msp food adventures

Hi, all! Last weekend I took a nice trek down to Minneapolis/St. Paul to spend time with some of my best gal pals. I have some friends who are true foodies like myself and they knew that I wanted to hit up some great places during my visit. They did not disappoint and I did some of my best eating in MONTHS. I always enjoy sharing travel and food snippets with all of you so here is my food diary from last week including pictures of every last thing I ate! Enjoy 🙂

Nice Juicery – Alexandria, MN

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On my way to the cities I made a quick pit stop to stretch my legs and I decided I wanted to check out Nice Juicery for the first time! I had heard of this place before and had never had the opportunity to stop and I’m really glad I did. It’s a locally owned cold-pressed juice shop that sells juice by the bottle in about 15 different combinations. You can buy bottles individually or you can choose to buy 1, 2, or 3 day cleanses.

I decided to buy one juice to enjoy in the shop (how cute is that hexagon planter wall!!!) and then I bought a 1 day cleanse to bring back home with me to have on Monday following my full weekend of eating! Each of the juices I had was delicious and you would definitely appreciate the freshness if you try for yourself someday. The one I had during my roadtrip had cold brew coffee mixed in with a hint of mint and it was divine and refreshing.

All Square – Minneapolis, MN (Minnehaha Ave)

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I heard about All Square through a Minneapolis eats/foodie Instagram account that I follow and I’m so glad I suggested to my friends that we check it out. They serve exclusively grilled cheese sandwiches but in a ton of varieties (including options for dairy-free). I went with the charcuterie grilled cheese – brie cheese, onion jam, prosciutto, and crushed almonds. It was HEAVENLY. Especially for someone who is as big of a brie-lover as myself. It was a difficult choice because the whole menu looked wonderful.

The atmosphere of the restaurant was funky and simple. They had a blue-light effect which is why my food photo looks like I had a green sandwich! I am even more glad I chose the restaurant because of what I learned when I was there: All Square is staffed entirely by formerly incarcerated employees. This allows them the opportunity to get back into the working world and provide amazing service to the people of Minneapolis. All of the employees who helped us at the restaurant were so friendly and as mentioned before the food was to die for. Please stop by to support and check it out if you’re a Minneapolis resident or plan to visit.

Muddy Waters – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

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After our dinner we got a wonderful wine nightcap in the Uptown neighborhood at Muddy Waters which is a favorite place that holds memories for my friends. The atmosphere was really moody and comfortable. We sat in a characteristic booth and enjoyed quite possible the best plate of fries I’ve ever had. These were on the appetizer menu and reminded me a lot of “fresh cut fries” from the MN State Fair. That perfect crispy on the outside but soft on the inside texture. The seasonings were perfect and they were serve with an aoili that was light and refreshing. The perfect compliment to a glass of red wine.

Cafe Astoria – St. Paul, MN

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I almost feel as though I don’t even need to say anything about this latte from Cafe Astoria in St. Paul because it certainly speaks for itself….but I will anyway. This is another Instagram find and when I saw there was a place to get a rainbow latte I couldn’t pass it up. This little cafe in St. Paul (near the Xcel Energy Center on Grand Ave) is a sweet spot to enjoy a baked good and a great cup of coffee. They have a lot of fun specialty lattes on the menu – this rainbow latte is made with peppermint to give it a nice refreshing taste. Some other top contenders that I saw on the menu – a campfire smores’ latte and one with gold foil on top to make you feel extra extra! We didn’t enjoy any baked goods because we were headed off to brunch but what I observed of them they looked like they would not disappoint!

Nightingale – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

Nothing says a Saturday morning brunch like bottomless mimosas. Nightingale was such a fun place to enjoy brunch in uptown. The atmosphere was fun as the restaurant was full of groups of people enjoying the weekend together. I indulged in the mimosas and for my food I went with a cornmeal style waffle at the waitress’s recommendation. I really enjoyed the texture and the fact that it was savory versus sweet like a regular waffle. It came with pineapple on top which was a good offset to the cornmeal taste. The bacon was an A plus too! When we walked into the restaurant I couldn’t help but think how fun it would be to dine there during the nicer months of the year – they have a beautiful outdoor area that would make for great people watching 🙂

Nolo’s Kitchen – Minneapolis, MN (North Loop)

Nolo’s was far and away the best meal of the weekend. I am still salivating just thinking about my food from here!! The 4 of us enjoyed red wine paired with a delicious cauliflower and brussel sprout medley as an appetizer. The herb dressing that topped the vegetables was too food for words. We asked the waitress to share the secret but unfortunately we came away empty-handed!

When it came time to decide what I wanted for my main course something about pasta was attractive to me and in the big open concept restaurant I saw the station where a chef was making fresh pizza dough along with fresh gnocchi. That made my decision really easy because I am in love with gnocchi and I can truly say that this meal change my life. The photo on the right doesn’t do it justice at all because of the lighting in the restaurant but the colors were beautiful. It was the handmade gnocchi with butternut squash, a brown butter sauce, and hazelnuts for additional brunch and flavor, and some sage and parmesan cheese. Next time I am in Minneapolis I will certainly be going here to have the exact same meal again.

I also wanted to mention the atmosphere – North Loop is a really fun neighborhood to explore in MSP. Nolo’s was a big open concept space with industrial looking white pillars and white washed brick walls. A nice mix of tables and booths around the edges and the large circular bar in the middle. It’s a trendy place to be and I’ve also heard great things about their brunch menu!

Pizza Luce – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

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Not much explanation is needed for a 2 AM slice of pizza. It is never a bad idea…especially when it’s Pizza Luce. All 4 of us grabbed a slice and enjoyed it sitting cross-legged in the appropriately dubbed “pizza corner” of Rose’s living room in our pajamas. The perfect way to end the night. The pizza itself – I went with classic cheese and it was delightful. What was equally as good was the Italian cold noodle pasta salad with mozzarella and pepperoni/hard salami.

Gigi’s – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

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For my parting breakfast on Sunday morning we found ourselves in the neighborhood of Uptown again only a few minutes’ walk from my friend Rose’s house. They had told me lots about the neighborhood cafe, Gigi’s, so I was expecting great things and I was certainly not disappointed. It’s such a sweet local place with great coffee and even better breakfast food. I enjoyed a bacon and egg scramble with breakfast potatoes, and toast. The portions were just right and it was the perfect meal to share great conversation over.

By the time we were wrapping up our breakfast it was crazy to see how the cafe had completely filled up all the way with people of all ages from around the neighborhood who were enjoying the best breakfast around!

Bogart’s Doughnut Co.Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

Last but certainly not least was the final pit stop I made before getting in my car to start the drive home. Just down the street from Gigi’s you will find Bogart’s Doughnut Co (BoGoDoughCo) where you would be crazyyyy not to stop for a doughnut. I went with the glazed brown butter option (obviously the theme of the weekend!) and it was so dang good. All of the options looked so fabulous but I knew better than to pick multiple to “bring home” which I knew would turn into “bring into the car and eat all of them during my drive home”.

I hope this gives you all some inspiration for great food stops next time you find yourself in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Have a fabulous week and thanks for reading 🙂

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

the year of bold

Happy 2019, my sweet friends! I apologize for my few week hiatus from writing blog posts – I was soaking in the holiday time with family and enjoying a few week break off of class. Everything kicks back in next week so I’m getting back in to my work routines and preparing for my last semester of grad school as well so it’s time to get back on track 🙂

I don’t tend to be someone who makes really specific New Year’s resolutions but last year for the first time I decided on a word for the year and what the meaning behind that word and focus meant for me. 2018 was “the year of calm” and you can read all about that in this post linked here. I found that my focus on rest and calm in 2018 brought me a lot of good lessons and I do feel I made a lot of positive strides throughout the year. There is still much more to be done but I feel happy with my progress and looking forward to continuing to prioritize rest in the coming year, especially once my final semester of school is complete.

When sitting down to think about my word for this year I had a lot of thoughts. One thing I discussed quite a bit with one of my best friends was “boundaries”. Up until a couple of nights ago I was certain that was going to be my focus for the year but as I was continuing to brainstorm on my couch the other night it just hit me all of the sudden: bold. Bold is what I want to focus on this year and I wanted to explain my thought process behind what that means to me and my thoughts for the coming 12 months.

As soon as the word entered my mind I began doing some searching on quotes about boldness and the definition of the word bold. Bold be defined in two ways:

  1. (of a person, action, or idea) – showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous
  2. (or a color or design) – having a strong or vivid appearance

As I read these two definitions it became even more clear to me that this is exactly where I want my focus to be this year. Those that have followed along with me for awhile (especially on Instagram) know my love for color and how much I like to incorporate it into my daily wardrobe and in the decor in my townhouse. When I read the definition of bold surrounding color or design I look at it through the lens of personal appearance. I want this year to focus hard on having a strong and vivid personal appearance that incorporates the first part of the definition: confidence and courage.

Working on self-love and self-acceptance when it comes to my body image has really been strengthening these last couple of months and I want to continue on that path. I want to remind myself that I am bold and confident in my appearance just as it is now. That doesn’t mean I don’t embrace the continued changes and journey of becoming more healthy but it will also remind me that it’s OK to exude confidence in the state that my body is in now (and the state it will be at in April, and July, and October…)

The first part of the definition is one that will be the most difficult for me: “showing an ability to take risks”. Even though I am an extroverted and mostly confident person I find myself to be someone who tends to stay in a comfort zone, especially when it comes to certain areas of my life. I’m hoping this year to find that level of courage to take some risk in those areas where I’ve stayed closed in and comfortable for a long time. I don’t see myself turning into someone who takes risks freely and easily, but I know I have an opportunity to create more space for the unknown and be willing to give things a try that I have always counted out in the past.

I also want to focus on adopting bold in my professional life. As a younger female in the workforce I can often feel the subtle (or not so subtle) discounting of my ideas or abilities at work because of my age and experience level. I hope this year to work on comfortable pushing the envelope when it comes to my courage and confidence level at work when I’m met with resistance or find struggles when working with others.

When I was looking up the definition for bold I found some great quotes that really embody what I’m looking to accomplish this year as well

 

I chose “fortune favors the bold” to be my first quote of the year on the new wooden letter board I got for Christmas from my brother. I displayed it on my dining room table and hope to use that as a daily reminder of my word of the year. Throughout the year I will work to update it with new quotes that continue to keep me focused on my goal for the year.

I’m looking forward to another great year ahead on the blog and I’m so thankful to each of you that follow along with me. I hope you had a wonderful New Year and that you’re feeling refreshed and ready for what 2019 has in store for you. Cheers!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

 

the ultimate christmas gift guide

Alright, everyone! It’s here: the ultimate Christmas gift guide!! Creating this guide has been a labor of love but I enjoyed every second of it. Every single item in here is less than $100 and more than 90% of the items are less than $50. Some of these products are on here because I’ve used them personally and love them. Others were items I’ve stumbled upon and researched about to give you all a variety of fun products to add to your own Christmas wish list or to use as a guide while shopping for others!

Every item on this guide comes from one of three places – 1) Target 2) Old Navy and 3) Kittsona….no surprises there, right!? I wanted to make sure that each piece I included would be something everyone would have access to either in store or very easy to order online from any of these three places. I hope you find this guide exciting to look through! I’m already excited to make another one to share next year 🙂

Here are a few ground rules to the guide: all items are sort under the following headings

  • Beauty
  • Outerwear
  • Dresses & Sweaters
  • Jewelry & Accessories
  • Home Items & Decor
  • Stocking Stuffers (all $15 and under)

There are pictures for every item but the list of links and items below each heading isn’t necessarily “in order” of the photos – so just make sure you’re matching the photo you’re interested in to the description with the link. Each item has a direct link to the product on the store’s website. Keep in mind there are often multiple colors and patterns in some items so the exact item I have posted may unfortunately be sold out (in some or all sizes).

I have short descriptions behind each item and I’ll comment on the ones that I own and/or use myself! When it comes to the stocking stuffers/price points some of the items in sections other than the stocking stuffers are also under $15 but I listed things I felt fit in best with “Santa” type gifts for Secret Santa, etc. in that section.

Lastly, if you go to purchase any of the items from Kittsona don’t forget to use my #kittsonabrandbabe discount code SUGARSPICESTYLE10 at checkout for 10% off your total purchase. Phew, ok, I think that’s it……Enjoy!!

Beauty

Hydrating sheet face mask  

This miss spa brand is sold at Target. I have tried each of the sheet masks from their brand and love them all. They’re a good price and I’ve had good results from consistently using them. This hydrate one is best for this time of year when we’re getting blasted with that cold winter weather up here in the northern Midwest.

Overnight energizing face mask

I tried this bliss brand overnight mask for the first time about 2 weeks ago and it’s been unreal for my skin. I’ve been using 2-3 times per week. I love that you put it on right before bed. It dries almost instantly and then you sleep with it on and wash off in the morning. Biggest bonus – it smells amazingly refreshing – watermelon is one of my favorite scents!

Queen Bee perfume

This is the perfume I use. I realize it may not be a scent everyone is crazy about but I thought it was worth listing! It’s $25 for a large bottle and only $12.99 for the rollerball version. Target is breaking into the fragrance game and I’m definitely ok with it!

Matte liquid lipstick set

Bare Minerals always has great gift sets! These three colors are great – and this would also make for a perfect stocking stuffer for a gal pal

Deep cleaning face brush

This is elf brand. I haven’t tried myself but I’ve heard great things and you really can’t beat the price point

Silicone brush tool for face masks

This I own and love. I use it to apply any of my non-sheet style face masks. It’s a big win to not use your fingers to apply – both for mess reasons AND for cleanliness of not using your own oils/fingers to spread the mask around your face. Keeps things more hygenic and all you have to do is rinse with warm water after each use.

Facial hair removal tool

This. Is. Life. Changing. and I’m not kidding. A blogger I follow on Instagram recommended this and I decided to give it a shot. I’m never turning back. Totally painless way to remove any facial hair and at $20 NO ONE is complaining about that price!

 

Outerwear

Blush suede moto style jacket

Even though I have very pale skin I’m finding myself drawn to a lot of blush pink lately. I love that this blush color turns something normally masculine looking into something softer that still has plenty of edge.

Plaid with fur detail dressy coat

This coat would be great as a dress coat for work and other fancier gatherings. The faux fur sleeve collars are a unique touch and at $70 it won’t break the bank.

Faux fur vest

Again with the light pink…I know…but I’m so glad faux fur vests are still on trend. It’s a fun way to add texture and dimension to any outfit and takes virtually no effort.

Fleece-lined patterned athleisure jacket

This is a fun patterned number – I like that it’s a way to dress up an athleisure look. This could be your coat to wear on your way to and from the gym, or with any athleisure look that you wear to tackle errands on the weekend!

Dresses & Sweaters

Yellow midi length dress

Sign me up for anything yellow. I love the length of this dress. Would be a great holiday party option!

Brown and pink boatneck sweater

I own this sweater in the gray and yellow version. It is SO soft. I highly recommend.

Green and black striped boatneck sweater

This is a classic piece that you can’t go wrong with at all. There are many different color and pattern options in this one. I like the boatneck style – the higher neck is timeless and classy.

Cream cardigan sweater

This openfront cardigan reminds me of a piece I bought at Loft earlier this year. I like the flecked detail that keeps it from being too stark and plain, but it’s a neutral that can be worn with virtually anything.

Black floral jumpsuit

This is another fun holiday party option. A small, undertoned floral is feminine without being too overpowering and it’s a fun element to come away from wearing something that’s just plain all black.

Velvet swing mini dress

This little velvet dress is so fun!! Velvet has been huge this fall and winter so this is an easy way to work it into your winter wardrobe without going outside of your comfort zone.

Black midi dress with floral detail

I love the detail of this piece. It’s a classic LBD but with a twist – and definitely more casual for someone who doesn’t like tight-fitting or overly dressy pieces.

 

Jewelry & Accessories

Blush pink sherpa purse

I’ll be honest, out of this whole list I think this is the number one item that I want to buy for myself! I LOVE the idea of a sherpa style crossbody bag and a $30 price tag is perfection.

Mustard yellow winter scarf

Old Navy has TONS of colors in this same scarf. I gravitated toward the yellow (naturally!) but you could choose any color and it’s a fun way to add a pop if you have a neutral solid color winter jacket.

Metallic silver mittens

I love these metallic mittens!! I would definitely buy them if I didn’t already own the Old Navy metallic puffer coat in the rose gold shade of metallic. The only thing holding me back is that mixing two different shades of metallic might be a littleeee much. Even for me!

Colorblock oblong scarf

Colorblock is still a big trend everywhere – in sweaters, dresses, and anything else. I like the option of bringing it in through a scarf and the color palette is nice and classic.

Multicolor plaid blanket scarf

I was drawn to this because of all the colors. The beauty of a piece like this is that if you’re someone who doesn’t normally wear a lot of color you can add this to a solid/neutral outfit for a way to ease into some brightness in your wardrobe. It would look fabulous paired with an otherwise all-black outfit!

Dressy velvet scarf

Did someone say velvet SCARF!? That is all I needed to hear

Pom pom scarf

This is another fun and simple scarf that comes in many different colors. Pom poms may be the new tassel so hop on that trend with this scarf!

Gold winged stud earrings

These are a simple but stunning piece and can make a statement without having bright color or flashiness. I would be hard-pressed to find an outfit that these earrings DON’T go with.

Multi-layer gold necklace

Multi-layered necklaces are still really big. I like the pretty girly touch of this piece that again could be worn with anything!

 

Home Items & Decor

Hearth and Hand candle

I got this candle from a friend for my birthday and all I can say is wow. It’s actually burning right now as I type and my house smells like a miracle. You really can’t go wrong with any of the Heart and Hand candles though if I’m being honest.

Circular rattan mirror

This mirror is so much fun. Circular mirrors have been ALL over Instagram but this one has a unique touch to it. It’s from the Opalhouse collection at Target which I love.

Plaid throw blanket

For those of you with traditional colored Christmas decorations this throw blanket would be a fun way to add a touch of Christmas to your chair or couch in a living space.

Gray chunky knit throw blanket

You can never have enough throw blankets….seriously….

Black macrame wall hanging

Woven wall hangings are a fun way to add dimension and texture to your walls. This black piece is proof that it doesn’t have to be flashy or intricate to make a statement.

World map hanging tapestry

If you’re an avid traveler (or want to be!!) this world map hanging would be a great addition to a room in your home!

Bon appetit wire wall decor

I love this little wire piece. It would go perfectly in any kitchen or breakfast nook. It’s only $12.99 so the definition of budget-friendly!

Hexagon shaped letterboard

Letterboards are STILL huge but Target has changed the game up by having boards in fun shapes instead of just your standard square and rectangle. This hexagon shape still gives you plenty of room for words but adds more visual interest with it’s unique shape.

White and gold wall hanging planters

I have one of these hanging on the wall right when you come in from my garage. I use it as a “drop spot” for my work name badge and my keys so that I always know where they are. As it’s labeled they are also intended to be hanging wall planters for small house plants!

 

Stocking Stuffers (all $15 and under!)

Eyelash print makeup bag

Another thing that you can never have too many of is small bags/clutches. You can use them for countless things and they are a great way to stay organized in different areas of your house. This eyelash print one is only $5!

Ice cream cone makeup bag

Loving the pompom detail on this one 🙂

Orange pom pom throw blanket

Can’t stop won’t stop with the pom poms, y’all….they are really on trend! This blanket would make the perfect stocking stuffer for virtually anyone. It comes in lots of different colors!

Jewelry storage box

This little box is precious and would be a sweet way to store your jewelry when traveling or on your bathroom counter since it’s so pretty to look at!

Flower stud earrings

I wanted to add a few pieces of jewelry here under the stocking stuffer section because things like this are always fun to give to others!

3-pair metallic stud earring set

This set is only $7.99 for all three pairs!

Minnesota retro style keychain

Keychains are a fun way to express yourself on an item that you carry around with you everywhere. If you or a loved one live in Minnesota or grew up there this retro style keychain is a great idea for a gift.

Be kind leather keychain

Kittsona has multiple sayings in this leather style keychain! Find one that works best for the person you’re gifting 🙂

Set of hair coils

These hair coils are all the rage! They are certainly prettier when worn around your wrist than the traditional ponytails and they don’t leave bumps in your hair

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Wasn’t that fun!!?! As always…thanks for reading along and supporting me. I hope this gift guide gave you some ideas for people you might still be shopping for or helped to add to your own wishlist that you’ve been sharing with those who are shopping for YOU!

There is more fun holiday content to come in these next two weeks leading up to Christmas…can you believe we’re only 15 days away….

Wishing all of you a wonderful week! Be back with more soon 🙂

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

 

 

kittsona christmas gift guide

Happy December, everyone! I promised to deliver a few gift guides to all of you during the holiday shopping season and wanted to kick it off by sharing a guide from favorite local boutique – Kittsona 🙂

These items would all be great for women in your life – moms, sisters, best friends, coworkers, secret santa recipients, aunts…the list goes on! All of these gifts are under $70 and almost all are under $30 making them affordable for a variety of price points and reasons for this season’s shopping.

Details (following photos from left to right/top to bottom) – each of the items is linked directly to Kittsona’s website so follow the links for easy purchasing!

nodak baseball hat – $28

This baseball cap is simple and perfectly distressed. It would be the perfect weekend wear and having a couple of “go-to” hats is always a good idea to hide a bad hair day or wear on the weekends when you’re getting all of your errands and shopping done! They have other version of this same hat including city specific for different place in North Dakota and Minnesota.

funky white fringe sweater – $48

I was immediately drawn to this sweater. Even though it isn’t in a bold color like a lot of my wardrobe the details and fringe look make it so unique and fun even though it’s a classic neutral color. It would be a great staple to add to any winter wardrobe and could be worn countless ways – I’m envisioning it with a fun pair of colored dress trousers and ankle boots for a fun business casual look for the office.

metallic faux leather earrings – $12

These earrings are simple and sweet. Since they are made of faux leather they are extremely lightweight even though they are a bigger statement size earring. The metallic colors are a nice a subtle way to add some shine to your look, especially when wearing your hair up. At $12 per pair you can snag all three colors and have no shame at all!!

be a kind human sweatshirt –  $68

This crewneck is a part of the Humankind collection at Kittsona and I love the simple message. The world can always use a little more kindness and this sweatshirt would serve as a reminder to anyone who sees you wear it! The price tag here is higher but I’ll speak to how comfortable these crew necks are – I have the Minnesota Vikings crewneck from Kittsona and it is so warm and cozy. Definitely worth the price!

