Crane & Canopy

Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 4.52.57 PMOne of my favorite parts about planning the redesign for my room is picking everything out, like what I want to hang on the walls, what knick knacks will go on the shelves, and what bedding I like.

I know what the picture in my mind of my new room looks like. And I’ve been doing tons of research on different products and brands so that I don’t have to sacrifice my vision or aesthetic, but I’m not breaking the bank either.

Which is why I was so excited when I heard about Crane & Canopy. Their bedding is perfect (which is making it hard to decide!). Their whole goal is to make sure that you can still have luxurious bedding, even on a budget.

I have my eye on a couple of their duvets. Here are a few of my favorites:

BordersGray_bigimage1The Linden Grey Border

octavia-duvet-cover-bigimage0_largeThe Octavia

light-blue-taylor-zoom-bigimage0The Taylor Light Blue

Which one do you guys like best? I can’t decide!

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Monday Playlist

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Out in the Way / Beach Fossils ft. Wild Nothing
Moving to the Left / Woods
Jive Babe / Mikhael Paskalev
Can You Hear Me / Dan Croll
Since Last Wednesday / Highasakite
Riptide / Vance Joy
October / Jonas Alaska
Youth / Daughter
Small Hands / Keaton Henson
Josie’s Song / William Fitzsimmons
Let It Go / James Bay

 Listen here!

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Weekend Links

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Happy weekend!! Hope you guys all had a great week and have something fun planned for your days off! I’ll be enjoying the sunshine, celebrating a friend’s wedding and relaxing after a long week.

As always, here are some goodies for your Friday:

+ “Be you. Fly that freak flag and own it because no one else will. Stop chasing trends and playing it safe. You know what you want more than anything and you know where you are meant to go. Trust yourself enough to let it happen.” – some great advice from Megan.

+ Loved this video about insecurities.

+ Road trip essentials

+ Carly had some great tips for staying inspired!

+ I haven’t been able to stop listening to this song lately

+ This sounds like the perfect day if you ask me.

Enjoy the weekend! What are you guys up to?

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Beauty Favorites

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I am by no means a beauty expert. I don’t wear much when it comes to makeup but I do have some favorites that are definitely staples in my makeup bag.

When it comes to beauty things (especially skin and hair care) I’ve learned that its better to pay a little bit more. I used to buy all of my makeup from the drugstore or Target. But I realized that I was spending way more than I wanted to on products, simply because I was trying out so many different brands to find what worked best for me and what I loved.

So I decided to change my habits and spend a little bit more. The products are MUCH better quality and I’ve definitely found things that really work for me and have become staples in my beauty routine.

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I have problem skin. I’ve been dealing with acne for years, so skincare is really important to me. I spent most of my middle and high school years going to the dermatologist trying to find something that worked and never really found anything that I absolutely loved (or that even really worked!).

I’ve been using Clarins’ Gentle Foaming Cleanser with cottonseed recently and I’m LOVING it. There’s been a noticeable difference in my skin. My skin is combination, but definitely gets oily and this facewash works wonders. And it’s super affordable!

Another one of my staples is the Batiste dry shampoo. I have super, super thick hair so I can usually get away with only washing my hair every few days. But I rely on this dry shampoo on those days when I feel like a greaseball. Your hair feels instantly better!

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I think I’ve talked about my obsession with Tarte products before. If you know me at all, you’ve probably heard me rave about the entire brand before. I’ve been using (and loving) their Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation – say that 5 times fast – for a few months now and its awesome! The coverage is amazing, but you don’t feel like you’re wearing any makeup. It’s the best! I’ve also started using their Lights, Camera, Splashes mascara lately and I’ve really been liking that too.

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When it comes to bronzer, I don’t use much and I don’t wear it everyday. I usually use Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess. I’m not super into shimmery makeup, but I think this one has just the right amount.

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My last staple is body butter from The Body Shop. It’s super moisturizing and all of the scents are equally amazing. I’m currently using the Atlas Mountain Rose scent and I think it’s one of my new favorites. My go to is usually the coconut scent because I think it smells just like summer!

What are some of your beauty favorites? I love trying new products so let me know what you’re loving!

{Just a note: this post isn’t sponsored by any of the brands. All of the products I included are ones I genuinely use and love}

Spotlight: Parc Boutique

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One of the best things about Instagram is how easy it is to discover new online shops, I feel like I’m always finding new accounts to obsess over follow.

