Saturday, July 25, 2015

An Afternoon at ENSO Urban Winery

Since turning 21 back in November doing a wine tasting has been at the top of my "adult things to do" list and on Friday I finally got around to doing my first one. There are a ton of really great vineyards and wineries in the area surrounding Portland, but as most of them are at least an hour drive from the city it makes going out to one a bit of a time commitment. ENSO is unique because although they source the grapes they use for their wines from California, Washington, and Oregon the wine itself is made right in the heart of SE Portland. The tasting room and winery are both housed in the same space (which is actually an old garage), making the experience that much more special. 

My two friends and I all went for the tasting flights, which at $10 are pretty hard to pass up, and spent a lovely few hours sipping our wine and munching on some bread while catching up and making plans for the rest of the weekend. The flights each featured 5 different wines with a choice between either a red flight or a white & rosé flight - I followed my heart and went with the red. Out of all five varieties the Counoise was definitely my favorite, it was like nothing I'd ever had before. 

I think, if I had it my way, I'd spend every Friday afternoon just like this. The atmosphere was calm and inviting, the wine was wonderful, and I didn't feel intimidated going in because of my lack of wine knowledge. I think visiting ENSO is a must for any and all wine loving Portlanders. 

What I Wore - Top: Old Navy, Jeans: J. Crew, Shoes: Seychelles, Bag: Madewell

Monday, July 13, 2015

Little White Striped Dress

What I Wore: Dress - H&M, Shoes - old White Mountain (similar), Necklace - Kate Spade New York, Earrings - similar, Lipstick - MAC "Brick-o-la"

There is something about a beautiful summer day and a light-weight white dress that just feels so right. Add some navy stripes, three sweet buttons up the back, and a waist line that isn't too loose or too tight and I'm in dress heaven (which is my favorite kind). I guess summer clothes aren't all that bad after all. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lavender Picking

What I Wore - Dress: Madewell

I'm going to let these photos speak for themselves and try not to ramble too much in this post. On Sunday morning my roommate/best friend/photographer, Julia, and I headed out to go lavender picking at this charming farm about 30 minutes outside of Portland. We tried to go as early as we could manage in the hopes of beating the heat but by the time we got out there at 10:20 it was already over 80 degrees!  But despite the the blazing sun we easily spent an hour oo-ing and ahh-ing over the unbelievable fields of lavender and filling our baskets with as much as we could manage to snip. I knew it was going to be a picturesque spot so I planned ahead and wore my new silk Madewell dress (currently on major sale!) so that we could take some photos for the blog. I truly was one of the most idilic and serene places I have ever experienced. 

If you're in the Portland area and are interested in checking out the lavender farm for yourself, click here for more information 
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