Wrigley Field Style

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Oh boy, bad blogger! Life got in the way – work, kids, holidays, blah, blah.

Let’s give this another try, and go back to where I left off!

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The Cubs were in the playoffs last October when we visited Chicago. I’ve never been to a Cubs game, but we thought we’d stop by Wrigley Field to see all the playoff preparations.

Even though this is an outfit from the fall, I could still wear it now. I’m wearing a cowl-neck cashmere tunic sweater from Saks Off 5th last year and fleece-lined leggings from Nordstrom Rack. I LOVE fleece-lined leggings in the fall and winter, they add an extra layer of warmth on those cold days. I wore my Tess + Tricia antler necklace and Rebecca Minkoff fringe bag.

And, the boots! Seychelles always has unique shoes. These are the Lucky Penny booties. Mine are gold, but they are available in several colors. I just love these, what’s not to love about gold boots!

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Windy City MEA

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Over the MEA weekend, we visited Jason’s family in Chicago. It was a great time to go as their schools were in session and nothing was very crowded. I love Millennium Park, so we had to stop by and get our requisite shot in front of the bean.

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I wore my own version of the outfit I wore in my Stephanie’s Fall Trend post. I bought my flared DL 1961 jeans at Fashion Avenue 2 in Wayzata. I’m planning a post soon about my recent foray into consignment shopping! The Bryan blouse is one of the first things I purchased from Stephanie’s years ago. I’m wearing it with a purple camisole and a burgundy BlankNYC faux leather jacket from Nordstrom. I actually bought it on a work trip to Chicago last year, breaking my rule of not paying tax on clothes from a store that I can buy from in Minnesota. I just saw the jacket and had to have it right then and there! My new fall bag is the Rebecca Minkoff Clark Hobo. I don’t usually go for a black bag, but I decided the fringe along the sides added enough interest for me. More about my gold booties in the next Chicago post!

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Gala Season, Part 1

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It’s gala season. Every year, from September to Thanksgiving, Jason hosts a charity event of some sort every week, sometimes more than once a week. It sounds glamorous, and sometimes it is! I get to wear beautiful dresses and learn about inspiring charities. But, it can also be exhausting to be “on” and on the go constantly this time of year. Banquet food gets old too. Sometimes, we eat a few bites of our meal and go out to one of our favorite restaurants when we’re done at the event. Getting to wear fun clothes for each one mostly makes up for it! Plus, never say no to a date night!

The dress code varies at the events we attend – business, cocktail, black tie and everything in between. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve amassed quite a collection of dresses over the years. I do re-wear them. I try to keep a catalog in my head of what I’ve worn where, so I don’t wear the same thing to the same event 2 years in a row. Or, if a certain dress got a lot of comments on social media when I wore it, I might wait awhile before wearing it again. Weird things that I never thought I’d think about, but I do. But really, I’m sure no one else would remember, so it probably doesn’t matter anyway!

I thought I’d share a few of the dresses I’ve worn over the last month or so.

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On the more business side, I love this Shoshanna houndstooth dress from Stephanie’s last year. I wore it with my Diba high-heeled black booties with a zipper detail on the side. These are my fall/winter dressy shoe workhorse. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find them anywhere now. My necklace is from Stephen Vincent Design, my favorite jewelry store, and was an awesome anniversary present from Jason this year. It’s made of woven wire, so it’s stretchy, with pink tourmaline and pearl beads. Topped off with my Gigi New York clutch. Makeup by WarPaint International.

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This is a fairly simple jersey dress by Red Haute from Minq, which recently moved to Southdale. You can’t tell in the photos, but the black part has silver metallic thread going through it, dressing it up a bit. I added jewelry by local designers (earrings from Realia by Jen and the silver leather cuff from Karin Jacobson) to make it more cocktail appropriate.

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The one event that I asked to go to this year (we tend to not go to events that Jason isn’t emceeing, it’s just too much) was the Nordstrom Ridgedale opening gala. I wore the Helmut Lang dress from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I saw someone else there wearing the same dress. Oops! I wore my Stephen Vincent necklace (above) wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet, and carried the pink Gigi New York clutch again. We were surprised to see our photo in the Star Tribune a couple weeks later!

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This was the first dress I’d ever rented. I’ve looked at Rent the Runway before, but for the prices on the dresses I like, I can usually buy one for the same amount or less. Plus, what if it doesn’t fit or I don’t like it when it arrives? My beloved Stephanie’s has a dress rental program! Perfect, I can try it on in store and then reserve it for my date! This gown is by Nicole Miller. I wore it with some long silver beads, which was a fun twist for a formal look, and one of my Nelle clutches. Makeup by WarPaint International. Don’t our friends (and my parents) look great!

