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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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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Rent the Runway: Summer 2016

I’m officially obsessed with Rent the Runway. It was love at first rental. ICYMI, I rounded up my top picks for spring, so now it’s time for my summer picks!

Deal Alert: Most rentals are up to 30% off for July 4th. And if that wasn’t good enough, follow this link to get $30 off your first order!

Here are some of my favorite looks for every summer occasion:

4TH OF JULY

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Red Lexi Skort Romper by Alexis – $70

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Red Chiara Top by Tanya Taylor – $55

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Paolla Silk Romper by Joie – $60

WEDDING

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Neutral Stripe Gown by Badgley Mischka – $165

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Color Block Twist Sheath by Cynthia Rowley – $65

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Lilac Crossed Dress by Halston Heritage – $75

VACATION

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Orange Alcott Dress by Trina Turk – $60

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Misun Maxi Dress by Mara Hoffman – $55

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Meadow Floral Pant by Rebecca Taylor – $60

JUST BECAUSE

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ashawa Dress by Joie – $65

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Red Rust Floral Off Shoulder Dress  by ASTR – $30

Rent the Runway - Summer Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Embroidered Bridget Dress by Tory Burch – $75

Now that you’ve seen the looks, did you miss the Deal Alert above? If not, most rentals are up to 30% off for July 4th, but order now because they’re going fast! And if you follow this link, you’ll get $30 off your first order.

Happy renting!

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