Monday, February 12, 2018

Ready For Spring

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We have been having the most beautiful weather here in Portland the past couple of days. Today was gorgeous and sunny and really felt like Spring was already here. It might be a little bit of wishful thinking on my part....I even ended up getting an iced latte! haha

Transitioning from Winter to Spring as well as Summer to Fall can be kind of tricky. It's difficult to decide what to wear and what's weather appropriate. After lots of outfits and trying to figure out the secret to how to dress this time of year...I have learned just to wing it. Wear what you want, when you want. Layer if it's cold! And that's just what I decided to do with this look! When I saw this top on Shopbop, I immediately fell in love with it. And despite the fact that it looked like a more Spring appropriate top, I got it anyway and made it work for this time of year. The cutout details and the vintage look, I think it's a top I will have in my closet for years to come. 
Zimmermann is quickly becoming one of my new favorite dream brands and I was so excited to finally have a piece of my own. 

Anyways, are you guys all looking forward to more sunshine filled days? Even though I loved binge watching shows, burning too many candles to count, and snuggling up with my pup in our apartment...I can't wait to get outside again and get inspired again. I'm so ready for Spring!

Here are some of my favorites from Shopbop to get you excited for your Spring Wardrobe!
3. Moon River (loving the simple ruffles!)
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What I'm Wearing: Top: Zimmermann via Shopbop (similar options here and here), Jeans: Vintage 501 Levi's, Boots: Free People, Bag: Vintage (Other great options: here and here)

Photos by Dawn Photo

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Gucci Dionysus via StockXbags

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I got my first ever designer bag last year and there's just something very special about them. The soft dust bag, the incredible and impeccable detail that goes into every inch of the bag, there's a reason why they're so sought after. Well this Gucci Dionysus Supreme Mini has been on my wish list ever since I first laid my eyes on it. There's something different and unique about it and still classic. I love that it can be worn with a more put together look or paired with denim, a tee and sneakers. It's also my first ever Gucci bag, so I might have got a little teary eyed when it arrived! haha
While I do have a serious love with designer pieces, my budget (thanks to student loans) doesn't always allow me to splurge as often as I would like. And being worried that the bag will never be available again once the season is over always lingers in my head as well.
That's where StockXbags comes in.

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So a little more about StockX...they have a catalog of over 10,000 luxury bags! Something that makes StockX unique, is that you can bid on bags, even if there isn't someone currently selling the bag. This basically alerts other buyers that people are interested in that specific bag. 
The luxury bags available (pre-owned) changes daily and not every bag that was ever made by the brands in the last 20 years are always available, but different bags do become available every day. Instead of searching for a bag on multiple sites, you can go to StockX, place a Bid and wait for the bag to be listed. This usually means that the bag will become eventually become available! Rather than hunting down a particular bag every day, StockX provides an easy way to wait and get your dream bag!

This also means that StockX offers unique and rare bags! The bags they sell are pre-owned, which means they aren't from a current designer collection. So if there was a bag you were in love with from a couple year ago but didn't get a chance to snag it...StockX is perfect for just that! 
Plus for me, I love that the prices are better than buying the bag brand new. But if you're just looking for a cheap, used bag that in terrible condition, StockX isn't the place to look.

I hope that helps you guys a bit on your designer bag journey! I definitely am going to keep an eye on some bags and place bids for the future!

*This post was in collaboration with StockXbags but all opinions are my own.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Astoria, Oregon Weekend Getaway Guide!

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It's finally here! My mini weekend getaway guide to Astoria, OR! We were only there for about a day and a half so I am only sharing the places that we had time to go to. I definitely want to plan another trip back to check out even more of the city and some of the museums that are there! 
But for now, here are some of the places that we checked out and loved in Astoria, Oregon!

