Sunday, May 21, 2017

Henri Bendel love

I really love a brand that understands the world of brand influencers and their importance in marketing.  Henri Bendel has been doing a big campaign showcasing some of today's most popular bloggers and fashion influencers.  They made a big push for their hashtag #bendelgirl. And I was so honored to be able to partner @parisandalatte with them for a fun night of fashion last Thursday.

It was a fun night of fashion with some sips and sweets with some of my close family and friends, and of course, so many of my blogger babes I have met during my time here in the Twin Cities. 

 It was a room full of girls with a love for shiny things and beautiful bags, getting the perfect shot, and a love for supporting other #bossbabes.  Everyone had a blast taking pics for their instastories, blinging it up as they sipped on champagne.  We had a fun raffle for my guests that night that the lucky Alyssa Lesavage won.  Congrats babe.  

I also put together fun gift bags for all my guests - all of the sponsors were just so generous with everything.  (Huge thank you to Orly, Kind, and all our sponsors for @parisandalatte.)  We included the beautiful Minneapolis Scout Guides.  Even Henri Bendel gave their gorgeous sunglass cases as part of my gift bag with the classy brown and white stripe that their are notoriously known for.  

The best part of the night was that it was documented by the Twin Cities top photographer, Lindsay Marcus. She's just so talented and she's worked with some of the girls before so there was definitely a comfortability with her.  Although, even if you haven't met her before, she just has a sweet aura that is anything but intimidating.  Yet she takes these amazing power shots.  I'm so glad she was there because she captured the night perfectly.  So if you're local, definitely check her out.  Her work is amazing.  You can check her website out here . 

Here are moments from the evening.  I can't thank you all enough for this memorable night.  And huge thank you to Matthew, Abdi, and the Henri Bendel team at the Mall of America for making it a great night.

xoxo, Karen

Monday, May 15, 2017

Yahoo Style and Beauty: Mother's Day OOTD

Happy Mother's day to all the beautiful mamas out there.  It's the wildest feeling knowing that you're a mama and that you're responsible for these little beings.  I keep thinking, this day shouldn't be for me.  I'm the one who's lucky that these little ones chose me to be their mom.  What a special job I was given to take care of them.

I got to shoot a Mother's day segment for Yahoo Style and Beauty and I literally went back and forth on the perfect outfit for the show.  I had a few options that I shot.  You can see the segment here.

And here are the different looks I came up with.  I just feel like as a mom, sometimes it gets so busy and you don't get to doll yourself up.  Mother's day is the time you get to spend time on yourself and glam up.  And as different as these looks are, you still feel pretty, classy, flirty, feminine and everything you should feel not only as a mom, but as a woman.

top //  similar skirt // bag

Which is your fav?  xoxo, Karen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Henri Bendel x Paris and a Latte

I'm getting giddy here!  It's almost one week until my my Henri Bendel x Paris and a Latte event at the Mall of America!

I have so many fun things planned and I have some really special people coming so it will be a great event to kick off the summer!!

In the meantime I have been creating a wish list of things from the store.  Here is a small glimpse at some of the Henri Bendel bags I'm coveting.  This is horrible - but I couldn't wait until next week so I got one of these beauties already. Can you guess which one??  I'll be posting some pictures soon with it.  My hands down absolute favorite line is the Waldorf line.  It's just so classy with the gold hardware.  I'll take anything from that line.  What are some of your favorite styles from Henri Bendel?



Monday, May 1, 2017

May day: OOTD

Happy first day of May!!  How is it May already??  Where did this year go?
I'm sharing details of my recent outfit of the day I posted on @parisandalatte .

 I kept eyeing this beautiful soft green blouse at HM.  I would always contemplate getting it when I passed by it at the store.  It was just so pretty with the sheer fabric and ruffle details.  What pushed me to get it was I was shopping online to get Gabriel an outfit from HM kids for a wedding anniversary we were going to and 1) everything online was an extra 20% off and 2) it was free shipping if i spent a certain amount.  And of course i was close to that amount but not quite there.  Do you find yourself in that predicament a lot? Gets me every time. So, I had no choice but to add this blouse to my cart.  And I'm so glad I did because I can't tell you how many compliments I get on it and I really do feel so girly in it.  Its epitomizes what spring is all about.

Since the blouse is dressy, I paired it with my favorite Madewell jeans.  I did the half tuck to show off my waist but also to show the button fly details on the jeans.  I accessorized it with my Cayetano Legacy Collection clutch and chunky heeled sandals.

xoxo,  Karen

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shoe Staple: Oxfords

As beautiful as spring weather is, its also unpredictable.  You just never know how the weather is going to be.  And just because its cold when you leave the house doesn't mean its going to stay like that all day and vice versa.  This is why its so important to layer, layer, layer during this season so you're always prepared.  Watch my segment here on last week's Yahoo Style and Beauty's "Style on the Street" where we show you fashionable ideas on how to look trendy while being practical for the weather.

What we wear for shoes in this weather is equally important.  I love wearing sandals but with the threat of rain or even just the fact that we might be doing errands all day long Oxfords are the perfect shoe to look chic in while staying comfortable.

I got my silver Zara blucher shoes last year and was so happy I did.   I honestly debated them for awhile but they are just so comfortable and elevate your look just a tad bit more than with sneakers.  I wear them with skinny jeans, my boyfriend jeans, i love them with a-line skirts, lace shorts, you name it, i probably paired them with it.

I'm loving some of the new styles this year with the cutouts - it might need to be my new investment. I'm also loving the platform/flatform trend - it gives the look a younger funner feel.  And being 5'3" I'll take all the help I can get to add some inches ;)

Here are some of my fav finds so far:

Clockwise starting from top left:  Summit // Louise Et Cie // Shelly's London // Loeffler Randall // Zara // Kelsi Dagger // Marc Fischer // Summit //Loeffler Randall

xoxo,  Karen

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring florals

I know its so cliche but I look forward to wearing my florals for spring.  Isn't it kind of fun finding the right floral print for the season?  It's like a treasure hunt.  First you have to look for the right silhouette of the item of clothing, then the colors grab your attention, and last but not least, the print plays an important part in it.  Oh and of course the price has to be right.  But when you find the right one you just love wearing your prized find.

I've rounded up some of my favorite Spring floral blouses this season.  I'm envisioning all of these with chambray culottes and white Keds with big statement sunnies.

Clockwise from top left: Madewell // Sun & Shadow // Nordstrom // Zara // Cupcakes and Cashmere // Sun & Shadow // Lovers & Friends