8/21/17

Camo Jeans Outfit Ideas

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One thing I've really been trying to do more of on the blog is sharing multiple ways to wear one piece. This month I've been on top of that goal with my posts on three ways to wear a camo jacket and a grey blazer. I may run out of steam for these posts by September, but since I'm on a roll I'm sharing six ways to wear camo pants! I'm really loving this pair from Express. They ran true to size for me, are very comfortable, and very easy to use in place of regular jeans with most of my wardrobe basics.


ONE. Denim Jacket Outfit
Jacket: Nordstrom | Tee: Express | Jeans: Express  | Bag: c/o Amazon | Shoes: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Stella & Dot

TWO. Black Portofino Shirt Outfit
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Bag: c/o Amazon | Shoes: Sole Society (Similar)

THREE. Neutral Cardigan Outfit
Cardigan: Abercrombie (Current) | Tee: Target | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Shoes: Lucky Brand | Bag: Amazon

More Casual Outfits:

FOUR. Grey Tee Outfit
Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Bag: Sole Society | Shoes: Converse

FIVE. White Eyelet Cami Outfit
Cami: AbercrombieJeans: ExpressShoes: Charming Charlie | Bag: c/o Amazon

SIX. Black Tee Outfit
Tee: Nordstrom | Jeans: Express | Shoes: c/o Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Stella & Dot

Monday Motivation: The Mental Diet
It's been a few weeks since I've shared anything substantial in this series, but I recently read a blog post that really got me thinking and I wanted to share it with you all as well. The writer of the blog (Audrey) used the phrase "Mental Diet" to refer to the process she went through of eliminating various TV shows, movies, books, etc. from her life because they weren't having a positive impact. I related to that completely, and it reminded me of a similar discussion I had earlier this month with my Instagram friend Kristi. We each talked about how we had to stop following certain accounts because of the negative vibes they were bringing to our life through what they shared. Whether it was due to chronic complaining on Instagram stories or even the portrayal of a lifestyle that made us feel "less than" about each of our own relatively fortunate circumstances in life. At some point we had to draw a line and say, "This is not adding to my happiness and it's in my own best interest to stop allowing it to be a part of my life."

It's not my place to tell anyone what they can or cannot post on their blog or Instagram, what kinds of books should or shouldn't be written, or what TV shows and movie should or shouldn't be produced. However it is entirely my place to adjust my content consumption habits for my own benefit! This year, I added the consumption of Audiobooks to my Mental Diet, mostly of the non-fiction, positive vibes or self-development variety and I have felt the mental changes for the better. Yet if I'm honest with myself I know there are still a few things I need remove from my mental diet. This week, I'm going to start small and eliminate just one of those things (for me it's a time-wasting website!) and see if it doesn't have a positive effect. I know that by sharing this commitment here on the blog I'm ten times more likely to follow through, so feel free to share below if you're working on any kind of Mental Diet yourself and let's keep each other accountable this week!

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8/19/17

Saturday Shopping: 8/19/17

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Hello and happy Saturday! It seemed like a few of you enjoyed last week's Saturday Shopping post with a huge round-up of designer dupes (find it here). These posts aren't too difficult to put together when I browse and link for my own purposes as throughout the week, so while I don't think I can commit to them consistently, they are fun to put together so I'll do them when I can! So here's another round of some designer dupes, sale picks, and then some!

Brand Name vs. Budget Bags:
I am running out of storage space for my own handbag collection so I can't purchase anymore unless I get rid of one or two, but I can't resist browsing this category anyway.

1. Shop Gigi New York Tote
2. Budget Tote $50 (Comes in 4 Great Neutrals)
3. Shop Brand Name Studded Bags  ("Navigator" displayed)
4. Budget Studded Crossbody Bag $36
5. Shop Designer Bucket Bags "Stacy" shown
6. Budget Bucket Bag $20 (Comes in 4 colors)


Target BOGO Shoe Sale:
I shared a couple of my favorite Target sandals in my Outfit Recap yesterday, but if you're startig to plan your Fall/Transition wardrobe, they have lots of great options in that category included in their BOGO 50% off Shoe Sale. I am yet to purchase any mules because I'm afraid they'll slip off to easily or be too noisy when I walk! But I am tempted to try a pair because I love how convenient they are to throw on.


