Sometimes my packing is on point, sometimes I get to my destination and realized I packed all wrong. When this happens, I got to work with what I have and hope for the best. This trip I realized the first morning that I didn’t pack enough cover ups. I knew it was going to be hot but forgot about the tropical humidity that comes along with island destinations. When it is hot and humid, I like to wear loose shirts and cover ups to catch the breeze and project my skin from the sun. Having a loose cover up also helps to make an outfit look more put together without wearing a bunch of layers. I have a hard time just wearing shorts and a plain tee, so I made this blouse that I packed into a makeshift kimono. If you also get stuck in this situation, remember that button-ups and blouses make great cover-ups. Just unbutton them and wear them like a jacket!
“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” –Kate Spade, and I can’t agree more. When I was younger, my sisters and I would play dress up all the time, and we had so much fun putting together costumes, which is exactly how getting dressed as an adult should be! Back when I was 5, my dress-up inspiration usually came from whatever my favorite Disney movie was at the time. Not too much has changed, except that I’ve broadened my movie horizons beyond Disney. My outfit inspiration comes from all over, magazines, Instagram, street style, Pinterest, fashion shows and movies. That is why I love fashion because it is all around. With the final movie of The Hunger Games coming out this week I thought a Mockingjay inspired outfit post would be kind of fun ;). Going through my closet, I looked for leather, industrial, and dark pieces to give me that girl power, confident look that Katniss models throughout the movie. You’d be surprised with all the different looks you can put together with pieces you already have in your closet. So have fun with dressing up every morning!
Last weekend I spent my Saturday in Cincinnati visiting Andrea, one of my college roommates. I’ve been in and out of Cincinnati a couple times but had never really had the chance to explore the different neighborhoods. We started the morning in Hyde Park at Coffee Emporium. They had a nice warm fire burning on their patio that we enjoyed with our delicious mocha mudslides and zucchini bread. With only a couple hours to explore we headed to Over the Rhine, also known as OTR to go to the Findlay Market. The market is about four blocks of local vendors of all sorts. We stumbled upon Ida Candles stand where I bought a candle for my bathroom scented “Butt Naked” I thought it was funny :), smells fresh and clean.
We found these great colored doors on the side, so naturally I had to grab a couple shots. I found this suede jacket back in Columbus at Smartypants Vintage. I’m obsessed. It has green silk lining and is from Yugoslavia. A woman asked me how old it was, sadly I didn’t know, but reminded me why I love vintage clothing; the piece of clothing has so much history. I would have loved to know who the owner was before and how they styled it! This jacket has become my go-to fall coat. It is tailored, warm, and goes with most of my clothing. It was perfect for exploring around.
One of the appeals of the poncho is its’ simplicity and functionality. You know those days in the fall and winter when you think “man I wish I could just have a big blanket wrapped around me,” Well now you can! Ponchos are easy to style and will keep you nice and warm. I saw one of my friends wearing this Abercrombie and Fitch poncho and fell in love. The colors are great because they are earthy neutral colors and go with most of my current wardrobe. Below are some tips on how to rock that poncho this fall
1) Top: Wear a neutral color top underneath. Stick with the higher necklines, crew neck, mock neck, and turtlenecks.
2) Pants: Jeans are a perfect match. Skinny jeans for a casual feel and flare to embrace the 70s trend.
3) Shoes: Boots, Booties, flats, really all fall shoes work! Do whatever your preference is.
4) Accessories: Wear a skinny belt for more of a fitted look.
Last weekend I enjoyed a relaxing and pampering spa day with The Spa at River Ridge. After a busy beginning to fall, it was nice to have a Saturday with nothing planned but relaxation. Everyone needs that one day of no plans. Whether your idea of relaxing is peace and quiet, a spa day, or a nice long hike, make sure you plan a day every once in a while to enjoy just that. It makes all the difference!
A spa day with some blogger friends, count me in! I started my morning off with a 60-minute Swedish massage (my very first massage ever!) My masseuse, Kali, worked all my knots out and I left feeling stress-free, which is rare for me to say. Although I must admit, my feet are extremely ticklish, so I requested those get left out of my massage, for her safety ;). After my Swedish massage was my Signature Facial with Skye. Beyond just getting a facial, Skye also went over my daily facial routines and the condition of my skin. I learned my skin was a bit dehydrated, so I’ve been working on drinking more water! I think my favorite part of my facial was the high-frequency wand, or I like to call it the “zapper.” It worked magic!! I had a blemish on my cheek, so Skye zapped it…it disappear the next day. Sometimes I break out a bit after facials from the extractions, so she zapped around my jawline as well, and voila no post-facial breakout! Now I didn’t think it was possible to be more relaxed after my massage and facial but it was. After my facial, it was time for my blow out with Miranda. One of my favorite parts of going to the hair salon is getting a scalp massage; I about fell asleep during my shampoo and scalp massage. With a fresh face, a tense free back, and a fabulous blowout it was time for lunch with the girls. We were lucky enough to have a suite all to ourselves as we enjoyed salads and pizzas from Dewey’s Pizza and caught up with each other. What a wonderful day of relaxing and catching up with friends. All my services were the perfect amount of time, and the friendly staff made me feel right at home. Thanks, The Spa at River Ridge! I look forward to seeing you again! 🙂