Home for the Holidays

Hello and happy almost new year!

It’s been waaaaay too long since my last post… needless to say, the holidays got the best of me. So now, with a glass of wine in hand, I’m sitting down to write about my time at home for the holidays!

Home for the Holidays | Closet Full of Cocktails

Though the 7-hour drive can be daunting, I’m always thankful for the times when I get to drive home. I made it to Buffalo and back to Cincinnati safely, despite hitting a not-so-fun snowstorm on the way there, yikes! And thanks to my boyfriend’s suggestion, I downloaded some great podcasts to listen to along the way (I’m hooked on Serial).

The week flew by! I spent lots of quality time with friends and family as well as hit up some of my favorite local spots: SPoT Coffee, Duff’s and (of course) Tim Hortons! I may be a bit biased, but Buffalo is definitely underestimated as a great city to visit.

I also spent some time at my grandma’s house for Christmas dinner and a very special holiday, Boxing Day! For those who don’t know, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas and is similar to Black Friday. Many countries around the world celebrate Boxing Day, including my grandma’s homeland, England. It’s become a fun tradition for my cousin and I to spend the day at grandma’s for Boxing Day: watching movies, playing cards and pigging out on leftovers.

Home for the Holidays | Closet Full of Cocktails

Home for the Holidays | Closet Full of Cocktails

To sum up my time at home: delicious food, great company and lots of laughs! And some much-needed snuggle time with my four-legged love, Cosmo <3

Home for the Holidays | Closet Full of Cocktails

I’ll be posting my outfits from the holiday soon, so stay tuned 🙂

Rhinegeist Cidergeist

Once again, we made it to Friday – hooray!

After work, I’m off to the Xavier men’s basketball season opener for the first time as an alumni… crazy talk.

For that reason, instead of making a cocktail, I wanted to feature one of my new favorite drinks from my favorite local brewery: Rhinegeist’s Cidergeist. I’ve never been a huge fan of beer (hence, the cocktails) so I would always reach for a hard cider instead. I’ve tried so many different kinds, but nothing compares to these ones from Rhinegeist. You may have seen my first Instagram post: “beer” in hand with an amazing mural in the back. That was actually taken at Rhinegeist after trying their Semi Dry Cider for the first time! Insert the huge smile on my face. I was one happy girl 🙂

Rhinegeist Cidergeist | Closet Full of Cocktails

If you love hard ciders as much as me, I would definitely recommend trying one of their flavors: Semi Dry or Dry Hopped. I had samples of both and went for the Semi Dry because I don’t like the bitter aftertaste of hoppy beers. If you’re in or around Cincinnati, you can find cans of Cidergeist at your local grocery store. To find out if they’re sold near you, click here. And more importantly, if you haven’t been to Rhinegeist before, go check them out! They’re in the middle of a huge expansion, opening a gorgeous rooftop patio in the spring, and it’s just a great place to hang out with friends. If you don’t like beer or cider, they have wine, too! (That’s actually what I used to order before Cidergeist.)

Rhinegeist Cidergeist | Closet Full of Cocktails

They have cornhole, ping pong, foosball: you name it. And if you’re interested, they give behind-the-scenes tours!

Rhinegeist Cidergeist | Closet Full of Cocktails

Oh, and one last thing: if you don’t follow them on Instagram, you should… because they’re awesome. (No, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love Rhinegeist.)

Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Night at the Aronoff: Shaping Sound

This past Sunday, I went to my very first show at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. Man, that theater is spectacular!

Shaping Sound at the Aronoff | Closet Full of Cocktails

When I was little, I used to go to shows with my grandma at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and was mesmerized by all of the shows we saw together. Every time I bring up these fond memories with her, she mentions the time we saw Disney On Ice. At the end of the show, I stood up, gave a standing ovation (by myself) and yelled “Bravo! Encore!” The kids sitting around me followed suit. I was only 7 years old…

Needless to say, when I heard Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini’s dance company, Shaping Sound, was going to be in town, I knew I had to go. At first, I was a bit hesitant about going to a show alone, but knew I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. And I’m so glad that I didn’t.

Shaping Sound Dance Company
Credit: Cincinnati Arts Association

It was simply magical. The dancers, the choreography, the music, the costumes, the set design and lighting. Literally everything. From modern, ballet and lyrical to classic Bob Fosse jazz and swing, it was the perfect blend of dance styles. Some of my favorite So You Think You Can Dance alum, like Kathryn McCormick and Ricky Ubeda, were in the show as well. And of course, the one and only Travis Wall. As a competitive dancer for 15 years, I was awed and inspired by everything that I saw on that stage. I wanted to get up there and join those insanely talented beings. I felt goosebumps and tears forming multiple times throughout the performance. And even though I’m no longer performing myself, I’m still amazed by a dancer’s ability to tell a story simply through movement. To this day, I’m so thankful that I was enrolled in dance at an early age because it taught me self-discipline, confidence and a strong appreciation for performing arts.

Shaping Sound at the Aronoff | Closet Full of Cocktails

Shaping Sound at the Aronoff | Closet Full of Cocktails

If Shaping Sound is coming to a city near you, I highly recommend going to see it. Even if you’re not a huge fan of dance, I promise it will not disappoint! If you want a sneak peek, check out their recent performance on Ellen.