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Clogging My Way Through Summer

When I was a young girl, I desperately wanted a pair of clogs. I remember going to our local shoe store, The Footbridge, to try on a pair. Alas, my feet were too small and so it was no clogs for me. I’ve recently become obsessed with them again, thanks to Free People and their fantastic assortment. The leather is supple, the wood is gorgeous, and they are the perfect shoe for transitioning from summer to fall (not that I’m in any hurry for the leaves to start changing). Here are my favorites-how can you not love them?!?!

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Black on Black

Hello my lovely stylistas! Today I had to decide whether or not to renew my domain, and after much thought I decided to give it another year. My new position has me very busy, especially with the holidays, but I really want to make the time to continue blogging (and hopefully with much more frequency).
Today I want to discuss the “Black on Black” trend. In my job, I have to wear black head-to-toe every day. While I was fine with this as I wear black most days, I have found it challenging to keep it fresh and new. I came across a wonderful article at PopSugar about this trend and I am feeling quite inspired.

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Anne Hathaway looks amazing in this black ensemble. The form-fitting dress is sexy and the longer hem makes it classy. Add a little fur jacket, suede bootie, neutral lip, and simple jewelry, and you have the perfect outfit for all your holiday parties.

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Gwyneth Paltrow is always chic. She makes what could be a very casual outfit into something fabulous. A tailored jacket, tank, and silky trousers are instantly raised to a new level with the addition of fringed heels.

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Kristen Stewart has really become a fashionista. Leather dress paired with quilted leather jacket (great idea to add a different texture when wearing similar fabrics) is biker chic and a strappy bootie is so, so sexy. Add smoldering makeup and you have an urban uniform that will keep you rockin.

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Karolina Kurkova also opts for leather. A pencil skirt and fitted bomber jacket make a terrific pairing and a simple pointy heel adds sophistication. Swipe on a burgundy lip and you are right on trend.

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I adore this look worn by Olivia Palermo. I would absolutely wear this to work. I’m a huge fan of layering and this is done just right. A long trouser, stellar heels, and black pearls complete the look. It’s classy, trendy, and fun.

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Victoria Beckham always gets it right. A cropped blazer with a tired miniskirt is flirty and fun and the only accessories you need are a dangerously high bootie and little box clutch.

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Taylor Swift is sporting my usual work look. Cropped black pant, peplum top, little heels (or booties now that’s it’s cold), and a red lip. Simple, elegant, and fabulous.

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Stacy Keibler has my second favorite work look-leggings, long top, and a shorter layering piece. Adding a colorful clutch adds interest to an already stunning ensemble.

You can never go wrong wearing black-on-black. It’s always perfect for every and any occasion. You will look classy, chic, and sophisticated.

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I’m Back…..

Hello my lovely stylistas! I’m super sorry I’ve been away for so long. I have been so busy with my new job and I absolutely love it! It is amazing to wardrobe, style, and influence women and men throughout Minneapolis. I have had some very rewarding and emotional sessions with clients and that makes it so worthwhile.
Okay, enough about me. I want to share with you some exciting news. If you’re a fan of Nicole Richie (like me) then you’re going to want to head to Macy’s September 12th. The ever-stylish Ms. Richie is launching her first collection for Macy’s Impulse and it is fabulous. It really embodies Nicole’s bohemian style and has an edge to it as well. This capsule collection consists of 25 pieces that is done in rich jewel tones, lots of faux leather, some awesome zipper pull detailing, and is quite masculine vs. feminine. Here are my favorite pieces-

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The collection is available at Macy’s for a limited time starting September 12th. Locally, it will only be at the Southdale location, but you can always try on-line too. And if you think you want to view the collection, contact me for a private showing!!

Another item I want to cover is Fashion’s Night Out. This event will be held in fashion cities world-wide on September 6th. This global initiative was originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry’s economy, and put the fun back into shopping! It has been wildly successful and continues to grow each year. Minneapolis has many glamorous events planned and the festivities run from 4-9pm. The hubs and I will be attending Macy’s red carpet fashion show and will then scoot over to Neiman Marcus to take in their last FNO event here in the Twin Cities.

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For more information on FNO events in Minneapolis, please visit Downtown MPLS

Even if you can’t make it to the festivities, just get out and shop on September 6th. Brick and mortar stores can use all the support they can get!

I’m going to try really hard to blog more often. I miss it and all of you!!

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From My Style Book

It’s a gloomy day here in Minneapolis so I’ve been playing with my shopstyle and stylebook apps (again). It’s so fun to browse through hundreds of items and then put together dream outfits. I created four great looks for spring. They’re fun, a little flirty, and contain a variety of price points.

