Giveaway // Win $250 to Shop at Simon Premium Outlets!

Premium Outlets Cincinnati

My new favorite tee and cozy cardigan from BCBG Factory Outlet

One sunny Saturday morning, the Thread Cincinnati babes headed to Premium Outlets for an early shopping spree. The team at Simon (which owns the outlet) had invited us for mimosas and shopping, and we were more than happy to oblige!

J. Crew and Nine West were sweet enough to open early for us, and we spent some time browsing for cozy fall sweaters and chicover-the-knee boots before I made a beeline for the BCBG Factory Store and picked up a few elevated essentials: a perfect long-sleeved tee, a cozy gray cardigan I can’t stop wearing, and a comfy-sexy knit dress with a deep V neckline, perfect for occasions when I need to look dressed up, but want to feel like I’m wearing pajamas.

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The shoe selection at Saks Off 5th is SO good

I also picked up a cute Ohio tee at Where I’m From (so I have something festive to wear to Sports Team Games), and spent way too much time in the shoe section at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th because the boot selection there is LIT. I don’t know how I’ve been missing out for so long (I used to work at Off 5th for goodness’ sake), but I’ll definitely be back.

Premium Outlets generously provided us with a $100 Visa gift card, $20 to Where I’m From, and tons of swag, and the best part?

Now it’s your turn!

One lucky Thread Cincinnati follower will win a $250 gift card to the Simon Premium Outlets near them! To enter:

1. Follow both @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po on Instagram (We’ll be checking to make sure!)

2. Post your favorite outlet or bargain find (It can be a flat lay of your favorite piece(s) or a picture of you modeling it!) to Instagram using the hashtag #cincysimonspree and tagging @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po

3. Submit your photo by next Wednesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered

Good luck!

31 Resources for Visual Inspiration

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A lot of creative types claim they don’t enjoy planning, but gathering inspiration is one of the best parts of the pre-production process, I promise.

When I’m producing photo shoots, putting together the creative direction is not only fun, but useful: it helps me hone in on a vision, acts as a trigger for new ideas, and provides examples of lighting and composition, which make it much easier to communicate with the client and crew. Thank goodness the Internet gods have made all of this visual inspiration so easy to find!

These are some of my favorite resources:


Artist representative agencies host the best images of their clients’ work, and are great places to see the portfolios of big names and up-and-comers alike.

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Work by fashion stylist Claudia Engelmann (my favorite!) and prop stylist Rebecca Donnelly

Halley Resources
Bernstein & Andriulli
Giant Artists
Art + Commerce
Visual Artists Agency
Artist & Agency
2b Management
Creative Exchange Agency

Editorials featured in the best print and online publications in the world provide endless inspiration directly from the pros. These sites do the hard work of hunting and gathering for you!

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Images from Vogue Portugal, Glamour

Fashion Gone Rogue
Visual Optimism
Fashion Model Directory
Steen Evald
The Fashionography

My current favorite social network is also one of the best sources of visual inspiration out there. Find one amazing account and let yourself fall down the Instagram rabbit hole, where all the pretty pictures live. I like to screenshot my favorite images and upload them to Pinterest.

fashion photo styling inspiration

Instagrams by streetetiquette, paridust


Speaking of Pinterest, it’s the easiest way to collect and sort images from all of the sources listed above. It’s also a super convenient way to search for specific looks, artists, and brands, and I especially love it when I’m putting together beauty direction, like when I know I want a burgundy lip but need to show the makeup artist exactly how burgundy it should be.

My “iwokeuplikedis” board is where I collect makeup inspo

What are your favorite sites for visual inspiration? Share in the comments!

Style // Dress Karma

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When you find the right dress, it’s meant to be. I tried on this Karlie dress at a Thread x Pretty Pony Boutique event a year ago and loved it, but wasn’t really sure I had an occasion to wear it. Flash forward to the Dressing Downton event at the Taft Museum, where Pretty Pony had a booth. Owner Cassie Kathman recognized me and remembered the dress, noting that she still had one in my size and would I like them to send it to me?

Um, YES please.

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It arrived in adorable packaging with a sweet note from Cassie, and as soon as the temperature cooperated I shrugged it on with black ankle boots and a bright bag and made my way to the nearest wine festival. Turns out finding an occasion wasn’t so hard after all…

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Jeweled neoprene dress by Karlie, Pretty Pony Boutique, 2220 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY,

By the way, this is my 700th post! Time flies, huh?

Creative City Podcast is Back with the Scoop on the Style + Sustainability Gala!

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Exciting news: Season 3 of the Creative City podcast is officially underway!

In episode 21, fellow stylist Jessie Cundiff and I chat about what it takes to build your portfolio, the importance of doing the work, and how to get started as a fashion stylist.

In episode 22, my friends Anh Tran and Catherine Richards of Hark+Hark talk about conceptual art, their jewelry line, and the upcoming Style + Sustainability Gala on October 1st.

Style + Sustainability is a fun fashion gala, complete with cocktails, a tea room, a skate park, food trucks, and greenery everywhere! 25 fashion designers and artists have created “living garments”–as in fashion that incorporates plants–to strut down a catwalk made out of moss in a renovated 100,000 square foot warehouse. Urban Blooms has built a fantastical sea of vertical gardens just for the event, which is the kickoff for the new Uptown Innovation Corridor.

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I’ll be there behind the scenes, helping style and dress 30 models in 63 looks(!) and making sure everyone hits their cues. Get ready to explore, network, shop, eat and dance at the most sustainable and collaborative fashion experience Cincinnati has ever seen!

Modern Makers & Urban Blooms Style + Sustainability Gala, Saturday October 1st, 7-10pm. Get tickets here.

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