sundays & sudio sweden.

writing, reading & relaxing music.


Every Sunday I make some time to clear my mind. My favorite form of relaxation comes when I read & write – but I can never focus without music playing in my ears.

The moment I unboxed my new Vasa Bla Sudio Sweden wireless earbuds, my motivation & focus had never been better.

 

 

With the right playlist singing through my Vasa Bla earbuds, my pen easily stays on my paper – what’s writers block again?

 

 

When you use my discount code “della” you can shop all premium made Sudio Sweden products for 15% off! From earbuds to on-ear headphones, you will find the essential fit to your rhythm.

Sudio Sweden also loves to give back & is donating 10% of all profits from pink products to a Swedish breast cancer foundation, Rosa Bandet during the month of October!

Whether you use them to relax or run, they never fall out of my ears & have perfectly clear sound quality. Not only do they have the best sound quality, they also come in a variety of aesthetically pleasing colors. I couldn’t pass up my go-to combination of black & rose gold.

Who said earbuds couldn’t be a fashion statement?

 

Take a peek at the playlist I listened to with my Sudio Sweden headphones while writing this post!

Oceans Away Radio



Thanks to Sudio Sweden, I now have the most relaxing and uninterrupted Sunday nights. It’s just what I need before my week starts.

always,
madeline
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enchantment @ embassy club west.

don’t worry mom, it’s a styled wedding shoot.

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Collaborating with creatives around the city leads me to partake in some unique scenarios. My most recent calling? The bride to be.

I teamed up with Central Iowa’s finest to recreate a beautiful and enchanting wedding at Embassy Club West. A timeless dress & delicious cake… what more could a girl want?

As we twirled around the venue and popped champagne, there were endless laughs and jokes cracked. I mean, I literally met my husband 5 minutes ago – we can’t get too serious here.

Although it wasn’t a real wedding, the whole night went off without a glitch and I still felt like the most important (fake) bride in the world. Let’s just say, this wedding crew is unbeatable.


Take a look at our night of enchantment at Embassy Club West:


 

the prep.

 

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the setup.

 

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the first look.

 

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the bride & groom.

 

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the video.

 

 


Are you a Des Moines bride in the wedding planning process? Here’s your hookup:

Shoot Coordinator | Shelly Cruzen
Event Planner | Better Together 
Venue | Embassy Club West
Lead Photographer | Cherry Chiles Photography
Assistant Photographer | Natalie Bullard Photography
Videographer | Ryan Snaadt
Makeup Artist | True Beauty by Kelsey Simoens
Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Rental | Bridal Elegance DSM
Tuxedo | Tip Top Tux
Cupcakes | Small Cakes: A Cupcakery
Spray Tan | Emberglow Tanning
Flowers | Whole Foods Market
Bride Model | Madeline Muhlenbruck
Groom Model | James Morrison


Cheers to this crew who makes being a bridezilla impossible! I know I’ll be calling you for my wedding someday. 🙂

©CherryChilesPhotography

always,

della

Blond Genius X Jean Ubben

“I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” | Carrie Bradshaw


Brisk air waves through my hair, hot coffee hits my lips and colorful leaves fall to my feet. These are the feelings to make the top of my list when autumn comes around.

But the most beloved of all? My closet’s transition to fall fashion.

Nothing compares to the soft cashmere against my skin as I cozy up near warm fireplace flames. I search for the deep, rich colors and patterns to layer on top of each other. And let’s be honest, our shoe game peaks when the leaves turn fiery orange.

It’s never too early to shop for the upcoming season, so I teamed up with Blond Genius to get a sneak peek of what’s fashionable this fall.


TAKE A LOOK

You can always find two things in my closet – flowers & texture. I stick to simple pieces with minimal pattern, but floral has always been my go-to when I search for something different.

Since I can remember, I have been drawn to over sized, textured pieces. Maybe it comes from the pictures I saw of my grandmother in her large faux fur coat – which I gladly got passed down to me. To me, the fluffier it is, the more fabulous.

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SHOP MY LOOK: dresscardigan


Cashmere is an undeniable fall must-have, but when it comes with a skull on it I am completely sold. Throw this baby over any simple on-the-go outfit, slip on your sneakers and it instantly becomes the perfect amount of edgy. As if it could get any more bad ass, finish the look off with my favorite chrome crossbody.

