1. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.

    To all of our friends on Tumblr. What a ride. We have loved getting to know you through your posts and will continue to follow you! 

    For those reasons it is hard to tell you that we are leaving Tumblr. But we promise it’s for a good reason. We just launched a brand-spankin’ new website, with our blog fully-integrated smack dab on the home page. We’re providing fresher, brighter content, in a beautiful environment, sure to satiate your aesthetic tastes.

    So while we’re sad to go, we couldn’t be more excited about this next step, and we hope you’ll join us. You can follow our musings, ramblings, inner monologues and hilarious wit (right?) on our blog at bowandarrowmag.com. Come along, it’ll be fun.

    Cheers!

    BAM

     

  2. Bold + Basics

    I usually don’t like to stick out by wearing bright colors, so these bright magenta skinny jeans were out of my comfort zone when I bought them. Pairing them with more neutral pieces helps balance out the shock factor for me, and I’m happy to say that I don’t second guess myself anymore when I grab them out of my closet! With springtime upon us, but a chilly morning walk to work still part of my daily equation, I need to make sure I have layers to match the changes throughout the day. With a coat, blazer, and short-sleeved shirt, I’m ready for whatever temperature shift Mother Nature decides to throw at me.

    Coat: Express; Blazer: H&M; Shirt: A. Byer; Jeans: Rock & Republic; Shoes: Sam & Libby; Necklace: Target; Handbag: H&M

     

  3. DIY: Tassel Garland

    You’ve started to see them everywhere. Whether it be a birthday party or baby shower, tassel garlands make wonderful decor for all festivities. That’s why, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and make one myself!

    Step 1: Gather tissue paper, scissors, tape, and string

    Step 2: Fold the tissue paper in half (vertically)

    Step 3: Begin cutting one-two inch strips all the way across. Make sure you leave a little room at the top so it stays connected. 

    Step 4: After you’ve cut all your strips, cut the tissue in half and unfold the crease so the paper lays flat.

    Step 5: Slowly roll paper together (see photo)

    Step 6: Twist the middle of the tissue around until you get a hole for the string to go through. Sometimes, I’ll stick a scissor in the middle to make the hole larger.

    Step 7: I use tape to keep it sturdy, but not everyone does. 

    Step 8: String through all your tassels. You can make it as small or big as you’d like!

    The tassels I’ve made did take time, but I promise it’s worth it. All your guests will ask where you purchased such a lovely decoration, and won’t it feel good to say you made it?!

    Enjoy,

    Katie

     

  4. Spring into Action

    Despite the load of snow that landed in Minneapolis a few days ago, spring is really here. (The more we say it, the closer it is to coming true, right?)

    It seems like the second the temp reaches 40 degrees F, people come out of their cocoons and spring to life. The running paths around the city are buzzing with life as people get some fresh air. Use the sunshine and added energy to boost yourself into action. Summer is only a couple of months away, so you’ll be glad to have healthy habits in place by then.

    I’ve never been much of a runner, but slowly over the past year, it’s a hobby I’ve worked at and developed. It’s convenient - you don’t need equipment, you can do it while traveling, you only need a pair of good shoes, and it can be social if you run with a buddy. I’ve discovered that there are little things I can put into place which keep me moving and motivated.

    The simplest, yet most integral part of a good run is good music. I always need a good playlist curated with the right hits for my mood. Whether it’s upbeat indie, sing-along ballads, or club jams, I rely on a good tune for distraction. Music helps me keep my pace, track time and set goals (e.g. run a mile in two songs, etc.)

    I use the app Map My Run for tracking. It uses GPS to calculate time, route, pace, mile splits and more. At the end of each exercise, it lets you add in notes to keep track of personal records.

    I rely on my phone for music and the tracking, so I keep it safe from the elements in my Lifeproof case. I never have to worry if I get caught in a torrential downpour (because clearly that just happens to me all the time).

    Definitely not necessary, but pretty cool, is my Nike Fuelband. I use it for time, goal-setting (it tracks your exercise in points), counts your steps and pace, and gives you a snapshot of your calories burned. Outside of a good run, during the day it acts as a constant reminder to get up and move around. Every step counts.

