Friday, October 31, 2014

Adventure Time!

Last weekend we had a debate tournament at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. The tournament itself wasn't the best ... Sarah and I competed in front of our favorite judge first round and he ended up giving us bad speaker points because he thought we were ~less than~ sweethearts to our competitors. As a result we placed toward the bottom of the bracket throughout pre-elimination rounds. In the end we went 3-3 (you need at least a 4-2 record to advance to elimination rounds), losing 3 competitive rounds against really good teams. Even though we didn't win as much as I would have liked to, we performed really well. I am proud of us and looking forward to the next tournament.

Usually the UPS tournament is the same weekend as halloween so it has always been a tradition for teams to dress up together. Even though the tournament fell a week short of halloween this year our team decided to continue the tradition and dress up anyway! :) As a team, we were the cast of Adventure Time -- my nieces would be proud.

Sarah and I were Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. 
Those characters fit each of our personalities comically well so everyone thought it was fantastic. 
In all seriousness, this is probably what we were going to wear that day anyway. 
I wore a pink Lilly Pulitzer Lori dress that I bought this past summer during the Endless Summer Sale  for wayy cheap. I also wore a pair of pink tights and a Princess Bubblegum crown from a local halloween store. The Lilly dress is one of my favorites. The back is cutout which I think is what makes it so amazing. 
Every time I wear this dress I just want to spin in circles and frolic through a daisy field.

For those of you who don't watch the show, here's a picture of Marceline and P-Bubbs. 
They're basically Sarah and myself.

The entire team did a fantastic job with their Adventure Time costumes!

In the end I will definitely look back on this tournament weekend and remember how adorable our costumes were. Not that Sarah and I weren't as successful as we should have been. And that's what matters, right? :)

ALSO! I am super excited about the American flag costume that I will be wearing today on actual halloween, sooo look forward to those pictures!

What are your halloween plans and what are you planning on dressing up as?? 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all!

I'm over the moon happy to have fall here. The crisp cool air, stark colors, the best holidays, and most importantly pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins. 

Growing up I never went to a pumpkin patch because my daddy always had the best pumpkins growing at our house. Having pumpkins from home is always the first option, but unfortunately I don't have time to visit during the early fall so buying pumpkins from local farms is the next best thing. My sophomore year I went with a couple friends to Roloff Farms and wasn't overly impressed (to be honest) so I didn't go back last year. This year we decided to go to Sauvie Island. For some reason I had never been there before this visit. HUGE mistake. It is basically a gorgeous farm community like 10 minutes from downtown Portland. There's everything from U-Pick flowers or produce to corn mazes all over the island. We decided  to stop by the first pumpkin patch we came to which ended up being at Bella Organic

Since it was the first Friday in October the farm wasn't overcrowded which is always nice. We wandered around quite a bit. There was a lack of signs that made it difficult to understand where it was and wasn't appropriate for us to walk through, but we never got in trouble, soo .....

The weather was absolutely gorgeous. For those of you who still think Portland is always dark and rainy here is a bit of proof to show otherwise. This is suppose to be our rainy reason, but it has been warm and sunny lately. After a way too hot summer I think we deserve a not way too depressing fall.

I wore a pretty basic go-to fall outfit. This is the camo puffer vest from J.Crew Factory that I have been obsessing over in past posts. 

(It was so nice that I actually had to take my vest off for a while.)

We indulged in the delicious treats even though I told myself I wouldn't. The caramel apples were so disappointing (totally not worth the $13!). They were soooo caramel-y. I'm not sure if it's just because I had too high of expectations for how good caramel apples are or if these were just bad caramel apples. Regardless, they definitely look better than they taste. 

After visiting Bella we decided to drive around the island and soak in the scenery. I saw more full-sized pick-ups than I have the entire time I've lived in Portland. Maybe this is a hotspot to find boys? I can dream.

In the end I had a great time at Bella, even in spite of less than great and way too expensive caramel apples. They have a cute little shop with fresh food and gifts to buy. I found a couple retro advertisement signs for my apartment: one is Winchester and the other is Case equipment. The most exciting part was discovering Sauvie Island. It was a little taste of country right in Portland. I have a feeling I'll be returning quite often ...

Have you done any fun fall activities yet?

Camo Vest (J.Crew) | Ram Head Bag (C.Wonder) | Riding Boots (Vince Camuto) | Sunglasses (RayBan) | Necklace (Free Press)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Insta-Recap + Favorites

September came and went before I really realized it was here. Alot of fun things happened: I started my senior year of college, we had our first two debate tournaments, and I moved in with some awesome new roomies. I was going to write about this being my last year of school and how I've been a little sad over that, but I am trying to avoid those feelings so we'll focus on positive things :). 

