last days of nola

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The last few days of New Orleans were as amazing as the first. It seems like so many things happened that I can’t even remember the order of the events that took place… haha! I enjoyed every day and night in the French Quarter with my mum, exploring and wandering around looking for something fun and good food, of course. That was always fun because we came upon so many amazing things. I ended up running into Keke Palmer on some random street in the quarter, so I had to get a picture with her (she is the sweetest girl)! We went on a Haunted History tour at night, and then witnessed a very funny situation that may or may not have involved a naked guy running through the streets. We went on a swamp tour on Sunday morning and we saw tons of alligators, wild pigs, beautiful birds, and turtles. I had some kick ass pancakes at Cafe Fleur-de-Lis and Beignet fries three times at Pere Antoine Restaurant. One thing that I knew I had to do before I left was sing karaoke on Bourbon Street, which I did at The Cat’s Meow. It was the most eventful and exciting trip I have ever been on. New Orleans is amazing to say the least.

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first days of nola

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IMG_1162For my Spring Break trip my mum and I planned an exciting and adventurous trip to New Orleans, Louisiana! We wanted to do something out of the norm, so as much as I love a good trip to Florida… this seemed a bit more cultured. Of course, because I am such a parisian enthusiast, the French Quarter was highly anticipated. The architecture and pastel colored buildings are nothing short of dreamy. You can find adorable vespa scooters on every street. And don’t even get me started on the food… the best southern food ever is in this city. So far, nothing has been a disappointment. Cafe Du Monde (famous for their beignets and cafe au lait) was the #1 place on our list and without even looking for it, we stumbled upon it. It was so yummy and since it’s 24 hours we’re probably going back every day. I’ve found some super funky clothing shops where I’ve found some pleated mini skirts that I’m obsessed with. And the people watching has been so interesting… we love it! Stay tuned for more photos and updates, coming soon!

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fever

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IMG_0662wearing: Forever 21 dress, H&M hoodie sweater, Beau & Ashe shoes, Timex watch, Old Navy jacket

Mondays are usually really a bummer for me. It’s so hard to wake up early after the weekend. But I’m excited to head to New Orleans this week for Spring break. The temps have dropped a bit here, so I’m looking forward to warmer weather, sunshine and some fun times down south.

A few weeks ago, I bought this light weight knit hoodie at H&M. It’s the perfect weather to wear it right now, so I decided to throw it on. I thought I’d wear a top over my Forever 21 dress to wear it as a skirt. I wore it last year like this. Always great to recycle pieces and wear them in a different way!

Fever- The Black Keys

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so brave

I’ve recently partnered up with Keds to be a part of the Million Brave Acts campaign! The campaign is basically celebrating and advocating for bravery, in any aspect of your life. It’s completely inspiring, especially towards young women such as myself.

I’ve dealt with a lot of difficult struggles in my life that have required me to be brave for not only myself but everyone around me. Like so many others, I have been bullied in school and I found out that it takes a lot to be yourself and not let others take you down. I overcame my experience and learned that you just have to make yourself happy and not try to please everyone. It’s important to take risks and do whatever you can to make your life what you want it to be. Fear is something each and every one of us can overcome. Being brave on a daily basis is something I do. Whether it be getting up the courage to speak in front of a crowd, sharing my feelings with someone or (something very close to me) dealing with the death of a loved one. So, I encourage you to make goals of bravery for yourself and feel free to share a comment of instances where your bravery has prevailed.

I am really honored to work with Keds and the Million Brave Acts campaign. Check out the Brave Life Project and see what others are doing in an effort to be more brave and win a free pair of Keds!