Hope you're having a great weekend!


8/18/17

Outfit Recap 8/18/17

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Hello and happy Friday! I am wishing I could fly to St. Louis today to celebrate my friend Carylee's birthday with her today, but that wasn't in the cards with everything happening here at home. So we'll have to settle for virtual celebrations instead! This week I survived Middle School registration and orientation for my oldest, which brought back lots of memories! Thankfully my son acted like it was no big deal, and I'm hoping he still feels the same way when school actually starts next week! Here are some outfits I've been wearing lately with a few notes on fit for items that are still in stock.

Outfit Recap:

ONE: Black Lace Trim Blouse, Jeans
Top: c/o Amazon | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: c/o Amazon | Bag: Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Earrings: Kendra Scott 

This top is an easy, no-fuss, throw-on-and go blouse with lace detail at the hem and sleeve to give a little extra oomph to its simple styling. The fabric is very lightweight and satin-y with no stretch. It runs true to size but with a bit of a boxy, oversized fit and a wide neck so it was still easy to get on and off despite not having any back or side zippers. It also comes in a pretty, light peachy-pink shade, though I'm not sure if that version would be more sheer since the fabric is so thin.

These shoes are a very budget-friendly (under $30) version of a Vince Camuto pair that I've always liked. They're reasonably comfortable for the price and also come in mauve and black.

TWO: Burgundy Tee, White Shorts
Tee: Abercrombie | Shorts: Abercrombie | Shoes: c/o Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: c/o Amazon

Fit Notes: 
I have purchased several of these tees this summer because I love the fit and all the color and print options they have. I was sizing up for a relaxed fit, but after a couple of wears I found out they were stretching out too much. So for my newer purchases I've opted to go with my normal size knowing they'll stretch a bit and I'm hoping that works out better for the long run.

These shorts do run a bit big. I didn't size down but they do stretch out a bit after wearing so I probably should have done so and would advise going down a size if you're considering a pair for yourself.

These espadrilles run true to size but only come in half-sizes for 6.5 and smaller. I normally wear a 7.5 shoe and the 7s fit great in these.

THREE: Striped Tee, Jeans
Tee: Abercrombie (Current prints + colors, or Similar Stripe Tee) | Jeans: Express | Necklace: c/o Amazon | Shoes: Lucky Brand (Additional Sizes Here) | Bag: Amazon

Fit Notes: 
This is the exact t-shirt as in outfit one and I also bought my normal size in this. Sadly, the stripes are sold out but they do have some great new colors out for fall and a camo print that's calling my name since I seem to be on a camo kick lately (e.g. my jeans here and jacket in this post).

FOUR: Lace Trim Cami, Jean Shorts
Cami: Express (50% off) | Shorts: Target (Similar) | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Similar) | Bag: c/o Amazon | Sandals: Target  

Fit Notes: 
This cami is currently 50% off and runs true to size. It's such a pretty piece and I'm hoping to brainstorm some ways to transition it into a more fall-friendly outfit.  These sandals run true to size and come in two other colors (Black and White). Target is also currently having their BOGO 50% off shoe sale, which is a great time to snag a couple of pairs! I will be sharing a few that caught my eye in a Saturday Shopping post tomorrow.

FIVE: Black Cami, Camo Shorts
Cami: Banana Republic (wearing XS Petite) | Shorts: Sanctuary | Bag: c/o Amazon | Sandals: Target | Necklace: Stella & Dot

Fit Notes: 
At 5'4" I am just on the cutoff of Regular vs. Petite sizing, but I never seem to like the way Petite sizes fit. This cami is an exception! It's still plenty long enough for my torso but fits through my bust and torso the way most tops in this size do from other brands. If you want a second pair of sandals to get during the Target BOGO sale, these pearl slides are great too. True to size and very comfortable.

