Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago for the David Bowie Is exhibition
Chuck Close’s “Big Self Portrait” at the Walker Art Center
Summit Avenue – St. Paul
The past month has been a whirlwind of activity and changes in my world.
The biggest one: I took a new job with Twin Cities Public Television. At the end of September I started as the new Arts and Music Engagement Specialist. It’s a long title but essentially means I’m managing and producing digital content and social strategy for three very cool entities: MN Original, The Lowertown Line and Rewire. It’s been fun and challenging and I’m even getting to know St. Paul a little better at the same time.
Between the new job, a quick jaunt to Chicago and trying to take in the beautiful fall we’ve been having, I’ve barely had time to do much else.
But, hoping to focus some more time on this site in the coming months. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a video of one of the fun things I’ve been able to work on in my new role. Click here.
Friday, August 8th, 2014
If you live in the Twin Cities and pay at all attention to the design communities in town, you’ve no doubt noticed one of the stand-out and growing trends: the minimalist, nordic, heritage aesthetic. It’s clean, functional, approachable and no surprise that us Midwesterners are eating it up. Because in this region that’s what we need — items with durability and versatility that can keep up season to season.
I will make clear that I am a fan of this style. I love a clean, white and black pallet (my bedroom is almost completely white at the moment.) Or American-made leather accent pieces. Or a refurbished tree stump turned into a coffee table. There’s a ease and calmness to the style that is very appealing.
But I will say that I can only take so much of this look until my visual pallet craves something more. Especially when it comes to interiors. There’s fun in getting creative with what you have, making a statement and mixing unexpected pieces together.
And embracing color.
Whether it’s using color as a subtle pop in pillows, a bright accent wall or a mix of patterns and textures — there’s so much you can do with color that injects personality and style into your living space.
Maybe it’s because we’re in the last weeks of summer that I have all these anti-minimalism feelings. I’m not ready to start seeing a plethora of plaid, wool and muted tones in stores and at every corner of the internet. I’d like to hold on to bright colors, metallics and crazy prints associated with the fleeting months of summer for as long as I can.
So here is a quick ode to color and not being afraid to make your space a little loud and FUN.
Can’t commit to painting a whole wall? Paint your door instead.
Or go crazy with rugs.
An alternative to paint: adhesive wallpaper.
I love the updated vibe and humor given to this old painting.
The possibilities are endless.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Monday, August 4th, 2014
On the list of of “Places I’d Actually Consider Moving To,” Chicago sits near the top. It’s beautiful, full of culture, offers amazing food, shopping and nightlife and, above all, is home to some of my closest friends from college.
Lucky for me, I’ve been able to make many jaunts to the Windy City and stay with my dear friend, Jenn. Each trip is always full of great eats, exploring a new neighborhood, nights out dancing and plenty of catching up.
My recent Chicago weekend kicked off with the Beyoncé and Jay Z “On the Run Tour” at Soldier Field. Yoncé did not disappoint, folks. Go see her if you can. Needless to say we had so much fun at the show (where the Obama ladies, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were also in attendance).
Who run the world?
Friday brunch was spent at Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park. I could’ve spent all afternoon in their “Vitamin D” room.
This guy was greeting us outside of The Dawson.
I’m all about an urban beach and this one at Olive Park was enough to convince me that I could definitely live in this city. So stunning!
Until next time, Chicago!
Friday, July 18th, 2014
Mondays don’t have to be a drag. I had a fun morning this week with the Neon Esquire team helping with a photo shoot for an upcoming Meet Minneapolis event planners conference. The theme is “City by Nature” and it’s going to be an amazing opportunity for five local fashion designers and Minneapolis to showcase why this town is one of the best for art, entertainment, music, food and more. Stay tuned to the Neon Esquire blog for more details on the event, the runway show and to see the stunning photos by Taylor Hall O’Brien that will appear in look books for 2,000 event planners from around the globe.
I captured a couple shots on my iPhone (and a short video below) during the shoot which was held at The COMN in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Photo shoot credits:
Creative direction and production: Tara Murphy of Neon Esquire
Styling: Josie Pace of Neon Esquire
Hair: Brittany of HAUS Salon
Makeup: Lauren O’ Leary
Models: Taylor and Mattea of Ignite Models
Crowns/Headpieces: Ashley Fox Designs
Photography: Taylor Hall O’Brien
How amazing is that headpiece? The construction alone is impressive and Josie attached the orange flowers last minute which brought it to a new level of beautiful.
