Minneapolis

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Minneapolis is a city I visited many years ago and swiftly fell in love with it. My previous visit was during the summer months, though, so this visit during the first week of March was a stark difference. This Texas girl was not prepared for the negative temperatures, but it did not stop Anna and me from exploring.

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The purpose of the visit was to teach a couple of calligraphy classes at the Mae Mae & Co., which was a lovely experience. Megan of Mae Mae is a talent I have admired for many years, and it was a pleasure to meet her in person and see she was quite dear! I asked Anna, my best friend and photographer extraordinaire to come along with me, and below is a small glimpse of our favorite things. If ever you have the opportunity to visit Minneapolis, you must! So much to see, do, and eat.

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I taught two classes while in Minneapolis, and three creative ladies helped make this pretty table scape happen. A Day in Provence provided beautiful, springlike arrangements for the table. They smelled so delightful! The Faux Martha, aka Melissa, made the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen with the pink hearts, along with yummy vanilla bean mini donuts.

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Megan, owner and creative genius behind Mae Mae & Co., opened up the doors to her downtown studio. I loved getting to know her better.

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When Anna and I weren’t at Mae Mae & Co., we were shopping, eating or sipping on wine. I think without question our favorite dining experience was our first night at The Bachelor Farmer.

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Food, atmosphere and service were so on point at this cozy spot with its own micro farm on the roof. Highly recommend.

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Just across the street from The Bachelor Farmer was a beautifully present store called The Foundry. Pristine whites, neutral colors, and special home pieces can be found here. I bought a tiny white scoop for my kitchen – just because I felt I needed it. Oh, also some of those towels hanging on the door. I love them.

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Three other shops to note are Wind & Willow Home, Mille, and Lunalux Letterpress. We spend a good time speaking to the owner at Wind & Willow and we truly loved her simple aesthetic with bold colors. Mille has an eclectic mix of things for your home, things for your body, and things to wear. The ladies at Lunalux took time to speak with us about their craft, and we especially enjoyed the black cat tucked amongst the merchandise.

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Right next door to Lunalux is The Third Bird, a restaurant by which you enter through the alley and dine next to a giant pink bird on the wall. We loved it.

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Other stops/eats of note were our particularly and carefully crafted lattes at Spyhouse Coffee, our late night Italian fare at Bar La Grassa, our afternoon at The Walker Art Center, and late night cocktails at Psycho Suzi’s.

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All photos by Anna Routh Photography.

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Wine, snacks, girl talk, calligraphy, Taylor Swift.

All things guaranteed at my Calligraphy Happy Hour on Tuesday, March 31st from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Calligraphy Happy Hour is intended for those who have taken my class before. You’ll bring along your supplies and questions for me, I’ll provide you with a new nib, sips, snacks, and a fun time. I’ll be there to answer any questions you have, but there is no set curriculum. Socialize, meet new friends, bring your pals along, and practice your calligraphy skillz! Register here.

Photo by Amanda Marie Portraits

Marfa Magic

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Every now and again I get the opportunity to collaborate with my talented friends on passion projects – much like the one pictured here. Last year my gal pals traveled to deep West Texas to magical Marfa, where they captured this stunning shoot. I love how it came out so very much, and feel lucky to have been a part of it! Credit goes to N. Barrett Photography for these images, Cakewalk Bake Shop for design, styling, and that mega gorgeous cake, and Bows and Arrows for the design, styling and florals. You can see even more from this shoot on Style Me Pretty.

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Minneapolis

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Image and Styling by Mae Mae & Co.

Tomorrow I’m heading up North to Minneapolis. I can’t wait. Several years ago (2005, I believe) I took a trip to Minneapolis with my parents and we loved it. The culture, food, and beauty made an impact on me and I’ve been seeking a way to get back there ever since.

I’ll be teaching two beginner classes at the Mae Mae & Co. studio (March 4 and 5 at 6 pm). I’ve been a long time fan of Megan’s, and to partner with her for these classes has been great fun. I mean, just look at how she styled some of my work above – major.

Wednesday’s class has 2 spots left, with a few more on Thursday. It has been a quickly planned trip, so I’m offering a discount for my classes, which I never do! Use code MPLS to receive 10% off of your registration (for Minneapolis classes only). Register here, and I’ll see you soon!

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After what seems like a year of planning, I’ve finally reopened my shop and am excited to bring you a new look and new products. I’ve got more in the works, and even more dancing around in my brain, so stay tuned for much much more. Until then, take a look, even shop around if you like. If you feel so inclined to make a purchase, use code FREESHIPYAY to receive free shipping until this Saturday, February 21.

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Images by Amanda Marie Portraits