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Silhouettes of a Woman: Britney P.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Britney P.

Say hello to Britney! Britney is one of our clients who owned the runway at our Silhouettes of the City fashion show.

Name: Britney Pierce

Occupation: Business Development

The Makeup of your Silhouette: I'm a yogi, an explorer, an athlete, a friend and a meal creative.

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style is classy with a subtle edge to it. Also, asymmetrical. 

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
My closet has lots of black and white, along with classic and comfy fabrics. 

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my brave independence. 

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
A sparkly black sequin Chan Luu dress.  

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5 Accessories that make your Outfit Pop

5 Accessories that make your Outfit Pop

There’s so much power behind accessorizing. The global fall fashion weeks on the horizon are sure to provide us with all the accessory inspiration we need to take us into the new year. With a simple change, your outfit can go from day-to-night, summer to fall, or simple to elegant. Sounds easy, right? Sometimes accessorizing and finding the right pieces can be a challenge. Our objective at Queen Anna House of Fashion is to bring elements to your everyday wardrobe that can transform your look. We strongly believe that accessories are the quickest, most effective way to completely change any ensemble. Here are five iconic fashion accessories that we recommend for making some little changes to your current wardrobe.

A Trusty Denim Jacket

A denim jacket will be your best friend, in any weather. Pop on a jean jacket to dress down a jumpsuit or dress. A blue denim jacket will never go out of style. This ABLE “Mina” Denim Jacket is a great option as it is a relaxed fit, and offers a classic look for maximum styling options.

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ABLE "Mina" Denim Jacket, Queen Anna House of Fashion

For an alternative look, try a darker, paneled denim jacket. It could be your new staple item. Depending on the occasion, you may want to have different denim wash options in your closet. We’re loving this Sacai jacket from Net-A-Porter.

SACAI Paneled denim and shell jacket

SACAI paneled denim and shell jacket, Net-A-Porter

A Simple Hat 

Hats are a multi-functional fashion accessory. They’re great for protecting your skin from the sun, but they can also add pizzazz to any outfit. Not sure what style to try first? A round brim straw hat is ideal for warmer days. It’s breathable but will pair with nearly every summer look. A total win!

BAGTAZO Tulum Hat

BAGTAZO Tulum Hat, Queen Anna House of Fashion

A Solid Crossbody

To anchor your look, try adding a simple cross-body bag. While being a practical way to conceal your everyday items, you will be adding a chic touch to your outfit. You can’t go wrong with a neutral crossbody bag. Looking for something a little bolder? In the latest fashion trends, jewels tone are all the rage for an interesting pop of color, like with this stunning Kira Chevron bag by Tory Burch.

Tory Burch Kira Chevron Small Camera Bag

Patterned Sandals

One way to add interest to your current style is to add a patterned shoe in the mix. Generally, we reach for our solid color shoes. It’s always a safe option, and a simple shoe can be a total show-stopper. But for some extra fun, try to opt for something more out-of-the-box, like this Corlina Ankle Strap sandal from Nordstrom.com. This faux-snakeskin heel will add the right amount of interest to your look while still resembling the classic nude heel. 

 

Vince Camuto Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal

Vince Camuto Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal, Nordstrom

Statement Jewelry

Take your look from 9-5 to a total 10 by adding statement jewelry. Jewelry is one of the simplest ways to include color and unique materials into your everyday collection. It’s a chance to introduce wild patterns and shapes into your daily fashion routine. We have a wide variety of unique jewelry pieces here at Queen Anna House of Fashion, like these M Street

Studio Acrylic earrings. The jade green can amplify what you’re currently wearing. Don’t be surprised if you get a lot of compliments when you’re wearing these beauties.

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M Street Studio Acrylic Square Earrings, Queen Anna House of Fashion

What are you waiting for? Always be accessorizing. It’s a fun way to kick your fashion moments up a notch. Be sure to also check out our concierge service, One Posh Closet, if you’re stuck on curating pieces for your wardrobe. One Posh Closet designers are highly skilled in personal shopping, finding stellar fashion design, and closet organization. Our 24/7 stylists would love to help.

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Jo V.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Jo V.

This month we'd like to introduce you to Jo! Jo is one of our fabulous clients who rocked the runway at our Silhouettes of the City fashion show.

Name: Jo Vos

Occupation: Retired

The Makeup of your Silhouette: I'm both an athlete and an activist

How would you describe your ideal style? 
A mix of athletic, stylish and cutting edge

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
The same! Athletic, stylish and cutting edge

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
My belief that I can do anything that I put my mind to! Also, I embrace getting older, but I'll never be old.

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
A very heavy, grey, high-low plaid skirt. It’s a perfect layer piece in the cooler Minnesota months.

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Creating a Timeless Capsule Wardrobe That Works for You

Creating a Timeless Capsule Wardrobe That Works for You

The concept of a “capsule wardrobe” has become a big topic of conversation for many women. For some consumers, the idea is appealing because they are genuinely trying to consolidate their closets and live a life of minimalism, while others are interested in investing in luxury pieces that transition effortlessly across seasons. 

