Spring Decor Inspo

I feel like post-Christmas is the most awkward time of year for home decor. Its always sad (yet refreshing) to take down all of the holiday decor, but I never know what to replace it with. It feels to early for spring decor, but who decorates for valentines day?

This year I went for a minimal look with a few hints of spring as a refresh after all of the holiday decor. I may have gone a little overboard on the fake flowers, but there is still snow outside so its all I can do for now!

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Go Ahead and Buy It: 5 Smart Fashion Splurges

As a fashion designer who can’t say no to a deal, I’ve made a few good and not so good splurges in my life. Some items I thought I needed sit in my closet collecting dust, while others have been worth the investment. Here are the tried and true items I’ve found to be worth spending a little more on:
1. Classic Jeans: I have a closet full of jeans, yet reach for the same one every time. My personal favorite is Madewell’s Skinny Skinny in a dark rinse. Madewell claims their jeans won’t stretch out, but I’ve found that they do just a little so I buy them with a snug fit. The jeans maintain their dark color well, and the denim has not worn out over many casual Fridays like some other brands do. Madewell’s jeans also aren’t ridiculously priced, and they send out coupons once you join their mailing list.
Its also worth having your jeans hemmed or tailored to fit just right if you’re going to wear them hundreds of times!
2. A Tan Wedge: A tan wedge is my go-to for summer looks. Tan is a great neutral that matches almost everything, and the wedge looks great with everything from skinny black work pants, to jeans, to sundresses.The wedge is less risky than a heel, especially for summer outings (hello grass!). The key is to find one that fits well and is comfortable to walk in. I’ve worn out my favorite pair the past few summers and finally found a replacement. Do you see the sole on these things?

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DIY Beyonce-Inspired Sweatshirt & Outfit Inspiration

Right now I’m in the process of ripping 500 square feet of hardwood floors out of a house, so I may be MIA from the blog for a few days. But, here is a quick and fun project that I did earlier this week to inspire you for now!

My go-to look these days has been any sweatshirt that’s some sort of designer name or luxury fabric that makes it not look like you’re wearing a sweatshirt. (I can thank the long Minnesota winters for this!). I’ve been seeing super cute Beyonce-inspired “I Woke Up Like This” shirts all over pinterest, and knew I could easily make my own out of a cozy sweatshirt.

DIY Beyonce-Inspired Sweatshirt & Outfit Inspiration-- jenniferrobertusdesign

Here’s how I did it:

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Fall Fashion Week

Although I’m entirely sick of snow and so ready for spring, the looks for Fall 2013 almost have me ready to start Winter all over again. Fall Ready to Wear has brought us rich colors, sensible and chic winter looks, and flattering feminine dresses. There also seems to be quite the trend of models with soaking wet hair– I’m hoping we leave that look on the runway!

Here are my top 4 fall trends:

Rich teals and blues are paired with one another and pop against black.

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Gucci, Micheal Kors, Oscar de la Renta
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Deep rosy pinks are a step away from neon of seasons past, but still bold and feminine.

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Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marchesa
Photos via Style.com

Practical winter looks have us ready for a Minnesota winter with cozy fur collars and scarves.

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Monique Lhuillier, Rachel Zoe, J. Mendel
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Silhouettes are simple with tailored sleeves and feminine flared skirts.

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Ports 1961, Blumarine, Simone Rocha
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Who needs spring when we have such great colors and silhouettes to look forward to in fall?