Friday, April 12, 2013

Pastel Light in Minneapolis









     It's unusual for me to wear all light colors.  So as spring slowly approaches at glacial speed, I thought I'd give it a try.  I've been collecting clothing for many years and I like a wide variety of styles.   I love personal styling, but I think I'm also making photos with a sense of place.  I adore the city where I live--Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I'm excited to show you wide pastoral landscapes, sentimental spring gardens and crackly paint in hidden corners of this part of the world.

coat--elie tahari
blouse--jones new york
tights--merona
shoes--bis charles jordan
purse--catz madris
skirt--charter club 

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my thrifty chic
transatlantic blonde
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the pleated poppy

76 comments:

  1. SO, so beautiful! I love the mix of patterns and textures.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  2. You do have some beautiful pieces, and your locations are really interesting! I''m too self-conscious to get outside my own yard (and I don't always make the time for it). I'm glad you do, though!

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  3. That's a beautiful outfit, lots of quiet color, pattern and texture. It's complex yet peaceful.
    I love seeing different cityscapes as a backdrop, thanks for showing your corner of the world!

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    1. Thanks you juli for the thoughtful comments. Complex yet peaceful is a lovely thing to say.

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  4. I love the tights and shoes. I can't wear really high heels and your post shows you don't have to have 5 in heels to be stylish!

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    1. Thanks Chrissy. I've had some serious foot problems and physical therapy to address these issues so I really can't wear heels, like many other people, for long period of time. Thank you for your comments!

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  5. What a gorgeous coat and that lace skirt is so delicate and pretty! You´re so elegant. :)

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  6. Pale colours are very nice in spring. Your outfit is great as usual and I am in love with your purse!

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    1. Hey thanks Dan! I think I going to try more pale colors this spring- feels peaceful.

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  7. You do have the most stunning coat collection. I particularly like the unexpected elements in this outfit. You look gorgeous and your photo locations are always a delight.

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  8. I love the textural interest in this outfit, and the drop dead beautiful backgrounds. I get stuck with our parking lot on the way to work :P Found you via Amber at Butane Anvil :)

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  9. Wonderful pastel layering. Love the different textures, and WANT your skirt, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Perfect backdrops.
    Will you comment in my blog next, LOL
    have a fantastic Sunday, dear Ann.
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  10. Great mix of textures and fabulous photos. I particurly love the reflective image of the bridge in the water. I love people's backgrounds often as much as their clothes - thanks for sharing both!

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    1. Thanks so much! I think I like thinking up the backgrounds as much as styling the clothes. When I first found the sight there were two geese stand on the left side of the photos frame! I wish they could have been in this photo also.

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  11. i love the skirt! it's so delicate! and the way you put the whole outfit together is just brilliant! well done! :)

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  12. I love your haircut! Wearing all light colors is a purposeful action for me as well.

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  13. Such beautiful and feminine outfit! The coat is so beautiful! <33

    XO,
    RosyChicc

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  14. Your photos do have such a wonderful sense of place. And this look is so soft and pretty, perfection for the approaching Spring. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thanks Patti--Visible Monday is a wonderful way to connect with other like minded women. You are a lovely host!

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  15. I like the backgrounds for your photos, but the texture and shapes of your outfit held my attention so much that I nearly missed them. I love your jacket, skirt and shoes!

    Alexa, Retro Spendthrift

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  16. This pastel combination is so delicate and feminine,love the trench-so unique!!! And thank you so much for sharing this beautiful look via Monday Bloom link up!!!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

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  17. Ann, your photos are stunning! Gorgeous coat and such an elegant look. LOVE the last photo!!!

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  18. Ann, such wonderful ensemble and so skill fully played against the bridge reflection....an artistic achievement to be sure!

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    1. Thanks Tamera--Appreciate your comment, from such a creative woman as yourself!

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  19. You look wonderful in cream- I love the patterns and texture play- and your taste in handbags has got my notice. Lovely!

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  20. Visiting from the DC in STYLE link up! Love your coat... the subtle pattern is so pretty!

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  21. Quite the lovely blog you have! I really like your style....so well put together!
    Denise

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    1. Thanks for joining my blog--appreciate the positive support!

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  22. You look so elegant in this outfit! Surely pastel colours suit you very much. The skirt is amazing. And the backgrounds of your photos are really interesting.

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  23. The coat and skirt are lovely but not with those shoes or bag.

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  24. That last photo is striking...great shot!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne for stopping by and commenting.

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  25. Lace and pastels seems to be made for you. You look gorgeous in the elegant pattern mixed outfit.

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    1. Thanks so much--I going to try more pastels. Appreciate you stopping by.

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  26. Love your style!! You look amazing lady!! :) I need that cute skirt of yours!
    -Bridgette
    http://bridgettenicole.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Bridgette. I purchased this skirt on clearance at Macy's last fall. I did notice it again last week at my local Macy's in the Charter Club section.

