Friday, August 31, 2012

Favorite Four

This morning we are headed up to NYC for the weekend to spend time with my sister and her beau who are in town for a wedding. So excited to see them! Hope you enjoy your long weekend. xoxo

My favorite four this week (clockwise fro top left) 1- I was invited to go to the Madonna concert on Tuesday was extremely entertaining and we had box seats so the unlimited free food and drinks didn't hurt.
2-Excited that is it finally getting cool enough that we can have bon fires in our courtyard of my favorite things! 3-W were invited to our friends house for Sunday brunch and it was a delicious Southern dinner of shrimp and grits..yum! 4-September means fashion magazines, fashion week etc. love it all!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Excelsior, MN

I promise this is my last Minnesota post for a while. But here are a few pics from the day we spent in the cute Lake town of Excelsior, MN. It is just outside the Twin Cities on the gorgeous Lake Minnetonka. There are plenty of cute shops, restaurants and a trolley and boat tour to keep you busy for a day trip. I didn't take too many pictures but here are a few for you to get an idea. xoxo

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lake Attire

When we are up at the lake I end up spending most of the time in a swimsuit and cover up. You never know when you might need to jump in the lake or have an urge to water ski. Thanks to my good friend Janie for taking these photos.

Cover-up: Free People

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Up at the Lake

This was our 25th year heading up to the lake in northern Minnesota. We have been going to the same resort and same August week the entire time. Such fun memories we have there. Here are a few photos from our vacation. xoxo

Lots of time paddle boarding.

Many hours spent reading in the shade.

A little fishing.

Our favorite spot 'in town'.

Lawn games.

Home-made ice cream sandwiches.

And never a shortage of water sports.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Minneapolis' Mill District

Last weekend we were able to spend a weekend with good friends in Minneapolis before flying back to Philly. We spent a lot of time on the beautiful Mississippi river in the Mill District at Gold Medal Park, the Guthrie Theater and Stone Arch Bridge. If you are in the Twin Cities I urge you to check out this beautiful place. xoxo

The Guthrie Theater.

View from the 9th Floor of the Guthrie.

The Mill District view from the Stone Arch Bridge.

The Guthrie from Gold Medal Park.

Gold Medal Park.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Favorite Four

Hope it has been a good week for you...I'm looking forward to a low key weekend at home after being gone last week.

My favorite four this week are from the last two weeks since I didn't post last Friday. (clockwise from top left) 1-I always love a plane ride...especially when I am headed to vacation! 2-Nothing beats spending a week at the lake. This was our 25th year going to the same resort with my many good memories. 3-I spent the weekend with my college roommates and their husbands in Minneapolis. It was so good to see them and catch up. This is the beautiful Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. 4-Yesterday Ben and I had the day off so we went out to Valley Forge National Park for some exercise and a picnic in the beautiful park.

Have a great weekend! xoxo

Thursday, August 23, 2012


After 10 years together and almost 8 years of marriage Ben and I are having a baby! It seems so surreal but we couldn't be happier. Baby Brandenburg will make it's debut around February 23rd. This is how we announced it...

Preparing for our February arrival. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Flowy Floral

Shirt: TJ Maxx, Jeans:Old Navy, Shoes:Urban Outfitters, Earrings:Forever 21, Bracelet:Charming Charlie

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Minnesota Home

While I was in Minnesota I spent some time at my parent's house. It is where I grew up so it is always good to be there. I look forward to seeing all the fun changes my mom has done. Something is always re-arranged, re-covered or painted. She has a great knack with home decor with a Scandinavian flare. Here are a few pictures of their home. xoxo

Front Door

Living Room


Monday, August 20, 2012

I'm Back...

Hey Readers! Hope it was a great week/weekend. I flew in late last night from an amazingly relaxing trip to the lake in Minnesota. Of course my photo program is acting up today so I will try and get things working by tomorrow for a more normal post. Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things on the blog and life in Philly.

Have a good Monday...xoxo!

Monday, August 13, 2012


I am on vacation this week at the lake and definitely enjoying some R&R. I won't be blogging but I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of things next Monday...xoxo!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Favorite Four

Today we are heading out for a week of vacation at the relaxing and exciting! Talk about a good Friday:)

My favorite four from this week (in a little different layout then usual). Have a great weekend...xoxo!

1-This week I went for mani/pedis and shopping in the city with my necessary.

2-The 2012 IKEA magazine is now out. I get way to excited about these things. 

3-A refreshing drink at my favorite coffee shop.

4-Packed luggage...means heading out for vacation!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Magenta Maxi

Dress: Target, Flip Flops:Old Navy, Earrings:The Limited, Nail Polish: Essie in 'Big Spender'

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olympics XXX

I have loved watching the Olympics this past week and a half and will be bummed when it is all over on Sunday. Hope you are enjoying these historic games! xoxo

Monday, August 6, 2012


One of my favorite brunch items are crepes with all of its delicious toppings. Here is the recipe and toppings I love...

3 eggs
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons sugar
milk (to a runny consistency)

*this will make you about 6 crepes....double or triple for more.

After mixing everything together, to a runny consistency, you are ready to make the crepes. Make sure your pan is warm and you have a no-stick cooking spray to use between every crepe you pour. After pouring the crepe swirl batter around the pan to make it as thin as possible. Crepes should be paper thin.

Once all your crepes are ready eat immediately. Here are some of my favorite topping ideas.

-Strawberries and whip cream
-Applesauce and cinnamon/sugar
-Peanut butter and bananas
-Butter and cinnamon/sugar

*these are just a few creative with it!

My favorite...strawberries and whip cream!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Favorite Four

TGIF! (Sorry I had to:) Hope you all had a great week. My favorite four from this week, (clockwise from top left) 1-Loved spending a long weekend in Cape May, NJ... so relaxing! 2-I had a Magnum Caramel Double this week. I would have them all the time when I lived in Sweden but they just recently came to the U.S. and I still think of it as a really special treat every time I have one. 3-I drove by the Divine Lorraine this week, it is my favorite Philadelphia building.  So beautiful and sadly abandoned. 4-I got all these gladiolas for $3 this week...they are so stunning!

Have a great weekend...xoxo!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cape May: Day 2

 I know Wednesdays are usually saved for fashion posts but in an effort to keep the Cape May photos together I am switching things up. Here are a few more photos from our mini trip to the shore. xoxo

Checking out the iconic Congress Hall.

Cape May's beautiful bird observatory right on the ocean.

 The Cape May lighthouse, next to the bird observatory.

Ending our day at the gorgeous Virginia Hotel for drinks and live piano music.