saint genevieve: a sweet spot

i, laura, finally got to this adorable french restaurant named saint genevieve today for a coffee and some sweets! located on 50th and bryant in mpls, this super stylish spot has unreal sweets, coffee, and of course, french food! saint genevieve is the perfect solution for travel envy as it makes you feel like you’re in paris, even if it’s just for a meal.

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small & sweet
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how cool is this wallpaper by the bathrooms?!

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super rich and bold latte
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the carrot cake was to die for!

happy thursday!

portrait photography

i, jane, have been loving my new camera and got a special opportunity to photograph lucy, annie, and kenzie today. i have gathered my favorite photography tips for photographing people and outfits.

one: get to know your model. know what makes them feel good in front of the camera. in kenzie’s case, we mastered the forced, but perfect, laugh.

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two: (editing tip) use black and white edits for the right photos. personally, photos with very dark objects, such as the wall to left, and very light objects, such as kenzie’s white shirt, make for the best black and white edits.

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three: experiment with different backgrounds. some colors show up best in front of simpler backgrounds (see below), rather than a busy green space or bright colored wall, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

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…. but sometimes, the bright wall can work so, so well.

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four: find the little details. every freckle, fly-away hair, and eyelash adds to the big picture… don’t miss them !

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five: find the best pose for your models. we are big fans of hands in pockets.

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six: use props ! nothing is more fun than a big red lollipop or fun colored drink against a colorful summer outfit.

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seven: try that bold idea- like an all sky background…

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thank you lucy, annie, and kenzie !!

 

 

new cameras

both of us just recently got new cameras, and we love them !

laura wanted a compact, travel-friendly, high quality camera, so she got a sony nex 5t. i, jane, wanted a very versatile camera with many functions and options for various lenses, so i got a canon rebel t6i.

we are both big fans of our new purchases and highly recommend them.

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we are excited to be able to expand our photography skills and options. stay tuned for some great posts coming this week !

daily summer posts coming your way & lake harriet!

hi, all! sorry for our lack of posts, we have been busy with graduation and sooo many grad parties! hope everyone is well.

we wanted to let you know that we plan on doing daily posts this summer, like last summer, and that we have so much fun coming! we have been busy coordinating with different companies and brainstorming fun ways to work with them.

i, laura, wanted to share some photos of lake harriet (in minneapolis) that i took the other night! for those of you that haven’t gone and that live in the area, i would definitely recommend that you come enjoy the lake soon! it’s a great place to run, walk, fish, swim, paddle board, enjoy concerts, and eat at too!

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the bandshell holds movies, concerts, and other events in the summer

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this is the rose garden, a beautiful, large park-like space with a bunch of flowers and fountains. it’s right across the lake on the east side. 
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love the colors

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m is for marist! (my college, if you missed our announcements a few weeks ago)

thanks for reading! see you tomorrow!

clean the camera roll

in case you missed it, here’s what i (laura) have been posting on my vsco lately:

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a spring break throwback from when we encountered a deserted naples beach
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love my ban.do planner (similar here)
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enjoyed seeing lake harriet become packed with runners, walkers, and bikers on our recent 60º days
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obsessed with this train station in NY i found on a college visit
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the future (more to come on that later) is going to be quite fun
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love the NYC public library
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old jeans by topshop and old nike shoes
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lunch in northeast mpls is a must
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the quiet streets of NE mpls
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can you tell i’m pretty into spring?! (shoes here)
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the colors at alma hotel and restaurant are unbeatable
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i mean how perfect is this blue and gold combo?!

more on my vsco and jane’s! happy thursday, everyone 🙂

LA for a few days

hope everyone is having a good wednesday! i am in the final push until spring break, while jane is already on her way to tokyo (more on that soon)!

i visited my sister in LA last weekend and ran into some cool stuff:

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a sprinkles cupcake atm right on usc’s campus!
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we ran into a cool art exhibit in the arts district

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enjoyed some smaller designer sales in beautiful art district buildings! check out that ceiling in the reflection of the mirror. 
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some happy balloons over a farmers market
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i fell in love with poketo!
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i mean seriously, this is too cool

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gotta love this funky place

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shirt is an old urban crop top and forever 21 jean skirt (here is it in the lighter wash)
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can’t beat that brick

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thank you, bella for having us and abby for being my travel buddy!

chloe + isabel collab

when friend and rep for chloe and isabel, emma mcelroy, reached out to us for a collab, we were so excited. the jewelry, especially in her collection here, is stunning, unique, and timeless. the items are reasonably priced and quite durable. some of our favorites were this choker, these earrings, and this bracelet. (along with so many more!) we were able to try them on, look through each piece in person,  and have some fun pictures to prove it!

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thank you emma!

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outfit details:

jane- madewell high waisted jeans here, steve madden velvet booties here, f21 black turtle neck here, similar coat here.

laura- topshop black jeans here, urban outfitters purple sweater here, similar long urban cardigan here, nike shoes here, my blue jacket is old h&m but here’s a similar idea

rooftop view

although it was freezing up there, nothing beats an up close and personal view of downtown mpls! here’s some photos taken from the foshay tower observatory.vsco_123016-1

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linden hills

today we enjoyed a quiet morning at one of minneapolis’ cutest spots: linden hills! first we grabbed coffee and pastries at rose street patisserie and got some work done (we’ve also concluded that senior slides are not a real thing). then we set off to walk through some of the small boutiques around the area, including honeyshine and the best children’s book store, wild rumpus.

here’s some pictures from our rainy fall morning:

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rose street is such a serene spot
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they also have the yummiest food, a must go to for all those in the local area
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wild rumpus has chickens, cats, and birds just hanging out in random parts of the store. we used to come here all the time when we were little, it is truly a great place.

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we’re obsessed with these little minnesota inspired pictures
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got to love a beautifully decorated store
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laura’s outfit: forever 21 coat, urban outfitters shirt, athlete leggings (similar here), and converse (similar here)

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check out jane’s super cool karhu shoes and athleta pants

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thankful, thankful

with november coming around the corner and these beautiful fall days, i (laura) can’t help but feel thankful for this great weather and colorful season.  we also just had two days off of school that were much needed, thank god.

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thankful for challenging puzzles and that we found the missing pieces
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i mean look at those trees….thankful for fall in minnesota, it is sure beautiful here
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thankful for fun candy stores with sweet treats (this one is called “sugar, sugar” on 38th and grand in minneapolis)
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thankful for new boots and a dog that loves fall walks as much as i do
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thankful for inspiring bands with good music. read the strumbella’s amazing interview with the current 
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thankful for the neighbor girls’ sassy attitudes and killer dance moves

happy tuesday! hang in there, everyone.