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Shopping // Gettin’ Lucky Kat

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I’ve reached a point in my life where I just want to be comfortable. The idea of floating through life wearing pajamas and bedding–as in actual blankets and such–is extremely appealing. Meanwhile, I’m also (supposedly) an adult. Taking meetings while wrapped in a comforter is not exactly professional.

Enter casual wear from the likes of Lucky Kat, a locally-based online retailer started by my friend Katie and her mother. They specialize in reasonably priced boho-chic styles for working women, moms, and the rest of the #girlboss squad, including me and fellow blogger Annie of Success on Stilettos. We got together for a little styling party and played dress up in some of our favorites!

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I loved a striped turtleneck cape thingy that fit right into my usual neutrals-or-bust color scheme, and a loose-fitting tunic dress that looks great over skinny jeans. It all works for everything from brunch with friends to casual client meetings.

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They got a bunch of new merchandise over the holiday season, so head over to shopluckykat.com to get your shop on!

This Is Where to Get Your New Year’s Eve Dress

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You know how sometimes you want something special to wear for a particular occasion but it doesn’t make sense to break the bank just to buy an amazing dress you’ll only wear once or twice? And wouldn’t it be great to be able to “try before you buy” rather than desperately ordering multiple sizes in the hope that something–anything–fits properly?

Enter Finery Dress Boutique, a new-ish dress rental shop in Over-the-Rhine. Owner Tricia Ridgeway carries a selection of contemporary styles in a range of sizes, from New Year’s Eve party dresses to dressy rompers perfect for tropical travel destinations. Here’s the kicker: the average rental price is only about $30 for a three-day rental, and they take care of dry cleaning–you just return and go.

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One morning, a group of Thread bloggers headed to the boutique to play dress up and I have to say: we looked good. There were multiple dresses I’d love to wear (if only I had somewhere to go…) and though we all have different tastes, there was something for everyone.

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Scope out Finery Boutique’s dresses online, or stop by the boutique at 1412 Walnut Street for your dream dress!

Photos: Damon Wilson

A Gift Guide for Picky Stylish People

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The Holiday Shopping Season is officially upon us, and though we likely won’t get everything on our lists (Santa ain’t ballin’ like that), I found a few gifts that will be appreciated by the picky stylish people in your life. Including me*.


GRAPHIC DIVINE
Graphic shapes and bright hues make even the most mundane necessities more merry.

SHOP!

1. Grownup jewelry influenced by a favorite childhood game >
Tatty Devine Tetris Necklace // $105

2. Stylish printed booties kick any outfit up a notch > Marc Jacobs Cora Printed Snake-effect Leather Ankle Boots // $297

3. The best way to indulge in sessy Brazilian cocktails first thing in the morning > Malin + Goetz Mojito 3-Piece Soap Set // $45

4. Cover up on the couch in artsy comfort >
Ditto Throw Blanket // $160

5. Great for going Hollywood, hipster style > Elizabeth and James Bennett Round Sunglasses // $185

6. Fashionable protection for your loved one’s most important asset > Speck iPhone 6/6s Plus Candyshell Case // $21.97

7. Like an Alexander Calder sculpture for your hand > Atelier Swarovski by Peter Pilotto, Arbol Cocktail Ring // $186.50

8. The comfiness of leggings in a surprisingly trendy design > MPG Striped Knit Leggings // $48

9. Because people like me take their mobile technology (downloadable Netflix, hello!) seriously > Comme Des Garçons CDG X Côte & Ciel iPad case // $65


ALL GOLD ERRYTHING
The warm glow of Nefertiti’s favorite precious metal is trendy again, and these gifts make it easy to go for the gold.

SHOP!

