Shop It Like It’s Hot Part 3 // Elm & Iron

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After wrapping up a fun tour of the Artworks murals in OTR and scarfing down a (delicious) smoked chicken wing or five at Taft’s Ale House with my tour group, I made my way over to Elm & Iron, another Columbus-based retailer specializing in industrial-cool home decor at the corner of 14th and Vine.

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Rep your hood with geographic coordinates pillows

Rep your hood with geographic coordinates pillows

Ceramic dog bookends, $49

Ceramic dog bookends, $49

One step inside and it’s clear that this store is a photographer’s dream: the light filled space is packed to the brim with an expertly styled array of interesting if not necessarily useful items, like faux mounted trophies ($50-$150) and colorful dog bookends ($49). I fell in love with pastel-colored jumbo pencils and a funny tell-it-like-it-is plate, neither of which I have any use for (which clearly means I must have them). The place was buzzing with people when I was there, and sales seem to be going pretty well: I overheard one couple ring up over $600 in eclectic goods for their new home in the suburbs.

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Since the departure of dearly missed Joseph Williams Home, Vine Street has been missing a resource for the type of decor needed to decorate the condos and apartments popping up around the area. Based on Elm & Iron’s seemingly immediate success, I think we have a winner.

Elm and Iron is located at 1326 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine, elmandiron.com

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Shop It Like It’s Hot Part 2 // Continuum

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Even a cursory glance inside new Vine Street boutique Continuum reveals a range of highly Instagram-able vignettes, from the palm-print wallpaper to the meticulously arranged accessories. Don’t just look at it from outside, though–step in and take a look around, if only to find out where that strange pink glow is coming from.

A perfectly Instagram-worthy display

A perfectly Instagram-worthy display

They carry a selection of accessories, from fun printed tights to organic-chic jewelry

They carry a selection of accessories, from fun printed tights to organic-chic jewelry

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I popped in one extremely nosy Saturday, and wound up chatting with Continuum owner Ericka Leighton-Spradlin. Predictably, she studied fine arts at DAAP (this is Cincinnati, after all) and wanted to give students a place to sell their work in a retail environment. The shop, which Leighton-Spradlin describes as an eclectic bazaar, carries ethically produced clothing and accessories by independent American designers in addition to small decor items like wall hangings and ceramics. I was drawn to sheer beaded shift dresses by {EM}Reservoir, an embroidered cotton sweatshirt from Conversations in Craft, and Memphis-inspired ceramics by Cincinnati-based ck-tc.

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Comfy Charlotte Stone slides

Be sure to check out the cool seating area in the back of the shop

Be sure to check out the cool seating area in the back of the shop

The shop's logo in lights

The selection of products is punctuated by very NOW decor, including a back room decorated with cool vintage furniture and a bright pink neon light fixture in the shape of the shop’s logo. For those who like indie fashion, this is the place to glow.

Continuum Bazaar, 1407 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine, continuumotr.tumblr.com

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Shop It Like It’s Hot Part 1 // Idlewild Woman

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of photo shoots, interesting projects, and social fun, but on one recent Saturday I decided to embrace my extreme nosiness (henceforth known as “healthy curiosity”) and check out all the new shops popping up on OTR’s Vine Street. As a stylist, it serves me quite well to have more shops conveniently clustered together just a few blocks from the crib, and I have to say was pretty pleased with what I found!

Over the next few days, I’ll post about a few of the new places I’ve had a chance to visit. First up: Idlewild Woman

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New womenswear boutique Idlewild (aka Article For Girls) is just what you’d expect from the folks behind the popular menswear shop: urban-organic clothing and accessories in muted shades of khaki and chambray, perfect for women whose casually put-together style looks like it came straight out of Kinfolk Magazine.

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A selection of urban-organic hipster gear in cool hues

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They carry a li’l bit of everything, but it all fits together

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Idlewild co-owner Anthony Graziani notes that he and wife Maria wanted to create “a more holistic experience for womanhood.” That isn’t just lip service: the shop carries everything from Emerson Fry caftan dresses and Alana Kohn jumpsuits to super soft Atolyia towels from Turkey and high-end dog collars. The shop orders limited quantities and receives new deliveries monthly, which means you won’t see 100 people wearing the same thing and fresh merchandise (60% of which is made in the US) arrives on a regular basis.

Super soft towels and a fairly extensive line of grooming products round out the selection

Super soft towels and a fairly extensive line of grooming products round out the selection

They have a small but well-curated selection of jewelry--I pulled a few pieces for a recent photo shoot

They have a small but well-curated selection of jewelry–I pulled a few pieces for a recent photo shoot

Love these Rajovilla clutches ($120)by local designer Joya Logue

Love these Rajovilla clutches ($120)by local designer Joya Logue

The concept of a carefully curated life falls right in line with the current atmosphere on Vine Street, and Idlewild’s collection of simple, well-made goods fits that niche to a tee(shirt).

Idlewild Woman, 1230 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine, idlewildwoman.com

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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!
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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

 

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