4th of July in style

4th of july style fashion

4th of july style fashion

4th of july style fashion

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4th of july style fashion

This 4th of July let’s have fun, celebrate in style, spend time with those we love, and set off a firework or two. Sam and I got lucky to get outfitted by Tipsy Elves this year. Their 4th of July styles and clothes are incredibly comfortable and easy to wear on any other day, and in any weather! Tops and Tees are so vivid and bright, we can’t wait for next weekend!

What can be better than having one of the founding fathers on your shirt? Party like a Patriot tank is my favorite for this year, but you will see me in my Honestly Hungover tank on campus in the fall. Sam really liked his I want you to Beer Me and Drunk off my Ass Tees, and as far as the windbreaker goes, we sail, so it’s going to come in handy on lake Minnetonka!

We’ll be at the Edina parade this 4th of July, so if you find us in the crowd, come say hi!

Photo credits: Blake Anderson

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Moto 360 Experience

IMG_0779 Thanks to internship/work/Verizon, I was able to get a Moto 360 on my wrist for about a week. Now I’m finally ready to share my thoughts about it.

Moto 360 is a smart watch, Android operated, and probably the cheapest one on the market, starting at $250. It’s incredibly stylish, useful and perfect for people who are always on the go.

Moto 360 can only be paired up with an Android operated phone, so I got a second phone to carry around with me, and if you remember from a couple years ago when I had the Nokia Lumia in addition to my iPhone, I didn’t really like it that much. But this time I got a Moto X in wood, and it was actually a great phone to have. I didn’t feel like I needed a case for it, and I could just plug my AUX cable in the car and listen to my favorite stations on Pandora. I have a charging case on my iPhone, kind of a Mophie knock-off, which is too thick and I have to take it off in order to plug it back in.

Back to the Moto 360 though! It let me read my emails, if I had my contacts on the Moto X phone, it would let me read those too. It showed me traffic on the way home. It counted my steps, tracked my activity, and motivated me to actually walk more! It responded to my voice! There really was no reason for me not to like it. Not to mention my husband’s and friends’ reaction when they saw it.

Of course there were a few things that bothered me. The battery barely lasted me all day, I would often come home with less than 10% battery left. The watch itself was too big, and if I positioned my wrist in a certain way, it would push the side button showing me all screen background options possible. The new upgrade that I installed last week made the watch way more user friendly, than before. And finally the wide variety of apps available can be overwhelming

To be 100% honest though, I don’t think I will be getting the watch and switching to android any time soon. I know it may be narrow minded of me, but I love my Apple products, so I am going to stick to what I know, and get the next best thing when September comes around.

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My Milly

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Last Monday I went to the very first Minnesota Blogger Bash. It was one of those rare times that I got to go to St Paul. Having lived in Minneapolis the whole time I’ve been in Minnesota, I rarely go to visit the other twin. The best part about going to St Paul and the meet up was car pooling with Tamara of Champagne and Macaroons, and Jess of Mimi and Chichi.

And of course I needed a new outfit for the event. Luckily I had Monday off and stopped by Opitz on Excelsior Blvd. If you’ve never been there, and you are reading this post, you need to go there now! It’s an amazing Outlet here in the Cities (there is another location in Minnetonka, which I don’t like as much to be honest). But they have all possible and impossible designer clothing there for a fraction of the cost. I scored this Milly dress for $30, and splurged on a Zac Posen dress that was $70.

Blogger Bash was amazing, I always enjoy hanging out with new and old blogger friends. And I really appreciate everyone who stops by to say hi! You make my day!

Did you come to the party? What did you think?

PS. A couple spoilers for the upcoming posts – My new favorite lipstick, 4th of July post featuring Sam (!!!), and why I never want to be a full time blogger 😉

Rock the Garden Recap + Very Girly Cocktail Recipe

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Last Sunday I got an awesome chance to see Rock the Garden, from a rooftop. My in-laws live in Lowry Hill right behind the Walker, so Sam and I literally climbed the roof. We are not as glamorous as you may have thought when you started reading this post 😉

The two bands worth mentioning are The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (ft. Sean Lennon), and Modest Mouse. Sean Lennon looked just like I remember him from when he performed in Moscow, just with longer hair.

Modest Mouse was amazing, and of course not enough. But they were totally worth climbing the roof for. And it was even better because Sam climbed it with me.

We managed to fit in Father’s Day dinner, a walk, and some cocktails in between performances.

