Visiting Portland this summer? Ooh, I hope so! Our beloved city does fill up quite a bit in summer months because it’s a great time to explore here (ie. no rain). Today it’s in the 60’s and rainy, again, but soon…soon it will be sunny just about every day for a few months. I’ve rounded up not only my favorite attractions and eats for PDX, but also some packing essentials. There’s SO much to do and see here, so here goes…
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TME reader, Karen reached out to us on Facebook with the following dilemma:
“In the spirit of ‘inspired by’ posts I’ve seen over the last few weeks, I thought I would submit and ask if you would consider whipping up some suggestions. A few friends and I are meeting in NYC for 4 nights (5 days) of kid-free girl bonding. We’ll be playing culinary tourists (so food baby allowance is a must) but obviously comfort and function trump everything. What basics and stand out pieces should I pack (or buy?) before heading out? Our days are likely to be spent touring (read: walking walking and more walking) while our nights will be cocktail lounges and semi-fancy dinners. My typical jeans and tees aren’t going to cut it! HELP?!”
First off, I’ll just come out and say it: I am completely jealous. How amazing does this trip sound?! A girls only getaway to NYC is the perfect way to recharge your batteries and create memories to cherish for a lifetime. And by “create memories” I don’t mean stand on a convenience store countertop at 4am and serenade the cashier with a drunken rendition of “You are My Sunshine” (because that wasn’t AT ALL what happened on my last girls’ trip to NYC) Ha..moving on…
When I read Karen’s Q, I jumped at the chance to help and maaaybe even live vicariously through her for a minute. Here’s what I discovered:
Ireland…oh, dear Melissa who wrote in asking what to pack for your trip there – I am so jealous. I adore that country so. Pinky and I honeymooned in Ireland and Scotland and fell completely in love with both countries. I’m longing to return. I truly believe Ireland has the nicest people in the world. We met an adorable couple in a pub there who extended an invitation to stay with them upon our next visit! (totally taking them up on that). And the green…the rolling green…it’s beyond picturesque. I could go on for days about the coziness there, too. Anyway, packing…
Here’s what Melissa wrote:
Hi! It looks like we’re taking a family trip to Ireland in June 😁 12 days, one medium size packing cube for me (plus the clothes on my back) and two young kids. What would you be packing??
Spring and early summer weather in Ireland is not unlike early summer Portland weather, so I can definitely say the main thing to keep in mind is layers. (I also checked with a dear friend from Scotland and she confirmed this! Thanks Sally dear!) It will most likely be cool or even chilly in the mornings and evenings, but could warm up to the 50’s and 60’s during the day. Layering tees, button-downs, sweaters, hoodies and of course a rain jacket will be essential for your traveling comfort. Here are some packing suggestions that I hope help inspire you!
In Part 1 of this series, I talked about our favorite places to stay and eat in Old San Juan. But there’s so much more to Old San Juan than restaurants and tourists. There’s plenty of fun to be had. And, if you add a little imagination (hey there, kids), it’s magic.
Here are our top recommendations:
About this time last year, with Spring Break looming on the horizon and wanderlust creeping into my veins, I sat Mike down in the kitchen. The kids were in bed, the Scotch was poured and it was time to talk Plans (Mike’s least favorite topic). “Babe,” I said. “I really want to go somewhere different for Spring Break. We spend most of our vacation days visiting family…wouldn’t it be nice to take a trip, just the four of us?”
He was in! Sorta. Mike started droning on about “taking a friday off work” and “road trip weekend” and “driving somewhere in the three hour range” and after much smiling and nodding on my part I interjected with, “I WANT A WARM BEACH.” Confused, Mike started looking up the average daily temp of the Outer Banks in March.
Silly, silly Mike.
Anyway, we settled on Puerto Rico by default. It turns out our passports were expired, and Puerto Rico was simply a more affordable vacation than the Florida Keys (who knew?). But what we didn’t realize at the time is how good it was for our boys to experience a different culture, how amazingly family-friendly Puerto Rico is, and how our boys would beg – all year long – to go back. And with days filled with snorkling, jungle hiking, fort exploring, kite flying, and tons of ice cream….can you blame them?
