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Transitional Pieces

If you are anything like me, you have had your spring clothes waiting in the wings for a month. It’s the only thing that gets me through the cold Minnesota winters. One day it’s 7 degrees and the next day its 40 degrees. Its so unpredictable! No matter where you’re located, you’ll need some transitional […]

New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year, ladies! I hope you all had a memorable 2017. Looking back, it was the best year of my life. I got engaged, found my dream wedding dress and even gained an adorable, little nephew. With all the changes happening, I know 2018 is shaping up to be even better. Speaking of changes, […]

Don’t Fear the Mix

Don’t fear the mix. Bury the thoughts in your head that say “I can’t…” or “I’m afraid to mix patterns.” Blending textures and prints is an easy way to elevate your wardrobe game.  Add dimension, interest and, most importantly, the “wow” factor to your daily dressing routine with these 6 tips: 1. Baby Steps: Add […]

Bell Sleeves for the Holidays

Did Thanksgiving sneak up on anyone besides me? With the holidays kicking off next week, I decided to dig through my closet in the hopes of finding something to wear. Our family gatherings are usually low key, so dressing up for the occasion was easy. While searching through my closet, I had to remind myself […]

How to Style your Maternity Photos – for LESS!

Maternity photo shoots seem to be the latest trend but let’s face it, most pregnant women spend a majority of their day in leggings and oversized sweaters. Since this is my first baby, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to capture professional shots of my growing bump. I did have one problem… where do […]

Sweater Weather

Fall is here and it’s my favorite season! Who doesn’t love when the leaves change color? Every year fall seems to sneak up on us earlier than past years. This year was no exception.  As the weather started to cool, I made it my mission to find a new oversized sweater. Cozy sweaters are hard to […]

Athleisure in the City!

I’ve said it many times before but I love athleisure! It’s so easy to throw on and go. This summer, I joined my local Pilates studio to help me get into shape for my wedding. I’ve also experienced many other benefits such as better sleep and a more positive mood. I highly suggest you try […]

Summer Style

It’s sad to think summer is halfway over. I know personally, I’ve been trying to soak up what’s left and wishing there was more time! Lately I’ve been on a bucket-list kick. This weekend Alex and I took our dog to a local donut shop called Glam Doll Donuts. I’ve wanted to go since they […]

Casual Saturday Looks

I am stuck in a rut, the yoga pant rut. On Saturdays, black yoga pants with a cute comfy top is my go to look. First off I can go to the gym, the grocery store or do just about any other chore possible. Its comfy and maybe you’ve experienced the same problem! I decided […]

Lights, Camera, Action!

Greetings! I’m so excited because we just finished shooting the annual Clothes Mentor commercials! Last year was my first experience with shooting commercials and I really liked it! My role in the process starts with casting. Four upbeat and full-of-personality models were chosen this year; their auditions were very impressive!  After we selected the talent, […]

Trend Talk: Flower Power

It’s officially spring! Here in Minnesota it can be chilly or warm, it all depends on the day. I’m definitely looking forward to patio season, even if it’s a mere 30 degrees today! In the spirit of the season, I’ve decided to be brave and wear things I wouldn’t have in the past. For example, […]

Trend Talk: Bold Earrings

One of the biggest trends to come out of Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Week is bold earrings. Statement earrings have been around for a while, but the updated versions are even bigger, bolder and a bit weirder! Bold earrings are more like artwork than accessories, and I’ve seen the trend take on structured, geometric and bohemian […]

I’m Engaged!

Greetings, I have some big news to share… I’m engaged!   First off, I want to say my fiancé Alex did the best job asking me to be his wife. He’s awesome! That day we planned to visit Minnehaha Falls, a beautiful park here in Minnesota, to celebrate our family anniversary (one year since getting […]

Bundle Up and Get Outdoors

Let’s face it, winter can be annoying. It’s cold, dry and you mainly have to stay inside if it’s cold where you live. Here in Minnesota the weather has its ups and downs. For example, we’ve had high temps of 1 degree and then last week it got up to 40 degrees for a few […]

5 Ways to Tackle the “Get Healthy” New Year’s Goal

We’re starting off the New Year with another guest blogger, Tiana Zielinski, who shares some easy-to-achieve get-healthy goals that you can work into your daily routine: It seems like every year, the most common New Year’s goal I hear about is to get healthy. Setting goals are great, but if they are too generalized it […]

Last Minute Gift Ideas

So, you’ve got all of your Christmas presents taken care of, but what about those stockings hanging above the fireplace? If you’re like me, you probably forgot…Well, don’t worry, we have some last-minute stocking stuffer ideas that are sure to please! Some of my favorite things are handbags, scarfs and candles. All of those items […]

7 Ways to Take Buffalo Check from Basic to Brilliant this Holiday Season

We have another guest blogger for this post, Clothes Mentor franchisee Sadie Cherney, who has stores in Greenville, Columbia and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Read on to learn about one of her favorite trends this season. Happiest of Holidays from South Carolina! Our style team LOVES saving cash around the holidays, so when fabulous fabric trends (like plaid) stick […]

