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”

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!

Thread Cincinnati Giveaway!

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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!

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 🙂