One Dress Two Ways


Today, I’m sharing how to style one dress two ways with you.

I’ve had the Levi’s Chambray Dress since January of 2014. This dress made the trek all the way to Florence, Italy in April of 2014. It’s one of my favorite dresses because I can continually refresh it with a different necklace, shoes, etc. (and I can get away with wearing running tights to work without anyone noticing when I’m wearing this dress).

The first look shown in this post is the way I most frequently wear this dress simply due to warmth and surviving rainy days. Funny enough when Peter and I went back outside for look two without the running tights it began to rain on us. I blink a lot when it begins to rain so it’s a miracle my eyes are open at all in those photos.

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Super Burrito Express


Peter and I are still on the quest to find the best Mexican Food in Portland, Oregon. Until we find our new “go-to” place we will continue to make date night an exploration of our new city.

On our most recent date night, we tried Super Burrito Express.

Both Peter and I ordered the Chicken Burrito (our typical go-to). We both found the burritos to be quite lackluster. The chicken and burrito shell were quite dry and the so-called avocado sauce seemed to be non-existant.

On a positive note, while they aren’t our all time favorite burritos. We really enjoyed each others company, the ambiance, and authenticity of the restaurant. Peter especially enjoyed the fact that Spanish TV was on in the background. I, on the other hand, was oblivious to the fact that a TV was on or even existed in the restaurant. Not to mention the price point was on-point.

Super Burrito Express gets 3 out of 5 ruby red slippers.

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Angel’s Rest

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What a joy to live only 30 minutes away from some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Columbia Gorge. This past weekend Peter and I hiked 4.8 miles on the Angel’s Rest trail with friends of ours.

Hidden in this trail is the beautiful Coopey Falls. On our way up the hike, we could hear it rushing but couldn’t seem to find a way to see the falls. There is a rugged side path if you’re wanting to see the falls. Be ready to be very cautious with your footing, but it’s well worth it for the view.

Hiking tips: Packing a lunch (and/or snacks), a rain jacket, and enough water is a great idea for this hike. If you’re walking at a brisk pace this hike will take you 2-3 hours. The rocks are quite slippery when raining, be careful.

We had lunch on top of Angel’s Rest and quickly ate our food because we could see the storm rolling in. About as soon as we put our rain jackets back on it began to rain. Once we got back into the trees they served as incredible umbrellas. The sun returned with about a 1.5 miles left in the Angel’s Rest hike. It’s an incredible hike with gorgeous views of the Columbia Gorge.

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Transitioning a Dress Through the Seasons Pt. 2


One of my favorite things about a dress, besides the fact that I can transition them to wear during any season, is that wearing different shoes makes it appear as if you’re wearing an entirely different outfit.

The warmer it gets outside the more I can’t wait to wear a pair of fun heels and put the booties away until fall. Let’s face it through, I live in the Pacific Northwest so the booties will likely be coming back out again this spring/summer. But how fun are these high heels though?

Heels are a fantastic way to dress up an outfit. The bolder the heel the better. Nude heels may still be quite popular, but add a pop of color and you’ll walk with a bit more pep in your step simply because they are more fun.

Want more tips on how to transition a dress through the seasons? Find part one here.

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Wild and Free

Disclaimer: I received Wild & Free c/o BookLook Bloggers.

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Wild and Free is about breaking through the lies the world puts around us.

The lies we live in

After turning off my alarm in the morning the next thing I do is open Instagram. I scroll through my feed letting the images of the life I could have reflect against my glasses in the morning light.

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Let’s Run


With the return of the warm weather to the Pacific Northwest, it means the return of joyous runs in the sunshine. Runs where you aren’t dodging puddles and praying your socks stay dry. We’re back to basking in the sunshine and thriving off of the endorphins!

I’ve always been a fan of running in the heat. The warmer it is the more I enjoy the run.

As an asthmatic my favorite runs are the runs I can breathe the easiest and the warmer it gets the better breathing flows for me. That doesn’t mean you won’t find me outside on a cold, rainy, January day it just means I might be going a tad bit slower and huffing and puffing a bit more than my hubby who’s a fantastic running buddy.

To make a sunny or rainy day run brighter throw on a pop of color. Not only will it help ensure visibility and safety while running. A pop of color will also make you feel as bright and cheery as the fun top you decided to wear.

