Get Ready to Party!

by Lauren Setum

Good morning, everyone! TGIF! Today, Salt and Pippa is celebrating the end of the last full work-week before the holidays by featuring local Twin Cities lifestyle magazine, Bow & Arrow. If you’re not familiar with the publication, now’s the time to check it out. This month’s ‘Celebration Issue’ marks the magazine’s first anniversary, and it’s chock full of sensational style, great food, party tips and tricks and much more. It’s truly a delight to read; visit Bow & Arrow’s website for the full issue.

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Bow & Arrow’s Directors (L-R: Vanessa, Jaclyn, Laura, and Katie)

Paging through the anniversary/holiday issue, you’ll notice that Bow & Arrow’s directors are decked out in some fabulous dresses from ModCloth. This time of year, one can never have too many dresses to choose from, right? I’ve included a few additional picks from ModCloth below. Which is your favorite?

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For a more neutral look, try these pumps by Charles David (available in both black and nude). I know I feature these shoes all the time, but they really are great. A true classic. If you want to add a bit more interest, check out Halogen’s Marla Suede Bow Pointy Toe Pump, the Camille Pump by Coach or the Valencia Pump by Charles David; all are available at Nordstrom. Grab some jewelry with a little sparkle, and you’re all set!

Houndstooth and Antlers

by Lauren Setum

I can hardly believe that Christmas is less than a week away! I could not let the holiday pass me by without doing a New Outfit post to celebrate the season. Whether Pippa liked it or not (emphasis on not), I decided she was going to celebrate, too…as a reindeer…

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Outfit details:

Sweater c/o Macy’s MADE Fashion Week Collection    Ankle pant Banana Republic   Black heels Charles David   Houndstooth baseball cap in fuchsia (on sale!!) J Crew   Martini clutch Kate Spade    Necklace Sheer Addiction Jewelry   Fuchsia stud earrings Target   Nailpolish color Trouble Maker by Sally Hansen

If you’re looking to sneak in one more holiday activity, consider dressing up your dog in an antler headband. Or, for a non-pet event, I recommend Macy’s Santaland. Macy’s was kind enough to invite me to their media tour of the display a couple weeks ago, and it was a wonderful time. We even got to sample some new menu items from their revamped restaurant, The Oak Grill. Delicious! If you’re like me, shopping makes you hungry, so take a break from Christmas shopping and grab a bit to eat. Happy holidays!

Giving Angels Wings

by Lauren Setum

What do the Victoria’s Secret Angels’ wings and Rat King from The Nutcracker have in common? The answer may not be the greatest punch line, but it is pretty cool: They were both created by the same person! If you caught the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show the other night, you probably saw some pretty fabulous designs. Who said angels’ wings had to be white? Credit for the feathered frocks goes to Martin Izquierdo. 

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As if giving angels wings wasn’t enough, Izquierdo has also shared his talents with the Milwaukee Ballet. Their fabulous production of The Nutcracker would not be complete without a Rat King and infantry. Izquierdo proposed updated designs for these characters in the late 90s, and they are what you see on stage today. I learned this via a tweet from the Milwaukee Ballet during the VS fashion show and just had to feature it on Salt and Pippa. Milwaukee Ballet was kind enough to share a few concept sketches and photos with me as you can see below. For more on the costumes, visit Milwaukee Ballet’s blog page.

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Erik Johnson Photo: Mark Frohna.

Get Your Pantone On…

by Lauren Setum

In case you haven’t already heard, the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. I was reminded of a lovely House Beautiful cover from earlier this year…

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The color, in my opinion, can easily become a bit ‘childish’ looking if not used correctly. This living area by New York interior designer, Ashley Whittaker, however, does a beautiful job of showcasing the color in such a way that the resulting space is chic and inviting for grown ups and kids alike.

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Not up for a Radiant Orchid redecorating project? Then get your Pantone on with a few additions to your wardrobe. Oh, and in case you’re wondering what color to pair with this shade of purple, I think red (generally speaking) is an excellent choice!

