My 6 Best Finds at the Lands’ End Warehouse Clearance Sale

My roommate, Maria, and I took a drive to Dodgeville on Friday to check on the Lands’ End Warehouse Clearance Sale. My mom was an intern for Lands’ End, which has it’s headquarters in Dodgeville, when she went to school here and made the 45 minute drive from Madison everyday, sometimes in the snow. I honestly don’t know how she did it, it felt like forever. That’s about the same time between where I live back in Florida to Boca Raton and that drive never feels long. I’m also not used to long stretches of farmland in between destinations, but this was worth the drive.

The sale is at Ley Pavillion in Harris Park and goes for six full days, with the stock rotating everyday. The last day is tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., so try to make it out there and get some deals while you can. Apparently the last day is the best deals, going up to 70 percent off.


I’d never been to a warehouse sale before, so it was a little overwhelming when we first walked in and saw the rows and rows of clothing racks, boxes, and tables. They give you a huge, clear garbage bag when you walk in to fill with things you find. For a Friday afternoon, it wasn’t super crazy crowded. It was mostly old ladies fighting each other for things, and Maria and I couldn’t help laughing at the passive aggressive remarks they kept making to each other. Only a couple other groups of people our age were there, but the deals here are great for college students, so I’d really recommend trying to get out there if you can and bring a whole group of friends. The coolest thing to me was they have everything that was a mess up or returned monogram or embroidered name heavily reduced. It’s cool seeing what was returned and wondering why they were. You might even luck out and find your name. I found one that was only a letter off from my monogram. Damn, so close.

My haul consists of six pieces, much less than the people walking out with two or three filled garbage bags of stuff. Everything I got was discounted extra for being “Not So Perfect”, which ranged from discontinued items to catalog returns to physical mistakes. A couple of mine say it’s for fabric damage or mess ups, but I certainly can’t find or see them. I got major savings, and would say the little day trip out to Dodgeville was a success. Take a look at my finds below!

Side note: I apologize now for the awful lighting in my room. A basement apartment doesn’t make for a great photo shoot.

Women’s Explorer Down Parka in Black

  • Originally: $199.00
  • Marked Down: $119.00
  • Extra 50% off: $59.50


Women’s Polartec Aircore 100 Fleece Half Zip in Lavender Pink

  • Originally: $34.00
  • Marked Down: $17.00
  • Extra 40% off: $10.20


Women’s Active Crop Pants in Classic Navy

  • Originally: $45.00
  • Marked Down: $31.50
  • Extra 40% off: $18.90


Women’s Starfish Leggings in Black

  1. Originally: $35.00
  2. Marked Down: $24.50
  3. Extra 30% off: $17.15

Acrylic Throw in Blackwatch

  1. Originally: $25.00
  2. Marked Down: $6.00
  3. Extra 30% off: $4.20


Plush Fleece Throw in Blackwatch

  1. Originally: $24.00
  2. Marked Down: $14.00
  3. Extra 30% off: $9.80

Original Total: $362.00
New Total: $119.75
Total Savings: $242.35

With huge savings on items from a company I know has reliable clothing that’ll last me a while, this event will be on my calendar from now on. Take a trip to Dodgeville and see what steals and deals you can get for yourself. Let me know what cool things y’all find!

Cheers, Josie

Extreme Makeover: First Apartment Edition

This is the Year of New for me. It’s a new school year which is terrifying since it’s already my junior year, I’ve got a new job, a new kitten, and a new apartment! The apartment is one of the most exciting parts in the Year of New, and it wouldn’t have happened without my amazing parents taking time to come up and putting it together for me.

“I HGTV’ed the shit out of it,” -Mom

They took a blank slate and turned it into a home that my roommate and I can enjoy for the next couple years before we graduate and have to face the real world. My Mom took her incredible design eye and made the apartment something beautiful. Also, shout out to my Dad for suffering through putting together all the furniture with all those confusing directions and random pieces that always get lost somehow.

It was also months in the making, since we started shopping for it when I moved out of the dorms this spring.  82Tip: Shop at consignment or thrift stores right after spring semester ends. People who graduated are donating all their old stuff and you can score a great deal. Our biggest score was a Natuzzi 3 piece sectional and a kitchen table with 4 chairs.

