Styling with Stephanie... 5 Spring 2018 Trends to Try

A new season = a new round of fun trends to try. I selected 5 very easy, very wearable trends to put to the test. Some of them you may already have in your closet, so I will also give some styling tips to help pull your looks together. 


The statement sleeve could mean a tie, bell, trumpet, slit or ruffles - often more than one of these. The rest of the silhouette should be simple (although I do like a bold floral print on the statement sleeve blouses). Pair the blouse with straight or skinny denim to keep the emphasis on your embellished arms. In fact, I encourage you to stack some beaded bracelets - like our Goldfine 8-strand crystal ones. On your feet, I love these "of the moment" kitten heel metallic sandals from Rebecca Minkoff.

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Light-wash, paper-thin chambray loves warm days & cool nights. Like a perfectly worn T or pair of denim, these spring chambrays are like getting a hug from an old-friend. The old stand-by, but in a fresh new way. Wear this chambray jacket or chambray shirt over a floral dress (long or short). For the button-down, consider tying in a knot to show off your waist. And yes, it's perfectly acceptable to wear a Canadian tuxedo (that's with jeans, to those unfamiliar with the term). If you are going that route, don't match your denim wash & please tuck your shirt. Add a cute silk scarf around your neck or as a belt and an on-the-go backpack from Rebecca Minkoff.

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Stevie Nicks rocker-style lace-up with the comfort of sweatshirts and leggings. This is a simple trend to try because lace-ups have been showing up on everything from leather to sweatpants. Whatever your dress code, incorporate some lace-up element. These leggings paired with a cotton-jersey draped moto jacket or oversized sweatshirt is a simple grocery store to casual dinner look. I would wear amazing 90s platform mules to elevate the style factor. 

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We have been seeing ruffles pop up here & there on specialty pieces, but now it's easy to give this trend a try - from the daintiest ruffle on the cuff of a sleeve to voluminous layers on dresses. Be wary of the ruffles overwhelming your frame. If you are petite, pick a thin or transparent fabric or keep it on the minimal side and for others, throw on layers or ruffles or ruffles in a sturdier cotton poplin. All fun in moderation. Keep the jewelry to one special piece like these gorgeous tiered druzy earrings from Helen Wang. An embossed floral crossbody, especially a chain strap keeps the feminine look modern. Keep your shoes minimal, like a kitten heel or strappy sandal.

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Topping off the "Top 5 Spring Trends to Try" is the trench. A spring staple gets a makeover with luxe fabrics and light pastel colors. This trench is actually a dusty rose colored Cupro fabric. It is the new go-to to put over flirty dresses and denim outfits. In this "on-the-go /traveling/cool-girl" look I styled a sweater tank, leather leggings, oversized floral tote (with matching clutch), rose colored sunnies, and a Corkcicle tumbler to hold her Starbucks. For a dressier look, it doesn't get any better than the Line winter white wool trench coat worn by Meghan Markle when she announced her engagement to Prince Harry! Hurry in if you want to get a glimpse of this extra special piece as we only have one left! 

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Holiday Head to Toe Style

Your social calendar is already filling up for the season and we have the perfect winter dresses for whatever event you're headed to! We also have plenty of ideas for styling you head to toe so head into the store and we'll help you find the perfect party outfit or shop any of these looks online!

Work Cocktail Party

Conservative, but with a festive twist! This Shoshanna LBD has just the right amount of shimmer with a gold metallic jacquard fabric. 

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Candlelight Worship Service

Be comfortable and cozy in this gorgeous cranberry knit pointelle dress! Easy to dress up or down with suede boots or booties and a touch of fur. 

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Jetsetter Holiday Getaway

Skip the holiday madness and plan a getaway in this chic winter white dress with studded detail. Pair it with the perfect glam accessories!

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Girlfriend Holiday Happy Hour

Pop some champagne and celebrate the season with your besties! This Tart sweater and metallic snake pant make the perfect, cool-girl holiday outfit and we love our new shoe of the season - an ode to the 90s suede platform!

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Winter School Performance

When you're going to be sitting watching your kid's school holiday play or a 3-hour performance of the Nutcracker, you want to be comfortable but still look cute. Cue the sweater dress! We love the velvet tie on this John + Jenn one shoulder style!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The gifts have arrived at Stephanie's! We've hand-selected our favorite items at every price point so there's something for everyone on your list. Stop at Stephanie's first for the best gift-giving season ever. Check out these offerings:

Gifts for Under $50

Spitfire Girl FragrancesAvailable in spray & convenient rollerball form, there are 6 different scents to appeal to anyone. 

Fur Armor Beaver Fur Cup Sleeves: For anyone on your list, mail carrier, host gift, teacher, girlfriend - our famous fur sleeves from a Minnesota maker keep coffee and hands cozy. "You never knew you needed it, until you have one yourself." Stephanie Morrissey 

Gigi NY Leather Card Case: Easy to find in your wallet & sleek enough for your clutch - carry your essentials! A college student or Mom-on-the-go would love this gift! 

Hanky Panky Underwear: I mean, who doesn't need underwear? It's better than socks! That's for sure! 

Corkcicle Bottles & Wine Glasses: One of "Oprah's Favorite Things" for holiday gifting, this makes a wonderful gift for teachers, party hosts, gift exchanges, etc. I mean if it's good enough for Oprah... 

Cait Courneya Fashion CalendarThese card calendars would make any fashionista's day! Even better, they were made with love from a local fashion illustrator & artist. 

Gifts for Under $100

Sarah Magid Necklaces: These delicate necklaces are made of faceted mother-of-pearl. A modern but delicate necklace that would be a wonderful gift for a daughter or close work friend. 

Cocolux Candles: I'm no Oprah, but this is one of my favorite gifts (I also happen to keep a few for myself). The subtle scents & beautiful copper or brass reusable vessel makes this the perfect gift for someone you truly admire! 

