Archive | March, 2012

Passport & Bikini Required: Surprise Honeymoon

29 Mar

I’m going to go ahead and say it: our honeymoon was the most blissful, magical, rad-tastic 2 weeks of our lives. And guess what? I boarded the plane 2 days after our wedding and had no idea where we were going. Passport & bathing suit required; everything else was a mystery. Once through security, Mr.Riggar handed me a boarding pass going to Tokyo. Oh hey Asia…never been to you before! 2 hours into a 10-hour plane ride, I opened a wrapped package with two books: Thailand & Bangkok. Finally!! Our parents knew, my brother-in-law knew & our favorite Starbucks barista knew. Months & months of anticipation and I had to contain my excitement on a plane carrying over 200 passengers, which is near impossible for the chick whose “voice carries.”

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Surprise Honeymoon

I saw a few photos of our resort online, but none of which compared to its beauty when we arrived to the open-air, 48-bungalow, private beach oasis. See photo below: can.not.contain.excitement. The resort staff greeted us with fresh coconut milk & lei’s, and then took us on a walking tour of the grounds while our luggage was transported to our bungalow. Hello world of luxury, you’ve scarred my backpack traveling habits for life. And I like it.

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Not only did Mr. Riggar thoroughly enjoy planning & then surprising me with our honeymoon agenda, but I also enjoyed taking the back seat on this one. I knew he was going to plan the most spectacular vacation of our lives to date & I simply enjoyed the ride. Really, really enjoyed the ride. The best way to describe this is so simple: it was all-around fun! Heyyo…fun! What a concept. I was giddy like a newlywed wanderlust fanatic for 2 weeks solid. Well done, Mr.Riggar, well done.

Surprise Honeymoon

Favorite picture from the trip.

Carpe Diem,

Mandy

The Maxi Dress

28 Mar

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The classic maxi dress screams relaxed summer and I am ready for a relaxed summer! Spring is itching to come alive here in Portland and I am trying to wait patiently for this to occur. In the interim, I’m prepping for a refreshed spring wardrobe by pretending I will need these maxi dresses ASAP.  I’ve invested in a few in the past, but plan on finding a few more for the upcoming warmer months. This style is breezy, comfy and chic although I tend to have difficulty walking in them…everyone does, right? Alas, beauty is pain and my coordination could use some improvement anyways.

Carpe Diem,

Mandy

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Do Good: tanQ

27 Mar

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tanQ tee, kindness is contagious

"Kindness is contagious" tee

Not sure how I discovered tanQ, but 3 things sold me instantly: 1. They’re a local, Portland based company. 2. They’re out to change the world and 3. They sell t-shirts for a good cause.

Here’s the low down:

Each month, tanQ partners with a non-profit organization and designs a tee to reflect the mission of the organization. 100% of the net profits from the t-shirts are then donated to the organization.

Simple, right?

Beyond the humble mission of the company, they design really rad t-shirts. One tee a month, 12 causes a year, all designed by different graphic designers. They make it easy to wear their merchandise & spread the word.

I love rockin’ tees for a good cause because it’s almost like a double-whammy. You donate to a cause AND the item gives you another chance to bring awareness to this said cause.

This is not my first purchase of a clothing article that donates for a good cause, but it has been one of my favorites. Established in 2011, tanQ is fairly new and I want nothing more than to see a local PDX company make a dent in the world of  philanthropic companies.

Keep up with the tanQ lifestyle at their blog, here. I love the designer profiles featured, which gives an inside glimpse into how each shirt was designed.

Last but not least, go get yourself a tee here! Sometimes, “changing the world” can seem too damn difficult. I appreciate small companies making an impact, because in the end, the small things really do add up.

Carpe Diem,

Mandy

Images: 1, 2, 3

Mini Champagne Favors

23 Mar

Mini Champagne Wedding Favors

I feel indifferent about wedding favors. Too often, they seem pointless & unappreciated, not to mention a huge expense. In order to combat this predicament for our New Years Eve nuptials, we decided to make our favors booze. Yup, mini bottles of champagne. Consumed the night of or later by someone who had incredible self-will power. Plus, you can’t celebrate a wedding on New Years Eve without champagne!

I wanted to keep our tables simple, elegant & sparkly, so the champagne logo didn’t fit the bill. Therefore, I resorted to my go-to solution for added flair: gold & glitter. Using glitter trim tape (purchased at Michaels Crafts), we wrapped the bottles in gold, glittery goodness.

I found the black & white tags online (free downloadable PDF) from the adorable blog, Jones Design Company & the “Cheers” stamp was from a NW favorite craft store, The Paper Zone.

Needless to say, the mini champagne favors were a huge hit.

Carpe Diem,

Mandy

Photography by Niki Rhodes.

Koh Samui, Thailand

21 Mar

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Koh Samui, Thailand

(unedited sunset)Koh Samui, Thailand

Little bit of wanderlust photos for today! These are just a few of the many snap shots taken on our honeymoon to Thailand. We stopped in Bangkok for a few days, then took a puddle jumper to the island of Koh Samui where we enjoyed cocktails in coconuts & southern, summer sun for about 10 days. Needless to say, it was a magical 2 weeks! Everything about Thailand is beautiful; the people, the scenery, the culture, the food…I could go on forever about how amazing this country is! Most days, the biggest concern was whether to jump in the pool or the ocean…decisions, decisions.

Happy Wednesday!

Carpe Diem,

Mandy

*All photos taken by me.

Carpe Diem

19 Mar

Inspirational Quote, Carpe Diem

Inspirational Quote

Inspirational Quote

Inspirational Quote, Aristotle

Inspirational Quote, Carpe Diem

I’ve always been a serious quote lover. Somehow, these little phrases put a fire under my bootay and often can transform a bad day to a good day. I’m a BIG believer in seizing each day & enjoying life’s details. A few of these quotes emphasize how important details are in all aspects of our lives & showcases that in actuality, details are our life. Except the first one & the last one, but those quotes are really good on a Monday morning. Agreed?

Moral of the story: pay attention & take advantage of this beautiful day! Don’t give yourself a case of the “Mondays.” Instead carpe the hell out of this diem.

Happy Monday!

Carpe Diem,

Mandy

Images: 1,2 & 3,4 & 5,6,

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

16 Mar

With a Portland wedding on New Years Eve, we knew we needed coffee all night & preferably a few other warm drinks as well. This fact paired with inspiration from a Starbucks coffee sleeve I had saved from one of our first dates (creepy?), spawned the idea behind a “warming bar.” Coffee, Hot Cocoa & Cider would all be available as guests arrived & through out the night.

Continuing with our  “Love” theme (Philly’s Robert Indiana style), I purchased this stamp from Etsy & bought coffee sleeves in bulk from an online vendor. Keeping with the black/white striped theme, I knew these straws would be the cherry on top.

Hot Cocoa requires marshmallows, so I recruited Miss Ruby Disko (mastermind behind my bouquet & owner of frosting guns) to home make some fun marshmallows. She whipped up Vanilla Bean Marshmallows & Toasted Coconut Marshmallows for topping flair. Alongside these edible clouds were raw sugar cubes & Hershey’s White Chocolate Peppermint Kisses.

Boom, there ya have it: a “Warming Bar”!

Carpe Diem,

Mandy

Photos by Niki Rhodes.

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