Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

We had so much fun last nite! Our costumes were hits and the party we attended was awesome. A candy bar, 'make your own drink' table and a delicious spread of food (that I unfortunately did not get a photo of). Every detail was just beautiful and we had our fill of everything, including the dance party in the basement complete with a mini-pumpkin and candle display. It's so inspiring to have friends who put so much care into stuff like this.
Tonite we laid low, drank spiked hot apple cider and watched part of 'Pumpkinhead'. We had a few trick-or-treaters and ate too much candy!
I'll be back tomorrow to share some of my awesome finds from the antique sale this weekend.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Weekend

Things I'm pretty excited about:
- Heading to this antique sale on Sunday with some girlfriends. One of my favorite things about living in Portland is this sale, which comes around at least 3 times a year.
- The Little Winter Market at The Ace next weekend. I can't wait to do some shopping! Fieldguided, Twigs & Honey AND Julianna Swaney? I'm in.
- The husband's new Behind the Music series on his music blog. I love that boy.
- Wanderlust's official Grand Opening Party November 20th. It's going to be so much fun!
And last but not least,
- The Halloween party we got an actual, real life, physical invitation in the MAIL for. I'm going as Peter Pan and the boy will be an 'emotionless emoticon'. It was an absolute treat to receive an invite to a party in the mail, and I know this party is going to be a lot of fun!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I love putting colors together like this. Matching up fabrics, threads and zippers. This is for some cute things I'm putting together for the shop.
Today the boy woke me up super early and since I couldn't go back to bed, I went to the fabric store and sat outside for 30 minutes until they opened, then I picked up this sherbet rainbow of material. Ah man, working from home has made me take things like this for granted.
I know this isn't very 'Halloween themed' but I'm still had to share.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


We picked up a handful of little squash at Sauvie Island last weekend. I made a little mini-display for our table. It looks so cute with our runner and Butterfly Gold Pyrex.
I'm a big fan of how everything is pumpkin flavored this time of year. I just picked up some pumpkin cream cheese from Trader Joes and I'm sort of ridiculously excited to try it. Yum.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lovely things I've seen around the web that encourage, amaze and inspire me. Sometimes it's so hard to keep being creative. I've noticed that finding a great color combination keeps me ready and willing to make new things. The fabric store, films or just browsing the internet can unearth unexpected and beautiful color selections.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I wish I had Halloween projects to share! I'm working on something AND I'm making my costume which I'll definitely snap some photos of. But for today, all I have to share is these cute velvet pumpkins I got last year at Ink and Peat and a peek at our candy bowl for trick-or-treaters!
Lately I'm really enjoying the rainy days. Last nite we made stuffed squash again (quickly becoming a staple around here) and listened to the rain pounding on our windows. First heavy rain in a few weeks and I was so glad to be inside.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Playing Dress Up: Friday Edition

Excuse the funny faces I'm making in these photos, I just had to share this Fall outfit. I'm wearing Gap skinny cords, brown knit top from Forever 21, black Steve Madden boots from Nordstrom and plaid wool coat from H&M.
I'm really looking forward to this weekend. The boy's band The Grapefruit League has a show at Mississippi Pizza tonite at 9pm (it's free so stop on by if you're local). Our friend Dom is visiting from Seattle too and tomorrow we have a trip to Sauvie Island, food carts and some karaoke planned. I'm expecting an awesome time but for now I've got to make up our spare bedroom and do some vacuuming in anticipation of our guest!
Oh and Portlanders, speaking of H&M how psyched are you for this?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sailor Bag

Alright, so this is one of the projects I got material for the other day. I've had this bag in my head for a while. Striped ticking fabric, silver gromets and rope straps. CUTE. I'm planning one in red too.
The bottom is squared off and I'm thinking of what material I could put in the bottom to stabalize it. Isn't it the prefect book bag?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


As the lady at the fabric store said "looks like you've got quite a few projects ahead of you." I'm really excited about the things I've got going on and I will definitely share them as I get going.
Aren't these colors and textures nice? I visited a fabric store I don't go to much and it was great because they have more materials than my usual go-to shop. Lots of heavy weight fabrics in different prints and beautiful fabric for clothing. I have two projects I'm working on now to sell in Wanderlust but I want to go back and get some floral print chiffon to try my hand at a top. Unfortunately, that will most likley have to wait until after the holidays.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fashion Inspiration: The Big Chill

Last nite the boy and I were searching netflix instant for a movie to watch, our only criteria was that we didn't want to see something we'd seen before. I came across The Big Chill. A movie I knew about but had never seen and we decided to give it a try. Instead of reviewing the movie itself, which I'm pretty lousy at, I want to talk about the AMAZING fashion and music.

