Local Cincinnati Favorites

Last night my best friend Lindsay and I went to one of our favorite local OTR restaurants Zula. If you live in Cincinnati, OH and you have never been you need to try it ASAP! We love their tuna crudo and flatbreads, but everything on their menu is great for sharing! This is our go-to for girls wine nights or a perfect date night spot.

Outfit details:

I wore these amazing white linen wide leg pants I found at one of my favorite local boutiques also in OTR: The Most Beautiful Thing in the World is or TMBTITWI. They are located on 12th street and have a ton of diverse and unique high fashion pieces and accessories. I wondered into the storefront after brunch this past Sunday and got these pants on supersale for just $50! I am wearing an XS and recommend sizing down. I also got a few other pieces I cant wait to show you!

My top is the Colby sweater vest from Free People and I love it! I am wearing a size small and it fits loosely. If your in between sizes, I would recommend sizing down. When the white color re-stocks I definitely want to purchase it (of course, my fav)!

My tiny black gem Necklace is from Mimi & Lu online. I also have it in light pink. It goes with almost anything- I love it so much!

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World Elephant Day

Happy World Elephant Day! If you know me then you know one thing I love just as much as fashion are animals. In February 2020, Logan and I had the opportunity to play with, feed, and bathe rescued elephants in Koh Samui, Thailand!

We chose Elephant Jungle Sanctuary because is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism sanctuary for elephants. We learned about this company from my cousins Katie & Joe who booked this experience for their honeymoon a few months prior and LOVED it! Elephant Jungle Sanctuary has three locations in Koh Samui, Chang Mai, and Pattaya Phuket. With the money they raise for admissions they are able to provide food and care for these elephants who were once abused, mistreated or used for riding (which is extremely horrible for these creatures!). The cost for a half-day with the elephants was 1700 Bhat or ~$56 USD and the sanctuary workers came and picked you up at your hotel/Airbnb and dropped you off at the end.

Elephants eat a huge amount, needing to consume 330-660lbs of food each day just to survive! An elephantโ€™s diet typically consists of a variety of jungle plants, fruits, and vegetables. When we fed these beautiful creatures they were so gentle and appreciative. The elephants would grab the food from your hand with their trunk and bring the food to their mouth one by one, over and over again. I was SHOCKED with how many buckets of food they were able to consume in such a short period of time.

The reason elephants are one of my favorite animals is because they are self-aware and highly intelligent. They exhibit human-like behavior such as learning, mimicry, play, co-operation and the creation and use of tools. They also experience a broad array of emotions, such as grief, happiness, and compassion. It was beyond amazing to experience these qualities first-hand.

If you ever venture to Thailand I would totally recommend this experience. You could tell the elephants were well taken care of and that your money was going towards their large amounts of food required per day and their care. It was so obvious to us that the people who worked at the sanctuary were well educated on elephant care and that they had so much love for these creatures!

Outfit Details:

My white v neck shirt is the best T-shirt I have ever owned, hands down! I got it at Urban Outfitters and am wearing a size small. I love to lounge in this top or wear it with jeans. The material is amazing quality, but pretty see through so I always pair it with one of my Free People Bralettes.

My cozy grey sweat-shorts are from Aerie and are so cozy for lounging or sleeping! I linked a similar pair here.

My ribbed, black deep v swimsuit is also from Aerie a few years ago. I linked a similar from Abercrombie here.

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WeWoreWhat – White Linen Jumpsuit

I love this light-weight, white linen jumpsuit with gold detail from weworewhat! Its currently over 50% off at weworewhat and also on sale at Revolve! If you choose to purchase from weworewhat know that there are no returns for this item. I am wearing a size small and took the chance because their overalls fit me well!

My white converse with gold detail are from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and are still in stock! I am wearing a size 6, these run big so if you’re between sizes, I would size down. All of my Nordstrom sale items came in today (mostly jackets bc they are my absolute fav and I am always cold!!) and I’m so excited to share them all with you soon when the whether cools off a bit!

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Bus for Sale

I have been passing the abandoned bus for sale since I arrived in the Virgin Islands & something about it is just really cool to me. I had so much fun with this little mini shoot. Outfit details below:

Hat (ASOS): Love this light Blue Vinyl Bucket hat! I would style it with a swimsuit for a pool or beach day or just wondering around in this comfy outfit!

