Social Diary // Baby Dolce and Happy Hour Fun

Hey there! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

1. Making a floral headband for our adorable model at a Baby Guide photo shoot. That tiny little dress is a $300 Dolce & Gabbana number!

The cuteness level in the studio today is through the roof! #babyguide #photoshoot #ovaryexplosion

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2. Trying to power through my afternoon sugar cravings (and, as usual, failing miserably):

3. Checking out the American Idol-meets-Project Runway student fashion critiques (or “crits”, as the students and staff call them) before the DAAP Fashion Show. So many talented young designers!

4. Playing around with Google’s new mobile compatibility testing tool. I always did enjoy standardized tests…

5. Taking selfies using my new phone tripod at our Thread Cincinnati event!

Ain’t no party like a #ThreadCincy party! #cincinnati #thisisotr cc @sundryandvice

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Speaking of the Thread Happy Hour, we had a blast. Thanks to everyone who made it!

What have you been up to lately?

Par-tay with the Ladies of Thread!

With my #ThreadCincy girls

With the ladies of #ThreadCincy

I would like to cordially invite you to a high class evening of…ah, who am I kidding? It’s happy hour time!

Thread Cincinnati, the collective formed by a group of local style bloggers, is hosting our first-ever happy hour this Thursday May 7th. We’ll be at OTR bar Sundry and Vice from 6:30-9:00 with drink specials and treats from Brown Bear Bakery (they make these fruity tart things that are AMAZING), along with plenty of laughter and camaraderie.

Join us to talk style and check out OTR’s newest hotspot. I’d love to see you there!

What: Thread Cincinnati Happy Hour
When: Thursday May 7th, 6:30-9:00pm
Where: Sundry and Vice, 18 W. 13th Street in OTR


On Wednesdays I Wear Pink Suede


Vintage skirt and clutch, Old Navy tee, Rupert Sanderson boots, Lily in Flux necklace, old glasses I had turned into shades

Crappy iPhone pics aside (sorry!), a faux suede wrap skirt in a shade I almost never wear and caramel-hued boots are juuust foxy enough to reference my favorite decade.


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Current Obsession // Metallic Brogues

silver metallic zara brogues

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good heel. But as a fan of menswear, something about the whimsical-yet-no-nonsense vibe of shiny metallic brogues adds just enough machismo (and comfort) to keep an outfit from getting too sweet.


Tips & Advice // 4 Reasons to Create A Look

I have this weird habit of editorializing my personal style–it comes with the job, I guess. Though I don’t go quite as far as wearing the same thing every day like this art director (which actually seems like a good idea), I like creating a look each season because it makes it easier for me to shop and edit my wardrobe. The benefits are small but meaningful: In addition to saving time getting dressed every day, I save money by trimming down my shopping list!

These editors have defined their look

These style influencers have defined their look

Here are four reasons that explain the logic behind the madness:

1. Creating a “look” is super fun

Vision boards! Editorials! Online window shopping! It’s like being a magazine editor in your own closet. You know those front-of-book product pages with inspiration photos and styling suggestions? This is like the real life DIY version of that.

2. Having a clear direction saves money

Focusing on what I really want versus what I kind of like keeps me from getting distracted by things I probably won’t wear. Sure I like those peach silk culottes, but if they don’t fit with the overall look, they go back on the rack. No wasted money, no buyer’s remorse.

3. It makes putting together outfits a breeze

When everything has been curated with an entire look in mind, it’s much easier to create outfits that work. Complementary silhouettes, a (mostly) predetermined color scheme, and a good foundation of basics means not having to think too much about what goes with what and takes the stress out of getting dressed.

4. It puts the emphasis on individuality

I’ve always seen fashion as a form of personal expression. Sure I get inspiration from runway and street style trends, but those things don’t necessarily dictate my style mood. Creating a look encourages me to poke around my own psyche for a bit and think about the best way to express what I’m feeling. Via shoes.

Am I the only one who does this or do you have a look in mind for each season, too?

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