Usually Melissa is the one behind the camera. But, when we had the opportunity to shoot with the amazingly talented Ali, Melissa seamlessly transitioned into model. Originally these pictures were taken to update our “about us” section, however, Melissa rocked it so hard I convinced her to let me write up a style post featuring her. I mean, how cute does she look in this felt fedora?? And although I usually get (righteously) angry at her for straightening her amazingly curly hair for photoshoots, it did work well with the accessory. I’m letting it go this one time. I love the neutral pallet of this look and how comfortable, yet, pulled together it looks. Something tells me this won’t be the last time I convince Melissa to get in front of the camera! What do you think? Did she rock it, or what??
Cardigan & Necklace: Banana Republic
Jeans: Old Navy
Lace top: Knapp Studio-Ross
Felt Hat: Target
Nails: OPI- ‘Lincoln Park After Midnight’
- Goat cheese and Cherry compote? YES PLEASE!
- Such an adorable outfit! Give us that skirt!
- This Portland blog does really cool shop visits and we promise you’ll learn about something cool happening in Portland if you visit.
- These look like Deviled Eggs 2.0. All we can say is: YUM.
- Soooo excited for this new space opening soon in Portland
- Apparently we’ve been making coffee the wrong way our whole life. Find the right way here.
- Coffee is just on our mind today… We want to make this. …P.S. will we see you here?
- Heather has been doing this to her hair and she swears it’s never been shinier.
Oregon in the fall is so beautiful. But it seems that it’s over before it’s begun. That’s why we just had to fit this post in today. We want you all to get out there this weekend and enjoy some beautiful Oregon autumn weather before it’s too late!!
Last fall, Jon and I and two friends hopped in our car and took off for Hood River to do the ‘fruit loop‘. We had a blast and I am certain you will too. Only an hour from Portland, Hood River is a gorgeous mecca of orchards, vineyards and farms. It’s beautiful in the springtime too, when all the orchards are in bloom. But the fall is really when it shines. Every kind of squash, apple and pear you could dream up is for sale at quaint little fruit stands and farms that are spread out in a loop through the area. We got started a little late, leaving Portland around 1pm. I highly recommend leaving a few hours earlier than that, because everything starts to close around 4pm. Read More
Everyone loves a yummy smelling body scrub, right? No one wants to spend their life savings on one, though. (these are ridiculously priced if you ask me. $50 for a scrub?? Who am I? Kim Kardashian? My bank account and my body both tell me no.) But that coconut scrub does smell amazing. So here is our DIY version. It’s so easy it’s almost embarrassing. First, you take coconut oil. Melt it. Then mix it with sugar. The end. Seriously. That’s it!!! Ok, ok, there are a few tiny tips we can give you about the scrub to make sure you get the best version possible when making your own. See below.
Coconut Body Scrub
- Coconut Oil
- Extra Fine Baking Sugar
- Almond Oil Extract (or any essential oil you like) *Optional
Melt the coconut oil. I used about a 1/4 Cup melted. Next, mix with the baking sugar. I used about 1/3 Cup sugar. Add in a few drops of essential oil if you like. Mix well. That’s it!!
A few tips: Regular sugar will work just fine, but the baking sugar makes the scrub a little more gentle. In fact, I even use the scrub as a shaving cream for my legs. (try it- it’s seriously amazing and your skin will feel like butter afterward!) Also, I don’t add an essential oil because I like the basic smell of the coconut oil. However, when choosing an oil to add, think of what would mix well with the coconut. (i.e; almond, vanilla, pineapple…) Next, this is a body scrub. NOT a face scrub. I have not experimented with this on the face and I do not recommend trying it on the face. Last, in extreme situations this could be eaten, and it’s not bad. (yes, I tasted it.)
We hope you’ll try this and let us know how you like it!
For more ideas of how to use coconut oil check out this sweet blog post! We ♥ the idea of all natural money saving DIY beauty products!!!
Eyebrows make such a big difference. I’ve heard it said they account for 70% of our face. I’m not really sure exactly what that means, but it sounds impactful. Haha! Bottom line is: well groomed and full brows can pull the whole face together. (and make your eyes look bigger. see below.)
For many women all that means is they need to get their thick brows tamed. But for women like me who are just born with naturally sparse brows (or went a little wild with the tweezers and learned the hard way those hairs don’t grow back) it means filling your eyebrows in.
And filling in your eyebrows can be scary!! Visions of grandmas with harsh dark brown marker lines over their eyes may fill your mind. The last thing you want is for people to know you fill in your brows, right? It should just look like you woke up with them. Follow the steps below and I promise you’ll get perfectly shaped brows every time.
First: Select a good brow pencil. Personally, I feel this is a makeup product to splurge on. I’ve tried many drugstore eyebrow pencils and they always disappoint.
A few I love:
- MAC mechanical brow pencil. Pros: It is self sharpened and the colors are fantastic. At the low end of the price range for department stores-$16.50. Cons: You can’t get tell when it’s running out and it doesn’t come with a brush to soften the strokes.
- Laura Mercier eye brow pencil. Pros: Fantastic color options. Comes with brush and sharpener. Cons: The pigment isn’t as rich as it used to be, but only those that used the original pencil would notice. Other than that I truly can’t think of a con.
- Bobbi Brown eye brow pencil. Pros: Great colors. Excellent pigment. Comes with sharpener. Cons: Does not come with brush. At the high end of the price range at $24.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills “Perfect” brow pencil. Pros: Great pigment. Comes with sharpener and brush. Knowing you use the same product as Oprah. Cons: $23 isn’t cheap. Knowing you use the same product as Oprah.
Ok, now you have the right brow pencil. Next, measure out where your eyebrow should go. Use the handy dandy guide I made below:Using soft, short strokes gently fill in your brows. From point A to point B it should be a gradual, strait incline. (no McDonald’s arches here!!!) From point B to point C it should gradually taper to a point in a decline. Whether you prefer your brow slightly rounded, or more structured, it should look natural and complement your face if you follow these guidelines.
I hope this helped!!! What are your favorite brow products?
We’ve never been shy about our love of coffee here at Gold Dipped Chaos. If you follow us on FB or IG you’ve seen the proof: So, it’s no surprise that when we heard that the Caffeine Crawl was headed to Portland we got a wee bit excited. The Caffeine Crawl was created to “give individuals an opportunity to learn, share and experience what the passionate baristas, tea soms, specialty coffee roasters, chocolatiers and other local, artisan producers in their communities bring to the table.”
Some of the crawls are walking tours and some are spread out a little further and will require a bike or car. There are 11 routes to choose from, over the course of 3 days, starting on October 21st. The crawls are a kick off to Coffee Fest starting on the 23rd of October and your Caffeine Crawl ticket gets you half off admission to Coffee Fest!
We are giving away 2 tickets to the Caffeine Crawl to one lovely reader!!! Yeahhhhhh!!!!!
Head over to Facebook, follow us and tag a friend. That’s it!!*
If you don’t win the tickets, have no fear: you can buy some.
Tickets are on sale now so go grab them before they’re gone. We hope to see you there!
*must be 18 years or older to enter and living in or around the Portland area.