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

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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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From Floods to Tacos – A Friendship Story

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Taylor’s Outfit Details: H&M White Tank Top | Fred Meyer Vest | Sloan Jeans | Target Shoes
Allison’s Outfit Details: Inari Tee Dress sewn by Allison | Poshmark Heels | Nordstrom Hat, Scarf, Clutch
Note: Many outfit items are linked to similar styles for this post.

From Floods to Tacos – A Friendship Story

The great thing about friendship is that every friendship has a beautiful story behind it. A few weekends ago our joyful trio (yes, we sometimes let Peter be our third wheel) went to happy hour at Swine. Peter had the camera with us and Taylor and I accidentally color coordinated so of course, we needed to take some fun photos! I think you’ll be able to tell that we have tons of fun together as you scroll through this post!

So how did I meet my dear friend, Taylor?

When Peter and I lived in Corvallis I came home to my work-from-home husband telling me how we helped moved Taylor and her roommate’s furniture out of their apartment after an unfortunate plumbing incident while they were away. A few nights later after things had dried off Taylor and her roommate brought us cookies to thank Peter for his help. I invited the two of them for dinner in a few nights and I could tell pretty quickly that we were going to be fast friends.

Over many dinners and tacos (taco Tuesdays with Taylor), we grew a fast bond that only tacos lovers can understand. (Probably why Peter just doesn’t understand us sometimes as he’s not a huge taco fan.)

Fast-forward to Peter and I living in Portland, and Allison was deeply sad that we were no longer living in the same city. Thankfully, after graduation, Taylor took an awesome job up here. She’s even moved to a different spot and lives within minutes from us! So clearly we still have found #tacotuestdayswithtaylor to be a weekly event.

Here are a few more key moments in our friendship…

  • Carpooling to OSU in Corvallis when she had early classes
  • Tacos
  • Laughing at Peter when he thinks we’re laughing at his jokes
  • Searching for different taco shops
  • Almost weekly dinners
  • Coast adventures
  • Spontaneously planning a trip to Canada where we plan to eat tacos for every meal
  • barre3 in our living room
  • and so many more fun moments

Have you pursued the people who are important in your life lately?

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Live

Outfit Details: Inari Tee Dress sewn by Allison | Poshmark Heels | Nordstrom Hat, Scarf, Clutch

Live

Deep down in my core, I crave a good adventure, a reason to celebrate, and a good goal to tackle. Every day I talk with students about living out their dreams and I encourage you to go live out yours. So, go boldly, go live your life. No one else is going to live it for you. You, yes you, get this beautiful life, so go live it!

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Design a Life You Love

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Planner: Susana Cresce Planner
Outfit Details: Hike Oregon Tee | adidas Pure Boost X Shoes | Jeans

 

Design a Life You Love

Susana Cresce has designed the planner that I’ve been dreaming about for years. Not only is the planner in my favorite pattern, polka dots, but every page inside it is what I’ve been dreaming a planner would have for years.

Over the years I’ve always makeshifted my planners to be exactly the way I want them. Which means that I’d write my goals for the week, month, etc. in the same spot I planned my week. This planner is a dream because the goal spot I’ve been creating in my planners for years is simply included on the page!!!! *CUE ALL THE CHEERING!!!*

There’s a spot for accountability for all of those to-do lists and goals you’re always making. Besides, who doesn’t love checking the box once you’ve completed something? Ah, the satisfaction of finishing a task and crossing it off your list.

I love a well-designed planner. I’ve been using planners since the 6th grade. Each year I hunt to find one that will continue to work better and better to design a life I love.

Okay, okay, maybe I’m a little too excited about planners, but I have Discipline as my number one StrengthsFinder Signature Theme.

Discipline: Your world needs to be predictable. It needs to be ordered and planned. So you instinctively impose structure on your world. You set up routines. You focus on timelines and deadlines. You break long-term projects into a series of specific short-term plans, and you work through each plan diligently.

Planning is how I get things done. I also have Activator as my number two StrengthsFinder Signature Theme which means that everything I write in my planner I will accomplish (No Peter, don’t think I don’t know your handwriting when you write “buy Peter Breville Espresso Machine” in my to-do area. My “Activator” does come with common sense built in). Making it happen is exciting for me!

When one uses a planner they can plan their lives with intention. It is possible to create time to do the things you love.

It’s how I find time to make this blog happen! If it wasn’t for my planner, digital calendars, and post-it notes, I wouldn’t be as productive or fulfilled in the workplace or in my personal life.

The Susana Cresce planner is the planner I’m excited to use for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 and I really hope Susana Cresce continues to release such beautiful planners in years to come. It’s well worth the investment.

If you want to see a little bit more of why I love the planner, check out the beautiful pages in the photos below!

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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

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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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