Monday, July 30, 2012

shop update!

hello!  back from vacation land, and just added a few fun items to the shop.  honestly- this is one of the most beautiful wedding dresses i have ever seen.  if i didn't already have my dress, i would love this one for a romantic outdoor theme!

check out this super cute polka dot suit set- three pieces!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

on the home front: up north

photo taken up north from christina beam 

i am so excited to go up north for a couple days to visit my mom and dad in northern minnesota.  its my dad's birthday as well as the biggest car show/ swap meet i have ever been to.  so the blog my be quiet for a couple days while i am out of town.  but when i come back, i will be sure to share some photos from the north country and flea market!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


hope you have time to check out my summer time sale! 20% off everything in my shop!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


i am sure i am like hundreds of other girls that check out the satorialist and compare what girls in italy, france or new york are wearing to what i have in my closet.  every once in a while i get lucky enough to have something to compare with. today i got so excited to look at the blog and see a dress featured just like one i am selling at my shop!  so fun!

Monday, July 23, 2012

shop update!

hello.  its been a while since i have had a new shop update but i have some cute summer green clothing in the shop right now. so check it out!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

bits and bobs: kinfolk and roost

since i first stumbled on roost i loved its beautiful food photographs and conscientious approach to eating,  but when i saw caitlin's photo shoot for kinfolk magazine  i became completely smitten.  we are still a little bit out from when we want to do our engagement photos, but wouldn't these pictures be perfect?  the photos capture such a classic, relaxed elegance.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

on the home front: peach, mozzarella, basil

it could be said, depending on who's asking, that i have a mozzarella/basil addiction.  i am trying to cut down to one meal a week but its so hard!  here is a little number i have been enjoying on days that reach 90+ degrees.

  • one peach sliced
  • equal slices fresh mozzarella
  • 4 thinly cut fresh basil leaves
  • kosher salt to taste
  • *option: i just bought fig vinegar- amazing and really delicious with the meal*
  • eat!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

bits and bobs: a beautiful wedding

as i start to plan my own wedding i am overwhelmed by the amount of beautiful, creative weddings to be inspired by on the interwebs.  this farm wedding really spoke to my old timey heart. so impressive and i love how simple yet thoughtful the decorations are.  for more photos check out ryan ray photography.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

on the home front: raised beds

hello! this post is dedicated to our little garden.  throughout the apartment living, we had been dreaming of our own little plot of land. although we still have a long ways to go, we are pretty happy with the results. we decided to build raised beds for a variety of reasons and cully's dad and step mom helped us build the fence around them. we plan to add mulch later this year and two more beds for next year! if you are interested in building raised beds here is how we did ours.

the supplies needed for two 3" x 8" raised beds:
  • 8- 2"x4"x8' untreated lumber
  • 3- 2"x4"x6' untreated lumber-sawed in thirds for 9- 2"x4"x3' (only need 8)
  • 4-treated 4"x4"x6' lumber- sawed in half for 8-4"x4"x2'
  • 1 large box galvanized wood screws
  • 3/4 yard top soil ( i ordered soil and compost in bulk from landscaping company who delivered)
  • 3/4 yard compost
  • 3 cu. ft peat moss
  • small rocks to fill in the the posts
  • total cost: $250
  • post hole digger
  • saw
  • shovel
  • rock bar
  • screw driver
  • wheel barrel
  • measure the area you want the beds, mark each corner with a small post/stick.
  • dig the first two holes 1 foot deep for the top corners. 
  • stick the first two  4"x4"x2' in the holes and measure one of the 2"x4"x3' pieces of lumber to see that it fully covers the posts corner to corner lengthwise. when it matches pack holes with soil and small rocks. screw the timber to the posts.
  • re-measure the next two post marks to see if it is still 8' across and 3' wide.  begin digging the two holes one foot deep.  check posts to see if they match with the lumber you bought so that 3' lumber covers the post widthwise and the 8' lumber covers the posts lengthwise (see photo below).  when it matches up pack holes with rocks and soil. screw lumber to posts.
  • now that your raised beds are done- you are ready for the soil! 
  • wet small batches of peat and mix with top soil and compost and add to beds.  make sure to thoroughly wet peat or your bed will always be dry. 
  • add enough soil so that when your soil rests its level with bed.
  • plant you veggies and your done!


Monday, July 9, 2012

at the shop

i would like to introduce you to my high tech laundry service.  it essentially entails me hand-washing each dress with gentle cleaners and then hanging them out to dry on a "clothes line" i created with old ladders and a long birch branch.  i know it looks so silly but we just haven't gotten around to buying a clothes line and nothings makes a dress smell good like fresh summer air.  i will try to add a few of these great 1940s and 50s dresses on etsy today or tomorrow.  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

bits and bobs: summer potluck

hello!  so, we are planning to have a summer potluck today and I have a couple ideas for a fun treats.
one is grapefruit rosemary spritzer:
rosemary simple syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 sprigs rosemary
  • stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a cruet or airtight container, discarding rosemary sprigs. cover and chill 4 hours. garnish, if desired. syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.
grapefruit rosemary spritzer:
  • 1 part gin
  • 2 parts grapefruit
  • 1/2 part syrup
  • 1 part tonic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 key lime per drink
  • salt around the trim (optional)
any plans for the weekend?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

on the home front: summer time meals

This recipe has become a classic family summertime recipe, so i thought i would share it on the quintessential summer holiday. I learned this little number in ecuador and it always hits the spot on a hot day.
pesto mayonnaise corn on the cob:

  • 1 cup basil-packed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove- pressed
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts (optional)
  •  olive oil
  •  salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-4 corn on the cobs

  •  in a blender or food processor, blend basil, pine nuts, and garlic.
  • add mayonnaise and 1/4 cup cheese
  • if you are having trouble blending add a little olive oil
  •  add salt and pepper to taste
  •  place pesto in a bowl and set aside
  •  if you would like to grill corn a little boil corn for 2 minutes and then grill until brown
  •  if you don't like grilled corn- boil for an 4 minutes
  • when corn is done add pesto on top and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese
  •  eat- its messy but delicious!
I wasn't originally going to add this recipe but since we were eating it with the corn i'll add it for good measure: 
mozzarella bruschetta:

  • 1large tomato-slice
  • 1 ball fresh mozerella- sliced
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • delicious crusty italian or french bread ( we go with the freshest at the store)


  • grill tomatoes and bread on medium for a few minutes on each side
  • don't over flip the tomatoes or they will fall apart
  • when nicely grilled  layer toast, basil, cheese, tomato - this makes everything nicely heated

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

taylor swift safe and sound wedding dress

 so maybe i am totally on my own with this, but the other day when i was working out i saw this taylor swift music video playing and thought 'her dress looks just like a wedding dress i am selling!'  what do you think?  see any similarities?  the only difference i see is that she has an open back and my dress is definitely more conservative.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

a proposal

it's still a whirl in my mind and i feel like i am living a dream but i am so honored to say that during this beautiful picnic at devil's lake, cully asked me to be his wife!  we are getting married!

we have had a couple requests for a ring.... so here it is! a beautiful edwardian ring with turquoise and diamonds and completely cully.  yeah!

and because i love a good picnic- here are a couple more photos from the day, before cully proposed.

Monday, July 2, 2012

at the shop

i am happy to announce that i will now be advertising with ashley over at fancy fine this month! she is just such a positive, creative, fun lady to support.  she is kind of the epitome of a dusty society girl.  to prepare for the ad i had my dear friend anna model (isn't she a natural!) and my sister photograph. i will post more of these amazing photos from the day later.  but in the mean time, if you are interested in the skirt it is up in the shop!

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