Spring Sweater + Monday Mode Link Up

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I’ve been obsessed with this soft cocoon like sweater for a few weeks now, wearing it to work and on the weekends. Here is to spring in Milwaukee!

All photos by Kaitlyn Luckow.

Don’t forget to Link Up with us this week too!
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Winter Cozy // Monday Mode Link Up // Luminess Air Giveaway

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Happy December! Winter is finally here, it snowed in Milwaukee today, and even though it will probably melt away, I love it! I am taking out all my flannels, warm pajamas and hot chocolate. I am also counting down days till my winter break! Wait what? With the amount of days the company is giving us off, and the time I took off, I will have Dec 22 – Jan 1 off! How cool is that? I feel like I am back in college! I am also really excited to go to Minnesota for Christmas! Make plans now, before my calendar gets booked 🙂 Haha

Today’s look is a combination of a few of my favorite things: menswear inspired coat that I spruced up with a vintage bee pin, thrifted handmade cable knit sweater and Timberland foldover boots.

And there you have it friends!


Featured blogger of the week is Pam of It’s Pam Del! Thank you for linking up with us, we can’t wait to see what you will share this week!

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The sign ups for co-hosting Monday Mode are now open for 2017! Please let us know if you are interested through email or comments below! I can’t wait to have more of you be a part of our fashion adventure!

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And now for the giveaway! Every Monday in December we’ll be giving away something special from a brand we love! Today it’s a gift set from Luminess Air which includes Simply Golden Eyeshadow palette, Long Wear Mascara and Eyebrow pencil.

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Thrift Style Thursday Link Up // June 22 // Crossing Bridges

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Between sponsored posts, photoshoots and accounting classes, I try and find some downtime. I have always loved this bridge connecting Sculpture Garden and Loring Park. And while Sculpture Garden lays there, demolished, sculptures removed, trees cut down, waiting for its reopening next June, Loring Park is still there. A little green oasis in the middle of the Hennepin/Lyndale construction mess. I find this comparison to be a strange yet applicable allegory to my life. I’m moving from Minneapolis where I’ve lived for the past 5 years. The move is exciting, stressful. I tend to worry, question my decisions, look for signs. But then I remember that I need to take ownership, stick to my guts, and keep going. It’s time to move on, and I will be doing just that!

I’ve been dying to wear this olive skirt for a while now. Sometimes I wonder if it’s too short for me, but today it was just right! The elephant print top has been my go to during hot and humid summer days, it has an open back, and is so breezy, I’m so close to being a covergirl 😉

And now for the link up – share your looks, whether they are thrifted or not, and make sure to help spread the word about this link-up through social media if you have a chance! Thank you, can’t wait to see your looks!

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Last weekend my friend Sarah posted an Instagram photo with a caption “Life is short. Wear a crop top”. This reminded me of a crop top I recently bought at H&M to go with my Bel Kazan skirt I’ve had for a year. Yes, this means I’ve had a skirt hanging in my closet for a year and I am only now able to wear it, whatever. It was worth the wait.

Then I got thinking about the whole crop top trend, and how I would only wear it with something so high waisted, it would basically have to go up to my armpits. But then I remembered I had these jeans, and I fell a victim thinking I was still in my early 20’s and wore it all together. Pretty happy with myself about it actually 😉

Happy Hump Day!

Camel Skirt

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This camel skirt from H&M has quickly become my favorite this spring. Its cut and the flare help add the otherwise missing curves to my body. I didn’t plan on having my picture taken that day, it was a shoot for Megan, but you don’t have to twist my arm when it comes to photos 😉 And of course the photographer was Chan!

Outfit details: Wide Cotton Skirt H&M || Striped crop top Free People || Flats TOMS

Below are more full and button down skirt look options! Enjoy!

Holiday Look with Good Row Clothing

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Trendology Tunic / Zara Coat / Jessica Simpson Boots/ Oak Jeans / H&M sweater and beanie /

The semester is finally coming to an end, one last final today and then winter break! I am so excited for the holidays this year as the presents are piling under the Christmas tree (Sam has outdone himself this year). It’s Mason’s first Christmas with us, and just like during Thanksgiving, I am going to make a big deal out of it.

Style wise, I am all about comfort and layers this winter. We haven’t had much snow in the Cities (which I love), which allows me to layer several pieces, throw on a scarf and somehow still manage to look stylish. I don’t know how this happens these days. I feel like my style game has been off ever since the surgery. My arm still doesn’t fully extend, unfortunately.

Fortunately, I found this Trendology tunic from Good Row Clothing, and it has been my go to piece over the past couple of weeks. There’s been days when I wore the same outfit to classes two or three times in a row. And it only made sense that I built my holiday look around it!

