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Inari Tee Dress

Inari Tee Dress

Outfit Details: Inari Tee Dress 

Inari Tee Dress

I fell in love with sewing at an early age. I’d sew quilts for hours and hours. Clothing, on the other hand: no thanks. I was not a fan.

I took a sewing class in college, loved the sewing part of it but didn’t ever wear anything I made from the class in public.

Fun fact: I still have a white butterfly fabric camp shirt in my childhood bedroom closet in Iowa. First, why did I keep it and second, what was our group thinking when we picked that fabric? College clothing construction choices aside…

Nearly ten years later I decided to try sewing clothing again. This striped Inari Tee Dress is the third dress (see the first dress here!) I’ve sewed during the summer. I might add that I’m finally quite proud to wear clothing I’ve sewn all these years later.

Now you might be thinking that sewing a dress sounds like a daunting thing… it is. The second dress I sewed of the summer I used the same pattern as the striped dress featured in this post and I butchered it. Literally butchered it. You can’t tell by the photo, but the inside seams are HORRID. I accidentally cut a hole in it while taking pockets out of it and had to fix it (hence why it’s a bit snugger).

Version 1 of the Inari Tee Dress: is wearable, but it’s not something I’m super proud of. Version 2 of the Inari Tee Dress: I’m proud of, the stripes match, it’s cozy and I learned a lot while making it. Now I’m dreaming of making more with friends.

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I Sewed a Dress! – Colette Patterns Moneta Dress

I Sewed a Dress! - Colette Patterns Moneta Dress - AllisonRamsing.com

Outfit Details: Moneta Dress Pattern

I Sewed a Dress! – Colette Patterns Moneta Dress

While I was at Iowa State I took an apparel production course where we learned how to sew on industrial and home sewing machines, sergers, etc. It was one of the most practical classes I took in college because I’ll actually be able to use the skills all my life. Fun fact about the class: for our final we had to sew a skirt from start to finish in an hour and a half, talk about pressure… don’t worry, I finished.

However, it has been nearly ten years since I’ve used those apparel production skills (minus sewing on buttons) and I wanted to put them to use again.

So, a few days before I turned 29, I made a list of goals (in no particular order) that I wanted to complete before I turn 30 (I have until April of 2018). Goal number 25: Learn to sew a dress.

This was a goal where I would definitely need to re-learn a few things before I’d be able to accomplish it.

Earlier this summer, I went to Modern Domestic and signed up for a dress making class and bought the fabric for the dress (after sewing this dress I canceled my spot in the class and conquered the next few dresses by myself, more to come on the blog soon). After being so inspired I then started searching for other dress patterns when I came across my friend Chelsea modeling a dress I really liked!

I messaged Chelsea asking her if she’d help me make the Colette Patterns Moneta Dress, she graciously agreed! We planned a date to sew, I bought another pattern for this dress and a few more yards of fabric. After four hours of sewing and one hour of cutting all of the fabric out, I had a finished goal number 25! And for the first time had a garment that I was proud to wear in public! (We mostly used scrap fabric on our projects in college, I don’t exactly ever want to wear the butterfly camp shirt I made… funny enough it is still in my closet in Iowa!)

So, don’t be afraid to go after your goals and brush up on old skill sets. And be proud of yourself when you accomplish them! I know I’m still glowing because I made a pretty darn awesome dress.

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A Summer of Athleisure

A Summer of Athleisure

Outfit Details: Apple Watch Nike+Nike Air Max Thea  Halogen V-NeckNike Dry Tempo Running Shorts

A Summer of Athleisure

This summer has not gone exactly as I envisioned, shocker. I’ve spent a combined total of five weeks of no-screen-time, no-work-time recovering from a concussion (read why here if you’re curious). Which means that I’ve spent a good majority of the summer in athleisure attire as I walk away the boredom along the river.

There’s something about a tried-and-true classic of athletic shorts and tees that should be embraced, so this summer I’ve deemed a summer of athleisure.

It brings me back to the childhood days where I lived in this style daily because I continually dreamt of being in the WNBA. I thought if I dressed like them I’d make it a reality? Oh how I was a dreamer.

