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Friday Faves: August 18, 2017

Success on Stilettos, a Cifncinnati fashion blog; floral midi dress and Steve Madden sandals

Happy Friday, yet again! I’m currently OOO and am laying by the pool at Lake Norris for the weekend.

Wearing: This floral midi/maxi has been my most worn piece this Summer so far. Also, these are my favorite primers and setting sprays that make my makeup stay all day.

Eating: I absolutely love the everything bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I’ve been making avocado toast with a fried egg and adding the seasoning. It’s delicious. Also, Seth and I had dinner at Flip Side at Liberty Town Center for the first time this week, and HOLY MOLY. Definitely a northern Cincy-must try.

Watching: We finished Ozark this week. If you liked Breaking Bad, you’ll LOVE this show. I cannot wait for season 2!

Traveling: Heading for a lake trip with friends this weekend. Check out my what to pack for a beach trip post.

Reading: Starting Into the Water this weekend by the pool. I can’t wait to start it, as I mentioned

Wanting: How basic of me is it to say that I wish I had this prosecco pong for the lake trip?

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday Faves: August 10, 2017

What to do in Cincinnati; Mad Tree Brewery

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited it’s finally the weekend. Tomorrow, I’m heading to the Union Center Food Truck Festival, and Saturday I’m heading to fellow blogger babe, Molly’s wedding.

I wanted to share some link love and what I’m loving lately:

Shopping: I don’t know why, but I’m all about these rose gold birkenstocks. Probably super basic of me, but I think they’ll be perfect with skinny jeans and a blouse. I recently saw a girl wearing a pair and she looked super chic, and knew I had to had to have them.

Wearing:The theme this week seems to be old favorites. You may remember this SheIn dress from last Summer, but I still love it. (Catch that post here.) I’ve also had my favorite cutoff shorts (last seen here) on repeat too.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; SheIn little red dress with a denim jacket

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; how to wear cutoff shorts

Reading: Did you catch this post on books you should add to your reading list? I’m also going to be scooping up the latest from Ruth Ware, The Lying Game soon.

Watching: I started Ozark last night and am literally watching it as I write this. Jason Bateman is per usual, amazing and the premise is so. good. Start watching now! (Side note: the trailer for the new season of The Crown is out, and I cannot WAIT til’ December).

Cincy-ing: One of my favorite things about this city is all the local breweries and restaurants. I love being able to get a delicious meal and unique craft brew while also supporting local business. Some friends and I hit up Mad Tree (pictured above) over last weekend, and it was so fun just hanging around talking.

Eating: I can’t recommend Nation Bar & Kitchen in downtown Cincy enough. In my opinion, they have the best burgers in the city (plus a really cool backstory).

Loving: Kopari Coconut Rose toner. I’ve been spraying this on my fave after washing and it’s SO good you guys. The smell is amazing, it comes in an easy spray bottle AND it tightens pores without drying my skin. FINALLY.

Trying: Sunday Riley U.F.O. ultra-clarifying face oil. I’ve heard great things about all their products, so something that claims to clear pores without overdrying? Sign me up!

Style accordingly, 

 

Books you need to add to your ‘To Read’ list

Success on ti, a Cincinnati fashion blog; best books to read Summer 2017

I have a vivid memory my mother forcing me to sit in a big armchair in our living room each summer and not being allowed to get up until I read a certain number of pages or chapters. I was SO unhappy with that mandate, since I wanted to be outside or at the pool with my friends.

Fortunately, my disdain for being forced to read didn’t last, hell, maybe my mom’s tactic even worked, because as a middle school student, I decided I absolutely loved to read.

My dad would take me to our local book store and I would spend an hour wandering the aisles and picking up book after book. Eventually, I would come out with a huge stack of books, unable to wait until I got home to start reading.

I’m lucky this has carried into my adult life, and reading is one of my favorite activities. OK SO, I have a huge stack of books that I’ve recently read or are on my stack to read next and I wanted to share them:

  1. Anything by Liane Moriarty. I first heard about Liane when I heard her book Big Little Lies was being developed into a series starring my ultimate girl-crush, Reese Witherspoon. I love reading books before they become shows or movies and BLL didn’t disappoint. Next, I devoured Truly Madly Guilty, What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret (all which are supposedly being optioned into movies) and The Hypnotist’s Love Story. Now I’m about 20 pages into Three Wishes and will start The Last Anniversary next.

