September Wishlist: Cozying Up to Fall

Sorry for a general lack of posting lately. I have been so sick for almost two weeks and all I want to do all day is sleep. I always get hay fever/allergies this time of year, but man, this fall is really beating me up. But even though it is literally making me sick, it’s still my favorite season because I love the fact that the weather seems to be coaxing my exhausted self to cuddle up in some cozy socks and a soft throw aka my happy place. In fact, this month’s wishlist is coming to you straight from my big arm chair with an Autumn Spice candle lit and the remote nearby. Oh the cozy goodness that is fall…


sweater  |  shirt  |  hat  |  throw  |  candle  |  matches  |  scarf  |  boots  |  bag  |  pants


What are your cozy day essentials?


What to Wear to a Fashion Show (When You’re Not Olivia Palermo)



If you are even a tiny bit interested in fashion, it’s likely that your emails and newsfeeds have been abuzz this past week with #NYFW updates. And while the Big Apple’s shows wrapped, the fashion events here in Columbus were just being set in motion with last night’s Rowe Boutique fashion show. I couldn’t attend because of work (cue emoji tears), but just seeing the pictures on Rowe Boutique’s Instagram has gotten me really excited about the kickoff of the Columbus fashion season, with upcoming events like next week’s Easton Fashion Night and the UA Fashion Show/Gala, and then, of course, the fashion event of the year, CMH Fashion Week in October!

Fashion shows can be so much fun, but I’ve realized lately that for a lot of us who don’t live in New York or have designer budgets, the thought of attending a high-fashion event might sound exciting but can also induce some style-related anxiety. I mean, if you live in the midwest and work at a school or a bank or in any other more modestly-dressed fields, the thought of having a fashion-forward cocktail ensemble might be a little out of your comfort zone. So with this post I’m really hoping to give you some outfit ideas that work for any fashion-related events, and hopefully might help to ease any stresses that might come along with them.


First up is a pretty obvious choice: GO BOLD! If you’ve always wanted to wear a fringe skirt or a fur clutch, this is the time to spread those fashionable peacocking feathers. Any statement piece you’ve been drawn towards but didn’t think you had anywhere to wear it to, by all means, go for it- this is your moment! Be daring, be creative, be weird, and overall, just be you. The fashion crowd really digs that.


jacket  |  earrings  |   top  |  lipstick  |  skirt  |  shoes  |  bag


But maybe being you has absolutely nothing to do with making trendy statements, and that’s perfectly fine. If you are much happier as a silent observer than posing on the red carpet, then by all means, keep it simple! Minimalism is not only a major trend right now, but being ever-so-slightly under dressed is always cool, and in fact, people might even mistake you for an editor. Keep your look chic and smart and you can do no wrong.


jacket  |  pants  |  bracelet  |  nail polish  |  bag  |  shoes


And lastly, when in doubt: stick with the classics! Wear your most flattering LBD with some always-on-trend accessories, like leopard pumps and a statement necklace, and you’re good to go. No one in the history of the world has ever been hated on for wearing a simple black cocktail dress. No matter the who/what/when/or wheres of the event, it just works. Every time.


jacket  |  dress  |  necklace  |  lipstick  |  bag  |  shoes


And while I hope these outfits give you some inspiration for your own wardrobe, the real advice here is basic (and a little annoying): just wear whatever you love. TV and movies have given the fashion industry this reputation of being really snobby and judgmental, but I find it to actually be quite the opposite. If you have a high-fashion event coming up, obviously try to look your best, but past that- I promise- no one is judging you the way you might imagine. The fashion crowd, and creative people in general, can actually be some of the most open-minded, accepting people in the world. So just do you and you’ll fit right in! :)

But now I want to hear from you! Would you wear any of these looks? What are your most fashionable go-to’s? Share your ideas with us in the comments!


Random Weekly Roundup #46

Did you know that yesterday was National Fight Procrastination Day? I was going to celebrate but I think I’ll just put it off until tomorrow. Hey-O! Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.

