Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Wish List

Happy Tuesday! I'm already halfway out the door for the long weekend, anyone else?! It's been pretty quiet at the office with the upcoming holiday, and some fun evening plans on the calendar are making it hard to get in (and stay in) work mode.

Last night I had dinner with a college friend who was in town for business, and it was a beautiful night to catch up on the 6Smith rooftop overlooking Lake Minnetonka. (She was jokingly scoping out real estate on her phone—the landscape definitely makes you fall in love!) The plans are similar tonight. It's our last golf lesson, so we're celebrating our new pro status (note the sarcasm) with drinks at Maynard's, another fun waterfront spot.

I'm sharing my latest wish list today which coincidentally includes red, white and blue if you're still looking for a fun outfit for the Fourth! I cannot stop buying feminine tops with ruffles and bows. Cannot. Stop. These are all perfect for date night, and I love the drama of this one for an engagement party (it looks more expensive than $118, don't you think?). 

I'm also really into jumpsuits right now as an alternative to dresses—especially Rebecca Taylor's white denim overalls after seeing Mickey wear a similar pair in an episode of LOVE I streamed this week. 

If you're grilling every chance you get, these embroidered cutoffs would be super cute with all the graphic tees I've been stocking up on. LOVE this pretty blue one from Club Petanque™. (A simple pavé ring adds a touch of glam to a barefoot-in-the-backyard-sipping-Bud-Light situation. Cheers!)

Shoes are a quick way to summer-ize any look, and I've been eyeing these happy pom pom gladiators and striped espadrilles to put some (seasonal) pep in my step. I also like to lighten up this time of year with a no-fuss clutch, and this one's camel and pink combo would look great through the fall.

The lens popped out of my cheapo Target wayfarers during the Tour de Lucé, so I'm desperate for new sunglasses before we head up north! I love the Madewell x Surfrider's spruce frames, and your purchase helps protect oceans and beaches. Picking them up over my lunch break today—they'll make my Patagonia pullover feel a lot less granola while hiking and hangin' in Grand Marais. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

3 Must-Have One-Piece Swimsuits

I've been considering adding a one-piece swimsuit to my lake day lineup since last summer, but hadn't found a style persuasive enough to make me go there until this week. Leave it to J.Crew to nail the look and convince me that the one-piece is very much happening. All three of these styles have an irresistibly sweet and playful quality, and I love how they make swimwear more of a look, encouraging me to accessorize and "outfit" them the same way I would style clothes. Going to the lake just got more fun! 

Today feels like it should be Friday, doesn't it? We have a busy weekend ahead, starting with our end-of-season kickball tournament, an overnight visit from my mom and a belated Father's Day BBQ for Chris's dad. I can't believe our trip to the North Shore is already next week! Chris already has our itinerary plotted out in Excel (classic), but I'd love to hear your recs for what not to miss. Have a great weekend! 

Shop all SWIM at J.CREW. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Pace

What's your morning routine? Chris wakes up early and drinks a strawberry smoothie while watching SportsCenter. Never snoozes. Mornings are harder for me (snooze city), but with the earlier summer sunrises I've started going for a quick 30-45 minute walk after rolling out of bed. I make coffee before I leave, it's ready when I get back, refreshed, and I let myself enjoy a cup and watch GMA before jumping in the shower. Because it's something I would do on the weekends, it makes week days feel a bit more "mine" before I head to the office—actually, a bit like vacation—and that first alarm is starting to sting a little less. It also leaves evenings free for rosé. All about balance over here. 

This wasn't a rosé night, but hot dogs and Coronas are right up there. The biggest downfall of our apartment is not having a balcony, so after work on Monday Chris and I headed to the lake to get our grill fix (Chris diligently chopped pickles and onions for relish and adorably packed the cooler and for some reason I can't get over it) and we ended up catching this gorge sunset—such a great change of pace for a Monday. It's not Porto, but it's pretty freaking good. Hope you're having a great week! 

P.S. This maxi skirt is so great (and on sale for $40). It's kind of the equivalent of joggers—dresses up or down and is all about comfort. Also, stretchy and light. Thinking about wearing it with this embroidered peplum top and these slides for dinner on Saturday night. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Embroidered Blouse

Like eyelet and linen, embroidery makes me feel super light and summery. I wanted to add one great embroidered blouse to my wardrobe this season and I didn't hesitate when I saw this one—it has a modern crop (but not so short that it shows skin), gently ruffled sleeves, and a perfectly happy palette of sky blue, coral, peach, yellow and green. A few swipes of geranium lipstick and lace-up heels give the boho vibes a modern edge for everyday life in Minneapolis (I wore it to work earlier this week). But it would be great with cutoffs (and a colada) on vacation, and I'd even wear it with a fitted black maxi and black wedges for something different and unexpected. Try a clutch (I like this, this and this) for just a touch of the embroidery trend.

Hope you have an uber relaxing, total zone-out kind of weekend full of sunshine, fish tacos and pretty embroidered blouses (I could use one!). It's supposed to be a little gloomy here, so I hope to get caught up on laundry and workouts and maybe get my summer Sea Salt fix or finally try Milkjam for a fancy scoop! See ya next week!

Madewell Blouse | Ann Taylor Jeans 
Denim Heels: Sam Edelman (similar here & here)
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Tell Laura

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tee Time

Do you golf? I've always wanted to learn—like riding a bike, it seems like one of those life skills I should have a grasp on. I don't have any grand aspirations (though it would be a pleasant surprise if I'm good!). I just want to be able to function through 9 holes. I've read golf is a fading pastime for my generation, so maybe twenty years from now couples and groups of girlfriends my age won't be hitting a round before going out to dinner, but I'd still like to be prepared for that scenario (ha). 

A couple of months ago, I ran into a former co-worker at a wine tasting who said she was signing up for a beginners' class at Glen Lake in Minnetonka, and I thought it would be fun to join her to learn the fundamentals. So today is our first of five lessons, and I picked up a few things to fit in and feel (however falsely) capable.

I think 7 years in a Catholic school uniform maxed me out on polos for the rest of my life—and that traditional golf look feels a little too cheesy/Baby Boomer for me. Instead I filled my cart with loose tanks and simple skorts that I can also wear to brunch, the grocery store or drinks after our lessons. New shoes were also a necessity—my current ones are so worn-down (and dusty from last week's kickball game)—and I love the slip-on, laid-back vibe of these. Looking ahead, I'll probably add a long-sleeve, jacket and vest into the mix, but this is a solid start for summer. Have a great Tuesday!