Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Reese Witherspoon's charming California home

Reese Witherpoon's beautiful ranch home in Ojai, California confirms to me that I not only love her personal style when it comes to clothing, but interiors too. Recently featured in Elle Decor, the home is equal parts "fresh, youthful, and traditional." See more pictures here

Friday, July 27, 2012

Three videos you must watch

I don't know what this pattern of 'three' this and 'three' that is all about with my blog posts. As the age old saying goes, "It 'tis, what it 'tis."

1. Magical. Audrey Hepburn screen testing for Roman Holiday. 

2. Fifty people, one question: What's your favorite memory? Kinda heartwarming iddn't it?

3. Because this reminds me why summer OWNS the favorite season game. "An Ode to Summer" by Kinfolk Magazine. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Three beauty products we need to discuss

Three beauty products on my radar recently:

1. Anne Hathaway's perfect red lipstick in The Dark Knight. 

Did you see how WOWZA her lips were in that movie? Okay, pretty much everything about her was wowza, I walked away justifying to myself that I needed a leather onesie for crying out loud. If you haven't seen the movie yet, here is Catwoman in all her glory: 

Right? So my internet scouring lead me to believe it's Russian Red from MAC, which you can find here

2. Benefit's "They're Real!" Mascara. This product just came out and is already atop pretty much every beauty editor's must-have lists. 

3. The new "it" polish color for Fall 2012. Butter London's "Shag". Don't mind if I DEFINITELY DO. 

Monday, July 23, 2012


Definitely did a double-take while scrolling through this Quality Magazine editorial. One of the most perfect and striking color combinations I've ever seen. That lip shade and sunglasses pairing is...I can't even.

Friday, July 20, 2012

One day, we'll miss this

Serious reality check comin' your way from Thought Catalog

One Day We'll Miss This

"Looking back at moments from our childhood, our adolescence, or even just a few short years ago, it’s hard not to feel a painful twinge of nostalgia. The vague ache that leaves us wanting to send an email or have a phone call where you wax on about something that you want to confirm someone else remembers is overwhelming, and even though we don’t often know what to say to these old friends about these old memories, we feel we have to saysomething. And yet, we often trick ourselves into forgetting that, not terribly long from now, we will feel that same ache about the things we’re living today. The mundane moments we’re slogging through, the underpaid jobs, the cramped apartments and the irresponsible but loving friends — these are things that will one day seem joyous, even ideal.
In being so quick to complain and compare what we do and do not have with those around us, we fail to take pleasure in the freedom to make mistakes. Today, a mistake has few repercussions. Our definition of broke is not the same as a family of four who has just lost their main source of income, or a senior living on fixed income. The problems we moan over are problems that, when held up to the scale of life in general, are rather manageable. This time of deciding to stay up late on a Wednesday to drink with a friend who is in town, or dating someone you know is wrong for you but thrills you in a way that is the emotional equivalent of empty calories, is a luxury we will not again be afforded. This is the time, more than perhaps any other, for nostalgia — and we can’t see it.
One day, we will miss every moment of difficulty that taught us something tangible and immediately applicable to the rest of our lives. Often the lessons we’re learning now are those that have to at least once be felt, but leave you with a maturity that will later define you as an adult. Wading through a marsh of mixed messages and friends at every stage of their lives can be, when in the moment, tedious and exhausting — but it is a time to figure out who we are and what we actually want against a backdrop of limitless options. We’re picking a constellation from a near-endless expanse of stars, defining the trajectory of a life that, at least for now, is just waiting to be lived. We should take our time, but appreciate what it means to do so.
Yes, even the occasional feeling of being unappreciated. Yes, even the flakier friends. Yes, even the weeks of eating ramen and whatever else you can dig out of your cabinet. Just as we miss the moments of our childhood that, at the time, may have seemed fraught with self-consciousness and uncertainty, we will miss them. We will miss them the way we miss the people we lost touch with through our own ingratitude or the simple passage of time, the way we miss sitting in someone’s arms and feeling loved, even if we don’t love them anymore. We will miss it all because, as with almost everything, it is so much easier to feel nostalgia than regret. We will see the good parts, no matter how unable we are to focus on them in the moment.
Why is it so impossible to understand how incredible a time it is to be alive, and to be young? Why is easier to complain about the downsides of realizing our dreams and growing into ourselves than to sing the praises of being healthy and loved enough to have it? I don’t want the nostalgia and, possibly, the regret of not living in the moment, to hit me all at once like a ton of bricks when I’m past the point of recreating it. I want to feel the full joy of decorating my first real apartment, of making new friends while out having drinks, of saying “I want to move” and being able to pick up and do it. The aching to return to these days of relative ease and adventure is sure to wave over us at some point, and though forgetting that is too easy, it wouldn’t hurt to appreciate what we have while we have it."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Old-school Olympic tees, for under $30

How cool are these retro Olympic T-shirts? It looks like you won the lottery big time during a thrifting outing, but allz you gotta do is hit up your local Gap. See the selection here

P.S. How FREAKING excited are you for the Olympics???

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zelda + Scott

"I don't suppose I know you very well - but I know you smell like the delicious damp grass that grows near old walls and that your hands are beautiful opening out of your sleeves and that the back of your head is a mossy sheltered cave when there is trouble in the wind and that my cheek just fits the depression in your shoulder." —Zelda Fitzgerald in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, November 1931

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Subtle asymmetry

The lone crystal bead on this otherwise perfectly symmetrical necklace gives it the perfect amount of edge. Me like. Me want. From Anthropologie.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Life lately, according to my iPhone

1. Wisconsin weddings. Probably had one of the best weekends ever. 

2. A little representation of my fav area code. We should be getting more into Parc Boutique soon.

3. Fourth of July shenanigans. 

4. Dock sunsets are the best aren't they? This one was insane, it seriously looked like the world was ending. 

5. Boyfriend got me tickets to Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, which, for all you out-of-staters, was cool because it was the first ever concert at Target Field. AND thee best concert I've ever been to. 

6. Stopped at Fulton Brewery for drinks before the concert. Coolest concept ever: five beers. At all times. In a warehouse. Come as you are sorta deal. Loved it. 

7. Gotta hand it to Kenny Chesney, he's one of the best entertainers in the business. 

8. Pizza and wine with the roomies. It's the little things. If you live in the Twin Cities, I recommend the Alfredo Pizza from Element Pizza

9. Treating myself to a chocolate donut on my birthday. Best decision ever.

10. Getting patio drinks on St. Anthony Main. Such a beautiful view of the city; it never gets old.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Let me have my cheeseball moment

Yesterday was my birthday. (My grandma likes to tell me every year that when I was little I said my birthday was 'ly 'leven, cause, you know, when you're little you can't pronounce adequately and stuff. I'm sure it was adorable.) If you forgot my birthday? Then, well....nothing, absolutely nothing cause in reality it's just another day out of the year so who cares. But you CAN get free slushies at 7-Eleven on my birthday. That'sssss kind of a big deal.

IN ALL SERIOUSNESS. Thank you to everyone who called, texted, or even wrote a little Facebook ditty on my wall (because we all know we love Facebook on our birthday, let's be real here). I was reminded yesterday how much I adore everyone in my life. Like, through the roof. I have the best friends, family, and boyfriend anyone could ask for and there's nothing better than crawling into bed at night with that feeling.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The under $20 shoe MUST.

Can't believe these shoes from H&M are only $18. I'm having a hard time picking a favorite, guess I should just get both?

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