Thrift Style Thursday Link-Up // July 7 // Blonde Power

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Last week I mentioned my Schoola haul. This week I really wanted to share this Blonde Power shirt by Pam + Gela and how I styled it for Thrift Style Thursday. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve gotten so many compliments on this tee, I want to wear it every day!

Heels and vintage Lee jeans cut offs made sense, and the location was more than perfect. Alacloth took me to Milwaukee street, located right across from the Seward Pizza Luce. If you’ve never been to Milwaukee street, you must go! It’s 2 blocks of pedestrian historic heaven, charm and beauty. You won’t want to leave!

And of course the fact that it’s called Milwaukee street, and I am moving to Milwaukee made complete sense. Sadly, it was probably my last photoshoot with Alacloth for a while, but she’s promised to visit me in Wisconsin. Plus we are already planning on going thrifting there!

I hope you all had a happy and safe 4th of July! I’ve never been so busy over a holiday weekend before. I went to a BBQ, a housewarming, fireworks in Bloomington, and at Steph’s house. Hung out with so many friends, I couldn’t have asked for more! We did have a scare when one of the neighbors lost their dog, but they found her today all safe and sound!

I think it’s time for the link up! Share your outfits below! I can’t wait to check them out!

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Jean Jacket

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A jean jacket can make or break an outfit. I have been wearing this one by Silver Jeans Co a lot lately. I think it’s the combination of sweatshirt sleeves and denim vest that really appeals to me in this one. The denim part of the jacket is distressed, the sleeves are made of light and soft fabric, the hood is detachable. What more can I want?

Chan and I had a lot of fun shooting this look in downtown Minneapolis, especially in front of all Nicollet Mall construction and demolition. I have to say photos in front of the Stop sign are my favorite. They remind me that sometimes we need to stop, look around, capture the moment. With only about a month left in Minneapolis, that’s definitely on my list!

Outfit details: Jacket (c/o Silver Jeans Co) // Skirt (H&M) // Top (H&M)

Photography: Chan Shin Photography

Summer Sailing with Hawaiian Tropic

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

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Sailing is my absolute summer favorite! We usually go out once or twice a weekend to spend some time on Lake Minnetonka, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the water. Last Saturday we took my friend Kaitlyn on the boat with us! Thank you for all the photos, lady! I appreciate it! Sailing is also when I need to be on top of my beauty routine and the products I put on my skin. I’ve been using Hawaiian Tropic for a while now (I always make Sam use it too, so his skin gets that glow too), but this year they came out with new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 and Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance After Sun Moisturizer that I had to get my hands on! Because there can never be too much sunscreen or vitamin D!

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF 30 ($9.99) contains hydrating ribbons of silk protein and Shea Butter, the breathable formula delivers a weightless, airlift texture, and is easily dispensed from the pump. It doesn’t feel like you are putting sunscreen on at all! 

Did you also notice the difference in my skin color in one of the photos above? This sunscreen makes my skin look and feel so much better. I didn’t notice the difference until after I was looking through the photos. But who wouldn’t want to have radiant soft skin at the beach or on a lake? I sure do! It’s all thanks to the Signature hydrating ribbons of luxurious silk protein and shea butter that provide up to 12 hours of moisturization leaving skin feeling hydrated and pampered like no other sunscreen can. Seriously though, my skin looks golden after applying this sunscreen! 

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance After Sun ($7.99) is a new product I’ve never tried before, and didn’t know existed. It’s also one of the first after sun lotions that soothes, softens and leaves skin radiant. For those of us who struggle with applying moisturizer, this is a great product. It serves as a reminder to me to use it when I come in after being out in the sun. I think the simple fact of it being the same brand as my sunscreen helps me remember to use it. This moisturizer contains Shea butter and mango extract to leave skin feeling pampered, noticeably soft and luminous. There are also special light reflecting pigments to help skin appear beautiful, radiant and glowing. And I am all about that! 
There was barely any wind on Saturday when we went out sailing, but we still went up and down the east part of lake. I love spending time on Minnetonka with my friends, showing them my favorite houses, looking at other boats, enjoying the breeze. So I was really excited I could share that with Katelyn. We are thinking about taking the boat to Lake Michigan next year! Wouldn’t that be fun?
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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.”

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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 

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