Thursday, April 17, 2014

golden slippers

Who needs a yellow brick road when you have these fabulous heels? But really, I love this entire look. Special note - the Old Navy Diva pants are only $35.00?! They are great pants, I have a pair in black and am debating  on whether or not I should get another pair or two. I am always in the market for the right ankle-length skinny pants. These are ranked #1 for now. 
Hope you all have a wonderful day, toodles!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

American Cool

The National Portrait Gallery is hosting an exhibit titled American Cool
The exhibit explores the "coolest" figures of generations past. But what exactly does cool mean? It's a seemingly unique trait and supreme compliment that carries a global fascination. People obsess over the mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon - some going as far to spend their lives trying to emulate and  capture the cool factor - the essence bestowed among the esteemed and elite.
This exhibit looks at the American concept and features those who have contributed to an artistic vision of the American culture movement. The movements might have changed throughout the years, Walt Whitman to Kurt Cobain; Billie Holiday to Tony Hawk, but each are/were significantly revered for their special something.
Take a look at some of the creme de la creme - the coolest people and their featured portrait. 

Elvis Presley

Frank Sinatra

James Dean

Miles Davis

Walt Whitman

Billie Holiday

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Deborah Harry

Joan Didion

Lauren Bacall

Madonna

Marlon Brando

Steve McQueen

Tony Hawk

Kurt Cobain

Audrey Hepburn

Jimi Hendrix


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

flower pop

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg created an artistic masterpiece, combining Andy Warhol's pop art staples with her signature and iconic wrap dress. The two had been friends and the collaboration is a beautiful testament to both artisans. 
This funky-pop art print series is just one of the many ways DVF is celebrating her timeless dress, its phenomenal legacy, and the inspirational woman behind it. 

I am going to the Cincinnati Zoo after work to celebrate Zoo Blooms. The zoo has thousands of tulips scattered throughout the property and, in accordance with the spring season, they host a free concert (Tunes & Blooms) every Thursday during April.  Flowers, music, and temperatures pushing 70 - I don't think an evening could sound any better!

Enjoy the flower pop today!












    


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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Legendary Images: Great Photographers And Dior

The book and exhibit, sharing stunning photographs of the Christian Dior label throughout the decades, launches in the next couple of weeks. As Harper's Bazaar writes, "it's difficult to imagine a house with more beautiful imagery than that of Dior - one that has always prioritized elegance and embraced drama." 
On May 3rd the exhibit will open at the Christian Dior Museum in Normandy. The book will be available on April 30th, but you can pre-order today!
In the mean time, enjoy a brief assortment of Dior's enchanting moments.






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Friday, April 4, 2014

fresh face

I saw this top photo on The Sartorialist yesterday and I loved the make-up free, radiant, and beautiful shot. It prompted me to go exploring for other fresh face images - not including celebrity make-up free selfies. 
I have never been a fan of make-up, in fact most days I rarely even comb my hair. I just clip it up and hope for the best. I have never read a beauty section in a magazine, I get my hair cut at Great Clips, and this is the first time in 3+ years of blogging that I have ever even talked about make-up on the blog! My care free beauty regiment suits me, although I don't think it would hurt to try a little harder every now and then...starting with brushing my hair and remembering chap stick.
My first brush with make-up came when I was a freshman in college. My roommates had fun dressing me up for nights out - eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, lip gloss - the whole nine yards. I had never experienced the "going out phenomenon" so I just went with the flow. For most of my freshman year (on the weekends) I wore some form of make-up. I look back on those pictures and cringe. Granted, I wasn't caking on layers of foundation, painting elaborate cat-eyes, but I don't think I looked "me." That make-up bandwagon didn't last very long and now the only make-up I own is a bronzer from Sephora. I like a ruddier look - more natural and lively. I tend to have rosier cheeks anyways (especially after a drink or two) and choose a healthier tinge over dramatic eyes any day. My mom has some mascara and I have used that a couple of times over the past year or so, but for the most part, I want a no-fuss and natural look. 
There's no right or wrong way to do a beauty routine, I quickly found out what worked, or rather didn't work, for me. The one thing that bothers me is when people say I am so fortunate to not have to wear make-up. No one needs to wear make-up. There is nothing wrong with you if you do, but there certainly shouldn't be any reason that you feel like make-up is a necessity. We are all beautiful and have so many fabulous ways to show our uniqueness - through our style, careers, relationships, aspirations, intellect, actions, and, most importantly, our hearts. 
So on that note - I wish all the glamorous cover girls and bare-faced beauties a wonderful weekend. Thanks for always following along, toodles!