Hope you are all excited for the holidays!

H&M Opening in St Cloud || Crossroads Center

 

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Balmain collection for H&M has fashion lovers and shopaholics all over the world talking. Exclusive designer collaborations are a great way to gain exposure and credibility these days. And  H&M knows all about it.

H&M is coming to St Cloud! The new store is opening at Crossroads Center on November 5, 2015 at noon! 20,000 square feet is no joke, and I am sure all budget fashionistas in St Cloud area and beyond are lining up for the store opening already. I know I would be if I could.

Sustainability is an integral part of H&M; the brand is actively working to ensure that both new and existing stores are sustainable in the long term. Initiatives include recycling waste, utilizing water and energy efficient systems, and selecting environmentally responsible materials such as certified wood and fabrics.

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H&M is not only a great retailer offering quality clothing for the whole family, but a great employer as well. They are creating new jobs in the St Cloud area, making it an exciting time to join this constantly growing company.

I can’t believe that H&M has been in the US for 15 years already. The 5th ave stores were always my favorite. And every time I am at the Mall of America or Uptown, I pop into H&M to see new styles and trends – the perks of being a retail merchandising major, right?

Did you also know that H&M is committed to using exclusively organic cotton in all of their collections by 2020? That’s less than 5 years from now, and time surely flies.

Now for the best part: To celebrate the new store, the H&M at the Crossroads Center will offer the first 200 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued between $20 and $200, in addition to other surprise offers for the whole family.

As far as my fall/winter H&M must-haves? Here are just a few 😉

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Brushed Twill Pants | Alpaca-blend sweater | Jacquard-knit dress 

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Sweatshirt | Wool-blend top | Jacquard-knit poncho

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Wide-cut pants | Wool-blend cape | Jacquard-weave shorts | Textured knit sweater

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H&M at Crossroads Center is located at 4101 Division St., St Cloud, Minnesota 56301. The store can be reached by phone at 855-466-7467 . Store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm

And if you want to work for H&M check out their career section!

Connect with H&M: Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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My new favorite pair of wide leg pants. Faux suede – check. Pockets – check. Soft and comfy – check.  Elastic waistband – check. On sale at H&M – check. I am not in my early 20’s anymore – check.

A summer must-have. Period.

In other news – nothing can make a person move out of state like a bad driver’s license picture. That’s a fact! I am seriously looking into relocating as soon as possible after I graduate.

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Moto 360 Experience

IMG_0779 Thanks to internship/work/Verizon, I was able to get a Moto 360 on my wrist for about a week. Now I’m finally ready to share my thoughts about it.

Moto 360 is a smart watch, Android operated, and probably the cheapest one on the market, starting at $250. It’s incredibly stylish, useful and perfect for people who are always on the go.

Moto 360 can only be paired up with an Android operated phone, so I got a second phone to carry around with me, and if you remember from a couple years ago when I had the Nokia Lumia in addition to my iPhone, I didn’t really like it that much. But this time I got a Moto X in wood, and it was actually a great phone to have. I didn’t feel like I needed a case for it, and I could just plug my AUX cable in the car and listen to my favorite stations on Pandora. I have a charging case on my iPhone, kind of a Mophie knock-off, which is too thick and I have to take it off in order to plug it back in.

Back to the Moto 360 though! It let me read my emails, if I had my contacts on the Moto X phone, it would let me read those too. It showed me traffic on the way home. It counted my steps, tracked my activity, and motivated me to actually walk more! It responded to my voice! There really was no reason for me not to like it. Not to mention my husband’s and friends’ reaction when they saw it.

Of course there were a few things that bothered me. The battery barely lasted me all day, I would often come home with less than 10% battery left. The watch itself was too big, and if I positioned my wrist in a certain way, it would push the side button showing me all screen background options possible. The new upgrade that I installed last week made the watch way more user friendly, than before. And finally the wide variety of apps available can be overwhelming

To be 100% honest though, I don’t think I will be getting the watch and switching to android any time soon. I know it may be narrow minded of me, but I love my Apple products, so I am going to stick to what I know, and get the next best thing when September comes around.

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Vintage Jeans

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Sometimes I think I was clearly born in a wrong era, but then I like my internet too much, because how else would I share these awesome jeans with you that I got from Alacloth Vintage and that I shared last week in this post.

I also absolutely have to show off my new Diesel boots. That moss green just got me, I think it’s the perfect color for the Minnesota winter photoshoots, and definitely different from the typical black/brown boots that I wear.

The sweater and the scarf are both from H&M, and yes this is more of a neck warmer than a scarf, but man is it warm!

And of course my Tess + Tricia necklace that I got for Christmas! What was your favorite or most memorable gift this year?

Have a great Monday everyone!

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