Sometimes buying one expensive piece of clothing can be daunting. Whether your “high” price is $50 or $500, it’s good to make that piece a basic that you can style at least 3 ways. Here is one of my favorite pieces right now; it’s a jacket from Focus 2000 with great seaming detail in the front and hooks instead of buttons for a closure.

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Summer?  Some of you may question whether or not it has started yet, but once the crazy floats in the Side Lake parade pass by, there is no question it has begun—65 degrees or 90! To help celebrate this lovely occurrence, {moxie} is having a sale from Thursday June 30th-Saturday July 2nd. All regularly priced merchandise will be 20% off! Happy Fourth!

So a year or more after I started this blog, I am back and under instructions to blog more regularly. I love, love, love writing–whether it be an article for the Hometown Focus, a long letter to a friend, or one of the 3 books that I have been chipping away at for the better part of 10 years or so. My problem has always been keeping deadlines.

I have a dozen good ideas in a day, some forgotten before I can find a pen or turn on my computer. Others lost in a sea of post-it notes, scribbled on the backs of envelopes, or 3 sentence Microsoft Word files.

In the past few years I have been really working on myself, trying to accomplish goals that I had long set aside and one of them is to be a bit better at the writing thing. Or I guess the DEADLINE thing.

So here I go! This blog is mainly another outlet for info on style, moxie news and anything I feel would be of interest. You’ll also be able to view the Hometown Focus articles here, as well as links to moxie’s YouTube channel videos, etc!

Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope that like I did, you had a great day filled with family and friends and a little too much turkey. Mmmm turkey. . .I just wanted to take a few moments today to truly thank all of you who have visited the store this past year–THANK YOU! It is the support of all of you that has kept these sassy doors open this past year, and it is what will drive me to continually expand as the years go by. I feel truly blessed to live in a community that I love and to be able to have a job that I have a passion for.

Christmas is just around the corner, and new things are arriving weekly, so check back here for all of the latest updates on new style as well as holiday party tips etc. I absolutely LOVE this time of year and have so many sassy ideas to share! Happy Holidays!

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Zen Knits Strapless Knotted Top ($62) and Pleated Shrug ($52)

Hey there fellow fashionistas! Just wanted to share a quick thought with you as I steam and tag and steam and tag today (fun new stuff flying into and out of the store!)

I have a new fashion love–Zen Knits. I discovered the brand at the last market I attended in Chicago, and I am already on my third shipment of these sassy jackets and dresses and tops.

The knit is super soft, as comfy as pjs and so so flattering. One of my favorite items is the ruffled edge wrap dress (it comes in sizes XS-3X!) which I own in black, and is also available in limited sizes in crimson (they sell through faster than I can order them!) . . .super chic and a wardrobe staple.

Although with unpacking this week’s shipment my love of the dress may have to be put on hold for my new fave–the knotted strapless top and pleated shrug combo. Available in bright blue and hot pink, this one is a distinctive choice, but forgiving around the midsection, making it perfect for all of those holiday parties!

I just love it when comfort and sass mix together!

and sassy women, have a little lunch and strut the catwalk! Thanks to everyone who attended, and if you didn’t get a chance to see this show, we are having a Holiday Fashion Show/Cocktail Party on November 21st at 7 pm @ Zimmy’s. More details to follow next week.

Some of the models were seasoned from last Spring’s show, 2 were first timers, and they all did great! Thank you!!!! Thanks to Linda and the crew at Zimmy’s for a fabulous lunch and great service. It’s so refreshing to work with people who are both kind as well as business-savvy, and who enjoy trying something new from time to time. Thanks also to my sassy sister, who held down the fort at the store while the show was going on, to Katie for helping out with photography, Amy for her backstage assistance, and dad for capturing it on video. I am so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life who are willing to help out with all of my crazy schemes and ideas.

This week has really been a recovery week from the show, time to get things back in order and organized from the craziness of the weekend. I’m extremely antsy for next week, as I get to launch two new labels in the store! One is Young Essence–fun sheath dresses, lace, velvet, super cute and unique. The other had its mini launch in Sept, but the full line launch, complete with Plus Sizes is in next week as well. It’s called Zen Knits and the mini-launch was extremely successful, I can’t wait to see all of the new items! Comfy, comfy, comfy, and so flattering to a range of sizes.

Well, I’m off to continue tagging and steaming the leggings and be.ology thermals that just came in, more next week as the adventure continues!!!  Happy Fall!

Hello sassy reader! If you are reading this, you probably know who I am and what my store is about. Or maybe you just happened upon this post at random. Either way, here is a quick recap:

My name is Suzanne and I grew up in a small town on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. I had a fantastic childhood–my creativity was fostered by wonderful parents and my Grandma Anna who lived next door. My two dreams in life from a very young age were to become a writer and a fashion designer. I subscribed to “W” magazine and “Mirabella” in grade school. I read the newspaper by age 3, and with help from my dad and an old typewriter, I wrote my first series of short stories entitled “Dog, Sir, Cat” at around the same age. With my crayons in hand and paper at the ready, I drew and edited my own fashion magazine, and along with my little sister, transformed an old cabinet into a Barbie townhouse, complete with a water system that we designed out of an empty pump ketchup bottle.

As I grew I took as many English classes as I could, was involved in yearbook, costuming drama productions, and taking sewing classes. I took off to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus after graduating from Hibbing High School, and after that transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The next decade was consumed with retail management jobs, attempting to write a novel or two, and of course,  involving myself in every good girls kryptonite–the bad boy.

So there I was, just turning 30, post break up from what I thought at the time was the love of my life, in a job that I just wasn’t passionate about, with a schedule that allowed little time for my creativity to flourish. What to do, what to do. . .Well, I turned back to where it all began, to the town where I first began dreaming. After much thought, I quit my job and moved in with my sister, not sure exactly what I was going to do next, but sure that with a month or two of soul searching I would figure out where to go next. As it turns out, the answer was not as far away as one would think.

Around the same time I moved back to town, a good friend of mine did the same, and a few months into his return, started working for a new newspaper in Virginia MN. He suggested that with the extra time I had, I should write a weekly column on fashion. With his expert editing, I began writing “High Heels and Handbags” in Hometown Focus, and at the same time taking the steps to begin another adventure. . .sharing some of what I had learned in life by opening a sassy little boutique all my own.

In November 2008, Moxie opened its doors and has continued to grow with support from the community, my family, and a wonderful friend who is a marketing and advertising GENIUS (yes, Katie, I’m talking about you!) It has been, and will continue to be, the adventure of a lifetime, as I re-acquaint myself with an area that I was absent from for so long. This past year I have spoken at various events, have started to get involved with committees promoting the area, and held several fashion shows, one of which is coming up this Saturday! (1:00 at Zimmy’s, you won’t want to miss it.)

As I continue to grow the business, this blog will become a place where I share new products, fashion tips, and things in the area that I find intriguing. So stay tuned, this is only the beginning!

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