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100 Layer Cakelet // Baby Shower

26 Aug

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Morning again, friends! I am incredibly honored to say Jessi’s Pink and Gold Glitter Lightning Bolt Baby Shower is featured over on 100 Layer Cakelet today (pinch me, seriously pinch me)!  Hop on over to see a handful of pink and gold glittery photos + one happy mama.

You can see a few DIY’s herehere & here + the original inspiration here.

Thanks again, Kristina & Team 100 Layer Cakelet!

Carpe Diem,


Photography: Haley Graham Photography

Happy 4th of July

4 Jul

Happy 4th of July, y’all! Just popping in to wish everyone a safe holiday. I hope it’s filled with sunshine, bbq’s, s’mores and lots of family/friends. I am off to one of my favorite places in the world…South Lake Tahoe to enjoy a 4th of July, Bachelorette extravaganza with a gaggle of 11 women. It’s not going to be any fun at all.



I’ll be back with lots of pretty photos from my sister’s baby shower…it finally went down! And it went down in history too…many guests said it was the best baby shower they had ever been to. Exactly what I like to hear!

This weekend should be a wonderful vacation away from reality…and an official kick-off to summer! Now, I’m just wishing I could find those chic american flag cut-offs or that vintage red striped suit!

Carpe Diem,


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6 Dec

Love Quote Ciao Darling

I know it’s been a very, very long time since I’ve updated this blog. If you haven’t noticed, it’s a balance I’m, well, working on balancing! I find immense amounts of inspiration in my daily life that usually bring immense amounts of joy. I thrive on the little things in life; they truly make our world go ’round. Anything that makes me smile is something I want to share, in hopes to make someone else smile as well. But then there are those days (most days lately), where I don’t want to spend my free time in front of a computer. Is that so bad?

I found this quote recently and it struck me so deeply, I simply had to cozy up in front of this blog and get back into the groove. As we approach our 1 year wedding anniversary, I’ve begun reminiscing about our special day (fully admitting to watching our speeches again the other night….ya, I’m that chick.). One of my favorite parts about our ceremony was when one of my best friends read the below passage from C.S. Lewis. I know it’s long, but trust me, it’ll make you all warm & fuzzy on the inside!

“Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing.  There are many things below it, but there are also things above it.  You cannot make it the basis of a whole life.  It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling.  Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all.  Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feeling come and go.  And in fact, whatever people say, the state called “being in love’ usually does not last.  If the old fairy-tale ending “They lived happily ever after’ is taken to mean ‘They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married’, then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were.  Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years?  What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friend-ships?

But, of course, ceasing to be ‘in love’ need not mean ceasing to love.  Love in this second sense – love as distinct from “being in love’ – is not merely a feeling.  It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God.  They can have this love for each other even at moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.  They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be ‘in love’ with someone else.  ‘Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity:  this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.  It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run:  being in love was the explosion that started it.”

It’s good, right? This passage and the image above are some of those things that bring me joy, bring a smile to my face and a happy-go-lucky attitude. Hope it brightens your day as well.

Carpe Diem,


High Point Market

11 Oct

Friends, I am leaving for High Point Market on Sunday. Words can not express how pumped I am to be attending the nations largest furniture mart for a buying trip.

As in, this is how **seriously stoked** I am….

TrotterPup Instagram

LET’S DO THIS! Shopping is my cardio….

TrotterPup Instagram

Hopefully I look like this….instead of the first-timer youngin’ that I truly am…

TrotterPup Instagram

And this will be me by the end of the trip….

TrotterPup Instagram

Follow us @vanillawood on Twitter (#hpmkt), Instagram and Facebook for daily updates!

Carpe Diem,


PS. Follow TrotterPup on Instgram for more photos of the precious pup above. It’ll surely brighten your day.


11 Jun

Orange and pink interiors

House of Lolo color block dress

Moroccan Theme Tablescape

Tropical styling

Color block fashion

orange lips

Blood Orange Margarita

orange chunky necklace

adventure quote

Ever since I was little & found out my older sister’s favorite color was orange, I immediately declared it mine too. It hasn’t really changed since then. I love how vibrant & positive this color is.

I dream of having an insanely bright room in my home someday.

By now, it’s obvious I love everything that House of Lolo carries. This dress is perfect for work-play transition, date night, a wedding, sunday brunch…yup, it’s perfect.

Camille Styles always knocks it out of the park when it comes to entertaining. I especially love the oranges in this moroccan theme table-scape. Such a simple, colorful & playful accent. Check out the Moroccan themed bridal shower I planned for my sister for more inspiration!

Can I just teleport myself into this tropical photograph, bikini and tan included?

Color-blocking at it’s extreme & finest.

Love the orange lips, orange brows, big curly brunette hair & faint pink tipped nails.

A blood orange margarita is probably my favorite cocktail. Oba is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland and has the best blood orange margaritas. It’s so good, we had our rehearsal dinner there (and it was delicious).

If anyone knows where to purchase this ridiculously awesome statement necklace, hook a sista up!

Can’t have a Monday color post without a positive quote to jump start this week! This quote is fairly self explanatory and I hope everyone adds a bit of adventure to their step today.

Carpe Diem,


Happy Birthday!

8 Jun

Kate Spade Play Hooky Bangle

The Mr. and I are playing hooky today. Boy, does it feel good! We are off to celebrate his birthday all day long with some fun events planned just for him (i.e. record shopping, distillery tour and baking him a chocolately-goodness cake). We’re starting with a leisurely breakfast at The Screen Door today, after a fancy dinner date at ClarkLewis last night.

Today is also my father’s birthday, so this weekend will be full of celebrating! Hope you have a celebratory weekend as well, even if it’s just rejoicing in sleeping in.

