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We’re Pregnant! | The Next Chapter

We are having a baby. I had no idea the emotion that would come with this whole journey. Writing those words feels almost surreal. I have laughed, cried, cried some more, and yet still always feel this insane amount of joy. Pregnancy is beautiful, terrifying and most of all a total miracle.

February 14th, 2018|Lifestyle|

Love in the air | Valentine’s Day with Express

Who love's Valentine's Day? I used to be one of those people who felt like this overblown and super heart sized holiday was ridiculous! In fact, no matter what I do or where I go, I can't stop thinking of Taylor Swift in the movie Valentine's Day carrying around that giant stuffed animal! And that is how I picture this day precisely in my head.

February 12th, 2018|Fashion|

Valentine’s Day Dress Ideas

I love any excuse to get dolled up! Valentine's Day is either one of two options; ordering pizza in and sipping wine by the fire, or high heels and my favorite lacey frock! We are ditching the comfy clothes and venturing out in the cold this year. I can't wait!

February 6th, 2018|Fashion|

Valentine’s Day Gift Giving for HIM!

Let's be honest ladies when it comes to our men; it can be challenging to pamper them! I asked you guys what you would like to see a post about more. Gift ideas for yourself or a gift guide specially made for your man. The answer was unanimously for him!

February 1st, 2018|Lifestyle|

Palm Springs | 2018 Winter Travel Series

AHHHH! Where do I start! I freaking love Palm Springs! And since it has been having a moment for quite some time, apparently, it’s hotter now more than ever. With festivals like Coachella, architecture tours, film festivals, and being one of the warmest spots to visit while the rest of the US falls prey to arctic blasts, it is a destination you will want to add to your travel list in 2018.

January 30th, 2018|Travel|

How to dress Minnesotan | A Super Bowl 52 Special

Let me start this post by saying that when I moved here eight years ago, winters were no joke. Crocodile tears and sliding my way around town both on foot and in my sedan were common. So many of you have messaged me asking, "What do I wear when visiting Minnesota for the Super Bowl?" My answer, in short, is overpreparing, overpack, and wear all the layers.

January 26th, 2018|Lifestyle|

Your Guide to Date Night Dining in Minneapolis, Minnesota

So we have all been there, the dreaded question, "honey where do you want to eat?" Isn't the pressure of that one little tiny question the worst? My typical response, "I don't care, anything is fine!" Then the inevitable game of going back and forth making suggestions and throwing out new ideas feels like it never ends! And in the end, we usually just settle for takeout for lack of creativity! How annoying, how tragic!

January 24th, 2018|Lifestyle|

Where to Jetset in 2018 – Winter Travel Series – Hamilton, Bermuda

When it comes to frigid winter temps the only thing keeping me sane is planning our upcoming travels. I love a good beach, sand in my toes, and the sound of crashing waves in the distance. So look no further if you need a good dose of Vitamin D, I am your expert on all warm weather-related travel!

January 10th, 2018|Travel|

New Year, New Outlook, New Goals…welcome 2018

I took a nice long break from the blog this past month. I decided to just soak up the time with my family, friends and loved ones. While watching the ball drop Sunday night, I kept thinking back on this year. All the things that have happened, good, bad, and the lessons I have taken from each along the way.

January 3rd, 2018|Lifestyle|

GIVEAWAY for the Holidays

I've teamed up with Hammitt, to bring one lucky reader a fabulous gift and just in time for the holidays! Nothing makes me happier than a little giveaway. Be sure to follow all the requirements outlined below to win! I am in love with the quality and passion Hammitt brings to their products. I have worked with this brand over and over so I can recommend these beautiful bags with a personal stamp of guarantee!

December 19th, 2017|Fashion|

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Does anyone else like to procrastinate when it comes to Christmas gifts? We are pretty bad around here at sending out any ideas or shipping our gifts out in time. You would think after making all the gift guides I have posted on the blog; it would be easy! I wish it were! I would much prefer to give than receive.

December 13th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Baby it’s cold outside | bundling up with Bloomingdale’s

I am beyond shocked to see no snow falling or accumulating on the ground here in Minnesota! Either we are fortunate, or the storms are coming. That doesn't mean it has not been chilly. When it comes to the colder days, great accessories are every girl's best friend. Bloomingdales makes it easy to look good this winter!

November 30th, 2017|Fashion|

Holiday Dress Guide

The holidays are here, and nothing makes me happier than a shiny little dress! I am sharing all of my favorites below and this year there are plenty of sequins and velvet for everyone! I love a great long sleeve mini dress or a dramatic flowy maxi for the holiday season. We are spending Christmas in Texas, and I have an eye on a few sparkly frocks below!

