Week in Review: Fall is in Full Swing

Fall is in full swing, and that means miniature pumpkins and decorative Indian corn will magically make their way into your shopping cart. You’ll suddenly have an irresistible urge to visit an apple orchard and a pumpkin farm. Perhaps a vineyard, too - while you’re at it! A strange sensation pulls you in the direction of all things plaid and flannel and it becomes abundantly clear that you do not have enough cozy socks and blankets (and never will).

That said, cider season is officially upon us! If you’re like me, you skip the PSL and go straight for the good stuff.

If we were ‘real’ lifestyle bloggers, we’d whip up our own clever cider concoction and share just how rewarding it is to make your own from scratch. I must say, this Trader Joe’s version isn’t half bad! Apple-Cider-Season Disclaimer: These apples aren’t freshly picked from the orchard. They’re Trader Joe’s, too.

Fall-Foliage-OnlyInMN And with the crisp autumnal breezes comes a myriad of gorgeous natural colors. A unique mix of reds, greens, yellows, oranges and maroons. A striking blend of colors that are just too Instagrammable to resist. It’s peak fall foliage season in Minnesota right now (meaning, we have ALL of the colors), and I have plenty of ‘grams to prove it!

Including this one, featuring my recent encounter with a real-life emoji! Real-Life-Leaf-Emoji

Wayzata-Yacht-Club And this snap, that’s really just a tease because that body of water is about to FREEZE soon.

Fall-Foliage-MN-2 And this tunnel of trees at a scenic outdoor wedding venue. Ok, I lied. This is actually outside of the public library. Looks like a lavishly decorated aisle though, doesn’t it?

Taylors-Falls-MN-Fall This recent hike was an eyeopener, featuring trees with only a few fall leaves left : (

Wood-Watch-1 When it comes to fall clothing and accessories, I gotta admit, I don’t overdose on plaid and flannel and oversized capes. They’re not for everyone. I do love a cozy cable knit sweater, a fleece-lined quarter-zip (like this Heathered Green Patagonia “Better Sweater” that’s become a weekend staple), and leather riding boots (like these Frye faves I’ve been wearing on the daily).

JORD-Watch Accessory-wise, stylish wood watches are seasonally appropriate and make quite the fashion statement. This Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood combination caught my attention, and the best news is, the husband likes it, too! Check out woodwatches.com to explore the full collection of men’s and women’s watches. (Shown: Dover Series Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood. c/o).

Wood-Watch-2 Doesn’t it make you wanna go all analog and take a hike? Reaching for your iPhone is not required to tell time. It was, however, required for this photo, HA! 

Like what you see? Enter to win a wood watch.

Until next time!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Week in Review: Travels to Chicago, San Fransisco and the Ryder Cup!

It’s been an action-packed couple of weeks! From San Fransisco to Chicago to Milwaukee and back to Minneapolis for the Ryder Cup! Here are some highlights from our adventures:

Flowers-at-Mission-Dolores-Market-San-Fransisco “I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.” I couldn’t help but smile (and let’s be honest, walk in and what else they had to offer) as I walked past this darling market in Mission Dolores, San Fransisco.

View-from-Golden-Gate-Bridge-San-Fransisco The next night I headed to the Golden Gate Bridge just before sunset, and the views were phenomenal! While it was a chilly walk, it was a clear night (no fog!) and I snapped an embarrassing number of photos.

Next stop: Chicago. When I arrived my friends had already eaten lunch, so I took matters into my own hands. Made a beeline for the 3 Arts Club Cafe aka “a posh haunt inside Restoration Hardware combining a coffeehouse, wine bar & American restaurant.” Let me tell you, it lives up to the hype! The next time you’re in Chicago, I’d highly recommend swinging by. And plan extra time for exploring each floor of RH Chicago – design inspo for DAYS.

