Lately No.8

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Spring made a brief appearance here in Minnesota, so Joel and I took full advantage, stringing patio lights above our deck and admiring our work over a beer. I bake my first pie of the bbq season, a salted caramel apple pie to be exact! Which ended in my first oven fire, don’t worry the pie survived and all was well after I splashed big glass of water on it! How’s your week been?!

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Spring & Summer Skincare

Spring and Summer Skincare Routine

1. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment
A new addition to my skincare routine, this creamy eye potion is very nourishing, yet not goopy. I love my OneLoveOrganics in the winter time for really parched skin, but this Kiehl’s formula with avocado is a perfect summer eye cream.

2. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
This will always be part of my skincare no matter the season its just that good! I apply this after cleansing my skin and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with a warm washcloth. The next morning, my skin looks bright and polished! I loooooove this stuff. I use it about 3 times a week.

3. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
So many YouTubers just rave about this stuff, that I knew I had to try it. I love that it’s a lighter formula than my winter time serum from OneLoveOrganics. I’ll keep you posted on this stuff, but I have a feeling I’m going to love it!

4. Grapeseed Oil
During the winter months I was using olive oil to remove my face and eye makeup, but have since moved to grapeseed oil. It’s great for oily skin, because it’s a lighter oil. I will apply a dropper size amount to my palms and then massage into my face and eyes to breakup the makeup. Then, I’ll splash a bit of water and massage some more. With a warm washcloth, I’ll remove and buff it all off to squeaky clean skin.

5. Aveeno Positively Radiant with SPF 15
SPF is a must year round! Kind of wish this stuff didn’t have a perfume smell, but it does the job.

6. Original Proactiv Revitalizing Toner
Often I will follow #4 (grapeseed oil) with a quick swipe of this chamomile toner to remove any traces of makeup. It helps to calm and balance out my skin.

7. Original Proactiv Repairing Treatment
This is my holy grail acne remedy! I’ve suffered with cystic acne in the past and this is one of the only products that helps resolve my most serious acne issues as well as the blemish. I’ve been religiously using this stuff since high school. So good.


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

lately no.7 :

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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