October 2016

Fashion Fall Guide

The first of our Fashion Series. We are so excited to share our tips, hacks and advice that we tend to live by here at Gold Dipped Chaos. 

Stuck planning your outfits lately? Here at GDC we are nothing short of dilemmas but fashion shouldn’t be one of them! Have a pair of Clogs that you don’t know how to style? Let us be the guide!

We can showcase 3 inexpensive and easy ideas from out and about, a day at the office or a night on the town with your girlfriends. But it isn’t hard with these! I mean that color! Heart eyes all the way! 

Fashion Fall Guide

Now I know. . .We all don’t have the closet from our Pinterest dreams (shocker and a bit sad) but let us show you how you can re-create these easy looks that are put together and exude champagne taste on a beer budget. 

Look #1 

Starting off your day with errands? Take that Tee, throw on a draped cardigan, add in some skinny jeans and a woolen floppy hat and you are ready to take on the world one grocery list at a time. 

Fashion Fall Guide

Fashion Fall Guide

Look #2 

Office time scheduled? Try out a polished look with a vintage inspired A-line with a structured yet comfy bomber jacket and top with your favorite go to wool hat. Don’t have one yet, Lookie Here

Fashion Fall Guide

Fashion Fall Guide

Look #3 

Drinks after work? Ditch the Skirt throw on some Skinnies and your favorite necklace and get your happy hour on. Need some Accessory inspiration follow our board here on Pinterest! 

Fashion Fall Guide

Fashion Fall Guide

Fashion Fall Guide

Fashion Fall Guide

Need more tips? Follow us to see  more in the next upcoming months! Also what would you like to see let us know in the comment section below! 

Clothing Credits in Order of Appearance:

Clogs: Dansko 

Wool Hat: Forever 21 

Draped Cardigan: Ross

Skinny Jeans: Ross

Handbag: Mo & Co Bags

Gray Tee : Old Navy 

Crocheted Top: Fred Meyer 

Bomber Jacket: Ross

 Blush Pleated Pink Skirt: Vintage 

Necklace: Fuego

Drop Earrings: Rue 21



The Vintages Trailer Park outside Portland Oregon

Stay at The Vintages

Why stay at The Vintages Trailer Resort?

According to The Vintage’s website About Us section, “The Vintages Trailer Resort is centrally located in the heart of the Willamette Valley halfway between Dundee and Historic Downtown McMinnville”. In a charming section of gorgeous real estate you can enjoy the effect of “camping” without the hassle of setting it all up yourself. Glamping at it’s finest. 

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Creative Vibes

The thing we love most about blogging is meeting and working with some of the finest creatives around. We have had the chance to collaborate on some exciting projects and hold some amazing giveaways.

Now we have the chance to share one of our greatest benefits! 

I am sure you have noticed by now but Gold Dipped Chaos has gotten a face lift. . .a little freshening up for the Season. We had the pleasure of working with Anastasia Gentry a creative that hails from Ohio and is all kinds of amazing. If you have not had the chance to be properly introduced allow us to introduce you . . .

Here is some of her most recent work. 




Isn’t she just amazing? But she doesn’t just create photos that give you all the feels she also dabbles in graphic design and branding as well. 

Here is where we get to introduce you up close and personally to our newest look! Tell us what you think?gold-dipped-chaos_final-files-logo


It figures someone as talented as this isn’t limited to photography, am I right?  If you have not had the chance check out our new digs. . . Lovely isn’t it? We are so excited to share this with you! 

Tell us what you think and be sure to check out more of her work on her website where she shares some of the neatest tips , blog posts and also be sure to make friends with her on Facebook  and Instagram .

If you feel like getting to know her more give her a shout by visiting her Contact Form here!

Thanks for reading! 

M + H 

Falltime is for DIYers and a Giveaway!

Fall time is officially here!  Fall Transition here in Oregon is absolutely breathtaking. Last year we were a bit cheated we went pretty much from Summer to Winter. So I was happy to get some Fall crisp days before the rain set in. I know with this season it’s going to mean months of drizzle and gloom but what better way to spend the time then cozied up with wine Cocoa and your favorite DIY. I mean Fall is my favorite and I have always admired it and all that it brings, so celebrate with me! Bring it on Sweater Weather! Buy all the Booties, Immerse yourself in Pumpkin Spice everythang, and eat all the pies. (Thanks Whole30 now I have this otherworldly desire for pies). 

We had the pleasure of teaming up with Lady Boss’ over at Labor of Love Co. and tried out one of the easiest and rewarding DIYs that we are sure you will love for the season! In line with our most recent post about some of our favorite candles for the season. Now you have a chance to get in on the fun.