Will and I went to the State Fair. If you haven't already, check out my post about our visit!
I moved into the BAE (Best Apartment Ever!) with three other ladies that I'm looking forward to spending lots of time with this school year.
We went to Kansas City for debate! I had an amazing time even though my partner and I weren't as successful as I had hoped. It was a great way to start off the season. There was alot of good food and old friends. :) #PDXcarpet
Kansas City is full of the best food I have ever ate. Ever. (Sorry Mama!) This is from Oklahoma Joe's.
I finally got around to wearing this headband I bought from a Native American woman on the 4th of July. There's really no reason to include this picture other than I wanted to show off how cute it is. 
This is the team at the Northwest Warm-Up tourney. I love this team. My partner and I were fairly successful (we made it to quarter finals, I was 5th speaker, and she was 2nd speaker) which was really encouraging!

September Favorites <3

I am head over heels for this vest. Desperately I tried to get my hands on the similar one J.Crew had last winter but no-go. Expect me to wear it in multiple outfit posts this fall. I'm going to wear it practically all the time (and I won't even feel bad about it.)

"Dirt" - Florida Georgia Line
Maybe it's part of how homesick I've been lately, but I can't get enough of this song. I currently have "you know you came from it, and some day you'll return from it" written on my white board. It's a beautiful song, and really touching for those who have strong hometown roots.

This stuff has kinda killed my diet, but I don't even care. It is so good. If you haven't tried it then go buy some right now, watch Gossip Girl, and have the perfect night alone. Definitely my new favorite B&J's flavor. (Sorry Willie Nelson's Peach Cobbler!)

My Lilly Pulitzer Agenda - $28
This is my third year using a Lilly agenda. It's always exciting to start a new one. Does anyone else use a Lilly agenda? Or if not do you have an agenda you prefer?

Alrighty. That's a basic recap of my September life. Hopefully now that I'm all settled in I will be able to find more time for blogging. 

What was the highlight of your september?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birch Box

I get Facebook ads encouraging me to sign up for Birch Box all the time. For about a year I've been ignoring them. After hearing good things from a family member I finally decided to check it out. It's only $10 for a monthly box and you can cancel at anytime, so why not? 

Today I received September's box in the mail. It was a nice little surprise considering I forgot I had ordered it. The packaging is super cute and that always makes products more fun. 

My favorite thing about the packaging is that the box itself is nice. I will definitely hang on to it and use it for storage (or maybe a future craft project?). 

I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of products. My expectation was alot of body wash and lotion -- things I definitely don't need more of. I'm usually not to stoked about trying new skincare products, but the ones included look interesting.

My September box includes:
Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream (full size $20)
ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night ($2.99)
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara (full size $25)
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel (full size $48)
Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah (full size$22)
Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum ( full size $68)

The perfume and liquid loofah are things I'll likely never use so those will be passed on to my mom or a friend. All in all I'm happy with my first Birch Box and looking forward to the November one!

If you haven't ordered your Birch Box, do so ASAP! 
You can click here to order

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Oregon State Fair

My life is on track to be back to normal. Summer is over and school has started. I'm officially a senior and determined to have as much fun as possible this year. I'm finally doing all of the things I've said I should do over the past 3 years. First on my list: Oregon State Fair. 

I went with my best friend, Will. Between the animals, food, and music it was a great day for both of us. Here's a look into all the fun we had:

I discovered the deep love I have for Eastern Oregon over the summer. It truly is my home. Coming back to Portland for school always makes me homesick for the first couple weeks, but after having an amazing summer in the country this time it's extra difficult. The fair was a great way to bring home to the city. My friend and I spent quite awhile looking at the animals and watching them be showed. It's so fun watching so many talented kids work with their beautiful animals.

When I decided to go to the State Fair I just planned on consuming thousands and thousands of delicious calories. The first thing we did after awwing over the animals for a bit was grab some grub. We had lunch from Mt. Angel Sausage Co. Will and I both had bratwursts (he had his with a bun, I had mine without) smothered in sauerkraut and onions as well as a side of curly fries. If you're ever around Mt. Angel definitely stop by their restaurant. So delicious.

For sweet treats we stopped by the Umpqua Ice-Cream booth. I had a huckleberry cheesecake cone. 

... I was really excited about this ice-cream. They better sell this stuff in stores.

One of the exhibit hauls had a giant Umatilla County display. I'm from Morrow County, not Umatilla, but it's still part of my homeland. It was heartwarming to chat and bond with people over being from Eastern Oregon. I just already miss that place so much. 

