Little Open Back Action

What can I say? I love an open back. I figure it is the most conservative way to show a little skin. Especially in early Spring with the temp are totally on my side yet. It makes this pretty conservative girl feel scandalous. "oh my god, look at her back..." yea check it out, that's my spine ;)  Anyway, when I saw this shirt from Banana Republic, naturally I was like "mine." However, it was a bit pricey for my wallet these days so I waited for sale. Sure enough a 40% off online items came and I snatched it. This is basically an extension of  my love affair for BR these days as detailed in my post about their new design aesthetic.  Words cannot appropriate express the 180 I have done on this store. I went from essentially being bored and disappointed with the fit to practically wanting to move in. I stopped only because I did not want to seem totally insane. This shirt is probably my favorite so far. The fit is super flattering and the material is thin so perfect for Spring or for eventually Summer. I wore it out to a bar with Derek and he went to put his hand on my back and was startled when he felt skin, but then was very happy. What do you think? Have you checked out BR lately? Leave a comment below I would love to hear from you. 

Jeans: Express 
Shoes: Target / similar / similar

Monday Round Up: Biker Chick

Another Monday another round up! Hope you enjoyed your weekend as I did. It was pretty busy, but I am excited to share it all with you. First, I hope you enjoyed my two joint posts last week with Candice from She's Leaning In. We had so much fun putting together our Mother's Day post and starting our link up. I hope you enjoyed them and will be back to link up with us again!

Ok now onto the weekend. Friday night Derek and I went out to watch the Minnesota Wild game. However, it was a later game starting at 8:30 PM. We tried to go to one of our favorite bars that has been closed for several weeks, but unfortunately was still closed. Derek was super bummed because it is literally his favorite place. So instead we went to a local brewpub Dangerous Man Brewing. I really enjoy this place, it is small inside like most but has games to play and in trendy neighborhood. We had couple of beers and then went to our local pizza place to watch the  Wild play with my parents. I am happy to report the Wild  won! We only need one more game to move forward!!

Saturday I went and got my hair did by my fabulous Aunt. She has been doing my hair my entire life. I have never gone to anyone else. She is the reason my hair always looks great. Her salon is located in Woodbury, Hairitage Hous Salon. Getting my hair done is on the list of top favorite things. Afterwards I took advantage of being in Woodbury to visit a boutique I was introduced a month or so ago, Sisu. I was excited to visit because they are moving to a new location next week. I picked up a couple of things and the employee was very friendly and helpful. You'll see some of the new things soon :) Saturday night we got to go the Donny Dirk's Zombie Den, the bar we could not go to Friday night, with some friends. It's a great space and just my speed these days: quirky, quiet and quality cocktails. Unfortunately they changed the menu so the cocktails were not as good. Although our favorite bartender was there and recognized us and give us a fresh vodka sour, which was amazing. Afterwords we went to Betty dangerous country club got some drinks and ate some really good food. We topped off the night at Tony Jaro's and actually ran into an old friend which was fun.

Sunday my nephew had his first communion. My husband is is Godfather so it is fun to watch him interact with him. It is always fun to see the nieces and nephews too. After that I headed up to Duluth for child and adolescent conference with one of my friends. This Sunday started the Duluth Homegrown festival. Think SXSW on a very small scale. Any little place they can throw a band they do. My friend and I went to dinner at Pizza Luce and waited for a band. Honestly, food was amazing but the band was wierd. We did not stay long party because of the band and partly because we are old and tired. 

This weekend was still pretty chilly around here, le sigh. So I have gotten a lot of use out of my Sisu leather jacket. I picked this up on wicked sale about a month ago when a bunch of local boutiques did a pop up in at a local outdoor mall. To be honest I already had a leather jacket that I really like but when I saw this, and the price, I could not pass it up. My favorite things about this jacket is the asymmetrical zipper and the cloth detailing. My belief? Anytime you can go asymmetrical it's a good day. I also love that the bottom and the sleeves are in cloth. It's a little more comfortable and warm. Frankly, I think the boxy cut of this is flattering on any shape. I got to meet the owner and purchase this from her and I can say she is absolutely lovely. I also learned that she is friends with Jennifer of Primrose Park and I thought "no wonder I love this place!" I paired it with my black legging jeans from Gap, because black from head to toe is my jam. I also recently picked up these aviators from Target. My very first pair of aviators. I always made fun of my husband for wearing them, saying he looked like Top Gun. 10 years later I got over it ;)

