Friday Fab Five – 05.06.16

It’s time for another installment of the Friday Fab Five, May edition!

(Wait, it’s already May… whaaaaat?)

Friday Fab Five 5.6 | Closet Full of Cocktails

On My Wish List

  1. Well this was on my wish list, but now it’s officially purchased. I can’t wait to start using it!
  2. I’ve been on the hunt for this kind of earring, and these are so affordable.
  3. This is the perfect accessory for those “my hair isn’t washed but I still want to look cute” days.
  4. I may not be the biggest Kardashian fan, but man, those girls have good taste in clothes… or at least their designers do.
  5. Another purchase that couldn’t just stay on the wish list, especially when it’s 50% off (which almost never happens…). Get them while you still can!

Around the Internet

  1. This year’s Met Gala red carpet was amazing, but this Humans of New York series is just as good.
  2. Happy Cinco de Hangover 😉 If you didn’t have enough tequila yesterday, you might want to try these Slushy Margarita Shots.
  3. I can’t get enough of those cheetah cubs at the Cincinnati Zoo, and this feature on Blakely (the “nanny” of the cubs) is absolutely adorable.
  4. I know I share Carpool Karoake all the time, but this one is seriously the best one yet.
  5. Okay, nerd moment: I love when advertising and public relations come together into one brilliant campaign. It makes me so happy to be in such a creative field.

In the Blogosphere

  1. The newest member of Thread Cincinnati, Annie of Success on Stilettos, is rocking the cutest Derby Day outfit for tomorrow’s festivities.
  2. Speaking of, if you’re going to the Kentucky Derby, be sure to check out Danielle of Lou What Wear‘s “Purse Essentials” post. Very helpful!
  3. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with having overnight oats for breakfast, and this simple and easy recipe from Hilary of Embellishments sounds delicious.
  4. This post from Emily and Devin of Walton & Rush is so inspiring. After finding yoga myself as a way of de-stressing, I can’t wait to try Yoga Six.
  5. I’m loving this season’s tassel trend, and Cheryl of Oh to Be a Muse‘s clutch is too cute!

Until next time, XO.

Friday Fab Five – 04.29.16

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are my top finds from this past week…

Friday Fab Five 4.29 | Closet Full of Cocktails

On My Wish List

  1. I’m in the market for some new shoes, so I’m looking for the perfect mules! Can’t decide between these, these or these.
  2. I’ve had my eye on this dress for a long time, and it’s finally on sale!
  3. And so is this one… plus free shipping! Decisions, decisions.
  4. This clutch (which offers free monogramming) is perfect for going out.
  5. I couldn’t resist adding this tote to my cart. It’s time for a new work bag!

Around the Internet

  1. If you haven’t seen John Oliver’s latest episode of Last Week Tonight, you need to. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
  2. Speaking of videos, this one left me speechless. I have a whole new respect for women working in male-dominated fields. #GirlPower
  3. Need a good laugh? Here you go.
  4. When that super expensive vacuum brand unveils a super expensive hair dryer…?
  5. I just can’t get enough of this kid.

In the Blogosphere

  1. On the hunt for the perfect matte lip color? Fellow Thread Cincinnati blogger Jordan from A State of Ruin has got you covered.
  2. White jeans are a warm weather staple, and Katie of All Things Gold is rockin’ hers this season!
  3. Speaking of closet staples, Allison of The Stylish Soul is taking the flare trend to a whole new level.
  4. Lisa from The Style Theory is definitely “bringing sexy back” with this backless maxi dress, perfect for the summer!
  5. My best friend from back home, Lucy from Write. Style. Travel., just went to the reopening of one of my favorite boutiques in Elmwood Village: Half & Half. I can’t wait to check it out next time I’m home!

Until next time, XO.

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.

Friday Fab Five – 04.22.16

Happy Friday, here we go!

Friday Fab Five 4.22 | Closet Full of Cocktails

On My Wish List

  1. Wallpaper might be a P.I.A. to take off, but I’ve always wanted some throughout my house. Whenever that time comes, I’ll definitely be purchasing one of these.
  2. When you think UGG, you definitely don’t think summer shoes… until now.
  3. The best clothes are those that you can just throw on, hence my dress obsession, so I’ve got my eye on this romper… or maybe this one… or this. Decisions, decisions.
  4. You can never have enough makeup (or eyeliner), so I can’t wait to try this one out. It looks so easy to hold and apply!
  5. And last but not least, I love Mario Badescu products, especially this essential for the warmer months.