2.  The Couple Next Door – Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

3. Luckiest Girl Alive – As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. (This one is also supposedly being made into a movie, produced by my girl Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard.

4. The Nest – The four Plumb siblings are waiting for their inheritance (affectionately called the nest) to be dispersed once the youngest sister turns 40. The nest has been growing exponentially since their father’s untimely death when they were all adolescents, and each one of the Plumbs has been making poor financial decisions in the hopes of being bailed out by the nest. Instead, the oldest brother is allowed to withdraw the majority of the money early to be used as a payoff for an unfortunate accident he causes.

5. The Mountain Between Us – On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport.  Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding.  Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day.   When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection.   And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently.   And then the unthinkable happens.  The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness– one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States. (NOTE: This book has been made into a movie starring none other than Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, CANNOT wait!)

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; what to read next; book recommendations

6. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

7. One of Us Is Lying – This book is described as ‘A dark version of The Breakfast Club’ and I CANNOT wait to devour it.

8. The Hand That Feeds You – Thirty-year-old Morgan Prager is working toward a degree in victim psychology, engaged to Bennett, a seductive but mysterious man she met online, and living with her three dogs, including two rescued pit bulls, in Brooklyn. One day Morgan returns home from class to find her dogs covered in what looks like blood. She follows them into the bedroom where she stumbles upon Bennett’s corpse torn limb from limb, presumably by the dogs themselves. Grief-stricken and traumatized, Morgan sets out to inform her fiancé’s family of his horrific death.

I hope this list peaks your interest and you add a few books to your list!

Happy reading!

 

 

 

Friday faves: July 7, 2017

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog; Brunch at Incline Public House

As always, Happy Friday. Something about holiday weeks always seem to drag on, don’t you think?

Last weekend and this week were spent exploring Cincy and hanging out with friends. Anyway, let’s get to it:

Around the Interwebs: 

In the blogosphere: 

Shopping: 

Watching: 

 

27.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

Today, I turn 27. Not a major milestone, and as we get older, birthdays tend to ‘mean less‘ to some. For me, birthdays have been and always will be special. (#notsorry). For me, this day has turned into a day of reflection over the last year. The good, the bad, the average.

Last year, I posted 6 things I learned before 26, and its been one of my most popular posts to date.

This year, I thought I’d share some thoughts on this blog and what it means to me in my life, why I do it, and why I sometimes struggle with it.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

If you know me on a personal level at all, you know putting together outfits gives me immense joy. It’s been something I’ve loved for years, and one of the barriers to starting this blog was a fear of putting myself out there and whether or not this passion is as worthy of other passions. I used to question this all the time, but I’ve learned to tune out the snide and sarcastic comments and remember that I may not understand others the way I understand myself, and that’s ok. To each their own, everyones lives unfold differently.

Not only have I learned to tune out those who may not understand why I do what I do, but I’ve also learned to stop comparing myself to other bloggers. Whenever I start to think, ‘Why did xx blogger get this partnership’ or ‘…invited to this event and not me.’  I focus on why I started this blog. Success on Stilettos was started as a passion project, a side hustle. Yes, it’s brought me some great opportunities and, yes, a little supplemental income, but there are a LOT of people out there that are more successful than me. I have to remember that comparison if the thief of joy. (Taking our own advice is hard sometimes!)

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

Anytime I’m asked why I started this blog I always respond with this:

I was taught growing up that how you present yourself (what you’re wearing, etc) is your first impression. Despite what you may tell yourself, first impressions are important. As twentysomething in the working world, I am constantly making first impressions. I want to show women that we can look and feel just a good as women in magazines without breaking the bank. This is my passion, and this blog is my creative outlet. 