August Leather/Fur PouchesI'm obsessed with these! Use them as a wallet inside your purse, and stash your essentials in it when you need to go out for girls night. 

Goldfine Crystal Bracelets: We love sparkle and find these simple yet stand-out bracelets an easy way to top off an outfit! Give them to your Mom or bestie! 

Spitfire Girl Candle or Perfume Sets: A thoughtful gift for that person in your life going through a rough patch. Tell them to use these scents when they are looking for Fortune, Love, Protection, or Seduction.

Wooden Ships PillowsOur favorite hand-knit sweater line has created an adorable line of hand-knit pillows! This would be a great gift for a designer, new homeowner, or new parent ("papa bear" & "mama bear" not pictured). 

Gifts for Under $250

Gigi NY CrossbodyOur best-selling clutch in a convenient cross-body. These babies hold exactly what your bestie will need when you two go out on the town. She might even let you borrow it ;) 

Raen SunglassesOur super-fly new sunglasses line looks flattering on just about everyone's face. Get a pair for your daughter or sister before she leaves for her tropical getaway. 

Helen Wang Jewelry: Local favorite makes the most exquisite jewelry for everyday wear or special occasion. Her designs appeal to all ages, price points & styles. 

Soia & Kyo Leather and Fur GlovesThese luxurious lambskin and fur gloves are the ultimate gloves for your special someone. 

Wooden Ships SweatersThese sweaters sell out quickly so hurry in for the best selection! Everyone loves the soft touch of these cozy, hand-knit sweaters. Styles shown available in mid-December. 

Autumn Cashmere Fur Pom ScarvesSuper soft cashmere and bright pops of color bring joy to even the most drab coats. These oversized scarves double as a wrap for a sleeveless dress or extra layer when you need it. 

Gifts for Under $500

Cashmere Sweaters: Who doesn't want a cashmere sweater for the holidays? We have tons of options, from basic wardrobe staples to a bright-colored stripe to make a statement. 

Fur Armor Beaver Fur Cowl: Top off any outfit with this ultra-luxe winter white beaver fur cowl! It's handmade in Minnesota and will definitely be a timeless winter accessory for your favorite person.

August HandbagsA statement bag is the ultimate gift. August handbags are made with textured leather skins, great for everyday use. I recommend the convertible crossbody, which comes with a built-in rose gold clutch. It's two bags in one! 

Rebecca Minkoff Feather Jacket: Feathers are a huge trend this year, but this jacket is a classic showstopper! Not your average jacket, your fashion-forward wife or daughter will love this to wear with jeans or a cocktail dress. 

Rebecca Minkoff Boots: These over-the-knee boots have embroidery detail, lace-up back, and stacked heel. For the woman that already has OTK boots or has been wanting a pair - these are unique and incredibly comfortable. 

Shoshanna Dresses: I love when our customers buy a dress as a gift. It shows a lot of thought went into the gift and they wanted to spoil them with something they might not buy themselves. We have tons of fabulous dresses for every style and a lot more on their way!

Join us every Thursday evening until Christmas for our Holiday Gifting Happy Hours! Sip on festive drinks while we help you pick out the perfect gift item. Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!!!

Styling with Stephanie... Wear Now, Wear Later

Truth be told, I'm not the best at planning my outfits ahead of time. However, the store is stocked and by the time I have to go to that wedding in August, my wardrobe & the store will be switching over to fall. Here are some wonderful pieces, versatile enough to wear now & later, casual or dressy.

Easter Now, Grad Parties Later

Click photo to shop this Fifteen Twenty floral cold shoulder dress

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Nothing says spring like a bright, colorful floral. This dress is comfortable & flirty; one of those dresses you can just throw on and go. For Easter Sunday, I'll wear this with ballet flats, dangly earrings and a crossbody bag. Thinking ahead, I would love to wear this out to a graduation party with metallic sandals (or flatforms like these) colorful earrings & a metallic clutch.

Work Outfit Now, Girls' Night Later

This black ruffle blouse is incredibly versatile. It would be perfect for work (jacket optional) with slim pants or a pencil skirt and pointy pumps. I love this basketweave bucket bag, although a structured tote would look fantastic, too. For a girls night at the new Bar Brigade or patio at W.A. Frost, slip on this fun printed Nicole Miller skirt, a bright crossbody or clutch, and wedges and you are ready for anything.

Jumpsuit Now, Jumpsuit Whenever

Click photo to shop this Fifteen Twenty stripe jumpsuit.

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This Fifteen Twenty cotton jumpsuit just came in. I don't have specific plans for it, I'm only worried I'm going to wear it too often. My first thought is a pool party, second thought - a backyard BBQ, happy hour, taking the kids to tennis, going for an evening stroll... I could go on. For a more casual take, slip on flat sandals, carry a tote, & load on delicate jewelry. To take the look a step further, wear strappy heels, a metallic clutch, & chandelier earrings.

Wear to Dinner Now, Wear to a Wedding Later

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Click photo to shop this Nicole Miller off the shoulder dress.

Yes, of course, I saved the best for last. I just love this Nicole Miller dress. It makes me smile (and jump for joy). I would wear this with a scarf, sandals & a neutral clutch or crossbody out to dinner with my husband. For a summer wedding, I would wear some sparkly swarovski jewelry from Helen Wang, metallic strappy heels & snakeskin or metallic clutch. Side note, the liner of this dress can also be taken out to wear as a bathing suit coverup. ;) 

What I'm Wearing... Spring 2017

I couldn't help myself at the store after a long spring break trip. And with the weather getting warmer & days getting longer - it's time for some spring shopping!

