lifestyles of the poor & passport-less

Well hello there!

I have a confession to make: I don’t have a passport. And I haven’t for going on six years. I know it’s only a hundred-some dollars, but somehow, I just can’t bring myself to part with so many pennies for one, especially since there’s no sign of international travel on my immediate horizon.

Someday, I’ll probably get a new passport, and fill it up with colorful stamps and fancy visas, but in the meantime, I’ll stick to getting my international style fix off the good ol’ Internets. These blogs, by ladies scattered across the globe, are a few of my must-reads.

From Stockholm, See Emily Play.

Beautiful photos by a beautiful Swede, of beautiful Swedes (and beautiful Stockholm).

From Finland, Helmi Otsalla.

Besides one-of-a-kind vintage, the adorable Helmi and I also share loves for both Gossip Girl and whiskey drinking. (Those two = especially great when combined.)

From Perth, Australia, The Vintage Valley.

Day after day, Ally achieves ladylike looks without a hint of stuffiness. I love how she mixes Goodwill finds with fancier pieces.

From Edinburgh, Hello Mr. Fox.

Hannah has a knack for finding the most beautiful stuff at thrifts and flea markets. I love her photography style, too.

From France, Valentine.

This young’uns easy going style is right up my alley. Arm-chair tag-alonging around Paris isn’t so bad, either.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got to share today. I hope you have so much fun this weekend. I get to spend some time with this little lady tonight, and I am so excited!



heads up: ARC’s rummage sale to benefit haiti

Hey y’all!

So, one of my top motivations for shopping at thrifts is knowing that the money spent there is going towards something other than padding the pockets of execs at huge, multi-national conglomerates.

The American Refugee Committee”s Community Rummage Sale, happening tomorrow, gives you another opportunity to both shop for quality used goods and support a very, very deserving nonprofit.

What You Need to Know

What: Community Rummage Sale to Benefit Haiti

When: Saturday, July 10, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Aldrich Avenue Presbyterian Church, 3501 Aldrich Ave. S., Minneapolis

Why: Remember this? Uh, yeah, Haiti needs our help people, still. American Refugee Committee responds to disasters (like the quake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina) quickly, providing help to people when they are most vulnerable and then continuing to provide support (like rebuilding housing, etc.) for months afterwards. You can read all about their awesome work here. I promise once you do, you’ll be motivated to bring a pocket-full of dollars to the sale on Saturday, as I intend to do.

I’ll be hitting it up early, how about you?



P.S. I was surprised and flattered to be picked by Sarah Von, the blogger behind Yes and Yes, as one of her favorite blogs in the Twin Cities. You can read the whole interview here.

high plains stamp of approval: foxy falafel

Hey y’all!

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to my dear pal, Erica Strait.

This gal has many fantastic traits, but what I admire most about her is her balls-t0-the-wall determination. Honest to God, whatever she sets her mind to, she’ll do.  So, when she announced she was going to launch a street-food falafel venture, I never doubted her dream’s materialization. Erica makes shit happen for herself and after years of observation, I think I’ve figured out the secret: Lots and lots of hard work.

This Sunday marks the official debut of Foxy Falafel at the Kingfield Farmers’ Market at 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue, just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from my house and I, for one, am pumped. Want to learn more about Foxy Falafel? Read on…

[Arbitrary outfit deets: 1950s dress, Salvation Army on 38th and Nicollet (read my review of this store here!); Sandals, DSW; Wishbone brooch, mom’s; Belt, Target; Amber ring, Wedge Co-op]

Me: Why falafel?
Erica: Well, I love to eat falafel, and I realized that Twin Cities doesn’t have the kind that I like. Trust me, I’ve tried every joint in town! Plus, I’m crazy about street food and love interacting with the community and supporting farmers’ markets, so starting something like Foxy seemed like a natural combo.

Me: Describe what a Foxy Falafel sandwich is like.
Erica: Well, first I start by sprouting the chickpeas. This ups their nutritional quality and increases the digestibility of the bean. [Less toots!] Then they’re processed with fresh herbs, onions, garlic and secret spices. Then I patty them up and fry ’em in veggie oil. The piping-hot patties are stuffed into a whole wheat pita filled with homemade hummus and thinly sliced seasoned cabbage. To top it off, you have your choice of three unique sauces. You can add one or two, but I recommend having it with all three.

Me: What makes your falafel different?
Erica: Besides sprouting the chickpeas, they’re fried fresh on site so they’re super crispy. Unlike most falafel, mine is bright green, due to all the fresh herbs. My other secret weapons are the sauces—Tunisian harissa (smoky, garlicy and spicy),  cucumber yogurt (bright and cooling) and green tahini (herbaceous and lemony). I’m using organic and local ingredients whenever possible, too.

Me: How much will a sammy cost me?
Erica: The sandwich is $5. For gluten-free folks, I’ll be doing a platter of falafel, cabbage and the sauces for $4. Frequent farmers’ market customers will appreciate my punch card—buy four sandwiches and get your fifth one free.

Me: Are you vending anything else besides falafel?
Erica: I’m selling homemade kombucha for $2. Kombucha is a fermented Chinese tea that is packed with probiotics. [Erica’s kombucha is so freakin’ good. If you’ve tried store-bought kombucha and hated it, give hers a go.] I also have plans to start doing pedal-powered fruit smoothies, so stay tuned for more info on that, coming in June.

Erica will be slanging sandwiches all summer long at the following markets:

Kingfield Farmers’ Market, (starts this Sunday!), Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Northeast Farmers’ Market, (starting June 5), Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Uptown Farmers’ Market, (starts June 20), Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

You can keep up with Foxy Falafel on Facebook and on Twitter (@FoxyFalafel).

See you at Kingfield on Sunday!!