Cincinnati Art Museum: High Style

“A great designer does not seek acceptance. He challenges popularity, and by the force of his convictions renders popular in the end what the public hates at first sight.” -Charles James

A few weeks ago, I finally visited the High Style exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It was truly spectacular! Though I wouldn’t consider myself a huge museum or art enthusiast, I was dying to check out this exhibit. It received rave reviews from local media and some of my fellow Thread Cincinnati bloggers!

Originally featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”) in NYC, High Style showcases the evolution of fashion from the early 20th century to the 1980’s. With styles from Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior and Givenchy, it demonstrated the best of best in American and European design.

As we made our way through the decades, it was nearly impossible to pick out a favorite look. One was more beautiful than the next! The most fascinating part: almost all of the looks could be worn today — the basics of great style never change. Want to decide for yourself? Take a look at some of the amazing designs from High Style below!

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

"High Style" at Cincinnati Art Museum | Closet Full of Cocktails

Though the exhibit is no longer running, the Cincinnati Art Museum is an amazing place to visit. Admission is free, the exhibits are always changing and the Terrace Café is absolutely delicious.

Which of these looks is your favorite? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter at @ClosetCocktails!

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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 🙂

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.