Collaborations Style

She Flies with Her Own Wings Little Bay Root Tee

She Flies with Her Own Wings Little Bay Root Tee - AllisonRamsing.com

She Flies with Her Own Wings Little Bay Root Tee

The state motto of Oregon is Latin, “alis volat propriis,” translated into English, “She Flies with Her Own Wings.” I moved to Oregon in June of 2012 not knowing anyone. I took a leap of faith and flew with my own wings.

Not knowing anyone quickly turned into a wonderful network of friends and family (my church family is family and yes, I met my husband in Oregon). One of the things that helped me feel connected in Oregon being 2,500 miles away from my parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins was my church family. The beauty of church family is that from my experience growing up, undergrad, grad school, Corvallis, and now Portland, I have family all over the world.

I met my friend Maddy (in the photos with me in today’s post) in our Bridgetown Community. Bridgetown is the church that Peter and I go to and our church gathers on Sunday’s and in small groups around the table throughout the week. Our community gathers every Thursday night and it’s often the highlight of my week. My Bridgetown Community is my family. My Bridgetown Community encourages me to fly with my own wings.

Continue Reading

Collaborations Style

The Perfect Fall Saturday Outfit with PinkBlush

The Perfect Fall Saturday Outfit with PinkBlush - AllisonRamsing.com

The Perfect Fall Saturday Outfit with PinkBlush

Weekends are for relaxing, cozy clothes, and exploring Portland. PinkBlush sent me the perfect dress for exploring on the weekend (FYI: the maternity and non-maternity dress goes to the same link). PinkBlush sells the coziest and cutest Women’s and Maternity clothing. For the record, I’m not pregnant.

Speaking of exploring Portland, every time Peter and I drive by this gorgeous Columbia Wool Scouring Mills building, (which is at least twice every Thursday night) we dream of doing a blog shoot by it. Well, we finally made our dream photo shoot happen. And might I say, this might be one of my favorite photoshoots for the blog yet.

Let’s talk Saturday outfits… on Saturday’s you’ll rarely find me in jeans. Typically, it’s leggings and an athletic top. The Saturday I wore this outfit, I classed it up a bit and wore leggings with this beautiful PinkBlush sweater dress. This sweater dress has the coziness of an athletic top, but it’s a dress and it even has pockets! I don’t know about you, but any dress that has pockets is immediately my favorite. In the fall when you’re never sure if it’s going to rain or not pair the outfit with some rainboots (put a raincoat in the car) and you’re good to go for a day of exploring.

Continue Reading

Monthly Favorites

MONTHLY FAVORITES // 002

Monthly Favorites // 002 // October 2017

Colors of Fall: This year fall has been extra vibrant in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve always enjoyed fall on a college campus. Fall on a college campus always symbolizes the beginning of a new semester and the energy that surrounds new beginnings is just my favorite. And then you add the colors of fall and inside my head, I’m beaming as I soak the joy of everything in. Every time I step out of my office I’m in awe of the colors. The way the light hits the leaves is captivating. I can’t leave out how incredible raindrops look as they drip off the leaves. I’m just amazed at the creativity that fall radiates.

Local Apples: Apple picking is one of my favorite fall traditions. The joy of going picking with friends and family is always on my must-do list. It’s the experience that keeps on giving as I am still eating farm fresh apples as my snack at work every day. Every apple reminds me of the fun times had with friends and family.

Burrito Heaven: Anytime Peter and I go to Corvallis I try to fit a trip to Burrito Heaven in. Our most recent trip I managed to squeeze in my first gel manicure and a trip to Burrito Heaven, all while Peter visited his favorite stomping grounds, Timberhill Starbucks. We were only in town for about an hour and a half just to pick up our Christmas Decorations out of Peter’s dad’s shop. If you manage to stop in Corvallis, I highly recommend the Chicken Burrito! There were some weeks that we’d have them one to three times, to say I miss them is an understatement haha.

What are you loving this October?

