Monday, July 18, 2011

i'm back....

hey there, i'm back from vacation in northern wisconsin. it was great to get away, but the there's nothing like coming home to your own bed! HA! HA! HA!

friday, after it rained i ventured over to stillwater, minnesota, which is located along the st. croix river at the wisconsin/minnesota border. hard to believe the last time i visited was back in 1999! so much has changed, although the kitchen store i remember was still there! LOL! 

first up, i wanted to share photos from a store called mara miOMG, i fell in love with this store which is actually a store, studio and cafe in one! check out the cool photos below:
 NOTE the AMAZING selection of wrapping paper above and ribbon below!
OKAY, am i the only person who did NOT know DUFF GOLDMAN had his own line of fondant, sprinkles, baking dishes etc.?!?!?? REALLY!?!?!! guess, i haven't watched enough CHARM CITY CAKES lately! seriously, i had no clue!
i couldn't help but purchasing the BANANA SPLIT favored sprinkles! HA! HA! HA!

oh, let's not forget about the cafe! check out the yummy cupcakes below:
next up i came across a store called ALFRESCO. another place one could do some serious damage shopping! lol!

 the store had a little of everything, home decor, gifts, furniture, clothing, etc. check out beautiful couch below! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

across the street was actually the only store i remember, which is called THE CHEF'S GALLERY.

this store kept going and much fun to wonder around!

finally, the last place i wanted to mention is called STILLWATER OLIVE OIL CO.
i have to say the DARK CHOCOLATE olive oil was my favorite! YUM! 
great way to get away from being cooped up at the lakehouse for a day and a half due to the rain! lol!

be sure and check back tomorrow, as i plan on posting about my little shopping trip over to edina, minnesota.

hopefully, you are all staying cool! it's a hot one out there, ick! thankfully, i've been spending a lot of time at the pool! meanwhile the central air has been on full blast, lol!

oh before i forget, rue la la will be hosting the GUCCI sale boutique tomorrow!
in case you aren't a member of ruelala, click here for your personal invite. sales are PRIVATE! membership is FREE!


  1. I love reliving your shopping experiences through all your pictures! It shows that you definitely had a wonderful time!

    I have just started my own blog and would love for you to stop by for a visit!

  2. I am a huge charm city cakes fan I also had no idea he had his own line of products! As a sucker for product placement (Colbert's Ben & Jerrys ice cream anyone?) I can't wait to check it out.

  3. Dark chocolate olive oil sounds ahhmazing!

  4. Googled for photos of the Chef's gallery to use on my blog and came across yours. I am glad you had a good time here!!! I have lived on the western edge of WI for 7 years, eastern edge of the Twin Cities for what seemed like ever and all the gazillions of times I have been to Stillwater over the years, I had never stopped at The Chef's Gallery. Seen it a million times, but never stopped until yesterday (and forgot my camera at home). LOVE!!! What a fabulous place!!! It was 60 degrees here yesterday, a great day to venture around down there. Saw the Olive Oil store.. will have to check that and some of the others you mentioned next trip. Had two kids in tow. I have seen Duff's sprinkles and what not at Michael's for some time. He was at the MOA a few years a back!! :)