Man is it turning into winter quick around here. Joel and I spent Sunday afternoon driving up and down the side streets of the uptown and south Minneapolis looking for a new place to live. I know, I know, the internet is much easier and a whole lot warmer, but we wanted to see the different neighborhoods, scope out the places to grab dinner or a new place I can obsess about their pastries. Cause I’m really going to miss this place every Sunday morning. So pretty much I need a new home for two, plus cat, with vintage charm, amazing danishes and espresso within walking distance and killer thai take-out nearby. Not to mention loads and loads of closet space and a perfectly warmed garage, all within our budget. Totally do-able, right? Right?
Oh man, Anthropologie has some really adorable white and gold trinkets, like those monogram cups and polka dot giraffe ring dish. I can’t wait to wear these new bow heels next weekend! My new fall morning breakfast is a yummy pumpkin spice waffle, nutella, and blueberries. So delicious!
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A few beauty splurges this weekend. New Dior polishes, left, Incognito and, right, Masai Red. At NorthernGrade this past Sunday, I stumbled on the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics line of organic skincare. I’m a sucker for beautiful packing, essential oils scents, and entrepreneurs, so I was instantly sold.
Traveling abroad has an innate way of shifting your perspective. It’s what makes traveling so exhilarating and addicting. The more you learn and experience, the more it seems you learn what you love. Now, all I want to do is travel the world, taste wine and snap photos of everything in my path. I’m mean, who doesn’t, right? So, before I even finished my laundry from the trip, I was trying out new cameras, and I feel in love with the Canon 6D. I knew it was the time to move up to a full frame camera. I’m head over heels. It’s wonderful. These are the very first photos I took just after our first snowfall.
1. Where I’ve been spotted nearly every Sunday morning. I’ve been having serious danish withdrawals since coming home from South Africa.
2. My new Oh Dier gold sign as a little reminder to start planning my next trip!
3. Decided to go a bit blonder for fall courtesy of the super talent Edie at Juut in St.Paul.
4. One of June’s many talents, photo-bombing all my instagram pictures. I should really post a B-roll of all my instagram photo outtakes that have either a fluffy talent in the middle or blurry furry face right in the center.
On a side note, I’ve been anxiously editing my South Africa photos to share with you! Between Erika and I, we took over 6,000 photos! [Insert the scared ekk emoji face.]
Less than 3 weeks and I’ll be wandering around South Africa with my best friend! I seriously can’t wait! It’s going to be amazing. Wonderful. Awesome. Beautiful. This list could go on for a long time, so I’ll stop there for now. I’ve got so many places on my list of must-eat-here and must-go-see-that. The list that’s getting a little out of hand an the moment is my packing list. I’m absolutely horrible at packing, short weekend trip to the cabin or across the world, I suck at it. I’m always packing waaaayy too much and not the right things. Why is it so hard for me? I’ve tried making lists to manage, but those look scary. I even tried to color coordinate it, but then realize that made no sense and/or difference. At the beginning of planning this adventure I thought, “how am I going to manage that flight?” Now, I’m like, “how can I pack for something like this? 15 days? So many different situations, places, planes, temperatures…” So. Long ramble short, I need packing advice.
I recently read a celebrity interview where he divulged the secret of his long and happy marriage: surprises! I wasn’t really expecting that. He reasoned that so much of life is about our routine. By stepping outside that routine and surprising your other half is the perfect relief from the everyday stresses of maintaing that routine and a wonderful spark for romance. I love this idea, but then I thought, ‘How do I keep it up? How often should I surprise him?’ I stopped myself, realizing I was trying to find a way to add it to my routine. There’s no way to manage romance or surprises on a schedule, it’s just that moment of loving and appreciating your other half, then acting upon that moment of thought. Remembering to be grateful for that special person in your life is the first step in sparking a surprise. It doesn’t have to be an over the top event, like rose pedals and gourmet dinner, which is nice every so often. Maybe it’s as simple as dropping a sweet love note in your guys briefcase or come home early just to spend a few extra minutes together or make up a batch of his favorite cookies. Sometimes all you need are those little things. What’s your secret to a happy relationship??
Enjoying the last few really hot, humid summer days in lots of colorful shorts and lightweight tees. I might be daydreaming about cozy layers, riding boots, and pumpkin spice lattes every so often, but I’m content enjoying this warmth for a little while long, sipping margaritas on rooftop patios watching the sunset.
1. New breakfast favorite: blueberry waffle, nutella and raspberries
2. Trips to the St Paul farmers markets
3. Admiring all the beautiful blooms
4. Smitten with these leopard flats