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Long Weekend in Portland

Eats and Drinks in PortlandVoodoo Doughnut / Salt & Straw / Stumptown Coffee / Screen Door

The best part of travelling is most definitely the food and it’s always the first thing I research when planning a trip.  With Portland known for their coffee, beer, and artisinal anything, I made sure to try as much as possible during my few days there.

Stumptown Cold Brew

Voodoo DoughnutAll the food and drinks were top notch (okay, maybe the doughnuts from Voodoo were overhyped), so I had to balance the overindulgence with some physical activity. Luckily Portland has its fair share of beautiful nature that distracted me from my ambitious food itinerary.

Mt. Hood, Portland

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A small detour on the way back down Mt. Hood led us to some surprise roadside farms selling fresh produce and pick-it-yourself lavender. Can you even stand it?

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Lavender farm, Corbett, ORI’m already itching to get back.

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Into the Wild

Alaska

It’s been a whirlwind August, but it’s finally time to be still and enjoy this last bit of summer.  I spent the last couple weeks on back-to-back adventures in Alaska and Portland so staying at home is all I need right now.

What a wonderful and mysterious place Alaska is. I went with my parents and we spent time in Anchorage, Soldotna, Seward, and Homer – all beautiful. The long days, chilly summer weather, and hauntingly gorgeous scenery felt like such an escape from the normal day-to-day hustle.

AlaskaAntler decor is seriously everywhere in Alaska. It’s a hipster Americana interiors dream.

AlaskaThe glassy Alaskan water and the low-hanging clouds that snake around the mountains look beautiful and ominous, don’t you think?

Alaska

AlaskaA highlight of the trip was definitely fishing on the Kenai River with this guy, Jeff King.  I loved fishing for salmon, but the true experience was in the quiet conversations with Jeff while floating on the river. He talked about his life in Alaska and we couldn’t help but express wonder over the modesty and clarity of it. He has life and happiness figured out and he casually stated that it’s just about knowing when you’ve got it. It’s simple, but I can’t stop thinking about what he said. And for that, I’m thankful.

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

While cleaning out and organizing my craft supplies (I have a lot, so after a few projects, everything tends to get jumbled) I found some leftover leather strips. I wasn’t about to throw out leather, so I decided on a quick DIY project. If you have the supplies on hand, this can be done in about 10 minutes.

You’ll need:

  • Leather
  • Leather hole punch
  • Sharp scissors
  • Split ring
  • Eyelet and corresponding eyelet tool
  • Hammer
  • Letter stamps

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainFirst, take the leather and cut it to twice the desired length of the keychain. Be sure to consider the length of the name or word you’ll be imprinting. On one half of the leather strip and on a hard surface, begin hammering the letter stamps. If the imprint doesn’t take, very lightly dampen the leather, realign the letter, and try again.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainI wanted my name to show very subtly on the leather, so I didn’t make the imprints too deep. If you use a smoother, thicker leather the imprints will be more visible.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainNext, fold the leather strap with the right side facing out. Close to the edge of the overlapping ends, take your leather hole punch and cut through both layers. Make sure the size hole you choose will fit the eyelet.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainInsert the eyelet into the newly created holes – it should go through both layers and poke out through the back.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainTurning over the keychain, place the eyelet on the eyelet tool. Gently hammer the eyelet tool to secure the eyelet.

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainAdd a split ring to the secured eyelet and your’e ready to attach it to your keys!

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Last week I visited the Mast Brothers Chocolate store in Williamsburg for a tour and tasting. Like most others, I fell in love with this brand at first sight. The packaging is absolutely beautiful – they have a full time designer on staff who designs the paper and helps create the look and feel of the factory and store. What a dream job!

Behind the pretty packaging is delicious chocolate. The ingredients are simple, but the flavors are anything but. All you need is cacao and sugar to make chocolate, but the wonderful and complex flavors come from the beans. Everything from bean type, weather, and soil, to the roasting process define how the chocolate will taste. So when you taste notes of citrus, stone fruit, or slate, that all comes from the beans. Cool, huh?

After a little 101 on cacao beans, we got a behind the scenes look at how the chocolate is made. And each step of the way, we got to taste the chocolate.

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn

And here they are! All packaged up and ready to go. Did you know that all the Mast Brothers Chocolate you see in your local Whole Foods and specialty stores come from this very factory?

If you’re in New York, stop by the store for the tour or even just to browse. You can taste chocolate either way!

Weekend Inspiration

NYC
This is the first time I’ve been to New York as an adult and I’m now appreciating just how beautiful this city really is. Even with a pretty rocky start to this trip, I’ve felt lucky to be here. I’ll be calling this place my home for the next 2 weeks for work and play and I already don’t want it to end. If anyone has any suggestions for food, drinks, shopping, or any must sees, leave a comment below!

