Chicago Christmas Adventures

Hi friends! How has your holiday season been going? Mine has been soooo busy already, but super fun and festive. Last weekend I went to Chicago to go to the German Holiday Market, look at all of the Christmas window displays, and do a little shopping.

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We took the train into the city which is always good because then you don’t have to worry about traffic.

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After we got off the train, we walked to where the Market is, and it was so so cool. There were lots of different vendors selling German pastries, pretzels, and crêpes. Every year the market designs a different collectible mug that you can buy for $7 that comes with hot cider! It is really cute and now I use it to store my paint pens 🙂 Aside from the food, there are a variety of shops that sell everything from gorgeous, delicate ornaments, to handmade scarves. One of the vendors sells hand-carved wooden nativity scenes and everyone was fascinated by them. It was really neat to try some of the traditional German foods and just look around.

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I can’t go to Chicago without going to Macy’s-especially at Christmas time! As usual, Macy’s had beautiful window displays and the interior was decorated just as nice.

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I’m not even sure how I ended up at the Art Institute, we were going to go to another museum, but somehow ended up here(not that I’m complaining.) The most stunning artwork that I saw on my visit there was this Neapolitan Crèche. It was like the most ornate nativity scene I had ever seen. It has over 200 figures in it, and even though it is owned by the Art Institute, it is so fragile that it can only be on view for a few weeks a year.

That’s all of my post for today, thanks!

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Beach Outfit Inspiration

Hi guys! Today I am going to be showing you some of my favorite outfits that I have seen on Pinterest for the summer. I know that sounds crazy because it is nearly December, but I am going to Florida for Christmas and so I was looking for some outfit inspo. I noticed that most of the outfits I was pinning are ones that have a pretty muted color palette, and if they do have any bright colors, they are usually an accessory- like the shoes or the bag. The outfits usually have basic main pieces that are solid colored, or have a small pattern on them- and are accessorized by dainty jewelry, a big hat, structured shoes, or a colorful bag.

I recently was at one of my favorite stores, Old Navy, and I found a pair of block heel sandals for less than two dollars! Needless to say, I bought them in two colors, and my mom bought a pair as well. I can’t wait to style these gorgeous shoes over Christmas Break.

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I love how this blogger wore striped shorts instead of plain black ones to style her outfit.

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Oh my goodness. I fell in love with this outfit the minute I saw it. It is so interesting, yet all of the pieces are probably ones you have in your closet.

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I cannot wait to recreate this look. The denim jacket makes a basic striped dress look so chic.

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This is the perfect outfit for a chilly summer day, that is a lot cuter then jeans and sweatpants. I love how the blogger cuffed her joggers to show off the cute Birkenstocks(on another note, I used to think Birks were super ugly, and now I am obsessed with the chic white ones!)

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I don’t love this whole outfit, but I really like the idea of a denim skirt paired with a black tee, a dainty necklace, and statement shoes.

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Love how this maxi skirt was styled!

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Lastly, my favorite YouTuber, Danielle Marie! I love the spin that she put on this outfit by wearing white denim shorts instead of blue ones.

Hope you all enjoyed these summer outfits, be sure to tell me if you use any for inspiration. Finally, all credits go to the owners of these photos, you can find the original source of these photos on my Pinterest board, summer.

 

 

 

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5 Favorite Christmas Events in Indy

Hi friends. Not to brag or anything, but us Hoosiers are pretty festive, and I’m not complaining. Who can deny that the Christmas season is the best of all-from snow days to Christmas décor. Luckily, Indy has lots of events and activities to fulfill your need for Christmas fun! These are some activities around Indy that my family loves to visit every year.

1.Reynolds Lights

This is one of my favorite Christmas activities and this year we are actually going to bring my puppy so I am super excited for that. Reynolds sells farming equipment and every year they set up this GIGANTIC lights display. It’s totally free( but they accept donations of canned food for local shelters so be sure to bring a few!) and you just drive through the light show in your car. My whole family bundles up with blankets and hot cocoa to look at the beautiful lights.

2.Monument Circle Tree Lighting

In the heart of downtown Indy during the holiday season is a 242 feet Christmas tree that lights up the whole city at night. The night that the tree is lit is filled with excitement, fireworks, and anticipation for the rest of the season. It is really fun to go and walk around the city at night even after the tree lighting to relive the excitement.

3.Christmas at the Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo boasts lots of summer animals during the warm weather such as flamingos, lions, and a read panda. But when the winter season comes, visitors are limited to the indoor animals like the dolphins and penguins. One of the biggest events of the year at the Zoo is Christmas at the Zoo, visitors can get holiday treats, meet Santa, and participate in a variety of arts and crafts. This is a great activity to do with your younger family members who might be in town for the holidays. 🙂

4. Festival of Trees at the Indianapolis Historical Society

This is SUCH a fun event to visit. First of all, the Historical Society is gorgeous and has amazing exhibits year round, so be sure to check it out if you are visiting our beautiful city. I love visiting this unique festival because it is supported by Indy businesses which I love. The trees are placed throughout the entire building so you get to walk around and look at other parts of the museum.

