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!)

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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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summer days

By July 31, 2015 Life



Summer has certainly been a little bit nutty, as evidenced here by the radio silence on my blog. But it’s all for good reasons. While I’ve certainly thought a lot about posting and getting back to blogging the past couple months…life, work, fun, enjoying summer weather, and spontaneous summer adventures have taken far bigger priority over spending more time in front of a computer screen.



June was full of good things – a work trip to Miami, a couple (really successful – see below!) fishing trips to Ft. Myers, a crazy work road trip through Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky, lots of biking, weekend visits to the lake, camping with friends, a gorgeous wedding, a concert, and catching all the sunshine possible.

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The fun carried on into July with spending the 4th at the lake, a cool work event at another fun lake, beginning my training for my next marathon (I’m running the NYC marathon on 11/1!), another lovely wedding, practicing and perfecting my wake surfing skills, a work + play trip to New York City, biking through the Iowa countryside with tens of thousands of happy people during RAGBRAI, and enjoying a couple weeks at home before more work travel.

Between all of this – it doesn’t leave a whole lot of free time, but I’ve been able to squeeze in some date nights, some yoga, girlfriend time, and a little down time. Here’s to adding a little more blog time to that list, while enjoying the rest of these sunshine-filled summer days.



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long sleeved dress

By July 2, 2015 Style

MarieHell6 {gifted marie hell dress, miansai necklace, coach sunglasses, lulu frost earrings (similar), banana republic heels, cause & effect clutch}

Summers are always a busy wedding season, but this year I have more than ever. (8 to be exact, throughout all of 2015!) While I love any excuse to get dressed up and eat cake, finding the right thing to wear to summer weddings can be a tricky thing. For a friends recent (elopement!) celebration in Minneapolis I knew it would be a warm evening spent outside, but it would turn chilly fast. I needed something that kept me both cool and warm and that could travel well for the short road trip north.

I’ve always loved a good long sleeved dress but to find a simple, classic, unadorned one can be hard to find. This Marie Hell dress is perfectly fitted with a slight stretch, and the fabric has a good thickness to it so it doesn’t lose it’s shape or show anything underneath! This has been a go-to dress since it arrived at my door – it’s such a perfect basic I can dress it up or down, add a jacket over it, and accessorize it with anything.




Photography by Justin Meyer

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