Gray

I originally thought of calling this post ‘Shades of Gray’ (super original, right?!?) but then decided to go with something less obvious, HA!

Alright now back to my Minneapolis food quest. Because it’s been so cold lately I’ve been really, REALLY obsessed with soup, which is how I came to find yum! Kitchen and Bakery. I went in for soup and left with that plus samiches and pastries — they got me good! Everything was really yummy, especially the mushroom soup. I will fo-sho go back to try a few items on the entrees section AND of course I will pick up a large size soup to-go (so OBSESSED with soup).

Outfit Combo: top: J.Crew colorblock lace panel sweater, Zara coat, and knit hat from Asos (another cute style here), bottom: rag & bone Skinny Stretch Jeans, and shoes: Circus by Sam Edelman Reese booties

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Getting Blanket Cozy

Zara Multi Jacquard Scarf

At times, the winter chill just makes me want to go all “honey badger mode” about my fashion choices. Honey badger don’t care what she’s wearing as long as it’s warm and comfortable. Well thank god that blanket scarves are in-trend this season. Not only is it look good, it ticks of the two most important thing in my winter wear checklist: warmth and comfort. I snagged this baby for a super sweet deal during black friday, which makes it even better!

There are so many different ways to wear the blanket scarf. For this post, I’m doing a “belted look”. It kind of looks like I’m wearing a wool wrap dress, doesn’t it? Scroll down and read on to see a step by step guide on how to get the look. It is soooooo easy, I promise!

Outfit Combo: multi jacquard scarf from Zara (find similar also here and here), dress from Topshop, tights from J.Crew, belt from BCBG Max Azria (find similar here), monogram neverfull bag from Louis Vuitton, toronto tall suede boots from Sorel.

Zara Multi Jacquard Scarf

Zara Multi Jacquard Scarf

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Layers on Layers

I’ve discovered an up side to my first (seemingly never-ending) Minneapolis winter… THE SUN! On the days that the sun is out it feels nice to go outside and walk around (as long as I add a few layers first, DUH). I even see people outside jogging, total show offs but whatever the point is I don’t have to hibernate all winter long, I can actually go out and explore the new area! Turns out I live near a lot of cute coffee shops, local not that chain crap (you know who you are). On this particular day we tried out Dogwood Coffee Bar. Gotta say upon walking in the smell was AH-maz-ing! I tried the Indonesian brew (shout out Gita) and lil man got a hot chocolate. AND they have pastries from Rustica Bakery which we def ordered as well (#fatkidconfessions) because you can’t have coffee without pastries, CAN’T DO IT.

It was a little pricey, as most good coffee is, but other than that we will probably be back again!

Outfit Combo: top: J.Crew check top (similar here) and Utility vest with Ralph Lauren denim jacket (similar style here), bottom: H&M thick leggings, shoes: Circus by Sam Edelman Reese booties, sunnies: Ray-Ban aviators, and bag: Fendi (old)

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Classic Camel Coat

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

I’ve been looking for a camel coat for awhile now — and I finally found what I’m looking for at Uniqlo. My favorite part about this coat is the cashmere blend that gives it the layer of warmth and extra soft fuzziness, while keeping the jacket light. Also, there’s something vaguely early 90′s about the cut that I can’t get enough of.

Outfit Combo: cashmere blended chester coat from Uniqlo (find similar also here and here), leggings from Pookie & Sebastian (find similar here and here), turtleneck sweater from Victoria’s Secret (find similar here and here), rock stud convertible crossbody from Valentino, earrings from Forever 21, pumps from Diane Von Fustenberg.

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

Uniqlo Cashmere Blended Chester Coat

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Winter White

While every other blogger (and their mom) is online posting super sassy fall pics and quips… I’m over here like uh it’s winter and it’s COLD! And unlike the brave souls who strip down to take snow pictures, I’m once again sayin’ ‘it’s effin’ COLD’.

