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#FlashbackFriday // Roadtrippin'

Posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014


I was really lucky as a kid — my parents took my brother and I on road trips frequently. I thought it was normal growing up, and it wasn't until I was older than I began to realize that I was the only one of my friends who has Griswold-style summers.

And on top of all that, my parents took a lot of photos. Whether we were camping in the to the Grand Canyon or to Nova Scotia, there was always a camera somewhere to capture shots of our family looking like total 90s tourists. See some of my favorites after the jump (and yes, a total #FBF goldmine of me being an awkward kid).

Labor Day Weekend Sale


It's already Labor Day?! Whoa. Celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer with a sale over at the Mini Penny Shop. Use the code LONGWEEKEND at checkout and you'll get 30% off everything. And as always, free shipping in the US!

Shop now.

Mazda Power of 3 Tour Recap

Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2014


This summer has been such a whirlwind! It's been so great having you all interact with Mini Penny via the Mazda Power of 3 Tour throughout the US — I owe you all a HUGE thank you for coming out and voting!



Now what? While the folks and Mazda tally the votes and determine the winner, we wait. In the meantime, I have just finished up some new bags for the An Honest Tote line — and I'm introducing a new style for fall! I will be getting them photographed and up in the Etsy shop in September.


Until then, I'll keep doing what I've been doing: living the dream. Whether or not I win the big prize doesn't deter from the fact that I'm honored to be involved in the Mazda Power of 3 Tour with two other great candidates. I owe a huge thanks to the folks at Mazda and AMCI for the nomination, selection, and production of this fun project — and of course to all of you for supporting me throughout the years.

Keep your fingers crossed, Minis!

Photos by Brock Myres.

On the Run

Posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014


I've been on the hunt for some Roshe Runs for a while — I had a tough time finding black ones in my size and went back to my old habit of buying boy's shoes. Bonus part? They cost less than adult shoes. Anyway, these things are damn comfy and have been getting some milage during my extra-busy month.




Side note: (EXCITING!) This is the final weekend to vote for Mini Penny at the Mazda Power of 3 Tour! The final stop is in LA — so if you're in the area, be sure to stop by and vote! The results are really close so far, so it's super important to get out if you can and tell your friends!



I also finally decided to start wearing jewelry in my stretched lobes — I think the furthest they're going to shrink down is a 0g, which is fine by me. I'm been switching between wooden and glass plugs and normal costume jewelry earrings. It seems like a slightly better option than big (ok, they're really not big at all) holes in my ears.


Inlay plugs, Tawapa
Grey shirt dress, H&M [similar]
Statement Necklace, H&M [similar]
Roshe Run, Nike
Saint Malo glasses, c/o Raen Optics



Photos by Brock Myres

August Wishlist

Posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014


Last week I splurged and bought my first pair of Madewell denim. Um, hello. I bought the High Riser Skinny Skinny Cut Edge jeans in Jasper. They're amazing. I've been putting off buying blue denim for so long simply because I had a hard time finding washes and cuts I like. Now I'm contemplating jumping ship on most of my other denim and replacing it with Madewell styles. See my picks (plus, fall boot lust) after the jump.

Weekstagram // Aug 16

Posted on: Sunday, August 17, 2014


My schedule has been insanely packed over the last two months. Between working my butt off making bags, covering at the tattoo shop, and visitors in town, I'm still setting time aside for new friends.

Life is busy and life is good.

My Happy Thoughts

Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014


I was nearly speechless upon learning the news of the passing of very poignant actor from my childhood. Genie, Mrs. Doubtfire, John Keating, Alan Parrish, Jack Powell... gone. But in the forefront of my mind is Peter Pan — the version of Peter Pan who had forgotten who he was. The version that was reunited with the Lost Boys and had to remember how to fly.

Review // Julep August Beauty Trailblazers Box + Promo Code

Posted on: Thursday, August 7, 2014


This month, I went a totally different direction with my Julep Maven box. I have a ton of great polish from them, but I wasn't feeling this month's colors. However, the Beauty Trailblazers box— a cleanser, a primer, and a polish — caught my eye and I decided to give it a shot. Read more after the jump.

Lollapalooza Look // Black Out

Posted on: Tuesday, August 5, 2014


It rained on and off all day on Sunday at Lollapalooza. Thankfully, I just picked up a new pair of the waterproof Dr. Martens! Those paired with a poncho kept me dry for the day.


I went with a cozy black dress and suede cross body. I kept my makeup my normal for both days  —even with all the rain and humidity, my Milani liquid eyeliner and Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade didn't budge!


I managed to catch the entire London Grammar and Chromeo sets. Chromeo was, um, amazing. Again. Seriously, their sets get sexier and sexier every single time I see them!

Black dress, UO Surplus [similar]
Tiger Earrings, Forever21
J. Crew Flannel, Thrifted [similar]
Suede cross body bag, thrifted [similar]
Short black socks, Urban Outfitters
Drench waterproof boots, Dr. Martens



Photos by Matthew Scheer

Lollapalooza Look // White Out

Posted on: Monday, August 4, 2014


First of all, a big thanks to Nylon Magazine for sending me to Lollapalooza this weekend! It was super last-minute and a pleasant surprise! If any of you came to Chicago for the event, or are local and went down to Grant Park, I hope you had a great time.

Truth be told, I haven't been to Lollapalooza in ten years. Thinking about that makes me feel old. See, last time I went, they were touring it to various cities. I saw the Columbus, Ohio, stop when I was in high school — I was stoked to see The Donnas and Queens of the Stone Age at the time. I'm not much of a festival person (honestly, it's the heavy crowds that make me a little claustrophobic), but I was excited to finally give this one a shot with my city's beautiful skyline as the backdrop.


Spoiler: I don't own a flower crown. But I did bust out a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun from scorching my shaved head. Plus, I basically bathed myself in sunscreen.


Saturday was gorgeous. I braved the all-white outfit. I didn't take the time to see any acts on Saturday, instead I ate food and met up with old friends and lounged. It was great.


Wide-brimmed hat, Urban Outfitters [similar]
Radio Sunglasses, Cheap Monday
White dress (DIYed and worn as a shirt), URBN Sample Sale [similar]
J. Crew Matchstick white low-rise denim, Thrift + DIYed into shorts
Acero Booties, SixtySeven [similar]
Denim Backpack, vintage [similar]



Photo by Steven Sampang

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