lovely in linen


Currently listening to:  Home | Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


Happy Friday!!

I’m currently in Arkansas for my friend Sam’s wedding.  It was quite the drive, especially coming off of our Colorado trip– but I’m excited for tonight!  Mal and I ran into her while downtown today at a coffee shop and it was the best surprise!  If I haven’t mentioned Sam before, she pretty much took care of me/raised me during the first half of high school.  My dad was my principal and pretty much everyone hated me, so she kept me alive.  I owe her quite a bit.


Don’t worry– I’ll take plenty of pictures tonight!  For all of my July traveling, I’ve had to pack wisely.  I’ve been trying to keep it simple, but stylish, and friendly for varied weather.  Recently, I made a pitstop in Iowa City on my way back to Wisconsin and spent the morning with my sister Mallory.  I kept it easy and breezy in a lightweight linen top and high rise skinny jeans.  If you don’t own a linen top, stop what you’re doing and go to LOFT.  Or J. Crew.  Or Lands’ End.  Linen is on an upward trend in the market, so it’s pretty easy to find.  My top is a linen-cotton blend, so although it has roll-sleeves, it is super breathable– and pretty darn adorable.







LOFT Linen Tee | Gap High Rise Skinny Jeans | Vans Lo Pros | Forever 21 Sunglasses

Until next time–



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neutral affair


Currently listening to:

Drive My Car, Paul McCartney

Hi there!

Happy Sunday! I just got back from a short weekend trip to Milwaukee for my Cool Uncle Tom’s 50th birthday party.  They just built a new house on the lake and it was incredible.  I even got to go out on a boat for the first time this morning! It was a fun, relaxing weekend surrounded by family, card games, and good food.

Time is just flying and it’s hard to believe that just a week ago, I got back from my Colorado vacation.  On our last day in Denver, my dad, sister and I explored downtown and went to a Rockies game (although I was rooting for the Twins!).  I wanted to stay comfortable since the weather was a little ominous and we’d be leaving after the Rockies game for an 11 hour drive home.  I mixed a few of my basics to create a sort of effortless grungy-prep (if that’s even a thing).








American Eagle Denim Jacket | American Eagle Boyfriend ShortsJ. Crew Baseball Hat | Gap Tee | TOMS Classics | Ray Ban Clubmasters | Target Satchel (similar)

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yes, my dear.


Hi there!

A cold front (and by cold front, I mean the 65° weather we’ve been experiencing in Wisconsin) has rolled through, leaving many not knowing how to dress.  It’s still the dead of summer, but when cooler weather hits, sometimes, we lose our sense of fall-friendly fashion and end up in a hoodie, jeans, and flip flops.  I get it, hell, I’ve even done it.  We’re not in our fall mindsets yet, so when we’re used to 95° weather, a sudden drop in temperature can leave us a little lost in our closets (I promise that was not a weird metaphor for coming out…).  I experienced this a lot last week, when I was vacationing in Colorado.  In the mountains, the weather was unpredictable and a lot chillier than typical Midwestern summers.  In preparation for this, I packed lots of layers with mixed coverage (balancing sleeve length and pant length) to ensure I had a variety of cute ensembles for the changing weather.

For a day spent getting WiFi and exploring in Woodland Park, I opted for a lightweight french-terry, french-quoted sweatshirt (sorry, I just had to) and an easy, flounce a-line skirt.  I kept the jewelry to a minimum, because hey, it’s vacation, and I slipped into some tennies and hit the streets.  And by streets, I clearly mean Starbucks.








J. Crew Sweatshirt | Express Skirt | Vans Lo Pros | Lands’ End Canvas Tote | BCBGeneration Cuff | NY&C Aviators

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fashion on the go


Hi friends!

It’s finally vacation time and I couldn’t be happier.  In fact, as I type this, I’m sitting outside at a Starbucks in Woodland Park, CO, staring at Pikes Peak.  This is the life.