Winter Wonderland

I’m back from my vacation! Thank you, Ashley, for guest blogging and showing us a fun way to wear the faux-fur trend this season! The pictures turned out great…where can I get that hat? During my recent trip to Iceland, a place that I had dreamed about visiting since I was a kid, my daily […]

Trend Talk: Faux Fur

All right ladies, what’s your favorite thing about fall (besides pumpkin spice, of course)? Mine is anything and everything faux fur! I have many faux-fur items in my closet: jackets, vests, even a faux-fur duffel bag. So when Rachel asked me to be a guest blogger while she’s on vacation, I couldn’t wait to show […]

Apple Orchard Adventures

Looking for a fun fall family activity or a fun date day? Every autumn I like to visit at least one local apple orchard, but this fall I’ve been lucky enough to visit two! First, I headed to an apple orchard/vineyard combination. It came with great reviews from a coworker. My boyfriend and I put […]

Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall

Now that it’s October, cooler weather is on its way. Fall is a favorite season for many in Minnesota (including me!), however, I always have a hard time finding the right outfit. In the morning and at night it’s freezing, but during the day it’s the perfect mild temperature. I’ve found that layering is the […]

Trend Talk: Romantic Tops

August, September and October are the best here in Minnesota. The weather is perfect for enjoying outdoor art shows, movies in the park and farmer’s markets. And it’s also a great time to wear one of the hottest trends for fall 2016: romantic tops! We’re starting to see pieces with ruffles, lace, bows and sheer […]

The Latest Looks for Millennials

What are millennials wearing these days? The answer is, really, anything they want! We recently showcased some popular styles at Clothes Mentor’s 2016 conference. The looks were highlighted during a millennial-focused fashion show hosted by Sara Rogers, trend specialist with the Mall of America, and guest stylist Davee Ek, author of the fashion blog Davee’s […]

Wedding Shower Outfit Inspiration for the Bride to Be

Earlier this spring, I wrote a blog post about what to wear as a guest to a wedding, but what do you wear to bridal showers if you’re the bride or a guest? When looking for the perfect outfit there are a few things to consider. First, what time is the event? Commonly, the earlier […]

Plus-Size Fashion Ideas

From rompers to athleisure to boyfriend jeans and more, plus-size fashion has come a long way in recent years! And the hottest new looks were recently showcased in an amazing fashion show at Clothes Mentor’s 2016 conference. The rocking runway was filled with classic and cutting-edge looks that I had so much fun helping to […]

When to Wear White: Whenever You Want

The old-school rule that you can only wear white pants after Memorial Day and before Labor Day is OUT! So go get your white jeans or crisp, white dress pants and start wearing them now. White pants tend to scare a lot of people—me included. I recently bought a pair of white skinny jeans that […]

Trend Talk: Cold Shoulder

I’ll be honest, at first I absolutely hated the cold shoulder trend. Unless you’re wearing a sleeveless top, why would you intentionally not have fabric covering your shoulders? I didn’t get it. Maybe it’s because I’m always cold, but I wasn’t going to be caught dead in a cold shoulder top. Fast-forward about two years […]

Go-To Wedding Outfit

Wedding season is here! It could possibly be my favorite time of year. I mean, who doesn’t like dressing up, dancing and enjoying amazing food and drink with friends and family? If you’ve been invited to a wedding and you’re not in the wedding party, you’ll have to find something to wear. The following is […]

Trend Talk: Athleisure

Athleisure might be my favorite ongoing trend. I love being able to run to the gym in a stylish, comfortable outfit and then head out to run errands afterward without having to change first. I’m always on the lookout for high-quality, trendy and affordable athleisure gear. We just got a new puppy named Aspen, and […]

Nothing to Wear? There’s an App for That

We all have those days when we have nothing to wear. Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration. I’ve heard that women only wear about 20 percent of the clothes in their closet. Well, I hate to admit it, but I fit that statistic. So when I was reading the local newspaper last week and […]

Spring Break Essentials

Here in Minnesota, we get excited when the temperature trends upward, albeit slowly, after the long winter. And when it finally reaches 50 degrees, we put on shorts. Unfortunately, the next day it could plummet below freezing again. Spring weather in unreliable—and mean! That’s why many of us in the Midwest and beyond book trips […]

Stripes Myth Busted

Have you ever been told not to wear horizontal stripes because they supposedly make you look wider or heavier? Well, I can tell you that’s a lie! Bold stripes can actually be very flattering. In fact, they often highlight your body’s assets and hide what you feel are your flaws. Plus, bold stripes are one […]

3 Realistic Resolutions

Whoohoo, we survived another year! Like most of you, looking back on 2015 and all of the things I accomplished got me thinking about setting new goals for the New Year. But instead of coming up with resolutions that I’ll surely drop before January is over (which I often do), I decided to identify realistic […]

5 Looks for Holiday Parties

Tis the season for holiday parties. Some people look forward to all the events and some don’t. I tend to be in the middle, as I’m quiet in new situations.  My favorite part, though, is picking out a new outfit for each get-together.  Of course, I have things in my closet that I could wear, […]