It was also the first time the boys realized that not everyone speaks english. We have friends who speak a ton of different languages (and Raines’ school is pretty diverse), but typically, most people at least try to speak English. Puerto Rico was the first time they boys were confronted with people who didn’t speak English…period. Their little minds were blown! They somehow had associated the English language with being human – like you’re born with it. Expanding their horizons has been one of my greatest joys as a mom, and Puerto Rico was a perfectly easy place to start.
Like any amazing trip, we learned a ton. Keep reading for our favorite places to stay, eat, and play while visiting Puerto Rico with kiddos in tow.
Hello from water-logged Arkansas! Thanks to bad weather and general holiday air travel craziness our stay has been extended. In the mean time (and for the sake of fashion) I wanted to share photos of the outfits from my holiday packing post with you all + what I learned along the way:
– planned outfits are a must
– mother nature can (and did!) throw a wrench in your well-planned wardrobe
– always pack a couple of extra items for different weather
I also realized that I planned a different pair of shoes for each outfit. Oops. I do tend to travel with multiple, but five pairs is definitely overkill for a one week trip. I paired (pun intended) it down to four thinking I’d wear the leopard print shoes for the date night outfit. Major strides people, I know.
This outfit worked well for the first morning, at least. The sweater was on the heavy side but it did hold out for some last minute shopping. I have a feeling this will be a winter staple for me – when we get home it’ll be perfect.
Traveling during the holidays…it’s inevitable for many of us who live far from our families. It’s so fun to be there, but getting there is a bit of a challenge…and packing. “No fanks!” as Sienna says. I usually just throw all of my current favorite clothing in the suitcase and call it good, but so many times I get to my destination and wonder what the heck I was thinking. Please tell me other people are bad at packing, too?
In my attempt to improve on this skill, I’ve been trying to consider actual outfits for travel rather than just a few of my favorite things. Here are some combinations that will go in my suitcase this week.
For last-minute shopping and lunch
1. Mixed Stitch Turtleneck Sweater from Banana Republic – I just got this recently and adore it. The blush color is so amazing, too. I kind of want to get it as well. COZY. They are having 40% off right now!
2. AG The Stevie Cuff – No longer available, it looks like, but these have a very similar wash and also a straight leg. The pair I have are quite blown out in the knees, but I like that the Rag & Bone pair isn’t, since it’s pretty chilly this time of year. Here’s a more destructed pair, if you are looking for that.
SUMMER. I wait all year for the season of beach days and s’mores and bubbles and sand between your toes. I don’t even mind the accompanying sweaty little heads and complaints of boredom because eventually sprinklers are turned on, popsicles are ready, fireflies come out, and summer works it’s magic on us all.
We just spent a glorious few days in Beach Haven – a picture perfect little town on Long Beach Island (LBI if you’re East Coast). This was our second time in Beach Haven, but it won’t be our last. It’s gorgeous – white sand beaches, clear water…yet is big enough to boast some seriously good restaurants, a nostalgic little amusement park, mini golf, and some of the best East Coast style pizza we’ve had. So the three of us cruised on down for our final weekend alone before picking Raines up at camp (gosh, we missed him).
If you’re interested, keep reading for some of our Beach Haven favorites, as well as what I packed (it makes for one heck of a summer capsule wardrobe).
Hey there! We’re back! Cams, Scotti and I (actually, OE joined us for a night) attended the RewardStyle blogging conference. If you recall from last year, it’s pretty much the most glamorous thing I do. Ever. It was even MORE fun going as a team.
The photobooth set-up, as you can imagine given the crowd, was insane. Of course, under the pressure we cracked like eggs and this was the best we gots. Good god – is that my “sexy” face? Obviously Cam is doing hers. (You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me, Scotti.)
Anywho, most of our pics are on Instagram, but I did get a few comments about what we wore, so I thought I’d do a quick little recap (including shopping links, if you are so inclined). But it’s the sign of a seriously great conference that three fashion bloggers attend and only had time to do real outfit shots ONCE.