Since I’m in hibernation mode – and my son begged – we decided to get some burgers for dinner (#nomnom). We had been driving past this joint called MyBurger for a week, talking about how cute the sign was, but never actually going in. We decided to hit that place up, and were super glad we did. Our order consisted of: the original burger, fries, onion rings, and chocolate milk shake. Everything was YUM, especially the onion rings (I’m a sucker for rings). This place has been added to our list of FAV spots to eat AND we may or may not have gone back the next day for a second round of deliciousness!

Outfit Combo: top: H&M men’s sweater (old), MICHAEL Michael Kors Wool Peacoat (similar style), and Burberry Giant Check Fringed Cashmere Muffler, bottom: H&M thick leggings, shoes: Vince Camuto Over the Knee Leather Boot(old, similar here), and bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Double Handel Mini Satchel

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Flies and Fuzzies

Topshop Textured Faux Fur Front Jumper

I am a fuzzy lover — I just love pretty much anything soft and fuzzy. If it was really possible to wear a kitten tee, I totally would. Unfortunately since there is no such thing, I gotta settle for the next best thing: faux fur.
This Topshop jumper not only has a super soft faux fur panel, but it’s in one of my favorite go to color: gray. But wearing gray on a gray winter can sometimes be a bit too… well, gray! So to combat the gray blandness, I have make sure I add a pop of color here and there, like a bright pink lipgloss and super festive fly earrings.

Outfit Combo: textured faux fur front jumper from TopShop, fly earrings from Crazy & Co., imitation leather skirt from H&M; (find similar also here and here), beanie from Gap (find similar here and here), booties from Dolce Vita, satchel from Be & D (find similar here and here).

Topshop Textured Faux Fur Front Jumper

Topshop Textured Faux Fur Front Jumper

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Purple Rain

Though it looks like I’m channeling a winter version of Prince circa 1984 (or MJ), I didn’t plan to wear purple (ERR eggplant?) on purple like this, I SWEAR! It’s just that I wanted to wear the hat, this jacket was already out, my son was in the hallway sayin ‘HURRY UP’, and the rest is well… pictured above.

Any-who back to my Minneapolis food quest. On this particular day I wanted to check out the Holidazzle Village. What is this seemingly magically named place, you ask?!!??? Well, I was just about to tell you, Patience my young Padawan (get it bc I’m like a Jedi Master and you… ERRR Nevermind). To be honest with ya, I wasn’t sure what a Holidazzle was either, so decided I needed to investigate (being that it’s my first winter here). Turns out it’s a litte holiday market set up in the down town area. It was super cute too! They built it out to look like a German Christmas market (or at least that is how I took it). There was mulled wine, pastries, brats, and super cute ornaments. The day we went (two days after opening) was a little crowded BUT the food was still pretty good, and mulled wine kept us warm. I’m not sure if I would go back (don’t enjoy crowds), but it was still fun to check out at least once.

Outfit Combo: top: AllSaints wool coat (sold out, similar here) and Goorin Bros Maise Lock Felt Fedora, bottom: rag & bone Skinny Stretch Jean, shoes: Modern Vintage over the knee boots (old), and sunnies: Ray-Ban Aviators

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Cyber Monday Picks

Cyber Monday Picks

A lot of people (including me) probably consider Monday to be the worst day of the week. For fifty-one weeks of the year, poor ol’ Monday gets none of the love and all of the hate. But there is one day where it gets to be the star of the week: Cyber Monday!
Maybe it’s the procrastinator in me, but I’m usually in too much of a food coma to be an effective shopper on Black Friday. And I definitely am not fan of the crazy shopping crowds of that day. Then around Sunday evening I come to the realization: crap, I missed on the weekend deals. Well thank god for the second chance known as Cyber Monday.

Read on for find out more about the Cyber Monday picks I’ve got my eyes on.

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Pho Real

Now that it’s super COLD, snowy and freezie (yup, I made up another word) I’ve been on a mission for Pho. It’s basically my go to meal in the winter months. I love how warm the broth is and the jalapeños and siracha clear my sinuses — esp if I’m sick — all in all Pho is basically the perfect cold weather meal (well that and RAMEN!). Being new to Minneapolis means that I need to ask people where to go AND trust the Yelp reviews. The later is hard for me because a lot of reviewers have lead me astray and lets face it some of them are probably friends with the owners, BUT you never know unless you try (right?!??)… which is exactly what I did.

