Fall Essentials #3- Rain Boots

A recent trend in the last couple of years has been rise of Hunter Boots among both teenagers and adults.  Unlike its precursor, Ugg Boots, Hunters are practical and have an established history of being a reliable Wellington Boot brand.  The boots have been the official rain boots for the British Royal Family, in addition to being used extensively during both World Wars.  Although the boots have only recently become a phenomena in the States, the company has been around for about 150 years.

The product is practically a simple rain boot, but what Hunter does differently to attract gaggles of teenage girls is that they promote the stylish side of the boots through campaigns and overall brand image.  They make rain boots a cold season staple, going along the lines of leather boots and, previously, Ugg Boots.   One major difference that might have had an impact on their rise was that Hunters, being rain boots, are water proof.  However, Ugg are notoriously not, making Hunters the choice for rainy and snowy days.  In fact, Hunters are the perfect choice for fickle weather since they prepare you for anything.

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Examples of campaigns that emphasize Hunter’s practicality…

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And style.  

What I love about my Hunters is that I can wear them with anything in any weather.  Mine are the classic tall shiny black ones which I love because of the neutrality.  Right now, they are my go-to shoes since I tend to wear mainly sweaters and jeans in November.  Although the black is a perfect neutral color, the boots come in countless fun colors, brightened by shiny finishes.  The choices are a bit overwhelming, but whatever kind you want, you are sure to get plenty of use out of them.

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Some of the brightly colored choices that Hunter provides.  

 

Fall Essentials #2-The perfect puffy vest

I have a bit of an obsession with vests.  Maybe it’s their ability to make a simple outfit look chic.  Or that they can layer jackets and sweaters at the same.  Or, most importantly in Minnesota, the fact that they manage to keep you warm in breezy weather without making you feel like a suffocating marshmallow.  In other words, a vest seems to serve as the perfect fall “jacket” so to say and it can close that daunting gap of “What do I wear when it isn’t above 65 degrees 0r below 40 outside”.

These days, I seem to throw on a vest almost daily which I know gets repetitive, but I just can’t think of anything more perfect to wear this time of year.  I own multiple vests in different colors and it’s easy to mix and match with both sweaters and bottom-ups.  My favorite vest is the Excursion Vest from J Crew.  They are very well insulated and the addition of gold snaps and zippers make for a nice extra touch.  The colors range from very classic and neutral to bright and fun, allowing for a pop of color in these dull and grey months ahead.  They also have a corduroy lined version available for a more outdoorsy look.  I also have a Ralph Lauren one which I bought specially for a golf tournament.  It is a stylish sporting vest that is a lot thiner than the J Crew ones.  The thinness is a bonus, but I do not believe it is as warm.

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My personal favorite, a navy and white checkered J Crew vest.  Perfect to wear over solid colors.  

 

 

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My classic cream colored J Crew vest.  This one is great since it goes with anything.  

 

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A simple all white one!

This favorite vest of mine happens to be on sale online right now.  Visit https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/outerwear/puffersandvests/PRDOVR~B0109/B0109.jsp and use the promo code!

 

Minneapolis Restaurants-Borough

Right in the heart of the North Loop lies Borough, an innovative American restaurant with an ever changing menu filled with classics and unique dishes.  It’s a fairly small place, but on a Friday night, it’s bopping.  The space looks industrial and casual, but the booths are cozy and the dim lighting offers a more sophisticated atmosphere.

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The menu is unusual since there are 3 courses listed with the first two being small plates.  You can order off of any of the courses which presents plenty of options.  I decided to get 3 dishes from the first course while other people ordered a first/second and a third.

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I started with the sturgeon which was about as good as it looks.  The fish was smoked with capers, onions, eggs and cream cheese along with an “everything” crêpe.

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Next, I ordered the steak tartare which was prepared with mushrooms and a raw egg. What I loved about it was the extra little sauce reductions that came with it. The black was a truffle reduction and the white was a milk one. They paired beautifully on the toast together.

