Style-Architects Summer Must-Haves


Style-Architects Summer Must Haves

The SA team loves swapping tips & advice about everything; from unique boutiques to best beauty products, someone in the office has scoop. With summer on the horizon {can you believe it’s already mid-May?!}, we put together a glimpse at the team’s go-to summer gear.

1. Kayd: Hurraw Grapefruit Lip Balm // “This lip balm is all-natural, so naturally it’s pretty cool. Plus, the grapefruit flavor is sure to bring a little zest to the summer!”

2. Carlyn: Sebastian Joe’s Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream // “Do I need an explanation? The Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor from Sebastian Joe’s is one of my favorites because it’s that perfect combination of tangy and sweet - perfect for a hot summer day.”

3. Christina: Vitamin C Body Polish // “After a harsh winter, I need to rehydrate my skin to get it ready for the summer. I can’t wait to try the Vitamin C Body Polish because their all-natural ingredients will leave my skin feeling immaculate immediately, which leaves me more time to spend with my daughter and husband on our summer adventures!”

4. Jasmine: The Big Turtle Shell - Wireless Speaker from Outdoor Tech // “Summer for me means life at the lake. From stand-up paddleboarding and sand volleyball to grill-outs and bonfires, this water-resistant, dust & shock-proof speaker is the perfect sidekick. Bonus: it uses bluetooth technology and doubles as a USB charging port when my iPhone gets low on juice.

5. Gina: NARS Primer from Blue Mercury // “With all the great outdoor activities Minneapolis has to offer, I plan on being outside as much as I can. This primer will help protect against the harsh rays, while also absorbing the oils that may occur due to the sizzlin’ hot temps.”

6. Madeline: Tote Bag from Cuyana // “I plan on getting away as much as I can with visits to the lake. This bag is perfect because it’s tall so I can fit all of my summer necessities in it, and the blush color is pretty dreamy, don't you think?"

7. Rachelle: Fitbit Charge // “I’m obsessed now with tracking my steps and calories burned.  I love seeing how many steps I walk and how many calories I burn at my summer weddings!”

8. Claire: Asics GEL -Kayano // “I ran the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon last fall and I’m pumped for long training runs around local lakes again this summer. Asics are my go-to running shoes, because they fit my narrow feet and come in adorable color palettes, like this mint pair.”

9. Diana: Hexagon Marble Boards from CB2 // “I’m moving into my dream space this summer, so I can’t wait to have all my friends over and have fancy dinner parties!"

Spring Travel Guide: Local Edition


Style-Architects Spring Travel Guide

Sunshine and blue skies must be major cause of wanderlust, because we're ready to get outside and explore. Whether it's for the weekend, a week, or a lengthier journey, pack right with a few of our fav suitcase stuffers. Don't worry though, homesickness isn't on the itinerary: most of these travel essentials are right around the corner, so you can stay local while going global.

Grab your friends, pack your {stylish} bags & hit the road: adventure awaits!

1. Martin Patrick 3 Toothbrush and Toothpaste 2. One Love Organics Dry Shampoo: Wilson and Willy's 3. Ray Ban Sunglasses 4. Hat: Filson 5. Grown Alchemist Facial Kit: Parc Boutique 6. Duluth Pack Tote: Wilson and Willy's 7. Fujifilm instant camera: Urban Outfitters 8. Leatherworks MN camera strap: Wilson and Willy's 9. Puma Sneakers: Madewell 10. Swing Trench: Everlane 11. Pouch: Askov Finlayson 12. Watch: Shinola 13. The Gentlewoman: Parc Boutique 

Spring Cleaning: Desk{top) Edition


  

Spring means crisp air, a fresh wardrobe, and a clean home - starting with your workspace. As the weather gets hotter, our minds tend to wander while we work, {dreaming of patio happy hours and lake walks}, so we think it's time to de-clutter our desk{top}s with these tech tips to help us stay organized and focused. Who's with us!?

