burlap wreath diy

Happy Sunday, everyone! A few weekends ago I made another simple wreath for my front door to have up during this fall time of year before I replace with something fun for winter/Christmas.

The supplies and cost of making this wreath was really low and it would be another easy DIY for your own front door πŸ™‚ here are the only things you need:

  • A wooden wreath ring – I got mine at Micheals for about 6 or 7 dollars
  • A large roll of burlap! – I also got this at Michaels for $6
  • Greenery or florals of your choice – you can get these supplies anywhere! I got both of my pieces of faux greenery at Target in the saver spot at the front of the store.
  • A pair of scissors
    A work surface that is easy to clean after all of the burlap shedding!
  • When choosing your wooden wreath ring, in my opinion thinner is better. That way you can measure and cut shorter pieces of burlap. To begin just trial a piece of cut burlap and then tie around the wreath form. I wanted my pieces to be a little bit longer to create fluffiness and texture, but to each their own!!
  • I used pieces that were about 8 inches long. Then I also cut each strip in half the long way because the roll of burlap was really wide. You can cut a few pieces at a time and then take a break to tie. That way you only cut as many strips of burlap as you need. For this wreath I used exactly one roll of burlap which was pretty good estimation on my part!
  • After you’re done tying the burlap in knots all around the circumference of your wreath ring, then you can work to weave in pieces of greenery. There is no right or wrong way to do this step! Add what you think looks good. I bought two different kinds of greenery and both were long garland style which made it much easier to wrap around. I would suggest this style versus loose flowers/stems.
  • The greenery garland I bought was much longer than I needed to I decided to make a loopy bow out of the ends of mine in the lower middle of the wreath to use all of it rather than continuing to wrap around the wreath. I then hung it on my front door as usual! All year round I keep my gold “home” on the front door attached with command strips to the pane of the windows. I got it in the dollar spot at Targe more than a year ago and it always makes the perfect backdrop for every wreath because there is no place like home πŸ™‚
  • After your wreath is hung where you want it to be don’t forget to do a healthy amount of “fluffing” in order to get it looking just right. Tightening pieces of burlap, adjusting the greenery, etc. so that it looks just how you want it to!
  • I have no doubts that I’ll have some fun DIYs to share with you as we get closer to Christmas, so be on the lookout!! As always, thanks so much for reading. Have a wonderful week!
  • #sugarspiceandstylethatsnice
  • xoxo Jen
  • blogger adventure (part 2)

    Hi, everyone! Those of you that have been following along with me for awhile might remember back in May when I took a really exciting blogger adventure to St. Louis, Missouri with an amazing group of 15 other bloggers from around the Midwest….but if you don’t not to worry because you can read all about it by clicking right HERE!

    Part two of this really exciting project that the 15 of us are a part of happened during the last week of September and we had the opportunity to travel to Louisville, Kentucky together! We had such a blast being all together and working together again so I wanted to recap the trip along with some fun photos! I always love packing up my bag and getting prepared for a trip πŸ™‚



    The day we arrived was a fun reunion and we got to spend some quality time together over dinner and drinks. You all know how much I enjoy trying new food so I didn’t let you down…I was sure to take photos of the meals I tried so I could share them with you! At the restaurant we enjoyed supper at the first evening I enjoyed a delicious “Hot Brown” sandwich that was a big open face turkey sandwich smothered in different cheese, bacon, pico de gallo, and green chile sauce. It had such good flavor and I dove right in after being hungry from a full day of travel!




    Since we all met one another for the first time in May it was so special to be together again since we have been able to follow along with each other’s blogs and Instagram pages for the last 4 months and know so much more about each other now. Each day we fit in some fun time for photo shoots with each other and so here are a couple of good shots from the first night enjoying a drink together and having a little “Sex and the City” style shoot on the sidewalk in front of our hotel!



    One of the most exciting parts about the trip was getting to experience the unique hotel that we stayed in. It was called The 21c Museum Hotel – Louisville. The 21c brand has other locations in the US and all of them are boutique museum hotels. The lobby and meeting areas of the hotel are literal art galleries and filled with beautiful art to admire and read about. We had our project meetings in one of the galleries and one each floor of the hotel there was also pieces of art to enjoy.Β  Here are two of the pieces that were displayed in the lobby!