We’re not done with galas yet! Stay tuned for Part 2…

Fall Trends at Stephanie’s PLUS Promo Code!

 

It’s no secret that Stephanie’s is my favorite store. Today, I’m very excited to share some photos highlighting Stephanie’s favorite fall trends. In addition, Stephanie’s is offering a promo code for my readers. Use ALYSSASTYLED through October 27 for 15% off your online order! And FREESHIP for free shipping over $150!

 

Lace

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I thought I was over lace, but it’s here to stay and it was great to see a variety of lace pieces to choose from. Lace was all over the Spring 2016 runways at New York Fashion Week too! Stephanie’s has a new line by Falcon & Bloom that has some awesome pieces combining silk and lace in edgier cuts like tunics and slip dresses.

For a daytime look, I tried this ivory chantilly lace blouse. It was perfect with the flared Citizens of Humanity jeans, but it would look great with a skirt and blazer for work too.

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SHOP: Falcon & Bloom ivory chantilly lace blouse |Citizens of Humanity Fleetwood high-rise flare jeans | Yerse wool fedora | Marcia Moran Cats Eye pendant | Diane von Furstenberg metallic clutch

For night, I loved this sapphire slip dress. With a draped cardigan on top, the outfit was sexy but not over the top. I bought this outfit and wore it that same night for our anniversary dinner! It is a great evening look, but I felt comfortable and relaxed.

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SHOP: Falcon & Bloom blue lace slip dress (UPDATE: back in stock!) | John & Jenn waffle knit cardigan | Helen Wang Swarovski crystal necklaces | DVF Glitterati pouches

 

Updated 70s

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This is not your mom’s 70s style!

Try this black swiss dot tie neck blouse for the office. Wear it with flared jeans or tucked into a pencil skirt. Stephanie helped me tie the bow just right – it should be loose!

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SHOP: Falcon & Bloom silk tie neck blouse (worn with a wine lace camisole) | Citizens of Humanity Fleetwood high-rise flare jeans | Gigi New York wine Parker bag

A fun weekend look is this Autumn Cashmere chevron dress. The bell sleeves give it a slight 70s feel without being too much. Wear it with knee-high boots and a fur vest!

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SHOP: Autumn Cashmere flame stitch cotton dress | 525 America rabbit fur vest | Tess & Tricia white turquoise antler necklace | Hobo silver fringe (another fall trend!) cross body bag

 

Burgundy & Blush

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I’ve seen a ton of this color combo already this fall, and it’s on my must-have list. Pairing a rich wine color with a pastel such as blush (or rose quartz, one of Pantone’s top colors for Spring 2016) is unexpected but I’m really drawn to it. You can sport this combination with your accessories, or in a full look like what I tried here. This faux Mongolian lamb jacket is just crazy fun! Fur is also hot for fall, and the color and style of this jacket really set it apart!

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SHOP: 4.Collective bordeaux Hyland fit and flare dress | Yoana Baraschi blush faux Mongolian lamb jacket | Gigi New York cream clutch

 

Texture

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Tweeds, jacquards and plaids are easy to wear every day, but I love the idea of these as evening wear. I tried several looks on my shopping day.

It was hard for me to leave this Diane von Furstenberg sheath behind. I thought it was adorable! But, I was promised that there is more awesome DVF to come later in the season, so I held off.

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SHOP: DVF Carrie confetti tweed sheath

I was looking for a cocktail dress for an event, and this lovely Nicole Miller was a really fun twist on an eveningwear dress. And, I love the way Nicole Miller fits! Still thinking about this one…

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SHOP: Nicole Miller tribal jacquard dress

I went home with this Nicole Miller animal print jacquard dress. It’s definitely something new for me. Animal prints aren’t usually my thing, but the black panels break up the subtle texture, and I like the way the look just pops.

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SHOP: Nicole Miller patchwork animal dress

Once again, the promo code for 15% off is ALYSSASTYLED and you can shop through October 27! Stephanie’s can’t sell accessories on its website at this time, but check them out in person when you have a chance. I especially loved the Helen Wang crystal necklaces and the DVF bags.

(Everything that I own from Stephanie’s was purchased by me. I did not go home with all the looks that I tried on above! (Though, I wish…) If you do decided to make a purchase on the Stephanie’s website using the promo code ALYSSASTYLED, I will receive a small portion of that sale back as a Stephanie’s gift card. Thanks!)

