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First Anniversary Photoshoot

First Anniversary Photoshoot

It is so hard to believe that one-year ago I was in frantic wedding-planning mode, exhausting all of my energy to planning and coordinating every last detail for our big day.  What a year it has been!  From getting married, to buying our first house together, so many exciting life events.

I feel like there is a small amount of pressure for a first anniversary.  I mean, you don’t want to do something so extravagant that it is a lot of work (oh yeah, that was the WEDDING), but you don’t want to discount the occasion and set the bar low for future anniversaries either.  Keeping in mind that Matt & I have found that we are totally guilty if we are at home of so often either working on projects (a majority of the time), or engulfed in some type of technology, we wanted to do a mini destination.

So we decided to plan a trip with our camper and do our own little getaway to the northern Minnesota  Brainerd/Nisswa area.  Our plans = No plans.  It was great.  We left home when we were ready, took our time driving up, and hung out with my brother and his wife at their amazing cabin.  Pontoon rides, seafood dinner, and bonfire, yep it was perfect and so relaxing.

My request?  A one-year anniversary photoshoot, of course.  I want to keep doing (something) like this every year (I know all the parents out there are chuckling saying “good luck!”) but even if not as coordinated as this, still I think it’d be special to take photos every year reflecting where we are at that point in our lives.

This first year’s theme ended up being our Vintage Camper, which I had been wanting to get photos with anyway.  This is a good representation of our lives with no kids, carefree travelers and cray DIY/project lifestyle.

I did use a few “tokens” from our wedding day that are special to us and that we can maybe use from year to year when doing these photos.  The headband, bracelet, and necklace are all the jewelry I wore on our wedding day.  The wooden “the Kiesows”, the knot, and the chalkboard easel also all made appearances.  We even tried to recreate a few wedding pose photos we really liked.

(Of course we did get some photos of us enjoying the camper & cooking breakfast too 🙂
First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

First Anniversary Photoshoot | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Enjoy!

 

This Corporate Dress is Makin’ a Change

This Corporate Dress is Makin’ a Change

Per the blog name (and if anyone has perused the “About Me” section), you probably know that along with my “Creative Mess” side that insipired the blog, also comes my “Corporate Dress” side, consisting of my 8-5 (give or take)  full time Marketing job.  Well, watch out world, this corporate dress is makin’ a career change.

Three and a half years ago, I was a ‘fresh outta college grad’, eager to find a job in Marketing.  Knowing little to nothing about what the real workforce would be like, I landed a Marketing position at a Fortune 1000 company in the Twin Cities area.  On top of being my first “real” job out of college, I was eager and excited that the industry was was salons and haircare, a niche that has grown near and dear to my heart over the past 3.5 years.  I am a passionate person.  What I work with each and every day, I need to be passionate about or else I think I would be miserable.  The salon industry has given me the perfect combination of the exciting haircare environment, while being able to support salon brands with strategic Marketing efforts.

Now was it all sunshine and rainbows?  No.  I don’t think any job will ever be.  I can say with certainty that I have literally endured blood, sweat, and tears at this job (ok, the blood may have been cutting boxes of hair products open, but hey, that counts).  The company has been under major transition in my years there, with multiple rounds of layoffs and organizational changes.  While this brought about hardships in workload and emotional strains, seeing fond co workers come and go, it has definitely taught me a lot in the process.

Here is my thank you to all whom I have worked with.  It is you, the people is who I will miss most.  The coworkers who made the good days fun, and the bad days easier.  I have been so fortunate to work with such amazing people who have taught me so much in my career.  From the coffee-runs to the happy hours, to the typical 8:00-5:00 (ok, maybe later than 5:00)  I have truly felt so supported by the people around me.  While it is time to move onto a new opportunity, I know that over the last 3.5 years, I have come across some of the best in the biz, or maybe just the best people out there.

My new endeavor will be quite a change from where I am now.  My current fortune 1000 company employs hundreds of people at their home office alone (not counting the employees stretching over the 11,000 salons it supports).  My new “corporate dress” job will be with a small Marketing company with 15 employees.  I am so excited to be a part of an intimate, small team of people and to help collaborate and drive strategic Marketing initiatives for their business.  What’s even better?  A lot of their clients are- salons!  Yes, I get to stay within the industry of which I hold so dear to my heart.

