Gold lace + Shopbop friends and family event

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Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? I am so excited to be sharing these shots with you today (Once again huge thanks to Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography). This is my new favorite dress, the go-to, the “wear everyday if I could” dress.
And for the next 3 days you are able to take 25% off your Shopbop order with SPRING25 code! Kate Spade, here I come! For the gentlemen in your life, 25% off code is also good on East Dane!
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MW and April A to Z Challenge

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Last year I participated in an awesome A to Z challenge, and as far as I remember, I never completed it. I want to try it again this year, and my theme is going to be 30 days of outfits. I am going to share a new outfit a day, there won’t be any particular theme, but the outfits are going to somehow start with the letters of the alphabet and go in that order for the whole month of April! I am also going to post outfit photos on Instagram for those 30 days with a special hashtag #30daysofoutfits. I am pretty sure I have enough pairs of shoes to last me through the 30 days, but if I don’t, shoes are the only items that will be repeated. I am hoping to revive some of the forgotten pieces from my closet, and bring up my style game!

Monday Wants though, skirts! And lace! And can’t forget about bright summer shoes (the snowy Minnesota weather outside my window is mocking me silently!)

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MW – Minimalism

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Monday wants are back, and my minimalism stage continues. Although, once my Bel Kazan orders come in, the simplicity of solids will be broken up for a while.

A great big shoutout to the people who are not afraid to come up to me and ask about my blog. I really appreciate each and every one of you! You make my day!

It’s finally warm here in the Twin Cities, and by warm I mean 50s, so I am back on track running around the lakes and trails in SLP. It’s amazing! That runners high from last night lasted well through this am, making my Monday stunningly beautiful and pleasant!

Now to find out my marketing midterm grade 😉

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Signature Shade + What Wives Wear Link Up

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I’ve been really into camel color lately, and by really, I mean REALLY!

And maybe it’s a little much for some, I see this look as chic and unique.

A few days ago someone at work said that I have outfits that not many can pull off and I took it as a compliment. Yes, sometimes my clothes may be odd, but they are me and I love the confidence they give me!

Do your outfits express who you are?

Get my look: plaid skirts, camel color sweaters, beige boots.

 

Welcome to the

What Wives Wear Link Up!

Week 37

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This week we are welcoming Zhenya as our guest co-host.Zhenya has always loved fashion since she was drawing designs 

in middle school. 



Her blog Being Zhenya is where she shares her 

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Please checkout her blog for style & beauty advice.



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What Wives Wear Link Up is a place for wives/moms 

to express their own personal style. 

Link up your favorite outfit post of the week. 

Get inspired while inspiring others!



We will meet and link up every Thursday



Each week the hosts will choose the Top Two looks 

to be featured for the next weeks link up.

Join us each week and we may just pick you!



This week we picked Nora who is sharing a chic look with her son.



Nora is wearing a green metallic pinstriped blazer that is 

detailed with leopard cuffed sleeves.



She is debuting one of her very own lovely silk tie-dye scarves. 

That can be ordered on her website. 



Her black waxed jeans match perfectly with gladiator sandals.



Sofia is wearing a cute & cozy winter look.



Sofia has a black quilted puffer jacket that includes a 

gold accent belt and fur lined hood.



She is also wearing black leggings and black

buckle booties.



Her green beanie hat completes her look.


Nora@Jacket Society


Sofia@Stylishly In Love

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Sweater Weather

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While I am here buried under my homework, Minnesota is buried under the snow. Sweater weather is here, along with  heavy coat weather, and Sorel boots weather. They are saying it will rain on Sunday, which means Monday we are going to skate all over the highways!

I hope you are all doing well. I am having a little spending problem here… (seriously everywhere from MOA, to Goodwill to online!) So excuse me while I go shop online some more 😉 Unless you want to join me! Haha

How amazing are all these gloves, turtleneck sweaters and jackets?

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Fall Closet Cleaning Tips

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Wait what? Yes, you heard me! Fall cleaning. Just like there is spring cleaning, I think there should be fall cleaning.