But seriously, procrastination is definitely something I’ve struggled with my whole life. And what the real battle is, and a lot of you can probably relate, is that it comes from perfectionism. So I’m not putting stuff off being lazy, it’s really that I’m not getting things done because it can’t or won’t be exactly I’m envisioning in my head. So it’s a constant cycle of feeling really driven and then really disappointed.

But honestly, this blog is a huge help with that, because it’s never perfect. I never have enough money/time/resources to really create the content I want, but I’m still just creating it anyway. And this is really the first time in my life I’ve been able to do that. Happily produce the imperfect, that is. And I think it helps a little to ease the fear of the flaws in other areas of my life. Because there really is no point in letting imperfection hold you back from anything- absolutely no one is noticing all of the things that you are fixating on. No one.

If procrastination is something you struggle with, what do you do to combat it? Share all of your wise tips for productivity in the comments section! But in the meantime, let’s embrace procrastinating in order to put off the more pressing issues and instead take a look at some of my favorite content floating around the interweb this week…



1  Some of the best fashion collaborations this season. Rita Ora x Adidas Originals. MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show. Converse x Missoni. Yes, yes, yes and show me some more. (Nylon)  |  2  If you, like everyone else, were in love with this summer’s gold tattoo trend, then you’ll love Mr. Kate’s latest Beauty Mark endeavor: watercolor tattoos! And they are beautiful. (Mr. Kate)



3  Ruth Oosterman, artist and blogger at Mischievous Mommy, creates these awesome watercolor paintings from her 2-year-old’s doodles. (Bored Panda)  |  4  And this DIY Tribal Backpack was made with a Sharpie Paint Pen. Boom! Drop the mic. (Alisa Burke)


5  I was so sad to hear about the death of Joan Rivers. It might seem silly, but no matter how much life would get me down at times, she would always crack me up each week on Fashion Police. I love this video of her career highlights and will really miss her sense of humor. There is definitely no one like her and the red carpet will never be the same.

And in case you missed these…

I was so excited to see this post about things to do in my hometown of Dayton on one of my favorite Brooklyn-based blogs. (Design Sponge)

Keri Russell really knows how to rock a striped top. (Le Fashion)

Bill Cunningham’s words of wisdom for the fashion industry. (Fashionista)

And finally, are you an outgoing introvert? I obviously am because these really hit home, especially #1-5. (Introversion Effect)

Speaking of hitting home, if any of these links are doing just that, let’s talk about it- leave me a comment! :)


Currently: September



from The Great Gatsby, image via pinterest


Working on costume sketches for Highball, which you will undoubtedly hear/see more about in the next 2 months.

Reading the September issues! All of them ever. It’s the most wonderful time of the sartorial year.

Watching Californication. Because, you know, I gotta stay hip with 2008. (And Netflix just added the final seasons.)

Listening to Sia. All Sia ever. And in case you missed it, the Chandelier video stars the girl from Dance Moms who I’m pretty sure is trying to inspire the making of The Ring 3.



Making myself do some fall cleaning. The lack of organization in my current situation has gotten a little out of control. I mean every single day I can’t find my shoes, no matter what pair I’m looking for. I’m liking this, this, and this for possible storage solutions.

Eating Haribo Smurfs. #mystrangeaddiction

Thinking about how happy fall candles and cozy throws make me.

Wearing black and white and pink, which would have easily been among my least favorite color combos the past few years, but lately I’m totally obsessed. I’m loving the non-traditional color palette this season.


fashion blogger - Victoria Törnegren

blogger Victoria Tornegren, image via pinterest


Planning on splatter-painting my boyfriend jeans a la this post by Alisa Burke. I looove those “Studio Style” posts because they’re cute but so much closer to I actually wear than most ootd posts.

Feeling spirited. Go Bucks! :)


Now it’s your turn! Answer a few for yourself in the comments section and let’s get to know each other. 


Fall 2014 Trend Report (The Top 10 looks and how to get them for under $100!)

