When it’s this close to Halloween, and the full on lush of fall has spread into the city, there is an air of change that is as exciting as it is scary. Teaming up with self proclaimed witchy woman, photographer, Katie Essick in St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood we captured some magic one bright autumn morning. It was a stunning outcome as Madeleine stomped around in the crisp air with hints of warmth from the fleeting sun. Too cool for winter, too hot for summer. Only fall can feel this way.
Model: Madeleine Davidson
Keeping a positive attitude is essential in life and especially important in the month of March in MPLS. Everyone has had it with winter, though a few warmer days peek through, we know we’re not in the clear until well after March, the snowiest of all months. Dressing for spring weather in MN is a crap shoot, I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten caught with way too much on, or worse, way too little, but I simply can’t wait any longer. I dug out my summer clothes and I’ve decided to will the season forward through interpretive dress.
This cutie one shoulder dress is perfect as it is navy and doesn’t completely read “summer”. I love the little star pattern, it pairs well with a little extra sparkle, the chevron twinkle tights. Feeling sassy as I always do in my suede fringe boots, I realized I need a sweater or people are going to think I’m insane. Enter the adorable ( and ever so versatile) 1940’s sweater with beaded collar. Joan urged me to buy this and she couldn’t have been more right on. It’s so ladylike and shapely, and even though it has a beaded collar and fancy rhinestone buttons, it has an understated quality that makes it dressy or casual. For jewels, I went with a stack of bracelets with silver clear and aurora sparkle. My grandfather, Martin, refers to my ‘diamonds’ as those “Canardlee Diamonds” as in “you can hardly see ’em”. Charming as ever, Gramps still has a twinkle in his eye and maybe the most positive attitude of anyone I know.
Photos by Michael Houser
I’ve never been one for sox, they are my least favorite clothing item and I can never seem to find a match. Shoes and I, on the other hand have a long history of a love affair. Lord knows my heart skipped a beat when I came across these Seychelles brand boots. Such a saucy, rich leather. “Gimme those” may have actually came out of my mouth at first sight. Just when you think that your shoe collection is well rounded… it’s hard to say no to a good pair of boots. Meanwhile, everybody loves this silly cherry red polka dotted shirt I found for uber cheap at the TJ Maxx. I love it because it’s a shirt I can wear all year long that adds a bright pop of color to every outfit. Skinny jeans. Cozy sweater. Layers (because it’s freezing here in the Twin Cities).I balance out the girly-girl action with some solid gold. Grandpa’s 14k chain. Grandpa passed in 2003, his name was George and he was the bomb! I feel lucky to have this chain. My husband wears it from time to time and I do too. It’s heavy, but warm on my skin and brings back sweet memories of Gramps who was hilarious. Topping off this outfit is the ultimate accessory, glasses. Now, these are the pair that have come to be known as, “my glasses, which nobody seems to like….” They are vintage, Rochas brand, made in Paris. Yeah. Blue lace in between clear layers. Another ‘ gimme gimme’ moment, I love to have a one of a kind piece and I love vintage. Wearing glasses is brave, it’s not for everyone. Now that I’ve debuted this supreme pair, it’s catching on. Just goes to show you, if you are true to yourself and wear things confidently, it works. It just works.