Jacket: Sisu boutique / similar / similar
Shirt: Target, old / similar /similar
Jeans: Gap Legging Jean
Shoes: Target Susan Heeled Booties
Sunglasses: Target

Black + Khaki and a Link Up

It's Friday! Cue Rebecca Black! No one likes when I sing that song but it really is a great Friday anthem. This week has been rough. Last week at this time I was in a tank top and flip flops. This week has been cold and it snowed! Snowed!! Ready for some weather turn around. Sometimes when I get real stubborn (and when I some sometimes I mean all the time) I try to force weather via my wardrobe. That is exactly what is happening today. I am dressing like it is summertime in hopes Mother Nature can take a hint. There is also a link up in this post, check out the bottom of this post for details.

I really love this look I just bought this top from Primrose Park when I hosted the girl's night I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This is like the mullet of shirts, business in front party in the back. I love that this shirt can transition from work to play. I wore a sweater over it when I was at work and then if you go to meet friends for dinner or happy hour and take the sweater off. Underneath I picked up a lace bralette from Victoria's Secret to be a chic way to cover up the undergarments. I am a lady after all. I am also super obsessed with these old Gap Khakis. I always expect them to be less flattering but they are not! I love that. I topped it off with these mule style pumps from Target and one of the best necklaces I have ever bought from Primp boutique. 

Pants: Gap Khakis, old /similar


This week is the first official co-hosted link up with my cousin Candice from She's Leaning In. We are family so we aptly titled Tutto In Famiglia, All in the family in Italian. Couple rules:

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2) Be sure to comment on at least 2 other fellow bloggers posts, the point is to get the word out about your fabulous blogs so get it out! :)
3)  Include in your posts about the link up and in the comments on each blog the #TinF so they know you are visiting from Tutto in Famiglia.
4) ENJOY! 

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Mother's Day Look:A Joint Effort

Welcome to the first of what I hope to be a series of post with a fellow blogger. This post is a shared effort by myself and my fabulous cousin, Candice of She's Leaning In. She will be doing the beauty part of this look including all the beautiful make up. If you are not familiar with her blog you need to check it out for two reasons 1) You need to read the second part of this post and 2) She's pretty freakin' amazing. She has been critically helpful in my blogging and in switching from Wordpress to Blogger. At the very least check her out so she's knows her hard work is not in vain ;). We have decided to start doing a series of posts like this together and ::wink wink:: another new fun venture starting on Friday. So get used to hearing a lot more about her.

First I will introduce to you my part. I am the fashion part of this blog. Although I love make up and trying new things, some I hope to share with you all in the future, I am not the beauty aficionado that Candice is. Therefore she will take over that part of this look to complete our, as Tyra Banks would say it, H to T look (that's Head to Toe for those of you not in the know). This post is particularly about prepping for Mother's Day. These annual holidays seem to always creep up faster than we think. I always try to counterbalance that by neurotically planning early :). Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th and will be here before we know it. We have to start planning, right? Right. Let's get crackin'. We imagined a look for a Mother's Day Brunch situation which includes something dressy enough for a holiday, but not too formal.

Mother's Day OOTD

May is always the best month to rock your favorite florals and pastels. Every Spring they try to do a new take on florals and we're supposed to be all "this is so new and original." The fact of the matter is, it's not that new but we can mix it up. I am not a huge floral pattern gal myself so I like to take the color trends from the floral patterns and incorporate them into my look. I picked this shirt dress from a local shop, Parc Boutique,  because of the fantastic color and shape. Parc is great for simple and flattering silhouettes. I can always count on them for clean lines and sticking an unique cuts. They typically do not have a lot of color, which I appreciate, but this one is spot on. What else is great about basic shift is you can dress it up or down. This model has a simple sandal and no jewelry which plays to a more casual setting, but you can always dress it up like I did with these accessories. I am loving brown for my shoe color of choice this Spring. Typically I am a fan of nude but I think the brown tones bring a little more edge and a little less prep. As evidenced by these great Bamboo Sandals from DSW. I debated between a chunky heel and stilletto and settled on the chunky heel. I think a thick heel is more conducive to dressing up a look without being overly formal for the occasion. I paired it with one of my favorite trends in necklaces the long charm pendant from Baublebar, and gold ring and cuff from Banana Republic. I kept the jewelry delicate because I imagined a statement necklace at brunch and thought "much? much too much." The delicate jewelry adds a touch to take it from every day to special occasion.