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Family Vacation Style

Last month, we went on an awesome Florida family vacation. August may not be the ideal time to visit Florida, it’s a bit hot there and rain showers often interrupt the afternoons. But, we took the kids to Disney 2 years ago in August, and it was hot, but not unbearable. The good thing was that many schools across the country are back in session by mid-month, and the theme park crowds are down. So, we decided to do it again, but this time our focus was on the Universal parks.

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Nothing like wine in plastic cups! We stayed on the Universal property at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. It was perfect. Fun, retro theming, great pools, and the best part was the family suite. We love a hotel room that has a separate sleeping and living area so that Jason and I don’t have to hide in the bathroom drinking wine when the kids go to bed. The resort is considered one of Universal’s “value” resorts, so it was reasonably priced to boot! This was my travel day outfit – a comfy knit tie-dye maxi dress by Ya Los Angeles.

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My theme park/state fair/hot-day-with-a-lot-of-walking-involved “uniform” is a foldover knit skirt and a t-shirt. It’s relatively cool and definitely comfortable. And, it’s easy to get on and off rides! I find the skirts at Old Navy and Target. They seem to mostly be out of stock now, but both stores should have them again in the spring. The skirts are inexpensive and I wear them often, on days when I want to be extra comfortable. My shoes were a big fail. I don’t even remember the brand. I wore them for our Disney trip and didn’t remember having any trouble, but after one day this time around my heels had enormous blisters. We picked up some of these blister Band-Aids and were on our way. I highly recommend them! Needless to say, the shoes tore up my feet and they did not make the trip home with me. I tend to put my hair in silly pigtail braids. It keeps my hair off my neck and contains the frizz caused by the insane Florida humidity. Kind of juvenile I guess, but it’s vacation!

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Universal was awesome! We shared some butter beer, watched the kids cast some spells, and the boys gave me some fashion advice. Big thumbs down for the Transformers dress. Go figure.

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At Kennedy Space Center, we met an astronaut! You can’t see it, but I’m wearing the James Perse dress that I blogged about here. Kennedy Space Center was much bigger and hotter (lots of walking outside between exhibits) than I thought it would be. Next time, I’d stick with my uniform above. I did give my feet a break on this day, opting for my beloved Target sandals.

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We also managed to fit in a day at Walt Disney World. We had some old, unexpired passes, so we spent a few hours at Epcot, then another couple hours at the Magic Kingdom. It worked out really well. Since we had just been there a couple years ago, we focused on the boys’ favorites, and did not feel pressured to fit too much in. The shorts and top were from J. Crew. I’m a fan of their shorts!

After wearing ourselves out at theme parks for four days, we drove up to Jacksonville to visit my sister and her family for a more laidback few days.

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I wore this dress to the Jacksonville Zoo. It is by Lili Bleu and I got it at Stephanie’s a few years ago. It is knit, with kind of a crepe layer over the front part of the skirt, creating pockets!

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Sam was helping me practice my poses!

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Sam is wearing an epic cat taco and cat burrito shirt from Target. I don’t even know where to start, it’s just awesome.

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For a day trip to St. Augustine, I wore my previously blogged about Collective Concepts romper. We weren’t going to be doing a ton of walking, so I wore my Halogen wedges. That turned out to be a bad choice because the rain came early that day, and wet feet plus wedges were not kind to the soles of my feet.

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Finally, I wore my Nicole Miller ruched jersey dress on the flight back. I don’t think I was as tired as I look in this photo, but after 10 days away, we were happy to get home!

Between our fun in Orlando and our quality time with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, it was a great trip!

I try to pack fairly light for a trip like this. I only brought 1 purse. I brought 4 pairs of shoes, but wore them all. In retrospect, I should have skipped the black wedges. I only wore them once, and I only wore them that day because I felt like I should at least once. The fourth pair was flip flops for pool and beach time. I did pack a couple extra outfits. With the heat, I thought I might want to change some evenings after a long day outside. Overall, I was happy with what I had with me(aside from the awful shoes), and did not over-pack, too much anyway!

Alyssa’s Picks: Fall at Target

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I write a lot about Stephanie’s and Nordstrom, but I am an equal opportunity shopper. I browsed through the racks at Target the other night, and thought I would share some of my finds. Hooray for a Target shopping trip all alone, no kids in tow!

For the past month or so, stores have been showing their new fall styles. August just seemed too early to consider talking about fall, but here we are in early September, so I guess it’s time.

Target has a great sale online right now. Most clothing, shoes and accessories are 25% off. You can get an additional 10% off with the code LABORDAY. Shipping is free with orders over $25 and you can return to your nearest store if needed!

I made most of my purchases online after my shopping trip in order to take advantage of the deal, which does not appear to be offered in stores. (UPDATE: It looks like there is a 25% off clothing deal on the Cartwheel app through Monday!) So, I’ve seen many of these items in person, but have not worn them yet. I wanted to get this post up so you can take advantage of the sale before it ends!

