Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for all of the support this past year. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


The Cosmopolitan Clevelander

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Etsy spotlight: Geauga Roots

My jewelry collection has needed some organization for a while now. I think I even had plans to make my own organization system. That was months ago. So when I found out that my cousin was making these jewelry organizers and selling them on Etsy, under the store name, Geauga Roots, I couldn't have been more thrilled. She takes vintage and used materials and recycles them to create these beautiful jewelry holders that can be either standing or hung. At $24 these would make great last-minute Christmas gifts or at this point, after-Christmas gifts for yourself. I bought the black and white design pictured above, and I love it. Here are more pieces available in her shop:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pendleton wool sweater

Most of the sweaters that I saw at the Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop featured elaborate patterns and/or bright colors. While I appreciate these vintage designs, I prefer a more classic, simple style, which is why I had to get this Pendleton wool sweater. With the theme of American made in my head, I was crazy about the crew neck. And although you can't tell by the photos, the color is a very unique rust. I love the way the color looks with this classic navy skirt. For something American made, vintage, 100% wool, and never before worn it is actually a good deal for $48. I wouldn't be surprised if these sweaters sold out rather quickly as it is a classic and versatile piece for anyone's wardrobe. It would make a great Christmas gift for the Sartorialist in your life.
Pendleton wool sweater (via the Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop); Gap skirt (on sale for $9); Loft tights; Vintage Ann Taylor shoes; J.Crew necklace
P.S. If you are still looking for the perfect Christmas gift, check out the online shop for both Men and Women

Monday, December 20, 2010

Independent Business: The Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop

When one thinks of Cleveland, they don’t usually associate the city with the production of clothing. However, at one time, the manufacture of ready-to-wear clothing was one of Cleveland’s leading industries, and during its peak in the 1920s, it ranked with New York City.
The remnants of this bygone industry can be perused and purchased for a brief period of time at the Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop on Detroit Road in the Gordon Park Arts District ½ a block from the Cleveland Public Theater.
In the store, you will find an archived collection of mainstream fashions from as far back as World War II.
The story of the Ohio Knitting Mills started in 1927 when Harry Stone began the family business. It eventually became one of the country’s largest knitwear producers, making knitwear for department stores from Sears to Saks, and hundreds of revered labels like Pendleton, Van Heusen, and Jack Winter. Today the story continues as Steven Tatar acquired the rights to sell the perfectly preserved 5,000-plus sample archive.
I was able to visit the store over the weekend and loved being able to touch the textures of the handmade clothing and see in person the unique, bright colors and patterns. If you love vintage American fashion, then you must visit the shop. The prices for clothing vary, ranging roughly between $28-$128. I will be sharing my purchase with you tomorrow in an outfit post, but until then, enjoy these photos and read more about the store at the site and about the Cleveland garment industry here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Drink: Red Hos

Red Hos or Bloody Hos:

The boy discovered this recipe a while ago and we have been bringing it to our friend's annual Christmas party ever since. I like it because framboise is too sweet to drink alone. The Hoegaarden really dilutes it so you still get the fruity flavor without the syrupy consistency. The steps are very simple:

Mix 6 chilled Hoegaarden with one bottle of chilled Lindemans Raspberry Framboise in a large pitcher and serve. It's that easy. You can add or substract Hoegaarden depending on how sweet you like it.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter chic

Yesterday, the high was 26 degrees. So based on the peak in temperature, I thought it would be a good idea to take my outfit pics outside. Too bad the snow is so bright it blinded me, and I am squinting in all of these photos. I was going for warmth and comfort with this outfit. I really like the way the casual knit sweater contrasts with the bright pink, flowy skirt. I feel like these gray, fold over ankle boots add to the contrast of city chic and country chic.
NY&Co sweater; Gap skirt; F21 leggings; Thrifted shoes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mixing and matching and layering, oh my!

