Where in the World Have The Babes Been?? Part 2

The past few months have been incredibly busy for The Babes! Read on to see what they’ve been up to!

Sarah Ribble

Sarah at her first interview in NYC!

Sarah: Life has been crazy since graduation in May! I began working as a wedding consultant at David’s Bridal right after school was over. That was a fun and interesting job! Plus, I got to try on lots of pretty dresses. 🙂 The whole time I was working there though, I was constantly applying for fashion design jobs in New York. I had decided towards the end of the school year that I wanted to move to New York City with a couple of my best friends from school! Finally, in June I got an interview for an assistant designer position at a swimwear company in New York! The following week I came to the city to interview for the position and less than a week after that I had accepted it! I had very little time to get myself to NYC more permanently so I ended up staying with a family friend in New Jersey for several weeks. In July my two roommates, Shannon & Derek, and I moved into our new apartment in the Bronx! It’s huge and beautiful and I can’t wait to share it with you! Now, I’m finally getting settled into my new life in NYC and I couldn’t be happier! 🙂

Emily at the X-Ambassadors Concert!

Emily: My summer has turned out completely different then I thought it would but it’s been amazing! I started shooting for the Suicide Girls which is basically my dream job, and I’ve met some amazing people through it so far! I also recently started working as a jewelry apprentice at a major jewelry store’s repair shop. Throughout school I focused on trying to get a full time job working as an entry level fashion photographer or assistant in a larger studio but I decided to take this amazing job that gives me time and money to focus on my personal photography business on the side, while still doing something I love. I feel so welcomed by everyone I work with and I’m happy to be a part of such a fantastic team. I’ve been busy with a lot of other fun things this summer! I’ve been to a few concerts and have seen some of my favorite bands: X-Ambassadors, Matt & Kim, Glass Animals, and Bear Hands were all so amazing to see live! The next year is going to be insane with my goal of moving to the pacific northwest by next fall! Right now I’m embracing change and I’m so excited for whats to come!

Where in the World have The Babes Been?

The babes at graduation!

Sarah & Emily at graduation

The Babes have been super busy with graduation and other exciting things! They’re back to their regular posting schedule now, but you can read about what they’ve been up to below!

Emily with one of her prints hanging up in the Canzani Gallery for SHOW: The 13w6th Annual Student Exhibition

Emily with one of her prints hanging up in the Canzani Gallery for SHOW: The 136th Annual Student Exhibition

Emily: The past few weeks have been insane. The last week of school I was very busy getting all of my projects done. I had my final class with a few of my friends and we all enjoyed the beautiful weather outside on campus. We all hung out for the rest of the evening, it was the perfect end to school. The weekend after I helped out backstage with all my best friends at the CCAD Fashion Show. I felt like a parent getting all emotional from seeing how much my friends have grown. I found out that night that one of my photographs was chosen to be printed and framed and hung up in the Photo Department hallway for the next year. They choose 3 student photos every year! I also found out that was one my prints (shown above) was hung up really big in the student exhibition. I took my parents to see if after graduation and I was surprised to find out that I actually have 3 different large prints throughout the gallery! Graduation was beautiful and emotional and it happened so fast, I definitely didn’t cry as much as I thought I would. Since graduation I have tried to get into a healthy morning routine by getting up early every morning to workout. i’ve been applying to a ton of jobs including product photographers, jewelry apprenticeships, retouching, and assisting. I’m going to be staying in Columbus for a while unless I get offered something else. I’m hopefully going to be visiting a few places this summer that I’m thinking about moving to eventually and I have some super exciting photoshoots happening soon! Stay tuned!