There is nothing like the Midwest during the fall. Nothing. It’s my all-time favorite time of year. And now that September is officially upon us, we can finally see the fall weather coming around the corner. And while I have no doubt that you are fully stocked with pumpkin spice candles and crock pot recipes, I’m wondering- is your wardrobe ready for the new season? This week’s Top 10 is all about the biggest trends of the season and how you can incorporate them into your fall wardrobe for less than $100, so get cozy in your new autumn throw and let’s talk fashion! :)



top  |  pants  |  dress  |  runway

Sweaters are always a fall staple, and this year slouchy tunics and knit flares are the freshest take on the look.



runway  |  dress  |  bag  |  boots

60s-era swing dresses get a kick of downtown cool this season with non-frilly accessories, like the Chelsea boot.



shoes  |  bag  |  dress  |  runway

If you love your neons then you are in luck! This fall is all about the unconventional color palette. And if the brights just don’t feel right, opt for a faux-fur, like on the bag above, to make it seem more weather-appropriate.



runway  |  pants  |  bag  |  sweater

Normcore, or the art of looking average, is having a MAJOR moment in fashion right now. Simple colors, shapes, and an overall lack of decoration looks ultra-modern and sleek.



boots  |  hat  |  wrap  |  runway

Western wear has never looked chicer than when paired with sleek black accessories. This season’s western style is darker and moodier, making it less rodeo and more fashion-forward.



runway  |  dress1  |  pants1  |  dress2  |  pants2

Layering is amped up a notch for a fall with the resurrection of the dress over pants combo. An easy way to try the look is with a dress that has some drape over fitted cigarette trousers.



cardigan  |  shoes  |  bag  |  runway

While fur is pretty much a given for fall, this year’s update comes in the form of plush, cozy shearlings and bold-colored faux furs.



runway  |  bag  |  shoes  |  dress

After several seasons, prints are still thriving. This season the print du jour comes in the form of rave-style, trippy, op-art prints.



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From demure sheer panels to entirely sheer dresses, from mesh panels to peek-a-boo lace, there are so many ways to show some skin this fall.



runway  |  skirt  |  stole  |  sweater

Chunky knits and fair isle prints are the most festive way to stay cozy and warm when the temperatures drop.


What looks are you loving for fall? Will you be incorporating any of these trends into your wardrobe? Let’s talk fall fashion all over the comments section!


Local Love… Althea Harper + Street Style at FMMF

Last weekend marked a big moment for the creative scene in Columbus. FMMF, the Fashion Meets Music Festival, officially launched, spanning several blocks of downtown Columbus and featuring a 3-day lineup loaded with fashion and events and concerts.

Marketed as “the nation’s largest fusion of fashion and music,” the event, though grand in concept, had many snafus, starting with a community protest of the festival’s main headliner, R. Kelly, who was eventually dropped from the lineup. And though there were some gripers on social media and an obviously lower attendance than anticipated, I think this is all par for the course for a first-year event. There have been polar reactions to FMMF, but despite anything you may have or have not heard, I hope that in years to come, FMMF will become a really amazing addition to Columbus.

Circa Survive’s Set. Image via FMMF’s Facebook Page.


Going into the weekend, one thing that I was most excited for was the opportunity to meet and interview Althea Harper, a Dayton-native whom you probably recognize from Project Runway Season 6 and Project Runway All-Stars. She showed the resort collection from her eponymous label at the FMMF Gala Thursday night (the last photo is of the designer herself).

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna

Photo Credit: Tony Bentivegna


One thing I really love about her line is that she creates all of the prints through photographs that she’s taken. This collection, in particular, was created with images of tropical fish in the water.

But I was also just really impressed with her as a human. She was so nice and has such a strong point of view as a designer. Here’s a little bit of our Q&A:

So how would you describe your brand?

I think what maybe sets me apart from other designers is that I always pay attention to a woman’s form. (At Althea Harper), we really combine drape with structure and that tailoring is really evident, I think, in the bathing suit line. That, and the vibrant colors and prints, are really the standout elements of the brand.

And I could see your garments working for a lot of different body types.

Yeah, I love that. I think that’s definitely one of the stronger points of the line. I love doing trunk shows and seeing how the pieces look on different shapes. You have to kind of figure out what works for you as a woman. I don’t want the women that I design for to get noticed for something like “oh my god, that dress is so cool.” I want them to get comments like “you look amazing” or “you look so beautiful.” I want (my garments) to enhance that person, not for them to be a hanger for the clothes.

