Perfect Summer Accessories with Uncommon Goods

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Summer is so so close, I can almost feel, taste and smell it! And taking my summer clothes out is probably my absolute favorite part of the year. Nothing can stop me from changing out of my sweatshirts and  cardigans into dresses and rompers! Not even the finals coming up! However, summer clothes aren’t the only thing, accessories, especially jewelry are definitely at the top of my priority wardrobe needs. Having packed most of my things away (by accident or in a packing frenzy that come and go), I discovered myself with only a couple pieces to wear, one of them being my FitBit. I quickly decided that it won’t do. So when Uncommon Goods reached out to do another collaboration, I was more than happy to pick out some new summer accessories.

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I chose two pieces by the same designer, Nancy Nelson. One of the pieces is a Love Birch Cuff that I’ve been eyeing for almost 2 years now, ever since I learned about Uncommon Goods. And the other one is a Bee Love Necklace. See there is a romantic side to me, you just didn’t know about it 😉 It’s not blue lipstick and beanies every day after all!

If you’ve never heard of Uncommon Goods, they are a company out of Brooklyn, New York. UncommonGoods endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. All of their operations are run out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, they pride themselves in paying their lowest-paid seasonal worker 50% or more above the minimum wage. Uncommon Goods support and provide a platform for artists and designers, half of what they sell is made by hand. Most of the jewelry products, home décor and table top items are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of the entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. Now you see why I love them?

One last thing, if you are looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift, look no further! They offer a great selection for under $50!

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Celebrating Earth Day with Savers

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Happy Earth Day! As you know, I have always been passionate about thrifting and reusing, whether that includes refashioning, repurposing, or just getting that one last wear out of the item one more time, I hate seeing clothes go to waste.

Savers is celebrating Earth Month by launching its Rethink Reuse Campaign, you can use the hashtag #RethinkReuse on social media to support it. This campaign is focused on getting people to recognize the massive impact their clothing has on the environment and offering them the solution: To Rethink Reuse. It’s about highlighting a problem we might not even know to think about, and showing us that we can make a difference through reuse via shopping thrift or donating at their local Value Village store.

I included some interesting stats for your consideration:

  •        North Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Ninety-five percent of these items can be reused or recycled.
  • It takes over 700 gallons of water to make one new cotton T-shirt. More than you drink in five years. Now that’s a wardrobe malfunction.
  • It takes over 1,800 gallons of water to make one new pair of jeans. That should scare the pants off you. Don’t stop wearing pants. Just start to Rethink Reuse.
  • The average person creates over 80 pounds of textile waste per year. Landfills shouldn’t be laundry piles.

As you know with the move coming up, I have been frantically downsizing, donating and cleaning out my closet, but last week I had an hour of time to kill before the NYX event, so I stopped by the Bloomington Savers. The pictures are of the items I thrifted there, enjoy!

Thrifted outfit

Missoni dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand jean jacket – thrifted, Coach purse – thrifted, Valentino sunglasses – Nordstrom Rack

Thrifted outfit

Levi’s shirt dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand Jean Jacket – thrifted, Frye boots – Shopbop

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Ellen Tracy Dress – thrifted, Tie Dye duster – Target, Necklace and Bracelet – Uncommon Goods, Mug – West Elm, but thrifted ;)

Happy Earth Day

Floral Dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand Jean Jacket – thrifted, Coach shoes – thrifted

NYX Blogger Dinner at Mall of America

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

“BLOOMINGTON, MN – APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )”

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: CEO of Nyx Cosmetics Scott Friedman greets bloggers at NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

Last week I got invited to check out the new NYX store at the Mall of America. This is the 8th store the company has opened in the US so far. All the other locations are on the coasts.

Being a huge makeup junkie, and in absolute love with NYX products, I wasn’t disappointed with what I saw. The store is beautiful, offering a full selection of products (something you can’t find at Ulta or Target), knowledgable staff, iPads with tutorials that can teach you new makeup techniques. It is amazing.

I was extremely fortunate to meet the CEO of the company Scott Friedman, and learn more abut NYX from him. And as you can see from the photos I was absolutely smitten with him.

Overall it was a great night that ended with delicious dinner at Cedar + Stone. I highly recommend the Torn Kale Salad, as well as 12 Hour Braised Beef Short Rib.

Make sure to visit the NYX store if you are ever at Mall of America. It’s on the 1st floor near Sears! You can’t miss it. I also created a roundup of my favorite NYX products, check it out if you have a second!

Kid Koala Nufonia Must Fall Review

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Kid Koala Nufonia Must Fall is a beautiful love story between a robot and a human, spiced with everyday issues and troubles we all face unraveled before my eyes last Saturday night at the Walker Art Center. Having gotten the tickets as hand-me downs from my in-laws, Sam and I didn’t know what to expect. And that was the best part.

The show featured a puppet theater, that we got to tour afterwards, video, a string quartet and a nest of electric instruments. You could watch the musicians, or the screen, or the puppeteers, and be equally entertained. The experience could be described as entertainment borderline fascination.