Chain (Aureum Collective): I told you…. I wear these chains with literally anything. You NEED one ASAP!

Top (Topshop via Nordstrom): This is the perfect summer crop! I may have to buy in the other available colors. I would style this top with overalls or high waisted jeans as well! I am wearing a Free people white bralette underneath. True to size, I am wearing a 4.

Shorts (Asos): Unfortunately these exact powder blue ASOS shorts are sold out. If they come back in stock, I would recommend sizing up because they run small in the waist ( I am wearing a 6). I linked a similar black pair from Zara. I love the high waist with the wider leg for a very flattering (and breezy) look. These shorts would also look really nice with the top linked above!

Shoes (Adidas) Shell Toes: I live in these shoes! Seriously, I pair them with almost every outfit! I have both the all white and black stripe pair. They are extremely comfortable and affordable. They sell these shoes almost everywhere, so you can always find a good deal. I spilled wing sauce on these guys once and decided to try washing them with my white laundry (I did not dry them) and they came out perfectly!

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Z’s 2020 Bathing Suit Bible

Let’s be honest finding the perfect fit with online shopping can be hard–especially online swimsuit shopping. In this post I will review some of the swimsuit brands I have purchased online this season: one-pieces, bikinis, underwire, triangle top, deep v, puff sleeve– you name it I’ve probably tried it! I will get into the details of sizing, price, quality, and of course return policy. Also, thank you to all of you who replied to my insta poll (follow me @speakofchic if you’re not already) with your favorite swimsuit brands. It helped me discover a few brands I had never even heard of and I love to hear where you guys shop as well! I will share those new brands with you as well as some suits & brands I am looking to buy in the future.

1. WeWoreWhat

I will start with WeWoreWhat’s swimsuits since I purchased 5 of these this season (1 is on backorder and I am SOOO excited to finally receive it when I arrive back in Cincy!)

WeWoreWhat, owned by Danielle Bernstein, carries swimsuits, coverups, denim, overalls, jumpsuits, and she is even releasing an athletic line this month (8.18.2020). You can find these suits on her shopwww site, Revolve, Intermix, Everything But Water, Blommies, and Saks.

I clearly would rate these swim suits very highly because I have purchased so many, but let me get into the details so you can find your perfect www suit…

Sizing: All 4 suits run true to size for me. I am wearing a size small in all suits pictured below (both tops and bottoms).

Quality: The fabric for all of the swimsuits pictured are the same (or pretty close) and is really great quality! As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, none of the tops have padding included or space for you to put your own removable pads, so if this is a deal breaker for you then you can skip to #2! At first, I was not sure if I would be okay with the lack of padding, but the fabric is pretty thick so I took the chance! I think it is also important for me to note that the Danielle one piece (cow print) is pretty high cut on the lower half both in the front and back for a cheekier look. I ended up liking this look and I think it is flattering because it makes your legs look longer.

Price: These suits come with a pretty hefty price tag with a suit costing around $200. One pieces are usually ~$195 and tops and bottoms are ~$90 EACH. Have no fear though…. I have tips for you so you do not have to pay full price (I only paid full price for one of my suits from WWW and it was my preorder of her bestselling brown cowhide bikini).

Okay, so how do you get these suits on sale? I found that Bloomingdales has really great sales especially for your first in-app purchase, I got 15% off my first order. If you haven’t shopped Revolve before, they also give you 10% off your first in-app order. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Shopweworewhat.com sale page. These suits are a range of % off full price –up to ~50%! When I purchased the top 3 suits below, I got ahold of her EXTRA20 promo code for her July flash sale. If you have your eye on one of these suits, I would watch her insta for future promo codes because I got a really great deal!

Sets sold separately: Yes. (I think this is very important to note because we are not all the same size on top and on bottom)!

Returns: Here’s where the major sale gets a little tricky, unfortunately if you shop WWW on sale some items say “final sale” so be careful. I had already tried one of her suits before, so I took the big risk with buying 3 more that were not returnable and I don’t regret it because I loved all 3!!

If you shop these suits at Revolve or Blommies, they have an AMAZING return policy. They both ship you a return label with every purchase to make your life easy. If you do make a return, they also email you updates to help you track your refund which is really helpful.

Bonus: I got the cow bandana to match my WWW swimsuit at Revolve. Head scarves in the sun are a game changer for scalp and ear sunburn-plus they are waterproof and don’t blow away like a sunhat!

