Exploring San Francisco’s Mission District

Last weekend I headed out of town for a long weekend in San Francisco, CA. The friend I was staying with lives in the Mission District, so that’s where we spent a good portion of our time walking around. I snapped a few shots to share.

Many of them are my favorite murals in the Mission. There are so many amazing murals all over the city. I love it! Portland has it’s share of great murals, and there are new ones popping up here all the time, but the elaborate murals throughout San Francisco are practically part of the city’s infrastructure. They’re clearly a major part of the vibrant culture. Pictured below is one side of an alley that’s full of beautiful and often politically proactive murals.

I had a great time exploring the city outside of the Mission District too. There’s a short-term rental program for scooters called “Scoot.” We rode  scooters all over the city, from Golden Gate to Presidio Park, to the beach, through the Castro, and all the way back to the Mission. The scoots were a total blast. I definitely recommend Scoot if you are in the city without a car and it’s not raining. Easy to park, easy to drive. And super fun.

As always when I’ve visited San Francisco, I enjoyed some amazing food. My favorite spot was a greek style counter service restaurant in the Mission District called Souvla. We also grabbed pastries from the Instagram-famous bakery Mr. Holmes Bakehouse located in the Tenderloin neighborhood (very worth the line).

It was a nice weekend getaway from rainy Portland to break up the winter routine that won’t seem to end. I came home feeling refreshed and even more excited for the spring that’s slowly but surely coming. xo

Spring Embroidery

embroidery

Spring is now official. Even though it doesn’t totally feel like it yet in Portland, we’ve at least had a little sunshine and the flowers are starting to bloom. I just got back from a weekend in San Francisco that was amazing and rain-free. My friends and I rode scooters all over, from Golden Gate Park to Presidio Park. Quite magical! I’m feeling refreshed from a solid rain break.

madewell shirt

cropped jeans

embroidered blouse

madewell

I’m loving that embroidery is still going strong this year! The cut and style of this top are a nod to the seventies. The colors are a little more understated which is a great change up from the bright embroidery that’s been super popular, but the white, pink, and yellow still pop against the black. I love the sleeve detail on the back. The cap style of the sleeves is also really flattering.

The pants are super comfortable! Loving this cropped look with the busted knees. Great for showing off your shoes. These jeans go well with so many styles for tops and bodysuits. The relaxed style of these pants are perfect taking your look more casual. I know I’ll be wearing them a lot throughout the summer.

Outfit details: blouse, jeans, jacket, shoes, and bag sold out but similar here.

Photography by Meg Nanna.

 

 

Peek-a-Boo Top with Flared Sleeves

I love every detail of this top. I was super excited when I saw it online… I knew instantly I wanted to order it and couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail. From the dramatic sleeves to the open back to the blue color to the bows I knew is a total score. Flared sleeves have been all over Instagram the past couple weeks with the onset of spring. This top has the extra bonus of the peek-a-boo back. What I love about that in particular is that it makes the top a bit more sexy and edgy. It’s perfect for a Saturday daytime date. Like grabbing frozen yogurt at my favorite- Eb & Bean.

Another trend I’m loving for spring is embroidered denim. It has a vintage quality that I’m really drawn to. I’ve seen quite a few versions that I like. I’ve linked a couple options below. Expect to see more embroidered denim on the blog later this spring too (shorts!).

I went for a pop of color with the shoes. I thought red would be fun and I liked the western buckle detail on these. They have a slight platform too, so they give a little extra height without sacrificing comfort.

Flared sleeves tops: the one I’m wearing, a more colorful version, plus another option here.

I’m also in love with this open back top.

Embroidered denim I’m wearing plus here. Shoes here. Purse here. Necklace here.

Photography by Megan Nanna.

Thanks for reading! xo

A Blouse Perfect for Springtime

We finally got our first hint of spring this weekend. Sunday was not only gorgeous but I actually started to notice the flowers blooming. Then, of course, it was gone with a poof come Monday. At least the daylight hours are longer and there will be more sunshine coming soon. I’m really excited for warmer weather, so I can finally pull out some spring blouses. I’m loving this year’s spring trends, but I just want more chances to wear actually them!