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IMG_0463wearing: Princess Vera Wang dress, Viva Vena sweater, c/o Keds shoes, c/0 SBG designs jewelry, Henri Bendel bag

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arabella

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IMG_0301wearing: BDG top, Contempo Casuals skirt, American Apparel socks, vintage backpack, SBG Designs spy necklace, Pyrite Delicate bracelet and Editor bracelet

Today the weather forecast reads… high of 72 degrees! I have been anticipating this day for what feels like forever. It’s so nice to step out of the house without a jacket. It seems like the perfect time to pull out a skirt that my Mum had saved and given to me that she wore from the 90s. It’s a sheer light weight wrap skirt. An authentic Contempo Casuals piece, can’t beat that! The jewelry pieces I’m wearing are by a local Minneapolis jewelry designer Sara Goldfine. She owns SBG Designs. Their jewelry is so gorgeous and unique. I especially love the Spy Necklace that I am seen wearing here.

Arabella- Arctic Monkeys

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chat with chelsea

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IMG_0072So yesterday, I had the pleasure of having brunch with Chelsea Lane of Zipped blog. Chelsea is a blogger friend of mine and also one cool girl. She reigns from Seattle, Washington, but currently lives in Minneapolis. Her style is casual, chic, and comfortable. What I like about Chelsea is that she dresses for herself and doesn’t try to be someone else or try too hard. Her look is admired by many, but also attainable.

After our delicious brunch, we strolled through Downtown, Minneapolis and chatted. I decided to ask her a few off the wall questions as well as some down and dirty life reflecting ones.

1. First off, how are you?
Very well, thank you.
2. Where did the name for your blog, Zipped come from?
I wanted something short and easy to remember, so my mom and I came up with a list of words that had a nod to the fashion world. Zipped was our favorite!
3. Besides blogging, what else do you do with your time when you’re not  working?
I love strolling the city streets after work, curling up on the couch with Netflix, or catching up with friends at our favorite neighborhood restaurant.
4. What are some of your favorite TV shows?
The West Wing is an all-time favorite, but when I want to relax I go for comedies like How I Met Your Mother or The Mindy Project.
5. Do you have a celebrity crush and have you ever met any celebrities?
I will forever love Andrew McCarthy and Julian Casablancas.
6. Dan Humphrey, Nate Archibald or Chuck Bass?
Dan Humphrey! I love a smart guy.
7. What’s your favorite thing about living in Minneapolis and why?
I love the small community feel. “Minnesota nice” is so true…everyone is always ready to help and support one another and it’s so encouraging.
8. If you could only shop at one store for the rest of your life, which store would you choose?
Nordstrom. It’s from Seattle and so am I, so it will always be my number one.
9. Sweet or salty foods?
Sweet with salty.
10. What is your favorite holiday?
Can I say my birthday?
11. If you were in a plane crash and stranded on an island “Castaway” style, what five items would you hope to find in the FedEx boxes?
Coffee, all of Sam Shepard’s books, my guitar, Hugh Laurie, and sunscreen. All very practical.
12. Where do you see yourself in ten years from now? And what is really important in life right now to you?
In ten years, I hope to have a few of my books published and be back living in Seattle. Right now, I think what’s most important to me is getting out to see and experience the world.
13. Five years ago, did you ever imagine that you’d be a fashion blogger living in Minneapolis?
Not at all! I wanted to be a celebrity stylist like Rachel Zoe in Los Angeles or New York…and I’m quite happy that didn’t pan out. Way too stressful.
14. Who is your favorite Minneapolis fashion blogger? :)
For real…Macailah Maxwell!
15. Anything you’d like to add about yourself that you think your readers might find interesting?
I’ve never dyed my hair, I went skydiving for my 18th birthday and loved it, and worked in a city library all through high school…literary nerd and I’m proud of it.

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babette scarf giveaway

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IMG_9544wearing: H&M skirt and top, Gap denim jacket, Coach Mary Janes, Michael Kors bag, SBG Designs necklaces and bracelet, Timex watch and Babette scarf

About a week ago, a new store called Babette had its grand opening in the 50th and France area in Minneapolis. The new store carries the full Babette line, featuring clothing made from the artfully textured fabrics and pleating the company has long been noted for. The pleated scarf I am wearing is an example of one of the many gorgeous pieces. And I am giving away one of these scarves to one lucky reader!