    The second day of the trip was a long day of hard work (but it included a couple hours of shopping so I will take that kind of work ANY day!!) We paused at lunch time to take some great photos of each other right outside of our hotel in downtown Louisville because the architecture of the buildings made for fun and exciting backdrops. My friend Gaonou snagged my favorite picture of me ever and it’s now my new profile picture on Instagram!! I also included a blooper so you can see that we obviously don’t have any fun together at all….about 5 other girls were behind the camera cheering me on and giving me some good laughs while I was getting my glamour shots taken πŸ™‚



    The second (and final) evening of the trip we enjoyed a really special meal at Decca restaurant. We arrived to a four-course menu on each place setting and the food was all so delicious. We shared a collection of appetizers together along with our choice of wine. Then I selected the ribeye steak for my main course and it was so heavenly. The plating of it (which you can see in the photo below) almost made it too beautiful to eat. We shared some sides along with our main courses and then I selected a chocolate cake with coffee ice cream (no surprises there!) for dessert. I think my favorite part of the meal was the after dessert cappuccino with the brown sugar cube. Coffee with dessert is one of my favorite things in life and the folks at Decca did it just right!



    Only getting to spend 2 and a half days together is the only downside to these trips. All of the girls I have met through this project are so unique and fantastic and I’m beyond grateful to have this opportunity. We have one final trip together that will occur in either late January or early February. The 15 of us are anxiously awaiting getting to see each other one more time and also can’t wait to hear where we get to travel to this time! I have a feeling these friendships from this project will last well beyond our final trip and I look forward to seeing how all of these women grow in their brand and lifestyle.


    It wouldn’t be a travel day without grabbing a Starbucks at the airport. On my trip home I had a considerably amount of time at the airport between when we got dropped off and when my flight left so I got lots of time to enjoy a blended cacao protein cold brew. It basically tasted like a coffee milkshake and I was 100% on board with it. I also had plenty of time during my second layover in Minneapolis to dive into myΒ  new book.




    I hope you all have enjoyed learning about my travels and I’m looking forward to sharing the third and final trip with all of you in a few months.

    Have a wonderful rest of your week!


    xoxo Jen

    humankind with kittsona || be a kind human

    As I was brainstorming what to write for this week’s topic it all dawned on me this evening. With the turbulent week we have had in national politics (really the turbulent year…) I was spending some time reflecting on the lack of kindness that can be felt. I feel that the understanding of others and their experience and emotions is lacking across the board and I think it’s fair to say that we all (myself included) could find ways to do a better job of treating everyone around us with kindness.

    My partnership with Kittsona as a brand babe makes me proud proud because the mission and values that they reflect as a company are things I strive for in myself. They recently launched a new line/collection called Humankind. All of the products in this line reflect their values of kindness to others (and animals!).

    The collection includes T-shirt’s and sweatshirts, as well as toddler clothing and onesies for the little ones in your life! Below are photos of some of my favorite items from the collection. All are between $32 and $36 dollars!

    This simple statement – grl pwr – shows the strong conviction Kittsona has behind empowering women and making them feel beautiful and heard and important in every aspect. This tee would be a great piece to add to your closet and can be dressed up or down very easily!

    This shirt goes without explanation!!! I think this needs to be my next Kittsona purchase. I couldn’t love dogs anymore so this one really speaks to me β™₯️

    Radiating positive vibes is easier said than done some days but it’s always amazing to notice the difference in my mood and the mood of those around me on days where I choose to stay positive and upbeat. Positivity always wins and this shirt is the perfect reminder 😊

    Two words but so much meaning behind them. Kindness matters and it matters to everyone. One of my favorite quotes is “be kind for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about”. The way you show up and how you treat others on a day to day basis can make sure a lasting and immeasurable impact. Make sure the way you’re choosing to do that is a way you’re proud of!

    If you are interested in any of these T-shirt’s or the message behind spreading Humankind follow This link to check out the whole collection on Kittsona’s website! Any time you check out online at Kittsona.com or in store don’t forget to use my discount code for 10% off your entire purchase!! SUGARSPICESTYLE10

    I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’ll be back again soon! As always, thanks so much for reading!!


    Xoxo Jen

    fall footwear

    Hi, my friends! A few weeks ago I asked a question on my Instagram stories about what content you would like to see soon and someone mentioned a post on sneaker/fall footwear would be great as we transition into a new season.

    Here are a few of my favorite picks for this upcoming season in lots of different style – sneakers, flats, mules, loaders, ankle boots….you name it. As always I have picked really affordable options so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by any of the prices and they truly fit into a budget fashionista lifestyle πŸ™‚ All of the shoes are under $40 at this time – the only pair not in that price range is the first pair of sneakers from LOFT but a discount code advertised currently makes them 39.99! Every pair is linked in the description below the picture so follow the links to buy online! All of the shoes are either from LOFT, Old Navy, or Target.



    This adorable pair from LOFTΒ is a great option for this season. The mauve/blush color is a perfect neutral for this time of year and the satin finish will dress up any outfit!


    I found a couple of great options at Old Navy:Β First is this burgundy pairΒ which is the definition of an effortless casual sneaker. They have it in gray as well but this color really pops!


    It doesn’t get much cuter than these “Oh Hey” slip ons. These are in my own cart for sure πŸ˜€ more color, please!!



    The yellow obsession continues with these slide on heeled mules from Old Navy – they are a good “work shoe” and mustard yellow is practically a neutral in my book! You could wear these with pretty much anything and a heel always makes you feel a little bit more dressed up if that’s the look you’re going for.


    I own these classic non-heeled mules from Target in black but this light pink color would be a great fall neutral. They are really comfortable and the pointed toe is a nice touch.


    These are currently sold out on my size but I have them on alert for when they restock because yellow AND ruffles….doesn’t get any better than that; especially when they are 22 dollars!!



    This is a way to have a jazzier black mule. I love the tassel sandals I bought from Target this summer and these are along the same lines. Adds some texture to a classic piece without making it unprofessional.


    The embellishments on these are way too fun – the sparkles are beautiful and would be great with an all-around simple outfit so that the shoes can stand out.

    Ankle BootsΒ 


    I love the studs on these, simple enough but they make them unique and different even with a neutral color. They’re so small they are even difficult to see in the picture but they are little tiny gold beads. The mushroom color of the boot is my preference for a neutral color over more brown tones – I think it goes with more and is a softer look.


    A white ankle boot might be out of your comfort zone but these are so fun!! It would be a nice way to take a risk and they would be really fun to wear going out!


    If white isn’t your style or too risky you can’t go wrong with a classic all black microsuede ankle boot – this one is trendy because it’s a “sock boot” with the tighter to the ankle top – that will be REALLY big this season


    These in a fun faux leather snakeskin print would be great with black jeans and any big sweater over the next two seasons.


    I love a good metallic accent and these boots are so casual and cute. They could be dressed up or down easily and are a fun interest piece without trying too hard. I think they would look good with both denim/jeans and dress slacks. I’m especially picturing them with knee length dresses/skirts and tights for the colder weather coming our way!

    As always, thanks so much for reading! I am looking forward to having more for you all soon πŸ™‚


    xoxo Jen


    fall decorating inspiration :)

    The BEST season is upon us!! Fall is here and I couldn’t be happier! This is the sweetest time of year: I love the colors, the crispness as it comes back into the air, the style and fashion, and the scents of pumpkin and apple cinnamon. Over the last couple of weeks I have prepared both my office and my house for the season and wanted to share photos and details with all of you to give you some inspiration if you haven’t started on your own decorating. If you don’t typically decorate for fall maybe this will convince you! A little bit goes a long way – and as usual, I got all of my decor for great prices from some of my favorite places: Target, Hobby Lobby, Picks, Michaels, and TJMaxx. Here are all of the details!!

    At the Office

    Those of you that have been following along with me for awhile now know how much I love to change up small things in my office for each season of the year. I added some new pieces that go great with my black, white, and gold theme and it adds the perfect touch of fall to my space that I get to enjoy during the week.


    Two pumpkins and a new faux floral arrangement on the corner of my desk pack a big punch with minimal changes. The black and white striped pumpkin is glass and I bought it at the end of the fall season last year when all of the fall decor was 90% off at Hobby Lobby. If my memory serves me right I think I got it for less than 5 dollars which is wild!! The smaller black and white polka dotted pumpkin I just got last week from the dollar section/saver spot at the front of Target. The polka dots and black stem are glittery and this cute little guy was only $3! There were multiple other styles and colors in this size of pumpkin and it’s lightweight material.

    The glass stemmed jar I dressed up for fall by wrapping twine around it in a wide band. A very easy and inexpensive “makeover” for any vase or jar. The two different versions of beautiful faux floral blooms in the fall colors (golden yellow and a pretty coral orange) are from Michaels. All of their fall decor is 40% off this week so head in to check it out!


    I laughed outloud at Michaels when I saw this sign so I knew I had to get it for my office. It was only 5 dollars so it was a no-brainer. I put it on the windowsill with all of my plants. It’s the perfect “fall humor” and I DO drink a lot of coffee….

    At Home

    Since I am such a huge Christmas decoration fan in past years I haven’t done as good of a job of adding fall pieces to my house. This year I decided to be intentional about getting some nice fall-themed decor to have out for September through November before the Christmas decorating begins. I went to all of my favorite stores once the fall decor was out and found the perfect pieces to create a nice fall ambience at home without changing much or going over the top!


    I changed out my normal dining room table picture for this sweet black wooden sign from Hobby Lobby. The message about togetherness is the perfect one for this season πŸ™‚ It looks great with my favorite dollar store mirror and the metal basket from the Magnolia-Hearth and Hand collection at Target that are mainstays in this space. Inside the metal basket are 4 different fall scented candles. 3 of them I just bought this past weekend at Michaels as they are having a sale all week on their fall large jarred candles – 3 for 10 dollars which is INSANE!! So if you have a Michaels in your town I highly suggest making a trip there this week to snag that great deal. The black and gold “give thanks” sign is also from Hobby Lobby. Their fall decor should continue to be 40% off for a little while longer I’m imagining so you should have time to score these things (and others!) if you’re interested.

    My favorite thing from my table ended up being this fun pumpkin and floral bouquet that I created with inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers. I bought this white pitcher from the Threshold collection at Target for less than 15 dollars and it will be perfect to change out with different things for each season. I placed a foam floral block inside the pitcher and then added a mixture of twine, white, and orange mini pumpkins on sticks that I got at Hobby Lobby. Then I also added two stems of cotton blossoms and some fun yellow faux florals – all from Hobby Lobby as well! Such an easy DIY project that looks so festive and beautiful!!


    The only other space inside that I added some fall flair to was my side table in my living room. The gold hashtag light sign is an all year round stay and that was bought at Target last year. The orange and gold glittered larger pumpkin is from TJMaxx last year and then the rest of the pumpkin were just purchased last week at Target – also in the dollar spot/saver section. The largest pumpkin that is black is sprinkled with fun silver and orange sparkles/confetti. All of the mini pumpkins came in a set (2 black, 1 white, and 1 orange – all glittery!) and were only $3. There were lots of other items in the dollar section that would be so cute for fall but I didn’t want to go overboard! Your budget can go a long way if you stick with shopping in that section!


    The last touch of fall at home was to buy some mums to enjoy outside over the next few months. I got both of mine at Menards this weekend for $4.98 each and went with a pretty muted orange color and then deep purple – one of my favorite colors! My jade plant has been thriving these last few weeks and looks nice alongside the mums. My cute white metal “Fresh Cut Flowers” sign was a Picks purchase at the beginning of the summer and I love it so much!!

    I hope that these pictures give you all some ideas and inspiration of your own as we embark on this season of change. As always, thanks so much for taking the time to read and connect with me. I appreciate each of you so much! Be back soon with more ❀


    xoxo Jen

    minnesota state fair – food recap

    Hi, everyone! I have a short & sweet post for you this week πŸ™‚ I had a fantastic long weekend in Minneapolis/St.Paul for the long holiday weekend celebrating the bachelorette party of one of my best friends from college. On Sunday after all of the festivities wrapped up, I took in one of my favorite events of all-time: The Minnesota State Fair. Both of my parents grew up in Minnesota so when I was growing up we used to go to the fair almost every year as a family to enjoy all of the food, concerts, and animals. Even though I’m born and raised in North Dakota I have actually never been to the North Dakota State Fair because the Minnesota one has my heart ❀


    I didn’t get to spend a whole day at the fair like I normally would but I was there for about 4-5 hours which was enough to try a handful of new foods and also enjoy a few of my all-time favorites! I went to the fair with a few friends who ended up being spectacular hand models for all of the pictures you’ll see below! Most of the food really needs no explanation other than the photos but I just wanted to share a short recap and the photos with all of you. I’ll split them up by classics versus new items that I tried!



    Pronto pup – This was one of my first stops of the day. A foot-long corndog was the perfect way to start my time at the fair as this is one of the most classic foods out there!


    Dairy Barn milkshake – A chocolate milkshake is never a bad idea and this is the best milkshake I’ve ever had. When I would go to the fair with my family growing up we used to go to the dairy barn as our first stop in the morning and get a milkshake for breakfast πŸ™‚ I can’t think of a better way to start the day!


    Deep fried Oreos – Oreos on their own are one of the best snack foods/desserts so deep frying them just turns it in to a dangerously delicious game. These are rich so definitely difficult to eat more than a couple of them but it’s the perfect thing to get and share!


    Cheese curds – These are a combination of classic and new foods because we got one order of the classic cheese curds but then we also got an order of garlic cheese curds. Flavored cheese curds were new this year – garlic, ranch, and jalapeno. The garlic were great but I think going forward going with the classics might be the best option!


    Garlic fries – These fries are a thing of beauty as you can see from the picture. They were a perfect fresh-cut fry and had a healthy amount of garlic to make them extremely flavorful. As you can see the group of us that were together were all about the garlic!

    New foods!


    Fried pickles – These aren’t a new food to the fair this year but this is the first time I’ve eaten them at the fair and I am SO sad that I’ve waited this long. They were amazing and the perfect breading – and there is nothing that isn’t made better with some ranch for dipping.


    Wine-fried Brie – The picture of this isn’t the greatest but at the MN Wine booth they had a very unique selection of wines and hot food. I tried a sip of a wine slushie that was excellent and got to have a couple bites of this wine-fried Brie cheese on a stick. It was delicious but it was very rich so I don’t think I would have been able to have more than a few bites.


    Mini donut beer – This beer was by far the most unique thing I had all day! I was skeptical to even try it but it ended up being really great. Life Bridge brewery is the one who created this unique brew. The glass came with mini donut sugar around the rim of the glass. The taste of the beer was spot on with a mini donut but it was subtle and not overly sweet and sugary like I was expecting. It was also nice and refreshing since it was so hot outside!


    Grilled peaches – One of the new foods that was on my list that I wasn’t able to get to ended up being something I got that night anyway! I stayed with my cousins at their house in Minneapolis on Sunday evening and they made an amazing supper. One that included grilled peaches stuffed with goat cheese and topped with balsamic and salt & pepper. The sweet flavors of the peach combined with the heartiness of the goat cheese was so unique and delicious. I know this was one of the most popular items at the fair this year so I’ll have to ensure I get one when I’m back to visit again next year.

    I wasn’t able to get everything on my food wish list this year but I’m already looking forward to going back again next summer and hopefully being able to spend a full day there trying a lot of new things! As always, thanks so much for reading and following a long with me. I hope all of you had a great Labor Day weekend and if you’ve never been to the MN State Fair I hope you’ll consider checking it out next year – it really is the Great Minnesota Get Together πŸ™‚


    xoxo Jen


    the fashion affair – 2018 fall trends

    Hi, all! Last week I had the opportunity to attend The Fashion Affair – Grand Forks which is an annual fashion show held in my hometown at the end of the summer/beginning of fall. This corresponds loosely with the world scene of “Fashion Week” in places like New York City. I attended this show for the first time last year and you can see last year’s recap if you’re interested by clicking here to read my post πŸ™‚

    This year the show was in a new location – the beautiful Sky’s Fine Dining restaurant and Edgewood building in downtown Grand Forks. The show had been held outdoors in the past but it was a good year to transfer to indoors as it rained during the show so that wouldn’t have made for a very fun viewer or model experience if it were outside! I went with 3 of my best girl friends who I have all met through the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals organization and we had a blast. We purchased a table for 4 on the lower level of the building and sat right alongside the runway. We were only a few tables down from the model entrance so we got to see all of the models when they first stepped out!


    The fashion features 12 different local boutiques/retailers/designers and had a great variety of items for any taste and budget. Kittsona, the local boutique that I love and am partnering with kicked off the show and they were incredible!! This year the show included one of our local running stores so there was also a whole activewear collection that showed up on the runway which was a lot of fun. A local hair studio also participates in order to show off some of the up and coming hair trends and styles that are popular for the fall season.

    The thing I love most about the show is that you get an up close and personal view of all of the trends that are coming down the line for the fall season. Since summer is just coming to a close now it’s the perfect teaser and motivator to get you excited about looking ahead to your fall wardrobe and some new pieces or trends you want to try or adopt. Here are a few things that were very evidently common in the show and I would highlight as things to watch for for this fall:

    1. Jumpsuits – SO MANY JUMPSUITS – Many of them were striped (especially vertical stripes) and highlighted classic palettes of blacks and grays. Many also features the colors associated with fall like burnt orange, mustard yellow, and wine/burgundy. I love a good jumpsuit but I always think about how difficult it is to go to the bathroom when you’re wearing one…let’s be honest here!!!
    2. Front button skirts – Lots of fun textures for fall like corduroy and suede were features in the show and I love the details of metallic (or even pearl!) buttons down the center of the skirt.
    3. Floppy brimmed hats – I think every boutique in the show had at least one model wearing a floppy-brimmed hat in a neutral color like black or camel. They are so cute and would be the perfect weekend accessory to any fall look – oversized sweaters, jumpsuits, or a dressier look.
    4. Ruffles and bell sleeves – This trend is still alive and well for the new season. There were lots of dresses with fun statement sleeves that give the most delicate of details, especially to plain/solid colored dresses. It adds interest without the busy-ness that comes with having a patterned piece. Especially for those who really basics and simple pieces best!
    5. Gingham – I didn’t see a ton of gingham in the show but there was enough to want to highlight it in my notes! Especially some fun black and white gingham dresses and fun pants from Kittsona.
    6. Bodysuits – These are going to be big throughout the winter as well. They look great paired with skirts, pants, or even jumpsuits/dresses over the top. They eliminate the worry or look of having lines and discomfort from trying to tuck in/wear something like a long sleeve shirt or turtleneck under another piece of clothing. This is a good basic to add to your closet – especially in a neutral color like black.
    7. Kimonos/long cardigans – I saw LOTS of fun detailed kimonos at the show – especially ones made of lace-like material which are beautiful and perfect for layering with dresses or any other fall outfit. Long cardigans are also going to be on the scene for the cold months so watch out for duster length sweaters that will keep you warm and stylish all fall and winter long!


    My beautiful Aunt Stacie was the lovely emcee at the event and so I got to snag a photo with her on the red carpet next to my table before the show got started. I wanted to break out some fall fashion for the show myself so I wore my black slide-on mules from Target with my faux leather Spanx leggings from Nordstrom, a simple black tunic dress from Gordmans, a burnt orange duster trench-coat from a boutique in Alexandria, MN called Creative Touch, and a mixed metal statement necklace from Kittsona.

    Each place at the table had a magazine as well as a detailed brochure about the event and the order of the stores/models that would be coming down the runway. We also each got fun gift bags that will be great makeup/travel bags and they were full of discount cards and $5 off promotions for almost all of the boutiques that were in the show!Β This event is such a fun way to kick off the fall and I’m really glad I was able to attend with such a fun group of friends.

    I hope you all enjoyed this little preview of fall – the weather the last couple of days here has been crisp and cool πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for the season ahead because this is my favorite time of the year! Thanks as always for reading. Have a great week!

    #sugarspiceandstylethatsnice #thefashionaffairgf

    xoxo Jen