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The Norblad Hotel: Ok, the Norblad hotel is without a doubt one of the best hotels I have stayed at! It's right in Downtown Astoria, which makes it within walking distance to so many places. The lobby was lined with vinyl records (which I really loved!) and the guy at the front desk said we could request to play one at any time. The whole vibe of the hotel was super cozy and welcoming. And the view of downtown Astoria from our room was incredible! I definitely sat in the bright red chair with a cup of coffee just looking at the window. 
If you're looking for another place to stay, right down the street is The Commodore Hotel which is owned by the same owners too! 

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St. 14 Cafe: I stopped at this cute little cafe for coffee every morning! It was only a block away from our hotel, so walking there in the morning was so perfect. The first morning we were there, we stayed for breakfast too. It was so nice sitting at the window and looking out at the moody little town. Definitely the perfect place to grab your morning latte, especially since they serve Stumptown!

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Fort George Brewery: This was the best shot I got of Fort George but it was one of the places that we spent the most of our time over the weekend. I'm pretty sure we went there three times over the course of two days! The food was just so good, the beer was incredible and the overall atmosphere of the place was infectious.
I discovered my new favorite beer, City of Dreams, while at Fort George too and I even found it in cans at a local grocery. If you ever get a chance to go here, do it! You won't regret it.

Buoy Brewery: Another great lunch or dinner spot was Buoy Brewery! We stopped there for lunch and a beer and were pleasantly surprised to see sea lions in the waiting area! They have a window in the floor so that you can see live sea lions hang out. It was so cool! Plus the beer and food was pretty dang good as well.

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Doe & Arrow: This shop is perfect for any boho, vintage loving babe out there! This shop had lots of cute clothing, vinyl, and even a section for guys as well. The shop owner was so nice too! She was offering lavender mimosas to the customers while they shopped, and they were so yummy! I loved her window displays as well. The whole shop was just curated so well and interesting to look at.

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Chariot Home: This dreamy little shop felt made me feel like I never left Portland. The ceramics and home decor were so dreamy! I even left with a little planter myself. This shop just really spoke to me and I could just sit and admire the display and every little corner. One of my favorite stops from the entire trip.

These are just a few of the places we checked out while we were in Astoria, Oregon but there are so many that we didn't get a chance to check out. The antique shops are definitely a must see as well! You never know what you mind end up finding. I've heard great things about Coffee Girl for another place to get coffee. The museums in Astoria are another popular place to go. Vintage Hardware was another fun place to check out, they even had a giant Operation game! There are lots of great hikes nearby as well! Or check out the Riverwalk to see more of Astoria. We went to the Megler Bridge while we were leaving too (as seen in the first photo).


Astoria is just short two hour drive from Portland and only about 15 minutes away from the Oregon Coast. This quaint little coastal town is such a hidden gem and perfect for a little getaway. I can't wait to go back!

Make sure and check out the Travel Astoria site for even more information!

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Statement Earrings and Plaid

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It finally happened, my ears healed up and I can switch out my earrings! 
So back in high school, I got gages and stretched out my ear lobes a little. My parents hated the gages and made me take them out. And my boyfriend at the time said he "didn't like earrings" so my piercings ended up closing up. Lame that I listened to him...I know. That's obviously why he is an ex boyfriend. ;)
I had been wanting to get them re-pierced and finally did! I have been drooling over so many great earrings for awhile now and I can finally switch them out and pair with my outfits! These statement earrings from The Frankie Shop caught my eye when I saw them. I really love the link shapes and the jewel colors. Perfect for winter and adding a bit of a feminine look to an oversized coat.

Have you guys checked out The Frankie Shop yet?! It's such a cool shop with great modern styles and a really good place to get some outfit inspiration too! I picked out this coat and started to realize that plaid coats have taken over my closet this season! I'm not mad about it one bit.


What I'm Wearing: Coat: The Frankie Shop, Tee: Palace Portland, Jeans: Everlane, Earrings: The Frankie Shop, Shoes: Vans via Zappos, Bag: Amazon (similar here)


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Monday, January 29, 2018

How I Decorated My Living Room on a Budget!

