Winter Bachelorette Party

Last weekend I got the oppurtunity to help plan a Winter Bachelorette Party for my dear friend Tanya.

Tanya & I met at work. She was the new 1st grade teacher & I was lucky enough to work with a student in her class. We became quick friends. Sharing many laughs through out the day & the occassional drink at happy hour.

 Tanya & I spent a ton of time at school together, but not a ton outside of school. (We live in different areas & lets be honest, it can be hard making time for friends with kids.) We made it work though, we became such good friends that she asked me to be apart of her wedding as her personal assistant. 

I was honored to say the least & so excitied that she had met her Prince Charming. (+ maybe she would start pushing out babies too, I could hope at least.)

One of my jobs as being personal assistant was helping plan the bachelorette party. This part made me a bit nervous. For one, we didn’t hang out much outside of school. Would she like what I planned? Thankfully it wasn’t just me planning.

I took on a couple of rolls, helping find the hotel, booking the restaurant, keeping track of who is & isn’t coming, & lastely the appiterziers. 

This I knew I would rock & on a budget too. Since the party was themed Winter Wonderland in downtown St. Paul, I wanted to do a charcuterie board. (My new go to for everything.) 

So I headed to my favorite grocery store ever … Aldi. I spent $210 on food, I know that may sound like a lot, but we had 24 girls coming & I did go a bit overboard, we had plenty of leftovers. (Okay alot, but I loved how it turned out)

The night was great, the drinks were flowing, & I was pretending I was 21 again. (I am definetlty NOT 21 … toddlers & hangovers don’t mix) But I couldn’t have asked for a better night. I met some great people, got to get all dolled up, & most of all the bride LOVED IT. 

Overalls 

Overalls … you hear the word & you may think of a farmer, train conductor, or if you live in Minnesota you may think of every man sporting their Carhartt bibs all winter long, but to me they are my new go to. Overalls are simply the best, easy & comfortable. 

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Shirt: (actually a dress) Bar III, from Opitz for $25, Overalls: Forever 21 for $35, Socks: Free People, from Hope Chest for $6, Shoes: Mossimo, from Target for $35

Not only are they comfortable, but they are so flattering. When your not feeling your best they hide the buldge or a big meal. I wore a pair to Friendsgiving & was able to eat the night away without worrying about a food baby.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Overalls: BDG, from Urban Outfitters for $30, Shirt: LOFT on clearance for $5

So go get yourself some overalls. I love pairing them with turtlenecks & stripes, but really you can pair them with anything. 

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Shirt: Mossimo, from Target for $10, Overalls: Forever 21 for $35, Boots: Mossimo, from Target for $35

My New Favorite Party

Life is always crazy, but the second Thanksgiving comes around it becomes a whole new ball game. The holidays are literally just insane. We have the Christmas shopping, wrapping, parties, decorating, baking, parties …. oh so many parties.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good classic party, sipping drinks, catching up with family & friends, laughing, dancing the night away. I live for getting all dressed up, wearing heels. BUT …

My new favorite party is … a party with good old Saint Nick. I am talking about breakfast with Santa. Thankfully for us our local Boys & Girls club throws the best Santa Breakfast.

For just $25 or a gift valued at $25 per family (& all proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club, bonus!) you get to eat an amazing breakfast, decorate cookies, make ornaments, leather bracelets, & meet holiday unicorns & Santa, plus take in breath taking views at the Voyageur Environmental Center. It seriously everything you could ask for!

The kids got to run around, it wasn’t over crowded, the staff was friendly & all dressed up for the occasion. They were super helpful with the crafts, but really allowed people to do it on their own. My favorite was the leather bracelet.

A real treat was meeting the Holiday unicorn & horse. The kids loved running around outside & feeding the animals. Unicorns are real!

But truly the best part about it all was being with friends & family. Making new traditions & experience the magic of Christmas all over again. This is definitely my kind of party.

Weekly Style | Week 1 

It’s getting cold in Minnesota. The lakes are starting to freeze, the air is dry, & the trees are bare. I really do love this weather, mostly because of the clothes. I can’t get enough layers, patterns, & different textiles.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Sweater: Heather B, from Hope Chest for $12, Tank Top: Free People, from Hope Chest for $6, Jeans: Levis, from Opitz for $17

My winter essentials are jeans, boots, & sweaters. Duh, the basic-white-girl look! If I added a huge blanket scarf & Carbiou in hand (which I usually sport) then I really would be the epitome of basic-white-girl.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Sweater: 525 America, from Opitz for $15, Jacket: Lucky Brand, from Opitz for $25, Jeans: Mossimo, from Goodwill for $6

Don’t get me wrong I love layering with scarfs, but seriously it’s the worst for us girls with long hair. After just 15 min of wearing a scarf with my hair down it is tangled into the biggest, unbrushable birds nest. Just not worth it for an everyday staple for me.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Shirt: Allison Joy, from Hope Chest for $8, Jeans: Mossimo, from Goodwill for $4

So I will just keep my scarfs for dirty hair days, when I am feeling lazy, but want to look polished. What do you other long-haired girls do in the winter? It’s not just scarfs that turn my hair into a hot mess, but also hats & thick turtle neck sweaters. I need your tips!