Like this chandelier filled hallway…

And this dreamy lounge on the top floor…

After a quick stop in Milwaukee for my grandma’s 90th birthday party (!!!) I made my way back to Minnesota and was pleasantly surprised to find the weather was still summery. Sundays-Lake-Minnetonka

Which turned out to be PERFECT for the Ryder Cup.  Ryder-Cup-2016-MN
We had a blast wearing full on red, white & blue and cheering on Team USA. We also got to catch up with friends from out-of-town all while spending ample time outdoors.

What have you been up to this fall?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Week In Review: Early Fall Edition

The transition from summer to fall is always bittersweet, but this year the crisp fall breezes mixed with still-summery temps has been extremely enjoyable!


Outfit Details: Italian Silk Square Scarf in Vibrant Paisley (c/o) / Rise and Shine Stud Earrings / Celine Sunnies / Generation G Lipstick in Jam / Blue Bell Sleeve Off the Shoulder Chambray Top / (not shown) Black Pixie Pant.

The latest J.Crew Style Guide provides plenty of outfit inspiration for cooler temps. Flip through and you’ll see a return the classics – tried-and-true fabrics and fits in fashion-forward shades. What’s on your fall wishlist?
Rich red hues stood out to us. Turns out, merlot and cabernet aren’t just found on the wine list this fall! These rich red hues are creeping into closets across the country – including our own. Find our top picks for embracing the color of the season in styles fit for fall: http://liketoknow.it/thejcrgirls.

Tomgirl Chic also caught our eye. I mean, this jeans + stripes look is PERFECT for weekend errands!
  JCrew-Blush-Black-Captoe-Pumps Blush tones paired with black has been one of our favorite color combos this season. These Lena Leather Pumps with Patent Cap Toe are cute, comfy, versatile and now 25% off!

Fall-Weekends-Trips-Adventures As we’re planning out the remainder of our fall weekends, we’re considering everything from scenic drives to pumpkin patches, apple orchards and wine tastings. But, sometimes you just want to cuddle up with a cozy blanket and a good book…

book-of-the-month There are so many great books out there and between walking around the bookstore or falling into the black hole of Amazon clicking through 100 “you may also likes,” I struggle to pin down my next selection. Or, I just buy 10 books at a time and have a queue lined up for the rest of the year. So when I heard about Book of the Month I was pretty excited. There are five books selected based on a brief survey you fill out when you sign up – specific to the genres you’re interested in.

The best part? My friend sent me a referral link so I could get 50% off my first three months! If you’re interested in signing up, click here to get the same deal (and let me know which book you pick each month!).

Stay tuned for our next installment – we’ll share details of our latest travels, new beauty faves, and (dare we say it?) some gift ideas to get your wheels turning as we inch closer to the holidays.

Until next time,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Week in Review: Labor Day Week+End

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ve probably been picking up on a pink theme…

jcrew-challenge-pink We’re excited to announce that we are participating in another J.Crew Challenge, this time – PINK. How refreshing for fall, right? You don’t need to go full-on autumnal to get into the season. 226 shades of pink provide plenty of opportunity to personalize your look.

We were thrilled when J.Crew asked us to participate in the “Into the Wild” #jcrewchallenge, and the same it true this time around.


Follow our feed for more where this came from!

jcrew-pink-leopardorize Do you speak J.Crew? We’re learning the ropes via the latest Style Guide. Here’s a lesson in how to LEOPARDIZE.

While we’re excited for sweater weather and crisp autumn air, we are experiencing a bout of the summer blues. On the bright side, these blue pieces are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall: Rider Bag in Italian Leather // Sam Sunglasses in Navy // Colorful Crystal Necklace // Deck-Stripe T-Shirt // Vintage Pajama Set // Ruffle Dress in Tropical Floral // Roxie Suede T-Strap Pumps.

Weekend Recap
Labor Day weekend was spent enjoying the sunshine (responsibly – see below), planning upcoming trips and making some minor home improvements. Lake-Minnetonka-MN

Sunshine: Enjoy Responsibly. To continue the skincare theme, we tried Supergoop for the first time this week. An alarming 90% of the signs of aging are caused by the sun. It’s important to protect yourself year-round with SPF Skincare. We are enjoying the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist, and will be purchasing more products in the near future, because…

Supergoop is NOW 20% OFF thru 9/8 with code: sg!365

Cabo-San-Lucas-El-Arco Sun protection will be incredibly important during our upcoming trip to Cabo San Lucas! I’ve been once before and can attest to the fact that the sun is strong and hard to hide from. Christmas in Cabo is still ages away, so I’ll spare you the details (for now!).


