How to Dress for Changing Seasons

It’s shaping up to be a warm winter… Thanks, El Niño! (Now that I actually know what it means when people say that…)

As a tribute to this unseasonable warmth, I’m throwing it back to a late September outfit: when it was supposed to be fall, but felt like summer! Whenever the weather is transitioning, it can be hard to decide what to wear.

Transitioning Seasons Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

For the not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather, I stand by two rules:

  1. Layers, layers, layers. If it gets too hot, you can take something off. Too cold? Put something back on! For this outfit I added a light, cotton scarf as my one and only layer.
  2. One long; one short. Pair a tank with pants or a long-sleeve with shorts! It will balance out the outfit without making you overheat (or freeze).

Transitioning Seasons Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Transitioning Seasons Outfit | Closet Full of Cocktails

Tank: Anthropologie (comes in other colors!) || Pants: GAP (old – similar or similar) || Shoes: Target || Scarf: gift (similar) || Purse: Kate Spade

How do you switch up your wardrobe for the seasons? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

Peplum: Part Two

Happy Tuesday! Hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Can you believe that it’s already December?

As promised, here is the second part of my peplum post. If you didn’t catch the first one, you can find it here! Peplum is a figure-flattering style for almost any body type, and it’s so versatile. You can dress it up or down, depending on the occasion. The possibilities are endless, and always fabulous 🙂

This pink peplum top was the steal of the century, seriously. I bought this top a few years ago at JCPenney… on the clearance rack… for $3. Yes, you read that right. $3!

Pink Peplum Top from Joe Fresh | Closet Full of Cocktails

It’s from the Joe Fresh collection, which I absolutely love. (You can browse the Joe Fresh for JCPenney collection here or head on over to their website.) Joe Fresh is out of Canada, but currently has four U.S. locations in NYC. And they just recently started shipping to the US of A, woohoo! Needless to say, a road trip to Toronto calls for a trip to Joe Fresh.

Pink Peplum Top from Joe Fresh | Closet Full of Cocktails

Pink Peplum Top from Joe Fresh | Closet Full of Cocktails

Peplum Top: Joe Fresh for JCPenney (old – similar or similar) || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Apt. 9 from Kohl’s (old – similar or similar) || Necklace: Francesca’s (old – similar)

Now that you’ve seen both of my looks, which is your favorite? Don’t forget to share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

Peplum: Part One

Good morning, everyone! Who’s ready for Thanksgiving? I sure am! I can’t wait to be home, relaxing with Cosmo (our family dog) by the fire and enjoying family’s company with some delicious homemade food.

For today’s post, I’m featuring a style that is super flattering on nearly every body type: peplum. Peplum is a short flared or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist to create a hanging frill or flounce. This figure-flattering style is predominantly featured in jackets, dresses and blouses.

If you’re built like me, you know that an hourglass figure is often difficult to flatter with certain types of clothes. After trying to pull off many different styles, I’ve found that peplum tops and high-waisted bottoms are the most flattering for my body type.

I spotted this peplum top at Anthropologie last year and was immediately drawn to it! I’m a sucker for polka dots and anything with ruffles. I knew I would get a lot of wear out of it, so off to the register I went!

Polka Dot Peplum Top | Closet Full of Cocktails

Polka Dot Peplum Top | Closet Full of Cocktails

Styling Tip: Depending on where you’re wearing your peplum, tone down the other parts of your outfit with more straight or streamlined pieces. For example, the peplum in this outfit adds some fullness on top, so I paired it with some skinny jeans (instead of a fuller bottom, like an A-line skirt).

Polka Dot Peplum Top | Closet Full of Cocktails

Polka Dot Peplum Top | Closet Full of Cocktails

Peplum Top: Anthropologie || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (old – similar) || Hat: Urban Outfitters || Watch: Michael Kors

What do you think of this peplum look? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

PS – I’ve split this post into two parts, so be on the lookout for “Peplum: Part Two” next week!

Pretty in Ponchos

I’m all about being warm and comfortable, especially this time of year. (I may be used to cold weather in Buffalo, but that doesn’t mean I like it!) If you’re looking to be warm and comfortable this season, ponchos (aka “capes”) are the perfect top layer for any fall outfit.

#1

This first one may not be a traditional poncho; it’s more like a long, blanket-style vest. The Starbucks barista tried complimenting me on it but he wasn’t sure what to call it and frankly, neither did I. But for the sake of this post, I’ll call it a poncho 🙂

Pretty in Ponchos | Closet Full of Cocktails

Whatever you want to call it, it may not have sleeves, but it’s the warmest thing ever! The heavy wool material is super cozy, and surprisingly not itchy. I originally saw this poncho on Out + Outfit and knew I had to have it! I’ve worn it on warmer days with a plain tank top or on colder days with a long-sleeve shirt or sweater. Similar to the blanket scarf, I like to keep the foundation of the outfit simple with ponchos. They are essentially the “star” of the outfit, so let them shine!

Pretty in Ponchos | Closet Full of Cocktails

Poncho: C. Luce || Shirt: Target || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (old – similar) || Hat: Urban Outfitters || Necklace: gift (similar or similar)

#2

I came across this second poncho while aimlessly “window shopping” online. There happened to be a 40% off sale online only, and you know I can’t resist a good sale!

Pretty in Ponchos | Closet Full of Cocktails

It’s more lightweight than the previous poncho, but still super cozy. I love the fringe at the bottom and the different colored stripes. It’s all about the details!

Ann Taylor LOFT Striped Poncho

Poncho: LOFT || Shirt: Target || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (old – similar) || Necklace: gift (similar or similar)

What do you think of this fall trend? Share your poncho looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

Rhinegeist Cidergeist

Once again, we made it to Friday – hooray!

After work, I’m off to the Xavier men’s basketball season opener for the first time as an alumni… crazy talk.

For that reason, instead of making a cocktail, I wanted to feature one of my new favorite drinks from my favorite local brewery: Rhinegeist’s Cidergeist. I’ve never been a huge fan of beer (hence, the cocktails) so I would always reach for a hard cider instead. I’ve tried so many different kinds, but nothing compares to these ones from Rhinegeist. You may have seen my first Instagram post: “beer” in hand with an amazing mural in the back. That was actually taken at Rhinegeist after trying their Semi Dry Cider for the first time! Insert the huge smile on my face. I was one happy girl 🙂

Rhinegeist Cidergeist | Closet Full of Cocktails

If you love hard ciders as much as me, I would definitely recommend trying one of their flavors: Semi Dry or Dry Hopped. I had samples of both and went for the Semi Dry because I don’t like the bitter aftertaste of hoppy beers. If you’re in or around Cincinnati, you can find cans of Cidergeist at your local grocery store. To find out if they’re sold near you, click here. And more importantly, if you haven’t been to Rhinegeist before, go check them out! They’re in the middle of a huge expansion, opening a gorgeous rooftop patio in the spring, and it’s just a great place to hang out with friends. If you don’t like beer or cider, they have wine, too! (That’s actually what I used to order before Cidergeist.)

Rhinegeist Cidergeist | Closet Full of Cocktails

They have cornhole, ping pong, foosball: you name it. And if you’re interested, they give behind-the-scenes tours!

Rhinegeist Cidergeist | Closet Full of Cocktails

Oh, and one last thing: if you don’t follow them on Instagram, you should… because they’re awesome. (No, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love Rhinegeist.)

Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

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.