Wednesday, September 16, 2015

OregonicGirl Flies Away and Lands...in Virginia?!?!

Life has changed drastically in the past couple of months. 
I quit my job.
I moved to the East Coast.
I started college again.

It's a really weird feeling, going back to studying, to homework, to getting up and going to class.
It's weird having a bunk bed, cafeteria food, and mandatory events.

However, it is also wonderful; let me tell you why.

1. Roommates
I have made some great friends, including my amazing & encouraging roommates. 
We may four in one room, but I wouldn't want it any other way.
My roomies rock; they bring snacks, advice, and fun tastes in music and movies.
We work well together, doing homework together, praying the rosary together, lifting each other up.


2. Friends
While my roomies are amazing friends, I've also made some other funny and incredible friends.
 

We've already had Girls Night Out, movie nights, and lots of late night study sessions.
There's been dances, salsa and whipped cream (a funny story), coffee at 11 p.m., and lots & lots of laughter. It's only been a few weeks, but getting to know these girls so well already is making this college-thing much easier to transition into!


3. The Quality Family Time
I love my family. They are the reason it was so hard to leave home. 
That is why I am thankful to have easy ways to communicate with them on a weekly basis. 
My sister is in college, my brother in Europe, my other brother in Seminary. 
We don't always have a lot of time to see each other, which is why our weekly Skype and phone sessions are so crucial. I get to see and talk to my sister brothers and parents, talk about our weeks, and listen to my brother make weird philosophical jokes, which I'm starting to get (yikes!).


4. Virginia is Beautiful

I've never been to VA until now, but the green, the mountains, the river; there's so much beauty to enjoy. I also have an amazing school, which is lovely in its own way. Just being able to see the outline of the chapel, hearing the bell ring on the hour, walking the grounds, make me smile, grateful to be in such a beautiful place, gaining friendships and a fantastic education.
The Outline of the Chapel

While these are just a few examples of why I love this place, I have to say thank you to my parents, for giving me encouragement when I was going through the application process, not to mention the encouragement and great life you have given me! You have helped me gain experience in life, becoming a more confident and better person.
Thanks Mom and Dad!

Thank you to my friends and co-workers, who encouraged me to follow my dreams, even though they knew they'd have to say goodbye for a while.

Thanks to my siblings, who have not only told me to go for it, but have also been helping me with my homework. Seriously, thank you!


I hope to write more as the semester continues; hopefully sooner rather than later.
Until then, check out the college's website to see pictures and videos of all the events which have taken place just in the past few weeks!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On Outfit Inspiration: Duchess Catherine

Memorial Day is almost upon us; that weekend where we reminisce and reflect on the ones who we have lost fighting for our country. It is also a time to be with our loved ones, and to appreciate our times with them.

It also doesn't hurt to look cute, either...
While looking for a good outfit that would work in many different ways, I stumbled upon the lovely Duchess Catherine of Cambridge.
Now, I love a good style that is also modest, and the Duchess of Cambridge is a shining example. From beautiful, lacy evening gowns, to easy-to-put-together, cute day wear, Catherine shows that you can make any outfit look great, even repeating you favorite simple pieces!

Photo: Getty Images
A great example is her outfit consisting of her favorite navy blue blazer, skinny jeans and a striped shirt. This outfit is easy to replicate; today I want to show you how you can, too!
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THE JEANS

Let's begin with the jeans. A good pair of well-fitting, cute and comfortable jeans can be pretty hard to find. Fortunately, I have found the best place with the best-fitting jeans are at Old Navy.
Cute, comfy and a good price?!?!

No Way!!!

Photo: oldnavy.com
These jeans are so well fitting, stretchy but not too stretchy, and make a great replacement for triple-digit-costing denim. The also come in a mid or high-rise fit, so anyone will be comfortable and cute. A perfect replication of Duchess Catherine's jeans.

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THE TOP

Next, the striped shirt. I will admit that I have been looking and looking for the "just right" version of her nautical-inspired shirt; it's been really hard. Luckily, I happened to spot something at Old Navy whilst searching for the perfect jeans: the striped shirt.

Photo: oldnavy.com
With a flattering boatneck, can be worn anytime of the year!

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THE JACKET

Kate loves this jacket. She as been spotted at many different events wearing it, and the navy Zara blazer has been a tried and true friend through it all.
 It is not only under $100, but is well fitted and can be worn many ways!