A lot of us are familiar with spring cleaning, but this year i am not waiting till spring, I am organizing and cleaning out in the fall.
Have you ever bought large plastic bins to store your clothes in for the winter? I remember when we were looking at buying our house, we visited so many different ones, and in one of the attics, the owner had the whole bin/labelling system that I was fascinated with. But Sam convinced me there was no need for that.
And he is right.
We have very small closet space and I store my sumer dresses in our upstairs closets in the winter, and winter clothes upstairs in the summer, but before anything is moved up there, I go through it and toss anything that:
  • doesn’t fit
  • looks too worn out
  • hasn’t been worn in over a year
  • isn’t “me” anymore – style changes, your tastes change, so your wardrobe should too

If you’ve read my latest post, you know that I have just a slight obsession with coats. But coats, especially if made from natural fibers and vintage, can begin looking worn out too soon. Those are definitely items to let go off.

Accessories are another item that becomes outdated too fast. The slogan – you can never have too many pairs of shoes or too many bags isn’t for me. You might never have enough of those, but you also might run out of space really fast. And fashion, even though is a constant in many of our lives, is also fast.
The fall cleaning doesn’t only include the clothes. Being a beauty blogger, I receive a lot of samples and full size products. So cleaning out my makeup drawer (read: closet) is as important as cleaning out my wardrobe. Carefully examine the expiration date, get rid of the products that have expired, or that you know you are not going to use. This is one of my favorite product shelf life guides:
Make up/Beauty to clean out:
  • anything you may be allergic to
  • anything that has expired
  • anything that has separated or smells funny
Being in love with the idea of DIY I seem to hoard craft supplies. I have yarn, fabric and leather that I think I am never going to use. I also have a lot of patterns that never see the light of day. Realistically estimating the free time I am going to have for the DIY projects I have planned, and the fact that my sewing machine has been broken for over 6 months now, I donated most of my supplies, and cleaned out my upstairs area.
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Art and frames bought on impulse, sometimes even furniture. The side tables, that you can never have too many of. All these need to go. I was holding on to glass center pieces from our wedding from 3 years ago.
Savers has recently introduced an easy donation system. Now you don’t have to drop off at the store, but choose one of the locations from the list below or click on the following link

·       COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: 4300 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

o   Supports the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

·         RICHFIELD: 36 W. 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

·         SAVAGE: 14100 Highway 13 S., Savage, MN 55378

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         AUSTIN: 1700 17th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         ROBBINSDALE: 3501 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale, MN 55411

o   Supports the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

·         ELK RIVER: 19112 Freeport St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         WHITE BEAR: 2499 County Road E., White Bear, MN 55112

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

When: The new Donation Drop Spots are currently open and accepting donations from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Keep your wardrobe fresh, donate often and remember – there will always be more clothes! I have been making regular trips to donation centers over the past month. Would you be interested in seeing more photos from my closet organization projects? 
Final thoughts: We’ve been talking about different types of consumers in one of my classes, and here is a great example of Jessi Arrington, who may seem extreme in her approach, but we can all learn from it.


Emerald and Leather Pleats

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My love for last year’s pantone color of the year grows stronger every fall. And this year it’s no exception. Shopping designer collections at Target is addicting and worth it. I always end up happy with my purchases, no matter what the reviews may say. This emerald button down is from last fall’s Philip Lim collection, and the faux leather skirt is from Macy’s – I bought it after Courtney Kerr fashion show a couple weeks ago.

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I accessorized the look with Rebecca Minkoff’s 5 zip mini and these lace and sequin embellished heels.

 

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Now on to some exciting news! Shopbop is having a friends and family sale, and almost everything is 25% off! How amazing is that!

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Check out and shop some of my favorite coats and jackets that they carry!

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They also have a great selection of jeans, purses and sweaters for this season, and I can guarantee that Shopbop is always on trend!

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BeingZhenya.com DIY Fringe T-shirt #tst

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DIY BeingZhenya.com T-shirt, DKNY skirt, Forever 21 Booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

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I finally came around to making a T-shirt for my blog, and then wore it to take pictures outside.

The shirt is still not done, I am planning on adding sequins or beads to the letters to outline them, but it’s a start!

A lot has happened in the past couple of days, and I have more projects going on than time on my hands, but like I tweeted yesterday, I am extremely grateful for what I do as a blogger, and for those who take me seriously!

At the end of the day it’s all about sitting down and enjoying the sunset.

