Portland Style

I Gave Myself Time Mural

I Gave Myself Time Mural in Portland, Oregon fights depression stigma.

Location: 1601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Outfit Details: Petal Sleeve Tee | Pants | Necklace | Similar Shoes

I Gave Myself Time Mural

I’m often searching Google to find more murals to explore in Portland. Near the end of 2016, two murals went up around Portland to fight depression stigma. Being that depression is something I deal with myself (see my original blog post here). I knew I needed to continue to bring awareness to it as Portland is one of the most depressed cities in the nation.

Depression is something that can be weird to talk about because it’s rarely talked about. Because not many people talk about it, you can often feel alone in your struggles. I want to remind you that you are not alone, 1 in 6 deal with depression.

When you think you’re alone in your struggle with depression, remember God is always with you and carrying you through the day.

Rather Severe’s colorful mural reads, “I gave myself time.” “It’s a vulnerable but uplifting phrase that emphasizes that living with depression is a consistent effort,” they explain. “Healing doesn’t happen overnight, yet depression will not beat me.” -PDX Monthly

Depression will not beat me. Every day I give myself time.

Time to thank God for another day. Time to love my husband. Time to serve students. Time to create. Time for self-care and running. Time to be grateful. Time to enjoy the rainy and sunny days. Time to wear bright colors. Time to sit on the couch and watch Netflix. Time to spend with friends. Time to go to church. Time to enjoy tacos. And on other days when depression gets the best of me, time to do nothing and that’s okay.

Day after day, wake up and give yourself time.

You have 168 hours every single week, 10,080 minutes in a week, and 604,800 seconds in a week, it’s okay to give yourself time.

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Uberthons Oregon Spring 5K

Uberthons Oregon Spring 5K

Uberthons Oregon Spring 5K

Memorial Day weekend Allyson and I added another 5K medal to our collections. On a last minute whim, we signed up for the Uberthons Oregon Spring 5K held at Heirloom Roses.

As race day approached I started losing my voice and allergies were definitely not being my friend. I kept wondering if I was really going to be able to run the whole thing… spoiler alert, we finished without walking!

Four Warm Spring Weather Running Style Tips

Tip #1: Wear running bottoms that have pockets. Pockets are essential for a race because then you have a spot to fit your phone, gummies, etc. My favorite pair has a zip pocket on the back that will also fit your ID.

Tip #2: Wear a hat so that you don’t have to worry about the sun being in your face.

Tip #3: Wear a tank top, so you don’t have to deal with the sweaty sleeves effect.

Tip #4: Last, but not least, don’t forget sunscreen and don’t forget to re-hydrate after you finish running.

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Feeling Fierce in a Red Dress

Feeling Fierce in a Red Dress in front of an Alberta Street Mural in Portland, Oregon

Location: NE 22nd Ave and Alberta Street

Outfit Details: Similar Dress | Booties | Similar Jean Jacket | Necklace | Earrings | Similar Wallet

Feeling Fierce in a Red Dress

We all have those mornings when the outfit we’d decided on for the day just isn’t working. So back into the closet we go to find another outfit. After trying that outfit on we realize that it’s not going to work either. And the process repeats until we need to leave for work and just settle on something that will work. By the time we’re leaving the house we’d rather crawl under the covers and pretend that whole outfit mess didn’t just happen. We want to rewind the time, hoping that we didn’t really just waste 20 minutes or more trying to figure out what to wear for the day. We want to begin the day fresh again, but rewinding time isn’t a reality… if only.

This was my Tuesday morning last week and the outfit I started with was the red dress in the photos. It was too warm to wear the jean jacket over it to work and my rigid-planning-self couldn’t make heads-or-tails of what to wear instead because I didn’t plan to wear anything but that dress. I think I opted for a black and white striped dress, that I absolutely love, but because the weather wasn’t a cool and rainy day I was bummed. (You know you’ve live, in the Pacific Northwest if you find yourself wishing for 65 degrees and rainy when the weather report calls for 90.) 

On Wednesday morning I wake up and realize that the weather forecast aligns with my wardrobe dreams from Tuesday. I put the dress on and was feeling fierce. Being that it was a cooler day I left my jean jacket on all day except to take these photos and to show a blogging friend the ruffles.

To those of you who develop rigid wardrobe plans for the day while you’re in the shower without checking the weather first, don’t be afraid to change your planned outfit of the day. (Yes, I need to heed this myself, maybe more than you’d know.) 

Curate your closet so that you love every single item you own and so that every item fits. My closet may look a lot more minimalistic these days, but I know that every time I walk out the door I’m going to like what I’m wearing even if it’s not exactly what I’d planned for the day.

So, go be fierce and conquer the day!

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Cozy Coast Style

Cozy Coast Style in Lincoln City, Oregon

Location: Hwy 101 Lincoln City, Oregon

Outfit Details: Fleece (Similar) | Shoes | Leggings

Cozy Coast Style

The coast is calling and I must go.

