Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A few ways to make it through a gloomy week

Isn't it the worst when Mondays are cloudy and cold? Yesterday was exactly that. It's hard not to subconsciously feel like it's setting the tone for the whole week. WELL. We're about to get allllll proactive in here about being happy. I firmly believe that planning things that you know make you happy, and sprinkling them throughout the week keeps your mood positive and constant; and looking forward to things is the best! And it's true, sometimes I really think scheduling "make cookies" into your schedule is a MUST.

1. Make HOMEMADE whipped cream to put on your hot chocolate. It's so worth it.

2. Remind someone you are grateful for how much they rock. 

3. Take a nap. And don't feel guilty about it. 

4. Go with friends to a restaurant/coffee shop/boutique you've never been to.

5. Clean out your closet. While this doesn't sound like you're scheduling "fun", the result is so major. No one really knows why but we are all aware how much clearing clutter boosts happiness. 

6. Indulge in a Netflix session with a new show you've always wanted to watch.

7. Put on sequin anything. Even if you don't feel like it. It's all about placebo effect — and it WORKS.

8. Actually take time to paint your nails. Clip, file, soak, base coat, two coats of a shade, AND a top coat. 

9. Buy yourself an album on iTunes. Happiness doesn't mean THINGS, but we all know music has been proven to enhance moods. This is "worth it" spending. 

10. Sometimes happiness DOES mean things!!! Buy yourself that sweatshirt/notebook/pair of polka dot socks you couldn't justify before. I'm giving you the justification; HAPPY FACE.

11. Wine with homework/bill paying/responding to emails. Just remember to spell check. 

12. Go to bed one hour earlier even if you're not done with all of your "stuff". Things CAN be done tomorrow.

13. Make a caramel apple bar. Delicious genius is the best kind of genius.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Not your mother's music...

I really do like all kinds of music. I'm actually listening to Billie Holiday as I write this post about ...slightly inappropriate tunes (Billie puts me in the cleaning mood!) Rap will probably always be my guilty pleasure. As in, if I'm driving a mini van full of kids at age forty and an Eminem song comes on the radio, I AIN'T TURNIN' IT AND I'M RAPPIN THE WHOLE DANG THING. However, I'm into remixes lately. So, please enjoy this dance-inducing playlist.

It's Friday. Let's get down.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Will you look at the ass on her?"

“I worked with [Paul Newman] on the movie Twilight (1998). When Joanne Woodward came on set, he put his arm around my shoulder and said to me, ‘Will you look at the ass on her?’ That really struck me as an ideal relationship. I love the idea that a guy approaching 80 still loved his wife’s ass.” -Liev Schreiber, Elle

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Minneapolis' new home decor store

Enter The Foundry Home Goods, Minneapolis' newest home decor store. Rustic and decently affordable, The Foundry is the most recent addition to one of my favorite neighborhoods; The Northloop. Head over to Midwest Home Mag to read Katie Dohman's review, and check out The Foundry's website here

(photo 1&4 via

Monday, October 22, 2012

An ode to anxiety

We all get it, though it's rarely discussed. Worrying about an outcome that doesn't yet exist, creating unnecessary thoughts that poison the brain. This quote reminded me that sometimes we need to take a breath, and remember how small we are in the scope of things. Funks happen. And they'll happen again. But we're all in this together, right?

“The anxieties come in the night, of course, when we are most able to visualize specific outcomes and conjure up their accompanying pains. When they do, I remind myself that there are almost 7 billion people alive right now. Given the true scope of things, I am nobody. This may seem depressing or counterintuitive to some of you, but for me anonymity can be liberating. And if reminding myself how few people, relatively, could possibly be mocking me fails to break tension, I do a little exercise. I close my eyes and fly around the country, lifting the roofs off various houses and peeking in. In this house someone just announced their engagement; in this one a man packs his army gear for Afghanistan; in the next house a woman goes into labor; next door a man tells his wife he lost his job. Long days, perfect days, days packed with commotion or errands or hours of solitude. Seven billion people. A nurse hands malaria nets; a boy makes a fire on the kitchen floor; a mom combs her daughter’s hair. Seven billion people. The more I fly, the smaller I get, until I’m just about the right size, the size of one person among billions, working my way through my tiny life the best I can.”

Friday, October 19, 2012

Girls, it took me 22 years to learn this?

.... Well I feel incredibly stupid. Did you know the jaggety side of the bobby-pin was supposed to be on the bottom? I mean it makes sense, what did I think it was for? Decoration? I'm flummoxed by my unintended hair ignorance. Flummoxed. Just wanted to pass along the knowledge in case I wasn't the only one in the dark. 

(Photo via Girlsack)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall looks from Parc Boutique to copy head-to-toe

Granted I'm a little biased when it comes to this fashion haven, but these clothes are just TOO GOSH DARN CUTE. This was Parc Boutique's third lookbook and in my opinion, our very best. Let's quit the talking and get to shopping

My pick for the fall (err, holiday-ish time?) This guy right here. I'm so obvious. 
Oh and this. and this. With red lipstick? Girrrrrrrrrrl....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lisa Frank. LISA. FRANK.

