Pin it to win it

September 22, 2016

Pin it to win it

When I was in Seattle, I saw a political sign for a candidate running for lieutenant governor. The slogan read, “Yin it to win it” (Yin is his last name) and it’s kind of stuck with me since. When I was editing these pictures, I couldn’t stop thinking of my own pun “pin it to win it,” so pin it to win it is. Cheesy? Yes, but I’m a total cheeseball.

Pin it to win it

You know how I love color, so I was deeply disappointed when Urban Outfitters only had grey, black and a random cheetah print Herschel backpack in their store. Instead of ordering something more colorful online, I took this opportunity as a challenge to jazz up a simple grey backpack with pins. I never had a pin collection as a child, which I somewhat regret because it would be fun and nostalgic to look back at my old pins, but, at age 22, I’m well on my way to starting up my first pin collection. I have Valley Cruise Press and ban.do to thank for the start of a solid pin game—and my mom to thank for a pretty sweet fishtail braid.

Pin it to win it

Pin it to win it

I have to say, my favorite pin is the BFF emoji pin from Valley Cruise Press. I got a set of two: one for my mom and one for me. ARE WE SO TWEE IT MAKES YOU SICK? Valley Cruise Press just launched their Fall 2016 collection too, so some fresh new styles guys.

Pin it to win it

Pin it to win it

Around this time of the year, I’m influenced by the back to school season and dress more collegiate, which in my mind, translates to a little preppy. Being originally from the east coast, I feel like I always have prep in me—sometimes it makes its way into my outfits more prominently than usual.

Pin it to win it

Pin it to win it

Dress: Urban Outfitters
Backpack: Herschel Supply Co.
Shoes: Converse
Necklace that you can’t really see: Upper Metal Class
Pins: c/o Valley Cruise Press and ban.do

Seattle recap

September 20, 2016

Seattle Recap

Hi there! Last week, I wrote about my time in Portland and this week I’m recapping my time in Seattle.

Just as a refresher, here’s an overview of the entire trip:

  • Friday night: Drove to Redding
  • Saturday: Drove to Portland (with stops in Ashland and Eugene)
  • Saturday–Tuesday morning: Spent time in Portland
  • Tuesday morning: Drove to Seattle
  • Tuesday–Friday afternoon: Spent time in Seattle
  • Friday afternoon: Drove to Eugene
  • Saturday morning: Drove to Redding
  • Sunday morning: Drove home

Even though technically our trip started Friday night, I started counting Day One on Saturday. On Tuesday—Day Four, we spent the morning in Portland, then drove to Seattle.

DAY FOUR: Since the drive from Redding to Portland was about 7 hours, the 3.5 hour drive from Portland to Seattle was a cinch. We arrived at our Airbnb late afternoon.

Seattle Recap

The room I slept in had two twin-sized beds. Naturally, Aubrey slept on one bed and I slept on the other. 😉

Seattle Recap

Our Seattle Airbnb was so cozy. The twin-sized bed felt tiny to sleep in, but I really loved the way the wooden bed frame looked.

We rented a beach house in West Seattle. The house was literally one block away from Alki Beach. It was the best feeling to walk out the front door and in less than 5 minutes, be at the beach. Everyone in my family are early risers, so we took many early morning walks with Aubrey on the beach. I cannot articulate to you how peaceful those walks on the beaches were and how sweet of a memory they will be to me in the future. The weather had cooled down from the 90s/100 it was in Portland and was in the 70s/80s AKA juuuuust perfect. You could see the entire Seattle skyline from the beach. I beach combed for sea glass, interesting rocks, and driftwood.

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Portland Recap

September 13, 2016

Portland Recap

Portland has been on my radar ever since I started blogging in 2008. Around that time, I connected with a lot of designers and artists and realized Portland was widely popular amongst those in the creative field. Funny that it’s taken me nearly eight years to make it to a city that’s within driving distance, but it is what it is. I traveled with my family: Dad, Mom, and dog, Aubrey. A lot of you 20-something-year-olds may not think it’s cool to travel with your family, but we all get along really well and I think my family is pretty fun. We have an understanding that we don’t have to do every. single. thing. together as a family when we’re on vacation. Quite often I’ll break away for a few hours to spend time with some of my friends wherever we’re staying. Or we’ll choose to do different activities/sightseeing/etc. since we have different interests.

If you follow me on Snapchat (@ohmydrifter) or Instagram, you’ve probably already gotten a flavor of what we did, but here’s the fulllllll unabridged recap. And when I say full I mean get yourself a cup of coffee or tea and because you’re going to be in front of the computer for a while.

We chose to do a road trip up the Pacific Northwest for a few reasons:

  1. We wanted to bring our dog.
  2. We’d always been intrigued by the Pacific Northwest and have never been.
  3. We have family in the Seattle area and thought it would be fun to visit them/see their house/get the official insider tour of the area.

Here’s an overview of the trip:

  • Friday night: Drive to Redding
  • Saturday: Drive to Portland (with stops in Ashland and Eugene)
  • Saturday–Tuesday morning: Spend time in Portland
  • Tuesday morning: Drive to Seattle
  • Tuesday–Friday afternoon: Spend time in Seattle
  • Friday afternoon: Drive to Eugene
  • Saturday morning: Drive to Redding
  • Sunday morning: Drive home

Portland Recap

A pretty mountain in Weed, CA on the drive up. I have no idea what mountain this is.

Portland is about a 9/9.5 hour drive from San Francisco. I know a lot of people who would do the drive in one shot, but we broke it up into two days. We started the drive Friday night and spent the night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Redding, CA. Nothing fancy, but it was simple, clean, and they allowed dogs.

Portland Recap

A cute hotel in Ashland, OR.

DAY ONE: I know technically our road trip started on Friday night, but I’m just going to start Day One on Saturday since Friday night was so uneventful. The next day, we drove from Redding to Portland. We stopped off in Ashland and Eugene to walk around (both are really nice cities!), but other than that, it was a straight zip up to PDX. I was so unprepared for the major heat wave the entire Pacific Northwest was experiencing. It was hotter than in California! We arrived at our Portland Airbnb around 4pm. That night, we went to the Mississippi Marketplace Food Carts for dinner. It was 100 degrees and most of the food trucks closed early due to the heat. There was only one food truck open—Koi Fusion. He was seriously cashing in with all the people there! I’m extremely boring right now and I can’t eat out anywhere due to my digestive issues (I bought all my food at the grocery store/prepared it in the kitchen in our Airbnb), so I’ll have to give you the food recaps through the tastebuds of my parents. My dad said his rice bowl at Koi Fusion was amazing. After dinner, we drove around the surrounding neighborhoods of where we were staying: Laurelhurst and Alameda. The houses reminded me so much of Berkeley, CA. If you told me we were driving around Berkeley, I would have believed you.

Portland Recap

Our Airbnb in Portland. It kills me how tropical it looks! You’d think we were on some island.

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