Monday, December 22, 2014

Forepaughs with Friends














The holidays are a time to celebrate. In the spirit of the season, we had a festive dinner at one of my favorite spots in town, Forepaughs. We had a lot of tasty sips and several appetizers to pass. The charcuterie plate and the beef satay were as delicious as usual. It's an absolutely gorgeous place; I especially love how it's decorated around the holidays. If you stop by, say hi to the staff for me. They're wonderful. 


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Danny & Kenny King: suits, ties, & accessories via King Bros Clothiers

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre











Over the weekend, Patrick and I went to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for another holiday tradition. We went to see the show Hello Dolly and enjoyed the evening from top to bottom. The place makes quite the impression. During this time of year, it is elegantly adorned with evergreen and festive ornaments. We sat down for dinner and I knew right away what I'd order. The Chicken Chanhassen, every time. It didn't disappoint. After dinner, Patrick and I relaxed in our booth and watched the show, Hello Dolly. It was done beautifully. I hadn't seen the show since high school. One of my favorite scenes was at the restaurant in New York with the dancing waiters. I also loved how the storyline was carried among the mini-plot of the two couples on a double date in tandem with Dolly's love triangle. The music was fun and the lyrics clever. It was the perfect date and I can't wait to get back to the Theatre.

I am excited to share some information from an exclusive interview I had with the show's costume designer. He noted that inspiration for designing the show came from the pages of actual 1897 issues of Harper's Bazaar from the Minneapolis Public Library downtown. What a valuable resource for the fashion-oriented! I need to make quick plans to get myself over there some Saturday afternoon. Fabric choices are crucial in wardrobing for the stage and interestingly enough, many of the dresses were made from drapery fabric. Translating Victorian style for the modern girl can be tricky, so Rich recommends wearing brooches and maybe even venturing out into extravagant hats. Wouldn't it be fun if we all started wearing Derby-style hats for the every day? I'm game if you're game guys…


As a fashion girl, I am of course eyeing up the costumes the whole time. Here were some of my favorites from the night. The show is set in 1890 and the fashions have a definite Victorian influence with long skirts, extravant hats, and corseted bodices. 

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Hello Dolly photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp, 2014
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shopbop Sale Picks

Shopbop has an incredible sale going on right now, with an additional 20% off their sale prices if you use the code EXTRASALE, bringing a lot of designer clothing to 40-75% off! I've scoured the sale and pulled out my favorite picks:

A.L.C. white tank
lela rose purple polka dotted sheath dress
dvf leopard heels
kate spade gramercy gold watch
rochas grid pants
kate spade polka dot tote
kate spade bow mittens
joie grey sweater with collar
kate spade statement earrings
emerald boxy structured coat

Don't miss out on these amazing deals!
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Ruby








Hold on a sec, I'm writing this at 12:34 on 12/13/14 and am finding that particularly awesome. I feel like I should be doing something profound in this particular 60 seconds, like contemplating the meaning of life or mastering an incredibly challenging yoga pose. (Attempts a 5th grade gymnastics headstand). Aforesaid move is not so comfortable with a sock bun. Though today I've realized it's one of the most comfortable hairdo's, I guess for everything but headstands. Nothing's pulling, tight, or tense, and everything is off the neck and shoulders. Easy breezy! 

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lily & violet polka dotted skirt c/o || aminah jillil bow heels 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

New YT Video! 5 Holiday Outfit Essentials


There are 5 outfit pieces that will add that festive bit of fancy to your outfit every single time. Some things just can't help but be holiday-esque. So whether you're going for a casual outfit or a gala-ready ensemble, these are 5 easy ways to add that festive flair:


Also, you an come on out to Macy's Ridgedale this morning at 9:30am to meet sweet Kendall who is the recipient of a Make-A-Wish/Macy's collaboration to help her dreams come true this Christmas. She will be in a play with the Children's Theatre and will be receiving a makeover and getting outfitted for the day thanks to Macy's. She'll be signing autographs and taking pictures. I for one can't wait to meet her!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Velvet in Marsala











My family was in town over the weekend which means endless doting on my adorable little niece and nephews. It's remarkable to me how much they change in just a few months. It really is something to be able to know someone from birth and watch them grow up. On day 1, 7 and 27, they're just a tiny little ball of potential. No definitions, no personally realized identity, and very little personality for the world to see. And eventually they start sprouting up and taking on mom's nose and dad's eyebrows and mimi's  affinity for snuggling. When I was going "on a walk" down the hotel hallway with my youngest niece of 2 years old, I simply couldn't stop admiring her curiosity and gracefulness. How is everything she does ridiculously adorable!? She giggles. Aww! She sneezes. Aww! She stands in the middle of the room doing absolutely nothing. Aww! 

The rustic adirondacks around the fire pit complete with cozy blankets to curl up in made for the perfect Sunday hang with the family. We also played a little bocce ball and hung out with Santa, without leaving Pinstripes in Edina. Oh and did I mention brunch? Well it was Sunday so it can only be assumed… Hands down though, my favorite part was definitely the chocolate fondue. And trust me we fondid it with flair. 

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pearl knot bracelet: kiel james patrick c/o

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stocking Stuffers: Under $50 & Under $100


There's still time to order online! Snag these incredible deals on stocking stuffers. Note that the phrase stocking stuffers has been used liberally because I don't know too many stockings that could fit a shoebox, umbrella, and a tote. But my will your special someone be pleased to find these in her stocking Christmas morning. Maybe you're looking to round out your Christmas list but would rather not go for the stereotypical candle or chocolate. These are high quality buys at seriously low prices that will make the perfect last gifts on your list. Some of these under $100 buys are $50, and some of the under $50 stuffers are $15. Which ones do you think are the lowest priced? You may be surprised. Click around to find them!

Shop Stocking Stuffers under $100:








Shop Stocking Stuffers under $50:
ooh la la ban.do keychain via shopbop
hunter forest green and clear umbrella via shopbop
gold tassel necklace via baublebar
tortoiseshell business card case
target purple bow tote
crystal necklace via baublebar
plaid mug via west elm
crystal-studded gold metallic phone case
crystal gold glitter clutch
gorjana gold ring via shopbop
tory burch lipstick
kate spade ikat & striped notebook set via shopbop
kendra scott gold and orange statement earrings
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