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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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!

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:

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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.

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