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:

DIY Bridal Shower Gift

Something exciting is happening in just a few months… one of my best friends is getting married! What’s more? I’m going to be a bridesmaid for her big day! With the date quickly approaching, the wedding festivities have officially begun, starting with her groom’s family bridal shower.

Though I’m not the craftiest person in the world, I’d much rather give a personalized gift rather than something off their registry. Don’t get me wrong, registries are great for getting the couple exactly what they want! That’s just my opinion 🙂

After having interned for an wedding and event planner a few summers ago, I had the perfect gift in mind: a wine basket filled with bottles for every momentous occasion the newly-wedded couple will celebrate together. Some of these include the wedding night, honeymoon, first house and first baby.

I found a printable PDF on UltimateBridesmaid.com (appropriately named…) and then I was off to Party Source and Michaels to shop! You can read the full Ultimate Bridesmaid post here.

If you want to create your own bridal shower wine basket, here’s everything you’ll need:

DIY Bridal Shower Wine Basket | Closet Full of Cocktails

Choose your materials. First, the wine. I purchased seven different bottles from my local liquor store, and had a lot of fun doing it! To add a personal (and humorous) touch, I selected wines based on the brand name and how it relates to the occasion. For example, for the honeymoon tag, I bought Barefoot, since the future Mr. & Mrs. will be barefoot on the beach. For the first baby tag, I bought a bottle of Gallo Family. And for the wedding night, I got Simply Naked Chardonnay. Get it? 😉 Ha! Next, stop by your local craft store and pick out your basket, ribbon, gift bag and paper crinkle.

DIY Bridal Shower Wine Basket | Closet Full of Cocktails

Print and cut out your gift tags. See the link above to get yours! Then, assign a gift tag to each of your wine bottles.

DIY Bridal Shower Wine Basket | Closet Full of Cocktails

Time to assemble. Scatter the paper crinkle at the bottom of the basket for a decorative touch. I used a teal color to complement the color of the gift tags.

DIY Bridal Shower Wine Basket | Closet Full of Cocktails

Arrange. Now, it’s time to arrange the bottles. This can be done however you’d like, but I tried to mix them up by gift tag colors, wine type and bottle size.

DIY Bridal Shower Wine Basket | Closet Full of Cocktails

Final touches. Once you decide on an arrangement you like, I found that it’s easiest to take the bottles out before putting on the gift bag. Trust me, it gets heavy! After you get your gift bag on, finish it off with a bow and tada – you’ve got yourself a beautiful wine basket.

DIY Bridal Shower Wine Basket | Closet Full of Cocktails

What’s your go-to bridal shower gift? Share your ideas with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails. Happy crafting!

Friday Fab Five – 04.08.16

Time for round three of my new-ish Friday Fab Five series. Honestly, I’m proud for holding myself accountable and staying on top of my weekly content, so I hope you’re enjoying it! Here we go…

Friday Fab Five Header | Closet Full of Cocktails

On My Wish List

  1. The majority of Stella & Dot’s new arrivals, but especially this 2-in-1 clutch.
  2. I’m definitely lusting over this flamingo pink mini tote for the summer!
  3. I can already picture the perfect spring/summer outfits with these ribbon wedges.
  4. How cute are these leather earrings?!
  5. Old Navy basics never disappoint, and this one is no exception.

Around the Internet

  1. If you haven’t seen Melissa McCarthy lip sync on Jimmy Fallon, you’re missing out on some serious laughs!
  2. Just when you thought M&M’s couldn’t get any better, they did
  3. The perfect combination of things I love: dogs and hockey.
  4. Currently dreaming of the Airbnb rental that Selena Gomez stayed in.
  5. A progression that we can all relate to…

In the Blogosphere

  1. Since I’m now gluten-free, I’m definitely going to try Lauren of Lake Shore Lady‘s Flourless Chocolate Cake.
  2. In need of a new swimsuit? I know I am! I’m loving all of these under $150 picks from Jessica of My Style Vita.
  3. I just discovered Madi Messer’s blog Sweet Tea with Madi and all of her recent spring looks. Go check her out!
  4. Another great new blog find via Instagram: Lauren of From Earth to Style.
  5. I’m a sucker for hand-written notes on cute stationery, so I loved Katey and Besty’s new post on Two Peas in a Blog.

