Hello Portland! Part 1

Long Beach to Portland!

Well duckies, I am in Portland! I cannot believe it yet that I live in this wonderful oh so very very green city. I love you Portland! I have loved you since 3 years ago when I first met you during a rainy cold November week. You were so mysterious and foggy and whispered sweet drizzly nothings from the sky. Oh, you wooed me all right…and it only took 3 years to finally GET IT. Me and my man belong in Portland!

Well, also, he was born here. Raised here. So, yeah… that wasn’t a tough one.

It’s been 5 days of us being here now and I am just up to my ears in packing and unpacking. I seriously do not want to see a moving box for a very very verrrry long time.

The drive here was long. It felt so much longer than when I drove from Florida to California (a cross country move is one I don’t ever plan on repeating, ever…unless the opportunity was just bonkers amazing and someone on the east coast was gifting me my dream house…then ok. I guess I can move for that!) I think it felt longer because I just wanted to be HERE already!

BTW, have you ever driven through the Siskiyou Pass in Southern Oregon in a 16 FT Penske truck that has some not so great routers? (Rooters? How do you even spell that?) IT is SO MUCH FUN you guys! Like, if you are really into thrill seeking and thinking “I could possibly die at the end of this” you should SO try it!

I hope you sensed my extreme sarcasm.

And also how terrifying this part of the journey was.

Robby was driving at this point (I drove some of the way, ok, a little of the way too!) The signs say 6% grade…which is a LIE. A flat-out lie. Because I drove through some 6% downhill grades and the truck was fine. In fact I hardly noticed. The Grapevine Pass in California was scary leaving Los Angeles and that was a 6% grade. The Siskiyou was just F*ED up. The entire truck was shaking VIOLENTLY and Robby was barely tapping on the brakes. We were gaining speed like crazy and it got to the point where he almost lost control of the truck. The next 5 minutes of absolute hell…

“Please God let us live.”

“Robby STOP braking. OK, I know! I know you have to brake!”

“It’s OK babe. You’re doing great. We’re fine. We’re going to be ok. We just gotta get through this.”

“Redford, calm down baby, it’s OK.” (freaking out inside, and he totally knows)

“Oh God I hope my dress forms are ok!” 

The whole trip took us two long full days. We stopped to stay at a friend’s house outside of Sacramento. You can’t go very fast in a Penske. Also, my bladder is the size of a peanut.

By the time we got to Portland it was past 10PM. We were exhausted and had just enough energy to brush our teeth and we were asleep before we even crawled into bed.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

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French mint and oregano

French Mint and Oregano | Adored Vintage

Oooohhh goodness. Hello muffins! 3 more days! THREE MORE DAYS. I feel like from the point of deciding we were moving to Portland to 3 days from now when we’re actually driving up…it will be 4 weeks exactly and I cannot begin to tell you how these 4 weeks have felt like the longest 4 weeks of my life.

It has been a ceaseless amount of packing, sorting, putting things in “donate” piles… they always say the last 20% of packing is the absolute worst because well, you just want it to be all DONE!

One of the days I was packing and getting ready for the studio sale that happened this past weekend, my friend Theresa who owns Petals and Pop in Seal Beach, came by to drop off four bouquets of blooms to decorate the sale and a special little bouquet of oregano for me wrapped with pretty peach ribbon. Oh that darling Theresa, she knows my heart so well!

So, of course, I took a break from “work work” to snap some photos of a 1930s mint green dress next to these pretty blooms as Theresa and I were chatting about wedding flowers and nuptials in general. This pretty French mint green frock with the lovely lace sleeves will be a rehearsal dinner option…it pairs so well with the muted violet of the oregano leaves, don’t you think?

And it smells soooo lovely. And lavender! Oh, there is of course lavender!

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French Mint and Oregano | Adored Vintage

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My future English Cottage inspired garden

I had to do a bit of research about my garden before I get too caught up at the nursery. I am a woman who likes to plan if you did not already guess!

Now, let me be the first to admit I am a complete novice when it comes to gardening! My mother has a magical green thumb when it comes to all things flowery (growing up in Texas we had over THIRTY TYPES of roses!!!) Mom and I both love to garden. I of course have never really had a good go at gardening as I have been living in apartments most of my adult life where my “garden” was a shelf on a porch or my kitchen window sill with withering herbs from Trader Joes.

BUT, this good ole Oregon soil probably has magic in it! I just know it!

So after some poking around the inter webs I have made a list of the plants I will eventually adopt and plant into my English Cottage inspired garden.

1. DELPHINIUM

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

2.] FOXGLOVE

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

3. HYDRANGEAS

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

4. LADY’S MANTLE

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

5. PEONIES

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

6. LAVENDER

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

I basically want to just live here…

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

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A recurring love affair with the 1930s

In love with the 1930s

In love with the 1930s

In love with the 1930s

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I usually take the opportunity to reconsider my wardrobe and my hair when the change of season is just around the corner. I tend to find imagery or latch on to a certain era and play around with it until I move on to something else. While my wardrobe will never have a drastic overhaul (been there, done that), it is nice to adopt new styles and new ways of wearing things or just try something new for the hell of it.

Lately I have been incredibly enamored with the 1930s again. Or rather the late 1920s to the late 1930s. This is possibly my favorite era for dressing and I just find the clothing, style, and imagery from this era just so damn beautiful and I know I shall never tire of it.

Just looking through all these 1930s style inspirations just aches my heart. I just adore it so much! I have a feeling I am going to be living in bias cut dresses and skirts, puffy sleeve blouses, and long cardigans for the remainder of the year. And lots more hats! You know I love me lots of hats!

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On the Set: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding isn’t all that great of a movie to be honest, but I’m not a huge movie buff and I’ll totally watch a horrible movie just for the gorgeous clothes. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is one of those movies. All right, it’s not horrible. In fact I rewatch it time and time again because it is just SO BEAUTIFUL to look at! Oh, if I could have any movie’s wardrobe right now, it would have to be this movie!

And the house! And that blue wall! And that greenhouse. I feel like I’m in this movie lingering around in spirit.

Every single one of Felicity Jones’ outfits I just tingle a bit inside over. In fact, last summer I spent a good 2 months searching for 1930s shorts just like hers in the movie. I haven’t even worn them yet, but find them I did! Now if only I could her 30s floral bias cut gown. Gah!!!

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I read on A Bloomsbury Life that this outfit above is all authentic vintage pieces from the 1930s. In fact many of the clothes were actually! Her wedding gown was made for the film though. The floral gown is also vintage. Don’t you just dance a little inside knowing these old garments got another shot at life and in such a gorgeous movie no less?

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

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The striped blouse and shorts outfit I covet so much!

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