So long, farewell

February 29, 2016

A lot can happen in a few years. Four girls were brought together and became the best of friends. Working late nights to meet a deadline. Getting on the VIP list at pretty sweet events. Those addicting chocolate and sea salt covered almonds from Trader Joe’s. Receiving funny press releases announcing pet psychic services. Chatting for hours before even mentioning the meeting agenda. The feeling of wrapping a successful shoot with photographers, models, stylists and collaborators that we only dreamed of working with. And, of course, this is only a small sample of the highlights from the past three years of Bow & Arrow.

Time moves forward and so do our lives. And this time, in different directions. Don’t worry, we’re still friends, (and we’ll still be eating those chocolate almonds together), we just aren’t working on Bow & Arrow any longer. You’ve maybe noticed a lapse in the magazine and in our content. And we’re sorry for keeping you hanging. This has been a very difficult decision to make, and its ripples are bittersweet.

But each of us has a great piece of life to live that continues to morph every day, with one another and on solo adventures, too. So follow along because the best is yet to come. Who knows what is in store for us, but that’s part of the excitement.

While it may be the end of our magazine and blog, it’s not the end of BAM. It’s clear that BAM was always meant to be, and always will be: Jaclyn, Katie, Laura and Vanessa.



Guthrie Date Night

February 5, 2016

I have been looking forward to Pericles for quite some time, so I was ecstatic at the opportunity to take in the Guthrie’s annual Shakespeare rendition.

I didn’t know much about Pericles, except that it is known to be an adventurous tale of the high seas, with enough intrigue and romance to boot.


Danny and I both work downtown, so after work we made the voyage over 35W to Seven Corners for Happy Hour. (I definitely do not spend enough time in this area. So many great bars and restaurants, plus concert venues and playhouses to explore) We started at the Corner Bar, which despite its lackluster name, was quite great. They have wonderful happy hour specials that made me wonder if we should stay there for dinner too.

We didn’t, however, and trekked through the snow to Republic. I had been to the Republic in Uptown a couple of times, but it has never stood out to me. Let me tell you, the Republic at Seven Corners is worth the trip just for the interior. I’m a sucker for old architecture and preserving historic buildings, so I was easily distracted by the shiny things at Republic: stained glass windows, ornate wooden bar, tin ceilings. If this is what you’re into, then make a pit stop here. They have a fun beer list, and the food is more gastropub than average bar fare.


The play was fantastic, which is no surprise because the Guthrie never disappoints. It was the directoring debut of Joseph Haj, the new Artistic Director of the Guthrie. Pirates, princesses, shipwrecks, death at sea, a lost child, evil kings and queens. All of this interwoven into one play will leave you enchanted by the Guthrie.

Be sure to visit the Guthrie’s website to check ticket availability because they’re going fast and the show ends 2/21. Wouldn’t this make a great Valentine’s gift?



Sorel Boots

January 26, 2016

All four of us had heard that Sorel boots are exactly what every Minnesotan needs to get through these brutal winters. When we teamed up with them, we couldn’t wait for the large brown box to arrive on our doorsteps. Our text messages revolved around how excited we were to finally give them a try. Here are our thoughts and if you want your very own pair, they just opened a store at Mall of America (how convenient!).

Vanessa: I was that kid who hated wearing snowpants and boots to school in the winter. And I’m now that adult who hates trading in cute footwear for clunky winter options when the weather grows cold and snowy. My new Sorel boots are the perfect compromise — they aren’t clunky winter boots, they’re cute, and they still put up a hearty defense against Minnesota ice and snow. Since getting these brown leather beauties, I’ve worn little else on my feet when I leave the house. The gripping rubber bottoms are a great match against slick sidewalks, my leggings and skinny jeans tuck in perfectly, and they’re very close to waterproof (especially after I applied some mink oil to the leather — it’s my secret winter weapon!).

Laura: Being the freeze baby I am, I knew I needed to search Sorel’s website for their most extreme boots, suitable for “Heavy Snow.”  Waterproof suede uppers, removable liners, and warm even at -40 degrees F; I was sold. Waiting at the bus stop has never been so enjoyable, and never before have I been fearless to face the previously imagined terrors of the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. This may sound dramatic, but these boots have been life changing – I’m not as crabby about cold weather, and I’m also no longer afraid to go outdoors between the months of December and March, and for the first time in my life I can imagine myself living in Minnesota for the rest of it. Life is good.

Katie: One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is taking Harpy (my boyfriend’s dog) on a walk. She adores the snow, so of course we participate by chasing her all over large, open, snow-covered land. My biggest pet peeve was having damp boots, which led to wet socks and cold feet. I was having such difficulty when it came to finding a boot that actually was waterproof. My fingers were crossed when I tried my Sorel boots for the first time, and I can happily report I lengthened my time outside in the snow with the pup. She’s one happy girl and so is her dog walker!