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Summer Vacation: 5 Must-Pack Essentials

Summer Vacation: 5 Must-Pack Essentials

Summer is finally here… FINALLY! If you live in the Midwest, specifically the Twin Cities area you know that it’s been a long road to get here after what felt like a winter that just wouldn’t quit (i.e. April snow storm). But that’s behind us now and it’s all sunshine, summer Fridays and “Out of Office” messages from here on out. Now, what to pack for vacation?

Whether you’re beach bound, heading up north or hopping on a plane for the 4th of July holiday break, these five summer travel essentials must make their way into your weekender bag.

1. Hat

Hats have quickly become one of our favorite summer fashion accessories. They serve so many purposes, all while looking oh-so-chic. Beach hair? Toss on a hat. Protect your skin from the sun? Yes, always - insert a nice, big straw hat. Accessory for an easy-breezy outfit? Top off your summer look with a hat.

If you’re looking for something practical to pack in your suitcase or to wear with your travel outfit, try a foldable Panama hat, like this beauty from Cuyana. 

cuyana packable folding hat

Folding Panama Hat, Cuyana

bagtazo tulum hat

BAGTAZO Tulum Hat, Queen Anna House of Fashion

We love hats so much that we’ve taken it one step further and started accessorizing them. Try wrapping a bandana around the base of one of our new BAGTAZO hats for a pop of color. Voila!

bagtazo hat

2. Sunglasses

Now that you’ve got your head and face protected from the sun, it’s time to move on to sunglasses. We’ve recently brought in a new sunglass brand to our boutique, Established Eyewear from Australia. This season we’re gravitating towards versatile and timeless styles. Full of refined detail, the vintage-inspired AMOS frame is a top pick. 

Effortlessly stylish, summer is not complete without sunglasses.

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Established Eyewear AMOS "HAVANA FADE" Designer Sunglasses, Queen Anna House of Fashion

3. Sunscreen

The most important item in your travel bag. Before heading out the door each morning be sure to apply sunscreen. We repeat, apply sunscreen! An easy way to include SPF in your summer beauty routine is by swapping out your foundation for a BB or CC cream, or tinted moisturizer that offers SPF protection. One of our go-to's for summer beauty products and all around skincare is BeautyCounter

We have a wide-variety of BeautyCounter makeup and skincare travel products available for purchase at our North Loop boutique. 

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BeautyCounter Countersun Sunscreen, BeautyCounter

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BeautyCounter makeup and skincare products, Queen Anna House of Fashion

4. Coverup

Coverups have come a long way in the last few years. With brands creating dresses, jumpsuits and wide-leg pants in breezy summer fabrics such as linen and cotton, the coverups of today allow you to pop from the beach to lunch and back again without doing a full wardrobe change.

Mara Hoffman is known for chic resort essentials and the Sylvia Dress is just the thing to keep in your beach bag.

mara hoffman swim coverup

Sylvia Dress, Mara Hoffman

5. Carryall Tote Bag

Now you need a carryall to fit all of your essentials in! Straw bags and colorful woven satchels are at the top of our list. This straw bag by Draper James features a removable blue checked lining, very 4th of July fashion. It’s the perfect size to fit your necessities such as a water bottle, book, SPF, coverup and more.

Bonus, it turns into the perfect picnic basket!

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Draper James Straw Tote, Draper James

Now that you've got your travel essentials it's time to bring on the BBQs, fireworks and red, white and blue. Where are you heading for the long Fourth of July weekend? 

Show us your 4th of July style, packing essentials, vacation outfits, and overall summer style by tagging us @queenannaliving or #queenannamn.

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Cheryl W.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Cheryl W.

As we continue our Silhouettes of a Woman series (post-fashion show!) we're delighted to share with you our stunning clients who shined so bright on the runway at Silhouettes of the City.

Name: Cheryl J. Winston

Occupation: Executive VP of Sales at Make It Simple Inc.

The Makeup of your Silhouette: Wife, Mother, Sister and Daughter

How would you describe your ideal style? 
Anything that the stylists at Queen Anna pick out for me! 

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
Currently, it’s all over the place, but I’m transitioning to be more “Queen Anna.” It's amazing that I can get pieces for work, social and mom life. They make the shopping experience feel so much better.

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love that I never give up when I set out to accomplish something.

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
My Bano eeMee black leather jacket. I love being able to wear it for an important business meeting or to go out with friends. 

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Exclusive Guest Writer: One Posh Closet

Exclusive Guest Writer: One Posh Closet
Queen Anna House of Fashion doesn't just carry the most unique clothing pieces in the Midwest, they also house their own luxury concierge service business. One Posh Closet was created with the intention to provide a service to help busy women on-the-go find pieces that not every person walking down the street owns.  Continue reading