First the fashion: Pants under dresses, early 80's Nikes, PERMS. Man. There are some gems. This stuff is pretty inspiring in my opinion and it's pretty easy to get the looks in the film. I found plenty of items at UrbanOutfitters, the vintage section of etsy, Ralph Lauren, Modcloth and Anthropologie. Pretty perfect for Fall, right? I love the idea of a light weight button-up and a puffy vest over it for a dude. And for ladies, a black floral dress or striped knit cardigan is already my go-to for this time of year.

The music is a huge part of the success of The Big Chill. They manage to have music montages without the cheese factor and almost every song is a 1960's Motown hit. Aretha, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations. I love this musical genre and I think my favorite part of the film was in the first 20 minutes, when The Rolling Stones' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' plays as everyone gets in their cars and drives to the grave site.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thrifting Adventure

Since starting the shop, I've had to be very enterprising finding goodies to sell. A lot of times this means driving a ridiculous distance to find an amazing thrift store. It's my favorite part of running Wanderlust though, so I don't mind.
I fill up my ipod or take a stack of CDs and take a mini-road trip or try and wrangle my friends into going with me. Yesterday I took one of these roadtrips and got some amazing finds! So fun.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's Raining, It's Pouring

Here's some snapshots from my weekend at our Wanderlust event. It rained so hard! We ended up closing early but we had some fun setting up under a tent and drinking Captured by Porches beer.
Tonite the boy and I are going on a date to Por Que No, a local mexican place that we love! I'm excited to spend some time with him before I have to organize the fruits of my thifting adventure from earlier today.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Playing Dress Up

Shirt: gift from my step-mom, Skirt: Anthropologie ages ago, headband: Giant Dwarf , Shoes: Toms

Speaking of fashion- I finally went to the Gap and bought those skinny cords that have been making the rounds on a lot of blogs I read. They fit as nicely as people were saying and I can't wait to wear them with my black knee high boots. CUTE.

We had a busy weekend with Wanderlust and a surprise (but welcome!) visit from my in-laws. We're also trying to get our holiday plans in order which is always a task. I believe that if you give love and quality time to your family year-round, it shouldn't matter if you spend one day together- but not everyone shares that view. I've learned it's best to just be patient and try to work with everyone elses schedules. Although I already know that the plans the boy and I are making for Thanksgiving is going to leave a frown on a few people's faces. But hey- we're trying to make our own memories too, that's part of what marrying someone is about. Have you started making your holiday plans already?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shelving Inspiration

We've only had a few Wanderlust events so I am still coming up with ideas and rearranging our shop and layout each time. I found new shelving at a garage sale last week that I painted and I think it will be so cute in the store to showcase some of the super cute stuff we have!
P.S. Come see Wanderlust at the Harvest Festival on Fremont this Saturday between 10am and 5pm!
P.P.S. Check out our write-up on Modish today!
(photos from here, here, here, and other places on the web...)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autumn Leaves

As the weather gets colder, I'm anxious to make some delicious food. Soups and grilled squash are some of my favorites so we greeted October by visiting Sauvie Island and getting produce and then doing some cooking.

I made stuffed grilled squash with apples, onions and celery and mushroom and barley soup which I put in cute glass jars and froze for the boy to take with a sandwich for lunch.
What is your favorite food to cook in Fall?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Playing Dress Up

Dress: Vintage, bought in Austin Texas. Necklace: Forever 21. Belt: Forever 21. Knee Highs: Momo in Seattle. Shoes: Nordstrom.
This was a perfect outfit for today. Not to jinx it but the weather has been so beautiful lately. I walked over to a friend's house to have some much needed catch-up time and then to the coffee shop for emails and a biscuit sandwich.
I finally decided on my Halloween costume so I started working on that today too. The boy has decided to dress up as an 'emotionless emoticon' so we can't do our normal 'couples' outfits. (Last year we were John Candy and Steve Martin from Planes Trains and Automobiles and the year before we were the Abominable Snowman and Yukon Cornelius from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer). I really had no idea what to do on my own but I came up with something cute and the costume is coming together. The majority of the costume will be sewn by me so I'll share it when it gets closer to the end of the month. I love Halloween, don't you?