Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ten Toes Paddle Boards x Trillium Lake

This week I'd been fighting off some sort of sickness and finally had to give in on Friday and take a day off from work to rest. I literally did not move from the couch all day and Ryan had to drag me out (for my own good) on Saturday for brunch. By the time Sunday rolled around, sure enough, Ryan had gotten sick too. However- we'd promised Ryan's mom some time on the water and couldn't go back on our word so we all hit Trillium Lake for an hour or so to test out her new kayaks and my new Ten Toes Paddle Board.


I started paddle boarding when I lived in Austin, on Lady Bird Lake. Since then, I've loved paddle boarding, but never owned my own board. Ten Toes sent me The Weeekender and couple weeks ago and I finally got to test the waters.


I've never paddled on an inflatable board, but I'm sold! I will admit, there wasn't much standing up this time around (because I still felt like I'd been hit by a bus and had a head full of snot), but it was fun. Tip: If you're not comfortable standing all the way up on you board, try paddling from a mid-kneeling position. This won't work your core as much as standing up, but your quads will be screaming! 

I was surprised how easy The Weekender was to assemble:

1. Unroll the paddle board.
2. Pump to about 16 PSI (+/-225 pumps)
3. Attach fins.
4. Assemble paddle.
5. Get in the water!

There was a bit of worry at first that because the board was inflatable, it wouldn't be as stable, but it was totally fine! Silly as it may sound, but the best part of this board is the bungee cord at the front. It was a lifesaver that held my flip-flops and kept my GoPro from falling the water when I wasn't using it.




Can you tell we both need Mucinex and a nap?!

Disassembly of the board is just the opposite- remove the fins, deflate, throw in the car! I recommend either fully drying the board off once you get home or letting it dry (unrolled) in your garage overnight before rolling up and putting away. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Thank you Ten Toes for sponsoring this post! 



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Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend In Photos

I haven't posted a 'Weekend In Photos' post in so long! This weekend was pretty relaxing. It rained Saturday and Sunday so Ryan and I were not focused on anything but chilling out.


Sunset from our balcony on Friday night. #nofilter

On Friday, we joined forces with a few other friends who live on our side of town for an "Apartment Crawl." The theme was margaritas, and everyone had to make a different type. We started at our place and worked our way up and around NW Portland drinking blended margaritas, margarita popsicles, rosé margaritas, and finally cadillac margaritas. Needless to say, I stopped after the popsicle and was good to go for the rest of the evening.


Saturday was SO foggy and rainy that Ryan and I slept in SUPER late and enjoyed the rest. The rest of the day was spent walking around downtown with the usual Starbucks check-in, shoefie shot of a new pair of SOREL rain boots, followed up with Cartel Land at the theater.


Shop the SOREL Out N About Leather Boot here and here.

Have you heard about adult coloring books?! I'm not talking about coloring drawn out nudes (insert monkey face emoji). There are actually coloring books for adults that promote stress relief aka art therapy. I was one of those kids who spend HOURS coloring. Talk to my mom and she'll tell you I won every single coloring contest I entered. I stopped into Powell's Books an grabbed on along with a package of glitter fruit scented gel pens (DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT?!...no.)


I also discovered the Koi Fusion truck that's right down the street from us. Ryan and I actually ate there again this evening because it was SO good. 


Today was a super crazy day at work and it was nice to come home to this little surprise:


More SOREL boots! I already have this pair of the 1964 Premium Wedges in Purple Dahlia and Shale. However, when I saw this collection through Nordstrom, I could. not. resist. How cute are the camo soles?! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer Stripes









Summer is in full swing and so is my warm-weather wardrobe! We've had 90 billion days in a row reaching at least 90 degrees, so I'm all about the fun, flowy dresses. I love this one because it's perfect for work and easy to jump to happy hour. AND you'd better get it now because it's already sold out twice! 