Going to the coast is one of my favorite ways to unwind and relax. A few weekends ago we went to the coast with Peter’s family and stayed at the luscious Salishan Resort. It’s my new favorite place to stay on the Oregon coast. The rooms are incredible and there is a beautiful hiking path that leads you straight to the ocean.

We arrived at the coast to the sunshine, which was the best surprise! We even had the best of both worlds weather-wise, as we fell asleep to the sound of raindrops and awoke to another radiant day of sunshine.

When I go to the coast I love to transition out of my work wardrobe into the weekend cozy coast style. I pull out my favorite fleece sweaters, leggings, Nike shoes, and rain boots to walk the coast with. My hubby even pulls out his nearly matching fleeces (yes, we’re that couple and I love it!).

Now, to book our next adventure back…

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Portland Style

Portland Murals | Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Sequined Dress

Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Sequined Dress at Portland Mural

Location: Side of Grocery Outlet – 7741 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Outfit Details: Badgley Mischka Night at the Oscars Gown, Rent the Runway c/o | Allison’s Red Heels | Allyson’s Red Heels (similar)

Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Sequined Dress

When Rent the Runway upgrades you to the dress you’ve been dreaming of wearing for months for free on your birthday you message a dear friend and ask her if she wants to wear one of these gems with you. These sequin dresses are too beautiful to not be shared with a friend.

How did I get a free dress?

Because bloggers tend to leave you wondering how they wear things for free. I’m going to answer how Allyson and I wore the Badgley Mischka Night at the Oscars Gown for free.

Last summer/winter I rented enough dresses for weddings (see other Rent the Runway dresses I’ve worn: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) that I upgraded to Rent the Runway Pro to have free shipping and insurance on each rental. I did the math to find that Pro pays for itself within your first two rentals.

To me Rent the Runway is cheaper than buying a new dress for every wedding you go to. I love wearing dresses and I love not wearing the same one to every event I go to. Work is another story, many weeks you’ll find me wearing the same dress on the exact same day of the week as the last week.

The best part of Rent the Runway Pro is that you get a free birthday rental. When I placed my order I had the option to pick an alternative dress to upgrade to. This sparkly beauty was one of the options, so I only selected that option. When the dresses arrived in the mail I opened up and found the alternative dress that I’d selected!

Any time you rent a dress they send you the size you request and a backup size. Allyson wore the size I requested and I wore the backup size.

She even dressed her little one up for our adventure and Peter captured some adorable photos. I convinced Peter to dress up for a few photos as well.

Want to try Rent the Runway yourself? Get $30 off your first Rent the Runway order.

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Hope Mural

Allison at the Hope Mural in Vancouver, Washington

Location: 1515 Broadway St, Vancouver, WA 98663

Outfit Details: Hat | Sweatshirt | Tee | Jeans | Shoes

Hope Mural

If you haven’t noticed yet… Exploring the Hope Mural and other murals in Portland and Vancouver area is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend now that we live in a city full of art.

Where flowers bloom so does hope.

The murals in the city have given me hope. Hope to explore. Hope to fill my life with color once again. Hope to try new things. Hope to create. Hope to be bold and paint again.

Because of these mural adventures, I took the leap and went and bought canvases, brushes, and paint and began painting. Huge bonus, I happened to hit Michael’s on a 70% off canvas sale! Now every time I walk into our living room the splash of color on the wall brightens my day. This hope mural reminds me to keep creating and to never give up.

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:31

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It Doesn’t Matter What You Wear

It Doesn't Matter What You Wear

Location: Across from the Kenton/N Denver Avenue Max Station – Portland, Oregon

Outfit Details: Sweater | Jeans | Sunglasses | Lipstick | Shoes

It Doesn’t Matter What You Wear

What you wear doesn’t really matter. It just doesn’t.

Stop judging others based on what they are wearing. That person is more than their outfit. You are more than your outfit.

In 2014 as I sat in the airport on a layover I wrote this manifesto that I’ve re-shared below. One of the lines in it says it doesn’t matter what brands you wear.

Don’t care about whether you’re wearing the latest Nike’s, or dressing like a Portland Hipster, or if you’re in style or on trend. Simply wear what you love, because you are enough.

Wake up. Wake up. Wake up.
God is going to do something amazing through you.
Why are you okay with being just mediocre?
Why are you okay with following others?
Follow Christ.
Stand up and be a leader.
Go do what God has called you to do.
Don’t know what God has called you to do?
Seek Him on a moment-by-moment basis as He unfolds His plans for your life.
Be bold. Be courageous.
Speak life and speak truth.
Go and make a difference in others lives.
Go live out the plans God has for you.
Abandon comfort. Abandon control.
Free your mind and focus on God.
Rid yourself of anger.
Break those chains.
Breathe a deep breath.
God gave you those lungs and they are good.
Feel your heartbeat.
God gave you that too and it is also good.
You are beautiful.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
It doesn’t matter what others say.
It doesn’t matter what others do.
It matters that you go and make a difference.
It doesn’t matter what brands you wear.
Be you.
Build relationships.
Get real. Get messy.
Relationships are messy.
Dive deep.
Embrace your story and use it for good.
Choose joy. Choose peace.
Start doing those things that you are talented at that you have neglected.
Start fully using your God-given talents.
Create. Love. Show empathy. Show compassion. Travel.
Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.