Photo: zara.com

Now, you can also find other versions that might fit better on you, or that is more your personal style. Mine, for example, is a classic Ralph Lauren navy blazer (the kind with the shiny gold buttons!), and was found for $14 at one of my local thrift stores.  
You can find a cute navy blazer lots of places; I suggest looking for one online or at your local thrift store!

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THE EARRINGS

Catherine is never spotted without earrings. They are usually very simple, like pearls or diamond studs., sometime small, dangly diamonds.
 While most of us cannot afford real pearls or diamonds, we can go for good imitations.
I have had very good luck at places such as JC Penney's; there are a lot of good imitation pearls and cubic zirconia. My favorite pair are a mix of both. Catherine has been spotted wearing hoops with pearls that slide on, and I found a pair that are very similar.

Photo: jcpenney.com
These Vieste pearl drop earrings give that same look at a lower price, all the while looking glam and still low-key. The perfect everyday earrings that will go with just about every outfit.

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THE SHOES

As someone who wears a lot of flats, yet still loves to wear heels the occasion arises, wedge heels are a perfect middle.
I found a great replicate of Ralph Lauren Espadrille Wedges from Macy's, at only $69.99!

Photo: macys.com
There are lots of other options out there for you!
While there are thrift stores, there are also great places such as JC Penney's, eBay, and more if you prefer new shoes, although you can find great ones at thrift stores.
Remember, find the style that fits you well and makes you happy.

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Putting together a well-polished outfit isn't just for the royals, and it doesn't have to take a large budget. Don't forget that looking good also has nothing to do on the outside, but if you do your best to look good and modest, your outside will reflect how you want to be treated in every path your life takes you. Have fun shopping & post a picture of your outfit in the comments!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Chartreuse

All Photos via Pinterest
Chartreuse is a highly discussed color, especially in my line of work. 
A lot of people love it-such as myself-while others are reminded of slime or something else in the gross department. At the quilt shop I work at, we incorporate this between-yellow-and-green color into a lot of items, and most of us are excited when a new piece of this color arrives.
I love it, and I will always love it.
Why?
Well, it's bright, it's cheerful, and sometimes you can drink it.
You can wear it; my favorite sweater is chartreuse knit, and my favorite necklace is composed of chartreuse beads. There is also the sipping liquor known as Chartreuse, and is a lovely albeit strong drink to be slowly enjoyed. I love chartreuse paint, chartreuse clothing, and chartreuse fabric.
This color will always mean cheerfulness and a way of telling me to will myself to make more chances in my life. It is a way of helping me to expand my creativity, and to be my own unique self.
That is why I love Chartreuse.
"The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique."
~Walt Disney

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On Happiness




Lately, I've been enjoying the small or simple beauty that can be found in everyday life.
Today I've made a list of my favorite things that have brought happiness, joy and peace into my life.
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1. Mount Angel Abbey, Mt. Angel, OR

I don't get to go there enough, but when I do, it's nothing short of beautiful, peaceful and just plain wonderful. I'm fortunate to have a brother there in Seminary, so I have more than one good reason to go there. If you ever need a quiet place to rest, either for an hour or a weekend retreat, Mount Angel Abbey is the place to go.
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2. Relaxing with Tea

Just sitting, drinking tea, comfy and cozy blankets and snugly throws all around. Sometimes there's music, a movie or television show, and sometimes it's just plain silence.
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3. Sunrise

There's nothing quite like a sunrise (other than a good sunset), and I get the wonderful chance to witness it almost everyday. Getting up early has to have some sort of perk, right?
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4. Getting In

To school, I mean. I have been accepted into a wonderful 4-year college for this coming fall! 
It's been almost 6 years since I graduated from my last college, and I am looking forward to finishing my college education.
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5. Fresh Vegetables

Not everyone likes vegetables, and I can understand some reasons why, but then I get to eat delicious, organic vegetables from a local farm. Pitchfork and Crow, located in Lebanon, is a wonderful, organic farm that brings lovely fruits and veggies to happy Salem families (and surrounding towns).
Check out their website and sign up for a CSA box in your area!
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6. English Paper Piecing