I’ve been changing into athleisure after work for years (yes, even before athleisure was a known word) and this summer I just happened to spend five weeks in it all-day-every-day instead.

The best part about this athleisure outfit is that I’ve had the shorts featured in today’s post since 2009. The other very similar pairs of Nike shorts I’ve worn all summer, I’ve had just about as long. I love how well these shorts wear and how long that they last. They still look almost as new as the day I bought them. Tip for longevity, wash them in cold water and dry on low.

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Portland Mural Guide

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Portland Mural Guide

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to explore the beautiful murals that Portland has to offer. One of my primary goals for exploration was to spice up the look of my blog photo shoots and embarrassingly enough give my Instagram a bit more color. I later learned that I also better make good use of my Portland Art Tax.

This mural guide doesn’t cover every single mural in Portland. With new murals being painted continually I can’t keep up, but this should give one a starter pack of some great works of art.

The address of the mural is below each mural and if you click on the photo above the address it will link to the blog post that the photoshoot is from. The map below also has all of the murals in this post.

I’ve had a lot of requests from friends about how I’ve found all of these murals. My friend Allyson messages me locations when she drives past them and when Peter and I drive past murals I quickly pull out my phone (when I’m not the driver) to note the cross-streets so I can explore it another time. When I am the driver I try and memorize the cross-streets until I’ve safely arrived home and then quickly pull out my phone so I don’t forget where I need to go back and explore later.

Want to know a few that I can’t wait to visit that aren’t in this guide? Three are the intersection of MLK and Graham has a beautiful brightly colored rainbow color blocking and Cook and Mississippi has two that are elaborate and I hope to explore them soon. I still have at least another 20 on my to visit list, probably more. So maybe there will be a Portland Mural Guide Part 2 someday?

I hope you enjoy exploring Portland as much as I have. If you stumble across any others you want to share with others, feel free to add them in the comments!

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PORTLAND MURALS | RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 2

WATTLES BOYS & GIRLS CLUB MURAL | PORTLAND MURALS | RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 2

Location: 9330 SE Harold St, Portland, OR 97266

Outfit Details: Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress c/o | Black Heels | Earrings | Bracelet

Portland Murals | Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress Part 2

A few weekends ago Peter and I went on a mural adventure with our dear friends. As we were driving to the first mural, this gem was spotted from the interstate by Allyson.

After we finished taking photos at our intended destination for the day, we went on a hunt to find this mural. We joyfully discovered that the murals are only a few blocks apart and that there were goats in the parking lot!

Tip: If you go check out both of these murals for yourself, I do suggest driving between destinations.

The details in the mural are phenomenal and I can’t imagine how much time this beauty must have taken to paint. The photos in this post give you a great idea of the sheer size of the mural.

The Wattles Boys and Girls Club mural is intended to create community and bring healing to the city of Portland through art.

Read the story behind the mural.

Don’t be afraid to go outside of your plan for the day and explore the city you live in. You can discover some amazing things by going off-plan!

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PORTLAND MURALS | RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 1

PORTLAND MURALS RENT THE RUNWAY BADGLEY MISCHKA GOLDEN FLOWER DRESS PART 1
Location: 5822 SE 92nd Ave Portland, Oregon

Outfit Details: Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress c/o | Black Heels | Earrings | Bracelet

Portland Murals Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Golden Flower Dress Part 1

When Rent the Runway sends you beautiful sequin dresses a second time (see the first adventure), of course, I was going to reach out to my dear friend Allyson to wear them with me again!

We had our family dress up with us and explored the Lents Neighborhood Mural to take some photos.

All dressed up and nowhere to go? You don’t have to have a special occasion to wear a sequin dress. Pair it with a pair of black heels, some fun jewelry and a fun adventure with friends!

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Weekend Style

Weekend style in front of a Portland Mural

Location: 11th and Hoyt Portland, Oregon

Outfit Details: V-neck | Skinny jeans | Peep Toe Booties

Weekend Style

I look forward being able to wear weekend style. When the weekend finally rolls around, typically you’ll find me in leggings and tees.

Other times I up my tee game to my favorite v-neck (which is still a tee, might I add!), skinny jeans (just rolled them up), and peep toe booties. These booties are the most comfortable pair I’ve even worn. I could easily walk around downtown Portland for hours in them.

