These streets will inspire you

 

 

About a month in to NY life. I’m finding a lot of it is, well… by Niche. But beyond that it’s exploring, discovering. Taking the walk over the metro as often as possible (and the metro over car the rest of the time!) Jotting notes of cute cafes and restaurants in my To-Try list (sorted by neighborhood of course!) And moving the best ones I have to go to again into the Tried & True list!

I love love Central park and being so close to it. I found a great running route there and other times will just go get lost in it. Never too lost Google maps bless us all.

My neighborhood in the Upper East side has me entirely enchanted. I love the gorgeous prewar architecture. The white townhomes with columns and black shiny doors & manicured topiaries. Goldendoodles and a million other variations of poodles everywhere. Kiddos and fams brunching outside. The Madison Ave window shopping has me jaw-dropping all the time over beautiful dresses and living room furniture vignettes. And so many spots to snag a good pasta & sip back a yummy vino.

A move can be scary for sure— thank goodness for Facetime, for my best friends and family reminding me they’ll always be there and many visits are to come! First one arriving tonight!! 🙂 Getting used to things little by little and finding my own little nooks and routines. Hoping to carve out something of a smaller world inside this big one.

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NYC

Popped the champagne tonight. Slow sipping. My nyc & chill now playlists rollin on the Bose. Writing from a new bed. Curled up and just in general feelin it.

One thing I insisted on bringing all the way to NYC was this banana plant. One of my big girl splurge purchases, vase and all, from one of my favorite floral shops in Minnesota. This plant was the precious cargo of the journey out east and everyone knew it. I packed the car obnoxiously carefully with the express purpose of preserving as much of its health as I could. Is it in perfect condition, for sure no. Some of the leaves are a little jagged. Some are a little dried out. But for some reason it’s got a hold on me, it just does! One thing I recently realized was this whole time it’s been in a small plastic pot within the big ceramic one. And you know what I also realized? Yes it’s doing fine. Yes it’s grown. But it’s absolutely ready for new soil and more room to grow.

I’m absolutely a romantic. I’m absolutely sentimental. A meaning-needer. So thinking about this move, there’s been a very rich exploration of why… and why now. And all-around, it’s been pretty lovely to see doors open and close to guide me into settling into NYC in this particular moment. In this particular place.

“Leaving” Minnesota was hard. Because I’ve found such an abundant situation there. How can any one person be so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible, inspiring, beautiful, kind, loving people. My family, my friends, my business relationships. The quality and positivity, and compassion from these people I will cherish forever. I “left” but can never actually leave in spirit. It’s become so much of my soul.

So here I am at Le Petit Chateau, in NYC. It’s not home yet. But it will be.

Cheers to new beginnings. To growing as a woman. Becoming more of the person I want to be. Growing in character. Budding new leaves and being fine with a little tear and break here and there as I figure things out. Staying grounded and in touch with my roots, faith-filled. Embracing how this big, vibrant city will impact me but never losing sight of my core, my foundation, and all that has made me who I am. Here’s to building new friendships, growing my business, and finding love. Strengthening and extending my roots in this new city in this next decade. To kindness, to soft hearts, to creativity, prosperity, authenticity, and making the world a better place.

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Scottsdale AZ, a photo diary

 

 

Last weekend was one for the ages. We called it the #nojudgmentzona! Perfect little mix of outdoorsy adventures, city nightlife, and chill moments by the pool at the resort with 3 of my closest lifelong friends, roots tracing back to middle school for some. We stayed at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. From beginning to end it was pretty magical. One of the highlights was dinner on the terrace at Talavera Restaurant overlooking the beautiful elevated view of Scottsdale miles away. We arrived just before sunset, and spent a serene few hours reminiscing about the trip, years past, and enjoying incredible food and drinks. We were soaking up our last moments together before spreading out back to our homes all over the country the next morning.