A while back, I stumbled across Parc Boutique and instantly fell in love with the minimalist and modern vibe. We all know by now that “neutral” is my middle name, so browsing through Thao’s pictures on Instagram and website, I was in heaven. Everything is so simple and so chic.

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When I moved, I was able to go through all of my clothes and get rid of things. And since then, I’ve been making much more of an effort to buy smarter. My days of buying tons of things every season from Forever 21 are behind me!  Every time I shop (which isn’t as often as it used to be), I make sure that I’m buying better pieces. Quality over quantity.

Which I think is one of the reasons I’m completely obsessed with Parc Boutique, everything is so well made. Not to mention it’s all perfectly curated!

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Parc Boutique is based in Minneapolis and I’m so bummed I didn’t have time to stop in when I was there last week! I’ll have to make sure to go next time I’m there.

Here are some of the things I’ve had my eye on:

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 BLQ Tank Dress

Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 5.11.25 PMThe perfect pair of denim shorts

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The Basic Cuff by Laite Jewelry

 

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Weekend Links

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Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week! I’m so happy to be back in Minneapolis for the 3rd summer in a row. It’s such a great city and I always have so much fun every time I visit. Don’t mind me while I figure out when and how I’m moving here someday!

+ 24 Hours in Minneapolis – what perfect timing!!

+ David Sedaris (aka one of my favorite authors) on why he picks up litter, how he got his first break and why he carries $1’s and $5’s on planes. {article}

+ So this happened. Seinfeld plus emojis…need I say more?

+ Such a great DIY…I’m definitely going to make my own. I think it’s the perfect way to lay out your outfit for the next day or to display some of your favorites!

+ The 7 kinds of friends every woman needs. So true. {article}

+ A few tips on how to make your new house or apartment feel like home.

+ Check out this stunning photography…and he’s only 15!

Have a fantastic weekend! What are you guys up to?

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Perfect Roadtrip Playlist

 

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What’s more summer than a road trip? Nothing beats driving with the windows down, laughing with your closest friends and family, stopping at hole-in-the-wall restaurants and taking tons of pictures.

I love the sense of adventure and spontaneity of a road trip. It’s one of those things where plans don’t really matter and you can kind of make it up as you go along.

And, obviously, you need the perfect playlist to listen to while cruising down the highway, so I put together some of my favorite songs lately that I think are ideal for a road trip adventure.

Hunger of the Pine / alt-J
Easy / Mother
Shining / Vacationer
From Eden / Hozier
Heavenly Father / Bon Iver
Bros / Wolf Alice
Don’t Wanna Dance / MO
Left Hand Free / alt-J
Bridges / Broods
Gold / Bondax
H.S.K.T. / Sylvan Esso
Elevate / St. Lucia
Holy Roller / Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Float / Pacific Air
Keep You / Wild Belle
Sunshine / Pacific Air
Trip / Vacationer
Eyes Shut / Years & Years

I’m off on my annual trip to Minneapolis today and even though I’m flying there, I’ll definitely have this playlist on repeat!

Listen here: Spotify

 

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New Room

My Bedroom
When I moved back home a couple of months ago, I knew that I wanted to re-do my room. The last time I that I did, I was ten and my taste has definitely changed since then. Above is a rough idea of how I want my room to look or at least the types of things I want to incorporate. I love Scandinavian design, so I’ve been scouring design blogs and pulling lots of inspiration from Pinterest. My favorite part about Scandinavian design is how fresh, clean and open the rooms feel. I love the white with wood accents and pops of color.
What do you guys think? Now that I have a more solid plan in place for what I want to do, I’m so excited to get started! I can’t wait to share the before and after pictures!

Weekend Links

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Happy 4th! Sparklers, BBQs, drinks, firework shows, friends and family. How could 4th of July NOT be fun? It’s definitely one of my favorite holidays! How ever you guys are celebrating, I hope you have a blast!

And in true Friday fashion, here are some links for you…all 4th of July themed!

+ These DIY sparkler packets are adorable

+ Another cute DIY. What’s a summer holiday without icecream, am I right?

+ This “red, white and blueberry” cocktail sounds delish!

+ Some last minute 4th outfit ideas

 What are your plans for the 4th?

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