I love this blouse because of how light and airy it is. It has a beautiful neutral base color that goes well with light skin, and the floral and coral detail at the top are really pretty.  Portland typically stays fairly cool until May. The average temperatures in March and April are normally in the high fifties and low sixties, so it’s good to have light blouses like this one. It has long sleeves, but is still lightweight. It goes great with a jacket layered on top for mornings and evenings, but also looks cute with the sleeves rolled up for a warmer afternoon.

I paired the blouse with an extra-jagged raw-hem denim for a relaxed weekend look. The open-toe heeled shoe is the perfect transition sandal since it still covers a lot of the foot. My favorite piece of the outfit, other than the blouse, is the choker necklace (linked below). It’s unique, and the stones are the perfect accessory to the blouse.

This blouse has a little it of a western vibe to it. It would be super cute paired with a leather legging and cute cowgirl style boots for going out.

Here are a couple other of my favorite on-trend spring blouses: here and here.

Other outfit details: jeans, shoes, purse, sunnies, and choker.

Photography for this post by Megan Nanna.  Check out her website here. We shot the post in Cannon Beach, OR.

Thanks for reading! XO!

Colorful Cashmere Spring Essential

With spring around the corner, this beautiful bright green cashmere sweater is a wardrobe essential you’ll be wearing all season long. It’s comfortable, warm, and oh-so-soft! As a lighter weight knit, cashmere is great for spring. This dolman-style sweater is super versatile too. Being cashmere, it’s nice enough for work. It’s also perfect on weekends with jeans, and even I even plan to pair it with cutoff shorts and sandals as the weather warms up. The pretty green shade would pair really well with white denim. I could also see working the cashmere in with a wide leg cropped pant and heels. Lots of fun options with cashmere!

Since cashmere is more expensive than other fabrics, I think this sweater is a great investment  piece. I bought it at the very beginning of the spring season knowing I would be able to get a lot of use out of it all season. It’s classic style will work well in future seasons too. If you’re not as into the bright green, but love the style, there are lots of other neutral options available. Just follow the link right below for other colors.

I love the other pieces of this outfit too. These high-rise busted-knee skinnies fit like a dream! Highly recommend this on-trend denim style for spring. The shoes are a great spring transition item. Not a boot, but good for those still chilly days that last into April. The cutout style gives them a little air… hinting at the sandal season that’s soon to come. Add big fun sunnies to complete the look.

Here I’ve paired the cashmere sweater with busted knee cropped skinny jeans, a bolo choker, sunnies, and brown leather cutout flats.

All photography for this post by Megan Nanna, and you can check out her website here.

Thanks for reading. XO!

Pink Mechanic’s Jumpsuit for Spring

I’m a sucker for the jumpsuit trend, and I’m loving seeing how many seasons it’s lasted. The spring season’s fresh take on the trend is in the form of this mechanic’s coverall jumpsuit. I fell in love with this pink mechanic’s jumpsuit from the moment I saw it in the sneak peak of Madewell’s spring collection on Vogue.com. My boyfriend made fun of me a little bit when it came in the mail, saying “Isn’t that supposed to be for a boy?” Other than the baby pink color it is pretty tomboyish, but that’s why I love it! Paired with a baseball cap and sneakers, it’s the perfect comfy-cute outfit for heading to the beach on a sunny spring day.

The fabric is made of a heavier material, similar to a real mechanic’s jumpsuit. It’s still comfortable and easy to move around in. It’s also warm which is perfect for those early spring days that are still a bit chilly. I added the Pintrill stickers as a detail to make the outfit even more fun and carefree. Pairing it with a ball cap and sneakers makes for an extra comfortable and boyish vibe. I had originally thought about dressing the outfit up a little bit, but after more consideration I honestly don’t think that’s the way to go with this look. Keep it low key. Of course this jumpsuit would also be great with your favorite white sneakers. Adding a bright lipstick and big hoops gives a little more femininity to the look.