5. Jingle Rails

This is a particular favorite of my younger cousins and it’s a very unique event. The Eiteljorg museum puts on an event where they set up different kinds of trains. It is a little hard to explain but it’s another unique event at one of Indy’s best museums.

I look forward to writing more Christmas blog posts as the holiday draws closer. Happy Holidays!

XOXO

Minnie

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Fall Hike

cute brandy melville hatHi friends! I hope that you are having a wonderful Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s are one of my favorite days of the week-filled with coffee, relaxing, and usually going on a walk with my family. Today we went a short hike at a state park by our house. It was great to enjoy the fall leaves in a new setting. I thought that I would share a few pictures, as it may be one of the last hikes of the year, because of the cold weather!

loved wearing this cute hat today

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so blue!

3 cheers for hiking outfits!

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All the Plaid

Hi friends! This is my first blog post to y’all since Halloween, and for me, the end of Halloween symbolizes the Christmas season is coming! Yes, yes, we still have Thanksgiving, but how can one not be enticed by the Starbucks Christmas drinks(what are your thoughts on the green Starbucks cups this year? Comment down below!) and the Christmas holiday sales! I for one, am already starting to decorate for Christmas. In fact, today my family and I started taking out our Christmas decorations, as we are very precise in where we place each piece, and usually theme our rooms.

Today(Friday), I didn’t have school and we were running some errands, which included stopping by a vintage Christmas pop-up store! It was in a cute white barn, and the Christmas candles, holiday music, and festive red-and-green vibes really put me in a good mood.

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I decided to wear put a extra-festive(lol) spin on my outfit today by wearing two totally different plaid patterns! I used to hate plaid because I have to wear it for my school uniform, but I have come to appreciate how classy it can make an outfit look. By pairing the plaid items with structured neutrals, the plaids in no way overwhelmed the look, but in juxtapose, draws attention to them. I hope that you incorporate plaid pieces into your holiday looks, and maybe even try two at a time. 😉

Sunglasses(similar)//Scarf(similar)// Shirt//Leggings//Shoes(Similar)

 

 

XOXO

Minnie

 

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Downtown Photoshoot

Hi friends! It has been sooooooo long since I have been able to sit down and write a post, as you probably know, I have been traveling a lot, as well as going through midterms. Right now, my high school swimming season has just started, so that will be another thing that keeps me busy until February. Hopefully I will still be able to post once a week, but as you can see, I have gotten a little behind. I wanted to share with the photos from my downtown photography shoot with one of my friends!  She took pictures of me at a gorgeous fountain in downtown Indy and I love the way that they turned out.

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I will be posting lots of these photos on instagram and I will tag the photographer so that you can contact her if you want photos!

 

 

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Colorado Recap

Hi friends! As y’all know, I have been in Colorado for the last two days, but now it’s time for me to go home to Indy. It has been such an amazing and beautiful trip, but I miss my friends(and let’s be real… my dog) so I am excited to go home. I hopefully can come back to Denver in the future to visit family and see more places!

Celestial Seasonings

This was one of my favorite parts of our trips. If you are a tea fanatic like me(or have ever been to a grocery store…), I’m sure you have heard of Celestial Seasonings, the company that makes Celestial Tea. They are well known for their Sleepythyme tea, as well as their mint tea. They serve 1.6 billion cups of tea a year! How crazy is that? Celestial Seasonings produces all their tea in one factory in Boulder,CO and they offer free factory tours. I was so impressed by the factory tour, it was way more educational and interactive then other factory tours. You can sample ANY of the teas that are currently in stores, and we even got to try some of the holiday teas that aren’t yet in stores(pssst! Try the gingerbread!) I wish I could show you pictures of the tour, but there was a strict “no pictures” policy. One of my favorite parts of the tour is the Mint Room. It’s a room in the factory where they store all of the mint and some rosemary tea. Anyways, I highly recommend the tour, as it is super interesting and totally free.

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I tried 3 different teas: Fireside Vanilla Spice, Gingerbread, and the Wild Berry Zinger.

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After the tea tour, we went to Boulder, which is where the University of Colorado is. The town was so cute and the buildings were gorgeous. I can’t even imagine going to college somewhere that pretty. It was actually homecoming for them this weekend, so they had a variety of events going on.

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I went to the CUTEST coffee shop EVER in Boulder. It’s called Boxcar Coffee Roaster and it was amazing. I had this amazing vanilla latte. The vibe is super upbeat and friendly, I would highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.

Union Station

The next morning, we went to Union Station, which is this beautiful train station that has been running since 1881! This weekend was the second to last weekend that they had an outdoor farmers market. I love going to farmers markets in the Spring and Fall, it’s so nice to get fresh fruit, flowers, or goods from local shops. Inside of Union Station is this little coffee shop that my Aunt said was really yummy-and she was right. If you want to check it out click here.