Style

Beilke Family Farm

Beilke Family Farm - Apple Orchard near Portland, Oregon - AllisonRamsing.com

Beilke Family Farm

It’s fall and that means it’s time to pull out the sweaters you’ve been wanting to wear, figure where your Hunter Boots are and bring in some wood from the woodshed relight the pilot light of your fireplace. For the Ramsings, it’s also the time of year for apple picking with friends. Somehow pumpkin picking never caught on for either of us but we do love an apple orchard especially since most of the crowds are trying to find pumpkins while we’re picking and laughing our way down the rows of orchards.

So what does one wear to have a fall adventure? Luckily, practicality typically makes for cute outfits in the fall. You don’t need to look like the Michelin Man just yet so cute sweaters and jeans are a great way to go. Layering also works super well and you can start to play with darker colors again. I went simple with one of my favorite turtlenecks from Nordstrom paired with some dark wash jeans and my Hunters. While I know the Hunters can be a bit of an investment, but if you just wait for your fiance to break up with you and then get back together with you he’ll likely purchase a pair as an “I’m sorry” gift. Pro tip that’s not recommended.

Peter dressed himself today and I gotta’ say… fine-rolling your sleeves up over your sweater is pretty darn cute. He says he learned it from McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy so if you’re looking for fashion advice men, there you go–just look no further than Derek. Peter layered a great navy button-up with an adorable sweater, both from Banana Republic, with a dark wash jean. I think that fall at this point = dark wash jeans. Peter also decided to swap out his Timberland boots with his Sperry Duck boots which I think I’m finally a fan of. I wasn’t convinced when he ignored my “eh…not really” response to his asking “aren’t they amazing?!”. I guess the sentimental aspect of picking apples with his grandfather wearing a pair trumps my disapproval and now I’m smitten…they’re pretty cute on him.

Our totally stylish friends also did it right, although I’m not thaaaaat imposing that I’m checking their tags for brands to link here…I’m sorry that I let you down my faithful reader. She did the layering right with a great olive green jacket and some classic black and white stripes and a black jean. She’s also rocking her Hunters although I do think she purchased hers the normal way. He was sporting, you guessed it, dark wash with plaid: a staple of the fall especially when done with a vest and some boots.

All-in-all, good apples, great conversation, and catching up over drinks afterward at a coffee shop was the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon.

Continue Reading

Collaborations Style

Explore Portland’s Burnside Bridge + Pine Street Market – Little Bay Root White Stag Sign Tee

Explore Portland's Burnside Bridge + Pine Street Market - Little Bay Root White Stag Sign Tee - AllisonRamsing.com

Outfit Details: Tee c/o Little Bay Root | Jeans | Similar Earrings | Shoes

Explore Portland’s Burnside Bridge + Pine Street Market – Little Bay Root White Stag Sign Tee

Saturday’s are for sleeping in, reading books, and exploring the city in Little Bay Root tees.

Exploring the Burnside Bridge and Pine Street Market has been on my list for quite some time. We happened to park right by Pine Street Market so it was a must to have lunch at after a quick walk on the bridge. I’d been wanting to walk on the Burnside Bridge because it is home to the famous White Stag sign.

While on our walk to between the bridge and Pine Street Market we happened upon a Discovery Channel filming. I’m always hoping to experience a filming and nearly a year and a half later of living in the city I finally stumbled across one.

Pine Street Market is the city’s first food hall and features nine of Portland’s best chefs and purveyors, all under one roof. We had Marukin Ramen and Wiz Bang Bar soft serve ice cream, so yummy!

Style Tips for Exploring in Portland

  • Raincoat
  • Shoes that are comfortable to walk in
  • Cozy tees
  • Jeans

When exploring in Portland I recommend wearing a raincoat or having one with you. Rain is almost always in the forecast in October in Portland. Let’s be real here… I briefly took my raincoat off for photos. It started raining about the moment we decided to leave the house and thankfully stopped shortly before parking and it was nice to have since it was a little brisk out.