    If you’re like me, I like to chat while exercising. Luckily I have a good friend who feels the same, so she and I make good running buddies. We use this time to catch up with one another and get in our workout in one fell swoop. It makes the time fly, and we both have a similar pace, so it’s a good fit. Try to find someone who matches your style and schedule, and who will keep you motivated too. 

    At the gym and in yoga class, I use my Bobble bottle. It’s cool because it has a built-in filter that purifies your water. No need for single-serve water bottles ever again.

    Another added plus from being more active is that it actually makes you eat healthier. I’m less likely to snack on junk food after a run, because I’ve just put a lot of effort into exercising, and why would I want to regress? I recently discovered a local company called WholeMe which makes healthy, all-natural products. I’ve tried their granola (delicious for breakfast), and DateMe and WakeMe bars. Everything tasted fresh and flavorful. It’s not necessarily low-calorie, but it’s filling, and every ingredient is good for you with a ton of nutrients. Good if you’re paleo, gluten-free or even diabetic. Give it a try.

    Use this spring to motivate you to be healthier. Nothing beats being healthy and fit, so implement some tools in your daily routine to create a happy lifestyle.

    Love, Laura

     

  5. We get it. One minute we’re talking about how awesome our year has been with our first birthday, glitter, confetti, and on and on. But then no new spring issue? What is up with that?!?!?

    We swear over and over again that we haven’t been sitting around doing nothing. As much as I’d like to say I’ve been loading up on bon bons and drinking champagne on the French Riviera, alas, I have not.

    The four of us have been taking this time very seriously to develop our brand, our goals and our vision for the future. And we can’t tell you how much your patience means to us.

    The good news is that the wait is almost over. We have something so exciting to share with you that I am literally bursting at the seams (and not from bon bons, either).

    So thank you for your loyalty, for believing in us, and for never, ever writing us off. Because that’s what friends are for. And as a good friend in return, we won’t disappoint you.

    xo, Laura

     
     

  6. Five Reasons to Make this a Coffee Mug is Half Full Kind of Day

    The National Weather Service Minneapolis has issued a winter storm warning starting tonight at 7 p.m. I know what you’re thinking, “What? Snow? In April? In Minnesota?!” You might be questioning, for the 20th time this winter, why do I live in this state? I have a few words of advice: Don’t Panic. Today I’ve compiled a brief list of reasons to look at today as a coffee mug half full kind of day.
    1. Shoveling: We are getting a lot of snow. Not just any snow, however. We are looking at the  heavy, wet stuff. This could mean for some intense shoveling. The good news? With swimsuit season just around the corner, this is a great workout. Why as no one capitalized on this yet? Six-pack Abs Shoveling is the next big thing, people. 
    2. #minnesnowta: #aprilshowers, #snowday, #snow. The hashtags are endless. Get ready for your feeds to overflow with photos of a winter wonderland. Is there a filter for summer? We wish. While we’re working on that, consider it an opportunity to get creative. Challenge yourself to take the best #winterwonderland photo with the most original caption. There are no prizes here but the mere distraction from this #snowpocalypse. 
    3. Frozen: When you just can’t get the song, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen out of your head, people will think you are a little less weird. And any reason to watch Frozen (for the tenth time) is a good reason. 
    4. Snow Angels: People are 95% more happy after making a snow angel. I may have made that up, but have you ever made a snow angel and then been unhappy? I didn’t think so.
    5. In like a lion…: And out like two lions? I’ve learned since moving here that Minnesotans are proud people. Even when it comes to April snow storms. If we could endure this past winter, we are strong enough to brave snow through July (knock on wood), and we’ll  make sure everyone knows it. This may have been the worst winter many have us has ever seen and to make it worth it let’s go out with a bang!

    Have a lovely day,

    Jaclyn

     


  7. Desktoppers

    I like things simple. Not boring, but clean and with room for creativity. I’ve been trying to keep my desks at both home and work in tip-top shape, because I’ve found that it increases my productivity and keeps my mind equally free from clutter. If I don’t see a mess, I don’t feel like one! There was a letter holder I saw at Target a few weeks ago and although I carried it around in my basket for a while that day, I ended up putting it back. It was ridiculous how much I thought of that letter holder after not buying it that day, so I returned to Target yesterday with the sole purpose of buying just that. However (because Target is a drug and I am addicted), I ended up leaving the store with more than I went in to get. So, my desk looks extra spiffy and I have a few new things I’m excited to surround myself with.