Sarah after receiving the Outstanding Senior Award

Sarah after receiving the Outstanding Senior Award

Sarah: The past couple of weeks have been a crazy blur! As a fashion major I spent the last 4 years prepping for the senior fashion show so it’s hard to believe that it’s over already. The show was incredibly fun! I couldn’t think of a better way to end my college career than displaying my work in that way and being able to celebrate all of our accomplishments with my peers. I think the highlight of my time at CCAD was when I was chosen as the Easton Town Center Fashion Award recipient! I was able to rein in the tears during the fashion show, but I expected to cry throughout the entire graduation ceremony the next day. However, when I arrived at commencement on Saturday I was much more joyful than sad. Yes, I am incredibly sad to be leaving CCAD, which has been my home for the past four years, but I know that it isn’t really goodbye. The people of CCAD are what make it so special and the bonds that I’ve forged there will last forever. I’m planning to stay in Columbus until July when I will be moving to New York to pursue my dream of becoming a lingerie or textile designer. Wish me luck!

Boardwalk Babes

Hello! It’s Emily! Last weekend I took a trip with my family to Delaware for my Mimi’s 90th birthday party! Almost my entire family was present, there was about 45 of us I think! While we were there, we had to visit Ocean City, Maryland. I used to spend a lot of time there growing up since a lot of my family used to live in the area. We visited every summer and I hadn’t been back since I was 15!

So, we stopped there on our way to Delaware and went to an amazing restaurant on the water called Fager’s Island. I had a delicious burger and hard cider.

the entrance to Fager's Island

the entrance to Fager’s Island

It was the first time I had ever been to Ocean City in the winter so it was really weird seeing snow on the half-closed board walk. On Saturday my cousins and I, along with my dad and uncle, went down again and went to Dumser’s for lunch and then went to the Boardwalk! We spent some time getting taffy and playing in the arcade because we didn’t want to spend a lot of time walking around. It was sunny and the water was beautiful but the scenery didn’t cover the fact that it was still in the 30’s outside.

I was so full from lunch that I wasn’t able to get amazing Thrasher’s french fries drenched in vinegar. 

It was so lovely being able to spend time with all my family again. There are so many of us so it isn’t often that we all get to be together. I also was able to hang out with my sister, Mary who’s 4 years older than me and lives in Texas so I don’t get to see her often.

Emily and her sister, Mary

She helped me take some photos of our outfits to share here!

Emily’s outfit at the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD

Emily’s wearing: Sunglasses (Forever 21,) Light blue oversized button up (Forever 21,) Jeans (American Eagle,) Boots (Vince Camuto,) Fringe bag (The Limited.)

Emily’s sister, Mary’s outfit on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.

Mary’s a store manager at Altar’d State so most of her outfit is from there! But her bag is Marc Jacobs and her boots are Steve Madden.

I missed my family and Ocean City so much. It will probably be a very long time before I go back to the city but I can’t wait till the next time my whole family is in a room together again. I’ll be posting photos of my trip on our instagram for the next week! Follow us @badbeautybabes

Restaurant Review – Bar 145

Today Sarah is Reviewing Bar 145, a local Columbus Restaurant!

Bar 145. Burgers, Bands, & Bourbon.

Bar 145. Burgers, Bands, & Bourbon.

Dining out in downtown Columbus is something that my friends and I make a point of doing at least once a week; sometimes as often as two or three times a week! The restaurant scene in Columbus is just too great to miss out on! This year Restaurant Week coincided with our first week back to school so we made a point of kicking off our last semester in style!

Columbus Restaurant Week is an annual event that features over 70 local restaurants. This year the event lasted from January 12 -17 with each restaurant offering a 3-course dinner for $15 – $30 per meal depending on the location. Some of my favorite restaurants such as La Fogata Grill, Aab India, and Columbus Brewing Co. were participating this year, but my friends and I decided to try something new in honor of the event.

After much debate (there were too many excellent restaurants to choose from!) we decided to check out Bar 145, a gastro pub located just outside of downtown Columbus. In case you don’t know what a gastro pub is (I sure didn’t), Bar 145 defines it as having, “an atmosphere that is relaxed and focused on offering a particular cuisine prepared as well as the best restaurants.” In short, the food is beautifully prepared and delicious, but the atmosphere is super chill. Bar 145 specializes in, “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon,” and I experienced all three of those things during my visit.

