Life

2017

January 3, 2017

2017. Boy am I happy to see you! Like most of the world, I thought 2016 was a pretty shit year. But I’m not here to dwell on the past year (although trust me, I could write a pretty lengthy post on how hard it was). I’m here to look ahead for 2017 and share my goals with you! If you’ve been here for some time, then you know how much I enjoy making resolutions. I look forward to new beginnings and fresh starts. And although I’m not perfect at following through with them throughout the whole year, I still love starting off the year with good intentions.

Here are some goals for 2017:

Be more independent and self-driven. So often I’m inspired by the people around me and the people I follow online (which can be really great), but this year I want to push myself to be more self motivated. To do things because I want to do them, not because other people around me are doing them.

Listen to my intuition and ignore my ego when it tells me I’m not good enough. This is going to be a tough one, but it’s probably the most important resolution I’m making this year. I want to stop listening to the voice in my head that tells me I’m not good enough, deserving enough, smart enough, etc. etc. I think that in 2016 I let fear (and my ego) get the best of me. I listened when it said I couldn’t do something. This year I want to push past that and listen to my intuition and follow those goals that really scare me. Starting the Graphic Design program at MCAD was the best thing that happened last year, and it’s also intimidating to put yourself out there with a new skill. I’m still very much learning design and it’s scary to share the things I’m working on because they are far from perfect, but I want to push past that and ignore the fear and the voice that tells me “no” and go for it. And be proud that I did.

Create my online portfolio and begin doing graphic design as my career. This goes along with my resolution above, but I want to set up my online portfolio and begin looking for jobs (even if they’re just little freelance jobs) for design. My ego flares up when I think about getting paid for design work.. but I’m excited to put myself out there and start doing the work that really excites me.

Stop caring so much about what other people think. Instant feedback from social media (mostly Instagram) really gets to me. I’m excited when the number of likes and comments I receive are high, and when they’re not as high I’m discouraged and wonder why people don’t like what I’m posting. It’s crazy and definitely something I’d like to work on this year. I’ve already turned off the “push notifications” for Instagram, so I’m hoping that helps. I also want to apply this to “real life” as well. I worry a lot about what other people think of me and the things I’m doing. Too often I seek people’s approval about the choices I make, when really I should think about what’s best for me and Sam. This again ties into the ego/fear thing. There’s a lot to work on there 🙂

Constantly work on my mental health. Make time for yoga, meditation and eating healthy. It’s good for my soul and overall health. Stop using the excuse that there’s not enough time. Mental health is the most important thing.

Whoof.. those are some heavy resolutions! They are tough, but I’m up for the challenge and so, so happy for 2017. What are your resolutions for the year? I’d love to know.

Read my resolutions from past years:

2016
2015
2014
2013

food

On The Grid

October 9, 2016

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The nice thing about being new to a city is that you’re forced out of your comfort zone – whether you like it or not. Everything is new. Restaurants, bars, neighborhoods. You have to relearn everything. You have to find a new go-to pizza place, a favorite coffee shop for studying, a no-brainer Thai place.. you know, the important things.

We’re still in the trenches of finding these forever favorite places, but believe us, we’ve been doing our research. For pizza, so far we’ve tried Black Sheep, Pizza Luce and Punch.. none of which were mind blowing (sorry Minneapolians), we were so spoiled with pizza in Chicago. (Miss you, Coalfire).

Luckily for us, we’ve met a lot of people who love to recommend their favorite bars and restaurants. I have a running list of places to go, which is great. I also came across this website called On The Grid, which has guides for basically all cities, Minneapolis being one of them. The website breaks it down by neighborhoods and recommends restaurants, shops, museums, etc.

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And of course I took at peek at the places it recommends in Chicago. Whoof was that painful. I’ve been missing Chi so, so much. I felt like a sad ex-girlfriend while I was looking at the Chicago guide. It’s like looking at an exes Facebook page.. you know it will only make you more sad but you do it anyways. Or like listening to sad music when you’re already bummed.. Why do we do that to ourselves?screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-5-42-24-pm

 

Missing Chicago is hard, but it definitely helps to be somewhere that has so many great things to offer. There is no shortage of good food or alcohol. Just yesterday we went to Tattersall Distillery and it was incredible.

Hopefully this helps any of you who are exploring a new city as well, or if you just need some new spots in the city you’ve always been in.

xox, e

DIY

DIY Copper + Yarn Wall Hanging

September 8, 2016

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It’s been five weeks since we’ve moved into our new apartment and I’m embarrassed to tell you that most of our walls are still bare. I’ve made it my goal this week to start hanging our art and make our space feel more “finished”.