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And I wanted to share our cocktail recipe with you, but be warned, I eyeball everything:

Ingredients:

– rum

– fresca

– orange/tangerine tropicana

– scoop of watermelon gelato

How to:

Start with rum, then add orange/tangerine juice, then some Fresca, top it off with the scoop of gelato, and add some more Fresca to melt the gelato. Don’t forget ice! I only had one of these, but I definitely could’ve gone for two more 😉

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My look: DressForever 21,

Turquoise necklace (similar) – thrifted,

Birkenstocks – not shown here 😉 – Hautelook

Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat Review

  
Cleaning makeup brushes is an important and necessary task, but if you are like me, it takes a while. The amount of brushes that I have, plus the amount of brushes that are tucked away, still in their packaging is seriously scary. It used to take me at least 20 minutes to wash the entire collection. Until I got the Sigma Brush Mat. 

Sigma, if you didn’t know, is a Minnesota based company, and a YouTube sensation. Their brushes are known for incredible quality and ease of use, and the constantly changing makeup collection keeps surprising the customers with new colors. Anything to help us be more creative and bold when it comes to our makeup. 

  
The brush mat has suction cups on the bottom, and attaches to your sink. The right side is for face brushes, while the left one is for eyes. There are seven different sections (textures) for cleaning, refining and rinsing the brushes. And it’s incredibly time saving. I was done washing all my brushes in under 10 minutes. My life has never been easier! 

  
The Spa Brush Mat is $32 and is available on Sigmabeauty.com or at their Mall of America location. 

  

One last thing, don’t clean your beauty blender using the mat, it will be destroyed! 

Ashley Barlow Art

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Ashley Barlow is hands down one of my favorite local artists. I met her last year at the Edina Art Fair, and have been in love with her collages ever since. The vintage element, the combination of colors, the DIY element (stitching) and the thought process that goes into her pieces is amazing.

Edina art fair took place a couple weekends ago, and I naturally stocked up on some more Ashley Barlow for my house. You see, I have this vision for my living room, which I can’t wait to bring to life, and Sam is finally okay with it. So now it’s a waiting game! But I will definitely be sharing that with you, be it next week or next month!

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MIA + MOA T-shirt Project

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MIA is celebrating it’s 100 Birthday this year and this time they have partnered up with MOA and 5 famous designers to create limited edition t-shirts that went on sale last week.

The designers are Kota Ezawa, Jenny Holzer, Chris Larson, David Rathman, and Alec Soth.

I was able to attend the launch party at MIA last week (although I had to be reminded of it twice 😉 – thanks Emma!), and have been wearing the t-shirts I got around town this weekend. They are $25 each and come in fitted and relaxed. And just because I can, I am going to say that Jenny Holzer’s designs are my favorite!

Check out all the designs here and make sure to get your T-shirt at the MIA gift shop!

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Heels

  
A heel came off my shoe last night as I was walking around IKEA.

It said nature on the inside. 

And for the next few hours I couldn’t stop thinking about the other heel.

It said nothing. 

But I have a sharpie and now it says strength. Because today I need some. 
 
 

Monroe and Main review and giveaway

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.

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A few weeks ago I got a chance to pic out an outfit and some shape wear from Monroe and Main. This scuba dress is amazing, and I wanted a funky cool pattern for the summer. And the shoes are something I can run around in all summer, besides they go so well with this dress.

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Monroe and Main helps women dress for their body shape (check out this helpful set of infographics here). It was an interesting process for me to try.

But being the size that I am the dress is a little too big for me, even though it’s a size small. I guess all the stress with the finals and the end of the semester have done their job. No one is complaining here, it’s good to be under 120 lbs.

Mason was dragged into posing with me for these photos, but isn’t he the cutest?

For more outfit inspirations from Monroe and Main check out their Pinterest board.

 

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It’s Plaid to me #ThriftStyleThursday

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I have missed so  many Thrift Style Thursdays that I have lost count. But I really wanted to blog today, especially after my Macro final, that I don’t even care if the shirt is plaid! I have recently gone to the new goodwill outlet in St Paul, and this shirt is from there, along with many other shirts and sweaters. I also went thrifting today and got a pretty fancy paisley Ralph Lauren dress, so move over Lily Pulitzer, I never liked you anyways.

So even though the shirt cost probably less than $1.00, I managed to wear it with a pair of $200 Joe’s Jeans. Talk about thrifty blogger over here! My T-shirt is from Zara, and says “Darling, I have it on vinyl”, which I don’t. I also don’t have anything to play vinyls on. This is a summer goal – acquire vinyls, a new shelf for the living room, redecorate the living room, don’t go broke, and have fun.

I have so many fun things to attend to this weekend, I can’t wait. Yes they are fashion shows. But I have one more final, and that is kind of driving me insane. Ironically enough it is a psychology final.

Someone bring me Chipotle and come play with my dog, while I go study.

Also, my favorite girl, so check them out!


 

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