SIX: Plaid Shirt, Jean Shorts
Shirt: c/o Romwe | Tank: Target  (Similar) | Shorts: Old Navy (Similar) | Shoes: Amazon | Necklace: c/o Amazon | Bag: Amazon 

Fit Notes: 
This plaid shirt is "One Size," but I think it will work best for size XS or Small. Thanks to this post by Erin for the outfit inspiration here!  This bag has been out of stock in this color for a couple of years (really!), and I just found it in this color again! It's a longtime favorite of mine but I tried to take a break from posting it as much because I couldn't find a great similar option. It's $40, but it looks like they only have a couple left in this size so I wouldn't wait too long to order it!

SEVEN: White Cami, Black Shorts
Cami: Banana Republic (Wearing XS Petite) | Shorts: J Crew Factory | Sandals: Sam Edelman (Similar) | Bag: Amazon | Necklace: Stella & Dot

Fit Notes: 
This is the same cami as Outfit Four, only in white. Again I opted for the Petite sizing on this after trying the Regular version and finding it too roomy in the bust and under arm area. These shorts ran true to size for me.

And that does it! Have a great weekend!

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8/16/17

Burgundy Top Outfit Ideas

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There's no denying that summer is starting to wind down, even though we technically have another month to go. Around here the days haven't been quite as hot as they were in July, and I've even seen a few leaves showing some hints of different colors. I'm also starting to bring some hints of fall color into my wardrobe, like this burgundy cold shoulder top that works easily for summer with jean shorts, and can also transition to fall with in a few different ways that I'll share below.

Top: c/o Romwe | Shorts: Nordstrom Rack (Similar, More Sizes) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks [Get 10% off with code: onthedailyx]

This top is $9 and comes in sizes Small-XL. It also comes in black if that color suits your tastes a little better. I'm wearing a Small here and I do think it runs true to size. The bottom had more of a swingy, flowy fit than I expected based on how it looked on the model, but I still ended up liking it because it's so soft, stretchy, and comfortable. I wore it with a front tuck with my shorts so it didn't hide them entirely, but I liked it better untucked with jeans (see below).

I am also really loving this ring handle bag! It's just the right size for me, but if you like a little bigger or smaller, there are several other bigger and smaller options in the product listing, as well as a bunch of other color options. (And all of them are $35 or less!)

I also ordered this small crossbody designer dupe, but ended up returning it because it was just too small for my everyday stuff. However if you're in the market for something small for just your phone, lipstick and keys, this is under $30, really cute, and also comes in black and white.


Front View:
Top: c/o Romwe | Shorts: Nordstrom Rack (Similar, More Sizes) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks [Get 10% off with code: onthedailyx]

I also tested out my plan for wearing this in the fall by trying it on with some different pants, shoes and bags to make for easy reference in the future. I really wanted to wear my leopard wedge pumps in outfit two but I can't seem to find them. I really hope I didn't donate them during Spring cleaning!

Left:
Top: c/o Romwe | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon

Middle
Top: c/o RomweJeans: Express | Shoes: Sam Edelman (Similar) | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bag: c/o Amazon

Right:
Top: c/o RomweJeans: Express | Shoes: Lucky Brand (Similar) | Necklace: Kendra ScottBag: Amazon

I rounded up a few different styles and price points of tops in this color family since I felt like going the extra mile today!
1. Shop Cami NYC Tops (The Racer Shown)
2. Shop Free People Tops (Laguna Thermal Shown)
3. Express Top
4. Abercrombie Top
5. Budget Swing Cami $11
6. Budget Bell Sleeve Top $20

I ordered #5 for myself after putting this post together since I think it will be great for layering with jackets, cardigans, or just by itself for the next month or so!

That's all from me today. If you have a blog I hope you'll link up your latest style post below and I'll see you back on Friday!


