Embrace the cape!

With the winter chill arriving in Minnesota quicker than I hoped, I needed a new way to stay warm and fashionable. I love my down feather Calvin Klein coat, however, it becomes quite monotonous when worn every single day. I wanted to switch it up occasionally- try a new trend other than a long black coat.

I have already seen several women on the street flaunting their flowing capes (or as some might call a poncho). Could this new fad be the piece of clothing to break up my chilly day boredom?

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Where’s my denim dress?

There has been one piece of clothing I’ve been dying to add to my closet; a light-medium wash, 3/4 sleeve denim dress. I have a particular design in my head and a small budget to support it.

The denim dress is a HOT trend right now. Not to mention, it’s versatile and easy, making the perfect addition to my wardrobe. This piece of clothing can be worn relaxed with flats and a scarf to brunch, then dressed up with heels and a sequined clutch to the bar in the evening.

So, here is what my countless hours of online searching have produced:

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Thank you, Mom, for helping me find my fashion identity

Mothers are the earliest influencers of fashion. From the ugly, bear patterned onesie adorned in infancy, to the wedding dress worn down the aisle.I can’t thank my mother enough for helping me find my fashion identity, and realizing I don’t need a label to define me.

Parading me through Macy’s (once a Hudson’s and then Marshall Field’s) at a young age was always my favorite bonding time. We would admire the clothes and try on beautiful shoes all while gossiping about work, school, and everything in-between. It was a free space to relax and escape the day, occasionally with a new shirt or pants.

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Dressing up denim

What do neon yellow, geometric patterns, and denim have in common? They make for a fantastic outfit! Denim shirts are a staple for every closet. I personally own four, all of varying shades; ranging from dark wash with studs, to pale and lightweight.

For this particular outfit I used my medium washed Else denim button up and added a RACHEL Rachel Roy geometric skirt, both from Macy’s clearance last summer. The skirt is made of a thicker, sweater material, giving the outfit a relaxed feeling. You can always tell when a woman feels relaxed and comfortable in an outfit, it shines through.

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It’s warming up… slowly!

The forecast for the week calls for mid-50s, this is weather I can handle. The snow piles have disappeared, leaving behind giant puddles and grey slush; perfect rain boot weather. Nevertheless, my feet have been dying to slip into a pair of sky high heels and strut about the city. I can finally dust off my heels and embrace the crop top trend.

I have slowly started transitioning out of my winter wardrobe. This was one of my last dark, wintery outfits before I reintroduced pastels and neons.

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Evening of glitz and glamour

There are not many times that you can attend a black tie event, especially when you are on a tighter budget. So, when I was given the chance to snag two tickets to the annual Chair Affair After Glow Party, supporting the local Boys and Girls Club, I jumped at the chance.

As always, I rushed to Macy’s for a last minute formal dress and accessories. Scouring through the racks I quickly became discouraged. There was not much to choose from, and the sizes left behind were 10x too large. Then a hint of sparkle caught my eye buried within several dresses. My heart leapt with excitement as I pulled out a stunning clearance gown IN MY SIZE! In addition, I found a beautiful clearance bracelet and earrings to match perfectly. With the help of reduced prices and a 25% off coupon, I got my entire outfit for less than $110 that would have normally been $400! You can’t beat 75% savings!

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Night of Flowers and Love

Hard to believe Valentine’s Day was a week ago. The night flew by and I didn’t even have time to admire the special outfit I planned. It was a romantic evening, filled with candles and live jazz at Hell’s Kitchen, and needed to be accompanied by the perfect outfit.

Floral Print + Red Lips + Sky High Heels = The PERFECT Outfit

After scouring my closet and snagging an “on sale” Bar III dress from Macy’s, I created this lovely outfit.

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