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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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.

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.

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!

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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