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First off, I want to say, I am by no means an interior designer. But I have had so much fun decorating my first ever living room after living in a studio for way too long.
When it comes to furniture, I tend to have a bit of expensive taste. Unfortunately, my student loans prevent me from being able to splurge on most of those items. I think having a small budget allows one to be even more creative!
I wanted my living room to feel cozy and warm which is why I chose warmer tones. Darker, jewel tones is what I decided for the color palette and it goes well with all of my plants too!

This couch is one of the pieces I have gotten the most questions about. For only $300, this couch is pretty damn great. It converts into a sleeper too! And I was worried about how comfortable it was going to be, but even though it is firm it's pretty comfy too! This isn't sponsored whatsoever, I bought it myself!

The root of my inspiration to go with a more vintage looking lamp, sparked when I stumbled upon this image of Ally Walsh's home on Pinterest! I loved how unique the lamp looked and it can really go in any space if I decide to switch it out. Plus, it matches the velvet chair we have in the living room too!

Ok, so here it is: a link of all of the places where I got my living room furniture:


Sofa: All Modern
Rug: Revival Rugs
Vintage Mustard Hanging Lamp: Etsy
Vinyl Display Shelf: Etsy
Record Player: $50 on craigslist!
Mustard Chair: Hand me down from family
Plants: Local Nurseries

Overall, I think one of the easiest ways to decorate on a budget is to first try finding second hand and vintage pieces. Check your local thrift store or craigslist, you never know what you might find! Also, check discount furniture stores. I was really surprised and the modern styles a lot of sites like All Modern and Overstock had. And I am really happy with my purchase!

I hope that helps a bit and thank you guys for responding on my Instastories saying you wanted me to post about this! I love hearing your suggestions! Leave a comment below if you have any other post ideas and what you thought of this one!!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

L'Occitane x Rifle Paper Co.

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A complete match made in heaven: L'Occitane x Rifle Paper Co.

I can't think of a better recent collaboration with two amazing brands. The packaging is as beautiful as the product itself. The other thing I really love, is the variety of different products that are a part of this collaboration as well. The hand lotions have been one of my favorites so far, but also available is lip balms, a manicure set and body lotions!
In case you have yet to purchase anything from this incredible collaboration, L'Occitane is giving a free gift with any purchase! Just use code RIFLEPAPER18 at check out. Definitely another great reason to buy!

Let me know what your favorites are from this collaboration!!

Shop L'Occitane x Rifle Paper Co. here!


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

How to Dress Up a Graphic Tee

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I recently had a random girl, who doesn't follow me on instagram, comment on a bunch of my photos. Her comments had a rude tone behind them, asking me what was wrong with my eyes and why do I look down in all of my images. I'm pretty sensitive, so maybe she wasn't saying it in a rude way...but I definitely took it as so. Who the hell goes out of their way to comment negative things on a strangers' photo? Something about the little situation put some fire under my ass and decided to look at the camera more than usual during this set.
Yes, I have insecurities. One of my eyes is slightly higher than the other and I hate how it looks in photos. I have light acne and scarring on my face. So looking down is a comfort thing for me and something that I tend to do. I AM NOT F*CKING PERFECT AND I DON'T PRETEND TO BE. But I try my best to be a nice, understanding, and accepting person. This is something that I wish others would strive to be as well. You never know what insecurities or issues other's are dealing with or going through. Why not be supportive and leave negative comments to your damn self.

Anyways, this is an outfit that I have worn so many different versions of. Blazers and plaid are so big this season and I have been all about them (Shop Blazers!). They pair so well with graphic tees and are such a cool way to dress them up while still looking more effortless. 
In case you're looking for a way to dress up all of those graphic tees you have sitting in your closet, pair them with a cool vintage blazer and some boots. Or with a leather jacket and a neck scarf. Graphic tees are my favorite staple since they can be worn endless ways!

What I'm Wearing: Coat: Forever 21, Shirt: Madewell (Shop more graphic tees here), Jeans: Vintage Levis (Shop Levi's Here), Boots: Free People, Bag: Simon Miller via Opening Cermony

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