GemTye

Out in the rockies, with spirits high, I've always been a firm believer of ending mountain days with dirty feet, messy hair, and sparkling eyes. 

These rad little charm bracelets double as hair ties to keep your curly locks tamed. Each charm exudes good vibes -- channeling inspiration, exploration, & peace. 

These gorgeous bracelets are the perfect compliment to any outfit, bracelet stack, or hairstyle, for any event or adventure. 

 Check out more at :  https://www.gemtye.com/  shop

Check out more at : https://www.gemtye.com/shop

Happy adventuring dreamers!

-A

POOLSIDE DAZE

I’m sharing Hawaiian Tropic in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™

With all the traveling I’ve been doing this summer, I decided to take a few days for a mini stay-cation here in MN. 

Hanging by the poolside all day with coconut water, fresh fruit, and bright sun rays calls for all day hydration — solved by staying refreshed in the water and soaking up some rays. To protect my skin, I’ve been using Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration® Weightless Face Sunscreen, made with ingredients like plumeria, guava, passion flower, papaya, mango and aloe for a tropical + sensuous getaway, no matter where you are!

Treat yourself to a few days in the sun, dreamers! 

-A

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SANTA MONICA GETAWAY

Last week, my friend Danae and I checked in at our beautiful Airbnb home for a few days, just around the corner from downtown Santa Monica. 

We were greeted by a bowl of fresh oranges, lemons, limes, avocados and local granola, which we enjoyed thoroughly throughout the week. 

Our little studio was the perfect size for two best friends, complete with shelves of beach reads, a front wall that completely opens for maximum fresh air and light, and the perfect yellow for all the sunshine-colored accents.

The outdoor shower was perfect for rinsing off after a day at the beach and pier, with plenty of privacy to enjoy the rejuvenation of being outdoors. The indoor shower was completely beautiful as well, with beautiful tile-work and surfaces all around the bathroom. 

This Airbnb was truly incredible for our weekend of shooting with DSW! To book this beautiful studio, check out Katherine’s listing here: Private, Dwell-Worthy, Studio in A+ Neighborhood!

Sending love from California! xx

-A

AMONG THE PINES WITH NUTRO™

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO™ sponsored series for Socialstars™

My yellow lab Sparky and I decided to camp out on the banks of the St. Croix River, in a quiet pine forest. We spent the afternoon playing in the wildflowers, making flower crowns, and listening to the beautiful music of nature’s springtime sounds and echoes.

Spending time in the outdoors among the blooming, vibrant spring flora and fauna is nurturing to our souls and our hearts of adventure. Being in nature renews our sense of purpose, of belonging to ourselves and to the Earth, and to the journeys before us. NUTRO™ shares in my mantra of being purposeful. NUTRO™ makes PURPOSEFUL, nutrient-rich dog food, and ensures that every single ingredient serves a precise purpose, making a high-quality protein the foundation of each recipe as part of their NUTRO. FEED CLEAN™ philosophy. Simple. 

The NUTRO™ Wholesome Essentials™ Adult Dry Dog Food Farm-Raised Chicken, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe comes in a 5 lb bag, which fits perfectly in my backpack with the rest of our camping gear. You can check out more natural goodness for your pup here for your next pup camping adventure: https://www.nutro.com/natural-dog-food

VINTAGE SUMMER SUNNIES

For all the bookworms & rainy day lovers — those who’d rather spend the day reading and dreaming by the shore than anywhere else: these classic, round frames add a vintage vibe to any cozy summer look, whether you’re bundled up on a hammock, or listening to tapes on the dock. 

For the adventurers and wanderlust-ers: you’ll want these hexagonal shades to view and explore this beautiful Earth through. No matter which direction your travels may take you, these tortoise-shell sunglasses will be with you to take in canyon sunsets and long desert drives. 

For the rock ’n’ roll babes who are weekending in the woods, bring these edgy, gold-rimmed frames along for walks through the wildflowers and bike rides around the lake.

You can check out more vintage styles & find your perfect summer fit at Adderman.com.

Happy adventuring, dreamers! The future's bright.

-A

OFF TO CALI

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I’m sharing Hawaiian Tropic in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™

This weekend I'm heading out to sunny Santa Monica, California to soak up some rays and swim in the sea. We are going to be staying in the cutest AirBNB just a few miles from the beach, complete with an outdoor shower and plenty of space to relax outdoors.

Among my rose-colored sunglasses, favorite beach hat, and film Nikon camera, I'm packing my Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration®  Weightless Face Sunscreen, as a part of my summer skincare routine. This sunscreen is protective & indulgent, providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection combined with awakening nourishment. 

You can pick up Hawaiian Tropic at Walgreens to earn free gift cards by using Shopkick.

https://shopkick.app.link/HawaiianTropic

See you in Cali dreamers! x

-A

PUP CAMPING WITH NUTRO™

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO™ sponsored series for Socialstars™

In collaboration with NUTRO™ my yellow lab and I took a day trip last week to explore some of Minnesota's State Parks, to scout locations for our upcoming camping trip. We had so much fun hiking around the pines, stopping to admire the springtime blooms and run around in the sunshine. Sparky’s favorite warm-weather activity is playing in the lake. We are both so excited for long days at the beach this summer.

I believe that nature is the best source of energy, inspiration, and ingredients. Eating healthy makes a happy camper--and that goes for my pup as well. NUTRO™ dog food sources wholesome ingredients that are as close to their native form as possible. Their 5 lb bag is the perfect size for short road trip adventures. Sparky has been loving the Wholesome Essentials™ Adult Dry Dog Food Farm-Raised Chicken, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe. NUTRO™ is a great option for our on-the-go, free-spirited lifestyle: active, adventurous, and embracing of nature. Check out some natural yummy eats for your pup here: https://www.nutro.com/natural-dog-food

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PLUMERIA + ALOE SUNCARE

This weekend I'm road tripping to a magical place up in wisconsin, and currently packing up all my favorite springtime essentials. Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration®  Face Lotion has become one of my favorite warm-weather picks, for sun care that moisturizes + glimmers. I’m obsessed with their island-inspired botanical ingredients of plumeria, guava, passion flower, papaya, mango and aloe.

Check out more at http://bit.ly/2nVL85D

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PEACH PICKS

This April I'm sharing my top 3 fresh springtime picks in my current favorite color this springtime: pink peach everything with textural accents of leather + silk.

DESERT DREAMERS RETREAT

Ran around in the desert exactly a month ago, catching the last few rays of the sun fading behind the mountains with the most incredible people. This crazy beautiful creative community never ceases to amaze me, and continues to inspire myself and others with life, breadth, and soul- to never forget to keep dreaming.

In collaboration with Airbnb and the #HappyHomesteadHouse, we brought together 6 creatives from all over the country. From Minnesota, to Texas, to the West Coast, it was as though we had all known each other for a lifetime. That's the thing about us nomads-- our souls are made of the same stardust. Over the moon for these soul sisters. 

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The Desert Dreamers:

Courtney Steeves

Payton Hartsell

Jess Spohr

Kendall McLeod

Amelia Edmonson

Gabriella Cullyne Gonzalez

 Shot by:  Jessica Spohr

Shot by: Jessica Spohr

 Shot by:  Payton Hartsell

"Find your eternity in each moment."

xx

-A

WILLA : SPRING BREAK SKINCARE

 Shot by  Jessica Spohr

Spring break is the perfect time to renew and refresh your daily skincare routine. Going from Minnesota to California for a week, I wanted to make sure my skin was healthy and ready to soak up some rays. I start every morning with Clear Skin Exfoliating Acne Cleanser to keep my skin clear and clean. Next, I apply Zero Shine, which uses natural Willow Bark for shine-free skin all day. For days hiking, adventuring, or relaxing by the pool, I traded out my usual makeup routine for Face the Day SPF 30 Tinted Face Protection. At night, I love replenishing my skin after cleansing with Willa's Skin Elixir to rehydrate, and a spritz of Balancing Act Refreshing Mist with Rosewater.

Check out all of Willa's wonderful skincare essentials here : https://www.instagram.com/mywilla/

Happy Springtime, Dreamers!