 

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DIY Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Looking through my Inspiration board on Pinterest, I realized I had a lot of flower crown images pinned. Something about them is so fun and ethereal. With my whole neighborhood blooming with spring flowers, I was inspired to finally make my own. Instead of using fresh flowers that would only last a day at best, I used high quality silk flowers. I picked mine up from Shinoda Design Center in Orange County.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

I wanted a blushy and muted color palette so I picked up light pinks, soft yellows, creams, and whites in the forms of roses, ranunculus, carnations, and peonies.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

A few other things you’ll need: floral wire, floral tape, needle-nose pliers, and stem wire.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Start with your stem wire. Take 1 piece, and wrap it around the front of your head where you want the crown to rest. Take the 2nd wire and repeat for the back of your head. Bring the two pieces together and wrap the wires together in the overlapping sections. You should have an oval about the size of your head. Test the size and adjust as needed.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Take a 3-inch piece of floral tape and wrap it tightly around the exposed wire ends.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Snip each flower with a few inches of its steam remaining. Lay out how you want your flowers to be arranged. Beginning with your largest flower, lay it against the stem wire. Using two pieces of floral wire, wrap and secure the flower to the stem wire at the base of the flower and at the end of the cut stem. Continue adding flowers using this method.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

When you are finished adding flowers, make sure any exposed floral wire and loose stems are covered with floral tape. This secures the flowers and will protect your head and hair from scratches and snags.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

And here’s the completed flower crown!

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

And thanks to Design*Sponge for featuring our project on their Instagram yesterday!

Rainy Monday

Reading in bed

These past couple months have been exhausting. With lots of out-of-town visitors and extremely long hours at work, the lack of rest has finally caught up to me. I woke up this morning feeling sick and reluctantly decided to stay in bed. When I was supposed to be resting, I was stressing and dreading the amount of work that would inevitably pile up against me when I returned. But against my instinct, I put my phone away, stopped checking emails, and let myself be still. The time to recharge, catch up on some reading, and listen to music was much needed for my physical and mental health. Sometimes we all just need to remind ourselves to take a moment to slow down.

Tea time

Rainy day

The Head and the Heart

Everlane Open Studio

Everlane open studio | Dressed In Orange

A couple weekends ago I got a chance to visit Everlane for one of their open studio events.  While sipping on a cocktail, I perused the racks of their new styles and colors.
Everlane open studio | Dressed In Orange

Their studio/office space is a bright and airy loft in the heart of the Mission district that’s simply furnished with modern pieces.  It was filled with dreamy, natural light that really brought the space to life.

Everlane open studio | Dressed In OrangeThe men’s new knit blazer – available tomorrow!

Everlane open studio | Dressed In Orange

Everlane open studio | Dressed In Orange

Everlane open studio | Dressed In Orange

Everlane open studio | Dressed In OrangeGuests could also take a peek at the creative work space with inspiration boards, fabric swatches, and sample pieces. It was personally inspiring to have even the slightest glimpse at the work that goes on behind the company.

Everlane open studio | Dressed In Orange

Everlane open studio | Dressed In OrangeAre new women’s sandals in the works?!

If you’re in San Francisco and another open house is announced, definitely be sure to stop by! It’s a rare opportunity to get so up close to a clothing brand and it’s a neat experience.

Photos by Robin for Dressed In Orange

 

New Apartment

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Well it’s been an exhausting search, but I can finally report that I have a new apartment! We caught a break when Eric spotted a great listing on Craigslist that matched our criteria within hours of its posting, and we were the first to tour it the next day. Although walking around San Francisco in the blustery rain to see apartments was pretty miserable– trying to keep rental applications and our W-2s dry all the while– it ended up paying off because within a week of touring/applying we signed the lease, got the keys, and moved all our furniture into the new place. I definitely don’t recommend trying to rent and move all in the same week, but getting to move over President’s Day weekend meant we could have an extra day to unpack and get settled, so the time crunch seemed to be worth it.

Thankfully we now only have 2 small boxes left to unpack, so the fun can begin of arranging art, buying rugs, and generally decorating this little 86 year old apartment of ours. Here are some “before” shots I was able to take on the walk though last Saturday– I think with a little restoration (I’m looking at you, paint covered hinges and glass doorknobs), planning, and patience this place will be perfect for us. And of course, I’ll try to keep you all updated as I “finish” decorating rooms along the way. :)

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Sorry– clearly I couldn’t wait to unpack and didn’t get a good shot of the kitchen without this box in it!

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