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.


Style // Into the Blue

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When the temperature hits 60 degrees, I break out the leather and boots.

1 // Mango choker necklace

2 // Hanky Panky stretch lace bralette

3 // Guerlain liquid eyeliner

4 // Romwe denim shirt

5 // Mint Velvet navy pocket pencil skirt

6 // Lauren Ralph Lauren Vallerie boots

7 // J Crew Downing tote

Speaking of leather and boots, there will be plenty of both (and more) at the #SaksStyle Contemporary event, so RSVP now! I’ll also have a few issues of the elusive Cincinnati SHOPS magazine to distribute, so stop by Saks from 4-6 this Saturday to get a free copy. See you there!

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.

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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.

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