cat shorts


photos by: Shirley Wu

I love vintage inspired pieces and I get so excited when I find them! Busting out my Jeffrey Campbell Cap Toe Pumps to wear with these amazinggggg high waisted cat print shorts. Fashion always comes full circle and these 40s inspired shorts are the way to do it!


top: American Apparel

shorts: re:named Cat Print High Rise Shorts

shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ‘Toma’ Cap Toe Pump

sunglasses: kate spade new york ‘amaras’ 55mm sunglasses

CMH Fashion Week Launch Party

Had so much fun attending the 2014 CMH Fashion week launch party at Hollywood Casino. This year, I tagged along with the fabulous CAFBBA team for a night of fashion, food and glamour. Attendees got a glimpse of the CMH Fashion Week lineup while models displayed pieces from featured designers such as Lubna Najjar of Lubna Designs Inc. Let me just say, Lubna is just as lovely as her work! While admiring the fashion, I had the opportunity to meet people in the Columbus fashion scene such as Jennifer Wilson from Hola!Columbus,CMHFW Style Director Kholá’s Kloset, and caught up with favorite classy lady, MrsLadyLike. Overall, it was a successful event that has certainly gotten everyone excited for CMH Fashion Week!

CMH Fashion Week Officially starts October 12th-18th
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(pssst…my dress is on sale for $30 bucks! Get it while you can!)

ASTR Sheer Lace Maxi Dress

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high style ethical brand: Popinjay

Popinjay creates luxurious handmade bags while following an ethical business style. It is often said that “poverty has a woman’s face.” Especially in countries where gender discrimination towards education and other social opportunities has left many women vulnerable. That is why I highly believe in supporting organizations that educate and create opportunities for women to enter and engage in society as empowered people. There are many social businesses and organizations out there that create fair economic opportunities for women to become self independent. Popinjay is one of those businesses that employs skilled artisan women in Pakistan as a means to sustain the livelihood of women in Pakistan while creating luxurious bags for fashion forward women.

Each bag is handmade by artisan women in Pakistan. Every morning, these women meet in a local community center in Hafizabad, Pakistan to embroider beautiful silk and resham motifs that are seen on the bags. By equipping the women with usable skills and paying them with a rate up to three times the market, these artisan women are able to build new lives and create a better future for generations to come! Please take a look at the work and support this wonderful company!

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photos courtesy of Popinjay

Support artisan women while enjoying 40% off for the next 48 hours with the code ‘samplesale’ on

goodbye substance

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photography by: david wai

I recently purchased this floral dress from one of my favorite Short North boutiques, Substance. Unfortunately, Substance is saying farewell to Columbus and is closing shop near the end of June due to the owner’s relocation to South Carolina.

The store has been a long standing figure in the Short North fashion scene. I always loved visiting Substance for its collection of fair trade clothing, indie contemporary labels, and features of local Columbus designers and artists.

Hurry in before they’re gone. Their entire store is marked down at a steep discount, so be sure to pop in their store at 783 N. High St. to say goodbye! You can also shop their website shopsubstance where everything is currently 40% off.

Nars Contouring Blush: Paloma

So here’s my gripe on bronzers:
1. Many bronzers end up looking too orange on the skin.
2. I don’t want to bronze my face!

I know that sounds weird. Why buy a bronzer if you don’t want to bronze your face?

 It’s a rough life for us round faced girls. I can’t complain much though, roundness gives a youthful, playful appearance — which I totally take full advantage of. But you know, sometimes a chiseled jaw line and defined cheekbones is a nice look as well. For some reason, finding a product that creates natural shadows around the face, rather than a large streak of oompa orange is hard to come by. After years of searching, I think I’ve found it!

Let me introduce you all to NARS’ Contour Blush .


Nars Contouring Blush in Paloma
L: Highlight R: Contour

Introduced in 2014, these Contouring blushes have become a new addition to Nars’ permanent collection. These blushes come as a duo powder — a light highlight and a darker contour. This range is available in three shades, the lightest Olympia (Ivory/Rose), medium Paloma (Pink Beige/Deep Rose) and the darkest Gienha (Honey/Amber).

I am roughly an NC 25-30, depending on the season. Usually, I consider myself pretty light so I was going to hit up that lightest shade, but the woman at the Nars counter advised me to get the medium shade Paloma (which turned out perfect).

Both the highlight and contouring shades have a sheer matte finish, which is great for giving allusion of shadows. The powder does lean more on the sheer side, but it is buildable. What I love most is the gorgeous rosy tint this contour has. Let’s all say goodbye to orange! It creates such a natural finish, which I am absolutely down for!

Heavily swatched

nars paloma contouring blush

contour shade applied to cheekbones, jawline and temples

So what do you think? Give this blush a try for that natural sculpted finish! Available here at Nordstrom.


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Today I am wearing this jasper green maxi dress which is so perfect for the new warmer weathers! It’s such a great dress for that simple and minimalistic look. I didn’t feel the need to belt it, instead I let the dress drape like a long straight line. The material just hangs nicely over the body and shows a little bit of leg with the middle slit in the front. Perfect!

wearing (product links highlighted)

dress: Leith Front Slit Maxi Dress

head wrap: Tildon Metallic Leaf Head Wrap

bracelets: Alex and Ani ‘Compass’ Expandable Wire Bangle Gold
Alex and Ani ‘Initial’ Adjustable Wire Bangle
Alex and Ani ‘Cross Wrap’ Expandable Wire Bangle Gold

light wash


photography by: david wai

So excited to share this amazing shirt dress with you all! It’s a sleeveless striped dress by JOA with an interesting tie front detail that keeps things casual and fun. While I was looking for items to match the dress, there was a grand opening of a new Nordstrom Rack location, and I went a little crazy. I got this Paige acid washed denim jacket and these Burberry shoes both at a discounted price! The Rebecca Minkoff bag was also from the rack at a different point in time. Love me a great deal :]

wearing (product links highlighted)

dress: JOA Tie Front Back Cutout Stripe Shirtdress

jacket: paige

bag: Rebecca Minkoff ‘MAC Clutch’ Crossbody Bag

shoes: burberry (nordstrom rack stores)

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