Gift Guide: L.L. Bean Fisherman’s Sweater

Christmas is less than three weeks away! And if you’re like me, you’re frantically scrambling to find and order gifts online before it’s too late. So take a few moments to assess your list – Is there someone leaving you completely stumped?

Look no further than L.L. Bean‘s Signature Fisherman’s Sweater.

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

With both men’s and women’s styles, the Fisherman’s Sweater is the ultimate staple for any wardrobe. And for that person who’s always cold, you can wave goodbye to overlayering – the densely knit cotton will keep you incredibly warm without a bunch of layers. (Though it looks super cute with a flannel underneath or vest over top.) It can also easily be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

And good news for all you Cincinnatians – L.L. Bean just opened their very first Cincinnati store at Kenwood Towne Centre last month. So go out and grab this sweater for everyone on your list… and don’t forget one for yourself. And while you’re at it, grab some signature Bean Boots, too! #TreatYoSelf2016 🙂

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman's Sweater | Closet Full of Cocktails

Vest: Patagonia || Sweater: L.L. Bean (c/o) || Jeans: American Eagle || Boots: American Eagle || Earrings: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Necklace: Kendra Scott

Thanks to L.L. Bean for sponsoring today’s look! As always, all opinions are my own.

Holiday Glam with JORD Wood Watches + GIVEAWAY!

Welp, it’s officially December. The cold is in the air, and snow is in the forecast. But don’t get me wrong… I love the winter. You know why? For the holiday outfits!

I’m all about the statement jewelry – especially necklaces – but this year I’m incorporating a new statement into my festive looks: my JORD Wooden Watch.

Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

You heard that right. This unique watch is handcrafted from grained zebrawood, accented by a beautiful navy face – it’s sure to get the conversation going at any holiday gathering.

And it doesn’t end there. JORD offers an array of men’s and women’s watches with different woods, face sizes, shapes and colors. And a lot of their designs – like my Frankie Series in Zebrawood & Navy – are unisex! So Jacko took a stab at modeling it, too 🙂

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

With 12 original designs, you’re sure to find a watch for everyone on your list. And to make your gift extra special, you can personalize it with custom engraving on the watch or box!

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

Vest: Old Navy || Dress: Old Navy || Boots: American Eagle || Earrings: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Watch: JORD Wood Watches

And though it’s the season of giving, why not treat yourself? By entering the giveaway below, you have the chance to win your own JORD watch! And even if you’re not selected as the winner, you’ll still receive a $25 e-gift code to use towards your watch purchase. Follow the link below to enter! (Giveaway ends 12/16)

Frankie Series Zebrawood & Navy JORD Wooden Watch

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Wooden Wristwatch

Thank you to JORD Wood Watches for sponsoring this post and giveaway! As always, all opinions are my own.

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”

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!

Home for the Holidays: Outfits

As promised, I’m sharing a couple of my favorite holiday outfits. I must’ve been pretty nice this year because Santa was good to me! Though I knew almost all of my gifts (oops…) it was because my mom and I scored some serious Black Friday steals. And besides, if you know about your gifts, you won’t have to make as many returns, right?!

Christmas Eve

It didn’t snow at all when I was home! I know what you’re thinking, “Doesn’t she live in Buffalo? Isn’t it always snowing there?” You would think, but not this year… at least not when I was home! Needless to say, I didn’t have to bundle up as much as I normally do around this time of year. I paired my favorite drawstring pants with a comfy sweater, topped it off with some statement earrings and a deep red lip.

Holiday Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Sweater: American Eagle (old – similar) || Pants: GAP (old – similar) || Shoes: Express (old – similar) || Scarf: gift (similar) || Earrings: BaubleBar (similar or similar) || Lipstick: Urban Decay in “Shame”

Christmas Day

This was one of my Black Friday steal outfits. Gap had 50% off everything, so naturally I took advantage! I’m obsessed with my Stella & Dot “Natalie” necklace, so I incorporated it into this outfit for a bit of sparkle.

Holiday Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Holiday Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Holiday Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Holiday Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Coat: J. Crew Factory || Sweater: GAP || Pants: GAP || Shoes: Express (old – similar) || Necklace: Stella & Dot

What were your favorite holiday outfits? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

How to Dress for Changing Seasons

It’s shaping up to be a warm winter… Thanks, El Niño! (Now that I actually know what it means when people say that…)

As a tribute to this unseasonable warmth, I’m throwing it back to a late September outfit: when it was supposed to be fall, but felt like summer! Whenever the weather is transitioning, it can be hard to decide what to wear.

Transitioning Seasons Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

For the not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather, I stand by two rules:

  1. Layers, layers, layers. If it gets too hot, you can take something off. Too cold? Put something back on! For this outfit I added a light, cotton scarf as my one and only layer.
  2. One long; one short. Pair a tank with pants or a long-sleeve with shorts! It will balance out the outfit without making you overheat (or freeze).

Transitioning Seasons Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Transitioning Seasons Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Tank: Anthropologie (comes in other colors!) || Pants: GAP (old – similar or similar) || Shoes: Target || Scarf: gift (similar) || Purse: Kate Spade

How do you switch up your wardrobe for the seasons? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!