I chose to order the 3-course Restaurant Week menu ($20) and featured Restaurant Week drink the Bourbon Sidecar. The first course was a choice between soup and salad. I chose the Tomato Red Pepper Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons. The red pepper added a new kick to this classic and the tiny grilled cheese sandwiches were adorable.

Course number two was a choice between Bar 145 Meatloaf, The Simpleton Burger, and Chicken and Waffles. I decided to go with the burger because that’s what Bar 145 is famous for. It did not disappoint! The Simpleton Burger features: an all-natural beef burger, cream cheese, house-cured bacon, roasted mushrooms, and sweet onions. I was a bit skeptical about putting cream cheese on a burger, but it was a winning combo. This was one of the most unique and flavorful burgers I’ve ever had.

The Simpleton Burger

The Simpleton Burger

The third course, dessert, was a bourbon bread pudding. I don’t typically like bread pudding, but I gobbled this one up.

Bar 145 provided a fun atmosphere, served amazing food and drinks, and had a friendly staff. My friends and I can’t wait to go back! You can check out their full menu and learn more about the restaurant here: http://www.bar145columbus.com/home.Bar 145 provided a fun atmosphere, served amazing food and drinks, and had a friendly staff. My friends and I can’t wait to go back! You can check out their full

Restaurant Week will be back early next year, but be sure to take advantage of everything the Columbus restaurant scene has to offer in the mean time!

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read at least one book per month in 2015. In order to help myself stick to that resolution I’ve decided to review the books I read and share my thoughts with you!

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent

I received Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent as a Christmas gift and thought it would be the perfect book to start my resolution with. Mandy Aftel is an artisan perfumer who hand-blends and bottles all of her creations. She works with only the finest natural ingredients and crafts perfume with essences much like an artist creates a masterpiece with a brush. It is apparent in this book that Aftel is extremely passionate about her work. You can view and purchase her products here!

In Fragrant, Aftel details the history of scent by discussing five of its pillars; cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine. Cinnamon speaks of the exotic. Mint reminds us of home. Frankincense elevates our senses. Ambergris is shrouded in mystery. Jasmine seduces us.

Each section of this book begins with a brief history of the scent in question and then digresses into a broader look at the history of scent itself. Each section ends with practical tips and instructions for creating your own perfumes, recipes for perfumes that feature each section’s specific scent, and even ways to incorporate each scent into your next meal.

I’ve always been fascinated by perfume and scent, so naturally, I loved this book! Aftel has a fun, passionate voice. It is clear in every sentence that she eats, sleeps, and breathes perfume (literally). Her book is full of fascinating tidbits. I found it especially interesting to learn about the mystery that shrouded some of these essences. Cinnamon, for example, was once believed to be harvested by giant mythical birds.

Fragrant is an incredibly interesting book and a fairly light read. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in fragrance or the history of scent. Whether you’re new to the subject (like myself) or a highly skilled perfumer, there’s something in this book for everyone!

Emily Goes to Wild Lights

Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo

Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo

My boyfriend and I have been talking about going to Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo since we started dating and unfortunately we never found the time to go last year. This week we finally went! I had only been once before, a few years ago, but I have been wanting to go back since! It was extremely cold, but with all the layers I wore, the hot chocolate, and staying cuddled together, we managed to fight through the cold. I definitely enjoyed it!

Wild Lights is an event the Columbus Zoo does every year during the winter/holiday months. They keep the zoo open after dark and deck all the trees and structures out with beautiful strings of lights and decorations. It is kind of strange to go to the zoo when the majority of the animals are hibernating, but with the wintery atmosphere it was great seeing reindeer, bears, and penguins, which were all very amusing. My zoo favorites are always the cats and the reptiles!

The lights were beautiful as I expected! We only caught a few glimpses of the main light show in the center of the zoo, but it was completely stunning. There was beautiful holiday music coming from all around, and an overwhelming spectacle of lights moving and reflecting in the water that synchronized with the music. It was quite a sight to see!


