MW and Meet Mason

Happy Monday, guess what? Sam and I got a dog. His name is Mason, and we found him through Doberman Rescue of Minnesota. He is the sweetest, silliest little (well 90 lbs) guy, and we are absolutely in love. I never would’ve imagined that a dog could make me so happy! We drove all the way down to Faribault to meet him on Friday, and knew he was the one! So Saturday we were able to pick him up and bring him home with us, and I even made it to the Minnesota Bloggers Favorite Things Party on time!

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Now for the Monday Wants! As you may remember from last weeks post I am starting an Outfit A-Z challenge this April. I did something similar last year and it was a ton of fun! So this Monday I really want a Joby tripod for my iPhone!

Having been a fan of Alice + Olivia for a long time, I was so excited to see their new spring line on Shopbop! It’s all about World Domination and achieving it in 8 easy steps ;) Which is totally doable if you are wearing the right clothes!

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Spring is the perfect time to bring out the denim! And this season I am intrigued by a brand called Mother. Cropped skirts and shorts, mixed in with bell bottoms, skinny jeans, and even some boyfriends!

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And finally backpacks! I have had a really nice leather tote by Duluth Trading Company this year at the U, and I am wondering if I should switch to a backpack? What are your thoughts on that? But I am dying over this one by Stella McCartney for Adidas!

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Happy Monday and don’t forget to enter our Gift of Thrift Giveaway, and win a whole thrifted outfit from Beth and me!

Gift of Thrift Giveaway

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This is probably the most fun and exciting giveaway I have ever participated in! You get to win a fully thrifted outfit from Beth and I. We have recently had a Thrift Style Thursday swap, where all members of the group were paired up and got to send, or in our case, give each other goodies in person. And since it was so much fun thrifting for another person, we decided to pass on the Gift of Thrift to 4 other people! And that’s where you come in! We would love to gift you a fully thrifted outfit, and in our case, since Beth and I both live in the Twin Cities area, if you are from the area, you get to go thrifting with us, and we will style you! And probably take you out for lunch or coffee too!

I will add pictures of what Beth thrifted for me a little bit later today. This Friday is a super exciting day for Sam and I, and if you follow me on Instagram, you will probably find out soon enough ;)

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MW and April A to Z Challenge

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Photo Credit – Eric Sorensen Photography

 

Last year I participated in an awesome A to Z challenge, and as far as I remember, I never completed it. I want to try it again this year, and my theme is going to be 30 days of outfits. I am going to share a new outfit a day, there won’t be any particular theme, but the outfits are going to somehow start with the letters of the alphabet and go in that order for the whole month of April! I am also going to post outfit photos on Instagram for those 30 days with a special hashtag #30daysofoutfits. I am pretty sure I have enough pairs of shoes to last me through the 30 days, but if I don’t, shoes are the only items that will be repeated. I am hoping to revive some of the forgotten pieces from my closet, and bring up my style game!

Monday Wants though, skirts! And lace! And can’t forget about bright summer shoes (the snowy Minnesota weather outside my window is mocking me silently!)

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Emerald Green

I always wish I was back in New York or Chicago for St Patrick’s Day, I just think those cities have way more going on than Minneapolis. I mean we have the Mississippi we could dye green!

But here is one of my favorite vintage emerald dresses that I wore with this thrifted sweater! I hope you like this look for today’s #ThriftStyleThursday, and don’t forget to check out other girls posts ;)



Trespassing

Monday I had a photoshoot with Eric at the Sculpture Garden, one of my favorite places in the Twin Cities. I lived in Loring Park for 2 years and the Sculpture Garden was just across the bridge, or the 6 lanes of traffic on Hennepin Ave. It always had this power over me, it made me happy, calm, collected. I got married at the Sculpture Garden, I also went there after my grandpa passed away a few years ago. It’s been my sanctuary. Plus the parking is only $3.50 a day, so ;)

The green house is usually closed on Mondays, but one of the Emergency Exit doors was open, so we were able to get in, along with 30 other people or so. But no one seemed to care!