Clothing

  • Long Sleeve Tunic Tee – Just a simple long-sleeve t-shirt that seems to be a decent length. I layer these with my beloved cardigans so I usually end up buying a couple simple tees each season. I bought the Apple Red, which is a bit of a departure for me.
  • Chiffon-Hem Tee – Another fairly simple t-shirt. The jersey fabric was very soft and I don’t have anything else in this color or style.
  • Sweater Duster – I’ve mentioned my love of cardigans on the blog before. I wear them nearly every day in the fall and winter while working in the chilly basement at home, sometimes even in the summer too. I liked the long length and texture of this one. Of course, the length will prevent me from wearing it outside of the house once its cold enough to wear a coat, but this should keep me cozy while working.

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  • Aztec Pattern Poncho – I’m not 100% certain about the pattern on this one, and I couldn’t find it in the store. I was looking to try something different, so I gave it a shot. At close to $15, I won’t feel bad if I keep it and wear it only a couple times!

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  • Plaid Tailored Blazer – I don’t have a work need for blazers, but sometimes I like to wear them with jeans. I was drawn to the pattern and colors of this one. I did not see it in store so we’ll see when it arrives.

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  • Anorak Jacket – I was not looking for a jacket at all, but I saw it in store and thought it was really cute, so I ordered it. The fabric felt very nice and I liked the details like the subtle gathers at the pocket.

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  • Denim – Target really seems to have upped their denim game. The Maple Grove store had a very large section of denim in different cuts, washes and colors. From jeggings to flares, dark washed to distressed, khaki to black, there were so many options! I admired the mid-rise jegging in several colors. Flares and boot cuts seem to be making a comeback, but I still lean toward the skinnier styles. I will mix it up a bit though!
  • I purchased this outfit in store, as I could not find the pieces online. The blush faux fur vest is just silly fun, as are the faux suede leggings. I’ve actually been looking for a blush blouse as well. I really want to pair it with burgundy/wine-colored pants. Still on the lookout for those! My boots are from last year. I just threw them on for the photo, not sure about them with this outfit…

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Shoes

  • Heather Sneakers – My friend Natalie wore Converse with a dress last weekend, and I thought the look was adorable. When I saw these shoes, I pictured myself sporting them with a dress. I definitely do not usually gravitate toward casual shoes like this, but I’m excited to try them!

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  • Boots! Target has a ton of cute boots in store and online. I don’t need any new boots right now, but a couple years ago, I bought some tall black boots at Target and I wore them almost every day that fall and winter. By the end of winter I had to throw them away, but I loved them and they were well worth what I spent. Fringe is in for fall, and these look cute!

Accessories

  • Beaded Tassel Necklace – I’ve been seeing a lot of tassel necklaces and bracelets lately and found this inexpensive version.

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  • Scarves – I also saw several scarves that I liked. Unfortunately, I can’t find my favorites online, but give them a look.

With my Target and other more inexpensive shopping, I will often pick items that I think might be more trendy. That way, I’m not spending a ton on something I may only want to wear a couple times. Sometimes, I’ll also buy things to “test” them out. So, if I’m not sure about a style I might buy an inexpensive version at Target to see if I like it. If I do, I might try more items of that same category. I don’t expect my Target purchases to last as long as others, but often find they hold up great.

What are you looking to buy for fall? Stay tuned for more of my picks!

Moose Mountain Maxi

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Who wears a maxi dress to take her kids miniature golfing? That would be me. And, why not?

On a recent super hot and humid day, we took the kids to Mall of America. Jason wanted to do some shopping at Hammermade and we checked out the Nordstrom sale in person. In exchange for their patience, we went golfing at Moose Mountain at the MOA.

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My mini golf game was horrendous, but at least the shopping was successful.

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I picked up the dress at Stephanie’s last year. It is by Love Sadie. I don’t usually go for super flowery or flowy dresses like this, but every now and then I switch it up.

 

My necklace is by Realia by Jen (similar here), another local jewelry designer. She has a lot of unique stuff! I loved the opal stones against the antique brass chain. My shoes were the mint green version of my beloved Target sandals from last year. They feel like walking around barefoot, very comfortable. I wish they still sold them, but they’re from last year. Target has some great shoes, though, keep them in mind. A couple years ago, my tall black riding boots were from there, and I wore them nearly every day in the fall and winter.

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We don’t often shop at the MOA, but if you catch it on a day with reasonable crowds, you can cover a lot of shopping (and family fun) ground!