A few years ago I wrote a blog post on being brave enough to wear a v-neck (read that post here). Unfortunately, wearing v-necks didn’t last very long, because after I washed the v-neck it shrunk. Funny enough, the skirt from that post doesn’t fit anymore either.

As I put on my v-neck this time around it was amazing to reflect on how much I’ve grown and how confident I feel in my own skin these days. I didn’t worry about being pale, I didn’t worry about the zits on my chin (MAC coverup does wonders my friends), I didn’t feel self-conscious like I used to because I was wearing a v-neck, I simply felt beautiful.

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Collaborations Portland Style

For When Cozy Is Necessary – Tobi Tunic and Cardigan

One Tunic Two Looks in front of the Zoom Care Mural in Portland, Oregon

Location: Zoom Care – 607 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Outfit Details: Rachel Boat Neck Tunic Top c/o Tobi.com | Carly Draped Cardigan c/o Tobi.com

Stella & Dot Necklace | Nike+ Apple Watch | Lululemon Leggings | Sam Edelman Sandals

Tobi’s cozy cardigan and tunic were perfect for snuggling on the couch

(as a note, I dictated this post to my hubby–it’ll make sense in a moment)

My hubby had just got home from work and was wondering where I was. Typically I was home before him so when I wasn’t there he checked “Find My Friends” to see me on the Interstate Bridge. He figured I was in some traffic and carried on. A while later, with me still not home, he checked my location again and I was still on the bridge…and that’s when he got a bit worried because even with traffic that’s not typical…

I was extremely lucky that night as so many others have been in far worse accidents. For me, being rear-ended on Interstate Bridge, a bridge that I get nervous whenever I’m on it, was not a fun experience whatsoever.

The following day, as I’m laying on the couch with the doctor putting me on bed-rest with a concussion and whiplash, I needed some cozy. The Cardigan from Tobi has been an absolute must during this time. It’s been keeping me warm, snuggled, and it feels like my hubby’s hugs. (okay, not exactly like them–his usually include some kissing on the cheek)

I’ve also basically lived in the tunic top they sent me. Its lightweight fabric has been necessary with my whiplash and with the cardigan paired with leggings, it’s about as comfortable as you’ll get.

Typically I wouldn’t find myself shopping at a site like Tobi. If I’m honest their stuff looked a bit young for me and, dare-I-say, low-cut. While I don’t think Tobi will be my go-to for my office wardrobe I was impressed with how cozy their stuff was and you’ll certainly find me styling Tobi pieces in the future. Especially for being cozy around the house or brunch with friends on the weekend! The lightweight fabric is perfect for Netflix Audiobook and Chill time and the hubby likes how great I look in it.

Little did I know when we took these photos at the Zoom+Care mural a few weeks ago I’d be back there as a patient. How awesome Zoom+Care has been is another post for another time, though.

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We Are Rip City Style

Allison in front of the We Are Rip City Mural in Portland, Oregon sporting We Are Rip City Style in a Tobi.com dress

Location: Consolidated Community Credit Union – 1033 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Outfit Details: Getaway T-Shirt Dress c/o Tobi.com

Stella & Dot Necklace | Nike+ Apple Watch | Lululemon Leggings | Sam Edelman Sandals

We Are Rip City Style

I was recently driving home from an appointment when I passed four new murals that I hadn’t spotted before, this mural being one of them. I love how I’m always finding new works of art the more I explore this city.

Another thing I love about Portland is how proud the city is of their NBA team. So proud, that they’ve painted a bold, beautiful mural to celebrate the love of the Trailblazers.

We Are Rip City Style — wear a lot of neutral colors, specifically black and white and add a pop of color with red.

This ensemble fits the color scheme of the Trailblazers, with the red accents shining through in the necklace.

My favorite way to wear a dress on a rainy day is with a pair of leggings. Leggings will keep your legs warm and dry on a rainy day (yes, it was raining while we did this photoshoot!).

My favorite things about this Tobi.com dress are that it’s affordable, comfortable and that I’ll be able to wear it all year long, styled many different ways.

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