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  1. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you shouldn’t be on the internet. #blessed #sorrynotsorry    #i’mquietandshybutpayattentiontome, #the”lookbutdon’tlookatme” —    #travelwear, #doyoucarewhatsinmysuitcase — #holdingstuffmakesitbetter, #myarmisgettingtired — #sothisiswhycoffeeissopricey — Well played, Barbie. Well played. Images are from both the Socality Barbie Instagram feed and the Wit & Delight Instagram feed. Can you tell the difference?

  2. As we speed past the halfway point of 2015, the impending arrival of September prompts us to hit the reset button. In many ways, it is a different kind of New Year, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish before 2016. What do I want out of my friendships? What do …

  3. Did you feel smarter going back to school with a stack of super sharp, brand new graphite pencils? We may have outgrown the days of Trapper Keepers and Five Star notebooks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in the fresh feeling that comes with bright and shiny new office supplies. Here’s my colorful edit of products …

  4. The new Bitte Shop is especially fun for unofficial Aunties who love to spoil their friends kids. Every item was chosen with a focus on sustainable practices and modern design. Check it out at Bitteshop.com. (Congrats, Maia!!!)  

  5. I’ve talked before about how seriously we take our summers here in Minnesota. With all the hustle and bustle of work, the house and life, I’ve been trying to take time to enjoy the few beautiful outdoor evenings we have left. Another grand tradition here in Minneapolis, is the Walker Art Center’s Summer Music & Movies series, featuring …

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  7. Did you love to visit the bead shop when you were a kid? It was one of my favorite places. All those pretty beads in neat little bins, just sitting there, waiting for you to create a masterpiece. You know what’s even more fun? A party that evokes that same feeling, only now with adult beverages and the beautiful …

  8. …Red + pink by Pierre Yovanovitch… …these Oh Happy Day totes…available for purchase here…. …this Roger & Chris blue velvet couch… …this two-piece….   …cozy blankets from Mexichic… …this color teal… …Fossil’s super simple vintage boyfriend watches…   …the idea of a two-tone double door scenario like theirs.  

  9. When good weather visits your state for a short 12 weeks, you take summer seriously. You jockey for seats at restaurants with outdoor seating; waiting inside for a spot to open in order to dine in the fresh air. You get up extra early on Friday in order to finish work and take advantage of the …

  10. Savor summer, they say.  Is there a better way to honor that mantra than a perfectly packed picnic in the park? I pulled together some of my favorite products for the occasion from my go-to home goods store Kaufmann Mercantile, my go-to lip color and a blouse that will keep you dry and lookin’ fly. Chances …

  11. Ah, how I’ve missed putting these W&D mixtapes together. The title of mix no. 22 was inspired by the elusive high that comes baked into summer’s heat and humidity. Since I was a kid, each year’s been marked with a particularly crazy night where things get perfectly out of hand. I wake up with an aching …

  12. **This post is sponsored by Cuyana. We received compensation to share a review of the product. All opinions and thoughts about the brand are our own.** Well, they’ve gone and done it again. If you are a regular Wit & Delight reader, you are already familiar with my borderline obsession with Cuyana (see exhibits A, B and C). I’m an admirer …

  13. Getting around town by bicycle is my favorite type of transportation; wind in my (helmet) hair, sun on my face and the feeling of complete freedom. Admittingly not one of those hearty Minnesotan riders that bikes during the middle of winter, I prefer to wait until June to dust off my bicycle. Minnesotans are lucky to …

  14. UK-based Feist Forest just opened shop and they may have made the loveliest worktable we’ve seen in a long time. ‘The Ashling’, their first table design, fittingly shares a name with the young Ash tree. It’s handmade from home-grown British Ash, and the colors selected reflect the wooden Ash stem and black buds seen in winter. Each table is labeled …

  15. Opals, rubies, and sapphires—oh my! For centuries, fine jewelry has been a safe bet for anyone looking to buy their special someone a gift that subtly says “more than friends.” Because I refuse to live in a world where every kiss begins with KAY, I urge ye (W&D readers!) to consider stepping outside the box and …

  16. What’s so moving about color and form? There’s energy where shapes touch; where color vibrates; where motion– the flick of a wrist or spray from a paint brush– stay alive on the page. It’s open-ended. It’s intimate. It’s what you make of it. Absent of all this, I’m happy when I look at it.  Just a few …

  17. Spring has sprung up north, and a bit early at that! I cannot remember the last time we had an enjoyable April in Minnesota. Instead of shoveling our sidewalk, Joe and I have discovered we have a front yard full of wildflowers, turning bright purple shortly after the first warm day appears. A neighbor told me …

