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…






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!

Procrastinators Unite!

by Lauren Setum

It’s officially the week (and a half) before Christmas; holy cow, time flies! If you’re still looking for gifts, be sure and place any online orders in the next day or so. Many companies won’t guarantee arrival by Christmas Eve after that. Not sure what to get? Take a look at my picks for last minute gifts:


Clock-wise from top left:

Book {Fashion}: My cousin got me this book for my birthday, and it’s fabulous! You can purchase it through Amazon.

Umbrella {Polka Dots}: This umbrella was previously featured in a Salt and Pippa New Outfit post in a different colorway. I love the various scales of the polka dots; the wood handle and black and white make it a classic. Check out Gina and May’s website for this umbrella and other fabulous designs.

Earrings {Gold}: Designed by local Minneapolis artist, Meghan J. Nelson, these earrings are modern and simple yet intriguing. Her work can be found here in the Twin Cities at I Like You and Paper Hat. If you’re not from the area, check out Meghan’s website.

Rolling Pin {Marble}: For the classy cook in your life; I much prefer this chic rolling pin to typical wooden ones. Get it at Sur la table.

Moroccan Leather Slipper {Coral}: There’s something I just love about these slippers from Heidi Merrick (available in other colors). The pop of color and 100% leather material make them a lovely, unique gift for the holidays.

Brownies {all different flavors}: These brownies, delivered anywhere in the U.S. straight from NYC, are scrumptious. My friends ordered me a box for my birthday, and let’s just say they didn’t last long. Plus, how awesome is the company name? Visit the Fat Witch Bakery website for more details. Oh yeah, and they were featured on Oprah’s list of favorite things in 2002…in case you think Oprah is more credible than me. Ha.

Cup {Yellow Taxi}: I was intrigued by this particular cup because it kind of looks like a really pretty paper cup. In fact, it is actually stoneware designed by Gwyneth Leech and available at Anthropologie. Buy a set of the same design or mix and match all the different designs. Up to you. Either way they’re all fabulous!

Dish Towel {Dachshunds}: For the person who loves wiener dogs. The sweetness of this towel from Anthropologie speaks for itself.

Print {Love Courageously}: This pretty print is from Sevenly. I love this source because $7 of every purchase (all year round) goes to charity. The charity changes each week so check the website to see what your dollars are supporting. This is one of their prints, and I love it…pun intended. There are many other delightful designs though, too, so be sure and take a gander.

Every Homemade Invitation Needs…

by Lauren Setum

Well a frog with a tutu, of course! This year, my cousin and I are planning Christmas day festivities. The theme? The Nutcracker. I really wanted the invites to be handmade so I headed to my local craft store to pick up some materials. I’d intended to purchase a rubber stamp of a nutcracker, but the closest thing they had was a frog with a crown and tutu. Roll with the punches they say. The invites turned out pretty snazzy if I do say so myself. Take a look…


Glitter paper: I used 12×12 sheets from Recollections at Michael’s. It’s a great weight for invites. The link shows other colors than what I used, but your local store should have a pad of this paper in the more neutral colors shown here (20 sheets/pad).

Ivory cardstock: I cut down sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 from Staples

Edge punch: I used this one from Staples to create the decorative edge on the glitter paper

Rubber stamp: How can you not love this Tutu Toad stamp from Michael’s?!

Ink pad: I used Brilliance Cosmic Copper; available at Michael’s

1/8″ circle hand punch: Similar one here

Snowflake binder clasps: These are made by Recollections and are also available at Michael’s

Paper cutter: A similar version of the one I used can be found at Staples. I highly recommend making your cuts using something like this as it ensures that your cuts will be precise and your measurement accurate.


Step 1: Use the paper cutter to trim the glitter paper to a size just slightly smaller than the envelope you will send the invite in. I used 5.25″H x 7.25″W envelopes, so I cut the paper with those dimensions in mind.

Step 2: Use the edge punch to create a decorative border on the short sides of the glitter paper. You will want to set the punch to Setting #2 so that it creates a border and not a separate strip of paper.

Step 3: Format a Powerpoint document (I find that text boxes are easier to manipulate in this program vs. MS Word) with the text/info you want to include. I was able to fit four text boxes per sheet, but you’ll want to adjust formatting accordingly depending on the size of your invites. The guidelines in Powerpoint are helpful when it comes to placement, and if you view the document at 100% on your computer screen, you can literally put the paper up to the screen to make sure sizing is correct. Once that’s complete, print the text onto the card stock sheets.

Step 4: Trim the card stock so that it is slightly smaller than the glitter paper you just trimmed. You’ll want about 3/8″ of the glitter paper showing as a border.

Step 5: Add the Tutu Toad stamp to the left of the printed text. Let dry.

Step 6: Place one of the trimmed and stamped card stock sheets on top of one of the trimmed glitter sheets. Once placed where you would like it, punch an 1/8″ hole at the top center of the card stock (glitter paper should be punched simultaneously).

Step 7: Use one of the snowflake clasps to bind the two together. Invites are now ready to be stuffed and sent out!


The Thanksgiving Story

by Lauren Setum

Hope everyone had a fantastic Turkey Day!

This year, instead of Christmas cards, I decided to send out Thanksgiving cards. With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I liked the idea of taking one ‘to do’ off the list. Sending cards for Turkey Day was a great way to do that. I laid out the card in Microsoft Powerpoint, sent my documents to Printing For Less and presto! A unique holiday greeting. I mailed them out in orange envelopes from Great Papers (available at Office Max stores). A personalized address stamp from Etsy and the project was complete!


Santa’s Favorite Color

by Lauren Setum

TGIF! I’m about to head to Macy’s media preview of their Christmas display, Santaland. I can’t wait to see what’s in store! In honor of tonight’s event, here are some fabulous items in Santa’s favorite color: RED!


Stud shoulder dress Michael Kors   Bedazzled baseball cap J Crew   Arrow necklace Elva Fields   Lip gloss CVS (or your local drug store)   Plaid wrap Parc Boutique   Jeweled velvet clutch Anthropologie   Bootie Guess at Macy’s

Stocking Stuffers

by Lauren Setum

St. Nick‘s is less than three weeks away! I didn’t realize until moving to the Twin Cities that not everyone celebrates St. Nick’s day like southeastern Wisconsin does. For those of you who don’t know about this particular tradition, St. Nick is the one who fills up your Christmas stockings, not on Christmas Eve, but on the evening of December 5th. Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for the upcoming holiday!

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Brown leather gloves from Max Studio; the perfect accessory for 3/4 sleeve jackets.

Pattern by Tricia Guild on Amazon; if you love color and pattern, this coffee table book is for you. Also check out Tricia’s fabric line at Designers Guild

Plaid clutch purse from Zara; I absolutely love the combo of plaid and studs…sassy!

Mom and Me Soy Candles; the scents are scrumptious, AND they’re made locally here in the Twin Cities by a mother/daughter duo!

Pink Packer tee for your pup from Athletic Pets (Pippa would look great in this!)

Silver metallic flats from Zara; who doesn’t love a great tassel?!