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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A Cardinal That Rolled in Ketchup…

by Lauren Setum

Signing papers for a new house can seem scary and overwhelming. Then you get to the ‘let’s pick out new paint colors’ stage, and signing those loan documents seems like the easy part. Yikes! Selecting colors…no, make that selecting the right colors…really isn’t easy. Page through a paint deck, and you’ll notice just how many subtle variations there are between paint chips; choosing the right one can even be a challenge for professional designers sometimes. A couple things to consider:

  • Have you looked at your paint sample in the room that you’ll be painting? If not, you should. Lighting makes all the difference, and each space is a little different. You see a sample at its ‘truest’ color during the day when it’s light out.
  • Have a favorite color? Awesome. There are a couple common mistakes people make when it comes to colors they love. Let’s say your favorite color is red:

1) Just because you like red does not mean that you should go out in search of the bloodiest, I’m a cardinal that rolled in ketchup red. I mean seriously. While there may be situations where that type of red is appropriate, more often than not, that color probably isn’t going to translate into what you had in mind.

2) Just because it’s your favorite color doesn’t mean it belongs on your walls. Consider whether it might be more appropriate to use ‘red’ as an accent color. Think POPS of color.

Alright, now that we’re on the same page, let’s talk about some recent paint selections my friend and I made for her new home. Today, I’m going to share the Master Bedroom paint color. It is….

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Cedar Ridge by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore is a great, high quality paint. The company offers a wider range of color selections than most paint vendors, which is also a big plus. The mood board below shows how a few layers of fabrics, art and accessories work with the paint color to create a lovely Master Bedroom:

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Note: My friend and her fiancee have existing dark wood furniture that will be used in the space.

Abstract floral rug from Surya: With the paint color being a little lighter, this rug, with some deeper tones, does a great job of grounding the room and defining the space. Plus, since it’s 100% wool, it’s durable and will last much longer.

Duvet cover from Restoration Hardware (in Prairie)Since the rug utilizes a large scale pattern, there was no need for pattern on the bedding. The Prairie colorway is just right because it’s slightly deeper than the walls and therefore adds a little depth without being too busy.

Pillow sham fabric by Christopher Farr Cloth (in Natural)Since this fabric is sold by the yard, the shams would need to be custom made. Getting shams made is easier than you think though (especially if you know an interior designer!). In this case, I feel it’s the best solution because this fabric is what pulls the room together. If you click on the link and zoom in on the fabric, you’ll see that it has all the colors used in the room. This is key in making a space feel cohesive. Plus, bed-in-a-bags drive me crazy…way too matchy matchy and not very personal. Combining these shams with the duvet from Restoration Hardware yields a much more unique look. Finally, since the scale of the pattern is considerably smaller than that of the rug, the two work together well.

Gold throw by West Elm (on sale!) & To the Moon pillow by Red EnvelopeAccessories add color, texture and personality to a space.

Lamp is vintage from findfurnish in MinneapolisThis textured lamp is so fabulous. Since my friend’s new home was built in the 50s, the lamp is definitely era-appropriate. Don’t shy away from these pieces; something as simple as a new lamp shade can give them a whole new life!

Egypt print from Zazzle: Framing inexpensive prints is a great way to get something on your walls without breaking the bank. Since my friend and her fiancee have been to Egypt, I thought this would be perfect for them.

Last but not least, a second option. The space, with a few small changes could work with this rug from Surya, too. Which do you like best?

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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!

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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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.

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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Music That Moves

by Lauren Setum

I’m not a big reality TV show person, but I do follow So You Think You Can Dance and The Voice. These two shows have managed to keep it classy and showcase some really amazing artists. Every once in awhile, there’s a performance that I find exceptionally impressive like the routines from SYTYCD that I posted back in August. Today, I wanted to share a song sung by Jacquie Lee on The Voice a couple nights ago. I tend to multi-task while watching TV, but when she started singing Angel by Sarah Mclachlan, I put everything aside and just listened.

Jacquie is only 16, but she has such stage presence. The violinists made for a pretty dramatic setting, but I hardly even noticed they were there (don’t get me wrong, kudos to the violinists!). Performances executed as precisely as this one can be really captivating!

If you’re looking to catch a live music performance this holiday season, I highly recommend Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (if you’re in the area). The group is so talented and entertaining; they always exceed my expectations. See below for performance times and information.

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