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8/14/17

Favorite Jeans Under $50

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I haven't done a round-up of my favorite Express jeans in quite awhile, and now seems like the right time to do it since I have a couple of new favorites to share and they're all currently 40% off. My favorites are all under $50 right now, so it's a great time to stock up for fall.  All of the jeans I'm wearing below ran true to size for me. I'm 5'4" and always prefer the Short Length.

Let's start with my two newest favorites:
Jeans: Express | Top: Abercrombie (True to Size) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Bag: c/o Amazon | Shoes: Charming Charlie | Watch: Fossil (Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks [Get 10% off with code: onthedailyx]

Top: c/o Romwe  (Wearing size Small) | Necklace: c/o Charming Charlie | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Bracelets: c/o Charmed Stacks [Get 10% off with code: onthedailyx]

Here's the front view of the two outfits above, along with several of my other favorite jeans that I've had for quite some time! They are definite closet staples and again, they all ran true to size for me. In the interest of time I am only linking current outfit pieces but I'll list the original brand or retailer in case you'd like to check their current selections for something similar.
 Jeans: One | Two | Three
LEFT:
Jeans: Express | Top: Abercrombie (True to Size) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Bag: c/o Amazon | Shoes: Charming Charlie | Watch: Fossil (Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks [Get 10% off with code: onthedailyx]

MIDDLE:
Top: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: c/o Charming Charlie |

RIGHT:
Cardigan: Gap | Jeans: Express | Cami: Express | Necklace: J Crew | Bag: Danielle Nicole

Jeans: One | Two | Three
LEFT:
Cardigan: Target | Top: Banana Republic | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Target | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott

MIDDLE:
Top: Charming Charlie | Jeans: Express | Shoes: c/o Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Stella & Dot

RIGHT:
Jacket: c/o SheIn | Tank: Target | Jeans: Express | Bag: c/o Amazon | Shoes: Charming Charlie | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks

Jeans: One | Two | Three

LEFT:
Jacket: Target | Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Lucky Brand | Bag: Tory Burch

MIDDLE:
Sweater: Abercrombie | Tee: Express | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Amazon | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott

RIGHT:
Jacket: c/o Amazon | Jeans: Express | Tee: Gap | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Bag: Amazon | Shoes: c/o Amazon

I opted not to share my Monday Motivation thoughts today because it didn't really fit with the content of the sale and jeans round-up! Sorry to miss it two weeks in a row, but that's just the way it goes sometimes and hopefully next week I'll get back into it. It's our last full week of summer vacation here though, and to be honest my main motivation is just soaking it up and enjoying every last minute of the reduced-stress schedule before it's back to homework, projects, meetings with teachers, paperwork, volunteering and all of that stuff that piles up so quickly! It's been a great summer and I'm sad to see it end but content with feeling like we made the most of it!


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8/12/17

Saturday Shopping:Brand Name vs Budget Buys

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When I'm shopping for items for my own closet or similar items for blog posts, I often come across designer dupe items. Sometimes I get them for myself, and other times if it's in the budget I'll go for the brand name version because I want the higher quality. In either case, I find a lot more fun pieces than I can reasonably fit in my closet or afford! I don't always find the time to share them in my regular posting schedule so today I thought I'd share some weekend shopping inspiration and let you decide which items are worth the save or the splurge for yourself!

Handbags:

1. Shop Tory Burch Handbags -"Parker" Pink Quartz
2. Top Handle Budget Bag - $40
3. Shop Kara Handbags - Ring Pouch
4. Black Ring Budget Bag - $25
5. Shop Rebecca Minkoff Bags - "Small Love"
6. Pink Crossbody Budget Bag - $35

Clothing:
1. Shop MDS Stripes Brand - Silk Cotton Ruffle Top
2. Budget White Top w/ Black Trim $12
3. Shop Embroidered Jackets - Lonnie
4. Embroidered Budget Jacket $25
5. Shop Style Mafia - Locka