It almost felt like we were in space, with all these tiny glimmering stars all around us!

I tried to get some photos of the cozy outfit I wore to keep warm while walking around, but there were so many people everywhere that it was difficult to not be in the way of others. Ricky did manage to get a dimly lit one of me while we were leaving.

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I found this coat at a thrift store about a year ago for an amazing price and it has became my staple winter coat. It has huge batwing sleeves so it’s super easy to layer! I was wearing another faux fur coat underneath, and a comfy sweater underneath that, with a maroon scarf, and thick leggings.

I highly suggest checking out Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo or any similar event your local zoo may have! It was such a lovely date night! Who doesn’t love sipping hot chocolate and looking at pretty lights and cute animals with the one you love? Though, the first time I went with a few friends and that was just as lovely! If you’re planning on going when it’s really cold, I would say that you can never have too many layers! Also, don’t forget your gloves and earmuffs (my mistake!)

Detail of my vintage coat and Vince Camuto Boots (left.) Mossimo sweater, and the Limited necklace (right.)

Detail of my vintage coat and Vince Camuto Boots (left.) Mossimo sweater, and the Limited necklace (right.)

Happy New Year: Recap & Resolutions

Happy New Year! The Babes both had a very busy & exciting year in 2014 and they’re looking forward to what 2015 has to offer. Check out what they were up to the past year & what they’re resolving to do in the year to come!

Emily’s New Year’s Eve makeup look!

Emily: So much has happened in the past year that it’s hard to figure out where to start when describing it. I’ve been so busy that it is crazy to look back at all that’s happened. Here are all my favorite parts of 2014:

–  I took my fashion photography to a whole new level by focusing on my use of color. I also started shooting lingerie and boudoir. You can see both here!

– I lost 50lbs!

– I started photographing weddings and shot one at the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati.

– I started my final year of school. Ever.

– My cousin got married and I celebrated with my family in San Antonio, TX for a few days. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to.

– I turned 21! And spent many summer nights at great bars in downtown Columbus.

– I got my own adorable apartment.

– Zeus, my fluffy kitty, came into my life and hasn’t left my side since.

– My boyfriend, Ricky, and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary (we’re coming up on our 2nd now!)

– I became even closer to my best friend, Sarah, when we started this blog!

2014 was stressful, busy, wonderful, and crazy. It definitely had its ups and downs like every other year. I’m so excited for all the equally crazy things that will happen this year in 2015! In a little more than 4 months I’ll graduate from college and turn 22. I’ll hopefully find a job and possibly move somewhere. It’s hard not to stress about my future, but hopefully this time next year I’ll be even more happy with what I’ve acomplished! I typically don’t make New Year’s Resolutions because I try to live my life day-by-day, but there are a few goals I’m setting for myself:

– Commit to my work, this blog, my family, friends, and boyfriend everyday.

– Love myself and take care of myself everyday.

Sarah Ribble, NYE, New Year's

Sarah’s New Year’s Eve Outfit!

Sarah: 2014 was an amazing year! I had so many great experiences with even greater friends. It’s difficult to recap the entire year, but I’ve come up with a list of some of the big events that made 2014 so exciting. In the past year I:

– Had my last, first day of school. Ever.

– Became a student blogger. Read my posts here!

– Started developing my collection for the senior fashion show. View my progress here!

– Interned as a lingerie designer for La Senza.

– Developed & constructed a line of leather goods inspired by Columbus. View the line here!

– Finished my first quilt.

– Participated in Pelotonia and raised over $1,500 for cancer research.

– Celebrated my 22nd birthday!

– Started collecting tea cups. View them on my Instagram!

– Saw Bastille in concert.

– Started this blog, Bad Beauty Babes, with one of my best friends. 🙂

As great as 2014 was, I know that 2015 is going to be even better! In the coming year I will graduate from college, get my first job, and most likely move somewhere new. I can’t wait to see what else 2015 will bring! In 2015 I resolve to:

– Write daily in my journal.

– Commit to this blog.

– Read at least one book each month.