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

GINGER FIZZ

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Ginger Fizz Root Beer Floats!

Celebrating the most magical season of all with a Ginger-Cranberry Root Beer Float, made with Zevia Ginger Root Beer! All Zevia refreshments are only made with simple, all-natural ingredients, and are a part of the Non-GMO Project. Try this easy, yummy new recipe, in collaboration with Zevia, and enjoy this new fallen snow, all you Northerners & Mountain-Dwellers!

Ingredients:

Zevia Ginger Root Beer
So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk Frozen Dessert

Fresh Organic, Non-GMO Cranberries + Rosemary

Instructions:

1. Place 1-2 Scoops of Almond Milk Frozen Dessert into serving glasses

2. Pour over Zevia Ginger Root Beer

3. Garnish with fresh cranberries + rosemary!

4. Turn on Christmas music, & enjoy your Ginger Fizz with friends!

To check out more of my favorite Zevia flavors, like Black Cherry + Cream Soda, visit www.zevia.com. Stay happy and healthy this holiday season, Dreamers!

HEART OF A PINE

Shot by  Kyle Meck

Shot by Kyle Meck

Once, a good friend told me, "The heart of a pine has more timber than mine."

These words rang true, and a wildly honest realization beat inside me. While we have each set forth upon our own way, we are all just walking each other home. I yearn to have a heart like that of a pine -- steadfast and strong, brave, branches wide open: open to change and transformation. Unafraid of the fog rolling in. Empowered by a simple rainstorm or gentle sunrise.

Over the past month, I've been gravitating towards my favorite types of forests: full of an air that is welcoming of winter, and clinging to the nostalgia of the fall. From the Pacific Coastline, to the Northern Shoreline, I've found myself most grounded in the heart of a pine forest.

In collaboration with my friends over at Cotopaxi, I'd love to share the rad story behind their new Kusa Collection. Every Kusa product is made with a unique llama fiber that is sourced from the Altiplano region of South America. This special fiber provides the perfect form of natural insulation: ideal for weekend adventures in rainy Seattle, or chilly northern Minnesota. If you’re feeling inspired by The Kusa Collection by Cotopaxi, you can also use discount code allegraroseb for 15% off full-price items.

Sending wonderful winter vibes your way, dreamers! Go outside, grab some incredible adventure buddies like Courtney Steeves & Kyle Meck, and go embrace the season.

-A

CHEERS!

Hey dreamers! This holiday season, I've teamed up with Thermos® to create this magical, simple Cinnamon Hot Cocoa recipe, to keep you warm & cozy this winter.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add almond milk to a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Gradually add in cocoa powder & chocolate morsels.
  3. Finally, add in vanilla extract + top with vegan marshmallows with a sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish! 
  4. Curl up with all the blankets + pillows you own, pour into your Thermos®, and watch the snow fall outside!

SNOWED IN

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November Lookbook in collaboration with Urban Outfitters

Shot by Jack Juliar

ALTAR'D STATE

In collaboration with Altar'd State, I want to tell all you beautiful dreamers about the rad work + good vibes that they are spreading this holiday season! During November and December, Altar’d State will be conducting a number of philanthropic efforts to provide food and shelter to individuals across the country as a part of their Mission Monday program. Through Mission Monday, Altar’d State supports local non-profit organizations in each of our stores' communities, donating 10% of every Monday's net proceeds. Their sponsored organizations change bimonthly, allowing them to give toward a number of causes within local communities. 

Check out this rad faith-based organization, and their magical holiday styles here!

TO THE NORTHWEST

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Shot by  Kyle Meck  for  Anthropologie

and there we stood - -

starry - eyed, 

drenched in the sunshine,

hearts full (overwhelmingly)

in the fog, 

above the pines,

soaked to the skin,

our souls overflowed.

somewhere in washington,

under golden sunsets,

dancing to a rhythm,

played just for us.

FALL COLOURS

Ina Boot   by MUK LUKS

Ina Boot by MUK LUKS

Shot by:  Ryan Karls  and  Garrett Super

Dreamers, hope you enjoyed seeing a sneak peek at my favorite new adventure bags! Be sure to check out the entire Pendleton Cascade Collection by Duluth Pack, and use code ALLEGRA10 for 10% off, through November 17. Happy fall, loves! x

- A

WAY UP NORTH

>> by  Ryan Karls

last weekend, some friends & I drove straight towards canada and didn't look back. we stayed up most of the night, dancing around in the light of the full moon and starry sky. we awoke at daybreak, to explore voyageurs national park: a magical place along the border of minnesota & canada, composed of over 900 tiny islands sitting upon the water, like puzzle pieces scattered on a sparkling mirror. surrounded by the golden north woods, we set sail at dawn, navigating the routes of the original voyageurs.

AUTUMN SKINCARE

A current collection of my top 10 favorite beauty + skincare products for fall, focusing in on those that encompass wellness, natural ingredients, & a little soul.

"be gentle with yourself. you are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here." -max ehrmann (via sirenskinrituals.com)

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Vapour Organic Beauty   Mesmerize Eye Color Classic  (in "nightfall")

Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eye Color Classic (in "nightfall")

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Vapour Organic Beauty   Siren Lipstick    (in "ravish" and "purr")

Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick (in "ravish" and "purr")

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Vapour Organic Beauty   Artist Multi-Use Palette  (in "afterglow")

Vapour Organic Beauty Artist Multi-Use Palette (in "afterglow")

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Vapour Organic Beauty     Artist Multi-Use Palette   (in "flame")

Vapour Organic Beauty Artist Multi-Use Palette (in "flame")

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Soul Sunday   Positive Seeds Lip + Skin Balm  (in "rose vanilla") &  Gentle Toner Balance Mist

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Siren Therapeutic Skin Rituals   Purple Rain Musk: Cell Regenerating Toner  &  Deodorant Balm  (in "sweet funk")

Siren Therapeutic Skin Rituals Purple Rain Musk: Cell Regenerating Toner & Deodorant Balm (in "sweet funk")

GIRL GANG

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Thanks so much to all you rad dreamers who came out to our airstream @ the Minnesota State Fair to find your perfect fit! Stay tuned for our second MN meet + greet at the Silver Jeans Co. store at Mall of America this fall! Wishing you all a lovely September. 

xx

-A

COLORADO MOONRISE

West Coast Wardrobe   Eternal Sun Sleeveless Button Down Maxi  (in Ivory/Orange)

West Coast Wardrobe Eternal Sun Sleeveless Button Down Maxi (in Ivory/Orange)

We drove about 50 miles past vail, and ended up somewhere in the Rockies, up on mountain, in a field filled with summer blooms. We danced with wild horses, and watched the moon & stars come out, one by one. We had no connection to the rest of the world, grew sleepy & starry-eyed on the floor of our tiny cabin, and wondered about why life is lived any other way.

Odd Molly   Palisades Sweater  (in Chalk)

Odd Molly Palisades Sweater (in Chalk)