Saturday, August 5, 2017

Slipdress from Day to Night

By far the most used and universally flattering piece is the slipdress.  I've been wanting one for a while but haven't found "the one." That is, until I came across one on the sale racks at Banana Republic. I found a classy navy blue one with a slight wrap in the front, which is every mama's dream because, let's face it, a mama pooch is not sexy.  This dress is so simple yet so flattering (If you get it at the store it's an extra 50% off).  

I'm showing you here how you can take this same dress from day to night.

During the day, dress it down and layer it with a denim jacket.  You can even pair it with a white button down over it.  Accessorize with cool sneakers - bonus points if you have metallic ones.  

At night, keep it simple with a sleek clutch and with ankle strap shoes for minimal elegance.  

try it out!!  xoxo, Karen

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fall already???

NOT YET!!  I'm so not ready for fall to be here.  It feels like summer just started.  But alas, with July 4th celebrations past us and with the Nordstrom sale underway, the fall season is literally being thrown in our face.  I'm sure you've seen everyone's insta-stories in the Nordie's fitting rooms showing you their fav picks from the sale.  And if not, you've seen blogs with large flatlays of everyone's "must-haves" from the sale.  And if not that then you've seen everyone on Instagram flashing their Nordstrom gift card for their latest giveaways.   While I'm not ready to admit that fall is around the corner, I don't want to fight the inevitable.  So I'm showing you here some summer shorts looks that incorporate fall staple pieces on top.  It's all about increasing the longevity and usage of your pieces.  I'm showing you one of my recent looks that featuring my fav blazer from Missguided.  And I picked out more fall transition looks from the style queen herself - Sincerely Jules.  

Blazer from Missguided // distressed jean shorts from H&M // belt from Zara // bag from Chanel // shoes from Ivanka Trump

And here are inspiration pics from Sincerely Jules on more pieces you can transition from summer to fall.  So as you shop the Nordstrom sale, or any other sales that are going on (there are tons), keep these pieces in mind as you build a good foundation for your closet.

(a black biker jacket)

(a soft suede jacket)

(a utility jacket)

(a soft blazer)

(a structured oversized blazer)

xoxo, Karen

Friday, July 7, 2017

20 Closet staples you must get from the ZARA sale

Style is about knowing how to work with the items you have and putting them together in an aesthetically pleasing way.  Its not about buying every single fast fashion trend and putting them together in one shot.  It's about mixing high and low fashion and combing them into an effortless, and timeless look.  With that being said, it's so important to have a good foundation in your closet and have the essential staples that you can work with time and time again.  You want to get your return on investment on the pieces you purchase so when you buy something think about how many times you can realistically wear it.  How many outfits can you create with that one item?  

I live for the bi-annual Zara sales.  I love Zara's quality and styles and while there are so many items on my own personal wish list, I'm not sharing those with you today.  What I AM sharing are items that I believe are closet staples and that you can wear and rewear in so many different looks.  I know we all hate to admit it but fall is around the corner and fall is always our NEW YEAR for fashion.  Its a chance to rebrand ourselves and put our best fashion foot forward.  These items are the perfect pieces to transition you into fall and most of them can actually be used all throughout the fall/winter seasons with the right accessories and layers.  

Jackets - these are great transition pieces to take you from summer to fall.  They are that 3rd piece of the puzzle that makes all outfits look "stylish" (rule of 3rds).  Find blazers that have an elevated look with their buttons.  The ones I chose here are gold and pearl buttons - so classy.  A longline vest is great to pair over feminine blouses.  The large grommets make it on trend for the season.  Red is THE color for fall and as you know ruffles are in the moment so the red jacket is perfect.  Biker jackets are forever so invest in a good one that fits well.  

You really can't go wrong with any of the tops from Zara but here I chose more neutral colors that are wearable for every day but with a hint of something special.  whether its a ruffle, or lace, or a trim of fur   - all of these elevate your everyday look.  

Make sure to have at least 2 dresses in your closet that you can wear in the summer time and layer with a jacket or vest in the fall.  You can also layer them over button downed shirts for a preppy vibe.  Accordion pleated skirts are always a statement piece that are fun and flirty.  And great wide leg trousers add the chic vibe to your closet.  

Accessories are always the part of the wardrobe that I have the most fun with.  These are the items that I invest in pops of color in and that really change up your outfit.  Mustard yellow is seen everywhere this season.  I love the lavish look of velvet and think these green velvet shoes would elevate EVERY SINGLE ONE of your looks.  I chose this purse because everyone needs a good crossbody.  The light blue is a pretty color and who doesn't love a little bling.  

All of these items can be found online in the Zara sale section.  Take a look.  Reevaluate your closet and think long term instead of just for the current season and trends.  Happy shopping!!

xoxo, Karen

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cami love

Camisoles are those closet staples that you can just never get rid of.  A few years ago they were usually worn under suit sets but nowadays they are worn in a more casual way, either layered over classic white down blouses or paired with jeans and a chunky cardigan.  Or for a more dressy style you can pair them tucked into classy wide leg trousers or even culottes for the summer.  I love lace and satin so I am a HUGE fan of the fact that these pieces are back on trend.

Here is a round up of some of my favorite budget friendly cami's.

clockwise from top left:  khaki // pink // sea green // terracotta // taupe



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mommy and me OOTD

It's rare nowadays to catch Alessa and I in matching outfits.  While the idea sounds fun, the logistics of getting it to happen are not so fun.  Alessa is at a point where she is testing her boundaries, she has an opinion of her own, and is showcasing her independence.  While it makes me proud and gives me peace of mind that she'll go far in this world, it makes it tough to accept as a mom who just wants to coddle her kids forever and have them believe that everything she says is the truth.  I don't know where my baby went but for sure the qualities that she possesses that i know will help her in life, are a parents worst nightmare.  haha.  I love her strength and her tenacity.  It's actually inspiring.  This all being said, Alessa has an opinion on what she likes to wear so she usually doesn't want to wear what i pick out for her anymore.

She surprisingly agreed to wear this red eyelet dress which I'm ecstatic about because it is just so darling.  I thought it would be fun to pair it with my red over the shoulder blouse.  We spent some time at a park in Minneapolis.  While I wish it was a field full of tulips, it was a field full of dandelions and "wishing flowers" and Alessa couldn't be happier.  She spent hours picking the wishing flowers and blew them into the air to her heart's content.  She didn't know the difference between a patch of flowers or a patch of weeds.  To her it was all beautiful.  We really could learn so much from our kids.  She doesn't discriminate.  She's easily content.  She's strong, yet sweet.  I want to be just like her someday.

Alessa's outfit details:  dress // hair bow // shoes
My outfit details:  blouse // jeans // shoes



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