80's Inspired


2018 Trends
The 80's are back! Purple, structured bags, power suits, gold earrings, metallics, statement sleeves/shoulders and yes, even fanny packs. The tone was essentially officially set once purple was named color of the year for 2018.  It's fun to see so many 80's trends to be mixed with another decade that's currently back in style - the 90's! Throw in a few star-printed pieces, chokers, white booties and furry tote bags along with the 80's trends mentioned above and there are endless fun options in fashion and style right now. Here's a little bit of mid-week inspiration! 
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Blue Midi Dress


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This post was sponsored by Westmoon LA but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
Midi-length. Blue. Pleats. This dress has so many of my favorite things combined into it! I love midi-length dresses all year long but they make such great transitional pieces for spring. The length works so well for flats, heels, booties and sandals so these dresses are truly so versatile. To ease into spring I paired this Westmoon LA dress with a pair of muled booties and a pale pink bag. Plus, a skinny white belt and a pair of sunnies? I am SO ready for warm weather! 
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Dress: Westmoon LA (C/O) | Mules: 1State (Similar) | Bag: Free People | Earrings: Anthropologie (Similar) | Belt: Target (Similar) | Sunglasses: LOFT 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was fairly laid back. Sunday I attended my first ever Murder Mystery party and it was so much fun! It was 1920's themed so this dress ended up working out not only as a great spring outfit but it was easy to dress up into a 1920's look. I also (finally) went grocery shopping so I'll be enjoying cooking at home with Derek all week long. I've been trying to get out of the habit of getting so much takeout! Adulting - one step at a time.

5 Reasons to Visit Portland, Oregon


My favorite city in the U.S.? That would easily be Portland, Oregon! I went to Portland with a few friends for the first time a little over a year ago and fell in love instantly. Portland was the perfect in between for my love of the outdoors and cities. Portland is rustic, artsy, outdoorsy, and the best part? It is SUCH a food city. We had mapped out the things we wanted to see and do in Portland but we were instantly overwhelmed on where to eat. The options were endless. Here are a few of my favorite things about Portland.
1. Donuts. Donuts. Donuts.
Voodoo. Pips. Blue Star. We went to all three of these donut bakeries and we loved them all. Voodoo is definitely fun and it's quite the experience going - think flashy lights and electronic turntables of eclectic donuts. Blue Star was minimalistic but focused on the flavor of the donut itself. And Pips - my absolute favorite - they make them fresh to order and are topped with flavors, instead of the flavor being baked into them. We had raw honey and sea salt, nutella, cinnamon sugar, the dirty wu (which is a combo of honey, cinnamon sugar and nutella - yum!). Plus, the chai lattes are AMAZING. 

2. Salt & Straw
We went to Salt and Straw every single night that we were in Portland. The flavor options are endless - and so are the samples. We even had  a flavor labeled Thanksgiving Turkey and despite it sounding  terrible it was actually pretty incredible. They make salted caramel using turkey broth, spices and onions. Plus, they had spiced goat cheese ice cream, which is one of my weaknesses, paired with pumpkin pie. Yum!
3. All The Other (Real) Food
Thai food. Italian food. Burgers. Brunch. We had it all. A few of my favorites included Chaba Thai, where we ordered in one night while watching Parks and Rec. And for brunch - Fuel Cafe and Tin Shed Garden Cafe, where they serve you never ending refills of coffee while you wait - what could be better? We also went to the Waffle Window for a quick breakfast one morning - they had both sweet and savory options but I (naturally) went for sweet. Another delicious and quick meal? Little Big Burger - the truffle fries are too good!
4. Endless Outdoor Opportunities
I LOVE hiking and trails were so easy to access in Portland. I loved how green the city was, there was a big focus on nature and with Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens being able to be seen in the distance you didn't feel too far from it. We hiked for hours (mostly by accident because we actually got really lost HA) but it was probably the prettiest hike I have ever been on. We started our hike by Pittock Mansion so that we could also get a good view of the mountains in the distance. We also spent an afternoon at the Japanese Garden, which was stunning with all of the fall foliage! 
5. The Various Neighborhoods
Each neighborhood had it's own feel to it. We stayed in the Alberta Arts District and it was very colorful, food-centric and neighborhood-like. Downtown had the usual city feels, Nob Hill was quaint and adorable with so many Victorian homes and boutiques. Overall, I ended up really loving the area we stayed in. It was tucked away from the city but still easily accessible to downtown and there was still so much to do within walking distance.

Have you ever been to Portland? What were your favorite things about it? What's next on your travel list?

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