Around the Internet

  1. It was so sad to hear about Prince’s unfortunate passing yesterday. His music transcended age, and was loved by all. The heartwarming tributes that took place around the world were beautiful, especially those on Broadway.
  2. When Mother Nature’s beauty shines through in a picture… this one of my Alma Mater.
  3. Woah, this boozy summer drink sounds delish.
  4. Though I’ve been to some of these spots, I’ll have to go through this list for my next night out!
  5. I was in complete shock when I read about this major decision at Victoria’s Secret. Stock up now, before they’re gone!

In the Blogosphere

  1. I stumbled across this “Monthly Blog Income Report” series from Erica of Coming Up Roses. In just one post, I learned so much about monetizing my blog, so I’ll definitely be checking back each month for more tips.
  2. I’ve had my fair share of interviews lately, so writing thank you notes has become second nature. Check out Meghan from Lincoln Park Minute‘s great tips for curating the perfect thank you!
  3. All neutral everything: I love Megan of For All Things Lovely‘s “Shades of Pink” outfit. Will definitely be recreating a similar look this season.
  4. After reading this post from Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied, I’m in need of a beach vacation… and that backless romper.
  5. Have you had serious envy of those with the Rebecca Minkoff Sofia handbags? You can get your hands on a similar, much more affordable option by checking out fellow Thread Cincinnati blogger Kayla of The Professional Prep.

Until next week, have a great weekend!

Friday Fab Five – 04.15.16

It’s Friday, you know what that means! So let’s get right to it…

Friday Fab Five 4.15 | Closet Full of Cocktails

On My Wish List

  1. This adorable pom-pom straw clutch. Perfect for the warmer months, and only $22!
  2. How beautiful is this dress? One in every color, please.
  3. I’ve heard so many great things about this skin perfector. Gotta try it!
  4. I love my TOMS, so these shoes may be the newest addition to my closet.
  5. Because you can never have too many pairs of sunglasses.

Around the Internet

  1. When James Corden finally joins Instagram, and his first post is with your girl crush. #CarpoolKaraokeIsMyFave
  2. When said girl crush makes a sports bra look high fashion… at the airport no less.
  3. Coffee addicts everywhere need to read this.
  4. You best believe I’ll be trying out this cocktail recipe… maybe even feature it on the blog? #SugarHigh
  5. If you’re a fan of Bob’s Burgers like me, this will make you smile.

In the Blogosphere

  1. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect high-waisted swimsuit, and this one on Bailey from Here’s The Skinny is so cute!
  2. With the iconic Kentucky Derby quickly approaching, I’m getting some serious inspiration from Olivia of Olivia Rink.
  3. Speaking of horse racing, I’m pretty obsessed with hitting the track myself (Exhibit A). Another lover of the sport is fellow Thread Cincinnati blogger Katie from Out + Outfit.
  4. My next trip to Chicago will definitely involve this street art guide from Jenn of Style Charade.
  5. Currently obsessing over this midi skirt (and entire outfit!) from Kayleigh of Kayleigh’s Kloset.

That’s all for today! Have a great weekend 🙂

Trending Now: Pom-Poms

Today, I’m sharing another one of my favorite spring trends: pom-poms, or poms… whatever you want to call them! Poms are a fun and playful trend: perfect for the warmer weather. You’ll find them on hats, shoes, shorts, purses, scarves, jewelry and so much more.

Pom-Poms Header | Closet Full of Cocktails

If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of my favorite bloggers rocking this spring trend:

Alex from Adored by Alex

Alex from Adored by Alex Classic Shirtdress | Closet Full of Cocktails

Image via Adored by Alex

Misty from Heels & Hugs

Misty from Heels & Hugs Off the Shoulder + Pink Poms | Closet Full of Cocktails

Image via Heels & Hugs

Jordan from Le Blonde Chateau

Jordan from Le Blonde Chateau Shake Your Pom Pom | Closet Full of Cocktails

Image via Le Blonde Chateau

And if you want to try DIY:

Gissi of The Architect of Style

Gissi from The Architect of Style DIY Aquazzura Sandals | Closet Full of Cocktails

Image via The Architect of Style

If you’re looking to add this trend to your closet this season, check out my top picks in the feed below: