Update: Where have we been…?

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Sorry, sorry, sorry followers of Yours Truly, Twins. There has definitely been some radio silence on this blog for a few months now, but I swear we have a good excuse. Kayla has been working her butt off at school, and just finished her bachelors degree 2 weeks ago! She even has a full-time job offer at a fancy advertising agency *rockstar much?* and I have been living in Spain…

I started a new blog with my boyfriend about our lives in Spain, if you want, you can check it out here.

BUT, Kayla is coming to Spain for 3 whole weeks! She gets here on Tuesday, so watch out for some twin-filled blog posts about our adventures throughout Europe!

P.S. here are some twin photos “blast from the past” edition to hold you over until next week:

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4 Spanish Trends I’m Dying to Try

Spanish fashion is very similar to American fashion, but there are definitely some pieces I’ve noticed that are SUPER popular here & aren’t a big deal in the States (yet). Being the shop-a-holic that I am, I feel like it’s my duty to try out these trends, okay maybe I’m just using my abroad experience as an excuse to shop, but potato potahto …. Also, as you’ll see in the following photos I have become kind of a creep #sorrynotsorry.

1. Printed Joggers

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I know these bad boys are starting to gain traction in the US, due to the billion fashion blogs I follow, but they are already a big f*ckin deal here. Must get a pair! Printed joggers are like an acceptable way to wear pajamas outside and still look chic.

2. Baby Doll dresses

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I’ve noticed that a lot of women wear dresses here, maybe more so than in the states. I am in love with these super simple swing dresses that look flattering on any figure, and it’s pretty much like wearing a giant t-shirt in public while still looking adorable (do you see a pattern in my fashion taste…?).

3. Shoes!

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Sweet booties + printed joggers = fall must have

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The Spanish’s shoe game is solid. Look at all these fun pairs that I creepily took pictures of while on the metro! I neeeed them all. Also, shoes are less expensive here, and there are a ton of little shoe stores sprinkled throughout the city.

 

4. Swing Tops

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Last but not least, the flowy top. I’ve noticed the bohemian style is super in here, which I loveee. The teacher I work with actually has the best bohemian style ever, but we don’t know each other well enough for me to take a picture of her outfits everyday…

 

 

Kansas is cool: here’s proof

Logan and I set out on a little road trip to Kansas City last week. He has family that lives there, so we were dying to see them and use it as an excuse to take a mini vacay before our internships start. A quick 7 hours later, and we were ready to party: Kansas City style. Here are 5 reasons Kansas is way cooler than you think it is.

1. Beer, tapas, beer, sammys, beer, sushi 

FOOD.jpgKansas has AMAZING food, and beer! While we were down there, we were totally spoiled and were taken to lots of Kansas City restaurants. All of the food I had was delicious, but I think my favorite meal was actually this simple sandwich (first pic) from The Foundry. We also enjoyed tapas, tacos, paninis, sushi, pizza, salmon, and lots of treats! Logan even tried a bison burger (bottom right picture). It’s safe to say that I feel like I’ve gained about 10 lbs, but it was totally worth it.

2. They have movie theaters with beds

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You read that right guys, they have movie theaters with chairs that recline into beds! What?! Yes, it’s true. We went to see x-men at a theater where the super comfy leather seats reclined all the way back so it was like a bed. It was definitely the best movie-watching experience I’ve experienced in my short 21 years on this Earth.

P.S. the new X-Men movie is fantastic.

3. They give you free beer

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We went on a brewery tour at Boulevard! As you know, I do love brewery tours (read about my Galena brewery tour, and Milwaukee brewery tour experiences), but the best thing about this tour was that it was completely FREE and included 3 beer samples *yumm.* The one bit of beer info I held on to was that lagers ferment longer than ales. I discovered a new love for unfiltered wheat beer, have you ever tried it? Also, shout out to Mason (Logan’s brother, and our excellent Kansas City host) for joining the 21+ club!

4. They have markets galore

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The best part about exploring someone else’s city with them is that they know all of the best places to go. The City Market, and Overland Park’s farmers market were no exception. The City Market was filled with all kinds of little shops and produce stands. I got 3 delicious mangos for $2! We also wandered into an Indian spice and fruit shop (middle picture), where I loaded up on some tasty dried fruit. At the Farmer’s Market, Logan and I tried some delicious honey spread, and some unique caramels (rice krispie, butterscotch, and Nutella flavored) *yummm.*

5. The people there are pretty cool too

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The best thing about Kansas City is that it’s home to a lot of people we love. Logan’s brother, his brother’s girlfriend, his aunt, uncle, and cousins live there (along with their furry friends!). It was so much fun to spend some quality time with these amazing people. I feel so lucky to have a connection with such a great family (thanks for dating me Logan); I couldn’t have asked for better company while falling in love with a wonderful city.

Big thank yous go out to Mason & Alex for letting us stay with them, Kristy & David for spoiling us rotten, Kassie & Joe for giving up their weekend to hang out with us youths, and my 3 furry new boyfriends for letting me love on you all weekend. 

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Fashion Friday: Love Birds Edition

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Hello lovely people, and happy Friday to you! Last weekend we were lucky enough to have a couple days of sunshine following a very rainy week, so what better way to celebrate than a photoshoot?! I asked Logan to come along for this one, because his fashion sense is pretty amazing.

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Whitewater has been our home for the past three years (four for Logan), and as graduation gets closer and closer I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic about all the little Whitewater things I’ll miss (obviously I’m mainly talking about beer here, sorry mom!). However, I’ll also miss the beautiful places Whitewater has including this bridge that is right behind my dorm where I’m an RA; look how perfect it is!

