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.

Click to shop Three Dots Chambray Tie Waist Dress

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!

~Kylie

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.

Bachelorette

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.

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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!!

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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.

Fringe

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

Top 4 Denim Trends of the Season

That 70s Jean

Dark, high-rise, skinny to the knee then a wide flare - They make legs look long & lean. Wear them with pointy-toe pumps and a tie-neck, sheer, lace or boho blouse to reflect your individual style.

Click here to shop Citizens of Humanity Fleetwood Flare

The "It-Girl" Jean

Ultra high-rise, slim skinny leg with a hem just below the ankle to roll it in an oh-so-cool, effortless way. Wear with a cropped sweater or structured, boxy top.

Click here to shop Citizens Carlie High Rise Skinny, Citizens Rocket High Rise Skinny and James Twiggy High Class

The Everyday Jean

If you are ready to move on from skinny jeans or were never really big on that trend, welcome to a mid-rise, straight leg with a relaxed fit. Easy to wear bopping around town with sneakers or boots. Long sleeve tees with a vest or casual sweater with a colorful scarf will work - really anything works.

Click here to shop Citizens Arielle Mid Rise Slim and Citizens Agnes Mid Rise Slim Straight

The Flex-Fit Jean

More comfortable than your yoga pants without being too revealing or athletic. You can go out in style & still be comfortable - seriously! These jeans fit like a yoga pant - stretchy, mid-rise and slims you down. Plus you can wear it out for happy hour without having to go home & change!

Click here to shop James Twiggy Dancer in Arabesque and Oil Slicked

Fall Look Book: Shop Our Evening Style

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Easily one of our favorite outfits for the party season! This Nicole Miller holographic skirt shines images of jewels. We paired it with a deep blue crop top from 4.Collective to show off the leather waistband of the skirt. Layering necklaces with a fur collar adds to the opulence of this exquisite outfit. For a more casual festive look, pair the skirt with a cropped mohair or boucle sweater.

Click here to shop the Nicole Miller skirt and the 4.Collective crop top

The iconic DVF wrap dress is our go-to for a party look that is perfect for any occasion. The silk mikado full skirt of this classic contrasts beautifully with a skimming jersey top. Dress it up with a long thin chain necklace, dangly earrings & a sparkly clutch and you are ready for a night out.

Click here to shop all of our favorite DVF looks

For an unexpected twist on evening wear, we love this mix of neoprene and embroidery from Nicole Miller. It's all about texture this season! This figure-flattering silhouette is modest enough for a work party, yet sexy enough for date night. We can't keep it in stock!

Click here to shop the Nicole Miller Baroque Embroidered Neoprene Dress

Dress brand 4.Collective offers a range of styles - from the perfect work dress to a festive holiday ensemble. We pair this black and white houndstooth dress with Helen Wang colored Swarovski crystals to bring elegance to a daytime look. Check out the latest delivery of desk to dinner looks featuring shimmery jacquards, brocade fabrics and diamanté details.

Click here to shop 4.Collective party styles

A great way to try out the texture trend for evening wear - rent this Nicole Miller metallic jacquard cocktail dress! Come check out our rental service Dress for the Occasion in-store to see the full range of cocktail options and gowns we offer. More details here.

Fall Look Book: Shop Our Every Day Style

Overcast sky, lush gardens, ivy-covered bricks - the perfect setting to shoot our first fall look book at Town & Country Club.

We had samples flown in from NYC showrooms highlighting our favorite fall pieces. We wanted our look book to capture everything from every day casual outfits to cozy knits to elegant cocktail attire.

Fringe is a huge trend for fall. This Waverly Grey fringe basketweave top is a perfect way to try out the trend day or night. We're picturing it as a perfect lunch outfit with jeans or a fitted pencil skirt to take you from desk to dinner.

Click here to shop the Waverly Grey fringe top and the fringe skirt in black

Our favorite new every day pants are the perfect alternative to denim - sporty joggers! We love them layered with a basic long sleeve tee, but of course we have to add a little bit of luxe with our fur vest. And top it off with a floppy wool fedora!