Gold Hawk two-piece look

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Looks like a jumpsuit, but it is a two-piece which means multiple outfit options. Bare shoulders are essential this spring and this trend is not going away any time soon. The cool contrast of black & tan are a neutral in my book. The relaxed silk pajama pants are straight leg, making it easy to dress up with some stilettos. Pair it with espadrilles or sandals for daytime & this modern crescent brass necklace from local jeweler, Goldfine.

dvf ruffle blouse & ecru culottes

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New creative director, Jonathan Saunders is taking Diane Von Furstenburg to a new modern edge while staying true to the original brand. This asymmetrical blouse was a stretch for me, but I am a sucker for red. I wore this top in New York on our buying trip & it was effortless - it even scored us free dessert at dinner because the waiter loved it so much! These culottes by Ecru are an easy fit, great for work and dressy enough for dinner & a show. I styled the outfit with my favorite Swarovski pendant necklace by local designer Helen Wang & an August lizard envelope clutch.

Casual callahan Low Back sweater

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Maybe it's the tan I got in Hawaii that makes me want to show off my back, but I am all about the back of this Callahan waffle weave sweater. Several designers are going for deep V-neck but now they are featuring the deep V-back & I love them for it. It looks great backless, but for the more modest, a Gold Hawk silk cami or a bralette will work and maintain its allure. We are all obsessed with our high rise jeans, and I'm a big fan of light wash & distressed! So I picked this skinny pair to offset the slouchy sweater. A delicate necklace paired with a chunky chain bracelet also makes a great contrast.

Nicole Miller Striped Tuck Dress

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This Nicole Miller is a little sexy, a little flirty, comfortable & fun to accessorize! It feels like our best-selling tuck dress, but the cold shoulder & ruffle transform the look. Metallic heels, structured bag by Gigi NY, & sparkly accessories pull together a wedding look. Pairing a wedge & crossbody makes it easy for a backyard BBQ.

Holiday Gift Guides for Every Budget

Looking for the perfect gift? Look no further! We have it all – within your budget, with even the pickiest of recipients in mind… 

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Beaver Fur Coffee Sleeve: For the coffee or tea drinker, a Minnesota-made beaver fur sleeve keeps hands & drinks warm and cozy. Perfect for teachers, mail carriers or a gift exchange!

3-in-1 Candles: This locally made candle is made with soy wax and gently scents the room with essential oils. The melted wax can be used as a body moisturizer and the empty container can be used as a wine glass. Perfect hostess gift or gift for your relatives!

Goldfine Nugget Bracelet: Show your friends how to shine brightly everyday by gifting a metallic nugget bracelet from local jeweler, Goldfine Jewelry.

Spanx Tights: These ultra-thick tights come in a reversible or textured style! Perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a friendly co-worker.

DVF Cosmetic Case: The gift you'd love to get yourself! Spoil someone else with a designer printed pouch to help them stay organized.

Bobi Boyfriend Tees: We get these Bobi tees in multiple colors season after season because they're the workhorse of our closet. The long sleeve version in a bright color is perfect for layering in the long winter months.

Callahan Sparkle Sweater: A basic that is anything but basic. A great cut and subtle shimmer makes this Callahan lurex sweater an easy fit for a friend or relative.

Chanel Leather Bound Book: A great read and a brilliant coffee table book! This gold leather bound Chanel book is like a Bible to the fashion world.

DVF Cosmetic Case Trio: Diane von Furstenberg knows a thing or two about travel, which is why she makes such chic travel sets in fun prints. This set comes with three pouches, so you can keep one for yourself (it's okay, we won't tell).

Helen Wang Rose Gold Jewelry: Rose gold is the cool-girl accent piece we can't get enough of! Gift one of these mesh Swarovski pieces to your bestie and keep the other - the modern day coordinating best friend set!

Tolani Wool Scarf: There is a reason scarves are not taxed as accessories in Minnesota - they're a necessity! But they don't have to be boring. Get a fun print from our boho designer Tolani!

Line Cashmere Sweaters: Who doesn't appreciate a cashmere sweater? Both of these styles are relaxed and comfy in a lightweight fine cashmere. Perfect for mom or your bestie!

Autumn Cashmere Pom Pom Hat: Perfect for the snow bunny! We love this Nordic-inspired cashmere knit with a fox fur pom pom.

Ecru Chain Necklace Silk Blouse: What's better than a blouse with a rhinestone & chain necklace built in? This holiday silk top is really two gifts for the price of one!

Rabbit Fur Infinity Scarf: A luxurious rabbit fur cowl looks glamorous draped over a cocktail dress or nestled into your winter coat for the warmest, softest scarf anyone could own.

Goldfine Signature Swarovski Bracelet: Better than a diamond tennis bracelet, these 8-strand Swarovski crystal bracelets from local designer Goldfine Jewelry shine like a chandelier and slip on easily with a magnetic clasp.

DVF Fox Puff Bags: Move over Hatchimals! These fox puff crossbodies with hologram straps are the "It" gift of the season! We can barely keep them in stock so hurry in to pick up the best gift of all time!

Nicole Miller Crown Print Shift Dress: If you can't wear a crown on your head, wear one on your clothes! Perfect for any holiday party, you'll love to open up a Stephanie's box and find this gorgeous dress inside!

August Clutch: These statement clutches are the finishing touch on any outfit! The LA-made line features lustworthy leathers perfect for cocktail hour and beyond.

Autumn Cashmere Embroidered Bell Sleeve Sweater: For your favorite boho-chic fashionista, snag this gorgeous cashmere sweater with delicate embroidered bell sleeves.

Helen Wang Statement Necklaces: Impossible to pick a favorite, local designer Helen Wang always has the most stunning pieces that are glamorous and classic. The icing on the cake!

Nicole Miller Cashmere Off the Shoulder Sweater: Vibrant violet cashmere is the ultimate luxury gift! Add it to your wishlist!

Join us Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 am - 2 pm to kick off the gift giving season. Sip on mimosas and festive tea while shopping for everyone on your list! 20% of proceeds will be donated to Avenues for Homeless Youth.

Haute for the Holidays

The leaves are still on the trees in crimson & gold colors, but at Stephanie's, our thoughts are turning to all of the holiday festivities happening over the next two months. We are here to get you through the holidays looking good & feeling prepared!... You're welcome!