Layering is key for winter. I think I have said that before. Mixing patterns is all the rage right now. I have definitely said that before. Plaid and stripes are two of my favorite patterns to mix. I'm officially a broken record. But for me, I try to maintain a consistent style as opposed to only following trends, and that will result in some repetition. I guess I just wanted to disclose that. And if we are disclosing information, I just tried some exercises inspired by Natalie Portman in "Black Swan", and I have to say that thinking about how good she looks really motivated me to go to the gym and try these moves. The ab and leg work were quick and challenging and could be done pretty much anywhere. So even if you are in a hurry and have to skip the gym, you still have time for these short exercises. Ok. I am getting off my soapbox.
Ralph Lauren blouse; F21 sweater; H&M earrings and corduroy pants; Thrifted boots

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My "Kimono" sweater

This red sweater is something that hasn't made it into the rotation in a while. Partially due to the weather up until this point and partially because I actually have a hard time wearing it. It kind of looks like a kimono, which is not as easy as you would think to mix and match. I think I really perfected it's look here. And I think I broke my own rule of not wearing green and red together around Christmas time, but I don't care. I was already starting to run out of outfits for Christmas parties.
Marshalls sweater; Target turtleneck; Banyan Tree necklace; Skirt (gift); Tights (?); Franco Sarto boots

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gap vintage flares

Every time I wear these Gap vintage flares I feel very tall and long for some reason. They are extremely gam-lengthening. I also feel the need for speed. No. Not really. But I do feel the need to look like Farrah Fawcett, flipped out hair and all. Even though this sweater vest would normally give off a very preppy vibe, I feel like the combination of its color and length completely belong in the 70s.
Loft sweater; NY&Co. blouse; Gap jeans; Ann Taylor vintage shoes; J.Crew necklace

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Christmas Party Circuit

I feel like I have a Christmas party to attend every week this month. Oh wait. That's because I do. It's easy to suffer from fatigue and lack of enthusiasm around this time of year as you try to accomplish all of your shopping, go to work, have some me time, and on top of all that try to look good in social settings. That is why I have documented some outfits I plan to wear or have worn already this month to help you through The Christmas Party Circuit.

1. Party at work: You obviously have to play it safe at work. Either green or red, not both. I actually wore this to a sorority alumni Christmas party, but it can work for many occasions. I probably will wear something very similar to this for my actual work party because re-wearing outfits with a group that hasn't seen it before is key this time of year.
Ralph Lauren sweater and vintage purse; Vintage scarf; Skirt (gift); Anne Klein sweater tights; Franco Sarto boots

2. Party with family: I think this is the time to break out the Christmas sweaters and bright red pants. I actually got these pants for free from H&M when they had a buy 1 get 1 one free sale. They are one of my favorite things to wear. Plus I aspire to eventually be the crazy aunt/sister/cousin who wears bright red pants to Christmas every year! And remember, wear what you want because your family is forced to love you anyways. Unless your cousin is bringing home her new boyfriend for the first time. Then back off!
Cashmere turtleneck (gift); H&M pants; Ann Taylor vintage shoes

3. Party with friends: Try out that trendy look you have been waiting to try. Break out the sequin dress. Now is the time that it will be appreciated when surrounded by your peers. And your friends will be nice enough to tell you look cute no matter what. Also, they wont even notice what you are wearing once you start singing Christmas carols out of tune.
H&M jacket and sweater; Urban Outfitters onsie; Hue tights; Target shoes; Earrings (gift)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dressing up for warmth

This is a dressier look for work. I usually don't break out the shift dress unless important people are coming in for a meeting. I needed a way to make this winter-weather appropriate though, so I buttoned up the cardigan and layered on the scarf. I like that my shift dress actually looks like a tulip skirt here. I still feel very dressy, despite the cold temps, and I was warm all day, especially with the knit tights.
Target scarf; BP Nordstrom cardigan; H&M dress; Loft tights; Fraco Sarto boots; F21 earrings

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My wish list this Christmas!

 It's about time that I shared some kind of gift guide with you. What better way to share some Christmas gifting guidance than to show you some things that I am wishing for this year.

I love browsing J.Crew's new Factory shop online. The J.Crew Factory bling-button cardigan ($29.50) looks warm and cozy and is a quality wardrobe staple at the right price.