Designer: Lindsey Hopkins
Mattea of Ignite Models looks like a fierce garden warrior in this shot. Tara and Josie really did a fantastic job with the backgrounds on these shots which are meant to represent the different seasons in Minnesota.
Designer: Idle Child
This shoot wouldn’t have been right without Idle Child. Their boho style looks perfect against the greens and the horn headpiece completes the look.
Here’s a little video on some behind the scenes action. I can’t wait to see these looks come to life on the runway next month!
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Yep, less is more – skin, that is. One piece swimsuits have slowly become more on-trend the last few summers and it seems like they’re finally the must-have item for 2014. I’m going to go ahead and credit Jessica Simpson for giving the one piece the final push into mainstream when she debuted her “bikini bod” in a bright, patterned suit with cut outs by Mara Hoffman. There’s something extra sexy about a little modesty, isn’t there? And, of course, one pieces allow for a little less stress when chowing down on that Chipotle burrito before heading out on the boat.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
It’s one of my favorite times of year: music festival season! And coming up is the 20th annual Basilica Block Party taking place in downtown Minneapolis on July 11 and 12. The lineup features a mix of national and local acts across three stages.
Planning on attending? Don’t miss local songstress Caroline Smith who plays Saturday on the Sun Country stage. Her album, Half About Being a Woman, came out late last year and I still listen to it all the way through an average of three times per day. She’s a fantastic live performer as well and is sure to bring the goods.
Also be sure to check out Black Diet playing Friday on the Vita.mn stage. They’re another local group with some serious soul vibes and winners of Vita.mn’s 2014 Are You Local? band contest. I saw them perform at Art-A-Whirl and have been a fan ever since.
Of course, music festivals and style go hand-in-hand so if you’re still in need of something to wear, check out these items from local boutiques and vendors to don while you dance to some outdoor music.
Monday, June 16th, 2014
I love a good designer collaboration – especially one that gives back – and the latest comes from Twin Cities’ own Hackwith Design House who has teamed up with American Refugee Committee (ARC) as part of their first “garment that gives back” initiative.
Owner and designer Lisa Hackwith has done an amazing job at establishing her brand and an army of loyal followers which seems to be growing in numbers on the daily. And that’s why it’s great to see her offer a limited-edition Haven Top top available for purchase on World Refugee Day, June 20, at 9 a.m. where 100% of the proceeds go to ARC.
All of Lisa’s designs are available in limited quantities on her website and tend to get snatched up quick. So set your alarms to get your own Haven Top (only 15 available!) and feel good knowing you contributed to ARC helping people in natural disasters get the basic necessities to rebuild their lives.
To learn more about ARC, visit http://www.arcrelief.org.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014
If you’re looking to get your hands on some great limited-edition art at a reasonable price, consider checking out this new venture from Color Space Editions in Minneapolis.
The print production company is now offering the opportunity to purchase affordable, limited-edition prints from local artists through ColorSpaceEditions.com. The museum quality prints start at $65 and go up depending on desired size and framing options.
Once prints are sold out, they may never be in print again.
I love this idea of helping artists reach a broader pool of consumers by offering these prints online. Below are some of my favorites that are currently available for purchase.
By Joe Sinness | Shining Indiscretions (I)
By Shawn McNulty | Limerick
Friday, March 14th, 2014
Happy Friday! Sharing a mixed bag of goods I’ve come across from around the internet this week.
• Strangers make out on camera as some sort of social experiment. It sounds creepy but is actually quite sweet.
• I went to the Miley Cyrus show at the Xcel on Monday. I know you’re curious about how it was (and intrigued by the hot dog photo above), so I recapped the highlights on kare11.com.
• Chromeo gives some amusing sex advice on The Guardian. So excited for the First Ave. show in May.
• 73 questions with Sarah Jessica Parker. Vogue does a rapid fire video interview with SJP in her NYC brownstone.
Have a wonderful weekend and happy early St. Patrick’s Day!
Monday, March 10th, 2014
As of late my inbox has been getting flooded with save-the-dates and invites for upcoming events around town. I thought I’d share some of the style-focused happenings in the Twin Cities taking over the next couple months. Mark your calendars and get ready to break out those open-toes.
(Photo credit: Ignite Models/Envision)