Trending Now: Off-the-Shoulder

One of my goals for this year is to diversify my blog content, so I’m starting another post series: Trending Now. Once again, the title speaks for itself — I’ll be sharing some of my favorite trends for the upcoming season to keep you informed and on trend. So let’s get started with the first of my favorite spring trends: off-the-shoulder everything!

Off-the-Shoulder Header | Closet Full of Cocktails

I’ve already invested in a few OTS pieces, including this dress from Mint Julep Boutique and this blouse from LOFT from my first Friday Fab Five.

The reason I love this trend is because it’s flirty without being over-the-top. Remember: Showing a little skin is always sexier than showing too much (in my opinion) 😉

Need some inspiraiton? Here are a few of my favorite bloggers rocking OTS looks:

Danielle from Shop Dandy

Danielle from Shop Dandy Flamingo Dress | Closet Full of Cocktails
Image via Shop Dandy

Jessica from NotJessFashion

Jessica from NotJessFashion Orange Crush | Closet Full of Cocktails
Image via NotJessFashion

Grace from A Southern Drawl

Grace from A Southern Drawl Chambray Off the Shoulder Top | Closet Full of Cocktails
Image via A Southern Drawl

Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere

Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere Off The Shoulder Stripes | Closet Full of Cocktails
Image via Cupcakes and Cashmere

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

Friday Fab Five – 03.25.16

Today, I’m excited to introduce a new weekly post series — the Friday Fab Five. I’ll be sharing five of my favorite products, Internet findings and bloggers’ posts from the week every Friday. Appropriately titled, right? 🙂

Friday Fab Five Header | Closet Full of Cocktails

On My Wish List

  1. I’ve been in the market for a good pair of white jeans for the spring. If what they claim is true, these no-stain white jeans from Old Navy definitely belong in my closet!
  2. Evelyn Henson just released her Spring/Summer prints, and one is cuter than the next. I’ve purchased some of her map prints as gifts and they’ve always been a hit!
  3. In serious need of this Eyelet Off the Shoulder Blouse from LOFT — eyelet and off the shoulder tops are definitely trending this season!
  4. I’ve had my eye on this Peplum Top for a while, and thanks to a birthday gift card, it’s officially mine — woohoo!
  5. If you haven’t checked out Target’s latest collaboration with Who What Wear, it’s a must! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but this Midi Shirt Dress may be it.

Around the Internet

  1. In the wake of latest terrorist attacks in Belgium earlier this week, this touching tribute by French cartoonist Plantu went viral. It’s the perfect depiction of coming together in solidarity in the face of senseless violence. Peace and prayers to Belgium and the rest of the world.
  2. On a lighter note, this goldfish got braces, and it’s probably the cutest that anyone (or anything) has ever looked with braces on. (I’m allowed to say that because I had them for four years.)
  3. Because everyone loves John Krasinski and a good Tonight Show game. I mean seriously, look at that smile. #JimAndPamForever
  4. Have you ever LOLed at a text? I did when my boyfriend sent me this.
  5. Many people don’t know this, but I danced competitively for over ten years of my life. This incredibly beautiful choreography and dancing moved me, almost to tears.

In the Blogosphere

  1. I’ll definitely be using Keynote for my Instagram collages from now on, thanks to the great tips from Amanda of The Miller Affect.
  2. I’m a sucker for the Gap Clearance in Kentucky and it looks like Annie from Success on Stilettos is, too! She’s rocking this blue leopard blazer for the perfect business casual look.
  3. What are your go-to closet favorites? Mine are vests, statement necklaces and scarves. Fellow Thread Cincinnati blogger Preeti of Ninesto5 shares hers, and I’m loving them all!
  4. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m all about spring… flowers and floral prints galore! Kavya of Pretty Pink Roses pairs both into a beautiful, bright outfit! Bonus: she partnered with Megha of Artistry by Megha to bring you another fabulous spring look!
  5. How adorable is this blush outfit from Lauren of LC Steele?! And accessorized with a Cubs baseball hat… love. Lauren, you definitely rock the “cool girl” vibe!

I hope you enjoyed my first installment of the Friday Fab Five. Until next week!

Rent the Runway: Spring 2016

Spring has officially sprung, and I couldn’t be more excited. Spring fashion is definitely my favorite of all. The runways are full of florals, ruffles and bright colors galore — yes please!

Instead of breaking the bank and buying into this season’s trends, I can’t wait to rent the newest arrivals from Rent the Runway! Though I’ve only rented from their site once before, it was such a great experience that I’ve been itching to rent again.

