Procrastinators Unite!

by Lauren Setum

It’s officially the week (and a half) before Christmas; holy cow, time flies! If you’re still looking for gifts, be sure and place any online orders in the next day or so. Many companies won’t guarantee arrival by Christmas Eve after that. Not sure what to get? Take a look at my picks for last minute gifts:


Clock-wise from top left:

Book {Fashion}: My cousin got me this book for my birthday, and it’s fabulous! You can purchase it through Amazon.

Umbrella {Polka Dots}: This umbrella was previously featured in a Salt and Pippa New Outfit post in a different colorway. I love the various scales of the polka dots; the wood handle and black and white make it a classic. Check out Gina and May’s website for this umbrella and other fabulous designs.

Earrings {Gold}: Designed by local Minneapolis artist, Meghan J. Nelson, these earrings are modern and simple yet intriguing. Her work can be found here in the Twin Cities at I Like You and Paper Hat. If you’re not from the area, check out Meghan’s website.

Rolling Pin {Marble}: For the classy cook in your life; I much prefer this chic rolling pin to typical wooden ones. Get it at Sur la table.

Moroccan Leather Slipper {Coral}: There’s something I just love about these slippers from Heidi Merrick (available in other colors). The pop of color and 100% leather material make them a lovely, unique gift for the holidays.

Brownies {all different flavors}: These brownies, delivered anywhere in the U.S. straight from NYC, are scrumptious. My friends ordered me a box for my birthday, and let’s just say they didn’t last long. Plus, how awesome is the company name? Visit the Fat Witch Bakery website for more details. Oh yeah, and they were featured on Oprah’s list of favorite things in 2002…in case you think Oprah is more credible than me. Ha.

Cup {Yellow Taxi}: I was intrigued by this particular cup because it kind of looks like a really pretty paper cup. In fact, it is actually stoneware designed by Gwyneth Leech and available at Anthropologie. Buy a set of the same design or mix and match all the different designs. Up to you. Either way they’re all fabulous!

Dish Towel {Dachshunds}: For the person who loves wiener dogs. The sweetness of this towel from Anthropologie speaks for itself.

Print {Love Courageously}: This pretty print is from Sevenly. I love this source because $7 of every purchase (all year round) goes to charity. The charity changes each week so check the website to see what your dollars are supporting. This is one of their prints, and I love it…pun intended. There are many other delightful designs though, too, so be sure and take a gander.

Behind the Lens with Jayme Markus

by Lauren Setum

Say ‘cheese’! I’m not sure how many professional photographers really use that phrase, but it seemed like an appropriate way to begin a post that features a New York-based photographer who was raised in Wisconsin. While being a fellow cheese head didn’t hurt, the real reason I decided to introduce you to Jayme today is because I admire her creative eye. Her work has a certain confidence to it; I love that she tackles both digital and analogue film photography with apparent ease and grace. The end result is a product that is not just technically beautiful, but has a raw artistic value to it as well. Check out what she has to say in this fill-in-the-blank interview!

I grew up in Wisconsin and then moved to Minneapolis for college. The thing I miss most about the Midwest is the frozen custard and being close to old friends.


I made the move to NYC because of an internship with 100Cameras (my favorite charity of all time). The city never sleeps. Really. For instance, there is a weekly speak easy in an old Mob hideout filled with swing music and dancing.


If you visit NYC, you absolutely must go to The Back Room on a Monday.

I am inspired by the people you see on the subway.

I’m currently working on building out my freelance video + photography business!


Good photography can alter perspectives & empower.

When choosing a photographer, meet them in person first. Gauge how you feel with them. You should feel encouraged to be yourself when you are around them. 

Someday I will photograph a life changing moment.


When I’m not behind the camera, you can find me drinking iced coffee at a coffee shop.

I really admire my family, we stick together even if there are a few miles between us.

I’m currently obsessed with Kinfolk Magazine and how they capture the intricate detail of the world.

If I had to live on a deserted island for a year (that luckily had shelter, food and water), I would bring these three things: my journal, my Holga camera, and my brothers.

When it comes to photography and other creative fields, I believe that it can be used to showcase the good in the world, and little by little that will change it for the better.