Give Back, Give Love

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Sometimes a company just gets it. And we like it. So the company does well. Like, real well. Altar’d State is one of the fastest growing women’s clothing and accessory retailers and for a reason. Maybe a few reasons. Their products are trend-right and wearable for most. Their online store is very user-friendly and regularly updated. Their price point is good, reflecting a higher quality good but not quite inaccessible designer pricing. And… their humanity is made so very evident through many heartfelt efforts to give back and move along local community-based, worthy causes.

This winter is no exception. Altar’d State is supporting Give Love campaign and encouraging others to give their time by actually paying its employees to get out and volunteer in their charities of choice. Altar’d State is also partnering with organizations that provide food and shelter to those in need by donating 10% of the day’s net proceeds every Monday. With every purchase, Altar’d State is further inspiring simple acts of kindness by giving a small gift – a lock and key- with each purchase, one component of which is to be given to someone in need of a little extra love this holiday season. I love that!

Knowing that Altar’d State puts such a focus on giving makes me really want to shop there -especially on Mondays. We can also join the movement by using the hashtag #ASGiveLove to talk about how we plan to give love this Christmas. So so SO cool of a reminder to keep things externally focused in the midst of a busy time. Participating in the #ASGiveLove buzz also means we get a chance to receive an Altar’d State giftcard and have a donation made to a charity of our choice.


We actually just got an Altar’d State store at the Mall of America in Minnesota. I shopped it the other day and picked up a few gifts for my family, a big cozy sherpa vest and the velvet playsuit you see pictured here…. among other things lol. Pop in the next time you’re there! Which for me will be sometime this week, more Christmas shopping to finish up! I always say I’m gonna get it all done before this week but it never quite happens. So to the MOA I go!

Hope you’re enjoying these last few days before Christmas!


photos by Gavin Crews

But first coffee

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With coffee I’m just… better. The sky is bluer, my jokes are funnier (at least to me…) Before we go any further I feel I owe it to the true coffee drinkers of the world to make a huge caveat. I’m not a coffee snob. I’m a coffee drink/coffee shop snob. Most of the time I basically order glorified warm milk. It’s basically heated almond milk with a shot of coffee and some sort of sweet flavoring. I’ll almost always say yes to whip because life’s just too short. But I’m pretty sold on these drinks with dinky amounts of espresso. But coffee drinking is an experience. And despite my weak drinks, I’ve jumped in wholeheartedly. I love trying out new places with cool ambience to saddle up and look at pretty latte art before I slowly sip it back. Here’s a little guide to some of my favorite and soon-to-be, probably favorite coffee shops in the Twin Cities.


Most likely to be perched: // (and my current order of choice!)

  1. Caribou on Grand // Salted Caramel Budino, made with half espresso and half flavor. Yes heavy whipping cream and yes whipped cream and toppings! I get mine made with almond milk but only do that if you’re ready, it definitely changes the taste a lot!
  2. Spyhouse on Washington // Spygirl please!
  3. Uncommon Grounds // the “orgasmic chai”! Yes, that’s the actual name of the drink. You will die. It’s unbelievable
  4. Starbucks on Grand // Toasted Graham Latte half espresso with almond milk
  5. Urban Bean // Miel half espresso
  6. Bread & Chocolate // Salted Caramel Latte, half espresso with almond milk!


The ones I want to visit more often:

  1. Empire // Simply stated, bright & open, tucked away but not hidden.
  2. Copper Hen // Coffee is good and so is anything I’ve eaten off of my plate or someone else’s here.
  3. Bachelor Farmer // I mean Sarah Jessica Parker eats at the bf restaurant when she’s in town so.
  4. Quixotic // Latte art on fleek. Also dig the chia pudding.
  5. Claddagh // Black and tan, so yummy, and comes in a comfort coffee kind of big black mug.


On my list to try!

  1. Penny’s // come for the neon sign of the upside-down “ok” hand emoji, stay for the coffee.
  2. Wesley Andrews // a new kid on the block with really shiny espresso machines.
  3. Saint Dinette // the food here may possibly outshine the coffee. burger & a latte? ok.
  4. Anelace // the ceiling itself seems to be worth a trip.
  5. Angel Food // mostly for the donuts shaped like letters

Snap, tweet or gram me with your favs & feedback!!!
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Also I get a lot of compliments on these jeans! If you want them, you can buy them right here. Same goes for the jacket, it’s right here.

