3 Holiday Outfit Ideas

With the holiday season in full-swing, you are most likely scrambling to finish your last-minute shopping or decorating and, most definitely, stressing about what to wear to your next fête! Whether you're meeting your best girls for holiday cocktails, attending an office party or hosting family and friends for dinner, take a peak at some of these note-worthy blogger-inspired looks we are loving this season. 

Last Minute Gift Guide: Local Edition

Holiday Gift Guide

Every year we convince ourselves that we are going to knock off our Holiday shopping well before the 23rd. But you left all your holiday shopping to the last minute. Again. Don't sweat it. We've pulled together a list of our favorite last-minute gift ideas to solve your procrastination problem in no time. The best part? Everything is from our very own hood making these gifts both unique and totally accessible!

Now don't just stand there, head on over to any of these brick and mortars to impress those special people in your life! Happy shopping!

Leather camera strap: Leatherworks from Wilson and Willy's. Earrings: Carrier Pigeon. Minneapolis Map Throw: Faribault Woolen Mills. North beanie: Askov Finlayson. Ring: Lily and Violet. iPhone Case: Woodchuck USA. Watch: Parc Boutique. Necklace: Tess + Tricia. Cereal Magazine: The Foundry Home Goods. Bottle Opener: Wilson and Willy's. Backpack: Shinola. Bowls: Wind and Willow Home. Candle: Forage Modern Workshop

Featured Work: Red Stamp Holiday Lookbook

Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects

Tis the season to spread good cheer and we can't think of a better way than by sharing one of our favorite projects of the year! Our design + styling teams had the joyful opportunity to join forces with the creative and {fabulously social} Red Stamp on their Holiday 2014 look book! 

Here are a few of our favorite snaps captured by the talented Canary Grey Photography. Check out the full Holiday 2014 Look book and make sure to shop Red Stamp's collection of festive holiday cards + products, now 20% off! Trust us, you're guaranteed to "wow" guests at your next party!

Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects
Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects
Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects
Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects
Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects
Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects
Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects
Red Stamp Holiday 2014 Lookbook - by Style-Architects

Top 10: Winter Soles

Style-Architects Top 10 Winter Soles

Now comes the dreaded time for us Minnesotans to put ou sandals and mules away and break out the winter soles for the long, chilly days. Fret not! There are many chic styles to acquire in order to complete your winter wardrobe without having to freeze your tootsies off!

1. Swap out those ankle-bearing sneaks from the spring and invest in a high-top. We are loving these animal print cowhide leather booties from Zara.

2. Especially in a state where cold weather could last you into what most call “Spring”, we recommend investing in a boot that will keep your toes warm. Check out locally-made, Red Wing Boot Company.

3. Who doesn't need a pair of galoshes for trudging around in the slush?

4. These preppy tassel booties by Rachel Comey are perfect for transitioning from the office to a night on the town.

5. Upgrade your go-to black bootie with these ultra-comfy quilted flats by Aska

6. The perfect Saturday Night date shoe. How sexy is the ankle tie? 

7. The ever-versatile over-the-knee boot. Nancy Sinatra must’ve been wearing these ultra-comfies while singing, “These Boots are made for walking.”

8. Embrace the normcore tennis shoe trend this winter. Pair 'em with your jeans or even a dress for the cool girl look.

9. Lace-up with these casual cool booties from Parc Boutique

10. Steal your boyfriend's style with a great pair of loafers. Ivanka Trump killed it with these bad boys. 


2015 Fall Bridal Trends

2015 Bridal Dress Trends

The biggest bridal fashion event of the season has come to a close, and the industry’s top designers have captivated us with their gorgeous gowns and jaw dropping styles for Fall 2015.  Whether you are in the market for the perfect wedding gown, or are in-need of some inspiration, check out our list of the top six trends from the NY Bridal Fashion Week!

1. Cream of the crop: Crop tops made their way to fashion runways a while ago, but for the first time we have seen the trend burst into the bridal fashion industry. Mira Zwillinger kept it romantic with this full skirt paired with a lace crop top with a sheer neckline. 

2. Bringing sexy back: Backs dipped daringly low on dozens of runways. Many designers opted to pair the risqué back with a high neck or long sleeves like Ines De Santo in this romantic lace gown with lace illusion lace sleeves. 

3. Off-the-Shoulder Sleeves: This gown embodies several top trends from bridal fashion week. Beautiful beading and embroidery cover the gown from top to bottom and the bodice top with sheer sides is sexy and definitely on trend with many other designers. Pnina Tornai designed a stellar gown to showcase what’s “in” this season with a dramatic neckline to compliment the off- the- shoulder- sleeves that give a more sensual vibe to an already sexy gown. 

4. Illusion Lace: This beautiful backless gown covered in illusion lace is one of many that designer Reem Acra showcased in her collection. This trend, like the sheer skirts we have been seeing everywhere, are all about giving brides the option to show skin without being too revealing. 

5. Deep V-Necks: Dramatic necklines were a staple all over the runways this season and plunging V-necks were definitely a major trend with designers like Naeem Khan in this romantic flowy gown with sheer long sleeves and laser cut flowers throughout. 

6. Sheer Skirts: Laser cut floral on this full sheer skirt make for a romantic and sexy gown by Gemy Malouf. Sheer fabric is not only being used on skirts this season; we saw it everywhere from cutouts around the mid-riff to necklines, and backless gowns.

Monthly Musing: Mad For Plaid

SA Monthly Musing Mad for Plaid

As the temps begin the drop, we are {happily} noticing that squares, checks and tartans are among a few of the season's most definitive prints. Although, the timeless print is no longer preferred by the preppy or reserved for collegiate. This cool-weather compadre has been updated and will surely be spotted around town.

Infuse it in your holiday party with a heritage-prep inspired invite or put a warm, patterned touch on your mid-century modern bedroom. Style mavens, channel your inner-Cher {clueless, duh!} and rock a plaid pair of pumps or bundle up with scarf for a cozy-polished look.

Whether you opt for traditional tartan or minimalist and monochromatic, plaid is the pattern that will carry us through these chilly coming months!