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

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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!

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3 Floral Outfits to Wear to Work

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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.

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Never Ask a Woman If She’s Pregnant

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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.

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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

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Fall Athleisure

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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.

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3 Stylish Outfits To Hide a Heart Monitor

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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!

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No Matter Where You Travel the Pacific Wonderland is Always Home – Little Bay Root Pacific Wonderland Tee

No Matter Where You Travel the Pacific Wonderland is Always Home - Little Bay Root Pacific Wonderland Tee - AllisonRamsing.com

Outfit Details: Tee | Jeans | Watch | adidas Pure Boost X

No Matter Where You Travel the Pacific Wonderland is Always Home – Little Bay Root Pacific Wonderland Tee

It’s hard to be in Portland, Oregon trying to look at the weather in Estes Park, Colorado and determine how to look cute there without freezing or sweating. One thing that I always know I can bring is tees. When I want to be cozy I wear tees. I always have. I probably always will. When I’m not at home in Portland I like to bring a little of the Pacific Northwest with me. My Pacific Wonderland Little Bay Root Tee was my pick for this trip.

Estes Park is the gateway for my family to explore Rocky Mountain National Park. Besides being gorgeous it holds a lot of good memories. I’m trying really hard not to do things just for Instagram or the blog these days but I gotta say, this shirt certainly was Instagram worthy. …and unlike the hundreds of shirts I tried to find in the gift shops, it’s super soft. Finding soft tees post-American Apparel has been hard and I’m so glad that shops like Little Bay Root make quality comfortable tees.

So there you have it. My fun tip for traveling: throw in a tee that reminds you of home and is also a great conversational starter. If it’s cold you can add a jacket. If it’s hot, just wear the tee. Tada; it’s as simple as that. …oh, and all the other logistics like checking in on time, making sure the 2:30 AM alarm goes off, your husband is fully caffeinated and with his audiobook for the flight, and that you have the address for the resort before you get off the plane.
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I Let My Husband Pick My Outfits for a Week

I Let My Husband Pick My Outfits for a Week

When I was working at Oregon State I let my husband pick my outfits for a week, it was a disaster, and I definitely didn’t blog about it. He’d pick something out and I’d tell him there was no way I was going to work dressed like that. By the third or fourth try he’d finally come up with an outfit and I’d leave for work discouraged thinking he’d wanted to pick me out something I didn’t like or look good in. Clothing that I had once “thought” looked good or bought for a good deal and hardly wore.

If you’re going to let your husband pick your outfits out for a week. Make sure you thoroughly clean your closet and sell/donate all the things you no longer wear. I began collating years of clothes I found for a good deal and hardly wore in November. If I didn’t wear it or love it anymore, why keep it in the closet? While you might see a lot of different outfits on the blog. My clothing selection is actually a lot smaller these days. If I can’t re-wear an item multiple ways it probably ended up in my Poshmark closet.

Now, nearly two years later I decided to let my hubby try again at picking my outfits for a week. This time we’re writing about it and documenting it to share our experience with you. I’d like to say that after three years of marriage he knows my style better and succeeded with flying colors. Maybe I should just let him pick my outfits every day? Want to see what he picked for a week, the rationale behind it, and my thoughts on what he picked, keep reading, we wrote you a novel.

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Summer Oregon Coast Style

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Allison’s Outfit Details: Top | Jeans | Sunglasses | Shoes | Earrings | Watch

Summer Oregon Coast Style

The Oregon Coast isn’t exactly known for warm summer days. Sometimes the weather is in your favor and it’s 80-degrees, and you rejoice. Especially when you’ve escaped the heat of Portland to cool down on the coast. On our adventure, the difference in temperature between Portland and the Coast was about 25 degrees.

When Patrick and Lydia (Peter’s brother and his fiancé) came to visit we ventured to the coast to visit a few spots. Our first stop was the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria. The food was incredible and you have a wonderful view of the bridge. If you venture all the way to the coast and don’t step foot on the sand, you’re missing out so we drove a few miles south and hit Sunset Beach. As we were headed back to the city we stopped in Seaside for some saltwater taffy. If you’re ever in Seaside, Oregon you must venture to the Seaside Candyman. The Seaside Candyman has 170 flavors of Saltwater Taffy! It was a wonderful day of exploring.

Allison’s Fashion Tips: Whenever you visit the Oregon Coast it’s always best to always pack a raincoat (or a warmer coat) in your car just in case you’re cold. For summer Oregon Coast style, take your shoes off and/or wear sandals as you walk along the coast. Final tip, have fun and embrace the messy hair. The salt water breeze gives incredible volume and texture to your hair.

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