Wine down Summer

This was too cute to leave out
The shirt is longer than I wanted – this is the length before hemming
The inside space at Coast Wine House is GOALS
Our view on the front porch

This week marked the first day of fall. I love summer but it also doesn’t feel like summer when you’re working from home, wearing sweatpants and only leaving the house when you have plans. Summer is normally extremely busy and filled with a lot of pool days. So I’m not too mad that fall has arrived. I’ve already greeted pumpkin in the form of coffee, creamer, and muffins. I’m planning a Trader Joe’s haul this weekend to clear them out of anything related to pumpkin – Sorry in advance, Easton Towne Center!

I planned a wine night with one of my girlfriends at a fairly new wine bar in Dublin, Ohio. I’m on the east side of Columbus and Dublin is on the West so I never venture to that side of town. But Coast Wine House was the perfect spot to meet. They were hosting an Italian Holiday pop-up, featuring wine and food from Italy. We actually ordered cocktails and bought wine to take home. The shareable food was light and refreshing, even Olivia enjoyed the corn and burrata salad! We sat at a table for two on the front porch and it was the perfect setting. Definitely recommend checking out Coast Wine House for a drink, a bite to eat, or for a small party/gathering.

The mix of “Italian Holiday” plus a coastal vibe had me SET one wearing this matching set from Petal and Pup. I ordered it during their July 4th drop but hadn’t planned on wearing it for any 4th of July activities. I loved the European vibe it’s giving off. Plus you can mix and match the pieces – pair the shorts with another top and the top with jeans and white birks or sneakers for a casual fit.

I will let you in on a secret… the length of the shirt covered the shorts in the back so it was much longer than I wanted. I ordered some hemming tape off of Amazon, rolled up the hem of the shirt to the height of the tape, and ironed it. It worked perfectly and you couldn’t even tell. Some reviews said the tape dissolved in the wash, which I was okay with because this was more of a temporary fix; However, I washed the outfit and everything stayed intact!

I still have a few summer posts to catch up on, so you may not see fall Inspo until mid October! I still need to re-arrange my closet and pull out my fall items anyway :). It’s such a project..

Willamette Valley Wine

Two words: Pinot Noir. Ever since we went to Napa two years ago searching for Pinot Noir, we kept hearing Willamette Valley. The wine in Napa is amazing and it’s been one of my favorite trips so far. But when we had an opportunity to travel to Oregon for a friends wedding, we extended our trip to spend time in Willamette valley.

We first did a quick google search on the best Pinot Noir in Willamette Valley. One of the top three places was near our final destination on the coast. So we decided that would be the winery we’d visit and assumed we’d need to call and make a reservation. Then we shut the computer lid and never made a winery reservation, Lol!

We left Portland on a Sunday and drove about 30 mins to Willamette. Whichever route we took, had us driving through small suburbs and it was crazy at one point to think our ETA to vineyards was 10 mins and we’re passing a Chik-fil-A right now. Again, basing this off my trip to Napa.

We arrived in McMinnville and parked at Domaine Drouhin which is the winery we chose online. But, of course, on a Sunday during a pandemic, they were completely booked! We knewww we should have called and pre-arranged a tasting, but we didn’t. Oops. They were also booked up the following day, which we would have had an opportunity to pass through again on our way back to Portland for our red eye flight. So, okay, they’re booked, but there’s several wineries nearby so we just drove to a neighboring winery. Butttt they were booked all day Sunday, too!

So, omg, I start to panic (dramatic, I know). We were literally driving around and wineries had their numbers listed at the entrance. Finally, we found one that could get us in for a tasting if we could be there in 5 mins. Well lucky us, we will just drive down your entrance and be there in .5 seconds.

The winery was cute – it’s where the picture in front of wine barrels was taken but in the cluster of everything, I’m not even sure where we stopped! We ordered a charcuterie board with our wine and once we finished up, decided to keep heading to the coast. I called a few more wineries that looked pretty to make an appointment for Monday. We landed at Domaine Serene for Monday. It was suuuuper fancy. The views were a lot prettier on the terrace. The wine was delicious (but the pours were smallll ;)).

This dress is the perfect winery dress. The gingham print says picnic in the park. The rouching and ruffles are extremely flattering and the ties are adjustable. Be careful, the ties are a little difficult to keep even and look perfect. I paired with these white braided heels that are actually very comfortable. I do think the outfit was a little dressy for Oregon – it would be perfect in Napa. Oregon is more neutral tones. But I make an entrance. I’m so happy we were able to experience a very small part of Willamette.

Of course I wore this dress for both Sunday and Monday wine tastings 🙂 I originally saw this dress on Red Dress Boutique but it sold out before I could get my hands on it. I love the slimming rouching and ruffles of the dress. The ties on the shoulder make the dress adjustable, although, it’s harder to tie a pretty bow than you think, ha! I originally saw this dress on Red Dress Boutique but it was sold out before I could get my hands on it (linked on the LTK carousel above). I signed up for restock notifications but I found and purchased the exact dress from Avanti the label (Fourth or Fifth time I’ve mentioned this online boutique).