Outfit details: mechanic’s jumpsuit, sneakers, bag, Pintrill sticker patches, hat, and earrings

This look was shot in beautiful Seaside, OR by Megan Nanna. Check out more of her photography on her website here.

Thanks for reading! XO!

Happy Home Room Tour: Bathroom

Our bathroom is tiny! I debated about even doing a post on it since it’s so small, but it was actually one of the rooms in the house that we did the most work on. It was a “full gut.” I also love this little bathroom dearly. This could be true for a lot of women- the bathroom is a really important room. It’s a place to take care of yourself. It’s more than a shower, it’s getting ready for your day or your night out. So making the most of that space was important to me.

  • Ok, so first things first- the color… I know… it’s bright! It’s called “wild watermelon.” It was a last minute change of plans. We were going to do a shade of orange in the bathroom but then we decided to put orange in our entryway. So we had to come up with a backup color quickly (keep in mind we were doing a full remodel on the house in a matter of a couple months, so there wasn’t a lot of extra time to think about every decision). I remember when it first went up, we immediately thought about repainting. We were running out of time though, so we kind of had to just to go with it. The color has actually grown on us. It’s nice to get up on a gloomy Oregon morning and get ready for your day in a bright cheery room. We have friends that come over and love it. But we also have a few friends that are more like, “Woah!”
  • The fixtures that were in the bathroom prior to remodel were both outdated and in poor condition. We replaced everything: sink, medicine cabinet, light fixture, shower, toilet, and cabinetry. We even had to replace the window and change it from it’s original size to accommodate the shower.
  • Instead of a traditional bath/shower combo, we chose to do a shower stall. I’m sooo glad we did! I don’t take many baths, so a shower stall really made sense. It’s a modern solution and worked especially well in this bathroom as a space saver. Plus I love the way shower stalls look. We selected a glass stall with brushed nickel trim pieces that we special ordered through Home Depot. If you’ve been thinking about a shower stall, be sure to do a little research in finding a nice one. Look for glass and I’d recommend tiling your walls instead of fiberglass. We used white subway tile and added a decorative gray and black glass tile.
  • The sink, faucet, vanity cabinet, and medicine cabinet are all from Ikea. They have a good selection of bathroom cabinets. Definitely worth checking out if you want to modernize your bathroom on a budget.
  • We decided to put a stackable washer and dryer in the room out of necessity. There isn’t a laundry spacr in the house, or a room that could be converted into one. Our only other option was to install them in our basement which can only be accessed from outdoors. I’m glad we put them upstairs, but (not gonna lie) I wish we had a separate laundry room just so there was a little more space in the bathroom.

Thanks for touring the bathroom and thanks for reading this blog! XO!

Bright Colors for Gloomy Days

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I tend to get in a funk because of the weather. It’s February. Spring seems within reach, but not close enough. I’m a huge fan of being outside, so after months of being cooped up indoors with the Portland rains all I can think about is spring. I drove past a park today and immediately started fantasizing about how, in just a few more weeks it will be warmer, the trees and flowers will be blooming, and the park will be filled with people playing and having a good time. I’m ready. Only a few more weeks.

 

I’m also excited to finally start getting more color back into my wardrobe. We’re still a little ways out from shorts and sandals, but fun colors are a great way to kick your spring wardrobe into gear. I love this statement jacket for spring. Its fun print and bright colors make it a great addition to an early spring outfit. It looks great with denim and a t-shirt but would also be super cute over a black or white dress for going out on chilly spring evenings.

These shoes are also a perfect early spring item. I tend to be sick of my fall and winter booties by February. Plus they’re usually pretty worn out by now. Early spring I tend to wear flats and loafers as I’m putting my booties away for the season. I’m really digging the “loafer mule” trend, and I love this metallic pink take on the style. They are also available in a silver metallic (product link just below). The color is obviously great if you like pink as much as much as I do. I think these shoes are really versatile and will definitely take any spring outfit up a notch.

Outfit details: jacketjeans, shoesbag, and earrings are sold out but similar here.

Photography by Meg Nanna.

