This week Tyler and I decided to make a sorta-spontaneous-one-day-only trip to Portland to check a few things off my bucket list. I've always wanted to indulge the compulsive book buyer in me and explore Powell's City of Books, and Tyler has never been one to say no to a stop for crazy doughnuts. So, about an hour behind schedule we loaded into the car with a playlist of Taylor Swift for me (duh) and comedy routines for him, and began our first road trip together. Portland was wonderful, and it didn't take long for me to pick out more books than I could possibly afford before narrowing it down to a select four. Including the British edition of my favorite Harry Potter book, The Prisoner of Azkaban, which I spent six weeks in London looking for. And for every book I didn't buy, it seemed like we got a doughnut in its place. Next to me sits a box that once held a bakers dozen of Voodoo, that I imagine will only last us a couple more days.
When it came to preparing for the trip, some part of me wanted to be extra colorful. As someone who wears exclusively black and outfits that go with black, this was a very new and almost alarming feeling. But I let myself abandon my favorite color for one day, and instead picked out something bright and summery. Upon arrival at Portland's International Rose Test Garden, I discovered this cutesy pair of sunglasses for only $6. I ignored Tyler telling me I "looked like a grandma dork" and bought them anyway.
Top: American Eagle
Skirt: Forever 21
Ring: H&M UK
Shoes: Topshop (Available Here)
There is something about the way your own bed feels after you've been away for a long time. There is something about your own shower, your own personal space, and your own pile of giant pillows 3 times as thick as the ones you had abroad. And there is something extra special about getting home to your own closet full of outfits you had forgotten while living out of a suitcase.
After a month in away I was beginning to come to the realization that amidst all the fun I had been having, I was actually beginning to really miss all of these things. Even though I had plenty of outfits to last me the trip (not to mention all the new things I picked up along the way), I was most definitely excited to pull something different out in celebration of my return home. I've worn this shirt a million times, but putting it on this time felt totally new. Four years later I'm still obsessed with the little gold buttons and the way it looks with a nice pair of black skinny jeans.
If only everyday felt like a fresh look at an old closet. I guess I'll just have to visit Europe more often!
Top: Forever 21
Jeans: American Eagle (Available Here)
Shoes: Salt Water Sandals (Available Here)
Earrings: Topshop (Available Here)
Necklace: Earthbound Trading Co. (Available Here)
When I visited Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven five years ago I fell in love with the walk along the coastline leading up to its place on the cliff. I'm not much of a hiker, but there was something about that view that made the 2 mile walk feel easy. When Tyler and I began planning our trip to Scotland I knew I wanted to try to return to Dunnottar.
Wednesday night we started working out the best day to take the train out to Stonehaven, which proved to be more difficult than expected. Scotland's weather reports seemed unreliable, and in the span of 8 hours had changed from sun to rain to lightning storms and back again. We finally just bought our train tickets anyway, as it was clear waiting on a sunny day would probably not work out.
Friday we hopped on the train through the countryside until we reached the small coastal town, stopping in at a bakery for chicken pies before starting the trek. The reality of the weather was just as sporadic as the reports, and we got hit by a couple rain showers and a lot of wind between spots of sun.
Despite the need for 2 shirts, a cardigan, and 2 coats in the middle of summer, our trip to Dunnottar was incredible, and worth the rain.
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