Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia

Disclosure: “This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia

Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia

Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia

Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia

Summer has always been my favorite season. Maybe it has to do with my upcoming Birthday, maybe with the warm weather, maybe with the summer travels. I’ve always enjoyed and looked forward to the June-July-August stretch. This year, among other things, I get to spend my summer with a new fragrance – Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia.

Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia perfume is a way to feel confident and beautiful in your own skin. This newest member of the Embrace Collection empowers me to feel beautiful everyday. Its soft peach color, reminiscent of the first vision of sunlight, enhances my day leaving me feeling fresh and embracing my womanhood.

Fragrance has always been a big part of my life. From playing with my mom’s perfumes in pretty bottles when I was little, to noticing and complimenting others on their choice of perfume, I’ve always been drawn to new scents. I try and find a different fragrance for every time of the year, and this summer Vera Wang Marigold and Gardenia fragrance makes me feel confident, beautiful and desirable in my own skin.

In preparations to celebrate my Birthday I wanted to remind you how important it is to remember to celebrate ourselves every day! There are so many special moments that happen to us that need to be cherished and embraced, but sometimes get ignored and forgotten. I have been using Vera Wang Embrace fragrance to help me remember these moments, maybe it’s a combination of olfactory, maybe my mind is just playing games with me, but I believe in the power of this dreamy fruity and floral fragrance.

Now it wouldn’t be fair if I went on and on about this fragrance and not given you a chance to try it! I-C is hosting a contest for the Vera Wang Embrace fragrance collection pack and you can enter for a chance to win one of ten fragrance kits (A $75 value!). This includes all 4 of the following fragrances: Green Tea & Pear Blossom, Rose & Vanilla, Periwinkle & Iris, and Marigold & Gardenia. The contest closes July 12, 2016, you can enter by choosing a social media sharing option form the social media tool below:

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Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia is available for purchase in-store and online at Kohl’s.

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And remember this easy formula for a happy summer: minimum make up, maximum vitamin D, and a fragrance that embraces your senses 😉

Thrift Style Thursday Link Up // June 30 // Schoola Collaboration

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Can you believe it’s June 30th’s already? I am so happy that Thrift Style Thursday link up has been going strong for almost a month! I love checking out everyone’s posts, so keep them coming. I wanted to share my recent collaboration with Schoola today. Schoola is a secondhand online shop that offers clothing for women, men and children. It benefits schools in the US and the Malala Fund internationally. In fact, 40% of all the proceeds go to benefit children’s education. They have a wide variety of brands, sizes and prices! Plus you can donate to Schoola for free by requesting a bag, to learn more, click here.

Since Schoola was kind to provide me with a few pieces, I can’t wait to be sharing them with you over the next few weeks!

I wore this Land’s End shirt dress a couple days ago when we went to Mickey’s Diner in downtown Saint Paul. Sam wanted to have dinner there before his trip to Germany. So if you know where Mickey’s is, you’ve probably seen this store front nearby. My obsession with everything New York City will never stop, besides there was a No Nonsense sign in the window, so I had to take a photo there!

And now for the link up!

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Denim Vest

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Continuing my summer denim style series with Silver Jeans, I have a new look to share with you! Denim vest is my new favorite summer trend. I especially like this Silver Jeans distressed one. It’s a perfect combination of stretch and color. I’ve been seeing these worn all sorts of different ways, but I especially like to wear mine over a midi dress. Next I want to try wearing it as a top with a skirt!

Do you wear denim vests? How do you style them?

Over the weekend Sam and I drove out to Milwaukee to look for apartments, and I am so happy we found the one we liked! More details later, happy Tuesday!

Photography: Chan Shin Photography

Bluemercury at Macy’s Southdale

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Bluemercury, a new and exciting luxury beauty space opened in Macy’s Southdale in Edina June,11. And as one of the biggest beauty and make up junkies I was there last Friday to check it out.

The new store space is located to the left of the entrance, if you are coming in from the Macy’s parking lot off of W 66th street. It’s a wide-open space, set up to showcase some of the products and brands Macy’s has never carried before, like Trish McEvoy, Guerlain, SK-II. The space also includes a spa room, where you can schedule an appointment for microdermabrasion, brow tinting, facial, waxing and more.

I got to spend a few minutes at the location, getting the tour, learning about the products. The staff was incredibly knowledgable, friendly and helpful.

I was happy to see some brands I recognized like Klorane, Bliss, Nars and Darphin, but I was more interested in the lines I’ve never tried before, like M-61, RMS Beauty, and Tara Smith haircare.

I can’t wait to share some of the beauty product reviews of the items I was able to get my hands on from Bluemercury. I am especially excited about the M-61 Power Glow Peel, Hydraboost Eye and Lune and Aster makeup (mascara and primer).

One last thing, Bluemercury gift wrap is amazing! Go check them out, try out the products, share some beauty love!