I’m dying to ask you, because I know you’ve worked with so many incredible designers, have any of them had a particular influence on your work?

Yeah, I think the biggest influence for me was probably working at Alexander McQueen. One of the things they told us working there was that everything should have a purpose. So, like, if you’re going to do a bow somewhere, don’t just put a bow on a dress to make it look cute, have that bow have a meaning, like to hold the strap together. It just makes the design so much stronger. And you’ll see it in (Alexander McQueen’s work), like if there’s bead work, it’s done to engineer the body. And another thing was just the way that he treated people. A lot of times, I think when you work for an idol, you know, someone that you look up to, your expectations a lot of times are let down. And then when someone is actually really nice and really talented you kind of leave with more respect, and that’s how I felt working there.

So as someone who is also from Dayton and knowing that there is not exactly a fashion industry there, I’m very impressed with you and how you’ve been able to build your brand over the years. Do you have any advice for people, Midwestern or not, who are trying to get into fashion?

I think you have to hone in a little bit. Like I’m focusing on Resort wear. I also love doing blazers and more evening-wear things, but you can’t be all over the place. You have to hone in on one thing and then keep it consistent. Because I think that’s the thing a lot of times with designers- they have collections all over the place, but then it’s like “but what are you known for?” It’s hard to start out a lifestyle brand. It’s much easier to start out a niche and then expand from there. I think that’s the biggest thing with branding, like just keep it tight and then you can always grow.


You can see a little more from FMMF on my Instagram. And while I spent the majority of the weekend at the fashion events in work mode, I did venture out to a few concerts on Sunday and snapped a few Street Style pics.

(Click to enlarge.)

A big thank you to the people behind FMMF, Althea Harper, and my Street Style stars! I had a great time!

Did you attend FMMF? Tell me your experience in the comments!


Random Weekly Roundup #45

Wooooo- this week was busy. Every area of my life busier than normal. But also more awesome than normal, so no complaints here! :) And if you’re noticing the super-late time stamp, I’m writing this in the bewitching hour, so in the name of sweet zzzz’s I’m just going to get to it!

My favorite links of the week…


1  I loved the Face the Foliage series when I first saw it on Justina Blakeney’s blog and now a fashion-focused version of the project has been featured on! Love the new fashion icon faces! (Justina Blakeney)  |  2  Isn’t this the cutest DIY project? Wait until you see the male counterpart to this bookend- love them! (Justina Blakeney again- apparently I’m obsessed.)



3  I love this bohemian knotted braid and it seems simple enough to do in your bathroom mirror. (A Beautiful Mess)  |  4  And there’s a new fashion blogger taking over Instagram- Barbie! And just think for a moment about the fact that this is actually someone’s job. #heaven. (Who What Wear)


5  This isn’t new, but in case you haven’t seen this yet, get your tissues ready. She’s so amazing. I say Lupita for President 2020.


But wait! There’s more!…

Ob. Sessed. With. This. (The Timeline Project)

Do you know your unofficial state dessert? Ohioans get ready for a duh moment if you have to click to find out like I did. (Slate)

Interesting models for Gap’s ‘Dress Normal’ campaign. (The Imprint)

An awesome new Instagram feature. (Who What Wear)

And some last-minutes-of-summer uses for pineapple: a delicious-looking smoothie (Hummusapien) and some dried pinapple cake toppers (Lauren Conrad).


What links did you love this week?


My Instalife 8.14

This is my first post in this series, which essentially wraps up what’s going on in my life in and outside of the blog. I really wanted to start this series to push myself to use Instagram more, because even though I like it, I have the hardest time remembering to do it everyday.

One thing in particular I’ve been loving is Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society’s #styleme challenge. I think it’s so fun to follow the prompts and see how other people around the world are styling the theme of the day. Here are a few of mine…

If you want to do the challenge along with me, you can find the prompt through the link above and just tag me in your first post so I know to keep an eye out for your style pics!

Also, this month I’ve gotten to do some pretty cool things and meet some incredible people.

Oh, and of course I got some new Stella & Dot goodies!