SPRINGTIME ESSENTIALS

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In honor of the first week of spring, I’m sharing my favorite springtime essentials : diffused notes of lavender + eucalyptus, and my current favorite dreamy tunes. Out in the desert for the week, in a California state of mind.

Beachwood Essentials shares in my mantra of carrying out holistic wellness, health, and inspiration. Their naturally pure essential oils have been consciously sourced from healing herbs, oils, and extracts from around the world. My favorite scents are the lavender + eucalyptus.

“ spring air is like woven moon & plum scent “

Happy Springtime Dreamers. Check out more of Beachwood Essentials here.

-A

GUATEMALA '17

a picture (or two) a day from every day of my wild adventure to central america.

JAN 4

 off we go.

off we go.

I awoke from the five hour flight from Newark, New Jersey to Guatemala City, as the flight attendant spoke over the speaker, “Please prepare for landing.” Sleepy-eyed and exhausted from excitement, I sat up in my seat and gazed out the small window two seats down, watching the tiny lights of a new city grow brighter and bigger with each passing moment. 

3-2-1 I counted in my head, as I'd done so done so many times before, as the plane was just about to touch the tarmac. A thrill of adventure awakened me as we wandered the airport, and boarded a bus that would take us to some unknown place. In the darkness of Guatemala City, we drove in the night under street lamps and winding roads, approaching ominous yet magical giant forms in the distance: volcanoes. An hour seemed to pass in an instant, as cries of wondrous laughter rang out among the twenty-somethings. Silhouettes of palm fronds swayed as the bus rushed past the humming jungle, and my messy, unbrushed brunette curls danced wildly in the wind from the open bus windows. I leaned back in my seat, with my camera bag in my lap, and breathed with the rhythms of the cobblestone streets.

It was the wonder hour.

JAN 5

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 exploring our beautiful home for our time in guatemala:  Quinta de las Flores .

exploring our beautiful home for our time in guatemala: Quinta de las Flores.

JAN 6

 wandered around Guatemala City with our Guatemalan students: showing us around their school  UFM , visiting  Nómada  (a justice-seeking journalism company) &  Milk n' Cookies  (a digital marketing and graphic design agency) , and of course, eating at the most delicious places in the city:  Saúl  and  La Esquina

wandered around Guatemala City with our Guatemalan students: showing us around their school UFM, visiting Nómada (a justice-seeking journalism company) & Milk n' Cookies (a digital marketing and graphic design agency) , and of course, eating at the most delicious places in the city: Saúl and La Esquina

JAN 7

 dancing around on a rooftop.

dancing around on a rooftop.

JAN 8

 ate the most delicious guacamole at Cafe Sky above the city of Antigua.

ate the most delicious guacamole at Cafe Sky above the city of Antigua.

JAN 9

 taking in the sunshine every moment. also, every wall in Antigua is a different color.

taking in the sunshine every moment. also, every wall in Antigua is a different color.

 the most beautiful fruit truck i've ever seen.

the most beautiful fruit truck i've ever seen.

JAN 10

 ate a handmade crepe with coconut ice cream and chocolate chips at  Luna de Miel , which means "honey moon" in Spanish.

ate a handmade crepe with coconut ice cream and chocolate chips at Luna de Miel, which means "honey moon" in Spanish.

JAN 11

 woke up at 5:00am to watch the sunrise.

woke up at 5:00am to watch the sunrise.

JAN 12

 enjoyed a cleansing Ayurvedic dinner of curry, greens, basmati rice & starfruit chutney at  Stela 9  Boutique + AirBNB 

enjoyed a cleansing Ayurvedic dinner of curry, greens, basmati rice & starfruit chutney at Stela 9 Boutique + AirBNB 

JAN 13

 guac + tortilla chips every day. all day. this is the only picture I took this day.

guac + tortilla chips every day. all day. this is the only picture I took this day.

JAN 14

 hiked up to the top of the world at  Pacaya National Park

hiked up to the top of the world at Pacaya National Park

JAN 15

 dinner under the twinkly lights -- we watched an evening parade pass through below us, followed by sparkling fireworks.

dinner under the twinkly lights -- we watched an evening parade pass through below us, followed by sparkling fireworks.

