South Africa : Stellenbousch Wine Country

Our two night stay in Stellenbousch was a last minute addition to our trip. We initially thought we’d just stay in Cape Town the entire time, but stumbled on the beautiful boutique hotel in Stellenbousch named Coopmanhuijs and knew we had to stay there! It was our splurge hotel and totally worth every cent! The complimentary breakfast was gourmet and out of this world delicious. The place was adorable and the staff was very helpful. After landing in Cape Town we tooled our luggage up to the Avis car rental counter and got ourselves the cheapest automatic to drive. It’s not too much more per day, and if you’ve never driven on the left side of the road and sitting the ‘passanger’ seat, like us, spend the little extra. It made driving a lot less stressful. My knucks where white the entire 15 minute drive to our hotel in Stellenbousch. (Tip: the slow lane when driving in South Africa is the furthest to the right. We couldn’t figure it out at first!)

Our first evening in Stellenbousch we wined and dined ourself at Jave Cafe and Bar. The pizzas were scrumptious! And it was really affordable, two pizzas, a bottle of wine, and water for $20 bucks! Our first full day in wine country we spent riding around between vineyard tasting lots and lots of wine! I’d highly recommend Tsiba Tsiba wine tours if you visit!

Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Helshoogte Pass (R310), Stellenbosch, 7600, Western Cape, South Africa ]
Our first stop on the wine tour was Thelema Mountain Vineyards set in the most stunning valley surrounded by bush vines, which produces South Africa’s signature wine, the Pinotage. We sampled about a dozen wines gazing at this delightful scenery. One of my favorite wines I sipped from here was their Cabernet Sauvingon ‘The Mint’, it was made from a batch of grapes that rested near a eucalyptus field, so it had a hint of the earthy, minty eucalyptus leaves. Erika brought home a bottle of it! 

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Lately No.7

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Last friday was Joel’s golden birthday! I surprised him with kind of a crazy present…plane tickets to Amsterdam this fall! I think he was in shock the entire weekend. We’re just starting to plan our trip, so if you have any travel advice – where to stay, place to eat, or fun things to do – let us know!

On a cat note, I made June a tipi. Now, I’m kinda regretting it because she’s always in that thing! The only thing that lures her out of the tipi to snuggle with me is food. She’s getting fat.

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Roundup : Spring & Summer Shoes

I’ve been doing some strange online shoe shopping lately. I’ll browse through my favorite places to get shoes, add all the pairs I want in my size into the shopping cart, look at the total, then close the window. Am I crazy?! Do any of you do this too? I feel it’s kind of like walking through the mall seeing if they have something in your size, taking off the rack, looking at the price then keep walking. Here’s a roundup of all the shoes I’ve been ‘online browse’…

Spring and Summer 2014 Shoe Trends

Sperry Top-Sider Audrey Slip-On Boat Shoe // $80
[I've had my eye on these for two summers now, I seriously must own them!]
Sperry Top-Sider Sabrina Kiltie Loafer // $80
Vans Authentic Brushed Twill Sneakers // $55

Sam Edelman Georgia // $100
Sam Edelman Dion // $105
Sam Edelman Bryant // $190
[I guess I know what I like and it's pretty much any strappy sandal Mr. Edelman makes, plus the quality is awesome!]

J.Crew Lucia Printed Fabric Slingback Flats // $248
Sperry Top-Sider Morgan Woven Flat // $98
Madewell Holepunch Pointy Skimmer // $108
[If you're a gal with small feet like myself who always has a hard time finding flats small enough, check out Madewell! Their size run as small as size 5! Same is true for Sperry Top-Sider.]

Sam Edelman Alysia // $130
Madewell Loeffler Randall Two-Tone Elke Sea Heels // $350
[Above what I'm willing to drop on a pair of heels, or really any type of shoe for that matter, but they sure are dreamy and would match everything!]
Madewell Suede Nora Heel // $178


New In : March 2014 Edition

This stuff is a lip life saver after a cold Minnesota winter.

Got myself a new point-and-shoot camera [Canon S110]. It will be the perfect video camera for documenting travel and daily randomness.