I walk away from my fortune 1,000 “corporate dress” job with connections I will keep for life, and experience that is second to none.  As I prepare for my new career endeavor, I am humbled with gratitude and appreciation for where I am now, and the experiences over the last 3.5 years.  Cheers to change and growth!

(This post needed a photo, an uplifting quote, and just a darn good Minnesota summer photo welcoming us into lake weather.  Check, check, and check!)

This Corporate Dress is Makin' a Change

Our Year Scrapbook – The First Year

Crazy how things change. I’m sure everyone saw on Facebook back in February, to commemorate Facebook’s 10 year anniversary, they gave their users the opportunity with 1-click to view their little 1 minute video of their “Facebook history”. The video shows photos in a heartwarming slideshow with your top posts and photos throughout the years. I thought it was super lame till I watched one, then got goosebumps like a total wimp when seeing people’s wedding, kids, and engagements paired with piano music. Well done, FB, well done.

The point of change is that 7-10 years ago, I was an avid Archiver’s customer and a total scrapbook nerd. (For you out-of-towners, Archiver’s was a Minnesota-based scrapbook store that recently went Bankrupt). Back then it was all about paper, cutting, gluing, printing out photos and putting them into book with lots of fun embellishments. Well, those days are long gone. I don’t know one person (including myself) that could actually keep up with scrapbooking (as in, the Mom next to me at Archiver’s would be scrapbooking their current 25 year old’s 2nd birthday party). But it was so time consuming! Fast forward to today. When you see something you need to take an impromptu picture of, what do you reach for? Your phone.

Yep, that is our reality. Our everyday documentation of our lives is stuck in the palm of our hand, our phones. The furthest most these photos reach is our social media outlets of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But how many of you print out photos from your iphones, and file them in photo books to keep as memories? I’m guessing few (myself included).

I think I saw a variation of this initially on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love here, but wanted to start the same tradition for our family. I took all the photos from my iphone and combined them with the photos from my cameras to create our first “Year Book”. It was so fun and shocking to see all that we had done in 2013! It was so busy! It was hard to not get carried away with the wedding or honeymoon pages (OK, the wedding photobooth pics just HAD to make it!), but I kept reminding myself that this book was about covering everything that happened in the year, not going in-depth into one thing or another (wedding and honeymoon get their own books).

I used Shutterfly to create an 8×8 book (you can check them out at Shutterfly here!).  I wanted to keep it the smaller size so we could put it on a bookshelf and create our collection of “year books”. Also, since I was incorporating lots of iPhone photos, I wasn’t so concerned with the photo quality but wanted it to be more “lifestyle” -real shots of the things that we did day-in-day out for the 365 days of 2013 (which ranged from trips, to wedding projects, to lounging around with Lewis- all equally important in different ways).  Also, I would totally recommend Shutterfly, they have great coupons if you sign up for their emails and the quality, price, and customer service are all superior. I look forward to being able to look back on all of our year books someday in the future and be able to see at a glimpse what our lives were like in that specific year and how our story evolves. (awww..)

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

{p.s. – Don’t worry, Lewis was legitimately supervising this photoshoot as always.}

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Cheers to memories and getting all of your everyday life photos off of your phones so that 10 years from now we can actually look at them!

xoxo

mallory

Mattress Purchasing a King

Mattress Purchasing a King | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Matt & I embarked on a journey this President’s Day weekend: buying a new mattress.  (P.s. President’s Day is known for being a killer weekend for mattress sales, FYI).  We currently have a full-size mattress that came all the way from college-years.  Also, it was the only size that would fit in our previous tiny house bedroom.  We set out on our journey for more space, to buy a QUEEN mattress.

After a hearty breakfast of homemade pancakes & bacon (YUM!), we headed to Becker Furniture World in Burnsville, MN.  Becker has this really cool sleep diagnostic tool where you and your partner enter in a bunch of sleep information about yourself (if you sleep on your side, back, stomach, if you have any areas you are frequently sore, etc.)  Then you lie on 2 beds and they diagnose your body based on pressure points in the mattress (they also show you a video to keep you entertained/still for 5 minutes).  Our results were interesting, and confirmed our preferences when it came to mattresses.  Neat-o.

