Utopia Utopia

sweater c/o lands’ end canvas | boots c/o timberland | paige premium denim jeans | satchel c/o saddleback leather | cheap monday sunglasses | michael kors watch c/o shop bop | vintage gold bracelet | necklace by pradman

The day was a day of laying in bed for far too long, a coffee run at 10am, visiting the Houston Garden Center’s flower garden, and enjoying the beautiful weather and sunlight. Afterwards, it was dinner & a movie date with HB (we saw “Burlesque” which was amazing and, I’m sorry to say, chowed down on baby back ribs at Chili’s afterwards). It was a divine day.

One of my latest loves, besides this gorgeous sweater? My Saddleback Leather satchel. It has a 100 year warranty! And it’s Texan made, which, as you know, I therefore fully support. Not only is it stylish and on trend, it’s durable, gorgeous, thicker than boot leather, and converts into a backpack in about 2 seconds. It’s going with me on a trip this winter, but I haven’t fully diverged the details of that yet…but soon soon!!

Lands’ End Canvas sent me this gorgeous Nordic Sweater that I am 100% in love with. I was not aware of Lands’ End’s contemporary fashion line “Canvas” but I’m a new convert. Everything on the site looks (and as evidenced by the sweater) very, very well made.

Part wool, I was expecting it to be a little scratchy – and as a half-Norwegian, I’m no stranger to woollen sweaters – but this sweater caught me by surprise (literally, an exclamation of “Oh!” escaped my lips opening the package) in just how incredibly soft it is. Amazing! Loved it, and thanks very much to Lands’ End Canvas for providing me with my new favorite sweater.

I am petite at a diminutive 5’2″ and even though the sweater is meant to be boxy, it comes in an amazing XXS at its smallest- but I purchased XS since I really love the oversized look. It was perfect for what I was going for!!

Just a little tidbit about this shot. There were bumblebees everywhere, and as I was hunched down zooming in to take a pic of this big fellow, I felt a tickling on my ear and jumped about 10 feet in the air. It must have been a bumblebee! But no, it was HB, tickling me with a long blade of grass. I could have killed him!! We are both deathly afraid of bugs.

Love this hot pink lipstick color. It’s MAC “Impassioned”.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

I did…..literally.

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  1. sandydlc
    12.05.2010 / 12:17 am

    Love your Saddleback satchel!! Thats the exact color and style that I have and it's perfect for a travel carry-on. I just took mine on its first trip and it was great, especially with that top handle. I love the color too! Just ordered the new women's tote in the dark coffee brown for another look. Can't wait to receive it!!

    • 12.07.2010 / 11:58 pm

      Ooh I'll have to check that tote out! Thanks Sandy!

  2. 12.05.2010 / 6:12 am

    That sweater is too amazing. I love that it's fitted, you don't see that too often on blogs these days.

    • 12.05.2010 / 7:32 am

      Couldn't agree more Neekoh! Even more surprising that they offer sizes as
      small as XXS…don't see that too often these days.

  3. Brooke
    12.05.2010 / 6:16 am

    gorgeous outfit! I love your sweater and am checking it out right now on LE! you're gorgeous!

    • 12.05.2010 / 7:31 am

      Aww, thanks so much! i had so much fun frolicking among the flowers. 🙂

  4. Lynzy
    12.05.2010 / 1:14 pm

    These are the most gorgeous pictures of yours! The mix of flowers with each scene is captivating!
    xo Lynzy

    • 12.07.2010 / 11:59 pm

      Thanks Lynzy – the smell of roses was overwhelming. You don't come across really fragrant roses all that often, so it was a rare treat to sniff so many of them.

  5. 12.05.2010 / 3:11 pm

    I think this is my most favorite outfit yet! This sweater is amazing. The Canvas line is gorgeous – I've been lusting over it for a little while now but you have me totally sold!

    The pop of pink on your lips is the greatest touch. So pretty! 🙂

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:00 am

      Thanks! It's MAC "Impassioned" and it's incredibly addicting!
      I can't believe I had never heard about the Canvas line until I was contacted by Lucky Magazine about it….it's amazing, and I'm a total convert now!

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:00 am

      Thanks Lisa – it was a really fun time and we've definitely put it on our list to go back. 🙂

  6. 12.05.2010 / 4:24 pm

    aww cute sweater!! looks lovely on you sweetie!! do i see a new pair of raybans in some of those pix?? 😉

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:00 am

      Nope, they're Cheap Monday sunglasses!

  7. 12.05.2010 / 5:19 pm

    Outfit is so balanced. boots are so awesome and lengthening. Great heel for you. You look like a breath of Fall. Sweater awesome. Purse/backback…hide that or I will come all the way down there and steal it from you…oh yes I will.

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:07 am

      Thanks – hiding my satchel now!!

  8. 12.05.2010 / 10:50 pm

    I love the ring you're wearing…gorgeous red, like the roses… (corny much?)

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:01 am

      Not corny, but you're right, it does sorta blend in! Haha!