November 28th, 2017|Fashion|

CYBER MONDAY FAVORITES!

Who else loves online shopping? When it comes to selection, and the ease of being home cuddled up with the dogs, I will take an add to cart shopping day of the week! Today is an extraordinary day, and there are some severe Cyber Monday steals, so I am sharing my top deals and takes with you below! If you missed my Black Friday post, check it out here!  A lot of those sales have rolled over into today as well!

November 27th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Black Friday Favorites

I love Christmastime just as much as a good deal! I have spent the latter part of the day online browsing and adding items to my cart! Now that we are in full Christmas mode let the gifting season begin! Below are links to retailers with the best deals and the items I love at each. Just click on the image to shop the piece. Also, the retailers are highlighted with a hyperlink to take you straight to the deals! Have a lovely weekend and happy Black Friday Shopping!

November 24th, 2017|Fashion|

So Very Thankful | 32 Gifts that give back

Thanksgiving seems to come and go so quickly. Pausing to focus on what is of most importance is something I want to take to heart this year. There is a long-running list of all the things I am most thankful for, and most are obvious, but my health, husband, and home are three that are most top of mind. Initially, I took to typing this post to tell you all about the sales starting tomorrow but then I poured a glass of wine and thought to screw it.

November 22nd, 2017|Lifestyle|

Gift’s for Him

The last gift guide is here!  And this one is probably the most important! Ladies, do you love buying gifts for the man in your life but struggle to find the perfect one? I am pleased to tell you this list is male approved!  This weekend the husband and I came up with one giant list appropriate for all the guys and includes tech, home, style and some intense grilling needs! (Check out the coffee mug too so good!).

November 20th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Women’s Gift Giving Guide

Okay, ladies, it's my favorite gift guide for the year! Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about everyone on our list we forget to make one for ourselves! I would much rather give than receive but let me tell you; I married a fabulous gift giver, and I include all of my favorites below!

November 19th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Cooks + Kitchen Enthusiasts Gift Giving Guide

Who loves to cook? Well, this girl does not! I will not try to trick you into thinking that I am Martha Stewart because baking and decorating are favorites! This guide comes with much research, recommendations, and top-rated customer reviews! I would not lead you astray and honestly, after reading the top ten items every chef needs in his kitchen they are all on this list.

November 18th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Gifts for the Entertainer

The holiday season means it's party season and some know how to do it better than others! Below I've rounded up gifts for the entertainers on your holiday list. Items that every host or hostess needs and some that just add a little something special to the room! You can't go wrong giving a beautiful cheese board or champagne flute; you really can't have too many!

November 17th, 2017|Lifestyle|

The Travel Lovers Gift Guide

Do you love to travel? Or know someone who's wanderlust filled? Not going to lie, once that travel bug bites, it can be hard not to scratch it! This year I packed more times than I can count and traveled around the world. There were quite a few items that I've found to be necessities along the way.

November 16th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Animal Lovers Gift Giving Guide

We are all about the animals in this house! If John allowed it, we would have five poodles running around. Maybe one day! Happy to bring you this fun and entertaining gift-giving guide for all the pet lovers on your Christmas list! A lot of fun and unique ideas for that crazy cat or dog loving person in your life. Be honest, we all know one or two! Enjoy!

November 15th, 2017|Lifestyle|

The Homebody Gift Giving Guide

It's my absolute favorite time of year! Gift giving season has arrived and along with it comes the tough question of what to get everyone on your list. The hard to buy for, the person who has everything, and where do you even begin? Well, right here of course! I am bringing you a list of all my favorite gifts, so you are prepared for those Black Friday specials! Check out the full post for all my picks!

November 14th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Thanksgiving Table Decor made easy & beautiful | 10 decorating tips to follow all year

Entertaining doesn't need to be hard; it also doesn't need to cost you an arm and a leg! Hosting our friends and family during the holiday season is a highlight of our year. John and I love opening our hearts and home to welcome our loved ones over a tasty meal and give thanks for another beautiful year behind us.

November 7th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Faux Fur in Full Force | November Style Diary

I will never forget my first snowfall after moving to Minneapolis. That was eight years ago, and man, have things changed and so has my wardrobe. A series of skating across the sidewalk in heels to physically using my elbow to wipe the 5 inches of accumulation off my car, wasn't all that glamorous as you can probably picture it.

November 2nd, 2017|Fashion|

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