Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to a pop up shop called The Collective, featuring local businesses and artists hosted by LAB MPLS. Some I knew of prior to attending, but I couldn’t believe how many amazing Minneapolis businesses and locally-made products were packed into the space. The event had everything from candles to jewelry to prints - you name it. Not only did I leave the event crazy-inspired and excited to support small businesses, but also with tons of future gift ideas.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d pull together a few of my favorite gift ideas from local Minneapolis businesses (some featured at The Collective) for all of my fellow last minute shoppers. Read on for gift ideas for your mom, grandma, aunt, friend, or any other lovely lady in your life.

Pink Linen Designs

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How CUTE are these wooden signs from Pink Linen Designs?! I just love how simple yet so fun and unique each one is. Kait describes her pieces as something that can “fit into pretty much any style of home, area in your home or other space” - which is what I love so much about them too.

Thumbs Cookies

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Locally made in Minneapolis, these cute, mini Thumbs Cookies come in a variety of flavors and packages (with both gluten free and vegan available). Both the Assorted Cookies Gift Box and the To-Go Gift Trio are perfect tasty little gifts.

Wit & Delight Shop

Last spring, local blog and brand, Wit & Delight, launched a product line of prints, stationary, and gifts. You’ll love the soft colors, simplicity, and fun lettering. Available on Shop Wit & Delight and at Anthropologie.


Koonyai Studio

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Simple, dainty, and modern, Koonyai Studio jewelry is the perfect addition to any outfit. All jewelry pieces are handmade from concrete and hypoallergenic metals.

Travel Day Outfit Ideas for Women

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With an upcoming weekend getaway to Scottsdale, this week I’ve been outfit planning and packing for a long weekend away in the sun and travel days alike. While I have a variety of tanks, tees, shorts, swimsuits, and dresses packed for the trip, specific travel day outfits are also a necessity. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 1-hour flight or an 8-hour flight – wearing anything remotely uncomfortable is just not my jam. Tight jeans squeezing your waist and heeled booties that pinch your toes when you walk? No, thank you. While I wish I could say “comfort over everything,” and sport a full groutfit, you just never know who you’re going to run into at the airport. Or hey, if your future husband could be the one next to you on the plane ;) (Not this time, just a teenage girl fighting with her mom next to me on this flight – lol). Anyway, I’m all about that cute, effortless athleisure look – especially while traveling.

Wearing layers is probably the number one and most obvious travel day outfit rule. Nothing worse than sweating on a plane. Or the opposite – shivering under the little fans blowing right in your face. Depending on the destination, I usually always wear a t-shirt as my first layer, followed by a sweatshirt of some sort, and lastly a slightly heavier jacket. For pants, leggings or joggers are a safe bet – cute, casual, and comfy. For shoes, I’ve heard you’re supposed to wear your largest, heaviest pair to make more room in your suitcase – I completely ignore this rule due to two things: 1. running the risk of being too hot and uncomfortable is not worth it and 2. making sure the shoes match my outfit. So, I always go with sporty and cute sneaks. Lastly, add a fun bag and accessories to complete the look.

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     Happy Trails!

How to Decorate Your Apartment on a Budget

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Moving into a new apartment in September, part of me was excited to have a new space to decorate, part of me was slightly overwhelmed with the process of moving and starting fresh again. As a renter, you don’t have complete freedom to change and make major updates to the space, so you really have to lean on decor to curate and make the space your own. Though sometimes it’s possible to make small updates such as changing out light fixtures, swapping out hardware, etc, for the most part the bones of the space are what you have to work with. If you’re moving into an older building, the wrong decor can quickly make the space feel dated. Making the space feel cohesive plays a big part in this - your pieces and decor don’t necessarily have to be matchy-matchy, but having them all play together makes a huge difference. For me, I knew I wanted to create a cozy and homey space while being smart about my spending.

Now that I’ve been living in the space for four months, it’s beginning to feel less like a temporary living situation and more like a home. Although I’ll continue switching things around and introducing new pieces here and there, it’s finally starting to feel like it’s coming together. Read on to see how I did it without breaking the bank.

  • Gather inspiration: I started by sifting through Pinterest, home design blogs, and my favorite Instagram accounts for inspiration. Completely re-creating a space is difficult to do, but taking bits and pieces you love and making them your own is much easier and cost-effective. After pinning and saving an assortment of images, you’ll begin to see your style and design preferences emerge. I noticed many of the spaces that stuck out to me were a mix of mid-century modern, cozy, minimalistic, and girly - all elements that you’ll see in my bedroom. Emily Henderson, Jaclyn Peters Design, and Patti Wagner are a few of my faves to follow. Also check out my home Pinterest board to see where I gathered much of my inspiration.

  • Take your time: Patience is huge when you first begin to decorate a space. Whenever I first move into a new place, I’m beyond antsy to have it put together right away. Take your time to collect various pieces to decide exactly what you need. I moved in with a few items and filled in with new furniture and decor over the next few months.

