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.

Fine Dining

by Lauren Setum

Last week, a friend brought my attention to Kate Spade’s Wickford Dinnerware Collection (shown below) featuring a fantastically fun wiener dog motif. I love the combo of kelly green and navy that the collection utilizes, very fresh and chic. The set inspired today’s post which showcases a handful of dinnerware collections that I find endearing, each for a different reason. Imagine the tablescapes that could be created with these…

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  Airplanes Kip O’Krongly at Northern Clay Center: Functional and artful all in one. I love that the design isn’t overly feminine and nods to a vintage aesthetic.

 Blue floral Blue Fluted Mega by Karen Kjaelgaard Larsen at Bloomingdale’sClassic blue and white with a modern twist. I find this line simply stunning. Each piece is slightly different; unexpected yet definitely cohesive.  

  Wiener dog set Kate Spade at Macy’sThe catalyst for today’s post. A wiener dog motif plus stripes; can’t go wrong there!

 Orange floral AnthropologieThis is a smaller, salad size plate, but I think the pop of color it has to offer a more neutral table setting is just delightful. Not to mention the unique shape.

 Taxi Kirk Lyttle at Northern Clay Center: If you prefer a more handmade look, this plate is a great option. The taxi illustration sets it apart from other run-of-the-mill handmade pottery items. A great conversation piece.                                 

 Classic white set Montes DoggettBecause classic never goes out of style. I totally understand having a set like this as a staple item in your kitchen. Plus, it’s a great backdrop for different pops of color throughout the year. I selected this particular set because of the bowl design. I think the pedestal is so elegant; quietly intriguing.