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So proud to call Ilhan Omar one of Minnesota’s own! Fellow Minnesotans: remember to vote in the primary on Tuesday! Here’s everything you need to know about the candidates and races. 

How was your week, friends? I crossed ‘hammock camping’ off my New Things List and was surprised to discover I liked it! It is a million times easier and more fun than tent camping.

I also opened my super-affordable ($35!) super effective class Bank Boost on Wednesday. In the last three months, Bank Boost students have collectively added more than $45,000 to their bank accounts! Class starts tomorrow, so if you’re keen to join us, now is the time!

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What’d you get up to this week, friends? I mean, besides reading the news and tearing your hair out? I brunched with some of my favorite self-employed ladies, was interviewed for two podcasts (I’ll let you know when they’re live!), and attended my friend’s annual .10k party. Yes, you read that correctly. POINT 10 k. So fun!

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Do You Have a ‘Me In 5 Years’ Role Model?

This post is brought to you by rock music, pink hair, the letter A, and Amy Edwards. 

Have you ever heard that life-coachy phrase “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it”?

If we can look past the rhyme for a moment, that cheesy phrase reminds us that if we don’t see someone doing/acting/living in a certain way, it’s hard for us to imagine a future like that for ourselves.

Since I got married and became a stepmom, I’ve been looking for a “me in five years” role model. I wanted to see a woman in her early forties living a life that looked like what I wanted for myself.

I wanted to see a woman who took her role as a wife and parent seriously … but didn’t let those roles define her exclusively. I wanted to see a wife and mom who had an exciting creative career, took trips with her friends, took risks, and wore things other than, like, khaki capris.

Weirdly, women like this – adventurous, sexy, outspoken, creative women in their forties who also happen to be wives and moms – are hard to find on the internet.

Till I found Amy.

Amy is a singer, songwriter, and author who picked up a guitar for the first time at age 38. She writes about staying motivated and being a force in the world even when you’re not feeling it. She’s an activist, a great mom, a loving wife, and an unabashed pink-hair haver.

If you’re looking for woman who’s living her life in a way that works for her, I think you’ll love Amy.

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How was your week, friends? I spent the weekend and Monday at my parents’ house, digging through bins of paraphernalia from my high school and college days. I unearthed soooo many mix cds and had The Best Time listening to them on the drive back to Minneapolis. Late 90s Ani DiFranco A+ would recommend will be listening to repeatedly.

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Operation Lady Closet!

When I was a wee little Von I actively fantasized about the following things:

1) He-man coming to life off my beach towel and becoming my boyfriend
2) finding an abandoned baby otter, rescuing it from certain death and then raising it as my very own
3) having a fancy, lady-like vanity, all full of mirrored trays and power puffs and cut-glass bottles.
I have yet to realize either of those first two goals (though not for lack of trying, Prince Adam!) but a few weeks ago, I put the finishing touches on what I am calling Operation Lady Closet. I successfully transformed my rather meh closet into an oasis of fancy, schmancy organization. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Before: my messy, mismanaged (and apparently blurry) closet.
Doesn’t that look heaps better? I painted everything
with a satin-finish white and added fancy (fake) cut glass knobs.

p.s. I styled the sweet bejesus out of this photo. My wardrobe
does not really consist exclusively of black, white and tourquise
clothes. But they photograph well, don’t they?

My bangle collection has gotten slightly out of hand.
Now I just stack them around pretty bottles that I’ve
picked up here and there.
I picked up these crates at the Salvation Army for a
dollar a piece and painted them with left over chalkboard
paint. Now they corral all my fancy lady tidbits.
Mirrored tray full of perfume? Childhood fantasy fulfilled!
I added these cork board squares to the door to post
outfits photos that inspire me. Or convince me not
to wear my yoga pants to the supermarket. Again.
What’s your closet situation? Any awesome storage tips to share?