19 December 2012

Rebecca Minkoff's Holiday Video Card anyone?!

i love her bags, the clothes she designs, and her ability to make quirky entertaining music videos!  you go girl Rebecca Minkoff and Happy Holidays peeps!

12 December 2012

lots of gaps in my posting but here's a cute photo!

here's what happens when your long haired  mini doxie goes playing in the snow and get's snow frozen to her fur... you have to give her a bath!  gotta love Minnsnowta winters and all the work that goes with 'em!

20 November 2012

getting ready for the holidays 'eh?

so i live in the Midwest... Minnesnowta exactly but yet there is no snow to be found... i feel like we are still in "fall mode" and boxes of freshly sharpened pencils should be the talking subject... not turkeys?!  but turkey it is and Thanksgiving is this Thursday but really it's Friday for me... long story short but when you are planning to get married you have to compromise on a lotta things.

the Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails have been flooding in and this year I'm a bit more prepared to maybe snag a few deals this year... but all my loved ones have yet to get me their materialistic holiday wish lists! come on ma, pa, and sista who don't even read this little bit of cyber space... get those lists to me... moi... pronto!  happy Turkey day to those that celebrate the holiday!

here are a few things on my wish list...

  •  sign-up for onetruffle.com's mailing list and i think there might be a deal coming my way... one can never have enough organizational pouches and i love my No 1 Clarity pouch in Peony!
  • just about anything from MZ Wallace and they are currently having an early holiday sale and if you like them on Facebook you can get access now!
  • bumbleandbumble has a sweet holiday gift set with perfect travel sized versions of my favorite products
  • these black jeans from Rag&Bone

07 November 2012

do you have ups and downs?

i'm in the mix of life and it feels like i'm riding a seesaw and life just keeps going up and down up and down. now this may sound like nothing and i should be happy i have a roof over my head and food on the table etc. but i can't help express how much life can be a struggle even if you have what society says should make you happy or sustain you... i'm tired and i so darn sick of being tired and having headaches and worries.  i was reading an issue of Real Simple and there was a section of articles about what "dream wish/present" folks would want and one of the writers talked about having her worry taken away... and part of me thinks that would be so great to just have my worry taken away... i wonder what i would be like without worry...

i think i knew how to worry before i even knew what worrying meant....

31 October 2012

can i have this?!

the Original Flea oh how i saw you long ago and i'm still far away from owning you... especially with my recent Lo & Sons purchase.  money's just not falling off trees for me! 

30 October 2012

crazy denim

i'm continuing my crazy denim obsession and would like to try these bad boys on for size...

Madewell Skinny Skinny Ankle in Snakeprint

29 October 2012

oh this blog...

hello Monday... hello daunting life questions about what I'm going to do with my life... okay back to Monday... i can sorta deal with this issue.

i was trying to change a format thing on my blog in hopes of making all my personal photos the same size on the blog.  well it kinda worked but it also made some images HUGE... so sorry about that.

this past weekend was very predictable.  we ate. we did chores. we took the pups out. we relaxed.  maybe we're in a weekend rut... but we need to get all the life maintenance stuff we don't have time, energy, or natural light out to complete during the week so it all gets crammed into the weekend... leaving not a ton of go juice to do much else but relax after all the chores have been completed.

here's to a full week in the office and hopefully a few surprises during the weekend.

22 October 2012

this pup.

Howie, Me, and the proposal that was tied on his collar last January

that pup up there has my heart and he's going through a bit of a rough patch right now.  to me pets are not just pets they are family and ever since adopting my very own pup Chloe i'm just crazy about her and can't image losing her or being without her... the same goes for this pup Howie... we didn't maybe realize he was getting old until this past week when we needed to rush him to the emergency vet at 2:00 am.  i'm making him as comfy as possible and make sure he has enough treats and extra attention so he truly realizes how loved he is in our hearts.

mr. howie you are going to be with me forever and you are with me right now xoxo.

15 October 2012

lazy weekend...

we had a terribly lazy weekend. this past Saturday was rainy and foggy and it felt perfect to just lay low and catch-up on relaxing... oh yeah that thing you do when you don't or don't want to do anything at all.  Sunday we got out and stretched our legs and got a few chores done around the house but mostly this weekend was low key. 

08 October 2012

just some tid bits from the weekend...

after a rough week and the previous laboring weekend staining the fence we didn't want to have too much structure for this past weekend.  i got to sleep-in both Saturday and Sunday which was just fantastic, we decided to take a random day trip up to Duluth, and on Sunday i didn't get out of my sweats or the house... not once!