All you have to do is follow me on Instagram and like the giveaway photo for this scarf. Once the winner is chosen, the lucky person will be announced on my Instagram and Twitter and you can email me your info and color choice of scarf. (It also comes in a royal blue or fuchsia.)

*This giveaway is for US readers only. Contest ends 4/6/14.

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young and beautiful

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Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 7.25.13 AMLast weekend I had the pleasure of joining some fellow style bloggers and the men of King Brothers Clothiers at Nicollet Island Inn for brunch and a fun photo shoot. It was so fun meeting everyone, while enjoying some delicious food and great conversation. It’s always fun for me to dress up and you can’t deny the guys looked quite dapper in their suit and ties! 

what the ladies are wearing:

Macailah- dress: Cameo by Revolve, heels: Charles Jourdan, jewelry: Express & H&M, purse: vintage french Lindsey- dress: BCBG via Macy’s, blazer: Kensie via Macys, necklaces: JCrew, clutch: c/o Bijuju Laura- blouse: H&M, skirt: Target, heels: United Colors of Benetteon, necklace: Charming Charlie Davee- blazer: Macys, top: Asks, skirt: Asks, heels: Sam Edelman, necklace & ring: Noa Sade, ring: Kate Spade, watch: Michael Kors

what the men are wearing:

David- blazer: Ben Sherman, shirt: Ben Sherman, tie: King Bros, trouser: Rag & Bone, shoes: Magnanni Danny- Bespoke custom suit: King Bros, shirt and tie: King Bros, shoes: J.L. Rocha Kenny- Bespoke custom suit: King Bros, shirt and tie: King Bros, shoes: J.L. Rocha Adam- suite: Adrian Jules, shirt: Skip Gambert, shoes: Alden, acccesories: King Bros.

photography: Jaimee Morse     florals: A Day in Provence

Young and Beautiful-Lana del Ray

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there she goes

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IMG_9454wearing: H&M skirt, top, purse and rings / Brandy Melville moto jacket / Mossimo heels

The weather is just starting to get a bit better here in Minnesota. I decided to brave the semi-chilly weather and wear some open toed shoes just for this shoot. I recently stopped into H&M and found the cutest pieces. They have teamed up with Elle and put out a really cute Spring collection. This pink skirt just jumped out at me and I was so pleasantly surprised at the quality for the price. It was only $15! And of course, if you know me by now, this Eiffel Tower top is a no brainer. Had to have it. I paired this outfit up with my Brandy Melville jacket to keep my arms warm and grabbed an older H&M purse that I forgot that I even had and I was ready. Here’s to the beginning of Spring!

 The La’s-There She Goes

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comin home baby

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IMG_8922wearing: Ankorel dress / vintage french purse / ASOS shoes

This past weekend has been a whirlwind… and I am exhausted to say the least. However, I did some really fun and amazing things such as a photoshoot with Kings Brothers Clothiers and Lindsey Herzog of Ruby Girl Blog at the Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis. It was a ton a fun and I got to brunch and work with some amazing people. The beautiful location was too hard to pass up for a quick photo shoot outside. So we took advantage of the pretty teal exterior. I recently bought this elegant black dress from Lily & Violet Boutique in Minneapolis. The details of this dress are so amazing. I love the lace and pleats in the front. Wearing it, I feel so elegant and I think I belong on the streets of Paris!

“Comin’ Home Baby” – Mel Torme

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invisible

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2014-03-08 04.20.29wearing: Brandy Melville sweater (similar) / Zena Outfitters top / H&M jeans and bag / Shelly’s London boots.

It’s always such a relief to make it to Friday! I can’t wait to finally sleep in over the weekend. Along with the chill vibes of this day, I actually decided to wear pants. Groundbreaking, I know. But, it’s quite unusual for me… even people at school find it strange when I wear jeans. I was so comfy in my favorite pair of light wash jeans from H&M and my cozy oversized sweater. And to add a edgy vibe I wore my chunky boots with cut outs, which I can now wear because it’s Spring! Have a good weekend everyone.

Invisible- U2

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