  18. I actually gasped when I saw these photos. Pale pinks and powdery blues are quickly becoming everybody’s favorite palette, but it takes a ton of skill and restraint to activate it in decor. When in doubt, solid colors in varying textures help modernize a palette that was hot in the 90s. I love the way sleek …

  19. I’m excited to share some details about a series of home decor styling workshops I’m hosting! From March 19th-29th, Wing Ta, Martha McQuade, Zoe Francois and myself will be at MOA to bring you home decor workshops inspired by fragrance in the home. My workshops will include how to make a gallery wall (with images above), stage …

  20. It’s been a short month, so I’ll keep this introduction appropriately light. While everyone else is still focused on llamas, shades of grey and ambiguous dress colors, here is a list of what we at Wit & Delight would rather be reading, listening to, and talking about. Enjoy. (1) “The badass babe who inevitably survives it all …

  21. I became a mother to a cool, blue-eyed little dude on this day exactly one year ago. And while most of the immediate events leading up to his arrival remain quite fuzzy, I do still remember holding him in our hospital room that morning as a blizzard roared outside, and thinking, life really had changed forever. It …

  22. Today we thank those strong enough to share their narrative with the world. There are few brave enough to do so, and even fewer possessing the talent to channel experiences and emotion with such poeticness. We’re very thankful for Jacqueline Woodson. It’s hard to believe in 2015 the dialogue around what separates us is louder than the one that unites us.  Below …

  23. In a perfect world, this little list would have included all my favorite articles from 2014. It would have had detailed information on each one; why it was selected, how long it takes to read, related links and maybe even an author bio. In a perfect world, it might have even existed as a curated top …

  24. See what we did there, eh? I’m a last-minute shopper (I started yesterday!), so I thought it would be appropriate to put up one last post with gift recommendations. There’s a little something for everyone here. Best of luck, shoppers! The Citizenry Palermo Copper Leather Chair $750 Seasonal meal plans from Huckle & Goose (use the …

  25. My husband is hard to buy for. He’s a lot like most guys in the fact he doesn’t exactly need a lot of things– and the things he wants he’s very particular about. So more often than not, he buys what he wants for himself, which leaves little room for surprises from me! How do you …

  26. **Sponsorship Note: This post is brought to you by Levi’s. We receive compensation to produce, style, art direct, and promote this digital content. All opinions and thoughts about the products are my own.** Candles flickering. A chicken roasting in the oven. Our house smells of Fraiser fir as Louis Armstrong floats into the living room. No holiday …

  27. The holidays are always a great time to catch up on reading. Not necessarily during the flurry of activity that happens when you’re packing the car to drive to Iowa with an infant whose “must have” baby travel ephemera takes up twice as much space in the trunk as your and your significant other’s luggage combined. Or …

  28. I’m a big fan of fewer, more meaningful gifts during the holidays. Here’s my current wish list, featuring a few forever pieces and a couple items that won’t break the bank. 1. Kitmen Keung LD1.0 $420: Simple. Beautiful. Playful. 2. Polished Horn Salad Servers $49.95: A beautiful addition to our serving items. 3. Handmade Hanging Copper …

  29. I could stare at these all day. Read more about Martín Azúa’s work on Design Boom.

  30. What’s on your nightstand? If you’re anything like me, there’s a stack of 5 different books you’ve started and stopped, started then stopped. In an effort to get myself to start again (and because reading is cool) we’re going to share a few book reviews here and there from editors I admire. First up, is guest …

  31. I’m really enjoying this new project by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, where they breathe new life into the objects we use, abuse, and discard. “We all use so much shit. We collect shit, buy shit, steal shit, trade shit and then throw shit away. So what happens with all this old shit? Is there a …

  32. I’ve been simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by pop culture’s representation of the afterlife and supernatural for as long as I can remember. Vampires? Cool. Skeletons who takeover Christmas? Go on, I’m listening. Dudes with chainsaws and hockey masks? Sure, if it’s on cable. I guess you could say I’m into “horror lite.” It started with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red …

  33. “I’ll have what she’s having.” That’s what people say after they meet my friend Dahlia Brue. Dahlia’s energy and positivity is contagious and effortless, and so is her sense of style. Admittedly a novice in the business of retail, Twin Cities patrons can now have a little piece of Dahlia’s POV through her artfully curated women’s …

  34. It’s been a big year for my friends at Cuyana, a direct-to-consumer brand that asks what most retailers won’t: to buy fewer clothes and accessories– choosing better pieces that last longer. They landed a huge partnership with Real Simple (set to launch May 2015), opened a flagship location in the heart of San Francisco, and launched …

