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Friday

18

April 2014

out at the eagle

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the eagleToday is a wonderful day because this post is about a world where calories don’t exist.

Last week I finally made it to The Eagle.  This southern comfort hot spot is an absolute go to in OTR.  The wait is always a long one but like most places down there, it’s totally worth it.  First and foremost, the decor and atmosphere is very cool.  It used to be a post office and there are vintage mailboxes that fill parts of the walls.  There is a large circular bar in the middle, which opens to both sides of the restaurant, and most of the place is made up of wood and character.

the eagle the eagleThe menu is a la carte and everything is designed to be shared.  There were eight of us there that night, therefore we opted for a number of appetizers and sides.  First up was the kale and artichoke dip.  Awesome.  Awesome, awesome, awesome.  It was creamy and warm and served with tortilla chips.  This dish is tied for first in my book as to what is the favorite.

the eagle But the real reason you go to The Eagle is for the fried chicken.  Nearly all of us ordered the sandwich because what could possibly be disappointing about fried chicken, cole slaw, spicy mayo, and pickles?  Exactly.  And the sandwich is enormous – definitely needs to be shared.  So either split with a buddy there, or plan on taking half home to a roomie.  (Or make it your fourth meal.  No judgment.)

the eagleBack to the sides.  We pretty much went the whole hog.  Mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, and spoonbread.  All were glorious and rich and perfectly southern.  However they offered a sample of grits, which are not on the menu yet.  These were by far my favorite.  The waiter said they are open to suggestions and I made a joke saying add shrimp!  I’ve never just had grits as grits but these were unreal.  They smoked all other sides and the second they are officially on the menu is the second I’ll be waiting in line to dine.

the eagleOverall, the spot is cool, the food is great, and the prices are steals.  What more could you want?

Thursday

17

April 2014

dots with pretty in pink megan

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PicMonkey Collage.jpgToday I am teaming up with Megan from Pretty in Pink Megan to bring you two different polka dot looks.  Megan, a long time fashion blogger, is a friend I met while serving as a college ambassador.  However, I remember barely being able to be her friend because I was always too jealous of her outfits.  It was bad.

But I am so excited that we were able to come together over a shared love of dots.  Black and white polka dot is my favorite color and pairing it with a black and white stripe allows me to indulge my pattern mixing habit.  And the neon embellishment on the top provides an awesome and trendy pop to what could have been a simple and classic outfit.  This one is a fun one, all the way around.

Now make sure to head on over to PIPMegan to see how she styled her dots!

dots + stripesdots + stripes dots + stripes dots + stripes dots + stripes dots + stripesdots + stripesPretty Pony Boutique top | J.Crew Factory silk button down | Madewell ponte pant | | Mossimo Co booties from Target (similar) | Ray Ban aviators

images by Jenn Mercer

Wednesday

16

April 2014

shawlsmith london

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shawlsmith londonScarves are necklaces in my book.  I wear them constantly, through all seasons, because they are the perfect accent and layering piece.  Which is why I am excited to feature a scarf from Shawlsmith London today.  Shawlsmith London provides unique scarf designs and well-described tutorials to bring range and variety to this trend.  Better yet, Shawlsmith London is offering 25% off their ENTIRE site with the discount code SSL25!

So make sure to head over to Shawlsmith London to check out their new spring collection, especially this one, this one, and this one.  All are lovely and on trend and would be awesome additions to a growing scarf collection.

shawlsmith london shawlsmith london shawlsmith london shawlsmith londonShawlsmith London scarf c/o | Old Navy tee | Madewell demin and rings

images by Jenn Mercer

Tuesday

15

April 2014

exciting stuff

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madewell inviteThis. is. AWESOME.  I have been invited to cohost a shopping event at Madewell on Thursday May 1st from 5-8 and you are ALL invited!  If you know me, or if you’ve been following this blog, you know that Madewell is easily my most favorite brand.  Need more confirmation? Check out this post, this post, this postthis post, and this post.  Oh and I pretty much wear their ponte pant every other day, in every other post.

I sincerely hope to see you all there!  It’s going to be a blast.

Furthermore, the winner of the Stella & Dot Amelie sparkle bracelet is….

stella & dotTracey Eckert!

Congrats Tracey!  Enjoy the gorgeous bracelet.  Please email my sister-in-law Jaime at jgdillman@yahoo.com to claim your prize!