My mission (bc it’s a mission to me – from me, I had no choice but to accept it): FIND PHO PLACE, to accomplish this I ate at two different places in a week (dedicated and motivated). The two spots: Pho 79 and Quang Restaurant. I really liked both places for different reasons. Pho 79 had AMAZING broth and they were super generous with the meat (NOM). Quang had yummy Bun Bo Hue (beef noodle soup) and egg rolls (wasn’t crazy about the egg rolls at Pho 79). My husband isn’t a huge fan of soup so he ordered the Com Ga Xao (lemongrass chicken and rice), which was pretty delicious too! All in all I’d say I’m happy with my new Pho spots… and shall RETURN. If you ever find yourself in Minnie, tell them I sent ya (though it might be awk since I don’t know the owner or anything)!

Outfit Combo: top: AllSaints leather biker jacket (old, similar style here), Zara button up and checked scarf and H&M cropped sweater, bottom: J Brand Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, shoes: Nike ‘Pre Montreal’ sneakers, and bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Double Handel Mini Satchel

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Leopard Spots

Voodoo Vixen vivienne leopard pencil dress

What a change in weather a week could make! I swear, I don’t remember it being that cold when I left for Italy (and gratefully it wasn’t very cold in there either). But it sure was a different story when I returned. Last week was so nippin cold! It almost got me a bit worried that a Buffalo-style snowstorm is close to making it’s way to NYC. My first panicked thought was: oh sh!t, I still have a few fall items obtained pre-Italy that I haven’t worn yet, like my Voodoo Vixen vivienne leopard print dress. Thankfully, there was a break in the cold weather on Sunday and my faux leather jacket was all I needed to keep myself warm. I know it’s going to get back to being colder, and something even worse soon. Is praying to the fashion gods to keep the snow at bay for at least a few more weeks considered wishful thinking?

Outfit Combo: vivienne leopard pencil dress from Voodoo Vixen (find similar also here and here), faux leather jacket from Romeo & Juliet Couture (find similar here and here), aixa lace-up leather platform booties from Member’s Only, envelope clutch from ASOS (find similar here and here).

Voodoo Vixen vivienne leopard pencil dress

Voodoo Vixen vivienne leopard pencil dress

Voodoo Vixen vivienne leopard pencil dress

It’s even “warm” enough on Sunday that I could brave taking my jacket off to show you the leopard dress in all it’s glory.

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Rome

Last stop ROMA. So much to see and so very little time. The architecture, history, views, and awesome weather, left us kinda speechless. Which was fine because we had a tour guide do all the talking for us. YES (le sigh) we were the American tour group following the person holding up a stick with a flag. Let me say this though… TOTALLY WORTH IT. Yea we had headphones, and followed a leader ON THE FLIP SIDE we had access to areas the normal tourists couldn’t go into so SUCK IT!

AND NOW… it’s back to REALITY. Till next time #jetsetters

Jess’ Outfit: top: Uniqlo button up and Helmut Lang knit tank sweater (similar here), bottom: J Brand ’811′ Mid Rise skinny jean, shoes: Nike ‘Pre Montreal’ sneakers, and sunnies: Ray-Ban aviators.

Gita’s Outfit: hoodie: Rodarte, pants: fabletics, bag: matt & nat, scarf (worn as turban): Madewell, and shoes: Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit.

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Pisa

We couldn’t leave Florence without taking a quick (1 hour with all the stops) train ride to Pisa. I mean it would sort of be a crime for us to be that close and not go check it out and pose as if we were holding the building up. Of course with all the stops and our semi-poor planning on using the regional train (FYI totally different from the train we took between the bigger cities), we only had a limited amount of time to take photos and climb to the top ot the tower… BUT on the bright side we went, we climbed, we posed, we conquered.

Ciao Bella!