Introducing the Soy Candle Kits! Check them out online and other fun goodies that Labor of Love Co. has in thier DIY Kits. 

Falltime is for DIYers and a Giveaway!

Falltime is for DIYers and a Giveaway!

Falltime is for DIYers and a Giveaway!

But we are not the only ones that get to have all the fun. You get a chance! Enter below for our Fall time giveaway with Labor of Love Co. 

Falltime is for DIYers and a Giveaway!

We hope that you enjoy the rest of fall and wish you all the very best in this Giveaway! Also be sure to follow Labor of Love on Facebook,  Instagram and Twitter!

Enter Here!

Thanks for reading! 


Our Favorite Fall Candles

I’m doing my best to embrace fall.  It isn’t easy, though.  Fall is a reminder of what the next 5 months have in store for Portland: cloudy gray drizzly cold days.  Ugh. 

 I know, I know, I shouldn’t be such a Debbie Downer. (sorry if your name is Debbie)  I need to dwell on all that makes fall great.  Scarves, pumpkins and cozy nights in.  Speaking of cozy nights in, there is nothing we love more than lighting a few candles and wrapping up in a warm blanket with a good book and a glass of wine. (ok, maybe that’s just me but I’m pretty sure Melissa would love that too.)  So here are 9 of our favorite candles perfect for feeling cozy and embracing fall. 

favorite fall candles1.  Limited Edition Black Amber by Bridge Nine Candle Co. 

2. Boulangerie Pumpkin Souffle

3. Moss and Thyme by Smith and Hawkin

4. Warm Apple Pie by Bath and Body Works

5. Voluspa Maison Blanc

6. Capri Blue Autumn Acorn

7. Amber Jaipur Destinations Candle

8. No. 4 Teakwood and Tobacco Soy Candle

9. After Hours Candle by Catbird


Aaaaand in case you’re feeling crafty or just would rather make your own candle stay tuned for a fun giveaway. 

Love Reigns Here

I am in love with Love. Have you ever stopped in your tracks to watch an older couple so blissfully happy, walking hand in hand, the only two people in the universe at that moment in time? Or when you ask someone about their significant other and they get that twinkle in their eye gushing about how they met or fell in love? Epic. 

Love Reigns Here

Since we have been blogging I have been given the privilege to shoot a few engagement sessions and weddings and I have realized that is my home away from home. Granted there are some stresses that come with the territory, but, I have come to realize I have an obsession with love. 

One of my most favorite things to ask a couple when I am shooting is when they knew. That this one was IT for them. The epic aha! moment . . .for a fleeting few seconds you see them think back and they almost always smile. . .Oh it’s perfection.

Now for something close to home on Labor Day my little sister had the best day (so far) of her life. A day spent sailing in Santa Barbara, California. With a few friends and her boyfriend.

Love Reigns Here

Love Reigns Here

I mean who wouldn’t think that was romantic. But what my sister was blissfully unaware of was that a small group of our closest friends were waiting on Stearns Wharf with a sign reading. . .

Love Reigns Here

But let’s rewind. To the date exactly how these two lovebirds met. 

How did you two meet? 

Jessica:  “We met during the Santa Barbara Art Night we chatted over dinner and I thought he was really nice.”

How Did you Know?

Johny:  “Once I saw how she was with my family and how she most importantly interacted with my mom. I realized she was the one for me.”

Jessica: “At first I noticed his communication 🙂 He was different in that he was open, caring, generous. He truly loves my mom.

Then when I got to know his friends, and the stories they told me about how much he has grown, it really impressed me. He gets along with all ages. And most importantly he takes care of me and thinks about all the things i don’t think about.  I think he balances me out when it comes to worries.

I love his family and this past weekend (after the engagement) meeting more of his family they have made me feel so welcome and a part of the family already.”

So let’s move on the the exciting part. . . Johnny decided to surprise Jessica after sailing that morning in beautiful Santa Barbara and ask for her hand once they arrived in the harbor. The setup was perfect. Keeping her distracted was the hardest part but it all paid off to see this reaction. 

Love Reigns Here

Love Reigns Here

” I turned around and he was on one knee, immediately I said YES!…Johnny said, ‘I haven’t even (officially) asked you yet!’ ” 

“Well the sign implied it,” Jess told me. Can’t deny this is the sweetest pic ever. 

Love Reigns Here

Love Reigns Here

Thumbs up dude. Can’t wait to celebrate with you on your most special day. 

Love Reigns Here

Thank you for reading. Make sure you tell your significant other today that you care for them. Time is too short to not let them know how much you love and care for them. 


Look out for our next installation on love and meet up with the lovely ladies of The English Department. 


Quote & Art : Lark & Linen

Photography: Little Eedy 

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