Heceta Head Lighthouse

Oh hey, there.  I guess it’s been a while.  Let’s just say I severely underestimated the amount of time and energy my first term in grad school was going to require.  Between classes, teaching, and research I haven’t even had time to unpack everything from the move.  The room that’s meant to be the guest bedroom/my office is basically a jumbled dumping ground for all the random items we haven’t had time to organize yet.  It’s chaos, and I hate it, but I need like 5 more hours in the day…

But enough excuses, let’s go back in time to October when my parents came to visit and we took a little trip to the coast.  We visited the town of Florence where we walked around the little tourist shops, but the main event for the day was Heceta Head Lighthouse.  The view of a little white lighthouse out on the point just seemed to be the quintessential “Oregon Coast” image and it was really fun taking my family there.

Running along the beach

Running along the beach

Beautiful iridescent shell

Beautiful iridescent shell

Goof shot

Goof shot

My handsome photographer

My handsome photographer

shirt : delia's / jeans : gap / boots: rampage / scarf : francesca's / purse : fossil

shirt : delia’s / jeans : gap / vest : material girl / boots: rampage / scarf : francesca’s / purse : fossil

The weather couldn’t have been better and we all enjoyed walking around on the beach where we saw one lone seal surfing the waves.  We also walked the short hike up the hill to see the lighthouse and the view, along with one of the houses where the lighthouse keepers used to live.  It would have been a pretty crazy job living out there on the coast, growing food in the yard and waiting for a team of horses to bring any other supplies.

I spy, with my little eye...

I spy, with my little eye…

The lighthouse is part of a state park with several hiking trails.  I’d love to take a weekend and hike some of them! Preferably in late summer when it’s blackberry season.  Oregon is famous for wild blackberries and we were able to snag a couple late season berries from the bushes along the path.

Wish I had a book to read

Wish I had a book to read

Sticky blackberry fingers

Sticky blackberry fingers

Almost looks like a heart

Almost looks like a heart

While many lighthouses are no longer in use, the one on Heceta Head is still working despite being built in 1894!  I think lighthouses are incredibly charming.  Something about a single light shining out over a dark and stormy sea gives me a warm and cozy feeling.

– Steph

The Lower Trail

The Stone Arch Bridge, with the blue and yellow Guthrie Theater in the background

A few weeks ago Scott and I had brunch with a couple of friends and then decided to enjoy the lovely spring weather by going for a walk around the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis.  This is the oldest part of Minneapolis with a cute cobblestone street, adorable bars and restaurants, a park, and the historic Stone Arch Bridge which now functions as a walking/biking bridge to Downtown.  We decided to explore the Lower Trail where we found this graffiti covered section of crumbing ruins from the old Pillsbury A Flour Mill and thought it would be a nice spot for a photo shoot.

shirt : delia’s / necklace : alloy / skirt : francesca’s / tights : modcloth / shoes : chelsea crew via modcloth / watch : fossil

This trench used to carry water from the Mississippi River through the mill to power flour production.  It’s so cool seeing remnants of history like this, even if they are covered in graffiti.  In a way, I sort of feel like the graffiti adds character.  One of these water tunnels still carries water through the depths of the long abandoned mill and comes out further down the trail.  The mill is actually in the process of being converted into apartments, so it will be interesting to see if they keep the river flowing through the basement.  If I weren’t moving to Oregon I would totally be looking into living there once it’s completed.  It would be awesome to live in a building with such a huge stamp on Minneapolis history.

What sort of cool history does your town have?  Get out and explore, and maybe you’ll learn something new :)

– Steph

Easter Blossoms

It finally feels like spring here in Minnesota! It may have snowed almost 9 inches this past week at my parent’s house in Clear Lake, but the sunny 70 degree weather went a long way towards getting us all in the Easter spirit.  This bright floral skirt seemed the perfect piece to wear in celebration of the great weather.  Growing up in the Midwest, I’ve gotten used to taking advantage of warm sunny days when they come.  The afternoon was spent eating too much great food, chatting with relatives, and listening to my little cousins brag about all the candy Mr. Easter Bunny brought them.  Oh, and some sidewalk chalk drawing.

shirt : Express / skirt : Francesca's / shoes : Delia's / necklace : H&M / belt : Targert

shirt : Express / skirt : Francesca’s / shoes : Delia’s / necklace : H&M / belt : Targert

My parents dog, Tango, came running out of the woods carrying this prize.  Looks like one of the local deer didn’t fare so well over the cold winter.

