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Girly Stocking Stuffers

My iPhone cover recently broke and I searched for awhile to find a suitable replacement. One day I wandered into the newly open Henri Bendel store in the Mall of America and entered into a world of girly goodness. Not only did I find a new cover (and my all-time favorite candles) but I was enchanted by the wonderfully fashionable accessories that grace their shelves.
A little history. Henri Bendel was a fearless innovator, a leading arbiter of women’s fashion, and a passionate explorer of the “New and the Next”. Many well known brands got their start in Bendel stores, including MAC cosmetics (it’s where I purchased the very first Viva Glam lipstick). It is the ideal store to find adorable accessories and I have chosen some of my favorites that would make the ultimate stocking stuffers.

For Always Tote $498
Okay, so maybe the price tag is more like a big gift than a stocking stuffer, but this is my dream tote. The red leather is scrumptious, the satin lining divine, and the cell phone and PDA pockets necessary. This tote comes in three colors and will hold all a girls needs.

Cityscape iPhone Cover $38
This was my purchase (I think it fits me very well). They have many different designs to choose from and are super fun for the fashionista in your life.

Bendel Wellie Keyfob $48
How fun is this! Keyfobs are a great stuffer and makes every girl feel a little more glamorous.

2012 Deck the Halls Snow-globe $68
Snow-globes are a holiday decor must and this one is so chic. Start your collection now and add to it every year. A wonderful tradition!


20121204-131735.jpg 2012 Strut Your Stuff Desk Diary $98
The perfect organizer for the gal who prefers paper to electronic (like me). She’ll definitely be more efficient with this beauty in her bag.

Choose Me Mug $25
This would go so well with my new Keurig! Ideal for the coffee lover in your life.

Holiday Signature Candle $30
I’ve written before about my love for the Bendel candles and this one captures the scent of the holiday perfectly! Be sure to check out all their aromas-they are divine!!

If you live near a Henri Bendel store, I highly recommend you stop by this holiday season. You’ll be sure to find many wonderful gift ideas for all the ladies in your life.



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Holiday Weekend at Itasca State Park

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the hubby and I took a spontaneous trip to Itasca State Park. Now, we have been to MANY state parks, but Itasca is by far the best we’ve ever experienced. Located in northwestern Minnesota, this park is the oldest in the state. Founded in 1891, the park offers year-round camping (most with electrical hook-ups), a lodge with a restaurant (the french toast is scrumptious), rental cabins, and that’s just the accomodations.

The main room at Douglas Lodge. Named for former Attorney General Wallace B. Douglas who was a pivotal figure in the battle to save timber in the park at the turn-of-the-century. The lodge was built in 1905.

Itasca State Park is set on 32,000 acres and contains 100 lakes. Lake Itasca, which is crystal clear, has a fabulous beach and the best changing rooms/showers I’ve ever used. The sports facility offers the rental of bicycles, boats, and other outdoor recreational equipment. There are several boat launches and it’s quite nice to paddle to the lodge for a meal.

Lake Itasca Tours offers a 2-hour boat excursion on the Chester Charles II. The lodge will pack you a picnic lunch or you can purchase snacks and beverages on board.

Wilderness Drive is a 10 mile stretch that takes you through the heart of the forests. Beautiful winding road with plenty of wildlife and nature. Gorgeous!

There are so many hiking trails there’s no way you can experience them in one trip. We took the Dr. Roberts trail. This trail winds for 2 miles through forest and bogs. There is also the Old Timer’s Cabin on a point that was once used for honeymoons. It is only 4 logs high!

On the trail. So tranquil, but the flies were stalking me!

There was a huge storm a few days earlier and there were many trees down. It didn’t matter-I would have found my way around anything to get away from the bugs!

The storm knocked a tree onto a tent (no one was hurt). The hubby goofing off!

The park also features the Aiton Fire Tower. This 100 foot tall tower, which was restored in 1998, is worth the climb. The view is amazing. You can see over the top of the forest, spot the lakes, and really appreciate the wonder of nature.

Only 6 people can be on the tower at a time. I didn’t think I’d make it to the top, but I am so glad I did.

Guido 100 feet up. Look at that view!

I’m trying to summon the energy to climb 100 feet!

One of the really special points of the park is the fact that the headwaters of the Mississippi River are located here. Here the mighty Miss begins her 2552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s quite spectacular. Very small, very clear, and full of people! Some were swimming, some were wading, and others were walking across the slippery boulders.

Can you tell the hubby is a writer/photographer? Look at all that gear!

The rocks were way too treacherous for me, but there were plenty of others willing to give it a go.

We always stop to listen to the demonstrations. Here, a young park ranger teaches me about fishers.

After a day of exploring, we headed back to our camp. One of the best parts of the trip was that our good friends live close by. They came over to hang out with us for the evening.

Best buds, campfire, and being outdoors. Makes for a very enjoyable evening!

If you’re looking for a wonderful place to camp and explore, I highly recommend Itasca State Park. It’s a true gem!

For more information, please visit the DNR



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Happy 4th of July

Oh, 4th of July. It’s the holiday that signals that summer is half over. It’s hot weather, sunshine, lakes, friends, family, and tons of fun. When we were little, we’d spend the day at the lake or pool, and in the evening we’d watch the fireworks at my grandparents and pretend we were getting shot each time there was a boom. As a teenager, we’d again spend the time in the water, but the evenings were spent hanging out at the fireworks acting goofy, trying to sit by the boys we liked, and cruising around town. And now, as an adult, it’s really about family, food, but still the sunshine. I know I’ll be parked in a lake, soaking up the 100+ degrees, and enjoying the day off from work.
But I would be remiss not to mention why we celebrate the day. As Americans, we are very lucky to live in a country where over 200 years ago our forefathers recognized the importance of being free to live the life you choose. Yes, there have been struggles along the way and we still continue to evolve as a nation, but there’s no where else I’d rather live (well, maybe the south of France). And I’d like to thank all the men and women throughout the centuries that have sacrificed their lives so that we may remain free.
I hope you all have a fabulous holiday and that you are able to spend it with the ones you love. Be safe and don’t forget the sunscreen!



