger, balsamic onion jam, tomato, iceberg lettuce, truffle romano aioli) on a GF bun, and it was phenomenal. You almost never get that kind of fluff with gluten-free bread, so I was extremely pleased. It’s the little things… 🙂

Tellers of Hyde Park Romano Burger | Closet Full of Cocktails

The Echo Restaurant – Hyde Park

Last but certainly not least, another brunch favorite. Echo is great for many reasons, but mostly because of the amount of food you get for your money. My favorite is The Businessman’s Breakfast: two eggs, bacon, home fries and toast. I used to give my toast to whoever I was with, until I found out they offer GF toast! Unfortunately, no picture to show but trust me… it’s a lot of food.

What are some of your favorite GF spots in town? Share yours with me on Twitter at @ClosetCocktails.

Cantina Loco

Last week, I was thankful to spend the whole week at home in Buffalo. I hadn’t seen my family and friends since Christmas, and I was starting to feel a bit homesick. Though the week went by fast, as it always does, it was a much needed break from “reality.”

When I’m home, it’s a necessity to hit up my favorite food spots. I hadn’t been to this one in a while, so I chose it as the location for my belated birthday dinner.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cantina Loco is, by far, one of my favorite places in Buffalo for delicious Mexican food. Right in the heart of Allentown, an artsy and eclectic neighborhood in downtown Buffalo, it’s definitely the place to be on any given day. We went on a Wednesday night and it was packed: the sign of a great restaurant.

To drink, I had a Ginger Pineapple margarita. As you can imagine, it was to die for. We got the Nachos Locos as an appetizer: two cheeses, pork, onion, jalapeno, poblano cream and pico — yum! For dinner, I had Carnitas and Skirt Steak tacos, both on freshly-made corn tortillas. Though the Carnitas was a bit too greasy for my liking, the Skirt Steak was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Overall, we had a great experience at Cantina Loco. An important thing worth noting: our waiter, Felix, was so thoughtful and accommodating with my gluten intolerance. He made sure to inform me of which menu items I could and couldn’t have, which was much appreciated. I haven’t found that kind of service everywhere since changing my diet.

WARNING: don’t scroll any further if you’re hungry reading this post!

Now, for the pictures.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Until next time, Buffalo! <3

Birthday Weekend

It’s been a while since my last post, but for good reason… it was my birthday this past weekend! February, though the shortest month, has been the busiest. Some people may dread their birthdays, but I’ve learned to embrace them. A year older, a year wiser. Right?

So how did I celebrate the big day? Just as a 23-year-old should: a delicious dinner followed by friends, vintage arcade games and cocktails named after ’80s celebrities.

Birthday Weekend | Closet Full of Cocktails

Sweater: Gap (on SALE and available in 3 other colors!) || Skirt: Gap (also on SALE!) || Boots: Express (old – similar) || Necklace: Stella & Dot || Purse: Kate Spade (old – similar)

My boyfriend, Jack, and I enjoyed a meal at The Littlefield in Northside: a hip bourbon bar with a delectable food menu. I got the Shrimp Pobaby Sandwich on gluten-free bread (which was the best bread I’ve ever had) and he got the Chicken Pot Pie. Both were absolutely delicious!

Shrimp Pobaby Sandwich at The Littlefield | Closet Full of Cocktails

Chicken Pot Pie at The Littlefield | Closet Full of Cocktails

Later that night, we hit up one of my new favorite bars in Over-the-Rhine: 16-Bit Bar + Arcade. With 50+ classic games to choose from and all free to play (as long as you have a drink in hand), this place is non-stop fun. Add in a unique but tasty drink menu, and you’ve got yourself a good night. I had the Cindy Lauper: grape vodka, sour mix, Sprite and grenadine. Last time, I enjoyed the Winnie Cooper: berry vodka, peach schnapps, sour mix, cranberry and Sprite. Same concept, both amazing!

To finish off the night, as many *drunken* nights in OTR do, we stopped at Gomez Salsa: a tiny, walk-up taco window that serves the most amazing street food on the planet. Was that too dramatic? Oh well, with an analogy like that, you know it’s damn delicious.

Birthday Weekend | Closet Full of Cocktails

Vest: J.Crew Factory || Flannel: Old Navy || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Converse || Necklace: New York & Company (old – similar) || Lipstick: MAC Retro Matte in “Flat Out Fabulous”

Cincinnati Art Museum: High Style

“A great designer does not seek acceptance. He challenges popularity, and by the force of his convictions renders popular in the end what the public hates at first sight.” -Charles James

A few weeks ago, I finally visited the High Style exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It was truly spectacular! Though I wouldn’t consider myself a huge museum or art enthusiast, I was dying to check out this exhibit. It received rave reviews from local media and some of my fellow Thread Cincinnati bloggers!

Originally featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”) in NYC, High Style showcases the evolution of fashion from the early 20th century to the 1980’s. With styles from Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior and Givenchy, it demonstrated the best of best in American and European design.

As we made our way through the decades, it was nearly impossible to pick out a favorite look. One was more beautiful than the next! The most fascinating part: almost all of the looks could be worn today — the basics of great style never change. Want to decide for yourself? Take a look at some of the amazing designs from High Style below!

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

Though the exhibit is no longer running, the Cincinnati Art Museum is an amazing place to visit. Admission is free, the exhibits are always changing and the Terrace Café is absolutely delicious.

Which of these looks is your favorite? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter at @ClosetCocktails!

LBD

I’m always looking for an excuse to dress up, so when my boyfriend invited me to the 125th Anniversary at his family’s race track, Hawthorne Race Course, I could not pass it up. I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to rent a fabulous dress from Rent the Runway, and now was my chance!

After scrolling through my favorites, I decided to order this dress from Opening Ceremony. It was the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated, and a modern twist on a classic LBD. The best part: it was only $35, even though it retails for over $400! Needless to say, RTR is a dream come true for anyone who has champagne taste on a beer budget.

I paired the dress with one of my favorite statement necklaces, the Natalie from Stella & Dot and my newest S&D piece, the Amelie bracelet. Top it off with some leather heels and I was off to the races (not literally, of course… too muddy!).
Opening Ceremony LBD (Rent the Runway) | Closet Full of Cocktails

Opening Ceremony LBD (Rent the Runway) | Closet Full of Cocktails

Opening Ceremony LBD (Rent the Runway) | Closet Full of Cocktails

Dress: Opening Ceremony from Rent the Runway || Heels: Aldo (also come in Blue and Burgundy!) || Necklace: Stella & Dot || Bracelet: Stella & Dot || Purse: Kate Spade (old – similar or similar) || Lipstick: Urban Decay in “Shame”

Not interested in renting a dress? Rent the Runway also offers rentals on designer handbags, jewelry and much more! If you’re a first-time customer, you’ll get 20% off your first rental. Your items are delivered right to your doorstep and include free return shipping.

Though I may not have had much luck in the gambling department, I received compliments all night long! I will definitely be ordering from RTR again.

Have you rented from Rent the Runway before? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!