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!

through the lens

today, i, jane, got to photograph a close friend to celebrate her senior year of high school. it was fun to see her through my lens and let her work the camera; different from our usual time spent in school or on the lacrosse field. here are some fun shots I got of her.

photos were taken at lake harriet and the lake harriet rose gardens in mpls.

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thank you maddie for being such a fun model !

monday’s music

happy monday, friends! turn these up & tune the stress out… it’s going to be a long week.

angela// the lumineers

i love kanye// kanye west

always/never // daniel ellsworth & the great lakes

feels (jai wolf remix)// kiiara

love is blind// låpsley

drive// oh wonder

i wear glasses// mating ritual

queens// misterwives

good as hell// lizzo

night like this// lp

call your girlfriend// lennon & maisy

like to love you// bean

tenuousness// andrew bird

follow us on spotify @janeandlaura 

a notable weekend

this weekend, i, jane, got to go to the chicago area. i was invited to join my lacrosse coach and a team of girls she had gathered  from all around minnesota to play in a tournament in naperville, Illinois. from the fourteen hours, round trip, in the backseat, to meeting some really great people, to making many trips to dunkin’ donuts, here was my weekend, pictures, and some thoughts i have gathered.

so first, we rounded up a group of thirteen girls and two coaches and loaded up cars friday morning and left the twin cities by 5am! one of the coolest things i witnessed this weekend was seeing this many girls who had never played on the same team together, some how, connect and be successful through, what i believe, were simply just good attitudes and a hundred and ten percent effort put into the game. special thanks to those girls and my coaches!

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the drive from minneapolis to naperville took us about seven-ish hours. we made sure to stop for plenty of snacks and treats. the drive was filled with good conversations, a few naps, frantically searching for coins for the tolls on multiple occasions, and some good music. here were the songs that we couldn’t get enough of, were great background noise, and that we had fun singing along to:

habits of my heart by james young

forest gump by frank ocean

hideaway by kieza

bad blood by taylor swift

someone new by hozier

believe by mumford and sons

you found me by the fray

fast car by tracy chapman

falling in love at a coffee shop by landon pigg

chasing cars by snow patrol

food was a top priority between many hungry athletes and long car rides, which presented me with the opportunity to try two new places this weekend. they are not technically new and nothing super special, but they are just two places i don’t currently have in minnesota, so obviously i thought they were amazing. these places were dunkin’ donuts and shake shack. both were wonderful, delicious, and i hope they start to appear back home very soon.

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even though we stayed in naperville, which is about forty minutes from downtown chicago, we drove into the city to explore on saturday night. it was a beautiful drive and a great way to spend the night.

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we enjoyed being classic tourists and taking pictures at the bean, just taking in the city night life, and pointing out special places around town to some of our friends who were visiting there for the first time. (excuse the bad lighting– it was getting dark out but we got to sneak in a few pictures before the sun went down)

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i wore a fuchsia colored fit and flare free people dress like this one and this , navy blue high top converse , a navy blue kate spade polka dot wallet , and necklace similar to something like this. some other outfits worn by the team included loose fitting black dresses, striped tee shirt dresses like this one or this or this or this, and floral sundresses like here and here.

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i had decided to go on this mini trip only five days prior to departing. usually, i am not too into making such last minute plans, but i have no regrets and very much enjoyed every part of this adventure. another great weekend with many memories to last me a long time. a little shout to some people that made this weekend so fun: ellie, lax and i will miss you next year, thanks for laughing and being immature with me and greta, you’re just the best so keep being you. per usual, photos are from my vsco (@janeck) and my instagram (@janekolar_). thanks for following along with laura and i as we adventure our way through summer and our first summer blogging.

clean the camera roll (two)

continuing with our new photography series, here are some pics via jane’s vsco (@janekolar) from life lately. enjoy!

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cool selfie ops at the minneapolis sculpture garden
minneapolis skyline on a summer night drive
minneapolis skyline on a summer night drive
as suggested in our previous post, we took hammocks and our friends to the minneapolis rose garden for the day
as suggested in our previous post, we took hammocks and our friends to the minneapolis rose garden for the day
lunch at cane's !!
lunch at cane’s !!
early summer mornings on northern minnesota's lakes
early summer mornings on northern minnesota’s lakes
couldn't not snap a pic
summer shades of green 
fresh summer berries with toppings
fresh summer berries with toppings

so far, this summer has been the best one yet. both laura and jane have enjoyed have enjoyed balancing the responsibilities of a new job and fulfilling our summer fun wishes. as we look through pictures from the last couple of weeks, it’s been fun to reflect on all the fun things that we have already done this summer: hammocking at the rose garden, catching up with old friends over lunch dates, runs and bike rides around the lakes, volunteering, soccer and tennis, trip to the sculpture garden, bonfires, and the first of many road trips to the northern lakes. and to think these months of sun have only just begun….

summer, we’re coming for you.

for our first summer of blogging, we have fun plans and great posts in store. in june, we will be exploring our local area, going to concerts, taking more pictures, and trying new food. in july, jane is headed to alaska while laura  goes to pittsburg for a mission trip. and in august, we will be back home, celebrating jane’s birthday, getting our fall wardrobes set, exercising more, and enjoying a few new movies. let us know what you want to hear about and what your plans are!

summer 2014 memories.
summer 2014 memories.

happy summer,

janeandlaura