Sailing is one of my favorite activities, especially during the summer. I love getting some sun and a chance to swim right off the boat on these hot July days. This Romwe swimsuit is perfect because it’s comfortable and affordable (on sale for only $13.99!). I love mixing prints on suits, especially mixing a solid print with a pattern, and I thought the nude top was a great compliment to the palm print pattern. This suit has a sexy cut that’s really flattering on the bust. Shop the Romwe suit here.
It’s amazing how much I’ve learned and grown with almost one year of blogging under my belt. What I love most is the connections I’ve made with other like-minded people. I’m really inspired by the creative community, and I love being a part of it. One of the most important ways to be creative in blogging is photography. This was something that was a big challenge for me starting out, as I really didn’t know much about photography at all. While I’m certainly no amazing photographer, I’m definitely pleased with how much I’ve grown in this area the last year. If you go back and look at some of my early posts you’ll see why. I’ve learned the technical aspects of shooting in manual, and also a few composition tricks. I find when I go on shoots now, I’m thinking more about the creative aspect of how to make my photos looks more interesting rather than just fretting over the basics. And while I’m still not the greatest in this regard, I’m a lot more comfortable in front of the camera than when I first started out. I was so proud of this shoot and how many photos turned out. It’s a little bit of a photo bomb, so hopefully you don’t get bored. 😉 Anyway, as cliche as it sounds, it goes to show that you can improve as you put in the time and hard work.
If you’re like me, you love to hit up new jewelry trends, not to mention subscription services. And sometimes it’s important to have jewelry that’s really nice… like when you’re attending a wedding or even to adding a little glitz to your work outfit. Rocksbox is a subscription service that is the perfect combination of new jewelry trends and quality-made designer pieces. Rocksbox features some amazing designers including Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, and more. Read more to find out how a subscription works, see how I styled a piece from my first box, and receive a code for your free first month of Rocksbox with no obligation to continue if you don’t want to. Although, I think you’ll be so delighted by your first box, like I was, you’ll definitely want to keep it going.
There are some trends that I tend to avoid because I think I won’t be able to pull them off. Crop tops are definitely one of them. I was honestly surprised that this came back around as a trend this season. I had always thought of crop tops as on one of those nineties trends that could never come back because so few women would be comfortable wearing it nowadays. That said, a lot of nineties trends have come back successfully, and I have seen so many cute sets this season that incorporate a crop top. I was thrilled when I tried this set from SheIn because it is super flattering. It has all the right details: high-wasted bottoms that fit loosely to show off the legs, top with a high neckline that emphasizes the shoulders and neck, and a stylish palm print pattern that works well with all skins types… even pale girls like me.
Early access is on for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Nordstrom credit card holders), and full access begins next week on July 21. Even though the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale lasts for about three weeks (including the first week of early access), hot items definitely sell out quickly. The sale actually gets a lot of exposure during the early access period, with some items possibly selling out before public access even begins, so I wanted to share my favorites from the sale early on to give you the opportunity to shop early. All my favorites from the sale are under $135, and most are under $100.
Nordstrom markets their annual sale as “one of a kind,” and this couldn’t be more true. While many retailers are currently holding sales for summer inventory, trying to move product out to make way for fall styles coming next month, the Nordstrom sale is actually a sale on fall items. Pretty awesome, huh? Getting a discount on the season’s best pieces before the season even starts. This is a great time to stock up on key fall pieces, as these are really good discounts on the best brands. While it can be hard to think about fall styles in the middle of summer, I’d recommend shopping this sale over other sales since you’ll get so much use out of your pieces as you’ll have them at the beginning of the season.
The Vintages Trailer Resort is the perfect place for a fun and unique Oregon getaway. Open year round, The Vintages is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country, so it’s also the perfect place to stay when you’re wine tasting. It’s about an hour away from Portland between Dundee and McMinnville, so it’s an easy and accessible getaway. More than just a few airstreams, the Vintages include other quintessential mid-century names such as the Shasta, Kit Chateau, and Ideal. Their website offers specific historical information for each type of trailer. Most trailers are original, but a few are reissues (aka new trailers that look vintage). More than that, the trailers all come equipped with locally roasted pour over coffee, two bikes to ride around wine country, and an outdoor grill to BBQ. There is a pool and hot tub onsite, as well as a nicely stocked general store where you can grab locally sourced treats and, of course, a bottle of Oregon wine to sip.
I love hosting dinner parties. Since buying my first home, this is something that has been a big priority and we’ve done quite a bit of. Having lived in studio apartments for so long in Portland, and also loving to cook, having a home where we could have a big table and a bunch of people over was like opening a floodgate. We host dinner parties often, both large and small. We have even hosted bigger holiday meals including a Friendsgiving.
That said, we hadn’t yet invested in quality dinnerware. Most of our plates were a collection of mis-match pieces I’d picked up at various sales and vintage stores over the years. I bought the set featured in this post earlier in the year, so we’d have something a little nicer for our dinner parties. It got me thinking more about tablescapes since it’s something I didn’t know much and have honestly been pretty intimidated by in the past.
Around the time I bought the plate set, my local Anthro store was hosting a free tablescape worshop, but it filled up so quickly I couldn’t get in the class. So instead, I turned to Pinterest and my favorite blogs to find tips and inspiration. From there and using my own creative instinct and boho styling, I’ve figured out a few easy go-to’s for putting together a lovely tablescape for your next dinner party. My theme was developed with a girls night in mind, but these tips can easily be applied to other themes as well.
Corsets are in. These definitely aren’t the corsets of the old days, but they still do the trick- emphasizing the feminine figure. I’m obsessed with this ultra flattering trend because it accentuates my curves. I have a naturally curvier figure, but I’ve seen leaner girls rock a corset belt and bring out their curves too. My style is definitely feminine which is why I’m attracted to the corset look- it highlights that feminine shape. If you’re style is more tomboyish, a corset could be a great way to incorporate a feminine look into your wardrobe this summer.
About an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland takes you to the gorgeous Deschutes River area and the town of Maupin. This is a great place to get away from the city to see a different side of Oregon- a more arid, desert-like landscape. Between the tan cliffs runs the Deschutes River which adds to the rich beauty of this scenic drive. There are lots of great places to pull off and enjoy views of the rapids the river is famous for. Between the breathtaking views and grabbing lunch in Maupin, this is the perfect day trip if you live in or visit Portland. Just take 26 and then take the 216 East.
If you live in Portland (or come to visit), make your next shopping excursion includes Gild on SE Division. They seriously have my favorite shoe selection in Portland. I’m in love with everything! Gild offers a curated, yet relatively large, selection of high-quality and stylish women’s footwear. Style offerings range from classic to trendy, so you’re sure to find something you love whether your personal style is fashion forward, comfy casual, or conservative. Best of all, shop owners Erinn and Nicole are there to help you find your perfect pair (or more!) of shoes. Today I’m sharing my top 5 shoes currently available at Gild. Some of these products are also available to shop on their website, so I’ve added links to those.