The Abercrombie Comeback

The new Abercrombie and Fitch is not the same brand you remember from high school.

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| blush satin bomber c/o Abercrombie | boyfriend jeans c/o Abercrombie | black tank c/o Abercrombie | Louboutin heels via Neiman Marcus | Givency sunglasses via Nordstrom |

The name Abercrombie still elicits visions of pastel polos with popped collars. I paired these with jean skirts and leather belts nearly as wide as the skirt was.  I loved that store.  I lived in the store for some time while I worked there after high school.

But at some point I fell out of love. For a number of reasons I suppose.  I’d pass by an AF store with its doors open and catch a whiff of that notoriously dreamy Abercrombie scent and smile, but I wouldn’t stop.  I’d felt it had grown to be so exclusive, that I no longer wanted to be included.

Fast forward a few years, and I started to see a rebranding.  A shift in focus.  A more inclusive focus. And a more inclusive price range. The boyfriend jeans pictured above are on sale for $39. And the jeans are still as good as I remember – few jean brands can make a butt look so good like AF can.

Seriously just go to their site and look. It’s not AF as you remember it.  You’ll still get a little of the old AF vibe – that laid back, eternal summer, lock-eyes-with-your-crush-across-the-room feeling. But it feels different now – fresh and new. And check out their Facebook site – you’ll see that their models have changed as well.

Abercrombie is headquartered here in Columbus, so we have been privy to the new haps with the store.  As the clothes have changed, the stores are changing as well. Today, Friday, February 17, the first of these re-designed stores will be unveiled to the public, but last night I was invited to get a sneak peek.

It’s dope. It’s different but still familiar. The layout makes sense – it isn’t overwhelming. The prices on their own will make you fall in love all over again. And the dressing rooms.  THE DRESSING ROOMS. Each room has a panel that lets you adjust the type of light, lets you adjust the music volume and lets you call an attendant so you don’t have to wander out, half-naked into the store to find someone. And they have phone chargers in there. Genius. My phone is on 20% at all times and I always forget to charge my backup charger. God forbid I try to use SnapChat and then it’s dead before I can center the flower crown.

If you’re in town, swing by the store this weekend. Here is the location. If you’re not in Cbus – take a stroll through their website, if for nothing else, just to see how it’s different. I also put together a couple of my favorite items from their site below:

 

 

XOXO – Em

 

 

A Valentine’s Day [Day] Date Outfit

The perfect Valentine’s Day day date outfit with the pink satin bomber of my dreams and the matte lipgloss I’ve been searching for for ages.

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Now that we have Cora, Nick and I are those boring parents that I always said I wouldn’t be. My idea of a fun evening is homemade pasta, a bottle of wine and getting to bed no later than 10. For Valentine’s Day this year we thought it would be nice to do a day date rather than our typical dinner out – plus it’s a lot easier to get a sitter during the day than the evening (thank you Grandma and Grandpa!!)

Mama got to do a little shopping first to pick out an outfit for our day date, and while I was there I had time to think of some ideas of what we could do on our date. I stopped at Polaris Fashion Place to get an outfit and to hunt for a matte lipgloss. (and I found the gloss of my dreams – and no it’s not Kylie’s).

I put together this outfit for our date of chips and guac and magharita’s from Cantina Laredo, a little shopping, an afternoon movie and then dinner at Benihana because their sushi is the bomb.

If you’re able to head to Polaris this month, check out the Love Ties art installation – it benefits The Salvation Army and you can even enter to win gift cards to the mall – check here for more details.

There’s also a ton of awesome events for couples and families that are listed on their website.

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| pink bomber from Abercrombie | jean skirt from Madewell |

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Happy Valentine’s!!! XOXO – Em

 

Holiday Cocktail Recipe + Bar Cart Decor

Rosemary is one of my favorite aromatics – especially during the winter. The smell is comforting and piney, and always reminds me of my parents’ house during the holidays. This recipe for The Rosemerry Fizz (rosemerry…get it), combines pine and citrus; two seasonal flavor staples. Elderflower liqueur rounds out the profile with a warm, but very subtle, floral flavor.

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When we have friends or family over for the holidays, I like to offer them something other than the traditional gin and tonic or vodka soda while we catch up. (Nothing wrong with either of those – gin and tonics will always be my go-to).

A bar cart is an easy way for people to help themselves to cocktails and snacks without feeling overwhelmed by options. There is just enough room to offer a few options.

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[plaid napkins and a reindeer cookie jar filled with peppermint oreos add a festive touch]

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I made this recipe using gin (Henderick’s), but you could easily use vodka and it would taste great!

THE ROSEMARY FIZZ

Ingredients:

2 shots of gin (or vodka)

2 – 3 shots of tonic (we use Fever Tree because it’s the jam)

2 Tablespoons St. Germain liqueur.  (Glorious elderflower liqueur)

1 Tablespoon rosemary syrup (recipe below) – two sprigs of rosemary, one cup of granulated sugar and one cup of water

The juice of half a pink grapefruit and 1/4 lemon (squeeze over a strainer to remove pulp and seeds).

small sprig of rosemary and a pink grapefruit wedge for garnish

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Directions:

For the rosemary syrup, add sugar and water to a saucepan over medium high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Add rosemary sprigs and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. Pour over a strainer into a small container.

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Fill a high ball glass with ice. Pour gin, tonic, grapefruit and lemon juice and syrup over the ice. Stir quickly for 20 seconds or so. OR add ice to a shaker, add the ingredients and shake.  Either way.  Either way’s fine. (I love Jonah Hill in Superbad).

Fill cocktail glasses with new ice cubes and pour the stirred or shaken liquid over the ice. Add the rosemary and the grapefruit wedge and VOILÀ!

Yield: 2 cocktails.  In the glasses that I used, this recipe was enough for two. But it will depend on how strong you like your cocktails.

  • You could definitely sub vodka for gin, or sub cava or prosecco for the gin and the tonic. Offering guests the options would be a nice idea as well.

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A big thanks to Mark & Graham for partnering with me on this post! Check out their site for tons of host and hostess gift ideas.

XOXO – Em