I'm not a dangly earring kind of girl, but I couldn't help but pair this white mother of pearl pair from Kendra Scott. It goes perfectly and is slowly turning me on to larger earrings because it looks so good with everything!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Green Lilly Crop Top


Crop Top (unavavilable but this is another favorite) // Boyfriend Shorts // Noonday Bangles // Gladiator Sandals (sold out, similar)





Like I said in my previous post, I'm so not a crop top girl. BUT- this is another one that I've fallen in love with. Yes, I will admit, that I woke up at 3am to see what I could get online from the Lilly for Target collaboration. #sorrynotsorry

I'll be honest, being from the south, I've never been a huge fan of the Lilly prints but this one was simpler and not as busy. Like before, this crop top is the perfect length without showing too much skin. I love the open back and it was perfect for the hot, humid days in Mexico.



Crop tops aside, I'm in love with this pair of boyfriend jean shorts. They are super comfy and I find myself wearing them with everything. Like any good pair of 'boyfriend' clothing, these run a bit large (I'm wearing a size 0) which is something to keep in mind when ordering online!

It's been 2 weeks since we got back from Mexico and Ryan and I are already trying to plan our next vacation! I'm SO looking forward to this week because I will be helping to produce and take photos for the SORELstyleMEcontest winners, being held in Portland with 8 ladies from around the world!



Monday, June 29, 2015

Neon Nights in Mexico








Ryan and I just got back from our friend's wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! Talk about a much needed vacation. We shared a house with about 20 other people (don't worry, this place was HUGE!) and Ryan and I didn't even stay in the main house. We were up in the casita with two other couples. The house was amazing and we had a staff everyday cooking meals and getting us drinks. I think we can all agree that Luis and Chicho were greatly missed once we all got back home!



I forgot how much I miss warm summers and being able to lay out by the pool and get a tan. Since living in San Francisco and now Portland, I haven't had a real summer where it's hot everyday, you spend weekends near warm waters or rush home from work to hang at the pool.

I definitely had to do a little shopping for this trip as I think I only had once pair of Columbia hiking shorts that I wouldn't be taking along. I love the outfit above. I'm totally not a crop top-ish person, but this top is just long enough and has a cute envelope detail in the back. It's light, airy, and has a great neon embellishment on the front.

Throughout the coming weeks, I'll be recapping our adventures as well as our adventures we had while in Mexico!

P.S.: Click below to get free shipping on the outfit I'm wearing!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jump Into Jumpsuits


F21 Jumpsuit (similar) // Blooming Lotus Stack // Madewell Cuff // SOREL Sandals (no longer available)








Not gonna lie, I walked into Forever21, saw them, and immediately wrote off jumpsuits. I eventually caved to the trend and purchased this one a couple months ago. It's finally been warm enough to pull it out...and just the luck--it's sold out online. BUT- F21 does have SO many great similar options available.

The worst part of jumpsuits? You have to get totally undressed to go to the restroom [insert monkey with hands over face emoji]...and some of them require help getting out. The best part? You can basically get away with wearing a onesie to work...and I'm totally okay with that.

Conclusion? My summer may or may not be completely spent lounging around in jumpsuits...

On a different note- June has got to be the busiest month, ever. Ryan and I are moving up the hill next week to an amazing 2 bedroom/2 bath/2 balcony/2 car garage condo with one of the most breathtaking views of the city and Mt. Hood that I've ever seen! You can bet I will be spending most of my free time taking it all in from the balcony:



 Right after that I'm heading to Vail, Colorado for the GoPro Mountain Games and then off to Mexico the next! I'm loving having a packed schedule and even more exited for Portland to enter the sunny/ mostly warm season :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Graphic Image || St. Barts Collection

The new St. Barts Collection from Graphic Image makes me want to head straight for blue waters and white sands. This collection was inspired by the Caribbean with it's beautiful color palette including Island Green, Desert Rose, Harbor Blue, and Meadow Lilac. I can't help but want one of everything and transport to vacation time!


Clockwise: 

Let's be honest, I really like this collection because it matches the color palette of Path To Adventure :) The best part? You can personalize everything!

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