Friday, November 23, 2012

Playing Favorites

     Everyone has their favorite things, we have ten! Here are ten basics to keep in your closet rotation. Keeping things like this around provides versatility and longevity, while enabling the wearer to express their own personal style on a daily basis.

           Denim: It goes without saying that this is one of the more important-but think about how color and cut can interact with your boots and flats this time of year.

         Statement Jewelry- I chose a large stone necklace-in a color that goes with everything without being too boring (Anthropologie). Danielle chose her Fossil watch- the large face of the watch is both eye-catching and versatile.

The scarf- Scarves with any sort of pattern are always a must. Whether it's a chunky cable knit or your mother's paisley piece from the late 70's, they will never be out of style.

Edgy Boots- The right pair of boots changes everything. When shopping for these, pay close attention to detail and color- make sure they have enough attitude. 

Ballet Flats- The essential run-around shoe. I bought these Sam Edelman leopard flats last month and never looked back. 

Layers- Having enough to play around with is important- look for easy to wear pieces at places like Target, and if you're feeling splurgey, Lululemon makes my all-time favorite tanks (not just for yoga!). 

A great hat- The top is a super-soft knit from Lululemon last year, the bottom is the Free People Clipperton Fedora

Tall Socks! Need I say more? These not only keep you warm, they are effortlessly cute.

Sweaters! Danielle is wearing my favorite sweater from Anthropologie, but you could always go for something more flowing and basic like the two in the background. 

   The Bag- I feel a handbag post coming along! Danielle is holding hers and a selection of my favorites below. I FIRMLY believe that you will find the best handbags when you aren't looking. This one to the left was my mother's, the monogram and the satchel style makes it stand out in all of its vintage glory.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving, we had such a fun time shooting these images for this list, and we are excited to do more like this one!

Make sure you visit Danielle Burren Photography to see more fabulous photos!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Peter the Painter

Midwestern men sure know how to work a plaid!

This is Peter, he's a painter, and he speaks highly of his favorite cardigans.

Happy Manly Monday, hopefully the first of many.

The Latest--Ombré Hair

Ombré hair is EVERYWHERE ever since its big debut last year. I did this subtle application to my friend Danielle yesterday! 

Courtesy of Danielle Burren

A Little More

To give readers a starting off point considering my personal style and taste, here is a quick inspiration board I made from the things I'm seeing and adoring right now from Fall going in to Winter!

--Comment and let me know what you're loving from fall right now!--

--Leopard is a big one, but I am extremely picky on the way it is styled, it can go in quite the trashy direction if done wrong! This fall I bought a floppy brim fedora similar to the image in the lower right corner and I was so surprised to see how well it fit in with all of my go-to sweater-boot pairings. --

...For those who are inspiration image junkies here is a link to my pinterest!

--Images (in inspiration board) courtesy of:,,, and

Statement of Purpose(s)

   I grew up in the Midwest. In Green Bay, Wisconsin to be more specific. I graduated high school in a class of 80.  I insisted on moving to a city, so I moved to Milwaukee and pursued a fine arts degree. Four years later, fellow Milwaukee residents continue to surprise me with their sense of style, and this has inspired me to interpret and adapt trends and style in a new, more personal way.

   My mission is to spread this inspiration to those who might not have approached style from this angle before. To provide a perspective so that others can view style as a means of personal expression, as opposed to a peer pressure filled chore. 

     I know that others will be inspired when they are able to celebrate daily ideas for outfits and beauty guides from all over the world, from a paragraph of home made split end remedies to a page long analysis of the latest trends and how to wear them. Coming from the perspective of a 22-year old painter yogi from the midwest with a fiery passion for anything wearable-I know there are more of you out there!

  ---The name Blood Orange comes from the symbolic interpretation I developed while studying painting. When they were in season, I would go to the Whole Foods on North Ave and buy a whole bag of them and keep them in my studio as a snack. The thing that always excited me about them is that they have the same appearance as any other orange-a completely basic fruit, but when you peel them they are the most incredible color, and they taste amazing too.---