Jaclyn: When I moved to Minnesota five years ago during the tail end of winter, I really didn’t know what I was in for. I hadn’t owned proper snow boots since I was little. I set off to find some, and not knowing what to look for I picked up some quite ugly (But functional) boots at my local Target. Over the years I’ve heard about Sorels as being a great brand for boots. You can find cute AND practical styles for any kind of weather. It wasn’t until this year that I got my first pair and I am kicking myself for not getting them sooner. I am actually (kind of) wishing it would snow more this year so I can show them off more!


Macy’s Fashion Show: Swim!

January 12, 2016

This frigid weather makes it difficult to imagine putting on a swimsuit. But then it makes us think it’s time to book a tropical vacation, and immediately we imagine ourselves on the beach!

Whether you’re planning a warm-weather getaway, or just dreaming of boating this summer, make sure you come by Macy’s Ridgedale this Saturday at 2pm to see what’s new for swimwear this year.

Yes, you guessed it, Laura and Katie will be hosting the fashion show, and they’ve been practicing their one-liners for months. They’re hosting a post-show shopping party with mini-makeovers, yummy Truce juice, fitness tips, and prizes. Hope to see you all there!


Yoga for the new year

January 4, 2016

Welcome to 2016! Whether or not you are a fan of New Year’s resolutions, you can’t fault someone for just needing to hit the reset button. So why not give hot yoga a try? It’s challenging, restorative, relaxing, effective and provides an unparalleled supportive community.

Before I first began my practice at Modo Yoga, I remember furiously Googling any question I could think of. What happens in that room? Do they burn incense and play soothing music? Or is it like the dance scene in Center Stage when Jody goes to the hip Broadway Dance Studio? How hot is “hot”? What do I wear? How quickly will I learn the moves? What do I bring? Will I stand out like a sore thumb?

Fret no more, my friends. With 3 years under my stretchy waistband, I have a few tips to share with you before you head into the hot room.

  1. Bring a mat, 2 towels, and a water bottle. One towel should be large enough to cover your mat, which will keep you from slipping into the splits. And the other is a hand towel to soak up sweat during breaks. Believe me, you’ll need it. Be sure to check out my product recommendations below.
  2. Wear something tight. Now my mother has never ever given me this advice, but for yoga, it is necessary. Proper alignment is at the core of practice, and wearing form-fitting clothing helps the instructor evaluate your alignment. If you’re self-conscious, don’t be. Every body, shape, age and size is wearing spandex leggings in that room.
  3. Arrive 15 minutes early. A lot of studios won’t let you into the room once class has begun. So give yourself time to get you and your belongings situated before class.
  4. Leave your shoes at the door. They work hard to keep the practice room clean, so don’t track in any snow or dirt. If you’re paranoid about being barefoot, it’s ok to wear clean flip-flops and park them next to your water bottle during practice.
  5. Keep your stuff in a locker or cubby – don’t bring it into the hot room (this includes your cell phone). If you’re afraid of theft, harken back to your middle school days and bring a combination lock. Your yoga selfie can wait.
  6. Be quiet. This varies from studio to studio, but when in doubt, enter peacefully. A lot of yogis rely on quiet time in the practice room, so don’t interrupt it with your chatting. Take your cues from others, and remember that just because another yoga class was loud and boisterous, this new one may not be.
  7. It ain’t over til you Namaste. If you need to leave class early, don’t go to that class. I know that sounds extreme, but leaving early can be really disruptive, during the pinnacle of the practice. Pick a class time when you can be fully present (mind and body) for the entire time.

Don’t be afraid to call the studio ahead of time to ask questions. Or, you can leave a comment and I’m happy to help! Remember, gaining new members is as part of any (successful) fitness facility’s business plan, so instructors and attendants have come to expect even your weirdest inquires.


Product recommendations

You can spend anywhere from $15 on up on a piece of yoga gear, so I recommend giving it a few tries before you fully dive in. When I began, I found Gaiam gear at Target that works great for a beginner. Then once you fall in love with hot yoga and decide you want to practice forever and ever (like I know you will), I recommend PROlite mats, and yogitoes towels from Manduka. They’re experts and have thought of everything. My yogitoes towel has little grippers on the bottom, securing the towel to the mat. And with the combined wicking power of my eQua hand towel, they can’t be beat.

Yogi attire has really expanded to offer every option under the sun. The internet is your oyster. I found some really great pieces that are a part of my regular rotation thanks to Mika and Onzie. Mika is the proud maker of my most favorite yoga bottoms ever – the Light Perfit Kaya legging. They are smooth, soft, long, and lightweight yet durable. And whether you are looking for full coverage or just a bra, Mika has cute tops that always get compliments in the locker room. My favorite bra, however, goes to the Onzie X-Back Elastic. Ozzie also carries the coolest patterned leggings.


Questions or comments about your yoga tips or favorite gear? I’d love to hear them!

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