Thursday, September 21, 2017

Faded Blues and a Leather Vest

Blue Dress and a black Leather Dress with Booties

We can already see the change in trees and the light fading in the evening. The sun doesn't come up as early and even though we have nice hot days, the nights are cooler and the mornings are hazy. We all know what's to come. It's one of the reasons most people decide to move here. FALL.

It's right around the corner, trying to sneak up on all of us but locals know it's coming. We can see it and though we know it's still a good few weeks away, it's there and it's waiting.

The outfit reminds me of Fall. It's something I would wear in November with a pair of back tights. You wait and see. I can be predictable like that. Two-thirds of my outfit is from the thrift store. My dress and my black leather vest(which I love). I love a-great-many-a-thing in my wardrobe and this vest is top 10 easily. It was a steal of a bargain and I never looked back after my purchase. 100% leather. It was the only thing I bought during that trip.

This dress was purchased for a mere $7 and it bleeds into Winter like a charm. Pairs well with every single stocking I own. It'll be put to the test this year. It'll be a real grab-and-go during my more tiresome mornings.

Jewelry is primarily Aventurine. It's on the necklace I made and one of my bracelets. Along with pearls, pink quartz and green sandalwood. My ring is one of my staples and has an amethyst in the center of it. I love gold.

Blue Dress with a Black Leather Vest with Booties and Stone Bracelets
Dress - Theory (similar, similar) // Vest - KENNA-T (similar) // Boots - The office (old, similar) // Necklace - Handmade (Aventurine Bead) // Bracelets - Aventurine, Pearls, Pink Quartz & Sandalwood // Ring - HSN

Peplums and Pie Blue Dress and Black Leather Vest

Sunday, September 10, 2017

David Hill Vineyard and Winery - Forest Grove, Oregon

Photo of David Hill Wine House, Forrest Grove Oregon

Growing up in Oregon, you're surrounded by old country roads. Any way you go, you're 10-20 minutes to farmland. In addition to farmland, you also have peach trees, blueberry farms, marionberry farms... and wineries.

A few months ago I took a weekend trip down to see my brother in Oregon. He and his wife humored me by taking me to a few wineries I'd never been to. One that they love and made me a patron to was David Hill Vineyard out in Forest Grove.

Photo of David Hill Vineyard

Wine Grapes

Ad you can see by the photos, it doesn't need any kind of further introduction. The landscaping is gorgeous and you feel like you're coming home from a long trip. The land is so welcoming and the owners and workers or overly inviting. They're happy to make you comfortable by offering flights, a glass or a bottle to enjoy for the day or take home for the evening.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Yellow Elephants and a Black Mini Skirt

Through out the past few year I've weeded out a lot of printed tees and tanks. This one remains though it's only worn on the weekends out of fear it's not professional enough. This past week I broke out of my shell and wore it to work with a black skirt from The Loft and I think it was pulled off rather nicely.

Paired with my new Tory Burch flats, which I swear by and want 8 other pairs of. I have a post on how buttery they are here. It was so nice to feel comfortable at work in my favorite tank.

Oddly enough, this tank doesn't get a lot of compliments. Probably because everyone owns a pair of urban printed elephant pants, but I love it. I always feel happy in yellow and elephants are kind and nurturing so why wouldn't you like them??

Anyway, found out in this post that I definitely need to clean that mirror and that's why I keep getting lens flares in the camera. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when the light goes away in the mornings. It'll be awfully hard to take photos. Let me know if any of you have suggestions for me!

Top - Anthropologie (similar)  // Skirt - The Loft (similar) // Flats - Tory Burch 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 Erin Condren Planner

Erin Condren Planner with glasses and mug

This is a story about how I broke down and bought an Erin Crondren planner. They're spendy. I researched for a whole month on different types of planners I should consider getting and finally bit the bullet and ordered mine back in June.

Today, this is being written because I actually use it every single day. Like, every single day! I bring it to and from work with me. It stays on my desk all day long and I even bring it to dinner outings just in case something gets scheduled. It has now become a staple in my life and I understand how the reviews are so high.

Photo of Shipping Box

There were a ton of options to choose from for your cover. I went back and forth on three different ones until I finally chose mine. It all came down to the font and the color! The font wasn't customizable and I dreaded my last name on in so I went with my middle name. It looked much more polished. The color is something that I think makes it more unique because not everyone else chose my color. It reminds me of Spring and it'll keep me happy through out the winter. I love how the pink florals pop with the background.

Photo of opened Shipping Box

Everything is cute, including the box it was shipped in. I've seen other colors from other years. I'm keeping my box to reuse when something needs to be sent out in the future. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Off the Shoulder Sweaters and Skinnies

Pink off the Shoulder sweater with Black Skinny Pants

Happy Labor Day! This outfit was from last week and I was tricked. It started out as a cloudy Summer morning and burned off by 10am! I was so over heated! It's an adorably comfortable off-the-shoulder sweater (details below). I love the color. However, within 2 minutes of wearing it I got jam on it from my toast! So please pardon the wash spot and my dining room table. It quickly turned into a craft table this week.