JAN 16

 my favorite spot for coffee in antigua --  Union

my favorite spot for coffee in antigua -- Union

JAN 17

 roaming around in the sunshine -- and finding every sunshine-colored wall in sight.

roaming around in the sunshine -- and finding every sunshine-colored wall in sight.

JAN 18

 a night out @  Las Vibras

a night out @ Las Vibras

JAN 19

 mornings at  Stela 9

mornings at Stela 9

JAN 20

 ran away to the lake -- this is my new friend  Isa

ran away to the lake -- this is my new friend Isa

JAN 21

 on our second day at Lake Atitlán , we took a boat in Panajachel, where we ate breakfast at a local cafe, went to the artisan market, and took in the beautiful sunshine, colors, and textures of the beautiful town. 

on our second day at Lake Atitlán , we took a boat in Panajachel, where we ate breakfast at a local cafe, went to the artisan market, and took in the beautiful sunshine, colors, and textures of the beautiful town. 

 "alegrar" means to be joyful in Spanish (& Italian)

"alegrar" means to be joyful in Spanish (& Italian)

JAN 22

 woke up to watch the sunrise at the lake. those tiny black dots are ducks.

woke up to watch the sunrise at the lake. those tiny black dots are ducks.

 gravitating towards the flowers -- always. 

gravitating towards the flowers -- always. 

JAN 23

 coconut & chocolate ice cream back in antigua. spilled my chocolate ice cream all over my white dress. 

coconut & chocolate ice cream back in antigua. spilled my chocolate ice cream all over my white dress. 

JAN 24

 breathless.

breathless.

i'll be back soon, guate.

- A

WINTER WELLNESS

In collaboration with #Advil, I’m stoked to share how they’ve made it more enjoyable to explore outdoors this winter, without cold and sinus symptoms. Between art school and traveling, I would always rather be out exploring or creating, than sick and stuck in bed. With Advil Cold & Sinus, I’ve been able to get outdoors, and enjoy wintertime adventures. (Use as directed.) 

 

❤ B MINE | 8 VDAY Decor Ideas

1. Fresh Blooms

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you - - I could walk through my garden forever.”

Pick up some fresh February blooms from 1-800-Flowers.com this month & receive 20% off a gorgeous bouquet by clicking the following link, and using code WhyILove : ooh.li/80b40f9

Spread the love, dreamers! X O

2. Heart Garland

3. Heart String Lights

4. Soy Quartz Crystal Candle

5. LED Heart Sign

6. Amped Fleece Throw Blanket

7. Heart Catch-All Dish

8. Mini Heart Pinata

#UOLoveStories

It was autumn. The leaves were full of gold, and the air was brisk with a certain nostalgia for things I had not experienced yet, for people I had not yet met.

Social media was a lonely thing at the time. It was just a means of self-expression. But like most all things in life - anything worth having is better when it’s shared.

I distinctly remember sitting at the desk of my dorm room at Bethel University, which I had just transferred to only a few months before. I had star-lights and white pencils on my desk. I scrolled through my feed as I had so many times before, and stumbled upon a certain picture that stood out among the others. It was a lovely girl: with wild blonde sea-salted hair, balancing a pineapple on her head, standing on the beach, and wearing oversized round sunglasses and flashing the most beautiful smile. I found her profile, and knew in an instant that I needed to connect with this amazing, creative, girl.

I sent that girl a message on Instagram, and we met up at Spyhouse Coffee in Northeast Minneapolis one October day. From that first day we met, I could tell our souls were made from the same magic: we were connected in a way that I had never experienced before. This girl was different, and I knew we were going to be inseparable.

From that day forward, we spent almost every weekend together that year: having sleepovers, going on spontaneous day trips all over the state of Minnesota, eating waffles for brunch, going on glitter runs to Target, and dancing around wherever and whenever we felt like it (especially in woods of pine trees, wildflower prairies, and always always in the car).

I still am completely in awe by all the things we’ve been able to do together: from that first negative-temperature-shoot we did together in Duluth, to realizing our mutual distress over wearing pants.

Fun fact: Courtney made me my first toaster strudel.

