If It’s Meant to Be, They’ll Turn Out

by Lauren Setum

That’s what I told my lovely photographer, Laura, towards the end of this chilly shoot. I don’t think she’s going to use my declaration as a tag line for her business anytime soon, but we both had a good laugh! I was determined to get some snow-filled outdoor pictures with this outfit, even if it meant braving 3 degree temperatures. So out we went, to Northeast Minneapolis, to photograph this red sweater dress (my mom’s from the 80s…I guess some good fashion did come out of that decade, who knew?!). For a similar sweater dress, check out this one from BCBGMAXAZRIA at Nordstrom. The rest of the outfit consists of earrings from J Crew (find similar here), brown suede boots (try these from Nordstrom) and a knit headband from Paper Hat in Minneapolis. I’m happy to say that the photos were meant to be; they definitely turned out…

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Quick note here…I totally recommend the Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd. A great (and truly chic) addition to any coffee table or bookshelf!

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Wishing you all laughter and joy this holiday season!

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I Have Nothing to Wear!

by Lauren Setum

Be honest, how many times have you stood in front of a closet full of clothes and uttered these words? With all the preparation that goes into holiday festivities, thinking about what we’re going to wear often ends up on the back burner. Online shopping certainly has its place, but seeing as tomorrow is Turkey Day, there’s no time to deal with items that require 5-10 business days to ship. So, for today’s post, I’m sharing a handful of my picks for holiday attire that can be found in store at your local mall. There are a ton of sales going on right now, and some websites even allow you to choose your size online, put it on hold and then pick up in store. When asked about your fabulous outfit tomorrow, just go with, “What? This old thing?!”

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Nic +Zoe dress at Nordstrom. Currently 40% off! Pair it with black tights and boots and a chunky necklace. Too cold for short sleeves? Layer a turtleneck underneath for added warmth. Comfy AND it twirls…perfection.

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Fitted jacket from H&M. For just under $50, you can add this fabulous pop of pattern to your wardrobe. Definitely a piece that you can use time and time again. Pair with black leather pants and a flowy blouse.

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I can personally attest to the loveliness of these blue leopard tuxedo pants by Trouve at NordstromI tried them on a couple weeks ago (and they’re now on my wishlist!). They are so comfy and the pattern makes for a more interesting pant than a plain blue jean.

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These suede wedge booties by Ann Taylor would go great with the Trouve pants! The color-blocking adds a little intrigue.

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If you’re traveling rather than hosting for the holiday, this cape from Ann Taylor will be just right. The material is terrific; the cape is a great alternative to not-always-so-stylish outerwear.

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These calf-hair block heels are also from Ann Taylor, and they add just the right amount of pizzazz! Who doesn’t love a good polka dot?

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This side-button sweater from J. Crew takes a simple sweater and makes it extra stylish with well-placed details. This red color way is ravishing, but it also comes in several other colorways that would go well with some of the other pieces in today’s post.

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Last but not least, I love this casual-chic look from Banana Republic.

‘Twas the Day Before Halloween…

by Lauren Setum

BOO! Scared you! With Halloween coming up, you have to be on your toes. You never know who’s hiding around the corner. Or behind a tree…

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I’ve never been too big on spending a lot on Halloween costumes. I can’t always say the same thing about my daily wardrobe though. While I love finding a great deal, I also condone the occasional splurge for really great pieces. My mom is kind enough to support this belief of mine from time to time…she bought me this DV Dolce Vita polka dot dress as a birthday gift. Thanks, Karen, you’re the best! Now I’m all set for Halloween

I paired the dress with black tights from Express and Antonio Melani leather boots from a few seasons ago (similar pair via Nine West at Nordstrom)

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