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#50Styles50States with Old Navy


I’m so excited to be partnering with Old Navy & on their 50 Styles, 50 States campaign! They’ve asked a blogger in each state to share their unique state style, and I’m representing Iowa!

Iowans have a keen sense of personal style. We focus on creating effortless looks that balance both form and function. Des Moines is a hub for art, food, and culture that easily influences the fashion choices we make. We often look for versatility in our wardrobe that can easily transition from days spent in the office to catching the latest show at the Civic Center, wandering around the Farmer’s Market, catching the latest restaurant opening in Western Gateway Park, or a concert in the East Village.

The-Brunette-One_Old-Navy_4With an office renovation in the works, my day-to-day working environment is always changing. I often find myself traveling to my favorite coffee spots around Des Moines to get a change of scenery from my home office. You can often find me catching up on emails and tackling my to-do list at an East Village favorite, the Scenic Route Bakery. I love that I can meet coworkers for meetings between site visits (I work in office furniture and design at Pigott, Inc.) or spend time sipping coffee after hours catching up with fellow creatives.

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I try my best to get ready everyday, as I never know what will unfold. Finding a wardrobe that is effortless, comfortable, and versatile is key. I prefer to wear my Old Navy mid-rise super skinny ankle jeans in a dark wash paired with a patterned tank for my daily uniform. I always keep a neutral sweater in my bag just in case the AC is turned on high. Heels aren’t practical during the day for me, but that doesn’t mean I skimp on shoe style. A punch of color can pull an entire look together, and that’s exactly what these ballet flats do. It’s a balance of form and function around here!


Summer is on the brink of ending and I’m trying to soak up as much outdoor time as possible in Des Moines. This means spending Saturday mornings at the farmer’s market. Picking up my fresh veggies and flowers for the week ahead, and splurging on my favorite sweet rolls from Mast Family Farm at the farmer’s market. Public art installations are something that you can always find around Des Moines, so it wouldn’t be a stop at the Farmer’s Market and RoCA (one of the best spots for cocktails and appetizers before seeing a show at the Civic Center), to snap a photo of the mural wall. Yes – this is the wall featured on Chris’ season of The Bachelor!

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Old Navy provides affordable, on-trend, and versatile pieces that I can mix and match with my current wardrobe. I swear by the ‘3-Outfit’ rule. If you can style 1 piece at least three ways, you know you’ll get your cost per wear out of the piece. Swapping out a pair of skinnies for shorts and swapping flats for espadrilles, I’m soaking up every last drop of sunshine summer has to offer, the moods of Mother Nature can change in an instant, so it’s always best to be prepared!

Speaking of Mother Nature, while she is on our side, make sure to check out all Des Moines, Iowa has to offer with this list of ‘Where to Eat and What to Do in Des Moines’:

Where to Eat:

What to Do:

So now it’s your turn. Upload your favorite Old Navy outfit and tag @OldNavy #OldNavyStyle #50Styles50States and let everyone see your outfit inspired by your favorite hometown haunts! To see how others in your state styled their favorite outfits, check out the #50Styles50States round up on People!

Look 1: Open Front Cardigan / Trapeze Tank / Skinny Ankle Jeans / Pink Flats / Faux Leather Tote / Necklace (only sold in Old Navy stores)

Look 2: Trapeze Tank / Faux Leather Tote / Espadrilles (purchased in store, no longer online)

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Photography by Cassandra Monroe Photography by Cassandra Monroe

This post is sponsored by Collectively and Old Navy. All opinions are my own.

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The Brunette One PopSugar June Must Have Box_8

I’ve experienced my fair share of subscription boxes, and while I’ve cut back in recent years to save some money, there’s nothing like a box full of goodies at your doorstep every month. It’s like Christmas, but year round! POPSUGAR sent me this #MustHaveBox to try this month, and it was inspired by summer – sunshine, cheer, joy, togetherness, & outdoor festivities! It’s got everything you need to prep for the perfect summer festivity!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

Stay fresh with these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes. After a day in the sun…or after a work-out when you have to rush to your next event, freshen up with these biodegradable wipes made with coconut milk & kale extract.

