Lisa Frank Apparel is Here, is Awesome

Lisa Frank leggings

Images from rageon.com

The news hit millennial women this week with a big neon bang. Lisa Frank is back in a big way and is just as brightly colored as ever. Now, you can actually wear the images that graced your childhood school supplies. Yes, there is such a thing as Lisa Frank leggings and other clothing.

I’ll wait a moment for you to stop hyperventilating.

If you’ve seen even a little bit of the collection sold by RageOn.com, you’ve probably gone though a series of thoughts. Chances are it went something like this.

Thoughts You Have While Looking at the Lisa Frank Clothing Line

This looks just like my childhood. I had those kittens on my folder in elementary school!

Could I pull those leggings off? Nah. But I’m probably gonna try anyway.

I. Require. A pair.

Hmm, I think the Cheetah on those pants would look a lot bigger on me than it does on that model.

Inflation hit Lisa Frank hard. $60 for a sweatshirt? But…worth it.

Where would I even wear this?

Well, to answer that last question for you…

5 Places to Wear Lisa Frank Leggings

1. Any place you need a confidence boost. Nothing says “I am a grown, capable woman confident enough to wear a unicorn over my crotch” like these leggings.

2. Your place of work. Granted, this works best if you are employed as a nanny, candy shop attendant, toy store clerk, or 90s-themed cafe barista, but if not don’t worry–you’re still young enough for a career change!

3. Dates. Preferably first dates. If he can’t handle you at your Lisa Frank, he doesn’t deserve you ever.

4.  Parties of any kind. You could wear Lisa Frank to my wedding and I couldn’t even be mad about it.

5. Everywhere. Let’s be honest, you knew that was the answer the second you laid eyes on this collection. Nineties women, we were made for this moment. The only Lisa Frank leggings question that remains is unicorns, dolphins or kittens?

Twin Cities Vacation Tips & a Giveaway

Twin CitiesSo you’re going to plan a Twin Cities vacation. As a local, I’m divulging my best tips for your stay. And there’s even a really exciting giveaway involved with Country Inn & Suites. Are you in?

Where to Stay

twin cities vacationThe post sponsor’s Minneapolis West location in Plymouth which is nicely situated just west of Minneapolis. It’s a quick drive downtown, but it’s also even closer to the beautiful Lake Minnetonka, which picturesque in any season but especially summer. You might end up spending some quality time in the hotel though since it has an outdoor fireplace patio, indoor pool and other amenities.

Things to Do

The Lake Minnetonka area has been a premiere tourist destination since the 1800s. See downtown Wayzata’s Lake Street for shopping, ice cream, boat tours and stand up paddle board rentals.

In Minneapolis, you have to check out the Stonearch Bridge, St. Anthony Main and Boom Island Park–three of my absolute favorite places.

Where to Eat

twin cities vacationMy favorite hotel amenity? Free breakfast! It’s such a time saver while traveling, leaving more precious time for sightseeing. Keep reading to see a photo of the Country Inn & Suites breakfast room, it’ll make you hungry for waffles.

If you eat breakfast at the hotel, you’ll only need to find lunch and dinner. My out of town guests have enjoyed Brasa in Minneapolis and St. Paul and Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis. For a sweet treat during your Twin Cities vacation, check out Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe in Hopkins.

Hotel Stay Giveaway

This might be my biggest giveaway yet! In partnership with Country Inn & Suites, I’m giving away a 2-night hotel stay at any Country Inn & Suites location. To enter, just follow these steps:

      1. Visit Country Inn & Suites to find a location you’d love to visit.
      2. Comment below which location you might choose to stay at if you win!
      3. Optional: retweet this:

twin cities vacationIf you love to travel, check out my guides for San Francisco and the Oregon coast.

