Lloyd Local

Shopping Local this Holiday Season with Lloyd Center’s Lloyd Local Initiative

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This holiday season, I paired up with Lloyd Center to introduce their Lloyd Local movement! Growing up, Lloyd Center was the mall closest to my house and I have many fond memories there. It is where I took ice skating lessons, where I have gotten all of my piercings and where I would head at midnight to wait for the release of the newest Harry Potter book. Therefore when Lloyd Center reached out about their newest initiative, I was excited to be a part of it! The Lloyd Local movement is a new thing this year starting just in time for the holidays!

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What is Lloyd Local?

Lloyd Local is a new initiative starting this year where a wide range of local businesses are doing pop-up shops throughout the mall. The local businesses range from restaurants to plant shops to clothing boutiques and several will remain past the holiday season.

When it comes to holiday shopping, I love being able to go to one place, on one day and check off the majority of my shopping list. In the past, I have had to divide up my Christmas shopping into a trip to the mall and then many trips to all of the local businesses around Portland that I want to buy gifts from. By having both local and larger stores in the mall, I am able to do more of my shopping during one trip while also supporting local entrepreneurs.

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What Businesses are Included?

Adorn/Rachelle M/Gild Shoes

Animal. Plant. Mineral

B Store

Bobablastic

Bricks ‘n Minifigs

CBD World

Cracked Pots

Cultural Blends

Five O’ Tree

Frock

Migration Brewing’s Burger Shack

My People’s Market/Pallet42

Portland Pedal Power/MUJI

Reis & Irvy’s

Seven Virtues

Shoeshineboyz

Sock It To Me

Stubborn Stiles

Ugswea

Xray Radio

The Lloyd Local Incubator (rotates different businesses)

{I’ve tagged all of the Instagram accounts so just click on the name to check them out!}


For more information on Lloyd Local and all the fun events coming to Lloyd Center this holiday season, check out Lloyd Center’s website and follow along on Instagram.

You can also shop this outfit and many others here.

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[This post is sponsored. Photographs by Shauna Dullanty and Linnea Havener]

One Set, Three Outfits

For the longest time I have been trying to find the perfect set! The struggle I always came across was that either the top was too cropped, something was see through or the set was really fun but not something I would actually wear out in public. Luckily this cute set from Forever21 ended up coming back in stock and I bought it right away! The key with sets is to find the option where you can buy the top and the bottom separately. I wasn’t sure about my size so I ended up buying the top in two sizes. I’m honestly super happy I did because I ended up picking the larger of the two. The great part about sets is that you can style them so many different ways which I wanted to share with you all below!

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Look One

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The first and simplest way to wear the two pieces is together. They were literally made for each other and so it is pretty much guaranteed that they will look cute together. Kind of like a romper or a dress except that it is cute in half so you don’t always have to wear it as your whole outfit.

Look Two

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Another way I styled this set was by pairing the top with jeans and a hat. It is a great way to transform the outfit for fall and you can easily add a sweater or jacket if it is cold that day. The funny thing is that seeing this outfit alone, you would have no idea that the top is part of a matching set. It really just looks like a cute top that you paired jeans with. When picking out bottoms, I made sure to choose ones with a similar rise. The shorts are high waisted so I paired the top with my high waisted jeans so the hem would hit at a similar spot.

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Look Three

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The third outfit I created was using just the shorts. i paired them with a neutral colored top since there is already a pattern on the shorts. Although I could have added a different crop top, it can be hard to find one where the hem hits in the same spot with the high waisted shorts. I love crop tops but I like when the do not actually end up showing my stomach. To avoid this problem, I picked a longer tank top and just tucked it into the shorts.

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SHOP THE POST

Polo Noir with Provenance Hotels

A Summer Day at the Polo Fields

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This past Saturday I was honored to be invited to Portland's third annual Polo Noir by Provenance Hotels. I had never been to a Polo match before and had absolutely no idea what to expect! When I heard "polo match" I immediately thought of that scene in My Fair Lady at the horse races as well as the Gossip Girl episode where Serena steals one of the horses and rides off in hopes of getting her Dad's attention. In both of those scenes, everyone is dressed very fancy and of course has elaborate hats on. Although I expected the event would be somewhat fancy and bougie, the polo event was also being held in Portland which is the opposite of fancy.

