Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Recently a good friend of mine opened her etsy shop, called Steambobbin. Alison makes unique felted wool hats which are just darling. She gets a lot of her inspiration from hats from the 1920's and 40's so they have beautifully classic shapes with her own sweet twist.  I really recommend you check out her shop.

This is Alison modeling her own design.

I really love this red one. I got to watch her make it. 

See the rest of her designs here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


This weekend was absolutely amazing. The first night we had in Portland we spent with friends and friends only as we rested from the six hour drive (whew!) and went to one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver, Beaches. Amazing food, well done drinks and a great view of the water. The manila clams Nate and I had for an appetizer were to die for. But then, so was the company. 

Courtesy of 365 Things to do in Vancouver, Wa
My mom got us a company room at the Hilton, which only made the stay luscious. The King sized bed and heavenly sheets increased recovery time by about 103%. Now I have a lifelong goal to someday my my bed that heavenly.

On the fourth we did July with my family. Both sides. We spent the day at my dad's with all my youngest siblings. I have an insane family. My oldest sister is in her 30's and my youngest brother just turned a year old. Nate spent a solid 2 hours playing basketball with my very athletic 12 year old sister. Watching your boyfriend and middle school sister trash talking each other over basketball is highly recommended. 

We ended the day spending time with my mom and older siblings at the Hidden Bay Cafe in Portland. Its a great little restaurant on the water with burgers, beer, cheese dogs and some very strong coffee drinks I couldn't finish. My sister, Ashley, got a job there this summer (very jealous) and worked that night. Which was fine anyway because at least I got to see her during breaks. We watched the big fireworks show across the river. If you've never seen these fireworks in Portland I recommend it. They're massive and beautiful. And curling up in a blanket with your man and family over beer and burgers should never be underestimated.

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We were going to leave the following day after breakfast, but decided to brave a night drive, and spend the day in Portland. I'm so glad we did this. Nate's never seen Portland. After a delicious breakfast of Kalua pork omlets and Loco Moco at Tommy O's in Vancouver, we saw my mom's new apartment in NW Portland which was unbelievably beautiful. We met up with a Navy friend he hadn't seen in years who gave a a great tour of PSU. I think I succeeded in making Nate fall in love with Portland like I've always been.

Courtesy of Portland Real Estate

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Shoe Dissection

Shoes of Prey

As a fashion major, sometimes I feel I'm a little behind the curve in garment terminology. My mind gets so flustered during my fashion history classes sometimes because I'm a visual and kinetic learner. I found this diagram today and thought it was so cool!