  35. It’s been a while since I’ve put together a round up of my own. Given how often I verbally recommend the products I try (or would like to try) to friends, I thought we’d get back to sharing them here. Feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations as well! If there’s a category you’d like …

  36. Can you believe an entire year has gone by since the launch of the Madewell store in MOA?? It’s been a good one, and we’ve hosted some GREAT parties with some of the Twin Cities’ favorite local influencers. So why not throw another one to celebrate? Join me and the Madewell team this Wednesday, October 8 …

  37. Homeownership has a steeper learning curve for those who’ve spent the past decade paying rent. I practically went spelunking to find our water meter, had no idea how to turn the boiler on, and almost burned the house down when we realized a light switch turned on the space heater in our basement. Thank goodness for Google. …

  38. I have to admit, I’m feeling a little irresponsible for writing such long-winded introductions to more reading in every post. I’m still trying to come to grips with the best way to get everyone in, shall we say, the right mood to sit down and enjoy a few hundred words that have nothing to do with Monday’s …

  39. I’m very excited about this collaboration! I’ve partnered with @Shopstickapp to host my first-ever charitable auction on Instagram. Click on the link in my profile (@witanddelight_) to bid on one of my favorite pieces of furniture, the Toro Leather Chair designed by Minnesota-based @Bludot. All proceeds will benefit the Brain and Behavior Research Center, leading research in understanding causes and improving treatments …

  40. Our Wit & Delight for Target collection has launched! From casual beer tastings to an elevated craft brew social, the collection was designed to cater to many types of hosts and party throwers. To kick the party off, I’m sharing how I’d style my personal Wit & Delight for Target party, including additional decor pieces from current Target collections. If your …

  41. Good food. Good people. Good times. This Tuesday, we celebrated the launch of Wit & Delight for Target with close friends and family at 514 Studios, here in Minneapolis, MN. I was really excited to share a little peek at the collection, which will be in stores and on line this Sunday, September 14! The space was designed …

  42. It’s finally here. Labor Day weekend. The time of year we’ve all secretly dreaded since the snow melted (for Minnesotans, that was some time in April) and we were reminded of how good it feels to sit outside with a frosted glass of pretty much anything and just be. For many of us, it is the last real weekend …

  43. I can’t believe the Wit & Delight for Target launch is almost here! The product line will be available in stores and on line Sept 14, and over the next couple weeks, I’ll be sharing product features, recipes, DIY tutorials, and behind the scenes images. Eek! Before we get to all that, I wanted to share a little bit more about …

  44. It’s 9pm and I’m seated at the back of the #6 bus. The air, stale; the seat, sticky. Between two ears pulses Death Cab for Cutie, and I rest my head on the window, body swaying as urban life blurs by. Alone on a train aimless in wonder An outdated map crumbled in my pocket But I …

  45. We had so many great entries for the Julia Kostreva giveaway, and our five winners are listed below. We will be following up with emails shortly. Thank you to all who participated! Will you please share photos of your prints in their new home with me? Thanks 🙂 On that note, we are looking to broaden our …

  46. **This Giveaway is now Closed** Chances are you’ve come across Julia Kostreva’s work before and not even realized it. Julia burst into the spotlight a couple years ago with a line of planners that had graphic designers everywhere saying “I wish I’d designed that.” Most of us then immediately went out and purchased one for ourselves. Since …

  47. I must have sat for three hours with my laptop open, trying to figure out a way to introduce this column, this idea. Simply put, I want to share a handful of curated links to give all of us a break from the continuous stream of celebrity click bait and sartorial how-tos. That is not to say I …

  48. This night, these women, those flowers. What an incredible time we had at the Munster Rose Floral Workshop last month. I’ve just now had the chance to sort through the beautiful photos Melissa Oholendt captured from the event! Look at these beautiful blooms. Everything you see here is in season in Minnesota at the moment. Jackie …

  49. What can I say, we’ve got florals on the brain! Thanks to everyone who signed up for the workshop this week. For those of you who have asked, we’ll have details on the next workshop in the coming weeks. These floral letters certainly have the creative wheels turning… via Upper Case Magazine

  50. The first Wit & Delight x Munster Rose workshop is only 6 days away! We’re so happy to hear excitement around workshops at The COMN. In fact, we opened up a few more spots for the Wit & Delight x Munster Rose workshop next week, and wanted to provide you all with a few more details …

  51. I’m so excited to share this news! On Wednesday, June 18, we are hosting our first-ever workshop at The COMN with our talented new floral contributor, Jackie Reisenauer of Munster Rose. This is the first (of what we hope to be many) workshops focused around skills that enhance life at home. Jackie will be with us to …

  52. Crafting a truly special experience for people to enjoy is all about anticipating what they want before they know they want it. It is essential to building communities, improving experiences, and creating entirely new ways for people to come together. This mindset is at the heart of what Josh Michnik and his wife set out to …

  53. Architect Joseph Dirand’s minimal Paris apartment leans towards function over form when it comes to decorating. Beautiful home aside, I could listen to him talk all day. 

