Weekend Links


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.

IMG_0283{Sidenote: how AMAZING is that Tarte mascara packaging?!}

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!


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.


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.


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?


Perfect Roadtrip Playlist



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



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


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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July Goals and “Taking Stock”


You guys, me following through with my June goals was one epic fail. I didn’t accomplish a single one! I have no excuse….I just…didn’t do them.

I’m going to try again with those same goals for July, but I also wanted to do something a little different. I’ve seen a few of these “taking stock” posts here and there and I thought it was the perfect way to kind of check in and see where I’m at this month.

Making : changes
Cooking : up some new ideas
Drinking : lots of water!
Reading: Darling Magazine and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Wanting: a German Shorthair Pointer puppy #holycuteness
Looking: forward to my Minneapolis and San Francisco trips!
Playing: Hozier and Heavenly Father by Bon Iver…on repeat
Wishing: I was more patient
Enjoying: my Saturday morning farmer’s market trips
Liking: the yoga studio I’ve been going to
Wondering: what’s next?
Loving: the sunshine
Hoping: to take more risks
Marveling: at fast time flies by
Needing: to stop being so attached to my phone
Smelling: my morning coffee
Wearing: my go to summer outfit – a white tee, jean shorts and sandals
Following: my gut
Noticing: the little things
Knowing: that things will work out how they’re supposed to
Thinking: a lot
Feeling: inspired
Watching: FIFA
Bookmarking: The Fresh Exchange
Opening: new doors
Giggling: watching my favorite Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episodes
Feeling: grateful – I have THE BEST friends and family

The Goldfinch


Whew, I just finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It was a long, long book but I really enjoyed it! Although, I will admit that I think it was a little too long. Tartt is a brilliant writer, but sometimes I felt like too much time was spent describing every little detail. But other than that, I thought it was an excellent read.

The story follows the life Theo Decker, who, at 13, loses his mother in an accident and how he deals with her death. After the accident he moves in to a wealthy friend’s Park Avenue apartment and then his absent father shows up in New York and Theo heads to Vegas to live with him.

Theo gets involved with some interesting characters along the way and eventually moves back to New York and, as he becomes an adult, learns the ins and outs of the antique business and continues to deal with the consequences of decisions he made in his past.

This book has a little bit of everything and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Have you guys read it? What did you think?

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