As Dope as Ms. Pope

The Limited x Scandal fashion
Last week, my friend Will invited me to a sneak preview of The Limited x Scandal collection, a collaborative effort between Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo, Kerry Washington, and the Limited’s design team.

The Limited x Scandal fashion The Limited x Scandal fashion

After checking everything out, let me just say that they got the Olivia Pope Look down pat: the tweedy blazers and wide-legged trousers, muted pastel color palette, and yes, white coats and jackets galore perfectly mimic Olivia’s powerful-yet-vulnerable swag. I put together a few of my favorite looks and may have gotten a liiiiitle carried away playing dress up…

The Limited x Scandal fashion I couldn’t resist hamming it up in this cape. The green bag WILL be mine!

The collection includes clothing, bags, and necklaces, with prices starting at a reasonable $49.95 for tops to up to $220 for coats. If you want a piece of Pope style sans all that extra “I had an affair with the President” drama, the Kenwood Towne Center store will carry every piece starting Tuesday September 23rd. When you go, ask for Will and tell him I sent you–no Secret Service necessary.

Style // Fashion Run

Every now and then, something you’ve always wanted to happen actually happens, and you get to run around Saks like a wild-eyed fashion fiend, feverishly grabbing luxurious designer clothes and shoes and bags without even bothering to look at the price tag. It was like the adult lady version of those Toys ‘R Us Nickelodeon Toy Runs, but with Imaginary Friend Manolo Blahnik egging you on instead of Geoffrey the Giraffe. And, of course, the “toys” had to go back.

SaksStyle-Yigal-Skirt It’s possible that I was wearing this fabulous Yigal Azrouel skirt the wrong way (should the zipper be on the side?), but I’m more of a front zipper type of gal.

In the meantime, though, I had a darn good time putting together these looks and running around downtown while my talented photographer friend Claudia took pictures of me trying really hard not to look like an idiot. Being on the other side of the camera was a little daunting, but fun!

SaksStyle-DVF-coat Can you tell how much I’m into this DVF coat? That sucker was HEAVY, like a sparkly, jewel-encrusted cocoon of glamour.

All this fashion fun is leading up to the #SaksStyle Contemporary Event on September 27th, so you should definitely stop by, say hi, and toast the new Fall styles with a glass or six of champagne. See you there!

Style // La Garconne

La Garconne

I found this vintage skirt years ago while browsing at some random thrift store. Because of the fit and flare shape and pastel-y palette, I usually go for a ladylike look when I wear it, but this time I was feeling less dainty housewife, more slightly androgynous la garconne. Worn with a men’s button down (I cut it into a crop top because…why not?) and shiny silver brogues, I definitely felt more rebellious, cause notwithstanding.


Fun Fashion-y Stuff to Do


The busy end-of-year social season is getting started, and stylish events are popping up all over the place. A few you should definitely check out:

CincyChic’s Champagne and Shoes, Friday September 12th, 6-9pm
Y’all know Dress for Success has long been one of my favorite nonprofits, so I was happy to join CincyChic’s DFS fundraiser and fashion show event–especially when they asked me to be a judge for their “Chicest Shoes of All” contest. Get your tickets at, and bring your A-game footwear ‘cause I WILL be judging you (and asking where you got those cute shoes).

Saks Contemporary Event, Saturday September 27th, 4-6pm
I can often be found dreamily wandering through Saks, longingly touching all manner of high end clothing and accessories and willing everything from Etro dresses to Chanel booties to magically transport themselves into my closet. Luckily, my unrequited love is (temporarily) satiated as part of the #saksstyle campaign, where I had the opportunity to be photographed in several looks from Saks’ contemporary department. One of those looks will be on display at the September 27th event, so you should definitely RSVP (just email to join me and other local style bloggers to shop, drink champagne, and indulge in some fashiontalk.

Dress for Success Fashion Show, September 18th, 11am-1:15pm
Speaking of Dress for Success and Saks, the annual Dress for Success Fashion Show and Luncheon is coming up on September 20th, this time at the roulette-and-milkshake heaven known as the Horseshoe Casino. You can buy your tickets here, and get ready for a pretty solid morning of food, fashion, and female empowerment.

See you around the ‘hood!

Photo Diary // Gold Rolexes and Beer Wench Wannabes

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Lately, I’ve been:

1// Hanging out at polo matches pretending to know about horses, even though my equine knowledge is limited to reading Black Beauty in elementary school and that one Sweet Valley Twins book when Elizabeth was jealous of Lila’s horse.

2// Trying on ridiculously expensive timepieces. Who is out here buying $26K watches? And how can I be down?

3// Running around to photo shoots, photo shoots, and more photo shoots. Everybody at every shop in Cincinnati is supremely tired of seeing my face.

4// Pretending to kind of know stuff about football so I can see how it feels to wear a helmet. I have a huge head, so…yeah, it hurts.

5// Being a terrible beer wench/faux cover model and wishing for the 3,886th time that I was more photogenic. Ugh.

6// Enjoying concerts in the park and using said concerts as an excuse to get gelato from Dojo’s truck. Favorite combos include mint + Mexican vanilla and apricot cinnamon +  salted caramel (which tastes like a pumpkin spice latte). YUM.

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