Though I love my ‘day job’, this blog has definitely kept me sane over the years, and I hope to continue to be able to create content for you in a meaningful way.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

Shop the look: 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati style blog wearing a bell-sleeved blouse, white jeans and Steve Madden wedges

Style accordingly,

 

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, ya’ll! I’m super excited for this Friday in particular because I’m heading to the motherland Athens to celebrate Homecoming. I’m probably most excited about the foods I plan to consume – Bagel Street Deli, O’Betty’s, Courtside Pizza to name a few – but also to see some of my favorite friends and really just to be back on the brick streets. We didn’t really get to celebrate our anniversary because we were both working, so heading back to where we met will be a much-welcomed trip.

I wanted to also share a few life lately snaps:

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My look from the Style + Sustainability Gala last weekend – full post coming on this one next week! 

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Gorgeous sunset at a work event earlier this week. 

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Stickers from some of my favorite local breweries.

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Brisket tacos. ‘Nuff said. 

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Gorgeous view from our anniversary dinner last night. 

I’ve got an extensive wish list for fall/winter including:

Have a great weekend!

Annie Signoff

 

1st Wedding Anniversary: A love letter to my husband

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Today is our first anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year, and at the same time it has flown by in what feels like the blink of an eye.

The past year, and even the time leading up to our wedding, we’ve been busy. We’ve moved twice, started new jobs, explored different hobbies (both together and separately) and have definitely grown both as one and as individuals.

I’ve learned a lot in the past year. About you, about me, about us. It definitely hasn’t always been easy, but I love the life we’ve built together.

When I look at you, I am in awe sometimes. You’re smart, you’re driven and you’re such a genuinely good person, I can’t help but be extremely proud. I also know you’d do anything for me. I’m so very lucky you’re in my life, and that I’m given the opportunity to grow with you and learn from you on our journey.

I’m eternally grateful that you bring out the best in me on days when it feels like the walls are caving in. I definitely couldn’t get through life’s curveballs without you. I can only hope I provide the same happiness and comfort for you that you do for me.

So on,our first wedding anniversary, I want you to know that I fall more in love with you every day and I wouldn’t trade our life together for anything. I’m so humbled by you every day, and I feel so lucky that I get to go through life with you by my side. I love you.

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Annie Signoff

How to Style a bar Cart

In our house, our bar cart is a focal point to our everyday life. It gets a good bit of use, ahem, we did go to Ohio University, and it’s one of my favorite decorative focal points in our [new to us] living room.

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I actually got this bar cart several years ago for Seth when we were first dating. I knew he’d love it for his apartment at the time, and I’m happy it worked into the home we’ve built together too.

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We got several customized cutting boards for our wedding, and most of them have found a home on our bar cart. It did’t feel right not to display them because they were such kind, thoughtful gifts.

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We also got this perfect airplane cocktail shaker for our wedding and when we moved, I had the bright idea to display it with our liquor:

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I added a few other small details from our wedding, too. We had a TON (and I mean a ton) of leftover cocktail napkins and it made perfect sense (and was free…) to give them a use. We also added straws from our wedding reception.

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I always keep a few cork screws, coasters, a cocktail shaker, an ice bucket and several different types of glasses, so guests have options for drinks. Aside from the ‘standard’ red and white wine glasses (which we keep on a bakers/wine rack on the other side of the room) I always have martini, Collins and rocks glasses.

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Friday Faves

We made it! It’s almost the weekend! I wish I had more to report around these parts.. I’ve actually been basically doing nothing but working, and will pretty much be working all weekend, too. I DO hope to carve out some QT with my hubs this weekend, along with our pool.

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Anyway, here’s what I’m loving around the interwebs this week:

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Happy reading and happy weekend! Pour a little rose slushie out for me, as I’ll be workin’ all weekend!

Annie Signoff

Friday Faves

We made it! It’s almost the weekend! I wish I had more to report around these parts.. I’ve actually been basically doing nothing but working, and will pretty much be working all weekend, too. I DO hope to carve out some QT with my hubs this weekend, along with our pool.

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Anyway, here’s what I’m loving around the interwebs this week:

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Happy reading and happy weekend! Pour a little rose slushie out for me, as I’ll be workin’ all weekend!

Annie Signoff