If you want some more info on any of the pics above, head to my Instagram account and let’s connect! Hope to see you for #stylemeseptember!


Best of the Blogs: August Edition

This can be a funny time of year for fashion. The industry has been talking about 2014 fall fashion for what seems like 3 years now, and even though you’re starting your fall activities, it’s still hotter than ever. At least in the Midwest it is. We had the most strangely cool summer for months and then as soon as the time to start boot shopping and pumpkin spice latte guzzling is just around the corner, BOOM! It’s broiling outside.

So anyway, as riveting as all this weather talk is, the point here is that it’s time to start thinking about transitioning summer looks into fall looks even though the weather isn’t quite there yet. If you need some ideas on ways to do this, look no further than the most fashionable bloggers around…

Why didn’t I think of this?! Simply tying a kimono is a genius way to update the look and somehow makes it feel more fall, doesn’t it? Picture it with jeans and boots- perfect! (Because Shanna Said So)


A colorful and breezy summer ensemble paired with a traditional blue blazer that screams back-to-school makes for a brilliant (and adorable!) summer-to-fall combo. (Gal Meets Glam)


And don’t start storing your pastels yet! Icy candied hues are going to be big this fall/winter and will look absolutely stunning with your winter whites. (Pink Peonies)


An embellished pullover is the perfect comfy pairing to a flirty warm weather skirt. I might need to DIY a sweatshirt like this soon… (Atlantic-Pacific)


And the same theory applies here with a graphic sweatshirt/tropical skirt combo that is everything a girl could want. (Happily Grey)


And this last one (also Happily Grey) has nothing to do with summer, but just please can I have this cardigan and live in it until June 2015?


What looks are you loving?

Local Love… Victoria’s Secret’s Incredible Sports Bra Launch with Alessandra Ambrosio

Sometimes blogging has its perks and last week those perks literally made my life more perky ;) . I was beyond excited to get invited to the Victoria’s Secret launch of their new Incredible Front-Close Sports bra last week. (Please excuse the phone pics while I explain why…)

For starters, I got to meet Alessandra Ambrosio.


I was a little star struck- I mean, she’s a real-life supermodel. An actual Victoria’s Secret Angel! And let me tell you guys, if you ever have the chance to get a selfie with an Angel, just wave the white flag and do it. Will you feel like a tree stump? Yeah, most likely. Will you be the star of the shot? Absolutely not. But if you share it you will get to feel a little insta-famous for a day, so there is that. ;)

But seriously, she was super nice and much more low-maintenance than I had anticipated. We talked really briefly about fall fashion and she told me she mainly just lives in jeans, naming vintage Levi’s and REDUN as her top choices.


But of course, the whole purpose of the event was the Incredible Sports Bra.


I tried on the bra while I was there, and while I can’t speak for the smaller chested girls of the world, if you’re a C-cup and above, this is as close as it gets to living the sports bra dream. I ABSOLUTELY HATE jamming and shimmying myself into a standard sports bra and usually end up having to wear two bras- an underwire and a sports bra- to work out. And honestly, it’s hard enough to want to work out without the added annoyance of changing into two different bras.

But the Incredible offers a solution to both of these problems by featuring both a concealed underwire and a zip-front closure.


It also has light padding, adjustable straps, and a sweat-wicking liner. Can I get an amen?!

Oh, and it comes in 150,000 different colors and prints.


Just kidding, but there are a lot of options.

You can check out the Incredible bra here or go into your local Victoria’s Secret to get a proper fitting. I honestly never wanted to get fitted for a bra in my life, but I succumbed to it during my visit, and it was so much more pleasant than I had imagined. Partly because of the most flattering fitting room lighting I’ve ever seen and also because of the really nice and knowledgeable staff (Brittany at Easton is the bomb! :) ). Plus I got some added coupons and samples, so I’d highly recommend that route.

As for Alessandra and myself, please follow me on Instagram to see our new best friendship unfold. Just kidding again, but in all sincerity, I do owe her a thank you for being so lovely as well as a big thank you to Victoria’s Secret corporate and the wonderful girls working in the store. Thanks for adding another great moment to my blogging adventure!


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