I brought along my old co-worker and fellow blogger Sophie of Gracefully Worn as my guest. We both decided on long dresses and sun hats with block heeled shoes. Since the fields are decently out there in the country, there was plenty of parking and tons of golf carts shuttling guests from their cars to the entrance.

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At the entrance we headed to our special check in tent and collected souvenir wine glasses as well as our VIP pass. The check in tents were at the top of the hill overlooking the massive polo field which really is HUGE. One nice benefit about a huge field though is that there is plenty of room for tents and chairs. There were tents along both sides of the field for optimal views of the action! On the side of the field where our tent was located, there was a music stage as well as booths offering samples of a variety of things ranging from mini tequila drinks to water-proof blankets. There were only three VIP tents besides the smaller private tents that individuals can purchase for the events. Scattered between the tents were rows of provided seats for guests to sit and watch the game though it was still recommended that attendance bring their own lawn chairs since there were far from enough chairs for everyone.

Our tent provided by Provenance Hotels and Stoller Family Estate was absolutely adorable! On the outside was a hedge advertising Stoller Wine and Provenance Hotel which made for a really cute photo background. Upon entering the tent, there was a table to the right which was the private bar offering various drinks for purchase including wines and champagnes from Stoller Vineyards as well as other spirits. To the left was the massive complimentary feast provided by Bullard which is the restaurant that will be a part of the newest Provenance hotel. There was enough food for the several hour long event and every time I revisited the food table, there was a different type of meat to try. In the right corner of the tent near the entrance, was a photo booth with a fun, leaf print backdrop as well as a staff member to assist with the photos. The middle of the tent was scattered with seating arrangements and then the far end of the tent, right next to the field, was lined with rows of chairs to offer guests a front row view of the game.

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I was incredibly honored to get invited as one of the Provenance Hotel's guests for the event. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that earlier this summer I met up with some Seattle bloggers who came down to Portland for a girls weekend trip. We met up at The Dossier which is actually one of the Provenance Hotels. They have hotels located in several states but their newest hotel called The Woodlark is set to open in Portland this coming December. The interior of the tent was decorated in a similar manner as the hotel will be so if you love plants and aesthetically pleasing interiors, The Woodlark is the place for you.

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The overall event included two polo matches followed by an early evening concert by The Head and the Heart which is a somewhat local band from Seattle, WA. For those of you who are not familiar with the game of Polo (aka me still), each team has four players and then there is a referee. In the case of these games, all of the players were on brown horses whose tails were braided and whose manes had but cut short. The referee then rode around on a white horse in their striped referee jersey. All of the players except for one, were male. During the awards ceremony, it was really cool getting to see the one woman player up there who also ended up winning a trophy for most improved.

During the game, there are two goal posts at opposing ends and the team's goal is to knock the ball between the goal post of their opponent. Unlike soccer or lacrosse, there are no goalies in polo nor are there nets between the two goal posts. Although the players were aggressive in trying to steal the ball from each other, the horses seemed quite tame and very well trained. The players had to use one hand to hold and steer the horse while using the other hand to hold their wooden mallet and try to hit the ball. Out of the many team sports our country has, polo is definitely a fun, fast-paced game to watch! The ball can however fly at very fast speeds so there is the potential to get hurt if a stray ball hits you.

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Due to the many hooves running across the grass as well as the divots caused by the mallets, by the end of a game, there are tufts of grass everywhere as well as a few piles of horse poop. One of the best traditions of polo though is the divot stomp that happens after the first game. During this time, all of the viewers get to come on the field and "stomp the divots" back in place. Overall, I had an absolute BLAST at Polo Noir and definitely plan to attend next year. If you are able to, I highly recommend attending a polo match plus it is the perfect excuse to get dressed up for a day! I am so glad Provenance Hotel invited me and that I got to share my experience with you all! 

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SHOP THE OUTFITS

Shop both of our looks here 

     Please use my link if you end up purchasing any of the linked items. I work really hard finding similar items and great deals for you all so I really really appreciate it when you shop through my link. Each sales (even if it is a different item but from the same site) gives me a small commission which helps me keep my blog up and running. Thank you!

