“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
I have loved this local shop at 50th & France in Edina (also in Wayzata, but have never been to that one) since they opened. Hadn’t been in a while though so was excited when I found the time to stop by the other evening. The merchandise is always changing and they carry a lot of cool, high-end, designers with a more fashion-forward edge, like A.L.C., Alexander Wang, and Helmut Lang.
If you haven’t been yet, don’t be put off by the somewhat austere and modern store design or some of the ultra-high-end designers featured in the windows (D&G and Missoni are regularly in the mix). Why not? For one, the sales staff couldn’t be sweeter or more helpful, whether you’re just browsing or doing serious shopping, they’ve always been welcoming to me (even when I come, as I did this latest time, with my five-year-old daughter in tow). They can really help you find looks that will flatter your body type while also making some great suggestions you might not have considered; both marks of an expert salesperson if you ask me. And even if your clothing budget doesn’t allow a splurge at bumbershute right now, it’s a fun visit and always offers fashionable inspiration.
But, the other reason is there is frequently a little sale rack at the back, which can be a treasure trove from the season past. I’ve found some of my favorite wardrobe items there, things I’d never have thought I would buy because at full price I didn’t dare.
Such was the case this week, when I found this perfect little cocktail dress from D&G. Black lace overlay on a raspberry silk sheath, I’m dying over it. It’s super cute, flattering and fitted, classic but also sexy. Cannot wait to wear it!
The other finds were new merchandise for spring. More casual and fun, practical for work and play, and both have the little details that totally make the outfit. Dress below came with the red belt, and you can’t see it here, but has a red zipper down the back to waist, so cute, a little retro 80’s, and comfy because it’s basically a tee-shirt dress.
This blazer is more of a staple, a serious wardrobe workhorse because it can be thrown over anything (great with my striped dress above, great over a tee, perfect over a sheath dress as well) — the fit is tight, a ponte knit. What makes it different are the zippers at wrists, the three-quarter’s length, and the neckline which has a quilted standup collar. Modern looking, feels great, and just the right amount of structure. One of the sales women helping me suggested I try it on and it was perfect, just the thing I needed that I didn’t know I needed. OK, maybe “needed” is a stretch, but I sure did want it.