Current Obsession // Pretty, Please

Blame the impending doom of the polar vortex (why God, WHYYYY?), but lately I’ve been in the mood to get pretty. The idea of glowing skin and glossy hair might be an attempt to bring some light to the the cold dark nights to come, but a bit of beautification ain’t never hurt nobody. A few products I’m excited about:

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1// The promise of waking up with dewy, baby soft skin after snoring the night away in decidedly unglamorous flannel pj’s is extremely appealing. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is the equivalent of sleeping through the hard work and still reaping the rewards!

2// I chatted with a few of the estheticians from Cincinnati Dermatology Center at a recent Cincinnati Magazine event, and after talking to a woman with the longest eyelashes I’ve ever seen (seriously, they were distractingly lengthy) I’m more determined than ever to try Latisse.

3//As much as I love the wondrous powers of coconut oil and shea butter, any substance that hardens in cool temperatures makes my hair stiff and keeps moisture OUT. Water-based Hairveda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer seems like the perfect combo of humectants and oils to soften the ‘fro and keep my ends in tact.

4//After a smooth six weeks of long and strong nails–which never happens for me–they all decided to break off once I started taking biotin supplements (HUH??). I have nubs now, but at least they’ll be healthy and moisturized with Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil.

5//I’ve been looking for an organic deep conditioner, but my fine coils need something with a lot of slip to prevent fairy knots. This NaturelleGrow Marshmallow Root & Slippery Elm Deep Conditioner has the right  ingredients (slippery elm! babassu oil! glycerine!) to keep those hyperactive pixies at bay.

6//As a Certified Exfoliation Fiend and lover of gross stuff, this Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel (aka gommage) is both fascinating and satisfying: You can actually SEE the dead skin sloughing off! Glorious!

7// You know how the combination of cold winter air and overzealous indoor heating makes your skin dry up like the Sahara? Just me? I figure if I keep a bottle of argan oil- and hyaluronic acid-spiked Kahina Beauty Toning Mist in my bag, I can get back to glowing with a few quick spritzes.

Clearly I’ll be spending a lot of time indoors preserving my sexy! How do you maintain when the temperature drops?

Photo Diary // Stripper Heels and Photo Shoots

I know I’ve been MIA lately, but I’m still outchea! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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1// Took a really fun pole dancing class and loved it! It’s a really good workout–kind of like the uneven bars, but vertical.

2// Y’all know Halloween is my favorite holiday–this year I got myself Urkelized for the office party and won the prize for funniest costume!

3// Spent some time climbing big rocks and enjoying 90-degree weather in Phoenix. I miss wearing shorts.

4// Been doing a LOT of schlepping things to and from various studios and venues for photo shoots galore. I’ll share the results once the issues are published!

Follow @thestylesample on Instagram for more updates!

Fall Wish List

Ever since the weather cooled off and the days got shorter, I’ve been looking forward to getting down to serious (fashion) business. While summer is all about being floaty and carefree, cooler weather means disciplined layering, and this Fall I’m all about structured minimalism and sharp contrast. Here’s what I’m looking forward to wearing:

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1 // White shirts I would like to wear white button-down shirts with everything, please. Bonus points for anything tunic length with a shirttail hem.
2 // A textured jacket or blazer I love navy and black for that French feel.
3 // A bright tomato-red lip pencil I look like a scary clown when I try to wear lipstick, but I’m hoping a lip pencil might be an easier-to-apply-correctly alternative.
4// A cozy cardigan I will wear this with everything I own whenever temps dip below 40.
5// Boyfriend jeans  All my jeans are tight skinnies, which is not so comfy when you’ve been spending the better part of the day eating tasty seasonal pies.
6//Vintage tee Because it’s important not to look like you’re trying too hard.
7// Lug sole boots Yep, still. I’m convinced they’re comfortable, even with a heel.
8// Sparkly colorful earrings Something to add a little color and glam to all these austere neutrals.


What’s on your list?

How to Publish a Magazine in Four Weeks

We knew it was coming; it was just so sudden. Looming on the editorial calendar, between the Fall issue of Cincinnati Wedding and the October monthly and lord only knows how many custom projects, was Cincinnati SHOPS, the magazine’s first publication dedicated to fashion and shopping from the perspective of young creatives truly living the Queen City lifestyle.

Our team got to work, scheduling photo shoots, assigning deadlines, laying out pages, and scouring the city for the best in fashion and decor. I spent so much time on the road I thought about installing a toaster oven in my car!

It was exhausting, but fun: there’s always some mischief going on behind the scenes at photo shoots, and the editorial meetings no one initially has time for end up as gab fests about the newest/craziest/latest happenings.

Cincinnati style shopping magazine Clockwise from top: Model Kristina getting her hurr did; I’m always super casual on set because I’m usually doing stuff like this; making these Prada sunglasses “float” required fishing wire and lots of patience; checking out digital images during the fashion shoot.

Props to the editors, art department, freelancers, photographers, models, sales team, and everyone else who had a hand in putting together this fabulous book! Since it only went out to select subscribers and isn’t available on newsstands, I’m hosting a happy hour at Article in OTR from 5-8 on Thursday 10/9 to give away copies so you can enjoy the fruits of our labor. Stop by to pick up a free magazine, enjoy a frew brews, and say hello. See you there!

Style // Fashion Formula

Something about formulas has always appealed to me, even though math has never really been my strong suit. I used to make up “creative equations” during calculus tests, which pretty much negates the purpose of formulas in the first place, right?

But the idea of an exact way to do something is heaven to my overzealous organizational tendencies, so I when this look garnered a lot of compliments at a recent party, I tried to break it down:

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fashion stylist blog AdornUSA Amadeus necklace, Old Navy muscle tee, vintage skirt (remember when I got it here and wore it here?) from NVISION, The Limited mini purse, DKNY heels

Statement jewelry: Over-the-top earrings, necklaces, anything near the face will work, including a great hat or scarf. Your face is usually the first place people look, so hit ‘em with an immediate dose of style.

Neutral basic: Half the trick is looking like you didn’t try too hard (see: French women). I wore this gray muscle tee to bed the night before, so the um, “lived-in” vibe is authentic. T-shirts, faded jeans, and sweatshirts/pants are your best bet here.

The Special Piece: Everybody has a few really fantastic items that rarely get any love because they’re too sparkly/dressy/bright. Bring ‘em out! I really love unique vintage or handmade pieces, and anything in a standout material (leather, sequins, kooky prints) usually works.

Pop o’ color: Any bright accessory (purse, shoes, gloves, hat) that adds contrast is an attention-grabber. I’m really into this orangey-tomato color right now as it’s just left of classic red.

Classic shoe: I chose a nude pointy-toe pump here, but shoes are really a no holds barred situation in my opinion. A classic shape (bootie, pump, sandal, etc.) makes any offbeat color or material work with pretty much anything.


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