Category Archives: Fashion

Fall Florals

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Praise Jesus Hallelujah, it’s Thanksgiving week, ya’ll! I absolutely love Thanksgiving – watching the parade, ‘helping’ (ok, watching…) my mom cook, drinking wine and watching movies by the fire mid-food coma. YAAS please.

Last week, I shared a TON of Thanksgiving looks but had to share this dress on its own, too because it’s completely perfect for Turkey Day – I mean, loose and perfect for large quantities of food. (#BeingHonest)

Real talk though, Old Navy’s loose swingy dresses are a wardrobe staple in my closet. I have them in tons of colors, mostly because they’re comfortable and on-trend. Add your favorite OTK boots and you’ve got yourself the perfect look for fall.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; floral Old Navy dress and OTK boots

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Beauty Talk: November Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; November 2017 Sephora Play! Box

This month’s Sephora Play! box was a good one, ya’ll. I definitely think Sephora hit the nail on the head for me this month with products for energizing your skin, absorbing oil and giving me those babydoll lashes – that certainly doesn’t suck, does it? I can definitely recommend completing your Play! profile, it really does help narrow down what you get.

Let’s get to it, shall we? 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; November 2017 Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; November 2017 Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; November 2017 Sephora Play! Box

  • Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – I used this dry shampoo last night, and I really liked the smell, though I’m not sure it was as effective as my normal go-to MoroccanOil dry shampoo. One thing I did REALLY like, is that when you spray it throughout your hair, you can’t FEEL anything in your hair. No grit, no color, etc.
  • Farmacy Honey Dew Lightweight Moisturizer with Echinecea GreenEnvy – A lightweight moisturizer that brightens, nourishes and provides antioxidants with hyaluronic acid complex. I’ve started using this in the PM after cleansing, Vitamin C and retinol, so far it gets a thumbs up. Plus, for my fellow oily skin gals, it’s not overly thick.
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara – I worked this baby into my morning routine today and I’m officially a fan. I always use two mascaras in combination, I guess I’m weird. I mixed it with my Sephora Collection Lashcraft (my holy grail mascara) and I loved how long and full my lashes looked.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; November 2017 Sephora Play! Box

 

Style accordingly, 

What to wear to: Thanksgiving

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

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If you’re like me, you’re looking are with a confused look on your face asking yourself what happened to 2017. Seriously, midway through November AND Thankgiving is next week!

I’m about to travel for a month + straight, and I’m still trying to figure out where the year went.

Thanksgiving at my (parents) house is traditionally very casual, so when I think about what to wear, my mind goes immediately to closet favorites, and, ya know, pieces you can eat generously in because, duh.

  1. A midi dress + booties. 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and style blog; what to wear on Thanksgiving

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2. Pattern mix your favorite sweater + topper. 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; What to wear to Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving style

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3. Layer a cardigan + swing dress.  

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; what to wear on Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving style

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4. Rock a chic mini skirt. 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; what to wear to Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving style

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5. Swing dress + blanket scarf. 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; What to wear to Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving style

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6. Sweater dress + OTK boots. 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; what to wear to Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving style

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7. Pull on your favorite flannel. 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; What to wear on Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving style

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What are you wearing for Thanksgiving?! Do tell!

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Edgy Fall Style: Drop-waist dress with a moto

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Happy Monday, everyone! Sorry for the radio silence over the last week. I was great about getting my Sephora sale picks up last week, and that was pretty much it. (Check out that post here – the sale is still on!)

Apparently, burnt orange is my new favorite color for fall – two posts featuring this color in about two weeks will do it (check out my favorite fall sweater here). I picked up this dress at one of my favorite retailers, Gabes and immediately knew I wanted to style it with my moto vest. I’m also picturing it with booties and a blazer or moto jacket as well. You could even make it more casual by wearing a cardigan – perfect for Thanksgiving!

I know it’s a little chilly now, but I couldn’t let this little gem pass by without sharing it, especially since it’s so versatile. Plus, it’s super fun to twirl in, sooo…

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Dress: c/o Gabes, Vest: Sears (last seen here), Heels: Steve Madden (last seen here)

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Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Fall style inspiration; drop waist dress and moto vest

Style accordingly, 

Beauty Talk: The Sephora Sale

Success on Stilettos; what to buy in the sephora sale

It’s that time of year, ya’ll! I’m so excited each year for the Sephora sale. The illusive 20% off is the perfect time to stock up on favorites as well as take home items you want but maybe didn’t want to pay full price for.

This year, I picked up quite a few things, and also came across a few

  1. Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray – I’ve been a HUGE fan of the UD makeup setting spray for a long time, and I happened to try this out in store a month or so ago, and was very impressed with how fine the mist was. I also have the illuminating version if you want a subtle glow, too.
  2. Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops – Just 1-2 drops of these puppies into your foundation and your skin will glow like no other. I love this kit because you really can get whatever glow you’d like. Plus you can use it as an epic highlighter. too and they last quite a long time.
  3. Murad Pore Refining Scrub – Hands down, this is my favorite deep exfoliator. I use this 1-2x per week when I want a deep clean/scrub and I love how well it works. Plus, it has cinnamon so my pores shrink right up.
  4. Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – I first heard about this glowy foundation from Hallie at Among Other Things   and knew I had to have it. Her skin looked SO glowy and perfect, it’s going to be great for days when you want subtle coverage and a glowy look.
  5. Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer – This is my new holy grail primer. I recently switched over from the Cover FX Mattifying primer, which was more a gel consistency. When I use a primer, I want my makeup to genuinely stay all day, and this primer 100% does the trick. From day 1 I noticed my makeup staying put longer and longer – and that, my friends, is worth the money.
  6. Naked Skin Foundation – Another one of my holy grail products. I use this medium-coverage foundation for everyday wear and have really loved it. It’s lightweight, buildable and really doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything on your face!
  7. Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops – Though I don’t have these yet, but I’m so intrigued! Anything that makes my skin look more even, smooth and bright, I am here for.
  8. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation – Have your face look like a real-life snapchat filer? Yes please. Though a bunch of these are sold out online, I’ve heard nothing but good things and cannot wait to get my hands on a bottle.