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Portland Running

Foot Traffic Hop Hop 5K

Foot Traffic Hop Hop 5K in Portland, Oregon

Foot Traffic Hop Hop 5K

Easter weekend my friend Allyson and I ran the Hop Hop 5K put on by Foot Traffic. She was running her first 5K race and I was running my seventh.

My first 5K in 2006, I ran quickly at the start, walked the majority of the rest of the race, and then ran to the finish line. After that race, I vowed to myself to never walk during another 5K race. I quickly broke that vow when I did my next 5K in 2011 when the race finish was up a huge hill on The University of Kansas campus.

Thankfully, I’ve made it through 2/3 of the 5K races I’ve ran without walking, the Hop Hop 5K being one of them! Both Allyson and I had personal-best 5K times and placed in the top 20 in our age division.

The Foot Traffic Hop Hop 5K is a well-organized, fun event. The course was also great, and a huge bonus to any runner, it’s fairly flat.

Half-way through the race, you typically have a water station. Typically, I quickly breeze past them. This time they were handing out Peeps and jellybeans. On an Easter themed race we had to have a Peep and shortly after felt the sugar high.

At the end of the Hop Hop 5K there were egg croissant sandwiches and mimosas. Having a breakfast at the end of the race was such a treat and reminded me of that first race in 2006 when we were treated with omelets at the end.

I’m eagerly awaiting next Easter to do this race again!

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Bottle & Bottega Portland

Bottle & Bottega Portland hosts paint and wine events. They are a fun, simple, and entertaining way to learn how to paint beautiful masterpieces.

Bottle & Bottega Portland

If you’ve been dreaming of learning how to paint a landscape setting, but have not the slightest clue how to get started, Bottle & Bottega will walk you through the entire process.

I’ve seen friends on Facebook paint masterpieces from Bottle & Bottega and had been wanting to learn how to paint one myself. When my co-worker and I were discussing painting over lunch one day we decided to book a class and go for it. We painted a rendition of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Portland style. Van Gogh’s Starry Night has been one of my favorite paintings for years so it was fun to learn how to paint our own version of it in less than three hours.

The instructor stands at the front of the classroom and walks you through every step and is painting right along with you. When we went there were also two other employees walking around and willing to help you out if you needed it. They go at a perfect pace and give you plenty of time to complete each step. I love how no one painting looks exactly the same as there were over 20 people in our class.

What do you wear to Bottle & Bottega?

Wear clothing that you won’t mind if you get a little bit of paint on. I opted for a gray long-sleeve shirt that I’ve had for a few years, a fun floral scarf, and an older pair of jeans. You will be painting with acrylics and the instructors said they’d be able to get it out if you spilled. I’ve spilled acrylic paint multiple times over the years and never have successfully gotten it out (clearly I need to learn the instructor’s trick). Therefore, I still opted for older items of clothing to wear to this event and highly recommend wearing older items if you go.

Bottle & Bottega is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night with a friend. I can’t wait to go again sometime!

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Tips on What to Wear to Pure Barre

Tips on What to Wear to Pure Barre

Tips on What to Wear to Pure Barre

On the first of April, I decided to try something new and went to my first Pure Barre class. As I walked into the studio I was greeted with smiles and warm hellos, which was such a relief. As I continue to try new things in the area interacting with friendly people makes it all the more fun.

How did I hear about Pure Barre?

I’ve been doing barre3 for over two years and wanted to see what other barre classes were like. Also, I’ve read posts on other bloggers sites (Oak+Oats & Shawna Leeann) and have always been intrigued to try it, but never gave it a try. When one of my friends from college announced she was opening up a location in West Des Moines, Iowa, I decided to finally see what all of the hype was about.

How was the first class?

After my first Pure Barre class, I’ve decided Pure Barre is no joke. I was advised by the instructor prior to class beginning that she was switching things up a bit today and that it would be harder than normal for the whole class. It was one of the harder workout classes in a studio that I’ve done and I’m glad I conquered it. Let’s be real here, the majority of my workouts are runs around the neighborhood, which means I’m not the strongest so Pure Barre might not be as hard for you as it was for me. Thankfully, Pure Barre classes are nowhere near as hard as high school sports practice was. Anyone who has had to carry medicine balls above their head while running the halls and stairs of the entire school would agree that Pure Barre is more fun.

Why do I workout?

I workout because I want to healthy. Working out for me is not about losing weight. It’s about getting fit and becoming stronger. I workout because I want to be better, a better wife, employee, friend, etc. Working out puts me in a better mood and helps me stay emotionally balanced. Also, the confidence I gain from conquering a hard workout is a great feeling.

Class Attire Essentials

To be prepared for your first Pure Barre class I highly recommend getting a pair of sticky socks or you’ll be slipping all over the place. Pure Barre studios are carpeted and they encourage you to wear sticky socks. The studios carry them so you can easily pick up a pair right before class begins.

lift, tone, burn -Pure Barre

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