Spent an embarrassing amount of time cleaning and organizing and decorating this weekend. We’ve been up and down every aisle of Home Depot, Menards and Lowe’s, and the place still doesn’t look remotely like this! This photo is filed under “Bedroom Inspo,” snapped at the Artisan Home Tour, designed by @gracehilldesign. I guess we’ll keep trying… If we make any solid progress, I’ll post updates on the blog!

Labor Day Sale Roundup:

P.S. Did you hear the news? J.Crew coming to 16 select Nordstrom stores across the country! Match made in heaven.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Week in Review: Summertime Gladness

Hard to believe we’re over halfway through August! Here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

Summer may be fleeting, but there’s no better time than the present to purchase a new pair of sandals (that’s what I told myself, at least). This time, I went with the Jack Rogers Capri Sandal in Platinum. Super comfortable + great for narrow feet! Rumor has it, there’s an “End of the Season” sale on now at jackrogers.com with savings up to 60% off!

In addition to my go-to summer sandals, I’ve been getting a ton of use out of my @seabagsmaine tote this season. Many of you asked [something along the lines of...]
Q: Would you recommend this oversized, excessively nautical tote bag?
A: Oh for shore! (Aren’t you relieved I didn’t say tote-ally?)

In all seriousness, I do really like it. The bag fits multiple beach towels, beverages, sunscreen – you name it! Also pretty cool that it’s made of recycled sails. ♻️ I went with the Large Navy Zip Top Anchor Tote + Hanging Pocket (I’d recommend both the zipper + pocket upgrades!).

Minnesota-Summer-Lake-Minnetonka-Sailboat So, I’m still saving up for that boat, but until then I’ll continue to snap photos like this and live vicariously though them. Follow along on Instagram @TheJCRGirls for more where this came from!


The title of this post isn’t entirely accurate. While I’m trying my best to embrace “Summertime Gladness,” the end-of-summer blues is really starting to hit home. To combat this, I’ve been spending tons of time outside – running, biking, festival-going and dining al fresco (that is, in addition to yard work, but I doubt you want to hear about that…).

P.S. – Still getting plenty of wear out of this Ratti “Into the Wild” print – as seen in our recent #JCrewChallenge series!

In the spirit of back-to-school season, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite geek chic accessories including: “You Got This” Trinket Dish, Gold & Acrylic StaplerShop Sonix Palm Print Case, Rose Gold Scissors, Rifle Paper Legal Notepad & Warby Parker Tortoise Glasses!


You know we can’t resist a good nautical motif, so this new necklace from LK Meyer (handcrafted in Rhode Island) and “Sail Away” notebook needed to join the collection of nautical necessities.

Back-to-School-Desk-Accessories We stretched the “back-to-school” theme even further and decided it was a great opportunity to refresh both desk and bar cart accessories.

From L to R: Mariposa Napkin Holder + Boat Shoe Weight / Moleskin Notebook / Papyrus “Dress Your Desk” Accessories / Target Scissors / Hair Tie Holder Bracelets Cuffs / Leatherology Envelope / Monogrammed Mariposa Wine Coaster.

And in true JCR girl fashion, we’d be remiss not to mention that the latest J.Crew Style Guide IS THE BEST ONE IN YEARS. Back us up on this, will you?

We started parsing through the pages and familiarizing ourselves with the 226 shades of pink (not a typo!) to bring you some a roundup of our favorite new blush tones in the form of:

Tune in next week, as we share details of our recent travels AND an exciting announcement!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Spa Day with VMV Hypoallergenics

I’ve always been completely content doing at-home masks, exfoliating, manis/pedis…all of that fun stuff…but, when I had the opportunity to go to VMV Hypoallergenics in Soho I couldn’t say no. A good friend of mine introduced me to the brand last year and I’ve gone to several events that they host at their shop on Mott Street. Last fall, I won a 90-minute treatment so I finally carved some time out of my weekend to go and see what it was all about.

