Fringe

top: c/o StyleMint, skirt: f21, polka-dotted tights: h&m, heels: romwe, blazer: f21
Our dears, mk&a, have launched a sweet line of tops all available at StyleMint. The one-shoulder I’m wearing above is one such top. I’ve also picked up a grey & black color-block top and a couple others that you will see on here soon! It’s a pretty sweet site. You get to create a style profile and then they give you personalized shirt recommendations, based on your responses. Then you can check out the rest of the stock and pick your favs. Shipping is free (both ways) and quick… always something I appreciate! PLUS first-timers can use the discount code RUBY to get 20% off your order through March 7!
And get this… You lucky ladies get the chance to win a StyleMint shirt of your choice (1 credit)! Woohoo! 
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The winner will be announced in this post next week, Weds March 7
This contest is open to readers from the US & Canada
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Congrats to Kaylie Nguyen, entry #64 via Twitter sharing!!
58 blogger entries + 9 entries listed in order of occurrence via sharing on fb/retweeting on twitter

Thank you to all who entered! 
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Sixties Mod + The Shows (MSPFW)

sixties mod dress: dainty daisies, fringe bag: len, white boots: rewind vintage
Ok, isn’t this little orange dress the cutest?? I picked it up from Dainty Daisies, a vintage boutique that just opened a store in Appleton, WI. My parents and I wandered in as we were doing a little shopping in the area. I was so impressed to find a small but quality selection of interesting and non-vintage-smelling (one of my pet peeves, haha!) pieces. This sixties-inspired modern shift dress was one of three I came home with. Can’t wait to show you the others!
I kept the styling super simple, only three pieces in this look! Really wanted the vibrant orange color to shine. PS- This is my first time rocking the sock bun. Patrick got a kick out of seeing me pull a brown polka-dotted sock out of my hair haha. I followed this tutorial to make it happen.

Well, good morning friends! Oh my goodness, Sunday marks the end of one of the busiest weeks of my existence. And today the beginning of one of the least busy! Definitely ready for a little bit of a speed reduction. As in the pace of life… just to clarify 🙂 
Today I’m highlighting the last of the events I attended for MSPFW. And this happened to be one of my favs. Emma Berg’s collection was jaw dropping, with a few shock & awe ensembles (among them a playful stuffed animal goose draping like a necklace), out-there styling (XL neon eyelashes and pastel-toned hair), as well as a few highly inspiring looks. I absolutely adore these three looks I posted of hers. The mega exaggerated shoulders and fringe-feathered white dress is marvelously en vogue and simply gorgeous. The pink dress with similarly exaggerated shoulders and a peter pan collar is girly and fun. Finally, I felt like Emma killed it on the soft blush shift dress with neon pink piping. This talented designer is going places, no doubt about it.

Kjurek’s designs were loosely structured, with deep backs and a lot of draping. I really enjoyed this bright green print dress as well as a black cape with a wide neck that was also part of her collection. Amanda Christine’s collection was pretty off-the-rack and mainstream. That being said, I really appreciated a few of her edgier pieces, like this contrast-trim top and a jumpsuit that was also part of the collection. She gets my props for designing one of the few jumpsuits in MSPFW, a silhouette that’s blasting the scene internationally.
photo by Rhea Pappas of MN Fashion

Emerging Designers Showcase || MSPFW

Another great night for MSPFW. This event featured new or up and coming designers to the fashion scene. This black dress by Carolyn Hayden was positively stunning. I love the easy elegance that she consistently delivers in her designs. The fabric-layering and gentle cascade of a sheer train are fresh and chic.
Gina Marie Vintage designed this white, flowy dress. Such a beautiful, striking look. 
  The ombre dying and subtle peplum in these looks by Marissa Bridges is absolute perfection. I wrapped up MSPFW attending my last event on Tuesday, which I’ll cover on Monday. I’ve enjoyed giving you a glimpse of our local fashion scene around here in the “mini apple”. 
A little something to chew on over the weekend:
Photo Source: Oldbarnrescuecompany
And that tufted chair… ooohh mylanta I could so work that into my design scheme.

The Red Dress Collection 2012

left: Jennifer Kline in Max Lohrbach, center: Landyn Hutchison in Emma Berg, right: Sandy Simmons in ArielSimone

 

BAM. That’s what a red dress says. One that’s doing its job. I find the above three dresses to be doing that job quite sufficiently. All were featured as part of MSPFW’s The Red Dress Collection, a fashion/women’s heart health initiative involving 11 original dresses each by a local designer. Max Lohrbach’s dress conveyed a hint of baby doll and a whole lot of romantic and whimsy. Emma Berg’s look was dramatic and elegant, with carefully executed bubbling and draping of the crisp fabric. The sweetheart neckline added an extra feminine and flattering touch. The sleek, form-fitting dress by ArielSimone had an almost vertebrae-like folded fabric train from the top to the bottom in back.
Left: by Joan Erakit with Emma Berg and Joan Erakit, Top right: by Minneapolis 2night with Hollie Mae Shultz, Bottom right: by CityPages with Nkechi Njaka
maxi: Parc Boutique (kensie), bag: thrifted, heel booties: maurices, necklace: parc boutique
 I wore a black, subtle leopard-print, long-sleeved maxi from Parc Boutique with all kinds of sheer going on. It was a dramatic statement, which of course was what I was going for, heading to a high-style event at a chic venue in downtown Minneapolis. Oh you better believes.

 

 

 

 

Twelve 2012

coat: parc boutique (pink martini), top: parc boutique (andree), heels: steve madden, leather pants: hallelu, bag: thrifted, sunglasses: f21
Ok can we please revel in the coolness of this coat from Parc Boutique? Ahhh… it’s like insta-audrey. Goodness, Thao and the other ladies at Parc know how to stock a store. This coat could be flattering on any body type. The billowy sleeves and a-line shape make for a stricking silhouette. I paired it with a polka-dotted top, leather pants, and pointy-toed heels for a ladylike and sleek look.
And fashion week in Minneapolis-St. Paul continues! Seriously, did you have any clue that so much style emanated from this notoriously snowy state where people supposedly have ridiculous accents and everyone still wears mom jeans. Whether or not that’s true, what cannot be contested is the happenin style scene. There have been and will continue to be high-impact designers and other fashion industry professionals in and from this area. So I was delighted to scope out the freshest talent at the University of Minnesota College of Design’s 44th annual Twelve event, that showcased collections by 11 graduating seniors.
These were my two favorite looks in the show. The first, a coat by Sara Lopez, is deliciously modern, with its sleek silhouette and clean lines. And the boho chic maxi by Crystal Compton has a gorgeous color and flowing movement, with sheer paneling that is positively stunning. 
Check out these other looks that caught my eye:
top left: sophomore designer, bottom left: Gabby Goetz, center: andrea sitter, top right: sophomore designer, bottom right: Jennifer Robertus

left: Maisee Heurh, right: sophomore designer
By junior year designer

Enjoyed the show w/Chelsea in the front row fo SHO.
Ok, I can’t leave it alone. We DON’T all wear mom jeans. But the snowy part is unfortunately quite true and the accents… well, you can let me know when I do my first fashion-related video on here someday. Don’t hold me to that.

Hey, by the way. LAST day to enter my current giveaway!
Get your name in the hat before I pick a winner this evening!!