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Styling a pencil skirt isn’t complicated at all, especially when you have an amazing pair of booties.

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Color Blind

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Sheer Blouse – East 5th, Maxi Skirt – Linden Calhoun, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip, Booties – Forever 21

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Sipping my Tuesday morning coffee, blogging, thinking about all the changes that are about to take over my life.

As ready as I am ever going to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely excited to go to the U, but I am also nervous. It’s going to be first day of school for me, when I thought I was done with school 6 years ago.  Everyone has been so supportive though, and Sam, he is amazing. He has helped out so much, he is so proud of me. But for the first time in many years I am not going to work. My blog and social media will be my only source of income, so if you see a sponsored post here and there, please don’t judge. If you don’t see a post from me for a few days, or maybe a week, please don’t judge. Find me on social media, tell me you miss me, I will always reply.

I have never wanted to be a professional full-time blogger, I always wanted a career.

I keep reminding myself – I am ready, I am ready, I am fine…

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White sheer shirt and black maxi skirt made this outfit possible. How do you do black and white?

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On a more lighter note, what is your favorite app? I have been loving Shopbop, not only for an easy way to purchase fashionable items on the go, but also for outfit and style inspirations! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Macy’s Glamorama 2014

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The hottest, sexiest, most fun show of the year. I said it and I am not afraid to repeat it. I cut my vacation short for Glamorama, and I don’t regret it one bit. This is more than a fashion show, it is a performance, a theatrical act mixed in with concert craze. It’s loud and moving, gets you on your feet and dancing (Jason Derulo will do it to anyone), made me excited for fall fashions.

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Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama raises money to support children’s cancer research; to improving the health, well-being and education of children; and to help with HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research. This event has taken fashion to the highest level of design, making the event the hottest ticket in town.

I got to meet six year old Jack Serakos, from Andover, MN. At just three months old, Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor, known as optic pathway glioma, positioned between his eye and brain. To treat the cancer, Jack has endured seven chemotherapy sessions throughout all but one year of his life. Now six years old, Jack will be entering kindergarten in the fall. While the tumor has impaired Jack’s sight, his vision remains very functional and the goal is to preserve what vision he has left as well as reduce future side effects. With his current treatment, his tumor has remained stable for the past 18 months. Despite enduring weekly chemotherapy infusions at the hospital, Jack remains joyful in playing with his two younger brothers Tommy and Will every chance he gets as well as riding his bike and being outside.

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Before You Exit

Before You Exit

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Hello, Kitty!

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Favorite part of the show, naturally ;)

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What I wore: faux-leather dress from Francesca’s, Ralph Lauren necklace, Forever 21 boots, faux-leather jacket from TJ Maxx, and my Rebecca Minkoff 5 zip mini.

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How to Dress like a Rock Star:

“The only rule about dressing like a rock star is that there are no rules other than be yourself and have fun,” states Josh Saterman, Macy’s Vice President and Millennial Fashion Director. Here are a few more rock star style and fashion tips provided by Josh to bring out your inner rock star.

  • Slip on sneakers for a more casual look and buckled peep-toe heeled booties for a night on the town.
  • Belts that give accent to your waist whether you like lower rise or high-waisted skinny jeans.
  • A thick, chunky belt with your tunic knit top is always a safe bet if you’ve moved into soft pants and ponte leggings.
  • Stacked bracelets with new materials like wood, shiny metals in gold and shades of pinks, as well as wires and other new material give that special and unique spin.
  • Two proportions for jackets: both moto and bomber silhouette shapes – The first is slightly cropped above the waistline. The second slightly oversized and athletic-inspired below the waistline. Rock it out with these shapes based on your bottom half. The ponte legging and skinny pant or jean can play well with the shape of your top and jacket.
  • Rock stars make awesome patriots through evolved graphic tees, which speak to the cultural whimsy as well as art and music influence happening in the world today. This alone empowers a rock star to express their individualistic expression of the world and the way they feel about its current state. Graphic tees paired back well with a moto or bomber jacket and soft pants or ponte leggings. Throw on some amazing peep toe heel booties or slip on sneaks and you’re ready for a night on the town.

Individuality, customization and being yourself all ring true in 2014.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and maybe I’ll see you in Chicago 😉

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