Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Flamingo Tee

It's been raining pretty consistently in Minneapolis, so when I woke to sun on Monday morning, I was all about a fun, summery graphic (cue the tropical cocktail emoji). I picked up this watercolor flamingo tee over the weekend that I wasn't sure was really "me," but today proved its place in my wardrobe. A tailored jacket (love this one's fringe and shrunken fit!) and heels totally dress it up for my casual office—and wearing something fun and colorful to work makes every urgent email and off-topic meeting feel a little less stressful. I can't wait to wear it with this colorblock sweater skirt or this floral pencil skirt next time! Because I can also toss it over my swimsuit for lunch at the lake when I'm not doing the 9-5, it's a no-brainer.

P.S. I started a new job (again!) two months ago, and big life changes always have a way of putting my blog on the back burner. But I can't stay away forever—looking forward to posting a bit more regularly now that I've found my footing in my new role and it's warm and green again in Minneapolis! Thanks for following along!

Sunglasses: Kate Spade (old) | Jacket: Ann Taylor (on sale!)
Tee: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: Madewell
Heels: J.Crew | Jewelry: Anthropologie

Friday, February 10, 2017

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket

What are your thoughts on leather jackets? They're generally regarded as a staple in any stylish woman's closet and I think they look great on most people. Finding one has been on my fashion to-do list for years. I finally ordered one from Nordstrom on sale a few weeks ago, but when I slipped it on, I felt super cheesy and slightly masculine—like I was headed out to meet my cronies and beat someone up on a street corner. Not the plan. 

Still, my faithful black J.Crew Jackie cardigan (now 30% off!) was wearing a hole in the elbow and after close to ten good years, I needed a replacement—a classic and versatile layer I could wear through all seasons, but something a little less sweet 'n preppy than the Jackie.

This Faux Leather Jacket from BLANKNYC is a blend of both things I wanted—it combines the structure and cool of a traditional leather jacket with the softness and ease of a cardigan—edgy and feminine, in one pretty package. I love that I can wear it all day, as part of an outfit, and cruise right onto a cocktail patio in cooler weather without changing. A regular long-sleeve tee comfortably fits underneath and I'm obsessed with the effortless drape. So happy I found something with a little personality (but still so practical) to boost my boring winter wardrobe—it needed it! 

Hope you have a fun weekend planned! We're going ice fishing on Mille Lacs (I caught a couple crappies my first time out and now I think I'm a stud or something...!), and I'm excited for a long-overdue mani/pedi. Maybe I'll even whip up some pink and red Valentine's Day cookies. Catch you next week! x

Anthropologie tee (ahh! so many cute & elevated basics on the site right now!)
Madewell jeans (my fave for denim)
Kate Spade backpack (similar here and here)
Sam Edelman pumps (on sale for $77. also want these and these for spring!) 

SHOT NOTE: These pics are a little grainy, but we're a work in progress! 
(Chris is a trooper for letting me drag him into this.) 
Thanks for hanging in there while we get into our photo shoot groove. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day Wish List

What are your Valentine's Day plans? Chris and I want to keep it low-key this year and we jump at any excuse to eat pizza, so I'm thinking takeout from Station (love the Midwesterner!) and a few indulgent hours of The People v. O.J. We agreed not to exchange gifts—still recovering from Christmas!—and wearing red isn't really my thing, unless it's a go-all-out special-occasion lace dress. But I still enjoy the hearts-and-roses holiday and will put in a little extra effort just for fun with an oxblood manicure, fiery lipstick, floral perfume and over abundance of fancy Champagne-scented candles. Here are a few more pretty little pick-me-ups to enjoy yourself or postmark to girlfriends next week. Sending love! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Embroidered Denim

Over the weekend, Chris and I toured Paisley Park, the 65,000-square foot compound in the western Minneapolis suburbs Prince called home. It was pretty unreal to walk the same hallways the mysterious, mythical legend walked just a year ago. I never saw him in real life, and so wish I could've. Not many celebs stick around Minnesota and it's crazy to think about Prince chilling just a few miles down the road from my uptown apartment. 

The tour lasted about an hour. The baby blue Bentley, club, countless guitars, Grammys, studios and sound stage were cool—and you could even sample the pancakes Prince famously served at parties—but his costumes were my favorite part. Something about seeing the actual garments he wore was really magical, and about as close to the icon as I'll ever be. Custom fit for someone half my size (seriously—these clothes were TINY!), the intricately patterned, embroidered and bedazzled blouses, suits and heeled boots seemed to vibrate with talent, stories and secrets. 

Wandering through the wardrobe displays, I was reminded of this Vogue story on fall's embroidery trend and the growing desire for clothing with an artisanal, hand-made feel. "Most people don't regularly get to wear embroidered Valentino gowns or Gucci blazers, so a little embroidery on a pair of cutoffs or a t-shirt is a playful nod to couture," says Tessa Perlow. "It just makes a piece feel personal and extra-special." 

Prince's fashions might have been a little out there, but they were undeniably him. Undeniably special. Embroidered denim gives you a taste of that custom, one-of-a kind look—so much cooler than unadorned blue jeans pulled off the rack at any anonymous department store, and still so wearable. It's refreshing to look a little different than everyone else, isn't it?—something Prince probably would've appreciated. Style yours with a simple bodysuit and sleek mules to balance the look.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

My Nightstand: Gel Moisturizer

FRIYAY! This week was sneakily busy, and I haven't been getting much sleep. I was randomly awake until 3AM on Monday and had to force myself to finally close my eyes at midnight Tuesday and Wednesday. Some days there doesn't seem to be enough time to do everything and fully unwind before getting up and starting all over again. 

 Hopefully this sleep schedule doesn't continue, but in the meantime, I'm counting on my skincare regimen to save me from looking like a total zombie. A few weeks ago, I got a makeover at Sephora (here's the recap if you missed it!). I told the consultant that my cheeks get really dry and flaky in the winter and she prescribed Algenist SPLASH Replenishing Gel Moisturizer—a beautiful, silky blue gel. Cooling and soothing, it just sunk into my skin. I wanted to buy it that day, but held off because of the $58 price tag. I'm glad I did—I since read an article (I think on Byrdie, but I can't find it now!) about how you should stop overpaying for moisturizers, cleansers and SPF because the drugstore versions typically do the trick. 

So, I swung through Target and excitedly picked up Neutrogena's new Hydro Boost Water Gel. It's packed with hyaluronic acid to moisturize from the inside out, delivering that plump, dewy skin we all want. The same sky-blue as the Algenist formula (and in a pretty, luxe pot!), it's lightweight and so refreshing—and my skin feels hydrated all day. Thirst: quenched! I've even seen some sites recommend lightly sweeping it over your makeup for a glowy finish. Love a multipurpose product! And at only $17.99, I feel good about committing to it. I'm also super excited to use this once summer rolls around, when my combination skin gets oily in the T-zone. More absorbent than heavier cremes, it'll keep me from looking too shiny throughout the day—the worst. 

I'm a total gel moisturizer convert—and feel pretty savvy for finding this drugstore deal. If you're interested in test-driving one or two yourself, click through my picks at a range of price points right here.

P.S. I'm also using the Hydro Boost Cleanser!—very purifying without drying out my complexion. 
And—if you are super dry this time of year, I suggest trying the Hydro Boost Gel-Cream instead of the Water Gel. 

shop all Neutrogena Hydro Boost | shop all gel moisturizers at Sephora