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Monday

14

April 2014

saks finale

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BCBG dress I have good news and bad news.  Bad news?  This is the last Saks post until next time.  Good news?  We are ending with this sweet and sexy little BCBGMAXAZARIA dress.

More good news and bad news.  Bad news?  I dropped out of the marathon race this year.  The once-a-week polar vortex really put a cramp in my running style.  And I definitely don’t like running enough to put myself on a treadmill to train. So, welp see ya.  Good news?  I’m now free Derby weekend and have made plans to get together in Louisville with some girlfriends.  Which means I’ll need a dress.  Jackpot.

How fitting would this number be?  The pale pink with the combination of textures would be beyond perfect for the occasion.  The tiered peplum skirt is super flattering, and the sheer panels around the sides provide just the right amount of peek to turn an eye for the right reason.  Given the variety of pattern on the dress, I kept the accessories monochromatic and neutral.  The Jimmy Choo clutch in the same color palatte and the Prada shoes in white allow the dress to be the shining star.  Add a fascinator and you are good to go.

BCBG + Jimmy Choo clutchJImmy Choo clutchBCBG + Valentino heels Valentino heelsTory Burch sunglassesBCBGMAXAZRIA dress | Prada shoes | Jimmy Choo clutch | Tory Burch sunglasses (similar)

images by Jenn Mercer | thanks again Amie at Saks for the exciting opportunity!

Also, don’t forget to comment on this post for a chance to win the Stella & Dot bracelet…winner announced tomorrow!

Friday

11

April 2014

relax

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I don’t know about you, but I had to work five full days this week and I’m exhausted.  So if having some relaxing plans to ease yourself into the weekend sounds delicious, consider heading to Unwind for a truly unwinding happy hour.  Tonight, from four to seven, free neck and shoulder massages will be given by a licensed massage therapist, and complimentary valet parking will be offered from six to midnight.  This sounds like the definition of treating yo self.

For more about Unwind, check this out.  And don’t forget about the Stella & Dot Giveaway!

Thursday

10

April 2014

stella & dot (plus a giveaway!)

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stella & dotNot having to report to work last week allowed me to make a coffee date with my sister-in-law Jaime to check out and style some new Stella & Dot looks.  I liked those plans very much.

We treated ourselves to a Coffee Emporium dessert latte, parked at a cute table out back, and pulled out all the goods.  And oh were they good.  The colors, the lengths, the options, I could literally see every single piece being paired with every single thing in my closet.

stella & dot stella & dotThe first one I had to try on was the Makena pendant.  What I liked about this necklace is that it didn’t feel like the typical Stella & Dot necklace, which to me is usually a colorful statement piece that stands out on its own.  This one is edgier, bolder, and something that I think would look stunning with a simple tee like this.

stella & dotThe second must try on was the Norah pendant with the Somervell.  With the chambray button down, I liked wearing both a little closer to the collar, but they would also look great worn at the longest extension with a fitted crewneck shirt or sweater.

stella & dotJaime said that she gets tons of compliments every time she wears the Elodie necklace and I am not surprised.  This mix stone piece is the perfect little pop that touches on all the right colors and will compliment anything you have on.

stella & dotstella & dotNow this one I love.  The Sardinia pendant is actually a twofer: can be worn as I have it, or remove the bottom pendant for a more versatile layering piece.  Heck yes.

stella & dotOh and this bag, this bag, this bag.  The Geranium Perforated double clutch is just the perfect little number.  Bright color and graphic texture make for a must-have summer accessory.

stella & dotAnd finally some attention can be paid to the layered bracelets that I’ve had on the whole time.  The trademark Renegade cluster with the timeless Christina link plus my absolute favorite Amelie sparkle is just the arm party that I like.

Now if you are loving these styles, it is easy and fun to get them for FREE!  Typically hostesses earn over $250 in free products, plus shop at half price, just by having a few friends stop by for boutique-style shopping over a glass of wine or cup of coffee!  If this sounds like a good deal to you (which it totally is!) contact Jaime at  jgdillman@yahoo.com for more details!

And Jaime has been kind enough to giveaway the Amelie sparkle bracelet in peach to one lucky reader!  For a chance to win, simply comment on this post as to why you love this absolutely lovable bracelet.  And for another chance, share the image on Instagram and tag @outandoutfit with the hashtag #stellameplease.  A winner will be announced next Tuesday!

images by Jaime Holocher (Stella & Dot Stylist extraordinaire!)

