greetabl collab & some exciting news!!

hey, all! we are so excited to show you an awesome company that we collaborated with, as well as give you a quick update about our future!

greetabl is “an online one-stop-shop for creatively-curated gifts and greetings that are personalized, packaged and sent in just a few clicks.” the adorable photo boxes filled with treats are a creative and cute way to send your love to a friend who lives far away or someone that needs a little surprise in their life.

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perfect for all occasions, i (laura) chose to send one to jane to congratulate her on her college choice- villanova university!! jane will be studying public health and marketing in philadelphia this fall. laura is headed to marist college in new york! she will study fashion merchandizing.

as for our blog, we are happy to say that we plan to continue, even as we head out east! we are so excited for what the future holds. thank you for following along!

happy second birthday to us!

today marks two years of distinctive style! having this blog together has challenged and inspired us to delve deeper into what we love most: style, photography, and creative writing. we have so much planned for the future and are happy with our past.

in honor of our birthday, we made our favorite red velvet cupcake/cake recipe.

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thank you for following along!!

weekend in maryland!

happy monday everyone! this weekend i, jane, visited maryland. similar to my trip over the summer, i stayed in annapolis with friends of friends. i spent my long weekend walking around town, shopping, eating plenty of delicious food, etc. we also visited the us naval academy and went to the army vs. navy football in baltimore. such a fun filled trip and adorable place to visit.

itinerary: 

day 1: fly msp –> bwi, dinner at the iron rooster, shopping “midnight madness” in downtown annapolis

day 2: dunkin donuts and naval bagels for breakfast, walking around east port, touring the naval academy, fun out on the town

day 3: tailgate and watch the army vs. navy game

day 4: dunkin donuts and naval bagels for breakfast again, fly home

outfit details:

white converse, madewell jeans, gap coat, forever 21 turtle neck

photos:

jane’s vsco

abby’s (friend) vsco 

 

a break from politics

a few links to give you a break from this long day in america.

leonardo decaprio’s documentary on climate change and global warming here (full length on youtube!).

november horoscopes here (better late than never, right??).

i made a variation of this recipe for breakfast this morning. (highly recommend) instead of putting them in the oven, i put them in the microwave for about a minute and 45 seconds. i added a little salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth here.

have a great night and eventually get back to watching the election poll results because no matter who takes the oval office, we are making history.

(photo courtesy of jane’s vsco)

 

fall trends

fall is here! pumpkins, halloween, sweaters… it’s all here! so, to celebrate this beautiful season, we have gathered all the trends we’ve noticed.

fashion

leotards: such a love-hate relationship with these. so nice to have a permanently tucked in shirt, but if you don’t find the right one, they can be pretty uncomfortable. good one here .

chokers: 90s attire is back! chokers are the rage. maybe try a local (mpls) jeweler here to find a unique and handcrafted one.

entertainment

presidential debates: get out and vote if you can; every vote counts!

atlanta: such a unique plot line following the lives of up-and-coming rap artists and their everyday life. watch full episodes here.

food

avocados on more than just toast: recently stumbled across this on my instagram feed and will definitely have to give it a try.

pumpkin bread: of course. a fall necessity. fall goal: to make all of these.

thoughts

feminism: jane’s odyssey on feminism here.

fascinating find on cnn.com today: a 5minute read that leave your brain thinking for hours. here.

cozy up by the fire and watch the leaves change! until next time.

easy summer snacks

here are three easy summertime snacks that can be made in five minutes or less:

the everything smoothie-

  • one banana
  • 8-10 strawberries
  • a hand full of blueberries
  • 3 spoon full’s of coconut greek yogurt (try noosa!)
  • ice cubes as desired
  • dash of milk or juice

blend and enjoy!

easy guacamole-

  • 1 avocado
  • chopped tomatoes as desired
  • chopped onions as desired
  • dash of lemon juice
  • garlic salt
  • pepper

mash and mix together and enjoy!

chocolate avocado frosty

  • 1/2 cup of frozen banana slices
  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • 1/2 avocado

blend together and enjoy!

 

 

summer challenge + links

sadly, we have to start accepting that summer is coming to end. however, there are still a few weeks left to finish completing the summer bucket list. we want to make the most of these last few weeks of sun and vacation, so we are challenging ourselves and friends to the following:

  • try a new restaurant (mpls area? maybe try here)
  • sleep in
  • call an old friend and catch up (here‘s why)
  • exercise outside
  • make one more spontaneous purchase (found this during a quick target run)
  • take pictures of something or someone you enjoy
  • switch out a staple make up product for something new (new lipstick obsession here)
  • bike to work
  • + anything else on your summer to do list !

summer posts from around the web

summer is a great time for many bloggers to share trips, projects, and outdoor parties.

here are some of our favorites from around the web!

designlovefest’s outdoor brunch

the londoner’s evening in provence

barefoot blonde’s renovated living room

taza’s boat ride in italy 

evergreen and ivy’s hot air balloon adventure

and really any of the classy girls wear pearl’s posts because wow do they ever do trips right!

happy wednesday, friends! don’t forget to wish jane a happy birthday tomorrow!

 

 

the windy city

this weekend, i, jane, spent a few days in chicago, il. every time i find my way to this awesome city, i fall in love with it all over again. i think the culture mesh, size, and layout of the city is pretty perfect.

here were my adventures in the windy city (via vsco.co pictures):

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busy people everywhere
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ohio street beach
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a car window pic i am quite proud of
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dunkin’ donuts: another reason to come back

we explored the navy pier area, ate deep dish pizza, and day dreamed about being down the block at lollapalooza.

happy new week friends !

weekend recap + a recipe

this weekend was filled with a variety of activities and fun.

it started with friday’s trip to canterbury park in mn for the weekly horse races. although we didn’t leave with much extra cash, it was a unique thing to do and witness.

saturday, laura got to tour the new us bank stadium !

lastly, on sunday, jane went on a long bike ride through uptown, downtown, the university of mn, and stopped at the midtown global market for thai snack.

to close, here is a yummy watermelon feta salad recipe:

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1/4 of watermelon cut into cubes

1/4 cup of feta cheese

mint leaves as desired

1/2 tbs. olive oil

salt as desired

mix and enjoy!