On the beauty side of things, I’m sporting a tan via The Glow Lounge, hair extensions by Stephanie Robinson, lashes by Mya at A Lash Above the Rest, & nails by A La Mode!

mmmmKAY! Have a great Friday all!


photos by @izkruse

Cyber Monday Sales (Including my MN favs!)

Cyber Monday Sales a la Lindsey Kate

Cyber Monday. The day where the savvy shoppers get most of their Christmas shopping done. And usually pick up a few things on the sly for demselves because why not. I like shopping today because I end up giving a little more gift since things are so discounted. Always fun to be able to do that!

I’ve rounded up my favorite sales and offered some cheeky commentary that you can also hopefully find a little helpful maybe.

and other stories || 20% off select items

ann taylor  50% off sitewide & Free Shipping with CODE CYBER50

anthropologie || 20% off sitewide  & FREE Shipping with CODE STACKS
—buy her big cozy sweaters and pretty dresses she will love you forever and ever

asos || 30% off sitewide with CODE THANKFUL30

banana republic– 50% off sitewide 

baublebar – 35% off 2 or More Items with CODE SAVE35, 25% off with CODE SAVE25
—–two words. tassel earrings.

bergdorfs || 40% off Designer Sale

bonobos || 30% off everything with CODE CYBER2016

club monaco || 25% off $150+, 30% off $250+, 35% off $400+, &  30% off sale with CODE THANKSAGAIN
—–basically one of those places I could close my eyes, scroll, click on something random to add to cart, & be perfectly happy with what’s in there
 9 times out of 10

express || 50% off sitewide

gap || 50% off sitewide with CODE CYBMON

gigi new york || 20% off $125+, 25% off $250+, 30% off $350+, 35% off $500+

h&m || 20% off $30+ with CODE 5144,  25% off your order of $50+ with CODE 0275, 30% off your order of $100+ with CODE 8284
—–The only way to shop h&m this side of Thanksgiving. Unless you don’t have qualms about lines that wrap around the store 7-8 times.

jack rogers || BOGO 50% off almost everything with CODE CYBER2016

jcrew || 40% off sitewide with CODE MONDAY
—–I recommend a full site comb. Always some good gems hidden here.

jcrew factory || 50-60% off sitewide
—–Good place to make your buck go a little farther. You can shop gifts here in bulk to be honest. Or stock up on sweaters, vests, and wool socks fo yoself.

kate spade || 30% off sitewide with CODE WIRED
This includes wallets & bags!

kendra scott || 20% off sitewide with CODE SALE20

loft ||  50% off everything with CODE CYBERMONDAY
—–let’s be honest. mom will probably be happy with anything from here.

lulu frost || 25% off everything with code FINE20
—–probably my #1 favorite sale on this list. Click over. You’ll get me.

macys ||  20% off with code, free shipping over $50 with CODE THANKS

madewell || 25% off everything with code THATSALE
—–for the cool girl in your life, really just anything from here will do.

nordstrom || 20% off select sale items

old navy || 50% off everything

saks fifth avenue || up to 40% off designer sale and Earn Up To A $750 Gift Card with CODE CYBER16

shopbop || 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $800+ with CODE GOBIG16

sole society || 30% off footwear

soludos || 25% off everything + gift with purchase
—–K as soon as I hit publish I’m clicking over to pick out some sandals so I can be a little bit more like Sincerely Jules. Cuz that’s truly the end game if we’re being open about things.

tobi || 60% off new arrivals, 50% off sitewide
—–I don’t wanna know how this is possible, all I wanna do is swipe my card and get all the things.

topshop || up to 50% off select items

tory burch || 30% off $250+ with code THANKS
—–I go right to the boots & booties section here. Can’t go wrong. Today $500 riding boots are sitting pretty at about $300 so.

tory sport || 30% off with CODE THANKS
—–This is insane because this is the next big thing and all of the pieces here are 100/legit/fire.

urban outfitters || $50 off $150, $15 off $75
—–I’m sorry what? And yes.

vineyard vines || 25% off almost everything, plus 40% off sale with CODE HOLIDAY16
—–for the inner prep in all of us.

west elm || free shipping with code MOREISMORE

Locally, based right here in Minnesota:

buck & fir || 30% off everything with CODE CYBER30
—–all the free people your little heart desires all while supporting a local biz. YAS.

cait courneya || 20% off everything
—–lovely prints! I have a set in my living room right now.