While testing out a queen bed, Matt had a (very realistic) realization.  The queen-size bed didn’t seem much bigger than the full.  Hmmm, he seemed to be right.  WELL, for a pretty penny of buying a new mattress we certainly wanted to get our money-worth!  As it turns out, upgrading from a full to a queen mattress gives you a whopping extra 6 inches of width.  (cricket sounds)- 6 inches! I know!  So not impressed.  6 measly inches.  Investing in a new mattress for upwards of some hundreds of dollars to only gain 1/2 foot was pretty depressing.  Then, Matt said, “Well, what about a king?”.  A king?!  That seemed excessive.  We didn’t need a king, did we?  Well, cnce we laid in one- wow, we were convinced and shocked at the difference between the queen and king.  The king had all the room in the world.  We went from gaining 6 inches from our full size bed, to gaining 22 inches in width!  (Love the diagram above from Serta, totally visually shows how much space you can gain with each size upgrade).  Everyone we talked to pretty much said the same thing about getting a king– “Hey, if you have the room…” – which we do.  Especially since all of our clothes are in a completely separate room, the bedroom really doesn’t have all that much it needs to fit.

We feel like the king was totally the right choice and well worth the investment.  I feel like every night will feel like we are at a luxury hotel 🙂  We can’t wait till Thursday when the giant gets delivered!

Now to move onto more exciting and fun planning- the master bedroom décor plans!  The possibilities are endless, starting with a clean slate and a huge bed!  Woot woot!

GOOD NIGHT! 🙂

mallory

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Valentines Day is a mere 3 days away.  Also, it’s a Friday night.  Eek, pressure is on, guys.  Hey, maybe not!  Rather than fight for parking, walking in the cold, waiting in a loud, crowded restaurant, and having mediocre service (and a limited but way more expensive menu than usual)- stay in!  You can still have a unique, fun and romantic Valentines day in the comfort of your own home.  Just change it up a bit with some of these fun ideas.

1)  Sappy love movie marathon

Crack open a bottle of wine and make some popcorn.  Maybe even grab your favorite movie theater candy at Target.  Dim the lights and have your own private theater.

Ideas:  The Notebook, Valentines Day, Twilight, Dear John, The Lucky One

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

2)  Cook Dinner Together

Rather than one person making dinner for the other, make dinner together!  Put on some tunes and relax and jam out while trying something new in the kitchen.  Plus, avoid the crowds and wait times and save yourself a pretty penny.  Light a candle and enjoy each other’s company in your home.  You don’t have to make something fancy.  How about make your own pizzas?!

We are planning on attempting to make this Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp!

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

3)  No-Screen Night

Put away your cell phone, iPad, ipod, TV, any other tablet or digital screen you have.  No texting, Facebooking, or pinning.  For one whole night enjoy each other’s company, conversation in a distraction free environment.  Play your favorite board game or cards.  This zero-technology can be SO therapeutic.  We did this on our honeymoon and I would HIGHLY suggest it.

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

4)  Light the fire- literally

Snuggle up to the fireplace with s’mores and blankets!  Maybe even throw in a cup of coffee or cocoa with some Baileys.  Talk about the things you never have time to in the busy hustle and bustle of the week.

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

5)  Have a mini “us” love photo session

Just use your camera, tripod and self timer to snap some cute lovey lifestyle shots of you and your sweetie.  We all love to pin things like these adorable photos, hey that could be you be you guys!  (p.s. that’s Matt & I on the right! 🙂

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

No significant other this V-day?  No worries, I think all of these ideas would be WAY fun with all your closest girlfriends.  Likely work in more girl chats, wine & chocolate.

Here is a Pinterest-friendly version to keep these in mind!

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Happy Valentines Day everyone!  xoxo

mallory

We’re Homeowners!

We’re Homeowners!

I am so excited to announce that Matt & I have just bought our very first house together as a married couple – We’re Homeowners! (All together now, “awww!”).

We are so excited for more space!  Our new house is 1,996 square feet.  It is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom walk-out rambler. It was built in 1965 and has all the potential in the world.  We are so excited to move in and get our hands dirty DIY-ing and updating the house!  Our lot is .57 acres in the western suburbs of Minnesota.  More photos of the interior to come soon, I promise!

Here it is!