Until next week!

Spring Cleaning with Poshmark

It’s really starting to feel like spring here in Cincinnati. Rain, rain, go away… But thanks to this dreary weather, I’ve been motivated to jumpstart my spring cleaning! Though I’ve only tackled my closet so far, you have to start somewhere… right?

My greatest new discovery is Poshmark, a website (and app) that allows you to easily buy and sell your gently-used, “never-going-to-wear-this-again” clothing and accessories! Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of taking clothes to consignment stores — I always get frustrated knowing what I paid for something and receiving very little in return. I’d much rather donate than get a lowball offer.

On the other hand, Poshmark is a much better choice for ridding of my unwanted clothes. I’ve been a bit strapped for cash lately, so PM offers the best of both worlds — downsizing my closet and getting paid for it! After downloading the free app, I simply used the in-app camera to take pictures, write brief descriptions (color, wear, wash instructions, etc.) and price them accordingly. In less than an hour, my Poshmark closet was complete.

Almost immediately, I received my first offer! Buyers can either buy at the price you set, or submit an offer to negotiate with the seller. The buyer pays for shipping and PM sends the seller a pre-paid shipping label via email. Once the buyer receives your item(s), the money is added to your account and voila – you made your first sale! You can redeem your money via bank direct deposit or check.

Shortly after my first sale, I made my first purchase… oops! This may be the only downfall of Poshmark, if you don’t have much self-control like me 🙂 I bought two J. Crew button-downs for less than the price of one! I’d say that’s a good deal. The shirts came in 2-3 days and were in fabulous condition!

Spring Cleaning with Poshmark | Closet Full of Cocktails

Spring Cleaning with Poshmark | Closet Full of Cocktails

Spring Cleaning with Poshmark | Closet Full of Cocktails

Top: J. Crew via Poshmark (old – similar and similar) || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Apt. 9 from Kohl’s (old – similar and similar) || Necklace: Forever 21 (old – similar and similar) || Purse: Kate Spade (old color – same style)

Spring Cleaning with Poshmark | Closet Full of Cocktails

Top: J. Crew via Poshmark (old – similar and similar) || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Target || Necklace: New York & Company (old – similar) || Watch: Michael Kors || Purse: Kate Spade (old color – same style)

There’s also a “bundle” feature, where buyers can request multiple items from a seller and save on shipping. Though I’m still learning more about Poshmark and its features, so far it’s been a very user-friendly and positive experience. If you’re looking to start cleaning out your closet, I highly recommend using Poshmark!

If you’re interested in seeing what I’m selling, check out my Poshmark closet here.

Friday Fab Five – 04.01.16

Happy April, everyone! How on earth did that happen already? It’s time for the second post of my new Friday Fab Five series. PS – Did you check out my other new series, Trending Now?

Friday Fab Five Header | Closet Full of Cocktails

On My Wish List

  1. A girl can never have too much denim, so I’m adding this twist on a traditional denim jacket to my shopping cart!
  2. The newest of Lauren Conrad’s books, Celebrate. I already own the L.A. Candy series, Beauty and Style, so this one is a definite must.
  3. Because I’m always in serious need of a phone charger when I go out, and this one is absolutely adorable.
  4. These sandals keep showing up on my Instagram feed, and I’m completely in love.
  5. My Stella & Dot obsession is never-ending, and these earrings are not helping.

Around the Internet

  1. Because everyone needs a cute animal video for those not-so-great days.
  2. If this recipe truly tastes like cake, I’m all in.
  3. No explanation needed. This video series is always hilarious!
  4. An outfit is only as great as its accessories, right?
  5. Truer words have never been spoken.

In the Blogosphere

  1. Fellow Thread Cincinnati blogger Olivia of Baubles to Bubbles is starting a new post series, all about blogging tips. Can’t wait to follow along!
  2. I definitely want to create my own “White Out” look like Amanda from That Pencil Skirt.
  3. Allison of The Stylish Soul is rocking one of my favorite dresses from Target’s Who What Wear collection!
  4. I’m ready to fly away to Panama after reading Vanessa of Downtown Maven‘s post.
  5. I’m loving the bright pops of color in Aimara of Ways of Style‘s spring outfit! Check out her Instagram for more spring inspiration.

Until next week!