I've been working on making skirts since I've had issues finding exactly what I want. Hopefully I can build a few out to share.

This past week has had a romantic vibe. It's probably because were going into Fall soon and I find it so cozy. Pinterest will do that to anyone!

I'm also pleased to report, my like prideful, that I've kept to my routine. Even if I go to bed late, I wake up early, fix my tea, make my breakfast and go on with my day. I think it centers me in the morning. Especially with my "A Little Bit of Country" Pandora station. It's the best. So many people are anti the Pandora but I love not knowing what's going to come up next. Plus I find new artist every time I listen to it.

Today you're getting a late post. I'm off to the Bremerton Blackberry Festival today. Last day for festivities and I really didn't want to miss it. Its my favorite berry, after all. This week is filling up with activities quickly. Hoping to meet up with a few of my favorites and force coffee breaks into a hectic week.

Pink off the Shoulder sweater from Forever 21 with Black Skinny Pants
Eyeshadow - ABH Renaissance Palette // Eyeliner - Kat Von D // Lips - NYX // Nails - OPI

Forever 21 Pink off the shoulder sweater with Black Skinny Pants
 Top - Forever21 (similar, similar) // Pants - Express (similar) // Sandals - Target

Off the shoulder Forever21 sweater with Express Skinny Pants

Hope everyone has a safe Labor Day!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunday Morning Mini Waffles & Birch Sryup

Mini Waffles on a white plate with butter and birch syrup on top and a cup of tea on the right

Despite my recent posts, this past month has been really hard for me. You see, I lost my Grandmother. My Memére, as we've always called her. She was a lot of things. Brave, ambitious, an entrepreneur, a socialite. A Queen in our house and hearts. I've cried more times than I can to admit to and the pain comes in waves. Right now, I feel mentally prepared to open up but not go to deep today. 

You see, she was a grandmother to me first and always but before me she was a mom. She was a mom to 6 children. She was born and raised in Haiti. She had three children in Port-au-Prince, including my mother. She met my Grand-daddy while working at the airport. At the time, he was working for PanAm as a mechanic. He was 22 years older than her and they both didn't care.

She owned many stores when they left Haiti and moved to New York. She purchased fabric, jewelry, clothing, art, etc in countries all over the world to sell in them. She was incredibly gifted with languages, as she spoke 5: English, French, Creole, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and she understood Latin. 

So what's with the waffles? Well, my Memére loved breakfast and more specifically she loved pancakes. However, I don't! I love waffles.

My grandmother was never ever stingy with the butter or the syrup. I'm doing my best to honor her when I can and through these mini waffles that I made in my mini waffle maker, I honor her with carbs, faux butter and Canadian birch syrup. Yes, birch.

A Recipe book called "Retro Diner" and a bottle of Canadian birch syrup to the right of it

The recipe I'm using is from a book my mom picked up for me a long time ago. My undying love for a good diner is mildly embarrassing but, alas, I can't give it up. It's called Retro Diner: Comfort Food form the American Roadside. It's mortifyingly inexpensive on Amazon and worth every penny for the pie recipes alone.

I did alter the recipes per my dairy intolerance. An easy fix by using almond milk instead of 2% cows milk. Still tasted delicious and I honestly could get enough of how cakey the batter turned out. 

Now about this syrup. My last trip to Vancouver BC (very behind on my posts) was quite successful in the food department. I always pick up tea, syrup and something sweet from Grandville Island. This syrup is the freakin' BEST syrup I've ever had. Honestly, I'm like Buddy the Elf when I get to eat this stuff. It makes your eyes go crossed and the sides of your mouth go up. It's the most absurd look imaginable!

This type of syrup, as they have three other kinds, is rich, dark and savory. I've used this on waffles (obviously) and in cakes when I don't have vanilla. It's a great substitute that people often forget about. I highly recommend. It's by Escuminac. The one I buy is a birch syrup, pure organic and the highest quality. It's so good.

A bottle of Escuminac Birch Syrup on a table

Below are my last image and a boomerang of the syrup falling nicely onto my waffles. Swoooon! Many of my friends have asked me about my breakfast habits now that I've left my old company. My old company had a stove top and two ovens to cook meals in. My new company has a microwave and a toaster. Womp womp. 

It's very unfortunate since I'm so fond of eggs and I'm a firm believer that you just shouldn't cook your eggs in the microwave. They taste strange to me but I know a lot of people who do it at work. Instead, when I make things like waffles I make a batch and I freeze them! I pop them into the toaster and smear peanut butter on top. It's a nice little treat after a long run at the gym. 

A stack of mini waffles on a white plates with butter, bananas and Canadian birch syrup. A cup of tea in the back on the right.

Thank you all for reading about my Memére. She meant the world to me and for you to read means so much. Check out my boomerang below and happy weekend! 

Canadian Birch sryup being poured on to a stack of mini waffles