A Portland Wedding

Did yall think I had stopped blogging forever? Despite my sabbatical, I have returned from a few weeks of traveling, our last adventures of the summer before basketball season starts again.

Those adventures included a weekend in beautiful Portland, Oregon to celebrate the marriage of two college friends. Some snapshots from the weekend:

I broke out some worn-once-and-haven't-worn-since dresses from my closet for the weekend.
Fuchsia silk Yoana Baraschi dress, jeweled headband from Anthropologie. 

Meet Bear. He was the Ring Bear-er.

Half the wedding guests were English, so I thought it would be fashionable to wear my fascinator. My handsome Hubby rocked his groomsman tux.
Dress from seasons-ago Bebe, fascinator from Etsy, leather clutch by Maurizio Taiuti.

Thank you, Portland, for showing us a great time.
Congrats on your new life together, Ben and Jenny!

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Fashion Week : Herve Leger

Happy Fashion Week to all! Though I am regrettably not wandering New York City playing Alice in style wonderland, I still enjoy the runway coverage of FW from various media outlets. Don't worry, I won't inundate you with catwalk clips. But when a runway show makes an impression on me, I want to share it!

While the Herve Leger brand is synonymous with the bandage dress, its Spring 2014 collection by Max Azria kicked the silhouette up a notch by adding zippers, exciting patterns, and corsets. A few of my favorite looks:

Corset it up and ruffle it out and I'm on board!
Images from SOURCE


Bajillions of Begonias

The start of September means an Indian summer for us in Santa Cruz. Finally... warm, sunny weather! And what better way to welcome it than with thousands of other people? I took a walk down to the Begonia Festival in town, the beginnings of which (I learned) blossomed in the 1950s surrounding the harvesting of Begonia flower bulbs.  

Nowadays, the festival has grown to incorporate local businesses which sponsor floats in the river parade. Float builders cover framework with hundreds and thousands of Begonia flowers.

I loved this golden retriever playing tugboat to a mini-float. 

Jellyfish followed the Magic School Bus in canoes. 


Now that's some small-town fun. 
Add it to the long list of neat things that are just beyond our backyard!

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