Fall Style | Plaid

This post is sponsored by Shopko.

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Plaid and October are synonyms when it comes to fall style. A plaid button down is a must have especially if you live in the midwest. I have been loving all the color combos that Shopko’s new brand A&I has to offer, but this deep teal is by far my favorite. Now all I can hope for is this amazing Wisconsin weather to last a bit longer.

I have to admit October has a lot to measure up to! My September was very eventful, packed with trips (Miami, Minneapolis, LA), a wedding, bachelorette party, catching up with friends and family, and even “losing” my car in Chicago. “Siri, where did I park?” is, hands down, the best iPhone feature.

I hope you all enjoy your October! I can’t wait to go back to Minneapolis next weekend for Rachel’s wedding!

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Pinstripe Dress – Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday! As I get ready to start my short 4 day week and prepare for my Miami and Minneapolis vacations – truly two of the most opposite places one could’ve picked – I wanted to share this easy outfit with you. I’ve been obsessing over Who What Wear collection at Target for quiet some time now. To the point where my manager knows that it’s the only line I shop at Target, and that the rest of my clothes primarily come from Zara and H&M.

This dress is definitely getting a place in my suitcase! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see what else I am packing on my vacation and if you are in Miami or Minneapolis and want to meet up – let me know!

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All photos by Kaitlyn Luckow

Neck Scarf + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday, we are back with another Monday Mode Link Up today! This is a look I wore when we toured Miller Brewery a couple weeks ago. I have been into the skinny scarf trend lately. I feel like they go with everything, and are such an easy accessory for everyone to pull off. I am definitely looking to add to my scarf collection now 🙂 Another trend that I am loving and looking to repeat in next week’s post is layering t-shirts under dresses. For me, it’s one of the easiest ways to add some interest to a summer dress and transition it into fall!

If you are in Milwaukee and have a few hours to spare, I would definitely recommend going on the Miller brewery tour. It’s about an hour long, you get to visit the original caves where they stored barrels of beer in the 19th century. And of course there is beer in the end! And did I mention it’s free?

I will be in Minneapolis next weekend for Envision, it’s their anniversary show that I didn’t want to miss. So stay tuned for a lot of Insta updates.

Congrats to Jessica W for winning our giveaway! We would love to see pics, so tag us when you post them! And now for the link up!

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Monday Motivation

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With our kind of happening at the moment move, my new job, trying to figure out our way around a new city and everything else in between, I decided it would be wise to create some sort of a blog schedule to stick to. My Monday motivation is to figure what that schedule will be. I am leaning towards a two posts a week schedule, that will allow me to write one style and one beauty related post. I think this will be the easiest thing to do, since I can shoot an outfit over the weekend, as well as focus on a beauty product review or creating my monthly favorites round up. What do you guys think? I don’t want to aim for the moon at this point. I am preparing myself for an exciting, yet challenging stage in my life, and want to take things slow. If any of you have tips on how to do that, they would be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to give up on blogging, as I am enjoying it immensely. However, I don’t want it to take over my free time.

Sam and I went to Milwaukee for a hot second over the weekend. It was a really short trip, we left Minneapolis on Saturday around 8.30 am, and came back on Sunday around 6 pm. All we wanted to do is get keys to our new apartment, and move in as much stuff as we fit the night before into his mom’s car (which is a lot bigger than ours). When we were unpacking, some of the boxses’ contents was a total surprise to me. You see, the stuff has been packed since end of May, early June, so I forgot what was in what box. And the only labeling I did was write “Fragile” on some of the boxes.

One of the reasons I am really excited about our new apartment, and why we decided against getting a house, is the opportunity to downsize. I have piles of stuff I’ve been planning on using in my DIY projects, clothes that I will “someday” wear, office supplies, etc. I think I’ve been able to downsize significantly since we sold our house, but I want to organize everything as well. That’s why a couple weeks ago I bought two books on the KonMari method. I will definitely keep you posted on how that goes. So stay tuned.

All of the photos in the post are from my photoshoot for ALACLOTH! I have some rad jeans one too! I will definitely miss my Minneapolis blogger/social media family, so if you are in Milwaukee or know someone there, send them my way! I am a firm believer that blogger friends are the best friends!

Brown & Greene Floral

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Last week I got the most beautiful and fragrant delivery from Brown & Greene Floral right on time for my Birthday. This beautiful bouquet combined my favorite roses and peonies with sweet-smelling mint in a beautiful vase that I will definitely be taking to our new apartment with us.