If you follow my blog, you've noticed that I have a hankering for handwork. English Paper Piecing is, of course, handwork, and I love making monthly hexagon blocks for shop samples. I've already made 7; now to figure out what to do with them!
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What are the things that bring you happiness?
Share in the comment section; I'd love to see what makes you glad.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

On Why My Family+Friends are Awesome (aka A Thank You)

My family life has been pretty crazy lately. 
After 12 days, my dad is finally out of the hospital.
What he had, the doctors never quite pinpointed it, other than a lot of different things all 
happening at once.
My mom, the strong one, is home at last, having spent all but one night with him. She is an amazing woman, whose love and devotion to her husband shows people a good look at marriage, even when he could be a pain in the butt.
My sister has been teaching not only her classes-she's a fencing instructor-but also our mom's classes as well. And going to school. She's one tough cookie!
She and I have been driving, working, eating way too much fast food, visiting dad, and going to bed. That has been our schedule these past 12 days.

My family is inconceivably Awesome.
Yes, awesome with a capital A.
Why?
Because even though we've had these crazy and truly exhausting weeks, we've been able to take time and really be thankful for our family and friends, who have prayed and visited 
and just made sure we were ALL doing well. 

"None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someones help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you."
-Harvey Mackay

I want to thank my mom, Nanci, who stayed with dad every day & every night, sleeping on recliners and cots, who didn't complain, who held herself and was strong throughout everything.
Without you, dad would not have been able to get through everything. 
She is an amazing woman who is tough and loving; I hope I will be a wife and mother like her.

I want to thank my sister, who taught mom's classes, went to school, and visited dad so mom could go home for a bit. Mary, you rock. You are an amazing sister who is helpful and strong, too.
Without you, I wouldn't have been able to stay under control, and mom wouldn't have gotten a break.

To my dad, Brian, a great guy whose been through so much. Get better, and I know you can get through these next few weeks of IV therapy and check-up appointments.
Rest well.

To my family and friends,
Thank you for praying, for visiting, for sending well wishes, food and happy thoughts our way.
We couldn't have gotten through this without you.
Photo Source: Old Hat Creative

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Current Crafty Obsession: Embroidery



I love being crafty, and I love being able to have the capabilities and supplies readily available. 
At my work, there is an unending supply of embroidery floss, pearl cotton, hoops and more.

As you can see from the picture above, I've been busy with thread work.
Lots and Lots of thread work.
 I have found many wonderful and inspiring quotes on Pinterest, and decided they should go onto fabric for people to be inspired by everyday!
My favorite fabrics to work with right now are Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
 & Carolyn Friedlander's latest collection, Doe, also by Kaufman. 
These fabrics are fun and enjoyable to use, and offer a fun variety in color and designs; check them out here.
As you may have noticed from my January 25th post, I am really into the bright, happy spring colors. These have been playing into my floss palettes, and you can certainly see that in the pieces I've been working on!
What projects are you working on right now? What colors, textures, mediums? Share them with me; I'd love to see them!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Current Favorites: January 2015

Oregonic Girl's 
Top 7 Current Favorite Places+Items

1. Archive Coffee and Bar
This coffee for the morning, bar for the night shop is the latest shop addition to Salem's downtown. With its bar-like coffee service, Archive is reminiscent of a bar in Europe.
For breakfast, I highly recommend their vanilla lattes, blackberry+basil scones.
At night, they pull out all the stops with great dinner options and delicious, old-fashioned drinks. 
For dinner, I recommend their chicken tacos and a gin+tonic.
Photo by @oregonic_girl
With ideas based from the 1920's, delicious drinks and food-not to mention fantastic baristas-Archive has begun a great foundation with the people of Salem. Check out what they're about & also there menu here.


2. Anna Griffin iPad Cover
Anna Griffin is known for her wonderful stationary, luggage, fabric & more. My latest favorites from are not only the latest fabrics-which are always gorgeous-but my favorite case for my iPad.
The case I have is unfortunately too old to be readily available anymore, but if you're going to have a beautiful, floral iPad case, I would choose the one pictured below. Check out her website here.
Grace iPad Case, Anna Griffin


3. Ponderosa & Thyme Floral Arrangements
Based here in Salem, Ponderosa & Thyme creates the loveliest flower arrangements, 
bouquets, wreaths and more. They also have workshops, which I really want to go to someday! Check them out here.
Photo: Ivy and Gold