I’m so happy we had the opportunity to travel to Oregon and explore a small part of Willamette. I’d recommend to do your research and don’t forget to make a reservation to ensure you get into the wineries you want 🙂 xoxo

#NSale 2021

I love this Club Monaco top. It was an item I purchased in store after seeing it on the floor.  The fringe is so fun and the material is great quality.  Wearing an XS.
The flannel is super oversized.  My original order of an XS got canceled but I was able to re-order a Small and I think it still works.  Wearing a S in the off the shoulder top.  The material is sooo soft and I love the neutral color.  The Free People bralette is beautiful and I have in two colors (black and white).  A few colors are on sale, check them out if you like color
This is the shacket I purchased.  I love the brand and I love the print.  The navy plaid is more subtle than the other similar products in the sale.  Wearing an XS.  Leather skirt is old but linked the exact product because there’s one size left.
THe bobble cardigan was another in store purchase. I think it’s so cozy and will get a lot of use this fall/winter (…especially with the hybrid work situation. It’s col d in my house and I was always bundled up last winter).

Since January I have been so consistent publishing posts once a week….until June, when summer took over!

Taking my baby to the beach for the first time, hopping on my first flight since August 2019, exploring a new city (Portland, Oregon), celebrating my birthday… there’s a lot of content to catch up on! J

I’ve been so excited to shop and cover the Nordstrom sale this year, but in my opinion, after viewing the preview, there weren’t a lot of pieces that stood out to me.  I knew going into the sale I wanted to purchase a shacket for the upcoming fall, a new pair of denim, and, of course, shop the shoes!  The only item I was successful in finding was a shacket…. A new shacket, hat, bobble cardigan, and a couple tops later, I had ordered everything I wanted!  My shopping day opened on July 14th which is the day I returned from Oregon.  I placed an online order and then packed up my baby girl and headed to my local store to pickup and shop more in store items.  Other than baby trying to escape under the door of the fitting room, we had a great day shopping together!!

I made up some collages of my Nordstrom picks…. Better late than never!  The last day to shop the sale is todayyyy!  If you’re reading this, you’re interested in shopping sale and have probably already purchased your favorite items.  So, if nothing else, my hope is that I can provide from style inspo with your new purchases!

Happy NSale Shopping!!

Sunday Best

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I was home and celebrating Easter with my family. As a kid, I loved having an Easter egg hunt! Now, I love wearing my Sunday best. The brighter the colors the better! I chose this neon coral midi dress from the Eva Mendes collection at New York and Company. The midi length is something I’m still getting used to. I’m 5’3″ so when the length of the skirt/dress hits my calf, I look a lot shorter than I am! Throwing on a pair of heels adds height to my look. To make this outfit more modern, I threw on a gold turban headband. These headbands are my new favorite thing! I love how they jazz up any outfit. 

Stay tuned for more looks that incorporate turbans and bright colors! Here’s to hoping that spring is here to stay!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

There is so much to give thanks for this year!  Not to start off on the dark side, but I’ve always been thankful for having all 4 of my grandparents until I was 24.  I have a special bond with all of them.  This year, I’m thankful for the times I get to spend with my Grandpa, esp after my grandmother passed.  He lives in Virginia Beach.  Ever since I was younger, I started calling him Bumpy and called my grandma, Bada.  The start of Bada of Bumpy began – and the nicknames stuck with everyone! 

When I picked him up from the airport, I brought him to my neck of the woods – Short North – and we hit up The Pearl’s happy hour – beers and oysters. SO DELICIOUS!

I even sweet talked my Bumpy into taking my blog pictures for me.  He’s really into photography – normally birds – so I think taking photos of an actual human was a new experience for him.

As I picked out my Thanksgiving attire – comfort was my number one goal.  This oversized varsity sweater has been my go to this fall.  I first fell in love with it when it was the cover photo on Cosmo’s Sept edition. When I found it a few weeks later on Francesca’s website, I scooped it up.  I paired it with a Chambray shirt for extra warmth (the sweater is more thin than I would have wanted).  These camo pants were a no brainer because who isn’t thankful for the brave men defending our company.  I am very thankful to live in America.  Land of the great!  I kept it basic with these cognac flats.

My family has all of the food covered this year, so I was in charge of table decorations.  I used a lot of leaves, candles, mesh, pumpkins, and GLITTER.  I also took to pinterest to learn about napkin folding.  I’ve impressed myself. 

What are you most thankful for this year?

Varsity sweater – Francesca’s
Denim shirt – Abercrombie & Fitch
Camp pants – NY & Co
Chevron necklace – NY&Co
Pointed toe flats – DSW Audrey Brooke

My Best Bargain Yet!

Would you believe me if I told you my dress cost less than these shoes??!  Well, that’s a fact, believe it or not!