Overall score: 9/10. I would give these swimsuits a perfect score if the price was consistently more affordable.

2. Abercrombie

This season, I also purchased 2 swimsuits from Abercrombie‘s swim line. A one piece and bikini both in the same powder blue color which I am loving right now!

Sizing: Both suits run true to size for me, and I am wearing a size small in both suits (top and bottom for bikini).

Quality: The quality of my Abercrombie suits surprised me upon arrival and were better than I expected! The fabric is very nice and thick- especially the ribbed fabric. The bikini top comes with removable pads that actually stay put in the washer! The high cut of the bikini bottoms was super flattering and is adjustable on your hips for your comfort and body type. The one piece had perfect coverage for me as it was not too low cut on the top and not too high cut on the lower half in the front or the back.

Price: The one piece was originally $60 and the Bikini was originally $40 for top and $40 for bottom(so $80 total). I got these suits at the beginning of the season (in April) for $44.00 for the one piece and $13.50 per top/ bottom. I LOVE a good sale!

Sets sold separately: Yes.

Returns: Abercrombie also has a great return policy. They send you a return label with every purchase to make for an easy return! They also provide email updates on return processing.

Overall score: 8/10.

3. Triangl

Triangl is an exclusively online swimsuit company started in Australia that mainly only sells swimwear. I ordered a swimsuit from this company ~6 years ago and really loved it until I wore it out. I just ordered my second Triangl suit this season and am in LOVE with my pink sparkly bikini!

Sizing: I am wearing true to size. Small bottoms (cheeky, because why not!?) and S+ top. My recommendation is that if you are between sizes, I would size up. Their site has a really helpful in-depth sizing guide along with a live chat to assist you if needed. They have a size (S, M, L, etc) and a + for girls who have a wider cup size and less underboob. I opted for this because I hate when an underwire digs into my side/ underarm. For reference, my bra size is a 34 C.

Quality: The suit I ordered is great quality! The sparkly material looks even better in person. There is no padding in the one I chose, but the fabric is thick enough that it doesn’t matter. My best friend found this suit in gold (#twinning) and I totally copied because we love to match. Hers pulled/pilled a bit from sitting on concrete, so beware of this!! My only negative review is that the sparkles can be a little itchy at times on the straps.

Price: This suit is $89 for both top and bottom. Out of the suits I’m writing about in this post, I would say Triangls are the best quality for price ratio (full price taken into account). FYI I’m no mathematician this is just my opinion. The only bad thing about Triangl is that shipping is $20 flat rate, no matter how many suits you order. This kind of hurts my soul. I would suggest maybe ordering with a friend and splitting the shipping cost. On the plus side– every swimsuit comes with a different matching bag to put it in. Mine was really cute so it may make up for the shipping price tag. Plus I needed a new travel cosmetic bag!

Sets sold separately: No, but you are allowed to choose a different size for top and bottom! You also have the option on some suits to choose more coverage bottoms or cheeky bottoms depending on what you prefer.

Returns: I did not have to deal with returns thankfully, but I read on trangl’s site they will not refund your $20 shipping fee and you are in charge of covering costs for shipping your returns. It may be better to post these puppies to Poshmark and pocket your matching bag!

Overall Score: 8/10 With a lower shipping fee and better return policy Triangl could be a 10!

4. Eberjey

I found this swimsuit brand via Revolve back in April. I was on a mission to find a cute white swimsuit for my bachelorette party and this was going to be the one (FU COVID19, but now I have another year to keep looking for an even better option).

Eberjey Bikini Top and Bottom From Revolve

Size: This suit is true to size. I am wearing a small in both top and bottom. If you’re thinking of this suit and are between sizes, I would consider sizing up.

Quality: I was really pleased with the quality of this swimsuit! I loved the subtle detail of the strips in the white fabric and the ruffles on the top paired with a very simple matching bottom. The top has removable pads and ties in the back so you can make it as tight or as loose as you want.

Price: The top of this suit was $108 and the bottoms were $88. Honestly, I think this is steep for what you get. I paid full price because as I mentioned it was for my bachelorette party and there weren’t many white suits at that time of year. Desperate times!!

Sets sold separately: Yes.

