drinks + dessert party

By August 14, 2015 Home



In my quest to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in conjunction with running the NYC Marathon, I decided to host an event for friends and family to get everyone together to support the cause in a fun way. I wanted to keep it simple and stress free so I thought that a casual party at my place with lots of yummy desserts and drinks was just right.

Thanks to my mom, aunt, and a couple girlfriends pitching in – planning and setup were easy. We raised money for LLS, sipped good wine, and sampled all kinds of tasty treats all night long. Feeling extra grateful today for all the support and donations that have come in so far – thank you, thank you!


*It’s not too late to order a limited edition set of XO-LP note cards created especially for my LLS fundraising efforts. Read more and purchase your own darling set here!





Thanks to my friend Anne for capturing a bit of the night!

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project fab traveling bag

By August 11, 2015 Style

ProjectFab {gap top, j brand jeans, catherine malandrino bag via marshalls, zara sandals, miansai bracelets, sorelli earrings}

I love a good handbag, but tend to get stuck in a rut once I find one I love. I typically splurge a bit on a new bag, carry it to death until it’s past worn out, then invest in a new one. So when Marshalls sent me this pretty Catherine Malandrino bag to play with and enjoy for a week, I enjoyed switching it up from my go-to carry all, and it’s inspired me to start hunting down my next big bag purchase.

This purse has been on quite the U.S. tour lately, making stops all around the country with bloggers showing off their home city landmarks. For it’s weeklong visit with me it made the most sense to show off the Iowa State Capitol, in downtown Des Moines. To see where it has been already, you can follow along on this bags traveling adventures here.




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By August 6, 2015 Life

babeI’m running the New York City Marathon this year.

It sounds weird to say it, as less than a year ago I never imagined I would be doing this. But it’s a funny thing when things happen in your life and suddenly your bucket list grows, your priorities change, and you start to say yes to things you never imagined you’d do. Because life is short, and why not.

Last year I signed up for the Des Moines marathon partly because it fell on what would have been my dads birthday, and partly because it just felt like a neat thing to say I did when I was 30. I wasn’t sure if it was a one and done deal, but then an acquaintance told me soon after how she ran the NYC Marathon with a charity, and what a cool and special experience it was. I started to think I had at least one more marathon in me.

After a little bit of digging I found out I could gain entrance to the NYC Marathon on 11/1 by running with Team in Training through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It sealed the deal. A good friend has been fighting lymphoma for over 2.5 years, and he’s been nothing short of an inspiration to me and everyone around him in the way he has gracefully handled this entire difficult, grueling experience.

To officially ‘gain’ my entry I need to do some fundraising. My sweet pal Laura of XO-LP created a special (and darling) set of 6 note cards (which she’s named the mail-a-thon set!) to help me with this, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to LLS. Sharing 3 of the cute images here, but to purchase the set of 6 and see the rest of the designs please visit here.

I really appreciate your support! (and check out more of XO-LP’s amazing stationary here!)

need a squeezeanchor up

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home tour: living room

By August 3, 2015 Home



I moved into a new apartment back in February – and while the new place was only about 5 feet away from my old one since I was just moving across the hall, the setup was different and I was excited to be in a freshly renovated place. I’d been living alone for awhile and after this 2 bedroom gem came available, a girlfriend and I decided to jump on it and share the beautiful space. With her style being a little more classic and mine being a little more eclectic, we’ve been able to combine our favorite things together in a way that makes both of us feel happy in our home. Today I’m sharing a peek into our main room – where we spend majority of our time when we’re home. And since when I’m not traveling for work I’m working from home, this is really my office space as well!





Photography by Justin Meyer

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