We have returned! And let me briefly say that taking a good old fashion, low tech,
low-budget, road trip really does wonders for the soul–better than chicken soup.
My mind is clear and my heart is open. Stayed tuned…
Striped Blouse – thrifted
Mustard Yellow Pencil Skirt – vintage Ann Taylor, thrifted
Denim Safari Jacket – J. Crew, thrifted (via Buffalo Exchange)
Gray Leather Belt – thrifted
Straw Fedora – American Eagle Outfitters (recent)
Sandals – JCPenny’s (old)
Floating Bookshelves – Wine Crates collected since 2003; they have survived 4 apartments and 2 cities in 8 years
And then… there was no follow-up outfit to my last beach post. The photos did not turn out well. I only took a couple
when we were in the forest and under a canopy of dark trees, I look like Sasquatch. It will give you nightmares so
consider this a community service. You’re welcome.
Instead, I give you new outfit photos and a glimpse into my home! Win, win, right? These were taken sans tripod, since
I left it at the beach house (which is one reason for lack of outfit posts). The tripod has made me lazy, ya’ll. Takes more
time to figure out the best way to prop up the camera, than to stick it on a tripod and adjust the height! I finally got fed
up with my laziness and propped the camera on a side table next to the couch and I kind of like the results.
This shirt gets worn a lot, yet has never made an appearance on the blog. My latest color obsession is all shades of
yellow (especially mustard). I’ve been pinning a lot of it on Pinterest: here. Out with my blue phase and in with another
primary color. What’s next? Red? I pulled this mustard pencil skirt out of the depths of my closet and worn in this playful combination, I feel like taking your fast food order at McDonald’s. Only it would be the most stylish McD’s you’ve ever
been to. Would you like to Super Size that?
I’ll leave you with more photos from our trip to the Coast, taken at the Tillamook Forest Center, which is halfway
between Portland and the beach. It’s a beautiful location with tons of wild berry bushes for picking. The museum,
suspension bridge and look-out tower are amazingly designed.
(Left) Little C running on the bridge, with suspension wire detail. (Right) Sunlit tree canopy.
Picking and eating wild berries; elderberries, huckleberries, blackberries and thimbleberries can all be found in the
Tillamook State Forest.
This photo of half my face was an accidental click, but I like how it turned out. As a teen, I didn’t like my chin much
because I thought it was huge, like Jay Leno’s chin–no idea why. I was a painfully awkward young person.
The museum has a neat exhibit display with drawers (at both adult and kid level), each one containing a mini-exhibit.
C is looking at one about the berries we picked prior to going inside. Elderberries and Thimbleberries!
The look-out tower.
(Below) Is the view from look-out tower.
P.S. The post title references a line from the comedy, Dude, Where’s My Car?, starring Ashton Kutcher, which
Hubs and I quote lines from the memorable Chinese take-out scene: <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7luMp6lb9M”>SEE HERE</a>.
Silk Safari Jacket – Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Blue Silk Tank – vintage, thrifted
Lt. Gray Vest – Asos, thrifted
Dark Skinny Denim – Marshall’s
Turquoise Necklace – vintage, flea/street market
We survived the mid-90’s temperatures. No spontaneous human combustion occurred. A grand time
was had by all at the Coast and Little C was the happiest boy, having discovered the world’s largest
sandbox! Here’s the path from our friends’ house to the beach.
A view of the beach, at the end of the path. This photo captures how I felt upon my return from the
trip. Refreshed and relaxed. I’m getting a print of this photo to place in my office as a daily reminder
to MAKE. Time. to breathe when days are hard. This says it all.
This beach is fancy. I have my very own personal wind machine, complete with wind machine operator.
This alone is worth a short 2 hour drive from the city to the beach.
Upon reaching the end of the path and reveal of the beach, Little C says, “Woah”. He was super excited
to see the sand go on for miles and miles. Is there anything better than a child’s laughter?!
I think not.
There is no swimming in the Pacific Ocean, unless you want hypothermia. No bathing suits for this gal.
Little C, the Explorer.
Look out for the next post where I’ll show more photos from our adventure to the Coast and how I
wore the blue top with shorts when the weather was warmer. Hope you all had a chance to relax this
past weekend. It’s a holiday weekend up ahead–something to look forward to! How will you be
spending the last official weekend of summer?
Black Vest – thrifted, Ann Taylor, $1
Cream Silk Sleeveless Top – thrifted, August Silk, $3
Rolled Jeans – Seven, thrifted $5
Cognac Heels – BCBG (old)
Snakeskin Oversized Clutch/Portfolio – thrifted $2
Turquoise Necklace – vintage, street market $6
Earrings – Target (recent)
Silver Bracelets – F21 (old)
Still chasing after summer days. To avoid melting into puddles of blobs. We made a bee-line
to the Oregon Coast and escaped mid 90’s heat wave. It was a glorious long weekend enjoying
the coastal breeze, chowing down on camp foods, ice cream and salt water taffy.
The Oregon Coast, is a magical place and truly astounding. It’s only a couple hours drive to the
Coast, yet the Hubs and I have never taken our son. Super lame. Considering how much our
guy loves playing with sand. The beach is one ginormous sand-box! He went completely
nuts. I do think 2 years old is the perfect time to take a child to the beach because he
completely understood the concept and there is so much to explore. I’ll share more photos
this week of our adventures. One thing you ought to know about the Pacific Coast is that
the water is very cold (it comes down from the North/Alaska). The only way to stand the
temperature is to wear wet suits. It’s very different from my childhood, growing up in Texas,
swimming in the warm ocean of the Gulf of Mexico.
Inspired by the coastal hues, I put together this outfit for a day of work prior to leaving on
I’ve remixed this silk top a few times the past couple weeks, but no photos. When times
get busy, I love pieces that can be worn in different ways. I’m trying to remember how much
I enjoy outfits that require minimal effort. So comfortable, yet pulled together. What have
you been wearing over an over again because it’s easy?
The turquoise necklace is another one that I pulled out of the depths of my jewelry boxes
and have incorporated it into everything I’m wearing lately. I bought it some time ago at a
street market vendor and used to wear it a lot, but when we moved a year ago, it ended up
in a box. A few weeks ago, I pulled out all of my old favorites and they’re now hanging in
the open to be loved again.
P.S. Aren’t you proud of me for not going nautical themed?