we wear culture by google

the other day, i (laura) came across a very interesting segment on style, fashion, and culture by google! there are some really cool exclusive video’s from different museums all over the world, including the metropolitan museum of art, museo salvatore ferragamo, kyoto costume institute, and others that showcase different designers, style icons, traditional dressings, and conservation tactics. seriously, everyone needs to check this out! it is so cool. i feel like i can’t fully sum it up- there is just so much in this segment!!!

one of my favorite parts of the segment is the piece on all different fashion icons and designers that have changed the way we view style and fashion today. Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 1.53.16 PM.png

another really cool part highlights the fashion forward movements/groups that have made a big difference in this world.

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there’s also a diverse section on the making of different cultural/traditional fashion pieces that is worth checking out.

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i hope you find this as interesting as i did! thank you, google for such a cool read!!


bildungsroman project

this is a post we have been looking forward to share for weeks. a friend of ours, jack cordero, has recently started his own blog. we always get excited to connect with other bloggers and writers. however, we were especially excited to hear the awesome project jack has planned for his blog: the bildungsroman project.

bildungsroman is a term usually associated with novels; specifically, novels that deal with one’s formative years.

…and what’s a more formative time than one’s teenage years ?! jack has interviewed thirteen smart, creative, and interesting millennial teenagers to get their thoughts on a wide range of subjects from religion to relationships to drugs to art. the questions he asked each of them can be found here in his introductory post.

so far, jack has posted about religion here and the problems our world faces today here.

readers can expect a new post weekly.

congrats to jack, and we cannot wait to read more (and hope you do too).

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



room organization

it’s been a while, sorry! we have been busy with the most wonderful season of the year (christmas, of course), but we have some great posts coming your way soon.

today, i (jane) have photographed and linked some useful tips and favorite ways to organize my space and stuff. enjoy !

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top left corner: i know we have mentioned our love for them before, but we will never stop loving artifact uprising. they have so many unique picture display products, but our favorites are the square prints. they are reasonably priced, easy to make, and come on sturdy card stock paper; what more could one ask for?! another necessity, i believe, is the wall book holder. it saves me from taking up space with a bed side table. similar here.

top right corner: using awkward window space to store books, clothes, and shoes. plus a minor obsession with polka dots that i am yet to grow out of. bench here.

middle left: shoes! i’m constantly trying to control my shoe collection and obsession. right now, they sit on top of and in my “book” shelf. i enjoy using them as decorative pieces that add some color to my room rather than shoving them into the back of my closet.

bottom left corner: makeup storage has been another struggle of mine. however, these acrylic jars have been working very well. they are super easy to find, but mine are from here. it

bottom right corner: not an organization tip but still a fun idea. i display a few of my favorite photos and some magazine pages that have caught my eye through the years on empty wall spaces.

happy organizing!!

fall days

as the weather starts to turn, our outdoor activity ideas have started to become more and more unrealistic. so, we have kept ourselves occupied with lots of tea and craft days with friends. here are what our fall days have looked like.

 (left) late night tea at a beloved local coffee shop

(right) late night in front of netflix documentaries


trips to michael’s craft store to make halloween costumes inspired by studio diy’s strawberry outfit here


fixing some well loved shoes

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craft days with friends. we made collages and colored “adult coloring books.” we have found some good ones here and here

happy fall !

we hope you find yourself sipping tea and coloring too !

quick summer note…

“happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” (walt whitman)

i (laura) keep thinking to myself that i need to live in the moment more.  it’s summer and i am relatively stress free without school.  also, my senior year, one of many lasts, is just around the corner. i’m a planner, i love to think ahead and have an idea of what i want to do, but when it’s summer, i wish i could turn my planning mode off.  sometimes, i feel so cheated by time; i wish i knew where i was going for college, i wish i had realized how often i would think back to a certain day and enjoyed it more… etc. my goal this summer is to just take everything in and feel it all.  i want these days, that i spend with the people i love, to stay with me forever because these days are the days that i’ll dream of in the fall and in the years to come. every day matters, every day is special.