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Cicely shift dress by Trina Turk

Jeweled clutch by Alice and Olivia

Graysn pump by Enzo Angiolini at Nordstrom

I Feel Pretty, O So Pretty

by Lauren Setum

With nearly a half a foot of snow on the ground here in Minneapolis, it’s officially time for jackets, coats, scarves, and gloves. I have to say that after awhile, it gets somewhat cumbersome putting on all the layers and packing shoes in addition to boots…let’s be real, high heels were not made with snow in mind. By February, I’m usually getting a little lazy when it comes to style and just willing spring to come so I can leave the puffy layers behind. Today’s mood board consists of a few items I love that are stylish AND functional for this chilly time of year. No reason to not feel pretty even if it does feel like we’re in the North Pole!

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Wool head wrap from Banana Republic: I’m all for a cute winter hat, but sometimes it’s fun to change it up. I went with a neutral palette today, however, this piece is available in some brighter colorways as well.

The description that accompanies this Sheer Addiction Jewelry necklace is so fitting for today’s post: “For the girl who takes a moment to soak in the beauty of the first snowfall”

Non-toxic nailpolish from Scotch Naturals: I adore this particular color (To Hell With Swords and Garter). Just the right amount of brown mixed with just the right amount of red. Yum. Perfect for some much needed winter manicures.

These long leather gloves from Max Studio have made an appearance on the blog before. Here they are again for an encore. Can’t get enough of the lovely details. Pair them with 3/4 sleeve jackets or dresses. Super chic.

Colorblock cable sweater from Michael Kors at Nordstrom: It received just average reviews online, but I have to say, I’d give it five stars. I just purchased this sweater last night (in fact, I’m wearing it right now!), and it’s even more flattering on than it looks to be online. Available in several other colors, I assure you, you won’t be disappointed!

Winter wedge shoes from Pikolinos: Now these are what I call ‘rustic-chic’. Beautiful details, great lines and a sturdy shoe. Well-worth the investment.

Cyber Monday

by Lauren Setum

Happy Cyber Monday everyone! Here are my picks for the biggest online shopping day of the year. Wishing you sales-galore today!

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This was my indulgence for the day. Originally $218, this Nic + Zoe dress is now only $54!

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Vince Camuto never disappoints. These shoes, originally $118, are now 50% off at Nordstrom.

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I’m excited about this one because you rarely find Clarisonic products at a discounted price. Through the end of the day, everything is 20% off. This particular brush is being offered at a special price of $99 while supplies last.

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This pencil skirt has a sporty feeling to it; very versatile. $40 instead of $60 on Zara’s website today!

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This one wasn’t available in my size any more, but you should definitely get your hands on this Michael Kors dress if it’s available in yours. Originally $325, it’s now only $90.

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This necklace from J Crew Factory was originally $52 but is now 50% off (as is everything on their website today!).

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Loeffler Randall is having a sample sale through the 13th. They’ll be offering past designs for purchase. These black suede pumps with gold studs were originally $395, but today you can grab a pair for $198.

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Last but not least, shoes that will have you ready for summer way ahead of time from Seychelles (now $44 instead of $80)

Accessories With Personality

by Lauren Setum

Well, I wasn’t up at the break of dawn for Black Friday shopping a couple days ago, but I am looking forward to Cyber Monday. I’ve been perusing store’s websites in anticipation…apparently I get a little antsy! Not many have the deals they’ll be offering up yet (stay tuned for my picks tomorrow though, I’ll be posting them bright and early). In the meantime, I’m sharing a couple batches of accessories that I found and absolutely LOVE. Loeffler Randall recently introduced some new designs, and they are gorgeous. In fact, they inspired today’s accessory ensembles. Which items do you like best?

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Sunglasses Kate Spade  Necklace Sheer Addiction Jewelry  Tomato red clutch wallet Kate Spade  Mint and cheetah pumps Loeffler Randall

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Studded wool felt hat Kate Spade   Claire earrings Meredith Marks   Martini clutch purse Kate Spade   Metallic gold wedges Loeffler Randall