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Forever 21 Button-up // Levi Pants // Thrifted belt

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Thrifted Denim Jacket // Forever 21 Shirt (old) // H&M White Pants // Thrifted Wedges

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I couldn’t resist this opportunity to take some cutesy couple pictures of us. The scenery here in Whitewater is absolutely gorgeous; I’m soaking it in as much as I can before I move back to the windy city this summer (green is sparse there). Also, how could I not flaunt this very hunky, well dressed man I’ve been lucky enough to be with for almost five years *yikes, sounding old.*

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Did I mention he’s also supa strong…? Sorry guys, he’s taken 😉

 

Where was your favorite place to go at your university?

 

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Dining In: Maple Cheesecake

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I don’t know about you, but I have a crazy sweet tooth (as in like all of my teeth). So what better way to feed my sweet tooth than by making some tasty tasty cheesecake?! My love of cheesecake is so strong; this dessert is the perfect combination of smooth and crunchy (definitely one of my faves). Did I mention it’s SUPER easy to make?! Because it is.

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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees

2. Mix together greek cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla

3. Incorporate eggs

4. Add sugar free maple syrup to taste (I estimated that we used 2 tbsp, a little will take you a long way)

5. Eat at least 2 spoonfuls of batter

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6. After eating a good amount of batter (you have to make sure it’s delicious, right?!), pour the mixture into pre-made crust

7. Place on highest rack and bake for 35 minutes (check on it periodically to make sure the crust doesn’t burn)

8. Don’t freak out if you take it out and it looks like it inflated on the top, it will settle. Let it cool for 20 minutes and then refrigerate for 1 hour (or until you just can’t wait any longer)

Enjoy your super tasty treat, I sure did!

P.S. We had originally planned on crushing up those Cadbury mini eggs and sprinkling them on top, but decided the cheesecake was delicious enough on it’s own.

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Fashion Friday: Selfie Edition

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But first, lemme take a selfie. My selfie game is pretty strong, especially if I want to show my favorite twinny, Kayla, what I’m wearing from 100 miles away. It’s been a pretty crummy week weather-wise in the good ol’ midwest. We had a ton of rain mixed with cold and wind, so I thought it would be fun to show you all my wardrobe via selfies for this week (instead of taking pics outside)!

I’m definitely going through a vest phase at the moment; it’s the perfect winter to spring transition piece. I’ve been wearing this denim one nonstop.

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Selfies in the bathroom, selfies in my messy dorm room; I cannot be stopped *MUWAHAHA*! Check out that super adorable garland Kayla made for me, she’s a crafting animal. I’ve had that white floral shirt since 8th grade. Yeah, I obviously have a problem getting rid of my clothes… #sorrynotsorry

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This marks the return of the denim vest, I told you I was a bit obsessed with it. Notice my Hunter rain boots that I got for my birthday *thanks parents!* They’ve definitely been loved this week, as it rained almost everyday. I don’t know how those Seattle people deal with the constant rain because my little heart can’t handle gloomy weather much longer.

How strong is your selfie game?

Outfit details:

1. Forever 21 Jacket // Urban Outfitters Denim Vest (similar) // H&M Striped Sweater

2. American Eagle Chevron Tank // Forever 21 Cardigan // Old Navy Booties

3. Mega Old Blouse // Target Cardigan // Charming Charlie Braided Necklace

4. H&M Gray Sweater // Urban Outfitters Denim Vest // H&M Coral Beaded Necklace (similar) // Hunter Rain Boots

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Adventure Time: MKE, Beer, and a Giant Pretzel

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Logan and I go to school in a pretty small Wisconsin town. We love our little town, but we also love exploring all the wonderful Wisconsin cities around us! We are smack dab between Milwaukee and Madison, among other smaller cities. You know what that means?! Lots of mini weekend adventures! This weekend we went on a mini spring road trip to Milwaukee (only an hour away from us).

LogiMarketOur first stop was the Public Market! Inside it has tons of little booths with food, wine, and home goods. We both ordered these really amazing pita wraps *soooooo tasty*! While I wanted to try somethings from every booth, and by every booth I really mean the dessert ones, I somehow managed to resist.

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CardsCollageThe Public Market is in the Third Ward of downtown Milwaukee. The Third Ward has a lot of little boutiques, really nice apartments, and endless coffee shops. We went into a little paper goods store (my fav because they have all the little adorable trinkets I want, but absolutely don’t need) where I stumbled across these adorable friendship cards! Perfect little reminders to give to your favorite humans.

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The next stop was my favorite stop of the day, Lakefront Brewery! Logan found out that Lakefront gives the best brewery tours in the country, so we obviously had to go. It was our duty as American citizens…I always thought I would be a wine person, but my love of beer is very real. For $7 we got 4 glasses of beer, a pint glass to take home, the tour AND a coupon for a free pint of any Lakefront Beer at a restaurant. My favorite beer was a rice beer (S/O to all you gluten-free people out there); I liked it so much I used two of my tokens on it…

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We ended our evening at Upper 90, a sports bar located in the Third Ward. We were both stuffed from our tasty beer, but made room for a giant soft pretzel appetizer and cashed in our coupon for a pint of beer.

We had so much fun exploring Milwaukee! It’s hard to believe in a little over 6 weeks we’ll be graduating and moving back to Illinois.

Have you been on any fun weekend mini trips?!

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