My Favorite Pins This Week

July 11, 2014

So this week has been kinda crazy. We’ve put an offer on a house (more on that soon), i’ve been working a lot and today I had a reaction to high fructose corn syrup (so fun-i’m intolerant). But generally it’s been an amazing week. Tomorrow, ami and I are going to the Basilica Block Party so please cross your fingers for good weather.

This week I’ve been pinning home goods, furniture, decor, and things of that nature like crazy. I thought that instead of keeping that to myself, I’d share it with you.

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6 Reasons You Should Try Making a Capsule Wardrobe

July 10, 2014


Okay everyone…I’m taking the plunge into only having a capsule wardrobe. I’m sure many of you are thinking, “Amanda, what the hell is a capsule wardrobe?”

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

There are many different definitions of a capsule wardrobe. Here are some of the basics you’ll need to know…

Wikipedia describes it as:

capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be updated with seasonal pieces.

Wikihow explains it: 

A ‘capsule wardrobe’ is a relatively small collection of clothes that all work together, and can be worn on all occasions. It’s about quality, not quantity, and finding what suits you.

Un-Fancy.com blogger, Caroline explains it as:

It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear. For Unfancy purposes, it’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes.

How I Intend to Capsule

You can see, there are many different views for this simple idea. Less = more. And it’s something I want to start using in all aspects of my life.

It took this article for me to wake up and attempt to change.

Over the next 3 months, I will only wear 37 pieces of clothing. This will include tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. What this means is that I will NOT be shopping for clothing during the current season (3 months). I will shop for the next season’s capsule during the last two weeks of the season.


How is this beneficial, again?

I’m glad you asked. Here are the 6 reasons I think you should try making the leap to a capsule wardrobe!

1. It’s easier to pick out your clothes in the morning.

I’ve noticed this already and it’s amazing. When you wake up you just pick out two or three items and because most of them mix and match, it’s a breeze.

2. You’ll only have pieces you TRULY love.

After you weed out all the items that don’t _________ [work for you, don’t fit, don’t like], you’ll be left with options that you do love and are willing to wear every day if that’s what it takes. You’ll have tops and bottoms that fit well, both to your body and lifestyle.

3. You’ll be able to have better quality clothing.

These capsule items are probably going to be better quality and will thusly last longer. And since you love them, (see #2) you’ll be able to have them for longer period of time.

4. It’s budget-friendly.

Just because you’ll be buying better quality doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. With a budget in mind, you can shop with intention. I’ve already purchased many great items from J.Crew and Gap that were on sale (still spendy) but they’ll last a lot longer.

Update: I was just talking to my friend/co-workers about Google Wallet. If you’re looking for a way to keep your budget defined, definitely check that out. They’ll even issue you a card!

5. You don’t need 65 pieces of clothing.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve never spent a lot of money on clothes anyway. But as B stated the other day, I may have saved money but I made up for it in quantity. I had over 65+ pieces of clothing in my closet that I didn’t wear or liked. Let me repeat: 65+! That’s insane.

6. It’s a fashion legacy.

When you sit down with intention and look at all your lifestyle factors, you can plan out a wardrobe a lot easier. But more so, you can figure out what your signature style is. I’m slowly finding that I love stripes and classic pieces that translate into a classic comfort wardrobe with a splash of coastal living. With that in mind, I can make purchase decisions around that style.

All of these add up into one big answer: I need to simplify. And a perfect place to start is in the closet. Here goes nothing…

Stay tuned for my summer wardrobe (July – September) list.


Take the leap, join me!



Wedding Weekend – Part 3

July 8, 2014

I promised not to keep you waiting. So here are the wedding photos. We received 400+ photos from our amazing photographer and friend, Matt. He did such a great job capturing our special day! I still cannot believe how incredible these photos turned out. I’ll quit yapping, so you can look! :)

Read Part 1 | Part 2

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Coming Soon – Reception + Honeymoon Photos!


7 Summer Bucket List Items I Checked Off In June

July 2, 2014

July is here people. If you live in Minnesota, year round, you understand that this is a valuable time! We’ve got cold and snow during the rest of the year. This is why I crafted my summer to-do list. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day activities and forget what I want to do during these precious months but not with it posted at my desk each and every day!