Return Policy: As I mentioned above, if you buy these suits from Revolve you will have an amazing return experience. This lead me to Eberjey’s site to inquire regarding their return policy… I found out that you have 14 days to return your suit for a full refund, but only for the price of the suit and tax, not shipping costs (unsure what those are, but hopefully less than $20 @Triangl!!).

Overall Score: 7/10. I would give this rating because of the price and because its just not a very exciting swimsuit to me. Would I buy this suit again? probably not…

5. SHEIN

I purchased multiple suits from SHEIN in March and even before that. Since then; however, my opinion has changed about this company (due to offensive merch) and I will not be supporting them in the future. You may make your own decision about this, but I will post some of the suits that worked out well for me without the links and mention the bad ones to help you have the best possible shopping experience if you so choose!

Size: When I shopped at SHEIN I ALWAYS sized up to a medium because things tend to run really small.

Quality: These suits are not known for their quality, but occasionally you get a couple that surprise you in a good way! I have probably ordered 20 suits from SHEIN and I love two (pictured), some are just okay and some I hated. The ones I loved were a white ruffle one piece and a white cinched bikini. The one piece has padding with a really low cut and the bikini does not have any padding. My advice is to really read the description and customer reviews to determine what exactly to expect because you really never know.

Price: These suits range from ~$7- $12 TOTAL for top and bottom or a one piece! The saying you get what you pay for is true for these swim suits…They are very inconsistent with quality.

Sets sold separately: No. You must order the same size top and bottom which may be a deal breaker for a lot of body types.

Return Policy: I honestly have never bothered to return anything from SHEIN because they are so cheap and come from China (I imagine you have to pay for return shipping, but I really don’t know). I usually donate these suits to Goodwill because if they don’t work out for me they may for someone else!

Overall Score: 4/10. My opinion on the company aside, shopping at SHEN is a gamble, but when you win its really great! In my opinion, you could spend more money and time trying to find a perfect suit from SHEIN when you could just go ahead a buy something a little more expensive that you have a better chance with.

Other Swimsuit Brands I Can’t Wait to Try!

  1. Devon Windsor: I loved the coverup (pictured and linked above) I ordered so much that I can’t wait to try one of her suits!
  2. Camila Coelho
  3. Monday Swimwear
  4. Same

Swimsuit Brands My Followers Are Shopping

  1. You Swim
  2. Asos
  3. Aerie
  4. Same
  5. For Love and Lemons
  6. Becca
  7. American Eagle
  8. Zaful
  9. Inamorata

I hope this is a helpful guide for your online swimsuit shopping! As always, if you have any questions or need help with shopping I am always available and consider myself a pro shopper! I will be sure to update this list for you as I try new suits. Thank you for reading!!

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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

It’s that time of year again! Time for one of the biggest and best shopping sales ever: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This sale is a little later than normal this year, but better late than never! If you are a Nordstrom credit card holder you may have early access (depending on your card holder level) from August 4th-18th, following that the sale opens up to everyone.

I look forward to shopping this sale every year and the items I find usually become some of my favorite pieces in my closet-the kind I didn’t even know I needed! After looking at the items included in the sale this year I became super excited for fall! Below are some items on my Nordstrom wish list:

Today’s Beach Outfit details:

Coverup (Devon Windsor): I found this coverup on my insta feed and was immediately obsessed. I am wearing a size small. After browsing the Devon Windsor swim line I saw a few suits I really liked. I can’t wait to try a swim suit as well!

Swim suit (WeWoreWhat): Wearing the white Cooper bow top (sold out in white-linked the seafoam green one) and Delilah Bottoms (Linked the white Bottoms) both in a size small. I really love these suits, but there is no padding if you prefer that.

Fedora (Lack of Color): This Spencer fedora is really great quality. I am wearing the size small (56cm). They ship from Australia so allow for a couple of weeks for ship time.

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Sunday Sunset Look

Below are my links + similars for my sandy Sunday sunset look!

Top (Topshop from Nordstrom) I love the details of the smock waist/ arm cuffs on this top paired with the puff sleeves for a perfect & flattering look! I would probably also style this top with overalls for a completely different style. I am wearing a size 4.

Jeans (Zara) I live in these high-waisted ripped mom jeans from Zara! I got them in store in Miami, FL in March so I am unable to find the exact pair for you, but I linked some similar Zara jeans! I have 2 pairs of these jeans in a size 4 and 6.

