Posted on 7 Comments

Lemon Fresh | Cincinnati Premium Outlets

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

When I got an invitation from Cincinnati Premium Outlets to have a morning mimosa and shop with my favorite local blogger boos I was all in.  Continue reading Lemon Fresh | Cincinnati Premium Outlets

Posted on 4 Comments

Sparkle on New Year’s Eve with Finery Boutique

Who doesn’t want to sparkle for a big event? A dressy occasion often times sneaks up on you and you’re left scrambling for a dress. Even after you find the perfect dress it then sits in your closet waiting for a new special occasion to come out and play. Finery Boutique in OTR is answering your dress up prayers by offering evening dress rental service.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Along with all of the ladies from Thread Cincinnati, I got a sneak peak of all of the beautiful dresses that are available to rent. If you fall in love with a dress, don’t worry you can purchase the dress. Afraid of commitment? Bring the dress back and rent a new dress for your next occasion.

thread-finery-damon-32thread-finery-damon-15-1

Not only did Finery Boutique have a beautiful and fashion forward selection of dresses, they also have a selection of accessories to choose from to make it easy for you get all dolled up. I personally loved this winter white a-line dress with laser cut details. The fit and the fabric of the dress was amazing!

thread-finery-damon-46

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I plan on frequenting Finery.  I saw a great beaded dress that says,  perfect for New Year’s Eve. I know we will all appreciate this great addition to the OTR boutique seen in the Spring/Summer months during wedding season.

thread-finery-damon-58

Want to Know More About Finery? Follow them on  Facebook and Instagram

For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram @ohwizeone, twitter @ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

Posted on 6 Comments

3 Tips To Make Your Next Thrift Store Experience Easier

SAM_5187.JPG

 

Loving vintage and being plus size is a double edge sword. So many super cool options but so few items are fond in the plus size range. Consignment and resale shops are dependent upon what they find at estate sales and donations so finding your size can be a challenge. I can honestly say that it’s always worth a stroll through a resale shop, I don’t find a size 16 as often as I would like but what I do find is worth the trip.What better way to find one of a kind accessories to express your individual style and elevate the look of your wardrobe basics.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I finally got the chance to check out the selection at Mannequin a vintage boutique located in Cincinnati, Ohio in Over the Rhine. I have been intrigued by Mannequin’s perfectly styled window display. My expectations were exceeded when I found immaculately made suits and creative separates. I was so happy to find a wide range of classic designer pieces and fun quirky vintage accessories. I was also delighted by their men’s section that included clothing, shoes, hats,  and suiting accessories.

SAM_5127.JPG

Here are my 3 tips on how to make your next thrifting trip less stressful.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Have An Open Mind

Thrifting does not have the same instant gratification as walking into a big box store where every item has been merchandised. Thrifting for vintage is like a treasure hunt so you can’t expect an abundance of any size. Keep your mind open and be on the lookout for quality pieces made of high-end fabrics. The more you open your mind to the possibilities the less likely you are to be frustrated.

SAM_5167.JPG

Creativity is Key

Did you find a smoking vintage blazer but you hate the buttons? You can replace the buttons what you can’t replace is craftsmanship. If an item is well made but has a small imperfection chances are it can be fixed. Did you find a great Louis Vuitton handbag but the zipper is broken? Most leather and shoe repairs will also replace the zipper in a leather handbag and the cost of the repair will still be considerably less than a new designer bag

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Size Ain’t Nothing but a Number

If an item of clothing looks like it may fit, give it a try. I have looked at the size of an item on more than one occasion and according to the size it shouldn’t  have fit but the clothes told a different story. Can’t find anything your size, earrings always fit. I have found some of my favorite scarfs and evening handbags at thrift stores.

SAM_5173.JPG

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I found so many cool finds at Mannequin and I even found, gasp, a dress in my size! I can’t wait to share it here on the blog. You can find out more about Mannequin Boutique at http://www.mannequinboutique.org/  You can also follow them on Instagram @mannequinboutiqueOTR and on Facebook at Mannequin Boutique.

For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter@ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

Posted on 2 Comments

TopGolf Cincy + Giveaway

Last week, my fellow Thread blogger Annie invited all of the ladies from  Thread out to the media preview for the new Topgolf venue in West Chester! I decided to disregard my total lack of athletic ability and give golf a try. After touring the venue and getting a better understanding of how Topgolf works I was pleasantly surprised at how interactive and fun everything looked.