Black Tie Bash

No matter who you are with, this Badgley Mischka will knock everyone's socks off. The lush velvet hugs without being clingy, the neckline is sexy yet demure, and the delicate embroidered sleeves reveal a hint of wine color. We had to add a little Helen Wang sparkle to her neck & a burgundy fur shawl for a little luxury.

Office Occasion

Argh, the dreaded office party - when you spend 40 plus hours a week with others, probably the last thing you want to do is go to a party with them. Take a deep breath, sip a glass a wine before you head out, and slip into this gorgeous Nicole Miller crepe tuck dress. It is modest enough but not too much that you feel like you can't let loose. I recommend adding Swarovski crystal bracelets by our new local designer, Goldfine & contrast with a wool & sequin scarf. This byzantine plum number will be your new go-to dress for years to come.   

Family Festivities

What should be the easiest thing to dress for, is sometimes the most difficult. Family festivities might include: cooking at home - don't want to be too hot; going to a play or religious service - need to be dressed up; and playing on the floor with kids - gotta be comfortable. These textured black Ecru pants and on-trend velvet Majestic turtleneck satisfy all of these needs. Adding a unique Helen Wang lariat and leopard print fur bucket bag from USA-made August makes it fun!  

Friendly Fete

I saved the best for last because, let's be honest - what holiday parties do we have the most fun at?... the friends' party. Dance the night away or feast on delicious treats wearing this Fifteen Twenty Dress with edgy chain necklace by Goldfine and grab your white ostrich embossed leather clutch. Shine on! Oh, did I forget the amazing fox jacket that will literally be the most amazing thing in your closet? Yes, you need this! Happy Holidays Indeed!!

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Styling with Stephanie... Fall in Love with DVF

Three Ways to Wear Your Slip Dress

3 Ways to Wear a Slip Dress

We've been wearing this trend for the past couple seasons but it is still going strong. So many uses for this gorgeous silk print, bias cut DVF slip dress! 

  1. 90s trend: I feel like I'm on an episode of Friends in this lookLayering a tight fitting Majestic turtleneck keeps arms covered but still shows off the detail of the dress & your figure. Top it off with long delicate necklaces & chunky heeled pumps or Mary Janes.
  2. Daytime look: Put a cozy, oversized sweater on top of the slip dress, ankle booties & dangly earrings.
  3. Evening look: Throw on a fur, sparkly earrings & embellished shoes or bag and you are le femme glam.

dvf wRap dress: the midi version

The DVF wrap dress: A classic with a twist. I put on this silk jersey midi dress & honestly - you don't have to do anything, it's so amazing. But to change up the classic, add jewel tone accessories. I love these silk tassel earrings from local designer Helen Wang. Add a big slouchy tote to carry all my essentials for the day in a rich wine color. I would wear a luscious velvet over the knee boot if I had them, but a suede pair will work just as well. The wool fedora just gives my outfit that oh-so 70's swagger.


Everyday Lace

I am absolutely obsessed with this outfit!! For a daytime lace look, pair a delicate lace top with dark skinnies or straight leg ankle pants. (I am wearing a dark grey Citizens.) Throw a thin wool jacket, bomber jacket, or grandpa cardi over to keep you cozy and warm. For an evening look: lose the jacket, grab a metallic or embellished clutch & a great pair of pointy-toe heels to complete the outfit.

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What I'm Wearing... 7 Pieces, 7 Days

I am going to attempt the (almost) impossible. I am going to style 7 beautiful, versatile pieces from the store & take them from day-to-night all in one crazy week. I will use a typical week for me as an example of how to use a small investment of clothes to make a big impact.

Monday: Casual style, or as I like to call it "Momming"

Monday - I'm thankful I wore a scarf & cozy sweater because it's chilly this morning dropping off the kids at school. I rush to Target to beat the "Mom rush." By the time I walk out, it's warm enough to lose the sweater. Time to get some work done in my office. The lightweight cupro tank is essential after my hot yoga class. Time to head out the door to pick up the boys from school. Where does the time go?

Tuesday: Work Day!

Tuesday - I usually work in the store on Tuesdays. Thankfully, it's a relaxed dress code - we dress professional but true to our personal style. Citizens of Humanity Rockets are my favorite jean right now. The clean, skinny leg is great for booties, flats or my current obsession - a pointy heel. They are high rise which keeps my waistline in check so I can wear this cute lace crop top! The lace is sexy and feminine, but the Tart jacket gives my outfit a professional edge. 

Wednesday: Board Meeting to Date with Hubby

Wednesday - After dropping the boys off at school & going to yoga, I get dressed for my board meeting. I don't have to wear a suit since their office is more casual, but I still want to look polished. My Rockets with a pair of black pointy pumps, striped drape blazer & a fun pop of goldenrod underneath take this outfit from day-to-night. I meet my husband for an early dinner at Joan's in the Park. My feet are killing me, but after taking off my blazer & having a glass of wine - I'm good to go wherever the night takes me (which is right to bed after the boys go down).

Thursday: Work Day & Girls Night

Thursday - Most people wouldn't dream of wearing this to work. If you're not in the fashion business, a solid scarf and a jacket over the tank would be perfect. When paired with a more structured jacket, the lace skirt mixes that feminine/masculine contrast perfectly. The chain strap bag, wood earrings & gold tassel necklace are spot on trend. My outfit is comfortable, cool & transitions right to drinks on WA Frost's patio with my girlfriends.

Friday - Work Day & Date Night

Friday - I love this 3 Dots cozy grandpa cardi. It works great to just throw on when running out the door, which is usually what I'm doing since I'm notorious for being late. I'm loving the pine color of this tank for fall. It's a soft neutral that works with just about any color. The Helen Wang necklace is a perfect match, too (notice the tassel?) Once I'm out on my date, the sweater will be perfect for getting cozy with my hubby in a quiet booth.

