One of my favorite little spots in Minneapolis is the Loring Park alleyway across from the Basilica. It transports you overseas in a second. Which made this little bike ride all the more blissful since I’m actually Europe-bound the first week in July for the month. It’ll be my first time back there since my visit to Italy in high school. One of the things I’m most looking forward to is taking in the lavender fields at Notre-Dame de Sénanque Abbey in Provence. Soaking up some time with Monets & Van Goghs at the Louvre and Musee Orangerie. And watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower on Bastille. I can hardly breathe just thinking about it I’m so excited! Lots of photos will be taken, I’ll be sharing them on here & Instagram. I’ll also be documenting the trip with a lot of video on Snapchat, my username is lindseykate_xo on there. Ah you guys… so soon!
A lot of times, the best gems are right in your own backyard. It’s easy to think so much of the endless options that we forget to appreciate what’s right in front of us. The ground beneath our feet. The view from the very center of our own city. I love traveling and my heart is being drawn to all corners of the world. I hope to do a lot of exploring and adventuring in my life. But I’m also compelled to have roots. Nothing living can truly thrive without them. A huge part of that, that sense of establishment, for me is just enjoying where I’m at. Being a tourist in my own town. Taking more than just enough moments to relax, unwind, and let my hair down.
My Minneapolis staycation was just what I needed after a pretty busy couple of weeks. I spent an evening at The W Hotel Minneapolis in the Extreme Wow Suite. The room couldn’t have been more perfectly named! Not sure my jaw came up off the ground the entire time… I felt like a little urban princess. The views from every room were inspiring and made me smile whenever I’d catch sight of them. Sipping Veuve at midnight and looking out over the brightly lit city was one of the highlights from my stay. Though it’s difficult to choose just one because everything was incredible. Brunch at Manny’s in the morning was everything peaceful & pleasant. The orange juice was fresh & the eggs benedict tasted amazing. As a bit of a benedict snob, you gotta know I mean it. Truly from the moment I pulled up to the moment I got my keys back from the valet, every representative from The W was warm, friendly, and went the extra mile. I can’t wait for my next visit.
Tiffany blue is everyone’s color. So are Tiffany diamonds I’m pretty sure 😉 Truly though I think all can rock this color, even the more minimalist-inclined. It’s fresh, bright, and palatable to all skin tones. This Devon Baer top alternates the soft pastel with a pure white in this ultra-feminine silk blouse, I love the stripes! I mixed up the Southern Belle vibe with a cuffed boyfriend denim to keep things casual & a little more street-style in the look.
Last weekend I visited one of my best friends, Chelsea in her hometown of Seattle. SunCountry flew me out to enjoy a little staycation with her over there and explore this iconic western coastal town. The Sheraton put us up in a gorgeous downtown hotel. We were on the 31st floor and had a panoramic view of the skyline with mountains to the left and ocean to the right. DREAMY.
What struck me within my first hour was a) omg how I’ve missed my girl Truelane, b) wait, it’s not raining? and c) this is nothing like I expected… I was thinking Seattle was going to be too cool for me to be able to hang. With mega-hipster vibes and grungy alleys and no one wearing bras ever. But I found so many little homes right away. Today I’ll tell you about a few.
1) London Plane. An airy cafe with a rotating menu of farm-to-table, organic, healthy foods. I discovered Stumptown Cold Brew here and will never be the same.
2) Occidental Park Square. You can play bean bags, ping pong, lawn bowling, all for free! I hate to admit it, but Truelane schooled me in bags.
3) Bainbridge Ferry. The view leaving the mainland was breathtaking. With the sun beaming on the windows of the skyscrapers and sailboats floating across the Pacific, I could hardly take my eyes away. A half an hour or so later you’re on the other side and greeted by an emerald coastline. Tall evergreens and rocky shores had me captivated immediately. Plus, if you go at the right times of year and day, you can keep an eye out for seals and whales. We weren’t so lucky but fingers crossed for next time!
This post is a quick little one today because I’m in Seattle with my friend Chelsea and we are about to duck out for brunch! But I had to share these with you finally. I shot them with Isabel Kruse a while ago. This dress is so comfy I could sleep in it. It’s from a Wayzata boutique called Merilou. My necklace is by local MN designer, Stacey Johnson. And the tassel bracelets are by local designers Tess & Tricia. I wear them basically every day. For this shoot I literally did nothing to my hair. Here’s to not trying sometimes.
One of my favorite things about Snapchat is exploring the world through real people’s eyes or should I say iPhones. If you’re curious about Seattle, you can follow my trip on Snapchat at username: “lindseykate_xo”! Chelsea is showing me around to the major must-hit spots and we’re sneakin in a lot of homegrown, locals-only type of adventures too. Liiiiike today we’re gonna take a ferry to Bainbridge Island and crossing our fingers there’s a straggler orca while hangin out along the way.