10. A fancy-schmancy notebook for your favorite writer > Christian Lacroix A6 Paseo Embossed notebook // $17.99–20.36

11. Sure it’s a little phallic, but it’s so pretty! > Georg Jensen CAFU Candleholder // $90

12. The modern way to wear pearls: embedded in a molten gold cuff > Karine Sultan Hammered Faux Pearl Cuff // $128

13. For the fashionista who just can’t keep track of her keys > Gift Boutique Orbit Selfie Button & Key Finder // $30

14. Because New Year’s Eve is just around the corner… > JUST CAVALLI Blouse // $184

15. For adding some sparkle to those spirit fingers > Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Shattered Souls // $18

16. When the Keurig gets to be a bore, try this > Bodum Classic Chambord Copper 8 Cup French Press Coffee Maker // $49.99

17. Perfect for workout enthusiasts with serious gym swag > Happy Plugs Earbud Headphones // $29

18. A relaxing soak in the tub never smelled so good > AERIN Rose de Grasse Body Wash/7.6 oz. // $60


BIG COMFY COUCH
Once mid-February hits, the only thing that makes sense is hibernating on the sofa with a fancy candle and a cup of cocoa.

SHOP!
19. Pinkies up! > Prouna Marble Tea Cup & Saucer Set // $45 20. When a sweater looks like a sophisticated Muppet, you know it’s good > French Connection Fringed Chunky Sweater // $84

21. No chapped lips here–this balm is the bomb > D.R. Harris & Co. Ltd. Lip Balm // $8.33

22. Your always-cold significant other will love snuggling up under this > Nordstrom at Home Faux Fur Border Knit Throw // $99

23. Phone battery died again? Recharge with stylish tasseled cable > Merkury Innovations Silver Lightning Tassel Key Chain // $14.97

24. A foot’s best protection against cold hardwood floors > Foamtreads Avalon house shoe // $44.95

25. Because cats don’t seem to like being used as pillows > Mina Victory ‘Luscious’ Faux Fur Accent Pillow // $49.99

26. For the modest gift-giver > Damselfly I’m So Glad You’re As Awesome As Me Candle // $59

27. It’s not Christmas without hot cocoa, no? > Sarabeth’s Hot Chocolate Tin // $16

Happy holiday shopping!

*These are affiliate gifts, so I may receive a small commission from your purchase. Happy holidays to ALL!

Solving Your Bra-blems with a ThirdLove Discount Code!

As soon as I walk in the door after a long day, I start undressing. Shoes first, of course. Then jewelry. Then comes the blessing of all blessings: I take off my bra.

I’ve mentioned this before, but underwire bras are not my jam. The cups never seem to fit correctly. The straps continuously slide down. I have to furtively adjust my boobs and dig around under my blouse like a pervert multiple times a day to fix the situation.

Since this is the digital age, every problem has a team of people trying to solve it. I heard about a brand called ThirdLove on The Read and figured I’d give it a try–I mean, if it’s a bra you can sleep in, how bad could it be?

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The 24/7™ Classic T-shirt Bra

I ordered a t-shirt bra in 34A1/2, which is the perfect compromise between an A cup and a B cup, aka my actual bra size. Finally! When it came in the mail, I was pleased: it’s pretty enough to show off (the ribbon shirring on the straps and gold-tone hardware are super classy), and comfortable enough to wear all day. Plus, the cups provide enough coverage to avoid that annoying cross-boob line when you wear t-shirts.

ThirdLove has tons of tips to fix your “bra-blems”, from adjusting straps and bands to re-thinking your cup/band size entirely. Try one for yourself by heading to ThirdLove.com and using the code TLSEPBB15 for 15% off your first order, and let me know what you think!

Shopping // Seasonal Wardrobe Wish List

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If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve probably noticed that every season I decide on a look. This is both for fun and practical purposes: thinking about fashion is as natural as breathing for me, and making lists of things is 100% my jam. Plus, it’s fun to editorialize your own wardrobe every now and then, and having a set aesthetic makes shopping–and NOT shopping for things that don’t fit–that much easier.

This season, I’ve decided it’s all about (drumroll please)… GLAMLEISURE. What in the world is Glamleisure, you ask? Here’s what I mean:

It’s athleisure meets supermodel glamour. It’s silky slip dresses with sneakers and a bomber jacket. It’s cozy sweats worn with booties and a fabulous coat. It’s an adult onesie (aka jumpsuit) with a chunky knit sweater so plush it looks like it’s eating you alive. It’s an attempt to make pajamas and comforters and blankets look like acceptable daywear by adding fabulous accessories and a berry lip. It combines my favorite fashion era (think Naomi, Linda, my beloved Yasmeen) with my favorite activity (sleep). It’s my heart and soul and I am READY.

Here’s what’s on the list:

What’s on your heart and in your closet this season?

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