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

In a hurry? Check your make-up with this compact mirror from Knock Knock. It’s small and will easily fit into any clutch or handbag.

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

A snack to tide you over until the BBQ, these Pressels Sriracha Chips sure are tasty! These thin and crispy pretzels have a kick to them, and are sure to feed your appetite! I gave these to my husband because he loves everything spicy…but I made sure to steal a pretzel…or three.

I’ve already worn my Hat Attack Printed Sarong a handful of times. It can be worn so many ways and is the perfect neutral cover-up to wear to and from the pool!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

Possibly my favorite item in June’s #MustHaveBox, this Sisters of Los Angeles “Cheers” bottle opener. This bottle opener is the perfect accessory to any bottle of rose that we will enjoy this summer!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

All glitter nail polish is not created equal. This NCLA Born on the 4th of July nail polish is the perfect top coat to your manicure this weekend!

The Brunette One | POPSUGAR's June #MustHaveBox Review

I’m ready to host the next girl’s night with this Ridley’s Games Room – Who Am I? game. Time to pop some bottles of wine & get our guessing game on!

Check out my unboxing video from this month’s Must Have:

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box comes in two sizes/prices, the standard Must Have ($100+ value at $39.95/month) and the MINI (mini-size products for $18.95/month). You can purchase the boxes monthly, at a 3-month package or a 6-month package. You can learn more or sign up by clicking here

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Tuft & Needle Mattress Review



When I bought my townhouse almost six years ago, I left my childhood furniture at home and invested in a queen bedroom set.  It worked well for us over the years but over the past few months I noticed more tossing and turning than I have in years. I was having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Our mattress was wreaking havoc on my back and sitting at a desk all day did not help my case.

This past winter we made over our guest room and picked up a Tuft & Needle Mattress. A handful of times over the past few months we spent the night into our guest room in search of a restful night’s sleep. After a rough night a few weeks ago, I threw in the towel and promptly ordered us a new king size mattress for our master bedroom, T&N has the best and most affordable prices – $750 for a king mattress, you seriously can’t beat that.


We quickly sold our queen sized furniture and matching nightstands. Over the course of a about a week, I was able to paint the room and we ended up camping out on our floor with our full size mattress we brought in from the guest room.

One of our favorite things about the new mattress is that it keeps you cool, this is a feature my husband appreciates. It offers heat wicking, it’s breathable, and there is a supportive layer helps keep you closer to the surface instead of sinking into the mattress.

A perk for me is the adaptive foam, it’s neither memory or latex foam, T&N created their very own type of foam that is paired with a supportive layer. No matter your size or weight, the mattress reacts to the amount of pressure you put on it. It’s just firm enough for me that allows me to find a comfortable position and sleep through the night!

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The best part is the mattress ships straight to your doorstep in a small box. It’s vacuumed sealed and as soon as you get it into place, simply carefully cut the plastic wrap and it expands in seconds. (Note to self: I unboxed this king size mattress by myself and placed it upside down on the frame when it was still wrapped up…let’s just say chaos ensued when I cut the plastic off and it expanded before I had a chance to flip it around. I’m happy there were no witnesses other than my puppy to watch this comedic event unfold. It’s definitely a two person job if you are under 5’3″ and attempting to turn a king mattress by yourself…).


If you are still hesitant, Tuft & Needle offers a 100 Night Trial and a 10 Year Warranty, so there’s no risk involved (if it doesn’t work out, they will help you donate it to a local charity)…but trust me, after sleeping on this thing for even one night you’ll be a fan.

PS. Lola may be the biggest fan of this mattress in our house…once again reminding me that it’s her world, we’re just living in it.


Tufted Wingback Headboard // gifted Lamps Plus LampNightstand // gifted Tuft & Needle Mattress // Bohemian Black by Sherwin Williams

Thank you, Tuft & Needle for sponsoring this feature, and thank you for supporting brands that support The Brunette One!