We're Homeowners! | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Now, I wish I would have posted more about our first living situation, but here was the rundown:

Pre-marriage:
Matt owns a duplex and rented out half and lived in half for a few years.  Great location in adorable, quaint Excelsior, MN.  I live in a tiny 700 sq ft house (often referred to as “the dollhouse”) 2 miles away from Matt.  Yes, it was small, but it was just me, and my cat Lewis.

Marriage:
Just before our wedding, Matt moved into my tiny 700 sq ft house and made his duplex an official “income property” (pretty much his dream & favorite HGTV show).  This was totally the right move for us, but the space was, well – tight.

Our Old House:
Just to give you an idea, 700 square feet is about a half of a stall bigger than a two stall car garage.  Even more interesting, our house was 2 levels.  The top (main) level you walked through the front door into the living room.  Off the living room is 2 “bedrooms “.  I use quotations since one of them was my/our walk-in closet.  The kitchen?  A bathroom?  Oh, those are in the basement.  Seriously.  Weird I know.  Walk down the stairs into the kitchen, with a bathroom off of it and a utility room for laundry.  Crazy layout.  But hey, it worked.

Here was our old house, photo courtesy of Google maps.  The car in the neighbors driveway is a great example of “scale” 🙂

We're Homeowners! | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Yay for being homeowners!

Cheers!

mallory

 

Styling Red Pants

Styling Red Pants

Alright local Minnesotan ladies.  We all know we are in the middle of a frozen tundra of awful freezing cold weather.  January and February can be long, drab and downright depressing in the Midwest.  I say we punch it up a bit with some color and remind ourselves that grass will grow under all that snow, sometime!  Yeah!  If we believe maybe Spring will someday come!!

In the spirit of color, I scored a killer deal at Gap a week or so ago, and got these pants (actually got them at 50% off the already sale price, score!):

Styling Red Pants | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Now, these pants “popped my cherry” of red pants (ha! cherry! red! baha. ok, sorry).  But I needed some inspiration on what goes with these statement bottoms.  Here were some of my favorite finds!

Red Pants + Neutrals:

Classic, chic and professional look.  The neutral palette lets the red pants be the “star”.  Love.

Styling Red Pants | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Red Pants + Patterns:

Loving the patterns, in particular black & white patterns.  Whether its polka dots or stripes, these are fun, and are sophisticated with a cute and edgy vibe.  Adorbs.

Styling Red Pants | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Red Pants + Black & Gray

This edgy combination does the “snap snap” mhmmm!  Work it!  I like to say this is the red pants in their bad ass self (ha!!).  

Styling Red Pants | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 

What is your favorite combination with red pants?!  Or which of these is your fav?

Enjoy!
mallory

 Link Credit:

http://siashouseofstyle.blogspot.com/2013/12/blog-post_28.html

http://summersinseersucker.blogspot.com/2013/09/pinspiration-fall-fashion.html

http://www.feelinggoodstyle.com/2013/04/dressed-up-nautical.html

http://www.vogue.co.jp/fashion/celeb/2012-02-15/6

Corporate Dress — Fall Trends

3 Cheers for Fall!  Hip hip hooray!!! (x3)  Fall is my all time favorite season when it comes to fashion.  Comfy jeans, sweaters, and need I say BOOTS, combined with a cozy scarf and a warm coffee = heaven 🙂

I’m going to make a point to post some both corporate dress and creative mess Fall looks!

Neutral Outfit with pop of color

Neutral Outfit with pop of color

About this Look:

What’s even better than a great outfit?  One that is both COMFY and chic!  This look was super comfy and wearable (photos taken AFTER a full day at the office!), yet totally corporate dress appropriate.  The pant dressed up the outfit, but was balanced with a more casual white shirt with ruching on the sleeves and a neutralsweater vest.  The wedges offer both great comfort and a funky vintage look, perfect for Fall.  Add in that Coach purse for the pop of color and ta-da!  Welcome Fall!

Purse:  Coach Madison Leather Lindsey Sachel

Dress Pants:  The Limited Drew pant

Shoes:  Francesca’s Collections Recess Wedge

Watch:  Michael Kors Runway watch

Check out my ever updating fashion board on Pinterest and my newly discovered love for Polyvore as well!

Enjoy!

 

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