Relaxed, sincere, honest, FUN.

That’s how I would describe Tamsin + Peter. It’s always so delightful how the personality of a couple comes through at their wedding. There was a clown and children running around, infectious laughter emanating across the fields of The Farley Center. An ice cream truck with Choco Tacos and a delicious Mexican feast catered by one of the center’s local farmers. Endless personal touches handmade by the bride herself, family lending a hand whenever needed and a whole lotta love from guests spanning two countries—his native USA ( Seattle, to be exact ) and her native Canada ( Toronto, to be exact ).

The day started with friends…then ended with friends and all-night dancing. Exactly how a wedding should be.

All that with some Wisconsin beer. Life can be so good.

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Don’t get me wrong—I love me some Target, Madewell, Amazon…the list could go on. But there is nothing quite as special as discovering cute, little shops ( both in-person + online ) that are filled with beautiful things you can’t find in bigger chain stores.

Yeah yeah…I know I just extolled the virtues of minimalism + buying less clothes, but the holiday season is upon us, and I quite like supporting the little guys. Plus, Donna + Tom are all about treatin’ yo self, and Target now has three aisles of Christmas decorations. It’s not even November yet, but we’re going with it.

I mean, who doesn’t love shops that are locally-owned, give back to the community and have killer design taste? Our choices about where to spend our money are important ones, and I feel good when I can buy from the indie shops who are curating really unique, beautiful things. While I still say it’s way too early to start holiday shopping, I’m a firm believer in the occasional because-I-am-awesome-and-deserve-it shopping.

I know Donna + Tom agree.

MOOREA SEAL  This online shop is one of my favorites to browse—a great mix of jewelry, accessories, home goods and lovely stationary. Plus, 7% of all their proceeds go to charity. I love these evil eye earrings, not to mention this beer + food calendar, vintage rug + red agenda.

SHIP & SHAPE  Run by a trio of talented Minneapolis ladies, Ship & Shape is an online boutique with some of the most unique gifts. They’re bold and colorful and totally fun. Plus, they have occasional pop-up shops in the Minneapolis area ( which I still have yet to attend! ). I mean, come on…this tumbler.  This watermelon card. These tea towels. This brass necklace.

THE FOUNDRY HOME GOODS  One of the loveliest stores I’ve ever stepped foot in, this Minneapolis home goods mecca is now selling online. Their products are simple, beautiful and useful, and are curated by the owner herself to encourage a non-disposable lifestyle. Their textiles are my favorite,  as are the beeswax candles and lovely ceramics.

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Between life, work and my last semester of school ( !!! ), this whole closet minimalist quest has gotten a bit off track. What started at the beginning of the year with good intentions to makeover my closet has lead to a series of impulse buys + online shopping excursions, which I repeatedly turn to when I want an excuse to feel better or procrastinate things like homework. The result of it hurts to me say, but I’ve spent too much money this year on clothes that I do not wear.

I started step one—culling—so well! I rid myself of clothes that I didn’t like and that didn’t fit or weren’t ever worn. But I totally lost it on step two—defining my style. I started filling my closet with clothing basics before taking time to analyze my personal style, lifestyle and daily fashion habits. I didn’t realize how important these things were for determining my needs.

Luckily, mistakes have a way of providing clarity just as much as self-analyzation. I know my style is casual, simple and a bit quirky, but that doesn’t mean I should buy every piece of clothing that fits those parameters. My impulse buying has gifted me frequent opportunities for learning what I actually wear vs. what I think I want to wear. Making this distinction has been, by far, the hardest part about curating a smaller, functional wardrobe.

The process of minimalism is tough. Everyone’s definition of ‘minimalism’ is different, but to me it means reducing my life to only the best and necessary of things. That shit takes serious thought. With a bit of troubleshooting ( and heck, a few glasses of wine ) however, here’s how I’m getting back on track towards achieving just that :


So…you’re probably wondering what I bought that didn’t work, huh? That would be a blazer, nude heels ( see here ), a super trendy dress, a pair of ill-fitting jogger pants + a few others I cannot remember because I already rid myself of them. And now I know that if I think of buying any of these again, I need to think long and hard before handing over the plastic.


Once I realized my impulse buys were not doing it for me, I began by asking myself : what is my go-to outfit? Skinny jeans, a slouchy tee, an oversized cardigan + flats—the answer was so simple! My back-up answer came just as simply. A dress, tights, boots + a jacket. Once my outfits get more complicated than that ( think lots of layers + styling ), I don’t wear them.

Simple is best for me. And simple can be both chic + easy with well-made clothes, a cohesive color palette + a fabulous lipstick. Lipstick, I am learning, is the great equalizer.


Thanks to Unfancy + the prodding of a good friend, I’ve embarked on a new project—the capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a mini 37-piece wardrobe made up of thought-out, versatile pieces that make it easy to get dressed AND love what you’re wearing. I *think* this might be a great solution for me. Thus far, I’ve realized that the sweet spot of what works for me is wearing pieces with both a masculine + feminine edge. Think Red Wing work boots + a lacy white dress. A men’s winter hat + delicate gold jewelry. A flannel-inset jacket + a bold red lip.

I hope curating my wardrobe from season to season will give me a true sense of which clothes I wear as well as curb those dang online shopping impulses. One of Unfancy’s guidelines is limiting periods of shopping, so dear God, here’s hoping it helps.

And if that doesn’t work, my grandma taught me there’s always lipstick and wine.

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