green thumb

By April 13, 2014 Home
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It’s been a busy past few weeks – events at the store, hosting my sweet friend / designer Franny of This Indian Summer (the newest line at Proper!), enjoying the sporadic nice weather, celebrating several friends birthdays, and spinning around on my new bike. I haven’t had much down time to enjoy my new place, but last week I got back into fixing it up.

I’ve never claimed to have a green thumb, but for years I’ve envied people that can grow plants they can actually use. I hate to admit it – I’m really good at killing plants. Ask me to watch your dog for you while you travel – no problem. Your plants – no way. I tried tomatoes and a few herbs a few years ago with little success, but I’m ready to try again. Not only do they add a little life to my new place, but I’m anxious to use fresh basil in my eggs, mint in summer mojitos, and rosemary on top of fish. I need all the advice I can get – any plants that grow well inside and require little maintenance are right up my alley!

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windy and cold

By April 4, 2014 Style

joule {gifted boden sweater, old navy jacket, gap jeans, banana republic shoes, karen walker sunglasses, lulu frost necklace}

We had a little taste of spring last weekend but unfortunately it was just that…a total tease. I celebrated the unexpected day-long 70 degree weather by going for a run outside, throwing on my favorite worn in jean shorts, and biking around the city with a stop at a local brewery. The warm fresh air though quickly disappeared and we’re back in winter-esque weather again.

In the meantime, I’m so very tired of all things winter but am channeling warmer days ahead with daily iced coffees, wearing spring colors, and breaking out the open toed shoes. I’m also in closet cleaning mode again and ready to unload the old and bring in some new. Boden just released their summer collection and until 4/19 readers can get 15% off + free shipping with code X8W4. (I have my eye on this darling gingham dress, this striped skirt, and these polka dot kicks.)

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Photography by Justin Meyer

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bright light

By March 24, 2014 Life

Kiley Stenberg home

It’s taken almost a month but my new apartment is finally feeling like home. I’ve been picky with what I’ve chosen to bring into the new place – lugging everything up a tall narrow flight of steps has happily forced me to edit down a bit with the fluff I usually tend to collect. I’m working on less clutter, more organization – it hasn’t always been my strongest skill. But with the gorgeous light that floods in my place every morning it’s made me realize less (stuff!) really is more. While the living room is feeling almost complete, I need to give some love to the others so I can enjoy them just as much. Here’s a glimpse into my living room, which is still a bit of a work in progress.

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Kiley Stenberg home

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pop of blue

By March 19, 2014 Style

blue {this indian summer sweatshirt, j crew button up, j brand denim, lulu frost necklace, kate spade watch, matisse ‘kiley’ flats, gestuz coat, neff beanie}

Every morning for the past couple weeks the first thing I do when I wake up is check the weather on my phone – silently praying it will be warm enough for skirts + bare legs. My glow-in-the-dark-white legs are ready for some sunshine! Until then, I’m enjoying the (hopefully) last few chilly weeks in my new favorite cozy sweatshirt and brightest beanie.

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Photography by Justin Meyer

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