Thrift Style Thursday Link Up // June 22 // Crossing Bridges

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Between sponsored posts, photoshoots and accounting classes, I try and find some downtime. I have always loved this bridge connecting Sculpture Garden and Loring Park. And while Sculpture Garden lays there, demolished, sculptures removed, trees cut down, waiting for its reopening next June, Loring Park is still there. A little green oasis in the middle of the Hennepin/Lyndale construction mess. I find this comparison to be a strange yet applicable allegory to my life. I’m moving from Minneapolis where I’ve lived for the past 5 years. The move is exciting, stressful. I tend to worry, question my decisions, look for signs. But then I remember that I need to take ownership, stick to my guts, and keep going. It’s time to move on, and I will be doing just that!

I’ve been dying to wear this olive skirt for a while now. Sometimes I wonder if it’s too short for me, but today it was just right! The elephant print top has been my go to during hot and humid summer days, it has an open back, and is so breezy, I’m so close to being a covergirl 😉

And now for the link up – share your looks, whether they are thrifted or not, and make sure to help spread the word about this link-up through social media if you have a chance! Thank you, can’t wait to see your looks!

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Boyfriend Shorts

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Boyfriend shorts (c/o Silver Jeans) || Vintage Strokes Tee (similar here) || Valentino sunglasses (Nordstrom Rack) || TOMS Huarache Slip-Ons

Hi all, I am so excited to start a series of blog posts in collaboration with Silver Jeans! As you may have already guessed, these posts are going to be focused on denim, styling and rocking the latest trends.

I am going to start with these boyfriend shorts aka my new summer favorite! Unfinished hem and fit of these shorts give them a casual and relaxed look. They are comfortable and stylish.

Boyfriend shorts are extremely versatile, wear them with your favorite vintage tee (like me), or pair it up with a tank top, or a button down. Add a blazer and throw on a pair of heels for a brunch date with the girlfriends, or a day date with that special someone! They are also perfect for boho and festival looks that have been so popular this year, just imagine a long kimono over them! Isn’t that fun?

How would you style boyfriend shorts? Check out more options below!

Photography: Chan Shin Photography 

F&F for Hy-Vee + $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hy-Vee through ALIVE Influencer Network. All opinions are my own.
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Having lived in Minnesota for the past 5 years, I’ve gotten to experience a lot of great things this state has to offer. From the endless lakes, to numerous summer festivals, to the University I consider my second or third home, I fell in love with Minnesota pretty fast! I also quickly learned that Hy-Vee grocery store was a big favorite of a lot of the residents. I first stepped into a Hy-Vee in 2006 when I was working at Decision Hills Camp, and a small group of counselors, including yours truly got to organize a week long day camp in Marshall, MN. I was super impressed by the store, so when they announced openings around the Twin Cities, I understood and supported the excitement around it!

Today I am even more excited to share the news that Hy-Vee has partnered up with F&F, a British-inspired fashion label that carries affordable clothing for the whole family! Yes, men, women and children! F&F is an international brand, which is available in 20 countries throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia. The F&F stores will open in select Hy-Vee locations for easy access.

All of the products the brand offers are exclusive, fashionable and high quality! Plus it is a great value for the money!

I was able to get my hands on a few of pieces from the collection, style them, and have already been wearing them around Minneapolis, to the Stone Arch Festival, out and about with friends and to my summer class.

The first piece is a floral striped open shoulder dress. I have been loving the open shoulder trend, and when I saw this adorable piece, I knew it would quickly become a summer favorite! Gotta remember to put sunscreen on those shoulders more often now 😉

The second look is a striped midi skirt and crop top set. This has been one of my favorite trends for a couple years now. I have another set I’ve been rocking, but this is a game changer. The light colors and blue stripes speak to my water loving personality. The best part? I’ve already worn the pieces together and separately! The crop top is perfect with high waisted jeans or shorts. And the skirt will go so well with my white sweater later this summer when the temps go down!

My go-to accessories with both outfits? The huarache slip ons and my vintage Coach cross body.

And now for the best part! I get to host a $100 giveaway to help celebrate the opening of the Lakeville location on June 21, and the Brooklyn Park one coming soon!

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Photos by Chan Shin Photography 

Floating Around with SwimWays

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.

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Temperature is rising, swimsuits are out, I can’t wait to spend more time at the beach and the pool, now that we are all done moving from St Louis Park, to Lowry Hill. I am so excited to spend this summer in Uptown Minneapolis. Sam and I spent the first 2 years of our marriage in an apartment in Loring Park, and going to the lake was one of our favorite things to do.

We always try to be active when we go to the lake or pool, whether it’s swimming, or kayaking, or paddle boarding. But sometimes you just need to relax and float around. So this year I decided to make my water activities more relaxing, and the SwimWays Spring Float Recliner is more than perfect for it.