“home” north dakota drink tumbler – $22

I love all of the different color options for this tumbler – I also like that you could use it for any type of drink. Enjoy hot and cold beverages in here all year round! Coffee, iced coffee, water, wine…the list goes on! They also have this available in Minnesota if you’re a Minnesotan 🙂

“home” north dakota wooden keychain – $8

This sweet little wooden keychain would make the perfect stocking stuffer or secret santa gift for your holiday party or other North Dakotans in your life. The price point can’t be beat and I love the simplicity that this would add to your key ring. Also – this would be a perfect gift for someone who has moved away but calls North Dakota home and would like to have a nice daily reminder!

“world’s best dog mom” coffee mug – $18

If you’re looking for a gift for a dog mom in your life look no further. Especially if that dog mom also loves coffee! I’m hoping Luna reads this blog post and has the ability to order items online for her mom….I would really like to see this for me under the tree this year to add to my coffee mug collection at my office!

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I hope these items give you some good inspiration and can help you to cross off some people from your Christmas gift list. Don’t forget – when you shop at Kittsona (either in your local storefronts or online at www.kittsona.com  you can get 10% off your total purchase when you enter in (online) or mention (in person) my discount code – SUGARSPICESTYLE10

Christmas is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to sharing more fun holiday content and posts with all of you in the coming weeks! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far and that you are staying warm if you’re here in the northern Midwest with me. As always, thanks so much for reading. I appreciate each of you ❤

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

may your days be merry & bright

The best time of the year is here!! I wanted to share all of the details of my Christmas decorations even though they have been up for a couple of weeks already 🙂

I know most of you are now going to be fully in the spirit and ready to decorate yourself if you haven’t already now that Thanksgiving has passed. I hope all of you enjoyed a great holiday with those you love. Let the decor round up begin!

In the kitchen I have this great wooden sign from Gordmans. It was 30 dollars and was one of my favorite editions for this year! It goes great with all of the primary colors I have going on with the coffee cup shelf and the rest of the kitchen.

In my first level half bathroom I put a small touch of Christmas – I bought these 4 bottle brush trees at hobby lobby. I loved the bright vibrant colors and they go great with the rest of the color filled rainbow bathroom. They were half off and so were really inexpensive – only $4 for the largest size ($8 regular price)

The front door wreath for this year is very simple. I used a plain faux evergreen wreath that I bought at Menards a couple of years ago. To dress it up I wrapped it in gold star tinsel for $3 from Target and then hot glued three ornament on – all from Target as well. The two metallic gold ones were $1 each and the white faux fur and gold one was $3.

In the living room I added a fun touch of Christmas to my amazing reclaimed art piece with this pink and blue felt style “merry & bright” garland from TJMaxx. I can’t remember the exact price but it was less than $20 for sure! On the end table – my Christmas gnome is also from TJMaxx along with the metal Christmas tree – both purchased this year. The silver JOY and the glittery deer are both from Target a couple of years ago. And the fun gold spiky table garland is from hobby lobby!

The other side of the living room is the most festive place of all! The new yellow chair has the fun beaded and tassel pillow from Target this season. The colored tinsel trees on the ground are from Target a couple of years ago and the gold tree in the middle I just bought at Picks this weekend! The “all is calm all is bright” wooden tree sign hanging on the wall is from TJMaxx last year and I think it’s so beautiful! My new yellow chair that arrived this weekend from houzz.com is fitting in perfectly 🙂

On the couch I have two fun Christmas pillows that I added to my usuals. The beaded colored reindeer pillow is from Target a couple of years ago and the light pink Christmas tree pillow was a favorite find from this year at TJMaxx.

My TV stand decorations are currently undergoing a little bit of a change because of my DIY project from today so here is a close up! This wooden house I painted and decorated myself today and I can’t wait to make my second one next weekend. The glass jar and pom pom garland are both from Target! Adding garland or vase filler to any jar or container is a great and easy decor hack.

My dining room table scape this year has really gone full on rainbow!! My dollar store mirrors stayed for the season and then the wood and turquoise Joy sign and the yellow pickup truck are both from Picks. The colorful advent calendar was a Target purchase from 3 years ago and then the mini colored trees are all from Gordmans this year – with the exception of the pink and yellow trees on the right hand side which are from Target. These colored trees are such an easy and inexpensive way to add touches of Christmas at home. Even if you don’t enjoy color you can get more metallic or neutral ones. The trees from Gordmans were all $9.99 less – the small red ones were only $4.99!!

The landing and stairs have become one of my new favorite spots for decor this year! The beautiful wooden painted “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” sign I bought at picks this year and placed inside of my big vintage frame. On top of my bookcase is another silver tree, a big wooden/metallic deer, and another string of the pom pom rainbow garland – all from Target!

