Let it be known that I love a good bootie–and a good booty (#realtalk). Ankle boots always seem to provide just the right touch of downtown chic to any look, and right now I’m obsessed with these patterned boots.
Both pairs are relatively comfortable, and are juuuuust dressy enough to make it seem like I tried to look nice on days when it takes ALL of my effort just to put on pants. The trend has been going on for a while thanks to designers like Isabel Marant, Rag and Bone, and Giuseppe Zanotti/Brian Atwood/everybody making leopard print boots (aka everybody).
Patterned boots have become my go-tos on days when the rest of my outfit feels blah. Check out the ones below for options that may work for you!
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I’m a big fan of shopping small local retailers, and I work with these businesses so much that I consider many of the business owners friends. However, I’m also a fan of sitting at home on the couch and shopping online–I mean, that’s just common sense. For a while it seemed as if never the ‘twain should meet, but many Cincinnati-area retailers have gotten hip to the e-commerce game and offer a variety of their goodies online. I took the liberty of rounding up a few of my favorite gift items for your shopping pleasure:
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Welcome to Black Friday, the day holiday shopping Officially Gets Real and the race to find The Perfect Gift For Everyone is ON. For me, the thought of pushing through stampeding hordes of wild-eyed shoppers after spending 20 minutes trying to find parking is my own personal hell. Like most sane people, I prefer to shop online from the comfort of my bed, usually while finishing off a pint of Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche around 1am. Because EFFICIENCY.
So I took the liberty of putting together a gift guide for like-minded holiday shoppers interested in finding stylish gifts for everyone on their list! Whether it’s a sleek clutch for a fashionable friend, a t-shirt fit for Kanye, or a decanter for the hostess who has everything, there’s something for (almost) everyone. Now go forth and shop!
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The December issue of Cincinnati Magazine is out! This one was a toughie–in addition to writing a few Best of the City spots, I put together a pretty darn extensive gift guide, a fun tabletop setting with plenty of party-worthy barware, and pulled massive amounts of jewelry for both the monthly and Wedding mag (coming soon) photo shoots!
- I visited over 30 shops to find the best of the best for the gift guide. If it’s out there, I’ve seen it–so if you need to know the best place to get a certain type of something for a certain type of someone, I’m your girl!
- We used hand models for the “Bartaining” shoot, which meant I needed to select the models, provide the manicurist with instructions for the nail art (thanks, Mitchell’s!), and pull rings and bracelets for the models to wear. At the shoot, we played around with the tabletop arrangement several times until everything was just so! Unfortunately, we did not drink any bourbon. Boo.
- The hands using the Etch-A-Sketch for the Best of the City opening page are actually our Design Director’s! I pulled stacks on stacks of bracelets and rings for that shot, and played around with the accessories beforehand to see what worked.
Check out the December issue on newsstands now, and get tickets for the annual Best of the City party coming up on December 5th!
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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we’re officially in the Holiday Season, which means lots of events poppin’ up everywhere. This time of year, “events” usually translates to parties and shopping–which is fine with me! There’s so much going on that it would be impossible to share everything without putting some sort of calendar in place, so guess what I did? Added a calendar! There’s a short list in the sidebar, or you can go to the full Calendar page for details. Consider this my gift to you.
If you need to get some shopping done, you’re in luck: check out Crafty Supermarket, BuyCincy Holiday Event, or Main Street Merry Market. When you’re ready to leave that 9-to-5 up on the shelf and just enjoy yourself (I couldn’t resist), join me at the Cincinnati Magazine Best of the City party or spread some holiday cheer at SantaCon.
Let’s get merry!
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