VMV Hypoallergenics

First of all, I really love the brand. I have pretty sensitive skin that I’m always so nervous about agitating. With VMV I don’t have to worry about that because all of their products are free of all the things that could irritate your skin (regardless of the type)…parabens, preservatives, fragrances, and dyes. I was happy I didn’t have to stress about what was going on my skin which helped me to relax even more!


My aesthetician  talked to me about my skin and problem areas before diving in. She gave me some suggestions based on the issues I was experiencing and then explained how she would address them in the session that day. Honestly, I thought I was doing a pretty good job taking care of my skin but after my appointment I walked away with a lot of ways I could be doing better. It can be overwhelming to know the best way to take care of your skin or the best products to use so it felt good to walk out with a more focused plan. I need to exfoliate more and make sure to wear sunscreen everyday – even if I’ll only be outside to walk to and from work (news to me!).

From there, the most relaxing 90 minutes of my life (okay, maybe a little extreme but at least of my year) began. The spa treatment I won was the 90-min “Let Down Your Stresses” so it included a facial but also a full body massage (amazing!). Everything felt so soothing, and I was warned by some friends ahead of time that facials can really swell your face or even flare up acne. None of that was an issue for me even immediately after my treatment. I felt like I was glowing and fresh walking out of the treatment room and it just got better over time!

VMV Makeup

If you live in NYC I would definitely recommend making a trip to their storefront in Soho and if you’re not local – check out their website! Not only is their skincare great, they also have a makeup line that is hypoallergenic as well. Personally, I’m a big fan of their boo boo balm (so good for lips and patchy areas on my face), sunscreens, and this eyebrow powder.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Week in Review: J.Crew, ThredUp, Beauty & Sale Picks!

Here’s what we’ve been up to over the past week…

I finally unpacked from my recent island adventure, and was happy to find the weather at home has remained hot with plenty of sunshine. I’ve enjoyed wearing bright colors and floaty fabrics (like this J.Crew x Liberty of London Skirt from Poshmark* + this GiGi New York Uber Clutch) – trying to make the most of it as I know fall is just around the corner! Come Sunday night, I was ready to relax, so treated myself to a mini at-home facial (using Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm) and a spoonful (ok, handful) of sugar!

*Sign up for Poshmark with code HMFGA to save $5: https://bnc.lt/m/EUh0zrMaFv.


We had guests (ok, my parents) in town last weekend. Each time we host guests I ask myself, “Why haven’t we updated the guest room yet?” It has a ton of potential, we just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Here’s one of the guest room photos I snapped at the Artisan Home Tour earlier this summer. It’s filed away in my “Inspiration” folder, but hoping to make certain elements a reality soon!  How do you feel about the wallpaper?

I don’t know about you, but when I got the email notice that Glossier was restocked (mid-July) I jumped on restocking my own supply. I admit I was skeptical at first, but I’ve quickly become a huge fan of Glossier* beauty + skincare products. I wear boy brow + generation g lipstick (in jam) on the daily. Also, loving the new balmdotcom flavors. I thought “one was enough,” but boy was I wrong!

*New to Glossier? Take 20% off your first order via this link: http://bff.glossier.com/d5bsl


On Friday I had the opportunity to try ItsByU DIY flower kits. From flower crowns to centerpieces, bouquets to boutonnieres, their kits are fun and functional – not to mention a big money saver for a DIY bride or party planner! The founders take you through all the steps via video, and it’s actually simpler than it looks! Check out their full lineup of flower kits here: http://itsbyu.com/.

I also had the chance to test-drive some new products from The Body Shop. More than just pretty and pink, all products shown here are packed with moisturizing benefits – even the lip + cheek stains provide 12hrs of hydration! Check ‘em out at TheBodyShop. Pro tip: Sign up for their email list to receive 15% off your first order. 


