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

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

 

Beans Barton Mural

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This mural, done by local artist Beans Barton in 2008, features surreal-like colorful animal characters such as Guitarasaurus Tex and Rock Cod.

Located on W 19th St, there are many murals and smaller bits of wall art that can be found along the street and in the Houston Heights area overall. This piece though, which sits on the side of print company J. Harding’s building that faces the road, is one of the first you’ll see when driving along W 19th.

-C

We All Live in A Yellow Submarine

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In Downtown Rosenberg, a small town south west of Houston, there’s antique stores lining the streets that people flock to throughout the year.

This past weekend, I visited this area for the first time in close to five years with a good friend of mine. While going from antique store to antique store we spotted a large amount of street art, including this mural. Being a Beatles fan since practically birth, I just had to get some shots in of it and luckily brought my little camera with me.

After scouring the stores and snapping photos of the murals, we also had a late lunch at a cute place called Another Time Soda Fountain. If you’re ever in the area, go try this place out! The patty melt and cherry limeade was so good and I already know i’ll be getting a milkshake next time I visit.

-C

 

(Outfit: Lou & Grey Sweater; LOFT Boyfriend Jeans; Blondo Ankle Booties in Black; Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses; J Crew Bucket Bag)

Favorite 2015 Moments

From hiking in the Deschutes Basin to exploring the Painted Hills to graduating from the U.O. to visiting Glacier National Park to checking out Graffiti Park in Austin and the Co-Cathedral in Downtown Houston, 2015 was one memorable year.

As previously mentioned, it was personally a rough year but with all that I was able to do, I don’t regret a thing.

Here’s to 2016!

-C