Saturday, March 28, 2015

weekend indulgence

 Sincerely Jules tee, Flying Monkey denim, Converse sneakers, BB Dakota cardigan (on sale!), Madewell jacket, Kate Spade Saturday handbag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

So far, my Saturday has consisted of the following: I woke up at ten o'clock and ended up watching a zillion David Brancaccio interviews on YouTube, crawled out of bed after eleven to make my first cup of coffee, started watching too many episodes of Frasier, talked to my mother on the phone for over an hour, trekked through my neighborhood for iced coffee, read some of my old writing and listened to Rooney, practiced braiding my hair into a crown, and then decided I should probably do something productive and edited these photos to the sound of Creedence Clearwater Revival. I've had a perfectly good day doing absolutely nothing, indulging myself in my quirky and obscure interests, but I'm now trying to convince myself to clean my house. Wait, I just remembered I took out my garbage this morning! Pretty sure that counts as cleaning my house. All in a day's work.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

only one color

Sanctuary Clothing sweater, Bella Luxx tank, Kate Spade Saturday handbag (everything 60% off right now!), Kut from the Kloth denim, Soludos espadrilles, Brooklyn Grace initial necklace


See? I can do color in an outfit. I can.  I can do color in an outfit, as long as it's only one color and I can wear a lot of it. Like black, for example. I can pile that on and on and on. I only make exceptions for robin's egg blue when the weather is particularly warm, as it has been here in Minnesota before the weekend's surprise snowstorm. It makes it a little hard to believe the first day of spring has already come and gone. Now accepting proof of spring in the form of green grass and pouring rain. Minnesota, take note.

Friday, March 20, 2015

pop till we drop

Every morning when my alarm goes off, I roll out of bed and hit 'play' in my streaming app for Minnesota Public Radio. I listen to Cathy Wurzer take me through the morning news while I do my hair and put on my face, and before I know it I'm sitting in my office with Kerri Miller and Tom Weber on deck for the nine and eleven o'clock hours before I meet my sister for lunch around noon. I've never gotten into a Car2Go that wasn't already stationed to The Current. My life is essentially a manifestation of everything I hear from every form of public radio in the state, so you can imagine my faint heart when a station producer emailed me an invitation to guest-host the pop culture podcast MPR News produces, Pop Till We Drop.

Madewell sweater and rings, A+C denim, Vans slipons, J.Crew tote, Ray-Ban sunglasses, SBG Designs bracelet
The hosts, 20-somethings Tess Weinberg and Alex Gaterud (aka my new best friends), are all the sass and hilarity you would expect from quick and multitalented millennials-about-town. The whole evening was charmed and effortless, and I already wish I could do the whole thing over again. We talked blog world basics, Instagram strategy, and the Minneapolis fashion scene plus this, that, and the other thing. It went live on the website this afternoon, and I couldn't help but relive the creative process behind it while I listened to the finished product. Sitting in the office swivel chair, expensive headphones crushing my hair, and speaking into a real radio microphone in front of me was the realest of tactile experiences, and a memory that won't leave me for quite some time. Thanks to Chris Roberts, Alex, and Tess for making it all happen. 

If you've ever wanted to hear my voice, now's your chance. Leave me a comment if you take a listen! Hopefully it will give you as much of a laugh as it gave me.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

daytime beachwear

 Forever 21 sweatshirt, JustFab denim, Soludos espadrilles, Kate Spade Saturday handbag (40% off!), Ray-Ban sunglasses

The snow may still be melting here in Minneapolis, but the espadrilles have been waiting to make a comeback ever since I hopped off the plane at LAX from Mexico. I paired them with my favorite printed sweatshirt for some tropical flair, daydreaming about palms on the beaches of Cancun all day.

You guys know I love my city and have a blast on Instagram posting about it. Today, I found out I was nominated for City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Instagram category...pretty weird being recognized just for being an Internet human. Insane! No idea how nominations work, but thank you to whoever liked my photos enough to suggest me. Seriously. Crazy. What the what?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

foolproof

 Madewell sweater, JustFab denim, Loly in the Sky flats, Kate Spade Saturday handbag

It doesn't get much easier than a sweater, jeans, and black flats. I would say "if I could wear this every day I would," but let's be real...I do wear this every day.

MADEWELL 1937



Monday, February 23, 2015

when in mexico

Coming back from vacation this time, my friends have pointed out that I suffer from pretty intense post-vacation blues. After a week in Mexico, it's been hard for me to get out of the house or even really do anything but lay around and wish I was already somewhere else new. It's a good time for me to put together photo-heavy blog posts like this, reliving memories as I upload and edit, and daydream about my next adventure. Huge thanks to the Grand Solaris resort in CancĂșn for making sure Mallory and I had an epic time. 

Sunrise from our balcony

 Hotel coffee, made bearable with cream and sugar


 Poolside palms

 My first time anywhere tropical, and it's safe to say I'm hooooooked

 Sunsets, equally magical

 Wearing Free People suit (top and bottom)  + Forever 21 kimono!

 CAFE FLAMEDO! Mexican flaming coffee is my new addiction, made by Salazar the Great

 Partner-in-crime for the week, Mallory

 Started waking up earlier to claim chairs once we realized how the system works...

 Mara Hoffman suit via Everything But Water + Forever 21 kimono, Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarers and Reef Girls flips

 HOLA MARIACHI BAND (this was the coolest thing ever, I got to try on one of their sombreros)

 Half-buttoned shorts and a plain white tee, with a little pizzazz thanks to SBG
(boom, a little outfit poem for you)
Soludos espadrilles

Insert typical caption here, such as I MISS THE WARM SUN (SERIOUSLY, I DO)


 Spot the sunburn. Amuse Society suit and Free People hat.

 View from our last breakfast.

 Still can't get over that blue.

 Because Mexico is always more. Sincerely Jules tee, Forever 21 kimono, One Teaspoon shorts.


I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing places I've never seen before. There's a moment when I step off of a plane into an unfamiliar airport and begin to find my way around via foreign language signs that I never feel in any other area of my life. Awhile back, somewhere between the first time I climbed a mountain in Colorado or my first cab ride in Manhattan, I realized the poetry of it all. Things happen in new places that would never happen at home. A part of you opens up that was tucked away until you reached this specific destination. I feel like each new city or country that I visit draws out a piece of my heart I've never met before, no matter how small or how big.

I like doing these chronologically-organized photo posts as if I'm taking you all on the trip with me throughout our day-to-day. Not pictured: the daily lunch of chips and a pile of fresh guacamole by the pool, too much goat cheese and fresh fruit for both breakfast and dinner, midnight laughs with my roomie and the many stories I could only ever tell in person. Mexico does something to you, man. I can't wait to go back and see another side of it. Again, many thanks to Carla (you are the best, chica!) and the Grand Solaris team. Make sure to like their Facebook page and book them for your next getaway, kids. You won't be disappointed.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

stripes and checks

 JustFab sweater and handbag, The Loft Boutique tee, Flying Monkey denim, Vans sneakers, Ray-Ban sunglasses

I've been back on stateside soil for a few days now, but it feels like my mind is still on the beaches of CancĂșn. If you kept up with me on Instagram, you'll know my trip was something close to paradise. More sun than Minneapolis has seen in months, white sands instead of white snow, and crashing waves instead of the drone of city traffic I hear falling asleep every night. Coming back from vacation is always an odd mix of everything feeling the same, yet different all at once. Mostly it's my wardrobe that's the same, I guess. Black, white, and grey will never do me wrong.

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