4. The Little Spark by Carrie Bloomston
I love this book, and below is my review for the book on C&T Publishing's website, which sums up how I feel about this book:
"This is such a wonderful book! I have discovered & rediscovered myself in more than just creative ways. Carrie Bloomston is an inspiring and encouraging author who opens your mind to becoming the truly creative person you have been looking to become. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs some "Spark" to their life."
Check out this great book here!
Photo: C&T Publishing


5. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, Set of 10
Where to start... I L-O-V-E these pens. It all began when I bought my first set of 3 black fineliner pens; I was instantly hooked! The preciseness and color of these pens are fantastic, making drawing and typography so much fun!
Check them out on Staedtler's website here.
Photo: Staedtler.com


6. Ball Mason Jars in Purple
My favorite color is purple. I also love mason jars and use them for everything, from lunch containers to storage containers to the occasional drinking glass.
Now they come in purple. PURPLE. Oh my gosh! I need a few dozen of these, please!
Order them on Amazon here, then send them my way...
Photo: Amazon.com


7. Volupsa Candle in Makassar Ebony & Peach
The smell of this candle is delicious. I was first intrigued by the beautiful design of the jar, but when I saw and smelled the scent, I knew I needed it. The scent of ebony with peach is an exquisite mix, and the black coconut wax is shiny and mysterious.
Find it on Volupsa's website here.

What are some of your current favorites? Perhaps a new candle, iPhone cover, even a new restaurant. Share your favorites with me; I'd love to see what inspires you!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Inspirations: Color of the Year Spring 2015


The color of the year, chosen by Pantone for Spring 2015 is Marsala. 
This wine-inspired red is a lovely addition to the fashion world, macarons and more!
I love this color, and love the idea of being able to thrift shop for this color!

1. Burberry Check Cashmere Scarf, Burberry.

2. Pantone's Official Color for 2015, Pantone.

3. Lovely Dark and Deep Florals, Intimate Weddings.

4. Red Velvet Macarons. Oh my goodness. I want these right now! Footsie.

5. Gorgeous, Deep Burgundy Red walls, a great Marsala-colored chairs, Kathy Kuo Home.

6. Ranunculus Flowers, tempodadelicadeza.com.

7.The Claudette Dress by Reformation.

8. A Lovely English Garden, Pinterest.

9. A burning Marsala Forest, 500px.com.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

On Inspirations: Spring


With spring coming just around the corner, I've been feeling the need to put some more colors in my life. Here's what I've been recently inspired by:

 1. The Terry Floral Fit & Flare Dress from Anthropologie.

2. Styling arrangement by Chihiro Kubota.  

3. Floral Bouquet Fabric by Tim Holtz for Free Spirit Fabrics.

4. A Collection of DMC Embroidery Floss I've been working on, inspired by the Anthropolgie dress.

5. The gorgeous colors in this food styling by Introducing New Worlds With A Shrug.

6. The gathering of flowers shown in Kinfolk Magazines.

7. Tula Pink Moonshine Fabric in Jam. 

8. Another Floral Arrangement found on Pinterest.

9. The old-fashioned floral layout I found on Pinterest through kittenpaw.tumblr.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

I Love that I Am Me

Photo: I Heart Luxe
I love my weird tastes in music. 
I love super chocolatey ice creams and cheesy romantic comedies. 
I love laugh and make silly noises to get my coworker to crack up. 
I love to go to bed early and get up early.
I love to drink coffee.
I love to see my friends and laugh and be silly with them.
I love to wear skirts and dresses and tights and look like a girl. 
I love to watch weird television and movies.
I love the fact that I know I have lost weight and that I am a better person. 
Not because I lost the weight, but because I am happier version of myself.
I love British stuff and musicals and to sit and home and watch tv and embroider. 
I love weird rock music and renaissance music. 
I love to wear red lipstick.
I love to listen to the same playlist before I go to work so that I can think and prepare myself for a long and not always good day. 
I love to go to work on Mondays. 
I love the fact that I can do so much with my life and that it's only the beginning.
I love that I can be great.
I love that I am happy with who I am, even when I don't love who I may be. 
I love that I know that I can be a better person-anyone knows that-and can look forward to getting to know my future self in just that, the future.
I love that I don't have to feel stupid for being myself.
I love that I am Me.