We made the a whole apartment a balance of new and used items to make it the perfect space!

We spent every waking hour of five whole days working on this place, and it came out incredible. Every room has it’s own look and personality, and to be honest, it looks pretty damn good for a first college apartment. I even have my own pub table set and beautiful, golden bar cart of my dreams in the living room. Did I mention we live directly across from the stadium? Game days have been crazy so far, since we get a front row seat to all the excitement and fun.

My favorite room in the whole place is my bedroom. It’s my first time having my own room since I was 5-years-old, and I’m loving having my own space. It’s a preppy, coastal cottage combination and it’s everything I’ve ever wanted.


The coolest part of my bedroom is the driftwood contact paper as an accent wall. The contact paper was my Mom’s idea, and it’s a great way to make any room your own since you can’t paint walls or put up wallpaper in an apartment. Contact paper goes on and comes off easily, which can sometimes be a pain when the humidity gets bad in the apartment and makes it peel since we don’t have AC. It’s easy to fix, but it can get a bit annoying, so keep that in mind. We used it in my bedroom, the kitchen, and the living  room. It adds so much to a bland, generic apartment wall, and there are tons of designs and options to chose from. Check out all the ways my Mom used them in the gallery below!

I’m so excited to share all the before and after pictures with y’all. Keep an eye out for Rey, my new kitten, wandering around in some of the photos. I’ll make a Meet Rey post soon! Enjoy the virtual gallery tour!

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Cheers, Josie


High tides and good vibes in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are one of Florida’s main tourist destinations, but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to them, and the last time was probably 10 years ago. I guess distance really does make the heart grow fonder, and since I’ve moved to Wisconsin, I’ve wanted to visit more of the Florida attractions like Kennedy Space Center and the Keys while I’m home for the summer.


Grandma and I enjoying some frozen, chocolate dipped key lime pie and fresh key limeade at the Blond Giraffe

My grandparents bought a caravan last summer and decided to make a quick trip to Key Largo for some “glamping,” so we decided to tag along. We stayed at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and explored Key Largo. I had to make a trip to the Blond Giraffe for some chocolate dipped, frozen key lime pie on a stick and some fresh squeezed limeade. I also stocked up on key lime juice and cookies to bring back to Wisconsin with me this fall, so I don’t go through withdrawal. We also went to the famous The Pilot House Marina, Restaurant & Glass Bottom Bar for dinner so my Mom, Grandma, and Grandad could get their fix of seafood. I had just seen it featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives the week before, so of course we had to give it a try. The glass bottom bar was so cool, but we only got to enjoy it for few minutes before the torrential rain forced us inside.

My favorite part of the trip was our day excursion to Key West. While Tropical Storm Colin was drenching northern Florida, we were enjoying the sun in the southernmost point of the United States.


Lily, Mom, me, and Izzy in front of Ernest Hemingway’s House 

The best part of Key West was visiting the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum. For $13 (they only take cash), you can tour the house, property, and get a glimpse into Hemingway’s writer’s studio. Many people associate Key West with Hemingway, and even though he only lived there for about nine years, he wrote 70 percent of his works there. He used to get to his writer’s studio by the catwalk connected to the house. The catwalk was destroyed in a hurricane years ago and was never reconstructed, but you can still see where it once was. We learned that Hemingway would write 500-700 words from 6 a.m. to noon every day in his studio. I wish I could motivate myself to be that productive!

There are also 52 cats roaming the property that you’re encouraged to give lots of love and to pet. They have free reign of the whole house and grounds, and they take advantage of that. There was even a cat lounging on Hemingway’s original writing desk in his writer’s studio. Nearly half of the descendants of Hemingway’s cats are polydactyl cats, or cats that are born with unusual number of toes. This gene was introduced into the large family of Hemingway cats after he was given a six-toed kitten from a local ship captain. It was all I could do not to hide one in my bag and take one home with me.


One of the many six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway House

It was so much fun getting to spend a few relaxing days exploring the Keys with my family. Check out the rest of my photos from our week in the Keys at the bottom of the post. Now I’m in Ocean Isle Beach with my Dad’s side of the family enjoying the North Carolina surf and sun. Stay tuned for more of my southern summer adventures!

Cheers, Josie