Champagne Bar

Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily a favorite holiday of mine. I don’t loath the celebration of love or anything, I just don’t like being forced into it. Crowded restaurants, over priced food and drinks, feeling rushed because they want to give your table to the next reservation (yea I’m talking to you).

Instead of dealing with all that headache, I decided to host a fun, sweet filled get together in the comfort of my own home. Today I’m showing you how to put together a mini champagne bar, perfect for Valentines or any other get together you host, or attend.

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Empire State of Mind

Maison Scotch Faux Fur Coat

Have you guys seen the series Empire? It’s quickly becoming my new TV guilty pleasure. My favorite character of the show is named Cookie. Aside from being super fabulous and not the b**** you want to mess around with, Cookie is always adorned in fabulous fashion. The coat I’m wearing on this post reminds me of something she would wear, so I got to calling it the Cookie coat. Turns out I wasn’t the only one who thought that. Because when I went out this past weekend for my birthday, my friends were calling it the same thing. I guess there’s a reason we’re friends — great minds think alike.

Outfit Combo: faux fur coat from Maison Scotch, dress from BCBG (find similar styles here), clemence minaudiere clutch from Pour La Victoire, sheer tights from Spanx, golden amulet double ring from Wildfox, boots from Members Only.

Maison Scotch Faux Fur Coat

Maison Scotch Faux Fur Coat

Maison Scotch Faux Fur Coat

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LuLu*s The Great Galentine’s Giveaway: Win Free Dresses for a Year!

Lulu's Galantine

Valentine’s Day is probably not be everyone’s favorite holiday. I actually make a point to avoid going out to dinner on the actual day. Getting crammed in an overbooked restaurant while eating overpriced prix fixe meals? No thanks. Well I’ve got a reason that’s going to make Valentine your favorite time of the year: winning a year’s worth of free dresses from Lulu*s.

You might ask: “Hold up, what? A whole year?”

YES, AN AMAZING YEAR OF FREE DRESSES FROM LULU*S.

Forget the flowers, treat yourself to fab frocks for Valentine’s day! Lulu*s giving away an entire year of free dresses to one lucky gal (and her best pal) for all of 2015!!

All you have to do is subscribe to their email newsletter by entering your email address below! You’ll get a coupon code for immediate shopping upon entry and kept up to date on all the latest looks and chic styles! Want an additional entry (and a better chance to win)? Refer a friend! Visit Lulu’s website for more details and to enter the giveaway.

Lulu's Galantine

I had a fun day hanging out with my favorite galentine, blogger Megan Zietz of TF Diaries in our Lulu*s frocks. Just in case you’re wondering, galentine is just what it sounds like: valentine love for your gal pal.

I must say, I’m loving our looks and I could definitely get used to getting a years worth of it for free (who wouldn’t).

Lulu's Galantine

My outfit: repeat after me black striped dress, lumber jane plaid coat.
Lulu's Galantine

Megan’s outfit: ballet liaison strapless dress.
Lulu's Galantine

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Snow Play

I was really surprised to see how much Bear loves walking through the snow. When we get out to one of the lakes, her tail starts wagging and she runs around in circles. She pretty much looks like a child pumped up on candy and adrenaline. It’s funny and super cute at the same time. A down side for me is despite the booties and jacket, she still manages to harbor that wet dog smell once we get back home. Needless to say we are keeping pet shampoo in biz this winter.

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Outfit Combo: top: H&M tee, Saks Fifth Avenue BLACK knit and fur vest (similar here and here), and Burberry cashmere check earmuffs, bottom: rag & bone skinny stretch jeans, shoes: Tory Burch snow boots (old, fun style here and here)

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Heat Wave

Back when I was in the Air Force, I had this room-mate that was from Michigan. We were stationed in Germany at the time, and being a Cali girl, I still wasn’t 100% used to the snow. So the point of this back story is my girl, Jeni, would roll to the store with me in shorts and a sweatshirt. I’d be like ‘Girl you’re CRAZY’, it’s cold, where are your pants, and jacket. Well, believe it or not the tables have turned AND I am now the crazy person that thinks 35 degrees is warm enough to venture out of the house sans jacket — what is the world coming to?!??

Outfit Combo: top: Chelsea28 eyelash v-neck sweater, Adrienne Landau fur vest (similar here and here) and Goorin Bros. maise lock felt fedora hat, bottom: rag & bone jean high rise leggings, shoes: Jeffrey Campbell over the knee boots (old, similar here and here)

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Tomboy In Vans

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

I used to have this rule that I only wear sneakers when I work out. Well I’m slowly and surely changing that. It started when I was traveling in Italy. When you walk more than three miles on a daily basis, there was little option other than working sneaker into your everyday ensemble.
Then during the holiday break, I found this super cool Vans sneakers that was on sale. It reminded me of the stuff the boys wear when I was in high school. Never one to shy away from borrowing from the men’s side of the closet, I decided to take the challenge and incorporate the sneakers into my wardrobe.