Either you know the name and it made the nostalgia lightbulb in your brain flash the fire of a thousand suns, or you don't. When I was little, these acid-trippy colored animals did something to me. It was like the first time I ever felt inspiration, or the love of being a girl and embracing all things rainbow-colored. I had stickers, and folders, and more stickers, and notepads, and pencils and I was like, "WHAT'S UP CHECK OUT MY TECHNICOLORED PANDA EVERYTHING."

Let's get to what's important. Urban Outfitters is now selling VINTAGE Lisa Frank schwag and we all need to buy some if only to tack on our walls because I think it will remind us of times less troubled. 

LISA. FRANK, YOU GUYS. I'm freakin out. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday links

I suppose it's common to do a links post on Fridays, but we all could use a Tuesday pick-me-up. 

  • Two girls I know from high school have taken on a beautiful project, called Styled With Strength. They send inspiring emails that provide a little TLC for the body, mind, and soul. To get on the mailing list email them at
  • So excited for the new movie, Hitchcock. It's about the love story between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming Pyscho in 1959. How identical are Anthony Hopkins and Hitchcock?!  
  • Gojee. Have we talked about this site before? I can't remember. But how's this for a foodie website; tell Gojee what you're craving and what you have in your kitchen and they'll provide a recipe for you. Culinary magic. 
  • Shopbop is 20% off today with code 'WEAREFAMILY'. You've been warned. 
  • I've shared my thoughts on the seemingly everywhere camo trend in fashion here. But this outfit from Christine of My Style Pill is not half bad, I'll admit. 
  • 17 other things Amy Poehler and Tina Fey should run besides the hosting of the Golden Globes. Lindsay Lohan's life, totally. 
  • "You Can't Know What You Want Until You Don't Know What You Want". Amen. 
  • We all love a little pumpkin carving. But the whole sticking-fire-into-tiny-cut-out-hole thing can get a little dangerous, and remembering to blow them out is a pain. Ta-da! Keep Halloween safe and easy this year with LED candles. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment

When I was younger, I totally wanted my "future big kid apartment" to look like Eric, Jack and Rachel's place on Boy Meets World. But now, I can't be the only girl who wishes she lived in Carrie Bradshaw's Manhattan apartment. I especially love her little writing area (and DUH THAT CLOSET.) 

Want to see more TV floor plans? (Like Friends!) click here

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The way to a man's heart, is through his stomach.

Or my heart. But whatever. 
We'll just call these CCMW&B bars. I'm into acronyms. 
Don't be frightened. The whiskey is light (only a tablespoon). And bacon? Holla. 
Recipe here.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Zara Home

Anyone else get an email from Zara yesterday morning that made their day a little brighter? The U.S. website now has home goods! Here's to making our abodes a little classier, and a little sassier. A few of my favorites: 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Life lately, according to my iPhone

Super convenient that there's a farmer's market every Wednesday outside my class building. It's prompted some pretty healthy cooking. 

So Miss BANANA doesn't look too thrilled here, but I swear this was a great day! Have you tried a blow dry bar yet? They're super fun! If you haven't heard, you pay $35 and choose a "blowdry" style -- you can go bombshell, super sleek, boho, etc. There's no cut, just a wash and a great blow out that lasts three days. Four if you're really talented at avoiding showering.

My friend Emily and I got to attend a fashion show downtown thanks to our boss lady and Karen from Cayetano jewelry. It was pretty hip.

Taking in a Gopher football game on a crisp fall night. That is the best time of all times.

My new little bow ring from Parc. By Boe has to be one of my favorite jewelry lines we carry. Her dainty pieces are just so much cuteness. 

Style Architects gave out these yummy smelling candles at their new space launch party this summer. I have waited SO long to use it (I'm very strict with fall/winter being candle season) and OH MY LANTA it is delicious. It's no ordinary vanilla, it's like a orangey-I-came-from-heaven-vanilla. And yes I have a giant jar of Starbursts in my room. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Oh you dapper, huh?

I tend to pay more attention to women's outfits, naturally, but sometimes there are gentleman get-ups that just make me go, "whoa." There's just something about A) gingham and B) a more structured top part of a guy's outfit paired with a more relaxed bottom half that I just....mmm, mmm, MMM, y'know what I'm sayin'?

photo via: Javan Boden

Friday, October 5, 2012

Paint The Town Red

Just thought I should let you know that this sassy Kate Spade iPhone case went from $35 to $23.45 this morning. Happy Friday shopping. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The new inspirational web series I'm in love with.

Route by Route is a new web series about two girls driving cross country, interviewing women living out their dream jobs, and discovering how they turned a passion into a career. Women who happen to kick ass at doing what they love for a living are KIND OF my favorite people, which is why I was super excited about this. The first episode gets up close and personal with Charity Thielen, the violinist for The Head and the Heart. UH, AWESOME.

Monday, October 1, 2012

“I couldn’t look at you and breathe at the same time.”

Becca Fitzpatrick 

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