Wear shoes that are comfortable enough to walk many blocks in. Anything goes in Portland so wear whatever you’re comfortable in. My favorites to explore in are Nike or adidas. Both corporate headquarters are located in the Portland area, so you’ll see a lot of locals wearing both brands. I recently learned that if I buy Nike shoes out of the Young Athletes section that they fit my feet and are way more affordable. Who cares that these Nike shoes are actually little boy shoes… I bet you would never have guessed had I not shared my secret with you.

On Saturday’s I swap out my work wear for tees. Little Bay Root tees are my favorites these days. They are the softest tees I’ve ever owned and yes, they’ve finally beat how soft my long-time favorite American Apparel Tees are. I love how Little Bay Root has designed so many fun Portland and Pacific Northwest tees. I’ve been a fan of graphic tees since I was in junior high. In junior high, I only wore Iowa State tees to school every single day. Now if only I can convince Little Bay Root to design a few Iowa tees.

I love to wear jeans. Since I can only wear jeans to work on Friday, I capitalize on wearing them during the weekend. When I’m out exploring the city on a weekend with my hubby I’m almost always in jeans.

Again, anything goes in Portland, you definitely don’t have to dress like me. Wear what you’re comfortable in. I just happen to be comfortable in tees, jeans, and athletic shoes. Happy exploring!

Continue Reading

Style

3 Floral Outfits to Wear to Work

3 Floral Outfits to Wear to Work - AllisonRamsing.com

3 Floral Outfits to Wear to Work

I’ve always been one to stick to a pretty classic fashion comfort zone. I’ve embraced solids, polka dots, stripes, and leopard print, but floral is one trend that I never thought I’d get on board with. It’s a new season and I finally decided to give it a try. Not only have I finally given it a try, I’m loving it. Here are three floral outfits that I wear to work and that you could easily replicate with items in your own closet.

Continue Reading

Collaborations Style

Never Ask a Woman If She’s Pregnant

Never Ask a Woman If She's Pregnant - AllisonRamsing.com - PinkBlush Floral Maxi Dress

Outfit Details: Floral Maxi Dress c/o PinkBlush | Earrings | Shoes
(Note: PinkBlush sells Women’s Dresses and Maternity Dresses – I received this c/o PinkBlush out of the women’s section and for the record, I’m not pregnant).

Never Ask a Woman If She’s Pregnant

Today let’s jump on the “deep” train. I’m going to keep sharing parts of my story, even the hard ones.

Peter and I are a really great couple. Great enough that many people think that we should have kids by now. People ask me pretty regularly if I’m pregnant, why I haven’t had kids yet, and even as far as to condone me as selfish for not having a baby yet. I’m not alone either as my husband, Peter has been taken aside by people and been told how selfish we are for our lack of family; my lack of bringing life into the world.

I never wanted to have children. Then, I met Peter. God began to melt my heart towards the possibility of one-day being a mother (especially after hanging out with my niece on our most recent trip to Colorado).

For years I’ve had debilitatingly painful periods. In fact, while in high school they would be so bad I’d pass out from the pain. I’ve passed out in some pretty awkward places… while I was a checker at the grocery store, at choir camp, in front of a basketball arena before we were supposed to go watch NCAA tournament games, and the list goes on. While the doctors have tried many things over the years, nothing has helped ease the pain. Surgery was the next option to try and get relief.

In November of 2016, I had laparoscopic surgery to remove ovarian cysts and other tissue. As a result of that surgery, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. It’s a surgery I’ll likely have to do again, possibly many times in life as the cysts will continue to grow and ravage my ability to have a baby. These days I’m on medicine that hopefully will keep the cysts a bit at bay, but we’ll see, I’m only on month one of trying this new medicine.

What endometriosis has not done is take away my ability to bring life into this earth. The chance of me being able to get pregnant might be slim, but my ability to mother is not gone. I have a family. A big family. I bring life into this earth through my actions, my heart, my service, not just my offspring. I am no less a mother because I am not able to have kids.

Your excitement about whether or not someone might be pregnant is beautiful but before asking “are you pregnant” pause and wonder if you know the whole story. And if you are one of those who looks down on women without a “baby on board” sticker on their minivan think twice about that critique because I’m sure you too have had more people you could call “mother” than just the one who brought you home from the hospital.

