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Denim Jacket 2012

Just when I think denim jackets are over, someone styles it in such a fabulous way that I need to pull mine out again. Jenna Lyons, the powerhouse behind J. Crew ( and one of my idols) sported a denim jacket and skirt to the Met Gala recently and I’m in love. She is so fantastic and one of the best stylists out there. Take a look-

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Jenna didn’t want to wear duchesse silk satin or anything with sparkles or pearls. She wanted her style to shine through. She had the denim jacket fit and re-tailored to raise the waist-band. She isn’t wearing a shirt underneath. Instead, she had custom cuffs and collar made and stitched into the jacket. So simple, yet so incredibly stylish and fabulous. And I love her pink heels!

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Inspired by Italian designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jenna sketched the skirt during a meeting (2 weeks before the ball). Honda, J. Crew’s pattern-maker, then draped and stitched the skirt right in her office.
Schiaparelli’s autobiography, “A Shocking Life”, is available on Amazon

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Jenna choose pink to go with Schiaparelli’s book. She also had a peplum sewn underneath the skirt because she wanted to articulate a silhouette she had seen on the pages of the autobiography.
For more on the story, please check out J. Crew’s blog.

Lyons isn’t the only celebrity that does the denim jacket right. Here’s a look at some other style mavens rocking their denim.

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I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the denim jacket. Maybe it’s because I’ve just seen it worn incorrectly too many times or maybe it’s because I wore them in the eighties. But I have to admit it is the perfect layering piece for summer. It’s super cute dressed up or casual. 2012 has brought us some modern and edgy variations. Here are some of my favorites-

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Vintage Sea Blue Wash $100 available at J. Crew
The original version of Jenna’s

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J. Brand Denim Jacket $229 available at Neiman Marcus
I love the wash and the fit of this style.

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AG Adriano Goldschmied “Robyn” $198 available at Neiman Marcus
A classic looking denim jacket.

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Moto Aztec Burnout $90 available at Topshop
This has slight distressing and looks a little vintage.

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MNG by Mango $28 available at JCPenney
I do not condone wearing denim-on-denim by any means, but I do like the silhouette and price of this style.

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BDG Denim Trucker $69 available at Urban Outfitters
This style is a little over-sized and a little edgy.

There are oodles of choices out there. Just remember a few things-wash, cut, and wear. A fitted jacket is more chic, choose a wash that can be worn in many different situations (no tears or rips or bleach spots), and buy a silhouette you can wear often and comfortably. And please-no denim-on-denim. I know some celebs and designers show this look, but it’s just too much.

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The Little White Dress

We all know how important the “little black dress” is. It’s the one article of clothing that will get you through any social event on your calendar. But now that it’s summer, maybe we should switch things up and try a “little WHITE dress”. Yes, the old rules dictate you should only wear white Memorial Day through Labor Day (and we are now in that time frame), however, I do believe the white dress can be worn all year long with the right accessories and other pieces in your closet. White is classic, crisp, and chic, and looks fabulous with a tan. Here are some celebrities rocking the LWD.

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Jessica Stam is stunning in Marchesa

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Tali Lennox in this season’s hot trend-the shirtdress

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Gabrielle Union is perfection in this three-quarter number

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Caroline Sieber shines in an almost kimono-looking ensemble

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Cameron Diaz is chic in this white jumpsuit

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Vanessa Hudgens personifies glamour in this gown from Philosophy di Alberta Ferritti

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Ashley Madekwe in adorable in this shift from Zara

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Rachel Bilson opts for couture Chanel (love this one)

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Natalie Portman in a darling LWD

Every designer and retailer offers a LWD this time of year. Here are some of my favorites in stores now.

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From left to right:
Lucca Couture Chiffon Tie Top Baby Doll Dress $69 from Urban Outfitters
Warehouse Metallic Lace Shift $83.50 from ASOS
Johann Earl for Urban Renewal Surplice Dress $59 from Urban Outfitters

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Knit Lace Dress $98 from Banana Republic
Scallop Lace Tube Dress $98 from Arden B.
Amie Maxidress in whisper gauze $69.99 from J. Crew

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Sunny Repose Dress $98 from Anthropologie
Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck $99.50 from Macy’s
Pleated Bodice Dress $79.90 from Express
JNBY Asymmetrical Hem Tshirt Dress $80.90 from Nordstrom

There are so many great options for the LWD. It is the perfect summer staple and will quickly become your go-to item for all occasions. Paired with flip flops or heels, this dress is sure to be a hit.

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Romp(er) Into Summer

When I was a little girl, growing up in the seventies, rompers were a really big deal. Adults and children (of the female persuasion) could be seen enjoying summer in these super adorable one-piece items. Part short, part top, the only downside to the romper was dealing with the whole bathroom situation (you pretty much get naked every time you need to use the ladies). The romper can take you from day to night and all you have to do is change your shoes. I was so excited when they came back in style a couple of years ago, and am super happy that they are still in fashion. Here’s a look at some of my favorites on the market now.