Wonder what make up would suit this look? Well you are in luck my friends. Head on over to She's Leaning In blog where my cousin Candice will give you a make up education. She really knows her stuff, you are definitely going to want to see what she came up with to match this look.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Would you wear this look? I would love to hear from you!

Monday Round Up: This is Twins Territory

Welcome to another Monday party people. It's a bummer the weekend is over but I am hoping for a week as good as my weekend. Let's start with Friday. It was actually a pretty decent day at work, no major incidents which is how I like my Fridays, quiet. After work I went out with a few co-workers to New Bohemia  for a few adult beverages. Friday was GORGEOUS outside and their patio opened up. They got a few seats outside and had a good time. I will tell you right now how I know how pale I am, a couple of hours in the late afternoon sun I got a little sunburned. Le live in the North Country. Friday night, again like I like it, was quiet. Derek and I watched a couple of movies and passed out on the couch. This is married life my friends and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday we kept pretty busy. Originally we had planned to do a bonfire but the weather was up in the air all day. Eventually we settled that we would try it and if we get rained out we would just come inside, but that meant we had all day with nice weather to kill. We debated for a long time about what to do and eventually settled on going to a Twins game. The nice thing about having a terrible team in a nice ballpark is that you can waltz up to the ticket office as the game starts, buy tickets and enjoy a gorgeous day. We bought the cheapest tickets in the stadium which put us in the nosebleed section. To my surprise though the seats were not that bad. I could still see the baseball so it was easy to follow and we did not have anyone around us so we could spread out. We were very cliche baseball goers. Grabbed two beers and some peanuts and enjoyed the day and the game. Unfortunately we lost, fortuantely we had fun. Two cool things: 1) Torii Hunter is back playing for the Twins where he belongs, which is awesome 2) The Cleveland Indians had a player by the name of Brandon Moss (my last name) although he appears to be no relation he looks nothing like my husband's family.

We have the best ballpark in the nation, I will hear no arguments

Sad little Twins fan
1) Shirt: Target, old (similar, similar)
3) Shoes: Sperry Top Sider, old (similar, similar)
4) Necklaces: Primp boutique
5) Watch: Marc Jacobs Baker Watch 

After the Twins loss we turned to our next Minnesota team hopefully for a playoff win, Minnesota Wild. We went to a nearby bar and restaurant to watch on the big screen. Unfortunately they did not win either. Thus is the plight of a Minnesota sports fan, hopes get risen only to be crushed. We decided to drown our sorrows at nearby brewery 612 Brewery.

Losing is better on the big screen, right?

After a quick pit stop at 612, it just so happens to be in the same building as Spyhouse Coffee. I have been desperate to check that place out forever so I dragged Derek up there with me so I could get coffee to go. Plus we had people coming over so I needed a bit of caffeine. It's so cool inside, I could live there. Beautiful, dark woods from floor to ceiling and ample seating. I wish I could have hung out there but had to run. Maybe another Sunday soon :)

Gorgeous, right? 

Later that night a few friends came over and we enjoyed a few hours by the fire before we got rained out. First official bonfire of the season done! Bonfires are some of my favorite things about summer. Very few things feel more summer-like than sitting around a fire enjoying some drinks with friends. Our pups get to run around all night and cause trouble and we get to enjoy the warm weather. What's better than that?

Oh, and at the Twins game they gave out schedule magnets and one of Paul Molitor, our new manager. So expect more selfies of me with Paul. Mr. Molitor if you're nasty. 

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Let me know with a comment below!

A little makeover

Some of you may have noticed a change on my social media accounts this week. This is because I recently made the switch from Wordpress to Blogger. I wanted to get the page up and running before I made an official announcement. For those of you that follow me through Wordpress I hope you make the switch over to my blogger site and check out the new digs! My cousin, Candice from She's Leaning In, helped immensely with this so be sure to check her out too and give her compliments!! Excited to try a new site and make some changes. Stay tuned this week for a few fun things!

