Quick trip to Kansas

This post is a bit of a jumble of pictures from my recent long weekend trip to Kansas. You’ll see outfit pics, family pics, landscape pics…you name it! I go to Kansas every so often to visit my grandparents and other family and I always forget how much I love it until I’m there— from the perfectly picturesque evenings with beautiful sunsets and fireflies, to riding bikes around town, and stopping by the corn fields to see how the crops are doing. We took a gorgeous bike ride in the evening on Saturday and took some pictures around town and outfit pics of Nick and myself (we ran out of time to finish mine!), here they are…

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Hoping those storm clouds were going to move in the other direction – and they did!

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My 2 quick pics haha. We ran into family so we didn’t get a chance to finish before it got too dark out, but that’s ok!

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My aunt’s dog Piper, so cute and so sweet!

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My grandparent’s cat Mr. Picton (aka Lord Picton)

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Into town and then back into the country for this gorgeous sunset (#nofilter)

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Nick’s Outfit // Old Navy Tshirt (old, similar) // Gap Jeans // Ray Ban Aviators (Hand-me-down from our Uncle Phil) // LL Bean Moccs // Timex Watch

My Outfit // Gap Tee // Forever 21 Floral Shorts // Madewell Bracelet  // Brandy Melville Necklace (old, similar)

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How to Look Cute in a Polar Vortex

New England is a tricky place. Just when you think things are warming back up a bit, it drops to -4 and you’re forming icicles in your hair. It can be challenging to feel cute in such a scenario, but here are some enlightening ideas to keep you not only toasty, but also adorable.gm_howtolookcuteinapolarvortex

// Find a cute puffy jacket (it’s possible, we swear!) Here are some options: JCrew, BCBG, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein

// Fur lined anything – hat, mittens, hood, scarf…you get the picture

// Chunky/knit everything – socks and hats especially!

// A scarf of any kind, your face will thank you from the bitter winds

// Stylish but practical boots – we’re big fans of LL Bean and Hunter

// Layer up with some normal clothing, because chances are, your office is an average of 70 degrees. Throw a light-weight tee under your wool sweater in case you get too hot

So there you have your typical outfit for the next month and a half.. stay warm out there kids!

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The “Guy in your life” Gift Guide

Whether it be a boyfriend, guy friend, or that guy you’ve been texting (a lot), we’ve got you covered. We’ve got a range of gifts for the guy who keeps ya smilin’.

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Cutting Board // This gift might be a selfish one… this handcrafted cherry wood cutting board is so stylish and handy.. you’ll both be using it! Give him this and set a romantic date night where you can both show off your cooking skills.

Wool Sweater // LL Bean’s lifetime warranty makes it a pretty awesome option for a gift. If the materials ever start wearing down, the company fully refunds your purchase, which is a pretty rare and honest quality for a company these days. This crew neck sweater is classic, warm, and chunky – a recipe for love.

Americana Matches // Most people our age have a bundle of miss-matched matches from bars and restaurants they’ve been to. Although these can hold memories and stories, these matches he can keep on display.

Green Moss Candle // So now he has these cool matches and nothing to light! Although I’m sure you’ll be stealing them to light your amazing girly-smelling candles, give him a chance to light something you’ll both like that doesn’t smell like flowers and cookies. {image via}

Swiss Army Knife // Most of the guys in my life carry a Swiss Army knife at all times, and let me tell you…it is CONVENIENT. This one has some character with it’s cool wood paneling, and I think he’ll be pretty excited to realize how handy these are.

The Drunken Botanist // Most of the guys we know are whiskey guys (and we’re cool with that), but let him learn about how that and all sorts of other cocktails are made from plants all over the world. *And then borrow it, because this book sounds awesome!

All Natural Beard Toner // Beards are hot right now, and we LOVE them. Help his beard smell extra nice and feel extra soft with this all natural beard toner.

City Glasses // We have quite a few guys in our lives that have moved all over the country. Let them reminisce with these gorgeous personalized city glasses. These will make anyone feel at home.

Field Notes 3 Pack // This 3 pack has all of the options he’ll ever need! They’re basic looking (not too girly), compact, and with the options for graph, lined and plain pages he’ll have all of this bases covered. *Side note, Christa met Aaron Draplin, the designer and creator behind Field Notes, and he is one bad ass dude. {image via}

Portable Speakers // This blue-tooth speaker is convenient and has some pretty decent sound quality for it’s compact size and low price. We’ve been in far too many group-hang out situations where we’ve said “um.. does anyone have portable speakers??”.. Now someone finally will!

Clash Vinyl // Let me tell you, I have this album on vinyl, and I feel pretty badass every time I listen to it. Additionally, every dude who has ever looked at my collection has said “OMG you have this album?!”.. So in summation, you should buy this for a guy in your life.

JCrew Hat // Basically the hat version of the above crew neck sweater – toasty, classic, and he’ll look very cute in it (in a sexy-kind-of way, not a kitten-kind-of way). *Right now JCrew is offering 30% off with code GIFTNOW