Spring is Sprung // Rain Coats

Every year, without fail—and with the first drizzle of Spring—I look out the window and think to myself "Dammit, I don't have a rain coat!". Well, NO MORE. This season, I'm determined to add one functional, yet striking, outerwear piece to my wardrobe (even if I only wear it once). With that, I've had fun scouring the interwebs for unique jackets, but also quickly realizing that I might just *need* two options, depending on my mood. So, here are some of my picks for both playful and classic days... and, oh yeah, these won't break the bank.

Local Color // Minneapolis >> A Mano

We're infatuated with Minneapolis-based clay artist Louisa Podlich of A MANO. She crafts the most delicate and whimsical designs, with an eye for pattern, color and unique glazes. From practicals like her petite bowls for keepsakes and jewelry, to her fun confetti-inspired workbench tumblers (our fav), to the not-so-practical but totally amazing "Spirit Rocks" -- we simply can't get enough of her own spirit in this work.

The Deets >>

Who: Louis Podlich of A MANO
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Why: Her minimal, colorful style makes our hearts happy
Find: www.weshopamono.com / Etsy Store

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*Images courtesy of A Mano.

How to Best Support Your Immune System

I just experienced my very first, full-on flu. In the past, I believe that I've often said "Ugh, I've got the flu! This is awful!" when I actually just felt a bit feverish. But then... I got... THE flu and soon realized that I had absolutely no idea what I was talking about before. So, in the spirit of saving others from the pain and suffering of any serious yuckiness this season, I've gathered a few tips for avoiding potential germ attacks for the remainder of winter.

PRIORITIZE SLEEP >> If you can do your best to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night (I know, I know... this is a big ask), it will hugely help support your overall immune system function during the winter. I think my grandmother got it right -- whenever she felt even the smallest twinge of sickness coming on, her number one rule was to immediately stop everything and simply rest. The power of a good night's sleep should never be underestimated. And here's some interesting info to help determine if you're getting enough.

HANDS OFF >> Try not to touch your face. It's seems basic enough, but you'd be amazed how much we mess with our noggins throughout the day. Resist the urge to fuss with your eyes, nose and mouth. It's the most common way for germs enter your system. For kicks, watch this video to learn how to wash your hands like a doctor!

DRINK UP >> We swear by a lemon-ginger-honey-tumeric-cinnamon-cayenne concoction (recipe: Morning Detox Tea >> Into The Gloss). It's actually super yummy and comforting in the AM, combining spice and heat for anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosters.

EAT THIS >> And last but not least, here's a few good ideas for boosting your immune system with the foods you ingest...

Even if you choose to focus on improving just 1 of the above, you'll likely be the better for it.

Cheers to staying healthy this season!

 

*Image sourced from unsplash.

Incognito // Paris >> L'Ange 20

The "Incognito" series features some of our very favorite hidden gems discovered on our travels. We love these finds so much that we hesitated to even share them! Enjoy...

I can't even remember how we first discovered our favorite restaurant in Paris. I do know that it was 2014, and Anna and I both happened to be in Europe at the same time. It was perfect timing for her to fly from Germany to France to meet up with me. Paris is one of my most cherished cities and I was looking forward to being with Anna as she experienced it for the very first time!  But, after multiple flight delays, sadly we were left with only 1 night in the city. And at 10pm that evening, all we really wanted was to find was an authentic, cozy dinner spot to enjoy a glass of rosé and a good meal with the locals.

As I would imagine being drugged and kidnapped feels like, the next thing I remembered was wandering down a small alley, nearly starving to death and just praying that there was a snack at the end of the ordeal. And then, like a guardian angel, a man appeared under a street lamp in front of a tiny, unassuming establishment. As soon as the handsome young Parisian offered us an aperitif on "La Terrasse" (i.e. having a drink in the alley), we knew we had found our place.

The Deets

  • What >> L'Ange 20

  • Where >> Paris, France (La Marais - 44 Rue des Tournelles, 75004)

  • Why >> Dine like a local with a charming staff and excellent comfort-food French cuisine

  • Online >> www.lange20.com / Trip Advisor