 

OTHER LINKS

Polo Noir

Provenance Hotels

The Woodlark

Stoller Family Estate

Bullard

[this post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own]

 

 

Incorporate Your Summer Jumpsuit into Your Fall Wardrobe

THE JUMPSUIT: A GREAT VERSATILE PIECE FOR SUMMER TO AUTUMN

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Although October in Portland has actually been quite sunny and warm, it is still getting a bit too cold for those sundresses, shorts and summer jumpsuits. Just because the weather is changing, does not mean you have to buy an entirely new closet! As someone who is really into affordable fashion pieces and trying to save money when it comes to staying on trends, I am always trying to find new items that I can combine with items I already own. This past summer I finally jumped onto the jumpsuit bandwagon and added some great pieces to my wardrobe. It is now officially autumn but I still want to wear them! I started playing around with the other items in my closet and came up with the following combinations to pair with your summer jumpsuit to make it suitable for colder weather. I'll be using one of my favorite jumpsuits from this summer to show these different outfit combinations. (All outfit details are mentioned at the bottom on the post)

 

LAYER OVER A LONG SLEEVE

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Jumpsuits are actually a great transition piece since they have long pants already. The first combination I tried reminded me of what I used to wear back in middle school which was tank tops layered over shirts. I've been really into turtlenecks so I paired this gingham jumpsuit with one of my basic black turtleneck shirts. You can also layer your jumpsuit over a short sleeve shirt, blouse and even sweater for a similar look. This outfit best works with The one flaw with spaghetti strap jumpsuits although I have seen people layer strapless and halter jumpsuits over shirts as well.

 

THROW ON A JACKET

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This look is honestly probably the easiest since most people already own a jacket and if you get too hot, you can easily take the jacket off. Here I paired my jumpsuit with a pink faux leather moto jacket which is great for when it is not too cold outside but you just need a light layer. The great thing about this look is that it will work with any jumpsuit whether it has sleeves or not!

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PUT ON A SWEATER

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This is one of my favorite ways to warm up my summer jumpsuit. Fall is the perfect season for sweater weather so not only will you be warm and cozy, you can also easily add new colors to the pant portion of your jumpsuit. I have been loving chenille sweaters this season so I paired this pullover chenille sweater with my jumpsuit for the above look. You can also throw on a cropped sweater or a turtleneck sweater. If it is extra chilly, pairing a jacket over your sweater can be a great way to add an additional layer.

 

PAIR WITH A CROP TOP

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In the back of my dresser, I found several crop tops that I have not worn in a while since I no longer like showing my midriff. The great thing about layering these crop tops over my jumpsuit is that my stomach is still covered even when I raise my arms! By layering different crop tops over the same jumpsuit, you can acquire many different looks. The style of crop top you use does depend on your style of jumpsuit. For example, if the top of your jumpsuit has embellishments or is really loose and flowy, you probably want to stay away from tight crop tops since all of that extra fabric might look a bit bumpy under a tight shirt. You can definitely pair your jumpsuit with any sleeve length of crop top as well. I personally don't own any long sleeve crop tops so I had to settle for this fun fall colored short sleeve top.

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The waist of your jumpsuit also plays an important part when deciding what hemline you want. A top that hangs past your waistline can look good depending on the length but be careful when wearing a top that ends higher than the waist of your jumpsuit. You want a shirt that hits at the same spot or maybe a little higher like mine does in this outfit. That way it will look more like a shirt and pant outfit with a clear definition of where your waist is. It was also chilly when I wore this so I added a longer cardigan for a little extra warmth but you could also add more layers by wearing it with a jacket or a scarf and hat.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions on ways to wear your jumpsuit in colder weather. Thanks for reading!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Romper - Honey Punch Relaxed Cami Jumpsuit in Gingham

Turtleneck - Forever21 Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater in Black

Clogs - Lotta from Stockholm Highwood Clog in Black Natural 

      You can also purchase from their website directly here

Faux Leather Jacket - BLANKNYC (Very similar version can be found here and on sale!)

Sweater - Mossimo Cropped Chenille Pullover in Gray

Mules - BP Milo Loafer Mule in Black

Crop Top - Forever21

Cardigan - BP by Nordstrom

Sandals - Salt Water Sandals by Hoy in White