The two stockings on the banister are from Target along with the small glass “J” and “L” ornaments that I hung from them this year to mark mine and Luna’s! It was a fun easy way to make them personalized. Around the banister I wrapped two different versions of tinsel garland – one in rose gold and gold metallics and one version completely multicolored. Both from hobby lobby! I also stuck a fun velvet red bow on the end of the banister.

Last but far from least is my tree. This beauty is a 7.5 foot flocked tree from Walmart that I got an amazing deal on last year. The pink faux fur and gold accented tree skirt is new this year from TJMaxx! And all of my ornaments are from a combination of Target, Hobby Lobby, and TJMaxx – some new and some old! I’ll post one more detailed picture of the ornaments up close below. The wooden woven star on the top of the tree is from Target last year. And the “believe in the magic of Christmas” sign on the wall is from Kittsona!

I hope you all enjoy seeing my Christmas decor as much as I enjoy sharing it with all of you on here and on Instagram every day. I’ve really and fully embraced the rainbow and colorful Christmas experience this year and I am excited to enjoy it all season long! If you have any questions for me about any of my decor, DIYs, or end up buying any of these items please share with me 🙂 I always love seeing what all of you do in your homes too!

As always, thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful week!

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xoxo Jen

birthday wish list!

Hi, everyone! I’m sorry that I missed connecting with you last Sunday. I’m back now and have lots going on that I am looking forward to sharing soon. My house is fully decorated for Christmas and I will be bringing a full decor detailed post to you a little bit closer to Thanksgiving.

This Friday (November 16th) is a big day in my house – it’s both my birthday AND Luna’s birthday!! I will be turning 26 and Luna will be turning 3! When I visited Luna as a puppy at the breeder’s farm and I learned that she had the same birthday as I did I knew I was meant to be her dog mom 🙂

Each year my parents ask for a birthday and Christmas wish list from me and I thought it would be fun to share the things I have on my list with all of you this year. A few things I have had my eye on for awhile and some are newer interests but it’s a good variety of items. Since my birthday is fairly close to Christmas it’s easy to make a bigger list with lots of ideas as some of them could become Christmas gifts next month!

Fitbit Charge 3

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I had the original Fitbit charge when it came out a few years back and really loved it. Here is a link to the newest version that is on my list! With my eczema I can’t wear metal-based watches because they really irritate my skin and cause a rash. Wearing something like this with a rubber-based band is a good option for me. I also like that this style of the tracker is a thinner style so it’s not as chunky of a watch. It can blend in with other jewelry/bracelets because it almost looks like a bracelet itself! I also love that all of the Fitbit products now come with the ability to change out the band. That was one of the downsides before when you had one color and one color only. I love the rose gold accent on this one and know it would look great with a variety of bands that I can buy to change up the style depending on what I’m wearing that day.

Oh Joy! Calpak confetti luggage

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This confetti designed luggage set might be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Joy Cho is the blogger and name behind the Oh Joy! brand and she combined with CALPAK to design this luggage set. I love that it’s got the hard outer shell making it more durable for travel. The gold accents on the handle and 360-degree wheels makes it look extra classy and chic. I am a big fan of colored/patterned luggage because it always makes it so much easier to spot your bag – not to mention it helps you travel in style! This set is definitely a little bit on the pricey side but I have a feeling the quality holds up that price point. Here is a link to check it out! You can buy as a set or separate pieces in the different sizes.

Yellow Accent Arm Chair

This yellow arm chair from Houzz.com has been on my radar for the last couple of months and I have always thought it would be fun to have an accent chair in my living room. You all know the fairly recent obsession that I have developed for yellow and I’ve enjoyed working it in in small ways in my living room. This chair would pack a big punch and I like that it looks really stately but comfortable at the same time. The chair I currently have in my living room doesn’t have arms so it’s not very inviting or comfy to sit down and curl up in to read or watch a movie. I’m thinking of treating myself and buying this for a birthday gift to myself so stayed tuned for that 😀

Camel high neck dress coat

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I have a really heavy duty black winter jacket that is dressy and nice to wear for both work and casually. I have wanted to add another lighter colored option so that I have two different choices of jacket for during the winter season. I always want to make sure that what I buy is dressy enough for work but not so stuffy that it isn’t warm enough for our nasty winters. I spotted this high neck camel coat at Old Navy and I love how it’s simple but really classy at the same time. You really can’t beat the price either! Here is the link for it on the website. 

Matching Christmas pajamas!