  • Repurpose pieces you already have: Many of the things you see in my space have been repurposed from past apartments. For example - I have a denim chair that’s a hand-me-down from my aunt and uncle, the navy dresser I found at an antique shop and spray painted navy (I plan to replace the pulls with something a little more modern), the rug I purchased for my bedroom in my last apartment, and many of the frames, throw pillows, and other decor items I already had. Often just a little creativity for how to update and recycle things you already have is a great way to cut back on spending.

  • Bargain shop: The secret here is splurging on a few pricer items (for me, it was my bedding from Anthropologie), and bargain shopping from places like Home Goods, Target, Wayfair, Ikea for others. Often times, you can find furniture with the look of pieces from brands like CB2, West Elm, and Anthro for much less. For frames and decor pieces, Michael’s craft store and Home Goods are my go-to’s.

  • DIY: I’m definitely not a huge DIYer, but for updating the home I’m all about it. A few easy fixes you can do yourself include hanging pictures and open-shelving, change out light fixtures and hardware, and give old furniture a refresh with a fresh coat of paint. To fill a large wall, I created a photo photo gallery wall parallel to my bed using just a level, a lot of double-sided 3M tape, and even more patience.

7 Places to Eat and Drink in Nashville

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About a month ago, myself and four friends booked a trip to Nashville for New Years on a whim. We had no concrete plans for the weekend but knew that we wanted to eat, drink, enjoy live music, and see as much of the city as we could (which, I think, is exactly what you’re supposed to do in Nashville). It was my first time there and it’s one hundred percent on my list of places I can’t wait to get back to. The live music, cute streets, super good food, flowing drinks, and busy bars exceeded my expectations from everything I heard about the city prior to visiting. The overall vibe felt busy but relaxed at the same time - there were tons of people but it had a more laid-back feel compared to the hustle-bustle of a city like NYC. The best part? They are very casual in Nashville, meaning you can wear jeans and a t-shirt and not feel underdressed - right up my alley. Aside from the music scene, we found some super good food and drink spots complete with Instagrammable moments. Check out my restaurant and bar recommendations below, fitting for a crazy girls weekend or low-key trip for two.

  • Honky Tonk Central: Though we didn’t make it to every bar on Broadway, my favorite of the 7ish we did make it to was Honky Tonk Central. We stopped in during the day for beers and ended up staying for hours, posted up at a table with a heaping plate of nachos, listening to an amazing country band. I have a feeling that the night life might be a little more rowdy here, but the vibe during the day time was laid back and almost relaxing. Not to mention, the orange-y brick building is the perfect backdrop for a few pics.

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  • Biscuit Love: Biscuit Love is a must-go-to for breakfast, lunch, or brunch with three locations in the Nashville area. The menu has a variety of options, many of which incorporate delicious homemade biscuits. The place is wait-in-line and order-at-the-counter style. Because Biscuit Love has become such a well-known spot, don’t get scared off if you see a line out the door. We waited about 30 minutes in line and got our food right away after ordering - worth every minute!

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  •  The Frothy Monkey: The Frothy Monkey is a cozy coffee shop with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus (plus craft beer, wine, and cocktails). The original Frothy Monkey is located on 12th Avenue near Reese Witherspoon’s clothing store, Draper James and the iconic “I Believe in Nashville” mural. If you haven’t heard of Draper James, you’ll recognize the cute blue and white striped building (also a little too perfect for a photo-opt).

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  • Tin Roof: Located on Demonbreun near the Music Row roundabout, Tin Roof’s upbeat environment makes it another great place to remember for food, drinks, and live music. There’s also a few other bars in this area that are super easy to hop around to.

  • Five Daughters Bakery: I don’t even know where to start with this one! Five Daughters is the cutest donut shop I’ve ever seen. The 100 Layer Donut was incredible (my mouth is watering just thinking about it), but if you’re not into a fluffy, filled donut they also have traditional glazed donut options, vegan donuts, and other pastries. Also on 12 South, Five Daughters in walking distance to The Frothy Monkey and Draper James.

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  • Bartaco: With wicker pendant lights draping from the ceiling, wood furniture, exposed beams, blue and white striped throw pillows, and servers in preppy, checkered shirts, Bartaco has a very warm and inviting coastal feel. Aside from the aesthetic, the food is super fresh-tasting with lots of flavor, served family style on little, metal trays. The portions aren’t huge, so you could definitely do Bartaco for lunch, or save it for a casual dinner. This is another place on 12 South - can you tell I loved that area?

  • The Bobby Hotel: The Bobby is a beautiful boutique hotel in Nashville, offering a little more elevated eat and drink options with a restaurant, bar, and rooftop lounge. If you’re visiting in the winter, the rooftop lounge is filled with heated igloos, curling, and roaring fire pits. We didn’t reserve an igloo ourselves, but loved enjoying the rooftop experience next to a toasty warm fire.

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Safe travels!