I absolutely love Nine West's Masquerade ($39.99) pump. Leopard print anything is probably a good idea this Christmas.

The Limited Statement Sparkle Drops Necklace ($39.90) is perfect for Christmas parties this year and parties for the New Year.

You may have seen NARS Heat Wave ($24.00) featured on the models that wore J.Crew's Spring 2011 collection. For someone who likes to be ahead of the beauty curve this will be a big color for spring. This color will make the most basic outfit look special.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Supreme girl crush: Annie Monroe

I have the most exciting new girl crush and I just have to share as fast as I can. It's Annie Monroe of the The Like. I am pretty much in love with her ability capture that 60s look. I really need a leopard-print coat, black lace dress, and adorable beret.

(Found via Sally Jane Vintage, photos by James D. Kelly)

Winter casual Friday

I really like this outfit. The sharp details of the blazer and boots juxtaposed with the cozy winter sweater and jeans combines two of my favorite looks and, unexpectedly, they actually look good together. I wore this on Friday because we had a meeting at work and I didn't just want to wear jeans. The blazer and boots really added that extra polish to an otherwise casual Friday look.
H&M blazer and earrings; NY&Co sweater; F21 jeans; Franco Sarto boots

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's officially too cold

I really love my skirts. So much that despite how terribly cold it is here in Cleveland, despite how much I complain about it being cold, I still wear them. Maybe that's crazy, but you know what's crazier? Skinny dipping in Lake Erie, so relatively it's really not that bad. Soon, however, I need to invest in a much heavier skirt than this H&M skirt from the summer. The problem is I have had a hard time finding something that's long enough for work and in a heavy material. Apparently the look is to wear a wool mini skirt. I don't know what occasion is appropriate for a wool mini skirt, but it's definitely not work. Any ideas?
H&M sweater and skirt; F21 leggings; Franco Sarto boots; Ralph Lauren blouse; Next hat

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Year's Eve 2011

A friend emailed me the other day asking for some advice. She has her New Year's Eve outfit all picked out (See above), but she was wondering what to wear as a cover up for church before the festivities. I suggested either wrapping up with a pashmina, throwing on a blazer, or just wearing a cute cardigan. What would you wear? Here are three cardigans I think would go nicely with the outfit:
Express, $34.93
Forever 21, $19.80
Kohl's, $29.99

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The pencil skirt

So every once and a while I have to dress like a big girl, and yesterday was one of those days. I can't always wear poofy skirts and plaid button downs. Those things have never really screamed professional. So I dressed up my way, with a purple pencil skirt. Maybe it's because I always loved the the purple teletubby, but I loved this skirt from the moment I saw it. I was going to tone it down with some gray, but then I remembered I had this blue shirt that I knew would be the perfect shade to compliment the purple.
NY&Co shirt; Francescas necklace (gifted); United Colors of Benetton skirt (thrifted, Avalon); Loft tights; Vintage Ann Talyor shoes

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Totally 90s

I don't think I need to explain the 90s preppyness of this outfit. And despite all of your protesting I actually kind of like it. What look better says, "Hey I might be your professor, but I am approachable because I am wearing a blazer and jeans." Don't even get me started on my unruly Chelsea Clinton hair (Sorry, I love you, and your wedding pictures were gorgeous). I left my diffuser at the boy's house, 2 hours away, and I didn't have time to straighten it this morning so this was the outcome. I actually think it compliments the outfit well.
Thrifted blazer; Ralph Lauren shirt; Levi skinny jeans; Vintage Ann Taylor shoes; J.Crew necklace

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The best of both worlds

I knew I wanted to wear this red jacket to work today but not in a really dressy way. I wanted something in between casual and dressy because sometimes I can't make up my mind, which is otherwise defined as business casual. I find that no matter what I wear with these dark wash skinny jeans, it always feels a little more stylish. And high heels and a t-shirt always solve the need for both dressy and casual.
Forever 21 jacket; H&M top; American Eagle jeans; Nine West shoes

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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