recent gems

By October 24, 2014 Life

I’m still coming off the thrill of running last weekends marathon, and it’s been nice to take it easy for a few days. A little bit of yoga, some cookie baking, date night at my favorite local spot, a long bike ride on an unusually warm fall evening, and making an overdue small dent in my ever growing stack of magazines all helped make for a nice relaxing week, and a fairly quick recovery from the race! A few other gems from the week…


The prettiest bouquet of flowers that greeted me at the marathon finish line has been keeping my apartment cheery all week long.


The coolest + comfiest new Reebok skyscape kicks that have kept my recovering feet happy this week.


On more days than not, you can find me wearing Baldwin denim. I’ve expressed my love for the brand here on my blog before, and I’m such a fan that I decided to carry them at Proper. This fall, they stepped it up even more on top of their denim I already love – and came out with gorgeous buffalo plaid button ups, super comfy cozy gray flannel joggers, and a sweet black bomber jacket that has removable sleeves – so it becomes a vest(!!!) It’s definitely been added to my fall wish list.

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my first marathon

By October 22, 2014 Life


This past weekend I ran a marathon. It still doesn’t actually seem believable when I say it out loud. 26.2 miles. It’s pretty wild.

Running a marathon wasn’t always something that was on my bucket list, but after realizing over the summer that the Des Moines half and full marathon fell on my dads birthday, I decided that running another half marathon would be a good way to spend the day, in honor of my dad. When I told my boyfriend that I had decided to run the half marathon and would spend the summer training for it, he was supportive and encouraging, and then jokingly said, ‘Well hey, not just run the full?’ It triggered something in me that I just couldn’t shake and although at first I laughed at his joke – all, ‘Ha – yea, no, yuck, NEVER!’ it kept lingering in my mind and I just couldn’t stop thinking ‘why not…why not why not why not?’ I came up with a million reasons why I couldn’t, shouldn’t, or didn’t want to run a marathon. (the time commitment! do i have to give up martinis? isn’t it bad for my knees?) None of my ‘excuses’ seemed to trump the unbelievable thought of completing this big crazy lofty goal. And after I couldn’t get the ‘why not?’ question out of my head for a few weeks, I took the scary plunge and officially signed up for the full 26.2.

There were definitely days I didn’t want to run, or couldn’t because something hurt, or skipped one because it was rainy, or the opportunity to do something more fun came up, or I simply didn’t feel like it. I ran in crazy hot weather and in pouring down rain, I ran in Central Park, Chicago, Yosemite National Park, Minneapolis, and all around Des Moines, I ran late at night and early in the morning, I cancelled date nights in favor of runs, I ran from a wild angry attacking bird! And in the midst of it all, I hurt my foot and ended up taking almost 4 weeks off running. But I recovered and kept strong through biking and yoga – and keeping that marathon finish line moment in my mind, I hit the pavement and followed my training plan as best as I could.


I woke up this past Sunday – marathon day – feeling anxious, excited, nervous, thinking about my dad, and somehow not at all but more than ever ready to run. I was lucky to have the very best, most amazing, awesome support group that showed up so many times along the course that I lost count – always with signs, yelling encouraging things, and cheering me on. It made all the difference in the world. While the last hour of the race was no doubt a brutal, painful, mind-game filled hour where I questioned everything and convinced myself that one more mile was not actually possible…the sight of that glorious finish line suddenly shut everything up and I hardly felt my feet touch the ground. To finish was indescribable.

Running a marathon is a big goal, one that each person makes for their own personal reasons. It’s already got me thinking what’s next – now that I’ve done what I never thought was possible, I need to think bigger! But for now, I’m going to spend this week basking in the runners high I still can’t shake, pour myself some extra bubbly, and enjoy some serious well deserved relaxation.

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cozy in cord

By October 6, 2014 Style

Cord2 {dolce & gabbana coat (similar here), baldwin denim, gifted culture riot bag, kate spade shoes (similar here}

It seems like we leaped straight from summer to winter, but right now I don’t mind bundling up in my cozy outerwear. It’s a nice change from my tired summer wardrobe. (I know I’ll be regretting those words soon.) I had a super duper low key weekend – taking in a hot yoga class, baking pumpkin chocolate oat bars, catching up on cleaning around my place, and going out for a long run. The marathon I’ve been training for is creeping up on me – it’s less than 2 weeks away. YIKES. YIKES. I think it’s normal to not feel ready, but I’ve put too much time into this to not give it a go now…if anyones done one before send last minute advice my way!




Photography by Justin Meyer

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recent gems

By September 28, 2014 Life

photo 2 {my always-first stop in NYC, Mister Softee for a rainbow sprinkle dip cone}

photo 1 {post Mount Dana hike dip in a crystal clear deserted lake in Yosemite National Park}

September has flown by so fast I’ve hardly taken a minute to sit back and look back on what a big month it’s been. I feel like I’ve been running nonstop (both literally and figuratively…), luckily I usually thrive on staying busy like that, but I wouldn’t mind a little bit of downtime sometime soon. A few of my favorite things from September…hiking through Yosemite, spending a Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn and hunting down Momofuku Milk Bar (and confirming for myself that their famous ‘crack pie’ is 100% accurately named), hearing Tim Gunn speak at Drake University, dancing at the Art Meets Fashion gala, surviving a 20 mile practice run in preparation for my upcoming marathon, and celebrating the debut of the Halston exhibit at the Art Center with a weeklong string of fun events.

photo 4 {twirling in my new favorite midi skirt}

photo 5 {enjoying the cutest appetizers ever at a local favorite din spot, Proof}

photo 4 {wearing an old Anne Cramer dress + vintage Escada shoes + Culture Riot clutch for the Art Meets Fashion gala}

photo 3 {the tastiest chocolate milk, found in Brooklyn}

unnamed-11 {two of Proper’s newest arrivals – fall clutches from Clare Vivier}

unnamed-12 {my fave post-run treats, Harmless Harvest coconut water + Slipstream Organic granola}


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