A few style notes:

-The gold swimsuit is from Altar’d State (and FYI is $20). Bottoms to match!
-Tan dress is via Roe Wolfe, a local Minnesota boutique.
-Rose gold tennies (my spike stand-ins til I find some I like haha) via Ted Baker, a couple seasons ago.
-My little linen pantalones! Also from Altar’d State.
-Black maxi & floral backless top via Beehive Boutique in Manhattan Beach, I was so excited to finally give this look a spin! I also love their insta.
-healthy natural tan via The Glow Lounge
-Sequin dress via Free People

Must do’s & sees:

Troon North Golf Club: Apparently one of the best in Scottsdale. I practiced my swing at the driving range and they were kind enough to give me a tour of the grounds. Beautiful homes surrounding the course and some incredible views! Would be a fun one to play on another visit.
-Tonto Natural Bridge: A bit of a trek, nothing to be underestimated haha. This was our second hike and not gonna lie I was ready for the chill poolside moments of the trip but I absolutely couldn’t get enough of the views. It was gorgeous. And an entirely different kind of nature than I’m used to.
-Mogollan Rim Overlook: A valley of evergreens that’s like so so vast and breathtaking. And a very mild hike which could maybe have been done in sandals so that’s not the worst 😉
Whiskey Row: Great bar in Scottsdale. We ended our night out here and had so many good laughs. Also it’s Dierks Bentley’s place! We didn’t see him there- I don’t think, not that we were looking around much haha too much fun with each other dancin like fools and singing to every song. One of those nights that you knew while you were living it it would be one you’d remember forever.
-Acai bowl at Proof for brunch. Ask for honey to go with it. So amazing.

This post sponsored by Altar’d State, but as always all thoughts & opinions genuinely my own 😉

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Tomorrow

 

 

 

Nothing in this look I wore for a full day of meetings & projects in the North Loop last week is new from the last 6 months. Except the shoes. I’ve been minimizing. Prioritizing working with what I have, wasting less. Whittling the wardrobe down little by little to my favorites as opposed to options upon options. Focusing on quality over quantity. Some of my friends say it’s part of prepping for a shift, a move– as I’m considering condo-shopping in Mpls, with a little more travel incorporated into the regimen with by Niche. Still hard to take actual steps because truly I’ve grown such an attachment to my place for the last couple of years in St. Paul, “Le Chateau” <3

… I feel like it’s part of prepping for something good. A recognition of an evolution. Making space for a better tomorrow. I took several things off the walls and out of shelves that felt reminiscent of a former taste but weren’t quite fitting into my current vibe. Looking to really intentionally curate pieces over time that are more quality and have a story. Not just filling space to fill space. Pulling in a painting by an artist in Positano who was a poem all himself. And the navy tufted couch that was my first real treat-yoself caliber of furniture. Interesting how our preferences and choices in home design aesthetic and fashion roll out in tandem with life developments sometimes.

photos by iz kruse

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_______ memorial day

    

it’s a weird day actually, memorial day! on the one hand i want to lead it off with “happy”. hoping you get to enjoy your day off with family, friends, and seedless watermelon. on the other hand i want to lead it off with “let’s remember on this” because i’m grateful to those who have served in our nation’s past & present to make possible the freedom we enjoy every day. i guess it’s a little mix of both. and on these usa days, i have to acknowledge that we’re not perfect and have a lot to learn from the rest of the world and a lot to share … but we’re made of the good stuff and on our way. and there’s no doubt i’m in love with this beautiful country and proud to be an american girl!

little note, this bracelet is via urbain, a really cool mn-based company by connor kettering. they gather raw materials from historic sites and incorporate them into the jewelry & accessory designs. super unique pieces with a story attached. i love it!

and if you’re into a house shoe that can turn into an oh-wait-i-need-to-run-next-door-for-a-quick-coffee throw-on, these birdies slippers (c/o) are perfect. they’re comfortable, great quality, and easy to slip into an overnight bag for a weekend trip to anywhere. recommend!

photos by iz kruse

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