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.

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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)

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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.

Blanket Scarf: 2 Ways

Happy Monday! After enjoying some 70° days, it’s back to fall-like temperatures. I even heard on the radio that we could be expecting snow by the end of the month! But trust me, I’m not complaining. Colder weather means back to boots and lots of layers, woohoo!

Today, I wanted to show you how to style an accessory that I’ve been dying to wear again since I packed it away last summer: the blanket scarf. This is a trend that blew up last year and is (thankfully!) still trending this year. At first, I was hesitant to purchase one, mostly because of how petite I am. I didn’t want the scarf to overpower my 5’3″ self!

After finding a pattern I loved at American Eagle, I decided to go for it. And, without much hesitation, the salesperson talked me into getting two scarves! (I’m easily persuaded when it comes to buying more clothes.)

Though I don’t have the other scarf with me here in Cincinnati, I’ll definitely be wearing this accessory all season. It’s so warm and comfortable, and I love how versatile it is. My two favorite ways to wear it are (1) tied around my neck and (2) as a shawl, but belted so I still have a waist 🙂

Styling Tip: If you have a patterned scarf like mine, let it be the statement of your outfit! Keep the rest of your clothes simple (I paired mine with a gray long-sleeve shirt and jeans) so you don’t overpower the look! If you’re feeling adventurous and want to mix patterns, go for a more muted pattern with your shirt, like a horizontal stripe or polka dot. Just make sure the two patterns aren’t competing with one another.

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Blanket Scarf, 2 Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

Blanket Scarf, 2 Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

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Blanket Scarf, 2 Ways | Closet Full of Cocktails

Scarf: American Eagle (old – similar) || Shirt: Target || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (old – similar) || Purse: Kate Spade

What’s your favorite way to wear a blanket scarf? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!

Adult Sparkling Cider

Man, it was a crazy week! Needless to say, I’m excited to bring you my very first Fri-YAY Cocktail… because I definitely need it! TGIF, am I right?

Because of this chaotic week, I wasn’t exactly planning ahead for this premiere. For that reason, I made the most simplistic (but delicious) cocktail that is perfect for any fall occasion. It combines two of my favorite drinks: apple cider and… champagne!

It’s that simple. That’s literally all you need to make this tasty cocktail (and maybe a fresh apple for garnish or to add in for some “boozy fruit”).

I’m calling it the Adult Sparkling Cider!

Adult Sparking Cider Cocktail

To recap, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favorite champagne (I used a Brut; in the middle on the sweetness scale)
  • Apple cider
  • 1 fresh apple, for garnish (I used Gala, but any kind is fine)
Adult Sparking Cider Cocktail
Please disregard my ugly AC unit!

NOTE #1: I didn’t include exact measurements because it’s completely up to you! If you like your drinks a little boozier (or had a particularly rough day), feel free to add in a little more champagne 😉

NOTE #2: I realize this is a red wine glass, but that’s all I’ve got! (#postgradproblems) If you have an actual champagne flute, I would recommend serving in that.

Enjoy!

Adult Sparking Cider Cocktail

Invest in Vests

Though it’s officially been fall for more than a month, here in Cincinnati, Mother Nature is still deciding whether she wants it to be hot, warm or cold. So what do you wear if it’s too hot for a heavy jacket but too cold for nothing at all? A puffer vest!

It’s no doubt that vests are making a comeback in the fashion world. And it’s a trend that works for both men AND women!

Because most vests run on the pricier end, I waited for the perfect sale and bit the bullet. My philosophy: divide the purchase price by the number of times worn. Investing in more expensive clothes (rather than cheaper, low-quality ones) is more cost-effective in the long run. Trust me, it’s totally worth it!

Invest in Vests | Closet Full of Cocktails

Invest in Vests | Closet Full of Cocktails

Vest: J.Crew Factory (old – similar) || Shirt: Ralph Lauren || Necklace: Francesca’s (old – similar) || Jeans: American Eagle || Shoes: American Eagle (old – similar)

Would you rock this trend? Share your looks with me on Instagram at @ClosetFullOfCocktails!