I finally made some closet clean-out progress! Last week, I signed up for a ThredUp Clean Out Kit (after reading about it in Inc. magazine). It showed up in the mail, and I promptly started stuffing the bag with like-new clothing and accessories that just don’t suit me anymore. Once ThredUp has a chance to process my items, they’ll provide a payout and donate any unaccepted items to a worthy cause!

If you’re interested in checking out the gently used items in their inventory (there’s TONS of J.Crew pieces), you can take $10 off your first order by visiting: http://www.thredup.com/r/8AZKEC.


So, I didn’t just clean out my closet via ThredUp. Full disclosure: I did some shopping, too. With over 8,000 like-new J.Crew items, I had to take a peek. Right? Turns out, I [almost] found this cotton + linen J.Crew blouse (from March 2007) I’ve been searching for! This is the Factory version, but it should do the trick. If you’ve been searching for specific J.Crew pieces from previous seasons, I suggest checking out the selection on ThredUp. In addition to this, I scored some long-lost sweater jackets and a suiting collection dress for just $8!


Ok, ok, my online shopping spree didn’t stop there. I got an email about Tuckernuck’s “Best Sale Yet” and I couldn’t resist clicking through. I found tons of fantastic blue + white items – drawn to summery tops and dresses in particular. While I didn’t pull the trigger on any of these, I’m still tempted…

Did you shop the Tuckernuck Sale yet? If you do, check out the Ultimate Guide to Saint James, too. While not on sale (does it ever go on sale?), the information presented is SUPER helpful!

Last but not least, our season-favorite, J.Crew x Ratti Into The Wild print pieces are on major sale! Scroll back through our Instagram feed to see how we styled this print 5 ways over the course of 5 days. Moral of the story? We’re really into this print, and we think you’ll love it, too!

Like what you see? Shop our picks via LiketoKnow.it.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Woven Pear – Best. Socks. Ever.

Treat your feet to fun, comfortable, cute ‘pears’ of socks from Woven Pear. They seriously have the cutest designs. I mean, look at these:

For my first order, I limited myself to 3 ‘pears’ and seriously had the most difficult time choosing. Decided to go with:

A photo posted by The JCR Girls (@thejcrgirls) on

Many of them have fun sayings on the bottom, too! Woven-Pear-Monthly-Subscription-Sock-Box *You can still snag the Americana 3-pack (shown above) for a discounted price of $30. And with this promo code, you can take an additional 20% ($5.99) off.

For more photos, check out Woven Pear on Instagram. They also have a monthly sock box, and I think I need to get in on that action. Here’s the scoop: Every month we’ll send you 3 “pears” of exclusively designed socks available only to members. Free shipping!

The June box screams summer picnic. Can’t believe I missed out on these cuties:


A photo posted by Woven Pear (@wovenpear) on


A photo posted by Woven Pear (@wovenpear) on


A photo posted by Woven Pear (@wovenpear) on


This post wasn’t sponsored. We’re just really big fans of these stylish socks! Take 20% off your first Woven Pear purchase here: http://wovenpear.refr.cc/4SDWHWR.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

My Makeup Essentials

Nailing down a beauty routine involves a lot of trial and error. You not only have to find what works for your skin, you also have to find products that help you achieve the look you are going for. Finding a foundation that gave me both coverage and a bit of a glow for example seemed like almost an impossible task. I know I love seeing what other people have in their makeup lineup so I wanted to share mine with you.

I used to always have the “save” mindset when it came to makeup. I never wanted to spend too much, but honestly, I probably spent MORE trying out product after product because they just weren’t right. So many of these items might seem like more of an investment up front, but if you get what you’re looking for with the first shot it’s worth it. Plus, who doesn’t love those Sephora Beauty Insider points?!

What beauty products do you swear by? In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my skincare routine as well so stay tuned!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

How to Do Red, White, and Blue

The Fourth of July is coming up and that means it’s time to rock one of our favorite color combos…we’ve shared our favorite red, white, and blue pieces below!




What will you be wearing for the Fourth?



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>