Jewelry:
1. Shop Kenneth Jay Lane - 3 Tier Ball Drop Earring
2. Budget Ball Drop Earrings - $11
3. Shop Oscar de la Renta Earrings - Classic Short Tassel Clip
4. Budget Earrings $22
5. Shop Kenneth Jay Lane - Double Band Ring Shown
6. Budget Pearl Ring - $7
7. Shop Shashi Earrings - Mia
8. Budget Earrings -$8

Shades & Shoes:

1. Shop Victoria Beckham Sunglasses - Kitten
2. Shop Budget Sunglasses - $10
3. Shop Alexander Wang Sandals - Abby
4. Budget Pearl Studded Sandals - $32

Thanks for so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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8/11/17

Cannon Beach + Astoria Oregon Travel Recap

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Last week I spent about five days on the Oregon Coast. I was primarily in Cannon Beach but we did drive up to Astoria for a day for some fun activities. The whole trip was planned as a family reunion for my husband's family (many of them live in the Portland area so Cannon Beach is just an easy 2 hour drive for them). We had a group of about 30 people ages 4 months to 76 years so it was a challenge to find activities that would suit everyone. Here's the breakdown of what we did, where we ate, what I packed, and all of the highlights of the trip!

Cannon Beach is filled with cute shops and beautiful flowers

DAY ONE:
This was mostly a travel day for us since we had to fly to Portland then drive the two hours to the coast. We also stopped at a Target near the airport in Portland to do a little grocery shopping for the week. Cannon Beach has lots of restaurants (although no chain restaurants or fast food at all) but only one small market for groceries, and we knew from past experience that it was a bit pricey with limited selection. Since we were staying at a place with a kitchen and planned to eat several meals at "home," we bought pantry items at Target and picked up perishables later at the local market.

Our family of four stayed at The Waves, and so did several other family members. It's a very convenient beachfront location in walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants in Cannon Beach. It has beautiful ocean views (depending on the room you get, of course), and clean, nice rooms. Some family members had rooms that were not as newly renovated and up-to-date as others, so if you want to stay there you may want to inquire about that to be sure you get something that suits your taste.
Looking up at The Waves from the beach

A couple of families who came to the reunion opted to rent a house through VRBO. They didn't mind being further from town so they could have a bigger space to share. They ended up loving the property they rented so that's another option for accommodations depending on your preferences.

After checking in to our room we got settled, did our grocery shopping at the market, and then it was time for our first campfire of the week!
Photo taken of our actual group via my nephew's drone camera

We had a campfire every night (for four nights) of the reunion and it was a great way to gather and visit, and enjoy the weather, scenery etc. Different families at the reunion were in charge of campfire each night so we took turns bringing the firewood, treats (S'mores mostly!), and planning games and activities. Every night was a little different so that kept it interesting. It also gets very chilly at night there! You'll see my campfire outfit below, and even with that I needed to sit very close to the fire to stay warm!

DAY TWO:
We kicked off day two with a hike at Ecola State Park

That was the view from the parking lot before we took off on the trail, and there were plenty more amazing views along the way!  We hiked the Clatsop Loop Trail:

I picked this trail because Oregon Hikers said it was "Easy" and "Family Friendly." Most of our group did not think it was especially easy! I think it depends on your hiking experience and fitness level. What was nice is that most of the trail was wide and clear (as you can see in the photo above), so there wasn't a lot of tricky, careful footing required. However you are hiking up hill for 1.5 hours, and that was a workout. Our youngest hiker was six years old and he did get tired and need quite a few breaks. But it was very doable for him so I agree with the family-friendly rating. All that said, we really did love the hike and I would absolutely recommend it to others and do it again myself if I have the chance. The views and scenery all throughout were beautiful, and the trees provided great sun protection so we didn't get hot or sunburned.

Several people in our group were not up for the hike, and many of them opted to go Crabbing at Kelly's Marina:
Kelly's Marina is about 30 minutes south of Cannon Beach. I did the hike so I didn't experience this, but the group who did it loved it. They went out in little boats to catch crabs, although you can also opt for fishing. Whatever they caught they brought back and ate for lunch! Next time I go to the Oregon Coast I think it would be fun to try this based on their experience.