In North Eastern Oregon we have two things to brag about: the Pendleton Round-Up, and Hermiston watermelons. Will always thought I was exaggerating how much folks love watermelon out in Eastern Oregon until we went to the Umatilla County exhibit. From free watermelon to a watermelon seed spitting competition there was watermelon  fun everywhere. 

Of course there was lots related to the round-up. It was neat to look at all of the old photos and artifacts. We spent quite a bit of time there ... mostly because the exhibit haul is a nice break from the heat.

I was pretty stoked to find this Morrow County banner. Gotta stay true to your roots. #MoCo4Lyfe

We were lucky enough to attend the fair on one of the days that James Drury (The Virginian) was visiting.  He told lots of good stories about filming the show and  stayed a gentleman when answering questions about some of the ladies from the show. There were probably 75 people listening to him speak and, no exaggeration, Will and I were the only people there under probably 50. Classic. 
Soon thereafter we called it dinner time. There were numerous BBQ places to eat, but we chose Adam's Smokehouse because it seemed to have the most competitive prices. It was also tucked away from the crowd by a nice shaded area with a Bluegrass band playing nearby--score. I had ribs and there grilled corn. It was so good. Probably the best ribs I've had outside the Midwest and Texas. I'm not sure which was messier the corn or the ribs, but I was a mess by the time I was done. Hopefully I'll be able to visit their restaurant in Salem soon.

A major reason for attending the fair on the day we did was because Chirs Young (see: my boyfriend) was performing that night. I found this out well after VIP tickets were sold out so our plan was to get in line early for the best free seats. Gates opened at 5:45 (concert at 6:45) so we got in line at about 5:00 and were able to sit in the first seats available behind the VIP section.

Before getting in line we went and had a mixed drink. Literally the weakest drink I've had in my [almost] six months of being 21. My Pendleton and diet might as well have just been diet. After that we stuck to beer which is my suggestion. (Also excuse this gross picture of me. It was a long and hot day.)

The concert was great, as expected. Even though I have already watched him open for George Strait I was crazy giddy the entire time. Like I said, we sat pretty close which was awesome. Before Chris sang "Who I am With You" a guy proposed to his girlfriend on stage. Chris was super adorable about. Just saying but the bar for proposing has been set high...

That was my experience at the state fair! If you're able to visit the Oregon State Fair next year I highly recommend it. I am not one for carnival games and rides but there's plenty of that for those of you who are interested! Were any of you able to visit your local fair this year?

And incase you were wondering about my tunic, it's from Ariat and you can buy it here :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer of Books

During the school year it's nearly impossible to find time for leisure reading. That's why I'm making sure I take advantage of having a lot of free time this summer by reading often. It's the last summer before I finish undergrad so I'm really trying to figure some existential things out, and I am a total sucker for learning life lessons from books. I plan on sucking in as much wisdom as possible.

Most of the books I'm interested in are classic literature or set somewhere in American history. This post isn't some "10 Books Every Woman HAS To Read" list. Your literary interest might be completely different. This is just what I am excited to read this summer. Hopefully some of them might interest you as well!

(All summaries below are borrowed from Powell's.)

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of non-fiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry  
The Last Picture Show is one of Larry McMurtry's most memorable novels, and the basis for the enormously popular movie of the same name. Set in a small, dusty, Texas town, The Last Picture Show introduced the characters of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny: teenagers stumbling toward adulthood, discovering the beguiling mysteries of sex and the even more baffling mysteries of love. Populated by a wonderful cast of eccentrics and animated by McMurtry's wry and raucous humor, The Last Picture Show is a wild, heartbreaking, and poignant novel that resonates with the magical passion of youth.

Heaven Is Real by Todd Burpo 
When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed — a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy's trip to heaven and back. Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery — and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love — and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Song Of The Lark by Willa Cather

Perhaps Willa Cather's most autobiographical work, The Song of the Lark charts the story of a young woman's awakening as an artist against the backdrop of the western landscape. Thea Kronborg, an aspiring singer, struggles to escape from the confines her small Colorado town to the world of possibility in the Metropolitan Opera House. In classic Cather style, The Song of the Lark is the beautiful, unforgettable story of American determination and its inextricable connection to the land.

Fire On The Mountain by John N. Maclean

In this acclaimed bestseller of investigative journalism, John N. Maclean chronicles the deadly 1994 Colorado forest fire that was wrongly identified at the outset as occurring in South Canyon. This misidentification was the first in a string of seemingly minor human errors that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting as fourteen men and women firefighters — experts in their field — lost their lives battling the South Canyon blaze.

The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
First published in 1939, Steinbecks Pulitzer Prize–winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

What book are you reading or planning on reading this summer?

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