caribou coffee || $20 e-gift card gets $5 e-giftcard
—–free latte alert!

dphue || buy one get one online at ulta

golden rule || 30% off all custom jewelry with CODE CYBERMONDAY
—–this jewelry is SO lovely. I have a pair of gold lace acrylic statement earrings and get loads of compliments on them every time I wear them.

goldfine jewelry || CODE MAKERS to reveal a gift at check-out

love your melon || 10 new releases, free shipping, & surprise gifts

martin patrick 3 || 20% off outerwear and sweaters

minny and paul || 20% off any holiday box with CODE CYBERMONDAY

primp boutique || free shipping + free gift with purchase

pure barre st. paul || 12 month auto-renewal classes for $115/month, 6 months unlimited classes for $660, 30-class pack at price of 20 class pack for $240

reed marie collection || select items 40% off + subscribe to newsletter for special coupon
—–the girl that runs this shop has supah fly taste and supah fly friends that wear her clothes #getawaywithrmc = all the proof you need. I just loaded up on a few pieces to bring with me on an upcoming trip to LA!

sota clothing || 20% off all orders with CODE SOTAMONDAY2016

sun country airlines || pretty sick deals on flights & vaca packages if you book by weds

target || 15% off
—–I’m envisioning a basic b stampede, but virtually.

the glow lounge || tan, travel size lotion & gel, & #helloglow travel bag for $60.

wool & whiskey || 15% off all scarves with code warmth25

North Loop Minneapolis Holiday Gift Guide

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

Here’s the thing. Some of the best shopping around is right under our nose and just around the corner. There are so many pockets of cute shopping nooks in the cities. Downtown Excelsior, Linden Hills, Grand Avenue… these are 3 of basically 25,924. And I explored one of them last week to scout out some gifts we can put under the tree that will make our friends and family flat-out lose it and gush, wondering WHERE did we get that.

All photos by Josiah Davie

Image 1- dishware: The Foundry Homegoods, jewelry: Goldfine Jewelry

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

The North Loop is a charming part of town in an ever-the-more hip kind of way. And there really is something for everyone as you can see! From cool-girl linens of all textures to modern desktop stationery to boutique candles for those cozy winter nights in.

Image 2- notebook: The Foundry Home Goods, pencils: russell+hazel
Image 3 & 4 – blanket & matches: d.Nolo, hand towels, washcloths, & soap: The Foundry Home Goods, Candle: Roe Wolfe Boutique

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

What I love about these North Loop businesses is the spirit of solidarity in the neighborhood. Boutique supporting boutique, hotels partnering with brands and makers, restaurants working alongside other business owners. There are exciting collaborations that are always being formed. Minneapolis has a really unique “we can all win” spirit and I love it. Love it love it.

I like to try to shop small when I can. Most of these boutiques, shops, and restaurants have specials going on this weekend for Small Business Saturday. Pop in and chat a bit with the owners and workers there. They’re people like us. Turning what used to be a far-off idea into a living, breathing, success story… and working morning til basically morning sometimes to make it happen! We get to be part of that. Let’s get out there and shop small first!

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

dishware, serving spoons, coasters: The Foundry Home Goods

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

scarf: d.Nolo, mittens, jewelry, purse: Statement Boutique

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

No shopping day is complete without a stop for a snack and maybe even a cocktail or two. Red Cow is right in the neighborhood. If you follow me on Snapchat, you already know… I’m obsessed with their homemade potato chips and french onion dip. Like truly insanely good.

models: Lexi, Molly

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

necklace, bracelets, card-holder: Grethen House

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binders, marble greeting cards, gold pen, white pencils: russell+hazel, boat card, notebook: The Foundry Home Goods, goal digger notepad: Roe Wolfe, & the rest is history card: d.Nolo, earrings: Goldfine Jewelry

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

woodchuck flask: d.Nolo, coasters & hand towel: The Foundry Home Goods

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

mittens: Statement Boutique, gold striped mugs: d.Nolo

north loop minneapolis holiday gift guide

jewelry in white bowl and bracelets to right on silver pouf: Goldfine Jewelry, jewelry in white square dish: Statement Boutique, earrings bottom center: d.Nolo

Isn’t this fun?! So many incredible little gift items and maybe a little treat-yourself moment here and there all within a few blocks of each other. Grab your holiday honey or your friend tribe and make an afternoon of it!