Our cat Dice needs to stay on a leash otherwise he eats some grass, comes back inside, and promptly pukes.  But he sure does love all the new smells he finds outside.

I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday!  Even if Christianity isn’t your thing, this time of year is always great for enjoying warmer weather, new blooms, and all those cute baby animals. :)

Happy spring!

– Steph

Awaiting Spring

Before the snowstorm that hit Minneapolis yesterday (on April 3rd. I KNOW!) we had a sunny but windy day that began to whisper promises of spring.  It seemed the perfect opportunity to get outside and showcase my new boots.  I wanted to shoot this post in front of some fun murals in Dinkytown, but alas, the bright mid-day sun and wind made this impossible.  Instead, we found a quiet corner of campus that blocked the wind still holding some of winter’s chill.

dress : Target / cardigan : Express / boots : Rampage via DSW / necklace : Old Navy

This is one of my go-to dresses for late fall or early spring weather and I almost always pair it with this long blue cardigan.  I just really enjoy the color combination and the proportions I get when I wear them together.

Owls are my favorite animal (followed by foxes, cheetahs, elephants, hedgehogs, axolotls, and cats in that order) so I’m constantly collecting owl jewelry, figurines, and accessories.  Lucky for me, several of these animals are really trendy right now so I’m able to find a lot of fun stuff featuring them.

I can’t wait to come back to this spot once the grapevines/ivy have started growing again.  Is there anything you love more than a good ivy covered brick wall?  Of course, winter has to relinquish it’s stubborn hold on Minnesota weather patterns before that happen but with upcoming temps near 60 this week (!!!) that should happen soon.  Meanwhile, I’ll just keep on waiting, daydreaming of sundresses and warm days at the beach.

– Steph

Tank Talk

I spent my spring break in Neenah Wisconsin spending time with my boyfriend because when you’re in a long distance relationship the opportunity to spend a week together beats out a sunny beach any day.  I know it’s not glamorous, but at least I had a photographer for this outfit post!

We can see grass! Hurray!

A new Goodwill opened in Neenah so obviously we had to check it out.  We got there the second day it opened, hoping that all the good stuff hadn’t already been bought.  Let me tell you, a fresh new Goodwill is like thrifter heaven because I found so many great things!  Some of them need a bit of alteration and some of them need to wait for warmer weather but my favorite purchase of the day was this sweater.

It was one of those times where I pulled it out of the overstuffed rack, looked at it, thought for a second that it was hideous but then realized it was in fact glorious.  And it fit me perfectly.  I love everything about it from the shape to the pattern to the colors.  I know it’s a bit more of an “autumn” sweater, but that’s not going to stop me from wearing it into spring.  Besides, I have the perfect vision of wearing it with a pleated black skirt and there’s no way I’m waiting 5 or more months before I test out my idea.

 

I also want to talk about this jacket.  This jacket just might be my favorite clothing purchase I have made.  Ever.  I bought it a few years ago when the whole moto jacket craze was starting to hit, and I stumbled upon it while perusing Roxy‘s website.  Back in high school I went through the whole “boarder” phase, wearing clothing almost exclusively from Pacsun and going to the sad excuse for a snowboard hill called Powder Ridge which was the only place to go near my hometown of St. Cloud Minnesota.  During that time I came to love the Roxy brand so now every so often I look through their site to see if there’s any clothing I can translate into my non California surfer lifestyle.  So anyways, I saw this jacket.  It was on sale.  I impulse bought it immediately.  I think I had to get a smaller size than I thought I would need so I was a bit nervous that it wouldn’t fit but it was just so beautiful I had to take the risk.  It fit perfectly.  The fabric had the most wonderful gold shimmer to it (and not in a tacky way) and it was pretty much everything I could ever wish for.  And now I live for those temperate months of fall and spring when I can wear this jacket constantly.  It’s one of the biggest reasons I yearn for cooler weather in the muggy heat of a Minnesota summer.  I love it so so much.

I love a good nail pattern!

I love a good nail pattern!

jacket : Roxy / sweater : Goodwill / jeans : Gap / boots : DSW / purse : Fossil / hat : handmade

But enough about the jacket.  Are any of you interested to know more about my hat? I made it myself!  Stay tuned for the pattern and directions.

My first cable pattern hat

My first cable pattern hat

Hope you’re all enjoying the slow shift into spring!

– Steph