Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Versatile Plaid

While my mom was in town last week to help with wedding preparations, we decided to peruse the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for a little break. Although I didn't have plans to splurge, there were too many steals to pass up. Call it nuptial planning stress, but I just couldn't say no. From breezy tanks, and a new autumn coat - pics coming soon (!) - to a gorgeous wrap blouse, one of my favorites is definitely this silk plaid number from Equipment. Best of all, it transitions from a lightweight summer top, to a cool autumn and winter layering piece.

{Blouse: Equipment; Shorts: Paige; Boots: Rag & Bone; Hat: Urban Outfitters}

Monday, July 28, 2014

Redefining with Grey

Growing up I could never bring myself to love Birkenstocks, but after seeing them on the likes of some of my favorite fashion muses, I decided to give them a chance. I was surprised at how hard they were to find - nearly every store is sold out of their classic black Arizona sandal.  Last weekend when shopping around Portland with my mom, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a pair at Free People. They perfectly compliment some of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping finds - a relaxed pair of grey Vince jeans and a flowing grey Halogen. Best of all - they can be dressed up or down.

{Top: Halogen; Jeans: Vince; Sandals: Birkenstock; Sunglasses: Illesteva; Bathing Suit: Alexander Wang}

Monday, June 23, 2014

Signed, Sealed… I'm Yours!

Summer has returned to Portland, and with it a reminder of how much I love this place I call home. Somehow I managed to disappear for two months again! Between work, home improvements and weekend Oregon adventures, time has slipped away yet again. My one-year anniversary of so many wonderful changes came and went, but perhaps that signifies finding true happiness - not constantly waiting around with baited breath for the next best thing. 

In addition summer's sudden arrival, B and I realized our wedding is just around the corner! After a first dress fitting in Seattle a few weekends back, ordering our invitations and researching our wedding bands, we can now enjoy fine-tuning the details. From our reception music choices to flowers and decor, we can't wait to savor our time this summer and not sweat the small stuff. Since the beginning, we made a pact to keep our wedding planning fun, and stress free.

This weekend, we sealed up our beautifully addressed Paper Source invitations - courtesy of Alesia Zorn, and can't wait to drop them in the mail this week. We had so much fun designing them (across 2,000 miles!) with my mom, and after countless phone calls, we are really pleased with the final result. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Welcome Home Part I: The Office.

Yet again I apologize for being on another blogging hiatus. B and I bought our first home, and after closing in late February, our lives have been traveling at 100 mph. Between packing, moving, getting settled in, business traveling and wedding planning, I haven't been able to find the time to update the interwebs.

We couldn't be more excited about our new home. We are so fortunate to have three times more space than our previous respective apartments, and are excited to add new furniture pieces month-by-month, budget permitting. Although there are still quite a few empty spaces, vacant walls and home improvements in progress, I would love to share a few snippets of some of our reorganized trimmings.  

An office is something B and I have never been able to enjoy living on our own. As former big-city apartment dwellers, our offices typically were confined to a space on our kitchen counters or spare tables cramped into our living rooms or bedrooms. The smaller third bedroom tucked away in our new home presented the perfect opportunity to feel a little bit more grown up. After putting on a fresh coat of dove grey paint, we splurged on a new desk from West Elm and filing cabinet from CB2 to help get organized, and added a heartwarming picture we found together at a local shop. With a few extra trimmings from Jayson home and some pieces transitioned from our former abodes, our new office feels almost complete. We now have to brainstorm art pieces to hang above the couch and desk, and I would love to hear your ideas! 

{Desk trinkets - notepad, horn pen cup and geode: Jayson Home}

{Lamp: West Elm, Desk: West Elm; Filing Cabinet: CB2; Trinkets: Jayson Home}

{Frame: CB2; Print: Local Artist}

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Monochromatic Winter Weekend

While being cooped up all weekend, B and I tackled some much needed reorganization and packing as we prep to move into our new home at the end of the month. (We are so excited!) While the task is a bit daunting, it was extremely rewarding being able to clean out the closets; setting aside donation piles, resell piles and rediscovering some old favorites. 

During our early-Spring cleaning, I found my Eugenia Kim hat hiding in the back of my closet; a treasured floppy hat with an old Hollywood vibe that I purchased during my NYC days. B and I decided to pair it with my Burberry pea coat, and shoot it during the Portland snow storm. The black on black ensemble complemented the crisp white backdrop perfectly. Hopefully this will motivate me to wear it a little bit more often!

{Hat: Eugenia Kim; Coat: Burberry; Scarf: ASOS; Tights: Madewell; Boots: Rag & Bone}


Monday, February 10, 2014

Snow Day in Stumptown

Portland's temperatures rarely drop below freezing, yet over the weekend we welcomed the coziest snow storm I have ever experienced. Nike campus closed early on Thursday, the city shut down, and B and I watched the big flurries drift by our window. With everyone tucked away inside all weekend long, the streets were a ghost town.

B and I woke up Saturday morning feeling quite cooped up, so we headed out for a short run along the empty streets with Stumprunners. After cleaning up from our workout, I bundled up in my Canada Goose jacket to do some more exploring with B along the Park Blocks. The snow covered sidewalks, and fluffy snow banks were the perfect recipe for an impromptu snow angel or snow ball attack, and my coat kept me warm and shielded from the elements.

{Jacket: Canada Goose Trillium Parka; Vest: Nike; Boots: Nike Terra Arktos}

Monday, December 9, 2013

Equipped for the Elements

Much to my dismay, Portland has been experiencing record breaking temperatures - south of freezing. On Friday, B and I even woke up to a dusting of snow! Thankfully, this former east coaster kept her winter gear close at hand, and have been showing the people of Portlandia a thing or two about how to stay properly warm. 

Over the weekend, B was busy organizing the Nike Cross Nationals - a cross country race where the top high school athletes compete to see who can brave an obstacle course of running in quickest time possible. Being that the race was outdoors, we both bundled up, and stuffed heat packets into our gloves and shoes to make the frosty temps a bit more bearable.  One of my lifesavers had to be the new Nike Lunarterra Arktos boots B surprised me with. They make any chilly condition tolerable, and all the more stylish. With their waterproof exterior, and removable sock lining, they are a wintertime must have. They paired perfectly with my Nike Aeroloft vest! 

What is your wintertime go-to-shoe?

{The perfect collision of warmth, comfort and style: Nike Lunarterra Arktos}

{Aeroloft: As warm as necessary, not as possible}

{Bra; Nike Black label; Boots: Nike Lunarterra Arktos; Vest: Nike Aeroloft; Gloves: Nike Running}