Travel | Spring Hygge with Kimpton Hotels

First things first, what in the world is hygge?! Pronounced "hoo-gah", it simply means an approach to living that embraces positivity and enjoyment of everyday experiences. I'd never heard or seen this word until Kimpton Hotels contacted me to partner up on their Spring Hygge campaign, but definitely see how they strive to incorporate this into every aspect of their properties.

If you follow me on social, you know that Ryan and I  have been traveling A TON for work lately. This past weekend we headed down to the Portland waterfront for a little staycation at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel. I've never really had any reason to stay at a hotel in Portland since moving here, but the accommodations at RiverPlace were great. Just walking in to the room you get a refined lodge feel with warm tones, a welcoming fireplace, and a gorgeous view of the river. They've taken all the details into account even when curating the yummy smelling Atelier Bloem toiletries, signature Kimpton Candles, and my favorite, bathrobes! (Hotel bathrobes are literally THE BEST!)

After checking in, we promptly grabbed a couple bicycles and rode up and down the waterfront.

This is an area of Portland we don't really think to visit, but it really is gorgeous. We knew a storm was coming so we promptly grabbed our umbrellas and walked down the waterfront to grab coffee and a snack and wait for the rain (it also hailed!) to go away. Living in Portland, I always carry an umbrella with me because the weather can be so unpredictable, but lucky for anyone staying at RiverPlace, all rooms come with umbrellas if you're like me and don't care for rain jackets :)

We had a few minutes before our dinner reservations at Three Degrees, so of course we headed to the bar to grab a couple cocktails.

I admit that I don't always think to go to restaurants in hotels when trying to decide where to grab a meal. However, the experience and food we had at Three Degrees was nothing short of AMAZING! We were instantly greeted by Chef Lauro Romero at our table. He totally hit us in the tastebuds by bringing a rockfish ceviche that took us back to deep sea fishing in Mexico to make our own on a past vacation. We then had a little taste of the special, halibut, which too had a bit of subtle Mexican flair.

We were then presented with a dish I would eat -- dungeness crab toast with smashed avocado and pickled fresno peppers. To die for!

Soon after we happily received our main dishes. I went with the Pan Seared Salmon with pea gnocchi, english peas, cipollini soubise, and smoked mussel salsa verde. Ryan landed on the Grilled Pork Chop with sun choke, pea sprout & apple slaw on top of the most delicious mole dojo (you know I had to dip my fork into that mole!)

As if this wasn't enough food, we ended the night with cheesecake made from local Ava cheese. Needless to say we went to sleep full and happy.

I'm not one to ever order room service or breakfast in bed, but the next morning we decided to indulge just a little bit more and go for the food gold.

We went home that day well rested and ready to take on the week ahead. So thankful to Kimpton for inviting us to partake in such a lovely weekend and can't wait to book our next stay!

This post was sponsored by Kimpton Hotels


Writing Your Next Chapter

Moving on is never easy. Well, sometimes it is. We've all been in bad relationships, friendships and jobs that we had to move on from. Sometimes we're even forced to move on, broken hearts, job layoffs etc. But what do you do when your heart tells you to continue to move forward, but you're feeling like you should just stop?

At what point do you have to decide to say your goodbyes?

Today I came to a realization: Just because you are good at something, doesn't mean that you should keep doing it. Momentum is only positive if it's carrying you in the right direction. For the past 4 years I've been trying to prove myself and earn my place only to find that I'm still a freshman after four years in high school. There's nothing worse than subtly being told,"You can't be this/do this." My question is always,"WHY?"

Am I at the top of my game? Absolutely not. Are there things I still need to learn? Of course. But the real question is,"Is there room for me to grow and should I be continuing to try and grow here?"

I realized today that I'm at a crossroads. It is up to me to decide my future and I've got some big decisions ahead. Life is temporary and we only have one to live and I've always been a proponent of living the one I've got to the fullest.

It may be time to start writing my next chapter and I'm ready to do just that.

Rain, Rain, You Can Stay

Just kidding, I'm SO ready for this rain to be GONE! However, in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the fact that SOREL now has rain boots! And not just any rain boots, rain wedges! Gone are the days of 'meh' rain boots. These rain wedges have changed the nasty weather styling game completely. There's no need to bring a change of shoes with you to work or wherever you're going -- these guys were meant to look stylish enough to wear all day long, no matter if you're running errands or you're at the office. 

I'm also SO in love with my new rainbow umbrella. It makes the rainy days a bit brighter :)


2017 Prius Prime | Toyota

I recently partnered up with Toyota to check out their new Prius Prime. I will admit that I was definitely skeptical at first, but this is not your run of the mill Prius. This is the most efficient car I've ever driven. I obviously won't be going over every single feature...there are just too many...but here are my favorites:

I was taken aback by all the bells and whistles inside! I drive a Subaru Crosstrek where the most technologically advanced option is heated seats :) The Prius Prime has an 11.6 inch navigation screen from where you literally control everything- radio, apps, navigation, climate control, and so much more. Because I'm not used to driving a car with so many gizmos and gadgets, it was a bit overwhelming at first and took a while to get used to the enormous dashboard.

My absolute favorite part of this car is the Color Head-Up Display. I speak from experience when I say I've gotten way too many speeding tickets because I'm just not paying attention to the speed limit/going with the flow of traffic. During your drive, it not only displays your current speed, but it tells you what the speed limit is and if it changes! It also shows where your next turn will be if you're using navigation as well as how you're doing on energy. This will be the one feature (aside from the heated steering wheel!) that I will definitely be looking for in future car purchases.

