Wax On. Wax Off.

When Shannon, owner of Urban Waxx, first reached out to us we jumped at the chance to meet up. We gabbed over coffee (not Mimosa’s this time) and we learned how she built this female owned empire.

In 2007, Shannon moved here from New Jersey with a dream. Bringing smoothness to the world and inspiring inner beauty. Believe me just follow her IG feed.  It’s golden. Since then this #girlboss has quickly grown into not one but 7 locations, find yours here

Not to mention the shops are decorated so beautifully and did I mention mimosas? Yep you read that right, Pamper city!

While you wait you can sip on mimosas and if that doesn’t get you they even offer loyalty rewards! I have and always will be a fan of these ladies and hope you will too. 

Still have some questions? Read FAQs here! 

Show them some love and see what new exciting things they are up to. Like new locations popping up, read all about the newest addition to the team here!

Want to email a specific location? We have you covered! 

NW Portland: northwest@urbanwaxx.com
Tanasbourne: tanasbourne@urbanwaxx.com
Division: division@urbanwaxx.com
Eugene: eugene@urbanwaxx.com
Timberland: timberland@urbanwaxx.com

and now introducing Hazel Dell hazeldell@urbanwaxx.com

Check them out and, book your next appointment here! 

Want to love Urban Waxx more? Watch here

X’s & O’s 

The English Department

Wedding season is once again upon us! Outdoor events, twinkle lights in the hot summer air and surrounding ourselves in tulle, organza and silk.

You read here  my thoughts on love and now we introduce you to a lovely curated bridal boutique, The English Department. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood in Portland is the best shop for the modern bride looking for a vintage twist.

With local Portland designers like Elizabeth Dye and Claire La Faye. Scroll below to see more of this beautiful shop.

Isn’t this gown stunning? It’s from a recent photo shoot by the English Department and we couldn’t be more in love. Check back here for more of their stunning shoots.

Recently engaged? Check out Tips and read the FAQ and book your Appointment today! Best sure to also check out the Trunk Show, hurry it ends on the 6/11! You can visit electronically or in person at 2632 SE 25th Avenue, Suite E, call to set up an appointment at 503.224.0724.

You can also Follow the English Department Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest



Snack Recap

Now that it has settled in that the Patriots are in fact the “winners” of the Superbowl and that this created some of the best memes by far. Let’s get down to what really matters, to most, that go to Super Bowl parties (me included). Food. Honestly, The food is really what brings us together. So here is our Snack Recap coming at you from one of the games that will go down in history. 

When it comes to parties we want to do all the DIYs. Usually we want to go all out with decorating but with this being more showcasing the food. We kept our decorations at a minimum and let the food shine. 

Using a color palette that nods to game day was more our speed and glam’d it up with gold flags, turf runner and a self serve Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. We also made our day stress free by preparing ahead of time snacks so that we could focus on watching the game and enjoying our company.

Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap Snack Recap We hope that your Superbowl was just as exciting and here is our cheat sheet for your next stress free hosting. Need more tips check this last post out! 

Game Day Menu  

Salad Cups 

Celery & Carrot Boats 

Wings. Wings. Wings. Prepared these ahead of time and a quick fry, toss in heated sauce and done! 

Jalapeno Poppers filled with Buffalo Chicken, Wrapped in Bacon and sprinkled with Blue Cheese. 

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Football Cookies (We used this hack to shape our cookies!)

Adult Milkshakes with Chocolate Drizzled Pretzels.

Now onto the best season of the year…Baseball! 



8 Tips For A Super Super Bowl Party

Whether you’re tailgating or enjoying the game at home these 8 Tips for Super Bowl Hosting shares easy ahead of time tips that will wow your guests and reduce stress. 

  1. Offer a Do-It-Yourself cocktail bar with Bloody Marys or Bubbles.  To simplify it even further create one cocktail for the event and use this homemade recipe! We will share our game day cocktail!
  2. Make snacks that can be prepared ahead of time.  All it takes is a quick popping into the oven and you’re ready to go. Like these poppers or sliders
  3. Keep the menu small but go BIG with flavor. You can’t have a Super Bowl party without wings. We up-scaled our wings with an overnight dry rub and out of this world sauce. Don’t eat meat? Try this recipe and still enjoy that game day flavor.
  4. Have one WOW menu item. The rest can be simple enough with big flavor so you can sit back, relax and cheer your team on.
  5. Keep decorations at a minimum.  We all know that after the time and effort it ends up in the same place. So, try these fun ideas or go with a color palette, using your team’s colors as inspiration.  Easy!
  6. Keep it small. Parties don’t always have to involve every person you know. When parties are kept to a minimum it allows more time to plan and less time preparing.
  7. Think outside the box. Hosting doesn’t always involve endless amounts of hours planning or in-depth DIYs. Try finding uses for things that won’t break the bank and keep you sans stress. 
  8. Don’t forget the Beer. Grab some ice, stash and get ready to cheer your favorite team or just go for whomever is playing the Patriots. 😉 

Be sure to check back next week for our Super Bowl party we hosted! 

Thanks for reading and Go Falcons!

North by Northwest Cocktail

This warming cocktail we decided to name after a cinematic masterpiece from one of my all time favorite directors.  Hailing from where we live in the Pacific Northwest it only seemed fitting.  Meet our newest lady the North by Northwest Cocktail and she shines with some interesting flavors on the palette it leaves you intrigued.

After our most recent trip I was inspired once again to create a cocktail that embodied winter here in the PNW. 

We hope you enjoy our newest addition to the cocktail archives.  

North by Northwest Cocktail

North by Northwest CocktailNorth by Northwest Cocktail

Get the recipe here!

North by Northwest Cocktail

Using local ingredients from Ransom, BG Reynolds and Red Ridge Farms  we created this light yet warming cocktail.  Enjoy! 

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 5m
  • Serves: 1
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail
  • Category:


  • 2 ounces Old Tom Gin
  • 1 ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Aperö Fig Apértif Vinegar
  • 1/2 ounce Cinnamon Syrup
  • Smoked Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Ice


  1. In two separate dishes place honey and cinnamon.
  2. Dip cocktail glass in honey and then cinnamon, tap glass and allow to set while drink is mixed.
  3. Pour all ingredients in mixing glass, add ice and use swizzle spoon to chill and mix ingredients.
  4. Strain and pour chilled cocktail into coupe glass. (Note: At this point you can add more ice if desired.)

A special thanks to Red Ridge, Ransom and BG Reynolds for making such fantastic ingredients. 


4 Tips for Easy French Entertaining

We know the word easy and french are rarely used in the same sentence but hear us out. Here we love making something look elegant but without the stress, anxiety and debt that comes along with parties at times. Don’t believe us check out our post Easy Personal Shower where we show you when you have a party to put on do not panic! 

Here is another look at how to throw an event which can go either for a Personal, Baby Shower or transition even into a fun night with the girls.  Read More

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



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