Apologies for the quietude around here, friends. I’m knee-deep in week three of juggling two jobs (it’s been nothing but fun so far, honest), but I figured it’d be good to hit pause on this whirlwind and tell you what’s going on right. now.
Eating: Cherry tomatoes from the garden, pizza burritos and these smoothies, all day everyday. Except on Sunday when, in celebration of gutter-cleaning accomplishments, I made these vodka tonic slushies (tremendously refreshing) and my favorite oven-fried chicken. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m sort of a stickler about Sunday supper!
Reading: Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner and am digging it so far. If you haven’t read Stegner, and you like Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Edward Abbey or the American West in general, I highly recommend starting with Angle of Repose.
Saddened by: This MPR News investigation into the clergy-led sex abuse cover-up that’s going on in St. Paul is wholly absorbing and so completely maddening. All four parts warrant a read.
Watching: FAR too many George Jones/Tammy Wynette YouTube vids via my new Chromecast. (That thing is slick, btw!) Once I start, I just can’t stop.
Listening to: Tom T. Hall’s “Ballad of Forty Dollars” album. Tom T.’s always good when I’m feeling worn and in need of a little pick-me-up.
Planning: Our week-long stay at the cabin! I’ve been researching nearby supper clubs and paddling day trips, but I’m most excited to just be up there and RELAX. To further this mission, I treated myself to a patriotic float AND a new hammock!
I’ve never seen myself as a jeans and T-shirt type of girl, but I have to say, there are definitely times when nothing else feels as right. The tee below I bought from a grizzled guy with a bunch of old stuff laid out on a tarp behind the “village” bar up north near my cabin. Hanging up alongside his pop-up tent was a long string of soaked Harley tees from St. Paul and Sturgis, 3 for $10.
I shared a peek of one on Instagram already, but this is the one I’ve been wearing most often.
Except for the eagle, it’s pretty plain, but it’s also hella soft, and I find myself putting it on after work before I head out to do my weeding, watering or walking of the dog. All lame activities compared to the two-wheeled adventures its former owner probably had whilst wearing it, but hey…at least it’s not in the dump, right?
Photos c/o: LB Jeffries.
I started a new moonlighting gig this week. It’s nothing fancy, just a regular ol’ retail job. But I’m so happy about it, I had to tell ya! I’m working as a part-time stylist at the Free People store in, where else, the MALL of AMERICA. After breaking up with my main freelance client, and a dream of a new kitchen thisclose to reality, I knew I had to pick up some extra cash somehow, and it had to be earned in a way that didn’t involve sitting in front of a screen. It’s pure serendipity I met the woman who hired me the same day I read this article on beating on-the-job burnout. Sometimes life works out nicely that way.
The store itself is full of beautiful clothes and thoughtful details, two things that totally soothe my soul. My first official day was yesterday, and I forgot how exhausting it is to be the new girl with not a clue what’s going on. Fortunately, the staff seems to be comprised of 100-percent sweethearts. If you’re in the area, come pay us a visit and let me hook you up with cute stuff! And be sure to give the store a follow on Instagram. (It’s an extra-pretty account.)
This week over on Beauty Bets, I had the privilege of working with Sally Beauty Supply to do a quick how-to featuring Ion products and tools. In it I share a new super-fast way to get “I just had my hair in braids all day waves” as well as some awesomely affordable Ion product picks. If that’s not enticement enough, there’s also a pretty rad BEACH VACATION giveaway going on in conjunction to the post. If I wasn’t disqualified from entering, believe me I’d be ALL OVER IT. My girl Bets has all the details…please do go check it out, enter and WIN.
Photo by: Sara Montour.
I’ve been in a bit of bling-buying mood recently, which usually spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for my bank account. Instead of picking up the first sparkly thing that caught my eye at the thrifts (or 10 of them), I vowed to seek out well-made pieces that would fill a need in my collection and/or complement what I already have. Here are three of my favorite finds…
♥ I’m planning on finding a longer, thinner chain for this silver and enamel eagle pendant ($15), but in the meantime, I’m wearing it as is. Like all the time. And I can’t even explain how delicate these shell earrings are ($10). Both were purchased from the lovely Holly at yesterdays’ Double Peace Studio’s pop-up.
♥ It’s a rare day that I leave the house without a bracelet on. And on silver days, I’m most definitely wearing one of my beloved cuffs. When I spotted this beauty with abalone inlay ($12) at Second Début‘s St. Louis Park location, I had not choice but to snap it up.
P.S. Did you know that Second Début location has a vintage section? It does, and holy crap is it amazing! Not at all cheap, but definitely home to some top-quality stuff.
Hot damn, how is it possibly July 4th tomorrow? As per usual, summer is flying by, and I, for one, am not at all excited about that. This weekend, however, holds loads to be excited about, including a trip to the ball park, barbecues with friends, watermelon-rum slushies on the deck, hours of uninterrupted project time and duh, shopping mad thrift-store sales tomorrow! If you too, want to celebrate our nation’s b-day by saving some green, here’s a quick rundown of stores offering deals tomorrow.
♥ Stock up on clothing at Salvation Army Family Stores because it’ll all be 50% off Friday, including fancy new Target swag in the basement of the downtown Minneapolis store. (Clothing at the by-the-pound store is not included in this sale.) Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and every location will be running their own in-store sales.
♥ ARC’s Value Village is offering Village Rewards members 20 points for every $1 spent, and all locations are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
♥ Shoppers who visit Second Début tomorrow will save 25% on their purchases, including clothing, shoes and jewelry. Stores will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
♥ Go crazy at Goodwill, where from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., almost everything in store is 50% off, including furniture. (A list of metro-area locations is here.)
Be safe and have fun this weekend, OK?
Photo c/o: Seattle Municipal Archive.
On the eve of Independence Day, I thought it’d be good to share a little mix featuring a few of my favorite patriotic, old-country jams. Despite my disappointment by (and disillusionment with) the decision made by our highest court this week, it’s impossible to not feel a wave of national pride swell when I hear these songs. From Loretta Lynn’s “God Bless America Again” to Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag,” I picked the best of the best (available on Spotify, that is) to share with you today. I hope you enjoy!
P.S. If ushering in America’s birthday on the dance floor sounds like a good time, my favorite local honky-tonk band is the star of a Pre-Independence Day Texas Roadhouse party tonight. Fun starts at 7 p.m. and goes ’til 11 and entry is only $6!