Thanks to Francesca’s and their amazing FLASH SALE, I scored this dress for only $29.99! I couldn’t wait to receive it in the mail, and it came just in time to wear to a friend’s wedding.  It was an outdoor wedding, but the dress was a little heavier so I wasn’t cold like I anticipated – oh, listen to me, “Cold” in August?? I know it’s 93 degrees this weekend, but a few weekends ago, it was down in the 50’s…. are other states feeling these temps??

Moving on…..

I loved the fit and flare of this dress! Not to mention, it was easy to dance in – I was the one who requested B.Spears ten times, you’re welcome, wedding guests!  Because of the floral texture and the beaded waistband, jewelry wasn’t really an option with this.  Sometimes, less is more and that was the case for this dress.  If I wore silver jewelry, I would have paired it he dress with some silver bracelets for some extra Bling!  But these BCBG suede dorry heels took care of that extra Bling for me!  Talk about “W-O-W” Best part is they were soft suede so I was actually comfortable all night for my first time wearing them.

DId I mention the best part?! Francesca’s is having 30% off right now on dresses.  Score this Jun and Ivy Embellished Floral dress for 30% off (Regular $118).  I have to say that buying this dress during their flash sale was one of my best bargains yet….. Ain’t that the truth!!!

Dress – Francesca’s

A Birthday Collection

When it comes to my birthday, I don’t mess around! It only comes once a year so I start celebrating the first of July (I mean, America is already celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving…. why should my birthday be any different?). 

In 2014, I’ve now been living in Columbus for a year now.  I moved back from Minneapolis because I missed my friends, my family…. I was professionally happy, but I was still missing something to complete my personal happiness.  I can honestly say that now I am personally happy being so close to my family, living in the same city as my best friends, and being swept off my feet every time I’m with my boyfriend.

I’ve learned to realize what I love about life, what makes me happy, and that the future can change focus.  I’ve accomplished professional goals and personal (débuting a pop song, starting this blog….).

This year, I had my nearest and dearest meet me out for martinis and dinner, a fantastic seafood dinner with my parents (I absolutely recommend the Lobster and Shrimp stuffed cod !!  My mouth is watering now just thinking about dinner – OMG), and to end my birthday month, a romantic dinner with the boyfriend.

I’m happy, grateful, and lucky to live another year!  I’m also freaking out that 3-0 is just that much closer……

I had bigger things to worry about than turning 30 right now, with all of my birthday plans comes several birthday outfits:

 
 

"Man Repelling" Outfit for Girls Night!

Amber made me a Hello Kitty bracelet!

 
 
 
 

A group of 4 friends and I met up on Friday night in Cincinnati.  A road trip with friends doesn’t happen too often now that we’re in our mid 20’s.  Not to mention that three of the girls are engaged and one is expecting her first baby.  We all have our own lives, so it’s nice when we make time for a night out with the girls – no boys!!

Since one of my best friends moved to Cinci, I enjoy any time that I get to spend with her.  But, a night away from the boo-thing and a night out with the girls means I over think what to wear.  I wanted something girly, something feminine, something “man repelling” but still had to look fashionable in front of my friends (can’t grab drinks in yoga pants – or can you?!).  One glance at this maxi dress from Target and I knew it was a no brainer!  I loved the way it mixed patterns so I could effortlessly put this outfit together. I felt conservative, although, there was a space in the back that showed a midriff. People thought it was two separates pieces!

Being that it was Friday, the 13th and we were in Newport, we were not disappointed in the entertainment of other bar hoppers.  From the unknown girl booty popping on us to the blonde with cornrows, thanks for coming out!  To the UC student who told us that we “probably wake  up at 5am and eat a ‘senior breakfast'”, I hope you don’t kiss your mother with that mouth!

Our entire night reminded me of Jenna Marbles’ “How to Avoid Talking to People You Don’t Want To Talk to” skit – “Can’t you see? We’re having a girls night!”

Dress – Target
Clutch – DSW
Flip flops – Michael Kors

Sparkle and Shine Fashion Divine

 

 

I purchased this skirt in December from New York and Company to wear over the Holiday season.  I love the matte sequins and chevron design of this skirt!  I wanted to make it more versatile to wear during other seasons.  Denim is the most versatile trend out there and my denim shirt has easily become the most rotated shirt in my wardrobe.  I wear my denim shirt with colored denim, leggings (print and solid – last seen HERE), shorts (last seen HERE), and now, sequins skirts.   I promise you this is not the only shirt I own…

I digress….. The dark colors together made this look too drab.  I brightened it up with a red blazer and a floral design necklace.  Another year-round trend?  Boots!  These short booties have a buckle on the side and cut-out detail which makes them easier to wear on warmer days.

Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend!  I sure am ready for a three day weekend!

Sequins skirt – New York and Company
Denim Shirt – Abercrombie and Fitch
Red Blazer – Kohl’s
Booties – DSW
Necklace House of Gemmes —> Buy it here!
Watch – Michael Kors