Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls, located twenty to thirty minutes East of Portland, is definitely something worth seeing if you’re ever in the Portland area. Not only is it a great place for a photo-op but also just a cool place to start your exploration of the Columbia River Gorge.

When I went a few weeks ago, there was still some snow on the ground from the previous snowstorm and it just made it look even more majestic. Unfortunately, though, the snow and ice made it to where we couldn’t really explore on foot as much as I wanted to.

Happy Friday y’all!

-C

Seattle Center

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My second (and last) day in Seattle began with a morning spent in the Pioneer Square/International District area and followed by an afternoon at the Seattle Center.

The Seattle Center is seventy-four acres and was originally built for the 1962 World Fair. It currently is comprised of the Museum of Pop Culture, the Memorial Stadium, Chihuly Glass and Gardens, the Space Needle, and the Key Arena. I spent the majority of my time at the Museum of Pop Culture to check out the Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and Star Trek exhibits (amongst many others) and then made my way over to the Space Needle as the sun was setting.

To anyone who is visiting Seattle in the near future, I highly recommend that you check out this area as there is honestly just so much to do.

-C

Pike Place Market

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To say that my trip up to the Northwest was much needed is an understatement. I am honestly so glad I was able to be up there for close to a week and not only explore Seattle but Portland and Eugene, aka my old stomping grounds, as well.

My first stop was Seattle and almost immediately after arriving I headed to Pike Place Market to check out the area and get some good fish n chips. I knew that this was a place I just had to go to and am glad it was my first place to explore, with being able to see the fishermen throw the fish, scope out all the vendors, and glance at (not touch) the infamous Gum Wall.

I also loved how friendly everyone was! While eating my fish n chips, the server even had me try some fruit from the vendor across the way and it was SOO good!

-C

Exploring Wallis, TX

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There’s something about exploring small towns nearby you and discovering things you’ve never seen before, like the two above murals and a church that’s a part of the Painted Churches of Texas Tour.

I definitely can’t wait until the weather gets cold and becomes what I call ‘adventure weather’, so that I can have more weekends of exploring cool things in my area.

Happy FriYay!

-C

Blessington Farms

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I spent this past weekend pretending that Fall actually exists in my area by going out to a pumpkin patch west of Houston with one of my girlfriends, because it’s honestly a bit tough to live near the Gulf Coast and see photos of changing leaves galore all over the internet.

Amazingly enough, though, it actually didn’t start getting warm until about noon (lately it’ll be in the 80s come 9 am), so this little outing ended up being super enjoyable. Also, I picked out a real winner and have already started figuring out what I’m going to carve into her. Hint: it’s going to be a based off of a *magical* series that really impacted my childhood and teen years…and still impacts me today haha

Oh! Also, since having gone out to said pumpkin patch there has been talk of not just one but two cool fronts to come our way down here in the Houston area. Eeeek! I’m so excited for *real* fall weather to come.

Happy Fall! 

-C

 

P.S. Sorry for the iPhone quality photos–I somehow forgot my Nikon at home! :O

 

Outfit Details: Loft Jeans, Teenplo top, Doc Marten Chelsea boots, Target Earrings, Essie Chincilly nail polish and Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses

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  1. Had lunch at the Mason Jar, a restaurant that I’ve been going to since I’ve been in diapers, and I unfortunately found out that the land has been sold. If you’re in the Houston area from now until December–please check out this place!
  2. Made the first loaf of pumpkin bread for this fall season of the year. As you can see, it’s a heavily used recipe.
  3. Checked out the pumpkins and gourds at Trader Joe’s but managed only to buy some Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider (so yummy!).
  4. Saw a Theatre Under the Stars production of In The Heights, and it was such a phenomenal performance! (Wearing: LOFT dress, Target belt, J Crew Bucket Bag & Target sandals)
  5. A beautiful tapestry done by Leonardo Nierman titled “Rhapsody 2004”.
  6. The playbill and set of In The Heights.
  7. The stunning gold ceiling of the Hobby Center, which prompted me to want to start singing the Black Keys’ “Gold On The Ceiling”.

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Parks Service!

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson passing “Act to Establish a National Park Service (Organic Act)” and to celebrate I’m throwing it back to last year when I spent a couple of days at Glacier National Park.

What’s your favorite National Park?

-C

Insta-Murals of Las Cruces

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Like many cities in New Mexico, Las Cruces is home to some very artistic residents. Whether you’re driving up and down the main drag (Lohman Ave.) or walking around downtown, you’ll generally stumble upon mural after mural after mural.

The city is especially known for its Water Tank Murals, which are painted by Anthony Pennock (and family).

-C

 

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Josefinas of Mesilla

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Josefinas, a cafe and inn located in the town square of Mesilla, NM, is by far one of the most relaxing places I’ve eaten at. I loved the garden area where you can eat outside and how sitting there you can hear the birds chirping and the water flowing from the water feature.

The food is amazing as well. A delicious salad with homemade poppyseed dressing was enjoyed by all as well as quesadillas, chicken salad, and some savory vegetarian open faced enchiladas.

If you’re ever in the souther portion of New Mexico be sure to give this lovely place a try! Not only are the food and atmosphere great, but it’s nestled in such a quaint area of town that y’all will adore.

-C

 

Red Queen’s Attic Antiques

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In the South, antiquing is an extremely well versed activity for many people. Some plan out their ventures days/weeks/months in advance, some go antiquing every weekend, and others, like myself, go once every blue moon.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the little treasures that can be found while browsing through an antique store. It’s just that antiquing can really be such a process, so I find if i’m in the mood for something vintage I go straight to a specialty shop instead.

Red Queen’s Attic Antiques, though, is the perfect spot for someone like me. They had rooms dedicated to separate themes of a sort, which made the store so easy to navigate.

If you’re ever able to travel to the Rosenberg area–be sure to check this place out!

-C