I kind of have to explain the pants. They are the most comfortable Bel Kazan creation I’ve owned. And they are not leggings. They are an awesome patterned sweat/legging/pant hybrid, that I want to wear everywhere now. And they look absolutely amazing with this moto jacket.

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MW – Minimalism

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Monday wants are back, and my minimalism stage continues. Although, once my Bel Kazan orders come in, the simplicity of solids will be broken up for a while.

A great big shoutout to the people who are not afraid to come up to me and ask about my blog. I really appreciate each and every one of you! You make my day!

It’s finally warm here in the Twin Cities, and by warm I mean 50s, so I am back on track running around the lakes and trails in SLP. It’s amazing! That runners high from last night lasted well through this am, making my Monday stunningly beautiful and pleasant!

Now to find out my marketing midterm grade ;)

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An Unexpected Match

My new favorite look – sweatshirts over everything. Maybe because of the weather, maybe because I’m comfortable, maybe because there are a lot of fun sweatshirts out there.

One of my coworkers has recently brought in a whole bunch of clothes for us to go through and I found this AE cropped hoodie.

Here is the thing – I am 28 and I don’t wear AE, or A&F, or Hollister, or whatever is there that makes me look like a high school student. But this sweatshirt is everything. It’s soft and warm and OMG has a hood! And I am not using it for working out! What?

Yes! This is the story. The best match ever!

Check out other girls posts and make sure to stop by next week for a thrift haul thrift style thursday post!


Shop my look:

And just a few more of my favorite dresses

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ShopBop Sale – up to 25% off Designer Items!

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ShopBop is having another amazing sale – starting today and lasting through Sunday, March 8 at 3 a.m. CST.  Here is what’s up:

You save 15% with purchase over $250

You save 20% with purchase over $500

You save 25% with purchase over $1000

Use code BIGEVENT15 at checkout!

As all of you know I am a big Shopbop fan and here are some of my favorite pieces and designers!

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Koku

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Prabal Gurung 

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CM Cia Maritima 

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Phyllis + Rosie Jewelry 

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The Great 

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MW – Breath of Spring

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Mondays are hard, and after having spent all weekend at work and babysitting, I decided to add a new section to my blog that will focus on wish lists and my Monday Wants. Today some of my wants are:

1. Warmer weather.

2. Spring come sooner.

3. Fun and flirty dresses.

4. For my cold to go away.

5. Raw Oregon Hazelnuts from Trader Joe’s.

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How is your Monday going?


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Disclosure: I was compensated for this shop by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias #Ad

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How much red do you own? How much do you wear? Use? Writing this post I have come to realize that red, apparently, is my favorite color. From the clothes and accessories that I wear, to the makeup that I use, to the color of the tube of my new favorite toothpaste, red is everywhere in my life.

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I have to be honest here for a minute, being in college, late nights, doing homework or catching up with my favorite show, sometimes I fall asleep with all my makeup still on. Which also means I don’t brush my teeth at night either. And then I have to lie to my dentist… So I knew that to get myself out of this rut I needed a motivation, some incentive, that I would respond to. And the easiest fix was switching the toothpaste. Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste provides an easy and fast way for whiter teeth fast. It contains the professionally recommended ingredient hydrogen peroxide to whiten faster.

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I got my tooth paste at Walmart, they have a really nice end cap display with all the products which is very easy to find.

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There is definitely more motivation to brush my teeth at night now ;)

Some additional facts:

  • Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste has 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient (vs. Optic White Sparkling Mint TP).
  • Whiter teeth in just 3 days, just by brushing.
  • There will also be a roaming demo in 550 stores on 2/28/15 to promote the new product. Ambassadors will be roaming aisle giving out $1 off coupons good on Express White Toothpaste. Make sure to check the store list for a location near you).
  • There are 3 sizes available: 3oz & 4.5oz are now available, and the 1.45oz travel size will hit select stores on March 14th.
  • There are 3 sizes available: 3oz & 4.5oz are now available, and the 1.45oz travel size will hit select stores on March 14th.

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