Saturday: Gala

Saturday - Obviously, I'm not wearing this outfit all day: grocery shopping, taking the boys to a birthday party, & then to the park. But 5 o'clock hits & it's time to get ready for tonight's gala. I love getting dressed up! A luxury for me is getting ready for a full hour, by myself with a glass of wine or a coffee (depending on how the day went). I'm all ready to slip on this delicate lace outfit from Nicole Miller. It's so elegant & sooo comfortable! I just add strappy silver chain heels, a jeweled clutch, & dangly sparkly earrings and we are out the door. Time to raise money for a good cause!

Sunday: Family Day

Sunday - Time to unwind from the busy week, recharge, & gear up for the next week ahead. We usually lounge around the house in the morning while Dad picks up the boys fresh donuts & my Starbucks. After our healthy breakfast, we spend time working on the house or the yard. By late afternoon we clean up and head over to my parents house for a nice family dinner. It is such a beautiful tradition, to just slow down & enjoy each other's company & great food.

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Kylie Styles... Cool for Summer

Summer in Minnesota is in full swing. The heat and humidity is unpredictable, and sometimes comes with a vengeance, as many of you lifers know.  Time and time again, we choose comfort over style. Even thinking about trying to look good makes that, all too familiar, brow sweat appear.  Believe it or not, with these simple style tips, you can stay cool, in more ways than one.

The Day Dress

Sleeveless is pretty much a necessity when it comes to staying cool.  Pair a belted shift dress with chic layered necklaces and a roomy bucket bag for running errands, out to lunch with friends, or running around with the kids.

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The Perfect Dress for an Event

The last thing I want to do when it’s 90 degrees and humid is dress up for an outdoor event, but a breathable silk dress is the easiest way to look elegant and keep from melting all night.  Pair a boho style, like this DVF dress in a summery coral print, with statement jewelry and an oversized clutch.

Click here to shop DVF Parry Peasant Dress

Weather Made for a Maxi

My favorite summer trend, by far, is the maxi dress.  It not only looks good on just about everybody, it is the most low-maintenance look, which for summer, low-maintenance is key. Easily accessorized with a few natural beaded necklaces or bracelets and your favorite summer shoulder bag, this look is perfect for a get up and go lifestyle.

Click here to shop Tart Cleo Print Maxi Dress

White Hot, White Denim

If you don’t have a pair of white jeans, now is the time to take the plunge.  A crisp and clean denim look that is easily dressed up or down, I love white denim with a gorgeous printed silk top, like this Misty Flowers tank by Nicole Miller, and simple accessories.

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Casual Chic in Shorts

When I’m not at work, I LIVE in shorts.  A great pair of shorts, like this printed athleisure style from Fifteen Twenty, looks fantastic with a dressy button down or a simple black tank. I love to add interest with unique accessories and my favorite sandals or flats, like this super cute style from Yosi Samra.

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School’s out, summer’s here, have fun and remember there is no need to sacrifice, you can look and feel cool all at once!


What I'm Wearing... Summer 2016

Days are longer, kids are out of school, garden is prepped, grad parties & weddings are lined up, beach time, pool time & anything else we can do to get outside to enjoy the weather. Now cabin fever means anxiously waiting for the next time you can head north. It is what summer is all about. Dressing for the summer is much easier with this in mind: anything white, laid back, bright prints and flowy dresses.

"What? Did you say something? No? I'll just keep walking then."

I may look like "Real Housewives" in this outfit, but I'm really more of a St. Paul housewife: practical yet chic. The white pants are insanely soft Tencel with a great drape-y flare & they literally go with everything! The lightweight silver knit tank looks great with denim shorts, pencil skirts or layered over a maxi dress.  Shop the Look Here:  

Waiting for my shopping buddy outside my favorite boutique

Waiting for my shopping buddy outside my favorite boutique

I am in love with this skirt. It fits like a pencil skirt & a mini skirt & it has fringe?! Perfect. I can pair it with a tailored jacket for work, basic T-shirt for day-time, or add edgy accessories & mixed stripe boxy top for a fun going-out look. Shop the Skirt Here:

"Oh, this old thing? I just threw this on!"

"Oh, this old thing? I just threw this on!"

I am not a stranger to Nicole Miller stretch jersey tuck dresses. I own more than you should know, but the point is - they are ageless, timeless, comfortable, convertible (meaning casual or dressy), and sexy-as-hell! They hug all the right places and hide all the - well, the places you might want to hide (although they are also adorable on pregnant women that want to show off their bump).  Shop the Dress Here:

"I wonder if I should change my nail color to lilac..."

"I wonder if I should change my nail color to lilac..."

The second I put this maxi on, I knew it had to be mine. I live in Tolani silk tunics all summer long because they are easy, lightweight, colorful, and feel good! This dress is no exception! I love all the new boho accessories in store: stacked rings, bracelets & ear cuffs from Wanderlust + Co. Shop the store for all the fabulous accessories, but you can Shop the Dress Here:

Mother's Day... Steph & Lora's Picks

Mother's Day: Time to treat yourself and pick out the perfect outfit for the day that's all about you! No matter what you have planned, here are a few of our favorite things that any mother would love!

Mother's Day Brunch

Steph's Picks for Mother's Day Brunch

Steph's Picks for Mother's Day Brunch

I like to start Mother’s Day sleeping in, getting a warm cup of coffee in bed, & slowly rising to reflect on the day. Time for brunch, time to look for a classic but feminine dress to wear. This Yoana Baraschi black & white knit is a perfect fit; add a pop of color with a coral cross-body & Helen Wang heart earrings. It’s a perfect compliment to sipping mimosas & celebrating family.
Lora's Picks for Mother's Day Brunch

Lora's Picks for Mother's Day Brunch

A gorgeous DVF wrap dress is a timeless heirloom. I plan to save all of mine and pass them along to my daughter. They’re the definition of femininity and they never go out of style! This navy and pink floral silk chiffon wrap is what I’ll be wearing for brunch. Paired with a dusty rose Hobo clutch, a Helen Wang rose quartz necklace & “Aurora” Swarovski earrings - my favorite because they share a name with my little girl.