I personally have a hard time laying on a recliner by the pool, I need to be in the pool. And this is what this floating recliner does. This luxury fabric-covered inflatable float is designed for relaxing downtime at the pool. It’s ultra comfortable, features a sit-up style, backrest, headrest, ottoman, and the always necessary – beverage holder! Plus the patented Inner Spring Technology allows it to be easily inflated, closed and carried. It’s so fast and easy to pack/unpack, inflate/deflate and carry around, I would definitely recommend it! It’s so comfy, and matches my swimsuit, which is an added bonus.

I wanted to also share a couple advice when it comes to picking a swimsuit.

  1. Right size. A swimsuit bottom that’s too big will cause a diaper butt when it gets wet. A bottom that’s too tight will pinch on the body in places where you don’t want it to.
  2. Right fit. Some look good in halters, others look good in bandeaus, others look good in one pieces. Try on a lot of different styles (not colors), and
  3. Right attitude. Swimsuit shopping can be stressful and emotional. Find a way that works for you. Don’t mind ordering a wide variety of sizes and styles online and then trying it all at home? – Then go for it! Like to try things on at a store? – There are so many great locations out there!
  4. Right color. First of all, you can’t go wrong with black. Second, you can’t go wrong if you have a favorite color. Love patterns? Then pick patterns. Have a lot of suits already? Take photos before you go shopping, so you don’t end up with a similar suit to what you already have (we tend to gravitate towards items that are similar to the ones already existing in our wardrobe, watch out for that!)
  5. Focus on the good. Nobody knows your body better than you! Have killer legs? Don’t cover them up with a swim skirt. In fact, swim skirts are evil, and make the legs look shorter. Even a swim skirt with a slit is evil. They are all evil. Got nice shoulders, show them off! Highlight your advantages, it will make you feel better!
  6. Go for the quality. A $30 swimsuit from Target or H&M is definitely appealing, but if it falls apart after a couple trips to the pool, and one wash, you are going to have to spend another $30, and so on! A few brands I would recommend are Seafolly, Vix, Gottex and their other line called Profile, that offers a lot of size options, Maaji, Isola, and Lenny Niemeyer.
  7. Take care of your suit. Hand wash and lay flat to dry only, no washing machine, even if it has a gentle cycle. Use a special soap that helps wash out chlorine. If you don’t have a special swimsuit soap, use baby shampoo, or a gentle cleaner. Another tip: don’t let chlorine dry in your suit. It’s better to keep it damp on the way home from the pool, and wash it then, chlorine causes discoloration and yellowing of the fabric.

SwimWays Spring Float Recliner is available at Walmart, you can also follow them on  Facebook and Twitter.

I hope you find this post and my tips helpful. Feel free to message me with any questions!

#ThriftStyleThursday A Jean Jacket // June 16 + Link Up

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Friendship is a wonderful thing. There are so many great humans that I’ve been able to meet through social media. Katelyn is one of them. She is a friend from Milwaukee I met through Instagram. Katelyn writes a blog called The Duck and The Owl with her roommate Sarah, as well as finds time to be an editor and creative assistant at The Crybaby Club. All that on top of being a rock star English teacher!

We got to spend an amazing afternoon in Minneapolis yesterday! Walked all over downtown, Loring Park, hung out with my family and friends. We ended the day with a happy hour on one of the rooftops.

Thrift Style Thursday linkups are a way to make new friends too. I’ve never really met any of you in person, but every week I get to know you better. Social media works in mysterious ways. I was reading the New York Times over the weekend, the wedding announcement section, and about half of the couples met online (that included but wasn’t limited to Tinder, Ok Cupid, etc.). If someone can meet a significant other online, it only makes sense we can use it to find new friends. Lately, I’ve been meeting more and more local bloggers through Instagram, going out for coffee or drinks, sharing my blogging experience, etc. It’s so easy to network these days, don’t miss your chance!

I wore this thrifted Trouve knitted dress, paired with my favorite thrifted lucky jacket, and my vintage Coach cross body bag. I think a good denim jacket is a must have in everyone’s closet, and a neutral color dress is a perfect layering piece for any season!

Make sure to join the linkup, share your looks and posts, and help us spread the word if you have a minute!

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Copper Dress + Vigil for Orlando

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We spent all weekend moving from our house, to Sam’s parents’ basement. I woke up Sunday morning and told him how happy I felt. He replied – that’s because when you lived in New York you lived on the ground floor. He was right. Sometimes it still surprises me how well my husband knows me. I will talk about home ownership, and our house more later this week. But I am so happy in this ground floor “apartment” of ours for the time being.

Last night we took a walk through downtown, all the way to Stone Arch Bridge and around, it was beautiful. We ended it at the vigil for Orlando victims in Loring Park. So much sadness, but so much love at the same time. And love is the greatest of them all, remember it this week.

This copper dress is a little something I found at Target recently, it’s a WhoWhatWear line, I own the same one in black. It has spaghetti straps, but last night was chilly, so I threw this Francesca’s crop top over it. Sometimes a crop top makes all the difference. And of course my new favorite TOMS 😉

Happy Monday!

We will not give in to hate, we will not give in to fear. We never have and we won’t start 🌈

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So much love tonight!

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