Sheraton Bloomington

When I first walked into the lobby at the Sheraton Bloomington, I felt like I was walking into a Vegas hotel. The lobby was huge & open. It had a high window ceiling that made it feel modern & bright. Next I saw the chic, luxe decor and was promptly greeted by smiling, welcoming faces. First impressions are a big deal for me and usually are indicative of how the rest of my stay will be. So within moments, I knew I was in good hands.

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Sheraton Bloomington is pioneering some pretty innovative technology that will probably be the norm at hotels soon. Before there were cards, there were keys. And now there are apps. I was super excited to see how this all worked. Before walking through the door, I took a minute to register with the SPG app to activate keyless entry. When I arrived at my room, I just held the phone up to the door and it unlocked it for me. Um coolest thing. So convenient. Also, it’s added security. Meaning more peace of mind and a more comfortable stay overall.

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I could have seen myself camping out in the Sheraton Club room all day, taking turns relaxing and working. It has customized butler service so you feel quite like a queen. There are top-shelf beverage options & hors d’ oeuvres available throughout the day.

Local photographer/videographer extraordinaire & friend of mine, Paul Weaver, came over to grab some shots of the stay. I love working with people who are passionate about what they do. You can tell because he gets ideas as he’s going and on the fly creates really original vantage points and fresh departures from the normal picture. I really respect his work.

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We went down for cocktails at the hotel lobby bar, Sidebar, another crazy thing… it turns into a Starbucks in the mornings. You honestly would have no idea that this swanky hip bar could flip seamlessly to be a fully-functioning coffee/breakfast shop. So at the bar, we chatted with Eric, a bartender who had been there 16 years. I feel like that in itself says a lot about a place. Loyalty & investment from your team show strength of brand and overall better service and experience delivery. Eric agreed and said he’s not the only one, a lot of people have been there many years. The cocktails were unbelievable. Characteristic of something you’d find at an edgy downtown spot.


Sidebar Cocktail
Another Sheraton team-member, Sammy, who’s been on board over 30 years, told us about a couple who celebrated their wedding anniversary at the Sheraton every year. It was the 40th year this last time so they wanted it to be extra special. The wife called ahead of time to request a certain kind of dish for dinner that wasn’t on the menu at Lela. The chef not only accommodated but worked with her to design an entire several-course dinner just for the two of them. I love that!!

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lela restaurant

Lela is the restaurant attached to the Sheraton Bloomington. Actually almost teared up a bit when I heard that every month Lela works with a new local nonprofit and the proceeds from each drink sale go directly towards the work of the cause. This month was Still Kickin, I ordered the cocktail, it was great!

A few friends joined me for dinner and we had such a nice time. It was the night before I left for Europe so it was really nice to just relax on the patio and enjoy the company of some Minnesota gems. We ordered basically everything on the menu and everything tasted insanely good. The deviled eggs were like an art piece that belonged in the Walker. The Tagliatellini pasta was amazing. And the owner of the white lamborghini who regularly spends the evening on the patio with his friends recommends the lobster truffle gnocchi. Looking at his table & ride I’m thinkin, that’s us in a few years, right? 🙂

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The W Hotel Minneapolis

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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.

Photos by Lindsey Kusterman

Shop my outfit:
lace romper via stephanie’s shop || coach scalloped heels || rose gold kendra scott tassel necklace || tory burch kira blush pink crossbody bag

Mississippi Shore

 For Memorial Day, Patrick and I did a little venturing out into one of our favorite cities nearby. We tried a new restaurant, Dock Cafe, on the Mississippi River. It’s practically illegal to go through Stillwater without hitting up Nelson’s for ice cream so of course we did that also. And then we played a round of golf at Stillwater Oaks. At 70 degrees & sunny, it was a lovely day. One of those days we remember why we we’re glad we live here.
This dress is new in from J.McLaughlin. They have the most glorious selection of summer dresses right now, I highly recommend checking it out! I also picked up a one-shoulder maxi that I’ll be sure to wear soon.

Shop today’s outfit:

j.mclaughlin plaid shirtdress c/o || tory burch tote via shopbop c/o || sloane ranger lobster necklace c/o || pink headband || navy and white espadrille sandals || michael hors watch

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Kentucky Derby at the University Club






Hats so dramatic they’re called fascinators, bowties on the gentlemen, and red roses all around. Is there anything that’s not to love about the Kentucky Derby? Patrick and I ventured out to the University Club on Summit to watch the race of the year among the most dapper of crowds. The event was hosted by Artful Living Magazine. A definite highlight of the party? We enjoyed a zippy little ride in a gorgeous Bentley convertible. Let’s just say the hat took a break on our cruise about town.

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On me-
lilly pulitzer neon janice shift dress via melly || white derby hat via afternoon crowns || gold bracelet via jcrew (Only $16! And it goes with everything.)
On Patrick-
brooks brothers pinstripe sport coat || brooks brothers plaid shirt || brooks brothers bowtie || brooks brothers khaki pants





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Sundays at the Conservatory

This is one of my favorite spots in the city. It’s a wildly beautiful conservatory. I adore all of the vibrant colors and the medley of flowers in the garden. It’s undeniably inspiring and the perfect place to stop and smell the roses because as they say, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

I’d been looking for a pair of floral “flouncy shorts” for a while and finally stumbled on these in Dry Goods.  The lace detailing on the hem sealed the deal. I kept the look in the pastel family by pairing the shorts with a light yellow shirt. Always a fan of pattern-mixing, the stripes were a fun contrast with the floral. 

Shop today’s outfit:

kendra scott pink necklace c/o || striped yellow tunic via talbots || floral shorts via dry goods || metallic gold clutch || white heels

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