Knit Skirt

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This knit skirt doesn’t get out that much, but likely it’s still cold in Minneapolis, so I can wear it out a few more times before spring finally gets here.

Last week I was on break and it started off with a trip to Milwaukee with Lexi, meeting new friends (here is looking at you Sarah and Kaitlyn), exploring new neighborhoods, and catching up with old friends. Fascinated by lake Michigan, I didn’t want to leave. Only 4 more months left.

In the next few months I will be trying to cross some stuff off my Minneapolis bucket list, so stay tuned for that and follow along!

<3 Coffee

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Happy Spring Break! I am off to Milwaukee on Monday to do some apartment searching with a friend, neighborhood research for myself, and meeting some amazing friends from Instagram. I can’t wait to be done with school and move. This week felt odd and frustrating. Knowing myself I need a change of scenery, and some Collectivo coffee, which is exactly what I am doing 🙂

It’s been refreshing to hang out with some apparel majors this week, versus my regular retail crowd. And I wanted to mention my friend Sinead’s blog. It’s called Sinead Odessa, which is her name 😉 and I highly encourage you to check it out if you get a chance!

Style wise I’ve been leaning towards skinny jeans and graphic tees, I can never seem to get enough of those, so I made this roundup of my favorite looks with black skinny jeans, they are all pretty basic, which makes them so much more appealing.  This coffee tee got so much love on Instagram yesterday, that I think I’m going to feature it in another post next week!

Macy’s Presents: Get Glam + Get Going Event at Southdale!

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From one Macy’s event and onto the next. Did you know that Southdale is the oldest mall in America? Well now you do!

Want to come and hear stylists talk about their favorite trends of the season and get some style advice? I am all about trends, so I can’t wait to see what Macy’s has in store this season!

I can’t wait to see the new styles, accessories and inhale that Spring Fashion we’ve all been waiting for, I don’t know about you, but I can barely look at my Sorels and heavy winter coats right now 😉

I will be looking for timeless pieces that I can add to my capsule wardrobe for sure. More on that on the blog next week!

Intrigued? Come to Macy’s Southdale on Saturday, March 12 at 2 pm! Make sure to come early to grab a good seat! I hear my friend and fellow blogger Lindsey Herzog is hosting along with Brittany Thelman. Plus there will be sips & snacks, mini manicures, photos at our special photo op, and informal modeling.

Don’t forget that Macy’s is offering to help you find the perfect look and gift for every occasion. It’s fun, fast and free!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

 

Top 9 Prom Dresses + Macy’s Prom Fashion Show at MOA

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Got plans for Saturday? I don’t know about you, but I want to make sure I make it to the Macy’s Prom Fashion Show at the Mall of America on Saturday at 2 pm.

I have attended those shows in the past, and even though I am way over prom age, there are always amazing pieces, both accessories, dresses and shoes, that I can wear to weddings or other events.

I have already started thinking about a dress I want to wear for my graduation from the U. Underneath my gown you know 😉

I have also put together a collage of top 9 prom dresses from Macys.com, enjoy!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Valentia Eye Cream and Mask Review

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I love new skincare products, and I can never say no to a new brand reaching out to me offering their latests and greatest. As some of you know, my skin acts all weird when I am stressed, and there are very few products that I can use to keep it from getting worse. Fortunately, it’s only the beginning of the semester and I had no problem trying the new Valentia products.

So here is what I got: True Glow Eye Cream and Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. The True Glow Eye Cream is supposed to diminish fine lines & wrinkles, nourish & hydrate, tighten the under eye area, brighten dark circles, and reduce puffiness. I simply wanted the cream not to cause an allergic reaction, or make my eyes water, and it didn’t. The rest of the claims are the claims that every eye cream makes, I am yet to see the difference.

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The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask was yellow, like a really weird yellow color, that I totally didn’t expect when I opened the package. However, it smelled wonderfully and worked really well with my skin. The directions said to keep it on for 15-30 minutes. Go big or go home, I thought, and left it on for the whole 30. The mask promises to boost collagen production, increase skin radiance, reduces fine lines, lock in skins moisture and reveals softer smoother skin.

Overall I am extremely happy with Valentia products, I feel like the eye cream is an especially good product, and the mask is a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day.

Check out some of my other favorite skin care products

Third Eye

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I have a third eye! Ragstock sells these awesome screen printed sweatshirts, and I couldn’t resist getting one to wear to class this semester! How amazing is the idea of repurposing a thrifted/vintage sweatshirt? I wish more companies would do that! It was so hard to resist buying it in every color though.

On the other note, Happy Monday people! Hope you survived the weekend, whether you love VDay or hate it 😉 As predicted, there is now a giant cake in my fridge, you are more than welcome to stop by and have some!

