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January 3, 2017

OMG! I'm 30...

I'm not going to lie and pretend I didn't have a hard time accepting the fact I was turning 30. Like many, I've been cursed with thoughts and ideas of where I assumed I would be and what I would have accomplished by time I hit this milestone. The truth is, I've always been in a rush to "grow up"; to have money, a great job, a fancy house and "success" (whatever that may be). I don't know what it is I am ultimately searching for but I sure as hell hope I find it.

While seeking advice for 30 year olds, I stumbled on this beautifully written blog post by Mark Manson that shares advice and perspectives from those who have survived their 30's. Take a look at it here:  https://markmanson.net/10-life-lessons-excel-30s 

A recommendation from a contributor of the blog post that spoke to me was:
“Be a little selfish and do something for yourself every day, something different once a month and something spectacular every year.” (Nancy, 60)

Do you have any advice for a 30 year old? If so, please share. 

Cheers to a new decade and the endless opportunities that lie ahead.


November 26, 2016

The Engineer

 Living in Minnesota, I refuse to sacrifice warmth for style. The fall and winters here are brutal and the only way to make it through these bitter cold months is by staying warm. Therefore, I have strategically purchased my winter wardrobe from technical brands that create clothes with purpose and function.

One of my favorite pieces this fall is the Bomber Vest from Patagonia. I love the color, feel and 600-fill power of down warmth this vest provides. Also, it seems to match and pair with many different outfits to keep me nice and warm.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces for the fall / winter:

Head to Toe Style

November 6, 2016

Northern Grade

Northern Grade was back in Minneapolis this weekend and it was bigger and better than before. This year, Machine Shop in Northeast Minneapolis hosted the show with over 30 vendors and hundreds of conscious consumers from the Twin Cities.

So, what is Northern Grade? If you are not yet familiar with Northern Grade, it's a marketplace that highlights USA made goods from local / regional makers. The event allows you, as the consumer, a chance to meet the makers and shop local, sustainable goods.

A few of my favorite vendors from this year and makers you should take note of are:
Candle Makers: Hawk and Hatchet 
Underwearables / Essential Goods: Urban Undercover 
Canoes / Hatchets / Cool Things: Sanborn Canoe Co.
Men and Women's Boots: Red Wing Heritage
Longboard Maker: IVY Lifestyle 
Jewelry Maker: Neal Jewelry 
Furniture Maker: Concrete Pig

Northern Grade is a revolving marketplace with stops throughout the country and Europe. As the shows are wrapping up for the year, be sure to check back soon on upcoming shows for the new year. Check it out here! New this year to Northern Grade is one permanent location in New York, New York.

2015 Northern Grade Post

October 31, 2016

Happy Howloween

It was a day of laughs and awe's as dogs from around the Twin Cities gathered together for their own costume contest. The dogs and their humans got creative with unique and adorable little costumes. It was comical to watch these dogs prance around fully dressed up being the little 'pain in ass' they always are. 
Being around all these cute little pups, definitely put me in the Halloween spirit. A huge THANK YOU to Sidewalk Dogs, FreeHouse and all the other sponsors who understand dogs are part of the family and know how much we love to dress them up. 

Happy Halloween!