Summer Day Trip Idea: Deschutes River

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.

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Top 5 Shoe Picks from Portland Shoe Boutique: Gild

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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.

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How to Nail the Set Trend

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The set trend is going full force this spring and summer, and it’s all about matchy-matchy!  I’m really loving it, but I’ve been having trouble finding a set that works for me. Until I found these two matching Sezane pieces that are perfect for late spring and summer. The print is gorgeous, and each piece fits really well. Even better, each piece can work easily on it’s own. So both these pieces will work in future spring and summer seasons if the trend doesn’t stick around.

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Kauai Recap: Activities, Outfits, and More

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My recent trip to Kauai felt more like a dream than reality. It was filled with magical places and moments. I’m really grateful for the things I experienced while visiting: waterfall hiking, swimming in the warm turquoise waters, and even feeding a friendly horse. Kauai is known as the “Garden Island” and for good reason. It’s luscious terrain and pristine beaches make it a truly perfect tropical getaway. As someone who’s travelled to multiple tropical getaway destinations, Kauai has become my new favorite. We went to visit friends that live on the island, so we got a few inside tips on places to check out.

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Detailed Embroidery by Free People

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Who else can’t get enough embroidery? I’m obsessed! I love the intricate embroidery details on this blouse by Free People. There are delicate beads woven into the embroidered flower pattern giving this blouse an authentic vintage vibe. I love that level of quality in a piece. So pretty!

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Reversible Bomber from Portland’s Shop Adorn

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I’m so happy to have recently discovered an amazing local clothing store: Shop Adorn. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been blowing up my feed with some of my favorite pieces from their Spring collection. They carry the best stuff! What I love most about their selection is that it captures the essence of the Portland girl style so well. From locally sourced jewelry to premium denim to on-trend items, they have nailed the shopping experience. I found this gorgeous bomber jacket there, and I am seriously getting so many compliments on it. It fits super well and the fabric is soft and gorgeous. Best of all, it’s reversible so it can be worn with a variety of different styles.

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Free People Collab: 31 Days of Color

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of color. From colorful imagery to a colorful home and wardrobe, I am all about showing off true colors. I’ve gone through a couple periods where I wore mostly black and white, but those days are long gone. I just love color too much. It keeps things interesting!

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Elegant Jewelry by Ayumi Angel

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An understated look can have a big impact when it’s done right. The key is incorporating well thought-out accents to pull your look together. I love the elegance of a minimalist dress with hand-made jewelry like Ayumi Angel’s. Her spike necklace and chain fringe earrings are the perfect accessories to elevate this dress to to the wow factor it deserves.

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Tips for Wearing the Off-the-Shoulder Trend When You Think You Can’t

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When “off-the-shoulder” went big last summer, I was thrilled. I remember it being a fairly popular style when I was a girl but kind-of disappeared for most of my adult life. When it finally made its comeback, I was thrilled. It think it’s a flattering style- showing off the shoulders and neck. However, a lot of my friends have told me they feel they can’t wear the trend because it doesn’t work for them in some way. I’ve seen so many pictures of all different body types looking really good in an off-the-shoulder look, so I thought I’d share a few tips based on some of the issues I’ve heard.

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Where to Stay When Visiting Haystack Rock

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One of the best things about living in Portland, OR is having such easy access to the Oregon Coast. There’s nothing quite like this coastline- miles and miles of rugged pristine wilderness that meets the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps the most famous spot to visit on the coastline is Haystack Rock. It’s known the world over, and even for those that have never heard of it, its image may still be familiar. This image is even more iconic than its name. At  sunset, photographs line up with their cameras and tripods to capture it at its best. When you’re visiting the Oregon Coast, Haystack Rock is a must see. There are so many options for beach rentals, it can be hard to know where to stay when visiting Haystack Rock. What better way to experience it than a front row seat?

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