Three Scarves to the Wind

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Photographed by Andrea Dyrhaug

(Pants: Loft, Sweater: J.Crew (Similar), Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Flats: Target, Hat: J.Jill, Sunglasses: Target, Scarf One: Unknown (Similar), Scarf Two: H&M (Similar), Scarf Three: H&M (Similar))

Winter is all about staying warm and what better what to do that then with scarves! Scarves are one of my favorite accessory and they can completely change an outfit. These three looks all have the same staple garments with a different scarf for each look. You can see how much color, texture and tying can change an outfit. I am always looking for new ways to tie scarves and make them look new and exciting. Interested in finding new techniques? Try Pinterest for fresh ways to tie your scarves!

This wool baseball hat is one of favorite hats, the grey goes with so many things and it’s a great piece for fall and winter. To offset the casual nature of the baseball hat and cargo pants I have paired them with a sweater and statement necklace. This neutral color palette is perfect for many scarf and sunglass combinations. My go to sunglass choice on a daily basis is aviators, specifically reflective aviators. They are so fun and add a pop of color to any outfit while keeping you shaded. Check out some new aviator sunglasses at Salt City Optics.

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When in Rain

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Photographed by Andrea Dyrhaug

(Wellies: Hunter, Shirt: Loft, Jeans: J.Crew, Scarf: Madewell (Similar), Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Watch: Michael Kors, Bangles: J.Crew (Similar), Rings: Old Navy)

A rainy night can’t keep a happy hour at bay. We recently braved some chilly temperatures and layered up with some fall favorites in order to have the happiest of hours in Hopkins. Right now is all about the transitional clothing, trying to leave the summer behind without welcoming fall too soon can be a challenge. I really try to mix pieces from both seasons in one outfit to get a transitional look.  Pairing a light blouse or t-shit  with a scarf gives a fall feeling but with a brighter finish. Dresses with booties or a skirt with a long sleeve shirt and a jean jacket are great ways to get through the early fall season.

With rain in the forecast, there is a short season for wellies and now is the time! I try to take advantage of this whenever I can. Now is also the perfect time of year to wear flats, sandals are about to be packed away and boots seem too aggressive. My favorite flats right now are printed, quilted, studded and pointed!

Skirts & Stripes

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Photographed by Andrea Dryhaug

(Skirt: Loft (Similar), Shirt: Gap, Necklaces: Anthropologie & J.Crew (I like this and this and this), Shoes: Target (Similar), Bag: Fossil, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Ornamental Things)

Summer may have officially ended but don’t put your skirts and sandals away just yet. One thing I love about not being in school these days, is not feeling like summer ends when Labor Day hits. With winter right around the corner I try to tell myself every morning not to rush the fall and winter clothing, in four months I’ll want to be wearing tank tops and shorts. To start the transition into the fall season without doing away with summer try adding in darker colors but still keeping the summer staples alive.

This woven black skirt is a great basic. It’s comfortable, not overly dressy and it even has pockets! I choose to pair it with a simple striped t-shirt and leopard accents for a more casual look. Leopard is for all seasons, there are no exceptions. This leopard bag is great for this time of year and can be paired with virtually anything. I always find ways to tastefully work leopard into my look, just a touch is enough.

Summer has not ended people, lets even keep your whites out a little longer this year!

the Bold & the Beautiful

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Photo Credits: Andrea Dyrhaug

(Shorts: Loft (Similar), Shirt: Loft (Similar), Wedges: BC Footwear (Similar), Sunglasses: Cole Haan (Similar), Watch: Marc Jacobs, Bracelets: J.Crew (Similar), Rings: Madewell)

Now is the time to get your bold summer prints, everything summer is on sale. I always buy shorts for next year at the end of the season. Not only do you not have to  pay full price, but they seem new next season when you pull out your summer wardrobe. I got these floral printed shorts two years ago at the Loft, they add a pop of color to any outfit. Loft is the place to go for printed shorts, they are bold, proportionate and on trend. Pairing the shorts with a black top dresses the outfit up and makes the floral print stand out. A white top will be more summery and airy with your printed shorts. If you are feeling especially bold, pair your shorts with another simple pattern with similar colors.

If you are more of a denim shorts girl try Gap, J.Crew or Madewell for end of summer denim sales!

Wellie Weather

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Photographed by Andrea Dyrhaug

(Wellies: Hunter, Shirt: Loft, Vest: J.Crew, Jeans: J.Crew, Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Watch: Michael Kors, Bangles: J.Crew (Similar), Rings: Old Navy)

Minnesota has been experiencing unseasonably cool temperatures and rain the last couple of days. Whenever rain is in the forecast I pull out my Hunter wellies. They are one of the most iconic rain boots in the world and there are so many styles and colors to choose from, I try to find any reason to wear them.

I layered by look with a black puffer vest and distressed jeans to keep warm. This puffer goes with everything, I think I wear it at least once a week in the fall and winter months. If you are looking for something light, fashionable and warm try out this J.Crew puffer. It comes in many colors, but beware it does sell out by the end of the season. I tried to get this black one last Christmas, not only were the sold out but not reordering so I had to search from store to store and wait for one to be returned.

This blouse from Loft is one of my favorite staples; it has the perfect amount of swing and is not too boxy. It is a twist on the traditional white blouse and I am in love. I like to add a longer necklace with the blouse for something unexpected and subtle. We are back in the seventies and eighties starting today, but I secretly can’t wait for the fall season and the clothes that go along with a little chill in the air!

Basic Black

Basic print

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Anyone can throw on a black tee and a black cardigan. Mix with printed printed flats (I choose camo) and a statement necklace to create an easy and stylish outfit.

I always said that I would never be one to sport camo. Coming from a family of hunters it’s not exactly seen as a chic print. I came across these Target flats and figured I should give it a try. I went with pointed toes instead of rounded so that they were a little bit more feminine. They also have a line of studs up the back for some edge. I’m coming around to the idea of camo in small doses, but don’t expect a full on camo post anytime soon!

What prints are you daring to try?