This is not your mama’s putt-putt golf, there is no walking from station to station.  There are “bays” where you can bring up to 6 people for a round of golf. The balls come out of a machine on the ground and there are a variety of clubs to choose from to tee up. The goal is to get your ball into one of the targets to earn points. It’s very similar to a bowling experience. I can totally see returning to Topgolf for a fun double date.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

IMG_3009

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

About the food…

The food and the staff at Topgolf were equally playfull! All of the menu options had a fun spin on classic casual dining options. Everything was delectable and don’t even get me started on the injectable donut holes that came with chocolate, raspberry jelly or Bavarian cream. All of the staff members were attentive and kind. At the end of the night, all of the staff came out and did the wobble. Needless to say, fun is infused into the Topgolf’s company mission!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

IMG_3022

IMG_3003

Thread Cincinnati is teaming up with Topgolf to give one lucky reader a $100 gift card to use at the new venue! The winner will be announced on the Thread Cincinnati Facebook page on Friday, so make sure that is one of your entries so you don’t miss out! Just click here to enter your chance win!

 

For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter@ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

Posted on 16 Comments

Let’s Take A Daycation! The Perfect Picnic

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Daycation

Don’t allow a lack of time or funds stop you from enjoying your summer. Take a daycation and relieve your work week stress. Nothing puts me more at ease than a great picnic with friends. Instead of going to the usual gathering place pick a new venue, pull out the cooler, and pack your picnic basket full of goodies.

The Perfect Get Away

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I actually found the perfect getaway right outside of Cincinnati at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Located in Hamilton, Ohio just far away enough to feel like I left town. Pyramid Hill is an outdoor museum focusing on monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests, and various gardens. The beautiful art and wide open spaces were the perfect backdrop for a picnic with friends.

Get Real Martha!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I love my adorable wicker picnic basket (on sale here) it’s Pinterest worthy but in all reality, it won’t keep anything cool. For a picnic for more than two  I always bring a cooler (similar here) in addition to my cute basket because nobody wants to eat warm potato salad. I pack a tablecloth, serving ware, napkins, and anything that is not temperature sensitive in my basket.

I’ve seen great photographs of picnics styled with real plates and ceramic serving dishes. It looks fantastic but ain’t nobody got time for that stick with light reusable food containers. You can be even more resourceful when packing a salad, clean the lettuce and assemble your pre-cut vegetables in the same plastic container the salad is sold in. That way once the salad is gone you can also throw out the container and pack up your things with one less container to take home. Keep in mind that whatever you pack, you also have to carry.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Making sandwiches? Toast your bread at home and stick it back in the bread bag and you will have a load of toasted bread. You can assemble your sandwiches at the picnic and your sandwich won’t be soggy.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

How many barbeques have you been to this summer? Switch up your picnic options with light fun bites my Italian Potato Salad is perfect for a hot summer day!

Mayo-less Italian Potato Salad

Ingredients

1/2 lb pancetta 1/2 Pound of red russet potatoes

1/2 Pound of red russet potatoes

1 small jar of roasted red peppers

1/3 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup Italian Salad Dressing

1/4 cup of cut basil

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

3 teaspoons of salt

In a stock pot, salt the water and boil the red potatoes until fork tender. Drain the water and allow the potatoes to slightly cool (cool enough to handle but still very warm). Cut the potatoes into small cubes. Place the warm potatoes, diced red onion,  and 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing in a container with a lid and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.

In a pan fry the pancetta until browned on both sides, place on paper towel, and allow to  cool.  Drain the roasted red peppers and dice into small pieces.

Drain the roasted red peppers and dice into small pieces.

Crush the pancetta into small pieces

Mix the pancetta, roasted red peppers, potatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the basil and parmesan cheese on top for garnish.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

If you have been in search for the perfect picnic basket here are few of my recommendations:



For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter@ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

Posted on 8 Comments

Style Sunday | Style in the City

SAM_3219.JPG

 

When you think of destinations for fashion you the New York, Paris, Milian, I’m sure Cincinnati, Ohio never comes to mind. It should the University of Cincinnati has highly rank fashion design programs and with more millennials staying in the city after graduation a scene is emerging. I can’t give the millennials all of the credit for shining a light on style in the city there are established outlets like Cincy Chic that have always held the torch for style in the city.

This weekend I attended the Red, Pink & Blue Event the night focused on women’s health and of course fashion.I loved that fashion had a theme of little black dresses, which were all much sexier than expected which I appreciated.  Cincy Chic regularly holds fashion events at excited and hip venues if you need fashion inspiration follow them on Facebook to find out about their next event. 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

More Style, More Cincinnati

Did you know there is a mobile boutique in Cincinnati?? Trouvaille Mobile Botique has everything you need to put a stylish look together from accessories, clothes, and shoes. The best part is they will come to you! You can book them for a bridal shower, birthday party, or just because. Just get your friends together and shop. You can also find out where they will be next on their Facebook page. Fashion Trucks are the new food trucks!