Brown & Greene Floral Market is the most adorable little corner store in Southwest Minneapolis on the corner of 44th Street and Beard Ave South. They produce such gorgeous florals, you will fall in love. I had so much fun integrating my bouquet into the interior of the house. From simply setting it on my night stand to using it as a centerpiece for dinner, to making it the center of the living room, these flowers immediately became a family favorite. I’ve never enjoyed a bouquet of flowers as much as I’ve enjoyed this one before.

This July they are celebrating their 15th anniversary with a number of events {European flea market, floral design class, a vase drive and a huge soiree at the end of the month}.

Country Financial Contest

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Having just recently graduated from college, I know all about the cost of education and how expensive it can get! Two years ago when I went back to school, I had a goal in mind – a goal to get a new degree, get a job, and go on adventures all over the world. I am excited to report that I’ve successfully accomplished the first two, and the next one is in the works, because I am about to get my passport next week!

Setting personal goals is important, but so is education. The two go hand in hand, and if it wasn’t for my degree, I wouldn’t be where I am now. A lot of my friends have young kids and I want those kids to someday be able to look back and say they feel accomplished.

That’s why today I partnered up with Country Financial to spread the word about “Own Your Future” Challenge, a challenge where you can win $10k ($5K for you and another $5K for your school).

Not every parent can grant their child’s every wish, but they can provide the right opportunities at school and in life! I want to encourage you to participate in the “Own Your Future” video challenge. All you need to do is visit Country Financial’s Future Booth 7/11-7/24 and enter the Own Your Future Challenge! Record a quick video inside the Future Booth aAnswering two questions:

  1. If you won $5,000, how would you use it to own your family’s future?
  2. If you won $5,000 for a local school, how would you want them to spend it?

Then you’re entered to win $10,000. Can’t attend an event? Get out your phone and record your own video. You can still enter the contest here. Submit a video by 7/24 to start owning you future!

The contest is open for parents with school-aged children residing in the Minneapolis region.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Country Financial. All opinions are my own. #FutureFocused #OwnYourFuture 

The Brow Studio Lash Extension and Brow Shaping Experience

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Last Thursday I had the most amazing opportunity to go check out The Brow Studio in South Minneapolis. I had an appointment for lash extensions and brow shaping. And while I’ve had my brows done before, I never had lash extensions, falsies for a night yes, but nothing more.

I got to have my appointment with Brook Schlosser, who is the local lash pro. She is the owner and lead esthetician of The Brow Studio. She’s attended Kelley Baker’s first master class in LA and one on one trainings. The Brow Studio also carries Kelley Baker products exclusively in Minnesota.

I did some lash extension research before the appointment. My biggest concern was the after care, but I was able to find answers on The Brow Studio’s Facebook page! Which made me realize how few companies post helpful information on their social media these days!

My appointment for lashes was about 2 hours long. I admit I did take a nap during. Brook went over everything with me before she started. The application process, how she picks the lashes for application, what the lashes were made of, literally everything. I had a lot of questions. And when I finally got to open my eyes I was wowed! I’ve never had better, longer lashes like these before.

Now emotions aside, what has it been like? I couldn’t get my lashes wet for the first 24 hours. After that I’ve started using a wash cloth to wash my face, because it’s easier not to get too much product in the eye, and go around the lashes. Brook also sent me home with eyelash extension cleanser, as well as Black Diamond Coating Sealant (which I’ve been using every other day) to help maintain the extensions. Those products are definitely a must-have if you want to extend the life of your extensions. When getting lashes done it’s important to remember that they will fall out as your natural lashes go through their life cycle. That’s why touch ups are always a good idea.

I still can’t get over the fact that I don’t have to use mascara. I look ready for the day when I wake up!

Now for the brows, it was the quickest, most useful brow shaping experience I’ve ever had! After Brook waxed and trimmed my brows, she taught me a couple new helpful tricks, that I wanted to share with you!

  1. Start with highlighter under your brow, draw a line along the bottom of your brow (the full length of your brow, not just under the tip like I used to).
  2. Blend it out with a flat brush.
  3. Follow that same line you’ve just created but with a brow pencil. Then continue to outline  the rest of your brow.
  4. Now fill in the outline you’ve just created.
  5. Brush and blend it out.

I can definitely say I’ve been looking more put together after my visit to The Brow Studio, and I love it!

The Brow Studio is located at 616 W 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN. For more info check out their website and Facebook page. And make sure to follow them on Instagram!

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

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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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!