I think one of the hardest places to decide what to hang on the wall is above the couch. It’s such a focal point and something you really love should be placed there. I was struggling with what to put above ours and that’s why I decided to make this wall hanging. I love the homey warmth it brings to the space and it’s super easy to create. And bonus – it’s really inexpensive to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:
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SUPPLIES: copper pipe (mine is 2 feet long), copper couplings (1/2 inch), yarn, scissors

wall-hanging_chairDIRECTIONS:

1. Place your copper pipe between two chairs, this will make it much easier to work with.

2. cut yarn into strips to your desired length and drape the strips over the pipe. This step is tedious – I suggest having an interesting podcast on while working.

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3. Once you have your desired look and length, knot each strip of yarn using a larks head knot – similar to how you would tie a luggage tag. Tighten and repeat until all the strips are knotted.wall-hanging_knotwall-hanging_knot2

4. Finally, add your copper couplings in a pattern of your choosing. For the size of my yarn, 6 strips fit perfectly into each coupling. I decided to arrange mine in an upward arrow formation

5. To hang it, make sure it’s level and rest the pipe over two nails. wall-hanging_finished

And that’s it! Super easy. I love this project because you can really customize it with the colors and the arrangement of your couplings. Also, the couplings are really easy to move around, so if you get tired of their placement, you can easily update it to give it a different look!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you try this DIY.

Life

Familiarity

August 31, 2016

It’s really crazy how things come full circle in life.

We’ve been in Minneapolis for one month now, and it’s been a crazy, fun, wonderful, exhausting, tearful, joyful 4 weeks. I think any and all adjectives can be used for how I’ve felt in the past month. It’s been a rollercoaster to say the least. But I’ve always been a fan of rollercoasters (especially the really scary upside-down-ones), so here I am.

Today, I was thinking back to when I first moved to Chicago nearly three years ago. And if you’ve been coming around this-here-blog for some time now (first of all, thank you) you may remember this post from 2014 – I had been in Chicago for a few months by that point and I wrote about wanting to go to Costco, because it would remind me of Salt Lake and I was craving some familiarity.

Although I haven’t craved a trip to Costco since moving to Minneapolis, there are definitely things that I crave day-to-day that are familiar and normal. Things that are easy and comfortable.

For the past few weeks, Sam and I have been watching Friends re-runs. Even though we’ve both seen the show multiple times, I think subconsciously we decided to watch it again (for the umpteenth time) because it’s familiar and easy. We know we like it, there’s not much we need to pay attention to, and it feels good. When so much else is new and uncertain, it’s nice to have something really familiar to look forward to.

There’s something really comforting and beautiful about familiarity. From a person who loves new things and new places, occasionally I’ve gotta back away and appreciate those things that are so often labeled “boring” or “been-there-done-that.” Among all the new new new, it’s nice to have an old favorite to come back to after a long day of meeting new people and getting lost coming home from an interview.

Looking back on that post from 2014 in Chicago makes me so happy and hopeful. I remember writing that and feeling unsure if Chicago would ever feel like home. And it’s funny because really shortly after that, so many things came together in that wonderful city. I met Sam, I made some amazing friends and more and more Chicago truly felt like my home.

It’s nice to know that the same will happen here in Minneapolis. I’ll find my routines, things will become more familiar and I’ll make great Friends.

For now, we’ve got Friends to help us get there.

Decor

art prints

August 13, 2016

A few days ago I shared this post where I shared some photos of our new apartment. You can clearly see from those photos that we are in serious need of some art on our walls! I’ve gathered a few (affordable) art prints that I’m loving and considering for our new apartment.
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1/ by Shannon Kristen via Minted
2/ by Compose rose Photography via Minted
3/ by Trine Struwe via Leif
4/ via Leif
5/ by David Ehrenstrahle via My Guide To
6/ by Clare Elsaesser via Etsy
7/ by Tina Crespo via Urban Outfitters
8/ by MB Captured via Society6
9/ by Wendy Laurel via Eventide Collective
10/ by Eva Jorsensen via Sycamore Street Press
11/ by Kristina Sostarko via Inaluxe

Which one is your favorite??

xox, e

 

fashion

To Choker or Not to Choker?

August 11, 2016

How do you feel about the choker-trend? I can’t decide if I love it or if it’s too 90s for me. Did you rock one of those plastic, elastic chokers in the 90s? I was all about those in elementary school.

Lately I’ve been seeing chokers all over the place. I’m surprised by how chic I think they look. Here’s some inspiration:

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I love this one, but $78 for a trendy choker? No thanks.

Here are some other options from Asos that are a bit more affordable:
Double strand leather-look for $8
Similar to the Free People choker but for $35
Pack of 3 velvet chokers for $16

So what are your thoughts? Would you wear it?

xox, e