  9. Davemunson007
    12.06.2010 / 12:23 am

    Thanks for the post Kristina. Warm and cozy for sure. I'm looking forward to seeing the shoot with your daughter carrying the satchel and wearing the sweater in 30 yrs. Pretty timeless looking here. Thanks again.

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:04 am

      Thanks Dave for making such a great satchel. It's definitely timeless and RUGGED as all hell! Super thick – I'm going to have to put it through works just to get it loosened up a bit! 🙂 That's the sign of a great leather bag…. 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    12.06.2010 / 4:59 am

    These pictures are amazing! Very vintage inspired feel.

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:02 am

      Thanks morgan! Yeah when you're in the middle of it, and you don't know how they're turning out, it's hard to see on the little camera screen…seeing them on my computer screen was so much more fun. 🙂 HB did a great job snapping away!

  11. 12.06.2010 / 5:18 am

    I love this sweater, it looks warm and cozy!

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:05 am

      It was certainly both, Jen!! I was mostly surprised by how *soft* it feels…not scratchy like most wool at all.

  12. Ambersnotebook
    12.06.2010 / 4:21 pm

    cute ad cozy!!! loving it!!

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:06 am

      Thank you amber! Yes it was definitely a cozy outfit, with the boots and sweater!

  13. 12.06.2010 / 4:39 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Absolutely love this look too!

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:03 am

      Thanks so much! They've been sitting in my closet because I've been unable to wear them due to my calves being so large, but finally I said "I don't care" and zipped them up, and discovered there's a little mesh panel that provides a little stretch at the top, so it wasn't bad at all!

  14. 12.06.2010 / 5:15 pm

    I think the pictures are adorable!.. Especially the first one! It's beautiful! xoxo

  15. Jess Kay Designs
    12.06.2010 / 6:37 pm

    At first I was thinking "Love the boots!", then "Love the bag!", then "Love the jeans!"… okay, let's be honest, I really love each part of your outfit! Now the questions: what is the ring you are wearing on your first finger with the turquoise stones? And, where can you find paige jeans? Do these work well for petite ladies? THANKS! Jessica

    • 12.06.2010 / 9:02 pm

      Hey Jess! It's a Temple St. Clair for Target ring from a few months
      ago! And I love my Paige skinny jeggings! At least I think they're

      jeggings. Did have to get them hemmed though since I'm so short!

  16. Anonymous
    12.06.2010 / 6:55 pm

    I'm with Jess Kay Designs. I love it. So effortless. So casual. So CHIC! LOVE THE BOOTS!

    • 12.10.2010 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks so much girl!!! I heart the boots too. It squeezes the calves but no pain, no gain, right?

  17. 12.06.2010 / 9:55 pm

    Great look! RT @PrttyShnySprkly: favorite outfit shoot wearing @LandsEndCanvas @timberland @shopbop & @saddlebackbags http://bit.ly/hSadZZ

  18. Anonymous
    12.06.2010 / 10:55 pm

    great pictures…so pretty. That sweater looks so comfy but chic and that bag is amazing!! Great outfit!

    • 12.06.2010 / 11:08 pm

      Thanks, girl! Your comments always make me smile, thank you for them. 🙂

  19. 12.07.2010 / 12:07 am

    Sweater looks gr8! RT @PrttyShnySprkly my favorite outfit shoot evr!! wearing @LandsEndCanvas @shopbop "Utopia Utopia" http://bit.ly/hSadZZ

  20. Erika
    12.07.2010 / 8:37 am

    Adore the bag! And I have been dying to see Burlesque. Truly adore those singing women.
    You look gorg!
    style activist

    • 12.08.2010 / 12:04 am

      Burlesque was amazing – stunning visual imagery (the *costumes* oh my) and of course Christina and Cher were amazing vocally.

  21. Emedhus
    12.07.2010 / 11:27 pm

    The photography is amazing! (Plus the model is gorgeous!) Can't wait to see the bag and the sweater!

    • 12.10.2010 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks MOM (rolls eyes)
      she thinks she can get away with comments like these…she can't

      😉 love you mom!

  22. 12.10.2010 / 4:23 pm

    LOVEEEE this. I am obsessed with the sweater and how you styled the look. And I also loved Burlesque!!

  23. Natalie
    12.14.2010 / 5:41 am

    No offense to the Lands End model, but these pictures do the sweater much more justice than she.I'm also deathly afraid of bees/all bugs. When I was a little girl and a bee would come a buzzin', I'd drop my bike in the middle of the street and run home screaming!

    • 12.14.2010 / 6:12 am

      Aww Thanks Natalie well aren't you the sweetest thing… It's good to hear
      we aren't the only ones deathly afraid of bugs…

  24. Kayla
    12.15.2010 / 4:07 pm

    I love that lipstick, and I adore that sweater! Nothing is better on a chilly day!

  25. Crustum
    01.08.2011 / 2:02 am

    You're so beautiful!
    Like light on some fotos and your hairs /colour

    — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    wonderful! I must remember it)

  26. pabs
    03.21.2011 / 8:34 pm

    hi, just wondering if its the medium or large size satchel…

  27. dean
    08.07.2012 / 9:28 pm

    I love your bag! Is it the meduim satchel? Thanks!

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