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Asos Bloomer Playsuit in “Spot Print” $73 available at Asos
I really love this one because it is so reminiscent of the ones I wore as a girl.

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Dolan hoodie romper $97 available at Shop Bop
Perfect for a day at the beach! I like that it has a hood because it can get windy on the water.

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Dallin Chase Felix romper $62 available at Shop Bop
Orange really is THE color for summer and this is scrumptous!

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Stripe terry cloth romper $29.50 available at Delia’s
The pattern, the terry cloth, the romper-hello 70’s!

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Indah halter romper $95 available at Planet Blue
I love the print and color. It’s so soft and feminine.

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Sea Bud romper $49.50 available at Roxy
So simple and sweet.

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Pucker up romper $44.50 available at Roxy
I would wear this running errands and having lunch with the girls.

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Splendid signature terry romper $89 available at Shop Bop
This one has my favorite fabric for a romper-terry cloth!

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Triblend jersey romper $29.99 available at C&C California
Super casual and fun!

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Sparkle and Fade fringe romper $39.99 available at Urban Outfitters
Fabulous for a night on the town. Add a heel and your ready to “wow” everyone.

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Material Girl romper (sleeveless with lace cutouts) $29.99 available at Macy’s
Another perfect romper for a dressy night out. This one is more fitted and has nice detailing.

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Printed romper $49.50 available at Victoria’s Secret
Meow! This is super sexy and fabulous. You will definitely turn heads in this number.

Rompers are so playful and youthful. I totally dig them and will be rockin’ them all summer long.

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Swinging in my romper, circa early 1970’s

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Marvelous Maxis

Today is the first day of May (Happy May Day) and that means summer is almost here. Temperatures are getting higher, the sun is shining brighter, and the stores are full of amazing warm weather fashions. Once again, the Maxi is ruling the dress selections. Sexy, free-flowing, comfortable, and multi-functional, these dresses are the perfect staple for summer fun. The Maxi will take you to the beach, dinner, and everything in between. Here are some wonderful options in various price ranges. I know there’s one for you!

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Mossimo maxi dress with bra-top $34.99

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Mossimo Hi-Lo halter maxi dress $27.99
both available at Target
I love both of these dresses. They are the perfect beach cover-up or for running errands.

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Floral maxi $39.50 available at Delia’s
A lovely print at an affordable price. What’s not to love?

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Sparkle and Fade pleated empire maxi $49.99 available at Urban Outfitters
A very sexy option for a night out. I love the pleated skirt and empire top.

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Tiered-ruffle satin maxi $25

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Smocked-chiffon tiered maxi $39.94

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Smocked-gauze Mexicali maxi $24.94
all available at Old Navy
These are three of my favorites, especially the orange one. This is what I think a maxi should be-great colors, flowing bodies, and super summery.

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The Sexy maxi $88

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Ruffled maxi $69.50
both available at Victoria’s Secret
What I love about the two of these is the bohemian feel they have. They appeal to the hippy in me.

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Lattice back printed maxi $88 available at Express
This is more dressy and would be stunning at a summer wedding.

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One World sleeveless printed maxi $78 available at Macy’s
This one is so adorable and peasanty. I love the print!!

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Felicity and CoCo chevron print jersey maxi $78 available at Nordstrom
I can picture this on a boardwalk with a straw hat. I love summer….

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Medallion print maxi $69

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Stripe button front maxi $89
both available at Arden B.
Both of these could be worn to work.

I always thought I was too short to wear a maxi, but there’s nothing a good tailor can’t do. A little hemming and I have a fabulous go-to dress for everything summer throws at me.

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Cat Eyes

I am addicted to sunglasses. Even on the cloudiest of days, I cannot leave home without them. I think blue eyes are extra sensitive to the sun. Choosing the right pair is essential, especially if you’re spending a lot of money. They are a major statement piece and it’s important to wear a pair that fits your style. A huge trend in frames this season is the Cat Eye. This silhouette has been around for decades, but comes and goes as far as trends are concerned. I’ve always been a huge fan! They are super glamorous and look great on almost everyone. Here’s a look at my top picks this season.

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Tortoise, especially in coffee shades, are huge right now. This color really does look good on everyone.

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House of Harlow 1960 (Nicole Richie’s label) $138 available at Nordstrom
Touch-Cat Eye $29.99 available at Mango
BOTTOM
Juicy Couture Cat’s Eye $120 available at Nordstrom
Tory Burch Polarized Cat Eye Hinge Logo $165 available at Bloomingdale’s

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Neon and other bright colors are another hot trend for summer. They are super playful!