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  27. Love the jacket. Gorgeous. Visiting from the link up. Come by Vodka Infused Lemonade and say hi,

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  28. You have such great coats! At least you can make it through the chilly weather with great style!

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  29. Pale colors can so often wash out a fair lady ... you did a great job keeping it all interesting and un-washy. Some pretty bold patterns and textures in spite of the pale color! Neat!
    I've decided that I don't mind the slow approaching spring here. It's always so short, and it gets hot so fast. I don't mind it dawdling a bit!

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    1. Hey Jan--thanks for the sweet comments. Gosh it's snowing here this week. The poor robins are returning to the North and they are hunting everywhere for food! My husband went out and purchased some bird feeders to give them some help. Did my photos for this week with snow on the ground.

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  31. Okay, you are fabulous. Let me just start there. Your coat is so lovely and paired with those leggings and shoes?! Wonderful!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. ;-)
    Your newest follower,
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  32. Are your shoes new or have you had them forever? I recall that being so popular a style while in my jr high years (which would have been late 60s). Just wondering. If so, great on you keeping them all this while. I have nothing in my closet from that time.

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    1. Thanks for the comments Renae. I think I purchased these in the early 1990's, but I think you are right about the late 60's flavor.

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  33. I love your coat and how it's paired with the lace and those fabulous shoes! And the backdrops on your photos are great! I used to try to shoot in a new location every week to give my readers a real sense of where I live too, but I just don't have time to do it every week, so I've had to find some nearby go-to spots for days when I'm short on time.

    Found you via Monday Bloom. Find me at http://greenandgorgeous.net

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  34. Absolutely love that coat!! Omg..so so cute! I need that in my closet! Great look from head to toe! Found ya on the linkup
    Adrienne
    http://myblackwhitecolor.blogspot.com

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  35. I love the way you mixed the patterns in the skirt and the snakepring blouse! And the coat is gorgeous!

    xx
    Sophisticated Lace

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  36. love how you've sported that light and neutral shades, love your coat subtle print and that different textures (lace, fishnets, snake!) they work together so nicely!
    Fabulous backgrounds indeed, love that you share your great sense of color!
    besos

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  37. love everything but especially the skirt.
    Maya

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  38. Great coat and love that skirt!

    Becky

    cellajane.blogspot.com

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  39. Ah! A sense of place. I love that. It does make such a difference, as any fashion shoot shows. Do you start with the place as inspiration or the clothes? Maybe you switch up as creativity flows? I love the slight nod to other eras in this outfit, and your hair color caught my attention too. Lovely silver woven in with the blond.

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  40. Thanks so much for coming by look.feel.be the other day. No, I am not in MN, I am in Utah. Our weather isn't as intense as yours has been, it sounds like. In fact, this weekend it's going to be in the 70s! I hope your snow all melts soon!

    -Aubree
    lookfeelbebest.blogspot.com

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  41. Eep! Your vintage shoes are amazingly cute. Watch out because I might steal them :)

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  42. adorable look my dear! first I have to say I´m so in love with the skirt!! the length and the pattern are so nice and then your coat!!!!! the coat is just perfect!!

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  43. Gorgeous! The fishnets add the perfect texture and I love that they are not black!

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  44. That trench is fabulous!!!! You look beautiful girl xo

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  45. Goodness, I am SO in love with your coat! <3 The floral patterns and so subtle but beautiful!

    xo
    Lost in the Haze

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  46. I love your look!!!:) you look great !!!!;)
    Come and see me and if you want we can follow each other :)

    www.olivains.com

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  47. Those shoes are great -- I love the lights and whites in this outfit.
    --Lily
    Fifth Freedom Fashion

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  48. Neutral hue is my favorite.. there's something elegant and classy about it. Great choice here!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  49. Greetings love!!
    Beautiful pictures and it is indeed an amazing post!! :)
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  50. Super cute! Love your style! Thanks for stopping by my blog- following <3 Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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  51. Love love the coat! And this area is beautiful

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  52. Hi beautiful!! Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate it like always :)
    Btw you look so stunning, that outfit is so stylish on you :)
    Come to see my new post at;
    http://peaceinmyshoes.blogspot.com.es

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  53. Absolutely beautiful outfit, and so feminine. I love absolutely every single bit - especially the coat, skirt, hose and shoes!

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  54. Oh that coat is so beautiful!!

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  55. These pale colours really suit you, and I love how you've mixed those prints together, a great outfit!

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  56. Very beautiful pictures. I really like your skirt, what pretty lace! You look great!
    Ginny

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  57. In love with your skirt! ...and the last photograph was just amazing with a great symmetrical background.

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  58. Your outfit is awesome, the shoes left me breathless, and the photographs are spectacularly beautiful!
    FF

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  59. What a gorgeous print on that coat! It goes so beautifully with the lace skirt!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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