Belt (Free People) This cow belt is perfect with a ton of different outfits! The hair texture makes it look like a really nice belt for only $38. They have a ton of different prints to choose from, but I have really been feeling the cow print lately. Purchased a size S/M.

Purse (TJ Maxx) I don’t have a link to this cute little purse, but I was wondering where everyone was getting these bags until I went to my local TJ Maxx (looking for something else of course) and there were HUNDREDS for just $20.

Shoes (Steve Madden) The shoes I am holding in my pictures are the Steve Madden croc print nude leather sandals. I originally ordered these in black and nude from stevemadden.com, but I found a link to the black pair at Nordstrom. These shoes go with just about every outfit and are the perfect height for any occasion. They are also comfy enough to just walk around in. I loved them so much I had to get both colors! I went with a size 6.5 for these shoes because they run a bit narrow.

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My Top Beach Essentials

My pink sparkly swim swimsuit is from Triangl! I am wearing a S+ top and Small bottoms. I love their suits and their online size guide is really helpful in determining the perfect fit for you!

Here are some essential items (pictured above) I take to the beach with me:

Beach Bag (Anthropologie): I bought this bag in store at Anthro because the leather is SO soft! For this trip, I used it as my airplane carry-on and beach bag duo, Linked

Magnetic Sun Hat Clip (Lindsay Albanese Toptote): This leather magnetic hat clip is perfect for airport travel as well as keeping your hat clipped to your beach bag at the beach so it does not blow away! I recently got this clip and I love it! It matches my bag so well it looks like it came with it! Linked

Sun Hat (Roxy): Love this sunhat! Eat Cake Straw boater Hat, linked

Turkish Towel (Rhythm): These Turkish towels are easy to pack in a suitcase/ beach bag! Similar Rhythm Turkish towel linked

Supergoop Sunscreen (Amazon): This sunscreen is reef safe & goes on very lightly + works effectively, linked

Sunglasses (Rayban): The Erika, similar pair linked

Kindle: Currently reading The Couple Next Door

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Family Dinner Look

This look is from last night’s dinner with my family. I love this beachy, straw clutch I got at my favorite boutique down here on St. John, USVI called Lulee. I love visiting their shops located at Mongoose Junction and The Westin every time I come to visit this island! I usually ask Logan to leave room in his suitcase for me on the flight down because I know I will always find something I love ๐Ÿ™‚ This clutch is the perfect accessory to make any outfit perfect for a beach vibe. It also fits so much… I have my mask, keys, cash, Advil, lip gloss and still have so much room to squeeze anything else I may need! I actually had my eye on this clutch before my arrival thanks to Lulee’s insta post. You can shop their boutique online and they will even ship products anywhere in the states. Definitely worth following their shop on insta: @luleestj.

Next, I want to spotlight my shoes from Alohas. These shoes are amazing! The leather is top quality and the thick straps make for the comfiest heel I have ever tried on & I love the unique look of the square toe. I’d say these shoes run true-to-size (I am wearing a 38 and I normally wear a US 6 or sometimes 6.5). Alohas are known for their sustainable shopping experience because their shoes are made “on demand”. This means your shoes may not be made until you order them to allow for less product waste and environmental impact caused by overproduction. They ship to you from Spain so allow for a month or two for your new favorite heels to arrive at your doorstep. These shoes are without a doubt worth the wait, and I am already eyeing my next pair!

My satin midi dress is from Zara. I got this in Miami, FL last month on my Florida road trip with Logan (I will write a whole post about this adventure and traveling with a dog). If you can’t tell, shopping when I travel is one of my favorite things to do because I am able to find unique clothing pieces that no one else has in Cincinnati (@Zara pls give us a Cincy shop!!). I sized down and am wearing an XS. I love how chic a slip midi can look and how it can be styled with heels, platforms or sneakers depending on the vibe you’re going for. This dress is definitely not the only slip midi that is a staple in my closet! I could not find the Zara link for this exact dress, so I linked a similar from Zara and another one of my faves from Danielle Bernstein’s Macy’s collection as well!

My chain necklace is from Aureum Collective – as I mentioned in my last post I wear these chains with just about everything! Last night I chose to layer my chain with a very special coin necklace I received from Logan. For my last birthday he ordered me a limited edition food coin from the French mint, and had it made into a custom necklace. It has so much meaning and is one of a kind which I am obsessed with!

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