Click here to shop James Jeans BF Cargo in Camo and the new Charcoal Flannel

Shop the Rabbit Fur Vest in two colors

For our next shoot location, we wanted a more industrial, urban feel so we headed to the Schmidt Artist Lofts to showcase some cozy knitwear and dramatic cocktail looks. Look for those in the next blog post...

There's nothing better than snuggling up in a cozy sweater. Let's be honest, that's what we live in half the year. Instead of pairing it with your skinny jeans, we like the unexpected combination of sweaters with silk or lace.

Click here to shop the Tibi boucle pullovers in black and wine

Shop more similar looks from Line Knitwear and layering pieces from Falcon & Bloom

Here is a behind the scenes peek at the amazing team hard at work. Special thanks to our dream team: our fearless photographer Amy Nguyen, cheery makeup artist Rachel Von Bank, unfathomably professional model Nasreen Ameri, and Amy's right-hand Diana Albrecht.

Photographer Amy Nguyen taking her 1st shots of Nasreen in the front gardens of Town & Country Club

Photographer Amy Nguyen taking her 1st shots of Nasreen in the front gardens of Town & Country Club

Diana catches the light for Amy to capture Nasreen modeling a scarf from Wool & Whiskey. Our last shot of the day.

Diana catches the light for Amy to capture Nasreen modeling a scarf from Wool & Whiskey. Our last shot of the day.

Stephanie adjusting clips to make the outfit fit just right. Also making sure we had the right tunes to set the mood for the day!

Stephanie adjusting clips to make the outfit fit just right. Also making sure we had the right tunes to set the mood for the day!

Blog Debut: What Stephanie is Wearing This Fall

Welcome to our first blog post! We wanted a place for you to get inspiration, see what we're wearing and get a behind the scenes look at our boutique. Over the years, customers have asked for advice on how to wear trends and put together their own signature style. We always offer those services in-store, but now you can keep up with the season's styling tips at our blog too.

There's no better time for fashion than fall! Stephanie and Lora just got back from our buying trip to NYC so we wanted to share some of the fall trends Stephanie had to pack in her suitcase.

Stephanie's Signature Style: Edgy yet Feminine

Stephanie's Signature Style: Edgy yet Feminine

I’m often known for wearing a slick back ponytail - it’s an easy style made edgy but it has to be backed up by clothes. With a feminine skirt, add a ‘tough’ boyfriend sweater or moto jacket.
Take a trip to Wine Country!

Take a trip to Wine Country!

All of my friends are coming to the store this season: Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Burgundy, and Merlot. Rich wine colors I can wear in boucle knits, lace, wool overcoats & even handbags. And no worry about spilling on my clothes!

Click here to shop Stephanie's Falcon & Bloom Sheer Lace Blouse

Fall's the time for texture - fur, jacquard, tweed and more!

Fall's the time for texture - fur, jacquard, tweed and more!

A staple to any Minnesota woman’s wardrobe - long sleeve dresses! This season it’s all about texture - if it’s not already a textured dress, then layer a fur vest over it with statement booties.

Click here to shop Stephanie's 525 America Rabbit Fur Vest in two colors!

A new brand for us that has already been flying off the racks - Falcon & Bloom - they know lace & use it beautifully. We pair lace tunics with contrasting color slip dresses or short skirts. Layering lace this season is such an unexpected sexy twist to a basic.
Steph and Yoana Baraschi at our last buying trip when we picked up this rose quartz vegan Mongolian lamb jacket!

Steph and Yoana Baraschi at our last buying trip when we picked up this rose quartz vegan Mongolian lamb jacket!

Another gorgeous fall color is blush. We pair it with our favorite wine colors to add depth & interest. Good news is Rose Quartz was named one of the Pantone top 2016 spring runway colors, so this trend will easily transition into next spring.

Click here to shop Stephanie's Yoana Baraschi Vegan Mongolian Lamb Jacket