The “Hearts” section of my RTR account is growing fast, with 100+ saved looks — should make things interesting once I actually go to rent!

Deal Alert: From now until 3/26, use code “3FOR1BLOOM16” to rent one item and get two free! And if that wasn’t good enough, follow this link to get $20 off your first order: http://refer.renttherunway.com/x/AtlXh9

Here are some of the top spring looks I’m lusting over, categorized for every spring occasion:

EASTER

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Periwinkle Pistachio Block Up Sheath by Cynthia Rowley – $50

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Aniya Floral Dress by Trina Turk – $60

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Floral Chester Pleated Maxi by LIKELY – $45

WEDDING

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Ventus Gown by Elizabeth and James – $100

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Twist and Shout Dress by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent – $55

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Purple Gabi Dress by Slate & Willow – $60

SPRING BREAK

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Grecian Sun Romper by Saylor – $50

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

White Out Sunflower Dress by Nicholas – $85

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Midi Florrie Chiffon Dress by Temperley London – $200

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Rainbox Palm Stone Romper by Mara Hoffman – $50

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Floral Cloud Romper by Parker – $60

Rent the Runway - Spring Looks | Closet Full of Cocktails

Floral Sunrise Slip Dress by Clover Canyon – $70

Now that you’ve seen the looks, did you miss the Deal Alert above? If not, from now until 3/26, use code “3FOR1BLOOM16” to rent one item and get two free! And if you follow this link, you’ll get $20 off your first order: http://refer.renttherunway.com/x/AtlXh9

What are your favorite spring looks or trends? Share yours with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

Swap ‘Til You Drop

A few weeks ago, my roommate Alex and I went to a friend’s “girls night in” party — and man, was it fun. Imagine getting rid of accessories you haven’t worn in a while, and replacing them with “new” (to you) ones, for free! That’s the basis of the increasingly-popular Accessory Swap Party.

Accessory Swap Party | Closet Full of Cocktails

Each person was asked to bring at least three gently-used accessories (scarves, earrings, necklaces, etc.) that they were willing to part with from their closet. Each item you brought was exchanged for a raffle ticket, which gave you access to “shop” the table for someone else’s accessories. The ticket numbers were randomly selected, with each person getting to shop at least three different times, depending on how many things they brought.

Accessory Swap Party | Closet Full of Cocktails

The best part (besides the photo booth, selfie stick included — see below): everyone got to preview the table for five minutes before the “shopping” began, so you could go into the room with a plan of attack. The suspense and excitement was quite entertaining! You could see that some people were withholding their top picks, in hopes that their neighbors wouldn’t steal it from them. Everyone went home happy and anxious to rock their new accessories.

Accessory Swap Party | Closet Full of Cocktails

Accessory Swap Party | Closet Full of Cocktails

I went home with a pair of silver drop earrings, two necklaces and a bright pink scarf with pom poms — definitely in season for spring!

Accessory Swap Party | Closet Full of Cocktails

A big thank you to Christina for inviting us and Johnnie for hosting this wonderful party! Alex and I will definitely be hosting our own swap soon, so stay tuned.

Cantina Loco

Last week, I was thankful to spend the whole week at home in Buffalo. I hadn’t seen my family and friends since Christmas, and I was starting to feel a bit homesick. Though the week went by fast, as it always does, it was a much needed break from “reality.”

When I’m home, it’s a necessity to hit up my favorite food spots. I hadn’t been to this one in a while, so I chose it as the location for my belated birthday dinner.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cantina Loco is, by far, one of my favorite places in Buffalo for delicious Mexican food. Right in the heart of Allentown, an artsy and eclectic neighborhood in downtown Buffalo, it’s definitely the place to be on any given day. We went on a Wednesday night and it was packed: the sign of a great restaurant.

To drink, I had a Ginger Pineapple margarita. As you can imagine, it was to die for. We got the Nachos Locos as an appetizer: two cheeses, pork, onion, jalapeno, poblano cream and pico — yum! For dinner, I had Carnitas and Skirt Steak tacos, both on freshly-made corn tortillas. Though the Carnitas was a bit too greasy for my liking, the Skirt Steak was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Overall, we had a great experience at Cantina Loco. An important thing worth noting: our waiter, Felix, was so thoughtful and accommodating with my gluten intolerance. He made sure to inform me of which menu items I could and couldn’t have, which was much appreciated. I haven’t found that kind of service everywhere since changing my diet.

WARNING: don’t scroll any further if you’re hungry reading this post!

Now, for the pictures.

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Cantina Loco | Closet Full of Cocktails

Until next time, Buffalo! <3

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”