If you know me well, you know that I am, and always have been in awe of the Asian culture. So, when gifted this vintage, Japanese robe for Christmas, I was freaking ecstatic and completely honored to have something so beautiful and authentic to call my very own.
I'm not sure finding such a thing would have been so easily feasible if it weren't for Swoon. Swoon is the neighborhood's latest lingerie boutique of Over-the-Rhine. It's the sexiest, coziest, little shop you ever did see. Swoon is a shop that you didn't realize you needed in your life until it was created. In my opinion, there's no store that compares to Swoon and all that it offers, in Cincinnati. And once you step foot in it, I promise you'll be hooked.
I'll always appreciate a thoughtful boutique over any store in the mall. You get real interactions and given the freedom of creativity, the space always feels more intimate and inspiring. And it's where you'll find me sitting! What better way to demonstrate my lounge-y outfit than in the store that inspired it?
Melissa, the store owner, also has a love for the art of Asian dressing. She takes time to hunt out each of these vintage items herself, so we can sit back and bask in all of their glory. Thank heavens. Each kimono and robe at Swoon is unique to itself. You won't find two of the same, which makes it feel all the more special when you purchase (or are gifted) one.
I love my robe far too much to restrict it to indoor-use only; something so pretty should be seen! To take it to the streets, I kept it luxe but simple. I paired my robe with my mother's vintage Bebe trousers, black heels, a bralette, and a wispy ponytail. The modesty of the high-waisted pant helps keep the top from being too sexy.
My best friend/teammate Megan and I headed towards the front of the store for some natural light where we discovered this adorable, wired design tucked in the hanging plants. To our dismay, it's an earring! And even better, it was made by the store owner. In fact, every piece of jewelry sold at Swoon is handmade by Melissa. You'll find her behind the counter, creating new pieces all the time.
Make a unique, feminine statement with this piece hanging on the left: The Sterling Tiny Dancer Earring(s).
One of the two luxurious racks where you can find one-of-a-kind, vintage kimonos and robes of all colors, shapes and fabrics. The hardest thing is how to choose...
Precious displays are all around you, here at Swoon. My favorite details: the sweet, custom neon, the picturesque couch, and dressing rooms with an Old Hollywood feel (and glow).
Besides the rack of kimonos I find myself running to each time I enter the store (there's new ones to be seen just about every week!), Swoon carries pieces for every mood, personality and body type.
Anyone and everyone can find something that suits them.
And what better timing to do so than with Valentine's Day approaching? Make it a point to visit the shop and indulge yourself (and your lover) with something swoon-worthy. You won't regret it.