Anna Larson’s Top Takeaways from Our Spring Event

Hear from guest contributor, Anna Larson, about her takeaways from our Spring Expressions: Style, Sips, & More event!

By: Anna Larson | April 28, 2017

It was like stepping into a happy place.

Fresh flowers, spring fashion, upbeat music, tasty cocktails and a glam squad were waiting, just for me.

OK, not just for me, but that’s how it felt.

Hosted in the former New York & Co. space, the Spring Expressions Pop-Up Event celebrated the season by immersing people in a pretty atmosphere. It was a daytime party with custom bouquets by Love Always, mini makeup and hair makeovers by Sephora and Regis, springtime cocktails and treats, a DJ, vintage furnishings by The White House Co., and spring outfits on display for that #ootd inspiration.

It was Instagrammable. It was fun. It was unexpected—hey, this is the middle of a mall in Fargo we’re talking about. And most of all, it was about feeling good. Icing on the cake? I was able to take away a few new tricks to throw into my spring routine.

Takeaway 1:

My first stop was the Sephora station. I recognized Beauty Leader, Win, from my many trips to Sephora. At age 31, I’m a makeup newbie.

Win’s blush application tips stuck with me because I think everyone desires a healthy glow. He told me to relax my face and then feel the apples of my cheeks. I’ll apply blush starting here, in an angular motion toward my temples. It “pulls up” the face, Win says, and creates an illusion of lift. Easy enough. I also loved that he said everyone is different, and makeup is about enhancing our natural features, not trying to be something we aren’t.

Takeaway 2:

Next, I stepped over to the Regis stylists, who freshened up my curls that had fallen flat since the morning. Amber taught me to curl starting at the base of my head and rest the curl in my hand before letting it down, which helps the wave stay.

Pre-curl, a misting of light-hold hairspray can help locks stay looped, too. Dry shampoo or hair powder “dirties up” hair to give it texture for a more voluminous style. Amber finished my look with a trendy half-up waterfall braid.

Can the glam squad please get me ready every day?

Takeway 3

After I was beautified, I went to the DIY bouquet station. Christy of Love Always helped me choose flowers to create a sunny, whimsical bouquet. I learned that the tiny pink buds that run the length of long stems are called Boronia. They smell as sweet as they look, and I’m obsessed.

We completed my arrangement with orange roses and lots of green from ferns and palms. Christy explained that mixing flowers and greens of different heights and textures creates depth and dimension in a bouquet. She’s right—flowers are always a good idea.

Takeaway 4

I walked around for a bit taking mental notes about the spring fashion must-haves that were on display while Elisabeth Eden photographed me enjoying the space. (So that’s what it would feel like to be a little famous. I’ve got to get better at posing.)


Color and pattern from the abstract paintings by Marjorie Schlossman jumped off the walls and into the outfits. Art has always influenced fashion, and that’s why I’m fascinated with personal style. Like artists shape their creations, how we wear clothing shapes our style and makes fashion our own.

My favorite looks from the pop-up have a fresh feel and leave room for you to incorporate your individuality.  

  • Jump for joy: The light blue chambray jumpsuit from Apricot Lane finished with a pendant necklace is an easy but statement-making outfit. Like dresses, jumpsuits are all-in-one outfits, and who doesn’t love simplicity? It’d be cute with a trendy knotted neck scarf, too!
  • Print power: I’ve been eyeing the mixed floral print Free People tank and white skinnies from Macy’s that were on display. I like the whimsy of the side ties on the tank, and floral print plays up the new season. I’d wear this with black skinnies, too, or high-waist denim cut-off shorts.
  • Spring mix: White dresses are timelessly feminine. Topped with a fitted, faded denim jacket accented with a floral pattern and grommets, the Evereve look is modern boho. The dress and jacket are versatile pieces that work well together or on their own—qualities I look for when I’m investing in new fashion.

After soaking in the spring space, I felt refreshed and inspired. It was about more than fashion. It reminded me that a happy place can be anywhere if you surround yourself with uplifting people and creative energy. Now excuse me while I go Instagram my new spring look.

Anna Larson

I see the world in squares and hashtags. On Instagram, I’m @msannagrace, and in the real world, I’m a creative content writer for a local CPA and business advisory firm. I make accounting sound cool but still cannot do math. I was previously a features reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, where I wrote a style column and shared stories about our community. I live in downtown Fargo with my rescue cat and a closet full of shoes. I travel whenever I can, usually to Paris—bonjour! My dream job would combine writing, fashion, philanthropy and travel, and I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I’m easily bribed to write and edit if you buy me a cappuccino and some French macaroons.




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