Jess’ Outfit: top: Helmut Lang textured sweater (similar in white) and Alexander McQueen scarf (similar here), bottom: J Brand ’811′ Mid Rise skinny jean, boots: Vince Camuto (similar here and here), and bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Double Handel Mini Satchel.

Gita’s Outfit: sweater: french connection, jeans: uniqlo ultra stretch jean, bag: matt & nat, scarf (worn as turban): Madewell, and shoes: Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit.

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Florence

It’s raining, it’s pouring, BUT that won’t stop us from enjoying our day in Florence. To be honest we were pretty lucky on this trip. November is the rainy month for most of the cities we visited. So to only be drizzled on one of the days was kind of AMAZING.

The entire time in Florence for me was sort of a food coma blur. Hands down FAV meals from our entire trip were eaten here. Both mine and Gita’s most memorable meal was from Trattoria I’ Parione. We ended up sharing everything we ordered: beef carpaccio, gnocchi, filet, potatoes, tiramisu, creme brulee, and of course chianti. Per usual, WE REGRET NOTHING!

Jess’ Outfit: top: H&M top and Sheinside sweater, bottom: rag & bone skinny stretch jean, and boots: Vince Camuto (similar here and here), and just in case umbrella.

Gita’s Outfit: dress: Brandy Meleville (similar here and here), fur vest: Saks (similar here and here), scarf: American Apparel, and boots: Dolce Vita.

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Venice

Ciao from Venezia! The great thing about being in Europe is the train system is AMAZING. I really wish it was as reasonably priced (and fast) in America too. We were able to jump on Trenitalia and got to Venice, from Milan, in two hours (THAT ISH CRAY). The down side (there always has to be a catch) to this mode of trans that we learned later on in our trip… one word – STRIKE. Yup, that’s right if the workers go on strike, NO TRAIN = you stuck son.

Any-who back to Venice. One of our goals, besides having fun and drinking Chianti, on this trip was to eat our way through the local cuisines. In Venice the dish du jour is… seafood (OBVI). We originally wanted to eat at Ristorante al Covo but alas didn’t think to make a reservation (WHY WHY WHY) and got turned away at the door (‘Embarrassing’ – Unikitty voice). Luckily we were trying to eat at 1930 (730 p.m. aka old people time in Italy) so we were able to get a table at Ristorante Carpaccio, recommended by the host at al Covo who took pity on us. I ate a caprese salad to start followed by pasta with clams (#nomnom #foodcoma) and REGRET NOTHING.

Anyone else have FAV restaurants from Venice or places they would like to go back and try?

Jess’ Outfit: top: Sheinside v-neck blouse (another style here) and J.Crew Utility vest, bottom: rag & bone skinny stretch jean, and boots: Vince Camuto (similar here and here)

Gita’s Outfit: top: Banana Republic timeless v-neck tee, American Apparel unisex circle scarf and Romeo & Juliet Couture faux leather jacket, bottom: Uniqlo ultra strech jean, and sneakers: Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Parmesan, we’re in Piazza San Marco!

Another shot for Instagram… because it’s the LAW!

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Milan

Buongiorno! We apologize for being MIA last week BUT we have a good excuse. Our annual M&C trip… YAY! This time we went to ITALY (super loud excited voice #mcxitaly). There were so many places we wanted to see that we decided to do a pseudo-back packing trip through our top four cities. First stop… MILANO aka Milan (duh!). Due to our tight timeline (one week) we were only able to stay in Milan for a day (so SAD) BUT we do have some tips for those who are planning to visit this amazing city in the future.

First things first, pick the sights you want to see and get your tickets in advance. I’m talking WAY in advance. We ordered ours a month out and that was still cutting it a little close. We went to see the Duomo di Milano and Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Our limited time left us with a list of so many other places we want to see in the future which basically means we need to go back!

Anyone else LOVE Milan and have a list of must see places?