T4 Robot is the main character, who works as a customer service rep then a sandwich maker is the main character.  He wears over the ear headphones and records everything that’s going on around him on cassettes. He seems to be in his own little world, wrapped up in his problems. After T4’s boss replaces him with a new robot that features 8 arms, and can do 4 times more work, T4 leaves the building, he shares the elevator down with a girl named Malorie, who becomes his love interest. Malorie has a coy smile, a pet cricket and two tickets to go on vacation. As the story unfolds her interest for T4 becomes obvious, and not to spoil things further, I recommend checking out the show if it comes to your city.

As dramatic as some of the scenes were, quiet a few generated laughter. There were even a few local references here and there (Target, Surly and MSP airport here’s looking at you).

In the end it was a story of how our daily struggles are nothing compared to the love and laughter we share with those close to us.

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Vintage Vest


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This vintage vest is unique, a bit obnoxious, and anything but ordinary. I haven’t braved to wear it to any of my classes or out in public yet, I just need some more time 😉 My friends have called me Pioneer Woman in it, and mentioned that some of the photos are fit for an “Explore North Dakota” billboard campaign. Regardless, this vintage vest is a gem, and I am bringing it to Milwaukee with me!

Meanwhile I am listening to Ophelia by Lumineers on repeat, binge watching Girls at night, and waiting to register for my Accounting class. Happy Wednesday!

 

Knit Skirt

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This knit skirt doesn’t get out that much, but likely it’s still cold in Minneapolis, so I can wear it out a few more times before spring finally gets here.

Last week I was on break and it started off with a trip to Milwaukee with Lexi, meeting new friends (here is looking at you Sarah and Kaitlyn), exploring new neighborhoods, and catching up with old friends. Fascinated by lake Michigan, I didn’t want to leave. Only 4 more months left.

In the next few months I will be trying to cross some stuff off my Minneapolis bucket list, so stay tuned for that and follow along!

Velvet 90’s

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How are you? I am still stuck in the 90’s. Not sure why, maybe because of all the velvet that reminds me of that decade. This Ragstock dress is no exception, I might even wear it on Valentine’s Day, because why not?

Let’s talk a little about Valentine’s Day, shall we? Here are a few thoughts that I would like to share and tell you how mine is going to pan out a week from Sunday.

  1. It’s a Sunday, so I will get to sleep in, snuggle up with everyone, and by everyone I mean Sam and Mason (our dog).
  2. Drink unbelievable amounts of coffee. On my way home from my late night class yesterday I caught myself thinking that “Wouldn’t it be nice to come home, drink coffee and do homework?”. Yes, my friends think I am weird.
  3. Valentine’s day is always our half-versary (is this even a word?), since we got married on August 14. This is how I actually remember when we got married, because we’ve forgotten our anniversary on a number of occasions.
  4. Sometime around 1 pm Sam and I are going to go get me a cake. I don’t like the sweet thick icing cakes, so we are going to go to Lund’s & Biyearly’s and I am going to pick out something completely ridiculous. Last year it was a Butterfinger cake. And the year before it was a chocolate cake with (I swear) 2 lbs of raspberries on top! Man I love my cake. We are going to spend the next 2 weeks trying to consume the cake. It will probably dry up and I will have to throw away at least a quarter.
  5. Then I am going to realize I have homework to do, and will spend the rest of my day working on some group project that involves creating a unique idea and implementing it without spending any amount of money.

And this is how we do Valentine’s day Hutson style! Happy Thursday friends!

PS. Romance is not dead, maybe…

Layers

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Welcome February. It is my least favorite month of the year, good thing it’s a short one, right?

About a week and a half ago I got to visit Heather at Bella on the Bay in Excelsior. Out of all small towns around Lake Minnetonka Excelsior is by far my favorite, and now I get to go there to get my hair done, that is until I move to Wisconsin 😉 but even afterwards I will probably schedule my hair appointments around my trips back to Minnesota. To make a long story short, she did an amazing job with my balayage and I can’t wait to go back for my haircut at the end of the month.

It’s so nice to have a friend at school who will take pictures for you. My friend McCall joined the College Fashionista team, and we got to take some pictures last week between classes. And it has somehow worked out that McCall and I are taking most of our classes together this semester. So much for the U being a big school. Here is to 23 credits my friends!

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DIY Plaid Poncho

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There is something incredibly satisfying when it comes to making your own clothes or accessories. And while I am far behind in my skills from all  my apparel design friends, there are smallish things I can still make or refashion when I have free time on my hands. This is the easiest poncho that I’ve ever made. It came in handy last fall when I broke my elbow too, because I could hide the splint under it. And the fact that it’s made from a wool blanket, helped me stay warm in November. Not as warm as I would’ve liked during this photo shoot though. My friend Ania of Alacloth and I always seem to pick the coldest days, but at least we shoot several looks at a time.

More outfit inspiration here:

Adam Lippes For Target

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