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Kate Spade New York “Florence Broadhurst” Retro $128 available at Nordstrom
House of Harlow 1960 Chelsea sunglasses $138 available at Nordstrom
BOTTOM
Selima for J. Crew “Sophia” $128 available at J. Crew
Betsey Johnson Crazy Cat Eye $55 available at Urban Outfitters

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Sometimes simple and more subdued is the way to go. These are more reminiscent of those from decades gone by.

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Colors in Optics “Brooklyn” $125 available at Nordstrom
Corrine McCormack reading sunglasses $60 available at Nordstrom
BOTTOM
“Jackie” sunglasses $30 available at American Apparel
I-Line “Hot Cat” reading sunglasses $60 available at Nordstrom

Sunglasses are the ultimate accessory when the sun is shining. Be sure to try on many pairs, get someone’s opinion, and have fun!!

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Get Covered Up(town)

If you lived in Minneapolis during the eighties/early nineties, then you remember the heyday of Uptown. Back then it was a combination of “Purple Rain” meets “Sid and Nancy” with a little “Pretty in Pink” thrown in. This was an area of Minneapolis that was gritty, edgy, and eclectic. It was burgers and bands at The Uptown Bar, used Levis at Urban Outfitters, punks (rockers, not trouble makers) hanging outside McDonald’s, malts at The Ediner, movies at Suburban World, and calamari at Figlio after my shift at Benetton. There was little in the way of chain shops and restaurants as uniqueness was key. It was where and who I wanted to be. But, as with most things, it faded away. Oh, it was still there and nothing had changed, but perhaps that was the problem. Gen X’ers were growing up and out of the Uptown area. And it was stagnate for a good decade.
Fast forward to the year 2012 and things have definitely changed. Uptown has been undergoing a revitalization over the past five or six years, and while the D.I.N.K. (double income, no kids) in me loves it, the eighties teen in me longs for the way it used to be. Whatever I feel about it, there’s no denying this has been a much needed financial injection for the area. Gone is The Uptown Bar (where you could always find a famous person having a beer) and in it’s place an Apple store. Urban Outfitters has gone mainstream and Calhoun Square now houses a huge Lifetime Fitness. There’s a Columbia and North Face store right next to each other…absolutely NOT what Uptown used to stand for. But I guess this is the face of a new generation and I’d better get used to it.

There is one new addition in the neighborhood that I can really get behind. Covered Uptown is an amazing boutique that is locally owned and operated and appeals to both sides of my personality. Located on Lagoon, it’s in my old neighborhood and right next door to Core Power Yoga. It’s a very up and coming section of Uptown. New apartments and retail seem to pop up every day. And if you’re in the retail industry, this is a very good thing.

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Covered Uptown has done an fabulous job of blending the old and the new. The shop is very visually appealing, has a homey feel, and you always feel very welcome. And the reason for this is Covered owner Stacy and her gals, Megan and Bridget. Not only are they fun and beautiful, they are super knowledgable about the product they carry and the world of fashion. They are very talented stylists and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for (and things you never even knew you needed). The boutique carries what I consider to be premium brands-Seven, Current Elliot, Wildfox, Dolce Vita, Ella Moss (just to name a few)-and some really unique pieces as well. And to keep it interesting, they offer events such as private shopping parties, spray tan and brow wax events, and on occasion break out the champagne. If you’re looking for a gorgeous, style filled boutique with the old Uptown vibe, I suggest you run to Covered Uptown. It’s a “no pressure” zone, just lots of fun. You’ll be very glad you did.

Covered Uptown is located at 1201 Lagoon Ave
Hours are Mon~Fri 11-8, Saturday 11-7, and Sunday 12-5
For more information, please visit Shop Covered or find them on Facebook

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Long Cardigans J’Adore

I adore long cardigans! They have been a signature piece in my wardrobe for at least ten years. They are super cozy and keep me warm all winter long, and they can double as a jacket in the spring and fall. I live in them most of the year. They work with almost everything, but I especially love them with leggings and boots. I’m always asked where I get them, so I put together a little collection featuring some of my favorite, most affordable sweaters this season. Enjoy!

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Fair Aisle Shawl Cardigan $59.50
Love fair aisle!

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Boyfriend Cardigan $69.50
Boyfriend styles are great because they cover your butt!

Both available at American Eagle

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Patterned Shawl Collar Cardigan $69.99

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Hooded Dolman-Sleeve Sweater $79.95
Hoods are a great feature.

Both available at Gap

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Marled Tie-Belt Cardigan $29

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Cable-Knit Toggle Sweater $49.94

Both available at Old Navy

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Costa Blanca Cable Fisherman Cardigan $98

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Free People Beached Shell Cardigan $89.99

Both available at Hot Mama

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BDG Snowflake Intarsia Cardigan $149
I love BDG! Most of my sweaters are this brand.

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BDG Marled Cable Fisherman Cardigan $69
I have this in several colors.

Both available at Urban Outfitters

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