Post-hike we ate lunch at Tom's Fish & Chips, then headed down to the beach to play.

We were there on the hottest days of the year so far (upper 80s for the first two days, then it cooled down to the 70s), and even still the water was pretty chilly! But the kids still had a blast playing in the sand and splashing in the waves.

At night it was campfire time again, and some of the group played frisbee and beach volleyball until it finally got too dark to play. At this time of year it didn't get too dark until 9 PM or so, which gave everyone plenty of play time.
Another aerial shot of the group playing volleyball and gathering at the campfire


DAY THREE:
For our third day we headed 30 minutes north of Cannon Beach to Astoria, Oregon. This Red Tricycle Article convinced me to head north and helped me plan all of our activities that day. We started off at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Image via TripAdvisor

The Columbia River Maritime Museum gets great reviews on TripAdvisor and while I don't think it was anyone's very favorite activity of the entire trip, it was enjoyable and educational. I do think it's worth the time and money if you happen to be in the area, and especially if you enjoy learning the history and culture of that area. They had lots of kid-friendly, interactive exhibits too so the kids (who were ages 8+ for this activity) didn't get bored or antsy.  There were other more static exhibits with a of reading required for those who wanted to learn as much as possible. The Yosegaki Hinomaru exhibit was very memorable for me and very touching!

After the museum we walked a few blocks to T. Paul's Urban Cafe and it was excellent! Very cute decor and delicious food. Right across the street from our lunch spot was A Gypsy's Whimsy Herbal Apochecary shop. They had signs inside asking you not to take pictures, so I didn't want to disrespect that, but it was so cool and quirky. I wouldn't take children under 8 in there though since there are so many breakable items.

Our last stop in Astoria was the Astoria Column, and this was one of my favorites of the trip.

See that door at the bottom of the column? You can enter there and climb a winding staircase all the way to the platform at the top. It really didn't look like much from a distance (or even driving up to it), but once you climb to the top and stand out on the platform the views are spectacular.

We talked about driving by the Goonies house (from the movie) after the Column, but some of the locals heard us discussing it and recommended that we not do it since the people who live there apparently get annoyed. I was one of the only ones who cared about seeing it, so that made the final decision easy.

Some of the families stopped at Seaside, OR on the way back from Astoria for arcade games, bumper cars, etc., but we opted to just get back to the room and relax a bit before the nightly campfire.

DAY FOUR:
The whole group met up again at Ecola State Park for family photos by Jessica Landrum. She's based out of Astoria and drove down to meet us for pictures. She did a great job working with a large group and I would highly recommend her. After pictures we had lunch at Fultano's Pizza. I'm not a huge pizza fan in general so I thought it was fine, but the people in our group who ordered the "Meatza" pizza really loved it.

Next up was the Cannon Beach Escape Room. This was my first time going to an Escape Room and I didn't love it. It's a themed room (ours was a pirate theme) that you get locked in with a group and you have to search for clues all over the room and piece them together to get yourself out of there in one hour or you fail the mission.

Part of the problem was it made me feel claustrophobic to be locked in a small room with nine people with no air conditioning and no ventilation. (Eventually the manager did have to open a door to give us some air.) The kids enjoyed it though, so that was good. I also heard from other family members who have done Escape Rooms in other towns that this was a more "bare bones" version. I'd consider doing it again in another town and preferably with a smaller group. There were four adults and five children in our group and it was a little too chaotic trying to keep track of who found what and where and so forth, so we didn't escape and had to "Walk the Plank!" (i.e. get our picture taken with a sign that said, "I walked the plank!")

Since we could only do The Escape Room in groups of ten, after my group went I had a little time to meet up with one of my Instagram friends, Kristi, who lives in Oregon. We met up at Bella Espresso, which had delicious drinks and picturesque outdoor seating, like a lot of places in Cannon Beach!.