Thanks for reading, xo!

Wide Leg and All White

We just had a few nice days here in Portland, which now have me dying for spring. With all the early spring lines rolling out, my wardrobe is getting even more excited for warmer weather. Almost time to stow away my bulky sweaters and dark boots. In Portland, things don’t really start to warm up until April and even May. I’m so sick of winter by February, so when March 1 hits I’m ready to start wearing my spring looks, even when it’s still in the 50’s. These wide leg pants are a perfect transition item for those slightly cooler spring days. They’re light and airy, mostly white, and really comfortable for strolling around city blocks in the sun. With your favorite jean jacket of course!

This look incorporates quite a few trends. It’s a white-on-white look, adding some color with the metallic pink shoes. The loafers are the backless kind, so they also look great with cropped denim and will work well throughout the spring. I love the wide leg trend! I’ve always been a fan of a baggy look. Too tight usually feels too constricted for me. I’m also loving the bolo necklace trend. This one is super cute with a turquoise gem at the top.

Outfit details (all by Free People): pantstoploafers, bag, and bolo necklace.

The jean jacket is not available online (not sure why). I just bought it at Anthropologie a couple weeks ago. I do really love the fit and softness of the denim on this particular jacket, so I’m not going to link anything else. Check out an Anthro store if you’re really interested. It’s by Pilcro and was not too expensive.

All photography for this post by Megan Nanna. Check out her site here.

Thanks for reading! XO!

Happy Home Room Tour: Dining Room

Welcome to our dining room! This room is full of character and showcases the craftsman details of the house from the built-in to the bay window to the columns separating the living room. Light pours into this room during the day getting more sun than our other rooms. We do eat dinner at home quite a bit and love hosting dinner parties here with our friends, so having a big dining room table has been key. I get more compliments on our rustic dining table than anything else in the house, even the Smeg fridge! Whether we’re sipping coffee on Saturday morning or enjoying a meal with friends, we spend a lot of time in this room and love it!

 

From a remodeling standpoint, this room didn’t need quite as much work as the other rooms in the house. It was actually in fairly good condition.

-As noted in past posts regarding the house and the woodwork, we chose to leave the woodwork the way it was to give the home that rustic lived-in feel. It’s in it’s original condition, and it was important to us to keep it that way.

-I mentioned above that the dining table is our most-complimented piece of furniture. I knew I wanted a rustic farmhouse style table. I found it at Naudeau furniture, along with the dining bench and the more ornate dining chair at the end of the table.  If you live in Portland, do check this place out. Naudeau has really unique items at great prices. They especially have a wonderful selection of dining tables and chairs. This one is made of mango wood. We bought it right after we moved in, and it has held up super well. Since it already looks worn in, any stains or scratches just blend right in. I also wanted mis-match chairs for even more of a boho feel.

-Oak floors are covering the original fir, but we decided to leave them because they were in pretty good condition and oak is more durable than fir. Since this is a high traffic room, especially with the dining chairs frequently being pushed in and out, the oak won’t scratch and bruise as much as fir. We did refinish the floors in this room, along with other rooms in the house.

-This is the only room in the house that we went with a white wall color. I do intend to do a full post on white walls and wall paint colors soon, but for now I’ll just say that we wanted to have one main room that featured the popular neutral favorite. I chose the dining room because there isn’t as much surface wall area with all of the windows, doors, and woodwork. I also wanted something that would lighten the space since the woodwork is so heavy. Instead of a bright white, we with with an antique cream. You can notice the contrast of shade between the wall and ceiling.

-The chandelier is original to the home, and matches the light fixture in the living room.

-The piano was a Craiglist score. I literally paid $10 for it, and it matches the woodwork so well. It’s in decent condition.

-The rug is from Rugsus.com. It was such a good deal, and I’m really happy with the quality. It gives a nice pop of color to the room.

-The artwork above the piano is an thrifted item from a local antique store in Portland. The girl in the water is a print from Lark Press. I get a lot of compliments on both, but especially the girl.

Thanks for touring my dining room! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!

Thanks for reading. XO!