Denim Romper

Welp, I did it again… I let the busy life (and occasional laziness) get the best of me. So now it’s been two weeks since my last post! *Note to self: Be more accountable.*

Ranting aside, it has been a crazy couple of weeks. I’m finally settled into my new apartment and have the next few weekends booked with fun trips. Needless to say, I’ve been planning outfits like a crazy woman!

Enter one of my favorite go-to pieces for this summer/fall: the denim romper. Dress it up or down, this thing is going to get so much wear! You can wear it on its own with some bright accessories for a summery look, or layer it up with a chunky cardigan and felt hat for a more fall-inspired outfit. The possibilities are endless!

J. Crew Denim Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

J. Crew Denim Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

J. Crew Denim Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

J. Crew Denim Romper | Closet Full of Cocktails

Romper: J. Crew (similar) || Shoes: DSW (similar) || Belt: Old Navy (similar) || Hat: Urban Outfitters || Lipstick: Urban Decay

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Olive Vest

As I start thinking about transitioning my looks to fall, I know this olive vest will be a wardrobe staple for many months to come. I purchased it last summer and have worn it to death ever since.

Though my boyfriend makes fun, saying I look like a safari photographer (is that even a thing?), I’m still in love with this vest. And olive. You’ll definitely see this color popping up in my fall outfits!

One of my first blog posts was about transitioning your look for the changing seasons. Especially for summer to fall, I’m a firm believer in the “one long, one short” rule: either a tank/short sleeve top with pants or a long-sleeve top/sweater with shorts. And #layers. With those in mind, I created this go-to transitional look. Enjoy!

Olive Vest | Closet Full of Cocktails

Olive Vest | Closet Full of Cocktails

Olive Vest | Closet Full of Cocktails

Olive Vest | Closet Full of Cocktails

Vest: Old Navy (similar) || Top: American Eagle (similar) || Jeans: J. Crew Factory (on sale!) || Shoes: Nine West (similar) || Necklace: Francesca’s (similar)

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Pattern Mix

I’ve always hated the idea of fashion trends. They come and go so frequently, making them fickle and limiting.

Think early 2000s: stretchy gaucho pants, obscenely-worded graphic tees, sequin bucket bags. Besides maybe your overalls, denim skirts and chokers (#comeback), have you worn these in the past decade? Probably not. And if you haven’t gotten rid of them by now, they’re sitting in your closet, collecting dust. #guilty

But one trend I’m loving (and don’t see going “out of style” anytime soon): pattern mixing.

At first, I didn’t know how to make this trend work for me. I’ve seen some crazy mixing that I thought I could never pull off. I learned that the trick is to mix a bold pattern with a more subtle pattern. That way, you don’t look like you got dressed in the dark!

So for this look, I paired one of my favorite basic tees with an old favorite, this Urban Outfitters floral triangle scarf.

Pattern Mix | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pattern Mix | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pattern Mix | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pattern Mix | Closet Full of Cocktails

Shirt: J. Crew Factory (on sale!) || Shorts: J. Crew Factory (only $15!) || Scarf: Urban Outfitters (similar or similar) || Shoes: Target

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Have you tried the pattern mixing trend? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

Summer Stripes

Sadly, there’s only one month left of my favorite season. *tear*

On the bright side, I plan to fully embrace the “basic girl” stereotype this fall: sweaters, scarves, flannels, duck boots, pumpkin spice. But for now, I’m getting every last wear out of my summer clothes, starting with this colorful tank from Target!

Summer Stripes | Closet Full of Cocktails

As most Target trips go, I went with a strict game plan: Buy only what you came for and stay far, far away from the clothes! And just as quickly as I made that plan, it went right out the window. I stumbled across this top, and ended up with two more dresses in my hand… oops!

But #noregrets here. I’ve gotten so much wear out of this tank as well as a bunch of compliments. So I’d call that a win 🙂

Summer Stripes | Closet Full of Cocktails

Summer Stripes | Closet Full of Cocktails

Summer Stripes | Closet Full of Cocktails
Trying to hide my lipstick stain like…

Summer Stripes | Closet Full of Cocktails

Summer Stripes | Closet Full of Cocktails

Tank: Target (similar or similar) || Jeans: J.Crew Factory (on sale!) || Earrings: Baublebar (similar or similar) || Shoes: Nine West (similar)

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Rompin’ Around in Long Beach

Growing up, the 4th of July wasn’t really a noteworthy holiday. But for the past three years, the 4th has taken on a whole new meaning: it’s time to visit my boyfriend and his family in Chicago!

About an hour from the city is Long Beach, Indiana where Jack’s family has two beach houses. The weekend is always filled with good weather, great food and even better company, and this year was no exception!

One of his (40!) cousins, Grace, is a CFOC fan, so when we both expressed our love for rompers, I knew we had to do a post together. So without further ado, here’s me and Grace rompin’ around Long Beach in our rompers!

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

And of course, Larry had to make an appearance. 🙂

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rompin' Around in Long Beach | Closet Full of Cocktails

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Maxi Skirt

And I’m back… Back from another brief hiatus, due to vacation and starting a new job! So instead of a Friday Fab Five, I’m sharing a new outfit post. Happy Friday 🙂

One of my favorite spots in Cincinnati is Hyde Park Square, so back when spring was changing over to summer, Carrington and I took full advantage. We grabbed coffee at one of our favorite spots, Awakenings, to fuel up for a mini photo and video shoot. Can’t wait to do it again soon!

Maxi Skirt | Closet Full of Cocktails

Maxi Skirt | Closet Full of Cocktails

Maxi Skirt | Closet Full of Cocktails

Maxi Skirt | Closet Full of Cocktails

Tee: Victoria’s Secret (similar) || Skirt: Target (similar or similar) || Shoes: Target (on sale for $12!) || Hat: Urban Outfitters (only $20!) || Clutch: Vera Bradley (similar) || Watch: Michael Kors || Bracelets: Michael Kors

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