Well, what better way for a Cincinnista to spend a Saturday afternoon than a walking tour in OTR of top kitchens and culinary delights in Cincinnati!? Tomorrow, Saturday, November 4th, from 11-3 the Junior League of Cincinnati will be hosting it’s annual Tour of Kitchens. Over a dozen kitchens will be featured on a self guided tour with great food at each stop by top chefs in the area. We are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Tour, not to mention, as an OTR business, we have designed 2 of the kitchens on the tour. In addition, Amy Youngblood Interiors will be a stopping point on the our where we will be serving mimosa’s, wine and gourmet lies bites. We hope to celebrate with you tomorrow!
Ok Cincinnista’s, plaid is no longer reserved for your classic Burberry scarf or rain boots. As I mentioned in a previous post, plaid is in style in an an even bigger way. I must admit, that after my Rag and Bone black and red plaid twill leggings finally gave way last weekend (which by the way I thought was pretty fashion forward when I bought then 3 years ago:), I’ve been on a quest to replace them. After much research, I’ve found that most top clothing lines are offering anything from neutral plaids, to bright and bold options. From jackets, to shirts, to pants, plaid is a classic piece that when mixed with cutting edge boots and accessories is a necessity to any Cincinnista’s wardrobe.
While most of you Cincinnista’s have probably heard, we are hosting an amazing event this Friday, October 6th at 6:30! We are partnering with a local OTR charity called Indigo Hippo to raise money and/or collect gently used art and craft supplies. Indigo Hippo is an art thrift store located on Main Street, which sells gently used art and craft supplies to those who could not normally afford it, supporting creativity in Cincinnati. The store is filled with an amazing array of affordable finds: from colored pencils, to vintage finials, to pine cones. Nothing is off limits in this creative haven!
For the event on Friday night we ask that you bring any type of art, office or craft supply. Be creative! Not feeling creative? A $5 donation is suggested.
In addition we will be serving wine from the Wine Merchant as well as other beverages and yummy lite bites from Che, also located in OTR.
So please join us for an evening for a great cause and fun!
Well, it’s not just any velvet that’s in this season! On a recently trip to Saks, I was amazed by the amount of various red velvet jeans and jackets. And to be more specific, it’s more like dark red or wine colored velvet.
Here are some reasons I love this look (at least in jeans):
-It’s a great neutral for the season. Deep red goes with blue, black and a myriad of neutrals.
-It’s rich and cozy looking. I mean who doesn’t love the feel and softness of this material?
-The dark red is flattering on most figures. In lieu of “louder” patterned jeans, if you aren’t a size 2, this dark color helps out the most fullest of figures.
-It’s the perfect pant for work. I know as I designer, I feel the need to dress up for work most days and regular jeans are a little too casual. Velvet jeans are comfortable and casual, yet still stylish and upscale looking.
Well no other color stands out to me more this 2017 Fall season than deep, rich red. Call it wine, berry or even maroon, this color is the perfect transition to a cozy look for cooler temperatures. Worn in anything from a sweater to a camisole to a nail polish color, wine is flattering on EVERYONE!
Similar to Amy Youngblood Interior’s tip for jewel toned velvets in interior design, rich toned fur and faux fur coats and jackets are big for the fall.
I’m so used to wearing my neutral rabbit fur black jacket or faux fur tan stole for special occasions, that this is a bit of a deviation for this Cincinnista. However, paired with a simple black outfit or coordinating print, these jewel and patterned fur jackets make a huge statement.
Check these examples out…all in different lengths and styles. Next to come: Fall Trends in Fashion and Design!
So this Cincinnista is finally back after a fabulous 1st Anniversary trip with my husband, Tom. As Tom’s never actually been to wine country, I thought it was the perfect place for us that he’d appreciate.
Everything from the hotel to the food to the topography, and of course the wine was perfect. A referral from a friend, we stayed in Sonoma at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa, a place of beauty yet with tons of history and character. Despite, the long flight to San Francisco, we were ready for two days of wineries in both Sonoma then Napa. We selected only those wineries with good reputations and of course hired a driver! It’s hard to say which was our favorite, but we did love the energy at Wellington, the amazing cabernet at Etude and the incredible view at Stag’s Leap. Not to mention, everyone working at the wineries was incredible nice and passionate about their jobs. We also lunched at the famous Auberge du Soleil hotel.
After the wine tours, it was time to change gears. Tom went golfing at the scenic Sonoma Country Club while I spent and afternoon at the Fairmont’s amazing spa. The service was impeccable and the interior beautiful. (and we all know how much I care about that!:) After my services, I sipped sparking wine by the private outdoor pool basking in relaxation.
Finally on our last day, we hung at the lovely pool for a bit then ventured in to the actual town of Sonoma for dinner. We stopped at an authentic Mexican Restaurant for a yummy, hand made margarita, then off to the Girl and the Fig for an amazing main course.
Overall, it was hard to leave and I can’t wait to go back. Thank goodness this Cincinnista stocked up on some good wine that we are still drinking! Cheers!