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background: grew up in des moines, went to college in minnesota, followed jobs post-graduation to los angeles and cincinnati before moving back to des moines. started blogging in 2010 under the name 'a sequin dress at breakfast,' which evolved and relaunched in 2016 as 'finest thing.'

favorites: spending time with my sweet husband and baby girl, Louise, enjoying our backyard chickens, traveling often, yoga, coffee shops, natural beauty products, healthy cooking, dance floors.

finest thing: a place where i document some of my favorite things - travel, food, beauty, style, home, mom life, and more.



September 12, 2019

Our little getaway this last weekend to Steamboat Springs was just what I didn't know we needed. It's easy to let the weeks and weekends at home get away from us as we stay busy with various things, so this was just the ticket to remind us how important it is to have s...

April 24, 2018

When we first bought our house a year and a half ago, the first thing I wanted to do was update the paint through the entire first floor. The kitchen was a muted turquoise, the living room was a mix of sage green and maroon, and the back family room area was a hunter g...

April 20, 2018

A few new goodies I've picked up recently and loved (all products except the floss can be found locally in Des Moines at Eden but I've linked to everything as well!)

1. malin + goetz resurfacing glycolic pads : these little presoaked pads exfoliate my skin when I need s...

March 30, 2018

I spend a lot of time cooking and baking in my kitchen, so that means there's a lot of time spent cleaning the kitchen. So anytime I can find multiple ways to use an item, I'm thrilled to keep using it over and over instead of continuing to get out or buy new things, d...

March 18, 2018

For many years as a kid, my mom and dad and I took an annual vacation to Key Largo. Since it'd been over 15 years since we'd been back, mom and I decided we were overdue for a visit to an old favorite place. From starting off the trip with a day in Miami, to enjoying t...

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