The perfect bag to transition from winter to spring found at a boutique called Karma.

To celebrate the official arrival of spring I got myself a new pair of sandals for $20!


Quick Breakfast: Top Your Waffles

I’m always running late in the morning. It happens, right? I’ve come up with a few quick breakfast ideas that are delicious and only take about 5 minutes to make. I’m a lover of sweet breakfasts, so I’ve swapped out the traditional toast for a delicious waffle. Let’s top the waffle!mitsubishi glant


Lately No.6

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I won this amazing OMG bag by Lo & Sons via one of my all time favorite interiors blog, SF Girl By Bay! It seriously made my month! And this totally lives up to its name, it’s crazy functional and super stylish. It’s going to make the perfect carry everything and anything travel tote. I’ve been trying to cut back on the shopping department, but I stumbled on this floral jumper at Forever21 with my sister and we both took it home it was so perfect! The flowers were a gift from my man and the lavender macaron a gift to myself. I’m totally crushing on this pale powder blue polish ‘Find Me An Oasis’ by Essie right now. I sure how spring arrives soon here in the Midwest! Hope you all are having a wonderful day wherever you’re at! 

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Lutsen Ski Trip

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This past weekend, a group of us headed up north just before the big snowstorm for a weekend in the woods just off the shore of Lake Superior. With all the fresh snow, snowboarding and skiing at Lutsen Mountains was amazing! Wiping out in fluffy, powdery snow is actually kind of fun! It was seriously the best snowboarding I’ve ever done in Minnesota!

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Saturday morning, we spent most of the morning milking our hangovers, then ventured out into the woods for a short hiking around Cascade Falls in the afternoon. I was that blogger girl walking the deep, snowy trails through my camera lens, always a moment alway from faceplanting into the snow. I just couldn’t resist! The snow cover was breathtakingly beautiful and I knew I couldn’t just rely on my iphone to snap a few pics.

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Video : How I Edit My Instagram Photos

Ever wonder how I edit my instagram photos? Possibly, maybe, sorta? Well, I’ve shared in my latest video my favorite photo editing apps!
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AfterLight Photo Editing App : $0.99
I LOOOVVEEE this app! It’s amazing and has sooo many options for filters, frames, and cool dusty and light leak filters. I spend way too much time in this app.

WaterLogue : $2.99
This is a new app I found and it’s totally dreamy. I turns your photos into beautiful pieces of watercolor artwork! If you’re obsessed with watercolors at much as I do, it’s worth the 3 bucks to download. Here’s a good example of what it does…

waterlogue app example

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Lately No.5

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I’ve been a bit behind on my lately posts, but it happens right? Januarys are always crazy busy for me, for one simple reason… birthdays! About half my friends and family, myself included (eek! I’m 27 now!), have a birthday to celebrate! No complaining here. I promise.

For my best friend, Erika’s birthday we did a mini local brewery tour and tastings at the 612 Brewery and Dangerous Man. I loved all the stout beers!

It’s been pretty chilly around Minnesota lately, so June’s been keeping herself warm and looking super uncomfortable on all the radiators in our house.

My little sister found the most amazing thrift store rug for me that now sits under our dining room table, and then we celebrated lots of new adventures over maple lattes! It’s been a good month!

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Coffee Date With My Little Sister

I have a new blogging buddy!!! My little sister, Kimberly, just started her own blog called Live Eat Repeat. She’s in her last semester of college studying nutrition and has been trying the find a balance between the analytical nature of nutrition and her creative spirit. I suggested she start a blog a couple of times in the past, but it wasn’t until this semester that she discovered niche and voice.

After sifting through the different healthy living blog-a-sphere, Kimberly noticed there was something missing from the community. Something that wasn’t heavily based in fitness or saturated with recipes, instead she wanted a practical, yet entertaining guide to nutrition for all levels of healthy living. Live Eat Repeat was created not as a nutrition bootcamp, but as a practicable guide to eating better and learning the basics of how food works in your body. My sister is an adorable and witty writer! One of my favorite posts so far is this one! Take a peak at her blog and instagram :)

Coffee Date @ Parka
4021 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406