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looks i love.

A few of my favorite looks for fall:

belted ponchos. (via Saucy Glossie)

flannel paired with fur. (via H&M)

bow-tie blouses and wool trousers. (Rose Byrne via Zimbio)

shades of champagne and burgundy. (via Kendi Everyday)

Have a great weekend everyone! Stop back tomorrow for a weekly dose of inspiration post! :)


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simple slimming secret.

Outfit details: American Eagle button-up – $2.50 @ All in Vogue Designer Consigner in Rochester; Old Navy cardigan – $3.25 @ TurnStyle Consignment in Minneapolis; Vintage men’s Timex watch– $3.25 @ WSP Antiques in West St. Paul; Limited jeans – $2.50 @ Salvation Army in Columbia Heights; Mossimo heels – $29.99 @ Target (buy ’em here).

My simple slimming secret? High-waist, wide-leg dark denim jeans… paired with pumps! Take it a step further by folding your pants along the inseam so that the fold line runs down the center of the pants, creating an extra elongated effect. Balancing out the dark denim with neutral-toned pieces completes the look! Do you have a slimming secret you swear by?


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’tis the season of scarfs and sweater tights.

 Outfit details: Scarf – $9.99 @ H&M; BCBG dress – $4.99 @ St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in St. Paul; Belt – $6 (on clearance) @ Old Navy; H&M purse – $10 @ Everyday People in St. Paul; Apt. 9 sweater tights – free from Kohl’s (thanks to a ‘$10 off your purchase of $10 or more’ coupon); Mossimo flats – $4.98 (75% off clearance) @ Target.

Apparently Minnesota left no time for a smooth transition from summer to fall this year… This week I’ve been waking up to temps in the 40’s, which means my scarfs and sweater tights have officially come out of hibernation. But being that I’m all about pumpkin spice lattes and apple crisp, I say bring it on autumn!

Have a fab weekend everyone! Stop back again tomorrow for my weekly dose of inspiration :)


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workwear: penny-pinched pencil skirt.

Outfit details: {Necklace – $6.80 @ Forever21; Forever21 cropped top – $4.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; Antique men’s Timex watch – $3.50 @ WSP Antiques in West St. Paul; Vintage clutch – $5 @ Sophie Joe’s Emporium in St. Paul; Antique cocktail ring – $12 @ Treasure Chest Antiques in Waseca; Ralph Lauren pencil skirt – $1 @ MRCI Thrift Store in N. Mankato (now closed); Apt. 9 heels – $28.99 (orig. $49.99) @ KOHL’S} Nail polish in “Merino Cool” by Essie.

Yesterday a $0.99 maxi skirt, today a $1 pencil skirt. Although both wonderful deals, I think the pencil skirt wins hands-down between the two in terms of style.  The pencil skirt is a classic you can’t go really wrong with. And for the price that I snagged this particular one at, you really can’t go wrong! What’s a timeless item you’ve recently purchased for a fab deal?


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maxi madness.

Outfit details: Leaf earrings – $3.80 @ Forever21; H&M scarf – $9.99 @ H&M; Kensie cardigan – $4.99 @ Savers in Rochester; Liz Claiborne belt – $1.99 @ Goodwill in Maplewood; Casual Corner maxi skirt – $0.99 @ Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center; Mossimo flats – $4.98 (75% off clearance) @ Target.

I never thought I would wear an ankle-length skirt in an attempt to be “fashionable,” but after seeing some of my favorite bloggers sport the maxi skirt look so effortlessly (here, here, and here), I decided to give it a go. I managed to get just what I was after for a mere $0.99 at one of my local thrift stores, and before I knew it, I was rockin’ the maxi! I am loving the fact that it’s suprisingly comfortable and gives off a different aura of sophistication in comparison to say, a pencil skirt. And what’s even better is that as the temperatures start to drop, you can simply slip on a pair of leggings or sweater tights underneath without anyone knowing the difference. I am calling this “bohemian chic.”

What is your opinion on the maxi trend – love it or leave it?


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workwear: 9 to 5 neutral

Outfit details: Vintage sunnies – $1.60 @ Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center; Limited blazer – $2.50 @ MVAC Thrift & More in Mankato; H&M top – $4.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; H&M hobo bag – $10 @ Everyday People in St. Paul; Liz Claiborne leather belt – $1.99 @ Goodwill in Maplewood; Banana Republic pants – $6.99 @ Goodwill in Maplewood; Mossimo pumps – $29.99 (splurge alert! – buy ’em here) @ Target.

Recent fall polish purchase splurge:“Merino Cool” by Essie.

There are about a million ten other colors I currently want as well, but at $7.79 a bottle (@ Target), I am keeping them as an ‘every-now-and-then-treat’ type of purchase. However, out-of-season colors should be going on sale soon enough. And speaking of which, if you missed my post a while back about how to snag Essie polish for fractions of the retail price, check it out HERE.

Have a great weekend friends! Back sure to stop back tomorrow for my weekly dose of inspiration, and again on Sunday for my weekly recipe reveal!

Until next time…


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the brooch is back!

I think the majority of us associate brooches as an out-of-date “old lady” type of an accessory. But I’ve got news — the brooch is back my friends! Talk about a fun and simple way to spruce up a blazer or blouse, or even a purse! And what’s even better – you can come across them for pretty reasonable prices at antique shops (or for free in your grandma’s jewelry box.)

Still not keen on the idea of sporting a brooch? Another great accessory alternative to the brooch is a faux floral pin, like here:

  See how Elaine from ‘Clothed Much’ sports her floral pin perfectly here, or how Julia from ‘Gal Meets Glam’ does here.

Flower pins also happen to be a super simple (and cheap) DIY project which I will make sure to feature within the next week. Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend :)


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workwear: livin’ on the wild side.

Outfit details: Vintage sunnies – $1.60 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center; American Eagle button-up – $2.50 @ All in Vogue Designer Consigner in Rochester; Gap cardigan – $6.99 @ Valu Thrift Store in St. Paul; Vintage men’s Timex watch – $3.50 @ WSP Antiques in West St. Paul; Gap pants – $1.49 @ Goodwill in St. Paul; Mossimo heels – $7.48 (on clearance – orig. $29.99) @ Target.


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fall fashion must-haves.

As if I haven’t already emphasized enough how much I love autumn, here’s yet another post about my excitement for the change of the season! The following are among some of the items I will definitely be sporting come fall.

1. sweater tights / 2. trench coat / 3. chunky knit scarfs / 4. lace-up peep-toe wedges / 5. paperbag shorts (paired with #1) / 6. leopard-print accessories / 7. all things mustard-colored / 8. oversized knit cardigans / 9. essie’s fall 2011 polish collection

What are some of your fashion must-haves for fall?


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fall fashion preview.

It’s hard to believe August is already upon us… before you know it, fall will be here! And being that fall is my favorite season (both fashion and weather-wise), I’m sure not complaining!

Here’s a peek at some of my favorite fall looks from J.Crew’s Fall 2011 Look Book:

I’m lovin’ the new mustard color trend, tailored blazers, leopard print accessories, paperbag skirts, and color-blocking. You will more than likely be seeing me replicating a few of these looks come autumn… but hopefully for fractions less than the J.Crew purchase price! :)

What are some fall fashions you’re looking forward to?


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