Outfit Combo: cashmere blended chester coat from Uniqlo (find similar styles also here and here), once a cheetah sweater from Mink Pink, chambray shirt from H&M (find similar styles here and here), ultra stretch jeans from Uniqlo (find similar style also here), classic sk8-hi high-tops from Vans, golden amulet double ring from Wildfox, matte black square sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, bag from Madewell.

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

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Frosty

I like big scarfs, and I can not lie, HAHA get it because I’m always wearing big scarfs and it’s cold … Never-mind. As I stated in my pervious post here, just because I’m new to Minneapolis, and I’m not used to this much snow-ie cold, doesn’t mean I get a free pass to hibernate all winter. I mean shoot, I’m already getting white enough as it is, #needatan. After scouring the web, and stalking on Instagram, I found that a lot of people were going to Minnehaha Falls now that it’s frozen. Gotta say, the place was really awesome. It’s so crazy to be able to walk on water, yet find places (not anywhere I walked because I’m too scared) where the water is still flowing between gaps in the ice CRAZY! I’m sure after a while I’ll be like yea, yea, yea everyone knows this, but for now as a newbie I’m like WHOA.

After visiting the falls we went to grab some food at Barbette. Now I’m sure most of you, like Gita and my sister, are wondering where the food pictures are at. For the moment the ones I take are not worthy to be posted, too dark, blurry, randos in background, etc. I promise that I will try to get better at taking food pictures so that I can share all the yummie-ness, for now you have to rely on my words. We went to Barbette for brunch, but they actually have a dinner menu as well. The restaurant is super popular so I recommend making a reservation, especially for brunch. Inside the place is a cozy bistro type atmosphere that smells of coffee, which is great because I LOVE COFFEE. If you didn’t guess from the name, the menu had the usual brunch suspects and french bistro type items all made with fresh local ingredients. There were so many things I wanted to try but settled on : breakfast poutine, poached organic eggs, croissant, and coffee (teaser photo here). Everything was yummy and I’m going to return because I still want to try the crepe and vegetable hash.

Outfit Combo: top: LOFT striped layering tee, AllSaints leather biker jacket (similar here), fur trim cashmere shawl worn as scarf (similar here), bottom: rag & bone high rise leggings, shoes: Tory Burch duck boots (old, great options here, here, and here), and sunnies: Ray-Ban aviators

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Patterns

Milly leather sleeved man's coat

Time and time again, I’ve heard comments from people that New Yorkers seem to wear exclusively black in the wintertime. I do think there is some truth to that. Black is a universal, easy to wear, color that goes with pretty much everything. Most people may not have a red or pink coat, but they probably have a black one. So when winter time comes and people are donning their jacket to bundle up, it gives the impression that all of a sudden everyone collectively decides to wear black.

I’m probably a bit guilty of wearing too much black in the wintertime myself. I mean black is a cool color, so there’s nothing wrong with it, right? But when I’m feeling like I have too much of it on, I try to add pops of color hear and pops of pattern there. Because sometimes you need more than just the basic black.

Outfit Combo: leather sleeved man’s coat from Milly, double u-neck dress from American Apparel (find similar styles also here and here), tights from Spanx, necklace from Marc By Marc Jacobs, hat from Urban Outfitters, boots from Member’s Only.

Milly leather sleeved man's coat

Milly leather sleeved man's coat

Milly leather sleeved man's coat

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Cozy

One of the fun things I’ve learned during my first Minneapolis winter is that life outdoors doesn’t stop. I did a lot of exploring (and getting used to the cold) outside this past weekend and saw people walking on the lakes, ice fishing, sledding, etc. Yea it’s cold here, but that doesn’t mean I need to hibernate all winter. Now instead of just finding yummy food places, I will be exploring the winter activities for myself and my son. Stay tuned!

Outfit Combo: top: J.Crew endless shirt, Gap ribbed raglan sweater, knit scarf (made by my Aunt, similar style here and here), and MICHAEL Michael Kors wool coat (similar here), bottom: rag & bone skinny jean, and shoes: Circus by Sam Edelman ‘Reese’ booties

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Fuzzy Fur

BSable Lauren Faux Fur Coat

It may not be as bad as Jess’s Minneapolis weather, but New York City got pretty cold and blustery last week. On days like these, you don’t really feel like going outside, let alone dressing up pretty. I definitely wore my puffer coat one too many times — it sure is functional, but not the prettiest thing in the world.
So on the weekend, I decided to glam it up and bust out my fuzzy faux fur coat. I got the best of both worlds: looking good and staying warm.

Outfit Combo: lauren faux fur coat from BSable (find similar styles here and here), heattech turtleneck t-shirt from Uniqlo (find similar styles also here and here), ultra skinny pants from Gap, necklace from Kenneth Cole, golden amulet double ring from Wildfox, hat from Urban Outfitters, boots from Ann Taylor.

BSable Lauren Faux Fur Coat

BSable Lauren Faux Fur Coat

BSable Lauren Faux Fur Coat

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