Fashion Week Outfit

Pants: H&M  Top: Jcrew  Booties: Marshalls

I've been gravitating to the cropped pant and bootie combo lately - Ryan thinks it's "weird that your leg skin is showing" but I think it's a pretty transitional look while we're teetering on the edge of fall weather.  Also, it was fun to put together outfits for MN Fashion Week this week! 


fall fashion inspiration

Taking some fall fashion tips from Emerson Fry's new collection.  Dreaming of tomboy style, effortless layers of fabrics of different weights, and classic jackets.  Now that I've finally accepted the fact that it's autumn, I am fully embracing fall weather dressing.  Hoping to use some of these outfits as templates for those days when I just cannot figure out what to wear!


a story for tomorrow.

I came across this wonderful adventurous video today via Happy Yolks.  Check it out...

After watching, I had such a strong urge to pack up a backpack and hike for weeks on end.  I'm conjuring up some dreams of traveling coast to coast with nothing but what I can fit in my pack.  Wouldn't it be the greatest adventure? Would you like to join me?


Grown Up Pinatas

I've been dreaming of my first dinner party here in Chicago.  This be the perfect way to upgrade any party or event into an all out soiree.  These grown-up pinatas are filled with handmade confetti, and are made to order in New York.  The shapes are gorgeous and colors endless (they can make any color your request!).  Seriously, how fun is that? I love the silver diamond pinata above, but check out some others!

Pink Meteorite Pinata

Cantaloupe Quartz Pinata

Gold Crystal Pinata

Silver Quartz Pinata

Check out the beautiful pinatas by Confettisystem here.  I am continuously drawn to the shiny silver pinatas.  Which do you like the best?


Logan Square Market

I have been spending Sundays in my new hometown of Chicago exploring the city's beautiful farmers markets, which are still packed with local produce.  My new favorite tradition- Sunday market roaming in Logan Square, followed by a leisurely sunny brunch at Lula Cafe.

Sorry about the recent MIA status here on SLR- both L and I have been up to our eyelashes in all of the newness of our new digs, new jobs, new friends, and more.  Your patience has not gone ignored- updates to come! We can't wait to share!


Gallery Wall How-To

Did you see the gallery wall in our lake house tour?  It has been a pretty big and important project for us.  Our family goes back 6 generations in the small town, and we wanted a way to showcase and celebrate our history there.  We thought a wall filled with family pictures throughout the generations was a great way to do that. 

We're not sure if this is how you are supposed to make a gallery wall, but this is how we made ours.  And the imperfect system (there's really no measurement involved) worked for our lake house space where imperfection and laid-back lifestyles are welcomed. 

It turns out this old roll of plastic table cloth has been one of our best crafting tools of the summer.  It was integral to the wall gallery (and also to a homemade rug - which we will share later!).

I covered the wall with the plastic table cloth and fit it to the area I was intending to cover with frames.  I ended up making it smaller in the end due to lack of frames, but the initial plan was mapped out directly on the wall like so.

The whole template was then transferred to a large enough floor space (lucky for us, it stayed right in that room).

Then, gather your frames!  We went with the Ikea Virserum frame in 4 sizes (8x10 picture, 5x7, 4x6, and 3x5).  The Ikea frames made the wall affordable, and the small sizes let us maximize the amount of pictures we fit on the wall.  In a different space, I probably would have chosen different sizes or unified sizes; be sure to put a lot of thought into the overall impact you want a wall to have before buying a bunch of frames.

Start laying out frames onto the template.  This takes LOTS of trial and error - it was our 4th or 5th try that got turned into a final layout.

We finally got something we liked! 

We traced the frames, which were wrapped in plastic still so they were protected, with permanent markers to keep track of the pattern.

It helped to move some off while we traced nearby frames.

All traced!

Then, grab your handy-dandy neighborhood Dad (and in our case, Uncle) to help put the template back on the wall!  We ran out of frames to completely fill the wall and live 3 hours from the nearest Ikea, so we decided to work with what we had instead of delaying and adding on.  But it worked just as well.

Hang the frames right onto the wall over the plastic table cloth.

This took a while, and it's a bit tricky when your frames are very close to each other.

All hung!

Then, carefully cut and remove the plastic from around the frames.  But be careful - they might fall of the wall easily if you bump them the wrong way!  You will have to lift some frames off, but the table plastic pulled away from the nails really easily.

Then, all of a sudden: 

It was done!  (Yes, we are still working on filling the frames :)

Special thanks to our dad who made it happen with his picture frame-hanging suaveness. 



It's moving day!  I finally get the keys to my new apartment and begin my new job oh so soon!  I'll share my apartment tour in the next couple of weeks.  Saying goodbye to family and home was so hard, but I'm in for an adventure.  That's what growing up is all about.