Mal and I at Starbucks

Mal and I at Starbucks

I’m trying to not think about work, but since it’s been my life for the past six months, it’s kind of hard not to.  I’m keeping myself as distracted as possible with lots of hiking, hot tubbing, and High School Musical watching.  I could get used to this.

One of the challenges of going on vacation can be what to pack and how to get the most out of the fewest items.  My personal challenge was to still look smashin’ while participating in all kinds of outdoor activities.  My outfits range from casual cute to active outdoorsman.  And let me tell you, I’ve never loved wearing tennis shoes so much.

When we got into Colorado, we went to Garden of the Gods first.  It was about 90° outside, but we still had a stellar time.  It was a great workout and I got a lot of cool pictures.  For this day, I opted for a breathable sleeveless polo, boyfriend shorts, and some sweet kicks.  I topped off my look with a wicked sunburn.









Lands’ End Sleeveless Mesh Polo | American Eagle Boyfriend Shorts | Nike Shoes | Ray Ban Clubmasters

Well, I’m off to explore some more.  It’s going to be quite the busy week.  Tomorrow, we’re white water rafting.  Friday, Mal, my dad, and I are going on a 9 mile hike at Rocky Mountain National Park.  If we survive the hike, we’re going to a Rockies game on Saturday!

Until next time–



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diy: lampshade refashion

Hi friends!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had time to do a DIY, but my recent move inspired me to upcycle some of my things to better fit with my new apartment’s vibe.  I have gotten 70% of the things in my bedroom from Target, half of which are Nate Berkus.  My room is comprised of neutrals: ivory, black, brown, and pops of gold. I love it– it feels sophisticated, yet cozy.  Last summer, I had gotten an adorable floral lamp from Target for just $8, but it didn’t seem to fit with any of my stuff.  After perusing Pinterest for some inspiration, I decided to cover mine with ribbon rather than fabric.  Luckily, this DIY is extremely easy and requires very few supplies!

Ribbon Lampshade Refashion

Time // 40 minutes

Difficulty level // Easy



- Lampshade

- Ribbon (I used 4 total spools; 2 ivory, 1 gold, 1 black)

- Hot glue gun + glue refills

- Scissors

- Optional: Paint + paint brush


For starters, if you have a lampshade with some sort of pattern on it or are using a more sheer ribbon, you may want to paint the lampshade first.  I used ivory ribbon and the floral pattern showed right through, so I did two coats of white paint before starting.  In retrospect, I should have done 3-4 coats, since the floral shows through when the light is turned on.  Oh well– may you learn from my mistake!

1. Cut pieces of ribbon that are roughly 3/4″ longer than the height of your lampshade.  You want them to be long enough that you can fold the edges over the top and bottom when you glue!  Depending on the width of your ribbon and the size of your shade, you’ll need a varying amount (I used roughly 60 pieces).


2. Now for the more time-consuming part– hot glue the top edge of your ribbon, curving it around the top of your shade as you press it down.  Then, hot glue the bottom edge, doing the same thing.  Make sure you pull it tightly as you glue the bottom edge, so the ribbon doesn’t gape out on the shade.



3.  If you just want a solid color all the way around, then just repeat the motions for the full circumference of the shade and you’re done! I wanted to get a little stripe action in mine, so every 5th ribbon, I placed a color block of black or gold, alternating between the two.  *Note that if you have a shade that angles out from top to bottom, you’ll have to overlap the ribbons along the top rim in order for them to line up along the bottom.



4.  At this point, you may be satisfied.  But, if you’d like to spruce it up just a hair more, tie a ribbon around the width of the shade.  I crafted a bow from a leftover scrap of black and hot glued it on.  Easy-peasy!




Pretty cute, eh?  If you move pretty quickly, this could easily take just 20-25 minutes.  I was multi-tasking while watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, so it took me a little longer.  Conveniently, it doesn’t require 100% of your attention, so it’s a great DIY to squeeze into a busy to-do list.

Until next time–



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