Friday, August 31, 2012

Junk Bonanza

It's happening again.....
the Junk Bonanza is almost here!!

Mark your calendars: 

September 13-15, Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN.  
If you've never been, this is the year to go!

Here's a link to my "review" of 2010's Junk Bonanza-with a few details of what I saw & what I purchased!

I've seen photos of fabulous pieces and items that vendors are packing up to bring with them for the show!!  They all always "restock" for each new items are up for sale every morning!

If for some reason you can't make it this fall, you won't have to wait an entire year....they have now added a SPRING Junk Bonanza....all the fabulous junkers will be back April 18, 19, & 20! So get these dates on your calendar as well!

Fall Bonanza:

Thursday, September 13th: 10 am to 5 pm
Friday, September 14th: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 15th: 9 am to 5 pm

Spring Bonanza:

Thursday, April 18th: 10 am to 5 pm
Friday, April 19th: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, April 20th: 9 am to 5 pm
Rain or Shine (Bonanza is an indoor event)


Price is $9 per day (Cash and checks only at door. ATM available on site.)
Children under 12 are free
Sorry, no pets allowed on the grounds

If you can't make it to Shakopee in September, you've got another chance for junking this fall. The Duluth Junk Hunt is happening again! More dates to get on that calendar: November 9 & 10 at the Encounter in Duluth!

Check out the Junk Bonanza and the Duluth Junk Hunt sites for more details.....see you there!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Audrey Hepburn....a fashion icon.

While perusing the internet, and also thinking a bit ahead to our June 2013 Europe trip, I can't help but continue to think about Audrey and her classic style.
A young woman came into Hot Mama just a week or so ago, herself leaving for Europe that weekend, needing to add a few more pieces to her suitcase.
She, of course, had packed mostly black, which is about as European as you can get, but needed a few more basics to take with her.

My reply was to think classic, simple, and when determining if something works, just ask yourself:
Would Audrey wear it?

I believe that this not only works for thinking about dressing for or in Europe, but also just in determining what works on your body every day. If you are questioning it, just ask this simple question: Would Audrey wear it?
If the answer is yes, you've got it, but if not, you need to re-think what it is you are going for with the ensemble you've chosen.

Here's a little bit more about Audrey, to help you envision what her style encompassed.

Audrey grew up a poor chorus girl. It was said that she owned only one blouse, one skirt, and one pair of shoes, 
but 14 scarves that she used to fashion a variety of creative looks.

Keogh attributes Audrey’s timelessness 
to her European background: 
(I LOVE this description
....exactly the wardrobe I hope to have!)
A French shopgirl will spend an entire week’s wages for an Herm├Ęs scarf, or the "perfect" shoes that last for years. Audrey had much of this extravagant European frugality. She was born in a time when women owned fewer clothes, but they were of highest quality. A reasonably fashionable woman might have two dresses, a couple of suits, a handful of blouses, and (after the late 1960s) a few pairs of pants, but each item was meticulously chosen and perfectly tailored. Audrey’s fashion sense was rooted in this long-standing European tradition, where women invested in a wardrobe rather than bought scattered pieces.

Audrey’s fashion advice to women centered on inner beauty. Audrey carried herself gracefully. She stressed the importance of wearing your clothes, rather than letting them wear you. By developing an authentic and confident self, a woman can learn to let her clothing be in its rightful place, as an adornment of a more beautiful person.

Audrey's closet mainly included the following:
-LBD (little black dress): simple, yet chic
-black turtleneck
-white blouse
-black crops: with black turtleneck + black flats
-black, black, black

For more about Audrey's style, check out this site, which describes both her dreams of being a dancer as well as her sense of style & grace.

If you want even more of a glimpse into her style, check out the book, Audrey Style. This book contains pages upon pages of black & white images of Audrey as well as sketches of her by Givenchy, Vera Wang, McQueen, and others!

And remember, as you're packing for Europe, or trying to determine if your outfit "works," simply ask yourself: 
Would Audrey wear it?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fashion Bible

There are SO many fashion and style-how-to books out there, but sometimes they can be worthwhile, and that's how I am feeling about Tim Gunn's newest book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet. I am excited about this one, as it not only talks about the pieces you should own, but describes the history behind those items! I haven't read it yet, as it isn't on shelves until September 11, but I've only heard good things about it! Publishers Weekly says it's for everyone who gets dressed in the morning, not just an elite crew in Manhattan.

Here is's book description:

In the beginning there was the fig leaf...
and the toga. Crinolines and ruffs. Chain mailand corsets. What do these antiquated items have to do with the oh-so-twenty-first-century skinny jeans, graphic tee, and sexy pumps you slipped into this morning? Everything! Fashion begets fashion, and life—from economics to politics, weather to warfare, practicality to the utterly impractical—is reflected in the styles of any given era, evolving into the threads you buy and wear today.
With the candidness, intelligence, and charm that made him a household name on Project Runway, Tim Gunn reveals the fascinating story behind each article of clothing dating back to ancient times, in a book that reads like a walking tour from museum to closet with Tim at your side. From Cleopatra’s crown to Helen of Troy’s sandals, from Queen Victoria’s corset to Madonna’s cone bra, Dynasty’s power suits to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible takes you on a runway-ready journey through the highs and lows of fashion history.
Drawing from his exhaustive knowledge and intensive research to offer cutting-edge insights into modern style, Tim explains how the 1960s ruined American underwear, how Beau Brummell created the look men have worn for more than a century, why cargo capri pants are a plague on our nation, and much more. He will make you see your wardrobe in a whole new way. Prepare to be inspired as you change your thinking about the past, present, and future of fashion!

