If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen!

by Lauren Setum

I wanted to share this kitchen, featured on the House Beautiful website, because it’s the second time it’s caught my eye. During the winter, you’ll regularly find my friend Val and me roasting marshmallows for s’mores over gas burners on the stove. I think I found the perfect solution to our makeshift method for making that dessert…

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Caroline Hayden’s White Christmas Dress

by Lauren Setum

I purchased the Caroline Hayden dress, pictured below, from a sample sale here in Minneapolis this past fall. There was only one available, and it fit me perfectly! I, of course, featured it in a New Outfit post immediately afterward. Since then, it’s been deemed the ‘White Christmas dress’; its color, full circle skirt and chic silhouette resembles the dress Judy wore during the fake engagement announcement in the movie White Christmas (no fake engagements for me though!)

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With six inches of fresh snow on the ground today, it seemed like the perfect day to wear my ‘White Christmas’ dress to work. So here I sit, writing a blog post about my Caroline Hayden outfit and perusing her new spring designs. A lovely balance of classic white and pops of color, don’t you think?

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Love to Lounge!

by Lauren Setum

I’m gonna be honest, I bop around the Twin Cities in sweats quite often…especially on winter weekends. I’m sure there are a lot of fashion and design bloggers out there who wouldn’t be caught dead in lounge wear, but I’m not one of them. Sometimes you just can’t beat the relaxed feeling of lounge wear.

Last night, while watching Law & Order (my all time favorite!) and sipping wine (in lounge wear, of course), I decided I should share some of my favorite t-shirt finds with all of you. Also included…a little jacket trick that makes them casual Friday appropriate. Add a pair of jeans and heels, and ta-da! You are stylish.

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T-Shirt The Social Dept.  |  Jacket H&M

Where are you from again? Ooooooo, that’s right. Minesoooota.

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T-shirt The Social Dept.  |  Jacket H&M

It’s true. Seriously. Get cheese curds in Wisconsin. If they’re the good kind, they’ll squeak.

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T-Shirt Buy Me Brunch  |  Jacket H&M

A snuggly, jersey-like jacket to go with the snuggle monster!

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T-Shirt Jimmy Danko  |  Jacket H&M  |  Hand Bag Zara

This ensemble gets a blue bag because the blue color is so fabulous. Plus, every gorilla needs a bag. What? You didn’t know that? Anyhow, the Zara bag is on super-sale for $20…get it while it lasts!

Perfect Plaids

by Lauren Setum

Classic plaid. It won me over last night when I saw that J Crew was offering 40% off their sale prices. These shoes were calling my name, and I answered. They’re scheduled to be delivered in 3-6 business days!

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Etta Plaid Jeweled-Toe Pumps

Plaid really is a timeless pattern and a great addition to any wardrobe. Who doesn’t love a pop of pattern? I selected a few other plaid items to share with you today as well. Enjoy!

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Snow is on the ground now, but pretty soon April showers will bring May flowers. You’ll be more than ready with this umbrella from Madewell.

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J Crew’s Colorblock Shetland wool jacket is stunning (and currently 40% off). If it was still available in my size, I’d probably have added it to my shopping cart last night, too!

 

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This backpack from ASOS is a steal at $30; great for casual weekend errands.

California Cool

by Lauren Setum

Monday has arrived; hope everyone (affected by this silly Polar Vortex) is staying as toasty as possible on this frigid morning. I’d like to contribute whatever warmth I can by sharing a story from California for today’s blog post. You may recall my entry from last July, outlining my experience with the custom art that hangs in my bedroom. Well, today, I’m showcasing artwork by that same artist, but this time, the piece is a bit larger in scale.

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This mural, by Jimmy Danko, was done especially for Santa Monica’s Converse store. See it come together in the video below.

Converse opened a new flagship retail store on the 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica. Behind the cashstand is an 11ft x 16ft wall where every six months they will feature a new L.A. artist. I was selected to be the featured artist for the grand opening of the store and this is the mural I brought to life. -Jimmy Danko

An Evening in the Parc

by Lauren Setum

I know it’s a wee-bit cold in Minneapolis today, but there are still fun times to be had around the cities. Tonight, I’ll be heading to Northeast for Parc Boutique‘s social media party. Complete with Surdyk‘s appetizers, fabulous fashion and great company, it’s sure to be a fantastic evening out. The party starts at 6pm so stop by after work and see what’s new in store. Here are some of my picks from the store’s current offerings:

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Denim Baseball Cap  |  Striped Henley Dress  |  Leather Tote Bag  |  BB Dakota Hana Coat  |  Striped French Terry Shorts  |  Seychelles Leather Boots  | BB Dakota Yara Skirt  |  Caitlin Coat

Parc Boutique’s Facebook page is worth adding to your list of ‘likes’. They post some lovely, luxurious looking ensembles that are sure to peak your interest…

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Daydreaming About Spring Fashion

by Lauren Setum

Today’s featured outfit was inspired by the 100% silk blouse by Rebecca Taylor that you see below. I have spring on the brain, and the floral print hints at warmer days ahead. Plus, the grey, purple and burgundy tones make it appropriate for the cooler days that inevitably come before the warmer ones. A pop of Radiant Orchid (Pantone’s Color of the Year!), and you’re ready to roll.

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Stud earrings Betsey Johnson at Nordstrom  |  Floral blouse Rebecca Taylor  |  Burgundy pants H&M  |  Radiant Orchid heels Enzo Angiolini at Nordstrom  |  Quilted clutch Zara  |  Jacket Zara