Broke-Ass Tag: Ryan M. Creery

5/19


Hello gals & gents. I’m back to recant a bit of my experiences in the Twin Cities with my partner, Kristofer. He’s spent a lot of time there, being a Minnesota native himself, but it was my first time. Below are just a few of the places we hit.

Wise Acre Eatery is a great place for lunch — they’re known for their INSANELY amazing bacon.

The beautiful McNeely Conservatory at the Como Zoo & Park in St. Paul. You guys, there’s a sloth. Enough said.

The set of King Lear at the Guthrie. Such a cool, modern theater!

Traveler Tip: The Guthrie is linked into a bunch of the hotels in the area, so you can get discounted rates if you book in advance.

On our way to lunch, we stopped at Minnehaha Falls and enjoyed this crazy waterfall. It’s surrounded by a really beautiful park, with a scenic trail for runners and a great spot for picnics. (If you’re digging my yellow jacket, you can pick up a similar one from Old Navy here.)

Other places I recommend?

Shopping: Calhoun Square
Italian Food: Bar La Grassa
Museum: Walker Art Center (An AMAZING gift shop)
Coffee: Dogwood Coffee Co.
Brunch: French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
When You’re Starving: Brasa Premium Rotisserie

Enough of that, let’s get to the packing.

If you’re going in the winter, expect to see a lot of snow and get chilly gusts. Though cold, it’s a beautiful time of year in Minneapolis and St. Paul and there’s still oodles and oodles to do. In the warmer months, you’ll still want to make sure you pack a sweater and a light jacket just in case a night chill blows in. Also, it’s wise to bring a raincoat, as the weather has a tendency to be pretty wet year round.

For the Cold

Levi’s Trucker Jacket, $200 from Men’s Wearhouse


Lems Boulder Boot, $115 from Huckberry


Wallace & Barnes Workshirt, $88 from J. Crew

For Warmer Times


8″ Club Shorts, $19.99 from Target


K-Way Anorak, $49.98 from Huckberry


Saucony Originals, $26–$65 from Amazon

If y’all want to see more of our excursions in Minnesota (travels to Duluth & Grand Marais, the grandness of Lake Superior, playing slot machines way out in the woods …), follow me on Instagram (@jellybeanmagician)! Also, I love recommendations, so let me know if you have haunts you like to frequent.

Do you have any great trips planned? Where are you going? Share below!

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    Harwick Duffel Bag, $98 from J. Crew

    Let’s talk about baggage (no, not THAT kind of baggage).

    Planning a honeymoon in Hawaii? A getaway wedding in New Hampshire? No matter what the occasion is, when it comes to prepping for a trip, quality luggage should always be the first thing you consider. Shoddy luggage will wear quickly with all the throwing around and your stuff won’t be as protected. Wouldn’t you be so wrecked if your favorite college-T had succumbed to a catastrophic cologne spill? To avoid these types of mishaps, it’s best to have a case with pockets and compartments to help keep you organized — and a dopp kit to keep toiletries from being exposed.

    Below are some travel bag options I’ve found, ranging from suitcases and carry-ons, all the way down to shoe bags (keep those shoes clean, fellas!). I also threw in a garment bag for those that are shopping for a destination wedding.

    Samsonite Luggage
    Samsonite Geotraker Spinner 21, $192 from Amazon

    Herschel XL Luggage
    Herschel XL Wheeled Packing Case, $200 from Nordstrom

    J Crew Backpack
    Harwick Rucksack Backpack, $98 from J. Crew

    Utility Canvas Duffel
    Utility Canvas A-Frame Duffel, $168 from Upstate MN

    Everlane Backpack
    Modern Zip Backpack, $58 from Everlane

    Denim Dopp Kit
    Denim Dopp Kit, $30 from Etsy seller GiantPhantom

    Plaid Dopp Kit
    Vintage Plaid Dopp Kit, $25 via Etsy seller LittleCollective

    Old Navy Dopp Kit
    Old Navy Dopp Kit, $13

    Mens Wearhouse Garment Bag
    Men’s Wearhouse Garment Bag, $30

    Travel Shoe Bags
    Travel Shoe Bags, $25 for 4 pairs from Amazon

    That just about wraps it up! Any jetsetters out there have some other brands they recommend? Share with us in the comments or on our Instagram. Bon voyage!

  • 2/10

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    1/13

    I don’t know about y’all, but I’m NOT a fan of the cold weather. Like, at all. Give me all the 70-degree temperatures and sunny days — AKA: margarita weather. That’s why, after Thanksgiving, my galpals and partner decided to escape the cold Texas rain and head to warmer weather. Destination: Tulum. You guys, BEST IDEA EVER. While our friends and family were teeth-chattering through…

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    12/16

    It’s that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we’ll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you’re shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you’re going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.…

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  • 11/18

    Go vintage! Check out this 50s midnight blue tuxedo from Etsy seller StyleStash ($275) Fellas, let’s talk tuxedos. Being a groom is probably one of the few times in our lives that wearing a tux is appropriate. Some of you may want to take a little advice from Jay Gatsby and suit up for this magical occasion. And guess what? You don’t have to look…

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    10/21

    Personalized Beer Cooler, $30 from Etsy seller HeritageWedding Gifting is hard. Gifting on a budget is really hard. Especially when it's for your favorite dudes. You want to get your groomsmen something awesome, yet thoughtful — but holy crap everything always seems so expensive. While it would be nice to be able to get them all big screen TVs or spring for a dudes' trip…

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    10/7

    Scrapbook overlay available from Etsy seller MyScrapbookDesigns Hello, beach babes. This post is all about one of the most temperate beaches in the U.S., Myrtle Beach. It’s a great honeymoon destination because of all the amusements, parks, entertainment and dreamy sunsets. It’s also a great place for the low-cost honeymoon, since there are so many things to do under a tight budget. Alright, fellas. You’ve…

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  • 9/23

    Dudes, let’s face it. When it comes to saving money for your wedding, every single penny counts. One of the easiest ways to trim down your budget is to cut down the costs of small things, like fashion accessories. Our friends over at The Tie Bar have an immense assortment of pieces for guys, in a wide range of options. Here’s a list of items…

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