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter@ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

 

 

Posted on 24 Comments

#ILWW Recap | Taste of Cincinnati

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I know what you’re thinking, in this picture I’m clearly not at a food festival, right. I was super paranoid about my dress getting wrinkled, so I took a few outfit pictures before I left for The Taste of Cincinnati. At the beginning of International Laura Wize Week, I said that all I wanted to do was being surrounded by art and eat good. Monday was dedicated to eating yummy food at The Taste of Cincinnati. I tried so many delicious bites here a few of my favorites:

What I wore:

I found this sexy day dress at Torrid. In the summer, I see a sea of beautiful maxi dresses and to stand out I picked classic cut in a vibrant color. Also on hot summer days, it’s nice to wear a dress that shapewear is optional and not a requirement. I adore this dress, and if you’re thinking about ordering it, I would recommend a strapless bra with a deep plunge in the front.

SAM_2749.JPG

SAM_2766 (2).JPG

Where I went:

Washington Platform

Washington Platform is the stand I stop by every year I can’t say no to their fried oysters and their crab cakes.

SAM_2792.JPG

SAM_2794.JPG

Empanadas Aqui

Food truck alley is really the place to be at The Taste of Cincinnati. Empanadas Aqui never disappoints. Fried dough and yummy cheese with their herbed mayo with just a little hot sauce is all I need to keep a smile one my face.

SAM_2776.JPG

13327370_1380592785289147_9187301147015513516_n.jpg

Alabama Fish Bar

Alabama’s is Cincinnati classic the real questions is when did they get a food truck!!

SAM_2779.JPG

 

SAM_2797.JPG

Of course after all of my paranoia my dress didn’t wrinkle…

For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter@ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 4 Comments

#ILLW Recap |Breakfast Can’t Wait

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

Before the revitalization of Cincinnati nightlife, Sunday morning brunch was frequented more than nightclubs on a Saturday evening. In Cincinnati if there is a bar where everyone knows your name they probably serve breakfast too. I needed to start my week of International activities with the most important meal of the day.

What I wore:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This summer I plan on playing with A-line shapes. I think I’m over body-conscious shapes on my body. I love to show off my shape, but there is something about a full skirt that just brightens my day, and I also feel that you don’t have to show off every curve to give sex appeal.  I have been adding more classic cuts into my wardrobe. I love the idea of retro cuts and shapes with modern touches to keep my overall look of the moment.

Just in case you’re interested:

My favorite breakfast spot is Half Day Cafe located in the heart of Wyoming on the corner of Springfield Pike and Wyoming Avenue. Nothing makes me happier than to walk into this welcoming spot a few time a month and order my regular Half Day Benedict. It’s so yummy that I forgot to photograph it because well I was hungry. If you are ever in Cincinnati or live in the area, it’s the perfect place to stop in and get a bite to eat. I’d also recommend the sweet potato pancakes as well. #nomnomnom

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter@ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

Posted on 20 Comments

Viva la Vida | Fashion and Frida

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

When I wake up the first thing on my mind is where am I going and what I am wearing.I love getting out and exploring flea markets. street fairs, or just areas of town where all the sites are in walking distance from each other.

It’s finally that time of year where I can throw on a dress and a cute pair of sandals and head out the door. In the warmer months, I hob nob from one outdoor activity to the next. My goal is to look as put together as possible with minimal effort. This dress from Fashion to Figure will be great on curvy bodies because od the multiple the directions of the stripes makes the dress, complimentary on a variety of shapes.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Dress:Fashion to Figure, Sandals:DSW

Soooo it’s almost Cinco de Mayo…

When I heard about a new restaurant in Covington, Kentucky decked out in Frida Kahlo decor I said, “Yes Please!!” You mean I get to be surrounded by my favorite artist and have a Margarita!! Everything about Frida 602 aroused my senses from the beautiful color scheme to the tasty cocktail menu. The cuisine features Latin street cuisine, and I highly recommend the shrimp taco! Located in historic Mainstrasse Frida 602 is perfectly nestled in within all of the newer restaurants and shops.

 

Oh Wize Oneohwizeone.comSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This Passion Fruit Margarita was everything!!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter@ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

This post was sponsored by Fashion to Figure all opinions are my own.