high plains sneak peeks

Rae, sweetie that she is, put together a sneak peek shoot for a bunch of merchandise that’s up for grabs at the next Mighty Swell sale. Many thanks to Jamie Otto and Emily Tetens for rocking the crap out of these clothes.

Vintage gold beaded tunic top, $28. Perf for the holidays!

Silky blue secretary dress with neck tie & gold buttons , $26. Lovin’ the cuffs on this little dress, too.

Satin and plaid dress, $25. Warm and comfortable for holiday parties, with a super flattering cut.

Just one of the maaaany ’50s/’60s coats we’ll have for sale. I’m in love with the fur detailing on this one, and the muted mocha color.

One-shouldered razzle-dazzle dress, $28. Sequins rule…that is all.

Classic brown & white gingham shirt dress, $24. Got to love the nice tailoring on this, and how wearable it is practically year-round.

For even more sneak peeks, click here.

Nighty night…





holiday how-to: apple-cinnamon infused jameson

Hi there, and happy Monday!

You can disagree all you want, but in my opinion, homemade Christmas presents are the most fun, both to give and receive. Which explains why this recipe for infused whiskey caught my eye when I spotted it a few months back. Who wouldn’t love to get a wee bit of spicy whiskey in the middle of a dead-cold Minnesota winter? I sure as heck would! Anyway, with Thanksgiving coming up, I figured this past weekend was probably a good time to get a’going on making this, especially since it takes a couple of weeks to infuse.


5 one liter bottles of Jameson Irish Whiskey

3-6 cinnamon sticks

6 Granny Smith apples

6 apples of another variety (Braeburn, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonagold)

A large glass or ceramic container(s) for storing


1. Pour bottles of Jameson into a container.

2. Add cinnamon sticks and sliced apples. Cover.

3. Infuse for 12-18 days depending on exposure to heat/light.

4. After infusing, strain and pour back into original bottle or into gift-able bottles or jars.

To make an apple-y hot toddy, mix 1-2 shots of the infused Jameson and hot apple cider in a mug. So stinking good!

This recipe was created by A.J. Crotty, manager of Charlie’s Irish Pub in Stillwater, Minnesota and will appear in the winter 2011 issue of Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine.

I hope your Monday’s are off to lovely starts, my dears!



thrift-store find: how we girls ought to start our days

Well hello there!

Truth: I’m a reliably “glass half-full” kind of girl. But the past couple days have been a wee bit rough. And popping out of bed with a smile on my face has just not been happening.

Well, the somebody must have known that I needed a little nudge’n back to positivity, because I stumbled upon this cute little glass last night at Salvation Army. I love the gal’s little headband/scarf and the sock hanging out of her top drawer (relatable much?).

Vintage glass, 80 cents, Salvation Army

I ought to give these words of wisdom a try. Starting tomorrow, perhaps?



weekend to dos

♥ do some laundry (see above)

♥ make more tags (blerg!)

♥ bake this bread (yumm!)

♥ hem a crap-ton of dresses with Andrea

♥ walk Finnie x 2 (extra credit if I *wash* Finnie)

♥ write my guest post for this lovely lady

♥ go see these gals at the Green Gifts Fair

♥ clean, clean, clean, clean

♥ yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga

Umm…this list is shaping up to be very chore-centric…me no likey. What’s on your agenda for this weekend? Hopefully a few more fun activities than moi! : )





what i’m up to tonight

Here’s a hint…

I’m taking a piano class! Every winter, I try to do at least one thing through Community Ed. Last year, I swam laps every week in an extremely overly chlorinated pool in Northeast. Tonight,  Intro to Blues Piano Using Chords and Playing by Ear. I’m stoked!! Here’s hoping my rusty fingers are up to the challenge. They said beginners welcome…



hair envy

I’m loving these soft, ’70s-style waves on Lindsey Wixson. They’re so so pretty! These shots have definitely motivated me to play around with my big hot rollers soon.

AnOther Magazine F/W 2010
Photographer: Venetia Scott
Stylist: Marie-Amelie Sauve in Resort Collections
Hair: Sebastien Richard
Makeup: Hannah Murray
Model: Lindsey Wixson

If you have a minute, check out the entire editorial. Along with the vintage-inspired styling, the “grandma’s house” style set is to die for…wood paneling, retro wallpaper, plastic place mats and all. Super inspiring all around.