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SHOP MY LOOK: cardigan | tank | leggings | sneakers | purse


As a girl who usually stays away from bright colors, I have been completely hooked on red this summer. A lot of my favorite looks featured this hot color and I fully intend to carry my new obsession to fall.

I stay true to my love for black by never letting go of this clutch (heart eyes). But from embroidery to leather, I find ways to add a pop of color without going overboard. I mean hello, who wouldn’t after seeing this red leather? Let’s just say my fall jacket shopping is completed.

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SHOP MY LOOK: leather jacket | cashmere tank | denim (link coming soon) | slip-ons | sunnies | clutch


Bring on the navy sweaters and suede baseball caps, I am ready for fall weather to set in. Nothing makes me happier than an effortless crew neck, soft denim and easy sneakers.

From my couch to the city streets, I will be wearing this number at least once a week. For the days I want to skip the dry shampoo, you can find me in this ball cap. It also comes in grey and black suede – you need all three, I know.

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SHOP MY LOOK: sweater | denim | sneakers | cap


All photos by: Jean Ubben | Website: jeanubbenphotography.com | Instagram: @jeanubbenphotography

xxx

Follow Blond Genius on Instagram + Facebook | Shop all new fall arrivals online!

always,
della

 

sippin’ cola with stan.

my shoot with @stan.p.


Everyone thinks Iowa is filled with corn and cow tipping. But little do you know, there’s an abundance of creative people and cute neighborhoods right in the heart of the Midwest.

One of my favorite spots to explore in the summertime is Valley Junction, located in West Des Moines, IA. The streets are lined with small businesses, graffiti murals and an undeniable vintage feel.

With a six-pack of old Coke bottles in hand and red pumps on my feet, Stan and I strolled the brick sidewalks of Valley Junction.

Take a look through Stan’s lens, share a Coke & enjoy!

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All photos are styled & edited by Stan. Follow his work on Instagram: @stan.p // Website coming soon!

always,
della

spilling my makeup secrets.

hello, highlighter.

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I don’t consider myself a makeup guru, but I can easily say I am in love with the products in my bag. As a makeup lover, I have tried many different products to experiment on my sensitive skin. Since high school, I have taught myself about makeup and accumulated my favorite products into what I would say is a pretty solid lineup.

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Many ladies on Instagram have asked questions about how I do my makeup or what products I use, so I figured I could dump out my makeup bag and spill the details.


my face flow.

Like many women, I have had issues with blotchy and irritated skin dating back to middle school. Since then, I have tried everything (literally, everything) to make my skin look flawless by the time I walk out of the door without 1. spending a lot of time and 2. looking like my face is painted on. Being natural is key for me, so if you’re on the hunt for contouring tips I’m just as confused as you are.

my everyday:

for a little more fun:


for the baby blues.

With lighter eyes, I tend to stay close to neutrals when it comes to eye shadow. It is a daily routine to start with a lighter shade and then darken my corners depending on my mood. When I am not feeling the brown shades, I tend to reach for golden tones to brighten up my eyes without overpowering my lids. For days when you’re tired, which is me every day before I drink my coffee, I throw on highlighter (linked above) in the corner of my eyes to make me look even more awake.

For a look that isn’t as subtle, I get deeper into my makeup palettes and play with color. As much as I love eyeliner, I really don’t wear it often on my average day. I have recently been lining my lower lash line with a darker shade of eye shadow to add a smokey effect without being raccoon friendly.

my everyday:

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lip smackers.

I’m a lady who feels naked without a little color on my lips. Each day, I get excited to plan out my outfit and throw on my lip color for the day. I tend to stay away from glossy textures because I always manage to get my hair stuck to it. Because of this pet peeve, I have fell in love with matte lipsticks and colorful lip tints. Here are a few of my favorite shades.

my everyday:

for a little more fun:


Now as I said, I am not a makeup expert but I do love what I put on my face each morning. For more tips or questions on these products, feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram!

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And don’t forget, your makeup isn’t complete without a smile. 🙂

always,
della