Thursday, July 21, 2016

Coral Bay, Saint John, USVI | Floral & Flirty


Ryan and I stayed on the far east end of the island and loved the seclusion of Coral Bay. We had an amazing view from every angle of our house and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful place to stay and a more picturesque place to wake up to everyday.

I always tend to overpack, and this trip was no exception. To my surprise, I think I only wore a couple of outfits the entire time -- the rest was spent in a swim suit! I'd gotten this dress intending to wear it as a dress, but ended up using it as a coverup and it was perfect. I love that it doesn't look like a normal cover up, which makes it easy to slip on and head to the store or even out to dinner after a day at the beach. Now that I'm home, it will totally double as a dress for me in Portland!

My favorite part about this outfit are my Woodzee sunglasses. I've had wooden sunglasses before and, to me, they've always looked out of place/cheesy. However, I LOVE the Joshua Tree style because it's a mix of wood AND metal. You can't tell they're even wood and they look and feel amazing. I have a smaller face and I was so happy when they arrived and fit my face so well. I think I might even go back and purchase the rose gold option!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands | Becca Swim

Becca by Rebecca Virtue Swimsuit TOP and BOTTOM // Miu Miu Sunglasses

Get your own FREE month of DITTO designer sunglasses when you use the code TORILESIKARXO at checkout ;)

We finally made it to St. John! Coming from Oregon was a real trek, but I'm so glad we're here. Island time is no joke :) Yesterday, Ryan and I went to Trunk Bay, one of the top beaches in the WORLD. Can't say I disagree one bit. Did you know that most of the beaches here are a part of the National Parks Service? That means that all the land is protected and pristine, and like no other beach you'll find stateside. 

I could not wait to hop in the crystal clear water with my new Becca suit (we don't get warm water days in Oregon!). I love the braided details that add a super fun touch.

The best part? USVI parks have bars and restaurants! We all know there's nothing better than sitting on a beach sipping a rum drink...and you can totally do that here. You don't have to be at a fancy resort to fully enjoy the island life. The food isn't what you'd expect either. I'm pretty sure I had the best grilled chicken I've ever eaten at Cinnamon Bay the day before.


Pro tip: DO NOT have open food on these beaches! I had a seagull dive-bomb me from behind and fly away with my chicken salad. You literally have to make a tent out of your beach towel to eat you food out in the open. These birds know what they're doing and they have not a care in the world!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

4th of July | JORD Giveaway!

Yay 4th of July and a long weekend! I love dressing in red, white and blue and celebrating with friends. Nothing beats grilling out, watching fireworks and making s'mores on a day when you'd normally have to be sitting at your desk working. 

Growing up, my dad would always get sparklers for us and I was ALWAYS afraid of them. My little brother was more of the adventurous type when it came to messing around with fireworks, but I wanted nothing to do with them. However, for the photo above, I ventured out of my comfort zone ;)

Surprise, surprise... SOREL just launched their new Fall 16 collection and we've got RED Out N About Boots this season! The Out N About is one of the most popular styles and sells out SO fast so be sure you grab your pair before they're all gone! 

Also, I'm all about my new wooden watch from JORD. I've never really owned any accessories made from wood, but I love how light it is and I've gotten so many compliments. The best part? JORD watches are made from wood, which is sustainable! 

The even better part? You can win $75 toward your own! 

Contest ends 7/24/16 and everyone who enters will automatically get $20 toward a JORD watch of your own. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Rainbows in British Columbia : Wreck Beach

Ryan and I knew that we wanted to catch the sunset at the beach near where we stayed at UBC. However... :) Wreck Beach is not only a fully nude beach, you've got to walk up and down 5 million stairs to get there and back. Little did we know that once our feet touched the sand, we were in for a naked surprise. Not that there is anything wrong with being nude, it's just not the place you'd envision when you're going to shoot photos for an outfit post.

All that aside, Wreck Beach was beautiful and we got lucky with this rainbow the entire time!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Stripes on Granville Island

I love me some t-shirt dresses! There is nothing more versatile than a piece of clothing that can be worn as a dress AND a shirt. I also love tops that cover your rump :) Summer makes me so happy because I get to bring out the bright colors and funky patterns. I paired this orange stripe t-shirt dress with rose gold accessories for a subtle touch of sparkle and shine. Even the details on my Westward Leaning sunglasses are rose gold!

Speaking of these sunglasses, they're the perfect size for smaller faced ladies, like myself. I find that a lot of the more stylish sunglasses out there are SO freaking big that I: 1. Look like a fool wearing them or 2. Can't keep them on my face to save my life. I love this pair because they fit snug and frame my face nicely. The best part? They have mirrored lenses, which are perfect for people watching!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Canada: Vancouver

Last week Ryan and I took a long 4-day weekend and drove up to Canada. I'd honestly never been out of the country except to Mexico, and that's not really "out of the country" when you grow up in Texas. Let me tell you-- I love Canada!

 Alex Fraser Bridge Crossing into Vancouver

Vancouver is SO clean and gorgeous. We hit it on a nice-weather weekend and it was amazing. Even though we went for Ryan to throw in the Harry Jerome track meet, we were able to do a little exploring in between.

Because Ryan was sponsored for this meet we stayed at the University of British Columbia. Don't get me wrong, this was not your average dorm! Travel tip: If you want to save money on your trip, check out the local university to see if they offer housing options for cheaper than staying in a hotel. UBC starts at $129 per night...does it get any better than that when you're traveling internationally and want to be comfortable?

Images c/o UBC

Not only can you stay at UBC, it is such a gorgeous campus. I've never been on a campus that was so visually colorful and interesting. There are great markets and cafes that are open year round in case you need a late night snack or want to grab an artisan pizza at Mercante.

Where we stayed at UBC

Not only is UBC a beautiful campus, it's a short walk to the beach where you can catch an amazing West Coast sunset. (Another post to come!)

Sweater // Abercrombie Leggings // SOREL Addington Chelsea Boots 

There are so many amazing coffee shops around Vancouver. You bet that was the first thing I wanted to do when I woke up on our first morning there...find coffee! I Yelped Rocanini which was on the way to the Harry Jerome and it was amazing! It's always nice to have a break from the usual grab-and-go quick Starbucks that I usually get in Portland. 

After coffee we headed down to Granville Island to walk around the markets and grab a bite to eat. It was a hard decision, but we landed at Off The Tracks which is a little bistro that offers, breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, small bites and beer and wine. I couldn't help but gravitate toward their amazing almond milk matcha latte :)

Off The Tracks Bistro

Rowing dock on Granville Island

One of the reasons I love Vancouver so much is because it reminds me of San Francisco!

Metro rail lines 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Backpack's Back, Alright

Madewell Necklace // Westward Leaning Sunglasses // SOREL sandals

I spend a lot of time on weekends at track meets supporting Ryan during javelin season (we're headed to Canada this weekend!). It's super important that I have all my essentials in one place so I don't have to hike back and forth to the car throughout the day. I know I've talked about this Cueropapel&tijera backpack before, but it's a lifesaver. This past weekend I threw in:

+ a book to read
+ sunscreen
+ bottle of water
+ snacks
+ sunglasses
+ and other small essentials

I can't say enough how much I love it, not to mention that it pretty much goes with EVERYTHING! The best part? It's got tassels!

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