Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Photo Diary: Hey Portland(ia)!

Portland Summer Travel Photo Diary, featuring Salt and Straw, Voodoo Donuts, Portland Art Museum, rose test gardens at Washington Park, Vista House, The Waffle Window, Portland City Grill, Mcmenamins Edgefield, and The Portland Spirit
Ice cream from Salt and Straw

I'm finally getting around to posting some snapshots from my Portland trip. My friend Liz and I were both getting a little overwhelmed at work and just itching to get away. Our friend Priscilla recently moved to Portland and we kept saying we wanted to visit, so we finally made it happen. We had so much fun (and ate a lot) in just a few days. I already want to go back. A few notes:

Traveling Tip #1: Don't lose your wallet the day you arrive. One minute you're buying ice cream (delicious Lavender Honey ice cream) and the next thing you know, your wallet and the $150 in birthday cash from Grandma is gone, and your kind, kind friends are paying for your things and sneaking you drinks at bars for the next few days. Also, your parents will overnight your passport (need the ID to get back on the plane, you know) and for some reason there will be all kinds of delays and you won't get it until the morning before your flight leaves.

Travel tip #1.5: Bring two forms of ID. Maybe even three. See above.

Traveling Tip #2: Travel with cool best friends. Specifically, have one that's crazy good at planning (she even does it for a living!) because your itinerary will be both organized and filled with amazing things she knows you'll want to do/see/eat (bonus points if her dog is the cutest thing ever). Also have a friend who's really generous and doesn't blink when you sheepishly ask her to buy you three bars of 'Made in Portland' chocolate. And several days worth of meals.

Those are all the tips I have right now.
Just some advice.
And now for some pretty pictures.

Epic sugar waffles and lavender blueberry lemonade from The Waffle Window

Oh you know, just taking creepy photos of my friends at the Portland Art Museum

After a morning hike at Multnomah Falls, we made a quick stop at the Vista House which had one of the most breathtaking views I'd ever seen, even with the rain.

You can't visit Portland and not go to Voodoo Donuts. You just can't. I tried the "Voodoo Doll" and the one covered in Oreos. Both were awesome.

One of the few shots we got of the three of us. Here we are during a mini bar crawl (if you could call it that) around McMenamins Edgefield

Floating houses, seen during our Sunday brunch (booze!) cruise aboard the Portland Spirit along the Willamette River

The rose gardens at Washington Park a.k.a. the perfect place to act out your Alice in Wonderland fantasies. We also stumbled upon a drag show while we were there.  

Our last night in Portland. Such a gorgeous view of the city and sunset from Portland City Grill.

These photos show just a mere fraction of what we did, but they are some of my favorites from the bunch.

I never did figure out what happened to my wallet. In the end, it didn't matter because my friends really are the best.

And in case you're wondering,
the dream of the 90s really is alive in Portland.
It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

(P.S. in case you didn't get that last bit)

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Polish Post Revisited: Pastel Watermelon Nails

Nail Polish Design Tutorial: Pastel Watermelon Nails
Polish Post Revisited: Pastel Watermelon Nails

Since fruit prints are trending right now (also, I haven't done a polish post in forever and miss them a bit), I thought it would be a great time to revisit one of my all-time favorite nail tutorials from a couple of years ago:

Simply visit the post for an easy tutorial that's perfect for the summer. Enjoy! :)

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Dear Daisy

Besides rompers and sandals, my other summer uniform has been high-waisted shorts and lightweight tops. I got the blouse for less than $8 at the mall (kinda wish I had gotten the blue one too) and it's so perfect for the weather!

I'm wearing a cropped daisy print blouse, high-waisted striped shorts (excuse the wrinkles; I was running errands all day), my favorite leather flower sandals by Poetic Licence, and coral red matte lipcolor (Stila's Stay All Day liquid lipcolor in "Tesoro").

Stila Stay All Day lipcolor lipstick in "Tesoro"
Outfit Details:
Coral red ruffle daisy floral print cropped blouse (Mine via Q)
Gray and white high-waisted striped shorts (Dear Creatures)
Floral leather sandals (Poetic Licence)
Coral red matte Stay All Day lipcolor ("Tesoro" by Stila c/o SkinCareRx)

Enjoy the weekend! I know I will.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flock Together: Kit Kat

Flock Together: Kit Kat

Outfit Details:
Red scalloped collar "Looking to Tomorrow" dress (Sammi's; from ModCloth)
Black cat ear beret (c/o Chicnova)
Black skinny belt (came with another dress)
Semi-sheer black tights (c/o Hanes)
Black patent bow 'York Jazz' oxfords (Me Too)
Black bow ring (Forever 21)

Channeling Little Orphan Annie (or Veruca Salt, if you prefer--I happen to like both!) in my latest Flock Together post. A huge thanks to Sammi of The Soubrette Brunette for letting me borrow such a cute dress.

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