Be Your Voice…

 

If you are an American citizen, go out and vote today.  I do not care where you fall on any of the issues (okay, if we were talking one on one I would – but that is different…), I care that you go take the action to make your voice be heard.  Go, be your own voice and vote. It is something we take for granted too easily – but it wasn’t that long ago that not all of us had the privilege to vote.

Have you gotten out to the polls yet today?  Will you be staying up to watch the results come in?

Much love,

B

They Say It’s Your Birthday…

 

…it’s my birthday, too!!  That’s right, loves, today I turn 27 and enter my late twenties.  I love birthdays – there is something fun about getting to have a personal day to reflect on where you have gone in the last year and where you want to go in the upcoming year.  Today is also my last day at my current job, which is extremely bittersweet because I love my coworkers, but am extremely excited about the new things to come.

 

Are you a fan of birthdays?  How do you handle changing jobs?

Much love,

B

Fall Nails…

A fresh manicure always looks fabulous.  It can add dimension to a look and finish you off perfectly.  The best part about fall is the deeper, richer tones come out to play and add drama to your finger tips.  Even the neutrals get darker and more luxurious.  I always enjoy a fresh manicure – whether I give it to myself or go have it done, I just wish I had more time to play with all the colors – so many fabulous colors for fall and only so much time.  Currently I have been all about the dark, dark shades with a lighter more neutral accent nail – it has been a fun way to change things up a bit.  My go-to brand is always Essie – I mean, just look at those colors…how can you not want to try every color?!

 

What are your favorite colors to wear on your nails?  What are you currently wearing?

Much love,

B

Two Years in the Know…

 

It is crazy to think that two years ago today I was sitting in one of my favorite little coffee shops in Minneapolis and decided I wanted to start this little blog.  I never would have thought it would open up a whole world – well, rather literally, the world to me.  I have had the privilege to connect with so many wonderful people because of this little corner of the internet.  Thank you for always coming back to read, comment, emails, and the sweet hand written cards – they always melt my heart and put a big smile on my face.

On Fridays, I always do five loves, but they are of things that are happening out and around me.  Today, I am sharing some of my loves from the past year that are all my own images taken from my daily life…

 

Fun girly dates around the city that include sharing in our love of arm candy.

 

My red Hunter boots and striped J. Crew dress – seriously one of my favorite outfits from this past year.  I love when it rains simply because I get to wear my boots.

 

Mani/pedi dates with my dear friend, and soon to be house mate – I love that we are not afraid of any hole in the wall place in the hood if we go together!  Plus, when it is that cheap, we can justify going more often.  Who doesn’t love a little pampering  from time to time, and getting to share it with a friend – even better.

 

Getting to add to my tattoo collection this past year has certainly been a fun highlight.  I love even more that my Minnesota tattoo is new, but feels more like it has been a part of me forever – that is how you know you made the right decision on a tat.

 

It has been a full year, that is for sure – as you can see, I will take a cat nap whenever and wherever I can get one in, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.  So, loves, thank you for joining me on these adventures these past two years – I am excited for what is ahead in this next year and many more to come!

Is there anything you want to see from me this upcoming year?  How can I keep you more in the know?!

Much love,

B

Freedom…

If I had to chose one song to be my summer anthem, it would have to be Freedom by Tyrone Wells.  He did such an amazing job performing earlier this summer at the Basilica Block Party and it was so fun dance around with the whole crowd.  I know everyone is getting excited for fall, but it is still sumer so I am still relishing in the free spirit of summer.

What is your song of the summer this year?

Much love,

B

Olympic Time…

 

It is that time again where the best of the best compete in the world wide event, known as the Olympics.  Last night I enjoyed the Opening Ceremonies with friends, and I cannot wait to watch some of my favorite sports that are not your every day sport you see on television…such as rowing, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics…to name a few.  Did you watching the Opening Ceremony?  What did you think?  What is your favorite sport to watch of the summer Olympics?

Much love,

B

The Screen Saver…

Okay, not a real screen saver as when your computer goes to sleep, but rather it is a metaphor.  Stop for a moment, what is your default thought you find yourself going to?  Often times it can be that new relationship or wanting to be a new relationship, or that new piece you are dreaming to have to add to your wardrobe, or like me currently…a new house.  That’s right my loves, it looks like the big move (goal of 2012) is becoming more and more of a reality by being a big move across town to a new house.  My very own house. Problem is, I am still in the house hunting stage, which I did a lot of last night, and now it is all I can think about and talk about.  I think if I send one more house or dream living room to my coworkers they may scream – they can only see so many before they go – alright, lady, just buy one already!  But really, they are excited for me, they just wish I would take the plunge already.  It has been so fun to look and dream of what could be.  Also, it is funny to see that what I am drawn to in my personal style is what I am drawn to in my interior design plans…black, white and greys anyone?!  Or is this just a fashionista problem?!

What is your current “screen saver,” if you will?  Do you own your home?  Glad you do or do you feel stuck?  I’m finding putting down roots is somewhat scary, but an exciting scary.  I’ve called Minneapolis home for a few years now, and now I am ready to really make it home because I do LOVE this city.

Much love,

B

Design Crush {Heidi Merrick}…

I cannot get enough of Heidi Merrick…especially the Spring 2012 collection.  She is a California native and had a father who was a surfer.  So, she may not be Australian, but there are still some similar trends between the two that serve as beautiful inspiration.  I want to own every piece of the collection for my whole summer wardrobe.  I keep getting drawn back in time after time…I guess that is what some would call love.  Either way, it is a full on design crush…it has been too long.

Are you totally crushing yet?!  What designers are you loving recently?

Much love,

B

A Memorial Event…

Happy Memorial Day, loves!  For those of you that get the day off, I hope you are enjoying the long weekend and kick-off to summer.  I know I sure am!  There is something about holidays like this that make me crave a good movie – and lets just say I cannot get enough of The Great Gatsby trailer.  It looks like it is going to be amazing – from the cinematography to the cast to director to the storyline itself – it is going to be an amazing work of art.  It comes out on Christmas Day, and I certainly will be there.  Alright, I am off to keep enjoying frolicking and not having a care in the world…

What are you doing to kick off summer?

Much love,

B

Days of Ore…

Mr. Kate is an amazingly talented jewelry designer.  There is certainly no lacking in her latest collection Days of Ore.  The collection was “inspired by mythical times and metal being a product of the Earth that we’ve used to decorate our bodies and connect ourselves to nature for thousands of years.”  The final pieces are all so beautiful – but I guess that only makes sense with such a beautiful inspiration.  The look book is stunning, too – it captivates you and takes you away to a magical land and has you wanting to fall in love like this…

Okay, anyone else ready to run off to the woods and frolic for a bit?!  And what about the jewelry – could you see yourself working that with your style?

Much love,

B