Holiday Gift Guide: Local Edition

Style-Architects | 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

“Tis the season of giving and we’re back with another roundup of “SA approved” gifts from the good ol’ North. We love giving gifts and we love supporting local businesses, so naturally, we like to keep our shopping close to home {close to home = close to the heart}. We’ve pulled together a list of local gift ideas we’re giving the SA stamp of approval. Thankfully, there is no shortage of cool makers here, so rest assured, the locals {and beyond} on your list are sure to love these gifts.

Now let the holiday shopping commence! {just maybe, we’ll knock off our gift list before the 23rd this year... }.

Marvel Old Fashioned Candle: Askov Finlayson. Spring Finn & Co. Clutch: American Refugee Committee, Maker’s Collection. Minnesota Coaster: Leather Works Minnesota. Wood Tie Bar: Woodchuck. Winter Knit Hat: Great Lakes Clothing. Quilt: Louise Gray. 14k Gold Mila Ring, Paffrath & Son Jewelers. Perfume Oil: Parlour Von Kopp. Constructed Matter MN Mug: Ciel Loft & Home. Constructed Matter MN Print: Ciel Loft & Home. Bét Vodka: Beet Spirits. Saints Crewneck: Wilson & Willy’s. North Card: Red Stamp, Style-Architects Collection. Good Vibes Banner: Red Stamp.  

Perfect Pairings: Pizza + Beer


Ahhh, pizza + beer. They go together like peanut butter + jelly, like Style-Architects + the North Loop, like Christina + stripes (to this day, the boss-lady hasn’t come by a stripe she doesn’t like). Sure, the Italians may argue for vino (and we’re certainly not knocking that pair), but the complementary flavors of a savory pie and a cold brew are hard to beat. And while we hate to pick favorites (they’re all winners in our book), we rounded up our top Twin Cities pizza + beer pairings that we’re deeming as “match(es) made in heaven”.


Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Best for: Dinner with girlfriends
Order this: The Toscana
Pair it with: Blanche de Bruxelles


Black Sheep

Best for: Group get-togethers
Order this: The #5
Pair it with: Steel Toe Provider



Best for: Family dinner night
Order this: Stuffed Pizza (no toppings needed)
Pair it with: Pryes Miraculum IPA

Pizzeria Lola

Best for: Date night
Order this: My Sha-Roni    
Pair it with: Bauhaus Stargrazer


Pizza Luce

Best for: Late night pizza cravings
Order this: The Blue Dog
Pair it with: Bent Paddle Bent Hop

Element Pizza    

Best for: Takeout
Order this: the Wind Pizza
Pair it with: Grain Belt Nordeast


Morning Rituals

Each morning, the Style-Architects crew shows up at the office ready to bring it; however, pre-arrival, we don’t all start off our days the same. On a good day, we may be sweating it out at the A10 class at Alchemy and whipping up a green smoothie, all before 8am. On other days, you may find us in bed hitting the snooze button until the absolute last minute (it’s amazing how quickly one can get ready in order to squeeze in as much sleep as possible). Here’s a glimpse at our teams' morning routines to get us ready for the day... 

Morning Rituals from the Style-Architects Team


One cup of spinach and an egg is my favorite morning combo. The entire family indulges in green scrambled eggs at the Sandok household.

Recipe :: 

  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 T shredded cheese (gruyere is our fav)
  • Dash of whole milk
  • Pinch of salt

Blend, scramble, enjoy!


After lingering in bed a little too long, a medium-roast coffee is a must {along with a Spotify playlist that matches the day's mood}. My recent jam has been Thomas Rhett's latest album, “Tangled Up”.

Morning Rituals from the Style-Architects Team


Each day starts out the same for me... Lashes + coffee with Bobbi (what would I do without them!). A full set of lashes makes me look WIDE awake regardless of how much sleep I had the night prior.

Morning Rituals from the Style-Architects Team


I usually start my day by grabbing a cup of coffee then heading back to bed to read about the latest and greatest industry trends, Skimm the daily headlines, and catch up on my social media feeds.

Morning Rituals from the Style-Architects Team


I'm a night owl so hitting the hay at 2am isn't out of the ordinary, which is why my snooze button is so precious. The dogs wake up to eat at 4:30 and then come back for cuddles.


Morning Rituals from the Style-Architects Team


I make this apple cider vinegar drink every morning to help achieve my alkaline pH balance. This is a drink Christina introduced me to years ago.  I notice the benefits in my skin + overall energy level. I've come to look forward to it more than coffee {gasp!}.

Recipe :: 

  • Hot water
  • 1 T organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh grated ginger
  • 1 t of honey
  • A sprinkle or two of cayenne pepper
Morning Rituals from the Style-Architects Team


I like to brew myself a strong cup of PEACE coffee and rice milk with my Chemex then dive into my burrito of an inbox at my home office before heading into the office or a meeting.  

Brands Who've Nailed The Animated Email

Brands are constantly fighting to get our attention, and even more keep it. What separates the emails worth a read from the ones that get booted straight to the junk folder {where bad emails go to die}? Subject line, timing, design and content all play big roles in whether a message grabs our attention or has us searching for the unsubscribe button. One way to add a little "pizazz" to your email marketing is to incorporate animation, also known as a gif. We've compiled a list of brands who have nailed this without under or over-doing it.

1. Loeffler Randall 

2. Loft

3. J.Crew

4. Kate Spade

5. Galleria Edina + Pumpz

Top 5 Reasons We Love Working at Style-Architects

Top 5 reasons we love working at Style-Architects


1 // Co-workers are Key!

We work closely on pretty much every aspect of each project.  Having co-workers you love to spend your day with makes ALL the difference. Everyone strives to demonstrate openness everyday, seeking out ways to involve others to enhance outcomes.

2 // Flexibility Rules!

Being able to come and go (with-in reason) is a huge perk.  Trust between boss + employee is rated among the most important characteristics of a healthy, fun environment.  Flexibility is only do-able when there is a strong element of trust in an office.

3 // Environment Love!

We are surrounded by great food, fun fashion and quite the view! It’s easy to feel inspired in the North Loop.

4 // Let it be!

One of the best perks of working at SA is that we each get to manage ourselves (more or less).  Employees are not just thinkers but doers. Starting work with minimal hesitation and rolling up the sleeves to produce impactful client solutions. We come up with ideas, bounce them off each other, collaborate and execute.  

5 // Christina, #girlboss

It’s easy to love what you do when you have a boss that is as creative, compassionate, and cool as Christina. With a background in editorial and marketing, she comes to the table with powerhouse ideas.

More about our fearless leader on Rue and Everygirl