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The Wedding 🙂

On Saturday night, we had the event that we came to Colorado for-the wedding! The wedding took place at this Brewery which I thought was super cool. It was at night and we got to see the sunset outside where the ceremony was, which was perfect. We had amazing weather too, which made things even better. One of the most unique things about the wedding was that we got to get food from this Hawaiian food truck that was parked outside. The food was really amazing and the cake had three really unique and delicious flavors.

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Isn’t this a cute idea?

Thanks for reading about my weekend adventure to Colorado, I hope you enjoyed it!

 

xoxo

Minnie

 

 

 

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What I’m bringing on my carry on:Colorado

Hi friends. Tonight I am getting ready for my trip to Colorado! I leave tomorrow super early in the morning, that way we will have all day there. I will be there all day Friday, Saturday, and then we leave super early on Sunday morning! Really short trip, but it is for a family wedding and we have a lot of fun things that I can’t wait to show you guys. Make sure that you are following me on Instagram so that you can view my story and everything from my fun adventures! For now I am going to show you everything that I am bringing on my carry on.

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The bag that I am using for my trip is this black leather tote bag. I absolutely love how big it is and high-quality the leather is( it was damaged merchandise and I found it at the Gap outlet marked down to $17.99!) I brought this blacker scarf with me because I can use it as a blanket during the flight and I’m sure I will wear it in Colorado, as it starts to get colder there.

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I packed 2 books for my trip, this one I just started. I also brought some study guides to work on for school. I have only recently started my midterms, and I’m not yet on fall break til next week. If you read my last post on 5 ways to relieve stress, you would know that I have semi-recently started knitting. This is a really small project, it’s a scarf for my sister’s American Girl doll(shhhh, don’t tell her!) The little case in the corner is a little pouch to put your ear buds in so that they don’t get tangled.

The Book that Proves Time Travel Happens

Ear Bud Pouch( I cannot find the case anymore, but this is the same design and idea)

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This is a page from a coloring book that I started with pictures from New York. I take it anywhere when I need something to do and I don’t want to carry around a book.

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I put everything that could potentially be bad if they broke and spilled(like the pen ink or lotion) into his bag. I can’t find this bag online but Vera Bradley has ones that are very similar in size and come in a variety of colors and patterns. I have a pen, pencil, highlighter(it’s shaped like a nail polish bottle!), and mini post-it notes for the homework I need to do. I feel like airplanes are a little germy so I always have a tiny bottle of hand-sanitizer. My hands and lips get really dry during flights so I have a small jar of Vaseline and a bottle of lotion. The weather is looking both warm and cool in Colorado so I decided to bring a pair of sunglasses just in case it was sunny. They are my favorite sunnies because they add a chic vibe to any outfit. You can get 20% off your entire order if you use my code Minnie20!

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I brought my water bottle in case I have the sudden urge to drink water, which I highly doubt because I basically live off of coffee. LOL. But really, so true.

Water bottle(similar linked)

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I bring this little notebook from Rifle Paper Co. Basically everywhere I go. I have lists in it, so it’s especially important when I am on trips. This sounds crazy, but my absolute favorite tea ever is this tea from Yogi and I ALWAYS have a bag of it with me. I have some in my school bag, purse, and when I travel. I highly recommend trying it. It is caffeinated and it’s supposed to “elevate your mood.”

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I hope y’all enjoyed my post what I am bringing on my carry on. See you soon with posts from my adventure.

xoxo

Minnie

 

 

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5 ways to relieve stress

Hi friends! I am so close to fall break but it seems super far away because I have just started benchmarks, which is our school’s version of a midterm. I recently read a blog post about ways to relieve stress during finals week, or just in general, so I thought that I would share some of my favorite ways to relax and de-stress.

1.Go Outside

One of my favorite ways to relax is to do something outside. Sometimes I go and take photos of the area where I live or go on a run, but I usually walk my dog. He is a puppy Chihuahua named Chipper(after Chipper Jones, because my family is obsessed with the Atlanta Braves!) Now is such a great time to go outside because you can enjoy the fall scenery! Last week my sister and I went on a walk and collected some fall leaves.

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Gorgeous fall leaves!

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It’s Chipper!

2. Knitting

I know that this makes me sound like a total grandma, but knitting is actually really relaxing. At night, I will night while watching YouTube or Netflix and it is really therapeutic. Once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to do, and you can learn just by going on YouTube and watching different tutorials. I also have a knitting board on my Pinterest account if you want to check out some cute patterns.

 

3. Pamper yourself

It’s important to treat yourself, especially when you have been working hard. One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is to do a face mask and a little at-home manicure. If I have been to Lush recently, then I use a bubble bar or a bath bomb because those are the coolest. My favorite is the experimenter because it seems to have every color!

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4. Essential Oils

I love using essential oils because of how they can affect your mood. My favorites are lavender, which are great for relaxing you and I like the mint ones to wear during the day. You can find a sample set of them at TJ Max here.

 

5. Coloring

The trend of adult coloring books really became popular this year, although they have been in stores for a while now. You can get so many different  types now, there are ones with fairytale, flowers and cities. I usually like to color them with sharpie, but sometimes the pages are too thin. My favorite book is this one about New York.

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