    Technically this is a vase, but who says it has to be. It was a much more intriguing pencil holder to me than the plastic ones in the office goods aisle. Nate Berkus does it again. I always keep at least some fine point Sharpies, an X-Acto knife, and a pencil within reach. I use them all way too much to have to open a drawer to get to them. That is just far too exhausting.

    Sticky notes are my best friend. I’ve tried keeping lists on screen, on apps, in a planner, and in notebooks. But, sticky notes are the only true method for me writing down to do lists and me actually seeing them later. This particular pad and pen are from the Target dollar aisle (a gift from my friend Lauren!), and I have an embarrassing storehouse of additional Post-its ready whenever I need them. Hooray for having family that gets me goodies at the 3M store a few times a year!

    And now, ladies and gentlemen, here is the coveted letter holder. It’s part of the new Threshold line of office supplies (my favorite Target brand) and I love how it is gold without being pretentious. It’s rustic. It’s industrial. It’s everything I want in a letter holder and so much more. The binder gives my space the pop of color it has been lacking and that pink design is some kind of faux velvet. Lovely to look at, lovely to hold.

    If you’re someone who’s spending a lot of time at your desk, whether at work or at home, I suggest redecorating your desktop space or even buying some new things. It’s refreshing to not only have a clean space, but a space full of things you like to use and look at.

    -Vanessa

     

  8. We all felt like we needed a change, so we decided to dye our hair…

    Happy April Fools’ Day!

    Today really psyches me out, because I can never tell if people are telling the truth. For example, my boss heard it’s supposed to snow 7-10 inches on Thursday/Friday and she doesn’t know if it’s true. I’m hoping not, because I’m all snowed out! 

    Are you planning to do any pranks today?!

    PS- if you’re interested in changing your hair color click here

    -Katie

     

  9. American Elegance

    I was lucky enough to spend my Saturday with a fine group of lovely ladies and dapper gents. A talented group of individuals in fabulous attire, over a delectable brunch was the perfect combination for some hearty giggling. Seriously, I couldn’t make myself stop laughing. I know that my cheeks hurt at the end of the afternoon due to smiling so much - definitely not a bad thing.

    The photos are the handiwork of the genius behind the camera, Ms. Jaimee Morse. She truly has a gift and does wonders with natural lighting.

    Thank you to Nicollet Island Inn for hosting what at times was a rowdy group, and to A Day in Provence for the picturesque floral arrangements - I had never seen fresh freesia before and it is JUST as delightful as you would imagine.

    The best part about all of this is that each and every one of the people involved is truly doing something remarkable with their own brands. They are making leaps and bounds in the MN fashion scene and the passion is so apparent.

    Cheers to my new friends! This is going to have to happen on a regular basis.

    xo, Laura

    Laura - blouse: H&M, skirt: Target, heels: United Colors of Benetton, necklace: Charming Charlie

    David - blazer: Ben Sherman, shirt: Ben Sherman, tie: King Bros, trouser: Rag & Bone, shoes: Magnanni

    Macailah - dress: Cameo by Revolve, heels: Charles Jourdan, bracelets: Express, H&M, purse: vintage French

    Danny - bespoke custom suit: King Bros, shirt: King Bros, tie: King Bros, shoes: J.L. Rocha

    Kenny - bespoke custom suit: King Bros, shirt: King Bros, tie: King Bros, shoes: J.L. Rocha

    Adam - suit: Adrian Jules, shirt: Skip Gambert, shoes: Alden, accessories: King Bros

    Lindsey - dress: BCBG blazer: Kensie, necklaces: J. Crew, clutch: c/ o Bijuju

    Davee - blazer: Macys, top: ASOS, skirt: ASOS, heels: Sam Edelman, necklace & ring: c/o Lionette by Noa Sade, bow ring: Kate Spade, watch: Michael Kors


     

  10. We thought we’d take charge of this weekend by providing you with an uplifting little collection of music. If you’re looking for something energizing, mysterious, dance-y, and inspiring, this is the playlist for you!

    Have a good one!

    BAM

    (Source: Spotify)