We had so much fun chatting about all things life and Instagram. I know a lot of my blogger friends have connected with Kristi on Instagram as well and I'm excited for them to hopefully get to meet her too because she is just such a positive, grounded person and so fun to be around. I really wish we lived closer!

After meeting up with Kristi it was time for dinner and our last campfire of the trip!

DAY FIVE:
Day five was all about packing up, saying good-bye, and heading home. I did have the best Blueberry Muffin I've had in ages (maybe ever?) at Insomnia Coffee and I'll definitely be getting another one if we go back!

What I Packed + Wore:
I stayed with my tried-and-true t-shirts and jeans travel style for this trip. The only exception was that I packed a "nicer" top for family picture day, which was conveniently the same day I met up with Kristi so I at least got to look more presentable than hiking/beach day! These are not shown in the order I wore them, rather my "nicer outfits" vs. outdoorsy/casual.
ONE: (Airport and travel)
Cardigan: Target | Tee: Abercrombie | Jeans: Express | Bag: c/o Amazon | Shoes: Charming Charlie (Similar)

TWO: (Family pictures)
Top: Abercrombie (Similar) | Jeans: Express | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Bag: c/o SheIn

THREE: (Touring Astoria)
Top: Nordstrom | Jeans: Express | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Bag: c/o SheIn | Watch: Fossil (Similar) | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Necklace: Kendra Scott

FOUR: (Hiking + Beach)
Top: Express (Similar) | Shorts: Adidas | Shoes: New Balance, More Sizes | Hat: Target

FIVE: (Extra t-shirt for campfire and shorts for warm afternoons)
Tee: Nordstrom | Shorts: Target | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Bag: c/o SheIn

SIX: (Campfire)
Jacket: Express (Similar) | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: New Balance, More Sizes | Bag: c//o SheIn

All in all it was a really great trip and there's not much I would change about it! If you need a break from the summer heat and like to be near the ocean and mountains all in one place, the Oregon Coast is the place to go!


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8/9/17

Embroidered Shorts + Link Up

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This year I've made it a point to break out of my fashion comfort zone a little bit more. I guess I've been inspired by all the books I've been reading about changing your life and being your best self! That's not to say that I think trying different fashion styles makes me a better person! But it has made me less afraid to try new things in general and that's a good thing! I have always admired the embroidered shorts that my blogger friend Rachelle wears (see her recent outfit here), so I decided to try the trend for myself before summer ends!

Jacket: Nordstrom | Tank: Target | Shorts: c/o Romwe (Only $8) | Sandals: Target | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bag: c/o Amazon | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks [for 10% off use code: onthedailyx]

These Shorts are "One Size" only, but I'm going to say they should fit sizes 00-4. That said, they're tight in the waist. Even though it's an elastic waistband, it's a snug one so if you tend to carry your weight in the middle you might find it too tight. But they have plenty of room in the legs and booty so pear shapes in that size range should have plenty of room.

I shared all of my sizing tips for shopping at places like Romwe and SheIn here, and I had to put a lot of them to use in determining if these would fit since they were "One Size" and didn't have any model or user photos. Thankfully they worked out because they really are a fun alternative to my usual jean shorts and chino shorts.

This Jacket runs true to size and is my favorite brand of denim jackets! (I also own a lighter version and a white version from this brand). I love the flattering cut, the stretch, and the not-heavy fabric. The front view photo below also gives a better look at some of the distressing on this jacket. You can also view my last outfit with it here. (Oops, I wore the same necklace with this jacket twice. So much for trying new things!)

Front View:
Jacket: Nordstrom | Tank: Target | Shorts: c/o Romwe ($8) | Sandals: Target | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bag: c/o Amazon

Just a short and sweet outfit post today! If you need a good book to read this summer, I posted my my August Book Reviews yesterday and you can find them here. Other than that, if you're a blogger I hope you'll link up with us for our Wednesday "Style on the Daily" link-up and I'll see you back on Friday with another post!


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