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Through The Years…

Today is the hubby and my 8th wedding anniversary. We had a spectacular wedding on my mom and late step-father’s picturesque farm. Hundreds of white fairy lights, dozens of tiki torches, and all of the people we love the most. A girl really couldn’t ask for more.
We started dating a little over fifteen years ago and it has been quite an adventure. This man has taken me to places and countries I never dreamed I’ve ever see. He has made me laugh, taught me that there’s nothing I can’t do, and been my rock during the hardest and most devastating events of my life. He has shown me that being spontaneous is one of the great joys in life. On any given day we may hop in the car and just drive, discovering many fabulous places along the way. He is my best friend and I cannot wait to share the rest of my life with him and the journeys that are waiting on the horizon. Here’s a look through the years…

The Badlands in South Dakota

Lake Calhoun

Christmas at my dad’s house

Germany, his mother-land

Gooseberry Falls

Our wedding

My anniversary flowers

Happy Anniversary Guido! I love you more now than ever before…


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What’s Inspiring Me Today

I’ve been catching up on Pinterest this morning and have found some fabulous inspiration. That’s the thing I love about this sight-you’re constantly finding new and amazing ideas. Here are a few of my favorite images this moment.

Everything about this look is perfection. It’s simple yet chic, and she’s adorable.

Accessories rule in this look. From her simple earrings to the giant bag, this girl knows it’s important to add finishing touches. Even her watch and cocktail ring are important elements. And of course, I adore the topknot.

Men’s shirt, patterned tights, and men’s inspired footwear-the Olsen’s can do no wrong!

Where do I start? I am desperately trying to find a stack heeled shoe like this. The texture and the bow add interest and glamour.

Nothing is more comfortable than a vintage tee. They are almost like a second skin and can be quite sexy!

Picture perfect. I’m not wishing for winter, but if I lived here it might be more bearable.

Stunning! The colors, the silhouette, and the details are fantastic.

Vintage Birkins. Can I please just have one?

This image inspired me to do a post today!! I really dig her curly hair and caftan-esque dress.

I have to wear all black to work now and I really love this combination. I don’t think I could run miles around my store all day in those shoes tho!

Vintage gown circa 1950’s. There was something quite magical about the dresses from that era.

I’d never get out of bed. So whimsical and fairy-like.

I’m always on the hunt for bathroom ideas. The grey subway tile is elegant yet industrial.

No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it on Pinterest. If you’re not already pinning, I suggest you hop to it!!


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When One Door Closes…

Hi Everyone!

I have some good news and some not good news. Yesterday I began a new journey in my career. I am now an Executive Personal Shopper and Stylist for a major retailer. However, with this new career comes some decisions. I do feel that this blog is or could be a conflict of interest. Any retailer would not want one of their executives blogging about competitors or products they don’t carry. So, Style Meganzine either needs to change or go away. I love doing this blog and am very conflicted as to what I should do regarding it.
The current format will not work, so I am trying to figure out a way to bring you great fashion, beauty, and lifestyle information without conflicting with my employer. I would hate to see it go away completely, but it may come to that. I would welcome any ideas and suggestions you may have. I can tell you that I won’t have the time to do a daily blog and I need some time to re-evaluate.
I have loved every minute of this blog and sharing with you my inspiration, product knowledge and advice.
If any of you are interested in learning more about the FREE personal shopping and styling services I will be offering, please email me. I can answer any questions and even set up an appointment with you. Whether you need one outfit or a complete wardrobe, gifts, or just someone to shop with, I’m your girl. I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to developing many wonderful client relationships. Please direct questions or interest to: 




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On My Shopping List

The hubby and I spent the day hiking in Taylor’s Falls (Interstate Park) so I didn’t have much time to write a blog for Sunday. This park borders Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River. It’s home to many “potholes” that were formed in lava rock and has fabulous trails along the river. It was moving fast and furious today so no kayaking, but we did get a workout climbing over ancient boulders.

A view of the river looking across to Wisconsin

There is one pothole you can climb down into. Really amazing…

I did manage to put together a “dream” shopping list to share with you all. I had the new Anthropologie catalog waiting for me when we got home and it got me thinking about some fabulous items I would love to have.


Elizabeth and James “Bax” platform sandals $177 available at Nordstrom
I love these platforms. Because the sole is one height, they are much easier for me to walk in than heels or wedges. And I do need some brown summer shoes…

Topshop Lips in “Sartorial” $16 available at Topshop
Every gal needs a red lip and this one is bright enough to play off of your tan.

Glimmered Ankita dress $198 available at Anthropologie
This is my kind of dress. I love the peasanty silhouette and the colors are really fun. The longer sleeves make it a perfect selection for evenings (I’m always cold).

Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy $35 available at Sephora
I’m anxious to try this new multi-tasking oil. It protects, nourishes, softens, and boosts your hair’s shine. It’s next on my list of products to sample.

Rachel Zoe Belted Shoulder Tote $450 available at Nordstrom
I really want a red bag and this one is exactly what I’m looking for. Alas, it’s a pipe-dream (at least until I start working again!).


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