When I first learned about the #IGiveaShirt campaign, I knew I had to take on the project. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t rearrange my life around environmenal sustainability as much as I would like to. But I do really like this world. It’s kinda pretty. It’s kinda home. So for now, when I can make easy changes that have a real impact, I like to. It takes 700 gallons of water to make one cotton t-shirt. That blows me away. One small thing we can do that will make a big difference in reducing our clothing footprint is donating shirts to places like Savers to get clothing back in circulation instead of it just going to waste sitting in a closet or being thrown out.
Plus, not everyone can spend an arm and a leg on clothing. It’s just not a priority. So actively donating nicer branded clothing makes it possible for everyone to access quality clothing and put together outfits they can feel and look great in, which totally boosts confidence in approaching the day, approaching life. And all at a much more do-able price point than original retail value. If I can be even a small part of that story… awesome.
I honestly haven’t done a lot of thrift shopping lately. With work, general life projects, and a relentlessly active social life, I’m so busy I end up doing a lot of my shopping in local boutiques where I’m already out and about running errands or online or at a one-stop mall type situation before a trip when I need to stock up and prep outfits. But after this partnership, I’m thinking I want to make thrift store donations and gem-surfing a bigger part of my shopping experience.
A huge thanks to all the beautiful ladies & fellow fashion bloggers that came out to support the cause. My good friends Sami, Carli, Jewel, and Kate and Kelli celebrated the cause on National Thrift Shop Day with a little get together and some #IGiveaShirt screen printed tee’s we picked out from Savers. We did some shopping at Savers and everyone found some clothing, accessories, or home decor gems they were real excited about. All in all it ended up being the perfect fit and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do my small part to help make a difference.
Photos & Videography by Paul Weaver, who also gives a shirt 🙂
10 Reasons why Justin Bieber and, well everyone else should stay here:
1. White, bright, modern rooms with a downtown chic vibe. Ever wanted to feel like an urban heiress? I’ve stayed in this big suite and the penthouse and both are basically unparalleled as far as epic city coolness goes.
2. Panoramic views of Minneapolis. Its beautiful skyscraper scene surrounds on all sides. Which also means you’re right next door to the likes of Fogo, Capital Grille, & Union rooftop.
3. Room service… ding! Yogurt, fruit, & lattes in bed was a treat. It didn’t take long at all to get upstairs – which is my biggest qualm with RS usually. You order it and have to wait ten years and it’s often lukewarm. Not so much here at Le Meridien. It came up really fast and everything was fresh!
4. The pillow fight and jumping on the bed potential in here alone is worth a stay. White robes and slippers all set for the sleepover of a lifetime. Throw in a little wine and let the adult slumber party begin.
5. Marin. Just downstairs there is a restaurant with natural ingredients, great service, and fab-tasting food. I ordered the jicama-duck tacos with avocado mousse dressing twice and foresee many visits for those alone! There’s a super swanky library bar downstairs also. And a chef’s table for the foodiest of foodies.
6. The patio area has a bar at the center and cozy deck furniture with fireplaces that offer a little escape just beyond the concrete jungle. I ordered a Prosecco and sipped it out here and forgot for a few minutes about the hustle and bustle going on all around me.
7. The Art Gallery! The pieces are changed out regularly, and they are sometimes by local, national, or international artists. The common denominator is featuring beautifully curated works that are sure to inspire. I wandered in here and found myself drawn to a few black and white pieces that were more pop art in nature.
8. Rooftop vibes like no other. I threw a party up there! About 75 of my friends and colleagues came up to shake their tail feathers and sip cocktails with a view to boot. I’ll share a few more pictures on here in another post later. Hopefully you were following along on Snapchat and Instagram so you could catch some of that action live.
9. There’s this fragrance at the entrance that is like… amazing. Can’t explain it but I’m pretty sure it comes from the rocks in a fireplace installation. I snooped it out. Best thing to be greeted with!
10. If you know me at all, you know how very very much I value good service. The staff at Marin was attentive, genuine, and kind. It was clear they were proud of their hotel and wanted to ensure the most pleasant stay possible. Mission accomplished!
I’ve been thinking a lot today about … a lot. Appreciating the high moments in life, the sweet ones. So many sweet ones. Even just this summer. Albums full of photos of places that blew me away with their beauty and of people I love. Late at night, sipping my tea and snuggled up in bed, I scroll through these and remember what they represent. The words exchanged, the emotions of the encounter, the details of the scenic view. It’s impossible not to smile. Reveling in the high moments is restorative and energizing. It’s addicting!
Joy, strength, beauty… these are all things everyone can believe in and admire. But hurt, stress, confusion…. very much a part of life too. It’s actually sometimes a flicker of pain here or there that remind us we’re alive and human. Even though my natural tendency is to brush those little guys off and swiftly pretend they’re not there… today I let myself feel ’em a bit as they knocked on my door. The difficult situations are often the ones we grow from the most! And yea, before growth, there tend to be ugly cry moments… sitting on the kitchen floor with a kleenex box, or singing along like a fool while you’re driving to that song on your chill playlist that feels like it was written for your situation. Amiright? I’m sure we’ve all been there.
I hope when you have these moments you don’t let them nudge you into a place of timidity. But instead, let’s face the realities underlying them, wrestle it out, and absolutely take the time to listen to our hearts. We owe it to our hearts to give them a voice in the decisions we make and what we do. Let’s continue to take chances, live boldly. And absolutely 1 million percent, saddle up with a few people we can go to with anything, and can always count on to love and support us. Whatever comes our way, we’ll be ok. And see many more summers with albums full of photos of places and people we love!
Off-Shoulder structured top via the lovely Merilou Boutique, located in Wayzata, MN.
Photos by my talented friend & Minneapolis portrait photographer, Tyler Allix.
Arrived back to the states and am writing to you from my big white fluffy bed at what I affectionately call “le chateau” in St. Paul, Minnesota. Still very much adjusting to the new time zone situation. I’m getting tired so early in the night and I voluntarily woke up and stayed up at 6am. Okayyyy. Thankfully there’s always coffee. Time for a cup!