Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I turned another year older this last Sunday.  I am one of those tiresome people who gets a serious case of the mopes on their birthday and this year was no exception.... which is why we are all lucky it took me a week to get around to finishing this post.  So much melodrama lost to the delete key.

Matt knows the drill and kept me distracted all day.  We went to Grand Cafe for brunch, the Mall of America for Kiehl's and a rollercoaster ride, ice skating in downtown St. Paul, oysters and a pre-dinner warmup drink at Meritage, and dinner at 112 Eatery.
Let's get to the loot.  The Pamela Love Tribal Spike necklace!  I've wanted one of these forever.
Oh and my gift to myself- a new hairdo.  Super blond and super short!

Fleetwood Mac.  You may notice that Stevie looks a little odd in the crotch region... Matt claims he was trying to make her outfit look "drapesy."
Drapesy?  She looks like a hot water bottle.

Moneys from my Mom went to these Eileen Fisher booties.
Plus photo classes from my Dad and some workout clothes from my sister.... who accurately pointed out that I was wearing a sports bra from 7TH GRADE to yoga the last time she was here.  I didn't even try to deny it.

But do you know what would be MORE embarrassing than a 7th grade sports bra?  The dramatic post I had originally written.  This birthday was ridiculously wonderful.  I am 31 and spoiled rotten!

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Uniform: Still Wearing It

The uniform had a nice little Thanksgiving trip to Boston.  Rode the T, saw some Franz Kline, artfully concealed the consumption of 3 slices of pie before 10am.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bean Boots vs. Sorels: WHY NOT BOTH

 Turns out L.L. Bean has snow boots that look almost exactly like the Sorel Caribous, without the ugly logo.  The clomp factor is definitely there, but that just ensures that you stay upright.  They are basically the perfect Bean-Sorel hybrid.  Plus, they are $30 cheaper.  Sold.  

I also learned that you can use something called AquaSeal to a patch a hole in rubber boots, so I am going to try to get my old Sorels through another winter.  This means that I can keep a pair by both the front and back doors... i.e. the absolute pinnacle of luxury in Minnesota.   No sloshy boot prints on the floor, always a warm pair at the ready.  I'm living proof you can have it all!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Living Room, in Lists

The Good 
Beautiful moldings, leaded glass windows, built-in shelves, and fireplace
The chrome coffee table and brass accessories
Loveseat from Home Depot (Cheap, kinda pleathery, but a perfect solution for a temporary space)
New marbleized lamps 

The Bad
The light- even though there are windows everywhere and a sunroom, we face east, so it is dim most of the day.
The light grey non-color on the walls.
The mantle styling.  Bad.  Just threw whatever I could find up there.
The art- love the black & white Kevin Russ print, but you can barely see it with the reflection from the hanging lamp.
Which reminds me- the hanging lamp.  I think it is some sort of historic reproduction.  Ugh. 

To Do
Reupholster the chairs flanking the fireplace.  Linen or maybe a velvet cotton.
Rearrange the art.
Plants on the shelves on either side of the fireplace mantle?  I need something less visually cluttered there.
Pillow and a throw for the loveseat.
A mirror over the mantle to bounce more of the light around.
Learn how to take better photos because oh my god these are terrible.  Sorry.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bean Boots vs. Sorels: A Rivalry for the Ages

The coat situation is still unresolved, but we had our first snow in Minneapolis and with it came the discovery that my Sorel boots have a hole in the heel.  Just as I was starting my search for a new pair of snow boots, my friend Amanda emailed me asking the same question I was asking myself: L.L. Bean Boots or Sorel Caribous?   I've had both, so I believe that I am in a good position to pick a winner.  But I can't!  Both lasted me two full winters, were super comfy, and kept my feet nice and warm.  Clearly, this is just one of those tough personal choices we all have to make.   

To aid in your decision-making, I've produced the following chart: 

I think I'm going Bean boot this time, if I can find a black pair (they seem to be sold out on the website).  

Have you already made your choice?  Please weigh in.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Coats That Are Absolutely Not Gonna Cut It In Minnesota

Faced with my first Minnesota winter, I have been shopping for a serious, real-deal winter coat.  I know that vanity has no place in a Minnesota winter.  Grown adults here regularly wear mittens because they are slightly warmer than gloves.  But it is tough to get excited about spending several hundred dollars on a glorified sleeping bag... especially when compared with all the gorgeous light jackets out there masquerading as real winter coats.  I mean, they may look like winter coats, but we all know that these are never going to keep me warm when it is below zero (for 17 days in a row!!!):

1 - 2 - 3

4 - 5

6 - 7 - 8

They just look so gooood.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  I tried on a Canada Goose and wasn't all that impressed -- admittedly, this was within the comfort of a Nordstrom, so I cannot say definitively how it would perform out in the field -- but overall it seemed more fashion than function.  Is there even an attractive, heavy duty warmth option out there?  Or should I just give in and buy the sensible sleeping bag?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

PSA: Serial (the Podcast)

This is a quick Public Service Announcement to say that if you are not already listening to "Serial"... YOU NEED TO BE LISTENING TO "SERIAL": 

 The basic premise - was justice really served? - is obviously fascinating.  I change my opinion of the case with every episode.  But I think the personal elements are what really make it so compelling - generational conflict, cultural conflict, and forbidden love, mixed in with the occasional hilarious high school drama.  

Episodes come out every Thursday so you have plenty of time to catch up.  Do it!  And if you are already listening... we need to discuss.