Midwest Views

Open Road
Chloe got to par take in the Duluth road trip... she looks thrilled 'eh...

if you're heading up North and will be stopping in Duluth try Tycoons!  we started at the Brewhouse but they had an hour long wait so after seeing a billboard on the way up to Duluth i remembered Tycoons and we found out they served Brewhouse beer so we ditched out on the hour long wait and headed to Tycoons.  we could have sat at a table or the bar and there was no hour long wait for a relaxing Saturday afternoon lunch at Tycoons.  the food was tasty and we'd try it again and felt kinda proud we broke from the norm to give a new business a try :)

03 October 2012

my thoughts on the Lo & Sons O.G. travel bag

okay.  okay.  i've talked and posted photos of the Lo & Sons O.G. travel bag and dreamed about it and then made owning this travel bag my personal project for the past two months... odd right?!  well not for me... handbags are my thing and i will go out of my way to make a "want" turn into a "need" and then finally "purchase" my whatever it is i've been obsessing about for way too long.

long story short i was finally able to order the Lo & Sons O.G. travel bag last week.  the bag arrived this Monday and i was so excited to get home and tear into my new package.  first, let's make clear these are my honest to goodness thoughts and impressions on this travel bag.  no one nowhere helped me purchase or gifted me this travel bag it was my own purchase with my moola.  i am NOT a handbag review expert either so take my opinions as just that my opinions!

let me sum up my experience with i'm happy with my purchase but i'm slightly torn if i should return this travel bag.  the customer service so far with Lo & Sons has been just fine and their O.G. travel bag is unique with the adjustable back panel that slides over a rolling luggage handle and extra side pocket compartment to store shoes, heels, or what have you.  i love love me some free shipping and they offer free exchanges too but there is a but…

i could say the same things as other bloggers have been saying out this bag… lots of pockets, able to stay organized, padded sleeves for iPad and laptop but for me something is just a bit off about this bag. 

when it arrived the box was crumpled and it looked like someone had opened the box and then taped it back up during travel but very poorly taped it because if it had rained this box/bag would have been all wet inside and out.  i did find the O.G. bag in a sealed plastic bag but that was it besides paper stuffing to try and reduce the bag from rolling around in the box during travel which was considerate but no tissue, no finding the bag in it's dust bag, no note or other special touch from the company.  maybe i’ve been spoiled by other sites that put more attention and detail into how they ship their products because with the O.G. there was a lack of presentation or that something unique that usually goes hand in hand with an independent company.  again this may not matter to anyone else but me.

there was and still is a strong odor to this bag and i’ve been trying to air it out since Monday but it’s still really present.  i haven’t had an issue with smell with any handbag purchase recently so this caught me off guard and part of why i’m not sure if it’s an ultimate keeper.  the hardware for the shoulder strap is not anything compared to my MZ Wallace handbags so that makes it seem “cheap” to me… i’m talking about the clasps on the shoulder strap that attach to the ring already on the bag.  i’m picky and particular and i know this was not a terribly expensive travel bag but it was a semi big purchase for me so i didn’t want to be let down on quality.  i don't know why this caught my attention but the zippers are scratchy... and my MZ Wallace zippers are smooth... meaning if my hand brushes against the O.G. zippers they scratch my skin versus the smooth zippers on my MZ bags.

i'm writing so much and being so personal because the purchase was important to me.  no one else where i live has a Lo & Sons O.G. travel bag so i couldn't see this bag prior to purchase.  i can only image how important it might be for someone else to put down almost 300 hundred on a travel bag and i want them to be able to read a review that was not sponsored or part of a c/o post etc.

okay so that's my two cents right now... i do like the bag, the size of it for travel, and the function that it fits over a rolling luggage handle but i also have some things to think about before the time period that i can return the bag expires.

01 October 2012

manual labor weekend in photos...

what we did this weekend... all weekend long... but thankfully with the help of my very amazing parents!  manual labor is no easy task and as much as i appreciate the ability to take on and complete a task like staining each individual piece of cedar... i don't very much want to have to do this again...  so we'll see who we can recruit the next time this fence needs to be soaked in stain... thankfully not for another three years!

each piece on top needed to be hand brushed... oh my shoulders

tah dah... done!

28 September 2012

it's coming!!!!