Cropped

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Years ago, I wore capri pants all the time in the summer. I didn’t like shorts, so when I wasn’t wearing my summer dresses, it was capris. I then decided that they were a bit frumpy, so I stopped wearing them, and added a few pairs of shorts into my wardrobe.

Now, cropped pants are everywhere again, and I’ve been open to buying the right pair.

When I saw these Kut from the Kloth distressed cropped jeans in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I decided to try them. I love them! The slim silhouette and large cuff set them apart.

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I wore this outfit out to dinner with the family and some friends. My top is the last of my D.NOLO purchases from a few weeks ago. I had never heard of the designer, Pam & Gela, but loved the details on this piece. Between the sheer edges and back, bottom zipper and sweatshirt-like material, I was sold.

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My shoes are also from the Nordstrom sale, the Halogen pointy toe flat in pale pink. They had just arrived in the mail that afternoon, and I wore them right away! They are really comfortable and the neutral color will be so versatile.

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I “won” my necklace at the silent auction at the Starkey Gala. I don’t know much about it. It was billed as an “Italian Designer” stainless steel wire necklace. I was drawn to the modern-edginess of it. There is no clasp. The two curved metal pieces in the front are magnetic, and that’s how it closes. So fun!

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Keeping it Classy

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I’m new enough at this fashion blogging thing that I don’t always remember to take pictures of my outfits until it’s too late. A couple weeks ago, we met some friends for a lovely dinner at Corner Table. On the way home, I remarked to Jason that we forgot to take pictures for my blog. He had a genius idea to stop at the Fleet Farm along our way. Why not?

And hey, while we’re at it, let’s go to the gas station too. (We were really just hoping it was open so we could get some cash for the sitter. Had to raid the kids’ banks instead.)

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This dress is one of my purchases from D.NOLO. The designer is James Perse, and I wear this at least once a week. I think I would wear it more if I could. On this night, I wore it with my Steve Madden Nonstp booties, a double layer tassel necklace from Evereve (now on sale!) and a bracelet by local jewelry artist Realia by Jen.

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I work in this quite often, and transitioned it to Seth’s end of year soccer party one night as well. It’s so comfortable that I also wore it for a 7 hour car ride to my in-laws over the weekend! The dress is really well made, lined with the same fabric and it kept its shape through the drive and into the night.

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Definitely not taking this blogging thing too seriously. Jason and I had fun being silly and taking ridiculous outfit pictures!

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Nicole Miller Double Shot

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Oops, radio silence from me last week. Jason and I were lucky enough to have a week with no kids, so we took full advantage by going out to eat every night. Pair that with work craziness, and there was no time to blog.

I’ve mentioned my love of Nicole Miller here before. Today I thought I’d share two dresses, one that I wore in a casual setting and another in a slightly more formal one.

I have at least 5 of this style of Nicole Miller jersey dress. I’ve stopped myself from buying more, even though I love them. They have diagonal tucks across the midsection that are very flattering. Not to mention they are super comfortable and easy to wear dressed up or down.

I featured this year’s acquisition in one of my first posts, about our date night to Surly.

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This is a maxi version. (You’ll have to trust me.)

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I recently wore this bright citron and grey striped jersey dress to get my hair cut (hence the super smooth locks that I can’t recreate myself), and out with the family. We stopped at the new Blu Dot Outlet and took these pictures nearby. The Bauhaus Brewery is right there too. I love this spot, so pretty!

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Citron and grey is one of my favorite color combinations! Jason created this monster by buying me this dress, my first of this style, at Stephanie’s for my birthday a couple years ago. I picked up the silver necklace in Mexico while we were down there for our friends’ wedding several years ago. I feel like it goes with just about everything.

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Here is another that I wore to the Como Zoo garden party! This one is at least slightly different from the others – I really like the pattern mixing here, and the flowers were perfect for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the conservatory at Como Zoo! This event was still fairly casual, so I felt OK going with the jersey dress, but dressing it up with accessories.

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I purchased the dress from myhabit.com last year. My jewelry was made by local designer Karin Jacobson. I’ve been a fan of hers for years, and own so many of her pieces, but these are my favorite pieces by far. The earrings and cuff are from her Comet Fade series. They are sterling silver with ombre plating in yellow or rose gold. I cannot tell you how much I love these! Visit Karin in the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis. My bag is from the Coach outlet. The color is what drew me in.

This was a crazy humid, rainy day, so I wore my hair in a French braid. It’s unusual for me to wear my hair up and back, but I would have been a frizzy mess otherwise!

Many of my cocktail dresses and gowns are by Nicole Miller, but I love that I can wear my favorite designer in a more casual situation too!

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