Workflow: Shave seconds off your mobile procedures with Workflow, an app that streamlines your phone processes by connecting apps and actions together. For example, you can create a “Workflow” that allows you to take a photo and send it to your social streams in one click- perfect for sharing social/content inspiration with your team!

The Skimm: No time for the traditional morning newspaper read over a cup of coffee? Welcome to our world. We love The Skimm's “We read, you skim” mentality. This time-saving app recaps top stories and need-to-know information to start your workday off with a boost of info sure to impress your coworkers.

Scanner Pro: Scanner Pro is an app that uses your iPhone or iPad’s iOS camera to take pictures of paper documents. The app’s technology then edits the scanned image to adjust for visual defects. You can then save, upload, email, and fax the doc. Bye bye clunky scanner {after all, it’s 2015, why do we still use those things?}

Evernote: A digital binder for your brain. Clip web pages, markup images, scan handwritten documents and more with Evernote. From to-do lists to pages of research, all of your thoughts have a place to call home.

 

Mint: Give your wallet a reality check {“wait, those shoes were how much?”}. Mint is an app that acts as a central location for all of your finances, allowing you to see the whole picture of your investments, spending, balances, and more! It even tracks spending patterns in real time. Cha-ching.

Keeper: So many online accounts, so little time. Keep your stuff safe with Keeper, a digital vault for passwords. 

  

Ready, Set, Picnic!


National Picnic Day // SA

picnic {noun; pik-nik}:

1. a dining excursion with close friends

2. a midday escape from the office

3. a lovely way to enjoy Minneapolis

4. {see “soaking up the sun”}

It seems like there's a holiday for every little thing nowadays, but this is one we're definitely embracing. April 23rd is National Picnic Day and Minneapolis is full of sweet spots to embrace the crisp, spring temps. Plus, this 'gram-worthy holiday falls on a Thursday! Need we say more? Celebrate this Friday-eve and throw on your sunnies + light layers, grab some bubbly {darewesay "rosé?"} and get your snack on with your girls. Psst...but don't forget your camera. This city is pretty dreamy this time of year, don't you think?

1. Pendleton Blanket 2. Shinola Watch 3. Dolce Vita Sandals 4. Askov Finlayson Bag and Hat 5. Target Sunglasses 

Featured Work: Red Stamp Dinner Party Vibes


Red Stamp // Style-Architects

Spring entertaining is in the forecast and we’ve got just the inspiration for your next dinner party. Get those creative entertaining juices flowing with some images pulled from our past collaboration with the {#fabulouslysocial} Red Stamp team.

red stamp
red stamp

From custom invites and napkins to the little details such as cheeky coasters and playful cake toppers + treat bags, Red Stamp has everything you need to "wow" your dinner dates! And don’t forget; your dinner decorations go beyond just the scope of the table. Add a whimsical banner to the wall to really set the scene. 

red stamp
Red Stamp

Warm weather, bright drinks, and a cheery place setting? We'll clink our glasses to that! Create a custom RS order for your next dinner party and check out their recent lookbooks {styled and art directed by yours truly!} for some added inspiration! Psst...the team even spills some of their go-to favorite recipes on the RS blog. Need we say more? 

{Insta} Inspired: Spring Street Style


From the runway to the street to the web, this spring's trends have us feeling {insta} inspired. Here's a collage of some of our favorite trends, as featured by eight stylish individuals. So far, 2015 feels like one big #ThrowbackThursday. No worries, though: these fashions don't include embarrassing polaroids pulled from your parents' photo albums. Accessories like circle sunglasses nod to a 1960's Janis Joplin, while tangerine frames and nails channel the same decade's mod color movement. Airy ponchos and wide-legged culottes keep you cool {or groovy, as the 70's would say}, and thank goodness we have an excuse in the name of fashion and function to rock sneakers and 90's overalls. White jeans, of course, have always been a staple, and now that the weather is {finally} warm in Minnesota, we think it's okay to stomp the streets in them well before Memorial Day.

Check out more from these style gurus + tell us what you think about this season's trends.