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I ordered the duck confit for my small “entré” which was made delicious by the lingonberries that it was garnished with.  The duck was cooked fabulously and tasted delicious with the sweet/sour addition of the berries.

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The deserts at Borough are very unusual as the choices are limited but extravagant.  I ordered the persimmon dish which had a custard, a to die for sauce, sour cream ice cream and dried sponge cake.  I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like, but I ended up loving it!

Here are some of the other dishes that were ordered.  Everyone agreed that they were great!

Overall, Borough is a great place to have a special dinner if you enjoy funky and innovative food.  The menu is a little mature, so it might not be the place for picky eaters.  However, if you want to try something different then this is the place.  The only down side is that the restaurant gets very loud as it gets busier and I believe it is because of the limited space.  It gets a little hard to hear, but the food is definitely worth it!

Website: http://boroughmpls.com

September Style Guide-Back to School

I know that it’s a little late in the month, but frankly, I didn’t realize that October is in few days until today when I checked my calendar.  I hope that this isn’t too late as it is still the month of September.  School may have been back in session for a while, but it won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Fall fashion is a blessing and a curse.  There are so many great fall styles, but I’m constantly taking risks since I don’t know how the weather will play out.  When I leave the house at 7 am, it is 45 degrees and when I walk out of school at 3, it’s 70 degrees.  Weather just cannot ever make up its mind in Minnesota.

That being said, I kind of just wear whatever and bring along a jacket.  Somedays I can get away with summer clothes which I’m going to take advantage of for the time being.  Come October, I’ll dress in full-fledged fall apparel.

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Tweed is a perfect material for a skirt in the fall.  It’s thicker looking but still really comfortable.  I love this one since it’s rainbow tweed and has cute little pockets.  Skirt: J. Crew, Shirt: Topshop, Necklace: Anthropology, Shoes: AGL

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I love this outfit since it’s simple and unique at the same time.  The shirt and shorts are monochromatic as they are white with golden thread.  The jacket doubles as a rain jacket and offers a pop of color.  Shirt and Shorts: J Crew, shoes: Sperry, jacket: Nordstrom’s.  

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Yes, I know that this dress seems really summery, but the fabric isn’t that light and who really wants to let go of summer.  Dress: J Crew, sandals: Jack Rogers

I’ve realized that most the clothes are from J Crew.  That wasn’t on purpose, but I guess that they are really good at season transitioning fashion!

Minneapolis Food-Glam Doll Donuts

Gourmet donuts have become really popular recently.  We Americans have always loved a good donut with coffee on a Sunday morning but our obsession and demand has grown.  We now crave more than just an old-fashioned glazed from the grocery store.  We want the over the top, the obscure and the finest.  When I find myself at a donut shop, I tend to look for the most outrageous, the one that I can’t get anywhere else.

A little bit ago, I caught word of a newer donut shop right in the heart of Minneapolis.  People had been instagraming pictures of neon bright beautifully designed donuts from Glam Doll, so I figured I had to try it out.

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The fun exterior or Glam Doll.

I came on a Saturday morning and joined the line that curved down the street.  That had to mean it was good.  After waiting, I got to the counter and ordered 2 donuts out of the dozens of unique kinds from the display case.  The display case itself is quite impressive since it is beautifully laid out and eye catching.  I ordered a lemon creme cheese cruller and a blackberry filled parmesan cheese cake donut.  My friend got a plain frosted one which she described as amazing.

They really were well worth the wait.  The cruller literally melted in my month and I was obsessed with the frosting that came on top of it.  The blackberry one was maybe a little too rich, but I really enjoyed it being paired with parmesan cheese making the donut one of a kind.  They also have some interesting savory donuts such a Sriracha donut and beer blended donut.

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My beautiful breakfast at glam doll!

The shop is super cute with fun little decorations and a pink color scheme.  The sitting area is surprisingly quiet which allows you to relax while eating.  They also have a coffee shop like area with all sorts of coffee and tea to enjoy the donuts with, making the experience complete.

I highly recommend venturing to uptown on a weekend morning to discover fabulous donuts in a great environment.  It all makes for a great outing.