Sunday, June 19, 2011


Guess where I went on Tuesday? That's right, the beach. Its silly, but I haven't been to the beach in over a year. Its only two hours away, but I always manage to convince myself that I haven't got the time, or that the gas will be too much (Ok, to be fair, it was...), or that I haven't got the time, or that I haven't got the time. Silly girl. My best friend Melinda visited me last week, and, rather rashly, we decided to just take a day and go to the coast.

We packed fresh fruit and a thermos of hot tea, and drove through the hills to Tillamook, where I needed to drop off the last of the quilts we borrowed for this years exhibit from the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center. Then we got sandwiches and drove up the coast to Cannon Beach (Where there are separate benches for Dems and Republicans in front of the general store...guess which one is more worn?), stopping at the Nehalem Bay overlook for a little picnic and some photos. It was a gorgeous day for it, sunny and 70 with a soft breeze. The waves were mesmerizing, the sky was bluer than blue (Those photos are unedited!), and Melinda was in heaven. She is an Oregon girl, born and raised, and misses it here terribly. She lives in Irvine. Whenever she comes to visit she gets very excited about things like trees and rain and coffee and nice people and no sales taxes. And the beautiful, beautiful Oregon Coast. And her enthusiasm is infectious. I often forget how lucky I am, really, to have grown up here.

As you can see, Melinda is a much better fashion blogger than I am. She's got the poses down, and pops them off like America's Next Top Model, whereas most of the time I just spazz around and look unspeakably awkward and have to take a zillion photos to find one where I don't come off as someone you wouldn't really want to leave a small child around. I don't think it comes off in my photos very often, but in real life, I am the opposite of refined....90% of the time I will be making some kind of crazy face or talking in a silly voice or pretending to be a Tyrannosaur (us Rex). Its very hard for me to just smile and look pretty.


Can you see the white paint on my foot? We had been painting the living room floor until the wee hours Monday night, and I must have missed that spot in the shower! Also, please note that the rock behind me says "Eat me Billy". A few stones down it said Billy sucked. Poor Billy. Not a popular fellow! 

On Rose: Shirt, H&M, $4
                Cardi, Marshalls, $10
                Scarf, thirifted, $6
                Jeans, Buffalo Exchange, $10
                Shoes, Target, $24
                Coat, T.J. Maxx, $40
                Bag, T.J. Maxx, $60

On Melinda: Shirt, T.J. Maxx, $12
                     Scarf, Marshals, $12
                     Jeans, her own
                     Coat, thrifted, $14
                     Shoes and bag, her own


  1. This looks like so much fun. I know I always have better luck with my photos when another person is involved. Oregon is one of the very few states I have yet to visit...and these pictures of the coast make me very, very jealous!

  2. aaaaaah so jealous! wish i could scrounge up some beachitude here in boston, but i just keep finding murky harbors and bros. but i'm all down for vicarious living :) and whoa my gosh, loves da outfit.

  3. Cute pictures! It sounds like a great day. I haven't been to the coast yet this spring/summer, but I'm sure we will be heading that way in the near future. Depoe Bay is one of my favorite spots for whale watching.

  4. You both look gorgeous. And the Coast is one of my favorite things about Oregon. I love all of it. I just realized I haven't been over since December though - I need to fix that and soon!

  5. Sounds like a fun trip! and you two both look so pretty!

    So funny how in the PNW, a "beach" trip means being bundled up and going to sit on rocks with huge ice cold waves crashing around you. Totally different than sunny beaches, but still fun nonetheless! :)

  6. Totally off-topic, and still way behind on catching up, BUT... I thought about you today as I finally finished painting my bedroom. Yeah, that ol' thing. Three color test patches on the wall since before X-mas. This is one sloooow moving train over here!

    You know what else? I'm so happy it's done. And I miss you! I'm planning on catching up this weekend when I'm not being Martha Steward Lite:)

    The House in the Clouds