Holidays, Parties, Shoes- oh my!

I missed you guys! Its has been WAY too long. I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s. I know I did. One of my favorite Christmas gifts was Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, which celebrates the wonderful and brilliant fashion editors that have been a part of the magazine’s heart and soul for the past 120 years! I can’t wait to read it.

I even got to celebrate my birthday in between Christmas and New Year’s. I celebrated my birthday on the 26th (the actual day) and going out with friends two days later as well. My family and I saw Les Miserables as part of my bday celebration. It was wonderful and very intense! Musical lovers must see. (I am one so it was a must-see for me). On the 28th, I went to Hell’s Kitchen, followed by SEVEN and the Pour House with some great friends. It was definitely a fun time, and also very cold (I promised my friends next year I’ll celebrate in the summer!) At Hell’s Kitchen the food is very handcrafted (even the ketchup is made in-house!) and the menu well thought out and tasty-without being stuffy. The cocktails are fun too, and nothing is over-priced. Cool atmosphere with live music too! I do recommend to my Twin Cities readers! Following are a couple birthday photos.

My gold-heeled ankle-strap shoes. 🙂 Ignore the unattractive carpeting.

My friend Rachel and I on the rooftop at SEVEN. Fireplaces and Christmas trees and everything…I loved it! Rooftop patio in the dead of the Minnesota winter!

I am now 23, one year older. I can stop now- at anytime! Growing older, that is.  This birthday was rather interesting because I got to make some goals for my 23rd year of life that I’m rather excited to accomplish! A few days later, I moved. That was crazy. Then was New Year’s Eve, which of course was crazy and also fun. Me and a few friends went to a Moroccan-themed party in downtown Minneapolis.

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Me and my friends on NYE @ EPIC Minneapolis (i’m second from right)

I will be honest- I work at White House Black Market- and because of my associate discount- I end up getting a lot of clothes from there. BOTH of my outfits in these picture are entirely WHBM. Except for my NYE necklace and shoes. (Anthropologie, NineWest) But you can’t really see them in the photo. It’s what happens when you’ve worked at a clothing store for 2 years!

So-after the last really crazy 2 weeks (not to mention working a lot), I finally feel as though I have time to breathe! And pay attention to my blog again. I will leave you with my favorite shoes of late- ankle strap beauties!

TRICOLOUR SANDAL

Tricolor Sandal- ZARA USA

T-BAR BALLERINA SHOES WITH CHAIN DETAIL

Ballerina flats with chain detail- ZARA USA

GYAL

ALDO high heel platform pumps.

Blue platform wedge with strap- Boutique 9 by Nine West.

Alexa Heel

Braided-strap beauties!!- Juicy Couture

Forrest

Cork chunky-strap resort wedge- also Juicy Couture

Rebecca Minkoff Marsha

Metallic detail wraparound sandals by Rebecca Minkoff.

Sigerson Morrison Brielle

Shoe by Sigerson Morrisson. I kind of love them but am also scared by them.

Elizabeth and James Emily

Mixed red thick-heeled suede pump- Elizabeth and James.

I think it’s safe to say that if you mix three of the hottest shoe trends right now: ankle-straps, color-blocking, and platforms, you have a winning combination!

-S

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Here in the Midwest, snow tends to get in the way of…well, everything. I was going to go to an out-of-town wedding in St Louis, but the winter storm that shut down the Interstate prevented that.

I had today off work because of my previous plans, so I had a whole day to do whatever I wanted. I decided to go to Mall of America, even though I spend about 5 days a week there anyway at WHBM.

My mom and I perused some of the shops at MOA.

The new Forever 21 at MOA. This escalator is inside the store. I am not even a Forever 21 shopper, but their new store blew my mind. It’s beautiful.

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The new Forever 21 is two stories of flagship beauty! A men's department, kids, shoes, accessories, lingerie, plus sizes, a denim department, and clothes galore!

The new Forever 21 is two stories of flagship beauty! A men’s department, kids, shoes, accessories, lingerie, plus sizes, a denim department, and clothes galore!

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The Christmas-ed out Rotunda.

The Christmas-ed out Rotunda.

BBQ pork mac n cheese at Noodles & Co. Two great things combined- BBQ pork and mac of course!

BBQ pork mac n cheese at Noodles & Co. Two great things combined- BBQ pork and mac of course!

Loving the stackable bracelets at Ann Taylor! Can't. Get. Enough.

Loving the stackable bracelets at Ann Taylor! Can’t. Get. Enough.

Burberry is worth mentioning- we especially admired their shoes and purses! Hey, a girl can dream...

Burberry is worth mentioning- we especially admired their shoes and purses! Hey, a girl can dream…

Bendel's- a new favorite of the South Ave shopper.

Bendel’s- a new favorite of the South Ave shopper.

Juicy Couture had some good deals- and a pretty green purse.

Juicy Couture had some good deals- and a pretty green purse.

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Happy Snowstorm!

Really, what are you going to do besides online-shop, movie-watch, and bake? I personally am planning on making a snowy trek to my fitness center, but I can see why that doesn’t sound appealing to everyone.

A. Online Shop

ModCloth.com has all kinds of fun stuff, including great gift ideas. This Paris-themed umbrella is cute for the traveler in your life.

Bags & Accessories - Rain Along the Seine Umbrella

This cute winter scarf is fitting for the sister in-law or cousin you’re not sure what to buy for…

Bags & Accessories - Raising Cane Scarf in Sky

Check out their whole accessories page- it’s super fun!

Gap.com…always good stuff! (Also 30% off today!)

Everyone has at least one baby in their life to shop for…buy this for yours!

Baby girl faux-fur vest

Favorite fur vest

Baby boy onesie

Intarsia penguin one-piece

(both gap.com)

Target.com. Neiman Marcus + Target and their fantastic partnership with the biggest names in fashion to bring you a host of gifts for at least half your list. If you haven’t already checked out this collection at your nearest Target, shame on you (it’s been out for 8 days now!!)

For the man in your life I love love this Rag & Bone sweater.

rag & bone Men's Sweater

For the Apple geek in your life, Proenza Schouler iPad sleeeve. (I also LOVE the sweatshirt of this same pattern…hint hint..;) )

Proenza Schouler iPad Sleeve

Etsy.com These hand-made soaps are a fun gift for your mom! “The Fresh Snow Bar” by Clean By Ali. They’re pretty too!

the fresh snow bar

B. Movie-watch

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe- children stumble though a wardrobe and end up in the magical [snowy] land of Narnia. I just love this movie!

The Holiday- It has a good cast and takes place both in snowy England and sunny Los Angeles!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York- Because you can’t go wrong with this 1992-classic. And we all love the Central-Park bird lady.

C. Bake

These mint sandwich cookies from Food Network.com look like heaven.

Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars…wow these look phenomenal. (also Food Network.com)

From bhg.com/recipe/drinks, check out this Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate recipe, as well as all the other hot chocolate varieties! Yum!

Peanut Butter Cocoa

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