Day at the Park

Steph's Picks for a Day at the Park

Steph's Picks for a Day at the Park

Just because it’s a park day doesn’t mean that I can’t dress for it. I love the retro fit of this Waverly Grey tank. The skirt is so cute, you would never guess it’s hiding shorts underneath, which comes in handy when I feel the need to do a cartwheel or handstand. The neon pink color in the scarf & handbag make this outfit ready to head out for ice cream.
Lora's Picks for a Day at the Park   

Lora's Picks for a Day at the Park


Comfortable and stylish is the holy grail of mom apparel, especially when you’re chasing kids around the park. Love that these Fifteen Twenty jacquard printed shorts have an athletic cut and drawstring waist. My everyday bag is this Gigi bucket bag because it holds soooo much. Mine is packed with diapers, my makeup bag, snacks and lots more! Throw on a stack of Tess + Tricia bracelets for an easy on-the-go accessory.

Mom's Night Out

Steph's Picks for Mom's Night Out

Steph's Picks for Mom's Night Out

Dark high-rise skinnies are the perfect “Mom jean” (reminds me of the SNL skit, but these are seriously cute & well-fitting). I save fun, embellished tops for my girls’ nights because women appreciate the whimsy in them. This Nicole Miller tank is all sorts of fun! Top it off with a cool-girl hand chain & DVF mini secret agent bag & I’m ready for wherever the night takes us!
Lora's Picks for Mom's Night Out

Lora's Picks for Mom's Night Out

Throwing on a printed silk Tolani top always makes me feel like I’m taking off my “mom” hat and really stepping up my fashion game! This style is one of our favorites because it’s edgier, but still boho. Throw on a pair of high-waisted flares and heels to amp it up. Edgy jewelry from Marcia Moran and a DVF clutch/crossbody complete my mom’s night out look.

Kylie Styles... Bridal Style

Wedding season has begun and as most brides know, there are more occasions to attend than we know what to do with, myself included. So naturally as a bride and as someone who works in fashion, I found myself looking at the racks around me wondering where to start. I swiftly reminded myself to take a step back and focus on the four major bridal events ahead of me, besides the big day itself. 

Bridal Shower

Update feminine florals and classic pastels, with unique fabrics and cuts, like this mesh neoprene blush dress by Badgley Mischka or yellow and white jacquard floral dress by Shoshanna.


It's a celebration, so why not wear a fun outfit? Party the night away in cool prints or sparkly embellishments.  This white off the shoulder dress by Yoana Baraschi and this embroidered white shift dress by Shoshanna are fun, yet practical, and uniquely bridal. Pair with a sparkly bag or colorful heel to pump up the party-ready look. 

Rehearsal Dinner

 Ooze elegance at your rehearsal dinner or welcome party with a lace dress, or lace accents for a more understated look. This midi length dress by Yoana Baraschi is effortlessly beautiful and moves comfortably with your body while you greet all of your guests.

Day After Brunch

 The day after your wedding definitely calls for something comfortable, try separates, like these Badgley Mischka (now on sale!) and Ecru outfits, which are a great spin on typical bridal wear.

All in all, dressing up for your events and wedding day should be fun and enjoyable, much like the events themselves. So breath, try to relax, and congrats!

~Kylie Weber

Top 5 Trends - Spring 2016

Dreamy Pastels: We couldn’t be happier with the Pantone color of the year: rose quartz – coincidentally the same color as our freshly painted walls! Several of our designers chose rose quartz & many other pastels to launch us into their spring vision. Shades of grey, pink, sky blue, mint, and creamy neutrals rounded out our favs. How to wear this trend? I love a head-to-toe mix of pastels: imagine a rose trench paired with an ivory pencil skirt, print silk blouse and nude heels for a very feminine work look or Sunday brunch. For the novice, wear a floral print scarf in pastels over a rose quartz T-shirt & light colored denim.

Pastels from Waverly Grey

Pastels from Waverly Grey

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Off the Shoulder: Get to the gym for some lat. pull-downs or just do a few push-ups every morning to get this body part spring wardrobe ready. With demurer hemlines, designers had to do something to show off a little skin. How to wear this trend? With so many options, I have a hard time picking just one. Yoana Baraschi has so many feminine off-the-shoulder little white & ivory dresses this season that will appeal to many different age groups. Nicole Miller has an entire “wear with denim” campaign & I love her prints and color choices. The cut is so sexy, but so wearable. And what woman doesn’t wear cute tops with denim for girls’ night, date night or any night they go out?

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Botanical Garden: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Sorry, I always think of this Devil Wears Prada quote when I think of trends.  The print of this season is like walking through the Como Conservatory. Much more antique botanical prints than ‘just florals.’ Earthy blossoms, green vines, butterflies & hummingbirds printed on silk blouses and flowy dresses. How to wear this trend? We have a range of tonal floral tops to much more elaborate prints on blouses & maxi dresses. Wear as little or as much as you want, but just make sure to balance the print with minimal makeup & accessories.

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“Outside the Bedroom” - Remember that lingerie style from the early 90’s? Well, it’s back and better than ever. Not grungy like Courtney Love, we style it feminine and romantic. From slip dresses & camisoles to silk robes & lounge pants – the boudoir style of dressing is having its moment in the sun. How to wear this trend? Gold Hawk has made a name for itself with underpinnings for the boudoir, but we love their talent for layering slip dresses with silk or lace tunics over them. For a softer touch, pair a camisole with ankle length pants & a loose jacket or open blouse over it. The look is soft, comfortable, and easy – like you just slipped it on (messy ‘undone’ hair completes the look)

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“The ‘New’ Modern”: We are not much for the minimalist look, but we are for a modern look. Dresses hang effortlessly with subtle architectural details & simplistic color palettes. Blouses are buttoned up & texture is formed only with mismatched hemlines (tunic tops or vests with calf grazing pants or skirts). Putting it together is easier than you might think. How to wear this trend? Look for shift, sheath or trapeze style dresses in a solid color. Add a delicate necklace or simple earrings & stacked heels to complete this clean look. Ecru & Fifteen Twenty designed perfectly modern blouses. Wear them with ankle length pants, preferably a wide leg and flatforms (or basic sandals to finish off the outfit).