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Thursday, April 3, 2014

ArtsWave

Hi everyone! It has been an exciting and busy few weeks with the ArtsWave campaign taking place. This year I joined the Young Professionals board for ArtsWave. It's been a tremendous experience and I have loved immersing myself in the board and the activities. Being part of ArtsWave has allowed me   to connect with many people and events throughout the city. Even though I grew up in Cincinnati, I have explored so many new things in the past year and I am here to share a little bit with you!


ArtsWave supports over 100 arts organizations in the region by providing financial support and services. They are the master "connectors" of people and organizations throughout the community and promote the arts as a defining characteristic of the Greater Cincinnati area. ArtsWave partners and advocates on behalf of all the major art organizations in the city including: the Cincinnati Ballet, May Festival, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Symphony and Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum as well as dozens of smaller organizations that help build the community and cultivate creativity and artistic exploration throughout the city. 

By mobilizing the creative energy of the region, ArtsWave is providing countless ways for people to live, work, play, and stay. The arts matter and are important to me, and I am hoping to share my passion with all of you! 

There are countless ways that you can connect with ArtsWave and I sincerely hope you to that you can help our campaign by generating awareness and making a contribution!

To start, you can purchase an ArtsPass and CincYPerks. For $75, you will receive both passes which will offer you loads of discounts to arts events, restaurants, stores, and even Reds games. Additionally, you will be invited to special events throughout the city - how cool is it to be an arts VIP?! This is the first time I have ever been part of a "retail" donation - doesn't it make things better when you can get something out of your financial contribution?
There are additional levels of monetary support, all of which will earn you exclusive offers as well. 

Next time you go out to eat at a variety of restaurants throughout the city, you can select ArtsWave wine, $2 will go to ArtsWave for a glass purchase; if you buy a bottle of wine, $6 will go to ArtsWave. Toast to the Arts

Up for a Reds game? ArtsWave has a special discount pass-code - and proceeds will be donated to ArtsWave. What a home run!

If you have questions about ArtsWave, I'd be more than happy to answer. I hope you take a moment to explore ArtsWave's website. They are making significant strides in their $12 million campaign effort - and there are less than three weeks left!

The portion of the campaign that I am working most closely with is the YP effort to reach YPs that are not part of a workplace campaign. I'd greatly appreciate if you could support the YP WeDidIt page!

Celebrate the arts and support ArtsWave today!

Donate HERE






Thanks for your generous support, toodles!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

sylvia weinstock

The grand dame of cakes. 
For over 30 years, Sylvia Weinstock has created gorgeous cakes. Not only are they beautiful creations, but they are made from the most delectable ingredients so the taste will match the decorating masterpiece!
Here's the story of the cake queen herself, courtesy of The Knot.

How it all began:
While on a family ski trip to Hunter Mountain, Ms. Weinstock was introduced to a retired pastry chef George Keller. He took her on as an apprentice and it wasn't long before she was supplying desserts to Hunter area restaurants every weekend while her husband and three daughters skied. 

Business Breakthrough:
Ms. Weinstock created a wedding cake for her daughter's friend who was getting married. The young woman worked in a take-out food shop and put the cake in the window. A chef, who worked for the then premier society caterer in New York City, Donald Bruce White, inquired where the cake came from, and Ms. Weinstock started getting cake orders from the caterer each weekend. Then orders began coming in from women who attended the catered receptions...and the rest is history.

Order your own cake (but prepare your bank account!)
  • Cake types: chocolate, yellow, yellow poppy seed, white, banana, carrot, hazelnut, almond, fruit, and pistachio. 
  • Cake fillings: chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, vanilla cream, mocha, gianduja (chocolate hazelnut), mocha, raspberry cream, strawberry cream, cream cheese filling, grand marnier with apricot, praline smooth or with bressilie, lemon mousse, italian cherries, whipped cream with fresh strawberries or raspberries. 
  • Texture of icing: smooth finish, cornelli finish (like lace), basket weave, lattice finish (like wicker), dotted swiss, group dotted swiss
**Flowers are an added cost

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