We’ve danced around like crazy people at the Minnesota State Fair, freaked out over anything tiny (especially glittery baby tutus), and played dress up in wedding gowns. We’ve dreamed about what’s to come, and I know for sure that we’re in it together. Courtney is the sister I’ve never had and always wanted. Everyone we know says that I’m the brunette version of her, and she’s the blonde version of me.

On my 21st birthday, we were able to celebrate in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where I graduated from high school. It was that night, when we were 8,200 feet above sea level, standing side-by-side outside in the snow, watching fireworks burst into a thousand glimmering colors in the night sky. It was that day before, when we chased the sunset up the mountain to dance around in golden light for 5 minutes before the sun set behind a sea of pink clouds. It was in these days and moments, and i every second I’ve known Courtney, that I knew we will always be there for eachother.

Love you to the moon and back my moon fairy sister. XO

 Shot by  Caroline Friedman  +  Sam Henry  in Vail, Colorado

Shot by Caroline Friedman + Sam Henry in Vail, Colorado

Thank you to Urban Outfitters for coming along with Courtney and I on so many of our adventures. From wandering the Northern summertime woods of Minnesota, to dancing on snowy mountain peaks in Colorado, UO has helped us be able to express our creativity and free-spirits through unique, quality garments that help bring our spontaneous ideas and dreams to life.

NORTHWOODS IN THE CITY

Just before Christmas, one of my best friends Courtney Steeves & I decided to go on a staycation in the city. While can usually be found on northern excursions, exploring the pine forests and lake shores of the upper part of our beautiful state of Minnesota, we were able to find a haven of the northwoods right here in Minneapolis, at the Hewing Hotel.

We enjoyed a beautiful holiday feast at Tullibee, wandered around outside under the sparkling snow and city lights, and woke up to the most magical breakfast in bed before heading home for the holidays.

It was such a treat to be able to watch our meal being prepared before us. The Tullibee is entirely sustainable, with every dish made from farm to table ingredients. From savory sourdough, to gouda potatoes, our meal was absolutely delicious.

Courtney & I have such a sweet tooth - and enjoyed two incredible desserts of a Citrus Carrot Cake and Aerated Chocolate with a piping hot coffee for Courtney and a cinnamon chai tea for me.

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Breakfast included a sensational array of yogurt with winter citrus + honey, fresh pink grapefruit, a chocolate croissant, two poached eggs, fresh squeezed orange juice, and more coffee - of course.

For more details on booking a stay at the beautiful Hewing, click the link below!

http://hewinghotel.com/

I hope all you dreamers had a very merry Christmas and happy New Year! x

-A

LIVE WITHOUT LIMITS

The power of the season is rising within. We are waking up with positive, radiant energy. A new hope: that we may answer for ourselves, our unanswered questions. May we begin to walk, in any such direction, as long as we may be moving forward. Have no fear of trekking a mistaken trail, our travels will prove to lead us home. If every path were green and bright, we would have clean toes and monotonous days. Be gracious for our stumbles upon the rocky earth. For if we had never slipped, would we ever have looked closely upon the tiny crystals and sparkles hiding among the dirt. Take after the mantras of the trees: and breathe in sync with the rushing wind. Chant songs of joyful wonder with the echoes of the canyon. Set goals that mirror your intentions, and may your manifestation of those intentions be reflected upon your soul like the sun upon the sea at dawn. A new day is coming.

  WOMEN'S OUTDOOR CLIMAWARM CP CHOLEAH PADDED BOOTS  (in T ech Earth / Vapour Grey / Clear) |   XPERIOR SOFTSHELL JACKET  (in White) |  Hike Tight  (in Black -- with fleece!)

WOMEN'S OUTDOOR CLIMAWARM CP CHOLEAH PADDED BOOTS (in Tech Earth / Vapour Grey / Clear) | XPERIOR SOFTSHELL JACKET (in White) | Hike Tight (in Black -- with fleece!)

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Shot by Jake Dow Henstrom for Adidas Outdoor in Afton, MN

SHIMMER + SHINE

 Shot by  Jake Dow Henstrom  at the  Hewing Hotel  in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shot by Jake Dow Henstrom at the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."

- ralph waldo emerson -

happy new year's, dreamers! 

- A

WINTER SKINCARE ESSENTIALS