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What's New... Spring 2016 Designers

Ahhh! A fresh new season! As we look forward to warmer temps & budding leaves on the trees, we peruse the new spring fashions at our favorite boutique (Stephanie's, of course) - wishing we could wear it without having to cover it in layers of jackets, sweaters, & Sorels. Thanks to El Nino, it might be sooner than we think. I hope! At the store, we always look forward to a change of season because we get first peek at our new designers! I can't wait for you to see them, try them on & find your favorites. 

The detail of this skirt & blouse runway look from Badgley Mischka has to be seen in person. And is that Chantal from America’s Next Top Model in that amazing blush sequin gown?
— Deep thoughts from Stephanie

The incomparable - Badgley Mischka! Lora & I had our eye on this line from our last New York trip. We have followed the brand for a long time. They are well known for their use of beautiful fabrics, classic style, elegance & fit made for real women. We had no idea that they were so price accessible. Normally designers of this caliber are well in the high-end price range, but we were blown away at some of the price points of these intricately detailed pieces. We immediately made a showroom appointment for our next New York trip.

Shop this look:

Callahan low back knit dress

Callahan low back knit dress

I am in love with this very small, but high-impact designer, Callahan. It is a sexy, minimalist knitwear line that makes me want to be as cool as the L.A. girls that wear them are. They are made of lightweight knits, in muted colors that appear to blend into their surroundings (as most minimalist outfits do), but you will be anything but a wallflower in these pieces.

Come in for the pants, leave with a cupro top to go with it!
— Ecru Customer

It might seem difficult to get really stoked about a pant line, but when we came across Ecru - that all changed! New York based designer, Ecru has a reputation as having the "best fitting pant." That's a bold statement, but we have found it to be more than true! We have trouble keeping them in stock! To top it off, they make great fitting tops that grace the body & leave a little wiggle room for those days when you ate too much for lunch. Check out the cupro & suede pieces - Ah-mazing!!

Shop the pants here:

Tab Sleeve Cobalt Blouse by Fifteen Twenty

Tab Sleeve Cobalt Blouse by Fifteen Twenty

Tie-Dye Split Hem Blouse by Fifteen Twenty

Tie-Dye Split Hem Blouse by Fifteen Twenty

Customers tell me over & over again that the pieces they get from Stephanie's are the clothes they get complimented on every time they wear them. I can't hear this enough! It gives me a big smile & warms my heart. We found an "item line" designer (meaning articles of clothing meant to mix into your current wardrobe) called Fifteen Twenty, and they make those kinds of tops. The easy blouse you throw on with your flare jeans or ankle pants that make you look polished & confident with very little effort. Try them on, I know you will find one that is just right for your closet.

Happy shopping!!

What I'm Wearing

Test driving the "new winter standard" - wearing Tibi sweater, Citizens Rocket, Stuart Weitzman Highland boots

Test driving the "new winter standard" - wearing Tibi sweater, Citizens Rocket, Stuart Weitzman Highland boots

Way back in August, I impulsively purchased a pair of beautiful suede Stuart Weitzman's over-the-knee boots. They have turned out to be the best investment piece of the season (as far as footwear is concerned). When we slide into the New Year & the coldest months of the year, I wear nothing but sweaters & jeans day after day after day. It's the only outfit choice that seems to keep my body temp from dipping. Although I'm warm & comfortable, it gets a little old. My new boots are so beautiful & comfortable, I want to wear these boots as much as possible, but I have only worn them with skirts & dresses. One morning I picked out my cozy, oversized Tibi sweater from a few seasons back & a great pair of Citizens high rise skinnnies. I slipped on my beautiful over-the-boots and voila! My boring winter uniform was instantly elevated to a whole other level. I was warm, cozy, comfortable, but the boots amped up the sex appeal of the outfit. With 6 different pairs of over-the-knee boots in my closet (I know, I was dumbfounded, too), I decided this was going to be my season of the over-the-knee boots.

These were my oldest pair of OTK boots worn with Citizens Rockets & Autumn Cashmere

My coziest Autumn Cashmere sweater, James Jeans High Class Skinny & brown suede boots

My coziest Autumn Cashmere sweater, James Jeans High Class Skinny & brown suede boots

I encourage everyone to give this a try if they have a pair or two that have been collecting dust, or go for the investment boots, or maybe you have a huge selection of scarves that you want to showcase. We all need something to warm up this frigid weather.

Not quite my winter standard, but I just love this combo! Tibi sweater, Nicole Miller skirt & Brian Atwood OTK boots

Not quite my winter standard, but I just love this combo! Tibi sweater, Nicole Miller skirt & Brian Atwood OTK boots

Holiday Gift Guide - Last Minute Gifts

Left to right, from top left

Left to right, from top left

Metallic Clutch from Gigi New York: Why do girls have so many handbags? Because they are so pretty! Find one in rose gold, metallic snakeskin, or gold at great price points for such a versatile bag. From $125 to $175

Swarovski crystal earrings from local artist Helen Wang: The perfect sparkle to each & every outfit. From dressy to everyday wear, sterling silver and gold pieces are the icing on the cake for any outfit. Starting at $52

Cozy, colorful scarves from local knitter Wool & Whiskey: Chunky knit wool & acrylic blend infinity scarves to keep your loved ones warm and comfortable this winter. $64

Cosmetic cases from Diane Von Furstenberg: 3-pieces in one! Leopard haircalf, red patent & black patent cases. You can keep one for yourself & give the other two away! They are stylish, organized & small enough to tuck into your purse. Multiple options available in store from $48 to $138.