  54. It’s that time of year in the midwest, folks! The weather is getting warmer and pretty soon it will be Cabin Time USA! For those not familiar with the ritual, it’s quite common for us Minneapolis folk to jet off to lake homes in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin for summer weekends filled with boating, camp …

  55. So much inspiration to be had from Electric Feathers F/W ’14.

  56. Today’s mixtape is brought to you by my Doug Allen. Our friendship began shortly after making our respective debuts on Earth; John Arends (my father) and Dave Allen (Doug’s father) have been best friends since elementary school, so Doug and I spent childhood running around barefoot with our siblings, fishing for bluegills at the Allen’s cabin. …

  57. Surprise! Minnesota received a lovely “dusting” of snow last night– a total of 4″-9″ in some areas of the state. I think that calls for a day in bed. Alas, I pulled myself together, and sit here with a nice pot of ginger tea at Spyhouse, sharing some of my favorite links from around the internet …

  58. While Kate is relaxing it up beachside in Mexico (lucky lady), that doesn’t mean we can’t listen to some jams that help us feel like we are near the ocean sipping on an adult beverage (even if that is far from our reality). –ALECIA You can listen to this spring break inspired playlist over on my …

  59. For all the jackets hanging in my closet, I didn’t own one that could withstand some serious wear and tear while maintaining a flattering silhouette. This, is that jacket. I’ve so enjoyed watching Bridge & Burn grow their assortment as they continue to show a real talent for translating the best of menswear into silhouettes tailored …

  60. Mushimegane Books chronicles the work of Misa Kumabuchi’s ceramics and porcelain vessels. So beautiful. via This is Paper.

  61. Stunning work by Allied Maker. These pieces are a dream. Allied Maker is a contemporary lighting design studio with heavy influences in geometric simplicity, serious craftsmanship, and high-quality materials. We craft beautiful pieces of metal, wood, glass, and fabrics into minimalist yet expressive lighting fixtures. Our studio began as the artful woodworking practice of Ryden Rizzo, …

  62. I’m so excited to share this news with you all: Wit & Delight for Target will land in stores September 2014! Target contacted me in September last year to invite W&D to be part of a collaboration with top pinners on Pinterest. There are three of us – Oh Joy, Poppytalk, and myself! We’ve each designed …

  63. It’s an exciting time for Hackwith Design House. You may remember the first little feature I shared about Lisa’s new website and clothing line, and since then her business has taken off. Because each Hackwith Design House item is designed and made by hand in Minnesota, Lisa is releasing her spring line piece by piece. And …

  64. Loving this hilarious project by Brooklyn-based artist/illustrator Hannah K. Lee. Haven’t we all been there? via The Jealous Curator

  65. Remember when I use to post playlists and stuff? Yeah, me too. The past year, I’ve lost what faint pulse I had on the music industry. My job in communications and marketing has left me writing emails and tracking 9 different social media accounts at once (not including W&D’s accounts), and the days of sitting at …

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  67. Amazing work from Maura Grace Ambrose: http://www.folkfibers.com/

  68. Once again, Cuyana is my one-stop shop for holiday gifts this year. Just before Joe and I got married, we were gifted monogrammed overnight bags from Cuyana, and they’ve already traveled with us to the North Shore, Chicago, and New York City. You can read #myperfectgift story here. I’ve also included some of my favorite items …

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  70. Dwell magazine recently visited Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser at his tasteful Hollywood home. It’s a small space; a converted 580 square foot cabin that feels surprisingly spacious and airy. I love the clean lines, and the bed that descends from the ceiling is one of the coolest features I’ve seen! More details over on Dwell.com. …

  71. Stressful week, you guys. These gems made me laugh. via sfgirlbybay, via +

  72. I stumbled upon these beautiful pieces by Andy Denzler today, and was particularly drawn to how he plays with photo realism and abstract expressionism. I love the haunted nature of his portraits, too. On his bio page, his technique is described as “a wet-on-wet technique, and it is through this fluid physical process that he achieves …

  73. I mean, how ideal is this. Note to self: black wood flooring is the bee’s knees. The Danish always get it right! Via.

