Thursday, November 20, 2014

11.20.14 | sandgrens


Is anyone else having an animal print moment? I love animal print! Like LOVE. I keep trying to find ways to work a cowhide into our new home, but I can't seem to find the right place for it. So when I came across these cow print Sandgrens Clogs (find them here!) I couldn't resist! I throw them on with everything when I run out the door. I feel like swedish clogs are a true Minnesota staple because I always see people of various ages rocking them. I love that we all find our own way to wear them differently, I have a few pairs from Sandgrens and they all get major love.  Do any of you guys dig the animal print trend or the fact that clogs are making a comeback? I am totally on board with both!


Monday, November 10, 2014

11.10.14 | gstar raw style

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If you need to know one thing about me, it is that I am a huge denim hoarder. I live in denim 99% of the time. Whether it is skinnies, boyfriends, cut-offs, bell bottoms, or distressed you name it I probably own it in every wash. So, if you were ever looking for a reason to be-friend me, I can guarantee that my denim collection would rank high on that list.

You can imagine my excitement when I had the chance to partner with GStar Raw! Me and my good friend Chelsea from Zipped Blog had the chance to style a mini lookbook from their fall winter collection, and let me tell you I fell in love with these jeans the moment I put them on!  I love how we each found completely different looks but looked so cohesive. GStar has that great mix of cool girl meets the everyday girl. I am really loving the dark washes that they have for fall/winter. When I went in to choose a style for the shoot I literally tried on every pair. I love how much thought is put in to every single stitch placement on GStar's denim, it is truly an art form I can appreciate!

I also discover they have amazing coats. Which is the second reason to befriend me. I love a good coat and I am not scared to find unique shapes to invest in. I love a little drama given from a great shape! I loved this oversize piece here that I am wearing. Black is still having a moment, because let's be real, when isn't it? So, of course, I went with the usual monochromatic palette that fuels my closet and paired the jacket with these amazing skinnies here that slim your legs like no other! Trust me they are like magic! When I do a tone on tone look I try to amp it up by mixing proportions. I am huge on pairing skinnies with a wider top with a lot of volume to it. Topped it off with a GStar hat (find it here) to help make the look more casual.

I love the way that GStar's line all works together so easily which is one of my favorite things, because it helps simplify your closet! Now on to hoarding every wash they make...

Huge thank you to Kari of Living Life's Moments Photography for the beautiful images.

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I am wearing Gstar Raw coat, hat and denim // Shoes here / Bag here / Tee here

Photo Credits Living Life's Moments Photography 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

a new chapter | less things, not less life


This is our journey to a more simple life. Still full of color and warmth but simplified. A well-loved home that we will create over time. 

I will admit, when we were house hunting so many friends were building new homes. They were choosing all the trim and counters and they were designing their dream. I had my reservations about buying an older home, and now that we are here I am so happy. It feels like home. It has character and story. The yard is a little boys dream, and an enchanting retreat. It is most definitely home. There is much to be done over time, but I can't wait to see this house transform. I love the story within its walls and the many more memories they will hold. 

I thought that a new home and new environment would immediately motivate me to live a more organized life. That having triple the space of our previous homes would allow me to be tidy and structured. Truly I feel more overwhelmed and chaotic. Like I don't know where to begin, or what projects to take on. My mind continues to swirl around all the ideas I have and finding the best places to use our budget. We have this feeling that this will be the home where we spend most of our lives raising our children, So we want it to to reflect who we are more than any other place we have lived. We want it to be practical and functional. 

Through the unpacking process I have found how many things we have that really are unnecessary -- a life of buying things only for the moment. We are on a new journey now. A time to simplify. A time to clear the clutter and live a less hectic life. We aren't the young, naive family we once were, where we were filling toy bins with every new toy on the market because it would make our kids smart, strong, and happy. We know better now. We know that you don't need much to be successful and happy.  

I am not a minimalist by the means of the word. I tend to want things surrounding me. Now I can see how unnecessary it is. I think we all want to associate ourselves with the current style and Scandinavian trend that has crossed many borders due to social medias. I love the idea of less. I love the concept of an open space and not wanting to buy everything in sight. But I am not one who can live in a monochromatic world. I need color to feel alive. I thrive on things that make me feel something, and I love creating my world around all that I find inspiring. It is time to scale back on things. To create more time for family and more money for travel and adventure. So minimizing, yes. I like to call it bohemian minimalism. Less things, but not less life.  

So here it is, the new chapter of us. Simplifying life, and making the most of what surrounds us. Happy with who we are, and knowing the things around us only are a reflection of us - they don't define us.