Road Trip Recap: Portland to San Francisco 

For a fun five-day Labor Day weekend, I went on a west coast road trip with my mom and brother. We traveled from Portland to San Francsico with several stops along the way. Here’s an overview of our whirlwind trip.


Day 1: wake up in Portland; run through the city and bike to brunch; drive to two wineries in Williamette Valley and continue on to Bandon, OR for dinner and rest.

Day 2: wake up in Bandon, OR and enjoy beautiful views of the Oregon coast; drive along coast to Redwood forest, picking up lunch for a picnic; explore California’s Redwoods and continue south to Willits, CA for dinner and rest.

Day 3: wake up in Willits, CA and continue on to Napa, go to Chateau Montelena for wine tasting; lunch at Culinary Institute of America; tour and tasting at Inglenook; continue on to Napa for dinner and relaxing at the hotel.

Day 4: wake up in Napa and have breakfast in town; head to one last winery before continuing on to San Francisco; drive over Golden Gate Bridge; walk around the Fisherman’s Warf and enjoy a cruise around the bay; stop by Ghiradelli for a sweet snack; enjoy dinner in the city before hitting the hay.

Day 5: wake up in San Francisco and enjoy the San Francisco Love Tour, traveling around the city in an old VW van; explore Boudin’s sourdough factory; lunch in little Italy; walk to Coit Tower for views of the city; enjoy the cable car museum before leaving the city for the airport.

It was a great trip overall that went by super fast. I’m so glad I was able to have the time making such great memories with my family. Tomorrow I’ll share my favorite places and recommendations for this trip.

Happy Wednesday friends!

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Fashion Favorites: Denim Edition

Last week I shared some tips for finding jeans that fit. Today, I’m sharing my favorite jean brands and styles with you. As you read along, you should keep in mind that I am 5’8” and have legs that are longer than my torso. Because of that, I find a skinny or cigarette leg with a midrise cut tends to be most flattering on me (Side note: “cigarette” jeans are just a rommier version of skinny jeans). That said, I many of the brands below have various cuts that will likely work for you if your body shape is differen from mine.

First, my favorite jeans to date are Hudson’s Nico Mid-Rise skinny jean. I have these in multiple washes and they fit me SO well. While they are on the pricey-end, around $200, they have easily lasted me two years of wear and tear. This style is also very fitted, with a good amount of stretch, which keeps the denim soft and comfy.

Rag + Bone’s ‘The Skinny’ Skinny jeans are also a favorite of mine (I’m wearing them in green at the top of this post :-)). These are a little looser and more structured than Hudson’s Nico style, but that extra structure is nice and can feel more formal at times. These fit similar to the Hudson–good for someone with a straight, slightly curvy or athletic frame. The downside on these is that they are the priciest of my favorites.

For a less expensive alternative, I go for Kut from the Kloth’s Diana skinny style jean. This cut has more of a cigarette leg than a skinny leg, and the denim is pretty soft and stretchy. These jeans usually go for about $90, but often Nordstrom marks them down. For example, the Kut from the Kloth jeans below are 40% off! This brand also sells the Diana cut in corduroys if you need to stock up for the upcoming fall and winter.

If you aren’t a huge fan of jeans with a skinny leg, I’d recommend checking out other styles and cuts from the brands I have mentioned. From what I have experienced these brands make good quality denim that lasts after many many  wears (and I am not easy on my clothes!). I also recommend checking out Zappos and Nordstrom Rack to find designer jeans at a fraction of the cost. They often sell an array of Hudson and Rag & Bone jeans on those sites.

Happy shopping my friends!

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Get the Look: Wedding Guest

I’m back in DC after a whirlwind of a weekend in downtown Nashville, celebrating my cousin’s wedding. The wedding was such a fun time, perfectly suiting my cousin and her new husband’s personalities.

On Saturday morning, we went to the Frothy Monkey, an eclectic, hipster restaurant for breakfast (I’d go there again in a heartbeat!). We spent the day walking around Nashville and exploring the city. After roaming around and getting a light lunch to hold us over to dinner, we got ready for the wedding and headed over to the Bell Tower for the ceremony and reception.

Throughout the night I received several compliments on my dress, so I thought I’d share the details and some similar styles. I wore a violet, lace dress by AQUA that I bought online from Bloomingdale’s. I paired the dress with a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC convertible crossbody bag and strappy Michael Kors heels.



This exact style dress was exclusively sold at Bloomingdales, and now there are just a couple sizes available in violet and black. But there is good news! AQUA has some very similar styles in darker colors. These would be perfect if you are looking for a dress like this for a fall or winter event.

While lace and midi dresses are definitely trendy right now, I think there is something classic about this look. They can be worn at different types of events and for years to come. Maybe that’s why I went for it.. and why I’m so tempted to get another one!

Good luck my fellow shoppers, and let me know if you get one.

Happy Monday!

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