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What will you be buying during this year’s sale? Do tell!

Beauty Talk: October Sephora Play! Box

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Ok, first of all, holy November. Did October even happen?! I was on vacation for a good portion of the month (#champagneprobz) and when we got back it was like… BAM! the holidays are here.

Speaking of, do the holidays seem to hit earlier and earlier every year? Seth and I are putting up our Christmas tree in the next couple of weeks because I’ll be traveling for pretty much the entirety of the last six weeks of the year, and it’s a tradition in our house that we decorate the tree together and listen to Christmas music.

October’s box came the day before we left for vacation, so I didn’t have time to shoot it before we left, hence the delay. SO here we go:

  • BareMinerals Mineral Veil – This sheer setting powder provides a little more coverage than my everyday setting powder (IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder). I liked it a lot! I love the extra coverage it gives to my everyday foundation and I think it’ll also look great with my fuller coverage foundation as well.
  • Gucci ‘Bloom’ – As if the name didn’t say it, this is a very heavy, floral scent. It’s definitely not something I would purchase myself, but I’m wearing it today and though I kind of feel like an old librarian, I’m also kind of into it.. am I crazy?

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

  • dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator –  I do a ‘heavy’ exfoliation once a week, generally and this week, I tried this one. I liked it a lot! My normal exfoliating treatment is this one from Murad, which is a great price so I don’t know that i’d switch necessarily, but I will definitely be using this on occasion.
  • Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum – I was SO excited this was in my box, since I’ve been wanting to try it, but $$$$. SO, after trying it in this box, I’m a fan (Unfortunately, because again…$$$.) Sunday Riley products really do what they say they’re going to do, which is definitely worth the investment. Plus, I’ve found that with high end beauty products, while they cost more up front, you definitely use less product on a daily basis, so they last MUCH longer.
  • Make Up For Ever Ulta HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I actually used to wear this foundation as my everyday in college. I stopped using it because I didn’t feel it stayed on super well, but then again.. I also wasn’t using a primer or setting spray. SO…. I used it again and I definitely think it’s great for lightweight coverage.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; October Sephora Play! Box Review

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Bell Sleeve Sweater

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

I have to admit, the little social media/blogging/full-time job break over the last week and a half was really nice, and much needed. While I write this blog because I love it and have a passion for it, sometimes disconnecting is completely necessary. We were

Seth and I got back late last week from a week of hiking, relaxing and drinking in Asheville, NC. We hiked the majority of the trip, but we stayed downtown (check out my ‘where to stay’ post here) and explored some new-to-us places as well. I’m going to be sharing a few posts later this week about our trip, but wanted to share this cozy, on-trend sweater before I jump into that content.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati based fashion and lifestyle blog; bell sleeve burnt orange sweater with skinny jeans and booties

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denim last seen here // booties last seen here

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Favorite Fall Neutrals: Cardigan + Cap Toe

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

Going on record here to say sometimes the best and most repeated looks are the simplest. I’ve mentioned before, but true life, when the weather moves toward fall and winter, my wardrobe color palette immediately turns neutral (evidence here and here).

None of these pieces are necessarily new, but are trusted closet staples that can (obviously..) be paired together, or be remixed a zillion other ways (you last saw these ripped black jeans here). True life though, sometimes it’s nice to throw on a tank and a cozy cardigan and be done.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

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Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog wearing cap toe pumps and fall neutrals

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Fall Boots + Pop of Blue [Fall Boots with Gabes]

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

When I came across these booties, I immediately knew I had to pair them with this blue moto jacket. The best part? I scooped up this entire look at Gabes. The studs on these booties caught my eye immediately, and I knew they had to come home with me. They add just enough edge to be perfect with this pretty blue jacket, which I actually picked up a couple of years ago at Gabes.

I’m all about a loose but chic dress, booties and a topper that pulls it all together for fall.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

This post was sponsored by Gabes, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Soft like velvet: Fall boots with Gabes part III

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Today’s post might be one of my absolute favorite Gabes finds yet. These booties are so perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Yes, I’m going to be wearing them to every single remotely holiday-themed event I attend.

I never thought I’d see the day when the velvet trend would fully come back around, but I am here. for. it. The best thing about these booties is that they’re Betsey Johnson – and I found them for under $40. #winning

This pretty open-backed dress was under $10, and I’m loving them together. I added my favorite biker jacket and MAC lipstick. Admittedly, this look is a little edgier than I typically do, but I am super proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and going for it with this look. In fact, I’m seriously considering wearing it to Lady Gaga in November (with my girl Elise!).

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Outfit Details:

Dress & Booties (Betsey Johnson (c/o Gabes) // Jacket: H&M (similar), Earrings: Target (similar) // Lip: MAC

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes