I’m quite impressed with Gap’s return to the basics, or at least some of the basics. For awhile there, Gap was trying to be “all hip, all the time,” but I finally feel like I can rely on them for classic items again.
If bringing back jeans that fit was the first step, then clothing you can wear to work was the second!
And now for another work top of the week. While I’ve had my fill of sheer and semi-sheer blouses, this polka dot cotton one from Zara is so cute! I would definitely snag it for $30 if I had a Zara close to me. (However, the closest Zara to Portland is Vancouver, BC – a 5+ hour drive.)
For work, I would wear this with white pants or a summery skirt, and on the weekends I’d pair it with my new favorite linen short shorts from the Gap (as usual).
It’s time for another things loved list. Without further ado:
1. Issey Miyake’s L’eau D’Issey
Nordstrom sent me an offer for a free atomizer with my choice of perfume. I chose the Issey Miyake scent and have absolutely fallen in love. Sephora says Miyake’s fragrances are fueled by “technology, minimalism, and nature.” OK, I’ll take the technology-fueled scent. …now to get a larger version for when my freebie runs out so I can be the woman your woman could smell like.
2. The Springwater Trail
The Springwater Trail is part of a 40-mile paved loop in Portland. When I was marathon training, I did my longer runs on the trail, but biking has always been my favorite Springwater activity.
3. Hash Restaurant
Hash Restaurant happens to be just a block north of the Springwater Trail, and is a great destination for a weekend morning ride… good luck pedaling home. Hash is a classic Portland/NW style with many sustainable and local ingredients. I love their French toast with whipped creme fraiche. They also serve mini scones with their coffee, which is a nice touch.
I have two different varieties of peonies in my yard – magenta in the front yard and pale pink in the back. The magenta ones always bloom first in mid May and the pale pink peonies usually bloom the last week of May (and often get rained out). I just love the choppy texture of peonies. Very scissor-hands!
5. Sexy Boot Jeans
As I have been hinting, we’ve had a ton of rain in Portland, which really made May feel like winter or fall. I took the opportunity to stock up on my favorite Sexy Boot jeans from the Gap and ordered dark wash, medium tint and distressed finish. I won’t need new jeans for at least a year!
6. Pacific City, Oregon
In May, we took a mini-break anniversary vacation to Pacific City and stayed at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, which was very beachy and cozy. Haystack Rock and the Pelican Pub and Brewery are the highlights of this postcard-perfect town. (And it happened to be featured in the June issue of Sunset magazine, so we felt like we went at the perfect time before it is “rediscovered” for the season.)
7. She & Him
Genius collaboration project between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. I was able to see them at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend over Memorial Day weekend. My absolute favorite song on Volume 2 is “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” which is a Skeeter Davis cover. During the concert “She” forgot the lyrics and asked to start over, which sounds annoying, but she was absolutely adorable.
8. Santorini Table
I finally scored my summer cafe table! I drooled over the Santorini table at World Market last year but wasn’t convinced on the red or green. This year it came out in a new color – aqua – and it is PERFECT. I used a $10 off coupon to get it for $90. Then I got home to find purple marks all over the tiles so by the time I went to exchange it, all the Santorini items were on clearance and I ended up getting it for $50!!! I’m picking up outdoor “wicker” chairs at Target to go with it.
9. Dreaming about a vacation to Greece and Turkey
Speaking of Santorini, visiting Greece and Turkey is #20 on my 30 before 30 list and there’s a good chance I’ll be crossing it off my list this fall. I’ve been researching trip ideas and airfare (ouch) and planning the ideal itinerary. Fingers crossed it works out with work schedules and budget.
10. Career Changes
I spent about half of May contemplating a big career move (which was the real #21 on my 30 before 30 list). I applied for two jobs, scored interviews for both, negotiated and accepted a great new position. Change is on the way and next week I’ll start a new job after seven years with the same company!
I am starting a trend of actually purchasing my “top-of-mind” features! I first bought one of these sleeveless luxe tanks from Banana Republic back in March for the full price of $29. I never hate paying full price, but I couldn’t leave the store without the perfect shade of smoky charcoal* and all those elegant layers of satiny trim. I usually wear it under a suit jacket or cardigan, but I also wear it on the weekends with jeans or bermudas.
Well, it was my lucky day last week as I found a few more shades – navy* and misty blue* for $15 each (thank you 30% off luxe combined with a 25% off your entire purchase discount). Aaah, the perfect storm of sales promotions!
*I am also realizing that 95% of my clothing is in the blue/gray color spectrum. Um, that’s totally normal, right?
And now for my t-shirt work top of the week. I think the Dahlia Tee from J.Crew would look adorable with a crisp summer skirt like this pleated one from the Gap. My favorite is the shadow color because it seems less “t-shirty” than the lighter shades.
On the weekends I would wear this with a distressed denim mini or my new linen short shorts.