So far here are the fun things I’ve checked off…

1. Watch a Movie in the Park

Breon and I met up with our friends Kay and Adam for a night of Wendy Peffercorn, The Great Bambino, and “Your Killing Me, Smalls.” Yes, we saw The Sandlot in Kenwood Park in Minneapolis. I will love that movie FOR-E-VER! What a fun experience that was. My hats off to Minneapolis Parks for putting on these fun events each and every night during the summer months.


Before the movie, B and I ate dinner at World Street Kitchen. They have the best food. :) Try it sometime!


2. Walk After Lunch

We try to do this weekly. When you get nice weather in the summer here you take the opportunity. I don’t know if i’ve mentioned that or not but do you get it yet? So we go outside during lunch and walk. Usually a mile maybe two but it’s a perfect way to break up the day.

3. Paddleboard


Breon on the Paddleboard

While I haven’t spent ample time on my mom and step-dad’s paddleboard, I’ve gotten on to find it’s actually quite fun. I intend to do some more this coming week if the weather and lack of boats let me!

4. Eat Lunch Outside


Hmm…I wonder if you’re picking up on the fact that I enjoy being outside during the warm weather season? :) I will eat outside pretty much any chance I get right now. Love it! Unless the humidity is up then I want air conditioning, stat!

5. Farmer’s Market

I just love the farmer’s market in Saint Paul. And while it’s not my favorite (thus far, San Francisco is) it’s definitely my second favorite. The best part is the bagel sandwiches. While Linda was in town (B’s mom), we took the Green line down to the market for bagels, hummus, and a veggie that I can’t remember but she purchased. It’s my favorite place to walk around and people watch and veggie pick.

6. Swim Outdoors


This is two-fold. I’ve swam at my mom’s… on Lake Josephine and for the first time did a pool workout outside at the Highland Park Aquatic Center. It was also the first time I had ever swam in a 50 meter pool. Twice the distance of a normal pool, this was a little more difficult. But I completed a decent 2,400 meter swim and loved every minute.

7. Complete #30DaysOfDresses


Each year, for the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve worn 30 dresses every day for 30 days straight. I enjoyed this fun challenge. But I’m not sure if I’ll be participating next year. I will maybe do the summer of dresses challenge instead. I will be selling many of my dresses (plus other clothing), check them out here!


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Wedding Weekend – Part 2

June 30, 2014

I know that it’s been awhile but I finally pulled together part 2 of the wedding weekend.. This isn’t everything so stay tuned for Parts three and four. There was a lot of photos and activity so here we go.

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I woke up early Friday morning and walked out to the living room to find a few people awake as well. Breon still had a couple of hours (he likes to sleep). So I grabbed my camera and Steve (B’s cousin) and I walked down to the ‘beach’ to take some photos! Here’s some of what we saw.


After walking the steep steps, we found this little cove above that you could sit and just relax. We’ll have to go back someday and do just that.

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Steve spotted two seals when we were taking photos. I only had my fixed focal lens so I couldn’t zoom in to get the shot. But as you see below (with a cropped photo) they are swimming together. HOW CUTE!!

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The rest of Friday was full of errands. We got our marriage license. Bought a cake and did shopping for our wedding evening meal. After returning to the house. We had some down time then we drove to Pebble Beach to have dinner with the Z fam. It was a blast!

Saturday – Part 1

I woke up the morning of the wedding really early. I don’t think I was nervous per say probably more excited than anything. I grabbed a cup of coffee than took a shower. I got to work on the decorations right after.

We didn’t do too much in terms of decor. The backdrop of the ocean speaks for itself. So when picking out what I wanted to do… I tried to make it easy and DIY.


We did paper flowers for each chair. These are super easy and I’ll have a tutorial in the near future for them. If done with wire, you can add to chairs very easily!


I also did tassels which were fun to make. #sarcasm. It was a lot of work to make them and I ended up tossing them. They were fun and bright and added to the ceremony but they took a total of 4 hours to make… looking back, we could’ve done without them. #IBlamePinterest


Lastly, we did centerpieces with gold glitter dipped ball jars and babies breath. These had to be my favorite because they cost maybe $3-5 to make and were so pretty to look at.

The real fun began at 9:00 when the hair and makeup artist arrived… but more on that in Part 3.

Read Part 1 here.