summer lbd

By August 16, 2014 Style


OldNavyDress {old navy dress, banana republic clutch, bcbg shoes via marshalls, karen walker sunglasses, sorrelli bracelet, bauble bar earrings}

Cheers to making it through another week – I’m really glad the weekend is here. My week stayed busy with a trip to the state fair (where we consumed cheese curds + a funnel cake + mac n cheese and more on a stick…allllll fried! Oofta), a sand volleyball game, yoga and a couple bike rides (to try to undo some of the damage from aforementioned fried feast), several meetings for a really cool upcoming event called Art Meets Fashion, and making plans for upcoming visits to Chicago, Cali, and NYC.

While running around a few weeks ago picking up some new workout gear I happened to get distracted by this cute LBD and while there’s no shortage of dresses in my closet it was too cute not to snap up instantly. While I don’t see it available online anymore this is a close lookalike and I’d bet they still have the one I got in most stores.



Photography by Justin Meyer

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the week

By August 13, 2014 Life


This past week has sort of been a doozie. Last week marked one year since losing my dad, and it was a hard one to get through. So many memories bubble back up every time I think of my dad, but knowing it’s been one full year felt like some sort of hurtful confirmation of reality. While there’s so many happy memories to look back on, I have a hard time thinking about the future, and all the things – big and little – that he isn’t and won’t ever be here for.

If there was anything positive about last week it was the outpouring of love that really comes out during the toughest of times. From kind notes arriving in my mailbox, to friends stopping by just to give me a hug, to booking a trip to California as something fun to look forward to – those closest to me really know how to make me smile, and for that I am lucky.

Another fun thing from this past week – shooting for a project called Make Des Moines, which we shot inside my apartment. Sharing a couple pics from what we shot here on the blog, but you can read the full post here.


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best summer dessert

By August 6, 2014 Home



Going out for ice cream is a classic summer ritual – but after a long run or extra sweaty yoga class the last thing I want to do is throw all that work out the door with an extra sugary dessert. (Not that I don’t give in at least once a week to indulge my raving sweet tooth!) To get my ice cream fix lately I’ve been making lots of banana ‘ice cream’ at home. While frozen bananas and a food processor are all you really need, it’s easy to dress it up to look even more like your regular ice cream shop go-to. I made the batch pictured below with just bananas on the left, and a little cocoa powder + sea salt on the right. *Helpful hint: peel and chop the bananas before you freeze them. If you are able to peel a whole frozen banana, you are far more clever than me!




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24 hour trip

By August 2, 2014 Life



Earlier this week I took a quick 24 hour trip to Boston – it was the kickoff for an upcoming project with Marshalls and I was excited to have even one hot minute back in a city I hadn’t been to in years. Between meetings I had a bit of free time to explore and I racked up as many miles on foot as I could pack in. A sprinkled cone from a Boston Frosty truck, a walk through Boston Common, a stroll by the original Cheers bar, and a late night cocktail (a cucumber mojito!) at the Top of the Hub to take in the best skyline view of the city. Looking forward to sharing more about the upcoming project, but until then, a few snapshots from the too-short of visit!

Boston {comme des garçon top, baldwin shorts, karen walker sunglasses, wink & winn purse, ice watch}






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