Cartwheels & Cannonballs

This post is sponsored by Target.

target coral swimsuit


black lace dress via target

neon colorblock swim suit

black lace swim cover up

stripes & lace

coral swimsuit by target

target blue bikini

coral swimwear by targetstriped target bathing suit

swimsuit by target

stripes and lace swimweartarget blue neon bikini

Remember that scene in Mean Girls where Regina complains about her “man shoulders”, Gretchen’s worried about her calves and Karen is hating on her hips? They look over at Cady to chime in, but all she can bring to the table is that she has bad breath in the morning. The self-image criticism was a foreign concept to her. I hope that this summer it can be a little more foreign to us as well!

This has actually been a big year for me personally with health and wellness. I’ve been focusing a lot more on developing a sustainably healthy lifestyle on several levels. But I have a little secret to let you in on… it didn’t start with diet or exercise. It started with a commitment to feel confident in my own skin, wherever I was at in the process. I totally have not been perfect with this, but it has helped to have that mindset to go back to. It’s too easy to be hard on ourselves for every little imperfection. Then we just feel guilty and inferior, which totally doesn’t help our overall mood, and certainly doesn’t inspire us to work out or eat better! My hope would be that, no matter our shape or size we can look in the mirror, smile, and feel beautiful in our bodies.

So when you’re ready to do your swimwear shopping for the season, Target has a huge selection of suits for all body types. Whether you have more of a pear-shape, inverted triangle shape, an athletic build, or any other kind, it’ll just take a bit of trying on to find the perfect fit for you. And the nice thing is that Target actually has free shipping and returns so you can order away and easily send back the pieces that don’t work for you! The suits I chose are bright, modern, and playful. They’re not necessarily “blend in” kind of suits, which is ok because this year I’m all about embracing the skin I’m in.

I’m determined to not let insecurities hold me back from enjoying all of summer’s activities. So I’m taking the #NOFOMO pledge. No Fear of Missing Out! I pledge to do cartwheels on the beach in my bikini and do cannonballs into the pool! I hope you’ll make your own #NOFOMO pledge and share it with me in the comments below or on social media (InstagramTwitter, Facebook).

You guys, there’s so much life to live. And for us Minnesotans, only so much summer to live it in. So let’s not let self-image criticism hold us back. You’re beautiful JUST the way you are and there is a swimsuit (or 5!) out there that you will look phenomenal in. One of my biggest tips for this process is to include a shopping buddy! Head into a Target store together with one of your good friends or have them over when you’re using your own closet as a dressing room. A good friend will be so helpful to have around. When you’re being too hard on yourself, they’ll tell you, no… you look HOT! And if something doesn’t fit right they can grab you another size. Another tip… if you get stuck feeling blah about your bod, literally do a full spin around in the dressing room, smile, kick up your foot and then stare yourself in the mirror and say, “dang I look good”. Because again… no matter your shape or size, you ARE beautiful. Own it!

Find your style @targetstyle.

Photos taken by Isabel Kruse at Soo Line Apartment Building
Custom Airbrush Spray Tan by The Glow Lounge


Broken In

ankle boots

bulky scarf

boyfriend sweater

quilted chanel

casual style neutral outfit oversized sweater

These shots were taken before the massive blizzard we just got. Which explains the fact that you can actually see cement in them. It’s finally starting to look like Minnesota out there! And I think it’s really quite beautiful. I loved catching views of the falling snow throughout the day out my window. In the afternoon, I ventured out to a street in my neighborhood with beautiful historic homes and took a little walk around the block to take it all in. It was absolutely magical! I’m a total romantic and can’t get enough of things like that.

This look is basically a bunch of my favorite pieces right now all put together. These are my go-to jeans, broken in to the point where they’re a perfect fit. And the sweater is crazy comfortable!

Shop today’s outfit:
grey oversized sweater || citizens of humanity jeans || cognac ankle booties || chanel bag via bag borrow or steal || tan scarf

When in Doubt, Work Out

gordmans fitness 1

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gordmans athletic wear

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new balance shoes

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There are a lot of things in life that hurt so good and one of them is working out! The pain is worth the gain because, as we know to be true, summer bodies start in winter. But a solid work-out on the regular is key not just to the figure we’re going for but more importantly to a healthy lifestyle. I usually like to do freeweights, an ab routine and some cardio at least 3-5 times a week. I picked up my workout outfit at Gordman’s for a ridiculously reasonably price. They have a lot of really great pieces for all your fitness needs, be sure to check out the juniors section too, even if you don’t normally shop there. All of the above is from that area. Have fun sprucing up your athleisure wear!

Shop this head-to-toe Gordman’s look:
graphic tank || purple sweatshirt || jogger sweatpants

Photos by Chelsea
Shoes via KicksUSA

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Grand Avenue

pink coat

white on white

bejeweled smoking slippers

tortoiseshell sunglasses

pink coat 1white pants wool coat

Hey :) I hope your Monday is starting off great. I’m currently snuggled into a big ol faux fur blanket curled up on my couch with a warm pumpkin tea. Periodically taking glances out my window and being oh so grateful for this lovely little apartment. Grateful for life. It’s a blessing to be able to do what I love. Thanks for following along, it means a lot. Let’s make the most of every minute, k?

photos by Isabel Kruse

Shop today’s outfit:
pink wool coat || white jeans || cream sweater || blush watch || bejeweled flats || chanel bag via bag borrow or steal

I’ve gotten a BILLION questions about this coat!! And it was a big hit on Instagram (thanks for the feature, @liketkit! SO I shopped around and linked to 18 similar pink coats so that you can find just the right one for you. It’s a GREAT time to buy a coat because it’s “end of season” even though we still basically have 3 months of winter left. All the prices are slashed. Just be wary sizes are low in stock, so get in there quick! Happy shopping :)