Bring life to this earth every day with everyone you interact with. Love everyone deeply and lean into the family who you love and loves you back even if they don’t share your DNA…they share a bit of your soul.

Continue Reading

Collaborations

Hosting Taco Nights Just Got A Whole Lot Easier with Paperless Post

Hosting Taco Nights Just Got A Whole Lot Easier with Paperless Post

This post is published in partnership with Paperless Post. The tacos in the photo above are from Robo Taco in Portland, Oregon. 

Hosting Taco Nights Just Got A Whole Lot Easier with Paperless Post

If you’ve read this blog for very long you’ve probably already guessed that my favorite food is, TACOS!

When Peter and I lived in Corvallis we often had friends over for breakfast quesadilla nights. It was a tradition that I desperately wanted to continue when we moved to Portland. I tried to restart a version of it the first couple months we lived here, but after a few weeks amongst the chaos of moving to a new city, not knowing many people, and some pretty nasty anxiety and depression, I never fully successfully had those large gatherings as long as I intended to keep them going. The beauty of it is that it’s never too late to restart having friends over in large gatherings. Time to make this a monthly tradition, starting now! Friends, are you in? Continue Reading

Style

Fall Athleisure

Fall Athleisure - AllisonRamsing.com

Outfit Details: Tee | Earrings | Crops | Shoes

Fall Athleisure

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped wearing athleisure. On the weekends you can find me in leggings, cozy tees, and my favorite pair of Nike’s. Today, I have two fall athleisure style tips for you.

Style Tip #1: To transition athleisure style from summer to fall, break out the long sleeve tees.

When Peter and I were in Seattle last year we discovered the store, Kit & Ace, which is a part of the Lululemon family of brands. Kit & Ace makes the softest tees. Earlier this summer I found this one on sale. It’s definitely going to be a staple in my wardrobe year round.

Style Tip #2: To dress up fall athleisure, wear a fancy pair of earrings with your look.

I rarely leave the house without earrings in. While I can’t stand to sleep with them in, on the flip side, a pair of studs or other fun earrings is one of my favorite ways to complete any outfit, especially an athleisure outfit. Don’t be afraid to put a fun pair of earrings with athleisure. You might feel silly at first, but the feminine touch of sparkle will make you shine all day long.

Continue Reading

Style

3 Stylish Outfits To Hide a Heart Monitor

3 Stylish Outfits To Hide a Heart Monitor - AllisonRamsing.com

Outfit #1: Hike Tee | Clutch | Apple Watch | Jeans | adidas Pure Boost X Shoes
Outfit #2: Inari Tee Dress (made it!) | Scarf | Clutch | Sweater | Shoes
Outfit #3: Top | Clutch | Apple Watch | PantsShoes

3 Stylish Outfits To Hide a Heart Monitor

When I was in the fifth grade I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse. It’s not something that affects my life on a daily basis, other than my heart beats super cool and I have to get yearly checkups. I don’t even have to take medicine for it, which I consider a huge win!

This summer I went in for my routine check up echocardiogram and they decided to have me wear a heart monitor for a month. If you take a look at the next photo in the post you’ll see that it was no easy feat to hide a monitor and a large cell phone that had to be within 10 feet of it at all times. Because hiding a heart monitor isn’t the easiest thing to do style wise, I wanted to share my tips.

I found that the best way to hide the cell phone part of the monitor was to carry a clutch with me everywhere I went.

Hiding the electrodes and the monitor itself was a bit trickier. I decided to give up normal bras for a month because it was simply easier to wear a sports bra. Tuck the monitor in the sports bra and you’re good to go for the day. You might need to wear a scarf to occasionally hide the sports bra straps (see outfit #2).

Because four electrodes were stuck to me at all times I also found that some outfits didn’t work during that month. So say goodbye to your favorite v-necks and scoop necks for a few weeks. I did wear tank tops to run and the electrodes were definitely visible, I just embraced it.

I didn’t buy anything new to hide the heart monitor. Get creative, utilize what you have in your closet and have fun with your style during this season!

Continue Reading

css.php