Bring on Summer

Weather around here has been pretty great lately. Typically Minnesotans are easy to please when it comes to weather. The old joke goes "Minnesota has three seasons: Winter, Summer and road construction." At least I think that's how it goes, I'm not a great joke teller. Basically if it is above 50 and you see a hint of sun we're happy. With that being said this week has been 60s-70s with sun basically every day. Around here it's like: MUCH EXCITE :) ! I picked up this little number at Primp boutique a few weeks ago but it is has been too cold around here. It is finally warm enough so I broke it out. Disclaimer: I am a Minnesotan and therefore so pale I'm practically translucent. I have not gotten to tan yet. I am hoping to get that going soon, so bear with me and how my skin matches the dress. Happy Friday y'all!

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1) Dress: Primp boutique (similar, similar)

2) Shoes: Chinese Laundry, old (similar, similar)

3) Cardigan: Target, Cocoon Cardigan 

4) Necklace and rings: Primp Boutique (similar, similar)

5) Watch: Marc Jacobs Baker Watch

What do you think? Leave a comment below I would love to hear from you!

Round Up Part Two: Stillwater, MN

If you are new to the blog this is part two on what is normally a review of my weekend. However I did a lot of cool stuff so I thought it would be less overwhelming in two posts (see part one here). Over the weekend my husband was out of town and I was left to fend for myself. Sometimes it is nice when he is out of town because I can do what I want when I want, other times it can get pretty boring trying to entertain myself. As I get older my friends are harder and harder to get in touch with. Each year that passes everyone has more commitments so we have to plan way in advance these days. That being said, this past Saturday I had squat diddly to do.  My parents called, knowing that Derek was out of town, and asked if I wanted to spend the day with them. I agreed as long as we spent the day outside because it was GORGEOUS! Sunny and warm and I was going to take advantage of it. My dad suggested we head out to Stillwater and walk along the river. For those of you not from around here, Stillwater is a town right on the border of Wisconsin separated by the St. Croix river. It is about 25 or so minutes outside of St. Paul. In the last 30 years or so it has morphed from a ghost town to an antiquing and restaurant destination. It has a main street right on the river, with maintained old buildings full of antique shops, bookstores, restaurants and bars. It is a popular destination during the day due to the shopping and scenery and at night a popular destination for bachelorette parties because of the bars. I counted two while we were and we left around 6:00 PM. Motorcyclists also love it there because it can be a scenic drive and a great place to stop for a burger and a beer. Frankly, sometimes it is tough to talk because the motorcycles are so loud, but I can't blame them it was spectacular on Saturday. They also have a cool lift bridge that takes you into Hudson, WI. I think that is getting remodeled to be a pedestrian only bridge as they build a more  modern bridge for traffic.

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We spent the afternoon walking along the main street and the river. We went into a couple of cute shops including a cool old bookstore my dad wanted to see. For anyone who knows me personally, you know that I do not read. I always say I'm barely literate. So me in a bookstore sounds like one of those jokes that tell what are the signs of the end of the world. But it was way more fascinating that any Barnes and Noble. It had antique books from all genres: fiction, history, psychology, science you name it they had it. So of course I ran to the psychology section, they had a couple neat old psych books and collections of Freud's work. One day when I have a cool office I want a bunch of old books so I look super smart. "Many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany." That's all I want!

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At the end of the day we attempted to get food some place but failed. Everything was jam packed! My mom and dad remembered this old hotel  with some fancy schmancy restaurants off the main drag so we went to check it out. Turns out it is still there. It is called the Lowell Inn and two blocks off the main road. Guys, it was gorgeous. I tried to snap a few pictures but was worried they would be mad. It was built in 1927 and decorated in Williamsburg and French Provincial styles. There are three dining areas all of which are decorated differently. One looks like a smoking room, one is more of a traditional dining room and one is the garden room. They also have pictures of famous people who have stayed there from Mikhail Baryshnikov to Diane Sawyer. It was pretty neat. I would love to go back there for dinner and to stay sometime .We finished off the day stopping by Stillwater's newest taproom Maple Island Brewery. It is on the main street and opens up to the river. I tried their "Belgian belly dancer" and was might pleased with my choice.

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IMG_1991IMG_1993 Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset  Overall I had a pretty fabulous day. The weather was gorgeous, the town was interesting and I truly enjoy spending time with my parents. So rarely do you get 1:1 time with your parents and it was great to get that time with them. I always forget how cool Stillwater is, if you are ever in the area it is a must try.