Carpe Diem,


*Kate Spade: Play Hooky bangle 

Blue Vacation

26 Apr

Mexico Vacation

travel quote

louis vuitton surf board

ocean high fashion editorial shot

Christian Chaize Praia Piquinia

Rio poolside

Fashion Style


Pool Architecture

girl in ocean

Portland experienced a summer heat wave this past weekend; I’m talking 80 degrees & solid blue sky. When this happens, Portland feels like a different city. I pulled out my summer wear, slathered on sunscreen & enjoyed plenty cocktails on more than one patio. Not to mention, multiple leisurely walks. And a cat nap in the park. My computer was not in sight for 3 days and it was a glorious feeling. It truly felt like a mini vacation. I was so blinded by the sun, I nearly forgot reality existed; and that, my friends, is an amazing feeling. Until summer truly does roll around, I’ll dive into these luscious blue & sun drenched photos instead.

Pinching myself for not splurging on this Groupon Getaway: 7 nights, $399. What was I thinking?!

Clearly I can not surf without this Louis Vuitton surf board. Duh.

Christian Chaize is one of my all-time favorite photographers. I want to live in this photo. Instead, it can live in my house & I’ll just take a mental breather when looking at it.

Fasano hotel Rio De Janeiro. Not a screaming deal like the Groupon getaway, but that’s irrelevant.

Girly blue dress with a leopard print belt & an arm party. Perfect summer attire.

Step out & just breathe. What I did all weekend.

I’ll take this infinity pool & view any day.

Pure bliss.

Carpe Diem,


Hot Pink Monday

16 Apr

She loved life and it loved her right back quote

Hot pink maxi dress

Taylor Sterling of Glitter Guide

Kunstoffhaus furniture design, 1968

Kunstoffhaus furniture design, 1968

B. Jones Style color block

B. Jones Style Blog

Pink ombre cake

Pink ombre cake & gold glitter. Perfection!

Sincerely Jules hot pink blazer

Sincerely, Jules Blog

Raspberry Beer cocktail

Raspberry Beer Cocktail


Think about it.

Lately, hot pink has been popping up almost everywhere I look…and I don’t mind it one bit! I am ready to fully embrace this ultra-feminine, yet spunky trend. Next stop is a hot pink article of clothing & a hot pink cocktail! Recently my favorite hot pink suede flats were no longer hot pink after a walk home in torrential rain, so they got a coat of gold spray paint instead; DIY coming this week! For now, these are just a few photos I’ve found inspiring and I hope they brighten your day as well.

Carpe Diem,


Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,

$13.50 Booyah

11 Apr
Atlantic Pacific Blog

Atlantic Pacific Blog

Cupcakes & Cashmere Blog

Cupcakes & Cashmere Blog

The Daybook Blog

The Daybook Blog

Sincerely, Jules Blog

Sincerely, Jules Blog

ExploRED Blog

Black Vintage Booties

Yesterday will go down in history as the day I found these fantastically-amazing & to-die-for black booties for THIRTEEN DOLLARS & FIFTY CENTS. Yes, it’s necessary to spell that dollar amount to fully grasp how much of a screaming deal this was. My sister is the bargain shopping queen & has been raving about the new Crossroads on NW 23rd lately. I popped in for a hot minute & nearly left skipping with these bad boys (and if you must know a pair of hot pink spandex with black zippers up the sides; another life essential). My size 9 skis for feet rarely win the thrift store lottery, but yesterday they finally lucked out. I love how these fabulous bloggers styled their black booties & now have confirmation they can be styled in endless ways.

If you have any epic thrift store finds, please do share! They are far & few between so I just love hearing other history-book-worthy discoveries.

Carpe Diem,


Images: 1,2,3,4,5

PS. Find more fashion inspiration on my Pinterest board!

Happy Monday

9 Apr

Life has been very busy lately and I like it! It amazes me how many photos I take a day on my iphone without even blinking an eye. I don’t look at a calendar anymore to reference events, I typically check my photos. Sometimes I wish this gadget wasn’t attached to my hip 24/7, but other times I am grateful that I can document my life so easily with technology. I’ve always loved having photographs & now I can have them with the click of 2 buttons photographing my entire day. Anyone else an avid Instagram user?  Here are a few snapshots of inspirations & events lately. Enjoy!

Blooming Spring Trees

Spring has officially sprung in Portland! Warm evenings, sunshine & people bustling about. Portland really is a wonderful city when the sun comes out. Myself & the rest of the population are crossing our fingers the weather will stick this time around.

New York Times Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I have accomplished one of my New Year’s resolutions of becoming a good wife: I perfected the chocolate chip cookie recipe! All you bakers can laugh at me, but refrigerating the dough is seriously the most important step. Chewy cookies for an entire week? Boom- wife points. Recipe found here.

I have many girlfriends who live all over the US right. This week, one was home from Chicago & another is in town temporarily after living in North Carolina before moving to San Francisco AND I had another surprise visit from a friend who used to live in New York and is now in Southern Oregon. Phew! Most of these fabulous ladies (and a few more) lived on the East Coast temporarily, which meant an East Coast adventure was due. Chicago, NYC, Boston & Charlotte in 10 days with a back-pack & this little lady. But more on that later!

Easter flowers & mimosas

Easter was spent enjoying 70 degree weather with some fresh flowers & mimosas (duh)! Not to mention, plenty of delicious food & some awesome quality time with the family.

After much debate mentioned here, I decided upon this gray/blue Moroccan Trellis rug for our living room. It finally arrived & boy am I glad I went with it! Our space needed some spice and this rug knocked it outta the park. It’s the little things in life, right?

Spotted this card and fell in love with this too-cute for words quote. Enjoy!

Carpe Diem,



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