He covers both men's and women's fashion, from the past to the present, including his dislike for the capri pant, which I couldn't agree more with!

I think this is one book I will have to add to my shelf....will you?

Another new book coming out is by the ever famous, Stacy London, from TLC's What Not to Wear. Her book is titled The Truth About Style, and is due out in early October 2012. This is Stacy's second book, her first was co-written with her co-star Clinton Kelly, titled Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding The Style That's Right for Your Body
Her new book digs deep into how fashion can help a person get through tough times/emotional battles; it's almost more of a memoir, then a "how-to." She even talks about her own personal experiences with body image and style.
Here is amazon's description:

With her unique talent for seeing past disastrous wardrobes to the core emotional issues that caused these sartorial crises, style savant Stacy London has transformed not only the looks but also the lives of hundreds of guests who have appeared on What Not to Wear. Now for the first time in print, London turns that expert X-ray insight on herself.

Like the women she’s transformed, London has plenty of emotional baggage. At eleven, she suffered from severe psoriasis that left her with permanent physical and mental scars. During college, she became anorexic on a misguided quest for perfection. By the time she joined the staff at Vogue, London’s weight had doubled from binge eating. Although self-esteem and self-consciousness nearly sabotaged a promising career, London learned the hard way that we wear our insecurities every day. It wasn’t until she found the self-confidence to develop a strong personal style that she finally became comfortable in her skin.

In The Truth About Style, London shares her own often painful history and her philosophy of the healing power of personal style—illustrating it with  a series of detailed “start-overs” with eight real women, demonstrating how personal style helps them overcome the emotional obstacles we all face. For anyone who has ever despaired of finding the right clothes, or even taking an objective assessment in a full-length mirror, The Truth About Style will be an inspiring, liberating, and often very funny guide to finding the expression of  your truest self.

Do you read fashion & style books? 
Do you think they help you with your own personal style? Will you be adding either of these books to your nook, your kindle, or your coffee table?!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fall Fashion: JEWELS

Not only will my daily go-to outfit consist of jeans & boots, it will most likely include several pieces from my favorite local jewelry designer, Jen Scheffler of realiabyjen.

Her work is AMAZING, and I just can't seem to stop adding her pieces to my collection! 

She just recently completed the creation of a GORGEOUS lookbook, in collaboration with many talented people, including myself, as the stylist.
Here are a few shots from the lookbook:

I can't seem to say enough great things about her work....she does everything from custom pieces for moms, brides & bridal parties to taking your vision & making it a reality: just tell her what you like & what you're looking for and she'll design & create it!

She of course has many collections...this lookbook presents her fall 2012 collection, but just click on any of the tabs at the top of her page to peruse what else she offers... from vintage refined to beautiful bling, you're bound to find a piece or two you have to have!

Here's my latest add:

...a FABULOUS statement piece- I can't wait to wear it!

She will also take pieces of your own jewelry collection that you aren't wearing and help you turn them into jewels that you love to wear. Whether it's a vintage family piece, or just items you are tired of as they'd be amazed at what she can do with old clip on earrings and brooches! Send her an email with photos of what you have, what your ideas are, and a little about your sense of style....she'll work with you to create timeless, quality pieces you'll have & wear forever.

If you haven't yet....check out her fantastic website and start accessorizing your wardrobe for fall!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fall Fashion: Footwear

As the weather continues to get cooler, and we see more and more advertisements for "Back to School"....we know that fall is just around the corner!

This is my absolute favorite time of year....the crisp mornings, the still somewhat warm days that don't require a jacket, the gorgeous colors, and yes, time for my favorite go-to outfit: jeans, a sweater and boots!

But besides jeans tucked into boots, there are many other options for footwear during the fall season. I thought I'd share some of my favorite styles.

If you are in need of a more business-like or dressed up option, I'd highly recommend a pair of cap toe heels. They are totally classic and completely "in style" this season. Just look at the recent J.Crew catalogs....they are on almost every page! A cap toe heel or flat is a classic look for any outfit: whether it's a slim cropped pant, a pencil skirt, a suit, or even your favorite pair of jeans--they work with everything in your wardrobe. Here are just a few of what I've seen available now:

cap toes

Now, I've seen another style out that I'm not sure I'm a fan of, and that's the short ankle boot. A style like this:

I prefer a more slim/sleek look that elongates the leg, and I feel that most of these ankle boots add weight and can look sloppy (depending on how they are styled). I've seen some horrible photos of Katie Holmes sporting this style, and I just don't love the look.  Now, I'm not completely against them, as there are some great styles out there, and if paired correctly with the right pant they can work....I just don't think I'll be adding a pair to my closet this season.

What I prefer, within this "bootie" category, is the oxford heel. I am in love with this style, and I think it is so versatile. An oxford heel can again be paired for work with a suit, skirt, or dress, or it can be dressed down with denim, skinnies, or a slim crop. I own the nude pair (top center) and I love them!  They are comfortable, stylish, and fun! I'd love to add the brown or blue suede pair to continue to wear with all my printed and skinny jeans this fall!


One more look that is out there is the amount of COLOR I'm seeing in footwear. From flats to pumps, there are so many more options than just black, taupe, or navy! I found a FABULOUS pair at Target this week in the color of the moment: burgundy. They were comfortable and chic.....and only $29.99-you can't beat that. I love that they are patent too-easy to dress up or down! I am also loving the saturated sapphire that I've seen-most often in a suede-but oh so gorgeous! Here are a few of my current favorites:

fall footwear colors

Don't get me wrong, I'll be wearing my jeans and boots almost every day this fall season, but it's always nice to have options, right??!!

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