  74. Now in the shop: Pre-Fall selections from Need Supply, Parc Boutique, Myth & Symbol, Mohawk General Store, Mille, and more.

  75. Loving the personality of this sleepwear line… check out Sleepy Jones here. I’m excited to see how this brand develops.

  76. On one of the hottest days in Minneapolis, Capture Studios shared this video short featuring Minnesota’s Northwoods, frozen lakes, a little Bon Iver remix, a few local companies and even some local talent, whom some of you may recognize as my boyfriend. Joe MIGHT be a tiny bit embarrassed I’m sharing this with you all, but …

  77. Hot August night. Hot live music. Chilled crayfish and ice-cold aquavit. Hope to see some local W&D readers August 3rd at

  78. They have yet to open, but 33 Acres Brewing Co. has my full attention. This small, visionary group of craftsmen are documenting the building process so beautifully, the attention to detail shown leads me to believe the same level of craftsmanship will be going into their beer. I’m excited to follow the Vancouver-based entrepreneurs as they …

  79. Need Supply Co. will become the newest retailer to carry Warby Parker this week, offering an in-store showroom with roughly 60 styles on display. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of both brands, and when two big names in the e-retail world get together in this fashion, it’s a safe assumption that amazing things will …

  80. Motown moodiness. That’s what I’m talking about, kids. Listen here, review here.

  81. Beautiful and conceptually fantastic. More at www.jasonbooher.com

  82. Every trip has a musical accompaniment. Throw back songs blaring from the radio of your rental car, at the bar, from an iPhone in your hotel room, a new song heard at a concert. This Nashville trip was no exception, and music punctuated some of my favorite moments. From hearing George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” within the …

  83. “If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  84. This tumblr concept is pretty interesting! The Material List is full of inspirational images sorted by material. This site has been a handy concept development resource and I figured you guys might enjoy it, too.

  85. If you’re a regular Wit & Delight reader, you’ve probably heard me squawk about the awesomeness of Cuyana in the past. Every few months, Cuyana rolls out a line of products produced in a specific part of the world. The design and theme of the products are influenced by the culture and manufacturing expertise of the region, which …

  86. TREEHOUSES. I want this book so hard.

  87. This post was written for Minnesota Monthly’s TC Style Blog. I love winter. I honestly do. I love the scarves and hot chocolate. The extra wool blankets, thick socks, and tall boots. I love winter in Minnesota, especially. As a Chicago native, I’m still amazed how active and vibrant the Twin Cities remains with events like …

  88. Leave it to the Japanese to create a furniture line that manages to balance simplicity, ingenuity and beauty. It doesn’t get much better than this.

  89. I’m really enjoying this series by The Minneapolis Egotist called “What I learned in 2012. The series focuses on sharing wisdom from top ad and design people in the Twin Cities. Alan Colvin, who happens to be my boss, contributed a bit of his own wisdom this year. To say I’ve learned a lot from Alan …

  90. All the cuteness, none of the corny. Gemma Correll has a new Valentine’s Day card that let’s you fill in your level of adoration.

  91. This summer, my friend Collin Hughes stopped by to shoot some proper head shots and general apartment photos for an e-zine interview that ended up falling through. I loved the pictures, so I thought I’d post some of my favorites here. Because the e-zine focused specifically on design and music, we shot my “freelance studio” (that …

  92. One of my favorite bloggers, Sarah Tolzmann of Note To Self fame, launched a new print shop this weekend. She’s known for picking the best quotes from artists, style icons, authors, and historical figures. The sentiment is great and so is the design. Congrats Sarah! Now head over to her Society6 page and take a gander.

  93. If you’re a fan of Steven Alan’s men’s and women’s apparel, you’re going to love their newest selection of home good items.

  94. A laptop bag that doesn’t scream “I’M A  LAPTOP BAG”. By Spring Finn & Co, $510

  95. We’ve all made purchases based on a recommendation from someone we trust and/or admire. Luvocracy is a new social shopping site based on that idea. In short, it’s a one-stop site that allows you to curate collections, shop collections of those you trust, and earn credit towards future purchases. Luvocracy acts similarly to Amazon. They host …

  96. Three incredible designs for the home: Shower | Dress | Sleep

  97. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If not, check out the gift guide I put together with this really amazing company called Cuyana. They search for quality materials made in different parts of the world. They then work with local craftsmen to help transform textiles and metals into unique, limited-edition accessories. Not only do I …