Upstairs Circus 

When my friend suggested checking out Upstairs Circus all she had to say was bottomless mimosas & I was in, the awesome craft I created was just an added bonus. 

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Sweater: Bow & Drape, from Opitz for $20, Jeans: Mossimo, from Target for $14, Shoes: Timberlands, from DSW for $60, Jacket: Columbia, husbands hand-me-down from his grandpa

This place is seriously the best for a day out with the girls, bachelorette party, or any crafter who loves to sip on drinks while creating. 

We entered Upstairs Circus & were greeted by the nicest staff. We checked in, showed them our IDs & handed them a credit card for any drinks we may have wanted above the mimosas that were included. They handed as tiny little plastic animals & showed us to our table. 

We brought in our own treats, some cupcakes. It turned out we were indeed celebrating something. It was one of my friends first time ever hanging with the girls without her son who was born 2 & half years ago. That’s right first time! We were going to need all of the momsas we could get our hands on.

After we got settled we headed to the back where all of the crafts were on display. There were so many options from house decor, signs, jewelry, & much more. I chose a marble serving tray, I turned my little plastic tiger in & received all the materials I would need along with the directions.

We headed back to our table & got started on our projects. The directions were easy to follow & the staff was great with any questions we may have had.

Not only was the staff nice, but the decor & style of the place was on point. Most DIY studios I feel can be a bit messy & lacking in decor, not Upstairs Circus

The floors were black & white tiles, from the ceiling hung upside down umbrellas, our chairs were modern & clear, & everything was clean. The bar was so cute with fun coloring books on it & an adorable popcorn machine in the corner.

I really couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday-funday. It took about 3 hours for as all to finish. I would say it was an hour of work & 2 hours of laughing with friends & getting a bit tipsy. All of this was just $40. A steal of a deal I thought!

I was so happy with my final product. It is actually something I like & would use. Those DIY painting classes are fun, but usually it is never a painting I enjoy or would hang in my house. 

I really just can’t say enough good things about Upstairs Circus. I highly recommend it. They have many locations around the country. So get the girls together or the hubby & head to your nearest Upstairs Circus. You won’t be disappointed! 

White After Labor Day is a Must

The saying goes ‘no white after Labor Day,’ this is obviously a dated rule of fashion that must stop NOW! I wore my white jeans a few times this season already & every single time I have, I have got many compliments. “I love that your still rocking the white,” “you look great,” “will you be wearing white all winter?”

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Coat: hand-me-down from sister, Sweatshirt: Disney, from Opitz for $10, Jeans: J Brand, from Opitz for $8.60, Shoes: Vans, from DSW for $45

The answer is YES. The way to make white work in fall & winter is easy. It’s all about the layers & textures. I chose thick wools & patterns to go with my white jeans. All of my white sweaters have fun details so it doesn’t look basic.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Sweater: Trina Turk, from Opitz for $12

So put on your white jeans or sweater & rock it all season long. Forget the rule & I know you too, will get ton of compliments.

Glasses: Zenni Optical, Sweater: no brand, from Opitz for $12, Shirt: Liz Claiborne, from JCPenny for $18, Tank Top: Michael Stars, from Opitz for $5, Jeans: J Brand, from Opitz for $8.60

Living in Construction 

I live in construction & have lived in construction since we moved into our home 4 years ago. Not just a little bathroom makeover, but whole house makeover. We moved the stairs, took out walls, new roof, new windows, redid all of the electrical & plumbing, striped vinyl off of original hard wood floors, the list goes on & on. The best part is we are doing it ourselves.

This is me 8 months pregnant with Rowan, helping Tyler pour concrete for our new stairs. Glasses: Zenni Optical, Shirt: Husbands work shirt, Leggings: Some pregnancy leggings I found at a consignment shop, Shoes: DKNY, from Opitz for $5

If you know me, I like things a certain way. I hate clutter & messes. You would think & I thought that there would be no way I could survive a house remodel, a long-on-going house remodel, that still isn’t done 4 years later. But I am & I am not going crazy, thanks to Tyler.

My husband is an electrician, but before that he worked for his dad building houses, he started at just 4 years old with little tasks & I can tell already that’s going to be Rowan. I am so lucky, I married the ultimate handy man. But the real best part about Tyler is he has his priorities right, which helps me with this whole living in construction thing so much easier.

Family really does come first to Ty. The other night at a family event one of Tyler’s uncles asked us how many kids we want. We replied with our usual answer, 3 or 4. He replyed joking that we must not like money, to which Tyler replied

“You can’t hug or hangout with money, it’s way more fun to have a kid”

So the house might not be done, & it might never be done. I may not like that the trim isn’t up & my walk-in closet is not started, the basement isn’t even close, the garage is falling apart … but we are fine & healthy. Tyler is working his non-existent butt off everyday, but he is also at the park with us every night, eating dinner, spending quality time together. The house really can wait.