Beaver fur cup sleeve from MN-based Fur Armor: Every warm (or cold) beverage needs a little cozy sleeve. Extravagant - yes! But once you feel it - you will want to buy one for yourself, too. $28-32

Leather bound book, "Vogue Covers" from Gigi New York: Beautiful pages filled with vintage Vogue covers. Nostalgic to flip through & beautiful to display on a coffee table or bookshelf. $96

Wicked 3-way candles from local artisan Stormsister Spatique: Spicy, Sexy & Calm scents that fill the room, PLUS the soy-based wax can double as a body oil/moisturizer, PLUS when the candle has burned through it can be used as a wine glass. $33

Metallic gold leather bound book "The World According to Coco Chanel" from Gigi New York: The ultimate gift for the fashionista in your life. Wise words to live by from the iconic Coco Chanel in a decorative cover to display in their house or office. $98

What I'm Wearing... Holiday 2015

The Holidays are coming and the party invitations have already been rolling in. This year instead of stressing myself out figuring out what to wear at the last possible second, I decided to plan my outfits. Now I can sizzle in my outfits, not fizzle into the background.

Here are 3 outfit choices for 3 very different events...

Falcon & Bloom sequin dress perfect for a holiday gala

Falcon & Bloom sequin dress perfect for a holiday gala

First up is Fashion Fest, a gala benefiting the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, a cause near & dear to my heart. Our store is actively involved in the Fashion show, the pop-up shop, and getting to know the wonderful supporters of the cause. It is a fun, glitzy event with local celebrities and athletes involved in the fashion show & mostly women in the crowd. I need a fun party dress that's comfortable and lets me move easily through the crowds. Sequins - check, furry clutch - check, gold & sparkly accessories - check!

Thanksgiving is for family, food & comfy clothes!

Thanksgiving is for family, food & comfy clothes!

Thanksgiving Day is a tricky one - you want to look nice and festive; a little conservative because you are around family, but not stuffy or too dressed up. You want to be comfortable to fit all that good food & wine in your belly, but a sweatsuit just wouldn't be appropriate - wouldn't it be awesome though, for that after-turkey nap? No,no, no- it would look terrible in pictures & doesn't quite fit with the beautiful table setting your Mom spent weeks getting just right. The next best thing to sweatpants are the stretchy James Jeans joggers with a dressy velvet tuxedo leg. This adorable bulldog sweater keeps it on the fun side (and it's boxy which is great for covering up that second slice of pie you "just had to try." The silver flats feel like wearing house slippers but look festive. And no Turkey Day is complete without the family football scrimmage - hence the adorable fur pom pom hat & leather/knit gloves.

Mix of textures: lace, sparkle, and snakeskin - a fabulous corporate holiday party combo

Mix of textures: lace, sparkle, and snakeskin - a fabulous corporate holiday party combo

After my 2 favorite events comes the corporate party (waaa-waaaaa...). Not my cup of tea and probably my least favorite thing to dress for. No worries - that's where planning and shopping at Stephanie's makes it fun and gets you psyched to go. Here are the requirements: cocktail reception, casino night with dinner & entertainment. Sounds fun, right? Keep in mind there are executives, accountants, foreman and equipment operators at this party - quite the mix. Here is how to dress to blend in with this mix, but still look & feel special. I chose this gorgeous, extremely flattering fit-n-flare Shoshanna lace dress contrasted with sparkly Helen Wang crystal necklace, snakeskin clutch and wool & sequin scarf (in case it gets chilly).


What I'm Obsessed With... Fall Edition

Wool & Whiskey Scarves

What’s better than snuggling in a soft, cozy scarf??? Snuggling in a hand-knit, cozy scarf from a local St. Paul artist and blogger. I’ve been living in Wool & Whiskey scarves since temps dropped below 65 degrees and will continue to do so throughout winter. We even have an exclusive Stephanie’s scarf Jessie McShane designed for us.

Shop Wool & Whiskey scarves in-store to see the huge selection of colors.


A 70s trend I can totally get behind! I love fringe - tassels on my Gigi NY clutches, Minnetonka Moccasin boots, and now my sweater dress. Sexy, fun and warm - all things calling my name. Worn with a Swarovski crystal Helen Wang necklace for glamour or worn with a printed Tolani scarf & moto boots for daytime - it’s an easy & practical way to try the trend.

Click here to shop the Yoana Baraschi Fringe Sweater Dress

Fur Vests

I can’t begin to tell you how much everyone needs this fall staple. A fur vest goes with just about everything - long sleeve dresses, blouses & casual Ts. It immediately amps up any outfit. I am completely biased towards this silk print shirt dress from DVF. And HELLO! A fur cross-body with gold chain strap?... you had me at hello.

Click here to shop Fur Vests and the DVF Silk Shirt Dress

Mini Skirts

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Not a surprise - my favorite skirt is a mini. I love this Waverly Grey windowpane mohair mini with a little kicky cutout slit. Pair it with a crop sweater or black blouse for dressier occasions. This is the perfect dinner date combination. I’m also obsessed with this DVF bag - leopard calf hair tote with lipstick red liner - LOVE!

Click here to shop the Waverly Grey mohair mini and Tibi boucle sweater (now on sale!)

Cropped Sweaters

I’m actually obsessed with high-waisted jeans, but chilly weather requires more than a sleeveless crop top - welcome to the cropped sweater. The boxy cut is relaxed without overwhelming your shape. The contrast with high-rise jeans or skirts elongates your legs. I love it in this unexpected pastel lilac.

Click here to shop the Autumn Cashmere Crop Shaker Stitch Crew

The Statement Coat

Don’t worry, I saved the best for last. I don’t care how crazy this may look - this white Mongolian lamb coat is everything! I don’t have to tell you what to wear with it - because it doesn’t matter! It is 2nd best to my kids and hubby. (Don’t worry, I said 2nd!) Nuff said!

Click here to shop the Tart Mongolian Lamb Coat