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I love this floral print top. It has so many amazing colors you can pull into other pieces. It’s a great look for hanging on the weekend or for work.
7 For Mankind Gray Classic Skinny Roxanne $295 available at Style Bop
Cinch-tie Cold Shoulder Blouse $35 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Arena Giant Nickel Day Bag $1495 available at Barney’s
Xhileration White Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
Mossimo Pearlynn Espadrille Wedge $34.99
Long and Lean Tank $8.00
all available at Target

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This is my “date night” look (although you could wear it to the office). I adore the leopard print. The darkness of the denim and the black patent platform are very sexy, and really dress up the outfit.
7 For Mankind Mid-rise Bootcut Jean $169 available at Lord and Taylor
Chiffon Leopard Print Top $20 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Giant 12 Nickel Velo Bag $1895 available at Neiman Marcus
Mossimo Paisley Platform $29.99
Xhileration Black Cat-eye Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

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I love this look! I would live in it, whether it was going to the zoo, the movies, or shopping. It is my perfect spring look.
7 For Mankind Cropped Skinny Jeans $178 available at Lord and Taylor
Smocked Button Front Printed Top $30 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Joni Raffia/Leather Bucket Bag $495 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Buyamba Soles Beaded T-strap Sandal $14.99
Mossimo Tortoise Geometric Sunglasses $16.99
both available at Target

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This is my “long lunch with the girls” look. Can’t you picture having cocktails on a patio with your besties wearing this ensemble?
Mother Cropped Runway Skinny Flare $198 available at Shopbop
Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Blouse $29 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Leather Satchel $450 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Mossimo Pam Rope Wedge $24.99
Xhileration Olive Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

So, which look is your favorite?? To create your own amazing looks, check out shopstyle and stylebook, both available at the app store.

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Style Inspiration-Natasha Poly

My style inspiration this week is model Natasha Poly. You may recognize her from the ad campaigns she’s done for Gucci and Fendi, but you’ve definitely seen her work for Victoria’s Secret. I just really dig her style. She wears a lot of black (which I can relate to) and always manages to look edgy and cool.

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I love all black. It always looks stylish and I really like that the only splash of color is her Chanel bag.

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Super cool motocross jeans and an awesome leather jacket.

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This is how I roll most days. My favorites are off-shoulder sweatshirts and skinny black bottoms.

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Another one of my favorite looks. A long, colorful cardigan with black leggings and an awesome pair of boots.

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Shopping at Chanel in fur-my dream day!

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She is simply stunning. The leather jacket and black booties rock!

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The colors and print make this mini dress stand out, and paired with black tights gives it an edgier look.

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The famous Gucci ad. She has a real Lauren Hutton vibe going on.

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Recent ad campaign for Fendi. This ad caught me eye immediately. The styling is perfection.

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Flawless face. Oh, to be young….

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Simple dress, gladiator sandals, and sunnies-basic, easy, and fabulous.

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Natural beauty is always best. Let the real you shine through.

Natasha really shows that you can dress all in basics, add an awesome shoe or boot, and you will look like a fashionista. Sometimes, simple really is best!

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Seeing Red

I haven’t worn red pants since I was a child, but I have to say, I am totally digging the red denim that have been popping up all over. It’s a bold splash of color on dreary winter days. You can dress them up (I prefer with a black sweater, pearls, and a white fur coat) or you can totally make it casual. Whatever you think, there is no denying this is a trend that has legs.

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There are so many different ways you can make the look all yours

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SJP makes it casual with purple shirt (risky, but cool choice) and little black Mary Janes

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This girl dresses it up with an adorable red and white polka dot top and fur

There are so many brands out there that have jumped on the red denim band wagon. I went with an offering from Target. It’s a risky move for me (I tend to stick with black) but really wanted to give it a try. I love them, get so many compliments on them, and even got the thumbs up from the hubby.

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Mossimo Supply Juniors Skinny Denim $22.99
available at Target
**These a re true junior sizes. I had to go up several sizes. Good thing they are super stretchy!

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Blank Denim Spray On Skinny Jean $80
available at Shop Bop
**I really like Blank Denim. It’s a great middle-of-the-road choice. I usually do go up a size.

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AG The Legging Jean $198
availble at Shop Bop
**AG has a great fit. These have the appearance of being leather, but they aren’t.

A word about Shopbop. They offer free shipping and I usually get my order the next day. You can find almost any brand and style on this website.

If red isn’t your color, there are many others to choose from. Colored denim is definitely the trend right now.

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Style Inspiration-Jennifer Aniston

I thought I’d wrap up the year by featuring Jennifer Aniston as my style inspiration today. While I may strive to be a “Carrie Bradshaw”, in reality I’m actually more of a Jen. She likes to be comfortable and is a master at making jeans and tanks look fashionable. And then, of course, there’s the hair. Always shiny, always perfect-the ultimate California girl. And when she dresses up-wow! No one has a better body. And she’s my age! Gives a girl something to work towards…

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Perfect summer outfit-army shorts, tank top, and flip flops.

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Somehow, she makes a sweatshirt look stylish.

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The all-American girl. Love her hair!

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By adding the scarf, she makes army pants and a tank look very fashion foward.

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She picked an adorable summer dress to wear while putting her hands and feet in cement.

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A little daring for Jen-she totally rocks it!

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With her man in Hawaii. Boyfriend jeans, billowy tank, and bare feet-aloha!

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Stunning in sequins.

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By pairing ripped jeans with a fedora and leather jacket, she creates a rockin outfit.

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Amazing in a LBD, and I love that she paired it with a simple necklace.

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She often throws on a scarf. It instantly makes a casual outfit look put together.

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I love black turtlenecks paired with denim. And that hair…

I hope tonight, New Year’s Eve, you all rock what you got and ring in 2012 with style!

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