I love that The Prius Prime doesn't look like the Prius that everyone has come to know. The design is definitely different, and sleeker, inside and out. When I drove up to work, no one even knew what model car I was driving!

On top of looking sleek and being able to keep up to highway speeds, The Prius Prime can switch between EV, hybrid, or both. You are able to choose which mode you drive in OR you can let the car choose for you, making for a more efficient drive. All of these factor together to give you 25 miles on EV mode or around 640 miles driving range using both. In the first week of driving, I only charged once, never added any gas, and was left with about 3/4 of a tank of gas. Had I driven longer I would've definitely gotten the hang of charging on a regular basis and learning how to drive more efficiently.

Speaking of charging, this task was super simple as well. I'm lucky enough to have a charging station at my office that I could try out. It took about 2.5 hours to get a full charge and only cost $1 per hour of charging. If you ask me that TOTALLY beats having to fill your tank with gas! If you don't have a charging station near you or at home, don't worry. The Prius Prime also comes with a regular wall plug in (just like your hair dryer or vacuum) and you can plug it in at home in your garage. The only drawback to charging at home will be that it takes about 8 hours to get a full charge.

I had so much fun driving the new Toyota Prius Prime and definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a fuel efficient vehicle. I only talked about a handful of the features but definitely encourage you to check it out for yourself because there are SO MANY more! Happy driving!


Designer for Less | Trendlee

When it comes to making an investment in designer handbags, the choices can be overwhelming. There are so many places out there today that offer great selections, but I've found a solution that won't (totally) break the bank. One world: pre-owned. Trendlee is an amazing site that offers pre-owned designer handbags, at a fraction of the cost. Their collection is highly curated and offers gorgeous pieces from Hermes to Celine. Every handbag even comes with a certificate of authenticity, assuring that you're getting the real deal. I highly recommend Trendlee if you're thinking about taking the plunge into the designer handbag sea. 

The Celine Phantom Bag featured above is great for a year-round bag and one of my favorites that I'm thinking about for spring/summer is the Louis Vuitton Alma Handbag. They have such an amazing collection, it's going to be hard to choose just one :)

This post was sponsored by Trendlee.


You Are Greater Than You Think

Following up on my previous post, I'm going to be taking a slight avenue away from outfit posts and be talking more about what's going on in my day-to-day/weighing on my heart/etc.

New years signify change, new beginnings, resolutions, and starting over. Unfortunately, my 2016 carried over into my 2017 -- but only because I let it. It wasn't until yesterday that I realized, because it was so blatantly in my face and cornered me in our conference center at work, that I am surrounded by the most supportive, acknowledging, talented, admiring, strong, and like-minded women that I could ever ask for.

Toward the end of 2016, a few things happened in my work life that I let get me really down, discouraged, and frustrated. It isn't typical "me" behavior to not be a strong individual, but I let it get to me because of how much a truly love my job and how passionate I am about my current employer. I can't even imagine having my own business if this is one that I love more than anything!

I've come a long way in my career, and in social media and digital marketing isn't something that I just woke up one day (yeah, us millennials do that!) and decide,"you know...I like Instagram and Tweeting so I think I should be given a social media title." That doesn't happen. There is SO much more to social media than writing witty content and taking pretty photos. There's a deep understanding of the inner workings, social algorithms, constant platform updates, analytics, how to even find those analytics, how to even understand those analytics once you've found them, what goes on with the media buying side of things, and agencies, just to name a few. I've paid my dues and 2017 will be my 9th year in my field. I'm learning new things on a daily basis because social media and paid media change by the minute and are constantly evolving.

All that being said, if you ever find yourself in a discouraging situation and your frustration has come to a head, don't try to handle everything yourself. Stop and look around. Chances are, there are far more people who see what you're going through, that will be there for you at the drop of a hat. I didn't realize that I was surrounded by so many people who truly and GENUINELY want to see me succeed and are willing to lift me up and support me through my rough times.

No situation you are in will ever be perfect. You will always encounter obstacles that challenge you and test every ounce of your patience. We don't grow when things are easy -- we grow when we face challenges. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same.


New Year Update

DEATILS: Jacket (on MAJOR sale!) // Sweater // Jeans // Boots (not coming out until 10/1, but have linked others below!) // Necklace

We've been hit with some crazy weather here in Portland lately! In total we've had to miss over a week of work because of snow and ice. I won't lie, it really is nice to work from home (in your pajamas), and I honestly get so much more done when I'm not in the office.

All that being said, and taking the Christmas/New Year holiday into account, I've been thinking long and hard about continuing on my blogging journey. I've decided that I want to do more of what is true to me and write and invest time in things that aren't so outfit post focused, and go a bit deeper into my passions. Yes, there will still be outfit posts, but I don't want to feel so constrained to just those. I always seem to get a lot of feedback via Instagram Stories and Snapchat, so feel free to shoot me a message letting me know what you want to see more of this year!

Kicking off spring 2017 at SOREL, we've got a lot of neat things in the works with travel involved. Ryan and I are also planning on heading back to Saint John in May and I couldn't be more excited to already have a vacation in the works.

I've been in Portland going on 4 years now, doing the same thing, and I feel a needed change coming on. My career has always been so important to me, and I learned early on that job security and happiness in my current role is always key. Relying solely on blogging was never something that I wanted to do, as opposed to climbing the corporate ladder (yeah, I know that sound weird coming from a millennial). I've never been afraid to step up or move across the country for new opportunities, hence how I ended up in Portland in the first place. 2013-2014 were years of learning in my career, 2015-2016 were years of proving, and 2017 is my year to own it and I'm going to take it full force :)

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