In my headphones:

 

Faux Fur, Plaid + Distressed Denim

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Here they are, my DIY distressed jeans making an appearance in another post paired up with a plaid button down and a faux fur vest. I am obsessed with how this pair turned out, and can’t wait to work on my next one. If only it was warmer in Minnesota. I keep telling myself – Only 2 more cold days, then it’ll get better.

This whole look sans the shoes and the hat is thrifted, and I couldn’t be more proud at how it all came together!

It’s week 4 of school now, and all my projects are starting to get more serious and intense. But as some of you know, I am not working this semester, just focusing on school, so that definitely makes things a lot easier.

I wanted to quickly mention a really cool book I am reading in my Retail Environments and Human Behavior class. It’s called Why We Buy? by Paco Undersell. The book focuses on different aspects of stores, from visual displays, to decompression zones, to strategically positioning merchandise in specific places on the floor. So if you are interested in retail, or simply want to know more about the science of shopping, definitely check it out. I will be working on an observational research paper in this class too, so if you are interested, definitely let me know, and I will share about my research in the next post.

PS. Happy Valentine’s Day! Can you tell which hand is mine?

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Easy Half Up Bun

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John Frieda Root Blur

There are three hairstyles that I wear to school these days. Straight, wavy and a half bun, or as I prefer to call it – the man bun. And since I often wear my hair half up half down, I’ve been looking for a product that would help me blend the color in a little bit more, so that the contrast between my bleached hair and darker roots wouldn’t appear so drastic. That’s why I was really excited to try out the new Root Blur™ Colour Blending Concealer by John Frieda in Platinum to Champagne For Light to Medium Blonde available at Target in the hair color aisle.

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I have never heard of root concealer before, but it seemed like a perfect temporary solution for the times when my balayage grows out, and I need to soften the color. The powder also made sense, because I figured it’ll have an effect similar to the dry shampoo, so on the second or third day between shampooing, it would help absorb that extra oil and make hair look fresher.

Back to my favorite hairstyle though. A half up bun is only half the fun when the hair is straight. That’s why I normally curl my hair before setting my foot out the door. I normally use a Remington curling wand, but add the finish with sea salt beach spray instead of hairspray. Once the hair is dry and styled I use the John Frieda Root Blur, and the applicator that came with it to quickly blur the roots away, and add more color to frame the face. It takes only a couple minutes, and lasts till the next shampooing.

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And finally, a special promotion to take advantage of: Buy 3 Products Get a $5 Target Gift Card! You can look for the product on a special endcap display until the 5th!

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Velvet 90’s

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How are you? I am still stuck in the 90’s. Not sure why, maybe because of all the velvet that reminds me of that decade. This Ragstock dress is no exception, I might even wear it on Valentine’s Day, because why not?

Let’s talk a little about Valentine’s Day, shall we? Here are a few thoughts that I would like to share and tell you how mine is going to pan out a week from Sunday.

  1. It’s a Sunday, so I will get to sleep in, snuggle up with everyone, and by everyone I mean Sam and Mason (our dog).
  2. Drink unbelievable amounts of coffee. On my way home from my late night class yesterday I caught myself thinking that “Wouldn’t it be nice to come home, drink coffee and do homework?”. Yes, my friends think I am weird.
  3. Valentine’s day is always our half-versary (is this even a word?), since we got married on August 14. This is how I actually remember when we got married, because we’ve forgotten our anniversary on a number of occasions.
  4. Sometime around 1 pm Sam and I are going to go get me a cake. I don’t like the sweet thick icing cakes, so we are going to go to Lund’s & Biyearly’s and I am going to pick out something completely ridiculous. Last year it was a Butterfinger cake. And the year before it was a chocolate cake with (I swear) 2 lbs of raspberries on top! Man I love my cake. We are going to spend the next 2 weeks trying to consume the cake. It will probably dry up and I will have to throw away at least a quarter.
  5. Then I am going to realize I have homework to do, and will spend the rest of my day working on some group project that involves creating a unique idea and implementing it without spending any amount of money.

And this is how we do Valentine’s day Hutson style! Happy Thursday friends!

PS. Romance is not dead, maybe…

Layers

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Welcome February. It is my least favorite month of the year, good thing it’s a short one, right?

About a week and a half ago I got to visit Heather at Bella on the Bay in Excelsior. Out of all small towns around Lake Minnetonka Excelsior is by far my favorite, and now I get to go there to get my hair done, that is until I move to Wisconsin 😉 but even afterwards I will probably schedule my hair appointments around my trips back to Minnesota. To make a long story short, she did an amazing job with my balayage and I can’t wait to go back for my haircut at the end of the month.

It’s so nice to have a friend at school who will take pictures for you. My friend McCall joined the College Fashionista team, and we got to take some pictures last week between classes. And it has somehow worked out that McCall and I are taking most of our classes together this semester. So much for the U being a big school. Here is to 23 credits my friends!

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