October 24, 2014

Fashion Fridays: My Favorite Men's Fashion Blogs

I like keeping up with men's fashion for many reasons. I mean just look at this first picture, it should really speak for itself. But besides beautiful men, I also like to see what the men are up to and seek inspiration from them. Now more than ever I see men and women's fashion becoming less separate and the gender lines becoming more blurred. I love it. I love a menswear inspired look with touches of femininity. Here are some of my fave male fashion bloggers, Enjoy!

I AM GALLA: Beautiful man, Beautiful photos, Beautiful outfits. For a daily dose of this dapper dude, his Instagram is beautiful too

Cup of Couple: I came across this amazing couple a little while ago. They are aesthetically perfect. They do great lay outs of clothes and objects that often include their adorable dog! They live in Madrid and sometimes they post pictures of places I was able to visit last year so its a nice little reminder of my trip.

DapperLou:  Another great, visually and stylistically stunning blog is Dapper Lou. He has a great style and a great Instagram account, which is where I first discovered him. You may recognize him from his recent work with Banana Republic!

Closet Freaks: This is one of my newest finds in the mens department. I would probably dress most like Anthony out of the men featured today. If I was given the chance to steal his closet I probably would. He is very clean cut and modern but never boring, he makes great color and pattern choices. 

Who are some of your fave male bloggers?


October 23, 2014

Oregon Eats - Elk Horn Brewery

Image via Elk Horn Brewery Facebook

While I was in Eugene last weekend I really wanted to visit some of their best local spots. I was hoping to get to a few new restaurants, try some local brews, and really get a feel for the city.

One place that did not disappoint was Elk Horn Brewery.

I had driven past it a couple of times on my way to campus, it is on a busy corner, has an eye-catching sign, and a great patio. I instantly knew I wanted to go.

Saturday night after the big Oregon vs. Washington football game we were starving and ready to chill for a bit. We thought that Elk Horn would be the perfect spot - and boy were we right!
House made cider! 

The ambiance there is great, energetic staff greet you and are super knowledgeable about the beers on tap. They have a wide range for any drinker, I ended up with their house made crisp apple cider. I was also able to taste a couple of their other drinks too and they all were great.

Excuse my brother on the left! Just had to get an interior shot! 

They have some standing tables and big TVs to watch while you wait to be seated. There is a lot to look at, animals on the walls, the cooks in the kitchen (the kitchen reminded me of one at summer camp, super open and industrial), and these fabulous antler chandeliers.
Fantastic menu! 

Seriously how good does this Chicken and Waffles look?

Once we got our table on the patio (that had a fire pit and Edison light bulbs  running in the trees (adorbs).  The menu looked so good we didn't know what to order,  everything looked great! My mom and I decided to ditch our diet and we ordered the jalapeƱo hushpuppies and pork skins, both choices were great! Pork skins were nice and crunchy and the hushpuppies  were extremely flavorful.

If you ever find yourself in Eugene, Oregon please go to Elk Horn! They have only been open for a couple of months and would love the support!


October 22, 2014

Interweb Goodies: A tribute to Oscar de la Renta

 Image via Vogue.com

Fashion lost one of it's most loved designers this past Monday. Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82. He had been battling cancer for the past couple of years. Today we honor this amazing man with some links that honor him and his fashion designs.

A touching story by good friend Anna Wintour

A look back at Carrie Bradshaw's gift from the Russian 

Tribute from even the youngest fashion designer

Bloggers have found inspiration in his designs for years, one blogger's words on his passing

A look back of some of his most glamorous red carpet designs.


October 21, 2014

A quick trip to Oregon

This past weekend I made my way up to Eugene, Oregon to visit my brother at college. He just started his Freshmen year at The University of Oregon, so my Mom, Grandma, and I decided to go up for Family Weekend.

We started the weekend with a quick trip to Starbucks for Pumpkin Spice Lattes of course, and then hit the road.

I have never been to Oregon before and the drive was gorgeous. So many trees, tons of farmland, and cute quaint towns.

We arrived in Eugene Friday night and headed downtown to grab a bite to eat. We ended up at The Davis, which is a chic restaurant with an extensive menu and great drinks. Seriously, everything on the menu looked amazing.

We walked down the street to Voodoo Doughnuts. This was one of my "must dos" while I was up there. It started in Portland and then expanded to a second location in Eugene. Its been made famous by appearing on various shows such as; No Reservations, Bizarre Foods, and Portlandia. I got the classic maple bacon bar which was just as good as it sounds

The gorgeous campus

My brother gave us a quick tour of campus on Saturday which was beautiful. It finally felt like fall. Colors changing on the trees, old brick buildings, and lots or families out walking their dogs!

The Willamette River that runs through Eugene

The rest of the weekend was spent at the University of Oregon football game, shopping (hello no sales tax!) and relaxing with the family!

I headed back to The Bay on Sunday night via Amtrack.  Traveling by train was so old-school and leading up to it I totally romanticized it. It wasn't terrible but it definitely wasn't glamorous. Reminds me of the Sex and the City episode where Carrie and Samantha take the "deluxe sleeper" train across the country! It was an experience, that's for sure!


October 13, 2014

Ashley's Obsessed: As If

Eww... as if!

Oh Cher Horowitz, how you inspired so many young girls to use that phrase. I remember being in elementary school and "playing" Clueless with my friends. Seriously for my 7th birthday I remember getting the new Spice Girls cassette tape (whoa!) and staying up late to watch Clueless with my mom - late probably being 9pm!

Well now that I have grown up I still truly appreciate the movie, the fashion, the friendships, and the jargon. When I saw this "As If" print on Etsy I knew I had to order it! It's such a cute print, and is a chic nod to a fabulous catch phrase!

One of my fave parts from the movie!

Whats your favorite catch phrase from a movie?? Let us know in the comments!


October 8, 2014

Walking Dead Party

We are huge Walking Dead fans. We both love the show and sometimes truly get wayyyyy to into it. Since the 5th Season if starting this Sunday we decided to put together a little list of some fun treats to have at your own viewing party this Sunday!

Chocolate Pudding 

Image via AMC

Who can forget Karl sitting on the roof eating that huge can of chocolate pudding in the 4th season? It is a must at any viewing party this weekend!

Red Velvet Cupcakes 

Well, red velvet anything really! The red is perfect for the bloody theme of the show! This link also has some great ideas for a viewing party in general!

Ginger "Dead" Cookies 

How 'cute' are these?! Little ass-kicking zombie cookies!

Cake Pops 

If you have the time/talent/energy these would be amazing!

If you are having friends over, some good themed food can also include "anything from a can" or BBQ!

Make sure to get all caught up before the new season this Sunday night on AMC!