Month: June 2016







Please excuse the interruption.

Instead of my usual Workout Wednesday roundup {and the BEST week I’ve had in probably a year to tell you about!}, I am inserting a fashion-focused post into its place to share another look for the Style Collective Summer Style Challenge. I know I skipped out on Day 2’s Summer Dresses theme in regards to an actual blog post but if you follow me on Snapchat {kristinkruse} or Instagram {@amidwesternmix} you will see the post was skipped for a worthy cause! Yesterday we spent the morning at MAGNOLIA SILOS in Waco and it was beyond amazing. I’ll be sharing some photos and a short recap from our southern day trip next week 🙂 So because I didn’t get a post up for Tuesday’s look, I’m back on this sunny Wednesday with Day 3’s theme: Rompers/Jumpsuits.

These shorts are WAY too short.

I’m obsessed with the print of this romper! It’s bold, vibrant and unlike anything else I own. It immediately caught my eye when I picked it up last year before a trip to Cancun but after wearing it for a dinner down there, I realized that the shorts were basically inappropriate to be wearing in public. Such a shame! I knew when I ordered it that it was going to be short but at just about 5’5″, things that look short on models aren’t usually as obnoxiously short on my body. Not the case here; however I feel like because the longer sleeves balance it out, I can get away with donning it in a controlled atmosphere {or for a quick blog shoot ;-)}.  Honestly, this may be the first look I have ever put together to post about that I wasn’t truly, madly, deeply in love with. I mean, I do love it, it’s just not practical for all circumstances! Isn’t that real life though!? We buy things that we may slightly regret but have to figure out a way to maximize them since we all know returning things is one of the biggest hassles ever…OR maybe that’s just me and I admitted something completely embarrassing. Sorry for the overshare!

I’m actually failing more than once today!

Since I’ve basically NOT sold any of you on the need to have this romper {blogger fail}, I will keep up that negative news and let you know that literally my entire look is old/unavailable. Gosh, I am on a ROLL! Don’t get me wrong, I actually really really like how the boldness of the romper takes center stage with the nude wedges {a go-to of mine that are sold-out} and the light pink clutch {color is now unavailable}! These sunglasses ARE available though and you can get them FREE for a month from Ditto with code ‘MIDWESTMIX’ so that is worth something right?! 🙂 I’m a huge fan of rompers; loving the simple fact that no matching is required. They’re usually wearable just about anywhere and everywhere: weddings, dinner dates, brunches, etc. so I love picking up new ones! A few of my current favorites are this simple black lace-up, this printed option, this scalloped pink cutie and this simple cream one. Now I’m going to get a positive attitude readjustment, hit the 95* asphalt for a run this morning and then head over for a massive iced latte. HAPPY Wednesday, babes!

Shop the Look:

Romper (sold-out, similar here) / Wedges / Clutch / Pearls / Sunglasses via Ditto

The Style Collective Summer Style Challenge is here! Go ahead, say that 5x fast 😉 The Style Collective Community, founded by the inspiring/fabulous/amazing Annie {The Lovely Girl} & Ruthie {Ruthie Ridley Blog} is a group that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of since the beginning. It’s a space where women empower women, […]

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I love the 4th of July! Its symbolism, the passion people have for our independence and the way it truly seems to kick off all things Summer are a few reasons why I look forward to it year after year. My favorite part is the tradition of going back to small town Iowa, meeting up […]

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Happy Friday Eve! Despite being funemployed, today is a busy one so lets get right to it with this week’s #ThursdayThree 🙂 #1 Talenti Gelato Uhmmm if y’all haven’t tried Talenti, stop reading this and get to your nearest grocery store immediately! Addicting is an understatement. Like, I have yet to find a flavor that didn’t […]

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I’m super excited for today’s Workout Wednesday post! Like seriously SO excited about it. By now you all know how important fitness is to me and how dedicated I am to keeping my routines fresh, my body guessing and my mind from getting bored. Trying new studios, both locally and when I’m traveling, is something I […]

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Happy Monday, lovelies! I’m not one for Monday’s as y’all are well aware of but this one in unlike any other Monday. Today, I do not have a full-time job. It’s a happy thing but still a bit sad as well. My company was acquired by a St. Louis-based firm in late March and long […]

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Get ready for some groundbreaking confessions! This may shock most none of you but I am a normal Midwestern girl. I’m also a ‘wannabe’ Fashion Blogger. Maybe this will resonate with some of you and maybe for others it won’t make much sense. Maybe you are a real Fashion Blogger and to that, I’m stoked […]

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Happy Thursday! Of course that means I’m coming at you with some super insightful thoughts to get your day started. Yeah, they’re probably not super insightful but these are all things that have me thinking positively this week… #1 Mediterranean Pizzas I’m not going to lie, I crave carbs. Probably because I do my best […]

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FINALLY…a solid workout week! I feel like the last few weeks have been SO up & down. I may get a few good workouts in but then something comes up and I have an off day or two. UGHHH. I like routine. When I say I like routine, it’s probably more like a love for […]

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Periwinkle is such an underrated color. Do me a favor…go take a peek inside your closet or dresser and see how many periwinkle items you own. Maybe 1? Probably none if you were like me. Shame on me for having none because the moment I received this dress I realized what I was missing. Hellooooo […]

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