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Red & Polka Dots


When I began working at Washington State University it was time to a wear a bit more Crimson Red and a lot less Beaver Orange.

One of my favorite necklaces is a Tabitha Cambodia necklace that my mother-in-law had given to me for my bridal shower in Beaver Orange. Since orange is not a recommended color on “Cougar Fridays” I asked if she could find the same necklace in WSU spirited colors. Well, clearly I have amazing in-laws because my father-in-law was able to find one!

To spice up a red necklace rock it with a bold red lipstick and of course my favorite pattern, polka dots.

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College Rules!

Disclaimer: I received College Rules! c/o Blogging for Books.


As a higher education professional, I’ve read books upon books on college and tips on how to succeed. I haven’t found a book about college success tips as comprehensive as this book. College Rules! How to study, survive, and succeed is a fantastic resource for students and higher education professionals.

We know you’re smart. You know you’re smart. This book draws on the authors years of experience as students, professors, and researchers to bring you the very best advice on how to have a successful college career.

This book covers successful college career tips such as: where to find help on campus, advice about professors, tips on selecting a major, ways college differs from high school, tips on how to succeed if you’re a non-traditional student, time management, technology, motivation, leadership, the demands of college, studying smarter, handling stress, understanding how you learn, syllabi, expectations, taking notes, active reading, remembering what you read, research, presentations, preparing for exams, and more!

Notable Quotes/Tips:

  • Be proactive.
  • Seek help. Research has shown that students who seek out help when they first begin to struggle academically make a comeback and do well.
  • Figure out your prime time for studying and learning.
  • You are always motivated to do something. Key is to be motivated to do the right things at the right time.
  • Students who rehearse and review information remember up to three times more than students who just read.
  • There is no shortcut to learning difficult material.
  • Remember everyone is different and what works for your roommate [or friends] may not work for you.

College Rules! receives 5 out of 5 ruby red slippers.


¿Por Qué No? taqueria …a weekend getaway

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When the thermometer in the car jumps to three digits there is only one thing to say: “This chika ain’t cookin’!” Then Peter giggled and said something that I’ll pretend had something to do with how hot I looked and not about the hot weather and off we went…

Living in Portland has opened up a whole new world for me and Peter’s taste buds. Yesterday we went to this amazing Thai place followed by trying fish sauce and caramel ice cream. This is my town! Food on every corner! …okay, now I’m hungry again…

¿Por Qué No? (translates to “why not?”) was the next place on the list that I’ve accumulated thanks to the abundance of recommendations that keep pouring in. If you have any places you recommend in the Greater Portland Area leave them down in the comments or tweet me!

First of all, I love that they don’t allow you to save a table if you don’t have a number. At first, I was a bit confused but then I realized how cool that was. We all know that one person that’s waiting for their friends who we all know will never show up…just let someone have that table! So yeah, no number: no table. Brilliant! Especially since this place is worth the wait if there is one. I also love how you pay first. No waiting for the check. Simple. Well done ¿Por Qué No?.

To the food!

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Elephants in the Park


Elephants in the Park is delightfully located very close to Pioneer Square in Portland. They have inside and outside seating options. On a non-rainy day sitting outside looked lovely. We happened to visit on a day where we weren’t sure if we’d get soaked during our meal based on the looks of the sky so we opted to sit inside.

Peter ordered a cheeseburger and I, on the other hand, ordered the chicken strips and fries. They give you a very generous portion of fries, so I split those with my hubby (yes mom I actually shared fries, be proud!).

Chicken strips were my favorite childhood food. For years, it was the only item on the menu I’d order when we went out to eat as a family. While I’ve grown out of my phase of only ordering chicken strips. I still love to order them occasionally. Fun fact: I’ll always pick chicken strips, chicken nuggets, dino nuggets (my 24th birthday dinner), etc. over a burger.

I base my ruby red slipper rating for a restaurant that serves chicken strips on how much I like their chicken strips. Elephants in the Park hit a true home run, as they serve amazing chicken strips and clearly deserve the 5 out of 5 ruby red slippers. I can’t wait to go back for more of my favorite childhood food.

As we were waiting for our food we pulled out the camera and took a few photos. Enjoy some fun with the Ramsings!

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