Outfit Combo: top: J.Crew Endless shirt, Ralph Lauren denim jacket (similar here and here) and Zara plaid scarf (similar here and here), bottom: H&M leggings (similar here and here), shoes: Nike ‘Pre Montreal’ sneakers, and bag: Cole Haan Vestry Mini Crossbody

You can’t tell we are tourists or anything… The map totes doesn’t give it away (HA!)

Say Parmesan!

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(Almost) All Black

H&M Imitation Leather Skirt

I don’t know what it is about NYC, but people here just love to wear dark colors, specially when it’s cold out. True story: I was once walking by a couple, who were obviously tourist, commenting to each other that so many people here wear all black. As I chuckled at their stereotyped observation I realized that *gasp* I was pretty much wearing head-to-toe black. I guess I fight right into that stereotype.

Outfit Combo: sweater from Victoria’s Secret (find similar here and here), imitation leather skirt from H&M, aixa lace-up leather platform booties from Ann Taylor, envelope clutch from ASOS (find similar here and here).

H&M Imitation Leather Skirt

H&M Imitation Leather Skirt

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Make a Statement With Crazy & Co. (and Win $50 Gift Card)

Win $50 Crazy & Co Giftcard

No doubt about it, I am a huge fan of statement jewelry (sometimes the bigger the better). Why? I think because it’s probably the easiest way to transform and elevate your outfit. This is especially true if, like me, your closet contains a lot of basics that pieces that you usually mix and match together. Nothing wrong with a classic LBD (little black dress) + blazer combo for work. But that outfit will look so much hotter with an attention grabbing statement piece thrown on top of it.
Plus, as the weather gets colder (and our clothes gets bulkier), I think it begs the case for statement jewelry more. I just love the unexpected touch of a chunky statement necklace paired with a cable-knit argyle sweater.

Pictured above is a selection of my favorite statement jewelry from the Crazy & Co. collection (shown in photo in clockwise order, starting from top-left):
 ♥ Goddess Necklace
 ♥ Yes, My Lady Earrings
 ♥ Roomila Necklace
 ♥ Solar Bracelet
 ♥ Fly Earrings

And of course, since today is Giveaway Friday, there will be a little something for you guys too. One lucky reader will win a $50 Crazy & Co. gift card, good towards the purchase of any jewelry item (necklaces, earrings, rings or bracelet) on their site. So you too can also make a statement.
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Land of Lakes

The past month has been a whirl wind of change for me. I moved cities, jobs, etc. from the DC metro area to (pause for effect) Minneapolis. Yup, that’s right I am now a resident of the city where Prince is from … #purplerain. My two main concerns since the move is the massive winter and getting arrested for stalking Prince (does anyone have bail money?).

Before it gets too cold I’m going to enjoy the nice fall weather and explore all the sights and restaurants my new area has to offer. Any of our MN readers have recommendations for me?

Outfit Combo: top: Sheinside blouse (similar here and here) and Alexander McQueen scarf (similar here), bottom: rag & bone skinny stretch jean, boots: Vince Camuto (similar style here), sunnies: Ray-Ban aviators, and bag: Fendi (old)

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Leather and Blue

H&M Crêpe Dress

Fall is in full swing and soon enough the chill of winter is going to be here. On some days, it feels like that’s already here in NYC. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not quite ready yet for the bulky coats and scarves, and the face-hiding wool hats. I’m wearing out my summer and early fall clothes, so I don’t get that “damn I can’t wear this anymore for a few more months” regret. This crêpe dress is really more of a summer piece, but good thing the weather is good enough that I can still wear it layered with a pair of tights.

Outfit Combo: crêpe Dress from H&M, tights from Spanx, short necklace from H&M, boots from Dolce Vita, backpack from Deena & Ozzy, vintage hat.

H&M Crêpe Dress

H&M Crêpe Dress

H&M Crêpe Dress

H&M Crêpe Dress

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Giveaway Friday: Zoya Nail Polish Set

Zoya Nail Polish Set for Timo Weiland S/S 2015 Collection

TGIF! And of course we got Giveaway Friday lined up to make your day even better. One lucky winner will get a Zoya nail polish gift set, with three gorgeous shades: Blu, Adel, and Bela.

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