Our Labor Day Trip to Camp Van Vac

September 8, 2014

Every other year, Breon, Sen, and I head up to Ely for a weekend of relaxation, outdoor activity, and fun. This year, we left on Saturday morning with the weather looking to be chilly and rainy (sad). As we arrive, we grabbed groceries from the market and headed to our rustic cabin at Camp Van Vac.

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We ate dinner at the Rockwood. This used to be a pizza hut or something… very happy they got rid of that! We then headed to the International Wolf Center to check out “What’s for Dinner.” The wolves got to eat some delicious venison!

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The rest of the time involved relaxing, reading, and bonfires. We had a blast. We decided to leave a day early because we thought we could make better use of our time unpacking the new house (more on that soon). Plus, the weather wasn’t cooperating.

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My favorite places in Ely, MN:

Camp Van Vac is located on Burntside Lake 10 minutes outside of Ely, MN. It’s a perfect rustic getaway. The cabins have just enough to get by but the camp still has beautifully maintained restrooms and showers. Plus a sauna, wifi cabin, and a lovely beach. If you can ever head up there… do it!


8 Cute Fall Coats To Fall In Love With

September 5, 2014

Remember back to school shopping? It was the best, huh? Well, I’m planning my fall capsule wardrobe and I feel like it’s my “back-to-school” time. As I plan out my capsule, I know that I’ll need a new winter ‘ski’ jacket, but I also want some other fun pieces. Here is my list of favs!


H&M Boucle Jacket

J.Crew Denim Jacket

Athleta Vistaline Vest

American Eagle Varsity Jacket

J.Crew Trench

Coach Leather Moto Jacket 

Madewell Military Anorak

Massi Modutti Cable Knit Cape


Listening: Cool Kids by Echosmith

Loving: Ikea’s New Funny Commercial

Thinking: I need to start a fitness/nutrition regimen cause what i’m doing now isn’t working.

Buying: Ranarp Lamp


25 Coastal Living Rooms To Inspire

August 20, 2014

We move next week. NEXT MONDAY! :) We’re so excited, nervous, happy, and anxious. All the emotions are running wild. As I continue to dream a little dream of my future coastal living room, here are some of my favorite coastal living rooms.

Apartment Therapy

City Farm House

Ethan Allen

Style At Home


One Kings Lane

Seaside Style

The Inspired Room

SF Girl By The Bay

Better Homes and Gardens


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Better Homes and Gardens



Centsational Girl

House of Turqouise


Coastal Living


Current Obsession: Top 9 Favorite Coastal Rugs

August 16, 2014

In just 8 short days, B and I will be moving into our first home! We are so EEEEXCITED! I’ve been planning our different rooms since we put in the offer on our new home. We’ve decided on a coastal theme for the main living space.

I really love the sea and just because we don’t live near it, doesn’t mean I can’t bring elements of the sea to me.

To start out the coastal charm, we’ve got to find a good rug. The entire main living space is wood floors which puppy baby, Sen, is not totally fond of. I really like clean stripes but have been toying with some of these too. Decisions, decisions.


Joss and Main Blue Shimmer Rug

Land of Nod Light Blue Stripe Rug

Jute Rug

Williams Sonoma Navy Stripe

Sandcastle Rug

Coral Rug

Flat Woven IKEA rug

Custom FLOR Rug

Ikea Skinny Color Block

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