Friday, November 21, 2014

after a busy week

It's not often that I have a packed week. I like to have at least a couple of evenings free during the week to catch up on emails and have sometime for myself. This was not one of those weeks, but I'm glad to have the weekend clear so far. There's a chance I could go a little stir-crazy, but as long as I still make it out for a cup of coffee every day...
Tory Burch sweater, Sole Society flats, Abercrombie & Fitch denim, New Look jacket, Vince Camuto earrings

Till then, I'll stay in with my turtlenecks and my journal. The turtleneck life is one I never want to give up. This one by Tory Burch is pretty unique, but I can't help feeling drawn to it. Maybe that it's just unique enough?

More Tory Burch

Monday, November 17, 2014

november winter

 J.Crew coat, JustFab denim, Vans flannel, Trask boots

I've been in the market for a new coat this winter (last year's leather sleeves are making me yawn), and this J.Crew beauty swept me off my feet as soon as I saw it. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect piece in streamlined black, but I couldn't let this one go.

Shop the look

Friday, November 14, 2014

star tribune: behind the scenes of "the styled life"

Some of you already know that the Star Tribune published an article about me yesterday called The Styled Life written by Aimee Blanchette. As a blogger, I felt it was practically my responsibility to share how this article came together! I've always regarded the newspaper as an art form. Realizing I would be within the pages of my favorite form of media felt like the highest cloud I could reach.

My writer, Aimee Blanchette, and I started with a quick lunch downtown a few weeks ago to get a feel for her idea, and a couple weeks later, I found myself sitting down to a three-hour brunch with Aimee and two guests: a tape recorder and a legal pad. I'm still not sure how I fit my entire life story into three hours. A couple of weeks later, Aimee and photographer Leila spent a Saturday morning at my apartment while I opened the weeks' packages.

 Trying on some quirky Katy Perry for Claire's samples

My lovely writer, Aimee

Photos by Caitlin Fultz

I was a roller coaster of emotions when it came out yesterday (not unlike my every day, but understandably intensified). It was unbelievably hard for me to not be in control of what was being said about me. I tend to be a very private person; I like doing the writing, not being the one written about. But the feedback from you all was so overwhelmingly positive + encouraging that it made everything worth it. I'm still struggling a little with having that much information about me out in the world, but now I'm back in my little corner of the Internet on Zipped, and life can continue on as normal. 

I heard this once: "Discussion is good. For those of us fortunate enough to be the subject of magazine articles, it may be our responsibility from time to time to raise the level of debate." As the subject of a newspaper article (wow), I keep coming back to this quote, however out of context it is to my situation. Style blogging is not of interest to everyone, just like Star Wars or soccer or party planning, but if you read the piece and were unfamiliar with me or my business before, all I can hope is for someone to learn something new or see things from a different perspective. Mine isn't a story that will change the world. Its purpose is about as simple as the purpose of my blog: to maybe inspire someone somewhere, even in the smallest way. I couldn't do it without you.

A million thanks.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

one or the other

Topshop top, bag, and hat
Daniel Wellington watch, BLK DNM denim, Bauble Bar earrings, Yosi Samra boots, Vans sneakers

Today's post is something in between a holiday wish list and an outfit daydream. It's no secret that I can usually be found in grey and black, but when it comes to footwear, the chances of whether I'll be found in a pair of classic sneakers or killer booties tend to be pretty even. I even included two pairs of earrings because I couldn't decide which style I liked better. Lucky for me, when the outfit only exists on my computer screen, I don't have to choose.


Monday, November 10, 2014

those two blondes again

 G-Star RAW jackets, denim, and hat

Shaynah and I have somewhat of a buddy system going in the Minneapolis blog scene when it comes to photoshoots. We've collaborated on today's post with the Mall of America location of G-Star Raw to show you a few of our favorite pieces in store. Every time I wear my denim from this Dutch brand, I just want to pick up and go to Amsterdam to wear these pants out and about in their natural habitat.

Photos by Kari

Friday, November 7, 2014

weekend recharge

 Vans sweater, KUT denim, Vans sneakers,
Vans sweatshirt, JustFab denim, Vans sneakers, Free People hat

Photos by Dave Puente

Weekends are my time to relax and recharge, and to me, that means drinking lots of coffee and taking slow strolls through my neighborhood. I've been living in my Vans this season: they're the easiest thing to throw on to complete a look because they go with everything. Florals, plaids, polka-dots; you name it. I styled up a couple of looks featuring my favorite pieces from the girls' fall collection on a recent Saturday, documented in my natural habitat. Enjoy the peek into my home and 'hood! Keep an eye out for an upcoming giveaway for your own pair of custom Vans to celebrate four years of Zipped!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

elegantees x zipped

chelsea+zipped+truelane+blog+minneapolis+midwest+fashion+style+blogger+elegantees+design+collaboration+new+york+DSTLD+denim+dagne+dover+justfab5Elegantees "Chelsea" top, DSTLD denim, JustFab flats, Dagne Dover handbag, SIX scarf

It's here! This project that the girls at Elegantees and I have been working on since July is finally launching today. It's called the Chelsea, and it's happy to meet you.

The process has been a blast since the beginning, and I even got to meet up with the team while I was in New York for fashion week. Over the summer, they sent me sketches and design ideas, and working together, we came up with this pretty piece. Not too fitted, flattering, and longer in the back in the prettiest shade of heather grey I ever did see. It's also available in a lovely plum shade (and black very soon!) on the site. And it's at a great price point (!), so you can get all the girls on your Christmas list shopped for in one fell swoop. I hope you guys love this tee as much as I do!

Elegantees is an incredible company that helps to restore women who have been rescued from sex trafficking in both New York and Nepal. I'm so honored to be able to work with them as this cause is very important to me; my best friend lived in Nepal for two years doing missionary work for a very similar organization. It's such a thrill for me to be able to contribute, even in such a small way.

Check my Instagram, @truelaneto see how you can win one!