"Greetings, We thought you'd like to know that we shipped your items, and that this completes your order.  Thanks for shopping with Lo & Sons, and we hope to see you again soon."

have you ever read more beautiful words... joking totally joking okay but i'm excited!  it's coming... my new Lo & Sons O.G. travel bag in black... not to you or you or you but to ME!  this little victory took time people... two years and half a dozen items sold on ebay time. 

no longer are the days where it's just me and my little bills and being able to impulse buy or just buy whatever i want.  it's "we" now and "we" have adult responsibilities and life happens and puppies happen and puppies are not cheap and life times two isn't cheap and gas isn't cheap and and and... but it's all rewarding and these little materialistic victories are rewarding in my little mind. 

so i hope i love it... and if i do i'll write about it... happy weekend peeps

24 September 2012

randomness from the weekend

we had a full weekend and could have used three days to enjoy it rather than the usual two!  this weekend we had our engagement photos taken and had to prep the house, yard, and puppies to be in front of a camera lens!  in-between the prep for the photos we hung out with family, went to a new dog store opening, and traveled out to Lakeville for some apple picking.  as always there were ups and downs to the weekend but everything seems to still be in tact and well here's Monday again... and a full week of work.

oh and it's officially fall... so i can officially start showing photos of Chloe in her Halloween costume right?!

my bumblebee... oh what a trooper she is!

13 September 2012

still pining for Lo & Sons O.G. bag

okay folks... so when you want something you can't have... what do you do? 

me i'm slowly selling off my possessions on ebay in hopes of owning a Lo & Sons O.G. bag sooner versus than later.  i've got a very special destination event in April and i would so love to be organized with a Lo & Sons O.G. bag for the trip but getting to the point of being able to pull the trigger on this purchase has required many a ebay auction.  there are lots of happy sucessful bloggers that have their "curtsey of" Lo & Sons bags but i'm not so lucky nor so successful...  but i hope in the next couple of months to have a nice little photo shoot of me and a new travel bag... hopefully... i hope i love it as much in-person as i do online...

someday be mine... please! Lo & Sons O.G. light weight travel bag

photo from likefreshlaundry.com

photo from A CUP of JO

10 September 2012

notes from the weekend...

have you ever started your day with an agenda and then have that agenda get turned upside down and sideways?  this past Saturday i woke-up with a Super Target trip in mind that included a pumpkin spice latte and then a Petco stop on the way home... but none of that happened oh ho hum!  instead we took the car to get washed and then i decided the Starbucks by our house would work fine instead of the Super Target stop which turned into sitting on a bench enjoying the lovely morning and finding out about Woofstock 2012! 

what you haven't heard of Woofstock?!?!!  ha well me neither but i'll be marking my calendars from now on because it's the cutest, most fun, and well organized dog appreciation event i've attended in the Twin Cities so far!  when i first started this blog i thought i'd try and be a fashion focused outfit blog type of place... but i'm not handy with a camera and don't have a boyfriend who is just dying to take my outfit photos either... but my love for my pups that i can document and share! 

okay back to Woofstock... the dog event is hosted by Linden Hills Business Association and this year marks the 8th annual Woofstock day... don't ya just love it folks!  they expected roughly 3,500 people and their dogs to take part in the 40 + booths, live music, doggie beer samples and so much more!  i didn't even get to take in the whole event because while we were chatting with the SidewalkDog.com booth we found out that the doxie races were also happening the same day... the doxie races i was supposed to have remembered and planned for... uh oh! 

it was a fabulous weekend filled with dog events galore, a trip out to Elko Speedway, and enjoying being random!

dog watching at Woofstock

doggie beer sample anyone?

taking in the festivites at Elko Speedway

what a doxie pint glass... yup!  we made it to the doxie races after all!

06 September 2012

tonight is Fashion's night!

are you partaking in any Fashion's Night Out festivities?  here in Minnesota there aren't a lot of options for parties or celebrity blogger hosted la de dah but we do have a few events in honor of Fashion tonight.  i'm slow to the fashion scene and last year was my first time seeking out FNO events.  not to disappoint the Galleria in Edina was having a FNO themed night and i dragged my other half to walk around the shops.  this year we are heading back to the Galleria to visit some shops and grab a bite at Pittsburgh Blue.  i'm excited to visit STYLEDLIFE, Coach, Len Druskin, and finally check out the new Lili Salon in the Galleria.  hopefully i'll figure out something to wear but if all else fails i'll just wear something simple or classic. 

have fun tonight! 

04 September 2012

first day of school anyone?!

i just figured out that today is my 24th first day of school if you total all the years i've attended and worked in education.  kinda crazy huh?!  it's been extremely busy this past week and weekend but hopefully i'll get caught up on some blogging this week.  i'm really looking forward to Fashion's Night Out this Thursday even if i can only attend a scaled down celebration here in Minnesota. 

well back to the grind stone but first a photo from the weekend!

28 August 2012

it's on sale J.Crew Jules dress in Snowcat!!

okay still a bit out of my price range but... down from $188.00 to $150.00 plus if it's on sale in-stores and you are a college student you get an extra 15% off so whatchya waiting for?