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

Click photo to shop this Fifteen Twenty floral cold shoulder dress

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.

Click photo to shop this Fifteen Twenty stripe jumpsuit.

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

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

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... 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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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.

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

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