Wednesday

9

April 2014

out at yard house

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Last week during spring break a number of ladies that I work with got together for dinner and drinks.  We’ve made plans like this before during the summer and since it was such a blast, we knew we needed to do it again.  We met at Yard House for dinner, which I think is the best big bar/restaurant down at the Banks.  Now, it is one of those massive restaurants, with a menu the size of the Vogue September issue, and even though I am one to preach about having many options, too many overwhelms me.  So here I can really only speak to the first page of the menu, but I will say that it is enough.  The appetizers and small plates there are plenty and delicious.

At this restaurant, I am one of those that orders the same thing every time.  Truffle fries and ahi poke bowl.  Truffle fries are, well, truffle fries, so they are awesome.  The ahi poke bowl is raw marinated tuna, with avocado, radish, carrots, macadamia nuts, and wontons.  This is a favorite of both Kenny and I and something I definitely recommend.  It might seem odd to go the Asian route while drinking a yard of tangerine beer, but trust me, it’s great because it is on the lighter side so you are not left completely stuffed.

This is definitely the place to go if heading down to the Banks with a large group.  Great view, great atmosphere, great (and tons) of drinking and eating options.

yard houseSpecial shout out to Ashley Boerio who always organizes this for us!

 

Tuesday

8

April 2014

a saks short story

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DVF shortsI have a rule: either legs or arms, never both.  It is either pants with tanks or shorts with sleeved tops.  I love to show a little skin but I like when the focus can be on just one asset or the other.  So when I spotted these printed Diane von Furstenberg shorts, I made no exception.  I looked for another print to pair with and a cardigan to balance out the look for me.  Add a crossbody bag and this is exactly something I’d do to feel layered and secure.

DVF shorts DVF shorts Rebecca Minkoff crossbodyAnd this crossbody bag.  Could there be anything cuter and more on trend than these mixed neon prints?  Rebecca Minkoff is an absolute favorite of mine and this number is just begging to come to mama.

In fact, here is my excitement when I turned the corner and saw it:

finding Rebecca MinkoffDiane von Furstenberg shorts | Joie tank (in a stripe) | Theory sweater (similar) | Joie wedges | Rebecca Minkoff bag (as a tote)

images by Jenn Mercer

Monday

7

April 2014

out at taste of belgium

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DSCF2731Sometimes I feel like I’m Benjamin Button, growing backwards.  In college, I never cared about sleep and would bounce up, bright and early, embrace the day with a song.  Now?  I am a teenager who prefers to sleep until high noon, a whiner who begs not to be bothered while in the glorious throws of slumber.  But this affects my other favorite past time, which is waking up early and going out for breakfast.  My life is so hard sometimes.

But this past weekend I was well rested after spring break, knew I wanted to have myself a nice little Sunday, so Kenny and I finally got it in us to hit up Taste of Belgium.  We’ve wanted to go forever but the wait is always so dang long and we don’t commit to waiting it out because we are normally too hangry.  But this past weekend we got smart.  We picked up coffees on the way down, put our name in, and decided to take the one plus hour wait time to grab our weekly groceries at Findley Market.  We really can have it all.

Findley MarketSo first up was a beautiful little swing through Findley for our weekly needs.  Do you spy with your little eye Ken surveying the zucchinis?

Taste of Belgium After a good hour of taking care of our recipes for the week, we went back to Taste of Belgium just in time to be seated.  We sprung for mimosas because YOLO.

Taste of BelgiumAfter a few sips I scanned over the menu but didn’t commit anything to memory.  I knew I needed the waffle n’chicken.  I’d heard of its wonders and was not disappointed.  Fried chicken, with hot sauce, with syrup, with a waffle!?  I mean come on.  And I have to say that the best part about it is that no flavor trumps another.   I myself was skeptical of the hot sauce part because my spice level preference is always at like two max, but this didn’t offend me at all.   And I don’t know if the hot sauce is part of the frying process, or if it is just added at the end, but what I can say is that it was absolutely stellar.  It was super dreamy and extremely yummy and surprisingly didn’t leave me stuffed to the brim.

Taste of BelgiumWhile the real star was clearly the chicken and waffles, we also ordered a side of fries (obviously).  The star of that dish though was the sauce they were dipped in.  Not exactly sure what was going on there but it was something creamy,  I’m sure mayo-based, and I was down for it.  So good, a little spicy as well, but very very tasty.

I now totally get why people wait nearly two hours to eat.  Absolutely worth it.  Every second.