Friday, September 5, 2014

Wedding Day Details - Sneak Peek

B and I tied the knot this past weekend. It was the best day of my life. I woke up about 3 hours before sunrise on Saturday morning, giddy with excitement, and patiently waited until the more reasonable hour of 6:00 AM to lure my Maid of Honor and Best Friend, Annie, out of bed. Annie treated us to lattes and granola, a true Portland-lady breakfast, before beginning our wedding day "beautification" with my Grandmother and Mom in the most gorgeous suite at The Nines overlooking Downtown Portland.  I look forward to sharing snippets of our entire day soon... 

{Shoes: Manolo Blahnik; Earrings: Mikimoto; Bracelet: Tiffany; Perfume: Jo Malone}

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dune with a View

With much of our Summer being dedicated to wedding planning, B and I realized our camping season was quickly disappearing. With the list of To-Do's slowly growing, we decided to take an impromptu camping trip to the coast to unplug and recharge. 

Despite living in Oregon for well over a year, I had yet to visit the Oregon beach, and was excited to have my first glimpse of the Pacific from the Northwest. After a long traffic-filled journey, we ended up in Florence, just over three hours Southwest of Portland. With not much planning, we were lucky to snag a camp spot just before the sunset, and enjoyed our favorite freeze-dried camper fare, along with a few glasses of wine to help stay warm.

After a solid nights sleep in our sleeping bags, we set out to explore the Dunes - a sandy expanse nestled between the omnipresent Oregonian Evergreen forests and desolate beaches. You truly feel like you've landed in the middle of the Sahara. While shielding our faces from the sandy wind, we enjoyed some barefoot hill workouts with not a soul to be seen for miles. After getting our fix of elevated heart rates, we returned to camp to build a fire and reflect on another fantastic adventure together, and the excitement the rest of the month has to bring. While this weekend wasn't my most fashionable moment, it certainly is a moment B and I will cherish forever.

{Hat: Nike; Sports Bra: Nike; Shorts: Nike}

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fresh in my White Sneaks

{Nike Dunk Sky Hi}
B has been away on business travel almost every week over the past month, and I can't begin to describe how much I've missed him. After returning from his most recent trip to NYC, he surprised me with a new addition to my footwear arsenal - a fresh pair of white Nike Dunk Sky Hi sneakers. It was the second best treat a girl could ask for, the first of course being the return of my hip attachment.

Ever since my first dress fitting, I've discovered a renewed love for white. It feels crisp, clean, chic, and I can't get enough of it. White is my new black. 

{Blouse: Chelsea28; Pants: Nike; Shoes: Nike}

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}