with that, goodnight, friends! enjoy today, enjoy tomorrow, enjoy it all.

an ode to minneapolis

from lake harriet to calhoun,

to stone arch and mill city,

nothing about this city is ordinary.

bikers bike the trails,

runners inhale and exhale,

walkers steadily proceed,

a place where lovers of life live

is a place for me.

new cafes, shops, and restaurants

are full of creative people.

when the snow melts,

and the kids come out,

the trees turn green in happiness.

mothers gasp at yet another

grass or ice cream stain

on the clothes of their children,

but it’s summer,

and those accidents are quickly forgiven.

ask anyone and they’ll say,

this place is like no where else.

a place where city and nature meet,

minneapolis is a place

no other cities beat.

five fine finds!

i popped into h&m quickly last weekend and was pleasantly surprised with what i saw.  although their clothes are cheaply made and you really have to pick through it, we like to go there for trendy pieces (because, hey it may go out of style as fast as it came in) that don’t break the bank.

here’s five things we like:

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bold shorts
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light purple jacket


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 cool swim top
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reversible bottoms
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 tassel top
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white midi skirt

jane in italy

while laura was in nyc/boston, i (jane) went to italy ! i made it to venice, florence, rome, pompeii, and naples. i loved every second of it from the food to the history to the italian culture. i took lots and lots of pictures in hopes that i will never forget this awesome adventure.

venice: by far my favorite place that i went to. it was so cool to see a city where all transportation is on water and through canals. the colors were vibrant and beautiful from the water taxis to the buildings.

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florence: this was where my favorite gelato place was ! we stayed right new to the beautiful santa maria cathedral with the famous dome. everywhere we went, and especially here, the people were so welcoming and friendly. florence is known for being the birthplace of many famous renaissance era figure such as michelangelo, dante, leanardo de vinci, botticelli, brunelleschi, donatello, and the medici family.

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rome: wow. rome was so so cool. i didn’t realize how huge of a city it was (2.6 million). we made it to vatican city multiple times, caught up with friends who live in the area, and learned all about the ancient romans.

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pompeii and naples: i didn’t spend too much time at either but thought both were gorgeous and definitely want to come back.

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for one of the first times ever, i packed perfectly for the excursions and weather. i usually wore my red converse, brown leather shoes, or my tennis shoes. i was able to bring minimal tops and bottoms and mix and match them. these items plus a rain coat and light (reversible!) winter coat were all i needed.

red converse here, leather shoes from madewell last season but similar ones here, and new balance here. rain coat here and reversible jacket (in a different color) here.

every time i travel i am always amazed with how much a i learn and pick up about history, culture, and even language. i love the idea of immersing yourself into a completely different world and learning that way. i have experienced this across the globe and even in a neighboring city. i am so grateful to be able to travel and am looking forward to future adventures. ciao !

redo the room

we always love to change up our rooms and with college on the way, we cannot help but anticipate decorating our new space! that being said, here are some ideas that we found, mostly thanks to pinterest (don’t forget to follow us their too: jane & laura).

t0 the preferrer of pink, if it’s important for you to have the prettiest room in the house, you are going to need to have some color! try framing or hanging cool wrapping paper (like the birch and goldberry wrapping paper below).  also try to make some tassel garlands and jewerly plates (don’t worry, there are diy kits) for some finishing touches.

links: wrapping paper, jewelry plates, tassel garland

to the crazed music fan, what would look cooler than hanging or framing old indie music posters? you could even get a ton of different frames and decorate or paint them. we like posters because they are inexpensive and you can find one for almost any band.


links:  band stickers (1),  lumineers poster (2), xx stickers (3), the bon iver poster (4) (there are more on this site than just that one).

to the plant lover, if you like a simple room that makes your awesome plants pop, try marbled wall paper, calligraphy wall art kit, gold boxes, and of course, succulent planters.

links: calligraphy wall art, marble wall paper, mini copper planters,  pyramid mirror box