There is no such thing as too many pajamas – especially no such thing as too many Christmas pajamas! Target has so many great matching pajama options for the whole family that would be fun to wear on Christmas morning all together when you’re opening up your gifts. Luna surprisingly doesn’t mind wearing dog sweaters so I thought it would be cute for her to have something matching with me for this season. Here is a link to this whole family collection of this set of pajamas but as I mentioned there are more than 10 styles of family pajamas.

I know that other than the pajamas I didn’t list any specific gifts for Luna on this list but not to worry – I will make sure my pup gets a good peanut butter treat on Friday along with a new bone and toy from me to celebrate turning three! I’m looking forward to sharing some photos from our big day with all of your on Instagram and probably here on the blog sometime soon too.

As I mentioned in the beginning I have lots of holiday content coming soon – Christmas decorations, Christmas music, and some winter fashion trends. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll be back with more soon! Have a wonderful week ❤

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xoxo Jen

diy yarn wall hanging

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m happy to be back on a Sunday night and I’m also happy to share this fun DIY project with you 🙂

Kelly Mindell (aka @studiodiy) is one of my favorite bloggers and she and her family live in LA. She has a big appreciation for bright, bold color and recently she posted a yarn hanging tutorial. After I saw the pictures of the masterpiece she made for her newly renovated office space I knew I needed to make a version of my own!

Here is Kelly’s post that I followed along with and used as inspiration. I knew I wanted the piece I made to go in my bedroom in the place of a much smaller yarn hanging I bought a few years ago. I used my bedroom’s color palette to build on my yarn choices when I went to the store.

I bought all of my yarn from Michaels when they were having a buy-one-get-one-free sale on yarn skeins so I saved a lot of money that way! Micheals also has great coupons on their app and sometimes you can get 20% off your whole purchase so I would look to score a deal when you buy the yarn in order to keep the costs down!

You can tie the yarn on to lots of different things – a wooden dowel is a great option but I chose to use a piece of decorative driftwood that I bought at Picks a month or two ago in preparation for this project. I like the visual interest is adds with the texture.

I estimated the number of skeins of yarn I would need for the project – my mindset was I’d rather over-buy and have to return some than get started and not have enough. I ended up buying 9 skeins in a variety of textures and colors (which is key!) but two of them I didn’t use at all and returned.

Mustard yellow, burnt orange, and two different shades of blue were my colorful choices and then I mixed in white and gray as neutrals. As I mentioned above, buying yarn in a variety of weights and textures makes it more appealing to the eye and even if you want to do a lot of the same color you can add variety and interest with yarns that are more or less bulky. I also bought one fun multicolored skein that had beautiful oranges and blues in it and it ended up being my favorite one I used!

Here is a photo of the finished product. It looks so great on the wall with all of my jewelry in my room and nothing beats having pieces in your home that you know you created yourself!

All in all this project took me about 2-3 hours to complete and all of my supplies for the project were less than $50. My hanging is quite large so if you’re looking to do something smaller it would be even more budget friendly!

I took a few photos of each of the different types of tie or braiding I did up close so you can see more clearly

A couple sections of yarn I didn’t do anything to other than looping them through the top. I made sure to use multiple strands together so that it was chunky but the colors made it pretty enough to not have to do anything fancy with some of the sections.

In the photo above the mustard yellow was just a simple twist. I cut about 10 strands of yarn total and once they were looped around the top I split them in half and twisted all the way down to the bottom before tying it off with a knot.

The blue yarn is looped around the top and then the whole set of strands is just knotted in a few different places down the strand to add texture

The orange multicolor yarn is done in a standard braid. Once the yarn was looped I just split into three sections and braided all the way down before knotting off the end

In the gray yarn above this was the most unique textured one of all – very soft and shiny, and felt a lot like human hair. I cut a few strands of this and then let them hang individually after looping through – then I tied some knots in each individual strand, spacing them out and doing them at different points on each strand

The large orange twist took the most yarn of all the ones I did. I cut lots (probably 20-22) loops of yarn for this. Then once it was hung through the top I split in half and twisted each of the two strands all the way down and knotted off. Then I took the two twisted strands and twisted them together for one big strand.

The bright blue is another standard braid but it’s a little bit easier to see with that color than it is with the multicolor yarn!

One last thing to mention is that I liked keeping a variety of lengths at the bottom of the piece. This adds interest to not have it all lopped off at the same length.

As I mentioned in the beginning this is one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done and I’m so glad I took the time to invest and work on it yesterday. I also got to do this project alongside my friend Brittany who made a version of her own. Crafting with someone else always makes it more fun 🙂

I’m hoping to make another one of these in the future and something on an even bigger scale. I dream of making a HUGE one one day the could be used as a headboard over my bed!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you have a great week ahead. Thanks so much for reading!

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xoxo Jen