Video Love

I'm a little bit in love with this song (All Day Day Light) and new video from The Morning Benders. Aren't they wonderful? I'm hoping to see them when they roll around to Portland in October. But the video is just so great. 

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Fall Inspiration: Classic Colors

Fall is on the way, and nothing gives me more dressing inspiration than that first day of cool, crisp weather. In the fall shows, there was lots and lots of camel, and I'm liking where that color trend is taking us. It harkens back to the early 1970s, but the addition of army greens and denim to the mix make this color more suitable to the modern palette. I loved bits and pieces of the Chloe show, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, and Burberry all put great twists on the neutral trend. It's so great to see all of that popping up in stores like H&M for fall. I walked into one the other day and I was obsessed with the color palette the store had of camel, army green, khaki, rust, and blush. Yay fall! I love the laid-back-cool of the H&M pieces as well. And those shearling jackets by Burberry? I WANT. So classic and cool. 


Arcade Fire Obsessed

I was going to write a post about this a few weeks ago when I first got the record, but clearly I got sidetracked, so here it is now. All you really need to know is that the new Arcade Fire album is ridiculously good and you must go buy it right now if you don't have it already. 

The Suburbs launches Arcade Fire into true Rock-Star-dom and the album is appropriately epic, with a cohesive theme and not a throwaway track in sight. I almost always want to listen to The Suburbs in the correct order, in its entirety. That says a lot for someone who constantly has her iTunes playlists on shuffle. While my favorites are ever-changing, right now my top picks are "Ready To Start," "Rococo," "We Used To Wait," and "Half Light II (No Celebration." See below for musical genius. :)

Click here to take part in the interactive experience Arcade Fire has created for "We Used To Wait." It only works with Google Chrome and Safari, but it is worth downloading Chrome to see, I swear. If you can't do either, click here to see a video of the experience. Not nearly as good, but you get the idea. 

New York City, Part 1

I have been a bit m.i.a. the past couple weeks because I have been on vacation, woo hoo! I am visiting my older sister in Washington, D.C. and managed to make it up to New York for a few days to visit Barrett, one of my best friends from high school, who recently moved to Brooklyn. It was my first trip to New York and even though I was only there a few days, it was so much fun! I wish I could have stayed longer. I think I visited almost all the neighborhoods in manhattan! Here is documentation part one...

Home-base stop on the subway. Oh hey, Brooklyn.

Barrett and her map. Got a lot of use, let me tell you. 

On the Highline! Love that place. 

View from the Highline. 

Pants: H&M, Tank: H&M, Vest: borrowed from Barrett, Bag: Cole Haan, Watch: Target

Magnolia Cupcakes. Not nearly as good as St. Cupcake. :)

Marc Jacobs accessory store in the West Village. 

$3.50 margaritas at Bone Lick BBQ, free round from bartender Vitaliy!

Then the obligatory trip to Times Square, woo!

More to come soon...


Terrible terrible me!

I have been a horrible blogger lately! I've got so many fun things on my mind, but I haven't had the time to get them onto the blog yet. I promise I didn't forget, but things have been a little crazy around here in post-grad life. :) I've got an exciting trip to Washington, DC coming up and I'm hoping I will also make it to New York for a day or two, so I'm sure I will soon be bursting with inspiration. Until then, I will share some photos from my lovely summer days in Portland. Having friends come to visit is the best excuse to do all my favorite things!

Fun finds at the Farmer's Market

Teaching lovely Jenna how to use my old camera!

The Waffle Window! If you are or ever will be in Portland, you MUST check out the Waffle Window on SE Hawthorne & 36th. How delicious do those look?

Vintage shopping at Rad Summer and Rock 'n' Rose. Look at those platforms!

I'm wearing...Dress: Estam, Shirt: Vintage from Mom, Heart ring: F21, Bag: Cole Haan, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters


The Suburbs

Cool outfit for a hot summer day! Title is a little hint at the new Arcade Fire album, which I got my hands on yesterday. It is pretty amazing and I'm already obsessed. Post about that later. ;)


Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine is my current musical obsession, and frontwoman Florence Welch happens to be another female artist with a fabulous sense of style. Her style is a little goth, a little punk, a little granny, and sooooo perfectly British. If you haven't heard her debut album Lungs yet, get your hands on a copy, stat! I mean it. This girl is pure talent and won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Her raw, powerful vocals are complimented by elaborate and equally powerful song arrangements. Her lyrics are at once ethereal, otherworldly, and refreshingly real. I can't wait until I get a chance to see her live. Ah! Such good music. :)



I spent a lovely afternoon out on the river at my friend's (well, friend's parents') floating home this Tuesday. It was warm and sunny and a crystal clear day. We even had a view of Mt. Hood from the patio, how cool is that? We had a few beers, overdid it on the snacks (surprise), and got eaten alive by mosquitos. That last part wasn't so wonderful, but the evening as a whole was perfect and so relaxing. The lighting in the afternoon was so amazing that we all took photos of each other. :) What pretty pretty friends I have!