Two Grand Openings

The Twin Cities event scene welcomed two new wedding services providers last week.  Machine Shop wedding and event venue in Minneapolis and Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe in Hopkins are now open, and here’s a peek from when I attended the grand openings.

machine shop wedding

Machine Shop

Minneapolis has a new wedding and event venue in the sought-after St. Anthony Main area near the Mississippi River. I got an up-close look at the venue in action when I worked as a host at the grand opening. Originally the Pillsbury machine shop, it’s been carefully renovated. The spacious main hall has an open floor plan, perimeter balcony and plentiful windows that provide beautiful natural light. The industrial yet elegant style of the historic venue is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a modern Minneapolis event space just across the river from downtown. The venue is off to a good start. The first Machine Shop wedding was held this weekend and many more are booked through 2016.

machine shop wedding

Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe

Downtown Hopkins continues to get cuter with the arrival of a Pinterest-worthy cupcake shop. Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe will continue to cater for Twin Cities weddings and parties as it has since 2014, but now it is also a sweet shop destination. Tiny aspiring pastry chefs love the play kitchen! The shop sells coffee drinks, cupcakes and macarons. I’d like to tell you how the cupcakes are but they were out of gluten free flavors when I arrived, which shows how great the demand is! I was able to enjoy treats from other sweets providers who helped Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe celebrate, Sweet Birdie Cotton Candy (the sister company of White Peacock Events, known for frilloons) and North Mallow & Co.

If you’ve checked out a cool new place lately, let me know!

Sailing the Summer Seas

Did you spend your July 4th on the water? I have memories of boating on pontoons and motor boats on the lake in Minnesota. Lake life is a beloved summer tradition in the state, after all. But until recently, I’d never been on a sailboat.

When I got invited to go sailing in the Bay Area, I was reluctant to go at first. Mostly this was because my dad told me what a bone-chillingly cold experience sailing the Bay can be. Luckily I had an experienced racing crew to take me and I was able to borrow a windbreaker, waterproof overalls, and dinghy shoes (a type of soft rubber boot). I added a flamingo print scarf and lots of layers so I wasn’t cold at all my first time sailing. Just to prove that it happened, here’s all my gear. Not my finest outfit of the day, but sometimes practicality is called for.

first time sailingThe race was intense because boats can come within feet of each other on the course. I wasn’t prepared for how the boat tipped precariously while turning. But the crew assured me that the vessel’s heavy bottom kept it from capsizing, unlike a dinghy we saw overturned completely (everyone was okay).

Sailing at sunset past the Bay Bridge, I felt connected to nature in a whole new way. We were free, gliding on wind and water with the seagulls into the dusk. Sailing is very much a here-and-now experience. There’s no checking your phone or dwelling on the past or future–there’s only time to focus on working with your teammates on what needs to be done right now.

When we docked back in Redwood City (pictured above), there was a great sense of camaraderie between all the teams as they shared sailing stories over dinner at the yacht club. I was glad I experienced something new, and grateful to the kindness of the boat crew for taking me in for my first time sailing. Having resources to help you on new boating adventures makes all the difference! Here are some enjoyable links for beginning to advanced boaters:

Discover Boating Resources

Helpful boating videos, including how to tie knots and boating communication basics.

Kids can learn skills for a lifetime of boating. Just pop in your zip code to find youth program resources in your area.

Find boating opportunities near you.

Take a fun and interactive questionnaire to discover a watercraft right for your lifestyle and budget.

(And read more about my San Francisco discoveries here.)

first time sailing

Flag Bows for July 4th

A couple years ago, I wanted flag-inspired July 4th hair bows. I couldn’t find any, so I made my own.

Bow lovers this year can celebrate America all they want, because these beauties are easier to find than ever. And they’re all under $10! Case in point:

Cute, right? Perfect for you, your kids, or your dog. If you want to learn how to make them yourself (it’s so easy!) click on the image below to go to my tutorial.

DIY July 4th Hair Bows
July 4th hair bows

Wishing all my readers a happy and safe Independence Day weekend! Will you be wearing red, white and blue?

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