Thursday, May 2, 2013

Summit Avenue








     These pictures were taken on the steps of one of the several cathedrals on the jewel of a street called Summit Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota. One hundred years ago the wealth of my region was made by the lumber business. Old growth trees were harvested and floated down the great Mississippi River to build many cities along it's banks all the way to New Orleans. The harvest of this resource resulted in great wealth and many of these families built exquisite homes along this street.
     Before we purchased our home, Dean and I lived in a tiny apartment on Summit Avenue. Every day I drove down this tree lined street and delighted in the incremental observation of the seasonal changes and beautiful architecture.

coat--nanette lapore
blouse--george
jeans--not my daughter's jeans
shoes--kenneth cole

links
the penniless socialite
peacoats and plaid
the mrs. and the momma
not dead yet style
dc in style
plane pretty
still being molly
bonbon rose girls
style elixir
the pleated poppy

46 comments:

  1. I love how your outfits always seem to compliment the scenery. Fab photos again and another lovely coat by the infamous Nanette.

    You look striking.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Hey thanks Suzanne. Before going to art school, I studied commercial photography. I'm enjoying thinking about photos again, I had forgotten how much I like photography. I especially like choosing the site and editing the post.

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  2. Beautiful details in both outfit and setting.

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  3. Your coat makes my heart sing. Beautiful shots.

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  4. What gorgeous photos!! Wow!
    Really loving this look! I want your coat! :)

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  5. Beautiful pictures, great composition and you as usual looking very stylish.

    mysmallwardrobe.com

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  6. Your pairings are impeccable! And that coat - I love it.

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  7. How many gorgeous coats do you have?!? Your pictures always look like they're straight out of a glossy magazine - beautiful clothes, elegant model, wonderful locations. The columns in the first picture remind me of the ones in Durham Cathedral in Britain.

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    1. This part of St. Paul does look like London, people often say. Thanks for the generous comments Val.

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  8. I know I always rhapsodize about your photography and your clothing, but today can I just say how beautiful you are! {sigh} So lovely, and serene.

    Sue xo

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  9. Nice poses. You look like a model and you should be one. Seriously. I had a nap today so I am up late. That's ok, right? I love your shoes. I swear I am a shoe-a-holic!

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  10. When I was in photo school we all modeled for each other. None of use had money to hire a professional. I feel comfortable with Dean taking my picture. I think I would clam up with someone else. He is so funny because he tells me if a pose looks bad. Thanks for the comments Renae.

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  11. You make Summit Avenue look magnificent! I'm from Minnesota, and lived in Minneapolis for several years. I'm familiar with the area that you describe, and admire how your creativity and panache.

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  12. Fantastic architecture and fantastic coat! Troy had a fantastic heyday, as well, and we have the magnificent buildings to prove it.

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  13. Oh to be wearing a coat still! :) Great classic, glam, sophisticated look. Perfect photo size, too! Did you increase it???

    The Mrs. and The Momma

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    1. Thanks, the pictures are the same size. I think the building makes them appear larger.

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  14. Wonderful pics, and always magic YOU.
    XXXXXXXXXX

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  15. Hi Ann very, very beautiful post! I enjoyed it so much! Your coat is fab. . .

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  16. You seems to have a great collection of coats! Love this one and perfect pairing overall!

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

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  17. Simply lovely, Ann, and yet another fabulous setting. Thanks so much for sharing it with Visible Monday.

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  18. Looking great as usual. Effortless chic is what comes to mind. You continue to look sophisticated with your wonderful clothing choices. The location for your photos is a place I would love to see. The architecture is amazing.

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  19. You should change the name of your blog to "The Contessa of Coats". You wear them with an elegance like no one else and this one is no exception! I love those shoes, too.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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    1. Now thats a thought! It's been so cold here, I've needed to wear coats much longer than usual. This week not far from home 15 inches of fresh snow........very disconcerting.

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  20. BEAUTIFUL outfit and amazing photos! Love this! xo

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  21. I so look forward to your posts... as much for the backgrounds as your stylish ensembles!

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  22. I'm going to agree with many others, first you should be a model being that you are always so elegant, beautiful, and chic. It's wonderful that you have chosen to share your unique talent as an artist here with us on your blog. I also love the added history lessons along the way.

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  23. Ann, whenever I see you I want to wear a coat the whole day long. Your's today again is so marvellous. I love the high waist look and the pretty bows and your black blouse with the dots too. How beautiful the buildings in the street, the coloms and the door are great.

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  24. You have such a wonderful collection of coats! Never seen coats as beautiful as yours.

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  25. Your photos are amazing!! Such a pretty coat too.

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2013/05/my-latest-obession-ikat.html

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  26. I always enjoy the sense of place that you include in your posts. That always adds to the narrative of your beautiful outfits. This one as lovely as them all. I really like the simplicity of it all.
    Thanks for posting this.

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  27. you are stunning! i love your hair, your cute jacket with the bows, you are just darling! love this entire outfit!
    kelseybang.com

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  28. The first photo is absolutely stunning with the texture and shapes of the columns, the heel of your shoe, the steps, etc...very interesting! I love the clean, crisp lines of your ensemble, and the jacket is darling. You look fabulous!

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  29. What a gorgeous coat! I'm swooning. Love the photos in front of the cathedral too, what a beautiful place to take pics. That last one with your umbrella is so cute.
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  30. Oh that coat, those bows are the finishing touch! Very nice.

    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog
    Found you on YOLO - Monday

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  32. LOVE that coat! And great setting, too.

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  33. another fabulously pretty coat!!, love that velvet details and nice fabric!
    besos

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  34. You look effortlessly glamorous and stylish in that lovely outfit! Beautiful images.

    I'm visiting you as a fellow Visible Monday blogger, do pop by and check out my outfit if you get the time! www.kikiandthegypsy.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I'm in love with your coat. The empire waist details and the bow = swoon!

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  36. Great coat again! Who's that Nanette Lapore! Must look it up on the internet. Love the photos in front of that medieval door.

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  37. An outfit very nice a lovely coat and shoes are cute. I love the color of your pants and that lovely bow. A nice look.

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  38. Nanette Lepore is one of my all-time favorite designers! This coat is divine. And it goes perfectly with the black details on that beautiful door! Incredible building this is. Love this post.

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